Just like that...

Monday, April 30, 2012

This morning I had a delightful chat with a friend and we were discussing how it is OK to dabble....to do a few little things in life that really make you happy....to not always do something because it the path you are supposed to follow.

After that talk, I decided  to head to Greece (a suburb) to go to Kohl's & Target. I was driving down W. Ridge Road listening to the radio. "Hey There Delilah" by the Plain White T's was the song that was playing. All of a sudden, while headed straight, a white Ford Escape SUV turned in front of the white Impala in front of me. The driver of the Impala had no time to stop. I remember thinking, "Oh my God, that car is going to get hit."

Excuse the photo--it's from my phone

And then everything appeared in slow motion.  Do you know how on television or in a movie, you'll see a scene in slow motion? That is how it looked before my eyes. I watched as the woman ahead of me in the Impala struck the man in the SUV and I watched as his vehicle literally was lifted up into the air and fell down onto its roof. It landed in front of the door to a bar called California Brewhaus. I can still hear the sounds.

I don't remember doing so, but I turned onto Goodwill St., the little side street next to me. I jumped out of the car and you could see all of the fluids from underneath the hood spilling out. I can still smell that maple syrupy smell of coolant.

I did not want to look. I saw all the smashed glass--the caved in roof--the fact that the front seats of the car were all smooshed in.

I called 911. Another driver stopped. A woman walking by was already on her phone as well. A man was trapped inside, upside down. Within 2 minutes, firetrucks, police, and ambulance were all there.

The first person I came across was a woman who appeared to be in shock. She was in a state of fear and panic. All she kept asking about was if the other driver would be OK. She was shaking so badly. You could tell from the stains on her skirt that she had hurt her leg, although she refused to let anyone look at it. There was a language barrier and the woman was just so scared. The firefighters really, truly are heroes. They got the man out of the SUV as a team. He was taken away and they said he would be OK.

The woman's husband came. He's a taxi driver and he arrived at the scene to be with his wife. I gave my statement to the police and the woman and I hugged goodbye.

My heart is still pounding, even though this happened at 11:45 or so.

You never know what is going to happen, friends.  Life is truly fleeting and in the blink of an eye, your whole world literally could be upside down.

I was just talking to my hubby, who works from home as well. I went downstairs to talk with him and we talked about how life is way too short to ever be unhappy or have regrets.

It leaves you thinking--do you tell everyone how you feel--TRULY feel--each day? Do you have difficult decisions to make that you keep putting off because you think you have all the time in the world?

If you have dreams you want to achieve, don't wait until a "more convenient time."  If you are juggling way too many projects, cut the cord and let go of some of them. Life is way too short to spend thinking you'll do something tomorrow....do it today! Lastly....what I was left with the most after this was to remember to tell Tom and the boys how they truly mean the world to me...

Etsy Love

The talented Bonnie Fontaine, established Etsy artisan, has added handmade bags to her shop called BonBon Studios.  I adore some of her latest creations!

What a cheerful spring and summer bag!

My favorite? The nautical clutch!

{elsewhere on etsy}

My favorite soaper, Nan Goodwin, has the best cold processed soaps known to woman (or man). On my "to try next" list:

Raspberry Wheat Beer Soap

Amanda at Funkyshique makes some of the most gorgeous burlap creations. I have one of her beautiful Paris banners hanging in my living room. Aren't the little nest bags cute?


Lastly, how do you like my brand spankin' new shop banner? The talented Amanda at Violet Plays created this for me just today. Please do visit her shop!

8 Bits of Randomness

Friday, April 27, 2012

It's time for another edition of 8 Bits of Randomness here are Chic & Green.

1. I am reading a wonderful book right now that I suggest all moms of boys read. It's called The Mama's Boy Myth by Kate Stone Lombardi and I think it is absolutely wonderful (and validating at the same time). Some people think I am overprotective at times....I'm the mom who still consoles her children if they fall and skin their knees. I'm kind of anti-"Oh, toughen up--no blood, no foul" when it comes to parenting. So if you're like me in that respect, you will love this book.

