Montecristi Hats

Montecristi Hats - Panama Hats

If you’re like me, then you’ve got travel on your mind. I honestly have it on my mind 24/7, but especially now thinking of summery and warm destinations where I can switch up my style and wear outfits I wouldn’t normally wear at home. One hat that is synonymous with warm destinations are Panama Hats, which I only recently learned aren’t even necessarily unique to Panama. The hat has an interesting history related to a very famous photo of President Teddy Roosevelt at the Panama Canal wearing a distinctive hat, but in fact the hat was a Montecristi hat hailing from Ecuador. Obviously since the opening of the Panama Canal was such a monumental historical event, the context of the hat got lost in the mix. The Montecristi hat is made of toquilla straw which grows in Ecuador, and is handmade by artisans in Ecuador in the province of Manabi. Name aside, I can’t think of a better hat for a warm destination. You can wear the Montecristi hat with a suit, sundress, bikini, or literally anything else. Somehow, someway, they can look dressy and casual at the same time. Men and women look equally fabulous in them. Depending on your budget, Ecuadorian Hands offers a huge variety of Montecristi hat styles, trims, and weave quality, giving you truly the exact hat you’re dreaming of. They also come in a variety of natural colors and even pastel shades. Whether you go for something classic or something more ornate, I can’t think of a better pieces to finish off an outfit. And by the way, these hats ship free anywhere in the world!

Panama Hats
by Ecuadorian Hands
$49.99 and up (with FREE SHIPPING!)

OMG buy me THIS.

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Age Stop Switzerland

age stop switzerland skincare

 

The older I get, the less patience I have for skincare with mediocre ingredients and minimal results. I make a concerted effort to drink lots of water, eat a mostly clean diet, and work out regularly, so why should my skincare fall short of all the amazing work I’m doing? I, like a lot of people, want to do all I can to live long and look great! I recently discovered Age Stop Switzerland, a skincare brand that shares this same philosophy. Their products are high quality and luxurious, but also yield anti-aging effects with their scientifically proven ingredients. They use Swiss Snow Algae Powder and Plant Stem Cell Technology for a truly innovative approach to youth longevity via anti-aging products. This specific snow algae grows in the high mountain plains of Switzerland, and it’s extremely resilient to living in the harsh winter conditions. On a cellular level, the same molecules that protect the algae were discovered to also help protect the youthfulness of human skin. The products have a high concentration of active ingredients, and they are meant to deliver immediate results. Age Stop Switzerland products range from sleep masks to concentrates, with a large selection of skincare kits available designed to give you the full anti-aging experience. And no need to overhaul your entire routine in the process; Age Stop Switzerland products work wonderfully alongside the skincare you already have in your routine. Even if your skin is oily or dry, this line is suitable for you. The products are also free of parabens, mineral oil, fragrance, and artificial colors.

Skincare
by Age Stop Switzerland

OMG buy me THIS.

Royal Canadian Mineral Water Spray

Royal Canadian Mineral Water Spray

My name is Chelsea, and I’m a facial mist addict. I’ve tried dozens on the market but I’ve just discovered this new one by Royal Canadian Laboratories. Formulated for sensitive skin, this natural facial mist is the perfect refresher. This product also contains Selenium, an antioxidant naturally found in soil, plants, and in water, which has anti-aging properties. Apparently, the atomizer on this mist delivers a ultra fine, gentle mist of millions of small droplets. There are so many ways to use this product too, so it’s perfect for everyone. Here are some of my favorite ways to use facial mist:

  • While applying makeup: help settle any excess powder on your face
  • As a makeup refresher: give your afternoon or evening makeup a pick-me-up, without disrupting any colored cosmetics or pigments
  • In your spa skin care routine: layer this mist in-between skin care steps for extra pampering
  • At the gym: spritz yourself before, during, & after a workout for a boost of hydration
  • At the beach: chill off or soothe your sunburn
  • While traveling: it’s an air travel & road trip essential that easily fits in your handbag
  • When sick in bed: for when you are feeling ill and can’t be bothered to get up

So go ahead, spritz away!

Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray
by Royal Canadian Laboratories
$13.95

OMG buy me THIS.

