VINTNER’S DAUGHTER ACTIVE BOTANICAL SERUM

A great face serum that is truly active and fortifying is the key to great skin. Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum is one of the rare standout ones. With it’s dry oil texture that feels both nutritious and luxe, it delivers instant gratification to your skin and your senses!

There is a very good reason why for years, this has been a truly, madly, deeply beloved cult favorite. First off, it was a trailblazer in clean, non-toxic beauty with 22 highly active, meticulously extracted, organic, wild-crafted, or sustainably harvested ingredients. Their cold-pressed whole plant formula infuses grape seed oil with the purest most natural form of the flower, herb, etc. over the course of an eight week extraction process. Second, this nutrient dense serum-oil hybrid works on all skin types and penetrates the dermis so deeply and effectively with it’s smaller molecules, that it can truly be your one and only product. Granted, I still can’t manage to bench my vitamin C and peptides. I love playing mixologist and switching it up to keep my skin on its toes. But this Active Botanical Serum does cover all the key bases. It is highly anti-inflammatory, nourishing and regenerating. Chock full of ceramides, phytonutrients, fatty acids, antioxidants and minerals, it tackles skin aging, while hormonally balancing the skin.

I love using Vintner’s recommended push and press method. I warm up 5 drops by rubbing my palms together, sneak in some inhales and then push and press the golden hued oil into my skin. In fact, I push and press everything I put on my skin now. Heating up the product and working it in stimulates blood flow, while increasing penetration. And bonus, the intoxicating aromatherapy benefits alone feel like a rejuvenating spa getaway.

In terms of glow and vibrancy, this treatment is like skin resuscitation! Your skin will be smoother, brighter, stronger, decongested and completely balanced.

Ingredients:

Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Corylus Avellana (Hazelnut) Oil*, Citrus Aurantium var Bergamia(Bergamot) Peel Oil***, Persea Americana (Avocado) Oil**, Calendula officinalis (Marigold) Extract*, Rose Damascena (Rose) Absolute*, Daucus Carota (Carrot) Seed Oil**, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil*, Rosa Rubignosa (Rosehip) Seed Oil*, Citrus x Limon (Lemon) Peel*, Lavandula x Intermedia (Lavender) Flower,* Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Leaf*, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf*, Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Leaf*, Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense) Oil***, Citrus Aurantium var Amara (Neroil) Flower Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Sea Buckthorn CO2*; Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract*, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Oil*, Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Leaf Oil***, Jasmine CO2*, Calophyllum Tacamahaca (Tamanu) Oil*.

All ingredients are organic, wild-crafted, or sustainably harvested from the highest quality growers.

*Indicates Certified Organic.

**Indicates organic but non-certified (from family farms that have been producing the oils for generations).

***Indicates wildcrafted from hand-selected partners in Greece, Spain, and Italy.

From Vintner’s Daughter site:

22 Active Ingredients:

Active Botanical Serum includes 22 of the world’s most nutrient-dense, whole botanicals sourced from conscious growers around the globe. It is not enough to assemble the finest ingredients, you must also honor them throughout your process. To ensure that their full spectrum of nutrition is captured in our formula, we spend three weeks meticulously infusing these incredible plants into our already-powerful foundation oils. As a result of this commitment to the very finest quality sourcing and time-honored formulation methods, our potent formula contains 60+ skin-beautifying vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants, phytoceramides, aminos, and omega fatty acids for full-spectrum, skin-beautifying nutrition.

• Alfalfa – MEDICAGO SATIVA LEAF
A potent detoxifier with dense phytonutrient content, alfalfa is critical to those seeking profound cellular regeneration.

• Avocado – PERSEA GRATISSIMA OIL
A nutrient-rich oil that profoundly nourishes and moisturizes skin, avocado also contains skin-firming ceramides and free radical-fighting antioxidants.

• Bergamot – CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA PEEL OIL
Prized since ancient times for its antioxidant properties, this oil helps to brighten, calm, and balance sensitive and irritated skin.

• Calendula – CALENDULA OFFICINALIS FLOWER
Coveted for centuries for its potent healing and regenerating powers, the deeply hued marigold flower provides incredible antioxidant protection.

• Carrot Seed – DAUCUS CAROTA SATIVA SEED OIL
This supercharged oil is rich in antioxidant vitamin A (as beta-carotene) and is an exceptional at cell regeneration.

• Cypress – CUPRESSUS SEMPERVIRENS LEAF OIL
Cypress has been used since ancient times to reduce redness, calm irritation, and clarify compromised skin.

• Dandelion- TARAXACUM OFFICINALE LEAF
Nutrient-dense dandelion provides potent cellular detoxification and regeneration, critical to a tighter, brighter, more clear complexion.

