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:
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!
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.
Sharing all my favorite natural beauty boxes on the blog!
I’m sharing my thoughts on the Best Antiaging Cream For Natural Skincare. Beautycounter’s Countertime natural antiaging line is finally here and their antiaging Supreme Cream is nothing short of amazing. I have been on the edge of my seat to share this line with you. As a Beautycounter consultant I had the pleasure of being able to give the line a test run before it becomes available to the public.
I’ve been a consultant for a little over 6 months and I’ve tried almost every product. I know crazy but I’ve been able to dabble in pretty much everything. I hadn’t found any of their skincare lines to really WOW me. Being a natural beauty blogger I definitely have tried my fair share of products and I can spot something special the minute I use it now.
The Ultra Renewal Eye Cream and Mineral Boost Hydrating Essence are really changing the game when it comes to natural skincare.
Well, special is exactly how I would describe the new Countertime line. It hits all the marks and some. I’m not saying this because I’m a consultant, or connected with Beautycounter, although why not promote something I’m associated with but I’m sharing this line with you because I truly think it’s different.
If I was given this skincare line and it wasn’t Beautycounter I would still be wanting to share about it, when you find good skincare products, that not only work but also are natural you want to shout it from the rooftops- or at least that’s how I feel as a natural beauty blogger!
I’m going to break down the line by first the whole premise of the line- what makes it different, as well as by each individual product. I really want you to be able to get a first hand glimpse into what makes Countertime unique and special. If you’re really wanting to get to my review on the best antiaging cream in natural skincare- you can skip ahead towards the end but I encourage you to learn what makes it different first.
Glass bottles, that are recyclable- Beautycounter’s Countertime line is next level!
What Makes Countertime Different?
Ok, This is Beautycounter’s first true antiaging skincare line. 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.
The Tetrapeptide Surpeme Cream from Beautycounter’s new Countertime line is changing the game when it comes to antiaging creams!
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. 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.
Say hello to your new favorite cleanser- Countertime Lipid Defense Cleansing Oil is changing the natural cleansing game.
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.
The company was founded on me wanting to get safer products into people’s hands… But at the end of the day a woman is going to pull out her credit card because of performance. -Founder of Beautycounter Greg Refrew
Clearly this line is going to create waves and a new generation of natural skincare products that lead with performance!
Of course I couldn’t leave you without sharing all my thoughts on the new skincare line. I mean what kind of natural beauty blogger would I be?!
The new Beautycounter Countertime line has plant-derived retinols that are bringing natural skincare to a whole new level.
Countertime Review + Best Antiaging Cream In Natural Skincare
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
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! 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!
Check out the whole line here!
Also, if you’re curious about my favorite products from the line, check out my blog post I did on Beautycounter favorites.
I also have a full review of the Beautycounter line here.
Wanting to be part of the Beautycounter movement? Email me- [email protected] if you want more information on becoming a consultant and how it’s changed my life! Also, check out my blog post on why I joined Beautycounter here.
What are some of your favorite Beautycounter products?
Sharing all my thoughts on this natural antiaging skincare line.
*This post is sponsored by OSEA. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
So excited to share with you all my OSEA skincare review! I hadn’t tried their products until Beauty Heroes had them in a recent box. In the box was their Ocean Cleanser- let’s just say it was love the first time I used it! I couldn’t get enough of the milky cleanser. I knew I needed to try more of their products!
If you’re not familiar with OSEA allow me to fill you in on this natural skincare line. This brand is truly unique. I was so intrigued by the founder Jenefer’s story of how she started it. She was inspired by her grandmother who credits the ocean to healing her. She had been on bedrest after a severe leg injury. Her grandmother recalls having a dream about the sea and the next day went for a swim. A few weeks later her grandmother was healed! Jenefer went to her roots when creating OSEA. From what she learned from her grandmother of the healing properties of the ocean and her knowledge, she chose seaweed as the base of her skincare line. Seaweed contains powerful minerals and ingredients to help restore and nourish the skin.
I love OSEA’s commitment to clean skincare as stated so well on their website:
OSEA delivers proven results without causing harm to our health or the health of our environment. Jenefer’s innovative formulations of certified organic, bioavailable seaweed, infused with pure steam-distilled and cold pressed essential oils create powerful natural anti-aging solutions and reduce the appearance of blemishes–eliminating the need for synthetic ingredients entirely. OSEA is free of synthetic chemicals such as parabens, petrochemicals, and sulfates.
OSEA was also the first company to sign the “Compact for Safe Cosmetics”:
In 2002, OSEA was the first company to sign “Compact for Safe Cosmetics”, an initiative started by the Environmental Working Group that holds companies accountable for ensuring that their products are “free of chemicals that are known or strongly suspected of causing cancer, mutation or birth defects.” Since then, over 1,000 companies have joined OSEA in pledging to phase out the use of toxic chemicals in all beauty products!
I was excited to dive into the products they sent me and report back to you guys my thoughts!
