Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Organic Sunless Tanner from Skinerals


Happy First day of Summer!
It's been over 100 degrees here in Los Angeles all week, 
that means summer has arrived with
a bang!

I have a new organic sunless tanner to share with you guys that
 I have been pleasantly surprised by!
I try a lot of bronzing products out so I was not expecting
anything out of the ordinary.
Let me say, this really worked great and was super easy to use!
Skinerals is a line of skincare that is made with
minerals not chemicals!
Their products are made with organic ingredients found in nature.
They are vegan, gluten-free and cruelty-free. 

 This was my first time testing out this line, and I tried
It's a lightly clean scented whipped mousse.
I applied it with the mitt that they recommend
and it was so easy!
It did not feel sticky or have a yucky tanning smell at all!


I used several pumps on my legs and just lightly rubbed it in.
I used the a lighter application around my feet and knees.
It dried quickly and
I noticed a bronze effect immediately.
There are no parabens, petroleum, propylene,
SLS, artificial dyes, phthalates or synthetic fragrances!

This picture was taken after only 2 hrs and there was
a noticeably deeper shade and bronzy look.
I didn't get any streaks or unevenness and 
it looks very natural in my opinion. Not orange.

The color lasts about 4-5 days. Bronzy goddess color!
I'm very impressed so far with this product, especially
that it is a healthy alternative that has a quick, easy payoff.
If you like to look darker without sitting in the sun for hours or
without using chemical based products, then this is a great
healthy option!
You can find all the natural ingredients list
on the Skinerals website here and get a bottle
for yourself!

xoxo,
Taj


Thursday, June 15, 2017

New at Target: Healthy Sunscreens & Fab Swimsuits!

Target has the cutest swimsuits right now!
I love that you can score some expensive looking
suits for around $25!
The tribal and boho chic look is still really 
on point this year and these three I scooped
up are going to be on rotation!
This green push-up style with coral tassels has 
a pretty fabric detail and the back
has cute double strap details. 
It has a very tropical vibe to me!


I am really loving this high neck style swimsuit as it covers
your entire chest and protects from the sun.
No sun spots please!
I love the detail on the hips too with the three straps.

How fabulous is this bandeau style suit!
So pretty and glamorous!
I can't wait to pair all of these with cute caftans or cut-offs.

For healthy sunscreen, I came across Pacifica.
There is a spray spf 30 Mineral Bronzing Sunscreen with Coconut Probiotic 
(80 minutes water resistant.)
It gives a sun-kissed glow while protecting you.

There is Pacifica spf 30 Mineral Face Shade Coconut Probiotic (80 min water resistant.)
It has probiotics and caffeine to protect and hydrate.

The Pacifica Mineral spf 50 Face Stick is exciting for parents with kids!
This is easy to apply on the go and not have a mess.

There are two spf 30 lip balms.
Pacifica Sun +Lipcare Mineral lip balm clear and sheer tint
in the color nude.
Really loving these so far!

All of these items from Pacifica are 100% vegan, cruelty free,
free of chemical UV absorbers, PABA, octisalate, octinoxate and oxybenzone.





The other healthy sunscreen brand Target carries is Bare Republic.
I've talked about this brand before and we love it! We used this all last summer.
There is a Bare Republic spf 50 Clearscreen Spray Sport (80 min water resistant.)

Then, there is a Bare Republic spf 40 Mineral Sunscreen Spray Sport (80 min water resistant)
and a spf 30 Clearscreen Sport Sunscreen Gel with a natural coconut and mango scent!

All of the Bare Republic sunscreens have no parabens, synthetic fragrances,
oxybenzone, octinoxate, retinyl palmitate and
are made of plant based ingredients.

So lots of healthy options now available at Target! It really matters to 
apply a healthy sunscreen for your health and also for the health 
of the oceans and lakes, etc. 

Happy sunning! 
xoxo,
Taj

Monday, June 5, 2017

Himalayan Sea Buckthorn

If you have yet to hear of Sea Buckthorn then let me fill you in!
Sea Buckthorn is a berry that is super charged with powerful
antioxidants and 190 bioactive nutrients, vitamins and minerals!
 Sounds wonderful right!
Sea Buckthorn has been used traditionally for it's healing skin, 
hair and nails benefits.

