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Herbal Essences Naked Styling products review Resurging drugstore staple Herbal Essences has been around for practically as long as I can remember. Launched in 1972, the brand was a must-have for many budget-minded beauty lovers in the 90′s. Who could...

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Herbal Essences Naked Styling products review

Resurging drugstore staple Herbal Essences has been around for practically as long as I can remember. Launched in 1972, the brand was a must-have for many budget-minded beauty lovers in the 90′s. Who could ever forget their memorable commercials?

I will admit that I probably haven’t used many of their products since I was a teenager. So I am happy to report that I recently got a look at the latest from Herbal Essences and that I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the brand continues to grow. The brand’s newest innovation is a trio of Naked collections.

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The Naked Volume collection, “provides volume with 0% heavy residues, parabens, and dyes” and these products are infused with white grapefruit and mint extracts.

The Naked Moisture line provides hydration “free of heavy residues, parabens, and dyes…restoring hair’s natural moisture.” The moisture collection softens hair using herbal mint fusion extracts – these extracts smell nice too!

The Naked Shine collection, provides shine, and is infused with white tea and mint extracts. This line is formulated with, you guessed it, “0% heavy residues, parabens, and dyes…to reveal hair’s natural shine.”

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I had the pleasure of testing the Herbal Essences Naked Volume Dry Shampoo ($6.99). This unique formula utilizes natural tapioca (mmm…tapioca) to absorb oil, rejuvenate dirty hair and volumize.

I have previously only ever used powder versions of dry shampoo. I truly enjoyed using this spray formula. So far, I have experienced zero mess and no white residue. I have heard that some people have experienced trouble with the nozzle clogging, but I have had zero issues. I also love the refreshing scent; white grapefruit and mint.

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This product has truly saved me a few mornings when I haven’t had time to wash my hair. It has absolutely controlled my oil and given me extra volume. My hair has looked fresh and smelled great every time with this dry shampoo. What more could you ask for in a product that’s drugstore priced and available virtually anywhere?

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I was also able to test the Naked Shine Sheer Shine Mist ($6.99). According to the brand, this mist adds volume, gives a strong hold, and adds shine. I must be honest, this product confused me. I was not exactly sure what it was meant to do. At first I thought of it as a standard hair spray, but this product does not provide a significant amount of hold. The spray did improve my volume a little bit, but where it really stood out – it provided a lot of shine.

The scent is a refreshing citrus mint. The mist left no stickiness or crunch in my hair and I found the mist pleasant to use. However, I believe that it would be much more useful for someone who more frequently flat irons, uses a curling iron, or blow dries. It is well worth a try for $6.99, and can be found in most drugstores and big box chains.

I was happy to be re-introduced to the Herbal Essences line! I look forward to checking out the plethora of Naked products the next time I stroll the drugstore aisles.

Readers – Has anyone else gotten Naked with Herbal Essences?

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Kellie is a perpetual grad student, glamorous geek and writer. She hopes to one day soon add the title of history teacher to her repertoire. She resides in the frozen tundra of Northeast Ohio and is an avid consumer of books, tv, music, video games, beauty stuff, and accessories.
skin tone: NC15
skin type: oily and acne prone
favorite beauty product: lip products and face primers

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Get the FabFitFun Summer 2014 Box for $10 off! http://weheartthis.com/2014/07/29/fabfitfun-summer-2014-coupon-code/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fabfitfun-summer-2014-coupon-code http://weheartthis.com/2014/07/29/fabfitfun-summer-2014-coupon-code/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:00:29 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=122008

There are A LOT of subscription boxes out there. And while there are quite a few I’ve thought about purchasing myself, there’s only ONE that I ever have. So, what’s the one box that I chose to spend my hard-earned...

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There are A LOT of subscription boxes out there. And while there are quite a few I’ve thought about purchasing myself, there’s only ONE that I ever have.

So, what’s the one box that I chose to spend my hard-earned beauty blogging dollars on? It’s the uber-fab box from FabFitFun (Please note: I bought the Spring box. This Summer box was a press sample.)

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It was really a no brainer for me. There’s always at least one item in it that is the value of the box itself, if not more. Then you’ll find approximately 10 more items tucked inside the box – that you essentially get for free!

