Thursday December 5, 2013
Balanced Guru is a beauty company "devoted to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness and how it translates to all aspects of beauty in the world...Often this beauty is reflected in how balanced our bodies and our minds are." The company also says that its goal is to facilitate a balance between inner and outer beauty.
Balanced Guru's products are 100% natural and cruelty free. The company combines ancient eastern wisdom with modern science to create beauty products with organic food grade ingredients that are safe enough to eat. The Wholesome Scrub contains oatmeal, chia seed, adzuki beans and coconut flakes, (but I wouldn't test out that claim by eating the scrub though!)
You can find out more about the Wholesome Scrub as well as Balanced Guru Drop Dead Salt Scrub, as well as two other Non-Toxic Body Scrubs.
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Photo: Balanced Guru
Thursday December 5, 2013
I can't believe it's Christmastime. Traffic was unbearable in Manhattan yesterday because of the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center. This year's tree is a 76-foot Norway spruce.
There were a lot of multicultural beauties on the stage, including Mariah Carey (a regular), Mary J. Blige, Ashanti and Toni Braxton, who sang a duet with Babyface. I think I enjoyed their performance the most. Toni was definitely having a lot of fun.
Photos: Mariah Carey by Giovanni Rufino/NBC, Mary J. Blige by Stephen Lovekin/Stringer, Toni Braxton & Babyface and Ashanti by Giovanni Rufino/NBC
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Saturday November 30, 2013
Less than a year ago I learned about a beauty company called SMB Essentials, founded by CEO Lake Louise. (The CEO stands for Chief Ecobeauty Officer and SMB stands for Skin Mind Body).
SMB Essentials has a skin care line (Lotus Moon) that has a philosophy based on respecting the health of the planet and its people. You'll see full disclosure of ingredients--the company adheres to the INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) system for ingredient labeling as required by the FDA. The products are also EU (European Union) compliant, which some purists would appreciate because the EU is stricter than the FDA when it comes to safe ingredients in cosmetics. In addition, SMB Essentials is an ethical (no animal testing) and sustainable business. The company reformulated a popular product in the Lotus Moon line due to sustainable issues with sandalwood, replacing the ingredient with turmeric.
Lotus Moon has non-toxic skin care products that are created without artificial colors, synthetic fragrances or harmful preservatives. I have a new review of two facial cleansers from Lotus Moon. Find out more about them by reading Lotus Moon Exfoliating Cleansers.
Photo: Lotus Moon Skin Care
Monday November 25, 2013
Last night's American Music Awards at times had me thinking, WTH? From Lady Gaga arriving on a fake white horse, then performing with R. Kelly (what the h--) to Miley Cyrus and that animated kitten lip-synching behind her as she sang "Wrecking Ball" (Actually it would have been a good performance if it hadn't been for that distracting background screen.) and Pitbull's twerking contest (or whatever that was) at the very beginning of the show--well, it just had me thinking, Really?
Though I didn't quite understand why in the world Rihanna was wearing those hair pins--I have dreads but I thought that you were supposed to take a hair wrap out before going out in public--I loved the fact that her mom presented her with the AMA's first-ever Icon Award. I also enjoyed Jennifer Lopez's performance in honor of Celia Cruz, complete with three quick costume changes.
As for the makeup looks, there were some good ones, like Ciara, whose makeup was flawless. For more, check out Celebrity Beauty at the 2013 American Music Awards, which also includes makeup details for Jennifer Hudson and Nicole Richie.
Photos of Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna by Kevin Winter (Getty Images)