SeabuckWonders has a line of products made with certified 
organic Seabuckthorn oil form Tibet.
It contains the highest level of the rare Omega-7 that is not only
great for the skin, but also used internally for cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, liver health
and immune support.

I was excited to try the SeaBuckWonders face cream and body lotion as I take their
supplements and love them.
Sea Buckthorn Facial Cream helps to moisturize deep within the skin.
I found it to be a lightweight, hydrating formula. 
It says it supports skin cell functions, protects against visible signs of 
UV stress, enhances skin tone and texture.
It is suitable for all skin types.
It is 100% natural and is infused with Omega 3, 6, 7 and 9.
It is non-GMO, paraben free, gluten free, vegan and naturally scented with
orange oil.
I've been using it for several weeks and I really like it!
My skin feels supple and looks brighter.
I really like that it doesn't feel greasy or sticky.
Of course the idea of using something on my skin that
has the highest form of rare Omega-7 feels great too!
I would definitely recommend as a night time cream.

The Sea Buckthorn Body Lotion has all the same benefits
as the facial cream.
It is naturally scented with orange oil, so it does have that invigorating smell to it.
It quickly absorbs and feels moisturizing.
I was using it on my belly and thighs especially to help reverse
the stretching I have from my pregnancy.
It has a nice herbal blend of calendula flower, chamomilla flower, 
tilia cordata flower
and St. John's Wort extract. 
Both of these products also have aloe vera in them as well.

Overall, they are both quite nice and with all natural
ingredients these are great products to add to your
skincare rotation!
Have you tried Sea Buckthorn? If so, what are your
thoughts?

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo- Taj


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Kneipp Natural Skincare


(Lemon Verbena & Avocado Butter Hand Cream, Arnica Bath Oil, Lavender Body Wash)

I came across a natural skincare line by Kneipp
that smells amazing!
Everything is vegan and uses essential oils.

I really love the story behind the brand!
125 years ago, a naturopathic health pioneer Sebastian Kneipp
educated and provided people with a simple plan for good
health through natural healing powers of water, plants and herbs.
Now that is right up my tree! 
The products are free from preservatives, silicone, mineral oils & paraffin.
 They have plant-derived, functional ingredients that are skin tolerance confirmed by
dermatologist.

I really like the bath packets! I'm a big believer in the healing power of baths 
and adding essential oils, salts and herbs, etc.
These are perfect little packets to just pour in and
enjoy a wonderful healing, stress free bath!
Find more Kneipp products here!

(Red Poppy & Hemp Bubble Bath, Eucalyptus Mineral Bath Salt)

Kneipp is having a cool giveaway you can win too thru Aug, 14!



Enter your chance to win the Let’s Explore Package, featuring:

Shinola Detroit Arrow Bicycle
Kneipp Natural Bath & Body Products

Link to sign up: bit.ly/SummerLovinSweeps

XOXO,

Taj


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Heal Your Skin Naturally: Psoriasis Free & Clear




I've got a great book for you guys about using food
and your positive energy to heal your
skin issues!

The focus is on her journey with this skin issue and how she
took steps to heal herself.
What I love about this book, first off, is that you can really apply 
these things to your body whether you have psoriasis
or any other condition! Particularly though, skin issues that so many
people have these days due to so many diet factors and stress. 

Mary believes that there is a process of physical healing, emotional healing
and spiritual healing. She goes into depth for each one. She
also provides recipes for clearing skin. 
One I especially like is her Juicy Juice (pg. 112):

1 Bunch of Kale
2 Peeled Lemons
1 c. Mint Leaves
3c Water 
Blend and enjoy!
This combination is high in vitamin C and it cleanses your liver. 

There is also a section in the book for supplements and herbs which I 
really enjoyed. I am a big believer in the healing power of natural herbs & plants
taken daily.


