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LEAHLANI SKINCARE LOVIN

It’s really no secret how much love I have for Leah and her amazing brand, Leahlani Skincare. Since coming upon her Instagram awhile back I knew I had to reach out to her. Her positive energy, sweet soul and relentless motivation is absolutely contagious and I had the pleasure of interviewing her and really getting to know her about a year ago. Since then, despite both of us being insanely busy and living a vast ocean away from each other, we have managed to become friends and her products are always an absolute constant in my skincare routine! Many avid green beauty geeks are very familiar with her crazy popular “Mermaid Mask”, but she has most recently revamped her line and has added some beautiful new gems to lineup that are SO, SO, SO good. I mean, Leah is a beautiful Hawaiian holistic skincare genius and I am thrilled to finally share the goods with you guys!!
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Aloha Ambrosia Elixir: This lightweight, nourishing elixir is full of vitamins and antioxidants built to hydrate and balance your skin. This is such a lovely product and it’s obvious that Leah really takes the time to find what ingredients work together as a team to give the absolute best results for your skin- it’s just magical. Made with organic olive squalene, organic jojoba, mangosteen oil (a true superfood), and other powerhouse oils, it truly just melts into your skin leaving you feeling clean, hydrated and healthy! Did I mention the gorgeous light jasmine signature scent?! There isn’t anything I don’t love about this elixir!! Retail: $52

Bohemian Ruby Balancing Toner: So every time I use this I selfishly feel like Leah made it just for me because I’m obsessed with good toners AND she puts a real rose quartz gemstone in every bottle that emits a strong vibration of love, healing and warmth!! I mean, come on that is amazing and I have to say this is the BEST toner I have ever used in my life!! That is saying a lot because as an esthetician I have come across many but this is pure Hawaiian spring water infused with lavender, blue tansy and rose geranium essential oils made to balance and reduce inflammation. There is also organic hibiscus and with hazel to help tone the skin. This sounds kind of crazy but I also LOVE the bottle it comes in and the way it sprays, it disperses evenly and sometimes I have to stop myself from spraying over and over again! LOL. Do yourself a favor and swoop this fast because there is nothing else like it as far as toners go!! Retail: $32

Bless Beauty Balm: Made with organic shea and cocoa butters, this buttery balm literally melts into your skin leaving you feeling as hydrated as you can possibly imagine. You can use on your hands, lips, face, the possibilities are truly endless with this versatile product!! The light pink shade along with the light orange blossom and blue tansy scent are inviting and intoxicating. Your mood immediately brightens every time you open the jar. It truly is a beautiful product, and a must on my nightstand very night before I go to bed!! Retail: $48

You can shop all of these beautiful gems at http://www.leahlaniskincare.com. Also be sure to follow Leah on Instagram @leahlaniskincare get your daily dose of Aloha and beautiful energy!! Happy Wednesday free birds!!

LEAHLANI SKINCARE PT 2

I love how excited you all were to learn more about Leah from Leahlani Skincare! She truly is a beautiful person inside and out, and so much fun to interview!  Part two of my Leahlani feature is going to be a little overview of the wonderful products she sent me. And I have to say, I think I have been living in the Mermaid Mask, slathering my skin in the Honey Love Micodermabrasion cleanser every night and made her Coconut Vanilla Perfume a staple in my handbag! I’m officially obsessed with Leahlani Skincare!!! The only thing you won’t see pictured below is the Aloe Day Cream because my son hid it from me! I’m not joking, that kid loves messing with my stuff and he loves little containers so the search continues for my Aloe Day Cream!!



