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Skin Care Junkie | Natural Beauty & Hair Products

Welcome back my beauties! This Skin Care Junkie post includes natural, vegan, and/or eco-friendly hair care and beauty products that I think you might enjoy trying.

So, without further ado…

Juice Organics Shampoo & Conditioner:

Juice Organics is a subsidiary of California-based skin care giant Juice Beauty and features a range of hair products featuring organic aloe, coconut, jojoba and argan oils, and without parabens, silicones, or sulfates.

I was excited to try out their repairing shampoo and conditioner. If you’ve been following MCLV for any length of time, you’ll know that I LOVE playing with different hair colors. From redhead to platinum blonde, I’ve tried a number of different hues. I’ve been going au naturel for nearly a year now because my hair is so damaged. The blonde especially really took its toll. So I’ve been living on products like Juice Organics to try to refresh my locks. They don’t have a strong scent, but are thick and creamy. I love how my hair feels after I use them – It’s super soft!

Maple Holistics Vitamin C Serum:

A Vitamin C serum has been on my Must Try list for a while now. Why Vitamin C? It’s an antioxidant which means that it helps neutralize free radicals, the little bad guys that tear down your cells, and helps strengthen your skin. You eat blueberries and other sources of antioxidants to keep your body healthy, and you can topically apply antioxidants to achieve similar results for your skin.

This serum from Maple Holistics is made from Vitamin C, Aloe Leaf, Vitamin E, and Algae extract. I’ve been applying each morning before my moisturizer and sunscreen, and have noticed some evening out of my complexion. I’m quite pale so redness can be pretty visible, and I’ve liked how this serum has reduced that.

Love samples? Check out their free samples page!

 

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Algenist Genius Liquid Collagen:

Collagen is something that your body creates naturally, but the production decreases as you age, and the elasticity of your skin decreases. Consuming and topically applying collagen, similar to Vitamin C, is thought to be an effective way to help combat the aging process.

Algenist is a eco-minded Bay Area skin care company that I discovered a few years ago – I swear by their sunscreen – So I was tickled pink to see this new Genius Liquid Collagen product. It’s a vegan, plant-based collagen product that contains 13,000 beads of microalgae oil per bottle.

I like the smell and the texture, and it feels pretty wonderful on your skin, though it can be sticky for a few minutes while it absorbs. I’ve been putting it on before bed for a few weeks and loving it!

Volition Beauty Helix AM/PM Eye Gel:

Volition Beauty is a very cool new company that has the lofty goal of creating real products for real people. You can even submit ideas since it’s an online collaboration platform. And, bonus, their products are cruelty-free!

The AM/PM eye gel is a collagen-rich product that helps brighten and smooth the under eye area. I love eye creams and trying new products, and even I was impressed by the de-puffing accomplished by this little gel! This one is definitely going on my rotation.

Are you a big fan of skin care and beauty products? Check out some of my other Skin Care Junkie posts: Alaska Glacial Mud Mask, Sibu Sea Berry Seed Oil, Musely Hydrogel Eye Mask & Raw Beauty & Coconut Oil.

Do YOU have a favorite natural beauty brand or product?

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Links You’ll Love

Fashion:

There’s a new “It” beauty blog in town brought to us by the fashionable French “It” girls the Courtin-Clarins. So if you’re in the mood for some tips, ideas, and/or product reviews head over to Beauty Flash Blog for more!

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Project time! Want to create your own chic sunglasses rack? Frassy Life has you covered with this fun and oh-so-easy version that you can do with simple things you’ve probably already got on hand.

Rachel Zoe’s jewelry line is full of fun, funky, retro-inspired pieces that can work with just about any look or destination. Don’t believe me? The stylist put together some killer looks for her pieces just to prove it – Day, Night & Workwear.

Sometimes a fashionista’s gotta do what a fashionista’s gotta do! Essential Indulgences for Fashion Bloggers – What are your indulgences and must haves?

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I love discovering designers or an exciting new esthetic that suits my personal style to perfection. And with Fashion Week Month just starting, now’s the time to keep your eyes peeled! Check out The Ones To Watch from Harper’s Bazaar or Olivia Palermo’s Lines We Love: Chinti and Parker or Lines We Love: Anndra Neen.

If you’re starting to think about your Fall 2012 wardrobe why not get some recommendations from the fashionable editors over at Harper’s Bazaar? Smart Shopoing – Cheap Designer Clothes & Accessories.

Health & Fitness:

You know me, I’m a smoothie girl through and through. So was I ever excited when I heard that it was recently International Green Smoothie Day! PARADE! TICKER TAPE! Top 10 Green Smoothie Recipes: International Green Smoothie Day.

Sweet Strawberry Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce

Desserts can be healthy. Or, just not as bad. So why not try something new and exciting like Persian Ice Cream, Sweet Strawberry Ice Cream with Chocolate Sauce, or  – Go Cuckoo For Coconut Milk Ice Cream.

Snacking is a crucial part of my daily life. Making sure that my blood sugar doesn’t drop so I don’t end up cranky OR binging and falling into a food coma is important. Need some fun new ideas to shake things up? The Hungry Hungry Hippie has you covered – Vegetarian Snack Ideas.

I love going to the farmer’s market but we all know the tragedy of fruits & veggies going bad before we get the chance to use them. Well, it turns out there are some tricks of the trade to help keep your Farmer’s Market fare from turning too quickly! 13 Tricks and Tips For Keeping Produce Fresh Longer.

Getting in shape isn’t just about hitting the gym and getting enough walking in, it’s about how you’re fueling your body. Afterall, you can’t out exercise a bad diet. Don’t believe me? Take it from Bob Harper of The Biggest Loser – Why Nutrition Is Number One For Weight Loss.

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