Organic Beauty 2013 Holiday Gift Guide!

Organic-Beauty-Gift-GuideBy: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

Ahhh, the season of gifting… For us, the gift-giving craziness lasts from Thanksgiving (my birthday), through Hanukkah, the hub’s birthday, to Christmas (which we now celebrate with smaller gifts in our post-nuptial tradition), to New Year’s (which is the big, gift-giving holiday in my Russian family). That is a solid month and change of gifts, so I am always on the look out for special somethings to gift to my friends and family.

Being, as I am, a lover of all things healthy, natural, sustainable, and, of course, stylin’, I try to give gifts that are in line with my ethos. Gifting something that promotes health, wellness, happiness, and relaxation is the ultimate gift and show of love to the people in your life. I’ve collected my favorite gifts to share with you, and am sure that you’ll find something for everyone on your list!

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Spotlight on Marina Volod of Avitalin Skincare

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

We loved testing Avitalin Skincare’s line of awesome, natural products earlier this year (check out our review), and wanted to know more about the woman behind this line of super nutritious and potent products.   Founder, Marina Volod, shares her philosophy, unique approach to skincare science, as well as some killer tips to fight the signs of aging skin!

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Avitalin Skincare Giveaway!

Avitalin Skincare Giveaway!

Alright, Beauties, here is our first giveaway of the month!

We are giving away a collection of super potent, vegan, natural beauty products from Avitalin Skincare, worth over $160!

Click here to read my review of this amazing line of products.

To enter:

1.  Like me on Facebook.  If you’ve already liked my Facebook page, you can follow us on Twitter.

2. Leave a comment on this post sharing where you’ve followed or liked us, and let us know your favorite thing about The Organic Beauty!

That’s it!

We’ll announce the winner on Friday, March 15th, so make sure to enter before then!

And the Winner Is…

Ginger G!

Thank you so much for entering everyone!  If you didn’t win, stay tuned for our Yes To… giveaway next week!

Anti-Aging Magic from Avitalin

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

Marina Volod, creator of Avitalin Skincare, has devoted her life to the study of skin physiology, cosmetic ingredients and skin nutrition, and that immense knowledge base has yielded the creation of an immensely effective, powerful, and best of all, healthy line of vegan skincare products. For the past month, I have been using her products, and I have to say, my skin absolutely loves it!

I follow my oil face wash with Avitalin Firming Fluid ($55), which is formulated with anti-aging skincare powerhouses like hyaluronic acid, peptides, and phospholipids. It also has one of my favorite natural ingredients, seabuckthorn oil, which is a wonderful anti-inflammatory antioxidant. The vegan fluid goes on super smooth, and I actually found that I don’t even need a moisturizer after using it!

When my skin is feeling a little overstressed and red, I love to use Rebalance Calming Complex ($58), which is specially formulated to calm sensitive skin, especially if you’re prone to eczema, rosacea, or dermatitis. It is loaded with nourishing, anti-inflammatory ingredients like rooibos and green tea extracts, licorice and oat extracts, and calendula. It also helps to keep skin cells young and vital with potent vegan embryonic phyto complex and beta glucans. It leaves skin silky smooth and even, and provides non-greasy moisture all day long!

To keep eyes youthful, I love the Smooth Contour eye cream ($55). It is marvelous for getting rid of any puffiness and dark circles, and feels absolutely luxurious around the eyes. It’s made with ultra nourishing shea and cocoa butter, brightening alpha-arbutin, and the patented Syn®-Ake, which is a potent complex that relaxes facial tension, preventing the formation of new lines, and improving firmness and tonicity.

Once a week, I love to exfoliate and rejuvenate my skin with the Active Enzyme Peel ($40), which uses gentle fruit acids and skin lightning ingredients to increase cell turnover, improve skin’s texture and brighten the complexion. Pineapple and papaya enzymes make this peel feel and smell like a treat straight out of the spa, while arbutin and baltic amber extract deliver potent skin transformation.

Marina really embodies our ethos here at The Organic Beauty, that nature provides us with the most effective and potent ingredients to heal and beautify our bodies, inside and out!

I love the Avitalin line so much, I just have to share it with you, my beautiful readers! From now until next Friday, March 15th, we’re holding a giveaway of over $160 worth of Avitalin products! Click here to learn how to enter!