Sally B’s Skin Yummies

 

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I am very excited to introduce you to Sally B’s Skin Yummies! I am always happy to find *truly* non-toxic and clean products.

This tells us all we  need to know:

Sally B’s Skin Yummies blends organic, natural, and wild-crafted ingredients into luxurious skin care and cosmetic products that are both people and planet friendly.

Developed by hand in Atlanta, Georgia, all of Sally B’s products are nourishing, effective, Leaping Bunny certified as cruelty free, and contain the highest concentration of certified organic ingredients possible.

 

I have some sample sizes which I plan on taking with me on my next vacation.

I love the Tamanu Organic Facial Cleanser– I’m super picky about cleansers and here’s why- I don’t want a cleanser to dry out my skin but it can’t be so gentle that it doesn’t remove my makeup. If I use it around my eyes, I don’t want my eyes to burn.  I don’t like that “squeaky clean” feeling, I like my face to feel soft and smooth. A tall order, I know.  This one is made with gentle organic ingredients and works really well. I’d give it an A+!

The Daytime Anti-Oxidant Serum is ideal to dab on before your sunscreen or foundation. I am a fan of this not only thanks to some amazing ingredients (Organic Olive Leaf Extract, Organic Green Tea, and Organic Helichrysum) but also because it sinks into the skin quickly. I love giving the skin a boost of nutrients that fight aging- naturally!

Carrot Facial Dream Cream– is a must have at night. I always layer cream over serum to really sink into wrinkles and work on softening fine lines. By layering my products, skin is really getting a good dose of natural oils and extracts.  This cream is gentle and good for sensitive skin, leave my face very soft when I wake up in the morning!

Get Even Finishing Powder is mineral based, it works on its own or to set your foundation.  Really light texture, I use a flat brush to dab on my face over foundation. I’ve also used it over the Dream Cream and it works well  both ways. I’m so impressed that I now want to try Sally B’s other makeup. When you find a clean makeup that works, you kind of want everything!

Keep the Healing Hand Butter close…if you have dry hands like I do! Im constantly washing my hands and my nail beds and cuticles are super dry. I have to keep this near me so I can apply again and again. Butters and oils soothe skin and infuse it with hydration. Although the name says “hand butter” you can use it all over thanks to natural ingredients that are safe from head to toe.

Sally B’s website is really great, I love how everything is really easy to navigate and ingredients are fully disclosed. Each product lists benefits, ingredients and beauty tips plus the photos are simple and clear. I cannot stress to other green beauty companies the importance of having your products, descriptions and ingredients pared down and easy to read. This site is designed in a way that allows users to have a stress free experience.

Check out more of Sally B’s Skin Yummies here!

 

 

What to Read This Weekend

So many books so little time! I read some great books this week so let’s jump in and take a look:

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First up is the Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler which hooked me from page one. Judging the book by it’s cover…which you know you should never do, what I thought the book was going to be about and the actual story were two very different things. This novel is totally unique and I loved the author’s voice. Here’s the synopsis:

On a day in late June, Simon receives a mysterious package from an antiquarian bookseller. The book tells the story of Amos and Evangeline, doomed lovers who lived and worked in a traveling circus more than two hundred years ago. The paper crackles with age as Simon turns the yellowed pages filled with notes, sketches, and whimsical flourishes, and his best friend and fellow librarian, Alice, looks on in increasing alarm. Why does his grandmother’s name, Verona Bonn, appear in this book? Why do so many women in his family drown on July 24? Could there possibly be some kind of curse on his family, and could Enola, who has suddenly turned up at home for the first time in six years, risk the same fate in just a few weeks? In order to save her–and perhaps himself–Simon must try urgently to decode his family history while moving on from the past.

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I’ve really been into thrillers and mysteries lately so I was very eager to read The Truth and Other  Lies by Sascha Arango. Interesting premise: Henry Hayden is a super famous author with a huge secret. Actually two secrets, maybe more. His quiet and unassuming wife Martha is really the person who writes his blockbuster novels. He’s hoping she never finds out about Henry’s affair with his editor, Betty.  If Martha stops writing Henry’s novels, what will happen to him?

At the same time, what if Betty finds out Martha is writing Henry’s novels? Complicating things is Betty’s pregnancy with Henry’s baby. If only Henry could kill Betty…

But what happens next just further complicates Henry’s life. Its a book of secrets and messes and covering up lies. I couldn’t wait to see how this ended!

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Head Case:  My Brain and Other Wonders by Cole Cohen is a memoir about Cole growing up with a medical mystery.

Throughout her life, Cole suffered unique learning disabilities that impaired her ability to judge space, time, and caused her to write backwards. No one knew whether or not her troubles were psychological or if something was off in her brain functions.

