Guest Beauty Editor: January Olds (plus a chance to win her amazing Go & Glow Peel!)

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January knows a lot about beauty, being the creator of the amazing January Labs, and all. I became a fan a few years ago after meeting her at my L.A. book party and later receiving a goody bag filled with everything from the line. I love it all, but am particularly obsessed with her magical Go and Glow Power Peel, which transforms my skin from blah to crazy-glowing in one go. It burns at first but, really, that means it’s working. And she is giving a free jar of the slightly more potent formula, not yet available on her site, to three IWTBH readers. Just tell us what beauty means to you (she really wants to know!) and January will pick the best, most inspiring answers. In the meantime, check out what else she swears by.

 

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 RMS Ms Buriti BronzerI love RMS because its creator uses organic coconut oil as the base of all of her formulas. This product also contains buriti oil, which is full of antioxidants and fatty acids. I use this every day because I don’t like the look of blush and this looks completely natural, giving skin the perfect amount of color and glow. I usually warm up the product with my fingers then pat it into the apples of my cheeks; a lighter, softer application makes your skin look sun-kissed. I love all the products this line offers — you can’t go wrong with anything she makes.”
Weleda Wild Rose Lotion Of all of the body lotions I have tried this is my favorite. I love the scent of rose and sometimes it is difficult to find one that doesn’t smell like something a great-grandmother would use! This lotion is hydrating and smells of real rose oil. It makes the skin incredibly soft and even adds a dewy glow. I am also pretty sensitive to products that are not my own formulations so this is one that is likely safe for all skin types.”
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Ice mask This is my secret weapon after a late night out. It instantly reduces puffiness and really tightens the pores. I leave it on for about ten minutes and find my skin to have a natural flush healthy rosy cheek glow. I recommend this for everyone, especially those who have major early-morning face woes!”
 January Labs Restorative tonic mistI created this product to add moisture and also cancel out oil. This sounds hard to do but I will have to say we nailed it! The tonic can be used in several ways: before moisturizer, after moisturizer and to set make up. There are no rules. It is also perfect if you have been going all day and need to refresh tired, stressed out skin. I probably mist 5-8 times a day. I even keep one in my purse. Beauty influencers like W’s Jane Larkworthy and Caroline Hirons in the UK are also fans. It is a simple, seemingly basic product that dramatically changes the texture and overall appearance of the skin.”
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Moon Juice Beauty DustFirst of all, I love EVERYTHING Moon Juice produces. They make the best chocolates, wellness products and juices on the planet. The beauty dust is an incredible blend of goji, Schizandra, Rehmannia and Lo Han Guo that promotes beauty from the inside out. It is filled with antioxidants, enzymes, and amino acids so you really notice an improvement in your skin, nails, and hair quickly. I am such a proponent of a healthy diet so this in conjunction is the perfect combination. Oh, and it tastes great too! I usually mix it with my homemade almond milk and a little manuka honey.”
Eve Lom Tinted Moisturizer This is a must have! I really do not like the look of makeup, but I do like the look of flawless skin and this product delivers. It is great for evening out the skin tone while still looking natural. It has such a beautiful, velvety texture and it offers incredible coverage while still feeling lightweight.”
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Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum  “This face oil is everything! It is one of the most luxurious products I own. I usually use this when I want to look and feel pampered. The creator, April Gargiulo (Okay, maybe I am biased with the month name!) has worked hard at creating a luxury, highly active serum free from harmful toxins. This oil does a lot. It’s anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, firming phytoceramides, nourishing fatty acids and powerful anti-oxidants. What I am drawn to most is the incredible scent and glow it gives. I like to apply it under my day cream or it can be used solo. It is a little pricey but worth every penny!”

 

20 Comments

  • November 3, 2015

    Tammy

    True beauty radiates on the outside when confidence and inner peace exist on the inside. Overall health is most crucial when a person is cognizant of taking care of their entire body, and terrific skincare is an essential component to that confidence. Developing a routine with good skincare in my 20s has yielded benefits in my 40s, and I’ve never lost sight of the importance of that routine.

  • November 3, 2015

    Elizabeth

    I think true beauty is when the confidence you have on the outside matches how you feel on the inside. It’s when you value yourself enough to really nourish and take care of all aspects of your well-being.

  • November 3, 2015

    Betsy

    When I am true to myself – whether it be clothing I love and am comfortable in, or a color lipstick that I am faithful to – I feel beautiful. I am mindful that I know what’s best for me.

  • November 3, 2015

    Wendi

    Beauty means vibrant health, wellness, and inner vitality that can be perceived outwardly. Beauty is the constant knowing that we are all connected by a tremendous power that is as soft and subtle as a whisper, and as surprising and abrupt as a lightning bolt. Beauty means so many things and comes in so many forms… and should always be lovingly appreciated.

