Apr 182015
 

Living Libations Product Review (from my wish list) - www.RadianceCentral.com

Another Living Libations Review!

Two months ago I did a review of Living Libations skin care line of all the products I love, repurchased, and recommend. At the end of the review, I included my Wish List of items I still wanted to buy and try. Little did I know at the time, I would be gifted those very items!

How I was gifted my Living Libations Wish List?

I’m not sure you know this, but I’m actually a very shy person. Over the years I have featured various product reviews on Raw Radiant Health and Radiance Central, as well as in newsletters to my mailing list, but I’ve never forwarded the reviews to the companies and brands I’ve reviewed! Yes, very strange, I know! Even in cyberspace, I’m very shy! This is something I’m working on. So, a week after I posted the review of the Living Libations products, I decided to send them the link to the product review. I love their products, why not let them know?!

Well, after I sent Living Libations the link, they replied telling me they wanted to send me the products on my Wish List, all the way to Bali!!! Words can’t express just how excited, thrilled, and overjoyed I was (let’s just say I was jumping up and down like I had won the lottery!!). A few weeks later the products on my Wish List arrived, and oh my goodness are they HEAVENLY, definitely worthy of a full review!

What was on my Living Libations Wish List?

Let’s start with what was on my Wish List – Gardenia Petal Perfume, RoseGlow Creme, and Vanilla Best Skin Ever. I’m excited because each item is so different, and I’ve been using all products daily for over 2 weeks to give you a full, honest review.

My love affair with Gardenia

I’ve mentioned in my previous review of Living Libations how much I love gardenia flowers. I have gardenia trees growing in my garden, I keep making my husband plant more, and one day when we build our own home, we plan to plant gardenia trees outside the bedroom windows (who wouldn’t want to wake up to the beautiful aroma of fresh gardenia flowers every day?). I love gardenias that much!

Gardenia from my garden - www.RadianceCentral.com(Gardenia from my garden!)

As much as I love the fresh gardenia flowers, I’ve never found a good gardenia perfume I liked (especially a natural, non-toxic one) until I received Living Libations Gardenia Petal Perfume! Oh my gooooooodnessssss! I have to say they have found a way to bottle gardenia in it’s truest, most divine form. It’s that good. When people describe perfumes as intoxicating, I now understand what they mean, Gardenia Petal Perfume is intoxicating, it’s absolutely gorgeous. I normally don’t wear perfume because I am so picky about scents, but since receiving Gardenia Petal Perfume, I’ve been wearing it every single day (sometimes to bed too!). I’ll be honest and say I started panicking about what will happen when it runs out?!! I’ve now started saving money to buy the larger bottle!

Living Libations Gardenia Petal Perfume - www.RadianceCentral.com

RoseGlow Crème revisited

As mentioned in my previous Living Libations review, I love the RoseGlow line, both the serum and face cream, so I was super excited to receive a jar of the RoseGlow Creme. I finished my last jar of the RoseGlow Creme when I was pregnant with Luna Ray, so it’s been over a year and a half since I last used it. Once I started using it again, from the first day on, I was sweetly reminded just how much I love the RoseGlow products.

There’s just something about the RoseGlow Crème that is so gentle and nourishing. Being close to 40 and living in the hot tropics, I need a good moisturizer that is rich enough to deeply moisturize my skin, but light enough that it doesn’t settle on the surface of my skin or feel too heavy. What I love about the RoseGlow Crème is it’s not heavy, and it’s not too light either, it’s right in the middle, so it can be used in any climate, and probably on any skin type that needs a moisture boost, especially for those that are over 35, and their skin is starting to “mature.”

Living Libations RoseGlow Creme - www.RadianceCentral.com

The Vanilla Best Skin Ever

I will be very honest and say that I was VERY nervous about trying the Vanilla Best Skin Ever. Here’s the story why:

Not too long ago I did a blog post about how my skin care routine has changed over the years. One of the biggest changes in my skin care routine was after I gave birth to my daughter, I switched from using raw honey to wash my face, to using coconut oil. I made the switch because post-pregnancy I was having all sorts of skin issues like rashes, breakouts, and dry skin. I attributed it to nursing/breastfeeding, the fluctuating post-pregnancy hormones, sleepless nights, sleeping with air conditioning (my daughter gets terrible heat rash otherwise), and the fact I’m getting older too.

I really took to washing my face with oil, not only was it moisturizing, but gentle as well. Up until a month or so ago, I was always using coconut oil to wash my face twice a day. Aside from a small rash on my forehead, my skin seemed to respond well to cleansing with the oil. Then one day I ran out of coconut oil, and substituted it with olive oil. Two days after using the olive oil the rash on my forehead completely vanished! I had that rash for over a year, it was not a red rash, nor an itchy rash, just very tiny little bumps, like dermatitis, that I never connected to the coconut oil. For some reason I always thought the bumpy skin had to do with nursing and post-pregnancy hormones because I developed the patch of bumpy skin right after giving birth. For some reason I never connected the change of facial cleansers to the rash, perhaps because it was not something that appeared overnight, but gradually developed.

