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{ Product Review } Marie-Veronique Organics MVO Mist
The MVO Mist is really unlike any other mist or toner I’ve tried.  It’s unique combination of ingredients work to increase elasticity and firmness, while providing anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial benefits. 
{ How to Use }
After cleansing, mist over face, neck and chest.  Store this product in a cool place. I usually use this one to twice a day (morning and night). 
{ Why I Love it }
 I have very sensitive skin, even when it comes to natural products.  After the first few times I used this, I immediately noticed its calming, firming and toning properties.  It provides your skin with nutrient-rich moisture, so your complexion feels wonderful and looks fresh, brightened and dewy.  I also really love the subtle, earthy scent! 
{ What Makes it Awesome }
What really sets this mist apart from others, is what’s in it… and, what’s not in it.  75% of the ingredients are organic.  The MVO Mist is also 100% free of parabens and other toxic fragrances.  Its alcohol-free formula also prevents skin from drying out.  Here’s why the key ingredients are so amazing… 
{ DMAE }
"This antioxidant membrane stabilizer helps to increase elasticity and firmness by stimulating muscle movement via the neurotransmitter acetyl- choline."
{ Helichrysum Essential Oil }
"This anti-aging powerhouse delivers antioxidant, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory benefits to your skin."
{ Licorice Extract }"The glycyrrhizin and flavonoids found in licorice extract produce anti-inflammatory action in the skin. In addition, liquiritin helps treat the skin- pigmentation disorder melasma."
You can purchase the MVO Mist on their site for $35 (4oz bottle).  If you’d like to learn more about Marie-Veronique Organics, visit their website and be sure to follow their Twitter and ‘like’ their Facebook Page! 
Mar 11, 2014

{ Product Review } Marie-Veronique Organics MVO Mist

The MVO Mist is really unlike any other mist or toner I’ve tried.  It’s unique combination of ingredients work to increase elasticity and firmness, while providing anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial benefits. 

{ How to Use }

After cleansing, mist over face, neck and chest.  Store this product in a cool place. I usually use this one to twice a day (morning and night). 

Why I Love it }

 I have very sensitive skin, even when it comes to natural products.  After the first few times I used this, I immediately noticed its calming, firming and toning properties.  It provides your skin with nutrient-rich moisture, so your complexion feels wonderful and looks fresh, brightened and dewy.  I also really love the subtle, earthy scent! 

{ What Makes it Awesome }

What really sets this mist apart from others, is what’s in it… and, what’s not in it.  75% of the ingredients are organic.  The MVO Mist is also 100% free of parabens and other toxic fragrances.  Its alcohol-free formula also prevents skin from drying out.  Here’s why the key ingredients are so amazing… 

DMAE }

"This antioxidant membrane stabilizer helps to increase elasticity and firmness by stimulating muscle movement via the neurotransmitter acetyl- choline."

Helichrysum Essential Oil }

"This anti-aging powerhouse delivers antioxidant, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory benefits to your skin."

Licorice Extract }

"The glycyrrhizin and flavonoids found in licorice extract produce anti-inflammatory action in the skin. In addition, liquiritin helps treat the skin- pigmentation disorder melasma."

You can purchase the MVO Mist on their site for $35 (4oz bottle).  If you’d like to learn more about Marie-Veronique Organics, visit their website and be sure to follow their Twitter and ‘like’ their Facebook Page

{ Product Review } Marie Veronique Organics MVO Face OilI’ve been using Marie Veronique Organics MVO Face Oil for the past few weeks, and I had to share how powerful and amazing this 100% natural, lightweight oil felt.  One of my favorite things is how rich and long-lasting it is, while also being fast-absorbing and light.  It immediately brightened my complexion, leaving it soft, supple and glowing. This miracle oil’s key ingredients are a unique blend of Krill Oil, Argan Oil and Blackberry Seed Oil.  Here’s what make these ingredients are so awesome… 
{ Krill Oil } "In addition to its excellent Omega-3, 6 and 9 balance, this oil is an excellent source of astaxanthin, an extraordinary antioxidant, and phosphatidyl serine, which Korean scientists have dubbed the “anti-aging fat molecule.” Krill oil is, in fact, one of the very few oils known to contain phosphatidyl serine in significant quantities." { Argan Oil } "Rich in Omega-6 and 9, Vitamin E, carotenes, squalene, and phenols, argan oil possesses a remarkable ability to nourish, moisturize and improve skin elasticity." { Blackberry Seed Oil } "While difficult to extract, this oil is high in natural Vitamin C as well as several types of Vitamin E and lutein making it an excellent ingredient for repairing damaged skin. It is a superb choice for people looking for a natural Vitamin C source to prevent aging." 
I love this product and would definitely recommend this to all my clients; especially those with dry, damaged, or sensitive skin.  Marie Veronique Organics products have been featured in publications such as Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Whole Living, Coco Eco, Marin and many more. To learn more about Marie Veronique Organics visit their website, ‘like’ their page on Facebook and follow their Twitter! 

merci beaucoup, 
                     kelley
Mar 4, 2014 / 2 notes

{ Product Review } Marie Veronique Organics MVO Face Oil

I’ve been using Marie Veronique Organics MVO Face Oil for the past few weeks, and I had to share how powerful and amazing this 100% natural, lightweight oil felt.  One of my favorite things is how rich and long-lasting it is, while also being fast-absorbing and light.  It immediately brightened my complexion, leaving it soft, supple and glowing. This miracle oil’s key ingredients are a unique blend of Krill Oil, Argan Oil and Blackberry Seed Oil.  Here’s what make these ingredients are so awesome… 

{ Krill Oil } "In addition to its excellent Omega-3, 6 and 9 balance, this oil is an excellent source of astaxanthin, an extraordinary antioxidant, and phosphatidyl serine, which Korean scientists have dubbed the “anti-aging fat molecule.” Krill oil is, in fact, one of the very few oils known to contain phosphatidyl serine in significant quantities." 

{ Argan Oil } "Rich in Omega-6 and 9, Vitamin E, carotenes, squalene, and phenols, argan oil possesses a remarkable ability to nourish, moisturize and improve skin elasticity." 

{ Blackberry Seed Oil } "While difficult to extract, this oil is high in natural Vitamin C as well as several types of Vitamin E and lutein making it an excellent ingredient for repairing damaged skin. It is a superb choice for people looking for a natural Vitamin C source to prevent aging." 

