Spring Break Green Beauty Picks

Spring Break Green Beauty Picks

So since Spring is officially here, I figured people were starting to have spring break.  You know the week off you had all through school and college, and then somehow it mysteriously disappeared once you entered the work force?!  Hopefully you’re heading somewhere sunny for spring break, I thought I would round out my top picks on what I’m bringing with me.  After all, I’ll take any excuse to snag some green beauty loot!

My top spring break green beauty picks include a little of everything, from best tinted moisturizer with sunscreen, to coffee scrub(hello cellulite), and a spring scent that will make you want to dance all night.

Marie Veronique Everyday Coverage SPF 30 tinted moisturizer-

I’m going to be reviewing more products from Marie Veronique in the future but for now, I just had to tell you about this tinted moisturizer with spf 30.  It’s not like other tinted moisturizers with sunscreen I’ve used that leave my skin feeling greasy and shiny.  This one actually feels hydrating when applied, but then settles into the skin perfectly with no sheen.  I’m addicted!  Not to mention, the sunscreen in it is full spectrum, non-nano and 30?!  That’s hard to find.  It comes in extra light, light and medium.  I chose light and it’s a perfect match.  It isn’t super heavy coverage but just enough to even your skin out and look pulled together.  Plus, when I’m on vacation I always go with less, especially when I’m prancing around in the water.  I love that it comes in a glass pump bottle too, so easy to use.  I’ll be wearing this all spring and summer.   Trust me, you will love it! $48

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INA DAYLE Coffee Time Body Scrub & Lip Scrub-

Not only will this wake you up in the shower, but also target those stubborn little dimples.  I mean swimsuit season is here peeps, and we all could use a little help evening out skin tone.  This scrub is made from just a handful of natural ingredients.  It smells like a fresh cup of coffee and leaves your skin silky smooth.  Let’s just say I’m addicted.  I also have the Pucker Lip Scrub from INA DAYLE as well, and I’ve been using it in the morning as a little pick me up.  It has a cinnamon coffee smell that is divine!  My lips can get chapped and peel in warm or cold weather, so this will be the perfect companion for a sunny spring break trip.  Plus, spring break can mean late nights, and what better way to wake up then to some coffee scrubs!  Oh and did I mention they both come in these really cute glass jars?  Yeah, I’m a fan.  INA DAYLE has been so kind to offer 10% off your purchase using code: gurlgoneID.  Snag some before your trip here!  $22 & $18

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Kahina Essaouira Perfume-

Who doesn’t want to smell good for spring break?!  This perfume just came out not too long ago, and has me craving sunny weather like nobody’s business.  It comes in this chic little glass roll on-so easy to take with you on a trip.  The scent is perfect for spring, light and airy.  With notes of rose, sandalwood, geranium, lavender and petitgrain, it will have you thinking happy thoughts.  I love being able to still wear perfume, and know it’s completely natural.  All the essential oils in Kahina’s perfumes are steam distilled.  Snag one of these if you want to smell yummy!  $78

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Kostmatology Herbal Fresh Body Wash and Scrub-

Kostmatology recently came out with a new scent for their body wash and scrub and I’m loving it!  I love anything with mint, and this is made with spearmint and rosemary-a match made in scent heaven.  I’ve been using both and can’t get enough.  It makes you crave the lightness of spring and sunny days.  My husband is obsessed with the scrub, I’ve had to tell him to rotate, because he uses it everyday!  Both the scrub and body wash give your skin that fresh tingly feeling.  They remind you spring is here, and summer is just around the corner.  I love anything Kostmatology.  Janis the founder, uses only the best ingredients and nothing harsh.  My skin always feels moisturized when I’m done using her products.  If you haven’t used their hand soap yet, get on it-it’s the best I’ve tried!  My hands never get dry.  Check out my review of it here.  $11.99 & $18.99

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DeVita Solar Body Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen-

This is the perfect all over body mineral sunscreen.  It just contains zinc oxide, offering both UVA and UVB, an SPF of 30+ and is of course non-nano.  It doesn’t make you look like a ghost either!  Best of all it works!  I love that this is fragrance free as well.  It feels more like a lotion, than an oily sunscreen.  They also state on their website that they’re safe for the “gluten sensitive.”  It gets two thumbs up from me for it’s large size too.  Sometimes on vacation I’ll need to bring a couple because the size is so small, but DeVita’s is a large 7 oz. tube!  $27.95

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That sums up my spring break green beauty picks!  What are some must have green beauty items you’re bringing with you?

Top Natural Exfoliants

Top Natural Exfoliants

This post has been a long time coming.  I’ve been testing and testing, to bring you guys the top natural exfoliants out there.  Well, I’m finally done and ready to spill my faves!  Before we get to the nitty gritty, let’s first chat about why it’s so important to exfoliate in the first place.

As we age, our skin’s regeneration process slows down, and are skin cells don’t turn over as quickly.  As a result, skin becomes more ruddy and dull looking.   To combat this, gentle exfoliation will help to slough off those dead skin cells, and give you that radiant complexion, because you’re revealing the freshest cells.  Not only that, but product actually is more effective when regular exfoliation is done.  Imagine if your skin never gets exfoliated, and is just sitting in it’s own pile of dead skin cells?  Sounds gross uh?!  Then when you try and put product on it’s not as effective because the old skin is getting in the way.  It also helps get rid of buildup of oils and dirt, which can turn into blackheads if left alone.  If this whole chat hasn’t convinced you of the importance of exfoliation, then maybe this will.  After exfoliation makeup goes on smoother, because all the dead skin is gone.  Are you seeing why it’s so important to exfoliate?

