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April Natural Beauty Box Roundup

April Natural Beauty Box Roundup

The April Natural Beauty Box Roundup is here!  I always get excited for a new month and of course for new beauty boxes too. I mean once a natural beauty blogger, always a natural beauty blogger!  This month is another great month for discovering some stellar clean beauty products. 

Always keep checking back, I’ll keep the natural beauty boxes coming as new ones show up!

 

Beauty Heroes: April Discovery de Mamiel

April Beauty Heroes

Beauty Heroes is sharing a stellar product combo this month with de Mamiel!

 

This was such a unique brand to get to try out this month! How often is it that you get to try out a line that is made by a Chinese medicine doctor, aromatherapist, esthetician, artisan, teacher and formulator- pretty awesome!  I was intrigued right there but even more so when I understood that the basis of the line is also centered around stress.  From physical stress, to emotional stress and chemical stress.  

I admire the attention to detail with the line.  The founder Annee really focuses on treating the skin both externally and internally. Each product is handmade and carefully sourced.  I love her whole approach!  I feel this is the way skincare is going and trending.  It’s no longer another product to apply to the skin but a whole body approach to skincare and how overall wellbeing is the answer. 

Heroic Product Brightening Cleanse & Exfoliate- This is such a unique product!  I was excited when I read about it’s many uses.  It can be an exfoliant, mask, skin soother and more.  It just depends on what you need it for.  I also love that it’s not activated until you mix water with it!  Since it’s a powder it doesn’t need any preservatives.  So you’re getting the most potent version of the product the minute water touches it- brilliant!  The ingredient list is substantial.  With rhassoul and rose clay, vitamin C, colloidal oat, rose quartz and red jasper just to name a few.  It’s loaded with active ingredients that really do the work for you.  You can use it as a cleanser and exfoliant or you can use it as a mask and leave it on your skin for 10 minutes. 

It brightened my skin, helped to minimize redness, ease congestion and overall create more even skin tone.  I just mixed a teaspoon of the powder into my hand and then added a few drops of water to it.  I ended up with this pasty goodness that can be a little messy but I don’t mind! 😉  I find messy often means beautiful.  I loved leaving it on my skin in the mornings as I brushed my teeth to help give my skin a glow and take away ruddiness.  You can use it everyday if you’re skin can tolerate it but some may prefer 1-3 times a week if they’re skin is sensitive. Such an all around all star product!

Sidekick: Skin Recovery Blend- This balm is definitely a noteworthy product.  When I saw that it was blue in color and caught a whiff of the smell I knew it contained blue tansy- one of my favorite oils.  It’s known for it’s calming and soothing benefits.  It feels so cooling on the skin as well.  Besides blue tansy, the balm also contains a host of other powerhouse oils from Cape Chamomile, Blue Cypress, Yarrow, and German Chamomile.  Overall the balm helps to calm inflammation, clarify acne prone skin, protect the skin from environmental stress and also plump and minimize fine lines. Definitely a multitasker!  I loved applying this at night after my serums to help soothe and moisturize my skin.  It just sunk in and felt light, even though it is a balm.  My skin felt so hydrated the next day and supple.  The smell and texture are so good!  Definitely more than a sidekick in my book.

Best part is you can get this fabulous box right now for such a steal!  This box is valued at $107 but you can snag it for $42.95.  This really is such stellar box- I wouldn’t be surprised if they sell out!  Hop on it now if you’re thinking of getting it. Get Beauty Heroes April Discovery here!  

 

Boxwalla April Box-

 

Boxwalla April Box

Sharing these skin treats from Boxwalla’s April box!

 

This is a bi-monthly box. I really love that it’s bi-monthly!  It makes you really savor each product.  This month we are seeing two different brands in the box.  Flowerspice and Malaya.  

Flowerspice Soothe and Repair Daily Moisturizer- This moisturizer is so lovely!  It completely hydrates your skin but doesn’t leave it feeling greasy or oily.  The scent is so nice too.  Very different but I love it.  It’s a mixture of rose and coriander.  It comes in a glass jar.  I would scoop some out and apply it to my skin after my serums at night.  My skin would feel so hydrated and supple in the morning.  I even have been using it for my hands as they have been drier and loving how moisturized they feel.  This isn’t your average moisturizer.  It’s filled with aloe, prickly pear and Swiss Mountain Spring Water.  A serious treat for the skin!

Malaya  Advanced Repair Mask- This mask is unlike any mask I’ve used. It is both clarifying and nourishing at the same time.  Made with neem flower honey, bentonite clay and aloe, this mask really is a powerhouse when it comes to hitting all the skincare needs.  I love how my skin feels cleared, yet hydrated and glowing after using it.  And the smell!  I just love the smell.  It’s a lemongrass, blue tansy smell that I can’t get enough of!  I love how the ingredients are soothing like aloe and blue tansy, but at the same time clarifying from the honey, and clay.  Can’t stop using it!

I would snag this box soon!  It’s a $160 value but you can get it for $49.95!  Get it here!

The Clean Beauty Box: April Balance-

 

Clean Beauty Box April

We are seeing WabiSabi in this month’s Clean Beauty Box!

 

This month is all about balance in The Clean Beauty Box.  From the Illuminative Ritual Cleanser to the Balancing Act.  Wabisabi as a brand cares very much about where ingredients come from.  Sourcing is of high importance to them.  Not only for sustainability but for ethical reasons and ensuring all workers are treated fairly.  Something I love about the brand!

They use organic and wildcrafted ingredients that are active.  I love that they donate 10% of their profits to Kiva micro-loans that provide for women.  These loans help women across the world to have the option to live out their purpose and dreams- how cool!

