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The theme of the June 2014 BeautyBox5 is "Summer Chic":
Who knew PINK could be so powerful?
$24.99 (over $55 value) and FREE SHIPPING
**Lipgloss+Spandex readers can get 15% off with code PINK15 (valid 10/18-11/8)!!!
Give the gift of life with the new Pink Embrace Collection. Featuring an array of the season's best natural, organic & other beauty products (over $55 value) for only $24.99.
EVOLV UltraShine Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner
UltraShine has quickly earned the trust of top hairdressers and discerning clients, with many dubbing it the most moisturizing and repairing sulfate-free organic shampoo in the world. Designed to provide the optimum level of moisture, amino and fatty acids, and pH level for every hair type, the result is hair that is shiny, full of bounce, without frizz and with greater strength and elasticity. Use this deluxe sample for dry hair that needs moisture or to keep your color shiny and vibrant. UltraShine Conditioner is designed to provide the optimum level of moisture, amino and fatty acids, and pH level for every hair type, the result is hair that is shiny, full of bounce, without frizz and with greater strength and elasticity. Use this deluxe sample for dry, over-processed or frizzy hair that needs moisture, fine hair that needs volume, or curly, thick or coarse hair that needs softness, manageability and less frizz. It prevents breakage, split-ends, and is a superb detangler.
EVOLVh products are made using 90% or higher organic ingredients content. Our formulations contain unique blends of natural active ingredients not found in other hair products, and produce visible results you can see and feel. In fact our formulations are are the most advanced of any other natural or organic professional hair care line. We use specialized amino acids and fatty acids to nourish and repair hair.
Our products are sulfate, paraben and sodium chloride free. They are also vegan, containing no animal products, and are not tested on animals. Our products are designed to help you have beautiful, healthy hair without compromising your health or life values.
LaLicious Vanilla Body Butter
PARABEN FREE! This body cream is a Shea Butter base. Renowned for its therapeutic and healing properties, Shea Butter is the ideal moisturizing ingredient! Our whipped consistency allows for intense hydration without leaving your skin feeling greasy. Aloe is added to help heal dry, damaged skin.
Our sweet vanilla body cream is enriched with Shea Butter which seals in moisture keeping your skin soft throughout the day. Scoop out with your fingers and smooth all over skin. Use as often as desired for an intense hydrating effect.
Lipgloss+Spandex note: This LaLicious Vanilla Body Butter seriously smells good enough to eat!
Dove GoSleeveless deodorant
The only anti-perspirant/deodorant with unique 1/4 moisturizers and vitamins E and F. It goes beyond 48-hour odor and wetness protection to help replenish delicate underarm skin-leaving it softer, smoother and ready to reveal in just five days. The gentle formula stays on skin, not on clothes, to provide superior care. Good-bye sleeves. Hello beautiful underarms!
Lipgloss+Spandex note: Dove's anti-perspirant/deodorant kept me smelling fresh even after hour long lift sessions at the gym. Impressive.
Primavera Calming Moisture Cream for Sensitive Skin
• Certified Natural with 70% Organic Plant Ingredients
• Not Tested on Animals
This soothing moisturizer deeply hydrates as it rebuilds skin's moisture barrier, helps the skin protect itself from external irritants and soothes away redness and sensitivity.
PRIMAVERA uses the highest amount of certified organic ingredients available and we actively support organic agriculture projects worldwide that rely on biodiversity, crop rotation, chemical-free pest controls and fertilizers, and no GMOs for farming.
Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream
#1 IN JAPAN - ESTABLISHED IN 1957
Invented by Japanese pharmacist Yoshikiyo Nowatari, Yu-Be (pronounced "YOO-BEE") is a Glycerin-based moisturizing cream enriched with Vitamin E, Vitamin B2 and Camphor. It's the uniquely high Glycerin content and absorbability achieved through a special manufacturing process in Japan, which makes Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream so effective on serious dry skin and truly sets it apart from other creams.
• Use Yu-Be anywhere on the body - even the face and lips.
• Helps heal brittle cuticles and smooth rough, dry skin on hands, elbows, knees and feet.
• Absorbs FAST and works for hours. Good for all day or all night.
• Non-greasy formula contains NO artificial colors, fragrances, petrolatum or SPF.
• CAMPHOR soothes irritation and cools the surface of your skin.
• Mild camphor scent fades within minutes.
• Concentrated GLYCERIN moisturizer helps hydrate, soothe and smooth severe dry skin on the whole family - ALL YEAR LONG. (kids too!)
Lipgloss+Spandex note: Although I don't like the initial scent, it does fade, and Yu-Be is great for really dry skin.