• Evening Primrose – OENOTHERA BIENNISSEED OIL
A powerful healer and anti-inflammatory, this oil also acts as a serious skin balancer, and is especially beneficial for hormonal skin.

• Frankincense – BOSWELLIA CARTERII OIL
Highly sought-after due to its rare and costly-to-produce status, frankincense increases circulation and is a savior for stressed and troubled skin

• Grape Seed – VITIS VINIFERA SEED OIL
A powerful foundation oil cherished for its multi-correctional activity, our organic grape seed is rich in phytoceramides, vitamins, and antioxidants, which help strengthen and protect skin against free-radical damage.

• Hazelnut – CORYLUS AVELLANA OIL
Another potent foundation oil, hazelnut is rich in linoleic acids which visibly clean and shrink pores. Its small particle size allows our serum to penetrate easily and deliver nutrition deep into dermal layers.

• Jasmine – JASMINUM GRANDIFLORUM FLOWER
As a rare and highly sought-after medicinal oil, jasmine uniquely restores the look of compromised and damaged skin while also strengthening the skin’s protective moisture barrier.

• Lavender – LAVANDULA INTERMEDIA FLOWER
This deeply healing and highly anti-inflammatory flower is particularly helpful for acne-prone skin, thanks to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties.

• Lemon – CITRUS LIMON PEEL
This botanical has been used for ages to diminish discoloration for visibly brighter and more even, clear-looking skin.

• Neroli – CITRUS AURANTIUM AMARA FLOWER OIL
A cherished aromatic oil, neroli has been prescribed since ancient times for skin as well as spiritual health.

• Nettle – URTICA DIOICA LEAF
This botanical is packed with essential phytonutrients to combat oxidative and environmental stress. It also has more of the elasticity-promoting mineral silica than any other plant—meaning bold strides towards firmer, more resilient skin.

• Rose – ROSA DAMASCENA FLOWER OIL
This powerful skin healer and balancer dates back to ancient times – even Cleopatra used it on her skin.

• Rosehip – ROSA CANINASEED OIL
High in antioxidants, linolenic acid, and vitamin A (as beta-carotene), rosehip oil uniquely targets oxidative damage, powerfully repairing, restoring, and brightening skin.

• Rosemary – ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS LEAF
An antimicrobial botanical, rosemary offers powerful assistance in reducing acne, redness, and inflammation.

• Sea Buckthorn – HIPPOPHAE RHAMNOIDES OIL
A deeply nourishing and skin-renewing oil that contains the entire family of omegas: 3, 6, 9, and the rare omega 7.

• Tamanu Tamanu – CALOPHYLLUM TACAMAHACA OIL
Also known as the 30-cure oil, multi-correctional tamanu is prized for its rich fatty acid content, which absorbs easily into the skin and delivers dramatic healing.

• Turmeric – CURCUMA LONGA ROOT OIL
A turbocharged anti-inflammatory, brightener and free radical scavenger, turmeric is a serious skin hero.

Available for $65/ 5ml or $185/ 30ml at:

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A Brush-Stroke of Genius by Celebrity Stylist and Writer, Michelle Brookhurst

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When joining a popular social-media site last spring, one of the get-to-know-you questions was “What is your most shameful secret?”.  I’m sure they were expecting a more salacious answer, but here was mine: I once spent $190 on a hairbrush.  I remember the day very clearly, Saks 5th Avenue, on Wilshire Blvd in Beverly Hills,  the beauty department.  I was financially sweating over the purchase, but so excited and thrilled to finally be a part of the hair elite- today was the day I was buying my first Mason Pearson hairbrush.  I had read about Mason Pearson brushes in every beauty magazine, all the celebrity hair stylists insisted they were so amazing, how every supermodel has one in her purse, the shine, the luster, the hefty price tag.  I am no wimp to big-ticket beauty, I have shelled out for the Creme De Mer concentrate, the Natura Bisse Diamond cream,  and SK-II everything, but I had never spent that much money on something as simple and obvious as a hairbrush.  I paid big bucks for the promise in a jar,  the priceless dream of turning back the clock and having that dewy skin so ripe with youth and future.  But a brush? Like I could get at Target for $8? Was I really going to say goodbye to the Goody aisle and turn the corner into “that girl” land?

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Well, that bright and shiny morning in Saks, I did.  I received my first Mason Pearson hairbrush in it’s charming vintage style box, as though I was receiving my winner’s bouquet of roses at a beauty pageant.  There had been a very in-depth discussion as to which size and bristle I was to have.  Mason Pearson brushes come in an array of sizes, handle colors, and bristle.

