The Best Of Clean Beauty 2018

The Best Of Clean Beauty 2018

We are at it again with the best of clean beauty 2018!  My girl Lisa from the blog This Organic Girl and I are dishing up our faves this year in clean and natural beauty.  This is our third year in a row and the post always seems to be a crowd favorite. 

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I’m going to give you a quick run down on some past favorites too that we can’t stope reaching for, plus some personal picks that I’ve tried and Lisa hasn’t.  But before I do, I wanted to share a little about two places that keep me well stocked when it comes to clean and natural beauty products.

The first is The Detox Market– 

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Just some of the clean beauty you can find at detox market!

This was the very first green beauty store I shopped at.  I still remember angels singing when I visited the actual store in L.A.  Ok, maybe angels weren’t singing but it felt like I had arrived in green beauty heaven!  They have ALL the brands and more.  You want some Josh Rosebrook- they’ve got you covered.  Need some Osmia Organics in your life, sister they have it.  Want some Odacite?  No problem- they have the whole line.  It’s your one stop shop for all things natural beauty!  They have a list of ingredient standards, which lists ingredients they don’t allow in their formulations, so you can be sure your products are squeaky clean. 

I remember hearing about their pop up shop in 2010- I was salivating to go!  It was at the same time I had started to detox my beauty products.  It’s so crazy to think where The Detox Market is today!  There’s so many natural options, compared to 8 years ago.  I love their mission on educating the consumer and bringing awareness.  Forever a Detox Market fan!  You can basically get any clean beauty product from their store.  

Also, I love Boxwalla!  

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Love this clean beauty box by Boxwalla. It hits all the marks when it comes to a clean beauty box.

This is a clean beauty box that you can get bi-monthly. In case you’re not familiar with Boxwalla allow me to introduce you.  This box delivers some of the best of green beauty.  I find that’s what sets them apart from other green beauty boxes is their thoughtful curations.  I always find they go out on a limb and really find brands and artisans that I haven’t heard of- which I love!  If you’re into trying new brands and discovering people that truly love their craft- this box is for you.  I also love that this box is bi-monthly versus every month.  It helps me to savor each box and really get to know the products.  Their selections are always cruelty free as well.  The products are also free of certain ingredients according to Boxwalla standards.  You can find the specific ingredients they avoid here. Another reason I love getting behind this box!  Plus, don’t get me started on their actual boxes the products come in- seriously next level.  I keep each box and give them to others with gifts in them because they’re so gorgeous!  Read below on how their boxes are made. A quote from Boxwalla’s website: 

Each box containing Boxwalla goodies is carefully crafted from tree-free handmade paper. A small company in India makes the paper for us, from cotton scraps, using the traditional art of paper-making that involves 9 steps and takes several weeks. The handmade paper is then meticulously fashioned into the boxes that you see in the pictures. The whole process is completely child labor free and employs 63 local villagers and 20 skilled artisans whose families have been making paper for generations. We love supporting socially and environmentally conscious businesses such as these: They craft beautiful products while preserving traditional crafts and skills that would otherwise be completely lost.

If you want to start the new year off right and start discovering the best of green beauty, sign up for a Boxwalla box here!

Here are past favorites of Lisa and I that we can’t get away from:

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Lisa and I wearing the beloved Mermaid Mask by Leahlani skincare.

Ok, on to the BEST OF CLEAN BEAUTY 2018!