Now that you know why it’s so important to exfoliate, let’s discuss how to properly do it.  I know this may sound elementary to a lot of people, but trust me when I say it’s not!  I’ve seen too many people actually make their skin worse with exfoliation, versus better.  For starters, don’t scrub your face like you’re getting a stain out of carpet…you’ll scratch your face and cause some serious damage.  I’ve seen it time and time again as an esthetician, where clients would come in and their skin was raw!  An exfoliant generally has some sort of gritty texture or property to it-it’s what gets rid of those dead skin cells.  So you don’t need to add anymore than a little light pressure to your skin as you move your hands in small circular motions.  The exfoliant is doing the work, so you don’t have too!  Another piece of advice-don’t exfoliate more than 1-2 times per week.   Know your skin and follow it’s lead.  Maybe you only need it once per week.  Experiment a bit to find your sweet spot.  However, I would not recommend more than 2 times if you’re using a gritty scrub.  Any more than that and you could be disrupting your skin’s natural balance.

One last thing.  Why choose one of my top natural exfoliants over toxic ones?  It’s simple actually.  Many main stream exfoliants today are filled with plastic microbeads.  Yep, you heard me right!  These little plastic microbeads are so small that they slip right through water treatment facilities, and soak up toxic chemicals.  Just like all plastic, once they’re here, they’re not leaving.  Thankfully, many states have banned the sale of products with microbeads.  However, there are plenty that haven’t.  Make sure and check your label.  If it says  polyethylene or polypropylene, then it may contain microbeads.  Your best bet is just to snag one of my top natural exfoliant picks!

True Nature Botanicals Exfoliating Cleanser-

This cleanser is a great mild exfoliant-perfect for those with sensitive skin who can’t tolerate a heavy gritty exfoliant. This will give you a nice exfoliation, but nothing crazy.  It leaves your skin soft and smooth.  This mild exfoliant contains adsuki bean powder, known for its exfoliating properties, but with no irritation.  It gives the skin a polished clean look.  If you have sensitive skin, I highly recommend this gentle exfoliant!  Plus, I love that it comes in a glass pump bottle.  $48

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Leahlani Skincare Honey Love Microdermabrasion 3-in-1 Cleanser, Mask and Exfoliant-

This beautiful product does it all!  It contains Corundum microdermabrasion crystals that aid in sloughing off all those dead skin cells.  This beauty is full of skin food like Hawaiian honey, hibiscus, chamomile and lavender flowers, and a special essential oil blend…oh and lots of love!  The texture is more gooey and smooth, not gritty.  If you want to use it as an exfoliant, just stir the jar since the crystals tend to settle at the bottom of the jar.  This gives you a very mild exfoliation, leaving your skin with a smooth and radiant look.  Your skin won’t feel dry or taut after using this.   This is especially good for skin that has been out in the sun or acne prone.  As a cleanser it’s just as amazing!  Just scoop the product out of the top, and gently rub off the day’s grime.  The Honey Love smells insanely good too!  In fact, you may want to eat it…no joke.  This is also a great affordable option.  Leahlani Skincare is about to launch their website Wednesday January 6th!  Check out their new products and packaging there.

 

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Josh Rosebrook Active Enzyme Exfoliator-

If you haven’t heard of Josh Rosebrook, you’re missing out!  He not only knows skincare but hair as well.  His exfoliator is nothing short of amazing.  I noticed a brighter complexion, after the first use.  He uses both an enzyme exfoliant and a mechanical exfoliant in this baby.  The perfect blend of herb and fruit enzymes with the mechanical exfoliant of walnut shells, give skin the ultimate treat.  The texture is similar to a wet sugar mixture but with much finer granules.  It smells like black licorice to me-which I don’t mind.  A little goes a long way, so you’ll have this for a bit.  I like using Josh’s Hydrating Accelerator before applying the exfoliant-this helps to prep my skin by opening up my cells.  Massage gently onto skin, and leave on for 10 minutes to 1 hour for maximum benefit.  A great exfoliant for those with any skin type.  $60

 

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Acure Brightening Facial Scrub-

Last but certainly not least is Acure’s Brightening Facial Scrub.  This scrub gets rave reviews from the green beauty community and for good reason-it works and it’s affordable.  First, it comes in a tube unlike other exfoliants.  It’s the most gritty out of all the exfoliants I’ve mentioned.  This is not only a great facial exfoliant but also body exfoliant.  I love using this before applying my self tanner.  It gets rid of everything and doesn’t leave behind an oily residue-which makes it perfect for sun-less tanner application.  Since this is such a gritty exfoliant, only a little is needed, and just use gentle circular motions as you work it into your skin.  It smells very earthy and green.  It will give your skin a brighter more even complexion.  A great affordable option, that can be found even at Target.  $  9.99

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Well, that sums up my top natural exfoliant picks.  Have you used any of these?  What’s your favorite exfoliant?

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