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A childhood interest for art and design grew into a passion for all things beauty. Currently, I’m still smitten.

9.08.2013

Organic SheaMoisture Skincare Essentials for Men

Notice the crisp temps in the morning?  Fall is around the corner which means you should switch things up a bit with your skincare.  Guys, in particular, suffer from dry skin from outdoor elements and, of course, shaving.  This trio is perfect for your man's routine even if he's a little sensitive.
Organic SHEAMOISTURE Shea Butter Shave Cream -- softens his beard for a close comfortable shave while treating skin inflammation and irritation. Pomegranate oil fights ingrown hairs and razor bumps while Chamomile extract soothes skin along with Jojoba oil and Shea butter for hydration. Use with the SHEAMOISTURE Ultimate Shave Brush (and a clean razor).
Organic SHEAMOISTURE Facial Wash & Scrub is a deep detoxifying cleanser that lifts the beard to enable cell regeneration and a non-irritating shave. Jojoba beads gently exfoliate as Willow Bark Extract (a naturally derived form of salicylic acid), Black Seed Oil and Kaolin Clay cleanse, moisturize and help prevent ingrown hairs.
Organic SHEAMOISTURE Tea Tree Herbal Bump Preventer After Shave Elixir has potent ingredients. Aboriginal Tea Tree Oil, Birchwood Sap and witch hazel band together to provide instant relief and moisture while protecting open pores from bacteria.
All products are available at Target, Walgreens and Harmon Discount.




(Picture from Google Images.)

5.18.2013

Beauty Myths Busted

BSB is happy to shed light on some of the most popular beauty myths around.  For one, stuff like "eating greasy foods causes acne," is not necessarily true.  It's more likely that sugary or starchy foods trigger breakouts and blemishes.

More Fiction vs. Fact

"You can shrink your pores." Porexia can only be minimized in appearance with a salicylic acid-based exfoliant to keep them unclogged like MURAD T-ZONE REFINING GEL/$40 at SephoraFor a DIY treatment, try an egg white and honey mask to tighten skin or aloe vera gel.


"Pluck one gray and seven more will grow back." Since each hair follicle can only produce one hair at a time, it's possible that the follicle next to the gray is already beginning to produce another. Brush hair with coconut or apricot oil to soften wiry grays and consider a semi-permanent color to match your natural shade.

"Crossing your legs will cause varicose veins."  Contrary to popular belief, standing for long periods of time may be the culprit..  Poor circulation makes it difficult to pump blood from the legs to the heart.  Be sure to shift weight from one leg to the other, stretch, point and flex your toes or jump up and down to get the blood flowing. 

Got a question about a beauty myth?  Ask us on the blog.

Sources:  RealSimple.com; Sephora; HuffingtonPost.com;  InStyle Nov 2012; mySkin; CookingCosmetics

2.27.2013

Be a Nail Pro with Nail It! Magazine

As of last week, manicure aficionados have a publication that has nail addicts covered.





NAIL IT! Magazine is the first lifestyle magazine for those who love nails -- it covers art, color trends, products and nail care. It also has a go-to-guide for local salons, DIY tips and tricks, and of course, celebrity style. And there's more...but if you're obsessed with your nails, get your copy at at newstands now or subscribe here.





1.28.2013

Best Travel Hand Creams


Photo Credit:  Travel + Leisure / Levi Brown 

This frigid weather is no joke! Even with gloves, my hands can become extremely dry.  Check out a couple of  Travel + Leisure top picks (along with a  BSB fave) to keep your hands hydrated.

Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve ($13) Formulated for the driest hands, this moisture treatment is a rich formula offering care and protection all day from neglect and harsh elements with a blend of botanical oils.  It IS super thick but my hands feel soft like a baby's bottom. It feels like the moisture is sealed in even between hand washings!

EOS Everyday Hand Lotion ($4) : Infused with moisturizing Shea butter, oat extract, and vitamins C and E, this travel-friendly pod leaves skin soft for hours.  It's 97% natural, paraben and lanolin free plus it fits right in your cosmetic case.

L'Occitane Shea Butter Nail & Cuticle ($18)  This creamy balm contains Shea butter, anti-oxidizing carrot oil, softening honey, grape seed and coconut oil along with anti-bacterial myrrh.  It penetrates the skin quickly to protect, moisturize, and replenish dehydrated hands. (Lightly fragranced but also paraben free!)

What's your remedy for dry hands?

1.07.2013

Mani Monday: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquers




Many of you are fans of OCC's gorgeous lip glosses but their nail collection is just as amazing. It includes 36 richly pigmented shades that dry in minutes and last for days. A quirky range of inky dark hues, demi matte brights and a rainbow in between! Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Laquer has the perfect polish for you. And for those who favor a polish that goes "green" each shade is free of formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, formaldehyde resin and camphor. Also available at Sephora/$8.