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!

OSEA Review

OSEA Review

*This post is sponsored by OSEA. Thoughts and opinions are my own. 

So excited to share with you all my OSEA skincare review!  I hadn’t tried their products until Beauty Heroes had them in a recent box.  In the box was their Ocean Cleanser- let’s just say it was love the first time I used it!  I couldn’t get enough of the milky cleanser.  I knew I needed to try more of their products!

If you’re not familiar with OSEA allow me to fill you in on this natural skincare line.  This brand is truly unique.  I was so intrigued by the founder Jenefer’s story of how she started it.  She was inspired by her grandmother who credits the ocean to healing her.  She had been on bedrest after a severe leg injury.  Her grandmother recalls having a dream about the sea and the next day went for a swim.  A few weeks later her grandmother was healed!  Jenefer went to her roots when creating OSEA.  From what she learned from her grandmother of the healing properties of the ocean and her knowledge, she chose seaweed as the base of her skincare line.  Seaweed contains powerful minerals and ingredients to help restore and nourish the skin.

I love OSEA’s commitment to clean skincare as stated so well on their website:

OSEA delivers proven results without causing harm to our health or the health of our environment. Jenefer’s innovative formulations of certified organic, bioavailable seaweed, infused with pure steam-distilled and cold pressed essential oils create powerful natural anti-aging solutions and reduce the appearance of blemishes–eliminating the need for synthetic ingredients entirely. OSEA is free of synthetic chemicals such as parabens, petrochemicals, and sulfates.

OSEA was also the first company to sign the “Compact for Safe Cosmetics”:

In 2002, OSEA was the first company to sign “Compact for Safe Cosmetics”, an initiative started by the Environmental Working Group that holds companies accountable for ensuring that their products are “free of chemicals that are known or strongly suspected of causing cancer, mutation or birth defects.” Since then, over 1,000 companies have joined OSEA in pledging to phase out the use of toxic chemicals in all beauty products!

I was excited to dive into the products they sent me and report back to you guys my thoughts!

 

Ocean Cleansing Mud- 

This cleanser is especially formulated for oily, and acne prone skin.  It gently exfoliates while getting rid of impurities on the skin.  The first thing I noticed upon using it was the scent!  It has essential oils of tea tree, peppermint and rosemary.  It gives your skin a tingly, refreshing vibe- overall feeling very energized.  It contains organic algae and cypress oil that help to balance blemishes and remove impurities.  I would apply this cleanser on my skin at night and in the morning, but I found I liked it best in the morning as a gentle exfoliant and morning wake up call for my skin.  My skin is on the dry side so this cleanser works better for me once a day.  However, my sister who has oily skin loves it!  It helps to remove excess oil and give her an overall brighter appearance.  I applied to damp skin and used circular motions to remove makeup and dirt- avoid eye area.  Grab your Ocean Cleansing Mud here! 

Sea Vitamin Boost-

This toning mist is not only beautiful in color but performs well too!  It instantly gives my skin some major hydration and feels so refreshing.  I love squirting it on my skin in the morning to wake me up and in the afternoon even for a quick pick me up.  With ingredients like resveratrol, organic algae and pomegranate, it’s no wonder this mist makes me swoon every time I use it.   If your skin feels dull and lifeless this is for you! Get your Sea Vitamin Boost here!

Hyaluronic Sea Serum-

It’s no wonder this serum was awarded Best Beauty Award in Style for 2017!  It works and works well!  If you have dry skin or wrinkles this is for you.  It instantly adds moisture to thirsty skin and smooths fine lines.  Hyaluronic acid is known for it’s ability to attract moisture to the skin.  Just to give you a little visual, hyaluronic acid attracts 1,000 times it’s weight in water- making it a powerful player in improving elasticity.  Your skin will feel supple and smooth.  Not only does this serum have hyaluronic acid but also three different kinds of organic seaweed that help deliver antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.  In other words it’s a powerhouse serum for the skin!  I love applying this after the Sea Vitamin Boost and then pressing this into my skin before my oils.  It makes my makeup look better and gives me an overall polished look- can’t recommend it enough!  Get your Hyaluronic Sea Serum here!

