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Thursday
Jun222017

Younghee Essential Rinse 

Despite using a shower filter and living in a place that has soft water, I can still feel some mineral buildup on my hair. Thankfully the Younghee Essential Rinse Purifying Scalp & Hair Toner changed that.

There are two formulas: Apple Cider Vinegar and Mint. I tried the vinegar, which removed mineral buildup perfectly. It's good for sensitive scalps as it contains rose, chamomile, lavender and calendula. It's also free of silicones, parabens, and sulfates.

I use it after shampooing; you can also use it alone on days you don't shampoo to refresh your hair. If you want to try it, you can request samples online and get 10% off your first order.

Available for $29 (4 fl oz) at www.essentialrinse.com.

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Friday
Jun162017

Musgo Real

If you're procrastinating like I am, you're probably still wondering what to get Dad for Father's Day. Musgo Real has an extensive collection of men's grooming products that will definitely fit the bill. This special brand was launched in the 1930's and it's still a beloved brand in Portuguese households. 

Choose from four scent collections: Classic Scent, Orange Amber, Spiced Citrus, and Oak Moss. Each fragrance line offers a Cologne ($60), Shaving Cream ($22), Body Soap ($15) and Soap on a Rope ($25). 

The soaps are really excellent. Made with 100% vegetable oils and walnut extract, each one is handcrafted to perfection, ensuring a scent longevity that doesn't exist with many other brands.

Available at clausporto.com.

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Monday
Jun122017

Eve Lom Kiss Mix Colour

Eve Lom just released a lovely trio of Kiss Mix Colour ($24) tinted lip balms. A new addition to the original clear formula, these are made with palmitic and amino acids to plump lips while beeswax soothe dry skin. Use it alone for a simple polished look, or layer under lipstick to enhance moisture and color saturation.

I got to check out Demure, a sheer pale pink and Cheeky, a bright cherry red. There's also Lippy, a nude shade that's flattering on most skin tones. If you want color, definitely get the Cheeky. The Demure is pretty sheer so that's ideal for beauty minimalists. 

Available at Space NK and Sephora. 

 

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Wednesday
Jun072017

Kiehl's Grooming Solutions for Men

Just in time for Father's Day, Kiehl's launched a new Grooming Solutions line for men. The six-piece body and haircare collection features a beard grooming oil, body soap, styling gel, cream wax, texturizing clay, and a two-in-one shampoo and conditioner. 

The Exfoliating Body Soap ($15, 7oz) contains jojoba seed powder and pumice to buff away rough skin while pracaxi oil conditions the skin. The light cedarwood and sandalwood fragrance makes it especially appealing.

The Texturizing Clay ($18) is made with Moroccan lava clay to let you style and define hair without weighing it down. The scent is barely noticeable so it's great for those who don't like strong fragrances. 

The Nourishing Shampoo + Conditioner ($8-$50) lets you skip the conditioning step. Free of sulfates and silicone, the gentle formula has arginine to nourish the scalp. 

If you order by June 12 you get free shipping and gift wrapping, so hurry on over to www.kiehls.com.

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Thursday
Jun012017

Endorfin Foods Chocolate

Based in Oakland, CA, Endorfin Foods specializes in organic dark chocolate that's made with unroasted, ethically-traded cacao. Blended with coconut milk, coconut sugar, spices, and essential oils, these dairy-free bars are ideal for vegan and paleo diets as well as anyone seeking a healthier confection. 

Because the cacao is not roasted, the antioxidants and flavor profile are present in each bite. It's not as smooth as regular chocolate, but it's definitely worth a taste if you have a gourmet sweet tooth.

I got to try three flavors. Ginger and rose are the stars of Passion (56% cacao). I love the warmth of ginger but thought the rose is too mild to stand out. Featuring SF's Ritual Roasters, Turkish Coffee (60% cacao) has fragrant cardamom to lift the lovely coffee notes. My favorite by far is Heirloom Nibs & Salt (72% cacao), which has heirloom Ecuadorian Arriba Nacional cacao nibs and Peruvian pink salt. The nibs and salt make this one extra tempting—there's a mild nuttiness that's hard to resist. 

Each bar is $6.75 (1.4 oz). Available at endorfinfoods.com.

 

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Thursday
May252017

Lavido Skincare

Based in the Galilee Valley, Lavido skincare focuses on using organic plants. The Israeli beauty brand also uses mineral-rich water from the Sea of Galilee, making it extra healing. To make it even sweeter, the prices are also reasonable. 

The vegan-friendly Replenishing Facial Serum ($59, 1oz) is steeped in plant actives. It has 19 plant oils including organic pomegranate seed, lemon myrtle and cold-pressed mandarin. It's quite rich so you only really need a few drops for the entire face. 

