Sharing my natural beauty favorites on the blog today! I thought what a perfect time to share some of my favorite natural beauty favorites on the blog since two of my favorite natural beauty stores are having their friends and family sales! You get 20% off essentially everything at their stores- talk about a deal!
I wanted to give you a peak into what I would buy at each store and items you can only get at each. Sometimes it can seem overwhelming when you’re looking at buying clean beauty products. I often hear, where do I start? No worries, I’ve got you covered! I’m sharing my absolute favorites right here. Tried and true products that work. After switching over to natural beauty 9 years ago I’ve learned what products deliver and what don’t.
I’m going to be covering hair products, skincare products, makeup and everything else in between. Leave me a comment below if you’re not sure what to order, or need help deciding on a color.
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! The Sale ends on Sunday 11/10!
You can’t find this brand at The Detox Market, so it’s nice that Credo offers it. This brand really speaks for itself with it’s products. They deliver results! I love so many of them. From their Buchu Botanical Enzyme Polish, to their Marula Resurrection Eye Cream, to Fleurs D’ Afrique Intensive Recovery Face Oil, to their Resurrection Cell Recovery Serum- basically every product I’ve tried has been gold! I can’t recommend them enough. They are a heftier price tag so to be able to snag them at 20% off is amazing! Get them here!
This is another brand that isn’t at The Detox Market. I love their body waxes. They are hydrating and soothing. Depending on what your body needs, they treat the skin. I love their Bleu Body Wax. It uses blue tansy and blue yarrow to help soothe the skin. It smells amazing too! It melts right into your skin. Can’t get enough! I also love their Sen Face Serum. It was in my best of clean beauty 2018! The face oil sinks right into your skin and nourishes it and leaves my skin glowing in the morning. Check out all of Khus Khus products here!
This natural skincare line combines modern science with the natural ingredients found in nature. I love this line because it really aims to solve skincare problems and not just be another natural skincare line. It’s effective and natural- the best of both worlds! I love so many products from them. From their Soothing B3 Serum that has 10% Niacinamide- a natural form of vitamin B that helps with acne and inflammatory skincare conditions, Barrier Lipid Complex- this helps to restore the barrier function of the skin, something that is often missing when your skin is inflamed. I also love their oil cleanser. It’s unlike any oil cleanser I’ve used. It not only is an oil but slightly emulsifies when mixed with water to form a subtle foam. They even have an E.O. free version for those that can’t do essential oils. Check out all their products here!
This makeup line is a definite fave in clean beauty! It combines the sought after pigments from conventional beauty with clean ingredients. Their liquid True Skin Serum Foundation is one of my absolute favorite foundations in clean beauty. It performs so well and looks so natural on the skin. I also love their Liquid Light Serum Highlighter. It gives the skin a radiant glow. Their True Skin Radiant Priming Serum is another favorite as well. It provides a smooth canvas for your whole complexion before foundation. Check out all of Ilia Beauty here!
Josh Rosebrook and Ilia are both natural beauty favorites among many!
I mean what’s not to love about Josh Rosebrook! His products have a cult following and for good reason. They perform! My favorites are his Active Enzyme Exfoliant, his Hair Spray, Serum Spray, Cacao Antioxidant Mask and Vital Balm Cream. To have used a Josh Rosebrook product is to love it! His Active Enzyme Exfoliant is hands down the go to exfoliant for clean beauty bloggers and lovers. His hair spray is the best natural hair spray I’ve used in clean beauty…like I said his products standout. I love that Credo Beauty carries all of them. Shop all of Josh Rosebrook products here!
Tata Harper Skincare line is one of those lines that is a hallmark in clean beauty. It’s been around since almost the beginning. Effective and natural skincare products that really treat the skin. I love their clarifying mask- it helps detox the skin, and give it a glow all at the same time. Last time I was at Credo in San Fran the esthetician there said this mask was her fave! I was so excited to hear as I always sing it’s praises too. I also can’t get enough of their Resurfacing Mask. It literally gets your skin glowing in minutes. Need to brighten up your face? This is the mask. I put it on before a night out, or in the morning to wake my skin up. I also love their regenerating cleanser. A bestseller in their line for sure. It uses BHAs and apricot microspheres to gently buff the skin and get rid of dead skin cells. Check out all of Tata Harper here!
I mean if you’ve followed me for a hot minute you know I can’t get enough of Kosas products! They remind me of my conventional favorite MAC products. From the packaging to formulas. I love their Tinted Face Oil- a hydrating spin on foundation that feels light and leaves you glowing. I also love their lipsticks! They’re definitely a go to of mine in clean beauty. Their formula is unlike any other. Not too hydrating where they bleed but moisturizing enough. I’m also digging their new lip glosses! They are more of a serum than a lip gloss feel- which I love. It not only plumps your lips, but hydrates and treats them with nourishing oils. Check out all of Kosas here!