  • Moss Skincare Beurre Céleste Honey Antioxidant Infusion Recovery Mask in Cleansing Baume- It was love at first swipe when I used this cleansing mask/balm.  It comes in a balm form and quickly melts in your hands and removes makeup and grime so effortlessly. Your skin feels so clean, and not stripped in any way.  I often use it in the mornings and leave it on my skin while I brush my teeth.  Such a unique formula too because it’s completely waterless- so no preservative!  
  • African Botanics Fleurs de’Afrique- An amazing plant based retinol oil that my skin LOVES!  I literally have seen a brightness in my skin and hyper pigmentation fade- no joke.  If you got it, then you know what I’m talking about.  I discovered this in a Boxwalla box- they are always dishing out the good stuff.
  • Kosas Lipstick- These lipsticks are the best.  To own a Kosas lipstick is to love it!  These are pigmented, long lasting and moisturizing.  I almost have all 8 colors in the collection and there isn’t a bad color.
  • Odacite Lip Serum- I had never used a lip serum like this on my lips until Odacite’s.  It helps to hydrate, minimize fine lines on the lips and plump.  I love applying as my last step in my skincare routine.  My lip’s nightly nightcap!
  • Laurel Sun Damage Repair Serum- This is a serum and oil in one that helps to repair sun damaged skin.  The formula contains 27 whole organic plants!  It helps to reverse the signs of aging that the sun brings.  It also helps to brighten and fade age spots.  The oil feels richer on the skin but it also seeps right in.  When I used it I noticed a decrease in overall redness, faded sun spots and clearer skin tone.  
  • Khus Khus Modern Herbal Fusion + RASA Restorative Potion- This is such a unique body cream. Not only does it contain adaptogenic herbs but Ayurvedic and Western nervine herbs as well.  It helps to bring a calm to the nervous system.  It feels so soothing and healing!  Plus, my skin feels so hydrated as well.
  • True Botanicals Cellular Repair Serum, Antioxidant Booster and Vitamin C Booster- The Cellular Repair Serum is designed to reverse the cellular damage caused by sun exposure and aging.  Pretty sure everyone wants to sign up for that-am I right?!  Besides reversing cellular damage it also replenishes moisture and plumps up skin.  It’s highly concentrated and goes past the surface of the skin to really get to the cellular level.  This Vitamin C Booster treatment is preserved in it’s freshest form.  Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps to even skin tone, brighten and fade wrinkles, stimulate collagen, plus firm and repair skin.  I mean every face needs this stuff.  You might be wondering why it comes in a powder form.  When vitamin c is mixed with a liquid it slowly loses potency.  By keeping it in powder form you can be assured it’s in it’s freshest form.  The Antioxidant Booster is similar to the Vitamin C Booster but it uses apple peel powder instead, which has actually been shown to be more powerful then Vitamin C!  It helps brighten dark spots, even out skin tone and firm skin.
  • Sappho Brow Pomade- When my beloved brow cream that I had been using for a couple year from Hynt was reformulated I was back to the drawing board to find one that worked just as good!  Thankfully Sappho answered my prayers.  This works so well. Leaves my brows looking natural and so easy to apply.  I wear the color dark brown black.
  • Honest Beauty Mascara- If you’ve followed me for a hot minute you know I’m OBSESSED with this mascara!  It’s the best I’ve found in green beauty. It gives my lashed definition, length and drama.  Plus, you can get it on Amazon and it’s under $15!  I know- we hit the jackpot with this one.  
  • Osmia Body Oil- I can’t get enough of Osmia’s Body Oil.  It’s like the biggest drink of water for your body.  Your skin will thank you and so will your mind as you wrap yourself in this goodness.  I apply mine right out of the shower or bath and my skin stays silky smooth all day.  I love the Night Oil scent- with notes of lavender, roman chamomile and atlas cedarwood. But if you don’t like scent you would love their naked oil- it has no essential oils in it.
  • Maya Chia The Optimist Hydrating Essence- I get SO excited for any new Maya Chia product and The Optimist was no exception.  This gem is housed in a dark glass bottle, preserving every last drop of goodness.  Smells divine with hints of neroli, sweet orange, and ylang ylang.  The formula itself feels so hydrating on the skin and refreshing with white tea, antioxidants, fatty acids and phytonutrients- just to name a few.  I can’t forget the actual spray function.  It works so well!  I know it might sound funny, but after truing hundreds of mists in my day, the spray function is actually quite important.  You don’t want the mist to feel like it’s attacking your skin or spraying you in the eye!  The Optimist sprays so well all over the face.  The founder Susanne nailed it!

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Honest Beauty Mascara is my favorite green beauty mascara.

