Spring Break Essentials for the Green Gal

Spring Break Essentials for the Green Gal

Spring break is almost here!  Can you guys feel the sun, hear the ocean?  Ok, well hopefully you’re getting away.  I know I could use a little R&R after this winter we’ve had.  Since it’s officially spring I thought I would round out my top spring break picks!  Everything from my favorite sunless tanner, sunscreen, cheek tint and bb cream.  I’ve got you covered with some stellar green beauty picks and even some of my favorite healthy snack bars…oh and I can’t forget the chocolate!  I mean what’s a trip with out some treats?!  Keep on reading to learn what’s in my spring break bag.

Chocolate Sun Sunless Tanning Cream-

Chocolate Sun Sunless Tanning Cream is the real deal when it comes to a self tanner that works and is toxic free.  Holla!  I remember I was giddy the first time I  got it in the mail and smelled it.  No gross sunless tanning smell, but a warm vanilla chocolate smell.  I wanted to douse myself from head to toe…so I did!  And boy did it not disappoint.  Don’t forget to exfoliate beforehand for a nice even application.  Snag your bottle here!

DeVita Solar Body Moisturizer-

This is the perfect all over body mineral sunscreen.  This just contains zinc oxide, offering both UVA and UVB, an SPF of 30+ and is of course non-nano.  It doesn’t make you look like a ghost!  I love that this is fragrance free as well.  It feels more like a lotion, than an oily sunscreen.  They also state on their website that they’re safe for the “gluten sensitive.”  It also gets two thumbs up from me for it’s large size.  Sometimes on vacation I’ll need to bring a couple because the size is so small, but DeVita’s is a large 7 oz. tube!  $28 Get your tube here!

Adorable Baby Sunscreen (babies/Kids)-

After having a baby I was especially picky with what I was putting on her skin.  Since babie’s skin can be even more sensitive and absorbent.  However, I found a winner with this one!  The sunscreen feels like a thick shea butter on the skin. It just contains zinc oxide.  Some studies have found titanium dioxide to be a skin irritant in some people.  Again, it offers both UVA and UVB and an SPF 30+.  It does say it’s water resistant (no sunscreen is “waterproof”) but I still apply often, and is non-nano.  The ingredients are so short in this little tube, something I love.  I literally can pronounce each one.  I feel so good rubbing this on my baby girl and knowing it actually works!  $24.99 Grab your baby/child sunscreen here!

SUN PREP-

This product is amazing.  It has a broad spectrum SPF of 30.  It’s perfect for in the summer or winter before makeup.  It doesn’t leave your skin with a white hue at all.  It feels like a nice day time moisturizer going on.  What really makes it standout?  It acts like a primer for my makeup!  It fills in all the lines and helps my makeup literally glide on and stay put.  The ingredient list is stellar-aloe vera gel being the first ingredient, say hello to hydration.  I really can’t say enough about this product.  It is non-nano too.  $55 Get your Sun Prep here!

Essential Face wipes-

These wipes had me the first time I used them!  They come individually wrapped, and are perfect for your purse.  They’re made out of bamboo and are infused with their 4-in-1 Face Tonic Formula-genius. I carry them with me always, and use them anytime I need a little freshening up.  They get rid of dirt, sweat, and give your skin a quick clean.  I used these on vacation nonstop.  So great for after working out, long walks, time spent at the pool…you get the picture.  Let’s just say I’m hooked!  Anyone and everyone needs these. $24 Snag the best face wipe here!

Mermaid Mask-

I can’t imagine going to the beach without the Mermaid Mask-it’s like peanut butter and chocolate, they just go together!  This green goodness makes me happy every time I put it on.  With ingredients like Chlorella, sea buckthorn, spirulina and raw honey, this mask is pure decadence.  A lot of masks moisturize after wearing, but you don’t notice a visible difference to the naked eye.  Not the case with the Mermaid Mask, you’ll be glowing!  It smells so insanely good too.  You’ll be tempted to eat it.  Also, the price point for this mask is crazy awesome…$32!  A serious steal!  This mask is great for everyone.  Acne skin, pre-mature, congestion, dryness and redness.  Perfect post beach, to nourish skin.  Oh and P.S. when you buy it you must know that there is this thing called Mermaid Mask Monday on social media where all the mermaids come out and wear their mask-so you best show up! Snag the Mermaid Mask here!

The Highlight of The Day-

This bottle filled with liquid radiance- I know sounds too good to be true, but it’s not.  It comes in two shades.  Golden hour- a golden, warm champagne radiance and Happy Hour- a cool pink toned radiance.  You apply it really however you want!  I love applying mine on my upper cheek bone, bridge of my nose, in the upper middle section of my brows, cupid’s bow, and middle of chin.  All the normal places you would use a traditional highlighter.  You can even apply it on the inner corners of your eyes to wake them up.  You can apply it over your foundation or mix it with your foundation or just where it by itself.  I’ve done them all, and love the effect it gives.  You literally look like your lit from within.  I have both shades and equally love how they both look.  As a mom, these have been serious game changers!  I look more awake and they last.  I can’t wait to mix them in my body oil in the summer for an all over body glow!   If you can’t decide which to get, just get both here! 

