May Lindstrom Skin Review: Dirt, Dew, and Damn Fine Skin (GIVEAWAY!)

May Lindstrom Skin Review: Dirt, Dew, and Damn Fine Skin (GIVEAWAY!)

I first heard about May Lind­strom and her apt­ly named skin care line, May Lind­strom Skin, in June of 2012. I researched the line fur­ther and was deeply impressed with May’s skin care phi­los­o­phy. Her firm focus on sim­plic­i­ty, results, and the expe­ri­ence of rit­u­al have com­bined to form a fine­ly edit­ed, high-end organ­ic skin care range. All the prod­ucts are made in small batch­es by May her­self, using her own care­ful­ly devel­oped for­mu­la­tions. Since May has extreme­ly sen­si­tive skin that reacts poor­ly to harsh ingre­di­ents and syn­thet­ics, she devel­oped the line with sen­si­tive types in mind. Some of the ingre­di­ents had me wor­ried at first (with all the spices and so on) but I should have feared not. My skin pos­i­tive­ly rel­ish­es her prod­ucts. “I have tru­ly poured my heart and soul into deliv­er­ing a beau­ti­ful expe­ri­ence with this line. I want­ed to cre­ate some­thing spe­cial — gor­geous potions that feel incred­i­ble to use and provide an excuse to cel­e­brate your­self every morn­ing and night. I insist on prod­ucts that deliv­er seri­ous results. The bot­tles are love­ly, but what’s inside is remark­ably pow­er­ful.” –May Lind­strom Obvi­ous­ly, I had to con­tact her, and it turns out May is even more awe­some than I expect­ed (and I was already expect­ing a high lev­el of awe­some­ness). May grew up in the woods of Min­neso­ta and began con­coct­ing skin potions (mud? water? check!) as a lit­tle girl. She is down-to-earth, gen­uine, and full of heart. She puts all this good­ness into her prod­ucts and makes a con­cert­ed effort to assist oth­ers in their skin care jour­ney. Not only is she a delight­ful, kind...
GIVEAWAY! $150 Skin Apotheke + $75 U.S. Wellness Meats Gift Certificates

GIVEAWAY! $150 Skin Apotheke + $75 U.S. Wellness Meats Gift Certificates

Today I have a special treat for everyone… I am combining two of my favorite companies in one superb giveaway: Skin Apotheke and U.S. Wellness. I am rarely loy­al to skin care brands, but Skin Apotheke is one of my rare excep­tions. Ria, the own­er and metic­u­lous cre­ator of this Ayurvedic good­ness, is not only a won­der­ful per­son with a gigan­tic heart, she is fan­tas­ti­cal­ly gift­ed at what she does. Her skin care line is at once sim­ple and expert­ly for­mu­lat­ed, and lends incred­i­ble results. Soft, dewy skin that enjoys the treat­ment, instead of look­ing pun­ished by it (red, irri­tat­ed skin after a mask, any­one? not the case here). One win­ner will get a $150 gift cer­tifi­cate to use on any of the prod­ucts in the Skin Apotheke online shop. Check out the­se best­sellers from Skin Apotheke: Organ­ic Radi­ance Ubtan Scrub Reju­ve­nat­ing Eye Cre­me Ayurvedic Fresh Wild Rose and San­dal­wood Mask U.S. Well­ness Meats is my trust­ed source of grass-fed and, most-impor­tant­ly, com­pas­sion­ate­ly-raised ani­mal prod­ucts. As a teenager, I went veg­an for ani­mal rights rea­sons, not know­ing that oth­er facil­i­ties exist­ed besides dis­gust­ing feed­lots and cru­el slaugh­ter­hous­es. I learned while liv­ing in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia that there are farm­ers and ranch­ers that love their ani­mals and care for them prop­er­ly. I only pur­chase from U.S. Well­ness Meats and local humane farm­ers, and they are gra­cious­ly offer­ing a $75 gift cer­tifi­cate to one win­ner. Check out the­se best­sellers from U.S. Well­ness: Pas­tured, antibi­otic-free ground turkey 85% lean grass-fed ground beef Tri-tip grass-fed steak  GIVEAWAY DETAILS One $150 gift cer­tifi­cate to Skin Apotheke (e-gift cer­tifi­cate, not phys­i­cal gift card). One $75 gift cer­tifi­cate to U.S....

