Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream

I was exited to hear about Josie Maran’s new product, Infinity Cream.  I was completely sold after I watched ‘A Day in the Life of Josie Maran Infinity Cream’ on YouTube (watch video Here). I was secretly hoping to look just as effortlessly beautiful as Josie when using this creamy oil and pictured myself strolling through a farmers market whilst dabbing the product on my elbows. Although that didn’t quite happen, I was still happy with my results and the variety of ways in which this product can be used.

I have personally used Infinity Cream in the following ways:

  • On my bone dry hands and cuticles
  • Fly away hairs
  • Spot treat on the dry areas of my face
  • Eye Shadow – works amazing!
  • Lip moisture

This is extremely concentrated and a little goes a long way. The package fits nice in a purse, since there are so many uses it is a great idea to take it with you! Here are some MORE uses, yes there’s more, from the JM Website:

-Deeply moisturize dry areas of the face.
-Soothe irritated skin caused by rosacea, wind, or sunburn.
-Soften elbows, heels, and other rough patches.
-Keep stray eyebrows in place.
-Smooth flyaways.
-Moisturize at night.
-Prevent razor burn and irritation.
-Prevent skin dehydration during airline travel.
-Apply as a lip conditioner before lipstick.
-Apply over lip stain for a silky finish.
-Lightly dab on eyelids before applying eye shadow.
-Apply before or after using cheek stain to improve blendability.
-Transform powder eye shadow or pigment into a cream by mixing with Infinity Cream.
-Mix with a powder luminizer to create a light, shimmery lip balm.
-Use as a subtle face highlighter to illuminate cheekbones, lips, and brow bones.
-Mix with a powder blush to create a silky cream blush or colored lip balm.
-Hydrate and plump dry, swollen undereyes.
-Apply to fingertips and toes to hydrate and soften cuticles.
-Quench skin post-sunburn.

 

Learn more about this and other products at the Josie Maran Website, so far everything I have tried I love. Read about the first product I fell in love with, Argan Oil, here.

Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque

multivitamin power recovery masque

Nothing says relaxation to me like taking a hot bath. To make this experience even better I love to add a few special touches while I sit and relax in the tub. For one, I always like to add something to the water (bath salts, oils etc) and I love a good mask for my face. I know not a lot of people take the time for the so-called extras like facial masks but they can really make a difference in improving the skins appearance.

I recently used the Multivitamin Recovery Masque by Dermalogica which is one of my all time favorites. The MV Recovery Masque is filled with vitamins, antioxidants and rich algae to name a few, that instantly repair and replenish the skin.  It is ideal for people with aging concerns (hellooooo!) and stressed skin. This would be the perfect mask after getting over a flu or a cold (Read here for more on skin and sickness), after getting too much sun, or when you just have that “dull” look going on. This mask is also my go to when I have an event or a hot date night and want my skin to glow. It has an instant hydrating effect!

You can check out some of the other masks by Dermalogica sorted by different skin types and which concern you want to target. Add a mask to your weekly regimen and you will see a difference, enjoy!

Related posts below:

Benefits of bath

Turkish Bath

Broccoli Mask

 

Skin and Sickness

Q1 Epidemic: flu in the office

I have been getting sick a lot lately. Scratch lately, more like my entire life. It seems I pick up every bug going around.  I hear people say things to me like, “You’re sick again!? You’re always sick.” Or if you are my mom you simply just tell me what a hot mess I am. True that mother, true that. But to be fair she also makes me homemade chicken soup, lucky me!

After my last cold which lasted about 4 days I looked into the mirror and noticed how crappy I looked. My skin was dull and flaky, not exactly the picture of healthy skin I talk about here. I know that not looking fabulous is not the worst side effect of having the flu or a cold but it’s definitely not a good one either.

Here are a few steps I take to get my skin back to glowing after a bout with a sickness.

Exfoliate!

This is key after being sick. A common skin concern is dry flaky skin, especially if you haven’t been drinking enough fluids. Peeling back that dead layer of skin will help you get the glow back and also help with product absorption. I would choose a gentle non-abrasive exfoliator in case your skin has been sensitized during your illness.

Mask

I like to apply a deeply hydrating mask to my skin after a cold. Especially if you have been taking over the counter meds or antibiotics because they can wreak havoc with the skins hydration level. If you do not have a “fancy” mask at home you can even use a few tablespoons of Pure Aloe Gel (maybe we a few drops of Lavender essential oil) and apply directly to the skin. Preferably while relaxing in a hot bath, ahhhh.

Spot Treat

Due to toxins being released breaking out is common during times of illness. It is best to apply these types of products at night while the skin is regenerating (let it dry before your head hits the pillow). Clays, Tea tree and Lavender essential oils are all great natural ways to heal an acne breakout.

In future posts I will also be sharing what information I have been seeking to strengthen my immunity. Hopefully I will stop getting sick all of the time and keep my skin looking its best. I have learned so much and continue to learn what steps to take, foods to eat and medicines to avoid. I will share what has worked for me and please share with me if you have any immunity boosters that have worked for you! More to come!

 

Original Sprout-Natural Hair Gel

Well it had to happen, my son has my hair. Thankfully although extremely curly it is also super adorable (I wish I could say the same about my curls). Now that we keep his hair a little shorter than we used to he gets a few crazy pieces that stick up and slicking it back with water like I usually do doesn’t always work anymore.

I had heard about Original Sprout brand and this was my excuse to finally try it out. The founder of this hair and skin care line decided to create a product with pure and safe ingredients after the birth of her daughter. Because this line is natural and organic and made especially for babies and up, I felt good about using it on my little guy. Original Sprout also has quite the celebrity following!

