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Beautycounter Must Haves

Beautycounter Must Haves

Beautycounter must haves is here!  In light of the 15% off sale happening at Beautycounter I had to share my favorites with you.  I’ve been using Beautycounter now for 5 months and I’ve definitely found what products I love and can’t part with.

I thought it only fitting to share them with you!  After all, what kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t give you the full run down?!

If you’re curious why I can’t stop talking about Beautycounter and why they have the cleanest makeup around then check out my full blog post review here!  If you’re wanting a review on a ton of their products across the board, then check that out here.  I’ve got all the juicy deets for you!

Now let’s talk faves!  If you’ve perused Beautycounter long enough then you know they offer a ton of products.  Not every product I love- I know shocker.  Some have worked and some haven’t.  Today I want to share all my hands down favorites with you.  These products have taken up permeant residence on my bathroom shelves and they’re not going anywhere.

What I love to about Beautycounter is that they not only offer skincare and makeup but body products, hair products and baby products.  Basically your one stop shop when it comes to natural beauty!

If you read this post and want more information on certain products or need help deciding on color, or whatever it might be.   Hit me up!  There’s nothing more I love than helping someone swap over to safer beauty products.  Email me at [email protected]  I’ve got your back!

Volume and Shape Shampoo and Conditioner- 

 

beautycounter Volume and shape shampoo

My favorite natural shampoo in green beauty!

 

I feel like a broken record with this one but I seriously cannot stop talking about it because it’s so good!  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. Basically if you’ve been searching for natural shampoo that legit works- this is your gem! Get it here!

 

Eyebrow Gel-

This eyebrow gel has stolen my heart!  It give my eyebrows a natural look and also provides some good hold.  I love how there is no red in the formula!  Something that is hard to find in natural beauty.  They even offer a clear version for those that don’t need color but just some hold.  Get it here!

 

Lip Sheers

 

Beautycounter lip sheers

These lip sheers are the perfect lippy for spring and summer!

 

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I tried the lip sheers and was pleasantly surprised how much I liked them.  I’m not a gloss girl and so this is the perfect middle ground between a lipstick and gloss.  One of Beautycounter’s best sellers for good reason.  It feels like a really hydrating lip balm but not goopy or tacky.  Glides on your lips giving a hint of sheen and some color. The color pigment is more translucent and just a hint.  The perfect everyday lip color to throw on.

I can see myself wearing these a lot especially in the spring and summer.  These would be great for teenagers especially in my opinion.  Not as dramatic as a lipstick but still offers a little color.  I love the colors Rose, Poppy and Petal!  But those are the only colors I have so I’m pretty sure I would love any of them.  Petal is the perfect nudist pink- I can’t stop wearing it!  See all the colors here! 

Eyeshadows

 

Beautycounter eyeshadow review

These are the best natural beauty eyeshadows I’ve tried!

 

Ok, if you’ve been following me then you know I love Beautycounter’s eyeshadow palettes!  They are the BEST in green beauty.  Seriously- I’ve tried them all and nothing compares…nothing.  The pigment is rich, the texture glides on and the longevity- SO good.  They stay the whole day no creasing.  I use the Ilia Primer before I apply the shadows and it works like a charm.  I can’t tell you how many people compliment my shadows too- it’s because they’re seriously gorgeous.  I can’t get enough of them.  I have the Classic Palette, and Statement Palette but I want them all!  Get a palette and thank me!

Bronzer

 

Beautycounter Blush and bronzer review

Beautycounter blush and bronzer offer so much pigment in clean beauty!

 

This bronzer is another fave.  People ask me what bronzer I have been using lately and it’s this one!  The moment I tried it I knew I would love it.  I’m picky when it comes to bronzers- super picky.  I find it’s really hard to find a true bronze brown color and not have it look orange.  Anyone else feel me on this?!  Then Beautycounter’s came into my lap and I haven’t been able to stray since using it.  It doesn’t look orange and it’s pressed- I repeat pressed!  Loose bronzers are just one more step and messy- not what I want to add to my plate.  Get the bronzer too- everyone needs bronzer in my opinion, it warms you up in seconds!  They have several different colors, I wear the color Dune.  Get it here! 

Blush

 

I was sold after my first swipe of their blushes- literally these are the best powder blushes I’ve used.  I love that they’re pressed and not loose- less mess.  I also love the color pay off. They nailed the color Nectar!  It’s the perfect Nars dupe of Orgasm and basically goes with almost anyone’s skin tone.  It’s SO pretty!  I also have the punchy pink color Guava and can’t get enough of it either. They stay on so well and blend great into the skin.  They don’t look cakey at all.   I’m telling you, try the blushes already- you’ll thank me!  Check out all the color here!

