New Must Try Skin Line: Source Vital

Happy Motivational Monday Everyone,

For Motivational Monday, I want to educate viewers of Lady Code to search for natural alternatives for their traditional beauty products. Many brands contain parabens and toxic chemicals which enter our blood stream and endocrine system through our skin causing a range of health problems like cancer, neurological disorders and even learning disabilities in children. Isn’t it crazy to think everyday products like lip gloss, shampoo and lotion are not regulated by the FDA while some are even linked to cancer!? Although they may contain the word “organic” or “natural” not all the ingredients truthfully meet our definition of the word. Have no fear, there are many websites that allow the consumer to research beauty products like Skin Deep or Think Dirty to make educated decisions in this industry.

However, last month, while attending the Indie Beauty Expo, one company in particular really stood out for me, Source Vitál Apothecary, whose roots date back nearly 30 years, way before natural and organic products were popular in the skin care world. Fascinated with their approach to skin and beauty, I decided to interview and investigate this modern-day apothecary brand. Source Vital is a safe alternative to the traditional skin and beauty brands that contain harmful ingredients and I highly encourage you explore their products.

Their Story

Founders and day spa owners, Jerry Pope and Brea Gratia sought products for their spa which contained naturally-derived ingredients that were proven to work. Unable to procure products that met their high standards they set out to develop the products themselves. From the beginning, their goal was to create a connection between mind, body and spirit linking to the beauty industry. Launching with an eye balm, the end result is a combination of 100% pure essential oils (sourced from all over the world), botanicals plants and seaweeds, working in synergy to deliver visible benefits for the skin.

Their Ingredients

To this day, Souce Vitál continues to use only natural ingredients, never using chemicals or toxins in their formulas. Honoring the founders’ initial mission, Source Vitál continues to use only plant-based ingredients which embodies the holistic approach they are trying to create. Furthermore, they strive to utilize earth and sea derived elements which the body easily recognizes to help rebuild and strengthen our bodies.

Their Mission and Vision

Through the creation of natural products for “the skin, body, mind and spirit” they want to make the world a happier, healthier and more peaceful place to live, while creating “holistic health one bottle at a time.” The company firm believes that our natural world contains vital products such as essential oils, seaweed and plant extracts, which we can use for therapy. They have seen benefits ranging from clear skin to increased overall well-being and even a calm mind. I personally experience a sense of calm when use their Tranquil Multi-spray.

Must Try Products

Since learning about Source Vital, I have been experimenting with their products and have fallen in love with them, my favorites being:

  1. The Tranquil Multispray made from lavender and chamomile to release tension and stress.
  2. The Lemongrass mani/ pedi cream made with 100% pure essential oils and shea butter and beeswax.
  3. Deozein Natural Deodorant made with essential oils, mineral salts, and algae. The great thing about this deodorant is that it does not contain aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium, aluminum chloride or other toxic chemicals, nor does it stain your clothes.

Please consider checking out Source Vital and they story and products online! Watch the video below to learn more!

 

Love and Light,

Char ❤

 

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BOXYCHARM June 2017

Okay, that’s it. Boxycharm is literally the best beauty subscription box out there! They spoil us with 5 full size, high end beauty products every month for about $20 a month. Watch my June 2017 Boxycharm unboxing to see how amazing they are for yourself:

I think I’ll go ahead and let you all know now that I cancelled my Sephora Play subscription because they are awful.. They send super small samples that usually don’t fit my needs for $10 a month, and the box always comes late. I never use anything in my Sephora Play. I still like Ipsy because they send me interesting things and sometimes you get lucky and get something full size! It’s always a hit or miss with Ipsy, but I’m keeping my subscription with them for now 🙂

What’s your favorite subscription box? Let me know in the comments below!

 

XOX

Lisa

In Love With The KOKO KOLLECTION by Kylie Cosmetics Review + Unboxing + Try On

Kylie Cosmetics and Khloe Kardashian always have the BEST collabs! I’m so happy I got my new In Love With the KOKO Kollection by Kylie cosmetics today. This is their second collaboration and this time it is not only 4 lip products, but also a face palette.

