Rock Lead-Free Lipstick This Summer!

Lipstick

Lipstick (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here at Y&L we always try to share safe and beautiful products with you! Today we wanted to talk about our favorite lipsticks for this summer, which happen to be lead free! You would be shocked at the number of lipsticks that contain significant amounts of lead. Maybelline Color Sensational is the top offender with over 7 ppm of lead! Even Burt’s Bee’s Lip Shimmer made Mother Jone’s Top 20 Worst Offender List! Definitely an article worth taking a look at.

But fret not, you can still rock a colorful pout this summer, sans lead. We’ve picked a few of our favorite brands, some of which are handmade with love and sold on Etsy, and others you can find at your local natural food store or online.

For a great moisturizing lipstick, we love this shade of peachy papaya lipstick from Etherealle on Etsy (only $9.95).

Vegan Mineral Lipstick (Papaya) – $9.95 from Etherealle on Etsy.

What’s to love about this lipstick besides its fantastic color and stellar price? Well it’s:

  • Handmade with natural ingredients
  • Petrolatum & Mineral Oil free
  • Paraben free
  • Cruelty free
  • 100% Vegan – {beeswax, lanolin, & carmine free}

We are also big fans of Jane Iredale products. Her Puremoist LipColour in Carrie is the perfect shade of red! It provides your lips tons of moisture and protection too! You can pick up a tube for $20. While this is a little pricier, keep an eye out for Pharmaca coupons (usually $10 off $50) and you can snag a tube for 20% off online or in stores!

PureMoist™ LipColour Carrie – $20 from Jane Iredale

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3 Ways to Wear Hair Accessories To Work!

Happy Friday you guys! We hope your week was beautiful (and if it wasn’t you can always stop in to Y&L and we can change that for you)! Today we wanted to share some great (but simple) updos and ways to rock hair accessories like scarves in flowers at work! We hope you enjoy 🙂

Flower Hair Accessories – We love this look featured in the Washingtonian. It is so classy and simple. Just toss your hair up into a messy high bun, secure with bobby pins, and add a chic flower just off to the side. Absolutely perfect.

Image from the Washingtonian What I Wear To Work Series.

Bows! – Bows aren’t just for little girls! We love the reverse braid and bun combo! If you need instructions (with pictures) for creating the updo just click here.

Image from Puppy Club

Scarfs: The Summer Edition – We love head scarves, and this link will show you three fabulous ways to wear a scarf this summer. We think all three looks are perfect for a summer BBQ or the office!

Image from The Shine Project.

Which is your favorite accessory to rock at the office?

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3 Natural Nail Care Recipes

Manicure

Manicure (Photo credit: trec_lit)

Happy Friday Ladies (and Gentlemen)! We hope your week was beautiful, and if it wasn’t then perhaps trying out these recipes this weekend will send it back in the right direction! Many of the products that nail salons use are effective but full of nasty chemicals. What’s a girl to do? Abandon all nail care? We think that isn’t really an option. Instead try out these simple, natural DIY recipes to give yourself a manicure at home.

Follow it up with some eco-friendly ZOYA polish and your hands will be good to go! So here are the recipes 🙂

Natural Cuticle Softener

  • Apple Cider Vinegar – yup that’s all you need. Soak your nails in undiluted apple cider vinegar for a few minutes and then clean up the cuticle bed with a nail pusher. Don’t like the smell of apple cider vinegar? Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil… or just follow this up with a delicious smelling hand scrub!

Natural Nail Strengthening Soak

  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbs honey

Just mix the ingredients in a small bowl and soak your nails in it for 10-15 minutes. Follow up with cuticle oil. We love using apricot or almond oil as cuticle oil!

Natural Apricot Hand Scrub

  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tbs lemon juice

     

  • 2 tbs apricot oil

Combine the ingredients in a bowl and then massage into your hands! Rinse with warm water and dry with a clean towel! Try not to eat this delicious scrub!

Have you ever given yourself a complete manicure at home? Or do you usually just head to the salon?

