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Review: Osea Malibu's Blemish Balm

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**I was sent this product to review and all of these thoughts are my honest feedback.**

Description: "This ultra lightweight, yet powerful moisturizer provides perfectly balanced hydration while effectively targeting blemishes and future breakouts. Minimizes the appearance of pores and oily shine. Soothes redness and irritation. Rich in USDA Organic Algae, Mineral Peptides and a blend of oil-balancing Tea Tree, Rosemary, Juniper, Cypress and Thyme essential oils. This potent formula leaves skin feeling clarified, moisturized and refreshed." - https://oseamalibu.com/products/blemish-balm

Ingredients: Aqua, Gigartina Skottsbergii Extract*, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract*, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut derived), Glycerin*, Propanediol (corn derived), Cetearyl Olivate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil*, Sorbitan Olivate (Emulsifier from Olive Oil), Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil*, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces/Manganese Ferment, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment (Mineral Peptides), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil*, Juniperus Communis (Juniper) Fruit Oil*, Glyceryl Stearate, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Oil*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Oil*, Stearic Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil*, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, Citric Acid, Lonicera Caprifolium Extract, Lonicera Japonica Extract

How To Use: "Gently massage onto clean skin in upward, circular motions. Use morning + night. An excellent base for smooth makeup application."

Scent? A very strong lavender scent.

Texture? A nice light yet creamy lotion.

My Experience: I've been using this product every morning and night everyday since the beginning of June until the last month I switched it to mornings only (my skin started getting dryer and it does well when I give it lots of good oils at night). At first, the tea tree tingle was a little intense, but that went away quickly and now I find it refreshing. It is very lightweight and I love the texture. It leaves a nice finish for makeup, it's not greasy at all and absorbs nicely. It's got tea tree and rosemary oil in it and did a pretty good job at clarifying my skin. (Tea tree oil is antibacterial and kills acne bacteria over 72 hours and rosemary oil was shown to help with the inflammatory response from acne bacteria in an in vitro and vivo study) The lotion also worked great on other parts of my body. My shoulders break out sometimes and it felt really nice putting it over those painful cystic bumps and it definitely helped clear them. I've left it on as a spot treatment in some places and that seemed to help depuff angry pimples. It also felt great on a bug bite.

Overall: I think this is a great day lotion to keep on hand for breakouts. Used too much and too often on normal-type skin, it can be drying (at least for me it was). Which is why I would not recommend it for someone with sensitive or dry skin. If you have normal/combination skin and/or are living in an arid place; I'd recommend using it in the mornings and a hydrating balm or night cream in conjunction in the evenings so you can get it's clarifying benefits but are also keeping your skin well moisturized. It does moisturize well on it's own for the day, but I found myself needing more hydration at night. My skin is normal/combination type and acne prone, but the acne is usually due to internal issues. I can't say whether this helped to prevent breakouts, but I can say that it helped clear them. It absorbs well, has a lovely creamy texture and I really enjoy the lavender smell. Definitely a  staple that I want in my bathroom going forward for blemishes.

Blemish Balm 2 oz $44 USD

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Review: Osea Malibu's Ocean Cleansing Mudd

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**I was sent this product to review and all of these thoughts are my honest feedback.**

Description: "This exfoliating, oil-balancing cleanser deeply purifies and thoroughly decongests oily and blemished skin. A potent blend of USDA Certified Organic Algae and Cypress oil removes surface impurities and visibly balances blemishes. Tea Tree, Peppermint, and Rosemary provide a cooling sensation and leave skin feeling refreshed, energized, and clarified." -https://oseamalibu.com/products/blemish-balm

Ingredients: Aqua, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract*, Decyl Glucoside (Vegetable Foaming Agent), Fucus Vesiculosus Extract*, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Coco-Glucoside, Coconut Alcohol, Sorbitan Olivate (Emulsifier from Olive Oil), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil*, Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf (Tea Tree) Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf (Rosemary) Oil* Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Oil*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract*, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract*, Acer Saccharinum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (Natural Smectite Clay), Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Lonicera Caprifolium Extract, Lonicera Japonica Extract

How To Use: "Apply to damp skin in gentle, circular motions, avoiding direct contact with eyes. Rinse with warm water. Use morning + night. For Oily or Blemished skin types, follow with OSEA Sea Minerals Mist, serum of choice, Essential Corrective Complex and Blemish Balm. For Normal skin types, apply a few times a week for a purifying deep cleanse."