So imagine if the skin on your forehead went from bumpy to super smooth in less than an a week, all from changing your cleanser – would you switch your cleanser to something else right away, try something new? Probably not! And that was the predicament I was in. I had just switched from using coconut oil that was causing tiny bumps on my forehead, to olive oil which cleared it all up (and fast), and then I received the beautiful gift of Vanilla Best Skin Ever, which is a cleansing oil. I was terrified to try it, but at the same time it smelled so good, I couldn’t resist.

Living Libations Vanilla Best Skin Ever - www.RadianceCentral.com

Vanilla Best Skin Ever is actually giving me the best skin ever!

It’s now been 2 weeks I’ve been using Vanilla Best Skin Ever, and it is awesome! I love it! The bumpy rash never returned on my forehead (thank goodness!), my skin is clear and smooth, and instead of leaving an oily film on my skin that a lot of oils do, I find my skin is more velvety and smooth after washing it, as opposed to oily and shiny. I think this is because the oil itself is very light, not heavy at all.

Experimenting with different oil facial cleansers. 

I have to say it’s been a really good experience experimenting with all these different oils to cleanse my face with, because each one seems to do something different to my skin! As happy as I was with having the olive oil clear up the bumpy texture on my forehead, I found that within 2-3 hour of washing my face with olive oil, my skin would get terribly oily. Not just a mid-day shine, but an actual heavy layer of oil would accumulate on the surface of my skin, and by mid-day I would have the urge to re-wash or rinse my face. This never happened with the coconut oil (but I got the bumpy forehead instead), and luckily when I switched to the Vanilla Best Skin Ever, I’ve had none of these skin issues whatsoever.

So based on my experience, if one oil cleanser doesn’t work well, or causes a rash or breakouts, doesn’t mean all oils will! Do keep experimenting and trying different ones. Nowadays there’s so many different oils available, either as pure oil, or oil-blends that companies like Living Libations formulate. I have to say I’m loving the Vanilla Best Skin Ever, not only is it great as a cleanser, but it smells beautiful, and can even be used as body oil as well (or even a few drops on your wrist as a very subtle perfume). Love, love, love!!!

A huge thank you, not only for the gift, but for making such lovely products!

To end off I would like to thank Living Libations for the beautiful gift (I’m already saving-up to re-purchase the Gardenia Petal Perfume!). I truly love their products! Since doing the last review of their product line, many of you have been sharing what you’ve bought from them, and what you recommend, which has been a lot of fun!! (I love reading reviews!). From everyone’s recommendations, over and over again I keep hearing great things about Living Libations Seabuckthorn Shampoo & Conditioner, (which for some reason I never thought to try), and MANY people have been recommending the Seabuckthorn Best Skin Ever.

Have you used any of Living Libations natural skin care products? If so what have you tried? Please share!


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Mar 192015
 

Tips for dark circles under eyes - www.RadianceCentral.com

Do you have dark circles under your eyes and it’s not coming from a lack of sleep?!

As a kid I suffered from dark under eye circles, in fact my mother would put me to bed earlier and earlier hoping it would go away! The dark circles had nothing to do with a lack of sleep, or how rested I was. It was only until she took me to a doctor, did we find out I had bad environmental allergies, especially to dust which was causing the problem. Even today, after all these years, I still have to take extra pre-cautions to make sure my home is free of dust, and other airborne allergens.

Based on my own experience and those of others, dark circles under the eyes can be caused by many things from fatigue, allergies, eye strain, dehydration, diet, deficiencies, health conditions, and even one’s facial bone structure.

Here’s a bunch of suggestions I have if you have dark circles under your eyes: 

 

1- Go for a check-up

Always best to check-in with a doctor or naturopath and have them take a look at you, and do the appropriate tests (like blood tests). Dark circles under the eyes can be caused by deficiencies like an iron deficiency (anemia), or it could be a sign that you have a thyroid issue, adrenal issue, etc.

2- Boost your nutrition by eating nutrient dense foods

Eat more vegetables! Not only eating more, but having more variety, plus cooking and preparing your vegetables in different ways will ensure you are getting a good variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Some nutrients are better absorbed when the food is cooked, others are more absorbable when the food is raw– so best to have a good combination of both! Personally, I like to  prepare my vegetables in all different ways like having salads, soups, smoothies, freshly pressed green juices, raw veggies and dip, steamed or sautéed vegetables, baked vegetables, etc– this ensures I have a lot of variety, cover my nutritional needs, and I continue to enjoy my healthy food!

Drinking freshly pressed green juice (daily) and/or wheatgrass juice (regularly) will also give you a nutritional boost. Many people have noticed that over time of adding fresh juice to their diets, dark circles and puffiness around the eyes go away. If you don’t have access to fresh juices, you can always try a green powder – personally I will always say that “fresh is best,” but I also know that not everyone has immediate access to fresh juices, so in the time being, you can add a good quality green powder to your diet.

Like freshly pressed green juices, homemade bone broth is also a fantastic addition to your diet, not only for the minerals but to boost your body’s collagen production as well, which is always good for having a more youthful appearance and healthy skin.

