Max and Me Review

Max and Me Review

My Max and Me review is finally complete.  I have really taken my time to get to know each product throughout the whole process.  I didn’t want to rush my skin or my thoughts.  This line is very special and I knew I needed time to experience it.

If you aren’t familiar with Max and Me- let me introduce you.  This exquisite line is from the beautiful country of Austria.  This line represents a love story between the two founders.  Max and Tanja.  Max and Tanja are a husband and wife team, Max and Tanja Gruber.  The name, Max and Me, really is a representation of their love for each other.  Their hope is that you feel the product in your whole being and feel the vibrations of it as you use it.  It truly is an experience!  You feel their sweet and tender love story coming through the product, and you can’t help but be grateful for your own loves that surround you.

Their passion is so evident in their products and ingredients as well.  With organic and wildcrafted ingredients that perform to the highest standards.  In the end, they even go beyond organic!  Here is an exert from their website-

Max and Tanja lovingly source ingredients only from farmers, cooperatives and distillers who carefully harvest wild plants, or practice organic farming, in harmony with nature its seasons and its rhythm. We need them to consider plants as beings of light that are respected and revered.

The line is blended by hand in small artisan batches, making sure no detail is spared.  After blending by hand, they are then bottled in violet/amber glasses to preserve and protect it.  I loved reading that their whole process of creating and manufacturing Max and Me takes place in the midst of a flower garden-how appropriate.  The care and attention to detail of this line is truly special.

I had sampled the Circle of Protection Oil before and fell in love with it.  It still is my favorite body oil- there’s nothing like it.  From the smell to the hydration and feel.  It’s a true luxury.  When I received my skincare treats from Max and Me I was beyond excited!

So without further adieu let me introduce you to Max and Me…

Purity & Grace Oil Cleanser-

Let’s start with their oil cleaner- it’s such an amazing product in itself.  The smell alone is intoxicating!  I apply 3-4 pumps to my hands and rub in circular motions on dry skin to remove all the build up and makeup from the day.  It even gets off eye makeup.  After removing the day’s grime I take a warm washcloth and use it to remove all the oil.  My skin feels clean, and balanced afterwards.  I’ve never looked forward to cleansing my skin as much as I have when I’ve been using this cleansing oil.  The whole experience from the scent, to the feeling of the oil- it’s all so luxurious. My self care after a long day.  This cleanser is perfect for all skin types.  There are mixtures of altas cedar, lavender and mountain juniper.  Grab your Purity and Grace Oil Cleanser here!

Enchanted Facial Oil-

Ohh, this oil is divine!  It’s won best in show from Indie Beauty Expo in 2016 and for good reason.  The smell again is wonderful.  From jasmine, lavender, sandalwood and rose- it envelops you in this tantalizing aroma.  This oil is especially great for sensitive, irritated or mature skin.  It helps to calm and soothe with oils of argan, marula, macademianut, rosehip, pomegranate, and evening primrose.  I apply it after my hydrosol.  Using circular motions to blend it in, while inhaling the scent.  It calms me and helps me relax.  When I wake up in the morning my skin feels balanced, hydrated and less congested.  This oil is a winner!  Get your Enchanted Oil here!

I Am The Light Oil-

I loved this facial oil as well.  It is different than the Enchanted oil but equally special.  I use the Enchanted oil before going to bed, while the I Am The Light I like to use in the morning.  It helps to revive tired, dull skin.  Bringing back your inner glow!  This is why I precisely love using it in the morning.  It gives my face a lit from within glow before I even apply my makeup.  My makeup looks better and goes on so smooth.  There are so many all star ingredients in this bottle.  From argan, rosehip, pomegranate, marula and so many more.  Again, the smell just captures you- the perfect way to wake up tired skin.  Get your I Am The Light Oil here!

Sweet Serenity/Beauty Balm-

This little jar is full of goodness. This is such a multitasking product.  It not only helps soothe skin, and hydrate but also helps to boost collagen for mature skin.  I love applying it at night on top of the Enchanted for additional moisture and skin love.  In the morning it works great as a moisturizer before makeup.  I allow 30 minutes for it to set on my skin before applying makeup.  It doesn’t feel overly oily like some balms- my skin literally drinks it up and is left feeling dewy to the touch.  This balm is especially great for those who suffer from acne or irritated skin.  Not only would it soothe your skin but help bring balance.  The essential oil blend in this balm are made to soothe and heal the skin.  Grab your Sweet Serenity/Beauty Balm here!

