Wellness | Sleeping Monk Herbal Formulas for Health, Vitality and Beauty

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The secret is to be proactive with our health, (as opposed to reactive). This idea was described by the ancient modality of Chinese Tonic Herbalism, which states: ‘Assist the positive to eliminate the noxious.’ By taking responsibility of our health in this way, we become so fortified, balanced and protected that disease doesn’t come near us. Sleeping Monk’s High Potency Herbal formulas use many SuperTonic herbs, (the highest class of health-building herbs on the planet), to assist us in optimizing the physical, mental and spiritual components of our being to achieve health that is truly transformative. Through our products and philosophy, our mission is to assist you in the best ways possible to “Be Healthy, Have More Fun!”

This to me is one of my most exciting reviews because I’m so truly passionate about this brand and these special formulas. I first became aware of Sleeping Monk through one of my favorite blogs: Free + Native. When I saw the mention of the beautiful ingredients, I became immediately interested and went directly to the Sleeping Monk website and read until my eyes hurt. I was so intrigued that I had to reach out. I contacted Louis Lenard, owner and creator of Sleeping Monk, and he was extremely helpful and was kind enough to send me his original tonics to try out.

You can read here Louis’s very inspiring story about what he personally went through and how he came about creating these original and life-changing formulas.

First I began my experimentation with the Immortal and Well-Rested Formulas. These were the only tw0 products they were selling at the time so I continued for a few months with very positive and noticeable results.When I heard that Sleeping Monk was going to be releasing two new formulas: I immediately bought both! The Super Immunity Tonic and the Mind Sharpener Tonic are the two newest additions to the Sleeping Monk family and they are just as phenomenal as the first two…. Keep reading to find out how madly in love with these I really am!!  [Read more...]

R.L. Linden & Co’s Autumn Box (Limited Edition)

Presenting R.L.Linden & Company’s Limited Edition Autumn Box. On sale late September. (Be patient – this box is worth it, I PROMISE!)

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“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” -F.Scott Fitzgerald

The beautiful souls that make up the R.& L., (Robin and Lynn) behind the name of this company are two of the most creative and inspiring woman that I know. They just keep coming up with these superb brews and potions that get me so excited that it’s hard to put into words. I’m encouraging you to wait just a little while longer while they get these wonderful products all set and ready to ship. Fall is my most favorite season of all and this limited edition box is packed full of coziness and olfactory loveliness. You don’t want to miss this one. Trust me!

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Makeup Look: Simple & Glowing Autumn Inspired

Autumn is almost upon us here in New England and I for one am super EXCITED. It’s my favorite season of all. Time for bringing out the chunky sweaters, gem colored scarves, dark lipsticks, leggings and stylish boots. To me it’s also a time for slowing things down a bit and going for walks in the woods, catching up on reading and lots of steaming hot cups of tea!

Today I created this super simple, yet glowing and sophisticated look that was autumn-inspired. Keep reading below to see all the products used and how I achieved this look!

(click on photos to see larger versions. You can also see a short video of me wearing this look here.)

Prep + Prime: I started out by moisturizing my skin using CV Skinlabs Calming Moisture Cream which is incredibly moisturizing for my dry skin and especially great before using mineral makeup as it will help the minerals to adhere to the skin so much easier and not look dry! I also misted my face with R.L. Linden & Co. Thousand Petal Beautifying Mist before and after my makeup to prime and set. The addictive scent of this just makes putting on makeup that much more enjoyable.

Correct + Conceal: I applied Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation in “Neutral 2″ using the #25 Foundation Brush all over my face and neck. I then applied Kari Grain’s Mineral Concealer to my under-eye area and on a few blemishes on my chin (hey hormones!). This mineral concealer works amazingly well for hiding blemishes, it also does a great job at lighting up my under eye area which is usually scary dark.

Bronze + Illuminate: To bring some color to my cheeks I applied Alima Pure Soft Plum Blush. I then applied a light layer of Alima Pure Lumina Shimmer Powder to the highest points of my cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose. For contour and all-over bronze I used Alima Pure Maracaibo Bronzer (perfect color for fair skin).

Eyes: This eye look couldn’t get much simpler. I applied a light wash of the Kari Gran Concealer over my lids to even out my skintone and then I applied Vapour Beauty Organics Mesmerize Eye Pencil and blended it out using the smudge-brush at the other end of the pencil. For lashes I applied two coats of the Lash Perfection Gel by PER-FEKT which I received from Citrine Beauty and have literally been obsessed with. Full Review to come soon.

