Entries from March 29th, 2013

March 29, 2013

free stuff friday | living nature deep cleansing mask from saffron rouge

Happy Friday, friends!

As a thank you for being sweet to me as I’ve shared my bare face and a dirt-covered face on the blog recently, I’d like to offer up a fun giveaway of yesterday’s mask — Living Nature Deep Cleansing Mask!

living nature deep cleansing mask

{Saffron Rouge, an online retailer specializing in organic cosmetics and beauty products, is generously gifting one lucky reader a box of Living Nature’s Deep Cleansing Mask. It retails for $47 for 10 treatments.}

My friends at Saffron Rouge are so thrilled to share Living Nature’s Deep Cleansing Mask with American and Canadian kimberlyloc.com readers — you ready to win?

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March 28, 2013

beauty scoop | living nature deep cleansing mask

As we get closer to the weekend, my skin has gone from “in decent shape” to “hello, little army of blemishes taking over my face.”

While my current breakouts are hormonal (ahem), I like to do everything I can to treat and prevent future spots. This leads me to trying every deep cleansing mask on the natural beauty market.

As I write this review, I’m indulging in my fourth helping of New Zealand-based Living Nature’s Deep Cleansing Mask, a kaolin clay-based cream mask that’s especially helpful for acne-prone skin.

living nature deep cleansing mask

{Saffron Rouge, an online retailer specializing in organic cosmetics and beauty products, sent me Living Nature’s Deep Cleansing Mask to review. It retails for $47 for 10 treatments.}

You may remember my previous clay cleansing mask review, but what sets Living Nature’s Deep Cleansing Mask apart is its ultra-portability and ease of application.

Living Nature’s Deep Cleansing Mask comes in a box of 10 individually wrapped treatment pouches.

This makes the mask ideal for weekend trips away (you guys do masks on your weekends away, right?!) and provides portion control for those of us who tend to slather on a little too much of the good stuff (looking at myself).

Speaking of the good stuff, here’s what’s inside Living Nature’s Deep Cleansing Mask:

Aqua (water), Kaolin (Halloysite clay), Macadamia ternifolia seed oil, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (almond) oil, Persea gratissima (avocado) oil, Mel (manuka honey), Cetearyl wheat straw glycosides, Cetearyl alcohol (from coconut & palm oil), Citrus grandis (grapefruit) seed extract, Zinc oxide, Limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, Sclerotium gum, Oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil, Triticum vulgare (wheat) germ oil, Citrus medica limonum (lemon) oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Leptospermum scoparium (manuka) oil, Backhousia citriodora (lemon myrtle) oil, Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil, Totarol, Citral, Limonene

The ingredients that drew me to this mask are kaolin clay, manuka honey, manuka oil and tea tree oil. All of these are known for their acne-busting wonders.

(I can see my blackheads loosen after using this mask, making them easier to extract with mild pressure.)

In addition to those ingredients, the combination of oils, such as meadowfoam seed, almond, avocado and evening primrose, offer hydration and skin-priming benefits that goes deep into your pores.

When I apply this mask, I concentrate more on the areas that truly need deep cleansing — my jawline, my chin and my nose — all areas where I tend to break out.

I massage the mask in well, but am swift in my application. This mask dries fairly quickly, so you want to be sure to get as even an application where you want the mask to do its work!

kimberlyloc wears living nature deep cleansing mask from saffron rouge

{I’m having a little too much fun getting pictures of me with natural beauty treatments on my face!}

My only critique of this mask is that because it does dry so quickly, leaving it on for the recommended 20 minutes isn’t that realistic; by about 12 minutes, it begins to flake off (ya know, if you move your face muscles), so I’d say 12-15 is a better time recommendation.

I’m a fan of the scent — Saffron Rouge describes its as an “earthy manuka” smell, but I get more of a light honey-floral scent to my nose — not overpowering at all!

Have you tried anything from Living Nature? Are you on the manuka honey and manuka oil wagon yet? Tell me your thoughts in the comments section!

March 27, 2013

beauty scoop | blissoma solutions fresh mild rice facial cleanser

One of the first group of favorites I named were my favorite cream and foaming cleansers.

