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Organic Beauty Products- August

Organic Beauty Products- August

Organic Beauty Products- August is here!  Is it just me or did summer fly by?  As much as I love summer, I’m SO ready for fall and to meet this little babe!  6 weeks out- crazy.  

So this month I have some new products and some old ones as well that I’m sharing with you.  I should say I rediscovered some old products!  I forgot how awesome they were.  Trust me, it happens when you’re a clean beauty blogger!

 

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These new Honest Beauty Liquid Lipsticks are giving me all the feels!

 

Honest Beauty Liquid Lipstick

This was an easy one to include in my organic beauty products- August roundup!  These are a new product for Honest Beauty.  They are highly pigmented like a lipstick, but go on similar to a gloss and come in a tube form.  They give your lips some nice sheen too.  I love how high impact they look on your lips!  They come in 7 colors and are super hydrating too.  I was really impressed by the longevity as well, they lasted for a good 6 hours on my pout!  And the kicker?  They’re $12.99!!  I mean talk about a steal.  Get them here!

Honest Beauty Mascara

Ok, I still get this question all the time- “What’s your favorite natural mascara?”  I feel like a broken record but it’s Honest Beauty through and through.  Why do I love it so much?  It separates my lashes, gives them volume, and doesn’t smudge on me.  I don’t have raccoon eyes by the end of the night and I get compliments on my lashes all the time- I’m telling you, this mascara doesn’t mess around!  It has a primer on one end and the black pigment on the other.  The primer definitely helps give your lashes some extra volume and length.  

I also use this Beautycounter Mattifying Powder to give my lashes an extra boost of vavoom every now and then too.  I just use an eyeshadow brush and apply it right on top of my lashes after I’ve applied a couple coats of mascara.  Then I go back and apply more mascara on top to make them really stand out.  This mascara is only $14.99!  I guess maybe this August clean beauty roundup should also be called best budget clean beauty! Get the mascara here!

 

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These new W3ll People Nudist Shadow Palettes are the perfect everyday eyeshadows.

 

W3ll People Nudist Eyeshadow Palettes

These are a new release from W3ll People.  They come in a palette with 5 different eyeshadow colors.  I love that they have matte and shimmer shadows in them.  Sometimes I’m feeling matte and sometimes I want something a little more pumped up.  One palette is violet hued and the other is taupe.  Both equally gorgeous colors!  I definitely am drawn more to the taupe palette.  It has basics for everyday wear or for kicking it up later on. A great palette to  take you from day to night.  PLUS, these palettes are so budget friendly!  You get an entire eyeshadow palette for $25!  I’m definitely hitting it out of the park this month when it comes to going easy on the wallet- your welcome! 😉 Use Coupon Code: GURLGONEGREEN for 10% off!  Check out the palettes here!

Antonym Baked Highlighting Blush

I’ve been wearing this blush and loving it!  It’s not a new find but one that I definitely can’t get enough of lately.  It gives the perfect hint of blush color with some slight shimmer.  I’m not talking teenage glitter makeup but a mature glow look.  It’s so pretty even in the package!  I love the color Lily, it’s the perfect punch of color without being too dramatic.  No more dull, lifeless blush!  This will make you glow from the inside out.  Check it out at Pharmaca.com and save 20%!  Get it here!  

 

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Some oldie’s but goodies- these two have been taking up residence in my makeup bag lately!

 

Lily Lolo Pressed Bronzer

This is another oldie but goodie!  First of all it’s pressed, which is nothing short of awesome- who wants to deal with bronzer everywhere.  But it’s also a pretty taupe color and not orange.  I’m partial to the Miami Beach color but it also comes in several other colors too depending on how dark you want to go.  And get this, another budget find!  I know it’s kind of awesome this month for saving a little money.  Check it out here!  

 

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Best exfoliator in green beauty- active enzyme exfoliator by Josh Rosebrook!