Lips: I am wearing Mayberry Lipstick by Red Apple Lipstick. This color is obsession-worthy. So perfect for Fall.

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What do you think of this look? Are you a fan of any of the products I used? Share your thoughts in the comments!

xoxo,
Britanie

Tsi~La Organics Ilang Ilang Mini Parfum

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Today I bring you an exceptional all organic parfum that has been bringing joy (and some sexiness) into my life recently. It comes from the brand Tsi~La (pronounced chee-la), and is the abridged version of the word “atsilvsgi”, meaning “flower” in Cherokee. 

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Tsi~La Organics Ilang Ilang Eau De Parfum Mini is an exotic and flirtatious 100% natural floral fragrance. The enchanting and seductive scent of these tree blossoms arouses your primal desires. The creamy, floral scent is saturated with sugared citrus fruits and lush vanilla orchids to create pure flirtation. Enchanting Ilang Ilang — open, indulge and be seduced.

After receiving a sample of the Ilang Ilang Parfum from Spirit Beauty Lounge, I just knew I was going to have to place an order for the mini roll-on and of course, I did.

I have a few signature scents that I will forever use but I always love finding new scents and making new memories with them. There is something so sensual about the act of applying perfume that really makes me excited. I love to apply this roll-on parfum to my inner wrists, behind my ears and sometimes I will even roll a little bit on the ends of my hair… I like to do this so that when I walk by people they get tiny whiffs of beautiful scents and hopefully smile :)

On first sniff, I immediately noticed Ylang Ylang and Gardenia and of course, Vanilla. (I am a huge Vanilla fan). The vanilla in this is very unique and is perfectly described above as “lush vanilla orchids”.

Some describe this perfume as “sweet” and almost “candy like” but I personally think it is deeper than that. Yes, it does contain sweetness and yes sometimes I do feel like licking my wrists after applying it (just keeping it real), but I also find it to be very lush and exotic. Sexy would be a great word to describe it. After using up the sample quite quickly, I decided to buy the mini roll-on and it was well worth the price for the beautiful bottle, easy roll-on application and the SMELL! oh, the smell.

This is also the perfect purse perfume because it is so compact and easy to apply. It’s also not an overwhelming scent that will irritate sensitive noses (this is coming from someone with a very sensitive nose and sensitive… well, everything).

It has a lush scent that will not last for hours but remember it is devoid of nasty chemicals so it will not have the staying power of most chemical-laden perfumes. After applied, the scent does linger and it seems to get more beautiful as the day goes on. I don’t mind the scent not lasting hours and hours. I personally enjoy re-applying this throughout the day because just taking out the bottle makes me happy. I also very much enjoy not putting harmful chemicals into my skin, thank you very much!

Tsi~La is quite inspirational in their passion behind their brand. They are Vegan, Animal Cruelty Free, Preservative and Colorant Free, 100% Flower and Pant Based, Super-Fruit and Phytonutrient Infused and contain Zero Synthetic Chemicals.

Now that is impressive and a brand that I feel safe and proud to support!!

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Having this beautiful little roll-on parfum has made me curious to try more from Tsi~La.

Have you ever tried any of their scents? I am especially eager to try their Fiori D’arancio Eau De Parfum Spray. I also must try their Fleur Savage and L’absolu Vanille Parfum Roll-Ons. Oh, heck, they all sound dreamy and I wouldn’t mind having these little bottles all around my house.

The Lash Project Gluten Free Conditioning Mascara

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When I first heard the news that Red Apple Lipstick was formulating an all-natural, gluten-free and non-toxic mascara, I just KNEW it would be amazing. Every single  product they create and I’ve had the pleasure to  try, I have loved. I’m so excited to share with you this new mascara that is truly wonderful…

We all know how hard and frustrating it can be to find a good natural mascara. The unique things about this mascara in particular? It is not only gluten free, vegan, non GMO, cruelty free, but is also free of soy, dairy, corn, pretty much all things that can cause allergies or irritations. If you are someone with sensitive eyes like me (as well as sensitive “everything”..): this is most likely THE mascara for you.