Watch my Koko Kollection Review Video here:

Here is a summary of my review:

  • Shipping was fast this time. The KKW x Kylie Cosmetics took 3 weeks to be delivered from the day I ordered it, but this one arrived in one week.
  • All of the colors are gorgeous, and most of them are pigmented(“Doll” needed another layer). I loved topping off the matte liquid lipsticks with the “Sugar Plum” gloss for even more looks.
  • The face palette’s bronzer and blush are gorgeous but suitable for only fair skin tones. If I had a deeper tan, it wouldn’t work as a bronzer for me.
  • The highlighters in the face palette are disappointing.
  • The face palette is NOT worth $40.
  • The liquid lipstick set is worth $40 if you like the colors 🙂

Let me know your thoughts of the new collab below!

XOX

@Lisa_Opie

 

The Makeup Mitty Giveaway

Happy Wellness Wednesday everyone,

For those of you that have been following Lady Code for a while and reading my posts, you know by now that the environment is a big passion of mine.

Today, I was inspired to merge two different facets of Lady Code: Makeup and Wellness!

Earlier this month, when I was at the Indie Beauty Expo, I stumbled across a company called Take My Face Off®, cute right! This company has created a product called The Makeup Mitty™ a reusable and washable makeup remover mitt. This product is not only softer than the typical washcloth, but is more effective thanks to the included Detailer™ for small areas like the eyes.

Why are makeup remover wipes Bad?

Many people use the disposable wipes for removing makeup which is completely understandable thanks to being transportable and easy to use, but what few people know is that those wipes are incredible harmful to our environment and to our skin.

The Huffington Post recently published an article with support from dermatologists, Dr. Maryann Mikhail and Dr. Craig Kraffert. The article stated that since these wipes skip the step of rinsing your face with water, residue is left on your skin. Additionally, these wipes contain surfactants and emulsifiers, products which help remove your makeup, but since you are not rinsing your face, the product remains on your face, both drying and irritating your skin. Worse, to extend shelf life some brands use formaldehyde, which for some is a known allergen but is also a potential carcinogen.

Furthermore, most makeup wipes are made from plastic which can take more than a hundred years to breakdown. These products are also known to hurt marine life since they contain microbeads, a toxic ingredient banned by the government last fall. Animals tend to eat these products and since they contain plastic, the animal often dies of starvation.

The Solution

You guessed it! The Makeup Mitty is the solution to these problems. Not only are these products reusable and washable to prevent waste, but they are made of 100% polyester, which holds up longer than organic fabric to lower your carbon footprint. This product is softer than a washcloth which is perfect for those with sensitive skin like myself. It is important to remember to wash these products. You can simply throw it in your washer and dryer and use again!

In fact, I have been using this product for three weeks now and I LOVE it! Which is why I decided to do a GIVEAWAY!

The Giveaway

That’s right! I will be giving away 1 Makeup Mitty, the Superior Makeup Remover Mitt, which features the Detailer for small areas, 1 Mitty blackout, the Superior Makeup Remover Pad and 1 – 500ml bottle of Sensibio H2O, a cleansing and make-up removing water to use along with the Mitty.

The Rules

This contest is open to LadyCode subscribers and @Takemyfaceoff followers only! I appreciate those of you that consistently support LadyCode through genuine comments on our videos, sharing our posts/videos, and reaching out on social media. Lady Code loves getting to know our subscribers and giving back to those that truly support the channel!

The winner will be chosen at random and will be selected June 13th and announced the following Wednesday.

LADYCODE SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
Instagram: @charvontratt, @takemyfaceoff @ladycodeofficial
Twitter: @charvontratt @TakeMyFaceOff @ladycode_
Blog: https://www.ladycodeblog.com
TAKE MY FACE OFF SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
Instagram: @takemyfaceoff
Twitter: @TakeMyFaceOff
Website: https://www.takemyfaceoff.com/
I will be using Gleam.I.O to select the winner at random: https://gleam.io/competitions/uExV7-the-makeup-mitty-giveaway

I wish everyone the best of luck!

