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THE DIRTY 7- Toxic Skin Care Product Ingredients

The dirty 7- toxic-skincare-products 

THE DIRTY 7 – Toxic Skin Care Product Ingredients

Let’s talk skin care for a moment, skin care ingredients to be specific?  I’ve always had my eye out for these words on the labels of my skin care products.. 100% sulfate free, paraben, and silicone free, organic, and cruelty free. These are the words you want to look out for. However, cleaver marketing teams for skin care brands, have found new words to place on their ingredient labels. Lengthy, words that we cannot pronounce and do not know the definition of.  The Dirty 7- Toxic Skin Care Product Ingredients

So, some history here, I started paying closer attention to skin care ingredients when I came across a brand who had a “NEVER LIST”, ingredients that they NEVER used  when formulating their products. I could not believe all of the bad stuff that has been used to formulate skin care products. I mean we have a skin routine for a reason, to have healthy skin, right?  And to top it off the skincare industry isn’t even regulated. So, brands can basically put whatever they want into their products. HORRIFYING! 

Well, after being prompted to do further research into a few of my favorite brands, I was left horrified and shocked to say the least at what I found I had  been putting on my skin and into my blood stream. Here I am, trusting brands to be who and what they say they are, only to find out they are not actually being completely honest or transparent. After spending 24 straight hours  ( no sleep ) researching product ingredients. I uncovered that I had been spending my hard-earned money on products that are pretty much poison !

 

Here are the DIRTY 7

Toxic Skin Care Product Ingredients

 

  • Sodium lauryl sulfate ( found in foundations)

 

SLS has been shown to cause or contribute to: skin irritation, disruptions of skin’s natural oil balance and eye damage. It is also widely believed to be a major contributor to acne (especially cystic acne) around the mouth and chin.

  • BHA (found in exfoliants)

“The National Toxicology Program”  classifies butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” It can cause skin depigmentation. In studies, BHA produces liver damage and causes stomach cancers such as papillomas and carcinomas and interferes with normal reproductive system development and thyroid hormone levels.

  • Parabens (found in makeup, moisturizers)

The FDA acknowledges several studies linking parabens, which mimic estrogen, to breast cancer, skin cancer and decreased sperm count, but has not ruled that it is harmful. According to the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Products, longer chain parabens like propyl and butyl paraben and their branched counterparts, isopropyl and isobutyl parabens, may disrupt the endocrine system and cause reproductive and developmental disorders. Look for ingredients with the suffix “-paraben” as well—paraben-free products will be labeled as such.

 

  • Retinol ( found in moisturizer, lip products, sunscreen, anti-aging products)

Retinol products have the opposite intended effect and become carcinogenic in sunlight, making it extra important to only use them at night and to avoid any sunscreens containing retinol-derived ingredients.

 

  • Fragrances  Found in moisturizers)

Federal law doesn’t require companies to list on product labels any of the chemicals in their fragrance mixture. Recent research from Environmental Working Group and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found an average of 14 chemicals in 17 name-brand fragrance products, none of them listed on the label. Fragrances can contain hormone disruptors and are among the top 5 allergens in the world.

  • Oxybenzone (Found in sunscreen)

Oxybenzone is one of the highest-risk chemicals found in sunscreen. It acts like estrogen in the body, alters sperm production in animals and is associated with endometriosis in women.

  • Dimethicone (found in moisturizers)

Prolonged exposure to dimethicone can actually increase skin irritation. It traps everything under it-including bacteria, sebum, and impurities-which could lead to increased breakouts and blackheads. The coating action actually prevents the skin from performing its normal activities-like sweating, temperature regulating, sloughing off dead skin cells. Prolonged exposure to dimethicone can actually increase skin irritation, due to the coating property and because dimethicone is listed as a possible skin and eye irritant.

