Sunday, March 1, 2015





Beauty Apocalypse is going to feature facial masks throughout the month of March.

If you have a favorite mask, write and tell us about it!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Lip Quickie: Givenchy “Rose Dressing”

Post by Beth

This is a beautiful pink-coral shade lipstick from Givenchy called "Rose Dressing."  

It is smooth and creamy and the color brightens the whole face.

Givenchy is not cruelty-free. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Today's Tidbit: Don't Use Antibacterial Hand Soap

The synthetic antibacterial ingredient triclosan in many hand cleansers disrupts hormones, messes with your immune system, and can effect fertility.  Break the habit of squirting antibacterial sanitizer on your hands multiple times a day and get that antibacterial soap out of your bathroom.  There's just no reason to expose yourself to the risks, when studies have shown that plain old soap and water are just as effective. (p. 199)

Lipman, Frank, and Danielle Claro. The New Health Rules: Simple Changes to Achieve Whole-Body Wellness. New York: Artisan, 2014. Print.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Day Spas for Children???

Post by Beth

I recently stumbled upon something about which I am quite conflicted.  I have been trying to sort out my feelings on this for about a week:  They have day spas just for children. Like, full service day spas—massages, body wraps, facials, for children starting at age 4. 

The spa faculty are specially trained to work with children, which is good, because there is something potentially creepy about handing over your four old for a body polish to a novice…or someone with a criminal record.

This bothers me and I haven’t been able to articulate why.  The spas promote relaxation for children, like kindergarten is so stressful, let’s get a massage.  They also promote the idea of “treating yourself.” You got an “A” on your spelling test?  You deserve a mani-pedi!

But these are some of the reasons I go to spas, so what makes it ok for me and not for kids?  I guess, for me, it’s the idea that kids should be kids.  Like, they have what, 12 good years of not having to cave into the adult world?  Let them enjoy that.  Let them run around and get dirty and play ball without having to worry about steaming their pores.  I don’t like turning the focus of children to their looks; that seems like a cross they have to bear at too young an age anyway.

I know that it is fun for children to dip their toes into the adult world, I loved to play dress up and have my mom put blusher on me, and a day at the spa is probably more in line with that notion.  But where is the line drawn?  What’s next, bikini waxing for seven year olds? 

What are your thoughts?

GoPure Naturals Fractionated Coconut Oil

Posy by Beth
PR Sample

As we have all no doubt read, coconut oil is all the rage in beauty right now.  Coconut oil usually comes off the shelf in a solid state that has to be melted down in the hands for application.  This oil from GoPure Naturals is fractionated, which means they have made it thinner and given it a longer shelf life.  This oil is very liquid and thus easy work with.  It contains no additives, preserves or fillers, it's just 100% pure coconut oil.

See how clear and pure?

I used the Go Pure Naturals Fractionated Coconut Oil on my skin after a bath and it was very silky feeling, although I wished it had absorbed faster.  My skin was very soft after it did absorb.  I also used this in my hair.  If winter has left your ends dry, I highly recommend combing a palm full of this oil through your hair.  I left it on over night and shampooed it out in the morning and my hair was soft and the color was vibrant!

This is also a very good “carrier” oil, which is oil you can add other stuff to and it will carry it—usually you add essential oils to a carrier oil as they can be irritating to apply directly to the skin.  As the coconut oil has no scent, it won’t interfere with the scent of the essential oil. I recommend using the Go Pure Naturals Fractionated Coconut Oil for making a quick body scrub:  mix it with sugar or salt and the essential oil of your choice and scrub away!

GoPure Naturals is cruelty-free.