Making It Work for YOU

These past several Fridays we’ve covered the ins and outs, ups and downs, goods and bads of beauty, and going natch.  You know how to find out what your skin wants and needs, how and where to shop for it, and what to do when you wanna fall off the green beauty wagon.

Now I want to talk one more little thing. Actually it’s not so little. More, simple. And that is how to make all of this work for Y-O-U. That’s right, we are all individuals with different skin, likes, time, and bank accounts. Our beauty routine should reflect that. Yet another area not to try and keep up with the Joneses.

Your level of commitment to nontoxic cosmetics is as personal as the products you choose to use.  If you simply cannot find a nontoxic product that you love to replace one of your existing products, keep using what works.  Stay on the lookout for healthier options.  Don’t worry about it.  

Compare it to diet. Is every single food that you consume regularly healthy?  Probably not.  I maintain a pretty healthy diet with lots of fresh fruits and veg, whole grains, and plenty of water.  I also happen to have a pretty big sweet tooth and coffee habit.  I have tried replacing sweets with fruits and coffee with tea.  No good.  At least not for me.  I eat less and am happier when I can have some of the real thing.  Remember:  Happiness keeps you healthy too.

If you choose a cosmetic product that is safe yet does not deliver the results you are looking for, you will not be happy with it.  Do what works for YOU.

A super great place to start is with my Brands I Love page. I’ve recently updated this and am always adding to it when I find new items I love. Also, head on over to my Favorite Places to Shop page. You can shop these babies without any worries of nasty chems showing up. 

As always, if you have questions, ask away. I’m here for ya!

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Blogging :: Rekindling Your Passion

I’m the first to say that this is my dream job. Maybe not my dream salary (yet) but definitely love setting my own hours, working from home (often in my pjs or workout clothes), and getting to know other kindred spirits. And, not lastly, writing.

I’ve always loved to write and adore that it is the crux of my daily work. Still, sometimes it can be difficult to ignite that fire that got you blogging in the first place. Most of us started out in this biz because we felt passionate about something and wanted to share that interest with others.

So what happens when you just aren’t feeling it?

Here’s my go to fire igniter:  READ.

That’s right, read other people’s stuff. Blogs, magazines, books, newspapers. Read what you like, written by people you like. Read stuff in your niche and on subjects completely different from what you write. Read controversial and subversive writings. Read sweet and fluffy pieces. Just get started reading somewhere and you will be surprised how inspired you become. Betcha you’ll be jumping up to jot down hot ideas before you’re even finished.

If you are having trouble getting anything fresh in print, or just can’t seem to get yourself to sit down at the computer, maybe you need to take a day (or even an hour) and read. It’ll getcha going.  Promise.

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Secret Stash :: Vered Organic Botanicals

Whilst poking around my samples basket for a good exfoliant (do you have post summer bumpiness too?) I kinda hit the jackpot.

See, a while back, when I put together a diy spa style facial, Vered Back of Vered Organic Botanicals sent me a Cacao Vanilla Beauty Mask that I ended up including in the facial.  Yum!  What I didn’t remember were the oils she sent along with it.  Since I have a hardcore crush on oils, it was like Christmas in my bathroom when I discovered this forgotten stash.

I’ve been using Anti-Wrinkle Eye Treatment and Anti-Aging Face Treatment Oil for about 5 days now, and am in love.  I love an oil eye treatment. No pulling on delicate eye skin, just gently pat on the oil.  And it leaves skin feeling so super soft and pampered.

As for the face oil.  Oh my goodness, this stuff rocks. Not only does my skin adore it, but the scent! All warm and soft and spicy. Every time I catch a whiff of my face (which is often, since that’s where my nose is) I can’t believe how delicious I smell.  

Even though we have our staple skincare products, I firmly believe it keeps skin happiest when we switch things up from time to time.  And these are most likely new staples.

Blimey! It's a Scotch Naturals Giveaway

Know what I’ve been wanting lately? New nail polish. Every time I look in my polish drawer all I see are fruity hues, standard reds, or wintery greys.  Love them, but I’m wanting something fresh for fall.

And so are you, whether you know it or not.  Know how I know? Cuz Scotch Naturals has a whole beautiferous array of Celt-inspo shades that any gal (or guy, hey) would be more than thrilled to sport.
One could be all yours for free!  Scotch Naturals is giving one super fortunate OBS reader a bottle of Velvet Kilt –a deep, rich, luxurious purple creme. 

Do the following two things to be entered in the contest:

1. Like Scotch Naturals on Instagram + Facebook
2. Comment on my Instagram post for the Scotch Naturals giveaway #scotchnaturalsgiveaway

Scotch Naturals is committed to creating nontoxic products. These polishes are 3 free and contain no ethyl acetate, butyl acetate, nitrocellulose, acetone, or heavy metals. Keep your CLEAN manicure pristine for the entire school year with a special back-to-school promotion from Scotch Naturals. Purchase the Soy Polish Remover at 50% off ($6) and receive 25% off all Detox Packages ($33.75). Take advantage of the Back to School, Back to You deal today. And do as I do and byop to your next salon mani/pedi. Wish you luck!

**Congratulations to @gsgisi who will receive a bottle of Scotch Naturals Velvet Kilt. Yay! Thanks to all who participated in our giveaway!!**

Product Review :: Pit Putty Cream by Bubble + Bee

My basket of organic beauty samples runneth over.  Seems I’ve gotten a little behind in the product review department over summer.  Let’s see what we can do about that.

Today I bring you a review from a not new brand or product, but new design.  Pit Putty by Bubble and Bee has long been one of my favorite natural deodorants.  Probably the first natch deod that I actually liked, way back in the day.  The only drawback that I could see was it came in a stick.  Now, as far as deodorants go, stick is a good thing.  But this stick required a bit of maintenance, as in you still had to rub it in with your fingers.

If we have to use our fingers let’s just go with a cream, I say.  And B+B must’ve said the same thing cuz they went and took their awesome Pit Putty cream style.

Is … an all natural deodorant cream

Smells … like Wrigley’s Spearmint gum.  Subtle + fresh.  I also like Geranium Lime.  Comes in 6 scents
Feels … smooth as a baby’s bottom.  This stuff glides on and is non-irritating

Behaves … like a natural deod rock star. I love Pit Putty for a reason. Keeps me fresh all day, most days

You’ll love it if … you like to use natural deodorant and stay smelling fresh, sans the nasty chemicals

Not so much if … you don’t like using your fingers to spread on deodorant 

You should also know ... that I love the Body Buttas by this brand too. Espesh  the Coconut + Lime

Also comes in a cute little trial size.  I’d get this if I were you.

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