Skin Care

PRODUCT FOCUS: CACEE NAIL POLISH

Today I want to talk to you about my new favorite nail polish brand – Cacee Nail Polish, specifically the BFE – Best Friend Ever – group of nail colors.  As always, I am not being compensated in any way to write this blog post; I just like to share good, non-toxic or mostly non-toxic quality beauty products when I happen to find them.  For a little bit of background on me with regards to nail polish, I love having my nails done, although most of the time I do it myself as you can see by my Pinterest board called Pretty Nails  (most of the pics there are of my own nails).  Up until a few years ago when several nail polish companies reformulated their polish to remove DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, I used any brand, based on whether or not I liked the color.  Although I wanted to use non-toxic nail polish because the toxins in nail polish unfortunately DO enter into your body where they cause hormone disruption, the ones I purchased from health food stores that I had tried in the past either had really dull colors and/or didn’t stay on my nails long enough to make it worth waiting for it to dry.  Every time I tried a brand of “natural” nail polish, I either threw it out or gave it to my daughters who are too young to care about how long the polishes last or how shiny they were.   It came to a point where I simply had to find a compromise and use quality nail polish free of at least the 3 major toxins mentioned above (#threefree) or if I got lucky, free of 5 toxins (#fivefree) which, along with the above ingredients, also exclude camphor and formaldehyde.

I was at my local nail salon recently (Rio Nails in Boca Raton, if you are interested – ask for Stephanie or Duke, they are both great!) and couldn’t decide on a color so my husband, who was with me at the time, picked out this one, called Amanda (all of Cacee’s polishes are girls’ first names, how cute is that?), and handed it to me:

I was very impressed with his choice, but even more impressed that it lasted almost an entire week! For me, that’s really something since most nail polish doesn’t last long on my nails.  I had never heard of Cacee nail polish before, but after that experience, and learning that most of their BFE nail polish is #fivefree, I proceeded to buy it in many different colors – all of which look great!

Check out their instagram account, for some nail color inspiration and let me know in the comments if you have tried Cacee brand and what your thoughts are on the product line. Below are my favorite colors – click on any of the photos to order through Amazon for the best prices happy

 

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GET RID OF CELLULITE WITH PURE ESSENTIAL OILS

herbs-and-essential-oilsThink it’s impossible to get rid of cellulite – the lumpy, bumpy skin most women have on the back of our legs?  Think again! I had cellulite for years and being tall and thin made no difference.  When I first noticed it, I hated it but really didn’t know what to do about it, other than try all the expensive creams and lotions on the market.  Every time a new one was advertised, I was convinced it was “the one” to get rid of my cellulite for good.

Once I became knowledgeable about health, fitness and wellness and learned that a clean diet and exercise played an important role in combating cellulite, I began a strict regimen and waited patiently for all my detoxifying and clean eating efforts to pay off.  I also used a product from Weleda called Birch Cellulite Oil since it is a natural, non-toxic product.  Although the cellulite did improve, it was not enough to decrease my self-consciousness about it.  If you have mild cellulite, Weleda Birch oil is an excellent product to try, but if you are like me, you’ll need something stronger.

That’s where my very own Anti-Cellulite Cream comes in.  After trying many different formulas and perfecting the best recipe, using only once a day within a matter of a few weeks I noticed a dramatic change and over time it has continued to improve to the extent that I am finally happy with the results.  The cream smells great, feels great and I love using it after I shower.

I initially used Aura Cacia essential oils in my formula, but have since been using only DoTerra oils after the discovery that they are the only brand Dr. Josh Axe, who has one of the top 10 most visited natural health websites in the world, uses and recommends.  DoTerra oils have a stronger scent and seem to be a much higher quality than the less expensive brands, which sometimes gave me a headache.  As a side note, many of DoTerra oils can also be taken internally, while most other brands do not have that qualification.  For more on DoTerra oils and how they are sourced and manufactured, check out their website HERE.

I have had several clients ask me to make the cream for them since they didn’t have the time or patience or desire to invest in the ingredients needed to make this blend.  So I have made it easily accessible to you, available in my online store (US shipping only), for only $29! Why not give it a try today, you’ll be glad you did!

