A New Year doesn’t always mean new things. For years, I was never quite satisfied with the current cream or cleanser that I was using, and would always be flipping through magazines for the latest it beauty product to try out. I’d switch my skin routine every other month, never feeling satisfied, and always searching. Slowly and maturely, I realized the reason behind my unhappy skin was my indecisiveness in my skincare routine. I learned overtime that longterm commitment was the secret to a happy skin equilibrium.
Here are my current beauty favorites, the ones I’ve reach out to everyday in 2014.
This week we’re talking Shea Butter. I had the pleasure of trying some of the products from La Beurre Shop, which is owned by Shirley. She was kind enough to answer my questions on her brand and why she started her own business making natural skincare.
Hi Everyone! We have another guest post today. Darcy, who is an eco-fashion designer is here to talk about the Slow Fashion Movement and its impact. Enjoy!
Many of you already know the context that underscores the Slow Fashion Movement. Its Fast Fashion, which gets it reputation and negative social position from Fast Food, which is as bad for the body as Fast Fashion is for the environment. It’s common knowledge that fast food correlates negatively to healthy bodies, and it is quickly becoming common knowledge that fast fashion is polluting our environment in unprecedented measures. So the two “FF” acronyms have a lot in common. One pollutes our bodies, and our population, the other Mother Earth.
Today, I will be introducing you to Dr. Woods, a wonderful brand that makes natural soap bars and cleansers.
Bar soaps have been my go-to for showers. I find that since switching over to bars, my skin has been more moisturized. It could be the concentration of products in bars, or just because the ingredients are simple and natural, which is exactly what my skin deserves; no artificial fragrances or toxic chemicals, just all-around goodness.
I’ve been using Dr. Woods Coconut Milk Raw Shea Butter Soap, and my skin has been drinking it up. The shea butter, with coconut milk has been keeping my skin happy and soft despite the cold weather. A blend of vanilla beans adds a touch of sweetness to the bar soap’s scent, and the papaya acts as a gentle exfoliating agent. Paired with the moisturizing coconut milk, shea butter, and vitamin E, you almost wish that this was a bath bomb and you could add it to your bath water. The bar soap provides a gentle lather and doesn’t leave behind any residue after being rinsed off. My skin is soft to the touch and I find myself using less body oil after my showers.
Since my skin is more dry during the Fall and Winter months, I alternated between Dr. Woods Facial Cleanser with Black Soap and Shea Butter*, and virgin coconut oil. Since Black Soap is known to for its exfoliating and detoxing properties, as well as its ability to sooth skin irritation and even out skin tone. This was my first time trying Black Soap in a facial product, so I was very intrigued. The cleanser is a gel consistency that offers a light lather. I used a dime size amount, lathered it between my hands, and gently massaged it on my skin in circular motions. After rinsing with luke warm water, I noticed my face was nice tight, as it usually get when using gel cleansers, and pore size had temporarily diminished. I will have to continue to use it to see the long term benefits of Black Soap, but my initial impression is positive.
My favorite parts of Fall are the changing colors of the leaves, sipping warm tea in the morning and wrapping a warm scarf around my neck before I head out. My least favorite part? Dry skin. Thankfully, I’ve been keeping itchy dry skin at bay with Olivaloe’s Body Lotion and Hand Cream.
I’m so excited to introduce you to a unique piece of fashion statement, that designed by Hunter Mayers, can now be eco-friendly. Hunter Green watches are lead-free, mercury-free, non-GMO, and biodegradable.
Today, I’m delighted to introduce the back story behind the creation of eco-fashion boutique brand, Beaumont Organic.
Having worked for a large fashion brand as an assistant buyer, Hannah, the Founder of Beaumont Organic decided there was a gap in the market for beautiful, fashionable, organic and ethical pieces, and that it was time to go it alone.
She threw herself into the organic fashion market in 2008 and very shortly gained great success with her first capsule collection of simple organic cotton pieces winning her the prestigious Best Organic Textile Product at the Natural and Organic Awards in 2008. Since then the company has found a huge amount success in the Japanese market, online and throughout boutiques in the UK, with the collections growing every year.
Today, I’m so excited to introduce our new feature beauty food series. My sister, Calla, has graciously agreed to write a few posts and share her nutritional knowledge with us. To kick things off, she’ll start off introducing 5 beauty foods you need to be eating this Fall for gorgeous glowing skin.