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Lina Hanson Global Face Serum

Hi Lovelies!

I hope you’re all doing well today :-]

I’m super excited today to share another fantastic serum with you and it’s especially great not only because of it’s ingredients, but also because the ideals and integrity behind them.

I’ve been using this serum for about a good month now and I’m really impressed, but before I get into that, I wanted to talk about Lina Hanson – the woman behind this lovely serum.

Lina Hanson is a celebrity makeup artist who is originally from Sweden and began her brand as a way to offer the best ingredients for your skin to all ages, with any skin type, of any ethnic background, anywhere in the world.

With that philosophy in mind, Lina set about formulating a simple, yet effective serum with carrier and essential oils from all over the world in it’s formula. From Morocco, South Africa, and India to Tunisia, Peru and Japan, she’s utilized potent anti-aging oils that have been used and loved in various cultures around the globe for centuries in order to offer these beauty benefits to anyone, anywhere, anytime.

I was so thrilled to receive a bottle of this lovely oil!  It comes in a lovely dark glass bottle that feels really high quality and luxe.

First off, it has kind of peculiar scent that was hard to ignore. It’s not that it’s particularly strong, but it just smelled odd to me. I know that it’s my own personal preference because when I asked my boyfriend, he looked at me like I was trippin’ and said it just smells like flowers. So, there you have it. It smells of flowers.

Aside from the odd scent, this serum is super nourishing, but surprisingly not heavy on the skin at all. It absorbs into the skin almost instantly and leaves no residue behind.

It is quite expensive at $85, but it includes a high concentration of top quality oils such as argan oil, baobab oil, and marula oil for their hydrating and healing properties.

After using this for nearly a month, I can attest to this serum’s effectiveness as I’ve seen a higher clarity in my skin, minimal breakouts, faster healing in spots, and a more even toned complexion.

Although this serum seems high priced, it’s for a great cause. With it’s use of sustainable, eco friendly, and naturally effective ingredients, this is a serum that is quite effective without harming the environment or your body. At the same time, it’s made in the USA so it helps support our economic growth. Lastly, as if that’s not enough, the Lina Hanson brand donates a portion of their profits to a different charity every 3 months as a way of giving back.

To learn more about this Global Face Serum or purchase a bottle for yourself, check here.

Have You Ever Heard of the Lina Hanson Global Face Serum?

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Hello! I’m back again with the second in a mini series of posts I’ll be doing on my top beauty picks for 2012 in all things skincare, makeup, nails, body care and personal products. Today’s post was really difficult to do as I’m quite obsessed with using serums and moisturizers and I have tons of favorites for different purposes so this was REALLY hard to choose. Even though it seems like I’ve chosen a lot, it took me ages to cut it down to this so I hope you’ll find this helpful when choosing the best serum or moisturizer for your skincare needs!

First in the list is the Alpha-H Balancing Moisturizer and Gentle Exfoliant. I’ve written again and again about Alpha-H as a brand because I love their products. They are so effective and though they aren’t as natural as I’d like, they are a brand that will give you the results you want, especially if you have spots, scarring, pigmentation or acne. They use a high concentration of ingredients so these products don’t just sit on your skin and waste time – they do what they’re supposed to do and you will see results with continued use. This moisturizer is my favorite for keeping breakouts at bay, keeping my skin smooth and bright, and even helping diminish some minor scarring I have on my cheeks. When first using this moisturizer, you WILL feel the tingle, but your skin will adjust over time and you will see results, especially if you have frequent breakouts or pigmentation issues. I definitely recommend gradually transitioning into using this and maybe using it once a day every other day to help your skin adjust a bit, but it does work really well. It uses a high concentration of glycolic acid (similar to their Liquid Gold exfoliator) around like 12% or something in order to slough off dead skin cells, unclog pores and encourage cell turnover. I can’t recommend this one enough, but it’s not for those with sensitive skin so if you have sensitive skin, I would advise you to use something gentler. For my full review on this moisturizer and other Alpha-H products, check here.