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The Lash Project Lash Conditioner Mascara is rightfully named because it not only volumizes and  lengthens but it also works to protect and nourish the lashes! It is like a mascara and treatment in one. I for one  want to protect my lashes. I have no problem growing my eyebrows out, but for some reason my eyelashes seem immune to new growth. Maybe it’s a genetic thing! How many of us have lost precious lashes to harsh mascaras that leave  lashes feeling hard and let’s not even get into trying to wash off some of those mascaras… I’ve lost too many lashes to go down that route again!! And my personal opinion of fake eyelashes are that I love them for occasional use (with only non-toxic glue of course) when going for ultra glam makeup looks. But I need (and found) my new daily go-to mascara.

You can purchase the Lash Project 2-IN-1 Mascara + Conditioner here on Red Apple Lipstick’s website. Use the code “BBB” at checkout to receive 22% off of a $50 order or more!!

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*In these photos I am also wearing Red Apple Lipstick in Maven Mauve which is absolutely gorgeous!*

 Have you tried this mascara yet!? Share your thoughts in the comments!!

xoxo,

Britanie

MUN No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum

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I have a confession to make. I have been having a somewhat secret love affair with the MUN’s No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum for a few months now. Why so secretive? Well, the truth is that whenever I try out new products I am hesitant to jump the gun and rave about them before giving them a true trial with my skin. My skin is so sensitive that I have to give at least a month, if not longer  to able to know how and if  it’s working for me.

I am now confident and so incredibly happy to be able to share with you the product that has been making my skin glow and has completely changed my entire beauty routine.

Let’s take a look at the creator of MUN’s highly coveted serum, No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum.

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My Summer Must-Haves for Eco Diva Beauty

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I was recently featured over on Eco Diva Beauty‘s beautiful blog and was asked to pick my must-haves for summer! I also share some of my favorite things, my life motto, and much more. You can check out the full interview and my picks here!!!!
Thank you Garcy and Team Eco Diva Beauty for all of the love!

xoxo,

Britanie

Rahua Beauty Voluminous Shampoo

What is there to say about the Rahua Voluminous Shampoo that is negative? the answer is:  NOTHING!  But, oh what to say about the Rahua Voluminous Shampoo that is positive? Simply put… EVERYTHING!

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In the past I was never too picky about the shampoo I chose. I based my decision on the aroma, the price and the of course, the marketing!  But then I  had my “moment of enlightenment” a few years ago where I switched over to natural and non-toxic products. Seems ridiculous to me now, but it finally occurred to me that things I put ON and IN my body could have a positive or negative effect on my health! Since making the switch to shampoos that are not only sulfate-free but also gluten-free, I have become somewhat of a hair care aficionado. I’ve tried many natural shampoos that have left my hair feeling dry, limp or even oily. All things undesirable! Usually there is something I like about each one, but not the “whole package” as they say. I’m usually left feeling like I need more of the promises fulfilled.

My hair is usually on the normal to dry side but in the hot months it can get a bit oily. Especially when I go a few days without washing, which I try to do because it’s so much healthier for the scalp and hair to have our own natural oils help to lubricate the hair shafts. Healthy hair equals a very happy me!

I find that the Rahua Voluminious Shampoo is the absolute best for keeping my hair looking healthy, thick, shiny, soft and clean! I can go at least three days without washing (if not longer!!) when I use this magical product. It’s the best. It gives a light lather and really does regenerate my scalp and hair follicles as promised! This fortifying rich liquid, is delicately fragrant with the scents of Lemongrass, Lavender, and Eucalyptus which are all aromatherapy enhancers as well as are star ingredients for healthy hair. It’s also safe for color treated hair. and it is Gluten Free!

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Botanical Me

I’m so excited to introduce you to two very inspirational sisters, Jill and Carly the founders of Botanical Me. Botanical Me is a collection of vibrant aromatherapy products inspired by the unique healing plants of Africa. This brand was born in 2012 out of an ephiphany from a conversation between Jill and her husband (a native of Nigeria and a Malaria survivor). That light bulb moment sparked her to team up with her sister, Carly.

They used their nine years of aromatherapy business experience to source, design and formulate the Botanical Me collection. The “botanical sisters” intention was to create a natural body care and aromatherapy company that would contribute part of their proceeds to support malaria prevention and treatment in Africa. They partnered with, Malaria No More. This organization supports prevention programs and treatments in communities. Jill and Carly want their donations to potentially save thousands of children’s lives and help with the education and ultimately the eradication of this devastating disease. The “Me” to the Botanical-me is short for Malaria Eradication!

