HANA Organic Skincare Review


This Eco Lux pure skincare line was created on beautiful Bainbridge Island off the coast of Washington State. I’m really loving this entire line, which I would describe as being incredibly delicate, gentle and really effective. My skin has been drinking these beautiful ingredients right up! The line is not only gluten free (I’m gluten-sensitive) but uses certified organic and Demeter Biodynamic ingredients! There will be a discount code at the end of this review! [Read more...]

Beauty Buzz | Blue Orchid Botanicals – Wildflower Grains & Citrus Body Scrub

Blue Orchid Botanicals – Mind.Body.Soul Vegan Skin Therapy

The lovely Falon Thomas created this holistic skincare line after the birth of her second daughter who had atopic dermatitis. She was fully inspired to  use her accumulated knowledge and benefits of living a naturally centered and plant based lifestyle for herself and her family. She transitioned into a wellness warrior!

Falon extensively researched herbalism, extracts, and natural ingredients, and then began experimenting with the recipes that would become her product line at Blue Orchid Botanicals. I love her commitment and passion!

I have always believed that whole, natural wellness starts within. My motto is mind,body,soul skin therapy because our state of mind is the source of positive patterns. Beauty is brilliant because it’s state relies on the individual.

When Falon asked me to try two of her products, I was very excited! And here is what I received…

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Pelle Beauty Luxe Beauty Oil

Let me start out by saying, I love, love, LOVE Pelle Beauty’s newest addition to her performance based skincare line, LUXE Beauty Oil! I reviewed the Pelle Beauty Stellar Oil last year and although I love and recommend that oil, I have to say that the Luxe oil has completely stolen my heart.

One of my favorite flowers in the world is Jasmine. The scent is so unique and some of the flower’s power comes in its ability to deeply relax as well as lift depression. Just as significant is that the essential jasmine oil can boost confidence AND improve skin elasticity. Wow, that’s pretty impressive!

Take a look at some of the other powerhouse ingredients:

Cucumis Sativus Oil, Limnanthes alba (Meadow foam) Seed Oil, Oryza sativa (rice) bran oil, Caprylic/capric triglyceride,  Oribignya (Babassu) Oleifera oil, Citrus aurantium amara (Neroli) flower oil, Jasminum sambac (jasmine) oil, Rosa damascena flower oil, Cananga odorata (Ylang Ylang) flower oil, Fusanus spicatus (sandalwood) oil.

Benefits of this beauty oil:

  • Luxe Beauty Oil is an exceptional deep penetrating & healthful way to revive your skin. A natural anti-aging beauty oil containing 10 plant-based floral extracts & botanicals to refine, restore & revitalize lackluster complexions. Stunning results for all skin types.
  • Luxe contains high doses of Omega 3′s, essential fatty acids & Vitamin E to naturally preserve elasticity & improve your skins appearance. Your complexion is protected, nourished & happy. Luxe intensely moisturizes yet is lightweight for all skin-types. Our potent essential oil blend works double duty to provide both an indulgent aromatherapy experience and radiant complexion.

Created by the beautiful Marnie Cipriani, this Vegan friendly line delivers what it promises. Marnie said it perfectly,

“We create skincare that is simple, straightforward and easy to use. We believe in making the most natural products we can while ensuring that they’re luxurious, safe and effective. We use the finest plant based ingredients and essential oils available to keep you gorgeous!”

I’ve been using Luxe for three months now and I have to say this is an exceptional aromatic jewel of a product. When I opened the bottle (I know this seems overly dramatic…but you have to take my word for it until you experience it for yourself) I felt like I was immediately transported to a field of pure white jasmine buds! There is real magic in the synergy of pure Jasmine and Neroli.


Now on to the performance. “Renew, restore, revitalize“, yes it definitely does! I use Luxe at night after my routine of cleansing and toning, I add two to three drops of this nectar on my hands to warm it up. I then use upward circular light strokes until my face, neck and décolleté have absorbed all the loveliness in.  My winter dry, overly reactive skin drinks this right up. Remember that a little goes a very long way!

Another two favorite ways that I enjoy this Queen of the Pelle Beauty line is to use it as a perfume. Put a few drops behind your ears and on your wrists. And/ or after shampooing your locks, when hair is still damp, rub a few drops on the ends of your hair and let air dry. This oil makes your hair shine and I probably don’t have to mention that when you walk by your significant other or anybody thats in your close proximity, a compliment is probably going to follow.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, this is the perfect time for a personal splurge. Marnie has offered a discount code to my readers. Just use the code “BBB15″ for 15% off of your purchase (can be applied to any Pelle Beauty purchase.)


