Wednesday, February 24, 2016

GLAMGLOW FLASHMUD Review - Sexy in a Flash!

Tonight I tried the NEW mud mask from GLAMGLOW - FLASHMUD. I am a huuuuge (not in Trump voice) Glamglow fan and have tried almost every other mask, exhibits A - C:


The FLASHMUD brightening treatment might just be one of my favorites because it exfoliates and brightens with instant results. It was so cool to see the actual tea leaves and sticks on my face which help with the exfoliation process. If you're looking for that natural glow, the FLASHMUD is a must try! I  tend to have dull, dry skin and the FLASHMUD made my complextion brighter, smoother and more luminous. Although I don't suffer from uneven skintone, this mask is supposed to be really great for pigmentation issues after just a few uses. I started by applying the mud mask in a circular motion to "pre-exfoliate" as instructed. This awesome tingling came after and the mask started to set. Once I rinsed it off after 20 minutes my skin felt glorious. For the record, I kind of have sensitive skin and the mask wasn't too much for it. If you are sensitive, I suggest testing out a little spot before you go full on FLASHMUD. Everyone needs a good exfoliation in their life and I would definitely recommend this one.

Here's what GLAMGLOW has to say about this beauty cabinet must-have:

Powerful & Innovative multi-brightening complexes help to create the brightest, lightest & luminous perfect skin.

 The TEAOXI Technology in FLASHMUD™ is White Birch Leaf. It delivers natural Betulin, Betulinic Acid & Ellagic Acid to create an improved color balanced skin tone. 
WhiteEnergy™ is a brilliant fusion of powerful natural actives to create intense bright & even results. Flashlucent™ is a combination of skin translucency optimizers featuring 3 levels of exfoliation to drive ingredients into the skin for luminous younger looking skin. 
Reflectrum™ is a blend of brightening ingredients boosted with diamond photoluminescence to increase the reflecting level of the skin and make it appear radiant & more attractive. 

Designed for Instant & Extended results for Men & Women of all ages, all skin types & all skin tones. FLASHMUD™ will have you Sexy in a Flash!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Q&A with CV Skinlabs Founder, Britta Aragon

CV skinlabs is one of our favorite lines because of how effective and healing it is. There's  a product for everyone to use. Check out this informative Q&A with founder of CV Skinlabs, Britta Aragon:

What is the driving force behind CV Skinlabs?
We are out to change what consumers expect from their skin care products. The time for harsh, toxic chemicals that are linked with a number of health problems is over! Consumers deserve safe products made with natural and organic ingredients that actually nourish, repair, and help improve the condition of skin, but that’s rarely what they get when shopping in the department stores. On the other hand, that’s exactly what they get with our products, and once they try them, they don’t want to go back.

What is your mission, as founder of CV Skinlabs?
Our mission is to provide everyone—including those with sensitive skin, those going through medical treatments, pregnant women, and even babies—healthy, restorative skin care that delivers beauty and safety without compromise. Our products can be used by anyone with complete peace of mind.

We insist on the utmost in safety, by toxicologically examining and screening all ingredients for any link to irritation, cancer or hormone disruption, but we also conduct results-driven, rigorous clinical testing to be sure that our products perform at the level we expect. The result is a line of products that work like a healthy diet for your skin—full of good-for-you ingredients that actually give your skin what it needs to look and feel its ultimate best.

Is there a background story to the creation of CV Skinlabs?
I developed CV Skinlabs in response to a need. I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease at the age of 16, so I know what it is to go through cancer treatments and to suffer the resulting side effects on the skin. We’re talking dryness, flaking, thinning, and premature aging effects. Yet I couldn’t find skin care products that did me much good. It was like slathering on a solution that did nothing but cover my skin for a few minutes.

It got even worse when my father was diagnosed with cancer. He suffered even more severe side effects than I did, including a nasty rash on his face. I tried products specifically targeted for “sensitive skin,” but they actually made his fragile skin worse. I later discovered they were laden with potentially harmful chemicals linked with irritation, eczema, redness, inflammation, allergic reactions, and even cancer.

