• Las Vegas

    Surya Brasil Amazonia Preciosa Ucuuba Nourishing Hair Mask

    When you have a passion for switching up your hair color, swimming in the pool and messy buns, your hair goes through a lot!  One quick and fun way to give your hair the love it needs so it looks more like silk and less like straw is to use a hair mask.  Did you know that shampoo and soaps work just as well without foam? They just put it in for psychological reasons we associate foam with clean. Most beauty products create this foam with a chemical called SLS. I am so happy to see on the Surya website that their products are all SLS free!  Say yes to happy hair and luminous skin 🙂

    Wavy hair lace wigs

    Yay to great hair or wigs and nay to fake foam!  Why do organic products matter? You are not eating this. But actually you ARE eating it, your skin is the largest organ in your body and what you put on your skin does get ‘EATEN’ and absorbed into your body! Think about that!

    This 100% vegan, natural and organic conditioner certified by EcoCert®, strengthens and reconstructs hair from the roots to the ends. Rich in Vitamins E, B1, B3, B6, Omega-3, copper and zinc. Rich Brazilian nut oils will instantly smooth and fortify each and every strand. Ideal when used with Amazonia Preciosa Brazil Nut Shampoo and Conditioner.

    Never tested on animals, Surya Brasil products do NOT contain sodium laureth sulfate, parabens, artificial coloring, artificial fragrance, solvents, mineral oil or GMO’s. All have been hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested.

    Size 4.23 ounces (120g)

    Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Glyceryl Stearate, Orbignya Oleifera (Babaçu) Seed Oil*, Dehydroacetic Acid and Benzyl Alcohol, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuaçu) Seed Butter*, Dipterix Odorata (Cumaru) Extract, Glycerin, Citric Acid, Aniba Canelilla (Preciosa) Essential Oil, Bertholletia Excelsa (Brazil Nut) Seed Oil*.

    *Ingredient proceeding from Organic Farming.

    98.5% of the total of ingredients are of natural origin.
    22.8% of the total of ingredients proceed from Organic Farming.

  • Asian,  Austin,  Australia,  Las Vegas,  London,  Los Angeles,  New York,  Toronto,  WorldWide

    We’re Going Nuts…Brazil Nuts that Is!

    Topganic Brazilian Nut Oil Collection

    Gisele, Alessandra, Adriana – they’re all Victoria’s (not so best kept) Secret, but another thing that these stunners have in common is that they hail from Brazil. Before the world turns its attention to Rio de Janiero for the 2016 Summer Olympics, discover the best that Brazil has to offer for your beauty regimen with Surya Brasil and Topganic. Utilizing ingredients straight from this South American nation, including Brazil Nut, Buriti, Acai and more, these products will have your hair and skin shining brighter than the Sao Paolo sun!


    Surya Brasil

    For the past 20 years, Surya Brasil has been unearthing the therapeutic performance of exotic botanical ingredients native to the Amazon region, like buriti, murumuru and cupuacu. They combine these with ancient plants and herbs, including Henna, a flowering plant, and Brahmi, a scalp-soothing botanical from India to create their best-selling natural hair colors formulations, hair care and skincare.

    All Surya Brasil products are 100% vegan, natural and organic. The brand has also earned EcoCert, Cruelty-Free, Vegan and Kosher certifications.

    Line Includes:

    • Henna Hair Cream and Powder
    • Color Fixation Hair Care
    • Sapien Women Hair & Body Care
    • Sapien Men Hair & Body Care
    • Amazonia Preciosa Body Care
    • Vegan Lip Balms 

    Surya Brasil is available at select Whole Foods Markets, as well as online www.suryabrasilproducts.com.


    Topganic Brazilian NutOil Collection

    Enriched Brazil nuts are known as one of nature’s best sources of selenium, an important mineral for healthy scalp appearance. They’re also brimming with alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that helps condition hair. They are also considered a terrific source of zinc, which combats shedding.

    The Brazilian Nut Oil Collection is formulated with a boosted combination of hydrating and deep nourishing shea butter, avocado oil and Topganic’s proprietary keratin protein. This unique combination repairs the quality of hair while imparting a protective coating that lasts between washes and leaves hair shiny, bouncy and silky soft.

    Collection Includes:

    • Shampoo with Keratin from Brazil
    • Conditioner with Keratin from Brazil
    • Leave on Silk Serum with Keratin from Brazil
    • Intensive Hair Mask with Keratin from Brazil
    • Style & Go Moisturizing Cream with Keratin from Brazil

    Topganic is available online via www.topganic.com.

  • WorldWide

    Amika’s Obliphica Nourishing Hair Mask

    Providing your hair with the occasional extra dose of TLC is essential to maintaining beautiful, healthy hair.  Amika’s Obliphica Nourishing Hair Mask ($40) is a deep conditioner that works on all hair types, from fine to coarse, to restore, smooth and protect.  The key ingredient is Sea Buckthorn Berry (Obliphica), which is also the basis of Amika’s haircare line.  You can use it as an everyday conditioner or as a weekly treatment (simply leave it in longer for deep-conditioning effects).


