The Beauty EDIT ~ by Krisztina Clifton

Updated: Feb 27, 2019

I've truly loved each and every beauty product I tested this last month. From gentle yet effective hair care to beauty supplements and skincare that has transformed my skin even during this cold dry winter.

The hair care that really impressed me this month was by Puretanica, who offers a refreshing shampoo and conditioner that were inspired by an ancient Nordic spa tradition in which a contrast of warm and cool sensations awakens the senses, creating a refreshing and relaxing experience. The cooling sensations in their shampoo and conditioner come from a crisp and refreshing mint essential oil. Free from synthetic fragrances, parabens, sulfates, or harmful chemicals; this hair care system is safe and gentle. With the addition of nourishing essential oils and botanicals, as well as moisture-rich oils, both the shampoo and conditioner have many benefits.

The Puretanica Cool Bliss Shampoo, for example, contains cedar oil to help stimulate the follicles by increasing circulation to the scalp. Other essential oils rich in Vitamin B also work to help thicken the hair and promote growth. If you're struggling with hair loss or hair thinning, this would be a great shampoo for you to try.

It's also great if you struggle with dry and/or frizzy hair. The argan oil and almond oil help to nourish, de-tangle, and protect your strands. Personally I struggle a great deal with frizz, and this Puretanica shampoo left my hair much more sleek and manageable after the first use.

The Puretanica Cool Bliss Conditioner has the same refreshing minty scent as the shampoo plus the added benefits of ingredients like aloe, avocado oil, and quinoa protein. The aloe and avocado oil offer intense moisture, while the quinoa can help to repair and prevent damage.

I love that these hair products are safe and gentle and can be used by the whole family. You can purchase them individually, or you can save money and get free shipping by purchasing the Cool Bliss Shampoo and Cool Bliss Conditioner Bundle.

Collagen supplements have been a huge beauty trend recently, and I got to sample the collagen products by Beaumore Global after I took them on as a photography client recently. They carry both a collagen powder and a collagen drink, both in convenient single serving sizes.

The Beaumore Amino Collagen Powder provides marine collagen peptides, green tea; and amino acids like COQ10, L-Citrulline, and L-Ornithine to promote stamina and energy throughout the day.

The collagen helps promote skin firmness and elasticity as well as joint support. I can say from having sampled it that it definitely helps with energy and joint support. I've begun to develop arthritis with age, and whenever I go without my usual joint supplements, it only takes a day before my joints start to hurt...a lot. However after taking just this collagen powder for joint support while not taking my usual supplements, I didn't experience any of my typical joint pain.

The powder has a nice peachy flavor to it that tastes great mixed with hot or iced tea or with a juice or sparkling water. And since they come in convenient single-serve packets, you can toss one in your bag and simply mix it into your water bottle.

The Beaumore Global Collagen Beauty Drink (currently available for pre-order) is more of a long-term-results product. Made with an advanced formula of hydrolyzed marine collagen, it targets and stimulates the body's natural collagen production. Each bottle packs a whopping 20,866mg of collagen! Incorporate 2-3 bottles per week into your daily routine to see healthier, more supple skin in less than a month. I did notice after continued use that my skin looked more supple and luminous.

These collagen drinks have a strong orange flavor and come in little bottles that can fit in your bag along with the powder packets. You can drink them as-is or mix them with your favorite beverage.

Another brand that has completely transformed my skin this year is Arcadian Winds Beauty. I've been using a serum and face oil from their Black Label Luxe Collection along with their Nourish eye cream. The Nourish Luxe Day Protect Serum is a concentrated antioxidant-rich serum with alpha lipoic acid, pomegranate, and green tea extract to help fight free radicals. Also packed with B Vitamins and hyaluronic acid, this serum offers intense hydration.

The Arcadian Winds Nourish Luxe Facial Oil is a power-packed face oil with incredible antioxidants like Vitamin C and Black Elderberry Extract. Made with light and fast-absorbing oils, it's suitable for all skin types. I have combination/oily skin, and I didn't find it to be too heavy at all. It offered a ton of moisture and made my skin noticeably more even and more luminous.