Happy Wellness Wednesday everyone.

 

Love and light,

Char ❤

 

 

Cuba 2017 Travel Blog + Vlog

I just got back from my trip to Cuba yesterday, and I’m so excited to share my experience in Varadero and Havana Cuba with you. I haven’y created a travel vlog in a while so I’m sooooo happy to finally have a vlog for you to watch!

Here is the full Cuba Vlog:

Here are some important details from my trip:
-We took a direct flight from Fort Lauderdale to Varadero on Southwest
-You can purchase a visa at the airport at check in. This process takes about 10 minutes
-Our hotel we stayed at is the Barcelo Sol y Mar all inclusive resort. The food was terrible, but the location was great and it is walking distance to downtown Varadero where you can find more decent food 🙂
-We took a Cubatur day trip to Havana with a bus tour. It was a good experience, bring plenty of water and snacks, maybe an umbrella for rain or for shade (it gets HOT) and good walking shoes.

The beach in Varadero was AMAZING! The water was crystal clear and the sand was super soft.

Old Havana has a mixture of neighborhoods that are luxurious and gorgeous and remind me of modern day Spain, to some areas that look like they have not been updated since the 40’s.

Antique cars are EVERYWHERE. They at so much color and culture to Cuba and I loved seeing the unique cars, especially ones with polka dots or pink ones.

Che Guevarra is a very popular figure in Cuba, you can see images of him like this one everywhere.

Our tour guide told us that Cohiba and Montecristo are the best Cuban cigars. I didn’t purchase or try any but visiting a cigar shop in Cuba is a must.

 

 

Leading with Confidence: Zoey Sage, the Hot New Designer We all Need to Follow!

Lady Code had a chance to sit down with a hot new designer on the Miami Scene, Zoey Sage, creator of the clothing line Zoey Reva. At the young age of 21, she has already been featured in big-name magazines like Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and Women’s Wear Daily. She even participated in the Underground Fort Lauderdale Show where she was the youngest designer alongside renowned designers like Nicole Miller.

Vogue
Zoey’s shirt was even featured in Vogue!

Early Beginnings

From a young age, Zoey knew she wanted to do something in fashion. Her mother in fact owns a Miami Model Agency, so fashion was coded in her genes. Originally wanting to be a stylist like her fashion inspiration Rachel Zoe, she would help her friends put together their outfits. Along the way, she realized she was tweaking designs, altering the waist and even the colors.

She then decided to design a capsule collection which launched online last year, immediately gaining recognition from Women’s Wear Daily.

Know your girl, know the customer you are targeting.”

Trial and Error

Although her line has gotten major recognition, Zoey had to learn a lot through her mistakes. She started this project on her own, without knowing the market or the clothing industry, quickly realizing that sizing, garments and inventory were all requisite elements of the learning curve. Sage stated it would have been beneficial to have a mentor to show her the ropes. In fact, she now wants to share what she has learned with other young designers saying, “This is 24/7, which is a lot of work. It’s not glamorous, but it is rewarding. The most exciting part is seeing the clothes come to life on a runway or in a photoshoot. It is knowing that you created something.” Other aspiring designers need to know what they will be facing.

Zoey Reva pink romper (2)

Her Success

Zoey is adamant about her vision. She ventured into design knowing exactly what she wanted. Sage states, “Know your girl, know the customer you are targeting.” When asked about her target audience, she says “It’s not about age, it’s about attitude. Our look is targeted to the effortlessly fashion forward. Super chic, very feminine. It can be day or night wear with our transitional pieces.”  Zoey also made it clear that her credibility helped her saying “credibility is everything.” I think we can all agree with that.

Age is NOT a Thing!

Today, it seems like we always acknowledge someone’s age when they achieve success early in their life but in Zoey’s case “age is not a thing”.  When learning that she was the youngest designer at the Underground Fort Lauderdale show, she was genuinely shocked stating, “I’m always the youngest. People assume my age would be an obstacle, it wasn’t. It is all about talent and creativity, not about how old I am.”

