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Product Love :: Acure Organics Eye Cream

Acure Organics Eye Cream

Being a beauty blogger means lots of products roll through the doorway on a fairly regular basis. Still, there are those items you are loyal to. There are also those you are very choosy about. One of those, at least for me, is eye cream.

There are eye oils, eye balms, eye creams, and eye gels. I trade off on using an eye oil and an eye balm (sometimes together) at night. But for day these two products don’t work, unless you are going makeup free. Oils and balms are great for deep down moisturizing but smudge eyeliner and mascara.

So, eye cream it is. I do like a great eye gel for the tightening and brightening effect they give. But this time of year gel just isn’t quite hydrating enough. Since mine has run dry – I’ve been using a fabulously lightweight eye treatment by Blissoma)- thought it would be a good time to do a little shopping for something new.

Shopping is always fun, but I am super choosy when it comes to eye cream. Must be hydrating yet create a semi-matte surface. I don’t hate if it is brightening either. Yes, eye cream can be on the pricey side. But, like face oils and serums, they last a good long time.

Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t get a great product for under $50! I kind of like to keep things on the more economical end this time of year as, I am sure, do you.

Well, happy day that a new to me eye cream landed in my mailbox. Acure generously sent over their Chlorella + Edelweiss Stem Cell Eye Cream for me to try. I love Acure Organics because they make pure products that are also reasonably priced. It is hard to beat their shampoos and conditioners. But I had not tried the eye cream.

And guess what? I love it. This is a straight forward eye cream, not a gel or balm posing as an eye cream. An. Eye. Cream. Goes on smooth, skin is soft and hydrated but not a stitch of greasiness.

YouTuber Jess Lizama has created a series on the line. Check that out here.

I also recently heard that Acure Organics may be on your Target shelves. They don’t stock the entire line but they do carry the eye cream. This just keeps getting better, doesn’t it? Buy online in or in store.

How It’s Done :: Double Cleansing

Double Cleansing How To

By now you’ve most likely heard the term “double cleansing”. Do you know what it is, why it is beneficial, and how to make it happen in your life?

Okey doke. Let’s start with the what. Double cleansing is a method of cleansing the skin using two products – one to remove makeup, debris, and impurities, the other to clean the skin. Most often the 1-2 punch comes in the form of an oil and a foaming cleanser, but can also be tailored to your skin type.

As for why…because a foaming cleanser alone may leave skin feeling clean, but may not actually be removing all of your makeup and clearing pores. Do you notice a sallow complexion? Have trouble with clogged pores? Dealing with acne? Feel like your skin looks old? These can all be helped with a little double cleanse action.

Exciting, huh? Here’s how it is done. At night, prior to washing skin with your usual cleanser, use an oil or balm cleanser. Warm a small amount in hands and massage gentle into skin, using a circular motion to remove makeup, toxins, and dirt. This not only gets skin cleaner, but offers a blood pumping mini massage too. Next, cleanse as usual with whatever cleanser works best on your skin.

I said this cleansing method could be tailored to you specifically. Mix and match here to get the best results for your skin. If you tend to be oily, you may want to sub out an oil cleanser in the first step for something lighter that also exfoliates. For dry skin types, a straight up oil followed by a cream cleanser offers intense night time moisture while you sleep. I often use an oil serum as a cleanser in winter months and have been known to use straight olive too. Love it!

Here are my product combos for all skin types to get you started with double cleansing:

For Oily or Acne Prone Skin :: Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser + Acure Organics Cleansing Gel Facial Cleanser

For Dry or Mature Skin :: De Mamiel Restorative Cleansing Balm + Lavera Basis Cleansing Milk

For Normal Skin :: Kahina Giving Beauty Facial Cleanser + Living Nature Purifying Cleanser

Real Lookers

Best Looking Beauty Products

Beauty products are supposed to make you look great, right? Well, these will give your bathroom shelf a makeover too.

Pretty products are one way to boost your bathroom’s curb appeal. These are my best in beauty for product packaging. Oh, I also love the stuff that comes in them too.

Modern Aesthetic

Kjaer Weis   The sleekiness of every single thing from this line is mesmerizing.
Ilia Beauty   So rad you just have to display.
Vapour Organic Beauty   Can’t stand the cool factor when I whip out the Lip Conditioner.
Kahina   Mmm, the perfect go-with-everything print on these beautiful bottles.

Apothecary Cool

SW Basics   Straight forward but look so good. Have the Cream on my counter at all times.
Yuli   Seriously, has a product line ever looked better?
Wild Honey Apothecary   Like you just entered your favorite old school pharmacy, only better.

Boho Vibe

Good 4 You   If these sweet labels don’t draw you in, I don’t know what will.
La Bella Figura perfumes   As if you’re traveling Europe, circa 1977, and pulled this out of your fringe bag.
Tata Harper   Because farm, Vermont, beautiful Columbian creator, duh.

SW Basics Now at Target

SW Basics Now at Target

You know how you are always asking me for great organic beauty items on the cheap? Well, SW Basics is one that fits into that category. Super awesome products that don’t cost you a bundle.

Even better news…you can now get them at Target. Yay! SW Basics can currently be found on Target.com (with free shipping, I might add) and will soon pop up in select aisles in March of 2015. Sure hope mine is one of them.

