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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

The Power Of Ayurveda For Health with Angela Glaz

The Power Of Ayurveda For Health with Angela Glaz

In this episode we are learning the power of Ayurveda in health with Angela.  Angela first began her practice of meditation and yoga in 2002 to alleviate chronic back pain and symptoms of depression. Since then, Angela has come along way! She has been lucky enough to travel to India twice to study Yoga and Ayurveda and deepen her own practice. She completed her studies through Himalaya Yoga Valley, an internationally accredited yoga program, located in Goa, India. In her program, she studied yoga under Yogacharya Lalit, who has studied under Sri BKS Iyengar, Sri K Pattabhi Jois, Sri Sharath Jois, and Sri BNS Iyengar, and studied Ayurveda under Dr. Rohit Borkar. Most recently, she has completed the Ayurvedic Counseling program through Kerala Ayurveda Academy.

She has a genuine passion for teaching all things and finds joy in encouraging her students to explore their own unique gifts. That passion and belief in honoring every individual’s unique qualities is what drove Angela to create and open what is now Eka Yoga.

Angela teaches with Midwest heart, West Coast soul, and enough quirkiness to make the most cynical crack a smile.

When not teaching yoga, you’ll most likely find Angela urban hiking with her fur baby (Desta the dachshund) or getting experimental with cooking in the kitchen.

 

Connect with Angela-

Topics:

  • Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into Ayurveda?
  • This is a question we ask all our guests, what was your golden hour or health awakening that inspired you to take action in your health?
  • Can you give the listeners a brief overview of Ayurveda and what it is for those who might not be familiar with it?
  • What positive effects have you seen in your own life since practicing Ayurveda?
  • Can you share how yoga and Ayurveda are intertwined?
  • Can you share what Dosha’s are in Ayurveda?  How can we discover which one we are?
  • Why might you want to start out with a warm water in the morning according to Ayurveda? Could you share some morning rituals from Ayurveda?
  • How can someone find an Ayurveda practitioner?
  • What are three health habits that have made the biggest impact on overall health? 
  • Where can people connect with you? Socials channels, website, etc

 

 

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7 Health Habits For 2019

7 Health Habits For 2019

I’m so excited to share 7 Health Habits For 2019 with you!  I really wanted to share a post that would both inspire you in your health journey and cause you to want to go to the next level in 2019.  It’s easy to make a list of health goals and end up with 20, but I wanted this to be practical and doable.  I chose 7 after thinking about.  After all, that’s one for each day of the week.

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I’ve been on this health journey for a while and I’ve read many books, listened to many podcasts and have a pretty decent grasp on what is true health and what’s a fad.  Fads don’t last but real health does.  Plus, we don’t want fads anyways, we want to create long lasting habits that will truly last the rest of your life.  Health is a journey- I say it a lot.  It’s not a destination.  If you’re looking for a one hit wonder, this post isn’t for you.  There isn’t a magic formula for achieving optimal health, it’s consistency and small steps each and everyday.  They all add up.

As my brother, Dr. Matt, a naturopathic physician says, “Accumulate health.”  

I couldn’t agree more.  Everyday you want to accumulate more and more health.  It isn’t the one month where you do “all” the healthy things but the everyday habits that make the difference.  I’ve literally been on a journey to heal my hashimoto’s for a while.  This hasn’t been something that’s happened over night.  It’s taken consistent health habits to get better. But guess what?  It works!  My antibodies have gone down, my energy has gone up and I’m feeling good.  All those little things add up.  Let’s check in with our habits and see where they’re at.  How do you start your day?  What does breakfast look like? Are you always on the go?  Not taking time for yourself?  Think about your life and the habits that you’ve adopted.  Are they serving you or hurting you?

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I think it’s important to have some goals when it comes to creating healthy habits.  A couple books I love that talk about forming habits and creating them are:

Some podcasts that I love listening too when it comes to habits and Mindset are:

I think it’s important to always be growing and causing yourself to think bigger.  You can adopt new habits and change your old ones.  It is possible!  Sometimes we just need to be reminded.

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So here are the 7 health habits that have changed my life and I know will change your life if you let them!

