Kahina Giving Beauty – Antioxidant Mask

  

I have some serious love for facial masks. Store bought or homemade I think that they are all awesome. They’re not only relaxing but a great way to “feed” your skin. This Kahina mask has been a total staple of mine since I received a rather large sample of it earlier this fall. It’s described on the website as a multi-tasking mask. One that detoxifies the skin, stimulates collagen, delivers antioxidants and exfoliates. This mask is a powerhouse filled with lovely argan oil, rhassoul clay (this clay is awesome see more info on it here)
extracts of pomegranate and acai, along with a great essential oil blend.

 For me it’s been my go to for when my skin is misbehaving. Particularly when it’s breaking out. Seriously zits disappear overnight. 
If something does that for me it’s a total keeper. 
The texture of the mask is a nice whipped consistency, with the tiniest amount of scrub texture. And it has a nice earthy minty scent. I pop a thin layer all over and then leave it on anywhere from 10 minutes or longer. And BAM! skin is glowing and breakouts are taking a hike. Take that crazy hormonal skin! 
Since I’ve been using it regularly I’ve noticed a great improvement in my skin. It’s clearer, brighter and has fewer breakouts. I’ll be keeping this in my skincare routine from now until they stop making it. =)

Are masks a part of your skincare routine? What’s your favorite?

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Autumn Skincare Haul

So I picked up just a *few* skin care items from 
I have a review up of the Barbary Fig Seed Oil but reviews of the rest will follow soon as I’m trying them all out. 
For now here’s a sneak peek at the goodies. 


Barbary Fig Seed Oil, Lip Treatment, and samples.


Argan Oil, samples of Huile Moderne and oil 006


Argan oil, Antioxidant Mask and Eye Cream


*All products were purchased by me and all reviews are my own opinions as always.

Styling Products

Finding hair products that are natural and won’t weigh down my fine hair has been tricky. When I first started going green most products were often heavy with oils and waxes to replace the silicones that mainstream brands use. This left my fine hair feeling flat and greasy. Which is the total opposite of what I want my hair to do. So when I was able to find some products that worked with adding shine and conditioning my hair without weighing it down I rejoiced!


First up is the Feed Your Ends Leave in Conditioner from Yarok. I love this product especially in the summertime. When your hair is feeling just dry and crispy this blend of vitamin water and jojoba, olive, grape seed, apricot and evening primrose will add glossiness and life back into your hair. I find for my hair about 4 sprays on the ends does the trick. Being that it is so oil heavy I tend to keep it on my ends. This also smells deliciously of rosemary and litsea cubeba.

Emtage SILKtage oil is what makes hair sleek and silky. It has an awesome mix of antioxidants and essential fatty acids that leaves my hair fly away free. This is also an excellent heat protectant that I use before curling my hair. It makes my curls so glossy. Just a drop or two of this will do it though. Anymore than that and I’d feel like a cast member of Jersey Shore.

My everyday leave in conditioner tends to be the Intelligent Nutrients Spray-On Detangler. This is the perfect product as it acts for me as a conditioner and has almost a little bit of hold to it as well. The spray function on this isn’t my favorite though, it tends to come out in one giant stream. So I spray two to three pumps on my palms and then work though the mid to ends of my hair. The scent is lovely as IN products usually are. It smells nice and earthy, but doesn’t linger in your hair.

Next up for me in haircare is to try and find a hair spray that doesn’t make me looks as though I’ve been shellacked. Any recommendations?

What’s in my purse?

So over on Pemberly Jones Pam posted a photo a couple days ago of her purse dump.
 I thought it would be totally fun to start a natural beauty tag for what we carry around in our bags day to day. Me, I’m a total lip product hoarder. 

See the photo below for evidence. 



3 lip balms, 2 tinted balms, 2 glosses, 4 lipsticks, 2 stains and 2 matte lip pencils later…

*Ahem* My name is Alexis and I have a lip product problem. 
In my defense I leave the house sans lips (mr.bunny declares them “sticky”) so I like to have a variety to choose from once I get to work. 

So what’s in your purse? Use hashtag #greenbeautypurse and tell me. 
My Twitter can be found here: @alexjune

Barbary Fig Seed Oil

This product is a total gem! I was lucky enough to receive this sample of La Bella Figura Cold Pressed Barbary Fig Seed Oil* in my recent Goodebox. Originally it was supposed to be the famed Decouverte Under Eye Repair serum but I think fate intervened. My skin has been so in love with since first application. I had read about Barbary Fig Seed Oil for helping with under eye circles and was anxious to try some.  I read more on La Bella Figura’s website that Barbary Fig Seed oil is brimming with antioxidants, Omega-3 and Vitamin E. Ingredients that  help to hydrate skin as well as soothe skin that is sensitized or stressed. Pretty much everything I look for this time of year in my skincare. 

So at first I was just applying this twice a day as an eye treatment. Then one night out of desperation for help with my dry tender skin I applied it all over and headed to bed. I woke up with the most beautiful clarity to my skin. It was soft and hydrated and I was just astounded. Argan oils really help with my dryness but often don’t take care of my redness/sensitivity. Finding something that takes care of both was kind of amazing.

I’ve played a lot with this sample since I’ve gotten it and have found that not only is it great alone but it also pairs well with other oils. (I tried RMS beauty oil and Olie Biologique Argan) 
It also works well under makeup as long as you give it a few minutes between oil, sunscreen and makeup application. 

