Sunday, April 13, 2014

New Skincare/Beauty-Spring 2014 FOR the Eco+Active

Beauty Press, Spa Buzz-NYC

Multi-tasking, natural (or better, organic), anti-aging skin/haircare -and men's grooming---new products…all 'hitting up' the big beauty themes for 2014.

At several recent trade and media events-we found a few brands that deliver on one of the aforementioned.

bareMINERALS® of bareEsentuals® is a major makeup brand…beloved by the world-for good reason... it's products deliver chemical free coverage that heals and hydrates.


easy to travel with starter kit

NEW from the QVC bestselling makeup line: The Dawn Of A New Foundation---bareSKIN Serum Foundation...a liquid foundation with believable color matches…AND a skincare serum with SPF 20-all in one. 

It comes with a unique brush that captures just the right amount and spreads the formula evenly/cleanly- a nifty hybrid between beloved kabuki and concealer brushes. We had our color matched and then applied on dleivering hydrating, lasting believable coverage that past the sunlight test. IMO-letmetellyou…no need for anything else…ideal for those wanting more moisturizing coverage than those best-selling BB cremes. 
colors of bareMINERALS bareSKIN Serum Foundations 

bareMINERALS brush

Dermorganic (@DermOrganic) eye catching recyclable packaging--delivers OIL FREE & FRAGRANCE FREE SKIN CARE that is VEGAN - with NO ANIMAL TESTING - NO ARTIFICIAL PRESERVATIVES - is SULFATE-FREE & GLUTEN-FREE -and importantly for haircare-without 
SODIUM CHLORIDE, SALT, MEA, DEA OR DYES - PLUS-is PARABEN-FREE & PROPYLENE GLYCOL-FREE - and pH BALANCED 4.5 - 5.5-an effective level.Impressive! The haircare Daily Conditioning Shampoo and Daily Hydrating Conditioner are loaded with moisturizing argan oil, good for all his types including treated tresses ---and the coveted 100%  Pure Argan-is cold pressed and sourced from Fair Trade suppliers from Morocco-eco and fair wages assured….and great for head to toe moisturizing that is absorbed super fast-our go to product before a swim. We also have the Soapless Facial Cleanser with Moroccan Argan Extract on cleaning speed-dial-cause we have found that sudsy soaps are drying irritants and probably not good for the environment either. DermOrganic's non-abrasive version -gets off waterproof makeup-even in the delicate eye area-with plant based lipids and Yuzu fruit extract (used in Korean herbal teas)-ensure moisturized, pampered skin.  

BONUS POINTS: Bottles are made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic-and clear contents-including the high percentage (about 70-100%) of organic ingredients-are right on the boxes.


Extracts from native Texan plants-including healing organic Aloe Vera, Rose of Jericho, and Sunflower Seed Oil…forms the basis of DEAR CLARK's five products-Resurrecting Wash, Resurrecting Rinse, Thickening Balm, Smoothing Elixir and Finishing Salve-for hair---that bonus points- are all sulphate, silicone, paraben, cruelty, and gluten free-100% made in Texas with USA packaging---those facts goes along way to ensuring true quality of ingredients. 

Aromatically-the natural essential oils deliver a truly lovely experience-in the products we tried (wash+rinse) -that work for our regular gal's hair. The labels and packaging are vintage looking-not fussy---and help to relay the natural leanings of the contents-something men will appreciate too. 

The entire line delivers soothing hydration and styling protection…BECAUSE unlike a lot of other products out on the market-Aloe Vera is the first (and most plentiful) DEAR CLARK ingredient.  Nice.

FYI: DEAR CLARK-last names of founders Holly and Kaycee, respectively-who operate a popular Dallas salon that we bet smells really good. @dearclark


False lashes could be considered a less toxic version of how to get fluttery peepers ---(?)...had us thinking about what mascaras are actually made of.
And we checked…so are very jazzed about the inspired by Japanese Harajuko culture---Dolluxe by Charles Reger's assortment of false eyelashes. Sold in pacts of one or three-with top and bottom lash options too--- they are really uniquely incredible. We can see why fashion backstage makeup artists LOVE. And yes, adhesive needed-but this brand's is formaldehyde free. And the lashes survive more than one use.



FYI-the company's wigs are big sellers at Ricky's  @DolluxeUSA




















AND ---from a brand we reviewed a few months back…
Juara's skincare products are based on the active botanicals-a combo of Indonesian herbal remedies and western science underscore an approach that is just smart. PLUS: Juara products are all 100% vegetarian and cruelty free-AND sulfate-free, petroleum-free, phthalate-free, and mineral oil-free---and certified by SafeCosmetics.org…(must read website, imo)


from the homepage...

In honor of Earth Month, Juara will be donating 10% of all websales to the 
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) for the month of April.

NRDC = an environmental action group that works with businesses, elected leaders, and community groups on the biggest issues we face today and has a great reputation in terms of transparency and accountability. We like how they are working to close the loopholes of enacted legislation…designed to protect our most precious resource-clean, fresh water.

Juara is a huge supporter of this organization because they are active in so many areas including creating a clean energy future, global warming, marine life, endangered wildlife, pollution, safe and sufficient water, and fostering sustainable communities.

How great is this!!!!?!