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My Personal Organic Beauty Favorites

If you’re curious about what my favorites are out of the products I’ve tried over the past few years this post is for you! These are what we would say in French my “coups de coeur”, which literally means a blow to the heart in English. If you’d like to learn more about these products I’ve reviewed a good majority of them in previous blog posts – simply keyword search in the search box at the top of your screen. I’ve tried to stick to one top pick for each product type but sometimes chose 2 max 3 if they are equally my top faves. This is a very personal list of the products I have resonated most with, not just in terms of how well they work for my own particular skin or hair but how they make me feel through their texture, scent, packaging, design, brand image, ethos etc.

FAVORITE OIL CLEANSER: Whamisa Organic Fowers Oil Cleanser – cleansing oils are straightforward, I mean you can technically put olive oil on your face and it becomes a cleansing oil. But you will not have smelled anything like this oil cleanser before.

FAVORITE GEL CLEANSER: SIBU Polishing Facial Cleanser & ALEAVIA Prebiotic Cleanser

FAVORITE MILK CLEANSER: OSEA Cleansing Milk

FAVORITE FACE WASH: Earthwise Beauty Marshmallow Suds & Sally B Skin Yummies Tamanu Luxury Facial cleanser (95% Organic) – I have loved the texture and scent of these 2 the most

FAVORITE TONER: Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Toner – this is like an essence and toner in one and it provides the best hydration.

FAVORITE MIST: Annmarie Gianni Neroli Mist  – mists are pretty straightforward, this one goes beyond its function as a mist and helps to improve my mood because I love its particular neroli scent so much.

FAVORITE SERUM: Earthwise Beauty Carrot-A-Day Serum & OSEA Hyaluronic Sea Serum

FAVORITE MOISTURIZER: Odacité Oleosomes Time Delivery Release Creme & Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer – I love the texture, ingredients and packaging of these 2 moisturizers the most though I have tried many a superb moisturizer.

FAVORITE FACE OIL: Max and Me Oils Enchanted & Earthwise Beauty Ferns & Moss & Earthwise Beauty Ruby– I know all the oils I use are working hard to improve my skin but I really see and notice the difference when I use these.

Updated in 2019: A few very luxurious green beauty face oils I fell in love with are African Botanics Fleurs d’Afrique Intensive & 5Yina Lucent Beauty Oil. Both are outrageously expensive but they have such an amazing effect on the skin with a complex, unique blend of ingredients not found elsewhere.

FAVORITE PIMPLE TREATMENT: OSEA Black Cumin & Cajeput Serum Concentrate & OSEA Essential Corrective Complex – because it works for my breakouts

FAVORITE ANTI-AGING (for those who need serious skin treatment type skincare or have mature skin): Marie Veronique’s line & Fitglow Beauty’s Vita-Active line (fyi these are pricey lines)

FAVORITE MASKS: May Lindstrom The Honey Mud – I haven’t encountered a more luxurious mud mask than this and it ALMOST takes away my chocolate cravings. (Update 2019: May has discontinued this mask for the time being)

Malaya Organics Advanced Repair Mask – Neem Honey Herbal Complex – This mask stood out from the years of masking I have under my belt. Yarrow, Plantain, Collodial Silver, blue tansy, and so many other exquisite ingredients. This gem is totally underhyped.

FAVORITE MATCHA SKINCARE: Odacité Ceremony Cleanser & Plant Apothecary Matcha Antioxidant Face Mask

FAVORITE VITAMIN C PRODUCT: Sally B Skin Yummies Antioxidant Boost – it works to brighten and even my skin tone, it`s over 65% ascorbic acid and it’s affordable

FAVORITE POWDER EXFOLIATOR: French Girl Organics Face Polish – Rose petals are the first ingredient and that’s why it’s my favorite although there are obviously tons of effective powder exfoliators with cool star ingredients out there.

Plant Apothecary Rice & Clean is another favorite powder exfoliator that is super affordable (and available at certain Target stores).

FAVORITE BRIGHTENING MASK: Laurel Organics Brighten Mask – this mask has never once NOT brightened my skin like crazy

FAVORITE EXFOLIATING MASK: OSEA Vitamin C Probiotic Polish (also brightening) & Earthwise Beauty Blackstsrap Molasses Mask

FAVORITE HYDRATING MASK: Odacité Deep Hydration Mask – it literally transforms the texture of my skin when used overnight as a sleeping mask.

