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Budget Friendly Organic Beauty At Credo

Budget Friendly Organic Beauty At Credo

Sharing my favorite budget friendly organic beauty at Credo Beauty!  I thought I would give you a run down of my favorite organic beauty products at Credo Beauty that are $30 and under.  Plus I have a coupon code at the bottom of the blog post too- make this deal even sweeter!

Credo Beauty is one of my favorite online natural beauty retailers.  They have it all when it comes to clean and effective products.  They’re like the Sephora of clean beauty.  All the “IT” brands in one place!

It makes it so easy to shop and find something you love.  Plus, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to get some of the best products they offer- I’m about to show you.

So what would l include in my budget friendly organic beauty at Credo Beauty roundup for $30 and under…allow me to introduce you to some of my very favorites!

*Don’t forget to use the coupon code when shopping at the bottom!

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All the it brands from Kosas Lipstick, Kari Gran Lip Whips and Ecobrow at Credo Beauty.

Ecobrow Defining Crayon-

This is a new favorite of mine!  It literally takes me a minute to do my brows- which is pretty awesome.  I really wanted to find a natural brow pencil for my readers because a lot of them struggled with brow gels.  I really love Beautycounter’s Brow Gel but I know for some the application can be tricky.  I really wanted something straightforward for people.  This Ecobrow Defining Crayon is it!

It looks natural and doesn’t look fake or drawn on like so many eyebrow pencils can.  One end is the crayon and the other end is the spooly for brushing the product through the hairs.  I wear the color Penelope but I’m getting the color Liz in the mail too- I think I might need something a little more ashy.  Penelope has a touch of redness.  I’ll keep you posted.  They offer 6 colors so you’re bound to find one that works for you.  This comes in at $26!  Check them out here!  

 

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Jade rolling is where it’s at if you want to reduce facial puffiness, remove toxins and soften fine lines.

Rose Quartz Facial Roller-

I’m a huge fan of facial rolling!  It really works.  It helps to get the lymphatic system moving, and flush out toxins.  It also helps to soften fine lines and wrinkles.  As it gets the lymphatic system moving you will notice less puffiness and overall more radiant complexion.  All it takes is 5 minutes in the morning.  I apply my favorite oil all over my skin.  Then start my facial massage.  Watch this video on how to use the jade roller if unsure.  I love how she explains what it’s doing.  Not only does my whole complexion look more awake but also less puffy and tired looking.  Bonus: my facial oil really gets to seep in my skin!  This is $28.  Get a facial roller here!

Honest Hazel Eye Gels-

This was an easy one to add to my budget friendly organic beauty at Credo roundup. Say goodbye to puffy eyes and dark circles with these eye gels!  Not only do they help to minimize unwanted bloat under the eyes but they also brighten the whole eye area.  I love using these first thing in the morning.  I apply them right before I start brushing my teeth.  My eyes feel more awake and vribrant.  These are especially great for travel!  Airplanes are so dehydrating and can really suck all the moisture right out of you.  These are great to do while flying or when you land for an extra surge of moisture.  One of my secret weapons to looking awake even with small kiddos.  They’re $12.  Get them here!

 

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Ilia Concealer-

This is one of Ilia’s newer products and I’ve fallen hard for it.  The formula comes in a tube and is perfect for under the eye area. It instantly hides dark circles and brightens the whole area.  I just dab a few swabs under my eyes and then blend in.  It doesn’t look cakey at all!  Something I’ve found is hard to find in a concealer.  I also love it for helping to hide hyper pigmentation and highlighting and contouring on my face.  I’ll apply some down the bridge of my nose, and then right in the middle of my forehead and cupids bow for an all over brightening effect.  It’s like a highlighter and concealer in one!  I wear the color Yucca.  Only $30!  Check them out here!

Kosas Lipsticks-

If you follow me then you know I love a good Kosas lipstick.  These lipsticks are highly pigmented, last and plump the lips all at the same time.  They come in so many great colors too.  Honestly, I haven’t found a color I didn’t love.  Some lipsticks feel too heavy, or not hydrating enough- Kosas really nailed the formula on this one.  Everything you want in a lipstick- but clean!  You can get them for $28- Check them out here!

Ursa Major Go Easy Shampoo and Conditioner-

Natural shampoo and conditioner that works can be pretty spendy.  It’s hard to find brands that deliver great results with a natural shampoo and conditioner but also are effective.  Ursa Major’s Go Easy Shampoo and Conditioner is the exception.  I tried them out a while back and was really impressed with the formula and results.  Not only did my hair feel clean but the price tag wasn’t as high as some others and it lasted me a while.  My hubs liked it too!  It doesn’t smell super feminine either but light and fresh.  My hair had body and bounce and no extra oil.  A total win!  You can get it for $26.  Check it out here! 

 

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Innersense I create Lift is the best volumizer in clean beauty and this Herbivore Sea Mist is a sea salt mist that adds amazing texture.

Innersense Volumizing Foam-

This foam is the best for giving your roots and hair the body and volume that lasts all day!  Literally my hair will still have volume after a couple days.  The best volumizing hair product I’ve found in organic beauty.  A lot of times I’ll wash my hair and then blow dry it before bed.  Once I’m done blow drying it I’ll stick it up in a high pony tail.  In the morning my hair is full of body from being up in the pony tail and using the volume foam- it’s so good!  $28- you can get it here! 

