Luminance Routine: A Spring Rebirth for your Skin!

Now that spring is here and everything is about light and nature, I always find it time to renew our skin care routine and give our skin a proper rebirth!

As we talked about in the last article, the glow is the trend for 2018. If you want to achieve it from within instead of faking it with make-up, keep reading!

Usually for me, spring is time to clear up the skin tone and bring brightness to our faces. The winter is finally out, flowers start blooming and sun starts shining. Summer is on the horizon and everything is about living and shining. Normally skin problems can cause dull skin and uneven skin tone, specially if you have a skin that tends to scar or redden easily after breakouts or your skin is dull and tired. Skin can be stressed too by factors like pollution, sleep and real stresses, that reflect on our skin giving it a general ‘worn’ appearance that takes away our natural glow.

There are lots of skin care products out there specifically formules to get rid of imperfections and uneven skin tone and that promise a brighter and younger look.

Today I’ve decides to share with you my particular selection of them: the ones I’ve incorporated to my skin care routine!

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I concentrate all my efforts into an anti-spot routine that works both on preventing and treating dark areas or scars on my skin as well as a moisturizing and renewing it deeply. I generally combine the action of scrubs and deep daily cleansers with lightening treatments and a good SPF cream. I’m always drawn to those type of cosmetics, but this spring my routine is one that deserves to be shared. I’ve curated some of the products after years of testing and loving them and others are just recent purchases that I totally fell in love with.

All in all, if you need inspiration to find your perfect radiant glow routine, here you have my favorites for this purpose!

The Routine

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Luminance routine on my Instagram @deathlessvogue

•Rare earth deep pore daily cleanser from Kiehl’s.

First I start my routine with this awesome cleanser. This is a re purchase so I could say it falls under the category of favorite. I hardly ever repeat with a cleanser, except the ones from Lush, but that’s another topic! It really gently but deeply exfoliates and leaves your skin ready to take in any treatment and absorb its properties and benefits to the fullest.

It contains different types of clay that help your skin clear out and stay balanced and looking rested and full of energy. You can feel your skin breathing and it leaves you with a matte but not flat finish that have you feeling fresh and awaken. I use this at least once a day, sometimes both in my morning and night routine. If you want my opinion, it’s perfect for the shower!

•Concentrated brightening essence from Caudalie.

This is a recent discovery and I can’t be more in love with it! It is a brightening essence that you can use after the cleansing step and before your creams. Think of it as a tonic meets serum product. Its texture is just like water and it feels amazing on the skin. It helps reducing spots, marks and dullness, bringing a new appearance to your skin, boosting the radiance effect of the rest of your routine! It also evens out the skin tone and promotes a healthy glow.

This is the first product from Caudalie that I incorporate to my routine but I have tried others and they are definitely a recommendation. They work perfectly and are full of natural ingredients, and they also have amazingly specific products for almost every need. If you are looking for an organic, efficient and sofisticated brand, give this one a try!

I usually apply this with my fingers to all of my face after the cleanser and then wait a bit for it to dry.

•Breakout control blemish treatment facial lotion from Kiehl’s.

This is also a great new discovery. It was actually a recommendation I got at Kiehl’s for my specific skin type. I don’t have a lot of breakouts right now but I have had problems with acne during my high school years and my skin always tend to go back to that kind of problems when it’s stressed. Also I have very delicate and somewhat sensitive skin and I still have some marks (but not scars) of these past problems.

This Kiehl’s product is wonderful since it works in both the blemishes and the skin tone. It reduces the appearance of the marks and also prevents your skin from breaking out more. I’ve been using this for two weeks now and I must say it works as it promises!

I recommend to use it at night because of its peeling power (it has salicylic acid on it), which can leave your skin more unprotected and sun can be a bit damaging, like with all lightening or renewing treatments. In fact it is a night treatment! You should wear sun protection anyway on the mornings to make sure no harm is done to your skin! This brings us to the last product of the routine.

•Ultra light daily UV defense from Kiehl’s.

A good old favorite had to be added to this routine! The protection in this sun screen is as high as you can get and a little bit goes a long way.

I highly highly recommend using sun screen everyday, even in winter, since most of the skin problems you can get with age (dark spots, wrinkles, dull skin tone, tired appearance) are due to sun exposure, beside obviously some serious skin diseases, so you can never wear enough sunscreen.

