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5 Firming Facial Masks I Love

Technology makes staying in touch with far-flung friends so much easier. Lately, that’s meant the most fun three-way text conversations with two of my besties. Our conversations touch on everything from pop culture to food, but there’s one topic we consistently revisit: skincare.

Which is how I received a request for a roundup of skin-firming facial masks. Here are my top five*. Do you have a favorite? Please share! —Aleigh

Una Biologicals French Green Clay Masque, $10

Since they arrive in powdered form, Una’s facial masks are long-lasting—it’s easy to mix up just as much as you need. (Just don’t use metal utensils or a metal container. If you use powdered masks regularly, you may want to splurge on a set like this one.) This super-clean masque’s main goal: to firm up your skin as it cleanses.

Dr. Hauschka Firming Mask, $52.95

Dr. H’s firming mask has potent rose water, rose petal extract, rose wax, and rose essential oil to help tackle fine lines and promote elasticity in the skin, plus mango butter and beeswax to hydrate and moisturize.

Acure Organics Argan Stem Cell + CGF Facial Mask, $15.99

I’ve mentioned this mask several times, and the truth is that I honestly just love it. The formula is thick and luxe, a little goes a long way, it lasts a really long time, and it’s packed with really potent ingredients, including French green clay, Argan stem cells, sea buckthorn oil, chlorella growth factor. Plus, it’s affordable. It has skin firming benefits (from the French green clay), but its primary benefits include detoxifying and skin renewal/anti-aging properties.

ilike Sour Cherry Gel Mask, $40

I haven’t yet met an ilike (pronounced “ILL-ick-a”) product I don’t like. This enormous product line features a huge roster of facial masks, and is used in many natural/organic spas because it’s pure and there are so many options that it can be very tailored to each client’s skin. This sour cherry gel mask has great firming, brightening, and pore-refining qualities—perfect for mature, dry, and/or loose skin.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel, $45

OK, so this is technically a peel and not a mask. However, even though it’s more of an exfoliating treatment and not a moisturizing one, it still offers skin brightening and firming qualities, plus it’s a good option for skin with hyperpigmentation, dark spots, and uneven skin tone.

*Note: If you have sensitive skin, be sure to test a small patch of your skin before you go all out with a facial treatment. Many of these masks are really potent and not necessarily the best fit for sensitive skin. 

(Top image via Auntie P; remaining images via brands+boutiques)

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Indigo+Canary’s 12 Most Popular Posts Of 2012

This image doesn't have anything to do with this post...but I think it's hilarious. Don't you?

The end of 2012 is approaching, and once again, I’m looking forward to a new year that’s fresh with promise. I’m not one who believes the world is going to end this Friday, obviously! But I wanted to take a moment to look back at your favorite posts* of the year. Here they are, in all of their glory. Enjoy!

Dry Brushing to Detox Your Skin. I am still doing this most days, and I still adore how invigorating—and exfoliating—this daily treatment is.

Get Shiny, Glossy Hair—Naturally. I wrote this story for Breathe magazine; Julie Ebner offered some great, natural tips!

Natural Beauty Q&A with Michelle Witherby. She’s the founder of O&N Collective, and has great advice. She shares her comprehensive approach to natural beauty (and health), and a few of her must-have products.

Your Questions Answered: Laser Hair Removal. I had laser hair removal every six weeks for nearly a year…and answered your questions based on what I learned (and from asking my technician).

Natural Beauty Q&A with Sally Biondo. She’s a fantastic, all-natural makeup artist, and shared her beauty philosophy, her must-have products, and the one bad beauty habit she encourages everyone to break!

Natural Beauty Q&A with Karen Behnke. The founder of Juice Beauty told us about her path to natural beauty and offered some juicy inspiration.

Reader Question: Battling Hormonal Acne. Unfortunately, hormonal acne is something I continue to battle—and I offered up some techniques that can work on just about any type of skin that’s battling a hormonal acne invasion.

Sustainable (and natural) beauty. This story I wrote for Breathe features six natural beauty companies that take a commitment to Mother Nature very seriously.

Let’s talk about: Eyebrow threading. Threading is my preferred method of brow shaping and one of my favorite beauty treatments for a few reasons: it’s affordable, it’s quick, it’s (almost) painless, and it’s natural.

8 Leaps to Take in Your Beauty Routine. For Leap Day, I put together a special list of beauty “leaps” to try in its honor.

Roundup: Green Tea for Beautiful Skin. As an ingredient packed with antioxidants, green tea has taken the natural beauty scene by storm. And since the polyphenol in green tea, ECGC, has been proven to help rejuvenate and heal skin, fight inflammation, and heal acne, I put together a long list of products that include it.

