Thursday, October 27, 2016

A few of my favorite things: Mask Edition

I absolutely LOVE masking. When I feel a breakout coming on I rush to my favorite masks to calm them down before they get crazy! I also love to mask when I just want to relax and pamper myself.
Here are a few of the favorites...

1. Earthwise Beauty: Frightening Green
This mask has been SO helpful with my skin being fussy from all of the products we have to use at school. If you didn't see my instagram post about being in esthetics, my skin has been SO fussy from all of these yuck products on my skin. I am a firm believer that everyone's skin responds differently to different products and mine loves and responds so well to green skincare. 
Back to the mask...this is 100% my go to mask. It includes french green clay to draw out impurities in the skin and to dry up those breakout areas. This also includes witch hazel, juniper berry, eucalyptus, and many fruit acids. I love how cleansing and detoxifying this mask is. It's pore purifying and I use it straight from the fridge to get the added cooling effect. Anytime I feel my skin is getting irritated from other products or acting up I immediately slather this all over my face. Although this is a clay mask this does not irritate or burn my skin in any way. This mask is SO aromatherapeutic, I absolutely love the way it smells. Sometimes I will just leave it on a little longer because it smells so amazing!
Honestly my skin loves this so so much. Very calming when my skin gets mad at me! Looks like it's time for the full size.

2. MOSS Sacred Ground
I use this mask when my skin is feeling extra oily/greasy and I get those little bumps on my chin and neck. This helps to calm down the excessive oil and does a great job at soothing my skin and clearing those stubborn spots. With lovely clays such as bentonite and rhassoul this really helps with congestion. Also love that it includes aloe and tumeric to fight inflammation. Tumeric is another of my favorite ingredients for healing acne as it is rich in antioxidants and overall fantastic for acne prone skin! Another favorite for sure!

3. MOSS: Private Island

This mask is "esthetician grade" with many powerful exfoliating ingredients. When I received this I knew it was perfect for what my skin has been going through, needing exfoliation but the RIGHT way. First of all, this mask is BEAUTIFUL. The color oh my gosh...
This mask can be used two ways. The first as an enzymatic mask (apply, leave on and let dry, rinse off) and let the goodness just soak in. You can also use it for gentle manual exfoliation by letting it pill and peeling it off. I have used this mask both ways and I like both! I do NOT use it as a mechanical exfoliator if I have any active breakouts because this would do sort of the same as a scrub (pick up bacteria and move it elsewhere on the face) even though it's not harsh. Some star ingredients include  organic royal jelly (which makes this an enzyme mask), guava powder, camu camu powder which is packed with vitamin C and also includes astringent, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and emollient properties. Overall this is a GREAT exfoliating mask and I use it about once every 1-2 weeks.

4. Good Medicine Beauty Lab: Honey Bee
This mask is more of a hydrating/soothing mask. If I double mask, this would be the second mask I would use. This being because honey is one of the main ingredients which is a humectant that draws in and holds moisture to the skin. This mask also includes aloe vera for healing and soothing, apple pectin for moisture and protecting the skin's natural barrier, glycerin for added moisture, and lots of lovely EOs like frankincense, amber, and myrrh. 

5. Siam Seas Purifying Herbal Mask

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This mask is packed with healing herbs from Southeast Asia including tumeric and mangosteen, two of my favorite ingredients for acne. You can customize this mask by using it with whatever liquid you'd like. My favorite way to use this mask is mixed with honey and little water. I also like it with ACV when I need it to be a little more astringent like. I find this formula to be very powerful and quickly heals blemishes. 

REALLY wanting to try Leahlani's mermaid mask and Earthwise Beauty backstrap molasses which everyone raves about! 

Have you tried any of these? What is your favorite mask?

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Week of: Eminence Organics

Read this one ALLLL the way to the end to find out how my skin went from the picture on the left to the picture on the right.

