For all you international savvies out there-- you already know how fabulous this company is and all the awards they are racking up inside the beauty industry, right? I have to admit -- I had never heard of this brand before...I'm lame, I know. Sorry to my Brits out there. But yeah, when my cousin sent me the care package of products to try, I didn't know anything about his brand. I should warn you -- I am a sucker for packaging. I would buy a chewed stick of gum if it were packaged nicely with a slick logo and a funky font. So right away I was in love with the colors and the branding. Sophisticated without being bitchy about it. I should tell you a little about this company: whew. Where to begin...This company is the real deal. I don't know if I have ever come across a more earth-conscience, people-conscience, animal-conscience brand. "We’re a pretty passionate bunch, especially when it comes to the importance of respect – for people, animals and the environment. We believe it’s a fundamental part of healthy beauty and organic living." They are committed with a capital C -- through organic farming, trading fairly, and respectful supportive working conditions, members of Organic Soil Association, Carbon Neutral, Forest Stewardship Council, World Land Trust, GMEducation, Cruelty-Free International, Vegetarian Society Approved, Humane Society, FRAME & PETA...You get the idea? Please check out the history of Neal's Yard Remedies because my description is not giving them their due. They are the good guys!!!
I have LOTS of products to try in the coming days (thanks Mandy! xo) but I started out my trial with the Rejuvenating Frankincense Refining Cleanser and the Frankincense Hydrating Cream. My cousin told me that it should be enough for about 4 uses. And sure enough that was true. AND A WARNING here: I am opening a show in just under 2 weeks and I am trusting that my face is going to be happy. I have pretty sensitive skin so I hope all goes well here...lol...If it was good enough for the baby Jesus and the Wise Men...I'm hoping for a Miracle.
So what's the verdict after a few days of these new products??? I am a BIG fan of the Rejuvenating Frankincense Cleanser. It is crazy good -- smells good, feels good and about 5 minutes after washing my face there was a fabulous glow to my skin that looked incredibly healthy and dare I say youthful. For my normal to oily skin here in South Florida, the Frankincense Hydrating Cream was just a little too much -- I already got more moisture here than I know what to do with... Now that being said, I can see how if I were still living in NY that I would LOVE that product in the winter when my face is like the Sahara Desert from the dry heat indoors and the cold winds out. Again great smell of the Frankincense and a nice consistency to the product (thick but not heavy) -- silky and luxurious. Two green thumbs up for the cleanser! One green thumb for the cream -- but again I think it is because for my more-oily-than-not skin in Florida it is just a bit too heavy with the 90+ degrees out. Bring on round 2~ #stayhealthy Get yours here at: us.nyrorganic.com/shop/mandyhays
Welp. It is almost august and it is hot as 1) hell 2) balls 3) balls in hell here in SWFL. This week has been super busy with us beginning our rehearsals, meetings about ongoing and newly developing projects and taxes. Yep. Taxes in July. Not Christmas in July but taxes. I will just leave it at that. Every working professional actor knows the sad lament..."1099's, W-2's, unemployment, oh Christ." One word of advice...use the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program our union, Actors Equity Association, so graciously provides. Thank you AEA!!! We LOVE you! Orlando office rocks! Well, I am running off to study my words...and drink a nice big iced coffee.
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