 

  • Change Your Mindset-

I actually adopted a word for this year and it’s mindset.  I’ve never done this before but I’ve realized how important mindset is when changing your habits over the years and I want to focus on it even more this year.  If I literally don’t change the way I think no habit is going to stick.  I may change temporarily but it won’t be lasting change.  The past couple years I’ve realized the areas I’ve changed in are because of mindset shifts and changes I’ve had.  Not because I was super motivated because we all know that can fade, but because I had changed my thinking about it.  I literally don’t have dairy or gluten, and I don’t think about it.  I know it can cause my hashimoto’s to flair up, so I just don’t do it.  It’s just not even a question in my mind.  I just don’t make it an option.  If I let my mindset be that maybe I’ll have dairy or gluten sometimes then I might.  But I just don’t go there.  The same thing could be true for anything in your life.  Whether it’s business, family, whatever.  This applies to anything, but obviously we’re focusing on health.  Do you think you can never lose the weight?  Do you think you’ll always struggle eating clean?  What’s your limiting belief you’re accepting as truth?

 

  • Change Your Company-

Who you associate yourself with is a pretty big deal.  I know we’ve all heard it.  Who you surround yourself with is who you become.  When you surround yourself with people that cause you to go higher, than you fall in line with that.  Imagine if your best friend was constantly working out, being active and asking you to come.  Don’t you think that would rub off on you?  Eventually you would probably go workout and start being more active.  The opposite is also true. If you hang around people that just want to sit around and watch t.v. all day, eat junk food and don’t care about health, you’ll likely start adopting those same habits. I’m not saying ditch all your friends but consider what you want to change in your life when it comes to healthy habits and if your friends are supporting those goals.  Maybe it will just take you standing up saying you’re going to start eating clean and they would follow suit.  Sometimes someone just needs to be the first one that stands up.  The same could be true for your spouse.  Maybe you wished they were stronger for you when it came to living out a clean lifestyle but maybe it will have to start with you making the first step.  Be the person that you want them to be and eventually it will rub off on them.

 

  • Make Real Food-

I know sounds life chaining huh? Ok, it might seem obvious but this has changed my life.  Making real homemade food and avoiding the packaged food.  I honestly rarely eat out.  I don’t live somewhere where there are a lot of great options.  Sometimes I wish I could grab something quick, but quick around me is the nearest fast food joint and that’s not an option.  Regardless I do think making real food is a game changer for your health.  You’ll eat less, eat more nutrient dense food and save money!  Basically setting yourself up for success.  You’re literally going to be reprogramming your cells to work for you instead of against you.  I never knew how to cook until after I got married.  Trust me, when I say this- I didn’t even know how to cook chicken.  I’ve come a long way.  My hubs jokes now that he’s glad I learned how to cook because I would only make two things when we got married. 🙂  So if you don’t know how to cook, you can learn because I’m living proof!  Plus, real food doesn’t have to be overwhelming or intimidating.  It actually is really simple and fun once you learn a few tips and tricks.  Get a clean eating cookbook like this one or this one to get you started.  Sometimes it just takes a little inspiration or follow a real food blogger to keep you going.

 

  • Be Active-

I don’t like using the word exercise or working out because I think people associate those with negative connotations.  Having an active lifestyle is something everyone should practice.  Whether that means going on a hike, going for a walk, doing crossfit, lifting weights, whatever gets your body moving.  I know for me its looked different in every season of life.  When I was single it was different, as I got married it changed and now that I have kids it looks different.  I used to beat myself up when I couldn’t spend the normal time I used to spend when I was just married working out.  But I realized consistent activity even if it wasn’t 6 days a week was better than none.  Just being consistent with something makes the biggest difference.  It all goes back to the accumulating health quote that my brother always says.  It’s the little things that add up.  Do something that you love!  I hear so many people trying to go to the gym and run on the treadmill and they hate it.  Don’t do it!  Find something that is fun, that challenges you and keeps you wanting more.  It might take a couple different times, but don’t force yourself to do things that you know you won’t stick with in the long run.  Being active gives you more energy, improves your overall mood and mind, increases strength and endurance- the list could go on and on.

