Natural Skincare at Its Best

Natural Skincare at Its Best

I was browsing through Whole Foods market a while back when I had to use the restroom and wash my hands. When I went back to shopping, my hands felt extremely dry, so I decided to put on hand lotion from a “tester” marked bottle. After looking at a few natural skincare products, I noticed the Italian glass containers and I thought: “wow, most creams, even the cleanest on the market come in plastic, I wonder how much of the plastic particles leach into these ‘clean’ brands’ products”.

I decided to try the Luxe Beauty lotions that came in the glass jar. I put some unscented cream on and continued shopping to see if after a few minutes they felt dry again. They didn’t. They felt extremely soft, non-greasy, and I loved it. Seriously.

When I was almost done shopping I decided to purchase two bottles, especially after reading the ingredients. I ended up buying both the unscented and the vanilla. I felt like I won the lottery – great, clean product, generous recycled glass jar and delicious scent. $39 dollars per bottle might sound like a lot to you, but did you notice the size on this glass bottle? (They do have a smaller size, by the way – the one I bought yesterday for my summer vacation) If you hadn’t thought about the plastic chemicals that leach into our skincare products, it’s time to start making better choices for our skin and bodies.

Natural Skincare Lavender
Lavender Travel Size, 2oz

Ingredients

Luxe Beauty lotion is loaded with antioxidants, powerful organic oils, plant extracts, vitamins, and collagen boosting ingredients to awaken your skin’s natural glow.  All Luxe Beauty products are Vegan, Cruelty-Free, Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, Propylene Glycol Free, Alcohol Free, Dimethicone Free, Soy Free, No Glycerin, No Parabens, No Petroleum and Nut Free.

The lotions come in: Unscented, Vanilla, Coconut and Grapefruit in the large size. Lavender, Coconut and Unscented in the 2 oz. travel size. You can’t go wrong with any of them. The company is growing tremendously and they now have other products you can check out here, including delicious balms that are coming soon.

Non toxic, natural skincare. Glass jar. Lovely, velvety texture. Non oily. Collagen booster. Vegan, Cruelty-Free. Hyaluronic Acid. CoQ10. Sea Buckthorn. Raspberry Seed Oil. Natural Sun Protection. It’s a no-brainer. I am hooked.

 

 

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

As yet another Mother’s Day celebration approaches, a lot of us are starting to think about what to get our mothers or sisters, grandmothers, friends or a co-worker who is a mother, and so on. I have been thinking about this for the past few weeks, so I came up with this fresh new blog: Mother’s Day Gift Ideas. But not your typical gifts, mind you.

A-Ha!

I recently had an “a-ha” moment, or an epiphany. After losing my mother in 2012, it saddens me mainly because after her untimely death, my siblings and I went through her things and every gift I ever gave her for Mother’s Day was either stashed in her drawers or closets. I never thought about this until this happened. It completely changed the true meaning of Mother’s Day for me. Forever.

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Hello Spring and Summer Shoes

Hello Spring and Summer Shoes

I have put together a list of the TOP SELLING, MUST-HAVE shoes in this Hello Spring and Summer Shoes blog post. Check them out and figure out which style is best for you or your daughters, nieces, sisters or friends!

I personally have the Superga and the Converse but my teenage daughter and niece bought the metallic Superga, Toms and Adidas.

Check the trending spring and summer shoes out today before they are all gone, as last edition completely sold out — see below:

A Cup of Joe Will Go a Long Time

A Cup of Joe Will Go a Long Time

I have discovered the most delicious Cup of Joe that I can have all the time. Or better yet, a jar of Joe that will last. I am talking about an all natural, non-toxic candle that smells like coffee! 

All Natural soy wax candles that are eco friendly.
Jar of “Joe” natural candle

These candles are eco-friendly, 100% natural soy wax with no additives, dyes or harmful chemicals. In addition, they are hand poured and handmade in California with natural essential oils, and in recycled, reusable glass.

Once I lit mine, I was hooked. The Hazel Candle Company based in California makes these hand poured, high-quality, non-toxic luxury candles and they are delicious, affordable and eco friendly!

All Natural Soy Candle
Jar of “Joe” Natural Candle

My teenagers have been fighting over the “Joe” candle and the “Campfire” one, so I had to order a bunch more for my house. Upon entering the room you can smell coffee, a subtle yet inviting, cozy scent that everyone in my house loves! I’ve been asked if I’m drinking coffee every time. This “Joe” candle even has coffee beans in it, it is so cute! And of course, the Hazel Candle Company makes other scents as well.

