The natural beauty box roundup April is live! Can you believe it’s April?! I feel like on one hand this year has flown by and on the other hand it feels like it’s been the longest year. In the midst of Coronavirus right now I hope you all are safe and healthy. I had polled many readers on Instagram asking if they wanted to have similar content and I received an overwhelmingly yes response- so I’m continuing with all the content I had planned. I hope it brightens your day and gives something positive for your mind to think on.
Every month I round out the best natural beauty boxes in clean beauty. This month is exceptionally good! I have been on the edge of my seat to share this month’s content with you. So many amazing brands and new ones I haven’t used before.
*Also, be sure to check back as I release my reviews for the boxes as they roll out. Here are some of the boxes that will be released later in the month:
I had never tried Mukti until this box and let’s just say now I want to try all their products!
Ok, I have been itching to share this new brand with you all! I haven’t tried anything Mukti Organics until this box, but let’s just say these won’t be the last products I try- they’re so good. The brand Mukti is from Australia and really is a pioneer when it comes to incorporating their native resources into their products. Their mantra is to be organic, sustainable and ethical in all that they do. Their formulas are the real deal and don’t contain any unnecessary fillers. Just potent botanical ingredients that do the work for the skin. I love that their ingredients are third party tested, ensuring that products are in fact eco and meet their strict criteria. They have an advanced extraction method that helps them to preserve the products so they are represented in their most potent state. They really take it to the next level when it comes to creating something truly special in a skincare brand. I feel like there are two heroic products for this month, even though technically one is a sidekick- read on to see why!
Mukti Hyaluronic Marine Serum- This is the heroic product for the month! A serum of all serums. This serum with it’s low molecular weight, absorbs so well into the skin. It uses the power of hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate the skin. Did you know that hyaluronic acid delivers 1000% times it’s weight in water? So if you’re skin feels dry or thirsty as I like to say- this is your new best friend! The combination of hyaluronic acid, plus a special extract called Fucoidan that’s derived from Wakame Seaweed, is a one-two punch for preventing wrinkles from forming. Did your ears just perk up? Well, listen to this quote taken from Mukti Organics website-
Studies have shown that Fucoidan extract increases the expression of SIRT1 anti-ageing protein and increases moisture retention by up to 30%. The combination of Hyaluronic Acid and Fucoidan extract improves overall skin appearance by 60% in 12 weeks.
I am loving it! So here’s my experience. I apply it on my skin after I cleanse and tone. Then when my skin is just slightly damp still I apply the serum. Then I apply my oil and a cream if I need too. When I wake up my skin still feels hydrated!! I repeat still feels hydrated. It really plumps up my skin and provides this barrier to seal moisture in. I love using it under my makeup too. It helps to give my skin an overall smooth canvas to apply my foundation. Such a well made product that works- bottom line!
2-in-1 Resurfacing Exfoliant- The sidekick product this month is this exfoliant that had me basically after the first application but sold me the more I used it. This has a combination of fruit acids that help loosen and rid the intracellular bonds, while encouraging collagen production. Then once the fruit acids do their thing, jojoba esters and finely ground bamboo particles remove the dead skin. I used this in the morning first thing on damp skin. I rubbed in circular motions. Then brushed my teeth. Once I was done I rinsed it off. My skin felt so smooth and radiant! I used it twice a week. If you have sensitive skin I would do a patch test first and then see how your skin does. It smells amazing too! Like fresh lime juice and it’s this beautiful emerald green. This has been on repeat in my skincare routine!
I would not wait on this discovery if you’re thinking of snagging it! It’s a special one and I wouldn’t be surprised if they sell out. The value is $124 but you can get it for $58.95! Get the box here!
Another home run box for Boxwalla and a new brand for me!
I feel like a broken record whenever I talk about Boxwalla boxes. I always want to say the same thing. How I hadn’t tried the brand, and now I’m sold, blah, blah, blah. Well, guess what? It’s a new month and I’m going to say the same thing…sorry not sorry. I mean they consistently hit it out of the park when it comes to stellar beauty boxes. I think there’s one fact that may contribute to this- they’re a bi-monthly box. So you’re only getting it every other month. Really helps you to savor the products and also gives the box time to curate exceptional experiences for their consumers.
