Our Top 10 Earth Day Friendly Beauty Picks

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Our Top 10 Earth Day Friendly Beauty Picks!


1. Everyone Face Exfoliate

$9.99 at eoproducts.com
EveryOne Face Exfoliate ­ a natural and unique product that uses Candelilla Wax to provide the exfoliating texture, not plastic beads. Candelilla Wax is naturally found on the shrub of the Candelilla Bush (native to southwestern US and northern Mexico). Never harmful to the environment or wildlife, and it’s biodegradable. This facial exfoliator is gentle on skin, but does a great job at removing dirt, and last night’s make-up!

2. Alba Tinted Perfector Lotion

$9.99 at albabotanica.com
This has quickly become my favorite moisturizer because it’s a tinted with just enough color to even out my complexion. I use this as my daily moisturizer now and I’m so happy with the results. No clogged pores, no breakouts, just happy, beautiful skin.

3.  Dr Hauschka Mascara

$30 at drhauschka.com
 When I started looking for an “all natural” mascara, I tried at least half a dozen before I found Dr Hauschka’s mascara. What a waste of money! I should have started with Dr Hauschka’s because it is hands down, the best all natural mascara that I’ve tried. It doesn’t flake off before the day is done and it doesn’t clump. I also like how it smells. Highly recommend this mascara for anyone looking to clean up their beauty routine.



$20 at urbandecay.com
With its additively creamy texture and gorgeous, high-gloss finish, Naked Lipgloss feels so luxe that you’ll want to keep applying it all day—even when you don’t need to. The best part? Unlike most addictive substances, it’s actually good for you! Nine gorgeous colors to choose from. “Naked” is my favorite shade. Perfect for everyday!

5. Elemis Quiet Mind Temple Balm

$30 at nordstrom.com

This soothing temple balm contains a powerful blend of essential oils to help promote harmony, tranquility and relaxation. I use this every night before bed or whenever I’m feeling stressed.

6. AHAVA Lavender Bath Salt

$22 at ulta.com
Rich in health-inducing minerals, these 100% pure Dead Sea salts contains 21 essential minerals. They condition skin by increasing moisture and nourishment levels, helping to ease muscle tension and soreness and relax both body and mind. Seriously, take time to have a bath once a week. It will change your life!

7. Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex Body Scrub

$9.99 at ulta.com
SheaMoisture’s Superfruit Complex Hand & Body Scrub is a nourishing sugar scrub that exfoliates and purifies while leaving skin soft and radiant. Plus, it smells realllllly good and it’s affordable!

8. Authentic African Black Soap

$8.39 at alaffia.com
Authentic Black Soap is an “all in one” option for cleaning, and is ideal for faces and babies, shaving, shampooing, and as a general hand & body wash. Scented with a clarifying blend of citrus essential oils. Suitable for all skin & hair types. You’ll absolutely LOVE this one!

9. Herbacin Wellness Hand Cream

$5.99 at drugstore.com
Herbacin Wellness hand cream intensely moisturizes dry and chapped hands with powerful skin protectants and all natural ingredients. I use this every time I wash my hands to seal in moisture and keep them well hydrated.  The Herbacin Wellness Lavender hand cream combines powerful is the perfect daily moisturizer for your hands. (Good for feet too!)

10. Avalon Organics Shampoo

$10.50 at avalonorganics.com
Get your hair clean naturally with Avalon Organics Peppermint Shampoo. It will invigorate your scalp for a clean, fresh feeling. All natural ingredients strengthen the elasticity of weak, brittle hair while smoothing split ends and fly-aways for radiantly renewed bounce and length. Your hair will thank you!




Enter To Win A JOHN FRIEDA Salon Shine Hair Dryer worth $39.99!

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We’ve teamed up with Conair to give our readers a chance to win an amazing new hair dryer from John Frieda!

NEW from Conair is John Frieda Styling Tools Collection that includes this amazing (PURPLE!) Salon Shine Hair Dryer. You can achieve gorgeous, frizz-free shine with this compact, yet powerful hair dryer.

