SoundBodyLife Naturally Simple Health And Wellness Mon, 01 Apr 2019 14:09:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How to Create and Sustain a Successful Fitness Journey: Crucial Tips for Long-Term Success Tue, 12 Mar 2019 04:00:00 +0000 You’ve just gotten home from another long day, and it is time to get dinner ready. You look in the fridge, but nothing looks appealing. You search the cupboards but, again, nothing appealing in there.via GIPHYDelivery? Fast food? This is no way to navigate your fitness journey! Yes, fitness journey.It is time to get serious about […]

The post How to Create and Sustain a Successful Fitness Journey: Crucial Tips for Long-Term Success appeared first on SoundBodyLife.


You’ve just gotten home from another long day, and it is time to get dinner ready. You look in the fridge, but nothing looks appealing. You search the cupboards but, again, nothing appealing in there.

Delivery? Fast food?

This is no way to navigate your fitness journey! Yes, fitness journey.

It is time to get serious about diet and exercise. It is easier than you think!

The first thing to understand about a successful fitness journey is that it takes planning.

Failing to prepare a plan is planning to fail. With the right planning, diet and exercise will become second nature for you.

We are here to help!

If you have a positive outlook on the fitness journey on which you are about to embark and the discipline required to never give up, you will successfully and dramatically improve your life.

The following tips are more of a road map for you to follow as you begin on your very own, tailor-made fitness journey. But it isn’t going to quick and easy.

If you’re committed to improving yourself, take action and remember, reading this article is the first step in improving your life!

Plan Your Meal Plan

Eating healthy is not only an essential part of your fitness journey; it can be really fun, too!

The problem is most of us are programmed from a young age to eat certain core foods. We are fed a diet of good or bad food before we even have a say in the matter. Now is your time to have a say.

And isn’t that why so many of us eat fast food and foods that are bad for our health? But the forefront in the battle of health and weight loss is diet, and it doesn’t take much to get started.

It is easier than you think. Lean meats, fish, fruits, and vegetables give you energy that no double cheeseburger ever will.

fish and  vegetables for a healthy meal

Image: by Pixabay, via Pexels

The daily menu can include delicious, healthy foods such as:

  • Baked broccoli
  • Cutting boards filled with cheese, olives, honey, and steak
  • Ground beef
  • Fish filets
  • Cottage cheese with fruit and
  • Mega salads mixed full of onions, garlic, peppers and avocados

With the advent of apps and fitness trackers, it is easier now than ever before to track calories which can help you tailor your meal plan as you continue on your fitness journey.

Planning ahead is key. Take control of your life by taking control of your diet and exercise.

First, if you do not have containers for meal prep, go get some! This is an essential component of meal planning.

Once you have your containers, it is time to fill them!

meal preparation with brown rice, fruits and vegetables and nuts for a fitness journey

Image: by Ella Olsson, via Pexels

Take some time to cook up some delicious, healthy food and separate it into the containers.

Whether you grab it on the go for work or prepare it at home, it makes eating healthy food much easier than digging through the fridge or ordering delivery. Without planning your meals, you’re left listless on the waters of indecision and will likely choose unhealthy options when you could have prepared delicious, healthy food to fuel your mind and body on your fitness journey.

 mcdonalds drive through along the road

Image: by naveen darzz, via Pexels

Once you get in the habit of preparing meals, you will likely develop a few new favorites that will keep your fitness journey on track.

Get Active!

Cutting caloric intake is the first step in getting into a happier and healthier lifestyle. Burning calories is the second.

If you have time to sit in front of the television, mindlessly consuming irrelevant commercials about furniture sales and television shows about the best barbecue in America, you have time to exercise.

Just like food, we are programmed on how to spend our time. Have you ever found yourself spending time on something but subconsciously wishing you were more productive? That is a symptom of being pre-programmed to do things you don’t even want to be spending your time doing!

After work, you may prefer to listen to music, play on your phone or talk to family and friends on the phone.

However, you can always find time for a quick set of pushups, sit-ups, or to go for a jog. And do not use your kids as an excuse.

Kids exercise without even realizing it!

Get outside and get moving, with or without your kids. Incorporate a workout into your daily schedule if you have to, perhaps while your kids do their homework at the kitchen table.

Maybe you’ve never led an active lifestyle. Well, prepare to get excited! There are many options which add value and years to your life.

Exercise means more than just going to a gym or jogging around town. Nearly every hobby imaginable constitutes exercise!

Your goal should be to find what interests you and, once you do, you’ll have a new passion in life, something which adds to the quality and enjoyment of your time alone or with family and friends.

Summertime can be a great time to get outside and exercise. But winter also offers a variety of cold weather activities which are great for burning calories.

Never Be Bored Again

You are your daily habits. How you spend your time says a lot about what you place importance on.

Take into consideration the fact that you are reading this article right now. You care about your health and are interested in doing something to get in shape.

Just reading this article is the first step in that process. You are taking the time to gain insight into diet, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle.

But nothing about your current situation will change unless you change how you spend your time. Diet and exercise take time.

Start by planning how you will prepare to make a change. Plan your meals.

brocholli, bell pepper and chunks of meat for a healthy meal plan

Image: by Tookapic, vis Pexels

If you have not planned what to eat, when you are hungry you will settle for something fast, that’s why they call it fast food!

However, if you already have that salad chopped up and ready to devour, well, that’s even quicker than driving down the street for a greasy burger and fries.

Likewise, with exercise. You do not need a gym membership to get active. In fact, a gym membership may be a waste of money if that is not your style of exercise.

In fact, like many people, you may not enjoy going to the gym. Develop a plan of attack. Figure out what type of exercise you enjoy and research what it entails.

Early morning runs or bicycle rides are great ways to get your day started.

You give hours a day to other people. Shouldn’t you give at least one to yourself for a bit of exercise?

So instead of sitting around being “bored,” developing interests which will prevent you from ever being bored again.

This is the difference between couch potatoes and people who are living their best lives.

person sleeping on a couch

Image: by Pixabay, via Pexels

Take the mountain bike out in the rain. Get wet! It’s not like it’s going to hurt you!

Go for a hike when the leaves turn yellow, red, and orange. Enjoy the cold upon your face.

two men hiking in the forest to get fit and healthy

Image: by, via Pexels

Plan a trip where you can engage in your passion somewhere new. Imagine sending pictures of yourself to family and friends hiking the Pacific Northwest!

You will never be bored again if you are constantly filling your time with fun activities and planning healthy meals.

Small, Medium, or Large?

Now that you are on your way to a healthier diet (lower caloric intake) and a healthier lifestyle (burning those excess calories), let’s talk about portion control.

Are your eyes often bigger than your stomach?

Portion control can be a problem for many and, once you accept it, it is easier to opt for less when you are being sold more.

Sure, there are times for celebrating all that gastronomy has to offer. There are times to enjoy food and drinks, but it shouldn’t be on a regular basis.

group of people having a barbecue summer activity

Image: by, via Pexels

A summer barbecue, Thanksgiving, seafood at the beach, but your daily intake, especially for lunch, should not include gorging on such delicacies as three pounds of chicken pot pie at the local diner or a large number 2 from the drive-through window.

Cutting out breakfast is a great way to reduce calories. Really. There’s no reason to start the day with so much food! And for the record, cured meats are terrible for you!

cured meat hotdogs are not included on a fitness meal plan

Image: by mali maeder, via Pexels

Some prefer a bottle of water and something small to get their day started. A banana is quick and easy and leaves you feeling satisfied. Choose a few staple items you enjoy eating, and you will continue being successful on your fitness journey.

Soup and salad is a perfect combination for lunch and, after a morning of water and smart eating, will leave you feeling charged to take on the rest of your day.

pitcher of water with lemon cuts for a fitness snack

Image: by Julia Zolotova, via Pexels

For many, dinner isn’t easy. You are in a rush after school or work and probably do not want to take the time to cook up a healthy meal.

But again, mixing in a cheese board with olives or a salad is a great way to reduce the size of whatever you are having for dinner. This is why drinking water and snacking on fruits and vegetables is so important; you are not left starving and wanting to gorge on unhealthy food when it is time to eat.

cheese and other dairy products for fitness

Image: by, via Pexels

And here’s a newsflash, folks. If you are burning calories and consuming less throughout the day, you can afford the opportunity to cheat sometimes.

It only becomes a problem when we consume more calories than we burn and our bodies store the excess as fat. It is as simple as that! Isn’t that why you are on your fitness journey in the first place? Lose weight, get strong and enjoy being healthy!

Let your friends and family know you are on a fitness journey, so they do not expect you to join them for wings or pizza.

Calibrating expectations is a great way to ensure your success. Otherwise, those closest to you may unintentionally push you off course.

Also, no more eating out of emotion or eating bad things because you think you deserve them. You don’t.

That thinking is self-sabotage and will ruin any chance of success you have on your fitness journey.

person hiking on a mountain as part of his fitness journey

Image: by Krivec Ales, via Pexels

When confronted with the choice of small, medium or large, decide with your fitness journey in mind and choose a smaller portion. If you get hungry later, have a healthy snack and be proud of yourself for being disciplined enough to make healthy decisions.

The Future Awaits

Setting goals is a great way to track the progress of your successful fitness journey.

goals for a fitness journey

Image: by Tumisu, via Pixabay

Look at the big picture and set weekly and monthly goals. You are not going to transform yourself overnight.

The future awaits! And it can be as much of a success or failure as you decide.

Likewise, plan your meal plan and exercise with the seasons.

Maybe you love running outside but not so much when it rains or snows. Knowing what to do for exercise when it rains or snows can keep you on track.

Implementing a game plan for rainy days can be fun, too!

Maybe you have some extra space in your apartment or home which would be good to arrange a yoga mat or some free weights.

Having the option to exercise in your apartment or home is a great alternative to feeling you need to go to a gym or get outside just to burn some calories.

Again, planning is crucial to success.

Be Accountable

The benefits of having a fitness buddy can help motivate you and keep you accountable to someone on your fitness journey.

A fitness buddy can also help you develop good strategies to help each other stay positive and on track.

group of friends exercising together

Image: by, via Pexels

You do not have to go it alone, and you should not!

