Summer Makeup Essentials In 4 Easy Steps!

Summer is certainly a highlight of the year - long sunny days, plenty of time with friends outdoors and just in general a grand ole time. But between being super busy and the blistering heat, you might feel like you have to sacrifice your usual pretty face to revel in the festivities. Luckily, as it turns out you don’t have to sacrifice a gosh darn thing! You can still look totally pulled together and fabulous if you just remember one simple rule: less is more (especially when it comes to summer makeup). In 4 easy steps you can create a beautiful barely there look that will last all day without weighing you down or worse, making you the victim of a makeup meltdown. 

Step 1: Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation 

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I am a HUGE fan of Josie Maran cosmetics - so chic, so clean and so so amazing to wear! This is a girl after my own heart who believes an eco-friendly, holistic lifestyle can actually be a glamorous way to live. Her line of luxurious natural beauty products is gentle, nontoxic and super sophisticated. The signature ingredient in Josie’s product line is Argan OIl - which seems to be all the rage these days and for good reason too! It moisturizes, balances oily skin, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, reduces redness and repairs sun damage making it the most perfect skin wonder you could ever dream up. 

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(Photo Courtesy of Josie Maran Cosmetics)

Argan Oil is intensely rich in:

  • Antioxidants- which fight free radicals and slow collagen (keeps your skin plump and youthful looking) damage to prevent signs of skin aging (like wrinkles and sunspots).
  • Vitamin E - a superpotent antioxidant known to protect and repair the skin. Your body can’t produce this vitamin so incorporating it into your diet/skincare routine is key. And hey, it can even help prevent sunburn making it the perfect addition to any summer beauty regiment.
  • Phenols - are only found in plant foods (particularly the skins) such as grapes, oats, blueberries, coffee and herbs. Phenols are especially effective in reducing inflammation in the skin to address issues such as psoriasis, skin rashes, itchy skin and acne.
  • Essential Fatty Acids - keep the skin hydrated (by holding water in the cells) for plumper younger looking skin. EFA’s are not produced by the body and must be consumed in your diet/skincare routine - your skin is your largest organ after all! Omega-3 and Omega-6 EFA’s are particularly effective in supporting healthy skin cell turnover and functioning in addition to giving the skin a smoother, healthier appearance.
  • Carotene - another powerful antioxidant found in carrots, sweet potatoes, fruits and leafy greens, it prevents skin damage from the sun and reduces sensitivity to UVA rays. Mixed carotenoids (beta-carotene, lutein and lycopene) help improve skin density and thickness.

Josie’s Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation not only contains Argan Oil, but is made with exclusive all natural chameleon pigments that magically adjust to match your skin tone - even when it changes! Want more magic? It suspends over fine lines and wrinkles to smooth out your complexion and correct visible signs of aging. But really in the end, what I love most about this product is its weightless, “feels like I’m wearing nothing” sheer coverage that still somehow manages to make me look great!

*Bonus: add a drop (literally a drop!) of Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer

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I love love love this product because it adds a subtle shimmer that keeps makeup looking fresh, natural and super summery to boot! Ultra light with just a hint of bronze, this is the ultimate skin brightener any time you need it. Add a drop to Josie’s Argan Matchmaker Foundation, blend together and apply all over your face using your fingertips, makeup sponge or makeup brush. Now stand back and admire your glowing complexion staring back at you in the mirror.

Step 2: Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape

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I must confess, this is my new favorite product - it is SO fabulous and I am really excited to tell you all about it! As the name suggests, just like watercolors this product glides on (yes, it really is that smooth and light) for a sheer, buildable (the more layers you put on, the brighter it gets) pop of color. Bonus: it feels cool as you apply it - perfect for the rising temps of summer. And despite its light, sheer nature, this “blush” is long lasting and stays put for up to 14 hours! Even better? It’s infused with one of my all-time favorite health ingredients - Coconut Water (50% to be exact) making it instantly hydrating and nourishing to your parched summer skin.

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*Color selection: I love “Pink Escape” which is a bright cool pink and my all time favorite color for cheeks. Think it’s too bright? Think again! Hot pink on the apples of your cheeks has the uncanny ability to brighten up your entire face and make you instantaneously look more awake. Seriously, it’s amazing. Trust me and try it.

Step 3: Mineral Fusion Lengthening Mascara:

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Eyes are admittedly tricky when it comes to the warm (and sweaty) months. For an active summer day, skip the eyeshadow and eyeliner altogether and rely solely on this incredible hypo-allergenic, paraben free mineral mascara to really make your eyes pop. Confession: mascara was the last cosmetic item I swapped when I switched from conventional to all-natural makeup. Why? I simply could not find one I liked - that stayed put and gave me the sultry, “come-hither” lashes I craved.

