Next Level, Anti-Aging Faves (2017) “Year In Beauty”

Guys. Hiiiii. It’s been a long, hard recovery from a six year battle with Late Stage Lyme Disease, and it took every ounce of my energy to get here. I’ve so missed you and so missed blogging. However, never once have I let my health issues get in the way of taking care of myself, my body and my skin. Now, more than ever, I’ve upped the ante since I’m almost (gasp) 40. But 40 is the new 30 so here’s to aging better than ever now that we have SO many options in organic, chemical free skin care. And trust me, chemicals are aging. All the Estee Lauder in the world won’t help you. Department store skin care is loaded with chemicals, parabens and ingredients we can’t even begin to pronounce. I’m short on time, so I won’t be “linking to buy” this time around, but that’s what Google is for. I hope you fall in love with these products as much as I have. PS: I only do this once a year because I specifically like to use the products for about a year before I make any final decisions. Women are fickle and if we don’t love a product it gets tossed to the side. (Skin reactions, no noticeable changes, etc.)  If I continually use something for an entire year, it’s a damn miracle. So … with that being said, here are the miracles of 2017. Enjoy xo Fontaine

 

Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid (Asterwood Naturals)

Use: Daily under moisturizer, also great for neck and chest or wherever you may have signs of sun damage.

Buy: Amazon

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Andalou Pumpkin Glycolic Face Mask

Use: Weekly (Once or twice a week) Leave on 15-20 mins then rinse.

Buy: Whole Foods, Sprouts, Target

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Andalou COQ10 Resveratrol Nightime Moisturizer 

Two huge ingredients for anti-aging. Must have.

Use: Nightly after serum

Buy: Whole Foods, Sprouts, Target

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Nonie of Beverly Hills (AHA) Alpha Hydroxy Daytime Moisturizer

Another must have ingredient for anti-aging.

Use: Daily after serum

Buy: Online only (Nonie of Beverly Hills website)

 

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Athara Moroccan Coffee Eye Cream

I don’t mess around with eye cream. Lyme destroyed my eyes due to Liver issues. If there’s no coffee in it, I’m not interested. Nothing else gets rid of dark circles and puffiness faster than caffeine. And this one is loaded with it.

Use: Every AM first thing like my life depended on it

Buy: Athara Website only

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Alba Coffee Body Scrub 

Can you tell I like coffee in my skin care? This one sets me up for my next product, NKD SKN Organic Self Tanner. It looks flawless if you use this exfoliating scrub first. I use exfoliating mits on both hands for a full body, even scrub.

Use: Only when I shower

Buy: Sprouts or Online

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NKD SKN Organic Self Tanner (Gradual Tan)

Hands down, best self tanner with safest ingredients ever for a self tanner. Beautiful caramel color and no smell!

Use: After shower, after body scrub.

Buy: ULTA

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Reviva Labs Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester and DMAE Cream

Look up these ingredients and see why this cream wins the award for anti-aging. Facelift without the surgery. LOVE.

Use: Super strong and stings a bit so I use this one three times a week as a daily moisturizer in place of the AHA after serum. Game Changer.

Buy: Whole Foods or Sprouts

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Schmidt’s Charcoal Magnesium Deodorant 

Charcoal to absorb the odor and the toxins. No Aluminum necessary. Pretty genius stuff. Smells great. So strong you can skip a day.

Buy: Sprouts or Online

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Activated Charcoal, Coconut Oil, Bentonite Clay Toothpaste (My Magic Mud)

Yep. You heard that right. Black as tar and bad ass. Talk about seriously healthy gums and teeth. Gum and mouth health is SO important for overall health, so choose wisely when it comes to cleaning. Also, whitens teeth brilliantly.

Use: Daily

Buy: Sprouts or Online

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Andalou Naturals Biotin Lavender Shampoo and Conditioner

Yes, I blogged this last year and yes, I still love it. Amazing for fast hair growth and shine.

Use: Shower (Obvi)

Buy: Whole Foods or Sprouts

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Zerran Blue Shampoo (For blondes or blonde Balayage)

I loathe brassy blonde. I also loathe the ingredients in most Blue and Purple Shampoos. It took me a long time to find one that actually takes the brass out, leaving a bright white blonde while also managing to be 100% vegan and plant based.

