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The Green Home Gift Guide

The Green Home Gift Guide

I’ve rounded out my top picks for the domestic diva and created The Green Home Gift Guide for you!  I’ve got picks for everyone.  Gift giving just got easy!  Stay tuned for more gift guides coming soon! Also, be sure to check out my green beauty sales roundup here!

Stasher Reusable Silicone Food Bag  These silicone bags are amazing.  I love that they are reusable and not plastic.  I have too many of these and already need more.  Ditch the plastic bags and get these!  They come in a variety of sizes too. Get your Stasher Reusable Silicone Food Bag bag here!

Vitruvi Essential Oil Diffuser Instead of toxic plug in’s get an essential oil diffuser.  Not only does it look chic on your counter but diffuses essential oils instead of toxic fragrance. Your house can smell good and be toxic free.  Get your Vitruvi Essential Oil Diffuser here!

Primal Palate Organic Spices I finally got some of these recently and I have to say they live up to the hype.  They’re organic, gluten free, non-gmo, non-irradiated, whole 30 approved, and kosher.  They have so many yummy blends!  They even have AIP blends.  Get your Primal Palate Organic Spices here!

Excalibur I got a dehydrator this year and let’s just say I haven’t looked back!  I use this all the time from raw veggie breads, dried fruit and kale chips.  I can’t recommend one enough. Get your Excalibur here!

Blendtec Love, love my Blendtec Blender!  I’ve had mine for over 3 years and use it multiple times a day.  It makes my smoothies so smooth, makes nut butters in minutes with the twister jar.  I make sauces in it too- there really isn’t much it doesn’t do.  Grab your Blendtec here!

Cuisinart  I’ve had my immersion blender for a year and I don’t know what I did before it.  It’s perfect for soups, baby food, really so much.  It’s so easy to clean too!  Get your Cuisinart here!

SodaStream Crystal Sparkling Water Maker We love our soda stream- end of story.  Let’s just say we have an obsession with sparkling water.  Not only does this reduce the glass bottle consumption but it’s more economical.  We love the because it uses glass bottles and not plastic.  Grab your SodaStream Crystal Sparkling Water Maker here!

Espresso Machine-  My hubs and I have had this espresso machine for 7 years and we are sold!  All the compartments are stainless steel which we love and it grinds the beans right before brewing ensuring the perfect espresso shot each time.  Get your Breville Espresso Machine here!

Kosmatology Hand Soaps-  Hands down favorite hand soap!  It’s non-toxic, doesn’t dry out my hands and doesn’t squirt out weird but foams.  Trust me, you will love it!  They even have holiday soaps! Get your hand soap here!

Coyuchi Towels- Towels so luxurious, you’ll feel downright spoiled!  These towels are fair trade and organic.  They are designed to quickly dry too.  Get your Coyuchi towels here!

West Elm Posse Blankets- My friend raves about these organic blankets all the time!  They’re perfect for over the bed as an extra blanket or layered as a comforter.  They hold their shape too!  Get the Plisse blanket here!

See anything that would make the perfect gift?

September Beauty Heroes Discovery: Skin Owl

September Beauty Heroes Discovery: Skin Owl

September Beauty Heroes Discovery- Skin Owl is in the house!  As always, I’m so excited to get my Beauty Heroes Box each month.  This month we had the pleasure of trying out Skin Owl’s new Beauty Drops PM Maqui Berry.  We also got to sample their Beauty Whip Maqui Berry.  I couldn’t wait to test out both of them!  If you aren’t familiar with Beauty Heroes keep reading to find out why this beauty box takes the cake!

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!

This month the heroic product came from Skin Owl.  I was thrilled to see them in the box.  Skin Owl was one of the first green beauty skincare brands that I tried.  Their Geranium Oil literally saved my skin.  I had the pleasure of sitting next to the founder of Skin Owl, Annie Tevlin last year at Indie Beauty Expo in L.A. and I was so taken by her kindness and smile.  She truly cares for her customers and has a heart of gold.  If anyone knows about troubled skin it’s Annie.  She suffered from acne for years and literally tried everything.  Out of her own struggles Skin Owl was birthed.  Not only does she know the emotional toll acne takes on a person but also what works to get rid of it.

