Clean makeup brushes = Less break outs.

It’s a simple fact that I stick by. Think about it. Well, maybe not for too long, or else you’ll start to gross yourself out. Let’s just say rubbing old dead skin cells, sweat, dirt and oils into your skin, day after day, can’t be good. You can wash your face all you want, but if you just turn around and use dirty brushes two minutes later to put on your foundation, you’re not doing yourself any favors. Anyway, as soon as I get any sign of an impending breakout, I wash all my brushes asap. And you should too… Give them some love at least once a month, if not 2-3x, if you’re feeling up to it!

There are A LOT of makeup brush cleansers on the market. A top notch source tells me these two are worth your money: ONE and TWO. But I, personally, have always just used soap and water.

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A squirt of Dr Bronner’s castile soap (or baby shampoo) brought to a lather with warm water does the trick just fine. Rinse until the water is clear in color and free of soap. (Make sure to rinse the bristles VERY well to avoid any soap build up.) Next dry them out by brushing the bristles gently on a wash cloth until they become fluffy again. And always let them sit overnight in a dry place to ensure they are 100% dry before using again.

DO NOT USE BRUSHES THAT ARE WET. ick.

IMG_4693An easy extra step to sanitize them, and speed up the drying process, is to spritz your brushes with rubbing alcohol after you have towel dried them. Rub the excess dirt out of the bristles onto a dry edge of your washcloth. This sanitizing step is also a great way to quickly clean and disinfect your brushes in between a deep soap and water cleaning!

(quick note: If you find that the castile soap and water routine dries out your bristles too much, add a drop or two of olive oil in with your castile soap to add extra moisture…)

Happy Cleaning! xo Cait

Oil pulling

oil pullingI’ve got yet another healthy fun-filled thing to do with coconut oil… oil pulling. It’s an ancient Ayurvedic ritual of gently swishing a tablespoon of oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes (YES THAT IS A LONG TIME) before you brush your teeth every day. I use coconut oil but I hear sesame is another good option. And I typically do my swishing during my roughly 20min morning routine.

Two things I suggest:
1. Don’t go crazy with the swishing. Imaging you are pushing and “pulling” the coconut oil between your teeth. And take the word gently, seriously.
2. When you are done, spit into the trash can or toilet. It could clog your sink.

And I’m not gonna lie, I aim for 5x a week, since I don’t always have those 20min to spare or sometimes that cup of coffee just must come first. But I have definitely seen results. The health benefits, like weight loss and curing heart disease, seem a little far fetched to me. But after giving it a try for 2 months, I’m hooked. My teeth feel cleaner and are definitely whiter, with no irritation to my gums whatsoever. Long live coconut oil! xo Cait

New Product: Belly Butter

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41 weeks of pregnancy, one 7 lbs baby boy later and no stretch marks! It’s been a long time coming but we’re so excited to share The Peacock Apothecary’s Belly Butter with all the expectant moms out there. I religiously used this formula all over my body while pregnant, and I continued to use it after birth. It’s safe and clean to use while growing a little human and don’t forget about all the other areas that grow on the pregnant body (I’m looking at you thighs, butt and of course, breasts). Jojoba and shea butter are compatible with human sebum and quickly melt into the skin’s layers to relive itchy, stretching skin while deeply moisturizing. The blend of essential oils and rose hip seed oil help to regenerate the skin, combatting stretch marks while healing minor cuts and abrasions. As always, each batch is blended by hand using the highest quality oils that we can find. To order, please visit our Etsy Store.

DIY Beach Spray

The longer my hair gets, the lazier I seem to get with it. But one thing I can’t live without, is my “beach” spray. After buying it a few times, I got the itch to make my own. Google to the rescue again! The wonderful Wellness Mama had a straightforward, simple recipe. And after using it for over a month, I can’t say I have any complaints!

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Beach Spray

1 small spray bottle
1C hot water (not boiling)
2Tbl epsom salt (adds texture)
1/2tsp himalayan or sea salt (adds stiffness)
1tsp aloe vera gel (find one with no alcohol. I’ve tried this one from Whole Foods and this one from Mountain Rose)
a few drops almond or jojoba oil (you can use a 1/2 tsp of conditioner instead)
a few drops of an essential oil or perfume you like (for scent)

Put all of the ingredients into your spray bottle and shake for 1-2min. Spray on damp hair and scrunch with a towel for beachy waves. Or spray on dry hair for extra texture without the waves!

Lasts 3-4 months

I Declare Thou Shalt Not Shop!

302. Three-Hundred-Two. CCII.
That is the cumulative number of clothing items and shoes that I have (not counting socks, underwear, bags or accessories). So why do I still feel the need to shop? Why do I wake up, stare at my closet and feel like I have nothing to wear? How can 302 pieces of clothing make me feel like I don’t have enough? This is insanity. This is disgusting. This is not who I want to be.

