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21 Mar '17

Warmer Weather Makeup Switch Up

Posted by Bree Bruce

Happy Spring, everyone! We're so excited spring is finally here, the crisp spring showers, flowers blooming, pastel colors everywhere, and warmer weather! We're so excited. But with these changes means we're making changes to our makeup bags, and so should you!

As the temperatures start to rise, your heavy, moisturizing, full coverage foundation can begin to feel - well heavy! And greasy and cakey and a bunch of other things no one really wants to feel. And pretty days mean you will be drawn to spending more time outside, which means you should be using some kind of SPF that you may have ditched during the winter months.

But just because it's spring doesn't mean you don't want any coverage at all, so we strongly recommend a tinted moisturizer or BB cream. Not only will these options feel great on your skin, but they're also multitasking which cuts down on the time spent getting ready in the morning. And with losing an hour to daylight any extra amount of time you can save and spend in bed is worth it!

We've rounded up our favorite spring/summer foundations here:

1. Suntegrity 5-in1 Tinted MoisturizerAn all in one, "UV Chemical-Free" Tinted Sunscreen/Beauty Benefit (BB) cream that treats, hydrates, protects, primes and covers the skin. Supercharged with youth promoting antioxidants that help to scavenge surface free radicals, this cream also provides mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 30 protection. Hyaluronic acid, astaxanthin, red algae and Certified Organic: aloe vera, jojoba, sunflower, pomegranate, cucumber, and green tea help provide additional sun protection and hydration. Non-nano sized zinc-oxide not only protects the skin from the damaging UV rays, but it also soothes and calms the skin. Zinc-oxide is known for it's anti-inflammatory properties that often help skin conditions like rosacea, acne, and melasma. Free of: Parabens, Phthalates, Propylene Glycol, Mineral Oils, Synthetic Dyes, Sulfates, Paba, Titanium Dioxide, Nano-Particles and Chemical UV Absorbers. And Vegan!

2. Ilia Beauty Sheer Vivid Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20A semi-matte formula with soothing botanicals to help calm and revitalize the skin. Aloe Vera aids in long-lasting hydration with White Tea and Rosemary Extract to combat free radicals. Seal in moisture with Sodium Hyaluronate to promote skin microcirculation beneath the surface resulting in a smooth and all-around fuller appearance.

3. Fitglow Beauty BB CreamAll-in-one light weight moisturizer, skin perfecter and treatment serum instantly evens out skin tone with natural light mineral pigments while fighting wrinkle with super peptides MATRIXYL 3000. Ideal under makeup or alone its natural-looking coverage minimizes the appearance of imperfections and evens the skintone. Antioxidants and peptides protect skin from environmental factors while restoring firmness and elasticity. Available in two shades AND currently ON SALE!

You can shop all of these products in store or online through the links above.

14 Mar '17

More Bang For Your Buck!

Posted by Bree Bruce

One of the perks of using products made with safe, clean, nontoxic ingredients is that they're pretty versatile. Without any added synthetics you don't have to worry about these products being too drying, or harsh, or too anything, to use creatively. The ingredients used in the products we carry are whole, natural, and most importantly safe. Which gives you creative freedom on how to use them.

Today we thought we'd share some of our favorite ways to use things that you may have not thought of before!

Shop these products in store or online now!

07 Mar '17

Our New Favorite: Rosehip Oil

Posted by Bree Bruce

By now you're probably well aware that Rosehip Oil is really good for your skin, but you're probably unaware of just how good it is. Rosehip Oil is a power house of skin benefiting properties, it will correct dark spots and scars (of all kinds, stretch marks and acne scars alike!), improve skin tone and texture, promote elasticity, combat free radicals, hydrate and ease dry and itchy skin. Because it's so rich in essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins A & C it's an ideal anti-aging product - it smooths fine lines and wrinkles and promotes collagen growth.

If you follow us on instagram, then last week you saw us post about the Pai Skincare Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil, but we carry a ton of other products with this powerful ingredient:

1. Indie Lee Rosehip Cleanser - Harnessing the power of vitamin-rich rosehip oil, this gentle yet indulgent cleanser and eye makeup remover soothes skin to help slow the signs of aging, preserve moisture, and treat redness and rosacea.

      • Gentle enough for sensitive skin
      • High in antioxidants and Vitamins A, E, and K
      • Helps improve the appearance of wrinkles and moisturizes skin
      • Offers a fresh and light rose scent 
      • Gentle enough to clean makeup brushes (we recommend doing this weekly!)
      • Can be used with a cleansing brush

      2. Pai Skincare Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Daycream - Formulated to soothe and support even the most sensitive and reactive skin. Rich in antioxidants and Omegas 3 & 6, this light silky cream leaves skin hydrated and looking beautifully healthy. Concentrated Rosehip and Chamomile extracts work in unison to deliver immediate calm and long-lasting relief to reactive skin, restoring sensitive complexions to their natural radiance.

      • Ultra clean formula minimizes the risk of irritation.
      • Helps calm the appearance of reactive redness.
      • Rich in Matricine & Chamazulene - nature's powerful skin soothing agents.
      • Omegas 3, 6, 7 & 9 help repair and regenerate damaged skin.
      • Rosacea Friendly: Free from Alcohol (denat.), Witch Hazel, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Menthol and other common triggers.

      3. Pai Skincare Fragonia & Sea Buckthorn Instant Hand Therapy Cream - Incorporating the latest in bio-active ingredients, our deeply nourishing Hand Cream leaves chapped, dry and uncomfortable hands soothed and hydrated. Formulated with calming Fragonia and Omega-rich Sea Buckthorn, Rosehip and Grape Seed extracts to promote cell regeneration and cell repair.