From the Mason Pearson website:

Pure Bristle brushes: For fine to normal hair, fine long hair.

The models: Large Extra, Small Extra, Handy Bristle and Pocket Bristle.

Mason Pearson Boar Bristles

Bristle & Nylon Mixture brushes: For normal and short thick hair.

The models: Popular, Junior, Handy Bristle & Nylon and Pocket Bristle & Nylon.

Mason Pearson Boar Bristles & Nylon

All Nylon brushes: For very thick hair.

The models: Universal, Handy Nylon (Detangler) and Pocket Nylon.

Mason Pearson Nylon

I have fine long hair, so I went with the pure bristle, and I got a large size.  In for a penny, in for a pound.  That was about 2 years ago, and I have to say, I didn’t think about it much after the initial sticker shock wore off.  It definitely was excellent quality, all Mason Pearson brushes are handmade, and if you look at the website graphic regarding sizing, it is more like an aeronautical diagram than a design for beauty.  And it is a lovely brush, helpful for smoothing bumps from a ponytail, nice for calming down a frantic overcurl.  But I really didn’t get it.  I honestly didn’t see what the big deal was, it was nice, my hair looked soft, but was that more to do with my arsenal of shine serums?  My scalp seemed healthy, but it always had been, I had never been an oily scalp or dandruff sufferer. Had I just bought into the status symbol of the brand, without receiving the admiring and envious side eye from toting the latest Chanel?  I had listened to all the experts, I swiped the credit card, I brushed my hair, and no one, not one single skinny bitch ever said “your hair looks amay-zing” in that tone that simultaneously exhibits both desperate longing and murder inducing jealousy.  So what was the point??

AND THEN.

I am not a big blowdryer- I have had the same model hairdryer for 15 years, I own one round “blow dry” brush, and I blow my hair out maybe once a month.  Maybe.  I have that wimpy straight hair that if you use one drop extra of styling cream, the whole thing goes limp, and every time I have blown out my own hair I have been incapable of inducing volume.  So I do a natural air dry, and then hot rollers.  That had been my routine for 18 years.   Until the day I could not find my blow dry brush.  I looked around my bathroom, with 10 minutes to get myself coiffed and out the door, and panicked.  I could not arrive at my boss’s house with wet hair, I had cut my primping time way too close, and a big hat was not available.  But my eye fell on the plain brown Mason Pearson, sitting quietly, waiting to unleash it’s simple magic.  I turned on the hairdryer, picked up the brush, and within 5 minutes had the most beautiful, shiny, glassy straight, volumized, gorgeous mane of hair I had ever seen.  On my very own head.

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It’s like hot cocoa and marshmallows, cheese and macaroni, eggs and bacon, you could not think of a better combination than a Mason Pearson hairbrush and a damp head of hair.  I don’t know how or why, but it’s two strokes with a hairdryer, and the hair is dry.  It literally makes my hair smoother, shinier, and swingier than any shampoo commercial I have ever seen.  And it does it so fast! With my old round roll brush it took at least 20 minutes to get my hair 80% dry.  This simple, albeit expensive, hairbrush does my whole head in under 5 minutes.  I now blow dry my hair 4 times a week, just so I can marvel at the magic of the Mason Pearson.  This sucker is worth every dang penny.  There is no longer shame in my hairbrush game.  If my house was on fire, it would go in my purse with the cat. And boy would she come out shiny.

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*Do not use your Mason Pearson on animals. They will be unable to verbalize it’s genius.

Mason Pearson brushes are available at Nordstrom, Saks 5th Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Barneys NY, and many other retailers.

www.masonpearson.com

Michelle Brookhurst

Michelle Brookhurst is a former teen actress (Can’t Hardly Wait, Charmed, Foxfire), turned celebrity stylist (clients include George Lopez and Baron Davis) turned writer. She has written a television series based on her life called “Certain Something”, and is currently based in Los Angeles.

Moroccan Oil Hair Treatment

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I haven’t been to a hair salon or makeup trailer yet that doesn’t have this in their go-to product stash. It’s no surprise that Moroccan Hair Oil has become a cult favorite and  Allure’s Readers’ Choice Award Winner  2012 and 2011. Hair loves this multi-tasker.

A few drops of this liquid gold post-shampooing makes this the perfect leave-in conditioner/ detangler. Hair drinks it up in seconds, leaving tresses super-soft and lustrous, with no added weight. As a styling product, it speeds up drying time, while imparting extra shine and manageability. And it’s superb as a treatment, nourishing your scalp, increasing elasticity, healing damaged hair and protecting it from UV damage. But remember, a little goes along way. It will take you ages to go through a bottle!