So the April box is a winner for me all around. I hadn’t tried Monastery before and now I want to try all their offerings…sound familiar? Ok, well here’s the skinny on this holistic skincare brand. It was founded by Athena, an esthetician who had practiced for 20 years in her field- side note, she still practices today. Her skincare line is reminiscent of her summers spent with her grandmother in Greek Cyclades. Her grandma would create these concoctions of various herbs and oil. I love hearing how brands come to create their products and what their muses are. The products in this month’s box are a reflection not only of her grandma but also of all of Athena’s experience as an esthetician. All her products are handmade in San Francisco.
Aloe Hyaluronic Moisture Boost- Do you see a theme with the boxes in general this month? Hyaluronic acid! For good reason this ingredient doesn’t play when it comes to delivering some serious hydration to the skin. It actually has two forms of hyaluronic acid. One sits on the surface of your skin and moisturizes it while softening, while the other penetrates deeper to help plump the skin. But it get’s even better. The hyaluronic acid is formulated with aloe to add even more hydration to the skin! This basically transforms the skin and creates an overall dewy, hydrated complexion. I’m obsessed! I use it at night before my oils or creams and after my cleanser and toner. I also love applying this right before my makeup to give my skin an overall boost of hydration and a smooth canvas. This is perfect for the skin all year long- a new staple!
Rose Glycolic Gel- This is an exfoliating serum. It has a concentration of 10% glycolic acid. This alpha hydroxy acid has been used for a long time to help with hyperpigmentation and fine lines. The glycolic acid that Athena uses is from sugarcane and papaya. This combination is then added to rose water to not only exfoliate the skin but also to soften, and brighten the complexion. I used this at night after cleansing and toning. I would apply 2 pumps to my skin, then add the Aloe Hyaluronic Moisture Boost and then my oil and cream. I woke up to brighter, smoother skin. Friends this product does not mess around. It is not full strength glycolic but still very effective at a pH of 5. If you have sensitive skin I would recommend patch testing before use.
The whole look of the products is a 10 in my book too. The value of the box is $153 but you can get it for $49.95- talk about a steal! Get the box here!
It’s all about being FRESH in this month’s Clean Beauty Box!
We are seeing two brands in The Clean Beauty Box this month. The first is a new brand I haven’t tried before. Dafna’s. This brand is a combination of Ayurveda and modern biotechnology. This line does it all from helping your skin detox, renew, repair and uplift. Their products are made in Spain. I love how they choose low molecular weight active ingredients so that they really penetrate deep into the skin and do the work. We are seeing their Recovery Cleanser in the box this month.
The second brand we are seeing is Malaya. I truly believe in their philosophy of skincare, it’s a whole body approach. What you put in your body, and on it directly affect each other…I couldn’t agree more. They use the purest ingredients to reduce toxic exposure, as well as care for the environment. Not only that, but all their packaging is recyclable and reusable. Pretty awesome! Malaya really started when the founder, Katya, had teenage acne growing up. This could have scarred some people, but with Katya, it drove her on a quest to find out about skincare, the body and how it all works. What she found was answers and a beautiful natural skincare line today. Oh and P.S. her skin looks amazing now! We are seeing their firming eye serum in the box.
Dafna’s Recovery Cleanser- This is a balm to milk cleanser. It feels so hydrating on the skin, while it removes your makeup and debris from the day. My skin feels completely hydrated after using. I start applying it to dry skin and then once I’ve worked the product in, I add a little water to get that milky consistency. I then rinse some of it off with water, but finish getting the rest of it off with a washcloth. Skin feels refreshed and balanced after using.
Malaya Firming Eye Serum- This eye serum is filled with ingredients that help to firm and treat the under eye area. It has collagen stimulating botanical stem cells, along with pea peptides that help to firm the skin. Plus, green coffee that helps to de-puff and prickly pear that helps to nourish and hydrate the skin. I’m wondering what this magic little bottle doesn’t do! I’ve been applying mine morning and night. I love how it absorbs so quickly into the skin. It comes in a rollerball form too which I love. Makes application so smooth.
The value of this box is $120, but you can get it for $41.95! Get it here!
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It’s that time of month again! Best of natural beauty March edition is here. Every month I’m sharing some new natural beauty products with you. These could new releases, new to me or just products I’ve started to use again with the season change. If you haven’t noticed natural beauty is only getting better and better every year! The industry is growing wildly and I’m so here for it.
This month I’ve got some fun new releases I’m excited to share with you! I’m talking about a new natural mascara fave, a new natural cleanser, a new tinted moisturizer/foundation, plus a moisturizer that is giving me life. Check out all the goodness below!