The FabFitFun boxes sell for $49.99 (including shipping) but the really good news? Here’s a coupon code so you can get $10 off the Summer 2014 box: Stef10 (so that’s just $39.99 including shipping.) Get it HERE.

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I kid you not, you’ll want to kiss your mail person when you see them delivering this. Let’s take a closer look at the items in the Summer 2014 box (a $225 value!)

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First up, FabFitFun branded an item I’ve always wanted: a water infuser water bottle! This cute little bottle has an internal infuser chamber for fruit, veggies and whatever else you can dream up. I’m thinking blackberries and basil for my first batch.

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What an adorable contribution from Thursday Friday. The company famous for printing designer bags (and more) on canvas totes and bags not only added a makeup bag to the mix, but a $30 gift card!

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I love that there’s always a few necessities inside as well. In the Summer box you’ll find Skintimate Shave Gel and Always Xtra Protection Long Daily Liners (perfect for sleeping.)

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And snacks! The smarties at FabFitFun know all this beauty works up an appetite. The SlimFast Have Your Cake… Protein Meal Bar has a date tonight with a cup of tea. And The Sour Cream and Onion POPchips lasted about 3 minutes from the time I opened the box. Literally

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Now for the beauty! The hero product in this box is Sonya Dakar Flash Facial. This sells for $95. And if I know my math, that’s twice the price of the FabFitFun box itself!

I could tell you Gwyneth is a fan and leave it at that. I mean, who has more glowing skin? But I can actually speak to it myself too, and it’s pretty amazing. The clear gel dries in a minute then you roll it off your skin (ever paint your fingers with rubber cement as a kid? It’s like that!) revealing smooth skin and clean pores.

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But, that’s not all! There’s four other products included, two of which are brands that we heart this already hearts:
pur~lisse pur~protect SPF30 moisturizer
Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil
Zoya Nail Polish in the summery orange coral shade of Thandie
KISSTIXX Lip Balm in strawberry and chocolate

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How’s that for fab? So get it HERE and use code Stef10 for $10 off (just $39.99 including shipping.) You’ll be set up as a VIP to get 4 boxes a year/1 per season, and you will be VERY happy you did (but cancel if you’re not, they’re cool like that.)

we heartsters – which product excites you most?

Stef is many things. Amongst them: co-editor of we heart this, photographer, condiment connoisseur, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie.
skin tone: NC 25/30
skin type: oily with a fear of rosacea
favorite beauty product: high-end skincare and lip products

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Artisanal Cocktail: The Raspmary Smash http://weheartthis.com/2014/07/28/artisanal-cocktails/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=artisanal-cocktails http://weheartthis.com/2014/07/28/artisanal-cocktails/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:00:42 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=121999

Show Off Your Artistic Side With This Raspberry & Rosemary Cocktail I’m so excited that artisanal cocktails have really taken off in the past few years. There are tons of options of unique drinks to try, and fancy cocktail options...

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Show Off Your Artistic Side With This Raspberry & Rosemary Cocktail

I’m so excited that artisanal cocktails have really taken off in the past few years. There are tons of options of unique drinks to try, and fancy cocktail options just make imbibing so much more fun. The thing is, they can easily run well over $10 a pop (more if you live in a big city) and a nice cocktail shouldn’t only be reserved for a special occasion.

You work too hard to kick back with a mediocre drink. Thank goodness you don’t have to be a cocktail aficionado to craft fresh cocktails from the comfort of your own kitchen. It’s actually pretty darn simple.

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The number one rule for artisanal cocktails is to use good ingredients, which means ditch the mixes and head to the produce aisle. Fresh produce and herbs do so much to brighten the flavor of a drink and make a world of difference from over-sweetened, artificially flavored cocktail mixes.

Also, do yourself a favor and get a halfway decent bottle of alcohol. You don’t have to go all out – as a matter of fact it’s considered sacrilege to mask the purity of alcohol from the highest echelons by mixing it in a cocktail – but at least look a little higher than the bottom shelf. You’ll notice a difference in both the flavor and the way you feel the next day – no matter how much you drink.

