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I love spring. It’s a time for planting new intentions and watching what comes to life in the season ahead. One of the things I’ve been planting not only for myself, but for women everywhere, is more self-love. It’s been a journey, this practice of acceptance and self-confidence, and I must say it DOES get easier in time. Over the past years, I have been focusing on accepting myself and my body as it is – in all its natural beauty. That acceptance has led to a great deal of healing both emotionally and physically; however, I still catch myself in moments of self-judgement, especially as the summer arises. Why might you ask? Body image. 

It is a topic I don’t need to raise, we are all well aware of the standards that are portrayed by (social)media falsely telling the story of what is “healthy” and what is “beautiful.” The fact is, there are so many varieties of beauty and I believe we, as a society, are starting to embrace that. And yet still, I think about how many times I’ve started a “bikini body diet” in the spring, only to feel like a failure when summer arrives. 

About three years ago, this came to a stop, and I finally embraced eating in ways that just made me feel good and moving in ways my body intuitively needed. But all the while, these self-deprecating thoughts still arose. To help work with them in a more loving way, I began looking into flower remedies as a way to work with these emotions. The blend I’ve created today is about focusing on loving the self and forgiving the self in order to move forward to a place of confidence and acceptance. I hope you enjoy.

Self-Love Blend using BACH Original Flower Remedies 

My blend was a simple one: five flower remedies that all focused on areas I felt connected to my own healing in this area. I hope you might find some inspiration for your own healing here as well.

What you’ll need is pretty simple
  1. 30 mL mixing bottle 
  2. Bottled or filtered spring water
  3. BACH® flower remedies of your choice

Here is what I blended: 

2 drops each of BACH Original Flower Remedies: 

  1. Crab Apple for acceptance of imperfections
  2. Larch for confidence
  3. Hornbeam for procrastinating less when it comes to moving my body in the way it needs and meditating daily
  4. Willow for forgiving myself for the ways I’ve treated and spoken to my body in the past
  5. Oak to restore my endurance to find the energy to do activities that make me feel good about myself 

I blended these into the clear bottle (below) and wrote my personal blend on the bottle with a date of when I blended it. This bottle should last me about 3 weeks when I take 4 drops 4 times per day. 

Directions
  1.  In a 30 mL mixing bottle add two drops of each of the BACH Original Flower Remedies
  2. Fill the remainder of the bottle with spring water
  3. Take four drops at least four times per day

Your personal blend can last around three weeks if kept in a cool dry place or in the fridge.

Alternatively, you can add a preservative: before putting the water into your mixing bottle, add one teaspoon of brandy, cider vinegar, or glycerin. I chose to use apple cider vinegar, as I always have that on hand in my cupboards. 

If you’re interested in other flower remedies recipes, check out my previous post here

Sending you all the self-love vibes, beauties!

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* Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.

Please consult your healthcare practitioner prior to introducing any new supplement or drug to you or your child.

This is a sponsored post; however, I only agree to do sponsored postings when I really love the brand. 

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After the long months of winter, your skin might be suffering from indoor heat, the wind, cold, and, for some of us, ice and snow. Not only can the colder months leave your skin dry, but it can also result in a dull appearance and visible fine lines. One way to help manage your dry skin is through face masks or steams.

And while there are a number of options on the market, you can also make your own at home. This is a great way to save money and keep a closer eye on the ingredients you apply to your skin.

So, if you have dry or dull skin this winter, you can find my favourite DIY facial remedies below.

Spirulina and Manuka Honey Hydration Mask

I love this mask because it’s incredibly nourishing and very simple to make. I use spirulina, also referred to as blue-green algae, which is packed with antioxidants that have the potential to help with fine lines and wrinkles.

The other ingredient for this mask is manuka honey, which may potentially reduce inflammation and irritation caused by acne. Moreover, manuka honey is a humectant, so it moisturizes the skin, leaving it soft and supple.

 Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp. manuka honey
  • 1 tsp. spirulina powder
  • 1 tsp. water or rose water, or any other herbal hydrosol mist
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a jar or bowl.
  2. Apply the mixture gently directly to your skin.
  3. Leave on for 30 minutes.
  4. Rinse off with water.

Check out the article I wrote for Healthline HERE to get the rest of my tips. 

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K

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No matter the time of year, there’s always a point in each season when my skin decides to cause me issues. While these skin issues can vary, I find the most common issues to be:

  • dryness
  • acne
  • redness

As for the why, sometimes it’s down to a sudden change in weather, while other times the change is a result of stress from a looming work deadline or just getting off a long-haul flight.

Regardless of the reason though, I always try to apply the most natural and holistic remedies possible to help soothe my irritated skin.

