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Beauty Essentials for the Summer!

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It’s nearly Summer and with the sunshine and heat comes a need for certain beauty essentials in order to maintain a fresh face, bouncy healthy hair, glowing skin and all the other looks we like to rock in this fun-filled season.

Here’s What You Need To Make That Happen! 😉 

Astara Aromatic Seaweed Body Wash

In order to look your best this Summer, you will need to keep your skin in tip top condition! My favorite way of doing this is by using both a hydrating, yet cleansing body wash and a nice body scrub to keep my skin bright and smooth. My favorite body wash for summer is the Astara Aromatic Seaweed Body Wash which is both cleansing and hydrating all at once. It’s not stripping of the skin so you won’t experience dryness like some other body washes. Instead, the subtle scent is really pleasant and the wash itself is very calming and moisturizing. It’s even safe for those with dry or sensitive skin as it’s free of detergents and other drying irritants that most conventional body washes use.

DIY Sugar Scrub for Face and Body

Another thing I like to use in the Summer is a good body scrub. There are a TON of nice body scrubs you can buy out there, but I personally prefer to make my own because that’s the one I get the best results from. I also really like that I can customize the ingredients to what I want or what my skin needs. To get my body scrub recipe and step-by-step directions, check here.

Another thing I sometimes struggle with in the summer is oily roots and for this, I actually use a dusting powder from Lush in Coconut, but you can use a dry shampoo if you prefer that. I found that this powder smells really lovely and works just as well, in my opinion, than any dry shampoo I’ve tried. I also have a ton of ideas for making your own dry shampoo which you can find here.

 

This beauty essential is an absolute MUST HAVE for me! I have a few that I really love, but this The Good Stuff Radiance Oil by May Lindstrom is my current favorite for getting naturally golden glowy skin. It’s a high quality body oil that you can use on your face, body and hair which includes a variety of plant oils and mica shimmer to give your skin a subtle glow. I really like it because it doesn’t just give your skin a shimmer – the all natural ingredients actually condition your skin for the better. Another one I really enjoy using is the Pacifica Coconut Crushed Pearl Bronzing Body Butter in Sun Kissed Glow. It’s very affordable for a small tube which will last you quite a long time and it smells deliciously like coconut! Im not sure how much they cost now, but I originally got a small tube of this at Sephora for only $5! Another DIY option is to make your own bronzing oil which is pretty easy to do and looks really nice as well. I’ve done a post on my own DIY Bronzing oil which you can see here.

Vive Sana Solar to Polar Ultra Natural Sunscreen SPF40

Vive Sana Solar to Polar Ultra Natural Sunscreen

If you’re going to be out in the sun, you absolutely need sunscreen! Not only will it protect you from burning and skin cancer, it will also protect you from premature aging. I prefer a more natural formula like this Vive Sana Natural Sunscreen, but it is rather thick so check out this tip for using natural sunscreens that will make using a natural option more blendable! If you want a natural sunscreen that’s more spreadable and blendable straight out of the bottle, this Eco Logical Sunscreen  is the best one I’ve found, though oily skin types will need to set it with a setting powder or blotting papers (you can make your own blotting papers with this DIY tutorial – here!)  as it’s very hydrating and might give you a bit of an oilier appearance. If you don’t care about natural sunscreens, this Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect Sunscreen will give you sun protection and a nice shimmery glow all at once!

Tan Organic Sunless Tanner Spray

While I do think it’s very important to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays, I do understand the want and need for a tan which is why I really love using sunless tanners in summer. Unfortunately, a lot of them are really difficult to use, turn my skin orange sickly colors, and have other harmful ingredients I’d rather not put on my body. Thankfully, last year, I discovered this really awesome organic sunless tanning spray by Tan Organic which works very well at giving my skin a bronze color without looking unnatural in the slightest.

