Posts Written On October 2017

Make your Fall more joyful – color your hair with Splat Hair Color

Splat Hair Color is one of the top brands in at-home fantasy hair color, offering several products in alluring shades, from instant Hair Chalk to Complete Kits with bleach and color included. Splat aims to provide a bold and daring medium by which to express your colorful and creative nature. With so many celebrities having bright colored hair and Halloween coming up, just wanted to put the brand on your radar.

Splat Hair Chalk

Splat Hair Chalk is temporary hair color for a day, a beautiful way to add pastel color highlights to your hair. The chalk slides on dry and instantly adds just the right touch of color. The compact is designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand so it is easy to hold onto and apply to hair. The result is soft color that is easy to brush, curl or style after application and is easily washed out with shampoo! You can highlight your hair with a different color every day. The applicator sponge is included for easy application close to your hair-line or when applying color to your braid. Kit Includes: 1 Compact of Splat Hair Chalk & 1 Applicator Sponge.

Splat Midnight Collection

Splat Midnight collection is a semi-permanent fantasy hair color that is easy to apply. Formulated for brunettes it conditions your hair while you color, and there is NO BLEACH necessary! Go from boring to fabulous with this all in one kit in just minutes! Splat midnight collection leaves your hair looking and feeling fresh and bright!

 

Splat Ombre Collection

Splat Ombre Hair Color Kit, a great way to add color highlights and dimension to you hair.

Splat Rebellious Color Kits

Splat rebellious hair color contains a unique formula that will give your hair vivid color. This is a one application kit for all hair colors. It can provide subtle hints of color to unbleached or dark hair or intense, vibrant color to bleached or blonde hair

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Lavera: 30 Years of Organic Beauty

Lavera fully controls its ingredients and owns all production facilities in Germany. The company only uses natural ingredients, most of them organically grown, which are naturally residue free. In addition to the 300 organic ingredients the company uses in its almost 300 products, it produces over 300 natural active ingredients. Everything from the product idea to development and design comes from a single source: Lavera, in the heart of Germany.

Lavera’s trusted line is also dermatologist tested for the most sensitive skin types and allergies and is cruelty free and certified by Natrue, the European Natural Beauty Certification Body.

 

Some of Our Favorites:

Mascara Volume Effect – This mascara is so good it won an award! Its natural, non-toxic ingredients are ideal for sensitive and allergy prone eyes as well as contact lens wearers. It’s been tested by dermatologists and ophthalmologists and received the Good Housekeeping Research Institute’s Best of Natural Review in 2012.

Hydro Effect Serum – Gives all skin types a protecting and hydrating base. This vegan formula with natural hyaluronic acid, organic aloe vera and moisturising biosaccharides replenishes moisture reservoirs, protects skin cells from environmental effects and prevents premature skin aging.

Ultra Hydration Cream  This 24-hour moisturizing cream containing organic wildrosehip seed oil and organic macadamia nut oil provides long-lasting moisture for dry skin and reduces fine lines for a soft and smooth result.

Makeup Fluid NUDE Effect – Brilliance boosting makeup with second skin effect. Comes in four shades. It’s ultra-light texture feels like you’re not wearing foundation and leaves your skin looking natural and flawless.

About Lavera: Since its founding in 1987, Lavera has grown to include nearly 300 natural and organic beauty products. Lavera health and beauty products are currently sold in more than 24,000 locations in 40 different countries globally. The natural skincare market leader in Europe, Lavera boasts a 27 percent market share in general health and beauty. Headquartered in Kirkland, Washington, the North American Division was formed in 1998 and is selling Lavera products to Health and Beauty retailers in the US and Canada and online at www.lavera.com .

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Thinking in Icons, by design expert Felix Sockwell

I recently received a really cool design book! It is a book on symbols, graphic design, and hand-lettering for the designer in all of us that newly launched.

Designers are always working and thinking spatially and it is difficult to articulate their brilliant thought process. A new series of books on design from The Quarto Group help do exactly that.

Symbols, emojis, and hand lettering are becoming a big part of our daily lives. We use it in texting, emailing, and overall communication. For first-hand knowledge of this trend, reference Thinking in Icons, by design expert Felix Sockwell. A Designer’s Research Manual, an essential in any design library, has been completely revised, with all new case studies, photos and graphics, and updated technical information. Every day hand-lettering is gaining popularity, kids love to do it, adults try their hand, and we all have a unique spin on these elegant fonts. To get started try, Written by Hand, a guide for hand lettering your signs, posters, and activities.

Thinking in Icons, by design expert Felix Sockwell was the book that I received and I spent a very nice afternoon checking it out. Page after page, learning about how iconic logos came to be and the thought process behind the designer’s mind. Often you start with something complex that has so much meaning on every level. Then pairing it down to what is sleek, simple yet meaningful – that is the icon.

In Thinking in Icons, artist and designer Felix Sockwell takes readers through the process of creating an icon, covering many styles and visual approaches. Sockwell also offers examples of his collaborations with Stefan Sagmeister, Debbie Millman, and other high-profile designers, and features the work he has done with an impressive roster of blue-chip international brands, including Apple, Facebook, Google, Hasbro, Sony, The New York Times, and Yahoo.

From the most refined corporate visual systems to the ubiquitous emoji, icons have become an international language of symbols as well as a way to make a wholly unique statement. Without even realizing it, billions of people interpret the language of icons each day, this is the designer’s guide to creating the next great statement.

Discover many styles and visual approaches to this deceptively complex art. – Buy it here

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Sunless Bronzer and Accessories

Here are several very cool products I would like to introduce. They are from Skinerals!