At age twenty-six she finally learned the source of her disabilities- a lemon sized hole in her brain. Through an intense battery of tests, she finally understood why she was so smart in many ways yet missed otherwise simple tasks.

This is a quick read about Cole’s journey to discovering the hole in her brain and how she began to learn what she needed to do to make up for the lack of brain space. This was a very intriguing book and I highly recommend it if you like medical mysteries!

 

My Favorite Green and Clean Sunscreens

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I wear sunscreen every day and I have a few brands that I use over and over again. You can view the infographic below and check out the ingredients you DO NOT want in your sunscreen.

I used to skip wearing a sunscreen on my face because most of the time, my foundation had it covered. But various green, clean foundations that I use do not contain an SPF and I need to protect my face from wrinkles and age spots.

Thank goodness for Josh Rosebrook’s Nutrient Day Cream which contains an spf 30. This light-as-air cream sinks into skin and has no fragrance, doesn’t leave white streaks on the face and allows you to apply foundation over it smoothly. Mineral zinc oxide blocks the suns harmful rays and a proprietary blend of organic oils deeply nourish the skin. This is the best sunscreen for the face, hands down!

Ava Anderson Non Toxic is great for coverage all over the body- it contains essential oils as well as zinc oxide.  A little bit is all you need, my tube is lasting me forever!   It  blends well and lasts for several hours.  Water resistant.

Celtic Complexion is excellent for sensitive skin. I like this as well and have it in constant rotation! Made with just nine organic and natural ingredients (86% of them are certified organic) and 25% zinc oxide.

DeVita sunscreen is also highly rated. It is 100% vegan, paraben free and gluten-sensitive safe.  Its a day cream and sunscreen all in one.  What I like about this one is that my skin is very smooth after applying, not sticky.  I’ve heard that this product has changed from when I last tested it so I cannot attest to the newer version but the older one was perfection!

 

 

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Wednesday Wellness: Carol Alt, A Healthy You

 

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I’m really excited to share this great book with you.  I am eager to get my hands on any  book that encourages health, wellness and offers tips on living a green and clean lifestyle.

Carol Alt is a raw foods advocate but you might know her as a famous supermodel. Her face was everywhere when I was growing up! Now I know her as a health expert and I loved her new book.

A Healthy You offers many practical and helpful ideas on living your best, healthiest life.  Carol discusses raw foods and the benefits of consuming them as well as so many other interesting topics from cancer to sugar to exercise.  I love Carol’s tips for easy exercises that anyone, at any fitness level can do.

This book is written in a very- easy- to understand way, I learned a lot but wasn’t hit over the head with big words and fancy scientific language.

Naturally I loved the beauty chapters where Carol writes about glowing naturally and without toxic products. I think of good skin health comes from eating a clean diet and getting lots of fresh fruits and vegetables in your day.

Carol, like myself and many other green beauty lovers, recommends RMS Beauty, it was nice to see a familiar and well-loved  brand in her book! She also recommends Living Libations, a brand that is always tops my list of favorites.

I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. I highly recommend A Healthy You. You will surely glean some helpful information from Carol’s great book!

 

Hair Today, Gorgeous Tomorrow

 

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by Caroline Leavitt

I admit I am a hair product junkie. While I like most of the products I try, this is actually the first time I have been literally gobsmacked at the positive results. The product? Get Gorgeous, part of the innovative Deceim company, which describes itself as “a truly screwed up umbrella of beauty brands.”

They have everything from skin care to hand treatments, from liquid supplements to non-invasive dermatological solutions. Admit it, you love them already. They have ten brands so far, and their mission is to “get rid of the boring old dumb annoying overpriced brands.” And the thing of this is–the products I tried were AMAZING.

Get Gorgeous hair serum is supposed to give you longer, thicker hair. It’s got a blend of 7 technologies that make hair visibly longer, thicker and fuller. Of course I’ve heard that from other brands, but I tried it last night, and not only did it smell intoxicating, it seemed to work instantly. My hair felt better and looked better, too.

I was suspicious about trying the Grow Gorgeous Overnight to Gorgeous Hair Masque, because the directions want you to saturate your hair and then sleep in the product, and all I could think of was a hot greasy mess on my pillow. Still, I was curious. It’s boosted with purified mushroom and Amazonia acai and palm oils to strengthen and smooth hair, and the scent is supposed to help you sleep better, too. So I slicked it on–and to my astonishment, within ten minutes, the product seemed to have been absorbed into my hair! My hair looked great even with the masque on it! I woke up and my pillow was clean and my hair still looked and felt great. I rinsed it off and I now have a shiny bouncy head of curls!

I don’t think I’ve ever worshipped a company before, but I think I do now. Want more information? Head here! 

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