I put a lot of effort into my skin care routine and invest a pretty big chunk of my paycheck to make sure I get the best products to pamper my skin. However, my hair care routine has been pushed to the side lines… to be honest, I don’t take the proper time to care for my hair. Phew, now that I admitted to you all– I feel a bit better! Well I’ve decided to change my ways and really put the time into my hair care routine. I did some research on what products are best suited for my hair– which is super thick, straight, dry and color treated- and I have been incorporating them into my daily beauty routine. So I wanted to share one of the products that I found to be just super duper awesome! Let me introduce you all to– Kérastase Reflection Fluide Chroma Riche.
This hair serum has become a fast favorite of mine because it’s such a versatile product! The Chroma Riche contains anti-oxidants to protect your hair, provides shine, nourishment, and offers UV protection. I also happen to think the scent of the serum is phenomenal– it has the most wonderful clean floral scent.
I use this product when my hair is damp, and apply 2-4 pumps towards the ends of my hair. I work this product into the ends of my hair which really helps to prevent frizz and smooths my hair. Sometimes I apply one pump into my dry hair if I feel that it needs a little pick me up!
This serum is on the pricer side as it costs $40 a bottle… a little goes a long way so use this product sparingly. I would love to hear your thoughts on hair serums/oils and if y’all have any favorites. Tweet us at @passtherouge and follow us on Instagram at passtherouge.
I am constantly on the look out for quality skincare products– for me I rather splurge on skincare than makeup. I see skincare as an investment in myself…think of it as preventative care. While I have my “holy grail” face wash, and moisturizer– I had yet to find an eye cream that I really loved. I struggle with really dry skin and get awful dry patches all over my face especially under my eyes. I’ve tried high end products, mid-range products, and drugstore brand product–but alas I never found that single product that “wow-ed” me.
A few weeks ago the wonderful people at Sibu Beauty sent us their Sea Buckthorn Age Defying Eye Cream to test and review. This anti-aging eye cream claims to visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness. What makes this eye cream so unique is that it has a range of all natural ingredients that work together to hydrate the delicate skin around the eyes such as pumpkin seed extract to help reduce the appearance of dark circles and wasabi and sea buckthorn seed oil firms skin and minimizes puffiness. So now that’s some information about the product…let’s jump into the review!
I have been using this eye cream for the last three weeks or so–and I have to say my under eye area has never felt better! Those dry patches I mentioned earlier are now totally gone! The product goes on smoothly, and doesn’t leave behind that dreaded sticky residue that some eye creams have. While the product claims to reduce dark circles, I didn’t notice mine getting any lighter- but I did notice that my eye area was less puffy.
All in all, I do recommend this eye cream from Sibu- I think it is an effective product and the price tag is very reasonable at $24.95 (compared to other brands.) We would love to hear your thoughts on eye creams and if y’all have any favorites. Tweet us at @passtherouge and follow us on Instagram at passtherouge.
It’s so important to hydrate your skin especially during wintertime and with that being said- you can’t forget about your lips! I have tried countless lip balms from countless brands…while I have found some I really do love like Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment– it can get expensive repurchasing this product. However recently, I tried Shea Terra Organics’ Shea N Bees Extreme Lip Butter in Menthe Chocolate, and I loved how this lip balm made my lips feel.
Before I jump into the review, I want to tell you a little about the mission behind this brand. Since early 2000, Shea Terra Organics has worked closely with cooperatives and conservation groups to introduce Africa’s time-tested ingredients worldwide. This lead them to work with curators of natural products from third world countries with the goal to help alleviate poverty while preserving diminishing habitats. I happen to love brands that have a powerful underlying vision- so I instantly fell in love with Shea Terra Organics.
Now this balm is not standard size as it is significantly larger- it reminds me a bit of an Elmer’s glue stick. I found the shea butter to be ultra moisturizing, smoothing, and most of all- healing. I get the worst dry lips that often end up peeling but after a few applications of this balm I felt a huge difference. I have been using this product for about two weeks and I can honestly say that this balm has made a huge difference in how my lips feel and look! I also love to use this balm underneath my favorite lipstick!
I found the scent to be really refreshing, and not overwhelming. The scent lingered for a few minutes on my lips but then faded. I also found the packaging to be really interesting as the tube is made from cardboard. I know, it’s pretty awesome how environmentally conscious this brand is!?!
So do I recommend Shea Terra Organics Lip Butter? HECK YES! It’s a great product to throw into your purse or makeup bag, and the message behind the brand is equally as impressive as their products! We hope to try more products from this brand.
MichelleNote: The product mentioned was gifted to us from Shea Terra Organics. All the opinions in this post are our own.
