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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*sample generously provided

Kumari Luxury Magnolia & Sandalwood Nourishing Bath Soak and Nourishing Body Oil*

Kumari Luxury invites you to take a moment for yourself. To set aside a time to slip away and experience the moment, by engaging in a ritualistic beauty tradition to love and nurture your body, erase your mind, and stimulate your senses. Kumari truly has me captivated with their salubrious blends of pure, natural, and organic ingredients, with exquisite fragrance combinations that refresh the mind and revitalize the body.

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Nourishing Bath Soak (Magnolia & Sandalwood)*

The Nourishing Bath Soak consists of a two-part bath series that allows for one very indulgent bathing experience. The first part is a bath oil brimming with intensely nourishing oils, herbs, and spices. Get ready for your softest skin yet, as high-performance hydrators coat the skin with anti-aging antioxidants, and vitamin E. After a soak, any further moisturization is superfluous. Consider me amazed, as the oils left my skin soft, subtle, and hydrated all day long. The combination of Magnolia and Sandalwood creates a warm and exotic fragrance, that has me anxious for my next bath. The second part is epsom salt soak, to detoxify and relax sore, tired muscles, in combination with calendula to soothe and calm the skin. This magical duo has me making the best of my ‘me’ time, as I come out completely renewed.

Bath Oil Ingrediens:: Prunus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil*, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Nut Oil*, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Nut Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Nut Oil*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Magnolia Acuminata Extract, Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood), Eclipta Alba*, Rubia Cordifolia*, Sida Cordifolia*, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric)*, Glycrrhiza Glabra (Licorice)*, Hemidesmus Indicus Root*, Withania Somnifera* and Messua Ferra (Saffron).
Bath Salt Ingredients: Naturally Processed Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt), Dried Calendula Officinalis*, Eclipta Alba*, Rubia Cordifolia*, Sida Cordifolia*, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric)*, Glycrrhiza Glabra (Licorice)*, Hemidesmus Indicus Root*, Withania Somnifera*. *Certfied Organic

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Kumari Luxury Nourishing Body Oil Magnolia & Sandalwood*

In the Nourishing Body Oil, many of my absolute favorite oils are united to create one deliciously effective moisturizer. This golden elixir applies with ease to damp skin. A little goes a long way, as you get your bang for your buck with a generous 4 oz. dropper bottle. Skin is left with a healthy radiance as it’s intensely nourished. The same magnolia and sandalwood fragrance (as in the bath soak) coats the skin in the most amazing fragrance. These two notes, when combined, create a warming, calming, and grounding sensory experience this is utterly intoxicating and sexy. I will reapply this oil throughout the day, onto my pulse points, to refresh the fragrance. The Nourishing Body Oil, aside for its skin benefits, has become a fragrance favorite.

Nourishing Body Oil Ingredients: Prunus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil*, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Nut Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Nut Oil*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Nut Oil*, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Magnolia Acuminata Extract, Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood), Eclipta Alba*, Rubia Cordifolia*, Sida Cordifolia*, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric)*, Glycrrhiza Glabra (Licorice)*, Hemidesmus Indicus Root*, Withania Somnifera* and Messua Ferra (Saffron). *Certified Organic

 Kumari Luxury Nourishing Bath Soak Magnolia & Sandalwood $48 Nourishing Body Oil Magnolia & Sandalwood $38

available at kumariluxury.com

*samples – all words expressed are my own and true to my own personal experience

Valentine’s Day Beauty

What is sexy? Confidence is sexy. No matter what is that makes you feel your most beautiful, stick to that and don’t alter it for anyone. Whether it be smoky eyes, pink lips, blue lips, black lace or velour onesies, go with it. Need some suggestions? Her are a few suggestions.

Flying Solo for Valentine’s Day? I want you to consider these suggestions as well. There is no love like self-love. Nurture and care for yourself habitually, just for you, because that is a good enough reason.

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Elevate the mood with Moon Juice Sex DustThis holistic blend of libido-enhancing ingredients, including Maca and Cacao, promises to warm you up and “send waves of blood to all the right places.”