Our skin is a big indicator of what is going on inside of us. 
I know for myself, I tend to have small flare-ups when I am stressed and 
when I have too much sugar. I have learned to be kinder to myself about it.
It used to be the end of the world every time I had an outbreak! 
I agree with the part of the book where it talks about realizing how
our feelings help to manifest our reality.
Oftentimes we are super critical and judgmental towards 
ourselves and it builds up for years!
Becoming aware of these feelings and thoughts and
replacing them with positive, loving and kind thoughts is key.
It is truly amazing how much these things effect our bodies!
Perhaps our body is saying: "wait, you are not being kind to yourself!"
It's almost a blessing! Like a warning sign of a road you don't want to go down.

One thing that has worked for me and my skin is coconut oil. 
I use a spray that has no scent and absorbs right away into my scalp, which is
where I have my own issue.
I actually use it for like every skin ailment! But it helps with itchiness, dryness
scars & redness. You can find it here

If you have any skin issues or if you know someone that does,
I recommend this book. I love when a author shares
their true journey in hopes of helping others heal as well.
This book encompasses so many great resources for 
you to heal and to take control in a healthy, natural way.

Thanks for stopping by and as always, please leave any 
 personal suggestions or resources you know of! You 
can always e-mail me or send me a message too
on Instagram at gorgeousglamrose!
 
Happy Healing!
xoxo,
Taj

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Natural Makeup: Benecos




I've been trying out a natural makeup by the natural beauty brand Benecos.
The German brand uses all organic ingredients and is
free of parabens, synthetic fragrances, dyes, PEG and gluten. It has no 
petrochemicals, silicones or GMO's.

I tried the color nude in the Natural Creamy Make-up.
There are 3 shades in the line. Nude, Honey and Caramel. 
The Nude was a tad too light for me, as I have a light/medium olive
complexion. Nude would be great for lighter complexions.
I made it work though and added a little bronzer afterwords!

The application I used was my fingers first to get a good
feel for it.
It was a bit tacky and set really quick.  Once it set it was
not moving! So I added some of my moisturizer to it and it applied better
and I was able to get an even finish.


The next time I applied it, I massaged the tube a bit, I find that sometimes
natural ingredients can break up a bit, so I shook the tube and
massaged it. The makeup was much better after I did this!
It wasn't nearly as tacky. I still added moisturizer to it though.
I used a brush and also a sponge application and I like fingers to apply it
the best for this product. It gives a nice light coverage and is buildable.
I really love that it doesn't settle into fine lines or emphasize pores.
It has a matte finish and doesn't really need powder to set it. 

After wearing all day, I found that it held up pretty good! There was some break up
around my nose and chin. For me, I would wear this like a tinted moisturizer.
It is a perfect workout makeup too!
It doesn't have enough coverage for me to wear it as a true foundation 
and I found it a bit too tacky to blend into a flawless finish. 
I love the ingredients, it has jojoba see oil, shea butter and aloe leaf!
If you are someone who doesn't wear much makeup anyway,
this might be a great choice for you. 
I have combination skin, and I didn't find it greasy or oily at all.
It does feel creamy and smells like a natural product which I like.
Overall, for the price which is around $17 US I would recommend
this if you are looking for a healthy makeup. It will give you a 
light coverage like a tinted moisturizer. The bottle is convenient and 
travel friendly. 

Our skin is our biggest organ and it really is important as women to 
choose brands that are healthy for our everyday makeup. 
Benecos has a lot of other products that I am interested in trying out
like eye liner and blush! Check them out here!

xoxo,
Taj

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Eyelash Nail Art


I had a little fun with my nails and painted
some eyelashes on them!
They are not perfect, but I think
they came out pretty cute!
I just love these pretty Spring colors from 
Sally Hansen.

My daughter and I both painted our 
toenails the beautiful lilac color!



