April 2016 archive

GO GREEN FOR SPRING WITH SAISON BEAUTY

For some reason springtime is just not my friend at all. My allergies, my skin, everything just goes haywire and it’s actually my least favorite season. Though on a positive note, Spring leads to my most favorite season ever, Summer!! And thankfully my beloved Saison Beauty sent me their entire Spring skin care line to try out and my skin has been loving it!! My favorite thing about Saison is that their develop their product lines based on the seasons, so it takes all the work out of trying to figure out an entire new skin care routine when the weather changes and your skin goes crazy like mine!! You can check out my review of their Winter skin care line here, which I really enjoyed. Saison Beauty is perfect for those wanting to detox their skincare all at once, they have everything you need and use amazing organic ingredients. Their Spring collection is built to give you a hydrated, dewy and bright complexion.

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Spring Cleansing Oil: Made with a gorgeous blend of organic green tea oil and organic apricot kernel oil, this gem is the real deal when it comes to gentle but super effective cleansing! Cleaning oils may sound scary but they are the best at really getting those impurities off of the skin, without stripping the skin and making it dry. I’m pretty acne prone and this didn’t irritate my skin at all!! I apply the oil to dry skin, massage into skin, then massage more with a bit of water, then wipe off with a clean washcloth.  Retail: $45 for 1.7 fl. oz.

Spring Botanical Lotion Spray: After cleansing I mist this all over my face. Made with gorgeous botanical extracts of organic cucumber, basil, lavender and lemon balm, this spray is much more than your typical toner. I find it to hydrate a lot more and is perfect when your skin needs a mid-day boost! Did I mention their spring scent of lavender ylang-ylang is divine?! Retail: $40 for 1.7 fl. oz.

Spring Moisturizer: So I really, really love this moisturizer. They are using their organic green tea and organic apricot kernel oil blend to deliver beneficial antioxidants and minerals to the skin, I’m a huge green tea fan! This gem is super light and gives the perfect amount of hydration. It’s truly is a spring moisturizer because the texture is super lightweight, it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin but leaves you with a slight dewiness, and it also has their signature springtime scent which I like- though it may be a bit strong for those who aren’t fans of fragrance (it’s an essential oil blend). Highly recommend this for the warmer weather! Retail: $55 for 1.7 fl. oz.

Spring Cleansing Grains (not pictured): I like these type of exfoliators, I feel like it’s a quick way to exfoliate or make any cleanser an exfoliator! All you do is add some water to make a paste of your desired texture and it gently sloughs off the dead skin and leaves you feeling balanced and smooth. The gran blend is organic rice and milk, and natural clay and honey powders which make for a really gentle exfoliation. Retail: $35 for 3.52 oz.

Like I said before, if you are looking for a high quality, no-brainer, step by step nontoxic skincare routine then I highly recommend looking into Saison Beauty!! If you swoop these up now, I can easily see these formulas working well in the Summer season as well! You can shop all of these products at http://www.saisonbeauty.com and they are SO generous to offer my readers 20% off of your entire order with code FLB20, which is good through the weekend!!! Feel free to contact me with any skincare or Saison related questions! Happy Earth Day free birds!!

 

BE A VANA BODY BABE THIS SEASON

There is nothing like a good indie brand being sent my way to brighten my day, so when the sister duo from Vana Body sent me their goods I was ecstatic to try everything out! Franziska and Betti are sisters who are on a mission to create a clean simple collection of plant-based self-care goods for your body to love. They use vegan, organic, cold-pressed, virgin oils, botanicals and clays for their naturally healing properties. Of course these gems are formulated without any parabens, artificial dyes or fragrances and are super gentle on the skin! I personally am a HUGE fan of simple, minimalistic products so these agreed with me right away. Their product line is not overwhelming but offers something for everyone which I appreciate. I also love the variety of masks they offer at super affordable prices, you really can’t beat trying something from Vana Body because you can’t go wrong!

Vana Body Rosemary & Cedar Cleansing Oil: There isn’t anything that will clean your skin better than a cleansing oil, truly. It is the best way to remove all of the impurities while keeping your skin super soft and nourished at the same time. Sometimes cleansing oils will make me break out but so far so good with this one, which I attribute to the rosemary essential oil which is a wonderful antimicrobial oil to use for acne prone skin like mine! I simply massage the oil into dry skin then lay a warm damp cloth over my face until it cools, then gently wipe the rest of the oil off. Your skin will be left feeling super soft and healthy!! This is an absolute MUST for the with dry/aging skin!! Retail: $18 for 2 oz.

Vana Body Geranium & Aloe Toning Mist: I LOVE toners and I’m slightly addicted!! Not sure why but I just love how refreshed they make your skin feel, and how they prep your skin to soak in all the magical serums and oils!! Anyways this toner is a great one for those who have acne prone skin because of the addition of witch hazel which tightens skin and minimizes pores. The aloe is a wonderful addition because it soothes and calms while still moisturizing. This is a beautifully balanced toner at a super affordable price! Retail: $16 for 2 oz.

Vana Body Bergamot & Tea Tree Facial Oil: As much as I love face oils they still make me nervous since I have always had problematic skin!! The only face oil that has ever been a miracle worker for me is True Botanicals Balancing Face Oil, so needless to say I’m always apprehensive when trying a new one!! This gem was made to heal and balance using hemp seed oil, avocado oil, and golden jojoba oil which together improves skins texture, fights acne and reduces wrinkles! I actually liked this face oil and think it’s a nice affordable option for those who don’t want to break the bank on the more luxurious high-end oils!! You really can’t go wrong with this price tag! Retail: $22 for 1 oz.

Vana Body Rose Clay Mask: This mask is lovely! It’s super gentle but tightens pores and eliminates the toxins and impurities! It’s perfect for sensitive skin and really leaves you with a gorgeous glow! Made with white and rose kaolin clay, this is the perfect mask for those who don’t want anything too intense, yet something effective!! Retail: $22 for 2 oz.

You can find all of the Vana Body products at http://www.vanabody.com and as always, any questions regarding this brand or skincare routines please contact me anytime!! Happy Thursday free birds, and don’t be afraid to shop indie!! 🙂