 

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FAVORITE HAIR OIL: Prim Botanicals Hair Oil – hair oils are pretty straightforward but this one has a scent I fell hard for.

FAVORITE HAIR SERUM/HEAT PROTECTANT: EvolvH WonderBalm. The texture is unbelievable and works better than Shu Uemura and a bunch of other high end hair serums I have bought in the past. If I apply about 6 pumps into damp hair and let it dry my hair dries much smoother and with less frizz without even being weighed down. (I’ve heard from 1 fellow green beauty lover that this did not work for her so just be aware that it does not work for everyone)

FAVORITE SHAMPOO: Evolvh UltraShine Shampoo. I love the scent of this shampoo, the texture when I squeeze the product on my hands, the way it lathers. (affiliate code OBL saves at Evolvh)

FAVORITE CONDITIONER: John Masters Organics Lavender and Avocado Intensive Conditioner. I feel like my hair likes this formula the most and I see a more noticeable difference when using this one.

FAVORITE HAIR MASK: John Masters Organics Repair Hair Mask for Damaged Hair with Honey & Hibiscus. This truly works on making my super dry hair softer and hydrated.

FAVORITE DEODORANT: Ursa Major No B.S. Deodorant & Vapour Beauty AER. Besides working effectively, the formula is not overly dry and the packaging is elegant.

FAVORITE LIP BALM: Cocokind MyMatcha Stick – I love that it is simple, jumbo, has matcha, the packaging is black, it is super moisturizing and smells of coconut.

F A V O R I T E   M A K E U P

FAVORITE FOUNDATION: Fitglow Beauty Vita Active Foundation and for full coverage NU EVOLUTION. These are completely pure high-quality formulas.

FAVORITE BLUSH: INIKA Pink Tickle Blush, NU Evolution Blush in Soho & Flushed. Magnetic, velvety and vibrant shades of pink that I adore.

FAVORITE EYESHADOW: NU EVOLUTION – best pigmentation, velvety finish and longest lasting

FAVORITE LIPSTICK: Vapour Beauty Siren Lipstick – I’m personally not a fan of lispticks (I’m a lip gloss girl all the way) because they make me look older but my favorite formula is the Vapour Beauty’s lip siren because it’s the creamiest that doesn’t seem to accentuate my lip lines (note the dark shades are not as god)

FAVORITE CONCEALER: Fitglow Beauty Conceal+ & NU Evolution Camouflage Creme

FAVORITE LIP GLOSS: Fitglow Beauty Lip Serum in Bliss – a targeted lip treatment and lip gloss in one that actually plumps my lips. Bliss is also the prettiest color that looks the best on me

FAVORITE MASCARA: Australian certified organic makeup brand INIKA’s Long Lash Vegan Mascara is one of the best mascaras I’ve tried. I also love the affordable W3LL People Expressionist Mascara.

 

FAVORITE BB CREAM: COOLA Mineral Face SPF 30 Matte Tint  (please note this is not a clean brand though they choose to place many organic ingredients in their products)- I use serum/moisturizer/few drops of oil as my morning skincare and a lot of BB creams leave me looking a little too greasy. This matte one helps me avoid  that plus it goes on so velvety smooth and i don’t need to layer sunscreen after my moisturizer.

FAVORITE PRIMER: COOLA Daydream Primer SPF 30 & Juice Beauty Illuminating Primer (these do contain dimethicone last I checked)

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Earth Mama Organics Lady Face Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 40 is a new 2019 launch and by far the best tinted sunscreen stick that is truly clean and organic. It conceals like makeup with a very natural tint and isn’t at all greasy. Highly affordable at under $15.

Raw Elements Sunscreen has been my go-to spf brand since I began my organic beauty journey. I prefer this for body rather than face.

CODES TO HELP YOU SAVE

SIBU BEAUTY: ORGANICBEAUTY30
Aleavia Skincare: ORGANICBEAUTYLOVER
NU Evolution (affiliate): ORGANICBEAUTYLOVER 
Earthwise Beauty (affiliate): OBL
Odacité: OBL
Raw Elements Sunscreen: OBL

 

 

 

 

NEW juice beauty and edible beauty product reviews

The Juice Beauty Prebiotix Gel Moisturizer and Signal Peptides products along with Edible Beauty Australia’s boosters are some of the new and exciting launches of 2019 that I got to try recently. I’ve used these for the past two to three months and am sharing all the “juicy” details.

