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Trying to pronounce the names of harsh chemicals freaks me out. When it comes to the all the buzz lately about dangerous additives in our food, air, and products, it’s no wonder we’re stressed about what to try next. So, even if there’s still some things I can’t be sure are made without nasty additives, Anna Naturals’ products are all-natural all stars that scrub away my troubles and hydrate deeply without irritating my skin.
Featured in our July box, the Glowing Mama Walnut Scrub soothes away dead skin and roughness without parabens and is gentle enough to use on your face, too. I used it in my shower on my upper arms and immediately loved the citrusy scent- clean without being overwhelming- and was genuinely surprised to find that it didn’t leave a residue behind. A win for walnuts, this vegan treat has clearly earned its reputation as a ‘glowing’ favorite of expectant mamas and anyone who loves a good exfoliant.
BB5 Tip: Go easy!
Exfoliation is essential for skin, but you don’t want to overdo it! Limit yourself to using scrubs two times a week and always remember to moisturize afterwards.
To continue the pampering, Anna Naturals also kills germs naturally with their Wash it Away Organic Castile Foaming Soap that cleans without over-drying, and also restores smooth skin with their Just Right Lotion made from botanical extracts.
So, ditch the nasty additives, but keep all the softness! Your skin will thank you.
XOXO,
Kelsey

Trying to pronounce the names of harsh chemicals freaks me out. When it comes to the all the buzz lately about dangerous additives in our food, air, and products, it’s no wonder we’re stressed about what to try next. So, even if there’s still some things I can’t be sure are made without nasty additives, Anna Naturals’ products are all-natural all stars that scrub away my troubles and hydrate deeply without irritating my skin.

Featured in our July box, the Glowing Mama Walnut Scrub soothes away dead skin and roughness without parabens and is gentle enough to use on your face, too. I used it in my shower on my upper arms and immediately loved the citrusy scent- clean without being overwhelming- and was genuinely surprised to find that it didn’t leave a residue behind. A win for walnuts, this vegan treat has clearly earned its reputation as a ‘glowing’ favorite of expectant mamas and anyone who loves a good exfoliant.

BB5 Tip: Go easy!

Exfoliation is essential for skin, but you don’t want to overdo it! Limit yourself to using scrubs two times a week and always remember to moisturize afterwards.

To continue the pampering, Anna Naturals also kills germs naturally with their Wash it Away Organic Castile Foaming Soap that cleans without over-drying, and also restores smooth skin with their Just Right Lotion made from botanical extracts.

So, ditch the nasty additives, but keep all the softness! Your skin will thank you.

XOXO,

Kelsey

Who Run The World? Curls.
If you carry the crown of curls like many of us girls, your hair probably never got the memo on being 100% the same.
Chances are your mane might be be a little bit wavy, a little bit curly, and a little bit straight, all at the same time. For this conundrum, multi-textured is the name and taming frizz is the game- well, that and adding hold while not weighing your hair down. Seem like one product that does it all might be too good to be true? Meet Miss Jessie’s Multicultural Curls. No matter what your hair-itage, this styling lotion whips your curls into shape while keeping them soft and oh-so-touchable.
BB5 Tip: Scrunch away!
After applying a capful to your washed and detangled hair, scrunch your hair to encourage a good twist and enhance your natural texture, then, let it air dry. If you’re on the go or want a little more oomph, you can also scrunch and then use the diffuser attachment on your hairdryer to speed up the drying process.
Love your locks, every single texture of them!
XOXO,
Kelsey

P.S. Want more? We’re giving away Miss Jessie’s Multicultural Curls, Baby Butter Creme and Curly Meringue- plus, Fly Ties, Be A Bombshell Lip Gloss and Body Drench Lip Balm!

Just head over to our Facebook page and comment the photo above with the name of the girl who has the curls you envy the most- feel free to attach a picture, too!

Contest ends Friday August 1st at 9 AM CST.

Who Run The World? Curls.

If you carry the crown of curls like many of us girls, your hair probably never got the memo on being 100% the same.

Chances are your mane might be be a little bit wavy, a little bit curly, and a little bit straight, all at the same time. For this conundrum, multi-textured is the name and taming frizz is the game- well, that and adding hold while not weighing your hair down. Seem like one product that does it all might be too good to be true? Meet Miss Jessie’s Multicultural Curls. No matter what your hair-itage, this styling lotion whips your curls into shape while keeping them soft and oh-so-touchable.