Honey Love Microdermabrasion 3-in-1 Mask, Cleanser & Exfoliator: Made with organic Hawaiian honey, a lovely essential oil blend, rosewater and corundum crystals, this stuff is the bee’s knees (pun intended). I absolutely love a multi-use product and this does the job in so many ways! I’ve actually used it all three ways but I find myself using it as an exfoliator mostly! The crystals are the standout ingredient because they make for a gentle exfoliation yet super effective! My skin is silky smooth after using this!! Retail: $32

Mermaid Mask: I have a feeling many of you are familiar with the Mermaid Mask! Stuffed with Organic Hawaiian spirulina, chlorella, and sea buckthorn, this mask is literally superfood for your skin! Love the mermaid green color and the slight tingle my skin gets when its on, that means the blood is flowing and the mask is doing its job!! Retail: $22

Champagne Serum: Leah calls this “happy hour for your skin,” and it truly is. This serum is lovely. Compromised of grapeseed, rosehips,  & jojoba oils and Leahlani’s signature balancing oil blend (lavender, chamomile, rose geranium) this serum blances and seriously hydrates!! With winter coming I HIGHLY recommend!! Retail: $30

Siren Serum: This one is the game changer beauties! This serum is anti-again AND brightening, and I definetly get the brightening effect on my skin! It’s also important to point out that Leahlani’s serums absorb really, really well and don’t leave any residue. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this serum!! Did I mention that I love it?! haha. I get this beautiful light jasmine and orange scent when I use it and it’s just so calming and amazing to put on my fresh clean skin after a long day. Standout ingredients: jojoba, sea buckthorn, algae, frankincense. Retail: $38

Aloe Day Cream: Whipped up with  french lavender, Blue Tansy, Geranium and Chamomile essential oils, this day cream is made to balance hormonal skin flare ups. I love the feel of this cream, it feels light on the skin yet hydrates really well. This would also be great for a winter skin routine as well! Retail: $18

Coconut Vanilla Organic Perfume Oil: I’m obsessed with this, my new go-to perfume! Bottom line: it’s nontoxic, with a warm, soft coconut & vanilla scent and it stays throughout the day!! Leah suggests rubbing a little in your palms and running through your hair, DO IT!! You will smell like a Hawaiian goddess all day long, or night long! Retail: $20

All of Leahlani Skincare can be purchased at http://www.etsy.com/shop/LeahlaniSkincare. The most essential thing you need to know about Leahlani is that your skin will be nourished with high quality and locally sourced Hawaiian ingredients by a woman extremely passionate about Holistic Skincare. Your skin will thank you for this, trust me!

***Since my lovely sister is a Leahlani user and I will have access to her Champagne Serum, I think it would only be appropriate to do a giveaway with the one Leah so graciously sent to me! Check out my Instagram @freelovebeauty for more details!***

THE FACE BEHIND LEAHLANI SKINCARE, PT 1

So this is a HUGE deal for me. As an esthetician I take skincare really seriously, so when I discovered the nontoxic, Hawaiian-infused and somewhat whimsical Leahlani Skincare on instagram, I knew I had to investigate further. Leah K. is the beautiful soul behind this line and let me tell you, she pours every ounce of it into Leahlani. What intrigued me the most about Leahlani was the ingredients (raw Hawaiian honey, chorella, spirulina, various essential oils and more organic goodness)  and the fact that they are all sourced from Kauai, where she resides. I mean, I haven’t really seen anything else out there with the Hawaiian factor and the fresh Hawaiian ingredients. Leah’s background spoke to me; from going to a holistic esthetician school, combating severe acne, and keeping things nontoxic I immediately felt like we were somewhat kindred spirits, and I had to know more! Leah was SO very gracious to take the time out of her busy schedule to give me an interview, and she really gives us the low down on running a skincare line, Hawaiian life, and how to treat your skin right! Leah’s positivity and kindness is contagious, if this woman doesn’t inspire you I don’t know who will!! Enjoy!



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FREE LOVE BEAUTY: I see you went to school to become a holistic esthetician, what are the differences between a holistic esthetician and a traditional esthetician?

LEAH: The esthetician school that I went to (Spa Luna) really centered around intention and hands on healing. The courses were based on teachings that help create a conscious interaction with our client. A holistic approach is focused around the client as a whole, taking into account their diet, lifestyle etc. when doing a facial analysis. We used natural based products in practice and were trained in aromatherapy. The essential oil blending class was on of my all time favorite lessons. One of our day trips involved going to a lavender farm to learn about the different variations of lavender, and another involved going to collect specific stones to learn ‘pohaku’ or hot stone massage. We learned a lot about natural supplements that benefit skin health and balance, so we were trained to recommend specific supplements to our clients.

