A few weeks ago on instagram, I mentioned that I’d been using a stellar combination of products in the morning that have made my skin absolutely it’s best. While I was admittedly a little resistant to change – it’s a bit scary at first for me to switch it up, especially in the morning – I had been sent some new products a few months ago to start trying and I have absolutely fallen in love with some of them! My complexion has really cleared up and my skin is waaaay better. One of the most important products included in this daily line up is the Born Skincare Pure Foaming Cleanser!
I’ve raved about Born Skincare before (in this post). I’m a super loyal Born lover. The Founder, Gloria is one of the most genuine women in the industry and her muscle oil has truly helped my chronic pain. In fact, everything that Born Skincare makes is super effective, totally luxurious and made with every skin type in mind!
I start each and every morning with my Born Skincare Pure Cleanser. I LOVE how you don’t need water to use it at all! I just adore how one small pump is enough to clean your whole face and it foams immediately – something totally unique in the green beauty world! Pure is a gentle, effective cleanser that helps to remove makeup, clean dirt or in the case of my morning’s – cuddly dog’s hair. It serves well as a base cleanser before doing an oil cleanse because it gets everything off in one foul swoop. It’s the closest thing to a “conventional cleanser” that I have ever used! It leaves skin soft, clean, clear and fresh with a natural scent.
Raels is a dog’s dog. She’ll fetch every ball, jump in every mud puddle and roll around in every fresh cut lawn. She’ll jump into any ocean. I take her out every single morning for a ball catch session and a run, and believe me – she hardly ever comes back house-ready.
However, Raels has really, really sensitive skin. Especially in the springtime, just laying in the grass for long enough will give baby a little rash on her belly. I have to be really careful about over-washing her, especially on her delicate face where her skin is the most soft. This may sound crazy, but the thing I love most about green beauty is how multi-purpose it is! I’ve also been using Pure on Raelie to give her a gentle face wash during her many weekly baths (there I am above^^ about to lovingly attack her face with it). She loves it and it leaves her skin way more clean than some super stinky conventional (natural of course!) dog washes that I have. Many of them are very heavily fragranced which tends to turn me off since I am very sensitive to smells. With totally natural and organic ingredients you can trust, Pure eliminates all of these problems!
It all started on instagram. My friend Genevieve was in town. She’s a stylist from LA who I met on my first international commercial. And she’s a big hippie at heart.
I always get excited when I see an LA local around San Diego because 1. LET’S HANG OUT and 2. IF WE DON’T HANG OUT I’M GOING TO STALK WHERE YOU GO IF IT’S BEAUTIFUL AND GO THERE TOO.
In the case of Gen, it was scenario #2.
Since she was only in town briefly, homegirl was gone by the time I hit her up. But the photo of her in a huge field of flowers while she was here stayed seared in my brain.
Where is this magnificent flower place? I asked myself over and over again. Finally, I headed to the google machine. I barely got passed “ San Diego fl” before The Flower Fields showed up and my heart sang arias.
A fifteen minute drive and $25 season pass later, I was in heaven. This place is beyond (beyond beyond!) beautiful. For a flower child like me, it’s a dream come true to wander around a preserve so gorgeous, thoughtful and wonderful. From the extraordinary colors to the wide variety of wildlife, I was totally enthralled. Fifty acres of Tecolote Giant Ranunculus to gawk at and fall in love with.
If you have a flower field by your house that you had no idea about, do some research and then GO TO IT. NOW. Don’t wait another moment! Normally they are only open in the Spring for a few weeks.
I loved this amazing way to explore my own home town.
Who knew there were such beautiful things right in our own backyards?
The Detox Market was kind enough to send this over during some dry winter months here in So Cal, but the scent, the feel, the ultimate shine you get from this product is perfect for spring. To say I am obsessed with this dreamy, creamy body butter would be an understatement. There’s not a single night I didn’t use this since the day I opened it! It smells like you’ve waltzed through a lavender field and feels like you’ve dipped yourself in melted, whipped butter. So, so divine! This is great on my legs and feet during spring when I can finally get out those shorter dresses and show off some sexy sheen!