Ask a friend or family member to join you for a walk or a healthy lunch.

Talk about what you are doing for exercise and what you are eating, and you will find people around you who are interested in the same things you are.

old couple still strong for a hike as a result of their fitness journey together

Image: by, via Pexels

Another great way to find a fitness buddy may be found online. Look for groups open to the public who schedule hikes or bike rides in your area and get involved!

The more people you meet who are also on a fitness journey, the easier it will be to remain committed to the goals you have set for yourself. Don’t be afraid to share your struggles and successes with people you meet.

You may just end up finding another fitness buddy!

Begin Where You Are At

It sounds simple, but for many, it is hard to get started.

Accept that you are a work in progress and begin your fitness journey where you are at.

That’s right! You do not need to be a fitness fanatic or be in perfect shape to feel good about making healthy decisions.

We are not all training for marathons or to climb Mt. Everest.

mount everest covered with ice during the day

Image: by Simon, via Pixabay

Something as simple as walking on your lunch break creates a healthier, more active lifestyle which promotes a successful fitness journey.

Be Realistic

Unrealistic expectations about your fitness journey can lead to disappointment and failure. So set realistic goals which are easy to achieve.

If you are not currently exercising, do not plan on exercising twice a day, seven days a week.

Not only will you disappoint yourself if you fail to meet your very high standards, but your body will also eventually need a break.

Start with small, attainable goals and build from there.

Attaining your small goals will also help you feel more confident when you begin increasing the frequency of your workouts.

Know What You Do Not Know

It is important to know what kind of exercise will be most beneficial for your fitness journey and also what will not.

We all know people who have purchased bikes or kayaks only for them to collect dust in the garage or to be sold at a garage sale.

Write down what you do not know and then set out to find answers. Do you have bike trails in your community? Where are they located? Do you have great hiking nearby? Where at and what skill level is required?

Do a little homework before you invest in a new bike or an expensive set of hiking boots.

This way you will avoid the garage full of broken dreams, and you’ll save money too!

three men doing a backpacking adventure hiking on a hill

Image: by Eric Sanman, via Pexels

Track Your Progress

Knowing how to track the progress of your fitness journey is a great way to stay on track.

As previously mentioned, the advent of apps and fitness trackers now makes it easier than ever before to track your exercise, which can help you tailor your fitness journey to your specific needs.

The more you pay attention to what foods you are consuming and how many calories you are burning, the more inclined you will be to maintain progress.

Gadgets and apps, not your thing? Think about buying a planner or calendar to use to schedule and keep track of meals and exercise.

A meal plan is an excellent way to pair your planning with tracking your progress and will keep you on track.

As endurance increases, you will begin burning more and more calories. Consider changing your diet when this happens.

Just like a budget helps you make a financial decision, tracking the progress of your fitness journey will empower you to make the right decisions regarding food and exercise.

Whether you decide to use an app, fitness tracker, or calendar, you will see the data behind your weight losses or gains.

Knowledge is power!

Feeling Overwhelmed?

It is OK!  We’ve all been there. Knowing where to begin if you feel overwhelmed is essential to a successful fitness journey.

With so much noise coming from all different directions, it is easy to feel overwhelmed.

Disconnect from the noise and grab a pen and paper. Start by writing down what you want to change about yourself. Is it weight loss? Lower blood pressure? Perhaps you just want to be more active.

Knowing what you are looking for will help you better navigate your fitness journey. And don’t just accept every piece of advice you receive from your friends and family!

Pick an exercise that is aimed at the results you are looking for and research everything you can about it until you can decide if it is right for you.

target dart board with pin on bull's eye

Image: by, via Pexels

The key is to do your research and know what it is you are looking for.

The purpose of your fitness journey will guide you as you decide which physical activity will yield the results you are looking for. Is it cardio? Weight lifting? Only you will be able to decide what is best for you!

Find a source you trust for information about diet and exercise. Inundating yourself with any and every source of information will, of course, leave you feeling overwhelmed.

However, with a source for information you can trust, you will streamline all the outside noise while reducing the feeling of being overwhelmed.

Again, planning can help you feel more in control of your fitness journey.

Develop a plan, get started, and stick to it and soon, instead of feeling overwhelmed, you will feel in total control of your fitness journey.

Not Getting the Results You Want?

Knowing what to do when you are not getting the results you want will save you from giving up on your fitness journey.

But remember, this takes time.

It is also why it is important to track your progress.

Knowing what you are eating and what you are doing to burn calories will help you decide if you should maintain your current plan or modify it.

woman with her personal trainer inside the gym for her daily exercise

Image: by Pixabay, via Pexels

Do not rule out seeing a personal trainer or medical professional to gain valuable professional insight into why you may not be seeing the results you want.

Many gyms offer access to dieticians and/or personal trainers who are knowledgeable about how to see the changes you are working for.

Supplements may also be something you’ll need to consider. And not performance enhancing supplements.

medications and supplements recommended for your fitness journey


Consider natural, holistic supplements you can add to your food and drinks in order to increase the nutrition you are receiving. Some quick research will reveal what is best for you and the direction you want to head.

Giving yourself time is key to realizing the gains or losses you expect to see. Set a timeline, follow it and if you do not see expected results, change your approach with the advice of a professional.

You may also need to come to terms with the fact that you may not be working hard enough. Getting in shape is hard work, and it doesn’t happen quickly.

Whether you are trying to lose weight or make gains, it takes a lot of work!

Do not expect to see results immediately. Also, don’t be so hard on yourself. You will do just fine as long as you follow your meal plan and stay active.

You have to be willing to work harder than you have in the past if you want to achieve the results you are looking for.

And remember, the harder you work, the faster you will be able to see the gains you worked so hard to achieve. But you must put in the time.

Tailor Your Time

It is important to know how to make a game plan that works for you. Only you know your schedule, and so it may not be a good thing to plan exercise at certain times of the day.

This is where it also helps to have a fitness journey calendar.

You can block out time which is already committed to work or other obligations, leaving free time to be scheduled for exercise or meal planning.

If you “chunk” your time, you will be able to realize the full benefits of exercise.

This involves setting time aside where you do nothing but what you have reserved the time for. So, when you are working, you are doing nothing else. And when you are exercising, you are doing nothing else.

This isn’t a time to be thinking about work or how you should not have left the office five minutes early to get in that run.

Exercise is not only good for the body but the mind as well.

Learning to disconnect can be an invaluable as well as a therapeutic form of destressing.

Take time for you!

You’ve heard the saying, “your actions inform others how they should treat you.” Well, taking time for yourself tells everyone around you that you value and respect yourself and they should too.

If you fail to tailor your time, you will fail to curate your fitness journey to the requirements of your schedule.

This is why planning is such a crucial part of successful dieting and exercise.

Having a schedule will also force the other parts of your life around your fitness journey. Take control of your time, and you will take control of your life!

Make time for yourself, and everything else will make time for you.

Learn to Love Your Body

It is important to learn to love your body.

The happier you are with your body, the easier it will be to stay committed to your fitness journey.

Sure, we all have things we would change about ourselves if we could, but somethings that make us who we are should not be changed.

woman smiling while looking at herself in the mirror

Image: by bruce mars, via Pexels

Learn to love yourself for what makes you unique. Improving your health is a great way to do this. Just beginning your meal plan and choosing a few exercises will get your mind in the right place to make substantial gains.

A fitness journey is a sure sign of self-love. Care enough about yourself to make healthy decisions and create healthy habits.

You may also need to buy new clothes to accommodate the weight you have lost or to accommodate the gains you have made.

Use this as an opportunity to improve your confidence in yourself. If you look good, you will feel good.

It is a very positive cycle!

Your fitness journey will yield benefits you can’t even imagine as you begin working towards your goal. Remember, the most successful people all have their own way of staying sharp. You are now a shark in total control of your methods to gain confidence and stay sharp!

Developing a positive self-image is magnetic, and people will tell the difference in the way you carry yourself.

Poor diet and lack of exercise can lead to the development of unhealthy feelings including depression. This is why so many successful people devote their time and attention to diet and exercise.

Focusing on your own wellbeing is essential to becoming the person you want to be.

And let’s be honest, you can’t be good for other people if you are not being good for yourself.

Your fitness journey will impact the lives of people you interact with on a daily basis simply because of the positive feelings you will achieve by improving your nutrition and physical wellbeing.

Healthy Fitness Journey Habits

Variety is the spice of life! Accept that you can try new foods and exercises all the time without the need to like or enjoy everything you try.

Meditation and yoga are two great ways to maintain a happy, healthy outlook on your life as well as your fitness journey.

women doing a yoga exercise to get fit and healthy

Image: by bruce mars, via Pexels

But it is not for everyone! It is okay if you do not enjoy what everyone else is doing as they navigate their own fitness journey.

Find what works for you! This is not a one-size-fits-all game plan.

The more you integrate healthy fitness journey habits into your daily life, the more you will find yourself thinking about your health and wellness and the sooner you will see results.

man expressing success and happiness

Image: by bruce mars, via Pexels

Consider subscribing to magazines focused on your areas of interest. Follow diet and exercise pages on social media. Put health and wellness in front of you as much as possible.

Also, get in the habit of having healthy food prepared in advance so when the time comes to eat, you can have healthy food fast.

It is All in the Mind

Remember, your fitness journey is as much about what you do as it is about how you think.

It is all in your mind!

This is where discipline comes in. Be disciplined enough to turn your newfound interests into habits, and you will find it is much easier to exercise and diet on your own terms.

For many people, eating healthy and getting exercise is a chore. But for many more, it is essential to their mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing. Which type of person do you want to be?

After turning a desire into a habit, you will place greater significance and priority on taking time to improve your life through diet and exercise.

group of women working out to get fit and strong

Image: by bruce mars, via Pexels

Stay positive and surround yourself with people with similar fitness journey goals.

You can do it!

Believing in yourself is half the battle. Taking consistent action is the other half.

Featured image by, via Pexels

The post How to Create and Sustain a Successful Fitness Journey: Crucial Tips for Long-Term Success appeared first on SoundBodyLife.

