Spring Break Green Beauty Picks

Spring Break Green Beauty Picks

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

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

Marie Veronique Everyday Coverage SPF 30 tinted moisturizer-

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

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INA DAYLE Coffee Time Body Scrub & Lip Scrub-

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

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Kahina Essaouira Perfume-

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

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Kostmatology Herbal Fresh Body Wash and Scrub-

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

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DeVita Solar Body Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen-

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

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

Natural Hand Creams/Lotions/Balms

Natural Hand Creams/Lotions/Balms

With temperatures dropping my hands are slowly getting drier.  The cold weather zaps all the moisture out of them.  I’ve done my fair share of testing with hand creams/lotions (whatever you want to call them) and narrowed it down to my natural top picks.

People apply a hand cream several times a day, so it’s important to pick a non-toxic one.  Conventional hand creams can contain a number of toxic offenders, like mineral oil, phenoxyethanol, PEG’s, parabens, and fragrance…just to name a few.  No thanks!  Think about it?  You apply your hand cream several times a day, so you end up applying toxins several times a day…not good.  Plus, a lot of these toxic creams contain ingredients that will actually dry your skin out more, instead of help hydrate and bring moisture.  So what to do?

Here are my top picks for hand creams/lotions-

Osmia Organics Shea Hand Cream-

This hand cream does it all.  It comes in a pump dispenser that makes it easy to use, and the smell is amazing!  A mix of vanilla, rosemary and a few other essential oils.  It’s not a strong smell, just perfect.  The hand cream itself hydrates my skin, but leaves no greasy residue-something I love.  It isn’t the most hydrating moisturizer I’ve used, but a good mid-range one.  I use this all year round.  I also prefer it during the day when I’m out and about because it is so easy to use, and doesn’t leave a greasy residue.  A must for anyone looking for a moisturizer that has it all.  They’re offering 20% off for Cyber Monday- use code: OOHOLIDAY2015 They also have it the scent Linden Rose. $24  (sample size for $4)

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Metta Hand Balm-

First, I love how this hand balm comes in a glass jar!  It is just like the name suggests-more of a balm then a hand cream.   A little goes a long way with this beauty.  It melts into an oil feel when you put it on.  However, the oily feeling quickly resides, and your left with perfectly hydrated hands.  The scent is really mild, hints of lavender, but nothing overwhelming.  I love applying right before I go to bed- I wake up with happy, hydrated hands.  My hands have never been softer!  I definitely recommend for those with dry/cracked hands.  This is a lot heavier than the Osmia hand cream, as it a balm and not a cream.  $22 (Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 30% off)

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Booda Butter-

This moisturizer can be for your hands or anywhere you need a little extra hydration.  It comes in a tin and is more of a balm texture, similar to the Metta hand balm.  The smell reminds me of chocolate…chocolate frosting to be exact.  I gather the smell comes from the cocoa butter in it.  With only five ingredients, this moisturizer packs a punch.  If you don’t like an oily residue, then this may not be your moisturizer.  It definitely leaves an oily residue behind.  But it really leaves your skin soft and hydrated, so take your pick.  I’ve even used this on my body.  It’s a more budget friendly option, and a little goes a long way, so you’ll definitely have this for a while.  Plus, for those who don’t like any added fragrance this is a natural  great pick.  $14

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ZOE Organics Everything Balm-

This is another balm but it’s not greasy.  It really melts right into your skin, leaving behind the smell of lavender and vanilla.  It’s more of a barrier or shield than a greasy balm.  It leaves my skin moisturized and for a while.  I have this in my purse at all times.  I’ve used it on my daughter’s diaper rashes, my hands and even this weird rash I had on my neck for a while, (don’t ask).  The name really does describe it well, it does a little of everything.  I’ve even used it on my lips.  You all need one of these!  Bonus, you can find this at Target.  Use coupon code: GGG20 for 20% online at Zoeorganics.com.  $14

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Shea Terra Organic Mini Shea Whippers-

I had never heard of this brand before getting their shea butter in my Glowing Beets Box-but I am huge fan now.   Shea Terra Organics sources the most potent, organic and wild harvested ingredients from across Africa.  This pristine environment, little tainted by modern pollution, grows some of the safest, unchanged botanical ingredients on earth. Unwilling to compromise, Shea Terra Organics uses whole herbs for its potent, synergistic benefits.  This shea butter smells like the tropics-a perfect blend of lime and coconut.  It melts right into your skin and leaves behind no greasy residue.  It’s pack full of all the good stuff too!  Aloe vera, pumpkin seed oil, shea butter and essential oils.  The 10z. jar is the perfect size to take on a trip or stash in your purse.  They also have so many other tantalizing scents available.  This is also a more budget friendly option.  Can you say the perfect natural stocking stuffer?!  $6

