Sanari Plant-Based Candle in Sorbetto ($34.00 for 8.5 oz. from the Sanari Amazon Store): Sanari, a local Los Angeles company, not only creates each of their delectably scented candles from Kosher Certified Essential Oils, Non-GMO Soy Wax and Organic Coconut Wax, but they also use gorgeous wide 100% unbleached cotton wicks that are, "designed specifically to burn best in organic coconut wax candles and non-GMO wax for an even glow and pure burn."This utterly delectable and intoxicating candle is a citrus herbal blend of blood orange, coconut and vanilla bean. The lovely aroma fills the air with its gorgeous essence, while the healthy candle burns clean. Blend: Citrus Herbal (Blood Orange, Persian Lime, Creamy Coconut, Vanilla Bean and Cinnamon). Purchase Again? I am currently burning another one of their candles (in a different scent).Spongellé Body Wash Infused Buffers ($12.00-$20.00 each from Spongellé): This particular buffer was limited edition from a while ago, but you really can't go wrong with any of their buffers. These sponges not only effectively remove dead skin cells, but they also leave the skin deliciously baby soft, smooth, supple and moisturized. Body wash infused body buffers are such a treat to use, and they really excel in their ability to clean and exfoliate the skin while delighting the senses with their delightful aromas. You simply dampen the body buffer with water to activate the lather to effortlessly clean and exfoliate the skin. Each sponge is filled with enough body wash for a minimum of 14 washes, and once you have used up all of the body wash, the sponge itself is still quite intact, and therefore all you need to do is use it in conjunction with your favorite liquid or bar soaps. The hanging ribbon allows the buffer to dry out easily, but I recommend hanging it outside of the moist environment of the shower to avoid bacterial growth. Purchase Again? I just opened up a new one!
Kérastase Discipline Maskertine Hair Mask ($68.00 for 6.8 oz. from Kérastase, Sephora and the Kérastase Amazon Store): This is a deeply nourishing and deep conditioning hair mask that leaves hair frizz-free, unbelievably soft and supple, and with a stunning glossy sheen. I can't believe the results, and simply can't get enough of this extraordinary deep conditioner! This is nirvana for unruly hair! Purchase Again? It's expensive, but I am definitely buying another jar because it works like magic on my hair!African Botanics Shimmering Gold Body Oil ($110.00 for 3.4 oz. from African Botanics, Revolve, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bluemercury and Credo Beauty): This is a magical antioxidant-rich and unbelievably nourishing and hydrating oil that can be used from head to toe. In the hair it offers conditioning and tames frizz while adorning your tresses with a gorgeous golden luminosity. This delectable nourishing oil hydrates and smooths the skin while giving it the most gorgeous and refined shimmer. Skin is left luminous, soft, supple and utterly quenched. Of all of the shimmering oils that I have seen flood the market none compares to this one. It's perfect all year round, but it is the one to try this summer. The subtle scent is an intoxicatingly delicious blend of Gardenia, Magnolia, Neroli and Vanilla Bean that is so delectable that I would wear it as a perfume given the chance. Purchase Again? It's at the top of my list for summer!
African Botanics Intense Skin Repair Balm ($160.00 for oz from African Botanics, Credo Beauty, Revolve and bluemercury): This proves to be the quintessential active botanical face balm that has earned pride of place as my very favorite facial moisturizer. It is the perfect ultra-hydrating moisturizer that immediately nourishes and hydrates the skin, reduces inflammation and redness, plumps fine lines, evens skin tone, improves elasticity, firms, and improves overall clarity.
It is extremely concentrated, therefore a pea size amount is all that you need to use for your entire face, neck and décolleté. Warmed between the hands or fingers, this balm transforms into an exceedingly luxurious serum that melts into the skin effortlessly. The silky texture coupled with the gorgeous aroma, that is a fusion of Jasmine Grandiflorum, Damask Rose and Bergamot, makes using this luxury balm an extraordinary sensory experience.
This nourishing and healing balm is the perfect year-round moisturizer for people with dry and dehydrated skin, but the benefits of its use are so pronounced that I plan to use it all year long on my normal/combination skin. It soaks in the same way that a beauty oil does, and therefore is not unlike using a beauty oil because it liquefies in the same way once it is warmed up. It soaks in immediately and leaves skin unbelievably soft, supple, hydrated and luminous. If you are left with a greasy residue, then you have neither adequately warmed it up, nor have you used a small enough amount.
