Savor every moment with Rituals Ritual of Hamman products

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You can find happiness in the small moments. I think that’s why we are all beauty junkies, don’t you? We delight in the sparkle, the transformation, the first moment inhaling a beautiful scent, and the beauty that comes with allowing worry to melt away with the rituals of putting on eye makeup or taking a bath. That’s what the Rituals line is all about and their Ritual of Hamman line, available at Ulta, has some affordable and delightful products that are destined to become part of your own rituals.

Ritual of Hamman Volume and Shine Shampoo

Ritual of Hamman Volume & Shine Shampoo ($19) is one of the nicest shampoos I have ever tried. Ingredients include Argan oil and eucalyptus, and it gives hair tons of volume and lots of glossy shine. It smells beautiful – not too sharp from the eucalyptus, but still clean and just wonderful. I am totally loving it and it really is a shampoo that makes you get lost in the moment. It’s suitable for all hair types including color treated hair.

Ritual of Hamman Ultra Hydrating Black Soap

Ritual of Hamman Ultra Hydrating Black Soap

Ritual of Hamman Ultra Hydrating Black Soap

The Ritual of Hammam Black Soap ($15) is a tar-black paste that cleanses and exfoliates skin. There is something almost naughty about smearing this all over in the shower – kind of like playing in a mud puddle! It foams up and cleanses skin beautifully, leaving it incredibly soft and moist. I especially like using this at the end of a faux tan because of the exfoliating properties. Ingredients include eucalyptus and olive oil. It’s just wonderful – you’ve got to try this!!

Ritual of Hamman Warming Massage Oil

The Ritual of Hammam Massage Oil ($19) is a warming massage oil that has a yummy, nutty scent. I love it for massage and I also use it as a daily body oil. It’s not super slick, so it works for daily use just fine, and it smells soooo good I want it on all the time. I love the glass jar because it lets out a little bit of the oil at a time, unlike other massage oils where it all comes spilling out at once. This is a total winner on all counts and is a great way to take care of your skin.

Slow down and create some rituals for yourself. Use some wonderful products and savor every moment.  You are worth it!  – Lisa

Bathing heaven…Rituals Hanami Heaven Milky Bath Oil

I think shower people are different from bath people. Shower people tend to be busy, with lots going on and a ‘let’s get ‘er done’ attitude. Bath people, on the other hand, go slower and enjoy purposefully lengthening the cleansing ritual. Of course, there are also people like me who thoroughly enjoy showers, but also absolutely crave baths when there is extra time.

Rituals Hanami Heaven Milky Bath Oil

Regardless of whether you are full-time or a part-time bath person, a line you want to get to know is Rituals. Every time they send us products to test I am just blown away by their delicate, thoughtful packaging that makes me immediately feel peaceful.  I recently tested their Hanami Heaven Organic Rice Milk and Cherry Blossom Milky Bath Oil ($19), a bath oil that truly transports me to bathing heaven.

Rituals Hanami Heaven

photo from murraymitchell.com

photo from murraymitchell.com

‘Hanami’ is a Japanese tradition of enjoying flowers, particularly cherry tree blossoms, while they are in season. The beauty is stunning and the scent is amazing, but the blooms are soon gone. Parties are common under the trees as everyone lives in the moment and enjoys the stunning beauty while it lasts.

Rituals Hanami Heaven Bath Oil

The Hanami Heaven Milky Bath Oil transforms bath water into soft silkiness that envelops your body as the essential oils permeate the air. The essential oils are so soothing, and the beautiful cherry blossom fragrance is transporting.

After a long, soaky bath with Hanami Heaven Milky Bath Oil my skin is incredibly soft and hydrated. It makes for a calming, peaceful bath that will please any bath lover.

The whole gorgeous Rituals line is available online at www.rituals.com, as well as at Barneys and www.barneys.com.  – Lisa

*received for editorial consideration

Holiday gift guide for the Glam Girl!

Beauty Info Zones Glam Holiday Gift GuideShe loves pretty packaging, big lashes, the latest trends, and large price tags.  So what to buy her for the holidays??  Go big or go home with these glamorous gift options, all BIZ tested and approved!

