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Latest Beauty Fads to Waste Your Money

Latest Beauty Fads to Waste Your Money

Latest Beauty Fads to Waste Your Money? Read the post by Dana Ramos, author The Skin Regime; Boot Camp for Beautiful and find out!

 Lastest Beauty Fads to Waste Your Money

There is a salon in New York City that will charge you $180 for the pleasure of having a “Bird Poop” facial.  I’m quite serious.   There is no proof that it does anything good for your skin (in fact–it sound quite unhealthy, even though the poop is “sanitized”).

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The sad truth is that since the dawn of vanity, people–mostly women–have sought increasingly expensive or ridiculous choices in the quest for either better-looking skin, or something that will slow or reverse aging skin.  And rather than reach for medically-proven ingredients and products (like those outlined in my book, The Skin Regime; Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin), people are seduced by marketing promises and luscious-looking jars and bottles, filled with whatever is touted as the “latest” or “newest” fad ingredient; even though that ingredient may be completely useless at worst, or minimally effective at best.

We’ve been through jars containing muds and chocolate; berries, fruits and oils; real or imagined new “chemicals;” hormones and strange “extracts;” collagen; “mysterious” discoveries from far-away lands; and on and on– none of which have been shown to make great improvements in your skin.

Here are a few of the latest  beauty fads that have not been proven to be effective, but companies are trying to get you to buy:

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Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics On the Go Beauty Set

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics On the Go Beauty Set!

I was very excited to receive Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics On-the-Go Beauty Set! This is not only because Youngblood Cosmetics is cruelty free, but also, I had not yet tried any of the six items included in the Set.  All of Youngblood Mineral products are free from talc, perfumes and chemical dyes, and are non-comodogenic (they won’t clog your pores).

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Available at the Youngblood Mineral website and New Beauty at Fred Segal for $25.50 USD, this set has deluxe size samples of six of Youngblood Mineral best sellers. As you can see in the photo below, you will also receive a beautiful ostrich print cosmetics bag, in which the products are enclosed. The Set is available for purchase in three colors: light, medium, and dark. I was provided with the Light shade, which was just right for my skin tone.


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 Youngblood Mineral Primer:

Youngblood Mineral Primer is the first item in the Set. It is colorless and, as advertised, definitely helped in several ways. First, it smoothed out my skin so much that my pores were nearly impossible to see. Also, it made a very smooth surface on my skin before I applied my foundation. It is advertised as being lightweight and silky, and that is absolutely true. It does feel velvety. The formula just blended right in, and I think it’s great that it has minerals and vitamins for protecting my skin.

To use, I first applied a moisturizer, and let it soak in. Then, I pumped one drop of the Primer on my fingertips and rubbed them together to thoroughly mix the Primer. Then, I applied the Primer to my face. Youngblood Cosmetics writes that the Primer should be applied in circular motions. I learned what the exact amount was that I needed for my face–don’t overdo it! Just a tiny amount is needed. Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics

Youngblood Mineral Eye Impact Quick Recovery Eye Cream:

Youngblood Mineral Eye Impact Quick Recovery Eye Cream is the second product in the Set, and is advertised as being to, “instantly hydrate and de-puff to reduce the signs of fatigue around the delicate eye area.”  While I can’t write that it happened instantly, I definitely agree that on mornings where I was exhausted, it did reduce the puffiness, and my eye area looked more awake…less fatigued, unlike the rest of me!  I assume that can be attributed to the great ingredients that are in this anti aging eye cream. Menthol and caffeine would help to decrease the puffiness, and the moisturizers include algae, hyaluronic acid, and shea butter.

To use, apply the eye cream with very gentle pats around the eye area. I found that I needed a very small amount, and that wasn’t even a full pump. The eye cream can be used in the mornings, and in the evening, after cleansing your face. It feels cooling when you apply this eye cream.

The only con I can come up with is that some people will argue that a separate eye cream is not necessary. However, as there are ingredients that perk up the eye area, if your facial moisturizer doesn’t have this, you should check it out.

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Youngblood Mineral Radiance Moisture Tint:

Youngblood Mineral Radiance Moisture Tint is the third product in the Set. This Youngblood Mineral product has many purposes. The formula is developed to provide light coverage to your face. It is lightweight and will provide you with sheer coverage. The ingredients of Seve Marine, Kiwi Extract, and Vitamin E are beneficial because they will help leave your skin smooth.

As soon as I put this on my face, it felt very moisturizing, and left it even toned. As you choose your Kit color (light, medium, or dark) I had just the right amount for a nice healthy looking glow. 

It’s easy to use the Youngblood Mineral Radiance Moisture Tint. Make sure you have applied a moisturizer first, and then simply apply a small amount to your face and blend. Remember, this is a tint, and therefore, provides sheer coverage.

