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Celebrate Earth Day With 3 Organic Skincare Brands


Protecting the earth goes beyond planting trees and turning off the lights for a few hours — it’s a way of conscious and responsible living that extends even to your skincare products. So in the spirit of Earth Day, here are three organic skincare brands that will keep your skin and the planet healthier.


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1) Trilogy Skincare
Trilogy is a brand that combines the ancient knowledge of plant oils and incorporates it into the modern day skincare products. Their revolutionary Makeup Be Gone makeup remover practically melts your makeup, dissolves impurities, and leaves your skin clean and silky-smooth.
Another amazing product by Trilogy is the Gentle Exfoliant, which is perfect for removing blemishes, sun damage, and irritations on your skin.
©Derma e Natural Skincare

©Derma e Natural Skincare

2) Derma E
This is an amazing brand that combines vitamins (mostly vitamin E) and other nutrients to give you healthy skincare products that rejuvenate, hydrate, and nurture your skin.
Check out their Ultimate Bestseller Set; for a very affordable price you get their Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic Cleanser, Microdermabrasion Scrub, Deep Wrinkle Peptide Serum, Hydrating Day Crème with Hyaluronic Acid, Firming DMAE Moisturizer, and Evenly Radiant® Dark Circle Eye Crème.
©Kimberly Parry Organics

©Kimberly Parry Organics

3) Kimberly Perry
Kimberly Perry takes pride in creating all-natural skin products that exploit the healing powers of botanicals. Their products combine “healing traditions and herbal wisdom of the Native American, European, Asian and African traditions, along with modern scientific understanding of the skin and principles of anti-aging.” All of their products are USDA certified.
Use their Creamy Cleanser for clean and balanced skin, and apply Hydrating Facial Balm to moisturize, revitalize, and soothe any inflammation or irritation on your skin.
Let’s celebrate Earth Day by appreciating the natural things this planet has to offer. Tell us what your favorite organic skincare brands are!
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5 Small Beauty Brands You’ll Love


You know that when it comes to seeking out the latest in the ever-evolving beauty world, I am all about it. However, between the newest goodies that make their daily debuts on social media networks and the products flashing ‘New’ labels every time I enter a store, it can be quite the mission. So, instead of sharing the current “hottest” products, which can easily change within a week, I’m introducing beauty brands—five small New York companies, to be exact, that create products that pack a punch. Leave the stress of needing to keep up with every must-have beauty product out there and reign it in with a small business, one that not only produces high-quality goods that are made with tons of love, but one that provides so much goodness in each package that you’re sure to add them to the top of your holy grail list. Spread the love; share and shop these 5 small beauty brands you’ll love.
Natural E
Created by Elaine, who was born and raised in Manhattan, NY, Natural E brings you au naturale goodness right from the big city. Inspired by the raw nature found in the countryside when she was a child, Elaine wanted to bring the natural components she found there into her products. After educating herself on holistic medicine, as well as working with its practitioners, Elaine began her own journey in creating the Natural E Bath and Beauty collection. Made from pure, herbal ingredients without any artificial fragrances or parabens, Elaine brings forth products that will relax and enhance her customer’s body, mind, and spirit. Shop Natural E via its Etsy shop: etsy.com/shop/naturale.

Mullein & Sparrow
Founded by Anit Hora, who was born in India and raised in New York City, Mullein & Sparrow formed from Hora’s personal journey. Hora grew up following the ancient Indian system of traditional medicine, Ayurveda. Her belief in the positive elements of plant-based healing was solidified during a backpacking trip around South America—a path that led her to connecting with the world in a natural way again. Once she returned to New York, Hora sought out knowledge of apothecary, herbalism, yoga, and skincare, which led her to not only become a successful holistic herbalist and esthetician, but allowed her to bring her own apothecary line of Mullein & Sparrow to life in Brooklyn, New York. Her line provides products that nourish with holistic, cruelty-free, vegan, and authentic ingredients to everyone who indulges in them. Visit mulleinandsparrow.com and check out their social media networks via @mulleinandsparrow.

