Lovely Lady Products Review and Giveaway!

Lovely Lady Products Review and Giveaway!

After getting over a horrible sinus infection along with double ear infections, I am finally on the mend! Now I can do this amazing giveaway for all of you that I’ve been meaning to do since January. Does time get away from everyone? It seems like only yesterday we were celebrating New Years Eve and now spring is knocking on our door! Although, I admit I will welcome the warmer weather with open arms.

Alright… Let’s get down to business!

I first met Cheryl with Lovely Lady Products at the International Celiac Disease Symposium. Her story was inspiring and I seriously couldn’t stop staring at her face – her skin is flawless! Turns out after years of having problems (just like the rest of us) she found out she has celiac disease and went out on a mission to create natural products to help everyone.

Prior to meeting Cheryl, my esthetician suggested using Argan Oil on my face instead of chemically filled products so for about a year, that’s what I’ve been doing. My skin feels so good! Turns out Lovely Lady Products knows a thing or 2 about Argan Oil and uses it in many of their products. After getting  bunch of testers, I was hooked and have been using Lovely Lady Products since the fall.

So, what products do I use? I’ll admit, I’ve never been a huge beauty product consumer and typically use an entire bottle of something I like before moving on to the next. I absolutely love the Facial Nutrient and Night Serum Oil.

Few tips – Our skin needs oil! That’s what prevents wrinkles and fine lines. It’s imperative that we keep moisture and elasticity in our skin to look fresh and young forever. You only need a small amount of these products. Don’t take a huge amount of the oil and put it on your face. You want just a little bit – enough for it to melt into your skin and not feel greasy. If your face feels greasy, you are using too much.

Everlasting-Argan Immortelle Facial Nutrient
(Embrace the power to never fade)

Creams and lotions may be inefficient at preventing dry, tired, itchy and sun damaged skin.  Over time, your skin needs more hydration and natural nutrients which help to slow and prevent the effects of aging.  This fast absorbing nutrient salve deeply penetrates and moisturizes the skin.  One of the key ingredients is helichrysum essential oil.  There’s a reason this oil is called “Everlasting” and “Immortelle”.  This flower will not wilt or wither after it has been picked.  This formula is complete with properties from the immortelle plant, so just imagine how effective these properties can be.

Everlasting-Argan Night Serum Oil
(Help your skin find its eternal fountain of youth)

Our Pure Organic Argan Oil will help your skin find its eternal fountain of youth. This easy to absorb oil will help to minimize lines and wrinkles, bringing moisture to your skin as it nourishes and protects from the environment.  We suggest using our Serum oil prior to going to bed, which will assist with your skin’s own ability to regenerate itself.  Cell regeneration is a natural process where fresh, new skin cells replace old, dead skin. This happens quicker at night compared to daytime. Vitamins and other healing/anti-aging plant properties lose potency after exposure to sunlight, which render them less effective.  Due to there being no sunlight exposure at night, vitamins and other skin healing properties stay active longer and can provide more anti-aging benefits for your skin (by supporting the skin’s hydro-lipid layer).   This oil is a truly natural solution for youthful, healthy and beautiful looking skin.

So, What am I giving away?

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All of the Lovely Lady Products!

Lovely Lady Products generously donated a TON of products for me to giveaway so you really need to enter this one!

Here are the products and their descriptions included in the giveaway.

Another tip – If you are allergic to nuts, please look at the ingredients, I know some of them contain almond oil

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Everlasting-Argan Facial Cleaning Bar

Everlasting-Argan Facial Cleansing Bar
(Help your skin find its eternal fountain of youth)

A luxurious, deep-cleansing soap for all skin types that doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry after rinsing away impurities. It’s light and invigorating, leaving your face hydrated and smooth. The powerful and everlasting properties of neroli essential oil, argan oil and calendula work to nourish, stimulate and rejuvenate. Excellent for all skin types, including aging, dry, problem and sensitive skin.

Everlasting Skin Toner
Everlasting Skin Toner

Everlasting Facial Toner
(Embrace the power to never fade)

After cleansing your face with our Everlasting Facial Bar, be sure to use our everlasting toner.  It will restore the skin’s natural balance while toning and refining your pores.  Enjoy the perks of this nondrying helichrysum-infused toner and the added benefit of properties that rescue dull skin and will soon have your skin glowing again. How Lovely!

