Archive of ‘Skincare’ category

JOSIE MARAN WINTER DREAMS REVIEW

So when I posted my holiday gift list for the green beauty I got a ton of feedback and a lot of interest especially in the Josie Maran Winter Dreams Color Collection Set, so I thought I would do a quick little review on my thoughts and what the set includes! The focus of Josie Maran Cosmetics is Argan Oil, it is the main ingredient in almost all of her produtcts. Argan Oil is said to hydrate, balance, repair and replenish hair, skin, fine lines, you name it! After using this cute little set for over a week now I have to say I’m very impressed with everything and highly recommend this for a gift…..or to treat yourself with some argan love!


100% Pure Argan Oil Light: Ok so I haven’t used this on my face yet because I am loving my skin right now and I don’t want to disrupt it BUT I have used it on my hair and I LOVE it. This is a super multi-use product  and a little goes a long way! The main difference of the Light Argan vs. the Regular is that the Light is a featherweight version and will give you more of a matte finish, I would recommend this for those with combination/problematic skin who want to give Argan Oil a try for the first time. There are NO filler oils, parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances or phlalates in this little beauty.

Argan Black Oil Mascara: This is my new favorite mascara, hands down. I LOVE this. It’s super black, doesn’t flake or run and the brush is a large 5 ball brush to give you super full lashes! Infused with black mineral pigments and bamboo to stregthen lashes, this baby is a natural beauty lovers dream! I will be purchasing full size when this runs out! A great find from this set!

Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow in “Rio de Rose Gold”: This eyeshadow is really unique and may be intimidating at first but I actually really like it. It is made with 50% coconut water and another layer of argan-infused mineral pigments. The idea behind this product is to actually give your eye area more hydration and create a more youthful appearance. My only complaint is that its VERY metallic so use sparingly. I actually use this as a highlighter in the tear ducts and high points of cheekbones and it’s lovely! The set includes a full-size eyeshadow which is an awesome value!!

Argan Infinity Lip & Cheek Creamy Oil in “Limitless Pink”: Again, this little gem is infused with Argan Oil and meant to nourish and hyrdate along with giving your lips and cheeks a pretty and wearable rosy pink tint! I have no complaints, it’s a simple product that is nice for a quick out the door look! NO petroleum, parabens, sulfates or phlalates in this either!

Argan Illuminizer: Ok beauties this one is the game changer! Also infused with Argan and Vitamin E, this baby gives you a true airbrushed, glowy, 8 hours of sleep look! It has a gorgeous bronzy, champagne glimmer and SO many uses. I like to mix it with my moisturizer or foundation, but you can also highlight with it or mix with your body lotion as well! LOVE this stuff!

I hope this review helped you beauties decide if this is worth a purchase or not! I personally love it and with a retail price of $34 (Value:$69) this is a steal! Not to mention I’m obsessed with the dreamcatcher packaging!! Find the Winter Dreams Color Collection at http://www.sephora.com

FAVORITE NON-TOXIC KID/BABY PRODUCTS!

I have gotten quite a bit of requests to do a post about my favorite nontoxic baby and kids products so here we go!! If you follow my instagram you probably know by now that I am the proud mama to Landon (3 years) and Kameron (7 months). After I had my son, I thought that the products I was using on him were safe but after my son got sick I did immense amounts of research only to discover that these products are loaded with chemicals that I did not want anywhere near my kids anymore!! So once I gave birth to my daughter, I was more then prepared. I did a full clean out of our bath and body products. Blogs like http://www.barebeauty.com were a huge help in reassuring me that the products I chose for my babies were safe, along with http://www.ewg.org. I highly recommend checking out both of those sites, Jessica from Bare Beauty puts a lot of time and effort into researching ingredients which I LOVE! So lets get started!!





The Honest Company Diapers & Wipes: For me this is a no brainer, Honest diapers are SO good, and I’ve tried quite a few safe diaper brands but Honest absorbs the best. My daughter stays dry throughout the night where with other brands she would leak through. These plant-based diapers are FREE of chlorine processing, latex, lotions, fragrances, phthalates, PVC, brighteners, and heavy metals.  I love that Honest wipes are FREE of alchohol, chlorine and formaldehyde; they are super gently and I actually use them for everything (wiping hands, sticky toys, etc.). Win win for me!! Wipes Retail-$4.95 Diapers Retail-Differs depending on size and amount

The Honest Company Organic Healing Balm: This stuff is pure magic, no….really it is. Kameron gets the most chapped chubby cheeks from crawling everywhere and rubbing her face so much and about an hour after of this magical balm soaking into her cheeks they cleared up immensely!! The magic ingredient is organic tamanu oil which eases inflammation and restores the skin. I use this on my hands when they get really dry too. Retail- $12.95