I recently attended a Darling Dinner (hosted by Darling Magazine) where we discussed two gigantic topics: beauty vs. vanity and whether we shop for ourselves or others. I’m sure you can imagine how far down the rabbit hole a group of 20-or-so women could go with each topic. Both topics I’ve explored before, but these conversations truly served as a catalyst for my personal journey. Think of your most beautiful friend. Do you think she’s beautiful because of the way she looks or the clothes she wears? Probably not. She’s beautiful because of who she is and what she does. To strive for beauty is a holistic process and it certainly does not involve this season’s “it” shoe. Vanity is consuming, it’s lacking and it’s not confident. Now, I’m not saying that shopping is vanity and that it isn’t a form of creative expression. Clothing is a representation of ourselves and it’s fun to play in this realm. But shopping can most definitely be consuming and represent a feeling of need, want and not having enough of; this is the part of shopping that I wish to tackle.

I recently became a mother, changed careers and turned 30. 2014 has been a year of major changes and with the limited time that I have for myself, I want to spend it partaking in activities that nourish me from the inside out. Motherhood has been a beautifully selfless journey, so when I do get those cherry-picked moments to myself, I want to spend them doing the shit the matters. I want to volunteer my time, I want to work on my craft, I want to dance, I want to be outside, I want to sit in a park, I want to travel, I want to connect with others.

So here it goes…

6 months of no shopping begins today.

Yes, I’m interested to see how much money I can save and what bigger things I can achieve with that extra cash flow; but more importantly, I’m excited to see what sort of space this opens up in my life. I can also go off on another rant about disposable clothing vs. investment pieces and the environmental impact of this industry, but let’s save that for another day. I plan to focus these next 6 months living in gratitude for all that I do have and not feeling like I don’t have enough. Shopping therapy is fleeting, I’m ready to get creative with my closet and to focus my energy elsewhere.

Let the shopping fast commence.

 

Beach Belle Body Care

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A lovely, like-minded, friend of ours, Christina Hinkle, has a wonderful line of soaps and body products, made with love in Orange County, CA that we think you should check out! I have eternally itchy skin, so when I heard about her soap with the built-in loofah, I had to try.

I’ve been using it for the past few weeks, and I highly recommend it. The “Face Bar” smells like heaven. And her “Not So Plain Jane” made with coconut oil, olive oil, Shea butter, castor oil and palm kernel oil (all organic!) is one of those simple combinations that my skin’s dreams are made of. I also got a sneak peek at her new mini soaps for travel! Aaaand loved them. Just a little soap on-the-go. Handmade soaps like these make great holiday gifts. And as you can see here, her packaging is adorable too.

(Follow her on FB here)
Loves! Cait

 

Peacock Favorites: Beauty Products

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We love beauty products but we love conscious beauty products even more! Below are a few of our favorites from our weekly routine:

1. Rahua

Let me start by saying that I (Sam) have a ton of wavy hair that’s prone to frizz. I can wear it straight after a 30 minute marathon work out session with a blow dryer and a round brush, or I can amp up the waves to curly status if I make sure to not-comb and moisturize my locks. I’ve recently discovered the key to good hair actually means NO LATHER shampoo and lots of hydration. At first, it took a little getting used to, but now I’m not sure I can ever go back to the usual routine of foaming shampoo (makes sense since I never use anything that foams on my face). I absolutely love the Rahua line; their products are truly all natural and you’re getting an incredibly high-quality product that’s great for your hair. The one downside – they’re not cheap, but they do last a long time because a little goes a long way. If you have thinner hair that’s more prone to an oily scalp, I’d recommend giving their Voluminous line a try (it’s less heavy and there’s a slight lather).

2. Giovanni Eco Chic LA Hold Hair Spritz

Hairspray is the one hair product that I (Cait) have not lived without since I was 13. It’s hair glue, plain and simple. What’s not to love? It fixes most of my hair problems with a spritz or two and I refuse to live without it. Surprisingly enough, there aren’t a lot of companies that make an “eco friendly” version. This one by Giovanni Eco Chic is my favorite. No parabens, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate or animal by-products. Cruelty-free. pH balanced. Biodegradable. All wrapped up in recyclable packaging. Better yet, you can find it at any Whole Foods. And if you live in California, like I do, it’s LOCALLY made! Another bonus… they make travel sizes of all of their products. Because traveling without hairspray is just silly :) I also love their mini shampoo and conditioner!