Herbivore Sea Mist-

I definitely had to add this to my budget friendly organic beauty credo roundup.  This sea salt spray really lives up to it’s name.  It gives hair that beachy vibe instantly.  I love using it after curling my hair.  It brings some definition and hold to my style and makes the curls look less perfect.  It comes in two scents- coconut and lavender. I’m partial to the coconut smell!  Especially great for adding lots of texture to lifeless hair.  And it’s only $12!  Snag one here!

Ursa Major Shave Cream-

If you’ve been looking for a shave cream, look no more.  This shave cream keeps my legs silky smooth with no razor burn!  It also keeps them feeling super soft for days.  I love that the scent is mild and just smells fresh.  It really is great for even the most sensitive skin types.  Even on Credo Beauty they have 33 reviews that add up to a rating of 4.8- pretty awesome! $24- Get the shave cream here!

Kari Gran Lip Whips-

I’ve been a fan of Kari Gran Lip Whips for as long as I can remember- seriously.  They are just a staple in my routine.  They are the one product that really can keep my lips hydrated.  I love the naked peppermint one.  It’s essentially colorless and smells like- you guess it, peppermint.  They come in frosted glass jars and look like little jars of decadent frosting.  You can get tinted versions too.  Not only do you have a pop of color but some serious hydration as well!   $20- Get them here! 

That’s a wrap on my favorite budget friendly organic beauty at Credo.  See any faves?  Be sure to use my coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN FOR 10% OFF!  Only valid for new customers.  Shop all of Credo Beauty here!

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Sharing my favorite organic beauty products under $30 at Credo Beauty.

Best Anti-Aging Skin Care Products

Best Anti-Aging Skin Care Products

This post has been a long time coming when it comes to best anti-aging skin care products!  I get asked this question nearly everyday- no joke.  I get it.  We all want to maintain that youthful appearance.  I mean who wants to look older than they are?

Now, I know the word anti-aging can be a faux paw word when it comes to natural beauty.  I’m not against aging at all.  I know that we all will age.  I fully embrace it!  However, I love the idea of being able to give my skin the best chance at looking it’s best for as long as possible.  I think we can all agree on that.

You can call it anti-aging or maintaining a youthful glow, whatever sounds good to you- the bottom line is the goal is to keep your skin looking good and feeling good!

Since we only get one face, we might as well take care of the skin we’re in.  

After being a natural beauty blogger for almost 5 years and having been in the natural beauty industry for over 8, I’ve come to find products that work and those that don’t when it comes to skincare that performs.

I think initially the natural beauty industry had a lot of beauty products that were clean but not effective.  Over the years formulators and companies are now not only creating products that are clean but also perform!  The best of both worlds.

Basically you can have your cake and eat it too!

Science is becoming more savvy as well and is now able to share how natural ingredients such as plant retinols and powerful antioxidants can truly transform the skin.  Science is pretty cool.

 

Best Anti-aging skincare

One of my favorite natural beauty skincare products for aging skin- African Botanics.

What ages our skin?

There are so many factors that contribute to aging skin.  Here are a list of the heavy hitters.

  • Sun damage- we all hear it but the sun can really do a number on our skin.   When UV light hits our skin it damages the collagen and elastic tissue in the skin.  The skin becomes weak and delicate and doesn’t bounce back like normal and instead starts to sag.  Then later on we see sun spots, and discoloration.  The sun is so beneficial for our bodies too- don’t get me wrong.  But I just like to wear a hat and protect my face from the sun as it’s more delicate.  Also, wearing SPF is crucial for protecting your face from harmful rays.
  • Dry Skin- When our skin is dry it starts to shrivel.  Just like a grape shrivels and turns into a raisin when dry.  The same thing is true with our skin.  It starts to shrivel and wrinkles become more prevalent when our skin ages.  By keeping it moist and hydrated we are giving our skin a fighting chance even when we are older to keep our skin in tip top shape.
  • Good Ol’ Age- Yep, as we age we lose collagen.  Collagen helps to give skin it’s firmness and elasticity. As we get older we lose a little collagen every year, or you could say every decade.  As collagen decreases we can start to see more fine lines, and sagging appear.  Also the production of new skin cells age us as well and we lose fat overall which can give faces fullness and firmness.  Taking care of your skin at an early age or when you first learn about the importance of good skincare regimens is the best step in giving your skin a fighting chance of thriving.
  • Eating An Inflammatory Diet- I’m excited this one is really starting to pop up more and more.  Often people think they can just have great skincare products and that should do the trick when it comes to anti-aging.  Unfortunately, what we put inside our bodies make a huge difference on how we age and our overall skin health.  When you eat a diet full of processed foods and sugar it accelerates the aging process.  For ex. sugar when ingested reacts with nucleic acids, free proteins, fats and forms advanced glycation end products, also known as AGEs.  Not only do these cause damage through inflammation but oxidative stress, and free radical damage.  Not a recipe for healthy skin!  You can tell when a person is consuming a diet rich in good healthy fats, proteins and plants.  They literally glow from the inside out!
  • Smoking and Alcohol- Probably not a surprise to most of you but these can definitely do a number on the skin.
  • Not Taking Care Of Our Skin- Overall skin health is also a direct reflection on how well you take care of it.  Consistent skincare routine is vital for keeping skin in tip top shape.  There is no magic potion to seeing results in one day, but repeated use and consistency is one of the most effective ways to see skin thrive.  So many people aren’t consistent and therefore can see early signs of aging by not taking care of their skin.
  • Stress- I’m sure most of you are aware but stress plays a major role when it comes to skin aging.  Have you ever seen someone go through a traumatic life event?  Often their skin can share the stress and pain of it all without them saying anything.  That’s how powerful stress is.  From not sleeping because of stress, dark circles from crying, fatigue, and wrinkles appear.  Managing stress and learning how to cope with it can help your skin in the long run.

