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Acure Brightening Exfoliator

Current Favorite Organic Skin Care Products | Acure, Evan Healy + Coola

July 29, 2016

Favorite Organic Skin Care ProductsI’ve been using these products from 2-6 months. Long enough for me to see the difference in my skin and be able to talk about them with confidence.

These organic skin care products have become part of my everyday ritual.

What I LOVE about organic skincare, besides the obvious, better-for-your-skin answer. Is that these specific brands are not only better for your skin, but also for the planet, are cruelty-free, and chock-full of fresh & pure ingredients.

Evan Healy Sea Algae Serum

{ Sea Algae Serum, $39.95USD }

Just like the farm-to-table concept, Evan Healy incorporates a plant-to-skin sourcing philosophy. This brand works directly with farmers, plant distilleries & tribal villages. Not only to make wonderful hand-crafted beauty, but also to help sustain these villages, women + children, and farms. So essentially if you buy Evan Healy products, you’re not only going to have better, more beautiful skin, but you’ll be a part of something bigger!

This serum is MAGIC! Hands-down the best eye product I’ve tried so far. That’s a big statement coming from me. It has amazing ingredients such as:

…”fresh raspberry leaf extract, known for its skin firming effect, Hyaluronic acid, which holds moisture to skin forming a protective barrier. Seaweed, algae, and sea buckthorn berry oil combine to firm and nourish, Gotu Kola supports the body’s synthesis of collagen, and connective tissue maintenance…” (Click the link above to find out more about what these pure ingredients do)!

Though it has “serum” in its name, it has more of a milk consistency to me. It sinks directly into the skin, so I never have a greasy or thick creamy under-eye area, which you know is a nightmare to put concealer over! I also feel an almost instant firming feeling…every time. Which to me suggests it doesn’t lose its potency. And I’ve also noticed a brighter & firmer eye area. Seriously…THE BEST!

ACURE

{ Day Cream | Normal-Dry Skin | $16.99USD }

ACURE has quickly become another favorite of mine. This sustainable company similarly uses plant and food-based ingredients to get real results. ACURE’s Mission is simple- …”feeding your skin properly as you would your body internally is the only way to optimize its function…”

I use this day cream for those days that I know I’ll be staying in at home, or when I need that extra moisture. It has a lovely citrus scent. It can be worn day/night, and under make up too because although it’s very moisturizing, it is not thick or greasy feeling.

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{ Seriously Firming Facial Serum (oil), $19.99USD | Rosehip Oil, $10.99USD }

I started with these oils from the line first, and then I was hooked. After I saw and felt the difference of skin I was convinced to keep trying more from this brand. Besides my occasional hormonal break-outs, my skin has never looked more healthy.

I mix 1 drop of each oil into the palm of my hands, and apply these oils every day/night.

Rosehip oil balances the oils in your skin because of its low pH. It also contains essential fatty acids and vitamin E. The Seriously Firming Facial oil, contains rich antioxidants, organ oil, borage oil and cranberry. All of these ingredients work together to help revitalize the skin, restore moisture, soothe inflammation, and get rid of free radicals.

ACURE

{ Brightening Vegetable Peel, couldn’t find on websites. Use Facial Scrub. | Brightening Facial Scrub, $9.99USD }

I couldn’t find this peel anywhere, I’m sorry! BUT I found it at my local Whole Foods market. If you, can I suggest you look for it there. If you have sensitive skin and never got along with peels, then you must try this one. I found that It’s gentle, yet effective in brightening, clearing and smoothing my skins texture.

Okay, so I love using this scrub! It smells like kale & lemons- haha, but totally worth it (the natural scent doesn’t bother me)! It contains sea kelp and lemon peel to gently exfoliate your skin, and French green clay removes oil and impurities. My skin looks & feels squeaky clean after I use this 3 times a week. I’m ADDICTED! It’s good for all skin types.

