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The Future of Natural SkinCare is Low-Waste and Supported by Science

BeautyNatalie Kay
naturalskincare

Au Natural Skinfood

Beauty is the smallest section of my blog because, to be honest, it’s difficult for me to find natural products I instantly fall in love with. I’ve had several samples sent to me over the years, and every once in a while I find something worth sharing and adding into my routine. Here is one of them! This skin care regimen is not only thorough, but it’s refillable, researched and all around ethical.

Reasons to Love Au Natural Skinfood 

Skinfood, rather than Skin’care’: Most skincare you find, today, acts more as a bandaid for skin issues. Au Natural works to improve the overall health of your skin by eliminating bacteria and strengthening the natural barrier. After Trinity BioActives Laboratories conducted cell research with the ingredients Active 16+ Manuka honey and pure bee venom, they found skin cell renewal increased by 80% compared to other natural skincare products. To see more of their research click here

Healthy, Ethical Ingredients: All the ingredients used in Au Natural products come from nature, and are ethically sourced in New Zealand. Besides the two ingredients mentioned above, Au Natural uses oils from the fruits of kiwi, avocado, grapes and many different berries. Read their entire list of ingredients here. It’s truly amazing what nature can do for our skin! 

Easy to Refill: This is such a high selling point for me because {like most of you} I am extremely tired of throwing out beauty bottles. They say we individually go through about 24 plastic bottles a year in our skincare routine - that’s 1,400 in a lifetime! Even if bottles are recyclable, there’s a high chance it won’t ever be recycled. When you need a refill of your Au Natural, they send it to in a biodegradable plant-based bag to help avoid sending more bottles to the landfill. How amazing is that?!

What I’m Using

Essentials Kit: I highly recommend starting with this because it’s a complete, yet easy, skincare regimen. It comes with their popular Remove Gentle Facial Cleanser, Prepare Brightening Lotion & Toner, AM Day Serum, PM Night Creme. My skin absolutely loves it all {but I have to say - I’m always a bit excited to put on the PM Creme because it smells so good - a great way to end the day!}.

Dr. Au Face Oil No.1 with Retinol: This beautiful, sparkly bottle of goodness is great for regeneration and the health of our skin cells. It absorbs easily into dry skin with no oil residue. I’m not super familiar with anti-aging oils, and this is the first one I’m trying… but I’m 30 this year, so it’s about time!

Dr. Au Superfruit Eye Serum: Such a nice, cooling sensation, this eye serum helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, puffiness and dark circles. I love putting this on first thing in the morning.

On-the-Go Mineral Powder: If you are looking for a light powder foundation with SPF, this is the one! It packs an SPF of 25 without clogging your pores. 

Where to Purchase

You can find Au Natural Skinfood’s entire collection online - here - & don’t forget to stay up-to-date with new products on Instagram


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Certified Organic, Vegan & Cruelty Free, This Skincare Line is Using Hemp to Make Our Skin Feel Great

BeautyNatalie Kay
organicskincare

Hempme

You may remember seeing Hempme’s Face Cream on my blog a few years back. I loved the fact the product could be marketed easily towards men and women, AND it was rather unique with its ingredients. It was the first product I have ever tried which used hemp seed oil - and it’s great! Plus… they come in biodegradable tubes and are now selling at Urban Outfitters in the US!

Reasons to Love Hempme

Hemp Seed Oil: There are so many benefits to this ingredient, I could write pages - but I’ll keep it simple. Hemp Seed Oil, also known as “the most balanced seed oil”, is rich in several antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and even plays as a low broadband spectrum UV protectant (SPF 6) while enabling you to get your Vitamin D from the sun. It is naturally antibacterial and antifungal, and doesn’t block your skin pores. Hemp Seed Oil also contains all 21 known amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. The coolest {& probably most unique} thing about this oil, is its optimum essential fatty acids ratio. Essential fatty acids are what help build healthy cells, and this is the only plant containing a perfect ratio for human health.

Other Beneficial Ingredients: Besides hemp oil seed, Hempme products are packed with several different ingredients to help nourish the skin - including; chamomile extract {anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic.}, aloe vera {improves blood flow and soothes the skin}, pomegranate extract {prevents moisture loss in skin cells}, jojoba oil {locks in moisture to protect from the elements}, kakadu plum oil {great source of vitamin c} and pink clay {helps reduce irritation and inflammation from irritating skin conditions}.