This cleanser is especially formulated for oily, and acne prone skin. It gently exfoliates while getting rid of impurities on the skin. The first thing I noticed upon using it was the scent! It has essential oils of tea tree, peppermint and rosemary. It gives your skin a tingly, refreshing vibe- overall feeling very energized. It contains organic algae and cypress oil that help to balance blemishes and remove impurities. I would apply this cleanser on my skin at night and in the morning, but I found I liked it best in the morning as a gentle exfoliant and morning wake up call for my skin. My skin is on the dry side so this cleanser works better for me once a day. However, my sister who has oily skin loves it! It helps to remove excess oil and give her an overall brighter appearance. I applied to damp skin and used circular motions to remove makeup and dirt- avoid eye area. Grab your Ocean Cleansing Mud here!
This toning mist is not only beautiful in color but performs well too! It instantly gives my skin some major hydration and feels so refreshing. I love squirting it on my skin in the morning to wake me up and in the afternoon even for a quick pick me up. With ingredients like resveratrol, organic algae and pomegranate, it’s no wonder this mist makes me swoon every time I use it. If your skin feels dull and lifeless this is for you! Get your Sea Vitamin Boost here!
It’s no wonder this serum was awarded Best Beauty Award in Style for 2017! It works and works well! If you have dry skin or wrinkles this is for you. It instantly adds moisture to thirsty skin and smooths fine lines. Hyaluronic acid is known for it’s ability to attract moisture to the skin. Just to give you a little visual, hyaluronic acid attracts 1,000 times it’s weight in water- making it a powerful player in improving elasticity. Your skin will feel supple and smooth. Not only does this serum have hyaluronic acid but also three different kinds of organic seaweed that help deliver antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. In other words it’s a powerhouse serum for the skin! I love applying this after the Sea Vitamin Boost and then pressing this into my skin before my oils. It makes my makeup look better and gives me an overall polished look- can’t recommend it enough! Get your Hyaluronic Sea Serum here!
I was so intrigued by this product! I’ve been reading so much about putting probiotics on the skin topically and not just internally. So many benefits! Plus, I know how powerful vitamin c is. This polish comes in a powder form with pure vitamin c and vegan probiotics. It also has finely ground rice and bamboo and seaweed powders. These help gently slough off the dead skin cells. The vitamin c and probiotics give your skin an overall brightness and helps to fade hyper pigmentation. I noticed improved resilience of my skin and just a fresh faced looked. Get your Vitamin C Probiotic Face Polish here!
This mask feels so good on the skin. This is an anti-aging mask. It really is meant to improve overall skin tone and brighten the complexion. The ingredients are white marine algae, white tea, and resveratrol. These ingredients help to minimize redness- which I’m always all about and give an overall glow to the skin. The mask also has mineral peptides and hyaluronic acid. These two help to mask those fine lines and moisturize the skin. I would apply this at night and leave it on for 20-60 minutes. You can even leave it on overnight! My skin felt so supple, smooth and less red after using. It’s such a nourishing mask and one I can’t stop using! Get your White Algae Mask here!
Talk about a scrub! This body scrub doesn’t mess around. It is filled with Dead Sea and Himalayan Pink Salts, Bolivian Rose and Organic seaweed of course. Plus, it boasts some Acai, shea butter and passionfruit that leave your skin feeling like butter. I applied to wet skin and used circular motions. My skin felt so refreshed and clean! Sometimes we focus on facial exfoliation but our body needs great exfoliation as well! Grab your Salt of The Earth Body Scrub here!
*Here are the other two products I had previously tried and loved!
This cleanser is a definite fave! I love that it comes in a frosted glass bottle- so chic. It’s such an overall soothing cleanser, yet highly effective. It removes all my my makeup and grime from the day- yes even my stubborn eye makeup. I get my skin damp first and then apply several pumps to my hands. Then I rub in circular motions all over my face. After rinsing with water my skin feels so hydrated, and clean. Not stripped or dry. It does such a great job of imparting hydration to the skin, and nourishing it with vitamins and minerals. Did I mention it smells like candy?! The lime really stands out to me. There also are notes of juniper, and cypress. A great all around cleanser- can’t get enough! Get your Ocean Cleanser here!
This body polish is unlike any I’ve used. It is creamy in consistency but yet strong enough to remove and exfoliate unwanted dry skin. After using it my skin looks slightly pink and plump. It takes dull skin and gives it a good polish, revealing the brightest and prettiest skin. Upon opening it, you’re greeted with scents of lavender and Sweet Melissa. It awakens your senses and revitalizes your whole body. It exfoliates the skin with powdery grains of pumice, acai, and guarana. I get my body wet first, and then apply the body polish and use circular motions to rub it in. A serious skin treat! Grab your Undaria Body Polish here!
That concludes my OSEA skincare review. There’s so many more skincare treats I can’t wait to try! Checkout their full shop here! Did you see anything you want? Have you tried any OSEA products? Let me know if you have any questions!