]]> 0
Paraben Free Lipstick: The Best Brands Available in the Market Today Tue, 22 Jan 2019 13:30:02 +0000 If you have a daily makeup routine, you are not alone. Many women apply makeup each day for different reasons.While applying your makeup, do you ever stop to think of the harm it might cause? Of course, what harm could something like a simple tube of lipstick cause? Truth be told, parabens found in your […]

The post Paraben Free Lipstick: The Best Brands Available in the Market Today appeared first on SoundBodyLife.


What are Parabens and Why are They Used in Lipsticks?

Parabens are a collection of preservatives commonly used in several beauty products. You will often find parabens in shampoos, antiperspirants, and even makeup, such as lipstick. Parabens and other preservatives protect products against the growth of bacteria and mold that may prove harmful to human health.

While that might seem like a good thing, there is some information suggesting that parabens may also prove harmful to human health. For instance, a study performed in 2004 indicated that there were traces of parabens found in cancerous breast tissue. Parabens contain weak properties similar to estrogen, which may cause the growth of cancerous breast tissue.

Product FAQ

Of course, the amount of estrogen-like substances found in parabens is weak enough that there is nothing to link parabens to health problems definitively. However, it is enough to make people uncomfortable to the point that they prefer to use paraben free products. Parabens most likely found in your cosmetics include propylparaben, methylparaben, ethylparaben, and butylparaben.

Cosmetics manufacturers believe parabens protect your makeup products from the growth of mold and bacteria. For instance, when you use lipstick, you swipe it across your lips. Manufacturers worry that moisture and saliva from your lips may cause bacteria and mold to grow. To protect lipstick from that risk, they add parabens to many lipstick products.

Why are Parabens Dangerous in Lipstick?

So, if parabens protect lipstick from the growth of mold and bacteria, why are they dangerous? The Food and Drug Administration provides the most definitive answer to this question. For starters, the FDA admits that they do not regulate many of the ingredients found in cosmetics, including parabens. Aside from color additives, ingredients found in cosmetics do not require FDA approval.

As previously mentioned, parabens mimic estrogen via the use of synthetic chemicals. Unfortunately, estrogen exposure, particularly lifelong exposure, can cause disruptions to your hormone system. In turn, estrogen exposure may lead to the division of breast cells, which can, in turn, lead to the growth of cancerous breast tissue.

Best Lip Balm for Soft Lips

Of course, women are not the only ones at risk. Parabens may also have an impact on the male reproductive system. According to Livestrong, research suggests that exposure to parabens may significantly decrease sperm levels in males. The study focused on rats and paraben exposure. Rats who received daily exposure to parabens suffered from a decrease in the concentration of their sperm.

Even more surprising is the fact that parabens may also lead to early puberty in young girls and boys. Fox News reported on the possible link discovered by scientists between the use of everyday products containing parabens and early puberty. Parabens, or xenoestrogens, commonly found in products used daily, like makeup, can mimic natural estrogen and cause early puberty to strike among adolescent boys and girls.

There are, of course, parabens in other makeup products. So, what makes them so dangerous in lipstick compared to parabens in other cosmetic products? If you think about it, you do not apply other cosmetic products to your mouth. Lipstick is a product that you use specifically to alter the color of your lips.

Now take it a step further and consider the fact that you often lick your lips. Also, food and beverages you consume often touch your lips. Therefore, you run the risk of ingesting parabens found in lipstick products, which makes it far more concerning. As if parabens do not seem bad enough, now you have to worry about possible ingestion when using lipstick containing parabens.

 How are Parabens Listed in Ingredients?

Make sure you pay careful attention to the ingredients list on all cosmetics products you purchase. If you wish to buy paraben free lipstick, avoid the following paraben ingredients:

  • Methylparaben
  • Butylparaben
  • Ethylparaben
  • Propylparaben
  • Isopropylparaben
  • Isobutylparaben
  • Benzylparaben

Cosmetics containing parabens may also contain toxic metals. In other words, when you use lipstick containing parabens, you may find yourself exposed to trace amounts of toxic metals that may raise a broad range of health concerns. Toxic metals often found in cosmetics that are a cause for concern include:

  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Cadmium
  • Cobalt
  • Nickel
  • Chromium
  • Arsenic
  • Antimony

Unfortunately, you are not likely to know if the cosmetics and lipsticks you use contain toxic metals. Cosmetic manufacturers are not required to report the existence of impurities, including toxic metals, found in their products. In other words, consumers such as yourself have no way of knowing the risks you face when you pick up your favorite brand of lipstick.

Ingredients that Should Be in Paraben Free Lipstick

When you opt to purchase a paraben free lipstick, you should look for a certain list of ingredients. Make sure you look for lipsticks containing several organic ingredients. You will often find that paraben free lipstick contains organic ingredients such as:

  • Organic coconut
  • Organic carnauba wax
  • Organic castor seed oil
  • Organic beeswax
  • Organic shea butter
  • Organic cocoa butter
  • Organic jojoba oil

The mixture of organic oils, vitamins, minerals, and waxes will help to keep your lips moisturized and healthy while also allowing you to avoid potential concerns with parabens. Paraben free lipsticks are a great choice for anyone. However, they are especially great for pregnant women and children who might find themselves susceptible to the possible harms of parabens.

How to Apply Your Paraben Free Lipstick

To ensure the best coverage from your paraben free lipstick, refer to the video below.

As stated in the video, make sure you follow important steps for maximum coverage. You should set up a routine to exfoliate and moisturize your lips. For a fuller appearance, make sure you use a lip liner to line your lips and then proceed to fill them in. For best results, apply two coats of lipstick. Press your lips firmly together and then bloat them on a sheet of tissue. Afterward, apply one last coat of lipstick.

Harmful Lipstick Brands

There are certain brands of lipstick you should avoid at all costs. Some brands contain far more parabens and heavy metals in comparison to other brands on the market. Lipstick brands to avoid include:

  • Maybelline Color Sensation
  • NARS Semi-Matte
  • L'Oreal Colour Rich
  • L'Oreal Endless
  • CoverGirl Queen Collection Vibrant Hues
  • Revlon ColorStay
  • Revlon Matte
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Peal
  • Avon Beyond Color
  • Stargazer Lipstick

Instead, opt to try some of the safer paraben free lipstick alternatives mentioned previously.

Best Paraben Free Lipstick Brands and Products

stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick, Bacca (Raspberry)
  • Long-lasting
  • Full coverage
  • Will not bleed or transfer

The Glory of New York Paraben Free Lip Gloss is yet another great product that offers natural ingredients for beauty, color, and shine. The gloss contains vitamin E to help moisturize your lips throughout the day. It also has an ultra-shine sensation for that wet glossy look. The reflecting light properties of the gloss gives your lips a fuller look.

Make sure you bring this lip gloss with you wherever you go so you can reapply it as necessary. The coverage is great, but it does not last as long as some other products. Still, the colors seem to shine, and it does give a nice, full appearance to your lips.

It contains Beeswax, Castor Oil, Vitamin E, and other natural ingredients to help nourish your lips throughout the day. Although you should not eat your makeup, you can rest easy knowing that the natural ingredients in this lip gloss are not harmful if accidentally consumed.


  • Paraben Free
  • Mineral-based
  • Long-lasting wet look
  • Ultra-shine, light reflecting properties


  • Does not offer a wide range of colors compared to other products
  • Some shades contain a hint of glitter
  • Does not offer long-lasting coverage

VSACHAR MD Pregnancy Safe Lipstick (Papaya) - Gluten Free, Paraben...
  • PHYSICIAN FORMULATED COSMETICS: The V.SACHARMD line of all-natural, organically-derived...
  • SAFE WHILE PREGNANT & NURSING: Did you know that babies are born with over 200+ toxins in...
  • #1 LIPSTICK FOR SENSITIVE SKIN: Unlike most commercial lipsticks we are 100% lead free and...

Expecting moms are often very wary of the ingredients they put in their bodies, so it is no surprise they would want a beauty product that is free of harmful chemicals, too. Fortunately, VSACHAR MD Pregnancy Safe Lipstick seems to be the answer. It offers the color and shine that pregnant women want and need to perk themselves up while remaining free of harsh chemicals.

As any mom knows, children often want to be just like mommy. That means they will often ask to try on makeup, too. Rest easy knowing VSACHAR MD Pregnancy Safe Lipstick is safe for pregnant women and their children. If your child accidentally ingests the lipstick, do not panic. The natural ingredients in the product are not harmful if consumed.


  • Paraben free
  • Gluten-free
  • Lead-free
  • Cruelty-free
  • Nourishing natural ingredients
  • Light papaya scent and flavor
  • Vibrant colors
  • Long-lasting coverage


  • May contain some natural ingredients not suitable for everyone if you have allergies to certain herbs (rosemary, thyme, cinnamon, oregano, and lavendar)

Burt's Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lipstick, Blush Basin, 1 Tube
  • LONG LASTING LIPSTICK: Intense color with 8 hour moisture leaves lips silky smooth with a...
  • MOISTURIZING LIP COLOR: This lipstick helps condition and sooth lips with moisturizing...
  • ALL DAY COLOR: Enhance your natural lip color wearing the gorgeous Blush Basin shade...

Burt’s Bees is a well-known brand name among moms and supporters of beauty products containing all-natural ingredients. Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lipstick is no exception to the rule. It contains a broad range of natural ingredients to ensure your lip wear is as good for you as it looks.

You will want to take a tube of this lipstick with you for reapplication purposes. It tends to wear off a bit quickly, but it does make your lips look and feel beautiful once applied correctly. The natural ingredients are safe for you and allow you to breathe easy. In the event of accidental ingestion, you do not have to worry. The ingredients in this product are safe for consumption.


  • 8-hour moisturizer
  • Paraben free
  • Smooth, satiny looking finish
  • Natural ingredients to condition
  • Vibrant color paletter


  • May have a slight grainy texture
  • Does not offer maximum coverage
  • Somewhat difficult to apply
  • Comes off quickly

Ecco Bella Natural Lipstick for Long Lasting, Moisturizing Lip Color -...
  • Clean beauty is our priority by creating cruelty free, eco-friendly products using only...
  • A safe, pretty lipstick that goes on smooth and creamy like a lip balm and moisturizes...
  • Our FlowerColor Lipstick is naturally-preserved and contains vegetable waxes, oils and...

