Natural Winter Skincare

Natural Winter Skincare

Anyone else wondering what natural winter skincare faves to have on hand this season?  Winter is full on here, I mean we finally have snow, ice and some seriously cold temps. When it’s this cold, I’m either happiest when I’m sitting next to a fire, drinking something warm or bundled up- who’s with me?!  This mama likes warm temps! I’ve had so many winter skincare questions lately that I thought I would do a dedicated post on the subject.  After all, as the seasons change, so should your skincare.  When it’s cold and dry your skin needs different things then when it’s hot and humid. So if your skin’s been freaking out the past few weeks- keep reading!  It’s time to address some of the common skin issues when winter strikes!

Hydrate

It’s no secret that the air becomes drier when winter comes.  The air no longer holds as much moisture like it does in the warm months.  When the air is drier, skin also can get drier.  Unfortunately, this can lead to skin cracking, redness and overall heightened sense of sensitivity.  When your skin loses it’s moisture barrier, it can easily get infamed. Not a recipe for skin success!

How to combat moisture loss?

I’m going to get to creams and oils, but it’s also important to really think about what you’re using to cleanse your skin.  Are you cleansing your skin with a harsh cleanser that is going to strip your skin and leave it feeling drier? Swap out your spring or summer cleanser for a oil based or cream cleanser.  This will nourish your skin from the very beginning of your routine, keeping your skin balanced from the start.

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Sharing the best natural cleansers for the winter season.

Here are some of my favorite natural winter skincare cleansers-

  • Beautycounter Cleansing Balm- If you’re not familiar with a cleansing balm allow me to explain.  A cleansing balm feels just like the name suggests- a balm.  It’s thick and you only need a small amount applied to dry skin to get all the makeup, and grime off from the day.  Once you’re done rubbing in circular motions with it, then you take a warm washcloth and use it to remove it all.  The beauty of a cleansing balm is your skin doesn’t feel dried out at all afterwards.  It feels balanced, and so hydrated!  Grab it here!
  • OSEA Ocean Cleanser- This is one of my favorite cleansers in clean beauty.  It isn’t drying but not overly hydrating either.  A good balance for sure.  If you tend to have oily skin, or live in a pretty mild climate during the winter this would be a great cleanser.  I first get my skin damp, then apply this cleanser all over my skin. Grab it here!
  • Mahalo Unveil Cleanser- This is another cleanser that is similar to a cleansing balm.  However, I do get my skin damp first before applying this.  It emulsifies a little(gets sudsy) when you apply to skin with water.  It feels so good on the skin!! It removes all the makeup, and grime easily too.  Grab it here!
  • Christina Moss Organic Facial Wash- This facial wash is both affordable and effective!  It is great for the most sensitive skin types.  It doesn’t leave your skin dry and yet removes your makeup and grime.  I apply to wet skin and rub in circular motions and then rinse off. Grab it here!
  • Beautycounter Nourishing Cleanser- I’ve only been using this cleanser for two weeks, so I hesitated to put it in here but it really is so good I couldn’t not share!  It’s perfect for dry, winter months.  I apply it to damp skin and rub it all over my skin- removes my eye makeup and everything. It’s a really creamy consistency.  Ideal for those skin types that are really dry and sensitive.  It’s also pretty budget friendly too. Grab it here!

So now that you know what cleansers to use to not dry out your skin even more, let’s talk about exfoliants. 

Exfoliants

During the winter months since skin is more sensitive and vulnerable, it’s best to steer clear of the manual exfoliants.  Some people might do fine with them depending on their skin type but overall physical exfoliants can be too harsh.  

It’s best to stick with chemical or enzyme exfoliants.  Enzyme exfoliants are similar to chemical exfoliation but much gentler.  It breaks down the glue that holds together dead skin.  They use active ingredients like papain, papaya and pineapple to slough off the dead skin. Enzyme exfoliation is great for someone with sensitive skin.  There’s no actual manual exfoliant involved.  Another type is chemical exfoliation.  Chemical exfoliation is stronger than enzyme exfoliation.  It uses Alpha Hydroxy Acids(AHA’s) or Beta Hydroxy Acids(BHA’s).  AHA’s are not as strong as BHA’s.  A lot of peels are considered chemical exfoliants.  Chemical exfoliants are great for those with oily skin and acne. 

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Best natural beauty exfoliants for the winter season.

