My favorite new multi-tasking product!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I have been a fan of (seed) Body Care for a few years now. I am never without my Fragrance Free Healthy Hand Cream, which slather all over my hands and even use as my winter time moisturizer. The natural ingredients in this product are so fabulous that, in my professional opinion, this is the perfect moisturizer for those with skin that is more on the dry side for night time.

The company recently released 2 more body oils to their collection.  Joining Therapeutic Body Oil (read my review here) and Relaxing Blend Body Oil are the Decongesting Blend Body Oil and Fragrance Free Body Oil.

I cannot say enough about yet another Fragrance Free (seed) product!

Quite frankly, I adore the new (seed) Grape Seed Enriched Fragrance Free Body Oil. This is one of those special products that not only does as it says, but can be used (in my oonion) for other things.

Not just a body oil when I am using it, I have found that this works really well for other purposes!

*I like to use this as a cuticle and nail oil.  Nearly all cuticle oils contain artificial fragrance. I try to avoid this as often as I can. When I apply this oil around my cuticles and to my fingernails and massage it in, it performs as well as any product called "Cuticle Oil."

*I also use this to take off my eye makeup! Say what?  For real, ladies.  We already have talked here so much about using oils and this works so well to dissolve my mascara and makeup. I use this and follow with my facial cleanser.

*There are many high end facial oils on the market to be used as natural serums. Most sell for more than $30 for a 1/4 to 1/2 ounce bottle.  This can be used on the face. While not marketed as a facial oil, there is no reason that you cannot use it as such. And I do.

Facial Oil - Cuticle Oil - Nail Oil - Makeup Remover -- and, of course, Body Oil!

I always love it when I can find multi-tasking products.  Did I mention that this is truly all natural without a need for preservatives since it doesn't containw water?  Here is the ingredients list:

Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut Oil), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

Just Another Mani Monday...

Monday, October 21, 2013

Just did my nails last night! My hands are SO silky soft thanks to (seed) Healthy Hand Cream Fragrance Free! This has been my go to hand cream for years. Nothing is better!

This design is Vintage Deco from Jamberry Nails. Each sheet sells for $15 and will provide you with 2 to 3 manicures or pedicures.

Blueberries to the Rescue

Did you know that of the 40 most common fruits & veggies, the US Department of Agriculture ranks blueberries #1 when it comes to its antioxidant powers? It's true!  Skin care companies have been jumping n the blueberry bandwagon over the past few years and I'd like to share Chic & Green's tried & tested best blueberry skin care products.

Here they are:

Yes to Blueberries Intensive Skin Repair Serum ($19.99) -- I have been using this serum nightly.  Interestingly, I was sent a NINETY DOLLAR serum from an organic skin care company to review a couple weeks back and after testing it for a few days, I returned to the Yes to Blueberries serum because it is SO much better! This shows yet again that you DO NOT need to spend a fortune on skin care.

My Berry Organics Wild Blueberry & Caffeine Eye Creme ($36) -- This rich cream is lightweight, yet packs a punch when it comes to hydration.  It is non-greasy, but leaves the delicate skin under my eyes feeling moist, but never sticky.  A lovely new organic!

Eminence Organic Skin Care Blueberry Soy Night Recovery Cream ($64) -- A little goes a long way with this concentrated night cream.  It is a definite splurge, but will last for a long time.  Using only a pea sized amount, your skin will look hydrated and bright with only a couple of uses.

Renaud Blueberry Mint Facial Tonique ($20) -- If your skin is combination or oily, you have to try this toner! It is soothing and brightening with the blueberries, but the salicylic acid in this product helps get rid of excess sebum to unclog your pores. A lovely toner!


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Don't forget to enter to win my JAMBERRY GIVEAWAY!.

Here are some of my latest manicures using Jamberry Nails:

Emerald Ombre (thumb) with Sprinkles & Frosting from the Jamberry Juniors collection

Fall Giveaway! Win 4 Sheets of Jamberry Nails!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

It is giveaway time again and I have a prize you are going to adore.  One lucky reader will win 4 sheets of Jamberry Nails of the choice. Each sheet provides you with enough wraps to do 2 to 3 manicures. That means your prize will give you 8 to 12 manicures, each lasting up to 2 weeks!  Use them on toes, too, for even longer!

As you know, I am a Senior Consultant with Jamberry Nails and want to share my love of these non-toxic, vegan, gluten free wraps with a lucky reader!

Giveaway details are below! And feel free to share away -- pin it, post on Instagram, Facebook, and more!
You have until Halloween to enter!

Good luck!

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*This is not a Jamberry sponsored giveaway. This is a C & G sponsored prize.

Review: Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

I adore Juice Beauty.  I have been a fan of their skin care products for quite some time-- from their fabulous Green Apple Peel to the line from Alicia Silverstone.  When I had a chance to try their new Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream, you can imagine I was super excited! 

As someone who has been testing out and reviewing products for several years, I should know that I cannot just assume I am going to love a product because the company's other products have been delightful.  This is one of those times.

I was so sure that this would end up being my new go-to CC Cream. The tube, the neat little applicator, the claims--well, how could I not fall in love with this natural beauty product?

My thoughts:

The ingredients are really lovely. I just felt this would be a winner. Don't the ingredients look so much better than mainstream CC creams?