I love this product and would definitely recommend this to all my clients; especially those with dry, damaged, or sensitive skin.  Marie Veronique Organics products have been featured in publications such as Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Whole Living, Coco Eco, Marin and many more. To learn more about Marie Veronique Organics visit their website, ‘like’ their page on Facebook and follow their Twitter

merci beaucoup, 

                     kelley

{ DIY } lavender & milk bath
I recently discovered The Chic Site, which is completely awesome by the way! …and I stumbled across this super lovely DIY bath recipe by author Brandee Lee!
I love all things Lavender, so when I saw this Lavender & Milk bath recipe I had to try it.  Lavender is the perfect remedy to melt away stress  and regain balance.  I also love how this recipe incorporates coconut oil and milk!  Both provide skin calming, nourishing and moisturizing benefits.  When you combine everything together, you basically get the perfect recipe for the ultimate R&R experience!  Enjoy! 
"You don’t need to steal away for hours to reap the relaxing benefits of a bath. Just 20 minutes with this healthy and hydrating bath recipe and your winter scales skin will be clean and soft. Try it once a week if you can sneak it in to help keep dry skin at bay during these winter months. —Brandee
{ The Ingredients Sound Delicious But What Do They Do? }
Epsom Salt — Relaxes sore muscles.
Lavender Essential Oil — Promotes relaxation.
Coconut Oil — Hydrates and softens skin.
Baking Soda —  Acts as a cleanser and has anti-fungal properties.
Milk —  Lactic acid helps remove dead skin cells and soothes irritated skin.
Lavender Buds — Simply because it makes you feel fancy & the spa-like atmosphere reduces stress.
For more lovely recipes from Brandlee James at The Chic Site, click here!  Also check out TheChicSite.com! 

merci beaucoup, 
                       kelley 
Feb 11, 2014 / 154 notes

{ DIY } lavender & milk bath

I recently discovered The Chic Site, which is completely awesome by the way! …and I stumbled across this super lovely DIY bath recipe by author Brandee Lee!

I love all things Lavender, so when I saw this Lavender & Milk bath recipe I had to try it.  Lavender is the perfect remedy to melt away stress  and regain balance.  I also love how this recipe incorporates coconut oil and milk!  Both provide skin calming, nourishing and moisturizing benefits.  When you combine everything together, you basically get the perfect recipe for the ultimate R&R experience!  Enjoy! 

"You don’t need to steal away for hours to reap the relaxing benefits of a bath. Just 20 minutes with this healthy and hydrating bath recipe and your winter scales skin will be clean and soft. Try it once a week if you can sneak it in to help keep dry skin at bay during these winter months. Brandee

{ The Ingredients Sound Delicious But What Do They Do? }

Epsom Salt — Relaxes sore muscles.

Lavender Essential Oil  Promotes relaxation.

Coconut Oil  Hydrates and softens skin.

Baking Soda   Acts as a cleanser and has anti-fungal properties.

Milk   Lactic acid helps remove dead skin cells and soothes irritated skin.

Lavender Buds  Simply because it makes you feel fancy & the spa-like atmosphere reduces stress.

For more lovely recipes from Brandlee James at The Chic Site, click here!  Also check out TheChicSite.com

merci beaucoup, 

                       kelley 

{ DIY } sugar coconut citrus scrub 
Sugar scrubs are a great way to brighten and soften your complexion!  I love mixing in my favorite oils, and fresh juice and pulp from seasonal fruits!  You can try this recipe, or mix your own!
Here’s what you’ll need!
{1 cup of raw cane sugar, fine grain}
{2 tablespoons of extra virgin coconut oil, melted}
{2 tablespoons of blood orange juice/pulp; freshly squeezed} 
Ready to glow? 
Combine sugar with melted coconut oil and blood orange juice/pulp.  Mix well, and apply to wet skin in a gentle, circular motion. Leave for 2-3 mins, then rinse!  
Why this scrub is super awesome…
Sugar is an excellent natural source of glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that encourages cell turnover by breaking down dull, bonded skin cells.  Cell turnover is an important process that leaves your complexion looking fresh, bright and luminous!  The glycolic acid also protects skin from harmful toxins.  Sugar scrubs are ideal for dry skin because of the sugar’s natural humectant properties… this enables moisture to be drawn into your skin… sweeet!
Coconut Oil is one of my favorite natural skincare remedies!  It’s molecular structure makes it ideal for skincare because it’s super lightweight and absorbable.
Blood Oranges are my version of citrus super fruits!  They contain anthocyanins, which are vacuolar pigments that give the fruit their beautiful, bright coloring inside.  Anthocyanins are known to have anti-inflammatory properties that support healthy collagen, as well as blood vessel protection against oxidative damage.  Blood Oranges are also rich in Vitamins A & C; both essential for repairing issue and damaged skin cells for healthy, radiant looking skin! 

merci beaucoup
                   xxo,
                      Kelley 
Jan 18, 2014 / 4 notes

{ DIY } sugar coconut citrus scrub 

Sugar scrubs are a great way to brighten and soften your complexion!  I love mixing in my favorite oils, and fresh juice and pulp from seasonal fruits!  You can try this recipe, or mix your own!

Here’s what you’ll need!

{1 cup of raw cane sugar, fine grain}

{2 tablespoons of extra virgin coconut oil, melted}

{2 tablespoons of blood orange juice/pulp; freshly squeezed

Ready to glow? 

Combine sugar with melted coconut oil and blood orange juice/pulp.  Mix well, and apply to wet skin in a gentle, circular motion. Leave for 2-3 mins, then rinse!  

Why this scrub is super awesome…

Sugar is an excellent natural source of glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that encourages cell turnover by breaking down dull, bonded skin cells.  Cell turnover is an important process that leaves your complexion looking fresh, bright and luminous!  The glycolic acid also protects skin from harmful toxins.  Sugar scrubs are ideal for dry skin because of the sugar’s natural humectant properties… this enables moisture to be drawn into your skin… sweeet!

Coconut Oil is one of my favorite natural skincare remedies!  It’s molecular structure makes it ideal for skincare because it’s super lightweight and absorbable.

Blood Oranges are my version of citrus super fruits!  They contain anthocyanins, which are vacuolar pigments that give the fruit their beautiful, bright coloring inside.  Anthocyanins are known to have anti-inflammatory properties that support healthy collagen, as well as blood vessel protection against oxidative damage.  Blood Oranges are also rich in Vitamins A & C; both essential for repairing issue and damaged skin cells for healthy, radiant looking skin! 

