When daily routine gets old and the cold weather begins…sometimes the only place you really want to be is on a warm, sandy tropical beach.

Here are a few beauty products that can help you feel like you are on vacation instead of in your bathroom shower:

The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter

Coconut Body Butter by The Body Shop:

This intensely moisturizing body lotion is a great way to stay soft in the cold weather and smell like you came from a warm beach.

Made from organic, cold-pressed, virgin coconut oil and community trade shea butter, this 24-hour body butter will keep your skin soft and supple.

David Babaii and Kate Hudson WildAid Hair Styling Spray

Style your locks with David Babaii’s  Bohemian Beach Spray which uses eco-friendly and exotic ingredients like sea salt from the Dead Sea and Volcanic Ash from the South Pacific.

Not only does this styling product work on wet or dry hair to give sexy, just-got-back-from-the-beach volume, but it’s made with kiwi and shea butter to keep your hair soft and healthy.

The icing on the cake: 10% of profits go to the WildAid foundation…so even if you can’t be on an African Safari at least you can be doing your part to contribute to WildAid’s mission to save the our planet’s wildlife.

Scented Candles by Tocca

Tocca Beauty Scented Candles have a way of sending you into a  sitting-in-a-hammock, tranquil state of mind.

Tocca’s Havana Candle, scented of sugarcane and rum makes you dream of pirates and exotic crystal blue bays.

Tocca’s Montauk Candle, scented of sea grass and fresh air will have you dreaming of lighthouses and the sound of crashing ocean waves.

Tocca’s Tahiti Candle, scented of tiare flower and coconut will have your bathroom smelling like a romantic island honeymoon.

Bon Voyage!

I love the fall and winter season, but my skin and my hair do not. This time of year brings on dry, itchy, flaking skin that irritates us and even ages us. Below are three steps to bring back youthful, supple skin and hair and prevent the yucky dry weather from taking its toll:

Ojon Restorative Hair TreatmentStep 1: Stop frizzy, dried out hair: During this time of year I often make the mistake of using a heavier conditioner to keep my strands soft. Ultimately, I end up with greasier, weighed down hair.

Solution: Hair mask! You can apply a hair mask once a month or as often as once a week depending on your strands. I love Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment. I coats your hair in a grainy, greasy, strange smelly mess, but then ends up giving you perfectly soft, shiny healthy hair without a trace of greasiness.

Prevage by Elizabeth ArdenStep 2: Prevent flaky skin and exaggerated wrinkles on your face: The dry weather sucks out all the youthful soft and suppleness of my face. This is really two steps in one. You have to get rid of the dry skin by exfoliating and then prevent it by moisturizing. Many experts suggest using a facial cream with alpha hydroxy acid which acts as a two in one step process by exfoliating the top layer of the skin while moisturizing it. This can be an effective solution, however using a moisturizer with alpha hydroxy acids on sensitive skin can cause further redness, flakiness and irritation. Therefore I suggest using separate products for each step.

Solution: Use a mild exfoliant (not something with large beads that scrape the skin!) like Dermalogica’s Gentle Cream Exfoliant made with lactic acid, salicylic acidlavender and aloe vera which combined help gently remove dead skin and sooth irritation. Then use a deep moisturizer at night like Prevage Anti-Aging Night Cream or take it one step further and use a 24 hour cream.

Kiehls-creme-de-corps-body-washStep 3: Stop using soaps in the shower that dry out your skin and make you itch all over! Often times I find myself using a bar of soap in the shower and find myself lathering lotion on my dry skin afterwards. It’s messy, sometimes downright greasy, and even gets on my clothes. Oh yeah and it takes forever to rub in.

Solution: Use a moisturizing body wash like Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Nurturing Body Washing Cream which uses mild glycerin soap to cleanse and jojoba oil and shea butter to moisturize the entire body. Using a creamy body wash prevents itchy, flaky skin and gives you a break from slathering on loads of moisturizer after the shower.

Greek Statue of AphroditeSo you want to be an Aphrodite or an Athena?

These 5 Steps will help turn you into the revered golden goddess you have always wanted to be!

Step 1: Glow for it

Get your skin glowing and bronzed like a golden goddess

Click to read How to Get a Natural Bronze

Step 2: Get Grecian hair

Use a beach spray product to get that windswept Grecian Island look like David Babaii for Wildaid Bohemian Beach Spray.