If you find yourself in a similar situation and want to know how I get my skin back to looking stellar, you can find my tried and tested top five tips, below.

Water, water, and more water

My first go-to is making sure I’m drinking enough water. I find it helps with just about anything and everything when my skin is acting up, though this is especially the case when the issue is specifically dryness or acne.

Water helps to hydrate the skin and helps to prevent dehydration lines that can crop up on the face, which look a bit like wrinkles.

While it varies from person to person, I try to get at least 3 liters of water daily, though even more if my skin is looking a little rough.
 
Check out the article I wrote for Healthline HERE to get the inside scoop on my top 5 remedies I use to soothe irritated skin, so you can add to your regimen today!

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I truly love this time of year – the start of the holiday season. But as they do, it is usually under the familiar conditions of shorter days, busier lives and colder weather. It is a beautiful time, but it is also a time where there is a lot of pressure from society to be, well, merry.  The reality is, this time of year can be really challenging and stressful for many. It is important – more than ever during this time to beat seasonal blues naturally – that we prioritize our self-care habits and rituals.

Whether that means taking a long bath, finding a quiet corner to meditate, practising your yoga or getting out into nature, we can all benefit from a little more attention to our wellbeing. All of these practices are beneficial and I would also add to the list to reach for the healing power of plants. Today’s post is how to beat seasonal blues naturally with this super simple combination of BACH Original Flower Remedies. Here’s my favourite mood-boosting blend. 

BACH Original Flower Remedies’ ACH Blend: Beat the Seasonal Blues

So here is the very simple recipe using BACH Original Flower Remedies to help you find a state of peace and balance, naturally, during this time of year. 

 What You’ll Need

– 30 mL mixing bottle 

– Bottled or filtered spring water

– 2 drops BACH® Impatiens, to help you become less irritable so you can calmly cope with these changes

– 2 drops BACH® Hornbeam, to help you stop procrastinating so you can face the day (and the cold weather)

– 2 drops BACH® Mustard, to help lift sudden sadness to help you return to joy and inner peace of mind

– 2 drops BACH® Wild Rose, to help bring liveliness and interest back into your life

– 2 drops BACH® Gentian, to overcome setbacks (such as a long winter season!) with positivity and acceptance

Directions

– In a 30 mL mixing bottle add two drops of each of the BACH Original Flower Remedies.

– Fill the remainder of the bottle with spring water.

– Take four drops at least four times per day.

Notes

Your personal blend can last between two and three weeks, if you keep it in a cool dry place or in the fridge.

Alternatively, you can add a preservative: before putting the water into your mixing bottle, add one teaspoon of brandy, cider vinegar, or glycerin. I chose to use apple cider vinegar, as I always have that on hand in my cupboards. 

Well, loves, I am wishing you a very joyful time of year, and with that, a reminder, take care of yourself. 

Lots of love,

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K

* Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.

Please consult your healthcare practitioner prior to introducing any new supplement or drug to you or your child.

This is a sponsored post; however, I only agree to do sponsored postings when I really love the brand. 

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The natural skincare market is burgeoning with new brands and their growing product lines. Finding the best in natural cleansers is becoming more and more competitive. As the end of the year creeps closer, I continue with my best of 2018 series, today focus on the Best Natural Cleansers of 2018. For ease of reference, and depending on your preferences, I’ve separated my picks into cream cleanser, oil cleanser, exfoliant and all-around multitasker. Enjoy, beauties! 

The Best Natural Cleansers of 2018: Cream Cleanser 

Annmarie Skincare’s Phytonutrient Cleanser is a showstopper when it comes to natural cream cleansers. I love cream cleansers because they do not strip the skin of its natural moisture barrier, and also because they are oh-so-gentle. My main concern in the past has been that they are not very effective at taking off eye makeup. Enter Annmarie’s Phytonutrient Cleanser. Holy batwoman! This product is perfection in terms of ingredients – and suitable for all skin types: dry, sensitive, mature and all the rest. This aloe juice-based cleanser includes moisture-binding Mango seed butter, coconut oil, apple extract to brighten and acai oil are beautifully blended to create the most gentle and effective cream cleanser I’ve tried to date. Find it here

The Best Natural Cleansers of 2018: Oil Cleanser

The ESSENTIAL cleansing oil is this year’s favourite oil cleanser. Some of you may not be familiar with cleansing with oil: in short what I love about oil cleansers is how seriously gentle they are – taking away pollutants from the skin and makeup with ease, but never by drying out the skin. Massaging oil cleansers into the skin also helps to activate the lymph and help drain the face from tensions and toxins it is holding onto. This oil cleanser melts away even waterproof makeup, dirt, oil and pollutants from the day without leaving your skin tight and dry. Its key ingredients are Moringa Oil, which is rich in antioxidants while it gently lifts dirt, makeup and impurities leaving the skin fresh and glowing, rose oil acts as a delicate fragrant oil that is known in Ayurveda to help calm and moisturize the skin and coconut oil is deeply hydrating, helping to leave the skin soft and smooth.  