After my father passed in 2007, I knew I had to make a change, so I founded Cinco Vidas in 2008, and dedicated the work to my father's legacy. In September 2011, I published When Cancer Hits, a guide for the newly diagnosed. But my dream was always to create a skin care line that would address the issue of sensitive, medically treated skin. So I assembled an expert team of leading dermatologists, toxicologists and holistic skincare chemists and developed CV Skinlabs. We launched in March 2012.

Why do people need CV Skinlabs products?
It’s kind of like asking why do people need to eat a healthy diet. The skin is an organ, just like the heart or the lungs. It requires the same sort of care, as far as nutrients and hydration are concerned. Yet somehow we’ve been duped into believing that we can slap a little petrolatum or alcohol on it and it’s fine. We need to change that thinking. The skin needs vitamins. It needs minerals. It needs fatty acids. It needs antioxidants. It needs the same types of things the rest of our body needs in order to function correctly.

When it doesn’t get these things, it becomes dry, cracked, and compromised—even “ill”—and that’s when you see things like fine lines, wrinkles, redness, thinness, and sagging. Healthy, properly nourished skin looks vibrant, radiant, and youthful. Plus it’s more likely to resist problems like dermatitis, eczema, rosacea, acne, and even cancer.

People want to look younger—that’s a given. What we need to understand is that a youthful appearance comes from good health. We understand that a healthy body looks good. We need to transfer that thinking to the skin. If you want to look radiant and young, you should be using CV Skinlabs, because that’s how you’re going to get your skin healthy.

Which skincare concerns does CV Skinlabs cater to?
CV Skinlabs can help with all sorts of skin conditions. I’ve mentioned most of them—dryness, cracking and flaking, peeling, thinning, redness, inflammation, eczema, dermatitis, rosacea, and sensitivity. Those with medically treated skin love our products. We’ve toured hospitals and cancer centers and nurses are astonished by the results they’re seeing in their patients. Those struggling with wounds that haven’t healed find things change when they start using our products. We’ve had moms write in to tell us how CV Skinlabs has helped speed wound healing for children with eczema. (Check our website testimonials for before and after pictures.)

Meanwhile, even those with so-called “healthy” skin are raving about CV Skinlabs because of the way the products boost treat dryness and create new radiance and glow. We’ve got makeup artists at New York City’s Fashion Week using CV Skinlabs on their models because of how it helps the skin look great even amidst a number of makeup and wardrobe changes. And holistic doctors love it, too, because they can recommend it to their patients without worry—all the ingredients are safe and the products really work.

What sets CV Skinlabs apart from the competition?
It’s true that there are other skin care companies out there that are focusing on natural and plant-based ingredients. What sets us apart is that we care about safety, sensitivity, and efficacy. We understand that a natural product that contains a known allergen is going to cause reactions in some of our customers, and that’s not okay with us. We know that even some natural ingredients are linked with skin irritation, and so they don’t end up in our formulas.

Sensitivity is a growing issue in today’s population. We’re surrounded by more chemicals than we ever have been before in history, and our bodies are reacting. We have more allergies. We have more reactions. We have more sensitivity. So we focus on ingredients that have a track record of being effective without causing these sorts of issues.

Finally, the last way that we’re different—and I think this is a big point—is that we care about efficacy. We want these products to work! I’ve tried natural products before and they may have smelled nice or whatever, but they didn’t make any difference in my skin. That’s just not acceptable. It’s a waste of money! So we worked hard in formulation and during testing to be sure that these ingredients worked well together, and in such a way that they really made a visible difference on skin. We couldn’t be happier with the results, and from what we’re hearing from customers, it was worth the effort.

Tell us about some of the unique characteristics of your products.
One thing that we’re really proud of is our Tri-Rescue Complex. Every one of our products has it.  It’s a synergistic combination of three key ingredients:

·         Bisabolol: This is the main active ingredient in the medicinal plant chamomile; it delivers powerful anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties.
·         Reishi mushroom: This is known as the “mushroom of immortality;” it increases cellular turnover and hydration.
·         Turmeric: This is an ancient spice that has been extensively tested lately for all its many health benefits; we already know that it’s a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, and some studies have indicated a potential anti-cancer activity.

We’ve combined these three ingredients to rescue damaged, inflamed, and sensitive skin.

