Dreamy Picks: March

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  • Lina Hanson recently debuted her Satori Perfume Oil, as I reviewed here. This blend of warm vanilla, sandalwood, yuzu and ginger is utterly intoxicating, and an easy stand-out amid my favorites for the month.
  • Au Naturale’s Lipstick in Innocence has been my daily go-to since I first got my hands on it. It’s the perfect soft pink and has a balmy texture. I’m nearly close to finishing it, which is something I’ve only done once before. If your curious as to what that lipstick was, it was MAC Bubbles. I was 16 and had a white, shimmery pout and I loved it.
  • Jane Iredale’s Lip Definers are deliciously creamy, a favorite formula for sure. The shade Spice is the perfect pinky-nude, that is just a touch deeper than my natural lip color. It pairs brilliantly with Au Naturale Innocence.
  • Kari Gran Lip Whips are a divine treat for your pout. The shade Radiance is a beautiful glossy pink, that is perfect on it own, or layered over any lip shade. (review)
  • Prickly Pear Seed Oil is having moment. I am unequivocally a devout fan of this precious wonder oil (review). I apply Kahina’s Pricky Pear Seed Oil to my eye area, both day and night. The results have been nothing short of a miracle. My under eye area has significantly lightened, so much so, that I have been able to switch up my under-eye concealer to one that offers less coverage. Which leads me to…
  • Though not nearly short on coverage, the RMS “Un” Cover Up is a brilliant under-eye concealer. It’s no secret, as this product is highly coveted by the industry elites. It covers, yet offers an undetectable finish ‘goals’. I do like to set the ‘Un” Cover Up with the RMS “Un” Powder, as the formula is quite creamy. (review)
  • Speaking of “undetectable finishes”, I introduce you to the ‘mother’. The Gressa Minimalist Serum Foundation is one ingenious formula. Forget that it’s completely natural, forget that it is actually good for your skin. This formula trumps all serum foundations on the market today, be it ‘clean’ or not. Two to three drops is all that is needed. It glides across your face with no effort at all, leaving behind the most natural coverage. I am currently wearing a mix of shades 3 and 4.
  • Kumari Luxury Sandalwood and Magnolia Body Oil makes me feel as though I’m spoiling myself on the regular. I am smitten with the fragrance of this oil, and of course I adore how it nourishes my skin. (review)
  • I have recently posted about the Imbibe Pearl Essence Cleansing Mineral Treatment. This  powdered cleanser effectively washes away impurities in the most gentlest way. I’ve been adding this versatile treatment powder into my shampoo, as recommended, with excellent results. It has been helping to normalize my finicky scalp.
  • The Jurlique Wrinkle Sofening Cream is an excellent moisturizer for dry skin. I’m not certain why I haven’t shared this product yet, though I feel a review is certainly in order. This is my second tube and a go-to for when I’m in need of extra moisture. In considering the recent weather conditions here in New York, I’ve been reaching for this one regularly.

DIY At Home Facial

Once a week at-home facials can take your skin care to the next level and deliver tremendous results. While I rely on professional facials for physical extractions, I maintain my skin with a weekly facial to help keep my pores clear and my complexion radiant. I use these five key steps.

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Cleanse:

Start by giving your skin a thorough ‘double cleansing’. First, remove makeup with a product intended to do just that. Follow up by using your favorite cleanser to completely cleanse the skin.

Exfoliate:

Use a gentle exfoliator to remove dead skin cells. My preference is one in a powdered form containing enzymes for an added chemical exfoliation, like Brand New Day from One Love Organics. Using your fingertips gently buff away, using small circular motions. Pay attention to areas that are more prone to dryness, and continue down your neck. Exfoliation is a key step in achieving a glowing complexion.

Steam:

Steaming your skin is a necessary, if often overlooked, step to detoxify the skin and open pores. By opening the pores, your skin will gain the maximum benefits for the next step, when you apply a facial mask. For a ‘no frills’ steam, position yourself over a pot of boiling water (not too close) and place a towel over your head to collect the steam. For extra benefits add in some herbs and essential oils.

Mask:

Directly after steaming, apply a deep-cleansing face mask, suitable for your skin type. I am a firm believer in the deep-cleansing benefits of clays and activated bamboo charcoal. These two ingredients will help draw out dirt and impurities, and tighten pores. The May Lindstrom’s The Problem Solver and Osmia Organics Detox Exfoliating Mask receive my highest recommendations.

Facial Massage:

A Facial Massage boosts circulation and stimulates the muscles and lymphatic system. By stimulating the facial muscles, you relieve tension and work to literally iron out fine lines. As you stimulate the lymphatic system you drain out toxins, reliving puffiness, which is incredibly beneficial for the eye area. The result is instant as your skin will appear smoother with a youthful radiance. All you need is a few minutes and your favorite face oil. Into the Gloss posted a how-to video that best shows how to perform a personal facial massage.

