Manuka Honey for the Skin and Some Love for Our Honeybees #beeaware

When friends, family and readers inquire about a product suggestion for the treatment of acne, my constant recommendation is honey! Actually, you don’t need to ask, I’ll point my finger to your spot and tell you to “just rub a little honey on it”. I must strongly emphasize that I am not referring to just any honey, but specifically raw, organic manuka honey with an activity level of 12-16. You can rub any run-of-the-mill honey into your skin until you are red in the face and not receive the benefits specific to this certain variety.

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Manuka Honey hails from New Zealand and is collected from honeybees that pollinate the native Manuka bush and it is powerful! No prescription strength cream or OTC spot treatment works in the wondrous ways as this “medical honey.” With naturally occurring antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties (due to a naturally occurring hydrogen peroxide component) it works in numerous ways to treat, heal and prevent pesky break-outs. Manuka Honey is also a natural humectant and helps to draw moisture into the skin.

Manuka Honey has been achieving a ton of buzz as it has been revealed a skin care staple for some well-known celebrities including Jessica Alba, Karlie Kloss and Petra Nemcova, and its no surprise. This special variety is a skin care superhero of sorts for treating a multitude of skin concerns, while leaving your skin soft, smooth and glowing. You can incorporate honey into your skin care in a multitude of ways. Use it as a cleanser, mask (alone or mixed with other powdered masks or spices) and as a spot treatment. Since Manuka Honey works wonders on the prevention of breakouts, its rare that I need to use it as a spot treatment, as long as I am using it regularly. A few of my favorite spices to add to a Manuka Honey mask is cinnamon, turmeric, nutmeg or raw cacao. For a super hydrating and exfoliating mask, I mix in avocado and plain yogurt. I whole-heartedly recommend ingesting this magical nectar as well.

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When it comes to choosing a honey, Wedderspoon sets the standards for providing RAW, NATURAL and UNPASTEURIZED honey and they are the first and only Non-GMO verified Manuka Honey nationwide. As a eco-conscious brand, Wedderspoon has teamed up with the Rodale Institute (a non-profit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach) to celebrate honeybees. This campaign was created to raise awareness around the decline in honeybee populations due to the effects of toxic agricultural chemicals (CCD). As I have discovered the benefits of Manuka Honey, I have gained a great amount of love and respect for our honeybees. They are an integral part of our food system as pollinators. So join me in helping to support our honeybees by following the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #beeaware.

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A Natural Flush with W3LL PEOPLE Universalist Multi-Use Colorstick #9 Nude Flush

These hot and humid summer months have me streamlining my makeup routine for quick and easy options that outperform. Multi-tasking cream products are definite must, there is no way I am applying powders to an already tacky face. Add in “luminous”, “fool-proof” and a “healthy skin formula” and you have W3LL PEOPLE’s ingenious Universalist Multi-Use Colorsticks. These color sticks are multi-tasking makeup at its finest, with an exceptionally dreamy cream formula.

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With the nourishing organic oils of grape seed, olive, camellia and safflower, along with the added benefits of antioxidants and soothing aloe, the Universalist Sticks coat your skin in a layer of skin-healthy ingredients along with vibrant color. These Colorsticks from W3LL PEOPLE are a definite stand-out for their formula and exceptional wear. A little goes a long way, as they blend seamlessly to create a healthy glowing finish that is “your skin but better”. They also layer beautifully for a more intense color payoff. The universal formula works well wherever you may place it, be it on the cheeks, eyes, or lips. The newest shade from the Universalist Multi-Use Colorstick range #9 Nude Flush, is a shade that you will actually want to apply all over.

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Nude Flush: one swipe (left) and blended (right)

Nude Flush #9 is a warm brown shade with touches of orange and pink. The formula is from the matte range, although it does have a subtle luminosity. It is a divinely flattering shade for warmer skin tones, that adds the most natural healthy flush to cheeks. I’m over the moon for this new shade addition, and have been wearing it daily (all over) paired with a self-tan.

W3LL PEOPLE Universalist Multi-Stick Colorstick $34.50

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Graydon’s The Green Cream is like ‘salad for your skin’

What a salad does for your body, Graydon’s The Green Cream does for your face. Deemed by this Canadian born brand as ‘salad for your skin‘, this all natural, nutrient-rich face cream hydrates skin like a champ.

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The Green Cream is a lightweight moisturizer that absorbs quickly and nourishes deeply. With it’s lightweight texture, it’s the perfect cream for the warmer weather months. While it is suitable for all skin types, it generously hydrates even my (sometimes very) dry skin. It contains an infusion of broccoli, avocado, jojoba, coconut and olive oils, along with aloe vera juice, to provide powerful antioxidant and inflammatory protection against free radicals. It also contains chlorophyll, which lends the cream a pale green hue and additionally aids in detoxification. An essential oil blend parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme soothes skin and works to stimulate the lymphatic system, while giving the cream a fresh peppermint scent. A little off-putting at first ill admit, but nonetheless refreshing.

