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My Current Morning Skincare Routine

I have always been very protective of my skin and although I enjoy experimenting with new and exciting products, it's all about balance. I try not to change too many products in my routine all at once because I know that it will upset my skin. Not to mention, you aren't reaping the benefits of your amazing skincare products if you keep switching them constantly. Therefore, I like to remain loyal to the products that consistently keep my skin healthy and glowing! 

My morning skincare routine is definitely on point right now! These six products have done a wonderful job at keeping my dry skin nourished and hydrated throughout the cold winter months.


After hopping out of bed and brushing my teeth, I like to give my skin a thorough cleanse. The gentle, oil-based formulation of MŪN's new Akwi Purifying Cleanser is the perfect way to start the day. Just massage this lightweight cream onto dry skin and gradually add water to emulsify. The lush, soothing texture of this cleanser sweeps away impurities and unclogs pores beautifully. After rinsing with warm water, I like to remove any remaining residue with a warm washcloth.

This luxurious cleanser leaves my skin so refreshed and supple! It's also packed with incredible ingredients and has a pH range of 4.7-5.2 to support the acid mantle without stripping it of any moisture.

MŪN's Akwi Purifying Cleanser

Next, I like to tone with Thayers' Lemon Witch Hazel Astringent. Made with extracts from the Witch Hazel shrub, this fresh-smelling astringent removes any further residue and helps balance my skin. Witch Hazel is a natural anti-inflammatory that helps tighten pores and reduce swelling, while the addition of Aloe Vera nourishes and soothes.

Thayers' Lemon Witch Hazel Astringent

After a quick spritz of Odacité's Mint + Green Tea Hydra-Purifying Treatment Mist help prevent breakouts, clear existing pimples, and purify my pores.

Odacité's Mint + Green Tea Hydra-Purifying Treatment Mist

On to moisturizer! Pai's Avocado & Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream is my go-to! Formulated to deliver long-lasting nourishment for dry and dehydrated skin, this cream is so effective that it's a no-brainer! It absorbs quickly, leaves my skin feeling velvety soft, and has a citrusy, floral scent. 

Pai's Avocado & Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream

For an extra boost, I like to add a drop of Odacité's Acai Rose Serum Concentrate to my moisturizer before massaging it into my skin. This anti-aging potion provides my skin with a radiant, youthful glow. In addition to revitalizing my dull, lifeless AM complexion, this serum is also quite balancing and plumping. I cannot recommend Odacité enough!! 

Odacité's Acai Rose Serum Concentrate

Finally, I apply 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream to minimize dark circles and calm the inevitable morning puffiness underneath my eyes! The addition of green tea and coffee provides some seriously potent anti-inflammatory power. This eye cream also contains natural anti-aging ingredients that are meant to nourish and brighten. 

100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

There you go! This routine leaves my skin feeling fresh and perfectly prepped for the day ahead!


What are your morning skincare favorites?
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Review: Josh Rosebrook's Cacao Antioxidant Mask

Josh Rosebrook's Cacao Antioxidant Mask has been the perfect treat for my skin this winter! Packed with naturally indulgent ingredients, such as cacao, almond oil, marula oil, baobab oil, rose petal, and marshmallow root, this mask is intended to detoxify, rejuvenate and clear skin through powerful antioxidant and phytonutrient plant synergies. Its rich cacao antioxidants help slow skin cell decline, assist in collagen production, and trigger circulation to increase elasticity, luminosity, and the skin’s natural healing ability. Not to mention, potent plant oils are included to nourish the skin and maintain hydration. The purity and effectiveness of this lush mask are second to none! You will love it and so will your glowing, hydrated skin!