The artisanal cocktail recipe for today is the Raspmary Smash, a riff on the classic smash cocktail. It’s the perfect drink to celebrate summer produce, and you’ll be taking the edge off in no time! We’ll be learning a simple syrup recipe, and then the actual cocktail – let’s get started.

Raspmary Smash Cocktail
Ingredients:

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Rosemary Simple Syrup:
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c water
2-inch sprig of fresh rosemary

Raspmary Smash Cocktail:
8 large raspberries, washed
2 oz gin
1 oz fresh lime juice (approximately 1 small lime)
1 oz rosemary simple syrup
3 oz sparkling water/seltzer
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2-inch sprig of fresh rosemary

Tip: If you prefer your drinks more sweet than tart, only use half an ounce of lime juice.

Rosemary Simple Syrup Directions:

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1. Pour the sugar, water and rosemary into a small pot and heat on high, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves (approximately 3 minutes). The mixture will go from cloudy to clear once the sugar has dissolved. Turn off the heat and remove pot from the heat.

2. Let cool completely before taking out the rosemary and transferring the syrup to a glass jar. Do not leave the rosemary in the jar or the flavor will turn bitter over time. Simple syrup will keep for approximately two weeks in the refrigerator.

Raspmary Smash Cocktail Directions:

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1. Muddle the raspberries in the bottom of a tall glass. If you do not have a muddler, just smash them as thoroughly into a pulp as possible.

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2. Pour gin, rosemary simple syrup, lime juice and sparkling water on top of the raspberry pulp and give a light stir.

3. Fill a separate glass with ice. Using a cocktail strainer (or the edge of a large spoon if you don’t have a cocktail strainer), pour the liquid over the ice, filtering out the pulpy raspberry seeds.

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4. Garnish with the second rosemary sprig, kick back, and enjoy.

Note: The ingredients constituting a smash are pretty loose, making it a great template to use for creating cocktails to fit your personal tastes. A smash must include seasonal fruit, an herb, ice, a spirit (of course!) and some seltzer. So get creative and have a smashing good time!

Readers – What ingredients would you add to your smash cocktail?

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Heather is a midwesterner living in Los Angeles and enjoys concocting weird flavor combinations and exploring delicious ethnic foods. She blogs at foodforfunandpleasure and knows her way around the spice cabinet like nobody’s business.

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The Lipstick League – week of 7.21.14 http://weheartthis.com/2014/07/26/lipstick-league-week-7-21-14/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lipstick-league-week-7-21-14 http://weheartthis.com/2014/07/26/lipstick-league-week-7-21-14/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 19:35:41 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=121979

Question of the Week: What are some products that you discovered this summer that you’ll continue to use throughout the year (and beyond)? Answer: It’s shown above; the NARSissist Smokey Eye Compact ($59). It’s everything you need for a divine...

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Question of the Week: What are some products that you discovered this summer that you’ll continue to use throughout the year (and beyond)?

Answer: It’s shown above; the NARSissist Smokey Eye Compact ($59). It’s everything you need for a divine smokey eye in one kit. Brown shadows (check out that taupe!), an angled brush (Wide Contour #43) and a jet black liner (Via Veneto Mini Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner.) I have a feeling I’m going to be seeing a lot of this kit in the fall.

Here’s the haps with the League this week…

Prime Beauty – is part of an EPIC blogger giveaway. Enter to win an amazing 30-pan MAC Eye Shadow Palette filled with each blogger’s favorite shade!

Phyrra – shows you how to achieve a sexy smokey eye with the new NARS NARSissist Smokey Eye Set!

we heart this – Cocoa brown, toasted marshmallow, bright aqua, peacock teal; the Essie Haute in the Heat collection is all over the map and all kinds of gorgeous.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber just checked out one of the L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints, they’re supposed to be good dupes for Too Faced’s Melted Liquid Lipsticks. Tell us what you think after this review and swatches!

EauMG – Let’s take an olfactory journey to paradise! Here’s EauMG’s list of perfumes inspired by Hawaii. Fruits, flowers and sand…

Gouldylox Reviews – Save 15% on the eyeshadows you’ve been drooling over. (They are so amazing…I want them all.)