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q c Natural s quinny’s cream-

I was sent some of q c naturals products and as I’ve been testing them out, I have to say, I am thoroughly impressed.  Their quinny’s cream has quickly become a fave.  It only has three simple ingredients: shea butter, avocado oil, and olive fruit oil.  I haven’t seen this combination together before, but it’s a good one, because it works!  You can use it for so much more than just your hands too!  It comes in a hefty 4 oz. jar, and looks and feels like a hand cream more than a hand balm.  It goes on smooth and hydrates so well.  My hands feel soft and not greasy.  I was really impressed how long my hands felt smooth and moist…this is some good stuff.  Not only is this natural vegan but also scent free for those who are sensitive to smell.  $20 (35% off for Cyber Monday Use Code: CYBERSTEALS)

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100% Pure Coconut Hand Buttercream-

This is similar to most hand creams/lotions I grew up using.  It comes in a snap closure/squeeze package.  This smells amazing…like island paradise.  They also have several other scents as well.  This hand cream is a good all around moisturizer.  It isn’t the most intensely hydrating hand cream, but it does the job and doesn’t leave your hands feeling greasy.  It’s also very budget friendly at $11.99.  (Pharmaca.com is having a 30% off Cyber Monday sale, use code: CYBER, stock up on this one).

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Well that’s a wrap!  Those are my top hand cream picks.  Make sure and stock up with the coupon codes!  These all would be the perfect stocking stuffer!  Do you see any faves?  What’s your favorite hand cream?

 

 

 

Fave Serums

Fave Serums

Ok, this post has been a long time coming… a really long time!  I love a good serum and so does my skin.  Why use a serum?  Oh boy, don’t get me started.  There are some areas where you can skimp but a good serum is not one of them.  If there was one skincare product I would recommend investing in it would be a good quality serum.  Serums are different then traditional cream moisturizers.  Instead of adding in all the extra thickeners and emollients they pack them full of anti-aging antioxidants and other beneficial ingredients.  Serums are more concentrated to treat the skin, whether it’s for anti-aging, hyper pigmentation, eczema or just overall moisture renewal.  Are you getting why I invest in a serum?  This is also why they typically cost more than other skincare products, because they are so potent-full of  ingredients that can really help steer your skin in the direction you want it to go.

A lot of people think if they have acne, then they should stay away from serums because they’re an oil-couldn’t be farther from the truth!  Most of the time with oily skin, serums are the better option than a traditional moisturizer.  As I mentioned, traditional moisturizers have a lot of added fillers that could clog pores, and serums just contain the pure oil and antioxidants.  Serums since they’re so potent, can target specific areas, so if you do have acne, there is a serum for you.  Plus, gone are the days where people starve their skin of any moisture as to dry out their acne.  No more peroxides and harsh ingredients needed.

I’ve tried out a good number of serums in my day and I’ve come across some favorites for all skin types and issues.  And good thing, considering most conventional serums are filled with toxins like mineral oil, Parfum/Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol PEG’s and a lot more junk that you don’t want anywhere near your skin.

Here are my findings, there will be more to come-for sure, but for now these are tried and true.

Acure Seriously Firming Facial Serum-

This is another great serum that really works and doesn’t break the bank.  Full of all organic ingredients like pumpkin seed oil, borage oil and argan oil, this little bottle packs a punch.  It’s heavier then some serums, definitely more of a rich oil.  It smells so good too-the scents that stick out to me are lavender and orange.  This felt like a drink of water for my skin.  I would wake up in the morning and my skin would just feel so plump…in a good way.  Borage oil is actually known for soothing skin and calming redness…hello!  I didn’t use this in the day under makeup because it was too heavy for me.  Over time I noticed a glow to my skin and just balanced skin.  My skin felt firmer and I attribute it to all the moisture my skin was getting from the potent oils.  Remember, dry skin lends itself to wrinkles, hydrated skin equals happy plump skin.  This is great for those with dry to combination skin.  At $19.99, a no brainer for anyone sticking to a budget and wanting a natural serum!

