Annmarie Probiotic Serum with Tremella: Bio Facial Elixir

Annmarie Skin Care is a great natural skin care line that we have reviewed many times and I recently received a small sample of their latest skin care product to try, the Probiotic Serum with Tremella: Bio Facial Elixir (full size 15ml $69). This is a very interesting treatment serum with excellent ingredients that you don’t see often – intriguing stuff!

Annmarie Skin Care Probiotic Serum with Tremella: Bio Facial Elixir

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So here is the science info:  probiotic skin care has natural, helpful bacteria that is beneficial for skin. The Probiotic Serum with Tremella has olive leaf extract and astaxanthin as antioxidants, and tremella, which you may have never heard of. This is a Chinese mushroom which is a natural alternative to hyaluronic acid. It also gives the serum a very earthy scent that you will either love or dislike.

Annmarie Skin Care Probiotic Serum with Tremella: Bio Facial Elixir

Annmarie Skin Care Probiotic Serum with Tremella: Bio Facial Elixir

This is a very friendly serum, working for all skin types including very sensitive skin. It hydrates like you wouldn’t believe. Check out my before and after of my hand – these are immediate results. I took my swatch shot, then just blended in the serum, and look at how smooth my skin was. It’s an incredibly effective serum. Skin is plumped and happy all day long. If you love the scent, which doesn’t bother me at all by the way – it smells very natural and it fades quickly – then you will love this serum.

You can find Annmarie Skin Care online at their website, shop.annmariegianni.com.  – Lisa

Ingredients: *Aloe vera juice, probiotic ferment, *squalane, *tremella mushroom extract, plankton extract, fermented olive leaf extract, *aloe vera juice infused with herbs (*nettle leaves, *comfrey leaves, *plantago leaves, *dandelion leaves, *olive leaves), aspen bark extract, *glycerin, *tamanu oil, *avocado oil, superoxide dismutase, camellia leaf extract, essential oils of sacred frankincense and vetiver, carrageenan [chondrus crispus], astaxanthin, *rosemary extract, non-GMO xanthan gum. *Organically grown or wildcrafted

Two great options for skin care pain relief from Desert Harvest and Green Goo

Rashes, bruises, inflammation…it’s so irritating!  Especially when you really don’t want to go with anything medicated.  I’ve got great news for you today – if you suffer from chapped skin, inflamed skin, rashes, swelling, arthritis, bumps, or bruises, I’ve found two terrific options that you can turn to – and they are both all natural and organic.

Desert Harvest Aloe Vera Gelé and Green Goo Pain Relief Arnica Salve

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The first one is Desert Harvest Aloe Vera Gelé (8 oz. $17).  This is a wonderful cold-pressed gel that is made with 80% pure aloe vera concentrate.  This is a super high concentration of the good stuff from the aloe vera plant – you know, the stuff that has all the healing properties that soothes inflammation, relieves pain, and helps skin heal.  It’s the highest possible therapeutic level you can get and is 100% natural.  You can use this anywhere on your body:

  • As a soothing topical treatment for vulvodynia (even better when it’s refrigerated).
  • On the external urethra area when it is irritated by frequent trips to the bathroom.
  • On sunburns, wind burns, and minor kitchen burns.
  • On skin rashes, chapped hands, and insect bites.
  • Under makeup to improve the condition of the skin on your face and neck.

    Desert Harvest Aloe Vera Gelé

You only need a small amount.  It’s especially wonderful on angry, irritated skin when you store it in the refrigerator. It’s also great for helping to heal acne, especially the kind that gets crusty as it is healing.  I highly recommend Desert Harvest Aloe Vera GeléDesert Harvest has some other skin care products that feature aloe vera that look interesting although I haven’t tried any of them yet.

Green Goo Pain Relief Arnica Salve

My other recommendation is for Green Goo Pain Relief Arnica Salve (travel tin regularly $8.95, now only $6.97). Green Goo is a woman owned and family operated business. They use homeopathic herbal wisdom and natural ingredients to create fantastic body care products. All ingredients are organic, and Green Goo is a certified B Corporation, committed to donating a percentage of their profits to people who are instrumental in making our world a better place for everyone.

Green Goo has lots of first aid products that don’t increase resistance to antibiotics. They also have some really cool looking products for ‘fur and feathers’, homeopathic pet care items. I previously reviewed their Cinnamon & Aloe Mighty Handscrub Bar ($5.95) and 100% All Natural Deodorant Travel Stick ($5.95) both of which are fabulous.