(Clear Top Coat, Rosy Quartz, What in Carnation, Pardon My Garden, Shea Dream)

Sally Hansen has a new Argan Oil Infused Formula, which are the 
Top Coat, The Rosy Quartz and the Shea Dream colors shown here.
It fuses intensive nourishment and moisture to the nail and provides
up to 10 days of fade-proof and chip-resistant wear! It
comes in 38 shades too!
I am really loving these beautiful shades for Spring and
can't wait to come up with some other fun combinations.
I'm thinking unicorn inspired nails for my daughter!

xoxo
Taj



Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Loving: Healthy Serum


I've been using this vitamin serum for several weeks now
and I'm impressed. 
Frownies Immune Shield is specially formulated
for inflammation and dry skin.
I like that it can be used all over the body
not just on the face. 
It is great for fine lines, wrinkles, 
and especially around the eyes.
It can be used on and around the lips 
to reduce fine lines.
There are so many healing benefits of this serum
like use on scars and stretch marks,
use on acne and rosacea and psoriasis.

What I am most impressed with is the ingredients,
it is stacked! 
There are no parabens, fragrances, gmos, mineral oil,
animal testing and it is vegan and 100% plant based!


Some of the ingredients are hemp seed oil, oat oil e, sea
buckthorn oil, grapeseed oil, meadowfoam oil,
carrot seed oil, macadamia nut oil, vitamin e, radish oil!
Just to name a few!
It absorbs into the skin right away and isn't greasy.
I like to just pat it into areas that I need it most.
You can also apply it before sun exposure to protect skin from UV
damage (in addition to your sunscreen of course!) 

This is a great serum to add to your routine! It has
healthy ingredients that work together to
heal and protect your skin. I also love
their Rose Water Face spray, it is amazing!

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo,

Taj

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

French Brand: Le Couvent Des Minimes


I recently discovered this French Brand Couvent Des Minimes!
They make natural skincare recipes that began in 1862
with the Sisters from the convent of the Minims in Mane France. 
They had a passion for aromatic plants and natural ingredients.
I just love French beauty so I am drawn to anything
that comes from the Provence region. These items are also available at Ulta!

The first item is a Nail and Cuticle Fortifying Salve.


It has Shea butter, Apricot kernel oil, Myrrh & Rosemary to name some
ingredients. 
I like to have this at my desk as it smells so invigorating!
My hands are always dry from busywork and this is so soothing!


The Loving Care Body Balm is an original recipe with Galen's wax which 
helps nourish and repair skin.  Calendula extract soothes and Mallow 
extract prevents dry skin. It smells very floral and is super hydrating.


My favorite is the Botanical Cologne of Serenity! It
smells like heavenly lavender, with notes of mandarin, bergomote and cedar.
It takes me to France, transports me to this wonderful feeling of freshness and
calmness!
Definitely try it! 

These little treats are all on sale at Ulta buy one get one half off so
now is a great time to try them out! 

xoxo,
Taj

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

SoCozy Hush Collection



SoCozy has a new line of sensitive skin hair products for our
kiddos called Hush! 
This is great news, as I find more and more kids have sensitivities 
than ever before. There are four products in the Hush line that
I found at Target in the Baby section.

If you are new to SoCozy products, they are free of toxic ingredients and
anything else yucky that we don't want touching our precious kids!


There is a Sensitive Scalp Serum that helps
calm irritation and balance the scalp.
It is a non-greasy formula that soothes a dry, flaky scalp.
I'm super impressed with the thought that went
into creating such a helpful and healthy product for kids! 

The Sensitive Styling Foam also helps 
maintain a healthy pH balance.
Importantly, it does not cause product buildup, which I find
happens easily to my daughter so this is great.
The 2nd ingredient after water is Aloe!


I always love the SoCozy detanglers!
They save my daughter and I a lot of circus activity!
This Sensitive Detangler is a ultra-gentle leave-in.
It soothes and softens hair to remove tangles.

The Sensitive 2in1 Soothing Shampoo + Conditioner 
has a soft messaging brush on the end to help lift dirt, flakes and oil.
It helps to soothe and calm an irritated scalp while keeping it moisturized.
All the products have an ever so light, natural and fresh scent to them.

This whole SoCozy Hush line is available at Target and right now there
is a Cartwheel coupon for 25% off too!
So it's a great time to try it out on the little ones.
If you have yet to try out SoCozy I know you will love it,
they are tried and true in our house!

xoxo,
Taj


(This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SoCozy & BrandBacker.
All opinions are 100% Mine!)



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