Going Green Tag

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I love a good tag to get the ideas bouncing around again. Thank you so much to Mary, Paula and Jules for shaking it up a bit for me. I’ve been in a bit of a writing funk. So here it goes!
This tag was started by Rachael of All Natural Aspirations as a way to find out about others experiences with going green.

1. What started it all off for you?

I have to say I was pretty fortunate in my exposure to green beauty and health. My mom was always an advocate for handmade things and we would often make homemade body scrubs, face cleansers, herbal baths and the like. She was a naturalist in her college days so I think being green comes very easy to her. Around high school it started clicking into place that some of the things I was using could be harmful. I was lucky enough to be hired in at a local health food store run by some the most amazing advocates for natural health in my area. My coworkers there really helped open my eyes to all of the amazing natural things you could do for your body. When I started my program to become an esthetician I made the connections of “if it wasn’t good to put in my body why the heck would I want it on my body?” It kind of built from there.

2. What was the first thing to go?

I can’t remember if it was deodorant or toothpaste but they happened around the same time. At the health food store they were discussing how nasty aluminum is in your deodorant and I was like “well that’s got to go.” I think apricot scented JASON was my first natural deodorant. Toothpaste was another one I had to switch. I was talking with my manager at the health food store one day and through conversation figured out that the SLS in toothpaste was causing the problem I was having. I started eliminating a lot of things with SLS after that too. Now both of those ingredients are a total no-go for me.

3. What are you/did you struggle to let go of?

Nail polish. Thankfully 4 & 5 free options are being made now in so many fun colors. Mascara was another one for me that was hard to find a good natural replacement for. Thankfully I’ve found a few good ones this year. It only took nearly a decade of searching.

4.What has been your best find  or change (i.e. a green product or tip that you’re really glad you’ve found/learnt)

Coconut oil. It can be used for nearly everything. I now always have a jar around. We use it for cooking & baking, I use it on lips and body. I even solved my one cat’s skin issue with coconut oil! It’s magic as far as I’m concerned.

5. What has been the worst thing about going green? What has been the hardest to transition or find an adequate green replacement of?

Two part questions get two part answers. I think the worst thing about going green for me was availability. For a long time it was hard to find products in my area without having to drive an hour or two. It’s gotten a lot easier to find things local but I still order the bulk of my things online now.  The thing I had the hardest time finding a green replacement of was a good effective deodorant (which I now have), and pressed blushes. I really like pressed blushes and for a long time if you wanted mineral or natural it was a loose blush. Thankfully there seems to be a number of them popping up these days.

6. Anything else to add? Any tips or tricks to pass on?

My biggest advice is to find what green beauty means to you. There are so many variations of “clean”, “green” and “natural” out there now. Do your research and find out what it is you want to avoid in your products. Everyone is different.
And when in doubt, don’t be afraid to DIY. For example I love store bought scrubs for their scents and all the added bonuses, but when it comes down to it I really always go back to my honey and sugar scrub. I freakin’ love that stuff.
And last but not least, apply your body oils on damp skin. When I learned this (Thanks Sarah of Osmia!), it was life changing. I mean it. Now I preach the word to others in hopes that no one will stay ashy or over oil themselves again.

It’s been hard to keep track of who’s gotten tagged. So I’ll go outside of the box and tagging some green brand founders, the ladies of R.L. Linden & Co and La Bella Figura!

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“Come As You Are” Beauty Tag

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A few weeks ago Katie from “The Green Product Junkie” tagged me with a “Come As You Are” beauty tag she started. She wanted me right then and there at the inception of tagging to dump out my makeup bag and take a photo. Which I did as soon as I got home from work . Luckily for me this makeup bag of mine had been accumulating various treasures over the previous weeks until it would barely zip! All those goodies you see above were really and truly inside my purse. It’s no wonder I have shoulder pain. So let’s dive in and see what I’ve been hauling around lately.

Traditional Medicinals Pure Peppermint Tea – I always travel with some type of herbal tea. Lately it’s been peppermint.
Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter – Emergency snack.
EATWHATEVER – It’s a mint/supplement combo that seems to really keep me fresh at work after lunch.
Olie Biologique Argan Oil – Travel supply of argan for my dry skin and static laden hair.
Bobby pins and hair ties
Osmia Luster – I talked about this in my recent favorites video. It’s awesome.
La Balmba Rosa by R.L. Linden & Co – Lovely lip balm that smells like springtime.
Jane Iredale Forever Pink, Ilia Karma Chameleon, Ilia Arabian Knights, Tata Harper Beloved – Just a few of my stash of lip colors. I like variety okay. 😉
Altoid Tin – Holds my vitamins.
Vapour Organic Beauty Concealer – I have two in my purse 010 and 020. You never know when you might need emergency concealing.
Tarte Lipsurgence in Joy – My favorite coral. This never really leaves my bag.
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SW Basics of BK  Cocoa Lip Balm – Another awesome balm. I told you I have a lip product addiction.
La Bella Figura Barcelona Perfume – Amazing citrusy deliciousness .
Glass Nail File
Jane Iredale Brooke Lipstick – The closest I’ve found to replacing my Tarte favorite. Gorgeous coral.
Revolution Organics Freedom Lipgloss – A great red that is moisturizing as well.
Vapour Multi-Use Stain in Impulse – I like that I can use this on cheeks and lips for quick color. It’s a nice pick me up if your blush as disappeared by noon.
North Coast Organics Revolver Deodorant – I never travel without a deodorant. This is a nice spicy/woodsy scent in a convenient twist up stick.