My Beauty Bunny – has found a magic balm that is great for every skin condition: EVER BALM!

Pink Sith – Introduces you to Haughty Cosmetics, a cruelty free brand that gives back to help stop domestic abuse. Plus, there is a GIVEAWAY for US readers!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

How about you we heartsters – what summer discoveries will you be still using come fall?

The Lipstick League – week of 7.21.14

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Glam Summer Beauty Board 2014 Summer’s in full swing. Have you changed up your beauty routine in its honor? It’s the perfect time to experiment with a brighter blush, tousled waves, a glossier lip or an upgraded version of a...

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Summer’s in full swing. Have you changed up your beauty routine in its honor? It’s the perfect time to experiment with a brighter blush, tousled waves, a glossier lip or an upgraded version of a staple. As a member of the Glam Beauty Board, we got a peek at some must have beauty products that will do just that, and more!

So grab a cold bev and get ready to meet some new favorites…

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First things first, there’s one thing I do every year that just signifies summer to me – buy a brand new razor! That first zip of it across my legs is like the equivalent of a checkered flag being waved. Summer…GO.

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If the Gillette Venus Embrace Sensitive Razor ($12.99) wasn’t in this box, it most likely would have been the one I picked for myself. I’ve been wanting to upgrade to 5 blades for a while now. I mean, why wouldn’t you want more blades?! Especially one that’s developed for a closer shave and minimal irritation.

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It boasts 8 times more glide boosters than most razors. Those are the moisture strips that make for a smooth zip, and this razor is loaded with them (the whole outer green border and the top blue strip.)

Pair it with the dye and fragrance free Gillette Satin Care Ultra Sensitive Shave Gel ($4) for the smoothest summer legs you can imagine.

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Another summer must have for me is a pop of popsicle-like color. Estee Lauder Pure Color Cheek Rush ($30) delivers. I got to try X-Pose Rose, a bright raspberry pink.

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They describe the consistency as “cellophane” and that exactly right. Its sheer and bright gel formula allows your skin to shine through, leaving a matte (but not dry) burst of buildable color on your cheeks. So summery!

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Lip product junkie that I am, I have fallen HARD for Bite Beauty BB for Lips ($24). Much like BBs for your skin, this BB for lips is a multi-tasker too. It adds shine, feels moisturizing like a balm, primes lips for lipstick (should you choose) and protects them with an SPF 15. Oh, and it smells gorgeous; like a lemon cupcake!

Tawny is a sheer, light and warm red, and Natural is clear.

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But perhaps the area where I change things up the most in the warm months is my hair. Flat irons get banished to the cabinet, only to be replaced by beach sprays and cute accessories that do double duty to keep hair out of my face.

I love the VERB Sea Spray ($14). It gives me tons of texture with minimal crunch. The light summery scent lingers in my waves too. A few spritzes through my dry hair with the adorable chevron-printed Remington Soft Hairband ($5.29) to hold back my bangs, and I look like I just spent a day at the beach rather than the office.

But one product I need regardless of season is a good leave-in conditioner. My dyed locks demand a detangler in all temps! The Alterna Caviar Replenishing Moisture Milk Leave-In Conditioning Spray ($30) smells clean and slightly lemon-y, and hydrated my dry hair to the point that I didn’t even need another styling product in it. (Almost unheard of for my hair!)

I’ll fill you in on the details on the other products as I try them, but I definitely found some new faves to heat up my summer! we heartsters, anything appeal to you?

Stef is many things. Amongst them: co-editor of we heart this, photographer, condiment connoisseur, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie.
skin tone: NC 25/30
skin type: oily with a fear of rosacea
favorite beauty product: high end skincare and lip products

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Even In Beauty, You Need a #LBD http://weheartthis.com/2014/07/23/jouer-little-black-dress-swatches-and-review/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=jouer-little-black-dress-swatches-and-review http://weheartthis.com/2014/07/23/jouer-little-black-dress-swatches-and-review/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:00:28 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=121910

Jouer Little Black Dress -Swatches and Review Every chic and stylish woman needs basics. Basics, like a little black dress, are classic pieces that stand the test of time, and are still cool among the sea of changing fashions. Being...