100% Pure BB Cream-

I’ve been searching for a BB cream for a while.  I’m not a huge fan of tinted moisturizers.  I always want a little more coverage and a BB cream is the perfect alternative.  It still offers you some SPF, and isn’t as heavy as a traditional foundation-a happy medium.  I tried the color in 20 AGLOW.  They offer three colors.  I was the middle one.  In the above photo when looking straight at it I have the BB cream on my left side and not on my right.  As you can see it covers my redness and evens out my skin tone but still looks really natural.  It’s not super moisturizing for my dry skin but I prefer that in a BB cream.  Then I don’t deal with the mid-day shine look-know what I mean.  However, it offers some great radiance and glow with it.  It has tiny light reflective pigments in it.  I always applied a moisturizer before I applied the BB cream and it went on great.  I imagine it would be even better in the summer months when humidity is high and you want something that isn’t heavy but doesn’t add extra shine to your skin.  I love how natural it looks on the skin too, yet covers what I want it to cover.  Definitely recommend for those looking for a BB cream that offers great coverage, and a little glow.  Plus, it has SPF 15 in it and is vegan!  A great option too for those who like a less is more approach to makeup. Check it out here!

Vapour Beauty Multi-Use Blush Stick in Crush-

I’m obsessed with these Multi-Use Blush Sticks!  I use them on my cheeks, and my lips-theyre so versatile.  They glide on so smoothly and give my skin the dewiness I’m craving for a spring getaway.  Plus, they last!  Not to mention the colors are so vivid and instantly perk my skin up.  The two in one stick to throw in your beach bag or purse. Snag your’s here!

RMS Master Mixer-

This product can be paired with any other makeup you have.  It brings to life any lip, shadow or blush that you might want to add a little radiance to.  The rose gold toned color gives off the most beautiful hue.  I mix mine with my bronzer, highlighter, shadows and lipsticks-the options are endless!  Another two in one product…or I should say five in one!  Grab your Master Mixer here!

Treat’s 5-Free Nail Polish in Summer Time-

Say hello to your new favorite nail color!  This nail polish screams take me to the beach, something we all need a little of by the time spring break comes.  A bright hot red with a hint of orange to it.  My toes and hands will be donning this.  The color actually makes my skin look tan-hello!  I’ve always loved Treat’s formula.  You can apply them and they last. Get your Summer Time polish here!

OUI Shave-

Can I just say I’ve never seen a more beautiful razor!  It’s heavy feeling and luxurious. The  OUI Neroli Shave Oil-a truly luxe product in itself.  OUI has a full tutorial video on their website on how to use the razor properly.  A lot of women are used to having to press hard with conventional razors, but that’s not the case with OUI.  Since the razor is so weighted it does the work for you.  Just glide it over the area.  And just like that your legs are smooth, soft, and razor burn free.  My legs have never felt softer-ask my hubs!  Did I mention the smell of the OUI Neroli Shave Oil?  Well, it’s amazing.  Get your best shave here!

RX Bars-

These bars are one of my very favorites!  They are a protein bar and great for grabbing when you need something substantial quick.  They literally only have 6-8 real food ingredients per bar.  They are dairy, soy, and gluten free. They also are considered paleo friendly and Whole30 approved. I love the texture of these bars.  They are chewy and satisfying.  Plus 12 grams of protein per bar!  My favorite flavor hands down is Maple Sea Salt- try it and thank me later.  I also like the Mint Chocolate flavor.  You can find these at Trader Joe’s(Usually just a couple flavors) and other health food stores.  They often have sales or different promotions, so follow them on social media.  Check out RXBAR! 

Shout Backcountry Organic Trail Bars-

I discovered these bars not too long ago and instantly became hooked!  I mean they’re so good!  My first thought when eating one was how it reminded me of no bake cookies-yes you heard me!  The chocolate coconut one specifically.  They also have an almond blueberry flavor, apple cinnamon, and chocolate peanut butter. Made with only 7 ingredients, these bars are organic, gluten free, non-gmo, vegan and free of refined sugar.  These have oats in them, but are still gluten free. Plus, I love that they’re just sweetened with dates.  My daughter loves them too!  These are more of a snack bar in my opinion since the protein isn’t super high.  A great pick for kid’s lunch boxes or after school snack.  To make them even more protein dense I like adding a little nut butter on top!  Skout Backcountry has been so kind to offer 25% off using codeGONEGREEN. Shop here on their website!

Eating Evolved

I’m a huge fan of the Crunchy Caramel Bar and the Almond Sea Salt.  As well as the Caramel Sea Salt Cups and Mint Cream Cups.  Oh and if you’re really into chocolate spreads then check out their Toasted Coconut Chocolate Spread-it might change your life!  Plus, all their chocolate is paleo, vegan, refined sugar free, soy free, gluten free and dairy free…doesn’t get better than that.  Don’t leave for spring break without some healthy treats! Get your chocolate here and use code: suzistmt for 10% off .