This was seriously love at first swipe! Finding a good natural mascara can sometimes seem like a task. However, in recent years formulas have just gotten better with time. I love how easy it is to get lift and pigment with this mascara. It doesn’t take 20 swipes to really get some product on your lashes. AND it does everything! Yes, you heard me right. From giving my lashes lift, volume, separation and length. The only thing I’ve noticed was a few black specks around my eyes after working out heavily. I’m a sweater and have beads of sweat coming from my forehead after a workout- so mascara in general doesn’t always stand a chance. It’s not a big deal and isn’t running off my face but I did want to mention that. It also comes in a glass tube which I’ve never seen and love. Such a eco-friendly alternative to plastic. I’m sure more companies will start doing this! I wanted to mention that the mascara is made for sensitive eyes. So if you do find a lot of mascaras irritate you, you might want to check out this one. Get the mascara here!
Wow, Aillea sent me this cleanser and let’s just say I was so impressed after the first use. This is what I expect from my cleanser. I want it to remove all my makeup and not leave any residue- this includes mascara. I want to be able to just rinse it off with water and not have to use a washcloth. Now most oil cleansers you need a washcloth and I’m not saying I don’t love oil cleansers but overall I prefer a cleanser that doesn’t require an extra step like using a washcloth in this season of my life(hello baby, a 3 year old and a 5 year old). So you can imagine my delight when I used this cleanser for the first time and it removed all my makeup- yes even the stubborn mascara and rinsed off with water. Plus, my skin still felt hydrated and had a subtle glow to it. The only other cleanser that really hits all the marks for me is Beautycounter’s Countertime Cleansing Oil. It does all of the things I mentioned above as well. So if you’re needing a good cleanser- look no further! Get the Beuti Glow Enzyme Cleanser here!
This natural beauty moisturizer by Alpyn Beauty is the perfect day or nighttime moisturizer.
I had to include this moisturizer in the best of natural beauty for March. Another product I received from Aillea and can’t stop using! It has the perfect weight for a moisturizer. Not too heavy, but moisturizing enough so your skin doesn’t feel dry. I’ve been applying this at night over my serum and oil for an extra boost of hydration. My skin feels supple and moist. I’ve also used it for a day moisturizer and love how my skin feels. My makeup goes on easily but doesn’t feel cakey. I love that it not only has ceramides but also squalene, Vitamin C and even some plant-derived retinol. If you’re not familiar with ceramides allow me to explain. They are lipids that help form the skin barrier, while helping the skin keep hydration and moisture. You want ceramides in your skincare. It’s basically a nutrient dense moisturizer that not only offers the perfect amount of hydration but also feeds your skin at the same time. My skin looks brighter after using. After I had been using it for a while I started to read more about it and wasn’t shocked when I saw it was given 5 stars from everyone! This is a moisturizer everyone could use. Get the Alpyn Moisturizer here!
This serum packs a serious punch for fine lines and wrinkles.
This is Maya Chia’s newest product. I’ve been using it for 3 weeks. I always hesitate to talk about a skincare product right away because I like to give it time. If it’s one thing I tell people it’s that skincare products take time! Yes, you can know if you like something as far as texture or feel but serums and oils really take a while to see results. That being said I have been using this for a bit and definitely can speak to the overall experience of it. It contains the plant retinol bakuchiol which I’ve used before in other skincare products and it also contains moth bean extract- another plant derived retinol. But it also contains an advanced retinol using an encapsulated Retinol. This is a derivative of Vitamin A without BHT. BHT has been shown to cause live damage in rats even in small amounts. Plus, the supply chain with BHT is very unstable. Besides the powerful retinols it also contains Vitamin C and Vitamin E. These brighten the skin and help fade hyperpigmentation. You’re also going to get some serious hydration from this serum with Buriti oil, and chia seed oil. I’ve only been using this for a bit because they advise not to use while pregnant or breastfeeding. I’ve heard from other bloggers how amazing it is as well. I’ll be sure to test it when I’m done nursing. Get the serum here!
So spring break is here for most people, and even though some of us are staying home I wanted to share this product. You’re going to need it for warm summer months! This is an all over body shimmer oil but it doesn’t leave you feeling greasy like many body oils. Also the shimmer isn’t glittery but just a nice subtle glow. This would be perfect for applying all over your skin before the beach or on a date night where you’re wearing a dress and want to snazz it up a bit. It smells citrusy and fresh. I know I’ll be applying this all the time to my legs especially in the summer! Get it here!
This mask still remains one of my faves in natural beauty after all these years!