Green Goo Pain Relief Arnica Salve

I’ve been testing their Pain Relief Arnica Salve.  Arnica is a real miracle ingredient. If you exercise and have sore muscles after, if you have arthritis or suffer from stiff, swollen joints, bruise easily, or even if you get a bug bite, arnica is the answer to your prayers. Here are the benefits are arnica:

  • Help reduce pain related to sore muscles and joints
  • Help heal bruises faster
  • Aid in reducing swelling and inflammation
  • Help speed recovery
  • Help ease joint stiffness and aches
  • Help reduce swelling from insect bites

    Green Goo Pain Relief Arnica Salve

Pain Relief Arnica Salve is a homeopathic salve of arnica infused olive oil.  It contains nothing artificial so there isn’t anything to dilute the effectiveness of the arnica.  I find the salve to be extremely effective – it absorbs very easily and the arnica goes right to work, relieving sore muscles and inflammation.  This particular blend also helps with circulation which is terrific for skin and overall health.

When your skin is hurting, these two products are fabulous natural, organic options that really work.  Give them a try, you (and your skin) will be very happy that you did!  – Lisa

Desert Harvest Aloe Vera Gelé INGREDIENTS: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Carbomer (Natural Thickener), Sodium Hydroxide (Natural pH Controller), Vegetable Glycerin, Leuconostic/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate (Natural Antimicrobial), Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Extract, Populus Tremuloides (Aspen) Bark Extract, Gluconolactone (Natural Skin Conditioner).

Green Goo Pain Relief Arnica Salve INGREDIENTS:  *Olive Oil, *Arnica Flowers, *Beeswax and *Menthol Crystals.  Essential Oils of Rosemary, Ginger, Peppermint, and Cinnamon. *Organic.

Au Naturale Organic Creme Blusher is the way to go au natural

Au Naturale is pretty popular and well-respected in the green world. And no wonder as its founder, Ashley Prange, has devoted herself to using ‘exclusively healthy, natural and ethically sourced ingredients to develop a replacement for each and every product in her beauty routine.”

au Naturale Organic Cream Blusher

I’ve been looking for an organic dusty pink cream blush to replace the non-organic ones I currently own. How fortunate that I was given au Naturale Sweetheart Organic Cream Blusher which although described as a soft, nude mauve, looks more like the dusty pink I wanted. The way the color shows will depend on your skin tone. For reference, I’m a MAC NW20- light skin with a pink undertone.

au Naturale Organic Cream Blusher in Sweetheart

I love that Sweetheart comes in a tube so there is no messing about with fingers in a jar or pot. I apply it straight from the tube onto my cheeks and blend with my fingers. You can also use a brush or Beauty Blender. I’m happy to report that not only is the color beautiful but it blends seamlessly and lasts well even on bare moisturized skin. Imagine that- all I need is some concealer and this blush and I’m good to go. For a more classic look, apply it on top of your foundation and watch your skin come alive.

au Naturale Organic Cream Blusher in Sweetheart

au Naturale Organic Cream Blusher in Sweetheart

Move over department store brands, I’m going Au Naturale.  –  written by Phyllis

The ingredients are: Organic limnanthes alba (meadow foam) seed oil, organic caprylic/capric triglyceride(fractionated coconut oil), organic castor oil, mica, wildcrafted euphoria cerifera (candelilla) wax, organic simmondsia chisis (jojoba) seed oil, caster wax, tapioca starch, iron oxides and kaolin.

au Naturale Organic Cream Blusher is also available in the following shades:

Adrenaline: a vivid pink with magenta undertones.
Grapefruit: a neutral, gold-pink.
Palermo: a warm orange with golden undertones.
Roseate: a light berry wine pigment.
Sweetheart: a soft nude mauve.
Royal Flush: a soft plum.

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Rethinking skin care with Green Goo

Green GooThese days I am paying a lot more attention to certain things in the beauty industry. Who owns the company? Does the company have ethical business practices? What is their goal, and what is their commitment to giving back to society? I like to support companies who think it is important to strive for more than making money and Green Goo is definitely a company that caught my interest based on their mission.

