Field Guide To Beauty : Lavender Skin benefits

Raise your hand if you’re not a fan of lavender. Anyone? Oh, you? Well, I am on a mission to change your mind after reading this Field Guide To Beauty new post dedicated to one and only, gorgeously blossoming and filling the room with elegant Provance-alike aroma, that is also happen to be a gold-mine of natural skin benefits – Lavender. You already know why Aloe Vera is good for your skin, so here’re the reasons to add Lavender to your green beauty routine as well.

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Illustration by Kelsey aka Kelzuki – naturally charming, always inspiring and extremely talented illustrator and TLV Birdie Blog contributor. For more illustrations by Kelsey make sure to follow her over-addicting Instagram page.

5 main Lavender skin benefits you should know about: 

  • Who knew that Lavender is one of the Nature’s best antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent! It is used in cleansing skincare products not only too boost the fragrance, but to add more efficiency to the clarifying process as well.
  • Lavender also helps to regulate acne. Besides the fact it inhibits the bacteria that causes acne, lavender also normalizes the over-production of sebum and helps faster healing of acne and post-acne scars too.
  • Speaking of healing, due to Lavender antiseptic properties it is also used to help faster healing and bringing relief to cuts, insect bites and minor burns, including sunburns.
  • Lavender is a detoxifying element. Handful of nature-derived antioxidants to reduce the daily stress your skin gets “thanks to” pollution and big city life.
  • Lavender calms your body, and soul. The oh-so-hyped relaxing effect of Lavender aromatherapy effect is actually hyped for a reason, for a declared scientific reason. “The scent of lavender increases alpha waves in the area of the brain responsible for relaxation,” according to Alan Hirsch, M.D., neurological director for the Smell and Taste Research Foundation in Chicago. Got it?

 For your beauty shelf : 5 green beauty products that contain Lavender 

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From top to bottom, these skin treats are amazing on so many levels:

  • Another great way to a cleaner skin is Prim Botanicals Face Oil ($58) that I’ve introduced you in details in this post. Deep nourishing and extremely comforting formula with a kick-ass ingredients list!
  • Every time I touch a bottle of Kypris Clearing serum ($62) is like touching a sacred something to me. Well yes, it is partially for the reason it is relatively expensive, but clear, blemish-free face worth every drop of this beauty elixir! The most effective topical treatment for problematic skin I’ve ever put my hands on. After my first introduction to this serum that happened here, this is my holy skin grail, period.
  •  Want to know one more secret of overnight skin wonder? Though Lavender is not one of the major ingredients of Mahalo Balm ($72), this skin treat is essential for your beauty shelf if you’re seeking a deeply moisturizing, soothing and balancing formula. A little goes a long way, read more about this balm in this review of mine.
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DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE PRODUCTS THAT CONTAIN LAVENDER? 

Oh, please let me know how do you like the Field Guide To Beauty series, and if you have any specific quires for ingredients to talk about, I would love to hear your thoughts!

P.S. : don’t miss an opportunity to take part in my new giveaway with a really awesome prize – Graydon skincare collection (over $120 value!).

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Simple Luxury : Graydon Skincare favorites and new GIVEAWAY!

It’s weekend again (can you believe it?) and here’s a fresh green beauty story for you, darling birdies! Today is all about simplicity and luxurious skin feeling from clean and green Graydon skincare products. It goes without saying, however I will mention it : Graydon skincare is a mindfully developed line formulated with Nature’s best, handful of bioactive ingredients (those that actually have effect on the skin), simple and luxurious, yet without chemicals, sulfates, parabens, mineral oil or synthetic fragrances. I’ve picked a few products to tell you about and to offer you a chance to win them in our new giveaway in the end of this post, yay!

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Here’re my bathroom shelf’s new best friends from Graydon skincare line – 4 simply luxurious products that, let’s admit, will make any bathroom look oh-so-chic! Now let’s talk details and learn together why these are just too good to be true, and why you need them in your clean beauty routine right now!

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As brilliant as it sounds, Graydon Superfood Mask + Scrub ($39) is here to take your weekend home spa game to a brand new level. Mask that comes in capsules, I personally love this idea! First of all – it’s compact, it is pre-measured for you (so you don’t have to worry if you put too much of a product). So you know that you will have 20 facials (there’re 20 capsules in a jar) filled with 19 (!!!) superfoods to gently exfoliate, recharge and brighten your skin. It’s easy to use as well : just open a capsule, pour it on the palm of your hand and mix with water / your favorite cleanser / a tbsp of honey would work great as well, and leave for about 10 mins on your face before your gently scrub it away. I’ve tried it with my current favorite White&Elm Sunflower Deep Pore Cleansing oil ($18) | link to my review |, and that was something truly pampering!

