Current Skin Care Routine July 2017

My skin has been very happy this summer, which is not always the case. With travel, exposure to the sun and chlorine pools, my skin tends to become quite stressed. Yet with my current routine and diligence, my skin is thriving through the stressors. I’m always quite regular in my routine, only changing up masks according to my needs and occasionally switching up moisturizers in regard to the days activities. One important change I’ve made is that I’ve ridded my routine of harsh cleansers – anything that makes my skin feel “squeaky clean” is gone from my daily regimen and replaced with only the gentlest and most hydrating options. This has made a tremendous difference in my dry skin, which never feels dry these days but quite dewy actually.

Even though its mid-summer, my skin still craves layers. Ultra nourishing oils, always topped with a water-based moisturizer works best for me.

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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.

Holiday Gift Guide (over $50)

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  1. The next best this to a crackling fireplace is a Dyptique Feu de Bois Candle. In the Photophore Set, this essential winter fragrance is paired along with a decorative hand-made glass photophore. $160 diptyqueparis.com
  2. The Kahina Giving Beauty Glow Box is a ‘limited edition’ set that features three best-sellers to have you glowing from head-to-toe. It contains Kahina’s infamous Argan Oil, an exfoliating Lavender Rosemary soap, and the aromatic FEZ Body Oil. $75 beautyhabit.com
  3. A cool-mist humidifier is a must during the dry winter months. The harsh cold weather and indoor heating can be damaging to the skin. Help your complexion and promote well-being with the Broksonic Hybrid Ultrasonic Humidifier and Diffuser. It’s as chic as it is functional. $125 brookstone.com
  4. Deeply nourish skin with the precious oils found in Lina Hanson Global Body Serum. $63 spiritbeautylounge.com
  5. A sure win for the skin savvy is the May Lindstrom Skin The Problem Solver. This deep-cleaning corrective mask deeply cleanses the skin like no other and is worth ever penny. $90 ecodivabeauty.com
  6. The Queen of the Hive Face Contour Cream is a fabulous hydrating and firming cream. Myself, as well as my mother, are firm believers in its benefits. $79.99 wedderspoon.com
  7. Send someone off to a ‘Tropical Getaway’ with this gift set from Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics. It features a the very popular Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil, Vitamin C Body Oil and yet to be released Vitamin C Body Oil. #lovesmellslikepineapples $129 oneloveorganics.com

Kjaer Weis Foundation

The Kjaer Weis brand takes clean cosmetics to the next level. Their most recent foundation release proves this yet again with a new remarkable formula. The foundation protects and nurtures the skin with age-defying oils, such as sweet almond oil, coconut oil, and jojoba oil. Staying within the Kjaer Weis Philosophy, all products are created with all natural and organic ingredients, while never compromising on luxury and effectiveness.

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Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation has a unique texture and its performance is superior to other green beauty products out there. This cream foundation easily contends with some of my favorite bases, green or not. With medium coverage, the KW foundation blurs pores and covers imperfections exceptionally, as well as covering pesky dark circles. While it has a fuller coverage, it remains fairly undetectable on the skin, with a satin finish. Kjaer Weis Foundation easily creates a no-makeup look.

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The Cream Foundation can be applied with a foundation brush, beauty blender, or with just your fingertips. For sheer coverage, a damp sponge works beautifully. I personally prefer to use my fingertips, applying the foundation in a rolling motion, applying more product in areas that desire more coverage. I love the control of coverage that this formula provides. I do find it necessary to moisturize skin beforehand for easier application. Kahina’s Argan Oil or One Love Organics Morning Glory are my personal favorite picks. After I have applied the foundation, I go over my whole face with a damp BB to smooth the whole look. The satin finish allows you to skip your powder. Touch-ups are a breeze with this formula.

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Paper Thin is for fair to medium complexions with pink undertones and warm enough to suit my complexion.

kw-swatches photo’s are before and after blended

 Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation is $68 including the compact (refills are $40)

Available at my favorite online eco-beauty boutique ecodivabeauty.com

Have you tried the Kjaer Weis Foundation? Thoughts?

Queen of the Hive by Wedderspoon Face Contour Cream Review and Giveaway

Queen of the Hive “gives you the royal treatment” with their all natural line of skincare featuring Wedderspoon’s highly regarded manuka honey. In the Queen of the Hive Face contour Cream, rare New Zealand Manuka Honey is blended together with bee venom and a combination of well-sourced natural and organic botanicals to stimulate, nourish, and intensely moisturize the skin.

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INGREDIENTS: Canadian glacial water, *rose hydrosol (rosa damascena), lanette wax (cocos nuciferia, cetearyl glucoside, cetearyl alcohol), *apricot kernel oil (prunus armeniaca kernel oil), *cocoa butter (theobroma cacao seed butter), *hydrolyzed rhizobian gum, acacia senegal gum, *manuka active (OMA) honey (mel), *refined avocado oil (persea gratissima oil), *beeswax (cera alba), natural phenethyl alcohol, *marshmallow root (althaea officinalis root), *rosehip oil (rosa fruit oil), *evening primrose oil (oenothera biennis oil), *vitamin e (mixed tocopherols), *vanilla (vanilla planifolia), *ylang ylang essential oil (cananga odorate flower), *egyptian geranium oil (pelargonium graveolens oil), bee venom (Apitoxin).
*ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

The Queen of the Hive Face Contour Cream contain’s an impressive list of all natural and organic antioxidant-rich ingredients. Wedderspoon’s raw active manuka honey, featured in the Queen of the Hive Face Contour Cream, is a natural miracle for the skin and an essential in my own personal skin care routine. The Contour Cream also contains a blend of exquisite natural oils, cocoa butter, beeswax and essential oils to provide optimal hydration and anti-aging benefits. The addition of bee venom (derived from cruelty-free extraction practices) stimulates blood flow to the skin triggering the production of collagen and elastin.

In just a few days, the Face Contour Cream will have your skin looking fresh and feeling deeply nourished. When used overnight, you awaken to a dewy and plump complexion. I was personally surprised to find just how well conditioned my skin felt by morning. The bee venom creates only the slightest tingle. After just a few days of use, its benefits are obvious. Skin appears firmer and in an overall healthier condition. The Face Contour Cream is perfect for any skin type and a great natural alternative to injections. See this very informative review from Sarita of ediblefacial.com.

 The Giveaway

Queen of the Hive has generously provided a Face Contour Cream for one lucky My Lucite Dreams’ reader to win. Please click the link below to see rules and find out how you can enter.

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*sample generously provided

OOTD – Black and Cream

I’m so excited to do my very first ‘outfit of the day’ post. These photo’s were taken on the North Shore of Long Island down the block from my parent’s home. At the end of this path is a little square of private beach overlooking the Long Island Sound, a perfect spot for watching sunsets.

Skirt – MINKPINK Angela Maxi Skirt (urbanoutfitters.com) Bodysuit -(old) Purse – Rebecca Minkoff M.A.C. Clutch (here) Bracelet gold/black – Tory Burch (F/W 2011) – Rings/gold bracelet (all vintage)