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Beauty Heroes: A Subscription Box Worth Considering

january 6, 2016 | by: mercedes | filed under: skincare, videos

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I haven’t posted about Beauty Heroes yet on here, but given it was Youtube upload today I thought it fitting to mention on here, and direct any of you who stumble on this post to the playlist of Youtube video reviews I’ve done on boxes since September 2015.

It all started when my friend Jaime (who I met through my channel!) started telling me about this new subscription box she was into. We had both bemoaned the downward spiral of Petit Vour, and she happened to mention my name and YouTube channel to Beauty Heroes founder Jeannie Jarnot. Jeannie liked my Youtube presence enough to send me a free box to try out and review. One month turned into three…which turned into me becoming and “influencer” for the brand…until last month Jeannie offered me the Beauty Heroes “brand ambassador” title. Which, let’s be honest, was THRILLING for me. On so many levels. But primarily because I have never had such a positive working relationship with an eco-brand or company as I’ve had with Jeannie. I’ve said this repeatedly and I’ll say it here – Jeannie is the most engaged, thoughtful, dedicated business owner I’ve yet to interact with. Her dedication is evident in both the thoughtfully curated contents of each month’s box, as well through her social media presence and communication. She responds quickly, kindly, and HELPFULLY to every query I’ve personally ever sent her, and I’ve heard the same from other customers who email her with product concerns.

If you’re curious to watch me talk more at length about the Beauty Heroes subscription box experience and review each month’s products in depth, you can view the full playlist of videos here. The January Box featured a brand I’ve loved for years, Osmia Organics. I’m a NUT for their protein exfoliating mask and honey myrrh lip repair. And I’ve been really in love with this month’s picks, the Black Clay Facial Soap Bar, and the Simple Face Cream. Hear more below, or directly on YouTube:

If you’re interested in subscribing to Beauty Heroes, you can visit them here to learn more. Or to specifically subscribe to the January Box, you can do so here.

A Capsule Approach to Eco-Beauty: Holiday Gift Ideas, Skincare Edition

december 7, 2015 | by: mercedes | filed under: skincare

The second part of this little series I decided to do, let’s chat my top skincare picks. So think of this as both my current skincare essentials/recommendations, as well as gift ideas – because really all of these would make lovely individual gifts. I covered all the steps of a skincare routine I personally think are essential: cleanser, toner, eye product, serum, moisturizer, and mask (and for some I give a couple of options). Please keep in mind that these recs come from my own experience and ergo my own skin type – which is mostly normal with a tendency towards dryness and dehydration, and I’m focused on balancing, brightening, reducing redness, and anti-aging (apparently Caroline Hirons hates this phrase. I might consider a phrase change as well, given the energetic connotation?). Anyhow, on with the capsule selections:

1. One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleansing Oil (+ white washcloths)

If I had to pick just one cleanser to recommend to people, this would be it. It’s pretty universally loved across skin types, and after #reformulationgate it’s now back to its original state and as perfect as ever. I’m so happy to have a bottle back in my life after a little swap with Ru (Short Small Sweet) – she took my Blissoma Mild Rice Cleanser from the Petit Vour box off my hands, in exchange for this. You could also gift this with a pack of white washcloths, which is a really nice way to remove this cleanser and get a nightly mini-facial steam in the process. I like the Tranquility washcloths from Bed, Bath + Beyond.

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2. Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator

This is my favorite face toner to date. Bam. I said it. And it’s for two main reasons (because frankly I don’t think toners make THAT much of a difference to the skin, they’re mostly an experience product): this one smells insanely good (kind of a light vanilla marshmallow sort of scent), and the mist is UNPARALLELED in its fineness. It’s like a micro mist. I personally really enjoy this, and find it just distributes the product supremely well. Could not recommend more. Sadly I’m out, but will be replacing at some point soon.

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3. Arcona Eye Dew; Suki Eye Balm

The two eye products I’d recommend aren’t ones I currently own, but have owned the Arcona Eye Dew, and am working on a sample of the Suki Eye Balm. I picked these because of performance and price point. Eye products can be so EXPENSIVE (Oculus, you’re amazing but I’m looking at you) and for someone just starting out, I’m not sure I’d say you need to drop $70+ on an eye product. Arcona’s eye dew is SO hydrating and cooling and I just adore it. And Suki’s eye balm is a great evening product, very moisturizing and I kind of prefer a balm texture to an oil I think.

