Get Sun, Not Wrinkles: Our Favorite Natural Sunscreens!

It’s that time of year when you are dying to get a tan and hit the beach. But don’t even think about going out without sunscreen. I don’t know if you remember back to earlier this year but a few of our stylists sat down for an interview… and both of them stressed how important it is to wear sunscreen. Yes you want glowing skin… but no, we don’t think you want dry wrinkly skin or skin cancer for that matter! You can still get a tan while wearing protection, you’ll just save your face years of aging 🙂

When picking a sunscreen it’s important to read the ingredients and try to choose something safer and more natural. If you are avoiding skin cancer why would you want to expose yourself to other chemicals that can hurt you … seems to defeat the purpose to us! So we’ve got a few of our favorite natural and safe sun protection for your face and body!

Alba Botanica Natural Very Emollient Facial Sunscreen SPF 20 – This is a great sunscreen for your face! It’s hypoallergenic, fragrance free, and won’t clog your pores! It has a nice subtle vanilla smell to it too! Normally priced around $10.99/tube, you can snag two tubes for $15.75 on Amazon (yay Amazon!). When you are looking for a facial sunscreen always get at least SPF 15, and you won’t really need more than SPF 30.

Natural Very Emollient Sunscreen Facial Mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 20 – $15.75 for a 2-pack on Amazon.

Jason Mineral Natural Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – A great sunscreen for the rest of your skin, this product is also fragrance free and perfect for sensitive skin. It’s got a light scent of chamomile and calendula and sells for about $12.49/bottle.

Jason Mineral Natural Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – $12.49/bottle available at most health food stores or on Amazon.

Alba Botanica Natural Very Emollient Sunblock SPF 30 – We really love Alba products! And this sunscreen is no exception. It is fragrance free just like the facial sunscreen and is available on Amazon for only $9.49/bottle!

Alba Botanica Natural Very Emollient Sunblock SPF 30 – $9.49 on Amazon

What is your favorite sunscreen?

 

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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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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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Hair Health: DIY Leave-In Conditioning Spray

Leave-in conditioners are great for many reasons. They detangle hair, add shine, and most importantly add moisture. If you live in a dry climate, or if the winter weather is wreaking havoc on your hair we’ve got some simple alternative sto expensive leave-in conditioners! You can whip up these conditioning sprays with things you likely have at home. Store your conditioning spray in an old spray bottle (thoroughly washed) or any spray bottle of your choice.

Super Simple Leave-In Conditioning Spray

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. distilled water (this will prevent bacteria from growing)
  • 1 oz. olive oil or almond oil
  • 1 oz. of your favorite conditioner (we love Yest To Carrots!)
  • 1 spray bottle

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a clean spray bottle. Shake well before each use. Mist over damp hair like you would any other conditioning spray!

All Natural Leave-In Conditioning Spray

Ingredients:

  • 2 fluid oz aloe vera gel (be sure it is 100% aloe vera gel, otherwise you’ll get yucky additives)
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 10 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 5 drops jojoba oil
  • Optional: small amount of vegetable glycerin, only if you let your hair air-dry
  • Distilled water
  • 4 oz spray bottle

Directions:

  1. Combine the aloe vera gel through the vegetable glycerin in the 4 oz. spray bottle.
  2. Add distilled water to fill the bottle.
  3. Shake to mix before each use.

This spray works amazingly well as a detangler, a leave-in conditioner, and a curl refresher!

Do you use a leave-in conditioner?

 

3 Foods To Add To Your Diet for Beautiful Skin

Image from Demand Studios

We’ve all heard it before: what you eat plays a big role in the way you look AND how you feel. Most people’s New Years resolutions involve eating healthier and exercising. And if this is part of your goal for 2013, you’ll be happy to know your skin and hair will also see great results! We suggest adding some of these foods to your diet to achieve a slimmer waist line and beautiful skin. And better yet, we’ve paired each up with a recipe for some green DIY skin care!

  1. Almonds – these seeds (no they are not nuts) are full of Vitamin E, which are helpful in blocking harsh UV rays from the sun! The key is to not overdo it on the seeds/nuts, about 20 almonds a day is the perfect snack.
  2. Leafy Greens – Kale, spinach, or collard greens are a great way to pack in some extra nutrients without packing on the calories. These green veggies are high in water (great for smoothing wrinkles) and nutrients (for restoring and protecting your body’s cells), and have been shown to reduce cancer risks in some people.
  3. Flax Seeds – High in Omega-3 fatty-acids, flax seeds are well equipped to erase spots and fine lines on your face. They are great for irritated skin! We suggest sprinkling some ground flax seeds (you must grind them to get their nutritional benefit) on your oatmeal, cereal, or in a smoothie.
    • If you have oily skin or old acne scars give this Flax Seed Facial Scrub from Skin Care For Your Soul a try!

What are your favorite health foods for beautiful skin?