Review of Josh Rosebrook's Cacao Antioxidant Mask


Description

This mask has a thick, fudge-like texture that feels smooth and velvety on the skin. Upon application, you will notice a slight warming effect that really helps improve blood circulation. With so much cacao, as well as witch hazel and vinegar for their astringent properties, I was worried that this mask might dry out my skin. However, I haven't had any issues at all! In fact, this mask leaves my skin ridiculously silky and hydrated! I've also noticed that it really does a number on clogged pores, which is always a plus! The scent is herbaceous, warm, and chocolatey, but it is also quite potent. If you are sensitive to certain aromas, I suggest getting a sample before committing to a larger size.

Application

Although this mask is creamy, it takes a little effort to spread over the face. As such, I like to spritz on a bit of Josh Rosebrook's Hydrating Accelerator before applying an even layer over my skin. It is suggested that you allow this mask to dry for up to 45 minutes before rinsing with warm water. I know that 45 minutes seems like a long time, but if you can plan some chores, cook dinner, or watch your favorite tv show/movie while you are masking, it goes by in no time! Similar to a clay mask, you'll know when its ready to remove when the mask is completely dry and your skin feels warm and tingly. 

Review of Josh Rosebrook's Cacao Antioxidant Mask


Ingredients

Vitamin Infused Water, *Cacao, *Witch Hazel, *Vinegar, *Almond Oil, †Marula Oil, *Baobab Oil, *Grape Seed Oil, *Rose Petal, *Turmeric, *Goji Berry, *Dandelion, *Eyebright, *Rosemary, *Ashwagandha, *Sage, *Beetroot, *Alfalfa, *Black Cohosh, *Raspberry Leaf, *Elderberry, *Chickweed, *Calendula, *Rose Hip, *Hawthorn Berry, *Ginkgo, *Cinnamon, *Marshmallow Root, *Bladderwrack, *Ginger, *Milk Thistle, *St. John's Wort, *Cat's Claw, *Licorice, *Lavender, *Fenugreek, †Orange Essential Oil, †Lavender Essential Oil, †Rosemary Essential Oil, †Calendula Essential Oil. 

*Certified Organic
†Organic

Wrap-up

What I like most about this mask is how healthy and balanced it makes my skin feel! With amazing ingredients and a luxuriously thick texture, you will adore this cacao-based concoction! I definitely recommend testing out a sample of this product if you are sensitive to certain scents because it is quite strong, especially when you first open the jar. I also suggest rinsing this mask off thoroughly because it will leave behind a residue otherwise. 

This mask is so nourishing and effective that it will definitely remain a staple in my skincare collection!

Josh Rosebrook's Cacao Antioxidant Mask retails for $60 USD (1.5 oz).
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Four Products That You Should Limit in Your Makeup Collection

It's easy to go overboard with gorgeous green beauty products! You can never have too many pink lipsticks, right? Unfortunately, that's not always the case. It's important to be mindful of expiration dates, not only for hygiene's sake, but also so that you're not purchasing in excess of what you'll actually use. 

In general, it's wise to use green beauty products within a year. However, there are certain products that really should be used up in just a few months. In an effort to promote a more sustainable lifestyle, I thought I'd go over the four products that you should limit in your makeup collection...

Four Products That You Should Limit in Your Makeup Collection

Foundations

I don't know about you, but it takes me forever to finish a foundation or BB Cream! Depending on the formulation, most foundations are good for about 6-12 months. Theoretically, that means that you probably shouldn't be hoarding more than one or two at a time because they just won't last. When it comes to foundation, I think it's important to pick up a few samples before committing to anything full-sized. You just never know how your skin is going to react to a new product, especially throughout different seasons, so I highly recommend checking out The Detox Market, Integrity Botanicals, or Safe & Chic for trial sizes to put to the test. If I had to pick one foundation formula to own for the rest of my life, it would be the Jane Iredale's Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream, followed closely by Kjaer Weis's Cream Foundation.

