Bump It Off

Bump It Off pulls multiple duty as an exfoliating shower scrubber, make-up brush cleaner, tub toy for tots, and even plate & pot scrubber. Durable, soft, and supple and available in an array of colors, it contains finger slots for easy gripping and scrubbing. You’ll wish you had thought of inventing this item… Stock up at
https://www.goddessofgadgets.com/ and at Walmart.com

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LA VANILA’s AIR Deodorant

We know it’s just deodorant, but LA VANILA’s AIR Deodorant smells so incredibly good that it could double as a sweet scent for summer. Why not smell fantastic at the gym, on dates, at work and wherever you roam? Pick it up at https://www.lavanila.com and at Ulta.com.

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Ionic Smoothing Brush and Bristle Straightener Brush

If you ever dreamed of a hairbrush that could smooth your hair as well as straighten it, then KISS has made your dreams come true with its Ionic Smoothing Brush and Bristle Straightener Brush. Simply switch them on and brush according to instructions for them to work their hair magic! Volume, shine, and smoothness is all literally at your fingertips. Order at http://www.kissproducts.com.

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Easane’s herbal LOSE DROPS

easane’s herbal LOSE DROPS render weight loss and/or maintaining your weight as simple as adding drops of their elixir to a glass of water. The dandelion, fennel, and flaxseed in this herbal mixture support metabolism efficiency and keeps you feeling satiated throughout the entire day. It smells great, too! Find it at https://liveteasane.com/product/lose-drops/.

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BioLumin-C Serum

DERMALOGICA’s new BioLumin-C Serum combines a Vitamin C complex with advanced bio-technology, imparting 3x more Vitamin C than other brands, and where it’s most needed. BioLumin-C brightens, firms, reduces the appearance of fine lines, and bolsters the skin’s internal defenses. Some of the ultra-effective ingredients include Sophora Japonica Flower Extract and Salvia Hispanica (Chia Seed) Oil. Stock up at https://www.dermalogica.com

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IMAGE SKINCARE’s The MAX

If your neck needs some lifting, IMAGE SKINCARE’s The MAX – a stem cell-based neck lift – does the trick quite efficiently. Simply apply a generous amount to neck and décolletage, up to the jawline, to bolster elasticity and firmness. Time-released for up to 48 hours, this wonder cream can be used morning and evening and is chock full of shea butter, grapefruit, sweet almond, peptides and more. Find it at http://www.ImageSkincare.com.

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STERLING FOREVER JEWELRY

STERLING FOREVER JEWELRY features perfect-for-summer Raw Stone Double Sided Studs. These gorgeous earrings will work with any outfit and will easily take you from work to rooftop party. These Raw Stone Double Sided Studs come in three color options: Turquoise, Quartz, and Rose. Find them at https://www.freepeople.com/shop/raw-stone-double-sided-stud-earrings/?category=SEARCHRESULTS&color=046

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KORRES 3D DefEye Gravity Super Eye Serum

KORRES 3D DefEye Gravity Super Eye Serum with black pine is a sculpting, lifting super-serum for the eyes to visibly lift upper eyelids. Fight fatigue and reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, puffiness, wrinkles, and dark circles. You can count on Korres for quality ingredients and product purity. Stock up for summer at http://www.KorresUSA.com

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ABSORB SKINCARE’s Body Oil

ABSORB SKINCARE’s Body Oil renders your skin ridiculously soft with its head-to-toe moisturizing power. Step out of the shower and let Absorb work its softening magic. Bonus: it smells like the intoxicating orange trees of Seville. It’s just the thing for cultivating a summery glow. Wild-crafted in the USA in Austin, Texas. Order at https://www.absorbskincare.com/.

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Toxic beauty products

It seems that every other day there’s a new warning for consumers about toxic beauty products being sold on the market, and today appears to be no different. A recent study has revealed that hair products predominantly used by black women and children contain hazardous chemicals, Reuters reports.

Researchers conducting the study tested 18 different hair products—including hot-oil treatments, relaxers and conditioners—and found potentially harmful chemicals called endocrine disrupters in every product examined. These chemicals can interfere with the body’s hormone balance, leading to possible reproductive disorders, asthma or even cancer in those exposed.

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Of the 66 endocrine disrupters sought after within the products, as many as four to 30 disrupters were found in each of the tested hair products. Even worse, two products specifically created for children were discovered to contain the largest levels of banned chemicals, lead author Jessica Helm, a research fellow at the Silent Spring Institute in Newton, Massachusetts, told Reuters.

Researchers are speculating that these endocrine disruptors found in the everyday products could be a reason why African-American women enter puberty at an earlier age than other demographics. It could also provide proof for why African-American women tend to have higher rates of asthma and reproductive diseases as well.

“It’s widely known the U.S. is doing an inadequate job of testing and regulating chemicals,” Helm explained, noting that many cosmetic companies exclude chemicals from product labels if the ingredients can be categorized as a fragrance or if the company can prove it’s a “secret” component of the formula. In fact, it was reported that 84 percent of the chemicals discovered in the hair products examined in this study were not disclosed on product labels, proving just how obscure ingredient lists really are. But by omitting harmful chemicals from product labels, the United States protects and promotes the companies’ best interest over the consumers’ health, which is obviously a major issue for shoppers.

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Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time African-American beauty products have come under fire for being detrimental to customers. In 2016, a study found that one of every 12 beauty products marketed to African-American women were deemed “highly hazardous.” Yet, there’s still not a lot of research done on the topic and there’s currently a lack of natural, organic beauty product options geared towards African-Americans on the market.

Ultimately, this study is yet another example of why the U.S. need to crack down on harmful ingredients used in the cosmetics industry. After all, 11 of the products examined in this research contained chemicals that are prohibited in the European Union, so why should they be allowed in products sold in the United States? Ultimately, it’s our citizen’s lives at stake, and that shouldn’t be a risk cosmetic companies are allowed to take.

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Kybella

Miami dermatologist S. Manjula Jegasothy, MD, is a big fan of Kybella. While the injection is “the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment” to reduce fat under the specific area of the chin, she’s seeing it do some amazing things in other areas of the body—including upper arms, saddlebags of the thighs, knees, bra line, abdomen, love handles, “muffin tops,” posterior upper thighs and even the inner thighs.

“Kybella, which is deoxycholate [a bile-derived salt similar to what the gallbladder naturally produces] works by emulsifying, and therefore, destroying fat cells in the areas where it is injected,” she says. “The body’s immune system then resorbs the fat cell remnants over a period of one-to-three months.

As Dr. Jegasothy explains, Kybella emulsifies fat cells permanently, so the results are “permanent.” “However, there are always residual fat cells remaining in any treatment area, so if you gain a significant amount of weight (10 pounds or more), then the residual fat cells will accumulate larger amounts of fat and become larger themselves, therefore, reducing the appearance of the fat-reduction result.”
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In her case studies (as published in Modern Aesthetics with before-and-after images shown here), a physically fit 26-year-old patient had Kybella injected off-label into the lower abdomen. Results shown are six weeks after one treatment 
and the patient was “highly satisfied” with the treatment outcome.

“The areas that I think are the most interesting are the areas that have been notoriously difficult to liposuction because of drooping skin or dimpling afterward,” Dr. Jegasothy says, and pegs an unexpected bonus as part of the treatment. “These areas include the outer thighs, the bra line, the inner thighs and the upper posterior thighs. While Kybella does not have a mechanism of action for tightening dimpled skin over the areas of fat loss, in patients under 55 years of age, I am generally seeing a nice skin-tightening result in treated areas as well!”

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