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Summer Worship: Slow Beauty Rituals To Help You Relish The Golden Days of Summer

Be mindful to stop and face the sun.Take a lover that you can dance with arm in arm.Run to feel the rain on your skin,let it dissolve like a blissful sin.Float on the salty sea of calm,shed winter’s dead skin,then heal it with nature’s balm. Summer ceremonies wake up the spirit, and allow it to run free until the sleepiness of autumn. This is your time to bathe in the sea, under the sun, and in the wilderness of the forest – then come home to a soothing self-care ritual. Play with your six senses by incorporating scent therapy, hydrotherapy, dry brushing, and massage into your every day routine. With the right tools in hand, smooth summer skin, and a relaxed mind, is never out of reach. 3rd Ritual SUN Body Gel SUN is an ironic name for this product, because it makes us feel cool in all the best ways. We made it an essential part of our apothecary tool kit, bringing it with us on road and plane trips. The tingling sensation and …

How The Well: Free Ways To Practice Self-Care Without Having To Buy One Product

Wellness and spas might seem like a luxury, but in fact, they are a necessity. Spas and wellness have become part of a billion dollar industry, and while that means more people we are willing to pay for self-care and healing, it also means that those who cannot afford it get left behind. With new and innovative brands and treatments on the horizon the next frontier of wellness might become even more expensive and inaccessible. Wellness and spas might seem like a luxury, but in fact, they are a necessity. This is especially true when you, or someone you love, suffers with an “invisible illness”, and could use extra self-care. An invisible illness is a label that explains what it feels like living with a chronic illness that often does not exhibit obvious physical symptoms to those around us. Major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, arthritis, fibromyalgia, lupus and Crohn’s disease are just a few examples of illnesses that are painful but not always visible. Invisible diseases are not invisible to those who lives with …

Earth Day 2022: Love Your Mother By Cleaning Up Your Act With Brands That Care

The beauty industry is a big contributor to pollution. Every year beauty companies produces 120 billion units of packaging globally, and according to the CEO of Prose, 20 and 40 percent of beauty products (depending on the category) end up being thrown out. Compare the Market Australia gathered the data on the world’s biggest plastic offender. China has the first spot with over 169 million plastic waste produced every day, followed closely by the U.S (109.96m) and the third spot goes to Germany (40.31m). The US Environmental Protection Agency reported that less than 10% of plastic gets recycled and the average person consumes 40 pounds of plastic in their lifetime. Needless to say plastics is a big problem. The solution? As a consumer you can only do so much but you do have buying power. Choose personalized skincare that you know is effective and you use to the last drop. Another great option is shopping at zero waste businesses, and learning to get in the habit of refilling your products. Always read up on brand philosophy and …

Refresh Your Makeup Look For Spring With This Season’s Hottest Trends and Brands

Matte has had its moment but the buzz in beauty right now is sparkle and polish. From neon colors to creamy textures, this spring is going to get colorful. Get a fresh new look with current launches and old favorites. Spring is the perfect season to take inventory of your makeup bag and throw out what expired. Here is a list of clean makeup products we are coveting right now. Freck Beauty CHEEKSLIME There is no bolder beauty brand than Freck Beauty. They brought us the first faux freckles on the market, and continue to impress their loyal customers with new and fool-proof formulas. This Lip & Cheek Tint is infused with liquid plant collagen and comes in five iconic colors. Fever Dreams calls out our name! Express yourself by applying the tint to your cheeks, the bridge of your nose and lips. The brand philosophy is to encourage experimentation with makeup. How fun! Saie Really Great Gloss Saie is on everyone’s lips. This stylish brand is known for their high-performance formulas and earth-minded production. While …

FāTH Is a Meditative Skincare Line That Will Have You Glowing: Conversation With Founder, Faith Appleton

Feel nature on your skin! Let’s face it – we all have a lot on our plate lately. Thinking about what might be lurking in your skincare products should not be on your to-do list. Taking a deep dive into the infinite market of botanical and clean skincare we continue to emerge with new favorites. If you asked me to name all the skincare brands I love, I would name FāTH high up on the list. FaTH is an example of a brand that thrives on transparency every step of the way. Their small batch, soil-to-skin process, beautiful packaging, and mindful range of products help insert romance into our every day lives. For far too long beauty and personal hygiene brands remained a mystery. Today consumers pay a lot more attention to brand philosophy, transparency, ingredient sources and carbon footprint. Not only that, we have all learned to pay closer attention to the back of the bottle. I applaud FaTH for using EU quality standards, and for making my skincare routine a lot less stressful. …

Black History Month: Talented Beauty Icons Everyone Should Know About

Much has changed since these inspiring women of color launched their careers. For instance, models used to be the “It Girls” of the fashion industry. Then came a flock of celebrities. They were the ones who sat in the front row and appeared on the covers of magazines. While that is still true today, bloggers and influencers leveled the playing field with careers of their own. No one knows for certain what the future holds, we do know that if it was not for these trailblazers, our world would look a lot more bland. Besides the fashion industry, women of color have contributed to many different aspects of the American and even European culture. Here is our list of women that everyone needs to know, pin to their mood boards, and admire. Naomi Sims is credited with being the first African-American supermodel and the first to sign with Wilhelmina Models. She was successful with many firsts, including being the first black model on the cover of Ladies’ Home Journal and TIME Magazine. It was a …

Beauty Files: Skincare Finds We Tried and Loved!