Skinerals Californium Sunless Bronzer is designed for all skin types. The natural blend of plant-based oils, essential oil blends, and fruit and plant extracts will help to moisturize, rejuvenate, and reduce fine lines.

Californium Sunless Bronzer –This mousse formula applies a natural tan effortlessly, free of streaks and unevenness. Made with all natural and organic ingredients, it is a great alternative to products with potentially harmful ingredients. It’s available in an 8oz bottle for home use and a travel size for touch ups on-the-go. You’ll love the natural and gorgeous glow the Sunless Bronzer gives. Retail: $27.99

Microfiber Applicator Mitt–The best way to apply the Californium Sunless Bronzer is to partner it with Skinerals’ applicator Mitt and Padded Wand. The Mitt does its job in ensuring that stained hands and nails will not be a factor in giving your face the beautiful, tan glow, that you’ve been looking for. Retail: $6.50


Padded Self Tanning Wand–The newest addition to the Skinerals line. The Tanning Wand Applicator is long enough to reach the lower spots on your back, while still creating a smooth and even tan. Retail: $10

Every Skinerals product is entirely vegan, gluten-free and cruelty-free. To view the entire collection of organic skincare products, visit: https://skinerals.com.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: This Plastic-Free Line is Helping the Cause!

As seen in Martha Stewart Living! 

Go plastic-free and help fight Breast Cancer with ECOlunchboxThis eco-friendly lunchware brand is not only healthy for our planet, but a much healthier choice for people as well. For Breast  Cancer Awareness month this October, ECOlunchbox will donate $1 from every item purchased off of their website to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Just visit ecolunchboxes.com, select your order, and use the code COOKINGACURE at checkout. 

If you want to keep your family safe from such risks, consider plastic-free products like this celeb favorite brand. Jessica Alba and Jason Mraz are huge fans of ECOlunchbox because every item in this award-winning line is plastic-free – made of high quality stainless steel.

Opting for plastic-free products can help you avoid hazardous chemicals that are known to disrupt endocrine systems, and increase risks for cancer. Learn more about the importance of going plastic-free here,

Choose from an array of containers and bentos that come in various shapes and sizes, such as this “Three-in-One bento set; or the popular Seal Cup Trio  a leak-proof set of three nesting containers. These lunch kits are ideal for taking your food or snacks on the go! This Splash Box and Pods Set is perfect for packing up an entree and two sides in the small Splash Pods.

Stay healthy with this line of convenient and safe food accessories, and learn tips for living a healthier  lifestyle on their blog: i.e, one cancer survivor offfers advice on “cooking up a cure,” here.  Shop the entire ECOlunchbox collection, here.

  • Reusable
  • Stackable and clippable
  • Healthy for people and planet
  • Made from high-quality stainless steel
  • Plastic-free / BPA-free
  • Dishwasher safe
  • $9.99-$25 at Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Container Store, or ecolunchboxes.com
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Statement Hair this Fall? You Need THESE Products!

ColorProofand Macadamia Professional, a brand that infuses a unique blend of Macadamia and Argan oil into their products. ColorProof is launching a body builder for your hair (seriously…) – the SuperPlump Whipped Bodifying Mousse provides a power boost of body, bounce and shine with lasting style memory and maximum color and heat protection. While Macadamia Professional is launching their first Leave-In Protein Treatment – replenishes stressed-out, depleted strands with essential vitamins and minerals – andSmoothing Curl Cream – controls unruly curls while still providing a light, crunch-free feel.

 

 

Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Leave-In Protein Treatment ($22.00, Available at Ulta/Ulta.com)

Delivers reinforcement to strengthen, replenish and protect. Used regularly, hair feels healthier and becomes more resistant to breakage. The perfect balance of ingredients leaves hair soft, conditioned and never brittle (over-proteinized.) Protects hair strands and helps to prevent against future breakage by increasing elasticity.

Key Ingredients:

  • Premium Protein Blend – Soy, quinoa and potato proteins fortify and help prevent breakage by increasing elasticity.
  • African Baobab Extract – Known as the “Tree of Life,” this sustainable source helps supplement with essential vitamins and minerals

Recommend usages include:

  • Before coloring to strengthen hair resulting in longer lasting color
  • After any chemical treatment / process
  • After using heat tools
  • As split end mender
  • After being in the sun / beach / pool

 

Macadamia Professional Smoothing Curl Cream ($19.95, Available at Ulta/Ulta.com)

A conditioning styling cream that controls and smoothes unruly curls, while still providing a light, touchable-soft feel. Fights humidity for fizz control, tames flyaways and creates a natural-looking shine. Premium blend of hold and styling agents provide long term curl retention.

Key Ingredients:

  • Rice and Soy Proteins – Help reduce breakage and tame unruly curls.
  • Vitamins A & E – Nourish and lock in moisture.
  • Coconut Oil – Provides moisture and softness to dry, damaged hair.
  • Olive Oil – Maintains color and provides shine.
  • Grape Seed Oil – Provides hydration and protects against moisture loss.
  • Pistachio Oils – Protects against environmental extremes.

 

 

 

ColorProof SuperPlump Whipped Bodifying Mousse (9oz/$26; 2oz/$9 at ColorProof.com)

This ultra-rich, all-over bodifying crème mousse instantly delivers astonishing volume for a full-bodied silhouette. Designed to nourish and keep strands soft and flexible, this incredible, alcohol-free, salt-free formula provides a power boost of body, bounce and shine with lasting style memory and maximum color and heat protection. With this super-concentrated formula, a little goes a long way for instant lift and larger-than-life style.

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