Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Review: Odacite Mint & Green Tea Toner


Readers, I have a problem. I am addicted to toners. I can't get enough of that pleasant mist rousing me in the morning, reviving me throughout the day, and soothing me to sleep at night. But not just any toner will do! No, no. I must be charmed. Swept off my feet, dare I say! Which brings me to the new love in my life - say hello to Odacite Mint & Green Tea Pore Purifying Toner. This blissful concoction combines aloe vera, peppermint extract, glycerin, white willow bark, and green tea extract to hydrate, heal, and best of all, combat breakouts! And there is nothing quite like the cooling, tingly sensation that mint imparts. I am in mist heaven with this toner...

Now that you have been sufficiently warned about my toner addiction, let me give you a little sneak peek at how I (liberally) use this mist throughout my skincare ritual. I cleanse, mist, apply serum, mist again, apply moisturizer, apply sunscreen, and then mist again. Too much? Nah. This routine seems entirely reasonable to me. Why so much mist? I believe that toners are an entirely undervalued tool in our beauty arsenal, especially for oil and balm lovers. Toners are vital for enhancing absorption of those products. Remember that oil + water = moisturizer. Without a toner, you may find that oils and balms just sit on your skin and shine, shine, shine (and not in the pretty, dewy way). Toners can also provide an additional source of moisture. Seek out those that contain hydrating elements like glycerin and aloe vera. And for acne prone skin types, toners can supply a constant boost of anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and pore-clearing ingredients like white willow bark and peppermint extract, to calm and purify skin throughout the day.

So yes, toners are more than just water in a bottle. (Except those that are actually just water in a bottle. Avoid those. They draw moisture from your skin as they evaporate.)

If you are in the market for a spectacular toner that is guaranteed to refresh and revive your skin on hot, humid summer days, prepare to be dazzled by Odacite Mint & Green Tea Pore Purifying Toner. Don't resist the toner addiction! Embrace it!

*sample generously provided, but the Seed only speaks the truth

Monday, August 25, 2014

On My Radar: Fancy Soaps

Vice & Velvet

I've recently started to notice the inherent beauty in handmade soap. Okay, I know that sounds a little crazy... until you've gazed upon both Vice & Velvet and Maple handmade soaps. Man oh man, are these soaps gorgeous. Breathtaking even. I can't think of a more perfect housewarming gift, or shower gift, or Christmas gift! (Is it too early to be thinking about Christmas?? Nah. Never.) And what makes these soaps even more perfect is that you never have to worry about harsh, drying ingredients. These beauties are made from scratch using only the finest butters and oils. Now the hard part. Which scent to choose???  Vice & Velvet Thief in the Night and Maple Pink Grapefruit & Tangerine are at the top of my wish list! 

Maple

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Look: Easing Into Fall!


I have to admit that I've been going through a bit of a makeup breakup over the past few months. Maybe it's the summer heat or maybe it's my desire for simplicity, but I'm just digging bare skin these days! So on those rare mornings when I do want a little more color in my life, I stick to the eyes and lips. And in my book, no one does eyes and lips better than Kjaer Weis!  

The color palette I've been drawn to recently has that perfect pre-fall vibe - a darker eye, bare cheeks, a more muted lip, and lots of mascara! My absolute favorite Kjaer Weis eye shadow for this look is Wisdom. It is an amazing taupe shade that enhances every eye color. And while I could go on and on about almost every Kjaer Weis lip tint shade (the color! the moisture!), my favorite lately has been Bliss Full. It is the ultimate shade of barely there pale pink. And when it comes to mascara, I'm still 100% on Team Kjaer Weis. It provides definition and volume, with zero smudging and minimal flaking - in short, it's the very best!

I'm sure I'll be dying for a little cheek color come fall, but until then, this is my look!

What are your makeup favorites these days?? 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New Favorites: Zweena and One Love Organics

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There has been a lot of life nonsense getting in the way of my blogging these days. And we just can't have that! So I wanted to take this time to introduce you to two products that have been on repeat in my routine over these past few weeks.  

First up, a fantastic new launch from Zweena - the Argan Ultra-Nourish Eye Serum. Not only is this serum filled to the brim with some of my absolute favorite oils (think argan, baobab, marula, and kalahari melon seed!), but it also comes packaged in the sleekest hot pink rollerball. Though I'm generally not to keen on eye products, I've recently started to notice the beginnings of dreaded milia. I've heard that the best way to attack the pesky little bumps is to moisturize them. I thought I had been moisturizing the area, but apparently not well enough. As luck would have it, a little bottle of Zweena Eye Serum fell into my lap. Within two days of using the serum, the milia had practically disappeared. Zweena definitely mixes a little bit of magic into this serum! It is the perfect combination of nourishing and lightweight. I highly recommend it!

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The world has adored One Love Organics Easy Does It for years, and yet, until very recently, I had never tried it. I honestly can't understand why! So when a bottle showed up on my proverbial doorstep, I immediately added it to my dwindling shower collection. I was in desperate need of a new body wash. To my surprise, the gel texture is unbelievably rich and luxurious. More importantly, unlike the bar soaps and Dr. Bronner's liquid soap that I have been using for years, this cleanser doesn't burn my legs after I've shaved! It's a miracle. I'm never letting Easy Does It go! I completely understand and agree with the legion of fans that this simple cleanser has spawned. I know you're curious, but I actually haven't tried it as a face cleanser or shampoo, but I'm up for the task. I plan to lather up my locks with this gem tonight. I'll keep you posted!

Stay tuned for many, MANY Seed to Serum surprises!!! It's going to be an amazing Fall... 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Checking In: Post 108 Days of Yoga

My new yoga goal...

It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that my 108 Days of Yoga journey is over. I never thought that I would be saying that about an exercise program. I am normally overjoyed and ready to move on to the next challenge. Don't get me wrong - I am definitely excited to expand my yoga horizons beyond the 12 videos in this series, but I will miss having a designated yoga class to look forward to every day. Luckily, a reader turned me on to Udaya, the company responsible for The Ultimate Yogi, and I am already signed up for classes! The past 108 days have been a true inspiration and have resulted in some lofty goals (like the above photo)!

Yoga is unlike any workout regimen I have tried before. Most of you will be shaking your head right now and muttering, "yeah, I know, where have you been??" And you're right - WHERE HAVE I BEEN?? The increased flexibility alone is worth the entire 108 days (I can rest my nose on my knee when performing a seated forward fold!) - and I have also noticed an increase in strength, balance, and stamina. Additionally, the minute that I started running again, I began experiencing knee pain. I experienced exactly zero pain throughout the entire time that I was solely doing yoga. That is truly a testament to the superiority of yoga. 

And because this is a "Checking In" post, I'm bringing you my GREATEST green smoothie creation to date. 

Deliciousness In A Glass
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2-3 cups greens (I like power greens - a mix of baby kale, baby spinach, and baby chard)
2 dates
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp almond butter
2 tsp bee pollen
1 frozen banana 
1 cup ice (optional) 

ENJOY!