RAAW in a jar
When Trice Christiansen moved to New York, she lived a healthy, organic style in all aspects of her life—well, except beauty. She realized that the beauty products she used on a daily basis from high-end brands she trusted were not giving her body the gentle care and love it needed. After a troublesome reaction from a beauty product she loved, she swore off from using/buying any merchandise that had ingredients she did not recognize. With that, she started to study herbal medicine from traditional Chinese and Western cultures, and she then began to create products that not only were made from raw ingredients, but had healing properties as well. Christiansen’s first product, “Miracle Oil,” successfully treated her eczema, and from then on, RAAW became what it is today. RAAW in a jar offers 100% natural, cruelty-free, certified-organic, and non-toxic goods for your body to soak up, helping you create a clean lifestyle, inside and out without any chemicals, unnatural preservatives, etc. Shop RAAW in a jar at raawinajar.com and stay connected on their social media via @raawinajar.

MAKE brings forth not only paraben-free and cruelty-free beauty products from New York City, but a message to its customers that there are no rules to beauty. It’s all about coloring outside the lines with MAKE products and doing whatever your heart desires—whether that’s glittery eyes all year round or a bright, colorful lip any time of the day. When using MAKE, it’s all about being true to you, trying something different every now and then, and making a life you aren’t afraid to live. Each beauty product from MAKE has rich formulations that include a versatile range of shades, finishes, and textures that make any look possible. Ten percent of sales from this wonderful company is donated to the We See Beauty Foundation—a foundation that supports women-led and worker-owned cooperative companies around the Americas. Purchase beauty products from MAKE that won’t only allow you to create whatever you want, but help companies flourish as well, at makebeauty.com. Stay in touch with them on Twitter @makebeauty and Instagram @makebeautyofficial.

LURK brings fragrances into the air from essential oils to create luxury perfumes that smell simply divine. The oils used are 100% natural with no synthetics, additives, fixatives, compounds, GMOs, parabens, or phthalates. Each one-of-a-kind scent is developed from hard work, dedication, and the want to make eco-friendly and sustainable products that are kind to the world around it. Douse yourself with something that not only looks and smells good, but is made to be good. Visit lurkmade.com and stay up to date on the latest creations from LURK as well via their social media at @lurkbeauty.

Photographs courtesy of etsy.com/naturale, mulleinandsparrow.com, raawinajar.com, makebeauty.com, and lurkmade.com.
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Gwyneth Paltrow’s New Makeup Line with Juice Beauty


We predict that 2016 will be a year of natural makeup looks and natural beauty products; after all, this year’s Chinese Zodiac sign is the monkey, which signifies intelligence in career and wealth. Within the past year, the beauty industry has created more and more eco- and animal-friendly products (think Kat Von D’s vegan beauty line revamp), and now, Creative Director Gwyneth Paltrow’s new makeup line with Juice Beauty is a brand that’s unafraid and looking to change the beauty game for the better.
It’s no lie that the beauty industry has a bad rep for diluting their products by adding water or using petroleum, which have potentially harmful chemicals. Juice Beauty’s motto? “We go beyond ‘natural,’ ‘transparent,’ and ‘conventional’ … all the way to certified organic ingredients.”  Some of these Ingredients are an organic botanical juice base instead of water and nutrients from antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables rather than chemicals in their skincare, haircare, and makeup. These products are created without using fillers such as parabens, pesticides, sulfates, or silicones, which are just some of the many chemicals used in the industry.
Clean Beauty Challenge Juice Beauty #GoCleanIn2016
To kick off the New Year, Juice Beauty has started the Clean Beauty Challenge, or #GoCleanIn2016. The challenge asks you to check out products at home that might have harmful chemicals and encourages you to check out Juice Beauty’s website. Some of their best-sellers include: STEM CELLULAR CC Cream ($39), GREEN APPLE Peel Full Strength ($45), Antioxidant Serum ($45), STEM CELLULAR Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer ($65), and Cleansing Milk ($22). If you sign up for their newsletter today, you receive 15% off your first purchase.
Juice Beauty is not only encouraging you to educate yourself about their brand, but to think about the healthiness and happiness of yourself and the planet. Take time to do the research because it’s worth it in the end. You’ll be thanking yourself later for the safer, healthier products, for your money well spent, and more importantly, for saving the planet. Cheers to a clean 2016!
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Love For LUSH