Here are some of my favorite natural winter skincare exfoliants-

  • Leahlani Honey Love- This is a gentle exfoliant using enzymes to help slough off dead skin cells.  It is healing, brightening and exfoliating all at the same time.  Especially great for those with combination or acne prone skin.  I apply this to damp clean skin and rub in circular motions.  Then I let it sit on my skin for 3-5 minutes. Grab it here!
  • Laurel Honey Berry Enzyme Mask- This is also an enzyme exfoliator that gently lifts away dead skin.  It smells so good!  A mixture of honey, berries and grapefruit.  I apply this to damp skin, rub in circular motions and then let it sit on skin for 5-30 minutes.  Grab it here!
  • Pai Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator- I discovered this exfoliator last year and since have been using it.  It really helps to brighten skin gently using jojoba beads. The jojoba beads aren’t harsh but gentle.  They glide over the skin easily, not disrupting skin’s natural moisture balance.  I apply this to clean damp skin and rub in circular motions.  Especially great for sensitive skin types. Grab it here!
  • Ursa Major Bright and Easy 3-Minute Flash Mask- This mask gets you glowing in 3 minutes flat- just like the name suggests.  It’s perfect for the most sensitive skin types.  Worried your skin might react to a harsh exfoliant?  This may be the one for you.  Using enzymes to dissolve dead skin cells, this mask does it all in 3 minutes!  It looks like a gel and feels light and refreshing on the skin.  If you’re perpetually running late, this may be the mask for you!  I put it on before I brush my teeth and rinse off once I’m done.  The perfect amount of time to get a quick glow for the rest of the day. Grab it here!

Ok, now that we’ve got cleansers and exfoliants down, let’s talk about oils and creams.

Facial Oils

Oils are definitely the rage, but for good reason!  An oil consists of essential fatty acids that help to bring moisture to the skin. They also help to repair the outer layer of the skin so you don’t lose more moisture.  Our bodies don’t produce EFA’s on their own so we need to supplement them internally and externally.  I like taking a fish oil daily for some good omega 3’s.  Oils also can contain a mix of essential oils that help to balance the skin and provide therapeutic properties.  Oil’s work perfectly with our skin’s cutaneous and get to the center of the epidermis.  Many people with oily skin think they should avoid oils- when really the opposite is true.  Using oils helps bring balance to the skin and don’t clog pores(if you choose the right ones) like other moisturizers that contain emulsifiers, waxes, etc. 

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Best Clean Beauty Oils for the winter season.

Here are some of my favorite natural winter skincare oils-

  • Supercritical Pure Chia Oil- (dry skin, sensitive) This oil is made for even the driest skin types.  Literally hydrating the most parched skin.  It also has ingredients that plump up the skin and minimize fine lines.  This is an all around super hydrator.  I use it in the morning before my makeup or after a serum at night when I need some extra moisture.  Your skin will feel like silk!  Read more on the Supercritical Pure Chia Oil here and get one for yourself here!
  • Osmia Organic’s Nectar Vital Rose Drops- The name is so appropriate for it, it truly feels like nectar on your skin, a rich luxe oil.  Some oils feel thinner but this one feels fatty-haha are you still with me?!  Let’s just say I love the feel of it.  And the smell, amazing!  Subtle rose, sandalwood and jasmine envelope you.  I applied this at night and in the morning.  At night I applied it after the toner and my skin just drank it up.  In the morning my skin felt silky smooth and hydrated.  It was as if it had a big drink of water at night and was infused with oxygen.  Seriously, it’s SO good!  You only need a few drops too.  Having dry skin once the weather starts to turn I like adding a heavier moisturizer/oil in the morning.  This was just the ticket.  I allowed my skin to soak it up for 5 minutes before applying my makeup.  You guys will love this, trust me!  With only 8 ingredients, this 99.6% organic nectar is seriously so lovely. Grab it here!
  • Holi(oil) Youth Serum- This frosted bottle contains a rich oil that smells like roses.  Not only does it help smooth skin and wrinkles but it also is extremely hydrating.  It doesn’t feel greasy at all and seeps into your skin, giving your face a radiance.  My skin looked restored.  I used this after several sleepless nights and it literally brought the life back into my skin.  It’s true to it’s name- giving you your youthful skin back!  There isn’t a long list of ingredients but the ones that are in there are effective.  I also love using this before makeup.  My foundation glides on.  Bonus- my husband can use it too!  This has barely any ingredients and scores a 2 when it comes to comedogenic rating. Which means it’s most likely not to cause clogged pores in people, however it could still in some.
    Grab your bottle here!
  • Indie Lee Squalane Oil- Helps with texture and appearance of skin tone.  It nourishes the skin without feeling greasy.  Has a comedogenic rating of 0-1. I love how simplistic this oil is.  It literally only contains squalene oil- that’s it!  Great for sensitive skin and for improving the overall quality of the skin’s appearance.  Grab it here!

