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Antioxidants To The Rescue!

We hear a lot about antioxidants and how they’re good for you, but what is an antioxidant and why are they crucial for healthy living? Antioxidants are molecules that prevent the destruction of other molecules by inhibiting oxidation. Oxidation occurs when molecules are exposed to free radicals and thus triggers a sort of chain reaction which breakdown cells and cause damage to the cell or kills the cell entirely. Antioxidants play a vital role in keeping cellular activity healthy by removing free radical intermediates and inhibiting oxidative stress in the first place. Now this all sounds a bit dramatic and like a war between angels and devils happening, but it’s all rather normal and happens on a daily basis to our bodies. We are after all living beings and we all age and grow old so dying and aging cells is just a process we go through called living. When it comes to your health you don’t just have to sit there and take it you can actively help the aging process slow down or perpetuate youthfulness by engaging in many behaviors that can contribute to a wonderful quality of life. Luckily the same can be done for your skin!

We’re exposed to free radicals every second of the day so it’s important that we nourish our bodies from the inside out first for gorgeous skin. It’s no coincidence that people that eat super healthy have that envious glow. That is rule number one. When it comes to your skincare you can turn it all around by seeking products made from pure formulas with high grade ingredients and potent antioxidants. You can slow the acceleration of damaging or dying cells and contribute greatly to new healthy cell formation with practicing good skincare.

What does this mean? For us at LBF it means getting to know the ABC’s of ingredients and selecting certain ingredients for specific products to increase efficacy in your skincare. We know that Vitamin C is a sort of superstar antioxidant and that its ability to fight free radicals is quite outstanding. There are many forms of Vitamin C that can aid free radical exposure, including isolates, but we prefer a concentrated version from a complete source. As a matter of fact, the highest source you can find with all of the important cofactors and bioflavonoids intact found in kakadu plums. We use this Vitamin C in our Modern Radiance Concentrate and in our soon to launch Crema Supernova Day Cream so that your skin is fighting the free radicals of UV rays while you’re out and about, protecting your cells from oxidation and restore the skin’s surface barrier. Vitamin C also helps protect fatty acids from oxidation, which are needed to help build collagen. Vitamin C is neat because it’s active inside of the cell and outside. Inside the cell it provides amino acids that delivers hydrogen and oxygen and helps form healthy pro collagen that modifies into collagen outside of the cell. Collagen is most abundant in the fibers contained in connective tissue, which pads the skin creating plump, healthy tissue. Viola new healthy cells and tissue formation!

Another critical antioxidant for healthy skin is Vitamin E. Naturally occurring Vitamin E isn’t a single compound, but a group of compounds with antioxidant properties unique to skin nutrition. Vitamin E is provided to the skin through sebum (acne sufferers rejoice because this is good news for you) triggering an anti-inflammatory reaction. It’s also delivered to the cell membrane and lipids. Vitamin E studies have show the antioxidant to absorb the energy of UV light preventing UV damage to the skin, an important role in photo-protection. To increase the effects of Vitamin E use it with it’s BFF, Vitamin C and you have a power duo in skincare that stabilizes this antioxidant and supports your skin twice as much. Our favorite single ingredient oil, Barbary Fig Seed Oil contains a whooping 88% of naturally occurring Vitamin E. This is likely the reason our customers feel and see the cumulative effects in their skin upon use. Less oiliness, less acne, increased radiance and tissue health are what we hear over and over and why we've been obsessed with BFSO since we began using it at La Bella Figura five years ago. You'll also notice we use it in quite a few formulations including our new Crema Supernova and Crema Virtuosa moisturizing creams. We want the best for your skin and not just any ingredient will do. 

Other favorite antioxidants are:

Vitamin A, which help reduce wrinkles, fade dark spots and smooth skin out. Find it in our Barbary Fig Renewal Serum.

Vitamin K helps lighten under eye circles by preventing fragile capillaries that allows blood to leak into the skin. Find it in Decouverte Under Eye Repair Serum.

Resveratrol helps prevent wrinkles, has significant wound healing benefits and fights free radicals. Find it in Healing Manuka Mask

Phospholipids/Linoleic and Linolenic Acids, these fatty acids replenish the skin's intercellular matrix and also help reduce inflammation keeping cell healthy and the complexion radiant.  Find it in Aria Nighttime Cell Recovery Treatment.

The Demand For Quality

In the last 72 hours, I’ve had the most fascinating conversations about beauty with several experts ranging from a holistic doctor to another brand founder to a customer at today’s Dose Market. These conversations feel different than the ones we typically have with a new retailer or an email we may receive by a curious blogger. There’s a change in the air and the way people are purchasing and why they are purchasing natural beauty products is more prominent than ever before. As a woman I met earlier today simply stated, “quality over presence.” Hmm, that’s an interesting statement and of course I asked what that meant to her, which she explained, most of her life she purchased products because they were advertised to her in some form or another. She never paid any mind to the quality, but rather was influenced over claims, “the number one mascara” via this magazine or the product her favorite celebrity said she used. It was one big influence over another without her own investigation about quality and that is the word that changes it all for most consumers of natural beauty products…quality.

I have a penchant for quality much like my grandmother before me had that was observed as “regal” or snotty or above-it-all. I was made fun about it growing up, which was both ironic and amusing since I grew up in a modest household and access for finer living was nonexistent, except through food and imagination. This is where my grandmother comes in. Her eye for quality usually revolved around the quality of her ingredients in cooking and she would explain that you can prepare a simple peasant influenced meal with the heart of a Parisian chef by taking pride in how you made your dish and focused on using the best, freshest, most flavorful ingredients you could find. Sometimes that meant growing things yourself. If she was making cod stew, the simplest of simplest Spanish dishes then her red peppers would be flawless and her cod would be perfectly salted, dense and hearty. She instilled that super basic principle from early on in me and it stuck. You pay in one form or another for quality.

So here I am many years later as the co-founder, CEO and “sourcing and research specialist” of my own beauty line and quality is at the heart of my brand. So much so that we still source our Barbary Fig Seed Oil from a smaller producer in Tunisia, which often is painfully slow to come home to us than a large manufacturer from Morocco who can “Fed Ex in two days.” I’ve tried those batches of BFSO and needless to say it didn’t cut it for me in the form of quality so we stick with a producer who grows organic barbary figs, hand collects the seeds, washes them carefully and upon inspection cold presses rich, golden oil to our order good enough to meet my expectations of quality. When it’s good enough for me my inclination is to share with others. When I discover something so magical or wonderful I want to share that with those I care about. This is how La Bella Figura came about, this is how we still function and why I believe we have experienced an uprise in growth and customer loyalty.

I had the good fortune today to meet new fans here in Chicago as LBF presented at the most wonderful and artisanal Dose Market at SoHo House. A woman stopped by to say how much she admired our frank attitude about the beauty business. She explained that she came from the crowd that believed the most expensive product at the department store was the best until one day she decided to learn what exactly made those products so expensive. She said she was shocked to learn of all the terrible ingredients and went on a year long journey to educate herself about ingredients and all of the unnecessary chemicals and additives included to fluff up creams so they felt right to customers and could withstand years on a shelf with bright lights blasting above those products. She said she went cold turkey until she could find products with more naturally derived ingredients that also felt good to use. This is what we’re hearing time and time again. More quality, less fluff. Who we’re hearing this from these days is the difference. It used to be a certain demographic, but nowadays it’s the Nordstrom customer or the ladies at Neiman Marcus or the fashionable upscale shopper at Barneys. They seek quality that makes a difference in their beauty regimens over advertised jars of volumized mineral oil. It’s no longer embarrassing to admit (or a secret be to be ashamed of) that natural products most often than not outperform the fancy department store creams with the beautiful celebrity advertising it. And while not all natural products are created alike most are at least suggesting we all go back to basics. Fresher products made with natural elements. We’ve been covering up far too long with products that don’t solve your combination skin problem or protect you from free radicals or calm inflammation and offer a glow of health to your skin. No, no, that’s not why those products are made at all. They are made to last for years on a shelf, smell good to fool you into thinking they are good for you and the most problematic reason of all, cheaply with low quality ingredients that do not aid in the nourishment your skin. The truth has been exposed.

For LBF our love for quality stands out not only through our passion, but in our groundbreaking formulas, which cater to those seeking better experiences in skincare. Our unrefined ingredients are carefully tested by our number one quality expert, me. If I like it I pass it on to Karen who also has excellent standards for quality. When we both agree we bring it into our ingredient family. Sometimes this process is painful and sometimes lengthy. We’ve waited quite a while for a new ingredient for our nighttime face cream launching this Fall. We think it’s going to be transformative therefore it’s been worth it, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt to wait to put it in your hands. The right time will be the right time. Doubtful you’ll ever hear that from a conglomerate brand.

The shift is changing and you’re about to see it unfold soon. One of our favorite beauty bloggers, The Hermes Hippie wrote a great post about it, which you can read here. It’s been an arduous journey for many of us, but as all truly good things, well worth the wait. Speaking of waiting, a fresh shipment of Barbary Fig Seed Oil is on its way. We had a little snafu happen, which I won’t bore you with, but this summer’s bounty should arrive any day now. We know you can’t wait to get your hands on it as do we.

Xo Victoria

Why Summer Can Be The Cause Of Your Breakouts

We're in the midst of summer here in Chicago. I pretty much love every minute of it. I wake up to pink skies and a bright glowing sunrise. Everything is so lush from all the rain we've had these last two seasons.The local produce is fresh, juicy and delicious and morning walks to my garden elicit anticipation as I can't wait to see what has grown overnight or blossomed while I was dreaming. I'm a summer lover through and through, but I never did like the heat. (I don't really care for the actual heat.) We are known for wacky weather in the midwest and this year isn't any different. I've kept watch of weather across the country and other international cities to hear the number one complaint being, "humidity." Humidity combined with city living can create a myriad of skin problems with acne and breakouts being your skin's number one enemy. What do you when you can't control the weather? Get on an anti-humidity skin routine for one thing! 


When humidity hits and your urban jungle becomes tropical your skin can appear excessively oily. What most of us typically do is wipe the extra oil off, but that is exactly the wrong thing to do! Rubbing can cause bacteria to spread across the skin. Do not rub, instead gently blot. Use a tissue and gently blot the excessive oil off discarding the tissue and using a fresh one for other areas. If possible cleanse your skin immediately. If you're at work and can't cleanse, spray a toner onto your face and neck area. Jardin De Fleurs is a perfect gentle toner that contains both enzymes and anti-bacterial ingredients, rose, licorice and helichrysum flower hydrosols as well as plantain extract known for its salicylic-acid and astrigent constituents. The effects of a toner with active ingredients keeps pores clean, restores pH balance and tightens the cell gap reducing environmental and bacteria pollutants to penetrate deeper into pores. 