Have you ever tried the Luxe Beauty Oil or any other product from Pelle Beauty? Share your thoughts in the comments section!



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Brand Focus: Pollen & Wax

I was introduced to the brand, Pollen & Wax, “for the organic being”, from the lovely Megan from Seed to Serum. If you read her article you can feel her enthusiasm jump off the page for this relatively new line! That kind of love for a product always makes me really curious to see if I feel the same after I personally experience it for myself. I always have to give new products some  time to acclimate to my skin, because I have a very sensitive and reactive complexion. Well, I’m happy to report that Pollen & Wax is a brand that I will use and continue to recommend. What began as an Etsy shop in May of 2013 (which they still have) has grown to have their very own domain.  Take a look over at: POLLENandWAX.com 

Bee, the owner and creator who hails from Seattle Washington has this to say:

“This company grew out of a dream to create holistic and  luxurious items that will love you back and protect your health (and the earth!). It is so inspiring to be a part of a community of mindfulness and conscientious action, and uplifting to realize that we can make a small difference in every corner of our lives. It is my wish that P&W products help you indulge in self-love and healing while supporting our fragile ecosystems and honoring our own bodies. In love and health” Bee

This line of organic beauty and wellness care is hand-crafted in small artisanal batches. The names of her products are so eclectic, you will have so much fun discovering what’s in each one.

I especially love the process that Bee has invented called, Typology. This will help you narrow down and craft a skincare routine for your individual needs. She based it on the energetics of the four seasons.



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Red Apple Lipstick in “Fierce” is… FIERCE.


This beauty of a lipstick is described as a “bold red wine” purple shade. This lipstick can be worn dark or much lighter. You can see in the first photo wearing this it almost appears a bit red and in the second shown it looks much more purple. The shade varies on how you apply it and the lighting. The color looks chocolate brown in the tube but when applied it looks much more like a deep purple and sometimes a deep red purple. It harkens the 1920′s era.

I cannot get enough of this color. It actually makes me FEEL fierce when I wear it and we could all go for feeling a little more fierce in our day to day lives, right?!

This lipstick is a Satin finish and is – Gluten Free, Paraben Free, Nut/Tree Nut Free, Fragrance Free, Soy Free, and Toxin Free

You can purchase Fierce here for $23.50 and keep a look out for more looks using Red Apple Lipstick products. I am incredibly impressed with their lip and eye products!



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Beauty Buzz | Gressa Skin


Gressa Skin  was created and formulated by the beautiful Svetlana Sanchez who says this about her philosophy:  “I believe health comes from the organic whole foods that we eat. I feel the same about our skin. Our chic eco-skincare does just that, provides nutritious and luxurious skinfood. I invite you to turn the simplest, most essential daily need of skincare into a ritual. Feel good about what goes in your skin.”


Svetlana Sanchez, Owner and Founder of Gressa Skin

Gressa believes that true beauty is an achievement of absolute balance. Balance of the soul. Balance of the mind. Balance of the body. Gressa came to life during a search for this very balance. Gressa is chic, eco-skincare that sets you on a journey to find balance within each bottle.

All of Gressa’s products are prepared and hand-poured in micro batches to ensure freshness and potency. Learn more about the Philosophy behind Gressa Skin and take a peek into The Gressa Ritual. You can also learn more about the ingredients used in Gressa Skin as well as the wonderful organizations that Gressa gives back to.

Now onto the products I tried out from the line…


Lip Boost BARE – This 100% Vegan trademark formula spotlights Carnauba Wax, Cacao Butter and Coconut Oil and tops it off with Sea Buckthorn Oil and CoEnzyme Q10 for ultra boost to your delicate pout. This lip boost has quickly become one of my favorite go-to colors. It brightens up my lips with a beautiful sheer rosey-pink tint with slight shimmer. It’s incredibly moisturizing, feels like your wearing a very hydrating lip balm! The Lip Boosts are great on their own or worn underneath or overtop of other lip colors. I am eager to try the other two colors Lavish and Brilliant.


Dirty Pretty Things – Regenerate, renew, re-mineralize and revitalize your skin with this blend of traditional herbs and spices loaded with antioxidants for your skin to eat up. When I was first sent these products from Gressa I wasn’t able to use the Dirty Pretty Things as I was in the middle of a horrible bout of dermatitis and Svetlana recommended that I wait until the dermatitis was more under control since the warming spices would be a bit too much for my skin. I had to look at this beautiful bottle and wait for my skin to heal so I could finally use it. That day finally came and it was worth the wait! This mask/cleanser in one smells like a cozy autumnal afternoon and leaves the skin feeling soft and supple. Another way to use this product is as a spot treatment on any blemishes. But now for my favorite way to use Dirty Pretty Things:  Draw a warm bath for yourself with Epsom salts, light a candle, and mix a little of this incredible alchemical mixture with honey and apply to your face. This product helps me enjoy winter just a little bit more! Happy spa-at-home moments.


