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Guest Blogger: LivLuna’s Birchbox Beauty Picks

We knew we liked LivLuna when we first read their mantra: “A digital tribe of fun fearless females who love natural beauty, healthy fitness and food, body positivity, yoga, eco-fashion, and social justice.” That’s why we’re super excited to have their CEO and founder, Maria Olson, guest blogging for us this week on a variety of topics, from eating healthily (and without guilt!) to her fave eco-friendly fashion finds.

Korres Guava Body Butter:  I am obsessed with the smell of guava, and I love the Korres body butters. The lotion is rich enough to actually moisturize my skin, without having to rub it in too much. My skin feels smooth without that gooey feeling and it’s total aromatherapy.

Pangea Organics Eye Cream:  I love Pangea products. And their eye cream is wonderfully hydrating and aromatherapeutic-ly scented. I also feel like it helps lighten my dark undereye circles.

suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser:  I keep a jar of my beloved suki Sugar in my shower. I love this product so much! I’ve tried so many and this is my favorite exfoliator. I admit it, I adore the sweet lemon smell and taste. I try not to actually eat it…but knowing that it is real sugar makes it so much sweeter.

Pangea Organics Lip Balm:  The Pangea lip balm is a staple in my purse, as it doesn’t dry out my skin, and smells yummy and organic.

Pangea Organics Balancing Oil:  My daytime moisturizer is this oil because it balances out my skin, prevent breakouts, and give me essential hydration and protection. After toner, I always follow up with fingertips full of this product all over my face, neck, and décolleté.

Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Facial Lotion: Weleda products are a staple in my bathroom. I love this yummy lotion, which I use after showers and at night in the spring and summer on my face, neck and décolleté because it’s light and not too heavy. The wild rose smells divine and supposedly helps with broken capillaries, which I have plenty of…

Find all of these products and so much more, all in our Birchbox Shop!

Guest Blogger: LivLuna’s Eco-Fashion Picks

We knew we liked LivLuna when we first read their mantra: “A digital tribe of fun fearless females who love natural beauty, healthy fitness and food, body positivity, yoga, eco-fashion, and social justice.” That’s why we’re super excited to have their CEO and founder, Maria Olson, guest blogging for us this week on a variety of topics, from eating healthily (and without guilt!) to her fave eco-friendly fashion finds.

Photo: Prairie Underground Denim Leggings

As the founder and CEO of a bootstrapping startup, I wear many hats. One of my faves is being the buyer for LivLuna’s eco-fashion boutique—I’m an eco-fashionista shopaholic! The concept of the LivLunaShop is to save the world in style—I want to show that eco -ashion can be stylish, chic, and affordable.

Once I realized how conventional clothing is made, what kind of toxic damage it does to the environment and workers, I became determined to support sweatshop-free eco-friendly brands. If you’re going buy clothes, why not save the world doing it? Plus, we donate a percentage of proceeds to charities supporting women and girls, and we use only real women who are LivLuna members as models, and don’t photoshop them! The models talk about the styles in our product videos, so you can get a great sense of what they look and feel like.

I’m offering Birchbox subscribers 25% off ALL styles in the LivLunaShop for the rest of May with the code BIRCHBOX, so get your spring/summer style on eco-fashionistas!

Here are my top editor’s picks!

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Guest Blogger: LivLuna on Loving to Eat

We knew we liked LivLuna when we first read their mantra: “A digital tribe of fun fearless females who love natural beauty, healthy fitness and food, body positivity, yoga, eco-fashion, and social justice.” That’s why we’re super excited to have their CEO and founder, Maria Olson, guest blogging for us this week on a variety of topics, from eating healthily (and without guilt!) to her fave eco-friendly fashion finds.

Photo: Dages Juvelier Keates, LivLuna's nutrition expert

Food is one of the greatest sensual pleasures in life. LivLuna wants you to love food, and not feel guilty. Yes, you deserve cheese, carbs, and dessert when you feel like it. Life is beautiful only if you really taste it, and too short to spend on a diet.

Instead of eating ice cream and feeling guilty, give yourself full permission to enjoy it, being totally present, and when negative fat talk starts, notice it, and let it go. Enjoy every bite, and become aware of when you’ve had enough. If you’re mindlessly eating, you’ll have the whole pint, and still feel unsatisfied.

