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Stepping Up My Body Care with True Botanicals

2018 is my year of body care. It’s been one of the last frontiers for me in green beauty because I’ve spent almost all my time looking into skincare for the face, cosmetics, and hair care. Well, at 43, I’m realizing that the body needs some love too.

Dear Body,
I’m super sorry I’ve neglected you for so long.
Love, Me

I’ve been researching and testing soaps, body wash, lotions, hand creams, body oils, sunscreens, you name it, and I can say I’m close to delving my holy grail picks to you fairly soon, but I couldn’t wait to tell you about this powerhouse duo that has made a big difference in the way my skin looks and feels. I mean, if we are masking our faces on a regular basis, why aren’t we extending the same care to our bodies? (You probably are already. You are always so smart and with it.)

Enter the True Botanicals Pure Radiance Body Duo. You know I love True Botanicals something fierce, right? I wrote about all of my favorites in the line here.

Well, the body duo is game changer, y’all. Listen folks, every inch of our bodies need care, and sadly the bummer news is that our bodies become less efficient at shedding dead skin cells with every year that passes, which can leave it dull and blah.

This powerhouse duo includes the Resurfacing Body Mask and the Pure Radiance Body Oil. The Resurfacing Body Mask exfoliates, stimulates, and makes your skin glow like no other. And really quickly, while we are talking about exfoliation, it’s important to note that this product is a chemical exfoliant, which is actually easier on the skin. (Read about the differences between physical and chemical exfoliants and the way they affect the skin differently here. Kind of blew my mind.) The star ingredient in this mask is lactic acid, which dissolves the oil complex that holds dead skin cells together, leaving skin renewed, vibrant, and more able to absorb moisture and nutrients. Green tea and sandalwood oil are additional fab ingredients that make my skin sing.

To use the mask, just apply to the skin 5-15 minutes before showering and let it do its thing. The mask actually absorbs fairly quickly so it’s not like you are waiting around with a sticky, wet mask on. The skin will actually feel fairly dry within minutes of applying. (It’s still working, though. Never fear!) Then, just rinse off in the shower and voilá, you’re done! I use this once a week, although sometimes I go for twice a week if I have the time.

Next up is the Pure Radiance Body Oil. Oh my my my this smells so good. Both a rich moisturizer and a skin-reviving treatment, this potent body oil takes moisturization to the next level. Essential fatty acids help skin retain moisture, and leave skin silky, smooth, and luminous. And yes, it does soak in, friends. I’ve had issues with body oils sitting on the skin in the past, and this does indeed absorb quickly. Green tea seed oil, hemp seed oil, and sandalwood oil are the critical components here. Did I mention the scent? IT IS LOVELY.

If you are looking to up your body care game, I can’t recommend this duo enough. New to True Botanicals? Take $20 off your first purchase of $40+ with the code WHOORLTRUE20. What do you have to lose? Super soft, glowy skin awaits!

As always, I’m happy to answer any questions you might have…just leave ’em in the comments.

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Odds and Ends

1. Things sure have been wacky in Hawaii as of late. #globalwarming

2. I know I’m late to the party, but have you listened to the Dirty John podcast? Just started.

3. OMG this Foo Fighters fan completely shreds on stage! So good.

4. Moby made ambient music for all of us to help with sleep.

5. Slum tourism is an actual thing.

6. Now, THIS is a race I could enter. (Well, minus the smoke break. Blech.)

7. This whole incel community is freaking me the eff out.

8. Citrine’s annual friend referral event is happening right now! Click here to get $20 off your purchase for you *and* a friend. #greenbeautyftw

9. Who in the sam hell still puts two spaces after a period?!? DO NOT DO THAT.

10. Really interesting take by Anthony Bourdain on spending time in the heart of Trump country.

11. I’ve become obsessed with Thrive Market. (psst – that link will give you 25% off your first order) Last week I got razors, cartridges, shampoo/conditioner, nutritional yeast seasoning, shaving cream, and soap and saved over $40. They carry all natural and Organic products for 25-50% off + you donate to a low-income family, teacher, veteran, or student. Win-win.

12. On this week’s Selfie podcast, we interview Jess Wiener about female empowerment, changing Barbie’s body (yeah, she did that), and her own (literal) kick-ass self-care routine.

Happy Friday and wishing you all a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend. xo

image credit: bianca gomez 

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Some of my Summer Makeup Faves (+ Giveaway!)

Summer is upon us and I’ve got a nice little list of my favorite summer pick-me-ups for y’all. I don’t know about you, but I am all about the glow in the warmer months. (But not too much glow, ya know? No thanks, strobing.) Dewy, hydrated skin is number one for me, and I even find myself reaching for nude and pink lip colors as to not detract from getting my glow on. (I know, it’s true. I actually don’t wear super intense lipsticks every day of my life.)

So let’s take a look at some of my standouts, shall we?

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Suntouched – People. The very first time I wore this coral-pink blush, a friend remarked how “fresh and post-vacation glowy” I looked. Um, I was so not those things at the time and thought to myself, “I WILL WEAR THIS FOREVER AND EVER AMEN.” And I pretty much do. It’s so good. So so good.

RMS Blush Brush – Please stop using any other brush with your cream blushes because nothing compares! This brush makes it foolproof to apply a lovely diffuse pop of color on the cheeks without looking streaky or too intense.

RMS Luminizer Quad – You can’t beat this quad for dosing up some serious glow because it has 4 different shades to work with – this works for all skintones and I love to mix it up. (I love that rose gold shade on the bottom righthand corner for my cheekbones, but prefer the lighter colors for the inner corner of my eyes and my cupid’s bow.)

Kosas lipsticks in Stardust and Rosewater – My my my, I love these shades. Perfect for day or night. You can see Rosewater on me here, and Stardust on me in the above photo with a little Kjaer Weis Affinity on top for shine.

Kjaer Weis Lip Gloss in Affinity – And speaking of…Kjaer Weis Affinity is the perfect balanced pink gloss. Not too opaque yet not too translucent, it’s so lovely and I love the way KW glosses taste. Random, but true.

Plum Nourish and Define Brow Pomade – In the summer, I’m more apt to pull my bangs back or to the side, which means I actually have to focus on my brows for once. This pomade in the color Chestnut Decadence is the perfect match for my brunette brows. Despite the name “chestnut” which makes think of a warm brown, there are not any warmish/reddish/orangish tones in this color. It’s perfectly ashy and I adore it. (The brush seen above comes with the pomade.)

Perfekt Lash Perfection Gel Minis – I travel a lot during the summer, so I prefer to have the mini version of my fave mascara in my travel tote. One will definitely get me through the summer, and they are only 10 bucks!

Pining for any of these items? Well, my lovely friend Melissa is offering one of my readers a $200 gift certificate to Citrine to purchase whatever your little heart desires. Click here to enter!