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4. Mahalo Vitality Elixir + Mahalo Balm

So I mention this combo because I think they work *really* well together, but it’s the Vitality Elixir that’s my serum pick. If you were to invest (for yourself or for a gift for someone) in ONE skincare product, I would recommend a high quality serum. If you find one that is targeted at your particular skin concerns, I think it can have the biggest impact on your skin above and beyond anything else in your routine. I’ve truly seem great results from the Mahalo Vitality Elixir – it has evened out and brightened my skin, reduced redness, and just really enhanced the overall quality and appearance of my complexion. OBSESSED. The Mahalo Balm is just icing on the cake – if you can get used to the initially strong smell of these products, you might find you CRAVE them, as I have! If you want more info, I did a whole video on the Mahalo line, and talk more extensively and from an updated perspective in my Current AM/PM Skincare Video.

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5. Odacité Beautiful Day Moisturizer with MSM and DMAE

So to me this is a bit of a superfluous product because I’d rather use a facial oil or a balm, but if you or someone you know loves moisturizers, my pick would be the Odacité Beautiful Day Moisturizer. It’s by far the nicest facial moisturizer I’ve ever tried, experience-wise. It’s very cooling to the skin, absorbs quickly but really does leave the skin moisturized and protected, and is unscented but also pleasant at the same time if that makes sense. It’s just lovely! Nothing more to say.

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6. Osmia Organics Protein Exfoliating Mask; Leahlani Mermaid Mask

Any for good measure, I have two mask recommendations. The Osmia Organics Protein Exfoliating Mask is just SO good at sloughing off dry patches and revealing BEAUTIFUL, smooth, even skin. This is my favorite mask find from the last year. If you want a more hydrating, nourishing mask I’d suggest the affordable Leahlani Mermaid Mask. It’s really pleasant when it’s on (smells like citrus) and all the green algae that’s in it makes me feel like it’s a topical antioxidant boost. Skin feels really soft and well-moisturized after.

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The Winter Dry Skin Chronicles

I have extremely dry skin. I pretty much always have. I can never remember being oily, even during the teen years. My skin usually behaves beautifully in the spring and summer months (I’ve always lived in 4 season climates), but come winter, things get dicey. Try as might to keep things so well moisturized, slathering on the richest products I can afford, in the last month I started witnessing some really distasteful dry, almost eczema-like patches on my face, right around my chin and cheeks.

There are multiple potential culprits – since I oil cleanse and tend to forgo traditional face cleanser, was I not cleansing my face properly? Not enough exfoliation? Was it the tap water? Or…a product (of the countless) I’ve been using?

I went on a Chelsea Wears youtube binge this weekend while my boyfriend was out of town for work (love her snarkiness, and love for NARS lip products), and in one of her videos she mentioned how she was letting up on the acid products on her face (like Vitamin C, often found in products that claim “brightening”) and how her chin acne was responding well. I realized that THIS could be a contributing to my problem:

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I picked up this little one per a vlogwithkendra video (oh, you have no idea how deep my youtube beauty vid obsession runs). I hadn’t been using a serum with any regularity previously, and thought I’d start with baby steps, using a nice affordable option. Unfortunately it just went back to Whole Foods this weekend because I think it was part of my issue.

In tandem, I also picked up this:

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Which I’d heard about and seen before, but curiosity piqued most recently from a Pure Makeup blog post, I think. Anyway, I’ve been lusting Egyptian Magic for awhile now (still  might pick some up, at some point soon), but I’ve gotta say – this little cheap gem has been a multitasking miracle! I’ve been slathering it on my extra dry patches at night, using it as a lip balm, AND even highlighting my cheekbones and cupid’s bow with it during the day, and it’s a beaut.

So far, my dry patches seem much better with the subtraction of the acid and the addition of the Waxlene. I’m also seriously lusting the Osmia Organics Active Gel Toner, which seems like a miracle product. Oh, and I’ve also been dabbing on Arcona’s eye dew on my dry patches in the mornings, and I think it be the hyaluronic acid that’s doing the trick.