Beauty Multitasking With VOLANTE

Do you want to know a really big skincare secret? Like, blow your mind, click bait headline, WTF kind of secret? Okay, let’s start with an analogy. Imagine you’re trying to return something to a store. You approach customer service and the clerk ignores you. After trying to get her attention, you become so frustrated, you raise your voice.  The clerk continues to do nothing. Then, you threaten to write a mean Yelp review. Crickets. At the end of your rope, you ask for a manager. She turns around because you’ve finally irritated her into submission. She accepts the return and gives you a refund. So what does this have to do with skincare? Here’s the secret. It turns out that this is how so many anti-aging skincare products work. They reverse the signs of aging by irritating your skin. Wouldn’t everything be easier and less painful if we could get the results we want and skip the whole irritation part?

When Dr. Elizabeth Vanderveer was developing her VOLANTE skincare line, she thought the same thing. While most doctors formulate their products with chemical ingredients, Dr. Vanderveer took a different approach, using a natural blend of botanicals called 7VITAE. This patented formula is made from aloe vera, arnica montana, bromelain, calendula, daisy, flower, grape seed and zinc aka things you can actually pronounce. It’s also paraben, petroleum oil, mineral oil, sulfate, gluten, as well as synthetic fragrance and cruelty free.

Every VOLANTE product contains high concentrations of 7VITAE line and is designed to multi task by reversing the signs of aging, soothing and rejuvenating your skin. Here are a few of my favorites.

Healer Concealer

VOLANTE’s Healer Concealer is makeup and skincare combined into one product. It’s especially good for the sensitive under eye area, which can easily become irritated by harsh products. (It also works as a substitute for eye cream on those mornings when you are in a rush to get out, but you didn’t hear that from me.) Now, let’s discuss the “healer” part. When you apply this product to inflamed skin, it heals 50% faster than it would on its own. Protip: A little goes a long way. Put a little bit on your fingertips and rub them together to warm up the product and apply from there. You can also use a damp beauty sponge for layering.

Radiant Youth Firming Crème

Confession: As someone with combination skin, I was terrified to try anything with the word “crème” in it because crèmes generally make my skin oily. However, because VOLANTE is formulated for all skin types, I decided to give the Radiant Youth Firming Crème a try. It actually balanced out my skin and because you only need a very small amount, it didn’t feel heavy at all. It also does things you didn’t think a moisturizer could do including firm, exfoliate and prevent future signs of aging. Another thing that’s great about this product is that it’s formulated for both AM and PM use, making it a budget friendly option.   

Transformative Eye Crème

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VOLANTE’s Transformative Eye Crème does everything. It takes care of all under eye issues including lines, circles and sagging skin. I also love that it is packaged in a jar, so nothing is wasted and it’s easy to control exactly how much you use.

Radiant Glow Firming Body Serum

Want your body to look as fabulous as your face? Radiant Glow Firming Serum is the product to use. It helps with cellulite, sagging skin and loss of radiance. It works anywhere. I like to use it on my hands because they’re starting to age from too many gel manicures. I’m also a fan of the glass apothecary bottle.

To check out the rest of the VOLANTE line, visit their website.

Reflections from Love Goodly’s Do Good Be Green Event & An Eco-Friendly Gift Guide

Two weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending Love Goodly’s Do Good. Be Green. Detox Your Lifestyle event. It was an intimate conference of eco-friendly #GirlBosses in a variety of industries. I connected with so many interesting women whose passion for an eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle was truly inspirational. One issue that several speakers brought up is that there isn’t a perfect way to live a so-called green lifestyle. While we need to be conscious about we put into our bodies, where ingredients are sourced from, and what we’re putting out into the world,  all of us are really just trying to do the best we can. Even the experts agree that we cannot have an all or nothing approach.

One panelist who particularly moved me was supermodel Angela Lindvall, who you might remember from hosting Project Runway All Stars. Listening to her speak about becoming a mother and the effect the environment had on her boys, made me realize that trying to live a more conscious lifestyle isn’t just good for the world around me, it’s truly an extension of self-care. I felt inspired to make some changes in my life and think about things differently. 

The event was also an opportunity to learn about new eco-friendly fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands. Here are a few that stood out to me along with some holiday gift suggestions. 

Love Goodly

Love Goodly is a bi-monthly subscription box service featuring vegan, eco-friendly and natural products worth at least $85, for just $29.99. Every box is hand selected by a different guest curator (the curator for the December/January box is Emily Deschanel) and features 4-6 mostly full size products in several categories including beauty, skincare, style, home, food and wellness. Love Goodly provides a easy way to try new products, which you can later purchase on their website. A Love Goodly subscription or even just one box is a perfect gift for anyone who lives a consciencious lifestyle or aspires to.  

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Lippy Girl

Lippy Girl is a natural, organic and vegan cosmetic line created by Darcey Diehl, a model turned chemist. When I heard her speak on a panel, I was beyond impressed with her honesty about the reality of creating natural cosmetics. Lippy Girl has so many great gift options for the holidays, but my favorite is the Lip Lover Set, which comes with four lip products packaged in an adorable bag.

Hello Mellow

Hello Mellow is a natural body care line started by #GirlBoss/healer/massage therapist/brilliant lady Tracey Feldstein. Joyfully packaged, Hello Mellow offers a variety of products including butters, oils, scrubs and energy shifting sprays (see, I told you she was a healer). There are ten mood-changing scents to choose from, all of which I can only describe as heavenly. The line has a variety of gift sets, but the one that stands out the most to me is the One of Everything Please, which is pretty much self-explanatory. In addition the main line, Hello Mellow has three others formulated for men, pregnant women and kids specifically. 

LVX

LVX is a line of vegan, toxin and cruelty-free nail polish. Designed to have a gel-like texture, it’s available in tons super stylish runway-inspired colors. Perfect for a stocking stuffer.

Hipsters For Sisters

 

Hipsters For Sisters was founded by Debra Denniston and her two daughters, Rachel and Kate. Embarrassed by their mother’s fanny pack, the trio began to design belt bags that you would actually want to show off in public. Made with sustainable, environmentally friendly materials, every bag is manufactured ethically in Los Angeles. My personal favorite is the pearl grey tweed, which easily converts to a chic clutch, so it’s kind of like getting two bags for the price of one. 

Susi Shoes

Susi Shoes is a luxury shoe line that just happens to be vegan. These shoes are absolutely gorgeous. I’m completely obsessed. If you have a vegan person you have to buy a higher-priced gift for, they will beyond appreciate a pair of Susis. The Veronica Naturals and Burgundy Matilda are my personal favorites.