Rejuvenating Mist – Made with pure Neroli Oil this Rejuvenating Mist is a MUST in anyone’s beauty routine. I am a huge fan of Neroli – the benefits of it are endless. It’s known for it’s ability to combat anxiety and stress and tone and soothe the skin. I use this every day, all day. It’s also wonderful on damp hair! Gressa Skin also sells a Purifying Mist which is from pure rose petals which I have to try next.

Have you tried anything from Gressa Skin? Share your thoughts in the comments section!



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My Must-Have Affordable and Organic Beauty Oil

I am really thrilled to be reviewing the Acure Organics 100% Certified Organic Argan Oil here on my blog. I actually purchased this on whim when I was at Whole Foods Market. The Acure Organics Argan Oil caught my eye and I decided to buy it. When I first used it, I applied it on my hands and within seconds the back of my hands looked smooth and any dryness I had before I applied it was all gone.

I was so impressed that I lathered it on my face and neck before bed and was amazed when I woke up the next day with the most supple, glowing looking skin. I have been using it day and night ever since purchasing it and am almost out of my bottle. I am picky when it comes to oils that I use on my face since I am incredibly sensitive and prone to eczema. I also break-out sometimes if I am not using the correct oil for my skin. This oil not only doesn’t break me out but it heals any post-breakout redness within days. I also love to use this as an under-eye serum. It sinks in quickly and leaves my entire eye area feeling soft and hydrated. It’s also a must-have for your hair! I use a few drops on damp hair every day.

This is an oil that everyone should have in their beauty cabinet. Why? Not only is it 100% organic, but it’s incredibly affordable and easily accessable and even more, it WORKS. It’s more effective than many oils I have tried that are double, even triple the price of this oil.


can you tell how much I love this!?

Here is a little more about this “liquid gold”…

A true skin SUPER FOOD! Incredibly rich in Vitamin E, Essential Fatty Acids, and Proteins, Argan Oil helps fight lines, repair imperfections, minimize scars + stretch marks; all while restoring texture, elasticity and tone. Lightweight and easily absorbed! This oil is often referred to as “liquid gold” so get yourself some beauty bling!

Argan Oil is 5 products in 1. Use it as a:

  • repairing facial serum
  • body + decollete massage oil
  • hair serum
  • hand + cuticle repair
  • soothes dry elbows + heels

You can purchase this oil here for just $10.95! This is the best deal I have found for this oil.

I will be re-purchasing two more bottles of this right after I post this review. I will never be without this oil.


Have any of you tried the Acure Organics 100% Certified Organic Argan Oil or any other products from Acure Organics? Please share your thoughts in the comments section!



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Beauty Buzz | Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation


I’m so excited to finally bring you my review of the new Kjaer Weis Foundation! I’ve been getting so many requests to do a full review. This was a long awaited launch. I know many of us we were biting our nails waiting for the debut. When I first heard that Kjaer Weis would be coming out with a foundation I knew that I had to try it. I’m a huge fan of their products. I have reviewed their Sensuous Plum Lip Tint as well as featured them in many Green Beauty Makeup Looks.

The Kjaer Weis Foundation contains Sweet Almond Seed, Coco, and Jojoba oils which make it very moisturizing but not greasy. I know the price of this foundation can be a little steep for some and I do understand that. It’s not easy to spend nearly $70 on a foundation that you’re not sure is going to do what it promises. I have been asked constantly, “but is it worth the price?”, my answer is always “absolutely.” Everything I’ve tried from Kjaer Weis has exceeded my expectations and this foundation is no exception. This foundation is now my new holy grail foundation!

The entire line of Kjaer Weis products is not only exquisite in the formulations, but the brilliant colors and the luxurious packing are really sparking a cult following. I admit it, I’m addicted. When you hold the jewelry like compact in your hands and twist it open to reveal the content, you’ll agree with me. There is nothing like it on the market! One of the greatest things about this foundation is that it looks like you are not wearing any foundation on your skin. It’s honestly quite magical.

Also, the design of refill packaging is genius. Once you purchase the compact you can then just buy the refills as  needed. This is a great money saving solution as well a great eco-friendly option.

The Color:

My color is the lightest shade, “Like Porcelain” which Kristen Kjaer Weis describes as being “Perfect for a fair, rosy complexion, Like Porcelain refines even the most sensitive, delicate skin.”