Flickr photo by dugspr — in Osaka

Thickly braid some of your wild hair along the crown of your head. Add flowers.

Forever 21 Knot Belted Pleat DressStep 3: Put on your linen toga and strappy sandals

Find a sexy toga-style Grecian gown to adorn your golden limps. And don’t forget the goddess accessories like strappy sandals and golden bangles.

Step 4: Create a goddess table of wine and food

Find a recipe that includes honey and cheese then pair it with a golden nectar (wine).  One example is to take goat cheese or cream cheese add some spice like jalapeno jelly, cover with toasted nuts, and drizzle with honey.

Keep your eating space simple and ancient. No need for silly cheese knifes. A cutting board and a barberic cutting tool will work just fine.

Don’t forget the fruit! Grapes and berries make for a luscious spread.

The Body Shop Sensual Massage OilStep 5: Annoint your lover with oil

Ancient greeks annointed themselves with rich oils like olive oil. You can recreate this ancient tradition using an formula with a aphrodisiac twist like The Body Shop’s Sensual Massage oil.  Made with Olive Oil and a blend of sweet smelling ingredients like Tahitian vanilla known for its aphrodiasiac qualities, this massage oil will definetly make you a Grecian Goddes of love.

Read about Olive Oil Extract and why the ancient greeks used it to highlight their physic.

Jason Red Elements Hydrating Night Creme with Red Tea ExtractIf you want to find green beauty products at your local drugstore then look no further.  Bravadora has found green products with great natural ingredients in every category all available at your local Target or RiteAid.  These products are all under $20 and work just as well or even better than all of the expensive brands. Better yet, they are greener and earth-friendlier than other drugstore products.

1. Face: Jason Red Elements Hydrating Night Creme  with Red Tea Extract. Jason Natural product line is pure, natural and organic. Jason’s Red Elements skin care line features Red Tea Extract from South Africa and Copper, a great ingredient for wrinkle reduction.  Jason Red Elements is hypo-allergenic and paraben free. 1.5oz container is around $20 at RiteAid or online at jason-natural.com.

David Babaii for WildAid Hydrating Moisturizing Shampoo2. Hair: David Babaii for WildAid Hydrating Shampoo. David Babii and Kate Hudson teamed up to create an inexpensive green product with natural ingredients like Cupaucu Butter from the South American Amazon, Wild Orchid, and Blue Algea Extract. This hair care line works awesome and 10% of profits go to benefit the WildAid Foundation. Hair products are sulfate and paraben free. Read more about David Babii for WildAid Hair Care here! You can buy a 13.5oz bottle for less than $10 at RiteAid or online at davidbabaii.com.

3. Skin: Kiehl’s Creme de Corps. One of Kiehl’s most popular products is Kiehl’s Creme de Corps body lotion made with natural ingredients like beta-carotene (found in carrot juice…read why carrot juice helps keep your tan here) which helps keep your skin glowing, cocoa butter, and sesame oil. You can find a 2.5 oz bottle for $9 at Target or online at kiehls.com.

Almay Pure Blends Blush Bronzer4. Makeup: Almay Pure Blends Blush/Bronzer Almay Pure Blends offer a great green drugstore beauty product that you can find anywhere. Pure blends features natural ingredients like flower and fruit extracts (Acai, Orchid, and Lotus). Almay Pure Blend makeup products come in eco-friendly packages made from recycled materal. Read more about Almay Pure Blends on Bravadora here!

T3 Bespoke Labs Featherweight Hair DryerThe T3 Bespoke Labs Featherweight hair dryer is made with a tourmaline gemstone which helps enable max negative ionic and infrared heat production which in turns helps eliminate fizz and shorten drying time.

The result of using the T3 Bespoke Labs Featherweight hair dryer is smooth, sleek hair in a short period of time with less damage to the hair.

The T3 Bespoke Featherweight stands out from the rest of the tourmaline hair dryers because it weighs less than a pound. The combination of its quick drying time, light weight, and sleek results make the T3 Bespoke Featherweight hair dryer a favorite among beauty experts.

The T3 Bespoke Featherweight won Allure Magazine Best of Beauty 2008 and Instyle Magazine Best Beauty Buys 2008 in the category of Blow Dryer.

The T3 Bespoke Featherweight hair dryer is one of Sephora’s Favorite Products. You can pick one up at Sephora for $200 and it is worth it. Fans and experts agree this hair dryer is a long-lasting favorite.

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