2.  I have been low-carbing it for the past few weeks (and have lost 9 pounds). Nothing wacky or crazy--just finding that the way I feel is majorly affected when I eat the way I was--which was actually very "healthy" with whole grains, chia seeds, the rainbow on my plate, etc. Combining what I learned in the book Eat Right for Your Type and my own experience cutting carbs, I am just feeling really good. The book, which my friend from City Life Eats told me about when we met in Washington a couple years back, is one I was VERY skeptical of. I thought that it was most likely another quack-written book.  For me, though, it has been eye opening.  It says that people with my blood type don't always digest gluten well (not the same as Celiac's) and do much better with less grains and more proteins and meats.  Sure enough, the changes have been wonderful for me. My blood sugar, which was super low (I am hypoglycemic) is STABLE right now. I don't get dizzy or lethergic or feel blah anymore....

3. I am absolutely loving a skin care product right now that I was sent for review. It's called
 Snowberry Intensive Renewal Serum and it is available online and at Henri Bendel in NYC. In a million years, I wouldn't spend $159 on a single product, but I really like this....too bad I do not believe it should be priced at above $30. It really is great, though, for my big spenders out there! Seriously, though, it is a fantabulous product, but is it worth $159? NO WAY, JOSE!

4. On a much more affordable note-- I am completely hooked on my latest foundation purchase. I've been using this one exclusively for over a month now and it is awesome. It's Honeybee Gardens Pressed Mineral Foundation--and it is $9.99!!!  Best pressed mineral foundation ever. Even better than my old splurge of Jane Iredale Pressed Base (which was $52)!

5.  My new favorite drink (other than coffee, of course) is one I bought on a whim at Target the other day. It is called LaCroix Sparkling Water and it comes in cans and the flavor I chose in Coconut. YUM! Zero artificial sweeteners. Zero sugar. Zero calories. Zero sodium...great flavor!!! In fact, it is an all-natural product.

6.  How excited am I that a new HomeGoods opened in Victor last week? My mom and I went and I love, love, love it!!! Between that and the Penfield Tuesday Morning (don't bother with the other 2 in Rochester), I am a happy girl!

7.  Can I give a huge shout out to my friend Tanvi? She is in the latest issue of Rochester Magazine!!! What a busy bee she has been. Between things like Fashion Week, traveling overseas, planning a wedding, and opening a new Park Avenue Boutique called Peppermint, she is the ultimate successful girl on the go!!! CONGRATS!

8. Speaking of magazines, I am happy to announce that the inaugural edition of Green Mom magazine has debuted and there's a full page devoted to Chic & Green in it!!! Click above for more.

Just in time for Mother's Day!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

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100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Strawberry Blush -- A perfect spring time pick me up! This blush is colored only with natural fruit pigments, which are antioxidant rich. This is a lovely shade! Retail value $25

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What's In It Wednesday

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wow, it has been a good long time since our last What's In It Wednesday feature and I apologize. I am working on some future posts for WIIW features, so it should be back to a weekly affair soon!

I'd like to take a look at the ingredients today in a product that came across my Twitter feed today--Redbook recommended a Maybelline blush as it's "best", so I'd like to take a look at what makes this one so special (rolling my eyes at this one).

Here is the tweet:

RT : I’m pleased to announce that Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush won a MVP Award for best blush!

Wow. It is even the MVP!

I added a tweet of my own back in response:

I wish you would look for and when recommending products to readers :(

Eager to find out what is in this MVP product, I looked up the ingredients of Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush:

Talc, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated C6-14 Olefin Polymers, Diisostearyl Malate, Paraffinum Liquidum / Mineral Oil / Huile Minerale, Silica, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hexyl Laurate, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Phenoxyethanol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Alumina, Tin Oxide. May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 77007 / Ultramarines, CI 15850 / Red 7, CI 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake, CI 15850 / Red 6, CI 45410 / Red 28 Lake, CI 77120 / Barium Sulfate, CI 73360 / Red 30, CI 15850 / Red 7 Lake, CI 15985 / Yellow 6 Lake

Wow. How many toxins can one little blush be made of?  Here are the worst, in my view--

Talc: With over a dozen studies linking talc to cancer, it amazes me that it is still in products when there are so many other non-toxic alternatives (cornstarch, rice flour, various clays, etc). According to the Cancer Prevention Coalition, "Talc particles have been shown to cause tumors in the ovaries and lungs of cancer victims."

