New Video: Madison Street Beauty Mineral Eyeshadows

New video is up featuring my recent purchase of mineral eyeshadows from Madison Street Beauty on etsy.  Check it out on my YouTube Channel.

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New Video: Copper & Blue Tutorial

Posted a new video on YouTube this week!

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Favorite All Natural Products Video

Click this link to check out the first video on the TrueBeautyUVideo Channel on You Tube!

Favorite All Natural Products

I would love to know if you would like to see more videos!

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The Beauty of Green Tea

Green Tea

Green Tea is an antioxidant powerhouse!

Stick with me for a minute, we’re going to have a mini biology lesson today….

I’ve mentioned several times the importance of antioxidants, but why are antioxidants so important?  Because they are what fight the free radicals inside our bodies.  Free radicals come from everything – from the foods we eat to sun exposure, even the air we breathe!

But just what are free radicals??

In a nutshell, free radicals are molecules within the body that have become unstable.  Unstable molecules do not function properly.  Our bodies will naturally try to stabilize or combat these unstable molecules.  The trouble comes when we are generating free radicals at a faster rate than our bodies can handle.  A buildup of free radicals within the body can lead to things like inflammation, premature aging and a weakened immune system which can leave us vulnerable to sickness or disease!

Our best defense against free radicals and the damage they cause is a diet high in antioxidants.

But just what are antioxidants?

Simply put, antioxidants are molecules that stabilize free radicals.  Antioxidants are found in colorful fruits and vegetables.  They are also exceptionally high in green tea.  Every time we drink of cup of green tea, it’s like sending in a bunch of ninjas to put the smack-down on free radical damage!

Green tea is also anti-inflammatory and can help soothe skin issues like acne and eczema.  It may also help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke!  For more info on the health benefits of green tea, check out this article.

When used topically, green tea sends antioxidants straight into the skin that can help even out skin tone, fade sun spots, even heal a sunburn!  My DIY Toner recipe contains green tea for a great way to give your skin a healthy boost every day!

Drink up!

Green tea is easy to make, just grab your favorite cup and add:

Let it sit for 3-5 minutes, then remove the tea bag.  It’s now ready for drinking!

If you like, you can add a bit of honey to sweeten it.

If you want it cold, you can pour it over ice for a refreshing treat!

However you enjoy it, you can feel good knowing you are doing something that is not only great for your skin,but also for your health!

Enjoy!

The Importance of Sun Protection

The weather is warming up and that means more time outside!

But before you venture out, make sure to take a moment to do something good for your skin!

Sun damage is the leading cause of premature aging and wrinkles – not to mention skin cancer!  Yikes!

For more information on skin cancer, check out this article.

It only takes a moment to protect yourself by applying a good sunscreen to your face, neck and décolleté.

There are two types of sunscreen:  physical and chemical

Physical sunscreens create a physical barrier between your skin and the sun that block and/or deflect the harmful UV rays.

Chemical sunscreens absorb the harmful UV rays to keep them from penetrating the skin surface.

Check out this chart for a side by side comparison of physical and chemical sunscreens.

Here are the two sunscreens that I reach for most:

Badger Damascus Rose SPF 16 Sunscreen

This is a physical sunscreen that also contains antioxidants that will help nourish the skin!  It goes on a little sticky, but absorbs nicely into the skin after a few moments.

Kiss My Face Oat Protein SPF 30 Sunscreen

This product contains both physical and chemical sunscreens, and has added oat protein for extra protection!  It absorbs quickly, it’s water resistant and paraben free!

Take a moment to protect your skin before heading outside this summer, your skin will thank you!

WINNER ANNOUNCED! – Blissoma Refine Clay Treatment Mask Giveaway

Thank you so much to everyone who entered!  I really appreciate each and every comment!  There were some great ideas for upcoming posts that I am excited to share with you!

And now, without further ado…….

The winner is………….(insert drumroll)……….

#35 – Brooke  A

Congratulations, Brooke!  Check your email for a message from me!  You have 48 hours to respond.  If I don’t hear back from you by then, a different winner will be chosen.

Thanks again, everyone!  I can’t wait to offer another giveaway!

CLOSED – Blissoma Refine Clay Treatment Mask Review and GIVEAWAY!!!

Blissoma Refine Clay Treatment Mask

I recently had the chance to try the Blissoma Refine Clay Treatment Mask from NaturalJoyBeauty.com.  I am so excited to share my thoughts with you and the best part is:  Natural Joy Beauty has graciously offered you a chance to win one of your very own!!!

But first, my review:

Pros:

  • all natural ingredients, including Rhassoul Clay
  • fresh scent
  • leaves skin feeling silky soft, not tight or dry
  • helps clear up blemishes!!

Cons:

  • nothing really comes to mind…….

Conclusion:  I really enjoyed using this mask!  This has a great ingredients list, including Rhassoul Clay which is known for its ability to draw out impurities from the skin.  It has a scent that I found to be herbal and pleasant.  This mask feels very luxurious and creamy.  It takes about 15 minutes to dry once applied, which is a good opportunity to spend a little time on other beauty rituals (like nail care) or just reading a good book.  I love that it doesn’t take a huge time commitment to do something good for your skin!  It washes off easily and leaves my skin feeling smooth and silky, no dryness or tightness afterwards.  I found this to be a great way to relax at the end of a stressful day!

But don’t just take my word for it! 

Here’s your chance to win a Blissoma Refine Clay Treatment Mask!

This giveaway begins today and closes at midnight on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012.  The winner will be selected using Random.org on Wednesday, June 6th, 2012.

HOW TO ENTER (1 entry):

1 – Follow this blog:  TrueBeautyU.com

2 – “Like” Natural Joy Beauty on Facebook.

3 – Fill out the form below and include a comment on what types of posts you would like to see more of on TrueBeautyU.com.  Make sure to include your name and email address.  This information is for the giveaway only.

Thanks for entering!  Good Luck!

Note:  This product was provided for review.  The thoughts expressed in this review are truly my own.