I have a wide range of sun screens that I like to combine to achieve the desired finish and protection, for example you can use a matte finish cream with some color if you want to go for an everyday sunscreen or if you don’t want to wear make-up that day. If you are going to put on make-up anyhow, or if you don’t care about looking natural, you can use some powerful traditional sunscreen like that one from Kiehl’s!

 

 

So this is it!
I hope you have been able to find inspiration to start spring with a new skin care routine that brings out the best of your skin.
What is your spring skin care routine? Any skin goals for the summer?

Have a wonderful Friday and stay tuned for more! 

Glow: The 2018 Trend

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This 2018 the glow trend is not going to allow to be moved from its throne. One more year, we find that a luminous, dewy and youthful skin with touches of strobing is still the most wanted look, in and out of red carpets and runways. It’s that shine that lets light come through your skin and that totally gives you that ‘healthy glow’ ‘I don’t need make-up’ effect.

What is the glow?

First, it came the contouring, enhancing your features by using make-up products to strategically darken your face in the areas that suit your bone structure better to achieve a more sophisticated look. Then, it came the strobing, where you did the exact opposite thing: highlight your face in the areas where light would naturally hit your features to make them look more defined, giving your whole look an ethereal, fairy-like appearence that boosted your face structure in a much more dreamy, elegant way than contouring.

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Now, the glow has taken it to the next level. Instead of taking care of just some areas of your features, its purpose is to give your whole face a radiant look, mixing make-up products with efficient cosmetics to make your skin shine like it was naturally that luminous. The result is a dewy finish that gives the impression that you don’t need to wear, and even that you are in fact not wearing, any make-up. The skin looks healthy, shining, enhaced and ready to bite!

How to achieve it?

Make-up brands and cosmetic houses are starting to launch specific products that are formulated to give you this glow look, but you can also use a few tips and tricks to achieve it without having to buy any of these (or to see if you like how it looks on you before buying them!). You can use other products that you already have in your make-up stash, pay attention!

  • Applying foundation with some liquid highlighter: Liquid options of luminizers like L’Oreal Liquid Highlighter can be mixed with your foundation to give to your complexion that extra glowy look. If your foundation alone seem a bit dull, don’t hesitate to mix it with a drop or two of your favorite liquid highlighter. Mix it well before applying it to your face (I recommend using a sponge or a beauty blender). Also, you can apply these drops directly to your face in specific points and then proceed to blend it all out while you apply your foundation. Girl meets Pearl from Benefit work wonders too with this method!

 

  • Mixing your favorite BB cream with some moisturizer: If you already have a naturally dewy skin, why cover it up? Most of the time our skin looks healthier without make-up than with a full face of foundation and powder. This effect can look cakey and make you look older, so if you only want to boost your skin tone a little bit, mix your favorite BB cream with a moisturizer or primer that promotes healthy looking skin and you are good to go! You can always top it up with a little highlighter if you want that extra sparkle on your look.

 

  • Using just primer and cream highlighter: If you already have a primer that makes your skin look superb, don’t lose this effect under layers of make-up. When using very few products on your face I always recommend using liquid or cream form highlighter, since I think that the powder one looks best on top of a full face of make-up while it can look a little ‘fake’ and ‘overdone’ on a natural looking skin. After your moisturizer, just prime your face (use one that reduces pores or redness and you’ll be looking fabulous) and then highlight your features with some cream highlighter. Blend it well with your fingers and work it onto the primer to make it look like the shine comes right through your skin.

 

  • Mixing your moisturizer with liquid highlighter: As you can see it’s all about the mixing. Liquid highlighter is as versatile as that. If your moisturizer is one that leaves your skin so healthy looking that you don’t need make-up at all, mix it with some liquid highlighter and apply it as you normally would. The glow is guaranteed, just don’t exceed yourself with adding the highlighter! If you want to perk it up a little you can add some more highlighter to strategic points of your face and use some concealer to cover your dark circles. You’ll never look as youthful and natural!