Eminence is the organic line we use at school, and we each received a kit from the line. Everyone got a cleanser, toner, two masks, and a moisturizer. I knew this would be the perfect line to try for my next week of especially if I was using this line on clients. The label was especially appealing to me with all of my favorite key words like organic, biodynamic (which means the standards are even higher than certified organic), non-GMO, handmade, and they give back by planting a tree for every product sold. For the most part the ingredients sounded great to me. I was surprised that I haven't seen much of this brand around the green beauty community good or bad and I figured it was the perfect chance for me to try and see how I liked them. We had a class on the line and the lady who came and spoke to us explained it as "organic with results" so I said "we'll see."
In my kit I received the citrus cleanser, rosehip and maize exfoliating mask, grapefruit clarifying mask, and arctic berry illuminating peptide moisturizer. I used a sample of the clear skin probiotic moisturizer as my main moisturizer for this test instead of the peptide one because I felt this would be better suited to my skin type and would have a better chance at helping to heal my acne. I read a blog post about probiotics for the skin, externally not just internally, and was intrigued. So here are my results from using only this brand for 2 weeks...

Citrus Exfoliating Cleanser: This cleanser has tiny exfoliating beads in it. At first I thought I would like this product... I used it after working out in the morning to get all of the dirt, grime, and sweat off of my face. I noticed the small bumps and breakouts on my neck were spreading to my jawline and hairline. After talking with my new instructor at school who is very knowledgeable (she has worked in a spa and then a dermatologist office for years) informed me that if you have an active breakout the grittiness of this cleanser will cause the bacteria to spread. This makes total sense but it's something I wouldn't have thought about. You would think your cleanser would take bacteria away from the skin instead of picking it up and spreading it around. Although good for exfoliation, this is too harsh for my skin and was only spreading bacteria around. As soon as I stopped using this one I saw a difference. Needless to say, this one is not for me.

Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser: This is mainly the cleanser I used once I stopped using the citrus exfoliating cleanser and I really like this. This cleanser includes yogurt which is a good form of lactic acid that gently exfoliates and nourishes the skin. Other ingredients include tea tree oil which is great for acne, and willow bark extract (natural form of sal acid). I like the smell of this cleanser as well as the creamy/gel texture.

Stone Crop Toner: This is one of my favorite products that I used throughout this process. This toner is very calming and it feels good on the skin. Stonecrop is one of the favorites among the instructors and students at school and everyone agrees that it's very balancing, calming, and smells amazing. Stonecrop also known as sedum is a succulent similar to aloe vera. It is packed with healing properties, reportedly more powerful than aloe. It is very refreshing on the skin and is great to prepare the skin for moisturizer.

Rosehip and Maize Exfoliating Mask: I only used this a few times throughout the past couple of weeks. I liked how it made my skin feel afterwards. I will probably continue to use this to see if I can see any results from using it a couple times a week.

Pink Grapefruit Clarifying Mask: Honestly, I didn't use this enough to get a good review on it. I used it once and my skin felt nice afterwards, but that's about all I have on this one. I will have to try this one further to form a solid review.

Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer: The clear skin line is definitely my favorite. It includes ingredients such as willow bark, a natural form of salicylic acid, which is great for active breakouts and great for exfoliation. This also includes tea tree oil (natural astringent, antimicrobial), calendula (great for healing, antioxidant), cucumber juice (purifying). I liked this moisturizer and will continue use of this at school. I could see myself purchasing this moisturizer as well. (I tried the clear skin serum  a couple of times so I can't report on this product for sure but I did like it the couple times I used it.)

Arctic Berry Illuminating Peptide Moisturizer: This moisturizer includes a lot of anti-aging ingredients (jojoba oil, lingonberry seed oil, cloudberry seed, arctic root, arctic meadowsweet, juniper sprouts, hibiscus seed extract, yellow plum extract gardenia stem cells, gotu-kola stem cells). I don't know a whole lot about any of these ingredients so it will have to be something I look into. I liked how my skin felt after using this, it wasn't too thick for me and my skin felt nice and moisturized. I don't think this would provide enough moisture for someone with dry to very dry skin, but it was sufficient for me. I didn't especially love the smell of this. It smelled like berries but it wasn't a FRESH berry smell, it has more of a fake "berry flavored" smell.

