Favorite Beauty products

Although I no longer work as a make up artist (I do take the occasional makeup job from time to time) I still take my beauty routine very seriously. I love testing out new products and revamping my collection.

*In my attempts to remove harmful chemicals from my food, cleaning and  beauty products I have found some amazing organic, natural replacements. Some products on the other hand, I have yet to find great natural products that do the job. If any of you have recommendations please leave a comment and let me now what you use!!

Here are some products that I am currently loving:

Face:

Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash.  $11.00

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Contains:coconut water, sea algae complex and antioxidants. 

Description: Removes make up, cleanses, tones and fights against aging. 

My sister called me a few days ago asking for a recommendation for a new face wash and I was more than happy to tell her about this one. Pacifica is a brand that I have come to love over the years and their face wash did not disappoint. In fact, It ranks within the top three of my all time favorites. It leaves my face feeling… Clean. That may sound like an obvious statement but I have used plenty of face washes that left my feeling unwashed and greasy others that completely dried out my skin. This one leaves my skin feeling clean and soft. I will definitely be trying more of their skin care as well as their makeup. They now sell pacifica at target which is an extra bonus!! http://www.target.com/p/pacifica-sea-foam-complete-face-wash-5-oz/-/A-14405274#prodSlot=medium_1_8&term=pacifica

Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub $9.99

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Contains:sea kelp, dehydrated lemon peel, french green clay, madonna lily stem cells, chlorella growth factor and argan stem cells. 

Description: brightens, exfoliates, detoxifies and stimulates new cell growth. gluten free, paraben free, no fragrance added, phthalate free

I love this brand. It is also one that has now made its way to target shelves and I couldn’t be happier. (I live at Target) I use this scrub 2-3 times a week when I feel like my face needs a deep cleaning. I really can’t say enough about this stuff. I was never really a fan of scrubs because I felt like they were tearing my face off but this one isn’t so harsh. It definitely exfoliates but I don’t feel like my skin is being ripped apart. Once use rinse it off your skin feels cleansed, smooth and awake. My skin feels like it can breath! All good things.

http://www.target.com/p/acure-organics-brightening-facial-scrub-sea-kelp-cgf-4-oz/-/A-16453836#prodSlot=medium_1_1&term=acure

Mario Badescu Rose Water Facial Spray $5-$7.00

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contains: rose water, aloe and other herbs

Description: use to set your makeup, soothe skin and give your skin a boost through out the day. 

I have used this product for years!!! I use it all day long. I spray my face after washing it, before I put my make up on. I will use it after I apply my makeup to give my skin some extra hydration and in the middle of the day when my skin is looking drab and tired, I spray my face again! It really does everything it claims to do. This spray is so refreshing and anything that smells like roses is a winner in my book. I purchase mine at ulta. http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod6200727

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Hair

Loreal Curve it Curl Taming Cream $4.99 (now on sale at target for $3.99)

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Description: softens, tames and defines curls. helps calm frizz. sulfate free 

My sister and I were both blessed with unmanageable, curly hair. It is like a towering mountain of frizz and spiraling madness. My hair pretty much does what it wants and the the frizz level is out of control. I have been through the wringer searching for products that work for me. Ive used high end products, drug store products, products from hair stylists. Some of which worked (usually the really expensive ones) and some that did nothing of what they claimed to do. I saw this product in the clearance section and having just run out of what I had been using I decided to give it a shot. It is amazing! My hair stays bouncy and curly without frizz for hours (not 24 hours like the bottle claims but hey….im not complaining) and if I need my hair to look presentable for a bit longer, I just dampen it a bit and add another pump of the cream. boom! back in business. This stuff also smells amazing. I will be purchasing this again.

http://www.target.com/p/l-oreal-paris-advanced-hairstyle-curve-it-curl-taming-cream-6-8-oz/-/A-14896068

Body

Michel Design Works peony hand and body lotion $14.95

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Contains: shea butter, aloe, jojoba oil, other herbs and botanical ingredients

I came across this line at Barnes & Noble of all places. I was instantly drawn to it because, if you know me you know, I have an obsession with peonies. I am usually disappointed with peony scented products because they have that fake floral scent. Not this product. I don’t know how they did it but its like they captured the scent straight from the peony bush in my yard and somehow put it into this bottle of lotion. It smells like I went swimming in peonies. This was especially wonderful all winter when I had no flowers in my yard to smell. I would put on this lotion, close my eyes and pretend it was summer again. Okay enough of my weirdness. It is just amazing and your skin will feel like silk so just try it!!!

Shea Moisture peace rose complex sensitive skin creme body wash $8.99

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Contains: shea butter, peace rose oil complex, date palm extract and camellia leaf extract

Description: Cleanses without stripping away natural oils. softens skin. helps calm irritated skin. 

My skin is super sensitive and prone to dry eczema patches. I have to be extremely careful  what I use on my skin so that it doesn’t get itchy and irritated. I love this body wash. Not only does it smell amazing ( I think we have already established  the fact that I love floral scents) but is incredibly gentle and soft. I have used other products from this brand and I love them all. They also make baby products which I have yet to try but plan on it. If you have used there baby products comment below and let me know what you think!

http://www.target.com/p/sheamoisture-peace-rose-oil-complex-sensitive-skin-creme-body-wash-13-oz/-/A-49107496#prodSlot=medium_1_5&term=shea+moisture+peace+rose

Thats is all for now. If you have any products that you are crazy about please comment below and tell me about them. I would love to check them out!

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