Valentine’s Day Giveaway: Splurge Body Scrub

Posted by:  Jordan


Happy Valentine’s Day!  We have a special giveaway from Splurge Skincare to celebrate this fun, loving holiday today.  We’re giving away a limited edition “Winter” scent body scrub from Splurge Skincare The RubSplurge!  As you know, we adore this body scrub–adore, as in, it’s the best out there, y’all.   What’s so rave-worthy?  The seasonal scents, the perfect texture (not too oily, thereby making your shower a hip-breaking-hazard), and it transforms your rough, flaky skin into glowy, smooth, beach-ready skin (I’ve been using it all week in preparation to get into a bathing suit for my annual Puerto Rico trip!).  The new Winter scent is just beautiful, too.  Lavender, vanilla, and anise essential oils leave your skin smelling subtly sweet and sexy.  Treat your skin to a little love this Valentine’s Day!

Comment below to be entered to win.  Contest ends Wednesday, 2/19/14 at midnight EST and the winner will be notified on 2/20.  Continental US residents only, please!


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Winners and Losers

Posted by: Emily

Well, we have a winner for our amazing Restorsea Giveaway! Chosen at random by, the winner is… Mary Ann C.! Hooray, Mary Ann! We are so excited for you.


There are no losers in this contest– you are all winners to me, and if you didn’t win, order free samples here– but the loser this morning was… my shower! Allow me to explain. I tried an all-natural DIY project suggested by a post on Whole Foods’ blog, and made an energizing scrub using coffee grounds, coconut oil, and cinnamon. Well, I tried it this morning. Let’s say this: my legs feel great. I smell great. My shower looks absolutely terrible! (Do check out the blog post, though– some great ideas, and written by makeup artist and friend-of-the-blog Kristen Arnett!)

One should note that, if trying this scrub, do so in a shower that has a removable shower-head that can be used to hose down the walls and floor after, and preferably, a shower with dark tiles. Our shower head is not detachable, and the shower is all white tile. There are tiny specs of coffee grounds in the grout and white tiles! I guess I will be spending my daughter’s nap time scrubbing down the shower today. Sigh.


Gorilla Coffee. My favorite to drink, and also made a lovely, if messy, scrub.

But other than the shower debacle, I do recommend the coffee/coconut/cinnamon scrub! Supposed to be good for cellulite and rough skin. Since I’ve only done it once (and probably won’t again as I fear for our brownstone’s sensitive pipes!) I can’t attest to any long-term benefits, but my skin feels moisturized and even though I finished my morning coffee hours ago, I am reminded of its scent every time I move, thanks to the scrub scent left on my legs!

Come back to the blog tomorrow for a fantastic Valentine’s Day giveaway from Splurge Skincare. Hint: It’s a scrub that will leave your skin in the best shape ever, and your shower in much better shape than my homemade coffee one!! Good timing.


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One last chance to win our biggest giveaway ever!

Posted by: Emily

In case you missed it, we are so excited to be giving away a full-sized Restorsea Restoring Night Cream  (worth $175!!) to one lucky reader. Want it to be you? Here’s your last chance: you have just over 24 more hours to enter. This is my new favorite skincare line. It really, really works.


Enter by a) commenting below, b) commenting on the original post, c) posting a link to this blog entry on your Facebook page or Twitter feed, or d) emailing us at

Continental U.S. Entries only. Contest ends at 11:59 pm Pacific, on Tuesday, February 11.

Good luck, and stay tuned for more giveaways coming up from Jane Iredale and Splurge Skincare!


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Restorsea Giveaway! *Worth $175*

Posted by Emily


When I first heard mention of Restorsea, I admit I just rolled my eyes.

My mom and my aunt were trying to tell me I’d love it because it’s “all natural.” This is one of my pet peeves– people are constantly recommending products to me that they think are green– because they are advertised as such– but are actually just green-washed. (I have one friend who thinks that everything purchased at Whole Foods is going to be my “new favorite organic product,” when often, they contain PEGs, preservatives, and “fragrance.”)

As we’ve discussed on this blog many times, everyone is entitled to his/her own comfort-level of what is “natural” or “organic” enough, but I do try and go as natural as I can. And for me, this has meant forgoing many perceived luxuries. I didn’t think I was ever going to find a prestige brand skincare that was also actually natural enough to satisfy me.



My aunt had some samples of Restorsea and was kind enough to share with me. I took them to be polite, and then read the ingredients. I could not believe what I was reading. Its ingredients, with one exception (fragrance), are pretty natural! No parabens, no phthalates, no PEGs, no chemical peptides, no silicone, no mineral oils.  I mean, this cream wasn’t whipped up in a hippie’s kitchen in Brooklyn (too bad!) but it’s as darn close as a super-high-tech, luxury, super-effective line is ever going to be! Do I wish they made an option without fragrance? Sure. But until then, I feel like that is one compromise I, personally, can make.