Best Natural Cleansers of 2018: Exfoliating Cleanser

This has been a favourite far beyond the 2018 times, May Lindstrom’s Clean Dirt has been a staple in my green beauty cabinet for a few years now. Needless to say, these ingredients still work wonderfully, and I love this product more than all when it comes to exfoliation. May’s Clean Dirt is a combination of healing clays and mud as well as healing exotic spices.  It smells like a divine cinnamon spice, making it a warming and tingling cleansing experience.  The combination creates a beautiful cleanser that leaves your skin feeling fresh and revived. The texture of the Clean Dirt is also what helps encourage microcirculation in the top of your skin – it acts like microdermabrasion. This is a great detoxing cleanser for all skin types, but sensitive skinned gals are warned the warming action may irritate some with hypersensitive skin.

Best Natural Cleansers of 2018: Mask & Cleanser Duo

This last one on the list is a luxury – a duo face mask and cleanser, this sweet mouse by Max & Me is skin heaven. It is probably one of the most nourishing cleansers I’ve ever come across, so much so that I almost feel guilty when I rinse it off – I, therefore, use it mainly as a mask, or when my skin is in need of some extra love (think hormonal imbalances or international travel). Max & Me makes beautiful products – and high vibe skincare, which you can read about here in this post. It is in this product that the power of plants can be seen and felt: raw manuka honey, shea butter, gardenia, helichrysum, Damascus rose, the list goes on. This product is perfect for even the toughest of skin concerns (rosacea, acne and anti-aging too). To use, gently mix it with half a teaspoon of water until you have a smooth, creamy texture (it should look lighter than what is in the jar). Massage over skin if you want to use it as a wash, and if you want to use it as a mask, simply leave it on the skin for 30 minutes or more, then remove with a warm, moist cloth. Find it here

Happy cleansing, beauties!

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K

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LPN was one of the very first natural beauty resources online (I started it up back in 2010, some years before the green/nontoxic beauty boom) as a result, I have had my fair share of trials and tribulations with natural deodorants. Everything from the baking soda rash, to impossible yellow stains, to ineffective odor control and the product just plain not working. Thankfully the green beauty space has evolved a lot in the past 8 years – and I am so in love with many brands. Today I’m digging into an essential: the Best Natural Deodorants of 2018.

The Best Natural Deodorants of 2018: Soapwalla Deodorant Cream

This was the first natural deodorant that was pure, and really, really worked. I talked about it some years back and I’m still a big fan. What I love is that it works on the bacteria so there is no smell (even after the longest of days), and no stain on my shirt. It is all natural, powerful and comes in different essential oil-scented cremes.  The one tiny drawback is the application, using your fingers is not always ideal when you’re traveling.

Some people have a reaction to the level of baking soda in the original, so they kindly launched a baking-soda free version of this cult favourite, that instead uses charcoal and clay (bacteria killers and absorbers). For transparency, I haven’t tested that product, but you can find it here. *Sidenote, one of my tips for using baking soda deodorants is to shave in the evening so that application is not on freshly shaven skin or, if necessary to shave, you can use apple cider vinegar mixed with a bit of warm water and a washcloth before application to prevent reactions. 

Find the original Soapwalla magic here. 

The Best Natural Deodorants of 2018: AER by Vapour Organic Beauty

What I love about this product – yes, effective, yes, smells great, yes, no stains, but also that it brings back a little nostalgia for me: my love of gel deodorants when I was young. I remember when I was “old enough” to start using deodorant and I was so proud to buy my gel deodorant from the pharmacy (weird, maybe, but nostalgic none the less). It twists up beautifully, with the added benefit that it isn’t cold. 

AER deodorant is amazing as it’s gel form turns into powder on the skin, while still effectively combatting bacteria. It is baking soda-based, so sensitive skin beauties be mindful – I’ve never had irritation with AER’s, but have had with other brands. 

The Best Natural Deodorants of 2018: Holi (Rose) No. 4 Deodorant from Agent Nateur

When it comes to luxury and deodorant, this is my favourite. Agent Nateur’s No. 4 with includes rose and sandalwood, which make for a beautiful blend that I am more than happy to apply to my underarms. What’s special is Sandalwood is a natural pheromone making it a natural deodorizer. Baking soda is again the key ingredient for deodorizing, but also castor oil, while it smoothes and conditions, is also antibacterial. 