This is not a new product but one I couldn’t not mention since it’s been in my skincare rotation as of late nonstop. Admittedly I do go through phases with masks. Right now I can’t get enough of Leahlani’s Mermaid Mask. My skin is loving it. It really gives my skin all that it needs right now, plus a glow afterwards that I can’t deny. I love the smell too. You really feel transported to the islands where this mask is made. It’s a whole experience as you can tell. Many people ask what mask they should buy when transitioning to green beauty and this is it! I promise you will love it and thank me. It is a little piece of heaven. With ingredients like Chlorella, sea buckthorn, spirulina and raw honey, this mask is pure decadence. A lot of masks moisturize after wearing, but you don’t notice a visible difference to the naked eye. Not the case with the Mermaid Mask, you’ll be glowing! It smells so insanely good too. You’ll be tempted to eat it. If you’re needing a pick me up, or a special treat for you- get the Mermaid Mask and savor every ounce of self care. Get the Mermaid Mask here!
This new Ilia Super Skin Tint is giving me all the feels!
I was so excited to try the Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint. This is Ilia’s newest product launch. If you’ve followed me for a hot minute then you know I love pretty much anything Ilia makes! I had heard mixed reviews about their Super Serum Skin Tint. What’s unique about this serum skin tint is that it contains SPF 40 using the mineral zinc. The zinc is non-nano. It combines skincare, makeup and SPF all into one product. Not a small feat! It really is a little bottle full of goodness. Not only does it have the SPF but also skin loving ingredients like Niacinamide, Squalene, and Hyaluronic Acids. You end up with this dewy soft look but yet with a good amount of coverage. My skin doesn’t feel masked but it doesn’t feel too exposed. It doesn’t feel heavy at all, like I’m not wearing anything but I am. I’ve had so many people ask me about this product that I wanted to share my thoughts! I basically will be wearing this nonstop in the summer months. I love that the SPF is a decent amount. Many tinted moisturizers are 15 or 20 but 40 SPF is not something I’ve seen a lot of when it comes to a product like this. I apply mine after I’ve moisturized with either a day cream or an oil. I also have tried the Ilia Skin Radiant Priming Serum and love that combo too. I used a foundation brush for application but your finders work great too. Oh and did I mention it comes in 18 colors too? Check it out here!
Wearing ST4 Formosa in the Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint.
What are you loving right now in natural beauty? What are some of your best of natural beauty March products?
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Sharing in my newest video how to achieve naturally glowing skin. Often you see people with skin that glows and it’s easy to wonder how they got their glow. It’s actually so much easier than you think with some simple skincare and makeup tips. I’m sharing all of the hacks with you in my newest video. From what skincare products and rituals to use and do, to what makeup products will get you glowing in no time. Skincare products are so important when it comes to glowing skin. If you don’t have a smooth even canvas, then makeup can end up looking cakey and cling to dry patches. With the right natural skincare products and natural makeup products together, you can achieve a glowing complexion in no time. I’m also dishing on my favorite natural highlighter in clean beauty! So easy to use and doesn’t look too sparkly or heavy. Check out the full video below- I’m spilling all my secrets to get your glow on!
I’ve got all the details on the natural beauty box roundup for March! Sharing all the best boxes with you in clean beauty. If you’re new here I give you all the details on the best and lates natural beauty boxes. Each month I share a review on what’s in the boxes and the incredible value you can get with them. You can save so much money when subscribing to a beauty box! Instead of paying full price for luxury natural products you get them for a steal. Plus, you get to try all the latest in natural beauty products. It’s a win/win!
Some of the boxes are monthly and some of them are bi-monthly. This month we are seeing two natural beauty boxes. The first one drops right at the beginning of the month- Beauty Heroes and the second- Detox Market drops a few days later. I’ll be updating the post as The Detox Box gets released.
So fun to discover a new brand in clean beauty in this month’s Beauty Heroe’s Box!
This month we are seeing a new brand in the Beauty Heroes box. Free + True is known for simplifying skincare routines. If you’re wanting to clean up your routine and make things a little less complicated Free + True is the perfect skincare line for you! It really streamlines the whole process and makes things so much easy. With their botanical formulations and real food ingredients, Free + True makes creating a natural skincare routine easy.
Body Prophet- This is the heroic product in this month’s box and let’s just say it lives up to the hype. Not only does it have free radical fighting ingredients, but also is loaded with vitamins and antioxidants to help support the skin. It’s more of a creamy gel than a rich body cream. I love how it pumps how and melts into the skin. It doesn’t feel oily or greasy but quickly absorbs into your body. The perfect everyday body moisturizer. I use it right after the shower for the ultimate skin treat.