The Honest Company Kids Toothpaste: FREE of artificial dyes, fluoride, saccharin, parabens, gluten, artificial flavors, and artificial sweeteners. Bottom line-my 3 year old loves the natural strawberry flavor, it contains baking soda to gently polish teeth, and calcium to strengthen enamel. A good purchase! Retail-$5.95

California Baby Calming Shampoo & Body Wash: While many bath products contain synthetic fragrances that are petroleum based, Cali Baby is botanically based, vegan, no sulfates and scented with high quality essential oils. It’s pricey but a 17.5 oz. bottle lasts me for about 4 months!! Retail-$17.99

California Baby Super Sensitive Diaper Rash Cream: With organic aloe, calendula extract and naturally based zinc oxide, this ultra rich cream does the job naturally-NO synthetic fragrance, NO mineral oil. Retail-$10.39

California Baby Calendula Everyday Lotion: Made with botanical Calendula, cold pressed vegan oils and a pure calming essential oil blend, this lotion smells devine, soothes my babe’s skin and absorbs reall well. Retail-$10.34

California Baby Super Sensitive Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Stick (mouthful!)- NO fragrance, NO chemicals (oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate) and is SUPER water resistant. Yes, this leaves behind a noticable white residue but that doesn’t bother me, safety first!!! Retail-$13.49

Badger Chamomile & Calendula Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cream- Ok, if you are looking for the cleanest, greenest sunscreen you can get your hands on, this one is it! It is non-nano, 98% organic, water resistant and it really works well! I used this on my son all through his swim lessons this summer and it worked-but it leaves white residue and is hard to rub in well. It’s completely worth it though to keep my kiddos safe!! Retail-$13.99

Beautycounter Kids Counter Squeaky Clean Body Wash: I love this stuff for my son. It has a light, fresh berry scent and lathers up really well! It is formulated without parabens, phthalates and synthetic fragrances. Retail-$16.00

***Honest Company products can be found at http://www.honest.com, I purchase all of my California Baby and Badger products from http://www.vitacost.com, Kids Counter can be found at http://www.laurenvanloo.beautycounter.com***

WHY NO PARABENS??

Parabens. We are hearing that word more and more everyday but what really are parabens? And why does it matter if they are in our beauty products? To put it simply parabens are preservatives, and they are used to increase the shelf life of a product by preventing the growth of bacteria. What you may see when you look at the ingredient list on some of your common bath, body and cosmetic products are methyl-, ethyl-, propyl-, isopropyl-, and butylparaben. Parabens are found in moisturizers, cleansers, body washes, shampoos, sunscreens, deodorants, makeup and much more! If you go into your bathroom and check all your ingredients in your everyday products, you may be surpsied about the amount of parabens used in everything. Ok so now that we know what parabens are, why are they bad for you?


I think Beautycounter breaks it down in a simple, yet effective way. Parabens mimic estrogen, therefore they may play a role in triggering cancer and other health issues. Some parabens can also irritate the skin or cause allergic reactions. I like to present it in the most simple way, we don’t really like to see preservatives in our food we ingest, so why would we want them in our beauty and body products? Remember, 60% of what we put ON our bodies is absorbed into our bloodsteam! I will continue to do ingredient breakdowns of ingredients you want to look out for and how to gradually go “green” with your products so it isn’t overwhelming!! Also, feel free to fill out the CONTACT form with any questions!!

**For more ingredient information check out http://www.ewg.org and http://www.beautycounter.com for a copy of their “Never List” which I swear by!!

HOW I CLEARED MY SKIN NATURALLY!!

This post is one that means quite a lot to me in that I truly hope I can help you guys solve, or help, that dreaded skin problem we almost always encounter at some point in our life, ACNE. I grew up dealing with acne in my teens. I have been on prescriptions for it, tried countless expensive department store products, ordered products I saw on TV, you name it! Long story short, my skin just never felt balanced, or healthy. After Esthetician school I really started to become more aware about ingredients and what a healthy skin routine consisted of. But it wasn’t until most recently after I had my daughter that my skin went crazy on me with awful hormonal acne breakouts, and I knew I wanted to go all natural, organic, and GREEN with my routine! I have a handful of friends and relatives who question how effective an all natural regime can be and the most common question I get is , “but how are oils going to help my skin, don’t oils cause breakouts?” Well I am here to tell you first hand that oils are GOOD, very good for your skin BUT you have to find the right ones that work for you which can be daunting at first but it’s worth it!! The second thing I have to stress to you is you have to let your skin DETOX the bad to let in the good!! Once I established what skin routine I was going to use, I stuck with it and my skin went a bit crazy for a month then like magic, the detox was over and I now have clear, smooth, balanced, healthy and radiant skin!!! I cannot stress this enough guys, give the products time to work- it’s so important!! Below are the products that have completely transformed my skin to the absolute best I’ve ever seen in my life!


