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

 

 

Meet Bonafide Bombshell Maria Brickey!

About a month ago, in the middle of getting a pedi and simultaneously instagramming a shot of my toes, I glance up for a moment and see Maria Brickey. She’s adorable and I can’t take my eyes off of her. Fuchsia Pink hair, boyfriend jeans, flip-flops, strategically placed, artsy tattoos and perfect skin. I’d love to knock off perfect points for the Trenti sized Starbucks cup she’s holding, but I don’t … because it’s filled with water. “She can’t be more than twenty-eight,” I think, but I raise it to thirty when she sits down next to me. Not because she doesn’t look young, but because she’s more woman than girl close-up. I want to say something to her, but I stumble like I’m crushing on Macklemore and ask her what brand her boyfriend jeans are? “American Eagle Outfitters,” she sweetly replies with a smile. And then we don’t shut-up. We literally finish each others sentences. Here’s what I find out about Maria in the next thirty minutes:

She’s actually forty-two, married to her high school sweetheart (who later walks in with full sleeves), and a mother of four, one of whom is eighteen!? When she tells me this I look at her the way I once looked at Gwen Stefani in a swanky LA hotel bathroom. The “Seriously You’re Not Just Perfect Because They Airbrush The Crap Out of You, You Are Actually Perfect” look. I’m fascinated by this real life Gwen Stefani, mainly because she doesn’t have a team of stylists, a personal chef, Tracy Anderson kicking her butt and she’s not a millionaire. She’s a local, Petaluma stay at home mom who shares my weird Essie Nail Polish fetish, Iced Green Tea addiction and Coconut Oil for everything mantra. We almost share a birthday. I’m May 7th, she’s May 8th. Team Taurus yo. We both use the adjective “rad” and “bad ass” even though it’s clearly not the 80’s anymore. We’re both health obsessed and quickly learn that even though we got in to this mess via Vanity, it isn’t about Vanity at all, but about finding “Perfect Health” at any age. We eat clean and, at the moment, we’re both doing some seriously heavy detoxing. I love her because if she said anything less than all of this, I’d have to rethink my entire blog. If Botox and processed foods were her jam, and she looked this damn good, then everything I preach would be for naught.

I love her because she wants everyone around her, including her family, to be healthy too, so she painstakingly makes everything from scratch, even pasta and bread for the kids. It’s all about ingredients, even if you’re not gluten free. I love her because after twenty-five years together, she still thinks her husband is hot as hell and refers to him as her boyfriend on weekends. I love her because this is her latest Facebook message to me:

“Bought organic wheat berries from whole foods, sprouted them, dehydrated them, ground them into whole wheat flour, and made homemade free range chicken egg pasta… hell yeah! I bought some sorghum flour for myself, so no gluten for me, I’ll letcha know if it turns out…. Here’s to bad ass health conscious chicks!!”

For Maria’s baby soft skin (and no, I can’t stop touching her arm when I see her), take Dead Sea Salt baths once every few weeks to sweat out toxins. This consists of hot water and Masada Genuine Sea Salts, and no lotion afterwards, just straight coconut oil on entire body and face.

Maria’s Green Smoothie Recipe:

Blend:
8oz purified water with organic
1 bunch fresh spinach
3-4 stalks of celery
1 pear
1 apple
1 banana
1/2 head of romaine or red leaf lettuce
Juice of 1 lemon
Pinch of sea salt
Blend on high until smooth.

Maybe Maria is who I would have been, had I done the whole marriage/kids thing at eighteen. I would have done it her way. With love and loyalty to herself and her family, and the smarts to take care of herself and her body enough to look like a bonafide bombshell at forty-two. I mean, her kids must think she’s rad, and her husband must think he’s married to a bad ass …..

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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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organic girly stuff i love.

Neem Toothpaste and Mouthwash – I discovered this at Healthy Home Market in the South End of Charlotte. Actually, a hippie chick named Kiki introduced me to it. I was skeptical, but after many years of dealing with bleeding gums on the upper right side of my mouth… every single time I brushed, I was over it. The start of Gingivitis? According to my dentist in LA, yes. Fluoride is the conventional method for treating Gingivitis, but read about the dangers of Fluoride and why it’s banned in so many countries, and you’ll think twice. We are the only country who currently adds Fluoride to our drinking water. It may be okay to use topically, but it should never be swallowed. And your Brita filter will not remove it. I only discovered the news about Fluoride when I recently realized that I may be suffering from Hypothyroidism, which my mother has. Rapid weight gain and exhaustion are the first signs. Fluoride is actually toxic, and can completely throw your Thyroid off balance. I’ve been using fluoride toothpaste for twenty years, not to mention, all those visits to the dentist and drinking “filtered” tap water? So trying a little Neem couldn’t hurt. After all, I’d spent $1,000 in 2009 for a deep cleaning that was supposed to stop the bleeding and never did. After one week of using this, along with the mouthwash, my gums have completely stopped bleeding for the first time in ten years! So… get off the fluoride and get on the Neem! Also, drink Smart Water, Fiji or Evian, which are all Fluoride free. I highly recommend Himalaya Organique Toothpaste with Neem and Pomegranate. Less than $6 at http://www.vitacost.com or your local Health Food Store.

Studies agree with the anecdotal evidence and thousands of years of traditional use. Neem can…

  • prevent and heal gum disease,
  • prevent cavities,
  • eliminate bacteria that cause cavities and inflammation of the gums,
  • prevent bacteria from adhering to your teeth (reduce plaque),
  • enhance mouth immunity in general,
  • freshen breath.