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“Four Truths and a Dare” at SEPHORA! Plus, a special treat with purchase for 10 people

14 Jan

Forget about Truth OR Dare.

In this case it’s Four Truths AND a Dare and refers to a collection of oils for your skin at Sephora.

Let’s start with the Dare — “Dare to Oil.” If you have oily skin, you may assume that you could never use oil on your skin. That’s one of many misnomers about oil, reports manager, Amber Wilhelm.

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Sephora

A number of cultures around the world have used oil for centuries, shares Amber. When you walk into Sephora, you’ll find a display touting four truths about oils.

Truth #1  — you can cleanse with oil.

Truth #1

Truth #1

It never would have occurred to me that you can wash your face with oil. I had only heard about its moisturizing properties (we’ll get to that later). I took home a sample of the Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel and am hooked. It’s gentle and has a subtle refreshing scent. A tiny bit goes a long way.

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Oil Cleanser

“It isn’t going to strip the skin of the natural oils. It’s especially great for someone on an acne medication, someone who has really sensitive skin, or someone battling winter dryness,” describes Amber.  This oil not only cleanses but also serves as a makeup remover and is hydrating.

Truth #2 – “You can fight oil with oil.” Amber admits that because she has oily skin, she was afraid to try oils at first. She explains that our skin recognizes the oil products as being its own oils. If you have oily skin, she says the oils can help make your skin less oily and can help fight clogged pores. If you have dry skin, it can help hydrate. The oils serve as a balancing tool, depending on your needs.

Truth #2

Truth #2

When I mentioned to a few people that I was trying out oil products, the first reaction tended to be “Will it make your skin greasy?” That’s the subject of Truth #3. I confess I had the same concern. Sure enough, my skin seemed to inhale each of the oil products I tried without any greasy shine.

Truth #3

Truth #3

One friend even asked if I started doing something different with my makeup. The only shift I made was adding in oils to my routine.  I think it’s the glow I received from trying out the fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil, which contains a number of oils including Seaberry, cranberry seed, camilla seed, grape seed and sweet almond. Seaberry oil, which is from Siberia, has long been used as a natural cure. In fact, the co-founder was treated as a young child with Seaberry oil to help heal a burn.  

Boosts Radiance

Boosts Radiance

Oils also have anti-aging properties. Some products are more geared in this direction and are packed with anti-oxidants to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If you are looking for an anti-aging oil, be sure to specifically mention that to a Sephora skincare consultant. That’s Truth #4.

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Truth #4

Amber reports that she noticed that the oils have helped to soften the appearance of fine lines. She also shares that the Josie Maran line of oil products was inspired after the model met a woman in Morocco who was in her 70s but looked three decades younger. It turns out she was using oil based products.

Josie Maran’s Argan Oil can be used on the face, hands, body (try adding a few drops to your bath) and even scalp. It comes in a light and regular formula.

Available in regular and lighter formulations

Available in regular and lighter formulations

GURU TIP: You can use the oils on their own or you can add a few drops to your current moisturizer or face wash. It’s all about experimenting to see what works best for you.

If you take up Sephora on the Dare to Oil challenge, a skincare consultant will help you figure out which ones will be best for you. You can pop in and experience a Skincare Consultation Service with oils and other skincare products and take home a sample.

Plus, the first 10 people to mention the GURU when making ANY purchase at Sephora will receive a deluxe sample bag of oil products. Must be 18 or older. Good while supplies last.

Last Minute Gifts at Nordstrom

23 Dec

We are down to the wire!  Still looking for a few last minute gifts?

You can find treasures for everyone in the family at Nordstrom. Here are 10 picks!

How about a pair of fuzzy slippers under the tree. Meet the Ansley Charm Slipper by UGG® Australia. This suede slipper, seen here in Sangria, is finished with a Swarovski crystal charm.

Ansley Charm Slipper

Ansley Charm Slipper
UGG® Australia

Infinity scarves are on trend and easy to wear. This one is from the junior’s department — one of my go-to spots for standout accessories and statement jewelry.  Brighten up those winter doldrums with coral. Also available in other colors.