This is often the step many get confused about. Mostly because your skin feels heavy and grimy in humidity and the inclination is to skip moisturizing, however this is a crucial part of your skin's health and very necessary. The type of moisturizer you use can yield great benefits or worsen your condition. Heavy, creamy moisturizers are best for nighttime use and for very dry skin. Make sure you're on ingredient alert and avoid skin suffocating elements like mineral oil, heavy waxes and parabens. We go straight for moisture that is antioxidant packed and nourishing to out of balance skin. Daily Elements Defense and Barbary Fig Seed Oil are two incredible summertime skin oils that provide extra antioxidant protection while supplying skin with omegas, amino acids and the vitamins your skin loses when you sweat. They help calm inflammation and Barbary Fig Seed Oil is a life savior if you've been overexposed to UV rays and are experiencing pain, redness and dryness. High amounts of Vitamin E and amino acids help reduce the inflammation and the recovery time from sunburn speeds up with daily use. (There has been some inaccurate reporting in the green community that BFSO is not to be worn during the day, but nothing could be further from the truth. Use it day or night and frequently for benefits outstanding.) 


This may be the very last thing you want to do when you can't beat the heat, but this can actually help your acne quite a bit. It's also a great first step before applying an active face mask. Steam clean skin with water that is 110 degrees Fahrenheit and don't get so close that it can scald. Use a large bowl filled with herbs or a facial tea (ours Facial Steam Tea is getting a beautiful makeover in new packaging) add hot water and create a tent with a towel as you hover over the bowl allowing the steam to cleanse your skin. Do this for three to seven minutes once a week at night. Use a face mask immediately after, you'll thank us later. 

Mask And Exfoliate

Now that your skin is fresh, hydrated and cleansed this is a great time to get your face mask to work its best. We recommend our Purifying Manuka Mask for oily and blackhead prone types. Its antibacterial benefits come from manuka honey, which is the first ingredient in our mask. The addition of Amazonian white clay, rhassoul clay, activated charcoal, parsley seed and turmeric root collectively helps to purify and stimulate circulation as well as slough off those dead skin cells. A good mask does two things; nourishes skin and circulates blood flow. Our Purifying Manuka Mask accomplishes that and then some keeping cells hydrated, which is a unique task for a mask containing detoxifying agents. Thanks to that nutrient rich and enzyme boasting manuka honey which is so good for your skin you won't lose moisture and your skin won't feel tight and dry. A big no no because chronic dryness overstimulates the system of balance and will cause sebum production to go on high alert and repeat oiliness and acne into a frenzied nightmare you can't seem to control. Keep your sebum levels in check and don't use alcohol based products or salts that wipe away good oils either. 


Your skin needs food and your cells crave vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. Nighttime is perfect for feeding your skin a myriad of replenishing and reparative ingredients. For this we cannot stress enough how miraculous Aria Nighttime Cell Recovery Treatment is. We've never met a beauty editor or fanatic that hasn't been floored by the power of this brilliant cell treatment. That is due to the stellar lineup of glow inducing ingredients and careful selection of antioxidants, peptides, polysaccharides, amino acids and omegas wonderfully balanced for your skin's nutrition. Think of it as your daily dose of green juice for your face. This product is for serious skin fans and your results in the morning will prove it. 

Your skin deserve tender loving care every day, but when the weather is determined to get the better of you, don't allow it! Improve your skin game with products that contain a host of active ingredients and treat yourself to results that are long lasting. Keep cool, stay beautiful and enjoy the glorious days of summer. 

Xo La Bella Figura

Gorgeous Skin In Your 20's, 30's, 40's and Beyond

You may have come to a point where you recently started to truly invest in your skincare with good lifestyle habits like eating more fruits and vegetables, exercising and using non-toxic products. It's never too late to learn something new and start fresh. We've had many discussions with customers about how they wished they had taken better care of their skin when they were younger. Today we're going to share simple tips, product suggestions and a few lifestyle ideas for your healthiest and most beautiful skin starting in your 20's and going into your 40's and beyond. This is a frank post and I hope helpful if you're experiencing any of the issues mentioned.

For The Twentysomethings:

One of the most common mistakes we hear from younger women is not taking off their makeup at night or using a consistent cleansing system. This is one of the most damaging bad habits (next to smoking) that you should stop immediately. This is what happens to skin when day after day you pile on makeup and night after night you fail to remove it. First, your pores become clogged. Washing it all off in the morning isn't enough because while you were sleeping the environmental pollutants sticking to the day's make-up caused major oxidative stress making your skin vulnerable to harmful free radicals. You may not see it the next day, but trust us the ugly effects are looming or you may see it in the form of little white bacteria filled cysts around areas of the eyes, nose and chin. Skin also begins to dry out from a lack of proper hydration and you may notice areas of dry patches. Dry patches are signs of cells not renewing or shedding off, but actually accumulating which eventually leads to loss of elasticity and premature wrinkles. If that sounds bad the worst is yet to come. When you continue to sleep in a full face of makeup, especially toxic makeup laden with heavy metals, mineral oils and parabens you essentially have contributed to the acceleration of your skin's age by decades. Yes, that's right you have made yourself look older simply from not practicing night cleansing. Over time this bad habit will ruin your complexion, tone and cause irreparable damage that no amount of serum or face mask will cure. Avoid that and cleanse the day and your makeup off every night. 

Try our Gentle Enzyme Cleanser with hydrating plant butters to nourish skin and active fruit enzymes to gently exfoliate and remove stubborn makeup. Then hydrate, heal and prevent free radical damage with our superfood moisturizer made up of one simple ingredient loaded with antioxidants and amino acids, our incredible Barbary Fig Seed Oil. We call it the ultimate beauty oil because this heavy hitter does it all for all skin types. It's especially beneficial to sensitive skin or inflamed types, which happens with chronic makeup abuse. The results from treating your skin to Barbary Fig Seed Oil are instant and with longterm use anti-aging, healing and preventative. A winner for any age group. 


For The Thirtysomethings:

In our thirties we are experiencing major life changes like marriage, careers, kids and are under more stress than we were in our carefree twenties. Chronic stress is not only toxic to the wellbeing of your body and mind, but it can also lead to hormonal changes that can lead to skin issues. Some dermatologists are calling this type of skin/neurological connection, "psychodermatology" where your mental state is correlated with certain skin problems and disorders. Sometimes even causing fluctuations in hormone levels. Some stress is episodic and can be managed easier if you're conscious of what triggers your stress. (Deadlines are my triggers or emails piling up) Making a new life change like moving to NYC for a new job may cause your skin to break out or become more oily and we have suggestions to take control, relax and get skin whipped into shape. (If you suffer from chronic stress and have noticed severe changes in your sleeping, eating, weight and skin please call a medical professional to help you rebalance.) 

It sounds like an easy thing to do, relax. Oh we know it's not so easy to do, but seriously sit down for a moment. Find a time to tune everything out and refocus on yourself. I like to call this "getting back to seven" because as a former teacher working with seven year olds was the most eye opening experience I ever had. Seven year olds are confident, compassionate and are keenly aware of who they are and what they want. Seven year olds have dreams and incredible ideas on how to achieve them. Get back to seven and dig for the things that make you happy. I enjoy reading, but don't often have the time to read for my personal enjoyment so I began waking up earlier just to be able to read before getting my busy work day started. Taking time to look good in the morning can set the tone for a successful day. Mist skin with Jardin de Fleurs followed by our Vitamin C gel cream, Modern Radiance Concentrate and Daily Elements Defense for a bright, healthy complexion. This trio calms inflammation, reduces redness and protects skin from free radical damage. Stressed skin is very vulnerable to oxidative stress. 

For The Fortysomethings:

This is a topic in which I can speak both as a skincare expert and as woman experiencing new changes in my skin during my forties. The most common skin concern for this age group is prevention. How to prevent wrinkles, dry skin, sagging, loss of tone and intrinsic aging or anti aging. Plus there are a myriad of concerns no one speaks much on, perimenopause and menopausal skin, which can have you breaking out like a teenager or causing extreme tightness and dryness. 

As we age it's natural to lose youthful volume, feel our skin become thinner, more translucent as well as the recovery period for trauma takes longer to repair. There are several preventative measures we can do to help prevent extrinsic aging, like wearing sunscreen every day, cleansing with gentle products, avoiding harsh ingredients that sting or burn (often retinoids and irritating Vitamin C creams do more damage than good so choose carefully) and making sure to get plenty of rest, exercise and good food into your diet. For many women getting into their forties also causes a hormonal change that can affect the complexion. Less periods can mean you're perimenopausal and a consistent twelve months without a period signifies you're in full menopause. It's like someone has set a ticking age bomb inside of your cervix and suddenly you're feeling what it means to get older. I'll be honest it's an odd thing, not fun and more maddening still no one likes to talk about it. It's as though this part of aging is embarrassing and all of the magazines, blogs and wellness experts are turning their backs on you. I was astonished at how little information even from my doctor there was on taking care of yourself while becoming perimenopausal. There are those terrific bursts of hot flashes that leave you wondering; what the heck just happened to me or asking, "anyone else burning up?" Then the weight gain, strange sleep patterns, nightmares, anxiety, irritability galore and a feeling of sadness that this is happening to you. (Wasn't I just thirteen a few winks ago?)

Speaking from experience I've looked high and low for helpful answers to help me grasp some of the effects of perimenopause without much success. (One doctor even suggested having a baby to help with some issues. A downright counterintuitive piece of medical advice if you ask me.) Eventually, I created a regimen that worked okay for me. It wasn't perfect, but it relieved many of my symptoms. I believe I could've used more guilt free rest and less stress, but being a busy entrepreneur it's kind of hard to manage. The one thing that did help a lot was adding a few products I didn't use prior to my skincare regimen. I definitely need more moisture right now. Here are a few tips I'd like to share if you're in the same boat.

1) Eat more fish and green vegetables. I promise this is important. Your body, brain and skin needs those omegas. Load up on wild salmon and sardines. If you're a vegetarian or a vegan supplement with sacha inch oil, which is not just perfect for your skin (as you know already from using our Daily Elements Defense and Rainforest Hydration Treatment), but the highest known plant source of omegas and protein and tastes absolutely delicious on salads. Consume tons of Vitamin K found in kale, spinach, bok get the picture. This also helps keep dark circles away, which can become more prominent and combative with thinning tissue and strange sleeping patterns. 

2) Make time for pleasurable things. Catching up with friends, traveling, taking dance classes, romance and sex will boost dopamine levels, which keep you young and your brain active and functioning at a healthy level. Seek sunshine every day and laugh as much as you can. This is a MUST.

3) Drink mineral water and green tea. Switch from plain water to mineral water and replenish the loss of minerals and electrolytes that happens very quickly during perimenopause and menopause. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants which help fight free radicals within the body and rejuvenates skin plus it's a nice timeout queue when you need to slow down.