Diisostearyl Malate: A skin condition linked in at least one study to dermatitis (Japan)

Paraffinum Liquidum / Mineral Oil / Huile Minerale: Crude oil and a very inexpensive bi-product of petroleum.

Alumina: Also know as Aluminum Oxide. This is another area where science is still trying to reach a definitive answer, but I personally will not use aluminum on my skin as it does get absorbed.It is linked to Alzeimer's and breast cancer, so I do not take the risk.

Barium Sulfate: It whitens cosmetics and can be highly irritating to the skin.

Lake Colors: Artificial dyes in the form of Lake colorants. Several lake colors are linked to cancer. When you see LAKE in the name of a colorant, know that this color will contain harmful aluminum.

The Chic & Green Bottom Line:

Maybelline spends a great deal of money advertising in magazines. It is no wonder that many beauty recommendations are based on which companies are essentially bankrolling magazines...In fact, Maybelline sponsors sweepstakes in Redbook and has lots of glossy (expensive) ads in the magazine. So take this with a grain of salt. Ingredients-wise, it can hardly be called an MVP.

If you are looking for a high quality blush without harmful ingredients, here are my picks:


*Everyday Minerals blush  ($5.99-$9.99)

Top 25 Bloggers of 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

Thank you so much for your votes! I appreciate this!

Monday Morning Musings

Well hello there, beautiful ladies!

Would you believe that it has been snowing today? Friday we were hanging out with the neighbors outside in capris. One week ago today it was 86! Today, some local schools are closed because of the weather and it is just C.O.L.D!

Spring is in the air (in my mind) anyway and I'd like to share some favorite spring things with you today.

First of all, Zoya had a 50% off sale on nail polish over the weekend. My most favorite safer brands are Priti NYC and Zoya, so I was all over this sale.

Here is what I ordered:


Looking at the shades, can you tell what way I tend to gravitate? This time of year, it is all about the fuchsias for my toes (and sometimes fingers). 

Tomorrow, I will be back with my top toners for oily and combination skin to wrap up the skin care series. I also will be doing a couple of more reviews this week and we'll have some more Etsy Love! I also realize it's been too long since we did a What's In It Wednesday, so this week there will be on for sure.

Have a beautiful day!

C & G Recommends: Part 2

Friday, April 20, 2012

Yesterday I mentioned that one question I am often asked as we head into the warmer weather is for recommendations for products for combination and oily skin. Yesterday I recommended 6 moisturizers that are great for this type of skin.

Today, I will share the best cleansers for combination to oily skin. They all must be SLS free, as well as paraben and formaldehyde free to make the cut.

 Here they are--in all price ranges:

Oily Skin Cleansers

Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel from Charleston Naturally
DeVita Aloe Vera Moisture Cleanser
100% Pure Cucumber Juice Cleanser
Acure Organics Facial Cleansing Gel Super Fruit with Chorella Growth Factor 
MyChelle White Cranberry Cleanser 
Humphrey's Organic Non Drying Cleansing Gel from EnviroProducts World

C & G Recommends...Part 1

Thursday, April 19, 2012

One question I am often asked as we head into the warmer weather is for recommendations for products for combination and oily skin. Today I will begin breaking this down for you with one of the most tricky products to find for this skin type.  You don't want something too waxy and butter-rich, but you still need to nourish that skin or it will rebel by upping its oil production and making your skin more oily.

 Here they are--in all price ranges:

oily/combo skin

Clarins Bright Plus HP Brightening Hydrating Day Lotion Oil Free SPF 20
Suki Balancing Day Lotion
100% Pure Tomato Lycopene Face Cream
Juice Beauty Oil Free Moisturizer
Acure Organics Oil Control Day Cream
Nourish Cucumber Watercress Face Moisturizer

Head Scratching Handmade Skin Care

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I ♥ Etsy. You know I do and have for years. It is where my skin care line was discovered by the press and it really gave me the arena to have my business soar until the day I chose to close up shop.

However, one of the things I am asked most in emails from readers is to look at ingredients from Etsy sellers and to please let them know if products are safe or not based on those ingredients.

I ♥ small businesses. Supporting small business is a HUGE part of this blog and has been for 5 years.

That said, it is important to be smart and choose wisely. Today I'd like to take a look at some items from Etsy (brand names have been cropped from photos so people don't get mad) and talk about the labeling issues that are going on.