 

Resurfacing Peel

Beautycounter Resurfacing Peel

This peel gives you a glow in no time!

 

I had to share the resurfacing peel!  If you haven’t tried it you’re missing out, plain and simple.  It works so well at minimizing fine lines, dark spots and sloughing off dead skin.  It uses 3 different acids, malic, lactic and glycolic to improve texture and tone of the skin.  You put it on your skin like you would a serum at night and wake up with skin that looks refreshed, smooth and glowing.  I’m not surprised this is a best seller!  Get the peel already.

 

Countermatch Eye Cream

Beautycounter eye cream

Love Beautycounter’s Body Cream and Eye Cream.

 

This eye cream is one of the best eye creams.  I find it hard to find eye creams that aren’t too heavy.  This one is just the right amount of moisture.  It hydrates but quickly soaks right into the eye area.  I love using this at night or in the morning before I apply my makeup.  It’s also not crazy expensive too!  Get it here!

 

Makeup Wipes

Say hello to your new favorite wipe…but really!  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!

 

Body Cream-

Beautycounter Review

Sharing my full review on Beautycounter’s makeup remover wipes and Rejuvenating Toner Pads.

 

I’ve been lathering this on after showering and not sure when I will stop.  It is truly so hydrating and indulgent.  It has a citrus mimosa scent that is so decadent!  I’m more of a body cream gal and I can’t get enough of this.  It keeps my skin moist long after applying and isn’t oily feeling.  Plus, it absorbs so well into my skin, no greasy feeling.  Get your body cream here!

 

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!

 

Ok, clearly I have some favorites that I’ve come to love!  If you’ve tried Beautycounter products I want to hear what you love and can’t stop using.  Leave me a comment!

 

Also, if you’re interested in becoming a consultant and sharing the mission of getting safer products into people’s hands, then send me an email to [email protected] and I can give you more details.  Beautycounter has changed my life and is one of the best decisions I’ve made!

 

 

Beautycounter Faves

Sharing my favorite Beautycounter products 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.

 

True Botanicals Review

True Botanicals Review

My updated True Botanical’s Review is here.  A lot has changed for this luxe line, since I last reviewed it.  From product changes, name changes and new products-a lot’s been going on for TB!  I couldn’t be more excited for all the newness!

When I think of TB what sticks out to me is a luxe anti-aging line.  Using the most potent ingredients, TB spares no expense when it comes to creating their products.  They care about quality and seeing products that actually perform, while at the same time are safe.  A truly unique company in the green beauty industry.  The scents of their products are some of the best.  Nothing is too strong but smells fresh and real.  I also love how they do clinical tests on their products.  Something that is rare among the natural skincare industry.  Proven results, with clean ingredients-what more could you want?  Oh and I can’t forget to mention that all their products come in frosted glass bottles, can you say luxurious?  Not only do they make skincare products but also some stellar body products.  I tried out the shampoo and conditioner, body wash and lotion and they’re all winners!

TB is also one of the first companies to become Made Safe Certified.  A new certification done by third party testing that ensures toxins stay out of products.  

Another exciting piece of news from TB headquarters is their Clear Collection just passed clinical trials against Proactiv+. Making it the go to skincare line for acne.  Most lines dry out your skin in hopes of combatting acne.  But with TB’s Clear Collection it actually kills bacteria that could be causing flare ups and breakouts.  The products create balance in your skin, unlike most acne treatment lines.  Say hello to your new favorite acne skincare line that delivers.  Check out the full clinical trial results here!  As they say the proof is in the pudding!

TB was started by Hillary Peterson.  She was a long time lover of luxury skincare.  However, she realized the price she was paying for luxury skincare also cost her toxic ingredients.  Having been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, she knew a change needed to be made.  After 8 years of research with chemists, studying botanicals and talking with sustainability experts, she created True Botanicals. Her goal was to make skincare products that were not only effective but clean.  Well she did it and since then has won some awards…

True Botanicals’ rule-breaking approach to luxury skin care and ability to bring together superior results and safety has earned it ELLE magazine’s coveted Genius award and placement at several of the world’s top spas.  

If you’re unsure of what line to commit to in TB, then take their online quiz here.  They’ve made it easy to help you decide what line suits your skin best.  Skincare doesn’t have to be complicated.  If it’s one thing I’ve learned from using TB products it’s that skincare needs two things to be great, clean and effective.  TB offers both.

Ok, so want to know what I thought about TB’s new products and line in general?  Well then sit back and take notes-it’s about to get good!