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Every chic and stylish woman needs basics. Basics, like a little black dress, are classic pieces that stand the test of time, and are still cool among the sea of changing fashions. Being a Gemini, I am drawn to wild, stand out pieces, and am lacking where basics are concerned. I have a purple faux fur, pink Manolo Blahniks, and enough shadow colors for a peacock, but ask me for a basic black pump or a LBD, and I have nothing for ya!

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This is why I need more Jouer Cosmetics in my life. Jouer is the little black dress of makeup. (They even have a palette to prove it; Little Black Dress but we will get into that in a minute.) Founder Christina Zilber believes make-up should be “classic and effortless, enhancing a woman’s natural beauty, never overpowering it.” This line has all the basics and perfect colors every woman needs to have a classic makeup wardrobe.

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Each color is soft and timeless and will enhance any woman’s natural beauty. Even better is each eye shadow, blush and lip gloss can be ‘clicked’ together to make your own customizable palette. And clicked apart for use or travel. How ingenious!

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With my need for an everyday look, I was thrilled to try Jouer’s Little Black Dress ($68). The palette is ‘easy elegance at its best’. The palette has four products – two shadows, a blush and a lip gloss – that can be used as individuals, or fit together to create an easy to carry, do-it-all palette. So, I could complete various looks with these four products!? Nice.

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LBD comes with a Pink Champagne, a pinkish nude eye shadow, Licorice, an inky black shadow, plus a soft (fits everyone) blush in Rose and a matching lip gloss in Divine.

jouer-little-black-dress-swatchesJouer Little Black Dress – Pink Champagne, Licorice, Rose, Divine

The color payoff on the shadows and blush is luxe and long-wearing. The gloss is subtle and glides on nicely with a handy doe foot applicator. Each product has some snaps, or slides on the other product to neatly fit together in a nice palette.

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I already had Jouer’s Praline, a shimmery shadow I use daily as a highlighter which I eagerly snapped onto my foursome as well. The packaging is sturdy, and SO innovative as it snaps or slides together.

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As a Gemini, the Jouer line may just have what I am looking for – timeless basics for a chic look that I can customize to fit my changing needs! I love versatility in a product, and being able to create your own palette by simply clicking together my favorite shades. I look forward to adding to my palette pieces just like I would a timeless wardrobe!

Readers – have you ‘clicked’ with Jouer yet? What are your favorite products?

photos: we heart this, swatches shown on NC25/30 skin tone

Stephanie was born in France and travels there every year to visit her mom and relatives. She now lives Stateside with her two kitties; Winston and Pippa. Makeup is her passion (she worked as a makeup artist for Laura Mercier), she also loves to cook, do artsy stuff and garden.

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The Kitchen Cosmetician: Oatmeal http://weheartthis.com/2014/07/22/kitchen-cosmetican-diy-oatmeal/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=kitchen-cosmetican-diy-oatmeal http://weheartthis.com/2014/07/22/kitchen-cosmetican-diy-oatmeal/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:00:53 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=121906

What’s the deal with oatmeal as a DIY beauty ingredient? As a Kitchen Cosmetician, I am always exploring beauty myths, legends and folklore – so you know I am an avid label reader too. Lately I’ve noticed a plethora of...

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What’s the deal with oatmeal as a DIY beauty ingredient?

As a Kitchen Cosmetician, I am always exploring beauty myths, legends and folklore – so you know I am an avid label reader too. Lately I’ve noticed a plethora of products include that breakfast staple: oatmeal. I decided it was time to explore this not-so-favorite of mine.

As a child I felt like an oatmeal bath was more of a punishment than a spa treatment. (Not that I had idea what a spa treatment was.) But my opinion may have been clouded under flu, fever and other illness so I decided to test this DIY staple as a (spa-loving) adult.

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Oatmeal is a simple and humble ingredient found in many pantries. It is not considered sexy, exotic or cutting edge. Nobody is bragging they ate it or did anything with it. Yet, If you read labels oatmeal is in more beauty items than you would think – especially those labeled calming, soothing and/or natural.

I started out at the bulk section on my local grocery store where I stocked up for my oatmeal adventure. Next I got out my Magic Bullet and ground it into a fine powder.