The Detox Market has been around since the very beginning and is the first natural beauty store I ever knew of. I love their wide selection of products and their Detox Box that comes out every month. The sale lasts through Sunday 11/10- Use Code: GET20.
I’m crazy for this deodorant! Both my hubs and I love it. I specifically love their Holi Rose Deodorant and my hubs loves their Holi-Man Deodorant. It really works as a natural deodorant. I smell fresh all day. I also love their Holi-Oil Youth Refining Serum. It sinks into the skin and helps to calm redness, sun spots and hyper-pigmentation with a variety of skin loving oils. Shop all of Agent Nateur here!
This brand has been around from the beginning of clean beauty. I love their new foundation, their Un-Cover Up concealer, their lipsticks, their luminizing powder, and Master Mixer. Their products give your skin a youthful glowing look. You literally look like you’re glowing from the inside out. Check out all the products here!
Innersense takes the cake when it comes to natural beauty styling products.
When it comes to hair Innersense knows how to create great products. I use some many of their styling products on the daily. I can’t get enough of their I Create Lift Volumizing Foam- it gives my hair lasting volume. I also love their Inner Peace Whipped Cream Texturizer for defining my curls after styling and smoothing away frizz without greasiness. Their I Create Waves Salt Spray is another favorite. I spray this in my hair after styling and it gives it the beachy look so effortlessly. Check out all of Innersense here!
This skincare brand is squeaky clean, yet entirely effective. Laurel the founder uses whole plant ingredients that really do change the skin and produce results. Her products have been featured multiple times in Beauty Heroes Boxes- the it clean beauty box. I love her Sun Serum, it fades sun spots, nourishes the skin and gives your skin it’s glow back. I also love her honey berry enzyme mask. A gentle approach to exfoliation that leaves your skin glowing in minutes. Her Recovery Balm is another standout product. It’s especially great for even the most sensitive skin types. It heals and soothes the skin, while hydrating. Check out all of Laurel products here!
I love Erbaviva’s products for expecting mama’s and baby. They are pure and simple in their formulations, yet still products the results I’m looking for. I really like their baby sunscreen, relax body lotion, and organic lip and cheek balm. The ingredients are so clean, especially for mama’s and baby skin. Check out their products here!
Fitglow’s formulations are some of the best. I love how they marry the power of science and natural ingredients to produce products that really perform. Some of my favorites are their lip serums- it’s similar to a gloss but not goopy and has a little more color pay off similar to a lipstick. Trust me, everyone loves them! I also love their concealer, I use it everyday to help conceal redness, imperfections and even out my skin tone. I also love their night lip serum to help nourish and restore the lips and their Vita-Active Serum- a serum filled with antioxidants. Check out all of Fitglow Beauty here!
Maya Chia’s Skincare products are some of the best in clean beauty.
This skincare line does no wrong! I discovered it 3 years ago and haven’t looked back. I love their Super Couple Serum- an incredible antioxidant serum/oil for your skin that transforms it. I noticed hyper pigmentation fade and an overall glow to my skin. Also, their Optimist Hydrating Essence is a standout. The best overall toner in green beauty! I also love their Highlight of The Day. It takes the cake for best illuminator. Brightens and gives your skin a glow. I also can’t get enough of their Supercritical Omega-3 Chia Face Oil. It moisturizes like none other. Perfect for those with extra dry skin. Check out all of Maya Chia’s products here!
See any brands or products you love? Well snag them for 20% off- hurry the sale won’t last long!
Also, check out past clean beauty blog posts for all the natural beauty goodness:
Sharing with you how to heal acne naturally on the blog today. I’m so excited to be collaborating with Nadia from Body Unburdened on this post! Nadia not only has a thriving blog but also knows her stuff when it comes to healing acne. I’ll be sharing in this post specifically about external things you can do for acne and she’ll be sharing about nutrition and food as it pertains to acne. Check out Nadia’s post on 7 Steps To Healing Your Acne From Within here! You get the best of both worlds! Healing acne isn’t just about products, it goes much deeper into nutrition and finding the root cause.
As an esthetician I’ve seen my fair share of acne. Whether it’s a teen struggling with their skin or a middle aged women who suddenly gets an onset of adult acne. Most people come to me and want to know what products they can use on their skin to heal it. While products play a role they aren’t the whole equation as I mentioned above.
In this blog post on how to heal acne naturally I am going to dive into products and share what you want to look for, avoid and think about when it comes to choosing the correct skincare products. I’m also going to be sharing some supplements you may want to consider as well and what it looks like to have a skincare routine. Then you’ll want to head to Nadia’s website for the rest of the story on acne and how to heal it.
First I want to talk about the different stages of acne and why they’re happening in the first place.
As teens the body goes through an array of changes. Acne forms mostly in the teen years because of hormonal changes in the body. This type of common acne is known as Acne Vulgaris. Often if your parents had it in their teens you’re more likely to get it. Our pores have sebaceous glands and these glands make sebum. Normally they make the correct amount of sebum but when you’re going through your teen years, often the hormone fluctuations cause your glands to make more sebum. This results in clogged pores and leads to blackheads, whiteheads or pimples.