4) Exercise, exercise, exercise. If you loathe a treadmill or indoor exercise like I do, figure it out and enroll in a samba class, join a hiking group, walking club or take up swimming at your local YMCA, but make sure to keep moving every day. It's not just good for your body, but again those dopamine levels which I swear can disappear if you don't make conscious choices for your mental wellbeing. 

5) Cut yourself some slack. I've let go of some very vain thoughts. Last year while having lunch with my gorgeous twenty two year old niece, a sweet waitress complimented us on how beautiful we were as mother and daughter and I smiled and graciously thanked her. I didn't get offended or felt the need to explain just rolled with it because I'm just more confident than ever. I'll be forty seven this year and I think I look pretty darn good. I do not feel like I need to try to look twenty two, but the best version of myself right now. Getting older is a beautiful part of life, it's graceful and miraculous. So take those damn five inch stilettos (that torture your feet ) off and embrace a new stage of life with confidence. 

6) For your skincare regimen invest in purer products with more active ingredients. Get rid of mostly water or alcohol based products, which either don't absorb at a cellular level or further dries out skin. Truly dry skin can benefit from our Rainforest Hydration Treatment, which is waterless and enriched with omegas from sacha inch oil and moisture retentive plant butters like mango, illipe and enzymatic raw coconut. Dry skin is a typical issue many women experiencing perimenopause and full menopause have difficulty treating. This is a great time to add a facial mist to help lock moisture in and create a microemulsion with your face oil for a concentrated effect that helps active ingredients both absorb and penetrate cells better. I love the wonderful combination of Aria Nighttime Cell Recovery Treatment and Jardin De Fleurs. It's brilliant and leaves my skin feeling dewy and well nourished. Adding pure oils to skin helps with volume and a super potent product like Aria, which contains active enzymes, peptides, antioxidants, plenty of CoQ10 from raw avocado oil can make a world of difference to thin fragile skin. I love my morning glow after an overnight treatment of Aria.

Let us know in the comments if you share skin similar skin concerns or questions about any of the products mentioned for your skin type. We're here to help and guide you towards beautiful, radiant skin at any age.

Xo Victoria 





All Things New And Old

A new season begins with the official kickoff of summer last weekend and June just around the corner. With that also comes a new set of skin concerns along with the heat and humidity and let’s not forget the sun itself. Luckily we have some product tips on how to best care for your skin during our most carefree months and new products to introduce to you.

We’re feeling pretty glorious these days with the arrival of our new luxurious and biodegradable packaging. Yes, that’s correct, those elegant cylinders you’ve been seeing our glass and white bottles packaged in are 100% completely recyclable, better yet they’re biodegradable in your compost and contain earth friendly ink so you need not worry. When we began the designing stages of our new look we wanted to incorporate both sustainable packaging (98% post consumer waste paper) with an unrefined elegance that would hold its own on your vanity table or beauty closet. The feel of the cylinders are smooth made of fine matte paper with a gorgeous new logo that represents our incomparable style, conscious global ingredients and beauty growth around the world. The world is falling in love with La Bella Figura and our standard of quality effectual products! Keep your eyes peeled because upcoming new partners are being hand selected by us to ensure our products are sold at verified and trained retailers that you can trust know these exceptional products inside out. You will soon find us at a few unique boutique spas/hotels.

This month we’re introducing a new product, Elysian Fields Hair and Body Hydro-essence. A lightweight multivitamin and antioxidant packed essence for your hair and skin to nourish and hydrate with a sophisticated natural fragrance of rose, orange blossom, sandalwood and spicy cardamom. If you can imagine a place where the most vibrant and loveliest flowers bloom everlasting, imagine Elysian Fields. This ethereal essence is full of hydrating retaining ingredients from necessary polysaccharides to super low weight hyaluronic acid to hold moisture in and keep hair shiny and skin dewy. If your mermaid tendencies run full gear during summer you won’t be anything, but delighted to protect your strands on the beach with Elysian Fields and Bohemia Verde. Spray the essence in your hair first for antioxidant protection and then add several drops of our newly reformulated Bohemia Verde into hair and place in a bun or braid so your hair doesn’t dry out on the beach. Your waves will shine and remain lustrous! We’ve added just two new potent ingredients to Bohemia Verde to increase its healthful abilities; pure banana peel oil (banana oil soothes inflammation of the scalp and the enzymes help dislodge flaking and reduce itchiness as well as heavily nourishes dry patches) and mimosa flower oil known for its delicate sweet fragrance. You’ll also notice we repackaged this beloved hair oil in a 2oz bottle with an easy treatment pump for dispensing the perfect amount of drops without messiness.

Sometimes we like to figure out ways on how to perfect a formula. We did just that with our Gentle Enzyme Cleanser. We’ve added even more advanced enzyme actives, a beauty boost of polysaccharides with our unique mushroom extract, skin cleansing Amazonian white clay and a gentle coconut derived decyl glucoside for an easy cleansing off experience. Please do use Gentle Enzyme Cleanser as a mini mask treatment when skin is feeling dry and patchy. The perfect fruit and veggie blend of enzyme extracts found in pineapples, papayas and pumpkins will help exfoliate skin without irritation causing your complexion to feel super hydrated and look radiant. You’re going to love this new reformulation.

Jardin de Fleurs is a star among natural mists because we use only the best and highest quality ingredients to guarantee your skin is boosted with plenty of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and enzymes every single time your mist this delightful blend on your face. Our raw bioactive coconut juice is chock-full of electrolytes and extremely beneficial enzymes helping to repair underwhelming cells and our beautiful combination of hydrosols from the Queen of flowers, rose otto to the healing characteristics of helichrysum and jasmine flower. This is a carefully formulated facial mist for a splendid difference in how you incorporate delivery of nutrients to the cells.

If you’ve been a fan of our cheery Travel Therapy Mood Booster, you’re going to swoon over our newest addition to our aromatherapy botanic boosters, Happiness Therapy. Remember that time when you vacationed with the sun, ocean and exotic flowers as your background? Our Happiness Therapy takes you there with our therapeutic and proprietary blend of Tahitian gardenia flower, sweet coconut CO2, exotic coffee flower and spicy guava leaf. We guarantee this is summer at its best and will make you feel blissful with pure joy. Expect this to launch mid-June.

The summer always gets us excited as we travel to visit retailers in different cities for fun events as well as hosting the biggest green beauty event of them all, A Night For Green Beauty. This year it’s all taking place in Chicago and we can’t wait to have so many beauty lovers and brands in our city to show everyone a great time and all the amazing new things in the works. 


La Bella Figura

The UK Pavilion At The World Expo Milan 2015

On The Road To Beauty-Chapter I


The US Pavilion at the World Expo in Milan 2015-Photo credit Jenna Lee

Sometimes you have to step outside your comfort zone and take a chance. It can be daunting to leave your security blanket at home and go out to do what you have challenged yourself you would do. So here I am. Stepping away from my comfort zone. Away from home and my business for a month. Now a month doesn't seem like such a long time, unless you're an entrepreneur. If you are, you probably can't imagine taking off when things are hot and you've never been busier, have new staff to train, new products are launching and the orders and demand for your product are high. Well I've never been a traditional type of person and running La Bella Figura has never been a "follow the crowd" type of business. Were it so, our brand would be in every retail space and online store that have inquired and we'd be cranking out a new product every month to keep certain folks happy and talking about us on every blog site. No, we've done things a little on the unconventional side of things from the beginning. Not because we wanted to stir up anything, but because it was our goal to build an authentic business from the inside out. My gut has always been smarter and gutsier (pardon the pun) than those advising us on all the ways we're going to take LBF to "the next level." My gut was suggesting to seek adventure, meet new influencers in science and beauty and take a few classes and roll up my sleeves to dig into Italy. Not a bad place to be led, right? 

Photo credit-Jenna Lee

Last year I had an intuitative understanding for the next phase for LBF. I shared all this info with my business partner and team. No one was surprised about the new ideas or the level of work it would take just excited for the energy that it would bring to our future. The future has finally arrived and I'm about to delve a little deeper into what Karen and I created several years ago. I've always just jumped straight into new things and not overthink, dissect or analyze ideas to death. I'm pretty level headed, but also a risk taker. I wanted to get back to the origins of LBF and striving towards creating a truly global beauty brand. Encompassing both traditional and modern techniques to continue our road as innovators in natural beauty. I will be traveling through a few towns and cities for one delicious month! Learning, seeing, touching, smelling, growing, pressing and joyfully embracing what the future will hold. I'm motivated to bring this hands on energy back to my team and newly developed skills into our formulations. This definitely raises the bar for our number one focus, our customer. Remember a while back when I wrote, "everything we do, we do for you?" Well it's our job to always procure fresh ideas, powerful formulations and meet the most committed eco producers to bring you the best ingredients in the world. We do not kid around when it comes to quality. It is our company ethos and our passion. Stay with me on my adventures as I visit the World Expo in Milan and meet young scientists, live and work on a Tuscan farm, cultivate my "nose" and the world of perfumery in Rome and of course study the art of Italian living. I promise to share all of this incredible beauty with you. 

With love,


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Dry Skin Vs Dehydrated Skin Woes

There is a difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin as well as specific factors that contribute to both skin types. Dry skin can be hereditary or caused by a lack of moisture due to stripping the skin of its natural hydrolipid of oils, cold weather and aging also cause skin to lose moisture and become dry. Dehydrated skin is thirsty skin and most often than not a result of a poor diet, certain lifestyle choices like smoking, high sugar diet or hormonal imbalances. When your skin is simply dry moisturizers, oils or creams seem to cure the tightness and soothe the dryness. When skin is dehydrated it can often feel irritated, breakout prone and oddly enough oily by the end of the day as well as the use of creams or oils still won't alleviate the feeling or tight, painful skin. Sounds weird, but it's true. Some people can't seem to differentiate the two types of skin problems and often incorrectly treat their skin. 

If you're still unsure what type of skin condition, dry vs. dehydrated you suffer from you may want to check with these two simple "tests." First, observe your urine. If your urine is bright yellow or orange you are dehydrated. If it is clear and mostly colorless then you likely have dry skin and that's easier to treat. There are a few simple tips that can get you looking fresh and glowy again, but you should also invest in good non-toxic skincare for dry skin and a completely different regimen for dehydrated skin. The latter leads you on the road to wrinkles, loss of elasticity, thinning of the tissue and veiny transluscent skin much faster than need be. 