  • Pai Rosehip Seed Oil- This oil has a rating of 1 on the comedogenic scale. Rosehip seed oil is great for so many things, from hydrating skin to calming inflammation.  I love that this oil only has 3 ingredients.  It’s really known for it’s healing properties and it’s rich Omega 3, 6, 7 & 9 plus antioxidant Carotenoids content.   This is also budget friendly oil! Grab it here!

  • Marie Veronique Soothing B3 Serum- This serum is good all seasons but especially in the dead of winter when skin can get irritated and extra sensitive from the elements.  It helps to calm the skin with essential B Vitamins.  It helps to calm sensitivity and redness and reduce acne.  It doesn’t have any essential oils in it either!  Regular use of Niacinamide has shown to help ease inflammation and overall acne.  This isn’t hydrating on it’s own, it’s a gel consistency.  I would apply this before an oil.  Make sure if you do struggle with acne, that you’re not getting a comedogenic oil.  The Indie Lee Squalene Oil and the Pai Rosehip Seed Oil would be good oils to start with above. Grab it here!

Now that you know what oil to choose, let’s dive into creams. 

Creams

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

We are going to focus on creams and their benefits.  They really are the superstar in the winter for dry skin.  They really help to protect skin and hold in the moisture.

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Best clean beauty products for the winter season.

Here are some of my favorite natural winter skincare creams-

  • Joshrosebrook Vital Balm Cream- The Vital Balm Cream is hands down one of my favorite moisturizers. It feels creamy to the touch-not greasy and when I apply it my skin’s dryness dissipates and I’m left with plump hydrated skin.  Ok, the smell…well it’s amazing! One of the best smelling products I’ve ever used.  It has a fresh, light smell with vanilla enveloping all of it and blue tansy and ylang ylang notes throughout-I’m obsessed with the smell.  It has the properties of a balm but feels like a cream-I mean it’s kind a dream cream!  Can we talk about the color too?!  The baby mint/blue hue just looks cool. The ingredient I was excited to learn about in the product is Indian Senna Seed.  It really performs just like it supposed to in this cream.  It’s been called the botanical hyaluronic acid, it gives skin the ability to retain moisture on it’s own.  So your skin feels hydrated well after application.  Grab it here!
  • Jane Scrivener OO Cream- This cream has a bright golden orange hue from rosehip.  I was so excited to see how this would stack up to other moisturizers.  Well, I was impressed- very impressed.  I’ve now been using this every night since I got it in the mail and can’t stop!  It’s SO hydrating.  Some creams leave your skin hydrated for a minute but this one lasts.  It really sinks into the skin so nicely.  I wake up in the morning and my skin still feels supple and moisturized, but not oily- I repeat not oily.  Can I talk to you about the scent?  I love the scent.  It smells like vanilla- soothing and warm vanilla. It’s really an amazing product!  If you’ve been looking for a cream to truly hydrate your skin in this winter season or any time- this is it.  I can’t stop and won’t stop using it! Grab it here!
  • Beautycounter Creams- I’ve been using the Countermarch Recovery Sleeping Cream at night over my facial oil and I’ve been loving it!  It provides just a little extra moisture.  I’ve also been using it before my makeup and it’s not too greasy.  It might be in the summer but right now my skin needs some extra moisture.  If you feel extra dry or have mature skin I would get the Rejuvenating Cream.  My mom has this cream and loves it!  Her skin is mature and very dry.  She loves a good hydrating cream.  The Rejuvenating Cream is also a bestseller! 

Balms

So first what are skincare balms and why might you need one?? Good question. Balms are made generally from oils, butters, and waxes. In my opinion a true balm is waterless. The product is more concentrated when there’s not water and so pure. Balms are multitaskers. They seriously can do it all. From cleanse, hydrate, protect and even offer some serious nutrients. Since balms typically involve a lot of oils, they are using soluble ingredients. Which in the end let’s you put more ingredients into one product. Hello effectiveness! Plus, since they’re waterless usually formulas can include ingredients that are more potent. Balms are especially great in the winter when your skin needs extra protection.  They can help to protect skin from the harsh winds, cold and lock in the moisture.  I apply balms after oils or creams.

