October :: Non GMO + BCA Month

October Non GMO + BCA Month

Do you follow me on Feelgood Style? If not, you should be? Here’s why…

Here on OBS I cover, what I consider, fun stuff. What’s hot in organic beauty, new products and lines, seasonal, motivational…you get the picture. On FGS I get a little more science-y and newsy. It’s a good place to pick up indepth info on ingredients, new regulations in cosmetics, and the lowdown on how cosmetics and personal care products are made.

Since it’s Breast Cancer Awareness and Non GMO Month, here’s what I’ve been working on:

Cancer Causing Ingredients – What You Need to Know You know I’m all about prevention when it comes to BCA talk. Check out my list to find out which ingredients to watch out for and why.

Susan G Komen Partners with Fracking Company in the name of Breast Cancer Awareness Yes, unfortunately, you read the right. The breast cancer organization has teamed with big oil to offer pink drill bits and they are using BCA as the why. So much wrong with this it’s pitiful.

GMO Contamination + Cosmetics Think going organic makes your cosmetics exempt from GMOs? Think again. If you want to go deep on GMO cross contamination, I offer ways to help with that.

Happy reading!

Serums :: How to Choose + Use

Serums :: How to Choose + Use

Serum is the superstar of beauty products. The benefits seemingly endless. There are serums for oily skin, dry skin, acne prone skin, mature skin. Serums to brighten, lighten, refine pores, smooth texture, calm irritation, decrease puffiness, even skin tone…the list goes on.

A little something for everyone, no? Yes! But how to choose the right serum for your skin and how best to use?

Ok, there are two main types of serum – oil and cream. There are oils mixed with other ingredients, or very simple oil combinations. Creams may be thinner or thicker, or even more of a gel. Safe to say, you’ve got options.

Oily or acne prone skin benefits most from a thin, light weight serum. Most gals with oily skin are blessed with fewer wrinkles. Still, these lighter creams can minimize any fine lines. There are also those with antibacterial ingredients to help ward off breakouts and balance oil. Pat on a thin layer and allow to soak in before applying your usual moisturizer. If this seems too heavy, go for serum only at night. Try Tata Harper Boosted Contouring Serum, Living Nature Firming Flax Serum, Tata Harper Concentrated Brightening Serum, Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum.

Dry or mature skin? Gotta love oils. Facial oils seal in moisture, so they work best when applied over moisturizer. I pat mine onto skin in my problem zones; those that are driest and where I’d like to reduce wrinkles. My picks here are Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Fruit & Seed Oil Blend, Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex, La Bella Figura Organic Barbary Fig Seed Oil/Prickly Pear Seed OilMullein & Sparrow Immortelle & Myrrh Facial SerumKYPRIS – The Moonlight Catalyst.

Another I love that works on all skin types is Suzanne Organics Liquid Oxygen Therapy Facial Serum. This weightless serum feels cooling on skin and seems to tighten and firm. It also makes my skin look all glowy, which is always a good thing.

A serum is built to compliment your regular moisturizer, not replace it. Think of it as the secret weapon in your beauty arsenal.

Product Love :: Tata Harper

Tata Harper Product Review

Gosh, I’ve been sitting on a lot of product samples. Like, A LOT!

Seems like the most fun part of beauty blogging would be sampling products, right? And it is. But sometimes in a biz, the most fun thing takes a back seat to less fun business-y tasks. Such is life.

So on this fresh Monday I am bringing you a lovely yet long overdue product review. Yippeeeee!

You for sure know about the gorgeous Tata Harper who grows the healthy ingredients for her uber luxe organic products right on her very own organic farm. Sounds like a dream and her products match up to that picture. Pure, lovely, effective.

The equally lovely Eve, of Eve Organics, sent me some samples I’d been wanting to try from the range. Namely, Boosted Contouring Serum and Concentrated Brightening Cream. The serum for obvious reasons, who doesn’t want to erase a line or two. And most of us, espesh post-summer, have some spots we’d like gone, enter the brightening cream.

I really did feel like the serum softened my forehead lines. It gives skin a nice smooth, healthy appearance. As for the brightening cream. I used it on a particularly apparent spot I have on my jaw line. It did lighten a bit, but may require longer use for absolute banishment.

Anyway, you won’t be sorry if you try anything Tata. They are all so posh and smell ridiculously great. My favorites are Replenishing Nutrient Complex and Love Potion. If you are down under, best get shopping Eve Organics. If you are in the US, Spirit Beauty Lounge carries the line too.

Hormonal Headaches + What to Do About Them

Headache by stockarch at morguefile

I know. Not a very fun subject. Still, this sucky situation happens to lots of women. Every #*&! month. So I feel it deserves some attention.

I’ve always been headache-y. But getting a migraine type headache every single month for the past year has gotten a bit old. There’s the week of the headache, then the week of recovery. That is half of the time. Half of life! Not okay.

Yes, I did ask my doctor about this. And yes, it is most likely hormone related. But the artificial hormones route is not appealing to me and being the natural kinda gal that I am, and also one to love research, I’ve been delving into this thing myself.

Women’s Bodies Women’s Wisdom by Dr. Christiane Northrup is an all time favorite of mine and I’ve also read Dr. Sara Gottfried’s book The Hormone Cure. This means cutting back on carbs, eating more fresh fruits and veg, and healthy proteins, and taking some supplements. It has helped some of my symptoms (irregular periods, mini hot flashes) but, sadly, hasn’t touched the headaches.

Time for drastic measures.

We know that too much sugar is crap for your health, looks, mood. I do my best to curb my sweet tooth as best I can. But I’m beginning to wonder if I need to eliminate all sugar from my diet. At least for a while.

