Summer Fashion Favorites & Sales!

It’s officially summer and of course you need hot clothes to match the hot weather ;o) Here are some fun new items I’ve seen online:

Alternative Apparel

Two nice little promos from Alternative Apparel: take an extra 30% off sale items with code: SUMMER30. Plus, if you create an account, you get 25% off everything (these can’t be combined though). Yay for sales!

Also, if you haven’t been to their website in awhile – you should definitely take a look. They just launched a new website, and you can now search by fabric – including eco-fabric only. I really love when companies make it easy to find eco-options.

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I love this Racerback Maxi dress. It’s made with their eco jersey and looks super comfy.

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I love the color of this Roppongi dress, and it’s on sale! It reminds me of the ocean.

Threads for Thought

Threads for Thought launched a ton of new clothes for summer, here are my two favorites:

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I am just in a dress mood – so many cute dresses everywhere! This Everyday Dress looks really light and airy and even has pockets. It’s made with organic cotton and recycled polyester.

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I like this maxi skirt because while it does have blue, the thick stripes make it really versatile.  You could wear this with any color top and it would look great. It’s also made with organic cotton and recycled polyester. Now if only my stomach were that tan…

4 All Humanity

4 All Humanity is having 50% off jewelry – no code needed!

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I love these Metallic Tile Hoops – only $16! These are handmade in India and are fair-trade.

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And I like this bangle because it could go with anything. And the best part? Only $10 while being handmade in India and fair-trade.

Horny Toad

Horny Toad is offering 30% off select summer styles – no code needed!

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I know, I know – this is like the 4th dress I’ve mentioned but it’s summer and dresses are awesome in summer and it’s my blog so I can share what I want to share! ;o) I really like this Keyhole Dress. Dresses with a tie waist are awesome to show off your waist. AND, it’s on sale. AND, it’s made with organic cotton!

Gaiam

Gaiam is having their annual sale where you can save up to 70% (including clothes)! No code needed.

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They have a ton of stuff on sale, but this Cascade Tank really stood out to me - what an interesting combo of a high neckline with a cascading bottom.

And stay tuned, because I have some awesome jewelry from Lovely Hunt to show you… and a coupon code!

 

That’s it for my summer fashion favorites. Which one is your favorite? Leave a comment and let me know!

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Hello Curls! With Surya Brasil

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I’m letting my hair go curly now. I straightened it regularly for years and years, and then earlier this year realized that I was really sick of straightening my hair all the time! It’s overall just bad for your hair, and why go through all that trouble? So now, I let my curls run free.

Since letting my curls be free, I’ve noticed that finding the right product for them can be tough. If you don’t use the right products, curls are limp or frizzy. Or worse – limp AND frizzy! The horror!

Surya Brasil was very gracious and sent me a bunch of products to try. A few products really stood out to me as being super awesome: their lip balm (which I reviewed earlier this year), their Color Fixation line (I’m reviewing now) and their toner (review coming soon!). The three products I have in their Color Fixation line are the Restorative Shampoo, Conditioner and Restorative Hair Mask. surya-brasil-shampoo First, the Restorative Shampoo. This is a very gentle shampoo. It’s a thinner liquid that almost has a jelly like feel to it, it reminds me of aloe vera a little bit (which it does have aloe, but farther down the list). And the smell! Oh, it’s lovely. It smells like ylang ylang, which is one of my most favorite scents.

This cleanses hair well, but is not a ‘deep’ clean by any means. If your hair is very oily, or has a lot of product build-up, you may need to use this twice or use a stronger shampoo. I really like this for every day use though, it’s super gentle on my hair but cleans it well.

My hair has become so soft with using this. When I stop using it and use stronger shampoos, I find my hair starts feeling dry. I’ve gone through an entire bottle now and am buying another one because I miss the gentle cleansing that this one provides. surya-brasil-conditioner While I really like the shampoo, the Restorative Conditioner is where this duo really shines. This.conditioner.is.AWESOME. It’s a thick, whitish cream. It is super moisturizing, but what is amazing is that this doesn’t weigh down hair at all. It is probably one of my most favorite conditioners I have ever used, ever (natural or not).

The downside to it is that since it is thick, the bottle is not the best for dispensing. The top screws up and you squeeze from a hole in the top. The problem is this is thick and settles in the bottom, so you have to shake it like the old glass ketchup bottles to try and get some down. The top of the bottle is curved too, so it doesn’t stand up upside-down very well. I have resorted to leaning it against other products and the wall to get every last drop out. They really need to make this an upside-down bottle, or a pump dispenser. BUT, I will deal with this because the conditioner is that awesome.

