New Must Try Skin Line: Source Vital

Happy Motivational Monday Everyone,

For Motivational Monday, I want to educate viewers of Lady Code to search for natural alternatives for their traditional beauty products. Many brands contain parabens and toxic chemicals which enter our blood stream and endocrine system through our skin causing a range of health problems like cancer, neurological disorders and even learning disabilities in children. Isn’t it crazy to think everyday products like lip gloss, shampoo and lotion are not regulated by the FDA while some are even linked to cancer!? Although they may contain the word “organic” or “natural” not all the ingredients truthfully meet our definition of the word. Have no fear, there are many websites that allow the consumer to research beauty products like Skin Deep or Think Dirty to make educated decisions in this industry.

However, last month, while attending the Indie Beauty Expo, one company in particular really stood out for me, Source Vitál Apothecary, whose roots date back nearly 30 years, way before natural and organic products were popular in the skin care world. Fascinated with their approach to skin and beauty, I decided to interview and investigate this modern-day apothecary brand. Source Vital is a safe alternative to the traditional skin and beauty brands that contain harmful ingredients and I highly encourage you explore their products.

Their Story

Founders and day spa owners, Jerry Pope and Brea Gratia sought products for their spa which contained naturally-derived ingredients that were proven to work. Unable to procure products that met their high standards they set out to develop the products themselves. From the beginning, their goal was to create a connection between mind, body and spirit linking to the beauty industry. Launching with an eye balm, the end result is a combination of 100% pure essential oils (sourced from all over the world), botanicals plants and seaweeds, working in synergy to deliver visible benefits for the skin.

Their Ingredients

To this day, Souce Vitál continues to use only natural ingredients, never using chemicals or toxins in their formulas. Honoring the founders’ initial mission, Source Vitál continues to use only plant-based ingredients which embodies the holistic approach they are trying to create. Furthermore, they strive to utilize earth and sea derived elements which the body easily recognizes to help rebuild and strengthen our bodies.

Their Mission and Vision

Through the creation of natural products for “the skin, body, mind and spirit” they want to make the world a happier, healthier and more peaceful place to live, while creating “holistic health one bottle at a time.” The company firm believes that our natural world contains vital products such as essential oils, seaweed and plant extracts, which we can use for therapy. They have seen benefits ranging from clear skin to increased overall well-being and even a calm mind. I personally experience a sense of calm when use their Tranquil Multi-spray.

Must Try Products

Since learning about Source Vital, I have been experimenting with their products and have fallen in love with them, my favorites being:

  1. The Tranquil Multispray made from lavender and chamomile to release tension and stress.
  2. The Lemongrass mani/ pedi cream made with 100% pure essential oils and shea butter and beeswax.
  3. Deozein Natural Deodorant made with essential oils, mineral salts, and algae. The great thing about this deodorant is that it does not contain aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium, aluminum chloride or other toxic chemicals, nor does it stain your clothes.

Please consider checking out Source Vital and they story and products online! Watch the video below to learn more!

 

Love and Light,

Char ❤

 

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BOXYCHARM June 2017

Okay, that’s it. Boxycharm is literally the best beauty subscription box out there! They spoil us with 5 full size, high end beauty products every month for about $20 a month. Watch my June 2017 Boxycharm unboxing to see how amazing they are for yourself:

I think I’ll go ahead and let you all know now that I cancelled my Sephora Play subscription because they are awful.. They send super small samples that usually don’t fit my needs for $10 a month, and the box always comes late. I never use anything in my Sephora Play. I still like Ipsy because they send me interesting things and sometimes you get lucky and get something full size! It’s always a hit or miss with Ipsy, but I’m keeping my subscription with them for now 🙂

What’s your favorite subscription box? Let me know in the comments below!

 

XOX

Lisa

In Love With The KOKO KOLLECTION by Kylie Cosmetics Review + Unboxing + Try On

Kylie Cosmetics and Khloe Kardashian always have the BEST collabs! I’m so happy I got my new In Love With the KOKO Kollection by Kylie cosmetics today. This is their second collaboration and this time it is not only 4 lip products, but also a face palette.

Watch my Koko Kollection Review Video here:

Here is a summary of my review:

  • Shipping was fast this time. The KKW x Kylie Cosmetics took 3 weeks to be delivered from the day I ordered it, but this one arrived in one week.
  • All of the colors are gorgeous, and most of them are pigmented(“Doll” needed another layer). I loved topping off the matte liquid lipsticks with the “Sugar Plum” gloss for even more looks.
  • The face palette’s bronzer and blush are gorgeous but suitable for only fair skin tones. If I had a deeper tan, it wouldn’t work as a bronzer for me.
  • The highlighters in the face palette are disappointing.
  • The face palette is NOT worth $40.
  • The liquid lipstick set is worth $40 if you like the colors 🙂

Let me know your thoughts of the new collab below!