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Nourish Your Locks With UNITE’s 7 SECONDS Leave-In Conditioner

UNITE 7SECONDS Conditioner – Leave-In Conditioner & Detangler

Every girl needs a good leave-in conditioner to recharge and nourish her hair, especially in the summertime! UNITE’s 7SECONDS Conditioner locks in hair color, detangles tresses, and provides UV and heat protection. Besides its many purposes, another reason to love UNITE’s 7SECOND Conditioner is they have made a promise to never test on animals! This leave-in conditioning spray moisturizes without weighing your hair down and smells perfectly fresh and clean.

To use UNITE’s 7SECOND Conditioner: shampoo and condition normally and towel dry your hair. Spray 4-6 times moving from the ends of your hair up towards the roots. Brush the conditioner through your hair and style your hair as usual.

You can pick up a bottle of this amazing leave-in spray at many eco-friendly salons or online through Amazon for about $26/bottle. While that might sound like a lot, a little goes a long way and the bottle lasts for many months! What is your favorite leave-in conditioning spray?

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Product Review: Lush Godiva Solid Shampoo Bar

Lush Godiva Solid Shampoo Bar in Tin - Image by Jackie Blizzard

LUSH Godiva Solid Shampoo Bar in Tin – Image by Jackie Blizzard

Happy Friday everybody! We hope your week was beautiful! Two weeks ago we reviewed LUSH’s Squeaky Green Solid Shampoo Bar, a traveling girl’s best friend. It’s a great shampoo for normal hair, but what if your locks need a little more love? We’d recommend going with LUSH”s Godiva Solid Shampoo Bar then. It has jasmine for a divine scent and shea butter to give your hair a moisturizing boost.

We tested this shampoo bar out on our last adventure and it was awesome! Simply rub the bar between your hands while you are in the shower to create a lather. Then apply the suds to your hair and shampoo as normal. If your hair is on the drier side follow up with conditioner, but if your hair is more oily, the Godiva bar provides plenty of moisture! To care for your solid shampoo bar leave the lid off and let it dry for a few hours. Then put the tin lid back on and it’s ready to go! We had no issues with leaky shampoo using this method!

So have you given thought to switching to solid shampoo? If not, what is holding you back?!!!

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Refresh Your Wardrobe Part 2!

Image from letsgetdealstoday.com

A few weeks ago we shared some amazing places online that you can refresh your wardrobe without breaking your budget (Twice and Nifty Thrifty)! Today we wanted to share our latest online affordable fashion obsession: Poshmark! Like Nifty Thrifty you have to sign up to shop or sell clothes/accessories but the process is pretty painless. It sort of resembles Pinterest… but full of trendy and adorable clothes that are screaming to be in your closet!

You can shop from the main feed, go to a “party,” or shop by category. The prices are reasonable, and many people sell items that are still new with tags (NWT)! Right now we are coveting this gold & hot pink tribal necklace,

$15 NWT Gold & Hot Pink Tribal Statement Necklace – image from Poshmark

and vintage triangle rivet bracelet!

$12 Vintage Triangle Rivet Spiked Bracelet – image from Poshmark

So what’s not to love about affordable, trendy, and more sustainable fashion? We don’t know you tell us!

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Product Review: LUSH Squeaky Green Solid Shampoo Bar

LUSH Squeaky Green Solid Shampoo Bar – $11.95

Happy Friday all you beautiful people out there! Today we wanted to share an awesome beauty find, LUSH’s Squeaky Green Solid Shampoo Bar! This powerful shampoo bar is the perfect solution to an overflowing toiletry bag when you are flying. Because this shampoo is solid there is no need to try to squeeze it into your quart-sized plastic bag! Girls rejoice and don’t feel guilty for packing that extra lip gloss.

LUSH Shampoo Bar Tin – $3.95

LUSH has 13 different solid shampoo bars to choose from, but we are big fans of this Squeaky Green scent. Herbal and fresh with hints of rosemary, Squeaky Green is perfect for any hair type. Still looking to create room in your toiletry bag while traveling? They make solid conditioner too (and it doubles as shaving soap)! How might you transport this bar once it get’s wet? LUSH has adorable metal tins to store your shampoo and conditioning bars. Or you could get really thrifty and reuse a hand salve tin. Have you ever used solid shampoo or conditioner?