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But my two favorite uses are as a hair refresher and a mask. For those days I don’t get get around to shampooing, it’s the perfect reset, calming frizz and wiping out dullness.  All the poofiness and roughness is gone, leaving strands revived, hydrated and enveloped in a heavenly musky scent! And when hair feels extra abused, I slather it on, heat it up with my blow dryer, and leave it in overnight. Hair feels renewed, hydrated and silky for weeks.

And that’s not all. Haven’t tried this one yet but according to Moroccan’s site, a few drops massaged into hair before coloring, helps the dye penetrate and saturate your strands more deeply. The results? Hyper-vibrant color and shine!

Available for $40 at beauty supply stores or online at:

Moroccan Oil

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“To Comb or Not to Comb, Messy is In!!” by MakeUp Artist, Jenny Karl

 

So, you spent the day at the beach frolicking in the salty water and sunbathing on the warm sand, and you just lost track of the time.  Now you have less than ten minutes to get ready for the big party you need to look fabulous for.  Well no worries, because messy is in style.  The beach look or even the just rolled out of bed look seems to be the new fab hair style.  Its simple, it works with any outfit, and it takes no time at all to achieve.

Many celebs have rocked the messy hair look.  Jennifer Aniston took her long, straight locks to beach-y waves many a time. Jessica Biel and Mandy Moore have also followed suit.  And if they can do it, you can too! If your hair is long and naturally wavy, this is an easy look for you to accomplish.  However, if your hair is short or straight, you may need to create that beach-y look with products.

Most beauty supply stores, salons, or websites that cater to hair care carry products that emulate that sandy salt water that is the bread and butter of creating this look. If you have access to the ocean, bottle up some of that all natural hair potion and use it as needed along with my good friend the blow dryer to recreate this style.  You can also cook up a batch of your own salt water potion at home by combining some Aquafina, or your bottled water of choice, and a pinch or ten of household salt.  I prefer the kosher variety.  Combine the water and salt in a large spray bottle, shake it up, and spray it on your lovely locks until you smell the seaweed.

Although you may need to do a little hairspray action or a minor wet down, whatever you do, don’t even think about putting a comb or brush to those chaotic locks! Let your hair flow naturally and give it the freedom to do its own thing.  You can also coordinate your makeup and wardrobe with your funky beach hair. Give yourself a bronzed glow on your cheekbones, put a dab of sheer, shiny gloss on your lips, and lastly, apply a vibrant eyeliner and some mascara to finish off the look. Once your makeup and hair are complete, choose a casual but trendy sundress or a cute tank and jeans from your closet and wear it with confidence. In a time where fashion do’s and don’ts depend more on the person than the season, just remember that confidence is always a fashion do and your best asset no matter what season.

The moral of this story, embrace the knots and the mess. Give your hair the power. Let it wear the pants once in a while. I personally never try to argue with my hair because I never win!  Once in a blue moon I muster up the energy to try and tame the beast. But who has time for that!  So, I have learned to listen to my hair.  It has a mind of its own and I respect that.

Jenny Karl owns and runs Jenny Karl Hair and Makeup Agency based in Los Angeles. The agency has a highly trained team of hair and makeup artists, specializing in Airbrush Foundation, Print, Film, Television, Beauty, Fashion, Special Event, Mens and Ethnic hair and makeup

http://jennykarl.com/

Chi Shine Infusion

I can’t tell you how many bottles of this product I have bought. Why? Because it’s an all-in-one powerhouse! Unbelievable weightless shine being the #1 reason! True thermal protection from irons and blow dryers is #2. And smooth frizz control being #3. This is truly a one-stop-shopping product!

Best way to use it is a quick light spray. No need to overdo as this is a powerful stuff. And remember, this is a shine spray not a nail down fly-aways tool. Since it won’t weigh you hair down, that means fly-aways will still need your traditional hair spray or pomade for that.

Let me re-emphasize the unstoppable shine. Endless shine. Diamond shine! Most shine sprays fade after a few hours or weigh hair down but not this Chi spray. I have tried countless products and to date, this is THE ticket for a polished mirror shine that is light as air!

From the Chi site:

Description

  • Ionic and cationic hydration interlink technology
  • CHI 44 Ceramic thermal styling helps strengthen and protect the hair from daily use of thermal tools
  • CHI Thermal styling allows you to create multiple textures with outstanding style memory that can be regenerated
  • Positively charged silk molecules interlock into hair’s natural structure to build strength and resilience and to improve moisture and shine
  • Weightless thermal active shine spray
  • Instant polished shine without any added weight or oils
  • Helps to repair split ends and eliminate frizz
  • Suitable for all hair types
  • 5.3 oz

Available for $14.50 at:

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(by 2 get 1 free)