Designed by Science, Made From Nature: Bottega Organica

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Bottega Organica is a natural, organic skincare brand formulated with farm-fresh ingredients and healthy, effective scientific processes. There is so much to say about this high quality, thoughtfully-crafted brand that it requires such care and reflection when writing about them. I find it difficult to describe in words the caliber and luxury of these quality formulas but I’m hoping my in-depth commentary and photographs will suffice…

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My Indie Beauty Expo Recap

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The much anticipated, first ever Indie Beauty Expo was last week and it was probably the biggest green beauty event to hit New York City since A Night For Green Beauty 2 years ago. Of course, I had to attend and I was honored to not only be attending as a blogger and beauty aficionado, but also representing the editorial team from Thoughtfully Magazine along with our beauty editor, Rebecca Casciano.

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New Releases Radar \\ 11

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There’s something about summer that causes a crazy surge in new and exciting product releases.  A Night For Green Beauty (ANFGB) also happened this month in Chicago and many brands released new products or sneak peeks in time for the event. I generally distance myself from the seasonal frenzies (to protect my wallet and my sanity) but I had to share some of my favorite, lust-worthy new releases:

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Pure and Powerful: Josh Rosebrook Skin and Hair Care

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You know those brands that seem to have it all? Highly effective, pure formulas, sexy-simplistic design, and a cult following? I’d say that is what Josh Rosebrook’s hair and skin care products were for me. A gorgeous natural/organic brand I had heard so much about but realized I’d never experienced for myself. As my quest for cleaner and greener haircare evolved, I made known my curiosity in the shampoo and conditioner that everyone in the green beauty world seemed to be gushing over.

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Ursa Major: Skincare to Share

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I’d be lying if I said converting my family and friends to organic and natural skincare has been an easy task. Everyone has their misconceptions and protests but in all honesty, it’s always easier for me to convince the ladies in my life of cleaner, greener skincare habits. The men in my life, well let’s just say they’re not really into it. And maybe that’s also due to men not having a very complex skincare routine or rather, no routine at all. My mission was to find unique and clean skincare products catering towards men that my fiance might be willing to try, but it proved harder than I thought. That is, until I was introduced to the ultra-cool, simplistic, natural and organic unisex skincare brand, Ursa Major.

*Plus, a special discount code only for my readers after the jump…

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In Tinted Wonder: Badger SPF 20 Damascus Rose Tinted Face Sunscreen

Badger Rose Tinted Face Sunscreen
With warmer weather and sunnier days in our future, it couldn’t be a better time to find a daily face sunscreen. I’ve had trouble finding a good, organic and natural everyday moisturizer with SPF so I’ve resorted to using a separate sunscreen and moisturizer on my face. This year, Badger released their SPF 20 Damascus Rose Tinted Face Sunscreen*, a non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic product that has broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection with non-nano, uncoated mineral zinc oxide. The ingredients are 95% certified organic, 100% certified natural, while the formulation and packaging are also cruelty-free, reef safe, biodegradable, and planet-friendly.

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Solely Skincare Roundup: What I’m Loving

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It’s been quite busy around here, hence the lag in my writing: planning my wedding, prepping to move, working a full-time day job, doing 2-3 freelance jobs on the side, and just going about regular life. As usual, I’ve got a million products I’m hoarding trying out but in particular, there have been a lot of skincare products I’ve really been enjoying lately. Brace yourself, this might be a bit long… Here’s what I’ve been testing, liking, and using regularly:

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Petite Yet Powerful: Kahina Giving Beauty Lip & Face Balm

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Aptly released as the temperatures started to plummet here on the East Coast,  Kahina Giving Beauty’s new Lip and Face Balm is anything but your average lip balm. Continuing with the brand’s highlighted ingredient: certified organic Moroccan argan oil sourced from Kahina’s women’s co-op in Morocco, the Lip and Face Balm also highlights some other exotic, skin-benefiting ingredients. such as immortelle, sea buckthorn, blue tansy, calendula, and carrot seed oil. Not only does the  Lip and Face Balm promise to soothe and protect chapped lips, it also serves as a luxurious moisturizing salve for dry skin.

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