Easy on the Skin: Both the cream and cleanser are very light, and work on all different skin types - even dry and sensitive types! I really like the way my face feels after using the duo. Soft, refreshed & clean :D

What I’m Using

Certified Organic Face Cleanser: This is a new product for me, and I was surprised by its color the first time I used it! I guess it should have been obvious to me with the pink clay ingredient :P I love using this cleanser in the morning because it feels rather cool on the face making it a great, fresh start to the day. 

Certified Organic Face Cream: After using the cleanser, I go for the face cream. What I really enjoy about this product is how light it is on the skin. I don’t feel as if I’m caking my face on with cream, but it still feels very hydrating.

Where to Shop 

You can find Hempme products online - here - at Urban Outfitters! Don’t forget to stay up-to-date with everything Hempme on Instagram

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Because We Love Our Man’s Eyes, Too

Beauty, Brand FeaturesNatalie Kay
green beauty

we love eyes

Recently, I saw this great meme that touched on men’s and women’s beauty products. It basically said men could you use the same soap for everything, while women had a specific soap just for their elbow. I thought, ‘omg this is so true!’. Beauty brands spend much more time on formulating products for different parts of the woman’s body, but when it comes to men, they are given only a couple of options. The area around your eyes is extremely sensitive so the usual shower gels they use are not great for the face. I’m happy to see brands like We Love Eyes include the guys! 

 
 

What’s New at We Love Eyes

Tea Tree Eyelid Foaming Cleanser for Men: Much like the Foaming Cleanser for women, this refreshing daily eyelid wash helps invigorate dry and tired eyes. As always, it is vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, paraben-free and sulfate-free! Travis has a good amount of screen time in his life, and his eyes seem more sensitive than mine. This has been a great addition to his very small ‘beauty routine’. & he loves the scent, so that makes it even better! 

Where to Purchase 

You can shop We Love Eyes’ entire collection - here - and don’t forget to stay up-to-date with new product launches via Instagram

Want 10% off? Use code SUSTAINABLYCHIC for 10% off any of the beauty products :D

Now, go give your eye lids some lovin’ <3 

The Best Natural Way to Wake-Up & Rejuvenate Those Pretty Eyes

Beauty, Brand FeaturesNatalie Kay
naturalskincare

with Orenda Skincare's Illuminating Eye Concentrate

If you have been visiting this blog over the past couple years, I’m sure you’ve seen this brand pop up quite a few times. Orenda is by far one of my favorites in natural skin care, and I use at least one of their products every single day. This one in particular, the Illuminating Eye Concentrate, gets rave reviews - even from my own grandmother! It’s a product I put on first thing in the morning to give my eyes a pick-me-up - especially with this pregnancy & not being able to get my usual sleep - those tired eyes like to follow me relentlessly! Something that I’ve always loved about Orenda {besides their great products, of course} is their 100% Happiness Guarantee. They have this on all of their non-toxic, cruelty-free products so you can feel confident when trying them out for the first time! When I look back on my skin and its issues over the past decade, I always think about the area right under my eyes. It’s probably the most troublesome place for me, and it seems as if I need a myriad of things working together to make them brighter and less tired looking. This means - good sleep, health eating habits, less stress &  a great skin care formula. 


 

So... what’s inside this eye concentrate? 

The full list is as follows: 

    Organic Amaranth CO2 extract, Organic Grapeseed Oil, Organic Prickly Pear Seed Oil, Organic Green Coffee Bean Oil, Organic Cranberry Seed Oil, Organic Borage CO2 extract, Organic Camellia Seed Oil, Carrot Seed Essential Oil, Organic Geranium Essential Oil, Organic Helichrysum Essential Oil, Organic Rose Essential Oil

See? All natural - you can pronounce it - you don’t feel like you are saying toxic words. Yes! 

 

& what do all of these great organic ingredients do for your skin? 

Together they help hydrate the skin to give you a firmer, less puffy under the eye area. This concentrate formula also brightens the eye by diminishing dark circles, softens fine lines & crow's feet {which I've recently started noticing... that time, right?!} and reduces aging effects. 

As always, their products are free of chemicals, parabens, gluten, gmo, artificial ingredients and animal testing. They are even fit for those with sensitive skin! 

The roller ball makes for a smooth & easy application, and I really like the fact it isn't goopy. I’ve tried eye creams and serums in the past that left lots of residue and weight on my skin. This concentrate has a more chilled, energizing feel making it perfect to put on in the morning or after a shower {pairs great with the Vitamin C Wash then, as well!}. 


