Osmia Organics Detox Mask

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Can we talk about my December skin for a moment? It decided to flip the heck out on me and not only broke out, but decided it would be great to top things of with some serious dry skin. Flaking and breaking out. Real cool skin, real cool. Thankfully I had this gem in the beauty stash. Osmia Organics Detox Exfoliating Mask* to the rescue! It’s a fantastic multi-tasker that not only helps to purify the skin, but also helps to smooth away those nasty winter flakes.
While this amazing mask already has raw manuka honey powder (seriously didn’t even know you could powder honey), my favorite way to use it is with MORE HONEY! Mix a little of the powder with a dollop of your favorite raw honey and then slather it all over your face. Now wait. Sensitive gals like myself probably only want to leave it on about 15 minutes or so. Rinse it off in soft circular movements to make use of the bamboo charcoal and olive leaf powders exfoliating action. DO NOT SCRUB! Your face isn’t in need of sanding. I promise. After rinsing, pat dry and follow up with your favorite serums.
Post mask my skin felt like it had been professionally polished by a fellow esthetician. Needless to say I’m in love and it really helped get my skin back on track.

*was generously gifted to me by the lovely people at Osmia Organics. All opinions per usual are my own!

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May Favorites!

I’m back with another favorites video! This time I deviated a little from my list of last month. I’ve found some things that I’ve really been loving though.
What were your favorites this month?


Osmia OrganicsActive Gel Nutrient Serum
One Love OrganicsVitamin E Active Moisture Eye Balm
R.L. Linden & CoBalm & Beauty Tea
Lauren Brooke CosmetiquesGolden Bronzer
Jane IredalePowder Brush
Royal & LangnickelBrow & Lash Brush
Eminence OrganicsWatermelon Papaya Body Butter

Nourish Exfoliating Body Polish –

 
 
I love scrubs of all types. So when I saw this one from Nourish on special at Ulta I decided to give it a try. I’ve loved everything else I’ve bought from them. Unfortunately this product did not live up to the high standards that the other products had set for it. Total disappointment. I can tell you that this will not be on any lists for repurchasing. And I know I talk about the smell in the video but can we reflect on it for a moment? Corn? Really Nourish?! Anyways I digress. 
 
Please let me know of any of your favorite body scrubs. 
Any and all recipes or products ideas are totally welcome.
Thanks for stopping by!
 
 
 
 
*Did you notice the cat in the background? That’s Cricket. Yeah, she wouldn’t leave.* 
**Also, I swear that “y’all” is not part of my everyday vocabulary. 
Don’t know where that came from**
 

Sensational Saturday!



So I wanted to share with you all some of my fellow green beauty bloggers. 
Each week I’ll be picking a post from their blogs and featuring it here. 



Green Beauty Blog Highlights Week One!

Over on Pemberly Jones she talks about one of my favorite skincare lines La Bella Figura .

Beauty By Britanie will help keep your limbs hydrated with a review of Rainwater Botanicals .

kimberlyloc finds a way to save room in her travel bag with Stark Skincare .

Love vanilla? Check out Beauty Huile’s review of Phoenix Botanicals .

iluvjesse444 talks about her favorites for 2012!

Eco Beauty Secrets looks for lush locks with Divine Herbal Hair Oil

pure makeup fixes up winter skin with Badger Balm

Naturally Blushed discovers the great combination of Rose Water and Glycerine





I hope you enjoy checking out these blogs! Have a fantastic weekend!

Jane Iredale Pencil Eyeliners

Jane Iredale pencil eyeliners are some of my favorite natural liners that I’ve come across as a makeup artist. They’re super smooth and creamy, come in a great range of basic shades and have great durability. Creamy pencils are a must for me as I hate pencils that feel like you’re stabbing your eye (then again no one should like that right?). Now these aren’t the best for the waterline as far as longevity but they are comfortable to wear on the waterline. 
Below I have the all shades except the white, which I felt like I owned but can’t find anywhere. I also included Cocoa, which is technically a lip definer but I use as a warm brown liner. With the training I’ve had with JI over the years I’ve found that you can use lipliner on the eye area as they don’t use any FD&C dyes and are made with conditioning oils and waxes. Great for me as I love multi-purpose products!


 (top to bottom: basic black, black/grey, midnight blue, basic brown, cocoa, taupe)


 (left to right: basic black, black/grey, midnight blue, basic brown, cocoa, taupe)


 (top to bottom: basic black, black/grey, midnight blue, basic brown, cocoa, taupe)

Jane Iredale pencils can be bought here and run $11USD

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?

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.

Nourish Organic Body Lotion

On a recent trip to ULTA I scored this Nourish Organic Body Lotion in Almond Vanilla. I’d been looking at the Nourish product line recently and was pleasantly surprised to find it close to home. I was pretty sure I’d have to order it. NW Ohio isn’t exactly a green beauty mecca. Anyways back to the lotion. I debated between this and the body butter but decided that I wanted something that would hydrate but absorb quickly. So far this does the trick. It goes on great and leaves my skin hydrated all day without ever feeling oily or sticky. The Almond Vanilla scent is nice and warm without being overpowering. 
I would definitely recommend this if you happen to stumble upon it like I did!


*Purchased by me. Reviews are my own opinions. 

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?

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.