My last two deodorant purchases were this one, and I will shop Agent Nateur’s No.4  again. Find it here. 

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My first interview question to Krissa should have been “Why didn’t these Dharma Straps exist sooner?”

Krissa Ludvigsen, a global citizen at heart, is the founder of The Dharma Approach, and the yoga straps that carry its namesake: Dharma Straps. I sat down (or perhaps more accurately, moved) with Krissa this past week. We talked on natural beauty, Dharma yoga, gratitude, her company The Dharma Approach and the straps. Find below some fantastic insights into how to use these new straps, a behind the scenes look at this devoted yogi’s lifestyle and how to balance being an entrepreneur when you’re also a new mom.  


On Daily Practice

What is your morning routine like – has it changed since you became a mother?

Haha, what routine? These days I’m usually woken up around 6.15 AM with my 7-month-old crawling around the bed in between me and my husband. The truth is that I’m not actually a morning person. So even before having a baby, it was usually just wake up, brush teeth, do make-up, get dressed, have coffee and breakfast, check emails and get cracking on my to-do list. I’m one of those people that has a lot of things going on at the same time, so early in the day I love to just get as many things done as possible and make the most of my “coffee high”. Then later in the afternoon, that’s usually when I would switch off, relax, and have some me-time – that’s when I get to my practice. But like I said: baby.

What keeps you balanced day-to-day?

Patience, Forgiveness, Presence and my Gratitude practice. As a yoga teacher and yogi, one of the hardest things I’ve had to learn since becoming a mother is that you just don’t have enough time in the day to do everything you want. You are 99% mama and 1% yourself, the wife, the housekeeper, the friend, the entrepreneur, the yogi… Or at least it feels that way sometimes. And so I practice patience with myself, knowing that I will come back to my practice eventually, whether it is later in the day or sometime in the week. I practice forgiveness when I graciously allow myself to enjoy being a new momma without the pressure of having the same personal practice as I used to. I practice presence when I do take those few precious moments to pause, breathe, reflect and… give thanks, practice gratitude, which is my last saving grace every day. Come to think about it – it’s all a form of yoga. To practice compassion, selflessness and love.

What daily and/or weekly practice can’t you live without?

I’m glad you asked this because if you haven’t already gathered from my first two responses, finding a daily routine is rather hard these days. BUT I can definitely say I am able to maintain a weekly routine. So my weekly self-love routine consists of teaching at least 1-2 yoga classes a week – that is my time to give back and maintain my “practice” of being a yoga teacher. And then usually Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are my time for personal practice, either at home or at a studio in town.

My default and heart practice is Dharma Yoga. And whenever I have some more extra time, I definitely try and do a 20-30 minute pranayama session as well. That’s where the real magic happens. And of course, I do my daily gratitude practice. It doesn’t need to be big. It can be as simple as the feeling of the sun on my skin… being able to bike to work… a spontaneous coffee date with a friend… The point is to be creative and keep saying thank you, because the more you do this, the more you start to notice how many more little things there are to be grateful.

On Dharma + Dharma Straps

You’re a Dharma Yoga Teacher, tell us what that means? 

Well, first and foremost it means that I am a student of Sri Dharma Mittra, one of the oldest (he’s currently 79 years old) still living gurus that exist today.  When I teach, it is based on his lineage and I think it’s important to remember and honour that as Dharma yoga is a classical (traditional) form of yoga. The generation of teachers makes Dharma Yoga teachings like the great grandchild of an original source of knowledge, so the teachings are well preserved. We follow Patanjali’s 8-limbed approach to yoga, demonstrated in different ways whether it’s through the physical practices of hatha yoga, giving back through karma yoga, mantra repetition, knowledge-seeking… Dharma Yogis are more often than not, vegetarian if not fully vegan. This is because living a life of compassion (for all living beings, including animals) is one of our most important values. In Sanskrit, Dharma means “to uphold or sustain the natural/cosmic order of the universe”, which we believe has everybody’s interest at heart. And so to live according to your dharma means to live life by doing what is right – for yourself, your family, society, and the universe at large – to raise each other higher. Everything you do that leads you closer to your true nature, is dharma.

Why are props important to your practice? 

Well, another thing I learned from Dharma is to “use every tool available”, i.e. embrace new methods, new technologies that will help further your practice. For a long time, I resisted using props because I found them a distraction and almost like cheating. I still prefer to have nothing but my breath and my mat when I practice, because for me it is the most natural way to practice yoga. In the olden days, it’s not like we had the fanciest clothes, blocks, wheels, straps, bolsters and eye pillows… and we were still able to practice “yoga”.