Illuminative Ritual Cleanser- This cleanser is such a skin treat.  It’s an oil cleanser that gets rid of all the grime and dirt from the day.  It smells like coffee to me!  It has roasted coffee bean oil and cacao in it.  Also, Moringa Oil and Rosella Hibiscus Oil.  I massage it on to dry skin and rub in circular motions to release the dirt and oil.  Then I take a warm washcloth and wipe it off.  It doesn’t sting my eyes at all.  My skin felt balanced and not stripped after using.

Balancing Act This is a serum but in rollerball form.  Something I haven’t seen before.  This is actually a pre-launch specifically with The Clean Beauty Box.  This offers both Omega-3 and Omega-6 to help soothe the skin and calm inflammation.  You can wear this underneath your makeup during the day or at night after cleansing and toning.  I just rolled it onto my skin and then blended it.  It contains Guava Seed Oil, Sacha Inchi Seed Oil, Borage Seed Oil and Brazilian Tiger’s Eye.  A skin treat for sure!

You can snag this box now for $41.95!  A $112 value!  I would hop on this while it’s still available.  Get it here!

Detox Box For April-

 

This month in the April Detox Box we are seeing Indie Lee!  I’ve used a handful of Indie Lee’s products and was excited to see this natural beauty brand in the box.  This skincare line is based around nature but backed by science.  Indie Lee uses some of the best natural ingredients to deliver results driven skincare. 

We are seeing some of the newest products from Indie Lee in this month’s box.

Daily Skin Nutrition- This everyday lotion is perfect to apply to your skin daily, in the morning and at night to hydrate your skin.  It leaves it feeling moisturized but not greasy.  Some of the powerhouse ingredients include squalene, rosehip seed, olive and avocado oil.  Plus vitamin C and the moisture boosting hyaluronic acid!  A serious skin lover’s dream. My skin felt nourished but not overly hydrated.  Perfect before applying your makeup for the day.

Daily Vitamin Infusion- This serum is so lovely!!  It includes an array of plant oils and ceramides and lipids that help to bring moisture to the skin and protect barrier function.  It also has vitamin C!  I loved how this felt on my skin.  I would apply it at night and in the morning.  It feels like a big gulp of water for my skin and acted like a primer before I applied my makeup.  I can’t get enough!  My skin felt so dewy, soft and smooth.  If you struggle to really get your skin to feel hydrated this would be perfect to apply before your oils at night or night cream.  Then in the morning right after cleansing and toning to hydrate the skin before makeup.  It just fills in all the cracks so well.  New fave!  

Rosehip Cleanser- This cleanser washes off all the grime for the day and makeup but leaves my skin feeling balanced still.  It’s not a cream cleanser but more of a gel consistency.  It definitely gives your skin the clean feeling all around but without stripping it.  Rosehip is so soothing and really helps to calm the skin.  It was a great compliment to the Daily Vitamin Infusion and Daily Skin Nutrition.  

I would get this box ASAP!  It’s so good and the value is crazy amazing!  You can get this box now for $49.95 but it’s a $150 value!!  Hop on it before it’s too late.  Get it here!

 

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Natural Hair Care Routine For Fine Hair

Natural Hair Care Routine For Fine Hair

My natural hair care routine for fine hair is here! 

Welcome to the #betterforyoucrew! I’ve teamed up with my girls Lisa from This Organic Girl, Sarah from Whoorl, Kate from Root & Revel, Caroline from Olive You Whole and Kristina from Love & Zest to highlight green, yet effective food, beauty and lifestyle products that are rocking our natural mama worlds. This series will publish the last week of every month so check back for the latest. You can also search #betterforyoucrew on our blogs and Instagram to access the entire series. Wanna join in? Tag #betterforyoucrew on social with your picks. We want to see your faves, too

I wanted to first start off and let you know what type of hair I have.  The beauty of doing a post like this with several other bloggers is that we all have different hair types.  So if I don’t have your hair type, there is bound to be someone who does.  

 

My hair type is fine and thin.  I’m all about adding body to my hair!  Give me the volume.  I also don’t like products that add a lot of weight to my hair.  I want something that will be weightless and provide lasting volume.  

 

If this is your hair type, then you’re in the right place!  I’ve been searching for the best natural hair products for fine and thin hair for the last 8 years since going green and I’m pretty sure I’ve discovered the holy grails. 

 

*Oh and side note I’m a hair stylist!  Talking hair is kind of my jam.  It’s one of the first things I notice about people.  So know your in good hands.

 

Shampoo & Conditioner-

If you’ve been in natural beauty for a hot minute you know it can be like rolling the dice when trying to find a decent shampoo and conditioner.  Thankfully it has gotten a lot better.  Natural shampoos and conditioners have come a long way!

I’ve found a few I can’t stop using.  

Beautycounter Volume and Shape Shampoo and Conditioner- This shampoo is an all star when it comes to fine/thin haired gals.  It suds up so well.  My hair feels clean and it doesn’t weigh it down.  The conditioner still does feel like it hydrates without adding weight.  My hair is color treated so I do like a little hydration otherwise my lighter pieces can look a little dry.  I wash my hair every other day.  Get it here!

Ursa Major Go Easy Daily Shampoo and Conditioner- This is such a good all around shampoo and conditioner.  It really makes my hair feel extra clean and bouncy.  Not a heavy shampoo at all.  It still lathers a little too which I love.  It smells citrus mixed with a little sandalwood.  The conditioner is light, yet my hair still feels hydrated.  Get it here!

 

Styling Products-

I’ve found some great styling products since going natural with my hair routine as well.  

 

Natural hair tutorial

I Create Lift by Innersense adds all day volume to my fine/thin hair!

 

Step 1: Add in some lasting volume on damp hair.