We also use a number of other ingredients that have scientific data supporting their benefits—again, that dedication to real results! Some of these include:

·         Aloe Vera and Water Lily: Help cool and heal burns, encourage healing, calm irritated skin and reduce inflammation.
·         Jojoba, Olive, and Safflower: Provide superior moisturization, protect from dryness, soothe irritated skin, protect skin’s outer layer and give skin a smoother, softer appearance.
·         Oat Kernel Extract and Beta-Glucan: Conditions skin, helps encourage healing, relieves itching and discomfort.
·         Calendula and Sea Buckthorn: Reduces inflammation, encourages wound healing, supports skin-cell regeneration, promotes skin recovery, protect from the damaging effects of the sun, soothes skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis.
·         Ginger and Vitamin E: Provides antioxidant protection, conditions skin, controls oil production, protects from the damaging effects of the sun, helps reduce age spots.
·         Fair trade, certified organic shea butter from the Léo region in Burkina Faso provides superior moisturization to help heal cracks and peeling.

And finally, we’ve paid special attention to our packaging so that our customers with neuropathy, arthritis, or similar conditions can still use our products with ease.

·         Safe from contamination: CV Skinlabs uses no jars, but only one-way evacuation pumps and tubes to reduce the risk of contamination, and to protect the ingredients from the effects of the air around us.
·         Easy to use: People with arthritis, neuropathy, or other movement challenges caused by medications, diseases, or other health conditions can find it hard to perform simple tasks like buttoning a shirt or opening a jar. CV Skinlabs created customized bottles, tubes, and pumps easy to use by anyone.
·         Recyclable, safe & BPA-free packaging: We use PET bottles (#1) & PE tubes (#2) which are picked up through most curbside recycling programs as well as not known to leach any chemicals linked to cancer or hormone disruption.
·         No glass bottles: They can crack, break, and shatter, creating a safety hazard.
·         Reduced ecological footprint: In an attempt to contribute to earth-saving manufacturing processes, CV Skinlabs included our product brochure on the inside of the packaging where appropriate.                                                                                                                      

FFollow @GBSBeauty on Instagram for your chance to win CV Skinlabs products during 12 Days of Giveaway starting on December 13th! 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Get your coffee fix and exfoliation in one!

I loveeeee a good exfoliation, I mean who doesn't?! Get the silkiest skin with Juara's Coffee Invigorating Scrub and Daily Concept's Exfoliating Gloves. These 2 products are the perfect duo. So let's talk scrub. First of all, coffee. Must I go on? This is the perfect start to your morning to really get the energy flowing. This invigorating coffee scrub is made with Indonesian Sumatran coffee beans and finely crushed walnut shells that will awaken your senses when you exfoliate. Your skin will be brighter, more supple and nicely hydrated. It's a perfectly scratchy scrub without actually scratching your skin (if you know what I mean) & it really gets all of the dead skin off. Pair it with the exfoliating glove for the ultimate scrubbin'. Great for all skin types and cleanses thoroughly without any gross sulfates. For all you self tanners out there, you'll love this pre-tan. Hands down favorite scrub ever. Follow up with the Juara Candlenut Body Creme for ultimate deliciousness and hydration. 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Oxygen: The Answer to Gorgeous Skin

Happy FriYAY! Today is a great day to have your skin prepped and ready to go for the weekend. A long work/school week can really take a toll on your skin leaving it in need of a pick-me-up. When my skin needs a little extra TLC, my favorite way to freshen it up is with Dr. Brandt Oxygen Facial. Revitalize stressed, dull skin in just 3 to 5 minutes. I love the Oxygen Facial because of the way it feels during and after the application. When you apply it to your skin it starts to get all bubbly and foamy (feels so cool). Once you've breathed some life back into your skin, just rinse and love the way your skin feels with instant results. Here are the essential nutrients used to make this facial so amazing: 

  • Antioxidant-rich grapeseed oil - moisturizes as it counteracts the day's negative effects from UV rays, pollution and weather. 
  • Kaolin clay - draws out impurities while apple fruit extract brightens your tone and promotes a smooth, even texture. 
  • Naturally astringent lavender oil - soothes inflammation and controls oil production.