Scent? This took some getting used to. It smelled strongly of peppermint but also of seaweed. I wasn't a fan at first, but after using it for a while, I stopped smelling it.

Texture? Creamy but with a thicker "mud" like texture.

My Experience: I started using this in the beginning of June. I have normal acne prone skin for context. When I first used it, the scent was not to my liking and the minty sensation was very overwhelming (even for me, a tea tree oil zealot). I also mistakenly used it as a traditional cleanser and tried to take my eye makeup off with it. Biiiiig mistake. My eyes burned terribly. Of course I looked at the ingredients list and recommendations afterward and they say to NOT put it near or in your eyes. Lesson learned. So I used it how it was recommended night and day for several days. This stuff is very strong, within several days, combined with their Blemish Balm, it was too much for my skin. It had become dry, itchy and irritated. I wasn't moisturizing nearly enough for this cleanser because I was also using(reviewing) the Blemish Balm in conjunction. So I decided to alternate days with cleansers(Indie Lee's Rosehip Cleanser). This was the perfect combo. I was still getting the exfoliating benefits without over drying my skin. It was also recommended to me by Osea to mix the Cleansing Mudd with their milk cleanser the Ocean Cleansing Milk, but I didn't have the milk cleanser unfortunately, so I can't speak to that. Alternating seemed to work fine for me. I can definitely say it helped reduce my blackheads. Not a crazy amount, but it was noticeable. It also worked really well as a spot treatment! For when you get those painful wet pimples, this stuff is great to just blob on and let dry. It helped reduce their size and calm down.

Overall: I think this is a great cleanser/exfoliator, but my favorite way to use it was as a spot treatment. The smell doesn't make for a great first impression, (neither does putting it in your eyes like a dummy) but it's a great choice for cleaning out your pores and fighting breakouts. I did feel like whenever I washed with it, I was getting a good clean. Psychological? Maybe. But I did notice a small difference with my blackheads and my skin was turning over much more. I wouldn't recommend this for someone with sensitive skin however. It's very powerful but that's why I like it! It pulls no punches.

Ocean Cleansing Mudd 5 oz $44 USD (Pictured is the travel size product I was sent)

Review: Herbivore Botanical's Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist

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Description: "Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist is created with pure plant actives — no fillers. A base of coconut water is infused with youth-boosting hibiscus flower petals and moisture-enhancing rose to tone, hydrate, and soften all skin types." -https://www.herbivorebotanicals.com/

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Flower Water, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filterate, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract (Neer Sikkappu Red)

How To Use: "Shake before using. Spritz your face a few times and rub in. We recommend using it on your face after cleansing and before applying moisturizer."

Scent? It smells fruity, but a floral fruity. I can smell the aloe vera and the rose. The hibiscus is what gives it that fruit smell.

My Experience: My first introduction to Herbivore's products, the rose mist does not dissappoint. I've been using this for about two weeks and it's a solid hydrating face mist. I use another toner after cleansing to remove impurities, but I follow up with this mist before putting my moisturizer on for a boost. The experience is really wonderful. It's a nice refreshing burst of hydration in the morning or after a long day. One pump of the mist is very generous too. Some mists you have to spray a couple times before you get all over, but if you do it right, can get full coverage. Another thing that should be noted is this doesn't sting my eyes. I've tried face mists before where they sting your eyes upon use! Which is crazy when you think about it. Makes you wonder if the company selling those eye-stinging mists have actually tried them themselves...Anyway, it's very gentle and the entire product is completely natural. It's made in small batches and all of their oils are cold-pressed or steam-distilled. As for my skin, the hydration was noticeable. Not a crazy amount, but a noticeable amount. It worked well with my face cream.