A Love Letter From Nature to Your Skin! When you find a special product, it deserves praise! We look to cultivate a routine that is natural, environmentally friendly, and effective. Our passion for skincare is deep. Whatever touches our skin has to make us feel like we just won the lottery. We tested, loved and deemed these products as one of the best in their category. They are worth your hard earned money. Visiting the Catskills we stumbled upon Nest, a Livingston Manor shop selling furniture, eclectic accessories, spiritual tools, clothing and more. As any beauty editor would, we gravitated towards the skincare. This beautiful shop helped us find one of our favorite facial oils from Dear Botanics. Dear Botanics Rose Glow Face Serum Quench and regenerate thirsty winter skin with one of the most potent ingredients – rose. The serum’s heavenly scent comes from a powerful mix of oils: organic golden jojoba, organic virgin rose hip seed oil, organic virgin seabuckthorn fruit oil, damask rose essential oil and organic rose geranium essential oil. This …

Beauty Discovery: Skincare Finds We Tried & Love Right Now

When shopping for skincare, the options are plentiful. At times it can feel like the market is overflowing with brands. Beauty discovery should not be complicated, which is why we test (someone has to do it), love and recommend brands for their effectiveness, toxic-free ingredients, transparency and innovation. Whether they are indie, luxury, spa, a household name or just starting out, we enjoy exploring the alluring world of skincare. Here is what we found this Autumn! Retinol Beginner VERSED Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum Retinol products can be tricky. Our advice – start with a gentle formula, apply retinol at night and use sunscreen during the day. If you happen to be a first time retinol user or have sensitive skin, this Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum is for you. We love a good retinol product, and VERSED passed our sensitivity test. It is gentle, yet effective, without being harsh on your skin. Best of all, it is affordable. They even added antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, which means you get the glow but not the redness. Sleep …

Powerful Mushroom Supplements, Tinctures and Skincare To Try Right Now

Foraging for mushrooms is not exactly art – it is a cultural pastime and a culinary adventure. In most Central and Eastern European countries, foraging was not only a skill pased down by our caregivers, it was at times a necessity. When I close my eyes I can still remember the earthy scent of drying mushrooms in our attic. The precious trophies were sliced and laid out on newspapers in the hottest and driest place in the house. It was a bounty any forager would be proud of and a promise of warm winter soups and a special cabbage dish for Christmas dinner. Among europeans mushroom picking can get quite competitive, and you never reveal the locations of your finds. Certain fungi typically grow in the same spot where you found them the year before. Immigrants brought this hobby with them to the US and never gave it up. Every fall my father still seeks out mushrooms and promptly makes a soup unlike any you will find at a fine restaurant. Foraging in the US …

Celebrating National Lipstick Day: Cheer Up Your Lips With These Brands

The ritual of humans coloring their lips has been around for thousands of years. Lip colors, their source, and the vessels they came in have changed throughout the years – thankfully in 2021 we have the option of transparency on ingredients and even design. Considering we ingest some of the lip color throughout the day, that is a very good thing. Lipstick is not going anyplace, in fact it the one stable product which sells no matter the economy. Even if you love lipstick due to mask wearing we have had to do without. Let’s change that today and put on a bright color to cheer up your day. Here Are Our All Time Favorite Clean Brands For Lipsticks That Stick Out In the Crowd. La Bouche Rouge Refillable Lipstick, Elsa Hosk x La bouche rouge collection Aveda Feed My Lips Collection of lipsticks, pencils and liquid color balms W3LL PEOPLE Optimist Lipstick, Brave Kjaer Weis Lipstick Glossier Ultra Lip hydrating shine + color Kosas Weightless Lipstick Rituel de Fille Devil’s Claw, Bright Red rms beauty …

How To Cool Off This Summer: Take a Cold Plunge In Style And Beat The Heat

It’s a heat wave! No matter how you choose to celebrate the longer hours of summer, do it with the right tools in hand. Presenting ways to stay cool and safe this summer. At-Home Cold Plunge Don’t have access to a pool? On a particular hot day, cool down with a cold bath. Yes, a cold bath is a real way to bring the temperature down, improve circulation, relieve depression, and improve deep breathing. If you are afraid to take the plunge, cold showers are a great way to help you ease into a cold bath. When it’s truly hot and humid, you likely won’t mind getting in. Limit your time until you cool down, physically and mentally. The trick to tolerating a cold shower or bath is to take deep breaths, with slow exhales. If that still seems like too much for you, try the contrast shower. First shower as normal, then at the end switch between cool and warm, 20 seconds each. End your shower with cool. This therapeutic shower will improve your …

10 Best Natural & Organic Sunscreens for Healthy Summer 2021

Today’s sunscreen is not your grandmother’s sunscreen, which likely meant not using any. When I first started writing about natural and organic products the options for better sunscreen were limited. Then brands like COOLA came along. Those in-the-know already used organic and natural brands, but you had seek them out in stores that carried green beauty. Today we have many options to choose from, and I hope you choose well. Our tip to understanding skincare is learning to read labels and knowing what ingredients have all the benefits you look for. In the US the word natural has no concrete definition but when it comes to sunscreens the good news is that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has updated its definition of what is deemed safe and effective sun protection. Elizabeth Mullans, M.D., Board-Certified Dermatologist at Uptown Dermatology provides helpful summer skincare tips for all skin types. The sun’s peak UV hours are between 10am to 4pm, so make sure to avoid extended time in the sun during this window. If you find yourself out …