Prebiotix Gel Moisturizer

The Prebiotix Gel Moisturizer ($52) boasts an ingredients list full of antioxidant-rich, organic ingredients and a bio-fermented complex containing high-performance prebiotic ingredients to help balance the microbiome. What you’ll immediately notice about this moisturizer is its beautiful light blue shade and how lightweight and thin the consistency is.

  • A proprietary prebiotic blend including viola flower, chia & coconut extract acts as a protective layer on the skin, locking in moisture for a more radiant, hydrated and balanced appearance
  • Boosts skin luminescence appearance with fermented kumaru known for its ability to absorb ultra- violet light and reflect back visible light
  • Helps soothe distressed skin with linseed
  • Fermented American bamboo smooths skin
  • Hydrates and moisturizes skin with organic antioxidant-rich jojoba & prickly pear
  • Fights free radical attack with an antioxidant juice base of organic grape & apple and organic aloe rich in Vitamin E
  • Calming aroma with essential oils lavender, clary sage & juniper

Even with dry skin like mine, this moisturizer felt amply hydrating and my skin seemed to soak it all in. It feels perfectl smooth and silky and since it actually feels much like a thick serum to me I was able to layer on heavier oils and balms guilt free. I will say the one ingredient I do not like that’s all the way at the end of the ingredients list is bismuth chloride oxide, which I’m not sure why they needed to include. I emailed Juice Beauty customer service asking them and they replied that they chose it because it helps brighten the skin, blurs imperfections and minimizes the appearance of lines, wrinkles, dark circles. Still, this is one of those ingredients I’m iffy about because it goes through so many refinement processes to make it safe for cosmetic use that contamination is a risk. So I don’t think this is a really necessary ingredient.

The scent of lavender and juniper is very subtle and is simultaneously calming and uplifting. I appreciate this concept of skincare that feeds the good bacteria on your skin and thus creating a stronger or repaired barrier, just the same as I appreciate skincare concepts like high-vibrational, CBD and gemstone-infused.

Ingredients:  (organic aloe juice/jus d’aloès bio)*, (organic apple juice/jus de pomme bio)*, (organic white grape juice/jus de raisin blanc bio)*, glycerin (organic/bio)*, olus oil†, sodium PCA†, lactobacillus ferment, (organic rice bran extract/extrait de son de riz bio)*, bentonite, coconut alkanes, (jojoba seed oil/huile de graines de jojoba), sodium hyaluronate†, glyceryl stearate SE,  (kumaru seed ferment filtrate/graine de kumaru fermentée filtrée), hydrolyzed viola tricolor extract, (organic shea butter/beurre de karate bio)*, (organic coconut oil/huile de noix de coco bio)*, lactobacillus, (coconut fruit extract/extrait de noix de coco), lactobacillus ferment lysate, (chia extract/extrait de chia), bamboo leaf ferment filtrate/feuille de bambou fermentée filtrée),  (prickly pear stem extract/extrait de cactus nopal), hydrolyzed linseed extract, propanediol†, xanthan gum, carrageenan, biosaccharide gum-1, coco-caprylate/caprate, sodium lauroyl lactylate†, hydrogenated lecithin, panthenol (Vitamin B5), potassium sorbate, melia azadirachta leaf extract, (eggplant fruit extract/extrait d’aubergine), (basil flower extract/extrait de fleurs de basilic), (turmeric root extract/extrait de racine de curcuma), citric acid, bismuth chloride oxide, lavandula angustifolia extract, triethyl citrate†, (orange peel oil/huile de peau d’orange), (juniper oil/huile de genévrier), (clary sage oil/huile de sauge sclarée).
*certified organic ingredient / ingrédient certifié bio †plant-derived / origine végétale

Juice Beauty Signal Peptides Firming Serum 

Another new launch as part of their Signal Peptides line, this product is notably interesting because it’s a micro-serum. This is the first time I’ve come across a micro-serum, which has a unique micro-emulsion technology (10x smaller than standard emulsion droplets) that facilitates delivery of active ingredients to the skin. It’s actually formulated for people over the age of 40 and focuses on restoring the appearance of firmness and skin elasticity with certified organic ingredients and firming peptides. Their custom blend of sunflower-derived plant lipids combined with rice peptides and pterostilbene-rich wild blueberry extract work to boost hydration, renew the skin’s surface and protect from external aggressors.