3. Juice Beauty CC Cream

This is my go-to, one-stop, everything product that I (Sam) use on a daily basis. Besides the fact that this is a makeup product that provides color correction and coverage, you get broad spectrum SPF 30 protection  AND a formula that lists a slew of active ingredients to help combat the signs of aging. I especially love this product because it leaves your skin feeling hydrated with a dewy glow; plus, the smell is just lovely. Juice Beauty, in general, is a great and affordable product line that formulates their products without parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances.

4. Korres Wild Rose Mineral Foundation

Korres is a great natural brand overall. They’ve been making all natural homeopathic products for over 20 years. A brand built on loads of knowledge (founders are a chemical engineer and pharmacologist) and a love for herbal remedies is a brand after my own heart. And I have used their mineral foundation for years. Paired with a little tinted moisturizer, it lasts all day. It’s lightweight, but buildable. The wild rose extract (potent source of vit c) helps repair fine lines and even skin tone while the rose quartz, amethyst and citrine soften and stimulate microcirculation.

5. Josie Maran Argan Color Stick

All of Josie Maran’s products are amazing. A great go to for all-natural makeup. Most of her products are infused with the all powerful Argan oil, the world’s richest source of vitamin E and essential fatty acids, aka liquid gold for your skin. If you’re going to be wearing makeup all day anyway, you might as well choose a brand that simultaneously feeds your skin a little of the good stuff! Plus, the brand is paraben & cruety free, reasonably priced and available everywhere. This particular product is a great multi-use color stick. Use it on lips AND cheeks. Try rosey or pink!

xoxo

Sam + Cait

Peacock Favorites: Jane Iredale

jane1If you aren’t familiar with Jane Iredale, we highly recommend that you take a chance on this line of safe yet quality makeup. Often referred to as “skincare makeup”, we absolutely love the fact these products are cruelty free, made of natural minerals and formulated without harsh preservatives or lead. (Yes, makeup is often cut with lead which is so gross. If we have to warn people about the potential of lead in paint of homes built before 1978, why would you want to wear makeup that contains lead?) Slowly but surely, my makeup drawer has gone through a natural revival. If I spend so much time and effort on natural skincare, it only makes sense to not pollute my skin with the harsh chemicals that can be found in most makeup. Once my eyelids started to get dry and irritated for no apparent reason, I knew it was time to make some changes. Enter – Jane Iredale. There are so many great products to pick from this line, but for the sake of this post, we’ve narrowed it down to our top 4 picks.

1. PureMoist LipColour

No synthetic preservatives or FD&C dyes. Contains antioxidants. Feels luxurious on your lips. And Sharon, is the perfect neutral shade for you. I (Cait) was on a hunt for that everyday “I don’t wear lipstick” shade of lipstick a few years ago and this won the contest hands down- no question. It never failed me. Trust me, try it. Sam loves the shades Carmen and Renee. Word on the street is that this lipstick formulation is being discontinued and that they’re switching all lipsticks to their skinny stick (which is also amazing because they contain some mint for that natural plumping and cooling effect). If you live in the LA area, head to Green Line Beauty to stock up on these lipsticks which are on sale for $10 a piece.

2. In Touch Cream Blush

Confidence is the end all be all color and it’s so popular that it’s often sold out. This multi-tasking color doubles as both a blush and a lip color. It create the perfect flushed shade with a dewy finish and you’re guaranteed to receive compliments every time you wear it.

3. Quad Bronzer

I (Cait) swear by this bronzer. My go-to is Moonglow. The name alone is enough to make me swoon. And it contains real 24 karat gold flakes? Yep! Jane Iredale describes it’s look as “aglow” and the feel “airy.” And I couldn’t agree more. It is one of my favorite products of all time. Plus, since it’s split into 4 separate color blocks,  you can also use the colors individually on your cheeks, eyes or lips!

4. Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain

Can we all bow-down to the “pink stick” because this product is truly magic. It goes on like a moisturizing lip balm but then it turns your lips the perfect shade of pink. The formula works to bring out your own natural shade of pink, and you’ll be amazed at how perfect the color is on everyone. It also serves as a great base when used as a layer with a lipstick or liner.

xoxo

Sam & Cait

Peacock Favorites: Skincare

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While the majority of our skincare routine is made up of our own products, we love playing around with other product lines. We’re incredibly picky when it comes to what we put on our skin but there are some amazing companies out there that create inspiring, wholesome, safe and active skincare. Of course, the first thing we do when shopping for another skincare product is read the ingredients’ list! It’s so easy to fall in love with the pretty packaging or the marketing but really, we’re looking for what’s on the inside. Here are a few of our favorites:

1. Soaptopia – If you live in the Los Angeles area, it’s worth a trip to Soaptopia on Venice in Mar Vista. All soap is handmade on site and there’s a plethora of scents to pick from. In fact, I (Sam) took a soap making course on-site, in their kitchen. Their soap is all-natural and I love the fact that most of the soaps feature essential oils instead of synthetic fragrances. I’ve been using their soaps for years; plus, their products make for lovely gifts (especially around the holidays).