Now I realise that using props is all about having the correct mindset. The point is not to rely on the prop, and become overly dependent on it, like a crutch. A good prop is something that can help you go deeper in some part of your practice, until you feel you no longer need it. In the case of the Dharma Straps that I invented, they were a way for me to show my students how to help themselves, when I cannot physically be there all the time. A good prop can help you experience a pose for the first time… or in a different way… or in a deeper way… in a safer way… or in a more relaxing way.

What inspired the creation of Dharma Straps? 

It all began when I was teaching a backbend workshop for the Atman Yoga School teacher training last year. While working on the sequence at home, I kept wishing that I had something better to teach people how to “flip the grip” and go deeper in poses such as full danurasana (bow pose) and raja kapotasana (king pigeon). I’m not a fan of traditional yoga belts found in most studios and shops because I find them super clunky, fussy, annoyingly long and distracting when trying to integrate into a flow sequence during class. I remembered during my 200hr teacher training at the Dharma Yoga Center in New York, there was this one afternoon where Dharma just started passing around this basket full of fabric rings. We were practicing our backbends, and that was the first time I got my feet all the way to my head. I ended up cutting up both legs of an old pair of pants and using those during class. They worked! But they were not very pretty. I was really inspired by the progress people made and the excitement they had and so, an idea of Dharma Straps was born.

Can you explain some of your favourite ways for using the straps? 

Introducing: Dharma Straps Yoga Straps by The Dharma Approach - YouTube

 

The best thing to do is watch the demo video. I also have a Tutorials page where I have photographed some of my students demonstrating my favourite poses to use with these straps. Personally, I love using the Dharma Straps to help people bind, balance and bend better. My favourite binding poses with the Dharma Straps are compass pose, parivrtta upavistha konasana (revolved seated angle pose) and full baddha padmasana (bound lotus). My favourite balancing pose is ardha baddha padma vrksasana (half bound lotus tree pose). My fave backbends are definitely the kapyasana (crescent moon) that is a staple in so many dharma yoga classes, raja kapotasana (king pigeon) and of course the full danurasana (bow pose). I also really love using the large strap in supported shoulderstand and it’s a great shoulder opener to warm up for a practice. Useful tip: wrap the large strap as many times over as you need to adjust the length, and you end up with two comfortable handles as well!

Natural Beauty 

What is your morning skincare routine? 

Eek should I have one!? I normally just splash my face with cold water to wake myself up and tighten any pores in my skin. Then I apply jojoba oil to moisturize and keep my skin hydrated before putting on any makeup. 

And evening skincare routine?  

At night, after a long day, I use coconut oil to remove any makeup if I have to (I think that’s a tip I actually learned from you). Then I wash my face with warm water and an apricot face scrub. Aloe vera is my night moisturizer, followed by a slightly thicker cream I massage around my eyes, eyebrows, forehead, temples, jaw and cheekbones – always massaging in an upward direction from the jaw and cheekbones. 

What is your hero product?

Definitely the aloe and jojoba oil. The jojoba oil in particular is so much more lubricating than the old moisturizers I used to use. And it’s also great (and natural) as a lip balm!

 
On Favourites 

What is your favourite Asana?

A really good savasana! It’s the most important of all poses!

Do you read? If so, what are your top 3 favourite books?

I do, but not enough. That said, my all-time favourite books I always recommend are: Siddhartha by Herman Hesse, The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

What is your must have travel essential? 

Spare contact lenses!

What are your favourite rituals? 

Is breakfast a ritual?

On Trends and What’s Next

What are the trends that you’re seeing in the yoga space right now?

Positively speaking, it’s nice to see that the yoga scene here in the Nordics is continuing to grow and more and more people seem to be seeking the deeper parts of the practice – asking for more pranayama, more meditation, more teacher trainings, curious about a more plant-based diet. I’ve heard a lot lately that more and more people are seeking authentic forms of yoga at actual yoga studios as opposed to more aerobic-style classes offered at gyms. That’s a good sign that the community is evolving beyond just the physical practice.

That said, we are getting stronger, faster, thanks to the continuing popularity of yoga around the world and the global health and wellness fad that’s kicked in over the last decade or so. There are new studios, new brands, new props popping up all the time, our Dharma Straps included. But remember, they are a tool, not a crutch.

Finally, there is a lot of noise on social media and I feel sometimes that in an effort to stay relevant, a lot of yogis feel pressured to keep broadcasting every aspect of their practice. I get it as I also come from a marketing and communications background. I guess for me, my hope is that we all (myself included) remember to stay humble and go back to our roots. For all the stuff we put out there, my wish is that we always remember to keep a little bit of our practice holy and for ourselves. After all, the real yoga is off camera and offline.