Yeah, yeah. We all love our paisley pinks and flower crowns, but what about your spring date nights and gallery openings and dinners with friends on the town, enjoying the warm, crisp air? Spring is my favorite time to bust out a good red lip, and it doesn’t get sexier (or more perfectly red) than Nudus Australia’s Revenge. Definitely a night time, driving down the highway with the wind in your hair on the way to the beach feel, and I love it that way! Totally natural, organic, super pigmented and long lasting, this color has the added benefit of looking amazing on every skintone and healing your lips as you wear it.
Spring is my time to indulge. I always tend to get super busy around this time, as my East Coast friends emerge from hibernation and projects kick into high gear with new energy. That said, I’m always looking for a great way to wind down, and this girlie, natural Epsom salt soak is where it’s at! I adore the packaging as well as the high quality ingredients. Some nights I will bring a chair into the bathroom and fill the tub up over my feet with warm water, then relax and read a book, using this to scrub and then soak my feet and legs. On nights where I have a little more time, I throw a handful into my bath water and take a long, luxurious bath. It smells incredible and has awesome anti inflammatory and anti septic benefits! I really like this foot soak product, but I’m aware that other people may not. And that’s fine, it’s all about finding the right product for you so you can feel the full benefits. Some people I know have tried this ion cleanse detox foot bath and have said that it works wonders for helping them to relax after a hard day at work. I may decide to try this when I want to try something else, as they have said that they prefer this product over many others. But for now, I’m going to stick to the Dream Nuage Vanilla Bean Foot Soak.
I’ve mentioned the Oculus eye serum here, here and here because well… I am obsessed with it (no shame!) Not only do I happily call Josh Rosebrook a friend, he’s a genius when it comes to formulating his products. You won’t find willy nilly or fly by popular ingredients in Josh Rosebrook’s creations. Instead, each ingredient is hand selected by Josh to benefit a wide variety of skin and hair problems using phytochemicals, plant extracts and an organic powerhouse of Ayurvedic naturals. Oculus is no exception. Oculus brightens, tones, and regenerates. When we spoke about it in person, Josh said that Oculus had been a dream of his to create for a long time, because our eye area is so sensitive, as it’s thinner than the rest of the face. That means it needs to be treated differently than the rest of the face! He chose anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidizing, high end and potent ingredients that truly do the trick; Camelina, Hempseed, Sunflower, Almond oils and awesome herbs like skullcap, echinacia, and the amazing eyebright (a plant that has awesome anti-inflammatory benefits – it literally treats pink eye!)
These go to work overnight on tired, dry or puffy eyes. I recently used Oculus while I was doing my book edits and not sleeping quite as well (YOU try waking up to inspiring thoughts every 30 minutes and we’ll see what your eyes look like in a week! 😛 ) I saw results immediately. The very next morning I woke up with less bags under my eyes, reduced darkness and no puffiness at all! It was magic. I’ve continued to use it every night since to better and better results. I am even using less concealer under my eyes every day, it works so well!
Laurel Whole Plant Organics was one of the first brands I ever blogged about. For good reason. They keep getting better and better. I mean, Wow. I was lucky enough to meet Laurel a few months ago on my trip to San Francisco (and I’ll be hugging her again and her studio opening this week!) Talk about an eye serum that will stay at the top of my beauty cabinet – within arms reach – forever. NEVER stop making this, Laurel! Never!
Laurel’s Eye Serum is a one drop wonder! One drop is enough to cover under both eyes (with a little left over). I absolutely adore the scent, the amazing, pure and organic ingredients, Laurel’s awesome philosophy and of course, how great it works! Do you suffer from dark circles, puffiness, or are you overtired and stressed? This takes care of them all! I saw results overnight! It was great – I had honestly never experienced anything like it!