Immortale Facial Mask
Immortale Facial Mask

Everlasting-Argan Immortelle Facial Mask
(Help your skin find its eternal fountain of youth)

Our mask will purify your skin and is great for both combination and oily skin. We are certain that you will be extremely pleased with the effectiveness of our mask. It goes on with a very light and creamy texture, but then gently dries, helping to soaks up oil and dirt from your skin.  This product should be used once or twice a week after cleansing your face with our facial cleansing bar and toner.

Everlasting Body Butter
Everlasting Body Butter

Everlasting-Argan Helichrysum Body Butter
(Help your skin find its eternal fountain of youth)

You’ll love this exquisitely whipped shea nut butter that absorbs quickly and completely into your skin without a greasy texture. Intensely rich, it will penetrate deep into the skin’s tissue, leaving your body exceptionally hydrated and silky soft.

Moisturizing Bath Bar
Moisturizing Bath Bar

Lovely Lady Moisturizing Bath Bars

(Indulge in your bathing experience)Our cold-pressed moisturizing bath soaps have an invigorating, fresh smell that leaves your skin lightly scented.  It conditions the skin while gently cleansing and leaves no soapy residue.  We’ve specially formulated our soap bars with nutrient-rich oils and essentials that are sure to have your body feeling hydrated, rejuvenated and clean. They are perfect for all skin types including aging, dry and sensitive skin.

At this point, you are probably asking yourself… How do I enter?

Just follow the Rafflecopter prompts and you are entered to win. More points = better chance of winning!

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I’m also throwing in some rubber celiac awareness bracelets and a Large Happy, Healthy, Living Gluten-Free T-shirt!

Good Luck!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Apple Lipstick – Best Pretty in Pink Colors

Today I had the pleasure of doing a photo shoot for the Women’s Book feature in their next edition focusing on health and wellness issues! They are doing a story on me and opening Bexa Body Fitness along with all the things I’m involved with in Columbus, including the female athlete training I do with our local high school, Westerville Central.

Some of my athletes joined me today at the gym to participate in the photo shoot and be part of the group!

Needless to say, my Red Apple Lipstick order came just in time for the photo shoot!

My newest order are basic colors that I would wear every day. I absolutely love a light pink eye shadow for every day wear. It’s pretty and simple without looking dramatic or plain. You can’t go wrong with a pretty in pink shade like TUTU Cute.

I already have some hot pink lip stick colors and gloss so the gorgeous shine to the Pink Martini is the perfect complement to any lipstick and is gorgeous for an every day look. The key with every day make up is that you want it to look fun and fresh without going over board.

I use a brush to gently tap the eye shadow onto my eye. If you brush it back and forth, the shadow will fly all over your face and make a mess. You can use their eye shadows wet or dry. The wet look is more dramatic so for a day look, I would stick with the powder.

On my eyes, I have a light black liner and I use Buxom mascara.

Tomorrow I plan to do a video tutorial on how to get a flawless face with gluten-free make up. If you aren’t already subscribed to my YouTube page, make sure you do it now!

Red Apple Lipstick
100% Gluten Free Lipstick
Lipgloss & Liners.See New Summer Colors!

Red Apple Lipstick – Gluten Free and Fabulous!

I’ve been wanting to try Red Apple Lipstick for sometime now but was hesitant to spend the money on something I didn’t get to play with and try at first. Thankfully, they were at the Gluten Free & Allergen Free Expo and I explored their products before the thousands of people rushed the event.

I got a few things that you can see in the video but I’ll give you a little synopsis about them here.

1. Lip Exfoliator – Everyone needs to get those dead cells off their lips to make them every so soft and this does the trick. Just enough beads to make it work but not feel grainy or sandy on your lips.

2. Rallye Balm – The ultimate hydration for your lips. I’m going to start wearing this at night and see how soft and silky I can make my lips. Vitamin E is the greatest thing for soft skin and they put lots of it in Rallye!

