Supporting Local Companies; Pangea Organics

Boulder, Colorado based Pangea Organics mixes up the most unique blends of flowers, nuts, and essential oils I’ve ever heard of. They’re are so exotic, the names alone sell you on the products before you even pick up the bottle. Himalayan Geranium & Pomegranate Balancing Oil has a mellow scent with a hint of sweetness unlike anything you’ve experienced before.

Balancing Oil is designed to bring all skin types to their optimal moisture levels; oily, sensitized, dry, and even mature skin will all love this oil and how it melts right in as if your skin has been thirsty for it. Cold-pressed vegetables, seeds, and nuts with high levels of essential fatty acids and antioxidants provide your skin with the nourishment it craves leaving it feeling refreshed and completely in balance.

$50, 1oz, PangeaOrganics.com, Whole Foods, Vitamin Cottage, Select Nordstrom

Pangea Organics Balancing Oil

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Sanitas Skincare Glycotoner 10%

I’ve been a long time fan of glycolic acid, the sugar cane derived member of the AHA family. Its uses are vast, assisting with everything from acne, to dry skin and wrinkles, even helping vitamins to penetrate deeper into the skin bringing about greater results.

Sanitas has been standing firm in their skincare beliefs for years now, with a few fundamentals- like making products that are incredibly active using biogenic (naturally found in the body) ingredients to stimulate and nourish the skin. Their complete line of results oriented super skincare has evolved over the years always incorporating the most modern technology, but their Glycotoner has remained a staple.

Most experts agree that a 10% glycolic solution is ideal, although Sanitas carries a 5% and a 15%, 10% is strong enough to see results without being irritating to most skins. Try the 5% if you’re new to glycolic and work your way up- especially if you tend to be sensitive. Just a little on a cotton pad after cleansing and you’ll feel a little tingling, which I’ve come to love (I can just feel it working.) If you’re really looking for a one-two punch, follow the toner up with their Peptiderm Moisturizing Cream containing huge concentrations of peptides to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by relaxing facial muscles, increasing collagen, and improving skin circulation.

Sanitas Skincare

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Intelligent Aesthetics

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Intelligent Aesthetics is a well organized, well thought out, affordable skin are line featuring 6 different collections suited to every possible need. Balance was the collection I was able to try for oily skin which is packed full antioxidants, grapefruit, lemongrass, and other oil-busting goodies. The biggest difference I experienced was my mineral makeup actually staying matte during the day where shine usually creeps up, and a nice tight feeling my skin had after cleansing. Another surprising treat was the mask which wasn’t the usual clay variation but a refreshing gel that really tightened my pores and left my skin silky smooth without a hint of shine.

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Jane Iredale Amazing Matte Loose Finish Powder

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I know what the finishing powder of choice is among mineral fans *cough* Mineral Veil *cough,* but I really like Jane’s Amazing Matte. It took a while to get me into the mineral makeup swing since I tend to get shiny and the mineral sheen just wasn’t for me. This is literally the only reason I am able to wear mineral foundation since it’s lightweight, doesn’t look cakey and keeps me matte all day. It’s also great over traditional foundation when you want to keep shine away and keep your look light.

Jane Iredale Amazing Matte Loose Finish Powder

What Skin Care Should I Use: Oily and Breakout Prone Skin

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This is a question I hear a lot. We are so bombarded by choices and marketing that we aren’t sure what we should actually be using. I’ll try to sum it up as best as I can to take the confusion away.

Oily or Breakout Prone- Simplify your routine, sometimes breakout can just be caused by inflammation from product overload.

- Foaming cleanser am and pm

- Toner like Aqua Glycolic or Burts Bees Garden Tomato

- 1 skin normalizing product from your Dr like a retinol or a BenzaClin

- Oil free hydrator, something lightweight while still moisturizing and protesting skin from potential dryness caused by treatment products.

- Exfoliator, nothing too harsh to exacerbate breakouts, Dermalogica Daily Mocrofoliant or Decleor’s Phytopeelwhich doesn’t contain exfoliating granules but still manages to deep clean skin and sweep away impurities leaving behind glowing skin.

e.l.f . Shine Eraser Blot Sheets

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e.l.f. in my opinion is one of the most underutilized and underrated products out there. Even if you have seen the line before, you probably overlooked it because most of the products they sell are $1- but look again. e.l.f. is completely without gimmicks and solely armed with a common sense philosophy that beauty products should be affordable to all women. (Um duh??) The shocker is that the line has some really solid basics like the blotting sheets (shown) 50 for a $1 when some lines charge $10.

Their Smudge Eye Sponge is ideal for blending liner and their Super Shiny Glosses stay on a surprisingly long time in super wearable shades. Other products of note include; Foundation Brush (rivals my $30 one and the smaller shape is more ideal), Eyeliner Brush (perfectly dense), and the Eye Makeup Remover Pads which every travel case should include. Even more to love- the line is cruelty free, donates proceeds from their tweezer set to PETA, and now has a complete mineral line.

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