Use: Shower. I use this after the Biotin shampoo and leave it in for about three minutes.

Buy: Beauty Supply stores, Amazon

 

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Lavender Body Cream (Aura Cacia)

I have super dry skin, so on the days I don’t use the self tanner, I use this. Leaves my skin moisturized for daaaaays.

Use: Daily if needed

Buy: Vitacost. In fact, for the best prices on ALL of the previous listed items, use Vitacost. Fast shipping. Free if you spend $49.

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My Daily Rituals: Best of Organic Beauty Guide (2014)

Oh how I’ve missed you all! Making my “Glo Girl” Comeback all about YOU with quick and easy links included, just in time for the holidays!

I’ve spent the majority of this last year searching and researching every single ingredient in the latest organic beauty products, to find out what truly works and doesn’t for anti-aging and prevention, using only the most natural and organic ingredients possible. This was no easy task. After the first few months, I was finally able to narrow it down to the best of the best. The point of this, was to see what would happen if I used the regimen every single day for one year. And then, of course, blog about it if it, in fact, made a noticeable difference in my skin. (Or I suddenly woke up looking like Tay Swift.)

So how do I know all of this works? A combination of watching my skin age rapidly (at 31) to watching it miraculously “heal” (at 35) and learning as much as I could from the nutritional protocols I’ve been taking for years to restore my health back to optimal, after fighting a three year battle with an autoimmune disorder, chronic inflammation, adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism. All of this, without drugs, and using only organic, food based supplements and food as medicine.

Did I trust this process always? NO. Was I willing to try it? YES. Why? Because I didn’t want to be drugged for the rest of my life. I didn’t want to suffer anymore. I tried all medical routes and they failed me. I wanted to prove “the experts” wrong. I’m stubborn. I don’t give up easily. And thank God for that, because this way of life not only didn’t fail me, it changed me.

The point of bringing up my health history for this particular blog, is that, quite simply, “We Are What We Eat.” Part of what makes my skin look better than ever, is my every day diet. Predominately plant based, high in good fats and omega’s and low in sugar, with nothing processed EVER.

So, with that said, if your diet is total crap, this regimen will not work well. If it’s used in combination with a clean diet, then get ready for a straight miracle. For the first time ever, I can say I’m totally in love with the way my skin looks and feels. Considering thirty-six is just around the corner, when we, as women, are supposed to see the biggest decline in the condition of our skin….. I’m stoked to say, I’m not losing this battle, and hopefully changing the way women look at anti-aging and skin care. Botox and Fillers are not the future of anti-aging and they shouldn’t be the norm. Like drugs, they are a quick fix and loaded with toxic chemicals. Plant based beauty solutions have been around much, much longer and European women, being much more open to this way of anti-aging, are proof that it works.

With that said, these products are absolutely, hands down my go-to’s every single day, and I’m so excited to finally share them with you. Happy Holidays Y’all!

Best Moisturizer: Tied between Elska Apotheke Rosehip and Frankincense Ultra Hydrating Cream (made locally here in Los Angeles) https://www.etsy.com/shop/ElskaApotheke and Super Goji Peptide Perfecting Cream by Andalou Organics. http://www.vitacost.com/andalou-naturals-super-goji-peptide-perfecting-cream. Both of these are anti-aging power houses. I switch these up morning and night.

Best Overall Anti-Aging: Reserveage Organics Naturally occurring Collagen with Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C Supplement. 1 scoop in water daily. http://www.vitacost.com/reserveage-organics-collagen-replenish-with-hyaluronic-acid-vitamin-c-2-75-oz

Best Exfoliator: Acure Organics Seaweed and Chlorella Brightening Facial Scrub. http://www.acureorganics.com/Brightening-Facial-Scrub-p/012.htm