We were recently approached by the wonderful people of Betty&ko to try out some of their products from their natural skincare line. For the last three weeks I have been using The Betty Polish on a semi-weekly basis. Betty&ko is holistic skin couture consisting of exclusive artisan blends of organic essential oils that play a key role in the path to maintaining beautiful and healthy skin. The Betty Polish contains all natural ingredients such as sweet almond and grape seed oil. So let’s jump into the review:
The Betty Polish is a scrub, but it’s not your traditional scrub- it has a super coarse texture. If you are familiar with LUSH Cosmetics, this product’s texture reminds me a bit of their Ocean Sea Salt. I can see why some consider The Betty Polish to be too abrasive but I prefer a scrub with larger grains- so this scrub is perfect for me! One thing to note- use the product sparingly! I use a dime sized amount which is the good amount for me and I gently worked the product into my skin. I washed it off with luke warm water, and then patted my face dry. My skin instantly felt smoother, and my complexion was noticeably brighter. I do not have sensitive skin so this scrub worked well with my skin type, however if you have acne prone and/or sensitive skin the large grains may aggravate active breakouts.
One of my favorite things about this product is the scent! It smells like sugar cookies, which I happen to love. I wish Betty&ko created a candle or a room spray with this fragrance that I could spray all over my apartment… it reminds me of wintertime. I absolutely love it!
MichelleNote: The product mentioned was gifted to us from Betty&ko. All the opinions in this post are our own.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love exfoliating! I know I’m not the only one who wants glowing, soft skin… a perfect canvas for your favorite makeup looks. I have tried many exfoliators, and while I did find some pretty good ones– I can now say I have found the holy grail product to get rid of my dry, flaky skin.
Let me introduce you all to Instant Peel by Earthen. About 2 years ago, I came across this product in my Birchbox but thought the price point was on the high end –$50 for a box of 6 packets–but I accumulated enough Birchbox points to purchase this product. The rest is history– I’m hooked!
The way Instant Peel works is a very interesting– pour a small product into you hands and choose a section on your face to start working it in. This product gently peels away dead skin cells, debris and impurities to uncover glowing skin. Trust me, your skin will feel unbelievably soft and smooth! During this process, you will not experience any burning or stinging on your face. This peel will stop working if you do not have any more dead skin on your face. Instant Peel is a great alternative to harsh, and abrasive facial exfoliators.
This product is a little bit of an investment product but your skin will definitely thank you! I try not to use it more than once a week and that is just enough. Has anyone else used this product? I would love to hear your thoughts! Tweet us at @passtherouge and follow us on Instagram at passtherouge.
I’m sure a lot of you are confused as to why I would be reviewing Pür Minerals Rescue Squad SPF 25 Daily Defense Crème during the dead of winter. Well, last month I was in Hawaii for a week and I threw this sunscreen in my bag last minute thinking I would try it while I was there– and boy, was I glad I did! I’m sure you all know about our love affair with Pür Minerals so there was no surprise that I loved their DD crème.
What makes this product so great? Well let me tell you…this multi-use product has a whole range of benefits– not only does it moisturizes with SPF 25 but also actively fights the visible signs of skin stress and premature aging. It firms and smoothes your skin, helps fight age-accelerating UV damage, and combats the visible effects of environmental stress. My face didn’t feel oily, or sticky after application, and best of all– it doesn’t have that traditional sunscreen scent, and works great underneath makeup.
What I really like about this product is that I can wear while on vacation to the beach, but also include it in my skincare routine. Some of you may be wondering–”why would she wear products with SPF during winter when sun exposure is at a minimum?” Well wearing sunscreen on a daily basis can slow down the development of premature aging skin, help reduce the appearance of red patches, and lastly, prevent facial brown spots and skin discolorations.
So if you’re looking for a great sunscreen that can double as a moisturizer I would highly recommend trying Pür Minerals Rescue Squad SPF 25 DD Crème. Have you used this brand before? If so, let us know some of your favorites from this brand! Tweet us at @passtherouge and follow us on Instagram at passtherouge.
Also don’t forget about our giveaway were hosting– for details click here!
PS: If you plan on hitting the slopes this winter- remember to wear sunscreen because snow can reflect up to 80% of UVA/UVB rays.Note: The product mentioned was gifted to us from Pür Minerals. All the opinions in this post are our own.
I have been a long time fan of the beauty brand Klorane! They have a wide range of products from haircare to skincare, but this post will be dedicated to their haircare products. What makes this brand so special is that Klorane combines the “power of plants” with the best of science to develop a broad collection of effective and proven beauty products. If you have used this brand before, you can tell right away that they put great care into each product they create.