If you take the time to love your skin, your skin will love you back. By performing a ritual of pampering yourself, you promote feelings of self-love. Taking time to care for yourself is never selfish, but an integral part of our well-being. If a 5-step facial doesn’t agree with your schedule, break up the routine. Apply a mask post-shower or perform a facial massage in the evenings at bedtime. Whatever you can do, is better than nothing. Commit to skin-care.

The Acne Solution

Acne can certainly be a pain to treat. I’ve suffered only minor break-outs throughout my adolescence, only to later have a bad bout of it in my mid-twenties. I was left frustrated as I trialed through a countless assortment of over the counter and prescription strength creams, to no avail. It wasn’t until I switched up my skin care routine to include all natural treatments and remedies, with the inclusion of a skin cleansing machine, that I cleared my skin up. Through my love for skin care and fondness for sampling new products, I feel I’ve perfected my clear-skin routine. I know this method works because if I slip up on my routine, my skin reacts instantly, but that’s ok because I got it covered. I’m hoping that though my experience I can help you to find your acne solution. the-acne-solution

The Cleanser

Shea Terra Argan Oil & Acacia Honey Api-Therapy Facial Wash – I discovered this product through a subscription sampling service. After a few days of use, I was blown away by how clear it made my skin. If I’m ever without it, my skin reacts almost instantly. I use this gentle cleanser in the mornings and in the evenings with a Clarisonic, after I’ve removed my makeup. (see my review) (buy)

The Toner

 S.W. Basics of Brooklyn Toner – This toner alone has tuned me into a ACV devotee. I attribute this 5-ingredient all-natural toner for keeping my skin calm and my PH in check.  (see my review) (buy)

The All Purpose Treatment

Wedderspoon 100% Raw Manuka Honey Active 16+ – If you haven’t already, its time to get on the Manuka Honey bandwagon. Wedderspoon’s Manuka Honey works wonders as a spot treatment for blemishes. Any break-out will literally be gone overnight without a trace. You won’t be left with any unsightly redness or dryness, as with your typical spot treatments. Manuka Honey works beautifully as a face mask, not only to keep break-outs away, but also to intensely hydrate and nourish the skin. I also use it for a quick cleanse in the mornings alone, or mixed in with an exfoliating powder. Since witnessing the miracle this ingredient has done to my skin, I’ve actually starting consuming it regularly. (buy)

Skin Care Routine Roundup III

Since my last skin care roundup post I’ve discovered some new and incredible products. Also as a skin care fanatic, I am always testing some recently acquired additions. One huge standout these past couple of months is the S.W. Basics Toner. This products alone has completely cured a nasty bout of Seborrheic Dermatitis that I was dealing with. Another favorite is the Shea Terra Cleanser which continues to keep me blemish-free.

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Morning

cleanse – Shea Terra Argan Oil & Acacia Honey Facial Wash (review)

tone – Gressa Rejuvenating Mist (review)

oil/serum – MVO Pacific Facial Oil (testing)

cream – Dr. Alkaitis Night Cream

eye cream – Arcona Eye Serum (new and loving)

+ Kahina Argan Oil if needed (review)

Evening

makeup remover – Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Active Moisture Cleansing Oil (review)

cleanse – Wedderspoon Manuka Honey or Shea Terra Cleanser (using clarisonic)

tone – S.W. Basics Toner (review to follow)

serum/oil – RMS Beauty Oil (not pictured)

cream – Dr. Alkaitis Night Cream and Kahina Argan Oil (if needed)

eye – Arcona Eye Serum

Treatments

  • Shea Terra Organics Rosemary & Herb Facial Steam
  • Osmia Organics Detox Exfoliating Mask (review)
  • Gressa Dirty Pretty Things (review)
  • One Love Organics Brand New Day
  • Kahina Giving Beauty Antioxidant Mask (review)
  • Wedderspoon Organic Manuka Honey Active 16+

Shea Terra Argan Oil and Acacia Honey Facial Wash (Api-Therapy)

Shea Terra is a brand that continuously impresses me as I further familiarize myself with their extensive line. This do-good brand features a large variety of natural and organic products that come at a great value. A definite must-try from the line is their Argan Oil and Acacia Honey Facial Wash. I discovered this facial wash when it was included in one of my sample boxes from Goodebox, I was instantly hooked.

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The Argan Oil and Acacia Honey Api-Therapy Facial Wash (boy that’s a mouthful) contains wild harvested African honey, shea butter, argan oil, coconut oil and olive oil. It effectively cleanses skin deep down, ever so gently. It smoothes, softens and feels nourishing even on my dry skin. Since incorporating this cleanser into my skin care routine (along with my weekly Manuka Honey Masks) break-outs are far and few between. I might even call them a non occurance, even when my monthly cycle approaches. Do be cautious not to get this in your eyes, it’s a vicious thing.

Shea Terra Argan Oil & Acacia Honey Facial Wash $22 sheaterra.com