What can you do about aging?

 

In your 20’s- Make sure you’re applying SPF.  Majority of the sun damage research has shown happens in our 20’s to our skin.  Applying an SPF before going outside is one of the best preventative measures to keeping skin looking youthful later in life. This SPF is one of the best for the face and before makeup.  Exfoliate, to keep your skin looking fresh and glowing and to reveal those new skin cells.  Don’t sleep with your makeup on, as tempting as it might be.  This blocks pores, causes breakouts and it can stretch out your pores- something no one wants.  Start incorporating one anti-aging product.  Even in your 20’s skin starts to decrease in collagen.  Pick one serum, or moisturizer that is loaded with active ingredients and is going to give you some mileage to your skin in the long run. I love this serum!

In your 30’s- Your skin starts to slow cell production at this age and collagen decreases as well.  Getting by with a few hours of sleep doesn’t seem as easy without looking haggard and some fine lines are starting to appear.  Hormones can be all over too as you have babies, which causes more skin changes.  Your skin often can feel overall drier too.  It’s best to find a skincare routine and really stick with it.  Replace foaming cleansers that dry out your skin with more oil or milk based cleansers.  Find a hydrating cream to amp up your skin’s overall moisture and get an active serum that is really going to help counteract the aging process.  One of the biggest complaints of 30 somethings is pigmentation.  Exfoliation is also key at this age as cell turnover is slower.  Exfoliating skin keeps it looking youthful and glowing. This is the best exfoliant.  Also, don’t forget an eye cream! I love this eye cream.   Your 30’s can really start to show the first signs of aging around the eyes.  Plus, keep up the SPF as you still want to keep your skin protected!

In your 40’s- Once we hit 40’s our skin’s cell turnover rate has slowed to nearly double of when we were in our 20’s.  They say in our 20’s our cell turnover rate is 25 days, but in our 40’s it’s 45 days.  So basically our skincare routine needs to be highly fined tuned at this age.  You start to see sun spots in your 40’s more than ever and wrinkles appear in areas you use the most such as forehead, around eyes and mouth.  Now is the time to make sure you have a skincare routine that delivers.  From a gentle hydrating cleanser, an active serum, a day cream and night cream.  Plus, an active eye serum or cream and an SPF.  Love this facial SPF.  Plus, continued exfoliation twice a week as you did in your 30’s.  A mask every week to help hydrate, and restore glow is a good idea too.  Facial Rolling is a great way to help bring some life into the skin and really increase overall circulation.  Facial rolling can help decrease puffiness and gently ease out fine lines.  I like this facial roller. Start applying products to your neck as the neck can age even quicker than the face.

In your 50’s & beyond- As an esthetician I always think of skin pre-menopause and post menopause. Although women can experience menopause in their 40’s for many it can be more in the 50’s.  That’s why I categorize skin pre and post menopause because the skin’s needs after menopause are usually consistent as you age(meaning as you age into your 60’s and 70’s and beyond).  It might seem harsh but skin really changes a lot after going through menopause.  When you go through menopause you experience a drop in estrogen which also means a drop in collagen.  When you have less collagen you have less fullness and overall elasticity to your skin.  Moisture levels go down and so do skin’s natural glow.  It doesn’t mean a death sentence for your skin!  It’s important to continue hydrating the skin always.  This night cream is literally the best I’ve found for delivering lasting hydration, plus active ingredients. From a hydrating cleanser, day cream, night cream and eye cream.  Also, protecting the skin always with an SPF as the skin is more fragile.  It’s also vital at this stage to exfoliate since our skin can naturally start to lose it’s luster.  Adding in a good exfoliation a couple times a week really helps to boost skin’s overall appearance.  Don’t forget an active serum.  One that is not only is going to deliver nutrients but also help with cell turnover.

Ok, now that we’ve talked about skincare in every stage of life, let’s take a look at what natural skincare lines really deliver when it comes to ingredients and performance!

What are the best anti-aging skin care products?

As I mentioned earlier I’ve been around the block for many years as a green beauty blogger and I’ve found my favorites when it comes to natural beauty products that perform!  The natural beauty industry is just getting started and we are learning more and more about the power of plants.

Having tried many products, these 3 skincare companies really deliver when it comes to effective natural skin care products.  It came down to 3 brands for best anti-aging skin care products.

 

True Botanical's Review

True Botanical’s

If you’ve followed me for a hot minute it’s no surprise that I’m sharing about True Botanical’s.  These products speak for themselves.  Not only do they have clinical studies to prove their effectiveness but also so many raving customers!  I first started to use their products 4 years ago and haven’t looked back.

When I think of TB what sticks out to me is a luxe natural anti-aging line.  Using the most potent ingredients, TB spares no expense when it comes to creating their products.  They care about quality and seeing products that actually perform, while at the same time are safe.  A truly unique company in the green beauty industry.  The scents of their products are some of the best.  Nothing is too strong but smells fresh and real.  I also love how they do clinical tests on their products.  Something that is rare among the natural skincare industry.  Proven results, with clean ingredients-what more could you want?  Oh and I can’t forget to mention that all their products come in frosted glass bottles, can you say luxurious?  Not only do they make skincare products but also some stellar body products.  I’ve tried out their shampoo and conditioner, body wash and lotion and they’re all winners!

