Meet Tara! Love tea? She’s got you covered. Need some makeup application tips? Ditto.

Name: Tara

Age: 24

City: Colorado Springs

Current Weather: Sunny but in the mid 30s

Skin: Dry and acne prone- that lovely combination

Hair: Long, wavy brown and thankfully relatively stress free

Favorite Star: I couldn’t think of one from the past so can I say Shiva Rose? I absolutely love her site The Local Rose and think she’s such a lovely women and great role model.

I adore my skincare products. Nothing brightens up my day like receiving new beauty loot from one of my favorite brands. I am also always trying to find that next cure which I am sure is going to give me supple, flawless, glowing skin. While I haven’t found that product I have found a decadent routine that seems to suit my skin care needs.

First I begin with a cup of tea. I am a tea connoisseur and frequently switch my teas on taste and what I feel my body and skin “need”. Some days I need a clean energy kick I reach for Runa Tea, other days something more delicate like Rishi Wild Rose Tea, some days I love the fragrant punch and beauty of 2 Leaves and a Bud Green Tea Jasmine, and if I want a skin detox either Susan Kauffman Detox Tea (which I got on vacation in Munich and am kicking myself that I didn’t buy anymore because it is THAT GOOD). Anyway enough of the teas, moving on with my day I next try to fit in a ½ hr workout then get ready for a shower.

I dry brush for a couple of minutes before hopping in the shower. These days I cleanse with May Lindstrom’s heavenly Honey Mud (I got to try a sample with the NMDL promo and just received my full size version-yay!) I try and really pamper my skin with the cleanser using the technique Isabelle Bellis demonstrated on Into the Gloss. I alternate this with May’s Clean Dirt. For my body I keep it simple, I just use Hugo lavender body soap and shave when needed. I wash my hair a couple of times a week and when I do I rely on Rahua’s Shampoo and Conditioner. Once I’m out of the shower I spritz my face with Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin D Mist and then apply my oils. This is the part of my skincare that I experiment with the most. I have used May Lindstrom’s Youth Dew (gorgeous) and more recently Aster and Bay’s Purify (a little drying on my skin heading into winter, although really nice for summer), African Botanicals Marula Oil (nice richer oil although I think it breaks me out a bit so I only use it on areas I don’t get breakouts). Just today I order La Bella Figura’s Holiday Essentials Mini Set and can’t wait to try the Daily Elements Defense Oil and the Barbary Fig Renewal. After applying my face oils I rub some coconut oil and put deodorant on (another product which I switch- either from Meow Meow Tweet, Soapwalla or Lavanilla). For my hair I put on some Yarok’s Feed Your Roots and style. Once I’m done with styling I use John Masters Sea Mist. A couple of times a week I also May Lindstrom’s Problem Solver, amazing product, amazing women, really I am so in awe and in love with her line.

I next brush my teeth with Weleda’s salt toothpaste and head to the kitchen for breakfast. I am a green smoothie convert and love getting ideas off Pinterest. Two of my favorite recipes come from Foodtrainers, their “Thin Mint Smoothie” and Carrot Turmeric. Both so good and healthy! Days that I don’t make a smoothie I’ll have green juice and then a snack later on in the morning. This is the time I also take supplements. I use Synergy’s Womens Multivitamin, Garden of Life Raw Resveratrol, Garden of Life CoQ10, Gaia Turmeric and Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver oil. I also take two dropperfulls of tinctures my naturopath makes me- one if for stress/hormones and the other is for my skin.

Once I am done with breakfast I head back to the bathroom for my makeup. I use RMS Uncoverup under my eyes, Bareminerals mineral powder on spots and lightly all over, Jane Iredale’s Moonglow on my cheeks, temples, and chin making a “3” shape. Then I dab some RMS Luminizer on the upper cheeks, temples, eyebrow, inner eye, and cupid’s brow. I then use RMS in solar on my lids, Dr Hauschka Volumizer Mascara and finally some Baby Bear All The Better to Kiss You With Lip Balm.

Thanks for sharing Tara! Recognize similarities in your own routine? Share with us in the comments!

Burrrrr. Sounds cold up in Vermont. Warm up with this great routine from a lovely esthetician, Elizabeth. In addition to the Tata Harper products (Vermont love!), we’re intrigued by the other local items Elizabeth has found. Enjoy!

Name: Elizabeth

Age: 28

City: Montpelier, Vermont

Current Weather: Winter is setting in… below 30 degrees every day, windy, 5 in. of snow on the ground already

Skin: Combination, oily t-zone, dehydrated cheeks, sometimes hormonal breakouts, super sensitive!