They also have a pregnancy collection.  So you don’t need to think twice about what skincare line to use when pregnant. I mean what more could you want?  A clean and effective skincare line when you’re pregnant?  Sign me up!

*A little disclaimer- my skin type is normal to dry so I use the RENEW line by TB.  They have 4 different lines depending on your skin type.  RENEW is for Normal skin. CLEAR is for acne-prone, CALM is for rosacea -prone skin and Pregnancy is for well you guessed it- when you’re pregnant.   As I said earlier, take the quiz to see what products would best suit your skin.

True Botanicals Review

The best products to keep that youthful glow in natural beauty, the Antioxidant Booster and Cellular Repair Serum.

Pre Cleanse Oil-

This is the first step in the cleansing routine. You apply it to dry skin and rub in circular motions all over to help loosen dirt and makeup.  Then I take a warm washcloth and use it to wipe off all the residue.  Skin feels clean and isn’t stripped.  A win/win!  It’s nice in my opinion to have a double cleanse process!  It really helps to get your skin clean.  The first cleanse really gets your skin clean and the second cleanse restores your skin. Grab your bottle here!

RENEW Nourishing Cleanser-

This cleanser is milky in consistency.  I apply it to damp skin and rub it all over in circular motions, even over my eye makeup.  I double cleanse with this cleanser or use a balm before it and then use the Hydrating Cleanser second.  It leaves your skin so smooth and not dry at all.  Your skin feels balanced all over.  So many cleansers blast your face and your skin is literally crying out for moisture-not the case with this cleanser.  I love the mild earthy smell of jasmine and grapefruit.  If you’ve been searching for a cleanser that balances your skin and removes all the junk this is your gem!  Grab your bottle here!

RENEW Nutrient Mist-

This mist…I literally love the smell!  It never gets old.  Fresh smelling, not overly powerful.  With jasmine, tuberose, and neroli, the whole combination just works!  TB is serious about delivering even when it comes to it’s mists.  This mist is packed with active ingredients like kombucha that detoxifies skin and balances ph.  Plus, algae extract with it’s high omega 3’s and 6’s that protect skin from moisture loss, fix cellular damage and fill with fluid.  Oh and did I mention the base isn’t made up of water but of Green Tea and White Tea?  Yeah, they’re pretty much all stars when it comes to skin.  Not only are they skin soothing, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory, they’re also anti-aging ingredients-hello!  Yeah, you could say this mist is jam packed with some serious goodness.  Get your mist here!

True Botanical's Review

These products give you back that youthful glow- The Vitamin C Booster and Cellular Repair Serum.

RENEW Repair Serum-

This serum-another good one.  I mean am I sounding like a broken record yet?  This serum is designed to reverse the cellular damage caused by sun exposure and aging.  Pretty sure everyone wants to sign up for that-am I right?!  Besides reversing cellular damage it also replenishes moisture and plumps up skin.  It’s highly concentrated and goes past the surface of the skin to really get to the cellular level.  Most serums sit at the top of the skin-not TB’s.  Another thing I love about this serum is it’s ability to calm redness and ease congestion.  My skin looks clearer over all and more even toned.  I apply it after toning/misting my skin.  Since it’s a serum my skin doesn’t feel moisturized but slightly dewy.  This is a serum that is going to work for your skin everyday.  An anti-aging, redness reducing serum all rolled into one.  Invest in your skin and grab your’s here!

Antioxidant Booster-

I talk a lot about this beauty on my Instagram- if you don’t follow, what are you waiting for?  To say I’m obsessed would be an understatement.  This booster is all around the star when it comes to keeping my skin looking youthful- no joke.  Allow me to share some wisdom on why this works so well.  

Free radicals are constantly at work in our skin causing damage.  They are caused by the foods we eat, stress, the sun, air we breathe and so on.  They can cause skin conditions like acne, rosacea and of course aging.  The thing that we need to give our skin to fight free radicals are antioxidants.  Antioxidants counteract free radical damage and help to repair and restore the skin. Our skin produces antioxidants on their own, but as we age we lose antioxidants.  That’s why it’s important to keep feeding our skin antioxidants as we age.

The Antioxidant Booster does just that!  It gives your skin the most potent form of antioxidants the minute it touches your skin because you don’t activate it until right before you use it.  Since it’s in powder form, it hasn’t lost it’s potency because it’s not been mixed with liquid. The minute you mix it with a liquid you activate the formula.  Imagine all those serums you’ve been buying that have promised to be filled with antioxidants but they’ve basically been deactivated since they’ve been sitting in liquid. This gives you the freshest antioxidants delivered right to your skin!