Among ingredients : White Willow Bark, Activated Charcoal, Green Coffee Bean, Matcha Green Tea, Vitamin C, Aloe Vera, Zinc, Licorice root, Papaya, Coconut Water, Chia Seed, Cinnamon, Shiitake Mushroom, Micro Fermented Hyaluronic Acid (sodium hyaluronate), Vitamin D3 etc (see the full list here).

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Okay okay, now we are facing the reality! Throw you nasty, sticky and full of harsh chemicals sun screen away right now, because you don’t have to treat your body like that anymore. Graydon has a cleaner and greener solution – Elements Sun Cream Complex ($29) formulated with nature-driven barrier to sun exposure. Specifically we are talking about Zinc (sun protecting mineral), sun reflective oils of Burity, Raspberry and Seabuckthorn, Spirulina (rich on chlorophyll and essential fatty acids) and Green Tea that work together towards preventing your skin from UV radiation. Almost fragrance-free, absolutely non-sticky and comfortly moisturizing. There’s no reason that you can’t use in on your face, go ahead, use it as an essential base before applying your daily doze of makeup (here’re my current minimalistic favorites if you fancy something new). Every other sun screen rule still works – like re-appling every 2 hours to optimize the sun protection.

Among ingredients :  purified water, Zinc oxide, vegetable wax, Shea butter, Cocoa butter, Aloe Vera, Cherry Kernel oil, Rice bran oil, Pumpkin Seed oil, Buriti Seed oil, Raspberry Seed oil, Seabuckthorn oil, Spirulina, Green Tea, Rosemary CO2 extract etc (see the full list here).

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Simplicity is genius, my friends. Just like this Face Food mineral mist ($29) from Graydon skincare collection formulated with three essential hydrating elements that do real good to our skin. These three elements are ionic minerals – copper, silver and zinc. Now, let’s see what is so essential about these :  copper helps to boost the collagen production to keep your skin’s elasticity level high, silver aims to neutralize harmful bacteria and chemicals that are found in tap water we wash our precious faces with, and zinc works it’s magic to reduce redness and stop bacterial infection when used topically on the skin. Feed and protect your face with every spritz!

Among ingredients :  Ionic Copper, Silver and Zinc infused in purified water, that’s it!

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Don’t you prefer greens on your plate instead of junk food? Well, with good skincare it’s pretty much the same! I am head over heels in love with Graydon’s The Green Cream ($29) that is nothing even close to a conventional moisturizer. A unique green mix of Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, Aloe Vera (more about Aloe Vera skin properties in this post), Olive, Broccoli, Avocado, Coconut infused into a light silky lotion with an AMAZING green scent! Soothing, anti-oxidants rich, anti-inflammatory – my skin is on a green diet too, won’t you join me?!

Among ingredients : purified water, Aloe Vera juice, Avocado oil, Coconut oil, Broccoli seed oil, vegetable glycerin, Olive oil, Jojoba oil, Chlorophyll, Grapefruit seed extract.

– TLV BIRDIE X GRAYDON SKINCARE GIVEAWAY –

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Following our great tradition of green beauty giveaways (3 more days left to enter the Fig+Moss Spa Kit giveaway if you haven’t already), one of you, lucky birdies, will get a chance to win and experience these four Graydon skincare goods! And you know that by goods I basically mean GOODs.

The giveaway prize is a collection of Graydon Skincare  ( over $120 value) that includes: Superfood Mask+Scrub, Face Food mineral mist, Elements Sun Cream Complex and The Green Cream.

This Giveaway is open for US + Canada only. Duration period : two weeks, from July 25 till August 8, 2015. The winner will be randomly chosen on August 9 by the power of luck.

Follow these simple rules to enter:

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4 Pixi Makeup products for a minimalist makeup bag

Hello darling birdies, hope you all had a smooth transition from the weekend into the new week! Here on TLV Birdie we’re going to have an exciting new week with new beauty stories, new giveaway (have you entered the Fig+Moss one yet?!) and new reasons to learn how to take it easy (both your life and your beauty shelf).

Some time has passed since my first introduction into Pixi Makeup, my affection has deepen and my Pixi collection has significantly expanded ever since. Hence this new post is dedicated to July Pixi makeup favorites. And as you would imagine, during this unbearably hot month of the year my favorites narrow down to the very essential ones. Or, the ones that I especially want to let you know about;)!