3. Lipstick – I went with a lighter shade of pink to be neutral and wear out all the time. It’s a great consistency and goes on well. They have a wide variety of shades to pick from so if you are Pink, Peach or red, there is something for you.

4. Glosses – I got both a sparkly gloss and a regular one. My favorite is the “Hot Mess” pink gloss. The more you layer, the darker it gets. I wore it for my photo shoot today and it looked amazing on camera.

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Gluten-Free Make-Up Review – Zuzu Luxe from Gabriel Cosmetics Inc

What you may not know about me is that I love make-up. I know this blog has mostly been centered around gluten-free living and I’m excited to start a new video series about gluten-free beauty. When researching different things, I found there are limited resources regarding gluten-free make-up tips and beauty videos. Well, I’m going to change that starting today.

A few months ago, I went through all my make-up and thought I did a great job with finding out what has gluten in it and what didn’t but an incident the other night had me question how well I did in my investigations. While applying my make-up, I got some of my mineralized foundation from MAC cosmetics in my eye and it felt like my eye was going to shrivel up in the socket. It burned for almost an hour and make me look like a creepy villain from a horror film.

Turns out I read the product review online and interpreted it the wrong way!!! The products I’ve been using do contain gluten and my eyeball clearly let me know. It goes to show that you don’t have to eat your make-up for it to negatively affect your body. There are many people who have allergic reactions on their skin from gluten and should avoid all products containing gluten both on their skin and in their body.

So, while we were at Earth Fare shopping for groceries, I decided to check out the make-up offerings and try a couple of new things. They had a couple of small displays of make-up in the health and wellness section which was frustrating for me because I’m used to the candy land of the MAC counter or Sephora but what did I expect from being in a grocery store?

After trying a couple of things, I ended up buying a product called ZUZU Luxe which is actually a brand from Gabriel Cosmetic Inc. I purchased their oil free foundation and concealer. Typically I only use foundation when I am going to an event or out for the night. I’m fortunate that my skin is cooperative (most of the time) so I can get away with using concealer and powder on a daily basis. Needless to say the foundation lasts me quite a long time.

I hope by changing products, these random pimples will stop forming!

The concealer was $16.49 and the oil free liquid foundation was $29.99. I’m used to spending about this much on cosmetics so the price tag didn’t scare me. If you use cheaper products, than this might seem like a splurge.

Now let’s get into the review…

What I loved:

Concealer: The concealer is thick and really covered blemishes and circles around my eyes pretty well. The formula worked well with my dry skin. I always put on a nice lotion before putting on any make-up. Dry skin is the worst for having a flawless complexion. The color also matched my skin tone pretty well. It also blended well into my skin and with the foundation.

Oil Free Foundation: I mean who doesn’t love a good oil free foundation? It went on smooth and even. The consistency of the formula worked great on my face and it felt light and fresh, not heavy like some other make up brands. It made a great canvass for the rest of my make-up for the day. Huge bonus, it stayed on for several hours – intact!

What I didn’t love:

Concealer: I hate the tubes with the little pointed tip applicator on the end. You just know that there is going to be a bunch of product at the end of the tube and for $17, I want to use every single drop in the container. I also found the choices of skin tone colors limiting. There was no guidance at the little make up stand on how to choose a color or what the colors meant. For instance at MAC, NW usually means warmer tones and NC are the cooler tones.

Oil Free Foundation: Again, the choices for skin tone colors are limited and no explanation at the stand on how to pick a shade or what the color letters mean.

I must say I was pleasantly surprised that I loved this make-up so much. I’ve been such a snob my whole life with make-up that I’m scared but excited to start branching out a little. Check out my video on how I applied it and see the difference between my faces.

This is my first Vlog so bear with me! I’m pretty excited about my new beauty room so I will be making this a weekly series of gluten-free beauty! I’m planning to do lots of videos on gluten-free make-up, application and tips for having a Pretty Little Celiac face!

This video was actually the second take because the first one I did, the camera was on the actual camera and not video – so I took a picture instead of a video. The demo was like 8 minutes long before I realized the camera wasn’t on! Whoops. Little bit of a learning curve here.