Second in the list is the Rainwater Botanicals Sea Buckthorn and Pomegranate Intensive Treatment Serum. This serum is incredible for dry skin and for giving you a bit of a faux glow due to the tint it has from the pomegranate seed oil. I don’t recommend this to those with oilier skin types, but if you have combination skin, dry skin, or maturing skin, you will definitely benefit. It works to heal your skin, encourage cell turnover and diminish the appearance of fine lines. I don’t have many wrinkles at the moment, but it certainly helps soften lines and hydrate the skin to it’s optimal level. I especially love this one in the winter as it keeps my skin from becoming dull or flaky. Another reason to stand behind this brand is the fact that their products are organic, wild crafted, made in the USA, and super affordable (think around $10 for this one!)  You can learn more about the specifics on this serum and other Rainwater Botanicals products here.

Third in the list is the Living Nature Extra Hydrating Toning Gel. This is absolutely amazing for those who suffer from dry skin or oily skin AND acne because it hydrates without feeling oily or leaving a greasy residue behind. It’s so easily absorbed into the skin and it smells amazing. It keeps skin hydrated, soft and helps calm redness. This one is also great for those of you who hate the oily, greasy feeling and enjoy the gel type moisturizers because this is a super light formula, but unlike those cheap, oil-free drugstore moisturizers that hardly hydrate and have questionable ingredients, this one includes tons of beneficial ingredients for your skin and will hydrate very well without feeling heavy. You can check out my original post on Living Nature here.

Next on my list is the Suti Organic Purity Moisturizing Balm. This balm is very similar to their Cleanse Balm only the scent is a bit different and it’s a bit less moist (if that makes sense) and soaks into the skin more easily than the Cleanse Balm. Although a bit pricey, it’s well worth the cost and will last you a good few months because you need a dime size for your entire face each time. Your skin will feel softer, more hydrated, and heal broken capillaries and other lesions (if you have them). This would be especially beneficial for those who have dry skin, combination skin, and overly congested, oily or irritated skin. I also think someone with sensitive skin or eczema or rosacea could benefit as there are many healing benefits in this super simple, but effective balm. Check out my full review on this balm here.

Moving down the list, we have the Rainwater Botanicals Skin Repair Serum for Acne, Scars & Wrinkles. I love this serum because it’s such a cure-all serum/moisturizer. It hydrates the skin, has ingredients such as wild crafted frankincense to combat breakouts and valuable plant oils which heal sun damage and soften the appearance of fine lines. Another reason I love this one so much is the scent. It smells absolutely incredible and reminds me of something, but I can never figure out what it is. Plus, I can get a 1/2 oz. of this (which lasts around 3 months) for around $10. All of these products are organic and wild crafted, made in the USA, and super affordable so I feel great purchasing them. Check out my full post on Rainwater Botanicals products here.

Last in the list is the Pure Marula Oil from the Leakey Collection. This is a fairly new discovery, but I really wanted to include it in the list because it’s a fantastic basic moisturizer that hydrates skin, heals damage, calms redness, and soaks right into the skin without leaving a residue. Although it’s quite pricey, it’s profits go toward supporting fair trade, employing women in Africa and developing their local economies in order to help their community and lives thrive. I really love what this oil stands for and I feel a lot better about paying the high price because of how it actually benefits women in Africa. I’ve used this as a moisturizer and even mixed a bit of it with my Vive Sana sunscreen (see how I apply my sunscreen here) because it helps thin the sunscreen formula a bit so it’s more easily blendable (white cast anyone?) plus marula oil includes many antioxidants and a low level of spf which adds to your sun protection. Although I don’t recommend using this alone to protect you from the sun as the levels would be too low to be sufficient ( around SPF 5 or lower, depending), it may help protect you along with your sunscreen. Check out my original review on this marula oil here.

So those are my top picks for the best face moisturizers of 2012 – stay tuned for more posts on my favorite beauty products of 2012 coming soon!

What is your favorite moisturizer for 2012?