Create touchable texture with Oribe Dry Texturizing SprayThis ‘cult classic’ creates a perfectly undone look, while adding volume to your roots, and leaving behind an incredible fragrance. For soft, tousled waves, curl hair with a wide barrel curling iron, at least 1 1/2 inches. Flip head upside down and mist hair from roots to ends.

Achieve your softest skin with the Captain Blankenship Rosemary & Lemongrass Body ScrubA personal favorite, this chocolate scented scrub effortlessly sloughs off dead skin, while leaving behind a veil of dewy moisture.

Get kissable lips with the Bite Beauty Champagne Agave Lip MaskTreat your dry, chapped pout by drenching your lips in moisture. Champagne contains a subtle rose-gold hue and has a deliciously fruity taste, that is sure to keep you lip-locked.

Keep the red off your lips and put it on your tips, with a red statement nail, like RGB Nail Polish in Too RedAccording to science, this rosy hue gains popularity within the male sex. So ladies, lets keep it ‘on’ ourselves by adding a pop to our digits.

A natural glowing complexion can be achieved, courtesy of RMS Living LuminizerEnhance your look by applying this brilliant highlighter to the brow bones, cheekbones, and down the bridge of your nose. For little extra lighting, add it to your collarbone.

Create ambience by candlelight, with a fresh and floral fragrance, like the ‘limited edition’ Rosafolia candle by Diptyque. Fresh Ivy and Turkish rose combined with galbanum and  geranium, unite to create a fresh green fragrance with soft floral notes.

Spritz yourself with a sexy scent, like Honres des Pres Love CoconutThough not your typical tropical coconut fragrance, this one combines fresh coconut milk in a base of tonka bean and vanilla bourbon with a base of white cedar and organic coconut essence. The invoking combination creates a warm and sultry bouquet.

Look better naked as you achieve flawless skin with PRTTY PeaushunThe ‘pretty potion’ contains a subtle amount of shimmer to conceal minor imperfections and create a slimmer silhouette. A combination of natural botanical extracts work to lift, firm, and tighten. It’s brilliant!

Get beautifully bronzed with the Tarte Brazilliance Self TannerThis self-tanner from Tarte applies like a breeze with an included application mitt. The best part? It smells of vanilla.

 I want to know, what makes you feel sexy?

Balmy Brilliance – Kahina Fez Hand and Body Balm*

Kahina Giving Beauty unleashes an all-healing golden balm that magically erases all of our dry skin woes.

The Fez Hand and Body Balm* is a highly concentrated salve that contains mega doses of Kahina’s own ‘liquid gold’ argan oil, along with soothing and calming calendula, in a base of carrot seed oil, shea butter, coconut oil and mango nut butter.

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The Fez Hand and Body Balm contains Kahina’s own signature Fez fragrance in ample doses. An intoxicating blend of essential oils, including rose, bergamot, ylang ylang, geranium, patchouli, sandalwood, clove, cumin and rosemary combine to create an aromatherapeutic experience that aids in relieving stress and calming nerves. Upon application, there is an almost warming sensation that soothes both the mind, and body instantaneously.

This overachieving moisturizer aims at healing, soothing, and calming weather-ravaged hands, as well as our driest bits (think elbows, heels, and knees). A little goes a long way, as it spreads with ease. It’s a seasonal must have, as dry skin doesn’t stand a chance against this brilliant balm.

As a hand moisturizer, this balm touches perfection. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave behind a dreaded sticky-palm situation. I’ve personally struggled with painful eczema on my hands. After only a few days of use, the Fez Hand and Body Balm completely cured my skin dilemma, as it immediately calmed the dreaded painful itch.

Kahina Fez Hand and Body Balm $48

  available at beautyhabit.com, thedetoxmarket.com

 *Sample

Captain Blankenship – Rosemary & Lemongrass Body Scrub & Sunshine Body Cream

Captain Blankenship tugs at my heart strings with their brilliantly executed line of beauty products. Each product is hand-crafted from all organic, wildcrafted or natural ingredients, with an emphasis placed on fragrance. I am giddy to share my love for this brand today.