These buckle-free yoga straps are easy to use, using a combination of both cotton handles for easier grip and durable elastic for more stretch. They come in several sizes, making them perfect for stretching, backbends, reaching and binds. No buckles. No fuss. They are genius. Find them here. 

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K

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Beauties, it is not often that I create full makeup looks on LPN. When I do play with beauty looks around trends or new seasons, I’m still about embracing my favourite features – which for me are all about my lashes and a healthy glow. So, when Burt’s Bees reached out to team up on a look that fit my personal idea of beauty for New York Fashion Week, I jumped at the idea!

When it comes to makeup, my style tends to be quite natural with a focus on long lashes, rather than letting norms dictate my concept of beauty. So when I’m playing around with trends and the latest fall colours, I love to accentuate my favourite features – that’s what makes me feel my most beautiful. As someone whose beauty routine go-to is a lip balm, I had so much fun playing with the hydrating, vibrant colours of Burt’s Bees’ new Liquid Lipsticks. Needless to say – I fell in LOVE.

I created this look for the perfect summer to fall transition. It is a combo of tawny brown eyes and dusty pink lips, with a little highlighter to brighten up the face. While I’ve chosen to stick to more neutral tones, the Burt’s Bees Beauty Collection includes some powerful bursts of colour to make a dramatic entrance to fall, if you’re someone who likes to play up a bold lip!

One thing my readers often ask me is, “Where do you find affordable natural beauty products that actually work?”Well, dear ones, I am happy to announce that I’ve been in flight for the past 10 hours from Vancouver to Frankfurt, and my foundation is still on, my eye shadow and liner is still intact and despite taking a red-eye, I don’t look like I’ve melted. How’s that for effective? Oh, and all of the products are affordable and available at CVS!

So here’s how it all went down – the below picture is a spread of all the colours and products I have used for the look, including my favourite combo of dewy and warm tones to enhance what God(dess) gave to us ;)

I started off my look with Burt’s Bees Goodness Glows Liquid Makeup in Ivory. It is one of the lightest shades of the 18 shade collection. It is a hydrating and full coverage formula that helps moisturize and smooth your skin tone.It is, of course formulated without parabens or silicones – and it even uses sustainably sourced Meadowfoam seed oil, which is the queen when it comes to moisturizing.

From there, I added a little glow by using their new All Aglow Bronzer & Highlighter sticks in Golden Shimmer and Opal Mist. By using these products together, my skin was glowing and my cheek bones brightened for the perfect look. And of course, they are both 100% natural. They are formulated with coconut oil, jojoba oil, cupuacu butter and daikon radish extract, which creates a smooth application that easily blends into the skin.

I created the perfect look for my eyes by using the Burt’s Bees Nourishing Eyeliner Pencil (in Warm Brown) and their Eye Shadow Trio (in Blooming Desert). The 100% Natural Eyeshadow Trio has a perfect amount of pigment –It’s not too much, but not too little. You can build the colour easily and I found it really lasts.

The Burt’s Bees Nourishing Eyeliner Pencil is long-wearing and perfect for any occasion. Like I said, I’ve been flying for hours and my eyeliner still looks crisp. Normally, I would remove makeup before a long flight, but this natural liner is safe for sensitive eyes so I don’t have to worry. I also love that the Eyebrow Pencils are sourced from responsibly harvested cedar wood, and contain Meadowfoam and Mango oil.

Finally, I completed my look with a pretty lip using a combination of Burt’s Bees’ Glossy Lipstick in Peony Dew and their Liquid Lipstick in Blush Bay, which is one of their CVS exclusive gilded shades. 

There are 18 incredible Liquid Lipsticks shades, so picking one was a little tough. With that being said, all of their Liquid Lipsticks last for up to 4 hours and moisturize while they build bold, brilliant colour. The 100% natural formula includes shea butter, apricot and babassu oil (say bye bye to petrolatum, dimethicone and synthetic dyes)!

Enjoy the entrance into fall, and beauties, don’t forget to shop all of the Burt’s Bees favourites in stores and online at CVS Pharmacy.

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New York-based seeress Deborah Hanekamp is often better known by her moniker, Mama Medicine. She is a shaman, a seer and a healer. I first saw Deborah back in 2017 when I booked myself in for a session. I found her on Instagram at a time I was looking for guidance in my own life (you see, lives on social media aren’t always as they seem ;) ). When I went to Space by Mama Medicine (where she holds her sessions), I did not really know what to expect… but I emerged from that session lighter, after feeling more grounded in my body than I had in years. I was there for a Medicine Reading, an experience which includes intuitive aura reading, guidance, energy balancing, crystal healing and sound therapy – not your typical healing therapy. 