Skin Owl's Beauty Drops Maqui Berry is great for lackluster skin, acne and perfect for hydrating skin.

If you’ve been following Skin Owl you know that before Maqui Berry Beauty Drops PM, there was Mangosteen.  Unfortunately, Annie had to make a hard decision when she realized the Mangosteen didn’t meet her sustainability standards. She could either continue using it or discontinue her product.  So, she set out to find something to not only replace the Mangosteen berry but go above and beyond what it did.  Well, I think she hit the nail on the head!  The Maqui Berry is a highly potent anti-inflammatory berry that not only soothes acne, but also rosacea, and hyper-pigmentation. Now you not only get a super dose of antioxidants with the Maqui Berry, but also the same base of organic baobab, that eases redness, and smooths skin texture.  This mighty fruit is sourced from Chile, where the Mapuche Indians praise it for it’s anti-inflammatory benefits.

So what was my take on the new formula of Beauty Drops PM?  Well, let me first start with the smell.  I LOVE the scent!  It is a subtle mix of citrus and vanilla.  I almost want to wear it as a perfume!  It isn’t overwhelming.  Mangosteen for me personally before was a little too sweet smelling.  This new formula is just dreamy.  It still has the same consistency as the previous oil.  It feels heavier like you would expect but not greasy in any way.  The oil literally sinks right into your skin.  Hydrating it and leaving behind a silky smooth complexion when you touch your face. I love how it makes my skin feel.  I not only wear this at night, but also in the morning before my makeup application.  The formula is so good!  On the bottle it says it helps improve lackluster skin- I couldn’t think of a better term than that!  It really makes skin shine from within and brings it back to life.

Skin Owl's Beauty Whip is not only a skin hydrator but also primer!

The sidekick this month is Beauty Whip Maqui Berry.  The maqui berry in the Beauty Whip is in powder form.  This product can be used as a mask, primer before makeup, and a cream or lotion for dehydrated skin.  Really the possibilities are endless.  It feels like a rich, buttery cream.  Annie, the founder of Skin Owl, recommends refrigerating it for best results.  I’ve found this to be true!  I also was surprised when I used it as a primer- I never would have thought of that but love it.  It creates such a smooth canvas for makeup application.  I’ve also worn it as a mask and left if on for 30 minutes and afterwards my skin is silky and so hydrated.  You can even apply it after your Beauty Drops at night for an extra surge of hydration.  Plus, I love that it comes in a glass pump bottle- so convenient for travel!

This month was another winner from Beauty Heroes!

I would hop on this month’s Beauty Heroes Box if you haven’t signed up- it’s a good one and it’s going to go fast!  I say it each time, but the value of Beauty Heroes is crazy good!  This month alone the value is $113!!  When you sign up for Beauty Heroes you’re getting it for about $38.33 a month!  I mean what are you waiting for?!  Sign up here!

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.  September’s Love More Promotion is with two Heroes from Red Flower’s Nature Collection. Receive deluxe travel sizes of Berry Active White Peat Exfoliant and Arctic Berry Cloud Milk Cream with your purchase of $125+ ($25 value).  No promo code is needed. Love More gift is automatically added to your cart with purchase of $125+.

Start shopping!  Have you tried Skin Owl’s new Beauty Drops PM?

New Green Beauty Discoveries

New Green Beauty Discoveries

Can someone please stop the clock?!  I mean seriously- I want summer to stay!  The winter was harsh here and I’m soaking up as much of this warm weather as I can.  This summer I’ve come across some new green beauty products.  Everything from a new deodorant that works, a liquid liner that gives me bridget bardot eyes in minutes, a new shampoo and conditioner and lots more goodies.  And of course, I had to share all my finds with you guys- I mean what kind of friend would I be if I kept it all to myself?!

Freedom All Natural Deodorant

First up is a deodorant that not only works but comes in some of the coolest scents.  Think Frankincense and Peach and Bergamot Mint- scents that leave you smelling quite delicious.  The application is so smooth.  It literally just glides on.  They even come in little travel sizes that are just too cute and perfect for your toiletry bag.  Did I mention I had no irritation?  Yeah, none!   I smelled fresh even after a workout- the true test!  Snag your Freedom All Natural Deodorant here!

