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Monday, August 18th, 2008
You’ve heard of some strange facial treatments, some of which you’d really rather not discuss and many of which probably involved some sort of food. Though you may feel discouraged from trying anything other than a bar of mass-market soap on your skin, we urge you to take one more risk. Azuki Micrograins and Brown Sugar Facial Soap from Chidoriya is made completely of azuki red bean micrograins and, you guessed it, organic brown sugar.
According to Chidoriya, the Japanese have used the azuki red bean for ages in face wash and for good reason – it works to dissolve any oils that clog your pores. As for the brown sugar, well, it’s simple – the natural quality and texture of this typical cookie ingredient smoothes skin texture. The combination of the two, which is made through a month-long aging and curing process, makes for a hypoallergenic, fragrance and preservative-free face wash bar that Chidoriya says lasts twice as long as most bar soaps. Plus, it lacks alkali, a skin irritant present in many other washes.
So, just one last time, skip that boring old soap and try the sugar.
Available online at chidoriyaworld.com
Thursday, August 14th, 2008
For those who consider themselves the crème de la crème of eco-enthusiasts, makeup products with just a splash of organic ingredients here and there simply won’t do. Nope, green beauty devotees need something more serious. Nvey Beauty may be just the thing. The list of organic benefits that accompany Nvey’s products (including corrective concealer, blush, eye-shadow, brushes and more) is beyond impressive. After all, few, if any beauty companies can boast ingredients like rosa centifolia (from rose petals; it relieves dry skin, wrinkles and eczema), sweet almond oil (relieves skin irritation), and jojoba oil (from an evergreen desert shrub; it heightens defense and moisture), among several other natural vitamins and additives.
Nvey’s newest product, Organic Lip Lustre, combines lip color and moisturizer in one, complete with orange essential oil flavor and other natural elements. It comes in eight sassy and sweet colours like “Temptress” and “Amour Rose.”
Available at Sephora and online at econveybeauty.com and upurea.com
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
It’s easy to get swept away by all the makeup products out there. Advertisers convince you that you need both cream and powder foundations, layers of varying cheek highlighters, and a blend of several eye shadow shades, just to leave the house. What they don’t tell you is the toll such a beauty regimen can take on your skin, such as blocking pores and aging.
But the secret is out—you can look great with weightless, natural makeup. Raw Natural Beauty’s RawMinerals. From foundation to eye shadow and “Mineral Glow” powder, RawMinerals makeup provides a natural look and a barely-there feel. The powders are light and smooth, and so can be layered without turning thick and cakey. The Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide in the makeup help protect against the sun’s UVA and UVB rays, and age-defying nutrients help keep you looking young.
Make-up infused with pure plant extracts that beautify and nourish the skin. We like the sound of that.
Raw Natural Beauty RawMinerals
Available online at www.rawnaturalbeauty.com
Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008
Achieving the perfect texture for your hair-do is no easy task. Those waxes that give your strands an edgy separation also come with a hairful of grease. And the dryer creams create a monotone, flat look for your locks. FX Special Effects Texture Dirt Texturizing Paste is the much-needed middle ground, giving your hair volume and texture sans grease.
The uber-affordable product (less than five dollars!) comes in a small tub with a big effect. The consistency is a slightly creamy solid—not too gooey and not too hard. Simply rub a small amount between your fingers and apply to the bottom parts of your locks. Texture Dirt creates a subtle transformation, taking your hair from flat and dull to voluminous and sassy.
A small amount goes a long way with this product, so the application process is short and simple, and one tub of it really lasts. And an added bonus: The fresh, sweet and summery smell—what more could you ask for?
FX Special Effects
Available at Walgreens and Walmart