Here are some factors to consider when dealing with teen acne-
Are they playing sports and letting the sweat sit on their skin or washing it off right away
Do they consume a diet full of inflammatory foods(dairy, sugar, packaged foods)
Is their bedding being washed several times a week with a natural laundry detergent
Are they stressed or anxious or worry a lot
How is their gut health
Do they use comedogenic ingredients on their skin
Just like Teen acne, hormones can play a role in adult acne. Often it might not be the initial trigger but can be brought on by environmental factors. We live in an estrogen dominant world now. From the food we eat, to stressors and contraceptives. These all play a role in our overall skin health. If you think about an adult they usually have more stressors in their life than a teen. Stress actually produces more androgens in our body and therefore causes the body to produce more oil which can cause acne flare ups.
Here are some factors to consider when dealing with adult acne-
Dairy and meat sources- are they organic? Grass-fed? Dairy might be something to avoid all together.
Major life events happening
Household products such as laundry detergents, soaps, shampoos and conditioners
Do you suffer from gut issues
What I’ve found with teen and adult acne is there isn’t always a one size fits all approach. Like most skincare conditions it’s individualized. Maybe you just have one trigger or maybe it’s a combination of several things. I think it’s best to really take a look at your life and see where you might be needing to a little clean up.
Nadia is going to dive deeper into the connection between nutrition and acne. As an esthetician I wanted to share some of the common topical culprits you might not realize are causing you to breakout.
The first large one as I mentioned above is comedogenic ingredients. Most people don’t realize how this plays such a role in causing acne in people. Let me first explain what a comedogenic ingredient is.
You might be wondering what comedogenic even means.Allow me to explain.Comedogenic ingredients are ingredients that can clog pores, cause blackheads and ultimately worsen acne or trigger it.Non-comedogenic would be ingredients that would do the opposite.
No one is regulating comedogenic ingredients, so as the consumer- we need too!A product label may claim to promote clear skin but the ingredients might contain comedogenic ingredients. Even if you see the label read non-comedogenic that doesn’t mean anything. It could still have pore clogging ingredients.Always make sure and read the label first.
I think you will be surprised how many comedogenic ingredients are often found in natural products.This isn’t to say you shouldn’t use comedogenic ingredients on your skin.I still do but I’ve found ones that I’m ok with.However, if you suffer from acne or consistently clogged pores, then you may want to reconsider what products you are applying to your skin.Some people handle comedogenic ingredients better than others.
Also, comedogenic ingredients vary depending on how bad they are. They usually rate from a 1-5. 5 being the worst. It’s important to note how much of a comedogenic ingredient is in the product as well.If it’s within the first seven ingredients and you’re skin is constantly getting clogged, it might be good to stop using the product.However, if the ingredient in the product is more towards the bottom of the ingredient list, then the manufacturer only used a small amount in the formulation.
If you want to test a product out to see if it is causing you acne or not, the best way to go about it is to test it on your back or chest.These two areas have quite a lot of pores.It’s nice to not have to test it right on your face.Apply it for 4 weeks and watch to see what happens.If it’s fine then probably safe for your face.
If you want a list of comedogenic ingredients and non-comedogenic ingredients, as well as some non-comedogenic product recommendations in natural beauty- download my comedogenic guide here.
Also, check out my friend Marissa Gossett’s Instagram page- @grittybeauty. She is a skin therapist and a wealth of knowledge when it comes to healing your skin of acne. Follow her here.
Other Things To Consider-
There are other factors to consider as well. Sometimes you can be doing something and not even realize it’s causing your acne. For example, I find a lot of people just don’t cleanse their skin properly. They either don’t get all their makeup off at night, or dirt/debris from the day. This builds up especially as you lay on your pillow each night. Creating a recipe for bacteria to grow and cause an acne flare up. Proper facial cleansing is really important to make sure your skin is actually clean when you go to bed. Some people may need to double cleanse, especially if they wear heavy makeup. One test I like to do is grab a cotton round after washing your face, if you get it wet and rub it over your skin and still see dirt or makeup your face isn’t clean enough. Make sure your hair is pulled back at night as well, so the oil from your hair isn’t touching your face.
Also, stick to a skincare routine. I find a lot of acne sufferers jump around a lot and aren’t consistent with a skincare routine. One night they wash their face and then the next they don’t. Being consistent with a skincare routine can make a world of difference for seeing results when it comes to clear skin.
Some other things to consider:
*I am not a doctor, these are simply suggestions from my own experience. Please always seek the help of a medical professional on specific supplementation or dosing.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids- These are great for supplementing with if you suffer from acne. Omega-s 3’s are essential fatty acids for our body and help to calm inflammation from the inside out. Most people get an abundant amount of Omega-6 fatty acids but not enough Omega-3. Since these are not synthesized within the body, you have to get them from food or supplementation. Some foods high Omega-3’s are wild salmon, flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, grass-fed beef and eggs. I like this Omega-3.