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Youngblood Mineral Radiance Moisture Tint Illuminating:

Youngblood Mineral Radiance Moisture Tint Illuminating is the fourth product. The difference between this and product  described above is that this is Illuminating. It will luminize your face with a golden sheen. The only aspect that you may not want is, of course, the sheen. It’s good to try it, and this deluxe size is a great way to do it.

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Youngblood Mineral Illuminating Tint Body:

Youngblood Mineral Illuminating Tint Body is the fifth product in the Beauty Set. It’s a very rich, extremely moisturizing lotion that is tinted, and is formulated to produce a glow on your body. This be used on your décolleté, shoulders, arms and legs. The fragrance is not overpowering, and is from the shea butter and coconut oil. I needed two pumps, and simply smoothed it on for coverage. Keep adding product until you have the coverage you desire. It will make your skin feel very smooth!

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Youngblood Mineral Liquid Mineral Foundation:

Youngblood Mineral Liquid Mineral Foundation is the sixth, and final product, in the Set. The sample I received is the shade ‘Sand,’ because the Set I received was Light. However, while the Set is available in 3 shades (light, medium, and dark), if you purchase the Foundation separately, it is available in nine shades. The shade in the Set may not be a perfect match for you, but don’t let that turn you away from trying it with an appropriate shade.

One squeeze from the tube is all I needed. You can use a brush, your fingers, or a sponge. No matter what method I used, I loved the finish, and while I’m not sure the color was the perfect one for me, (I would want to also try the shades of pebble and shell), it did give me an excellent chance to see, and feel, the Foundation on my face.

Youngblood Mineral CosmeticsFinal Thoughts on the Youngblood Mineral On the Go Beauty Set:

I agree with Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Founder and President, Pauline Youngblood, that “With a retail value of $33.50, the On-the-Go Beauty Set is a very pretty, reasonably-priced gift you might want to give to yourself, too!” This is a great way to to sample deluxe size products that you haven’t yet tried from Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics, or even to have an extra, on the go size of these super products.

Ingredients of Youngblood Mineral On the Go Beauty Set:

Mineral Primer: Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Smithsonite Extract, Rhodochrosite Extract, Malachite Extract, Hematite Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol. PAO 12M

Eye Impact Quick Recovery Eye Cream: Water (Aqua, Eau), Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Steareth-20, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Algae Extract, Niacinamide, Fraxinus Excelsior Bark Extract, Silanetriol, Potassium Citrate, Silica, Dimethicone, Hyaluronic Acid, Menthyl Lactate, Caffeine, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Allantoin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Caprylyl Glycol. May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891). PAO 6M

Mineral Radiance Moisture Tint/Illuminating: Water (Aqua, Eau), Phenyl Trimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Lauryl PEG/PPG-18/18 Methicone, Hexyl Laurate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone, Crosspolymer, Stearyl Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Algae Extract, Sodium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Menthyl Lactate, Allantoin, EDTA, Hyaluronic Acid, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Smithsonite Extract, Rhodochrosite Extract, Malachite Extract, Hematite Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891). PAO 18M

Liquid Mineral Foundation: Water (Aqua, Eau), Cyclomethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Glycerin, Reduced Salt Deep Sea Water, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Polyoxyethylene, Methylpolysiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Lauryl PEG/PPG-18/18 Methicone, Squalane, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Natto Gum, Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Flower Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Magnolia Biondii Bark Extract, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Propolis Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Thujopsis Dolabrata Branch Extract, Allantoin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Natural Fragrant Essential Oils: Lemon, Orange, Ylang-Ylang). May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499). PAO 12M

Mineral Illuminating Tint BODY: Water (Aqua, Eau), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Stearic Acid, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Argan Oil, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Triethanolamine. May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499). PAO 12M

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Mont Bleu Beauty Products with Swarovski Crystals

Mont Bleu

Beauty products are obviously of interest to me. A beauty product with Swarovski Crystals…extra interesting, and gorgeous! Two of the three beauty products that were sent to me have them as an added decorative touch to the products. The Swarovski Crystals have a very unique light reflecting quality to them due to the unique amount of edges. Mont Bleu is a company whose glass nail files I have previously reviewed, and they have sent three beauty products for me to share with you today: a compact mirror, tweezers and a glass foot file.

Mont Bleu is based in Prague, Czech Republic, and they produce and decorate, their products with crystals from CRYSTALLIZED™ Swarovski Elements. Check out the Mont Bleu online shop.

This is the amazing photo that Mont Bleu uses on Twitter (they spell it Mont Blue there).

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Sircuit Skin: Lavish Multi-Use Dry Oil

LAVISH, a new, multi-use therapeutic dry oil, was sent to me for review by Sircuit Skin.

I received a 1/8 oz. amber vial sample–$7.50 (US) 

What is Lavish?

Lavish is a light, dry oil, that quickly absorbed into my skin. It’s not shiny or greasy, and, I was excited to read the ingredients to see that it’s formulated with nine precious oils. There are so many uses for this oil, a list of benefits follows later in the post. 

