Who doesn’t enjoy some well-deserved skin lovin’? I love interviewing indie business owners! Each person has a moment in their life when they’re forced to make a decision and they choose the path most difficult – simply because they dream bigger than they live. Anastacia’s Skin Studio is Nashville’s best known hot-spot for organic spray tanning, waxing, micropigmentation (aka microblading) and more! Stace (Anastacia) and I have been friends for almost 5 years or so and I’ve seen her business grow incredibly well. She’s an amazing business woman and friend..plus she totally knows what she’s doing. She literally geeks out over the science behind skin and the cosmetic aspects of it..I mean, I trusted her to microblade my brows! You don’t just let anyone do that! ;)
What better way to celebrate the first day of spring than with my favourite refreshing, and spring-like body lotion and body wash!? If you haven’t tried True Botanicals Nourishing Body Washand Nourishing Body Lotionin FRESH, you’re seriously missing out! This duo is amazing together – heck, on their own too!
Live Inspired Organics; hand-crafted, body care created out of a passion cultivated in the belief that behind every superior product, there is a powerful story – now I can get behind that!
A story of all-natural, no harm and organic beauty as told by each beautiful ingredient.
So, what’s the story behind Live Inspired? Well, it’s pretty simple really – aren’t those the best kind of stories anyhow? ;) – nourishing, healing and renewing products are a result of the use of superior all-natural, pure and organic ingredients. These incredible ingredients, combined with all of the love and gratitude that’s poured into the products made make this company really stand out. Gina, their founder, is one of the sweetest souls! It’s been such a pleasure connecting with her over the past couple of months. She has a heart of gold, and you can really sense that in conversation (whether that be on Instagram or e-mail) and yep…products!
L to R: ZIT ZAP Spot Treatment Mask + BE WELL Body Wash
There are few moments in life, where I can truly say that I can’t get enough of a body wash. This is one of those rare moments. Watch out, folks, PLANT Apothecary is up to some good. You definitely want to be in on this!
When Gianne and Jay founded Organic Bath Co., they were inspired by brands who used their cache to make the world better through charitable donation. They knew that giving back would be a huge part of their brand’s ethos.
Plants. Herbs. Flowers. All beautiful things, and incredibly beneficial to our well-being. Not only within the food pyramid, but for our bodies and skin. So, what makesLaurel different from any other line of organic skincare? Their whole plant, flower and herb based ingredients. Their biodynamic and raw, unrefined whole plant ingredients. Their purity, unmatched.
I was incredibly excited to try out Laurel and after about a week of testing these lovely products (aren’t they packaged so elegantly?), here’s a quick little review of their benefits, ingredients and why you should try them out!
Why Laurel is different:
No water, no alcohol, no fillers: ONLY beneficial active plants
100% Whole Plant Organic Formulas
No chemically refined plant ingredients
No toxins or synthetics of any kind
Handmade with love
Artisan farm sourced ingredients
You sold yet? I am. Properly nourishing your face and skin is just as important as nourishing your body. Laurel balances, cleanses, nourishes and heals. Almost imm ediately.
Hands down one of my favourite Laurel products to use at the moment. The Anti-inflammatory Serum does exactly what you think it does. It soothes, calms, and restores your skin. If I’m just a little bit red around my jawline, or nose, I gently pat it on those areas. It works wonders to dry skin too, and it has plant ingredients in it that have been linked to sun-protection. Here’s a little overview:
25 Beneficial Active Ingredients, some of which are:
Borage – reduces inflammation, high in essential fatty acids, prevents wrinkles and scarring
Blue Chamomile – cooling, anti-inflammatory, cell-regenerative for skin, and heals scars
Baicall Skullcap – a powerful anti-inflammatory, used to manage all types of inflammation in the body, and rich in antioxidants
Helichrysum – anti-inflammatory, cleansing, antiseptic, and cell regenerating
Lemon balm – high in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and helps heal inflamed/problem skin
“The Anti-Inflammatory facial serum is an ideal moisturizer for sensitive skin, cystic acne, and rosacea, as well as all skin types suffering from any signs of inflammation. Signs of inflammation include dry patches, redness, uneven skin tone, breakouts, eczema, collagen loss, broken capillaries, and so on. Its powerful anti-inflammatory properties and rapid absorption, as well as its healing and soothing nature, are truly transformative.
This serum features a whole plant blend of: Chinese Skullcap, Licorice, Chamomile, and Astragalus to help to reduce inflammation, soothe dry patches, treat broken capillaries, even skin tone, and reduce redness, as well as breakouts. Addressing inflammation is step one of of ALL skin care regimes, because when the skin is inflamed, it cannot function in a healthy way. An earthy, herbal blend of organic and therapeutic grade essential oils of Helichrysum, Lemon Balm, Blue Chamomile, Neroli, and Myrrh is added to calm, soothe, and restore skin health.
