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Hair Color Allergy? – Resorcinol News

Allergic to Hair Color? Resorcinol Could be the Culprit

We’ll lead with the good news. Madison Reed hair color is Resorcinol-Free.

Resorcinol Free Hair Color

The bad news, resorcinol is an inexpensive coloring agent that’s found in three out of four hair-dye products. If you’ve ever had an allergic reaction from a coloring session, resorcinol (or a PPD) was most likely the culprit. Easily absorbed into the skin, corrosive, and often referred to as the paraben of haircare. Resorcinol is a endocrine disruptor (stated by the World Health Organization), It can cause hormone imbalances, mess with your body’s functions, and cause fertility complications. Pregnant women should steer clear. If that isn’t alarming enough, resorcinol is not regulated and cosmetic companies can use it at will. You’ll often find it in anti-acne skincare and whitening creams as well as hair dye.

There’s more damning evidence on Environmental Working Group’s website, where resorcinol ranks high as an overall hazardous ingredient. The consumer watchdog site, which maintains a database of ingredients based on their safety, pegs it as a carcinogen and a chemical that can irritate skin, eyes, and lungs.

Synonyms of the offending ingredient include 1,3-benzenediol, hydroqinone, oxidation base 31, 3-hydroxyphenol, and m-phenylenediol. It’s up to the consumer to read the label. Or, you could just switch to Madison Reed, and have one less thing to worry about.

Not only has Madison Reed taken out the bad stuff – like ammonia, sulfate and PPD, they have enriched their formulas to boost shine, fullness, and manageability by including good-for-you ingredients like ginseng, keratin, argan oil, and UV-shielding lupine flower.

Find your perfect hair color now!

 

Disclaimer: This post is a post with an affiliate link in it, I will receive a small compensation as a result of any purchases made, this will assist in keeping my blog up and running. I posted this because I felt to that the subject matter may be of interest to my blog readers and I agreed that this post is reliant to my blog.  The thoughts and opinions are those of the sponsor  and  may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this post were provided by Madison Reed.

 

Free Beauty Gift – Julep Code

Here is a free beauty gift Julep Code for you, this is for new Beauty Maven Subscribers. This also makes a great gift that keeps on giving this holiday season!  Enjoy! 🙂

This offer for the Christmas Gift is over but you can become a Julep Maven, take their quiz and receive a customized box. To become a Julep Maven Click here

4-Piece Jingle Bells Welcome Gift Free for New Maven Subscribers
(Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links.)

Photo is representative of the products included, however actual colors and bonus products may vary based on stock availability.

Are your nails ready for the holidays? The new Jingle Bells Welcome Gift from Julep Maven (a $58 value) has you covered – a bit of shine, a bit of sparkle and a top-rated beauty product as a bonus guarantees that you will be ready! Then as a Julep Maven subscriber, you get first access to trend setting colors and top-rated beauty products every month in addition to plenty more perks!

  • Julep Maven is the only customizable box of full-size, limited-run nail colors and beauty innovations. That means no surprises, no dupes or colors you don’t like. You can see what is in your box each month and have the option of swapping out colors/products you already have or don’t want.
  • Julep Maven is affordable. You get over $40 of full-size products in every box for just $24.99 per month.
  • Mavens get benefits all month long at Julep – like 20% off, free shipping, early access to secret sales and more – imagine what you can save on your holiday shopping!
  • A Maven subscription is also a great gift for the nail polish and beauty product lover in your life.

Become a Maven today, Click Here

Disclaimer: This post is a post with an affiliate link in it, I will receive a small compensation as a result of future purchases made from Julep, if you become a Maven. I posted this because I felt to that the subject matter may be of interest to my blog readers and I agreed that this post is reliant to my blog.  The thoughts and opinions are those of the sponsor  and  may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this post were provided by Julep.

Homemade Halloween Face Paint – Healthy Skin and Eye Popping Color

How to make homemade Halloween Face Paint that is Healthy for your Skin and yet has the boldest colors.

I am thinking about my Halloween Costume and Makeup as we proceed into the month of October.  Every Costume needs the face to go with it, forget the mask and create your own one of a kind look to go with your costume! Here, with the help from some friends and their generous permission to share their pictures, I will show you some ideas and how to make your own bold and beautiful face paint.

Store bought face paint not only tends to have diluted colors but they contain a ton of additives that are actually bad for your skin and shouldn’t be used again next year.

