What’s In The Goodie Box?

Tour The Goodie Box!

Whew! What a month! I’m so excited to have celebrated this month with all of you. Thanks to each and everyone one of you who subscribed to the blog and liked our facebook page. And now for the good stuff! Let’s take a look at what is in the goodie box!

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Cure Natural Aqua Gel

This is a really interesting exfoliator. On clean, dry skin, you apply a dime sized amount all over face and wait about 30 seconds. The gel starts to thicken and turns white. Massage in a circular motion for a minute or so. Then rinse off gel and skin.

 

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Beautycounter Routine Clean

Beautycounter has recently updated this product (along with several others) to now be known as “Nourishing Cream Cleanser” but it is still an oldie but goodie. This is one of my favorite everyday cleansers that cleans well but doesn’t dry your skin.

 

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Purifying Charcoal Mask

Quickly becoming one of my favorite face masks, this charcoal mask rocks! It is a mineral-rich mix of clay and charcoal that pulls out impurities and soothes your skin. A little goes a long way and this is now a weekly routine around my house.

 

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Ursa Major Face Wash

I had originally found this product through some samples with another purchase. I did some background checking on the ingredients before giving it a shot and I’m glad I did. It is a great cleanser that feels soothing and tingly and does a great job of removing stubborn makeup. For the non-fussy peeps that are still looking for a great product, this one is worth checking out and could easily be a cleanser for all family members.

 

DIY Antibacterial Balm

Well this stuff is just amazing. A friend sent me a link to this recipe thinking it looked like something I would make. You know I had to try it and am glad I did! It was very easy to put together and is one of the more versatile products I have concocted. Aside from healing cuts and scrapes, I have found it works great for a cuticle cream. It is really thick and due to the beeswax, creates a great moisturizing barrier with staying power. Love, love, love this stuff.

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Naturulz Foot Repair

This product was a drugstore find that I picked up rather skeptically. The packaging does scream natural product but reading the ingredients was reassuring. I’ve been using this for the past few months and love it’s moisturizing ability. It is pretty oily and melts in your hand so a little goes a long way and you are definitely going to want to put on some socks after applying it and walking around the house.

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Moksha Body Oil

Those who know me, can attest to my favorite fall/winter fragrances being woodsy and deep. I’ve long worn a CB I hate perfume scent for years called ‘Burning Leaves’ but was super excited to find this body oil that smelled nearly the same! Since it is in an oil form it is long wearing and blends nicely into the skin.

thievesoilThieves Oil in Jojoba

This little gem is also a good health hack for the winter months. The history of the ‘thieves oil’ blend dates back to the Bubonic Plague where robbers would cover their hands and selves with a blend of oils to ward off germs while they robbed plague suffers and not get sick themselves. Now I don’t advocate using this for nefarious purposes, it will help you fight off germs while keeping you smelling deliciously like Christmas. You can wear it like a fragrance or spread it more widely on your body like an oil.

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Rose Tea

Good for tea time and good for your skin! I love this tea. It is probably one of my favorites. Daily use of the Siberian Rose tea is said to give you a healthy complexion, promote skin hydration, and act as a gentle sleep aid. It is helpful in clearing toxins and restoring balance to the intestines. Rose teas are very high in vitamin C, which is an important component in maintaining healthy and radiant skin.

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Dr. Bronners Lip Balm

I’m sure to a lot of you Dr. B’s needs no introduction. Their main soap line can be used for everything from self care to home cleaning. I use their products for a lot of things around my house. I didn’t have any idea that they made lip balm! On a trip to my local herbal supply store, I found the orange ginger balm and tried it out. Love it. Great moisturizer, not too waxy. It is just what you are looking for in a basic lip balm.

 

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My Scheming Q10 and Collagen Firming Facial Mask

On to the masks! I’ve picked up a couple of these boxes at our local asian supermarket and these are some of my favorites. Now I am giving away my last one and they are temporarily out of stock! Keep your eyes peeled for more. They are firming and toning and like other Korean sheet masks, are a nice little spa day right in your own home.

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Snail Bee Mask

While hydrating, this mask seemed to have the most benefit as a skin brightener. I felt like my skin was glowing after using it. This was amplified if I used the masks a few days in a row. It seemed to take a few years off and melt the look of stress away.

 

Whew! That about covers it! I hope you enjoy the package Sheryl. Included in the box is this handy-dandy little legend showing what product matches what sample (With Stickers!! Yep- I’m a dork  ;)). Feel free to message me in the comment section with any questions! xoxo ~Shell&Shine

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5 Best Morning Practices For A Glowing Face

  1. Hot Filtered Water With Lemon

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Besides hydration, what are the benefits of drinking lemon water in the morning? Incorporating with your morning routine, this is a great way to wake up (I prefer over coffee) and detox. Lemons are super rich in vitamin C and drinking lemon water regularly can even out skin tone and brighten up your complexion. The vitamin C in lemon water fight damage caused by free radicals and promote your body’s own collagen production.

 

  1. Rose Tea

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Also rich in vitamin C and delicious, after I drink a cup of lemon water, I move onto the Rose Tea. I’ve talked about this before and can’t stress enough, how great this is for skin health.

 

  1. Routine Clean Cream Cleanser by Beauty Counter

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Next, on to washing your face! This one took me awhile to find. I’ve been a bar soap and water  gal for a long time. My skin is so sensitive; Most things I tried irritated it. I had been trying the beauty counter line of moisturizers and got a sample of this cleanser. I was shocked at how gentle yet effective this stuff was. Hooked!

 

  1. Sonic Cleansing Brush from Michael Todd

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This was a bit of a splurge for me. At $150 a brush, it is a little more than I would want to spend on something that may have seemed unnecessary but I gave it a shot and love this sonic brush. Mind you, I am NOT someone who likes extra hassle in my routine so anything that doesn’t stay charged or just work is quickly nixed. The Michael Todd Cleansing Brush just works and isn’t much trouble at all. It gives you a deep clean and a great facial massage which is said to firm skin, even tone, reduce breakouts, and promote collagen production. This particular model has antimicrobial technology to keep the brush clean so you don’t spread around more dirt and germs. I still clean mine with tea tree soap after using it to assure it’s cleanliness. This brush also has a timer so you can move the brush around your face and keep track of each section’s massage time.

 

  1. Best Moisturizer

Last but not least, on with some moisturizer. I love the Beauty Counter Everyday AM Hydrating Cream. Not too heavy. Not too light. I’d say, just about right :).

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