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Where to Purchase

You can find the Illuminating Eye Concentrate at Orenda’s online shop - here - along with there other amazing products - the Face Serum & Vitamin C Wash. You can even use code Sustainably25 through 4/28/18 for 25% of your entire purchase! Don’t forget, they always have their 100% Happiness Guarantee :D #confidentshopping


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Empowering Yourself Through Self-Care | Why a Good Skin Care Routine is Important for this Busy Gal

Beauty, Brand FeaturesNatalie Kay
green skincare

with

banyan tree essentials

In spirit of International Women’s Day, I felt it appropriate to share with you a bit of my current self-care routine since I’ve always believed in order to take care of others, you must first take care of yourself. I don’t know about you, but I notice a huge difference in my attitude and energy when I take a few extra moments to myself everyday. For me, those extra moments always entail a great skin-care routine. Being that skin is the largest organ of the body, I’m very careful with what I put on it. After all, it’s tough to have a productive day if you have those little annoyances of break outs, itches and overall discomfort. Clear skin has also given me confidence, and when you have meetings, photo shoots and a platform in front of thousands of people, it’s nice to not have any skin worries.  

Why I Love Banyan Tree

Skin Care that Works: To say I’m impressed is an understatement - I’m actually genuinely obsessed. Their Day Cream & Night Cream I added into my routine a few weeks ago, and my skin has shown noticeable improvement. Not that I had a ton of concern to begin with because I try to take good care of my skin inside-out, but usual little blemishes I had have come to a halt. Most importantly though, my skin is softer than it has ever been before. I owe it all to these creams! 

The Scents: I have yet to use a Banyan Tree product that doesn’t take me mentally from home to spa in an instant. From their essential oil sets to their Jasmine skin care line, each product has an incredible scent. 

Economic Opportunity: With each amazing scent comes a story. Banyan Tree works with artisan communities around the world to create their products. In their Pride of Craft book, you can learn more about the makers behind the collections. 

Commitment to Sustainability & Health: Banyan Tree products are cruelty-free, free of parabens and are made with responsibly-sourced materials.


 My Daily Routine with Banyan Tree

Mid-Morning Routine

1. Thai Chamanard Shower Gel: I’m a morning shower person, and I like waking my skin up to great scents and lots of moisturizer. This shower gel is great for gentle removing of built-up dirt and oils, and the Vitamin B5 helps relieve your skin of inflammation while stimulating cell regeneration. A great whole body pick me up for your morning! 

2. Thai Chamanard Body Lotion: Another product to jump start my day is this lotion - especially with being pregnant, I am constantly moisturizing. The body lotion works much like their day cream {which I'm excited to get to next} in that the hyaluronic acid restores your body’s natural compounds to help treat and prevent fine lines and wrinkles. The cogon grass root extract is a wonderful source of potassium, as well.

3. Jasmine Rice Day Cream: Like I mentioned before, their creams are worth every penny. I highly recommend you add them into your own self-care routine. The ingredients jasmine rice ferment filtrate and acacia gum work together to tighten skin and increase resilience to wrinkles. I put this on every day before my makeup, and my skin feels instantly softer. 

End-of-Day Routine

1. Jasmine Rice Facial Foaming Wash: Time to wash that long day off your face, and I can totally see how this foaming wash won a Harper’s Bazaar Beauty Award for Best Brightening Cleanser. By using this every night, your skin will become brighter and softer each day because of the combination of jasmine rice germane filtrate {slows down signs of aging} & sodium PCA {moisturizes skin from within}. 

2. Jasmine Rice Facial Toner: After using the foaming wash, this toner helps trap in all the moisture and stimulates new cell growth. It’s been years since I’ve used a toner, and I’ve been missing out! 

3. Jasmine Rice Night Cream: Right before I go to bed, I finish the day off with this amazing night cream. And like what I said about the day cream, I think everyone needs to add this into their routine ASAP. It’s a cream I’ve recommended to my family and friends because it has been difficult for me in the past to find one I’ve been 100% set on. This is a winner! 

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Where to Purchase

You can find this entire collection in their online shop - here - & don't forget to enter the Giveaway I have hosted on Instagram from 3/8-3/13!


Sustainably Supported by Banyan Tree Essentials. As always, all views are genuine & products are truly loved! Help support the brands who support Sustainably Chic, so I can continue to bring you the best in sustainable fashion, beauty & lifestyle :) Thanks, everyone! #sponsored