Infinity Scarf

Infinity Scarf

Keep your guy cozy with the Byron Slipper by UGG® Australia.  It’s  lined with moisture wicking shearling.

Byron Slipper

Byron Slipper by UGG® Australia

Now for a kind of Hot Cocoa that is calorie free. Bobbi Brown’s limited-edition Hot Cocoa Palette has eight shades of eye shadows and blush in Bellini.

Hot Cocoa Palette Bobbi Brown

Hot Cocoa Palette
Bobbi Brown

Or, how about a set of jumbo crayons — for her lips. This set comes with five hues for “pout perfection.”

Jumbo Lip Crayon Set

Jumbo Lip Crayon Set

Great gifts include the ones we aren’t likely to buy ourselves.  How about treating her to a fragrance gift set. Dots by Marc Jacobs has a scent of red berries, dragon fruit, orange blossom and vanilla. The set comes with an eau de parfum spray, body lotion, shower gel and a roller ball, which is the perfect size to carry in your purse.

Dots Marc Jacobs

Dots
Marc Jacobs

Nordstrom also has fragrance sets for him. The Burberry Touch for Men Holiday Gift Set is described as having “a fresh blend of hard-to-define notes including violets, mandarin, white pepper, Virginia wood and oak moss.” It comes with an eau de toilette,  a travel-size eau de toilette and two after-shave emulsions.

Burberry

Burberry Touch for Men

Nordstrom features unique toys for the kids. Unexpected finds like the Glitter Heart Slinky make for fun stocking stuffers.

Glitter Heart Slinky

Glitter Heart Slinky

The Educo Pallina Game, an eco-friendly puzzle game, is all about strategy and having a gentle touch.

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Educo Pallini Game

Your budding scientist will light up to see an activity set like the NFL Rushzone 12-in-1 Light Up Football Robot Kit. This limited-edition set lets your child build a football action figure robot. 

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NFL Rushzone 12-in-1 Light Up Football Robot Kit

Just today and tomorrow remain for shopping! Who do you still have on your list?

 
 

Pamper HIM or HER at L’Occitane

18 Dec

This is THE time of year to score gift sets at L’Occitane. 

Whether you’re looking for a gift for him, her or to treat yourself, you’ll find special savings at L’Occitane right now. The savings add up fast when you buy a gift set instead of individual products.

Take the popular Ultimate Gift of Youth, starring the immortelle flower ($182 with a $209 value). The set features Divine Cream for your face, Divine Eyes and the Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foam. It’s all part of L’Occitane’s anti-aging skin care regimen. The products are designed with your skin’s radiance and rejuvenation in mind.

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The Ultimate Git of Youth

The Sparkling Verbena gift set ($68 with a $100 value) includes products with the citrus infused Verbena scent. The set comes with shower gel, hand wash, body lotion, hand cream, soap and a Verbena sachet for your drawer.

Sparkling Verbena

Sparkling Verbena

L’Occitane is famous for its Shea Butter Hand Cream with triple powers to protect, nourish and moisturize the skin.

Shea Butter Hand Cream

Shea Butter Hand Cream

Here’s a great way to sample various scented hand creams. Or, divide up the package and use for stocking stuffers or add on gifts.

Sampler Set

Sampler Set

Plus, you’ll find many more hand cream options in store.

L’Occitane also features gifts just for him.

Gifts for him

Gifts for him

This is the Men’s Luxury Shave Set ($155 with a $189 value). Treat him to a razor and shave brush by a French company that has created shaving products for men since 1808. He’ll also receive shaving cream and after shave balm.

Luxury Shaving Set

Men’s Luxury Shave Set

Or, how about the L’Occitan Collection? Yes, in French fashion the “e” at the end gets dropped for the guys. He’ll enjoy a new fragrance, after shave balm, shaving gel, shower gel and soap ($78 with a $114 value).

Love Lavendar?