Ingredients: Active: Zinc Oxide 20%. Inactive: Juice Beauty Proprietary Blend Of Fruit Stem Cells: Apple Buds, Grape Buds & Lemon Bark. Organic Juices Of Pyrus Malus (Organic Apple Juice)*, Vitis Vinifera (Organic White Grape Juice)*, Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Leaf Juice)*, Cocos Nucifera (Organic Coconut Oil)*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sorbitan Stearate, Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed Oil), Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Magnesium Sulfate, Helianthus Annuus (Organic Sunflower Seed Oil)*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba Seed Oil)*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Sodium Hyaluronate (Vegetable Hyaluronic Acid), Malus Sylvestris (Apple Buds), Vitis Vinifera (Grape Buds) & Citrus Limonum (Lemon Bark), Iron Oxides, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin) & Citrus Aurantium (Petitgrain) Pure Essential Oils. * = Certified Organic Ingredient

And then I squeezed out some product and was overwhelmed by the smell. It is strong. It is unpleasant. 

I thought I would get over it and that the smell would slowly fade away.  It did--eventually.  I knew if it faded away that I would be able to enjoy the product.  The CC cream does not blend as well as other products, such as the tinted moisturizers from 100% Pure or Jane Iredale or the BB Creams from Jane Iredale and Tarte. You almost have to "tug" to blend it, which should not happen. It didn't leave me with a healthy, youthful glow. It left my skin looking semi-matte and seemed to increase the appearance of the couple of lines that I do have.

Unfortunately, my face itches and feels uncomfortable every single time I put this on. And I know why. Petitgrain and mandarin essential oils are used in this formulation and if you are AT ALL sensitive, you may wish to avoid this. There is also Lemon Bark. This can also be irritating.

While I love the use of essential oils in skin care, some are better omitted from facial products.

Petitgrain is an essential oil used in skin care to treat oily skin.  Mandarin is also used most often in skin care to treat oily or congested skin.  Both increase your chances of burning in the sun, as they are citrus oils. Neither are recommended for sensitive skin. Lemon bark is also used in the natural movement for more oily and acnetic skin conditions. I really believe that if Juice Beauty had left these ingredients out, that I may have had a much more favorable opinion of this CC cream.  It is NOT meant for dry skin or sensitive skin as it is now. I also caution you not to apply this anywhere near the eyes because of the strong scent and citrus oils--they made my eyes water.

Would I purchase this product? No. Like I already mentioned, I adore the skin care products from Juice Beauty and feel that that is where the company truly shines. I personally did not experience the 12 benefits advertised, nor did it improve the appearance of my skin-temporarily or over the course of a few weeks. If your skin is sensitive, dry, or you want to look younger, I cannot recommend it based on my own experience. Do not let my thoughts on this one sway you away from the company as a whole. Their skin care is AMAZING--and I will be back soon with a review of their new serum.

*Disclaimer: I was sent this product for review at no cost. This in no way has influenced my review and all opinions are my own.

Found: The PERFECT Fall Moisturizer!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

I know that most of you love this time of year. Summer is my favorite season. Fall is kind of growing on me, I suppose, but every year at this time my skin starts getting confused.  In the summer, at least I *know* my skin is pretty oily. I can handle that.  In the winter, I *know* my skin is dry as the Sahara Desert.

When the weather starts to change and we have so many ups and downs, my skin becomes pretty termperamental. I have a semi oily nose and forehead right now, but very dry cheeks and chin. My cheeks are dry. This is when everything seems to go awry and I can never find the right moisturizer. I have my go-to winter time one, but right now is tricky.

Thankfully, I was just able to try an amazing new facial care line called Lilikoi Living.  I have to say "thank you" to the lovely blogger behind City Life Eats for introducing me to the line! 

My absolute favorite product tried (and they are all quite lovely) is called  Hibiscus Passion Active Hydrator.
This is a unique spray on moisturizer. It is so convenient and is very hygienic! You are not sticking your fingers in a jar, nor do you have to worry about a drippy tube.  This is brilliant.  You simply mist the hydrator on and it leaves your skin feeling immediately quenched.  It is truly a drink for your skin!

I have to share the ingredients with you:

Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Cetyl Alcohol, Emulsifying Wax, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Squalane, Linum Usitatissimum (Flax) Seed Oil*, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil*, Algin, Allantoin, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Arnica Montana Flower Extract*, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract*, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extract*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract*, Passiflora Edulis (Passionflower) Fruit Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract*, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Lavandula Hybrida (Lavender) Oil*, Parfum**

*Certified Organic
**100% natural essential oil blend

Do you see why I am truly loving this product? Hyaluronic acid and squalane are near the top of the list, as are flax seed or borage oils.  You will find ultra soothing chamomile, white tea, cucumber, lycopene-rich passion fruit, and more.  This product would work extremely well for sensitive skin types.  The product packs a punch when it comes to being crafted with ingredients proven to benefit the skin and rivals high-end spa products.

I love that the products from this company are hand-crafted, toxin-free, and without the nasties this blogger avoids.  

In fact, you will not find:

Synthetic fragrance

June-wei Sum is the woman behind Lilikoi Living. She has created something really special with this line.  Her creations really are unlike others on the market and I would love for you to check out this company's natural  skin care products.

Chic & Green Grade: I rate this product an A.

*Disclaimer: I received products to sample for review. As with all products reviewed, this in no way has impacted the outcome of my review and all opinions are my own.

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