Best CC Cream: Andalou Organics 1000 Roses CC CreamObsessed. I wear this every single day and stopped wearing makeup entirely because of it. Amazing ingredients, including my favorite anti-aging ingredient ever: Roses. Simple as that. PS. If you have oily skin, this CC cream will be waaaaay to moisturizing for you. If you live in a dry climate, like me, and have ultra parched, dry skin, you will fall madly in love. No need to apply anything else. On the run? This is all you need for moisturizer, skin corrector and sheer tint for that “makeup” look. Available in Sheer Nude and Sheer Tan. When people tell me I “GLO” I promise you, this is why. 😉 http://www.vitacost.com/andalou-naturals-1000-roses-cc-color-correct-sensitive-sheer-nude-2-fl-oz-2

Best Oil: Forget Argan Oil. 100% Pure Organic Rosehip Oil is my fave.  Use once or twice a week as a deeply penetrating anti-aging treatment directly after showering when skin is the most dry. http://www.vitacost.com/aura-cacia-deep-rosehip-facial-oil-serum-1-fl-oz

Best Makeup Remover and Serum in One: Hands down, Organic Coconut Oil in a jar!! Dr. Bronners is the best. Removes even the toughest waterproof mascara. Swipe cotton pad over hardened oil. Found, anywhere.

Best Powder Foundation: Mineral Fusion Pressed Powder. I’ve been blogging about this one for years, and it’s still the best. Antioxidant Galore. No Mica. (PS. Right now ALL Mineral Fusion Products are 30% off with free shipping over $60, so stock up on these next few items!) http://mineralfusion.com/index.php/shop/cosmetics/face/pressed-powder-foundation

Best Eye Cream: Kat Rudu Cucumber Cooling Eye Bright Gel. Beverly Hills Beauty Icon famous for her “Jet Set Facial” and responsible for making Kate Beckinsale’s face the most beautiful face over 40 I’ve ever seen. Also, I’m lucky enough to be one of her clients. I adore this woman’s use of organic ingredients.
http://boutique.katrudu.com/product-p/002.htm cucumber cooling eye bright gel

Best Concealer Stick: Josie Maran. Just, yes. http://www.sephora.com/argan-creamy-concealer-crayon-P381727 josie maran concealer stick

Best Lip “Sticks”: Ahhhhhh, I looooooove these. And the Mineral Fusion one is made with coconut oil while offering highly pigmented color. My “go to” day time shade is “Shimmer”. http://mineralfusion.com/index.php/shop/cosmetics/new-sheer-moisture-lip-tints/sheer-moisture-lip-tints Best Red Award goes to Burt’s Bees Crayon in “Napa Vineyard”. Get your Gwen Stefani on. http://www.burtsbees.com/Lip-Crayon/792850028500,default,pd.html

Best Shampoo and Conditioner: For growth and lifeless, fine hair. Andalou Organics Biotin infused S&C is the longest running Shampoo and Conditioner I’ve ever used.
http://www.vitacost.com/andalou-naturals-full-volume-shampoo-lavender-and-biotin-11-5-fl-oz

Best Body Butter: Andalou Organics 1000 Roses Body Butter: Super thick and creamy. Be patient. Takes time to really work in to skin, but SO worth it. Skin retains serious moisture and radiates shine. http://www.vitacost.com/andalou-naturals-1000-roses-body-butter-8-fl-oz

Best Deodorant: I hope, by now, I don’t have to reiterate the importance of using Aluminum Free Deodorant. You’re trapping years worth of toxins that need to come out. Want an all natural deodorant that truly works so you can sweat them out once and for all, while not allowing cancer causing Aluminum to seep in to your breast tissue?! Boom! So good you can skip a day. http://www.trulysnaturaldeodorant.com/ (Store in warm place so that it’s easier to apply).