I asked my mom this question for a reference because she is an esthetician too, and went to a traditional esthetician school, so I was curious what her experience was like vs. mine. She told me that her education was centered around the Milady’s Standard (Esthetician fundamental textbook) and that her school was sponsored by a skincare company, so most of her education came directly from the textbook and her training was centered around using that particular skincare line (that sponsored her school). While we did use Milady’s standard as our textbook as well, we also spent an equal amount of time learning Eastern, Chinese, Ayurvedic and European techniques combined with lymphatic cleansing and muscle toning. Our guest speakers would talk about Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage techniques and Pohaku stone massage, lymphatic cleansing, seasonal cleanses, different trigger points and massage techniques for toning the facial muscles, aromatherapy. It was very alternative, but so enriching. I still go through my notes from time to time as a reference.

FREE LOVE BEAUTY: I’ve read in your background that you created Leahlani to heal your cystic acne. Did you have a moment when you realized, “hey, I’m onto something here!”

LEAH: I can remember graduation day so clearly. My skin was a mess, and because of it, so was my spirit. The owner and principle of the school, Samana, pulled me aside and whispered in my ear, she told me

“Leah, I know how hard this is for you, but I promise you, your skin troubles are going to make you more empathetic as a practitioner and it is part of your journey, your story. It’s here to teach you something”.

She was so right. My passion for creating Leahlani Skincare runs deep. My skin journey has not been easy; in fact, it has been far from easy. As an esthetician, I have worked on hundreds of clients who have acne, and I know the emotional impact it has on your spirit. There were a few months where I didn’t want to leave the house, and multiple times in my practice where it was such a struggle working on clients when my skin wasn’t up to par myself.

Skin is so complex. My acne was a combination of so many factors, mostly stress and dietary factors and for me, hormonal issues. When my skin starts to act out, I generally know why by looking at where on my face my breakouts are. So I understand that our overall health directly affects our skin health, but having a good skincare ritual using gentle and natural products can make such a difference in the appearance of your skin as well. That is where Leahlani Skincare came along. I started blending and creating my own products to help heal my skin, and then I started incorporating them into my practice. One of the biggest complaints I would hear from my clients was that they dreaded washing their face at night. I wanted to change that… I wanted them to love the ritual of skincare as I had learned through creating Leahlani Skincare. There were so many factors involved in creating my skincare line, and yes, it all started as a way for me to help heal my skin… and then it evolved into so much more. I love giving facials, I truly do.  I cannot give everyone a facial personally, but with Leahlani Skincare… I kind of can!

FREE LOVE BEAUTY: What is your absolute favorite ingredient to work with and why? I mean, I have a good guess but I have to ask! 😉

LEAH: Organic raw Hawaiian honey, and essential oils. Those are my all time absolute favorites. They are like the holy grail of natural skincare. Needless to say, I am a bit obsessed with both.

FREE LOVE BEAUTY: I LOVE how your line ties into Hawaii, as soon as I open your Mermaid Mask I immediately get an overwhelming sense of the ocean, sweet Hawaiian honey and paradise! What is your favorite part about Hawaiian life?

LEAH: I could spend about an hour answering this question, but I will try to keep it short. My brother and his girlfriend bought be a ticket to Kauai for my 21st birthday. All of my life I had dreamed of living on an island, and I had never been to Hawaii. When the plane landed at 9:30 pm, I couldn’t see a thing. There are no bright city lights, and there is only one main road. I knew right away that I was home. It was a feeling. I never used the return flight, and I have been here ever since. I met my husband here, so it will always be a sacred space. I love just about everything about island life. I love the food, the lifestyle, the simplicity, and the community. I love that I don’t have to wear shoes or pants. I love the clean air, the beautiful mountains with cascading waterfalls, the ocean and its many shades of blues, the trade winds and the lingering scent of plumeria flowers. I love the smell of the rain here, there is nothing like it. I love that I feel at peace and at home. It is not for everyone, and I completely understand that.

FREE LOVE BEAUTY:  With all the toxins in traditional perfumes, it’s awesome that you offer beautiful, natural perfume oil too, what brought on that idea?