If you're feeling on the dehydrated side we have a few steps to get your skin looking and performing better. First, the obvious, increase your water intake, drinking green tea or flavored water counts so drink up. Have your hormones checked. Being peri-menopausal, menopause, pregnant or thyroid issues can be reasons you're constantly dehydrated. Eat more water rich foods as a snack and swap out the salty nuts, processed meats and cheeses and mid-afternoon sugar loaded lattes for a hummus and veggie plater, berries and yogurt with a touch of manuka honey, fresh pressed juices, cashew milk protein shakes and delicious citrus and melons, which are water and vitamin concentrated. Add an active facial mist to your skincare. Mists that are simply water based with essential oils or fragrance added may offer pretty scents, but don't help much to deliver active ingredients to the water starved cell. Water evaporates and although it's better to have some water to help create a micro-emulsion and hydrate the skin, it's so much better to start with a mist formulated with hydrosols, aloe vera or enzyme infused ingredients and hyaluronic acid to provide volume, moisture and firmness to the skin. 

Our three step day program consists of Vitamin C, Peptides and Hyaluronic Acid. These star products contain all of these elements:

Modern Radiance Concentrate

Daily Elements Defense

Jardin de Fleurs

For Nighttime try a program with plenty of Vitamin A benefits, Peptides and again Hyaluronic acid. Mist your skin with Jardin de Fleurs and while damp apply Aria to create an instant highly concentrated moisturizer then a few drops of Barbary Fig Renewal Serum followed by another mist of Jardin de Fleurs. This is a combination of all the ingredients your skin needs for nighttime repair and a cell volumizing ritual. 

Jardin De Fleurs

Barbary Fig Renewal Serum

Aria Nighttime Cell Recovery Treatment

Try making some of these changes to balance your skin type and reverse damage for healthy, plump looking skin and don't forget to drink up! 




A Love Letter To You

Dear Bella,

We just celebrated a birthday, which got me thinking about beginnings. In the beginning we were two enthusiastic entrepreneurs with a passion for beauty products and a desire to make great things using safe all natural ingredients. Flash forward some years and we are still enthusiastic with a penchant for making great products using only the very best and absolutely safest ingredients. What’s different is what has happened in between.

Being an entrepreneur is not glamorous. It is not sexy or flawless or fun. You must know that if you want to know the truth. It’s about waking up at 3am to take phone calls from producers in Tunisia or arrange Skype meetings on your coveted Sunday afternoon or getting to bed at midnight to get back up five hours later. It’s about knowing how to deal with egos and often having to put your own on the back burner in the process. Sometimes you do things like leave your lovely home and family to work events in other cities or far away countries for retail partners or to meet potential new retailers at the expense of your own business without so much as a minute to fix your makeup or have a proper lunch. (The beauty business isn’t as pretty as some people try to make it look. Most times we have crazy hair and mismatched socks because we have no time to search for matches. Show up and get up.) Often you are like a school principal trying to balance a staff, making tough decisions, hiring, firing, avoiding conflict while trying to score a perfect A for the team. (Note: The perfect A is not real when you’re an entrepreneur. Let it go and aim to do better than you did yesterday.) There are lonely days and discouraging reviews, difficult customers, snobby business associates, insecure competition that try to squash you, haters, gossips and envious people that target you for unknown reasons. There are delayed ingredients, droughts that ruin your supply of helichrysum for the year, custom issues, packaging snafus, broken bottles, bad weather, a polar vortex or two, lost shipments, website problems and all the while there is…your life. You know, the one in which you have a family, friends, children, a house to run, a sick parent to care for and if you’re lucky they all support you, but you still feel so guilty that your work is so consuming you can’t always be at every event and you juggle your home life with your work life. Juggle, juggle, juggle. It’s never going to be perfect and you must be okay with that. You are an entrepreneur and with that fact you need to be like a Ford truck, tough and durable. Doesn’t that sound fabulous? Well, it is! It is because all of that stuff should be the daily challenge that motivates you to keep going and push through to the good stuff.

What is the good stuff you wonder? You. You are the good stuff. Our customer. The one that cheers for us. The one that has been with us from the beginning or has discovered us through social media or a blog post. The customer that has written to us or asked for our help. When you spend your money on our products and tell your friends about the new eye serum that has changed your life, that is, GOOD STUFF! Your support, your enthusiasm for new products, your honest words (we heard you when you said you hated our makeup compact packaging and you’re the reason we’re changing it) and your love for beauty is all, the real good stuff. When we think of a new product, we think of you. When we think of sourcing a new ingredient and we have the option to buy inexpensive product that can save us lots of money, we think of you and how you deserve better than that. When manufacturers approach us and tell us they can make our products faster and reduce our costs, we think of you and how we don’t want to cut our quality to make more products faster compromising what you expect from us. When we think of what to do next to make La Bella Figura better, we think of you and how to make your beauty experience the best ever. This is why we do what we do, going through the challenges that are tough and why we have grown into much more than we were when we started. Because of you. We always think of you.

There are lots of changes coming to La Bella Figura starting in just a few weeks. A while ago Karen and I sat down for lunch and we were going through timelines and a calendar feeling exhausted with all there was to do when our doorbell rang and the UPS guy delivered something that had us in tears when we opened our delivery. You’ll see it soon. We hugged one another because we couldn’t believe how we’ve grown into our shoes and that we’ve come such a long way with our goals and dreams for our business. We have been so excited to share with you and we can’t wait for you to see all that we’ve been working on, for you. We hope you’re patient with us as we transition into these new things. We’ve chosen to be sustainable while going through our transformation so it’ll be a few months before it’s all complete, but the first stage is coming on April 3. Our makeup collection is being repackaged in glass containers because with its amazing success we felt awful investing in more plastic packaging and decided it wasn’t necessary. Not one bit. (Recycle those babies please.) We have new products coming to the collection starting with Elysian Fields Hair and Body Hydro-Essence, a light vitamin rich and nourishing skin and hair booster/perfume that smells like the world in which heroes go to spend the rest of their days, hence the awesome name. We have two truly incredible cream moisturizers that we’ve been working on for a year and a half because we wanted them to feel like silk on your skin and to include ingredients that are top notch in skincare which took us forever to source. We’re confident you’re going to be pleased with our Crema Supernova and Crema Maestro when they launch later this summer! It’s been a pleasure working to get the good stuff for you. Thank you for making this all come true for La Bella Figura. We cherish you, our wonderful customer in every part of the world loving and sharing our beauty. It means so much and it is what's led to the surprise we have in store when we relaunch in just a few weeks. Our little special touch to honor you, just for you. We hope you’re as excited as we are!

With love,

Victoria and Karen and La Bella Figura


Adventures In Beauty-Europe

Greenwich Market
It's already the third week of January and I'm a little late writing this post. First things first, we want to wish you a very happy new year as we head fully into 2015. We know you all have resolutions, goals and dreams and we hope to continue to be a part of your beauty regimen and look forward to bringing you more natural and innovative products. 
We were so excited to end 2014 with our launch in Europe and specifically with a retailer that we are so proud to be a part of, Content Beauty in London. We had been communicating with owner of Content, Imelda Burke for over a year about bringing the line into her gorgeously curated boutique in one of London's most posh neighborhoods, Marylebone (such a fun word to pronounce. In case you're wondering it's pronounce Marly-bone). Content has a prestigious reputation among natural beauties all over London and we noticed every single beauty we spoke to held both the shop and Imelda in such high regard for the clean efficient lines in store and Imelda's keen eye for quality and clean beauty. That spoke volumes to us. We always choose our retail partners carefully and there is little doubt Content is where we feel our London, UK and European lovelies will fall in love with La Bella Figura and where our line will be at home. At this time Content is carrying a few best selling products and as we continue to have all of our products EU certified and new packaging is complete you'll be able to shop more products at Content.
This brings us to some exciting news. We are repackaging our products complete with a new look and some advanced improvements for a few products. If you're wondering what that means for your skincare regimen, it only means that we have strengthened a few formulas with some ingredients that were not previously certified organic as well as added higher amounts of active ingredients to improve the efficacy of a few essential products. A huge plus for your skin. The repackaging won't be complete for a while, but we'll make sure to notify you as soon as it is via an email so make sure you sign up because we decided to add a little European touch just for you or loyal and most treasured customers and if we may say so, it is going to be absolutely stunning. Can't wait for you to see the completed project! 
Sneak Peek of our new brand identity design
I was so fortunate to spend both Christmas and the New Year abroad. I was in Dublin where the cheer was contagious and friendly Irish families were bustling with colorful jumpers and breaking out in song whereever we went. It was a dream come true for me to be in Ireland a country my heart has a strong connection to. I don't know why, but I have always been drawn to Ireland. Maybe because it's so green (even in winter it was indeed emerald-hued) and green is my favorite color or maybe because it is the homeland of some of my favorite writers, Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, Frank McCourt and Bram Stoker to name a few or maybe because the Irish enjoy a good chat and I also enjoy a good chat. I had a memorable and fantastic time in Dublin and hope to get back to explore the Irish countryside and forage in the woods. I had a fantastic discovery at a very upscale perfume shop with both rare and well known collections at Parfumarija. I was lucky enough to catch one of the owners and we had fun conversation about perfume, scent and whimsy. Of course, I bought a scent that rocked me off my feet and I that have blissfully worn almost daily. A great niche boutique for perfume and scent lovers. Check out their online shop.
Parfumarija in Dublin
After Dublin I headed to London and stayed in Greenwich home of Greenwich Mean Time (or Universal Time) and the Greenwich Prime Meridian, the common zero of longitude and start of time throughout the world. It is such a charming part of town and there was much to do and see. I browsed throught the famous Greenwich market on several occasions and discovered an organic pharmacy and the best strawberry champagne preserves of my life as well as crumpets I won't soon forget. In London I also had a Tea and Beauty Party organized by the fabulous ladies of UK blog Call It Vanity, Sabrina and Mayah. It was a joyous affair with many green beauty bloggers in attendance and I was ecstatic to chat about La Bella Figura and answer many questions. I was delighted to meet a few beauties we have connected with on social media and hear their stories and inspiration and passion for green beauty. It was like being with old friends and I could have have chatted all day with these lovelies at our proper tea. I hope to see everyone again this year, but for know I'll just keep their blogs bookmarked for new insight. (Will link all sites at the end of this post.) 
La Bella Figura Beauty And Tea Party
Finally, I made me way to Paris on the train. I had a short meeting there, but also enough time to explore and meet up with a beloved LBF customer for coffee. It was the coldest day in Europe I had experienced during my two week stay, but the sun was shining bright. The Champs De Elysees was a aligned with a string of colorful holiday markets and artisans, music, and shops full of people everywhere. I'm pretty sure I was smiling the entire time I was in Paris. I did touristy things as one does in the city of lights and took a few shameless selfies at the Eiffel Tower, then strolled through the streets into chesse, wine, seafood and chocolate shops. I bought the most luscious pain au chocolat in an adorable patisserie and felt very, very grateful to spend a day in this grand, historic and dreamy city. I was overwhelmed with the beauty that Paris is known for and felt choked up as I had to leave the next morning back to London. 
Victoria In Paris
We are big believers of bringing a bit of our journeys into La Bella Figura. We are adventurers and explorers and listen carefully to what women want from all over the world. We bring ingredients into our formulas from the best producers and growers throughout the world. Sometimes we're lucky enough to meet these growers and we get to see for ourselves and understand from start to finish why these ingredients are top notch and must find their way into our formulations. With that enthusiasm and that passion in mind we continue to create some of the best and highly effective products in our industry. We won't stop searching, exploring, learning and sharing for you. Time and time again we hear from women everywhere about how our effectual products are changing their skin and lives. You can rest assured we will never fall into a comfort zone, but instead strive harder to create even more efficacious, potent and safe formulas we can be proud to share with you. It is not just our our job to bring you products that work as a part of your daily regimen, but our mission to beautify your life. 2015 is the year of Luxurious Global Beauty and La Bella Figura. 
Check out these wonderful UK based blogs:

5 Days Of Giveaways: Marissa Waller

The green beauty world has grown tremendously in the last few years and with that so have the amount of retailers that believe natural beauty is the new beauty. With so many options now available it's exciting to find a green beauty retailer who mixes under the radar brands (think the exquisite NUDUS, Haut, Reverie and Studio 78 among others) with cult favorites for an extremely "cool girl" curation of the hottest in green beauty. All served with delicious tea and generous bespoke samples. Marissa Waller, owner and CEO of BeauTeaBar may be the newest kid on the block, but her eye for green beauty is quite special. With the expansion of BeauTeaBar coming next year (a gorgeous brick and mortar shop and tea room!) all eyes are on this beauty with much anticipation of new discoveries and new collaborations. We love the Aila for BeauTeaBar #LikeABoss rose-gold nail color we've been rocking this season! Keep your eye out for BTB in the coming year because we have it on good authority more collaborations and emerging new brands are being added to Marissa's green collection. We can't wait! 



How do you make the most of holiday time?


It’s always difficult when you’re from a {very} large family to stay connected with the real reason for the holidays: to spend time with those you love and celebrate! I love being around my young siblings as they open up their gifts in amazement and complete excitement. Add is some good food, family, and friends and I couldn’t be happier!


Give us a glimpse of your beauty routine. 


I don’t have a routine per se… except I always always always wash my face before bed! Some days I am rushing and a simple face wash followed some good face oil does the trick. When I have time I love to indulge in a great facial steam, followed by a mask, and then I apply my serums and oils over a cup of tea and a magazine. It really depends on how much time I have, but without fail there is always a LBF product or two in the mix.


What one beauty myth do you really want to debunk?


Natural products aren’t as effective as their conventional counterparts. I speak from experience when I say this! For years I battled acne using prescription antibiotics and topical treatments. However, when I finally did away with all that nasty stuff I found a clean skin care routine that not only cleared my skin, but finally made me really proud to show off my skin. There is no doubt in my mind that non-toxic products can out perform any conventional product on the market, and I’m so thankful that I get to help people see that everyday!

This is the last day of our 5 Days Of Giveaways. It's been so much fun reading the comments and sharing the enthusiasm of our products with so many fans. We want to give someone one of our favorite most luxurious products, Skin Aficionado especially during the cold winter months. All you need to do is repost our picture on Instagram and follow @BeauTeaBar with hashtags #5daysgive #labellafigurabeauty and someone will be chosen tonight! 

5 Days Of Giveaways: A Night For Green Beauty

We wanted to give you a special treat with this little interview from the founders and new team members of A Night For Green Beauty the premiere annual beauty event that brings the best green beauty brands, media, fans, bloggers and retailers together for one evening to celebrate and enjoy beauty each year. We are so excited to begin working on next year's event and we promise that if you enjoyed ANFGB NYC and LA you're going to be left speechless with what we're planning for 2015. New brands, a knockout space and the most creative event to date plus some incredible new sponsors and elements. Read on and get excited. We can't wait to see you again in 2015!

How do you make the most of holiday time?

Holiday time is reserved for family and friends with plenty of good food, music, dancing and lots of love. Nothing is more important to us than  good times with loved ones.


Give us a glimpse of your beauty routine.

Our beauty routine revolves around constantly trying wonderful new green beauty products from amazing brands big and small. We are just in awe of what’s happening in natural beauty from skincare to makeup to hair and body products. Everything good is coming up green!


What one beauty myth do you really want to debunk?

That natural beauty isn’t effective. Some hardcore conventional beauties are still resistant because they honestly believe they can’t transform their beauty regimens with naturals. We’re here to tell you that naturals is the answer to longterm healthy, glowing and a youthful appearance. You may need to do a little research and understand what ingredients benefit your skin type, but in the end you’ll see results that are mind blowing.


Everyone wants to know what’s next for A night For Green Beauty.

ANFGB has been a huge success bringing brands, customers, media and retailers together to highlight the qualities that make natural beauty so coveted. With that in mind we are adding our first green beauty runaway show to the event. We want to show the world the artistic work featuring haircare, skincare and of course makeup from the green side of things. Trust us, this is going to be glamorous, fun and exciting and we’re partnering with some of the best green beauty retailers and bloggers around to make this a truly spectacular event. We have a few other ideas in the works, a website, new sponsors and an incredible charity we’re excited to support and of course, new up and coming brands. It's going to be our biggest event to date. 


Where will the next ANFGB take place and when?

We listened carefully to fans who had very strong opinions wanting us to take the event to cities all across the world and we checked other options, but when it came down to it we felt that the only city our next and largest event should take place in, is the great city of Chicago. We are thrilled with this decision and can’t wait for all the beauties to come visit a world class city like Chicago and attend one of the most fun and exciting beauty events around next summer. 


We're so pumped to bring you ANFGB in Chicago and want you to start making travel plans for this awesome venue that we're giving away our Travel Therapy Botanical Mood Booster, The Travel Diaries Sampler Volume I and II plus a SURPRISE gift that you'll just have to wait until you receive your gift to see and try. All you need to do is follow A Night For Green Beauty on Instagram @anightforgreenbeauty and repost our pic with hashtag #5daysgive and #labellafigurabeauty. If you want to be in the know of all things ANFGB, send us an email so we can add you to our soon to come newsletter. 

5 Days Of Giveaways: Makeup Artist Megan Porschen

Sometimes you meet people in this industry that are so truly beautiful your breath is taken away. Megan Porschen, celebrity makeup artist and A Night For Green Beauty MUA in residence is one of those people. It’s not because she’s a knockout, but because she is compassionate, kind and drives a motivating force to share beauty in a genuine way. Her work is flawless and her energy is through the roof positive. We love working with Megan who offers great advice about makeup, skincare and how to take care of your body. She is a green beauty with a heart of gold and we’re excited to share her interview with you. If you want to swoon over her work visit her website at


How do you make the most of holiday time?

Traditionally I would spend time with my family enjoying their company, good food, and gifts. This year I've decided to go to Costa Rica on an adventure/yoga retreat to cleanse my mind, body, and soul for the new year. I wanted to break away from the heavy consumerism and enjoy nature's gift for fulfillment.


Give us a glimpse of your beauty routine.

Every morning when I wake up I meditate for 15-20 minutes for a more radiant face. Then I cleanse my skin with warm water and an organic cleanser, or apply La Bella's Bio Active Healing Mask (heavenly btw), rinse, then pat my face dry and apply a light moisturizer, or a drop of La Bella's Daily Defense Oil under my makeup. Hair is much more simple for me these days because I'm allowing it to grow out. I spend about 15 minutes doing both.


At night I always wash my face, tone, and then apply a heavy moisturizer or oil mixed with a tiny bit of water for deeper penetration. I do this routine by massaging the moisturizer or oil in circular motions on my face and down my neck into the decollete.


For indulgence, a hot bath with essential oils, candles, hot tea or wine are the perfect way for me to wind down. Overall wellbeing and nurturing are what I feel is best for my beauty routine.


What one beauty myth do you really want to debunk?

For years people have said wearing a dark lip and eye is a no no. I say, you can definitely wear a sexy smokey eye and a dark lip when it's appropriate. Especially for the holidays. Glam it up girls.


Since we can’t giveaway a personal one-on-one makeup session with Megan herself, we want to give one of you some of Megan’s favorites makeup colors from our More Than Makeup color line. Follow Megan on Instagram  @beautylovesnature and hashtag #5daysgive #labellafigurabeauty to win our Damn Elvia, Lissette La Coquette and the very last Disco Queen Gloria that we saved for this contest! 

5 Days Of Giveaway: Actress Alysia Reiner

We're getting the word directly from the woman who plays "Fig" in the hysterical and scary Orange Is The New Black and DA Wendy Parks in How To Get Away With Murder. Alysia Reiner is the real deal; gorgeous, intelligent (obviously, she's a green beauty advocate) and funny. She is a Mom, activist and actor/producer and environmentalist. We just can't get enough of this lady! We ask Alysia about her favorite holiday memories and of course they're centered around family. Read on and make sure to follow her for our giveaway of Alysia's favorite LBF product! Alysia Reiner on Facebook and Twitter.



How do you make the most of holiday time?

I slow down, that’s the key for me! If I want to really be present with my husband and my 5 year old daughter during the holidays, I have to slow down enough to really focus on my gratitude for the time off, the togetherness, the holiday spirit. Deep breaths as I teach my daughter! Come to think of it, that’s good advice for ALL THE TIME! 

Give us a glimpse of your beauty routine. 

I don't wash in the morning, only at night, then tone & a nice face oil & serum. I love coconut oil for every part of my body & even just started pulling!

What one beauty myth do you really want to debunk?

I think it’s time for people to realize once and for all that  pure, simple, organic products WORK and they work WELL! I love the La Bella Figura healing mask- it's so healthy I want to eat it!! There’s such a proliferation of chemicals in most beauty products, they aren’t good for us, and they aren’t necessary.

We agree with Alysia that there are too many harsh toxic chemicals in beauty products and we're doing our part to create healthy, high performing alternatives. We're giving away our Bio Active Healing Mask and our new facial bowl set and in honor of "Fig" herself, a bottle of our best selling Barbary Fig Seed Oil! How is that for a mega green beauty giveaway? All you need to do is follow @labellafigurabeauty and @alysiareiner on Instagram repost a picture of our Bio Active Healing Mask with hashtag #5daysgive #labellafigurabeauty and someone will be choosen to win this gorgeous loot. Then set your Netflix and your snacks ready for your new obsession OITNB

5 Days Of Giveaways: The Hermes Hippie

We're getting into the holiday mood around here even in the midst of major transition. (That's info for another blog post soon to come.) This time of year is mostly special for us because we tend to focus on family and friends and close for a few days to cook, celebrate, throw parties and travel. This December I am off to Dublin, London and Paris as we launch LBF in Europe and work towards new things for 2015. I have always wanted to have a Charles dickens type of holiday in London and it looks like it's happening so I'm truly excited. 

