HANA Organic Skincare Review

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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...]

Rose Love

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I don’t know what it is but lately I just can’t seem to get enough of Rose. Rose tea, Rose water, Rose oil, Rose-scented anything (as long as it’s not that artificial smelling rose – eek). I actually dedicated an entire post to my love for roses called “Beauty and health benefits of roses”.  I shared the benefits of this beautiful flower but wanted to reiterate some of the many amazing benefits of smelling, drinking, bathing and moisturizing in this flower…

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Interview with Britta Aragon of CV Skinlabs

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I’m so honored to share with you my in-depth interview with the incredibly beautiful (inside and out), Britta Aragon! Britta is not only a cancer survivor, but the creator and founder of CV SkinLabs. CV SkinLabs is a clinically proven, natural and organic skincare line. They have set the standards for skin safety by offering us not only non-toxic choices, but  products that do what they promise.

Britta is also the author of the book, When Cancer Hits. She’s an incredible woman who has endured deep hardships, but has come out radiant, healthy and inspirational to us all. I have so much respect for this woman and her illuminated soul. I had the opportunity to meet and become instant friends with Britta at the Green Beauty Event last September in NYC. In person, she glows with vitality and makes a person feel like a kindred spirit.  I hope this interview will give you a glimpse into her life so you too can know her a bit better. I think you will agree with me when I say that this world is a much better place because of her.

And now let me introduce to you, Britta Aragon~

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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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Valentine’s Day Giveaway *CLOSED*

Hi Everyone! I wanted to wish each and every one of you the happiest Valentine’s Day tomorrow! This is an occasion to express love and gratitude to the people that we care about. I wanted to tell you, my readers how grateful I am for your support, comments and the deep friendships that have developed through this blog.

Also to all the companies that have asked me to review their natural and organic creations, and put their trust in me, a huge thank you! Valentine’s Day is a celebration whether you’re in a relationship, or you are single. You can be your own Valentine! If you follow my blog and you are making the commitment to switch to natural and earth friendly products, then you deserve to celebrate. You love yourself enough to care about your health! I applaud you and support you!

I purchased these special goodies for this giveaway with the thought that you need to spoil yourself a little! This giveaway is valued at $150.00

Enjoy some of my favorite things-

Have a cup of the Pukka tea in your Lenox “Collage” china tea cup. Remember that even one tiny step in the direction of health is a beginning!

Osmia Organics “Oh so Soap” is gentle and the ingredients are just perfect. Saponified organic oils/butters of olive, castor bean, and mango, African pearl salt, and organic buttermilk powder, that’s it. Try and see the beauty in simplicity.

Pacifica Coconut Crushed Peal luminizing body butter, with coconut oil, pearls and sea minerals helps you shimmer and glow from the inside out. It’s ultra-moisturizing filled with  tropical phytonutrients. You will love this butter.

Suki face exfoliating foaming cleanser (sample) made with lemongrass extract, natural sugar and other beauties smells just incredible. I love the gentleness of this cleanser.

Lucky Brand crystal leaf wrist bracelet with a magnetized ball clasp. I fell in love with this accessory. And included is the matching ring in a size 7. You will love how these pieces accent your outfit.

Remember to tell the people you care about to have a Happy Valentine’s Day.

How To Enter:

  • Please leave a comment and share how you plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day and if you feel like it, please share with me how you show yourself how much you care about YOU.
  • Please “like” BeautyByBritanie on Facebook
  • (If you’ve already liked me on Facebook then please follow me on my other social media sites: bloglovintwitter, instagram, pinterest )

The winner will be picked randomly and announced back on this post on 2/22/14

**This Giveaway is open internationally**

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!

CONGRATS TO THE WINNER, SERENA (Comment #59) and thank you to everyone who tried out for this giveaway!!

5 Things I’m Loving… (#2)

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I’m back with my “5 Things I’m Loving” segment.  You can check out my first 5 Things I’m Loving post here if you missed it! This will now be a regular theme on my blog. Winter is here and with the weather being so much cooler I have many new products that I’ve integrated into my daily routine.

Evanhealy Whipped Shea Butter with Olive Leaf – This whipped butter has made me fall in love with oil-cleansing. I’ve always loved cleansing my face with oils but now that I have tried this whipped butter-like heaven I am a little obsessed. I use this three times a week and it keeps my skin hydrated, plump and clear of any blemishes. I am deeply in love with this product. Before I even ran out of my sample I purchased a full size and I can tell you right now before I get half-way through my full-size jar I will be repurchasing again. I will never go without this product, especially in the cooler months. Oh and the smell of this? Like a freshly baked (gluten free-for me) vanilla frosted cupcake! I couldn’t take it one day, so I actually tasted a bit of the cream on my tongue! It’s that pure. However, nowhere on Evan Healy’s site does this say that the whipped shea butter is  for “ingesting”…just saying!  I will have a full review of this product + more Evanhealy products (which my skin has been LOVING lately) very soon!

Konjac Sponge with French Pink ClayAfter using an oil-based cleanser to remove my makeup I  then use my new Konjac Sponge. This is such a wonderful product. I have both the pink and red  sponges and I think the pink is my favorite but I honestly love both. They exfoliate gently without ever irritating my incredibly sensitive skin and I can even use it to exfoliate my eye area which is so delicate and prone to eczema and dry patches in the winter. This has been the secret to keeping my skin clearer and assisting the  oils and moisturizers to apply and penetrate  so much better.

