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End of Summer Hydrating Skincare & Hair Essentials

My current favorite products for a little much-needed TLC
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End of summer always finds me with a renewed desire to give my skin and hair a little TLC after months of sun rays, humidity and what-have-you. Today’s list of products includes some of my favorite hydrating, detoxifying, clarifying and all around MVP products worth giving a whirl this time of year. 

We recently introduced Herbivore Botanicals into the shoppe.  And I’m already such a huge fan; the Phoenix Facial Oil, Blue Tansy gel mask and the Detox and Calm bath salts are already some of my favorites in my entire beauty routine. I’m finding that the Blue Tansy mask is the perfect soothing, cooling gel that my skin is craving right now.  

As for hair: I’m really digging Aveda’s line right now.  Made without parabens, sulfates and phthalates, the collection of products bring moisture, nutrients and body back into my strands, and at a relatively affordable price point too.  I’m sticking to the Damage Remedy conditioner to help repair dry, brittle ends.  Have you tried any of their products lately?  I’d love to know your go-to’s and favorites!

Read on about the rest of the products below, and like always, chime in with must-try brands and products I should know about!  Truly, MKR

P.S. Discover more of my favorite all natural products HERE. xo 

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Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Resurfacing Mask

Waiting on Martha Home, $48

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I’m all about the cooling nature of this resurfacing clarity mask.  The blue gel gently exfoliates, smoothes, and resurfaces skin’s texture, leaving it feeling and looking rejuvenated. Perfect for end-of-summer skin! 

Savvy Minerals Lipstick in Wish

Young Living via The Well Code, $22.75

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Young Living, my go-to for essential oils and nontoxic home products, just came out with an all natural makeup line!  I know, I know; great news.  I bee-lined to try this lipstick and I am such a fan.  It offers plenty of shine, plus nice and natural looking color, and it’s made of natural ingredients.  Since I basically eat lipstick, finding a nontoxic option is really important to me.  It’s been formulated without parabens, phthalates, fragrances, etc.  Added bonus: it moisturizes lips and is anything but dry; the creamy texture glides on so smoothly, and stays on for hours!

If you’re interested in joining the team over at The Well Code, aka receiving major discounts on YL products and learning about all natural skincare and nontoxic household must-haves, click HERE

Savvy Minerals Lipgloss in

Young Living via The Well Code, $27.50

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As I mention above, Young Living’s new natural makeup line is incredible.  I also tried out the new lipgloss, and it does not disappoint. Like the lipstick, itt’s been formulated without parabens, phthalates, fragrances, etc.  It gives me sheer coverage that looks great alone during the day or on top of lipstick. 

If you’re interested in joining the team over at The Well Code, aka receiving major discounts on YL products and learning about all natural skincare and nontoxic household must-haves, click HERE

Aveda Damage Therapy Restructuring Conditioner

Nordstrom, $30

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Quinoa in haircare?!  Yes, yes.  This conditioner includes a quinoa protein to bring life back to damaged hair.  It’s suitable for all hair types, and I’ve found that it helps to majorly detangle my hair.  Like all Aveda hair products, I’m super impressed. 

Aveda Thickening Tonic

Nordstrom, $29

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I like to apply this thickening tonic post-shower to towel dried hair.  It’s a great nontoxic formula, 97% naturally derived in fact) that’s paraben free, sulfate free and phthalate free.  I feel it gives my hair a little more ooph during a good blow-dry! 

Herbivore Botanicals Detox Bath Salt

Waiting on Martha Home, $18

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Bath time has become some sort of a ritual for me; it’s my time to relax, unwind and detox.  These are my favorite bath salts to do just that; the blend of lavender, eucalyptus and Cambrian blue clay works together to detox impurities and clear my mind. 

Erno Laszlo White Marble Brightening Face Mask

Nordstrom, $80

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I’ve heard a lot of hype about these face masks so I just had to try them.  The pair acts as a hydrating peel-off mask duo that promises to soothe, cool the skin and brighten your entire complexion. 