Refresh Your Wardrobe Without Busting Your Budget!

Image from the Spring Fling Collection at Nifty Thrifty.

Are you swooning over all the new spring trends? Is your wardrobe screaming for a makeover? Today we’ve got two sites that can help you achieve the look you want without breaking the bank: Twice and Nifty Thrifty. Nifty Thrifty is amazing, they collect unique pieces and curate them based on the best trends. Looking to add a little floral to your wardrobe this spring, just go their floral collection. Need a great maxi, they have a collection for that too.

Twice is great for both buying and selling clothes. Twice only buys clothes in fantastic condition from top brands, and they keep prices affordable, ~$20 for a pair of pants, ~$13 for a top. It’s a great place to shop expensive designers too. The best part about Twice, free returns and exchanges. So you can shop without stressing about fit. An added bonus, buying used clothing is not just easy on your wallet, its kinder to the earth too!

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Show Your Locks Some Love With This DIY Deep Conditioner!

Image from Hybrid Rasta Mama.

Today we’ve got a simple recipe that will recharge your hair’s moisture all year long: from the cold winter months all the way to the hot and sunny summer days. This treatment is also crucial if you regularly dry, straighten, or color your hair. All three things strip hair of it’s natural oils leading to split ends and straw like strands (yuck). To replenish moisture and shine try this DIY deep conditioner 1-2 times a week, and we are sure you’ll see results.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. raw, cold-pressed coconut oil
  • Small glass bowl
  • Spoon for mixing

Directions:

  1. In a microwave safe glass bowl, heat and melt the coconut oil in 30 second increments.
  2. Add the olive oil to the bowl and stir to combine. Make sure it’s not too hot to touch by feeling the bowl.
  3. Then use your hands to apply the oil mixture to your hair, focusing on the ends and leaving your scalp alone. Comb through the oil to make sure it’s evenly distributed.
  4. Put your hair into a braid, or a top knot, or cover with a shower cap and let it sit for at least 3-4 hours. If you really want to condition your hair apply this right before bed and rinse out in the morning.
  5. After 3-4 hours you can shampoo and condition as normal. Repeat 1-2 times a week for optimal results.

How do you get your hair into tip-top shape?

 

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The Little Black Dress Can Be Trendy Too!

We all know that the little black dress is a wardrobe essential, and that it is usually smart to play it safe with a timeless piece. But sometimes a girl’s gotta have a little fun. So today, even though we are heading back to the basics, we wanted to share our favorite LBD’s that rock some of our favorite spring trends: cutouts, leather, and lace!

A Hint of Leather LBD – We love the way this dress juxtaposes a feminine and flirty skirt with a edgy leather top. A great scoop neckline and banded waist means this dress will flatter many shapes! And it’s a steal for $57!

Leather Playing Field Backless Black Dress – $57 from Lulu’s

Sultry Lace – This sheath dress is perfect for showing off your curves and your love of lace. It would great for a date, a wedding, or wearing to work.

Gallery Gathering Dress – $52.99 from ModCloth

Lovely & Lacey – So this dress combines has a precious peplum skirt and lacy top for a very trendy take on the LBD. It’s currently sold out on LuLus, but hopefully it will be back in stock soon.

Save the Date Black Lace Dress – $44 from LuLus

Perfectly Cute Cutouts – This LBD from ModCloth is the perfect example of putting a trendy twist on a classic! How cute is the little bow around the waist?

Classic Twist Dress – $54.99 from ModCloth

Most Comfortable Cutout? This gorgeous and affordable dress is made from a stretchy knit fabric that doesn’t make a girl compromise comfort for style.

Noir-vel to Behold Cutout Black Dress – $37.50 from Lulu’s

Which is your favorite remix of a wardrobe classic? Have a beautiful weekend!

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