Herbs matter : Isa’s Restoratives natural skincare

Well yes, they do. Especially when we are talking herbs that were locally harvested, hand picked and thoughtfully processed into a whole line of small batch, 100% natural skincare line carrying the Isa’s Restoratives name. I am especially excited to introduce you to this exceptional green beauty company today, guide you through my 5 skincare picks from the line and share the clean and safe skincare love with you by announcing a NEW GIVEAWAY that you’ll find at the end of this post! Along with the herbs, Isa’s Restoratives use botanical elements, plants and organic oils for their products, where each ingredient within a formula has it’s own purpose – effective, mindful, healing and essentially pampering one.

5 products that totally worth your closest attention from Isa’s Restoratives line : 

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The Blue Beauty Balm ($68) was the first product that has caught my interest for a number of reasons : reason one – I love blue color, and blue skincare products that I’ve got to try before, like Lapis oil from Herbivore Botanicals (read my review here) or The Blue Cocoon from May Lindstrom (handful of my thoughts on this one here) usually end up on a very important place on my beauty shelf. Reason two – I adore balms, for their melting texture, highly concentrated with good stuff only formulas and comforting feeling that they give to my skin. Well, Blue Beauty Balm just proved all of the mentioned above with it’s gorgeous color, soothing herbal scent, natural ability to provide nutritive, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant sources to the skin. I especially noticed how fast it absorbs and how effectively it reduces redness. In addition to that, formula contains Ricebran oil that helps to restore your skin after the sun exposure. This fact itself makes this an ultimate balm for me this summer!

Among ingredients: Shiso oil, Ricebran oil, Babassu oil, Andiroba oil, Sweet Almond oil, Pomegranate Seed oil, Oat oil, Beeswax, Capaucu butter, Chia seed extract, Sesame oil, Shea butter, Borage seed oil, Coenzyme Q10, Rosemary extract, essential oils of Blue Chamomile, Lavender, Carrot seed and Myrrh.

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Another wonderful formula to help protect, restore and provide the skin with a bunch of natural vitamins and “skin superfood” elements – Elixir 2 rejuvenate ($38). Think about this one as a toner + serum, two in one, for all skin types, but with a special intention to bring dry and mature skin back to life. Two-three spritzes on a clean face followed with your choice of balm / facial oil or moisturizer fill the skin with soothing and skin-calming Rose and Neroli, toning and cell-regenerating Goji, evening out the skin tone White Tea, collagen production promoting Wakame bioferment, skin plumping Hibiscus and so much more! True relief for a thirsty, tired skin with a gentle floral sent!

Among ingredients : Aloe gel, Acerola extract, Gotu Cola extract, hydrosols of Rose, Neroli, Sandalwood; non alcoholic Which Hazel, Hibiscus extract, Reishi extract, Wakame bioferment, White Tea extract, Licorice extract, Silk Amino acids, Ferulic acid, essential oils of Rose, Sandalwood and Helichrysum.

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By now, you may already now that I am a number one fan of clay face masks that come in a powder form! Isa’s Restoratives got two absolutely stunning creations that will help you to step up your Sunday Home Spa! This one is the Activated Coconut Charcoal Face mask ($48) that is formulated with both cleansing, healing and anti-inflammatory benefits! Do I need to remind you how delightfully effective Charcoal is for oily, acne-prone and combination skin?! Apparently, together with raw Cacao the purifying and detoxifying properties get doubled! Super anti-microbal action is targeted by Arjuna Bark and Guava extract (which also minimizes the enlarged pores appearance). My tip for Sunday Cleanse in 3 steps : this mask + Elixir 2 + Blue Beauty balm, and voila new skin!

Among ingredients : Red Moroccan Rhassaul clay, Kaolin clay, raw Cacao, activated Coconut Charcoal, Arjuna, Chickweed, Green Tea, Rose, Calendula, Gotu Cola, Marshmallow, Chamomile, Licorice, Comfrey, Guava, Turmeric, essential oils of Lavender, Clary Sage, Palmarosa, Geranium.

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New addition to Isa’s Restoratives natural skincare line is this precious number of Matcha Facial mask ($46) that is full with anti-oxidant, calming and skin restoring properties. Matcha is well-known for it’s super power to let the toxins go off your body when drinking it, however topically on the skin it does the same effect! Detoxifies, heals and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. Other elements that make this mask flawlessly beneficial for your skin : Fennel (another anti-oxidant source full of  vitamins), Gotu Cola (anti-aging herbal friend), Aloe (soothing and healing) etc. Family Shrek portraits with this mask on is an additional fun bonus, because there’s nothing like preparing a little bit of the mask “accidentally” and sharing it with your husband, green family selfie pics are sent upon request;).