My verdict? The mask feels amazing, and it packs results you can literally see immediately.  Though a splurge, I’ll be masking up with these when I need a whole lot of hydrating TLC! 

Moon Juice Brain Dust

Waiting on Martha Home, $38

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Getting my hair, skin and mind right in the post-summer haze is important to me.  I’ve been mixing in a tablespoon of Brain Dust to my morning coffee and/or afternoon tea.  It includes an special blend of adaptogens that help promote clarity, creativity, alertness and the capacity to handle whatever stresses come my way. Seriously, a must-try!

Herbivore Phoenix Facial Oil

Waiting on Martha Home, $88

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Here’s another current favorite from Herbivore Botanicals: Phoenix Facial Oil.  Not only do I feel a bit magical as I use this, I love the all natural ingredients and the luxe blend of botanical oils.  It packs some SERIOUS moisture back into my skin, dramatically rehydrating and rejuvenating it at a cellular level.  As a result, my skin feels silky and smooth.  If you’re looking for some concentrated moisture after a summer full of sun, this is your oil.

Herbivore Botanicals Blue Clay Spot Treatment

Waiting on Martha Home, $22

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The Blue Clay Spot Treatment Mask is another favorite of mine when I need some quick spot treatment on blemishes or if I’ve feeling like pollution or other factors may have taken a toll on my skin.  It does the trick and diminishes breakouts almost overnight.  It is a bit drying, so I always follow it with an ultra-moisturizing cream or facial oil. 

Herbivore Botanicals Calm Bath Salts

Waiting on Martha Home, $18

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Another favorite blend of bath salts, this calming blend is incredibly soothing.  It has ylang ylang, natural vanilla and Himalayan pink salt crystals for ultimate relaxation and flora, mood boosting effects.  Love the idea of gifting these to a friend along with a candle or dry brush! 

Mini Fascia Blaster

Ashley Black , $60

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 I’ve written on here about the Fascia Blaster before; it’s a wonder tool to help “knead” the fascia, as it appears as cellulite, on the body.  This mini version has a convenient shape with a handle, 1 claw, and a nugget tip that allows for easy transitioning between FasciaBlasting and pressure point therapy for hard-to-reach areas in your traps, neck, upper back, deltoids, lower leg, and inner thighs. 

Healing Foot Butter

Waiting on Martha Home, $13

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I always find myself needing to give my feet a little extra TLC this time of year, and I’ve turned to our Healing Foot Butter from the shoppe.  It’s made of essential oils like grapefruit, patchouli and lemongrass, and works to soothe and soften dry and tired feet.  Paired with a Merben dry brush, it has the perfect healing effect.

James Read Tan Coconut Melting Tanning Balm

Dermstore, $35

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By now you know how fair my skin is, and that I probably don’t wear self tanner a lot.  Until I discovered this one.  It has a blend of organic virgin coconut oil and a hint of self tan, so it’s a deeply hydrating formula that gives a nice subtle glow. 
Not to mention, it smells amazing.  Most self-tanners smell like garbage but this one is all coconuts! 

Featured image, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha

New Additions to my Natural Beauty Routine

Nourishing & Healing Must-Haves for Your Weekly Beauty Routine
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Glo Pro microneedling and more beauty must-haves on Waiting on Martha

By now you know how much I enjoy discovering new all natural beauty and personal care products.  And when I find good buys I want to sing it from the rooftops, like this Glo Pro microneedling tool and a completely clean and hypoallergenic perfume.  I just love the fact that so many clean, nontoxic brands are surfacing now that we’re putting a focus on the ingredients and processes behind them.  Today, I’ve included a few game-changers in my weekly beauty routine that nail all of the above.