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Deep Steep

{ Body Butter, $10.95USD }

Deep Steep, is one of my favorite go-to natural brands for the body. Specifically, I enjoy the Body Butter, Bubble Bath and Sugar Scrub. It’s like a luxurious treat when I use Deep Steep to take a bubble bath, or to moisturize my skin. The scents are beautiful and subtle. Never overpowering. (Deep Steep products are formulated with no phthalates, parabens or chemical preservatives. Non-GMO, gluten-free, 100% vegan and cruelty-free).

And finally, COOLA is my favorite plant-based, non-toxic sunscreen brand. Sunscreen, as you should already know, is important all-year-round. Not just in the summer.

COOLA Rösilliance Organic BB+ Cream

COOLA Organic Skin Care

{ BB+ CREAM, $52.00USD| Shade: Medium/Dark }

I have been blown-away by the Rōsilliance™ SPF 30 BB+ Cream. I’ve finally found the perfect everyday sunscreen for me! This moisturizer is lightly tinted. It has a lightweight serum texture, that just sinks beautifully into my skin. I notice it also helps even my skin tone and it also gives my skin a hydrated glow.

{ ALL PRODUCTS MENTIONED CAN FOUND AT WHOLE FOODS MARKET, EXCEPT COOLA. COOLA PRODUCTS CAN BE FOUND AT SEPHORA, ULTA, NORDSTROM AND COOLASUNCARE.com }

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: For Her

February 10, 2016

Vday Gift Guide 2016

Row 1:  Candy Hearts Accessory Bag | Red Roses Bath Oil | Watch Lace + Mesh Chemise Row 2:   YSL Crossbody | Pajamas Ear Crawlers Row 3. Embossed  Heart Card CaseSleep Mask | Confetti Print Wallet 

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I put together this little gift guide so that I may help give you ideas for a special friend, your sister, a co-worker… or whomever in your life. These V-day gifts are sure to please any kind of gal! I found all of these items at Nordstrom. Prices range from $25—$1500, and everywhere in between.

As for me, my husband and I will be spending our 5th wedding anniversary + Valentine’s Day in Aspen, Colorado. My hubby and this celebration trip are all the gift I need! ♥

Happy Valentines’s Day to all of you!

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e.l.f.cosmetics haul

e.l.f. cosmetics haul

November 17, 2015

 

e.l.f.cosmetics haul

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{ L-R:  Moisturizing Lipstick » shade RED CARPET | Lip Stain » shade BERRY BLUSH | Jumbo Lipgloss Stick » shade SUMMER NIGHTS | Lip Balm Tint » shade NUDE }

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{ L-R:  Lip Balm, Jumbo Gloss Stick, Lip Stain, Lipstick }

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{ Top-Bottom:  Expert Liquid Liner » shade CHARCOAL | Waterproof Eyeliner Pens » in the shades BLACK + COFFEE }

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{ L-R:  CHARCOAL, BLACK, COFFEE }

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{ Blush in the shade » CANDID CORAL }

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Up until recently, I’ve only tried e.l.f. makeup brushes (which I love BTW!). When I was shopping at target, I decided to get my hands on some of their beauty products and give ’em a shot!

The reason why I picked up three eyeliners is because I want to test a variety to do a winged-liner. I’m actually not that great when it comes to doing the whole winged-liner look (with liquid liner or pens, specifically). I wanted to find a good formula, a long-lasting formula and an easy to use product. I want to master the winged-liner! And after swatching these liners, I’m excited to try them.

As you can probably tell from the pictures above, the Lip Stain bleeds a little. So if you have particularly dry lips, or lines around your mouth, then this product may not be for you. I’m not sure it’s for me either. It fees like a wet marker going on my lips. I’ll give it a fair shot though to see how I truly feel about the lip stain. I think I’ll really love the others I purchased. I like the shades + the formulas seem to be very hydrating too. The Red Carpet Moisturizing  lipstick is more sheer, rather than fully opaque, but it is buildable and you can achieve an opaque look. I love this shade red. A pretty option for the Holidays. The Lip Balm Tint is the perfect balm. Hydrating and with just a hint of color. I built it up for the photos, but the NUDE shade is really sheer. The perfect lip product if you want something hydrating and natural for everyday. I will keep this in my gym bag or on my bedside table.