The Ultra Daily Facial Moisture Cream ($45, 1.7oz) feels a bit thick but absorbs well. I prefer to use it at night but you can use less for daytime. It contains organic cold-pressed evening primrose seed, calendula, frankincense, aloe, and lavender to balance and rejuvenate the complexion. 

The hydrosol water-based Alert Eye Cream ($49, 1oz) is an excellent choice for summer weather. The gentle and light formula contains a mix of orange blossom water, rosewater and geranium flower water to soothe dry skin. Hyaluronic acid is added to boost moisture and it absorbs quickly for under makeup use.

Available at www.lavido.com.  

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Wednesday
May172017

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils

Fans of the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil ($26) will rejoice in seeing the new shades. The cult product has been an instant hit since it launched and this season there are four new shades to play with. Each one contains hazelnut and organic jojoba to nourish the delicate lip area.

Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in 04 Candy.

05 Tangerine

Both 04 Candy and 05 Tangerine react with the pH of your lips to produce a unique pink and coral color. Fun stuff, huh? Don't be fooled by the green hue of 06 Mint—it gives a transparent finish that comes with a minty, cooling sensation.

06 Mint

07 Honey Glam delivers a shimmery gold effect that's extra lovely when you layer it with lipstick. It also has macadamia and sunflower seed oils so you get the benefits of skincare with the appearance of a lip gloss. 

07 Honey Glam

Available at all Clarins counters and ClarinsUSA.com.

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Friday
May122017

Cosmetic Acupuncture at Union Center for Healing

This past spring, I was invited to try Cosmetic Acupuncture at the Union Center for Healing in Seattle. I've never done this before and was excited to see what my results could be. While it's not a replacement for Botox or other cosmetic fillers, this is a non-invasive, holistic alternative to look more youthful in a natural way.

What makes UCFH's treatments unique is that they focus on your overall constitution, not just the face. Health factors, stress, diet, and environmental stressors inevitably show up on your complexion. For example, if you have liver issues, it will show up on your upper cheek area. With that in mind, your acupuncturist will offer lifestyle advice to improve your results. 

Ten weekly sessions are recommended but twice weekly is ideal for those with advanced aging. Electro stimulation may be included as needed. I noticed initial results after a few sessions and by the tenth one my forehead looked visibly smoother. It didn't erase all the fine lines but my face looked more toned and had a vibrant glow. My overall health and vitality has also improved, so it's a win-win.

The first 90-minute visit is $150, a 60-minute return visit is $120. A package of five is $525, ten is $1,000.

Union Center for Healing is located at 2100 East Union Street (206-329-2060). For more info: unioncenterforhealing.com/cosmetic-acupuncture

For editorial consideration, review treatments were provided by the brand.

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Wednesday
May102017

Clarins Pore Perfecting Matifying Foundation & Matifying Kit

As summer season heats up, you'll need makeup products to keep the inevitable oiliness at bay. Clarins recently launched their Pore Perfecting Matifying Foundation ($38, 1 oz) and the Pore Perfecting Matifying Kit ($48) to combat the shine and perspiration.

The Pore Perfecting Matifying Foundation actually acts more like a tinted primer and a tiny bit goes a long way. I prefer this over regular foundation as who wants a heavy layer when it's hot outside? It contains acacia gum to blur enlarged pores while red clay absorbs excess oil. Organic marsh samphire is also added to keep your skin moisturized. For my light-medium complexion shade 02 Nude Beige was a perfect match. 

The Pore Perfecting Matifying Kit features a whisper light translucent powder that helps blur imperfections. What makes it extra brilliant is that it contains a compartment with blotting papers. You can also get a refill ($18) once you're done. 

Available at www.clarinsusa.com

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Tuesday
May092017

True Botanicals Pre Cleanse Oil

True Botanicals now have their very own Pre Cleanse Oil (4 fl oz, $48), which is an excellent addition to the cleansing oil category. It contains a nourishing trio of organic plant oils (sesame, jojoba, and apricot kernel) to remove dirt and makeup without drying out the skin. The uplifting addition of bergamot fruit oil makes it feel extra luxurious.

Just dispense 2-3 pumps, then massage it gently onto dry skin. Once the makeup is dissolved, layer your preferred facial cleanser on top. You don't need to rinse off the oil before adding cleanser, which will save a bit of time.

I just love how soft my skin feels after using the oil; it also makes it look more plump and healthy, too. It's like a makeup remover, cleanser and moisturizer in one. I'm pretty sure this is gonna be a must-have for green beauty fans.

If you haven't yet tried this awesome skincare line, you can get $20 off your first order ($40 minimum). Use the discount code TAMITRUE20 at checkout. 

Available at truebotanicals.com

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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