The Beautiful

Healthy beauty and fashion feng shui enhances your image and your body. Inner beauty radiates when you remove the toxic chemicals and dress to shine! Your personal style is key to who you are as a person, whether that means wearing pajamas or being a total fashionista. Beauty and fashion are more than on the surface- they are a reflection of what you love and how you feel about yourself.

sage toner

Do you do kitchen beauty at home?

From brewing herbs to creating face masques with spices, I’ve experimented at length with kitchen beauty because my body, my hair and my skin do not like strong, lab-synthesized chemicals. These chemicals are absorbed by your scalp and your skin, resulting in toxins that seep into your body.

Read a label of the typical drugstore hand lotion and that will be plenty of words to show you the massive amount of chemicals that you certainly can’t eat… so why should your skin be eating them?!

The only issue with kitchen beauty is that it can underperform, or sort of do nothing. Who wants to have oily skin or yucky hair for the sake of being natural?  Let’s just say its not preferred, even if you’d be willing to do it!   That’s why I’ve been rounding up these recipes for so long: they work!

Today I have assembled my Top 7 posts filled with toners, scrubs, masques, hair tonics and body moisturizers.  All are easy to make, inexpensive and well worth the experiment to find your perfect natural beauty routine! Continue Reading…

mascara

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I can tell you that for years I couldn’t wear eye makeup at all due to an allergy to a mascara so intense that it created a big problem.  No mascara was the worst part.  Who doesn’t love fresh lashes that are glossy and long and thick? I mean, I could forgo all makeup as long as I can have lipgross and mascara, but for those years I had to skip it, I was not thrlled. In fact, I was anxious about trying mascara ever again.  And when I did try natural, my skills in picking brands just weren’t honed, and it wasn’t a good experience.

Today, we are super lucky to have Chantal Moore curating a trio of natural mascaras that work like a charm without the toxic ingredients that my eyes (and maybe yours , too) just can’t handle.  Of course if you are vegan or working on removing the toxins from your makeup bag, this round up is ultra-amazing as well…! Continue Reading…

schmidt deodorant

Since we just did a big round-up of  exceptional alternatives to  the conventional, toxin-laden beauty and grooming products that are still lurking in the pharmacies around the globe, it is exciting to give you even more options in the one place where it’s really hard to find suitable alternatives: deodorant.  Despite tons of press about the potential dangers in using conventional deodorants daily, a natural one can be hard to come by that actually does its job!  Today, I am thrilled that celebrity makeup artist and balanced beauty expert Chantal Moore is introducing a brand that is not only effective and natural, its aromatherapy is refreshing and powerful!

I am buying the 5-pack today!  This is awesome!

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magnolia

It’s no longer a hippie secret that there are chemicals that are decidedly not good for your body and mind that are loaded into many skin care products and cosmetics.  Both men and women face the bathroom detox challenge these days, as we are now aware that many common products- some shampoo to basic body lotion and deodorant- are not the greatest for our hormones, our bloodstream, our mood and even the fututure of our health.

As I woke up this morning to finish a big bathroom/beauty closet  feng shui project in my own home, I realized that I had a few lingering toxic culprits in my own bathroom that I avoid instead of replacing.  That is just clutter! And as it gets properly sorted today, I thought I would pull together a simple way to lighten your toxic load.

First, a basic cheat-sheet of common cosmetic chemicals for you to pin and take with you as you shop:

toxic skincare

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Now to the fun! I’ve bundled up some of my favorite basics from celebrity makeup artist and balanced beauty expert Chantal Moore’s reviews and introductions so that you can make a few quick switches in your own daily routine.   Chantal has tested so many products in her life and in the field of very high profile makeup artistry to bring us the top performers, so you don’t need to sacrifice quality to move to a healthier mascara, lipstick or body lotion!  Continue Reading…

kajer weiss brushes

I’m the ultimate makeup minimalist, and even I know very well the importance of a few great makeup brushes.  The more I’ve read about makeup expiration dates (oh, lots of mine has expired and is headed out the door today!) and the perils of bacteria buildup in some makeup brushes (*especially bad for eyes) that are not properly cleaned or well-made, the more attention I pay now to keeping my minimal makeup routine both healthy and conscious.

That’s why Chantal Moore is such a life-saver of a gift to this blog; it’s her passion to find the best of the conscious beauty products!  I am so excited that my most favorite celebrity makeup artist and balanced beauty expert Chantal Moore is reviewing amazing, healthier, 100% vegan makeup brushes today!  Continue Reading…

lipstick

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Lip color can be challenging if you live a running-around-town lifestyle like I do where a pink or red lipstick wears off in a less than hour and then… I just forget.  And look kind of washed out.  And then lose faith that I can wear color on my lips.

But its lips that can brighten and wake up and put an exclamation point on style and smiles!

When celebrity makeup artist and balanced beauty expert Chantal Moore shared this awesome lip tint with staying power, I was overjoyed!  It’s consiously made, and it’s built to last even though long days. Absolute color love! Continue Reading…

pumpkins

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Pumpkins are so lovely!   Pie, Thanksgiving, Fall… the best part of the season.  In addition to being lucky for some people (really, some people find pumpkins to be lucky!),  pumpkin happens to be great for your skin!

Beyond eating pumpkin (*something I love!) it is an amazing natural skin remedy!  Pumpkin is filled with enzymes and acids that help to smooth your skin and get it glowing.  Plus, there are tons of antioxidants in pumpkin that feed your skin with cell-supporting nutrients to help repair daily environmental stresses.   What I found most interesting to learn recently is that pumpkin’s molecular structure is small, which means it can pentetrate more easily into your skin than some other substances, making pumpkin a really super-charged natural skin solution!!!

Needless to say, when celebrity makeup artist and balanced beauty expert Chantal Moore shared a Pumpkin & Cocoa face mask I was deliciously intrigued… and so excited!   Continue Reading…

H. Gillerman Organics True Relaxation Stress RemedyWho doesn’t need to relax a little (or lots!) more?!

I write often about relaxation techniques because stress, as most of us know, is the #1 toxic force on the planet.  Whether it is caused by emotional pressure, physical tension, mental challenges or anything else… stress needs to go from everyone’s lives.

Today’s balanced beauty is an anti-stress sensory tool we all need!  Celebrity makeup artist and balanced beauty expert Chantal Moore reviews H. Gillerman Organics True Relaxation Stress Remedy, and the results are nothing short of luscious!!! Continue Reading…