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DIY Skincare: Firming Eye Oil

Perhaps one of your resolutions for 2013 was to better about moisturizing? Or perhaps this winter weather has your skin dry and irritated? This recipe for Firming Eye Oil was adapted from Julie Gabriel’s book Green Beauty Recipes. The ingredients are pretty easy to pick up at a Whole Foods, Natural Grocery Store, or order online. Whenever you are applying an eye cream or oil be sure to pat the moisturizer into your delicate skin around your eye. RESIST THE URGE TO RUB AND PULL! That damages the sensitive skin around your eyes and works to undo what this beautiful oil is made for. We like applying this oil after we are all washed up and ready for bed. The oil may be a little too much for under makeup in the AM.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. sweet almond oil
  • 2 tbsp. evening primrose oil
  • 1 tsp. rosehip oil
  • 20 drops black currant oil (you can find this in the supplement section in capsules. Just break open the capsules and add to your mixture.)
  • 1 ml vitamin E
  • 1 2 or 3 oz very clean glass bottle with dropper applicator (we love the blue bottles that Whole Foods carries sometimes!)
  • 1 small funnel

Directions:

  • Make sure the bottle is very clean to prevent anything weird from growing in your oil.
  • Pour all the ingredients into your glass bottle (here is where the funnel might come in handy). Put the lid on it and shake it to mix thoroughly.
  • We recommend shaking it before each use.
  • To apply simply shake, then use the dropper to get some oil. Drop a few drops on your finger and pat onto clean skin. Remember pat the moisturizer in, don’t rub!

This firming eye oil will keep for about a year if stored in a cool, clean place. What do you usually do to take care of your delicate eye area?

5 Resolutions for A Gorgeous New Year!

Happy New Year to all you stylish ladies (and gentlemen) out there! We hope your New Year’s celebrations were beautiful and safe! We know that today some of you may still be debating what your resolutions will be for 2013. And we thought it might be fun and helpful if will shared some of ours with you!

Our resolutions for a gorgeous New Year are:

  • Start rocking bold lips with confidence. A bright and bold pout can be a little intimidating, so this year we want to find our right shades and embrace our edginess!
  • Simplify our makeup bag.Don’t you dream of a clean and organized makeup bag? Filled only with products you love, products that work? Do you want a quick and gorgeous look in around 5 minutes? We do 🙂 This year, less is more, and we are going to explore how to streamline our (and your) beauty routine and get the most out of the fewest products!
  • Make time to focus on our inner peace. We talk a lot about looking your best, and this year we also want to make sure we are feeling our best. We are thinking some yoga and restful meditation?
  • Laugh more.Laugh lines are one of the few facial lines we feel good about. Laughter relieves tension, releases endorphins, and some research suggests makes you more attractive to those around you. This year we want to make sure we get an extra dose of our daily laugh in!
  • Appreciate the present. We want to remember to love ourselves for who we are now, imperfections and all. While growth is important and essential, it’s important to remember that you are beautiful and strong just the way you are! This year why not try to appreciate yourself and those around you as they are in that moment?

What are your resolutions for 2013?

Beauty Books On Our Holiday Wish List!

We have shared a few recipes for DIY beauty treatments here on Y&L, and don’t worry we still have more to share! But we thought today we’d share some beauty books that are at the top of our Christmas wish list! These books are full of great recipes, style advice, and inspiration. Enjoy 🙂

EcoBeauty: Scrubs, Rubs, Masks, and Bath Bombs for You and Your Friends

This nifty little book was written by Janice Cox and contains over 100 recipes for you to make at home. The recipes make great gifts, and so does this book—available at Amazon for only $13.59!

How To Be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life

In 10 chapters, author Melissa Hellstern shares the wisdom and spirit of one of the world’s most adorably beautiful women: Audrey Hepburn. This book covers both external and internal growth and beauty. A must read for any Audrey fan, and any woman really! Available for just $12.89 on Amazon.

Savvy Chic: The Art of More for Less

Our last recommendation is Savvy Chic by Anna Johnson. This book is an inspirational book on how to look stylish and sophisticated even on a tight budget! Pick it up for just $12.91 on Amazon!

What are some of your favorite beauty reads? Have you read any of our recommendations? What are your thoughts?

 

Product Review Eyeshadow Primer

Magic Vegan Eyeshadow Primer – $7 by The All Natural Face on Etsy

So we have been testing out a lot of products lately… and we’ve got another that we are excited to share with you! The All Natural Face’s Magic Eyeshadow Primer is simply amazing. It is extremely effective, and priced totally right at $7 a bottle. This stuff works just as well as Urban Decay’s Primer Potion ($15) or Two Faced’s Shadow Insurance ($17). It has a sweet little doe tip applicator tip for easy application. I applied this magic primer after my Jane Iredale BB Cream Foundation, but before I put on any eyeliner or shadow. I even applied a little to my lower lash line and under my eye. It kept my eyeliner and shadow in place all day long! All Natural Face’s Magic Eyeshadow Primer also helped brighten up my sleepy eyes without shadow.

Did I mention that this primer is totally vegan and free of harmful chemicals (yay safe cosmetics!)? The bottom line, this stuff is a serious beauty steal, for twice as much product at half the price you’d be a fool not to try (and fall in love with) this Magic Eyeshadow Primer. You can order yours in The All Natural Face’s Etsy store and feel good about supporting another beautiful women in the pursuit of her safe cosmetic dreams!

Oh and for all you San Fran girls out there, if you are worried about getting your makeup just right this Halloween think about stopping by Y&L Style Bar and letting us take care of your Halloween makeup needs!

What beauty goods do you want us to check out for you? Let us know and we will do the tough work!

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