      • Hydrates and repairs dry, chapped and sensitive hands.
      • Rich in ultra-soothing Pro-Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Omegas 3, 6 & 7.
      • Absorbs instantly, leaving no greasy residue.

      4. Leahlani Skincare Champagne Serum - (again, if you follow us on instagram you may have seen this in yesterdays post!) Our favorite luminescent cocktail of nutrient-rich, organic oils and potent tea antioxidants will work in harmony to balance the skin, leaving you with a dewy and supple complexion. Organic and cold pressed grapeseed and chardonnay oils are silken to the touch and feather light, power packed with antioxidants that will protect the skin from free radical damage while helping balance oil production. Organic rosehip oil contains a potent amount of skin loving vitamin C, fatty-acid rich omega oils and cell protecting antioxidants which help to heal existing scaring while promoting a more even and balanced skin tone. Our organic 'cocktail' of green tea, white tea and rooibos tea will help reduce inflammation and strengthen elasticity while the soothing blend of lavender, chamomile and rose geranium will assist in balancing the skin to bring it back to its ‘happy place’. 

      5. 100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Eye Cream - Anti-inflammatory, caffeine rich green tea and coffee improves the appearance of puffy under-eyes, and brightens dark circles. Concentrated with potent anti-aging vitamins, antioxidants, and nourishing rosehip oil to make eye area appear more awake and more youthful. Truly, 100% Pure. Results of an independent clinical 4 week study:

      • 83% saw immediate reduction of puffiness
      • 97% saw reduction of puffiness with continued use
      • 73% saw an immediate reduction of dark circles
      • 87% saw reduction of dark circles with continued use
      • 87% say they look more 'awake, rested and refreshed
      • 80% say that it instantly helped reduce the look of lines and wrinkles around the eye area
      • 97% say skin around their eyes softer and smoother
      • 93% say it reduced the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with continued use
      • 100% say it improved skin hydration and moisturization
      • 93% say it improved skin firmness/elasticity
      • 93% say that the eye cream absorbs well

      You can shop all of these products in store or online, and if you're unsure about any of them come by the store and test them out! 

      28 Feb '17

      10 Fun Facts about Mardi Gras

      Posted by Bree Bruce

      We love any reason to celebrate as much as the next gal, but it's always more fun to know about what we're celebrating. So, here are 10 fun facts about Mardi Gras:

      1. Mardi Gras is also known as “Pancake Day”. In Ireland, England, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, people celebrate Mardi Gras by eating pancakes and particpating in pancake themed activities.
      2. New Orleans has been celebrating Fat Tuesday with parades since 1837.
      3. Masks are required BY LAW for float riders. The original purpose of the mask was to get rid of social constraints for the day, allowing people to mingle with whomever they chose.
      4. Beads were first thrown by Santa during a parade in the early 1900’s. It wasn’t until a few decades ago that they became synonymous with flashing. People also throw stuffed animals, toys and more.
      5. The celebration was originally a French Christian festival, first recognized by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582. Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday in French.
      6. On Mardi Gras in 1827, a group of students donned colorful costumes and danced through the streets of New Orleans, emulating the revelry they’d observed while visiting Paris. Ten years later, the first recorded New Orleans Mardi Gras parade took place, a tradition that continues to this day.
      7. The official colors of Mardi Gras are Purple ( for justice), Green (for faith), and Gold (for power).
      8. The first American city to host a parade for Mardi Gras was Mobile, Alabama.
      9. Mardi Gras is always the day before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.
      10. Most people think of just parades when they think of Mardi Gras, but the season’s traditions start before the floats begin to roll. The kings and queens of each krewe, or New Orleans social group, begin the season by hosting formal, invite-only balls.

      And don't forget to take advantage of our sitewide Mardi Gras sale, use code MardiGras2017 at checkout for 15% off your total purchase! Sale ends at midnight.

      21 Feb '17

      A Guide to Cleansers

      Posted by Bree Bruce

      Whether you're the kind of lady who wears a full face of makeup on the daily or you prefer a less is more approach to your makeup, one thing is universally true, you're washing your face twice a day - at least we hope you are, if you're not that's a whole separate convo we should have. Finding the right cleanser for your skin type and skin needs can sometimes be tricky, and what your skin type is and what it needs can vary depending on hormones and the season, so it's key to pay attention to your skin, it will tell you what it needs if you know what to look for. Let us break it down for you.

      For skin that tends to be oily and/or acne prone, a foaming gel is ideal. And if you can find one that is brightening or contains Vitamin C and/or A that's a plus, as these ingredients will help lighten and fade any past and future acne marks. Our Recommendation: Fitglow Beauty Vita-Active Gel Cleanser or Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser.

      If your skin is more dry and sensitive, a cream cleanser is the way to go. Cream cleansers will cleanse while also moisturizing, protecting, and soothing your skin. Our Recommendations: Pai Skincare Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser or Fitglow Beauty Calm Cleansing Milk.

      If your main concern is removing makeup at the end of the day then an excellent option is a balm or oil based cleanser. These cleansers will break down and remove even the most heavy duty and/or waterproof makeup. Our Recommendations: One Love Organics Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil or Skin Savior

      If you have Normal to Combination skin and are just looking for a good basic does it all type of cleanser you can't go wrong with Rosehip Cleanser from Indie Lee or Easy Does It from One Love Organics. While the Rosehip Cleanser is also ideal for very sensitive and dry skin it won't cause breakouts or excess oil and the gel formula will easily remove makeup. And Easy Does It works great for cleansing your face, body, hair, and even your makeup brushes. It's also perfect for those who love a good foam.

      If you want to know more about any of the cleansers mentioned you can just click the links, or come by the store! We're always happy to help you find the right product for your skin type.

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