Beautycounter Gentle Exfoliator Polishing Cream: This exfoliating cleanser is gentle enough for me to use morning and night. This cleanser is full of organic coconut oil, aloe, lavender and green tea extracts and gentle jojoba beads to exfoliate, hydrate and soothe the skin. Retail: $30.00

Beautycounter Rose Water Uplifting Spray: After I cleanse I gently pat my face dry then generously spray my face with this. Organic rose essence and purified water instantly wakes my skin up and gives me a dewy glow! Tip: I keep this in my bag so I have it as needed throughout the day when my skin needs refreshing! Retail: $32.00

Kypris Beauty Clearing Serum: Ok guys this serum is the game changer in a BIG way! Stuffed full of botanical alpha hydroxy acids, lavender & tea tree oils, willow bark extract and centella asiatica ( an extract that help’s with acne scarring and inflammation!), 25 Active Ingredients to be exact! I apply this after I cleanse and tone, a thin layer all over my face morning and night. This serum is gentle, eliminates my blemishes without drying whatsoever, and balances my skin. I honestly cannot express how much this product has saved my skin! I highly recommend this to anyone and everyone. Tip: It took my skin a good four weeks to DETOX, my skin broke out a bit at first but 6 weeks later it has never been clearer, get through the detox ladies!!

Indie Lee Blemish Stick: This baby helped me with the larger blemishes when my skin was detoxing and it got the job done! I apply this as a spot treatment morning and night and it reduces the blemish size significantly! With ingredients like zinc, witch hazel, and menthol and it being paraben, sulfate and phthalate free I have no problems adding this to my skincare routine! Retail: $28.00

Kypris Beauty Antioxidant Dew: I have done an in depth review on this product already because it truly is magical and I urge you to  check it out if this intrigues you! Bottom line, this is a antioxidant packed serum that deeply hydrates, restores strength,  and brings your skin the glow you thought you would never get! I use this morning and night as my moisturizer liberally all over my face and neck( don’t neglect the neck!). It works hand in hand with the clearing serum and the results have been amazing!

***Don’t forget ladies, drinking plenty of water, getting plenty of sleep, exercise and a good diet also contributes to clear skin! :)*** You can find Beautycounter products at http://www.laurenvanloo.beautycounter.com, Kypris Beauty at http://www.beauteabar.com, Indie Lee at http://www.thegreenkiss.com.

**Note: Please remember that not all products work for everyone since everyone has different skin types and needs. I always highly recommend getting your skin analyzed before starting a new regime to ensure the most effective results!**

THE REAL DEAL DEW.

Now I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, as a licensed esthetician I have seen and worked with

A LOT of products and alot of ingredients. Some that give so-so results and some that are life changing. Well the Antioxidant Dew by Kypris, is life changing. I mean there is a reason this product has a waiting list, it really is that good. On their website Kypris is described as, “a luxurious line of holistic, high performance skin care boasting organic, wild-crafted, and sustainably grown ingredients for gorgeous results and Beauty-full experiences.” The Antioxidant Dew is designed to “restore strength, vitality and radiance to the skin with three distinct forms of antioxidants and a host of nourishing botanical love. May be used as a lightweight multi action moisturizer or as a potent layering piece in your skin care wardrobe.” My skin type is combination and I use this as my only moisturizer and it works just beautifully.

I have been using this gorgeous bottle for 10 days now along with Kypris Clearing Serum and my skin has truly transformed. The dew has a light, milky softness that literally melts into my skin. Absolutely NO greasy or oily residue!

I use this twice a day and it works great even under my makeup. Some stand out ingredients in this beauty are *Phospholipids and herb-derived antioxidants- the combination of these reduce environmental damage.

*Hawaiian Sea Algae- hydrates without clogging pores.

*Rose Extracts- for soothing and toning.

After using this for over a week on my hormonal acne combo skin I can easily recommend this for all skin types! Dry/mature skin may want to use this with another one of their popular beauty elixers for added hydration! For acne/oily/combo skin this works amazingly well with their clearing serum.

Bottom line: it balances, calms and gives your skin a glow from within, it just makes your skin look healthy….naturally!!!

Retail for this gorgeousness is $60 and worth every cent!!! Find it at http://www.kyprisbeauty.com

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