Hair: Fine, straight, long…naturally ombre’d because I am growing out the bleach in the ends of my hair

Favorite Star: Cindy Crawford

Each Morning I begin each day by drinking as much water as  I can. I fill up a 32oz glass milk bottle and carry it around with me while I get myself together for the day.

In the shower…

Generally, I shower in the morning but only wash my hair every few days. Every few washes I begin with a locally made, rose petal infused apple cider vinegar rinse that I pour through my wet hair and let sit for a few minutes to work it’s magic. This is clarifying, purifying and toning for the scalp…it also makes your shampoo work so much better! Next, I shampoo with either Phyto Volume Shampoo, Rahua Volumizing Shampoo or Pureology Volume Shampoo. When that is rinsed out I condition with either Pureology Hydrate Conditioner or John Masters Organics Lavender & Avocado Conditioner mixed with the John Masters Organics Citrus & Neroli Detangler. My hair is very fine but because the ends were bleached, they still need a super hydrating conditioner. I then twist my conditioner-hair on top of my head and clip it while I go through the rest of my routine.

Next I wash my body with either Dr. Hauschka’s Lemon Lemongrass Body Wash or Collective Well Being’s Charcoal Body Wash… and I ALWAYS use exfoliating gloves and scrub scrub scrub… I cannot seem to remember to use a body brush before showering, though I love the ritual, so instead I go to town with my exfoliating gloves! I rinse off, rinse out my conditioner, rinse my hands off and begin my facial cleanse. I use Dr. Hauschka’s Cleansing Cream on most days, occasionally I use May Lindstrom’s The Clean Dirt for when it is very cold outside and I feel that my skin needs the circulatory boost from May’s product. If I am having a hormonal breakout I will use Arcona’s Raspberry Gommage. Though I rotate cleansers, I always treat my skin in the same way. I am an esthetician and believe that we should treat our skin as if it is silk. I never ever scrub my face, I press my cleanser into my skin beginning at the forehead and working my way down with very gentle pressure. This stimulates the lymphatic system to begin to flow, thus purifying your skin from the inside while on the outside your skin is being cleansed without being irritated. I rinse off my cleanser and my shower is done.

Outside the shower…

While my hair is wrapped in a towel, I spritz a facial toner on. I LOVE to experiment here. I use Dr. Hauschka’s Clarifying toner, Tata Harper’s Hydrating Floral Essence, a locally made Raw Honey toner or Arcona’s Mineral Magic. If I am having a breakout, I will dab on Arcona’s Tabula Rasa. Works wonders! While my face is still damp, I go for a facial oil. Oil is FANTASTIC for oily skin. My favorite’s are Dr. Hauschka’s Normalizing Day Oil, May Lindstrom’s The Youth Dew and a locally made oil that is choc full of sea buckthorn, tamanu and so many floral essential oil’s it smells like you just stuck your head into a bouquet of jasmine blossoms. I apply a dab of Tata Harper’s Rejuvenating Serum around my eyes… if I use it all over my face I tend to breakout but it’s an incredible eye cream on its own. Because the weather in VT is so harsh, I use a day cream over my facial oil. In the winter I use Dr. Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream, amazing at soothing broken capillaries! In the summer I use Dr. Hauschka’s Melissa Day Cream (heavenly lemon balm scent) or Tata Harper’s Rebuilding Moisturizer. For the body I use Dr. Hauschka’s Lemon Lemongrass Body Oil (great for toning!) and then I use Lunaroma’s Bergamot Vetiver Body Butter where I tend to get extra dry…so arms, knees, feet, hands. Then I toss on a robe and do my hair, I put on a robe so that my hair doesn’t fall into my lemongrass oil on my back. I spritz Rahua’s Volumizing Spray into my roots, followed by John Masters Sea Salt Spray. In the winter I HAVE to blow dry or my hair would be icicles when I went outside so I do but in the summer it’s a benefit of fine hair that you can roll your windows down in your car on the way to work and your hair is dry in minutes!

For makeup I generally just curl my eyelashes with Trish McEvoy’s eyelash curler…its my absolute favorite! And then I use a few coats of Dr. Hauschka’s Volume Mascara. If I’m feeling fancy I will use Dr. Hauschka’s translucent bronze concentrate as an actual bronzer and swirl it onto cheekbones, forehead, nose, chin and neck with a stippling brush. I will follow with RMS Beauty lip2cheek in Smile on both lips and cheeks…and if I’m REALLY going for it I will use RMS Beauty eyeshadow  in Seduce and Dr. Hauschka’s eyeliner pencil in 04 (charcoal brown)…smudging it right up into the upper lash line to make my eyelashes look super thick and dark.