 

  • Manage Your Stress-

Notice I didn’t say eliminate stress, because let’s face it, that’s impossible.  We live in a fast paced world that isn’t slowing down anytime soon.  The best thing you can do is to learn how to manage your stress.  For me this has come by identifying the stressor and getting to the root of it.  Is it really the activity I’m doing or is the fact that I booked my calendar up too much and I don’t have anytime to decompress?  Think about why you’re really feeling on edge.  Figure out what drains you and what gives you energy.  I’m a people person but not an every day let’s have a party type of people person.  That would drain me.  The biggest advice I can give when it comes to managing stress is learning to say no.  It might mean limiting your kid’s after school activities to one sport.  It might mean not saying yes to every social event, or allowing time to meal prep for the week.  Think about what is causing you to feel stressed and address the triggers.

 

  • Fill Up Your Cup-

I know the word self care gets thrown around a lot these days.  I think a lot of us are saying it, but not a lot of us are practicing it.  When was the last time you actually took an hour or two to yourself and totally did something you loved.  Maybe it’s reading a good book, or maybe it’s just watching an hour of your favorite show.  It could be getting your nails done once a week or flipping through the latest magazine.  Figure out what fills you up and do it.  Don’t take a budbble bath if you hate it!  Just because someone else likes it doesn’t mean you will.  Find what relaxes you.  The goal is to do whatever helps you forget about everything else for a little bit and fills up your tank.  When I practice this I feel so much better!  For my husband it’s working out.  If I let him  workout for an hour he will come back refreshed and energized- haha sometimes a different person.

 

  • Challenge Yourself-

This one may sound weird but it’s so true.  I find the people I’m constantly coming in contact with our challenging themselves.  Whether it’s their mind, their food habits, exercise, at work- they’re wanting to improve and be a better version of themselves.  This isn’t a type of rat race thinking that makes you think you always have to be doing something.  It’s not for the approval of others but a sense of trying something new.  For instance, maybe the fear of getting in shape has kept you from signing up for a 5k or the gym.  Challenge yourself to sign up and take the step to face your fears.  I bet before long you will wonder why you even had them in the first place.  When you challenge yourself I think it helps to keep your mind sharp too.  It doesn’t matter what your age is, challenge yourself in something and watch how you surprise yourself.

Do any of these 7 health goals resonate with you?  What if you adopted one of these habits each month for the next 7 months, where would your life be?  How would it look differently?  What are some health habits you’ve adopted?

Here’s to building healthy habits in the new year!

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The Best Of Clean Beauty 2018

The Best Of Clean Beauty 2018

We are at it again with the best of clean beauty 2018!  My girl Lisa from the blog This Organic Girl and I are dishing up our faves this year in clean and natural beauty.  This is our third year in a row and the post always seems to be a crowd favorite. 

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I’m going to give you a quick run down on some past favorites too that we can’t stope reaching for, plus some personal picks that I’ve tried and Lisa hasn’t.  But before I do, I wanted to share a little about two places that keep me well stocked when it comes to clean and natural beauty products.

The first is The Detox Market– 

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Just some of the clean beauty you can find at detox market!

This was the very first green beauty store I shopped at.  I still remember angels singing when I visited the actual store in L.A.  Ok, maybe angels weren’t singing but it felt like I had arrived in green beauty heaven!  They have ALL the brands and more.  You want some Josh Rosebrook- they’ve got you covered.  Need some Osmia Organics in your life, sister they have it.  Want some Odacite?  No problem- they have the whole line.  It’s your one stop shop for all things natural beauty!  They have a list of ingredient standards, which lists ingredients they don’t allow in their formulations, so you can be sure your products are squeaky clean. 

I remember hearing about their pop up shop in 2010- I was salivating to go!  It was at the same time I had started to detox my beauty products.  It’s so crazy to think where The Detox Market is today!  There’s so many natural options, compared to 8 years ago.  I love their mission on educating the consumer and bringing awareness.  Forever a Detox Market fan!  You can basically get any clean beauty product from their store.  

Also, I love Boxwalla!  

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Love this clean beauty box by Boxwalla. It hits all the marks when it comes to a clean beauty box.