Innersense I Create Lift Volumizing Foam- So this is very similar to a mousse.  I pump some out into my hands and then run it through my roots to mid shaft on damp hair before I blow dry my hair.  It gives my hair so much volume and lasting body.  I blow dry my hair upside down, this adds a ton of extra volume.  As I’m blow drying I will brush my hair downward with this brush.  I’m obsessed with this blow drying brush!  brushing your hair helps to prevent the product from becoming crunchy and spreads it out evenly.  If you have curly fine/thin hair you could just scrunch up with your hands so you don’t ruin your curls.

It really gives hair this long lasting volume and your hair feels like it has some grit to it!  Snag it here!

 

Natural hair tutorial

Innerpeace by Innersense adds definition and texture to my hair.

 

Step 2: Add in a weightless cream texturizer for some definition.

Innersense Innerpeace Whipped Creme Texturizer- This stuff lives up to the hype.  I’ve been using it for 3 years and I can’t stop!  It comes in a round jar.  It looks like a thick lotion.  The texture is a little sticky, and has some good hold.  I put it in my hands and rub them together, and you can feel the texture it’s about to create just in your hands.  I loved putting this in my hair wet, and then using a diffuser to blow dry.  It would make my hair have this messy tousled look and then I would go through and wrap some pieces around a curling iron to bring some definition.  

I also loved it for after curling my hair.  I would go through and scrunch up all over to bring some separation and texture to my curls.  This not only gave my hair hold, but that tousled look we all crave!  My sister also couldn’t stop singing this product’s praises. She loved it for the hold it gave her naturally wavy hair and the definition.  Since her hair is naturally wavy, it was all she needed to get her style rockin’-which is pretty amazing.  This works for any hair type, fine, thick, or curly.  If I had one styling product to pick from Innersense this would be it!  A must have product in any beauty maven’s hair arsenal!  Grab it here!

 

Natural hair tutorial

I Create Waves Salt Spray by Innersense adds some hold and texture to my hair.

 

Step 3: Add in a sea salt spray for more texture.

Innersense I Create Waves Texture Spray- Innersense just knows how to create exceptional hair products.  The founders are stylists themselves which definitely helps.  They know the hair and they know what it needs.  This salt spray is their newest product and I couldn’t wait to try it!  I used it once and knew it was going to be a fave.  

A lot of texture or salt sprays can weigh the hair down a bit.  Not this one.  It gives my hair some decent hold, almost like a subtle hair spray, and then it adds texture.  Not heavy texture that gets super crunchy.  This is effortless texture that makes it feel like your hair just did it on it’s own.  

I love spraying it in my hair to break up my curls after I curl my hair.  It gives my hair a tousled look.  I’m excited to travel because I don’t even think I would bring a hair spray- just this!  It offers enough hold.  This would work great for those with curly hair too as it would help to liven up your natural curls.  SO excited to have this in the summer months!  Get your I Create Waves Texture Spray here!

 

natural hair tutorial

 

Step 4: Finish with some finishing spray for added hold and volume.

Josh Rosebrook Hair Spray- The best natural hairspray I’ve found peeps-let it be known!  It’s in pump form, there’s no aerosol that’s good…trust me(bad for you and the environment).   I love the smell!  It has a list of essential oils but the ones that stick out to me are the rosemary and lavender.  I love knowing exactly what I’m breathing in, no hidden fragrance!  

Second, it doesn’t goop up when you spray.  It actually has a mist feel.  Yeah, pretty cool.  Lastly, it just works.  With my hair being fine and thin, this product delivers hold throughout the day, volume, and doesn’t get crunchy…you know what I’m talking about.  It’s just good stuff.  I would recommend this for anyone transitioning from a mainstream hairspray.  You need it, trust me!  Grab it here!

 

natural hair tutorial

Primally Pure’s Dry Shampoo takes the cake for giving volume and cutting grease!

 

Step 5: Add some dry shampoo if needed.

Primally Pure Dry Shampoo- When looking for a dry shampoo I want something that will give my hair lift, and volume and take away oiliness.  I also want it to be somewhat reasonable in price and available in brown and blonde.  

Well, I found it!  I’m obsessed with Primally Pure’s Dry Shampoo.  I use the one for light hair, but I love that they have a dark option as well.  It really gives my hair body and bounce.  I sprinkle it on in the mornings when I don’t wash my hair and then I brush it through.  I prefer using a teasing brush because it’s smaller and really helps to get the product spread evenly.  This is the one I use.  Plus, it smells fresh!  They use essential oils of grapefruit, lavender and peppermint.  If you’ve been searching for a good dry shampoo look no further!  Get your Primally Pure Dry Shampoo here!

*The sums up my natural hair routine.  You don’t have to use the salt spray and hair spray on the same day.  Sometimes I just use the salt spray and sometimes I just use the hair spray.  Sometimes both!  

 

Natural Hair Tutorial

Love my Hot Tools Curling Irons!

 

Favorite Hair Tools-

Having the right hair tools can also make a huge difference when getting the right look or style, especially for fine/thin hair.  

Shield Life EMFreedom Hair Dryer- This is such a great all around hair dryer.  I really like to get a low EMF one if I can.  Blow dryers are a big culprit when it comes to EMF exposure. If you want to learn more about the harmful affects of EMF’s check out my blog post here.  This blocks 75% of EMF’s from getting absorbed into your body.  It does it through copper infused barrier that directs the EMF’s away from your body.  Bonus you can get it on Amazon!  Get it here!

Teasing Brush- If you have fine/thin hair then this brush is your best friend!  I use it to tease my hair on top to add volume.  It works so well!  Get it here!

Blow Dry Brush- This brush I discovered a year ago and I haven’t looked back.  I use it every time I blow dry my hair- I can’t be without it!  It helps to dry my hair faster!  Get it here!

 

natural hair tutorial

Love a good teasing brush to add volume, my Eco Tools Blow Drying Brush and some clear rubber bands.

