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The Beauty Beat - August Roundup

Saturday, September 05, 2015 HALFSTACK MAGAZINE

It's that time again! The time where I share my latest favorite beauty/grooming items from the prior month. I've got a round up of items for the ladies and gentlemen reading this weekend edition. The products range from body to hair to skin and nails. Each of these products gives you the spa treatment right in the comfort of your home without

H20 Black Sea Body and Shower products are inspired by the renewing powers of the Black Sea. Each product is infused with a rare type of hydrating Sea Grass known to grow along the brackish coastline of the Black Sea, and Black Seaweed is added to boost moisture levels and nourish the skin for the ultimate at-home spa experience. This set is definitely catering to the man in your life. The scents are deep and musky, but still gentle on the skin.

Spa Black Sea Shower Cream
: This gentle body cleanser washes away impurities as it bathes skin in a moisture-rich lather while indulging the senses and nourishing skin with Sea Grass and Black Seaweed. Bright citrus and marine accords blend with sage and sandalwood for a warm, luxurious scent. $20;

Spa Black Sea Body Scrub: This exfoliating body scrub leaves skin feeling smooth and revitalized for all day softness and a natural glow. Enriched with hydrating Sea Grass and nourishing Black Seaweed, along with Volcanic Black Sand, Coral Powder, and Sea Salt to renew and detoxify. $22;

Spa Black Sea Body Cream: This water-based gel-cream melts on contact to instantly renew skin. A light-weight moisture barrier, packed with sea-derived essential minerals is created to prevent dryness and increase moisture levels in the skin. $28;

Rusk Hair Mousse delivers long-lasting voluminous styles that won’t let you down. The rich, creamy texture adds structure to even the hardest-to-hold styles. Lift from the roots or use for allover volume while defying humidity for long-lasting definition and bounce.

Rusk Heat Shift is a restyling cream with a unique shapeshift ability that allows you to change up any style without the need to shampoo or re-apply product.  It's the perfect addition to your morning hair routine that helps ensure you have options for the evening. RUSK is shaking up the hair industry with these products that allow you to switch up your style anytime, anywhere. 

All you need to do is apply RUSK Heatshift to create your first look and then the possibilities are endless for the following styles. Imagine straightening your hair in the morning and then deciding to spice it up and go curly for a night out (or even curly to straight). What previously took an additional full wash, product application, blow dry and curling iron - now only requires the application of heat This product also provides color protection and strengthening benefits while reducing your blow dry and style time by 50%.

Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask is one of those products that you can feel working the instant you put it on. This thermal mask warms to open pores, draws out and dissolves 2.5 times more dirt, oil, and surface toxins than a basic cleanser, and rinses them clean away with an invigorating cooling sensation without stripping the skin. Infused with natural charcoal, this breakthrough mask melts dirt and oil better than the leading competitive mask. Add this mask to your beauty routine 2-3 times a week to help with deep cleaning, wash with a toning cleanser then moisturize to re-balance the skin.  ($7.99; drugstores)

Soul Sunday Seacliff Facial Exfoliant is one of those products that does more than just make you look good, it makes you feel good too. Soul Sunday natural apothecary products combine aromatherapy with the finest natural ingredients to create a product line that is one part healing and one part grooming. Made by hand in small batches in the USA, Soul Sunday uses playful names and thoughtful ingredients to encourage creativity + escapism. Soul Sunday sources ingredients from the Earth and is an all natural and vegan skincare line.

The Seacliff Facial Exfoliant contains coconut, aloe, fine-grain Himalayan pink salt + rose clay. It smells delightful and feels wonderful. The natural products are great for sensitive skin and the fine grain ensures a gentle application to your skin. All you have to do is just mix with water and apply to wet skin for clear, soft skin 
Marsala was named pantone of the year for 2015 and it isn't losing traction just yet. It's the perfect hue to make a statement with this Fall. The impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors. It has the qualities of a deep red wine combined with an earthy red-brown clay. Jane Iredale has quite the assortment for those of you looking for this sultry red to add to your collection.

Jane iredale PureGloss Lip Gloss in Raspberry (2):
A luxurious new formula that’s lusciously creamy on the lips and provides an ultra-glossy finish without feeling tacky, and without the use of petroleum-based products. The soothing and hydrating formula has a base of organic oils including Moringa Butter, Lotus Flower Wax and Orange Peel Wax.

Jane iredale In Touch Cream Blush in Charisma (1):
a cream-to-powder blush for use on cheeks, lips, and eyes to provide a radiant, lit-from-within glow. Real cocoa extract makes this a delicious, color-coordinated treat for the lips as well.
Jane iredale PurePressed Eye Shadow in Merlot (6): a crease-resistant, long-wearing mineral pressed eye shadow that’s simple to blend and designed to enhance the color and shape of the eye.

Nail polish is such a simple way to up your style ante. You may be a little timid when it comes to experimenting with your overall look, but experimenting with nail colors is a fun and simple way to have fun. So many brands today are bringing in trends straight of the runway and incorporating them into their product color stories.

LVX is the brainchild of Chicago native and Columbia alum (turned Miami doll): Branka Tomic. It has been amazing to see this local brand grow to a national and international level. Bloggers everywhere love the brand because of the fact that it is a quality polish with an eco friendly conscience. The long lasting, chip resistant and non-streak formula is free of harsh and toxic chemicals. The colors are luxuriously thick and opaque and are inspired by the runway trends.

My faves from the summer run include shiraz, which is a lovely purple and damask which is a gorgeous bright tangerine. The fall collection is already online as well. Sienna seems to be inspired by the marsala pantone while narccisist is a beautiful and vivid metallic turquoise; as seen on the runways from Elie Saab’s floral print gowns to Antonio Berardi’s monochromatic looks.

LVX products are VEGAN and formulated without the use of Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene, and Camphor. LVX is a no compromise nail lacquer that has superior formulation, is socially responsible and eco friendly. LVX nail lacquer is cruelty-free. All products are produced in the U.S.A. The summer collection is available online at:

Sinful Colors & Pure Ice are two other polish brands that tout the 5-free label. These are great products at a great prices and can be found at Walmart. Pure Ice® nail enamel is for the girl that’s into creating chic looks, offering the latest cosmetic trends and effects at a price she can’t resist! Shades range from high pigment creams to shimmering pearls to multi-dimensional single coat glitters and beyond. The Pure Ice glitter polishes are easy to apply and just as easy to remove. Each bottle retails at $1.97 per bottle and can be picked up at Walmart.

For 25 years, the SinfulColors® cosmetics brand has been the go-to polish for the color enthusiast who relies on color as a means of self-expression, who is eager to break with tradition, and is primed to color outside the lines™ SinfulColors® is outrageous, innovative, on trend, eye-catching color -- all at a price she can’t resist! My favorite color from the latest release includes HD nails which is a gorgeous shimmery aquamarine that you can find at RiteAid. At only $1.99 per bottle, it's hard not to pick up more than one!

Schwarzkopf ULTIME Color Coloration is perfect when you need a color update, but can't make it out to the salon. It provides even coverage, beautiful rich color and is gentle on your hair.  Ultimate Color is the first ever multi-usage permanent color foam, which can be applied without mixing and can be used more than once.  5.1 Cappuccino Brown is the color I updated with this summer.

This groundbreaking new product will take the stress and mess out of home hair coloring. The multiple application design means that Ultimate Color will provide one full-head application and one regrowth application after four weeks. The remaining unused product can easily be stored until needed for an exact color match. The best part of the kit is the included intensive care conditioner with liquid keratin that regenerates the hair structure for strong and healthy looking shine. available exclusively at Walmart and retails for $9.97

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