If you are looking for an all-natural lipstick that offers plenty of lip protection and a beautiful range of colors, Ecco Bella FlowerColor Natural Lipstick may be just what you need. It comes in several different colors to ensure you find just the right shade. It is also an eco-friendly product to ensure that your beauty product is as clean as it is natural.

Keep in mind that the color you select may vary from the color you receive. Also, you might want to prepare your lips before applying the lipstick to avoid issues with the somewhat chalky texture. Otherwise, this all-natural product is a great option if you are looking for a creamy color palette and great, long-lasting coverage.


  • All-natural ingredients
  • Mineral pigmentation
  • Non-toxic (safe for consumption)
  • Paraben Free
  • Cruelty-free
  • Fragrance-free


  • Actual Colors may vary significantly in comparison to the picture
  • Pigmentation of colors may not work for everyone
  • Texture is a bit chalky

Why Paraben Free Lipstick is a Necessity

Once again, it is a much safer bet to avoid using lipstick products that contain parabens. You run the risk of accidental ingestion should you lick your lips or transfer your lipstick to food and beverages you eat and drink. Huff Post reports that on average, women consume approximately seven pounds of lipstick in their lifetime. That could be seven pounds of lipstick containing harmful parabens and toxic metals.

Rather than risking the ingestion of harmful chemicals, it is better to make the switch to a safer, paraben free alternative. Not only can you enjoy the natural coverage, but you can also enjoy knowing that you are more likely to live healthier because of your choice.

The post Paraben Free Lipstick: The Best Brands Available in the Market Today appeared first on SoundBodyLife.

]]> 0
Natural Leave in Conditioner – The Top All-Natural Hair Dye Brands Today Tue, 18 Dec 2018 13:56:28 +0000 There are many reasons why a person might decide to color their hair. For instance, an older man or woman might want to cover up their greying hair. Younger men and women perhaps get sick of their natural color and want a change. Perhaps a person would just like to dye their hair as a […]

The post Natural Leave in Conditioner – The Top All-Natural Hair Dye Brands Today appeared first on SoundBodyLife.


There are many reasons why a person might decide to color their hair. For instance, an older man or woman might want to cover up their greying hair. Younger men and women perhaps get sick of their natural color and want a change. Perhaps a person would just like to dye their hair as a form of self-expression.

No matter the reason, hair dying is a fun activity until you discover just how unsafe the chemicals in a traditional hair dye are for your body. That is not to say that you should quit dying your hair. Instead, it might be time to switch to an all-natural hair dye rather than using a traditional chemical-based hair dye.

Comparison of Best All-Natural Hair Dye Brands

We Put These Best All-Natural Hair Dye Brands To The Test: Here Are Our Reviews

Trying to find an all-natural hair dye brand when you have never done so can seem like a bit of a trick. How are you supposed to know which one works best? Fortunately, we make your search a little easier by highlighting some of the best all-natural hair dye brands there are on the market.

If you are looking for a rich, velvety chocolate color to put on your hair, try the Surya Nature, Inc. Henna Chocolate Cream hair dye. The cream dye is rich in antioxidants, offers a semi-permanent coat of color that infuses with the hair, and leaves your locks looking luscious and vibrant. It is a good hair dye product because it does not contain any harsh or unnatural chemicals. Instead, it uses vegetables extracts, herbs, and oils for natural color.

Overall, there doesn’t seem to be much of anything bad associated with this hair dye, which makes it a good choice for anyone looking to color their hair naturally. There are no harsh chemicals to worry about, so your hair looks and feels great after coloring. You do not have to worry about your hair color drying out your hair and making it too brittle.


  • All natural hair color
  • Doesn't contain parabens, PPD, GMOs, ammonia, EDTA
  • Hypoallergenic 
  • Uses henna for color
  • Contains natural ingredients


  • Actual hair color may vary
  • Shades might not appear as vibrant as image
  • May contain products that can cause allergic reaction to some

Naturtint Permanent Hair Colorant, Dark Chestnut Brown 3N
  • Founded by Mr. Lee frank on august 1, 1995 for the purpose of producing the very first...

When it comes to a natural alternative, Naturtint Permanent Hair Color is a good option. It is free of harsh chemicals commonly found in traditional hair dyes. Instead, it uses a blend of natural and organic plant-based ingredients to color the air. For instance, it uses plant and seed oils, plant and seed extracts, and minerals for healthy, vibrant looking colored hair.

Pay close attention to the ingredients so you can avoid a potential allergic reaction. If you notice something in the ingredients that you are allergic to, do not use this product. Otherwise, you are sure to enjoy the color results of this natural hair dye. It offers some of the best color results among all natural hair dye products on the market.


  • Contains vegetable proteins & natural oils to help smooth hair
  • Free of harsh chemicals
  • Offers rich, vibrant coloring
  • Quality compares to traditional hair dyes


  • Actual shade of hair color your hair turns out may vary
  • Could cause an allergic reaction

Hannah Natural 100% Pure Henna Powder, 100 Gram
  • 100% chemical free all natural herbal henna
  • The only ingredient is 100% pure henna leaves
  • Pure Henna is an excellent hair conditioner

Can you imagine dying your hair a beautiful, vibrant red color without having to use a ton of harsh chemicals. Imagine not having to use any harsh chemicals at all! What if you could achieve bright red hair using 100% chemical-free ingredients? Fortunately, you can do just that when you use the Hanna Natural 100% Pure Henna Powder.

The henna should color your hair in most situations, but it might change the tone instead if you already start with dark hair. For instance, if you use this product and you have black hair, it may add an amber tone in the sunlight, but will otherwise seem unnoticeable. Going from a lighter color hair will make this hair dye noticeable and vibrant.



  • May not "color" your hair, but does change the tone depending on your starting color
  • It's possible it won't last as long as traditional hair dyes

Godrej Nupur Henna Natural Mehndi for Hair Color with Goodness of 9...
  • Godrej nupur natural mehndi with goodness of 9 herbs - 400 gm
  • Pure henna is an excellent hair conditioner
  • 100% chemical free all natural herbal henna

If you want a natural hair color that is free of chemicals, uses pure henna, and conditions while coloring, you likely want to try Godrej Nupur Henna Natural Mehndi for Hair Color. It offers a powerful blend of nine herbs to strengthen your hair and color it naturally. The henna used for coloring also acts as a natural conditioner to help soften your tresses while altering the color.

Make sure you check the hair dye package carefully to make sure it is not expired before you use it. Expired hair dye will not release the color. Otherwise, you should be in good shape to alter the color of your hair using this natural product. It offers a bright color with plenty of shine and softness.


  • Alters color of hair with richness & vibrancy
  • Promotes hair growth
  • Strengthens hair
  • 100% free of any and all harsh chemicals


  • Product may have changed from original formula, meaning it could require a longer soaking time
  • Could cause allergic reaction if allergic to ingredients

The Henna Guys 100% Pure and Natural Henna Powder for Hair Dye/Color,...
  • 100% Natural and 100% vegan, pesticides, chemicals and metallic salts free
  • Chemical free hair coloring and conditioning
  • Suitable for best red hair color

The Henna Guys – Dark Brown Henna Hair Color is a good natural hair color choice for anyone looking to change their hair color to a luscious and velvety brown color. The all-natural hair dye uses a powder containing all pure and natural ingredients, such as natural herbs. Inside the package, there are 100 grams of powder to ensure there is enough for all over color.

Make sure you look up videos and tutorials online to ensure you dye your hair properly since there are reported issues with the instructions. Also, make sure you test a small strip of your hair to make sure it gives you the color you want. Otherwise, you will find that this is a great natural product that give you soft, shiny, strong hair.


  • 100% free of chemicals
  • Made with pure henna powder
  • Contains 100% pure henna leaves


  • Color could bleed more than usual (causing stains on clothing & sheets)
  • Issues with packaging

What is an All Natural Hair Dye?

What is all-natural hair dye exactly? Is it different from traditional hair dyes that you use? Simply put, an all-natural hair dye is a dye that does not use a bucket load of harsh chemicals to alter the color of your hair. Instead, the product makes use of natural colorants to change your hair color.

A problem with traditional hair dyes is the lack of FDA approval. The FDA must approve color additives in all cosmetic products, including hair dye unless they are coal tar hair dyes. Most of the hair dyes you see on the market and purchase are considered coal-tar hair dyes. Knowing that there are likely no FDA regulations on a product so filled with chemicals is near enough to make anyone nervous.

Traditional Hair Dye Ingredients to Avoid

There are plenty of traditional hair dye ingredients you should avoid. The following are just some of those that are best avoided:

  • PPD (or para-phenylenediamine)
  • Ammonia
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Parabens
  • Resorcinol
  • Lead Acetate
  • Persulfates
  • Quaternium-15

PPD is a chemical used in darker hair dyes. When combined with hydrogen peroxide, PPD may cause cancer, which means it is best avoided at all costs. Hydrogen peroxide by itself is also not good since it strips away your hair’s natural color, leaving it brittle and prone to breakage. Ammonia can produce a caustic burn that may irritate your lungs. You may notice that burning smell while dying your hair.

Stay away from parabens.

Parabens commonly found in hair dye can cause allergies and skin irritation. They may also share a link to breast cancer and decreased sperm count. Resorcinol is a toxic chemical that can irritate your scalp and affect your endocrine system. Lead acetate is another additive commonly found in darker shades of hair color. It can cause neurological problems and anemia.

Persulfates commonly found in hair dyes that bleach your hair can prove dangerous if you continually inhale it. These chemicals may cause throat discomfort, inflammation of the lungs, wheezing, persistent coughing, and may even lead to a full-blown asthma attack. Finally, quaternium-15 may irritate your eyes, skin, and lungs, and it can lead to organ toxicity.

All Natural Hair Dye Ingredients to Look For

It is better to switch to an all-natural hair dye, especially considering all the dangers associated with standard hair dyes. Ingredients commonly found in all natural dyes include henna, humectants, antioxidants, oils, and vegetable juices to name a few. Several natural ingredients are safe for you to use, good for your hair, and do not pose a threat to your health.

