The Beauty Edit ~ February Beauty Faves

Updated: Mar 1, 2019

This month's beauty edit has been all about self-love and some of the best beauty products you can use for a pampering day of #selfcare. I think self care is more than just taking a bath or putting on a face mask. A great face mask won't cure depression or fix your problems, but by turning each of these little acts into something of a ritual, it puts more time and focus on how you treat yourself. It adds value to your self.

It often works the other way around...the things we value most tend to get the most attention and care. However when it comes to ourselves, unfortunately we can often neglect that care when we become busy and stressed, and this is of course when we need that care the most. A simple way to get out of this unhealthy cycle is to go through the motions of doing the things that make you feel happy, relaxed, pampered, and ultimately cared for. Never underestimate the healing power of a little self love. From my new favorite face mask and matcha balm to a foot salve that eases aches and pains, if beauty is your favorite means of self care, you've come to the right place!

One of my favorite ways to pamper myself is with a good face mask. It doesn't take a lot of time, and it's something I can do when I'm in the tub or watching my favorite show, or even when I'm working from home.

My recent favorite is the Banana + Neem Clay Face Mask by Botanicals Beauty. There are so many benefits of neem powder for the skin; including hydration, exfoliation, evening skin tone, treating acne, oil-control, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging. The banana and coconut in this mask adds even more moisture and wrinkle-fighting power, while the kaolin clay gently cleanses the pores, calendula calms and encourages skin cell renewal, and ginger reduces hyper-pigmentation.

I noticed after the first use that my pores looked much smaller, and my blackheads were cleaned out very well. I was so impressed with how well this mask cleansed my pores without drying out my skin. After several uses, the tone and texture of my skin had noticeably improved. It is by far one of the best masks I've ever tried. It's all-natural, organic, highly-effective yet gentle for sensitive skin. It really is everything you need in a face mask!

I was just as excited to try the Gypsy Shimmer Body Oil from Botanicals Beauty. It has such a beautiful shimmer to it, and it smells so good. The rose gold shimmer is subtle enough for everyday use, and the blend of natural oils provide the ultimate in hydration. Its feminine scent is a combination of jasmine, citrus, and amber that creates such a luxurious experience. Just like everything else at Botanicals Beauty, this shimmer body oil is made with natural, organic ingredients.

A relaxing bath is another favorite way for me to relax and pamper myself, as I'm sure it is for most of you. Recently I tried the Himalayan Organic Pink Salt Bath Tea by La Bohemia Natural, and I cannot recommend this bath tea enough if you struggle with muscle tension. I constantly have tension in my shoulders and neck, which causes a lot of my headaches. When I tried even just a small sample size of these bath salts, I was surprised to feel instant relief upon getting in the tub. I only had time for a quick ten minute bath, and it still provided so much relief. The addition of rose and lavender also help to ease stress and anxiety. It's such a great way to elevate a regular bath into something so soothing and healing.

For a super luxurious way to moisturize after the bath, I tried La Bohemia Natural's Sacred Rose Organic Bulgarian Rosewater Mist. This spray combines rose hydrosol, rose essential oil, jojoba oil, and vitamin E in a light spray; which eliminates the need for creams that weigh heavily on your face. It acts as a natural toner and PH balancer, reducing blemishes and signs of aging. Like everything at La Bohemia Natural, it doesn't contain preservatives, harsh alcohols or solvents, and is paraben-free, cruelty-free, and made to order.

When I don't have time for a relaxing bath, I find that a great body scrub in the shower is the next best thing. For an incredibly moisturizing body scrub that smells so good, I highly recommend the Revitalizing Exfoliating Body Scrub by Okwuma Originals. Heavy on the shea butter, it's ultra-hydrating, and their "Revitalizing" essential oil blend is so uplifting and relaxing and has such a beautiful, feminine scent.

​Another way to pamper yourself whenever you're pressed for time is with a deep hair conditioner. The Okwuma Originals Restorative Hair & Body Butter can be used in the shower as a deep conditioner, or you can use a small amount as a leave-in conditioner to help moisturize the hair and tame frizz. The shea butter is so moisturizing, while the essential oil blend has been formulated to restore hair and skin. I love that I can use it on my hair and my body at the same time. With their three essentials oil blends, Okwuma Originals combines the art and science of aromatherapy to positively affect the health of the skin, hair, and emotional well-being of the user.

At Okwuma Originals, these aromatic and therapeutic products are made with zero fillers, so you get a concentrated product that is natural and gentle yet very effective. A little goes a long way! Their ingredients are sustainably sourced, vegan-friendly, all-natural, and every product they offer is cruelty-free.

If you need to relax and have some self care at the end of a long day, try this Footsie Fiesta Foot Therapy Salve by SanRe Organic Skinfood. This balm is very moisturizing and conditioning. Its combination of therapeutic essential oils help to calm and condition the skin as well as treat aches and pains. You don't need extra time in your day to practice self care with this SanRe foot therapy salve. Simply massage it into tired aching feet while you're watching your favorite show in the evening. For more information, see my full review of this must-have product.

The other products I've tried from SanRe are two of their organic lip balms. My favorite was the Chocolate Lips Yummy Lip Balm made with cocoa butter, beeswax, almond oil, antioxidant-rich cocoa powder, healing honey, and geranium essential oil to strengthen and restore the skin. It has definitely been keeping my lips smooth and moisturized during the cold winter weather. Everything at SanRe Organic Skinfood is 100% natural, non-GMO, organic, and cruelty-free.

My most favorite way to pamper myself when it comes to beauty products is with a relaxing skin care routine. This month I've had the pleasure of testing a few things from the Lumè Infusions Outer Glow Collection. At Lumè, organic oils are solar-infused with highly-nutritious and healing herbs and botanicals. I've truly loved the products I've tried from Lumè this month.

After washing my face, I start with the Lumè Botanical Bliss Facial Mist. It's a full spectrum facial mist that offers hydration, pH balancing, toning, repairing, and calming. A hibiscus infusion completes this mist by firming and lifting the skin, tightening pores, and increasing the skin's elasticity. I love that it contains aloe for moisture, and witch hazel for shrinking pores and reducing inflammation. I keep mine in the fridge for an even more cooling and soothing effect.

Next comes the most relaxing part of my skincare routine - the Lumè Moisturizing Matcha Facial Balm. It's a super silky balm made with moisturizing oils like jojoba, hemp seed oil, grapeseed and avocado. This powerhouse facial balm contains antioxidant-rich matcha for repair and anti-aging, bergamot to reduce dark spots and excess oil, and astragalus root to maintain skin's firmness and elasticity. See the wealth of information on the Lumè site for a full list of the ingredients and benefits in this facial balm. Personally I've noticed my skin has been more supple, more clear, and more even-toned. This balm has made me truly love my skin!

My relaxing skincare routine is complete with the Lumè Beauty Stick. It's a powerful anti-aging stick that seals and repairs. Formulated with a combination of the most powerful anti-aging oils and herbs, paired with the sealing and protective powers of beeswax, it's perfect for the delicate skin around the eyes and mouth. Pair the smaller size Botanical Bliss spray with the Beauty stick for easy on-the-go beauty you can use throughout the day. With calming lavender in each of these Lumè products, they offer instant relaxation and stress relief though aromatherapy as well.

Whether you prefer a warm bath, a face mask, or an anti-aging skincare routine; you can't go wrong with any of these natural and healing beauty brands. Use the links below to shop, and feel free to leave me a comment below if you have any questions about any of the products mentioned here.

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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.