True Natural Sunscreens and Self Tanner

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While sunscreen is important year round, to help prevent sunburn and decrease the risk of cancer, it is a must for these long days spent at the pool, lake or beach. True Natural has an excellent line of natural sunscreens and even a natural sunless tanning lotion. These lotions are 100% mineral based and provide, broad spectrum UV protection. Their formula is all natural & biodegradable and contains no synthetic ingredients/chemicals. The unscented formula for babies and sensitive skin is given a rating of 1 (0 being the lowest 10 being the highest) from EWG’s Cosmetic Safety Database in their 2012 Sunscreen Report. The texture of theses lotions make for a quick & easy application, which is nice when you have little ones who are always on the go and don’t want to wait to be slathered in sunscreen.

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All Natural Sunscreen Lotion, Unscented for Babies and those with Sensitive Skin

SPF50

Price
$19.95 3.4oz

Ingredients
Active: Non-Nano, Zinc Oxide (20%)
Inactive: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Beeswax*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Deionized Water, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Stearate/Ethylhexyl Olivate, Hydrogenated Olive Oil/Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, p-Anisic Acid, Shea Butter, Silica, Sodium Lactate, Xanthan Gum, Yellow Iron Oxide *Certified Organic Ingredients

Water Resistant:
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All Natural Sunscreen Lotion with vanilla coconut scent

SPF50

Price
$19.95 3.4oz

Ingredients
Active: Non-Nano, Zinc Oxide (20%)
Inactive: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Beeswax*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Deionized Water, Fragrance (natural), Glycerin, Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Stearate/Ethylhexyl Olivate, Hydrogenated Olive Oil/Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, p-Anisic Acid, Shea Butter, Silica, Sodium Lactate, Xanthan Gum, Yellow Iron Oxide *Certified Organic Ingredients

All Natural Anti Aging Self Tanner

Use:
Per the direction on the bottle I exfoliated my skin with a sugar scrub and applied the self tanning lotion in a light sweeping motion. I noticed the different with in just a few hours. According to the bottle typically the tanned effect visible within 3-4 hours. Tan can be built up to achieve desired intensity. As you can see it totally knocked the stark white paleness from my legs, I really love this stuff. I use it on my face and neck as well with no skin problems. I enjoy the citrus scent it has, it doesn’t have the usual smell of a sunless tanning lotion…a scent that I despise. I really love this sunless tanner, I have been using it for about 3 weeks, since I don’t want a super dark looking tan, I reapply when my color starts to fade which is about every 3 days or so just to keep the paleness away. Here are some before and after shots:

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How does it work?
The combination of naturally occurring sugars found in certain fruits and vegetables are used in our The True Natural Self Tanner. The sugars react with amino acids found in the outer layer of the skin, creating a nontoxic reaction which gives skin a tanned look. Pretty cool, huh? This self tanner is also the first and only USDA 100% Certified Bio-based self tanner on the market!

Ingredients
Deionized Water, Glycerin*, Dihydroxyacetone, Soybean Oil*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Erythrulose, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Myristyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Jojoba Oil *, Sunflower Seed Oil*, Orange Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lemon Oil*, Lavender Oil, Green Tea Extract*, Lavender Flower Extract*, p-Anisic Acid, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract*, Xanthan Gum (*Certified Organic)

Price
$17.00 3oz (I wish it came in bigger sizes)

I am completely happy with the performance and results of these 3 True Natural lotions! If you want to check out all the skin and beauty care products they offer and stay updated on specials and sales get connected with them:

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3 Makeup Trends For 2012: Guest Post

3 Makeup Trends For 2012

Like every year, makeup artists try to cope with the latest in fashion to create a look that is distinguishable from anything that has ever been presented before. This summer, the success is achieved by bringing forth a fusion of vintage with contemporary makeup trends, as rouge, timeless lipsticks are combined with glittery eye accents of the future.

Being a mom doesn’t have to mean that you cannot be as stylish as the ramp beauties.
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Staying updated with the latest makeup trends is all what looking trendy is about. Given below are 3 makeup trends of summer 2012 that will add the much-needed oomph to your daily outfits:

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1. High Impact Lips – One of the makeup tips online for the hottest looks this summer are bold lips. Color them with deep red burgundy and scarlet but combine these shades with a clean base. Enhance your lip makeup with just eyes to which mascara and a fine line has been added on the upper lashes. This will give you the retro inspired trendy look of the season. The result is bold high impact lips while your face only just flirts with color.
If you need inspiration, try the shades that were seen at Christian Dior, Yves Saint Lauren, Jean Paul Gaultier and Donna Karan.

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2. Smokey Eyes – If some preferred bold lips, then there were those who made dramatic eyes the focus of the looks. Smokey eyes were evident at almost all runways. They were the choice for designer like Rodarte, Moschio and L’Wren Scott who only showed them off with evening outfits but also demonstrated ways in which these dramatic eyes could be used with everyday daytime wear.

make up trends smokey eye winged linerAt the Rodarte show, smokey eyes were created with deep indigo. They had a metallic touch. This was combined with lavender lips and pearly eye shadow. This gave an overall look of sophistication that just flirted with colors.

3. Winged Liner –The cat-eye look was all over the runways of Spring 2012 and there were so many renditions of this look that you won’t have any trouble choosing the best one. This is not so difficult to achieve and you can also wear it everyday. Also known as the winged liner look, this classic makeup has been reinvented giving it a modern touch.