 

I am committed to using skin care products developed by brands that actually use healthy and effective ingredients, brands such as Saranghae

A few of Saranghae’s ingredients are:

1.Supercritical Fluid Extraction of Botanical Ingredients

2.Natural Preservative SH-Napre

3. Phellinus Linteus Mushroom

4. Ginseng

In addition to these innovated and natural ingredients, Saranghae’s products smell amazing,  and  botanicals are infused into their products.  So, I  ask you to do some research into what’s in your bathroom vanity and makeup bag.  Google every ingredient that you cannot pronounce and review the  definition and decide for yourself what your skin and health means to you.  

Tip: check for where they fall in the ingredient list. One bad ingredient way down on the list isn’t as bad as being in the top five of the list and having multiple bad ingredients in one product.  If it ends in cone or xane, do further research on the product and it’s ingredients and proceed with CAUTION!

xoxo, Andrinique

 

Beauty, Hair, Skincare

Seed Phytonutrients- Farmed Skincare

Hi Friends,

Farm to skin with Seed Phytonutrients

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday filled with love and tons of laughter.  I wanted to share with you all a new  skin care brand that will be launching in spring 2018. Seed Phytonutrients  !  After waiting patiently for a few months,  I was sent a sample package of the hair and skin care line. It actually arrived just in time, right around the time NYC starting getting cold.  Seed Phytonutrients  is a totally organic, “farm-to-body” collection of plant-based body- and hair-care products.

 

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This company grows and harvests their own seeds for each product right on their farm in Pennsylvania sweetly named Shiloh Farms. Everything they grow and harvest is then package in sustainable bottles.

 

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Their bottles are green, recycled and hold up against any type of moisture.  No more plastic bottles in your showers and bathrooms. I mean, this company founded by  Shane Wolf and Michael Ranspot have made a commitment to reducing waste, minimizing carbon foot print and creating a hair and skin care brand that is good for you and that works!! So, a skin care brand that works and is completely NON TOXIC! Seed Phytonutrients  will be available soon so, I don’ t have price points to share. But, something tells me the line will be affordable. This line is a 100% WIN WIN !

 

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Hit them up for a few samples

I was fortunate to get a change to  try the hair cleanser, conditioner, body moisturizer, hand wash, and facial cleanser!  These products smell amazing ! The body moisturizer works miracles in this cold NY weather, and I have been using it as a hand cream. I cannot wait to get my hands on the hand salve. The facial cleanser softens, cleans and refreshes your skin with less than a dime size amount.  They even sent me the cutest recycled little tote bag, great for quick trips to the farmers market.

 

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Brand Launch- April 2018

I sincerely cannot wait to get my hands on this amazing, organic and  sustainable farm to body skin and hair care collection. This is an un–sponsored blog review and the line hasn’t even launched yet but, I could not wait to share with you all!

I wish you all a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR ! See ya in 2018.

xoxo, Andrinique

 

Beauty, Skincare

First Impression- Naked Soul Beauty- Love Exfoliating Mask

Hey Friends,

First Impression- Naked Soul Beauty- Love Exfoliating Mask

So, this blog review will be the first “NOT’ impressed blog I’ve ever written. Naked Soul Beauty is a new organic skin care line that just recently launched this past November. I had been in contact via instagram with the owner of the line and I agreed to try Naked Soul Beauty face mask  in collaboration.

The brand sent me the LOVE exfoliation mask and quarter size jars of the cleansing cream, eye cream and a night cream. It’s almost impossible to review the samples as the sizes I was sent last about 2 days three tops. In order for me to give my honest opinion on a skin care product I would have try it at least a month to 6 weeks to see noticeable signs or not! So, my review here is on the LOVE face mask which I honestly could not use more than once.  First, the scent was not pleasant for me at all. It reminding me of an old expired drug store face cream.

Naked Soul Beauty’s product promises

This beautiful aromatherapy mask and scrub polishes away dullness and removes impurities, leaving skin bright and hydrated. Our special rosa bourbonia oil adds a delicate but beautiful fragrance.