I am privileged to call Dana, founder of Gem+Remedy, a dear friend. She’s awesome, thoughtful, kind, creative and extremely giving. This collaboration between Gem+Remedy and BeauTeaBar is inspired to help you get good skin! It’s made with Moss Agate (for healing infections and inflammation) Peridot (to naturally heal the skin), Azurite (for healthy skin and teeth) and Aventurine to renew the skin and bring forth your inner glowing radiance. I adore this brand collab, this message and have been wearing this bracelet non stop. I’ll admit – I’ve truly experienced better skin, and can’t wait to continue to see the affects from this addition to my skincare ritual. Gem+Remedy is really magical.
Satori made it’s debut a few weeks ago, and Lina was kind enough to gift me a full and sample size, which I’ve really, truly been loving! Lina is truly an inspiration. Watch this video when you get a chance for a serious creativity injection. Everything Lina makes is totally amazing, organic and beautiful. Satori was inspired by Lina’s travels to the far East, with warm vanilla, sexy sandalwood and crisp yuzu and ginger, this perfume oil is a must have. I rub it on my wrists for a quick bout of aromatherapy. It’s inviting and refreshing while also being completely delightful. Perfect for every day wear as it’s not overpowering, and also great on the neck during date nights and encased in sustainable marula oil, I can’t get enough of this. A perfect scent for spring!
The Detox Market gifted me this as well and I couldn’t have been more excited to try it! This gorgeous brightening stick from W3ll People makes for the perfect subtle highlight along cheekbones, eyelids, and my nose! I adore this for completing a fresh spring look. It looks great with or without a little powder over it and wears well all day. Looks great on the outside of lids for a beautiful, sun kissed effect to brighten and sculpt the entire face.
Argan Oil, Sea Buckthorn, Camellia Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, Rosehip Oil. This cell serum powerhouse by Biodara has it all, and the Founder Mimi, has my heart. She recently stopped by the Waxelene booth at Expo West, where I was happily working away, and we got to chat for a few minutes. Her story and her commitment to healthy living is a dream. I long to find Founders with ethics like Mimi’s, and I’m privileged to have met someone with a passion like hers as well. I adore this Cell Refresh Serum for my oil cleansing as well as using it as a daily moisturizer for my whole face. I will take a warm, wet towel, apply a few drops the Biodara Cell Refresh Face Serum to my face by patting it gently into my skin, let it sit for a minute and then wash my face with the warm towel for a rejuvenating mini facial. Then, I apply 3 drops of the oil for full coverage. It looks beautiful under makeup and is beyond incredible for creating plump, refreshed looking skin.
Speaking of Waxlene, it’s no secret that I absolutely love them to pieces. True story: I was in line at Whole Foods the other week, and a young woman two people in front of me asked the cashier if they had any Waxelene. The cashier thought for a moment, and then replied, “ Oh! You mean the best lip balm ever?”
Waxelene debuted their lip balm in June to rave reviews, and I am obsessed. I have a tube in every bag I own, in my backpack, in my car, with my camping gear, in my bathroom, next to my bed. I just don’t go anywhere without it. Anything you would use Vaseline for… just use this, instead! Totally natural, organic, no petroleum or the nasty stuff you find in Vaseline and Carmex. Just good for you ingredients! Waxelene is also great to put on the base of your plants during spring time to prevent bugs from climbing them and munching. Try it and see! For only $3.99 you really can’t go wrong!
When I met Katie a few months ago at The Detox Market, she admitted that out of her whole line, that Infinite Love was (at the time) her favorite. I can totally see why! They gave these out on the set of Ted 2, a movie I acted in over the summer. This mist is perfect for Spring, for attracting love and light and good energy into your life. I firmly believe in this mist and all it’s incredible properties. It promotes love for yourself as well as for others, and smells like exquisite rose, mandarin and Lotus Wei’s signature honey scent. I’ve been using this for over 5 months now, spraying some onto my pillow at night and misting myself throughout the day. I love it!