As much as I loved the Arcadian Winds serum and oil, I was even more impressed by their Nourish Rich Neck and Eye Cream. Made with organic cocoa butter and avocado oil, this eye cream glides on like butter and quickly absorbs. Lanolin and hydrolized oats offer immediate moisture retention, while the addition of orange stem cells aid in repairing and renewing the skin. The owner doesn't like to claim this as a miracle cream, but I have to say from experience that this cream completely eliminated the deep wrinkles under my eyes and some of the stubborn deep wrinkles on my neck and chest area. I cannot recommend it enough. Though if you'd like to sample these products before you commit to full-size bottles, try the Ample Sample Pack for just $20.

For my dry hands this winter, Skyfoss came to my rescue with their Winter Collection Hand and Body Cream. The products at Skyfoss are eco-friendly and 100% all-natural and vegan. Made with natural plant oils and plant butters like mango butter, shea butter, argan oil, and Vitamin E oil; this cream has kept my hands so soft and smooth during the super dry winter weather we've been experiencing this month. As thick and creamy as it is, the texture is non-greasy and absorbs quickly.

Naturally scented with essential oils, this hand and body cream is free of synthetic fragrances. It has a wonderful floral fragrance that both my husband and one of my kids noticed right away after I applied the cream. I keep it on my side table and use it every time I wash my hands, to keep them nice and soft. Priced at just $10, I highly recommend this cream if you're struggling with dry skin.

Last and certainly not least is Lumé Infusions. I've been testing the entire Inner Glow Collection by Lumé, and I'm quite certain that it's the only thing that has given me enough energy and focus to work so hard on getting this new site up during a stressful time when I was fighting off both a cold and an infection and not getting adequate sleep.

The Inner Glow Collection is comprised of several botanical-based tinctures and a concentrated Vitamin C powder. The liquid supplements are slowly infused by the sun, so plants are broken down in a way that the nutrients in them are more effectively utilized by the body.

The Immune Boost helps to fight off illness by flushing out toxins, reducing inflammation, and easing stress. That paired with the Vitamin C Radiance, which contains the two highest sources of Vitamin C on the planet, really helped me to quickly get over my cold and helped me get over an infection. These helped my feel good on the inside, though these ingredients also help to support more healthy and radiant skin.

I really loved the flavor of the Vitamin C Radiance as well. With acai berry and stevia included in the ingredients, it has touch of sweetness that made my daily matcha lattes taste heavenly. While I preferred it in my matcha; it's so versatile, you can put it in anything like smoothies, tea, juice, or even applesauce or yogurt for kids.

For more focus and energy during my busy work days, I loved using the Lumé Solar Energy, which improves concentration and memory and works to repair the nervous system. It has definitely given me the focus I've needed during my extremely busy work days.

During busier weeks, I also need all the help I can get to keep my complexion looking healthy. The Lumé Beauty Minerals is a nutrient-rich herbal blend that offers a high concentration of Calcium and other vitamins and minerals that are essential for healthy skin. Infused in raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar, the Lumé Beauty Minerals is formulated for maximum absorption.

For a multivitamin tincture that can give you nourishment, energy, and that happy-healthy glow on the outside as well; try the Lumé Daily Glow. It contains a full range of amino acids, vitamins, and minerals; specifically formulated to boost energy, mood, concentration, and memory.

What I love most about the Lume Inner Glow Collection is that it's gentle enough for kids to use, and it's safe for frequent and long-term use. There is so much information on the beneficial herbs and botanicals used in these products that I didn't have room to put it all here in the edit. Please take a closer look at the Inner Glow line on the Lumé website for a complete list of ingredients and their benefits.

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About the Author: Krisztina Clifton is the owner and editor at Krisztina Clifton Beauty. She has been testing beauty products and blogging about beauty and wellness tips for over ten years. See more about Krisztina.