WHY IT’S DIFFERENT

Our rosa bourbonia oil, purchased fair trade from India, is the purest extraction possible. This aromatherapy essential oil opens the heart chakra (and smells incredible).
We combined our signature face cream for hydrating and anti-aging with skin-clearing white willow bark extract to exfoliate on a cellular level.
Plus:
Rose clay to purify, cleanse, and increase circulation
Rose jojoba beads for surface polishing

No Bueno 

I was hoping that there would be scents of rose or at least jojoba due to the claim that the scent was that of  an aromatherapy experience, but there was not.  And, the texture was not that of a clay texture that I would expect. I have used almost every mask out there high-end and drug store. So, I was expecting sometime type of mask feeling. The  application kinda grossed me out and I felt an immediate desire to wash the mask off quickly after applying it. ( just being honest )  As I was applying the mask and afterwards the mixture broke up and was weird-looking and feeling on my face.  There was not the feel of exfolating beads, it felt like beads of some sort, but definitely not exfoliating. I can’t explain it but, I wanted it off my face. I have used mask with rose,  jojoba and white willow bark extract and this product doesn’t feel or smell like that is what is in it !   Here is a picture of the mask on:

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I was so excited to try Naked Soul Beauty. However, my blogs are written on my impression and experience. Sadly I was not impressed! I am not happy to have to write these review as such, but I am always going to be honest no matter what. 

xoxo, Andrinique

Beauty, Makeup, Skincare

Black Friday- Top 5 Holiday Gift Sets

Hi Friends,

Black Friday- Top 5 Holiday Gift Sets

                               Well, here we are again, the holiday season! My favorite time to celebrate after my birthday 🙂

 

Holiday Gift sets- the sure to please way to holiday shop

One thing that I dislike, is how fast we get thrown into the season. It’s like back to school, Halloween Christmas!  Thanksgiving is one of the more special times of the year in my opinion, and we get thrown into the season the day after Halloween, literally! Then everyone gets so focused on ‘ BLACK FRIDAY ‘ shopping. Well, in keeping with the BLACK FRIDAY theme, here are a few of my favorite holiday gift sets for you to indulge if you must get out the and do some black friday shopping!

 

 

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Sunday Riley’s Bright Young Thing

 

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Fragrances make the season bright

Of course, the holiday season would not be complete without an amazing fragrance. J’adore by Dior has always been one of my favorites, been wearing in for years! This set comes with an eau de parfum and body lotion.  A new favorite is Jo Malone. Their luscious & lively Trio comes with Wood Sage & Sea Salt cologne, the body & hand wash and English Pear & Freesia Body Crème. I mean YUMMI E !

 

 

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So, there you have my Black  Friday favorites. Hope you treat yourself or a loved one with one of these beautiful sets ! The prices are incredible and you can find them all at Sephora. You can also find these sets on the brands own website, and sometimes they have even more sets that can be purchase on their websites only. I find purchasing gifts set an easy gift to buy. Especially, when there are multiple pieces from the brand you like. The giftee gets to try more that one product. That is how I get hooked for sure!

Happy Black Friday shopping and HAPPY THANKSGIVING  to you and your family!

xoxo, Andrinique

Beauty, Skincare

Winter Skin-Care Essentials

Hello Friends,

Winter Skin- Care Essentials

I am officially back home in the big apple, the concrete jungle were dreams are made ( nod to Alicia Keys & Jay Z ) ! It only took two days back and it’s nyc cold, well not as cold as it’s going to get but, cold per someone who has been living in LA 80% of the time.This meant, I had to get my winter skin care essentials in effect asap! I had to change up my skin care routine and lucky, I had all the products I needed to transition in no time.

