The Divine Beauty that is the Mahalo Skincare Rare Indigo Beauty Balm

You know when you’re in the presence of such beauty that you’re left tongue-tied and babbling? This was the case when I was introduced to the divine creation that is the Rare Indigo Beauty Balm from Mahalo Skincare*. I was at a loss for words in writing this review.

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Reset your Complexion – Mahalo Skin Care Pele Mask

There is one product that I believe every woman should have on hand and that’s a detoxifying face mask. These deep cleansing masks typically contain some mineral-rich clays and are often seen in combination with bamboo activated charcoal powder and/or raw cacao. They basically work like a reset button for the skin, diving deep down into pores and extracting impurities, leaving skin clearer, more refined and radiant. I always say, if you’re not wowed by your results after one use, you’re not using the right mask. There a few masks in my beauty arsenal that have that wow factor, then when I met the Pele Mask from Mahalo Skin Care and was beside myself. 

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My Bluemercury Top Picks and a $50 Gift Card Giveaway

If navigating through the makeup displays at your local department stores strikes you as a bit overwhelming – the extensive offerings, the excitable salespeople anxious to sell you something, anything really, don’t dismay. This is where the luxury beauty and spa retailer, Bluemercury comes in. Bluemercury is more of a curated boutique, carrying a finely tuned selection of your favorite department store brands and more, while offering customers expert advise sans the “pitch”. Bluemercury additionally carries some of my favorite niche green beauty brands, including Odacité, Tammy Fender, and RMS. 

Check out some of my Bluemercury top picks and keep on reading to see how to enter for a chance to win a $50 gift card!

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Bedside Companion: Henné Organics Luxury Lip Balm

The lip balm addiction is real! Most mainstream balms contain skin-irritating ingredients like menthol, camphor, phenol, alcohol and fragrance. Sure, they might feel soothing on contact, but in actuality these ingredients are only drying out your pout further, causing you to rehydrate in no time. Stop the habit, by reaching for an all natural blend of oils and waxes, like Henné Organics Luxury Lip Balm*.

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A Summer Glow with One Love Organics Gardenia + Tea Antioxidant Body Serum

You diligently slather your face with highly concentrated face oils and serums to promote a more youthful glow, great! So, why would you treat your body anything differently? You can find a wide range of antioxidant-rich body oils on the market, that work to hydrate, protect, and deliver more youthful and radiant skin. If you haven’t already incorporated a body oil into your daily routine, its time. A stand-out for certain, in the world of high performance body serums, is the One Love Organics Gardenia + Tea Antioxidant Body Serum. This potent anti-aging serum, loaded with active naturals, hydrates exceptionally and provides an undeniable glow.

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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.