If you’re unsure of what line to commit to in TB, then take their online quiz here.  They’ve made it easy to help you decide what line suits your skin best.

My personal favorites from the line are their Antioxidant Booster and their Repair Serum.

Let me first share about the Antioxidant Booster.

The Antioxidant Booster is made using whole apple peel which has been shown to be more effective than Vitamin C- hello!  It’s basically like your skin’s best friend if you ask me.  I mix this with the Repair Serum(you could use the Clear Serum from True Botanical’s, The Calm- whatever line that matches up to your skincare needs).  Then I apply it my skin.  I apply this before my oils.  I find this helps my skin to absorb the oil better. Then I apply my oils.  I can’t recommend this product enough!  I like the Vitamin C Booster too, but this one has done amazing things for my skin.

I’ve seen hyperpigmentation fade, sun spots and an overall brightness and evenness to my skin.  People ask me all the time how I apply it.  I don’t follow True Botanicals recommendation of applying my oils first and then applying my Antioxidant booster and cellular repair serum.  They recommend you start with their oil, then mix the Antioxidant Booster or Vitamin C Booster with one of their serums and apply to the skin.  This isn’t how I was traditionally taught in esthetic school.  However, True Botanical’s Oils are different then most oils.  Here is an explanation they sent me:

We use oils that are specifically formulated to have smaller particle size and therefore be more easily absorbed into the skin, the oil doesn’t sit on top of the skin and create a barrier that the serum would be unable to penetrate

So if you want to apply your oil first and then Antioxidant Booster or Vitamin C Booster and serum do it.  If you want to do it the other way- you can do it that too.  They did inform me that the Vitamin C Booster is only water-soluble (not oil-soluble), so if you apply it first and then add the oil, it can sometimes create a bit of a pilling effect if the Vitamin C/Serum mixture hasn’t fully absorbed yet. The Antioxidant Booster is both water and oil soluble, so it’s easier to switch around the order of the products when you’re using that one!  Bottom line- It’s my skincare must have!  Get the Antioxidant Booster here!

Why do we want antioxidants in our skincare routines?

Free radicals are constantly at work in our skin causing damage.  They are caused by the foods we eat, stress, the sun, air we breathe and so on.  They can cause skin conditions like acne, rosacea and of course aging.  The thing that we need to give our skin to fight free radicals are antioxidants.  Antioxidants counteract free radical damage and help to repair and restore the skin. Our skin produces antioxidants on their own, but as we age we lose antioxidants.  That’s why it’s important to keep feeding our skin antioxidants as we age.

The Antioxidant Booster does just that!  It gives your skin the most potent form of antioxidants the minute it touches your skin because you don’t activate it until right before you use it.  Since it’s in powder form, it hasn’t lost it’s potency because it’s not been mixed with liquid. The minute you mix it with a liquid you activate the formula.  Imagine all those serums you’ve been buying that have promised to be filled with antioxidants but they’ve basically been deactivated since they’ve been sitting in liquid. This gives you the freshest antioxidants delivered right to your skin!

As you can see, the Antioxidant Booster doesn’t mess around!  Get the Antioxidant Booster here!

The Repair Serum is another standout-

This serum is designed to reverse the cellular damage caused by sun exposure and aging.  Pretty sure everyone wants to sign up for that-am I right?!  Besides reversing cellular damage it also replenishes moisture and plumps up skin.  It’s highly concentrated and goes past the surface of the skin to really get to the cellular level.  Most serums sit at the top of the skin-not TB’s.  Another thing I love about this serum is it’s ability to calm redness and ease congestion.  My skin looks clearer over all and more even toned.  I apply it after toning/misting my skin.  Since it’s a serum my skin doesn’t feel moisturized but slightly dewy.  This is a serum that is going to work for your skin everyday.  An anti-aging, redness reducing serum all rolled into one.  Invest in your skin and grab your serum here!

Read my full True Botanical’s review here.

 

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These two products from African Botanics offer some serious results!

African Botanic’s

Are you familiar with African Botanic’s- if you aren’t allow me to introduce you!  I first discovered this brand a year ago in a Boxwalla box.  When creating this post, I knew that African Botanics would be include in the best anti-aging skin care products!  If you’ve used them then you know.  If you aren’t familiar with Boxwalla, you can read more about them here.  They deliver some of the best natural beauty products bi-monthly.  Not too mention they always are finding such skincare gems!

So last August I was introduced to Fleurs d’Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil.  Let’s just say it was definitely a green beauty standout!  I even included it in my best of clean beauty 2018- it’s that good.  It was really the first plant-derived retinol that I used that blew me away.

I would literally recommend this oil to for any skin type.  Whether you have sensitive skin, acne, mature, dry or oily.  It does so much for each skin type.  It’s highly active.  The formula includes plant-derived retinols, Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, amino acids, minerals, carotenoids and peptides.  This oil has it all!

From helping to fade fine lines, dark spots, hyper-pigmentation, and fading redness.  It basically helps to come in and repair what environmental factors, stress and the aging process has done to the skin and reverse it.

I have seen a brightness in my skin and hyper pigmentation fade- no joke.  If you’ve tried it, then you know what I’m talking about.  I struggle with some redness and that faded and overall brightness shown through my skin.  The oil is not heavy, but lightweight for an oil.  Doesn’t feel greasy at all.  I would apply this in the morning and at night.  It feels like such a luxurious oil!  Get Fleurs D’Afrique here!  Use Coupon Code: GURLGONEGREEN for 10% off for new customers.