Plus, the Antioxidant Booster is made using whole apple peel which has been shown to be more effective than Vitamin C- hello!  It’s basically like your skin’s best friend if you ask me.  I mix this with the Repair Serum(you could use the Clear Serum from True Botanical’s, The Calm- whatever line that matches up to your skincare needs).  Then I apply it my skin.  I apply this before my oils.  I find this helps my skin to absorb the oil better. Then I apply my oils.  I can’t recommend this product enough!  I like the Vitamin C Booster too, but this one has done amazing things for my skin.  

I’ve seen hyperpigmentation fade, sun spots and an overall brightness and evenness to my skin.  People ask me all the time how I apply it.  I don’t follow True Botanicals recommendation of applying my oils first and then applying my Antioxidant booster and cellular repair serum.  They recommend you start with their oil, then mix the Antioxidant Booster or Vitamin C Booster with one of their serums and apply to the skin.  This isn’t how I was traditionally taught in esthetic school.  However, True Botanical’s Oils are different then most oils.  Here is an explanation they sent me:

We use oils that are specifically formulated to have smaller particle size and therefore be more easily absorbed into the skin, the oil doesn’t sit on top of the skin and create a barrier that the serum would be unable to penetrate

So if you want to apply your oil first and then Antioxidant Booster or Vitamin C Booster and serum do it.  If you want to do it the other way- you can do it that too.  They did inform me that the Vitamin C Booster is only water-soluble (not oil-soluble), so if you apply it first and then add the oil, it can sometimes create a bit of a pilling effect if the Vitamin C/Serum mixture hasn’t fully absorbed yet. The Antioxidant Booster is both water and oil soluble, so it’s easier to switch around the order of the products when you’re using that one!  Bottom line- It’s my skincare must have!  Get it here!

Vitamin C Booster-

This vitamin c treatment is preserved in it’s freshest form.  Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps to even skin tone, brighten and fade wrinkles, stimulate collagen, plus firm and repair skin.  I mean every face needs this stuff.  You might be wondering why it comes in a powder form.  When vitamin c is mixed with a liquid it slowly loses potency.  By keeping it in powder form you can be assured it’s in it’s freshest form.  Combine 1 to 2 shakes of the Vitamin C Booster with one of TB’s serums and mix until dissolved.  Then apply to skin and let seep in.    Grab your Vitamin C Booster here!

RENEW Pure Radiance Oil-

Where do I start with this oil?  Gahh…I really love it.  It’s their number 1 product and for good reason.  It seeps right into your skin, leaves behind no greasy residue, and makes your skin feel hydrated throughout the day and night.  Besides being highly hydrating it also helps smooth wrinkles, shrink large pores and fight free radical damage.  I love the scent as well.  Not heavy at all, but with notes of frankincense, neroli, rose and jasmine.  Many people wonder what makes this oil so special, here’s a blurb from TB on their website that explains it so well-

When therapeutic oils are applied to the skin without the interference of waxes, they can be absorbed directly into the top layers of the epidermis, where they instantly go to work to improve lipid barrier function. By replenishing the oils you’ve lost due to natural attrition and exposure, you enable your skin to properly do its job: hold moisture in and keep the elements, like sun and wind, out.

So many people are afraid of oils who suffer from acne.  Oils are actually necessary and help create balance in the skin.  This oil, as with all of TB’s products is also available in the CLEAR Line and CALM Line.  Grab your bottle here and thank me later!

Resurfacing Moisture Mask-

This mask does exactly what it says- it moisturizes and exfoliates.  It’s a gel consistency.  It gets rid of all the dead skin and reveals that inner glow(aka new skin). I leave mine on for 5 minutes.  It’s especially great right before a big event or night out when you want your skin to be glowing.  It also gives you an even smooth canvas for flawless makeup application.  You won’t be disappointed with this mask-Get yours here!

Moisture Lock Overnight Mask-

This is the newest product from True Btoanicals.  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.  Get your Moisture Lock Mask here! Get it here!

 

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

Deep Repair Eye Serum-

I’ve been using this eye serum since they first introduced it last spring and I’ve been hooked.  It is so concentrated and rich.  A little goes a long way.  It literally lasts forever since you need such little product.  I just dab a drop around my eye area with my ring finger(least amount of muscles).  My eye area is hydrated and puffiness is minimized.  My eyes look rested and brightened.  Again, TB takes it to the next level with their eye serum.  Unlike most eye serums that sit on the surface, TB’s actually goes deep into the skin to repair skin at the cellular level.  You can say goodbye to crows feet!  Get your Eye Serum here!