A smaller, more travel-friendly version of the second generation dryer, the new Salon Shine Hair Dryer delivers an astonishing 1875 watts of power using an advanced high torque DC motor. Engineered with a high voltage ionic generator to guarantee a smooth blowout and a ceramic titanium-coated grill for even heat distribution, it protects hair against damage and boosts body and shine.

Retail: $39.99


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Get the Look: Radiant Orchid Hair Color

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Radiant Orchid is everywhere! Not only has it taken over the fashion and beauty scene, the hottest trending color is now a must-have for your hair! Kelly Osbourne, Nicole Richie, and even Lauren Conrad (even if it was just an April Fool’s joke) have now joined this unforgettable trend by rocking the vibrant color in their tresses.

Since you probably don’t want to run to your nearest salon and get a full head of radiant orchid like the lovely ladies above, consider a more temporary solution like Streekers!

You can get temporary real hair color with Streekers. They are the easiest temporary hair color to apply, they don’t contain harsh chemicals and wash out with shampoo.

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Click here to get Streekers in Purple and Ultra Violet on Ulta.com for $11.95 or visit your local Ulta Store.

Visit streekers.com for more info.

Be sure to follow the Pantone Color of The Year 2014 Pinterest Board for more color inspiration!

Win A 90 Day Supply of Hair Essentials Herbal Supplement worth $99!

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bombshellHave you always wanted longer, fuller more beautiful hair? Have you ever envied the red carpet locks of Kerry Washington or Sandra Bullock? Wouldn’t you just love to recreate those gorgeous, bombshell waves? If only your hair was longer/thicker/healthier… Well, there might be hope for you! You can fix your hair problems with a new herbal supplement called Hair Essentials™.

Some hair vitamins and supplements nourish hair follicles for healthier hair growth, others repair damaged hair follicles, while still others combat excessive shedding and hair loss. Hair Essentials does all three! Made from more than 20 herbs, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids and other essential nutrients, this supplement works for all hair types and solves most hair problems including health-related or genetic hair loss, product and styling damage, thin hair, breakage and slow growth.

You can feel confident about the ingredients in Hair Essentials! They are:

  • Doctor-formulated
  • 100% drug free
  • Certified gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Non-GMO
  • No controversial ingredients (animal- or marine-derived)
  • Manufactured in the USA

Visit www.hairessentials.com for more information!

We’re giving away a 90 Day (3 month) supply of
Hair Essentials
to one lucky winner!

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The Fashionable Housewife was compensated either by free product or payment for hosting this giveaway. All opinions and experiences are my own. Open to the US, must be 18+ to enter. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) is responsible for prize fulfillment and product shipment to winner(s) of the giveaway. This event is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by any social media network. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Please contact us if you have any questions.

How To Get A Perfect Blowout At Home

My hair is frizzy, thick and usually quick unmanageable. I get to review a lot of shampoos and conditioners in my line of work here, but most of them do not work for me. I know it’s not my incompetence because sometimes my stylish has trouble with my hair too. Some products just don’t work in my hair. So when I find something that works and gives me great results every single time without fail, well I just have to tell you ladies about it!

1. The Hair Brush

I’ve tried a LOT of hair brushes. I mean honestly, I’ve been doing this fashion/beauty blogging thing for like 8 years now. I have personally tried at least 2 dozen brushes and I have finally found GOLD!

I can use the same salon or salon quality shampoo and conditioner, under the same weather conditions and blowdry my hair the same exact way. But if I do it with two different brushes on two different days, it will come out totally different! Who would have thought?

olivia garden kerabrush

The brush that I consistently get the best results from is the Olivia Garden Kerabrush Hair Brush, 2.75″ ($19.99 via Amazon).

It dries quickly due to the large vents, which is something I need because I have SO MUCH HAIR. To me, this is a great feature. I also love that the brush is metal free and infused with tourmaline ions that add luster and sheen to hair. Perfect for hair that has had a keratin treatment or anyone that normally has frizzy, unmanageable or hard to tame hair.

2. The Moroccan Oil And Hair Serums

I’ve tried lots of styling creams, oils, serums, etc in my hair. Some are sticky, some are dry and some make my hair even thicker and MORE unmanageable! Fortunately, I’ve found a few items that work well in my hair.

moroccan oil

Moroccanoil Treatment Light 3.4 Oz – $38.99

This Moroccan Oil Treatment is an ultra-light formula which is absorbed by the hair instantly, resulting in a natural, silky finish and brilliant shine without leaving a residue. This treatment has the ability to restore over-processed hair damaged by environmental factors and chemical procedures. Moroccan Oil revives, hydrates, and most importantly, detangles hair, wigs and hair extensions.