Vitamin C Probiotic Face Polish-

I was so intrigued by this product!  I’ve been reading so much about putting probiotics on the skin topically and not just internally.  So many benefits!  Plus, I know how powerful vitamin c is.  This polish comes in a powder form with pure vitamin c and vegan probiotics.  It also has finely ground rice and bamboo and seaweed powders.  These help gently slough off the dead skin cells.  The vitamin c and probiotics give your skin an overall brightness and helps to fade hyper pigmentation.  I noticed improved resilience of my skin and just a fresh faced looked.  Get your Vitamin C Probiotic Face Polish here!

White Algae Mask-

This mask feels so good on the skin.  This is an anti-aging mask.  It really is meant to improve overall skin tone and brighten the complexion.  The ingredients are white marine algae, white tea, and resveratrol. These ingredients help to minimize redness- which I’m always all about and give an overall glow to the skin.  The mask also has mineral peptides and hyaluronic acid.  These two help to mask those fine lines and moisturize the skin.  I would apply this at night and leave it on for 20-60 minutes.  You can even leave it on overnight!  My skin felt so supple, smooth and less red after using.  It’s such a nourishing mask and one I can’t stop using! Get your White Algae Mask here!

Salt of The Earth Body Scrub-

Talk about a scrub!  This body scrub doesn’t mess around.  It is filled with Dead Sea and Himalayan Pink Salts, Bolivian Rose and Organic seaweed of course.  Plus, it boasts some Acai, shea butter and passionfruit that leave your skin feeling like butter.  I applied to wet skin and used circular motions.  My skin felt so refreshed and clean!  Sometimes we focus on facial exfoliation but our body needs great exfoliation as well!  Grab your Salt of The Earth Body Scrub here! 

*Here are the other two products I had previously tried and loved!

Ocean Cleanser-

This cleanser is a definite fave!  I love that it comes in a frosted glass bottle- so chic.  It’s such an overall soothing cleanser, yet highly effective. It removes all my my makeup and grime from the day- yes even my stubborn eye makeup.  I get my skin damp first and then apply several pumps to my hands.  Then I rub in circular motions all over my face.  After rinsing with water my skin feels so hydrated, and clean.  Not stripped or dry.  It does such a great job of imparting hydration to the skin, and nourishing it with vitamins and minerals.  Did I mention it smells like candy?!  The lime really stands out to me.  There also are notes of juniper, and cypress.  A great all around cleanser- can’t get enough!  Get your Ocean Cleanser here!

Undaria Body Polish-

This body polish is unlike any I’ve used.  It is creamy in consistency but yet strong enough to remove and exfoliate unwanted dry skin. After using it my skin looks slightly pink and plump.  It takes dull skin and gives it a good polish, revealing the brightest and prettiest skin.  Upon opening it, you’re greeted with scents of lavender and Sweet Melissa.  It awakens your senses and revitalizes your whole body.  It exfoliates the skin with powdery grains of pumice, acai, and guarana.  I get my body wet first, and then apply the body polish and use circular motions to rub it in.  A serious skin treat!  Grab your Undaria Body Polish here! 

That concludes my OSEA skincare review.  There’s so many more skincare treats I can’t wait to try!  Checkout their full shop here!  Did you see anything you want?  Have you tried any OSEA products?  Let me know if you have any questions!

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Beauty Heroes March Discovery: Siam SEAS

Beauty Heroes March Discovery: Siam SEAS

 Beauty Heroes March Discovery: Siam SEAS is rocking!  I had never tried this company until the Beauty Heroes box this month.  I know that with each Beauty Heroes box comes quality.  I’m always intrigued by the selection of products.  They aren’t just some random products but truly special.  This month was another special box that left me wanting to try more from Siam SEAS!  If you haven’t heard of Beauty Heroes or aren’t familiar with the brand, allow me to introduce you.  If you know all about this luxe beauty box you can skip the next paragraph and dive into the full review!

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, let’s dive into the review for this month’s box.  It’s all about Siam SEAS this month. First let’s talk about Siam SEAS and what makes this green beauty skincare line stand out.  Siam SEAS really is an artisan skincare line that focuses on creating a ritual with skincare and focusing on South East Asian ingredients.  As I learned more about Siam SEAS I was instantly in awe of the beautiful blending they’ve done of incorporating traditions used by their ancestors long ago and their sacred art of self care.  It isn’t a mystery were missing a lot of these traditions in today’s culture.  However, through Siam SEAS I believe a bit of the magic of long ago has been kept with formulas being made consciously and carefully.  In the end, you not only have products that have been made from nature’s best but also a sense of culture- reminding us to take a step back and enjoy the moments we have.