Massage the cream into legs, thighs and anywhere you have cellulite once or twice a day. Skin Brushing first is very helpful as well and will greatly improve results.   Let me know in the comments how it worked out for you.

 

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THE BEST NATURAL ORGANIC BEAUTY PRODUCTS

Beautiful young woman applying organic cosmetics to her skinI love beauty products as much as the next woman.  What I don’t love, though, are all the chemicals, preservatives and other garbage added to a majority of these products on the market.  We put so many toxins into our bodies on a daily basis through the food we eat, the beverages we consume, pollution, and electromagnetic frequencies, why add to that level of toxicity with the stuff we put ON our bodies?  There are so many awesome, natural brands out there these days that there is really no reason to spend a fortune on department store brands…..especially when most natural organic brands are a LOT less expensive and the results you get are the same – if not better – than their unhealthy counterparts. It takes time finding the products that work best for you. I recently saw an article where Miranda Kerr shares her favourite KORA Organics products in an interview, which I thought was extremely interesting and worth a read! I have found that when buying products like the ones I will discuss with you, it is important to take time out to read the reviews that other people have written about them. If you get google reviews coming up for the products you are looking at, it gives reassurance that the products you are looking at are real and you can start to find out about other peoples experiences.

Now…it’s time to ditch all those toxic skin, hair and body products and try these instead.  Here are my favorite natural product companies and why I love them so much*:

PACIFICA – While I have not tried their makeup or skincare, I absolutely LOVE their amazing smelling  perfumes and body washes.  You will not believe that these are all natural – until you realize you don’t have the blinding headache you get from the commercial stuff anymore.  You will also be thrilled with the low prices!

What to try:

  • Hawaiin Ruby Roll-on Perfume for a delicious, fruity scent.  Don’t blame me if you look weird sniffing your wrist all day.
  • Kona Coffee Body Scrub – the scrub you will literally want to eat in the shower, it smells like the best coffee you ever had!

WELEDA – For those of you who love moisturizing body washes and body creams, this one is for you.  Rich smelling, lathering body washes and lightly scented creams feel and smell amazing.  Weleda also has some of the best skincare products for babies.

What to try:

  • Skin Food for ultra dry skin on knees, elbows and hands; has a light citrus scent.
  • Arnica Oil for massaging in to tired, achy muscles; take it with you when you get a professional massage and tell them to use this instead!  Sounds weird, but I do it all the time and even got a massage therapist to start using it in his practice.
  • Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash for baby – a little more expensive than Johnson’s, but SO much better.

ANDALOU – Beauty products with 70% organic ingredients, I especially love their facial skincare products.  Very inexpensive, this product line is great for teens or those on a budget.

What to try:

  • BioActive 8 Berry Fruit Enzyme Mask – Who doesn’t want to smell like a bowl of berries while relaxing with a facial mask?
  • Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask – this one stings a little but in a good way because you know it’s working! It makes a tired face glow, so if you’re a Mom like me you might want to have a few of these on hand. happy
  • Chia and Omega Scrub – my husband’s favorite facial scrub, he keeps accusing me of using it up, but I’m partial to my Yum scrub (see below) so I’m innocent, I swear!

NATURES GATE – Another company with a long list of natural products, I really enjoy their shampoos and conditioners.  Some of them do not smell all that great, so definitely try before you purchase but the ones listed below are excellent and do not have that problem.

What to try:

  • Lemon and Clary Sage Volumizing Shampoo is fantastic for very fine hair and/or hair that lacks volume.  I use this on my youngest daughter who has fine hair and have really noticed a difference.
  • Pomegranate Sunflower Hair Defense Shampoo and Conditioner is excellent for color-treated hair.
  • Aloe Vera Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner is perfect for thick hair or normal hair that gets washed often.

YUM – For real beauty aficionados, this gourmet organic skin care line is simply put, the best that money can buy.  I love the high quality look, feel and results you get with these products.  Note: for customized recommendations and excellent pricing, purchase this line directly from Rina Deutch, my esthetician at Eizeh Yofi.