LEAH: There is such a demand for natural fragrances. I have tried so many, and I hadn’t found one that I liked, I hadn’t found one that was different from the others. I would get asked all the time if I would create some natural fragrances that weren’t too earthy or ‘hippy’ smelling, so I started to get creative. My inspiration for my two pure natural and organic perfumes came from my life here on Kauai. The organic Coconut Vanilla is pure sunshine and warmth. Creamy tropical coconut and sweet vanilla. It is my go-to every day scent. The PuaKini Tuberose is a blend of two of my favorite tropical flowers that are commonly used for lei making on the islands, Puakinikini and Tuberose flowers. It is a soft yet strikingly beautiful floral fragrance that leaves you longing for more. I wanted to create blends of fragrances that would evoke the ultimate sense of nostalgia, that would make you close your eyes and smile, make you able to escape reality for a moment and enter into a state of bliss.

FREE LOVE BEAUTY: I have to say as a fellow esthetician I am beyond impressed with your range of products, and how different they are from anything else out there! I am especially intrigued by your Honey Love Microdermabrasion 3-in-1 cleanser, mask & exfoliator kit, HOW did you come up with such an amazing multi-use product? I mean, it’s genius!!!

LEAH: And I have to say I am so honored to be interviewed by an esthetician! Thank you.

Hands down, the Honey Love 3-in-1 is by far my favorite product I have ever come across. This is what helps keep my skin clear. I love creating versatile and multipurpose products that can be used in many different ways. I spent a long time looking at traditional exfoliators under a microscope, literally. Many natural exfoliating compounds have jagged and rigid edges, which will tear the skin cells and overtime can create premature aging, broken capillaries and skin irritation. Corundum microdermabrasion crystals are amazing. These crystals are so fine and spherical, so no jagged edges. Traditional exfoliators can also really strip the skin of oil, so I wanted mine to be hydrating. Exfoliating can also cause inflammation, so I wanted mine to have a lot of anti-inflammatory ingredients. And most importantly, I wanted to create something totally unique and one of a kind that would require you to be hands on. So many people are using electrical exfoliating devices (which are really awesome and lovely as well) but I wanted there to be a direct hand-to-face connection element that would require a small bit of time and intention, both are so important for self care. There is a lot of love in that little jar, and I love that it has my favorite ingredients in it- Hawaiian raw honey, lavender, and chamomile and hibiscus flowers.

FREE LOVE BEAUTY:  So what is a typical day like for you? Because I picture you in a grass hut, overlooking the ocean, surrounded by magical oils and potions concocting beautiful elixirs for us, am I close?? Lol

LEAH: Oh how I love that image J my husband and I wake up every morning and drink coffee together and then go on with our days. He surfs when there are waves, and spends a lot of time in the ocean looking for shells and sea glass for his jewelry making. I spend the vast amount of the day on Leahlani Skincare. If I told you how much time I spend, you would think that I am crazy. This past year, we have been working extremely hard on rebranding our entire line, and formulating new skincare items. I cannot wait to share these with everyone!! The names, the ingredients, the textures, they are so delicious. Just about all of my time has been devoted to that. Leahlani Skincare evolved on its own, I didn’t have a business plan, or esthetic idea of how I wanted my products to look on the outside. All of my thought, finances and passion went into what was inside the jars… no fancy packaging, no website (aside from etsy).  But my incredibly talented sister spent one year here on Kauai working by my side, helping me envision what I want my brand to look like. I hope to unveil it all early next year. But aside from all that, I have my mornings and my evenings. I love watching the sunsets on Hanalei bay with my girlfriends or family popping a bottle of champagne, and most of the evenings we get together with my parents for dinner and end the day drinking tea and eating coconut macaroons. Not too shabby.

FREE LOVE BEAUTY:  What is the message behind Leahlani Skincare that you want your followers, readers, and users to know?

