June 10, 2019

Mustela for My Little Man (and Me too)!

My mom has never once failed to frequently remind me how awful it was when I was a child to find proper skincare for me that wouldn’t cause my delicate skin to break out in a rash. Fast forward to today, and as a result of this knowledge, I possess a built-in paranoia for the exact same issue to occur with my son. Luckily, his skin doesn’t appear to be anywhere near as sensitive as mine, but still, I want to ensure we use only the best on him.

Never having used Mustela before but hearing amazing things, I was excited to try a few of its products for my little man, but first, testing them on me. I can say with utmost confidence that not only were the products agreeable with my skin, but it has no become a brand that I trust. See below for my four favorite products from Mustela!

mustela hydra bebe lotion

The Hydra Bebe Body Lotion, $16,

With 97% naturally derived ingredients including jojoba, sunflower, Vitamins E and F, sweet almond oil, Shea butter, and it’s signature ingredient of avocado perseose, this lotion feels and smells incredible. An important feature of it that works for both mommies and babies is that it is hydrating yet incredibly fast when it comes to drying. To quell my fears, it is hypoallergenic and had been tested under dermatological and pediatric supervision, and is also paraben, phthalate, and phenoxyethanol free. Simply, put, I love it, it’s perfect!

mustela bubble bath

The Multi-Sensory Bubble Bath, $10,

Recently, my boy has gotten into the concept of the bath big time, filling the tub with toys under a sea of sudsy bubbles to enhance his splash and play. Just like my concern with any other type of skincare, I want to feel confident that nothing in the bath routine will irritate his precious skin. This biodegradable baby bubble bath formula is 88% derived of natural ingredients and smells amazing. He’s not so concerned with that, as he is with the opulent bubbles that resemble the ones mom blows to him at the park, and boy does this formula deliver on that! As with lotion, this product is hypoallergenic, tested under dermatological and pediatric supervision, and is also paraben, phthalate, and phenoxyethanol free

mustela after sun lotion

After Sun Lotion, $12.49,

I’ve found that one only REALLY, REALLY needs after sun lotion when…its already too late! I only think about having some on hand once the first sensations of a burn set in, but it’s better to always be prepared in advance, so the start of summer is a perfect time to pick some up! It’s important to do a really good job of protecting your baby from the sun, but here and there a little bit of color may sneak through. I actually canvas my little man quite well, but then…forget about myself, so to be perfectly honest…this after sun lotion is really for me. This formula is 97% naturally derived, and includes jojoba oil, Shea butter, and the brand’s signature avocado perseose® to effectively cool and rehydrate the skin.

Nourishing Stick with Cold Cream, $9.50,

If you ask my husband, he’ll tell you how much I’ve been wanting to put something on our son’s lips since…literally the day he was born. Well, excuse me, but they were looking extremely chapped! This lovely, travel-friendly stick is gentle and safe enough to use on baby’s precious cheeks and lips, and acts as a great protective barrier against the elements. It’s not like I want to think about the winter right now, but when it’s back, I will be prepared! It’s also 96% plant-based with natural cold cream, hypoallergenic, and overall feels lovely as you’re gliding it across the skin.

March 12, 2019

Introducing Clairol’s New & Improved Natural Instincts

Outside of saving a ton of money and not having to leave the comfort of my apartment, at-home hair coloring hasn’t exactly felt like I was giving myself a luxury treatment. Until now. My favorite line with which to color my hair, Clairol’s Natural Instincts, has been my go-to for years because of its ammonia-free nature and uses 80% naturally-derived ingredients, and now it has upgraded pretty much everything about it while still maintaining the extremely reasonable $7.99 (suggested) price point.

The new stuff includes:

  • the breakthrough allergy-gentle moleculeME+, created to reduce the risk of new color allergies without compromising on color
  • a new nondrip crème color application (which is opaque white so if you do spill and wipe it up quickly, no harm, no foul!)
  • eco-friendly, FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) registered packaging and PVC-free plastic bottles
  • plastic gloves are packaged individually (previously were attached to the instructions)
  • thorough instructions, diagrams, and pictures to make coloring your own hair foolproof

Until these new changes were implemented, I didn’t realize what I was missing from a demi-permanent at-home formula, mainly that it could be an easier, more enjoyable experience for me with a few small changes. I’m loving the new Natural Instincts, and I’m sure you will too!

And I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but just in case it’s of interest: Clairol also launched a new at-home root touch up product, the Clairol’s new Root Touch Up Color Blending Gel, a semi-permanent root solution that blends in with your current color and starts to fade over the course of 10 days with no mixing required or residue left behind.

Full Disclosure: Natural Instincts provided a professional courtesy coloring and kits for Fashion Pulse Daily’s editorial consideration.

December 6, 2018

Take Care of Your Beauty Holiday Shopping at Nordstrom!

[Giorgio Armani Red Lip Duo Ornament, $38]

Don’t you just love Nordstrom? I certainly do, and can’t miss out on shopping this most fabulous store for the holidays. Shopping Nordstrom Beauty for the holidays is a great way to swiftly tick off a bunch of people on your list, with items ranging from scent diffusers and candles to shave kits, makeup brush sets, fragrances, and skin care devices. Favorite brands such as Charlotte Tilbury and Diptyque have created exclusive sets this holiday season just for Nordstrom, so you’ll ensure that the selected gift is unique and extra special! For the ultimate in-store experience, use a Nordstrom Beauty Stylist to pinpoint the perfect gifts for your loved ones, or peruse at your own leisure at and enjoy the benefit of free shipping and free returns with no minimum order requirement. See below for a few of my favorite beauty things from the retailer this holiday season, and…happy shopping!

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