Tuesday, May 19, 2015

5 New Natural Beauty Products Under $25

Each spring, Organic Spa Magazine hosts one of the best beauty and wellness media events of the year.  And Everything She Wants is always happy to be included. We get to chat with emerging brands, and come home with bags of swag.

Here are five new, natural beauty products under $25 we discovered at the Organic Spa event. We love 'em and we think you will, too.


SheaMoisture's Community Commerce Zanzibar Marine Complex collection ($5.99-$10.99) is infused with rich antioxidants to revitalize dry, dull skin and to renew brittle, lackluster hair. The seaweed-based ingredients are paraben-sulfate-and-cruelty-free, and ethically sourced from small cooperatives of women farmers in Zanzibar; and the certified organic Shea butter is ethically sourced from women's cooperatives in Ghana. Ten percent of sales will go directly to these women to help expand their businesses. Available exclusively at Target.



MyChelle Advanced Argan Oil ($14.50) is a lightweight, anti-aging serum that gives your skin a super dose of hydration, thanks to its blend of USDA certified organic superfood oils.



Show your hair some honey love with Bekura's Y.A.M. Nectar Hydrating Hair Nourisher ($20). Y.A.M. stands for the conditioner's yummy ingredients, Yucca-infused oil, avocado and Meadowfoam oils combined with organic clover flower honey and healing Manuka honey.



Want a healthier way to remove your makeup? Try Juicy Bamboo (30 cloths, $15.50), Kaia Naturals' bamboo, alcohol-free facial cleansing cloths soaked in vitamins B-12, C and E, and infused with a nourishing blend of honey, sunflower oil and jojoba oil.



With its Quiet Night Relaxing Balm ($9), Lather has the recipe for a good night's sleep--the aromatherapy balm's blend of essential oils of lavender, ylang ylang and calendula, well-known for their calming and balancing properties.



Friday, May 1, 2015

Mother's Day Gifts For Every Budget, Everything She Wants

This Mother's Day, give your Mom everything she wants. To help our readers shop for the perfect gift, we attended a Mother's Day preview hosted by the Accessories Council and found a variety of fawn-worthy picks--from luxury designer items like an MCM reversible leather belt ($150), Kemi Designs custom, gold-plated necklaces ($150) and Swarovski sunglasses ($175), to glam on a budget items like Dearfoams Sequined Ballerina slippers ($34), Roman & Sunstone heart beaded stretch bracelets ($18) and Printed Village scarves ($38).

Luxe gift picks

Kemi Designs creator, Kemi Gadaleta, shows off her handcrafted, gold-plated necklaces, $150.

This stunning boho chic Mochila Fringe Bag, is embellished with crystal, and leather fringes, $450.

We love this unique,gold-and-faux-pearl-accented Ragini Mittal 'Wheel of Fortune' Ring, $150.

MCM's signature monogram, reversible belt with an 'M' buckle that also stands for Mom,  $150.

Swarovski 'Edith' cat-eye sunglasses feature a row of baguette crystals, $175.

Glam on a budget gift picks

Created by blogger, Chastity Palmer-Davis, GlitterBuzzStyle 'Gala' lipstick is a beauty bargain, $11.


Mom will adore these fashionable and comfy Dearfoams sequin slippers, $34.

Moira Anne handcrafted bracelets come in a variety of stones and protective symbols, $35 and up.

How cute is this Printed Village 'Oh Buoy' nautical theme scarf? $38.

Roman & Sunstone heart beaded stretch bracelets made with genuine elements, $18.



Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Diabetes-Friendly Eucerin Skincare and Health Tips

If you have diabetes, you probably have extremely dry skin. But over the counter relief is in sight, thanks to Eucerin's newest product line, Diabetics' Dry Skin Relief, specially formulated to prevent and relieve dry skin for those living with diabetes.


The non-greasy, alpha hydroxy-infused product options are: the lightweight Body Creme; the advanced coverage Body Lotion; and the gentle Foot Creme. Using the product is not a substitute for seeking medical guidance from your doctor or dermatologist, but they can help people with diabetes, and those who simply want a more substantial moisturizer, improve the appearance of the skin, soften and smooth dry skin, and achieve healthier looking skin.

