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Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths

 

Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths are my newest obsession for light makeup removing, or refreshing my face! No, I’m not saying that you should only use a facial cloth to remove all of your makeup, and cleanse your face…that wouldn’t be good for your skin. However, there are times in a gal’s life when disposable wipes are needed. I.e. a hot summers day, or you’re at the gym and need to remove your makeup on-the-go. Or maybe you’re hiking, or camping (or both) and there’s not a sink in sight – the Juicy Bamboo cloths come to the rescue!

 

So, who is/what is Kaia Naturals you ask?

Kaia Naturals is a multi-award winning Toronto based beauty brand with a focus on providing “fast beauty” with a conscience – aka non-toxic ingredients. Their main product, these Juicy Bamboo Natural Facial Cleansing Cloths, were designed as a sustainable alternative to the usual cleansing cloth.

 

Some of the awards Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo Cleansing Cloths have won:

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Made in small batches, these 100% biodegradable cloths are made of one ingredient: bamboo grass, which makes them super soft and free of any harsh dyes, fragrances and chemicals. The cloths are soaked in organic honey and vitamins B12, C, and E. They’re also 100% biodegradable and act as a cleanser, toner, and eye-makeup remover! They nourish AND re-balance your skin without stripping it bare and leaving it dry. In the past – and generally even now – facial wipes have dried out my skin, but these all-natural bamboo fiber cloths are extremely hydrating and gentle enough for even the most sensitive of skins…I mean, you can use them around your eye area! In fact, they are so gentle, they are also the official cleansing cloth approved for use in oncology esthetics training. That should say enough. :)

 

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These cleansing cloths contain a mixture of:

  • Miel (honey) - non-irritating and known for its healing properties, honey is filled with antioxidants and soothes skin
  • Sorbitan laurate - cleansing agent
  • Sunflower seed oil - emollient
  • Hydrolyzed jojoba esters - emollient

 

Annnnnd they are gluten-free, cruelty-free, sulfate-free and paraben-free!

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So, as you can see above, these are highly-concentrated cloths with skin-loving nutrients. They’ve got a very distinct, citrusy (and quite pleasant/soothing) scent that comes from a blend of natural essential oils such as spearmint, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon and lime. (Yum!) In addition to being eco-friendly, non-toxic, and having amazing ingredients…the packaging the cloths come in are quite unique! Unlike most cleansing cloths which come in a resealable bag (and then dry out super quick), the cloths come in a little plastic container! So, when you’re done using the cloths up you can re-use the container for storing makeup or pencils…or whatever your heart desires!

 

You can find them in a pack of 30 cloths for $15.50 or 20 Individually wrapped cloths for $19.50 – perfect for on-the-go! Even if you don’t need them to remove makeup, they’re a great natural hand-wipe alternative to keep in your bag, car, etc.

 

Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths are available to purchase in some select luxury spas and boutiques across the US and Canada.


Follow Kaia Naturals:

Instagram: @kaianaturals

Twitter: @kaianaturals

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kaianaturals

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/kaiaNaturals

 

Thanks for reading/watching! See ya soon! xo

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Minor Alps – “I Don’t Know What To Do With My Hands

 

 

Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques

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I had the opportunity to try out some awesome mineral based makeup from the lovely Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques  Even with all the makeup I have, I’m always on the hunt for new options for eye shadows, foundation..etc. I was able to pick three items from the company I wanted to try out, and was sent a full size Creme Foundation (in Neutral No. 10), a full size nourishing Eye Makeup Remover, and a full size Pressed Eyeshadow Duo. I’ve had quite some time to test out these products and here are my thoughts!

 

Here’s a few more fun Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques tid-bits of info for ya, so you can get to know them a bit better!

Their Mission: To provide women with truly natural and healthy beauty products and to empower women to embrace and celebrate their unique beauty.

 

Company Overview: We have developed our healthy, natural and organic makeup line to not only enhance your natural beauty, but nourish your skin at the same time.

 

Cruelty-Free: At Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques, we have always believed passionately in providing our consumers with the finest, natural and certified organic ingredients to create the most exquisite, healthy makeup available for your skin without animal testing.


Nourishing cream for removing eye makeup.

I honestly didn’t know what to expect but I received this product. I had heard a lot about oils removing eye makeup really well, and have tried coconut oil in the past, as well as olive oil. However, I still wanted an actual (labeled) ‘eye makeup remover’ that was super effective in removing even the toughest, more water-proof eye-makeup. This one is awesome!

 

Lauren Brooke’s Eye Makeup Remover is made with 100% Organic Oils and Plant Extracts, such as healing Comfrey, Burdock and Plantain herbs, to nourish the delicate tissue around your eyes as you cleanse, plus a lovely little touch of Sweet Orange Oil is added for a soft citrus scent each time you use it.