What to try:

  • Adzuki Blueberry Exfoliant, as I mentioned earlier in the post, is my all-time favorite facial scrub (I mean “exfoliant”, pardon me! winking ) Your face will feel smooth as silk from this product.
  • Bilberry Leaf Matte Moisterizer is excellent for normal to oily skin – just the right amount of moisture, without the shine or the weird “too matte” effect.
  • 23 Karat Intensive Eye Treatment does double duty as treatment for lines and dryness as well as having a subtle sheen that wakes up tired eyes.  Yep, I’ll need a case of this, please. tongue

HUGO NATURALS – This company makes their products with with 100% natural ingredients and no toxic chemicals whatsoever.

What to try:

  • Grapefruit Liquid Hand Soap – Wash your hands effectively but gently, without any harsh chemicals or strong detergents that dry them out.
  • Vanilla & Sweet Orange Shower Gel – a subtle scent with a rich lather, you won’t miss those chemical body washes.

UNDA – Not quite a beauty products line, Unda is the company behind many formulas used for Biotherapeutic Drainage.  However, I included them in this list as they have several beauty products I could not live without.  Note: Unda products can be purchased HERE.

What to try:

  • Homeofresh Chlorophyll Toothpaste – while I’m generally not a fan of the taste of non-commercial toothpastes, this one is the best by far with a refreshing flavor that mimics mint.  This toothpaste was designed for people taking Homeopathic remedies as mint can be an antidote for some, but it is widely used in Europe due to its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and ability to halt tooth decay with it’s natural plant extracts.  Personally I alternate this with regular toothpaste to get the best of both worlds.
  • Calendula Cream contains Calendula, an ingredient known to heal skin conditions and promote tissue repair.  This product is water soluble and can be used anywhere on the body.
  • Cicatrican cream is a natural alternative to antibiotic creams such as Polysporin.  Made with botanicals, it can safely be used as often as needed on all types of  cuts, burns, insect bites and minor skin infections.

GODDESS GARDEN – the best organic, all natural sunscreens for babies, kids and adults; protects from sunburn without the addition of toxic chemicals.

What to try:

  • Sunny Face Natural Facial Sunscreen – finally, a facial sunscreen that doesn’t feel icky or smell weird.
  • Sunny Kids Natural Spray Sunscreen – stop chasing the kids around to rub sunscreen on them and just spray them while they’re arguing with you that they don’t need it – yes, they still have to rub it in, but they’ll have no choice once you got it all over them.  You’re welcome happy

There you have my top natural organic beauty picks but keep in mind that there are many many more organic, plant based beauty product companies out there.  I’d love to hear about any brands or specific products that you have tried and what you thought of them!

*Please note: I have not been compensated in any way for review of the above products.  Website links to brands mentioned are non-affiliate; other links are options to purchase online directly from Real Health and Fitness.

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BEAUTIFULLY HEALTHY EVENT MARCH 2014

Attention Ladies:  come join us on March 23, 2014 for this fabulous, FREE event! RSVP to reserve your spot and book your free consultations – spaces are limited.  Please spread the word and share with friends.  We look forward to seeing you all there!

Beautifully Healthy Event

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have specific beauty consult questions regarding this event, please contact Rina; for health & fitness info contact us.

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APRIL 2013 GIVEAWAY!

Just in time for Spring – well, let’s just all pretend it’s Spring here in Toronto, shall we? – you can win this terrific kit from Pacifica Perfume, a brand I love for their natural products,  formulated without: Animal testing, animal ingredients, FD&C color, phthalates, parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol, benzene, GMOs, mineral oil, petroleum, peanut oil, triclosan, and other ingredients you do not want on your skin.

The best part is their heavenly scents!! This brand is the ONLY perfume I wear and I highly recommend it.  Go ahead, ditch those expensive brand perfumes and fragranced body products made with toxic ingredients that give you and those around you a headache every time you wear it, and try this instead.  I guarantee you will love it!Pacifica Blood Orange Kit

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The more entries we receive, the more incentive for bigger giveaways in the future, so please share this post with your family and friends happy

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