Year in Beauty (2019)

Non-Toxic beauty products are more popular than ever, and it’s making my heart happy! Having left Los Angeles, after 18 years, and moving to Charleston, SC. I feared the worst in finding good skincare accessible. We certainly have Sephora and Ulta, but I was shocked to learn that Wal-Mart is now carrying some of the bests! Schmidt’s Charcoal Magnesium deodorant is available at $4.99 vs. $9.99 at Whole Foods in LA. This means Americans are finally demanding better, safer products at a more affordable price. I also purchased Charcoal Mouthwash while I was there. I could get used to this! Anyway loves, in honor of my 40th birthday on Tuesday (I started this blog when I was 31) let’s get to the best products of 2019. Happy belated New Year.

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Coola Rosilliance Mineral BB+ Cream Tinted Organic Sunscreen SPF 30

This may not only be my favorite BB day cream of 2019, but my favorite BB cream ever. Loaded with organic extracts of Rose, Myrrh, Rosemary and Cucumber and including Plankton Extract, this BB cream actually has a cooling effect when applied. It dries beautifully, gives flawless coverage and invigorates the skin while calming redness. I use light/medium and love the fact that there’s zero orange tint. $52. Buy here: Coola BB Cream

Thrive Causmetics Fabu-Lash Liquid Eyeliner + Mascara Set

I’ve been using this mascara for over two years now without switching. That’s huge. I feel like mascara is one of those products where we’re constantly on the lookout for better, less clumpy and more hydrating etc. This mascara dramatically lengthens even the shortest lashes. The liner is just a bonus.

 

Orchid Stem Cell Complex™: stimulates + encourages lash growth.

Flake-Free Liquid Fiber Technology™: buildable fibers, Korean pasque, usnea barbata (lichen) plant extract + piperitum fruit extract rejuvenate and soothe lashes, improving overall lash health + strength. Vitamin B5 + sodium hyaluronate: moisturizes + strengthens lashes. $40. Buy here: Thrive Causmetics

 

 

Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer

Formulated with Amazonian Clay and Mineral Pigments, Vegan and without Parabens, Mineral Oil or Sulfates, you can’t go wrong with this formula for bronzer. My favorite shade is “Park Avenue Princess.” $30. Buy here: Tarte Bronzer

Schmidt’s Activated Charcoal Toothpaste

The reason I’m such a huge fan of Charcoal toothpaste, is that it literally absorbs toxins from the gums while whitening teeth naturally. Charcoal was essential during my recovery from Lyme Disease, as the toxin load in the body can be extremely high. Why not incorporate it into our oral hygiene considering how powerful it is and how important gum heath is for preventing disease. Formulated with vitamins and botanical extracts. $5.99. Buy here or anywhere: Schmidt’s Charcoal Toothpaste

Burt’s Bees Lip Shine

I’d really love to say I use a fancier lip gloss, but I keep coming back to this as my daily lip shine. 100% natural. Glossy, long lasting and a beautiful shine. Currently using the shade “Whisper.” $6.99. Buy here or anywhere: Burt’s Bees Lip Shine

Renew Face and Eye Cream in One

Having a day moisturizer and eye cream formulated into one product is the best reason I can think of to choose this as your daily moisturizer. Not to mention, it’s formulated with vitamins, minerals and amino acids like Hyaluronic Acid, Sunflower Seed Oil, Kiwi Extract, Argan Oil, Green Tea, Moringa Seed Oil, Vitamin C and Vitamin A. It balances oily skin that won’t clog pores or cause acne, extra hydrating for dry skin. $19.87. Buy here: Amazon

Oznaturals Vitamin C and Sea Hydration Mask

I use this mask once a week. There are tons of masks out there, but I keep coming back to this one based on it’s simple yet powerful ingredients. Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin B5, Spirulina Extract and Giant Sea Kelp Extract. $19.99. Buy here: Amazon

The Creme Shop – Cold Brew Face Mask

These are just fun … and miraculous. Who doesn’t love a Korean Face Mask! Formulated with Cold Brew Coffee as it’s main ingredient, there is no better mask to wake up to when you’re feeling tired and puffy. Leave on 10-15 minutes and wake up your entire face. I use these religiously as part of my morning routine. $14.25 for 5. Buy here: Amazon

Acure Mega Moisture Argan Oil & Pumpkin Shampoo and Conditioner.