 

If you’re like me, you might struggle with breakouts and troubled skin in the Summer, but no worries, I have 2 really awesome products which help keep my skin totally clear. First, the most natural one I’ve found is the Troubled Skin Facial Serum by Rainwater Botanicals. It’s super affordable at only $9 for a small bottle and it works brilliantly and gently! The second option is much more potent, but the results are more immediate and it’s the Alpha-H Balance Moisturizer and Gentle Exfoliant. I don’t recommend it for sensitive skin types, but it’s great for those who can handle it because the results are consistent and noticeable over time!

Messy Twisted Braid – Long Hair Style How To

With all the swimming in pools and the ocean, my hair can tend to take a beating during the Summer so it’s really important to treat it with the right products. My favorite shampoo + conditioner is the Max Green Alchemy Scalp Rescue line which features nearly all plant ingredients and 0 fillers. It naturally improves and heals the hair while strengthen the hair shaft and follicle. Aside from that, I’ve been loving this DIY hair treatment that is super simple, cheap and effective! It also naturally highlights hair so, if you want that beachy sun kissed hair look, I highly recommend it.

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For me, Summer is all about a vibe. I feel like everything needs to be fresh and a little sweet, fun and full of sun. That rhyming was totally unintentional. Anyway! Scents and fragrances, for me, have a huge impact on my summer beauty and style. I think they can really set the mood for your day. In Summer, I really enjoy coconut and vanilla as well as more zesty scents that include citrus and floral notes as well. My current fave is the one pictured above from Beauty Habit – Parfums de Nicolai L’eau a La Folie. It’s lime and coconut with other hints of sweetness in it. For some lovely scents for Spring, check out this post I did on it here.

 

I’m not a huge nail polish fan, mostly because I am just not very good at doing my nails, but my love for nail lacquer and art has certainly grown in the past year and I find it a lot of fun to wear polish, especially in the summertime, when I’m in a bathing suit a lot and not really wearing many other accessories. They really help brighten up a look poolside or at the beach. I have 2 favorites from last year (and will hopefully get new favorites this Summer!) by Karma Organic Spa, who offer 3 free non-toxic nail polish in tons of colors at really good prices.

So those are my Beauty Essentials for Summer – What Are Yours?

What Beauty Items Do You Absolutely HAVE to Have for Summer?

Please share your tips and favorite products in the comments!

♥ Tianna

Happy Wednesday! 

So I recently received this lovely travel kit of all of the Me & the Girls skincare products for review and they’ve truly been lovely to experience. 

If you are unfamiliar with the luxury organic skincare brand, Me & the Girls is an organic beauty brand which aims to better the lives of girls and women here in the United States and abroad by donating a portion of their proceeds to various womens’ charities including the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, Women for Women Intl., and G.E.M.S. (Girls Educational Mentoring Service). They also seek to aid local organic farms and the economy by purchasing locally and organically whenever possible. Their products include a high volume of organic ingredients, including certified organic Cupuaçu seed butter which possesses a high capacity for water absorption and aids in restoring elasticity and hydration to the skin.

In my mini kit, I received the following: Limonum Body Scrub, Lavandula Revive Softening Creme, Moon™ Anti-Aging Night Facial Moisturizer, Moon™ Serum, Lavandula Revive Foot Scrub, Bamboo spoon and the Me & the Girls Signature logo travel bag.

My Thoughts:

