I’m thrilled to be a part of such a fun collaboration box between Laurel Whole Plant Organics and Art of Organics. Laurel’s skincare line is in a league of it’s own and Art of Organics is in a beauty box league of it’s own! When two rockstars link up you know it’s going to be good. This collaboration features Laurel’s Brighten Mask, a ceramic bowl for mixing and a mask brush. I couldn’t wait to dive into this mask!
Before I give you more details I wanted to fill you in on who Art of Organics is and what you can expect from them as a green beauty box. Their belief is really simple-You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your health for beauty. I couldn’t agree more! Their goal is to bring people the cleanest, best, and most luxurious products. Claire the founder, has always been a beauty junkie and on the quest to purge her own makeup bag, she realized she wanted to share her journey with others and raise awareness. I noticed instantly after opening the box, the attention to detail. They name their boxes each month as well as follow a theme. The card inside describes the products in the box so well and gave directions for application. The box is $38, with a value of $70+ and features each month 2-4 full size products. They have high standards for their product selection, such as being cruelty free, organic and non-toxic. They have more specifics on the ingredients they don’t use here on their website.
Ok, on to the Brighten Mask…well almost!
If you aren’t familiar with Laurel Whole Plant Organics, allow me to introduce you. This skincare line is based on flowers and herbs. The line is 100% organic, raw and unrefined, and sources from bio-dynamic farms- I mean hello does it get any better?! No fillers in this line, all formulas are water and alcohol free. I love that the Laurel line is not only pure to the core, but also deeply rooted in creating a spa like ritual for yourself in the process. Taking time to savor the experience not only for your skin but for your mind.
This mask is unlike any mask I’ve tried and it performs unlike any mask I’ve used for brightening. The mask is for sun damaged, mature skin and is packed full of potent vitamin c. I also has a blend of active ingredients. It literally is a blend of plants and essential oils- no crazy preservatives. It’s in powder form too, so the ingredients are very potent because there is no water dubbing them down. When you add water, it activates the mask right then and you’re getting the best stuff! Since it’s in a powder form and contains plants, it does have bits and pieces here and there. But I love that about it! You are literally using the earth to nourish and treat your skin- how cool!
This is how I used it:
- I mixed half a teaspoon of mask with about a teaspoon of water. I made sure it was runny but not too runny. You want it to be wet enough for it to be applied to the skin easily. Laurel also notes that some of the plants actually expand the more you let it sit, so if you apply too much water give it a minute.
- Once I mix it together I let it “steep” as Laurel suggest, just like you would a cup of tea, for about 4 minutes. This helps get the ingredients really activated.
- Now I add 4 drops of Laurel’s Sun Damage Repair Serum and mix it together.
- Next I apply it to my clean skin. I don’t have anything else on my skin. My skin was slightly damp.
- I would leave my mask on for different times depending on how much time I had. I typically left it on for 20 minutes.
- I would spritz my face throughout the 20 minutes to make sure it kept hydrated. I use a rose water.
- Once finished I would take it off with warm water and a warm washcloth.
I watched a video of Laurel explaining how to use the Brighten Mask and even more specifically how to use her powder masks- it was SO good! I recommend everyone watch it. She is full of so many nuggets. I felt like I was back in esthetic school. She really helps to guide you on how to get the best result using the Brighten Mask.
So I was in awe of the results! Really, this mask performs SO well. After just the first use my skin was smooth, redness minimized, it was bright and my skin looked even. I really couldn’t stop looking and touching my skin. I even noticed my sun spots had faded. My pores also looked tighter and less visible. It was like I had a wheatgrass shot on my skin. My skin was vibrant and perky! I repeated using it every other day and then just a couple days a week. I’m addicted and continue to be addicted to the results! I use it in the morning, or at night as more of a ritual. Especially if I want my skin to look extra good, I’ll throw this on in the morning before I get in the shower and instant skin rejuvenation!
Below shows me masking, pre-mask and post-mask. The last photo you can see the redness is minimized, and my skin looks overall brighter!