 

Curling Irons- I love these curling irons.  They work great, come in a variety of sizes and aren’t outrageously expensive.  Also. a side note for those who have fine/thin hair.  I use a 3/4 inch barrel on my hair.  I’ve found that this size is really great for those who have fine/thin hair.  It does give you a more curly look initially but then I brush it out and it looks more tousled.  I like it though because my curl will actually stay.  Otherwise if I curl it with something bigger my hair tends to fall easier.  I’ll curl my hair and then brush it out with the teasing brush.  It gives me a wavy look versus ringlet curl look.  Snag one here!

Flat Iron- I really love this flat iron!  I’ve been using it for a while and it just works so well.  It has slightly rounded edges so it’s really versatile for curling or flat ironing.  I find to get the really undone imperfect waves, you need a great flat iron.  Also, preferably one with slightly rounded edges.  This also helps to seal in moisture and not strip your hair.  So crucial if you flat iron your hair a lot or have color treated hair.  Trust me, you will love it!  Get it here! 

Rubberands- I find a lot of hair ties are just too big for my hair.  These ones are just the right size.  If you have fine/thin hair you feel me on this!  I prefer a clear hair band too.  I love using these for easy top knots. Grab them here!

 

Like this or maybe want to find someone with your hair type?  Then check out my friend’s hair routines here:

 

Don’t forget to share what you’re using in your natural beauty hair routine on Instagram using the hashtag #betterforyoucrew!  What are your staple natural hair products for fine/thin hair?

 

Natural Hair Tutorial

Sharing my full natural hair tutorial on the blog.

 

Natural Beauty For Spring Break

Natural Beauty For Spring Break

Time to share some of my top picks in natural beauty for spring break!  Some have spring break in the next couple weeks, others have it in a month.  Either way, it’s time for my top picks!  Each year I find some new items that I can’t wait to share with you for Spring Break.  Whether it’s a sunscreen, new lip color or cute beach bag.  

This year is no different, I was so excited to finally share all my top picks!  Something for everyone.  Natural beauty just keeps getting better and better.  

Maya Chia Highlight of The Day-

Who doesn’t want a little glow on vacation?  These little bottles are filled with liquid radiance- I know sounds too good to be true, but it’s not.  It comes in several shades.  You really can’t go wrong with any of them.  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.  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!  Get one here- you will look like your glowing!

Beautycounter Lip Sheers

Beautycounter lip sheers are the perfect subtle moisturizing lip!

Beautycounter Lip Sheers-

So this isn’t new if you follow me.  I’m obsessed with these little guys.  They offer moisture but aren’t as glossy as a lip gloss. The color is subtle and pretty.   Great for beach and pool days when you want something understated, yet still want to look polished.  I love the color Petal.  The perfect pale pink.  There’s no redness in it.  I can’t stop wearing it!  Goes with everything.  I also love Poppy, and Rose.  Can’t wait to try more!  Check out all the colors here!

All Good Sunscreen-

This sunscreen has been a staple the last two years.  Everything about it, from ease of application to, great sun protection- it checks all the boxes and then some.  Plus, the ingredients are clean!  Often it’s easy to hit two of the boxes but not all of them.  Not with All Good sunscreen!  Not only is it organic, but non-gmo, gluten free, vegan and coral reef friendly.  It uses the mineral zinc oxide to block the suns rays.  It’s also water and sweat resistant up to 80 min. too.  But the real kicker- it comes in a clean spray! Yes, you heard me right.  There is a spray sunscreen that is clean.  Instead of using toxic chemicals for the propellant like most spray sunscreens they use a combination of jojoba and nitrogen(something that is already in the atmosphere).  The ease of use with a spray can’t be beat- it’s amazing!  The sprays come in a kid’s version that has an spf of 30 and adult version with spf 30.  I’ve used them both and can say they work so well.  They also carry sunscreen in tubes, in butter sticks with spf 50, in tins with spf 50, in lip balm form and even in large family sizes.  If you’ve been searching for a clean, effective sunscreen- this is it.  It takes the cake in every area.  Snag some here!

Beautycounter Hydrating Body Lotion in Citrus Mimosa-

This body lotion smells SO good!  I also love that it comes in a tube.  So easy for travel.  It’s big enough for my whole family too, which I love.  On trips I find everyone has drier skin from the pool or ocean and just being out in the sun.  This lotion solves dry skin quick.  Plus, it smells like the tropics!  Safe for pregnancy too.  Snag it here!

Primally Pure Charcoal Deodorant

This Primally Pure Charcoal natural Deodorant keeps me smelling fresh all day long!

 

Primally Pure Deodorant-

When temps get warmer, we all want to still feel fresh when it comes to our underarms.  Primally Pure Charcoal deodorant is seriously the bomb.com when it comes to keeping you smelling fresh all day long!  Even my hubs can attest to it’s greatness.  We both can’t stop using it.  We don’t experience any irritation either.  Trust me, it’s SO good!  Get it here!

 

Aila Nail Polish

Love Aila Nail Polish! Best natural nail polish.

 

Aila Nail Polish-

Hands down my favorite nail polish in clean beauty!  It lasts longer than any nail polish, is free of the nasties, and the shades are just so darn pretty.  Plus, their Better Than Gel Top Coat is the best top coat in clean beauty.  It rates a 1 on the EWG and literally makes your polish last like a gel polish.  It’s the real deal.  I’m crushing on the nail polish colors in California Love, Tiddlywink Tea, and Roze.  My tried and true faves are Bodega, Room 212, and Namaste.  Get your tootsies pretty for the sun!

Beautycounter Toning Pads

These toning pads by Beautycounter are rocking my world!