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LUSH Floor Manager Dennis Vazquez

Entering the LUSH Cosmetics store in Garden State Plaza automatically lifts my spirit and senses. From the sweet, magnificent smells to their luxurious products, I feel energized just by walking in the store. This time, I had the wonderful pleasure of interviewing one of the floor managers named Dennis Vazquez, who instantly greeted me with a radiant smile and a welcoming hug. It wasn’t long before we discovered our love for beauty and art, something that LUSH blends skillfully and effortlessly. Vazquez’s passion for his job was evident in his eyes, and his heart shone through with his enthusiasm. So here, my friends, are more reasons to fall in love with LUSH.
If you’re wondering where the dream began, it started with hair. “The haircare section is a big portion of our business,” said Vazquez. One of the co-founders of LUSH, Mark Constantine, studied the hair and scalp otherwise known as trichology. Vazquez explained that through Constantine’s apprenticeship, “he was using products on his client’s hair that wasn’t giving them good results.” Therefore, Constantine decided to make his own fresh, handmade products, but this wasn’t the beginning of LUSH just yet. “A catalog order company was formed called Cosmetics to Go,” said Vazquez, “but it failed at first because it was sending out products to people’s homes. Since they were personalizing the packaging for each of their customers, the company was losing a euro for everything that they were sending out.” After the failure of Cosmetics to Go, Constantine decided to give LUSH a try and it has been a worldwide success ever since.

Prairie Organic Spirits


It’s that time of the year again, and what’s a party without some festive holiday beverages? Allow me to introduce you to Prairie Organic Spirits, a certified organic spirits company whose beverages are made from organically-grown corn on prairie farms in the Midwest. What makes Prairie Spirits special is that the corn is grown by three family farms in Minnesota: John Sather and his family own Sather Organic Farms; Marvin Boike, his son, and his son-in-law own Little Big Man Organic Farms; and Jonathan and Carolyn Olson own Olson Organics.

I received a bottle of Prairie Organic Gin, Prairie Organic Vodka, and Prairie Organic Cucumber-flavored Vodka. I’m not much of a hard alcohol drinker, so I really like how smooth all of the drinks tasted. The Prairie Organic Cucumber-flavored Vodka was my favorite because I liked the refreshing and crisp taste of the cucumber. I made it into a festive cranberry mojito and thought it went well with the fresh cranberries and mint leaves. I used the Prairie Organic Vodka for a classic screwdriver and the Prairie Organic Gin for a gin and tonic. Prairie Organic Spirits make a great gift this holiday season, and if anyone asks what the company is about, just tell them that their name says it all. To learn more, check out prairievodka.com. And remember: drink responsibly!