Let’s all take a minute to absorb that shall we. Your age shouldn’t be an obstacle or a defining attribute. Zoey is 100% right by saying you are defined by your talent or creativity. It is about your dedication, your work ethic and personality. We should not allow ourselves to be defined by age, height, hair color, degrees or any other external factors that people tend to use to label people.

People assume my age would be an obstacle, it wasn’t. It is all about talent and creativity, not about how old I am.”

Reva design

What’s Next?

The future is bright for this young designer. Currently, the Zoey Reva team is working on their new collection and revamping their social media. “People want to know you. If they relate to you, they like you.” says this quick wit designer. By showcasing who they are through social media outlets, Zoey Reva plans to take the clothing industry by storm. Zoey says that future collections are full of endless possibilities ranging from kids, to swim to commercial. However right now she wants to focus on “this” making it the best that it can be. “What’s the rush?”

Check out this super cute video below:

Make sure to follow Zoey on her social media:

Instagram: @zoeyreva

Facebook: Zoey Reva

Website: www.zoeyreva.com

Love and light,

Char ❤

@Charvontratt

Motivational Monday: “Better Woman Better Earth” With Honey and Sage

Two weeks ago, at the Indie Beauty Expo in Dallas I had the opportunity to speak with Nova, the founder of Honey and Sage©, about prompted her to launch her company. Honey and Sage is dedicated to helping woman with the tools to care for themselves.

While training to be a Midwife, Nova began to see a discrepancy between the soon to be first time mothers and the mothers who already had a child. They were tired, stressed and overwhelmed. Nova reflected that she too felt that way and wanted to create a tool kit for women. Guided by her mantra “Healthy Women lead to a Healthy Country,” her goal is to create a community for women made up of women.

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I was so taken with Nova and her business partner, Sarah, and how their company specifically serves women, I knew I had to interview them for Lady Code. They both exude such beautiful energy, posses extensive knowledge about health and wellness and the compassion for helping women thrive in their life and in motherhood.

When asked what we can do to empower women, Nova responded “Modeling self- care”. I believe in leading by example and in order to empower other women to change the world, we first must take care of ourselves. When we take care of ourselves, we remind other women they have the ability to empower themselves. This allows them to “take a step back to do their best and honest work.”

Among the many beautiful Honey and Sage products, I was curious to find out which were Nova’s favorites.

Nova’s Favorites:

  1. Smudge Spray
  2. Herbal Steam which has rosemary, calendula, rose and lavender, which opens pores allowing the herbs to enter your system, leaving you refreshed and nourished.
  3. Holy Wellness Cozy Tea which includes organic herbs and spices like cinnamon, cacao shells, ginger root and chicory root which is known to help you relax.

My personal favorite is the Holy Wellness Tea- Divini-tea. Made with coconut flakes, cinnamon and cacao this tea is perfect in the evening when trying to relax and begin my night. I mix it with a bit of honey and I can’t stop refilling my cup.

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The beauty of Honey and Sage doesn’t stop there. They have a line for women going through pregnancy and postpartum in addition to oils and salt scrubs. They even offer monthly subscription boxes for women known as Sage Woman, Holy Wellness. For women going through their period, they offer a special kit known as Moon Time.

Honey and Sage care package

Nova and Sarah have done such a great job creating a community for women. They have gatherings and retreats for women to connect with one another, to empower each of them to practice self care. Sometimes, there are lessons or lectures at these gatherings, but for the Spring Equinox, they even had a tea party. You can sign up for future gatherings here.

Gathering

I want to motivate everyone to practice self care and love. After meeting these to glowing individuals, I took a step back to examine whether I was honoring my body and health. There motto is “Better Woman Better Earth”! Lady Code is all about honoring women and empowering them to do whatever it is they set their mind to. Today, I want to empower the #Ladycodearmy to lead a healthy day and life for you, your sisters, friends and children.