True Botanicals Review

If you’re looking for a clean beauty shampoo and conditioner that performs- look no further than True Botanicals Shampoo and Conditioner.

Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner-

If you’ve thought that no natural shampoo and conditioner will work for your hair, think again.  The shampoo suds up like a mainstream shampoo, but without the harsh chemicals.  The conditioner doesn’t leave that greasy oil residue…you know that feeling I’m talking about!  Need, I say more?  Not really, but I will because I just can’t help myself!  It smells insanely good, fresh like everything they make does.  They also come in recyclable metal bottle pumps, that literally look so luxe in the shower.  I promise you won’t be disappointed, this stuff is amazing and worth every penny, and that says a lot coming from a stylist.  Get your shampoo and conditioner here!

Nourishing Body Oil- 

I’m obsessed with this body oil!  It literally is so luxurious.  It smells like sandalwood, cedarwood and orange.  I love how it comes in a pump form- easy application.  It is filled with so many antioxidants and fatty acids that make this a power packed oil, while at the same time a very nourishing and hydrating oil.  But get this- it doesn’t feel greasy, not at all!  It glides on your skin effortlessly but doesn’t leave that slimy feeling.  Once you try it, you’ll be hooked!  Grab it here!

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Take your skin to the next level with True Botanical’s Resurfacing Body Mask and Pure Body Oil.

Nourishing Body Mask- 

This was a different product I hadn’t tried all together but couldn’t wait to dive in and see what all the fuss was about. This is literally a skin’s dream product!  It uses lactic acid to gently exfoliate the skin and remove the rough and dry patches. You are left with skin that is smooth, soft and overall lovely!  I apply this to dry skin all over my body and then wait for 15 minutes before I rinse off in the shower.  I’m literally left with skin that is silky!  Plus, it’s a good excuse to grab that book you’ve been wanting to read while you wait for this mask to do it’s magic.  Get it here!

Aromatherapy Oils-

These came out not too long ago and I love applying them for instant stress relief, mood boost and muscle tension relief.  They come in 3 different types.  

  • Stress Relief- This rollerball includes oils of tarragon, frankincense, and sandalwood. It is calming and helps to ease anxiety.  You roll it on your temples, wrists and chests.  You can even just cup your hands and breathe in the aroma.  This is nice to have at your desk, purse, bathroom- really anywhere!
  • Muscle Relief- Got sore muscles?  Then grab this rollerball.  It takes your fatigued muscles and soothes them instantly.  I rub it on wherever I have sore muscles and it instantly takes the tension away. It has essential oils of roman chamomile, clary sage, and orange peel.  You could even apply before a shower or bath for added benefits.
  • Immune Support- This is perfect for the winter months when you want to boost your immunity.  It has essential oils ofavintsara, bay laurel, and balsam fir. These oils are antibacterial, and antiviral.  Apply this on your chest, lymph, and throat.  The aromatherapy really helps to support the immune system naturally.

Phew, ok bottom line from the review-this line is here to stay and seriously performs. If you want clean skincare, that produces results, then True Botanicals is your ticket!

Have you used any of their products?  What are your faves?

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Sharing all my thoughts on the best natural beauty skincare line True Botanicals.

How To Naturally Heal Acne with Marissa Gossett

How To Naturally Heal Acne with Marissa Gossett

In episode #22 we are learning how to naturally heal acne with Marissa Gossett.  Marissa is an acne-overcomer, skin therapist, indie wellness researcher, and champion-of-women dedicated to helping you achieve the skin of your dreams!  She’s born-and-raised a Southern California girl with nothing more than a few unpopular ideas and an Instagram account, she proudly created a new way to see skin imbalances so that women can stop dreading their faces and start living wholeheartedly. Beginning skin coaching with only a few desperate/courageous women (who found her on Instgram though hashtags!), she now receive multiple breakthroughskin pictures weekly! She wants women, like you, to see their skin in a whole new light and find their holy grail regimen and lifestyle habits that reveal their skin’s most glowing potential.

One of the things she’s often asked is “What are you going to tell me my dermatologist, esthetician, and the internet hasn’t told me?”  For as long as she can remember, she’s always been curious about the mysteries of human wellness, especially in regards to skin, because that has been where she’s struggled. Why do some women live unhealthy lives and manage to have zero breakouts? Why do others live very healthily and struggle with lifelong acne? The answer: modern skin treatment removes and destroys, yet true skin treatment feeds and nourishes.  She believes that no matter where you are on your skin journey, it’s ultimately up to you to change your skin.  Clear skin gives you the freedom to be the truest version of yourself.