Lip Glosses

I know, sacrilege! How could I ever suggest that you don't need a lip gloss to match every color in the universe?? Well, we all know what it's like when a lip gloss goes bad. It gets that gloopy, slimy texture and a horrible, sour smell! It's no surprise that gloss is a bacteria breeding ground since you dip that applicator into the tube over and over again. Bleh! In general, lip glosses last for about a year before they start to get funky. Downsizing to strictly my favorite red, pink, peach, nude, and berry glosses has really helped me optimize my collection. I adore Vapour Beauty's lip gloss formulation, but 100% Pure and Ilia Beauty also make some beautiful options.

Lip glosses from Ilia Beauty, Modern Minerals, W3ll People, and Vapour Beauty

Eyeliners 

No one wants an eye infection! Liners generally last for 6-12 months if they're properly cared for. Because I often use eye shadow or mascara as liner, I really never purchase eye liner pencils. I also find that the colors don't vary much from brand-to-brand, so multiples blacks, browns, blues, etc., aren't necessary to create stunning, unique looks. I really like the pigmented, super creamy liners from Alima Pure and W3ll People

Mascaras

I only open one tube of mascara at a time because they only last for about 3 months. In fact, even with everyday use, I'm rarely able to finish an entire tube of mascara before it's time to part ways. With that in mind, I actually find it beneficial to purchase travel-sized tubes of mascara. Not only do they cost less, but they last just the right amount of time. You all know that I am obsessed with Lily Lolo's Mascara, but W3ll People's Expressionist Mascara is also fabulous!

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I hope this helps and remember to keep in mind that natural beauty products usually have shorter shelf lives because they don't contain any nasty preservatives!
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My 16 Favorites of 2016

Happy 2017! 

Another year is in the books and it's time to review my 16 favorite products from 2016! 

My 16 Favorites of 2016! Agent Nateur N°4 Holi(Rose) Deodorant; Alima Pure Pressed Eyeshadows; Dr. Brite Cleansing Mouthwash; Hynt Beauty Duet Perfecting Concealer; Ilia Beauty Tinted Lip Conditioner in Kokomo; Innersense Sweet Spirit Leave-In Conditioner; Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream;  Josh Rosebrook Tinted Nutrient Day Cream with SPF 30; Kari Gran Lip Whip in Radiant; Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Blossoming;  Lily Lolo Mascara; May Lindstrom The Honey Mud; Odacité's Serum Concentrates; Parlo Cosmetics Natural Mineral Blush in Pretty, Pretty Princess; RMS Beauty Magic Luminizer; and Weleda Skin Food.

Agent Nateur N°4 Holi(Rose) Deodorant

Shiva Rose and Agent Nateur worked on this deodorant for six months to perfect its addictive scent and gorgeous packaging! It may seem odd to think of a deodorant as luxurious, but let me tell you, this stuff is almost too beautiful to apply to your pits! Not only is it formulated with amazing ingredients, including organic coconut oil; beeswax; sodium bicarbonate; avocado butter; sunflower butter; castor oil; raw organic honey; and healing essential oils, but it's also effective! A little goes a long way with this deodorant and even if you aren't a big rose fan, you will be surprised by how quickly you fall in love with this intoxicating blend of sandalwood and rose!

Agent Nateur N°4 Holi(Rose) Deodorant

Alima Pure Pressed Eyeshadows

These pressed eyeshadows are gorgeous! Packaged in sleek, refillable compacts, these creamy powders glide on smoothly and blend with ease. The pigmentation is rich and bold, yet these shadows feel weightless on the skin and last for hours with minimal creasing!

Alima Pure Pressed Eyeshadows


Dr. Brite Cleansing Mouthwash

I am seriously obsessed with this stuff! It's minty, sweet, and so refreshing! The addition activated charcoal, coconut oil, and aloe vera juice work together to create a detoxifying solution that helps fight bad breath and whiten your teeth.

