As I am transitioning to pure ingredients in every area of my life, I am constantly searching for natural lines that use quality ingredients. As I learned more about the Josie Maran Cosmetics line I was excited to try it out. The sourced ingredients I read about such as Argan Oil, Coconut Oil, Mango seed butter and more, are the type of natural yet effective ingredients I like to put on my skin.
I recently tried the 100% Pure Argan Oil and love it. It is extremely versatile with uses ranging from a daily facial serum or moisturizer to dry nail beds and hair. Although it is an oil, it is silky and easily absorbed, not greasy whatsoever. The best part is it is 100% organic! Since my entire body is terribly dry right now with this weather I have tried this oil all over and love the texture and hydrating effect.
I also love the simple and Eco-friendly packaging. You can tell this company has great pride in taking care of the environment and giving back, which you can read about on their website. The product packaging is recyclable and containers are biodegradable. Josie Maran’s motto for her brand is “Luxury With A Conscience.” Love it!
I can’t wait to try the cosmetics and color from this line, I will be sure to share what I try out!
The dreaded cold and flu season is here. I have been sick quite a few times this year and have been researching ways in which I can keep my immune system strong. Once I’m sick it really shows; my skin gets dry, flaky and has a dull look to it. The last time I was feeling a scratchy throat I took a few actions and actually did not get sick! Here are 5 ways in which I protected myself:
1. Cut out sugar.
There is a lot of evidence that sugar can depress the immune system so I cut it out when feeling sick. A great substitute is Stevia to use for a sweetener.
2. Probiotics…go to town.
Find a great quality probiotic and you can take it in higher doses which is totally safe. I love Inner Eco which is a coconut water based Probiotic. Great for everybody when sick and to prevent getting sick, keep in your fridge! You can find it at most health food stores-berry flavor is my favorite!
3. Vitamin C/Vitamin D
I’ve read that increasing not only Vitamin C but Vitamin D is crucial when feeling sick. I take the Super D Omega-3 by Carlsen. This is a Cod Liver Oil in liquid form, I know this sounds completely disgusting but it has a lemon flavor and is not bad at all. I even sneak it into my sons apple sauce and he loves it. A great side effect for the skin with fish oils are the essential fatty acids which are amazing for fine lines, dry skin and even eczema.
4. Essential Oils
One of my favorite essential oil blends is the On Guard by doTerra. This oil can eliminate airborne viruses and pathogens, I diffuse it into the air constantly. It has a nice holiday flavor as well so it is perfect for this time of year. When I felt my sore throat coming on I gargled 1-3 drops of On Guard mixed with water and then swallowed it. My sore throat was gone! This blend is 10% off for the month of November: On Guard
5. Chicken Soup-From Scratch.
I love the study I read a few years back on how chicken soup was shown to help as a cold remedy. Although results were mixed, you can’t deny the comforting effects achieved from a warm bowl of homemade soup, not to mention the yummy aroma that comes with it. Luckily my mom came over and made some for me, I froze the broth and am hording it like liquid gold. If you are not so lucky to have a mom who can do this for you, find a store bought soup or pick up from a restaurant.
I wish all of you a happy and HEALTHY Thanksgiving!
I adore pumpkin, talk about a versatile fruit! Not just for carving, there are great health benefits and it’s even beneficial for the skin. Many skin care brands are using pumpkin as an ingredient in exfoliation and masks. Rich in zinc, vitamin C and A, pumpkin can help with cellular turnover in the skin and enzymes help to slough off dead skin cells.
Now that it’s pumpkin season take advantage! I like to bake the small pie pumpkins during this time, puree them and then freeze. There are so many other ways to eat pumpkin other than pie like in soups and breads. I love sprouted pumpkin seeds for the added omegas/protein and eat them everyday.
SO whether you put it on your skin or eat it pumpkin has many great benefits. Enjoy and have a happy Halloween!
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I am always getting asked what skin care facility I trust and recommend and now I am excited to tell everyone about Leur Lab Integrated Aesthetics! This medical spa has the most advanced and varied selection of laser and designer treatments I have seen. Some of the cutting edge therapies Leur Lab offers include Regenerative Cell Therapy through fat transfers and the Vampire Face Lift which can achieve amazing results without having surgery. The combination therapies offered ensure the best results because it is a customized treatment for each client. I also love the post laser treatment selection which helps speed up recovery time.
Another unique aspect of Leur Lab is their L-Fix Membership program, an amazing way of personalizing and maintaining your aesthetic needs on a monthly basis. Read more about the program here.
I have added some images below, after all this place is stunning. The waiting room includes Wi-Fi, a wet bar and other luxuries that make it extra special. The skin care lines they have chosen are some of my all time favs as well. If you are looking for help with such skin conditions as acne, wrinkles or hyperpigmentation just to name a few, this spot is for you. Leur Lab is all about results, terrific service and gorgeous surroundings. Check out Leur Lab’s website or call to set up a consultation (949) 200 8222
I have to say Fall is my favorite season, wearing boots, dressing up for Halloween, cooler weather, too many reasons to count. Another to add to the list is to bust out my new favorite red nail polish I just bought from Butter London. I love this metallic red, it is so rich in color. I love the finish on my toe nails.
Butter’s products are formulated without the use of the harmful ingredients like Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP or Parabens and was the first company to sell non-toxic nail lacquer in the United States. The colors to choose from are amazing check out the ButterLondon website for more.