A+ Botanics Skin Care

A+ BOTANICS Skin Care

A+ BOTANICS is a botanical skin care line from California, rooted in the purest of ingredients. You know I love natural and paraben-free skin care, so this is right up my alley! The line features cleansers, toners, lotions, serums, masques, and more targeted at skin concerns such as acne, aging, and discoloration. So while the products are natural, wholesome, and mostly organic, they promise to be effective too! All of these products are priced at $29, are cruelty-free, and also are proudly made in the USA. For my oily to combination skin, I’m most interested in trying the Bilberry AHA/BHA Anti-Acne Cleanser, the Neroli Nourish Toner and the Rosemary Anti-Acne & Oil-Controlling Masque. I definitely recommend giving their site a visit – I love how on each product page you can easily see all of the ingredients and what exactly they do on your skin.

Skin Care
by A+ BOTANICS
$29.00

OMG buy me THIS.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post brought to you by A+ BOTANICS. While I was compensated for this post, all opinions expressed are my own.

Sinister Bath Soaps

Goat's Milk Honey Sinister Bath Soaps

You know I love all things indie, so that’s why I’m excited to share another new indie label with you today! While the Sinister Bath Soap brand is marketed towards men, I think the scents are incredibly versatile and suitable for any gender or lifestyle. There are 12+ scents to choose from and all are 100% natural. The Goat’s Milk Honey soap is formulated with olive oil, shea butter, sweet almond oil, goat’s milk, glycerin, and date blossom oil among several other oil ingredients, so you know it’ll be gentle on the skin. Of all the scents offered, none appear too sweet, which I love because I don’t want to smell like a strong bakery scent 24/7. Any of these soaps will make an awesome affordable gift or stocking stuffer this holiday season, for the man in your life who doesn’t normally invest in little luxuries like this!

Bath Soaps
by Sinister Bath Soaps
$10.00

OMG buy me THIS.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Sinister Bath Soaps. While I was compensated for this post, all opinions expressed are my own.

Bella Terra Cosmetics Mineral Foundation

Bella Terra Cosmetics Mineral Foundation

In the summer, I know it can be hard to go through the motions of applying a full face of makeup, let alone a liquid foundation. While I personally do not have a lot of experience in the mineral foundation category, I know when I do dabble in it I’m going to look for products that are more natural but yet effective. That’s why Bella Terra’s line sparked my interest, since their long-lasting mineral foundation formula contains only 4 pure and raw ingredients. Since I have sensitive and acne-prone skin, I have to be super careful what I apply on my face. This mineral foundation is recommended by dermatologists and cosmetologists alike for skin of any color or age. The soft and silky mineral formula can blend away redness and blemishes, giving your skin a more even and radiant appearance. People also say it doesn’t even feel like you’re wearing makeup, something that we could all appreciate in the middle of summer. So sign me up… I think I’m ready to make the move to mineral!

Mineral Foundation
by Bella Terra Cosmetics
$19.50 & up

OMG buy me THIS.

Photo credit: Bella Terra Cosmetics

Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Body Butter

Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Body Butter

Since I’ve been showing a little more leg on vacation, and starting to self tan more regularly, I’ve made it a habit to moisturize my skin religiously every day as soon as I get out of the shower. Besides my 100% pure unrefined extra virgin coconut oil I apply at night, I use a lighter product that absorbs more quickly in the day and I’ve recently been stuck on Pacifica’s Body Butter in Tuscan Blood Orange. This is a fabulous natural product that contains high quality ingredients like shea butter, almond and safflower seed oil, and mango butter. The scent is absolutely strong, bright ,and citrusy, with subtle finishing notes of Madagascar vanilla. While this is a thick body butter, I find that it blends well over my legs and arms and doesn’t leave me waiting long to put on my clothes after application. Nourishing enough to be a daily hand cream and body moisturizer, I was using this product non-stop last week on my trip to Kansas City, where I was strutting a little more skin on the hot and humid Midwest days. I just love that this product is paraben-free, cruelty-free, and 100% vegan. Replacing it will be a breeze, too, because this product is thankfully carried at Target!

Body Butter
in Tuscan Blood Orange
by Pacifica
$14.99

OMG buy me THIS.

Photo credit: Target