All of this holiday talk has us wanting to share with you so we are happy to kick off our 5 Days Of Giveaways where we interview five of the most exciting people (or non-people) in green beauty this year and give away their favorite LBF product. We're starting the series with The Hermes Hippie! An exciting new blog with a fresh and opinionated voice. Lola Gusman, founder and creator doesn't cut corners or mince words with her feelings about beauty products, brands or blogging for that matter. She doesn't fall for heavy marketing, hype or fancy packaging. Trust us on this one! She wants the good stuff and has a knack for finding the best green products around. She is funny, charming and a true beauty lover and that's why her new blog is fun, informative and refreshing to read. We are huge fans and all we have to say is read this mini interview with The Hermes Hippie and get ready to list this blog as your new addiction.


The Hermes Hippie-Lola Gusman

How do you make the most of holiday time?

I really, really love the holiday season. I love everything about it, from the festive spirit to the delicious food. I can get a little obsessive about trimming the tree and have been known to spend hours making sure the present are wrapped just so ("so" meaning Martha Stewart-perfect). But by far the most important part of the holidays for me is family: both the biological kind and the family of friends we have created over the years. Whether we are in New York or in Miami, in England or in Russia, I make sure that we have the laughter of friends and loved ones around our table and that we spend the time truly enjoying one another's company.


Give us a glimpse of your beauty routine.

Being a beauty blogger (and a green beauty obsessive), I find that my skincare routine changes far more frequently than most people's. Some things remain constant: I adore cleansing balms, obsess over and cannot live without facial sprays, always make sure to include a sophisticated and active serum and adore my LBF staples; but otherwise my skincare routine is in constant flux. However, I am really pleased to have found a makeup routine that is simple, fun and that keeps me looking fresh and glowing on even the most sleep deprived of days.


I start by using the fabulous Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation: it's light, my skin adores it and it creates the perfect, even finish. Any blemishes get covered up by a touch of Kjaer Weis foundation. Though it's a little too heavy to use all-over for daytime use, I love its satiny finish and stunning packaging. I find that cream eye shadow is perfect as a quick pick-me-up for tired eyes and I can simply smudge it on with my fingers for an easy smokey eye. Recently, I have been obsessing over LBF's limited edition La Boum/Soul Train (the most perfect gilded khaki/silver combo) and am a bit annoyed that it's not going to be a permanent addition to the collection. At least I stocked up. I also love RMS Beauty's Karma for extra drama or Solar for a softly gilded lid. After eye shadow, I apply Kjaer Weis' awesome mascara. It doesn't quite measure up to my beloved Armani, but it comes pretty darn close and the formula is impeccable. Oh, and if I am feeling fancy, I might add a swipe of Disco Queen Gloria: another limited (boo!) edition from LBF and my current obsession. Though technically a blush, it serves triple duty as a highlighter and a bronzer and it gives the most perfect glow. All in all, this routine takes me no more than 5 minutes from start to finish and leaves me looking fresh and put together.


What one beauty myth do you really want to debunk?

Oh gosh, there are so many! How about this: there is no product that can well and truly "shrink" your pores. Pore size is genetic and, short of laser resurfacing (ouch!), there isn't much you can do about it. Now, proper skincare does make a serious difference in the appearance of pores: exfoliation, proper hydration, use of sebum-regulating facial oils and, ideally, regular (or at least occasional) facials can all make pores look their best (i.e. smallest), but no one should get upset because a product didn't actually make their pores smaller. If pore size is a concern, get a serious extraction, hydrate the skin and exfoliate regularly and always, always remove your makeup and SPF. Also: if a product seems to tighten your skin so much that the pores seem to temporarily disappear, it's probably too drying for the skin. I am thinking of those horrible, conventional, alcohol-laden toners. They may seem to do the trick, but will only exacerbate the problem in the long run. Be gentle with your skin, learn to love it and it will reward you by looking and feeling it's best.

Lola would like us to give away, Aria Nighttime Cell Recovery Treatment, one of her favorite LBF products. All you need to do is follow @labellafigurabeauty and @thehermeshippie on Instagram and repost a picture of Aria and use #5daysgive #labellafigurabeauty. Someone is going to win tonight with a chance to win another LBF product tomorrow with a new post and new beauty profile. Learn more about The Hermes Hippie by following her blog. 

How To Hydrate Your Skin For A Perfect Glow


There are certain things that I can't stand and having tight, flaky, dry skin is right on up there. Not only does it contribute to a dull complexion, highlight wrinkles and even contribute to them, but it actually feels uncomfortable. Living in the "Windy City" means I get my fair share (let's face it, more than I care to admit) of lake effect wind and polar vortex temperatures assaulting my delicate skin. I try my best to wrap a scarf over my entire head to protect myself, but the freezing air still manages to rob my skin of precious oils. Adding to that is hot air from my heating system and all of this is enough to make anyone's skin go completely nuts. So what do I do? I hydrate my skin like a lunatic all winter long.

By now you know that we at La Bella Figura Beauty are huge fans of Barbary Fig Seed Oil (Prickly Pear Seed Oil). When we first began our ingredient research I read an Italian medical study of these fruits and their ability to help those suffering from inflammation and rheumatism with an especially high content of betalains, a rare class of antioxidants. That sparked my interest and consequently deep, deep love for what has become our signature ingredient in most formulations, including our new More Than Makeup collection. Who can resist a fruit oil that actually makes your skin glow while strengthening tissue and providing mega anti aging benefits? This is my go to product when the temperatures drop and my skin becomes dehydrated. You can accurately say this one ingredient product has changed my life and my skin for the better. 

One of my favorite ways to use our pure Barbary Fig Seed Oil is to create a nourishing hydrating mask with our Rainforest Hydration Treatment. It is most important to properly cleanse the skin before applying the hydrating mask. I use our Gentle Enzyme Cleanser because it not only contains enzymes from papaya and pineapples to gently exfoliate the skin, but hydrating marfura and cupuacu butters so that skin retains its moisture on a cellular level. Once I cleanse, I give myself a nice facial steam with one of our Facial Steam Teas to help swell up the pores and prepare the skin for the moisture mask. (Reserve the facial tea water for toning and rinsing the skin with all of that nutrient rich broth.) Then I mix 2 teaspoons of our Rainforest Hydration Treatment with 12 drops of BFSO and apply a nice thick layer on my skin. After about 10 minutes I apply a thick layer of manuka honey right over the hydrating mixture and allow it to stay on my skin for an additional 10-15 minutes. Don't rinse this concoction off with plain old water. Use the facial steam broth and soak a soft bamboo washcloth so that you can later gently wipe off the mask mixture. Lightly pat your skin dry without completely drying your skin and spray Jardin De Fleurs before massaging another 4-6 drops of Barbary Fig Seed Oil into the skin. Viola, instant glow! Your skin will look luscious, plump and vibrant and feel unbelievably soft. This neat little trick is especially great before a big night out or special event. Your makeup will look flawless on well hydrated, exfoliated skin. 

I like to use this potent hydrating mask about twice a week when it's below zero in these parts with our Bio Active Hydrating Mask in between. Your skin will garner you rave reviews with proper hydration. It's a necessary step when you're a midwestern gal! 

Starting today, November 25 until Thursday, November 27 all orders including both Rainforest Hydration Treatment and Barbary Fig Seed Oil will receive a complimentary Jardin De Fleurs travel mister. No code required we will include your gift with your purchase! 

Fall is in full swing and we are gearing up for winter with some of our favorite bio-active face masks, beauty oils and facial steam teas to keep our skin hydrated and gorgeous. We're pretty excited though because we have a few new product exclusives and sneak peeks launching...

The New Beauty Coming Soon To The Bottega

Fall is in full swing and we are gearing up for winter with some of our favorite bio-active face masks, beauty oils and facial steam teas to keep our skin hydrated and gorgeous. We're pretty excited though because we have a few new product exclusives and sneak peeks launching in November and we CANNOT wait to share with our beauty lovers. We know you're always looking for the best non-toxic products to incorporate into your regimen. 

Starting next month we will introduce you to our limited edition Holiday Party colors to get you gorgeous for all the fun holiday cocktail parties or a special date night. You just can't go wrong with La Boum, a silver eye popping eyeshadow or Soul Train, a glamorous green gold that is both playful and dramatic. This duo is a limited edition set and once they run out, we'll just have the party memories to linger over. For a super pretty and sophisticated blush we created, Disco Queen Gloria in a rose gold that is truly chic and feels incredible on cheeks or lips. You're going to want to keep those party shoes on with these exciting party colors that'll take you from day to night in minutes! 

Other exclusives include a new collection of treatment based 'Skin Tonics' and a hair and body perfume that will make you swoon with the first spritz of its exotic and botanical fragrance. (We promise you, this scent is out of this world divine!) We have a few other things in the works that are special, limited edition and curated just for you for that special time of year that merits beauty, magic and sophistication.

Tara Mackey Of TheOrganicLifeBlog modeling our Disco Queen Gloria on cheeks and lips and Damn Elvia eyeshadow. 


November is looking so very beautiful! Make sure you're signed up for our newsletter because insiders get the news and special offers first and with these limited edition exclusives we don't want you to miss a beat. Sign up here or here

Xo-La Bella Figura Beauty 



I'm on a plane as I write this. Heading back to reality from a much needed sun drenched reality break in Hawaii. (This is not a typical LBF blog post and it's definitely personal, but I felt it was important to share because mental health is a significant part of...

Taking Care Of Yourself When You Have Seasonal Affective Disorder

I'm on a plane as I write this. Heading back to reality from a much needed sun drenched reality break in Hawaii. (This is not a typical LBF blog post and it's definitely personal, but I felt it was important to share because mental health is a significant part of our well being. One that we stigmatize and scrutinize in others and don't generally talk about in the beauty world. And truth be told if I want to bring it full circle into the beauty realm of my work, when I am feeling this way I do not feel...beautiful.) Right now I find that I'm suddenly feeling very down and it's not because of work or that I hate my life or I'm going through a divorce or there is anything fundamentally awful happening to me. It's almost silly to admit, but (thank goodness for science to back this up) it's all because summer has faded and autumn has already sprung in Chicago and something happens in my brain that triggers a slow and sweeping bout of the blues. I hate this transition that happens to me every year. It feels as though the entire world is amassed in a cloud of fog and I can't seem to find the light to see what's ahead. I am one of many who suffers from seasonal depression or seasonal affective disorder and it always hits this time of year and kicks my ass in the process. I know I'm not alone. Some of my friends suffer from this, other family members as well and if I remember correctly so did my Grandmother. She was always happier when she was out and about on long summer days. 