merci beaucoup

                   xxo,

                      Kelley 

{ DIY } coffee cinnamon honey apricot scrub 
Upcycle your used coffee grounds to make an all natural face and body scrub! You can make your own recipe or try this one!  If you love coffee as much as I do, you’ll have enough upcycled coffee grounds to do this scrub on the regular!  I do it 1-2 times a week to keep my skin feeling super soft and looking evenly toned and glowing!
Here’s what you’ll need!
{1 cup of upcycled coffee grounds, dried & finely ground}
{2 tablespoon of raw honey, melted}
{1 tablespoon of apricot kernel oil, or oil of your choice} 
{1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon} 
Ready to glow? 
Combine coffee grounds with melted raw honey, apricot kernel oil, and cinnamon.  If you have more sensitive skin, feel free to leave the cinnamon out!  Mix well, and apply to wet skin in a gentle, circular motion. Leave for 2-3 mins, then rinse!  
Why this scrub is super awesome…
Coffee is great for your skin for a number of reasons! First and foremost, it’s packed with antioxidants… which we all know are essential for healthy, young looking skin!  Antioxidants are one of the main things that fight the effects of toxins and free-radicals that cause pre-mature aging and dull skin.  The caffeine in coffee is also great for reducing redness, inflammation and swelling… which makes this scrub perfect for early mornings when your sleepy eyes need a little TLC! 
Raw Honey… I’ll say it a hundred million times, raw honey is the ultimate natural remedy for beautiful skin! The antibacterial properties of raw honey heal and prevent blemishes… it also has a ton of antioxidants, so again, anti-aging power!  It’s also extremely nourishing and moisturizing, so it’s perfect for sensitive or dry skin.  Last, it opens up pores so they’re easier to clarify and detox/unclog… basically, raw honey is magical! 
Apricot Kernel Oil is also a powerhouse ingredient when it comes to natural skincare.  It contains lots of soothing, nourishing and moisturizing properties with it’s rich sources of oleic acid and Vitamin E.  It’s ideal for sensitive and dry skin, and also contains anti-aging properties. 
Ground Cinnamon draws oxygen and blood to the skin’s surface which help to clear and prevent breakouts and blemishes! A little bit goes a long way though so only use a teeny bit when mixing your scrubs.  If you’re mixing just a facial scrub, or have sensitive skin maybe opt to leave the cinnamon out, or just use a pinch!  The 1/2 teaspoon measurement in this recipe is intended for a full body scrub.  
merci beaucoup
                   xxo,
                      Kelley 
Jan 18, 2014 / 7 notes

{ DIY } coffee cinnamon honey apricot scrub 

Upcycle your used coffee grounds to make an all natural face and body scrub! You can make your own recipe or try this one!  If you love coffee as much as I do, you’ll have enough upcycled coffee grounds to do this scrub on the regular!  I do it 1-2 times a week to keep my skin feeling super soft and looking evenly toned and glowing!

Here’s what you’ll need!

{1 cup of upcycled coffee grounds, dried & finely ground}

{2 tablespoon of raw honey, melted}

{1 tablespoon of apricot kernel oil, or oil of your choice} 

{1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon} 

Ready to glow? 

Combine coffee grounds with melted raw honey, apricot kernel oil, and cinnamon.  If you have more sensitive skin, feel free to leave the cinnamon out!  Mix well, and apply to wet skin in a gentle, circular motion. Leave for 2-3 mins, then rinse!  

Why this scrub is super awesome…

Coffee is great for your skin for a number of reasons! First and foremost, it’s packed with antioxidants… which we all know are essential for healthy, young looking skin!  Antioxidants are one of the main things that fight the effects of toxins and free-radicals that cause pre-mature aging and dull skin.  The caffeine in coffee is also great for reducing redness, inflammation and swelling… which makes this scrub perfect for early mornings when your sleepy eyes need a little TLC! 

Raw Honey… I’ll say it a hundred million times, raw honey is the ultimate natural remedy for beautiful skin! The antibacterial properties of raw honey heal and prevent blemishes… it also has a ton of antioxidants, so again, anti-aging power!  It’s also extremely nourishing and moisturizing, so it’s perfect for sensitive or dry skin.  Last, it opens up pores so they’re easier to clarify and detox/unclog… basically, raw honey is magical! 

Apricot Kernel Oil is also a powerhouse ingredient when it comes to natural skincare.  It contains lots of soothing, nourishing and moisturizing properties with it’s rich sources of oleic acid and Vitamin E.  It’s ideal for sensitive and dry skin, and also contains anti-aging properties. 

Ground Cinnamon draws oxygen and blood to the skin’s surface which help to clear and prevent breakouts and blemishes! A little bit goes a long way though so only use a teeny bit when mixing your scrubs.  If you’re mixing just a facial scrub, or have sensitive skin maybe opt to leave the cinnamon out, or just use a pinch!  The 1/2 teaspoon measurement in this recipe is intended for a full body scrub.  

merci beaucoup

                   xxo,

                      Kelley 

{ Product Review } Voila Natural’s Organic Dead Sea Mud Mask with Kaolin Clay, Mint & Grapefruit Essential Oils
I’ve been using this mask from Voila Natural 1-2 times a week for the past few months and I really love how different it is from other masks I’ve tried.  One of the first things I noticed was the texture… it’s not very thick like most mud or clay masks.  Rather, it has a light, milky consistency that applies very evenly!  One of my favorite things about the mask is how refreshing it feels; both while it’s on, and after you rinse it off. The mint and grapefruit essential oils provide excellent toning and clarifying benefits! 

Along with the mint and grapefruit essential oils, it also contains 8 organic herbal botanicals that detox and revive your complexion’s glow: burdock, ginger, calendula, dandelion root and red clover. 
The anti-aging & anti-inflammatory benefits of organic shea butter, sunflower oil, jojoba oil and aloe vera help minimize pores, while firming and brightening your complexion.  The kaolin clay and dead sea mud do a beautiful job of drawing toxins out of pores to provide an even, radiant complexion. 
Overall, I really love this mask! This is a great mask to do 1-2 times a week to keep your skin balanced and clear!  I’ve also used Voila’s organic moroccan argan oil, and was really happy with that too! The argan oil is the perfect moisturizer for your face and body, and also provides the perfect remedy for dry or damaged cuticles, chapped lips or dull/damaged hair. 
Voila's Argan Oil is also very well-priced, especially for it's purity and quality.  Click here to order!  Be sure to follow them on Twitter and Facebook! 
Jan 18, 2014 / 1 note

{ Product Review } Voila Natural’s Organic Dead Sea Mud Mask with Kaolin Clay, Mint & Grapefruit Essential Oils

I’ve been using this mask from Voila Natural 1-2 times a week for the past few months and I really love how different it is from other masks I’ve tried.  One of the first things I noticed was the texture… it’s not very thick like most mud or clay masks.  Rather, it has a light, milky consistency that applies very evenly!  One of my favorite things about the mask is how refreshing it feels; both while it’s on, and after you rinse it off. The mint and grapefruit essential oils provide excellent toning and clarifying benefits! 

Along with the mint and grapefruit essential oils, it also contains 8 organic herbal botanicals that detox and revive your complexion’s glow: burdock, ginger, calendula, dandelion root and red clover. 

The anti-aging & anti-inflammatory benefits of organic shea butter, sunflower oil, jojoba oil and aloe vera help minimize pores, while firming and brightening your complexion.  The kaolin clay and dead sea mud do a beautiful job of drawing toxins out of pores to provide an even, radiant complexion. 