Additionally, this unique formula offers healing benefits that effectively treat skin conditions such as acne (or monthly hormonal breakouts) hyperpigmentation and it softens the appearance of scars. People with sensitive, irritated, and damaged skin will be astonished by the immediate soothing and healing properties that are embodied in this potent healing elixir, and won't ever want to be without this seemingly magical balm. This is also a great post-treatment balm that immediately calms down skin that has been subjected to a peel or vigorous exfoliation. I have used it after doing an at-home peel, and after thorough exfoliation, and my skin immediately feels and looks better. My skin can, at times, be rather sensitive, and this balm has proven to be the perfect soothing and calming remedy for just about every skin irritation that I have experienced. It is a multipurpose balm, that boasts extraordinary efficacy, and just so happens to be the perfect face cream. It delivers moisture and nutrients more effectively than any balm that I have tried, and its texture and aroma are utterly addictive. Once you try it, I suspect that you will become as obsessed with it as I am! Purchase Again? I am digging around to see if I have another jar, and if I don't, I need to buy another one!
The Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter Cleanser ($61.00 for the 1.69 oz. refill from Bloomingdale's and goop): Whether you are a proponent of single or a double cleansing, this oil-based balm cleanser effectively removes all traces of makeup and dirt. In starts out as a solid balm, but melts into an oil when it comes into contact with warm skin. It is rich, emollient and very concentrated, and therefore only a small amount is needed to yield extraordinary results. Furthermore, it is very gentle and effective and it thoroughly cleans the skin without any effort on your part.
I simply apply a small amount to dry skin and massage it with my fingers and then remove it with a warm damp muslin cloth or a soft cotton wash cloth. It leaves skin soft, supple and radiant. Sometimes I do not use an additional cleanser, but I also love to double cleanse. I have normal/combination skin, and can forgo the second cleansing, but I generally don't. If you have very dry skin you may not opt to double cleanse, but if you have combination to oily skin you will probably want to double cleanse since you may prefer to wash away any of the remaining oils. It has a very light herbal aroma that simply smells like a fusion of its ingredients. Purchase Again? Eventually, but I am currently swimming in cleansing balms that I must first finish.
The Organic Pharmacy Flower Petal Deep Cleanser & Mask ($41.00 for 1.41 oz. from The Organic Pharmacy): I remain astounded by the results of this duo mask/scrub for a multitude of reasons. It has a lovely soft texture and has the natural scent of Rose (there are even beautiful crushed rose petals in the powder). It turns from powder to a paste by drizzling a little water at a time until you reach the desired consistency, and once you have done so then you simply apply it to your face with a gentle circular motion. Once you have finished this step simply allow the paste to dry (as you would with a clay mask), and then rinse off after about 5 minutes. The first time that I used it I followed the instructions and left it on for 5 minutes, and the results were amazing. However, the following times that I used it I left it on for about 20 minutes, and the results were utterly miraculous.
The combination of the physical exfoliating coupled with the tendency of the Lactic Acid to literally eat away dead skin assures that all of those pesky dead skin cells are removed revealing unbelievably beautiful sparkling skin. Purchase Again? Absolutely!
The Organic Pharmacy Enzyme Peel Mask ($65.00 for 2.03 oz. from The Organic Pharmacy): This powerful enzyme mask gently removes dead skin cells, diminishes the appearance of age spots, softens the appearance of fine lines, helps to reduce blackheads, and it leaves skin soft, smooth, supple and thoroughly refreshed.This beautiful mask is a very refreshing gel that transforms the skin in a mere 10 minutes. You will look and feel as though you received a professional facial in record time, and will want to make this a regular part of your at-home beauty routine. Purchase Again? Once I use a few more of my open products that exfoliate dead skin cells.Tatcha Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream ($144.00 for 0.5 oz. from Tatcha): This is an ultra luxurious, and silky-smooth, mid-weight eye cream that is exceedingly concentrated– therefore only a very tiny amount is needed. This magical eye cream transforms from one that is more dense into one that is lightweight when introduced to the warmth of the skin. The emollient formula immediately melts into the skin– delivering its nourishing antioxidant, anti-aging properties to the delicate skin around the eyes.
Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Eye Serum ($88.00 for 0.5 oz. from Tatcha and QVC): This is a lightweight and fast absorbing serum that delivers immediate hydration, reduces the appearance of fine lines, reduces puffiness, and visibly lifts and firms skin. The Okinawa Red Algae, Honeysuckle Leaf and Caffeine visibly firm the skin while reducing puffiness, and at the same time this combination plumps fine lines, and delivers intense hydration.
The innovative cooling ceramic tip applicator, in conjunction with the fine dust of 23-karat gold, serve to "brighten and diminish shadows under the eyes without adding shimmer." When I haven't gotten enough sleep, I periodically awaken to puffy eyes, and massaging this area with the ceramic tip and serum has an immediate, and sustained, cooling effect that radically diminishes puffy eyes.
While this is a serum, I find that it delivers enough hydration that I don't actually need to use an eye cream, but if your skin is particularly dry you may want to use an eye cream as well. This serum leaves my skin lifted, fine lines diminished, puffiness eradicated, and skin is left with a pronounced clarity and luminosity. It is an utterly superb eye serum that delivers real results, and is such a great pleasure to use. Purchase Again? I just opened a new tube!
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