While I’m obsessed with oil cleansing, I do keep a few “regular” cleansers on hand for when I give myself facials or feel the need to get a little more out of my everyday cleansing routine.

A new favorite cleanser of mine isn’t exactly a foaming, cream or oil cleanser — it’s, well, rice flour!

blissoma solutions fresh mild rice cleanser irie star

{Julie Longyear of Blissoma sent me a sample of her amazing Fresh Mild Rice Facial Cleanser to try and review.}

I think I love Blissoma Solutions Fresh Mild Rice Facial Cleanser so much because it uses so many of the beloved oils I’m used to applying during oil cleansing.

But, it has a thicker consistency that gives it some depth, as well as tiny little scrubbers that gently exfoliate during a morning wash — talk about the best of all worlds!

blissoma solutions fresh mild rice facial cleanser

{Blissoma Solutions Fresh Mild Rice Cleanser has a taupe coloring and a batter-like feeling to it.}

blissoma solutions fresh mild rice facial cleanser

{As you massage the cleanser into your skin, it softens and gently exfoliates without overdrying.}

Here’s what’s inside Blissoma Solutions Mild Rice Facial Cleanser:

Organic marshmallow, organic chickweed, organic plantain, organic damask rose, organic chamomile, organic glycerin, organic sunflower oil, organic brown rice, organic coconut oil, organic apricot kernal oil, glyceryl stearate, organic willowbark extract, organic hemp oil, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, cetearyl alcohol, organic echinacea purpurea extract, essential oils of lavender, litsea cubeba, palmarosa, elemi, frankincense, vetiver, xanthan gum, rosemary oleoresin extract, organic grain alcohol, linalool, geraniol, limonene, citral

If you’re acne-prone like me, yet still experience dry spots, Blissoma Solutions Mild Rice Facial Cleanser will most likely work wonders for you, too, because of the smart combination of moisturizing oils (sunflower oil, coconut oil, apricot kernal oil, hemp oil) and acne-busting ingredients (willowbark extract, lavender, frankincense and rosemary).

Other ingredients, such as litsea cubeba and palmarosa, tone the skin while providing additional antiseptic to keep your pores clean.

This is one “regular” cleanser (and I mean “regular” in the sense of it’s not an oil cleanser) that is gentle enough to use every day.

I choose to use it in the shower in the mornings or when I’m performing fancy at-home facials. It serves as the beneficial cleansers I massage into my skin post-oil cleanse and pre-mask (and Blissoma makes a fantastic mask that I’m thrilled to review for you soon, too!).

Will I be restocking Blissoma Solutions Fresh Mild Rice Facial Cleanser in the near future? Yes!

Will I be adding it to my “favorites” list anytime soon? Abso-freakin-lutely.

Have you tried anything from Blissoma? What do you look for in a gentle cleanser? Tell me what you know in the comments section!

March 26, 2013

beauty scoop | jane iredale glow time full coverage mineral bb cream

I’m getting a little more comfortable in front of the camera (remember these makeup posts?), but one thing I never thought I’d do is get naked on my blog.

Well, today is the day I’m baring it all in the name of a beauty review.

You have Jane Iredale’s Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream to thank for this little bit of skin nudity.

jane iredale glow time full coverage mineral bb cream

{I bought Jane Iredale’s Glow Time Full Coverage BB Cream in BB5 from my local salon, Roca, but it’s also available in various places online and at Nordstrom for $48.}

Because I wanted to show the true difference Jane Iredale’s Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream makes in my spotty, uneven skin, I knew a before and after photo would be necessary.

I am thankful that during this particular week, my skin wasn’t absolutely broken out and annoying, but nonetheless, it’s not perfect.

And that’s why we have makeup…full-coverage makeup, thank you very much!

jane iredale glow time full coverage mineral bb cream kimberlyloc before and after

{I shot these pics in my guest bedroom with natural and fluorescent lighting, and didn’t alter any of the colors or levels in Photoshop. You can click the photo above to be taken to the photo landing page, and then click it again to enlarge for further detail.}

I was slow to hop onto the BB cream bus, mostly because I’m a skeptic by nature and wanted to understand how a miraculous BB cream was any better than a great tinted moisturizer.