Fun Fact: Did you know finely ground oatmeal is called colloidal oatmeal? I shake my head when I think of various makeup counters and spas trying to talk me into something because it has colloidal oatmeal.

Right on cue, I happened to get an allergy flare-up and felt itchy all over. I figured this was a good as time as any to try out the oatmeal bath. I took one cup of “colloidal oatmeal” and added it to my hot bath water. I made sure I mixed this in the water because I did not want oatmeal clumps or worse a bathtub that needed cleaning when I was done.

I will say an advantage to having the oatmeal so finely ground is that it did mix well in the bath tub with little effort. Even better the oatmeal bath soothed my skin and reduced the irritated itchy feeling I had. I did feel better!

Tip: When you make the colloidal oatmeal considering putting one cup in individual ziplock bags. This saves time, mess and portioning.

Mom had the right idea when she “sentenced” me to an oatmeal bath as a child when I had poison ivy, a bad sunburn or chicken pox. And I continued to use this family tradition. Not two weeks after my oatmeal experiment, I came down with shingles, which is the same virus as the chicken pox. It was not pretty or glamorous just very itchy and painful. I took an oatmeal bath almost every single day for relief.

So pull the oatmeal out the next time you feel itchy: you know if it makes shingles feel better it will also great on dry chapped skin and eczema.

Pros:
Inexpensive natural solution
No side effects

Con:
A bit messy

Readers – Have you used oatmeal for any beauty related DIYs? Share your favorite uses in the comments!

Holly is a Midwestern gal living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She loves gardening, animals and is a skin care junkie. Holly is always on the quest to try something new or old and live the best life possible.
skin tone: NW 20
skin type: a true combo; normal, dry and oily
favorite beauty product: skincare

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Essie Haute in the Heat – Swatches and Review Though I look forward to it every year, most of my summer is spent looking at pictures of white sand beaches while I sit in my overly air-conditioned office and try...

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Essie Haute in the Heat – Swatches and Review

Though I look forward to it every year, most of my summer is spent looking at pictures of white sand beaches while I sit in my overly air-conditioned office and try to convince myself that having a California Club for lunch counts as “enjoying the summer.” No fear, fellow cubicle dwellers. Essie has our back with its second summer collection

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Introducing Essie Haute in the Heat; a mini collection of six shades that are just as appropriate for the beach as they are for the boardroom. (As long as your boardroom doesn’t frown on green nail polish.)

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Haute in the Heat – hot guava

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First up is Haute in the Heat’s eponymous hot pink creme. While gorgeous enough to lend its name to the collection, it’s very close to other deep, raspberry polishes, especially Essie’s own Watermelon. This was the only color in the collection that I didn’t have to apply more thickly; Haute in the Heat was nearly opaque in one coat, but all the others needed two coats to hide bald spots from a sheer but fast drying formula.

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Strut Your Stuff – cobalt aqua

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Strut Your Stuff is a bright blue creme that would be perfect for a pop of color in a boring neutral office outfit…a minor nail rebellion! I’ll put together those TPS reports with my red Swingline stapler, but I’ll have fun, super shiny nails while doing it.

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Ruffles & Feathers – peacock teal

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Ruffles & Feathers is described as a peacock teal, but I think it looks awfully similar to Emerald, Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year. This light jade has just enough neutral in it to keep it from being too bright or giving a sickly cast to your skintone.

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Roarrrrange – bold orange

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There is nothing neutral about Roarrrrange; a bright, bright orange that almost leans toward a crelly. Orange cremes tend to remind me more of pumpkins than their juicy citrus namesake, but Roarrrragnge is just sheer enough to avoid being flat and boring.

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Fierce, No Fear – cocoa mahogany

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The color of the most perfect cone of dark chocolate gelato, Fierce, No Fear is a surprisingly lovely cocoa brown. (I mean look at it – I just want to take a bite out of the bottle!) This will be a year-round favorite of mine; I can’t wait to pair it with a gold glitter topper, or as part of a reverse moon mani with a soft pink.

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Urban Jungle – alabaster orchid

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I was fully prepared to hate Urban Jungle. Described as an alabaster orchid, this looked like boring off-white in the bottle; you could maybe call it toasted marshmallow if you were feeling fancy. However, on my nails Urban Jungle picked up a classy, rosy hue that I fell in love with.