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The LIST

  • Sunday Riley – C.E.O Moisturizer  ( applied in the morning  )
  • Sunday Riley– Luna Night Oil (applied at night )
  • Laneige -Lip Sleeping Mask- It’s a mask for the lips.. my newest obsession! Forget about all those lip balms, this is all you need for dry, chapped winter lips !  ( applied at night)
  • Sunday Riley– Good Genes ( applied morning and night ) You already know this is my HOLY GRAIL !
  • Dermae– Radiant Glow  Face Oil- by one of my favorite organic lifestyle bloggers @SunKissAlba – I use this as an all over body oil ( I don’t use this on my face ) the shimmer takes GLOWING skin to a whole other level!  ( applied after shower )
  • Saranghae– Eye Cream – ( applied morning and night )  If you read my review on this amazing korean skin care brand, then you would know that I am obsessed with Saranghae’s eye cream
  • Sunday Riley– C.E.O Brighten Serum ( applied in the morning )

 

Multi-Masking

I have also change my weekly mask routine to include multi masking .. you’ve heard about multi-masking! Using different face masks on different areas of your face. In the winter months, my t-zone goes from oil to normal and the normal areas of my face tend to get a bit dyer.

Hope this helps you keep your skin healthy in the cold months ahead !

xoxo, Andrinique

Beauty, Skincare

Sunday Riley Holiday Kit~ Limited Edition!

Hey Friends,

Sunday Riley Holiday Kit~ Limited Edition!

The holiday’s are upon us and so are the holiday beauty gift sets! Sunday Riley  has released her LIMITED EDITION holiday kit! It’s the  “Bright Young Thing Visible Skin Brightening Kit “, it literally has all my favorites in one collection.

Here’s what’s included:

  1. Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream – 0.5 oz/ 15 mL
  2. Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment – 0.5 oz/ 15 mL ( my holy grail )
  3. C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum – 0.5 oz/ 15 mL

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Benefits

This award-winning trio is known for helping achieve smooth, radiant, younger-looking complexions. The dynamic trio provides solutions to:
– Dark spots
– Dullness and uneven skin tone
– Fine lines and wrinkles

I have been using Sunday Riley for a year and, my skin is legit noticeable brighter and smoother !

This is the perfect gift set for you to try Sunday Riley  for yourself, or to gift it to that someone in your life who cannot live without her Sunday Riley skin care. But hurry, it’s sold at Sephora.com  but for the price and the sizes, this collection will not last past black friday!  The product sizes in the set are not tiny little samples sizes that only are god for 1 or two uses. The sizes are substantial and good enough to gauge results

I will continue to use these products way pass the holiday. The Good Genes, Tidal water cream and CEO cleansers are stables in my skin care routine. Word on the streets is that Sunday Riley will be launching an eye cream very soon. If this is indeed truth, I will be first in line to try it out. I will even write a first impression blog review right here. I will give you the low down on the eye cream for you. Yes, I will be the tester for you all 😉

xoxo, Andrinique

Beauty, Skincare

Saranghae- K-Beauty Product Review

Hi Friends,

Saranghae – K-Beauty-Product Review

You guys know I obsess over skin care! So, I was super excited to collaborated with Saranghae, a korean skin care brand. I was super excited to try their skin care brand for two reasons. One, I had never tried a korean skin care brand before and this market is doing very well in the beauty industry. And two, the line is quick an easy to use. The 5 step routine will cover all the bases for your skin care needs. It takes about 7 mins to apply and you have all your skin care needs taking care of!

 

Company History 

Let me tell you a little bit about Saranghae  ! So first off Saranghae means ” I love you “ in korean, how sweet is that? ! The history of Saranghae dates back 6oo years, rooted in the family history of the founder Min Jun Lee. The secrets to youthful, healthy, young-looking skin was pass down to her from her mother Lee Myeong Jo. So, what exactly is Saranghae?

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Saranghae Heals, Regenerates andProtects your skin !

Saranghae is an award winning, 5 step anti-aging skin care routine designed to directly address the root causes that lead to unhealthy, damaged and aging skin. Saranghae achieves this by addressing 3 distinct phases. Healing, Regenerating and Protecting!  Saranghae does not use any of those dirty ingredients we have become so familiar with.  The two ingredients the I love the most and was the most interested in trying on my skin was the Phellinus Mushroom and the Ginseng.