So whether you have damaged, sensitive, oily or dull skin - Oxygen Facial will do wonders for you. Hands down will be one of your favorite products in your beauty cabinet. Revive and enjoy!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Lengthy & Voluminous Lashes...that last!

Still trying to track down an awesome mascara? Same here. I've been on the prowl for the perfect mascara and I've tried quite a few that I've really liked, but I finally found one that I LOVE! Blinc Amplified Mascara has been the answer to my eyelash prayers. Amplified is the same concept as the original Blinc mascara, where it tubes your lashes and makes it really easy to remove. All you have to do is take a bit of water and put some pressure on your lashes and the tubes slide right off (so cool to see it, too.) What I love most about the Amplified mascara is how it lengthens and volumizes all at once. Blinc Amplified doesn't flake, smudge or is LIFEPROOF! 

Amplified is great on its own, but when your mascara just doesn't normally stay on, paranoia strikes and you're constantly worried that it's running. That's when the Blinc Black Lash Primer comes in for back up for extra volume and protection. This primer is AWESOMEEEEE. Instead of the usual white lash primer, this one is jet black and is great for those of us with very light lashes, who want their mascara darker than night. As one of my favorite 2-for-1's, not only does the primer enhance lashes, but it is also a treatment that encourages new lash growth. Who wouldn't want that?! It's a great best friend to the Amplified mascara and now my  makeup bag must-haves. With these two products heat, sweat, water or anything else will have nothing on your lashes. Gotta love the va-va-voom volume with this lash-lovin' pair. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Butter for the Summer: the ultimate hair care ingredient for the summer heat!

Haircare with butters are a must for Summer, when your hair is in need of hydration! Butters are known to protect, close up hair cuticles, nourish and restructure the hair. Check out my top picks for products that have a butter ingredient in them:  

Cocoa butter and Shea butter aren't the only effective butters out there, although it seems that way because they are always in the spotlight. Explore other butters and try something new. There's a product out there with butter for every hair type. Butters aren't always so heavy either so if you have finer hair and think that it'll weigh it down, well that is not always the case. For those with finer hair use a little less and start 1" - 2" from the root. Ladies, I chose the Alterna Bamboo Men Nourishing Conditioner and Shave Cream because it is not only a great conditioner for men, but it is also an amazing product to shave your legs with.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Memorial Weekend Must-Haves!

We are heading to the beach for this long weekend! Woo! Us GBS girls do not pack lightly...we are ready for the beach and after. Check out our picks for Memorial Weekend must-haves :

  • Supergoop! SPF 30 Antioxidant-Infused  Sunscreen with Vitamin C Broad Spectrum Spray - if there is anything from this list you use let this be it. YOU HAVE TO PROTECT YOUR SKIN! #1 Rule always use sunscreen, always! 
  • Living Proof Instant Texture Mist - let's keep the beachy waves going all weekend long!
  • Mio Get Waisted  - help debloat your tummy and get bikini ready before you head out.
  • Maskeraide Weather Warrior Sheet Mask - calm, soothe, and heal after the beach your skin.
  • Supergoop! Lip Balm SPF 30 - because who wants burnt, chapped lips?! 
  • OPI Infinite Shine To Infinity and Blue-Yond- the perfect shade for your fingers and toes will have you looking fabulous. 
  • Cane + Austin Ultra Sheer Weightless Sunscreen SPF 50 - your face needs way more protection. Protect you skin from aging and sun damage because wrinkles aren't a good look!
  • Davines Su Hair & Body Wash - super moisturizing for your post-beach shower.
  • CV Skin Labs Rescue & Relief Spray - will bring hydration back into your skin and is a LIFESAVER if you get a burn.
  • Tan Towel Express Tan - if you're in need of a little color before you go to the beach so your legs don't look so pasty :) 
  • Evian Facial Spray - keep cool all day long by giving your face and body a little spritz of happiness
  • Violet Love headband - they look so great with any bathing suit and such a beautiful selection of fun, summer styles.
  • The Wet Brush - get those tangles out after the water and the ocean breeze .
  • Rene Furterer Dry Shampoo - sweat? what sweat? spray a little to your roots so your hair is looking fresh.

Stay safe this weekend, have fun & relax :)