Here they are--

Take a look at a Florida-based lotion company found on Etsy, which claims to be "all natural", yet still contains Germall preservative. In other words, this lotion contains Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, and Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.  Is that sounding nice and wholesome to you? All natural means ALL, as in 100% natural.  This is not a 100% natural product.

The above lotion is another advertised as all natural. It is available in sweet pea and cucumber melon, which are fragrance oil-based and again cannot be called all-natural, as these are not natural ingredients.

I also just found an all natural Red Velvet Cake lotion. Yes, it is advertised as all natural. Now I am all for red velvet cake. Yummo. However, have you seen red velvet cake growing in your garden or harvested from the earth or ocean waters? Nope, me either. Here are the ingredients:

Purified Water, Sunflower Oil, Shea Butter, Vegetable Glycerin, Emulsifying Wax, Stearic Acid, Aloe Vera, Optiphen (Paraben Free Preservative), Potassium Sorbate (Food Grade Preservative), Fragrance, and Inner Beauty.

The chemical preservative (and I am not saying this is a bad one, as it is not) and fragrance oil make this so the product should not be labeled "all natural."  I know I haven't been formulating since 2009, but the last I knew, Inner Beauty was not an ingredient that would be FDA labeling rules acceptable :)

The lotion above bills itself on Etsy as all natural as well. It comes in scents such as Blackberry Sage and Moonlight Waltz--not 100% natural--these are synthetics once again.

Safety Tips to Remember When Buying Handmade Skin Care:

*Handmade skin care should not, in my professional opinion, be crafted and offered for sale by people without a strong skin care background, formulation knowledge, understanding of cosmetics chemistry and aesthetics.  You wouldn't spend your money to learn ballet from someone who has never danced before, would you? Would you spend money for someone to cut your hair with no knowledge of cosmetology? No, you wouldn't. It is the same thing here.

*Companies, no matter how small, MUST label their full ingredients on the products. This is in compliance with FDA labeling guidelines for toiletries and cosmetics. If the product is boxed or package, the company can label that. Whether you are buying a lip balm or a lotion or an eye shadow, the company MUST disclose the ingredients with each product.

*Make sure the company is using appropriate packaging. I cannot tell you how many skin care serums are selling on Etsy right now that are stored in clear glass.  This exposes the essential oils to light and degrades them. Do not purchase if they are not in light-protective glass such as cobalt blue or amber.

*Be wary of companies claiming an SPF level on their products. Sunscreen is regulated as a drug, as is antiperspirant. A company legally cannot say that their lotion is a sunscreen with an SPF of X number if they haven't classified it and labeled it as such in compliance with FDA guidelines.

*Avoid handmade creams and lotions made with water or other liquids such as hydrosols or aloe juice that are inadequately preserved. If they claim to be "preserved" with Vitamin E (an antioxidant, NOT a preservative) or Grapefruit Seed Extract (not effective in water-based formulas), know this is inaccurate and you could be risking your health by using it.

*Be vigilant about comparing ingredients listed in an item description to the actual product ingredients. I am looking at a lotion right now talking about how "wonderful" and non-suffocating mineral oil is and that is why it is in this product, yet it is not listed on the ingredients list:

Distilled Water, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Sunflower Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Meadow foam Seed Oil, Stearic Acid (vegetable thickener),Soy Oil, Cetyl Alcohol (from coconut oil), Emulsifying Wax, Vegetable Glycerin, Palmitic Acid (from palm oil),Vitamin E, Potassium Sorbate (from berries), Vitamin C, Citric Acid ,Rosemary Oil, essential oils

The biggest threat to your well being is buying products which are NOT properly preserved. Here is something very disturbing to me:

This lotion is free of harmful chemicals and is safe for everyone, even babies! When kept at room temperature, this lotion will keep for 6-8 months. If kept in the refrigerator, it will last longer. We keep our own personal lotions at room temperature and we have never had a lotion "expire".

The product the seller is referring to actually lists not preservatives in this water-based recipe which are proven to be stable in water-based formulas. While the seller may not notice anything "expired", I am 100% sure that if she sent her products to a lab for testing that the challenge testing would reveal microscopic, possibly deadly mold spores, staph, bacteria, and other harmful microbes not visible to the naked eye. I think lab challenge testing should be a legal requirement.