 

Josh Rosebrook Active Enzyme Exfoliator

Still my favorite exfoliator. Gets my skin super smooth and clean.  Haven’t found anything else like it.  This exfoliator uses a mechanical exfoliant of walnut shells, and also an enzyme exfoliant. Not only does my skin feel smooth after but it looks brighter!  It is chockfull of plant oils and active honey- a serious treat for the skin.  I’ve tried to pinpoint the smell and I’ve come to the conclusion it smells like black licorice to me-which I love or used too…haha.  I apply this to slightly damp skin and then I massage a small nickel size amount all over my face.  I let it set for 15 minutes, I found that’s my sweet spot.  But you can do it up to an hour.  This is another must have!  If you’ve been looking for an exfoliant that leaves your skin feeling smooth but also looking bright-this is it.  Get it here!

 Foot File And Pumice Stone

Ok, this might be random but this is something I use literally every time I shower and I realized I’ve never told you about it!  Especially in the summer my feet can get pretty nasty.  Being outside, and barefoot and just in elements can do a number on the feet.  Before I get in the shower I’ll file down any calluses I have with the foot file and then once I’m in the shower I take the pumice stone and add some soap to it.  Then I scrub the bottom of my feet with the pumice stone.  I’ve found my feet will get rough and dirty and this helps to really smooth things out and keep them looking clean.  I’m obsessed!  If you have feet that could use a little tlc between pedicures this will be your best friend!  Get the foot file here and the pumice stone here!

That sums up my organic beauty products- August edition!  Want to see some of my past favorites from previous months?  Check them out below!

 

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Sharing my favorite organic beauty products for August on the blog!

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13 Days of Giveaways

13 Days of Giveaways

Are you ready for 13 Days of Giveaways?! Fasten your seat belt because this is going to be so good! I’ve teamed up with my girl Lisa from This Organic Girl to bring you our favorite green beauty products. And guess what?! We are giving away not 1 set but 2! That’s right, 2 winners each day! It doesn’t get much better.

It’s all happening on Instagram. Be sure to follow Lisa @thisorganicgirl and Suzi @gurlgonegreen on there to be able to enter to win each day. Below I’m sharing what is up for grabs and why I love the products so much!

Aillea- $400 Value!

We are giving away not 1 $200 gift card but 2!

I love shopping at Aillea. They have all the “IT” green beauty brands, from Rahua, Innersense, Kosas, Lily Lolo and more. You’ll be in green beauty heaven! Besides their online stores they also have 5 brick and mortar stores. They make it so easy to get all my favorite products all in one spot. Shop Aillea here!

Josh- $478 Value!

I’ll be giving away Active Enzyme Exfoliator, Hair spray, Cacao Antioxidant Mask, and Vital Balm Cream. A Some serious loot!

If you’ve been in green beauty for a hot minute then you know Josh Rosebrook! His products speak for themselves and are fan worthy for sure. A I remember trying his hair spray for the first time after trying so many bad ones and being so excited I found one that works so well! A His Active Enzyme Exfoliator is one of the best for smoothing out skin and getting your glow on. A Shop all of Josh Rosebrook here!

Maya Chia- $456 Value!

I’ll be giving away The Optimist, The Super Couple Serum, Highlight of the day(you can choose color), Supercritical Waterless Balm. Talk about a stellar giveaway!

It’s been almost 2 years since I tried my first Maya Chia product and let’s just say it’s been a good two years! They perform so well. The first product I tried was The Super Couple Serum- one of my holy grail oil serums! I was hooked on the products after that. The all star ingredient in Maya Chia is the supercritical chia oil. Not only is chia oil heralded for it’s fast absorbing ability, but also for it’s antioxidants, minerals, and omega 3’s skin’s dream team! You can say bye to fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, it has clinically been proven to increase hydration. Shop all of Maya Chia here!

Laurel- $516 Value!

I’ll be giving away Honey Berry Enzyme Mask, Sun Damage Repair Serum, Brightening Mask, bowl + brush.

Love Laurel products and all she stands for, a cut above!  She prides herself on sourcing and plant actives in each formula.  Her products perform so well.  I remember using the Sun Damage Repair Serum for the first time and literally seeing a transformation in my skin after a few weeks.  They are rich in color because of the potency too!  Shop Laurel here!

Fitglow- $310 Value!

I’ll be giving away 3 lip serums(winner gets to choose color) and their lipstick trio in a bag.