L’Occitane Collection

Plus, when you visit the store, you can always take a moment for some pampering. Enjoy a complimentary skin-care consultation and try out any of the product lines. I will admit that my bottle of toner sat rarely used until the manager showed me the difference it can make by applying toner before moisturizer on one hand and just moisturizer on the other. You can also have a complimentary skin hydration test.

Pamper Yourself

Pamper Yourself

If you could take home any gift from L’Occitane, what would you choose?

Here are links to more gift ideas:  gift suggestions from Johnston & MurphyTiffany & Co.teacher giftsoffice giftsgifts for your girlfriends from Vera Bradley, and presents for the kids from Marbles: The Brain Store.

GURU Fall Trends Night on 9/24!

18 Sep

You’re invited to join me for the GURU Fall Trends Night

Tuesday, September 24th

6:00-7:30 pm

Enjoy a night of fashion, accessories, beauty and light refreshments as we hit three Towson Town Center stores for style seminars and shopping! Plus, take home a complimentary swag bag. One lucky guest will win a $100 Shop Etc. Mall Gift Card and Styling Session with me.

We still have some open slots available if you would like to attend.  Read on the for the details and how to RSVP…

The evening starts at Ann Taylor (Level 4) — where we’ll talk about desk to dinner looks.

Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor

From there, we’ll head to Francesca’s Collections (Level 4) to see the hottest accessories for fall and for tips on how to wear them.

Francesca's Collections

Francesca’s Collections

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The night ends at Sephora (Level 2). Watch a makeup demo and get treated to complimentary samples.

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Light refreshments will be provided by P.F. Chang’s and Crumbs Bake Shop.

The first 50 people to RSVP to me at towsontowncenterguru@gmail.com can attend. Space is limited. You must be at least 16-years-old to attend. When you send me your RSVP, please include the first and last names of everyone in your party.

The $100 Shop Etc. Mall Gift Card and styling session will be raffled off at the end of the event. You will be required to be present in order to win. 

 

Invitation to GURU Fall Trends Night on 9/24!

13 Sep

You’re invited to join me for the GURU Fall Trends Night

Tuesday, September 24th

6:00-7:30 pm

Enjoy a night of fashion, accessories, beauty and light refreshments as we hit three Towson Town Center stores for style seminars and shopping! Plus, take home a complimentary swag bag. One lucky guest will win a $100 Shop Etc. Mall Gift Card and Styling Session with me.

The evening starts at Ann Taylor (Level 4) — where we’ll talk about desk to dinner looks.

Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor

From there, we’ll head to Francesca’s Collections (Level 4) to see the hottest accessories for fall and for tips on how to wear them.

Francesca's Collections

Francesca’s Collections

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The night ends at Sephora (Level 2). Watch a makeup demo and get treated to complimentary samples.

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The first 50 people to RSVP to me at towsontowncenterguru@gmail.com can attend. Space is limited. You must be at least 16-years-old to attend. When you send me your RSVP, please include the first and last names of everyone in your party.

The $100 Shop Etc. Mall Gift Card and styling session will be raffled off at the end of the event. You will be required to be present in order to win. 

 

EXCLUSIVE Marc Jacobs Beauty Line at Sephora!

2 Aug

An EXCLUSIVE Marc Jacobs Beauty line will debut at Sephora (Level 2) one week from today on 8/9!

EXCLUSIVE Marc Jacobs Beauty line!

EXCLUSIVE Marc Jacobs Beauty line!

Just like his fashion line, the Marc Jacob’s beauty line will “inspire pushing the boundaries and creating your own style!” The new line features “exquisite textures, provocative shades and daring designs of Marc Jacobs Beauty for the first but definitely not the last time,” according to Sephora.
The line, which is exclusive to Sephora, will include hundreds of products — including nail polish, foundation, lipstick, brushes and more!
Nail Polish

Nail Polish

The Genius Gel Foundation ($48) will be available in 16 shades. It’s weightless, long-wearing and thanks to ingredients including vitamins and hyaluronic acid, has anti-aging results! 
Foundation

Genius Gel Foundation

The Lust forLacquer Lip Vinyl ($28) comes with a precision applicator for a flawless lip and comes in 12 shades. If you’re like me, and always on the quest for a powerhouse concealer, you may want to check out The Remedy Concealer Pen ($39). It’s an “all in one eraser, brightener and corrector” and comes in 7 shades and 2 universal ones. It’s gender neutral! You can give your lashes an immediate, glossy lift with the Lash Lifter Mascara ($26) in Blaquer.