 

I basically take a small scoop of the product – by the way it’s almost like a balm consistency – and rub a very small amount gently around my eye area. I’ll work it into some of the harder to remove makeup areas, then I’ll grab a cotton pad and wipe the makeup away! Sometimes it takes more than one try, but it is truly so easy and it doesn’t leave my skin feeling super greasy, just feeling smooth and hydrated! I especially enjoy how gentle it is! No need to rub hard, or pull at the eye area – which is super sensitive! I’m a big fan!

 

Key Ingredients:

  • Jojoba – Nourishing and hydrating.
  • Comfrey – Emollient, antioxidant. Supplies skin with the antioxidant vitamin E, gently lubricates, improves elasticity.
  • Burdock – Healing, anti-irritant. Alleviates redness and skin irritations and fights acne.
  • Plantain – Regenerating and rejuvenation. An anti-irritant that promotes the healing of skin and the absorption of nutrients.

Creme Foundation

I have tried quite a few foundations. From liquids to serums, loose powders to pressed…but this foundation is truly special! It’s a cream foundation (or ‘creme’), which I never thought I’d even be into! But this lightweight, all-natural foundation glides easily onto your skin, yet has incredible coverage and staying power! Not to mention it is made with 100% natural vitamins, minerals & pigments which are blended in a 97.5% Certified Organic Botanical Base. It is also formulated with properties of zinc oxide, Certified Organic Argan Oil and extracts of green tea, passionflower and raspberry to protect your skin from the sun with a rated SPF of 28!

 

I have found the best way to apply this foundation is to apply it with fingers first – dot it on areas you need coverage – and then take a damp beauty blender or Lauren Brooke’s Blending Sponge and blend it out to your liking. This foundation tends to be somewhat dewy – so if you’re more oily/combo, I would recommend setting it with a mineral loose powder or a setting powder!

 

I’ve really enjoyed using Lauren Brooke’s creme foundation! LB says that unlike other liquid and creme foundations it does not block pores, so I could use it everyday, and I definitely plan on getting some good use out of it!

 

Key Ingredients:

  • Beeswax: Hydrating ingredient that increases the skin’s essential moisture.
  • Argan Oil: Rich in Fatty Acids. Protects skin against pollution & sun exposure.
  • Silica: Creates a soft, finished look reducing appearance of large pores, fine lines & wrinkles.
  • Phytolipid Complex: Jojoba, Rosehip, Neem & Vitamin E Oil. Moisturizing, nourishing & regenerative.
  • Green Tea: Antioxidant. Phenol & Vitamin C rich.
  • Zinc Oxide: Anti-inflammatory, emollient. Reduces and supports the healing of epidermal irritation, protects against UVA rays, soothes the skin.

Pressed Eyeshadow Duo in Evergreen/Indian Summer (Matte/Demi-Matte)

I love the options of shades that LB gives you for their eyeshadow duos! I especially love the colour pairing of this Evergreen/Indian Summer shadows (pictured above). The powder is nice and light yet highly pigmented, which is always a plus. The thing that is great about pressed colors is they’re richly pigmented, they go on silky smooth & blend easily and beautifully..AND they last all-day. Love!

 

Key Ingredients:

  • Zinc: Natural UVA & UVB protection. Protects against free radical damage.
  • Broccoli Seed: Rich in Vitamin A & Essential Fatty Acids, Moisturizing.
  • Orange Peel Wax: Excellent emollient properties, provides a protective barrier for skin, anti-microbial.
  • Lecithin: Rebuilding, restorative agent. Supplies Vitamin B and reduces cholesterol build-up in the skin.
  • Jojoba: Nourishing and hydrating.
  • Allantoin: Stimulates new and healthy tissue growth, a skin cell proliferant.

If you would like to know more about Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques, you can check out their website and purchase directly from there!

 

They also are on:

Instagram: @lauren_brooke_cosmetiques

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaurenBrookeCosmetiques

Twitter: @LaurenBrookeCo

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/laurenbrookeco

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/laurenbrookecosmeti (they post awesome tutorials!)

 

xo

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KilterThey Say (cln remix) – LOVE this song!

Aleavia: Relieve Your Skin

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I recently came across this skincare line that claimed to balance the pH of the skin and act as emollients or conditioners for the skin. The entire line, working in a “positive manner with the body’s bio-system to aid in skin restoration, which expedites the recovery and repair of skin from various unpleasant and unattractive skin conditions.” That was pretty impressive to me, and so, I dived right in to see if what these skincare products claimed to do was true.