Best Nail Polish and Nail Polish Remover: There’s nothing worse than the smell of ultra harsh, chemical NPR and absolutely nothing more drying on hands and nails. How the heck does this work so well, smell so good and actually moisturize after removing polish? I have no freaking idea but buy it and you’ll thank me for it. Polish colors also on point. http://mineralfusion.com/index.php/shop/nail-color-and-care/nail-treatments-and-remover/nail-treatments-and-remover

 

 

Harvard Study on the Dangers of Fluoride Finally Hits Mainstream Media (CNN)

Finally, a Harvard Medical doctor speaks out and a study is done proving that Fluoride is a neurotixin! I’ve been blogging about this for years and learned about the connection between my own flouride intake and hypothyroidism, which now affects millions of Americans, primarily women. This is a HUGE step in the right direction, and I am so happy to see that it’s finally going mainstream. I’ve discussed the link between Flouride and Thyroid issues here before, but please know that a huge part of healing my thyroid and autoimmune disorder without drugs was making sure that this supposedly “safe” chemical was nowhere near my body. Fluoride is added to our water supply and can not be removed with a Brita Filter. Use a Reverse Osmosis water filter, which can be ordered online or if buying bottled water, Essentia or Penta, which is RO water in BPA free plastic. Find a bio dentist who does not use Fluoride for cleanings and make sure you buy Fluoride Free toothpaste! (Not Tom’s – he uses other chemicals that I’m not a fan of). Earth Gate and Earth Paste make great ones! These things are all especially important for children, as noted in this article, involving brain function and development.

Please read the full CNN article here.

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/14/health/chemicals-children-brains

2014: The Year of Toxic Free Skin Care: No Injections or Fillers Allowed!

Beauty is only skin deep, but let’s face it, at thirty-five, signs of youth start to fade, lines form, spots appear, and at that moment, the mantra fails to keep. Hydration and Diet are key to healthy skin. Number One. No amount of money you spend on products (yes, that includes La Mer and SK II) can save your skin from the damage done by processed food, sugar and fast food. If someone had explained this to me in my twenties, I wouldn’t have felt (and looked) so crappy at thirty. But looking and feeling crappy at thirty is what lead me to feeling so awesome and youthful at thirty-four, so as they say… there’s a reason for everything. Thank you God, for making me learn it the hard way. Nothing brings on change like misery (vanity), illness (thyroid, hormone imbalance), lots of research and a New Year. Anyone who reads my blog knows I’m an ingredient nut, so just say NO to Botox, fillers, parabens, Mica, etc. Here’s my daily skincare regimen (for now). 2014 Edition. Happy New Year y’all!

1.) I literally go running for MyChelle’s Magnolia “Fresh Eyes”. Before Iced Green tea, before anything, before uttering a word. Wake up. DePuff. And make sure Caffeine is a key ingredient in any anti-puff eye cream. This one is my fave, with a powerful combo of coffee, green tea and cucumber extract. $35. Also in love with the pricier Lotus Eye Gel by “Fresh”. $48

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2.) 100% Pure Rose Water: This is old school. Anti-Aging “OG”. Spray generously every morning upon waking on clean skin. $10

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3.) Claudalie VinoPerfect Serum: I never understood the whole serum craze, but since I received this as a free sample at Sephora, I’m totally hooked. Dark spots vanished and skin tone completely evened out in less than two weeks. Flawless application of moisturizer is a bonus and skin is noticeably softer. Downside: Expensive. Le Sigh. $75.

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4.) Vitamin E Moisturizer by Derma-E: Incredibly moisturizing, insanely inexpensive and killer on wrinkles. Makes up for the cost of above serum. $12.

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5.) Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer – Illuminating (Paraben Free): My Go To since 2008. Flawless Application. No makeup look. $42.

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6.) Mineral Fusion Powder and Concealer: Antioxidant breakthrough. Powerful minerals. Zero Mica. Healthy, glowing finish.  $25.

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So there it is. Don’t forget to load up on Green Juices and lots of water. Essentia or Penta if going bottled. Skincare Supplements are as follows.

Liquid B-12: 5 Drops Per Day

Biotin: 5,000 mg

Standard Process Regeneplex: 3 per day. Read about my favorite supplement here. Only available through Holistic Doctor, Naturopath, Nutritionist or Amazon (if it’s not sold out). http://www.standardprocess.com/Products/Standard-Process/Regeneplex

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Toxic World … Toxic Girl …

One of the things I love most about my job as a bartender, is meeting and getting to know people outside of my comfort zone. My sweet little life in a bubble is so damn sweet, but often “me centered” and let’s face it, there’s nothing like human connection. You realize how important this is later in life. So, with that being said, two of my bar peeps inspired this weeks blog post.