That’s just a preview of some of the MANY products that will be available, starting on 8/9! Doors open at 10 am, as usual, that day. Lines are expected. If you want to be among the first to check out the new collection, you’re encouraged to arrive early.  

According to Sephora, Marc Jacobs personally worked on every package, color, formula and product.

Can’t wait to hear what you think about the new line! I’ll definitely be there to check it out!
 

Summer Lip Looks at bareMinerals

31 May

Winter clothes moved to the far end of the closet. Check. Winter lipsticks, still in makeup bag.

That is —  until I hit bareMinerals (Level 4)!

bareMinerals has a new Marvelous Moxie Lips line. It’s perfect for that summer lip look!

Located on Level 4

Located on Level 4

bareMinerals recently demonstrated Summer Lip Looks at our last GURU Trends event, and I wanted to get a closer look at the hues.

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I asked this shopper if she would stop in with me and try out a shade. Meet Leah.

Leah before getting her lip look!

Leah before getting her lip look!

Leah and I learned that the Marvelous Moxie lip line is not only about the colors. It is hydrating, filled with vitamins and designed to make your lips look fuller. Leah chose a coral lipstick called “Light it Up” and then selected the coordinating liner and gloss. Coral is a hot lip color trend of the season and can work with many skin tones.

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Instant Connection to Coral!

Assistant manager, Lindsey, explains to Leah that the liner not only helps the lipstick from bleeding off the lips, but that it also helps with lipstick longevity. The liner is called “Energized.”

Liner is applied first

Liner is applied first

"Enegized" Liner

“Energized” Liner

When it comes to applying the lipstick, Lindsey offers up a tip to Leah that I’ve never heard before. She suggests using a brush for better control and precision.

Lindsey uses a brush to apply the lipstick

Lindsey uses a brush to apply the lipstick

Lindsey then completes Leah’s coral look with the “Party Starter” coral toned lip gloss, adding extra shine. Take a look at Leah’s new Summer Lip Look!

Leah's Lip Look

Leah’s lip look! Thanks to Lindsey!

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You can sample any of the products at bareMinerals. All you have to do is ask!  I just may have to pop back into the store to try out the coral. I scored a raspberry shade called “Live Large.”

What is your favorite summer lip tone?

GREEN WEEK: LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics! Plus, a Sweepstakes!

21 Apr

Our Green Week continues!  I stopped in to LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics (Level 2) to get some ideas for spring and to check out the eco-friendly options.

Every time I pop in, I’m  inspired by the innovative products, am a magnet to all the happy hues and tend to linger to take in the scents.  If you’ve never been, it’s an experience. “A self-appointed cosmetic-deli, LUSH makes effective products out of fresh organic fruits and vegetables, the finest essential oils and ingredients that are ethically and sustainably procured from around the world,”  describes the company.

I’ve seen the colorful soap bar display in passing before, but never knew that the bars are eco-friendly! According to LUSH, “Solid bar soaps take their liquid counterparts to the cleaners!  Bar soaps are sterile because they contain no water, which is required for bacterial growth. Because of this, solid soaps can be made without chemical preservatives while liquid soaps are predominantly water, a breeding ground for bacteria, and so require chemical preservatives.”

Soap sans packaging!

Soap by the Slice

Plus, you can opt to take home your soap sans packaging. Nearly 40% of the products at LUSH are package free! Or you can have it wrapped, deli-counter style, in paper and later recycle it. Another option is to bring a reusable container in from home to transport your soap or other products.