Zinc Supplement- You may need to supplement with zinc. Many people who suffer from acne are deficient in zinc. Zinc has been proven to be effective at reducing inflammation in the body. (Source) Some common signs you are deficient in zinc are white spots on your nails, dry skin, hang nails, hair loss, frequent colds, acne and low sex drive. A lot of common foods pull zinc out of our bodies because they contain phytates. These bind up minerals and keep you from absorbing them. Zinc helps vitamin A to your skin and also helps by regulating hormone balance. It also helps to aid in omega-3 absorption which as I stated above is also huge for acne. Zinc is also naturally anti-bacterial which is great for the skin. It also helps with apoptosis, which is cell death. So essentially it helps your cells to turnover quicker. Here is a zinc supplement I would recommend. I like this zinc.
B Vitamins- Particularly pantothenic acid(B5) and niacin(B3). B5 helps reduce inflammation in the skin, and redness. It also can help with skin texture and elasticity. Niacin(B3) is a rockstar when it comes to acne. Often you might hear of people using a topical treatment called Niacinamide to treat acne. When you take niacin it is converted in the body to niacinamide. This helps with overall sebum production, hyper-pigmentation, and has anti-aging benefits too. Biotin(B7) is great too for the skin. You often hear of this one more. When you’re deficient in biotin you may notice a rash, or acne on your skin. A B complex supplement may be a good option if you suffer from acne because you would get many of the B’s all in one. I like this B Complex.
Probiotics- These are also something to consider when dealing with acne. Most people these days have a compromised gut in some way. Probiotics help to bring back balance to the gut. We know that often those that deal with acne also have a compromised gut. Remember whatever is happening on the inside is a direct reflection of what’s happening on the outside. If your skin is inflamed, chances are your body is as well. Love this probiotic.
Also, stress plays a large role in how to heal acne naturally as I mentioned earlier. When we are stressed our bodies release cortisol, when we have more cortisol the body produces more serum production. This whole domino effect can trigger acne. Managing stress is one of the biggest things you can do for your overall health, but also for your skin health as well. Figure out where your stress is coming from and address it. Also, allow for some margin in your life. So many people are SO busy. This is the world we live in today. Start accessing what is worth your time and what isn’t.
Some products I love for acne-
When I started to write this post on how to heal acne naturally I knew I wanted to have some products I could recommend. It is hard to find completely non-comedogenic products in the clean beauty scene. However, there are a few that are pretty low on the comedogenic scale.
Marie Veronique’s Pure + E.O. Free Oil Cleanser- This cleanser is free from essential oils and many comedogenic ingredients. Some Some people may still have issues with it. Oils and ingredients affect everyone differently. However, I have seen this cleanser be successful with many people.
Marie Veronique’s Soothing B3 Serum- This serum contains 10% Niacinamide which as I mentioned earlier in the post is a vitamin B that can really help to calm inflammation. I really love this serum! It is power packed and can help reduce redness and inflammatory breakouts.
Marie Veronique’s Intensive Repair Serum-This helps to gently exfoliate the skin if you have acne, but ever so slightly. It also helps to control oil and alleviate congestion. It helps give the skin some micronutrients that help it naturally heal.
Indie Lee Squalene Oil-Helps with texture and appearance of skin tone. It nourishes the skin without feeling greasy. Has a comedogenic rating of 0-1. I love that the only ingredient in the oil is squalene!
Agent Nateur Holi (Oil) Refining Youth Serum- This has barely any ingredients and scores a 2 when it comes to comedogenic rating. Which means it’s most likely not to cause clogged pores in people, however it could still in some.
Leahlani Siren Serum- This will help to brighten your overall complexion while at the same time nourishing it.
Leven Rose Rosehip Seed Oil- This oil has a rating of 1 on the comedogenic scale and it’s a steal on Amazon! I still love this oil for all over moisture- from face to body.
Beauty Blend No. 2- by Nadia from Body Unburdened- It’s formulated to be high in linoleic acid, which studies have found the sebum of acne-prone people to be deficient in, and this deficiency opens the door to inflammation and hyperkeratinization and so breakouts.
Also, always consider why you are using a product. I find a lot of people just want to blast their face with products. It’s best to stick to a simple routine and add in products 1 by 1 to see how your skin reacts. Often are skin is inflamed because we are over exfoliating, and over working it. The skin will heal itself when give the right tools!
The organic beauty box roundup October is here! Last month was definitely one for the books. We saw some amazing boxes. But guess what?! This month is no different. We are seeing a new product launch in a box this month, plus some standout clean beauty products that will have you swooning in no time. The organic beauty box roundup for October is just as good!