ShopLNL Drinks Market Bag-

Of course if you’re at the beach or just traveling in general you need a cute bag!  My friend Laura from Laura’s Natural Life opened up the cutest shop last year with tanks, bags and cute wall art.  I snagged up one of her Drinks Market Bags and love it!  Besides using it for grocery store runs, the gym, etc., I also can’t wait to use this at the beach!  On the bag it says lemon water, kombucha, green juice, acai bowl, and repeat- how fun?!  If you’ve been looking for a bag to literally take everywhere with you-then look no further.  Shop LNL here!

What are you taking with you for spring break?  See any faves?

 

Spring Break Green Beauty Picks

Spring Break Green Beauty Picks

So since Spring is officially here, I figured people were starting to have spring break.  You know the week off you had all through school and college, and then somehow it mysteriously disappeared once you entered the work force?!  Hopefully you’re heading somewhere sunny for spring break, I thought I would round out my top picks on what I’m bringing with me.  After all, I’ll take any excuse to snag some green beauty loot!

My top spring break green beauty picks include a little of everything, from best tinted moisturizer with sunscreen, to coffee scrub(hello cellulite), and a spring scent that will make you want to dance all night.

Marie Veronique Everyday Coverage SPF 30 tinted moisturizer-

I’m going to be reviewing more products from Marie Veronique in the future but for now, I just had to tell you about this tinted moisturizer with spf 30.  It’s not like other tinted moisturizers with sunscreen I’ve used that leave my skin feeling greasy and shiny.  This one actually feels hydrating when applied, but then settles into the skin perfectly with no sheen.  I’m addicted!  Not to mention, the sunscreen in it is full spectrum, non-nano and 30?!  That’s hard to find.  It comes in extra light, light and medium.  I chose light and it’s a perfect match.  It isn’t super heavy coverage but just enough to even your skin out and look pulled together.  Plus, when I’m on vacation I always go with less, especially when I’m prancing around in the water.  I love that it comes in a glass pump bottle too, so easy to use.  I’ll be wearing this all spring and summer.   Trust me, you will love it! $48

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INA DAYLE Coffee Time Body Scrub & Lip Scrub-

Not only will this wake you up in the shower, but also target those stubborn little dimples.  I mean swimsuit season is here peeps, and we all could use a little help evening out skin tone.  This scrub is made from just a handful of natural ingredients.  It smells like a fresh cup of coffee and leaves your skin silky smooth.  Let’s just say I’m addicted.  I also have the Pucker Lip Scrub from INA DAYLE as well, and I’ve been using it in the morning as a little pick me up.  It has a cinnamon coffee smell that is divine!  My lips can get chapped and peel in warm or cold weather, so this will be the perfect companion for a sunny spring break trip.  Plus, spring break can mean late nights, and what better way to wake up then to some coffee scrubs!  Oh and did I mention they both come in these really cute glass jars?  Yeah, I’m a fan.  INA DAYLE has been so kind to offer 10% off your purchase using code: gurlgoneID.  Snag some before your trip here!  $22 & $18

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Kahina Essaouira Perfume-

Who doesn’t want to smell good for spring break?!  This perfume just came out not too long ago, and has me craving sunny weather like nobody’s business.  It comes in this chic little glass roll on-so easy to take with you on a trip.  The scent is perfect for spring, light and airy.  With notes of rose, sandalwood, geranium, lavender and petitgrain, it will have you thinking happy thoughts.  I love being able to still wear perfume, and know it’s completely natural.  All the essential oils in Kahina’s perfumes are steam distilled.  Snag one of these if you want to smell yummy!  $78

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Kostmatology Herbal Fresh Body Wash and Scrub-

Kostmatology recently came out with a new scent for their body wash and scrub and I’m loving it!  I love anything with mint, and this is made with spearmint and rosemary-a match made in scent heaven.  I’ve been using both and can’t get enough.  It makes you crave the lightness of spring and sunny days.  My husband is obsessed with the scrub, I’ve had to tell him to rotate, because he uses it everyday!  Both the scrub and body wash give your skin that fresh tingly feeling.  They remind you spring is here, and summer is just around the corner.  I love anything Kostmatology.  Janis the founder, uses only the best ingredients and nothing harsh.  My skin always feels moisturized when I’m done using her products.  If you haven’t used their hand soap yet, get on it-it’s the best I’ve tried!  My hands never get dry.  Check out my review of it here.  $11.99 & $18.99

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DeVita Solar Body Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen-

This is the perfect all over body mineral sunscreen.  It just contains zinc oxide, offering both UVA and UVB, an SPF of 30+ and is of course non-nano.  It doesn’t make you look like a ghost either!  Best of all it works!  I love that this is fragrance free as well.  It feels more like a lotion, than an oily sunscreen.  They also state on their website that they’re safe for the “gluten sensitive.”  It gets two thumbs up from me for it’s large size too.  Sometimes on vacation I’ll need to bring a couple because the size is so small, but DeVita’s is a large 7 oz. tube!  $27.95

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That sums up my spring break green beauty picks!  What are some must have green beauty items you’re bringing with you?

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