 Traditional Hair Dye Brands to Watch Out For

There are specific traditional hair dye brands that you should avoid above all. Almost every traditional hair dye product you buy contains harsh chemicals. Some of those that you should avoid include:

  • L’Oreal
  • Revlon
  • Clairol
  • Zotos
  • Wella Color Charm
  • Goldwell Elumen

Even if you have already used traditional hair colors, that does not mean you are immune to the dangers of chemicals found in hair dyes. The products listed above are just some that you should avoid, but in all honesty, it is best to avoid any hair products with harsh chemicals and switch to an all natural product instead.

Alternatives to Dying Your Hair

Dying your hair is not the only way to achieve a change in color. There are natural alternatives to dying your hair. Try out the following natural alternatives:



Related Post: The Best Natural Shampoo Brands of 2018


Vegetable juices


Choose an All Natural Hair Dye to Keep Your Hair Healthy

Choosing an all natural hair dye is better for your health and your hair. Aside from the fact that harsh chemicals can damage your hair, making it appear dried out and brittle, they also pose a threat to your overall health. Why risk irritation, allergic reactions, and potentially long-term effects from continued exposure to harsh chemicals.

A natural dye is by far a better choice. You can still enjoy changing the color of your hair without running the risk of damaging your hair or your body.

The post Natural Leave in Conditioner – The Top All-Natural Hair Dye Brands Today appeared first on SoundBodyLife.

]]> 0
Best Drugstore Foundation: The Top Brands that You Should Know Sun, 16 Dec 2018 20:28:02 +0000 Anyone who wears makeup either for work or pleasure has been at their local drugstore trying to choose a last-minute foundation on their way out. Wouldn't it be nice to have a guide to selecting the right choice? Here is a list of the 10 best drugstore foundation brands we found that won't break your […]

The post Best Drugstore Foundation: The Top Brands that You Should Know appeared first on SoundBodyLife.


Anyone who wears makeup either for work or pleasure has been at their local drugstore trying to choose a last-minute foundation on their way out. Wouldn't it be nice to have a guide to selecting the right choice? Here is a list of the 10 best drugstore foundation brands we found that won't break your bank. We thought it might help some of you save time and money and easily find which one works best for your skin's needs!

Product FAQ

1. What Is Foundation?

2. What Does It Do?

3. Are There Different Kinds?

4. Where Can You Get It?

5. Price Range?

How we Reviewed

We spent hours reviewing several products weighing out their different features, pros & cons and prices to come up with a list of just 10 of the best foundation brands, so you didn't have to. It can be time-consuming to find what you might like when you're looking at an overwhelming amount of choices and have no guide. After all, we're all just trying to look as good as we feel right?

Overall Price Range Of This Product

When you're looking for the best drugstore foundation one of the first things that comes to mind is the price. You would be surprised at how affordable some of these products are. Certain features can run you a few dollars more but are totally worth it such as coverage, SPF, oil control, and its ability to hydrate your skin. If you're just looking for something simple and easy, you might only be out 6 dollars which isn't much for a well-known brand.

What We Reviewed

10 Best Foundation Brands

  • Burt's Bees Mattifying Powder Foundation 17
  • Physicians Formula The Healthy Foundation SPF 20 13
  • Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Foundation 6
  • Maybelline New York Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation 6
  • CoverGirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation 6
  • Revlon Youth FX Fill + Blur Foundation 14
  • L'Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation 10
  • Almay Smart Shade CC Cream 10
  • Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free All-in-1 ABC Cushion Foundation SPF 50 8.50
  • Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint 15

Burt's Bees 100% Natural Origin Mattifying Powder Foundation, Nutmeg -...
  • MATTE FOUNDATION: Powder matte foundation in Nutmeg is ideal for tan to dark skin tones...
  • NOURISHING INGREDIENTS: Made with Bamboo to blur imperfections, this mineral makeup blends...
  • EASY APPLICATION: 100% natural origin, non-comedogenic, shine control-formula lets your...


This product is amazing for those of you that may struggle with acne and blemishes or the occasional breakout and are looking for just the right amount of coverage without worrying about new acne. You will find that it gets rid of that oily shine you hate without drying out your skin and can be applied with a brush or a damp sponge for easy application. This foundation also has a hint of bamboo for a natural finish.


  • Mineral formula
  • Matte finish
  • Light on skin


  • Not long-lasting
  • Powdery
  • Light in color


This product can be found on Amazon for around 17 dollars. ($$$)

Where to Buy


Physicians Formula The Healthy Foundation with SPF 20, LN3, 1 Fluid...
  • Packed with vitamins and antioxidants for healthy coverage
  • Chinese Wu-Zhu-Yu Extract and Hyaluronic Acid infused formula brightens, hydrates, and...
  • Ultra-blendable, lightweight, buildable, and breathable


Here is a healthy foundation that includes vitamins and antioxidants you may have seen in serums which have hydrating and brightening qualities, leaving you with coverage that glows. The coverage is light to medium here, so this isn't for heavy duty seekers. It also has a high SPF making it perfect for those of you who spend a fair amount of time in the sun.


  • List Element
  • Hydrating
  • SPF 20


  • Heavy formula
  • Strong fragrance
  • Poor applicator


This product can be found on Amazon for around 12 dollars. ($$)

Where to Buy


wet n wild Photo Focus Foundation, Nude Ivory, 1 Fluid Ounce
  • High-performing, skin-perfecting foundation tested under seven different photo lighting...
  • Featuring a light-adjusting complex that stays selfie-perfect anytime, anyplace.
  • Breakthrough formula featuring light-adjusting complex to help prevent white cast in...


Looking for something that works perfectly for cameras with a flash? Here is the best drugstore foundation for you. Its full matte coverage has been tested under 7 different flashes to guarantee you won't see that white shine from your makeup in photos so you can be selfie-ready all day long.


  • Full matte coverage
  • No white cast in photos
  • Long-lasting
  • Lightweight formula


  • No SPF
  • Orange tint
  • Dries skin


This product can be found on Amazon for around 5 dollars. ($)

Where to Buy


Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation Makeup, Rich Tan,...
  • MAYBELLINE FIT ME MATTE FOUNDATION: For a natural looking medium coverage liquid...
  • A SHADE THAT FITS ME: Maybelline Fit Me liquid foundation provides coverage for a wide...
  • MAYBELLINE FIT ME FOR A FLAWLESS FACE: With Matte + Poreless foundation or Dewy+ Smooth...


For some of us that have large noticeable pores, this might be what you've been looking for. Usually, products claim to have properties that hide pores but in return leave you with clogged pores and sometimes irritated skin that is worse than what you started with. Dermatologists have tested and proven that this works well to control oily skin and even comes in 32 shades to make sure every one of us with every skin tone can feel beautiful and pore-free at an affordable price!


  • Comes in 32 shades
  • Oil control
  • Hides pores
  • Affordable


  • Dries lighter
  • Streaky when applying with a brush
  • Not all day coverage


This product can be found on Amazon for around 6 dollars, super affordable. ($)

Where to Buy


COVERGIRL Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation, Buff Beige 725, 1 Ounce...
  • Vitamin-infused formula with a special antioxidant and vitamin complex
  • Oil free
  • Minimizes the appearance of oily shine


Here is another serum which is a moisturizing foundation that includes vitamins B3, B5, and E to keep your face hydrated and even has SPF 20 for the perfect protection from aging UV rays. This is also oil-free and lightweight to minimize the appearance of oily skin for a natural glow that doesn't shine. This is a long lasting foundation and is definitely a contender for the best drugstore foundation on our list.


  • Oil-free formula
  • Vitamins B3, B5, & E + SPF 20
  • Great for sensitive skin
  • Affordable


  • Orange undertones
  • Dries darker


This product can be found on Amazon for around 8 dollars. ($)

Where to Buy


Revlon Youth Fx Fill + Blur Foundation, Porcelain, 1 Fluid Ounce
  • Corrects visible signs of aging by filling in and blurring wrinkles, lines, and pores
  • Instantly erases the appearance of dark spots, age spots, and hyperpigmentation
  • Lightweight, hydrating formula provides full coverage


If you're starting to feel your age and need a pick-me-up that hides unwanted lines and wrinkles, then this is for you. This SPF 20 formula is full of micro-fillers that smooth lines and blur pigments making you feel youthful all over again. Incredible at covering dark/age spots and hyperpigmentation while hydrating your face.


  • Hides wrinkles, lines, & age spots
  • Covers hyperpigmentation
  • Hydrating, SPF 20 formula


  • Heavy
  • Oily
  • Comes off easily


This product can be found on Amazon for around 16 dollars. A little pricey but you might get what you pay for here. ($$$)

Where to Buy


L'Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation, C2 Natural Ivory,...
  • Liquid Foundation captured in a cushion
  • A fresh luminous finish
  • Tap on Buildable Coverage


Some people can get by with 8-hour coverage, but if you're someone who needs more than that you have found the perfect product. This formula stays on for 24 hours and has total coverage. Lightweight yet will completely hide oil, blemishes, and imperfections so you can go out feeling confident in your skin for the entire day (and night) long. A little goes a long way with this foundation and is sure to be one of the best drugstore foundations we have found so far.


  • Lasts 24 hours
  • Full coverage
  • Velvety formula
  • Great for oily skin


  • Orange undertones
  • Heavy
  • White glow in pictures


This product can be found on Amazon for around 8 dollars. ($)

Where to Buy


Almay Smart Shade CC Cream, Light/Medium
  • #200 Light/Medium
  • Diminishes the appearance of imperfections, dull skin tone and discolorations
  • Lightweight


A great choice for warmer weather with an SPF of 35! This is a CC (complexion corrector) cream that has a light but decent coverage that gives you an even complexion and protects you from the sun's harsh UV rays. The hypoallergenic formula excels in smoothing imperfections and discolorations while brightening any dull skin tones. Available in 3 versatile shades, so all skin tones and types can enjoy its magic.