Onsen Tenseless Cream

1.  Onsen Tenseless Cream ($400):  When only the best will do, go for this amazing moisturizing cream.  It’s perfect for nighttime, giving 8 full hours of relaxation to facial muscles – which means that beauty sleep really results in beauty!  I am happy with my skin every morning when I use this awesome night moisturizing cream.  Available at www.onsensecret.com

Chella Lash FullFillment Kit

2.  Chella Full-Fillment Lashes Kit ($95)  The perfect kit for building beautiful eyes.  It has everything needed for luscious lashes:  a 6 mL tube of Chella Lash Full-Fillment Eyelash Treatment, Chella Anti-Fatigue Eye Mask Kit, and a sample of Chella Eye Cream packaged neatly in a  custom tri-fold Chella Eyebrow Organizer. The Organizer has 8 individual pockets, plenty of room for the Chella items plus more.

Esqido Little Black Lash and Voila Lash

3.  Esqido Mink Lashes ($34-$42):  These gorgeous mink lashes not only look amazing, they also last through up to 25 uses!  For subtle glam, go with Little Black Lashes.  For lots of oomph, go with Voila Lash.  I have zero talent when it comes to applying falsies, but these are so easy to use I reach for them whenever I want instant lash gratification.  Available on www.esqido.com

Nudestix 2

4.  Nudestix:  Innovative packaging and on-trend colors make this line a winner for any glam-loving girl.  The effortless nude shades perfectly compliment those dramatic lashes with the Concealer Pencil ($24), Mascara ($24), and Magnetic Eye Color in Twilight ($24).  Available at www.urbanoutfitters.com and in Urban Outfitters stores

Guess Seductive 2

5.  Guess Seductive ($22):  Besides the wonderful packaging with the heart charm, this sweetly seductive scent features bergamot, pear, jasmine, african orange flower and vanilla.  It’s a creamy, fruity/floral scent that works for everyone from teens to cougars.  Your giftee can raise some temperatures (and who knows what else?) with this sexy scent.

Rituals Happy Mist and Good Luck Scrub

6.   Good Luck Scrub ($29) and Rituals Happy Mist ($25):  The perfect duo for any glam girl’s great night’s sleep!  Rituals Good Luck Scrub is certainly lucky, with a winning combination of organic sugar, safflower, avocado, sweet almond, macadamia, jojoba, and sunflower seed oils.  The scent is gorgeous – sweet orange and cedar.  It leaves skin super soft and smooth, ready to climb into soft linens gently scented with Rituals Happy Mist.  Oh, this bed and body mist will make even the most discriminating gal extremely happy.  Orange and yuzu beautifully refresh linens, and because it’s cosmetic grade it can be used as a body mist as well.  It’s a great way to get happy between the sheets!

Black Friday is approaching, and the holidays will be here before you know it.  Get your shopping done early with these pretty, sexy, and trendy options for the glam-loving girl on your list.  Shopping for someone who loves practical beauty options?  Check out my Ten holiday gift ideas for the practical fashionista right HERE!  – Lisa

*items reviewed sent for editorial consideration

I’m beginning a new ritual with RITUALS bath and body products

RITUALS Fortune Scrub & Touch of Happiness body cream

RITUALS Fortune Scrub & Touch of Happiness body cream

Typically I’m not a bath and body type person but when a brand like RITUALS comes into my life I take another look and decide that I need to make some changes. RITUALS is a European brand that is now in the United States in stores like Barneys NYC. It was started in 2000 by Raymond Cloosterman because of his beliefs that life could be a little more meaningful if we just looked at the smallest things and found happiness in those. He created a brand that is luxurious and enriching to our bodies and our souls.

The RITUALS collections are created based on Eastern customs and traditions. The ingredients they use are chosen to be distinctive for the category they use them. The company is socially responsible and creates products that are never tested on animals, are vegan, dermatologist tested and use sustainable sources for packaging. One of the things that totally warms my heart is their philanthropic ideals – they have committed resources to Tiny Miracles Foundation which aims to break the cycle of proverty in Mumbai, India. Seeing the video on this page will help you understand why this foundation is so important.rituals tiny miracles

While it’s obvious I’m impressed with the company and their manifesto, this is a review of products. I was sent two items from the Laughing Buddha line. The Laughing Buddha was a famous monk from 1100 years ago whose smile was so infectious that it brought happiness everywhere he went. Rubbing his belly is a symbol of good luck and prosperity.