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Best clean beauty balms for the winter season.

Here are some of my natural winter skincare balms-

  • Maya Chia Waterless Wonderbalm- The balm itself is definitely a wonder.  I couldn’t get enough.  From my face, dry hands, feet, even my elbows, this balm seals in all the moisture.  No greasy residue is left behind.  My skin feels so hydrated, but the kind of hydration where you aren’t grabbing for the next moisturizing product.  This is all you need.  If you haven’t found anything that will give you that moisture you crave, then do yourself a favor and grab this balm-your skin will thank you! Grab it here!
  • Leahlani Bless Beauty Balm- Dry skin stands no chance with this baby!  This is a balm and not a cream but performs like a cream in many ways. It’s full of organic shea and cocoa butters, as well as cold pressed oils.  It melts right into your skin and leaves behind a beautiful smell of rosehip oil and no oily residue.  My skin felt so hydrated!  The perfect companion for dry weather in winter, and in the summer when you’ve spent too much time in the sun.  You only need a little dab for the whole face. Grab it here!
  • Kari Gran Essential Balm- The Essential Balm really keeps with Kari Gran’s mission and ethos to only use what you need and to keep things simple.  I love that about their brand.  This balm can be used for so many things.  From a facial moisturizer, to an eye balm, a cleansing balm and even a primer.  Really it’s what you make of it and what works for you.  It has incredible texture and feel.  A little more slip than a traditional balm and almost melts into your hand when applying it. Grab it here!
  • CVS Restorative Skin Balm- This is such a great protective skin balm.  If your skin is cracked, dry and needing protection from the elements, this is your balm.  It is similar to a conventional petroleum jelly product.  It will soften skin, while hydrating at the same time. I even have used this on cuticles, elbows, or anywhere you experience cracked, dry skin. Grab it here!

Also, besides skincare products there are a few other things you can start to incorporate to ensure your skin stays calm and hydrated.

  • Avoid long hot showers that can dry out your skin.
  • Use lukewarm water when your cleansing your skin.
  • Apply moisturizer when skin is still slightly damp to lock in moisture.
  • Stay hydrated- make sure you’re drinking your water.
  • Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, nuts, seeds or take an omega-3 supplement.
  • Avoid clothing that can irritate your skin like wool.

See any products you need to get?  What helps keep your skin hydrated and balanced during the winter months?

 

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Sharing the best natural skincare products for winter.

Best Natural Beauty Valentine Gifts

Best Natural Beauty Valentine Gifts

Hi guys, I’m back with a post on my best natural beauty Valentine Gifts!  If you’re reading this you are more than likely a women.  So ladies, if you want something from this blog, do yourself a solid and send it to your hubs! 😉

He will thank you for making gift giving a lot more enjoyable and less stressful. There are so many fun products out now in natural beauty.  I didn’t want you to miss out on any of them!  I feel like in the last couple of months I’ve tried so many new products that I haven’t properly introduced to you guys.  Shame on me!

I’m sharing some of my tried and true faves that you can never go wrong with but also some new faves that I think you’ll love!  

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My top natural beauty picks for Valentine’s Day. From organic skincare and natural makeup and more.

 

Natural Beauty Valentine Gift Ideas-

 

True Botanical’s Antioxidant Booster and Serum-

When it comes to giving your skin the best of the best, these two take the cake!  I talk about them a lot but it’s because they work.  Most people ask me all the time what products I recommend for maintaining a youthful complexion.  I know anti-aging is a word that is looked down upon in green beauty.  Which I totally get.  However, no one wants to look older than they are.  I’m sure everyone can agree on this!

These two little numbers deliver antioxidants right to your skin.  Antioxidants are what cancel out the free radicals.  The older we get the less antioxidants are bodies produce.  So we need to help them out a bit.  That’s where the Antioxidant Booster and Cellular Repair Serum come in.  The Antioxidant Booster is in powder form.  Meaning it’s not activated until you mix it with water.  Pretty cool huh?!  

That means the freshest, most potent antioxidants are being delivered right to your skin.  The Cellular Repair Serum works to calm inflammation and it’s also low enough in molecular weight to go past the skin’s surface and deliver the nutrients it needs. 

