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Beauty Beat - July Product Roundup

Friday, August 07, 2015 HALFSTACK MAGAZINE

Hey everyone!

So, last month I had the chance to test out quite a few items and I wanted to share some of the brands that kept me "summer ready". Whether it was keeping my oily skin at bay, fighting face demons (who else LOVES Bunny from youtube?), keeping my tan fresh without the sun damage or keeping my legs silky smooth, the products I tried were plentiful! Scroll on for the rundown for  my July Product Roundup.

Sugar StripEase - Who doesn't want smooth silky legs in the summer? Short shorts, cute dresses and flirty skirts don't look so hot with stubbly legs. Shaving can get so cumbersome and if you're like me, the hair just seems to grow back thicker (don't judge!). As much as I like the feel of freshly waxed legs, I don't always like the price tag that goes along with it. Sugar StripEase is looking to bring the salon to your home, and they're doing it with a conscious.
As pioneers of strip-sugaring in the UK, Rosie and Hafiz Khandwala the founders of Aqua Natural Ltd and creators of SugarStripEase look to maintain the strong reputation of their company and brand that they just expanded to the US this summer. Sugar StripEase is the only product on the market that is made from blends of pure sugar syrups giving consistency & longer shelf life, with no chemicals used in its formulation or during the process the product. 

Sugar StripEase products use wonderful natural ingredients to produce great formulations that leave the skin smooth and fuzz free. Sugar StripEase is certified as Cruelty Free (by Cruelty Free International and PETA) and vegan (by The Vegan Society). It's also super easy to use! The starter kits comes with all you need, a set of instructions and you're good to go!

Ciate London Double Lines Eye Liner - easy to use and convenient! This two in one dual-sided, soft kajal eyeliner and ultra-black, long-wearing liquid liner is a great addition to your makeup bag! The felt tip liquid liner side is easy to use and helpful in creating a sleek cat eye look. The soft kajal side is perfect for a smudgy smokey eye. So, what is a Kajal liner? Kajal eyeliner is mainly made with a combination of natural ingredients and soot. It is organic in nature. Kohl pencils are typically made from powders, pigments and waxes. They have the smooth glide of kajal, but they are not as messy. TIP* Make sure you close the cap tightly or you run the risk of your liquid side drying out!

Ciate London is a brand that is becoming more and more popular. Celebrities like Olivia Palermo have been brought on as creative directors to help expand the brand. Originally, the brand began as an innovator of nail trends. London-based founder Charlotte Knight has expanded Ciaté’s scope with a fun, easy-to-use color collection that includes liners and lip products. Her motto is that “Life can be challenging sometimes…makeup should never be."

Olehenriksen Truth Crème Advanced Hydration – Summertime calls for citrus scents and the power of Vitamin C. The Truth Creme is a great product to try for those of you with dry skin. This light-textured crème glides onto skin effortlessly and absorbs quickly to leave you with a beautiful radiant glow. Strengthened by vitamin C, it calms, heals, brightens, and boosts collagen. Best part is that the crème also delivers powerful anti-aging benefits, promotes cell turnover, evens skin tone and helps to eliminate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. $51.99 at

Murad Essential-C Cleanser - Murad is known for it's amazing skin care products. Their Essential-C cleanser has been my go to for the latter half of this summer. It cleanses and tones and doesn't leave me feeling oily. Patented antioxidant-rich cleanser using Vitamins A, C and E neutralize and rehydrate environmentally damaged skin by removing impurities and awakening the senses with a burst of citrus. $43.99 at

Suki® moisture-rich brightening masque - Features a concentrated formula of active botanicals that gently reduce the appearance of age spots and other discolorations for a bright and even complexion. Vitamin C glucosides deliver time-released nutrition to promote radiant tone and protect collagen fibers while grapeseed oil and green tea prevent future hyperpigmentation caused by environmental damage such as sun exposure. $58.95 at

Kypris - Kypris is a  luxurious line of holistic, high performance skin care. The brand showcases products that include organic, wild-crafted, and sustainably grown ingredients. Their Body Elixir: Inflorescence is a wonderful new product that gives your body the same attention that you give your face. This is the first product on the market with active ingredients you would typically find in products meant for your face. It is made with clinically proven concentrations of actives such as Sweet Iris Stem Cells and Vitamin C Ester.  This is an amazing moisturizing oil that is  non-greasy, fast absorbing and smells delicious! It is perfect for that post shower rub down and keeps your skin moisturized and soothed for the rest of the day.

Karora Self-Tanner and CC Cream. Karora is a fun brand that has taken the beauty industry by storm. Their cheeky, fresh and flirtatious products are always infused with the unexpected. As a brand, they are devoted to using super natural skincaring botanicals and formulas free from nasties! My two favorite products from their range include the self-tanner and CC cream. Self-tanner is just a great way to get a bit of color without the damaging effects of UVB rays from the sun and CC cream is my new go to to prime my face for makeup. 

Their CC cream does an amazing job smoothing out the complexion prior to full makeup application. The CC cream is  a color correcting, multi-tasking cream for face and body that has won international beauty awards and is a staple among top beauty editors worldwide. KARORA's CC Cream delivers a veil of natural color that blurs away imperfections while skin-tone correcting botanicals nourish and hydrate to help improve the overall texture and tone of your skin. This is a great way to lessen the appearance of redness, veins and blemishes.

The self-tanner is a daily dose of natural colour and a burst of hydration all in one. This moisture rich lotion replenishes and conditions the face and body with botanical boosting hydrators while turning it gloriously golden (without the need of the sun's harmful rays).  You can build it up for a richer honey-dipped colour. Signature ingredients include: a fine tuned blend of jojoba, coconut oil, rosemary leaf extract, vitamin E and essential oil of argan to soften, sooth and condition the skin.

Belli - Belli is another wonderfully conscious brand. Their anti-blemish duo is a must have to keep those face demons at bay. The brand originated for moms looking for products that were natural and safe for their unborn kiddos and now women all over love the product. The all-natural, paraben, salicylic, glycolic and benzoyl peroxide-free skin care products  are completely safe and effective for pregnant, new moms and women in general. The Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash and spot treatment are an amazing set that help give you a clean face and fight off the nasty bacteria that cause your breakouts. These products are amazing for prepping and cleansing the skin, and give you a healthy glow.

Jojoba Oil/Hydrating Day Cream. Oh, the magical wonders of Jojoba. For all you acne sufferers out there, this stuff is a god send. Jojoba oil is a botanical extract of the seed of the jojoba tree. Technically it is not actually an oil, but something else called wax ester. This wax ester is what makes Jojoba oil so special because out of all of the compounds in nature, it is the most similar to human skin oil. 

It is believed that applying jojoba to the skin can "trick" your skin into thinking it is producing enough oil, and therefore it can help balance oil production. For acne-prone people, that means that jojoba oil is non-comedogenic. The Jojoba Company, Australia’s 100% Natural Australian Jojoba, is a great product for those of you out there with sensitive and acne prone skin. Because of its extraordinary compatibility with the skin (besides its deep hydrating properties) it absorbs gently and without irritation for a supremely soothing experience. 

Rather than use cream moisturizer, this has been my go to. It also works as a makeup remover for that stubborn eye makeup. You can even use this stuff as lip balm, conditioner for your hair and massage oil! The Hydrating Day cream is a great product as well, soothing and lightweight. Perfect to hydrate your skin prior to makeup. The smell is intoxicating, it almost reminds me of Hot Tamales Candy due to it's zesty cinnamon smell! So, good! You can pick up a bottle HERE

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