Sunday, January 24, 2016

Mahalo Skincare: Pele Mask, Vitality Elixer & Mahalo Balm

I love Mahalo, if only for their beautiful packaging, but they also have the most luxuriously delectable and effective products. Today I want to focus on the Mahalo trio: Pele Mask, Vitality Elixer & Mahalo Balm. Los Angeles winters are mild but the air is definitely a little drier and that's been affecting my skin. I've been using this trio though faithfully this winter and the combination has been keeping my skin refreshed and moisturized.

Mahalo Pele Mask

I use this about once a week by mixing the powder mask with equal amounts of water in the beautiful Mahalo turquoise bowl with a brush. The mask activates by swelling and bubbling and then I apply it all over my face and neck. I leave it on for about 30 minutes and it takes a little bit of elbow grease to remove because particles get stuck on my skin but with a good cotton washcloth, it does scrub off and then ta da, the most delightful feeling when my freshly detoxified face is revealed. It really does appear as though I just had a facial.

The effect is no surprise when you consider the mask is made up of 26 high-performance ingredients that are certified organic or wild harvested. Volcanic ash clay, raw cacao, black lava Hawaiian salt, papaya, hibiscus, and a host of other gorgeously island ingredients contribute to the mask's transforming abilities. Goodbye tired skin, hello refreshed, radiant glow.

Mahalo Vitality Elixer

This gorgeous gold facial serum is for the morning and nighttime. I use it after I clean my skin by pressing a few palmful drops of the Elixer into my face and neck. I'm only been using this for only a little while but already my skin looks more moisturized and glowly. This serum is filled with omega-3's and antioxidants to help combat aging and environmental damage. Polynesian Tamanu and CoEnzyme q10 makes this a super oil that is ultra luxurious.

Mahalo Balm

This golden balm is so moisturizing and good to patches of dry skin. I use this after the Vitality Elixer and apply it sparingly all over my face, neck, and décolleté. It melts on my fingertips and is oh so lush on my skin and helps regenerate my complexion with turmeric, macadamia oil, Tamanu oil, rosehip oil, beeswax and a variety of good for you ingredients that add up to 23.

This Mahalo trio is definitely high performing and I'm so glad I'm using them because the experience is soothing and calming and the results are exciting to behold.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

RMS Beauty Lip Shine - Bloom & Sacred

My favorite lip product for this dry Los Angeles winter is definitely RMS Beauty Lip Shines because they are so moisturizing in this season. And they add a bit of color and shine to my lips. So it's almost a three in one product for me: balm, color, and gloss. Which is perfect because who has the time to layer on three separate products?

I also like that the lip shine is not too glossy, it's just a touch of shine and that's how I like it on most days. And they really nourish your lips. Organic castor seed, coconut, and Buriti oils are so rich in nutrients. Cocoa seed butter and beeswax are also so hydrating.

This emollient lip shine is so easy to use and I always keep one in my purse for touch ups during the day and I have to say my lips are in so much better condition from using these. They used to be cracked dry in places and now they are soft and moisturized, which is just lovely.

My favorite shades are Sacred, the red color with a gentle hint of pink, which I use when I want more pop, and Bloom, the sheer petal pink with a hint of shimmer, which I use when I want a more natural look.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Earth Tu Face Skin Stick & Botanical Perfume- Geranium + Vetiver

I was so excited to try both the Earth Tu Face Skin Stick and the Botanical Perfume in Geranium + Vetiver because I love a good sultry scent and this was exactly that- heady, botanical, intoxicating. Also, the botanical perfume was a solid balm encased in a shell and who doesn't find that irresistible?

The Skin Stick is a best seller. It is a multi stick herbal balm for the face, lips, body, anywhere you can think of. To sum up what it does is hard because it does almost everything. But if pressed, I'd quote Earth Tu and say if offers protective hydration. Besides providing moisture and protection, it is also a healing balm. It is formulated with medicinal herbs to deal with all kinds of skin issues. Chapped lips, cuticles, irritations, you name it. The impressive ingredients list backs this up: organic olive oil which is rich in essential fatty acids moisturize, pure beeswax does so too, but is also healing, Vetiver root helps rebuild tissues and reduces the look of scars, geranium calms irritations while lavender calms inflammation.

You can use this as a lip balm, a hand cream, a cuticle cream, an anything cream to heal chapped areas and even help skin rashes. My favorite uses with this one is to use a dab to smooth my eyebrows and to apply a tiny bit onto my cheekbones to highlight them. I love the healthy glow it gives to my face when I use it for this purpose.

The Earth Tu Face Botanical Perfume is so delightful. It is a handmade blend of geranium, vetiver, ylang ylang, lavender, patchouli essential oil scents. To sum it up, it smells sultry and confident to me. Additionally, it is a super aromatherapy treatment. Smelling it calms and soothes me. It happens to also be soothing to the skin. Organic safflower oil, beeswax, vitamin E makes this a concentrated moisturizer and a great scar minimizing cream. I love the whole ritual of applying this perfume. The sight of the shell makes me smile and opening it allows me to delight in the whiff of the delicious scent, which makes using this perfume so appealing.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

100% Pure Caffeine Mask

There's many touted benefits to caffeine. It is anti-inflammatory, stimulates circulation, reduces redness and soothes sun damage. I was really excited to try 100% Pure Caffeine Mask after learning all this about caffeine and see for myself if it is really worth the hype.