Here are just a few of the soap choices you’ll find in store. Pictured below from top left to right: Ice Blue features refreshing peppermint oil, bergamot and lemon citrus oils. Like spearmint and need a wake-up-call? Try Dirty. Lust is all about “bringing soapy back.” It has jasmine absolute, which “is said to relax, ease tension and act as an aphrodisiac,” according to LUSH.

Rock Star is vanilla scented. And, I think my kids would be a little happier about washing up with Honey I Washed the Kids! It has a caramel fragrance!

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To maximize the lifespan of your soap, LUSH suggests using a well-drained soap dish between uses.

While we’re talking about bars, did you know that shampoo and conditioner also come in bar form? It was news to me!  Each shampoo bar will give you about 60-80 washes! You can buy the weight you want of the “Big” conditioner.  You can take your bar home package free or opt to have  it wrapped in paper. LUSH just released its second bar form of conditioner called “Big” to go along with the “Big” shampoo.  The sea salt  in the conditioner helps with volume and shine.  The coconut oil will help control those pesky fly aways!

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Feeling on the pale side after winter? Give yourself a little sun-kissed tint with the Silk Stockings Body Tint. This one is for a lighter skin tone. It also comes in a version for darker complexions. Plus, it also comes package free. You’ll find it and several other temptations in bar form at the store,  including massage bars and a facial serum bar.

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To get ready to show some leg and toes as the temps climb, here are two solutions. The round green items, pictured below, are ginger and fennel sugar scrubs and used to exfoliate. They also contain lavender, which is known for its calming properties. The green, foot-shaped, Stepping Stones can be used to help scrub off the dry, rough skin on your feet. Enjoy the scents of lemon and lime as you use the stone.

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Get your skin ready to bare!

LUSH also offers a beauty line called Emotional Brilliance. “Ambition,” pictured below is a poppy-hued liquid lipstick.  The lipsticks feature a jojoba oil, rose wax and candelilla wax base, which helps to soften the lips and helps hold the pigment. Each of the lip and eye colors feature a personality trait as the name. You can play an Emotional Brilliance game in store to see what colors and corresponding traits match your mood at the moment. I featured the game on the blog  when the line debuted last summer.

The Emotional Brilliance line is 100% vegan. The packaging is 100% post consumer recycled. You can recycle everything except for the wand.

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If you’re buying a gift for someone else, consider a Knot-Wrap. They can pull double duty as gift wrap and later can be worn as a scarf. They’re made from recycled plastic bottles. It takes two, 250ml plastic bottles to make one Knot-Wrap. The end product material is called Greenspun. LUSH reports that thanks to Greenspun, 3 million bottles were saved from the landfill last year and turned into fabric.

Made from recycled bottles!

Made from recycled bottles!

Did you know that LUSH offers rewards for doing your part to recycle? If you return five of the black pots, used to house various creams and skincare products, LUSH will give you a free face mask.  Here’s a fun fact, when the black pots are recycled, a portion of them are used to make the tops for the liquid lipsticks!

Have you entered out GREEN WEEK 2013 Sweepstakes? Enter for a chance to win a $50 Shop Etc. Mall Gift Card by leaving a comment on any blog post that runs from 4/15 through TOMORROW (4/22) on Earth Day.  A winner will be selected in a random drawing.

Open to U.S. residents, 16 or older.  Entry dates:4/15 through 4/22.  For the Official Rules, click on this link.  Limit one entry per person.

 

GREEN WEEK: Spotlight on The Body Shop! Plus, enter a SWEEPSTAKES!

19 Apr

I’ve always known that being eco-friendly is a key part of the mission at The Body Shop (Level 4). I was amazed to learn just how far those efforts go!

Store manager, Janenne McKale, tells me that in 2008, The Body Shop became “the first global beauty brand to use bottles made with recycled materials and more than half of our packaging now contains recycled materials.” She adds that all packaging can be recycled.

The steps to protect the planet extend to the products themselves too. Check out this little skin sponge. It’s made from recycled milk cartons!

A Milk carton in a previous life....