Specific Products

If you have tried the trend and you’ve fallen in love, here you have some products specifically designed to achieve it:

  • Extra Glow Skincare Palette from Bobbi Brown
  • S.O.S Primer Booste l’éclat from Clarins
  • Météorites Heart Shape from Guerlain
  • Strobe Cream from M.A.C.
  • Wash+Glow Cleanser from NIA

The Extra Tip

Always remember to use sunscreen, that protects your skin from getting wrinkles and dark spots sooner than you should (and obviously protects you against some serious skin problems). The key to this look is health and youth so search for a good sunscreen and start applying it every day if you are not already doing it. Yes, every day! Also, if your BB cream or usual moisturizer already has sunscreen on it, congratulations, you hit jackpot.

So this is it, I really hope you enjoyed this and you try the methods I shared if you like the ‘glow’ look! Do you think this is a trend that will last?
Share your opinions and looks!

Elvive Low Shampoo Analyzed

Elvive Low Shampoo has arrived in the best moment for our hair!

With the holidays so near our manes have to face the damage of the brushing and the heat of party season. The hottest way to protect it are the new washing creams, the new hair trend that you need to try.

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Low shampoos are a softer, and more respectful with our hair, alternative to traditional shampoos. With their base without sulfates, they cleanse without drying, and their cream properties with oils strengthen and nourish our tresses. Their moisturizing power is great and they are meant for dry and damaged hair.

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Sulfates are a chemicals generally added to cleansing products to maximize their power. In many cases this is a blessing since we can take advantage of this but in others it can be a little too harsh. Fragile hair, which need a rest after being periodically exposed to dyes and heat or that is naturally prone to this, may need something gentler than a shampoo with sulfates. After all, you can also find them in washing liquid, which may be a little discouraging to people who already fear for the well being of their tresses.

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Elvive has launched three different low shampoos is this line to meet with every girl needs.

Dry: Elvive Extraordinary Oil Low Shampoo

For manes on the edge! Rocking pastel tresses? You can’t remember how many times you have bleached your hair? Shedding is more than a problem now? Style it everyday? This is the low shampoo for you! It contains a blend of six extraordinary flower oils that helps to revive your hair and replenish its health!

Dyed: Elvive Colour Protect Low Shampoo

If you dye your hair regularly but you don’t use and abuse the bleach, this one is perfect for you. It protects your color and retains its shine so you can space up the re-touches. It also contains a UV filter that acts as a shield and prevents your color from fading under the sun.

Curly: Elvive Extraordinary Oil Curl Nourishment Low Shampoo

For really curly or afro hair, this one fits perfectly the needs of heads that need a little extra love and that are naturally dry and fragile. Its detangling power is amazing and it helps you achieve perfectly defined and nourished curls!

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Why a washing cream?

These products are mainly meant for people with fragile hair. For some of you, lucky ones, this might be a term which doesn’t apply to you, but most of us have had some experiences with it. Maybe because you are a dye addict or a straightener fan, you know that some times you hair seems to be unable to take it up. Frizzy, unruly hair that has lost its health is a nightmare, and in those situations even washing it can look scary. Then fear no more! Washing creams don’t foam, they nourish your hair and leave it ready to be untangled. They don’t strip your color or your natural moisture, and they are far way gentler chemically speaking. Their cream texture makes them easier to apply and distribute, and also transforms your shower into a ritual!

How to use?

This is where the experience may differ from what you are accustomed to. Washing creams have different properties and therefore different characteristics, so pay attention to this!

1. Apply 10 to 15 pumps of the product to wet hair.

2. Massage well into the hair from scalp to ends and leave it in for three minutes.

3. Rinse carefully with water, untangling the hair with your fingers.

BeautyBlender: Iconic Basic

Sponges which are intended to apply make-up are more and more successful each day, and that is undoubtedly because of the BeautyBlender, the first of these accessories that reached the heaven of iconic products. Its secret is the beautiful finish it leaves on the skin, similar to the effect we could achieve with an airbrush, with no wrinkles or marks and with a very natural and uniform appearance.

But this sponges are not only useful with foundations but also with cream blush or concealers, which become much more easy to apply and leave astonishing results.

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The original BeautyBlender

Its anatomic design makes it perfect for all face shapes, and its material, latex free, is smoother than the ones we are accustomed to in other sponges.