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Reset Yourself Beauty


“All natural” is the new black. Everywhere you look, companies are altering the ingredients of their products to fit the organic mold. Whether it’s food, health or beauty, everyone is looking for natural products to help them look and feel their best. Founders at Reset Yourself Beauty are no exception to the rule.
They’ve concocted a laundry list of unique and pure products that help accentuate your “beauty from within.”
Recent studies show that the aluminum found in most brand-name deodorants is linked to cancer. WebMD explains that these chemicals in antiperspirants are not only absorbed into the skin, but they also prevent harmful toxins from exiting the body. With this is mind, consumers are turning towards aluminum-free products. Personally, I haven’t had any luck finding one that I actually liked. That is, until I tried Reset Yourself’s non-toxic pure deodorant. It’s a safe-formula that contains no aluminum, parabens or phthalates. On a much simpler note, it smells incredible. The coco-pineapple fragrance is fresh, beautiful and most importantly, long lasting. I’ve been using clinical strength deodorant varieties for years, and they truly don’t last as long as this deodorant does—both in wear and supply. What’s interesting is that it’s not formulated as an antiperspirant. On the contrary, it is designed to not clog pores the way common deodorants do. After using it for several weeks, I can attest to the fact that its label does not falsely advertise; it’ll leave you with “peace of mind, even on a hot or hectic day.” I can’t imagine going back to another brand after trying one that’s both natural and gets the job done.
Another fabulous Reset Yourself product is the Pure Vit C serum, which is 30 mL of all natural goodness! After just a few days of regular use, I noticed some lightening on hyperpigmented areas of my face as well as an overall brightness to my skin that definitely wasn’t there before. Truthfully, I was a little skeptical about using an oil-like formula on my skin since it tends to be oily as it is, but the texture is incredibly light and gets absorbed quicker than I expected it to. Because it’s free of parabens, petro chemicals and artificial fragrances, I feel even more comfortable using the product on a daily basis. I know I’m being protected from the harsh damage to my skin that naturally comes with the environment—not to mention makeup. The vitamin C concentrate is meant to stimulate collagen production and improve the skin’s elasticity with its antioxidants. While I can’t be sure of what’s going on underneath my skin, I can put my faith in the fact that my skin looks and feels a million times better. Reset Yourself Beauty products are not animal tested and are gluten free. Add that to the growing list of reasons why their brand is so desirable. Their products are truly natural and they produce results. What more could a girl (or guy) ask for?
To check out more of Reset Yourself’s products, check out their website.
Photos and feature image courtesy of Reset Yourself

Philosophy Wine Review


Natural and healthy products are the latest trends in social media. From instagramming our healthy meals and snacks to posting workout videos and results, this fad has positive results for its large following. To build on this, eco-friendly lifestyle expert Danny Seo joined forces with Votto Vines Importing to create his organic line of Danny Seo Philosophy Wines. We were very excited to try Seo’s line, so check out what we had to say in this Philosophy Wine Review! 

Seo, who is also the Editor-in-Chief of his own magazine, Naturally, Danny Seo, clearly has an eye for “going green” with his 2012 Sauvignon Blanc and 2011 Zinfandel from organic vineyards in Mendocino County. We received samples of both wines and not only did we feel better about drinking organic wine since the word triggers the connotation of healthy, we also enjoyed the refreshing taste and how well they paired with our meals. The hints of fruit in the crisp Sauvignon Blanc went well with grilled salmon and broccoli, while the complex Zinfandel complimented the pepperoni and mushroom pizza.

Philosophy Wines obviously have their own philosophy—“Great wine comes from organic grapes.” Try a bottle of Philosophy, or gift one to a friend! A bottle of Philosophy Wine retails at $19.99. To learn more about Philosophy Wine, go to Philosophywine.com.

How To Grow An Organic Garden


You have a busy life and the thought of adding another hobby to your ‘to-do’ list is not an appealing one but we bet that the thought of growing your own healthy, tasty and nutrient-filled food is a lot more appetizing.  Learning how to grow an Organic Garden can be extremely simple and gratifying if you know how to get started.

With only a little work, creating your own organic garden can become a lifestyle choice which could benefit you for years to come.  It’s also a way to involve partners and children, knowing that you have seen the journey from laying a few seeds to the food on their table. In case you need to take out a tree or a tree stump to make way for your garden, consider consulting https://www.thelocaltreeexpert.com/ne/lincoln/ as they are tree experts. 

Take a look at this incredible infographic from Agrarian Organics to find out how to get started with your organic garden.