Here are some favorites of mine that I discovered this year and I can’t not share:

  • Beautycounter’s Face Wipes- These wipes are the best I’ve found in green beauty.  They offer the perfect amount of moisture, and they remove all my makeup!  Plus, they’re biodegradeable.
  • Beauty counter’s Eye shadows- I love these shadows.  They get the best eye shadow award in clean beauty hands down!  They are so pigmented, go on smooth and stay on forever- the whole day.  Trust me- you will be hooked once you use them.  They are having a sale right now for 30% off their holiday eye palettes too!
  • Beautycounter’s Eye Makeup Remover- Ok, I seriously was so excited when I tried this eye makeup remover.  All you Mary Kay fans will get me.  Back in the day I used to be big Mary Kay Eye Makeup Remover devotee.  It was the best I found and since I stopped using it I’ve never even able to find a replacement. Until now!  This eye makeup remover works like a charm- can’t say it enough. If you like having an eye makeup remover- you’ll love this!
  • Ilia Eye Primer- I have finally found my favorite eye primer in clean beauty!  This magic little wand does not mess around.  It keeps my eye shadows in place the whole day, no creasing, or smudging.  I can’t recommend it enough.
  • Tata Harper’s Clarifying Mask- I had tried this once before this year but nothing more. It had been a small sample. Then I got a full jar and lets just say, it quickly dwindled!  This helps purify pores, detoxify the skin and leave you with an overall glow.  Can’t get enough!

That’s it for The Best Of Clean Beauty 2018!  Want to see what The Best Of Clean Beauty 2016 and 2017 was?  Check out 2016 here and 2017 here.  

Go check out my girl Lisa’s take on all our faves, plus see what 5 products she discovered this year!

*Also don’t forget to check out our Instagram pages @gurlgonegreen and @thisorganicgirl to enter to win over $500 worth of clean beauty loot!  

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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 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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Maya Chia Review-Natural Skincare at it’s Best

Maya Chia Review-Natural Skincare at it’s Best

So I’ve been on the edge of my seat to finally share my Maya Chia review with you guys!  If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen me post about Maya Chia and talk non-stop about them on my stories.  I’ve refrained myself from sharing too much on the newest products I’ve tried because I didn’t want to give away all the juicy deets!  I was first introduced to Maya Chia through my Beauty Heroes Box in January.  I couldn’t believe I hadn’t tried them until then.  Shame on me I know.

What makes Maya Chia SO special??  I thought you would never ask!  Well, so many reasons.  They’re just really good skincare for starters, but there’s so many other things that set them apart.  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’s-a skin’s dream team!  You can say bye to fine lines and wrinkles.  Plus, it has clinically been proven to increase hydration.  This is a quote taken from Maya Chia’s site on chia seed and antioxidants-

The Nutritional Science Research Institute tested the nutritional value of chia seed and said it contains “the highest amount of antioxidants we have ever measured” and cited chia as one of the most powerful whole food antioxidants we know.

All I have to say is give me all the chia seeds!  Not only does Maya Chia use this all star ingredient throughout their whole line, but they have a patent on a specific extraction process called the supercritical extraction.  The extraction process creates the purest oil that resembles chia oil in it’s original state, because no solvents, or oxygen are used. You can be sure the chia oil is free of chemicals and of the highest quality.  I mean does it get any better?!  I love the analogy Maya Chia uses on their website to distinguish between other chia oils on the market.  They used the example of wine and how wines differ based on region, when the grapes are picked, how wine is processed-so many factors.  Same with chia oil.  All those variations that go into making chia oil make a big difference in the quality of oil you get in the end.  Not to mention their products are organic or wild crafted-only the best!

I love hearing how a brand gets started and Maya Chia has quite a story.  The founder Suzanne Norwitz went from the corporate ladder to pursue her passion in creating the best quality skincare.  She was also interested in the Mayan people, that began with her father.  He is a surgeon and would go to Guatemala to operate on Mayan’s with clef lip palates.  She even has two step children now that were both born in Guatemala.  Her love for the culture grew and she discovered the power of chia in the Mayan culture.  Thus, Maya Chia was born!