XOX

@Lisa_Opie

 

The Makeup Mitty Giveaway

Happy Wellness Wednesday everyone,

For those of you that have been following Lady Code for a while and reading my posts, you know by now that the environment is a big passion of mine.

Today, I was inspired to merge two different facets of Lady Code: Makeup and Wellness!

Earlier this month, when I was at the Indie Beauty Expo, I stumbled across a company called Take My Face Off®, cute right! This company has created a product called The Makeup Mitty™ a reusable and washable makeup remover mitt. This product is not only softer than the typical washcloth, but is more effective thanks to the included Detailer™ for small areas like the eyes.

Why are makeup remover wipes Bad?

Many people use the disposable wipes for removing makeup which is completely understandable thanks to being transportable and easy to use, but what few people know is that those wipes are incredible harmful to our environment and to our skin.

The Huffington Post recently published an article with support from dermatologists, Dr. Maryann Mikhail and Dr. Craig Kraffert. The article stated that since these wipes skip the step of rinsing your face with water, residue is left on your skin. Additionally, these wipes contain surfactants and emulsifiers, products which help remove your makeup, but since you are not rinsing your face, the product remains on your face, both drying and irritating your skin. Worse, to extend shelf life some brands use formaldehyde, which for some is a known allergen but is also a potential carcinogen.

Furthermore, most makeup wipes are made from plastic which can take more than a hundred years to breakdown. These products are also known to hurt marine life since they contain microbeads, a toxic ingredient banned by the government last fall. Animals tend to eat these products and since they contain plastic, the animal often dies of starvation.

The Solution

You guessed it! The Makeup Mitty is the solution to these problems. Not only are these products reusable and washable to prevent waste, but they are made of 100% polyester, which holds up longer than organic fabric to lower your carbon footprint. This product is softer than a washcloth which is perfect for those with sensitive skin like myself. It is important to remember to wash these products. You can simply throw it in your washer and dryer and use again!

In fact, I have been using this product for three weeks now and I LOVE it! Which is why I decided to do a GIVEAWAY!

The Giveaway

That’s right! I will be giving away 1 Makeup Mitty, the Superior Makeup Remover Mitt, which features the Detailer for small areas, 1 Mitty blackout, the Superior Makeup Remover Pad and 1 – 500ml bottle of Sensibio H2O, a cleansing and make-up removing water to use along with the Mitty.

The Rules

This contest is open to LadyCode subscribers and @Takemyfaceoff followers only! I appreciate those of you that consistently support LadyCode through genuine comments on our videos, sharing our posts/videos, and reaching out on social media. Lady Code loves getting to know our subscribers and giving back to those that truly support the channel!

The winner will be chosen at random and will be selected June 13th and announced the following Wednesday.

LADYCODE SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
Instagram: @charvontratt, @takemyfaceoff @ladycodeofficial
Twitter: @charvontratt @TakeMyFaceOff @ladycode_
Blog: https://www.ladycodeblog.com
TAKE MY FACE OFF SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
Instagram: @takemyfaceoff
Twitter: @TakeMyFaceOff
Website: https://www.takemyfaceoff.com/
I will be using Gleam.I.O to select the winner at random: https://gleam.io/competitions/uExV7-the-makeup-mitty-giveaway

I wish everyone the best of luck!

Happy Wellness Wednesday everyone.

 

Love and light,

Char ❤

 

 

Lady Code is traveling to the Indie Beauty Expo

Happy Motivational Monday,

Did you know that the products you put on your body are just as important as the food which you eat? People do not realize that everything that you breathe, eat and digest are all processed through your liver. We have to be just as conscious about the makeup, skincare and other products which we use on our bodies as the food we eat.

This week, Lady Code is traveling to attend the Indie Beauty Expo where we will be discovering natural and independent brands. The mission of this expo is “to provide a platform to recognize, showcase and celebrate independent beauty, wellness and lifestyle brands.”

I am so excited for this adventure where I can learn about these natural boutique brands and share them with you. In fact, I will be traveling with my mom, Dr. Elizabeth Trattner, a national expert in all things wellness.

Make sure to check Snapchat and our Facebook and Instagram page where I will be sharing live clips of this event.

In the interim, make sure to check out the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep to see how safe your makeup and skincare brands really are.

Have a great week!

~Char ❤

Wellness Wednesday: Essential Oils

Hi Everyone. Happy Wellness Wednesday!