I’ve always been intrigued by Asian’s skincare regimen.  I believe they really do hold some of the greatest tried and true formulas and traditions for cultivating glowing skin.  Siam SEAS introduces this concept with a blend of Western and Eastern botanicals.  With their knowledge of herbs and careful attention to keeping them in their purest state, Siam SEAS takes the art of skincare to the next level.  I was beyond elated to dig into their creations!

Hero Product: Yen- Heal and Hydrate Toner

This toner is unlike any toner I’ve used.  It sounds weird to even say that- I mean what’s so special about a toner you might ask?  Well, a lot!  First off it’s not really a toner but more of a botanical water enriched with aloe vera, geranium, cucumber, lavender and chamomile hydrosols with tamarind extract, and terminal bellirica that helps to go deep and moisture for an all over glowing complexion.  Yeah, this isn’t just water and some witch hazel friends, this is next level when it comes to an activated toner!  It also has cucumber seed, prickly pear, sacha inchi, alma extract, raspberry and squalene oils that help hydrate skin too. Plus, it’s scented with peony, frankincense extracts, champaca, ginger lily CO2, vanilla CO2 and rose geranium.

Not only does it soothe and hydrate the skin but it also penetrates deep into the subnormal layers because of it’s unique dual action delivery system. It really helps to clam inflammation and deliver skin nutrients like antioxidants to nourish skin.  I was fascinated to learn that the formula also contains mushroom proteins. These proteins leave a gel like consistency on the skin that help with skin elasticity and protects the skin against moisture loss.  It’s really a moisturizer and toner in one!

I found the spray to be too harsh, so I sprayed it on a reusable cotton round and then applied it on my face.  It feels calming and soothing to the skin. Yet it also hydrates my skin and leaves it feeling like it had a good drink of water.  The perfect product before applying serums or oils.

Sidekick: Morning Delight All-In-One Morning Cleanser

This sidekick really could be it’s own heroic product in my opinion.  It won my heart over!  It is meant to be a cleanser for the morning but I found it to be perfect at night too.  I used it on dry skin to remove makeup and dirt from the day and it removed it all beautifully and without any eye stinging at all.  Plus, my skin felt so smooth and hydrated after but not greasy or oily.  I just LOVE the consistency!  It works great in the mornings too.  I can’t get enough either way.

It’s made with a combination of high oleic and high linoleic oils and castor seeds oils.  This helps to draw out dirt from the skin.  Also in the formula is a blend of Gotu kola, aspen bark and hibiscus roselle.  This combination works at exfoliating the skin and giving you the smoothest skin on the block- but really!  It also includes papaya enzymes that help to lightly exfoliate skin even more.  This cleanser truly embodies  what a cleaner should be- not only does it clean the skin but nourishes it at the same time.  The scent is lovely too.  With notes of yellow mandarin, frangipani and siam wood oils.  The scent transports you to another world.

This month’s Beauty Heroes is definitely a special skin treat.  I truly have loved getting to know the brand Siam SEAS and experiencing their luxe creations.  I really feel each product is thoughtfully and carefully made.  If you’ve never been a Beauty Heroes subscriber I recommend signing up! This month is too good to pass up and word on the street is it will go fast.  The value this month was $105!  You can sign up here!

If you’re already a Beauty Heroes member, you know each time you shop in the Beauty Heroes store you get 15% off your purchase.  Stock up here on all your must have green beauty products!  Also, for the month of March, the love more promotion for Beauty Heroes Customers is their pick of either a PURIFY Face Wash or ACTIVATE Body Wash from LINNÉ.  Enter code PURIFY or ACTIVATE with any purchases $125+ from our Beauty Store to choose your gift. This is a stellar deal!  As both of the products from Linne are amazing!  Shop the Beauty Store here!  

Have you used any Siam products before?

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Beauty Heroes October Discovery- Linne Botanicals

Beauty Heroes October Discovery- Linne Botanicals

Beauty Heroes October Discovery- Linne Botanicals is here!   I was excited to see this brand in there!  I’ve only had one contact with Linne Botanicals before and loved the product.  Linne Botanicals products are made from botanical compounds.  The goal of the skincare company is to bring out your best skin.  They use ingredients across the world that are hand selected for their quality and performance.  And guess what?!  There’s not just one heroic product this month but two!  Beauty Heroes couldn’t decide which to make the signature heroic product because they were both so good, that they chose both!  If you aren’t familiar with Beauty Heroes keep reading to get the full scoop on this luxurious green beauty box.