In addition to caffeine from green coffee, green tea, and Yerba mate extract, this mask also boosts of Hyaluronic Acid, bearberry extract, seaweed collagen, and vitamin C. The mask itself is made of a material called "hydrogel" which is made of 95% organic aloe juice and 5% plant cellulose.

I applied this mask after I freshly cleansed my face. I placed the mask on my skin and found that the mask was hard to adjust so that it fit as perfectly as I wanted it to. The slits didn't sit right over my eyes and mouth. But I trooped on. It definitely felt a little cold at first and a little strange. I wasn't able to move my face around too much otherwise I risked the mask falling off even more.

As a side note, my husband thought the way I looked with the mask on was hilarious. He took pictures of me and posted one on his Instagram with the caption: "moisturizing facial mask or Silence of The Lambs?" It got a lot of laughs for sure.

So after being looked at like I was a serial killer, I sat quietly and watched the latest Mission Impossible while I hung out for a while. The hydrogel is suppose to help deliver the active ingredients in the mask onto the skin and it gets thinner the longer it's left on as the moisture gets absorbed. So the longer the mask is left on, the better the result. I was tapped out of being limited in my movements by the mask after about 20 minutes.

I removed the mask and revealed my newly caffeinated face and found that it was very moisturized. It felt like there was a layer of serum on my skin so I rubbed it in. I took a look at myself in a mirror and noticed that I definitely looked more awake and more glowly, which was exciting. My skin was incredibly soft to the touch, which always makes me a happy camper. With these positive results after just one use, I am quite sure I am going to be caffeine masking it again.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

One Love Organics Skin Savior Multi-Tasking Wonder Balm

For this holiday season, with all its parties and fun gatherings, I find myself turning to One Love Organics Skin Savior Multi-Tasking Wonder Balm quite often. I have one in my bathroom and a mini one in my purse always for on the go pampering.

The balm is an antioxidant rich blend of organic coconut oil, mango butter, jojoba and chia and as an ultimate multi-tasker has saved me on several occasions. Dry chapped lips in the middle of nowhere on a road trip? Skin Savior to the rescue! Mascara meltdown at a party? You guessed it- Skin Savior saves the day again. Late night makeup remover while I'm so so tired? Skin Savior again!

One Love Organics Skin Savior Multi-Tasking Wonder Balm can be used as a cleanser to remove makeup and dirt. It is also a wonderful moisturizer. It can be used to illuminate skin when applied to highlight the face. And it even turns mineral powder into a delightful foundation.

And my favorite part about this balm? It smells like a creamsicle with its delicious citrus and vanilla scent. I love applying it on my lips for the ultimate hydrating treat that takes me back to my childhood days chasing ice cream trucks. Oh what fun!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

December Beauty Heroes Box: Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum

For the last month of the year, Beauty Heroes brought out the best: Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum. The infusion of 22 organic plant actives is heavenly and pretty much addresses every single skin care issue out there, including repairing sun damage, improving tone and elasticity, treating fine lines and so much more. The base oils are grape seed and hazelnut, with bergamot, marigold, rose, frankincense being just a few of the wonderful ingredients joining the lineup in a miron glass bottle.

I have to say, this serum smells like a delicious bouquet of sensual oils, which makes me so happy. April Gargiulo, the founder of Vintner's Daughter used her experience in fine winemaking to inform the process used to craft this multi-correctional serum. This serum took time, a lot of time, to make. Part of the glory of this serum is how it is made with patience and artistry and you can certainly experience the heartfelt effort infused into the serum as soon as you open the bottle.

I use the recommended "Push / Press" technique technique to make the most out of every drop. After I cleanse and tone my skin, I place 6 drops of the serum in the palm of my hand. I activate the serum by gently rubbing my palms together. Now for the Push / Press: placing my full hand on both side of my face, I press firmly, pushing the serum into the skin by repeating this technique on the entire face, neck, and décolleté. I do this on repeat for 1 minute. And then: glowing skin.

I've been using Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum for about 2 weeks now and I definitely notice softer, smoother, more luminous skin. I'm excited about seeing more improvement in my skin over time. As for now, I'm definitely a Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum devotee.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

How to Relieve Stuffy Noses & Get a Good Night's Sleep the Organic Way

As much as I adore fall, the changes in weather has really been getting to me. I've been really careful about not getting sick during this cold and flu season but I have to admit somehow I've gotten really stuffed up anyway.

Being stuffy is no fun. Not only do I go around town with a box of trusty tissues, I also find that nighttime rest, which is so crucial for healing, is hard to come by.

Luckily, I have found a few organic methods to help me breathe better and that are extra soothing.

First up, I always turn on a humidifier/diffuser when I'm so stuffy and dry. For extra benefits, I use a few drops of eucalyptus oil in it. This fills the air with freshness and moisture to combat the dryness around my nose from constantly blowing. I'm using Aura Cacia Organic Pure Eucalyptus Oil.

Next, I rub or rather I have my husband rub a stuffy nose clearing balm all over my chest and neck. Most rubs have menthol and petroleum in it, which are no nos but there are some good rubs out there made with eucalyptus and tree tea oils. I'm using Honest Co. Organic Breathe Easy Rub which can be used on babies 3 months and older.

Last, I use a soothing lavender balm on my temples which promote relaxation. I'm so stressed about not feeling well, it contributes to not getting rest even more, so this helps to improve sleep. I'm using Badger Organic Lavender & Bergamot Sleep Balm.

I hope this helps everyone out there during this season. Take care and be well!