Unveiling The October 2013 Goodebox

Tuesday October 8, 2013 | Beauty

October 2013 Goodebox

My very first Goodebox!!!

I subscribed to the Goodebox because I thought it would be a great way to discover natural beauty & personal care products.

The products are selected for their clean, beneficial ingredients and eco-friendly packaging and sourcing of ingredients.

My version of the October 2013 Goodebox contained 5 trial size beauty & personal care products and 1 edible.

October 2013 Goodebox

The products in the October Goodebox are:

1.) ANDALOU NATURALS Lavender Thyme Body Lotion - I am a big fan of Andalou Naturals, so I was happy to find an Andalou body product in the mix. The lotion is a light cream that absorbs quickly. I find it sufficiently hydrating, and I love the lavender thyme scent. Price of full-size product: $11.95

2.) POMEGA5 Green Tea Balancing Cleansing Bar - The first ingredient is olive oil. Followed by anti-oxidant powerhouses, like pomegranate seed oil and green tea leaf extract. I’m not sure which is the ‘cleansing’ agent in this product, but I’m very curious to try this one. Price of full-size product: $22.00

3.) KYI Chamomile Lavender Whipped Shea Butter mask - Although this is presented as a face mask, this is a multi-purpose cream that can be used anywhere on the body. I cannot rave enough about the moisturizing and healing properties of shea butter. So far, I’ve been using this as a lip balm. Price of full-size product: $78.00 (for 15ml… WOW.)

4.) ACURE ORGANICS Moroccan Argan Conditioner - An ultra rich hair conditioner formulated with organic argan oil, argan stem Cells, CoQ10, and ingredients that have high fatty acid content. Provides hydration and shine for dry, curly, or damaged hair. Which sounds perfect for my hair type (I have coarse, dry hair). Price of full-size product: $9.99

5.) ACURE ORGANICS Moroccan Argan Shampoo - This was exactly what I needed. A natural argan oil conditioner & shampoo duo. Price of full-size product: $9.99

* Not talked about (because it was devoured instantly): a NibMor Daily Dose of Dark Chocolate. But I can assure you it was perfectly dark and delicious.

Out of all the products, I will probably be purchasing the full-size version of the ACURE Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner.

I can’t say that I was blown away with the contents of this month’s Goodebox.

After my experience with the French beauty box Ma Boîte A Beauté (which often contained numerous full-size products), my standards have been raised especially high.

But as I’ve said, the Goodebox is useful for discovering eco-friendly beauty products and testing them before committing to the full-size.

Price of Goodebox Monthly Subscription: $16.00.

Would you subscribe to the Goodebox?

iFabbo Social Media Conference in San Francisco – Oct. 12, 2013

Thursday October 3, 2013 | Beauty Events

Happening next Saturday!

iFabbo Social Media Conference San Fancisco 2013

How could I NOT go to this event?

The iFabbo Social Media Conference is an event that will unite beauty and fashion bloggers with brands and companies from the beauty, fashion and social media/tech industry.

The day-long conference will be an opportunity for bloggers to zero in on topics such as blog monetization, PR, photography tips, and increasing blog reach.

I found out about this event two days ago because I happened to do a Google search on “San Francisco Beauty Bloggers.”

No doubt that this will be a perfect opportunity to meet up with some beauty and style bloggers from the bay area.

I’m especially excited about the guest panels, which will include well-known fashion and beauty bloggers, as well as professionals from the beauty, fashion and social media/tech industry.

I saw that Marlena Stell of Makeup Geek is going to be there and I am a huge fan of her makeup tutorials. How cool will it be to see and listen to this woman in person?

And for some reason, I thought that celebrity-status beauty blogger Michelle Phan was coming to speak during this event. But I think I just hallucinated that.

In any case, I’m gearing myself up for this event! I’m sure it will be filled with inspirational people and eye-opening ideas for blogging.

If you are going to the iFabbo event next Saturday, tell meeee!

And if you can’t make it to this event, no need to feel left out. You can still be there without being there. The conference will be available to stream and watch online via Pay Per View.

A head’s up on purchasing tickets. The ticket for the event is $100, but if you are a regular reader of My Beauty Bunny you can get the Founder’s Invitation price of $50. Just choose “Founder’s Invitation” when you checkout.

Hope to see you there!

Therapy By The Sea. The Beauty Benefits Of Seawater.

Tuesday October 1, 2013 | Beauty Wellness

 “I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky; and all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.” ~ John Masefield, Spunyarn: Sea Poetry & Prose

the beauty benefits of the sea

It’s so thrilling to finally live just a short drive away from the beach!

The blue shimmering waters, the sound of the waves, the fresh salty air and the warmth of the sun… hardly a day has gone by that I have not spent some time sitting at the beach, breathing it all in.

Nevermind that it’s always too cold to go swimming in the Pacific waters of Northern California!

Just standing next to the ocean alone helps to bolster an overall sense of well-being.

But the benefits are not all just in our heads.

The beauty and health benefits of seawater are numerous. And have been known throughout the ages.

The ancient Egyptians and the greeks, including Hippocrates, observed that seawater could clean and heal wounds.

And the French have even invented a term for seawater therapy, called Thalassotherapy, which advocates the use not only of seawater, but also seaweed, sand and the maritime climate to treat various ails, from rheumatism to depression.

Seawater is filled with minerals and elements that maintain overall health and improve inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne, psoriasis and dermatitis.

The two main healers are salt and potassium chloride which help to seal damaged skin. Magnesium in seawater helps skin to retain moisture, so it will feel soft and smooth.

A certain amount of sun at the beach can also help treat skin ailments, by drying the skin and making it flake off and allowing healing to take place.

Sea air also provides respiratory benefits that can improve allergies and asthma. Negative ions, which are especially abundant in environments with moving water, increase our ability to absorb oxygen.

It’s no secret that relaxing at the beach can help to lower stress levels and rejuvenate the mind.

sea

When I stand next to the ocean, I am always reminded that we are part of something vast. And I am humbled.

Because no matter how big we make our problems to be, in the grand scheme of things, our lives are nothing but a small drop in an infinite ocean.

And for me, having regular access to that perspective is incredibly therapeutic.