Sometimes we just can’t find the time to head to the beach each weekend—especially if you live 3 hours away like myself! I’m also not a huge fan of the pool… so how the heck am I going to get my tan on this summer? Good question. I’ve got an answer (and it’s not propping yourself up in a skin-damaging tanning bed!). Instead? Self-tanner!
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! ;)
Haaaaappy Monday lovelies! It’s been awhile. Between prepping for marriage, the actual wedding, the honeymoon and getting back and settled into my new home with my new HUSBAND…things have been a bit hectic! But I’m here, aren’t I? :)
Today’s post is something I’ve really grown to appreciate and love. A facial mist! But not just any facial mist…Maya Water Facial Mist: a clean, mineral-rich and pH neutral thermal spa water mist from Skogshorn in Hemsedal, Norway. I mean…you had me at Norway! But in all seriousness, this unique, high-end facial mist truly does wonders to the skin. With added active antioxidants ranging from white tea, goji and acai. It revitalizes, protects and cleanses dry, tired skin. Who needs that? I do! Especially with my recent traveling to Paris for our honeymoon – an 8 hour flight there – my skin was parched. I sprayed a little of the White Tea Mist and I felt refreshed, dewy and even recharged!
Today’s blog post comes from a place of sheer excitement..mainly because I just love this unique company so much! From their Lip Boosts, to their Serum Foundations – Gressa Skin is paving the way for a more innovative green makeup lifestyle. Quick, healthy, clean, beautiful, and simply put, flawless!
Being from Canada, and a mix of British, Irish and Italian, there wasn’t very much room for a nice glow – especially in the winter. I also inherited my British/Irish genes of pale skin, freckles and easily burnt skin (if not protected). **Thankfully, because of my Italian blood, I do tan better after a base/slight burn ha.** Anyways, what I’m trying to say is that I not only love the beach, but long for waves, sand and sunshine. I adore the freckly, beachy, sun-kissed glow it imparts! Sadly, it’s fall now and the beach days are over. (SOB) However, I just received this wonderful product from Prtty Peaushun (Pronounced “Pretty Potion”) and have been blown away by it!
Who loves moisturized, healed and healthy, supple, rich, buttery skin? I do, I do! Naturopathica is not only one of my all-time favourite skincare lines, but I have been using their Chamomile Cleansing Milk for about a year now, and I cannot get enough! But that’s another post for another time..haha. I want to introduce you to their miraculous Gotu Kola Healing Balm!
This balm is one of a kind! It blends the healing properties of Gotu Kola and Calendula with Raspberry Ceramides to help deeply repair dry, devitalized skin from head to toe. It is perfect to use under facial moisturizer for a flawless complexion or to enhance elasticity and prevent stretch marks during pregnancy. I personally love it for my extremely dry areas, such as my knees, heels, elbows and cuticles – but it has multiple uses!
Here’s a breakdown of the wonderful ingredients it contains:
GOTU KOLA: Modern herbalists recognize this plant for its strong wound-healing abilities, since it increases the level of antioxidants in newly formed tissue. Clinical studies show that Gotu Kola may inhibit the inflammatory process and aids in the wound-healing process by stimulating collagen synthesis and increasing tensile strength of newly formed skin.
CALENDULA: The anti-inflammatory activity of Calendula officinalis, especially in the treatment of skin disorders has been demonstrated is a study of radiation-induced dermatitis for the treatment of breast cancer. A 2001 study in France compared topical Calendula officinalis with the topical drug Trolamine and found that those subjects receiving the Calendula officinalis ointment experienced less erythema and edema as well as radiation-induced pain.²
RASPBERRY CERAMIDES: Rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, Raspberry Ceramides are some of the most effecitve modern ingredient technologies, helping reinforce a healthy skin barrier for improved skin strength and hydration.
ALL INGREDIENTS/INCI: Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Essential Oil, Silica, Lauroyl Lysine, Garcinia Indica (Kokum) Seed Butter, Mica, Raspberry Seed Oil/Palm Oil Aminopropanediol esters (Raspberry Ceramides 6 & 3), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Leaf Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Hypericum Perforatum (St. John's Wort) Flower & Leaf Extract, Carmine CI (75470), Titanium Dioxide CI Number 77891, Iron Oxide (CI 77491)
For centuries, Indian women have relied on the healing properties of Gotu Kola, passing recipes down from generation to generation. This versatile, moisturizing balm captures their secret to beautiful skin. I want all of the amazing, healing ingredients this balm possesses! Along with all the secrets to beauty, and if you do too, read more to enter into my giveaway with Naturopathica and…
WIN THIS BALM!
To enter this giveaway, follow these steps:
- Leave a comment on this post, telling me which Naturopathica product is your favourite, and why you would like to win this Healing Balm – make sure you leave your email address so I have a way to contact you if you win, please.
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Giveaway ends Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 10AM EST. Winner will be announced Friday, May 29th, 2015.