Fitglow products are the perfect marriage between products that perform and nourish the skin.  The founder includes vitamins and antioxidants in her formulas that really create change in the skin.  Even her lip serums are loaded with active ingredients.  If you haven’t tried the lip serums, then you’re in for a serious treat!  Best lip gloss! Shop all Fitglow here!

Osmia- $253 Value!

I’ll be giving away her Night Oil, Whipped Body Mousse and bar of soap.  

Osmia was started by Sarah, an ER doctor.  She had no intention of starting a skincare company but after taking a soap making class she knew she was in love.  After two years of relentless soap making, product testing, perfume making she jumped full force into Osmia, leaving the medical field.  With top notch natural ingredients, Osmia will inspire you towards a healthier lifestyle.  Big on educating the consumer, I love how Osmia lists products they use on their website and products they don’t use and why.  They even discuss their packaging and why it’s so important to care.  I love their philosophy and commitment to excellence.  Shop Osmia here!

Vapour- $410 Value!

I’ll be giving away their Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation, AER Deodorant, Multi-Use Sticks, Organic Lip Conditioner, and Clarity Organic Makeup Remover.

Vapour has been a household green beauty name for a while. They were one of the first brands I tried 7 years ago! Not only are the ingredients clean, but the products work and last.  One thing that all Vapour products have in common is their dewiness they give to your overall look. Making your skin glow!  This mama is all about that glow.  The Multi-Use sticks are one of the most universal products.  You can use them on your cheeks, lips and eyes!  Shop all of Vapour here!

True Botanicals- $540 Value!

I’ll be giving away an Antioxidant Booster, Renew Pure Radiance Oil, and Cellular Repair Serum.  Hello!

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.  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?  The Antioxidant Booster and Cellular Repair Serum are staples in my skincare routine always.  Shop True Botanicals here!

Inika- $222

I’ll be giving away a Baked Mineral Bronzer, Eye shadow duo and their mascara.

I was introduced to this organic makeup line this last year and I’ve found so many treasures within it!  From their bronzers to their eye shadows and mascara.  They all perform so well!  They give your skin a natural look, without looking overdone.  Lisa touts this mascara as her favorite in green beauty!  Check out all of Inika products here!

Live Botanical- $256 Value!

I’ll be giving away a Luna Rose and Honey Mask + Cleanser, Lavender Cocoa Polish, AER Hyaluronic Acid Serum, AER Fresh Complexion Toning Elixir- YES!

I first discovered Live Botanical at IBE Dallas.  I had the pleasure of meeting the maker and founder Carolyn.  It was so great to connect and hear her enthusiasm for herbs.  Sometimes people merely create a line but I could instantly tell this was Carolyn’s passion.  Although she is an herbalist, much of how Carolyn sees skincare is based on her 15+ years in the technology field as an analyst.  It’s always so fascinating to see how people get their start in skincare.  It’s not often I find products that not only are clean, but also effective and budget friendly. Shop all of Live Botanical here!

Beauty Heroes- $256 Value!

I’ll be giving away 1 3 month subscription to Beauty Heroes!

Beauty Heroes was founded by Jeannie Jarnot.  A longtime spa director herself and healthy beauty expert.  I had the pleasure of meeting Jeannie last year at IBE, and she is truly one of the sweetest people.  Beauty Heroes is a monthly beauty service that selects only the best clean beauty brands.  Each month you can find one to two full size truly heroic products in each box.  The products typically range from skincare to haircare products.  However, every 3 months Beauty Heroes offers a makeup box as well that’s optional for members or non-members.  I absolutely love their “Use Less, Love More” philosophy.  By only getting one or two products, you allow yourself to truly experience them.  Of course you can trust their picks, as they are strict on their integrity standards.  Sign up for a subscription here!

Leahlani Skincare- $208 Value!

I’ll be giving away a Mermaid Mask, Honey Love Exfoliator, Mahina Serum, and Bohemian Ruby Toner. 

Every time I open a jar, or bottle of Leahlani skincare I feel like I’m getting a hand signed love note written just to me.  It may have to do with the fact that each, and every creation is made by hand.  Can you just imagine all the love, and care that goes into each bottle?  It’s no wonder my skin sings when anything Leahlani is applied!  I haven’t even mentioned ingredients, but they’re dreamy.  Organic cold pressed oils, mineral rich clays, Hawaiian honey nectars, pure essential oils, and potent botanicals are just a few ingredients that make up Leahlani skincare.  Pure goodness delivered straight to your skin-what more could you want?  Shop all of Leahlani here!