Mama Pacha- This is the perfect sidekick to the Body Prophet. This is a facial moisturizer. It is great for everyday wear. Loaded with skin nutrients like peptides, adaptogenic herbs, plant lipids, and hyaluronic acid. It’s a one- two punch for your skin! Say hello to increased collagen and hydration. I apply this after my toner in the morning and it seeps right in. A great moisturizer before you apply your makeup. It doesn’t feel greasy or overly oily.
This box is valued at $106, but you can get it for $58.95! The Beauty Heroes Box is always such an incredible value. Get the box here!
Always so excited to see what’s in the Detox Box each month!
The natural beauty box roundup wouldn’t be complete without the The Detox Box! I’m always so impressed with the quality of products that The Detox delivers in their boxes each month. Innersense Organic Beauty is no stranger in the clean beauty scene. They know hair and they do it so well. We are seeing 5 of their standout products in this month’s Detox Box! Their Pure Harmony Hairbath, Pure Inspiration Daily Conditioner, their Refresh Dry Shampoo, Sweet Spirit Leave In Conditioner and I Create Waves Salt Spray. Companies like Innersense are setting the standard for the green beauty industry. Innersense Beauty hair products are salon worthy. The founders of Innersense, Greg and Joanne Starkman, were in the beauty and wellness industry for years when they realized their beliefs weren’t matching up with their professional lives. This birthed Innersense, a company that prides itself on integrity. Their whole philosophy is so commendable and just down right amazing! From actually listing every ingredient and why it’s in there, to environment sustainability, kindness to animals, and giving back…the list could go on. I mean the ingredient glossary alone is so cool. You know when hair products are created by stylists that they’re going to be good!
Pure Harmony Hairbath Shampoo Pure Inspiration Conditioner- Among Innersense Beauty hair products is a shampoo called Pure Harmony that’s suited for even cleansing, and purifying the scalp. The Pure Harmony is the one I recommend for fine/thin haired gals like myself. It isn’t as heavy on my hair. This is especially great after getting your hair colored for an extra boost of hydration.
I Create Waves Texture Spray- I love adding this to my hair after I’ve curled it. It adds so much texture and a little hold. It really gives me that beachy look I crave. I use this product so often!
Refresh Dry Shampoo- Such a different way to use dry shampoo! It comes out in a foam application but then dries into a matte powder and soaks up all the excess oil. It helps to give hair some texture and that second day hair look we all crave!
Sweet Spirit Leave In Conditioner- They also included the Sweet Spirit Leave in Conditioner. I’m a huge fan of this product, especially in the summer time when my hair gets easily parched. I love spritzing it all over my hair before I go out in the sun to protect my color, and so it doesn’t soak up the chlorine in the pool water, it helps create a barrier.
In today’s video I’m sharing my natural self tanning routine. This isn’t something I just use in the summer time but all year long. I’m sharing how I prep my skin for the self tanner and also how I apply the self tanner. Plus, I’m sharing all my favorite natural self tanner’s in clean beauty! It’s so important to make sure you’re using a natural self tanner and not a conventional one. A natural self tanner is free from harmful toxins. If you think about your skin, it’s the largest organ in your body. That’s a lot of product to be applying all over. If it’s filled with toxins that’s even more chemicals that you are exposing to yourself on a daily basis. Skip the conventional, toxic self tanner and grab one of my favorite natural self tanners instead! You will thank yourself.
Also, learn the best tips on how to apply your self tanner and what products I prefer. It’s so important to have a clean canvas so your self tanner looks as natural as possible. Otherwise you could end up looking like an Oompa Loompa! Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube so you can be the first to get updates on new videos!
In my newest video, I’m sharing the best clean beauty boxes! I get four boxes a month and they’re all a little different. I’m breaking down their differences in my new video. From the most budget friendly box, the skincare fave box, an artisan box and more. I get asked often which box would be best, so I thought showcasing each box and sharing their differences would help paint a better picture of what makes them different and what box would be best depending on your needs. I’ve been getting all four of these boxes for several years, so I’ve had lots of experience using them. I’m even breaking down what boxes are just skincare boxes mainly and which boxes are skincare, hair products and makeup. You’re not going to want to miss this video!
Natural beauty boxes are also a great way to save a ton of money when you’re just switching over your skincare products. You’re able to get a ton of products for half the price, if not more! This month is especially great for natural beauty boxes- all of them hit it out of the park with their selections. I’m sharing full reviews of each box here.