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, on to the review!

So before I delve into the Linne Botanical’s heroic products this month, I first must give you a background on the creator of the brand itself.  Jenna Levine’s, passion for plants spilled into all areas of her life, as a farmer, designer, cook, and florist.  She was always fascinated by herbal medicine and botany, however it wasn’t until she received her certification in native plant botany and herbal medicine that her passions collided.  Her whole skincare line really came out of a love for her family.  She had a sister who suffered from acne, a mother using toxic skincare products, a father who had his own skincare issues and her own battle with psoriasis.  Determined to find a solution to her family’s skincare needs, she started creating.  Eventually more people wanted the same luxe skincare products and Linne Botanicals was born.

The ingredient quality is so important to Linne Botanicals.  From the soil it starts in to the seed- it all holds so much value.  Not only are the plants used organic but also wildly harvested and cared for in a way that they are most active and strong.  Jenna the founder, also includes minerals in her formulas, as the skin needs minerals to really shine.  I love the transparency of the brand as well.  They list all the ingredients clearly on the labels, even making sure their packaging is clear as to see the contents inside.  No stone is left unturned by this luxe skincare brand.

This month as I’ve mentioned there were two heroic products, Purify Face Wash and Activate Body Wash.

Purify Face Wash-

I actually had the pleasure of sampling this face wash about 6 months ago.  The product instantly captured my senses!  It’s unlike any face wash I’ve used.  First the smell is amazing!  It has notes of fresh lime and tea tree that awaken your senses instantly.  It foames up a little, but not overly.  My skin feels so clean and balanced after using.  It removed all my makeup effortlessly too.  My skin feels brighter and awake after using.  The product has french green clay and bentonite clay that not only help detoxify the skin but also deposit important minerals in it.  It is such a different cleanser compared to others I’ve used, because while it is detoxifying, the texture feels similar to a cream cleanser.  It’s really the best of both worlds.  You get the benefits of a detoxifying cleanser, but the end result doesn’t feel like your skin has been stripped because of the creamy texture.  Your skin feels clean, rid of makeup and restored.  This really is a heroic product in my opinion and one I keep reaching for on the daily.

Activate Body Wash-

This is the second heroic product for this month.  The Activate Body Wash is truly something special as well.  It awakens your senses as you use it in the shower.  Yes, the product looks black from the volcanic ash in it.  But it doesn’t leave your skin black! The volcanic ash in the body wash is  detoxifying as well as the forestry oak.  The combination of the two leave your skin feeling so clean.  But your skin still feels moisturized and rejuvenated with the added benefit of wild sea kelp, avocado, eucalyptus, ground vetivier and palo santo.  I literally look forward to using the body wash every time- such a luxe treat for the skin.  From the smell of the product that invigorates you, to the detoxifying properties and the soft touch of your skin after, it checks all the boxes.

That sums up the October Beauty Heroes Box this month with Linne Botanicals.  If you haven’t tried these products yet you need too- such a steal too!  This month the value is $106!!  When you sign up for Beauty Heroes your paying $38.33 a month!  Not only do you get quality products that have been vetted beforehand but you also get them for a fraction of the cost.  Sign up here for Beauty Heroes and don’t miss out on another stellar box!

Also, this month be sure to check out the Beauty Heroes Beauty Store.  Full of past heroic products and a ton of other green beauty must have items.  If you’re already a member of Beauty Heroes you always get 15% off in the Beauty Store.  Every month Beauty Heroes offers a Love More Promotion.  This offer is for non-members and members.  October’s Love More Promotion is Basic Instinct.  Turn a beauty basic into an aromatic ritual with de Mamiel’s Restorative Cleansing Balm. Receive a deluxe travel size with your purchase of $125+($25 value).  Your Love More gift will automatically accompany your Beauty Store purchase of $125+. No code required.

Start shopping!  Have you tried Linne Botanicals?

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Laurel Whole Plant Organics and Art of Organics

Laurel Whole Plant Organics and Art of Organics

I’m thrilled to be a part of such a fun collaboration box between Laurel Whole Plant Organics and Art of Organics.  Laurel’s skincare line is in a league of it’s own and Art of Organics is in a beauty box league of it’s own!  When two rockstars link up you know it’s going to be good.  This collaboration features Laurel’s Brighten Mask, a ceramic bowl for mixing and a mask brush.  I couldn’t wait to dive into this mask!