Dr. Brite Cleansing Mouthwash

Hynt Beauty Duet Perfecting Concealer

Finally!! A full coverage concealer that feels weightless on the skin and blends like silk! Infused with botanical extracts and oils that heal and protect the skin, this thick cream stays in place throughout the day without any creasing or creping. The color range includes five shades and Fair matches my porcelain skin perfectly!

Hynt Beauty Duet Perfecting Concealer

Ilia Beauty Tinted Lip Conditioner in Kokomo

I have loved so many lipsticks throughout 2016, but Ilia Beauty's Tinted Lip Conditioner in Kokomo totally won my heart! It's a sheer, muted mauve with a glossy finish that looks natural and flirty on the lips. The formulation is smooth, very moisturizing, and the natural SPF 15 protection makes it perfect for enjoying the great outdoors!

Ilia Beauty Tinted Lip Conditioner in Kokomo

Innersense Sweet Spirit Leave-In Conditioner

This lightweight detangling spray blends natural oils, fragrant herbs, flower essences, and a touch of honey to add body and manageability to the hair. I've noticed that spritzing this conditioner throughout my hair right when I get out of the shower leaves it super silky and hydrated! Not to mention, it smells amazing!

Innersense Sweet Spirit Leave-In Conditioner


Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream

Yes, I am in love with this BB Cream and I am not afraid to admit it! The coverage that you get from this product is amazing and it builds so flawlessly! It also has a natural finish that gives the skin a beautifully airbrushed look! I like to apply a very thin layer all over my face using a buffing brush or my fingertips. I wear the shade BB3 and it matches my fair, cool-toned skin perfectly!

Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream

Josh Rosebrook Tinted Nutrient Day Cream with SPF 30

This cream is unlike any other product that I've tried with SPF! It's lightweight and has a silky texture without a hint of greasiness. It also doesn't leave any sort of residue or white cast, and the the subtle tint beautifully adjusts to my skin tone. On its own, this cream provides just a hint of coverage and leaves the skin looking dewy and radiant. Underneath makeup, it functions as a smoothing primer that blends flawlessly with foundation. Check out my full review here.

Josh Rosebrook Tinted Nutrient Day Cream with SPF 30

Kari Gran Lip Whip in Radiant

This Lip Whip from Kari Gran is about as luxurious as a lip balm can get! It has a thick, rich texture that never comes off as sticky or greasy. Although the formulation is very sheer, Radiant provides a slight, cool-toned pink tint to the lips. The ultra glossy finish leaves the lips silky-smooth and perfectly nourished. Because it is so hydrating, I have been using a tiny amount of this whip underneath lipstick as a luxe, moisturizing base. It also adds a gorgeous sheen when applied on top of other lip products. Best balm ever!

Kari Gran Lip Whip in Radiant

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Blossoming

As much as I love the Cream Foundation from Kjaer Weis, I may love the Cream Blushes even more! Blossoming is the most breathtaking, rosy pink! Not only is the texture of this blush as lush as silk, but it also provides the most gorgeous, fresh glow.

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Blossoming


Lily Lolo Mascara

Hands down, this is the best mascara that I have ever tried! No falsies are required when you wear this stuff! The bristle brush and thickening formula add lots of volume to my stubby lashes! I coat my top and bottom lashes with a generous amount of this mascara and I'm good to go!

Lily Lolo Mascara


May Lindstrom The Honey Mud

This mud is the ultimate indulgent treat for my dry skin! The scent is decadently sweet in a rich, spa-like way. The texture is so silky that it really is like applying a luxe, perfectly whipped chocolate pudding to your face. Although it is ridiculously expensive, I adore having it in my skincare rotation!

May Lindstrom The Honey Mud

Odacité's Serum Concentrates

Dare I say it, these are my favorite products of 2016!! I am such an advocate for Odacité's Serum Concentrates and I know that so many of you will fall in love with them! Yes, these serums are not cheap and the bottles are tiny! I suggest getting a bunch of samples to figure out which serums target the specific needs of your skin. I keep the Jojoba Lavender Serum Concentrate ($32) around at all times as flawless skin insurance and then swap in one of the more costly concentrates based on the current mood of my skin.