Sweet Serenity Rescue-

This balm is another multitasking product.  Really taking healing and soothing the skin to the next level.  It releases heat in the skin, calms redness, and relieves stressed skin.  This is the perfect antidote for skin that is stretched and irritated.  Also, great for burns or bites.  It helps to transform your skin back to it’s glory days.  I applied this at night by itself and loved how my skin felt so transformed in the morning.  Not only did my skin feel so hydrated but my redness was minimized.  I loved applying this to my lips too- ultra moisture!  Great on days when I go makeup free.  My skin feels like it’s getting repaired the whole day with all of it’s goodness.  Grab your Sweet Serenity Rescue here!

Sweet Serenity Mask & Wash-

This mask and wash is by far one of my very favorite masks!  It is just delectable.  The smell literally transforms me to a calming and soothing place with cacao, honey and mangosteen.  I can’t get enough.  As I write this my jar is completely gone…I know sad.  I literally used every last drop.  The beauty of this product is it can be used in many ways.  One way is as a cleanser.  I use it to rub away all the day’s grime and wipe off with a warm washcloth.  My skin feels renewed and refreshed.  I also love using it as a mask.  First, I would use the Purity and Grace oil cleanser first to remove all the dirt from the day and then follow with the Sweet Serenity Mask.  I would then go about my nighttime routine and then at the end wash it off with a warm washcloth.  My skin loved every drop.  This little ritual of cleaning and masking has given my skin some serious restoration and glow.  I would also use this as an exfoliant in the morning  and leave it on after rubbing on my face while I brushed my teeth.  It worked perfectly as a mask/cleanser/exfoliant combo.  After the mask my skin is hydrated, balanced and glows.  I can’t say enough about this product!  Get your Sweet Serenity Mask & Wash here!

Crystal Clear Beauty Body Oil-

This little number is so hydrating and smells divine too.  Crystal Clear helps troubled, irritated skin, helping to calm and soothe it.  The oil clears and detoxifies the skin.  It doesn’t feel as heavy as the Circle of Protection body oil.  It’s a nice light feeling.  My skin still felt hydrated the whole day.  I loved applying this all over my body after showering for the ultimate hydration experience. Snag your Crystal Clear Beauty Body Oil here!

A Journey In Time and Dimensions-

Fell for this oil too!  It leaves you with the softest, dewiest skin.  I would also apply this after showering and my skin just drank up every drop.  The smell transports you to happy times and melts away stressors.  I loved how dewy my skin felt even at the end of the day.  It even has toning effects on the skin too.  Scents of ylang ylang, sandalwood, rose, frankincense and patchouli capture your mind.  This is such a luxe body oil!  Get your body oil here!

That concludes my review of this beautiful line, Max and Me.  I truly have loved experiencing each product.  Such a treat.  Max and Me has been so generous to offer my readers something very special.  You can order any of their skin treats straight from their studio(so fresh) until Oct. 1st and receive free shipping on all orders over  200 € (approx. $250 USD) with coupon code: maxandmeatsuzi. A huge savings since they are based in Austria. Plus, you will receive a full sized “Purity and Grace” Facial Oil Cleanser as a gift. It gets better, American customers don’t have to pay VAT as you do in Europe, so 20% of the prices you see in their online store are always deducted for American customers when you order (you will only see this when you’ve placed your order and are already in the payment system of their online shop).

So in other words, what are you waiting for?!  Grab some items for yourself and as gifts!

If you have any questions let me know in the comments.  What do you want to try the most from their line?

Loving Lately- August

Loving Lately- August

How is Summer almost over?!  I feel like it just started.  I love the long summer days.  Washington really shows off in the summer- if you haven’t been up here in the  warm months you need to make the trek up.  I just got back from the CrossFit Games and to say I’m motivated to step up my game in the exercise department would be an understatement.  I went to watch my 63 year old dad compete.  This was his 4th year going and he got 4th place- so proud of him!  It really made me realize how there are no limits- only limits we put on ourselves.  Age is just a number.

I don’t love traveling with kiddos though- I mean who does?  Love being home but don’t love the laundry pile sitting next to me- such a dichotomy!  Can I hire out for this kind of stuff?  It does feel nice to get back in the kitchen to fix my food.  Whenever I’m traveling I always feel like my options are a little more limited and my body is out of synch.  I got my daughter’s preschool open house flyer in the mail- I was a wreck!  I still can’t believe she is going to school in a month.  I can just see it now.  I’ll be in tears, while she waves happily goodbye.  She’s a social butterfly to say the least.