Once all this is done, I try really hard to drink a green smoothie or a green juice. It’s incredible what it can do for your skin, especially if you are consistent! But if I don’t have the time, I’ll finish my morning routine with a giant cup of Teacup Botanicals’ Nourish vitamin and mineral tea. So delicious, so good for you and keeps me warm when I have to brave the blustery weather outside my door!

Say hello to Jinna! Her routine includes some incredible goodies, but she relies first and foremost on a clean diet for glowing skin. Enjoy!

Name: Jinna

Age: 31

City: Los Angeles, CA

Current Weather: Sunny and dry, with a slight fall chill in the air

Skin: Combination, though my skin has stayed clear and glowing since I cut out dairy and meat from my diet (with the exception of 2-3 “treat’ meals per week). Starting to notice crows feet creeping up though!

Hair: black, long, straight, and fine

Favorite star from past: Jane Birkin. Love her effortless, natural look and Parisian chic.

I am a natural product skincare and makeup junkie and after years of rotating products I have found, for the most part, what consistently works for me (though I can’t resist trying a few new products here and there!)

In the shower…

I dry brush for 2-3 minutes (or even less if I’m in a rush!) before jumping in the shower. Before, I used to swear by dry shampoo and washing my hair every other day, but have since realized that my fine hair gets too oily, especially because I work out every day. I have yet to find a shampoo and conditioner that I’m in love with, and I’ve tried them all: Yarok, Phylia de M., John Masters Organics, Rahua, etc. I’m currently rotating between Rahua Voluminous Shampoo and Burdock and Neem Healthy Scalp shampoo.  Both work fine for now, but I will definitely be on the lookout for something new once I use these up. Three times a week I do a pre ‘poo treatment of coconut or jojoba oil for 1 hour before shampooing out. I find that since I wash my hair daily, it does a good job of keeping it from getting too dry. On the days I don’t do the oil treatment, I rinse my hair with apple cider vinegar in the shower after shampooing and before conditioning. I’ve found that both have improved the overall health of my scalp and hair. For body wash, I use Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille soap, which multitasks as hand soap and puppy shampoo!  While my skin is slightly damp, I moisturize all over with One Love Organics Scented Body Serum in Lavender.

Outside the shower…

After brushing my teeth, I oil pull with a spoonful of coconut oil for about 10 minutes. I’ve read that the recommended time is 20 minutes, but I just can’t bring myself to do it for that long! While I’m swishing, I exfoliate my face every other morning with Tatcha Polishing Powder in Classic, though I have May Lindstrom’s Clean Dirt waiting as soon as I finish the Tatcha. On the mornings I don’t exfoliate I wipe my face with S.W. Basics cleanser and finish with a splash of cold water. Next, I dab a few drops of Intelligent Nutrients Spot Treatment over my face. After that’s dried, I use One Love Organics Active Moisture Vitamin C serum. This is a recent discovery and I absolutely love it. It makes my skin look dewy and glowing while keeping it moisturized. Since the weather has gotten much drier and as previously mentioned, I’ve started noticing unwanted wrinkles, I decided to bite the bullet and purchase 37 Extreme Actives cream. Yes it is obscenely expensive, which is why I use it only under my eyes and mouth, but as my mother always said, don’t feel too guilty about splurging on food or skincare since you will get a return on your investment. I haven’t been using it long enough to decide if it’s worth the price but so far, I love the feel of the cream on my skin and how hydrated it feels afterward. If I’m noticing my skin getting a little oily, I swipe Arcona’s Tabula Rasa pad over the area, which pretty much stops any pimples from forming.

Makeup…

I started using 100% Pure full coverage foundation (thanks for this website’s recommendation!) and I also love it. It’s the only product that provides sun protection and coverage without irritating my sensitive skin. If I’m especially tired that day, I will also use RMS “Un” Cover-Up under my eyes. I rotate among many blushes: Kjaer Weis in Sun Touched, Vapour in Spark, RMS in Modest, and Revolution Organics in Blushed, just to name a few. So far, my favorite is the Revolution Organics, as it leaves a nice pink flush to my cheeks. For eyeliner, I use an eyeliner brush and The All Natural Face’s Vegan Gel Pot in Black. I LOVE this product, as it’s the only eyeliner that doesn’t smudge and give me raccoon eyes. Once that’s dry, if I’m feeling fancy, I use either RMS in Solar or Magnetic on my lids. For mascara, I use (not in love with this and will be looking for alternatives once it runs out).  For lips, I absolutely love Ilia and have 4 colors: Bang Bang, In My Room, Perfect Day, and Arabian Knights. All the colors are so different and equally great, but the only one I carry in my purse is Bang Bang.  I set everything with RMS “Un” Powder and then swipe some RMS Living Luminizer (can you guess what my favorite makeup brand is?) on my brow bone, nose bridge, and cheeks. I also spritz my face with a spray before leaving. Right now, I’m using John Master Organics Bearberry Skin Balancing Toning Mist, but I have One Love Organics Vitamin D mist on standby once that’s used up.