Here I am wearing the Kjaer Weis Foundation in “Like Porcelain”

The Application:

You can apply this foundation with fingers, a beauty blender, the Kjaer Weis Foundation Brush. I personally like to apply the foundation first with the Kjaer Weis Foundation Brush where needed and then blend out using a damp Beauty Blender. I also prep my face with a moisturizer and if my skin is feeling particularly dry, a little oil or primer and then set with rosewater spray.

The Finish:

I have very dry skin and I have heard mixed reviews with this foundation concerning the finish. Some say it is drying while others say it is moisturizing. I personally find it to be a satin finish. It goes on creamy and then settles into a beautiful satin finish. This foundation doesn’t feel drying on my skin at all. With that said I always moisturize before applying foundation and if you have super dry skin I would recommend applying a primer beforehand. My favorite primer is Vapour Organic Beauty Stratus Instant Skin Perfector.


prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) seed oil*, caprylic/capric triglyceride, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil*, zea mays (corn) starch*, cera alba*, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax*,  simmondsia chinensis  (jojoba) seed oil*,  polyglyceryl-3 diisostearate, non-gmo tocopheryl acetate.  may contain + / – : mica,  ci 77891,  ci 77491,  ci 77492,  ci 77499. *Certified Organic. This product is gluten-free.


You can purchase this foundation for $68 which includes the compact or you can purchase the refillable for $48 on Spirit Beauty Lounge (you can also purchase samples if you are unsure of what color you would be).

Have you tried the new Kjaer Weis Foundation yet? Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section!



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*All of my reviews are based on my own personal experiences with the brand/products. I am never paid to give my honest opinions and will only review and recommend products and brands I love and use myself! All Photographs are (C) Britanie Faith unless stated otherwise.*

Brand Focus: Farm To Girl

I’d like to introduce you to a new company that debuted last summer. I’m so happy to bring you this review. I recently discovered Farm to Girl by perusing on The Environmental Working Group (EWG) site. (Yes, I do that because I love finding companies that are inventing products with the cleanest standards!).

The Environmental Working Group rated Farm to Girl lotions, baby care and anti-aging face creams as #1 safest on the market! Their products received their coveted “Zero” ranking, which is the greenest, safest and cleanest product rating. These products are made up fresh per order and are very affordable. I’m pretty sure they will become staples in many women’s beauty regimens.

“What makes Farm to Girl different? Fresh, Fair, and Free” as Kim the owner likes to say! I could not have said it better~

          When I looked at the site, I was immediately impressed with the Farm to Girl story:

Like  a wildflower, Farm to Girl began with a particularly  stubborn seed—our founder Dr. Kim Warren-Rhodes—refusing to believe that natural beauty requires anything more  than a handful of pure, simple ingredients, a burst of sunshine, and a sprinkle of water and love. For many years, Kim was never worried  about what was in her beauty products or how they affected her health. It wasn’t until her Ph.D. studies at Stanford that she learned about the  pervasiveness of man-made chemicals in our food and body care, and their negative  impact on human health and the planet. She also learned that a simpler world of  sustainable choices  exists and that truly green companies can do both good business and do good.


So needless to say, my interest was increasing by the moment. Then I read on to find that they give 20% of their profit to  women’s health and education! I love when I can help to support a company that so freely gives back to causes important to my own heart.

When I contacted Kim and told her I was so impressed with her zero rating with EWG that I  would love to try her products, she happily complied! I was curious if a zero rating lotion could really be “that good”. I’m happy to report it IS. I also explained to her about my extremely sensitive skin. She was so helpful in recommending the products below…

Organic Baby Bliss—Unscented

Made with Organic, Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil Hand-pressed by Women Villagers in Solomon Island

Description: Throughout the world, mothers moisturize and protect their baby and children’s skin with natural plant oils and herbs. And we do, too. At Farm to Girl, we developed this unscented organic everyday baby and kid’s lotion, made with no petrochemicals, phthalates, parabens or other synthetic chemicals, for one of our sister’s toddlers, and she’s used it ever since. With no added dyes, perfumes or fragrances, this creamy lotion has a natural hint of freshly-cracked Pacific Island coconut.

Ingredients: Filtered water, organic virgin coconut oil, organic sweet almond oil and Randy Oliver’s California Happy Bee beeswax.

Price: $8.95

My Thoughts: This is not just for babies and kids! I have already used up my sample of this wonderful cream. It quickly became my favorite hand cream because it sinks in beautifully without leaving a greasy residue. It’s also wonderful for using on any dry patches.