I love how supple this serum makes my skin feel once applied. It has an immediate softening and hydrating effect and it doesn’t just sit over the skin but properly absorbs. The reason I say this with confidence is because I’ve never had a pilling problem with this serum and it never feels like it’s just sitting on top of my skin and drying into a layer. Not that color is at all important in skincare (or is it?) but the creamy white shade of this serum makes me feel like I’m applying a milk serum onto my skin.

Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (organic aloe juice/jus d’aloès bio)*, glycerin (organic/bio)*, coconut alkanes, caprylic/capric triglyceride†, squalane†, polyglyceryl-10 mono/dioleate†, dicaprylyl maleate, cetyl alcohol, olea europaea (organic olive fruit oil/huile d’olive bio)*, butyrospermum parkii (organic shea butter/beurre de karate bio)*, hydrolyzed rice bran extract, phosphatidylglycerol†, polyglyceryl-3 oleate†, glycine soja sterols, vaccinium angustifolium (blueberry extract/extrait de myrtille), linum usitatissimum (linseed extract/extrait de graine de lin), helianthus annuus (sunflower seed oil/huile de graines de tournesol), hyaluronic acid†, tocopherol (Vitamin E/vitamine E), glyceryl cocoate†, coco-caprylate/caprate†, cetearyl olivate†, sorbitan olivate†, cetyl hydroxyethylcellulose, xanthan gum, caprylyl glycol†, squalene†, gluconolactone†, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, sodium benzoate, triethyl citrate†, citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot oil/huile de bergamote), citrus aurantium dulcis (sweet orange oil/huile d’orange douce)
* = Certified organic ingredient
† = plant derived/origine végétale

Juice Beauty Signal Peptides Firming Eye Balm

Similar to the Signal Peptides Firming Serum, the eye balm also features sunflower-derived lipids combined with rice peptides and pterostilbene-rich wild blueberry extract but with paracress extract. It’s also in a base of organic coconut oil and sunflower seed oil which may not fare well with some of you. You may also be thinking $80 for an eye balm in a pretty standard base is a LOT- and it is. So while I do love the consistency and texture of this balm I do not believe it is worth the price as it’s also a small amount of product that you receive. But I do want to say that this balm has an amazing consistency that makes it feel luscious, velvety and smooth. It’s not at all greasy or overly rich/heavy and moisturizes well.

Cocos nucifera (organic coconut oil/huile de noix de coco bio)*, helianthus annuus (organic sunflower seed oil/huile de graines de tournesol bio)*, vegetable oil, copernicia cerifera (organic carnauba wax/cire de carnauba bio)*, butyrospermum parkii (organic shea butter/beurre de karité bio)*, glycerin†, hydroxystearic/linolenic/oleic polyglycerides†, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla wax/cire de candelilla), caprylic/capric triglyceride†, bismuth chloride oxide, spilanthes acmella (paracress flower extract/extrait de fleur de cresson de para), hydrolyzed rice bran extract, phosphatidylglycerol†, vaccinium angustifolium (blueberry extract/extrait de myrtille), tocopherol (Vitamin E/vitamine E), squalene†.
*certified organic ingredient / ingrediént certifié bio †plant derived / origine végétale

Edible Beauty Australia Boosters

Edible Beauty, which is a natural skincare line from Australia, launched their skin boosters this year and they’re an entire product category on their own. It’s not designed to replace any skincare step but rather “boost” it. They blended nourishing botanical, food and seaweed extracts (some of which are Australian yay) to create these serum-like products designed for use after cleansing and toning. I tried all three: Turmeric Latte, Probiotic Radiance and Deep Sea Collagen and all three have the same exact consistency and texture. I’ve seen this described as thick but to me it felt like a normal serum, neither thin nor thick. More than anything these provide intense hydration for the skin, so perfect for dry and parched skin. The probiotic one naturally helps optimize the health of your skin’s microbiome and barrier, the turmeric one helps clear and calm skin, and the deep sea collagen is designed to plump and hydrate. Each one boasts some pretty interesting ingredients:

Turmeric Latte 

Turmeric Extract is rich in curcumin, a potent antioxidant which has been used as an ancient beauty ritual for lightening and brightening the skin. Curcumin also inhibits acne causing bacteria on the skin and has been shown to be 36 times stronger than azelaic acid, an irritating chemical used in acne treatments. Its anti-inflammatory properties also mean that turmeric can soothe painful cystic breakouts and calm redness.