Kosas- $252 Value!

We are giving away a full set of their lipstick collection away!  

These lipsticks are my fave in natural beauty!  They offer a ton of color options, are highly pigmented and last.  Plus, they’re hydrating.  Trust me, you’ll be hooked in no time.  Some favorite colors I love are Thrillest, Royal, and Rosewater.  There isn’t a bad color- seriously.  They also have other makeup products that I love.  One of them is their new tinted face oil- so good. Snag some Kosas here!

See any faves?  Be sure to check out my girl Lisa’s blog post here to read up on her favorites! Also, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram to get the latest on all the giveaways!  Follow Lisa here and myself here!

Products I actually bought as a Beauty Blogger

Products I actually bought as a Beauty Blogger

So want to know the products I actually bought as a beauty blogger?! Well, I’m about to divulge.  It’s no secret I get sent a lot of product.  As a beauty blogger it’s both one of the perks and a necessity to stay in the know of what’s working and what’s not.  However, there are products that I buy myself because they’re just so good and because I’m not above buying product myself.

I wanted to share my current picks with you in hopes you might find something you like as well.  These are tried and true faves that never get old.  But are necessary staples in my green beauty arsenal!  I’ve got a little of everything, something for skin, hair and makeup.   Keep reading to find out what I can’t get enough of!

Leahlani Skincare Mermaid Mask-

If you’ve been around green beauty for even a hot minute you’ve heard of Leahlani Skincare.  Where would green beauty be without Leahlani Skincare?!  But really, it’s true.  I just can’t get enough of their Mermaid Mask and I know I’m not alone.  This mask is all around lovely.  Upon opening the frosted glass jar you’re greeted with the smell of the Hawaiian Islands where this decent skincare line is created.  I can just feel all the love that goes into each jar.  The formula is still handmade by Leah, the founder.  This beauty mask is filled with raw honey, spirulina, chlorella, green microalgae, kaolin sea clay and a plethora of wonderful flower oils.  It was the first green beauty mask I tried and saw a noticeable difference in my skin instantly.  My skin was glowing!  Not only that but my skin felt hydrated and decongested.  My skin is less red, and more even after using.  If you’ve been on the fence about purchasing a facial mask- just do it and snag this one!  I promise you won’t be disappointed.  A serious skin treat!  It’s also a great gift too!  Get your Leahlani Mermaid Mask here!

Also, check out all my favorites from Leahlani Skincare- read my full review here!

Osmia Organics Soap-

Again, another brand staple in green beauty.  Just the name sounds sexy doesn’t it?!  The founder Sarah is an ER doctor and really knows her stuff.  If you’ve seen her describe her soaps then you’ve probably bought one!  She makes them sound irresistible and then you buy one and realize she was absolutely right!  I was never a bar soap girl until the first day I laid eyes on an Osmia bar soap and I was sold.  First, the packaging is so luxe.  Wrapped in a partially-recycled, watercolor paper and hemp twine that is all biodegradable and compostable.  You’ll love the soap before you even use it.  Then once you unwrap it, you see this beautiful bar of soap with these waves at the top.  It’s just a thing of beauty.  All the soaps are made with organic and natural plant butters, organic and wildcrafted herbs, high quality organic oils and organic or wildcrafted essential oils.  Great lengths go to making this so much more than just a bar of soap and that’s why I just can’t stray from them.  There’s nothing artificial in these soaps!  They have seasonal scents that come out throughout the year and their staples too.  One of their staples I always have to have on hand is their coffee mint soap.  SO good.  Use it in the morning and you just may not need your morning cup of coffee!  I also love to sample the seasonal scents.  I just picked up a bar from their Spring Collection, and it’s all around lovely!  Get your Osmia bar soap here!

Also, check out all my favorites from Osmia Organics- read my full review here!