Make sure to follow them on Instagram

Love and light,

Char ❤

Meet Fern Olivia: The Most Motivating, Genuine and Loving Woman.

Happy Motivational Monday Lady Code!

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the Indie Beauty Expo in Dallas, an exhibition where independently owned makeup, skin care and bath and body companies come to promote and grow their product. To say I love Dallas is the understatement of the year. The people there are absolutely lovely and the people who attended the expo are compassionate, hard working and beautiful individuals.

Fern
Meet Fern: The Founder of Ajai Alchemy 

The Expo started on Tuesday and as my mom and I rushed into the elevator I happen to notice a woman standing next to us, she had beautiful energy and a warm smile. Later, I learned that this bright soul was Fern Olivia, an internationally recognized motivational speaker and teacher on the power of self love, yoga, and holistic lifestyle practices.

Yoga

Originally  a former Finance professional and Biomedical Engineer, Fern was diagnosed with the auto immune disorder, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroid disease in 2008, making her feel “sluggish and bloated” which only added to the insecurities she felt when younger.

Being bullied from a young age, Fern felt as though she had little self worth., which was furthered by a string of verbally abusive relationships. She says “I was always feeling that I was weird, picked last in gym class, the boys never had crushes on me.” In fact, this made her “unworthy of being beautiful.” This view of herself lasted until her late twenties until she found the courage to leave a six year abusive relationship and leave her corporate finance job. It was after this jump that she found her true self, beauty and now she is “shining”. 

The journey she took to gain this confidence included:

  1. Finding yoga
  2. Realizing she had a “purpose greater than being a hamster in a cubical”
  3. Stopped doing something that she thought she had to do because her parents wanted her to do.

Being born with certain gifts, she could always feel other people’s emotions and her heart would break when she saw others being bullied. She knew she could help people and decided it was time to stop working at an unfulfilling desk job. Fern has helped coach and empower woman of all ages on self-identify, confidence and healing their bodies. She left her job and moved to California where she founded Ajai Alchemy, an organic essential oil fragrance brand formulated to assist with hormone balancing.

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“Rituals are habits made holy.” -Fern Olivia

Since starting her company, she has seen her own self-confidence improve and recognized that so many women are ready to make the jump in their own lives, they just need a coach. Fern has become a mentor, guide and teacher. Her advice: “women need to hear, I see you, you’re beautiful”. A message which Lady Code aims to spread among all women. We have to empower one another, not compete against each other.

Ajai Alchemy
Ajai are charged fragrances with each scent made with the intention to activate your own inner power. They are made with 100%  Organic ingredients and recycled, eco-sustainable packaging to lower your carbon footprint.

You can connect with Fern on social media:

web: www.fernolivia.com

instagram: www.instagram.com/fernolivia

facebook: http://facebook.com/yogawithfern

email: fern@fernolivia.com

Please check out the video below to learn more about this lovely soul and spirit and do not forget to follow this empowering woman as she changes the world.

Happy Motivational Monday everyone!

Let’s get social- follow me on Instagram and Twitter @charvontratt

Love and light,

Char ❤

Lady Code is traveling to the Indie Beauty Expo

Happy Motivational Monday,

Did you know that the products you put on your body are just as important as the food which you eat? People do not realize that everything that you breathe, eat and digest are all processed through your liver. We have to be just as conscious about the makeup, skincare and other products which we use on our bodies as the food we eat.

This week, Lady Code is traveling to attend the Indie Beauty Expo where we will be discovering natural and independent brands. The mission of this expo is “to provide a platform to recognize, showcase and celebrate independent beauty, wellness and lifestyle brands.”

I am so excited for this adventure where I can learn about these natural boutique brands and share them with you. In fact, I will be traveling with my mom, Dr. Elizabeth Trattner, a national expert in all things wellness.

Make sure to check Snapchat and our Facebook and Instagram page where I will be sharing live clips of this event.

In the interim, make sure to check out the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep to see how safe your makeup and skincare brands really are.

Have a great week!

~Char ❤