This is a clean beauty box that you can get bi-monthly. In case you’re not familiar with Boxwalla allow me to introduce you.  This box delivers some of the best of green beauty.  I find that’s what sets them apart from other green beauty boxes is their thoughtful curations.  I always find they go out on a limb and really find brands and artisans that I haven’t heard of- which I love!  If you’re into trying new brands and discovering people that truly love their craft- this box is for you.  I also love that this box is bi-monthly versus every month.  It helps me to savor each box and really get to know the products.  Their selections are always cruelty free as well.  The products are also free of certain ingredients according to Boxwalla standards.  You can find the specific ingredients they avoid here. Another reason I love getting behind this box!  Plus, don’t get me started on their actual boxes the products come in- seriously next level.  I keep each box and give them to others with gifts in them because they’re so gorgeous!  Read below on how their boxes are made. A quote from Boxwalla’s website: 

Each box containing Boxwalla goodies is carefully crafted from tree-free handmade paper. A small company in India makes the paper for us, from cotton scraps, using the traditional art of paper-making that involves 9 steps and takes several weeks. The handmade paper is then meticulously fashioned into the boxes that you see in the pictures. The whole process is completely child labor free and employs 63 local villagers and 20 skilled artisans whose families have been making paper for generations. We love supporting socially and environmentally conscious businesses such as these: They craft beautiful products while preserving traditional crafts and skills that would otherwise be completely lost.

If you want to start the new year off right and start discovering the best of green beauty, sign up for a Boxwalla box here!

Here are past favorites of Lisa and I that we can’t get away from:

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Lisa and I wearing the beloved Mermaid Mask by Leahlani skincare.

Ok, on to the BEST OF CLEAN BEAUTY 2018!

  • Moss Skincare Beurre Céleste Honey Antioxidant Infusion Recovery Mask in Cleansing Baume- It was love at first swipe when I used this cleansing mask/balm.  It comes in a balm form and quickly melts in your hands and removes makeup and grime so effortlessly. Your skin feels so clean, and not stripped in any way.  I often use it in the mornings and leave it on my skin while I brush my teeth.  Such a unique formula too because it’s completely waterless- so no preservative!  
  • African Botanics Fleurs de’Afrique- An amazing plant based retinol oil that my skin LOVES!  I literally have seen a brightness in my skin and hyper pigmentation fade- no joke.  If you got it, then you know what I’m talking about.  I discovered this in a Boxwalla box- they are always dishing out the good stuff.
  • Kosas Lipstick- These lipsticks are the best.  To own a Kosas lipstick is to love it!  These are pigmented, long lasting and moisturizing.  I almost have all 8 colors in the collection and there isn’t a bad color.
  • Odacite Lip Serum- I had never used a lip serum like this on my lips until Odacite’s.  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!
  • Laurel Sun Damage Repair Serum- This is a serum and oil in one that helps to repair sun damaged skin.  The formula contains 27 whole organic plants!  It helps to reverse the signs of aging that the sun brings.  It also helps to brighten and fade age spots.  The oil feels richer on the skin but it also seeps right in.  When I used it I noticed a decrease in overall redness, faded sun spots and clearer skin tone.  
  • Khus Khus Modern Herbal Fusion + RASA Restorative Potion- This is such a unique body cream. Not only does it contain adaptogenic herbs but Ayurvedic and Western nervine herbs as well.  It helps to bring a calm to the nervous system.  It feels so soothing and healing!  Plus, my skin feels so hydrated as well.
  • True Botanicals Cellular Repair Serum, Antioxidant Booster and Vitamin C Booster- The Cellular Repair 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.  This Vitamin C Booster 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.  The Antioxidant Booster is similar to the Vitamin C Booster but it uses apple peel powder instead, which has actually been shown to be more powerful then Vitamin C!  It helps brighten dark spots, even out skin tone and firm skin.
  • Sappho Brow Pomade- When my beloved brow cream that I had been using for a couple year from Hynt was reformulated I was back to the drawing board to find one that worked just as good!  Thankfully Sappho answered my prayers.  This works so well. Leaves my brows looking natural and so easy to apply.  I wear the color dark brown black.
  • Honest Beauty Mascara- If you’ve followed me for a hot minute you know I’m OBSESSED with this mascara!  It’s the best I’ve found in green beauty. It gives my lashed definition, length and drama.  Plus, you can get it on Amazon and it’s under $15!  I know- we hit the jackpot with this one.  
  • Osmia Body Oil- I can’t get enough of Osmia’s Body Oil.  It’s like the biggest drink of water for your body.  Your skin will thank you and so will your mind as you wrap yourself in this goodness.  I apply mine right out of the shower or bath and my skin stays silky smooth all day.  I love the Night Oil scent- with notes of lavender, roman chamomile and atlas cedarwood. But if you don’t like scent you would love their naked oil- it has no essential oils in it.
  • Maya Chia The Optimist Hydrating Essence- I get SO excited for any new Maya Chia product and The Optimist was no exception.  This gem is housed in a dark glass bottle, preserving every last drop of goodness.  Smells divine with hints of neroli, sweet orange, and ylang ylang.  The formula itself feels so hydrating on the skin and refreshing with white tea, antioxidants, fatty acids and phytonutrients- just to name a few.  I can’t forget the actual spray function.  It works so well!  I know it might sound funny, but after truing hundreds of mists in my day, the spray function is actually quite important.  You don’t want the mist to feel like it’s attacking your skin or spraying you in the eye!  The Optimist sprays so well all over the face.  The founder Susanne nailed it!