But that’s not the only product standout from African Botanics…their Resurrection Cell Recovery Serum.

Say hello to your new favorite serum.  But for real.  This is a serum whereas the Fleurs d’Afrique from African Botanics is an oil.  This serum according to studies minimizes dark spots by 67%!  That’s amazing.  It helps to smooth fine lines and repair the skin from environmental damage.  It contains plant-derived retinol, and plant peptides.  Plus, green sea algae which gently exfoliates the skin.  

It is a gel serum that can be worn under the Fleurs de’Afrique or any other oil and helps to plump, hydrate and deliver antioxidants to your skin.  I’m starting to wonder what it can’t do!  It feels so refreshing and moisturizing on the skin.  The biggest takeaways from the serum is how hydrated and rejuvenated my skin feels after using.  The fine lines in my skin are all filled in and smooth.  It’s really like a primer before I put on my makeup!  It also really brightened my skin. I can’t get enough.

I apply mine after cleansing and toning.  Then I follow with the Fleurs de’AFrique.  The serum also contains plant based retinol.  Basically, the more you use it and are consistent with it, the more results you will see over time. Get the Resurrection Cell Recovery System here!

I literally want to try all of African Botanics products- no joke.  I have browsed their website and may slightly drool.  The amount of attention that goes into them is so amazing.  Check out the brand more here. Use Coupon Code: GURLGONEGREEN for 10% off for new customers.

 

 

Best Anti-aging skincare products

Beautycounter’s Countertime Line

Ok, This is Beautycounter’s first true antiaging skincare line and definitely worthy of the title of best anti-aging skin care products.  By using a blend of plant-derived Retinatural Complex of Bakuchiol and alpine rose that support skin regaining youthfulness.  Top performing conventional skincare brands you will find use retinol in their formulations.  However, much research has shown that retinol is not only phototoxic, discoloration, can cause skin irritation, thin the skin, and even in some studies be carcinogenic.  I mean I’m all for keeping my skin looking good but at the risk of my health- I don’t think so!  You may have heard of tretinoin(I can just hear my dermatologist suggest this to me), which is toxic.  Tretinoin is a form of retinol.  Another form often used by many is retinyl palmitate, however, this can become toxic when exposed to sunlight.

If you’ve used retinol then you know how thin and irritated your skin can become.  What happens to the skin when retinol is used over and over is it is constantly producing new cells.  Which gives your skin that smooth appearance.  The problem with the rapid cell renewal is it doesn’t give the new cells time to create the correct barrier function because they lack the lipid and adhesion from normal cell production.  Therefore your skin becomes highly sensitive.  Wearing sunscreen and protecting your skin from the sun is parmount when using retinols.

As you can see there is a reason why Beautycounter has retinol on their Never List of Ingredients.  It’s not something you want to be applying to your skin and absorbing into your body.  Check out the full Never List of Ingredients here.

Beautycounter wanted to create something that not only proved to be effective but safe.  This is where they created a plant-derived Retinatural Complex of Bakuchiol and alpine rose.

 

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The Beautycounter Countertime line is making waves!

 

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about plant-derived retinols.  What are they and are they safe?  Let’s dive in.

Bakuchiol is derived from the seeds and plants of the babchi plant.  This plant has been used in Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic for diseases.  Bakuchiol is one of the very few plants shown to actually work(scientifically proven) in the same way as retinol but without the side effects.  (Source here) It helps to add firmness to the skin, fade pigmentation, improve skin elasticity, and improve fine lines and wrinkles.  Plus, it helps to stimulate collagen production.  Did you know your face from your mid 20s and on loses between 1-1.7% of collagen a year?  You could say I’m all about upping my collagen production with a little Bakuchiol!  Bakuchiol helps to repair the skin.

The other all star plant-derived retinol is alpine rose.  Alpine rose helps to protect the skin.  It is grown in the Swiss Alps, where it has to protect itself from harsh climates.  When scientists saw how well the plant protected itself from the environment they wondered if it could do the same thing for human skin cells.  If you think about the human skin it’s much the same way.  When we are able to fight against environmental stressors and protect the skin while at the same time keeping barrier function intact and fluids in the skin is less likely to age.  The whole process protects the skin from fine lines and wrinkles- yes you can read that again!  Aren’t plants SO cool?!  Read about alpine rose here.

As you can see Bakuchiol and alpine rose are a match made in skincare heaven.  Not only repairing what’s been lost but protecting skin from future damage. What’s even better is you can find this Retinatural Complex of bakuchiol and alpine rose  in the new Countertime line of Beautycounter products!

It’s obvious this isn’t a line that was casually made but intentionally and thoughtfully created.  I love how every detail didn’t go unnoticed.  Even the glass jars are sourced from North America, eliminating the 5,000 mile travel from China where most beauty containers are made.  The jars are also recyclable too.  Overall less impact but greater performance!

The line was formed in a new lab with over 100 trials performed to test for contamination as well.  Beautycounter didn’t want to win some awards for best in natural beauty but they wanted to be the BEST in beauty.

Countertime has been in the works for 3 years- not an after thought.  Beautycounter brought research and development in house, along with 5 chemists.  The goal is to create natural products but in the end people want products that are going to be effective.  Countertime definitely delivers on this front.  This quote from the founder, Greg Renfrew really sums it up.