I’ve been using this combo all year and still love it. Beautiful, healthy hair with some of the cleanest ingredients around. $9.99. Buy here: Target

Heritage Store Rose Petal Rosewater

This is the best, most inexpensive secret to anti-aging there is. Forget botox. Rosewater has been around for thousands of years and is, by far, the most anti-aging product you’ll ever use. I’ve been following the studies and stories about Rosewater for almost a decade now. The anti-aging industry has fooled women into thinking that they must spend hundreds of dollars on reversing aging. These are large corporations like Estee Lauder and Clarins, but the truth is, these products are the opposite of anti-aging. They’re loaded with toxins that will not only make your skin look older, but will cause internal health issues with continued use. I will undoubtedly use Rosewater the rest of my life, as it’s an ancient tradition and is known as the fountain of youth. Spray PM before bed, and first thing in the morning upon waking. If using the Cold Brew Masks, spray afterwards. Let dry. $5.53. Buy here and stock up: Vitacost

Lyme Disease and Autoimmune Disorders

Chronic Fatigue, Muscle/Nerve Pain, Fibromyalgia… All of these are symptoms of a much bigger issue, most notably, Lyme Disease. I, myself, was in chronic pain from 2011-2016 without a proper diagnosis, until Borrelia and Babesia (a co-infection of Lyme) were eventually discovered with further testing. Lyme is easily missed with standard blood tests, as I was originally tested for the disease back in 2011 when my symptoms first began. That test was negative. The disease spread rapidly and by 2013 and my muscles, nerves, heart and lungs  were badly damaged by the constant autoimmune attack on my body, which also caused debilitating  pain. In 2016 I received treatment at the Infusio Clinic with Dr. Philip Battiade, a brilliant German Homeopathic Doctor. I skipped the antibiotic route entirely and did immune modulation, anti-microbials, vitamin IV’s and finally, an innovative stem cell treatment using fat cells from my abdomen. This is how my health journey began, and why I fight so hard for the health of others and Functional Medicine, which focuses on the root cause of disease, not just temporary relief of symptoms. In the conventional medical world, immunosuppressives and steroids are used to “treat” autoimmune disorders. I find this to be counterintuitive as it puts further stress on the body. Please message me if you have any questions about treating Lyme, immune modulation or autoimmune disease.

Psychology Today Article on Lyme

Infusio Clinic Germany/Los Angeles

Nutritious Gluten Free Blueberry Pancakes . . .

The struggle is real y’all. I’ve spent a year testing out every fancy GF pancake mix and “from scratch” recipes made up by yours truly, armed with my crazy, geeky knowledge of only the most nutrient dense ingredients. I failed at this so many times and wondered if a fluffy, delicious and nutritious gluten free pancake could exist in our world, without being flat like a crepe or utterly tasteless. So here it is. Pancakes made from…. Garbanzo flour?? Yep. You got it.

Start with this mix: Authentic Foods Gluten Free Pancake Mix http://www.vitacost.com/authentic-foods-gluten-free-pancake-baking-mix-1-25-lbs. Do not confuse this with their gluten free all purpose flour. Ingredients of mix are as follows: Brown Rice flour, Garfava Flour (Garbanzo), Baking Powder, Sea Salt and Vanilla.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 2 organic, pasture raised eggs, (replace eggs with 2 pureed bananas if Vegan), 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil (I melt it quickly in a non-toxic, non-stick pan before starting, then use the remaining oil to cook them in) 2 tablespoons of Raw Coconut Sugar (the only sugar that doesn’t shock the body besides date sugar) and 1 teaspoon of non-alcoholic vanilla extract. All of these things can be found at Whole Foods or at http://www.vitacost.com. Once all of this is mixed together, slowly stir in 1 cup of Pancake Mix. Allow to sit for a few minutes while heating up the skillet, which should have a thin layer of coconut oil.