One, a woman in her early forties, who has kicked Cancers’ ass, not two, but THREE times. She is also on Thyroid medication for life, like thousands of other women who are told that this is their only option. No one actually believes you can reverse Thyroid Disease (or any other disease for that matter) naturally. Except… I did it. I’m proof. It’s in the pudding. Ask me.

The other, a regular of mine, who’s known me long enough to see me at my absolute worst, simply said…. “I don’t know what you’re doing, but keep doing it …. You look radiant …. and HAPPY. I don’t know how radiant I actually look, but I can tell you how I feel…  and the “secret” behind it.

We live in a toxic world. Period. If we didn’t, we’d all be running around like Okinawans’, who are living well into their hundreds. I shit you not. Hundreds of them. In perfect health. Watch the documentary “Happy”. But we’re not lucky enough to live in that little corner of the world… famous in Japan for being uber healthy and toxin free. We live in America, where Starbucks and Mc Donalds reign and “health” care and the food industry are basically corruption at it’s finest. (See Monsanto). Most of you don’t know it yet, but you will. There’s a paradigm shift … and it’s happening now. People are finally understanding and grasping the truth behind the food and pharmaceutical industries and disease itself. We have the ability to reverse disease and live healthy, vibrant lives. Our bodies have this awesome ability to fight the good fight if we let it. And yes…. naturally.

All of this takes a hell of a lot of research, and I’ve personally dedicated two years of my life to finding the answers, and a hell of a lot of questions were asked and a healthy amount of skepticism was evident and, yes…. I also had to have faith. A lot of faith. I went from doctor to naturopath to holistic to acupuncturist to herbalist to nutritionist to chiropractor to therapist to neurologist and finally, I looked to myself to get to the bottom of “WHY”? Why we suffer from everything from allergies to autoimmune disorders to autism and why people are healthier in other countries and why vaccines are forced on us but not them and why we insist on genetically engineering our food, while this practice is banned in other countries… and why, why, why? If you don’t ask, you’ll never find the answer. And if you don’t ask for a second opinion, I can pretty much guarantee you’ll be lied to. And most likely, you’ll be prescribed a drug with eighteen side effects or given some diagnosis, often the wrong one, and then maybe you’ll need that drug for life, or worse, maybe you’ll need some absolutely unnecessary surgery or procedure for your lower back pain, which could be cured by simply having a few chiropractic adjustments or taking a hot yoga class. Drugs for life wasn’t an option for me. So make it not an option for you and start living the healthiest live you can live. Now.

I’m here to help you do just that. In simple terms. If you have a major disease, email me and I can help you find a good functional medicine doctor who uses NRT in your area, or if you’re simply tired of taking a medication, I can also help you understand why, how and if you can get off of them.

Here is a simple list of things you can do daily to start living a toxic free life. No hair product or TV dinner is worth death. And eventually, when toxins build up in your body, year after year, it leads to disease, and if left untreated…. death. And sure, you could die tomorrow in a car accident, and yes, I hear this all the time from people who don’t want to make these simple changes, but while you’re here on this earth, why not live happily and healthy? Afterall, “Radiance” is a beautiful thing.

1. Reverse Osmosis Water or Spring Water: Water is THE most important thing for your body. Unfortunately our water supply is loaded with chlorine and fluoride, and that’s just the beginning. Fluoridation of our water is a huge controversy right now, and some states are finally banning it as an additive, especially because it’s even more toxic for children and yes, it’s the stuff that’s in your toothpaste, and it actually causes severe thyroid issues after long periods of use. I stopped using Fluoride Toothpaste over two years ago when I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism. The absolute best thing you can do is get your water from a local spring using http://www.findaspring.com/. This is untouched water from the earth, exactly as it should be with all the good minerals your body needs and zero chemicals. I know that this can be inconvenient, depending on where you live, so in that case, buy Reverse Osmosis water from Whole Foods, because it’s the only system that removes the chlorine and fluoride completely. Brita doesn’t do shit, so don’t waste your money. Make sure you fill up a BPA free container. For more information on the dangers of Fluoride, visit http://www.fluoridealert.org/.

