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Koya Webb’s Top 10 Indie Beauty Expo Picks

The Indie Beauty Expo is an incredible curation of some of the leading + up and coming brands in clean beauty and skincare. This year was full of buzz, beauty, and good energy.

Below you will find some of my favorite picks. They were my top picks that are vegan, organic, cruelty-free & eco-friendly. I believe that the choices that we make and the products that we shop for go a long way in healing ourselves and our earth. From the cleanest and most activating ingredients to products with a mission, here are my top 10 picks from this year’s Indie Beauty Expo 2018…

  1. Woodlot – Flora Candle

It’s so important to make sure we are burning and using clean candles in our home. Made ethically and with intention, The Woodlot flora candle has notes of lavender, bergamot and cedar and is one of the best I’ve seen on the market. With a burn up to 40 hours, flora is petroleum, phthalate, synthetic, fragrance and GMO-free. Many other companies use those and other harmful toxins and chemicals, so you definitely want to read the label and full ingredient list. The presentation is also gorgeous – all white, clear glass with a stroke of gold foil on the side. My kind of style.

  1. Woodlot – Palo Santo

Named, ‘Holy Wood’, these sacred sticks are native to shamanic rituals in South America. It is one of the oldest cleansing techniques in the world. This brand uses sustainably sourced wood from fallen branches of Ecuadorian trees. Prepare to be captivated and taken away by its powerful scent and grounding effects.

  1. Ranavat – Mighty Majesty Hair Serum

This luxurious serum is an excellent addition to your hair-care routine! With delicious notes of jasmine and amla, you can add a few drops to your hair, either wet or dry, for extra shine. You can also use it on your face and body. It’s a multi-use product that adds an extra glow. You can also carry it around day to day in your handbag for your glowy pick-me-up. Instead of using harsh fragrances, I can use this oil for a beautiful, feminine scent, extra shine, and smooth skin.

  1. Pangea Organics – Basil

Essential oils can be incredibly powerful for healing your body and changing your emotional state. The basil scent is fresh, bright and earthy. The ingredients were harvested with intention in Egypt. High in linalool, this naturally occurring terpene has been known to have anti-inflammatory and stress-relieving effects. Also supportive to the respiratory system, this basil oil can be used in organic DIY household cleaning products so that you end up inhaling the healthy oils and cleaning your space all at the same time. A perfect win-win situation.

  1. Girl Undiscovered– Crystal Cleansing Water

So light and refreshing (also happens to a gorgeous bottle with citrine and rose quartz crystals inside)! You can use this daily to rehydrate your skin and for pre-washing with your cleanser. The wild island kanuka honey and Balinese virgin coconut oil infused water removes makeup and acts as a super clean toner. Simply divine!

  1. Girl Undiscovered – Organic Face Elixir

Dewy golden goodness! This elixir contains healing calendula, bergamont, argan and raspberry seed oils that are very good for the skin. It’s got a bright and uplifting feel, great for your AM wake up routine. It also contains anti-bacterial properties, which can help to protect your skin. My new skincare crush!

  1. Girl Undiscovered– Stumbled Across Paradise Face Mask

So unique and earthy! The active ingredient Thanaka Tree Bark and Kanuka Honey make for a very interesting experience. It definitely activated and tingled my face upon my first use. It has the granules from the tree bark, which help to exfoliate the face. It was activating and very clarifying. Definitely worth a try!

  1. Real Her – Girl Power Lipstick “Deep Mauve”

Gorgeous color and packaging! This cruelty-free line is lovely and donates 20% of their profits to programs that empower women and girls. I love mission-oriented products. This is a great way to support programs that you care about and also take part in some self-care and self-love all at the same time. This is a classic color you can wear 24/7.

  1. Laki Naturals – White Tea & Ginger Soap

Gorgeous with gold and scents that make you feel like you’re on a tropical island, I fell in love with the Laki Naturals handcrafted soap. It’s so important to use clean soap bars because everything we put onto our body gets absorbed into the bloodstream. This beautiful and luminous bar contains olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter and the shimmery gold mica. Great for display as well as for function in any bathroom.

  1. Marie Natie – “Lust” Lipgloss

A classic dark and rich red lipgloss that’s also great for an extra shine, Marie Natie was a great find at the expo. This gloss has some of the best and most nourishing ingredients around such as jojoba, cocoa butter, vitamin E, grape seed oil, lavender oil, carrot seed oil, and coconut oil. You get the real shine on your lips without any toxic or harsh chemicals. So good, you won’t miss your old ways.

 

photos by Alexa Gray 

 

5 very simple ways to stay motivated!

Some days you feel it’s easy to stay on top of things and achieve everything you want, other days it’s way more difficult. But you may ask yourself why there are people who seem to be motivated all the time, am I right?

I used to think I could never be one of those people, until I changed my perspective and started adopting a different set of habits that made a big change.

It obviously takes a while until you turn these into a solid part of your routine, but once you do, you will realize that you will become more effective at accomplishing your goals!

Motivation is a roller coaster ride to say the least and some factors to improve motivation are not in your control.

If you really want to make something work in your business and professional life, it is important that you have a good social network of support, whether his is one special person, a partner or family member, or a group of good friends that can be on hand to offer great advice.

Social support, be it a group of friends or family, is a significant factor when you want to reach a goal. But there are some things that come from inside of you that you need to master to be able to stay motivated:

1. Turn negatives into positives

Instead of seeing things as a problem, see them as a challenge to turn things around. They will help you grow as a person since you won’t be wasting your energy on negative thoughts, but redirecting it to make the best out of every situation.

2. Be brave

Stop dwelling on decisions, always identify when something scares you and take the brave step to go after it. That will make you feel proud of yourself and take more fearless decisions in the future.

3. Stop complaining!

I know, we all LOVE a good rant, but that doesn’t mean we need to complain all the time, because it’s a waste!  Instead use the fuel from your complaint, to brainstorm a new idea for improvement. Are you complaining about something you can’t change? Bring your thoughts elsewhere, there is always something to improve upon.

4. Practice gratitude

A grateful person is a happy person. Comparing yourself to others and what they have that you haven’t won’t help you. Instead be grateful for your talents, your friends and family, your perseverance and that you have been inspired to even get this far. This will create more motivation and additionally make others want to be around you.

5. Be kind to yourself

Positive motivation comes from rewarding yourself and realizing how far you have come and not just focusing on how further you have to go. Take an evening off, do what you enjoyed before or spend quality time with your loved ones. Reward yourself, even for little things, you DESERVE it!

What other habits do you have to stay motivated?

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