 

Beautycounter Rejuvenating Toner Pads-

I’ve been using these for a month and I can’t stop.  I haven’t found anything like them in natural beauty.  They are a toner pad.  So it’s a cotton pad that already has the toning elixir on it.  You just take a pad and wipe it all over your fave.  It Instantly  refreshes your skin.  I love that I can see how clean my skin actually is!  It shows if I’m really cleansing my skin well enough.  Plus, these are perfect in warm weather when we tend to get a little sweaty.  I love having these on hand to wipe away the sweat quick so it doesn’t just sit on my skin and cause…you know breakouts.  Trust me, you’ll love them!  Get them here!

Luna Rose and Honey Mask-

After a day at the beach or the pool, sometimes you need a little skincare love.  I love this mask!  It makes my skin glow in minutes- no joke!  It apply it all over in the morning and then grab my toothbrush and then rinse off once I’m done brushing my teeth.  It feels so hydrating and soothing to the skin.  It gives a slight exfoliation too with herbal grains.  The raw honey in this mask draws moisture to the skin while soaking up all the excess oils at the same time.  What I love is that this mask can be used daily as a cleanser or as a mask a couple times a week.  It really lives up to it’s name: Glowing Mask.  I promise you won’t be disappointed!  I can’t get enough of this decadent skin treat!  Oh and did I mention it’s only $30?  Get your mask here! Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!

Beautycounter Facial Wipes-

Ok, so when you’re on vacation you want to bring as little as possible right?  And have things be a little easier.  Well then you need these makeup removing wipes!  These are in a league of their own.  I kept hearing people say to try the wipes and so of course I did!  These wipes have the perfect moisture amount.  I had yet to find a green beauty wipe that worked so well.  They were either to dry or not soft enough.  Beautycounter hit all the marks on these wipes.  They are soft, moist and even biodegradable.  If you’re a wipe gal you need these!  Perfect for travel too.  You could even cut them in half to make them last longer.  Get them here!

Eco Tan Water

Love getting my glow on with Eco Tan’s self tanning products.

 

Eco Tan-

I mean my body hasn’t seen the sun in several months, so a fake tan is definitely needed!  ThankfullI love that this product isn’t a lotion or cream but just like a toner for the skin.  Sometimes creams can be greasy and just too much for the face.  The Face Tan water gives you no greasiness and feels so light on the skin.  I applied this twice a week for an all over tan glow.  I would make sure to cleanse and exfoliate my skin beforehand and then apply the self tanner to dry skin.  I used a cotton round to apply it and just made sure to rinse them well afterwards to ensure I didn’t have any leftover residue.  I applied to my face and decolletage.  I also love their tan body lotion!  Get the Face Tan Water here!

Beautycounter Dew Skin-

This is perfect for warmer weather!  It has an SPF 20 and blends so well into the skin, you would hardly notice you’re wearing much. If you want really minimal coverage and more of a tinted moisturizer feel and look, then Dew Skin is for you.  It blends so well into the skin, you would hardly notice you’re wearing much.  Yet it creates such an even canvas for your skin.  It’s super hydrating too!  I wear the color No. 2.  I love easy when I’m on vacation, and Dew Skin is just that!  Get it here!

I Create Waves Review

Can’t get enough of Innersense Beauty’s I Create Waves texture salt spray!

 

Innersense Leave In Conditioner and Salt Spray-

Hair is important and I can’t not share my favorites for sunnier weather! First, I love Innersense Leave In Conditioner.  It literally is necessary for beach and pool days.  I spray it in my hair and my girls hair to protect it from the pool water.  If your hair is already wet, then it’s not going to soak up the chlorine.  No one wants green hair- especially if you’re blonde!  I also love it, post beach days for when hair needs to be detangled.  Say goodbye to knots and tangles- this is your new best friend mama!  

I also love Innersense Salt Spray, it’s their newest product and I can’t get enough.  A lot of texture or salt sprays can weigh the hair down a bit.  Not this one.  It gives my hair some decent hold, almost like a subtle hair spray, and then it adds texture.  Not heavy texture that gets super crunchy.  This is effortless texture that makes it feel like your hair just did it on it’s own.  I love spraying it in my hair to break up my curls after I curl my hair.  It gives my hair a tousled look.  I’m excited to travel because I don’t even think I would bring a hair spray- just this!  It offers enough hold.  This would work great for those with curly hair too as it would help to liven up your natural curls.  SO excited to have this in the summer months!  Get your I Create Waves Texture Spray here!

See any faves?  Tell me what you can’t live without when it comes to natural beauty!

Natural Beauty Faves

Sharing my favorite natural beauty faves for spring break on the blog.

 

Natural Beauty Faves For February

Natural Beauty Faves For February

Who wants to hear what my natural beauty faves for February are?  Ok, well listen up because I’ve got the pulse.  I did this in January and you guys loved it, so I’m going to do this every month!  It’s hard to keep up on the latest and greatest when it comes to natural beauty products, so I’m going to do all the heavy lifting for you. 

Some of these products are new releases, some of them are just new to me.  So sit back, grab your drink of choice and listen in as I give you all the juicy details on my natural beauty faves for February!

Kosas Tinted Facial Oil

Want your skin to glow and not look dry and crepey this winter? Then grab some Kosas Tinted Facial Oil!

 

Kosas Tinted Facial Oil- 

Ok, so you know how the winter can turn your skin into looking dry and crepey?  Basically you end up looking older because your foundation makes your skin look dry and patchy.  I’ve seen it on myself and I’ve seen it on countless of people.  Not a pretty look!  Winter can just be downright harsh!

Well, thankfully there are foundations that not only give your skin the coverage you want but also make your skin look dewy.  My skin literally glows with this foundation!  I always get so many compliments when wearing this foundation.  People always say my skin looks so healthy and dewy.  

The texture is different than any foundation I’ve used. It’s an oily paint thinner like feel more liquid feel then creamy- I know so weird but that’s an accurate description.  It offers light to medium coverage.  I thought I wouldn’t like it because I didn’t think it would offer enough coverage for me, but it actually gives a good amount of coverage.  I wear the color 03.  If you want your skin to look dewy and moist- this is it!  Grab it here!

