Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Amie Morning Dew Matte Finish Moisturizer

Photo Credit: www.ipsy.com
Price: $7.38 

Accessibility: Online orders may be placed at the Amie Skin Care website and the site will automatically convert the currency for you.  Also another online USA retailer is www.eurorganicsbeauty.com.  You may also check the Amie skin care site to find local UK retailers.

aqua (water), glycerin, cyclopentasiloxane, glyceryl stearate se, myristyl myristate, cyclohexasiloxane, dimethicone, arachidyl alcohol, behenyl alcohol, arachidyl glucoside, dimethicone crosspolymer, nylon-12, parfum (fragrance), inulin lauryl carbamate, sodium polyacrylate, xanthan gum, rosa canina (rosehip) fruit oil, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin e), , vaccinium myrtillus (bilberry) fruit extract, saccharum officinarum (sugar cane) extract, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fruit extract, citrus medica limonum (lemon) fruit extract, acer saccharinum (sugar maple) extract, phenoxyethanol, biosaccharide gum-1, ethylhexylglycerin, benzophenone-4, benzyl benzoate, benzyl salicylate, hexyl cinnamal, hydroxycitronellal, linalool, butylphenyl methylpropional, limonene, sodium hydroxide, disodium edta, cl 19140 (yellow 5), ci 15510 (orange 4)

Scent: A soft and sweet cotton type fragrance 

Claim to Fame: 
- 90.8% natural ingredients 
- Suitable for vegans and vegetarians 
- No animal testing, parabens, mineral oils, sulphates, GM ingredients or petrochemicals 
- Dermatogically tested
- Awarded four beauty awards (2008-2011)

Overall Impression: I have combination skin that tends to be on the dry side.  So I can't use this product as a daily moisturizer...it's more like a ever other day or every few days that I can use it.  I liked the soft fragrance of this product.  I would recommend this product for someone with that has an oily skin type.  The price isn't terribly expensive for a moisturizer.  It's not exactly something you will find everywhere...in fact ordering online looks to be the easiest way of purchasing it. So if you have oily skin and you're looking for that matte finish this product may be for you. 

Monday, December 28, 2015

Proganix Quench Collection

Shampoo- $9.99
Conditioner- $9.99
Leave In Moisture/Conditioner- $11.99
Moisture Balm- $11.99

All products from this collection can be found at retailers such as Ulta, CVS, Rite Aid, Target, and several others, as well as online.  To locate a retailer closest to you please visit:  https://www.proganixbeauty.com/find-a-store/

Shampoo & Conditioner- squeeze tube (easy for dispensing...no need to turn the bottles upside down)
Leave In Conditioner- Spray bottle (easy dispensing)
Moisture Balm- Pump bottle (Easy to dispense initially but you will need to remove pump to dispense product as you get closer to finishing the container)

Shampoo: Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PPG-2 Hydroxyethyl Coco/Isostearamide, Glycol Distearate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Dimethicone, Amodimethicone, Glycerin, Coco-Betaine, Laureth-4, Laureth-23, Polyquaternium-6, Polyquaternium-10, Trideceth-12, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Cetrimonium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, DMDM Hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance (Parfum).

Conditioner: Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Polyquaternium-37, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Glycol Distearate, Glycol Stearate, DMDM Hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance (Parfum).

Leave In Moisture/Conditioner: Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Isododecane, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cyclopentasiloxane, Stearalkonium Chloride, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance (Parfum).

Moisture Balm: Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), PEG-200, Dimethicone, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Polyquaternium-37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Polysorbate 20, Cyclopentasiloxane, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance (Parfum).

Shampoo, Conditioner, Leave In Moisture/Conditioner, and Moisture Balm are all tropical scented.  For some reason it reminds me of a piña colada.

Claim To Fame:
Shampoo: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Free. Gentle lather. 

Conditioner: Transforms thirsty hair.

Leave In Moisture: Transforms thirsty hair.  Replenishes moisture.

Moisture Balm: Assists with flyaways

Overall Impressions:
*Lathers gently as promised without leaving hair feeling stripped. 
*The fragrance only makes it worth repurchasing. 
*Rinses out easily
*Easy Dispensing (Always a plus in the shower)
*A little goes a long way

*Used with my Huetiful steamer.  The first time I used it I also did not wash it out immediately.  Second time I was able to rinse out immediately following steaming.  Rinses away easily.
*Smells great
*Provides tons of slip for detangling purposes.  I did not detangle my hair prior to conditioning.  Left my hair feeling moisturized as promised.

Leave In Moisture/Conditioner:
*Has a nice consistency...not too watery and not too thick
*Smells great
*Spray distributes product perfectly

Moisture Balm:
*I used this product on dry and damp hair.
*This product created great definition on both dry and damp hair.
*Hair looked and felt moisturized.
*Product left hair smelling amazing!  People could literally smell my hair from a distance
*This product maintained definition provided it was not humid outdoors.  My hair became undefined yet stylish when the humid was higher.  I would describe it as a semi-curled, wavy, Diana Ross type afro. 
*The only "bad" thing was the pump style bottle.  These tend to be a tad cumbersome when the product is closer to being finished.  You can combat that with a beauty spoon or craft stick.

All in all I liked the selection of products and would use them again. 

Here are some photos of my hair using the Proganix Quench collection: 

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Back To Juicing

The seasonal cranberry makes great juices.  This juice contained about a half a cup of cranberries, half a lemon (hand juiced), one orange (I used a navel orange), and three apples (Gala, Fuji, or Pink Lady apples all work well with this recipe.)  I did not mix and match...I used all of the same type of Apple each time I've created this.  You may also use 1/4 thumb of ginger (or less) for an extra kick.  But that's totally optional.  This recipe yields enough for at least two people to share.  The lemon gives it a lemonade spin.  Let me know if you try to recreate this recipe and if you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Bayberry Naturals Rosehip & Hibiscus Moisturizer

Photo Credit: www.ipsy.com

Price: $17.95 (4.6 fl. oz.)
Accessibility: Only available at Bayberry Naturals website
Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera) Juice, Hibiscus sp. (Hibiscus) Flower Extract, Cocos nucifera (Organic Coconut) Oil, Rosa mosqueta (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Emulsifying Wax NF, Stearic Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Phenoxyethanol, Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE Bitartrate), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Calcium d-Pantothenate (Pro-Vitamin B5), Beta Carotene (Pro Vitamin A), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Ester), Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide Gum), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Oleoresin, Azadirachta indica (Neem) Oil, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid
Claim to Fame: 
100% Vegan 
86% Organic 
No artificial fragrances or dyes
No Sulfates
No Parabens
No Phthalates 
Overall Impression: This product fulfills its purpose as moisturizer.  Absorbs quickly without leaving skin feeling greasy.  My skin personally prefers more crème based product so I honestly think I would have loved the crème version of this product more. I think it's decent product overall.  Price wise it's not too shabby considering some moisturizers can fetch a much higher price tag.  It's exclusively available through their site  so you definitely would have to keep an eye on how much you have so you can avoid running out before you get an opportunity to reorder more. I'm liking the ingredients since what's actually in the first few ingredients isn't a ton of preservatives.  Also the fact that it doesn't contain artificial fragrances or dyes nor does it contain sulfates, parabens, or phthalates is always a plus to me.  There are several items on their site that peaked my interest so I may end up trying more from Bayberry Naturals.