Here are a few tips from Eucerin on how to incorporate Diabetics' Dry Skin Relief products ($5.99-$12.59) into your daily moisturizing routine.  Although Eucerin is a sponsor of the American Diabetes Association, these tips are not intended to be medical advice, or to treat the underlying skin disease or condition:

1. Monitor your skin regularly and check for skin breaks, especially on the feet.

2. Use moisture-rich cleansers and lotions to maintain the skin's protective barrier.

3. Look for moisturizers that gently exfoliate and provide intense moisture; they help remove flaky skin and bind water to keep skin soft and smooth.

4. Cleanse with warm (not hot) water and a mild, soap-free cleanser.

5. Keep baths or showers short to avoid drying out your skin.

6. After bathing, gently pat dry with a soft towel and apply moisturizer while your skin is still damp, to seal in moisture. Try NIVEA's (part of the same parent company as Eucerin) new In-Shower Nourishing Body Lotion for Dry Skin.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Nail Care Tips and Trends for Spring 2015

At a recent press preview, I met freelance nail technician and all around sweetheart Mimi Wilson.  After she did such a lovely job on my nails, I asked her to give Everything She Wants the skinny on nail care tips and trends for 2015. 


Licensed manicurist, Mimi Wilson, at work./Photo by ESW
Mimi put herself through cosmetology school and has been doing nails professionally for three years.  She even created International Nail Art Day (INAD), which is celebrated the first Saturday in August.

"I was sitting at home polishing my nails and I realized that there's a National Hot Dog Day and a National Hot Chocolate Day, and I thought, 'Why isn't there a holiday for nail art?," she says. "So I created one, and now it's celebrated all over the world."

The hottest nail trends for spring

"Pastels, floral designs and white nails. Also, something that I like to call lil' bits," says the Newport News, Virginia native.

"Adding a metallic dot near the cuticle line or a "racing stripe" down the middle of your nail gives a solid color mani a lil' bit of pop to give your manicure a personal touch. A lil' bit of something extra just for you."

Cool nail art./Photo by Mimi Wilson

How to keep your nails healthy

"Along with getting regular manicures, nail health has a lot to deal with what you put into your body, she explains. " Eating healthy and taking your vitamins are a sure way to get great looking, healthy nails."

Is nail art for everyone?

"Nail art is very personal," Mimi says. "I love nail trends and following what's in for the season. But I also believe in doing what feels good for you. If you want to wear black nail polish in the middle of the summer or bright yellow in December, do it. Nails are a representation of [your individuality]. So if you like it, do it."

To see more of Mimi's work or to book her to your next bridal shower, bachelorette party or event, go to her StyleSeat profile and follow her on Instagram @nailsbymimi.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Lipstick Madonna Should Have Worn to Kiss Drake

Pretty much everyone plugged into pop culture has seen or at least heard about the infamous surprise kiss Madonna planted on rapper Drake last week at the 2015 Coachella Music Festival in the California desert. A lot of fuss has been made about the Material girl's age. She's still fab at 56.


But we don't think the 28-year-old hip-hop heartthrob was necessarily grossed out because of Madonna's, um, maturity.  The way Drake was seated when the kiss happened was super awkward (see above gif image), and that could have caused him to nearly lose his lunch. Drake, on the other hand, says he wasn't turned off by the lip lock. Instead, he blames the taste of Madonna's lipstick for his less than flattering reaction.

We guess her lip gloss wasn't poppin'.

So you don't make the same faux pas, here are Everything She Wants' picks for spring lipsticks that won't make Drake, or any other guy, gag.

NARS Audacious Lipstick ($32 in the red hot shade, Carmen.

Before you pucker up, apply SheaMoisture Lip Exfoliator ($7.99), made with a combination of apricot seeds and sugar to help exfoliate the lips and remove dead skin. Then coat your pout with SheaMositure's paraben-and-talc-free, luscious Lipstick Crayon ($9.99).

Laura Geller Love Me Dew Moisturizing Lip Crayon Trio ($25) come in vibrant colors infused with hydrating vitamin E for soft, kissable lips.

Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss ($22) is our go-to for a natural-looking lip.  The 29 sheer shades are loaded with vitamin E, Shea butter and jojoba seed oil to soothe and keep lips smooth.