It’s the DREAM TEAM!  I haven’t found anything else in natural beauty that works quite like these two- thank me later!

Get True Botanical’s here!

Tata Harper Clarifying Mask

This one’s good!  Ok- they’re all good.  Sorry, it’s going to be hard to choose.  This mask I discovered last year and let’s just say we’ve become fast friends.  I had already tried a lot of Tata Harper and was surprised I hadn’t tried this mask.  I got a tip that I had to try it from another skincare guru- us skincare junkies stick together! 

Anyways, I tried and instantly was wondering why I had never done it before.  The name is kind of deceiving.  It is a clarifying mask but not your usual clay masks that dry your skin out- you know what I mean.  Instead it feels more like a peel almost.  Your skin feels smooth, decongested, less red, and pores minimized. I also love the glow it gives me.  You know when you’ve had a hard night, maybe a hard week- this mask is for you.  

Honestly, I use it all the time.  It really gives my skin a good detox without drying it out.  Two cheers for that!  

Get the Tata Harper Mask Here!

Sappho Brow Pomade

Say hello to your new best friend- but really.  Natural looking brows are hard to come by.  That is until you meet Sappho Brow Pomade.  This little jar takes your brows from average to HELLO in a minute.  If you’ve been using a pencil or brow wand try this instead. 

I find a pencil and a brow wand are really hard to work with and unless you’re a makeup artist you may end up with cleopatra brows or brow gel all over.  The reason I love Sappho Brow Pomade is because it makes doing your brows SO easy.  All you need is a brow brush and you’re good.  It is easy to use and gives your brows a natural look instead of a drawn on look.

Plus, take it from someone who has dark brows- this one doesn’t show any red.  I wear the color Brown Black.  Get some Sappho and change your life…I mean brows!

Clean Beauty Beautycounter Eyeshadow

Beautycounter eyeshadow’s on full display here. Love these rich, full pigmented shadows!

 

Beautycounter Eyeshadow Palettes

Do I sound like a broken record yet with these eyeshadow palettes?  Well, at least you know I’m consistent.  These are the BEST eyeshadows I’ve found in clean beauty…I repeat the BEST eyeshadows.  I’ve tried a ton and nothing compares.  The pigment of these shadows are smooth and velvety and rich.  They LAST all day…yep.  I prime my lids with Ilia’s Eye Primer- also my favorite eye primer I’ve used.  

I have the Classic Eye Shadow Palette and I just got the Statement Palette and you better believe I’m already planning on getting another one. I’m hooked.  I also love that Beautcounter tests their makeup powders for 10 heavy metals 3 times.  Yes, they are literally third party testing their products 3 times for 10 heavy metals.  I felt that deserved repeating!  Know anyone else doing that in clean beauty?  Me neither. 

Get some Beautycounter Eyeshadow Palettes here and be amazed at the quality!

Osmia Serenity Milk Bath

This is definitely a Valentine’s Day Gift.  I don’t think a lot of people are sitting around buying Milk Bath for themselves- but we really should.  Everything Osmia makes is SO good.  I had been wanting to try this for a while and Sarah the founder sent me some- God Bless her!  

I really love the smell, the way it makes your skin feel silky smooth and the fact that I forget about everything for 20 minutes.  Yeah, it’s pretty luxurious.  If your significant other wants you to be a little less snippety and a little more zen, then this might be a good start to getting you there. I also can’t leave out their bar soaps- one of my faves- forever.  They smell amazing, they come packaged flawlessly and look beautiful.  Yes, bar soaps can look beautiful.  My fave is coffee mint.

Get your zen on with Osmia’s Milk Bath and car soaps here!

Honest Beauty Mascara

Ok, it kind of goes without saying on this one too.  I know I should be getting paid to promote this but I’m not.  I seriously just think it’s the best of the best and until I find a different mascara in clean beauty I won’t stop talking about this one!

What really would be icing on the cake is if your honey just hit the subscribe and save on Amazon so you don’t have to think about reordering.  Brilliant huh?  I know.  In case you haven’t heard me rave about it, this mascara gives my lashes length, separation, volume and drama.  It’s the whole enchilada!

Get your Honest Beauty Mascara on here!

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So many great natural beauty product gift ideas for Valentine’ Day!