I bought the Natural Hair Gel and I love it. It is gentle, smells great and rinses out really well. I will be trying more from this line soon, I have the sun protection on my wish list. Will report back on what I try! For now here is a picture of my little guy!

Read more about Original Sprout here and let me know if you have any feedback on these great products!

 

Ch ch ch Chia! Super Skin Food

I used to eat Ground Flax Seed  every day, nowadays I eat Chia Seeds. There are so many health benefits and it is amazing for the skin. Chia seeds are rich in omega Fatty Acids, in fact the richest in any plant based food. These omega-3 fatty acids help keep the skin cells plump and healthy.  Along with the omegas it also contains antioxidants and hydrating effects which are essential for healthy looking skin. Some of the other health benefits include:

High in fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Great plant based protein source.

When compared to Flax Seed they are favorable because they do not have to be ground up and also have a much longer shelf life.

Have been known to cut sugar cravings and are really helpful with elimination issues (this should be a staple if you are trying to lose weight, it helps you feel full).

A few ways to incorporate Chia into your diet:

  • Throw them in your smoothie (I know, I know that is my answer to everything)
  • Soak the seeds in water for 10 minutes. The consistency turns into a gel and you can add it to your beverage of choice for something different. (tons of recipes out there)
  • Add to breads, meatloaf or cookies to add some high quality nutrition. (You can buy this in powder form as well)

Moms, this is a great food to give to your kids, especially when they go on food strikes and will NOT eat anything you cook. Plenty of ways to sneak this into foods they WILL eat (not that this is happening to me…sigh). This is truly an amazing Super Skin Food, your skin and body will thank you for adding this to your diet!

Do you eat Chia? How do you enjoy it?

 

 

 

 

Sweet Lips!

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I am offering Free Shipping to celebrate Valentines day this year for my New Simply Jess Lip Balms! Just type in FREESHIP at checkout, click here to find my store on Etsy.

Read more about this BOMB balm here and if you have tried the balm already I would love to hear your feedback!

P.S. The fellas happen to love this balm-great gift idea!

*Offer expires February 15th, 2013

Cleaning your brushes!

 

When was the last time you cleaned your cosmetic brushes? If it took you a while to answer this question it is probably time. It is easy to ignore this process but it is really important to clean the brushes on a regular basis.

Not only are you removing the old make-up when you clean them, but also oils from your skin and bacteria build-up. If you are having problems with breakouts/acne and are not regularly washing your brushes this could be contributing to your problem.

How do you clean your brushes? There are great videos on you tube showing different techniques for this process. Personally I clean them by my sink, adding my sons natual body wash to my hand and swirl my brushes gently in the soap. I rinse them out in warm water, careful not to get the brush handle wet (you don’t want to loosen the glue holding the hairs together). I lay the brushes down on a towel and let them dry overnight. Again if you need to see an example check out you tube.

As far as how often to clean your brushes, I have heard anywhere from 1-3 weeks. If I clean mine every week I think I am doing pretty good. If you wear many different shades and pigments you might want to clean them more frequently.

Brushes are expensive and if you care for them properly they have an extremely long lifespan. Hope that helps, happy washing!

 

Simply Jess: Coco-Mint Lip Balm

Natural Lip Balm Coco-Mint

As some of my readers know, I have just opened a store on Etsy, Iheartskincare. My brand is and will always be natural, non-toxic and efficacious. iheartskincare.com will continue to be a resource on lifestyle, products, nutrition and how they play a role with our skin.

My first product, Simply Jess Coco-Mint Lip Balm is a terrific alternative to the commercial lip balms out there because it penetrates the skin delivering great hydration. My husband is finally off the chapstick and my 2 year old loves it too! We are constantly applying it especially this time of year with this crazy dry weather.

My natural Lip Balm’s main function is to soothe and heal dry and chapped lips, here are some of the key ingredients:

  • 100% pure Organic Peppermint essential oil – heals dry, chapped lips with a cooling effect.
  • Shea Butter – Rich and moisturizing
  • Organic Coconut Oil – Nourishing and protecting
  • Organic Sweet Almond Oil – Relieves dryness and irritation

I use only use top quality and organic ingredients with no harmful chemicals added (such as Parabens, artificial color or fragrances). Please check out Simply Jess at Iheartskincare on my Etsy Store to learn more!

Argan Oil by Josie Maran

 

As I am transitioning to pure ingredients in every area of my life, I am constantly searching for natural lines that use quality ingredients. As I learned more about the Josie Maran Cosmetics line I was excited to try it out. The sourced ingredients I read about such as Argan Oil, Coconut Oil, Mango seed butter and more, are the type of natural yet effective ingredients I like to put on my skin.

I recently tried the 100% Pure Argan Oil and love it. It is extremely versatile with uses ranging from a daily facial serum or moisturizer to dry nail beds and hair. Although it is an oil, it is silky and easily absorbed, not greasy whatsoever. The best part is it is 100% organic! Since my entire body is terribly dry right now with this weather I have tried this oil all over and love the texture and hydrating effect.

I also love the simple and Eco-friendly packaging.  You can tell this company has great pride in taking care of the environment and giving back, which you can read about on their website. The product packaging is recyclable and containers are biodegradable. Josie Maran’s motto for her brand is “Luxury With A Conscience.” Love it! 

I can’t wait to try the cosmetics and color from this line, I will be sure to share what I try out!