A Milk carton in a previous life….

All of the products made from wood — brushes, combs and massagers — come from The Forest Stewardship Council, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests.

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All of the haircare lines at The Body Shop are earth-friendly. They are biodegradable, which means they are safe for the environment, as well as aquatic life.  The runoff from our showers and watering goes to the Chesapeake Bay. So, what we use on our bodies doesn’t just matter for our own health.  Janenne tells me the shampoos, conditioners and other hair treatments are biodegradable because they don’t contain silicones. Instead, The Body Shop uses Pracaxi oil, which comes from a tree grown organically in the Amazon.

Janenne shares that beyond the environmental impact, silicones in other haircare products give your hair a silky feel but eventually create build-up on your hair shaft. She explains that the Pracaxi oil keeps hair soft and silky without the build-up.

The Body Shop

Rainforest Radiance Line

The haircare products, such as the Rainforest Radiance line pictured above, are paraben free as well. The preservatives used are accepted for use in organic products and are non-toxic to aquatic life. The haircare products are also color free and sulfate free. That’s the foaming agent that can’t break down and goes into our water.

The Rainforest Radiance line is designed for color treated hair and features linseed oil, which acts as a UV filter and helps protect your hair color from fading.

When it comes to taking your purchases home, if you don’t have your own reusable bag, you’ll receive a paper one made from from recycled paper and water based inks.

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You can also purchase a reusable tote for $5. There are multiple styles available.  A portion of the proceeds benefits The Body Shop’s charity partners, including the Somaly Mam Foundation, which supports the rescuing and rehabilitation of women and children who have been victims of the sex trafficking industry.

Go green and help others with this tote.

One of the reusable tote designs

Plus, I have three more exciting updates for  you before I sign off — including a gift with minimum purchase for five people, an opportunity to get a Body Shop rewards card for FREE with a minimum purchase and a SWEEPSTAKES to enter!

  • The first five blog readers to go into The Body Shop and mention THE GURU will receive A FREE TRAVEL HAIR KIT with a minimum $20 purchase. Each of the kits features four items, including a mini shampoo and conditionner.
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Free Kit for first 5 blog readers to mention the GURU and make a $20 purchase!

  •  If you spend $50 or more at The Body Shop, you’ll receive a FREE Love Your Body rewards program membership. The membership includes 10% off most purchases and a $10 reward during  your birthday month. Membership usually costs $10. The promotion is good for a limited time. See a store associate for more details.
Limited Time Only

Available for a Limited Time Only

Have you entered out GREEN WEEK 2013 Sweepstakes? Enter for a chance to win a $50 Shop Etc. Mall Gift Card by leaving a comment on any blog post that runs from 4/15 through 4/22. A winner will be selected in a random drawing.

Open to U.S. residents, 16 or older.  Entry dates:4/15 through 4/22.  For the Official Rules, click on this link.  Limit one entry per person.

Need to catch up on some of my other Green Week posts?  Find out how you can make a difference at Aveda,  two eco-friendly steps you can take at Starbucks and how to get a FREE coffee or tea, an Earth Day in the Kitchen class taking place this Sunday at Williams-Sonoma and what is eco-friendly about TOMS shoes at Nordstrom.

GURU Spotlight: LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics!

12 Apr

With spring in full swing and Earth Day around the corner on 4/22, I stopped in to LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics (Level 2) to get some ideas for spring and to check out the eco-friendly options.

Every time I pop in, I’m  inspired by the innovative products, am a magnet to all the happy hues and tend to linger to take in the scents.  If you’ve never been, it’s an experience. “A self-appointed cosmetic-deli, LUSH makes effective products out of fresh organic fruits and vegetables, the finest essential oils and ingredients that are ethically and sustainably procured from around the world,”  describes the company.

I’ve seen the colorful soap bar display in passing before, but never knew that the bars are eco-friendly! According to LUSH, “Solid bar soaps take their liquid counterparts to the cleaners!  Bar soaps are sterile because they contain no water, which is required for bacterial growth. Because of this, solid soaps can be made without chemical preservatives while liquid soaps are predominantly water, a breeding ground for bacteria, and so require chemical preservatives.”

