Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Ugly Truth In The Beauty Industry

It's no secret that the average women expends a great deal of funds in the quest to look good.  I recently read a statistic that Jennifer Aniston shells out close to two thousand dollars on skin treatments and products monthly.  I'm not sure of the accuracy of that particular stat, but I perceive Jennifer as being relatively low maintenance. Looking naturally beautiful apparently comes at a price.

What many people don't realize is that the beauty industry is big business.  In order to secure a generous profit, companies compromise on what goes in their products.    They do this at the expense of the consumer.   These "high-end" and low-end products are laden with chemicals and additives.  Many of these ingredients have already been proven to be harmful to one's health.  So when we buy into the promises that these products claim to produce, we end up paying a hefty price in mores ways than one.

There are, however, reputable brands that strive to be truly natural by not compromising on their products.  It took a little effort for me to unearth these products because they tend to fly under the radar.  The brands that have earned my respect deliver in both quality of product as well as efficacy.  This is not exactly an easy feat.  I tried a host of naturally pure products from mom-and-pop operations that seek to deliver a truly good product, but they failed to produce positive results.  The purpose of this post is to put a deserved spotlight on the good guys that do produce quality products.

Products that deliver in both efficacy and quality of ingredients

Hylunia.  Science and nature come together to create products that are powerful.  Truly delivers high on results. I can't live without their anti-aging/age prevention products which feature Retinol and their own patented Peptide solution.  100% Vegan.

I can't thank SeabuckWonders enough for holding a contest.  Sadly I didn't win, but I was introduced to the company and products.  Simply lovely and delightful to use, a luxurious experience that won't break you budget.  Without a doubt the best skincare products containing Sea Buckthorn that I've tried.

Pure organic, fair-traded argan oil.  Eden Allure has high standards for their Moroccan Argan oil.  The result is a beautiful oil that is high in nutrients and the perfect moisturizer.  A fraction of the the competitor's cost.  A must-have for your beauty arsenal.

L'uvalla products are purely organic and purely lovely.  One of the most purest companies to really deliver a unadulterated quality product.   L'uvalla also won over a bevy of celebrities with their line of quality skincare that delivers results at a very affordable price.

Moringa Source brings us top quality products made with Moringa Oleifera.  The nutrient packed superfood has both internal and external benefits.  I discovered the pure Moringa Oil is much like Argan Oil.  A very inexpensive beauty must-have.

I'm sure most of you are already familiar with Reviva Labs.  There are a few products from this company that are unsurpassed in quality and price.  Meaning you won't find a comparable product for the price.

Au Naturel Ayurveda offers holistic bath and body products. Their unique proprietary blend of ingredients offers pure luxury with added aromatherapy.

Annmarie Gianni set out to make pure good-for-you products.  Not even the tiniest bit of preservative touches her skincare.  The result of her endeavor is a line of luxury products that nourish the skin from the inside out while delighting the senses.

A true beauty junkie must include a beauty website.  Iderma wins out due to easy navigation, product disclosure and their willingness to price match products found at a lower price elsewhere.  Basically they offer the best prices.

ToiletTree Products is new on the beauty scene.  They won me over with their oral irragator and more recently with their Professional Skincare System that accomplishes everything of a pricey sonic cleanser.  This is a very luxurious cleaning system at a phenomenal price.  I'm hoping to see more from these folks.

You don't have to spend a fortune to obtain beautiful skin.  The skincare products above are truly natural and deliver top results.   I only use products from these brands and I receive more compliments on my skin then ever before, and that includes all my other skincare phases.  It really demonstrates that there are no long term benefits in smearing over-priced inferior ingredients on your skin.

Would you like to try some of these products for yourself?  All of the folks behind these brands have offered to supply one of you fine folks some of their amazing products.  Some of which were hand picked by me, so you are actually getting my faves.

L'uvalla has generously offered to sponsor their Balancing System which consist of three full size products each designed to hydrate all skin types.   Gentle Foaming Cleanser, Rejuvenating Eucalyptus  Cleanser and the Balancing Day/Night Cream.  Valued at $110.00

Hylunia is sponsoring their Beyond Complex C. This is Packed full of anti-aging ingredients and retails for $84

SeabuckWonders is sponsoring their Natural Skincare Program. Four full size products include: Sea Buckthorn Body Lotion, Face Serum, Face Cleanser and Body Lotion.  You can purchase this system on their site for $73.84 sold separately the products amount to over $100

Au Naturel Ayurveda is offering full size products of their SHREE Jasmine Body Cleanser, SHREE Saffron Body Moisturizer and the SHREE Revitalizing Soap. A retail value of $50.00

Reviva Labs is offering the Organic Cleansing Milk, Tan Without Sun, Under Eye Dark Circle Serum and Seaweed Soap.  This is a $51.50 value

Vivoderm is offering their amazing Anti-Aging Mask.  This retails for $75.00

Moringa Source is offering 2 ounce size of their Moringa Oil and 2 ounce size of their Moringa Body Butter.  $30.00 value

 Eden Allure is offering a 2.2 ounce size of their Argan Oil and two organic bar soaps. $30.00

Iderma is offering the Glow Minerals Sheer Tint Base and the Glow Minerals Under Eye Concealer. $60.00

ToiletTree Products are offering their Professional Skincare System.  $32.00

Annmarie Gianni is offering the Aloe-Herb Cleanser that retails for $24.95

That is over six hundred dollars worth of some very fine products.    Hylunia and Reviva Labs are unable to ship to Canada, so if the first winner drawn is Canadian you will receive everything listed above except the products from Hylunia and Reviva Labs.  A second winner will then be drawn and will receive those products.

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