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Then I found this gluten and cruelty free gem of a mascara from Mineral Fusion - a beauty company committed to making natural skincare and cosmetics that leave your skin in BETTER condition than when you started. It manages to define, lengthen and condition lashes with good for you ingredients like beeswax and minerals including magnesium, copper and zinc. It’s artificial color and fragrance free and contains no sulfates (which can irritate the eyes and cause brittle hair/lashes) or phthalates (shown to disrupt hormones and linked to breast tumor cells).

Step 4: Mineral Fusion Liquid Lip Gloss in Heat:

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My #1 beauty rule: if you do nothing else, put a little lipstick on before you leave the house. In a single swipe you look instantly more polished and pulled together. These days I favor lip gloss for its high shine, sheer color and a more natural, pretty pout. The #1 reason I love this lip gloss: it’s not sticky (a common complaint in the gloss department)!

It’s made with natural minerals instead of synthetic ingredients and enriched with antioxidant powerhouses like white and red tea, pomegranate and Vitamins C and E which not only keep lips soft and supple, but protect skin from the damaging effects of the sun. Vitamin E fortifies skin cells against free radicals (which ultimately lead to abnormal cell growth and premature aging) while Vitamin C benefits cell and tissue growth to help the skin repair, regenerate and rejuvenate itself.

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*Color selection: I love “Heat” because really, the name says it all, doesn’t it? A bright magenta (a cross between hot pink and red), it just screams summer. The sheer formula keeps the color subtle while still adding a pop of color to a simple, clean, fresh summer face. And after all, it’s summertime, so the heat is on!

(1) Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Foundation + (2) Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee + (3) Mineral Fusion Lengthening Mascara + (4) Mineral Fusion Liquid Lip Gloss = an easy, 4 step, fresh summer face! Totally good for you. Super simple. Naturally beautiful.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 

 

Say So Long To Stress With 3 Great Products!

Now that I’ve shared my dirty little secret with you (I have a favorite herb and it’s Holy Basil), I can imagine you’re sitting there anxiously anticipating which products you should buy to obtain this coveted inner peace or at the very least, regain some sanity amidst your hectic day. Well then, stop stressing (that’s why you need the Holy Basil in the first place!), because today’s the day I reveal my Top 3 Holy Basil Picks:

1. NEW CHAPTER’S HOLY BASIL FORCE

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Why I love it:

  • I love Holy Basil for its ability to lower cortisol (the hormone that makes you feel stressed out and adds to belly fat), but there’s an important caveat here, so pay attention!!! You MUST choose a product that contains both the water AND fat soluble (oil) compounds. Why? It’s the fat soluble portion of this herb that most effectively combats cortisol. This product contains both - say bye bye cortisol!
  • But wait! There’s more! In order to extract the oils, most companies use harsh chemical solvents like acetone (nail polish remover - ick!) and hexane (dry cleaning fluid - ugh!). The bad: these chemicals are Class I carcinogens (known to cause cancer). The ugly: it’s impossible to remove them completely from the end product (you will ingest some). The good: since New Chapter uses a chemical free (recycled CO2) extraction method, you won’t find any traces of these toxic substances here! Phew!
  • It’s a highly concentrated WHOLE herb product. This Holy Basil is left in its whole food state to guarantee the fullest spectrum of beneficial phytonutrients and easy absorption - it’s food after all! But New Chapter takes it one step farther by concentrating it for safe, powerful results. This product has a 21:1 ratio which means it takes 21 parts of the raw, fresh herb to make 1 part of the extract. Pow! Now that’s what I call a knockout!

2. GAIA’S HOLY BASIL LEAF

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Why I love it:

  • Just like New Chapter’s Holy Basil Force, Gaia’s Holy Basil Leaf contains BOTH the water and fat soluble compounds (listed as Supercritical Extract on the nutrition panel)  - which you remember is essential to lowering cortisol and subsequently stress. It too uses a chemical free extraction method (recycled CO2) making this product both safe and powerfully effective. Stress? Forget about it!
  • It utilizes certified organic and ecologically harvested Holy Basil (and you know how I feel about that). Plus, Gaia has created a one of a kind program called “Meet Your Herbs” which allows you to track (online) the product you are buying quite literally from farm (where the herb was grown) to table (or your medicine cabinet if you will). How cool is that?!
  • Every single bottle is tested for pesticides, microbial contamination and heavy metals so you can rest assured you are buying a clean product every single time. Contamination can be a big problem with products in the natural health market, so knowing what you are buying is key. After all, life can be stressful enough without having to worry about dangerous substances in the products you buy to help improve your health and well-being.

