Holy Grail Product: Lina Hanson Global Face Serum

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I just finished my bottle of Lina Hanson Global Face Serum and thought it was about time I write about it. I knew I had to have it after reading green celebrity makeup artist Katey Denno’s blog, The Beauty of It Is. She mentions using it to prep clients skin before makeup like she did here on the beautiful Olivia Wilde.

from LinaHanson.com:

Benefits: reduce signs of fine lines and wrinkles, reduce inflammation and skin irritation, improve complexion and skin elasticity, absorb quickly into skin and the essential oils used are known to uplift mood, relieve anxiety and promote well being.

Ingredients: andansonia digitata (baobab) seed oil, argania spinosa (argan) nut oil*, sclerocarya birrea (marula) kernel oil*, camellia oleifera (camellia) seed oil*, cucurbita maxima (pumpkin) seed oil*, bertholletia excelsa (brazil) nut oil, citrus reticulata (mandarin) oil*, non-gmo tocopherol (vitamin e), citrus aurantium amara (neroli) oil, cymbopogen martinii (palmarosa) oil*, boswellia carteri (frankincense) oil*, cananga odorata (ylang ylang) oil*, fragrance (parfum)**, citral**, limonene**, benzyl alcohol**, benzyl salicylate**, linalool**, farnesol**, eugenol**, geraniol**, benzyl benzoate**.

*Certified Organic
**From natural essential oils

100% Natural and Vegan

– Marula Oil is an antioxidant, anti aging and known to be more potent than Vitamin C in oranges.

– Baobab has been used by African women for centuries to protect their skin from the savannah desert.

– Pumpkin Seed Oil can decrease redness on the skin due to rosacea.

Read more about the benefits of all the ingredients on the Lina Hanson website here.

Price: $99 CAD

Size: 30 ml/1 fl oz

I started using it during the winter time while my skin is even more sensitive, red and dry than normal. It wasn’t enough to use on it’s own so I wore MV Organics Rose Soothing and Protective Moisturizer on top and my skin felt comfortable and wore well under my makeup.

Now that the weather has warmed up I am able to wear it on it’s own. It really plumps up my skin and provides a smooth canvas for my makeup. I apply it on damp skin and it absorbs in quickly without leaving me looking greasy. I’ll usually dry my hair after applying to let it completely absorb before applying my makeup. It wears well under powder, creme and liquid foundations. And like it claims the scent is very uplifting and happy. Best of all it doesn’t irritate my skin or cause breakouts. It keeps my skin calm and balanced.

My previous favourite daytime moisturizer before I cleaned up my products was Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer. I no longer miss it thanks to Lina Hanson!

Have I repurchased? Yes! The Detox Market recently had an amazing Victoria Day sale which I took full advantage of.

Have you used Lina Hanson? What are your thoughts? I’m curious to try the Body Serum next 🙂

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

xo Yumi Rae

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Holy Grail Product: Lina Hanson Global Face Serum

March & April 2015 Empties

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1. Curelle’s Energe Shampoo & Treslite Conditioner (not pictured)

This shampoo is a great alternative and much cheaper option to Yarok’s Feed Your Volume. This has no essential oils which can be irritating. Yarok definitely gives more oomph but this is a cheaper and gentler option. This was my second bottle and I will be repurchasing in the future.

The conditioner was not my favourite but only because I need more moisture for my thick hair. My fiancee however loved it. I continued to use it instead as a shaving cream which I liked (but not as much as Dr Bronners shaving gel). I would buy this again but for my fiancee 🙂

If you are on a budget Curelle is definitely a brand to check out! They sell 500ml bottles for around $18. Everything they make is unscented, gluten-free, vegan, plant derived and of course cruelty-free. If you live in Toronto you can find them at Noah’s Natural Foods otherwise look on their Facebook Page for more info.

2. Weleda Wild Rose Creamy Body Wash

I love the smell of rose scented things and this is no exception. This was purchased on recommendation by my friend and I’m already on my second tube of it. It’s hydrating and rinses clean. The smell sadly disappears once you wash it off. Since going green I had been using bar soaps as they have less ingredients than liquid and typically do not contain aloe in (which I’m allergic to). Luckily this one is aloe-free which is a blessing to me.