Green Goo Cinnamon & Aloe Mighty Handscrub Bar and All Natural DeodorantGreen Goo is a woman owned and family operated business. They use homeopathic herbal wisdom and natural ingredients to create fantastic body care products. All ingredients are organic, and Green Goo is a certified B Corporation, committed to donating a percentage of their profits to people who are instrumental in making our world a better place for everyone.

press sample

Green Goo has lots of first aid products that don’t increase resistance to antibiotics and I hope to try some of them soon. They also have some really cool looking products for ‘fur and feathers’, homeopathic pet care items. This time I went for two of their body products:  Cinnamon & Aloe Mighty Handscrub Bar ($5.95) and 100% All Natural Deodorant Travel Stick ($5.95).

Green Goo Cinnamon & Aloe Mighty Handscrub Bar

Green Goo Cinnamon & Aloe Mighty Handscrub Bar

Green Goo Cinnamon & Aloe Mighty Handscrub Bar

Green Goo Cinnamon & Aloe Mighty Handscrub Bar

The Cinnamon & Aloe Mighty Handscrub Bar smells amazing. The cinnamon is quite pronounced, but it isn’t bitter the way an overabundance of cinnamon can get. The soap smells like a Red Hot…remember those?? The cinnamon stimulates the skin, creating a warm sensation. Anyone into gardening or working with their hands will love this exfoliating soap. It’s actually terrific for anyone who washes their hands all the time because it has tons of soothing aloe.

Green Goo Cinnamon & Aloe Mighty Handscrub Bar

Green Goo Cinnamon & Aloe Mighty Handscrub Bar

It’s great for stimulating circulation while also making skin super soft. Green Goo has lots of soaps from shampoo bars to deodorant bars and if you plan to try some be sure to put a bar of the Cinnamon & Aloe into your shopping cart.

Green Goo 100% All Natural Deodorant Travel Stick

Green Goo 100% All Natural Deodorant Travel Stick

Green Goo 100% All Natural Deodorant Travel Stick

Green Goo 100% All Natural Deodorant Travel Stick

The All Natural Deodorant comes in three different scents – Lavender & Thyme, Lemongrass & Sage, Rose & Geranium – as well as in unscented. You can buy a full size or a handy .6 oz travel size, which is what I tried. I’ve tried a lot of natural deodorants in the past and find that most of them don’t really work for me. This one, however, does work and it’s super gentle and free of aluminum and propylene glycol.

Green Goo 100% All Natural Deodorant Travel Stick

Green Goo 100% All Natural Deodorant Travel Stick

Green Goo 100% All Natural Deodorant Travel Stick

Green Goo 100% All Natural Deodorant Travel Stick

My 17-year-old daughter saw it and asked if she pretty please could have it…the travel size is fabulous and an all natural deodorant that works is a real find. I finally relented, but I am going to pick up the Lemongrass & Sage version to replace it.

Green Goo is the kind of company that I can really get behind. The products are organic and based on homeopathic herbal wisdom, and Green Goo is committed to helping the environment and helping people. I love this company and I am sure you will too!  – LisaGreen Goo

*sent for editorial consideration

Cinnamon & Aloe Mighty Handscrub Bar ingredients:  Organic Saponified Palm Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, and Organic Olive Oil. Essential Oils and Cinnamon Powder

All Natural Deodorant ingredients:  *Shea Butter, *Coconut Oil, *Sunflower Oil, *Calendula Flowers, *Aluminum-Free Baking Soda, *Arrowroot, *Beeswax and  Essential Oils of Lavender and Thyme. *Organic.

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Looking for an all natural cleanser? Check out Kensington Apothecary Creamy Coconut Cleanser

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Clean skin is happy skin, and lately my skin has been very, very happy thanks to the Kensington Apothecary Creamy Coconut Cleanser ($24). This was my first time trying Kensington Apothecary and I can’t wait to try other products from  100% natural facial skin care. The creator, Claudia Carey Batz, wanted to develop an all natural line that could compete with high-end skin care lines. If this cleanser is any indication, she definitely met her goal.

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Kensington Apothecary Creamy Coconut Cleanser

Kensington Apothecary Creamy Coconut Cleanser

Kensington Apothecary Creamy Coconut Cleanser

Kensington Apothecary Creamy Coconut Cleanser

The Creamy Coconut Cleanser comes in a beautiful, substantial glass jar. The cleanser is made from organic virgin coconut oil and has a coconut-based surfactant system that doesn’t dry skin out, so you get beautiful lather without that stripped skin feeling. In fact, the cleanser leaves my skin wonderfully soft and moisturized. The formula is also free of parabens, phospates, and sulfates.