Kavella Hair Products-

Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner- This shampoo and conditioner came out of nowhere but so glad we met!  First, they come in convenient pump bottles.  The shampoo formula is creamy and smells of vanilla, but super subtle.  It has a nice lather when applying to the hair and rinses out well.  The conditioner hydrates my hair but doesn’t leave it feeling  greasy at all.  It also smells like vanilla but not overwhelming.  My hair is fine and thin and after using both of these it doesn’t feel weighed down at all.  But full of body!  I was able to go 4 days before washing- which is a small miracle.  They also have formulas for normal or dry hair.  If you’ve been searching for a natural shampoo and conditioner that works and leaves your hair feeling clean- this is it!  Grab your Kavella Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner here!

Sea Salt Spray-  This spray is amazing!  It instantly perks up my lifeless straight hair and gives me texture and body.  I love spraying in in wet hair and diffusing to get a tousled look or I curl it afterwards for even more definition.  Either way I get beach hair in minutes!  It doesn’t feel sticky or greasy either.  A great all around sea salt spray!  Get your sea salt spray here!

W3ll People-

Liquid Liner- I was so excited to finally get my hands on W3ll People’s liquid liner!  Let’s just say it didn’t disappoint.  It’s easy to apply with it’s felt tip liner, and stays put the whole day- yes you heard me.  It gives a rich black hue.  I even used my new Crunchi liner brush to apply it on my eyes and it worked so well.  So if you prefer using a brush instead of a felt tip, just dip the brush in the formula.  You all are going to want this!  Snag your’s here!

Brightening Powder- This powder is perfect for setting your makeup.  I just dip my big powder brush in the powder and apply it all over my face.  It helps to keep my makeup looking fresh all day and it gives my skin a little ethereal/glow effect.  When the light hits your skin it looks radiant.  It helps to minimize fine lines and give you an all over polished look- I dig it!  Get your brightening powder here!

Bio-Tint Multi-Action Moisturizer SPF 30– This is a newer release from W3ll People and I was pumped to test it out.  I was pleasantly surprised by the coverage.  It offers medium coverage- I love it!  Some tinted moisturizers hardly offer any coverage and can tend to look greasy- not with W3ll People.  I get good coverage and a grease free face!  It doesn’t look cakey or heavy though.  A great dewy look overall.  Plus, it offers SPF 30- yes!  If you’ve been waiting for a good coverage moisturizer with some spf- this is it.  It really delivers!  Get your’s here!  Wearing all three products below! 

Crunchi-

I’m a big fan of any Crunchi Lipsticks.  I just got two new colors in the mail and haven’t stopped wearing them.  Crunchi lipsticks offer hydration, great pigment and longevity.  My current color obsessions are Fierce- a red with bold pink undertones and Pure- the perfect nude.  These two colors are definitely opposites.  Fierce is literally one of the prettiest lipsticks I’ve owned!  I love how it instantly makes my whole look pop.  I can see wearing this color year round.  I also love Pure.  It is the perfect color to pair with smoky eyes, or just for an understated look.  Grab your Crunchi lipsticks here!  Wearing the lipstick in the color Fierce below.

Well, that sums up some of my current green beauty finds!  Have you tried any of it?  What are you loving?

Interview with Leah Kirpalani-Good Life

Interview with Leah Kirpalani-Good Life


 

I had the pleasure of interviewing Leah Kirpalani-a serious girl boss! In this episode, Leah shares her inspiring story of wellness, beauty tips, her favorite daily health musts and more. You don’t want to miss this one!

Leah Kirpalani is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Clean Beauty Expert and Founder of Good Life. After spending 8 years in corporate retail and merchandising, she was inspired by her own chronic health journey to build her company. Good Life is a e-commerce and lifestyle brand out to simplify how the modern woman lives well with the tools we already use every day, our beauty products! Leah has curated a refined assortment of clean beauty and natural products that beautify, nurture and heal the body in her online clean beauty boutique, Shop Good!

Also, Good Life has an awesome free download called: The Complete Bathroom Guide to Swapping Out for Clean Beauty! It includes a checklist of hot spots where unwanted chemicals may be lurking, along with a detailed list of the ingredients to avoid AND indulge in, including a sheet of our top clean product recs!

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Instagram: @good_life.co

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