    I used this on my hair, which is fine with very tight curls—always thirsty for extra TLC.  Looking at the small sample packet, I found it laughable to think it would be enough for my entire head, but I was pleasantly surprised that a quarter-size portion was sufficient.  The conditioner was rich and had a sweet, but not overwhelming, scent.  After working it through my hair, I let it sit for 2-3 minutes and rinsed.  I was very happy with the results—my hair felt moisturized and was easily detangled.


    Check out Amika’s website for more information about this product:  www.loveamika.com 


    TIP: Whenever I want to super deep condition, I do the following:

    • Saturate a hand towel in hot water and microwave it for a few minutes (microwaving isn’t necessary if your tap water gets as hot as mine does!).  Be careful when handling the towel, because it will be HOT!
    • Next, put a shower cap over your conditioner-soaked tresses, then wrap the hot towel around your head and cover with a plastic bag. 
    • Chill out until the towel is cool (about 15-20 mins) and voilà —you’ve just given yourself a penetrating deep conditioner!


    kisses, Olisa

  • Los Angeles,  WorldWide

    Honey, You’re Amazing

    For the last few weeks, I’ve been stressing so much dealing I haven’t really had time to take care of myself. In the last two weeks I’ve lost my voice twice and I’ll admit my skin hasn’t been looking very good. I’ve been drinking lots and lots of tea especially with this cold weather… tea and honey! That’s when I got the idea I had to do a post about honey. Honey can be used in much more than your cup of tea or your food, it actually has healing powers.

    Honey is really well known for fighting infections and bacteria and for its anti-inflammatory qualities. Way back in the day, honey was even used to put over battle wounds disinfect and prevent infections. When digested, the vitamins and minerals in honey can help disappate the bad cholesterol in your body and clean out the germs floating in your system because honey is absorbed into the bloodstream. Honey is also great for keeping your hair shiny, helping with dry skin, clearing up acne, and even as lip balm.

    I’ve always done honey hair and face masks growing up so here are a few quick simple tricks you can use with that good old honey bear you have laying around your pantry.

    Honey Face Mask: After a long hot shower (and your pores are steamed open,)  slather a generous, even coat of  honey on your face (avoiding the eye area) and leave it on for 10 minutes. The honey thickness of the honey pulls off all the excess dirt and oils lodged in your pores. The antioxidants in the honey will help clear up blemishes on your skin and the wax in the honey will leave your skin smooth and glowing.

    Honey and Olive Oil Hair Mask: With all the products we use in our hair to smooth it out, poof it up, curl it, wave it, etc., our hair is damaged goods. I’ve tried using store bought hair masks and conditioners but honey is the only thing that can give your hair natural sheen because it locks in moisture to your hair.  All you need is half a cup of honey and between 2 tbsp. to 1/4 of a cup of olive oil depending on how thick and how dry your hair is. Mix it together and put it on your hair from root to tip. Leave it in for 30 minutes or even overnight then rinse and shampoo. Be careful not to put too much olive oil in the mix or your hair might turn out greasy even after you shampoo it out (from experience, believe me.) If you have it, I’d even suggest using  jojoba oil, almond, avocado, rosemary essential oil, wheat germ oil, or shea oil. All of these oils are natural humectants which will help give your hair that shine and moisture it needs.

    Honey and Cinnamon Spot Treatment: Try this one out if you have acne or problems with blemishes. Mix a tablespoon of honey and two teaspoons of cinnamon together into a paste. You can use this mixture as a mask or as a spot treatment. I recommend as a spot treatment a few times a week so you don’t experience any burning or irritation as this cinnamon can be harsh especially for sensitive skin. This is a great, cheap at home remedy for blemishes and best of all, it’ll keep in a resealable container for about 2 months.

    Honey Lip Balm: Just smear some honey on while you’re at home watching tv or running errands. The honey will disinfect your lips and help with cracked dry lips. Honey will help seal in moisture and it also tastes good so you don’t have to worry about licking it off. Not to mention the honey sheen could double as a gloss (depending if you’re a fan of the sticky gloss or not.)

    Honey Mouthwash: This is really weird, I know. I heard about this trick a while ago. Mix honey with warm water and gargle. The honey will kill germs in your mouth and leaves your mouth with a sweet taste. I actually think this would be a good trick to use right before you go on a date or you see your significant other because its not as strong of a smell and not as obvious as minty mouthwash. Actually, I wonder if this would be a good trick to add to the weight loss thing… got the taste of honey in your mouth so there goes your sweet tooth 🙂

    Try ’em out 🙂


    xo, June 🙂