  • Limonum Body Scrub: This body scrub smells very citrus-y, just as the name implies. It’s made on a base of fine grain raw organic cane sugar, coconut oil, cupuaçu seed butter, lemon creme and avocado butter. I really enjoyed using this scrub as it was both exfoliating and hydrating at the same time. It really helps to soften the skin and hydrate all at once to reveal glowing skin. 
  • Lavandula Revive Foot Softening Creme: I love the texture of this. It smells just like lavender and melts on contact with skin. It acts more like a balm than a creme, in my opinion, but works excellently nonetheless. It softens dry skin and calluses on the feet and really hydrates overall. Plus the scent is very relaxing!
  • Moon™ Anti-Aging Night Facial Moisturizer: This is a fantastic facial moisturizer for dry skin or combination skin that is feeling dry ( especially in winter! ). My skin has been super dry with this extremely windy, cold weather we’ve been having and since I ran out of my beloved Suti Cleanse Balm, this has been just the thing to keep my skin in good shape! It melts on contact with skin, rather similar to the Foot Softening Creme, but the scent smells more like subtle scented baked goods than lavender and gently hydrates and softens the skin. I was near peeling and super flaky on my chin area and this really helped moisturize that entire area overnight. I would not recommend this for breakout prone or oily skin, though, as it might be a bit too nourishing for some.
  • Moon™ Facial Serum: This is a really nice serum which includes various plant oils to heal and rejuvenate dry, sensitive, mature and sun damaged skin types. I think it’s a nice serum for any skin type as it doesn’t have much scent and doesn’t feel too heavy on the skin, though acne prone and oily skin types should be wary of the amount they use as too much can be a bit too much. It’s certainly very hydrating, but I enjoyed using the moisturizer more than this one, surprisingly.
  • Lavandula Revive Foot Scrub: With the same scent as the Foot Softening Creme, this sugar scrub includes lavender and a spearmint butter creme base which feels a bit cooling and very similar to the body scrub only with a more relaxing scent and cooling sensation that is absent in the body scrub. Perfect for feet! 
  • Bar Beleza Multi-Use Beauty Bar: This all-over beauty bar comes in a stick balm form and can be applied anywhere you might need it. I used on dry areas of my face, under my eyes, and on lips with much success, but it’s up to you how you use it. I love that it comes in stick form because it’s great for traveling and super convenient to use. It’s super multi-tasking and very hydrating and since it’s in stick form, you’ll use just the right amount every time. My favorite way of using this was as a lip balm!

You can check out this luxury travel kit – here.

What lovely natural products are you loving right now?

Let Me Know in the Comments! 

Get Glowing, Youthful, and Hydrated Skin with Intrinsic Organics + GIVEAWAY!

     

So I recently discovered Intrinsic Organics, a natural, organic and handmade line of skincare and body care products. I was sent the following products and I am officially a convert of all three of them, especially the body lotion!The first item I was able to try was the Almond and Oatmeal Sugar Body Scrub. This feels lovely scrub is gentle enough to use on my sensitive skin, but gets some great scrubbing action so that it actually is effective for body exfoliation. It smells just like almonds and oatmeal and sugar (not surprisingly), which I love, because I find it really delicious! There are no oatmeal pieces in the scrub that I could see, even though I expected there to be for some odd reason. Instead, there are sugar granules and pieces and a strong almond scent that I really like. This works really nicely to exfoliate dead skin cells off your body without feeling too abrasive, hydrates the skin and smells lovely. The only drawback of this was that ants seemed to really like it as well so it attracted a decent amount of them all around the jar (though thankfully not inside it!). So, just as a hazard or warning, if you have any hint of a tendency toward ants in the Summer, you may want to hold off on getting this til winter, otherwise, I recommend storing it in the refrigerator when you aren’t using it. The fridge bit does make the scrub even more pleasant!

The second product I was able to try was the Hydrating Bergamot Blend Body Lotion, which is seriously one of the best lotions I’ve ever encountered. This doesn’t have the soothing feel of my favorite Skin Rescue Cream, but what it does have is the impressive ability to really hydrate the skin. If your issue is not with irritation, but with combating dryness, this would certainly benefit you. It feels like a cross between a creamy cream lotion and an oil type runnier lotion, but it really doesn’t feel oily or greasy at all. It’s a bit hard to explain the texture of this suffice to say that it works, it really does. It soaks in right away and just leaves the skin looking more nourished and glowing. I absolutely love this and will definitely purchase once I run out of the sample.

The last item I was able to try was the Chocolate Mint Chapstick Lip Balm. This is a really nice lip product! It doesn’t have a tint or anything, but the hydrating abilities of this are similar to the lotion in that it just melts into the lips without being too oily or greasy. It just feels lovely on the lips and very softening. I’m normally not a fan of chocolate type lip products, but this wasn’t so overwhelmingly chocolate that it bothered. Actually, I hardly notice the chocolate mint except in scent alone; the mint I do feel a bit because this is a little cooling on the lips, but mostly just super moisturizing and awesome to use.