Living Nature lipstick in Precious
New Zealand's original natural skincare company
Colour your lips with the soft and subtle shades of nature. Precious by Lorraine Downes is a gorgeous natural nude pink shade. Living Nature lipsticks are formulated with the highest quality, certified natural ingredients to bring luscious, healthy colour to your lips. Production is in small manufacturing runs with lipsticks hand poured and individually flamed to a perfect finish by our experienced team. All natural pigments and nourishing waxes ensure smooth application, fabulous wear and a gorgeous natural smile.
Lipgloss+Spandex note: This color is a really flattering "my lips but better" shade. It's a great basic color to throw in your purse!
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$17.00 for 0.88 oz
Get Bigger, Thicker, Fuller Hair!
If you've never felt this kind of powder before, it feels weird to touch. It looks like powder but feels slightly damp and sticky. There's not much scent, if any.
I don't seem to do a very good job of getting big hair, with this or any similar product--my hair looks poofy for a bit then gets flat, but I suspect that has more to do with my (lack of) skill at applying the product, and the fact that I have SO MUCH HAIR. It's thick, and medium length, and there's a lot of it. I can get some volume with BOMBSHELL Big Hair Powder, but I think the weight of my hair is too much for this. Sometimes I use it at the ends instead of at the roots, to give my hair a little more volume there, which works okay. If you have fine and/or thin and/or short hair, you'd probably get much better results than I did. Just a note--this makes hair a little "sticky" and not as touchable. Basically, it makes it more difficult to run your hands through your hair. The price is a bit high for the size of the bottle, but you don't need a whole lot. And, you can buy it at Walmart.com for $12.97!
Fine, limp hair longs to be bigger, thicker and stronger. AG’s Volume Category delivers with our light, airy and uplifting products that provide healthy volume and fullness to otherwise flat hair. And, our ideal mix of weightless ingredients provides the nutrients delicate hair often needs.
AG Hair Cosmetics volumizing shampoo, conditioner and styling foam are PABA- and paraben-free, and are not tested on animals.
AG Hair Cosmetics Thikk Wash Volumizing Shampoo
$15.00 for 6 oz.
$40.00 for 33.8 oz.
I'm obsessed with this shampoo. It smells like an orange creamsicle, but not in an overpowering way. It's on the more liquid-y side for shampoos (a slightly thinner consistency than your average shampoo), and I find that I do need to use a bit more of this shampoo than I do other shampoos. However, the price isn't bad, and adds volume to my hair. It feels clean, but not stripped.
AG Hair Cosmetics Thikk Rinse Volumizing Conditioner
$15.00 for 6 oz.
$40.00 for 33.8 oz.
This smells slightly more citrusy and a touch more tart than the shampoo, but it still smells great. Like the shampoo, I use more of this particular product than I typically use. It's just conditioning enough that it works, but not so rich that it weighs down my hair or makes it greasy the next day.
AG Hair Cosmetics Foam Weightless Volumizer
$20.00 for 5 oz.
This isn't a bad product, but it just didn't do much for me. It is light, and it adds volume. The end. :)
AG Hair Cosmetics claims that all three of the products I tested to be "safe for color treated hair" and "sulfate-free." But a quick look at the ingredient list on the shampoo reveals that all three contain sulfates. Sodium Laureth Sulfate is the second ingredient in the shampoo, and Behentrimonium Methosulfate as the second ingredient in the conditioner. Additionally, the styling foam lists Cocotrimonium Methosulfate as the fifth ingredient and Ammonium Laureth Sulfate as the ninth ingredient. That's really disappointing to me.
However, overall, I would say this brand is reasonably priced and good quality. I really like how my hair looks and feels.
You can these and other AG Hair Cosmetics products at Ulta, or click here to find AG Hair Cosmetics at a salon near you.
I've tried out several natural oils (coconut and argan oils) as well as a bunch of products that contain natural oils as ingredients. Guest blogger Sarah del Rosario is here to offer some info about five different natural oils, and what each of them can do for you and your hair:
Natural oils provide nutritional benefits not only to our body but to our hair as well. Here are some of the recommended natural oils that you should incorporate in your hair care regimen:
• Coconut Oil. They call coconut as the tree of life and for a good reason! Every part of the coconut tree has amazing benefits for the humankind. In fact, this includes even its oil! The coconut oil is rich in vitamins and minerals that provides the hair with the nourishment it most needs. When you apply it to your hair, it helps in maintaining the moisture in your hair. As a result, your hair will not only look healthy, it will be soft too. Because of this, your hair will be more moisturizes, reducing the risk for dryness, split ends and hair breakages. It is recommended that you apply coconut oil to your hair every month. If you cannot find a pure coconut oil, try to make use of the hair conditioning and repair treatments that contains this natural oil.