Overall: Easily one of the most photogenic products I've ever used and shot. The experience of using it is spa-worthy and adds an overall lovely note to my mornings. As for results? I think that's tough with face mists because of how they are used. I usually just need a boost of hydration and as long as it smells nice and doesn't sting my eyes, I'm on board. But this particular one has an impressive ingredients list and it shows. Aloe vera, coconut water and rose water are very good for hydration and my skin is enjoying the benefits. It should definitely be in your bathroom.

Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Mist 4oz $32 or 2oz $16

Review: French Girl Organic's Rose Lip Polish

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Description: "An invigorating rose & mint-infused sugar scrub formulated with nourishing butters to gently remove dry skin leave lips supple and hydrated."-https://www.frenchgirlorganics.com/

Ingredients: Sucrose (Natural Cane Juice)* Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter* Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Oil* Euphorbia Anisyphilitica (Candelilla) Wax, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil* Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter* Ricinus communis (Organic Castor) Seed Oil* Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Powder, Essential Oils of Pelagonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium)* Mentha Spicata (Spearmint)* Mentha Piperita (Peppermint)* 
* Certified Organic

How To Use: "Gently massage a pea-sized amount onto lips; rinse."

Scent? An amazing sweet minty rose.

Texture? A melty sugar mixture.

My Experience: Having never tried a lip scrub before, the bar has officially been set very high. I used it several times over the past week, following the instructions. I take a small amount (you really don't need much) and use my index finger to rub the polish over my lips. Then I gently rub the granules over them, paying particular attention to my lower lip which loves to dry out and chap. After scrubbing it on, my lips felt moisturized and full. The dry skin on my lips had seemingly gone away and they felt soft. I used it yesterday before applying one of my favorite matte lip colors, it went on nice and smooth. No dry chappiness for the lip stick to catch on!

Notes: For more exfoliation, you can take a wash cloth and use that instead of your fingers to scrub at your lips. But be gentle! Don't rub your lips raw, it defeats the purpose of self-care.

Overall: I really love this scrub. It smells wonderful, the texture is nice and I enjoy the way my lips feel afterwards. They indeed feel polished. I would highly recommend it! Here is their website for the curious.

Rose Lip Polish - 1oz $15 USD

Hyaluronic Acid: What to know

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"Today I want to talk a little about Hyaluronic Acid and Sodium Hyaluronate. Our bodies naturally create Hyaluronic acid. It's a polysaccharide used in our hair, skin, eyes and joints. You see it in a lot of beauty products, why? Because it's a humectant that binds water molecules to it. So it's in a lot of face masks and moisturizers. Something you may not know though, is that pure Hyaluronic Acid can't be absorbed through the skin. It can only be injected..."

Review: ULIV's Golden Chai Facial Soufflé

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**I was sent this product to review and all of these thoughts are my honest feedback.**

Description: "The first in our line of Facial Soufflé’s, skin-glowing Golden Chai is a powerful, potent blend of therapeutic plants, essential oils, and botanicals infused with proven high-performance peptides, vitamins, and natural anti-inflammatory ingredients.  This blend is uniquely designed to unveil the skin’s innate youth and vibrancy, regardless of age.  Created by hand using wildcrafted ingredients, Golden Chai mirrors the same cellular structure as your skin, allowing the healing ingredients to easily absorb and build a relationship with your cells for continuous anti-aging benefits.  This potent anti-inflammatory formula renews and repairs cells to reduce the appearance of age spots, uneven skin tone, and wrinkles, creating an immediate and lasting vibrant glow, while permanently reversing signs of sun damage. " -http://www.ulivskin.com/

Ingredients: manuka honey, herb infused oil (raspberry leaf, lavender flowers, comfrey leaf, chamomile flowers, rose petals, calendula flowers, olive oil, avocado oil, macadamia oil), mango butter, ceatryl alcohol, beeswax, aloe vera water, aloe vera gel, co enzyme q10 vitamin c&e, honeysuckle blend, sea kelp extract, soy-rice peptides, green tea eco extract, sea buckthorn oil, sea ferment, essential oils (turmeric, nutmeg, clove, ginger, cinnamon, carrot seed oil)

How To Use: Apply to clean face and décolletage in the morning and as needed. Once absorbed, your skin will develop a golden glow while the ingredients work beneath the surface to repair damaged cells.

