February 2013 Favorites – Beauty, Health, and Tea!

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1.) Weleda Almond Facial Cream– This has become my new favorite daily facial cream. They also have a face lotion instead of the cream, which I haven’t tried yet but so far I find the cream to be perfect for my skin. It is incredibly hydrating but doesn’t leave my face feeling greasy. I also love that the ingredients are very simple and have helped to calm my sensitive and dry skin. I also really enjoy the scent of this – it’s very almondy but not overpowering at all!

2.) Suki Exfoliating Foaming Cleanser – I have used many sugar scrubs for both my face and body in the past but have never used one quite like this. This cleanser lathers up beautifully. It smells like fresh Lemon-Grass and leaves my skin feeling so soft and free of dead skin cells. You only need a pea-sized amount to cover your entire face!

3.) Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream – You might be looking at this and doing a double take. I understand it is probably confusing seeing a brand like Elizabeth Arden (which is not chemical-free) on my blog. Let me explain: I have been under a lot of stress which combined with possible unknown allergies caused me to have a severe bout of eczema on my face and turned into contact dermatitis around my eyes. I tried every single thing under the sun. My Honey and Nutmeg Face Mask was the best remedy and helped to clear up the eczema on my face but my eyes were still itching and dry and nothing would get rid of it. I read many reviews about what to do for eyelid eczema and came across Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream. I was hesitant to buy it because the cream has some ingredients I tend to stay clear from, but for the sake of my dry eyes, I decided to just throw my standards out the door and try it. Well, I kind of hate to say this but this cream has worked wonders for the dry skin around my eyes! I literally went from having dry, red and itchy patches all around my eyes to them being almost cleared up within two days of using this cream before bed. I saw an allergist who recommended steroid creams and medications and I opted to not do those. I don’t like that this cream has Petroleum and Mineral Oil, among other things, but honestly given the fact that 95% of my entire beauty and skincare products are natural and non-toxic, I figure I can give in to a chemical every now and then. If it works, it works and to be honest I would rather be slathering on some not-so-great ingredients on small areas of my skin than dealing with the itchiness and irritation of the eczema! I am thankful for this cream and although I don’t usually recommend products that are not non-toxic – I do recommend this for anyone suffering from severe eczema or contact dermatitis that hasn’t responded to any natural treatments. I will still be on the look out for more natural remedies for the eye dryness but for now I am sticking with what works!

4.) Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronzer Concentrate – I have very fair skin and it can often be difficult for me to pull off bronzer because it ends up looking very unnatural. This bronzer is PERFECT. It is so easy to apply and you need the tiniest amount. I like to apply this on both cheeks and blend in. It works well on it’s own to liven up the face or to layer under some blush. It’s also awesome for mixing with tinted moisturizer or foundation! This doesn’t have glitter in it or shimmer so it looks very natural and just melts right into the skin. I only have a sample size of this but have to get the full bottle because I love it that much.

5.) Suki Tinted Active Moisturizer– (review here) My current favorite tinted moisturizer. I use the color “Porcelain” and it covers everything without ever looking cakey.

6.) Aura Cacia Sandalwood Essential Oil– I love the smell of Sandalwood. It instantly relaxes me. I love to wear it on it’s own for perfume and in my hair which I will do a separate post on, but my favorite thing to use this for is for a natural deodorant! I use this alone or mix with a little bit of aluminum-free baking soda, vitamin e and some arrow root powder and it works amazingly well.

7.) Wedderspoon Manuka Honey 100% Raw Active 16 Plus – Oh how I love Manuka Honey. It has so many uses and benefits. I love to use it as a facial cleanser or to add into face masks. I also love to eat a teaspoon of this before meals to help with digestion and stomach discomfort. I don’t typically use this honey in my tea because once it hits the hot water it loses many of it’s nutrients and I don’t want to waste any of this because it’s quite pricey, so I like to eat the honey on it’s own or on top of nut butters. It is also great for the hair and lips!

8.) Bijabody Daily Beauty Tea– (review here) This tea is delicious. It has Oolong and Aged Pu-erh and the perfect amount of Ginger and Cardamon. I love love it.

9.) Oolong Tea– My new favorite tea. I drink three cups of this a day. The caffeine in this doesn’t make me feel jittery or nauseous and it has a light taste of Green and Black tea combined. It’s delicious and is great for the skin, especially eczema!

10.) Macro Greens by Macrolife Naturals – This is my favorite Green Powder because it tastes wonderful. It has so many powerful nutrients in it and I love to put it in my water and sip it throughout the day to keep my body alkaline and to get my daily dose of greens! I highly recommend this powder in particular if you are looking for a green powder but don’t like the taste of most powerful green drinks. This one is masked by fruits and seriously tastes delicious just with water!

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What were some of your favorites for the month of February?

xoxo,

Britanie

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28 thoughts on “February 2013 Favorites – Beauty, Health, and Tea!