Local, organic, caffeine free and totally amazing. Buddha Teas are just right down the street from me. They sell them at my local market and I am so proud of what these guys have accomplished in such a short amount of time! I ADORE their line of Chakra Teas. Each tea is designed around a different chakra and infused with specific, natural and ayurvedic herbs designed to increase your connection to that chakra. Root Chakra tea has been my jam lately. With super food dandelion and calming clove, I sip this all day long and also right before bed at night for an a sense of well being, mental clarity and stability. It is the spine chakra, which promotes your connection to the earth. For my readers: Get 10% off your order with coupon code ORGANICLIFE at checkout.
What a beauty! This is flower power in a nutshell. A gorgeous elixir of super powerful healing oils, CoQ10 complex and vitamin C, my skin can’t get enough of this amazing oil from Kypris. The packaging and the galant glass bottle are to-die-for, and the kosher, highly potent ingredients make this a must have for sensitive skin, acne prone like mine. It smells like a rose garden and feels like you’ve treated yourself to an expensive facial and can finally turn off and relax. Kypris Beauty Elixir II: Healing Bouquet also contains stearyl glycyrrhetinate, which is an isolate from licorice that helps reduce flakiness and restore skin’s natural balance. Super moisturizing and it makes an incredible before bedtime ritual. A great scent for spring, too. It reminds me of decadent flowers in bloom!
Not only is Adina one of my favorite brand owners, mastering the most simple ingredients and packaging them into pretty powerhouse’s in her line SW Basics of BK, she’s a great, witty writer. I’ve been loving her first book, Skin Cleanse – a great how-to that gives you a deeper insight into your skin. Perfect for a spring or summer read, or just a perky pick up for anyone looking to delve deeper into their own skin issues, I adore this book! With cute but insightful chapters like You Are What Your Great-Grandmother Ate, to adorable illustrations that go along with her narrative, to what nasties to spot in your cosmetic ingredients, I’d say Adina’s made a large charge into the literary world of green beauty, and she’s done it with much grace and humor.
Spot any green beauty favorites for spring? What have you been rocking out with since the flower’s bloomed?
California continues to astound me. She has such beautiful, magical landscapes. I get a true sense of delight and wonder from exploring the mountains. as well as the sea scape. Exploration has such an incredibly dear place in my heart because there just are no limits. After being sick for so, so long, the ability to adventure anywhere and see just about anything in this gorgeous state makes my heart burst. It tickles my soul, opens my eyes. I always feel like the paths I take choose me, instead of me choosing them. I feel healthy, free, fresh, and child-like. I feel empowered and wonderful.
In my suburban childhood backyard, I often pretended that I was in the middle of huge fields, atop gigantic mountains, with nature as far as the eye could see. I had a particularly vivid flashback during this particular shoot for Treacherous Minx and Pastel Mint, which reminded me of a game I used to play with my neighbor when I was younger than six. We explored the jungle (aka our backyards – which collectively actually gave us some space!) until we “came by a snake” – which always either ended or derailed the game. “ Snake! Snake!” my little neighbor would scream, then hurriedly suggest we play jumprope or tag.
On this particular hike for the shoot, we did come across a snake! A rattlesnake greeted us on our trial, and though he found shelter not long after spotting us, we turned around post-haste (because not being able to see him was kinda scarier than seeing him!)
It brought me right back to being a kid again; a feeling I had been missing a lot lately. It was then I remembered that the landscape, the weather, the beautiful scenery in front of me was something I had imagined again and again and again in my play as a kid: and here it was in front of me! It really made me smile. I felt an immense self of fulfillment, accomplishment and empowerment. I’ve carried this feeling with me throughout the last few days.
How do you feel about coincidences? Or fate? Do you think what we think of as a child tends to manifest, or is it all up to us?