• Argan Oil. This natural oil is considered very special. Why is this so? This is because the only ones (all over the world) who are allowed to process the oil of the Argan tree are the Morocco women. This very precious natural oil can actually do great wonders to one's hair. When you apply this to your hair, you will see the difference right away. It will make your look a lot shinier, thicker and healthier. The best thing about this oil is that it can be applied to both dry and oily hair without making your hair look super greasy.
• Emu Oil. When you apply this Omega 3-packed natural oil to your hair, it will surely feel a lot softer and shinier. In addition to that, it would also be a lot easier to manage. If you wish to tame down your frizzy hair, this is definitely the solution for you. If you are also having some problems with hair loss and growth, this will provide you the nutrients that your hair needs. Apply it together with Biotin vitamins.
• Jojoba oil. If you are looking for moisture, that is what you can get from this natural oil. With Jojoba oil, you can say goodbye to tangles, frizz and poor hair texture. Any dry hair will surely be moisturized when you apply this. If you wish to make your hair look a lot fuller, take advantage of the oil's thickening power too.
• Rosemary Oil. This is perfect for people who are having problems with dandruff. Its moisturizing effect can certainly get rid of any embarrassing flakes. All you need is to put on a few drops and voila, good bye dandruff! Another advantage of this oil is that it promotes hair growth.
All the natural oils listed above will surely create great wonders for your hair. Although most of these oils are quite pricey, all you need is just a few drops. Because of this, a little bottle can surely go a long way!
About the Author:
Sarah del Rosario is a beauty and health blogger. Aside from writing, she is also fond of painting and DIY crafts. She currently partners with Hair Booth, one the the trusted online shops of L'oreal products.
$28.00 for 2 oz.
Russell Organics Argan Oil is pure cold-pressed Argan Oil. No additives. No fillers. No fragrance. No toxins. Just 100% Argan Oil. Russell Organics carefully sources its Argan Oil from Morocco.
I know that natural oils are really big in the beauty world right now, but it's kind of become a fad. I have tried a different brand of Argan oil in the past and was underwhelmed by it. Russell Organics Argan Oil actually impressed me, and I actually do feel that it's a good multi-tasking product. My hair is really damaged but can get oily very quickly, so I have a hard time finding a product for it. I rub a few drops of Russell Organics Argan Oil in my hair after I hop out of the shower, and it makes my hair look and feel healthy (no small feat!). There's a huge difference when I use it, and it doesn't weigh down my hair, even hours later.
I've also used this on dry patches of skin on my face and body, and haven't had any issues (no clogged pores). It absorbs more readily than some other types and brands of oils, which I really like. Although $28 for 2 oz of products seems a bit high, a few drops goes a long way--meaning it'll last a very long time--and it is fairly comparably priced to other beauty oils sold by Sephora.There is a faint sweet slightly nutty scent to it, but it's barely noticeable. The dropper lets me dispense just the right amount of product without making a mess.
Overall, I like how this product can successfully multitask . I've found myself reaching for it more and more often, particularly for my hair because I hadn't been able to find a good product to make my hair look and feel smooth and shiny without weighing it down until now. I wish the price were a bit lower, but
PARNEVU was kind enough to send me some hair care products for my poor damaged hair! I've bleached and colored it so many times, that it's pretty fried.
PARNEVU T-Tree Shampoo
$6.00 for 12 fl oz
PARNEVU T-Tree Shampoo is a unique blend of botanicals designed to cleanse the hair and scalp of impurities. Its ultra-rich formula penetrates the hair to replace and lock in vital moisture lost to chemical damage and everyday styling. It leaves hair soft and manageable. Specially formulated with Australian Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia) to help eliminate itching and flaking when used on a regular basis. Directions for Use: Wet hair thoroughly. Apply shampoo to hair and scalp. Rinse completely and repeat.
Shampooing twice is the key to the effectiveness of this shampoo. Doing so gets my hair clean but not stripped. It smells clean, slightly minty and a little herbal. I love the rich lather too. After using it, my hair feels moisturized and shinier.
TotalBeauty offered to send me their TotalBeauty Collection for HSN to review before it was even available for purchase, so of course I giddily accepted. (I totally felt like one of the cool kids on the block...)
Beautybox5 offered to send me this month's Beautybox to review. I've been hearing about various subscription services for beauty products for awhile, but hadn't actually tried any, so I was pretty excited to test it out!
Here's a quick excerpt about Beautybox5, taken from their website:
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Hi, I'm Marilyn! I run for beer and I love makeup. I was born and raised in the Pacific NW. I'm also a writer for We Heart This and a former writer for Run Oregon.