  1. Awesome post! I really need to get my hands on some Manuka Honey, I’ve beem putting it off way too long. I’m sorry to hear that your eczema and dermatitis flared up! That sounds terrible, but I’m glad it’s healing up quickly! Those teas also sound delicious! I’ve been looking to get some new tea, so I think I’ll go and try some Oolong soon! :]

    1. Manuka Honey is such a treat. I swear by it. It really is the best Honey out there but it’s so pricey. The good thing is that a little goes a long way so it can last awhile. I like to buy regular Organic Raw Honey to use in my teas and then save the Manuka for face treatments and eating on it’s own. The BijaBody tea is SO good and it has Oolong in it but I love Oolong on it’s own. It’s my new obsession. So good. Definitely get some! thanks for commenting love ❤

  2. Great post! I literally *just* posted a review on Dr. Translucent Bronze Concentrate, and 100% agree! It is a fabulous product. I also really want to try the Weleda face cream, I am really loving that company right now!

    1. Thank you! I saw your review and loved it. It really is the best bronzer I have ever used. I can’t find anything else quite like it. I love that it doesn’t have annoying shimmer in it and how easily it blends into the skin! You should definitely try Weleda – I love all of their products that I have tried so far… especially the Almond face cream, their lavender body oil and the skin food cream!

  3. Love the Suki, Hauschka, Weleda and the Manuka honey! The Liz Arden 8 hour cream is a good product although not natural :(. Try Jurlique love balm, Weleda skin food as an alternative.

    1. Thank you! I wish the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour cream was natural but for now since I am using such a tiny amount in one area (around my eyes) I am going to continue using it because it really does help. I tried the Weleda skin food but it didnt work for the eczema. it’s wonderful for my hands and dry skin but didn’t help the itching and redness. I will have to look into the Jurlique love balm though as I have never tried anything from them before!

  4. This post resonated with me, because I recently woke up with terrible eczema around my eyes. This has never happened to me before and I use clean products, so I was super confused! It was so dry and itchy that I had couldn’t even go to work. I was ready to call my derm when I spotted 100% Vitamin E Oil on my dresser… I use it as spot treatment on dry areas on my face. So I decided to dab some on my eye area and hope for the best… I took a nap and woke up to moisturized, smooth, and eczema-free eyes. NO JOKE! I googled eczema and vitamin e oil and read that many new moms use vitamin E oil for their babies when they get dry spots. It’s been about a week and I’ve been using it religiously around the eye area. It’s even helped with fine lines. You should give it a try!

    PS: I should mention that mine is pure vitamin E oil (tocopheryl) and not the synthetic tocopheryl acetate stuff. The one I use is from NOW Foods.

  5. This post resonated with me, because I recently woke up with terrible eczema around my eyes. This has never happened to me before and I use clean products, so I was super confused! It was so dry and itchy that I had couldn’t even go to work. I was ready to call my derm when I spotted 100% Vitamin E Oil on my dresser… I use it as spot treatment on dry areas on my face. So I decided to dab some on my eye area and hope for the best… I took a nap and woke up to moisturized, smooth, and eczema-free eyes. NO JOKE! I googled eczema and vitamin e oil and read that many new moms use vitamin E oil for their babies when they get dry spots. It’s been about a week and I’ve been using it religiously around the eye area. It’s even helped with fine lines. You should give it a try!

    PS: I should mention that mine is pure vitamin E oil (tocopheryl) and not the synthetic tocopheryl acetate stuff. The one I use is from NOW Foods.

    1. Hey, thank you for your comment! Ugh whenever I hear someone talk about eczema around the eyes it gives me a pit in my stomach because I know how frustrating and uncomfortable it is. Mine seems to be related to stress as it will just pop up at random moments. I have tried pure Vitamin E Oil and it did help but not as much as the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream and Raw Manuka Honey. I do find that mixing the Vitamin E with either honey or evening primrose oil helps the itch and irritation. For some reason I also find that the vitamin e helps more on other spots of eczema on my face more than the eye area! I am happy it worked for you! has your eczema come back at all?

    1. Its so worth trying at least once! Some people say they don’t notice a difference between Manuka and just Raw Honey but I do! I just wish it wasn’t so expensive but thankfully a little bit goes a long way 🙂

  6. Thanks for sharing your favs! I am currently looking for a natural/organic tinted moisterizer and/or foundation : )

    1. Your welcome! Thank you for reading 🙂 I really recommend the Suki tinted moisturizer and also Jane Iredale BB Cream. They are both my favorites currently and give a very natural look.

    1. It’s so good! Have you tried the face lotion or just the face cream? I kind of want to try out the lotion for the day and maybe use the cream at night. Not sure yet. I just love it so much!

    1. I love Weleda. I have never been disappointed with a product from them. I used to use the Rose cream for my face but for some reason it just didn’t work as well as the Almond does. I really love the Almond cream. It’s perfect. I am thinking of trying the lotion to use during the day and save the cream for nights. Do you use the almond cream or lotion?

      1. I’ve never tried the Almond, but have used the original, which is Iris. For many years, I only used the day cream, but now I also use the night cream. When I feel like treating myself, I use the Wild Rose…!

  7. Hey! I love your blog, it is honestly amazing!! Do you have any recommendations for a good SPF facial moisturizer? Do you know of any good night creams as well?

    1. Hey,
      Thank you so much for your comment. My current favorite SPF is by Badger but it is a low SPF of 16. For me that is fine in the winter months but I do plan to purchase a Devita Sunscreen of 30 SPF. My favorite night cream is the Weleda Almond Face Cream!

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