New from Integrity Botanicals

Maya Chia review on
Photos: Hannah Reynolds

So, whooooo’s ready for the weekend?  Integrity Botanicals has a lot of great new products that I’ve recently tried, so I thought I would share a round-up of my latest favorite finds.  Maya Chia makes some of the best facial serums and oils I’ve tried.  They are so moisturizing, yet light as a feather on skin, and they can make anyone’s skin glow.  Maya Chia’s newest addition is The Super Blend Pressed Serum Concentrate, which is just as stellar as the rest of the collection.  This must-correctional balm is absorbed into skin on contact, and just like Maya Chia’s serums, it doesn’t leave a trace of greasy residue.  My two favorite ingredients in this miracle balm are Chia Oil and Astaxanthin.  Studies show that natural astaxanthin (from the microalgae plant), is 65X stronger than Vitamin C & 14X stronger than Vitamin E in combating free radicals.  Studies have also found astaxanthin enhances the antioxidant actions of vitamin C and E due to synergistic effects.  This translates into restored firmness, resiliency, and a brighter, more even skin tone, among other benefits.

Lina Hanson Review on

Lina Hanson is such a beauty, inside and out, and as one of the pioneers of the clean beauty movement, she puts her heart and soul into her products, traveling the world to source organic, wild-crafted and fair-trade ingredients.  I recently tried her Global Face Trio, which is a 3-in-1 cleanser, exfoliator and mask.  It’s great for busy gals who travel and need every inch of space in their luggage.  Add a little water to create an effective scrub, add more water for a creamy cleanser, or just leave it on skin until dry for a mask treatment.  Ingredients like Thanaka, Ginseng, Lemongrass and Ricebran clarify, brighten, exfoliate, and promote circulation. Lina’s Global Face Serum is a classic; it contains 17 precious, hand-blended oils that have been used for centuries for their protective, healing properties.  Oils like Marula, Baobab, Camellia Seed, Argan, Brazil Nut, Pumpkin Seed, Neroli, Palmarosa, and Ylang Ylang provide antioxidants, fatty acids, vitamins and other nutrients that repair and rejuvenate the skin.  It works well on almost any skin type, makes a great makeup primer, and the smell is intoxicating!  And, Global Treasures is just pure luxury.  This balm melts into skin on contact, leaving no greasy residue, and it while it’s great for all skin types, it is particularly ideal for mature skin that needs a boost of hydration, nutrients and glowiness.  Pearl and 24K Gold regenerate collagen, stimulate circulation and reflect light while Green Matcha Tea and Coffee provide anti-inflammatory, de-pufffing power.

Gressa Review on

Gressa recently launched a beautiful new formula they call Eye Tints.  There are only three colors so far, but they are GORGEOUS.  The formula is a a velvety cream that doesn’t feel greasy on the eyelid and even after all-day wear, I only had very minimal creasing (between the shape of my eyes and the fact hat I have oily eyelids, this is a victory for me).  You can apply with fingers or a brush, and I love that the color is buildable.  I’m a big fan of their Lip Boosts, which are essentially beautifully tinted lip balms. Castor Oil, Shea and Mango Butters and  Seabuckthorn Oil ensure moisturized lips, long after the color has worn off.  These Lip Boosts are the perfect everyday lip product, but the colors are elegant enough to wear with a fully-made-up face, too.

W3LL PEOPLE review on

W3LL PEOPLE has launched some gorgeous new colors in their Universalist Matte Multi-Use Color Stick.  I’ve been wearing Nude Rose for years, but Nude Peach is just gorgeous – it leaves a sun-kissed glow that really wakes up the entire face.  My new favorite, Nude Berry, is absolutely perfect for the cooler months when skin has less color.  It gives that deep, berry-wine cheek without being too bold or dark.  I love W3LL PEOPLE’S formula; it’s not too sticky or greasy, and it blends beautifully into skin, creating a very natural look.  It’s also great for lips!  They’ve also recently improved another longtime favorite of mine, the Bio Brightener Powder.  I realize it needed improving, but W3LL PEOPLE seemed to make this classic even better with the addition of freshwater pearl powder.  This powder does a beautiful job of softening, blending and blurring, and the totally translucent formula makes all complexions look luminous.  I use it every single day over tinted moisturizer or foundation, and when I run out, I panic.  Also, I just have to mention W3LL PEOPLE’S Bio Correct Multi-Action Concealer.  It is the best combination of coverage, moisture, light reflection and minimal creasing that I’ve found so far in the clean beauty world.  I wear it under my eyes religiously, and it also makes an amazing eyelid primer.  (I wear Light.)

That’s all for today!  I have more to catch you up on next week – so many products, so little time!  That’s why I’m here, to narrow it all down for you.  Have a great weekend!