Overall, I really love this mask! This is a great mask to do 1-2 times a week to keep your skin balanced and clear!  I’ve also used Voila’s organic moroccan argan oil, and was really happy with that too! The argan oil is the perfect moisturizer for your face and body, and also provides the perfect remedy for dry or damaged cuticles, chapped lips or dull/damaged hair. 

Voila's Argan Oil is also very well-priced, especially for it's purity and quality.  Click here to order!  Be sure to follow them on Twitter and Facebook

5 Ways to Boost Your Immunity… 
Check out this great article on Free People’s Blog!  I love all natural remedies and health/beauty alternatives, so naturally, I enjoyed reading this!   Thanks Free People! 
Jan 13, 2014 / 536 notes

5 Ways to Boost Your Immunity… 

Check out this great article on Free People’s Blog!  I love all natural remedies and health/beauty alternatives, so naturally, I enjoyed reading this!   Thanks Free People

Great nutrition tip from Dr. Frank Lipman!

"Don’t worry so much about counting calories or the % of fat, protein or carbs… just eat more whole foods and less processed and altered ones."

Jan 11, 2014 / 2 notes
{ Product Review } Voila Natural’s Organic Moroccan Virgin Argan Oil for Hair, Face & Body
I recently tried Voila Natural's 100% Pure Organic Argan Oil, and absolutely loved it!  I’m sure you’ve heard how incredible Argan Oil is for your skin and hair… but what you may have not realized is that it’s effectiveness relies heavily on the purity.  When looking for a high-quality Argan Oil, it’s important that it’s cold-pressed, raw and unrefined.  These factors ensure the oil’s anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties are as effective and powerful as possible.  I could tell from the first time I tried Voila’s Argan Oil, that is was pure and high-quality! 

My favorite way to use Argan Oil is as an after-shower moisturizer. It’s been a skin-saver for me during the colder months.  I also love adding a few tablespoons to my bath water; it leave my skin feeling incredibly soft, supple and moisturized.  Whenever I add it to my bath, I hardly ever need to moisturize afterwards because it’s such a rich, nourishing and moisturizing oil.
Another great way to use Argan Oil is on your hair and nails/cuticlesI usually have very dry cuticles year-round; especially in the winter.  After incorporating it into my routine, I’ve noticed a huge difference!  You can also use Argan Oil to sooth chapped lips, sunburn, bug bites, and strengthen damaged hair. 
Voila's Argan Oil is also very well-priced, especially for it's purity and quality.  Click here to order!  Be sure to follow them on Twitter and Facebook! 
Jan 4, 2014 / 1 note

{ Product Review } Voila Natural’s Organic Moroccan Virgin Argan Oil for Hair, Face & Body

I recently tried Voila Natural's 100% Pure Organic Argan Oil, and absolutely loved it!  I’m sure you’ve heard how incredible Argan Oil is for your skin and hair… but what you may have not realized is that it’s effectiveness relies heavily on the purity.  When looking for a high-quality Argan Oil, it’s important that it’s cold-pressed, raw and unrefined.  These factors ensure the oil’s anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties are as effective and powerful as possible.  I could tell from the first time I tried Voila’s Argan Oil, that is was pure and high-quality! 

My favorite way to use Argan Oil is as an after-shower moisturizer. It’s been a skin-saver for me during the colder months.  I also love adding a few tablespoons to my bath water; it leave my skin feeling incredibly soft, supple and moisturized.  Whenever I add it to my bath, I hardly ever need to moisturize afterwards because it’s such a rich, nourishing and moisturizing oil.

Another great way to use Argan Oil is on your hair and nails/cuticlesI usually have very dry cuticles year-round; especially in the winter.  After incorporating it into my routine, I’ve noticed a huge difference!  You can also use Argan Oil to sooth chapped lips, sunburn, bug bites, and strengthen damaged hair. 

Voila's Argan Oil is also very well-priced, especially for it's purity and quality.  Click here to order!  Be sure to follow them on Twitter and Facebook

{DIY: Pumpkin Face Mask}
What better way to celebrate the best month of the year with pumpkin everything! Here’s a luxuriously nourishing pumpkin cinnamon yogurt mask that will leave your skin feeling soft, balanced and moisturized, and your complexion glowing!
Why pumpkin is so awesome….
{The enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) found in pumpkin increase cell turnover, the process of new skin cells replacing old, dull cells, leaving your complexion radiant and super smooth! It’s kind of like a super gentle, all natural chemical peel!}
{Pumpkin is also packed with powerful antioxidants such as Vitamins A and C; both known to boost collagen production for a firm, evenly toned complexion.}
{Last, pumpkin contains tons of Zinc, which is great for oily or acne prone skin because it helps to regulate oil production, repair and heal damaged tissue, and reduce inflammation.} 
What you’ll need…
{½ cup organic canned pumpkin}
{3 tablespoons of plain organic greek yogurt}
{½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon}

{1 tablespoon of raw honey}

Ready to glow? 
{Mix ingredients in a small bowl, then let your mix chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. This will mix enough for 2-3 masks! Once your mixed mask is chilled, apply a generous layer of the chilled mask to a freshly washed face… allow the mask to sit for 15-20 minutes… you might feel a tingly sensation from the ground cinnamon, but that’ll go away once you remove the mask. Feel free to leave the cinnamon out if you want a more gentle mask. Once the mask is dried, removed gently with a warm wash cloth, rinse with cold water, then gently pat skin dry with a clean towel! And voila, enjoy your new glow and super soft complexion!}

merci beaucoup,
        Kelley
Oct 14, 2013 / 4 notes

{DIY: Pumpkin Face Mask}

What better way to celebrate the best month of the year with pumpkin everything! Here’s a luxuriously nourishing pumpkin cinnamon yogurt mask that will leave your skin feeling soft, balanced and moisturized, and your complexion glowing!

Why pumpkin is so awesome….

{The enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) found in pumpkin increase cell turnover, the process of new skin cells replacing old, dull cells, leaving your complexion radiant and super smooth! It’s kind of like a super gentle, all natural chemical peel!}

{Pumpkin is also packed with powerful antioxidants such as Vitamins A and C; both known to boost collagen production for a firm, evenly toned complexion.}

{Last, pumpkin contains tons of Zinc, which is great for oily or acne prone skin because it helps to regulate oil production, repair and heal damaged tissue, and reduce inflammation.} 

What you’ll need…

{½ cup organic canned pumpkin}

{3 tablespoons of plain organic greek yogurt}

{½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon}

{1 tablespoon of raw honey}

Ready to glow? 