Fitglow Beauty Night Lip Serum

Take your lips to the next level with Fitglow Beauty’s Night Lip Serum!

 

Fitglow Night Lip Serum-

I was SO excited to try this!  I’m all about taking care of my lips.  Lips are kind of a neglected area on your body. Did you know that  on your lips the stratum corneum is much thinner than anywhere else on your body.  Basically it’s the top layer of your skin that helps to protect your lips from the environment.   Another interesting fact is your lips don’t have any any sebaceous glands.  Sebaceous glands are what helps to keep your lips moisturized.  So your lips literally are on their own!

That’s why it’s so important to hydrate them since they aren’t getting any additional help.  In comes Fitglow Night Lip Serum.  This lip serum is in a league of it’s own!  I’ve tried other lip serums, but this one is hands down my favorite!  I apply it on my lips at night and I wake up to the smoothest, softest and hydrated lips.  It’s a clear formula that is filled with antioxidants that help with keeping your lips from looking weathered and old.  

Plus, it has vegetable collagen which helps to keep the moisture intact and gives lips fullness.  The plant ceramides in the formula work to hydrate at the very core of your lips which helps to repair your moisture barrier and prevent from future moisture loss.  I don’t know about you but my lips need all the help they can get!  Especially in the winter.  I’m obsessed!  Get your lip serum here!

I Create Waves Review

Can’t get enough of Innersense Beauty’s I Create Waves texture salt spray!

 

Innersense I Create Waves Texture Spray-

Innersense just knows how to create exceptional hair products.  The founders are stylists themselves which definitely helps.  They know the hair and they know what it needs.  This salt spray is their newest product and I couldn’t wait to try it!  I used it once and knew it was going to be a fave.  

A lot of texture or salt sprays can weigh the hair down a bit.  Not this one.  It gives my hair some decent hold, almost like a subtle hair spray, and then it adds texture.  Not heavy texture that gets super crunchy.  This is effortless texture that makes it feel like your hair just did it on it’s own.  

I love spraying it in my hair to break up my curls after I curl my hair.  It gives my hair a tousled look.  I’m excited to travel because I don’t even think I would bring a hair spray- just this!  It offers enough hold.  This would work great for those with curly hair too as it would help to liven up your natural curls.  SO excited to have this in the summer months!  Get your I Create Waves Texture Spray here!

Ursa Major Flash Mask

This Ursa Major Flash Mask is perfect for winter months for a gentle exfoliation.

 

Ursa Major 3-in-1 Flash Mask-

So winter can be brutal like we talked about.  I find you almost have to baby your skin a little more.  We all know we need to exfoliate, but manual exfoliants can be too harsh for winter months.  Well, that’s where Ursa Major 3-in-1 Flash Mask comes in!

This mask gets you glowing in 3 minutes flat- just like the name suggests.  It’s perfect for the most sensitive skin types.  Worried your skin might react to a mask?  This may be the one for you.  Instead of using harsher manual exfoliants that can cause your skin to flare or get red, it uses enzymes to dissolve dead skin cells, this mask does in 3 minutes what some some masks take 15 or 20 to do.  It looks like a gel and feels light and refreshing on the skin.  The perfect gentle exfoliant for winter.

If you’re perpetually running late, this may be the mask for you!  I put it on before I brush my teeth and rinse off once I’m done.  The perfect amount of time to get a quick glow for the rest of the day.  Get your Ursa Major Flash Mask here!

True Botanicals Review

The Overnight Moisture Mask gives your skin it’s hydration back!

 

True Botanical’s Moisture Lock Overnight Mask-

Ok, I literally just posted my True Botanical’s review last Friday, you can read about this natural skincare powerhouse here. But this mask is too good to not share again!  I’ve had it in my skincare rotation now and I can’t get enough.  This mask really offers some serious hydration.  You cleanse your skin and apply your products as you would normally and then you apply the mask.

 Instead of rinsing it off you sleep in it!  When you wake up your skin is silky smooth and moisturized.  Like a big gulp of water for your skin.  I put down a hand towel on my pillow so the product didn’t get on my pillow case.  But it really does soak in to the skin so well you hardly notice anything.

I can’t think of a better product for your skin in the dry winter months!  It literally nourishes the skin so well.  I notices minimized redness too and an overall hydrated look to my skin since using.  Foundation looks better too!  Get it here!

Beautycounter Volume & Shape

A natural shampoo and conditioner that cleans my fine/thin hair and doesn’t weigh it down. A natural beauty win!

 

Beautycounter Volume & Shape Shampoo-

If you follow me you know I tried the Daily Shampoo & Conditioner by Beautycounter and it worked for my hair for 2 weeks and then I could tell something was off.  My hair just wasn’t styling like normal and it kept falling flat.  I knew the shampoo wasn’t going to work for my fine/thin hair.  People love it though, so if you have thicker hair, it may work great for you.

So I bought the Beautycounter Volume & Shape Shampoo and Conditioner instead and let’s just say my hair loves this formula!!  My hair feels bouncy, has volume, and styles great.  It doesn’t feel weighed down at all.  My hair feels clean but not stripped.  Something that’s hard to find in green beauty.  

If you have fine hair and it’s thick or thin, try this.  It’s been a game changer for my hair.  Plus, I love how it smells good, but doesn’t have a strong smell.  Just subtle.  So excited to find a clean shampoo that works so well!  Get it here!

Rejuvenating Toner Pads

These Beautycounter Rejuvenating Toner Pads are like nothing I’ve tried in clean beauty!