How to Beat Eczema & Dry Skin — Plus, GIVEAWAY!

Hey every­one! As you all know, I’m a huge fan of Ayurvedic med­i­cine (and Ayurvedic prod­ucts like Skin Apotheke) as a tool for skin care, and it’s an excel­lent com­pli­ment to anyone’s skin care knowl­edge. Today I have a great guest post by Kris­ten Ma, author of Beau­ty Pure & Sim­ple: The Ayurvedic Approach to Beau­ti­ful Skin. Her book is an awe­some resource for Ayu­verdic tech­niques for skin care and beau­ty. Keep read­ing and don’t miss the bot­tom of the arti­cle, where I announce an awe­some give­away for 3 lucky win­ners. .…… The Three Faces of Eczema: Beauty Through Ayurveda (How to Beat Eczema & Dry Skin This Winter) by Kristen Ma www.tibetconnection.org/administrator/sys/ With the win­ter weath­er approach­ing, our skin will get bat­tered and beat­en by the ele­ments. This makes our com­plex­ions vul­ner­a­ble to dehy­dra­tion, irri­ta­tion, and a vari­ety of skin ail­ments. One of the most com­mon win­ter-trig­gered beau­ty con­di­tions is eczema. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, it is one of the most mis­di­ag­nosed skin prob­lems due to the fact that it is also very mis­un­der­stood. From a der­ma­to­log­i­cal per­spec­tive, we don’t real­ly know what eczema is and have come to no con­clu­sions about its real cause. Usu­al­ly, a derm will send you home with a pre­scrip­tion for cor­ti­sone – which is a steroid that sup­press­es your immune respon­se and thins your skin over time. While this will calm the con­di­tion down tem­porar­i­ly, it does not take a long-term approach, leav­ing the root cause of your eczema untreat­ed. It is also a con­fus­ing con­di­tion because it is expressed in so many dif­fer­ent ways. Some of us are red, some itchy, some flaky, and...

Giveaway! Marie Veronique Organics [WINNER ANNOUNCED]

{WINNER ANNOUNCED} Jor­dyn — March 29, 2011   Hey every­one! I hope you’re all doing well. If you remem­ber my arti­cle on nat­u­ral sun­block, one of my favorite prod­ucts came from Marie Veronique Organ­ics. Well, they just con­tact­ed me today to let me know that they will be donat­ing 25% of all Earth Day pro­ceeds to the Cen­ter for Envi­ron­men­tal Health (sweet!)…aaaaand they would like to do a give­away for you guys. bad cred­it bike loans Sim­ply leave a com­ment with your favorite anti-aging tip, and you’ll be entered to win a bot­tle of Anti Aging Oil Plus (worth $80). The win­ner will be ran­dom­ly select­ed on Earth Day, April 22nd. Good luck and have a great week­end. ~Steph  x...

WIN My Favorite Scrub & Eye Cream — Plus, Vapour Giveaway Winner

Hey every­one! I have two items of “busi­ness” today. The first is… Win My Favorite Scrub & Eye Cream Unlike past give­aways, this is more of a con­test instead of a ran­dom draw. One win­ner will receive all of the­se incred­i­ble hand­made Ayurvedic skin­care prod­ucts from Ria at Skin Apothke**: Ubtan Face Scrub (see my review here) Flow­er Pow­er Lotus Firm­ing Serum Vit­a­m­in C Reju­ve­nat­ing Eye Balm (see my review here) Amla Hair Oil Gor­geous Hair Revi­tal­iz­ing Mask **Vis­it the Skin Apothke shop and get 10% off your pur­chase! Enter code WITHLOVE10 at check­out. {HOW TO ENTER} Leave a com­ment here with one beau­ty tip or recipe that you love and swear by for your skin or hair. My favorite will be cho­sen as the win­ner. For this con­test, the win­ner must have a Unit­ed States ship­ping address. The con­test clos­es Decem­ber 30th, 2010. .….….….….…. And the winner of the Vapour Elixir Lip Glosses is… Janey­pot­ter, who was ran­dom­ly select­ed out of all the YouTube and blog com­ments, and also was the first to com­ment (and leave a pret­ty epic poem). Con­grat­u­la­tions Janey! Thank you to every­one who left such love­ly com­ments, I read every one of them and appre­ci­ate you guys so much. ~Steph ...