  • Lightweight
  • Moisturizing
  • SPF 35
  • Hypoallergenic


  • Oily
  • Uneven as it wears
  • Comes off easily


This product can be found on Amazon for around 7 dollars, a little pricey for a CC cream but still affordable. ($)

Where to Buy


Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Cushion Foundation, Natural, 0.46...
  • MINERAL CUSHION FOUNDATION: Airbrush, blur, & correct imperfections with our talc-free,...
  • DERMATOLOGIST APPROVED: Our gentle, minimalist formula helps reduce irritation & breakout...
  • BEST FACE FORWARD: With primers, highlighters, bronzers, & mineral powders we have a full...


This is a true all-in-one formula containing a blend of minerals, plant extracts, smoothing antioxidants, and skin nourishing vitamins which enhances the complexion and brightens skin all at the same time. Comes complete with a puff applicator that delivers a refreshing finish yet is still compact for small bags. Did we mention that it has an SPF of 50? Physicians Formula definitely earned their spot on the best drugstore foundation list.


  • SPF 50
  • Light, easy application
  • Great for sensitive skin


  • Runs out quickly
  • Easier to apply with a brush
  • Can be a bit shiny


This product can be found on Amazon for around 9 dollars. ($)

Where to Buy


Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint, 1.0 Fl. Oz. 40 / Nude
  • 1.0 fluid ounce (30 mL) of liquid foundation for dry skin
  • Liquid face makeup plumps skin and boosts hydration
  • Refreshes thirsty skin for 24 hours


Do you have dry skin? We might have found the answer. This is a foundation packed with hyaluronic acid that will keep your skin hydrated all day long. The formula refreshes and plumps skin for 24 hours which technically makes it better for your face than wearing no foundation at all. It may feel as if you aren't even wearing any product on your face but leaves you with a shimmery glow and healthy skin free of clogging.


  • Moisturizing formula
  • Light to medium coverage
  • Great for combination skin
  • Natural finish


  • Very thick product
  • Unusual applicator
  • Oily


This product can be found on Amazon for around 11 dollars. ($$)

Where to Buy


Best Drugstore Foundation - The Verdict

After comparing all the options we found and doing the much-needed research, we came up with a list we feel should have helped every one select the best drugstore foundation for themselves. Even with so many foundations on the market considered high-quality designer brands it was easy to find something that works for everybody whether you have dry or oily skin, or are just looking for something light and simple.

If we had to pick one off of our 10 Best Drugstore Foundations list, we would choose L'Oreal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation because it is truly the best product for your money. It is, in fact, a full coverage foundation and lasts 24 hours but even if you were looking for something lighter, you could mix it with your favorite moisturizer, and it might even last you longer than a lighter product! The formula itself is lightweight but does heavy duty work, and it is actually full of vitamins and antioxidants and works with oily skin, which is a serious plus in our book. Not to mention it's under ten dollars.

Our first choice might apply more to the experienced makeup artist so if you're feeling overwhelmed by its 24-hour promise you might want to go with our runner-up which is CoverGirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation which is a lighter option. It still has vitamins and SPF 20 to keep your skin healthy and hydrated but has a lighter oil-free formula. The best part is that it is also affordable and under ten dollars and has great reviews. We hope this article has helped you decide what you might run out to buy or order online next! Don't forget that the price isn't everything and that you can sometimes find things better for your body at a lower price if you just do some research.

The post Best Drugstore Foundation: The Top Brands that You Should Know appeared first on SoundBodyLife.

]]> 0
Best Lip Balm: A Guide to Help You the Right One for You Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:04:07 +0000 A person’s lips are an important part of their facial structure and appearance, and like the rest of your face, you love to keep it looking its best at all times. Whether you want just to moisturize or add a little shine, lip balm has always been there to get the job done. Adding moisture […]

The post Best Lip Balm: A Guide to Help You the Right One for You appeared first on SoundBodyLife.


A person’s lips are an important part of their facial structure and appearance, and like the rest of your face, you love to keep it looking its best at all times. Whether you want just to moisturize or add a little shine, lip balm has always been there to get the job done. Adding moisture and keeping your lips glorious all day by acting as an all-in-one solution, the best lip balm truly never ceases to amaze.

The best lip balm works for anyone whether you are knees deep in every beauty craze or you need a little dab of this and that some days. It’s one of those all-in-one products you cannot live without. Every girl has a lip balm stashed somewhere in her purse. Why not make it the best one possible?

Product FAQ

Product FAQ

When purchasing the best lip balm for you, you may consider things like packaging and consistency. You may want something easy to slip into your pocket or fit in your purse, or you may consider if you would like a cream lip balm or a solid one. Those are things we consider when we make our picks. We don’t want something too pricey, but we also don’t want a poor product; we want something within our budget perfect for us.

What Does It Do?

The best lip balm can have your lips looking refreshed and rejuvenated. Some people use lip balm as a lip primer, chapstick or even to give a little color to their lips. We can all agree that lip balm is an essential part of one's everyday beauty routine. It helps your lips recover fr0m harsh conditions such as too much exposure to the sun or wind. Dry, peeling lips are no fun, and these best lip balms will give your lips the nourishment and moisture they need.

You can find lip balm anywhere fr0m your local supermarket to your favorite online store for about two to seven dollars. Some are available in stores while others are only available online.

How We Reviewed the Best Lip Balm

We considered everything when searching for the best lip balm for you, and the result is a list of the 10 best lip balms that will have your lips feeling juicy and smooth. We made sure we covered all the bases, factoring in pricing and packaging design, where and how you can buy the best lip balms, and the ingredients added. Style and function were also both considered, along with flavor and effectiveness.

What We Reviewed

  • Vaseline Rosy Lips Lip Therapy
  • Nivea Milk and Honey Lip Care
  • Soft lips Protectant/Sunscreen SPF 20
  • Burt's Bees Natural Moisturizing Lip Shimmer
  • Arizona Sun Lipkist SPF 15 Moisturizing Lip Balm
  • Prickly Pear SPF 15 Moisturizing Lip Balm
  • Zambeezi Beeswax Lip Balm Pack
  • Blistex BlissFlip Soft & Silky and Ultra Moisturizing Lip Balm
  • EOS Organic Smooth Stick Lip Balms Pack
  • Whole Foods Market Lip Balm

Vaseline Lip Therapy Lip Balm Mini, Rosy, 0.25 oz
  • Helps to lock in moisture for beautiful, healthy lips
  • Gives lips a natural, glossy shine
  • Made from pure Vaseline Jelly


Vaseline Rosy Lip Balm is one of the best lip balms around. Made from 100% pure Vaseline jelly, it provides relief for dry and cracked lips by adding moister and healing the dry skin. This is a perfect on-the-go product for your lips, easy to store and ready when you need it. Not only is it easy to apply along with your makeup routine but it is also long-lasting, so you can enjoy a long day of hydrated lips without having to re-apply very often.


  • 100% Pure Vaseline
  • On-the-go size
  • Heals dry skin
  • Long lasting


  • Doesn’t add much color


One can find this product on Amazon for around $3.00 to $5.00 depending on the size of the lip balm.

Where to Buy


NIVEA Milk and Honey Lip Care, 0.17 Ounce
  • Enriched with Milk Protein and rich golden Honey, this formula helps strengthen lips'...
  • Instantly hydrates lips
  • With Natural Honey and Milk Proteins


Now, this is one of our favorites. Nivea Milk and Honey Lip Care is one of the best lip balms because not only does this lip balm keep your lips extra moisturized but it also combines natural ingredients that are gentle on your skin. It is enriched with Honey and Milk Protein to strengthen your lips.


  • Fantastic Smell
  • Natural Ingredients
  • Instant Hydration


  • Small packaging
  • Easily lost


The product can be found on Amazon for around $2.00 plus shipping and handling.

Where to Buy


Softlips Protectant/Sunscreen SPF 20 Assorted Fun Flavors Lip Balm, 6...
  • Soft, hydrated lips are always in, so stay classic with your favorite Soft lips Lip...
  • Soft lips lip balm hydrates and protects dry, chapped lips and with a smooth glide-on...
  • With SPF 20 for year round sun protection in sweet vanilla, fresh-picked raspberry, and...


Now, this lip balm is a classic. Softlips Protectant/Sunscreen SPF 20: the name itself lets you know this is one of the best lip balms out there. This lip balm is enriched with skin conditioners that hydrate your lips and acts as a sunscreen blocking out effects from the sun. Not to mention the flavors! from sweet vanilla to juicy-fresh watermelon, there are many mixes and matches that can happen with this lip balm.


  • SPF 20
  • Choice of flavor
  • Within your budget


  • Not sold in stores


This product can be found on Amazon for around $15.00 if you are purchasing a multipack. However, if you are purchasing just one, that price is around $3.00.

Where to Buy


Burt's Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Shimmer, Peony - 4 Tubes
  • LIP SHIMMER: Nourish your lips with a touch of luminescent color with Burt's Bees Peony...
  • LIP COLOR: Hydrate and sooth your lips with sunflower oil, Vitamin E and the refreshing...
  • MOISTURIZE: Just one swipe of this conditioning lip color with antioxidant-rich fruit oils...


Like Nivea, Burt’s Bees Natural Moisturizing Lip Shimmer is made with natural ingredients that keep your lips hydrated and healthy. This lip balm soothes and transforms your lips with sunflower oil, Vitamin E oil and a tingle of peppermint oil. This is one of the best lip balms for when you need a hint of extra shine or color.


  • 100% natural ingredients
  • Antioxidant-rich
  • Contains essential oils


  • Sells out quickly


One can find this product on Amazon for around $17.00. This product comes with four tubes of lip balm. If you want to purchase just one, then you will pay around $5.00.

Where to Buy


Arizona Sun Lipkist SPF 15 Moisturizing Lip Balm - 1 Tube - Wind & Sun...
  • SPF 15
  • Protects lips from summer sun and winter wind
  • Smooth application


Arizona Sun LipKist 15 SPF Moisturizing lip balm protects your lips from summer sun and winter wind. The application is smooth, and it is long lasting. With a little kiss of lemon, it Is praised as one of the best lips balms.


  • SPF 15
  • Protects against cold wind
  • Long lasting


  • No Color left behind


This product can be found on Amazon for around $4.00 plus shipping and handling.