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Scent? It's a strong spiced smell. Like a chai latte with lots of cinnamon and spices. I personally really enjoy it. The smell doesn't linger either.

Texture? The texture is a grainy thick creme. The grains are solidified oils, they melt away as you rub it on your skin. It's a really luxurious sensation. It isn't heavy and a little goes a long way.

My Experience: I've been using this product for about two weeks now. I put it on after my moisturizer and on my neck and décolletage morning and night. I can honestly say that almost immediately I saw a difference with my skin after the first use. My redness and inflammation from a recent breakout/rash had calmed so much, it looked like I had fast forwarded a few days of healing. After a week of use, my skin was clear of redness and breakouts. This was in conjunction with my morning routine and eating well, but at the rate my skin healed, I knew it was in no small part to this creme! We all know that eating right and eliminating certain foods will prevent breakouts. I don't know if this creme prevents breakouts, but I can certainly attest that it helps heal them!

It's got an amazing array of ingredients. Manuka honey and turmeric are the big ones and they are powerhouses at healing inflammation and redness. I do a DIY face mask with raw honey and turmeric at home sometimes when I feel like my skin is irritated. The DIY honey mask is great in case you had a bad reaction to something(fast food or bad foundation for example?) But it's awfully messy. This is a great, daily solution to healing your skin and giving it a super boost of nutrients (No wonder this product was nominated for Indie Beauty Expo's Best In Show award)

Notes: Rub it in until all the granules are gone.

Overall: I really love this product. It worked so well at helping to heal my skin, I know it's going to be a permanent fixture in my bathroom. It's also really affordable. Which only makes me happier knowing I can recommend a wonderful product to folks knowing it won't break their bank. If you want something that will help heal your skin's inflammation, this is the product to buy.

I reached out to ULIV to see if I could review this product for a reason. After seeing the ingredients list and the product's recent nominations at the Indie Beauty Expo (Top Buyer Picks of 2017 & Best In Show) I had to investigate. After the first attempt at sending me the product failed, they were happy to send me another. Which only speaks to their pride in the product and kind of company they are.

Here is the link to ULIV's website for the curious: ulivskin.com

This product is a wildcrafted healing powerhouse that smells amazing and at such an affordable price($39) should be in your beauty repertoire. Redness and inflammation be gone! For real.

Golden Chai Facial Souffle - $39 USD

Review: Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm

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**I was sent this product to review and all of these thoughts are my honest feedback.**

Description: "A multitasking miracle balm specially designed for the sensitive skin around the eyes. Mango seed butter dramatically diminishes appearance of dark circles, while calendula oil, beeswax, and lavender oil increase skin's elasticity." -http://indielee.com/

Ingredients: Calendula Officinalis Flower (calendula) Oil, Beeswax, Magnifera Indica (mango) Seed Butter, Lavandula Angustifolia (lavender) Oil, Squalane (olive derived), Persea gratissima (avocado) Oil, Vitamin E (d-alpha-tocopherol)

Directions: Use ring finger or skin care spatula to scoop out a grain-sized amount of product. Let the balm momentarily warm, then gently dab around orbital bone twice daily. For external use only

My experience:

I've been using the balm for about two weeks with my morning and evening routines. A little goes a long way, it's not scented and has a sheen to it when you put it on your skin. I have drier skin under my eyes and this stuff does a great job at keeping them moisturized. It claims to help with circles under your eyes, I didn't really have dark circles to begin with, so I'm not sure if it helped with that. But overall, the skin under my eyes looks much healthier and feels soft.