2. Nonstick Pans and BPA Free Plastic: This one is simple, although may seem tough at first. Nonstick pans are chemically treated and those chemicals are seeping in to your food every single time you cook. Switch to Stainless Steel cookware or an Iron Skillet. Worried about the stick? NEVER cook with olive oil (always use Raw) because Olive Oil cooked at very high temps actually goes rancid and you lose the health benefits completely. DO cook with Coconut Oil, which is extremely good for you, and in fact, the best oil out there, because it’s high in Linoleic Acid and can withstand super high temps. Also, voila…. non stick. Canola Oil and Vegetable Oil should be banned. These two items shouldn’t even be in your kitchen. They are two of the most chemically altered “foods” in the American Diet. Say buh-bye.

3. Beauty Products! I don’t care how attached you think you are to Miss Estee Lauder, you couldn’t possibly be more attached than I was when I started this journey. Give up my products? Hell no. But seriously. Hell YES. Parabens, Phthalates, SLS, Triclosan, Aluminum, Glycols, etc. ALL of these ingredients seep in to your skin and over time cause major damage, like speeding up the aging process, hormone disruption, breast cancer and even dementia and early onset Alzheimer’s. Again, this is because we insist on using these things daily, especially deodorant, which we apply, sometimes to broken skin, every single day for like fifty freaking years. Let it go. Let it all go. I blog about the alternatives. They’re amazing. Make the switch. Use Josie Maran or Mineral Fusion for makeup and for hair, go with Shikai, Andalou Organics or the higher end salon line, Oribe, which is my personal fave. As for deodorant, understand that it takes four to six weeks to sweat out the toxins that have been building up in your body, where aluminum has kept it trapped, so it’s not that the hippie Crystal stuff doesn’t work, it just takes awhile! And trust me…. it’s a good thing getting all that junk out once and for all. I apologize in advance for your stink, but I promise you, it’s worth it. Hands down, the best deodorant is Herban Cowboy for Her. Apply a few times daily until your natural scent is no longer offensive, then once daily is fine. Or make your own using coconut oil, essential oils and baking soda. This one works wonders.

4. Tampons: Without getting too detailed here, why is it considered the norm to put an object inside of your body that can potentially cause something called “Toxic Shock Syndrome”, which if left untreated, can cause death? I’m sorry, come again? It’s a tampon. What a crappy way to die. Buy Chlorine Free tampons and pads. Seventh Generation makes them with no warning message attached.

5. Food: Hate to say it, but if you’re shopping in a conventional grocery store, you’re in trouble… unless you’re shopping the perimeter and buying organic. So give up Ralph’s, Von’s, Safeway, Harris Teeter, etc. Why? Because if it’s in a box and you can’t pronounce the ingredients, your body doesn’t know WTF it is or how to process it. Not only that, all that “food” your eating is loaded with processed sugar, lecithins, chemicals and pesticides. Talk about disrupting the body and causing disease, this is the main culprit. Put down the Oreos and for the sake of the next generation, that Coke, or even worse, that Diet Coke you’re drinking, is literally killing you. High Fructose Corn Syrup and Aspartame are absolutely linked to the obesity and cancer epidemic that continues to rise in this country. The research is done and out there. Coke is feeling the pressure and trying to decide whether or not to use Stevia as their new sweetener. They’re feeling the backlash. They’ve even tried fighting the research and the controversy by putting out their own campaign against it, but it failed. If you do consume animal foods,
switch to grass fed beef, organic, free range eggs, Organic Milk, or even better, Raw Milk and stay the F away from fast food. The CAFO’s where the meat in your Double Double comes from is a breeding ground for E Coli and sick, mistreated animals. Also, these animals are grain and soy fed, and in most cases, loaded with antibiotics.

