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My Chagrin Valley shampoo bars review!

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NB: Nothing to declare! Product mentioned bought by me!

Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve products!

For the last few months, I have been testing out the two shampoo bars that I purchased from Chagrin Valley.  I have not had too much experience with Shampoo bars and previously I had only used the babassu bars from Anita Grant.  I have been a fan of liquid cleaners as they are more likely to lather (which by the way, assuming they don’t contain sulphates, assist in removing grease and dirt from the hair, but they are not absolutely necessary for cleansing).  Plus the fact, I am not a fan of soap melting away in the bathroom, but I decided to give them a try.  I purchased the Babassu Marsh Mallow and the Butter Bar Conditioner Shampoo Bars.  I got about 7oz. in each bar for about US$8.

See how large the bar is!!! Covers my entire hand!

Good value!  I cut off pieces of the bar as I needed it.

Babassu Marsh Mallow Shampoo Bar – 7oz.

Babassu Marsh Mallow Shampoo Bar –  The main ingredients are Babassu oil, which is great for thick hair and helps with restoring strength and elasticity,  and marsh mallow root, which a well-known botanical used for its detangling, softening and hydrating properties.  This bar had a citrusy, herbal scent that dissipated when rinsed.  I parted my hair into quarters and I was able to get a pretty decent lather from the bar.  It did not strip my hair of its moisture but neither was it super moisturizing.  My scalp looked/felt clean and it did not itch while I was washing it.   I also did not notice any significant ease in detangling.  This was a generally a good bar, not amazing, but I would repurchase.

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How do you save the Earth & be beautiful? eos can help!

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So April 22nd is Earth Day.  We should all, in our own little way, be doing our part in helping our planet.

When it comes to skincare, I definitely like to keep it natural and this is where eos comes in.  Evolution of smooth (eos) is a natural skincare line with mostly naturally derived products and eye-catching packaging.  I have been testing a few of their products.

First is the Everyday Hand Lotion.

eos Everyday Hand Lotion in Cucumber

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Smashbox's Be Legendary Lipstick makes me feel like a legend!!

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When Lori Taylor tweeted last December about some new lipsticks that Smashbox was bringing out, I was intrigued!  I was eager to feed my newfound passion for lipsticks.  Fast forward to the new year and I couldn’t wait to place my order!

Smashbox’s Be Legendary Lipsticks are new for Spring/Summer 2012.

Smashbox's Be Legendary Lipstick

There are 22 shades, from neutrals to brights to deeps and they also come into a variety of textures from mattes to creams to shimmers.  Smashbox also added shea butter and antioxidants Vitamin A and E for the creamy lipsticks.  The shea butter adds creaminess and moisturization properties and the essential vitamins act as antioxidants and therefore can protect the lips.  The matte shades also contains Vitamins A and E.

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Banishing dry, flaky skin with SheaMoisture Body Scrub!

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One of the things that I love doing on the weekends (besides eating) is using an all-over body scrub.  My skin gets super dry, itchy and flaky especially during the colder months. The wintery air and the dry heat of the radiator leaves my scaly.  I sometimes even get dry patches that makes it look like I am moulting! So once a week, I exfoliate using a body scrub.

Exfoliation is vital to any skincare routine.  The body generates new skin cells in the dermis (the innermost layer of skin) roughly every 28 days.  As these new skin cells get older, they get pushed to the outermost surface of the skin (the epidermis), eventually die and gets filled with keratin (a protein).  This keratin helps protect the skin from outside world.  The epidermis then naturally gets eroded (or falls off) and so the cycle continues.  As we get older, this constant process becomes less efficient and that leads to patches of flaky, dead skin cells that makes the skin less smooth.  Also, when you apply moisturizers, serums, treatments etc., this flaky skin prevents these nutrients from getting to the deeper layers of skin.  This is where exfoliation is important.  When you remove this outer layer, you reveal fresher, healthier, younger looking skin and all your treatments are more effective.  You want glowy skin? Start with exfoliation!

Recently I have been using the SheaMoisture Organic Argan Oil & Raw Shea Body Scrub with Frankincense & Myrrh.

SheaMoisture Organic Shea & Argan Oil Body Scrub

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Last Chance for SheaMoisture lovers!

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Hey!

Image courtesy of SheaMoisture

Just a quick note:  This weekend is the last chance to visit the SheaMoisture booth in Bryant Park at 42nd Street.  They have their entire line of products including their men’s grooming and baby line (and some items that I have not seen consistently in stores).  I have been hauling and I will be back for some more goodies.  As I have mentioned before, I really like this natural line and they are good for naturals, non-naturals and those transitioning.  I also have picked up some of their body care items that I am liking so far.  I think that they may still have the 3 for $20 offer, which is a steal of a deal!!!

So head on the Bryant Park and check it out.  Last day is Sunday January 8th.

Let me know what you guys haul!!!

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