Among ingredients : French green clay, Kaolin clay, Matcha, Gotu Cola, Nettle, Fennel, Plantain, Chamomila, Calendula, Astragalus, Aloe, Burdock, Pineapple, Kelp; essential oils of blood orange and palmarosa.

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Now let’s talk about that delicate area that we tend to address so much attention – eyes! Isa’s Restoratives created Recovery Eye Serum ($62) for this very special purpose to be treated daily with the most powerful botanical elements. The cold-pressed oils that form this little (yet very effective) bottle of liquid gold is super impressive, so are the ways Isa Brito (the founder of Isa’s Restoratives) make this happen with her two extremely talented hands from the Nature’s scratch. Use this as a sweet lullaby for your eyes, daily before going to bed. You just take a look at this botanical red carpet line-up:

Among ingredients : organic cold pressed unrefined oils of Red Raspberry seed, Cranberry seed, Andiroba, Argan, Buriti, Broccoli seed, Pumpkin seed,  Sea Buckthorn; Hibiscus, Nettle, Fennel, Gotu Cola, Bilberry, Calendula, Violet; essential oils of Neroli, Rose and Carrot seed.

– TLV BIRDIE X ISA’S RESTORATIVES GIVEAWAY –

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Now it’s your unique chance to get introduced to Isa’s Restoratives natural skin care, I would say literally, face to face! How truly blessed I feel to be able to make one of you, lucky birdies, happy with this selection of 5 absolutely wonderful skin products by partnering with Isa’s Restoratives for this giveaway!

The giveaway prize (value over $250 and very naturally pampered skin as a result!) is a set of 5 Isa’s Restoratives skincare products: Blue Beauty Balm, Elixir 2, Recovery Eye Serum, Matcha Facial mask and Activated Coconut Charcoal Facial Mask.

This Giveaway is open for US only. Duration period : two weeks, from July 5 till July 19, 2015. The winner will be randomly chosen on July 20 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!:)

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
*THIS POST WAS BROUGHT TO YOU IN COLLABORATION WITH ISA’S RESTORATIVES AND CONTAINS PRODUCTS THAT WERE KINDLY PROVIDED FOR THE REVIEW BY ISA’S RESTORATIVES.

Have you tried any Isa’s Restoratives products? What are your favorites?

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Free People : It’s yoga on the beach o’clock.

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Life is a beach, they say. Just breathe, they say.

What if you just took your mat, threw on some easy-breezy yoga appropriate clothes and joined the FP Movement yoga on the beach class, like the one that took place last Sunday on Manhattan Beach, California? For that just one hour of your morning routine when you breathe in salty air, recharge your energy, move slowly and stretch deeply. For that just one hour when you become a part of a community, when you let your fears and lack of comfort get buried in the sand underneath your yoga mat. When the sun warms up your muscles and it’s easier than ever to find your center. Your center in this world, on this beach, in this supportive community of yogis.

It seems like a hard task for us to find time for relaxation, for complete devotion to our inner selves and our practice. Community inspires! To find that time, to set your goals, to get lost in the movement and to receive a boost of motivation.

Here are some images that I caught & illustrated together with my husband for Free People and for you to get inspired, pack your yoga totes and join the #FPmovement.

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Now when you spirit is fixed, check my updated Green Beauty List to learn how to get your beauty routine to a new, cleaner and greener level!

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Strawberry fields of Essie Nail polish forever

I am having a summer moment here. Today starts the official countdown to my birthday, and today I promise to take advantage of all those summer perks like fresh veggies and fruits that I usually tend to neglect. It’s summer time, people! So right now, with my lips red and my t-shirt stained from strawberries, I am having difficulties to decide between three forever loved Essie nail polish summer colors to match my verry berry mood. They are equally good, and you should put these names on your Essie nail color list just in case you’re in doubt what shade from over 336 (I honestly lost count!) colors available your soul is asking for!

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Three different shades to get mani-pedi summer ready and catch the lightest change in my berry mood:

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“She’s Pampered” – my number one girly choice. It’s red with a hint of a pinkish vibe. Enhances summer tan, goes perfect with the sparkling color of the water in the pool and just sets my mood and self confidence super high. Very polished look guaranteed.

“Meet Me At The Sunset” – deep, classy orange color. Meet me at the sunset in Joshua Tree, my little friend, you’ll go so nicely with the desert scenery!

“Snap Happy” – cheerful strawberry shade! Red but not too red, orange but not orange enough. That one color that would be every summer party appropriate, every summer pic matching, every late night cocktail complementing.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ESSIE NAIL POLISH SHADE? DO YOU CHOOSE NAIL POLISH BY THE NAME, OR BY THE COLOR?

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS IN THE COMMENTS, I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR ANYTHING YOU GOT TO TELL ME ABOUT YOUR MAKEUP ROUTINE AND NOT ONLY!