BB5 Tip: Scrunch away!

After applying a capful to your washed and detangled hair, scrunch your hair to encourage a good twist and enhance your natural texture, then, let it air dry. If you’re on the go or want a little more oomph, you can also scrunch and then use the diffuser attachment on your hairdryer to speed up the drying process.

Love your locks, every single texture of them!

XOXO,

Kelsey

P.S. Want more? We’re giving away Miss Jessie’s Multicultural Curls, Baby Butter Creme and Curly Meringue- plus, Fly Ties, Be A Bombshell Lip Gloss and Body Drench Lip Balm!

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Just head over to our Facebook page and comment the photo above with the name of the girl who has the curls you envy the most- feel free to attach a picture, too!

Contest ends Friday August 1st at 9 AM CST.

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Whether you’ve been denied ordering off the kids menu, desperately wanting to be older so you’ll be taken seriously, or enjoying the senior discount with no shame, you’re never too young- or too old- to start taking care of your skin!

Plenty of us have used skincare products that our friends, mothers and grandmothers used, with no regard to how it might impact us. Rather than spending money on the next fad lotion or cream that everyone else uses, why not get exactly what you need? Catching my eye with customization lately has been the different phases of Simyskin’s Anti-Aging Eye Serum. All three target what’s affecting the sensitive skin around your eyes in each stage of life. 

While I personally fall on the left side of the graphic above, and have always been told eye serum was something I wouldn’t need until later in life, even now, a tube will do some preliminary protection for my peepers and plus, a tiny bit will last me a long time!

BB5 Tip: A little goes a long way!

You only need to massage a very small amount into your skin each morning after cleansing and before applying moisturizer. Just a dab does wonders!

Remember- you’re only as young as you feel, but good skin makes every era your golden years.

XOXO,

Kelsey

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We’ve all heard that beauty is pain, but that doesn’t mean we have to keep proving it right!

Whether it’s waxing your brows or lipstick that dries out your pout, there’s too many vices that keep the contents our makeup bag hostage, but I draw the line- or cat-eye, rather- at eyeliner that hurts to apply! I always budget time when I’m getting ready in the morning to emphasize my eyes with a vivid swipe of black, but hard pencils that tug at my eyelids, or worse, the madness of mashing my peepers with a liner tip that crumbles, can throw off my whole day. In my quest for lining nirvana, this month’s Starlooks’ Kohl Eye Pencil has really joined the ranks with my favorite liners because its creamy formula glides on with ease, but is still packed with pigment to deliver a saturated finish, pain-free. Plus, the color is easy to blend with a brush, making it a smoky-eye staple.

BB5 Tip: Warm it up!

Once you’ve sharpened your eye pencil, rub the sharpened end between your thumb and index finger lightly for an even smoother application with no pokes had or tears shed!

Be gentle but still bold,

Kelsey

P.S. Joanna is looking simply marvelous up top wearing the Obsidian Kohl Eye Pencil by Starlooks.

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Added to the list of burgers without cheese, chipped nail polish, and mall traffic, chapped lips are simply something that I don’t have time for. When the weather and long day can be so drying and dull, why, oh why would I leave the house without a hydrating balm in my hand?

Believing that soft smackers really do make a difference, Body Drench’s Candy Licious Lips have won my heart, because even typing about them is causing a craving to get out my tube and apply. They’re made of moisturizing beeswax, vitamin E and coconut oil- hello, ingredients I can pronounce!- and with 6 different sugary flavors like Cotton Candy, Peppermint Stick, and Lemon Drop, it’s like having a little candy shop stashed in my purse.

Honestly, the hardest part is picking just one sweet flavor to use at a time (well, in addition to not embarrassingly licking it off my lips in public because it’s so delicious).

BB5 Tip: Keep it handy!

I like to store a container in each purse I use and by my bed, so that I never have to worry about forgetting it and leaving my lips dehydrated! Plus, the smell alone is the perfect pick-me-up for my constant sweet tooth.

Moisturize with flavor!

XOXO,

Kelsey

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If your hair could pull up a chair and sit down to chat with a professional therapist about its childhood, struggles, and problems, what would it say?

Mine would probably be able to tell many tales about just what I’ve put it through. I’ve fallen victim to DIY color that left me with straw-like locks, I’ve blown it out with the hottest setting my dryer could manage days in a row, and my straightener, curling wands and irons, and yes, even the crimper of my middle school days, have all done their fair share of damage. 