Anti-aging wasn’t a big concern for me when I started using the cream. I am in my 30s, and I’m sure my skin had signs of aging, but I had bigger problems: acne. My acne is entirely hormonal, which means that no amount of willow bark, tea tree oil, juice cleanses, antibiotics, or anything like that was going to fix it. BUT I have found that Restorsea, because it increases cell turnover, makes my breakouts fewer, they go away MUCH faster, get less red, less irritated, and are less noticeable. A miracle for me. Seriously life-changing.


Here’s a piece of the story from Restorsea‘s website: Read the whole thing here– it’s not that long and it’s fascinating!

 Reluctantly participating in a hike through the pure fjords of western Norway, Patti landed herself on a tour of the country’s largest salmon hatchery. She became transfixed by the hatchery workers’ hands; while their faces betrayed their true ages, their hands looked much younger. Because the workers’ hands were consistently submerged in water, Patti knew where to look for their secret.

Patti in the above clip is Patti Pao, who “boasts an illustrious beauty background, having launched over 400 products for lauded brands such as Avon, Elizabeth Arden, Guerlain and Peter Thomas Roth.”

And, bonus: Restorsea donates 5% of sales to Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program. Wow.

So, here are a few ways you can try these great products:

  • They give out samples on the site to new customers.
  • You can purchase them at
  • OH, and WE ARE GIVING AWAY ONE full-size RESTORING NIGHT CREAM! Comment below to enter. (US entries only).

There’s so much more I want to say about these products (I’ve tried-and-loved the Night Cream, Day Cream, and Eye Cream) but this post is already getting long. So please post questions in the comments section and I will answer them as best as I can. Every question counts as an entry to win the Night Cream! If you don’t have a question, feel free to just post that you want to win. If you share the link to this post via Facebook or Twitter, you’ll get a bonus entry!

PS Regardless of if you win this or not, you can get free samples of Restorsea here:


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PJR Fieldtrip: W3LL People Supernaturals Event at Henri Bendel

Posted by:  Jordan

This event recap is embarrassingly delayed, as Emily and I indulged in this fun event back at the beginning of November, but better late than never for some fun pictures and possibly some introductions to some great brands.  The event was hosted by Well and Good NYC, a Green Lifestyle blog that we love.  The event featured makeup from W3LL People (which you know we’re obsessed with), Yarok Hair Care, and skincare from One Love Organics.

Me getting my makeup done by W3LL People co-founder, Shirley Pinkson

Me getting my makeup done by W3LL People co-founder, Shirley Pinkson.  Is there anything that makes you feel prettier than having your makeup done by a famous makeup artist with a glass of bubbly in hand?

The most amazing part of this event was that the founders of the three brands were all there to talk about their products and give you personal tips and tricks.

Suzanne Leroux of One Love Organics and Mordechai Alvow of Yarok

Suzanne Leroux of One Love Organics and Mordechai Alvow of Yarok

Thanks to Suzanne Leroux of One Love Organics (a skincare line that I can’t wait to try–her story is so inspiring), I now have a new method for applying any face cream to my skin (hint–press, don’t rub!).  Click here to watch the brief video of her demonstrating how to apply their Skin Savior cleanser/moisturizing balm (truly a do-it-all product) when using it before applying makeup.  This “press, press, press” technique should be used for applying all moisturizers and serums, she explains.  Plus, her sweet southern drawl just makes me immediately trust anything she says!

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Emily being impressed by something Suzanne is demonstrating with the incredible One Love Organics skincare products

Finally, after our beautiful W3LL People makeup was applied with precision by the talented makeup artists, and we received skincare consultations from One Love Organics, it was on to the experts at Yarok for some hair styling tips.

Me listening attentively (while sipping my champagne) to Mordechai explain that for my hairstyle, "fingers are better than combs or brushes!  Fingers are all you need".  And some wonderful green styling products, of course!

Me listening attentively (still sipping my champagne) to Mordechai explain that for my hairstyle, “fingers are better than combs or brushes! Fingers are all you need!”…and some wonderful green styling products, of course!

"You need to confuse the hair shaft", Mordechai explained while blowdrying my hair in the opposite direction

“You need to confuse the hair shaft”, Mordechai explained while blowdrying my hair in the opposite direction

He smoothed and shined Emily's hair, which is always smooth and shiny because she has enviably gorgeous, thick hair!

He smoothed and shined Emily’s hair, which is always smooth and shiny because she has enviable gorgeous, thick hair!

Coiffed, made-up, and posing with Shirley from W3LL People after she convinced Emily she definitely needed to try Altruist 15 mineral foundation, which Emily is now thrilled with!