Aila Beauty Nail Polish-

My nails can’t stop sporting Aila nail polish for good reason- it’s the best!  The color and pigment in the polish is so vibrant.  It’s easy to apply and is long lasting.  Plus, I love the color selection.  My favorite is Bodega, but I also love I’m Naked, I’m Naked and Namaste.  Some nail polish can feel goopy and hard to work with but not Aila- it glides on the nails.  I bring this with me when I have my nails done and they love the formula!  The founder, Dr. Cary Gannon knows her stuff as a Board Certified Podiatric Surgeon.  She wanted to create a nail polish line that not only worked but also was free of the common harmful toxins lurking in conventional nail polish.  Well she did it and I can’t get enough.  Besides her nail polish colors, I’m also addicted to her better than gel topcoat.  It keeps my nails chip free for 5 days!  And it rates a 1 on EWG!  Get your Aila Nail Polishes here!

Also, check out all my favorites from Aila Beauty and why you want to avoid certain ingredients in nail polish- read my full review here!

Josh Rosebrook Styling Cream-

This styling cream is a favorite for my hubs and I.  He loves how it gives hold to his hair and definition without the “wet” look.  I love using it after I’ve curled my hair to add separation and texture.  It offers the hold but doesn’t get crunch or leave my hair feeling too greasy or weighed down- which I love! The ingredients are so pure too and even help stimulate and feed your scalp for optimal hair growth.  Plus, it smells so good, with essential oils of cardamom, peach and fennel.  My hubs can’t not have this and I feel the same!  Grab your Styling Cream here!

Also, check out all my favorites from Josh Rosebrook- Read my full review here! 

Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation-

This foundation is different than any other foundation I’ve used.  It’s actually a facial serum and foundation in one.  It comes in a bottle with a dropper.  Not only are you putting on a great foundation everyday, but nutrient vitamins your skin will drink up.  The serum doesn’t feel oily like you might think.  But it feels similar to a really watered down, thin paint.  I applied a few drops onto my fingers, and applied it on my face-quite like I would a facial serum.  Once it came in contact with my skin it dries, and creates this flawless finish.  It’s a matte finish but not dry looking.  The foundation covered redness, and gave my skin an overall pulled together look.  However, it looked like I wasn’t wearing anything-which I loved!  It gives you a polished look, but looks very natural at the same time.  Doesn’t every woman want that?  My skin can breathe and it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing a mask.  I also, love how it doens’t feel dry at all, and it looks just as good after a full day.  A little goes a long way too!  I love having this on hand to mix with other foundations too.  If you’re looking for a foundation that makes you feel comfortable in your own skin, then this is it.  I’m wearing the color 3.5.  Get your Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation here!

Also, check out all my favorites from Gressa- Read my full review here!

See any favorites here?  Anything you want to try?

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3 Steps to the Best Skincare Routine

3 Steps to the Best Skincare Routine

So excited to share with you my 3 Steps to the Best Skincare Routine.  I find people often aren’t sure what a beauty routine is or where to even start.  Or perhaps they think they have a routine, yet instead it looks a little more chaotic.  In this post, I want to help you create a beauty routine that you not only love but that works for you.  I will also be sharing some of my staples in my beauty routine and how they create the base of it.  If it’s one thing I’ve learned since being in the beauty industry for over 14 years it’s that a beauty routine should not be ignored.

For this post I’ve partnered up with Beauty Heroes to showcase my faves and highlight why they make the staple list.  If you’ve followed me long enough, then you’re no stranger to Beauty Heroes.  If you are new, you can read up on this amazing company here.

Step 1- Identify What You Need

I love Beauty Heroes philosophy, “Use less and love more”. Beauty Heroes is so much more than just a green beauty subscription box.  They really raise the bar when it comes to challenging the status beauty quo of always needing more.  This phrase and mantra resounds in my head now more than ever!  In essence, the goal is to find the products that speak to you, work with you and that you love.  The end result is creating a beauty routine that is not only functional but one you enjoy.

For example, some people aren’t into having 7 skincare products.  They just want 3 that really work.  On the other hand, some love their skincare routine and couldn’t go without one of their beloved products.  The point?  Do you!  Create a beauty routine that feels right for you, not someone else.  After all, I truly believe that’s what holds up many people in having a routine at all.  They feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start.  Know what you need, find it and use it.  Your body will thank you and so will your subconscious as you take a little time each day just for you.