Lavish is free of artificial preservatives, colors, or fragrance, and phthalates. Of course, it is cruelty free.

Featured Ingredients:

Grape Seed Oil – Rich in linoleic acid, acts as an emollient, a lubricant, and an antioxidant.

Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil (aka Kukui Nut Oil) – excellent source of gamma linoleic acid; smooths skin while moisturizing and protecting; used to treat dry, chapped, and irritated skin.

Organic Borage Oil – high concentration of Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), an Omega 6 Essential Fatty Acid (EFA), anti-irritant, soothing.

Arctic Cranberry Oil – provides essential fatty acids and tocotrienols, for nourishing, moisturizing, and protecting skin.

Cloudberry Oil – unique combination of energy and nutrition, rich in skin essential linoleic and alpha-linolenic acids, and UV protecting carotenoids, as well as membrane strengthening phytosterols, antioxidant rich.

Bitter Almond Oil – high levels of oleic acid, unsaturated triglycerides provide moisture, easily absorbed in skin.

Macadamia Nut Oil (Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil) – high in essential fatty acids, Is often used to improve the appearance of scars and stretch marks.

Calophyllum Inophyllum Oil – stimulant for collagen synthesis for use in anti-wrinkle and anti-stretch mark products.

Neem Oil – For thousands of years Ayurvedic medicine has used Neem for skin care and to treat skin disorders, Moisturizing, rich in fatty acids and glycerides, promotes healing, antiseptic.

Lots of Benefits!

Without looking or feeling greasy, it leaves your skin glowing and luminous and feeling really smooth! It is suitable for all skin types.

The combination of botanical essential oils combat the signs of aging. The oils help to improve the appearance of scars and stretch marks.

Lavish can be used on dry hair for the split end damage control.

For all skin types: the oil will stimulate collagen production.

Strengthens skin elasticity and structure.

Offers antioxidant rich protection.

Lavish can be used all year (in the East, where I live, that means all four seasons) to combat environmental dryness.

Sircuit Skin Suggestions Ways to Use:

Face: Apply to face or blend a drop of oil with your moisturizer or foundation, for a luminous glow.


Apply over arms and legs as needed.

A drop or two of Lavish may be added to your bath water.


Use as a mask for dry hair, smooth over hair ends or add a drop in the palm of your hand and gently run through your hair for a natural effect.

For Best Results: Keep out of sunlight, and store away from any heat source in a cool, dark place.

There are so many ways to use Lavish; I highly recommend. 

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The Leaping Bunny Program Partnership with

On Friday, May 18, Kim Paschen, the Communications Manager of the Leaping Bunny Program, was incredibly kind to make sure I had seen the great news about the Leaping Bunny’s partnership with 

Kim was quoted as saying, “This is a fantastic opportunity to reach a new audience of over 3 million people and not only educate them about the reality of product testing, which is still occurring on personal care and household products today, but also make them aware that there are so many great companies producing effective, quality products that are cruelty-free….Consumers can make this their one-stop shop for items free of animal testing.

A huge thank you to Kim! To all those reading, please check this out:

PHILADELPHIA—The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ Leaping Bunny Program is pleased to announce a new partnership with’s green and natural department, The Natural Store™ at™.  Over 50 Leaping Bunny certified companies sell products on this website, including: 100% Pure, Alba Botanica, Aubrey Organics, Avalon Organics, Beauty Without Cruelty, Biokleen, Burt’s Bees, Crazy Rumors, Crystal, Deep Steep, Dr. Bronner’s, Earth Friendly Products, Emerita, EO, Giovanni, Hugo Naturals, Jason Natural Cosmetics, Kiss My Face, Martha Stewart Clean, Method, Mrs. Meyer’s, Nature’s Gate, Seventh Generation, ShiKai, Tom’s of Maine, and W.S. Badger Company.

The main page of The Natural Store at features the Leaping Bunny Logo with a link to a page containing a rotating list of special deals on Leaping Bunny certified products: in addition to a link to sign Leaping Bunny’s Pledge To Go Cruelty-Free.

“From the beginning, we’ve been committed to helping people live healthier lives. One way we do that is by offering our customers one of the largest and best selection of natural products online. But it’s not just about being responsible caretakers of our planet; we’re also pet owners and animal lovers. Giving our customers the opportunity to shop for cruelty-free products is important to us, so we are proud to feature products sporting the Leaping Bunny Logo,” stated Julie Johnston, VP OTC Merchandising of

Since 1996, the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics has been connecting compassionate consumers with cruelty-free companies. The CCIC is made up of the following organizations: American Anti-Vivisection Society; Animal Alliance of Canada; Beauty Without Cruelty, USA; Doris Day Animal League; Humane Society of Canada; The Humane Society of the United States; and the New England Anti-Vivisection Society. CCIC’s international partner is the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments. For more information, contact the CCIC at (888) 546-2242 or

Disclosure:  I have nothing to disclose. All links are for your convenience only!

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