The Green Cream is a fabulous moisturizer for both day and night. It wears well under makeup and hydrates skin all day. It leaves my skin feeling plumped, hydrated and glowing. It also comes at a fabulous value.

The lovely Canadian online shop Greenaby, graciously introduced me to this delectable cream. Greenaby carries a range of covetable Canadian skin care lines including, Graydon, Helena Lane, Belmondo, and Jordan River Soapworks, all of which received notable mentions in a recent blog post by Kristen Arnet’s Green Beauty Team blog.

Graydon The Green Cream $28.95

available at greenaby.ca

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New & Notable Beauty

Spring is alive with some new and very notable beauty releases. Some fantastic green beauty brands have debuted some fabulous new products that have certainly piqued my curiosity. Here is a look at some of those covetable new releases.

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The luxurious and innovative green beauty brand Kjaer Weis, just released a new bronzer called Dazzling. I had the chance to sample this new addition at the BeauTeaBar Grand Opening event. The luminous finish reminded me somewhat of their Radiance Highlighter, but in a natural bronze shade. There is also a new eyeshadow called Grace, which is a very wearable, semi-matte mocha shade, suitable to all skin tones. If you are familiar with the KW eyeshadow formula, it is exquisitely buttery smooth. A vibrant pink blush, called Happy, also made a debut. It is said to be their “most pigment blush yet.”

One Love Organics had a recent brand makeover and additionally made some slight tweaks to their existing products. With the brands new look came some new products to covet, including the Coconut + Salt Mineral Body Lotion and Gardenia + Tea Body Serum. The ‘Vitamin Collection’ from the Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics also introduced a new Vitamin C Body Polish, a sugar based body scrub featuring a highly concentrated combination of Vitamin C Ester, aloe, shea, and raw, organic sugar crystals.

Captain Blankenship just debuted several new beauty products that have certainly caught my attention. Not one, but two new face masks have joined the Captain Blankenship line-up and the ingredients already have me swooning. The Petal Gentle Flower Face Mask contains rose petals, hibiscus, french pink clay, manuka honey, chamomile, rose absolute and carrot seed oil to gently exfoliate and deeply cleanse for a radiant complexion. The Mermaid Detox Face Mask, contains french green clay, matcha tea, spirulina, bladderwrack, kelp, nettle, and the essential oils of ylang ylang, bergamot and lavender. There are also new bath salts, a natural bug repellent called Sail Away, an oil-based makeup remover, and the Ray of Light Sea Salt Sun Spray which creates beachy waves and contains essential oils to natural lighten hair when activated by the sun (a natural sun-in alternative?!).

I have been consistently coming across great praise for the Josh Rosebrook brand. Their Nutrient Day Cream has been receiving amazing reviews. I was able to try the Day Cream when I received a sample in a recent order. The consistency and texture are remarkable, not like anything I’ve come across before. The Nutrient Day Cream with SPF 30 now comes in a tinted version that I am coveting, and at a more reasonable price tag.

Green beauty pioneer, RMS Beauty has released a new collection of “nudes.” The new Eye Polish, Myth, is a very wearable and beautiful metallic taupe. Two new Lip Shines also debuted, one called Moment, which is a neutral caramel brown shade created for the one and only Gisele, and Honest, a nude, dusty rose. RMS have also introduced two new face brushes that are both well made, soft, yet firm enough to blend creams. The skin2skin Foundation brush and skin2skin Blush Brush.

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5 things this week…

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Father’s Day Men’s Shave Sets from Imbibe Skincare – Imbibe Skincare has some fabulous gifts sets available for Father’s Day. Their Pearl Essence Mineral Treatment, either used alone, or paired with their Uplifted Regenerating Face Cream, brilliantly protects the skin from shaving. I’ve personally used the Pearl Essence on my legs when shaving. The effervescent pearls ingeniously create a protective barrier that prevents against nicks and cuts, while drawing moisture into the skin and leaving skin well hydrated. Taking into consideration my experience with the pearls, I can imagine this will be a game changer for the men in your life. Imbibe has current ongoing promotions for their gifts sets, and your can use the code *mylucitedreams* to get 10% off not already reduced merchandise. imbibeskincare.com 

W3ll People Nude Flush #9 – W3ll People’s most recent addition to their line of Universalist Multi-Use Color Sticks, Nude Flush, adds the perfect pop of color to the cheeks. I’ve been a fan of the Universalist Sticks for some time and this new shade is the one I’ve been waiting for. A review and swatches to follow.

Pacifica Power of Love Palette – Another new addition added to my daily beauty repertoire is the Power of Love Palette from Pacifica. These ten gorgeous shadows have a silky texture and blend seamlessly.