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Topics Discussed:

  • Who is Marissa Gossett and how did you end up as a skin therapist and acne expert
  • Health awakening that inspired Marissa to take action in her own health
  • Philosophy when it comes to skincare
  • What the common theme is when it comes to acne
  • How epigenetics affect your skin
  • What she recommends for those wanting to get clear skin and get rid of acne
  • Does gut play a role in causing acne
  • Types of products she recommends for acne clients
  • Why people should avoid comedogenic ingredients
  • Common misconceptions about natural beauty products and acne
  • Basic skincare routine for those with acne
  • Why you should avoid dermaplaning, peels, and hydrafacials
  • 3 health habits that have made the biggest impact on your life

 

How To Create A Natural Skincare Routine

How To Create A Natural Skincare Routine

So I’ve gotten a lot of questions about how to create a natural skincare routine lately and just the order products should go in.  I had done a couple Instagram stories and saved them to my highlights and had a flood of questions. So here we are- I knew it was time for a proper blog post on the subject.

If it’s one thing I want to drill home it’s the importance of having a skincare routine.  It doesn’t mean your skincare routine will look like mine.  Your routine should be based off your skin and what it needs.  Now, figuring that out can seem a little more daunting.  When do you use a certain product, how much, etc.  It can be overwhelming.  That’s where I come in!  I’ve been an esthetician for over 14 years and I’ve learned a thing or two along the way.

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Best Natural and Organic Skincare Routine

You don’t need every product but you do need effective products.

That being said, morning and nighttime skincare routines look different usually.  I’m going to give a brief explanation of products you could use for your morning or nighttime skincare to get you familiar with your options.

Cleansers- A cleanser is meant to be the first step in your skincare routine.  It helps to get rid of dirt, debris and get rid of makeup from the day.  Of course there are many cleansers to choose from depending on your skin type. Some people like to double cleanse, others not so much. Whatever method or cleanser you choose just make sure that it adequately cleans your skin and you’re not left with any residue. I have a full blog post with all my favorites. Check it out!

Toner/Hydrosol- These terms are used interchangeably to describe a mist that you spray over your skin post cleansing.  A true hydrosol contains plant actives.  Some people will spray the mist directly on their skin and press in with their hands, others will spray on a cotton round and apply it in on their skin.  Either way, a toner or hydrosol helps to calm skin, hydrate, keep pores open for serums/oil and specific skin treatments.  A toner helps to also get rid of any oil or bits left from the cleanser, as well as balance the ph of skin.

Treatments-  Treatments for the skin can range from anti-aging treatments, redness reducing treatments, hyper pigmentation targeting, and acne treatments.  Theses are going to be filled with active ingredients that are really going to perform.  Think antioxidants! It really depends on what result you’re looking for in your skin.  These aren’t going to necessarily hydrate your skin.  Most are made out of water or aloe, some contain oil, but few.  They penetrate the skin quickly and feel almost like a gel.  They absorb into your skin, opposed to creams that generally sit on top of your skin.  The absorption happens easier because serums are smaller in molecular size and easier to penetrate the skin and deliver nutrients.  Serums happen after toning or hydrosol when skin’s pores are still open.  I have a full blog post on all my favorite serums for the skin here!

Oils- After a serum, now it’s time for an oil.  There has been a resurgence of oils in the last 5 years.  People used to be afraid of them, but now they are learning how hydrating and restorative they can be for the skin.  Just remember not every oil is created equal.  Some are comedogenic and can actually clog your pores or cause you to breakout.  For example, coconut oil is comedogenic and can actually cause many people to breakout.  If you’re not sure about the comedogenic rating look it up or ask the formulator. Oils are very hydrating and can keep the moisture intact for a long time.  A great pick for those with dry skin.

Skin Creams/Lotions- Many people aren’t sure what the difference is between an oil, a cream and a lotion.  Allow me to explain.  An oil is just that- just an oil- nothing added.  A cream has a mix of water and oil, but more oil than water and then a lotion is also a mixture of water and oil but the higher percentage is water- which makes it thinner.  Creams are great at protecting the skin, especially after applying an oil and if you need additional moisture.  I like doing them at night.  A lotion is good for in the morning when you want some hydration but don’t want to be too greasy from an oil.

Balms- Balms are another product that really has been popping up all over in the skincare industry over the last two years.  Balms are primarily used for intense hydration and protection.  In the winter they are great for protecting skin from wind and cold.  They are more concentrated than a lotion or cream.  A lot of formulators like them because they are usually waterless and therefore don’t need preservatives to keep them fresh.  A little goes a long way with a balm- so you don’t need as much as you would with a lotion or cream.