We’ve heard about how French women don’t get fat, don’t exercise, and eat whatever they want—their trick is smaller portions of tastier, more nutritious food. The French spend A LOT of money on real food—they see eating healthy, quality food as a priority. In the U.S. we spend as little as possible, consume huge amounts of less nutritious fake food, and feel unsatisfied.

At LivLuna we have a refreshing nutrition expert who is passionate about real food. When I first met Dages, I was blown away by her energy. I was like ‘um, I’ll have what she’s having, please.’ I was tired, depressed, and needed lots of sugar just to get through the day, but she’s shown me how to tackle my hypoglycemia and feel amazing. She also creates personalized detox plans that will not leave you hungry, but full of glowing energy.

Check out videos of Dages on Gluten, Antioxidants, Fats, Cravings, Blood Sugar and Seasonal Eating (or why New Year’s diets fail). If you want to win a free skype consultation with integrative food coach Dages (worth $100), enter LivLuna’s Meaning of Love Contest now!

Replace caffeinated or sugary drinks with our favorite, Zhenya’s Gypsy Tea, available in our Birchbox Shop!

Guest Blogger: Become LivLunaFit From The Inside Out

We knew we liked LivLuna when we first read their mantra: “A digital tribe of fun fearless females who love natural beauty, healthy fitness and food, body positivity, yoga, eco-fashion, and social justice.” That’s why we’re super excited to have them guest blogging for us this week on a variety of topics, from eating healthily (and without guilt!) to their editors’ fave eco-friendly fashion finds. As for today, they’re sounding off on perhaps the most important message of all: being happy with yourself the way you are.

Photo: Michelle, LivLuna's fitness expert

The average American girl starts dieting when she’s eight years old; 78% of seventeen year old girls are unhappy with their bodies; and one out of four college-aged women have an eating disorder. Why do so many of us only see the imperfections when we look in the mirror? Why are negative thoughts about our appearance wasting so much of our time?

We see up to 600 airbrushed ads a day—no wonder our concept of beauty has become distorted, photoshopped, absurd, and omnipresent. We’re inundated with media telling us to lose this, tone that, shrink to this size, count calories, starve, suck it in, get in shape for bikini season — Enough of the guilt and fat talk already. The emphasis should not be on being a certain size and losing weight, but on how to be the healthiest, fittest, most happy and energetic version of yourself possible.

We guarantee extreme dieting, obsessive calorie counting, and working out like a maniac won’t do that. LivLuna believes that skinny does not equal healthy. Fit equals healthy, and fitness—like beauty—comes in different shapes and sizes. Next time you feel guilty, criticize yourself, or have negative self talk circling in your brain regarding food, your body, face, hair, all the things you want to change, or improve, or get rid of—STOP—take a deep breath, and tell yourself: I’m beautiful already. This body, including my soft jiggly bits, is hot! It takes time and effort, but you can reprogram your mind to be body positive.

LivLuna’s energy-filled fitness expert, Michelle, is all about health from the inside out. In our Dream Body video, she turns this concept on its head—can you imagine what your dream body feels like? Watch Michelle as she redefines SexyFit, demystifies Core Strength, and start feeling LivLunaFit!

Whether you’re working your mind or working your body, be sure to stock up on all the products you need to feel great by visiting our Birchbox Shop.

Hair Stylist Secret: Dirt

I know I’m only supposed to wash my hair every other day. Every hair stylist I’ve gone to (not to mention Katia, Hayley, and Thanh) lecture me on the values of letting your hair generate its natural oils in between shampoos. But I just can’t get on board with it - that is, unless I’m at the beach, in which case I’m happy to be a salt-crusted mermaid for days on end.

Despite my daily wash addiction, I love the look of second-day hair: piecey, slightly textured, and smooth. During my last hair cut, my fab stylist told me how I can get the dirty hair look without skipping suds: Jonathan’s Dirt Texturizing Paste, a water-based product that you can work through damp or dry hair to give it that slightly lived in feel. Perfect for that messy updo that I’ve been meaning to try…