First the full Countertime line consists of 6 products.  Spoiler alert: the Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream is the best antiaging cream I’ve found in natural skincare.  It’s that good!

  • Lipid Defense Cleansing Oil
  • Mineral Boost Hydrating Essence
  • Tripeptide Radiance Serum
  • Antioxidant Soft Cream
  • Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream- (Best antiaging cream in natural skincare)  🙂
  • Ultra Renewal Eye Cream

 

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The Beautycounter Countertime line delivers results.

 

Lipid Defense Cleansing Oil-  This cleanser is unique and so good.  The cleanser is a spin off of Asian skincare.  You apply it to dry skin as an oil but as you add water it emulsifies into a milky consistency.  It removes all my makeup effortlessly, no stinging and my skin doesn’t feel stripped after using.  I’m hooked!  I literally want to use this every night- it’s that good.  Trust me I have a variety of other products I could use but I keep reaching for this one over and over.  Did I mention the smell?  AH-MAZING!  Get it here.

Mineral Boost Hydrating Essence- This is similar to a toner/hydrosol.  Instead of spritzing it on your skin you shake some into your hands and press it on your face.  I apply this right after cleansing before I use serums, oils, moisturizers. It has a milky consistency compared to other toners I’ve used.  This has of course the plant-derived retinols bakuchiol and alpine rose but also mineral-rich sea water, and a fermented blend of sugars.  It gives your skin hydration but also an overall glow- you’ll love it.  It’s so refreshing especially in the morning- wakes up my skin .  Get it here.

Tripeptide Radiance Serum- This serum is jam packed with active ingredients from the plant-derived retinol to tetrapeptide.  Tripeptide is a peptide with three amino acids.  Amino acids are the building blocks of protein.  Our skin loses collagen every year as I mentioned earlier.  By adding peptides to your skin you are tricking it into thinking it’s lost collagen recently and it signals your cells to make more.  When collagen production happens, then you notice your skin feeling plumper, and repaired, making your skin look overall more youthful.

Basically amazing when it comes to creating effective skincare for aging skin.  The Tripeptide Radiance Serum comes in a pump bottle, which I love. The formula is milky and sinks right into the skin.  I apply this after the Mineral Boost Hydrating Essence.  This serum is doing the heavy lifting when it comes to creating natural skincare that performs.  Get it here!

Antioxidant Soft Cream-  Say hello to your new favorite day cream.  This cream is hydrating enough to give your skin lasting moisture.  But light enough to wear during the day time.  I also love how it’s in a pump form.  It also contains the plant-derived retinol combination of bakuchiol and alpine rose.  Plus, antioxidant Nasturtium Flower extract known for it’s ability to help guard skin from environmental stressors and keep the skin hydrated.  My skin feels so moist and supple after using.  Great under makeup too!  Get it here.

Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream- This cream is what skincare dreams are made of- no joke!  Yes, it is the best antiaging cream I’ve found in natural skincare.  Move over LaMer.  There’s a new skin cream in town and it doesn’t contain the toxic ingredients!  I have tried hundreds of natural skin creams in my day, yes as a clean beauty blogger my shelves are filled with product, after product.  This one is in a league of it’s own.  I just dare you to try it and tell me otherwise.  The consistency is like softest most decadent cream.  It literally melts into the skin and creates skin that feels so completely perfect from hydration to overall smoothness and radiance.  My skin LOVES it.

Not only does it contain the plant-derived retinol bakuchiol and alpine rose but also a tetrapeptide.  Meaning it has four amino acids.  Your skin will be repaired, protected and stimulated with increased collagen, all while being completely hydrated.  Sound like something amazing?  It’s because it is.  Since being pregnant my skin had been extra dry.  I normally have dry to combination skin more in the summer has it gets more humid but since being pregnant my skin has just been so dry.  There was nothing that would truly hydrate it…until the Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream.  My skin has not felt better!  I finally feel like my skin is back to where it feels normal.  Get it here!

Ultra Renewal Eye Cream- An eye cream that really performs.  Anyone else feel like it’s hard to find a natural eye cream in clean beauty?  Yeah, I’m right there with you.  This eye cream isn’t your average eye cream.  With the powerful plant-derived bakuchiol and alpine rose giving any other eye cream a run for it’s money!  I use this am and pm and gently tap the product into the undereye area using my ring finger(the ring finger has the least amount of muscles so less pulling).  Say goodbye to crow’s feet, undereye shadows and hello to brighter eyes.  Get it here.

As you can see this whole line has definitely won me over!   I’ve been using this line for almost 2 months and my skin feels SO good.  It feels hydrated and plump.  It also, looks brighter and overall smoother.  If you can only try one product definitely try the Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream- best antiaging cream in natural skincare. Beautycounter has really done so well at creating an effective line that doesn’t compromise natural beauty standards. Get it here!

It’s easy to see why these products are the best anti-aging skin care products in natural beauty!

Have you tried any of them?  What are your favorites?

If you want more information on creating your ideal natural skincare routine, head to these blog posts that guide you through the process:

 

Earth Mama Organic’s Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick

Earth Mama Organic’s Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick

Excited to share with you my full review of Earth Mama Organic’s Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick!  This is a new product for Earth Mama and one I couldn’t wait to use.  I’m always up for trying a new sunscreen stick, especially because they’re so easy to use.

*This post is sponsored by Earth Mama Organic’s, however thoughts and opinions are my own.

Plus, it’s summertime and I could use all the sun protection I can get- especially on my face.  If you’ve followed me long enough you know I’m pretty diligent about keeping my face shielded from the sun.  That’s the best anti-aging treatment for avoiding sun spots and aging.