Before I give you more details I wanted to fill you in on who Art of Organics is and what you can expect from them as a green beauty box.  Their belief is really simple-You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your health for beauty.  I couldn’t agree more!  Their goal is to bring people the cleanest, best, and most luxurious products.  Claire the founder, has always been a beauty junkie and on the quest to purge her own makeup bag, she realized she wanted to share her journey with others and raise awareness.  I noticed instantly after opening the box, the attention to detail.  They name their boxes each month as well as follow a theme.  The card inside describes the products in the box so well and gave directions for application.  The box is $38, with a value of $70+ and features each month 2-4 full size products.  They have high standards for their product selection, such as being cruelty free, organic and non-toxic.  They have more specifics on the ingredients they don’t use here on their website.

Ok, on to the Brighten Mask…well almost!

If you aren’t familiar with Laurel Whole Plant Organics, allow me to introduce you.  This skincare line is based on flowers and herbs.  The line is 100% organic, raw and unrefined, and sources from bio-dynamic farms- I mean hello does it get any better?!  No fillers in this line, all formulas are water and alcohol free.  I love that the Laurel line is not only pure to the core, but also deeply rooted in creating a spa like ritual for yourself in the process.  Taking time to savor the experience not only for your skin but for your mind.

This mask is unlike any mask I’ve tried and it performs unlike any mask I’ve used for brightening.  The mask is for sun damaged, mature skin and is packed full of potent vitamin c.  I also has a blend of active ingredients.  It literally is a blend of plants and essential oils- no crazy preservatives.  It’s in powder form too, so the ingredients are very potent because there is no water dubbing them down.  When you add water, it activates the mask right then and you’re getting the best stuff!  Since it’s in a powder form and contains plants, it does have bits and pieces here and there.  But I love that about it!  You are literally using the earth to nourish and treat your skin- how cool!

This is how I used it:

  • I mixed half a teaspoon of mask with about a teaspoon of water.  I made sure it was runny but not too runny.  You want it to be wet enough for it to be applied to the skin easily.  Laurel also notes that some of the plants actually expand the more you let it sit, so if you apply too much water give it a minute.
  • Once I mix it together I let it “steep” as Laurel suggest, just like you would a cup of tea, for about 4 minutes.  This helps get the ingredients really activated.
  • Now I add 4 drops of Laurel’s Sun Damage Repair Serum and mix it together.
  • Next I apply it to my clean skin.  I don’t have anything else on my skin.  My skin was slightly damp.
  • I would leave my mask on for different times depending on how much time I had.  I typically left it on for 20 minutes.
  • I would spritz my face throughout the 20 minutes to make sure it kept hydrated. I use a rose water.
  • Once finished I would take it off with warm water and a warm washcloth.

I watched a video of Laurel explaining how to use the Brighten Mask and even more specifically how to use her powder masks- it was SO good!  I recommend everyone watch it.  She is full of so many nuggets.  I felt like I was back in esthetic school.  She really helps to guide you on how to get the best result using the Brighten Mask.

The Results:

So I was in awe of the results!  Really, this mask performs SO well.  After just the first use my skin was smooth, redness minimized, it was bright and my skin looked even.  I really couldn’t stop looking and touching my skin.  I even noticed my sun spots had faded.  My pores also looked tighter and less visible.  It was like I had a wheatgrass shot on my skin.  My skin was vibrant and perky!  I repeated using it every other day and then just a couple days a week.  I’m addicted and continue to be addicted to the results!  I use it in the morning, or at night as more of a ritual.  Especially if I want my skin to look extra good, I’ll throw this on in the morning before I get in the shower and instant skin rejuvenation!

Below shows me masking, pre-mask and post-mask.  The last photo you can see the redness is minimized, and my skin looks overall brighter!

I never can have enough Laurel in my life.  Her products always speak for themselves and perform so well.  If you’ve been searching for a mask that is truly going to give you results after the first use, I recommend you hop on this mask.  It won’t disappoint!  Sign up now for the Art of Organics Box and get this mask for a sweet deal right now!  You pay $39 for the box but always get a value of $70+!  It really doesn’t get any better.  Quality products that deliver results. I would get on this deal before it goes away!  They only have a limited amount!  Grab your box here!

Have you heard of Laurel?  What products have you used from her line?

 

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