Licorice Root contains the active ingredient, glabridin that interrupts the enzymes that activate melanin production, making it a natural skin whitening agent. It prevents future hyperpigmentation while improving existing dark spots on your skin. Licorice Root is also a powerful anti-inflammatory, reducing swelling and redness for a clear and calm complexion.

Snow Mushroom known as the “beauty mushroom” the Tremella mushroom has been used for centuries as a youth-preserving mushroom due to its unique polysaccharide and antioxidant profile.  Polysaccharides found in the mushroom have remarkable water retaining properties, with the ability to hold nearly five times more water than hyaluronic acid. Tremella’s polysaccharides also stimulate the production of superoxide dismutase (SOD), one of the most important “super antioxidant” enzymes in the body. SOD helps to protect and regenerate the skin as well as effectively prevent wrinkling and sagging of the skin. It has shown to be effective in preventing oxidative damage to skin cells as well as increasing the body’s production of its own powerful free-radical defence mechanisms.

Ingredients:Aqua, OrganicTremella Fuciformis, (Snow Mushroom), Organic Glycerin, Curcuma longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Organic Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root, Organic Calitris Glaucophyll (White Cypress) Leaf, Acacia Senegal, Xanthan Gum. Rumex Occidentalis Extract, p-Anlsic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Oil, Ascorbic Acid.

Probiotic Radiance

Lactobacillus Bulgaricus Ferment Filtrate, restore skin PH and acid mantle reducing skin sensitivity and strengthening the skin barrier. This probiotic strain also attacks bacteria which sit on the skin’s surface causing blemishes.

Wildcrafted Emu Bush, native to the Australian Northern Territory, it contains potent antioxidants including chloregenic acid which protects the skin from break down and ageing along with phenolic acids which have an antioxidant action stronger than that of vitamin E. This makes this wildcrafted extract effective at skin restoration and repair.

Birch Leaf, is a powerhouse ingredient for calming and treating sensitive and irritated skin. It is prized for its ability to reduce inflammation, purify and hydrate skin. It contains 17 amino acids, minerals, enzymes, proteins, antioxidants and vitamins, all of which are beneficial for your skin.

Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Acacia Senegal, Xanthan
Gum, Lactobacillus Bulgaricus Ferment Filtrate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Organic Betula Alba (Birch Leaf), p-Anisic Acid, Glyceryt Capry1ate, Organic Eremophila longifolia (Emu Bush), Organic Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow), Phospholipids, Sodium Hyaluronate, Propanediol.

Deep Sea Collagen Elixir

Seaweed Collagen, has been shown to reduce wrinkle depth and improve overall skin appearance. It increases the expression of the longevity-boosting and anti-ageing protein (SIRT1). Seaweed Collagen also prevents the breakdown of hyaluronic acid in skin cells and in doing so preserves the extracellular matrix, which is a dominant means of defence against visible ageing and the weakening of dermal thickness.

Seaweed Leaf, harnesses the unique power of ocean plants to survive extreme conditions and often adapt to changing environments, providing them with the ability to revitalise and renew the skin. Seaweed Leaf is rich in vitamins and amino acids which reinforce the skin cell membranes, protecting against free radical attacks, which accelerate ageing. The extract can also ‘re-organise’ the cell membrane structure to reverse cell damage and restore the skin to its natural state, combating sagging and loose skin.

Purslane (Portulaca) Extract, works to repair and regenerate the skin on a cellular level. Purslane protects skin cellular DNA from age-related dysfunction, thereby maintaining the cells’ repair function and strengthening the skin with its natural antioxidant compounds. It contains a high amount of glutathione, which is a natural antioxidant system, along with hydrating Omega-3 fatty acids.

Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin. Undaria Pinnatifida (Seaweed Collagen), Acacia Senegal, Xanthan Gum, Organic Litchi Chinensis (Lychee), Organic Panicum Miliaceum (Millet) Seed, Ulva Lactuca (Seaweed Leaf}, Organic Portulaca Oleracea Extract, p -Anisic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate

 

Best and Worst Sunscreen Guide

It’s that time of the year that I receive an influx of sunscreen questions so I thought I would share the best and worst sunscreens including my personal favorites. Last summer the Environmental Working Group found that nearly 70% of the 650 sunscreens they tested were harmful or ineffective. They offered inferior sun protection or contained harmful ingredients like oxybenzone, a hormone disruptor, or retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A that may harm skin.