Okay, so no nail polish can substitute for cool, blue water and margaritas, but bright, fun nails can make the heat a little more bearable. You might be in Dayton when you want to be in Daytona, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pick up a little sultry and sexy color from the Essie Haute in the Heat line.

What’s YOUR summer daydream, we heartsters? Think any of these colors might help you beat the heat?

photos: Alyssa and Stef for we heart this

Alyssa is kinda geeky, kinda girly and all the way in love with her cowboy husband who can say words like, “ornery” with a straight face. She live in Texas and is working on her Masters, being a good cook and the art of looking cute in the morning AND being on time for work. Visit her blog Kind of a Mess.
skin tone: NC42
skin type: oily to normal
favorite beauty product: nail polish and mascara

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The Lipstick League – week of 7.14.14 http://weheartthis.com/2014/07/19/lipstick-league-week-7-14-14/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lipstick-league-week-7-14-14 http://weheartthis.com/2014/07/19/lipstick-league-week-7-14-14/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:35:04 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=121874

Question of the Week: Your friend borrows your makeup and returns it in awful condition. What do you do? Answer: This would never be a scenario in my life. I’m much too protective of my makeup to loan it out!...

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Question of the Week: Your friend borrows your makeup and returns it in awful condition. What do you do?

Answer: This would never be a scenario in my life. I’m much too protective of my makeup to loan it out! I gift makeup often though. And then it’s on you, homes.

Here are the links for this fine week…

Prime Beauty – is not very adept in the kitchen, but she can make BECCA’s Beach Tint Shimmering Souffle present beautifully!

Phyrra – Love Urban Decay? I share my Omen Tutorial, plus we’re giving away a ton of Urban Decay Eyeshadows! Open Worldwide.

we heart this – calling all blush addicts; Ellis Faas has something you’re going to want to see…

Beauty Junkies UniteTake a sneak peek at the newest hair color innovation from Garnier, Color Styler. Now you can rock bright, bold hair hues without the commitment or damage of traditional hair color!

Clumps of Mascara – gifted a reader with her own personal post of makeup tips from beauty bloggers!

EauMG – shares her most complimented perfumes of all time! Some of the ones that made the list will surprise you.

Gouldylox Reviews – I love you guys! Find out why and enter to win a $2000 VIP Beauty Treatment! Please enter, I really want one of you to win so you’ll tell me what a $2000 beauty treatment is like!

My Beauty Bunny – Remember how I raved about Onsen Secret last week? Try it for yourself by winning a $1000 shopping spree from my new favorite skin care line.

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

we heartsters – would you ever loan a friend your makeup?

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Tonight is a good night – simply because I ordered a pizza. You’ve got to take some joy in the little things – and I mean really, how great is it to get a piping hot, cheesy pizza delivered right...

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Tonight is a good night – simply because I ordered a pizza. You’ve got to take some joy in the little things – and I mean really, how great is it to get a piping hot, cheesy pizza delivered right to your door? I could (and would) eat pizza everyday, so this week let’s play 3 things and talk about my favorite dish!

Thick or Thin Crust? The thinner the better!
Standard Topping(s): Black olives and fresh tomatoes is my go-to duo.
Fave Place On Earth To Get A Slice: I haven’t had a slice from Bruno’s in over a decade, but it is the slice of pizza perfection I dream about. This Pennsylvania pizzeria was THE place to be on a Friday night while I was in high school – and coincidentally served well priced, absolutely delicious slices. I may have had even better tasting slices later in life in Philadelphia or New York City, but Bruno’s is the pizza I yearn for living in Los Angeles.

Your turn, we heartsters. Cut and paste the following and tell us these 3 Things!

Thick or Thin Crust?
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Fave Place On Earth To Get A Slice

Tyna, co-founder and co-editor of wht, worries about becoming a crazy cat lady, reads at least a book a week, checks in at a Flyers fan forum every morning and is forever (some say obsessively) organizing her closets and drawers.
skin tone: NW 20/25
skin type: combination
favorite beauty product: eye shadows and lip balms

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