Ok, I could go on and on but you might stop reading, so let’s cut to the chase.  Keep reading to hear why I can’t get enough of this amazing skincare line!

The Great Cleanse-

This cleanser is so good.  First of all the packaging-on point.  Dark glass pump bottle, preserves every last drop.  It’s an oil cleanser.  So you apply it on dry skin and rub in circular motions all over.  It removes all my makeup effortlessly-yes even the stubborn eye makeup.  When I’m ready to rinse it off I apply the slightest amount of water and rub it over my face.  It really helps to break up anything lingering.  It has the slightest emulsification when adding the water-which I love!  Then I rinse with warm water and it comes off easily.  A lot of oil cleansers you have to really rub off with a washcloth to get the product off but not with this cleanser.  It’s so nice to have it come off so easy.  My skin feels perfectly balanced after cleansing-not too dry or oily.  I’m obsessed with this cleanser!  Did I mention it smells amazing?  Hints of lavender and chamomile pair together beautifully.  And yes, the supercritical chia oil is the first ingredient!  Plus, this cleanser is only $38-a serious steal for luxe skincare.  If you’ve been searching for the IT cleanser-then you just found it. Get it here and thank me later!

The Super Blend- Pressed Serum Moisture Concentrate-

Another winner that must be talked about in my Maya Chia review-I know this might start to sound repetitive.  This Pressed Serum is just all around delightful.  Although it is a serum it feels more like a balm to me.  A lot of people often ask why use a balm.  Oh so many reasons!  Balms are especially great for in the winter when skin needs extra protection from the elements.  This product in particular is an anti-aging powerhouse with ingredients like asthaxanthin- a power house antioxidant, Vitamin C and CoQ10.  These ingredients work together to give your skin a radiance.  Seriously, give this product a couple weeks and you will see what I’m talking about.  My skin felt so even, smooth and soft.  Many balms can make your skin feel dry in the morning but not this one.  My skin felt so hydrated and not greasy.  A little goes a long way with this baby too.  And the smell…ahhh SO amazing!  You’ll seriously want to inhale-be warned.   I applied this in upward strokes at night after cleansing and toning.  I didn’t need an additional moisturizer and my skin tends to be dry.  I especially loved using this when I was sick around my nose.  No raw, red nose because it was so protected using this.  Again another product that I can’t recommend enough!  Snag your Super Blend- Pressed Serum here!

The Super Couple-

Ok, so this is the serum that started my infatuation with Maya Chia!  I did a whole YouTube video on this product.  You can watch it here.  So why all the fuss?  Well, for starters it melts right into your skin.   No oily residue at all.  Perfect for at night, and during the day before makeup.  It evens my skin tone out and my skin never looked better-I know big statement but it’s true.  I have this one spot on my left cheek side and it has some hyper pigmentation and it faded quite a bit after I had been using Maya Chia.  My skin looked less red and just overall smooth.  Trust me when I say I get a lot of product to sample as a beauty blogger, so when I actually go through a product it’s a big deal.  This serum is on the last few drops.  It has the same anti-aging benefits as the Super Blend-Pressed Serum Moisture Concentrate.  Filled with vitamin C, CoQ10 and the beloved antioxidant asthaxanthin.  This serum doesn’t mess around and truly delivers!  Great for even the most sensitive skin types.  I even use it under my eyes and it works.  Say goodbye to dark circles.  Guys, this stuff is the real deal.  It has a slight pinkish color which actually gives your skin a glow-I love it!  If you’ve been looking for an anti-aging serum that delivers then look no more-Grab your bottle here! 

The Pure Supercritical Omega-3 Chia Oil-

So I tried this oil after trying The Super Couple.  I had lower expectations- is that wrong?  I mean I was so impressed with The Super Couple.  But I must admit this serum, completely amazing too.  It’s heavier feeling and more moisturizing than The Super Couple Serum.  Especially great for those with dry skin that can’t quite get hydrated.  It also works amazing on fine lines.  Although it is heavier, it still absorbs so well.  Your skin feels plump and soft.  Even a dry patch around my nose didn’t stand a chance with this oil.  It calmed even my normal redness around my t-zone I get.  A rich, extremely hydrating oil, that absorbs quickly, doesn’t feel greasy, and makes you look younger…what are you waiting for?!  This is great for even the most sensitive skin.  Get your Pure Supercritical Omega-3 Chia Oil here! 