There are different ways this mood disorder manifests for some people. as well as different seasons. It can include feeling lethargic, sleeping a lot, eating more than usual, difficulty concentrating and for added fun, a decreased sex drive (you got my sarcasm there, right?). For me, I grow impatient, I often feel less energetic, less enthusiastic about things I'm usually excited about and simply put...sad. I get weepy and feel anxious and irritable. I am not fun. At least not as fun as I am during the warmer months. Sometimes on days when the sun is out several days in a row or when I take a weekend escape to California or someplace warm and sunny I feel a boost of increased energy return and that inner happiness (or un-doomness as I like to call it) again. I've wondered over the years if I was a happy person or the doomed type. I've decided to accept that sometimes I'm happy and sometimes I really am not and that it isn't always equal and that it kind of sucks. That's being a bit generic or basic about this condition, but I don't obsess about it or make it the essence of my entire well being. I do my best to deal with it without medication. Some people really do need medication and it helps them and is the responsible thing to do when their doctor tells them they need medication to help them. It didn't work for me. I've tried quite a few tricks to help manage my SAD and sometimes they help more often than other times. I was discussing this issue with a male friend of mine. A professor from Brazil who said it took him almost five years here in Chicago to finally realize this problem for him which was chronic and newfound and that he needed help from a professional. He began light therapy and claims it helps him quite a bit so I think this will be the year I give that a try. I've certainly heard positive things and the science of it makes sense to me. Sadly, it's already gray and chilly here and trust me, I have no business still wearing flip flops and will be putting them away shortly. (You do the silliest things to hold on to summer!) It's crazy how fast summer flew by and how soon fall has swooped in. I already feel that sadness creeping in. Slowly and quietly attempting to invade my joy and steal away the fun Aunt, the helpful sister, the supportive business partner and the active cheerleader of creative things. I do my best to think of the bright side of the colder seasons. Hot chocolate, new chunky scarves, banana bread baking on a cold Sunday afternoon. They make me smile, but don't exactly pump up the dopamine. 

Last year I decided that I was going to focus on the things that make me happy year round when autumn arrived. I was going to be more selfish and spend some time on myself. I started making my own fresh juices and nut milks every week because they are tasty and remind me of summer. I purchased beautiful flowers to keep on my nightstand. I practiced music therapy and listened to old songs I hadn't heard in years. I indulged in long baths with a good book and drank the best green tea I could buy. I even watched silly tv shows and got all caught up on Scandal because it was something to look forward to on days when the wind howled and the snow pummeled us into shut-ins. These little things that don't seem like much helped me make it through one of the roughest winters we've had in the Midwest. Some days were worse than others, but still I made it through. I also incorporated quite a few new beauty rituals and they felt good to do. Reminding myself that I needed to take care of myself first otherwise I'm no good to my work, my family or any human being I come in contact with is an important element when going through this seasonal funk. It's also very important to try to eat well and get some exercise in to stay physically healthy when your mental health is draining away. I'm not going to lie, it's not easy to eat well and exercise when all you want to do is bury your head in a pillow and sleep while dreaming of triple chocolate cake. But, you must. You must hear that inner voice that tells you to be good to yourself, to be gentle and kind, be the friend you would be to your friend suffering from this. You must do what you need to do to help yourself. You must push through and you do it because spring will come. It will sprout all over again and the peonies will bloom and the sun will slice into your rooms with its warmth and promise of happy moods and the old you will come back...the "real" you will be reborn all fresh and spanking new. 

Here are a few suggestions that may help you get through SAD. If you think you suffer from this same thing, please make sure to seek a medical professional to help you with an appropriate course of action that may help treat your symptons. 


1. Get outside as often as you can. Natural sunlight helps stimulate your circadian rhythm and to release melatonin, an important hormone that helps control your sleep and awake cycles.

2. Pet a dog or cat or a baby. Sometimes when I dog sit I feel so much better taking care of my furry friends. Animals provide more health benefits sometimes than supplements can. Babies always make me smile. Holding a baby and a puppy truly makes me feel better.

3. Take a class. Dance, cooking or art classes are a good way to socialize and learn something new that stimulates a different part of your brain and keeps you interactive and motivated Two key words when you suffer from depression. Plus if you're anything like me the commitment alone will at least guarantee you step out of the house even when you don't want to.

4. Cook. Prepare your own meals and make them fresh and full of vegetables. Depression can sometimes cause a person to crave foods that are unhealthy, which can trigger other problems that exacerbate depression. Weight gain does not feel good. 

5. Make dates with your partner or your friends. Plan a fun weekend. Game night, movie night or even salsa dancing night are all things to look forward to with people that care about you. Stay active and engaged with loved ones. They want to help you through this.

6. Take time for yourself. Spend a little time on something that makes you smile every day. If that's a long, luxurious bath or an hour where you get to read by yourself in silence. Make sure you fulfill that need for self comforting rituals to wind down and nurture yourself. 

7. Unplug. The internet is noisy and deceptive. Those posts from friends that state, "Life Is Good" while they're posing with a margarita in a crowded bar is an emotional distraction. Allow yourself to be okay with the healing process of seasonal affective disorder. You don't need added pressure to make you feel bad by feeling you aren't keeping up with everyone else. it's bullshit that everyone is so damn happy on Twitter. Don't believe the social media hype and log off of Facebook and pay a visit to a friend in the flesh. The dish is much more rewarding in person. 

8. Take a trip or plan your vacation during winter months to someplace warm. It's no coincidence that my last five December vacations have been to Argentina (twice), Mexico, Peru and the Caribbean. I look forward to the escape as my relief. 

Be well friends.

xo Victoria


If you're anything like me, the last days of summer are starting to kick into your reality and you're fighting every last minute not to let it go. Summer skin is fresh, glowing and looks radiant for most everyone. We all seem to wear our summer looks with effortless ease...

After Summer Skin And Beauty Care

If you're anything like me, the last days of summer are starting to kick into your reality and you're fighting every last minute not to let it go. Summer skin is fresh, glowing and looks radiant for most everyone. We all seem to wear our summer looks with effortless ease and sometimes all you need to get you through the day is a touch of lip color or a golden hued highlighter to reflect the sun's warm kiss on dewy, clear skin. Fall and winter skin, well that's a different story.

On a personal level, cold dry air seems to suck the life out of my skin and leaves me feeling deeply dehydrated and under nourished. It's also a hugely scary time for my skin because as one ages the quickest ways to a roadmap of wrinkles on your face is, chronically dehydrated skin. It's important to care for your skin differently than you do in summer because it requires slightly more maintenance. Here are a few of my top Fall/Winter skincare favorites and how I'll be using our products to keep my skin hydrated, fresh and radiant during these upcoming colder seasons.

1) Steam skin once or twice a week. I do this religiously because the results are immediate and feel incredible. I use our Facial Steam Teas and allow the steam to swell up my pores and cleanse my skin with the healing properties of our special facial tea blend. (We will be restocking the teas very soon as we're still harvesting and drying all of the herbs and plants from our summer growing season.) 

2) Apply a Bio Active Healing or Purifying Mask treatment immediately after a facial steam. I don't even dry my skin off just apply a generous amount of my favorite Healing Mask and allow all of the rich vitamins, polyphenols, minerals and enzymes to work their skin magic. After 20 minutes I rinse off in circular motion to get a gentle exfoliation and then moisturize.

3) Barbary Fig Seed Oil or Rainforest Hydration Treatment are my favorite moisturizers. I enjoy scooping up a generous amount of our jasmine and cocoa scented vegan balm and melting it between my hands before patting it gently onto cleansed skin. It just feels so incredible and soothing and brightens up a dull complexion. 

4) Aria and Barbary Fig Renewal Serum are my top two products for nighttime use. I apply two to three drops of our cell reviving Aria Cell Recovery Treatment followed by a generous amount of my answer to botox, Barbary Fig Renewal Serum. I swear this product has battled the wrinkles that are supposed to take residence on my 46 year old face, but haven't.

4) Lastly, I spritz Jardin de Fleurs all over to lock in all the beneficial active ingredients of the Renewal Serum and Cell Recovery Treatment with this delightful hydrosol and enzymatic mist, which also includes an ingredient your skin desires when it's super thirsty...hyaluronic acid. You just can't go wrong with our botanical skin revitalizer! 

Certainly, there is a lot more I do to look after my new seasonal skincare routine like drink more green tea, juice and create antioxidant loaded smoothies in the mornings, but generally sticking to a regimen that works keeps me happy and sane and the wrinkles away! Cheers to keeping the summer glow alive throughout the chillier days of Fall. 

xo Victoria

The Flower Wall   After nearly nine months of planning and collaborating with some of the best all natural beauty brands in the business, our event has come and gone. The aftermath of a grand party is sort of a melancholy feeling. Kind of like what I imagine planning a...

Celebrating Beauty At A Night For Green Beauty Los Angeles

The Flower Wall


After nearly nine months of planning and collaborating with some of the best all natural beauty brands in the business, our event has come and gone. The aftermath of a grand party is sort of a melancholy feeling. Kind of like what I imagine planning a wedding feels like, surreal and dreamy and then it's over and you're left with brilliant memories while you swoon over photos and retell intimate stories. A Night For Green Beauty was no ordinary affair. It was a joyful, bustling, rubbing elbows with beauty aficionado after beauty aficionado, samba dancing and floral crown wearing kind of party. Everyone you could imagine from the green beauty world was there. Some were local. some came from other cities and a few even came from international cities.There were drinks, fresh juice, laughter heard from every corner of our gorgeous space and a beautiful flower wall (that wasn't quite completed), but was still devastatingly beautiful. I don't think anyone even noticed we weren't able to finish it.

We heard over and over how wonderful it was to host an event like this. Customers, fans and even beauty editors came over to thank us and share their awe and excitement about a venue that highlighted beautiful products, increased awareness about product safety and shared the event with the public. It truly was a magical night and we all celebrated fully. 

On a personal level, the highlight of the evening was meeting and chatting with Norah Weinstein, co-founder of Baby2Baby the LA based non-profit we (as a collaborative group) raised $20,000 for with the sales from our partnership with Goodebox. I think even Norah was amazed at the enthusiastic turnout and touched by the generosity of our incredible community. Fundraising is not easy, but we were visionary with our efforts and were also able to provide our customers with loads of safe, effective and most importantly luscious beauty products all while supporting low income families in Los Angeles. I cry every single time I think of the generosity from the brands and that we will all be touching someone's life in a small, but powerful way. What an amazing community! We are so lucky to be a part of it.  