I’ve rounded out some current favorites.  These made the cut for my Loving Lately Top Ten-

  1. Birkenstocks- If you don’t have a pair of Birks I recommend you get yourself a pair stat.  They are the most comfortable pair of shoes.  I’ve had mine for over a year and have worn them walking through Disneyland, CrossFit Games, hiking, while prego and so much more.  No blisters, no sore feet- they’re kind of magical.  The trick is to wear them in so they form to your feet.  You’ll thank me!  Get your pair here!
  2. Hashimoto’s Protocol This book has completely changed my thinking on Hashimotos and low thyroid.  I listened to it first, then bought the hard copy book too.  The author Izabel Wentz even suggests that 90% of those who have low thyroid actually have hashimotos.  I’ve had antibodies present in my blood since before having Finley- my first daughter.  I didn’t really dive into anything at the time since I was trying to get pregnant and wasn’t going to do anything extreme.  Then when I was done nursing her, I practically got pregnant with my second daughter.  Anyways, I’m diving deep into an AIP diet now.  I’ll be sharing more in the future.  I was surprised how the author Izabel Wentz talked about how she realized her mascara by Benefit cosmetics was giving her crazy headaches and the minute she stopped using it they were gone.  I was quickly reminded of why I do what I do in sharing clean product recommendations.  Bottom line- the book is amazing!  Hashimoto’s Protocol
  3. True Botanical’s Basic Cleanser– I really love this cleanser.  I like it better than the regular True Botanical’s Cleanser- yep I said it.  It cleans my skin, doesn’t dry it out at all, takes off all makeup(yes even eye makeup), and comes in a handy glass pump bottle.  Plus, the smell is so much lighter than the original formula.  I can’t get enough!  I already wrote a full review on their Basic’s Line here.  The whole line is amazing and so budget friendly.  Check out the line here! 
  4. Josh Rosebrooks Vital Balm CreamThis balm has become a staple in my routine.  Everything about it I love.  From the glass container it comes in, to the whipped formula, to the vanilla scent that is just perfect- it hits all the marks.  My skin is dry, but can be oily around the t-zone, especially in the summer months.  This balm works so well with my skin.  I put it on in the mornings after using a hydrosol and before makeup.  My makeup stays put throughout the day and doesn’t slide off.  Balms are too heavy to wear during the day, and creams can be too greasy- this is the perfect mix.  I’m obsessed!  If you haven’t tried it yet, you need too!  Grab yours here! 
  5. Organic Sliced TigerNuts – Have you heard of these?  They’re actually not a nut at all, but a root vegetable.  I know I had never heard of them until I started diving deep into the AIP diet.  They offer some good resistant starch for the body.  I want to add them to my raw veggies breads.  I ordered them the other day- I’ll let you know what I think!  If you want to join me in eating these little guys grab your Organic Sliced TigerNuts  here!
  6. SodaStream Penguin Sparkling Water Maker- I’m about to order this!  We like our sparkling water a lot around here.  We usually buy it from Whole Foods in the glass bottles by the case.  But I really like knowing my water is completely filtered, plus this is so much more convenient and will save us money in the long run.  My sister in law has this one and I always drool a little when I see it.  It’s uses glass bottles, not plastic.  Imagine having filtered, fizzy water in glass bottles waiting in your fridge at all times?  I know, now you want one too!  Get yours here!
  7. Lark Ellen Granola Bites I recently discovered this granola and fell hard for it.  I mean have you found paleo, grain free granola that is organic, vegan, non-gm0, sweetened with honey or maple syrup and has sprouted nuts and seeds? I didn’t think so.  This stuff is next level and so tasty!  I pretty much ate the vanilla cinnamon all by myself- opps!  Check them out here! 
  8. Max & Me Circle of Protection Body Oil– I never considered myself a body oil snob, but then I tried Max and Me’s Circle of Protection.  This body oil is unlike any I’ve used.  The smell is insanely good- not too much at all and the formula is perfect- no joke.  It melts into my body and I’m left with baby soft skin.  I’ve never gone through a body oil as a beauty blogger and this one I used up within two months.  If you want to splurge on yourself I recommend you pick this up- you won’t regret it! 
  9. American Eagle Floral Head Scarf- I’ve tried head scarfs before and they failed.  Part of the problem was tying it.  It would end up slipping and coming out completely.  I randomly saw this head scarf on vacation back in June and snagged it.  Yes, I went into American Eagle- I felt 16 all over again.  It has a stretchy part that keeps the scarf in place and then you tie it so you don’t see the stretchy part- genius!  I’m all about bringing the 60’s head scarf back and making my hair look cute in 1 minute!  Snag your head scarf here! 
  10. Activ Whey Protein Powder- I can’t get enough of this goat whey protein.  It is the best protein powder I’ve ever used!  I personally know the creator and founder and can vouch for it’s purity and standards.  It comes in chocolate and vanilla and I love them both!  I put it in my smoothies, make protein balls with it and use it in bar recipes.  The list is endless!  Check out the protein podcast and my protein blog post here to learn why it’s so important to choose a clean protein powder.  I also list tips on how to choose a clean one, and why goat whey is completely different than cow’s whey in every way. Check out the protein here and use my coupon code– GURLGONEGREEN for 10% off!