 

Beautycounter Rejuvenating Toner Pads-

These little pads have quickly taken up residence in my skincare routine.  I’ve never found anything like them in natural beauty.  They are little round cotton toner pads that help to tone the skin and give your skin essential antioxidants like Vitamin C and fruit acids to help your minimize fine lines. They also contain lentil seed extract which helps to tighten pores- can I get an amen on that?!

Plus, they have algae extract which helps to brighten- um yes please!  And jambu extract that helps skin that youthful, firm look.  I cleanse my skin and then take one of these bad boys and swipe it all over my skin.  My skin just sings a little every time I use one!  I can’t get enough.  Another reason I love using them is it shows me if I have leftover residue on my skin.  You know, if it’s actually clean?

Sounds silly, but I find sometimes people aren’t actually cleansing their skin properly and that contributes to their skin issues, especially breakouts.  If you’re not getting your skin clean, you’re going to have bacteria sitting on the top of your skin.  Not the best look.  Get these, trust me you will love them!

Honest Beauty Mascara

Honest Beauty Mascara is the best natural beauty mascara I’ve found- it checks all the boxes!

 

Honest Beauty Mascara-

 I know I talk about this nonstop- but for good reason I haven’t found anything else that works as good!  Plus, this is the cheapest natural beauty mascara- I mean does it get any better? $14.99 on Amazon!

Ok, so I did try this mascara when it first came out over two years ago and I didn’t like it.  It stung my eyes pretty bad and there wasn’t anything amazing about it.  However, they re-did the formula and I have to say it is completely different and I LOVE it!  This is hands down my favorite mascara in green beauty.  I know, that says a lot but it’s true.  The formula checks all the boxes.  

It offers thickness, length, separation- it’s just awesome!  The formula isn’t too dry or too wet and I love that I don’t have to apply 5 coats of mascara to see product on my lashes.  In just two coats my lashes are instantly lengthened, thicker and have overall more volume.  I’m sold!  On one end of the mascara wand is a primer and the other the mascara color.  I apply the primer first and then the mascara. Doesn’t smudge or flake on me either!  Get it here already!

That sums up my natural beauty faves for February!  See any products you want to try?  What are some clean beauty products you’re loving?  Leave me a comment!

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Best Natural Beauty Valentine Gifts

Best Natural Beauty Valentine Gifts

Hi guys, I’m back with a post on my best natural beauty Valentine Gifts!  If you’re reading this you are more than likely a women.  So ladies, if you want something from this blog, do yourself a solid and send it to your hubs! 😉

He will thank you for making gift giving a lot more enjoyable and less stressful. There are so many fun products out now in natural beauty.  I didn’t want you to miss out on any of them!  I feel like in the last couple of months I’ve tried so many new products that I haven’t properly introduced to you guys.  Shame on me!

I’m sharing some of my tried and true faves that you can never go wrong with but also some new faves that I think you’ll love!  

Natural Beauty Valentine's Day

My top natural beauty picks for Valentine’s Day. From organic skincare and natural makeup and more.

 

Natural Beauty Valentine Gift Ideas-

 

True Botanical’s Antioxidant Booster and Serum-

When it comes to giving your skin the best of the best, these two take the cake!  I talk about them a lot but it’s because they work.  Most people ask me all the time what products I recommend for maintaining a youthful complexion.  I know anti-aging is a word that is looked down upon in green beauty.  Which I totally get.  However, no one wants to look older than they are.  I’m sure everyone can agree on this!

These two little numbers deliver antioxidants right to your skin.  Antioxidants are what cancel out the free radicals.  The older we get the less antioxidants are bodies produce.  So we need to help them out a bit.  That’s where the Antioxidant Booster and Cellular Repair Serum come in.  The Antioxidant Booster is in powder form.  Meaning it’s not activated until you mix it with water.  Pretty cool huh?!  

That means the freshest, most potent antioxidants are being delivered right to your skin.  The Cellular Repair Serum works to calm inflammation and it’s also low enough in molecular weight to go past the skin’s surface and deliver the nutrients it needs. 

It’s the DREAM TEAM!  I haven’t found anything else in natural beauty that works quite like these two- thank me later!

Get True Botanical’s here!

Tata Harper Clarifying Mask

This one’s good!  Ok- they’re all good.  Sorry, it’s going to be hard to choose.  This mask I discovered last year and let’s just say we’ve become fast friends.  I had already tried a lot of Tata Harper and was surprised I hadn’t tried this mask.  I got a tip that I had to try it from another skincare guru- us skincare junkies stick together! 

Anyways, I tried and instantly was wondering why I had never done it before.  The name is kind of deceiving.  It is a clarifying mask but not your usual clay masks that dry your skin out- you know what I mean.  Instead it feels more like a peel almost.  Your skin feels smooth, decongested, less red, and pores minimized. I also love the glow it gives me.  You know when you’ve had a hard night, maybe a hard week- this mask is for you.  

Honestly, I use it all the time.  It really gives my skin a good detox without drying it out.  Two cheers for that!  

Get the Tata Harper Mask Here!

Sappho Brow Pomade

Say hello to your new best friend- but really.  Natural looking brows are hard to come by.  That is until you meet Sappho Brow Pomade.  This little jar takes your brows from average to HELLO in a minute.  If you’ve been using a pencil or brow wand try this instead. 

I find a pencil and a brow wand are really hard to work with and unless you’re a makeup artist you may end up with cleopatra brows or brow gel all over.  The reason I love Sappho Brow Pomade is because it makes doing your brows SO easy.  All you need is a brow brush and you’re good.  It is easy to use and gives your brows a natural look instead of a drawn on look.

Plus, take it from someone who has dark brows- this one doesn’t show any red.  I wear the color Brown Black.  Get some Sappho and change your life…I mean brows!

Clean Beauty Beautycounter Eyeshadow

Beautycounter eyeshadow’s on full display here. Love these rich, full pigmented shadows!