Most sunscreens are filled with these toxins:

-Oxybenzone, which is linked to hormone disruption and cell damage that may lead to skin cancer.
-Retinyl palmitate, which has now been proven to be a carcinogen.
-Octyl-methoxycinnamate causes oxidation damage of the skin, which means aging
-Butyl-Methdiebenzoylmethane, releases free radicals into the body.
-Benzophenone 2 (BP2), decreases the function of the thyroid, in a population that is already seriously suffering from hypothyroidism (under active).

Some facts to help you move in the right direction:

-The common sunscreen additive vitamin A speeds development of skin cancer. Studies by federal government scientists indicate that it may trigger development of skin tumors and lesions when used on skin in the presence of sunlight. Avoid vitamin A or retinyl palmitate, which is also called retinyl acetate, retinyl linoleate and retinol.

–. Sunscreen ingredients soak through skin and can be detected in people’s blood, urine and even mothers’ breast milk. Several commonly used ingredients appear to block or mimic hormones, and others cause allergic reactions on sensitive skin.

– You don’t need anything higher than SPF 50. Higher SPF ratings don’t necessarily offer greater protection from UV-related skin damage, especially UVA damage, and may lead users to apply too little thinking they’re getting a lot of protection or spend too much time in the sun. The FDA has proposed banning them

-Majority of people don’t apply enough sunscreen and don’t reapply enough times then complained of getting burned

-Spray sunscreens can be inhaled and the EWG does not recommend them

These are EWG’s worst sunscreens followed by the best.

EWG’s WORST SUNSCREENS

Banana Boat Kids Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100
Coppertone Kids Sunscreen Continuous AccuSpray, SPF 70
Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55
Coppertone Water Babies Foaming Lotion Sunscreen, SPF 70
Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen, SPF 60+
Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen, SPF 60+
Equate Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70
Up & Up Sport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50
Panama Jack Sport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 85

EWG’s Best Face Moisturizers with SPF

Juice Beauty Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30
Juice Beauty Tinted Mineral Moisturizer SPF 30
Soleil Toujours Daily UV Defense Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer, SPF 20
Kari Gran Three Sixty Five SPF 28
Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream, Fair/Light, SPF 40

Goddess Garden Organics Face the Day Daily Moisturizer, SPF 30
MyChelle Dermaceuticals Replenishing Solar Defense, SPF 30
Raw Elements USA Daily Lifestyle, SPF 30 (affiliate code OBL saves at rawelementsusa.com)
W3LL PEOPLE Bio Tint Multi-Action Moisturizer, Fair, SPF 30
Marie Veronique Everyday Coverage Tinted Sunscreen, Extra Light Tint, SPF 30
Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Sunscreen Lotion, Fragrance Free, SPF 40
Raw Elements USA Tinted Facial Moisturizer, SPF 30
Badger Damascus Rose Face Sunscreen, Sheer Tint, SPF 25

EWG’s Best Beach and Sport Sunscreens

Raw Elements USA Face + Body, SPF 30
Badger Kids Sunscreen Cream, Tangerine & Vanilla, SPF 30
Badger Tinted Sunscreen Cream, Unscented, SPF 30
Bare Republic Mineral Sunscreen Stick, Tinted Sport, SPF 50
C’est Moi Gentle Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
COOLA Suncare Sport Mineral Sunscreen Stick, SPF 50
Goddess Garden Organics Everyday Natural Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
Juice Beauty Sport Sunscreen, SPF 30
Suntegrity Skincare Natural Mineral Sunscreen For Body, SPF 30
Check out the entire list here

EWG’s Best Scoring Sunscreens for Kids

All Good Kid’s Sunscreen, SPF 30
Badger Kids Sunscreen Cream, Tangerine & Vanilla, SPF 30
Bare Republic Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, Baby, SPF 50
California Baby Calendula Sunscreen, SPF 30+
COOLA Suncare Baby Mineral Sunscreen Stick, SPF 50
Goddess Garden Organics Kids Sport Natural Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
Kiss My Face Organics Kids Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 30

h o w  E W G  r a t e s  s u n s c r e e n s

The organization rates each sunscreen on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being safe and 10 being dangerous. It grades each product on five criteria:

  1. Health hazards (such as if it has an ingredient that’s considered dangerous)
  2. UVB protection
  3. UVA protection
  4. The ratio of UVA absorbance to SPF
  5. How long-lasting the sunscreen is

MY PERSONAL FAVORITES

I love the SPF 30 Natural BB Cream by Coola in both unscented and cucumber. It goes on matte and has this amazing texture that feels lightweight and airy. Naturisimo is an online store that carries Coola and ships worldwide free if you are outside the US.