P.S.: here’re some other nail polish brands (3- and 5-FREE) you may be interested to learn about from my beauty stories, every link leads to a blog post : Pixi Beauty part 1 and part 2, Kester Black and Aila Cosmetics.

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Let’s get colorful : Pixi Beauty summer makeup picks

Hello birdies, the new week is here and I am truly excited to meet all the new moments it is going to bring us! However, I am still not 100% back to my blogging routine after the moving, but I am doing my best to get on it as quickly as I can. And somebody told me it’s summer already?! I mean, somebody besides the new AC in our apartment.. Well, let’s get colorful then!

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I’ve got a few Pixi Beauty summer makeup picks here to share with you. Some of them are colorful, some of them are truly essential but they all worth a few minutes of your close attention and a ticket to your cleaner and greener makeup bag. I am going to introduce you to all of these step by step.

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One thing that everybody without exception craves during the summer season – bronzed glowing skin! Am I wrong? I don’t think so. And you don’t need to live by the ocean to gain that healthy, tempting glow on your cheeks when you’ve got Pixi Beauty Quick Fix Bronzer ($20) in your pocket. It is actually that small, you can fit it in the tiniest bag of yours. I love how easily it sweeps on the cheeks (and forehead, and chin) and leaves a very light, naturally-looking velvety bronze veil. The best thing for me, it’s pretty matte (nothing close to those burlesque appropriate bronzers with tons of golden shimmer). It’s also travel-ready, soft buff and little mirror are built-in and make more room in your (makeup) bag.

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Summer usually makes me want to minimize my makeup routine down to BB cream and waterproof mascara (like these two from my minimalist makeup kit). I might just found a solution to keep on experimenting with makeup goodies and to save them on my face for longer than the first heat wave. Please meet Pixi Makeup Fixing Mist ($15), it is a true summer makeup saver for me! Not only super refreshing and hydrating, it is a great before-makeup pore tightening toner that is formulated with Rose Water and Green Tea. With a quick spritz before makeup application, it extends the makeup wear for the day ; after – it will help to set the makeup. It is also just perfect to use anytime to balance the skin and bring some freshness to your face. Just shake-shake it like a polaroid pikcha.

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I’ve already introduced you to this little gem in this post, but I just can’t get enough of it! I am not a big eyeliner fan in my own daily makeup routine, but sometimes I want to bring some drama to my eyes too. Endless Silky Eye Pen in Black Noir ($12) is just brilliant for that purpose – soft, intense, easily sliding down the eye lid and stays with you till you drop. Super silky and gentle to the eyes.

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Remember me talking about the summer-ready “Sweet Strawberry” shade of Pixi Nail Colour in this post? So my collection just expanded with “Blackberry”, “Mink Pink” and “Coral Cantaloupe” (from top to bottom). I am currently wearing “Mink Pink” (here’s my botanical nail art upgrade), going to change for “Blackberry” to celebrate those late summer nights and saving this coral cheerfulness for our weekend getaway to Palm Springs. Sounds like a plan to me. Go check other colors of Pixi Nailpolish ($8), it’s wide color palette is truly wonderful!

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

HAVE YOU EVERY TRIED ANY PIXI BEAUTY PRODUCTS? WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITES?

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I’ve also got a new Pinterest board for Cosmetics and Makeup only (in addition to my Green Beauty Board where I gather all of my natural skincare stories and tips), make sure to follow along :
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Tzipora Loves : Issey Miyake Resort 2016 collection

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Oh, finally!! All the boxes are unpacked and my studio is set in our new little nest! I hope you already saw my hats wall, it’s a beauty! My watercolor palette has also found her privileged place on my desk, and .. well, it’s time for a new Tzipora number! You may or may have not know my love to everything Japanese (it is my nostalgy to Japan studies talking), but seriously, from Uniqlo to Issey Miyake, my heart and soul are completely sold. Speaking of which, here’s my favorite look from the Issey Miyake Resort 2016 collection. Tzipora got to try it on, and I will just stay here, dreaming of this textured oversized pullover and geometrical mustard pants.

|| If you are not following Tzipora’s style adventure from the very beginning, you can read her story here, but I’ll just remind you that Tzipora means “bird” in Hebrew and she’s my alter-ego style blogger. ||

Any other fans of Issey Miyake Resort 2016 collection out there?

BOTH ME AND TZIPORA WOULD LOVE TO KNOW, SHARE WITH US IN THE COMMENTS!

Recent Tzipora fashion illustrations / style adventures that didn’t make it to the blog, but you can find them on my Instagram :

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I am also inviting you to browse through #TZIPORATHESTYLEBLOGGER insta tag, I am updating it with new illustrations quite often!

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