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The Rosemary & Lemongrass Sugar Scrub* is an all-in-one scrub for body, face, and lips. In this scrub, a combination of all organic ingredients, including cane sugar, brown rice flour, and apricot kernel meal combine with organic almond oil to create the perfect texture, that is neither too harsh, nor too gentle, but just right. A generous amount of oil keeps the skin well moisturized long after use. Organic essential oils of rosemary, lemongrass, and blood orange blend to create a vibrant, uplifting scent that clings to the skin. After use, skin is left soft, supple and glowing. It is a marvelous lip exfoliator, and if I may say so, it’s quite delicious as well. As someone who samples a lot of products, I can easily claim that this is ‘hands down’ the best scrub I’ve come across.

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Captain Blankenship nails it again with their Sunshine Body Cream*. In this delectably creamy treat, organic virgin coconut oil, organic cocoa butter, organic rosehip seed oil, organic jojoba oil, vitamin e, rosemary antioxidant and beeswax combine to create a ‘melt on your skin‘ situation. It applies with ease, and distributes intense hydration evenly across the skin. My skin loves it as it drinks it all up. It has a delightfully subtle fragrance of rich dark chocolate and coconut. The Sunshine Body Cream is perfect for cold winter months as it nourishes deeply. I also love it on the lips.

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Rosemary & Lemongrass Sugar Scrub $24 and Sunshine Body Cream $24

Available at captainblankenship.com and rodales.com

*sample

Lina Hanson Global Baby Serum

Lina Hanson’s beloved line of Global Serums for the face and body have recently expanded to include a little something special for your little someone special. The Global Baby Serum was developed specifically for the sensitive skin of a newborn and is free of fragrance and nut oils, in case of allergies. The serum additionally contains ingredients known to increase skin’s elasticity and to treat stretch marks, making it perfect for new and expecting mothers.

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The Global Baby Serum contains only the gentlest oils of natural and organic origin, so they are perfect for sensitive skin. Watermelon Seed Oil (Kalahari Oil) is this serum’s featured ingredient. This prized oil contains high levels of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, which help the skin to restore and maintain its elasticity. Watermelon Seed Oil also works to eliminate toxins from the skin, and assists in the removal of excess sebum, making it suitable for the treatment of cradle cap.

In addition, Global Baby Serum contains safflower seed oil, jojoba seed oil, sunflower seed oil, camellia seed oil, apricot kernel oil and grape seed oil. The serum provides intense hydration to even the driest skin, without leaving behind any greasy residue. It absorbs quickly, to both wet and/or dry skin, leaving behind the softest skin. The serum’s ability to absorb into the skin so quickly, makes it a great option for the warmer months. I would recommend this oil to anyone young or old. I am personally already addicted to this fragrance-free body serum for myself. I have every intention of spoiling all the mom’s and moms-to-be in my life with this gorgeous creation from Lina Hanson.

 Lina Hanson Global Baby Serum $35

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Summer Ready Skin

Summer is officially here! But, before you throw on that bikini, or don a shorter hemline, its time to get our skin into its best shape yet. Here is my personal recipe for your softest skin ever!

 

summer-ready-skinExfoliation is key to achieve to achieving softer, smoother skin. Take up dry-brushing to slough off dry skin and to promote blood circulation. I am also a fan on bath gloves for easy in-shower exfoliation. I like to thoroughly exfoliate with a heavy hand twice a week. Add in a good scrub with lots of oils in between. Once I have thoroughly scoured and scrubbed, I slather on a mixture of coconut oil and Waxelene. Afterwards, throw on a terry robe and allow yourself some downtime to let the mixture absorb into the skin. Follow up with a body oil, like One Love Organic for Elizabeth Dehn’s Active Moisture Body Serum, to add a healthy dewy glow. Or, try Prtty Peaushun Skin Tight Body Lotion to conceal minor imperfections and to add an enviable radiance. Repeat.

 What are your summer skin favorites?