If you want to check out what these organic beauty boxes are all about, read some of my past organic beauty box roundups. You can easily see what box might fit your lifestyle.
I was elated when I saw that Josh Rosebrook was in this month’s Beauty Heroes Discovery! Last month’s Beauty Heroe’s Anniversary Discovery was one for the books. Like how can you top it?! Well, Beauty Heroes did. This month not only are we seeing some of the best products from Josh Rosebrook’s line but also a brand new product!
Hydration Boost Concentrate- Yes, a new product that launches the same day the Beauty Heroes box launches. It’s called the Hydration Boost Concentrate. There are so many superpower ingredients in this product. From Aloe vera, indian senna seed, horse chestnut, neem and cacao. This is such an innovative product. It’s essential oil-free, which I love and uses hyaluronic acid, humectants and phytonutrients to plump and hydrate the skin. This concentrate couldn’t come at a better time in my opinion. As the weather changes and gets a little more crisp we could all use a little more moisture. I apply the hydrating accelerator from Josh and then apply the hydration boost concentrate. It literally is the perfect combo! It not only gives your skin a glow but penetrates to provide the ultimate hydration.
Hydrating Accelerator- This is an old favorite! This mist really does it all-from hydrating, toning and moisturizing. The basis of the mist is aloe vera, which helps the skin absorb nutrients more efficiently and plumps up the overall texture of the skin. Herbs also help to calm the skin and reduce redness. I love spraying this on after cleansing before serums/oils and also before and after a mask. A serious skincare must in my opinion! Plus, this little tonic smells like vanilla, can you say mmm! I’m addicted to the smell alone. I even spray this throughout the day for a quick pick me up of hydration.
Vital Balm Cream- The Vital Balm Cream is hands down one of my favorite moisturizers. It feels creamy to the touch-not greasy and when I apply it my skin’s dryness dissipates and I’m left with plump hydrated skin. Ok, the smell…well it’s amazing! One of the best smelling products I’ve ever used. It has a fresh, light smell with vanilla enveloping all of it and blue tansy and ylang ylang notes throughout-I’m obsessed with the smell. I apply this before my foundation and it works great and at night too it’s the perfect finishing touch. It has the properties of a balm but feels like a cream-I mean it’s kind a dream cream! Can we talk about the color too?! The baby mint/blue hue just looks cool. It also comes in a sleek glass jar. The ingredient I was excited to learn about in the product is Indian Senna Seed. It really performs just like it supposed to in this cream. It’s been called the botanical hyaluronic acid, it gives skin the ability to retain moisture on it’s own. So your skin feels hydrated well after application. It’s also made with organic, non-gmo and wild crafted ingredients. If you’ve been searching for a good all around moisturizer this is it!!
This box is so good! Anytime I see a box filled with Josh Rosebrook products I know it’s going to be good! I would hop on this box before they sell out. The value alone is $122, but you can get it for $58.95! Get it here.
I couldn’t not share the October beauty box roundup without mentioning The Detox Box! I was so excited to get the Detox Box this month! A lot of clean beauty boxes focus around skincare which is great but every once in a while it’s nice to get a makeup box. I love The Detox Box for that reason! They offer a variety of clean beauty products.
This month it’s all about Kjaer Weis. The luxe organic makeup line that offers some of the best of clean beauty. In the box this month we are seeing one of their top selling eyeshadow colors in Charmed. It’s a matte taupe brown color. I’ve been wearing it non-stop and can’t get enough! It’s especially great if you have mature eyes and want an eyeshadow that doesn’t have any shimmer in it. Shimmer tends to sink into the creases of the eyes more, so it’s better wear a matte shadow. This is the perfect everyday matte color.
The box also includes Kjaer Weis Eye Pencil in brown. This is a great pencil to give your eyes that smoldering brown look. It’s the perfect understated look for everyday. I line the top and bottom of my eyes to give the look of a more lived in liner. Another great everyday makeup product. The last product in the box is Kjaer Weis Lip Balm. This is a clear lip balm that hydrates the lips so well, while still giving them a bit of sheen. I love that it comes in the sleek silver compact. Kjaer Weis packaging is beautiful and also eco friendly. You can just get a refill to go in the silver container once you’ve finished with the product- pretty cool!
This month for The Clean Beauty Box we are seeing Flower and Spice and Henne Organics. I was introduced to Flower and Spice through The Clean Beauty Box in the past and Henne Organics has long been a favorite for lip products in natural beauty.
The Flower and Spice product this month is their Instant Glow Calming Exfoliator. This is a great gentle approach to getting glowing skin. They use a combination of AHA fruit acids and bamboo stems to reveal a glowing complexion. Often exfoliants can be too harsh especially for sensitive skin types. This combination really creates the perfect exfoliant for those who still want to help slough off the dead skin cells but without aggravating their skin. I applied it to dry skin and then massaged it in. Then left it for a minute before rinsing off. This enzyme exfoliant will have you coming back for more! I only used it twice a week. If you have extra sensitive skin, once per week might be better for you. My skin felt smooth, yet not stripped after using.