The difference, to me, is in the coverage. A fabulous BB cream, like Jane Iredale’s, offers full coverage without feeling thick or goopy, and has added bonuses such as SPF 25 and beneficial antioxidants to help treat and heal the skin.

While Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream’s ingredients aren’t perfect (it contains the dreaded dimethicone, a silicone that gives makeup that nice slip for even application, but is known to cause allergic reactions and dryness in some people), they’re way cleaner than most mainstream brands while offering a superior level of coverage.

Titanium Dioxide, Water/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Stearoxymethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, Maltodextrin, White Tea Leaf Extract, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Grapefruit Fruit Extract, Bitter Orange Fruit Extract, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Glycerin, Apple Fruit Extract, Pectin, Chlorella Vulgaris/Lupinus Albus Protein Ferment, Sodium Ascorbate, Tocopherol, Sunflower Seed Oil, Radish Root Extract, Lecithin, Honeysuckle Flower Extract, Honeysuckle Flower Extract, Aluminum Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77489, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288)

As you can see in the “after” photo above, Jane Iredale’s Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream did a great job of evening out my skin tone and creating the perfect canvas for further makeup application.

I did, however, go back and add a little more coverage to the outstanding blemishes that I felt could use additional concealing — but that’s most likely because we’re all a little critical of ourselves as we are making up our faces.

Do you have a particular foundation or other makeup product that you rely on to get you through these self-critical times? What BB creams do you use and love? Ever tried anything from Jane Iredale? Tell me in the comments section!

March 25, 2013

beauty scoop | roots rose radish citrus face oil cleanser

It’s no secret that I’m a diehard fan of oil cleansing, but when it comes to mixing the perfect amount of castor oil with other carrier oils such as jojoba oil, grapeseed oil or olive oil, I’m a bit of a clutz.

The first time I tried the oil cleansing method with castor oil, which is a thick, slippery, detoxifying oil, I used way too much and looked like I was wrapped in plastic.

I’ve gotten a little better of blending my own oil cleansing concoctions with castor oil, but when I’m looking for a mix a little more creative and luxurious, I turn to my Roots Rose Radish Citrus Face Oil Cleanser.

roots rose radish citrus face oil cleanser

{Roots Rose Radish sent me a sample of its citrus face oil cleanser to review. It retails for $55 for a 2-ounce glass vial. Photo Courtesy Roots Rose Radish}

Created by herbalist Christian Toscano, Roots Rose Radish natural beauty products are inspired by the beautiful things in life: vintage botanical illustrations, folk herbalism, Victorian drawing rooms and French gardens.

You can easily see this inspiration in her glassware design and drawstring pouch packaging, which is then brought to life even more by the pure ingredients and thoughtful mixing she puts inside the vial.

Inside the Roots Rose Radish Citrus Face Oil Cleanser are five simple yet effective ingredients for deep cleansing, brightening and softening the skin: cold-pressed, unrefined castor oil; cold-pressed, unrefined jojoba oil; tangerine oil; grapefruit oil; and lemon oil.

roots rose radish citrus facial cleansing oil dropper

{I love the beautiful, sunny yellow coloring of Roots Rose Radish’s Citrus Face Oil Cleanser.}

Good ol’ castor and jojoba oils are the stars at deeply cleansing the skin while maintaining the skin’s natural balance (remember, jojoba oil is the closest oil to our own self-produced sebum).

The citrus oils — tangerine, grapefruit and lemon — are wonderful at lifting your senses, instantly putting you in a good mood. Each also has amazing antimicrobial properties, so you can rest assured that yes, you’re skin is getting clean without being stripped dry of moisture.

If you’re acne-prone yet still get a few dry patches and want to avoid that tight skin feeling after cleansing, Roots Rose Radish Citrus Face Oil should be on your to-try list. My skin feels clean, freshened and balanced after using it.

However, because I know that castor oil is especially wonderful at degunking my pores, I reserve this oil cleanser for a couple times a week to keep the skin purging under control.

I haven’t had any issues with crops of zits popping up after using this cleanser, but I chalk it up to being mindful of how my skin reacts to particularly deep cleansing ingredients.