Pour batter into skillet using med to high heat. I like to make one large pancake at a time, but size of pancakes is up to you. After a minute or so, drop in and scatter a few fresh, organic blueberries on top. Once the pancake starts to bubble, flip and cook until there is no longer batter in the center of pancake. Lower the heat if necessary. Remove and cover with REAL maple syrup.

PS. The batter is deceiving and looks and tastes like garbanzos, so I was completely shocked to discover how amazing they are fresh off the griddle. There you have it folks. Eat Clean. Be Well.

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Gluten Free Spinach Pasta in a Basil Pesto Sauce with Raw Pecorino Cheese

Gluten Free Spinach Pasta in a Basil Pesto Sauce with Raw Pecorino Cheese

Healthy Recipe for the day y’all: This was my lunch yesterday and it was so fast, simple and delicious. #eatclean

Bring water to boil. Add a generous amount of Himalayan Pink Salt to boiling water. Add desired amount of “Pasta Joy” Brown Rice Spinach Pasta (gluten free) and cook for 16 minutes on med/high heat. Pasta made from brown rice takes a little longer to cook, but mine was perfectly Al Dente. Strain. Return to pot. Add a little olive oil and a basil pesto sauce. Top with grated parm. Use raw cheese if possible. Enjoy.

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies!

So I really wanted to keep this recipe a secret…. for selfish reasons, I’ll admit. I swear, these cookies are so damn good (and so damn good for you) I could set up a stand at my local farmer’s market, and eventually, package them, go global, and sell them at Whole Foods nationwide. Okay, so I dreamed a little big on this one, and 2013 is shaping up to be ambitious enough considering all other unfulfilled dreams (ie. Finish new music project “ExLions”, finish writing memoir “Let Love Rule”, get in killer shape via bad 80’s workout videos, blog more, and also, pitch idea to local paper, “The Bohemian” to be a Dear Abby of sorts, for people with questions about health and diet, under the guise of “Health Chick”.) So basically, because of my determination to apparently become Super Woman (and a New York Times Bestselling Author) you luck out and get this insanely delish recipe!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup Organic Coconut Flour

3/4 cup Organic Buckwheat Flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

8 tblspn (1 stick) Organic Lightly Salted Butter (preferably from grass fed cows)

1 cup Organic Raw Coconut Sugar

1 Egg (Organic, free range)

1 1/2 teaspoons of Alcohol Free, Organic Vanilla Extract

1 cup dark chocolate chips (higher than 60% cacao)

Eden French Celtic Sea Salt

Preheat oven to 375. Mix together in large stainless steel bowl, butter and coconut sugar until well mixed. Butter should be room temp. Beat in egg and Vanilla.

In separate bowl mix together coconut flour, buckwheat flour and baking soda. Add this to the butter/egg mixture and stir until you have thick but smooth cookie dough. Stir in Chocolate Chips. Voila.. batter.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and scoop out 12 cookies. Add a pinch of sea salt to the top of each cookie and bake for 9 to 11 minutes on center rack. Take out when slightly browned. Enjoy…. guilt free.

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about gotta love organic…

This is my first real attempt at a blog, and for those of you who know me, you all know how much I love and believe in all things organic! And the more I learn, the more I’d like to teach. Through trial and error, I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t. And I have the bank statement to prove it. I’ve spent more money than I’d care to think about on natural remedies and beauty products, so here’s hoping my advice will help save you the headache of searching for receipts and waiting in return lines. I’ve tried it all ya’ll, and these products win! And believe me when I say I fought the good fight to keep wearing my Clinical Strength Secret deodorant and brushing with Crest 3D Vivid White Toothpaste. But the more research I did, the more I realized that all of the chemicals and additives in the world, just aren’t worth the health risks. So check back weekly for more featured products and herbal remedies! I live for this stuff!