It’s that time again! All of us at Beautyfix by DermStore are thrilled that today marks the launch of the tenth season of Beautyfix, just in time for you to scope out tons of new beauty products for spring. From body products like BareEase & Cream’s Prep Kit for Ouchless Hair Removal to fun color cosmetics like eyeshadows from Colorescience, this Beautyfix season is chock full of awesome new beauty products for you to try. I’ve tried all the new beauty products we introduced this season, and fell in love with them all. Here’s the 411 on a couple of my favorites, plus what other members of the panel had to say about them.
Goldfaden Daily Scrub
I love this one so much I’m not even sure where to begin! I am big on exfoliation and have tried many, many scrubs. This has earned a spot on my “favorites” list for a few reasons. It doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin, it utilizes real ruby crystals (these are commonplace in professional microdermabrasion procedures), it contains hydrating agents like seaweed extract and hyaluronic acid, AND it leverages the powers of red tea, which is supposed to provide 50 times the antioxidant properties green tea does. The panel agrees—celebrity makeup artist Shiyena dug its subtle grapefruit scent, and she loved how soft and smooth her skin felt after using it.
Nick Chavez Amazon Spray
A good hairspray is hard to find—and this one, with its ability to provide flexible hold, volume AND shine, is one of the best I’ve had the privilege of trying! You already know that you’ll never get any puny foil packettes in your Beautyfix kit, but you WILL get to try out the full-size version of certain products, and this is one of them. As panel member and beauty buyer Nicole Cardi points out, Amazon Spray is particularly useful when it comes to keeping a good blowout going for a couple of days. Love it!
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Good things come in small packages, and that is definitely true for La Bella Donna’s Co-Exist Gel Crème. This tiny little pot holds the age-fighting power of marine algae, many highly effective ingredients, and might be just what you are looking for to add to your anti aging skin care regimen. It seems to tighten aging skin, lift and hydrate skin on contact, and when you look a little deeper into the complex formulation, you can see why.
The first thing that caught my eye was the multitude of seaweeds and algae in the Marine Algae Complex, which has unbelievable benefits for aging skin. Sea vegetables are packed with nutrients that nourish the skin and reverse the signs of aging. For centuries kelps and other oceanic plants have been eaten by people on every coastal region of the planet. Not only are they a delicious addition to any meal—their health benefits far surpass any plant that grows above sea level as they contain key minerals that aren’t found anywhere else in plant form. Their secret to being so densely packed with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients is the fact that they are permanently submerged in seawater, which is mineral and nutrient rich itself. Seaweed is also rich in beta-carotene, Vitamin A, minerals and amino acids, and maintains collagen, making skin supple, soft, and wrinkle free (well, at least wrinkle reduced).
In addition to the Marine Algae Complex, La Bella Donna’s Co Exist-Gel Crème contains Hyaluronic Acid, which can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water. This not only drenches your skin in hydration, but aids in tissue repair by increasing collagen production. It also contains the collagen, elastin and glucosamnoglycans increasing Matryxil, which is thought to be very beneficial in the synthesis of these 3 components for anti-aging skin care.
There are so many amazing ingredients in this little jar that I can’t list them all, but the proof really is in the results you see after the first use. Everyone who tries it is shocked by how good their skin looks all day.
In honor of Earth Day, we’d like to feature the eco friendly brands that have participated in Beautyfix. Many of the brands that have been selected for Beautyfix follow green practices and strive to provide consumers with amazing products while stepping lightly on the earth. Natural skincare and natural makeup can be good for your skin and for the environment too. Some of our brands deserve a big pat on the back for their commitment to sustainability and their dedication to helping the earth.
Decleor does an amazing job of infusing their products with essential oils while taking care of the environment around them. They strive to formulate the most active natural products while taking care of others’ well being. Their world is about trust, balance and respect. Decleor does not use any ingredients sourced from endangered species. They use paper derived from sustainably managed forests for boxes, bags and brochures and offer 100% natural products through their Aromessence serums and night balms. They also support traditional growing techniques and have made long lasting relationships with local producers to support their local communities. Another way they give back is they support responsible development on the island of Madagascar through a sponsorship program called ASMADA which strives to preserve Madagascar’s ecosystem. Here they have developed a reforestation program to protect natural water sources, a solar electrification program, contributions to the economic development of the island, and the commitment to continue to use many active ingredients and essential oils that are produced locally by small-scale producers. While embracing your inner self with natural skincare, you can also help local economies around the world.