{Mix ingredients in a small bowl, then let your mix chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. This will mix enough for 2-3 masks! Once your mixed mask is chilled, apply a generous layer of the chilled mask to a freshly washed face… allow the mask to sit for 15-20 minutes… you might feel a tingly sensation from the ground cinnamon, but that’ll go away once you remove the mask. Feel free to leave the cinnamon out if you want a more gentle mask. Once the mask is dried, removed gently with a warm wash cloth, rinse with cold water, then gently pat skin dry with a clean towel! And voila, enjoy your new glow and super soft complexion!}

merci beaucoup,

        Kelley

{Interview Feature} Indie Lee
Meet Indie, (again!), I interviewed Indie Lee a few years ago when I first discovered her incredible line of 100% natural skincare products. Let me catch you up if you’re not familiar with her products… this completely fabulous, eco-chic skincare guru launched her line of all natural products after courageously conquering a life-threatening brain tumor believed to be caused by exposure to environmental toxins. Indie awoke from surgery on April 22nd, 2009 and vowed to be an advocate for nontoxic, safe products, and she’s been raising awareness and the standard of quality in the skincare industry ever since! Indie Lee products have been featured in top beauty and style sources such as New York Magazine’s The Cut with Christina Han, Rachel Zoe’s The Zoe Report, Glamour Magazine, Seventeen Magazine, Refinery 29, and many more! 
What do you find inspires you most when creating new products? {Indie} “I often look for what’s missing in my arsenal of skincare products! But I always listen to what my fans and friends are talking about and join in the discussion of what they might be missing. The feedback I typically hear is that they can’t find it in the market place already or they aren’t sure of the product because it isn’t made by a brand they trust. If they are looking for an eco-chic alternative to a product they might have already been introduced to and are looking to me to create it, then that becomes a huge motivator for me!”
Which new products have you added to the line? Which are you favorite and why? {Indie} “Our most recent product launch is the Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm, (.5oz, $42), which was designed for the sensitive skin around the eyes. It’s truly a multi-tasking miracle balm that diminishes dark circles and increases the skin’s elasticity. The powerhouse ingredient in it is an oil extracted from the calendula flower, which is known for boosting skin’s resilience and acting as a natural anti-inflammatory. It’s also packed with moisturizing mango seed butter, calming lavender, and the ultra-effective Squalane oil. This pot of (mari)gold is already a fan favorite, leaving you refreshed and rejuvenated.”

 
What are some of your favorite ingredients to incorporate into your products? {Indie} “…Squalane, Squalane and Squalane! It really is an amazing ingredient with so many benefits.  Squalane Oil is perhaps nature’s perfect moisturizer. It is ideal for the face, hands, or any part of the body in need of some serious rejuvenation and replenishment. It has proven to be especially effective for those with sensitive skin or issues such as eczema, psoriasis, dry and rough skin, skin cracks, dermatitis, and rashes. The human body actually produces Squalane naturally – our skin needs it to retain moisture and reduce the signs of aging. However, as we age, Squalane production decreases significantly (especially after the age of 23). Using a product with the ingredient can help combat the side effects (wrinkles, dryness) that come with this natural decrease.”
Which original products are still, and will always be your favorite, and why? {Indie} “…The Indie Lee Citrus Body Scrub – it’s off the shelves right now, but will be returning this fall for the fans! Stay tuned for details!”
What are your current, and long term goals the brand? {Indie} “Right now the big concentration is on distribution! We’ll be announcing a few exciting partnerships this fall, giving the brand even more national exposure. We’ll also be debuting three new products in September, one more in November and then two next January!”
Do you see the line expanding to any other products aside from hair and skincare? (Indie Lee laundry detergent, soy candles, lipstick… anyone!?) {Indie} “Yes – I’ve been working on a few product lines as extensions to the skincare collection, but nothing to let you know about just yet!”
If you had to pick 5 words to describe your line/brand what would they be? {Indie} “Eco-chic, honest, aspirational, obtainable, transparent.”
Which specific products do you recommend for dry skin, oily/acne prone skin, aging skin, and sensitive skin?  {Indie} “Most of the Indie Lee products work for a variety of skin types, which is part of why they are all so amazing! For example, the Squalane Facial Oil, (1oz, $32), helps with skin hydration, evenness of tone, improvement of pore size, improvement in skin conditions and fading of sun spots and blemish marks. Many people are afraid of applying oils to the face for fear of break outs and clogging pores. That’s due to bad experiences with mineral oils which are made of large molecules that don’t actually absorb into the skin – they sit on surface of skin. However, the Squalane Facial Oil mimics the skin’s production of oil, sending a message to your sebaceous glands to slow down and normalize production of oil. It absorbs right into the skin without leaving you greasy or clogging pores and is great for sensitive skin, normal skin, and oily skin.”
What are some of your favorite green brands/companies and why? (clothing, makeup/cosmetics, household products, etc.) {Indie} “I’m absolutely head-over-heels for MOTT50.  The brand offers a full line of clothing items that are also rated for sun protection; chic clothes and accessories that double as skin protection. I mean brilliant! For makeup, I’ve been recently turned on to ILIA Beauty: I love LVX Nails… and of course my skincare-soul-sista will always be Britta Aragon, who founded CV Skinlabs.”
Let’s end with a little Indieism about life, love and happiness… {Indie} “It’s when you are truly happy within, you can make the greatest (positive) impact outward.”

Want more?  Me too!  Head on over to IndieLee.com for more DIY recipes and 100% natural, fabulous skincare! Also, be sure to follow Indie on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram! She’s pretty awesome and will make your skin happy from the inside out! 
merci beaucoup
         xxo,

Kelley 
Oct 6, 2013 / 3 notes

{Interview Feature} Indie Lee

Meet Indie, (again!), I interviewed Indie Lee a few years ago when I first discovered her incredible line of 100% natural skincare products. Let me catch you up if you’re not familiar with her products… this completely fabulous, eco-chic skincare guru launched her line of all natural products after courageously conquering a life-threatening brain tumor believed to be caused by exposure to environmental toxins. Indie awoke from surgery on April 22nd, 2009 and vowed to be an advocate for nontoxic, safe products, and she’s been raising awareness and the standard of quality in the skincare industry ever since! Indie Lee products have been featured in top beauty and style sources such as New York Magazine’s The Cut with Christina Han, Rachel Zoe’s The Zoe Report, Glamour Magazine, Seventeen Magazine, Refinery 29, and many more! 

What do you find inspires you most when creating new products? {Indie} “I often look for what’s missing in my arsenal of skincare products! But I always listen to what my fans and friends are talking about and join in the discussion of what they might be missing. The feedback I typically hear is that they can’t find it in the market place already or they aren’t sure of the product because it isn’t made by a brand they trust. If they are looking for an eco-chic alternative to a product they might have already been introduced to and are looking to me to create it, then that becomes a huge motivator for me!”