Miyu Beauty Hydrate Mi Tea – This is hands down my new favorite tea. I literally drink this every single day without fail. It’s absolutely delicious and sweet enough that I don’t find myself needing to add any honey. It contains Green Rooibos (contains nine types of flavonoids that aggressively fight free radicals so that complexions will look younger, longer), Goji Berries (naturally rich in vitamin C, necessary to promote collagen production to help keep skin smooth), Rose Petals (used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries to improve circulation and soothe from within) and Snow Pear Essence and Candied Pearls for sweetness.

Lotus Wei Inner Peace Serum – This serum and every other  product from the “Inner Peace” Collection is helpful for high levels of stress, anxiety, nervousness, fear, lack of confidence and is helpful for experiencing deep peace, calm, confidence, comfort + contentment; strength + assuredness during times of high-stress. I love to use this oil-based serum on my hands and feet before bed every night. I also use this on my legs and I gently massage the oil into my calves, ankles, feet and hands. This is an incredibly relaxing routine that I look forward to doing every night. The calming and grounding scents of Lavender, Vetiver, Geranium and Allspice help to calm me and the lovely oils leave my skin feeling incredibly smooth.

Badger Balm Damascus Rose Face Oil - I am so, so happy with this face oil. I recently purchased it at my local Co-Op.  I was curious to try more from the Damascus Rose collection so I also picked up the Damascus Rose Beauty Balm which I will talk about soon (it’s wonderful!!) but the Rose Face Oil in particular has stood out to me the most. I recently battled some hormonal acne which left me with hyperpigmentation. This oil has helped to diminish redness after just days of use. I use this every night on my face and it’s enough moisture that I don’t need any added creams. It smells and feels beautiful, and it’s quickly becoming one of my new favorite oils of all-time.

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Tell me what you are currently loving and if you have tried anything that I mentioned above, let me know your thoughts!

xoxo,

Britanie

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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.

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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.)

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

xoxo,

Britanie

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*All products were generously provided for my honest opinion. 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.*

Pollen & Wax GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*

If you read my latest post all about the wonderful Pollen & Wax you will have seen that I raved about this incredibly wonderful and pure company. Bee, the owner of Pollen & Wax has graciously offered to give a Typology Kit to one lucky winner here on my blog!

Choose from the different seasons and leave a comment letting me know which you would be. The lucky winner will receive the entire kit for their appropriate season!

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How To Enter:

This giveaway is open only to US and Canada.

The winner will be picked randomly and announced back on this post on 2/19/14

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!

CONGRATS TO THE WINNER, CAITIE (comment #42)

and a huge thank you to everyone who tried out… keep out for more giveaways soon!!

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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GIVEAWAY | Jane Iredale Starter Kit *Closed*

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Hi Everyone!

My friends at Jane Iredale have graciously offered two of my readers their new Starter Kit!

The Giveaway:

THERE WILL BE TWO WINNERS for this Jane Iredale Giveaway!!!

Jane Iredale introduces the NEW Starter Kit, a skin-loving makeup system that embodies the foundation of the line with the essentials needed to reveal healthy, radiant skin. The Starter Kit makes it easy with just three steps (the Power of 3) that incorporate beneficial, multi-tasking, easy-to-use products. Bundled in a chic travel-size cosmetic case with an extra-large mirror, it’s also ideal for traveling and applying makeup on-the-go.

What You Will Win:

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 Available in five shades (Light, Medium Light, Medium, Medium Dark, Dark) to suit a wide range of skin tones. Each new Starter Kit includes:

  • Smooth Affair™ Facial Primer & Brightener; (Read my review here) a luminizing, award-winning primer that nourishes and prepares the skin. It brightens, hydrates and helps makeup go on easily and last longer.
  • Amazing Base® SPF 20 Loose Mineral Powder; (Read my review here) the original foundation, powder, concealer and sunscreen in one. It provides exceptional coverage with a luminous finish, and is ideal for covering brown spots, redness, eczema, rosacea and acne. Bears The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation as an effective UV sunscreen.
  • PurePressed® Base SPF 20 Mineral Foundation; the first pressed mineral foundation, powder, concealer and sunscreen in one. It provides long-lasting, highly pigmented coverage with a semi-matte finish. Bears The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation as an effective UV sunscreen.
  • POMMIST™ Hydration Spray; a hydrating facial spritz with the added benefit of pomegranate extract. It conditions and protects the skin and may be used to set a mineral base and plump the skin. Natural and Organic Cosmetic certified by ECOCERT.
  • Mini Powder Brush.
  • Travel-size cosmetic case with extra-large mirror.

 Application:

  • Start with Smooth Affair to nourish and refine the skin.
  • Apply one of the skin-loving foundations with the Mini Powder Brush.
  • Finish with a nourishing spritz of POMMISST.
  • From there, all that’s needed is a swipe of mascara or a touch of bronzer to complete the look!

The new Starter Kit will be available beginning in January 2014 and will retail for $55, a $77 value.

How To Win:

  • Please leave me a comment with what shade you would be in the Jane Iredale Starter Kit (Light, Medium Light, Medium, Medium Dark, Dark)
  • Please “Like” Beauty By Britanie on Facebook

(If you’ve already liked me on Facebook then please follow me on my other social media sites: bloglovintwitter, instagram, pinterest )

That’s it! Good Luck everyone and remember THERE WILL BE TWO WINNERS FOR THIS GIVEAWAY!

The winner will be randomly picked and announced back here on this post on 2/2/14

CONGRATS TO THE WINNERS!!!! Veronica (comment #47) and Brittany (comment #21)

Thank you to everyone who tried out and commented, keep a look out for more giveaways soon!

xoxo,

Britanie

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