Perfect timing for the upcoming Mother’s Day – mothers, sisters, cousins, friends, aunts… any mother in your family will love these amazing candles.

 

 

Youth to the People Review

Youth to the People Review

My Youth to the People Review is about an amazing brand with natural, nontoxic ingredients that I was pleasantly surprised to find out about. Two cousins who grew up in the botanical beauty industry got together to create this amazing line.

Youth to the People Anti-Aging Natural Skincare
Cousins Joe Gonzalez and Joe Cloyes – Founders – Photo: Sephora Website

It had never dawned on me that you could use kale, spinach, green tea, alfalfa, vitamins A, B5, C, E, Chelated Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid (Crosslinked) and Tripeptide 37 on my skin. Each of these ingredients is naturally powerful and helps with anti-aging and to preserve youthful skin.

Youth to the People Age Prevention Cleanser
Age Prevention Vitamin Cleanser

Youth to the People is free of over-processed unnatural fillers, and they use nothing but the highest quality ingredients.

Anti-Aging

I am so happy to find a natural, anti-aging skincare brand that my skin likes–which doesn’t happen very often! Looking forward for my skin’s elasticity, collagen and wrinkles to improve without clogging my pores. There will be an update on this review when I have been using it for about a month, but so far I love it – no redness, no burning, no clogging…

Do you want to know where to buy them? See below for quick access:

 

Olga’s Organics Product Review

Olga’s Organics Product Review:

I stopped using facial powders a long time ago because my t-zone gets red, flaky and itchy. Powders seem to pronounce that flakiness. So, I gave up trying and I have only been using RMS Beauty Un-Coverup. It works wonders. However, I was secretly looking for a powder that was nontoxic that I could use in addition to cover up shininess.

I also gave up using body lotions because my skin itches and rashes easily, and most of them are toxic. Even many natural moisturizers at the health food stores, after looking them up on EWG or Think Dirty, rate high on the toxic scale.  So I started using almond oil after my shower.  Suddenly I heard about Olga’s Organic products through another blogger on Instagram.

USDA Organic, Vegan, Non GMO, Sulfate Free, Paraben Free, No Animal Testing
Pure, Simple, Organic Makeup

Having read Olga’s USDA certified organic Loose Face Powder and Whipped Body Butter‘s list of ingredients, it caught my attention immediately. I don’t just buy “organic” because it’s organic, the ingredients are important to make sure it will agree with my skin. I ordered both products and happy to share my Olga’s Organics product review:

Product Review Results:

I tried the Loose Face Powder and immediately felt that it stuck to my face like silk without the cakey or powdery feel. The itchiness and dryness I usually feel was non-existent. I’ve been wearing it daily ever since. Really. 

Silky skin after using Olga's Organics Loose Powder
The Bamboo Kabuki Brush with Vegan Bristles helps the loose powder go on evenly

I also tried the USDA Organic Body Butter in Ylang Ylang – afraid that my skin would itch, because YES, my skin is picky, thirsty and gets itchy very easily! I have used it for a week and have felt no itching. This is excellent news, I love this line!

Olga's Organics Ylang Ylang Body Butter

 

MV Skincare – The Holy Grail of Natural Skincare

MV Skincare – The Holy Grail of Natural Skincare

I have been searching for the right natural skincare products that are also nontoxic for my skin type for a while. I have had skin problems like acne as a teen, acne scaring from too many facials, rosacea, dermatitis, eczema, you name it. I found a couple of natural skincare lines that worked for me but they either congested my skin with white cystic bumps around my cheek area, or they weren’t high performing.

MV Skincare, Organic High Performing Natural Skincare
Problem Skin Care Advice from MV Skincare

That’s when I found out about MV Skincare, a natural, high performing, nontoxic skincare line from Australia. They have sample size products for you to try before investing in full size skincare products. One of my favorite products in this line is the MV Skincare Oxygen Moisturizer.

MV Skincare is not only high-performing, but it also treats difficult skin conditions like the ones I mentioned above. Check them out below, you can BUY here:

Clean Home, Healthy Family

Clean Home, Healthy Family

As Winter is almost over and Spring’s around the corner, as flu season is almost over and Spring allergies are heading our way, this is the time to start thinking about how clean our home really is.

Did you know that our homes are the most toxic places?  We are constantly inhaling whatever’s lurking in the air vents, day in and day out. As we open our windows to welcome the beautiful ocean breeze, dust and debris find their way onto our countertops, dishes, tables, bedspreads and into our noses.

