All About Eyes

clean eye creams

Eye treatments are one of the most important things that we all should be doing every day for our skin - morning and night! The skin around the eye are is very sensitive and requires a little extra care.

Not only will you notice a decrease in concerns like dark circles, fine lines and puffiness - but you will find lasting results with continued use of an eye treatment. I also can’t put on concealer without some sort of eye cream or serum under my eyes. My eyes get too dry and concealer is applied much more smoothly, if I have treated my eyes first.

These are my all-time faves.

THE MULTI-CORRECTIONAL SERUM

Maya Chia The Eye Achiever

This serum is highly concentrated and formulated specifically for the delicate eye area. The ingredients are incredibly nutrient-rich and you will notice SUCH a difference with this serum. It brightens and tightens and it’s JUST SO GOOD. I use it am and pm. My eyes look better when I wake up. My concealer goes on smoother. It’s just that amazing.

THE SKIN CONDITIONER

Beautycounter Rejeuvenating Eye Cream

This silky cream is all hydration. It conditions and brightens with algae + caffeine. This eye brightener is so good for the colder months. I put it on like lip balm. Give me all the hydration.

THE BUDGET-FRIENDLY POWER HOUSE

100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

I’ve used this little guy for years. Anti-inflammatory green tea helps de-puff and coffee aids circulation. Rosehip to nourish, so you look more awake + youthful! I have so many friends that use and love this little eye cream.

THE ALL-IN-ONE

MUN Aknari Brightening Youth Serum

You guys know how much I love this serum. I slather it all over my face, including under my eyes. It’s packed with nutrients and can even be used under-the-eyes. Unlike other serums that may be too thick or contain essential oils that shouldn’t be used near the eyes. If you are looking for nourishment and a youthful glow on your face + eyes - in one easy product - look no further!! **Use my Code ROSEWATER for 15% off of your purchase**

xoxo, Lauren

MUN Skincare Review

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You may have seen on Instagram that I met with the founder of MUN Skincare, Munemi Imai, last week and got the full scoop on every product in her line.  We met virtually and in my master bathroom, so I could test all of the products as we talked through them.  Munemi shared with me the backstory of starting her line, how she developed each of her products and some great general info about skincare.  Not to mention, she was just about the sweetest person!

Munemi is originally from Japan and my maternal grandmother was Japanese!  I found out that toners are essential to the Japanese skincare regimen and maybe, just maybe that has something to do with ROSEWATER toners being my favorite beauty product?!  It's inherited ;)  The MUN Anarose Toner is my favorite and it is specifically formulated to neutralize the pH in your skin before applying serum.  It's SO GOOD.  The toners that Munemi found in the US when she moved to NYC in April 2001 were all formulated wrong, in her opinion.  They were astringent-like and drying to the skin so she wanted to introduce what’s the real toner is supposed to be that balance skin’s pH and hydrate the skin. The ROSEWATER has a variety of benefits, including anti-aging, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and hydrating.  Anarose also balance skin’s pH level, includes goji berry for antioxidants, anti-pollution and anti-aging and a pale flower combination for brightening and skin softening.  I just love it! I spray it on a cotton pad morning and evening, right before applying an oil or serum.

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My second favorite MUN product is the Aknari Brightening Youth Serum.  I can truly feel this serum working on my skin.  Aknari contains Prickly Pear Seed Oil, which has the highest Vitamin E of any other oil.  It is meant to be multi-purpose, as you can use it as a face serum, neck serum and eye serum.  I use it on all of those areas and a little goes a long way!  Love, love, love this serum!  I feel like I have definitely noticed an improvement in the tone of my skin.

The Aknari Brightening Youth Serum can be applied after toning and cleansing. The MUN Akwi Purifying Cleanser is a hybrid of an oil cleanser and a balm cleanser, according to Munemi.  It is meant to be an all-in-one makeup remover and cleanser.  

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Munemi created the Ayour Body Toning Serum to close the gap between heavy lotions and greasy oils.  The Ayour is a dry oil and while it is incredibly moisturizing, you don't have to deal with a greasy, oily feeling!  Munemi also considers is a 'treatment oil,' as it has been show to help with stretch marks, scars, wrinkles, discoloration and sun damage.  Not to mention, it smells like heaven - due to a calming blend of essential oils!!  You can also use the Argan Oil on the body - it is multi-purpose from head to toe!  You can use the Argan Oil on your hair, face, body and cuticles!