Odacité's Serum Concentrates

Parlo Cosmetics Natural Mineral Blush in Pretty, Pretty Princess

This is blush is insanely pigmented and blends with such ease! It is a glamorous, girly pink that really gives life to the face. I apply this blush to the apples of my cheeks using a fluffy powder brush and because it has a silvery sparkle, I don't feel the need to wear a highlighter.

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Parlo Cosmetics Natural Mineral Blush in Pretty, Pretty Princess


This luminizer is gorgeous! If you previously tried Living Luminizer and found that it didn't quite suit the warmer undertones of your skin, you are going to adore this new, champagne-toned option! Like all of RMS's products, Magic Luminizer has a luxurious, satiny texture and melts easily into the skin. Its neutral shimmer provides a sophisticated iridescence that looks stunning on the cheekbones without being too glittery or overdone. It's highlight perfection!

RMS Beauty Magic Luminizer


Weleda Skin Food

This product is an absolute life-saver for dry, dehydrated skin! With a sweet almond scent, this luxurious cream is packed with fatty acids that create the perfect barrier to keep any areas of rough skin perfectly smooth and moisturized. I also enjoy thinning this cream out with a toner or a less viscous lotion and using it as a facial moisturizer.

Weleda Skin Food


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Here are some additional products that I adored throughout 2016, but didn't quite make the list:

100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

I use this cream in the morning and evening to minimize dark circles and calm the puffiness underneath my eyes! The addition of green tea and coffee provides some seriously potent anti-inflammatory power. This eye cream also contains natural anti-aging ingredients that are meant to nourish and brighten.

100% Pure also makes this product in a 0.3 oz size that is perfect for traveling!

100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub

My husband and I are face scrub junkies, so when we both fell in love with this dark green, sea kelp-packed sludge, we knew it was a keeper! It has the perfect amount of grit to achieve a really good clean without being too harsh or abrasive. It also doesn't leave my skin feeling stripped or dried out, just refreshed and glowing.

Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub

Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation

This is an incredibly luxurious foundation and I find that it wears exceptionally well. My skin doesn't dry out or get greasy throughout the day, and the finish remains even and flawless. The coverage is easily buildable and I love that I can conceal by adding just a touch more product. It's definite staple in my makeup arsenal!

Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation


I absolutely adore this serum! For a boost of moisture straight out of the shower, just spritz this antioxidant-rich blend onto your damp skin. This lightweight formula quickly absorbs into the skin so that you can get dressed without worrying about being sticky or greasy. It has a subtle, floral scent and is packed full of healthy skin goodies like pumpkin seed oil and antileukine 6.

Osmia Organics Spot Treatment

Unlike acne treatments that tend to dry out the skin, this blend of essential oils gently treats blemishes and kills pesky bacteria. Although I find that it takes a bit longer to clear an active breakout, this lemony scented oil seems to eliminate pimples while really nourishing the skin. This treatment is a definite staple!

Osmia Organics Spot Treatment

Vapour Organic Beauty Stratus Soft Focus Skin Perfecting Primer

This primer is amazing! I use my fingers to apply shade 904 all over my face to balance out any sallowness and create a beautiful radiance. Seriously, the glow from this stuff is insane!

Vapour Organic Beauty Stratus Soft Focus Skin Perfecting Primer


W3ll People Bio Brightener Invisible Powder

I use this superfine powder to set my concealer and create a nice, healthy radiance. I also like to dust it across the tops of my cheekbones for a subtle glow.


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What were your favorites from 2016?


*The Parlo Cosmetics blush featured in this post is an affiliate sample and the coupon code provided is an affiliate link. As always, however, I have presented my 100% honest opinion. I cannot, nor will I ever, accept compensation in exchange for a positive review.
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