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I am sooo excited to be reviewing this incredible Marula Oil today for you!

I have been drooling over this stuff through my laptop for months and months and months. Not only is this face oil absolutely amazing, but there is much to be said for what’s behind the production and sourcing of this face oil.

The Leakey Collection was started by the Leakeys in 2002 as a way to help local Kenyans get sustainable entrepreneurial opportunities. With the idea of bringing the powers of pure marula oil to  women around the world, they’ve been able to give many Kenyans an ethical source of income that does not interfere with their life or culture. To learn more about their amazing journey and collaboration with Dr. Ashton Kaidi, read more here. You can also learn more about the harvesting process here.

Aside from their incredible program, their pure Marula Oil is truly amazing.

I normally wouldn’t review a product before using it for at least a few weeks, but after using this for nearly a week, I already notice the incredible hydrating properties of this lovely oil. It’s unlike any other oil I’ve ever tried because it’s extremely moisturizing without being the least bit oily. It soaks into the skin straight away and leaves no residue behind. Plus, unlike a lot of oils I’ve tried, this one has a really nice subtle scent. It’s like a very soft citrus smell or something, but it’s not overpowering; it’s just calming and beautiful. I noticed that even after only a week my skin was more hydrated without being super oily and not a breakout in sight! I also feel like this face oil lends a bit of soft vibrancy to my skin. It’s also really great as a primer if you want your foundation to look velvety and a bit dewy.

This is definitely one to check out, not only for it’s great beauty benefits, but also for the humanity and sustainability behind the product and company itself.

You can buy Marula Oil – here.

Nourish Your Skin with Metamour Skincare

I was recently able to get my hands on some samples from Metomour  Skincare, a natural cruelty free skincare brand based in Santa Barbara, CA.

I was able to try this lovely Creme Cleanser from the Imortelle line and I was very impressed by the gentle, healing properties of this cleanser . It feels a lot like a creamy lotion and you have to really massage it into the skin to reap the benefits of this, but it works quite well to leave you with hydrated, supple and glowing skin. I highly recommend this to anyone with normal to dry skin, sensitive skin or rosacea irritations. For those with combination skin, I would recommend this only when your skin is on the dry side or if you live in a reasonably cool climate. I used it for about a week and it worked well for me when my skin was on the drier side and actually left me with a beautiful glow, but when it got hotter later in the week, it made me break out. It is important to note that I live in Southern California where we are currently having extremely high temperatures of 90-100 F every day. I think this cleanser works really well, but in this heat, it’s too much for my skin. So for those of you with very oily skin, you may want to avoid this in the summertime in you live in an extremely hot climate like I do, otherwise you should be just fine. In the Winter, I think this would work well for any skin type.

Check out the Immortelle line – here! 

I was also able to try the Botanique Antioxidant Serum as well which is safer for all skin types, including those with oily skin. This comes in a really adorable cardboard tube that is super cute! It is meant to help heal, hydrate, and protect against UV damage and premature aging. I definitely like the texture of this serum, it feels really hydrating and light, but still very nourishing. You really have to massage this into the skin, but it feels really nice and has a pleasant, but not overwhelming scent to it. I recommend this to those with normal to dry skin and combination skin during winter. It does feel a bit much when it’s very hot like it has been, but very gentle. I would not recommend this to those with acne prone skin and those with oily or combination acne prone skin types may find this to be a bit much, especially in the Summertime, but it depends, again, on the specific climate you live in. It is possible that some may be able to hand this in the Summer and especially in the winter, but for my acne prone sensitive skin, it was a bit much. Others may be suited to this skin if they have oily or acne prone skin, but not sensitive skin like me. If your skin will tolerate it, it has amazing abilities to hydrate, heal and lend that beautiful dewy glow we all want for our skin! I seriously wish my skin would obey my wishes, but alas, you can’t win them all. Thankfully, my sister has been testing this alongside me and loves the glow she’s getting from using it so I’ll be passing it along to her!

Check out the Botanique line – here! 

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