Notes:

Because it does leave a sheen, I recommend rubbing it in a tad more with your makeup in the mornings. I do wish that it had some caffeine in it to help with my morning puffiness.

Overall:

This product is great at moisturizing under your eyes. I really love it and understand why it's always sold out on Indie Lee's site!

Calendula Eye Balm - 0.5 oz $42 USD

Beginnings & The Beauty Chef

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Last night, I was at an awesome event held at The Detox Market in Beverly Hills. They were hosting one of my favorite leaders in the clean beauty industry, the one and only Carla Oates creator of The Beauty Chef. She's launching her newest product, Glow Advanced, in the USA this week.

She's been leading the charge on natural beauty for a long time now with nutrition always being at the forefront. From a young age, Carla came to understand the correlation between what you ate and how it affected your skin. At 13, she had eczema and after seeing a naturopath and eliminating certain foods from her diet, she saw drastic improvement. This really cemented the concept for her and she keeps it with her always. That's an understatement, but the woman has helped pioneer wellness into the beauty industry. Which is amazing.

My skin in high school was terrible like everyone else's. When I stopped eating a crap ton of ice cream and junk food, I saw a huge difference (jeez go figure October) but my acne was still there. I tried all of the mass market acne products and saw no results. I knew it was internal, I stopped eating dairy and was eating clean, but I had no idea what to do. My mother, who is a holistic nutritional fountain of knowledge, wanted me to start taking probiotics and drinking kefir for my overall health. After week or two, I started noticing how much it was helping my skin. I researched about gut health and was blown away by it all. This was back in 2011! I've since been taking probiotics and drinking kefir religiously for years. I get the occasional hormonal breakout or when I've been bad with my nutrition, but the probiotics are always consistent. So when I heard about The Beauty Chef's products, I was immediately intrigued. I held off on trying it mostly because of the price point. I continued oogling it and playing the "In the Cart, Out of the Cart" game. But after a recent bad breakout and seeing that Carla was speaking, I threw down my money and ordered Glow Advanced. I've been wanting to try her products for a long while and I feel so silly for waiting.

When I walked into The Detox Market last night, I felt I had found my Mecca. The walls are filled with all of these incredible clean beauty teas, wellness powders, organic foundations, serums...the brands that I have only ever gaped at online. There was a lovely display of fresh flowers and at the end of the long room were the words "Detox your life". Yes, I had indeed found my people. My trek from Santa Monica had been worth it.

We were an intimate group and I could tell I wasn't the only one geeking out on all the products. I met several wonderful women there last night as we contemplated the selection of natural deodorants while drinking a rose chocolate Glow smoothie.

After browsing and chatting for a bit, we all sat down to hear Carla speak. She spoke of her journey, how important probiotics and fermented foods are for your health and the important connection between what we ingest and our skin. Glow, her mainstay product, is her absolute essential. When asked what was the one product she couldn't live without, she said it was Glow. It's the hero product in her line and she takes it every day. It's a powder that you can add to smoothies, acai bowls or just throw in some water and down. It's a prebiotic and probiotic blend targeted towards your skin. There's been a lot of acclaim around it and I can't wait to try Glow and Glow Advanced.

The Q&A portion ended and we all took a picture with Carla. Afterwards, I told her how much I loved what she was doing in the beauty industry and thanked her for helping to start this movement of beauty nutrition. She thanked me and we chatted a little bit. Such a nice lady!

I snagged a bottle of The Beauty Chef's Collagen on my way out. I had such a great time.

My new morning ritual will be including Collagen and Advanced Glow. I'm waiting for my shipment of the Advanced Glow, but I can tell you that Collagen is delicious and tastes great with water. Like berries! I will keep you guys updated on my progress with it and when I finally get my Advanced Glow in the mail. I hope you enjoyed my very first blog post. In the meantime, stay healthy my friends.