Read more about all of the products below, and tell me if you’ve given any of them a try too!  I loved talking to so many of you at our grand opening of Waiting on Martha Home about natural beauty and skincare, and I’m thrilled to find so many of you enjoy the finds as much as I do and have interest in learning about new products.  We have more exciting brand launches coming to The Well Code collection soon!  Truly, MKR

P.S. For more all natural beauty must-haves and tools, be sure to browse HERE. xo

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Merben Jute Body Brush with White Handle

Waiting on Martha Home, $35

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I’ve written often about my love affair with dry brushing after learning about how potent this simple tool can be. It can help exfoliate the skin, while stimulating the lymphatic system for full-body health.

I love to dry brush in the morning before I take a shower; it helps to wake me up and slough off dry skin before cleansing. Always dry brush in circular motions, starting at the feet and moving over the entire body with light pressure in the direction of your heart. 

Essential for Women Vitamins

Ritual, $30/mo

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This convenient monthly subscription service makes taking your vitamins as easy as can be.  Ritual changed the game recently when it came on the scene, offering the nine essential nutrients that women lack the most, leaving out the common multi-vitamin ingredients that we don’t actually need. 

Ritual has taken the guesswork out of what vitamins to buy, keeping a monthly delivery plan affordable, and for that I’m definitely drinking the Kool-aid. 

EverCreme Deep Nourish Shampoo

L'Oreal, $7.99

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Really pleased to see the big dogs like L’Oreal come out with 5-free formulas that don’t include harsh sulfates, salts or surfactants that strip hair.  I’m always on the hunt for nourishing shampoo and conditioner that can help my dry and brittle locks after years of heat damage, and I’m thrilled to have this duo as part of my hair routine.  It’s especially gentle on color, and it smells divine. 

Merben Coconut Foot Brush with Healing Foot Butter Set

Waiting on Martha Home, $29.50

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This handmade foot brush is the secret to a great foot massage at home, and summer-ready feet!  I’ve found that it helps relieve aching feet, while also sloughing dry skin.  I follow the dry brush massage with the foot butter that’s included in the pack for maximum TLC. 

GloPro Microneedling Regeneration Tool

Nordstrom, $199

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Microneedling is a wonderful way to help your skin undergo the rejuvenation process, creating new collagen and restoring skin’s volume. It also helps your skincare products be absorbed 200x more!  

GloPro is definitely more of an investment than the microneedling tools found on Amazon, but it also includes a red LED light that helps cells grow 150-200% faster.  Also, once you buy the main device, the attachments aren’t too expensive to add on.  I recently purchased the body attachment for my décolleté area.

I’ve found that my skin feels firmer, smoother and altogether better after using this tool at night, usually 2-3 times per week. 

Coral: A Natural & Hypoallergenic Scent

Skylar

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Did you know that according to the EWG, companies that manufacture personal care products are required by law to list the ingredients they use, but fragrances and trade-secret formulas are exempt?  Your fancy perfume is most likely laden with toxic ingredients. And I recently read that fragrance can even be considered the new “second hand smoke” these days. #Yikes

Skylar, on the other hand, believes that amazing scents come naturally.  The brand offers all natural, cruelty-free and hypoallergenic scents that happen to smell beautiful.  

Satin Facial Scrub

Young Living via The Well Code, $16.25

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I picked up this mint Satin Facial Scrub as part of my Young Living Essential Rewards order last month, and I really enjoy using it a few times per week. It’s a water-based exfoliant that contains super nourishing ingredients like jojoba oil, mango butter, MSM, aloe, and revitalizing Peppermint essential oil.  It’s thought to minimize the appearance of pores and invigorate dull skin. 

Presence Essential Oil Blend

Body Mantra, $38

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Being present is one of my biggest focuses these days, especially with a million moving pieces going on at once for WOM.  I’m really taken by this all natural essential oil blend right now, and I’ve started to incorporate it into my morning ritual as I tell myself intentional mantras before I start my day. 

The brand also offers samples to help you test blends with your body chemistry before committing to full size products.  I found this to be a really helpful way to decide which one resonated the best with me. 