The best part about the shampoo and conditioner? My curls love it! My curls are just curlier with this duo. I’m not sure why some shampoo/conditioner duos are better or worse for curls, I just can see what my curls respond to and they respond really well to this duo. I’ve tried using one of the two with other products, but I just don’t get the same results as using them together. I’m not sure why to be honest. surya-brasil-restorative-maskThe Restorative Mask is also superbly awesome. I received the Single Application Unidose, but unless you have long, super thick hair, this will last you 5 or so uses. I have chin-length hair and have used this 3 times and am only half-way through the bottle. So it really depends on your hair length.

The texture of this is lighter than the Conditioner, interestingly enough. When I first used it, I thought – this is way too light to be a conditioning mask! I was wrong. This is not only super conditioning, but it somehow makes my hair REALLY shiny. Not shiny as in greasy, but shiny as in I just got a gloss treatment. My hair isn’t naturally super shiny, especially when curly. Sometimes for some extra shine, I’ll add pomade or some shine oil. But with this, I didn’t even need that! My curls were bouncy and defined and shiny, all on their own. I’m super impressed.

So let’s check out the ingredients! Shampoo: Water, Disodium Cocoyl Glucamate, Decyl Polyglucoside, Oleamide DEA, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Lawsonia Inermis Leaf Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract , Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Paullinia Cupana Fruit Extract, Genipa Americana Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Malva Sylvestris Extract, Corylus Rostrata Seed Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa Root Extract , Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Ziziphus Joazeiro Bark Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Malpighia Punicifolia Fruit Extract, Bertholletia Excelsa Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Extract, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, PPG-2 Hydroxyethyl Cocamide, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Citrus Limon Fruit Oil, Citrus Sinensis Peel Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara Flower Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter.

Conditioner: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Lawsonia Inermis Leaf Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract , Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Paullinia Cupana Fruit Extract, Genipa Americana Extract , Achillea Millefolium Extract, Malva Sylvestris Extract, Corylus Rostrata Seed Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa Root Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Ziziphus Joazeiro Bark Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Malpighia Punicifolia Fruit Extract, Bertholletia Excelsa Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Extract , Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Sorbitol, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Citrus Limon Fruit Oil, Citrus Sinensis Peel Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara Flower Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Tocopheryl Acetate, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Citric Acid.

Hair Mask: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Sorbitol, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Lawsonia Inermis Leaf Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Paullinia Cupana Fruit Extract, Genipa Americana Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Malva Sylvestris Extract, Corylus Rostrata Seed Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa Root Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Ziziphus Joazeiro Bark Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Malpighia Punicifolia Fruit Extract, Bertholletia Excelsa Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Extract, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Citrus Limon Fruit Oil, Citrus Sinensis Peel Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara Flower Oil, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citric Acid.

Quite the extensive list for each! Overall, I’m impressed with the ingredients. Any chemically-sounded one is either a surfactant, skin conditioner or stabilizer. There is one though I want to mention: Oleamide DEA (in the shampoo). DEA is actually on my list that I avoid, because it can be toxic to aquatic life. So – you might be asking, why are you using a product thats on your ‘avoid’ list? Well, it’s something I try to avoid – not blacklist altogether. Some are blacklisted (like triclosan), and others are just wish-I-didn’t-have-to-use, like phenoxyethanol. While I prefer to not use products with DEA, I do think the product is a step in the right direction for using natural ingredients, and so I made the decision that the benefits outweighed the negatives.

Besides that one ingredient in the shampoo, I am impressed with the quality and variety of fruit extracts, moisturizing oils and butters. It shows too in my hair because it leaves my curls defined (no frizz here!), bouncy and shiny.

Surya Brasil’s Color Fixation line has earned a permanent spot in my shower! You can buy Surya Brasil at Whole Foods, and can also be bought online at iHerb (and for new customers to iHerb, you can use my code WOZ34 to get $10 off orders over $40 and $5 off orders under $40).

Have you tried Surya Brasil Color Fixation line before? What do you use for your curly hair?

Disclosure: Samples were provided to me. Opinions and the choice to review are 100% my own! I was not financially compensated for writing this blog post. This post contains affiliate links.

Awesome Makeup & a Flash Sale!

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Summer Essential: Awesome Sunscreen! Part 1

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The biggest summer essential of course, is sunscreen. Even if you are one to not burn, you should always always always wear sunscreen. UV damage is still possible (even if you don't burn), which can cause wrinkles (yikes!) and skin cancer (double … [Continue reading]

Summer Essential: Fun Nails!

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Now that we are in the thick of summer, it's time to reconvene on summer essentials. I have a few products to share - and today it is all about nails! I haven't done a nail polish review in awhile, which I really need to get back to. I love painting … [Continue reading]