I am currently in the middle of finals and my diffuser, loaded with essential oils is keeping me sane. Here is an article by my mother, Dr. Elizabeth Trattner about essential oils and how they can help us.

Essential oils give plants their smell and are used in perfumes, medicinal agents. Essential oil extracts can be up to 100 times more potent than the plant itself,, Now that essential oils are gaining in popularity  so are both benefit and risk. (Battaglia, 1997). Essential oils should be used diluted with a carrier oil, used with a diffuser, with the exception of flavorings like peppermint or fennel.

The most common preparation for essential oils are inhaled or used topically. Peppermint, wintergreen, eucalyptus and rosemary are all used for upper respiratory infections. These can also be used topically, diluted with a carrier base for pain as well. The use of essential oils for skin complaints is well-founded as many have been shown to possess antibacterial (Hmamouch et al., 1990) and antifungal (Onawunmi, 1989) properties. Though the use of essential oils shares a common origin with herbal medicine, the use of isolated essential oils is more properly referred to as aromatherapy. Aromatherapy has been used worldwide for ages. Rosemary was used hundreds of years ago to disinfect hospitals.

 

Eucalyptus: when we think of cough drops we think of eucalyptus. Eucalyptus is used for treating the common cold and all its side effects like coughing, mucous, sinus infections sore throat. Other uses are for insect bites and itching. Eucalyptus oil also has anti viral, fugal and bacterial effects. My favorite use for eucalyptus is during a cold. I like to take a bowl of hot water and create a tent with a towel over my head draped around the bowl. I will put a few drops of eucalyptus oil in inhale the steam. It works wonders for any cold, or virus and opens my repository passages. I would use this oil in a diffuser or a few drops in a bowl of hot water. Do not drink it or put directly on the skin!! Inhalation is best and only a few drops!

 

Lavender is the superstar in the essential oil world. It too has anti-microbial, fungal and viral activity to it. It also in an analgesic, sedative, antiaxiolitic, it helps with headaches, lice, cysts, muscle pain, digestive issues, depression, nervousness and many other mood disorders. It can also help with PMS as wellbeing. Lavender is a wonderful first aid remedy, especially for burns; it is among the safest and most widely used essential oils. Lavender was used during the Victorian times for fainting. There are over 350 studies on lavender on Pubmed demonstrating everything from mood enhancement and balance to pain relief. It brings balance both physically and emotionally. I like many uses for lavender. For relaxation I put a few drops mixed with clary sage, geranium , ylang ylang in a spray bottle of distilled water. This is very similar to my favorite aromatherapy scent, Clear skies Ahead by Little Moon Essentials.

Peppermint

This is wonderful for digestion. Peppermint tea is one of the most prescribed herbs I use for digestion. It helps with nausea, upset stomach and all digestive disorders. It can also be used in a diffuser for headaches and fatigue. Peppermint oil can be used as an analgesic but only use 2 drops in a whole bath because it can be very chilling. I use peppermint oil for digestive spasms. Peppermint oil is sold in special  enteric coated capsules to get into the intestines and bypass stomach acid. My favorite is Peptogest by Nature’s Way. I also like using peppermint with lemons to make refreshing lemonade. Peppermint in a diffuser helps with fatigue.

Rosemary:

Rosemary was burned in French hospitals to purify the air up until the 20th century. This essential oil is also an excellent anti-bacterial, antifungal and antiviral. It is an excellent antiseptic as well and why is was used in hospitals a long time ago. It is an excellent tonic and is very similar to lavender as far as uses but rosemary is more of a stimulant and lavender is more of a sedative or has a calming nature to it. Research has demonstrated that it helps with memory and cognition. Rosemary can be used in cooking. I have used the essential oil diffused to help in memory and recall for test taking. A great mixture to help with cognition is to use a few drops of rosemary, lemon, orange and lavender in a spray bottle with distilled water to lift mood.

Tea Tree

Tea tree oil is nature’s antiracial and anti-fungal wonder!! It is also immunomodulatory as well when inhaled. Readers need to be careful as tea tree oil is highly volatile and must be used in carrier oil. I have witnessed so many patients who have had allergic or reactions to it put directly on skin, scalps, and nails. This essential oil has been widely studied an there are almost 400 pub med research papers on it’s efficacy. Tea tree oil has also been demonstrated to have anti-protozoan activity as well. The best way to use tea tree oil is to use it very diluted in a carrier oil or lotion. Currently there are so many products on the market that the safest way to use it is pre compounded because of its known risks with dermal irritations. Do not try using this oil directly on your body or internally!

Right now our favorite company, Little Moon Essentials is running a ten percent off for all Lady code readers: use the code Elizabeth10 for a discount which will last all through July. We love Clear Skies Ahead!

