Getting Balmy AGAIN!

The Clean Slate and Amazon After Dark Cleansing Balms

I will start off telling you that I love both of these balms, but they are quite different.  I absolutely love a cleansing balm, especially in the drier winter months.  I did an in-depth post on cleansing balms a while back and you can read it here.  You can read about what ingredients you want to avoid in mainstream cleansing balms and what to look for in healthier alternatives. Continue reading “Getting Balmy AGAIN!”

Your Inner Mermaid

Leahlani Mermaid Mask

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If you are on instagram and follow feeds on green beauty, you know what a cult favorite this mask has become.  Leahlani was a brand that I was not familiar with prior to my participation in social media.  With all of the photos of this mask and all of the love expressed for this brand,  I knew I wanted to try it.  I thought I should start with the Mermaid Mask.

My first impression was…

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WOW, it really is that green!  It is a beautiful shade of emerald that comes from organic chlorella and spirulina harvested in Hawaii.  These two superfoods, along with organic, raw, Hawaiian honey, purify and deeply clean, yet still draw moisture to the skin.  This mask is loaded with powerful antioxidants, Vitamins A and C.   You get cellular turnover with the micro algae.  Sea Buckthorn CO2 helps calm any inflammation, as well as aiding in cellular turnover.  The French Green Clay and Sea Clay help draw out any impurities, while balancing and nourishing the skin.  Due to the honey base, you get the toning and detoxifying without the tightening and cracking feeling.

I use many different masks during any given week.  I have tried some really great ones and some not so not great, but very few WOW me.  This mask made a difference in my skin with just one use.  I had some spots on my face that were mildly irritated where I had a blemish or 2 (from a detoxifying mask) that were healing but lingering longer than they should have.  After using this mask one time, I noticed a change in my skin.  The next morning, the redness/irritation was gone, the dry patches were gone and the blemishes were almost completely healed up.  I have discovered many great products during my green beauty journey, but very few that give dramatic results.  This is one of those products!

Did I mention how pretty the color is of this mask?  Because of the honey base, the best way to apply it is with your fingers.  It is thick and sticky.  After using this mask, I am definitely interested in trying more Leahlani skincare products.  If you want to check out the Mermaid Mask, you can do it here.

Have you tried any of her products and, if so, what are your favorites?  Leave a response in the comments section, as I would love to hear your opinions!  I need help deciding what to try next.

March Madness Part Deux

More Empties from the month of March.  I went through some products quickly and I am trying really hard to finish up some products that I abandoned for one reason or another.

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Tata Harper Nourishing Cleansing Oil.  This is a product that I had abandoned, simply because I had acquired too many new, oil cleansers that I wanted to try.  I found it sitting on my stand looking very sad and lost.  I felt guilty as I began my nightly cleansing ritual and pumped some of this amazing oil into my hand.  I was reminded of the day I discovered this oil at Citrine Beauty.  It was a cold, December day and I took my mother and sister to the store to do a little shopping.  Do you think it is weird that I remember what day it was?   I was scheduled to have neck surgery the following day and they came in town to help me out.  My mom kept commenting on how great my skin looked for the rest of the day.  It has become a constant in her skincare routine as well.  See, I am not that weird!

Back to this wonderful oil.  When I discovered it, Melissa, the owner of Citrine was trying out some new makeup on me and my skin was pretty dry, as always.  She applied some of the cleansing oil as a moisturizer prior to applying foundation.  My skin was dewy and glowing.  It hadn’t felt that moisturized in, well, I don’t think, ever!  I walked out with a bottle and have since purchased many bottles of this oil.  Did I mention that it smells amazing?

This oil is made with Sunflower Seed Oil, Olive, Apricot and Jojoba oils. The natural beta carotene, omega 3’s, vitamins A, C and E nourish your skin.  It dissolves all makeup and dirt without stripping my skin of moisture.  I use it as a cleanser in the evening and it   rinses clean with water.  I have used it as part of a double cleanse followed by the Regenerating Cleanser.  I also apply it and leave it on my face after I have cleansed in the evening when I am feeling particularly dry.  It works well as a base for the Kjaer Weiss foundation to give me a dewy complexion.  This is definitely a product that I will repurchase.

Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser.  Another great product from Tata Harper.  I purchased this after attending a class with Tata.  She talked about environmental pollutions and what they do to our skin.  Of course I immediately felt dirty and needed to purchase this cleanser.  This cleanser is made with broccoli extract and fruit enzymes to deeply clean your skin and remove any build up.   It has a cool, tingling feeling on your skin.  I love this cleanser, but I probably won’t buy it again anytime soon.  If I lived in or traveled often to a large city, or if I had oily skin, I would feel I needed this more often.  On the rare occasion when my skin feels particularly dirty, I will probably just use the Purifying Mask.

UMA Absolute Anti Aging Body Oil. I wrote an entire post about this amazing oil.  You can read the post here.  The label came off because I use it in the shower.  I will definitely repurchase it!

Osmia Sunset Body Oil.  It isn’t a secret that I love all things Osmia.  I received this as a gift for attending an Osmia event.  It has a strong vanilla scent with hints of jasmine and bergamot.  When I first smelled it, I wasn’t immediately in love.  I don’t think I expected ‘sunset’ to smell like vanilla, so it was a bit of a surprising scent.  After using it a few times, of course I fell in love.   Vanilla isn’t a scent that I associate with a Sunset, so once I let that go, I was able to truly appreciate the feel and scent of this oil.  It is a combination of so many luscious oils…coconut, jojoba, kukui, almond, rosehips, hemp, avocado, orange and evening primrose.  It makes my skin very soft and the scent lingers on for a long time.  I have a large assortment of Osmia Organics Body Oils and would repurchase each and every one…if I am ever able to use them all up!

*all osmial body oils have been renamed since this post.

Reverie MILK styling creme. This styling creme does wonders for my thick, wavy, sometimes frizzy hair.  It is the most expensive styling product I had ever purchased, but it has lasted a really long time.  You only need a very small amount.  I apply a pea side amount to my hair prior to blow drying.  It makes my hair soft, shiny and easier to blow dry straight…my style of choice. It never makes my hair feel heavy or oily. This is a unique product that was created by stylist Garrett Markenson and developed by a skin care chemist because he wanted it to be different from anything that was on the market.  It is skincare for your hair!  It is the best product I have used to style my hair to date. I will definitely repurchase, but need to finish up some new products that I just purchased to try out.

So, I am slowly making  progress using up some products.  I am working on finishing up a product before I purchase new ones, but I am a work in progress!  Carry on green beauties!

Stop the Madness

Vintner’s Daughter – The Holy Grail

First it was double cleansing.  Now it is triple cleansing.  There is double masking and double misting.  We cleanse, we mist, we apply serum, then moisturizer. Where does it end?

Please stop the madness!

Hey, I am all for self-care.  One look at my bathroom, loaded with products, will confirm that, but sometimes I just want, no…….I NEED simple, but effective.

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Suddenly, everyone was talking about Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum.  It was  all over the internet as the only face oil you need….the holy grail.  Every review I found was positive.   Can it really be that good?  Then I saw the price tag.  Well, cult status or not, I wasn’t going to pay $185 for one bottle of face serum.  Add that to the cost of my double moisturizing and double masking, it was just too much!

Well, fast forward to the holiday season…who was I kidding?  I really wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

My husband gave me my first bottle of Vintner’s Daughter for Christmas.  I used it that night and the moment I put those bright yellow drops in the palm of my hand and took a whiff, I knew that it was something special.  Smell is very personal, so I can only tell you that I find the scent heavenly.  It reminds me of the Tata Harper Elixir Vitae scent.

It comes with a little instruction card that tells you how to apply it.  It is a push/press method.  You put the drops in your palm, rub your hands together and gently press and push it into your skin.  This seems silly and ridiculous at first, but it only takes about 30 seconds and when you think about the price tag, you realize that doing this allows the product to quickly absorb into your skin and not end up on your pillow case.  I want every drop absorbed into my skin!

Why is it so expensive?  Is it just hype?  This serum is the only product that Vintner’s Daughter makes.  It contains 22 ingredients that are all natural, organic or wildcrafted.  They are carefully sourced, harvested and extracted to work synergistically to brighten, decrease inflammation, plump and hydrate the skin.  Even the violet Miron glass bottle it comes in was chosen to only allow beneficial sunlight to help activate some of the ingredients yet protect and increase the potency and lifespan of others.

I have found that when I use this regularly, I don’t need anything else and it makes my skin feel and look amazing.  If you add up the price of all the products you use on a daily basis and think about this… You can use it as your serum, oil, moisturizer and eye cream.  One product does it all!  You can check it out here.

Is it expensive?  Absolutely!  Is it worth it?  Every cent!  Will I stop buying and  trying other products?  No way, I am a collecor, after all!  But…

 I am on my second bottle.

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