There are just as many wonderfully professional skin care companies out there as questionable....just be cautious before you buy!

Here is some other reading on this subject:

About All Natural Preservatives
Odd Labels Found in Skin Care

Review: Sia Botanics

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I recently was introduced to a line of natural skin care based in Tucson called Sia Botanics.  Founded in 2009, the mission of  Sia Botanics is to encourage consumers to use ingredients that are grown as opposed to created in a lab. Their products live up to this mission, as the ingredients are natural and wholesome, while effective at the same time.

I've had the chance to try out some of their products and I'd like to review them today for you.

Sia Botanicals Ocean Minerals Moisturizer is a natural facial lotion with 92 trace elements and minerals from the ocean. It has lovely ingredients that are all Chic & Green approved, with the exception of palm oil. Find out why we aren't fond of palm oil here

Texture wise, this moisturizer has the ideal consistency for most skin types.  It is lightweight, while being ultra nourishing at the same time.  It is gentle and free of synthetic fragrances, so it won't trigger allergies or asthma. There is hyaluronic acid, one of my favorite ingredients in skin care, so your skin will be plumped, nourished, and it'll help retain that moisture.

The price point is wonderful for natural facial products, as it is a 4 ounce bottle for $20. Overall, I would give this moisturizer a B. I would rate it an A if not for the palm oil, though, because it really is a lovely product.

I am in love with the Blueberry Oxygenating Exfoliator! It is a beautifully crafted product that truly lives up to its claims.  The ingredients are 100% Chic & Green approved and they are really effective in this product.  First of all, there is aloe vera, so it is soothing.  This gently exfoliates the skin, revealing a fresh and glowing complexion in just one use. You truly will notice results right after using this one.  It contains blueberries, cranberry seeds, pomegranata, rhubarb and more.  You don't often hear about rhubarb in skin care, so let's learn what it can do.

Rhubarb is actually a very calming skin care ingredient. It is underused, in my opinion.  It is full of antioxidants and contains cartenoids (think carrots).  It also contains silica, which is a mineral for the skin proven to strengthen hair and nails.

I rate this one an easy A+, my highest score. They also give you 4 ounces of product for $20. This is about double the amount of product of rival companies.

I was also sent a pumpkin mask that I'll be telling you about later. I sent it to a lovely blog reader in Texas and will share her feedback on it with you later.

I highly recommend taking a look at Sia Botanics

Disclosure: I was sent products to review at no charge.  This in no way has influenced my opinion, and my opinions are always my own.

Shop Rochester: Peppermint

Monday, April 16, 2012

Saturday was such a fun day for me because I had the pleasure of shopping at the new Peppermint on Park Avenue. Aside from being a visually enticing, fresh, and gorgeous boutique, I enjoyed my trip there more because it's owned by my friend, Tanvi Asher.

I met Tanvi online a couple of years back while we both were on the artisan marketplace called 1000 Markets. I had my skin care shop and she was selling her accessories. Shortly after 1000 Markets was sold to another marketplace, I got to meet Tanvi in person and have been proud to call such a kind soul and amazing talent my friend.

Most people only dream of opening their own shops and Tanvi actually made it happen through her hard work and determination. She's built her brand, been to major shows across the country, has participated in Fashion Week here in Rochester, and has had her amazing creations spotlighted on the television news and in print (including the Democrat & Chronicle and Rochester Magazine).

Now Tanvi has her very own boutique, Peppermint. I am so proud of her. She is a great role model for women, as she sets her mind to something and puts her heart & soul into it and then accomplishes it.

Nick and I headed to Peppermint on opening day. Although he assumed we were headed to a candy store because of the shop's name, he loved his visit too! I made him the blog photographer and he snapped away. He says that he hopes the photos will make him famous, so here they are :)

Amid all of the gorgeous dresses, scarves and other accessories, I chose the above clutch. I simply love it. I carry clutches almost every time we go out at night. This is one I have had my eye on for a while, too.

At Peppermint, you will also find pieces made by artisans such as Tilly Bloom of Brooklyn, Beadwork by Amanda, and Peaches Products. Coming soon, you will also be able to find some of my jewelry at Peppermint. How fun!