3- Avoid eye strain

Don’t be staring into computer screens, tablets, and phones for too long. Make sure to be reading in well lit areas, and most importantly, take breaks! You eyes need rest too!

4- Sleeping in an environment that is clean, dust-free, clutter-free, and even hypo-allergenic

When you sleep at night, make sure there is fresh air and good air circulation. If possible, open a window slightly to get some good, clean air in. If using an air conditioner or central heating, make sure the vents are clean, free of any mold, dirt, or dust.

Make sure your sleeping area is clean, dust-free and doesn’t have too many objects around it that can accumulate dust. Best to clean your bedroom and especially your sleeping area at least once or twice a week, change bed linens and pillow cases regularly, and also flip your mattress and pillows regularly. All these things can make a big difference, not only on your under eye circles, but the quality of your sleep, and overall health as well!

Some people have allergies to feathers (or the dust and microbes that accumulate in feathers). Perhaps replacing your down duvet and pillows with synthetic fiber filled ones can help (I know for myself this has always made a huge difference), or you can even try to sleep without a pillow!

5- Different sleep positions may help

Sometime sleeping with a an extra pillow to prop your head higher can help to prevent water retention or accumulation in the face and under the eyes, which could be contributing to the appearance of dark circles under your eyes. Even changing your sleeping position can help too, perhaps if you sleep on your stomach or side, try sleeping on your back and see if that helps.

6- Decreasing salt and sodium in your diet

There are definitely certain foods and condiments loaded with salt or sodium that is anything but beautifying! I know for myself anything with tamari, soy sauce, or miso makes my under eyes ballon! Keep note if some mornings you wake up with serious puffiness, what did you eat the day before that could be causing it?

7- Homemade Eye Masks

Need a quick eye pick-me-up or a temporary solution? Try an eye mask! They do work. It won’t get rid of it permanently, but for a few hours they could make a big difference making your eyes less dark, puffy, and saggy.

Two easy and natural eye masks I like are fresh cucumber slices and used tea bags:

Cucumber Eye Mask:
1- Slice fresh cucumber (2 slices) and place in the fridge or freezer to make sure they are really cold.
2- Place over closed, clean eyes for 15-30 minutes

Tea Bag Eye Mask
1- Place two used tea bags (that contain caffeine like black or green tea bags) in refrigerator or freezer until very cold
2- Place over closed, clean eyes for 15-30 minutes

8- Non-toxic cosmetics and skin care products

You can always use non-toxic eye creams and non-toxic make-up to conceal the dark circles under your eyes. I know for myself, taking care of my baby daughter Luna Ray, I’m definitely very appreciative of non-toxic make-up when we go through sleepless nights!!

Products and cosmetics I recommend:
I love Living Libations’ Open Sky Eye Serum and All Seeing Eye Crème. The All Seeing Eye Crème I store in the refrigerator so it’s nice and cool when I put it under my eyes. The Open Sky Eye Serum I use only at night for extra moisture.

I also really like RMS Beauty “un” cover-up, it’s an extremely light weight, non-toxic concealer which I find great for using under the eye’s because it won’t build up in the creases and fine lines (a.k.a wrinkles) under my eyes like other heavier, cakey make-up does. Because it’s so light it doesn’t clog pores, or dry out the skin either.


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Dec 102014
 

Over the weekend I was reading Wayne Dyer’s book, “Excuses Begone!” At the end of the book, he talked about being right or being kind– I love this! Simple but profound! In today’s video I talk about how this has shifted my perspective and helped in my personal relationships.

If you want to read the book–> CLICK HERE!
 

Ready to let go of the sugar and processed food once and for all??!!
Join the NEW 7 Day Whole Food Challenge starting Monday, December 15, 2014! For 7 days you’ll be on a 100% healthy, real food diet! This program is an online program, so once you sign up you’ll immediately receive an ebook with over 75 recipes, program guidelines, sample menus, lists of meal ideas, etc..) and once the program begins you’ll have access to a private online forum for support, and daily education & motivational videos to teach you everything you need to know about eating a healthy, whole food diet. Click Here to sign-up now!
 

May 262014
 

Last week I did a video giving suggestions for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Someone posted a question about my opinion of psyllium husk powder.

Many doctors and natural health care practitioners recommend psyllium husk powder as a fiber supplement for those that have IBS, chronic constipation or diarrhea, which in my opinion may or may not help! In today’s video I go over this, plus give some suggestions for those that want to try a fiber supplement, whether it be psyllium husk powder or something else like chia seeds or freshly ground flax seed powder- I talk about what is available and how to take it.
 

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May 092014
 

Last week I did a video showing how to make Coconut Palm Sugar Syrup and since then I’ve received a few emails requesting I do a video about the different sweeteners I use and recommend. I have to say in general, the less sugar and sweeteners we use, the better, but I know in reality many people crave treats and sweets and therefore if your going to have something sweet, you are much better off eating something of quality as opposed to something that has zero nutritional benefits and is actually completely detrimental to your health.

In today’s video I talk about what I use and recommend as well as what I would completely stay away from.


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