Henne Organics Lip Serum- Your lips need extra love just like your skin! This Henne Lip Serum is what lip product dreams are made of. It’s meant to help even out fine lines on lips and plump them- Who doesn’t want that? It’s filled with age defying oils like arctic cloudberry seed oil, lingonberry seed oil, rosehip, camellia and argan. It comes housed in this chic black glass bottle with a 24k gold rollerball- talk about luxe! I apply this at night and let the oils do their magic!
This box is valued at $143 but you can get it for $41.95! Talk about a huge savings. This would be a great box to stock up on now and then give as a gift for the holidays too. Get the box here!
Sharing all my favorite organic beauty boxes on the blog for October.
Finally sharing my before and after using Beautycounter’s Countertime Line! I’ve been using the products for several months now and wanted to share my results. This line really speaks for itself when it comes to giving your skin results. Using plant-derived retinols and peptides, plus potent antioxidants it delivers a serious dose of youthfulness to your skin.
The Beautycounter Countertime line is making waves!
In the video I share:
What results I’ve noticed specifically with my skin since using the products for 2 1/2 months.
How long the products are lasting me.
What products you should invest in first.
My favorite products.
When I use certain products.
Check out the before and after using Beautycounter’s Countertime Line below and let me know what you think! Also, if you want more information on the Countertime line, including what plant-derived retinols are, how they work and what specific ones are in the line, check out my blog post I did. I go in depth on what makes Countertime so unique compared to other skincare lines when it comes to anti-aging benefits.
Natural Beauty Box Roundup September is here! Can you believe it? Where did summer go?! This month is definitely a stellar month when it comes to organic beauty boxes, so hold on to your seats- it’s about to get good!
First on deck for the natural beauty box roundup September is Beauty Heroes…It’s their 5th anniversary and let’s just say they are pulling out all the stops for this special occasion!
Be sure to check back as the natural beauty boxes September rollout for the month! I’ll be updating them as they come.
Beauty Heroes celebrates 5 years and is curating the best of the best in honor of the celebration. In 5 years there have been so many products that have landed in their hands. After testing it all when it comes natural beauty, they’ve chosen 5 standout products. All of these products have been hero products in the past.
Talk about some serious natural beauty goodness! I’ve tried each of these beauties in the past and I’m here to report on their heroic status.
Laurel Sun Serum– This is a serum and oil in one that helps to repair sun damaged skin. The formula contains 27 whole organic plants! It helps to reverse the signs of aging that the sun brings. It also helps to brighten and fade age spots. The oil feels richer on the skin but it also seeps right in. When I used it I noticed a decrease in overall redness, faded sun spots and clearer skin tone. I just love how this oil feels on the skin too. Laurel really uses the power of plants to restore the skin. The scarlet pimpernel ﬂower does wonders to help reverse the signs of aging. Not to mention, organic licorice and carrot seed oil(packed with vitamin A). It doesn’t stop there. Not only does this serum help with current sun damage, but it also has red raspberry seed oil, jojoba and cranberry seed oil that protect for future sun damage. The whole serum is off the charts. It melts into your skin and leaves behind the scent of rosehip and sandalwood. This is a must have item for anyone looking to transform their skin!
Josh Rosebrook Cacao Antioxidant Mask- First, it comes in this chic glass jar. You open it and instantly get a whiff of rich cacao-just like the name suggests. I’m in love! It looks like dark rich frosting but not the kind you eat. This decadence is the kind you apply to your face. Before application I mist Josh’s Hydrating Accelerator over my face. Leaving my skin dewy and ready for masking. I just use a spoon to apply some of the mask on the back of my hand and then use my fingers to apply to my face. I’ve found the formula is too thick for a brush. Once applied, I wait 45 minutes to let the mask do it’s magic. You can do less time but I like to get the full effect. Then I just wipe off with a washcloth. After, my skin feels revived, refreshed and awake. I love applying my oils after and then waking up to skin that is seriously happy and radiant.
The mask detoxifies while at the same time nourishing and giving back so many nutrients into the skin. A serious skin treat! So what’s in this mask that makes it so magical?! The ingredients in the mask are amazing and really make this “glow” happen. Cacao is a known antioxidant that helps to slow the aging process and beef up collagen to give skin it’s health back. Plus, it helps to bring circulation to the skin, causing it to absorb nutrients better. If that wasn’t enough there are a chockfull of plant oils that help moisturize, repair and calm the skin. Best of all? This mask is perfect for any skin type! Dry, sensitive, oily-anyone can benefit-I’ve seen it for myself. I have dry skin and my sister has oily and it does wonders for us both.
These products have all been heroic products in Beauty Heroes boxes in the past.