We've recently become a super-fan of NARS cosmetics and the luxe brand's Audacious Lipstick ($32) provides dramatic, creamy and long-lasting coverage.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Hyperpigmentation Treatment Advice from a Dermatologist

According to Mario Bedescu Skin Care Inc, hyperpigmentation is characterized by darkening of the skin caused by the overproduction of the skin pigment, melanin. While hyperpigmentation is usually harmless, it can be a blow to your self-confidence, especially if you're a woman who has otherwise healthy and well-maintained skin. The condition can affect any part of the body including the face, hands and neck--and it's most prevalent in people of color, who naturally have more melanin.

Dr. Julia Tzu
What are some common causes hyperpigmentation?

  • Heredity
  • Overexposure to the sun
  • Inflammation and skin injuries
  • Hormonal changes due to pregnancy (called melasma) or menopause
  • Medications such as antibiotics, hormone treatments and anti-seizure drugs

Treatment options

Dr. Julia Tzu, founder and medical director of Wall Street Dermatology in New York City says her recommended course of treatment for hyperpigmentation depends on the cause.

"Common reasons for hyperpigmentation include melasma (patches of brown on the cheeks and forehead), sun spots, and postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (pigmentation that is left after a bout of skin inflammation, such as a rash or acne)," Dr. Tzu explains. 

"For these common types of hyperpigmentation, there are two main options: topical lightening agents or lasers.  Topical lightening agents include products that contain hydroquinone (bleaching cream), azaleic acid, kojic acid, and vitamin C.  These need to be applied for a duration of time before any noticeable improvement occurs.  Chemical peels can also produce some improvement in hyperpigmentation."

The double board-certified dermatologist says, however, "lasers are a much more effective way to selectively target only the darker areas of skin."

Dr. Tzu uses Q switched lasers to eliminate cells with excess pigment. "One treatment produces immediate lightening (in one week) in exactly the desired areas, although multiple treatments may be required depending on the level of hyper pigmentation," she says.

For African-American clients, whose skin can be extremely sensitive to laser treatment, Dr. Tzu still uses Q switched lasers, but "at the right wavelength and different parameters." 

Stay tuned for Everything She Wants' top product picks for skin brightening and 
hyperpigmentation, including the highly-effective Dr. Murad's Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum, which contains hydroquinone. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

$50 Spa Treatments During Spa Week 2015, April 13-19

With April showers, comes the annual Spa Week event offering $50 spa treatments at day spas across the country. The popular beauty week runs from April 13-19, 2015. But appointments fill up quickly, so book your treatments today.  

Since spring is the perfect time to brighten up your skin with exfoliation treatments, we have our eye on microdermabrasion, peels and rejuvenating facials.  And anytime is the right time for an invigorating massage or body scrub. Some participating spas will accept a Spa Week gift card, so purchase one for a loved one or buy one to use next year.

Go ahead, treat yourself with a $50 Spa Week treatment./Image courtesy of Spa Week

From Spa Week's blog, here are highlights of a few of the hottest spa treatments available.

REFRESH YOUR COMPLEXION

The best spring and summer makeup looks always call for smooth, polished skin. Get ahead of the game with a refreshing facial that will leave your complexion glowing.  Exhale spa offers the amazing Sircuit Smart Facial Peel, a gentle peel treatment designed to lift and nourish dull skin. Exhale technicians follow the peel with a good round of extractions, and then finish with a luxurious facial massage.

GET IN THE MOOD

Before you worry about the big stuff, focus on shedding last season’s stress and shifting into summer mode.  
Red Door spas across the nation are offering a special Spa Week De-Stress Body Treatment that will help you find your center in time for spring and summer. Let the wear and tear of winter dissolve with this rejuvenating body treatment. And when you’re done, why not get in the zone for strappy-sandal season with a pedicure? Red Door is offering a special Spa Week Pedicure with your choice of gel polish; or, if you prefer, you can go for a Paraffin Hand Treatment. Either way, we’re finally free from snow boots and gloves, and that’s something to celebrate. 

BRIGHTEN YOUR SMILE

Once you’ve treated yourself to a bit of Spa Week wellness, you’ll have plenty of reason to smile. So why not kick it up a notch with a teeth whitening treatment to brighten up your grin? Head to the highly acclaimed  Skin Laundry for a special Teeth Whitening Session at the special Spa Week price of $50. What better way to top off a head-to-toe rejuvenation?