Truly Unique Mascara!

Have you ever used a mascara that completely came off (I mean 100%!) with just water? I never had until I tried No7 Stay Perfect Mascara by Boots. I have been using it for over a year now and I still can’t believe that it completely comes off with water alone. AND that it’s actually a really awesome mascara!


                                 {Photo Credit: Boots Retail USA}


The product: Boots No7 Stay Perfect Mascara – Black

What it’s good for: Defining and lengthening your eyelashes without clumping or smudging. Lasts all day and when you’re ready to take it off, you simply hold a cotton pad soaked in warm water over your eye for 30 seconds and then gently wipe away the little tubes of color that were covering your eyelashes. I actually don’t even use a cotton pad – just my fingers (gently) and warm water!

Key natural ingredients: kaolin  & beeswax

The price tag: $9.99

Where to buyBoots or Target

My favorite perk: I have two!

#1 – I actually found this magical wonder of a mascara when I was on EWG’s Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database looking for a healthier mascara. Stay Perfect scored a 2 (the closer to 0 the better/healthier).

#2 – Until I found this mascara, I rarely ever removed my mascara completely on the first try. I typically opted for an oil like jojoba as my mascara remover since it did the job and was nourishing rather than drying and harsh like a lot of makeup removers. With every previous mascara I’ve tried (including natural versions), I would always be taken a q-tip the next morning and removing leftover mascara from underneath my eyes. I used to hate it when I would have a hint of darkness under my eyes all day that only later would I realize was mascara, not lack of sleep.

With Boots No7 Stay Perfect Mascara, I have NEVER had any mascara left behind, but just as importantly, taking off my mascara each night could not be easier. If you’ve been frustrated with the effort it takes to remove your eye makeup and you also want to choose a healthier option then you should definitely try this mascara!

The Wonders of Neem

Neem is an ancient herb from India, which is known for its medicinal benefits externally and internally. Neem’s extremely high antioxidant content, high levels of fatty acids as well as its anti-inflammatory properties and antibacterial abilities makes it an excellent choice for people with chronically dry or irritated skin. Some people have even reported healing of precancerous cells!

When taken internally, neem is said to support the health of skin, immune system response, blood purification, and healthy bowel function.

The one thing I must warn you about is that neem has a VERY distinct odor. I would say it’s like a mix of peanuts and garlic. I know that doesn’t sound very appealing, but when mixed with other scents, it’s not so noticeable. Plus, its benefits can be well worth getting used to the unique scent.

Here are some beauty products with neem that I really love:

Organix’s Theraneem Ultimate Support Orange & Ylang Ylang – Excellent for sensitive skin. I love using it instead of face wash. ( $5.56)

Organix’s Neem, Lemon & Peppermint TheraNeem Scalp Therape Shampoo – Clarifies and rejuvenates the scalp. (on sale for $11.96)

Auromère’s Ayurvedic Lavender-Neem Soap – Lavender + Neem + 16 other herbal extracts to cleanse and restore skin. ($2.95)

Dr.Hauschka’s Neem Hair Oil – Ideal for an irritated scalp and dry/damaged hair. Also adds great shine! ($39.95)


Have you tried any products that contained neem before?

Award-Winning Skincare for Babies!

You might remember my previous post about Skincando’s Combat-Ready Balm — the wonder salve that’s even effective for troops in the harshest of conditions. Now, there is a version for babies and kids! This miracle cream has similar ingredients, which soothe and heal some of the most delicate skin on earth aka a baby’s. But this is totally an adult product as well. Baby skincare products are great for adult skin, especially if it’s sensitive.  I just love how multifunctional this one is — it’s magical for dry skin, eczema, diaper rash, eczema, bug bites, sunburn, and more! I can’t wait to buy this for some of the soon-to-be new moms in my life.

2 Perfect Summer Moisturizers

With warm weather upon us now and summer right around the corner, I thought everyone would appreciate hearing about these two lotions I am loving right now…

The first is one of my latest finds – an organic jasmine + neroli body lotion by kō denmark (if the name sounds familiar,  you might have seen their recent feature in GOOP). As you would expect, this lotion has the soothing, light floral scent of jasmine (and neroli, but more jasmine I think). It is extremely light weight – you definitely get the feeling that aloe is the #1 ingredient – and it absorbs sooo quickly.  I like the “100% simple” on the label – it truly is with a perfect lineup of natural ingredients and no parabens, perfume, sulfates, mineral oil, or artificial colors.


Burt’s Bees Richly Replenishing Body Lotion with Cocoa and Cupuaçu Butters is another perfect option for the warmer weather. The scent alone just screams summer/vacation with dreamy aromas of cocoa and vanilla.  Other key reasons I love it for summer (and anytime of year) include its non-greasy consistency, quick absorption, and it is clinically proven to keep skin moisturized for 24 hours! That’s a strong claim, but after using it for a few weeks now, I am now a believer.