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Skin Owl Beauty Drops-

These are such great affordable serums too.  I used the Geranium Beauty Drops and it’s almost gone-that’s how good it is peeps!  I love one of Annie’s(the creator of Skin Owl) concepts on skincare-she said, “I wanted to provide more than just skin care, I wanted to deliver a core component of total self-care too.”  And who can argue with that?  Total self care is what you get with this beautiful serum.  First off, it smells amazing and has two ingredients raw organic argan oil and organic geranium oil.  Just pure stuff people-it really doesn’t take much!  The geranium is best for combination skin types that need to decongest, enhance radiance and give overall moisture.  My skin feels so moisturized when I use it.  Not greasy- it literally melts into my skin.  I wake up in the morning with supple and even skin-no redness.  I also used it underneath my makeup.  I would apply 5 minutes before my foundation application-it went on so evenly.  They also make two other Beauty Drops, one for oily/acne skin called Lavender and the other for dry/mature skin called Clary Sage.  She also has a nighttime oil called Mangosteen, which I haven’t tried but can only imagine how wonderful it is.  Bottom line if you’re looking for a serum that does the work on your skin but want an affordable option, then this is it!  It retails for $30.

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Wonderland Organics/Sublime Serum-

The Sublime Serum is great for sensitive skin.  I have dry skin, but it can be oily sometimes too, and this was just what my skin needed.  With organic ingredients like pomegranate oil, apricot kernel oil and argan oil, this truly is a moisturizing serum.  What I love about the serum is that it melts right into my skin and doesn’t leave an oily residue.  It smells amazing too, with notes of rose in it.  Upon waking up in the morning my skin feels supple, moist and revived.  My redness has gone down and I felt my skin looked even and awake.  This also works great underneath my makeup.  I would highly recommend if you have dry to normal skin. I also have a full review on the other two serums from Wonderland Organics on the blog here. $39.99.

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May Lindstrom Youth Dew-

This is a luxurious serum and I love it.  First, it smells insanely good, I get hints of rose and citrus-perfectly blended together.  The serum melts into my skin and feels weightless while at the same time perfectly balancing my skin.  My skin absorbed it all-no oily feeling…something I just love about this serum.  It’s not as heavy as some serums I’ve used.  After using it for a while I noticed a glow and dewy look.  I never felt my skin was dry…it’s hard to explain, it was just so balanced.  I used it underneath my foundation and it created a perfect even complexion.  Don’t even get me started on the ingredients- it’s just packed with over 20 botanical plant oils that are anti-aging, as well as CoEnzyme Q10.  I recommend this for all skin types.  It’s not too heavy for blemish proned skin, yet moisturizing enough for dry/combination.  The creator May puts so much into her products, if you’re looking for a luxurious skincare experience that is not only pure to the core but produces results, then this is it.  The price is steeper but you also have to consider how many active ingredients are packed in it…it’s chockfull!  $120.

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Kahina Beauty Brightening Serum-

This has been in my skincare routine for a while-a must have product for me.  Just like the name says, it brightens and lightens spots on your skin.  From sun spots, hyper pigmentation, acne scars, elasticity, and firmness-it gives an overall radiance.  It’s not like a typical oil serum that’s heavy but lighter.  It doesn’t even look like an oil, it’s a whitish color.  It does take some time to see results as far as brightening spots but it does work over time.  I feel an even look to my skin.  A lot of times people say their skin doesn’t feel even or their complexion is dark in one area and light in another…well this is the product you need!  I’m a pretty big fan of anything Kahina, her cleanser is amazing too and I think she has the best night cream I have tried.  Anyone could benefit from the brightening serum…that’s all.  $72

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Kypris Antioxidant Dew-

This is a water based serum.  It is the perfect serum to apply pre-makeup application.  It hardly feels like an oil to me, because it’s so much lighter than what you think of traditional oils.  My face doesn’t look oily or greasy at all but moisturized.  It just settles in my skin perfectly, leaving the perfect canvas for foundation.  This is especially great for those who have unbalanced complexions.  I’ve just been using this since the summer, and I imagine in the winter I’ll need more moisture for sure, since this is so light.  But this is the perfect serum for day time.  Just like the name suggests, it helps to protect skin from environmental damage and pollutants.  All of Kypris products are great for sensitive skin types- the serum doesn’t really smell like anything to me.  They also have two other serums Moonlight Catalyst and Clearing Serum.  As well as 3 Beauty Elixirs.  They all serve a different purpose and can be combined together for the ultimate skin cocktail.  $67

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These are my current faves when it comes to serums/treatments.  This only the tip of the iceberg of all the serums out there.  I will definitely be reviewing more to come (I currently am) but for now I wanted to share what I’ve used and loved.  Have you used any of these or do have other faves?  Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear!

 

 

Labor Day Sales

Labor Day Sales

Guys, I couldn’t just keep all these sales to myself!  Discounts galore are happening this weekend in honor of Labor Day, and I don’t want you to miss out.  Here’s what’s trending:

Spirit Beauty Lounge-

Sign up for their newsletter today and you’ll receive a 20% off coupon for $100+ in you’re e-mail for Labor Day.  They offer a ton of green beauty, from skincare, makeup, haircare and even baby-they’ve got you covered.  You can also get samples there as well!