The Highlight of The Day-

My Maya Chia review wouldn’t be complete without talking about these little guys!  Where do I start?!  I’ve fallen hard for them.  So what is The Highlight of The Day?  It is 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! Below you’ll find a photo of me wearing Happy Hour.  If you can’t decide which to get, just get both here! 

The Revitalizer, Beautifying Supercritical Body Oil-

This body oil smells heavenly.  I apply it right after the shower and it soaks right into my skin.  The moisture lasts too!  My skin feels hydrated throughout the day.  Did I mention the packaging?  Dark glass pump bottle-swoon worthy.  I’ve been using this non-stop and can’t get enough. I love how I smell afterwards, a mixture of rose and neroli, but not strong at all.  You can grab your bottle here!

Supercritical Chia Waterless Wonder Balm-

Ok, last product!  This balm I got in my Beauty Heroes box as the sidekick.  It was a special edition scent for Beauty Heroes.  The balm itself is definitely a wonder.  I couldn’t get enough.  From my 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! 

Ok, so that concludes my Maya Chia review.  They have seven products and I’ve tried them all- I know obsessive.  But guys, honestly they are all stand outs and serious winners!  I don’t often devote whole reviews to lines but when they’re this good I can’t not share.  If you have any questions on any of the products, leave them in the comments- would love to help you!  This is one skincare line that is here to stay!

Have you used Maya Chia-what’s your favorite product?

Leahlani Skincare Review

Leahlani Skincare Review

I get a lot of questions about what holistic skincare lines I would recommend someone buy all their products from.  People often don’t want to pick from line to line and just want a one stop shop-trust me I get it.  From time to time this year, I’ll be sharing my favorite lines that are all around wonderful.  I thought it only appropriate to start with one of my very favorites-Leahlani Skincare.  There’s no other line like it and I kid you not, every product I try I love.  Being a green beauty blogger I end up trying so many but when you keep going back to one line, you know it’s good.  If you’re looking for a cleanser, a mask, toner, exfoliant, then you’ve come to the right place.  Leahlani Skincare has it all and it’s so good!

First, before I tell you about the skincare line, I must tell you about the creator herself, Leah.  A true artist when it comes to skin, Leah dealt with her own set of skin issues.  Through her own skin struggles, she believes fate led her to pursue a career in skincare, and become a holistic esthetician.  Leah learned so much firsthand being a spa director, and then having her own practice.  This journey not only led her to find her passion, but it paved the way for Leahlani Skincare to be born.  Leah wanted to create a skincare line that would be a, “ritual and not a routine.”  Well she definitely achieved that and so much more. Oh and side note, to know Leah is to love her!  She is a serious sweetheart, and has a heart of gold.

She not only healed her skin through her creations, but has helped so many others achieve healing as well.  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?

Leah recently launched several new products, and I had the privilege of testing them out.  BTW if you haven’t tried her famous Mermaid Mask, you need to, as in order it right this minute!  It’s like nothing you’ve used for your face.  I’m also a fan of her Honey Love.  A cleanser and exfoliator all in one.  I reviewed it here.  Well, let’s be real, there’s nothing of Leahlani’s I don’t like!

Mermaid Mask-

This mask is seriously so good.  I was out of it for several months(shame on me) and the first time using it again I promised to never be without it again!  This green goodness makes me happy every time I put it on.  Many people ask what mask they should buy when transitioning to green beauty and this is it!  I promise you will love it and thank me.  Her mask is a little piece of heaven.  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.  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!