How To Grow An Organic Garden

Organic Beauty by Maijan


There’s no denying our obsession with all-natural organic foods, so it’s no surprise to see au naturale products hit the beauty scene. Who do we have our eye on when it comes to organic beauty? This season it has to be Maijan Beauty Products. They recently released a line of facial steams that include the most pure and luxurious organic ingredients we have seen thus far. The Maijan Nourish Facial Steam ($24), for example, gives your face a much-needed surge of steaming moisture, featuring organic rose petals, peppermint, and rosemary leaves. The Radiance Herbal Facial Steam ($24) is perfect if you’re looking for a natural boost in radiance, not to mention  it’s infused with organic chamomile, lemongrass, lavender, and rosemary. Count on this steamer to gently remove toxins and impurities for improved skin vitality. Our personal favorite would have to be the Clarify Healing Herbal Facial Steam ($24). This blissful blend of lemongrass, eucalyptus, and rosemary oil is ideal for more sensitive, acne-prone skin. Any of these facial steamers can be used once weekly or every two weeks for a refreshing boost of moisture and radiance. The heavenly spring-inspired scents make them our go-to pick-me-up after a long, stressful week. The best part? Since all of the ingredients are 100% organic, they are naturally astringent, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial, which ensures a gentle and effective line of skincare products. You’ll be happy to hear that Maijan Beauty Products aren’t only for your skin. Their new Argan Oil & Mint Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner ($22 each) are infused with omega-6, antioxidants, and vitamin E, providing a surge of moisture for even the most dull and damaged dry hair. The shampoo and conditioner not only feature argan oil, but also aloe leaf juice, and grape seed, apricot kernel, and peppermint oils. When mixed with a steaming shower, the scents offer up the most relaxing, aromatic experience we’ve had in a while. Like their skincare products, Maijan’s shampoo and conditioner are paraben and sulfate- free. They are also safe for chemically processed hair, 100% vegan, and never tested on animals. We can’t resist the natural shine the shampoo and conditioner leaves without all of those yucky chemicals that other hair care products leave behind. We also loved adding it to our weekly Sunday detox routine, along with the invigorating facial steams. Thanks to Maijan’s rejuvenating hair and beauty products, we’re feeling refreshed and ready to the face another rigorous work week. Well, almost. BY ELIZABETH MASCI
Products available at StyleBell.com. For more information on Maijan, visit Maijan.com.
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Images courtesy of Maijan. 

Tea Ingredients for Your Skin?


Maijan Facial Steam

There’s nothing like a cup of piping hot tea to get you relaxed, but what can tea ingredients do for your skin? Well, ask the makers of Maijan Beauty Products. They’ve recently released a line of facial steams that include many of the same organic ingredients you can find in your favorite teas. The Maijan Nourish Facial Steam ($24.00) gives your face a much needed surge of steaming moisture, featuring organic rose petals, as well as peppermint and rosemary leaves. The Radiance Herbal Facial Steam ($24.00) is perfect if you’re looking for a natural boost in radiance, with organic chamomile, lemongrass, lavender, and rosemary. Count on this steamer to gently remove toxins and impurities for improved skin vitality. My personal favorite would have to be the Clarify Healing Herbal Facial Steam ($24.00). This blissful blend of lemongrass, eucalyptus, and rosemary oil are ideal for more sensitive, acne-prone skin. Any of these facial steamers can be used once weekly or every two weeks for a refreshing boost of moisture and radiance. The best part? Since all of the ingredients are 100% organic, they are naturally astringent, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial, which ensures a gentle and effective line of skincare products.

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Maijan products aren’t only for your skin. Their new Argan Oil & Mint Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner ($22.00 each) are infused with omega-6, antioxidants, and vitamin E, providing a surge of moisture for even the most dull and damaged dry hair. The shampoo and conditioner not only feature argon oil, but also peppermint oil, aloe leaf juice, grape seed oil, and apricot kernel oil. Like the skincare products, they are paraben and sulfate-free. The shampoo and conditioner are also safe for chemically processed hair, 100% vegan, and never tested on animals. Our favorite part about the Maijan Argan Oil Shampoo and Condition? We love the natural shine it leaves, without all of those yucky chemicals that other hair care products leave behind. We loved adding the shampoo and conditioner, as well as the facial steams, to our weekly Sunday detox/pick-me-up routine. Thanks to Maijan’s rejuvenating hair and beauty products, we’re feeling refreshed and ready to the face another rigorous work week. Well, almost. You can purchase your favorite Maijan Beauty Products on StyleBell.com. For more information on Maijan, please visit Maijan.com
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