greenbeauty


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!

 


Leahlani Skincare Review

These products were love at first sight. Holistic, organic, skin healing, tropical and made with love. Then I read about how Leahlani Skincare evolved from her personal healing journey of dealing with cystic acne all her life, so I knew I had to try these products. I have also dealt with cystic acne my entire life and have spent obscene amounts of money on products, laser treatments, dermatology visits…a continued battle that always brought me back to square one with no positive results.

A few years ago, I found out I have Celiac Disease, after eliminating gluten from my diet, most of the cystic acne disappeared but I’ve still battled with regular acne and skin irritation. I’ve also eliminated dairy (causes my chin to break out), I drink lots of water and eat endless greens and other veggies that are high in beta-carotene and vitamin A. I’m nourishing my body correctly, I feel amazing but my skin still wasn’t glowing. It dawned on me, what was going into my body was so clean but what I was using on my face & body was far from clean, products full of harsh and harmful chemicals. All claiming to reduce breakouts, brighten skin, reduce irritation, reduce redness….when all they were doing were making my skin worse!

About a month ago, I started to cleanse my face with a mix of olive oil & castor oil. For someone with acne all their life, put oil ON my face??? This sounded crazy but I’m down to try anything at this point, the worst it’s going to do is cause yet another breakout, I can deal another day. To my surprise, it’s now a month later and my skin is SO happy, much calmer and breakouts have been minimal. All this time, all this money spent and all I needed to do was use products my Grandmother has talked about since I was a kid…just put some Castor Oil on it. (note: castor oil can tend to be a bit more drying, so you need to balance with a nourishing oil like Olive Oil, Jojoba or Almond Oil). Here is a link to The Wellness Mama who has more information about Oil Cleansing. 

So my skin has been much happier since I’ve been Oil Cleansing but that still isn’t enough, I need to exfoliate and moisturize. I started seeing many Instagram posts for Leahlani’s Mermaid Mask. Mermaid vibes and a natural healing mask…yes please!

Mermaid Mask: “This mask is superfood for your skin. With Hawaiian raw honey, Hawaiian spirulina, Chlorella, sea buckthorn, luminess algae and 15 botanicals. Your skin will drink up this elixir and radiate from within. Organic Hawaiian Spirulina is nutrient dense and full of protein and amino acid. It also contains most all known antioxidants. It helps with premature aging, acne, redness, uneven skin tone and dryness. I combined it with Hawaiian raw honey for the added bonus of honey being a humectant and another superfood for your skin. Luminess algae is a micro algae, and helps restore the glow of youthful skin through enhanced cellular energy and improved vitality and also increases cellular turnover. Sea Buckthorn is one of my favorites. It has a high amount of vitamin A, C and E. Sea Buckthorn helps cellular regeneration, heals wounds, heals scarring and acne. It promotes radiant and glowing skin.”

Leahlani Skincare is based in Hawaii but my package came across the Pacific and arrived in Boston in a quick 4 days! I ordered the Mermaid Mask and Mahana Organic Perfume and this beautiful package arrived (seashells not included). These products transported me to the tropics instantly and you can feel the love in them.

The day the package arrived, I was having a bad skin day…I had my period, cheated & ate some dairy, so my face was broken out, irritated and dry. I used the Honey Love 3-1 sample to cleanse my skin, so yummy and skin felt so refreshed! Then I used the Mermaid Mask, I kept it on for about 5 minutes and rinsed off in the shower. I could not believe how my skin felt the moment I stepped out of the shower, it honestly felt like a miracle treatment in less than 10 minutes. My irritation had calmed and my skin was absolutely glowing. Honestly, magical healing power! The other sample I received was the Siren Serum, my skin craved it after the mask, it felt divine. The great thing about all of these amazing products is that a little bit goes a long way. I’ve already ordered the Honey Love and Siren Serum because my skin is loving this regimen, truly incredible results, I’m blown away.

Thank you to Leahlani Skincare for putting so much love and thought into your line. These products are new staples in my daily routine. Visit the Leahlani Skincare shop on Etsy here to order. For a 10% off coupon code, go visit the beautiful site of The Organic Bunny here.

Read my review about the Mahana Organic Perfume HERE.

Aloha beauties!


Tropical bliss. 1

Paradise arrived on my doorstep today! Mahana Organic Perfume Oil by Leah Lani Skincare @leahlaniskincare. Thank you for putting Hawaii in a bottle and sending it over the Pacific Ocean to me. This is everything I love in a perfume…coconuts, vanilla, ocean waves, sand in between my toes, salty hair and sunshine on my face…tropical bliss. I just published my blog TODAY (yay!) so it’s still in its early stages but one of my first reviews will be of all the other goodies I received from @leahlaniskincare. I know they are already new staples in my beauty routine. Aloha lovelies! 🌺💕🌊☀️🐚🐬💕🌺

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Oil Cleansing

Ready to experiment with face cleansing with oils! Also going to make an age defying night oil. Results to come! No more dirty products with harmful chemicals going onto my body! Cheaper and all natural!

Cleansing Oils

 

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