6. Toxic Relationships: This is a tough one, even for me. I have a long history of repeating this pattern. But I promise you, as my friend Brianna recently said, “A toxic relationship can make you ill and keep you there.” This couldn’t be more true and evident in my own life. If someone in your world, whether they are a friend or lover, doesn’t have the ability to be totally supportive, loving, caring, emotionally available and there for your highest good, please…. Let. Them. Go. At a recent wellness conference in NYC, the speaker asked the audience to tell him what the turning point in their journey to “perfect health” was. Most comments had to do with certain healing modalities or a certain supplement taken or doctor seen, but one woman raised her hand and simply said, “The best thing I ever did for my health was to leave my asshole of a husband.” Everyone laughed, but the speaker spoke intensely about the mind/body connection and how toxic relationships can absolutely lead to physical illness. So say goodbye to Mr. Big and find your Aidan, or better yet, go find yourself and recognize your own self worth first. Yes, I just referenced “Sex and the City” and I’m oddly at peace with it.

Happy Toxic Free Journey!

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Kukui Cocoa Body Butter Latte Anyone?

Considering my addiction to Iced Latte’s is a thing of the past, slathering on Andalou Naturals “Kukui Cocoa Body Butter” is about the closest I get to coffee these days. I ache for the sweet smell of a roast coffee bean every so often, and I swear this stuff smells like the best Caramel Latte EVER.

Organic, Fair Trade and made without GMO’s, gluten, parabens, petrochemicals, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic colors, dyes and fragrances, I couldn’t ask for a better body butter, and I’m looooving the fact that it’s made with organic Evening Primrose Oil, Acai Berry, Goji Berry, Kukui, Vitamin C, Capuacu and of course, coffee, to name a few.

Bottom line: Kukui Body Butter is thick, rich and creamy. It takes a little effort to get it all worked in, but it’s so worth it the next day to see and feel your skin…. literally glowing, hydrated and ultra moisturized.

According to Andalou, who are right here in Novato, CA. … Apple + Grape Fruit Stem Cell Cultures advance the longevity of skin stem cells and help protect skin’s DNA against environmental stress and aging factors, and it’s also Verified Gluten-Free, 100% Eco-friendly, Vegetarian & Cruelty-Free!

$12.99 @Whole Foods.

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Tinted Moisturizer: A Girl’s Best Friend

One year ago, on my quest for a healthier, chemical free life, l learned the truth about Parabens and how they effect us, inside and out. I quickly trashed hundreds of dollars worth of products, not feeling a tinge of guilt, until it came to one: “Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer”. It’s like the Holy Grail of makeup, leaving your skin flawless and positively  glowing. I was so peeved about having to let this one go, that I actually sat down and wrote a letter to the company, begging them to keep the same formula while removing any trace of parabens. I was totally shocked when I  received a response from the president the very next day exclaiming excitedly that they were in the process of doing just that, and understood my concern! WOW. Seriously? Major kudos for the response time alone. Unfortunately, it would take months before the newly formulated product hit the market, so in the meantime, I had to search….. and search…. and search for something just as fabulous, and totally natural.

Cut to Holy Grail Senior: “Josie Maran Argan Oil Tinted Moisturizer”. Holy perfect, flawless, even coverage loaded with amazing organic ingredients. Not to mention, “Butter” was a perfect color match for my winter white skin. Downside: There are only four shades, but they are all lovely. In the summertime, I am “Linen”, just a shade darker, giving me a nice summer glow. The Argan Oil alone makes this product super moisturizing, but it’s also thick enough for thorough coverage. Evens out the skin beautifully.

If you don’t live in a dry climate, like Cali…. and you’re in a hot, humid climate, like my home state of South Carolina, this is likely to be a little too moisturizing. If this is the case, and you prefer powder to tinted moisturizer, I highly recommend “Mineral Fusion” powder from Whole Foods. This is the BEST powder makeup I have found to date, and it’s loaded with antioxidants and minerals. Never cakey.

In the meantime, while browsing Nordstrom’s the other day, I headed over to the Laura Mercier counter to find out if they ever did change the formula of my previously fave product. I was beyond thrilled to see the new, Paraben Free version of America’s number one selling tinted moisturizer. I smiled a very big smile. The world is changing, one beauty product at a time. So please, take the time to learn about the toxic ingredients in the products we use daily…..

It can literally save your life.

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