Which new products have you added to the line? Which are you favorite and why? {Indie} “Our most recent product launch is the Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm, (.5oz, $42), which was designed for the sensitive skin around the eyes. It’s truly a multi-tasking miracle balm that diminishes dark circles and increases the skin’s elasticity. The powerhouse ingredient in it is an oil extracted from the calendula flower, which is known for boosting skin’s resilience and acting as a natural anti-inflammatory. It’s also packed with moisturizing mango seed butter, calming lavender, and the ultra-effective Squalane oil. This pot of (mari)gold is already a fan favorite, leaving you refreshed and rejuvenated.”

 

What are some of your favorite ingredients to incorporate into your products? {Indie} “…Squalane, Squalane and Squalane! It really is an amazing ingredient with so many benefits.  Squalane Oil is perhaps nature’s perfect moisturizer. It is ideal for the face, hands, or any part of the body in need of some serious rejuvenation and replenishment. It has proven to be especially effective for those with sensitive skin or issues such as eczema, psoriasis, dry and rough skin, skin cracks, dermatitis, and rashes. The human body actually produces Squalane naturally – our skin needs it to retain moisture and reduce the signs of aging. However, as we age, Squalane production decreases significantly (especially after the age of 23). Using a product with the ingredient can help combat the side effects (wrinkles, dryness) that come with this natural decrease.”

Which original products are still, and will always be your favorite, and why? {Indie} “…The Indie Lee Citrus Body Scrub – it’s off the shelves right now, but will be returning this fall for the fans! Stay tuned for details!”

What are your current, and long term goals the brand? {Indie} “Right now the big concentration is on distribution! We’ll be announcing a few exciting partnerships this fall, giving the brand even more national exposure. We’ll also be debuting three new products in September, one more in November and then two next January!”

Do you see the line expanding to any other products aside from hair and skincare? (Indie Lee laundry detergent, soy candles, lipstick… anyone!?) {Indie} “Yes – I’ve been working on a few product lines as extensions to the skincare collection, but nothing to let you know about just yet!”

If you had to pick 5 words to describe your line/brand what would they be? {Indie} “Eco-chic, honest, aspirational, obtainable, transparent.”

Which specific products do you recommend for dry skin, oily/acne prone skin, aging skin, and sensitive skin?  {Indie} “Most of the Indie Lee products work for a variety of skin types, which is part of why they are all so amazing! For example, the Squalane Facial Oil, (1oz, $32), helps with skin hydration, evenness of tone, improvement of pore size, improvement in skin conditions and fading of sun spots and blemish marks. Many people are afraid of applying oils to the face for fear of break outs and clogging pores. That’s due to bad experiences with mineral oils which are made of large molecules that don’t actually absorb into the skin – they sit on surface of skin. However, the Squalane Facial Oil mimics the skin’s production of oil, sending a message to your sebaceous glands to slow down and normalize production of oil. It absorbs right into the skin without leaving you greasy or clogging pores and is great for sensitive skin, normal skin, and oily skin.”

What are some of your favorite green brands/companies and why? (clothing, makeup/cosmetics, household products, etc.) {Indie} “I’m absolutely head-over-heels for MOTT50.  The brand offers a full line of clothing items that are also rated for sun protection; chic clothes and accessories that double as skin protection. I mean brilliant! For makeup, I’ve been recently turned on to ILIA Beauty: I love LVX Nails… and of course my skincare-soul-sista will always be Britta Aragon, who founded CV Skinlabs.”

Let’s end with a little Indieism about life, love and happiness… {Indie} “It’s when you are truly happy within, you can make the greatest (positive) impact outward.”

Want more?  Me too!  Head on over to IndieLee.com for more DIY recipes and 100% natural, fabulous skincare! Also, be sure to follow Indie on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram! She’s pretty awesome and will make your skin happy from the inside out! 

merci beaucoup

         xxo,

Kelley 

{ DIY } Indie Lee’s Grapefruit Citrus Body Scrub:
For all of you who aren’t ready to let go of Summer just yet, try this this sweet and simple, citrusy body scrub recipe from Indie Lee! Your skin will feel soft and moisturized, and you’ll be glowing for days! 
What you’ll need… 
{1/2 teaspoon grapefruit zest}
{1/2 teaspoon grapefruit juice}
{1 cup granulated sugar}
(1/2 cup sea salt}
{2 tablespoons coconut oil, or oil of your choice}
 Ready to glow?
"Combine zest, sugar and salt in a bowl. Add in oil and mix. Slowly drizzle grapefruit juice over and mix until incorporated. Place in an airtight container. The grapefruit zest and juice can be substituted with any of your favorite citrus to keep you not only looking great, but smelling great!" -Indie Lee
 
Want more?  Me too!  Head on over to IndieLee.com for more DIY recipes and 100% natural, fabulous skincare! Also, be sure to follow Indie on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram! She’s pretty awesome and will make your skin happy from the inside out! 
merci beaucoup
xxo,
Kelley 
Oct 6, 2013 / 2 notes

{ DIY } Indie Lee’s Grapefruit Citrus Body Scrub:


For all of you who aren’t ready to let go of Summer just yet, try this this sweet and simple, citrusy body scrub recipe from Indie Lee! Your skin will feel soft and moisturized, and you’ll be glowing for days! 

What you’ll need… 

{1/2 teaspoon grapefruit zest}

{1/2 teaspoon grapefruit juice}

{1 cup granulated sugar}

(1/2 cup sea salt}

{2 tablespoons coconut oil, or oil of your choice}

 Ready to glow?

"Combine zest, sugar and salt in a bowl. Add in oil and mix. Slowly drizzle grapefruit juice over and mix until incorporated. Place in an airtight container. The grapefruit zest and juice can be substituted with any of your favorite citrus to keep you not only looking great, but smelling great!" -Indie Lee

 

Want more?  Me too!  Head on over to IndieLee.com for more DIY recipes and 100% natural, fabulous skincare! Also, be sure to follow Indie on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram! She’s pretty awesome and will make your skin happy from the inside out! 

merci beaucoup

xxo,

Kelley 

{ DIY } Papaya Mask Recipe, by Melissa Rousseau, holistic wellness consultant and nutrition educator.
Bring that lovely Summer glow of yours into Autumn with this super fresh, 100% natural face mask recipe! Your complexion will look luminous and toned, while feeling refreshed and hydrated…. ahhh! This is one of the best DIY natural skincare remedies I’ve tried, so naturally, I had to share! Enjoy! 
"Papayas are loaded with vitamins A and C, which help repair the skin. Slathering it on your face also helps dissolve dead skin cells, eliminating dull-looking skin. What’s more, this mask contains egg whites to tone the skin and honey, which acts as a powerful hydrator. Amazing what three simple ingredients can do!" -Melissa Rousseau
Ingredients:
{1/2 ripe papaya, skinned and seeded}
{1 beaten egg white}
{1 tablespoon of Manuka honey}
Directions:
"Mix all the ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Apply the mask and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse and pat dry. Spray with Cucumber Green Tea Toner. Apply moisturizer or face oil of choice." -Melissa Rousseau
Merci beaucoup, Melissa! If you enjoyed this post, be sure to follow YouBeauty on Twitter!
merci beaucoup
xxo,
Kelley 
Photo Credit: Valerie Fischel, Styling: Anthony D’Argenzio/Zio & Sons
Sep 11, 2013 / 5 notes

{ DIY } Papaya Mask Recipeby Melissa Rousseau, holistic wellness consultant and nutrition educator.