Where to Buy


Prickly Pear Lip Balm SPF 15 Moisturizing Lip Balm - 1 Tube – Wind &...
  • SPF 15
  • Protects lips from summer sun and winter wind
  • Smooth application


Like the Arizona LipKist, Prickly Pear offers SPF 15 that protects from harmful sun rays. This product also keeps your lips moisturized during harsh winter winds. Arizona Sun makes both Lipkist and Prickly Pear lip balms.


  • SPF15
  • A choice of flavor
  • Continuous hydration


  • No color tint left behind


We found this product on Amazon for around $5.00 plus shipping and handling.

Where to Buy


Beeswax Lip Balm by ZAMBEEZI - Lemongrass 3 pack - Crafted with USDA...
  • DELIGHTFUL & SATISFYING: If your lips could kiss you, they would! This original Zambeezi...
  • COMFORTABLE TO CARRY & STORE: Unique oval tube which won't roll off the table and...


Zambeezi Beeswax Lip Balm is a top pick for customers. Made with organic ingredients and proven to leave your lips nourished and healthy, the ingredients in this lip balm are USDA Certified. This is the closest you can get to an ALL natural lip balm.


  • USDA Certified
  • Uses Fair Trade Beeswax


  • Not sold in stores


This product can be found on Amazon for around $13.00 plus shipping and handling. It comes in a pack of 3.

Where to Buy



This lip balm is great for those that love balm in a ball. Its shape is made specifically for easy use. It has a flip-under cap that rotates and makes application easy. It’s is a refreshing blend of skin conditioners and shea butter that leaves your lips healthy and supple.


  • Soft lips
  • Skin conditioners
  • Long lasting


  • None


This product goes for around $12.00 on Amazon if you buy in bulk and is individually sold for about $4.00

Where to Buy


Organic Smooth Stick eos Lip Balms 8 Pack - For delightfully soft lips
  • 4 Vanilla, 2 Pomegranate Raspberry and 2 Sweet Mint
  • USDA Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth
  • Packed with organic oils and fruit extracts


EOS offers an Organic Smooth Stick Lip Pack packed with organic oils and fruit extracts. Like the Zambeezi lip balm, EOS’ Smooth Stick is also USDA Certified Organic. This is one of the best lip balms because it nourishes and smoothens your lips. It is free of pathogens, phthalates, petrolatum, gluten, and dyes. And yes they also have flavors: Vanilla, Pomegranate Raspberry and Sweet Mint.


  • USDA Certified Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Paraben, Phthalates, Petrolatum free
  • Choice of Flavor


  • None


Amazon sells the product for around $17.00 if you purchase a multipack while individually they are about $2.00 plus shipping and handling.

Where to Buy


USDA Organic Lip Balm by Sky Organics - 4 Pack Cherry Lip Balms - With...
  • 4 PACK CHERRY FLAVORS OF CHAPSTICK MULTIPACK: Delicious smells, try not to eat them!...
  • 100% PURE ORGANIC LIP BALM PACK: Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Coconut...
  • NON-TOXIC, NON-GMO, GLUTEN FREE, NO chemicals, NO petroleum or petroleum derivatives, NO...


Don’t we all just love Sky Organics? Well, apparently they love us back. Sky Organics is not only the place for fresh and organic fruits and vegetables but also an impressive selection of all-natural and organic beauty products to assist with your everyday lifestyle. This is one of the best lip balms on this list, made of 9 different oils including coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, peppermint oil, hemp seed oil, and vitamin E oil. The product will leave your lips as soft as a baby’s bottom and fully nourished.


  • Made of Essential Oils
  • Certified Organic
  • Not tested on animals


  • Oily
  • Constant application required


This product can be found on Amazon for around $2.00 plus shipping and handling. 

Where to Buy


The Verdict

Now the time has come for us to choose our best lip balm. We didn’t do this list in a specific order because we wanted you all to see for yourself what you would consider the best. For us, the best lip balm would have to be the Zambeezi Beeswax Lip Balm Pack because we are a sucker for natural ingredients. The fact that it is Fair Trade also gives us the chills. There is nothing like a brand/ company that cares as much about people as profit. We know our lips are in good hands with this product. While doing research we found that this lip balm had the most reviews, and they were ALL positive!

One customer said “You know those products which are organic, amazingly effective and super cost effective...well my friends, this is one of them!! I have been using Zambeezi products for over 5 years, and my lips stay luscious and plump and I know it's with no nasty ingredients. Tip: Put Zambeezi on before bed to wake up with extra soft lips.”

While another said "This is the absolute best lip balm I have ever used! It is organic, clean and natural, contains nothing chemical, and it has a nice consistency. It also a Fair Trade product, so when you purchase it, you're helping people in rural Africa. I highly recommend it!"

And we completely agree. There is nothing like finding a product that is naturally nourishing to your skin whether it be your lips or your cheeks. I think this is the best lip balm based on all aspects: the clear tube that allows you to see when you need to swap out or buy a new one, the all natural ingredients and lastly the company itself. When you purchase this lip balm, you are a part of something bigger than physical beauty; you are contributing to the beauty of the world. Free trade brings jobs to rural Zambian villages, and they work with young entrepreneurs, beekeepers, and farmers to find an alternative to mining and destructive logging.

Not to mention its ingredients; this lip balm has so many nutrients that will keep your lips feeling fresh all day. Smooth, toned lips are always the result after using this product.

The post Best Lip Balm: A Guide to Help You the Right One for You appeared first on SoundBodyLife.

]]> 0
Melt Cosmetics Review: A Look at the One of the Best Brands Today Thu, 13 Dec 2018 02:26:15 +0000 The eyeshadow pallet you bought is almost perfect. Except for a few things. One, it's missing the perfect transition shade which is a vital part to any eye look. Two, there isn't enough color diversity. Instead, you have 4 shades of blue that are almost identical and no idea what to do with them. And […]

The post Melt Cosmetics Review: A Look at the One of the Best Brands Today appeared first on SoundBodyLife.


The eyeshadow pallet you bought is almost perfect. Except for a few things. One, it's missing the perfect transition shade which is a vital part to any eye look. Two, there isn't enough color diversity. Instead, you have 4 shades of blue that are almost identical and no idea what to do with them. And lastly the amount of product you receive is on the slim side and now so is your wallet. We know how difficult it can be to find the right product for you sometimes. It's either a journey of trial and error or sacrifice and settling. But we're here to tell you that the perfect eyeshadow doesn't have to be hard to find. So don't sort through an endless array of eyeshadow pallets, or even create your own only to receive very little product. Stack your shadows instead with Melt Cosmetics.

What is Melt Cosmetics?

What is Melt Cosmetics

Two close friends, brunch, and a burning passion were all that it took to spark the creativity that would soon turn into the empire that is Melt Cosmetics. The brand began with one goal in mind, to do what had yet to be done. Co-founders, Lora Arellano, and Dana Bomar saw a need and boldly aimed to fix it.   Pigmented, bold and mate lipsticks were conspicuously missing from the makeup world. The pair of friends took their years of retail, makeup and life experience to create a matte lipstick like no other. And because of their innovation they succeeding in revolutionizing a market.

6 years later Melt Cosmetics is one of the most successful independent brands in the makeup community. And who could be surprised? The first 5 shades of their mate lipsticks sold out the minute Melt Cosmetics launched them online. The quality, dedication, and consistency of this brand have bred loyal customers and fans.

Arellano and Bomar created Melt Cosmetic for the everyday makeup enthusiast, the innovate dreamer, the creative, wild child, and every unique person in between. Since its birth, Melt Cosmetics has broadened their horizons. Now the brand has a line of dazzling products including lipsticks, highlighters, and eyeshadow stacks. The eyeshadow stacks are individual pigmented packed powders that you can use to create an endless array of looks.

Product Specs

Product Specs

We found that one of the biggest appeals of the Melt Cosmetics individual eyeshadow pots was that the single shadows allowed a certain amount of freedom. These eyeshadow stacks are amazing for the makeup extraordinaire who knows exactly what they want or for the newbie who is slowing honing their craft. You can choose that royal purple you've been searching for forever or find that warm neutral shade that every single eyeshadow pallet seems to lack.

The best part is, the durable pans are magnetized so you can easily keep track of your collection. The inside of the container also comes with a mirror for convenience, which we loved. And did we mention that Melt Cosmetics packs these single eyeshadow pots full of product?  This way you get an amazing eye look and the most value for your hard-earned dollars.


You can purchase these lovely shades for around $15 to $20 at the Melt Cosmetics online store.

How it Compares

We picked a couple of similar products available on the market to see how they compare. All products below are from Melt Cosmetics so you can get to know the brand.

  • Role Play Collection
  • Baby Girl Stack
  • Digital Dust Highlight
  • Hopeless Romantix Collection

Role Play Collection

The Role Play collection is simple and sweet with a color range that anyone can love. These lipsticks are convenient and perfect for on the go application.

Price: Approximately $65

You can get the perfect matte lip in 5 vibrant shades for around 65 dollars. These lipsticks are usually approximately worth 95 dollars so that you can look good, and your wallet can feel good along. with you

Ease of Use:

Using these lipsticks is as easy as swipe and go. However, we found that it's harder to get the most precise application with these traditional lipsticks.

Design Quality:

These colorful lipsticks are hydrating and creamy with the matte finish you love. Each color is unique and works for any skin tone. The role play collection comes in 5 stunning shades.

  • Pink Heels- A vivid rose pink, that will last all day long
  • Frisky- A spicy cinnamon nude.
  • Last Kiss- A vibrant hue inspired by Strawberry Sorbet
  • Lucretia- A Seductive red mixed with a hint of nude
  • Novelty- An Orchid inspired shade


  • Excellent Array of Shades
  • Excellent Array of Shades
  • Pigmentation
  • True Matte Finish


  • Less precise application
  • Not long Lasting
  • Transfer

Baby Girl Stack

The Baby Girl Stack is fresh, flirty and colorful. The collection is a vibrant blend of five pink and red hues in matte and metallic finishes, which makes creating a sweet shimmery or a bold smoky look easier than ever.