I love Earth Mama Organic’s focus on pregnant moms and postpartum.  The founder is Melinda Olson, a mother and nurse whose passion for herbs and helping others rid their lives of toxins led her to create Earth Mama.  She began making salves, teas and tinctures in her garage.  Eventually she outgrew that space and so many others in her house and moved into a full blown facility.  Thus Earth Mama Organics was born.

What’s even cooler?  20 years later Melinda still makes the formulas, is the head of Earth Mama Organics and still loves herbs!

I love the whole approach to Earth Mama Organics and how they are raising the standard when it comes to creating effective and safe products for mama and baby.

When they sent me their new Lady Face Mineral Sunscreen Stick I couldn’t wait to use it!

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Earth Mama Organic’s new tinted mineral sunscreen stick is so easy to use!

What makes the Earth Mama Organic’s Mineral Tinted Sunscreen Stick unique?

Well for starters it’s tinted!  They offer a light/medium tint and a medium/dark tint.  The colors are buildable depending on what kind of coverage you want.  Plus, the colors can be used with various skin tones.  The tint offers just a hint of warmth and glow to the skin.  It’s like getting a tan without actually getting a tan- pretty awesome!

It also has a broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection of SPF 40 & water-resistant(up to 40 min.), which I was excited to see.  Often a lot of sunscreen sticks don’t offer that much SPF.  Plus, Earth Mama’s Mineral Tinted Sunscreen Stick uses mineral non-nano zinc for the sun protection.  No nasty chemicals!  It’s also the only tinted sunscreen stick to be third party certified through NSF/ANSI 305 organic standard.  Oh and it’s reef friendly!  I love how they go the extra mile to ensure a product is not only clean, but effective and safe for the environment.

This is one sunscreen you don’t have to think twice about using when pregnant and breastfeeding too!  It is completely pregnancy safe.  It’s so nice to be able to pick up a product and know that it’s been tested and approved for use in pregnancy.  So many products I always have to double check, research, which that can take a lot of time.  Knowing that I can easily pick up Earth Mama Organic’s Mineral Tinted Sunscreen Stick and recommend it without thinking twice is huge!

It also rates a 1 on EWG and has been dermatologist tested for irritation.

 

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Wearing nothing on my skin before applying Earth Mama Organic’s tinted sunscreen stick.

So what did I think of Earth Mama Organic’s Mineral Tinted Sunscreen Stick?

I was super impressed!  I love how it can be worn alone or underneath makeup.  I would apply my moisturizer or oil first and then the sunscreen stick.  The formula glides on so smoothly and leaves my skin feeling hydrated but not greasy at all.  I find some sunscreen sticks in the past have left my skin feeling greasy or just a little too shiny.  Not the Earth Mama Organic’s Mineral Tinted Sunscreen.  It left a semi-matte finish that really pulled my whole look together.

I loved being able to just apply the mineral tinted sunscreen stick quickly and still feel put together if I wasn’t doing a whole makeup look.  Especially for the days when I was going to be at the pool or outside with my kids.  It’s SO easy to use!  Plus, I noticed how easy it was to travel with.  I would just throw it in my purse and I didn’t have to worry about it leaking or spilling out.  Something I love!

 

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Wearing the Earth Mama Organic’s Mineral Tinted Sunscreen Stick in medium/dark.

 

Not only did I feel put together with just the stick but also loved knowing I was getting some good sun protection with the SPF 40.  No sunburns here.  The best of both worlds!  In addition, my skin looked like it already had a little tan, something I’m all about!

Earth Mama Organics really hit it on the head when they created the Mineral Tinted Sunscreen Stick.  It performs so well, while at the same time is completely nontoxic and safe during the pregnancy and baby years.

 

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This is what it looks like swiped on the skin before rubbing in.

 

I’ve also been loving their Belly Oil, Belly Butter and their Third Trimester Tea as I’m well into my third trimester.  I rub the  belly oil on everyday, and use the belly butter after I shower.  The Third Trimester tea is so soothing and calming.

Check out Earth Mama Organic’s Mineral Tinted Sunscreen here and the rest of their products!  This is one brand you don’t have to think twice about when looking for a safe option for pregnancy and baby.

Have you used Earth Mama Organic’s products?  What’s your favorite?

 

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Sharing all the details on Earth Mama Organic’s new Mineral Sunscreen Stick!

 

August Natural Beauty Box Roundup

August Natural Beauty Box Roundup

It’s time for the August Natural Beauty Box Roundup!  Each month I pull back the curtain on the best of the best in clean beauty when it comes to monthly or bi-monthly beauty boxes.  I was excited to share this month because there were so many good beauty products.  New brands and some brands I’ve experienced and I was elated to see they were in one of my favorite natural beauty boxes.  Especially because natural beauty boxes always offer a huge savings on the products.  So you get to try them for a fraction of the cost- pretty cool!

Get ready for some serious clean beauty goodness in this month’s August Natural Beauty Box Roundup!

Don’t forget to check back for the box releases of:

Beauty Heroes August Discovery: Maya Chia

 

Natural Beauty Box Roundup

What a treat to see Maya Chia in this month’s Beauty Heroes box!