Truly one of the cleanest sunscreen lines, Raw Elements uses 23% zinc oxide (whereas many other organic sunscreens will only use as a little as 8%-15% and still say they’re SPF 30) and their first ingredients are organic black and green tea extracts and nourishing organic butters.

-My favorite out of their line is the Tint SPF 30 Facial Moisturizer (it may be too rich for some) and then 2nd favorite is the ECO 30 in a jar.
-Their sticks are a tad too dry incuding the lip balms
-The tube is great at first but later becomes difficult to get all the remaining product out
-This line has a strong hemp scent which is a pro or con depending on your personal taste

Check out what the OBL CLUB who tested Raw Elements as part of our product testing campaign! Hit the tab labeled “SUNSCREEN”

Affiliate code OBL saves at Raw Elements. (This line is only available in the US)

Using 20% zinc oxide, natural pigments and organic active botanicals the W3ll People Bio Tint Spf 30 tinted moisturizer applies beautifully and feels great on my skin. The light shade looks very natural on me and I like that it has a pump.so it dispenses the right amount each time.

Earthwise Beauty’s Farizad¨s Veil is a sunscreen I will never not have on hand because of its amazing versatility. It adds spf protection to any product you add to it (BB cream, foundation, sunscreen that doesn’t have enough spf in it, etc.) It is pure highest-grade zinc oxide with powdered aloe leaves and Moroccan rose, Indian Pink Champaca and Madagascar Geranium Bourbon.

I have mixed it with:
-Face Oil
– BB cream
– Foundation
– Sunscreens that are lower in SPF and need extra
– Moisturizer
– Face Balm

Affiliate code OBL saves sitewide.

There are obviously tons of great sunscreens out there and many more I’ve tried that I liked but these are my personal go-to’s.

 

 

 

 

FITGLOW BEAUTY new MAKEUP & skincare

 

FITGLOW is one of the few clean luxury beauty brands that does both makeup and skincare extremely well and perhaps the only company that formulates their makeup to act more like skincare with the added benefit of makeup. Originally based in Canada the founder Anna has recently moved to Miami to start her new life with baby and hubby, while growing the brand through continuous product innovations, updated packaging and pro social media presence.

Their newest launches, which I’ll be covering in this blog (except cloud ceramide since I haven’t yet started testing this), are:

Wearing:

FITGLOW CONCEAL+
NU EVOLUTION EYESHADOW in CHIC
FITGLOW Lip Serum in BUFF
FITGLOW Lumi Firm in POP

c o n c e a l +

Let’s talk about this cream concealer first. I had heard many positive reviews about the CONCEAL+ and I can attest to its performance. It’s a drier formula and goes on feeling like it’ll be very matte but it actually provides a satin finish. The undereye looks aglow with this product. It provides heavy coverage and does have good lasting power and I haven’t seen it settle into my fine lines, though I do not have deep lines or wrinkles so can’t comment on this.  Its skin-nourishing blend of Phyto Elastin, Organic Green Tea, Vitamin K, and Licorice Root help improve the condition of skin rather just covering it up.

Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil *, Cera Alba (Beeswax)* , Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Lauryl Laurate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Phytoelastin PF (Plant Elastin), Water, Phospholipids & Phytonadione (Vitamin K Liposome ) , Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Caffeine, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Green Tea Extract ) *, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract (Licorice Root) * May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Yellow Iron Oxide, Red Iron Oxide, Black Iron Oxide, Ultramarine Violet, Chromium Oxide Green, Manganese Violet.  * Certified Organic Ingredient

l u m i  f i r m

The Lumi Firm comes in 3 shades: a regular luminizer, a bronzer and a blush. I’m wearing the blush called Pop and it is designed to liftt and firm using natural plant peptides and plant collagen to fight signs of aging & strengthen skin structure. The cream blush goes on semi-sheer and is buildable if you want more color. I find just a couple swipes looks natural.

