Annual Best in Beauty Awards Special

Monday, December 22, 2014

Hello beautiful readers! Every single year I look forward to sharing my favorite non-toxic beauty products with you. This year's list is my biggest, as it has 50 items on it.


All of these products are free of parabens, phthalates, and other nasty ingredients. Many can be found right at Target or Wegmans, while others are sold online, in department stores or through boutiques. I have personally tried and tested each and every single item and adore the ones on my list. If I have not used--and loved-- them myself, they are NOT on this list.

I know that we all have different types of skin, so keep in mind that my skin care needs may not be the same as yours. I am 39 with mainly dry skin. I do not suffer from acne and my only skin concern is the lack of radiance that I have as I grow older. This has been remedied with my product recommendations, though.

The Best Facial Skin Care Products of 2014

1. Best Facial Cleanser -- Reviva Labs Organic Cleansing Milk

2. Best Facial Toner -- Thayer's Alcohol Free Cucumber & Aloe Vera Witch Hazel

3. Best Scrub -- Acure Stem Cell & Chlorella Growth Factor Brightening Serum

4. Best Peel -- Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Full Strength

5. Best Mask -- Josh Rosebrook Cacao Antioxidant Mask

6. Best Day Moisturizer without SPF -- Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Nourishing Facial Cream

7. Best Day Moisturizer with SPF -- Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil Free Moisturizer

8. Best Night Moisturizer -- Burt's Bees Sensitive (Fragrance Free) Night Cream

9. Best Eye Cream -- Borghese Hydrology ReEmerge Luminoue Eye Infusion

10. Best Serum -- Avalon Organics Age-Less Illuminating Serum

The Best Makeup of 2014

11. Best BB or CC Cream --Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage BB Cream

12. Best Tinted Moisturizer -- Jane Iredale Dream Tint

13. Best Liquid, Cream or Stick Foundation -- W3LL People Narcissist Stick Foundation

14. Best Concealer -- Au Naturale Organic Creme Concealer

15. Best Pressed Powder  -- It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation

16. Best Loose Powder -- Organic Wear Loose Powder

17. Best Eye Shadow --  It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Volume 1 Matte Luxe Palette

18. Best Eye Liner -- CARGO Swimmables Eye Pencil

19. Best Brow Definer -- Too Faced Brow Envy

20. Best Mascara -- Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes

21. Best Blush -- Alima Pure (whether you prefer matte or shimmer, they are all stellar)

22. Best Bronzer -- Au Naturale Organic Creme Bronzer Stick

23. Best Lipstick -- Cargo Essential Lip Color

24. Best Lip Gloss -- Au Naturale High Shine Lip Gloss

The Best in Body Care

25. Best Body Wash --  Out of Africa Tropical Vanilla Shea Butter Body Wash

26. Best Body Lotion -- Lemongrass Spa Candy Cane Hand & Body Lotion

27. Best Body Cream --  (seed) Body Care Fragrance Free Body Cream

28. Best Body Oil -- (seed) Body Oil Fragrance Free

29. Best Bar Soap --  Aunt Nancy's Handmade Soap (ANY unscented or essential oil variety I highly recommend)

30. Best Body Scrub -- Antho Beauty Purists Chocolatiers Gift Body Scrub

31. Best Sunscreen -- Alba Fragrance Free Mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 30

32. Best Lip Product -- (seed) Body Care Nourishing Lip Oils

My Picks for Manis and Pedis

33. Best Foot Cream -- Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Cream

34. Best Cuticle Treatment -- Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

35. Best Hand Cream -- (seed) Healthy Hand Cream Fragrance Free

36. Best Hand Scrub -- (seed) Therapeutic Hand Scrub

37. Best Hand Wash -- Out of Africa Pure Shea Butter Hand Wash

38. Best 5 Free Nail Polish -- Zoya (hands down because of the price and without competition, in my book)

39. Best Base Coat -- Essie Protein Base Coat

40. Best Top Coat -- Zoya Armor UV Top Coat

41. Best Non Toxic Nail Art or Nail Polish Alternative-- Jamberry Nails nail wraps (gluten free, long wearing, vegan)

The Best Hair Care Products

42. Best Dry Shampoo -- Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo

43. Best Liquid Shampoo -- Jason Gluten Free, Fragrance Free Daily Shampoo

44. Best Daily Conditioner -- Original Moxie Featherweight

45. Best Deep Conditioner -- Alba Botanica Deep Conditioning Minute Mask

46. Best Pre-Blow Dry Product -- R + Co One Prep Spray

47. Best Volumizing Spray -- R + Co Dallas Thickening Spray

48. Best Finishing Hair Spray -- Ion Keratin Flex Finish Spray

49. Best Mousse -- R + Co Chiffon Styling Mousse

50. Best Shine Product --  Oscar Blandi Pronto Gloss Instant Glossing Cream

Chic & Green's Guide to Rosacea

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition affecting more than 16 million Americans. Many sufferers don't even know they have Rosacea, so awareness is key. Do you have the following symptoms?
  • Visible blood vessels
  • Skin tends to flush easily and it often looks like you’re blushing
  • Swelling of the eyelids and watery eyes
  • Soreness and itching of the skin
  • Bumpy and rough skin texture
  • Pus-filled pimples
  • Skin is almost always red and inflamed

If you’re experiencing two or more of the above symptoms, you should visit a dermatologist because you may be suffering from Rosacea. There is still no exact cause of Rosacea, despite years of research. While we don't know the cause, there are several known triggers. Being aware of these triggers and avoiding them may help to reduce Rosacea flare-ups.
Beat the heat
Hot, humid weather can aggravate Rosacea. The heat tends to promote flushing and redness, so avoiding it when possible can help keep flare-ups at bay.  People also find that sweating and overheating due to exercise can make things worse. Even relaxing spa treatments such as saunas and steam rooms are common triggers, so they should be avoided.
Food and drink culprits
Certain foods and drinks can wreak havoc on Rosacea symptoms, so knowing these triggers will be beneficial. Spicy foods made with aromatics such as curry and cayenne can make your flushing worse, as can alcohol. Hot beverages such as coffee, tea and cocoa also may lead to more redness and irritation.
Read your product labels
Skincare products often contain harsh ingredients known to contribute to flare-ups. Menthol, camphor, alcohol, peppermint, clove and eucalyptus are all common Rosacea triggers found in skincare.
Be 'scentsible'
Synthetic fragrance is a common contributor to the side effects of Rosacea. Yet, it is hard to avoid. From perfumes and shower gels, to shampoos and laundry detergents, fragrances are everywhere. Avoiding anything with artificial fragrance that comes into direct contact with your skin will be helpfful. Look for fragrance free personal and laundry care items and see if using them rather than their scented counterparts makes a difference in your skin.
Sun smarts are essential
Sun exposure is considered the number one Rosacea trigger, so protection is key. Wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen will not only help to prevent a sunburn, but it also will help prevent flushing and redness. Thirty minutes before you head outdoors, be sure to apply sunscreen to all exposed skin to help minimize UV damage.
Find your moment of zen
Emotions -- good and bad -- are known to exacerbate Rosacea flare-ups. Something as innocent as laughing can trigger flushing just as much as crying or yelling. Many Rosacea sufferers also find that being embarrassed can literally have them seeing red. While we are not suggesting you ignore your feelings, trying to find a sense of balance and calm can help prevent flare-ups caused by extreme emotions. While there is no cure for Rosacea, knowing and avoiding the most common triggers may help keep redness, irritation and flushing at bay.

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