 

Leahlani Honey Love-

I really love Leahlani’s products.  They were some of the first in natural beauty.  They work, aren’t out of this world expensive and the founder is just the sweetest.  She had sent me some Honey Love, their Microdermabrasion Exfoliant and I fell in love all over again with it. 

I had tried it before but it had been a while.  It was like rewatching one of your favorite movies and realizing how awesome it was and wondering why you waited 3 years to watch it again.  Yeah, basically how I felt once I tried Honey Love again.  It smells insane and gives me baby soft skin when I’m done using it.  Such a gentle exfoliant.  

If you’re needing a new product love affair in your life, grab some Honey Love

Aillea + Organic Bath Co. Body Butter

This is a special collaboration between Aillea and Organic Bath Co.  They sent me some back in the fall and I started using it a couple months ago and I’m addicted.  It feels so good on the skin, has 5 ingredients and smells so good.  It just a good all around basic body butter that gets the job done.

I apply it right out of the shower and my skin is hydrated and happy.  Plus, the citrus scent is invigorating to say the least.  

Get your body butter here! They have other scents too, I want them all!

Aila Nail Polish

Who doesn’t want fab looking nails for Valentine’s Day?  Well, Aila is my got too.  I love how the formula goes on so smooth and the color selection is fun and upbeat.  You don’t feel like you’re sacrificing anything when making the switch.  Well, except toxins, but I think you’re ok with that.

I love me some Bodega, Room 212 and Namaste.  But let’s be real, I want ALL the colors!  Don’t forget to get their Better Than Gel Topcoat. It’s rated a 1 on EWG- for a nail polish that’s kind of unheard of and it plain works.  Just like the name suggests it will leave your nails in tip top shape!

Get some Aila Polish here!

Crunchi Brushes

I get so many questions about makeup brushes.  I really love Crunchi’s makeup brushes.  They’re a little newer on the market within the last 6 months and they work so well.  I love how sturdy they feel and how they don’t shed.  They are vegan made with Talkon synthetic fibers.  

I have the whole brush set and there isn’t one I don’t use.  Their big powder brush and foundation brush are definite must haves. If you want to take your makeup to the next level, get yourself some luxe brushes!  

Check out the Crunchi Brushes here!

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Wearing one of my favorite natural beauty lipsticks in Ultra Violet by Ilia.

 

Ilia Color Block Lipstick in Ultra Violet

Everytime I’ve worn this lipstick color people have asked what are you wearing.  It’s a show stopper for sure.  The perfect winter lipstick color.  Shoot, I would probably wear this all year long.  Their color block lipstick really takes the pigment game to the next level.  

It lasts all day and gives my lips some serious playing time in the spotlight.  I love just swiping this on with a pretty neutral, bare face and calling it a day.  

Check out all their colors here!

Still not sure on any products?  No worries, I’ve got your back! 

Check out my favorite natural beauty boxes!  

Beauty Heroes delivers a monthly natural beauty box with one full size product and one deluxe size product. Check it out here! 

Boxwalla is a bi-monthly box that delivers Artisan brand skincare products in full sizes. Check it out here!

The Detox Box is a monthly box that delivers natural skincare, natural haircare or natural makeup in full size products.  Check it out here!

See any faves?  Or do you basically want everything?! From one product junkie to the next- I get you!

Hope this helps make your honey’s shopping a little easier.  If you still need more ideas, check out 34 Natural Products That Changed My Life, and The Best of Clean Beauty 2018!

 

Natural Beauty Valentine's Day Gifts

Sharing my favorite natural and clean beauty product faves for Valentine’s Day gifts!

How To Naturally Heal Acne with Marissa Gossett

How To Naturally Heal Acne with Marissa Gossett

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

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

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Topics Discussed:

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

 

Art of Organics July Discovery: Illuminate

Art of Organics July Discovery: Illuminate

It’s here, the Art of Organics July Discovery: Illuminate!  I’m beyond excited for this box!!  Sometimes you just get a beauty box and it checks all the boxes- this one did just that.  We are seeing Leahlani’s Aloha Ambrosia Morning Moisture Elixir in this box, plus Au Naturale’s Powder Highlighter.   I’ve loved getting to sample these two products!

