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I’m not sure where you live.  But if it’s someplace warm, with the exact perfect amount of humidity to give you the worlds most perfect skin, I just might hate you a teeny tiny bit. Because here winter feels as if it’ll never go away and because of that everyone’s face is chapped and dry.   I’m thinking positive spring thoughts, but in the meantime, I’ve had to give my skin some extra TLC.

Two things that are (or should be) essential to everyone’s beauty regime is a good facial moisturizer and a good mild exfoliant.   Especially in the winter when your skin is flaking more which causes excess build-up.    But the moisturizing means nothing if you’re not getting rid of that excess layer of dead skin on your face.  Plus ladies, it helps keeps your skin looking youthful longer.

So when Nieves contacted me about her hand made natural beauty care line I was definitely interested.  Nieves has 17 years experience in the natural cosmetics industry and seriously, look at her.  Does she look like she’s old enough to have that many years of experience?  Her glowing skin is a testament to her product line.

I had the pleasure of trying out two great products:  The “C” Perfect Skin and the Face Fix Scrub and Mask.

When I first looked at the “C” Perfect Skin I was excited but when I received it, I was a little gun shy about actually trying it because it’s all oils, and my face doesn’t really do well with oils.   In the interest of a review I plugged on and wow, my face felt AH.MA.ZING.  The oil absorbed into my skin quite nicely, not leaving it feeling the least bit heavy or greasy.   I know I shouldn’t have with all the germs, but I couldn’t stop feeling how soft my face was.   “C” Perfect Skin is a mix of organic oils and essential oils, making it a great combination for nourishing any type of skin.

The Face Fix Scrub is another great product.   A mix of clays and natural herbs like Licorice horsetail, chamomile, and rose petal, to name a few.  The dry powder gives a nice mild exfoliating ability or you can also use it as a mask for great skin regeneration properties.   I love a product with multiple uses!  Because it’s mild, it works well with any skin type.   And it has no type of cleaning surfactants to dry out your skin.

Get it: You can order “C” Perfect Skin, Face Fix, or any of Nieves other products, from bynieves.com.   Products are a little more expensive, but did I mention they’re handmade?  They’re oh so worth it.   Use code LOVELYSAFE when you check out for a free gift with any order.

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We’re always on the hunt for new brands and products.  Anything to expand on the products we already have and love.  And of course, being women, we love pampering.   So when Joy of Natural Joy Beauty contacted us and asked us to review some of Lauren Brooke Cosmetics, I was all too happy to volunteer.  Especially these days, when I’m feeling particularly unattractive.   I’ve been wanting to go in for a facial or spa day, but being pregnant, I’m leary of using products in which I don’t know the ingredients to.   Luckily for me, this is the next best thing!

I got to review both the Deep Sea Masque and the Blemish Control Toner.

I loved the deep sea masque.   It was tingly and made my face look more even toned.  I would recommend to turn off any fans blowing your way when you use it because I was a little too tingly at one point.  But the mix of different types of clays made my face feel smooth and soothed.  Some masks have a tendency to irritate my face, this one was gentle.

The toner was a little bit harder for me to tell how it worked, but this was mainly because I’m a raging case of hormonal skin right now, and my face has been breaking out like crazy.   Overall, it was nice and refreshing and felt great on my skin, but my chin blemishes refused to budge.  It worked like a charm on my other blemishes though.

Get it: You can order Lauren Brooke Cosmetics over at Natural Joy Beauty has a really great variety of products, including natural body glitter!  I was really excited when I saw this because who doesn’t love sparkly things?

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clayEver since I’ve started the journey into living a “greener” life, I’ve come to the realization that we rely so much on commercial and processed products, if only for the convenience factor. And I’ve also come to realize that it’s so much easier and cost effective to make a lot of these beauty products at home. Look, I’m a total sucker for beauty products. I love my stuff, but after realizing how horrible most of this stuff was for me, I pitched/freecycled everything that I knew I would never use again. And you know what? I’ve gotten along without most of it just fine, for well over a year. But that doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t still make the attempt to take care of my skin. I don’t mess with it the way that I used to and I find that it looks better (when I’m not pregnant and the wind isn’t whipping my skin raw) than it did when I had a whole ritual of crap I put on it every night.

But there are certain measures you should take to at least do the bare minimum for your skin, to keep it healthy and youthful looking.

One of those things would be clay masks. I love a good clay mask. It makes my skin feel great for days afterward, and helps to draw impurities out of your skin that soap can’t. Clay has been used for eons as a beauty staple, because it’s so multi-purpose. It cleanses, purifies, exfoliates, and the list goes on. There are quite a few different types of clays out there and each one has a different property due to it’s mineral content.

You can go and buy a clay mask at your local drug store on the cheap, but of course, it’ll have a bevy of chemicals and preservatives so that it can sit on that shelf for as long as they’ll let it. Or you can buy one that’s greener and chemical free (ultimately more expensive), but for as often as you use it, will probably be more cost prohibitive, because it’ll have a shelf life. Or you can make one yourself for a fraction of the price, as needed and feel good knowing that it’s two ingredients.

Here’s a basic white clay mask that’s gentle enough for sensitive skin, and is safe enough to use every day:

  • 1 tablespoon of white clay
  • 1 teaspoon purified water

Combine in a bowl to form a paste and allow to thicken. Spread on your face with your hands and allow to sit for about 20 minutes and then rinse. You can also make this in larger quantities if desired for all over the body. It can be used as an exfoliate or cleanser.

One thing to keep in mind when purchasing dry clay is to make sure that it’s cosmetic grade clay. Regular clay contains very high traces of lead. So don’t go raiding your kids art cupboard. You can purchase cosmetic grade clays online, which are relatively inexpensive. I found a great site that has white clay for about $8 for 8 ounces, which should last awhile. The more you buy, the cheaper it is. They guarantee their product to be lead free.

I’m beginning to think that our ancestors got it right the first time.

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