Rob Robillard, CEO of Living Proof and a speaker at the WWD forum, swore by this product which shies away from the typical silicone ingredient found in most anti-frizz products and instead uses the ingredient PolyfluoroEster, which according to the website, is an anti-frizz active that really does the job. Talk about The Beauty Marketplace! What other beauty website not only lists all the ingredients found in a product, but also describes the benefits of each ingredient in layman’s terms for you and I to understand? Check it out for yourself at http://livingproof.com/products/3_PD_SC.php .
A former Vogue intern turned employee myself, it is of no surprise my pick for The Beauty Marketplace’s December Breakout Brand of the Month comes from fellow Vogue alums CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nominee Juan Carlos Obando and Acclaimed Hairstylist/Vogue Contributor Didier Malige. Both of whom are the creative force behind The Beauty Marketplace’s December Breakout Brand of the Month – Number 4 High Performance Hair Care.
“Walking in The Beauty Way” is a wonderful philosophy emphasizing the need for harmony between people, nature, land, and the spiritual world. This philosophy is the life abiding theme of The Dine or Navajo People. The very people who just so happen to be the inspiration for The Beauty Marketplace’s November Breakout Brand of the Month, appropriately titled Navajo Skin Care.
Navajo Skin Care not only whole heartedly embodies the “Walking in The Beauty Way” philosophy, but also lives up to all of The Beauty Marketplace’s Brand of the Month standards with an honestly effective product line, a compelling background story, as well as really unique brand attributes.
Noticing a significant amount of natural ‘claims’ in the market, Navajo Founder and CEO Fermín Návar, wanted to truly develop a 100% natural product line in order to keep true to the Navajo concept. As you use Navajo’s products you can feel, smell, and see the earth-friendly natrality of this line in everything from their Expression Line Moisturizer to the Navajo Shave Balm and the Foaming Hand Cleanser.
A Brown Sugar Exfoliating Face Scrub is my honest favorite leaving my skin feeling fresh and pure. Descried on their website – www.navajoskincare.com – as a unique blend of soft rainwater, natural cleansers and pure essential oils providing necessary ingredients for optimal skin health. Follow this scrub with Navajo’s Eye & Face Moisturizer and your skin will be prepped to go forth into the brisk winter season that lies ahead.
Suffer from acne? Navajo also has developed both a gentle natural Facial Scrub and Moisturizer with a new ingredient to aid with scaring.
What is most compelling about Navajo Skincare is they are an official partner with the Navajo Nation. They donate substantial portions of their profits for the benefit of the Navajo People. Under an exclusive license, Fermín’s team is further motivated to cultivate a product line adhering to typical Navajo traditions and ways of life.
The Navajo traditions are what add to this skincare line’s unique brand attributes and elements. One attribute you do not see much of yet in the beauty industry is Navajo Skin Care does not use any artificial preservatives. Only natural, food grade preservatives are used providing gentleness and stability.
Because all of Navajo’s ingredients are so natural and fresh, consumers will receive more nutritional and restorative benefits to their skin. To attest to these natural, food grade preservatives Navajo’s products carry what they call a “Freshness Date”. Similar to grocery items, you want to use the skincare products before the freshness and effectiveness of the natural ingredients and preservatives run out.
While researching the Navajo brand, I had the opportunity to get to know a little the people behind the line. Never have I encountered a more passionate and sincere group of people, putting so much time and positive energy into all they do. Their passion clearly translates into their work with an honestly fabulous line that is Navajo Skincare – The November The Beauty Marketplace Breakout Brand of the Month.
So during a month when we all here in the
Have an Honestly Beautiful Day,
Since I began The Beauty Marketplace, I have come across so many promising, up and coming brands, worth sharing. Brands with honestly effective product lines, and amazing stories, waiting to get noticed. Many of these brands inspired me so much, I wanted to do my part in giving them the recognition they deserve. In order to do so, I have decided to launch The Beauty Marketplace’s Breakout Brand of the Month.
With the passing of the 82nd Annual Academy Awards, having watched all the movie stars sashay down the red carpet in their glamorous gowns, tuxedos, and jewels; most of us cannot help but watch in awe as our inner starlet starts to surface. We all, to some degree, have a starlet or diva hidden within the depths of our own personalities, where we long to be primped and pampered, like a movie star. One beauty brand in particular pays special homage to our inner divas, with clever product names related to Old School Hollywood glamour, and packaging design reminiscent of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This glamorous brand is March’s The Beauty Marketplace Breakout Brand of the Month – Starlet Glam.
Starlet Glam creates luxurious, handcrafted, hypoallergenic bath and body products designed to dazzle, using gorgeous micas for shimmer, and ultra fine glitter for a hint of sparkle. 100% vegetable base, all products are handcrafted in small batches and made fresh to order. I honestly have never used bath products that smell so fresh and delicious!
Starlet Glam’s Red Carpet Sugar Fix – Sugar Body Polish and Princess Velvet Body Icing smelled so sweet, I honestly was tempted to run to the nearest bakery in order to satisfy my sweet tooth. The Cherry Almond Silk Goddess Hand and Body Lotion smelled like fresh pastries, making me smell so irresistible, you would want to eat me right up.