ORIGIN

Rea Ann Silva was a veteran professional make-up artist working in Hollywood who, tired of the sharp sponges that were usually sold, invented in 2007 the iconic BeautyBlender, an elliptical sponge that offers a flawless coverage without wasting any product. Since then, BeautyBlender has gained an infinity of adepts and followers and has become a must-have brand in any shooting, runway or make-up bag.

IMPACT

The best example of the tremendous success that this item has achieved, and the proof to its efficacy and handiness is the millions of versions other brands had launched inspired by the BeautyBlender. From QVS, to Vanity Tools, there is maybe not a single make-up brand that hasn’t its own variation of the famous sponge.

Here we can see some of them.

Not only other brands has benefited from the success of the original BeautyBlender, this same brand has launched several versions of its miracle sponge: different colors, sizes and purpose to fit your needs and aesthetics. They all follow the same principle: the egg shape of the sponge combines a pointy end to keep the details under control (and to reach difficult areas like under the eyes, around the nostrils and the corners of the mouth) with a rounded end to blend out the make-up with that “most wanted” airbrush effect.

The different colors indicate different purposes or limited editions. An easy guide to them is:

  • Purple. Royal purple limited edition. Use as original one for foundation.
  • Gray. BeautyBlusher. To apply blush.
  • Blotterazzi. To blot excess oils for touch ups on the go.
  • Red. Red carpet limited edition. Use as original one for foundation.
  • Black. The Pro one. Multipurpose, to apply foundation, bronzer, self-tanners, blushers and concealers.
  • White. BeautyBlender Pure to change your moisturizing routine, apply your creams and lotions.
  • Green. Micro Mini. Precisely apply concealers.
  • BodyBlender. Flatter and bigger shape to be perfect all over! For body use.

HOW TO USE

  1. The sponge should be submerged underwater to let it be completely soaked. To help the process we can squeeze it several times under the water to allow it to be fully saturated.
  2. We should then squeeze it gently with our hand till it drains. Let the maximum water out.
  3. Remove excess humidity with a towel.
  4. Pour some foundation or product in the back of our hand and soak the part of the sponge that we will be using in it.
  5. Tap gently into the face using different ends of the sponge to achieve different finishes and reach all corners.

It should be washed carefully after each use to prevent make-up to clog it up and leave residues on our face.

If this has been enough to convince you of how indispensable the BeautyBlender is, don’t hesitate to shop now here! http://deathlessvogue.com/product/beautyblender-original/

Dior Skyline Fall 2016 Collection

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Inspired by the Iron Maiden (La Dame de Fer in French), also called Eiffel Tower, Dior Skyline Fall 2016 aspires to transform you into the ultimate seductress this next season. A wintry make-up collection that includes fascinating eyeshadow, cheeks and lips palettes, which can already be found in Nordstrom, Sephora, Harrods and other department stores.

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  • Dior Skyline 5 Couleurs Palette. Inspired by the iconic architecture of the Eiffel Tower, the maison launches two limited editions of their emblematic 5 eyeshadows palette, offering deep, luminous, richly contrasted colors. The high couture effects and color palette is presented either in a pure blues and fresh beiges harmony that irradiate  a steel grey hue, or in a combination of warm and luminous browns developed around pink. Hues: 506 Parisian Sky and 806 Capital of Light.
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Dior Skyline 5 Coleurs Palette 506 Parisian Sky and 806 Capital of Light, $63.00

 

  • Dior Diorshow Mono Lustrous Smoky Eyeshadow. This season, new smoky eyeshadows dress the lids in a rich autumnal palette. Improved with a lustrous finish that provides a shine beyond imagination, the six highly pigmented and deeply intense shades go from a sensual brown to an hypnotic coral hue or to a dazzling purple, illuminating the eyes in just a gesture. Hues: 094 Gravity, 184 Temptation, 564 Fire, 684 Reflection, 764 Fusion y 794 Fever.

