Hi you guys, so I’m going a bit off track here because this is supposed to be an interior design blog with a few recipes thrown in. However, I have a deep deep love for a lot of things in this world, not just design. Besides family and friends, these are mostly materialistic, superficial things like clothes, makeup, jewelry making, etc. But, the fact is these things run deep. Therefore, I’m expanding this blog and throwing in some topics like beauty, skincare, jewelry making, and possibly some fashion, because, honestly, who just wants to talk about design?? So this is my first jab at that. I’m going to tell you guys about some of my very favorite skincare and cosmetics with a cult following. Actually they may not have a cult following yet, but they should! These products are multi use, affordable, and fabulous. So let’s get to it.
1. Cocokind Rose Water Facial Toner
This 100% rosewater spray has been a favorite of mine for a long time now. Not only does rose water clean and tone skin, it also has anti inflammatory properties which can help reduce acne, treat eczema, and more. It chalk full of antioxidants, plus it has antibacterial properties. It hydrates, helps reduce fine lines, and the scent is said to improve the mood and keep anxiety at bay.This rosewater toner is an essential part of my morning and evening skincare routine. After washing my face in the evening I apply this all over using a cotton pad, then mist it on my face before applying any serums or creams. Typically, I don’t wash my face in the morning because natural oils are replenished throughout the night, so I just apply this using a cotton pad, then mist prior to applying my sunscreen primer and makeup. I spray it over my makeup to “set it” and throughout the day for a little refresh. So basically I’m obsessed.
2. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay and Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Before you think it’s crazy to put vinegar all over your face, hear me out. Raw, organic apple cider vinegar has a ridiculous amount of health benefits when consumed and when applied topically. But we’re talking skin so I’m not going off track into the internal benefits but you can read those here. Anyways, raw apple cider vinegar has anti bacterial, anti fungal, and antiviral properties so it’s tough on acne. It’s full of Alpha Hydroxy Acids so it’s great at removing dead skin cells, plus it helps balance your skin’s Ph level, removes toxins from the skin, and can apparently help remove dark spots.
Here’s the scoop on the clay. The clay is a Bentonite clay that’s basically the result of volcanic residue/dust deposits that have settled on the earth. Over time the ash absorbs a ton nutrients and minerals which eventually becomes clay. That makes a ton of sense, right?? Even crazier, once the clay is hydrated it takes on a negative electrical charge. When applied to the skin this negative charge will draw out toxins (many of which have a positive charge) and absorb them, while delivering nutrients and minerals to the skin.
I’ve been using these two products separately for a long time now, and for very different uses. But, once combined, It completely cleared up the zits I usually get around my chin and jaw line, and has pretty much stopped them from returning. I was reading the amazon reviews on the product and apparently mixing these two products is a thing–Amazon even recommends buying them together! So many people talked about their vinegar-clay mask experiences and many said it cleared up their acne too. But, be warned, as the mask draws out toxins, you may break out a bit before everything clears up.
3. Becca Cosmetics Ultimate Coverage Foundation, Under Eye Brightening Corrector, Shimmering Skin Perfector, and Soft Light Blurring Powder
I am in love with the line of Becca cosmetics and their intense devotion to create flawless skin that GLOWS! The Becca line is quite familiar with having cosmetics with a cult following as their products are amazing and gushed over by makeup artists and beauty bloggers everywhere. I could seriously just write an entire post devoted to them. This post is long enough as it is so I’ll try and keep this short and sweet. These products get the job done….. actually never mind, I’m going to shut up. I’ll just make a video. watch it below:
4. Andalou Organics 1000 Roses Moroccan Beauty Oil
Andalou Naturals is one of my favorite lines for skincare, and this face oil is my favorite product in the line. I can be pretty aggressive with my skincare routine, rotating between lactic acid serums, glycolic acid face creams, enzyme masks, etc, but on my many days off I turn to this amazing face oil. It contains Jojoba, Argan, cranberry, and rose hip oil, as well as rose stem cells. It hydrates without causing my skin to break out, and it’s so good at removing even the most finicky mascara.
Andalou uses natural ingredients, and organic when possible. The products are non-GMO, cruelty-free, and sustainably sourced. Plus, they smell so good!
5. Puracy Natural Shampoo and Body Wash
I came acros this product about a year ago while searching for natural and/or organic baby shampoos. This product is fabulous. First of all, you get two huge 16oz bottles for less than $20. This coconut based shampoo and body washed is developed here in Austin, Texas and made in the US. Better yet, it’s free of Parabens, Sulfates, Petrochemicals, Dyes, phlalates… the list goes on. It’s also hypoallergenic, non toxic, vegan, and never tested on animals.
The thing that really got me about this product is that not only is it a fantastic baby shampoo and body wash, it’s also my go to personal shampoo, body wash, and…wait for it… face wash. A good face wash is critical, especially in mucky summers here in Austin. Plus, I come home from the barn most days drenched in sweat and a layer of dirt. This products gets it all off. It is absolutely the best and you need to give it a try.
6. Ann Webb Clinicals Enzyme Peel II
A good enzyme peel is an important part of most skin care routines, especially if you’re looking to exfoliate and get an incredible glow. This peel contains cinnamon, apple, and fermented pumpkin and smells just like Christmas.. seriously though, it is the best smelling beauty product that I’ve ever used. Obviously, the smell isn’t going to give you the results, but the fermented pumpkin acts as a strong exfoliant and Cinnamon helps to stimulate circulation. Over all this peel will help brighten even the dullest skin. But, beware, The Ann Webb Clinicals website recommends avoiding this product if you have red or sensitive skin. If not, give it a try! You won’t be let down.
These products have been go-to’s of mine for quite some time now, which is why I wanted to pass them on to you. Seriously give these products a try, and tell me how you like them.