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Gluten Free Make Up – Hidden Ingredients and Recommendations

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I LOVE make up. Not wearing a lot of it and looking like a clown loving it, but normal have fun with it love.

Dr. Aukerman provided a list of ingredients that could indicate wheat or gluten:

hydrolyzed malt extract

hydrolyzed wheat protein

hydrolyzed vegetable protein

wheat germ

vitamin e

cyclodetextrin

barley extract

fermented grain extract

oat (avena sativa)

stearyldimoniumhydroxypropl

samino peptide complex

phytosphingosine extract

triticum vulgare

dextrin

dextrin palmitate

maltodextrin

secale sereale

sodium C8-16 Isoalkylsuccinyl Wheat  Protein Sulfonate

yeast extract

anything with wheat in the name

He recommends: Smashbox, Sephora, Avon, Neotrogena, Afterglow Cosmetics, Bare Minerals and Naturally Dah-Ling

Many of you ask me about different brands or suggestions. My only and best advice in this area is to contact the manufacturer directly and ask about their products. If you are totally gluten free and still having problems, it might be a reaction from hidden gluten somewhere else in your life!

Do you have a favorite gluten free beauty product? Let’s hear about it! Post it below so we can all try new things!!!

 

Pretty Little Celiac Beauty – ACURE Organics Review

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It’s official! I’m completely addicted to ACURE Organics products. I just keep telling myself I only need one product at a time.

After I read an article in July about products containing gluten, I’ve been more conscious about what I’m putting in and ON my body. I stumbled upon this shampoo and conditioner at Earth Fare and decided to give it a try. I am a self admitted shampoo snob so spending $10/bottle wasn’t much for me but I realize it can be a little steep. Totally Worth It!

My hair feels just as good as it did using $20/bottle Pureology shampoo and conditioner. I know it’s gluten free and I trust it’s not making me sick. Score!

Here is what their website says about the shampoo and conditioner:

For Normal to Dry/Damaged/Curly Hair

Provides lasting moisture to even the most dry and damaged hair leaving it soft, manageable and ready to rock. Organic Argan Oil + Argan Stem Cells, CoQ10, and Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil–high in Omega 7, make up our patent-pending Triple Moisture System. Pumpkin Seed Oil –high in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, adds shine. Hair repair with serious flair. Safe for color treated hair.
12 oz.
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Fair Trade Products

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No crazy ingredients!
No crazy ingredients!

Next Up! I found a coupon at Earth Fare for their lotions – so I figured – why not?

Another favorite of mine! The ACURE lavender & echinacea stem cell calming body lotion!

Non-greasy. Great smelling. Soaks in the skin perfectly and it’s gluten free. You can’t beat it!

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ACURE Body Lotion

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I don’t know about you- but when I have gluten or aren’t eating properly,  my skin gets SO dry. Especially from the Hashimoto’s Hypothyroid problems, sometimes I feel like a snake shedding my skin. For those of you suffering from Celiac Dermatitis, this might be a great product line for you to help calm your skin.

Here is what ACURE says about this product on their website:

It’s been a long day. Luckily this calming lotion is here to help you decompress. Super moisturization plus the calming effects of lavender and lotus flower you say? If we hadn’t made it, we’d be thanking the people that did. With nourishing Omega 3 fatty acids from organic pumpkin seed and argan oil!

7 oz

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ACURE Day Cream

My new addiction. I usually use Neutrogena face lotion with SPF 15 on a daily basis but it really can make my skin feel oily. I typically suffer from dry skin, so it is odd going to something that makes my face oily. The ACURE day cream goes on so smooth, non greasy and makes my face feel like a baby’s bottom. I love it.

The only thing I wish with this product is that it had sunscreen to protect my face from the UV rays of the sun. Because my skin is so fair and freckled, I really try to make sure I’m wearing sunscreen to protect it, especially as I’m getting older.

ACURE’s website says this about the day cream:

Face the day with Gotu Kola Stem Cells, shown to firm and help your skin fight environmental damage and free radicals, and 1% Chlorella Growth Factor, shown to support collagen and elastin fibers. This powerhouse combo helps fight off the signs of aging with a one-two punch. Easily Absorbed Moisture + Cell Renewal = Great Day!