LURE Face & Eye Cupping Set

Amazon, $29.95

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The second that I watched this Instagram post, I knew I had to order this thing ASAP.  As you may know, cupping is known to reduce fine lines and deep wrinkles, while boosting collagen production and improving the overall look and feel of the skin.  And it only takes 3-5 minutes per day to see results…I’m hooked.

This simple cupping massage set can be found on Amazon under $30, and used in the comfort of your own home.  I’ve found that it calms me and even boosts my mind when I do it!  The set includes two face cups (face, neck, décolletage), two eye cups, and a free exfoliating brush. 

Woodlot Handmade Bar Soap

Waiting on Martha Home, $10.50

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These beautiful, handmade soap bars include a mix of nourishing and healing ingredients like olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, shea butter and essential oils.  Each 4 oz bar has been traditionally air-cured for six weeks.

The nontoxic blend helps make bath time more intentional and simply more of a self care treat.  And not to mention, the bars make wonderful gifts for family and friends when paired with a sea soak or sea polish

One Love Organics Vitamin C Body Oil

Waiting on Martha Home, $49

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I LOVE this super-rich body moisturizer.  It actually has facial-grade ingredients that are blended specifically for the body, including an ultra-concentrated combination of vitamin C ester, papaya enzymes and organic shea oil. The mixture works together to deeply hydrate and gently exfoliate.  Not to mention, the oil leaves skin smelling amazing.

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The Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System…3 Months Later

A 3 Month Review of The Conture Skin Toning System
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Being 37, I wish I would have started taking care of my skin back in my twenties.  I’m not talking treating it for your typical breakouts I’m talking about really taking care of your skin.  But alas I didn’t, and now I feel like I’m playing catch up.  The bad thing about that is so much of the damage could have been prevented, the good thing is I’ve finally begun to understand my skin and what it really needs. One of those things being an at-home skincare routine—with morning and nighttime rituals that have quickly become almost therapeutic.  

It’s safe to say that I love my products and tools; I use exfoliants, face masks, moisturizers, toners and serums galore, not to mention  cupping and dermarolling too.  So back in March, when Luminess first invited me to test its Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System and share about it on the blog, I eagerly gave it a try.

As you may remember from my previous post, the Conture system is a safe at-home tool that reminded me a lot like ones used in medical spas, with low vibrations that stimulates and tones the skin.  When using it myself I found that it had almost a light vacuum effect on the skin, gently lifting and “sucking” the targeted areas of my face, neck and décolleté.  First go around I was especially impressed with how easy it was to use; nothing complicated or painful. 

It’s been a little more than three months now that I’ve been using the Conture system, and I still find it just as easy to use as the first time and am happy to report that I’ve really noticed a difference in my skin’s appearance.  I feel like my lines are more full, and overall my skin is more fresh faced and plump.  

Another side effect I’ve loved from the system is it’s helped me to adopt a healthier skin care routine.  I usually use it about three times a week.  In the morning I focus on my smile lines and a bit on my neck, then at night I’m able to spend time focusing on every little area.  I’m talking my neck, eye, lips, chin, forehead, and any and every line I might spy.  

So if you’re asking yourself if you want to invest in an at home anti-aging tool like this, you’re going to want to pull the trigger.  The Conture system sold out last time, and it’s offered at a steal of a price right now—$149.99—marked down from its retail $299.  

If you’re like me and love using different skin care tools than this is a great one to add to your arsenal.  And if you’re a bit wary of investing in an at-home system, this is still a great beginner system for you.  The price point is great and it comes with all of the different serums you’ll apply while using it before and after.  

The Conture system is be featured on the Today’s Special Value segment of QVC® TODAY at its special discounted price.  Tell me, who’s ready to try it out?!  Truly, MKR

Photography, Haley Sheffield for Waiting on Martha | This post is in collaboration with Luminess Air, a brand we love and adore.  All opinions are 100% our own. 

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