Have you tried anything from Roots Rose Radish? What are your thoughts on castor oil or the oil cleansing method in general? Tell me in the comments section!

March 22, 2013

beauty scoop | osmia organics facial calibration serum

Though spring is officially here, I’m walking around on a crunchy salt and snow mix in Kansas City.

With the strange weather patterns — sunny, rainy, snowy, windy — my skin reacts by under- and over-producing oil to try to keep itself in check.

It’s times like these that my skin needs a little recalibration.

There’s a serum for that!

I’ve been using Osmia Organics skincare products in my regular rotation for a few months now (see my reviews here, here and here).

I reach for the Facial Calibration Serum during wacky weather because it packs just the right amount of thick moisture in a dewy oil that leaves my skin quenched and soothed.

osmia organics facial calibrations serum

{Osmia Organics founder Sarah Villafranco sent me a sample of her Facial Calibration Serum for review. It retails for $50 for a 0.5 ounce glass pump bottle.}

Osmia Organics’ Facial Calibration Serum has a pretty, deep yellow coloring to it in the bottle, but is of course colorless and somewhat odorless on your skin. It has a faint smell of rosemary coupled with delicate rosehips; it’s not quite floral, yet not full-on herbal. It just smells clean!

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Fractionated coconut oil, olive squalane, kukui oil, organic safflower oil, organic macadamia nut oil, organic rosehip seed oil, organic grapeseed oil, shea oil, schisandra fruit CO2, acai oil, organic black seed oil, organic rosemary CO2 extract, GMO-free vitamin E oil, proprietary blend of organic and wild-harvested essential oils

This generous blend of nourishing oils — coconut, safflower, macadamia nut, rosehip seed, grapeseed, acai, black seed, vitamin E — make for a super-potent serum that requires just a half-pump to cover your face and a full pump to spread the goodness down your neck.

Because it’s a thicker oil (see amazing ingredients above), you really want to take some time massaging this into your skin and allowing your skin to benefit from the layer of protective oils.

While it sinks in well, I recommend waiting a bit before applying makeup. You will most likely find that you just need a little spot coverage because your skin will have this luminosity about it that you will want to show off!

I also love this Osmia Organics Facial Calibration Serum as a nighttime beauty oil. It’s so rich that I can only imagine how this amazing combination of oils is feeding my skin while I slumber. I can see and feel, though, how my skin is when I wake in the morning: with that same pretty glow I had before I went to bed.

Have you tried anything from Osmia Organics? What sort of serums or beauty oils do you use? Tell me in the comments section!

March 20, 2013

beauty scoop | may lindstrom skin the clean dirt cleansing clay

So remember last week when I asked you via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter what products you wanted to see on the blog next?

I heard you.

Yesterday I reviewed a luxurious body oil; today, I’m feeding you the delicious mud pie that is May Lindstrom Skin’s “The Clean Dirt.”

may lindstrom skin the clean dirt

{Model May Lindstrom is the brains and beauty behind artisanal skin care line May Lindstrom Skin.}

May Lindstrom Skin’s “The Clean Dirt” undoubtedly got the most response from you beauty fiends out there, and for good reason — who wouldn’t want to know what THIS woman does to stay naturally beautiful.

Yes, that beauty showing you how to use “The Clean Dirt” is miss May Lindstrom herself in her gorgeous, glowing skin.

These short, refreshing videos that accompany each product on her website capture the essence of her natural skin care line: A well-edited collection of pure, rich products packaged in stunning black glassware that you will be proud to display on your top shelf.

may lindstrom skin the clean dirt

{May sent me a bottle of “The Clean Dirt” to review. It retails for $60 for a 6.76-ounce black glass bottle.}

“The Clean Dirt” cleansing clay is a spicy blend of cleansing clays that smell of nutmeg, clove and cinnamon. It instantly evokes memories of baked goodies and home upon first sniff of the dry powder.

may lindstrom skin the clean dirt

{While $60 may seem like a lot for a cleansing clay, you have to remember that the bottle is filled with powder — you add the water before each application and get more of the good stuff in every bottle!}