Sarah Wilson of I Quit Sugar has an 8 week program that looks tempting. Unfortunately the next one doesn’t start until January. For now I think I will try my hand at cutting waaaaaay back on carbs and see if I get one of these suckers next month.

Do you get hormonal headaches? Quit eating sugar? Found something else that helps? Please, please, please share!

 

Image from stockarch at morguefile.com.

Fall Skincare Plan

Fall Skincare Plan

Fall has officially arrived. You’ve probably already started shopping for clothes to add to your autumn wardrobe. Have you revamped your skincare yet?

Yep, with the seasonal shift we adjust our menu, clothing, and skincare too. And, as you can likely guess, we are talking added moisture.

Don’t wait until your skin is already dry to infuse it with more moisture. Then you are simply doing damage control. Start now and increase as needed to keep your complexion looking its best.

Here are my fall moisturizer recos:

For Oily Skin – That’s right, I’ve said it before, even oily skin needs moisture. A light product that soaks into skin is going to offer adequate hydration without causing problems. Try Dr. Alkaitis Organic Day Crème with soothing aloe. Acure Organics Day Cream is another non-greasy formula suited to oily skin.

Normal/Combination Skin – Normal skin can become slightly more dry in colder seasons. The perfect way to combat this issue is with a facial oil. Apply a drop or two to drier areas of the face after applying your moisturizer. My favorites are: RMS Beauty Beauty Oil, Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex, and Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil.

Dry Skin – If you fall under this skin type feel free to go all out here. I’ve recently started patting a thick cream on the areas of my face that tend to become the most dry. SW Basics Cream is a straight forward yet highly versatile moisturizer. Use on face, body, lips…Same with RMS Beauty Coconut Cream and One Love Organic Skin Savior.

Self Help For Meals

BOWLS! Self Help for Meals

Today, something for your reading list!

Ok, this one is not purely entertainment. Though it does contain some pretty fabulous pics. This book is practically self help in that it is going to change how you look at mealtime. Unless you truly love to cook, and maybe even then, mealtime can become…well…not so much fun. All of that shopping and fixing, not to mention coming up with new ideas that everyone at the table will like.

BOWLS! is a cookbook written and created by my friend Becky Striepe, whom I work with at Feelgood Style. Becky’s idea is to create a meal, in a bowl, with stuff you have in your kitchen. No extra trips to the supermarket, no long preparation, just a delicious and healthy meal.

BOWLS! shares excellent recipes and ideas to get you started. Use one of Becky’s or create your own. Read my review on Feelgood Style which shares a recipe from the book.

This week we’ve had bowl dinners twice. The first was mashed potatoes (made with almond milk, which is really good btw) topped with sautéed veggies. The second was rice, beans and avocado with enchilada sauce. So dang good, easy, and made to order. If BOWLS! can make even me look forward to dinner time, you’ve gotta take a look.

Perfect gift item for your holiday shopping list.

Ingredient Focus :: Estrogen Disruptors

Endocrine Disruptors

I’ve been spending some writing time on toxic ingredients over at Feelgood Style this past week. In particular, hormone disruptors.

Unless you’ve been living in some extremely remote location, you’ve heard of parabens. These preservatives are widely used in cosmetics. And they are synthetic. And they are toxic. No matter how slyly a company may try to portray them as coming from nature. Nope. Parabens used in cosmetics are synthetic. You can read more about what I have to say on that here.

Then there are metalloestrogens. This class of chemicals are metals and they mimic estrogen in the body. They also take longer (like, a lot longer!) for our bodies to expel than parabens. This means they have longer to do their dirty work. For the full deets on metalloestrogens, read what I wrote on FGS.

So what’s the big deal with estrogen? Don’t our bodies make this hormone anyway? Yep. Women need estrogen to stay balanced and healthy.

But too much of this good thing can cause serious health issues. When estrogen levels become too high, inflammation occurs and disease can follow. Some toxic ingredients block hormone receptors, which can also lead to disease.

The moral to this story: Avoid parabens, plastics and estrogen-mimicking metals.

Product Love :: Kjaer Weis Highlighter

Kjaer Weis Highlighter

Like I told ya on Instagram recently, I finally got my hot little hands on some Kjaer Weis.

I’ve been wanting to do another foundation roundup. Since I’ve never used much foundation I always like to test them out and see which are the best. Kind of an if-I-love-them-you-are-sure-to-love-them sorta thing. More on that soon.

In the meantime I have been playing with a new Kjaer Weis product. They’ve created their very own Highlighter. Yays! You know you love a great highlighter, and so do I, and this one will not disappoint ‘cha. Promise.

Kjaer Weis Highlighter is perfect when used in the traditional ways (brow bone, cheek bones, bridge of nose, corners of eyes, collarbones), but I’ve been doing something new with it. I like to sub it in for cream shadow. Smudge along upper and lower lash lines, and in crease of eye. It gives a super natural look but adds…something special. An I’m not even trying yet totally done look. Top with a little liner, maybe a swipe of mascara, and you are good to go.

PS: I also love it on my lips!

For the Love of Fall

For the Love of Fall

Summer is definitely my favorite time of year. And though I could live where it’s summer year round, no problem, I do love a little Fall.

Crispness in the air and beautiful trees are all good, but my favorite part? The styles + foods! Shades of browns and purples. Sweaters and boots. Honeycrisp apples, soup, anything pumpkin. Awesome!

Here are just a few of the things I’m wanting this Fall:

Pumpkin macarons, cuz…c’mon

I’ve been meaning to try RMS Beauty’s newest shades + what better place to start than Lip Shine in Royal

Flats + Leopard + Gold = Perfecto

This cross body bag from Free People is not only hot, but vegan

Have had my eye on Kure Bazaar’s warm brownish-grey Sophisticato for a while now

So, what’s on your Fall wishlist?