Why this becomes relevant for LPN is for so many reasons, but the main one is that “it is all connected.” Your spiritual wellbeing and happiness speaks to your skin, speaks to your glow, speaks to your sparkle. When we’re feeling connected to our own power, and to the source of love, our beauty won’t be stopped. 

Below meet Mama Medicine. In this interview where we speak about healing, beauty, spirituality and what is means to Be Your Own Healer. For those of you who already know about Mama Medicine, here are all the questions answered that you wish you could ask her, and for those who do not, I am so happy to introduce you. <3

An Interview with Deborah Hanekamp, Mama Medicine
Photo Credit: Stevi Sesin
 
Mama Medicine’s Journey to Healing Where did your journey into the healing arts begin? 
I have always been deeply spiritual with a strong desire to be close to the divine, but I committed to this path when I was seventeen after a series of strong tragedies that made me realize I have a very limited amount of time on this planet and so I must use it wisely. The best way of doing that was to recognize my sensitivity as my strength and use it to help others while I’m here. 
  For those new to the idea of Shamanism, could you explain what/who is a Shaman?
A shaman is a person who can travel between the realms of the seen and unseen in order to restore natural balance to anyone in needs of healing including places, plants, animals and people.
 
You also work with the divine feminine and are a seeress, could you describe what that means and why it’s important right now?
We are very familiar with different archetypes of the divine masculine and much less so with the divine feminine, but beyond the face that the divine may take for some, where there is balance you will see both divine masculine and divine feminine working together. The problem is that for the past several centuries respect for the divine feminine has diminished and that’s why we see so much harm caused to nature and her beautiful creatures, [as well as] disrespect for the female body and birth.
 
I am here to help restore balance and respect for the divine feminine, in this work I must move beyond polarities of right and wrong and have total receptivity. This does not mean being passive (ask my husband if he thinks I’m passive – haha) actually like a mother, I have zero problem with confrontation if I think it could bring about healing that being said though, confrontation is only healing when it comes from a place of  compassion and not judgement. I think I was born into a body at this time because compassion and receptivity are deeply needed right now.
 
I call myself a Seeress because I can see the aura and so can see a lot about people when I first meet them, and if I rise above judgement into compassion, I can use this gift to help restore balance in the individual and their community. This is why I developed Medicine Readings. 
 
Can you describe what is a Medicine Reading? 
A Medicine Reading is a one-on-one, group and retreat experience that I created from a specific formula I use to cleanse, bless and protect the spirit. The process involves a reading of the aura, some spiritual counselling and a healing ceremony engaging all faculties of the senses and distance healing. The result is that clients leave feeling a bit deeper in themselves, clear and most importantly joyful. 
 
Photo Credit: Stevi Sesin
 
 
  What inspired the creation of MM?
Around the time I realized that I was working with the divine feminine, I also became pregnant with my beautiful daughter so the word “Mama” refers to the work I’m doing in this lifetime all around. The “Medicine” part came from the understanding that the world really needs healing right now and medicine is really anything that soothes, heals and nurtures; so, that is where Mama Medicine came from, just giving a title to the work that I’ve always been doing. 
  Has becoming MM always been your plan?
I always knew that I was meant to help the world in a major way. I didn’t know that would involve residing and abiding in New York City and getting to travel around the world offering a modality that I created [Medicine Readings]! I still feel myself evolving into who I must be to help our human family as much as possible. I’m looking forward to where that is going! 
 
On Healing and The Work
  Can you speak a bit about B.Y.O.H. and why it’s so important? 
I really wanted to develop a way to reach more people. I understand that Instagram is a way to do this for me as well, but I wanted to give people something where they could really take time to themselves and realize that I am just pointing out that a lot of the answers are already within. So I developed B.Y.O.H. Be. Your. Own. Healer. to give spiritual seekers a tool in there tool-basket on their path of healing. I understand that not everyone can afford a Medicine Reading and so I wanted to make the price point of B.Y.O.H. really accessible so anyone can do it! B.Y.O.H. works in an accumulative way so the more you participate in it, the more cleansing, blessing and protection you receive. 
  What does it meant to create space, and what can one do to “create space” in their own home? 
“Create Space” [means] honoring a place within or around you as sacred. To do so in your home means to treat your home and everything object in your home as if it is alive so with respect, [for example], put flowers on the table and clear out dust as it builds up. This also goes for your spirit home, your body. 
  If you could give any advice on how to start one’s own healing journey, what would you recommend? 
Start with looking within and asking the question “who am I?”  What have you always known to be true? What have you been called to? This is the path that you can follow and whoever or whatever you come across on this path are simply guides on this journey but remember that you are the only one who can walk your spiritual path, no one else can do it for you. 
 
