Stacy B here! Trends come and go: grunge, go-go boots, slap bracelets, the expression "psych", lava lamps and plastic see-through handbags, to name a few. Some are gone forever, some jump in and out of popular culture (high waisted pants, mini skirts and blue eyeshadow just keep coming back) and some just never go out of style, like LBDs, suits with classic lines and a good pair of pumps.
One thing that's extremely trendy right now, that I hope becomes iconic and never goes out of style, is creating good quality products that are good for us, good for the environment and actually work. It was tough for a while there, a lot of products were hitting the market that were all-natural, no chemicals, no animal testing and nothing that was bad for you, but they didn't really work. Your choice was a product that worked but could possible kill you or the ozone layer later in life, or something that didn't work but made your conscience smile. Tough one. Big companies barely paid attention because they knew the all-natural stuff didn't work so why bother to try to make their chemical-filled products safer if they were still making money?
Slowly, things started to change, and products because better at doing what they were supposed to do without any harmful additives. Some of the more proactive companies had the foresight to throw some money into researching ways to make good products that aren't hurtful. Now, we're seeing so many products made from stuff from the earth, not a lab. Companies are reducing their carbon footprint and people are eliminating toxins from their routines.
This week, I found a great natural nail polish that I love. This company, called "Zoya" offers over 300 shades of polish that are incredibly long lasting and aren't full of things you can't pronounce! Zoya Nail Polish is free of toluene, formaldehyde, DBP (phthalates) and camphor. Wow..the only one of those I know about is formaldehyde and that gives me the creeps. All I can think about is high school biology and funeral homes. And regular nail polish companies let you put that on your nails?
Meg here! I just had the most relaxing/stressful evening! My friend has an amazing house up in the Hollywood Hills. The thing I miss most about owning my own house? My garden and my bath tub. There are few things better than a nice hot bath. My friend has a hot tub that overlooks the city, a sauna and an amazing bath tub. I've been sore and so he said I could have at his place and chill out. Awesome.
I was driving my rental car home all nice and relaxed when I saw police blues in the rear view mirror. I wasn't doing anything wrong so when I pulled over, I asked "did I do something wrong?" Apparently my rental car's expiration is expired. I explained it was a rental car and gave them my rental agreement, insurance and license.
They asked me to get out of the car. I removed my wet bathingsuit at my friends house and threw on a sweatshirt and shorts for my 5 minute drive home. They frisked me and asked me to remove my sweatshirt. I explained that I couldn't do that because I had nothing on under it. That I had been in a hot tub.
I just got back from spending 30 minutes in the back of a police car where the police (yes, plural police. They called in back-up for some reason so it was me, three male police officers and one woman) were telling me that the rental agreement dates were off and "had I stolen the car?"
My response? "Do I seriously look like a car thief? If I was going to go to jail for stealing a car it would not be for a light blue Hyundai sedan."
The car did indeed not come up as stolen and after a stern warning about having better paperwork I am now able to finally get home and write this review at 1am. I am now going to go to my Facebook profile and in the "about me" section write "suspected car thief."
I don't know when the world got so crazy and complicated but I wish sometimes we could just get back to basics. The thing about common sense is that's not really that common. Not around here anyhow.
I am happy to be writing my review on a natural company founded on both getting back to basics and common sense! Ecoglo Minerals is 100% natural. The line contains no parabens or anything that you can't pronounce. I know we had a lt of Everyday Mineral's fans on here that were very unhappy when the company changed so you may want to check Ecoglo Minerals out.
They have fast shipping and extremely competitive pricing. Seriously, some of the items are even below Drugstore pricing! They also have a really cool "loyalty program" everytime you make a purchase you get points that are converted into dollars so you earn money while you're getting great products at a fair price.
I tried Ecoglo Mineral's blush in "Lust" (7 points!). I loved how the blush came in a cute cloth drawstring bag (that now holds my hair elastics) "Lust" goes on smooth and I love the color. This is going to last me a long time because all the biggest make-up artists have told me "Only apply on the apple of your cheeks! We're not doing the whole pull-back with blush across the cheek bone anymore. It's too eighties!"
BabyLove here! A big thank you to everyone who commented on last weeks article. I don't feel so alone now knowing that a lot of you are as boring as me. I'd like to announce that as of tonight, I am officially done shopping.The stress of the holiday season has forced me into an eating frenzy, but thankfully I'll take these next few weeks to decompress.
I've gotten another drugstore baby product that is affordable to everyone, and can be found almost everywhere. I have to admit, that I've been dying to try this line, and with unsuccessful attempts to get some product for my list, I decided to buy it myself. Hopefully, I'll sweeten my proposition to their pr firm by reviewing them anyway.
If you haven't tried a Yes to Carrots, Yes to Cucumbers, Yes to Tomatoes, and recently added Yes to Blueberries product, then you're probably living under a rock somewhere. All three of these lines combine high quality fruits and vegetables with a mineral elixir from the Dead Sea to create quality products that nourish and hydrate skin and hair. 100% natural, Yes to Carrots baby carrots line is also tear free, hypoallergenic, paraben, petroleum, and SLS free. It's super affordable at $7.99, and convenient since it's another 2 in 1 product that us mothers love. The line is a perfect gift set for a mother to be where it includes a lotion, diaper cream, and bubble bath.
BabyLove here! I’m pleased to announce that after a year of begging Badger for products, I’ve finally succeeded! We’ve done reviews on Badger before, and you all have raved along with us when we sang the praises of their lip balms and #1 rated sunscreen. Since I blog mostly about children’s products, it seemed fit that I add them to the line up. Everything we’ve sampled from Badger has been fanfreakintastic, so I wasn’t shocked to find that their baby products are awesome too.
Jentri, from Badger, was kind enough to not file a restraining order after all of my “badgering” (oh, ha ha I am so creative) for baby products. She sent over some organic baby balm, some night night balm, and badger baby oil. I kept the baby balm for my babies, and passed on the other two goodies to some friends.
Calum is getting his two year old molars in, and has been nothing short of a whiny disaster area. He’s drooling non- stop, and has had a raw bum. I’ve used this on him to protect and soothe the area. It took only a day to see a huge result, and at every diaper change I’ve been applying a little bit to protect him from the moisture. It keeps him dry, and keeps him smelling good.
Meg here! Babylove is off this Friday and she asked me to do a "Baby Love" article in her place. This could be difficult seeing I don't have a baby. I also don't have any friends that live near by with babies. I also just get freaked out around them in general as well. It occurred to me there had to be someone better to write this article. Like, anyone other then me.
Today my baby butt was saved! Today was the day that WMBF aired a clip of me from being on their news show. The segment was "Best Baby Products!" Fortunately, we have many baby mothers and many baby lovers that read and offer their opinions on our Baby Love articles. All I had to do was go back and look at the comments that the Meg Heads had left under the posts to chose the most popular items.
They filmed this segment in my new enemy. Hi-Definition Television. Damn you HD! While I don't have a baby I do look like I was up all night with one!