If you aren’t familiar with Art of Organics and this green beauty box, then keep reading as I explain why this box is one to get a hold of.  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 review…

Leahlani Aloha Ambrosia Morning Moisture Elixir-

I’m a huge fan of Leahlani’s products.  I had a feeling this was going to be a good one the minute I tested it on my hand.  Then as I inhaled the warming Hawaiian scent.  It took me away to Kaui where Leahlani’s creations are made by hand with some serious love.  This is meant to be a morning elixir before you apply your makeup, sunscreen or any oil/lotion.  It really enhances your skin- whatever way you use it.  Made with a balance of squalene oil, mangosteen, goji berry, guava and passionfruit oils.  I love how Leahlani describes the scent, “She smells of jasmine flowers and tropical rain showers.”  I couldn’t have said it better.  It leaves your skin feeling smooth, hydrated- not greasy.  I applied it before my makeup and loved the way it made my skin feel.  It smoothed cracks and made everything appear brighter.  I would apply it to slightly damp skin after misting it with a toner.  It really hydrates, primes your skin and gives you an all over glow.  I’m hooked!  Another Leahlani win in my book!  If you haven’t used any Leahlani products, be sure to checkout my review on her line here.  Her products are some of the very best in green beauty and really do perform.  The product I would recommend you start with is her Mermaid Mask- you’ll be in love after one use!

Au Naturale Powder Highlighter-

So fun to see a makeup product in the box this month- nice change of pace!  I’ve used a handful of Au Naturale products, but not their powdered highlighter.  This is perfect for summer weather!  Especially when it can get hot and humid quick.  This won’t be sliding off the skin.  The color is in Begonia- a pretty pearlized hue with a touch of peachy pink tones in it.  I loved applying this on my upper cheekbones, bridge of nose, cupid’s bow, middle of eyebrows, and middle of chin.  It looks so natural and gives me a glow without it looking like I’m trying…you know what I mean! It comes in a handy pump bottle- great for applying on your brush and then applying to the skin.  I’ll be wearing this all summer!

I would hop on this month’s box soon if you’re thinking about snagging one.  If you haven’t signed up for Art of Organics box you can sign up here!  Don’t miss out on this fabulous green beauty box!  Not only do you get quality products each month but for a steal. You pay $39 each month and get access to some stellar products.  You can sign up for 3 months, 6 months and 12 months!  At 6 and 12 months you start saving.  Also, each month a theme is chosen around the box.

Have you used any of these products?

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EP4: Improve Your Complexion with Skincare Tips from Dr. Trevor Cates

EP4: Improve Your Complexion with Skincare Tips from Dr. Trevor Cates

Today on The Golden Hour Podcast we are learning how to improve your complexion with skincare tips from Dr. Trevor Cates, founder and owner of The Spa Dr. and author of the bestselling book Clean Skin From Within. She was the first woman licensed as a naturopathic doctor in California and currently lives in Park City, Utah where she helps patients from around the world achieve graceful aging and glowing skin. Dr. Cates is host of The Spa Dr. weekly podcast and has her own PBS special, Younger Skin From Within. She believes the key to healthy skin is inner and outer nourishment with non-toxic ingredients. Dr. Cates’ The Spa Dr. skin care and supplement lines are formulated with natural and organic ingredients designed to help you achieve the clean and natural path to confidence and beautiful skin.

Connect with Dr. Cates-

Topics-

  • Main takeaway from Dr. Cate’s Book “Clean Skin From Within”
  • Why skin issues are on the rise
  • Why Dr. Cate’s is called the Spa Doctor
  • Why quick fixes are not the way to go for skin in the long run
  • One thing we can do to achieve glowing skin
  • Dr. Cate’s explains her 5 skincare types
  • Her skincare line
  • Her top 3 health habits that have changed her life

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Why We Love It?

  • Goat whey has demonstrated positive anti-inflammatory effects in the digestive system. Cow whey has shown increased inflammatory effects.
  • Cow whey is considered allergenic whereas goat whey is considered hypoallergenic.
  • Whey protein is the “gold standard” for serious athletes. Goat whey is the “gold standard” of that “gold standard.”
  • Goat whey is amazing for our immune systems, supporting lean muscle growth and repair, as well as optimal body composition.
  • Goat whey has the full range of essential amino acids in ratios that best support the athlete in all of us
  • It is really light and doesn’t ever makes us feel bloated. That’s because there is nothing added to fill up space, just the purest goat whey and flavoring.
  • Activ Whey is a goat whey protein that comes from goats that are grassfed all the way through their lifecycle. There are zero antibiotics or hormones used on the goats or the vegetation they eat from.
  • I personally know the creator and can vouch for the legitimacy of the protein and where it is sourced from.
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