Smell you later summer! Oh wait..it’s 100 degrees out…bullocks.
Recently I began using essential oils in my everyday life. I bought a variety of pure grade oils that can help me manage everything from stress to killing germs to prevent colds. I have been using essential oils since I started in the skin care industry topically and love the powerfully healing properties that they bring to the skin and treatments I would perform. Now it’s been fun to use them in other areas in my life!
One of the most popular and versatile oils is Lavender. I mean what DOESN’T”T this oil help with?! This is the first oil I grabbed and have been using it almost daily. Here are some of the most common benefits that can be achieved with Lavender:
There are several ways to use essential oils. You can apply topically to the skin with a carrier oil (such as coconut or avocado), aromatically by using a diffuser or take them internally if you have a certified pure brand of oil. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to finally get a diffuser but I am loving it. I run it all day and night. Of course at night I am diffusing and sleep has been amazing thanks to the Lavender oil.
I use doTERRA oils, if you are interested in learning more check out the website Here.
Many of you who regularly read my blog may wonder why I talk about nutrition and food so much on a skin care site. I am a true believer that what we do for our bodies internally directly impacts the quality of our skin. After all it is the largest organ and usually the first organ to sound off an alarm if there is something wrong. Having a foundation of healthy eating is always a good thing when skin is concerned, although not the only factor. We also need to care for our skin topically and help it look its best.
I have written many times about Sircuit Cosmeceuticals, this product line uses very concentrated pure ingredients that deliver results. It is a line that takes many of the cutting edge ingredients of today with some of the natural extracts and even food based ingredients that we all know taken internally can reap great results for our health.
I love the Clarity Broccoli Sulfur Mask because as a clay based mask it is not drying and even with my bone dry skin I can use it. This is an ideal product for acne prone, oily or congested skin types as it pulls at impurities in the skin and evens out oiliness. Because of the antibacterial effects it helps prevent the spread of the infection and is also healing to any possible inflammation. And with such amazing ingredients as Tea Tree, Broccoli, Spirulina and Zinc you will feel a difference after each use. Check out Sircuits Website to see a full list of ingredients and more company information.
After masking you can also warm up a big bowl of broccoli for dinner, can’t hurt right?
I began searching for some quick ways to make myself more presentable a couple weeks ago since my time to get ready is quite limited in the mornings. Putting make-up on and fixing my hair in the bathroom together with my toddler is special. My goal is to be done before he has taken everything in the bathroom and placed it into the toilet. This gives me about five minutes. Understandably the hair department has suffered, wearing my hair up is a must and you most likely will see me with a hat on.
Until recently when I heard of the Bun maker. I love it and how it helps me look like I actually did something cute with my hair. There are two types that I like and both work nicely. The Conair bun maker and a long black clip type:
You can buy the Conair Bun Maker at Ulta Stores and the other one on Amazon, just search in Google. I checked out some of the how-to-videos on You tube for instructions that were really helpful. You can even find videos on how to create great buns without buying anything. These two items are really affordable, starting at a buck and going up to 5 dollars.
Have fun making your cute buns!
It’s bloody hot. I’ll admit I am a total sissy when it comes to the heat. My strategy is to lock myself in the house and become a shut in (thank you AC). For those of you crazy people who actually want to get out and do stuff here are some helpful skin care related tips and products I would use if I left my house.
The best way to protect yourself from the sun is to cover up of course! I always wear a hat at the pool or even going outside when the heat is up. And I don’t have to do my hair, win-win. I just bought a Roxy hat, check out there super cute selection: Roxy Hats
Wear a sun protection that has some color so you can forgo the foundation. Many people who are prone to breakouts have more problems in the heat when wearing a rich makeup base so keep it light. I like Dermalogica Ultra Sensitive Tint this has an SPF of 30 and no artificial fragrances or colors. Plus key antioxidants such as green tea and grape seed extracts help protect your skin against sun rays even further.
If you happen to get a sun burn its important to treat your skin often with something healing. I like using Aloe, you can buy a pure aloe at most drug stores. I like to keep it in the fridge to treat a burn (ahhhhhh). Or an even better idea is to buy an aloe plant and break open a leaf to extract the aloe. Apply directly to skin. These plants are so easy to grow and look pretty cool too.
I have to admit I am a little coconut obsessed. I drink coconut water and milk, cook with coconut oil and love coconut desserts. After learning about some of the many benefits it has to offer it makes coconut taste even better! Many people have begun to use Coconut Oil topically for all of the medicinal and healing properties it offers, there are literally hundreds of benefits with this truly amazing oil. Both topically and internally.
So when I saw the Everyday Coconut Super Hydrating Body Wash I was gitty to say the least. I have tried and reviewed other products from the Everyday Shea Line which are of excellent quality. The company does not use Parabens, harsh Sulfates, artificial fragrance and never tests on Animals. Alaffia gives back to the community in which they derive their pure ingredients from, making it a company I love to personally support. Check out the link to learn more about this program: Empowerment
The Super Hydrating Body Wash is best for Normal to Drier skin types because of the nourishing properties and feel. The coffee berry extract helps protect the skin with its high antioxidant value and the coconut is rich essential amino acids and minerals. Even if you don’t love the smell of coconut you can use this body wash because there is no fake scents, it is completely natural.
If you want to learn more about Coconut Oil and different cool uses for it, check out Make Coconut Not Fat they are even more obsessed than me.
I gotta run, time to make my Coconut Flour Pizza Crust.