I was expecting a strong coconut scent but it just has a very light, pleasant fragrance that goes away immediately. The main thing is that this cleanser does a great job of doing its job – cleansing the skin! It really washes away all dirt, grime, makeup, and it works particularly well with my FOREO Luna.

Kensington Apothecary Creamy Coconut Cleanser

Kensington Apothecary Creamy Coconut Cleanser

You can find the Kensington Apothecary skin care line at natural grocers like Whole Foods as well as pharmacies and other cosmetics retailers nationwide, plus they have an online store. I am very impressed with my beautiful cleanser and I know you will be too.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Ingredients:  Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Coco-Glucoside, Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin (plant-sourced)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Pulp CO2 Extract*, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid. *Organic Ingredient

Holiday Gift Guide for Lustrous Locks

A good friend of mine once said, “It’s all about two things: skin and hair.” I took it to heart and put all of my efforts into having great skin and great hair – and I think she is a genius. Great hair in particular just makes EVERYTHING better. Here are my picks for awesome holidays gifts for creating lustrous locks!

Mastey Paris Hair Care

1.  Mastey Color Protecting Shampoo, Restorative Mask, and Oil Treatment: I can’t get over this fabulous 100% vegan and completely eco-friendly salon line. I never even knew about it until about 6 months ago and I have not only finished everything I’ve tried, I’ve actually stood there in the shower with an empty bottle trying to wish more product into it.

Mastey Paris Hair CareBig favorites of mine include the Color Protecting Shampoo (SAVE! $34), which does a great job of washing my oddball hair – oily roots, dry ends, tons of hair but it’s very fine, color treated, mid-back length…yeah, not many people have all the weird issues I have, so when I find something that works it usually works for everyone else. This creamy shampoo has great ingredients like argan oil and olive oil, and is so gentle you can also use it as a face and body cleanser. The Restorative Mask (SAVE! $22) is an incredible deep conditioning treatment that soothes dry, damaged ends with Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9, Argan Oil, Olive Oil, and Grape Seed Extract. The Oil Treatment (SAVE! $25) is hair treatment perfection in a bottle.  Not too heavy for fine hair, but still nourishing and conditioning.

Philip B Rejuvenating Oil

Philip B Rejuvenating Oil

2.  Philip B. Rejuvenating Oil (SAVE! $30)  This is a VERY interesting hair product – a perfect stocking stuffer for the hair aficionado who has everything but wants even more. You put this on dry hair before washing. It sinks into every single strand of hair, plumping it up for the most possible volume. It makes hair super strong and shiny, and it is also a scalp ‘detox’, getting rid of any built up product and oil. My ends can get very dry and frizzy because I do a lot of heat styling, and this treatment never fails to bring me back to bouncy, shiny hair. Another bonus – it can be used on keratin treated hair!

White Sands Leave In Spray Conditioner

3.  White Sands Leave In Spray Conditioner (SAVE! $15)  I love a good leave-in conditioner and this one from White Sands is superb. It has something called ‘selective conditioning’, which reminds me of my ‘selective listening’ skills (say work and I tune out…say chocolate and you have my full attention!). The Leave In Spray Conditioner hones in on frazzled areas to repair and smooth, giving already healthy areas a lighter treatment.

KISS Instawave Hair Curler

KISS Instawave hair curls

KISS Instawave hair curls

4.  KISS Instawave (SPLURGE! $60)  This is cool. I am totally uncoordinated when it comes to hair styling and it took me about 10 seconds to get the hang of this. The curler does the work for you, wrapping hair around the diamond-ceramic ionic hair curler. My hair is LONG, so usually these types of devices do not work for me, but this works on any length and gives me a loose, wavy curl that lasts all day.