For all you ladies born with glitter in their veins, Starlet Glam’s Little Black Dress Shimmer Lip Balm and Burlesque Showgirl Shimmer Shower Gel are must haves! Date night anyone?
One woman definitely born with glitter in her veins, is Starlet Glam’s founder Peggy Paliotta. In her spare time you will find Peggy doing some glamour modelling, so this is a woman who honestly knows a thing or two about channelling her inner diva.
Peggy has always had a passion for beauty products and all things pink and glamorous, like Starlet Glam. Her passion and addiction to Old Hollywood led to the creation of her elegant bath and body products.
After browsing a magazine article about handmade lip balms and soaps back in 1998, Ms. Paliotta thought, “Hey! I can do that…” And launched her own line while living in NYC. A new start in Rhode Island, where the resources tend to be a little more fresh, resulted in an innovative line of products, which are now known to consumers as Starlet Glam.
Starlet Glam’s bestseller is a corset shaped soap, titled the Bombshell Marilyn Corset, inspired by none other then Marilyn Monroe, to whom Peggy honestly has some resemblance.
The diva-liscious product line was handed out in gift bags at the Academy Awards as well as The Golden Globes and American Music Awards. Now, you too can get sudsy with the stars when you purchase March’s The Beauty Marketplace Breakout Brand of the Month – Starlet Glam. Available online at
http://www.starletglambathbody.etsy.com . So go ahead and spoil that inner diva!
Have an Honestly Beautiful Day,
In continuation from last week’s blog I’d like to touch upon Horst Rechelbacher’s, Founder of Intelligent Nutrients and Aveda, keynote address at the 2009 HBA Global Expo. Horst delivered the first portion of an honestly profound speech on the topic of “Nutritional Chemistry Made with 100% Certified Organic Ingredients". Horst’s main theme was authenticity. His message was we have become an outdated, petrochemical society where we must be innovative and authentic in order to break free, and change for the better.
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Any product that offers convenience, is honestly number 1 in my book. Any item that takes just one small step out of my typically hectic daily routine is a beauty product I can truly utilize. The product I have in mind is one I am surprised did not take off sooner as I find it to be a novel concept – a foam sponge with soap already inside.
- Tasty, tasty.. for some V-day fun use Hard Candy’s Outrageously Delicious Flavored Body Powder in Pink Sugar
- For some major sparkle, adorn your nails with Hard Candy’s Just Nails Date Night Nail Color – the bottle even comes with a fun heart shaped ring!
- Hard Candy’s Blush Crush Baked Blush in Honeymoon gives you that glowing, glow
- Vamp it up in Hard Candy’s Cupid Lipstick
- Last but not least, Hard Candy’s easy to use Intensifeye Radiant Shadow Stick in Love is perfect product for the girl on the go
Time flies when your having fun, or working hard – either way, I still cannot wrap my head around the fact that it is now 2010. Not just a new year, but a new decade, so here’s to an Honestly fresh start!
Some where between the hustle and bustle of Christmas and New Years, I found myself in the very adorable, quaint town of Woodstock, VT. It was in
The new month, and the new year, stumbled upon me so fast I found myself startled at the fact I already had to decide on a new brand to highlight. “Wasn’t it just December!!?”, I thought… As I walked into town to go shopping, a light bulb went on in my head, when I stumbled upon an adorable little shop, with a self titled
The Woodstock Inn & Resort where I stayed only honors local artisans, so in every guest room, we had our very own Thistle Lemongrass Handmade Soap and Thistle Lemongrass Body lotion. Beginning as a moisturizing combination of olive, coconut and palm oils, the soap glides on as naturally as it sounds. I found the Lemongrass scent very invigorating, particularly in the morning hours. The body lotion was just as scent-tastic, went on smooth, and absorbed easily into the skin.
Also in our room was Thistle Honey Blossom Shampoo and Thistle Honey Blossom Conditioner. The shampoo and conditioner replenished my hair, making it smell and feel so fresh after a long day on the slopes. Even my boyfriend commented on how much he liked using the products… For a man to notice a beauty product, you know what your using has to be good! = )
After discovering Thistle’s stand alone store in town, I purchased some Lavender Mint Lip Balm, currently sitting in my coat pocket, I find both soothing and refreshing. I also bought candles from the Way Out Wax Sweet Dream Collection…. perfect for romantic or leisurely evenings at home.
The story of Thistle is honestly a good one. A fantasy most of us city folks may have of carrying out from time to time: A kindergarten teacher from the big city, longing to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, moves to the country where she begins to concoct natural beauty baths and soaps with her girlfriends.
Fast forward a few years later, you have yourself a nice little business producing beauty products which make everyone in Woodstock, and those who pass through it (myself included) very happy.
All Thistle Bath & Body Products are handmade from the “fat of the land” in
Here’s to wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!
Have an Honestly Beautiful Day,
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