LEAH: Each jar is filled with a lot of aloha. My love, passion and intention runs deep and is in each product that I make. It took me a long time to realize that self-care and self-love is truly crucial for overall health, and that it is okay to take care of you. I want you to fall in love with your ‘me-time’ and skincare ritual, and began and end your day with a little aloha and the best of intentions. When ending a facial, I always did a few minutes of intentional prayer. I would place a few drops of lavender on my palms and gently lay my hands on my clients face. I would pray for healing, love and abundance. That is what I envision while making my products.

FREE LOVE BEAUTY: Why, in your opinion, is it important to have an esthetician background in creating an effective, high-performance product line? How does your background set you apart?

LEAH: This is an extremely valuable question. For me personally, I would not have been able to create a skincare line without my background. It is equally important for me having the esthetician background and having spent years giving facials. You learn so much from your clients, spending at least an hour with each client, with your hands on their face. You are feeling so many different textures of skin, each so unique and different, each with individual needs and different reactions. Every facial I gave and every hour I spent in school was golden and valuable. I feel I am able to give an educated skin analysis with confidence and answer the important questions I am asked. There are so many contraindications with skin care and ingredients as well, and I feel it is especially important to have the educational background to sincerely know all of this. It is not easy to do a skin analysis via email, but I sell my products three days a week at various places on island when I am behind the counter. Anyone who comes up to me to inquire about my products can ask me questions about their skin, and I feel confident in accessing what would best resonate with them from my line, and I am always more then happy to give tips or share more information with them to help them achieve their goals. My personal skin journey has been equally as valuable for me as well.

Ok so I like to have a little fun with my obligatory questions so readers can get to know you on a personal level (don’t worry, not too personal)!

FREE LOVE BEAUTY: What is your favorite food in the entire world?

LEAH: Coconut! Coconut water, coconut meat, coconut milk… without a doubt, coconut is where its at.

FREE LOVE BEAUTY: Top 5 favorite bands/artists?

 LEAH: I don’t have favorite bands and artists really, but I have favorite music that I listen to at specific times. For instance, when driving, my Pandora station is set too straight hip-hop and rap. My speakers are blasted and I like to feel the music and move in my seat. I think that surprises most people when they drive with me… but it’s a long and sleepy road to town from where I live with little stops, so it helps me stay awake.

When I am in the Leahlani Lab, I like to turn my Pandora to French music. I love that I don’t understand the words at all, so that’s not where my focus is. It evokes nostalgia in me that I have no reference for, as I have never been to France. But I simply love it.

When I need a lift, I love reggae. One of my favorite songs is Your House by Steel Pulse. When I need to be shift my mood, that is my go too. I cant help but dance and sing and smile.

And Hawaiian Music… ahhhh. When I hear Hawaiian music, I feel at home, and all warm and cozy inside. I loved playing Hawaiian music during facials.

I am all about the feeling of music. I want to feel the beats in my bones and I want to listen to music that automatically makes me want to move. My husband has various video recordings on his phone from me in the car or at the supermarket rockin’ out… I hope those never get leaked, lol!!

FREE LOVE BEAUTY: Cats or dogs?

LEAH: Cats Cats Cats

***So I decided to break my Leahlani feature into two parts since there are so many wonderful things to share about the brand. Stay tuned for Part 2 where I will be doing an overview of all of the wonderful goodies she so graciously sent me! Until then I urge you to browse her website,http://www.etsy.com/shop/LeahLaniSkinCare; and see Leah’s beautiful collection for yourself!***

THE ART OF EXFOLIATION

I have been wanting to do a quick little post on this for a while and I’m SO happy to finally squeeze in some time between all my reviews to do this!! Skincare is my TRUE passion and helping people achieve their most beautiful skin in the most nontoxic way is always my ultimate goal. I always tell my clients that the key to beautiful skin is to HYDRATE, TREAT AND EXFOLIATE, and right now we are going to talk all about exfoliation.