Another thing I believe helped my skin clear up tremendously was using these products along with getting a high frequency facial. I was seeing results from using the products alone, but I believe that the high frequency gave my skin the push it needed. Each time I got high frequency I was using only eminence along with it. For those of you who don't know what high frequency is, it's a machine that an esthetician will run across your face using an electric current to kill all bacteria on the surface of the skin, increase circulation in the skin, and boost collagen and elastin production. They will "spark" major blemishes a couple of times to further dry it out. This is great for oily skin types. I was a little hesitant about this but honestly my skin has not looked this good in a while and I am loving this! This also draws toxins out so that they can be safely extracted. The problem on my neck was that the milia spots were not to the surface they were stuck underneath the surface of the skin so I couldn't get them out. This brought it all up to be safely extracted.

I was pleasantly surprised by the results I saw from using these products. I had a facial at school once a week using only eminence as well as using them in my home routine and my skin looks drastically better especially my neck area, which I felt like nothing was taking care of. 
I will say I was a little biased coming into this thinking I was not going to like it and that they wouldn't do anything for me but I was proven wrong. These are the most results I have seen in a few months. The clear skin line is definitely my favorite. I like the cleanser, mask, and the moisturizer. I would rather use the clear skin moisturizer in the morning and the peptide one at night. Definitely unexpected but happy with the results I received. I will continue to rotate these into my normal routine. 

With this being said I would still check the ingredient list of these products especially the sunscreen products. I personally like using zinc oxide and steer clear of Ethylhexl Methoxycinnamate (octinoxinate) which are included in several.  I would not recommend ALL of the products in this line, but with school I got to pick and choose and these were the ones that were most helpful. 
Also, I didn't find a full ingredient list online, BUT we got a packet from school that has ALL ingredients so if you have any questions about any of the products ingredient-wise let me know!

Hope this was helpful!


Saturday, October 1, 2016

September Empties

MOSS Vert Pur: This oil cleanser is amazingly aromatherapeutic perfect to rub in for a few minutes to give the skin some TLC. I love the way this feels, smells, and works! My favorite way to use this was before bed, and wipe off with a warm wash cloth; it was quite relaxing. This removed all of my makeup and didn't irritate my eyes. There's a good bit of essential oils in this product, so if your eyes are sensitive, I would be aware of that and use with caution around the eye area. I absolutely love this cleansing oil. The ONLY reason I haven't repurchased this item is because I make one VERY similar. Of course our formulas are going to vary a little, and I use different essential oils, so the aromatherapeutic experience is completely different, but mine is lovely as well so for now I can do without.

MOSS Clear Resolution: P E R F E C T for balancing out my crazy oily skin. If you have oily/acne prone skin you NEED this in your life. I used every last drop of this and loved every bit! This is so lightweight and sinks in quickly. The smell is so mesmerizing. This oil includes hemp seed oil, which is a light oil great for oily skin, as well as guava seed oil which is FULL of vitamin C, SO good for balancing out the skin. Lots of beautiful anti-inflammatory ingredients in here. My skin is much more balanced now thanks to this baby. I haven't yet repurchased because of that reason, but I have purchased another oil that's a little more moisturizing. I'm not needing this anymore, but if I were to need it again I would repurchase in a heartbeat!
(That was written a couple weeks ago when I ran out... my skin is needing it again and I WILL repurchase!)

MOSS Equilibrium: like every other moss product, I loved this one as well. This was beautiful under makeup (I reviewed this here). It was so great for exfoliation and I used up the last bit I had when the milia under my neck was the worst. I loved using this for a gentle daytime or night time exfoliation. It had a great texture and such a beautiful scent. Unfortunately this product is discontinued so I am extra sad that this bottle is empty!

Earthwise Beauty Carrot-a-day (sample size): I was so excited to receive a sample of this serum. I popped it in the fridge as soon as I got it and tried it out the next morning. The texture of this serum is SO amazing. It may be my favorite product texture so far. It sinks in quickly and my skin just drinks this stuff up. I love that I can use it under the eyes as well, it's pretty much a one and done serum making my morning skincare routine so minimal. If my skin needs it I can use something more moisturizing afterward, but I like the feel of this on my skin throughout the day. It's not too oily and not too dry for me. I also love using this before applying makeup. I can see myself buying the full size once I have a little extra cash (currently saving EVERY PENNY to pay for school!) Another way I used this was on my eye/eyebrow area after an eyebrow wax. I found that area was burning a little more than usual so I used this on them straight out of the fridge and it instantly took away that burning/stinging feeling. Love this serum! Ava also sells a sensitive skin version that I have yet to try, same thing just less essential oils so less irritation if your skin is extra sensitive!