Other than that there’s a little handy mirror and an eyeglass cloth. If you think this is too much stuff, just imagine what I can put in a suitcase!

I tag everyone who hasn’t done this yet! 
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What’s a must have for you to carry around during the day? If I had to pick it’d probably be lipstick!

Green Beauty Skin Care Tag

There’s a new tag in the green beauty community.  And what kind of tag would an esthetician like myself be most geeked about? A skin care tag!
As you might imagine being an esthetician skin care is my job so I love this stuff. Today I’ll share with you some of my personal favorite tips, tricks and info.

Describe your skin care routine in 5 words
You know, surprisingly damn simple.

I am not a complicated girl when it comes to skin care. I tend to streamline my products so they are the most effective at what they do. I have a handful of go-to products that I use and I don’t switch it up a ton. My skin tends to be happiest this way.

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What’s your skin type?
In esthy terms I’m a Fitzpatrick 2. So I’m fair but with golden/neutral tones; prone to crisping up in the sun. I tend to be dry most of the year but have occasional bouts of “confused” skin. My major skin care concerns are fine lines, dark circles, occasional breakouts and keeping my skin nice and bright.

What’s your favorite skin care product?
I love masks. They can really make a lovely difference in your skin. Not to mention they give you a reason to take a few minutes for yourself. Two of my current favorites are the Antioxidant Mask from Kahina and Tata Harper’s Resurfacing mask. I’ve also got my eye on Osmia Organic’s Detox Mask and May Lindstrom’s Problem Solver.

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Top blemish zapper? 
After trying what feels like a ton of different spot treatments & serums over the years I think I finally found “the one“. For me, it’s the Spot Treatment by Osmia Organics. Nothing has worked as well as this little powerhouse does. It’s one of those miracle products that you can put on in the evening and wake up with the breakout having vanished. I will never be without it again.

Face wipes, yay or nay?
A very firm nay! I’ve really wanted to love these. They’d be great for my kids when I do theatrical makeup. But I’ve found them to be lacking. Too much scrubbing, too much stinging and way too many breakouts. No thank you I’ll skip ’em.

Toner, yay or nay?
Major YAY!!! Hydrating mists are a total essential to me. I use them before serums. I use them in facials. I use them to set makeup. (This is starting to sound a bit like Green Eggs & Ham) But I really do use them all the time. My favorite ones are rose water based but I like them all.

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High-end skin care or high-end makeup?
Skin care. I’d love to pick both but if I had to choose one over the other it’d be skin care.

What’s the most unusual skin care product you’ve tried?
Being in the skin care industry I’ve gotten the option to try a lot of different things over the years. I think one that stands out the most is one from esthetic school. It was a weird cinnamon-y gummy sticky thing that you painted all over your skin. You waited for it to turn the skin bright pink and tighten. If I remember right it was supposed to be anti-aging…

You’re in a pharmacy and can only pick up one item – what is it?
I’m going to assume that “pharmacy” means something like a CVS right? So in that case if I had to pick up one item it’d be a toss up between coconut oil and hair ties. I buy hair ties pretty much every other trip to the store since my cats steal them. If they had coconut oil though I might go for that as I can do a ton of skin care with that one jar.

Tell us your top skin care tips:

1. Do what makes you happy – I have found as an esthetician that people have the most beautiful radiance when they are genuinely happy.

2. Do some form of exercise – This ties in with the above. Cardiovascular exercise releases chemicals in the brain that make you happy and feel good. Not only that but it makes your skin glow! All that good circulation! My personal preferences are yoga, pilates and running.

3. Eat good fresh food – I try to eat plenty of fresh veggies and fruits. This gives your body the nutrition it needs to function properly. That’s not to say that I don’t indulge in the occasional cookie or piece of chocolate. Everything in moderation.

4. Sunscreen! – Everyone’s got a different opinion on this but for me sunscreen in a must. I figure if you’re going to drop some good money on skincare you mind as well protect your investment. I like looking for physical sunscreens that are non-nano like DeVita.

5. Be nice to your skin – As a fellow esthy I agree with Pam. Don’t scrub your face off. Over exfoliation just leads to problems. Exfoliate with care and treat your skin after.

Tada! That’s all there is folks. I really loved doing this tag. Thanks to my lovely esthetician friend Pam over at Pemberly Jones for tagging me.

I’m going to tag Katie ,  Cindy , Vivi and anyone else who’d like to join in on the fun!