Product Review :: May Lindstrom Skin

Hey! This week has been short and sweet, following our mini fall break. But…I did make time to do some sampling.

I can always tell when cooler weather starts to affect my skin. Slight redness and drier skin appear, along with uneven texture. 

Enter May Lindstrom The Clean Dirt. I’d heard good things about this product. Spirit Demerson, of Spirit Beauty Lounge, loves the stuff. So it has to be good, right? Well, it is. Cleanses and exfoliates, super gently, and makes your skin feel like it’s been rolled back a few years. Evens out bumps and imperfections, and gives the complexion a nice glow. I’m seriously using this twice weekly for, possibly, ever.

The Clean Dirt is a powder scrub. Just add water and apply to skin, cleansing gently. Made with Moroccan rhassoul clay to absorb impurities and anti-inflammatory turmeric.

I also tried the much heralded Blue Cocoon. Doesn’t the name just sound so mysterious? Like, I gotta get me some o’ that! That’s what I’d been thinking since I first heard about he product and finally did something about it. Blue Cocoon is a balm meant to fix anything cool/cold weather could do to your skin. The aforementioned redness and dry spots were the test subjects for this product. I dabbed on a bit of the balm (a-little-goes-a-long-way type product) and went to bed. It noticeably reduced the redness. The balm has a slight cooling feeling, which you’d think would be counterproductive for somewhat irritated skin, but is so healing and gentle and protective. Cocoon-like, you might say.

The Blue Cocoon is made with natural antihistamines and anti-inflammatories. The balmy texture makes it perfect for dry skin, but it is said to work on cystic acne too. 

I know these two products are on the pricier side. If you’d like to try before you buy, and I would recommend it, don’t forget about the Spirit Beauty Lounge awesome sample program. Choose 6 product samples from the SBL store for $25. I use this option regularly to try new stuff. Love it!

October :: Non GMO + BCA

Do you follow me on Feelgood Style? If not, you should be? Here’s why…

Here on OBS I cover, what I consider, fun stuff. What’s hot in organic beauty, new products and lines, seasonal, motivational…you get the picture. On FGS I get a little more science-y and newsy. It’s a good place to pick up indepth info on ingredients, new regulations in cosmetics, and the lowdown on how cosmetics and personal care products are made.

Since it’s Breast Cancer Awareness and Non GMO Month, here’s what I’ve been working on:

Cancer Causing Ingredients – What You Need to Know   You know I’m all about prevention when it comes to BCA talk. Check out my list to find out which ingredients to watch out for and why.

Susan G Komen Partners with Fracking Company in the name of Breast Cancer Awareness   Yes, unfortunately, you read the right. The breast cancer organization has teamed with big oil to offer pink drill bits and they are using BCA as the why. So much wrong with this it’s pitiful.

GMO Contamination + Cosmetics   Think going organic makes your cosmetics exempt from GMOs? Think again. If you want to go deep on GMO cross contamination, I offer ways to help with that.

Happy reading!

Serums :: How to Choose + Use

Serum is the superstar of beauty products. The benefits seemingly endless. There are serums for oily skin, dry skin, acne prone skin, mature skin. Serums to brighten, lighten, refine pores, smooth texture, calm irritation, decrease puffiness, even skin tone…the list goes on.

A little something for everyone, no? Yes! But how to choose the right serum for your skin and how best to use?

Ok, there are two main types of serum – oil and cream. There are oils mixed with other ingredients, or very simple oil combinations. Creams may be thinner or thicker, or even more of a gel. Safe to say, you’ve got options.

Oily or acne prone skin benefits most from a thin, light weight serum. Most gals with oily skin are blessed with fewer wrinkles. Still, these lighter creams can minimize any fine lines. There are also those with antibacterial ingredients to help ward off breakouts and balance oil. Pat on a thin layer and allow to soak in before applying your usual moisturizer. If this seems too heavy, go for serum only at night. Try Tata Harper Boosted Contouring Serum, Living Nature Firming Flax Serum, Tata Harper Concentrated Brightening Serum, Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum.

Dry or mature skin? Gotta love oils. Facial oils seal in moisture, so they work best when applied over moisturizer. I pat mine onto skin in my problem zones; those that are driest and where I’d like to reduce wrinkles. My picks here are Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Fruit & Seed Oil Blend, Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex, La Bella Figura Organic Barbary Fig Seed Oil/Prickly Pear Seed Oil.

A serum is built to compliment your regular moisturizer, not replace it. Think of it as the secret weapon in your beauty arsenal.

Product Review :: Some Tata

Gosh, I’ve been sitting on a lot of product samples. Like, A LOT!

Seems like the most fun part of beauty blogging would be sampling products, right? And it is. But sometimes in a biz, the most fun thing takes a back seat to less fun business-y tasks. Such is life.

So on this fresh Monday I am bringing you a lovely yet long overdue product review. Yippeeeee!

You for sure know about the gorgeous Tata Harper who grows the healthy ingredients for her uber luxe organic products right on her very own organic farm. Sounds like a dream and her products match up to that picture. Pure, lovely, effective. 

The equally lovely Eve, or Eve Organics, sent me some samples I’d been wanting to try from the range. Namely, Boosted Contouring Serum and Concentrated Brightening Cream. The serum for obvious reasons, who doesn’t want to erase a line or two. And most of us, espesh post-summer, have some spots we’d like gone, enter the brightening cream.

I really did feel like the serum softened my forehead lines. It gives skin a nice smooth, healthy appearance. As for the brightening cream. I used it on a particularly apparent spot I have on my jaw line. It did lighten a bit, but may require longer use for absolute banishment. 

Anyway, you won’t be sorry if you try anything Tata. They are all so posh and smell ridiculously great. My favorites are Replenishing Nutrient Complex and Love Potion. If you are down under, best get shopping Eve Organics. If you are in the US, Spirit Beauty Lounge carries the line too.

Friday Share

Following is an excerpt I'd love to share with you on this pretty little Friday. Hope it get's ya thinkin'...

Remember when you were young. Like really young, maybe 6 or 7. Under 10, certainly. You had dreams. You knew what you wanted to do with this life you were given and felt lucky to have been chosen for a body. You knew what you wanted your life to look like when you grew up. And it all seemed so very far away, you could hardly wait until it got there.

Then something happened. Something that happens to most everyone on the face of this earth. Your dreams vanished. Poof. And it wasn’t even like you woke up one morning and couldn’t remember your dreams. But more gradually over time, you simply forgot to think about them. You forgot to remember your dreams. And slowly they slipped away completely, lost in the overshadowing details of everyday life. The details that are merely society’s way of guaranteeing the status quo. Of making sure no one gets too much more out of life than anyone else.

Gone are your days of wearing your bathing suit to the grocery store or playing outside in nothing but your underwear. And that is probably ok, since these things could make life very difficult for an adult. But with them go your individuality, your belief that it is more than ok to be different. That it is essential to be your unique individual self. As you grow you want to be more like others, to fit in. And little by little this peels back layers of your true self, exposing this muted and acceptable version of your humanness. 

And that all works out pretty well for you. For a while. It keeps you from being noticed when that would be a bad thing. It provides protection and inclusion and acceptance. It is your buffer to the harshness of reality. 

Until you wake up. And you realize you no longer want to be like everyone else. You miss something but don’t know what. You remember something, vaguely, that you forgot a long time ago. And slowly, very slowly, your dreams come back to you. 

Wait a minute…I was going to…and I just spent all of those years…

And it is hard to get your dreams back. But not impossible…

Sweet pea pic from this spot on Pinterest.

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