SMALL BATCH NATURAL SKIN SALVES

Most people want a light moisturizer in the summer, but for me, a skin salve does the trick when a lotion just doesn’t cut it. With beach days, the salty ocean dries out my skin, and moisturizing keeps my sun-kissed skin lasting longer.  Also, salves are great for concentrated moisture in areas that need it more.  Knees, cuticles, elbows and feet get drier quicker and rubbing in a skin salve is an instant soother.  Plus for all those that suffer from eczema, a thicker, natural balm moisturizes without any of the added skin irritants that many commercially made products contain.  These all-natural varieties are safe, effective, and smell amazing.  I’ve rounded up my favorite ones from locally-sourced, small batch companies around the country.  Now get salving!

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KP Lotion Bar – This handy palm-sized tin holds a solid lotion bar that when warmed in your hands, melts into your skin. I love the way it moisturizes my skin and hair without leaving me greasy or sticky. They make a range of scents (including no scent), but my personal favorite is peppermint.  The aromatic properties are soothing and healing.

website_SS_1_largeOne Love Organics Skin Savior – A true multi-tasker that can be used on the face and body.  All of One Love’s products are manufactured in 1 of 10 ECOCERT® licensed manufacturing facilities in the country for natural and organic cosmetics.

earth-tu-face-skin-stick-face-lips-body-560x560Earth Tu Face Skin Stick – This handy little stick (that comes in a 100% compostable tube) offers moisture for the whole body and contains Geranium, which naturally prevents and fades scars.

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PK Sonoma Luxurious Skin Moisturizer in Absolute Rose – I stumbled upon the PK Sonoma store on a recent trip up north. I fell in love with their all-natural sprays, oils and balms.  Their website is limited but if you can’t get to Sonoma (a perfectly good reason for a trip to wine country, right?), pick up one of these wonderfully rose-scented balms that moisturizes and treats dry skin.

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Meow Meow Tweet Repair Balm – Could their packaging be any cuter?  Their vegan and plant-sourced ingredients deliver soft, crack free skin from head to toe.  Also try their Relief Balm: a chest rub for congestion, muscle rub, as well as a bug bite soother.

 

MONTHLY OBSESSION

I’m an avid face washer.  I never go to bed without washing “the day” off and I wash it again first thing in the morning to help wake me up.  But I do love a good face wipe.  In the summer after spending the day at the beach, I want to take all the sunscreen and salt off my skin without having to jump in the shower.  I don’t however, like the tight, dry, or sticky residue that a wipe can leave behind.  Olivella Cleansing Tissues come in a handy resealable pouch and take everything off, leaving your skin soft and residue free.  Happy beaching.  l0ptt3mp_201305151940011767

BEST BRUSH SETS

Makeup brushes can get really expensive and if you don’t know where to start, a brush set can be your best bet.  You get a collection of commonly used brushes that, when bought together, saves you a little dough.  There are a wide range of brushes on the market, from cheap to wildly expensive.  And while it’s not necessary to spend a whole month’s paycheck on brushes, some of the nicer ones tend to last a little longer (as long as you take care of them!) due to their construction.  Below I’ve rounded up some of my favorite brush sets that have a nice selection of basics but won’t break the bank! And for tips on how to wash your brushes, click here.

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Antonym Cosmetics Travel Set
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Best of Sigma Brush Set

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Beautycounter Cosmetics Brush Collection

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Louise Young Cosmetics Brush Set

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Sephora Collection Prestige Luxe Brush Set

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Charlotte Tilbury Color Brush Set