Greetings My Beauties! In honor of Halloween, I have a week filled with lots of TREATS and giveaways for my wonderful followers so make sure you visit my blog often Kicking off this fun filled week, today is National Oatmeal Day (who knew?) and in honor of this warm, yummy, healthy comfort food, I am hosting an Oat Themed Giveaway from AVEENO. Oats are the leading ingredient in many of the wonderfully affordable AVEENO body care products.
Not only is oatmeal is an extremely a versatile food that makes a filling breakfast or is delicious baked in cookies, but oats are have also have a ton a uses outside of skincare. Did you know that oats are used in a wide range of products spanning from food, medicine and even in beverages? Check out the many uses of oat below, some of them may surprise you!
You might have noticed that I haven’t been blogging as much lately, well that’s because I have been out of town and traveling way too much this summer. My crazy schedule has made it hard to keep up with regular posting and sharing all the great products that I have recently discovered, so I wanted to write a quick post before I leave for BlogHer ’12 and share some of the fab new product discoveries that I have been enjoying lately. Here’s a glimpse:
This is a fabulous and luxurious 2-in-1 product that offers sun protection with SPF 30 and Environmental Protection Factor with EPF® 95+. EPF is a broad spectrum environmental protection factor that protects against oxidative stress and free radicals with Idebenone Complex. So basically, this inspired product combats both the sun and premature aging at the same time and I LOVE the way it makes my skin feel. First, I use a pump of the EPF Serum to treat and smooth my skin and then a pump of the SPF to protect = anti-aging perfection!
I recently attended an event at the ARCONA Studio in Santa Monica and immediately fell in love with this two-in-one Brightening Gommage that deeply exfoliates your skin while visibly improving skin’s balance, tone and clarity. This potent exfoliator diminishes pigmentation and scaring and brightens with antioxidant-rich cranberry and blueberry extracts. I love how it instantly refreshes my skin and leaves it vibrant and more luminous.
Serge Lutens L’Eau Froide ($105)
This is an intoxicating unisex Oriental woody fragrance with notes of of sea water, musk, vetiver, mint, incense, pepper and ginger. This mint and ginger give it a refreshing and cool quality and citrusy top notes of incense merge beautifully with the pepper notes. Serge Lutens makes the most gorgeous, complex, memorable fragrances and L’Eau Froide has been one of my go-to scents most of this summer because it’s refreshing and a bit sultry at the same time.
I just love the concept of Stages of Beauty which has created age specific product lines to give your skin everything it needs to stay healthy and radiant at every stage of aging. I am in my mid-40′s which typically results in thinning skin, poor circulation/sensitivity and being more susceptible to age spots and the Elegance line addresses these problems. I really like this rejuvenating serum which effectively targets my 40 year old skin problems and it really hydrates and refreshes my complexion.
AVEENO Pure Renewal Dry Shampoo ($7.99)
AVEENO does it again with one of the first mass market dry shampoo products. This genius product refreshes your hair without water, removes excess oil and helps boost volume. The price point is FAB and I especially love using this dry shampoo with my hair extensions because it helps my blowout look fresh and clean and last for days.
This is my last and final Beautiful Change Challenge and the topic centers around exploring ways to make lasting and beautiful changes within my own community, and quite frankly I found this Challenge the hardest one of all. It is much easier to focus on ourselves and our own selfish needs rather than putting our emphasis outward, and taking the time to notice the world around us and what we might be able to do to make it a better place for us to live.
So I sat and thought about it for a while, and I realized that one thing that really bothers me is the trash that I often see sprinkled throughout our community. The junk and paper that people mindlessly discard of without a care for how awful it looks or how it cheapens our environment. A dear friend of mine is so green and conscientious that whenever she is out and about and sees an out of place piece of trash, she takes a moment to pick it up and properly discard of it in the trash can. I have always admired this about her, her awareness of what is around her and her willingness to handle some gross stuff in order to beautify our planet. Most of us don’t take this kind of time to notice, let alone pick up trash and clean-up after others.
So I decided that my last and final Beautiful Change Challenge was going to emulate the actions of my dear altruistic friend: I am committing to make a conscious effort to pick up unwanted trash that crosses my path on an ongoing basis! So simple yet SO impactful. I am going to train myself to notice and beautify as much as I can, and I am hoping this will motivate and inspire others to do the same.