Upon mixing the powder (use a teaspoon) with a few drops of water, the fragrance intensifies, but the powder also transforms itself into a bubbling, foaming mousse.

may lindstrom skin the clean dirt

{Can you see those tiny little bubbles? That activation comes from water! If you’re a bit drier, you can also use coconut oil for a gentler activation and scrub experience.}

This mousse, before adding water, contains the following:

White Halloysite Clay, Red Moroccan Rhassoul Clay, Red Alaea Sea Salt, Vitamin C, Sodium Bicarbonate, Organic Marshmallow Root, Organic Pink Rose, Organic Calendula Flower, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Nutmeg, Organic Clove, Organic Turmeric, Organic Ginger, Organic Vanilla Planifolia Bean, Fair Trade Raw Cacao

You can feel soft yet gritty little scrubbers as you massage “The Clean Dirt” on your face — you can likely thank the healing salts for this exfoliation.

The clays help draw out impurities without overdrying. I’ve yet to get that tight-faced feeling while using “The Clean Dirt,” even when I let this cleanser sit on my face for 10 minutes to deep clean my pores.

kimberlyloc tries may lindstrom skin the clean dirt

{Well, well, well. Who is this in her damp hair and robe enjoying a little May Lindstrom Skin “The Clean Dirt” in front of the camera?}

If you have extremely sensitive skin, you probably want to ease into using “The Clean Dirt.” This cleanser is extremely warming! My skin tingles upon application, and upon rinsing it off, is oh-so-soft. A thin layer of beauty oil is all I need after this cleanser.

That said, I reserve “The Clean Dirt” to about three times a week. I look to it as my exfoliation treatment ritual, and really take the time to massage my face before, during and after applying to increase blood flow and soothe stressed skin.

For what it’s worth, any inklings I’ve been having about splurging on a Clarisonic (am I the last beauty person to give that thing a try?) have been put to rest.

I’d rather indulge in skin chef May Lindstrom’s delicious mud pie made from clean dirt.

Have you tried anything from May Lindstrom Skin? What products of the four in her collection intrigue you most? Tell me which one you love and which one I should review next!


March 18, 2013

beauty scoop | african botanics marula firming botanical body oil

While I sing the praises of beauty oils all the time, you don’t often find me gushing over any specific body oil very often because I tend to keep it simple for my post-shower hydration.

Until now.

I’ve been testing a handful of luxurious body oils during the past month or so, and I’m thrilled to find some concoctions that are hydrating, quick to dry and smell oh-so-delicious.

One of my favorite new body oils is African Botanics Marula Firming Botanical Body Oil.

african botanics marula firming botanical body oil

{African Botanics sent me a bottle of its beautifully packaged Marula Firming Botanical Oil, which retails for $70 for a 3.58-ounce glass pump bottle. Photo Courtesy African Botanics}

African Botanics’ Marula Firming Botanical Body Oil is one of those oils that is perfect for a heavy-handed girl like me.

I tend to get more product than necessary in pretty much any situation (ahem, ice cream), but with this body oil, even at six pumps per leg, I’m never left overly drenched in oil.

This means that yes, after applying oil post-shower and toweling off a bit, I can easily slip into my skinnies without feeling like my legs are clinging to the denim a little too closely!

My skin eats up the fast-absorbing formula and is gently coated in this gorgeous light cream and tea scent that is pleasant for day or evening.

Here’s what makes up that amazing scent:

Marula essential oil, grape seed oil, green rooibos tea extract

So I know what you’re probably wondering: What’s up with marula oil?

Of all the exotic oils we talk about on the blog, marula oil is emerging as another major player in the beauty oil arena.

Native to South Africa, marula oil comes from the marula tree and contains powerful antioxidants and high concentrations of nutrients, minerals and essential fatty acids that help protect and heal the skin.

While I’m still experimenting with marula facial oils (from African Botanics and other brands), I must say that I am absolutely smitten with African Botanics Marula Firming Botanical Oil.

Its lightweight feel and alluring aroma combined with its effortlessly chic packaging make it one of the first body oils to reach my top shelf.

Have you tried anything from African Botanics? What are your thoughts on body oils? Tell me in the comments section!

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