Bring that lovely Summer glow of yours into Autumn with this super fresh, 100% natural face mask recipe! Your complexion will look luminous and toned, while feeling refreshed and hydrated…. ahhh! This is one of the best DIY natural skincare remedies I’ve tried, so naturally, I had to share! Enjoy! 

"Papayas are loaded with vitamins A and C, which help repair the skin. Slathering it on your face also helps dissolve dead skin cells, eliminating dull-looking skin. What’s more, this mask contains egg whites to tone the skin and honey, which acts as a powerful hydrator. Amazing what three simple ingredients can do!" -Melissa Rousseau

Ingredients:

{1/2 ripe papaya, skinned and seeded}

{1 beaten egg white}

{1 tablespoon of Manuka honey}

Directions:

"Mix all the ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Apply the mask and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse and pat dry. Spray with Cucumber Green Tea Toner. Apply moisturizer or face oil of choice." -Melissa Rousseau

Merci beaucoup, Melissa! If you enjoyed this post, be sure to follow YouBeauty on Twitter!

merci beaucoup

xxo,

Kelley 

Photo Credit: Valerie Fischel, Styling: Anthony D’Argenzio/Zio & Sons

{ Feature } How to Make Money as a Freelancer 
Are you interested in becoming a freelance artist? Or maybe you already are working as a freelancer and are just unsure about how to begin booking those bigger paying jobs… one of my most fabulous friends, and fellow makeup artist, Emily Hudspeth is offering a 6 week workshop that teaches you the in’s and out’s of the industry so you can build your professionalism as an artist and start booking! I’ve known Emily for about three years, and I attribute a lot of my knowledge and growth as an artist to her. 
Emily, originally from the great state of Louisiana, has lived and worked in versatile markets such as Los Angeles and Dallas. Check out EmilyHudspeth.com to check out her work and read her full bio! Lucky for me, this fun-loving and talented girl made her way to my hometown of Richmond, VA where we first met at an art studio meet-and-greet. This is actually a really great story, so let’s get sidetracked for a sec… this "meet-and-greet" was supposed to be a costume party since it was in October… but, apparently nobody, with the exception of Emily, got the memo…. she came outrageously dressed as Katy Perry… and looked pretty effing fabulous! It wasn’t until a few months later when Em and I started working together that I found out it was supposed to be a costume party, (I just thought she was a super fun dresser?)
Anyways, back to being relevant… after discovering Emily was also a fellow PR major, makeup artist and avid wine lover, we exchanged contact info… she also told me that night she had a super awesome ice cream maker at home, so this may or may not have influenced my decision to be friends with her…
A few months later, I began assisting and shadowing her on weddings and other projects. Previously, I had been booking photo shoots and other smaller jobs here and there, but had no idea how much money I could be making as an artist… Emily really boosted my confidence, artistry skills, and professionalism as a freelancer. Since then, I’ve independently booked dozens of high paying commercial jobs, weddings, editorial shoots, and even a music video that I was flown out to Puerto Rico to film (kinda awesome, right?) 
So naturally, when Em told me she was offering a 6 week online workshop, I immediately wanted in. I’ve been working as a freelance artist for a little over 6 years now and even after booking some big jobs, I still feel there’s a lot I can improve on in order to expand my clientele and grow as a business owner…  
This workshop is an awesome opportunity for new artists as well as experienced artists… here’s a list of everything this workshop covers… brand development, determining your ideal client, creating and building a professional portfolio, designing your marketing materials, launching your website, establishing and understanding pricing, contract write-ups, accounting, tax and invoicing information (I cannot stress how helpful and important this is! It really helps you gain a sense of professionalism.), networking online and offline to build your business, how to build an awesome professional kit and tips on strengthening your skills as an artist.
How does it work? Over the 6 week group course, you’ll be able to download weekly audio recordings that you can listen to on your own time. Emily will provide additional resources, homework assignments and conduct weekly check-ins to answer all and any questions you may have. The exclusive membership to the private Facebook support group with your classmates is great for networking, sharing information and getting advice from other artists… 
If you’re ready to start making money as a freelance artist then sign up here! (actually click the ‘sign up here’)… Space is limited, you have until Saturday, September 15th to register!
Also, be sure to follow Emily on twitter, instagram, youtube and facebook! 
merci beaucoup
xxo, 
kel
Sep 6, 2013

{ Feature } How to Make Money as a Freelancer

Are you interested in becoming a freelance artist? Or maybe you already are working as a freelancer and are just unsure about how to begin booking those bigger paying jobs… one of my most fabulous friends, and fellow makeup artist, Emily Hudspeth is offering a 6 week workshop that teaches you the in’s and out’s of the industry so you can build your professionalism as an artist and start booking! I’ve known Emily for about three years, and I attribute a lot of my knowledge and growth as an artist to her. 

Emily, originally from the great state of Louisiana, has lived and worked in versatile markets such as Los Angeles and Dallas. Check out EmilyHudspeth.com to check out her work and read her full bio! Lucky for me, this fun-loving and talented girl made her way to my hometown of Richmond, VA where we first met at an art studio meet-and-greet. This is actually a really great story, so let’s get sidetracked for a sec… this "meet-and-greet" was supposed to be a costume party since it was in October… but, apparently nobody, with the exception of Emily, got the memo…. she came outrageously dressed as Katy Perry… and looked pretty effing fabulous! It wasn’t until a few months later when Em and I started working together that I found out it was supposed to be a costume party, (I just thought she was a super fun dresser?)

Anyways, back to being relevant… after discovering Emily was also a fellow PR major, makeup artist and avid wine lover, we exchanged contact info… she also told me that night she had a super awesome ice cream maker at home, so this may or may not have influenced my decision to be friends with her…

A few months later, I began assisting and shadowing her on weddings and other projects. Previously, I had been booking photo shoots and other smaller jobs here and there, but had no idea how much money I could be making as an artist… Emily really boosted my confidence, artistry skills, and professionalism as a freelancer. Since then, I’ve independently booked dozens of high paying commercial jobs, weddings, editorial shoots, and even a music video that I was flown out to Puerto Rico to film (kinda awesome, right?) 