This stuff is seriously magical. I received a sample to review in an order from Sephora and the first time I tried it, I was amazed. Then my salon started carrying the line of products and when my stylist, Jon, used it in my hair, I was definitely hooked. My hair always looks amazing when I use the Moroccan Oil.

I also like Eden Allure Pure Argan Oil from Morocco, Amal Oils 100% Organic Argan Oil and my all-time favorite – Eufora Beautifying Serum.

3. The Shampoo & Conditioner

radiant red

I am really picky about my shampoo and conditioners. I will try anything once but if it claims silky smoothness and my hair ends up being twice as thick and twice as frizzy, it’s out the door quick and I don’t even bother posting about it! (Nobody likes bad news!) That said, when I find a duo that works great, I’m likely to use it until the bottles are empty and then buy more.

One of those duos that I repeatedly purchase are John Freida Radiant Red Color Magnifying Shampoo and John Frieda Radiant Red Color Magnifying Daily Conditioner.

My other favorite duo, which is more on the pricey side, but is totally worth it is Eufora Beautifying Elixirs™ Moisture Intense Shampoo and Conditioner. Heavenly.

4. The Hairdryer & Straightener

I’m still on the prowl for the “perfect” blowdryer, but the one that has served me well for many years is the Inifiniti by Conair 228 Nano Silver Tourmaline Ceramic Styler in White ($39.99)


I’ve been using this one for about 4 or 5 years now and I don’t have any complaints other than my hair takes a long time to dry, but I don’t really think it’s the hairdryers fault necessarily. It’s not like it takes a significantly longer time to do my hair myself than it takes my stylist, so I can only speculate. My dryer came with 3 attachments which come in handy quite often and I use them regularly. Overall, I’ve been pretty happy with this hair dryer, which is why I haven’t bought a new one. I think I will wait till this one comes to the end of it’s life to replace it because I can’t imagine another hair dryer being too much better than this one other than insignificant features like being lighter weight or maybe having a more convenient cord.

Price: $40

Get It: Amazon.com


My mom’s favorite hair dryer is the Bed Head Bh407 1875 Watt Ionic Turbo Dryer. It’s lightweight enough for her to handle easily and she loves how it performs. I’ve used it before and I also love the fact that it’s lightweight. This is an important feature for me since it takes so long to dry my hair that if it’s a heavy blow dryer, I just give up before I’m done because my arm is about to break off.

blow dryer

The official details of this blow dryer…

If you want shinier hair and less frizz, then you will love bed head’s 1875 watt ionic turbo dryer. Ionic technology leaves your hair shinier and less frizzy with healthy looking results. For drying and styling flexibility, 2 heat and speed settings are offered with professional rocker switches, plus a cold shot button that releases cool air to set your style. The included concentrator attachment allows for precise styling. The removable end cap makes it easy to clean and maintain.

Price: $23

Get It: Amazon.com


All hair straighteners are definitely not built the same! I have found a huge amount of variance in temperature, handling, features, functionality and overall performance. I’ve gone through probably a dozen or so flat irons in the past 10 years. I have finally found one I’m going to stick with though.

hana straight iron

The HANA Elite Flat Iron 1.5″ from Misikko is the best flat iron I’ve tried so far. Works quickly, easy to handle, excellent cord, easy to accurately adjust the temperature and works great every single time. If you are frustrated with your flat iron and want a salon quality result, you should check out Hana Flat Irons.

Price: $260

Get It: Misikko.com


5. Dry Shampoo


Don’t let all your hard work go to waste! Once your perfect blowout starts getting a little dull or greasy, bring it back to life with dry shampoo. This can help extend the time between washes which not only saves you money, but saves you time!