Since I only have the representation of the Laughing Buddha on the beautiful bright orange packaging I’ll just do my rubbing on my body with Fortune Scrub ($17/5 fl oz) and Touch of Happiness Body Cream ($25/6.7 fl oz). There are other great sounding products in the Laughing Buddha line including Fortune Oil (a shower oil) and Happy Mist.

RITUALS Fortune Scrub

RITUALS Fortune Scrub

Fortune Scrub started slowly with me in the shower. Even though I did sniff tests, sometimes you just can’t tell how strong a fragrance is going to be. I started with my legs and noticed just how smooth they felt after using this scrub. There are small scrubbies in it to exfoliate without scratching.

RITUALS Fortune Scrub

RITUALS Fortune Scrub

RITUALS Fortune Scrub

RITUALS Fortune Scrub

Fortune Scrub contains Sweet Orange extract and Cedar Wood oil. The combination of the orange with the cedar wood is invigorating without being sweet. Since Fortune Scrub passed the leg test, it’s now moved on to my entire body. This isn’t too strong for me to use 3x a week and it adds in some needed moisture. Plus it’s easy to wash off without leaving anything behind.

RITUALS Fortune Scrub

RITUALS Fortune Scrub

I did the same leg test with Touch of Happiness Body Cream.

RITUALS Touch of Happiness Body Cream

RITUALS Touch of Happiness Body Cream

I can be especially picky with body creams and lotions since they linger but happily the combination of Sweet Orange and Cedar Wood has made my skin sweet smelling and soft as can be. Touch of Happiness is a very rich and thick body cream, it’s got a whipped cream formula. You’d think with a cream this lush that it would be hard for it to dry down so you could get dressed but that’s not the case. Sure I have to give it several minutes but after it’s a pleasure to toss on a pair of slacks and notice legs that are soft as silk. I’ve even allowed this to move up my body since the warm scent is pleasant and not too noticeable. It also contains a unique blend of antioxidants, Vitamin E and the strengthening ingredient Centella Asiatica.

RITUALS Touch of Happiness Body Cream

RITUALS Touch of Happiness Body Cream

For me to love a bath and body line like the RITUALS Laughing Buddha line is indeed incredible for me. I love the natural fragrances, I think the line is very reasonably priced, and I’m thrilled with how the skin on my body has lapped this up. RITUALS might just be the line that converts me from being a fragrance-phobe.

Have you tried anything from Rituals that you love? — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

Fortune scrub

INGREDIENTS: AQUA/ WATER, GLYCERIN, SILICA, GLYCERYL STEARATE SE, DISODIUM COCOAMPHODIACETATE, PARFUM/ FRAGRANCE, PEG-100 STEARATE, CETYL ALCOHOL, HYDROXYPROPYL METHYLCELLULOSE, SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (SWEET ORANGE) PEEL EXTRACT, JUNIPERUS VIRGINIANA (CEDARWOOD) OIL, COCO-GLUCOSIDE, STEARIC ACID, PALMITIC ACID, LINALOOL, LIMONENE, HEXYL CINNAMAL, CITRONELLOL, METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE, CITRIC ACID.

Touch of Happiness:

INGREDIENTS:  AQUA / WATER, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERIN, CAPRYLIC/ CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE, CETEARETH-20, PHENOXYETHANOL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, DIMETHICONE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERYL STEARATE, ISOHEXADECANE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, CETEARETH- 12, ALLANTOIN, CARBOMER, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, TOCOPHEROL, POTASSIUM SORBATE, LINALOOL, CETYL PALMITATE, ALCOHOL, OLUS (VEGETABLE) OIL, LIMONENE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, HEXYL CINNAMAL, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) FRUIT EXTRACT, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CITRONELLOL, CENTELLA ASIATICA (GOTU COLA) HERB EXTRACT, JUNIPERUS VIRGINIANA (CEDER) WOOD EXTRACT, BAMBUSA VULGARIS LEAF EXTRACT, RIBOFLAVIN, SORBIC ACID.