I never can have enough Laurel in my life. Her products always speak for themselves and perform so well. If you’ve been searching for a mask that is truly going to give you results after the first use, I recommend you hop on this mask. It won’t disappoint! Sign up now for the Art of Organics Box and get this mask for a sweet deal right now! You pay $39 for the box but always get a value of $70+! It really doesn’t get any better. Quality products that deliver results. I would get on this deal before it goes away! They only have a limited amount! Grab your box here!
Have you heard of Laurel? What products have you used from her line?
So I’ve been on the edge of my seat to finally share my Maya Chia review with you guys! If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen me post about Maya Chia and talk non-stop about them on my stories. I’ve refrained myself from sharing too much on the newest products I’ve tried because I didn’t want to give away all the juicy deets! I was first introduced to Maya Chia through my Beauty Heroes Box in January. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t tried them until then. Shame on me I know.
What makes Maya Chia SO special?? I thought you would never ask! Well, so many reasons. They’re just really good skincare for starters, but there’s so many other things that set them apart. 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. This is a quote taken from Maya Chia’s site on chia seed and antioxidants-
The Nutritional Science Research Institute tested the nutritional value of chia seed and said it contains “the highest amount of antioxidants we have ever measured” and cited chia as one of the most powerful whole food antioxidants we know.
All I have to say is give me all the chia seeds! Not only does Maya Chia use this all star ingredient throughout their whole line, but they have a patent on a specific extraction process called the supercritical extraction. The extraction process creates the purest oil that resembles chia oil in it’s original state, because no solvents, or oxygen are used. You can be sure the chia oil is free of chemicals and of the highest quality. I mean does it get any better?! I love the analogy Maya Chia uses on their website to distinguish between other chia oils on the market. They used the example of wine and how wines differ based on region, when the grapes are picked, how wine is processed-so many factors. Same with chia oil. All those variations that go into making chia oil make a big difference in the quality of oil you get in the end. Not to mention their products are organic or wild crafted-only the best!
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!
Ok, I could go on and on but you might stop reading, so let’s cut to the chase. Keep reading to hear why I can’t get enough of this amazing skincare line!
The Great Cleanse-
This cleanser is so good. First of all the packaging-on point. Dark glass pump bottle, preserves every last drop. It’s an oil cleanser. So you apply it on dry skin and rub in circular motions all over. It removes all my makeup effortlessly-yes even the stubborn eye makeup. When I’m ready to rinse it off I apply the slightest amount of water and rub it over my face. It really helps to break up anything lingering. It has the slightest emulsification when adding the water-which I love! Then I rinse with warm water and it comes off easily. A lot of oil cleansers you have to really rub off with a washcloth to get the product off but not with this cleanser. It’s so nice to have it come off so easy. My skin feels perfectly balanced after cleansing-not too dry or oily. I’m obsessed with this cleanser! Did I mention it smells amazing? Hints of lavender and chamomile pair together beautifully. And yes, the supercritical chia oil is the first ingredient! Plus, this cleanser is only $38-a serious steal for luxe skincare. If you’ve been searching for the IT cleanser-then you just found it. Get it here and thank me later!
The Super Blend- Pressed Serum Moisture Concentrate-
Another winner that must be talked about in my Maya Chia review-I know this might start to sound repetitive. This Pressed Serum is just all around delightful. Although it is a serum it feels more like a balm to me. A lot of people often ask why use a balm. Oh so many reasons! Balms are especially great for in the winter when skin needs extra protection from the elements. This product in particular is an anti-aging powerhouse with ingredients like asthaxanthin- a power house antioxidant, Vitamin C and CoQ10. These ingredients work together to give your skin a radiance. Seriously, give this product a couple weeks and you will see what I’m talking about. My skin felt so even, smooth and soft. Many balms can make your skin feel dry in the morning but not this one. My skin felt so hydrated and not greasy. A little goes a long way with this baby too. And the smell…ahhh SO amazing! You’ll seriously want to inhale-be warned. I applied this in upward strokes at night after cleansing and toning. I didn’t need an additional moisturizer and my skin tends to be dry. I especially loved using this when I was sick around my nose. No raw, red nose because it was so protected using this. Again another product that I can’t recommend enough! Snag your Super Blend- Pressed Serum here!