For those who are frugal minded, like me, there is more use than with store bought face paint. This is a mixture of products that women use every day (men and teens don’t miss out either with the Refresh), … so no waste! And the pigments can be put away for next year too!

I am super impressed with products by Younique, here is why:

Younique Product features
This is why I love Younique Products

I am now an Independent Presenter for Younique and I some friends with Younique have shared their creations using the Pigments and Refreshed together to create face paint. Yes, you can use this professional grade intense Pigments and Refresh to create your own custom facepaint, not only will the colors be more intense than those bought at the store, but it is healthier for your skin than those store bought face paint.  You can also mix your pigments to create your own variations of color and let your artistic creations really pop!

My friend Debbie and her before and after, using Homemade Face Paint (the products used were all from Younique)

Homemade Face Paint made with Younique Products

Here my friend Alesia, used the homemade mixture for healthy, vibrant face paint on her daughter, using the pigments and refreshed and the lashes were extended to super long with 3D Fiber lash!Halloween Face Paint Bold Pigment Healthy Skin 1

For the glamorous look, don’t forget to make those eyes pop too with the 3D Fiber Lash Mascara, it’s a wonderful 2 mascara tube kit that will make you forget about fussing with false eye lashes. And for those of you with oily eyelids, like mine, you won’t have to worry about them falling off or needing to carry the lash glue around with you and chance at it leaking in your purse, pocket or *cough cough COUGH* cleavage *cough* and have it leak and make a yucky sticky mess all over everything.

Here is another look from my friend Debbie, she also used Younique products to make her homemade Face Paint:

Homemade Face Paint made with Younique Products

So there you go friends, some fun ideas for making your own face paint using Younique products! The pigments are highly pigmented so those colors are sure to pop, and mixing it with Refresh? Well there are a lot of great benefits to using Refresh here are some:

Refresh Rosewater from Younique

 

 Disclaimer: I am NO LONGER an Independent Presenter for Younique. I had a death in my family and as a result I didn’t sell enough products to keep my position… wish I knew that would happen if a family emergency came up! 🙁

Phytoceramides Review – Weeding Thru the Lies to find the Truths

Phytoceramides for Dummies
Okay so this is a Joke Cover… but read on to find out what lies to be aware of and what the truth is about Phytoceramides

Phytoceramides Review – Weeding Thru the Lies to find the Truths

As a former Cosmetologist I have sorted through Phytoceramides Lies & Truths. I have also tried out the Phytoceramides for myself and so this post also contains my honest review of Phytoceramides (I reviewed Phytoceramides by Purely Holistic). My review can be seen at the end of this post.

Mariahs Lets Talk Beauty phytoceramides
The Truth, The Lies and a Honest Review

Phytoceramides, has been said, by Dr. Oz to be “The Natural Facelift.” So many people are seeking out Phytoceramides and unless they do careful research they are bound to find misleading posts about this supplement. I hope to help you sort through this information and as always, if you have questions please do comment and I will try my best to answer them for you.

First off what got me (a former Cosmetologist) interested in Phytoceramides?

I first heard of Phytoceramides through Dr. Oz and his show. I had written down the word “Phytoceramides” online and read up on it after seeing the Dr. Oz show and I told myself to remember that I MUST try it someday. Well we all know how the “Somedays” can go, don’t we? Things get set aside, forgotten and if it’s online (and if you are like me) it is added to your ever growing list of bookmarks in your browser. Where do you save those things that you want to try out someday? Mine go into my Wish List & Gift List Folder in my bookmarks and it gets buried in with all the other things that I wish to explore further one day.

The Lies:

Don’t Trust Everything You Read Online (Claims from some brands and online posts/reviews etc):

These Claims Could not be verified by me: While doing my research, I had read repeatedly, that Ellen Degeneres, Cindy Crawford, Jennifer Aniston, and Kelly Ripa all were claimed to use Phytoceramides and it was told to some magazine (mysteriously left out of all articles saying this) by a dermatologist, Dr. Richard Peters. But strangely enough all the sites used the same wording and didn’t reveal the magazine.

Strange dramatic, Photoshopped pictures: Almost all of them had pictures of wrinkles, some the exact same one, even showing drastic improvement in 5 days! Oh, come on, 5 days and wrinkles almost gone? Nope!

And this always makes me feel uncomfortable: Basically each of these suspicious sights had two other things in common.

  1. The same article written over and over, on different sites (just changed ever so slightly).
  2. On some pages, you had to click a little pop up asking you if you were sure that you wanted to leave!