Soap sans packaging!

Soap by the Slice

Plus, you can opt to take home your soap sans packaging. Nearly 40% of the products at LUSH are package free! Or you can have it wrapped, deli-counter style, in paper and later recycle it. Another option is to bring a reusable container in from home to transport your soap or other products.

Here are just a few of the soap choices you’ll find in store. Pictured below from top left to right: Ice Blue features refreshing peppermint oil, bergamot and lemon citrus oils. Like spearmint and need a wake-up-call? Try Dirty. Lust is all about “bringing soapy back.” It has jasmine absolute, which “is said to relax, ease tension and act as an aphrodisiac,” according to LUSH.

Rock Star is vanilla scented. And, I think my kids would be a little happier about washing up with Honey I Washed the Kids! It has a caramel fragrance!

Screen shot 2013-04-08 at 5.28.25 PM

To maximize the lifespan of your soap, LUSH suggests using a well-drained soap dish between uses.

While we’re talking about bars, did you know that shampoo and conditioner also come in bar form? It was news to me!  Each shampoo bar will give you about 60-80 washes! You can buy the weight you want of the “Big” conditioner.  You can take your bar home package free or opt to have  it wrapped in paper. LUSH just released its second bar form of conditioner called “Big” to go along with the “Big” shampoo.  The sea salt  in the conditioner helps with volume and shine.  The coconut oil will help control those pesky fly aways!

Screen Shot 2013-04-09 at 7.30.18 PM

Feeling on the pale side after winter? Give yourself a little sun-kissed tint with the Silk Stockings Body Tint. This one is for a lighter skin tone. It also comes in a version for darker complexions. Plus, it also comes package free. You’ll find it and several other temptations in bar form at the store,  including massage bars and a facial serum bar.

Screen Shot 2013-04-09 at 7.35.24 PM

To get ready to show some leg and toes as the temps climb, here are two solutions. The round green items, pictured below, are ginger and fennel sugar scrubs and used to exfoliate. They also contain lavender, which is known for its calming properties. The green, foot-shaped, Stepping Stones can be used to help scrub off the dry, rough skin on your feet. Enjoy the scents of lemon and lime as you use the stone.

Screen Shot 2013-04-09 at 7.53.36 PM

Get your skin ready to bare!

LUSH also offers a beauty line called Emotional Brilliance. “Ambition,” pictured below is a poppy-hued liquid lipstick.  The lipsticks feature a jojoba oil, rose wax and candelilla wax base, which helps to soften the lips and helps hold the pigment. Each of the lip and eye colors feature a personality trait as the name. You can play an Emotional Brilliance game in store to see what colors and corresponding traits match your mood at the moment. I featured the game on the blog  when the line debuted last summer.

The Emotional Brilliance line is 100% vegan. The packaging is 100% post consumer recycled. You can recycle everything except for the wand.

Screen Shot 2013-04-09 at 7.57.15 PM

If you’re buying a gift for someone else, consider a Knot-Wrap. They can pull double duty as gift wrap and later can be worn as a scarf. They’re made from recycled plastic bottles. It takes two, 250ml plastic bottles to make one Knot-Wrap. The end product material is called Greenspun. LUSH reports that thanks to Greenspun, 3 million bottles were saved from the landfill last year and turned into fabric.

Made from recycled bottles!

Made from recycled bottles!

Did you know that LUSH offers rewards for doing your part to recycle? If you return five of the black pots, used to house various creams and skincare products, LUSH will give you a free face mask.  Here’s a fun fact, when the black pots are recycled, a portion of them are used to make the tops for the liquid lipsticks!

Starting  Monday (4/15) , we are launching a Green themed week in celebration of Earth Day! You’ll have a chance to enter for a chance to win the GREEN WEEK 2013 Sweepstakes!  I’ll have all the details for you on Monday. Stay tuned…  

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