I first got the MUN Travel Set to try every product in the line.  I loved them so much that I got the full size.  You can also get the Face Set at a discount (Save $30!!), to have the Cleanser, Toner and Serum. Have I mentioned that they all come in GLASS BOTTLES??  Even the travel size!!

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I love this line of luxury, natural skincare products.  Not only are the products high-quality and effective, MUN works with co-ops in Morocco to insure a fair-wage and extra income for the women involved with sourcing the ingredients.  This is an excerpt about their partnership, from their website:

'Comprised of women mainly between the ages of 18 to 50, these cooperatives were formed by local Berbers, most of whom reside in Morocco’s mountainous desert regions. These groups allow the female community a chance to work for a fair wage while connecting with other local women. Not only does this provide a valuable source of extra income for their families, it also gives them a degree of autonomy in their careers, financial situations, and social lives. These collectives serve as important social anchors and allow for a higher quality of life for the community as a whole.'

How cool is that?!  Which MUN products do you want to try??

*All products received c/o MUN

xoxo, Lauren

 

 

 

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My Winter Skin Savers

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I REALLY STRUGGLE WITH...

I really struggle with finding the right combination of moisturizers that won't weigh my skin down in the wintertime.  I feel like I have my skin in a pretty good place this season and have even left the house the past two days with no makeup on.  Here's what I've been using:

- Masking with Little Barn Apothecary Calendula + Lycopene Hydrating Mask, Mild Exfoliant.  One very important element of skincare is exfoliation.  You want to constantly slough off dry skin, so that your skin has to naturally work to rejuvenate itself and create new skin.  That's how you can look your best and brightest.  However, it's difficult for me to take any sort of grainy product to my face when it's dry - that's why I love this mask.  It mildly exfoliates to help reveal new skin, as well as hydrates.  You can leave this mask on for as long as you'd like - and I do. Even when you wash it away, there's a serum that's left on your skin- which works great under makeup or as a leave-on for part of your bedtime routine.

- Cleansing with One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleanser.  I am ALL about oil cleansing.  365. All year long.  Oil cleansers dissolve makeup, removing a step for you in the evenings.  And they leave your skin hydrated.  More oil always.  Which brings me to my next point - 6 out of 7 days a week, I don't cleanse in the am.  I like to leave whatever work my skin was doing overnight alone.  I simply add toner + moisturizer, before applying makeup.  If I do cleanse in the am, it's because my skin is parched.  In that case, I'll use the Beautycounter Cleansing Balm.  It's a miracle worker.

- Toning with Osmia Organics Active Gel Toner and Little Barn Apothecary Aloe + Rosewater Balance Mist.  If you are skipping toner - that's probably the reason why you haven't learned to love oils/serums for moisturizing.  Toners create a neutral surface for your moisturizer and makeup.  Everything goes on better with a toner.  I use the OO Active Gel Toner after cleansing at night.  The LBA (or any other natural rosewater spray like this one or this one) has multiple uses.  Which is why it's my all-time favorite beauty product.  I spray my face before applying foundation, or directly on my foundation brush with my foundation.  (You will not believe how much smoother your foundation goes on!)  I also spray my face to set my makeup (avoiding eye makeup).  On top of foundation, bronzer and brush - it just makes everything kind of sink in and gives a more natural look.  I also spray rosewater throughout the day, when I need extra hydration.  It is a MUST.

- Moisturizing with oils.  I am super obsessed with Vintner's Daughter.  The creator worked tirelessly to come up with a hero product, using all natural oils.  I can feel this product working on my face and literally notice a difference.  Worth every penny.  I love oils, but one thing I have missed since transitioning to clean beauty is creams.  Creams are rare in the clean beauty world because conventional lotions are made with so many cheap, toxic preservatives and binding agents.  I love a cream consistency in the wintertime and I use One Love Organics Skin Dew or Osmia Organics Purely Simple Face Cream.  Both of which, I mix with the magical Osmia Organics Nectar.  **Whichever moisturizers you choose, make sure you bring them down your neck to your chest!

- Don't forget the eyes and lips!  The product that has most helped my dark circles is the Maya Chia Eye Achiever.  Hands down.  It works.  For tone (fine lines and brightness), I love 100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream (really inexpensive too - $15 for .3 oz).  And when my eyes just feel so dry, the Beautycounter Rejeuvenating Eye Cream.  It's like a big drink of water for my eyes!  For winter lips, my faves are Osmia Organics Lip DoctorRevive Lip Balm (inexpensive), Oy-l for bedside table and Henne Organics Lip Tint ($10 OFF) for a color option.

Happy Hydrating!

xoxo Lauren