Coiffed, made-up, and posing with Shirley from W3LL People after she convinced Emily she definitely needed to try Altruist 15 mineral foundation, which Emily is now thrilled with!

All of the products used at the event were on sale, so of course Emily and I had to treat ourselves to a couple of items (perhaps also had something to do with the free-flowing champagne and lack of food–not complaining…champagne is the perfect shopping partner!).  I chose two products that I had been needing for a while and found it difficult to find effective all-natural replacements for: an eyeliner pencil and brow color.   Hypnotist Eyeliner and Capitalist Brow Pigment in Matte Auburn, both from W3LL People, came to my rescue.  I had trouble finding an eyeliner pencil that had a smooth application and stayed put.  W3LL People’s fits the bill–just wish they had more colors to choose from!  Currently the only color available is black, which as one of the makeup artists told me, “is like a little black dress for your eyes.”  I was also delighted to find an eyebrow powder that was the right color.  I was having trouble replacing my Bobbi Brown eyebrow powder because I couldn’t find a natural looking color that didn’t verge on orange or red for some strange reason.  Happy to end the search now that I’ve found this beautiful brow powder that makes my sparse eyebrows more defined and not clownish.  Cheers to that!

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Lux Naturals Whipped Shea Butter

Posted by:  Jordan

Lux Naturals Whipped Shea Butter

If you do just one thing for yourself during Snowstorm Janus here on the East Coast today, make it a priority to treat yourself to this decadent all-natural whipped shea butter from Lux Naturals, a New Jersey based company that makes small-batch, handmade natural soaps, bath products, and soy candles.  I bought mine–the Herbal Lavender scent–at our new Whole Foods in Brooklyn, but you can also buy it on their website or at these locations.  For $16 you can melt away your snowstorm rages in an instant, while intensely hydrating your skin and indulging in some wonderful aromatherapy.  No more scaly winter skin.  Take that, Janus!

We had some friends over for dinner last weekend and I had my jar of body butter on the bathroom sink.  After my friend tried it in my bathroom, she immediately brought it out to the living room for her husband to try because she loved it so much.  Her husband was then obsessed with it and marveled at how the minute the whipped frosting-like butter touches your skin, it melts into an oil. The whipped texture is so incredibly luxurious that I can’t possibly do it justice by describing it in words.  My 2 year old daughter describes it best by saying “I want to pop the bubbles in it!”  I love putting this body butter on her skin right out of the bath.  The next day I can still smell the lavender scent lingering on her skin.

Emily bought the Vanilla Peppermint scent and she’s just as in love with this lotion as I am.  We were originally planning on trading scents halfway through, but I think I’m so in love with this lotion, I might just be buying my own Vanilla Peppermint scent the next time I’m at Whole Foods!

One note on the scents: not all of the scents are from pure essential oils.  Some of the scents use phthalate-free fragrance oils, so they’re 98-99% natural rather than 100% natural.  Just be aware, if that’s important to you.  Otherwise they all smell amazing!  The company explains in more detail on their website:

Q: What is the difference between essential oils and fragrance oils?

A: Essential oils are all-natural oils which are derived from a variety of plants and flowers. Because not all fragrances are found in nature we also use fragrance oils which are, for the most part, synthetic but some also contain essential oils. We use only phthalate-free cosmetic grade fragrance oils that are made for use in bath and body products.

H&H Lux Naturals display

Our daughters testing out the delightful Lux Naturals products on display at Whole Foods. They’re already natural product junkies, just like their mamas.



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Game Changer

posted by: Emily

Every so often, a product comes out that revolutionizes not only how I use that particular type of product, but my ability to use other products as well.

That sounds vague, I know, so I’ll cut to the chase.

RMS Beauty’s “Un”Powder not only has changed the way I use powder, but has enabled me to use products I didn’t dare to use before, like tinted moisturizer, cream blush, liquid foundation, and eye shadow. That’s a game changer.Image

It’s perfectly named. It’s not like any other powder I’ve ever used. It feels like silk on my skin even hours after applying it. It absorbs oil all day. It allows me to wear the shine-inducers above I used to shun. I couldn’t go near tinted SPF moisturizers before because they made my skin look greasy. Now I can– “Un”Powder makes it all good. Cream Blush used to just slide off my cheeks. Not anymore. Eye shadow didn’t stay on my lids for more than 10 minutes. Now I wear it all day, and it’s opened a whole new world of options.

Oh, and because it’s truly translucent, there’s no frustrating color-matching process. There’s no choice. Just “Un”Powder.

There’s only 1 ingredient: silica (don’t worry, no relation to silicone, no danger). Amazing.

So, if you want to change things up in the new year, get “Un”Powder. It just might open up possibilities you never dreamed of…


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