Peppermint is a fantabulous boutique in the heart of Park Avenue. It's in the building at the corner of Park and Meigs, by the tailor and World Hair. Tanvi's shop is open 7 days a week and there truly is something for every fashionista!

A New Thrift & Fabulous Project from Elizabeth

Friday, April 13, 2012

Hi, there!

Time for something thrifty and fabulous!

So...I had an idea a few weeks ago about an empty space on my dining room wall.

This spot right here:

The space I am referring to is inside the large oval frame. (I have since added more empty frames around this one as you'll see below.)

I love the quirky collection of empty frames. I also love that, from the right angle, the big oval appears to literally outline the chandelier.

But, I wanted to add more to that negative space somehow. 

My idea played off of the Audrey wall and the concept of a really big cameo "brooch". 

Why not a big ol' piece of cameo jewelry for the wall? Right? Right.

First, I tried to just get my hands on a large, old fashioned silhouette.

I looked online to see if there were handy peel and stick vinyl ones available.
I looked online to see if I could track down an original one.

Then, I got wise and decided to just get crafty. 

And cheap. (Crafty & Cheap = Thrifty & Fabulous)

I googled, of all things, Barbie silhouettes.

I printed one out and headed to the Dollar Store for a .50 cent piece of black poster board.

Using the printed picture as a template, I loosely outlined a larger version, scrapping the tiara. For .50 cents I had nothing to lose and half a piece of poster board left if I needed to try again!

I cut it out, put some plain old scotch tape on the back and slapped it right up on the wall.

And, I kind of love it!

Who knows? Maybe I will make some more little ones for the other frames...
For now, though, I like this. 

It's silly and whimsical and girlie and graphic. 

And the best part? It was almost free.

25% Off Super Fruits!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Super Fruits
The Super Fruits line of skin care from 100% Pure is 25% off today and tomorrow only.

 The SUPER FRUITS COLLECTION is a blend of the most powerfully anti-aging fruits from around the world with the highest ORAC value of antioxidants for aggressive age corrective treatment for your skin. This highly nourishing facial cream contains an exorbitant amount of vitamins, antioxidants and skin beneficial nutrients to aggressively reduce appearance of lines and wrinkles, increase skin firmness and to make skin more healthy and glowing. Truly 100% Pure - never any harsh detergents, chemical preservatives, synthetic chemicals, artificial fragrances or any other toxins.

Karley's Favorite? The Super Fruits Night Balm  is amazing! It is rich, without being heavy or greasy and it feels like a luxurious treatment while you sleep. With the sale, it is just $24.

Skin Care Review: Neova

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I was sent some products to review from a company called Neova. Along with one of my helpful reviewers, Cheddy, we've had plenty of time to try out two of the products and reach our conclusions.

Neova products were designed to help target signs of DNA damage and the signs of aging caused by the sun. I would definitely consider them to be of a high price point (comparable to Dr. Perricone, for reference).

Cheddy, a lovely lady who is just about my mom's age, tried the DNA Total Repair Repair ($99). She used the entire bottle and shared her thoughts:

"I liked that it was scent free, I liked that it was gentle... often those high end creams make me break out in a rash around my eyes...this did not...a big plus
It felt great when I put it on ...my face was soft and smooth...
since I used it all winter, it is difficult to say how it does re: blocking the sun....

I liked the packaging...when it is done..it is done...the plunger goes down and does not come back up...I took the container apart...there are a lot of parts...including a big spring...can't imagine all that in a land fill...

All and all, a very nice product..would I pay the price they are asking...no..."

Here is one of the products I tried:

Creme De La Copper is something I used for a good part of the winter when my skin is especially dry.  It is typically normal/combination, but it's always dry in the winter.  This blue-gray cream contains a blend of copper peptides and ceramides and claims that is is anti-aging, protective, and hydrating.

First of all, I loved the rich (but greaseless) texture.  It absorbed right into my skin without any scent and made my skin feel nourished and comforted.  In the morning, my skin had no dryness to it and appeared brighter. It really targeted my dry skin and made it plumper and healthier looking. Did it provide anti-aging benefits? Not really. This was a lovely moisturizer and skin brightening, but I didn't feel that it was anything out of the ordinary despite using the entire pump bottle, which retails for $110.