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Kalima-Coconut Cream Cleansing Powder-

This is unlike any cleanser you’ve used.  It comes in a glass bottle, in a powder form.  The powder is activated by water.  I love having a cleanser like this.  It makes the contents so fresh, because it’s not activated until the moment I want to use it on my skin.  It smells like sweet coconut-so divine.  I would sprinkle some Kalima in my hand, and then add a few drops of water and mix together.  I then applied it to my skin and let the magic take place.  It gently exfoliated my skin, leaving it smooth and removed my daily grime.  I even left it on a bit longer, so all the ingredients could really do their work.  This is so much more than your average cleanser, a serious treat for your skin!  $46

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Meli Glow-Illuminating Nectar Mask-

Leah really knows her masks, and this one is no exception.  First the smell is unreal!  It smells like strawberry puree to me-so good.  I seriously want to eat it…all of Leah’s products have that affect on me.  This pink beauty is packed full of all the good stuff.  Things like hyaluronic acid, enzyme and vitamin rich fruits, clays, and Hawaiian Honey-just to name a few.  I applied 2 tsp. to moist skin and left it on for 15 minutes, sometimes longer…trust me once you smell it you won’t want to remove it either.  What did my skin do?  Well it literally sang a happy song!  My skin felt soft, moisturized, and radiant.  The name says it all-it makes you glow!  $48

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Kokoleka-Ritual Dessert Facial Mask-

Kokoleka, how I love you!  This mask is something special.  I love how Leah describes it on the bottle, a “Ritual Dessert Facial Mask”…can you say yum?!  First let’s talk scent.  It’s very similar to the Cleansing Powder, smells like sweet coconut, but with a chocolate twist because of the cacao-I so dig it!  This mask is different than the Meli Glow.  Kokoleka is meant to detoxify and purify your skin.  It comes in a powder form, and is activated when you add water.  I use a small ceramic bowl and brush, and apply it liberally all over my face.  Don’t add too much water, you want it to be a thick creamy texture.  I applied too much water the first time, and it was more soupy.  It does harden but not like a typical clay mask that drys your skin out.  This one isn’t drying at all! Your skin feels smooth and radiant.  I visibly notice a difference in my skin every time I use it.  I’m convinced everyone needs this!  $68

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Mahina-Evening Replenishing Elixir-

This baby quickly became a fave.  It not only hydrates your skin, but nourishes it with nutrients while you sleep.  You wake up with smooth, even skin.  One particular oil that Leah put in that I love is prickly pear seed oil.  It has been known to help brighten skin, fight signs of aging and moisturize like crazy.  A definite home run oil.  The biggest thing I noticed right away with Mahina is how much it calmed my redness.  Especially around my nose.  My skin felt replenished and soothed.  The smell is of course wonderful too!  Notes of citrus mixed with vanilla…can’t go wrong with that.  Oh and your skin doesn’t feel greasy-which I love.  $68

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Bless-Beauty Balm-

Last but certainly not least, Bless, the beauty balm.  Dry skin stands no chance with this baby!  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.  I also love that though it is a balm, it doesn’t feel heavy at all.  I even wore this during the day under makeup and it was great!  Also, I love mixing this mask with Kokoleka for the ultimate luxe treat. $48

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Bohemian Ruby Balancing Toner-

I recently tried this toner out from the line.  I’ve tried most Leahlani products but I hadn’t tried the toners yet.  This toner is all about soothing and balancing the skin.  The smell is seriously tantalizing!  All of Leahlani skincare smells so good.  I spray it on in the mornings to help wake me up.  It perks my skin right up.  One thing I really love about this toner is how hydrating it feels on the skin.  It instantly preps my skin for my serums and oils.  I’ve even sprayed it during the day when I just need a quick pick me up.  Have I mentioned I love the smell?!  Yeah, it’s that good.  Get it-you’ll love it!

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I have yet to try anything from Leahlani Skincare that I haven’t loved.  Leah knows skin!  Shop all of Leahlani Skincare here.  Also, don’t forget to join in the giveaway I’m hosting with Leahlani Skincare as well on Instagram.  We are giving away a full skincare set!

Have you tried Leahlani?  What are your faves?!  If you have any questions on products, feel free to comment below!  I would love to help you find the perfect product.  XO

 

 

 

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