Eye Cream/Oil- Eye products come in a variety of formulas.  From creams to oils and even some that are more like a serum.  I prefer an oil or serum myself because I suffer from milia. Tiny hard white cysts under the skin.  They can form when keratin gets trapped under the skin.  I try and stay away from heavy products for the eyes as I’ve noticed they can lead to more.  If your under eye area is really dry then you would want to opt for a heavier eye cream or nourishing oil.  Some eye oils or serums I’ve found to be oilier than others.  I have a full blog post coming on my faves that I’ve been working on forever!  I like mine to absorb fairly quickly too.

Exfoliants- Exfoliants are so crucial to effective skincare- can’t recommend them enough!  If your skin is dead on top, whatever products you put on top of your skin aren’t going to be able to penetrate and perform.  There are many different types of exfoliants.  From mechanical, enzyme and chemical exfoliants.  Mechanical exfoliants use some sort of manual grain or seeds to manually remove the dead skin.  Enzyme exfoliants is similar to chemical exfoliation but much gentler.  It breaks down the glue that holds together dead skin.  It uses active ingredients like papain, papaya and pineapple to slough off the dead skin. Enzyme exfoliation is great for someone with sensitive skin.  There’s no actual manual exfoliant involved.  Another type is chemical exfoliation.  Chemical exfoliation is stronger than enzyme exfoliation.  It uses Alpha Hydroxy Acids(AHA’s) or Beta Hydroxy Acids(BHA’s).  AHA’s are not as strong as BHA’s.  A lot of peels are considered chemical exfoliants.  Chemical exfoliants are great for those with oily skin and acne.

Masks- Love a good mask!  Masks are like giving your skin a good shot of  nutrients at once.  Similar to drinking a really nutrient dense green juice for your body.  There are so many benefits to masking.  From detoxification, unclog pores, glowing skin, minimizing redness, hydration- the list goes on!  It’s great to have different masks for different seasons of life too.  In the winter you may need a hydrating mask more.  In the summer, a detoxification mask- each season can bring a new set of skincare challenges.  Some masks are quick and are just meant to give your skin a glow in 5 minutes before a big event or date.

Ok, now that you’ve just been schooled on all skincare products, let’s break down what you actually need in your skincare routine.

So it really depends on what you want your outcome to be.  Do you want your skin to just feel clean, and hydrated?  Maybe you’re not into all the extras but just want a clean skincare routine that meets the basic needs and that’s it.  Or maybe you want to fade hyper pigmentation, minimize redness and increase collagen- ok then you’re probably going to need a few more products!  Think about your end goal when it comes to your skin and that will help guide you to the products you need.

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What Skincare Personality Do You Relate Too?

Minimalist-

  • You just want your skin to feel clean and moisturized
  • You don’t care about wrinkles or having products that help fight signs of aging(P.S. I’m all for aging, sometimes there aren’t other words to use besides aging)
  • You don’t like to use a lot of product on your skin

Dabbler-

  • You keep your skincare routine pretty basic but every now and then you like to try a new product
  • You might want a new product depending on season change or just for fun
  • You’re still very minimalist at heart when it comes to your skincare but like to splurge on a treatment product every now and then or when you have a skin condition you need to address

Hoarder- 

  • You like skincare products and it’s no secret(guys you’re not alone, I’m a hoarder too)
  • You love adding new things to your skincare routine and testing out new products
  • You don’t mind if your skincare routine is tedious or long

Ok, now that you know what skincare personality you are, it will be easier for you to assess what skin products you actually need and what will be effective for your skin type.  Keep reading to see what my skincare routine looks like.  Then you will be able to create your own!

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Best Natural and Organic Morning Skincare Routine

My Skincare Routine:

AM- (In Order)