**Like the other Laurel Whole Plant Organic serums, this serum also contains plants that have been linked to sun protection, such as Red Raspberry Seed, Cranberry Seed, and Jojoba.**”
This Healing Balmis THE BOMB…or should I say the balm? (But really.) This thing works miracles. For example, I had some sort of dry patch near my mouth, applied a dab on it before bed and woke up to it completely soft and restored. Crazy! I love when products just simply work!
All skin types
100% Whole Plant Organic
14 Beneficial Active Ingredients, some of which are:
Helichrysum – anti-inflammatory, cleansing, antiseptic, and cell regenerating
Tamanu – anti-inflammatory, wound healing, antibacterial, stimulates skin immunity, treats broken capillaries, delays onset of freckles and hyper-pigmentation
Pomegranate – a powerful antioxidant, deeply nourishing to the outer epidermal layer
Calendula – promotes cellular healing, has beneficial skin restoration properties
Lavender – anti-inflammatory, promotes growth of new cells, calming and cooling to skin
“The Healing Balm is a truly magical heal-all and can benefit any skin type. From extremely sensitive faces, to occasional cuts and scrapes, and on to more extreme cases of eczema or dermatitis – this is a must have for any medicine cabinet. This balm features a whole plant blend of Calendula, Comfrey, Lavender, Yarrow, Marshmallow, and Self Heal to soothe, heal, calm inflammation, and treat irritations. A sweet herbal blend of organic and therapeutic grade essential oils of Lavender, Lemon Balm, and Helichrysum is included to soothe, heal, and treat skin irritations.”
That Self Heal ain’t a joke. This balm will be a mandatory staple for my skincare regimen for years to come!
Lavender – anti-inflammatory, calming and cooling to skin, promotes growth of new cells, and has a balancing action of oil production
Meadowsweet – astringent, anti-inflammatory, soothing, and helps calm rashes and irritation
Lemon Balm – high in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and helps heal inflamed/problem skin
“The Oily/Combination Elixir is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and refreshing to the skin. It is full of bioavailable nutrients, which make it a powerful anti-aging tool.
This nutrient dense elixir features Calendula, which is a soothing antimicrobial, as well as wound healing Self Heal and Meadowsweet.Chamomile and Helichrysum are soothing and anti-inflammatory, reducing any redness. Licorice, Rose Geranium, and Rose encourage balance and detox. Neroli, Frankincense, and Lavender are all abundantly strong notes in this blend, making skin regeneration paramount. Non-alcoholic and non-drying Witch Hazel is high in antioxidants, reduces swelling, and helps to relieve congested skin. A soft, fresh, herbal blend of organic and therapeutic grade essential oils of Lavender, Neroli, Lemon Balm, Helichrysum, andRoman Chamomile is included to soothe, clear, and heal troubled skin types.”
So those are some of my favourite products, and here are two amazing extras! You can read more about them by clicking on their photos! :)
I’m aware, I’m aware…I’ve been gone for FOREVER. Like, really, forever…it’s been way too long. BUT, in the process of this little M.I.A ordeal (not the singer, the acronym), I have had time to really plan on where I’ve been wanting this blog to go to next. Next? Like, i.e.:
See, that’s what I’ve been struggling with! CONTENT. Content that I actually feel excited to post about, excited to share and talk about! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE MUSIC (duh..it’s muh life). However, I also love beauty. Cosmetics. Skincare. Pharmaceuticals. Makeup reviews. Makeup tips…etc, etc. I have a passion for it. It’s kinda outta control sometimes….but hey, that’s what passion is right? Errr…right.
As you all know (or may know), I am a freelance makeup artist (weddings, fun styled shoots etc). So, makeup is something I actually do on occasion. I love it! It’s a chance for me to use my artistic talents, think outside of the box, play around, relax (it’s therapeutic for me) and have fun. If there is one thing any of my friends or family would tell you about me, it’d be that I am a walking mini store (and possibly even encyclopedia) for makeup, lipsticks, and other beauty products. I constantly have swatches on my hand or arm, two or more lipsticks in my purse – actually, I think at one point I may have had like a whole mini case FULL of lipsticks and glosses (11 to be exact). I love giving advice on how to apply makeup, what to wear…what not to wear, what’s healthy for your skin, what isn’t so healthy and so on. Again, like I said, PASSION. It’s real.
(Just me being artsy..don’t worry about it.)
So, alas, here we are. Where are you going with this Sammie, you may ask? Exactly where I want to. This blog will be filled with beauty items, reviews, photos of #whatsinmypurse, #makeuptipswithsammie, occasional giveaways, tips on what to look for when purchasing makeup, tips on how to save money while doing so, luxury items, quality items, organic and holistic care (cus LAWD knows I love me some of that) and THEN – BAM – your classic A Musical Mind playlist of sorts to go along with the mood of the day/week/month! Or, just my faves at the moment. Implementing the two things I love and am passionate about: makeup and music. What could be better? Makeup, music and unending sushi? Duh. Okay, okay, but really. Hope you all like what’s comin’ for ya! I’m excited. Stay tuned, kids. The best is yet to come!
P.s. Speaking of music…here’s one of my favourite songs at the moment! A rad band from Bristol, England by the name of Meadowlark. Good stuff, good stuff!