Ingredients: Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba)*, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter (Cocoa)*, Silica, Water (Aqua) & Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Seed Extract (Sweet Almond Peptides), Hexapeptide 11 (Probiotic Peptide), Mica, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Tocopherol Acetate (Non Gmo), Vegetable Collagen, Rosmarinus Offcinalis Leaf Extract (Rosemary)*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Iron Oxide (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499). *CERTIFIED ORGANIC

l i p  c o l o u r  s e r u m

You may know that my favorite shade ever is BLISS among the 10 Lip Colour Serums, but I got to try out the shade Buff, which I’m wearing in the photo, and love this sophisticated natural nude shade. These go beyond what your standard organic lip gloss does and uses Organic pomegranate plant sterols, Beet Extract, Vegan Collagen, and antioxidants to improve lip cell structure and health as well as plump. I notice after leaving it on, my lips look slightly plumper and fuller. The look and feel of the packaging provides the most elevated lip gloss experience ever.

Ingredients: Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Vegetable Collagen, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Sterols Beta Vulgaris Rubra (Beet Root) Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Curcuma longa (Turmeric) Root Powder, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil & Lecithin & Yeast Extract (Organic Plump)*, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E) Sorbic Acid, Vanilla Extract May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Iron Oxides (CI77499), (CI77492), (CI77491). *CERTIFIED ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

m a k e u p  c l e a n s i n g  o i l

Cleansing oils are very straightforward. I mean you can use any oil you have in kitchen and use it to remove your makeup. Here is what makes this cleansing oil unique:

x specifically designed to remove makeup including mascara (comes right off)
x cloudberry seed oil & watermelon seed oil are the first ingredients
x it rinses off with water (no need for a face cloth) and does not emulsify
x contains cherry blossom flower extract which repairs oxidation damage and reduces inflammation

I’m very VERY impressed with this cleansing oil. I’ve tried many a cleansing oil and cleansing balm; some rinse off with water and most you must physically remove with a cloth. This is my first time using one that not only rinses off but also does not emulsify into a cream lather. Not to say that a cream lather is bad, but it requires more massaging and more time to properly remove the product. This oil just glides off the face with water along with all the makeup and grime it picked up. My mascara (2 coats) washed off effortlessly as well and I did not have residue that I needed to clean up. The scent alone of this product will get you obsessed nevermind all its other benefits. It smells like watermelon candy, just incredibly sweet and fragrant.

Ingredients: *Rubus Chamaemorus (Cloudberry) Seed Oil, *Citrullus lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil & Prunus (Cherry Blossom) Serrulata Flower Extract, Camellia Oleifera, Di-PPG-2 Myreth-10 Adipate, *Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, *Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Amaranthus Squalene, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Extract. *Certified Organic Ingredients

n i g h t  l i p  s e r u m

Before anything else I have to mention this is a very highly priced product at $48, Is this product a necessity? No. You can think of it as a very fancy gift to yourself – or someone else. I think an accurate name for this product would be something like “Overnight Lip Serum Mask Anti-Aging Treatment.” You apply it before bed to allow its ingredients to get to work overnight. It features a Plant Ceramides formula that restores lip moisture barrier while protecting from water loss and Organic pomegranate Plant Sterols, Beet Extract, and Vegan Collagen to improve lip cell structure, increase lip volume and fight signs of aging.

The Pomegranate Sterols hold double its weight in water to increase hydration and lip fullness. Vegetable Micro Collagen helps with the structure and firmness of lips. Organic Rice Ceramids lock in moisture and Organic Beet extract, which is rich in phytocompounds and humectants, improve circulation, detoxification and plumpness. What do I notice with my bare eyes in the morning? Healthy looking lips.

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PicoSure Laser Review (Before & After Photos)

I’ve tried laser on and off for my sun damage and brown spots, which started appearing as early as age 19 or 20 – thank you California sun! Technology is always and rapidly advancing, so laser 10 years ago isn’t the same as 5 years ago which isn’t the same as today. And getting 1 treatment versus 5 makes a difference. I tried out 3 sessions of the Picosure laser over the course of 3-4 months and wanted to share my experience and show before and after pictures to give you guys an accurate an idea of how it worked for me. Hopefully this will be helpful if laser is something you’re considering investing in!

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