 

Potent Ingredients

 

Phellinus Linteus (Sang Hwang) Mushroom–  this incredibly rare mushroom has been used in Asian medicine for over 1,500 years. In Asia it also goes by the nickname “The Healing Mushroom” and has been used to treat numerous ailments over the ages. It is documented to have powerful cancer fighting properties.

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5 steps to beautiful skin

  1.  Nourishing & Moisturizing Oil + Foam Cleanser is formulated with 2 of the world’s most luxurious ingredients: Truffle Extract & Gold (yes, GOLD). This cleansing formula combines the deep pore cleansing power of an oil cleanser with the effective make-up removal of a foam cleanser. It eliminates oil, micro-particles, grime, dirt and toxins while hydrating and nourishing your skin at the same time. This cleanser smells amazing  ! And I swear my face looked brighter after the first time using it, NO JOKE!
  2. Deep Radiance Essence + Serum is designed to penetrate your outer epidermis layer and deliver crucial nutrients like antioxidants, amino acids and vitamins directly to your living cells. Lovingly crafted with 10% Phellinus Linteus (Sang Hwang) Mushroom extract, plant based placenta, collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, the result is a skin that efficiently heals and regenerates every moment of every day.
  • Dramatically increases cellular nutrient delivery by increasing blood circulation
  • Prevents dry and flaky skin by controlling the balance between skin moisture and oil
  • Balances your skin’s potential hydrogen (pH) level to prevent flair ups, inflammation and break outs
  • Deeper penetration into the cellular level allows skin cells to receive vital living nutrients

      3.  Firm and Lift Cellular Regeneration Cream Moisturize + Hydrate + Rejuvenate. Made with certified organically grown 15% Phellinus Linteus (Sang Hwang) mushroom and Ginseng. The Firm & Lift will decrease the formation of free radicals and reduce damage due to oxidative stress by up to 220%.

  • Inhibit the formation of “the aging enzyme” Elastase by 85%
  • Stimulate collagen and elastin production in skin by 200%
  • Reduces swelling, redness and age spots
  • Proven to reduce wrinkle depth and width

      4. Focus Renewal Eye Cream– Formulated with Phellinus Linteus (Sang Hwang) Mushroom Extract, adenosine, vitamin B3, elastin and collagen, the Focus Renewal Eye Serum is the single most effective solution to restore vitality, diminish wrinkles, visibly lift and firm and brighten the appearance of dark circles around the eyes. 

  • Dramatically increases cellular nutrient delivery by increasing blood circulation
  • Reduce dark circles, swelling and puffiness in and around the eye trough
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Lifts and firms sagging and loose skin surrounding the eyes

5. Elemental Essence Mask- is a unique, lightweight, micro-fiber material with a blend of Asian botanicals that helps calm inflamed skin, enhance the natural contours of the face and maximize brightness. Fortified with Saranghae’s CoQ10 and Hyaluronic Acid. This mask delivers radiant results instantly after use, while reducing existing pigmentation over time for a breathtakingly beautiful finish.

  • Reduce & prevent fine lines & wrinkles
  • Deliver antioxidant CoQ10 & Hyaluronic Acid for repair and regeneration of skin cells
  • Eliminate redness and inflammation caused by stress & pollution

 

Results

And, voila ! I highly recommend Saranghae 5 step routine. I immediately notice improvements in my skins tone and texture. The regenerating cream is super creamy and a bit thick, which is perfect for cold climates. (I have t-zone oily skin.) If you have dryer skin, you can probably use this in any climate. The cleanser, OH this cleanser. It is one of the best on the market, no need to double cleanse because, it removes everything with a very small amount of product.. It feels so amazing going on and super silky, and SMELLS amazing ! Can we talk about the Eye cream? ! These are my favorites, but of course there is the serum and the mask which I really like as well. I really like the mask because it’s not dripping wet like a lot of other masks currently on the market. Saranghae  has also come out with a clay mask that I am dying to get my hands on..! Over all, I think this is an amazing, and effective skin care brand.

xoxo, Andrinique

Beauty, Skincare

Face Oils Vs Moisturizers – What’s the Diff ?