  • November 3, 2015

    S

    Beauty is radiance. And radiance is purely a soul thing. Sorry to be all hippie dippy but it is! It’s an aliveness that you feel in yourself and others. It just feels good. You know that person that just has that sparkle and being around them makes so feel so good, you end up feeling more beautiful? Also, knowing there is no one in the world is quite like you. 🙂

  • November 3, 2015

    Suzanne Myers

    Beauty for me is definitely connected to a wicked sense of humor, wellness, inner-confidence, and peace within, but I have definitely had those things going for me and did not feel “beautiful.” Thankfully, I have reached a stage in my life where I do not need to feel beautiful all of the time. I exercise, take supplements, surround myself with positive people, and have learned (for the most part!) to stay in the moment, but the reality for me is that sometimes my nails and hands are ragged from working, my face is a bit sallow or has a breakout, and for all the confidence, etc., I may have, dang if I’m just not rocking “beautiful.” For those times I am thankful for products! I will take the time to break out the tooth whitening kit, get regular with my retinol, slather coconut oil on my hands, etc. I have discovered so many excellent products on your blog, Andrea, that have upped my beauty quotient, and for that I am thankful!

  • November 3, 2015

    Becky

    Having felt very unattractive for most of my life, I finally learned that even with crooked teeth, a long-ish face and not considered pretty in the least, that I am still beautiful. I have a brain, a kind heart and good health. I can give an encouraging hug, read a book and work hard – how is that not beautiful?

  • November 3, 2015

    AVM

    Beauty is anything that lights up your senses. A radiant face can do that. A warm hug can also do that.

  • November 3, 2015

    Liz

    Beauty means feeling good in my own skin, and making others feel good about themselves. Oh, and maximizing my most attractive features, too!

  • November 3, 2015

    Ellen Wehr

    Though beauty is often styled as an individual thing, to me it means embodying the brightness of the human community. It is that feeling of joy from the big mix of creators, writers, salespeople and workout buddies who inspire you to live vibrantly, a contagious excitement for the visions of others.

  • November 3, 2015

    Elyse

    Beauty to me, is looking and feeling the best I can be.

  • November 3, 2015

    Susannah

    Beauty is as beauty does – for me that means caring for others in my community. As a mentor to women in recovery, it is easy to get caught up in working on the day-to-day things like how to stay healthy, pay the bills and feed your kids. But at the end of it all, I always tell these women that they have to care for themselves too – or they will have nothing to give. This is a lesson I need to take to heart myself.

  • November 3, 2015

    Jessca

    Beauty, to me, is confidence. Feeling great in your own skin and about the choices you make. I also think an uninhibited laugh and a true smile through your eyes is so beautiful.

  • November 3, 2015

    Colleen

    Beauty is when something or someone radiates a certain je ne sai quoi. It’s when you are struck by that person/thing’s aura and you can’t help but notice. There is beauty in that.

  • November 3, 2015

    C.Michol

    Beauty means kindness to yourself and others. Learn who you are, commit to positive growth, treat others well, and decorate yourself in a way that suits your best attributes. And don’t forget to laugh!

  • November 3, 2015

    AA

    Beauty varies for me from day to day. Sometimes it’s just having a really lazy, pajama-no-shower-no-makeup kind of day. Sometimes getting really fancy with great makeup makes me feel beautiful. Sometimes it’s a really successful work meeting, or a great night out with my friends. I see the beauty in kids playing in the park, or a leaf dancing down the sidewalk, or a really shiny stack of paper clips (really!). I guess I most associate beauty with happiness, satisfaction, pleasure – and now I’m thankful for writing this, because it’s made me see the beauty in things I hadn’t thought about recently!

  • November 3, 2015

    Colleen

    Beauty is peace of mind. If you live in a way that allows you to go to sleep without anxiety, and wake up to greet the day with enthusiasm, it will show in every part of your being.

  • November 3, 2015

    Teresa

    Beauty is available to everyone. It’s that moment when a great thought or feeling is right at the edge of your thoughts … ready to spring. Whether it be a flirtation, a feeling of empathy, or just a good laugh, it lies just below the surface, but is so accessible.

  • November 3, 2015

    Mamavalveeta03

    Beauty is something I believe we ALL have the innate capacity for. It’s not just manifested on the outside, but it radiates from inside when we live an authentic life. Laughter…lots of it…love…obviously, lots of that, too…health and well-being, through TLC for oneself in the food we eat and the movements we practice each day with our bodies…these are all elements of living a beautiful life. And a glass of tequila doesn’t hurt now and then!

  • November 4, 2015

    Jenny

    Beauty is when one’s personality outshines her physicality….the substance within is greater than the prettiness (or not) of its surface. Beauty takes time to build from within and is built to last.