 

Aleavia‘s products are alkaloid based bio-stimulants which actually feed a wide variety of friendly microorganisms on the skin causing the healthy bacteria to go into a feeding frenzy. This ultimately results in much higher activity levels of normal friendly bacteria. Over a short period of time, the “good guys” will completely overwhelm any harmful bacteria, virtually eliminating skin disorders of many types. These skin care products accomplish this on a molecular level using a combination of 100%-natural, organic, and environmentally safe ingredients.

 

Pretty great, right? I mean, why subject your skin to any sort of harsh chemical or toxic ingredient? Aleavia has been such a Godsend to me. Simple, cleansing, soothing, restoring and refreshing. I’ve been loving it!


Immerse Lavender Prebiotic Soothing Body Wash

Boy, was I ever impressed (still am) with this extremely moisturizing, and calming body wash. You know, I remember back in the day when I’d use a generic body wash (full of terrible ingredients) that claimed a lot of these same properties, but wasn’t living up to the hype. I’d wonder why my body felt super dry and almost “squeaky”…not realizing I had stripped it completely void of any natural and beneficial body oils. This body wash does exactly the opposite and is amazing and definitely leaves me smelling lovely, fresh and feeling smooth and clean.

 

Immerse Lavender Prebiotic Soothing Body Wash


Cleanse Prebiotic Neutralizing Facial Cleanser and Makeup Remover

No lie, my hands-down, favourite facial cleanser right now! When I want a serious cleanse from a full-face of makeup – this is it.

 

It’s hard to find an organic, chemical-free, natural oil based cleanser that does the job of completely getting off ALL makeup. Sometimes it’s tough because there isn’t enough lather, or you feel like you need to really “wipe” all of what’s left, off with a cloth or something. The best thing about Cleanse is it is 100% organic, and it removes make up quickly and entirely, all in one wash. Seriously, the best facial cleanser I’ve come across yet.

 

Cleanse Prebiotic Neutralizing Facial Cleanser and Makeup Remover

Cleanse Prebiotic Neutralizing Facial Cleanser and Makeup Remover


Restore Prebiotic Skin Restoration

This…spray…is…awesome! It was specifically created to take unhealthy skin and restore it back to healthier conditions. Of course, with all natural ingredients, the Restore spray is truly..well, restorative, ha. It not only can be used on your face and body, but your scalp as well. Lord knows with all the crazy ingredients in hair care products I’ve used year after year, prior to detoxing my skin/body care, my scalp needs some healing! It can tend to be dry, sometimes itchy, so I welcome any organic/clean hair care product that claims to soothe and restore.

 

Lately, after I shower, I towel dry my hair and section off some front pieces (where I get most dry) and spray it with Restore. It immediately feels refreshed and soothes any irritation I may still have – I’ve definitely noticed a difference! Along with the uses mentioned above, this spray is also great for those with rosacea, eczema, acne or scarring.

Restore Prebiotic Skin Restoration


I really do love this whole organic skincare/body care line and recommend it to anyone and everyone! The simple, prebiotic ingredients are seriously amazing and I can personally say that I am very happy with the results. I will continue to use Aleavia and look forward to healthier, happier skin!

 

You can find Aleavia on:

Instagram: @aleaviaskincare

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aleaviabrands

 

xo

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Ok, so now for some long awaited music! I’m SUPER proud of this band (Les and Jake are good pals) – they’ve come a long way from their Nashville days to their recent move to L.A.! These dudes are SO talented! You can read more about them in an interview I did with them last year, here.

 

Their new song Someone Else has been on repeat since it released Tuesday! It’s sooo good. So go ahead, check out LANY:

 

If you’re keen, here are some of their upcoming tour dates! You DO not want to miss out on their shows!

 

May:
Supporting Tove Styrke:

 

June/July:
Maudlin Strangers tour:
June 18
Constellation Room in Santa Ana
June 19
The Rebel Lounge in Phoenix, AZ
June 20
Beauty Bar in Las Vegas, NV
June 22
The Loading Dock in Salt Lake City
June 24
El Corazon in Seattle, WA
June 25
Hawthorne Theatre Lounge in Portland, OR
June 29
Bottom Of The Hill in San Francisco, CA
July 1
The Echo in Los Angeles

 

July 31
Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL

One Love for One Love Organics

Happy Saturday wonderful weekenders!

 

I’m pretty excited about today’s featured beauty products! (And first real beauty post in awhile.) I excitedly posted on my Instagram today, this here photo:

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One Love Organics! This company shouldn’t really be a stranger to you, or one you’re just now hearing about, as they have been featured in The New York Times, Elle Magazine, Marie Claire, Style MagazineLucky Magazine (to name a few), have won countless beauty awards (depicted below), and as well are sold in select retail stores such as the well loved Anthropologie. But…it’s okay if you’ve been in the dark – I technically was too until I actually tried these amazing products out for myself!