The Super Couple-
Ok, so this is the serum that started my infatuation with Maya Chia! I did a whole YouTube video on this product. You can watch it here. So why all the fuss? Well, for starters it melts right into your skin. No oily residue at all. Perfect for at night, and during the day before makeup. It evens my skin tone out and my skin never looked better-I know big statement but it’s true. I have this one spot on my left cheek side and it has some hyper pigmentation and it faded quite a bit after I had been using Maya Chia. My skin looked less red and just overall smooth. Trust me when I say I get a lot of product to sample as a beauty blogger, so when I actually go through a product it’s a big deal. This serum is on the last few drops. It has the same anti-aging benefits as the Super Blend-Pressed Serum Moisture Concentrate. Filled with vitamin C, CoQ10 and the beloved antioxidant asthaxanthin. This serum doesn’t mess around and truly delivers! Great for even the most sensitive skin types. I even use it under my eyes and it works. Say goodbye to dark circles. Guys, this stuff is the real deal. It has a slight pinkish color which actually gives your skin a glow-I love it! If you’ve been looking for an anti-aging serum that delivers then look no more-Grab your bottle here!
The Pure Supercritical Omega-3 Chia Oil-
So I tried this oil after trying The Super Couple. I had lower expectations- is that wrong? I mean I was so impressed with The Super Couple. But I must admit this serum, completely amazing too. It’s heavier feeling and more moisturizing than The Super Couple Serum. Especially great for those with dry skin that can’t quite get hydrated. It also works amazing on fine lines. Although it is heavier, it still absorbs so well. Your skin feels plump and soft. Even a dry patch around my nose didn’t stand a chance with this oil. It calmed even my normal redness around my t-zone I get. A rich, extremely hydrating oil, that absorbs quickly, doesn’t feel greasy, and makes you look younger…what are you waiting for?! This is great for even the most sensitive skin. Get your Pure Supercritical Omega-3 Chia Oil here!
The Highlight of The Day-
My Maya Chia review wouldn’t be complete without talking about these little guys! Where do I start?! I’ve fallen hard for them. So what is The Highlight of The Day? It is this bottle filled with liquid radiance- I know sounds too good to be true, but it’s not. It comes in two shades. Golden hour- a golden, warm champagne radiance and Happy Hour- a cool pink toned radiance. You apply it really however you want! I love applying mine on my upper cheek bone, bridge of my nose, in the upper middle section of my brows, cupid’s bow, and middle of chin. All the normal places you would use a traditional highlighter. You can even apply it on the inner corners of your eyes to wake them up. You can apply it over your foundation or mix it with your foundation or just where it by itself. I’ve done them all, and love the effect it gives. You literally look like your lit from within. I have both shades and equally love how they both look. As a mom, these have been serious game changers! I look more awake and they last. I can’t wait to mix them in my body oil in the summer for an all over body glow! Below you’ll find a photo of me wearing Happy Hour. If you can’t decide which to get, just get both here!
The Revitalizer, Beautifying Supercritical Body Oil-
This body oil smells heavenly. I apply it right after the shower and it soaks right into my skin. The moisture lasts too! My skin feels hydrated throughout the day. Did I mention the packaging? Dark glass pump bottle-swoon worthy. I’ve been using this non-stop and can’t get enough. I love how I smell afterwards, a mixture of rose and neroli, but not strong at all. You can grab your bottle here!
Supercritical Chia Waterless Wonder Balm-
Ok, last product! This balm I got in my Beauty Heroes box as the sidekick. It was a special edition scent for Beauty Heroes. The balm itself is definitely a wonder. I couldn’t get enough. From my dry hands, feet, even my elbows, this balm seals in all the moisture. No greasy residue is left behind. My skin feels so hydrated, but the kind of hydration where you aren’t grabbing for the next moisturizing product. This is all you need. If you haven’t found anything that will give you that moisture you crave, then do yourself a favor and grab this balm-your skin will thank you!
Ok, so that concludes my Maya Chia review. They have seven products and I’ve tried them all- I know obsessive. But guys, honestly they are all stand outs and serious winners! I don’t often devote whole reviews to lines but when they’re this good I can’t not share. If you have any questions on any of the products, leave them in the comments- would love to help you! This is one skincare line that is here to stay!
Have you used Maya Chia-what’s your favorite product?