Conair Infiniti Pro Curl Secret

Conair Infiniti Pro Curl Secret curls

Conair Infiniti Pro Curl Secret curls

5.  Conair Infiniti Pro Curl Secret (SPLURGE! $100)  You want curls that last for three days? The Conair Infiniti Pro delivers. This fantastic tool has a learning curve – it took me several times to figure out how to use it correctly for my particular hairstyle – but it has become my go-to for my best curled hair look that lasts several days. Curls are created via the tourmaline ceramic barrel inside the curling machine. You need to section hair, putting each piece in at a time. The machine pulls hair in, curling it tightly and closely to the heated barrel. A beeper tells you when hair is finished, and the Infiniti Pro Curl Secret releases the hair – and it’s fabulously curled. You can decide how tight you want your curl. For me, my hair is so long that I can only do about 3/4 of the length…but oh my, the curls this gives!! Long, wavy, flowy curls that look amazing finger brushed the first day. The second and third day I use a brush and the curl is still there holding strong. Because I have so much hair, the curling is time intensive – about 20 minutes, compared to the 10 minutes with the KISS Instawave – but the results are always worth it. This is a fantastic gift for anyone who wants tons of curls – loose, medium, or tight – that just won’t go limp.  – Lisa

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ZuZu Luxe Plume Palette brings a new dimension to my eyes while Sandstorm is a treat for my lips

Zuzu Luxe and Gabriel Cosmetics are the right and left hand of the same company. They are both gluten free, vegan, and organic cosmetic companies. These are brands not to be missed.

Zuzu Luxe Plume Palette

Zuzu Luxe Plume Palette

When I received the Zuzu Luxe Plume Palette I was actually a little disappointed. The colors looked drab in the package so I wasn’t expecting much. Once I swatched it through my mind started to change. When I wore it for the first time my mouth just about dropped open. What I see in the palette comes to life on my eyes and seems like a total different being.

Zuzu Luxe Plume Palette opened

Zuzu Luxe Plume Palette opened

Plume is part of the Volcanique Collection which consists of 4 new eyeshadow palettes ($27.50 each) and 2 new lipsticks ($19.10). Plume is described as “metallic shine for the discrete smokey eye” and that tells a lot about these shadows. There is no glitter at all in this palette and the colors are slightly metallic but not glaringly so. The 4 shades are a light creamy skintone with a sheen, a fabulous smokey light grayish lavender, a gray taupe, and charcoal. I love the second shade, the purple one, because it gives a unique touch to Plume. It’s become my favorite purple shadow. It’s not a pastel but it’s not a bright either. It has a heathered look to it that I feel is appropriate for any age.

Zuzu Luxe Plume Palette

Zuzu Luxe Plume Palette

The shadows are silky smooth and wear beautifully without fading (over an eyeshadow primer).

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Zuzu Luxe lipstick

Zuzu Luxe lipstick

The other product I was sent is Zuzu’s new Sandstorm Lipstick which is a total Marcia kind of lipstick. While a nude lipstick isn’t for everyone, it’s what I’m most comfortable wearing.

Zuzu Luxe Sandstorm Lipstick

Zuzu Luxe Sandstorm Lipstick

The description “ZuZu Luxe Sandstorm lipstick is a soft topaz with a delicate transparency and subtle radiance to bring out your smoldering beauty” is not what I would of thought of but their words are better than mine.

Zuzu Luxe Sandstorm

Zuzu Luxe Sandstorm

This lipstick is quite adaptable as it looks different depending on what you use with it. I often am in a hurry and just apply the lipstick without a liner and it looks quite nude that way. But when I get serious and use a liner, Sandstorm will take on a new hue depending on the depth of the liner. I’ve worn it with Chanel Nude for a more browned tone, with Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk for a warm tone and with a cool toned liner from IT Cosmetics. All work, all make the lipstick more than “just” a nude.

Zuzu Sandstorm (from website)

Zuzu Sandstorm (from website)

What I love about the lipstick is that it’s very hydrating. It’s a satin cream texture that doesn’t give me that dry lip look or show my many lines. While a shade this light isn’t for everyone, it’s totally my jam.

KEY INGREDIENTS & PROPERTIES  Jojoba Oil (hydrating, hypoallergenic and long-lasting properties), Aloe Vera (protects the lips from being chapped/dry and has been found to be effective against UV rays.) and Bisabolol (soothing anti-inflammatory properties as well as anti-bacterial action) seal in moisture and protect lips from environmental aggression.

I often hear questions asking about products that are safe for sensitive eyes and I feel that Gabriel and Zuzu Luxe have the answer to these questions. With pure organic ingredients that are safe to use, you really need to investigate the line. Gabriel and Zuzu are sold at health food/organic stores like Whole Food. Online right now, if you spend $25 you’ll receive a bonus of their HOPE lipstick.

ZuZu Luxe Hope lipstick

ZuZu Luxe Hope lipstick

Don’t miss out on this great bonus and wonderful cosmetic lines. — Marcia

*sent for consideration