Make sure to check out www.elizabethtrattner.com for more tips about living a healthy lifestyle.

 

Stayed tuned in the next couple of weeks where I will be reporting from the Indie Beauty Expo in Dallas!!

Love,

Char ❤

APRIL 2017 IPSY & BOXYCHARM

Hey dolls!

My Ipsy AND Boxycharm both came early this month, but I was so excited about my Boxycharm that I unboxed it WAY before my ipsy! My April 2017 Ipsy bag was super BLAH, but I think the April 2017 Boxycharm was one of the BEST yet!!

Watch the two videos below and let me know which one YOU like better ❤

 


Click here to learn more about ipsy
Click here to learn more about BOXYCHARM

PS. The LadyCode Shop officially launched my lash line, LisaLASHES today! Click here to shop my lashes ❤ 

Morphe 35R Palette Review + Comparison with Morphe 35o//25b

Hey LadyCode!

My Morphe 35R palette arrived today, and I was SO excited until I laid it next to my Morphe 35O and 25B palette and realized it seemed like I bought the same palette 3 times. I decided instead doing a review or tutorial, I’m going to compare all 3 because they LOOK similar, bu they are a little different! Watch the full video below:

IN OTHER NEWS….

Today was SUCH a fun day because Morgan from LadyCode took over the LadyCode snapchat account, and she showed us her hometown and did a GORGEOUS full face tutorial! It was such a hit! Check out her finished look below:

We have another takeover tomorrow, Samantha from LadyCode is going to take over and show us her Kylie Cosmetics collection! She has every single product except the new blushes and velvet mattes, how LUCKY is she!? I’m so excited that we can live through her tomorrow on snap 🙂

Scan the snapcode below or add “TheLadyCode” on snapchat to tune in ASAP!

 

PROM MAKEUP TUTORIAL 2017 || Affordable/Low End Products and LisaLASHES!

Hey LadyCode!

I’m so excited to share this prom makeup tutorial with you all, not only because its a fun prom look that gets you GLAM with drugstore/low end products, but also because its the first tutorial I have posted using my LisaLASHES!

I recently launched The LadyCode Shop, and I’ve been keeping everything pretty low-key since I am just getting started. If you want to learn more about the shop, just add @theladycodeshop on Instagram. My lashes have not launched yet, and I’ll be sharing the launch date very soon!

Here is the full tutorial:


Key products:

Morphe Mocha Palette Giveaway: https://goo.gl/9IWgZN
Morphe Brush Set: https://goo.gl/83ZHCP
So Susan Cosmetics Afterglow: https://goo.gl/SbNK8J
LisaLASHES “Celebrity Crush”: https://goo.gl/vupdPd

I also have a special announcement! I LOVE my LadyCode community so I’ve started scheduling Snapchat takeovers on the Lady Code snapchat account (theladycode). The FIRST takeover will be tomorrow, with Morgan taking over to show us some swatches of her new Colourpop eyeshadows. I’m really excited for these takeovers because it allows us to get to know each other better and you all get to hang out with a LadyCode sister for a day. The best part is that since we are all so international, you can share YOUR country or city with us when you take over! If you want to take over the LadyCode snapchat account, send your idea to: @ladycodeofficial on Instagram in a DM.

Scan the snapcode to add us on snap!

 

How To Get BIG, BEACHY CURLS With VOLUME Using a Straightener

Hey dolls!

I’m currently snowed in thanks to good ol’ Stella! This blizzard hit us yesterday and it still hasn’t stopped snowing here in New York. I’m not to upset about it because I am packing my bags for a little weekend getaway this weekend to JAMAICA! I’m so excited to be wearing my new Vizcaya Swimwear bikinis on the beach!

Since I’m always in beach mode, I decided to so a tutorial on how I style beachy waves on myself and my Vizcaya Swimwear models with a hair straightener. I did a full tutorial on this look on my YouTube channel:

PRODUCTS USED:
Peter Coppola Shampoo & Conditioner: https://goo.gl/uKN4NK
Peter Coppola Brush & Blow Spray: https://goo.gl/uKN4NK
Peter Coppola Serum: https://goo.gl/6OgmYk
T3 Micro Singlepass Straightener: https://goo.gl/kxIYHr
Big Sexy Hair Dry Spray: https://goo.gl/QtnVzL
Peter Coppola STEEL Spray: https://goo.gl/v0TdOQ

LINK TO ENTER $50 SEPHORA & PETER COPPOLA GIFT SET GIVEAWAY: https://goo.gl/EqO5CM

If you’re in the northeast like me, I hope you are staying safe and warm through this blizzard! XOX