Simply Shea Butter.

Shea Butter has been long known for it's healing and moisturizing properties. 

But what exactly can it do, and where does it come from?

I turned to Bath by Bettijo's Bettijo Hirschi for some answers.

This lush butter is extracted from the pit of a fruit, resembling a plum, which grows on the Mangifolia Tree, also called the Shea Nut Tree. The moisturizing power of Shea Butter was once a revered secret of the natives in the savannas of Central Africa, where the Mangifolia Tree grows wild. Traditionally Shea Butter has been used in Africa as a healing balm for rheumatism, muscle aches, burns, and light wounds. Shea Butter softens and nourishes skin and is believed to have antioxidant and regenerative properties. This emollient is especially useful for renewing skin suffering from the effects of sun or wind.

Now, there are products that may contain Shea Butter, but to get the true beneficial results from using Shea Butter, you should use it in it's most natural, or raw form. For this, we recommend the following:
Bath by Bettijo's Whipped Shea Butter, which comes in scented and unscented versions. My personal favorite is her Lemon Almond Scent. I keep it in the fridge to keep it cool, as I just love how it melts into my warm summer skin when applied. This is a skin-saver for my hands and elbows.

non_scents_sheabutter.jpgAnother raw version I like is That's Non-Scents Fragrance-Free 100% Pure Refined Shea Butter. This Shea Butter is naturally refined by cold pressing, with no added chemicals or fragrances additives. It is more of a pure butter form. In this form and with no additives, it can even be used on your face, not only to treat sun or wind chapped skin, but used prior to exposure to help prevent it in the first place.


Makeup & Music.

Two things I love - Makeup & Music.

Help support this worthy cause where Sephora & VH1 have teamed up and created  VH1 Save The Music Makeup Bag. 

vh1.jpgDescription taken directly from Sephora:

Join Elle, Sephora, and Kelly Rowland - the solo star and band member of mega group Destiny's Child to help VH1 hit a high note for America's school children by purchasing this limited-edition makeup bag specially designed by funky fashion house Heatherette, and filled with deluxe samples of Sephora favorites including Philosophy Falling in Love Body Lotion,Urban Decay Big Fatty Lip Plumper, Benefit Dr. Feelgood, and Stila It Gloss in Sweet.

$37.00 at Sephora.com.

*Net proceeds will benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in public schools across the country.


Help for Summer's Tired Over-Stressed Tresses.

My brittle Summer sun-soaked hair needed major help. I turned to an unlikely source in Kiehl's.

I have used a few of their products before, and swear by their Hand Cream, but I had never turned to them for hair care items. But after reading in Cosmo about one of their new hair masques, I thought I would look into it more.

kiehls_hair.jpgAfter doing some research on the web, I decided to pick up the Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Shampoo, Conditioner, and Deeply Repairative Hair Pak to see how they would work on my tired and overstressed tresses.

These products are made specifically for very dry, damaged hair (me!) and are all based with Avocado Oil, Lemon Extract, and Olive Fruit Oil. Many hair care products are formulated with Olive Oil, but never mixed in a formulation with the vitamins and amino acids that are ever so present in Avocado Oil & Lemon Extract.
Simply put, these products are not only nourishing, they are repairing, and protecting as well.

The shampoo - You only need a quarter sized amount to wash shoulder length hair. There is a sufficient amount of lather to the product and it rinses quickly and easily. It smells nice too - not overpowering! Upon rinsing, hair is felt almost conditioned - wow!

The conditioner - A small amount is all you need as well, as it is very rich, but spreads down over wet hair with ease. I left it on for about 2 - 3 minutes, and what was left washed out quickly as well. I swear my hair absorbed most of this, not just letting the product lay there.

The masque - This somewhat whipped texture product needed to be scooped out. I hate to dip my wet hands into a jar so I don't get water contamination issues, so I just grabbed a plastic spoon, and scooped 2 spoonfuls into my hand. I let this sit on my hair for about 7 minutes - longer than the suggestion, but I had a lot of shaving to do. Again, what wasn't absorbed into my wet hair was easily washed away.

The results - AMAZING! You would never, ever know that my hair is colored, highlighted, and recently beaten up in the sun, salt, and chlorine over the past few weeks. But the true test came the next day. You see, I left for a few days away trip that evening and brought my bottles of travel shampoo and conditioner that were already packed with me. I used those for the next two days, and my hair still looked and felt fabulous. I mean the shine is there, and it looks and feels incredibly soft. WOW - WOW - WOW!

If you are dealing with any type of dry or damaged hair issues and don't mind spending the money on all three products ($62) I urge you to take the plunge and splurge. And if you don't want to spend that much, at least invest in the Hair Pak. This product is awesome on it's own, and you will only be investing $25. ( I gave it to my Mom to try and that alone worked wonders for her.)

Available at Kiehl's Stores (you can look up locations here) and Kiehl's.com.