July Beauty Must Haves

July Beauty Must Haves

You can’t have a beauty blog without discussing your favorite products, right? I didn’t think so! Now without further ado, it’s time for July Beauty Must Haves! With this gorgeously hot weather here in SC, I thought it would be fitting to bring you my favorite summer products. These beauties pamper sun-drenched skin/hair plus give you a flawless look even when you feel like you’re about to melt. My picks are decadent, luxurious, healthy, and really work. Some of my favorite superstars! Let’s get started.

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My Criteria

Finding the right beauty product is challenging at first and honestly a little confusing at times. I mean, who honestly knows how to pronounce METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE? It’s in tons of products and unfortunately, this ingredient is used as a preservative linked to neurotoxicity and autoimmune diseases. Definitely not what I want on my skin and scalp! It’s time to stop blindly trusting labels and educate ourselves, ladies. One ingredient at a time!

I think the more you know about ingredients the easier it is to find products that line up with your choices. I encourage everyone to start removing the 10 worst ingredients from their beauty routine first. These sneaky chemicals have no business in your bathroom. I talk more in detail about these ingredients in my 10 Toxic Beauty Chemicals . This is a great beginning guide to help you start on the clean sustainable beauty path. Once you eliminate these 10 you can take a huge sigh of relief and start to think about what type of clean beauty pro you want to be. Just remember that this is a learning process! As you start changing your products you will learn more and more, get super excited about what you have learned, start a blog to share it with the world…oh wait that’s me! But seriously, growing is part of the process and as long as you are kind to yourself while learning you will be fine.

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 Classic Clean or Pure Super Star?

There are products that are all organic and product that have no chemicals and products that aren’t tested on animals and products that….you get my point. There are a million products out there! This is why it’s best to know your beliefs and what you will and will not allow on your skin. Some products are what I consider super clean (organic or sustainably farmed, non-GMO, no chemicals or questionable ingredients, lots of nutrients for your skin!) There are others that are 70-80% clean with maybe a questionable ingredient or two. But these are still, on the whole, better than conventional products. To help give you some pointers I have labeled my favorites as Classic Clean (70-80% perfection) and Pure Super Star (amazingly healthy & clean). I have also given you dollar signs to guide your purchase from low ($ – under $10) to high ($$$$ – over $100). Ok, no more waiting! It’s time to get to the products. These four products are on my “always buy” list and I hope they will soon be on yours too.

 July Beauty Must Haves

1. John Masters Organics Volume Foam

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This volume foam is packed with key ingredients that will give your hair the much needed Southern Belle bounce in a healthy way. With aloe, green tea, quinoa, and soy protein your scalp will receive a nutritional boost while styling. There are two ingredients which I am not a huge fan of but they are low on the ingredient list. Skin Deep has rated this product as a 2 which makes it a Classic Clean in my book. Much better than your typical styling gel.

Why I Love It:

Finding styling products that work without alcohol is a challenge. And finding anything that will keep my board straight locks lifted in humidity is a miracle. This product does both!! I get volume all day without any crunchiness or build up. Hello, Miracle!

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2. One Love Organics Gardenia + TEA Antioxidant Body Serum

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This product is a powerhouse of amazingly wonderful ingredients. I’ll keep from giving you the full run down, however, my favorites are sea buckthorn oil, pumpkin seed oil, green tea, kelp, and rosemary oil. This company is known for its sustainable practices and this product is no different. They eliminate fillers and give you a big bang of clean ingredients for your money.

Why I Love It:

This product was a Christmas present from my wonderful “friend-laws” (Chris’s parents). And I seriously cannot live without it…EVER! I never thought to put a serum on my skin but it has completely brought my body back to life. It removes flakiness, gives me an even skin tone, and makes my skin feel baby soft. It’s light and quickly absorbs leaving no oily residue. Perfect after a long day in the sun. Try it, you’ll become addicted too.

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3. Mahalo Rare Indigo Beauty Balm

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OMG, I can not say enough about this product or company. They believe that skin care can be achieved without artificially derived ingredients. And they live up to that beautifully. Every ingredient is on my favorites list and they are all items you can actually pronounce. They put together powerhouses to make their products incredibly effective in the smallest doses possible. Big thumbs up here!

Why I Love Them:

This is one of my favorite balms to use at night, however, it can technically be used both morning and evening. The smell is intoxicating and it feels so luxurious on my skin. The biggest thing for me is the dramatic difference I see in the small lines on my face, dark circles, and acne scars after using. My skin feels soft and healthy every morning. And a big plus is you only use a 1/2 pea size drop for your entire face which helps it go a long long way. My absolute favorite splurge.
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4. Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum FoundationJuly Favorites Gressa

Clean Level: Pure Super Star

The fact that this foundation is also a serum makes it a double punch of happy ingredients. They use a blend of natural oils from neem, lemon balm, sea buckthorn, plus much more to make this foundation packed with multivitamins for your skin. With no chemicals and sustainable practices this brand is a complete winner. I love this line from her website:

The Gressa brand is a brand that celebrates glamour and sex appeal and still remains free of silicones, preservatives, and anything that is harmful for your health.

Why I Love It:

This foundation is unbelievable! I read numerous positive reviews prior to purchase and thought “These people have to be exaggerating”. Boy, was I wrong!! This liquid foundation goes on smooth, hydrates your skin, and converts to a matte silky finish similar to a powder foundation. Hard to believe but true! It’s light on your skin but long wearing. It is hyperpigmented yet softly matches your skin tone. Complete full coverage without the heavy make-up feel. With an amazing blend of skin nourishing oils, your skin is drinking up needed vitamins while you look flawless.

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I hope you enjoyed my July Beauty Must Haves. Give them a try and let me know what you think! If you have any beauty questions, I would love to try and help. Leave me a comment below!

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