Ask the Beauty Expert: The Best Travel Beauty From Dr. Alkaitis

Photo courtesty of Dr. Alkaitis' Instagram

Road trips may be one of the most enjoyable past times for fun, adventure and spontaneity. You’ve got your music playlist, mapped out your journey, thrown in a pair of cute sunnies, but what about what’s in your luggage? Did you pack your skincare items? If you’re like us at EcoDiva, we tend to want to pack all our lovely beauty products... The problem? Items may break, are too bulky and not to mention adds a lot of weight to your bag! However, we have the perfect solution! Opt for a travel kit instead—read on for why and which one we reach for regularly.

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Beauty Lab: A Simple DIY Farmers Market Face Mask

 

Have you visited your local farmers market recently? If you have, then you’ve most certainly seen box after box of glistening, red strawberries and deep burgundy sweet cherries. The majority of these summer fruits will make their way into countless pies, salads and preserves, but don’t forget to set aside a cupful for a sweet, summer face peel. Read on to find out why these berries top my list for DIY skincare late in the summer.

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Beauty Lab: How to Turn Your Makeup Routine Into a Self-Care Ritual

 

 

If you haven’t already guessed, I love makeup. When purchasing makeup, nothing feels better than choosing products that are natural and environmentally friendly, and especially ones that perform for the look I’m trying to create. I am enamoured with the art and thought process that goes behind creating looks, using luxuriously clean makeup products, and I particularly covet the power makeup has to transform your beauty look. By creating simple makeup rituals, you have the ability to elevate your inner glow and radiant them from the inside out. Read on for how to turn your daily makeup routine into a self-care ritual in just a few easy steps.

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Behind the Beauty: Meet Vemund of ELDE Cosmetics

Hi, Divas! Welcome back to our Behind the Beauty series where you get an insider's look at what goes on behind the scenes of a luxury green beauty brand. Today, we're introducing you to Norwegian skincare line founder Vemund Eldegard of ELDE Cosmetics. Our editorial manager has been in love with this brand for a couple of years, and when they reformulated their whole line to incorporate even more botanical actives, we jumped at the chance to add them to our repertoire. Blending science and nature is the line's passion. ELDE's ingredient philosophy takes skincare to a new level, based on three years of research. It is no longer just about being basic, simple and modern. It's about drawing new lines, finding new formulas and delivering pure luxury. Read on for all the inside scoop and find out how you can get a FREE vegan, gluten-free lip color from the brand in August 2016!

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Beauty Lab: 4 Steps To Healing Sunburned Skin With Organic Beauty

Summer is in full swing! You're at the beach, hanging with friends poolside on weekends, and doing all of your fun outdoor activities in the hot (and strong) sun! You already know the importance of protecting your skin well. You use a natural and safe sunscreen that protects your body, face and most importantly, you remember to keep hydrated! But let's face it, sometimes we miss a spot... or we forget to reapply after we dry ourselves from the ocean water or pool (guilty). So, what to do when your sun–kissed becomes a sunburn? I've got you covered!

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Beauty Lab: The Best of treat collection + tenoverten Vegan Nail Polish

There's something about having my nails done that makes me feel elegant and put together. They're the perfect accessory to complete a look and style! Growing up, I had a mom who meticulously took care of her beautiful, healthy nails weekly and she passed down that ritual to me.

But what I've learned as a makeup artist in the green  beauty world is that nail polish can be totally toxic. Its usual ingredients are harmful to our bodies and can contribute to everything from birth defects to allergies (read more about this in our Ask the Beauty Expert: The 8 Ingredients to Avoid in Nail Polish). So how can we still complete the manicure ritual without all the dangerous ingredients? Read on for my favorite polishes and why treat collection and tenoverten brands are must-haves for any EcoDiva.

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Behind the Beauty: Meet HollyBeth of HollyBeth Organics

Hello EcoDivas! Welcome back to our exclusive Behind the Beauty series where we give you an insider's look at what goes on behind the scenes of our favorite brands. We're so happy to introduce you to our newest skincare line, HollyBeth OrganicsHBO was born from a culmination of founder HollyBeth Anderson’s life experiences—from growing up in the mountains of Georgia surrounded by the wonders of nature, to soaking up the organic lifestyle while living in parts of the world known for natural healing. Her interest in the curative properties of plants began early on under the tutelage of her grandmother, who taught HollyBeth all about the medicinal properties of native plants on their walks in the Georgia woods.

What we love, aside from the phenomenonal skin results, is that the entire line is USDA Organic Certified. It's rare that a whole line will take that plunge, and it proves that HollyBeth and her team are dedicated to providing the highest quality ingredients and delivering them straight to your skin. Read on for more about the effcient line, and to get a FREE gift from HBO!

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Ethical Guide to Reusable Beauty Products

When it comes to eco-friendly beauty products, we generally concern ourselves mainly with the ingredients being both good for us and for the planet. But one other way that we can all leave a smaller environmental footprint, that often gets looked over, is choosing reusable and refillable beauty products! If you think about it, we generate quite a bit of waste each day from using single-use products (think cotton balls!) or from tossing out used cosmetic containers.

So in this post, I'd like to share with you all my top reusable product picks from EcoDiva Beauty that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine. You'll not only be helping the planet, but you'll also end up saving money in the long run from not having to keep buying disposable beauty products!

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Beauty Lab: How To Apply Bronzer For A Sunkissed Glow

 

If you have ever wondered how to apply bronzer to achieve a sunkissed glow, you are in the right place. Having perfectly bronzed skin is a total must for the summer months, and will even look beautiful as we head into fall.  

Today I'm taking the guesswork out of which products to use, how to apply and how to get them to stay all day long. This tutorial will work for all skin types, and is perfect for vacationing, weddings, or who am I kidding, every day on the go!  

If you want to see how I achieved this look using products from Kjaer Weis, Alima Pure, and Hynt Beauty, just keep on reading. 

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Ask the Beauty Expert: The 8 Ingredients to Avoid in Nail Polish (Plus Safer Options)

 

At EcoDiva Beauty, we are big fans about our nail polish... What lady doesn’t like a mani/pedi? A few moments to yourself, dolling up your nails, relaxing, pampering, adding a splash of color to match your flair. It is indulgence, luxurious, zen, meditational, transformative. Whatever it is to you, its a beauty routine most of us enjoy. Whether at the spa or even if you do them yourself, nail painting is a past time enjoyed by women of all ages. And while we are all for that, we want to educate you on why you need to switch to non toxic nail polish to green beauty nail polish asap! Traditional, mainstream nail polish has some of the most harmful, toxic ingredients on their list. We inhale it as its applied, and our skin and nails are left defenseless while the polish leaches into our bodies. So what is actually in that polish and what do you need to avoid? Read on for all the details, plus a few of our favorite, safer options.

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