Image Credit: Flickr via TORIMBC

To get the winged liner look, draw a thick wing with your liner past your eyebrows. If you want to emphasize the look, then continue to draw till you reach the inner corner of your eyes. This will highlight the V-shape. A different take on the winged liner look has wispy wings reminiscent of the retro-look.

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Tiffany Haryanto is a beauty expert and is also the owner of the website, http://www.costumesmegastore.com/, which is a popular portal to buy innovative costumes.

Summer Backyard Blast Giveaway Hop

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Here it is! The Summer Backyard Blast Giveaway Hop! We’ve got 2 great prize packages geared towards children that will aid in them having safe and happy outdoor play this summer.

Prize Pack #1: Stay Protected! ($67 value)

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TruKid Sunscreen and Sunscreen Stick: Read our TruKid Review ($28.98)

Flap Happy Hat of Winner’s Choice: Read our Flap Happy Review ($16.95-21.95)

Babo Botanicals UV Conditioning Spray for Hair: Read our Babo Botanicals Review($16.00)

Prize Pack #2: Fun in the Sun ($64 value)

SBB Prize pack 2

Pack of Kid’s Swiggies: Read our Swiggies Review ($14.95)

Gifts a GoGo  Fun in the Sun Pail ($48.95)

Enter to win on the Rafflecopter form below! Giveaway open to US residents 18 and up. Good Luck!

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Don’t forget to enter the grand prize giveaway sponsored by TruKid, Imperial Toy, and an amazing group of bloggers who want to make your summer a blast! You have the opportunity to win a wagon, water table, kid-friendly skincare package from TruKid, and a variety of bubble and water toys from Imperial Toy! Please note that the Grand Prize Giveaway is only open to US residents.

TruKid aims to encourage a healthy, well rounded lifestyle. By combining all natural skincare with fun and education, TruKid cultivates a relationship between healthy habits and being a kid.
Imperial Toy is the worldwide leader in the sale and manufacture of Bubbles and Novelty Toys. At Imperial, the Mission is to be First in Fun!

ENTER THE GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY HERE!

Disclosure: Untrained Hair Mom, Formula Mom, Tales From the Nursery, The Maven of Social Media, and the rest of the Summer Backyard Blast bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that fail to fulfill their prizes.

Swiggies Review: Summer Backyard Blast Sponsor

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Yesterday we mentioned how much we love the themed blog giveaway hops and told you all about the upcoming Summer Backyard Blast event and today we have another sponsor announcement…Swiggies! Who wouldn’t want an easy, convenient way to carry around a water bottle on a hot day? With the warmer temps of the summer months children are more at risk of becoming dehydrated, after all who like to stop playing to get a drink of water. Swiggies are a fun way for kids to stay hydrated while playing outside in the summer. Swiggies are water bottles that can be worn on the wrists of kids while they play. They have a spout that pulls open and easily closes back without leaking. The velcro strip makes it convenient to strap the bottle around the wrist and go. Swiggies bottles are made of the safest FDA approved, food grade, BPA-free plastic and have been tested under the strictest standards. They are also the easiest plastic to recycle, making them a “green” product.

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Swiggies aren’t too big or bulky so they don’t get in the way of play, activities and exercise, each bottle can hold up to 4oz of water depending on the bottle size.

Swiggies Review Wrist Water Bottle for Kids

D’s loves her Swiggies, every day when she goes out to play she has been filling up her bottles and strapping them on.

Swiggies Review Wrist Water Bottle for Kids

Swiggies sale for $12.95 on their website.

Swiggies Review Wrist Water Bottle for Kids

Children and adult sizes are available, both in a variety of colors. Swiggies has agreed to be a part of the Summer Backyard Blast giveaway by providing a set of their wrist water bottles to a lucky winner. Be sure to check back so you can enter to win some great summer prizes! Also, check out Swiggies on Facebook and Twitter.

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Flap Happy Review: Summer Backyard Blast Sponsor

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You know how we love giveaways and giveaway events around here and we especially enjoy the themed giveaway hops…and we could not pass up the opportunity to join a summer themed giveaway hop called Summer Backyard Blast! For Summer Backyard blast we will be featuring (and giving away) some fun and cute summer/outdoor items for kids! Our first feature comes from Flap Happy and our own Baby Boy. Flap Happy is a hat and clothing company created with the purpose of providing protection to our little ones from the sun.

Take a look at the adorable “Pirate Cay” protective swimwear and hats for toddlers. Both pieces are made from non chemically treated UPF50+ fabrics for added protection from the sun. toddler boy swim trunks

In addition to sunscreen I feel that protective clothing is a must for my little ones to stay safe from the sun. I love the hat flaps and I wish I would have had one for the baby last year and one for D when she was small as well. The flaps extend down to cover the ears and the back of the neck and provide a protective barrier from the sun. I also think it is super cute to have matching hat and swim trunks. Flap Happy offers some adorable colors, prints and styles.

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Baby Boy having some fun in the sun:

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I love that Flap Happy has such a nice variety of swimwear and hat styles in different colors and cute patterns for boys and girls. Flap Happy is generously giving away a hat of the winners choice for the upcoming Summer Backyard Blast Giveaway Hop. Don’t forget to come by and enter to win this and more great prizes!

Connect with Flap Happy on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for updates and special deals!

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