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4 Pixi makeup products that deserve your closest attention right NOW:

  • Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm ($14) has totally won my heart for few very simple reasons : it is non-sticky, feels extra moisturizing on the lips and it leaves a very soft tinted and glossy shade on the lips even when it wears off. On the picture you can see the “Unique Pink” shade (closer image below), that I would probably better call “Bare Pink”, it is that baby pink soft tone and almost color-invisible on the lips (which is obviously my favorite part!). For that reason, “Nearly Naked” is on my wish list at the moment (along with “Magnifique Mauve”, it looks amazingly tempting too!).
  • Pixi Quick Fix Powder ($20), oh where to start… I’ve first got introduced to the mineral setting powder of Kari Gran and have been using it for months! Now, it’s almost finished and it’s time to try new things! Especially those that I can also take everywhere with me – built-in buff, little mirror and super-compact everything (just like the Quick Fix Bronzer from this post)! Why you need it? Well, you’d want that matte-looking finish on your makeup, wouldn’t you? You may also go no-makeup and still you’d want the no-shiny version of your skin, right? This powder can easily be your personal advocate for both. You would barely feel it, but you would see the difference throughout a hot and humid summer day (and night!).

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  • Pixi Eye Bright Liner ($12), nude color soft crayon liner. I repeat : NUDE color! Now, let’s focus together and come up with a reason WHY it’s not a massive eye makeup trend right now? So I’ve tried it, just a bare nude line on my eyelids. And in my personal opinion, it’s the best thing ever happened in terms of eye makeup to me. No, honestly, I am not a big fan of bold eyeliners. At least, not on a daily basis. Back to my younger years, I was wearing black eyeliner back and forth, but now it is totally out of my comfort zone. However, this nude liner is not, it’s right there, as my number one comfort makeup choice that makes my eyes to open up to see the world! Also, no need to sharpen this one, it’s a twist-up liner for the most comfort loving ones among us!
  • Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen ($12) in “BronzeBeam” is another great alternative when eyeliner is too dark, light liner is too light and some eye drama is required. I’ve already mentioned the “Black Noir” sibling of this eye pen and declared my love to it’s smoothly gliding texture, bright color and long-wear abilities. So this dark coffee shade with a pinch of bronzy glow, I believe, would look so darn perfect with bronzed cheeks and all that summer mood! (and then will gently transforms into an autumn favorite to enhance all the earthy colors and Pumpkin latte cups, remember my words!)

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*THIS POST  CONTAINS PRODUCTS THAT WERE KINDLY PROVIDED FOR THE REVIEW BY PIXI BEAUTY.

SO WHAT DO YOU THINK OF PIXI MAKEUP PRODUCTS? DO YOU HAVE ANY PARTICULAR FAVORITES?

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Field Guide to Beauty : homemade coffee scrub DIY

If your every morning ritual starts with a decent cup of coffee and no other way, here’s my high five to you. We, caffeinated ladies, should stick together. We know it’s not the healthiest thing we could do to our bodies, so we should keep in minds to balance with water, fresh fruits and other green and healthy stuff. But let’s not cross the coffee from our list on the way to a cleaner living and dig a bit deeper to find out how the black gold, the bright side of our gloomy early mornings can serve our bodies some real good purpose.

Coffee can do GOOD. Let me just quickly mention my true dedication to One Love Organics Morning Glory caffeinated serum ($59) || my review here || that boosts energy to my face and wipes away puffy, sleepy mirror reflection in seconds. Why? Because opposed to drinking coffee, topically it acts faster and targets swelling and inflammation.

And so you can do GOOD with coffee! Because one of the world’s most lovable homemade body scrub DIYs is here for you, to get your skin silky smooth and toned. Here’s how I do it:

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In order to prepare gently polishing, cellulite combating, skin toning and extrrrremely good smelling coffee scrub, you’ll need:

  • one cup of coffee grounds (nothing fancy, any mild grounded coffee would work just fine!),
  • one spoon of coconut oil (the Mother Nature’s most effective and easy-to-find moisturizer, I would personally recommend Trader Joe’s organic virgin Coconut Oil),
  • one spoon of vitamin E oil (to provide the skin with extra source of anti-oxidants and special care for healing, I got mine from Trader Joe’s as well),
  • one cup of granulated brown sugar (well, I prefer to feel the scrub doing it’s job so I choose the granulated sugar as an exfoliating component).

Mix all these 4 parts together in a jar, and go enjoy your new polished body! P.S.: you’d probably have to pre-melt the coconut oil, placing it in the room temperature for an hour usually do the work.

Here are two pre-made 100% natural coffee scrubs to look at if you’re not in the mood of making your own :

Field Guide to Beauty series is a weekly project on TLV Birdie Blog in collaboration with a-mazingly talented illustrator Kelsey aka Kelzuki. See more of Kelsey’s work here and make sure to visit her Instagram gallery, it’s a beauty!