Ok so lets dive right in, there are SO many different ways to exfoliate, and many people think that exfoliating means rubbing some grainy paste all over our face once a week to rub off dead skin cells, but it’s really so so so much more than that. I am going to introduce you to a whole new world of exfoliating and different ways to do it, AND how much you should be doing it-which is super important!! But first, why is exfoliating so important? Exfoliating is removing the dead skin cells off the skin’s surface, and when those dead cells build up they cause the skin to look dull, rough, dry and also results in clogged pores and acne. When you exfoliate correctly you are opening the pathway for your serums, oils, and moisturizers to penetrate deeper and actually do their job properly!! Now, how often you should exfoliate depends on your skin type and what you are using to do so. Common ways of exfoliating are the clarisonic, konjac sponge, face scrubs and masks, and peels. We are going to use my skin type as an example. My skin type is combination with mild acne issues and I use my Clarisonic twice (yes twice) a day, a mask twice a week and my exfoliating cleanser twice a day. Now I know that sounds like a lot but for me it works and if I skip a day, I can actually feel how different the texture of my skin feels and I can’t stand it!! Trust me, if you are dealing with acne issues, exfoliating everyday will help immensely!! So below are a few of my favorite exfoliating products and then I will get into why.

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Clarisonic Mia: I hear a lot of people say this is too rough for their skin and if you have really sensitive skin that may be so, but the “Mia” model is rather gentle as some of the more pricier models are a little more super-charged and may be too rough. I LOVE my Clarisonic and literally use it twice a day, everyday! The brush head is soft and ideal for any skin type, even sensitive and you can even purchase different brush heads for different skin concerns. The price point for the “Mia” is much more acceptable than her much more expensive older sister! Though there are cheaper versions of this on the market, I don’t recommend them because the power just isn’t there. Look at this as a true investment, my last one lasted me five years and I only replaced brush heads every few months!! Retail: $99, http://www.nordstrom.com

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay: This mask is a serious game changer and one of my absolute favorite ways of exfoliating. It is compromised of one ingredient, bentonite clay which pulls the impurities out of your skin. If you have acne issues this mask will be your best friend, when you apply you will feel it tighten, itch and tingle which means it’s working! After you remove it your skin will be slightly pink which means the blood is circulating and those impurities were really brought up to the surface and the results are smooth, plump, and brighter skin! I like to mix this clay with organic green tea for an extra antioxidant boost, its sooooo good for your skin! I recommend using this mask twice a week for maximum results, but if you have sensitive skin I would steer clear of this one! Retail: $9.50 http://www.amazon.com

Leahlani Honey Love 3-in-1 Cleanser, Mask & Exfoliator: It’s no secret that I love all of Leah’s products, but when I want a good face scrub, this is what I reach for. You can use this as a mask as well but I just love massaging the little crystals into my skin, it feels so good! This mask is made of Organic raw Hawaiian honey, an essential oil blend and these magical little Corundum crystals which exfoliate your skin ever so gently but SO effectively. I like using this in the morning, it wakes my skin up nicely and gives me a nice smooth canvas for makeup application! Retail: $34 http://www.leahlaniskincare.com

Pacific Skincare Exfoliating Cleanser: This gem is my new favorite and I love using it with my Clarisonic in the evening. Made with Manuka honey, and adzuki bean powder which gives it the softer scrubbing application, this cleanser is really gentle and I think would work great for those who want a softer exfoliation on a daily basis. I honestly don’t even bother with cream cleansers anymore, I always go for something that will exfoliate my skin a bit, and this one fits the bill perfectly! Retail: $48 http://www.tnbotanicals.com

I hope this helps to show you just how important and effective exfoliating is in your skin care routine. Taking that extra time for your weekly masks and daily scrubs will make you so thankful in the long run, remember your skin needs to be maintained too! 😉 If you have any questions about the products I mentioned or help with your own exfoliating routine don’t hesitate to contact me! Have a great week free birds!!

 

MY COACHELLA MAKEUP BAG

I love living in Southern California, but not for the reasons most would expect. The weather is a given and the beach is nice, but in my world nothing compares to Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley Desert. The desert is my zen place, it’s where I feel the most at peace. I love the desert so much I once lived there, and I know that is where my husband and I will end up one day again when the time is right. But until then there are always gorgeous weekend get aways and of course, Coachella.

