EMPTIES V.1 – Stark Skincare, H IS FOR LOVE + More

It’s been a hot minute (more like a hot year) since I’ve shared some empties! I used to combine empties and mini-hauls in my monthly “green beauty journal” posts, but I’ve since stopped posting those because I don’t try many new products (or quickly use up products) to have content for monthly posts. This will be my new way of sharing empties, breaking them down into short volumes.

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MOSSAIC: June Boxwalla Beauty Review

Today, I’m leaping-out-of-my-seat excited to share the “MOSSAIC” Boxwalla Beauty Box featuring MOSS Skincare that releases this June. MOSS (Modern Organic Sacred Skincare) is the brain child of Celestyna Higgins, an astrophysicist (with fashion and yoga also in her background) who brings logic and mindfulness to the skincare table, specifically with the aim of treating acne and aging skins. Her products include a mosaic of ingredients combining the best of nature with safe and scientifically backed actives to treat a mosaic of skin issues. I’ve previously reviewed MOSS’s sister line Ambar, so I was somewhat familiar with the brand before trying this box.

The June Beauty Box* (which has a whopping $215 value!) is showcasing TWO full-size MOSS products: Beurre Céleste Honey-Infused Rinsable Cleansing Balm and Illumina, their exfoliating Vitamin C treatment serum. This box rings in at $49.95, but subscriptions are closing soon, so now is the time to subscribe!

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YOU Skincare – The Next Brand You Need to Try

In the past year I’ve seen more skincare brands emerge who use formulas that combine science (I like to refer to these ingredients as “clinical”) and nature. Scientifically-backed ingredients typically refer to ones that have a proven track record in delivering results such as niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, ceramides, vitamin C, and so on – and nature referring to plant-based ingredients such as oils, butters, extracts, herbs, and others. Through a lot of trial and error I’ve learned that my skin likes the best of both worlds – science-backed formulas tend to contain skin identical ingredients that help with barrier health and I like natural formulas for the nourishment, aromatherapy, and sensory experience. Both combine to feed my skin in such a way that they can’t seem to do separately. Sometimes these “clinical” ingredients might be synthetic, but that doesn’t mean it’s unsafe health-wise. I think what a lot of us are discovering is that “biocompatibility” is what’s important with skincare – ingredients that our skin can actually utilize to heal and maintain health. YOU Skincare happens to be one of these brands that combine the best of both worlds into super effective formulas!

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