Wednesday, August 29, 2012

50 Grades of Shea - part 2

Hello there, In part 2 of the 50 Grades of Shea, we will learn that Karité is another word for Shea.
Here are another 10 favorites as we continue on in our series.. If you are looking for 50 Shades of Grey cosmetics.. sorry, its not here. But what we can offer are a slew of moisturizing body, hair, skin and beauty products to usher you into fall. Here we go!

Deborah Lippmann Rich Girl

Tokyo Milk Rose Shea Butter Soap

Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioning Repair Cream

Kiss My Face Hot Spots SPF 30

Philip B African Shea Butter Shampoo

Sephora Collection Nano Eyeliner

Dr. Hauschka Quince Day Cream

If you have sensitive skin, fear not! Dr. Hauschka does a great job at soothing even the most irritable skin.
**Dr. Woods Pure Black Soap with Organic Shea Butter

Dare I say this is a Brooklyn favorite? Many of my friends seem to have this little-goes-a-long-way liquid soap. Plus, it seems like Black Soap is having a moment, cleansing without stripping natural oils. Dr. Woods just so happens to have the best of both gentle cleansing and the right amount of shea moisture

 Soap & Glory Hand Food Hand Cream

**Rene Furterer Karité

RF's Karité (Shea) is a wonderful line! I was saddened with Sephora decided to discontinue it in stores but the nourishment lives on.. on-line! Though you don't get to instantly touch the creamy-yet-light goodness in your hands. Take my word for it, its worth the UPS and USPS stalking to get your package.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

50 Grades of Shea- part 1

While everyone and their bull dog terrier is coyly trying to finish their 50 Shades book series before summer ends, you can take comforting pleasure in knowing that you don't have to hide away these 50 products packed with shea butter ( non guilty) pleasure.

So what so salivating about Shea Butter? Its primarily used in cosmetics, body and hair care to help with moisture. The butter is extracted from the African Shea tree and has properties that are coveted by those who have dry, brittle, cracked and fragile external needs.

With that, here is my first list of 10 shea products that fit an A grade. p.s. * products are my A+'s.

Naturopathica Vitamin C Revitalizing Complex
*For the past few weeks I've been using Naturopathica's Vitamin C Revitalizing Complex as my "Sunday Night Spa Night" routine. When I wake up my skin feels really refreshed and upon doing my research for this project, I didn't know it had shea butter in it.. well, Shea and vitamins A,C & E help you to start out feeling right!

Bella Cosmetics Sheer Lip tint

Carols Daughter Coconut Shea Souffle

Fekkai Advanced Essential Shea

Burt's Bees Bug Bite Relief

Eyeko London Curvy Brush Mascara

Philosophy Gingerbread Girl Duo

Alaffia Coconut & Shea Daily Hydrating Shampoo
* I started using Alaffia's Coconut and Shea Shampoo this summer and my hair has feel sumptuous! Its a gentle cleanser that uses black soap and the other natural ingredients (shea), has hydrated my hair since June.

PhytoSpecific Beauty Styling Creme

* This has been a beauty staple of mine for at least 4 years, sadly Sephora no longer carries it. Have no fear, Amazon will get you taken care of if you are looking for a leave-in that locks in moisture and only requires 1/2 dime size of product to work a hair full of miracles.. miracles I tell you! I heart Phytospecific's Beauty Styling Creme, let me count the ways!

Fresh Seaberry Exfoliating Soap

Monday, August 13, 2012

Fashion's Night Out 2012..Are you Ready?

FNO NY calendar is up!
This morning WWD released just a taste of what is to come for Fashion's Night Out for NYC this year! I checked the site and though there is no information for Opening Ceremony, one of my faves, as of yet, there was some Chanel info! Lip and Nail color twin-sets in plum, pink and beige will debut at the 3 Manhattan stores!
More updates to come but you can start pre-planning Thursday, September 6th at

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Destination Beauty: Davines Momo Shampoo and Conditioner

Davines Momo Shampoo and Condition with Davines Dede body wash
In the past few weeks its seems like I'm spending a bit more than my usual time at the beach. This past weekend, I spent some time in a cute cottage in Belmar. From Delmar to Belmar.. in almost all literal sense.
Since I planned on doing some swimming and such, I packed the ultimate bag that held everything my hair could ever need.. except for a brush!
Last week I came across some Davines products while working on a shoot. These babies ( well, they are mini's) are the talk of the town when it comes to haircare.
Davines Momo Shampoo and Momo Conditoner are a dream duo, they are efficient ( a little goes along way and both products are ridiculously moisturizing! Both products are specific to dry and dehydrated hair needs but they both are packed with vitamins B and C and sweet almond protein.
I tried these both despite my hesitation because both products include ingredients that are on my "No" list- SLS and cones but, I can feel the difference in my dense frizzy hair and am very satisfied.