3. La Bella Figura Barbary Fig Renewal Serum

I can’t give a fair review of this because it made me realize I’m intolerant to pineapple! I purchased this along with LBF’s Aria serum and was using them together. Once I finished this my skin became less irritated. I love Aria serum and will post about it separately soon.

4. Similasan Dry Eye Relief Drops

My eyes are always dry and itchy especially in the winter. These eye drops are so soothing I always buy two bottles at a time because I would hate to run out. I tried using Clear Eyes after using these for over a year and it burned the heck out of my eyes. Similasan is an all natural homeopathic company with all kinds of herbal remedies. You can find them easily at any health store, Shoppers and even at Wal Mart. The price is a bit steep (around $17) but worth it.

5. Dr Bronners Baby Castille Soap (not pictured)

I’ve mentioned this before but this is one of my favourite green items. I use this for cleaning, hand washing my delicate clothes and washing my makeup brushes.

Have you used any of these products before? What have you finished up lately?

xo Yumi Rae

March & April 2015 Empties

La Bella Figura Jardin De Fleurs

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I recently repurchased this hydrating facial mist. After finishing my first bottle I decided to try something new (and cheaper). Ah I should have known better. This is something I never realized I needed and first bought on a whim. It wasn’t until I was without that I realized – I can’t live without this!

What is is exactly?

From labellafigura.com:

A Hydrating Floral And Enzyme Mist With Super Low Weight Hyaluronic Acid

Jardin de Fleurs Skin Revitalizer refreshes and softens skin while gently restoring elasticity and promoting the renewal of damaged skin cells. Raw Coconut Water and super low weight Hyaluronic Acid deliver and hold intense hydration in connective tissue between cells leaving skin plump, moist and dewy. This awakened state of the skin helps for easy absorption of active serums and moisturizers and effective delivery for high performance. Edelweiss Extract and White Peony soothe and calm and help balance PH levels in the skin. Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Rose Damascena and Carrot Seed Hydrosols aid in reducing skin inflammation and help to create a protective layer for sensitive skin. Helichrysum, Licorice Root and Plantain Leaf target brightness in tone and help stimulate active cell growth.

Ingredients: Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Water, Raw Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Juice/Water*, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Centaurea Cyanus (Cornflower) Water, Helichrysum Italicum Distillate*, Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Water, Daucus Carota (Carrot Seed) Water, Leontopodium Alpinum (Edelweiss) Extract*, Camellia Sinesis (White Peony) Extract, Hibsicus Sabdariffa Flower Extract*, Glycrrhiza Glabra (Licorice Root) Extract*, Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Flower Extract, Plantago (Plantain) Lanceolata Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Vegetable Glycerin, Leuconostoc (Radish Root) Ferment Filtrate, Ethyl Alcohol (Non-GMO)*

*Certified Organic

Skin Type: Skin seeking deep cellular hydration and new collagen promotion. Excellent for mature, dry and acne prone skin. Not recommended for sensitive or allergy prone skin.

Suggested Use: Use before applying active serums, treatments or moisturizers or after applying makeup to set and create a dewy finish. Use anytime of the day to awaken dry or dull skin and boost hydration. After cleansing, mist onto face, neck and décolletage. May be used on a cotton pad as a toner or gentle cleansing treatment.

The effects of this remind me of Laura Mercier’s Skin Perfecting Water Moisture Mist, undoubtedly one of my most beloved skincare products of the past. I use it the same way: after washing and toning, I spray this on and immediately apply my serums/moisturizers. Without this I find my moisturizer is not quite enough even when applied on damp skin. I could get away without this in the summer but wintertime forget it. My skin feels less tight and my makeup applies smoother. It’s also wonderful to mist overtop mineral foundation if you’ve gone overboard and applied too much.

When I was younger (I’m 30 by the way), I wanted to wear as much makeup as possible to cover up my skin. Now that I’m older I want to wear as little makeup as possible – and products like this one allows me to do so.

By the way, this Clementine Fields video is what sold me on buying this the first time.

Have you tried Jardin de Fleurs?

xo Yumi Rae

La Bella Figura Jardin De Fleurs