Step 2- Find Your Favorites & Staples

If you’re wondering how to find those products think about what you always use everyday or what you find you want to use but might not have.  Maybe you have curly hair and a curl cream is a must, or maybe you have really dry skin and to not have a moisturizer would be the end of the world for you.  Find what you need and works for you.

That’s one of the reasons I love Beauty Heroes subscription box.  They deliver full size luxury green beauty products each month that work!  Often you can get a subscription box and it only gives you a trial size of many products.  You end up barely scratching the surface of what the product can even do.  In the end you end up feeling a little more overwhelmed and back at the same spot of trying to find quality products.  Enter Beauty Heroes!  Not only do you get an amazing box each month with their subscription service but they also have a carefully curated section of green beauty products in their online store.  You may be searching for a curl cream but haven’t received one in your subscription box yet.  No worries!  The great thing about Beauty Heroes is they’ve vetted the products in their store.  You simply can go there and search under hair and have their top picks.  It really doesn’t get any easier!

Another tip is to ask bloggers, search online for best natural curl cream or find natural hair companies and ask them about a curl cream.  You will end up finding the best natural curl cream out there and your hair will thank you!

Step 3- Commit To Your Routine

Once you know what you need and find the products you love, then it’s time to commit to your routine.  Often people complain about beauty results because they aren’t consistent with their routine.  The point of finding products you need and love is your more likely to stick with them, because you love using them and they make you feel good.  I like to have a morning routine and a night routine

Morning Routine-

My morning routine is all about awakening and prepping.  I love using a mask/cleanser as a morning ritual to awaken my skin and brighten it.  This gives my skin a glow but also mentally wakes me up.  I also like to prep it with a toning mist after to again awaken my senses and perk up my skin.  Then I apply an oil or serum for hydration.  This helps create balance and prep my skin before foundation.  My final step is to apply sunscreen to protect my skin throughout the day.  (As a mom some days I’m just at home and I may skip this step).

*My morning routine also includes exfoliating 2 times a week.

Night Routine-

My night time routine is all about restoring and relaxing.  At night I really like to take more time and savor my beauty routine.  It may sound funny but for me taking 10 minutes for myself at night really helps me mentally process the day and relaxes me.  Especially as a mom it’s easy to go throughout the day not really doing anything for yourself. This little act really creates a space to ease my mind.  I find myself looking forward to it every night.  Restoring my skin is an important part of my night routine.  After being in the elements during the day I like to give it the nutrients it needs to help restore it.  I love oil cleansing first to remove makeup and impurities.  Then toning with a mist for extra hydration.  Next, I apply an active serum.  This really does the main work at repairing and treating the skin.  Finally, I apply an oil to help retain moisture.

*My night time routine includes masking 2-3 times a week as well.

 Skincare Staples-

Ok, now that you know how to create your best beauty routine, lets dive into some skincare  staples in green beauty you should have in your beauty routine.  These are products every skin type needs.  They are what give you results and an effective skincare regimen.

Exfoliant-

This is a must if you want your skincare products to be effective.  An exfoliant gets rid of the dead skin cells and reveal new cells.  When you remove the dead skin cells your enabling your skincare products to not only work, because they’re not being blocked by skin that’s just sitting on top of your face but you’re also creating a smooth surface and a brighter more even complexion.  I mean who doesn’t want that?!  You only need to exfoliate 2-3 times a week depending on your skin type.  Over exfoliation can lead to sensitivities, so don’t over do it.  I pick two days of the week and add exfoliation into my morning routine.  It keeps it simple and easy to remember.

One of my favorite exfoliants in green beauty and a staple in my routine is The Active Enzyme Exfoliator by Josh Rosebrook.  This not only utilizes a mechanical exfoliant with crushed walnuts but also an enzyme exfoliant.  It helps even discoloration, remove dead skin cells and create a glowing complexion- it’s SO good!  Beauty Hereos carries this all star product in their store!  Snag it here!