 

Now here is the Truth:

HonestlyMariah Beauty Lady wwwhonesltymariahcomWhat Lies (above) upset me the most?

They are out and out lying that the results could be seen within a few days!

The results take about 27 days to be seen. This former Cosmetologist isn’t fooled by the false claims of results within days and Photoshopped pictures that those sites show. For a supplement like this that helps support your skin by binding moisture to your skin to work, it has to start from the inside outward. You have multiple layers of the skin that come up to the surface as the natural regeneration of the skin takes place. On average it takes 27 days to regenerate the skin  and as you age the regeneration of skin cells (the turn over rate) can take longer.

Information I found from the FDA’s Report on Photo-derived Ceramides   (http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dockets/95s0316/95s-0316-rpt0240-05-Udell-vol175.pdf):

If a certain amount of Phytoceramide is ingested every day, the following benefits could be attained.

  • Because ceramide suppresses free radicals, ceramide can enhance the protection of tissues from external harmful effects (pollution, sunshine and stress).
  • Ceramide moisturizes the skin by its hydration capability.
  • Ceramide achieves wrinkle prevention by its elastase suppression and collagen protection.

My Review Phytoceramides for Purely Holistic

I was fortunate enough to be one of the chosen people to receive a chance to review this product, yup, sometimes dreams really do come true!

Phytoceramides Skin Therapy SupplementI received my bottle of Phytoceramides from Purely Holistic on Amazon in no time at all and still a bit skeptical about all the benefits that I found online… but, you know me by now, I am a sucker to fact check left and right, especially when it comes to beauty products.

About This Product, by Purely Holistic, Just the Facts First:

infographic purely holistic phytoceramides
Click to see this Infographic full size.
  • 100% Pure
  • Capsules

They DO NOT Contain:

  • GMOs
  • Additives, fillers, artificial ingredients or preservatives
  • Stearates (a toxic ingredient, and is said to be put in our supplements to keep capsule contents from sticking to machinery)
  • Silicon Dioxide, or Titanium Dioxide

The DO Contain:

  • 100% Daily Value of Vitamins A, C, D & E
  • Ceramides (providing glycolipids, phytoceramides & glycolipids)

The Phytoceramides Contained in this product, sold by Purely Holistic, is derived from rice… so you don’t have to worry about wheat based/gluten allergies.

What do I think of Phytoceramides?

Here is how my 51 year old Peri-menopausal Skin has responded to the Phytoceramides.

My skin has been breaking out with my hormones going wild and nothing had been helping. I couldn’t believe that while using product I woke up to find my skin had cleared up.

As I look in the mirror, carefully and judging my skin… it’s been a month and I have finished my bottle. My skin looks and feels smoother. And I see better results than using my usual facial care routine alone! The skin looks firmer and the wrinkles, that have been creeping into my skin, have softened now. What more can I say, I smile and walk away, ready to share with the world that I am pleased with the results I see.

I need to get my hands on more Phytoceramides from Purely Holistic as I heard (somewhere) that it can take up to 3 months of taking the supplements to see the fullest results of taking the supplement.

Mariah of HonestlyMariah dot com and her Phytoceramides supplementMy Advice to you:

I know this sounds cliche but here it goes, don’t be fooled by a lot of dishonest companies and affiliates out there! There are a lot of lies out there as well as phoney reviews.

What to watch out for:

  • Claims of results within days accredited to the supplement.
  • Pages that has the exact same results pictures, wording or claims as other articles (posts or reviews) that you have seen elsewhere.

PLEASE DO NOT SUPPORT THE COMPANIES OR REVIEWERS THAT LIE OR MISLEAD YOU BY BUYING FROM THEM!

Who I DO TRUST is Purely Holistic and their Phytoceramides. But remember, this is only my opinion and my results, folks yours may vary. Please do your research before you trust that any supplement may work for you and check with your doctor to make sure Phytoceramides are right for you… I haven’t heard of any problems with these products, except for Gluten & Wheat Allergies (no worries with Purely Holistic’s Phytoceramides, they are rice based), but you never know.

Thank you to Purely Holistic for allowing me the wonderful opportunity to both try out their Phytoceramides and to run the recent massive giveaway! I have seen the results and I am sold and I want to continue using your product to watch for further enhancements to my skin with  your Phytoceramides.

Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I am not currently affiliated with the sponsor. I received above mentioned product for this review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. Your results may vary from my own and my thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by the sponsoring company and me.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.