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So, let’s start off with the story behind One Love! The wonderful curators at  Beauty Sage so eloquently stated:

 

“Founder Suzanne LeRoux first worked as a lawyer, but was constantly fascinated by alternative healing. So naturally, she started studying holistic nutrition, herbs and aromatherapy on the side to learn how to create simple products without preservatives.

Suzanne enlisted the help of her husband and childhood BFF—still the financial and creative brains of the operation today—and in 2010, One Love was born. Every formula in the skincare line is 100 percent natural, made with high-quality cold-pressed oils, and uses fair-trade ingredients wherever possible. No chemicals and preservatives— just simple, pure, effective products that work.”

 

I mean, there it is. Simply put. Products that are clean, simple, organic in their purest form – One Love Organics in a nutshell. Truly luxurious and simple, beautiful care for your skin.

 

Alright, so, typically I wouldn’t be posting a review unless I had at least five days to a week testing out a product. It’s only been about three days now that I’ve had these babies…HOWEVER, I am smitten with the results already! The way my skin feels, the way it glows! Just unbelievable! Of course, appearance isn’t just everything though – even if it IS skincare! I actually feel better, psychologically and emotionally. That may seem strange to some of you, but what I mean by that is that I am putting natural, whole and non-toxic ingredients on my face. I am actually NOURISHING it, instead of stripping it ‘clean’ of its natural properties. I have always struggled with combo/sensitive skin, drier in the winter months, oilier in the summer…as many, I suppose. These products, so far, have balanced my natural lipids and overall brightened, nourished, and smoothed out my skin. I can’t say enough great things!

 

Here are some of the products I’ve been using and adoring:

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Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics
Active Moisture – Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil & Makeup Remover

and

The Cleansing Sponge – Rose Clay Heart

 

This is just the creme-de-la-creme of cleansing oils! Not to mention it doubles as a makeup remover. Gotta love a 2-in-1 skincare deal!

 

All you have to do to cleanse with this lovely concoction is warm about one-two pumps between your hands – I apply it in the palm of my hand and rub it around – then apply it to your dry face. You can either leave it on like that and use a makeup cotton square to remove it all, but I love massaging it in and really working it in all the little made-up crevices. I then add warm water and keep massaging it in, until it transforms into a beautiful milky consistency. Guys, it’s an experience! I then rinse clean, and in comes the Rose Clay Heart sponge! This little heart sponge is amazing! I dampen it in warm water until it softens, expands and doubles in its original size. I give my face a good run-over in circular motions to remove any excess dirt, rinse thoroughly and then hang to dry! Voila! Easy peasy.


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Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics
Active Moisture – Vitamin C Serum

 

Alrighty, so THIS serum…oof. I don’t even know if I could properly explain to you the amazing active ingredients and the magic they have on my skin. So, I’ll let One Love explain it, as they do so well on their site:

 

“This 100% active face serum uses a potent mix of antioxidants to naturally brighten and replenish skin for a more radiant, even-toned complexion. An ultra-concentrated combination of vitamins A, C, D, & E and antioxidants from organic green tea oil and supercritical sea buckthorn oil help protect against free radicals that can cause photo damage and skin discoloration. Rich in the rare fatty acid Omega 7 and Omega 3, 6, 9 fatty acids, this serum helps to restore moisture levels and helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”

 

Yep. I know..amazing, right? All I need is about three pumps of this stuff and I’m set. Gently massaging the crap out of my face, cus it LOVES IT AND SOAKS IT IN. Food for your skin, ya’ll. It’s real, and it works.


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One Love Organics
Love Springs Eternal – Youth Preservation Serum

 

ATTENTION ALL WOMEN! This serum is youth in a bottle! I kid you not. Miraculous product right here!

 

“..watermelon seed oil to smooth, dissolve build-up and provide a rich composition of essential fatty acids, Bulgarian Rose Oil to tone and moisturize, and clinically proven D’Orientine S (the S stands for sshh! secret) to help protect skin from environmental sources of aging and wrinkling.”

 

How could you NOT want that? I mean, had I not even read what it did – the results would have been enough for me. It legitimately works wonders…my skin is just smoother, brighter, younger and happier (even though I am only 27 – now is the time to preserve it ladies!). Have I mentioned it’s a breeze to use too? Simple care is what I’m all about! No crazy gloves, or annoying spatulas and kits. All I do is dispense a small amount of this youth in a bottle (can I rebrand this? Haha..) and apply it to my clean, damp skin, every night before bedtime. Fool proof, really. You just gotta try it!

 

There you have it. One Love Organics. Blowing my mind, as you clearly can see! I can’t wait to continue using these amazing products, not to mention, I’ll DEFINITELY be adding on to my collection in the near future!

 

Thank you for all you do, One Love Organics! I truly appreciate your holistic, simple, organic and honest approach in skincare. Oh, and Happy Easter Weekend, everyone!