Whew!  I know it looks long, but by now I’ve got it down to a quick science.  Coupled with a plant-based diet, I have seen such an improvement in the overall tone and texture of my skin. Thanks for letting me share!

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Happy Friday! May Lindstrom Skin Promotion

You may have heard our giddy hints and whispers about a special little something from May Lindstrom Skin called The Honey Mud. It’s coming out this fall, but May and the No More Dirty Looks crew are dying to share this beauty with you. So… we’ve partnered up with May Lindstrom Skin to offer our dear NMDL readers an “advance copy” of The Honey Mud before the official launch. How cool is that?!

Here’s the deal: May Lindstrom Skin is gifting you with a pre-launch, deluxe sample (30ml) of The Honey Mud when you take home any other MLS skin treat from her site.

To claim your treat, place your order at maylindstrom.com and then send a quick email to may@maylindstrom.com. Mention you are a NMDL reader, confirm the name and shipping address from your order, and May will take good care of you. The promotion ends Monday!

Let’s talk about The Honey Mud. May describes this cleanser as lush, velveteen, cozy. Oh it is. This blend of raw honey, halloysite clay, and botanical oils is silky, like pudding. Use it as a cleanser on damp skin or try it as a masque for 10-20 minutes. It contains active enzymes and nourishment that calm, balance, and soften your skin.

We all tried it. We all loved it. We know you will, too. Here’s what the NMDL team has to say:

“Is it weird that Alexandra and I both want to eat it? The texture is insane, like the thickest chocolate mousse ever made, so it goes on rich and creamy, hiding the fact that the mud grains are also exfoliating your skin. That’s if you put it on dry. You can also mix it with a little water on your finger tips and it gets nice and slippery, the same way honey does when you use it on its own but, again, the mud is there doing the heavy lifting. I used this a few nights in a row when I had a minor breakout and I swear it sped the time at which my skin healed—plus it kept one undergrounder from ever hitting the surface of my face. Yum.”  Siobhan

“This is one of the most delicious feeling and smelling products I’ve ever tried. I’ve always been a fan of washing with pure honey so to have it combined with some of May’s magical dirt into this heaven-mud is just a little more than I can handle. Total sense overload in the best way! It also feels gentle and nourishing and has definitely been part of my get-the-glow back program. For a more intense treatment I like combining it with the problem solver too and leaving it on for a hot second more like a mask. Yet another really special product from May Lindstrom!”  Alexandra

“Truly unique and crack-like in it’s addictive qualities, The Honey Mud fills the need for performance (blemish killing and skin softening) and provides an experience of texture and scent like no other.  My favorite use is as a morning mask/wash in place of plain honey.  Like Kirsten Dunst in Interview With the Vampire, “I want some more.”  Rebecca

“From the aroma of my other MLS fave, The Clean Dirt, I got the sense that May Lindstrom is a gourmand at heart. The Honey Mud 100% confirms that suspicion. This little gem does not resemble any skin care product I’ve ever used. It is entirely in a class of its own. It resembles some kind of delectable pudding, and it feels lovely on your face. I prefer to use it as a mask, and I’ve left it on for over an hour. The skin-softening power of The Honey Mud is unreal.”  Susannah

“The word that comes to mind for May’s new face wash/mask is healing. My blemishes, dry skin patches and redness were reduced after just one use, and weekly masks with the cocoa-honey scented goodness have made my skin more even-toned and more balanced. It’s a mask I want to use every day, but I also want to hoard so I never run out!”  Nicolle

There it is ladies and gents… The Honey Mud!

Want to know more about our thoughts on May Lindstrom Skin? Alexandra has been a fan of The Clean Dirt for some time, and there’s Rebecca’s post about The Problem Solver. Oh and you all raved about MLS when Alexandra asked how to get her glow back.

The Honey Mud ingredients:

*** raw honey, * witch hazel, colloidal silver, * macadamia nut oil, white halloysite clay, cocoa absolute, * sweet orange, * ylang-­ylang, * vanilla total c02, * cedarwood, *** frankincense, *** myrrh

* Certified Organic *** Wild Harvested *** Collected from unsprayed and unfertilized fields of Michigan wildflowers

You probably already know the star of today’s Morning Routine, either from her comments here, or her lovely natural beauty blog. Say hello to Kim! Her routine is full of items we’ve never tried (love new recommendations!) and we totally share her passion for OILS!