 

Before I even dive into the Maya Chia review I first must tell you what makes them SO special. The all star ingredient in Maya Chia is the supercritical chia oil.  Not only is chia oil heralded for it’s fast absorbing ability, but also for it’s antioxidants, minerals, and omega’s- a skin’s dream team!  You can say bye to fine lines and wrinkles.  Plus, it has clinically been proven to increase hydration. Check out my full review on Maya Chia I did last year to learn about how they extract the chia oil!  Read about it here!

I love hearing how a brand gets started and Maya Chia has quite a story.  The founder Suzanne Norwitz went from the corporate ladder to pursue her passion in creating the best quality skincare.  She was also interested in the Mayan people, that began with her father.  He is a surgeon and would go to Guatemala to operate on Mayan’s with clef lip palates.  She even has two step children now that were both born in Guatemala.  Her love for the culture grew and she discovered the power of chia in the Mayan culture.  Thus, Maya Chia was born!

Refresh Mint Resurfacing Moisture Mask- This mask is one of the newest products to hit Maya Chia’s line.  To try a Maya Chia product is to love it!  They perform so well.  So when I was sent the newest Refresh Mint Mask, I basically had to hold myself back from using it the minute I got it.  This is unlike any mask I’ve used before in natural beauty.

It’s a resurfacing moisture mask.  It takes a drab complexion and instantly awakens it and gives it a glow.  If your skin is feeling less than, this mask is for you.  It uses 4 different types of acids, enzymes, moisturizers to help slough off dead skin cells, hydrate and give you your glow back.  A little magic potion in a bottle.  I apply it to dry clean skin.  Once applied I let it sit on my skin until its dry.  Then rinse off with warm water.  My skin is left with a glow, and smoothness that makes your skin look radiant!  I’m so excited to keep using it and see my skin improve overtime.

The Optimist-  This gem is housed in a dark glass bottle, preserving every last drop of goodness.  Smells divine with hints of neroli, sweet orange, and ylang ylang.  The formula itself feels so hydrating on the skin and refreshing with white tea, antioxidants, fatty acids and phytonutrients- just to name a few.  I can’t forget the actual spray function.  It works so well!  I know it might sound funny, but after trying hundreds of mists in my day, the spray function is actually quite important.  You don’t want the mist to feel like it’s attacking your skin or spraying you in the eye!  The Optimist sprays so well all over the face.  The founder Susanne nailed it!

This Beauty Heroes August Discovery is going to go fast!  A definite must for the August natural beauty box roundup. If you’re wanting to snag this, hop on it.  This discovery is valued at $97 but you can get it for $58.95!  A huge savings. Get it here!

Boxwalla: The Secret Symphony Of Skincare

 

Natural Beauty Box

This month’s Boxwalla’s box is definitely a show stopper! I have fallen for Heart Of Gold!

 

I love when a Boxwalla box shows up on my doorstep.  It’s like getting a very special skincare gift delivered right to me. I also love that this box is a bi-monthly box versus a monthly box.  It really makes me savor the skincare products and not get overwhelmed.  This month is totally special and of course had to be added to my August natural beauty box roundup.

The founders of Boxwalla do such a great job of picking the best of the best when it comes to skincare.  They really do the research when it comes to finding unique green beauty skincare products.  This month is no different!  Sometimes I feel like a broken record when it comes to Boxwalla’s box but it’s because they always deliver every other month.

Sea Change Cleansing Balm- This product is so lovely.  It comes in a glass jar and comes in a cream texture.  I take a small dime size amount and apply it to dry skin, rubbing all over my skin.  This helps to loosen the dirt and makeup from the day.  Then it turns into a milky consistency when I rinse my face with water.  I love how it comes off so easily with water.  My skin is left feeling so hydrated and clean but not stripped.  I’ve been especially loving this in the morning.  It really gives my skin an extra boost of hydration before I apply my makeup.

Modern Love Gommage Gel- This is a unique skincare product.  It comes in a glass jar as well and in a green gel like formula. It smells like jasmine.  It’s an exfoliant, but different than a traditional skincare exfoliant.  I massaged this into my skin and then waited for 1 minute before it’s almost dry and then started to massage my skin again.  This creates small peels and helps to peel off the dead layer of skin and the gel.  Your skin is left feeling refreshed and smooth.  I noticed immediately a glow from using this product.  My skin was definitely happy!

Sweet Briar Hydrating Nectar- This is a serum and moisturizer in one.  It not only has the powerful skin benefits of a serum that helps to calm redness and soothe the skin but it also moisturizes similar to a lotion.  This is perfect for the warmer summer months when you might not want a heavy moisturizer on your skin.  I applied this to my skin after the gommage gel.  My skin still needed a little more hydration after applying the serum/moisturizer.  So I would apply my favorite day time lotion if it was daytime or an oil at night.  I was excited to learn you could also use this as a mask too!  Double duty!  You just leave it on for 10 minutes.

This whole skincare ritual by Heart Of Gold is so special and unique!  The value is insane too.  You can get all of this for $49.95 and the value is $180.  Get the Boxwalla August Box here!

Stay tuned for more in the August natural beauty box roundup!  As the boxes roll out I’ll be sharing my faves.

 

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Sharing all my favorite natural beauty boxes on the blog!

Natural Lipstick Color

Natural Lipstick Color

I’ve got my best natural lipstick color options in honor of National Lipstick Day!  Switching from mainstream lip products to cleaner versions is a big deal!  I mean, don’t get me wrong, you should definitely switch all your makeup over from mainstream products, but the lips are especially important.  Why??  Well, for starters studies show that women re-apply their lipstick/lip product at least 5 times a day…so that’s a lot of toxins  (more…)

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