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With the fervor over sulfates, parabens, and other potential hazards in our products, the hunt for a good body wash can be downright frustrating. Right now, I’m in love with A LA MAISON. I know it looks like something you’d find in your Mom’s guest bath. Don’t let that discourage you. This super luxurious vegetable based soap has everything you want: suds, light fragrance, and moisture; and nothing you don’t: harsh detergents, and animal/toxic ingredients. It’s also reasonably priced.
Even though the predominant lip trend for fall is oxblood matte, a dark lip can be really high-maintenance as well as aging. Regardless of season, for most occasions I tend to stick with gloss in a light peachy shade.
My new favorite is Korres Lip Butter Glaze. I don’t like to put a finger in my product for a variety of reasons, so I prefer the squeeze tip application to pot gloss. Free from petroleum and mineral oil, the moisturizing formula contains just enough pigment to make a meaningful difference, but is not so color-saturated you need a mirror to apply. If Greek skincare company Korres is new to you, Lip Butter Glaze is a great place to launch your exploration of their natural, affordable, effective products. I’ve yet to be disappointed by one of their offerings.
The beauty industry has lead us to believe that we need a targeted cream for every part of the body. According to savvy marketers, we need a different face cream for night and day, specific formulas for hand and eye, and a distinct lotion for the rest of the body. Hogwash. If you want one product that does the work of all these, look no further than Egyptian Magic. Yup, I’m talking about that mystical old-school hippie shit from the health food store. The formula has practically been around since the dawn of time. Containing a blend of a mere seven basic ingredients, Egyptian Magic is simple, natural, and profoundly effective. Use it for almost anything from lip balm to cracked heels.
When your sink stanks don’t bother with gimmicky solutions.
All you need is lemons. Send small pieces of lemon with the peel down the disposal to eliminate the odor. The cast off lemon wedge from your ice tea is enough to do the trick.
My friend Anne-Marie absolutely swears by Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick. Her complexion glows, so she’s worth a listen. The potent and fragrant botanical blend soothes inflammation without aggravating peeling. The rollerball application is downright fun too. Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick is a powerful alternative to traditional acne treatments. I warn that sensitive folks won’t enjoy the intense aroma or the tingly burny sensation. Keep it away from your eyes. For real. Beauties who enjoy a natural product, this little wonder stick is worth keeping in the arsenal to address those rude little imperfections.
My girl Annie sent me an email that I think is worth sharing with you. Annie is an eyebrow goddess, and therefore I implicitly trust her advice (though I haven’t yet tried this trick myself).
Here is her brow wisdom.
Castor oil has many useful applications, including breaking up scar tissue I hear. One word of caution, after some advice from a well-known body worker, my friend Trisha rubbed castor oil all over her midsection in an effort to break up scar tissue from a gnarly accident and subsequent surgeries. Trish tends to do things balls to the wall and the intensity of her bedtime castor oil application wasn’t any exception. The next morning after a vigorous 2 hour yoga intensive, Trisha darted back to her apartment, but didn’t quite make it before she shit her pants. Even worse? She dropped her drawers and ran up the stairs Porky Pig style (shirt + no pants), and a dude was walking his dog in the alley and caught her bare shitty ass running up the stairs. Let Trisha’s humiliation serve as your warning. Castor oil is great, but take it easy or you can shit your pants.
I was under the impression we all decided that super grainy scrubs were no bueno. Does anything take you back to middle school like St. Ives Medicated Apricot Scrub? I came into this Acure Brightening Facial Scrub by way of a friend who manages the beauty and supplement department of Whole Foods. He gets so much good shit and thankfully he shares. Amazing friend. The gritty texture of Acure Brightening Facial Scrub is quite coarse and not suitable for everyday use for most folks. To summarize the experience, imagine massaging a bit of ground up kelp and sand on your face as it releases an organic earthy-oceanic fragrance. As you can see, the scrub contains quite a few powerhouse antioxidant sources, but I’m not confident I’m receiving much of them during a two minute exfoliation. Truthfully, I suspect most of the components of this blend get washed down the drain before activating any meaningful results. This product is the crunchy-granola equivalent of St. Ives. If you are on the hunt for a natural, organic, thoughtfully-manufactured alternative to the old standby, consider Acure.
Go outside. Wasted the summer on the sofa? There is still plenty of time to get off your ass and feel the sun on your face. It doesn’t have to be an all day commitment. My friend Trisha and I took a short but challenging hike over the weekend and celebrated with smoothies and pancakes. I was back on the couch with the bong by 3 pm, but this time with a misguided sense of accomplishment. Go natural. Lose the make-up, hair dryer, and trappings of effort and just go as you are for at least a day. See how good you look free from all the cosmetic “enhancement.” Ever since I stopped brushing my hair like an Olsen everyone keeps saying how great it looks. A dialed-down you might receive surprisingly interesting reactions. Why not cultivate an effortless look by actually using less effort?Embrace frivolity. Before September strikes, enjoy a moment of total silliness. Play in a sprinkler. Wear ridiculous vintage. Smile at strangers. Read Jacqueline Susann. Send a postcard. Shamelessly court fun.
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