Hey Friends,

I hope all is well ! I wanted to talk about face oils vs moisturizer today. I hear so much great debate about the differences and the benefits of one over the other. It’s pretty simple, oils are created more natural and organically then creams.

In order for brands/manufacturers to create creamy, luxurious creams, them have to add all sorts of fillers and emulsifiers to the ingredients. This is where the toxicity comes in. The base and active ingredients start off wonderful, but to add the creamy texture, they have to add things like  dimethicone – Dimethicone works as an anti-foaming agent, a skin protectant. It prevents water loss by forming a hydrating barrier on the skin. When applied to the skin, it’s known for creating a subtle gloss that feels smooth and silky to touch. It also acts as a mild water repellent by forming a protective barrier on the skin, and can fill in fine lines/wrinkles on the face, giving it a temporary “plump” look.

On the other hand, Face oils are natural products made from plant-based ingredients. Face oils are most extracted straight from plants and other botanicals. They are natural and non-toxic ( for the most far ) It’s another story if we’re taking serums which we are not and they tend to be thicker in texture.  Face oils actually penetrate the skin were as stated above, creams are barriers that coat the skin.

Dimthicone is a silicone, and if you have that on your face, nothing is getting pass it.  That is why most skin care applications encourage applying your moisturizer on last, it locks everything in, literally !  Though, don’t think that silicone isn’t penetrating your skin at some point. I rather not have that sinking into my skin if I can avoid it.  I always say ” google ” what you’re applying to you skin and decide for yourself.

My favorite face oils are Sunday Riley – Luna Night oil, and Biossance – Squalane + Vitamin C Rose oil.  I just recently started using Derma e  x SunKiss Alba’s collaboration Radiant Glow Face OilThis oil is liquid gold in a bottle, I’m obsessed with it. It literally glows/shimmers on your skin, but doesn’t feel greasy at allI’ve also tried and loved Tata Haper’s  Retinoic face oil and love it.. but a bit pricey !

So, there you have it, the diff between Face Oils vs Moisturizer ! Hope this helps.

xoxo, Andrinique

Beauty, Skincare

How to apply skin-care products

Hi ladies,

Are you applying your skin care products properly ?

I had been ‘applying my skin care products’incorrectly all through my twenties and thirties. So, don’t feel bad if you find that you are.  It’s interesting how as women, there are things we’re  ” suppose” to, somehow already know. Like, how to apply skin care products amongst a ton of other things !

Anyway, this is my step by step routine on how I apply my skin care products AM and PM.  Key things to keep in mind are to let each product dry before adding the next one and pat/press the products in for better absorption.

AM/PM

  1.  cleanse your face with the proper cleanser. This will depend on your skin’s needs, so be sure you know what that is
  2.  toner – apply to the entire face and neck in upward strokes
  3.  eye cream or gel – apply the product to your ring finger on both hands, and lightly tap into the eye area in circular motions.
  4. serums or neck creams, apply in upward motions.  Never apply products using downward strokes, this will pull skin down and cause sagging.
  5. face oil
  6. moisturizer same application, upward strokes

Then, if you’re applying makeup, apply sunscreen  ( ALWAYS , even when the sun isn’t out or in the winter months) and primer. In the evenings, I also apply Jamaican Black Castor Oil on my eyelashes and brows to encourage hair growth in those areas. I use a mascara spool.

I remember hating my “Brooke Shields ” eyebrows when I was in my twenty’s, and tweezing them to death, now here I am trying to get them to grow as thick as possible.

Everyone has their own skin care routine However, effective  skin care products are pretty costly, so correct application is key to flawless skin or as flawless as possible. lol

And, that’s it, easy peasy 🙂

Hope this helps,  Andrinique