Time to start cleaning!

Since my kids and I have mild asthma, having a germ-free and clean home is extremely important. When I think about the money I have spent on doctor copays, medication for allergies or asthma, and the stress and anxiety that came with all of that, it only makes sense to have a clean home at all times. Having a cleaning service is totally worth the expense, considering what you could be saving longterm. You still should consult with your doctor about medications you take, however.

The Search

I’ve always had private housekeepers but recently decided to look into having a service come instead. I found SayClean on Yelp and noticed they have an excellent 5-star reputation. After doing some research, I realized that I wanted to try them out.

First of all, the customer service I received over the phone was excellent, so I set up my first home cleaning with them. I didn’t care to spend a little more, especially since I noticed my regular housekeeper was no longer dusting and keeping my house as clean as she used to.

The Difference

What sets SayClean apart from other cleaning companies is their excellent customer satisfaction and communication, and in my opinion this is what makes or breaks a business. Being able to communicate my needs to them and have a team of professionals working for us is worth the world to me and my family.

Vacation Rental Cleaning

Cleaning Day

The cleaning crew showed up a little early to make sure they didn’t have any issues getting into my home. They introduced themselves and got right to work. They knew exactly what to do and where to start. I noticed each was doing their own work, one was dusting all counters while the other one was in the bathroom and the other one was doing other things. By breaking up their jobs, they get done faster but they also get to everything.

I had to leave but when I came back home, I immediately noticed the high quality work they had done. My house had the “hotel room” feel that we hadn’t felt in years! No clutter, I could smell NO DUST, and it was squeaky clean! I was so happy, that spending a few extra dollars was worth it. The most important thing to us is for our children and pets to be healthy, and living and breathing in a germ-free and clean home has no price.

The Hotel Room, Clutter-Free Feel

This is one of the best investments that anyone can make, especially with a reputable company that cares for their customers! SayClean has many other services as well, such as window, office, Real Estate, deep, move out, vacation rental, custom, office and special event cleaning; pressure wash, and more. They are based out of beautiful Laguna Beach, California and you can contact them to get your quote today!

 

 

The Right Scrub for your Skin

The Right Scrub for Your Skin

If you are like me, I have very, very sensitive skin all over. Isn’t it hard to find the right scrub for your skin? I have never liked salt scrubs because I always get red bumps on my skin, rashes or itching. I itch very easily. However, I have used sugar scrubs in the past, before I realized how many chemicals were in them. So, I stopped using them altogether.

It was when I attended the Indie Beauty Expo in Los Angeles in January, 2017 that I met the founder and colleagues of this great company called Crystal Hills Organics. They showed me their products, which are crystal and gemstone infused! I have been using the Crystal Love Rose Quartz Sugar Scrub, but waited a few weeks to review it because I was waiting for my skin to start itching, turning red or burning. Well, it never did, so here I am, I finally found a nontoxic sugar scrub that I love.

Crystal Hills Sugar Scrub
Crystal Love Sugar Scrub

You no longer have to use additional moisturizer or oil on your skin if you use this scrub. Read the description below, I love the subtle rose smell, it’s not too strong, but it is definitely sexy and feminine!

Crystal Hills Crystal Love Sugar Scrub
Crystal Hills Rose Infused Sugar Scrub

“Rose Quartz: with its exquisite pink hue, it symbolizes the essence of love. This beautiful gemstone lifts up our vibration to the pure energy of unconditional love, bringing us to a state of peace, happiness, forgiveness, and compassion. It allows us to see the beauty in ourselves and everything around us. One legend says that Cupid and Eros brought rose quartz to earth in hopes that its gorgeous pink color would arouse desire among people and bring love into their hearts.”

 

 

Presidents’ Day Sale at Last Call by Neiman Marcus

Presidents’ Day Sale at LastCall.com by Neiman Marcus

Don’t miss the Presidents’ Day Sale starting today, February 15th — Take 30% off everything as well as 50% to 60% off cold-weather items at LastCall.com until Feb. 20!

I used to work for Neiman Marcus many years ago, and let me tell you, their quality clothing is one of the best! Even better when they send their stuff to Last Call!  I still have outerwear, cold weather items, jewelry, shoes, tops and bottoms from 20 years ago that are still in pristine condition. Check it out before they sell out, because once they sell out at Last Call, the item is gone forever.

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