 

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Dior Diorshow Mono Lustrous Smoke Eyeshadow 184 Temptation – 764 Fusion – 684 Reflection, $29.50

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Dior Diorshow Mono Lustrous Smoky Eyeshadow 094 Gravity – 564 Fire – 794 Fever, $29.50

 

  • Dior Diorshow Brow Chalk. All make-up artists agree that well structured eyebrows define the eyes. Combining the color intensity of a pencil with the resistance of wax, this liner thickens and fill in eyebrows in an instinctive, quick and easy way. Hues: 001 Blonde, 002 Soft Brown y 003 Dark Brown.
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Dior Diorshow Brow Chalk 001 Blonde, 002 Soft Brown and 003 Dark Brown, $27.44

  • Dior Diorblush Light & Contour Sculpting Stick Duo. Exclusively for this season, the brand launches the ultimate accessory to achieve a perfectly sculpted face. Inspired by the contouring (giving shape with shades) and the strobing (sculpting with light), techniques used by professional make-up artists, its formula enhances the contours of the face, covering it with an harmonic glow. Hues: 001 Soft, 002 Medium y 003 Intense.
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Dior Diorblush Light & Contour Sculpting Stick Duo 001 Soft, 002 Medium and 003 Intense, $44.00

  • Dior Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer. The final touch. This impressive compact powder keeps the illusion of a fresh and radiant complexion. Loose and not occlusive, it allows skin to breathe freely, creating an authentic shield that limits the absorption of pollution particles. Skin preserves its natural beauty with each application. Enriched with translucent pigments, this formula contains aired out powder, invisible to the naked eye, that provides the perfect shade without altering your natural skin tone. Hues: 10, 20 and 30.
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Dior Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer 10, 20 and 30, $49.38

  • Dior Fix It Color 2-in-1 Prime & Correct Face-Eyes-Lips. Inspired by the make-up techniques used in the backstage of fashion shows, Dior releases its first color multi-purpose concealer: Fix It Color. With two outstanding textures in a concealer stick that works to neutralize imperfections in the skin tone, around the lips and eyes with all the precision and efficiency of a real make-up artist. Hues: 100 Bleu, 200 Abricot, 300 Jaune and 400 Vert.
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Dior Fix It Color 2-in-1 Prime & Correct Face-Eyes-Lips 100 Bleu and 200 Abricot, $36.00

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Dior Fix It Color 2-in-1 Prime & Correct Face-Eyes-Lips 300 Jaune and 400 Vert, $36.00

  • Dior Flash Luminizer. Updating your make-up routine with this highlighter, inspired by the techniques used by professionals offstage, will help you improve your complexion with just a click. White light pigments catch it and redistribute it in every direction to increase luminosity, while the Complex ™ Beautyfier, enriched with micro spheres of hyaluronic acid, helps filling in winkles and fine lines to achieve a perfectly smooth skin. Hues: Pearly Vanilla, Pearly Pink, Apricot, Ivory y Pink.
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Dior Flash Luminizer Pearly Vanilla, pearly Pink, Apricot, Ivory and Pink, $38.00

  • Dior Addict Lipstick Hydra-Gel Core Mirror Shine. The maison starts a new age of lips make-up with the creation of an advanced lipstick that includes an hydra-gel core with quilt effect to give a sensational mirror shine. Hues: 951 Too Much, 927 Sophisticated y 777 Sensational.
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Dior Addict Lipstick Hydra-Gel Core Mirror Shine 951 Too Much, 927 Sophisticated and 777 Sensational, $35.00

  • Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss. More than a lip gloss, this product is a lip filler and shine, all in one. Moisturizing and thickening, this gloss has an instant effect of natural volume and day after day. Filled with hyaluronic acid spheres that capture and retain water, its formula calms lips, leaving them completely and long-lastingly hydrated. Hues: 041 Gorgeous, 339 Famous y 929 Scandalous.
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Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss 041 Gorgeous, 339 Famous and 929 Scandalous, $30.00

  • Dior Le Vernis. Discover the new generation of Dior nail polishes and its genius high couture color formula, long lasting and with an ultra shining effect gel. Hues: 112 Minimal, 522 Abstract, 818 Obscure y 848 Skyline.
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Dior Le Vernis 112 Minimal and 522 Abstract, $27.00

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Dior Le Vernis 818 Obscure and 848 Skyline, $27.00

The Pros of Solid Shampoo

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Since the restrictions about liquids on flights were implanted, travelling with your favorite shampoo seems to be a real problem.