SpaRitual is an eco friendly nail care and body care brand that creates eco-friendly nail polishes and bath and body products all wrapped up in eco friendly packaging. They use vegan ingredients from around the world and their formulations are naturally colored and free of synthetic dyes. They are constantly monitoring sustainability issues and are always striving to be on the cutting edge of environmental awareness. SpaRitual also launched a nail color named AWARE that benefits the Go Green Initiative with a contribution of the shade’s sales. A nail brand that cares about school and the environment? Count me in.
Canyon Ranch has a very considerable concept of philanthropy. The founders of Canyon Ranch, Mel and Enid Zuckerman make a heartfelt commitment to promoting health and wellness through their active support of organizations dedicated to improving people’s lives. They donate scholarships, fund research and are active in supporting local, national and international groups. They donate thousands of Canyon Ranch vacations to members of organizations researching wellness, partner with the Dream Street Foundation which is dedicated to helping young adults with life-threatening illnesses and support the Healthy Living Scholarship program. They have also established the Canyon Ranch Institute that educates, inspires and empowers every person to prevent disease and embrace living a life of wellness.
COOLA Suncare is another brand that is dedicated to using natural ingredients. All of their packaging is recyclable they do not test on animals. Their offices are dedicated to being green by using recycled papers, reusing boxes and packaging and using solar tube lighting and energy efficient equipment. They select their vendors based on the absolute finest product quality and everything is made in the USA. COOLA is dedicated to using natural sunscreens, botanicals and certified organic ingredients in their products. COOLA not only smells great and offers amazing sun protection, but they are eco-conscious and aware of the importance of recycling.
I’m highly impressed by Four Truffles contribution to communities around the world. Four Truffles is a woman-owned, women-run natural skincare brand created by women, for women and their families and strive to make women’s lives around the world better. They strive to tie in the sense of family, community and unity together to help unify the world inside out with the additional elements of love, hope, faith and eternity. They strive to serve as a conduit around the world and work directly with women-owned argan forest collectives in Morocco. While getting the best ingredients they are simultaneously helping improve the social and economic status of the women in those regions in turn supporting their local land and community. Four Truffles believes that everyone’s lives are interwoven and we all effect one another’s environment and well being. They are dedicated to uniting women around the world and its resources calling it Tribunity-uniting the world into one tribe. Check out their video on argan oil and their Women4Women Journey.
RAW Natural Beauty is another company that makes a global effort in their initiatives and ingredients. They use ingredients that are biodegradable and sourced from providers who practice sustainable agriculture and reject the use of pesticides and genetic engineering. Their brushes are cruelty free and their packaging is biodegradable. They are also committed to the guidelines of Fair Trade production treating everyone with the compensation and respect that they deserve. RAW Natural Beauty’s ingredients are grown using good ecological practices and their cultivation helps to support local farming communities as well as reforestation and educational programs. Their founder Christina Marcaccini is extremely dedicated to RAW’s global and local efforts. Their efforts are seen around the world in Brazil, Madagascar, China, Mongolia, Australia, France, Sicily, and Morocco. Christina says, “The farming cooperative where our Argan extract is grown reveals a side of Morocco that few tourists ever see. Here, the women who care for the Argan trees are taking it upon themselves to create literacy programs and plant seeds of opportunity for their daughters. This gives me a new sense of what beauty truly is.”
Source: Flickr User Ziliv
glow.com is another company donating for earth day. 5% of their proceeds from their new natural and organic section will be donated to earthday.org. That makes shopping a little more rewarding!
Beauty really does come from within. As women, we should all be more conscious of our surroundings and take care of ourselves as well as our communities and planet. It starts with just a few things and grows into a much larger initiative. You’d be surprised at just how much you can actually do. For more information on Earth Day and activities for earth day, visit Earthday.org.
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