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Current Beauty Regime

il_fullxfullMany friends, clients and family have been asking what green beauty products I use, so below are my current favorites. Keep in mind that everyone’s skin is very different, what works for one may not work for someone else. I’ve tried and tested many products and continue to refine my beauty routine.

As someone who has suffered from acne into my 30’s, I’m happy to finally say that my skin has never looked better! Someone the other day told me that I had beautiful glowing skin…I was so taken aback, I’ve never received that compliment before, it made my heart explode! This did not happen overnight or by some magic potion or cream, this has been a journey. I’ve always had a healthy diet but it still needed to be streamlined (our diet can ALWAYS be better). Especially by understanding which foods trigger my sensitivities and which foods and superfoods to add into my diet with anti-inflammatory and healing properties. I’ve not only changed my beauty routine to green products but even changed our home and laundry cleaning products.

There are many factors that go into changing/healing your skin and it all starts with what you put IN your body, not just ON it. I will most more about this topic later! I highly recommend the book “Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty, Inside and Out” by Jolene Hart. I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Jolene at the Well Summit in Boston two weeks ago, she presented a lovely session about eating for the Fall/Winter season while nourishing your body, energy and skin. Our vegetables, spices and superfoods can heal our skin from the inside out. Please stop buying harsh skin products that promise to resolve problem skin (that are doing you more harm than good) and beauty starts from the inside! Jolene’s book is great resource to help you get started on the journey to eating for beautiful skin. Find Jolene’s book HERE. 

Onto my current product list!

Face Wash: Aleavia “Cleanse” Neutralizing Facial Cleanser ~link 

Makeup Remover: Coconut Oil *I remove makeup and first cleanse my entire face with coconut oil, then gently wipe off with a hot wash cloth. Then I use Aleavia – this is known as “Double Cleansing”. In the shower, I just use Aleavia and often just use warm water in the morning.

Eye Cream: 100% Pure Coffee Bean (I received a sample, so I’ve been using for about 2 weeks) ~ link

Face Exfoliator: Leah Lani Skin Care Honey Love ~ link,  Acure Brightening Facial Scrub ~ link 

Face Masks: Mahalo Care Pele Mask ~ link,  Leah Lani Skin Care Mermaid Mask ~ link

Body Scrub: Organic Bath Co. – SubLime Organic Body Scrub (Gianne who organized the AMAZING Well Summit is also the founder of this amazing Boston based organic skin care line – incredible woman!) ~ link

Body Wash: Dr. Bronner’s Almond Pure Castile Liquid Soap ~ link 

Deodorant: Funkless NYC (made by my friend Kevin Steinmuller, this is the one and only natural deodorant that works to keep me dry & funkless, even during the sweatiest workouts.) I use Jasmine/Bergamot and my boyfriend uses Tea Tree. ~ link 

Toothpaste: Jason Sea Fresh ~ link 

Perfume: Leah Lani Organic Perfume Oil Mahana ~ link

Sunless Tanner: Chocolate Sun Cocoa Fleur 1 Atomizer ~link 

Moisturizers
Face (Day): Acure Day Cream (only $16.99 Available at Target and I usually order on Vitacost.com) ~link 

Face (Night): Organic Rose Hip Oil *I’m currently searching for a great winter face cream, my skin gets extremely dry. I’m going to Follain today to get a sample of Josh Rosebrook Day Cream (link). I had the pleasure to spend time with Josh during the Well Summit conference. This beautiful soul has so much passion for life, meditation and the products he created. Knowing the people that have created the products themselves and with so much love…yes please!!!

Body Lotion: Deep Steep Body Lotion & Body Butter in Passion Fruit Guava – I absolutely LOVE this scent! I also make my own body butter at home for the Winter. Only $10.95, available at Whole Foods & on Vitacost.link 

Lip Moisture: Soapwalla Lip Locked Coconut Lime ~ link

Hair 
Shampoo: InnerSense Organic Beauty Color Awakening Hair Bath ~ link

Conditioner: InnerSense Organic Beauty Color Radiance ~ link
(LOVE this brand! My scalp is so sensitive, most products make my hair line breakout and give me an itchy scalp but no longer with these amazing products. All of InnerSense’s products score a ZERO on the Think Dirty list. Woo-hoo!) 

Hair Brush: Wet Brush (Where has this been my entire life!?  Not that this is “green beauty” product but had to list it because it’s amazing. With long hair, after the shower, I’m always ripping knots out of my hair but this brush makes life SO much easier. $3.99 at Marshalls or you could find at Target or CVS). ~ link 

 

I’ll post my Makeup and home cleaning favorites in a separate post!

 


Monsanto Companies – DO NOT BUY

   

 

The easiest way to avoid GMOs is too buy fresh organic veggies (local farmers market is best) and lean grass-fed meats. Packaged foods are full of GMOs, preservatives, carcinogens and sugar. 

Even if a package says “farm fresh”, “natural”, “no added ingredients”, “natural flavors” – these are not true statements. 