Manuka Honey Healing Lip Balm

Made with Organic, Pacific Coconut Oil  Hand-pressed by Women Villagers in Solomon Islands

Ingredients:  Organic virgin coconut oil, New Zealand Manuka honey, and Randy Oliver’s California Happy Bee beeswax.

Description:  Indigenous Maori tribes of New Zealand have long-valued the native Manuka bush for its honey and traditional medicine. We respect and use that knowledge to create an  ultra-healing lip balm from organic virgin coconut oil and active New Zealand Manuka Honey. Manuka Honey’s anti-bacterial  (UMF 5-15+) and anti-inflammatory properties heal naturally and powerfully, and we often apply this tasty and soothing treat as a remedy for cold sores and chapped or sun-burned lips.

Price: $6.95

My Thoughts: Oh this lip balm has stolen my heart! It has the most wonderful consistency of any lip balm I’ve tried. It’s like reaching into caramel without the stickiness. And the light honey scent is so appealing to me.


In my opinion this is a  wonderful new brand you should try. It really is a  special company doing incredible things with the cleanest ingredients. I’m going to have to agree with Kim that, “Farm to Girl is officially the “Cleanest & Greenest Skin Care on the Planet!”

Kim has graciously offered a 10% off discount code as well as a free raw coconut lip balm with every purchase you make! Just mention beautybybritanie.com when you check out!

Don’t forget to let me know how you like the line after you’ve tried it!



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Alexis Smart Flower Remedies – Safe And Sound


Safe and Sound is just one of many flower remedies offered by the beautiful Alexis Smart. Alexis is a flower remedy practitioner who studied Bach flower remedies for more than a decade, working with mentors in the direct lineage of Dr. Bach. She also studied homeopathy and has learned the link between emotional trauma and physical illness, and the miracle of healing when emotional balance is restored. I first discovered this brand after researching Dr. Bach’s Flower Remedies. When I came across Alexis’s site, I fell in love with her descriptions of every blend. I also really related to her natural approach.

Harmless and non-toxic, flower remedies are a great choice for families who wish not to use drugs, chemicals or even harsh herbal preparations or homeopathics, which may cause side effects in babies and sensitive individuals.

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of using Safe And Sound…


  • Panic attacks
  • Fear
  • Apprehension


  • Safe
  • Calm
  • Secure


4 drops, 4 times a day under the tongue.
*May be taken more frequently as needed.


Organic brandy, spring water, flower essences of: aspen, clematis, heather, honeysuckle, mimulus, rock rose, star of Bethlehem

*Note: Available in alcohol-free option. Please specify in the order notes if you would prefer vegetable glycerine.

My Results:

I have now been taking the Safe and Sound every day, four times a  day for two weeks. The understanding with most natural remedies is that they can take awhile to really show results. That was not the case for me with this blend. After just two days of using this blend I noticed a difference in my anxiety. After a week I noticed that I was having to take less medication for my anxiety.

I have been experiencing increased anxiety and panic attacks after dealing with an inner ear imbalance which had caused me to live with chronic vertigo for the last three months. This condition was making it almost impossible for me to go anywhere without having panic attacks because the dizziness was so incapacitating. Many of you who have read my blog for awhile know that I suffer from chronic health issues but I haven’t spoken much about my vertigo publicly.

The moment I realized my panic attacks were out of control was when I went into my local grocery store and while I was in one of the isle’s looking at food, I was hit by a horrible dizzy spell. The room felt like it was moving and I started to panic. My entire body went numb.  I ended up leaving my grocery basket,  full of food,  and running out of the store crying. People were looking at me. It was horrible. I decided after that incident that I needed to seriously find something that would help me with the panic attacks.

Safe and Sound has been helping me to better deal with anxiety.  Having to deal with chronic anxiety is exhausting and most people don’t talk about it.  We live in a time when we are all supposed to have it all together! Some people judge anxiety as a weakness. The truth of the matter is we live in a complicated time with a lot of outside expectations as well as the self imposed ones as well. Anxiety issues are complex and manifest differently for everyone. Some people get extroverted because of nerves. For others, they need to restrict too much intensity because it’s overwhelming to their delicate nervous system. And they need to retreat to calm down.  It’s as varied as people are and nothing to be ashamed of.

We all need to be kinder to ourselves. I’m just so happy I  discovered Alexis Smart’s Flower Remedies. You (and I) can rest assured that her “Safe and Sound” is now sitting happily in my daily arsenal of helpful living tools!

I find that I just feel better when I take this blend every day. I am almost running out and plan to re-purchase. I also have my eye on a few of her other blends, especially My Personal Assistant and Beauty Formula No.8

Have you ever tried any of Alexis Smart’s Flower Blends or any other flower remedies? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section!



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