  • Cleanse- I use a product called the Luna Rose and Honey Cleansing Mask by Live Botanical.  It is amazing! It’s a mask and cleanser in one.  I feel like a broken record with this product- I talk about it all the time.  I put it on in the morning before I brush my teeth and then let it sit on there while I brush.  Then take it off once I’m done.  My skin is glowing and vibrant afterwards. Read more about it here in a blog post I did! Also use code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!
  • Tone/Hydrosol- Next I’ll use a toner or hydrosol to add some moisture and balance my skin.  I love Maya Chia’s newest hydrating mist called The Optimist!  It gives my skin great hydration and moisture.  Plus smells great!  It’s very soothing and calming as well.  I spritzed this on my skin and then press my hands into my face.
  • Oil- I’ll apply an oil next.  I do apply an oil even though I am going to apply a sunscreen because my skin is dry and I always need a little extra hydration.  Not everyone does need it, especially if you have oily skin.  Know your skin type.  I wait a few minutes for my oil to seep in before applying my sunscreen next.  Oils that I’ve been loving as of late- Maya Chia’s The Super Couple Serum, and Laurel Anti-Inflammatory Serum.
  • Sunscreen- Now I apply a sunscreen lotion.  I love Kari Gran’s Three Sixty Five Sunscreen Lotion.  It’s light and not greasy.  I also love Honua’s Sun Protectant Cream as well.  It’s also not greasy and feels light.  They both go on sheer and act like a primer even before makeup.
  • Eye Cream/Oil- I love 100% Pure’s Coffee Bean Eye Cream. The best eye cream I’ve found for in the mornings. It’s light enough for me that I don’t fret about getting milia from it.  It’s perfect for the morning!  It uses coffee bean to help brighten and de-puff the under eye area- something every mom can benefit from!
  • Primer- If I’m going to wear makeup I will apply a primer.  If I don’t wear any makeup that day but a little concealer I skip it.  Primers make a big difference I’ve noticed with how well foundations look.  Love the 100% Pure Luminous Primer, and the Vapour Luminous Primer for Oilier skin types and the Vapour Stratus Soft Focus Primer for drier skin.

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Best Natural and Organic Night time Skincare Routine

PM- (In Order)

  • Cleanse- I cleanse my skin with one cleanser typically.  I used to oil cleanse, but I’ve found I really love a cleanser that does it all in one step and that I can remove easily with just water and not a washcloth.  A couple of my favorite cleansers in green beauty that do that are- OSEA Ocean Cleanser, an amazing cleanser that leaves my skin feeling balanced, not stripped, removes all my makeup and rinses off easily with water.  I also love Marie Veronique’s Cleansing Oil.  It acts like an oil cleanser but emulsifies(suds up) ever so slightly.  It’s great!  It also removes all my eye makeup and everything easily and rinses off with water.
  • Toner/Hydrosol- I use the same toner for my skin at night that I do in the morning generally.  Unless I’m testing out several at once.  My top pick would be Maya Chia’s the Optimist!
  • Exfoliant- Next I will exfoliate if I need too.  I generally exfoliate twice a week.  People can over exfoliate, creating disruptions to their natural ph.  I love Josh Rosebrook’s Active Enzyme Exfoliant, and Laurel’s Honey Berry Enzyme Mask.  The Active Enzyme Exfoliant includes manual exfoliants using walnut shells and it incorporates enzymes as well. The Honey Berry Enzyme Mask is great for those with sensitive skin as it uses enzymes to exfoliate.
  • Mask- I generally mask two to three times per week.  If it’s a day for a mask I’ll do it after toning or exfoliating.  My mask varies depending on what my skin needs.  For a good all around mask, I recommend Leahlani Mermaid Mask, for lightening and detoxification I recommend Mahalo’s The Bean Antioxidant Mask, for skin problems I love May Linstrom’s The Problem Solver Mask.  For a full review of my favorite masks- check out my blog post here.
  • Treatment/Serum- Next I will apply a treatment or serum.  For me this is usually my True Botanical’s Cellular Repair Serum and Antioxidant Booster.  These two have literally helped change my skin and given me tangible results!  The Cellular Repair Serum goes past the outer most layer of the skin to really get in and provide all the nutrients the skin needs.  The Antioxidant Booster is a powder and isn’t activated until you mix it with a liquid.  I love this because then you are endured you’re getting the most potent and active ingredients right away!  Most antioxidant treatments are liquid and are not as effective since they’ve already been activated.  I apply my Cellular Repair Serum first.  Then I mix my Antioxidant Booster with my oil.  This helps the Antioxidant Booster to absorb better into the skin, compared to mixing it with the Cellular Repair Serum.
  • Oil- Now time for an oil!  I have been using Laurel’s Anti-Inflammatory Serum especially coming off the summer months.
  • Eye Cream/Serum- Next I apply my eye serum or eye cream.  I’ve been using Odacite’s B+S Eye Serum for a while and love it!  It isn’t super oily, absorbs nicely and my eyes look refreshed and revived in the morning.  Can’t recommend it enough.
  • Lips- Ok, last but not least I apply Odacite’s Lip Serum.  I love this lip serum!  It helps to hydrate, minimize fine lines on the lips and plump.  I love applying as my last step in my skincare routine.  My lip’s nightly nightcap!

That sums up my skincare routine!  Now it’s time to create your own.  I’ve created this free download for you to be able to see what products work for different skin types.  I have something for sensitive, dry/normal, and combination/oily.  Click the photo below to download!

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