The blush is so pretty. Again, a good option for everyday, and it will go with almost any makeup look. The photos don’t do this shade justice (I tried my best). It is the perfect peachy-coral with a beautiful sheen finish. Really a soft and pigmented formula.

Have you tried any of the e.l.f. cosmetics products? Let me know what you like!

prices: bronzer brush $2  | total face brush $2 | expert liquid liner $2 | lip balm $2 | lipstick $3 |  lip stain $2 | jumbo gloss stick $2 | blush $3 | eyeliner pens $2 each 

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Dermarie

BEAUTY SPOTLIGHT: DERMARIE ANTI-AGING CLEANSER & FACIAL SERUM REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

September 01, 2015

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{ R-L: the consistency of the cleanser and the serum shown }

Dermarie Advanced Skin Science was kind enough to send me samples of these two products to try out for you guys. I’ve been testing the NEW Age Defying Facial Cleanser + Rose Hip Seed Oil, and the Skin Tightening Anti-aging Facial Serum for about a month.

And because I see and feel the results, I’m excited to talk about them with you and include them in my Beauty Spotlight Series. But first, let me give you a little 4-1-1 on the company…

Dermarie gives us results by merging ground-breaking skin care technology with powerful ingredients found in nature. What does that mean for you and me? That means we get natural and effective skin care. Skin care that is perfect for most skin types. Skin care with rich benefits due to Mother Nature’s ingredients. And because their products are NOT loaded with things we don’t want for our skin, we can be sure we’re getting pure, powerful + healthy skin care products. All Dermarie skin care products are also developed right here in the U.S. and are 100% cruelty free and never tested on animals.

Age Defying Facial Cleanser + Rose Hip Seed Oil:

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I’m just going to list what I liked and noticed from using the product.

→ it has a barley there fresh, clean scent. I smell a hint of rose.

→cleanser turns into a nice lather

→takes off all my makeup (if you use heavy makeup or waterproof eye makeup, I suggest you cleanse twice or use a makeup wipe prior)

→does not strip my skin or leave it feeling dry

→my skin looks and feels clean after use

→my skin appears healthy

overall I’ve really enjoyed using this cleanser!

FACTS/PRODUCT CLAIMS:

formulated with Vitamin A,C, E, F and Rose Hip Seed Oil. With daily continued use it supposed to help promote collagen growth, deep clean, balance the skin’s natural pH, reduce wrinkles, hydrate and restore a smooth and firm appearance.

MSRP – $35

Size – 4 oz.

for all skin types

Skin Tightening Anti-aging Facial Serum:

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I’m just going to list what I liked and noticed from using the product.

→I don’t detect a scent

→lightweight serum that quickly absorbs into my skin

→1-2 pumps is all I need

→non-greasy formula

→immediately after use I feel my skin tighter!

→I’ve noticed a smoother texture of my complexion, especially on my forehead

this serum is truly one I will keep as apart of my routine. I can’t get over the immediate tightening effects! This serum sure lives up to its name.

FACTS/PRODUCT CLAIMS:

MSRP – $88

Size – 1 oz.

for all skin types

With twice daily application, this product claims to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, instantly lift and tighten for an immediate firmer complexion, and stimulate collagen.

For more information on these, or any other Dermarie skin care products, please visit their website by clicking here.

*And as always, these opinions are my own and true.

Thank you Dermarie for letting me try these amazing products!

**PLEASE CHECK MY INSTAGRAM TOMORROW FOR A CHANCE TO WIN YOUR VERY OWN DERMARIE FACIAL CLEANSER + SKIN TIGHTENING SERUM! 1 LUCKY WINNER WILL RECEIVE BOTH PRODUCTS. DETAILS WILL BE POSTED ON MY INSTAGRAM ON WEDNESDAY , 9/2.

xx,

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