 

Beautycounter Eyeshadow Palettes

Do I sound like a broken record yet with these eyeshadow palettes?  Well, at least you know I’m consistent.  These are the BEST eyeshadows I’ve found in clean beauty…I repeat the BEST eyeshadows.  I’ve tried a ton and nothing compares.  The pigment of these shadows are smooth and velvety and rich.  They LAST all day…yep.  I prime my lids with Ilia’s Eye Primer- also my favorite eye primer I’ve used.  

I have the Classic Eye Shadow Palette and I just got the Statement Palette and you better believe I’m already planning on getting another one. I’m hooked.  I also love that Beautcounter tests their makeup powders for 10 heavy metals 3 times.  Yes, they are literally third party testing their products 3 times for 10 heavy metals.  I felt that deserved repeating!  Know anyone else doing that in clean beauty?  Me neither. 

Get some Beautycounter Eyeshadow Palettes here and be amazed at the quality!

Osmia Serenity Milk Bath

This is definitely a Valentine’s Day Gift.  I don’t think a lot of people are sitting around buying Milk Bath for themselves- but we really should.  Everything Osmia makes is SO good.  I had been wanting to try this for a while and Sarah the founder sent me some- God Bless her!  

I really love the smell, the way it makes your skin feel silky smooth and the fact that I forget about everything for 20 minutes.  Yeah, it’s pretty luxurious.  If your significant other wants you to be a little less snippety and a little more zen, then this might be a good start to getting you there. I also can’t leave out their bar soaps- one of my faves- forever.  They smell amazing, they come packaged flawlessly and look beautiful.  Yes, bar soaps can look beautiful.  My fave is coffee mint.

Get your zen on with Osmia’s Milk Bath and car soaps here!

Honest Beauty Mascara

Ok, it kind of goes without saying on this one too.  I know I should be getting paid to promote this but I’m not.  I seriously just think it’s the best of the best and until I find a different mascara in clean beauty I won’t stop talking about this one!

What really would be icing on the cake is if your honey just hit the subscribe and save on Amazon so you don’t have to think about reordering.  Brilliant huh?  I know.  In case you haven’t heard me rave about it, this mascara gives my lashes length, separation, volume and drama.  It’s the whole enchilada!

Get your Honest Beauty Mascara on here!

Clean Beauty Valentine's Day

So many great natural beauty product gift ideas for Valentine’ Day!

 

Leahlani Honey Love-

I really love Leahlani’s products.  They were some of the first in natural beauty.  They work, aren’t out of this world expensive and the founder is just the sweetest.  She had sent me some Honey Love, their Microdermabrasion Exfoliant and I fell in love all over again with it. 

I had tried it before but it had been a while.  It was like rewatching one of your favorite movies and realizing how awesome it was and wondering why you waited 3 years to watch it again.  Yeah, basically how I felt once I tried Honey Love again.  It smells insane and gives me baby soft skin when I’m done using it.  Such a gentle exfoliant.  

If you’re needing a new product love affair in your life, grab some Honey Love

Aillea + Organic Bath Co. Body Butter

This is a special collaboration between Aillea and Organic Bath Co.  They sent me some back in the fall and I started using it a couple months ago and I’m addicted.  It feels so good on the skin, has 5 ingredients and smells so good.  It just a good all around basic body butter that gets the job done.

I apply it right out of the shower and my skin is hydrated and happy.  Plus, the citrus scent is invigorating to say the least.  

Get your body butter here! They have other scents too, I want them all!

Aila Nail Polish

Who doesn’t want fab looking nails for Valentine’s Day?  Well, Aila is my got too.  I love how the formula goes on so smooth and the color selection is fun and upbeat.  You don’t feel like you’re sacrificing anything when making the switch.  Well, except toxins, but I think you’re ok with that.

I love me some Bodega, Room 212 and Namaste.  But let’s be real, I want ALL the colors!  Don’t forget to get their Better Than Gel Topcoat. It’s rated a 1 on EWG- for a nail polish that’s kind of unheard of and it plain works.  Just like the name suggests it will leave your nails in tip top shape!

Get some Aila Polish here!

Crunchi Brushes

I get so many questions about makeup brushes.  I really love Crunchi’s makeup brushes.  They’re a little newer on the market within the last 6 months and they work so well.  I love how sturdy they feel and how they don’t shed.  They are vegan made with Talkon synthetic fibers.  

I have the whole brush set and there isn’t one I don’t use.  Their big powder brush and foundation brush are definite must haves. If you want to take your makeup to the next level, get yourself some luxe brushes!  

Check out the Crunchi Brushes here!

Natural beauty Ilia review

Wearing one of my favorite natural beauty lipsticks in Ultra Violet by Ilia.

 

Ilia Color Block Lipstick in Ultra Violet

Everytime I’ve worn this lipstick color people have asked what are you wearing.  It’s a show stopper for sure.  The perfect winter lipstick color.  Shoot, I would probably wear this all year long.  Their color block lipstick really takes the pigment game to the next level.  

It lasts all day and gives my lips some serious playing time in the spotlight.  I love just swiping this on with a pretty neutral, bare face and calling it a day.  

Check out all their colors here!

Still not sure on any products?  No worries, I’ve got your back! 

Check out my favorite natural beauty boxes!  

Beauty Heroes delivers a monthly natural beauty box with one full size product and one deluxe size product. Check it out here! 

Boxwalla is a bi-monthly box that delivers Artisan brand skincare products in full sizes. Check it out here!

The Detox Box is a monthly box that delivers natural skincare, natural haircare or natural makeup in full size products.  Check it out here!

See any faves?  Or do you basically want everything?! From one product junkie to the next- I get you!

Hope this helps make your honey’s shopping a little easier.  If you still need more ideas, check out 34 Natural Products That Changed My Life, and The Best of Clean Beauty 2018!

 

Natural Beauty Valentine's Day Gifts

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