How do you clean your yoga mat? I sought your advice for this post—and I’m so glad I did! There are some really great suggestions in the comments.

Did you have a favorite Indigo+Canary post this year? Any requests for 2013? —Aleigh

*This list doesn’t include any product reviews—I’ll tackle those in another post.

(Image via Leah Tihia™)

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Link Love Friday: Alicia!

This week I’ve added a few new products to my covet list. Remember a few weeks ago when I interviewed Karen Behnke of Juice Beauty? At the end of the interview, she mentioned that Juice Beauty would be launching a new celebrity collaboration on Earth Day. Well, the collection is here, and the celebrity is Alicia Silverstone. (And I have my eye on the Irresistible Glow Facial Highlighter…)

Here’s what else I’m reading+enjoying this week:

Happy Friday!


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Natural Beauty Q&A: Karen Behnke of Juice Beauty

Juice Beauty Founder Karen Behnke

When I started dabbling in natural cosmetics, this tinted moisturizer was one of the first products I tried—and it helped solidify my decision to go all-natural. Karen Behnke, the founder of Juice Beauty, is a long-time wellness entrepreneur. She had a brilliant idea: to create a line of products with organic juices as the base.

We chatted with Karen about her beauty philosophy and her path to natural beauty—read on for some juicy inspiration. —Aleigh

What drew you to organic cosmetics?
Health, wellness and fitness have always been my passion but once I was pregnant with my first child I really starting reading ingredient labels for the first time. I was shocked that everything that had been banned from our food was still in our beauty products. Given that the skin is the largest organ of your body and it absorbs almost 65 percent of what you put on it, realizing the benefits of organic beauty ingredients was a no brainer!

Your beauty philosophy: Organic, healthy, and fit living! When you’re treating your whole body right (eating properly, using Juice Beauty products, and staying active) it shows!

What’s the one product you’d recommend to someone who is trying Juice Beauty products for the first time? That’s tough—there are so many that are my favorites! Our Green Apple Peel is our patented bestseller and has won every beauty award under the sun (and rightly so, as it brightens, lightens, tightens)! Second to that would be the Stem Cellular Repair Eye Treatment because the proof is in the pudding (well, the clinical tests) and what woman doesn’t want to get rid of wrinkles around the eyes?! Okay, and then I can’t live without our Tinted SPF 30 Sand Moisturizer every morning as it is a multi-tasking wonder product…spf + rich moisturizer + mineral tint coverage + pomegranate antioxidants.

What has been the most challenging aspect of creating Juice Beauty’s innovative products? Initially the largest hurdle was finding scientists who were willing to go out on a limb and test formulas utilizing organic juices as the base instead of petroleum (yuk) or water (why pay for this?)! They all thought I was crazy when I approached them with the idea.

What’s on the horizon for Juice Beauty? Stay tuned for a VERY exciting celebrity collaboration that will launch on Earth Day…

Want more Q&As with natural beauties? Find them here.

(Image via Juice Beauty)

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Natural Beauty Faves: October 2011

Welcome, October! This month I’m looking forward to nights spent around the fire pit, pumpkin everything (including DIY beauty…more on that later!) and lots of yummy soups and stews. This might just be my favorite month of the year. And while we’re talking about favorites, there’s a new batch of favorite products in my sidebar! Here’s what I’m loving this month:

  • John Masters Organics Lavender Rosemary Shampoo. I’m a big fan of John Masters products, especially the hair products. This shampoo is gentle and deliciously earthy-smelling. This is what I used (along with the matching conditioner) when I transitioned to natural hair care.
  • Juice Beauty Tinted Moisturizer. This tinted moisturizer was one of the first natural products I tried. (Not a bad first choice!) I like the consistency and that it offers exactly the right amount of coverage to even out your complexion.
  • NOe Cosmetics Deep Moisturizing Night Cream. I don’t have the right skin for this night cream (my skin is too oily), so I had a friend test it. She likes that it’s lightweight but super hydrating: a good option when cooler temperatures dry out your skin.
  • Dermablend Professional makeup brushes. After test-driving Dermablend Professional’s makeup brushes, I’m a convert to synthetic bristles. Unlike animal hair brushes (which can also irritate sensitive skin), synthetic bristles are cruelty-free and more easily cleaned. They’re top quality brushes (I feel like a pro with them in my makeup bag!), and are made from recycled aluminum and black bamboo. Plus they come in a cute reusable pouch made from recycled cotton.

What are your newest favorites?

Want to check out my previous monthly favorites? Find them all here.

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