I’ve just ordered a full size** of this as I decided my face cannot live without it. 
Also if you have any questions about LBF they have a Twitter @labellafigura10



*sample provided by Goodebox a paid sampling service. All opinions are my own as always. 
**Full size retails at $90 USD

6 Recent Favorites

I love this blush! This is a really vibrant “I just had a great workout” color. Kind of a pinky coral cool. 
It’s super smooth in texture and wears beautifully through my work day. This color is limited in a set I got at Sephora.

I got a sample of this in my last Spirit Beauty Lounge order. It’s a rich berry stain that leaves lips glossy and hydrated. It’s been my go-to for fall lip color. I’m getting the full size for sure.

In all seriousness, I think this is my holy grail of Argan Oils. This is the sample size of oil but I know that I have the full size on my wish list. It has an amazing consistency and smells incredible. I don’t know what it is about this one but my other argan oils haven’t smelled nearly as lovely. Seriously love for this here. 

Speaking of amazing smelling things this is divine! I got this in my Goodebox last month and it has steadily become a favorite night treatment for my skin.  To me it’s slightly richer than my Argan oil making it great for a night oil. It sinks into my skin overnight making me feel glowing and gorgeous in the morning.

This is a great color! It’s blackened brown with a gray tinge. Fantastic longevity for a cream shadow. I mean girls night out longevity. It totally surprised me with that. I love wearing it smudge along my lash line or as a winged liner. 

This is my newest find but I love it already. I’ve been having a few breakouts due to the temperature change and was looking for a lighter weight concealer than my rms or Vapour concealers. This is a very thin almost watery texture but has amazing coverage. I only need the tiniest dot on a blemish to make it disappear.


Finally…

So I’m finally getting life back in order and finding some time to start blogging again. As to where I’ve been my work has been crazy busy and I had a terrible skin issue that I was trying to work out. Thankfully all that’s being settled and I’m back with exciting news.

I’ve been featured on No More Dirty Looks!!! I am so excited I could hardly stand it. And I was featured on my birthday! How cool is that?!
Here is the link to the post : Alexis’s Morning Hair and Skincare Routine…Exposed!

I’ll post a review on my new Tata Harper Trio as well as the Kahina Giving Beauty Mask.

Also would you be interested in a video of me doing my normal morning makeup routine? Or video reviews of product? I’m getting a new computer that will have fancy new software for me to play around with so let me know.

Thanks for your patience while I get back up and running!

Bunny

My Favorite Face

I have to tell you, I have two faces. Now don’t worry I’m not a circus act.
Let me explain.
At work I sell a different makeup line that what I tend to use on my days off. My day off face just wants to be relaxed and pretty but not trying too hard. My work face has to last through 8 hours of indoor heating, mag lamps and steam. It’s got to have staying power. But more on my “work face” in another post. This is about my twice a week favorite face. The products I tend to use on my day off help me achieve that “no makeup” look while still looking put together. These products together make me feel glowing and awake but not over done.


L to R top : Jane Iredale Clarity In-Touch Blusher,
rms beauty
living luminizer and “un” cover-up in 11 ,
vapour organic beauty
Stratus #902, Atmosphere Luminous Foundation in 115 and
Aura Multi-Use in Spark
Bottom three: vapour organic beauty mesmerize in flash, Modern Minerals in Uma and
Josie Maran
GOGO mascara

Swatches!!
Top to bottom: vapour organic beauty Stratus #902, Atmosphere Luminous Foundation in 115, 
  rms beauty living luminizer and “un” cover-up in 11, Jane Iredale Clarity In-Touch Blusher, 
vapour organic beauty Aura Multi-Use in Spark,
vapour organic beauty mesmerize in flash, Modern Minerals in Uma
All products purchased by me. Products purchased at Spirit Beauty Lounge

and at Vapour Beauty

100% Pure Sunscreen



This right here is a non-negotiable for me. I will not leave my house without some form of sun protection on my skin. The 100%Pure Pomegranate Antioxidant Hydration SPF 20 is an absolute favorite of mine. Being an Esthetician allows me to try a myriad of sunscreen but this is my Holy Grail.

What I look for in my sun protection is something that is both a moisturizer and sunscreen (who can be bothered with two steps?!). It also must be a full spectrum coverage (UVA/UVB) and preferably with Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide. That being said this product checks all the boxes for me. It’s a light to medium weight moisturizer with full spectrum UVA/UVB coverage from 15%Titanium Dioxide and 10% Zinc Oxide.It’s light enough that in the summer it’s my only product in the morning but now in the dead of the mid-west winter I can apply a moisturizer under it and feel hydrated all day. Protected and moisturized, it’s a win all around . I don’t get wrinkles from dryness and hopefully won’t get hyperpigmentation (sunspots) from UV exposure. Everything a girl could ask for right?



This product is available from the 100% pure website for $26 USD

Active Ingredients:
15% Titanium Dioxide
10% Zinc Oxide
Inactive Ingredients: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Aloe Juice)1, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Beeswax, Extracts of Organic Camelia Sinensis Leaf (White Tea) 2, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf (Rosemary), Origanum Vulgar Leaf (Oregano),Thymus Vulgaris Flower/Leaf (Thyme), Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed, Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) and Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark (Cinnamon)