Since my dry tresses come with plenty of baggage, an intervention is necessary- a frequent one, actually- and HASK’s Argan Oil Intense Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment is just that! I’ve heard the buzz about Argan Oil for a while, and was skeptical at first, but this Moroccan miracle really repairs, fixing flyways and frizz while adding shine.

BB5 Tip: Relax and let the magic happen!

Think of deep conditioning as your few minutes of zen. After shampooing, apply it to your hair and allow it to work through your parched locks for about 10 minutes (I measure it as three songs on my shower playlist), then rinse it out to discover a soft, smooth, and moisturized mane.

Bigger life issues may take more than one therapy session, but hydrated healthy hair is easy, no prescription required.

XOXO,

Kelsey 

Interested in even more TLC? We’re giving away the entire HASK Argan Oil collection, including the Intense Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment, plus the Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner and the Healing Shine Hair Treatment on our Facebook page!

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Just share your best Bad Hair Day story with us- and tag a friend so she can enter, too!

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To the girl who loves rocking a bold lip but is scared to look in her compact midway through the evening, I feel you.

I so know the pain of running to the bathroom to check my makeup and being horrified when my once-perfectly-primped lipstick has vanished all too well, so anything that keeps my smackers looking smashing is an obsession! I always shied away from liner because I thought it was just another step, but this month, I’m loving the great, long-lasting color and definition of Starlooks’ Lip Liner because it fixes my getting ready woes in one step. Being a newbie to lip pencils, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it glides on (gently warm the tip between your thumb and index finger!) and that it really did keep my lipstick in place- no more dreaded smudges on my skin!

An even better bonus and lazy-girl’s dream? The pencil’s pigments and finish are so top-notch that I have been using it by itself as an allover lip color as well! 

BB5 Tip: Just trace your pout and fill in inside the lines like your old coloring book days- and if you’re worried that the outline might be too harsh, use a q-tip around the edges to blend or soften the look!

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Line on and shine on!

XOXO,

Kelsey

Say hello to our July Sneak Peek! 

No woman deserves dull lashes, which is exactly why we’re proud to announce that every BB5 subscriber is getting a FULL-SIZE sample of Revlon’s Bold Lacquer Length + Volume Mascara! Thanks to lengthening fibers and new lacquer formula, this product delivers intense, luminous color, that will make your lashes shine and stretch. 

Ready for longer, blacker lashes? Sign up by 6/30 to snag this full-size mascara and the July box!

Why splurge on fancy essential oils when you can wind down with these?
This June we decided to share some heavenly treats with our subscribers in the form of Vitabath’s "Wild Red Cherry" and "Dreamy Pink Frosting" body wash. I’m almost ashamed to admit that I keep my sample in my purse to take quick pick-me-up sniffs when my days drag, but, then again, can you really blame me?
What I love about Vitabath (aside from the decadent scent, of course), is their emphasis on quality and health. Made from combination of nourishing vitamins and antioxidant blend of acai, goji, and mangosteen, this invigorating bath and body products are moisturize skin without nasty additives like propylene glycol, mineral oils, silicone, and parabens. 
Loved your sample? You can snag a full-size ($7.99) from our shop AND get free shipping with code JUNEBOX! Plus, you can also enter Vitabath’s Pin It To Win It giveaway here!

Why splurge on fancy essential oils when you can wind down with these?

This June we decided to share some heavenly treats with our subscribers in the form of Vitabath’s "Wild Red Cherry" and "Dreamy Pink Frosting" body wash. I’m almost ashamed to admit that I keep my sample in my purse to take quick pick-me-up sniffs when my days drag, but, then again, can you really blame me?

What I love about Vitabath (aside from the decadent scent, of course), is their emphasis on quality and health. Made from combination of nourishing vitamins and antioxidant blend of acai, goji, and mangosteen, this invigorating bath and body products are moisturize skin without nasty additives like propylene glycol, mineral oils, silicone, and parabens. 

Loved your sample? You can snag a full-size ($7.99) from our shop AND get free shipping with code JUNEBOX! Plus, you can also enter Vitabath’s Pin It To Win It giveaway here!

The best part about summer? It’s not the fun vacations, or the longer days, or the smell of sunscreen— it’s taking a dip in a cute bathing suit and relaxing in the sun shine! 

photos: curiouspip and awrinkleofbrilliance