So here are my favorite Klorane haircare products:
Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk- I have spoken about my love for this product before. I believe this is my fourth bottle of this dry shampoo and I have countless backups. I leave a bottle at work, in my gym bag, and a mini one in my purse at all times. Now there is a reason why this dry shampoo has been praised by celebrities, hairstylists, and beauty bloggers– it soaks up all the oil and sweat from your roots and helps revive your hair. Just shake, spray it from about ten inches away from your head, and make sure to evenly spray your roots. Then let it sit for about two to three minutes to soak up any oil, then brush your hair and style as usual. Ta-Da!
Leave-In Fluid with Papyrus Milk- This leave-in conditioner is my savior during the cold months! It deeply moisturizes my hair while simultaneously adding softness and shine. It also helps manage any frizz and static in my hair. Best of all- it doesn’t leave your hair feeling heavy. I just take two to three pumps, and gently finger comb into the ends of my wet hair.
Leave-In Fluid with Mango Butter- This product is my go-to leave in conditioner for the summertime. First off, it has this amazing mango scent. It nourishes and protects without weighing down my hair, as well as repairs and prevent split ends. Best of all, you can use this on wet or dry hair. This product really protects my hair from any sun and chlorine damage which makes it the perfect summertime hair product!
So there you have it- my favorite Klorane haircare products! Have you used this brand before? If so, let us know some of your favorites! Tweet us at @passtherouge and follow us on Instagram at passtherouge.
Also dont forget about our giveaway were hosting– for details click here!
I love lip balm as much as the next girl, especially during this Polar Vortex that NYC has been in for the last few weeks! The harsh wind and dry cold air can make your lips feel super dry. So I have been on the search for the perfect lip balm– I’ve been to high end stores and drugstores, searching high and low! Now for me, not only do I need a lip balm that moisturizes and hydrates my lips but smells delicious!
This leads me to tell you all about the little wonder I have found: Kari Gran’s lip whip! This balm ($15) comes in many different flavors, but I have tried the Cinnamon and Peppermint versions- which smell heavenly! This product really gets down to business and makes your lips so soft! In terms of it’s consistency – it definitely lives up to it’s name- it’s just as smooth as it claims.
I usually apply a fairly thick layer of this balm to my lips and let it soak in. This balm does have a pink tint to it so you can wear it alone or underneath your favorite berry toned lipsticks. My sister and I really try to use products that are organic, paraben and chemical free, so Kari Gran is the perfect brand for us–their products are 100% organic and natural made of ingredients like organic beeswax, organic avocado oil, and organic cinnamon bark.
Also dont forget about our giveaway were hosting– for details click here!
ValerieNote: The product mentioned was gifted to us from Kari Gran. All the opinions in this post are our own.
I’m not sure about you but during the winter my skin and hair always feel super dry. While I can hydrate my skin with lotions, and serums- it’s a bit harder when it comes to my hair. I tend to blow dry my hair more often during the wintertime because I would be crazy to go out with wet hair in below freezing temperatures. So I really have been searching for a product that will just make my hair feel healthy again- Cue in: Kérastase Nutritive Nutri-Thermique Masque.
This product is a heat-activated conditioning hair mask for dry hair that hydrates and protects your hair from dryness and the damaging effects of heat-styling tools. Well, how does it work, you may be asking? Well the gluco-active 3 helps strengthen your hair, the thermo-reactive polymer protects your hair from heat, and lastly, the xylose conditions it. These nutrients work their magic even with the worst knots.
In terms of the scent and texture of this product– it has a very clean, and fresh scent. It also builds into a fairly frothy texture leaving your hair feeling super duper smooth. Now I have tried many deep conditioning products, I happen to like this one the best. It is really perfect for those who may not be the most gentle with their hair and over use styling tools. What makes this mask super unique is the heavy dose of nutrients which are activated by heat—whether by hot water, a dryer, or a flatiron. I know, how cool is that??? I would not use this product if you plan on curling your hair as curls tends to fall with this hair treatment.
While the price point of this mask is a bit high at $62 but I am definitely repurchasing this bad boy. I can’t imagine not including this products in my hair routine.
Also dont forget about our giveaway were hosting– for details click here!
We have some exciting news to share with you all:
- We will be co-hosting a twitter party with the beautiful Nancy-Lee, from fashionCHICsta, and Grand Central Beauty.
- Our twitter party will be on Thursday, January 30th, at 9pm EST/6pm PST.
- We are celebrating multi-cultural beauty inspired by the upcoming Chinese New Year.
- We’ll be chatting about beauty rituals, tips, and tricks from different cultures around the world. Make sure all your tweets contain #SmartSkinTips so everyone can follow along!
- Grand Central Beauty will be debuting a brand new product–Yes, you will be one of the first to know through this pre-launch!
- You can also win prizes: (you must follow all three of us on Twitter to be eligible)
- 3 deluxe samples of new product
- 1 “grand” prize of Polisher with deluxe new product
We hope to see you all there! We’ll be updating our twitter (@passtherouge) with reminders of the event!
Michelle & Valerie