Honua Skincare Aloha Youth Serum- This is the perfect morning serum for the skin. It instantly wakes it up. It’s not necessarily hydrating on it’s own. If you have dry skin you may need an additional lotion or oil on top of the serum. The serum’s scent is a total floral Hawaiian scent. You’re transported to the island vibe when you smell this serum. The consistency is milky, different than many serums. It has a blend of Hawaiian kava kava and kukui. It gives your skin a glow- especially great in the morning when skin needs a little pick me up.
Ayuna Natural Rejuvenating Treatment Cream II- This cream is creamy, decadent and addicting. I remember after first using it waking up and literally touching my skin and thinking- wow! My skin felt so good. Smooth and supple, completely hydrated. Now you might be wondering what’s in this luxurious cream- allow me to explain.
It has a combination of phyto-peptides, and restorative botanical factors. Not too mention it is preserved through probiotics- how cool! It is also vegan. This cream is meant to firm and restore your skin’s texture and color. I use it morning and night. It’s light enough to apply in the morning before makeup. It smells wonderful too! If you’ve smelled Ayuna’s products in the past then you know what I’m talking about- their signature scent. But if you haven’t let me give you a little preview. It has an essential oil natural fragrance of Gurjum Balsam, Holy Wood, Myrrh, Chamomile, Rosemary, Buchu. You will love the smell
LILFOX Kahlahari Eye Serum- Love that this eye serum comes in a rollerball form. Such easy application! This eye serum is a mix argan oil, prickly pear, watermelon and passion fruit. The vitamins A and K really help to brighten the eye area. Something pretty much anyone can use! I know I can as a mama of two. There is also peridot gem inside the formula which has been known to help the skin and heart take in all the plant has to offer them. I’ve been rolling this on in the morning and at night. I love how it feels cooling from the rollerball and hydrating but not greasy. It quickly soaks in!
Naturopathica is in the house for the Detox Box for September!
The Detox Box is back this month featuring Naturopathica. This line is made in East Hampton, New York. Created by an herbalist, esthetician, and aromatherapist. Barbara Close is on a mission to educate people on natural beauty. Naturopathica has been going strong for over 20 years. Excited to share this box as part of the natural beauty box roundup September.
Carrot Seed Soothing Facial Oil- This is the perfect oil for skin that needs a little love. Maybe it’s been overworked or stressed from environmental factors, either way this oil will sooth the skin. Rich in carrot seed, evening primrose and lavender oils. It feels rich on the skin and weighty but absorbs nicely. My skin felt so hydrated even the next day!
Oat Cleansing Facial Polish- This is such a great mild exfoliant. Using the power of jojoba beads and oats to gently remove dead skin cells. It leaves skin feeling smooth and vibrant. It’s really a 3-in-1 product. Not only is it an exfoliant but also a cleanser and mask too. A triple threat for your skincare routine! I love how it wasn’t harsh for an exfoliant.
Calendula Essential Hydrating Cream- Where’s my dry and sensitive skin gals at? This is for you! Not only does it have soothing calendula in it but also borage, trehalose, and saccharide. A winning combination of comforting, hydrating and protection from environmental factors. It literally feels like butter on the skin. Perfect as the weather transitions to cooler temps.
Easy to see how this box made it into the natural beauty box roundup September lineup! This whole box is valued at $145, but you can get it for $55! Another jam packed box from The Detox Market. Snag this month’s Detox Box here!
This box by Boxwalla is off the hook! Featuring African Botanics Le Masque Hydralift Intense.
I’m always so excited to see what’s in the box for Boxwalla. It’s usually filled with a new unique product I haven’t tried- which is kind of amazing considering I’ve tried a lot of product as a natural beauty blogger! I’m no stranger to the brand this month, but I am to the actual product. This month we are seeing Le Masque Hydralift Intense from African Botanics. African Botanics has been in Boxwalla Boxes before and it is always a home run.
This month is no different. I love the theme of this month’s box- Dream A Little Dream Of Me. This mask will make you dream of the best skin because that’s what your skin will feel like after using it! Combining micro and mini Hyaluronic Acids, South African Aloe Ferox, fermented Yeast, along with Saccharides, Resurrection Plant and Mallow this is a one, two punch for increasing your skin’s overall hydration. Not only does it add moisture but also helps to lift, firm and smooth the skin.
I like to think of the mask like this: Not only is it feeding and nourishing my skin but it protects it from environmental factors and normal pollutants. It really goes much deeper than any mask I’ve used. Really getting to the cellular level to deliver deep nutrients. I also loved how soothing it was on my skin. With ingredients like Niacinamide that help to brighten and calm redness.
I would apply to slightly damp skin and leave on for 15-20 minutes. You can also leave on overnight! I noticed an increase in overall brightness, hydration and suppleness. The mask is made for dry, thirsty, stressed skin.
I can’t recommend Boxwalla’s September box enough! It really is such a unique product and for a stellar deal. The box is valued at $180 but you can get the box for $49.95 through Boxwalla- crazy amazing! Get the box here!