For those unfamiliar with Coachella, it is a music festival that comes to our desert one a year and is possibly the biggest one in the country. In a couple of weeks my bare feet will be roaming the polo fields with an obligatory flower crown on my head, amazing music lifting my soul and the desert sun shining all around me. Since it is officially festival season, I thought it would be the perfect time to share what will be in my Coachella makeup bag this year. Although there are quite a few products, I have kept things relatively simple focusing on keeping my skin hydrated and protected from the sun. I will keeping my makeup light and dewy with a bronzed glow, but of course I’m going to be rocking my signature cat eye!

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Suntegrity 5 in 1 Face Sunscreen: To me this is a no brainer for a music festival. A nontoxic, broad spectrum SPF 30 face sunscreen with great coverage??! I use this quite often but this is an absolute must-have for a music festival where I will be in the sun all day long! Retail: $45 http://www.suntegrityskincare.com

RMS Beauty Un-powder: I have oily skin. So to keep it from looking too oily I like this translucent powder to keep certain parts of my face super-matte. That way, my skin will glow in all the right places!! Retail: $34 http://www.rmsbeauty.com

Beautycounter Rosewater Uplifting Spray: To keep my skin hydrated and refreshed throughout the day, this gorgeous spray will do the trick. Whether you like it or not, the desert sun gets to you and you will eventually need some relief (even if you don’t want to ruin your makeup) so bust out the rose water when you need it, your skin will thank you for it! Retail: $32 http://www.laurenvanloo.beautycounter.com

Beautycounter Lip Conditioner & Matte Bronzer No.1: I’m not going to have time to prime, line and gloss my lips all day long, so a good lip balm will be perfect and keep my lips hydrated and I love the BC Calendula Balm! Also, the matte bronzer will give me a simple bronzed look with a natural contour look that I LOVE wearing in the desert! Retail: $18 (Balm), $36 (Bronzer)  http://www.laurenvanloo.beautycounter.com

Leahlani Mahana Coco Infusion: This body oil is insane!! Pure tropical luxury with an intoxicating, warm coconut and vanilla scent and not to mention the golden shimmer that makes you look like a sun goddess!! This is a music festival essential to give your skin that natural desert sun glow! Retail: $24 http://www.leahlaniskincare.com

Alima Pure “Venus” Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow: Peach, gold, pink, silver sparkles. It’s the perfect shade that works everywhere and I will be popping this on my tear ducts, cheekbones and cupids bow to keep my glow on point. It pairs perfectly with the matte bronzer and is my new favorite little gem! Retail: $12.50 http://www.alimapure.com

Beautycounter Protect Sunscreen: This is a given. A good, nontoxic sunscreen is a MUST at a festival. Your skin will be in the sun for three straight days so make sure your are protecting with a good, nontoxic, broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen. I like this one because it blends in pretty well and isn’t too heavy or sticky! Retail: $26 http://www.laurenvanloo.beautycounter.com

Gabriel Cosmetics Zuzu Luxe “Raven” Liquid Eyeliner: My readers and followers know i’m always with a cat eye and this is my absolute favorite liquid eyeliner, and it stays ALL day!! The black is super black and the felt tip makes for a precise application. Win, win! Retail: $14.85 http://www.gabrielcosmeticsinc.com

W3ll People Hypnotist Eyeliner: Nothing says music festival like a ton of black eyeliner and I love this nontoxic option. I line all around my eyes with this including my waterline and it has great staying power and great pigment. Retail: $18.50 http://www.thedetoxmarket.com

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Jumbo Lash Mascara: This was an impulse purchase because I needed a mascara right away so I swooped this up at Target and I actually love it! It doesn’t flake, coats and lengthens lashes well with a rich black color. I am personally not a waterproof mascara fan but they do offer a waterproof version of this! Retail: $9.95 http://www.physiciansformula.com

I hope my makeup bag is somewhat of a helpful guide to my fellow festival goers this year. I also hope it helps remind you that it’s always best to put your health first by protecting and hydrating your skin, then you can glam it up all you want! And remember: skip the heavy foundation, and hats and sunglasses are awesome when your hair is a dust pan and your makeup is melting off your face! Will any of you free birds be hitting up any festivals this year? If so, what are your festival must haves?!

 

 

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