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Honest Beauty Mascara is my favorite green beauty mascara.

Here are some favorites of mine that I discovered this year and I can’t not share:

  • Beautycounter’s Face Wipes- These wipes are the best I’ve found in green beauty.  They offer the perfect amount of moisture, and they remove all my makeup!  Plus, they’re biodegradeable.
  • Beauty counter’s Eye shadows- I love these shadows.  They get the best eye shadow award in clean beauty hands down!  They are so pigmented, go on smooth and stay on forever- the whole day.  Trust me- you will be hooked once you use them.  They are having a sale right now for 30% off their holiday eye palettes too!
  • Beautycounter’s Eye Makeup Remover- Ok, I seriously was so excited when I tried this eye makeup remover.  All you Mary Kay fans will get me.  Back in the day I used to be big Mary Kay Eye Makeup Remover devotee.  It was the best I found and since I stopped using it I’ve never even able to find a replacement. Until now!  This eye makeup remover works like a charm- can’t say it enough. If you like having an eye makeup remover- you’ll love this!
  • Ilia Eye Primer- I have finally found my favorite eye primer in clean beauty!  This magic little wand does not mess around.  It keeps my eye shadows in place the whole day, no creasing, or smudging.  I can’t recommend it enough.
  • Tata Harper’s Clarifying Mask- I had tried this once before this year but nothing more. It had been a small sample. Then I got a full jar and lets just say, it quickly dwindled!  This helps purify pores, detoxify the skin and leave you with an overall glow.  Can’t get enough!

That’s it for The Best Of Clean Beauty 2018!  Want to see what The Best Of Clean Beauty 2016 and 2017 was?  Check out 2016 here and 2017 here.  

Go check out my girl Lisa’s take on all our faves, plus see what 5 products she discovered this year!

*Also don’t forget to check out our Instagram pages @gurlgonegreen and @thisorganicgirl to enter to win over $500 worth of clean beauty loot!  

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How To Heal Your Body With Foundation Training Expert Kate Murphy

How To Heal Your Body With Foundation Training Expert Kate Murphy

In episode #26 we are learning how to heal your body with foundation training expert Kate Murphy. Kate Murphy is a kinesiologist(human mechanics/movement expert), certified Foundation Training Instructor, Wellness Guru, and the founder of Health Revolt.  She has worked thirteen years as a personal trainer.  For seven of those years she wrestled with chronic pain, failing to find relief on the symptom-chasing treadmill of conventional health care.  During her journey to find relief she spent thousands of hours researching and consulting with leading fitness, nutrition, and wellness experts.  She truly believes that we don’t have to settle for a life of adjusting to our symptoms and rearranging our lives around problems we’re told have no solutions. The answers and freedom Kate found drastically changed her life and now it’s her passion and purpose to help other’s change theirs. 

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Topics Discussed- 

  • Who is Kate Murphy from Health Revolt?  How did you get to where you are today?
  • What was your health awakening or “Golden Hour” moment in your life?
  • Do you feel being your own health advocate is what’s helped you take control of your health? 
  • Can you give those listening a brief overview of what foundation training is and how it changed your life?
  • Obviously as a personal trainer you understand the importance of moving your body, how did Foundation Training change your mindset on body movement?
  • Why is it important for people to include foundation training in their lives?
  • If someone wanted to start including foundation training movements in their own life where should they start?
  • You have so many testimonials on your site from working with clients who have had success since incorporating foundation training in their life, what is the most common thing you hear when people start doing the movements?
  • This is a question we ask all our guests: what are 3 health habits that have made the biggest impact in your life?

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