On Daily Practice and Beauty

Photo Credit: Danielle Guenther Photos
  What is your morning ritual/routine like? Has it changed since when you became a mother?
I try to wake up one to two hours before my family so I get some alone time to meditate, practice yoga and journal. If my daughter wakes up before I’m finished then I invite her to join me or I just hang out with her because being a mom is the most spiritual practice I have.  
  What keeps you balanced day-to-day? 
An active vinyasa yoga practice, meditation and greens are so helpful for me! 
  Ritual Baths are something you’re known for. If you had to pick your “go-to” which would it be?  
Photo Credit: Stephanie Noritz
  Full Circle Ritual Bath

The universe gave me experiences that time after time re-affirmed my need to find the healer within. As I mentioned before I always wanted to be as close to the divine in all forms but in this life I have to learn that the divine isn’t in one human, one place, or one practice in particular but that its in everything, it’s the love in everything, the human heartbeat, the wind, even the constant hum of New York City. But on the journey to this understanding I had to meet many would-be masters and gurus looking for the divine in them, thinking they for sure had it, I even had to experience the feeling of giving my power away to a few of them time, all so I could learn that there is holiness in all of us. I’m grateful for the lessons I learned, I’m a slow learner so it took a while, but I’m glad I learned them.

This bath is meant to invoke awareness around full circle stories we are in the middle of, the light and the shadow of them, in order to come out the other end clearer and more aware.

Both the sweetheart, warming, beautiful full-circle stories and the hard lessons learned are important to acknowledge.

~INGREDIENTS~

– Orange slices

– Fresh basil leaves

– Elder berries

– One cup epsom salt

– Patchouli essential oil

– Sweet orange essential oil

~RITUAL~

 Burn the smoke of a cinnamon stick around your body

Step into bath and dunk head underwater 

Close eyes and take deep breaths 

Take a moment to envision yourself in a large circle of all life, take time to see every living being in i

See yourself and the role you play within this circle, without judgement just noticing

Take time time to reflect on the full circle stories that have played out in your life

Sit and soak in the powerful energy you’ve created

 
  What daily / weekly practice can’t you live without?
Honestly? Facilitating Medicine Readings! I get so much from what I give and my work makes my heart happy. I think that’s why I’m often doing four Medicine Readings a day five days a week. 
  What is your morning skincare routine? 
I love Mojave Desert Skin shield products and and do a lot of Manuka Honey masks. The one thing I have as a constant ritual with my skin is washing my face immediately when I get home from offering Medicine Readings. The feeling of water on my face and third eye is so refreshing and cleanses my whole energy field. 
  And evening skincare routine?  
If I have the time I will do a Ritual Bath and an LED light mask and maybe some facial Gua Sha. I like to drink tea, read Rumi or Hafiz and journal for a bit before I go to sleep. 
  What are the plants/herbs/stones that you work with on a regular basis? 
Black Tourmaline, Rosemary, salt and rose. 
  What should everyone have in their “medicinal tool kit”?
A selenite wand to cleanse your aura and space, white sage for the same purposes, and roses fresh or dried to remind you of the power of love. 
 
 
  Do you read? If so, what are your top 3 favourite books?
Yes! The Gift by Hafiz, The Book of Love by Rumi,  and in full transparency haha… the Harry Potter and Outlander series! I love a good novel sometimes. 
  What is your go-to beauty food / herb / supplement? 
I really love the Sakara Beauty Water Concentrate it tastes so good and I think the more rose the better! 
 
On Wellness Trends and What’s Next What are the trends that you’re seeing in the healing / wellness space right now?
I’m so happy that people are getting more and more into crystals, but I’m hoping that sustainability becomes a trend in how crystals are mined. 
  What’s next for MM? 
So many things! Expect a book and an easier way to get into this bath magic! 
  How can people connect with you if they’re not in NYC? 
B.Y.O.H. is  a great way  or schedule a Skype Medicine Reading which can be just as powerful as an in person one!
 

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I’ve been writing on green beauty, clean beauty and non-toxic beauty for the better part of 7 years and during that time I have tried and tested countless products. Everything from the big brands to the little guys, and local farmer’s market buys. On LPN, I’ve always tried to always share smaller brands in addition to more established brands, as many deserve the limelight because of their sourcing, efficacy and/or their formulations. Today’s post is on boutique green beauty brands that you might like to know. 

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