Mask-

I often hear people say what does a mask really do?  My response- so much!  Masking can impart key nutrients to the skin, give you a glow, even skin tone, improve hyper pigmentation, draw out impurities and so much more.  Finding the right mask may seem daunting but it’s all about addressing your key skincare concerns.  If you really just want glowing skin, opt for a hydrating mask.  If detoxifying your skin is top priority, look for masks with clay and minerals to draw out the toxins.  Whatever your skincare need is, find a mask suited for that and then use it 2-3 times a week.  Just like exfoliation, I pick 2 days of the week and set those as my mask days.  It’s something I look forward to and creates a little ritual out of it.

One of my favorite masks I found through Beauty Heroes is Mahalo’s The Bean Antioxidant Mask.   It like a thick mud but not drying like you might assume.  It goes on easy and then dries.  However, my skin doesn’t feel dry after using it.  Instead, it feels like it just received a surge of adrenaline to the skin- in the best possible way!  I know, weird way to describe it but my skin is more awake and the blood flow to the skin is so apparent.  It was as if my skin had a good workout and is shining from the inside out.  It smells divine.  A sweet smell with notes of cacao and vanilla, ylang ylang and sandalwood.  My skin also feels much smoother, and clear.  I literally can see sun spots fading after using.  It’s evident the mask actually gets in and detoxifies the skin.  Snag the mask here!

Active Serum-

A serum is something that delivers the active ingredients directly to your skin cells.  This is where the real magic happens when it comes to seeing change and results with your skin.  A serum may contain an active form of vitamin c or hyaluronic acid.  It’s a potent blend of antioxidants that go in to repair and rejuvenating cells.  Want help with aging, dark spots or acne?  Serums are the products that will be the game changers.  I apply my serum after my toning mist.

Well, for starters it melts right into your skin.   No oily residue at all.  Perfect for at night, and during the day before makeup.  It evens my skin tone, my skin has never looked better-I know big statement but it’s true.  I have this one spot on my left cheek side and it has some hyper pigmentation and it faded quite a bit after I had been using Maya Chia.  My skin looked less red and just overall smooth.  Trust me when I say I get a lot of product to sample as a beauty blogger, so when I actually go through a product it’s a big deal.  This serum is on the last few drops.  It’s filled with vitamin C, CoQ10 and the beloved antioxidant asthaxanthin.  This serum doesn’t mess around and truly delivers!  Great for even the most sensitive skin types.  I even use it under my eyes and it works.  Say goodbye to dark circles.  Guys, this stuff is the real deal.  It has a slight pinkish color which actually gives your skin a glow-I love it! Get The Super Couple Serum here!

Face Oil- 

Oils and serums are different.  An oil usually doesn’t contain the active ingredients like a serum would.  Not that it doesn’t help facilitate change but it’s not as active as a potent serum.  Oils are essential for hydrating the skin and bringing moisture balance.  They are also incredibly soothing too.  Contrary to popular belief oils aren’t just good for dry skin but for oily skin too.  Oil dissolves oil friends!  I know sounds crazy but it’s true.  Oils are really cure alls for many skin aliments from dry skin, irritated skin, aging skin and acne.  You can call it your one hit wonder!

A favorite oil of mine is Maya Chia’s Pure Supercritical Omega-3 Chia Oil.  It has a heavier feeling and is more moisturizing than The Super Couple Serum.  Especially great for those with dry skin that can’t quite get hydrated.  It also works amazing on fine lines.  Although it is heavier, it still absorbs so well.  Your skin feels plump and soft.  A rich, extremely hydrating oil, that absorbs quickly, doesn’t feel greasy, and makes you look younger…what are you waiting for?!  This is great for even the most sensitive skin. Get your Supercritical Chia Oil here!

That’s what my skincare routine looks like.  See any faves?  Not a Beauty Heroes member yet?  Sign up here!

 

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Summer Makeup Looks

Summer Makeup Looks

I’ve been playing around with some fun summer makeup looks the past couple of weeks!  From bold lips, to bright eyes- I love switching it up.  Warm weather calls for easy makeup, but still looking put together.  I created two different looks for you guys.  They use products that I’ve been using daily.  So many of you ask for makeup looks, so I thought I would share some faves.   I love how summer brings out all the colors too- I say bring it!

  1. First Look is all about bold, yet soft eyes:

  1. Second look is all about nudish colors that pair with anything:

That sums up some summer looks I’ve been loving!  See any products you love?

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