Sunday Pamper – I have been quite curious of the ISUN brand for some time. I recently purchased their Phyto-Enzyme Exfoliant Powder which contain a combination of natural enzymes from papaya, yogurt, and pineapple to gently exfoliate the skin. In addition, it contains ingredients to deeply cleanse, hydrate and promote circulation. I follow-up with a deep moisturizing mask, using the Pearl Essence from Imbibe Skincare. Bronzed skin courtesy of Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Mousse in Medium. I’ve been crushing hard on Kester Black polishes, their gorgeous 5-free formula applies with ease and lasts. Buttercream is a beautiful nude that I wear on tips and toes. This Austrailian import is available in the US at seedtoserum.com.

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Green Beauty on Long Island, NY – This past Thursday Beauteabar had a grand opening celebration for their new store in beautiful Cold Spring Harbor, located in Long Island, New York. It was a lovely event with lots of green beauty goodies. An expertly curated selection of Brands available in store and online include, RMS, Kjaer Weis, Evolh, May Lindstrom Skin, La Bella Figura, Nūdus Australia and many more. Owner Marissa, is  charming and incredibly knowledgable in the world of green beauty. 

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Coat Your Skin in a Layer of Good with Imbibe Skincare’s Holy Body Cream II*

Coat your skin in a layer of all that is good with Imbibe Skincare’s Holy Body Creams. These all natural and organic body moisturizers have a rich decadent texture that quickly absorbs, leaving behind long-lasting hydration and intensely nourished skin.

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Imbibe’s Holy Body Creams come in two delightfully fragranced options, I (Frankincense & Myrr) and II (Cinnamin & Ginger). I thoroughly admire both fragrances, but take a slight lean toward the spiciness of the cinnamon and ginger combination. The essential oils of cinnamon, ginger and juniper berry create a warm and grounding fragrance that relaxes and soothes the mind and body. The Holy Body Cream II* contains natural, organic, and wildcrafted ingredients that penetrate deeply, leaving skin incredibly soft and buttery smooth. A little goes a long way, as the cream amply hydrates without leaving behind any greasy residue, making it a perfect option for the warmer months. Additional analgesic and antiseptic qualities aim to soothe tired muscles and aching joints.

The Holy Body Cream II blends together desert sage, juniper berry, larrea, dandelion, and alfalfa, aloe vera, brown rice, sugar cane, calendula, wild raw honey and wasabi extract, along with olive and coconut oils. An additional selection of vitamins and minerals are added to replenish and renew, to reveal your softest skin. Coating your skin from head-to-toe with the Holy Body Creams is an absolute blissful way to end a long day.

Imbibe Holy Body Cream II $26

Get 10% off Imbibe Skincare with code *mylucitedreams*

Offer not valid on products currently on promotion, include Mixology Sets and Collections.

available at imbibeskincare.com

Head of to Imbibe Skincare’s Blog to read an interview featuring yours truly. 

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Leahlani Skincare Encapsulates the Spirit and Soul of Hawaii

Leahlani Skincare encapsulates the spirit and soul of Hawaii in their line of all natural and organic skin care. Each product is hand-crafted from locally sourced ingredients and infused with the scents and flavors of Hawaii. Creator and aesthetician, Leah Klasovsky, created her natural line of skin care to personally treat her own skin concerns. After receiving astounding results from her own creations, Leahlani Skincare was thus born.

“The intention that I put into my line is that you will truly fall in love with your skincare ritual, that you begin and end your day with a little aloha and the best of intentions.” – Leah Klasovsky

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In the Mahana Organic Coco Infusion*, pure unrefined coconut oil, cold pressed organic macadamia oil , kukui nut oil, and sea buckthorn oil are combined to create this multi-tasking head-to-toe body moisturizer. This amped up coconut oil infusion is rich in fatty acids and antioxidants, and contains Leahlani’s signature ‘Mahana’ fragrance (a blend of coconut cream and vanilla). Simply apply it anywhere moisture is needed and bask in its tropical essence. Use it on the hair as an overnight mask, pre-shampoo treatment, or before styling to tame frizz and deeply condition. Apply to legs in the shower to protect your skin from shaving, and afterwards onto damp skin as a body moisturizer. The Infusion is a beach-bag essential to nourish skin and hair, before and after sun exposure.

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In addition to skin care, Leahlani offers a line of exotic fragrances, each blended in an organic jojoba oil base. With five enticing perfume oil offerings, it may be hard to choose just one. The perfume oils come packaged in a glass bottle and features a rollerball application. A little goes a long way, and the fragrances linger all day. Leah’s favorite application method is to apply the oil to palms, and then to rake your fingers to your hair.

Pua Lei* is a gorgeous blend of the Hawaiian puakenikeni flower (popularly used in the traditional Hawaiian Lei) and tuberose. The combination is a sweet, clean and soft floral fragrance, that invokes blissful memories of sunshine and summer. It reminds me of my first true fragrance love, Pure Grace from Philosophy.

Mahana*, as featured in the Coco Infusion, is the pure essence of a tropical vacation. The coconut and vanilla fragrance combination will surely transport to the beach.

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