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Judicial Review: Tints of Nature Conditioning Permanent Colour

Tints of Nature Conditioning Permanent Hair Color

When I was asked if I was interested in trying an organic hair color, my first thought was, “how is that even possible?” I’m still unclear on the science behind Tints of Nature, but by golly, it sure does work. After four weeks, the color hasn’t faded one bit. That’s pretty darn good, folks. Continue reading

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Local Love: Woodhouse Day Spa

WARNING: MAJOR DECLARATION AHEAD
I had the best facial I’ve ever had in my life. It’s kind of a milestone event. And I’m sorry that it’s taken me so long to tell you about it. 

I was invited by Woodhouse Day Spa, a national franchise founded in 2001 in, of all places, Victoria, TX, to learn more about the spa and their services. Last November, I sat down with Daphne, the owner of the Westlake location, the only Woodhouse in the Austin area. Following a tour of the facilities, she and I had a lengthy, informative and all around lovely conversation. Daphne walked me through the history and philosophy behind Woodhouse, and their carefully selected product lines sold and used at the spa. She insisted that I must first try their Signature Minkyti Facial. Sounded good to me!

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Judicial Review: Hard Night Good Morning Daytime Moisturizer

Earlier this year, Hard Night Good Morning sent me a slew of products from their skincare line. In July, I reviewed their Facial Cocktail Serum, which I liked. The last couple of months I’ve been using their Daytime Moisturizer. Will I view it as positively as I did the serum? In a nutshell, yes.

Hard Night Good Morning Daytime Moisturizer, closed jar, front view

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Judicial Review: Badger SPF 16 Sunscreen Lotion Aloe Vera

Badger SPF 16 Sunscreen Lotion Aloe VeraI’ve talked to you about Badger Cocoa Butter Lip Balm (with the help of some friends) and Badger Foot Balm. Next on the lineup of Judicial Reviews is Badger SPF 16 Sunscreen Lotion.

This is a new and improved product formulation of this sunscreen. Per the Badger website, “It features a light, moisturizing, USDA Certified Organic Aloe Vera lotion base that is perfect for daily use on face and body. Like all of Badger’s sunscreens it offers broad spectrum protection using only non-nano Zinc Oxide. This is a good option for those who found our original sunscreen creams too heavy for everyday use.”

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Meeting Organic Skincare Line and Namesake, Tata Harper

Tata Harper entire product line

On a routine shopping trip, I received a quick introduction to Tata Harper, a relatively new skincare line carried exclusively at Neiman Marcus. What makes these products special is that they are 100% natural. Just a few days later, I had the pleasure of attending a luncheon with Tata Harper herself. I learned about this very special lady, her revolutionary thoughts on skincare, and the products she formulates and manufactures herself. Continue reading

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Judicial Review: Hard Night Good Morning Facial Cocktail Serum

Hard Night Good Morning skincare products in original boxes

A few months ago, I received an email from Hard Night Good Morning, a Dallas-based line of skincare products created by D’Andra Simmons. They asked if I would be interested in trying out some of the products, which are sold at Whole Foods. When I said “yes”, little did I know that they would ship me a box filled with almost the entire product line! Even more impressive was the handwritten note from D’Andra sharing important facts about a few of the products.

Since I only write on Beautypendence about products that I have personally used, and it takes a while to truly evaluate a skincare product’s efficacy, you may be seeing reviews of HNGM products sprinkled over the next year. First up is perhaps their most beloved product, Facial Cocktail Serum.

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Judicial Review (From The Bench): Badger Cocoa Butter Lip Balm

Badger Cocoa Butter Lip Balm in Sweet Orange, Poetic Pomegranate and Creamy Cocoa

Tis the season for trying new things here on Beautypendence! For this Judicial Review, I welcome two guest Judges, Debbie and Christine. Wait… let me back up a little.

The good folks from Badger stumbled upon our humble blog and contacted us. They were interested in sending us some of their organic body care products for a test run. Umm, yeah! So one day, I received a box full of Badger goodies in the mail. First on the Badger line-up is Badger Cocoa Butter Lip Balm. As you can see from the product photo, I received three different flavors, so why not share?

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Judicial Review: COOLA Face SPF20 Mineral Sunscreen

Coola Face SPF20 Mineral SunscreenFor a while, I had been hunting for good sun protection for my face. Let us not forget that even in the winter (or Austin’s weak interpretation of it) you need to wear some kind of sun protection on your face.  EVERYDAY. 

I was specifically looking for a physical sunblock, which is typically sensitive skin friendly. (If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between “sunscreen” and “sunblock”, or “chemical” and “physical” sunblocks, read this.) The problem with sunblock formulas, however, is that they can leave a white cast on your skin due to the minerals used to do the sunblocking action. It’s not a good look.

I had first seen the COOLA Suncare line at a trusted local beauty store, so I went online to further investigate their self-proclaimed organic products. And then when Wendy and I went to Travaasa, their spa sold COOLA Face SPF20 Mineral Sunscreen, so I bought it in hopes that it would become my go-to daily sunscreen. Continue reading

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