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May Beauty Heroes: Max and Me

May Beauty Heroes: Max and Me

It’s the start of a new month and with it brings another Beauty Heroes Discovery!  This month it’s all about the luxurious Austrian skincare line Max and Me.  I had never tried Max and Me until my Beauty Heroes box this month.  I was so elated to see the brand in the box and learn all about what makes them so special.  It truly is a unique brand, from their name, to the actual product.  Before I dive into this month’s Beauty Hero, if you’re not familiar with Beauty Heroes keep reading below for all the details and why this beauty box delivers month after month.

Beauty Heroes was founded by Jeannie Jarnot.  A longtime spa director herself and healthy beauty expert.  I had the pleasure of meeting Jeannie 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.  What’s not to love about this whole concept?  As a Beauty Heroes Ambassador, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of such a movement.

Ok, now I can gush about this month’s Beauty Hero product!

First, I must explain a little more about Max and Me.  Max and Me is a husband and wife team, Max and Tanja Gruber.  The name, Max and Me, really is a representation of their love for each other.  Their hope is that you feel the product in your whole being and feel the vibrations of it as you use it.  It truly is an experience!  You feel their sweet and tender love story coming through the product, and you can’t help but be grateful for your own loves that surround you.

Their passion is so evident in their products and ingredients as well.  With organic and wildcrafted ingredients that perform to the highest standards.  In the end, they even go beyond organic!  Here is an exert from their website-

Max and Tanja lovingly source ingredients only from farmers, cooperatives and distillers who carefully harvest wild plants, or practice organic farming, in harmony with nature its seasons and its rhythm. We need them to consider plants as beings of light that are respected and revered.

The line is blended by hand in small artisan batches, making sure no detail is spared.  After blending by hand, they are then bottled in violet/amber glasses to preserve and protect it.  I loved reading that their whole process of creating and manufacturing Max and Me takes place in the midst of a flower garden-how appropriate.  The care and attention to detail of this line is truly special.

Circle of Protection-

The heroic product among the Max and Me line is the Circle of Protection.  It’s a body oil, but it’s hard to even call it “just” a body oil.  It really is something so much more.  The ingredients include some of the best organic oils.  From argan, rosehip, marula and magnolia, just to name a few.  The oil is thicker in consistency but not greasy feeling at all.  It goes on smooth and doesn’t leave a weird residue.  Your skin feels perfectly hydrated and not wet feeling.  I have to tell you about the smell-so wonderful!  With notes of jasmine, geranium, and rose that literally awaken your senses and uplift you.  It isn’t a strong smell at all.  I can lightly smell it throughout the day, which I love. I apply mine after the shower once I’ve towel dried off.  My pores in my skin are open from the warm shower and they drink in this beautiful oil.  Suffice to say I can’t get enough!

Travel Size Circle of Protection + Enchanted Face Oil

The sidekicks this month are a travel size Circle of Protection and a sample of Max and Me’s award winning Enchanted Face oil.  The travel size can be given to someone special whom you want to experience the amazing oil or you can savor it for yourself and use it for travel.  I’m going to gift mine to my mom with her Mother’s Day gift.  She is the epitome of love and grace and I couldn’t think of a better oil for her to enjoy.  The Enchanted Face Oil is another all star product among the Max and Me line.  It got me addicted just long enough to realize how amazing it is and how much more I wanted of it!  The oil smells so wonderful!  I smell notes of rose, sandalwood, jasmine and lavender.  The organic oils in the facial oil are some of the best.  Including some of my favorite facial oils of argan, marula, pomegranate, primrose and macadamia oil.  These oils work together to regenerate, protect and soothe the skin.  It feels so rich going on and leaves your skin feeling balanced and moisturized.  A rare and exquisite facial oil.

This month it’s all about the Circle of Protection and Beauty Heroes and Max and Me have created a unique opportunity for a global meditation.  For more information and how to be a part, read more here.

Also, be sure to check out the Beauty Store here for all the best of green beauty.  Every month Beauty Heroes offers a Love More Promotion.  This offer is for non-members and members.  This month’s Love More product is Ojai Wild’s Perfume.  It’s a travel set of Ojai Wild’s perfume when you spend $125+ in the Beauty Store. ($42 value)

If you haven’t subscribed to Beauty Heroes this is the month-get on it!  Have I mentioned the value you get in a Beauty Heroes Box?  It’s crazy!  This box alone was $95 in value.  When you sign up for Beauty Heroes initially you pay for 3 months, which is $115.  Which averages out to $38.33 a month…so you’re already paying for your first month’s box if you joined this month!  I’m not a math wizard but that’s a deal.  And you’re getting the best of the best every month in green beauty.  Sign up here!

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