Check out past reviews of some of my favorite natural beauty boxes:
Organic Beauty Products- August is here! Is it just me or did summer fly by? As much as I love summer, I’m SO ready for fall and to meet this little babe! 6 weeks out- crazy.
So this month I have some new products and some old ones as well that I’m sharing with you. I should say I rediscovered some old products! I forgot how awesome they were. Trust me, it happens when you’re a clean beauty blogger!
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These new Honest Beauty Liquid Lipsticks are giving me all the feels!
This was an easy one to include in my organic beauty products- August roundup! These are a new product for Honest Beauty. They are highly pigmented like a lipstick, but go on similar to a gloss and come in a tube form. They give your lips some nice sheen too. I love how high impact they look on your lips! They come in 7 colors and are super hydrating too. I was really impressed by the longevity as well, they lasted for a good 6 hours on my pout! And the kicker? They’re $12.99!! I mean talk about a steal. Get them here!
Ok, I still get this question all the time- “What’s your favorite natural mascara?” I feel like a broken record but it’s Honest Beauty through and through. Why do I love it so much? It separates my lashes, gives them volume, and doesn’t smudge on me. I don’t have raccoon eyes by the end of the night and I get compliments on my lashes all the time- I’m telling you, this mascara doesn’t mess around! It has a primer on one end and the black pigment on the other. The primer definitely helps give your lashes some extra volume and length.
I also use this Beautycounter Mattifying Powder to give my lashes an extra boost of vavoom every now and then too. I just use an eyeshadow brush and apply it right on top of my lashes after I’ve applied a couple coats of mascara. Then I go back and apply more mascara on top to make them really stand out. This mascara is only $14.99! I guess maybe this August clean beauty roundup should also be called best budget clean beauty! Get the mascara here!
These new W3ll People Nudist Shadow Palettes are the perfect everyday eyeshadows.
These are a new release from W3ll People. They come in a palette with 5 different eyeshadow colors. I love that they have matte and shimmer shadows in them. Sometimes I’m feeling matte and sometimes I want something a little more pumped up. One palette is violet hued and the other is taupe. Both equally gorgeous colors! I definitely am drawn more to the taupe palette. It has basics for everyday wear or for kicking it up later on. A great palette to take you from day to night. PLUS, these palettes are so budget friendly! You get an entire eyeshadow palette for $25! I’m definitely hitting it out of the park this month when it comes to going easy on the wallet- your welcome! 😉 Use Coupon Code: GURLGONEGREEN for 10% off!Check out the palettes here!
I’ve been wearing this blush and loving it! It’s not a new find but one that I definitely can’t get enough of lately. It gives the perfect hint of blush color with some slight shimmer. I’m not talking teenage glitter makeup but a mature glow look. It’s so pretty even in the package! I love the color Lily, it’s the perfect punch of color without being too dramatic. No more dull, lifeless blush! This will make you glow from the inside out. Check it out at Pharmaca.com and save 20%! Get it here!
Some oldie’s but goodies- these two have been taking up residence in my makeup bag lately!
This is another oldie but goodie! First of all it’s pressed, which is nothing short of awesome- who wants to deal with bronzer everywhere. But it’s also a pretty taupe color and not orange. I’m partial to the Miami Beach color but it also comes in several other colors too depending on how dark you want to go. And get this, another budget find! I know it’s kind of awesome this month for saving a little money. Check it out here!
Best exfoliator in green beauty- active enzyme exfoliator by Josh Rosebrook!
Still my favorite exfoliator. Gets my skin super smooth and clean. Haven’t found anything else like it. This exfoliator uses a mechanical exfoliant of walnut shells, and also an enzyme exfoliant. Not only does my skin feel smooth after but it looks brighter! It is chockfull of plant oils and active honey- a serious treat for the skin. I’ve tried to pinpoint the smell and I’ve come to the conclusion it smells like black licorice to me-which I love or used too…haha. I apply this to slightly damp skin and then I massage a small nickel size amount all over my face. I let it set for 15 minutes, I found that’s my sweet spot. But you can do it up to an hour. This is another must have! If you’ve been looking for an exfoliant that leaves your skin feeling smooth but also looking bright-this is it. Get it here!
Foot File And Pumice Stone
Ok, this might be random but this is something I use literally every time I shower and I realized I’ve never told you about it! Especially in the summer my feet can get pretty nasty. Being outside, and barefoot and just in elements can do a number on the feet. Before I get in the shower I’ll file down any calluses I have with the foot file and then once I’m in the shower I take the pumice stone and add some soap to it. Then I scrub the bottom of my feet with the pumice stone. I’ve found my feet will get rough and dirty and this helps to really smooth things out and keep them looking clean. I’m obsessed! If you have feet that could use a little tlc between pedicures this will be your best friend! Get the foot file here and the pumice stone here!
That sums up my organic beauty products- August edition! Want to see some of my past favorites from previous months? Check them out below!