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Take it easy : Fig and Moss Spa Day Kit

My darling birdies, today I’ve prepared something oh so truly special for you. Something that will totally change the way you look at presents, at spa getaways and at natural beauty products in general (if you still haven’t, because I am here for you!). Fig and Moss is one of my latest green beauty discoveries, that completely swept me off my feet at that very moment when this package has landed on my doorstep. I promised you back then that I will tell you all about what’s hiding inside, so here I am now ready to do that and also, following the best of TLV Birdie Blog traditions, one of you will get a chance to win Fig and Moss SPA box in our newest giveaway, keep on reading!

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I kid you not, my dear friends, this is how the Fig and Moss Spa Day Kit ($45) looks! Isn’t it the dreamiest of the packages you ever saw?! Not only it has e-v-e-r-y-p-o-s-s-i-b-l-e-t-h-i-n-g you need in order to get carried away to a spa wonderland within four walls of your own nest home, but it also soothes my mind just by holding it and exploring every little and extremely thoughtful detail of it’s decoration. I am ready to sign the contract saying the all the future presents to my friends (gals and guys, because F+M got both genders naturally covered!) will be coming directly from the Fig and Moss online store. These charming wooden boxes filled with 100% natural beauty treasures are ready to rock your world, I’m telling you! Dive into the Spa Day Kit with me today and enter our giveaway for a chance to win your own in the end of this post! But please, take a deep breath first…

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All natural beauty kits of Fig and Moss are hand-packed with selected natural body and soul relaxing treasures with a few earthy scented options for you to choose from in order to personalize your box, but it basically includes 5 essential products for you to juuuust relax!
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Light the Salt+Lime soy candle based on essential oils to kick start the home spa program. Citrus involved scents are my choice when it comes to recharging the energies and cleaning my mind. These candles last really a long time for me, but to be honest, I can’t wait to finish this particular one and re-use the jar for my succulent garden (it’s just too pretty)! So I’d better light it tonight right after the shower once again while I complete the next step of the spa body pampering with…

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… this mind blowing floral retreat of Bloom whipped body cream! If you know me well, body butters are my weak point and there’s nothing I can compare to soft, melting texture and muscle relaxing ritual like this! Fig and Moss body butters (the next I want to rub my skin with is Milk + Honey!) are based on shea butter, mango and cocoa butters, coconut oil and Vitamin E, and will most definitely make even sensitive skin types very happy by nourishing the skin with natural components. The blooming notes of Lilac, Tuberose, Vanilla and Rosewood prepare you for a floral spa escape.

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Whooh, it may be too hot in Los Angeles these days for a hot bath, so I’m saving this bath bomb for better times. Here here, I found a perfect opportunity to mention how my Siberian heart is crying for some snow. But I may find a closer solution for using this large sized bomb filled with essential oils during our soon-to-happen Joshua Tree getaway! And then I will most likely use it once again, because honestly it looks like it can handle two bath sessions at least – it is that big! The one that you see on the picture is Rose+Geranium naturally scented.

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Wait, don’t forget about a good ol’ cleanse with cold process soap that keeps your natural oil IN and raises your mood high with all the good stuff it is prepared with! In my Spa Kit I have an Oats and Goats soap that came on a wooden soap deck (which is just what I needed in my new bathroom, wink wink). It is a natural goal milk based soap that also contains oat flakes for a soft exfoliation bonus. Smells pretty good too, a bit milky, a bit sweet (honey + vanilla + almond), a bit herbal ( Chamomile). You’ll be amazed once you see all the gorgeous selection of Fig and Moss soaps right here, and it will cause you sleepless nights if you don’t choose the one you want right away!

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One last little thing to complete the SPA essential treat is this little Lavender sachet that will fill your linen drawer with a relaxing, long lasting herbal aroma. Or, you can place it on your desk and take a quick sniff every time you are experiencing a lack of focus. Actually, I would need one for every drawer and another one on my desk, because I am a very, very big fan of lavender (which reminded me to show you my wedding bouquet!).

Now, it’s time for you to get excited, because it’s time for…

– TLV BIRDIE X FIG AND MOSS GIVEAWAY –

Now one of you, lucky birdies, will get a chance to experience this natural spa heaven yourself!

The giveaway prize is a Fig and Moss Spa Kit Box that includes: Essential oil candle, Body Butter, Bath Bomb, Cold Process Soap+ Deck.

This Giveaway is open for US + Canada only. Duration period : two weeks, from July 15 till July 29, 2015. The winner will be randomly chosen on July 30 by the power of luck.

Follow these simple rules to enter:

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Share this opportunity with your natural skincare loving friends by using the social media share buttons in the bottom of this post. Good luck!:)

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NOW TELL ME, WHAT OTHER THAN SPA KIT BOX OF FIG AND MOSS YOU’D WANT TO RECEIVE AS A PERFECT GIFT?

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