Lemongrass Spa Body Polish: It's Scrubalicious!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

There's a new body scrub in town and it is F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S.

I love a good body scrub -- salt, sugar, coffee -- you name it and I will slough off dry skin with it. My cousin, Ashley, is a registered nurse and mom to twin toddlers. Not long ago, she signed up to become an independent consultant for a natural products company called Lemongrass Spa. The products are gluten-free and paraben-free and are handmade in Colorado.

Everyone needs some exfoliation. Even in the summer time when it's generally not as dry as it is now in the middle of winter, a good scrub can make your arms and legs smooth and radiant. It also provides the perfect canvas for applying tinted bronzers and self tanners.

Why? At some point, most of us will notice a decrease in skin radiance. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. If you make exfoliation a regular part of your skin care routine, you’ll get your glow back. Cell turnover slows down as we age, so it’s important to help the process along so our skin can shed dead cells. Using a gentle scrub like Lemongrass Spa Body Polish will slough off that top layer of skin, over time your skin will look fresh and healthy once again.

Choosing the right scrub is key. Finding the perfect balance between the scrubbing agent (whether it be nutshells, sugar salt, etc.) and the oils can be difficult. Too much oil, and your tub is left a slippery, greasy mess. Not enough oil and your scrub is too dry and won't leave your skin feeling nourished. Thankfully, there are some really lovely body scrubs available now!

I recently hosted an online party for Lemongrass Spa. It was SO much fun -- like my nail parties -- expect in this case, I was the hostess and Ashley was the consultant. It was easy peasy and I earned all sorts of amazing free rewards! Just for hosting an online party, I earned all of these scrubs, plus a concealer brush and lip gloss. More on those in another post.

The Lemongrass Spa Body Polish truly rocks my world. I chose the Vanilla Latte, Perfectly Pumpkin, Lemon Sorbet and Almond. The ingredients are truly natural and beneficial to the skin. Each scrub varies slightly depending on the one you choose. The Vanilla Latte, for example, contains coconut oil, grapeseed oil, vitamin E, coffee grounds and more. The Almond features sweet almond oil, mango butter, honey and gluten-free whole grain oatmeal. Each formula contains something truly special to treat the skin. 

They smell amazing -- and contain only phthalate free fragrances. When you purchase 3, they are $2 off. I highly recommend these products and Lemongrass Spa!

Monday Beauty Round Up: Caffeine Edition

Monday, January 19, 2015

Introducing a new Monday feature: The Monday Beauty Round Up. Each Monday, I will have a collection of favorite beauty, skin care, hair care or body care items with a theme. The first up is CAFFEINE.

Caffeine contains many skin care benefits -- from reducing inflammation and swelling to temporarily reducing the appearance of cellulite.

I am sharing TRIED and TESTED products with caffeine that I can wholeheartedly recommend.

Here they are:

1. I have a FAVORITE new eye cream. It is called Impish Eyes De-Puffing Eye Serum Potion and it is from Perfectly Posh. My former caffeine-based favorite eye cream was from 100% Pure and this one blows it out of the water (Please note, I am in no way affiliated to Perfectly Posh and purchased this product myself. I have tried several of their products now and am IN LOVE). Impish Eyes contains polypeptides, Coenzyme Q10, cucumber extract and more It is 0.9 ounces --most eye products are half an ounce -- and it is just $19. It helps with puffiness, dark circles and fine lines.

2. Wash With Joe Coffee Mint Invigorating Body Wash -- You *must* try this! The scent is amazing--think of peppermint, coffee ad maybe even the warmth of caramel. Certified Vegan and Paraben Free.

3. Clarins Body Lift Cellulite Control  -- Yes, this is a splurge. However, it works. I was first introduced to this in 1997 when I was working as a Clarins Counter Manager when I was fresh out of college. I was a size 6, small for my frame (that is a whole other story, parts of which have been shared here over the years), but was self conscious about the backs of my thighs. My weight has varied wildly with pregnancies, being immobile for a couple months with a broken tibia/fibula, and FINALLY finding what works for me. Anyway, even though I exercise at least 4 days a week, I still get self conscious about the backs of my thighs. I am approaching 40 and cellulite is bound to happen. Anyway, this product is expensive. If not for me receiving products for free through the blog to give me a largely untapped beauty budget of my own, I would not purchase this regularly. In the summer, I use this when I wear shirts, dresses or shorts. Why? Because it TEMPORARILY (for several hours) does lessen the appearance of cellulite. Does it cure it? No. Are results permanent? No. However, it is fabulous and it's free of parabens.

4. Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer is formulated with coffee beans, lemon & grapefruit essential oils and Panax Ginseng to boost skin radiance and gives it a brighter, healthier glow. I just started using it and already see a difference.

5. It's another Perfectly Posh favorite. I am loving the Daily Grind Body Coffee Scrub. It combines the best of both exfoliators -- sugar and salt -- to gently slough off dead skin cells to reveal a fresh, glowing complexion. As for the claims that is is anti-cellulite, it does give the appearance, albeit temporarily, of more youthful, taut skin. Love it!

GIVEAWAY: seco dish® Beauty Drying Dish

Monday, January 5, 2015

Hello beauties! 

It's our FIRST giveaway of 2015 here at Chic & Green and it is a product I personally use and adore: the seco dish® Beauty Drying Dish.

I am a brush cleaning nut. I carry several of my favorite brushes to work with me, even though I am able to use the fantabulous Real Techniques brushes while I am in store. Between clients, I always use the provided blush cleaning spray. Since I use the brushes, too, I am oh so careful to clean them at home -- and often.

A few years ago, I shared my homemade brush cleaner recipe. If you are looking for a ready-made makeup brush cleaner, I can wholeheartedly recommend Mineral Fusion Brush Cleaner. It sprays right onto the brushes.

For a deep clean, however, I use baby shampoo and give them a thorough cleansing. To dry, I used to lay my brushes on a towel or else stand them up in a glass. There is a BETTER way and that is one of my new favorite products-- the seco dish®.

Girls, I'll be honest. When I first saw it, I thought it was just a cute saucer. Nope. It's not.

The seco dish® Beauty Drying Dish provide EASY and hassle-free air-drying  of all of my tools-- from my Beauty Blender to my makeup brushes.

What is different about this drying dish is that it is antimicrobial. There are special little air venting grooves to ensure proper drying. This is made in the USA from recycled materials and it is dishwasher-safe (top shelf). I recommend that EVERY makeup artist and at home beauty maven (like all of you!) have one for your makeup brushes.

You can purchase the seco dish® over on AMAZON for $11.99.

YOU have the chance to win one of your own, thanks to the lovely people at seco dish®.

Enter NOW through Friday for your chance to win!

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Found: The PERFECT body butter!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

I have found the most incredible smelling chocolate body product on earth and I have to tell you about it!

"Skindelicious" is right!

My friend Cassandra is a consultant for a company called Perfectly Posh. She announced her new venture right before Christmas, so I decided to take a look. I wasn't expecting much, but thought the packaging was so much fun. I was incredibly impressed with the ingredients, so I placed an order for two products: Caffeinator and Ho Ho Holiday Cocoa Skindelicious Body Butter. I will be reviewing the Caffeinator (but I am telling you it is an AWESOME product right now) at a later date.

I have searched high and low for an affordably priced ultra rich (and non greasy) body butter that smells like chocolate. So many chocolate body products smell sickingly artificial. This smells like a mug of hot chocolate.

Shea Butter is the number two ingredient in this product. It also features Aloe Vera and Vitamin E (tocopherol). There are no parabens or formaldehyde releasers. It is, however, adequately preserved with a broad spectrum preservative so you do not have to worry about mold or bacteria forming.

What do the ingredients do?

Shea butter soothes, adds hydration, and has healing benefits. It is helpful for those with skin conditions such as eczema.

Aloe Vera calms irritated skin and moisturizes the skin. It also has balancing properties.

Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant and has many protective benefits.

The details

This body butter is a vegan skin care product containing natural fragrance. It is handcrafted in the USA and is sold by independent consultants like Cassandra. The butter comes in a generous 7.5 ounce container and sells for $12. A giant seal of approval from C & G!

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