Their motto is, “Natural body care that inspires, heals and gives back!”. I think this is some pretty admirable stuff! It is so incredible to me when a company can use their combined ingenuity to create a brand that not only give us clean and green beautiful beauty products, but that can turn their passion for helping into reality! Win and win, again!

Now on to the innovative products that are my favorites…

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What’s on my Wishlist…

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I’m back with my 6th wishlist! (Feel free to look back on my older wishlists! 12345.) This month’s wishlist has been inspired by many fellow bloggers. I haven’t done one in awhile because I like to really save the products that I truly am LUSTING over, not just wanting, because if I did it any other way it would be mile long! Most of these products have been on my radar for awhile now while a few others are new discoveries. Either way, I am coveting all of these. Why is it so exciting to discover new products? I love when I place an order and then my anticipation goes sky high waiting for the order to arrive…then unwrapping and opening the beautiful package. Best of all, trying out the new special creations! Who else is with me on this? How blessed are we to have all these choices?

  1. Balm Balm Frankincense Deep Cleansing Balm – I can’t get enough of cleansing balms. They are so lovely. I love to use them to remove makeup or to use as hydrating masks. I always look forward to using them at night as a part of my double-cleansing method. This balm was recommended by a fellow blogger, Fern & Moss, I saw her mention this a few times and I checked out the ingredients and was very impressed.
  2. Belle De Nuit Eye Mask – I have seen this mentioned lately on so many different sites. It seems incredibly relaxing and I could use all of the extra help I can get when it comes to a good nights sleep!
  3. Jade Facial Roller - Am I the only one that just thinks this seems like so much fun? I can just picture myself getting all relaxed before bed and bringing out this beautiful jade facial roller to use on my face and neck. It just seems so calming and decadent. Plus it has amazing reviews and is said to “rejuvenate face and neck skin”. We all want that!
  4. Inika Mineral Foundation – I am a huge mineral makeup fan. I seem to always revert back to applying minerals after using creams or liquids for awhile. I find they work with my skin the most naturally and are also the least reactive as they contain such simple ingredients. I’ve heard rave reviews about this particular mineral foundation and have been lusting after it for quite awhile now! It seems my color match would most likely be “Strength”, which by the way, makes me want it more. They have the best names for their colors. Love. Not to mention it’s an Australian company and I love, love, love Sydney!
  5. One Love Organics Cleansing Sponge – I won’t lie: I am attracted to cute packaging and this heart shape is no exception. The fact that it’s a heart is one thing and then knowing it’s made by OLO makes me want it even more. I know this baby would fit in perfectly with my products and look so cute doing it  :)
  6. ARCONA Gentle Solution – When I read this article interviewing Nicolle Mackinnon and Susannah Compton of No More Dirty Looks and read that Arcona Gentle Solution was the product that changed Nicole’s skin, I had to investigate. When I read the ingredients and saw that it’s specially formulated for sensitive skin, I knew I had to have it.
  7. Beauty Without Cruelty Concealer – I have just learned of this concealer thanks to this post by the lovely Annabel of Fragmented Splendour who also has this on her wishlist! What can I say? I want want want it. It seems so convenient to have a concealer in a pencil form like this, not only for travel but for on-the-go touch-ups and also to zero in at targeted areas. I love the simplicity of the ingredients and it has a crazy amount of amazing reviews
  8. Earth tu Face Cleanser – I first heard about this cleanser from one of my absolute favorite blogs out there, Free + Native. After I saw a few posts where this product was featured, I noticed more and more people were mentioning it and it peeked my curiosity. I am very impressed with the ingredients and am in need of a cleanser like this.
  9. Sunday Riley Juno Face Oil – This facial oil is described as “An enhancing, transformative lipid serum.” The beautiful Britta Aragon of CV Skinlabs mentioned this facial oil in my interview with her. That combined with the description of this oil as “obsession worthy glow” was enough to sell me on it! The ingredients sound so beautiful: Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Broccoli Oil, Carrot Oil, Chardonnay Grape Oil, Black Cumin, Cranberry Seed Oil, Berry Seed Blend (Blackberry, Blueberry, Raspberry). It says this oil is for all skin types including eczema prone.

Have you tried any of these products that I am lusting over? What is on YOUR wishlist? Share in the comments!!!

xoxo,
Britanie

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