3. ORGANIC INDIA TULSI (Holy Basil) TEA

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Why I love it:

  • First off, “Tulsi” is just another word for “Holy Basil” so don’t be confused - this is the same glorious, stress-buster of an herb. And I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just get plain sick and tired of taking pills, which is one of the reasons I love this product - it’s a tea! Tea in and of itself is a relaxing ritual. Add Holy Basil to the mix and you have a winning combination! Abundant in antioxidants, this tea combines 3 types of Holy Basil for a great tasting, energy and immune boosting cup of stress relief anytime you need it.
  • I know, I know, I said you have to look for a product that contains the oils from this herb to most powerfully combat stress (and this tea doesn’t have them). True, the fat soluble compounds are Kryptonite to cortisol, but that doesn’t mean the herb itself doesn’t address stress (it does!) - just in a more mild manner way (which is good if you want to drink it all day long). Brew and ice a pitcher of this “Tulsi Trinity” to sip throughout the day - it’s caffeine free, so no worries about getting jittery or experiencing a crash midday. 
  • More reasons to sip on this tea - Organic India is a company founded on truly out of this world humanitarian principles. When you purchase this tea you are supporting the environment and farmers in rural India. All farmers are educated in organic agriculture and Organic India pays all fees for acquiring organic certification. They then purchase the herbs at a premium market price to ensure the highest wages for the farmers. Bonus: farmers can use the land to grow food crops for their families. 

Now that we’ve got rising stress levels under control, feeling your best is just around the corner. Tune back in next week when I will discuss my favorite simple summer makeup routine to help keep you looking your best too!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 

Feeling Stressed Out? Meet the Wonder Herb You Simply CANNOT Live Without!

I have a confession to make, my dirty little secret if you will… I pick favorites! There. I said it. A self-confessed natural health and beauty junkie, I always promise to deliver the best of the best products to you (and I do!), but when asked, I’ve never actually owned up to having a favorite… until now that is.

With all the time, energy and tender loving care I put into creating this list of the creme de la creme, my picks feel like children - each with their own shiny qualities and unique characteristics - so picking a favorite seems downright blasphemous. But come on, you know YOU are really Mom’s favorite, right? Which brings me to my point - MY favorite! Drum roll please… and the winner is… HOLY BASIL! 

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Holy what?!?! You heard me, Holy Basil! This herb gets the coveted distinction of “my favorite” because it magically seems to control and manage stress. Now you understand my pick, right? It has truly changed my life, health and state of well-being and it can do the same for you too! But before I get into the details of this wonder herb (that I am quite certain will become your new best friend), let’s take a closer look at stress and why it’s so VERY important to address.

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Stress. Can’t live without it, can’t live with too much of it either! While some stress is good to keep us motivated and engaged in our lives, too much (which is often what we experience in modern society) takes a detrimental toll on our health.

Did you know that long-term states of stress:

  • Increase blood pressure
  • Cause digestive problems such as nausea and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
  • Disrupt sleep and lead to insomnia
  • Decrease immunity allowing you to get sick more often
  • Lead to fatigue and exhaustion
  • Promote weight gain and obesity 
  • Contribute to poor wound healing and muscle aches and pain
  • Cause anxiety, depression and forgetfulness 

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Scary, right? Chances are you’re nodding your head “yes” to at least a couple items on this list. Which is why I’d like to introduce you to Holy Basil. Holy Basil is particularly exceptional at lowering cortisol - “Public Enemy #1!” Cortisol is a hormone that not only makes you feel stressed out and exhausted, but contributes to belly fat and causes acne and skin problems too. Sound more familiar than you’d like to admit? Then meet this wonder herb!

Holy Basil offers these amazing health benefits:

  • Lowers Cortisol (see above) - to reduce stress, build stress resilience (your ability to bounce back from stressful events), reduce belly fat and promote a clear complexion.
  • Benefits the immune system - you know the cycle, right? You’re stressed, you get sick, you get sick, you’re stressed. Studies have shown that up to 90% of illness is linked to stress! 
  • Customized stress support - this herb works with your body’s own individual needs. Cool! This also makes Holy Basil safe to take regularly for stress support and maintenance. Doubly cool.
  • It can reset your stress response to “normal”- meaning you don’t need to take this herb forever! In other words, it can fix the problem (too much stress) at the root, not just cover up the symptoms. 
  • It elevates the mood, uplifts your spirits and calms the mind making it perfect for those of us who tend to worry (yes, I’m pointing a finger at myself).

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Are you on board yet? Fantastic! As you can image, like most things in life, not all Holy Basil products on the market are created equal. So which ones rise above the rest? Which ones will give you that sense of inner peace you crave or at least get you through your next work meeting? Check back next week to find out! In no time, I’ll have you saying “Ohm.”

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.