Price: Approximately $58

For approximately 58 dollars you get 5 pigmented shades to shine in.

Ease of Use:

The baby girl stack is a harmonious blend of dusky pinks, shimmery rose tones, and vibrant reds. Each eyeshadow tin is magnetized so that you can keep your 5 pots in order easily. They are also made of a durable plastic, which means you don't have to worry about crumbles and cracks. And they come equipped with a mirror to make application easy. The only downside to these pots would be that they aren't as convenient as traditional palettes. They don't come with an applicator and the shades are separate which makes them trickier to use when you're in rush mode.

Design Quality:

Sometimes the price to pay for pigmentation is fallout or chalky texture. But that is not the case with these eyeshadows. We enjoyed the creamy, smooth texture of the formula. The shades blended like a dream and fallout did not make an appearance here. The Baby Girl Stack comes in these 5 colors:

  • Hopeless Romantix - A beaming mixture of yellow gold hot pink. You can use this vibrant shade as an eyeshadow or highlight
  • Main Squeeze - An ultra-matte orange-red with a pigmented punch of color.
  • Scammin' - The perfect hot coral transition shade.
  • Crush - A lustrous and versatile rustic terracotta eyeshadow.
  • Break Up - A dark umber shade to add some depth to your look.


  • No Fallout
  • Excellent Array of Shades
  • Pigmentation
  • Unique Practical Packaging
  • Great Value


  • Don't Come With an Applicator
  • Online Shipping Charge

Digital Dust Highlight

Each shade is vivid and unique to give everyone a luminous glow. These highlighters can look good on any skin tone and packaging is sleek, clean and profession, which we liked.

Price: Approximately $40

You can purchase each lovely shade of the Digital Dust Highlight for around 40 dollars.

Ease of Use:

With its creamy texture, pigmented gleam, and buildable formula the Digital Dust Highlighter is not only a quality product but also easy to use and love. Just take your favorite fan or highlighter brush, apply to the cheeks, temples, and bridge of the nose to glow.

Design Quality:

This highlighter glows in every sense of the word. The Digital Dust Highlighters blend easily for a streak-free shine, and we also love the fact that the formula is buildable. This makes it easy for you to achieve a soft and subtle glow or a more dramatic and define one.

The Digital Dust highlight comes in three shimmery shades:

  • Nova - A warm gold that can be used as both a highlighter or bronzer. We love this versatile universal shade.
  • Stargazer - A dusky pink highlighter with soft silver flecks that will you with a champagne glow.
  • Gold Ore - A delicate golden highlighter that envies the sun.


  • Pigmented
  • Beautiful Color
  • Creamy Formula
  • Buildable
  • Versatile


  • Affordability

Hopeless Romantix Collection

The Hopeless Romantix Collection is a sea of seamless pinks, purples, and beautiful blushes. It includes the Baby Girl Eyeshadow Stack, three blushes, a set of four Liquid Lipsticks, and seven versatile Blushlights. This collection has a harmonious design and all the colors complement one another perfectly. It offers the best of Melt Cosmetics all in one pretty, convenient, package.

Price Approximately: $200

This spectacular collection has a value of over 350 dollars; however, you can get yours at around $200 instead. That way you can get seamless beauty, quality products, and a great deal all in one.

Ease of Use:

The convenience of this collection is out of this world. The shades of the highlighters, shadows, blushlights, and lipsticks make this collection truly unique. All the products complement each other well so you can put together a look without the hassle of searching endlessly for products that look nice together. What also stood out to us what the universal tones of the products.  This collection is great for all complexions and skin types. And no matter your experience, anyone can create a look they love. The everyday makeup enthusiast can wear these products and never run out of inspiration. Or the Makeup artists can create tailored looks for dozens of clients with the versatile products offered here.

Design Quality:

The Hopeless Romantix Collection Includes:

1) The Baby Girl Stack:

  • Hopeless Romantix - A beaming mixture of yellow gold hot pink. You can use this vibrant shade as an eyeshadow or highlight.
  • Main Squeeze - An ultra-matte orange-red with a pigmented punch of color.
  • Scammin' - The perfect hot coral transition shade.
  • Crush - A lustrous and versatile rustic terracotta eyeshadow.
  • Break Up - A dark umber shade to add some depth to your look.

The of the excellent array of shades and pigmentation of Baby Girl Stack is undeniable. We love how these colors complement each other.

2) A Set of 4 Liquid Lipsticks

  • Ex - A creamy Succulent nectar orange color.
  • Dreamboy - The dusky romantic sepia color you've been waiting for.
  • Rebound - A versatile mauve hue.
  • Cookie Cutter - The perfect pale cherry blossom pink.

These liquid lipsticks are here to stay. These durable shades are bold, comfortable, and long-lasting.

3) Three Brilliant Blushes

  • Cali Dream - A warm Coral Hue to liven up your look.
  • Bawdy - A hot pink blush. Need we say more?
  • Honey Thief - A universal neutral blush for a refined natural look.

4) Seven Gorgeous Blushlights

  • Electra - Want to cool down? Use this lilac hue to liven up any look.
  • Fire Fury - Perfect for deeper skin tones this crimson red will bring a fiery change.
  • Ghostlight - It's golden glow makes the perfect pair for any highlighter or eyeshadow.
  • Lynx - This blush light will help you achieve a natural sun-kissed glow. Pair it with a highlighter for a glow that goes the extra mile.
  • Nevermore - Use this hibiscus pink blush light to achieve a natural dewy glow.
  • Shadow-play - This holographic mint green will leave you illuminated.
  • Sundown - You can use his versatile honey brown as a subtle highlight or eyeshadow.

The best things about the blushlights are their versatility. You can use them to build up your highlighter, accent your eyeshadows or tone down your blush. Anything goes with these beauties. And their pigmentation is otherworldly. Mix and match all of these products to achieve your perfect look.


  • Great Value
  • Quality Products
  • Product Harmony
  • Pigmentation
  • Wonderful Variety
  • Liquid lipsticks are long-lasting


  • You don't choose what goes into the collection
  • Investment buy


Melt Cosmetics was born out of years of experience, creativity, and passion, and it soon morphed into a cult beauty phenomenon. With their fresh take on liquid lipsticks and highly pigmented eyeshadows, highlighters, and blushlights, Melt Cosmetics shines in the quality department. Besides the integrity of their makeup, this brand stands for a unique expression of self and individuality. Their products are certified cruelty free, and with so much offer it's hard to choose a favorite product.

Over Verdict is a whopping 5 stars overall!

We also found that their stacked eyeshadows were a true gem. The versatility, affordability and universal appeal of this product stood out above all the rest. They are perfect for the experienced MUA or the novice beginner. And with their durable, functional design, we couldn't overlook them. So go create your signature look with Melt Cosmetics.

The post Melt Cosmetics Review: A Look at the One of the Best Brands Today appeared first on SoundBodyLife.

]]> 0
Batiste Dry Shampoo: Checking Out One of the Best Shampoo Today Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:22:37 +0000 With dry shampoos becoming the hottest rage, we wanted to get a closer look at how these water-less washers work. Batiste dry shampoo caught our attention after a co-worker raved about the results. Could this no soap, no suds shampoo get hair clean? And how do you use a dry shampoo? Our review gave us […]

The post Batiste Dry Shampoo: Checking Out One of the Best Shampoo Today appeared first on SoundBodyLife.


With dry shampoos becoming the hottest rage, we wanted to get a closer look at how these water-less washers work. Batiste dry shampoo caught our attention after a co-worker raved about the results. Could this no soap, no suds shampoo get hair clean? And how do you use a dry shampoo? Our review gave us surprising answers.

What is Dry Shampoo?

What is Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is a powdered hair cleanser that does not need water. Most dry shampoos come in an aerosol spray. This feature makes the remarkable product fast and easy to use. Dry Shampoos are sprayed on the roots of the hair to eliminate oils and odors. They lift the shafts adding body and height, Hair that was once flat and dull is now full of bounce.

Product Specs

Product Specs

Batiste Dry Shampoos is a starch-based formula that targets excess oil that gets trapped along the roots of the hair. By absorbing oils from sweat and overactive hair follicles, hair appears shiny and clean, not greasy and limp. Batiste Dry Shampoo is like a hair makeover without washing with water and harsh soaps that can strip the hair's natural sheen. Just spray, massage in and style!

Bastille Dry Shampoo is so unique because it offers various tints for its customers. Batiste understands that powders and starches can leave a dark residue on those with light hair. So they created three gorgeous tints- Beautiful Brunette, Brilliant Blonde and  Divine Dark. No matter what your hair color, Batiste Dry Shampoo will seamlessly blend into your luxurious locks. The vibrant tints will also add a boost of shine.

Batiste Dry Shampoo caters to the consumer. What other shampoo company offers a product of 10 classic and clean fragrances? It is extraordinary!

But it keeps getting better. Batiste Dry Shampoo has formulas for every hair type and texture imaginable. Strength and Shine Dry Shampoo is perfect for refreshing dull and tired hair. For the ultimate volume boost, try XXL Plumping Powder.

Not sure which one is right for you? Visit their website and complete a questionnaire. A list of suggested shampoos will be at your fingertips in seconds.

The next question is what will this wonderful Dry shampoo cost you?


Batiste Dry Shampoo can be purchased in a single aerosol can for about $8.00, or you can purchase a 3 pack for around $20.00. All three tints with your favorite fragrance are available on Amazon.

How it Compares

Batiste Dry Shampoo's features impressed but how does it stack up against other dry Shampoos available in today's market?  We compared Batiste to 3 other popular brands to find out.

Batiste Dry Shampoo, Fresh Fragrance, 6.73 Ounce
  • Enjoy a cool and crisp fragrance
  • Use between washes to instantly refresh your hair, no water required
  • Waterless formula absorbs dirt and grease to revitalize dull and lifeless hair


A 6.73 ounce can for about $8.00 is an excellent price.

Ease of Use:

Shake can lift hair to expose the roots, spray, and massage. That's it!


We would love to see more natural ingredients in Batiste Dry Shampoo, but we gave it a four for fabulous results.


  • Three fabulous tints
  • Ten incredible scents 
  • No need to brush out