Earthwise Beauty Frightening Green (sample size): Love this and will absolutely purchase it. If you want to know exactly how I feel about this and why I'm in love with it stay tuned for my post coming up which will be ALL about masking! Definitely one of my absolute favorite masks for sure and will buy the full size!

Earthwise Beauty Catharsis: First of all, I got SO many uses out of this sample. I am thankful for that, because I felt like I could really get a feel for how it worked for me and how I like to use it best. I either like this in the morning as a cleanser or if it's been a day where I haven't worn any makeup I will use it at night and leave it on in the shower. You mix a little of this with some water and then apply as a cleanser or you can leave it on for about 10 mins as a mask. I love me a good multi-tasker. Smells like green tea which is lovely, and overall really like this product. Gentle yet effective.

Earthwise Beauty Ambrosia del Cerrado (sample size): I have reviewed this product here. This is SO perfect for summer and I have the full size. I love using this in the morning and will probably continue to use it during the seasonal transition, but won't use it in the winter as my skin will need a lot more moisture. Overall BEAUTIFUL and innovative product!

ISUN Phyto-Cleanse II: I did a full review in my "week of:ISUN" post here, but I definitely love this lightly emulsifying cleanser. It if perfect for morning use. I like using it after I work out to get all of the sweat and dirt out of my pores. My skin is cleansed yet not stripped and I love the way my skin feels after using this! Will purchase the full size as soon as I can!

ISUN Clarifying Toner: See details in ISUN post.

Jason Lavender Body Wash: I really liked how this product smelled and it worked perfectly fine for me. I love almost anything lavender and this didn't disappoint. I also love how the bottle is SO big making it long lasting and the price was GREAT. I purchased this from Vitacost and already have another bottle!

OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream: I liked this moisturizer although I think I prefer the blemish balm over this one. It is very lightweight and sinks into the skin quickly. I would purchase the travel size to get a better feel for this moisturizer as it was just the sample size!

Degree spray deodorant: Let's be honest here, I sweat a lot and I NEED something that's going to work for me. This stuff WORKS. I was a little hesitant at first to try a spray deodorant thinking maybe it was just a marketing ploy, but this works wonders for me. Smells nice and keeps the sweat at bay. As you all know, I have a growing love for green beauty and I want to try something that's a little more on the natural side, but I need something that's going to keep me dry, not just slightly mask the scent. A lot of the reviews that I've seen of the more natural deodorants say that they can't really compare, so for now I'm sticking with what I know and what I know WORKS. If you guys have any suggestions, please let me know!!

Acure Organics Argan Oil: This was a pretty decent argan oil. Not the best I've ever tried but I did like it and it was a good price. I have a love hate with argan oil and still haven't decided how I like it. Honestly, I think it depends on what my skin is like and what it is needing at that point. When it needs more moisture my skin will soak it right up and LOVES it. When it doesn't need it I cannot use it or it gets feisty with me...

Grapefruit Seed Oil: I use this oil in my oil cleanser and I love it. I didn't like that this was such a small bottle and will be purchasing a bigger one. Maybe not this same brand, but I do like including it in my skincare products!

Grapeseed Oil: Grapeseed oil is one of my absolute favorite oils. I will either use this in my skincare products or on its own. It is a beautiful multi-tasker that I can use to take my makeup off and cleanse the skin or it is great to use as a sensitive skin moisturizer. It is non-comedogenic and perfect for sensitive fussy skin.

Trader Joe's Tea Tree Oil: I have been using this for SO long. I love tea tree oil. I use this on just about everything. I use this as a spot treatment. I have a bump on my scalp (gross) and I've been using tea tree on it for about a month and it has shrunken SO much already. I have already repurchased this and love it!

The Body Shop Body Butter: This was nice and moisturizing, but I have been on the search for a new more moisturizing butter especially for the seasonal change ahead. I have tried and liked a few, which I will share later!

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper: Hands down my favorite eyeliner. This has the perfect tip providing the perfect size line and the perfect color. This makes it easy to get a good wing or just a thin line, whatever your style may be. I have already purchased another! Also a plus that Kat Von D makeup is vegan and cruelty free!