Yes the animals are coming from a “farm” but the practices on the farm are horrific. “Vegetarian fed” cattle are still eating GMO corn. “Natural flavor” – these are 100s of different chemicals made in a lab that taste like the product you’re buying. There is a neon orange “chicken” flavor powder chemical used to enhance the “natural flavor” of chicken breast in such brands as Tyson and Perdue. 

Unfortunately the food industry is not changing anytime soon, so we must do our research, carefully read between the lines on labels and make the right choices. We, the consumers, must change. 

I highly recommend watching the documentary “GMO OMG” on Netflix!!! It’s very honest, easy to understand and mind blowing of what a tight grip Monsanto has over the food industry. Our food is killing us.     


W.E.L.L. Summit

I am beyond excited for this beautifully curated event that will be held in Boston. I’m new to this city, so I’m thrilled to see there is a great community of wellness enthusiasts in Boston! Click HERE for tickets and more info.

From the W.E.L.L. Summit site: 

You’ve heard the buzz, but what is The W.E.L.L. Summit exactly, and why should you book your tickets for Boston as soon as possible?

Wellness. Empowerment. Learning. Luxury.

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The inaugural W.E.L.L. Summit will be held in Boston, MA from Friday, November 6th to Sunday, November 8th. The W.E.L.L. Summit was created to celebrate living a life of wellness in all aspects of your life: from the best of clean beauty, organic food and exercise to nourishing your spirit and living your passion, this is the place for inspiration.

We’ve carefully curated The W.E.L.L. Summit both for wellness enthusiasts looking to learn more and make like-minded friends, and for the wellness professional seeking to expand their area of expertise and looking to network.

Let the Luxury Begin!

Upon check-in at the Wyndham Beacon Hill you will be greeted with your exclusive W.E.L.L. Summit gift bag. Later that night, you’ll receive an additional gift: a bag full of healthy goodies that will help you relax and refresh for Saturday, a full day of W.E.L.L. Summit breakout sessions.

Eat. Drink. Love.

And we hope you’ve packed your appetite! We’ve chosen healthy, organic meals to nourish you for the weekend ahead.  Our WelcomeDinner is an offsite Farm-To-Table affair serving locally sourced, gourmet food prepared for the most discerning palate, complemented by custom organic cocktails.

We’ll have a breakfast bar and brunch with energizing food to power you through your days. A sit down lunch with a keynote speaker one day and a gourmet lunch buffet the next. And of course, coffee, tea and water stations to keep you well-hydrated and  wide awake so you won’t miss a minute of the inspiration!

Q & A in a Whole New Way.

The W.E.L.L. Summit is the place where you will have a chance to ask your questions and get your questions answered! How? All of our interactive and educational breakout sessions will be capped at 30 people. You’ll have the opportunity to converse with our wellness leaders & speakers, soak up their expertise & take it all home to apply to your daily life.

We’ve chosen each of our speakers with you in mind. At The W.E.L.L. Summit, you’ll have the chance to go from a yoga or DIY beauty class to a cooking demo class complete with take-home recipes. We’re providing a holistic view of wellness from top wellness leaders to empower you to live W.E.L.L.

L.I.V.E. W.E.L.L.

If you’re interested in supporting companies that share your ethos,  then you’re going to love our L.I.V.E. W.E.L.L. party! On Saturday, November 7th you’ll have the opportunity to browse, and shop W.E.L.L. Summit approved vendors. They’re vendors we’ve vetted for the quality of products they carry, their sustainability practices, Fair Trade certifications, and overall commitment to their consumers’ health.  We’ve gathered the leading companies in healthy beauty, skincare, organic food, fresh juice & smoothies, Fair Trade & Organic clothing, bedding and home accessories. It’s a no-pressure opportunity for you to browse, chat and if the urge strikes, to shop the Summit!

The W.E.L.L. Summit is a retreat for the mind, body and spirit. It’s a weekend getaway. It’s an event inspired by you, created for you…and we can’t wait to have you join us!

 

 


Thrive Market

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This my favorite new online store! Wholesome Products. Wholesale Prices. Thrive is on a mission to make healthy living easy and affordable for everyone! This online store is amazing, all the products are 25%-50% below retail. They are committed to bringing the highest quality healthy and natural products, not to mention they are committed to sustainability and social justice. Beautiful mission, beautiful site! The prices are amazing. They are currently offering free shipping on orders over $49 and 15% off your first order. Go to Thrive Market here.

“Growing up on an organic farm where we ran a buying club for wholesome products directly from the makers left an indelible impact on me. Thrive Market is the realization of my life’s goal to make healthy living accessible to all — now everyone can get the good, nutritious and high-quality products they love at fair prices.”

-Gunnar Lovelace, CEO/Co-Fo

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Be the change. 

The view of consumers must change towards the beauty and food industries because too many companies continue to use harmful and toxic chemicals in our products. But it is so exciting to see SO many new green, clean and natural beauty companies and products that are sprouting up! There are so many amazing products out there and an abundance of information to navigate through, so I’ll be constantly reviewing products and passing along what I learn to my readers as I navigate this landscape. It can be time consuming and overwhelming, so I want to share all that I learn and what products I love.