My favorite dry shampoos are Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo ($20) and Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo Spray ($3). Huge price difference, yet very similar results. I prefer the smell of the Suave one, over the Drybar one, however, the Suave Dry Shampoo makes my hair slightly sticky while the Drybar Dry Shampoo is actually very dry, almost like powder so I find it makes my hair appear slightly duller. So depending on which products I’ve used for my blowout, I have to carefully select which dry shampoo will work best to serve my needs that particular day. I recommend keeping both on hand.

Tell me what products you use to get a great hair day and let me know if you have any questions about the products I use!

Great Hair Day For A Great Announcement!

A couple months ago, I tried out Dove’s new Intensive Repair Hair Care Shampoo and Conditioner. After 2 months of use, I have intensely refreshed and uber moisturized hair that is shiny and full of life. I can’t believe how a never-ending “bad hair day” (which lasted about 2 years) suddenly turned around! I now have softer more manageable hair that doesn’t feel dry, brittle or unmanageable.

The best part? My hair is back to it’s original color! I mean, just look at it…

(Click here to see this #DoveGreatHairDay on Instagram)

It’s a great hair day for a great announcement!

Baby #3 is due May 2014!!

My son (3) and my daughter (6) are super excited to welcome a new member into our family this coming Spring. I struggled quite a bit with morning sickness for the first 11 weeks and then it started to subside. Now that I’m in the second trimester, I’m feeling a lot less nauseous. So if you were wondering about the lack of posts (especially outfit posts!) in the past 3 months, well now you know why. If you’ve emailed me and I haven’t replied yet, that would also be because sitting at the computer checking emails hasn’t been high on my priority list considering my physical condition at the moment.

I’ve already done this whole “being pregnant thing”, twice now, so I feel like a pro. I knew what morning sickness would be like and I already knew what remedies worked best for me. The only thing that has really surprised me this time around is how everyone asks me (including my midwife), “Was this planned?!” My parents, uncles, aunts and cousins all had two kids and that’s it. However, my grandparents, on both sides, came from families of 7 or more children. Both my husband and I have always imagined ourselves having a large family. However, as we’ve recently learned, having more than two kids these days is considered bizarre and out of the ordinary! Oh well. I guess you can’t please everyone. We’re absolutely over the moon about our growing family, regardless!

You can have a great hair day too! To enter to win a sample from the Dove Hair Care product line click here. The first 500 entrants will win a sample!

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Dove understands that having beautiful, healthy-looking hair gives you the confidence to feel your best. Whether your hair is dry or damaged, Dove has a tailor-made solution for your hair care needs. After just one wash hair is shiny, healthy-looking and full of life. Thanks to Dove, you can look and feel beautiful from the inside out.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Dove via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Dove.

Change Your Look This Fall with Clairol Professional ‘Classic Collection’

Last week I told you all about how you could Color Your Hair At Home with Clairol Professional “Classic Collection” and today, as promised, I’m going to reveal who was lucky enough to get a FREE makeover from me featuring their new hair color courtesy of Clairol Professional.

My mom has very thin hair so if it’s not the perfect shade, you can see right through it and it’s very unflattering (sorry, mom!). I was happy that I selected the perfect shade for her skin tone and hair because it looks great now!


We used “Classic Lightest Neutral Brown” (5N|85N) from Clairol Professional’s Classic Collection. It easily and expertly covered all the grays and the process was easy to do at home. We both think the results are salon quality. No need to waste money at the salon this Fall. Save it for a new pair of boots and do your hair color at home!

I love the new color on my mom and I think it’s a great, warm color for Fall. I styled her with a Ralph Lauren blazer we scored at TJ Maxx for $14, a basic BCBG tee from TJ Maxx that was on sale for $5 and some black leggings from TJ Maxx that were on sale for $8! The earrings and necklace are her own and she wears them all the time, with everything.



What do you think of my mom’s makeover? Doesn’t she look awesome for 65 years old? She’s such a fashionista… :-)

Check out Clairol Professional’s new “Classic Collection” and pick from their 16 timeless shades to find the color that is right for you. Stay tuned for a post later this month on how to choose the best colors for your skin tone, hair coloring tips and trends and which hair styles are hot for Fall this year!

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Classic makes a comeback. Clairol Professional’s new ‘Classic Collection’ offers 16 timeless shades with a modern formula for brilliant shine and deep conditioning.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Clairol Professional via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Clairol Professional.