Ecodiva Beauty-

They are offering free shipping this weekend through Monday night.  They offer green beauty galore and a ton of high end green beauty brands, but all in one place.  You can find everything from hair, skincare, and makeup too.  Oh and of course they give out samples!

Pharmaca-

They are offering 25% off through Labor Day with code: LABORDAY.  You get free shipping after $35 always with them as well, which is pretty awesome!  They literally have everything your little natural self could want.  From supplements, eco-water bottles, skincare and makeup.  Oh and a ton of baby stuff.  Go check them out!

The Detox Market-

Love this green beauty haven!  Through Labor Day they are offering $10 off $100, $30 off $200, and $60 off $300.  They have it all-seriously!  Trust me, $100 will go quick!

Ok you little green lovers, get to shopping!

Mask Madness

Mask Madness

I’m kind of obsessed with clean masks, but for good reason.  They make my skin feel moisturized, revived…oh and let’s not forget the glow I get too!  Plus, masking is like having my own mini spa session, while in the comfort of my own home (a big deal when you’re a mama).  As an esthetician, I’ve realized the mark of a good mask is bringing  real nourishment to the skin.  In conventional masks, you find nothing but junk…serious toxic junk.  I looked up one of the most popular masks out on the market and you know what’s in it? A ton of chemicals!  What’s crazy is masks sit on your face for a good 15-30 minutes.  A long time for chemicals to be soaking into your skin…um scary!  And people wonder why their hormones are all messed up.

So now that you’ve tossed your carcinogenic masks, let’s chat about what to replace them with.

LEAHLANI SKINCARE MERMAID MASK- 

This mask is seriously so good.  The founder Leah is a saint, no joke.  I’ve gotten to know her on social media and she truly is the sweetest.  She creates all of her products by hand in Kaui, Hawaii.  Her mask 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.  Also, the price point for this mask is crazy awesome…$22!  A serious steal!  This mask is great for everyone.  Acne skin, pre-mature, congestion, dryness and redness.  Oh and P.S. when you buy it you must know that there is this thing called Mermaid Mask Monday on social media- where all the mermaids come out and wear their mask!

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LA BELLA FIGURA HEALING MANUKA MASK-

This was one of the first masks I tried when transitioning to green beauty.  I knew after trying this my love for masking ran deep.  This mask is ideal for dry/irritated and mature skin types.  At the time I bought it, my skin was in a frenzy.  I had just found out I was pregnant and my skin was inflamed and irritated.  Not to mention dry patches were popping up.  My skin went from angry to happy after using this religiously for several months.  With manuka honey, aronia berry powder and amazonian white clay, the ingredient list is amazing and not to mention organic.  This mask really lives up to it’s name- healing mask.  It smells divine too! $60

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TATA HARPER RESURFACING MASK-

I love this mask!  If you want to see a noticeable difference the minute you take off your mask, then this is it.  I had heard people rave about it in the green beauty community for quite sometime and let’s just say It did not disappoint.  Tata Harper has created some amazing skincare products, that are not only natural but perform.  So often a product can be clean, but it does’t do anything.  Tata’s products are the opposite.  Having tried several other products, I’m always impressed with the quality and difference I see in my skin.  The resurfacing mask is a gel like substance that looks clear when applied.   You leave it on for 30 minutes and bam, your left with that lit from within glow.  I love doing this in the morning before I put on my makeup.  It literally exfoliates and removes the dead skin cells, all while minimizing pores and redness.  You are left with revitalized skin.  It’s really more of a peel than a mask.  I use it once a week.  It is suitable for all skin types, but if you do have sensitive skin I would patch test before trying.  Another great perk about Tata products?  They can be found in mainstream stores like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Sephora.  $55

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MAY LINDSTROM PROBLEM SOLVER- 

The Problem Solver does just that, solves your skin’s problems.  It a little miracle in a bottle.  I use this on my skin after late nights, when I have a blemish or when my skin is just congested.  Unlike the others I’ve mentioned, this mask is a powder and doesn’t activate until you mix it with water.  I love May’s philosophy in doing it this way.  You are getting the full potency every time you use it, since it activates with water.  With ingredients like bamboo charcoal, raw cacao and soil nutrients, your skin will be in it’s own little wonderland.  My skin is renewed and revived after this mask.  Oh and did I mention it will literally last you forever??  The jar is huge!  Trust me, you need this in your life. $90

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That’s my mask line up currently.  I have others I’m trying, but haven’t tested as long.  I’ll be sure to add them once I do a full review!  What are your favorite masks?  Do tell!

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