Thursday, April 28, 2011

Original Sprout - Natural Hair Care: for Babies and up!

Original Sprout is a personal care line out of California that prides itself on creating products that are biodegradable, 100% vegetarian (vegan), free of phytoestrogens, soy, parabens, glutens, dioxanes from sulfates, phthalates and formaldehydes. Whew! While not all of us may know what these ingredients are and why they are harmful (they do share this info on their website for those of us who'd like to know more), what's important is that Original Sprout takes the time to formulate products that are good for the earth and good for even us big babies :) by excluding these potentially carcinogenic ingredients.

Original Sprout is created by Inga Tritt, mother and master stylist, who created the line for her daughter's thick hair and sensitive skin, leaving out the irritating ingredients found in other hair and bath lines. The company was kind enough to send me some of their hair products to try, and I'm happy to share my experience!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Perfect Springtime Blushes

I am suffering from the worst case of spring fever EVER! Those 70 degree sunny days are such a tease!! I find myself refusing to wear coats on the colder days as a sort of weird denial of the fact that it isn't totally warm-weathered yet. At least I can fake that warm-weather flush with these blushes, that promise to brighten even the most confused winter-into-spring complexions:
Powder Formulas

This blush looks way too pale to do any justice to my olive complexion in the compact, but as soon as it makes contact with the skin, it turns into a gorgeous natural shade of flushed pink that I love! It is perfectly matte and looks really natural, not streaky or chalky at all. With natural oils and Vitamins E and C, it's good for the skin too!

The perfect color for warming up the complexion, this blush works on all skin tones and imparts a sheer, natural glow. Again, it has no shimmer, which I prefer, and blends into the skin beautifully. I even like this on eyelids and lips for a no-fuss look.

Cream Blush

This is the perfect pink color for all skin tones and types. The silicons in it allow it to glide over the skin for a smooth wash of color, while the brush makes sure you can blend it in well. I love the bright pink color for really perking up the complexion, and it has really the perfect consistency: not too silicony, oily, or dry. It leaves the cheeks looking dewy and radiant.

Cheek Stain

Origins Pinch Your Cheeks in Coralberry

This gel stain is the perfect way to get long lasting color without looking like you have any makeup on. Just a tiny dab will do both cheeks - just make sure to rub it in quickly or you'll get a splotchy stain that only comes off with makeup remover. But, stay away from stains if you have any complexion issues, like large pores, scarring or rough texture, as the stain will just catch onto and magnify these issues - not pretty! Otherwise, give it a try - it looks gorgeous and can be used on lips and cheeks. $11.50 at

Hopefully these blushes will give you that touch of springtime that we're all craving!!