So naturally, when Em told me she was offering a 6 week online workshop, I immediately wanted in. I’ve been working as a freelance artist for a little over 6 years now and even after booking some big jobs, I still feel there’s a lot I can improve on in order to expand my clientele and grow as a business owner…  

This workshop is an awesome opportunity for new artists as well as experienced artists… here’s a list of everything this workshop covers… brand development, determining your ideal client, creating and building a professional portfolio, designing your marketing materials, launching your website, establishing and understanding pricing, contract write-ups, accounting, tax and invoicing information (I cannot stress how helpful and important this is! It really helps you gain a sense of professionalism.), networking online and offline to build your business, how to build an awesome professional kit and tips on strengthening your skills as an artist.

How does it work? Over the 6 week group course, you’ll be able to download weekly audio recordings that you can listen to on your own time. Emily will provide additional resources, homework assignments and conduct weekly check-ins to answer all and any questions you may have. The exclusive membership to the private Facebook support group with your classmates is great for networking, sharing information and getting advice from other artists… 

If you’re ready to start making money as a freelance artist then sign up here! (actually click the ‘sign up here’)… Space is limited, you have until Saturday, September 15th to register!

Also, be sure to follow Emily on twitter, instagram, youtube and facebook

merci beaucoup

xxo, 

kel

{ Product Review } CV Skinlabs Restorative Skin Balm
This is the third product from the CV Skinlabs line I’ve tried so far. I was really happy with not only the effectiveness, but the product’s versatility. It’s a 100% organic and natural petrolatum-free balm that nourishes, softens and moisturizes severely dry skin, lips and cuticles, while calming sensitive, irritated skin. It’s the ideal remedy for not only replenishing moisture, but also healing and soothing cuts, scrapes, burns, IV areas, and new scars.
I use it most frequently as a super rich nighttime lip balm. I love mixing raw honey with sugar and using that as a homemade lip scrub, then applying the CV Skinlabs Restorative Balm. It leaves my lips feeling soft, supple and moisturized all day. I also use it a lot on my cuticles. It doesn’t have a strong scent, and absorbs quickly while still providing long-lasting moisture to my skin.
It’s derived from 100% organic and natural ingredients, and free all synthetic fragrances & dyes, parabens, formaldehyde, 1,4-dioxiane, hydroquinone, phthalates, mineral oil/petrolatum, silicones, propylene glycol, SLS/SLES, PEG/PPG, triclosan, disodium EDTA, hydroquinone, talc, MEA-DEA-TEA or chemical sunscreens.

Key Ingredients: Calendula, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Arnica—a powerful trio of plant-based antioxidants, fat-soluble vitamins and sesquiterpene lactones (a class of naturally occurring plant terpenoids), all of which are known for their healing, immune boosting, antiseptic and skin-regeneration properties.
+ Carnauba + Bee’s Wax—safeguards the moisture barrier.
+ Vitamin E—powerful, proven antioxidant; aids in wound healing.
Along with those potent key ingredients, this advanced therapy balm is infused with the exclusive CV Skinlabs Tri-Rescue complex; a blend of turmeric, alpha-bisabolol and reishi mushroom. Together these ingredients provide anti-inflammatory, wound-healing and skin-soothing properties that enable repair and healing of damaged skin.
A .5oz tube of the Restorative Skin Balm is available for $26.00 at CVSkinlabs.com! A teeny bit goes a long way so .5oz will definitely last a while. This balm makes the perfect winter go-to for dry skin, cuticle and lips, but can also be used year-round to sooth and heal minor cuts, scrapes, burns, IV areas, and new scars. Overall, I really love this product, and would definitely recommend it!
If you liked this review, be sure to check out my other CV Skinlabs product reviews, and my interview feature with CV Skinlabs’ owner and founder, Britta Aragon!
Rescue + Relief Spray Review
Calming Moisture Cream Review
Interview Feature: Britta Aragon 
Also be sure to follow CV Skinlabs and Britta Aragon on Twitter, and visit the Cincos Vidas blog!  
merci beaucoup
xxo, 
kel
Jan 28, 2013

{ Product Review } CV Skinlabs Restorative Skin Balm

This is the third product from the CV Skinlabs line I’ve tried so far. I was really happy with not only the effectiveness, but the product’s versatility. It’s a 100% organic and natural petrolatum-free balm that nourishes, softens and moisturizes severely dry skin, lips and cuticles, while calming sensitive, irritated skin. It’s the ideal remedy for not only replenishing moisture, but also healing and soothing cuts, scrapes, burns, IV areas, and new scars.

I use it most frequently as a super rich nighttime lip balm. I love mixing raw honey with sugar and using that as a homemade lip scrub, then applying the CV Skinlabs Restorative Balm. It leaves my lips feeling soft, supple and moisturized all day. I also use it a lot on my cuticles. It doesn’t have a strong scent, and absorbs quickly while still providing long-lasting moisture to my skin.

It’s derived from 100% organic and natural ingredients, and free all synthetic fragrances & dyes, parabens, formaldehyde, 1,4-dioxiane, hydroquinone, phthalates, mineral oil/petrolatum, silicones, propylene glycol, SLS/SLES, PEG/PPG, triclosan, disodium EDTA, hydroquinone, talc, MEA-DEA-TEA or chemical sunscreens.

Key Ingredients: Calendula, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Arnica—a powerful trio of plant-based antioxidants, fat-soluble vitamins and sesquiterpene lactones (a class of naturally occurring plant terpenoids), all of which are known for their healing, immune boosting, antiseptic and skin-regeneration properties.
+ Carnauba + Bee’s Wax—safeguards the moisture barrier.
+ Vitamin E—powerful, proven antioxidant; aids in wound healing.

Along with those potent key ingredients, this advanced therapy balm is infused with the exclusive CV Skinlabs Tri-Rescue complex; a blend of turmeric, alpha-bisabolol and reishi mushroom. Together these ingredients provide anti-inflammatory, wound-healing and skin-soothing properties that enable repair and healing of damaged skin.

A .5oz tube of the Restorative Skin Balm is available for $26.00 at CVSkinlabs.com! A teeny bit goes a long way so .5oz will definitely last a while. This balm makes the perfect winter go-to for dry skin, cuticle and lips, but can also be used year-round to sooth and heal minor cuts, scrapes, burns, IV areas, and new scars. Overall, I really love this product, and would definitely recommend it!

If you liked this review, be sure to check out my other CV Skinlabs product reviews, and my interview feature with CV Skinlabs’ owner and founder, Britta Aragon!

Rescue + Relief Spray Review

Calming Moisture Cream Review

Interview Feature: Britta Aragon 

Also be sure to follow CV Skinlabs and Britta Aragon on Twitter, and visit the Cincos Vidas blog!  

merci beaucoup

xxo, 

kel