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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Natural Wonders

RMS Beauty Lip & Skin Balm. We love this for enduring a full day without reapplication, a feat any lip-balm addict will tell you is rare.

RMS Beauty Lip & Skin Balm in Simply Cocoa

WHAT IT IS:
A natural hydrating balm for lips and any other parched spots

WHAT IT DOES:
Softens, moisturizes, and heals dry skin

KEY INGREDIENTS:
Coconut oil (antioxidant and moisturizer); cocoa-seed butter and shea butter (moisturizers)

HOW IT FEELS/SMELLS/LOOKS:
Thick and solid in its little glass jar (with metal lid), the yellow balm goes on smooth, clear, and a little shiny. It coats skin with a hydrating layer that doesn't feel greasy and smells ever so faintly of cocoa. (It's also available in vanilla.)

WHY WE LIKE IT:
This is the little balm that could. Created by celebrity makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift (models Gisele Bündchen, Miranda Kerr, and Karolina Kurkova are clients and fans), it's made mostly of certified organic-food-grade ingredients. So while the balm looks most appropriate for lips, the natural wonder can stand in for eye cream, cuticle oil, face lotion, foot lotion, you name it—and the Best of Beauty winner endures for hours without reapplication. Considering its multitasking abilities, we'd prefer a vat with a flip cap, though that would likely be quite pricey.


Vapour Organic Beauty Aura Multi Use Blush.-Appealingly sheer shades for cheeks or lips.


Vapour Organic Beauty Aura Multi Use Blush in Torch
WHAT IT IS:
An all-natural cream for lips, cheeks, or eyelids in a rose shade

HOW IT LOOKS/FEELS:
It's a rosy stick that feels creamy and goes on sheer; it's made with 70 percent certified organic ingredients.

WHY WE LIKE IT:
This Best of Beauty winner gives subtle, pretty, natural-looking color to skin or lips. And it glides on and blends easily, without any of the dryness or dragging sometimes associated with all-natural cosmetics.

Clark's Botanicals Ultra Rich Lip Tint in Rachel Red.Hydrating sweet almond oil; a pretty cherry red tint.

Clark's Botanicals Ultra Rich Lip Tint in Rachel Red

WHAT IT IS:
A transparent red lip balm

HOW IT LOOKS/FEELS:
The petrolatum- and paraben-free formula is a squeezable gel.

WHY WE LIKE IT:
The color is bright and lively but sheer—like you just ate a cherry Popsicle. And this balm doesn't skimp on moisture; it contains moisturizing shea butter, jojoba oil, and sweet almond oil, so lips feel soft and hydrated for hours.

Origins Multi-Grain Makeup.One stroke of this ultrafine, talc-free powder conceals shine.
Origins Multi-Grain Makeup SPF 14

WHAT IT IS:
A loose powder foundation

HOW IT LOOKS/FEELS:
The fragrance-free powder is ultrafine; it provides sheer to medium coverage and is available in five shades.

WHY WE LIKE IT:
It's tough to get enough product out of the sifter, but patience pays dividends: The powder looks natural and keeps skin shine-free, without settling into fine lines.

Korres Wild Rose Foundation.So weightless, this brightening liquid makes even tinted moisturizer seem heavy.


Korres Wild Rose Foundation
WHAT IT IS:
A long-lasting base with medium coverage and SPF 20

HOW IT LOOKS/FEELS:
Light and liquidy, with a rose scent that doesn't linger

WHY WE LIKE IT:
A Best of Beauty winner, it offers the coverage of a foundation, the feel of a tinted moisturizer, and the bonus of brightening vitamin C.

Aveda Green Science Perfecting Cleanser. Removes every speck of makeup but doesn't strip or slick the skin.
Aveda Green Science Perfecting Cleanser
WHAT IT IS:
A facial cleanser for all skin types

WHAT IT DOES:
Removes oil and dirt

KEY INGREDIENTS:
Certified organic nopal cactus (prevents collagen destruction); certified organic argan kernel oil, glucosamine, and ceramide 3 (moisturize); salicylic acid (exfoliates)

HOW IT FEELS/SMELLS/LOOKS:
The formula is milky; it has a fresh geranium-grapefruit-and-bergamot scent.

WHY WE LIKE IT:
This Best of Beauty winner works for even the most sensitive skin. It produces a nice, rich lather and leaves skin feeling soft and refreshed, not stripped.

Jurlique Jasmine Shower Gel.Sustainable ingredients are a bonus; its dewy jasmine scent is irresistible.
Jurlique Jasmine Shower Gel

WHAT IT IS:
A scented body wash

WHAT IT DOES:
Cleans and hydrates skin

KEY INGREDIENTS:
Soap bark and horse chestnut extracts (cleansers); grapefruit-seed extract (antioxidant); hydrolyzed soy protein and honey (moisturizers)

HOW IT FEELS/SMELLS/LOOKS:
The amber-tinted gel has a dewy jasmine scent.

WHY WE LIKE IT:
The smell is both fresh and sensual. The all-natural ingredients leave skin feeling soft and well-moisturized after you step out of the shower.

Nature's Gate Glow Lotion. Absorbs evenly and builds to a subtle bronze that doesn't look bogus, without a trace of the usual noxious odor.
Nature's Gate Glow Lotion

WHAT IT IS:
A gradual self-tanner

WHAT IT DOES:
Builds subtle bronze color as it moisturizes

KEY INGREDIENTS:
Dihydroxyacetone (a tanning agent); shea butter, sodium hyaluronate, and vegetable glycerin (moisturizers); vitamin E and apricot kernel oil (antioxidants)

HOW IT FEELS/SMELLS/LOOKS:
The thin white lotion has a warm, nutty scent.

WHY WE LIKE IT:
Twenty-four hours after applying this Best of Beauty winner, you'll see a slight change in skin tone; continue for a few more days to build up to a full-on tan that's golden—not orange or streaky.

Kiehl's Sunflower Color Preserving Shampoo and Conditioner. Relax by the pool or ski the slopes—UV-protective sunflower oil sees to it that your hair color won't fade away.
Kiehl's Sunflower Color Preserving Shampoo and Conditioner
WHAT IT IS:
A moisturizing shampoo for colored hair

WHAT IT DOES:
Cleanses without removing dye or dulling strands

KEY INGREDIENTS:
Sunflower seed oil and apricot kernel oil (condition); vitamins B3, B5, and B6 (protect and add shine)

HOW IT FEELS/SMELLS/LOOKS:
Light and creamy with an apricot scent

WHY WE LIKE IT:
This sulfate-free formula with UV filters protects colored hair, ensuring it looks fresh until your next salon visit.


Whats Are Yors Favorite Natural Products?