My favorite from the SW Basics brand has to be the Cream. We practically drink this stuff around here. Use as facial moisturizer, body moisturizer, lip balm, hand cream, eczema treatment, makeup remover. You get the picture. There’s even a Mini Cream so you can take some with ya.

Can’t wait to try the Body Scrub. Gonna pick those up at Target.

Product Love :: Wild Honey Apothecary Indigo Magic

Wild Honey Apothecary Indigo Magic

Precursor to this post: I know it seems I rave about almost every product that pops up on this blog. But here’s the deal, I do love everything I share with you. If I try something I don’t like so much, it’s not gonna end up here.

With that, I bring you something super spesh today…it’s gonna make your dried out, lack luster, transitional season skin look like a million bucks!

My own skin has been going through a rocky phase lately. It never loves the change of season to cooler (ie, drier) weather. That and a busy week and feeling kinda under the weather, my skin was not only sapped but decidedly un-glowy. Let’s just say I could’ve gone trick or treating as a character from the Walking Dead with no extra help from makeup. Not good.

My pal Janet from Pure Living Boutique had sent me a couple of interesting looking face masks to try by Wild Honey Apothecary, and since nothing gives instant results like a mask, I decided to put one to the test. I slapped Indigo Magic onto my skin post bedtime wash and, WOW!, results like crazy. Holy resuscitation. This stuff made my skin look like I’d taken a brisk jog in crisp weather after a good 9 hour sleep (and that definitely didn’t happen). All glowy and, might I say, dewy. Not from the healthy living and good vibes I haven’t been feeling. This was the mask talking. The results even carried over to this morning. Possibly, the best thing I did for myself this week.

These masks are super fruity and smell delicious. That’s because they are made with seasonal fresh fruit and honey. You know how honey is so good for the skin? Softening, calming, antibacterial. The fruit acid and pinch of buttermilk lend the exfoliating benis, which removes that layer of dead skin cells you don’t want sitting on top of your face. Here’s the super cool part…this mask also contains indigo kyanite crystals to attune “with a peaceful + higher vibration”. Love that. And how nice to know there’s a skin fixer in my cold weather beauty arsenal.

Organic Cleansing Oil :: why you may want to get some, pronto!

Cleansing Oils

Are you lubing your skin to grease slick status and still seeing dry skin or redness? Could be your cleanser.

You may switch out your moisturizer or add an extra moisture-boosting product for the dry season, but cleanser is oft overlooked. I mean, it just cleanses, right? Wrong. A foaming cleanser can strip away the skin’s natural oils leaving you with a parched canvas and maybe irritation. No amount of lotion, cream or oil is going to combat over cleansed skin.

Don’t treat the symptoms, fix the problem. Here’s how…

An oil used as cleanser is a very good thing for dry or irritated skin. How could oil possibly cleanse the skin? Oil binds to dirt and debris, removing it from skin. It’s also excellent at removing makeup. Simply warm a small amount of oil in your hands and gently massage into skin. Rinse with a warm water.

My skin is never as happy (perky, plumped, and glowing) as when I use an oil cleanser. You can opt for an oil combo made for cleanser or use something straight from your kitchen. My favorite, hands down, is olive oil. If I have to use a foaming cleanser, say after a workout, I’ll often apply a layer of olive oil to my face once I hop out of the shower and give it a quick rinse. Skin is back to happy and redness disappears.

If you’d rather buy than use good ol’ olive oil, here are some oil cleansers to try:

Avapure Citrus Cleansing Balm

One Love Organics Skin Savior

Suti Cleanse Organic Facial Cleansing Balm

Product Love :: May Lindstrom Skin

May Lindstrom Skin

Hey! This week has been short and sweet, following our mini fall break. But…I did make time to do some sampling.

I can always tell when cooler weather starts to affect my skin. Slight redness and drier skin appear, along with uneven texture.

Enter May Lindstrom The Clean Dirt. I’d heard good things about this product. Spirit Demerson, of Spirit Beauty Lounge, loves the stuff. So it has to be good, right? Well, it is. Cleanses and exfoliates, super gently, and makes your skin feel like it’s been rolled back a few years. Evens out bumps and imperfections, and gives the complexion a nice glow. I’m seriously using this twice weekly for, possibly, ever.

The Clean Dirt is a powder scrub. Just add water and apply to skin, cleansing gently. Made with Moroccan rhassoul clay to absorb impurities and anti-inflammatory turmeric.

I also tried the much heralded Blue Cocoon. Doesn’t the name just sound so mysterious? Like, I gotta get me some o’ that! That’s what I’d been thinking since I first heard about he product and finally did something about it. Blue Cocoon is a balm meant to fix anything cool/cold weather could do to your skin. The aforementioned redness and dry spots were the test subjects for this product. I dabbed on a bit of the balm (a-little-goes-a-long-way type product) and went to bed. It noticeably reduced the redness. The balm has a slight cooling feeling, which you’d think would be counterproductive for somewhat irritated skin, but is so healing and gentle and protective. Cocoon-like, you might say.

The Blue Cocoon is made with natural antihistamines and anti-inflammatories. The balmy texture makes it perfect for dry skin, but it is said to work on cystic acne too.

I know these two products are on the pricier side. If you’d like to try before you buy, and I would recommend it, don’t forget about the Spirit Beauty Lounge awesome sample program. Choose 6 product samples from the SBL store for $25. I use this option regularly to try new stuff. Love it!

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.

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.

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