Name: Kim

Age: 28 in November

Current weather: Hot and muggy in the heart of America — Kansas City!

Hair: Fine, naturally straight brunette with hints of auburn in a fresh pixie cut

Skin: Oily with olive undertones; breakouts are hormonal or due to hair styling products

Favorite star or icon from the past: People tell me I look like Phoebe Cates … but I keep my bikini top on at all times.

In the shower…

I’ve got my shower routine down pat, but I rotate products a lot because I’m also a natural beauty blogger (kimberlyloc.com).

First, I shampoo my hair, really focusing on massaging the scalp (I’m super oily). I’m a repeat-buyer of Acure Organics Pure Mint + Echinacea Stem Cell shampoo and conditioner. It’s a great price point and easily accessible at my local Whole Foods. I used to only use conditioner on my ends, but with a shorter haircut and a scalp that tends to get reactive, I’ve learned to also massage in my conditioner to give my oily scalp the balancing moisture it needs. Sounds counter-intuitive, but it works.

After massaging in the conditioner, I let it sit and really penetrate while I cleanse my face with a gentle cream cleanser. I rotate these a lot, too, but another repeat-buy for me is Juice Organics Cleansing Milk. I like a thick cleanser like this in the morning because my face isn’t really dirty in the morning; it just needs a little boost of moisture to get the day going.

Once I’m done cleansing, I rinse my face and hair and then wash my body with Beecology Natural Honey and Peppermint Body Wash. I love the extra jolt of peppermint to wake me up! If I’m showering at night, I like Skin and Bones Luxurious Cleanser — it’s a soft, sexy scent that’s sort of woodsy yet feminine. I think it’s the frankincense that turns me on!

Outside the shower…

I’m the biggest body oil fan out there (bold statement for this community, huh?). I stockpile the stuff, and I always get so many compliments on how soft my skin is (not that people are constantly touching me — think best friends and boyfriend). Before I towel off in the morning, I use either African Botanics Marula Body Oil, Osmia Organics Stream or Sunset Body Oil or my beloved Comfort Zone Sacred Nature Body Oil.

For evening showers (before going out or after a workout), I opt for May Lindstrom Skin The Good Stuff. The cocoa scent is so sexy, and layered on my body after a peppermint wash makes for one mouthwatering scent.

On my face, I like a light mist of toner before applying any serums, oils or sunscreens. I’m a bit obsessed with finding the perfect toner; my favorite for controlling acne breakouts is Evan Healy’s Immortelle Facial Tonic HydroSoul. I noticed an improvement in my skin when I used this for a month straight, and I’ve repurchased it several times. It works like a charm at night right before layering on my natural acne fighter, Zum Rub in Frankincense and Myrrh (if you haven’t heard my testimonial on this stuff, Google it!).

For day, though, I like a light primer-like oil underneath my makeup. I rotate these so much that it’s unfair to name just one (big facial oil fanatic over here!), though I prefer lighter oil blends with carriers such as jojoba, camellia or meadowfoam that have a dry finish.

Also good to note that in the evening, I’m devoted to oil cleansing. I used to be a jojoba oil cleanser, but switched to coconut oil about a year ago and have found that it’s just more economical (I was going through several small bottles of jojoba!) with the same lovely outcomes — purged pores, softened skin, and multipurpose use.

Finishing touches…

I keep my makeup simple, and I’m still on the hunt for the best natural cosmetics. RMS concealer is on my staples list; I like to brush it all over my face to even out my skin before applying a light layer of Alima Pure mineral makeup. I wear a touch of blush or bronzer for a flush of color — love Alima Pure here, too.

For eyes, I curl my lashes with a Shu Uemura eyelash curler and lock the curl with Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara (still searching for a cleaner, high-performance alternative — Kjaer Weis is on my list to try). I typically don a cat eye thanks to Eyeko London’s Skinny Liquid Eyeliner — love this stuff.

On my lips, I love a simple gloss, balm or tinted moisturizer. I usually keep about 17 lippies in my bag (exaggeration, but you get my drift) for touch-ups throughout the day. Most of the time, though, I reach for my favorites from ILIA, Jane Iredale, Hurraw!, Bite Beauty … the list goes on. Bottom line here is I like zero-fuss when it comes to lip color. I need to swipe and go!

Thanks for sharing Kim! How about the rest of you oil lovers? Have you tried some of Kim’s favorites?