Check out the entire line of Intrinsic Organics products – Here!

CLICK HERE to Enter For a Chance to WIN YOUR OWN Body Scrub and Lotion from Intrinsic Organics! HURRY! GIVEAWAY ENDS MONDAY 7/30/12 !

Have you tried Intrinsic Organics products?

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples that were sent to me from Intrinsic Organics for review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own regardless of how I obtained them.

Get Glowing Tan Ready Skin for Summer! DIY Brightening Face & Body Scrub

Brown sugar scrubs are super easy to make.

The one that I made today is a bit more complicated, but it’s simply to show how diverse and creative you can get when you make your own body scrub at home.

The First thing you need is, of course, brown sugar.

I used normal kitchen type brown sugar because that’s what I had on hand, but you can use the more crystallized granular raw cane brown sugar if you want. It just depends on the type of consistency that you like.

1/2 – 1 Cup of Brown Sugar

The amount of brown sugar that you use depends on your taste.

If you like a scrub that is more liquidy, I recommend you use 1/2 cup, but if you prefer yours to be more on the dry end then use 1 cup or even 1 1/2 cups.

I recommend you just play around with the amount as you go to get your desired consistency.

1 Tablespoon – Sake / Rice Wine

Many people are not familiar with the incredible brightening powers of rice wine AKA Sake. A very popular ingredient in Asian countries, rice wine and water have been used for centuries to achieve beautifully youthful white skin.

Apparently, it began when women who made sake in old times were discovered to have beautiful bright glowing skin on their hands.

Sake is great for its skin softening properties as well.

If you don’t have sake on hand, you can also use rice water. Simply soak a bowl of rice in water for up to 1 hour, sift out the rice and use the water. This will have similar effects, though no as potent as sake.

If you don’t have any rice or sake on hand at all, vodka may be a good substitute.

Natural Tinctures / Extracts

Natural plant and fruit extracts are also great for brightening the skin.

Just the same as they are used in facial beauty products, so too can they be utilized in your body scrubs.

I chose to use a few drops of the orange peel, papaya and licorice root extracts as all 3 are known for their natural brightening abilities.

If you don’t have any tincture / extracts on hand, feel free to substitute them for lemon, orange, lime or grapefruit juice for similar brightening effects.

1 Tablespoon Each – Natural Fruit Powders

I love using natural fruit and plant powders with my scrubs. They exfoliate gently without being too abrasive and a lot of them also have brightening powers. Raspberry and rose hips powders are both really great choices for brightening scrubs because they are high in vitamin C and other nutrients to help your skin look healthy and glowing. Other great choices include natural willow bark powder (for a more herbal scent!), alfalfa root powder, or rose flower powder.

1/4 – 1/3 Cup Olive Oil

After mixing all of the above ingredients together first, you will want to then add some kind of oil to the mix.

Olive oil is great for its moisturizing properties.

High in EFA’s, or essential fatty acids, olive oil helps to rebuild the skin and protect it from free radicals.

This will leave your skin feeling very moisturized and soft.

If you don’t like olive oil or don’t have it on hand, other choices include grape seed oil, rose hip oil, apricot kernel oil or rice bran oil.

Once you add your oil to the mix, you’re all done!

Be sure to keep this in an airtight container.

Small plastic or glass containers work well or otherwise recycling your old store bought scrub jars is a good idea as well.

This scrub works really well and is gentle enough for both face and body.

Just make sure you apply in gentle, circular motions and don’t press down as this can be too abrasive on the skin.

 

I hope you try and make your own body scrub!

They are surprisingly easy to make and fun to do with friends!

Have you ever made your own scrubs?

Did you find they work as well as store bought ones?

Let me know in the comments!

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Happy Memorial Day! 

Stay Beautiful

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