The remedy for frequent travelers and for people on the go in general exists. In fact, it’s been around for more than fifty years: solid shampoos. “They were invented while experimenting with a new solid soap base in the form of wormy bits that generated a lot more foam than normal soaps. Afterwards, essential oils and natural ingredients such as fruits, flowers and herbs were added to the formula. This is how the solid shampoo was born, which was later patented as an invention.” explains Gloria Pavía, marketing director at Lush.

In other words: a soap bar for hair. Simple and handy. The washing ritual is similar to the one we know so well for cleaning our hands, and the effectiveness, equal to the one of a liquid product. “The bar can be lathered directly on wet hair to get foam, or be worked on wet hands to then apply the foam we created onto the hair. You then massage your scalp and mane as you would do with a liquid shampoo, rinse it and apply conditioner if needed. It’s important to let the shampoo bar air dry, so it doesn’t lose its properties with humidity.” From Herbal Bionature, another manufacturer for solid shampoos, it’s advised to do the washing “in the direction of hair growth to prevent tangles.” and to “rinse properly with plenty of water to eliminate all product traces and prevent frizz and stiffness“.

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Why aren’t them easily found on shops? Pavía admits that “because of a patent matter, very few are produced yet. Also it’s difficult to change consumers habits, more accustomed to reach for the bottle than for a bar.” In Herbal Bionature, things are even more complicated. “We elaborate them with 100% natural pure oils, without sulphates, silicons or parabenes. A lot of conventional shampoos include these ingredients. They achieve short-therm good results, but they usually leave residues that, long-term, get accumulated over the hair and scalp giving it a dirty or grease appearance. Switching to one without all those chemicals implies a period of adaptation, because those residues often take a few washes to be completely eliminated. At the beginning you may feel a little hardness on your hair, but with time the hair shaft will acquire more softness, shine and strength.”

Now that you know how to use it, let’s see some of it advantages.

  1. Flying careless. If it goes on the suitcase it can’t explode or spill, and if not, you can carry it with your perfectly because it’s not a liquid.
  2. Less weight. To prevent overweight on your luggage or in your shopping bag. “One shampoo bar equals to three bottles of shampoo.” Herbal Bionature states. Do the math.
  3.  It saves space. Think of all the space you get for other products or goodies! And their shape make them really easy to apply.
  4. Bye bye, plastic. Forget about conventional bottles. The planet is happier! You are saving it tons of plastic and the air pollution that it’s generated during its manufacturing and transport. In Lush, they have the numbers: “Each year we sell 1.900.000 solid shampoos. This saves the production and transport of 5.700.000 plastic bottles, or which is the same, 142 tons of plastic less.” An eco-friendly gesture that prevents 484 tons of CO2, the gas responsible for global warming, to be released into the atmosphere.
  5. It’s more natural. Since they contain very little or no water, there’s no need for synthetic preservatives. “In that dry environment, bacteria can’t reproduced. They can be stored for two years and a half in perfect conditions.” Pavía states.
  6. Saving. Each bar last for 80 to 100 uses. This would mean three bottles of conventional shampoo, that’s why all distributors agree that “though in the first buy they may seem more expensive, they are cheaper long-term.”

 

Benefit’s Benetint

Benefit’s Benetint is one of those make-up products every beauty addict want to own no matter what. It’s not difficult to understand why it is one of our favorite products: just a few strokes of this cheek and lips tint are enough to get a suitable blush that will stay for hours right on its place.

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While you get familiar with the product, let’s talk about its origins. In 1977, an exotic dancer went to visit Benefit co-founders, Jean and Jane Ford, in their shop in San Francisco with a special request: she needed a product that could give a rosy tint to her nipples and that could stay in place after a whole night of show after show. The sisters solution? The elaboration of a red tint made with rose blossoms in their own kitchen. It was so effective that it soon became a success and one of the top-seller and most loved Benefit products.

How to apply it? To achieve the perfect blush, just apply a few dots of the tint upon the cheeks, and quickly, blend them in with a blush brush or with your own fingers. Keep in mind that the tint tends to adhere quickly so don’t take long to do it. To achieve the perfect rosy put, gently paint your lips with the little brush that comes with the product and remember to distribute it evenly before waiting for it to dry. In both cases, the intensity of the color can be built with several layers of product till it reaches your desired point.