With pleasure I bid adieu to 2016! This past year was a doozy, but yet, a year filled with incredible beauty (products). I’ve had the incredible opportunity to discover so many incredible products in 2016, some very notable products that have really blown me away and just when I thought I’ve seen it all. Here are a few of the true stand outs of 2016 that have easily gained their place amidst my all-time faves.
For all your beauty needs (well several) — meet Nucifera’s The Balm*. This amped up coconut oil based balm is a multitasking wonder. As author of The Coconut Kitchen, Nucifera brand creator, Meredith Baird knows a thing or two about the vast benefits of coconut oil. Meredith created The Balm, to simplify our beauty routine with a “distinctive blend of the most healing and effective plant-based butters and oils found on earth.”
“Use THE BALM to moisturize all over, remove dirt and makeup, condition hair, improve dry skin conditions, treat acne problems, minimize wrinkles, reduce inflammation and so much more.”
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.
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.
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
Gressa Skin’s Lip Boosts are an all-natural lip product that drench your lips in nourishing botanicals. These lipstick/balm hybrids are a versatile product that can go from a wearable matte stain, to a to a vibrant glossy red lip, depending on your application. Always moisturizing and never drying, the Lip Boosts claim their place amid my favorite lip products. Since first discovering the shade Bare, my collection has only grown, as Gressa Skin continues to add more shades to the line.
Gressa Lip Boost in Aux Rouge is a classic and ultra-flattering red shade. For a red-stained lip, I just tap some Aux Rouge onto my lips, using my fingertip. For a vibrant red glossy lip, I recommend using the Gressa Lip Brush for a heavier and more defined look. Aux Rouge has a long wear time, with a soft, moisturizing feel.
Gressa Lip Boost in Aux Rouge
Wearing Aux Rouge applied with a lip brush for a vibrant, glossy finish.
Gressa Lip Boosts are a must-try for all you ingredient nerds, or for those who suffer from chronically dry lips.
Gressa Lip Boost in Aux Rouge $26 at gressaskin.com
Gressa’s Lip Boosts are a new lip product where non-toxic makeup meets glamour, at a uncompromised standard. These lipstick/balm hybrids protect your pout with a slew of all-natural ingredients that treats your lips like your favorite balm, but coats them like your favorite lipstick. It contains a combination of castor oil, carnauba wax, cacao butter, coconut oil, sea buckthorn oil and Coenzyme Q10 along a proprietary blend of precious oils. These Lip Boosts are available in three shades, Lavish, Brilliant and Bare.
Bare is a pinky-nude with slight shimmer and shine. This flattering pink is pigmented enough to wear alone, and a perfect every day shade. It wears well and conditions lips long after its worn. The Lip Boost is the only lip product you need, and I’m never without mine.
If you’re looking to incorporate more natural, non-toxic makeup options into your routine, you can count on brands like Gressa to make that transition easy. If your just looking for an all-around great lip product that deeply nourishes, the Gressa Lip Boost is for you.
Gressa Lip Boost $21 gressaskin.com