The Chic & Green Bottom Line

Neova products are lovely in terms of texture. They are definitely high end in terms of cost, but there are many more effective products at a much more affordable price. Neither my helpful product tester nor I would purchase these products ourselves.

In terms of the ingredients, the line is more natural than many competitors, but still not what I would deem very green or natural.

Some of their products use petrochemicals. There are also PEG ingredients in many.  Some of the cleansers are preserved with harmful Methylisothiazolinone, which I will not use.

All in all, this is a line I feel would be nice if you believe price is no object.  I believe there are many other fabulous products on the market at a down to earth price with more benefits.

*Disclosure: Chic & Green was sent products from the company at no cost for the purpose of review.  This in no way has affected the outcome of this review.

Ingredient Spotlight: Grapefruit

Monday, April 9, 2012

Grapefruit is another wonderful natural ingredient with many benefits. One of my best selling skin care products when I had my company was the Grapefruit Facial Mist.

Grapefruit essential oil is an energizing oil. It is used to relieve dullness in the skin and has tremendous brightening properties.  It is mildly antibacterial as well, making it a lovely oil for use in products for acne-prone and oily skin.

Here are some other grapefruit products that get the C & G stamp of approval:


Bath & Body

100% Pure Grapefruit Hydrating Body Wash, $16
Burt's Bees Naturally Happy 100% Natural Solid Perfume, $4
EO Grapefruit & Mint Body Lotion, $7.49
Erbaviva Grapefruit & Jasmine Deodorant, $17.75
Glory for Girls All Natural Grapefruit Lip Balm

Facial Care

Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega Bright Serum, $55
100% Pure Skin Brightening Night Balm, $32
Gaia Grapefruit Foaming Cleanser, $10.99

Hair Care

Original Moxie Twist Mist Lightweight Shine, $18
Avalon Organics Grapefruit & Geranium Shampoo, $9.95
Nature's Gate Organics Grapefruit & Wild Ginger Conditioner, $8.19


Method Pink Grapefruit All Purpose Cleaner, $3.99
Nature's Beautyworks Grapefruit Wipes, $1.79
Better Life Countertop Cleaner with Pomegranate & Grapefruit, $6.99

$62 Vitamin C Skin Care Giveaway!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

blog giveaway

I was recently sent some fabulous products from a natural skin care company called The Pure - Natural Skincare by a company called Green People. I've had the pleasure of testing out some of their products and am really impressed.  My favorite thus far is a beautifully crafted serum called Plant Bio-Active Serum with Bee Propolis, Royal Jelly, and Honey. It is top-notch, smells lovely (without the use of harmful synthetic fragrances) and is chock full of skin-benefiting ingredients including jojoba oil, aloe vera, honey, royal jelly, arginine, and more. It is a stellar product and it definitely gets a recommendation from me.

I want to share the product love with one lucky reader!

One of you will win a full sized Vitamin C Foaming Facial Scrub with Hibiscus Petals ($27) and a Vitamin C Eye Gel  ($35).

To enter to win, simply follow the rules below that have been set up with Rafflecopter. 

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Thursday Thoughts

Thursday, April 5, 2012

 Hello lovely readers! Could I ask a favor? Would you take a moment to vote for C & G in the Top 25 Green Bloggers of 2012? Thank you so much. I am {big shocker here} finishing yet another painting project and will be back to "normal" posting soon. The boys start Spring Break tomorrow, though, so I will most likely be posting later in the day instead.

In other little tidbits for the day:

25% off all fruit pigmented cosmetics from  100% Pure. This is the best deal I've seen in natural cosmetics in a looong time! This offer ends tonight. Here is the link: shop the sale.

Let's see, well we're on the subject of deals, I have others from the web I'd like to share.

Looking to save on my favorite brand of nail polish? Get this great set from Priti NYC for $20 off!

I also would love my soap-adoring friends to check out the Sale soaps at Prem Soaps, one of my favorite green skin care brands on earth.

Sunflower Power

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Handmade necklace from Zafirenia, $31
Burlap pouch from Juneberry Stitches, $15
Notecard from Studio Lolo 2, $2.75
Edible sugar sunflowers from Sweet Bouquet, $6

Sunflower iPhone Skin from Otto Skins, $14.95

Sunflower Liquid Castile Soap from A Wild Soap Bar, $10

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