2. DeVita Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30 – Wearing an SPF daily goes without question, especially if you’re fair-skinned, freckled and pregnant like me. I’m currently fighting a life-long battle to keep sun spots and wrinkles away. I’m even more conscious of developing the “pregnancy mask” so I’m extra cautious about sun exposure. I absolutely love this sunscreen for the face. It’s natural and feels like a lovely moisturizer as opposed to a heavy and greasy sunscreen. Plus, there’s hyaluronic acid which helps the skin naturally combat wrinkles. This sunscreen is light enough to wear under make up too.

3. Eminence Bright Skin Licorice Root Serum – I first discovered Eminence at my holistic pre-natal chiropractor’s office (Dr. Berlin). It was the only skincare line they carried because it’s totally safe to use during pregnancy. As I mentioned before, sun spots have been my enemy; so I decided to pick up a bottle of this brightening serum to help combat melasma. Most skin brightening serums contain hydroquinone to lighten the skin which is a known carcinogenic. I was delighted to see that this serum truly is natural and uses Licorice to help lighten those pesky brown spots. Plus, it’s safe to use during pregnancy so you know it’s got the good stuff.

4. Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Eye Cream – If you aren’t familiar with the history of this amazing line of products, here’s the short version. In 1935, Dr. Rudolf Hauschka and colleagues founded the holistic pharmaceutical company WALA Heilmittel with the mission “to support the healing of humanity and the earth.” “WALA” is an acronym for the process by which Dr. Hauschka developed his rhythmical processing method: Warmth, Ash, Light, Ash. Together, they begin to manufacture homeopathic medicines. In the early 1960s esthetician Elisabeth Sigmund recognizes the power of rhythm and traditional herbs in guiding skin back to a healthy, beautiful state. Shortly after, Elisabeth and Rudolf begin corresponding and Elizabeth joins WALA to develop a holistic line of skincare. Today, the same land and farming practices are still used to source the ingredients for this timeless skincare line. You can’t really go wrong with this line of products but their regenerating eye cream just feels so luxurious and moisturizing when it’s on your skin.

Hormonal Breakouts – The Natural Treatment

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When it comes to pregnancy, I can’t really complain. Besides the constant feeling of exhaustion and the occasional scrambling of words, I haven’t really experienced those terrible symptoms that so many women dread (knock on wood). However, one symptom has been coming and going ever since I first saw those 2 lines pop up on the stick: hormonal breakouts. I always thought pregnancy would bring this beautiful glow and that my skin, hair and nails would look radiant throughout the whole process. Well, apparently that’s not always the case. Cue the flush of hormones and all of a sudden my chin just exploded. A hormonal breakout is incredibly pesky because there really isn’t much you can do. This isn’t a congestion or dirt issue but your skin reacting on a cellular level to the chemical changes in your body.

I’ve always been a supporter of natural skincare but now that there’s a little birdy growing inside of me, I have to be even more conscious about the foods I eat and the products that I put on my skin. (What I would give for a cup of coffee right now!). For those who like Retin-A, Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide, please think twice before using these acne treatment; they’re a big no-no during pregnancy. When my chin starts to reflect the massive changes happening in my body, I stick to a regular routine of cleansing, moisturizing with an oil based serum, sunscreen and exfoliating twice a week. I’ve also had a lot of great luck with the Clarisonic brush. The vibrations of the brush help to clear the congestion and ease any pain associated with the break out. Please don’t use this treatment everyday though, its too harsh – I recommend twice a week.

Now for the secret weapon…PROBIOTICS. If you have eyes and ears then I’m sure you’re aware of the amazing benefits that come with eating foods that are naturally rich in good bacteria or how important it is to take a quality probiotic supplement. Disease begins with inflammation and so much of that begins with your gut, so keep it healthy! Did you know that applying probiotics to your face can actually help combat the bad bacteria that causes breakouts?   A yogurt mask is great for brightening the skin and although there are healthy bacteria strains in the yogurt, for the purposes of this treatment, reach for a liquid probiotic that contains more than 10 strains.

Next time you’re at a natural grocery store, pick up a bottle of Bio-K. Apply the liquid probiotic with a cotton ball, let it dry and continue to layer until you have a nice mask formed. Let the mask sit for 20 minutes and then rinse. This mask is gentle enough to use every night until you’ve achieved the desired results – clear skin. Be sure to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized, so follow the treatment with a good face oil or a moisturizer (all natural!).