The natural beauty industry has grown tremendously within the last two years. It is not a fad or a trend, but a lifestyle decision many people are consciously making every day. As we all work to remain transparent in our business practices, ingredient content and education, our government is still trying to catch up and play political games with the public's safety. We hope that someday soon customers will not be as urgently browsing the internet to do all of their own homework looking for safe products for themselves or their families. It can be daunting and exhausting and it is not fair. We all deserve to know what is in the products we spend our dollars on. It is a consumer's right. The time is coming and we are happy to be a part of it and even more excited to bring awareness with so many other incredible brands that are committed to creating safe alternatives for your daily self care. Thank you reader for allowing us into your home and lives via your top shelf beauty cabinet. You make all the hard work worth it. 

We would also like to thank every single green beauty brand that participated in our event. Each brand is special, unique and creating beautiful products. A big heartfelt thank you to Osmia Organics, Sheswai, True Nature Botanicals (Formerly MV Organics), Laurel Skincare, Province Apothecary, Josh Rosebrook, Gressa Skin, MUN Beauty, Lurk, Zoe Organics, May Lindstrom Skin, Juice Beauty, Alima Pure, One Love Organics, Kahina Giving Beauty, Indie Lee, African Botanics, Strange Invisible Perfumes, Odacite, Sw Basics of B, Hope Gillerman Organics and BeautyCounter. 

An extra special thank you to our sponsors and event ambassadors, The Chalkboard Magazine, Pressed Juicery, GoodeboxBaby2Baby, Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff and the incredibly talented Nicolle Mackinnon and Susannah Compton of No More Dirty Looks fame. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Until next year beauties! Now for some fun party photos.


Our Awesome PR Team, Clover PR



Victoria and Karen, La Bella Figura co-founders and creators of A Night For Green Beauty

It is our pleasure to introduce you to one of our three, A Night For Green Beauty Event Ambassadors, Nicolle Mackinnon. Nicolle is a contributing writer over on everyone's favorite green beauty blog, No More Dirty Looks. She is a beauty aficionado true and through and is forever in search...

Say Hello To Our Event Ambassador: Nicolle Mackinnon

It is our pleasure to introduce you to one of our three, A Night For Green Beauty Event Ambassadors, Nicolle Mackinnon. Nicolle is a contributing writer over on everyone's favorite green beauty blog, No More Dirty Looks. She is a beauty aficionado true and through and is forever in search of luxurious, gluten and beeswax-free products and hasn't had a bad hair day since, well never. We are looking forward to having Nicolle greet many of you attending this year's most anticipating beauty party on August, 7 in Los Angeles.  Join Nicolle and us for a special evening and you can ask her yourself for her secret to those gorgeous locks. (We bet it's green beauty!)





When did you know you had ‘Gone Green’?


When I started buying most of my beauty products online. I love Minneapolis for lots of reasons, and in the last few years, many green beauty stores have popped up, but some of my favorite brands just aren’t sold in a brick and mortar shop that’s within driving distance (especially makeup). Or when I bought a Diva Cup—that might be the greenest thing I own!


What is your idea of a perfect day?


I always have a hard time with this question! If it was truly perfect, I’d be traveling somewhere in Europe (right now I’m kind of obsessed with the Italian countryside), get time to have a leisurely breakfast with my husband, be outside, nap, read and have dinner/drinks with friends. And I’d need time to do a little beauty pampering, like a face mask, with no feelings of being rushed.


Favorite city for shopping green beauty?


It’s cheating to say online, right?


Favorite single natural ingredient?


Candelilla wax. I know, I know—it’s totally not a sexy ingredient, but since I discovered I’m allergic to beeswax I’m incredibly grateful to candelilla wax for serving a similar purpose in vegan products (and to brands who use it).


What scent matches your personality?


I tend to gravitate to floral scents, with a spicy bite. I think that fits me—sweet, but sassy once you get to know me.


What does your evening beauty ritual consist of?


It changes fairly often because I’m usually testing new products, but right now, it’s SW Basics Makeup Remover, followed by One Love Organics Apple a Day Cleanser, all removed with a microfiber cloth (the facial one from Ecloth). Then I massage in La Bella Figura Aria Nighttime Cell Recovery Treatment, andconquer any blemishes with Osmia Organics Spot Treatment.Next, I swipe on LBF’s Eye Decouverte Undereye Serum, and finish with Dr. Alkaitis Organic Soothing Gel + ARCONA Chamomile Balm.


What one piece of advice would you like to give others who ask, “what is the first thing I should swap out as I go natural?”


If you’re super overwhelmed or don’t feel very beauty savvy, just start with the next thing you use up—find a replacement for that one product, and switch out your others later. If you’re excited and ready to attack, start with your favorite kinds of product. Are you a makeup aficionado? Find your holy grail green foundation or that lip color that makes you feel like you can take on the world. Do you love skincare? Search out your perfect moisturizer or face wash that wakes you up in the morning. Just have fun with it, do your research and don’t feel bad if you can’t switch everything immediately.


What natural beauty products do you get most excited about? (Skincare, perfume, makeup, etc.)


Is it kosher to say everything? Haha. No, I have lip color (stick, gloss, balm) and facial mask fetishes. My seventh-grade self had a lip gloss to match every outfit in my closet, an affinity I’ve carried into adulthood, and I love how putting a face masktriggers relaxed, calm and pampered feelings in me. That’s a big part of why I’ve loved my transition to green beauty—it’s helped give me the permission to treat a beauty regime as holistic self-care.


If you could sit with a green Goddess and pick her brain (or his if he is a green God) what questions would you ask?


Hmm. I think I’d ask for little known tricks and tips that I might be missing out on. And I’d want to know his/her beauty routine! I love love love learning what other green beauty bloggers and brand founders and experts are using because I love learning about new products (or getting confirmation that my faves are truly as incredible as I think they are!).


What is your favorite book besides the best selling, No More Dirty Looks?

I swoon for YA fiction. So The Hunger Games—I’ve read the series four times since it came out, and I’m going to be super hipster here and say “I liked it before it was popular.” Snooty? Maybe. I also love Living Your Yoga, which gives you ways to take yoga into daily life.


What is your favorite color?




Tell us one thing we don’t know about you, but really, really want to.


I have a sixth sense for puppies. No matter where I am, I’ll spot ‘em, even if they’re camouflaged. And if there’s a puppy in close proximity, don’t bother trying to talk to me because I likely won’t hear you. I love the furry creatures so much (though I unfortunately don’t have my own currently).


Follow Nicolle on Twitter and Instagram @NicolleBMack and don't forget to check out her work on No More Dirty Looks

Dear Baby2Baby, There are so many reasons to love a non-profit organization like yours. You help people when they most need it. You inspire people to feel good about giving. You bring smiles to the faces of the many families you serve. You don't judge or ask from the people...

A Love Letter To Baby2Baby

Dear Baby2Baby,

There are so many reasons to love a non-profit organization like yours. You help people when they most need it. You inspire people to feel good about giving. You bring smiles to the faces of the many families you serve. You don't judge or ask from the people you are touching daily. You give for all the right reasons and from the heart. You help change lives. You touched us in many ways and especially on a personal note.

I was one of those children in need once. I grew up with very little and we needed help many times throughout my childhood. In some ways my siblings and I were luckier than most kids we knew growing up in poverty. We had a tight-knit family that pitched in because it truly does take a village and I am grateful for my strong family roots every day. We had a Mom that loved us, who was well educated and working in a professional, albeit very low paying job. My father was always ill and in ways that made him a dysfunctional, non-existent parent. It wasn't always fun, but Mom always said, "don't just do your best, be your best." She explained time and time again that even through tough moments it would serve us well to give, share and think of others. If we had one slice of pizza she taught us how to stretch it for two. Do Your Best, Be Your Best. Those weren't just words and they were always on the forefront of my being whenever I was being challenged. I became what is known as a super-achiever. Those words were the best gift I have ever received and I have been referencing that phrase ever since I could remember and sharing with others. They seem to suit every situation a person could find themselves in. I try, try, try to live by that motto and be better than I was yesterday. It seems Baby2Baby knows that as well. Could we possibly be related? 

As the creators of A Night For Green Beauty, my business partner Karen and I always knew we would tie this incredible evening of green beauty with charity work. It made sense for us and when we as a business approached this idea to all of the brands involved as participants every single one of them happily agreed to donate their products to help families they have never met. We heard of Baby2Baby from a California based teacher friend and was so touched with what you do I knew we had to reach out and partner with you to highlight your organization as best as we could with our event. It was great to see with my own eyes your daily operations and meet a few of the incredible volunteers who roll up their sleeves and get the job done. I was in love. 

It's true that we aren't a giant corporation or so darn profitable that we roll around in cash every night. We are a small growing business, independently owned and operated. We know we don't have to be in the billionaire club to give. No one does. You give with your hands, your mind and your heart when you can't always give with your pocketbook. It just takes one simple little piece of information to give when others are in need...Do Your Best. In the spirit of charity we are so thrilled to donate all of the proceeds from our A Night For Green Beauty Deluxe Beauty Box collaboration with all of the brands participating in our event to your organization. Thank you for all you do to help families every day. We can't wait to see you in LA on August 7th!


With Love,

Victoria and the La Bella Figura Team


To find out about A Night For Green Beauty click here or how you can donate to Baby2Baby visit their website. To find out about how to purchase a Deluxe Beauty Box with full sized products from the most kindhearted green beauty brands around contact Goodebox. The next box goes live on sale Monday, June 16th. All boxes are in limited supply and retail for $100 (plus $10 shipping) and are being sold online until sold out. 

When you have a Mom/Daughter duo that care about the environment, love connecting with women and have a flair with a makeup brush you get EcoDiva Beauty. Charlene Swanson and Garcy Fry are the creative force behind EDB, which has quickly become a favorite among natural beauty shoppers. Co-founder Garcy,...

The Interview-Featuring EcoDiva's Garcy Fry And Charlene Swanson

When you have a Mom/Daughter duo that care about the environment, love connecting with women and have a flair with a makeup brush you get EcoDiva Beauty. Charlene Swanson and Garcy Fry are the creative force behind EDB, which has quickly become a favorite among natural beauty shoppers. Co-founder Garcy, a professional makeup artist offers expert advice on makeup and delivers with luscious Instagram shots of perfectly applied tinted lips, colorful manicures and eyelashes to swoon over. Ask Garcy for a color swatch and she'll go all out to pamper her "Divas" with her knack of fun personalized service. That's exactly how you'll feel upon shopping at EcoDiva Beauty, pampered, special and a bit spoiled because that's what team EDB wants you to are special and they won't let you forget that when you become their customer. Follow EcoDiva Beauty on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and IG for the latest beauty news. 


Tell us a little about your retail shop and what inspired you to offer such exceptional products to your customers:

CS: I wanted people to feel good when they reached our space. It’s a business, yes, but so much more. It’s meant to inspire & empower women to connect with their own source and when people do the natural progression is to be aware that they are part of their surroundings and can influence profound change in them. We are so very, very, powerful as consumers. It’s bigger than any vote you get in any election and you get it every day of your life. Not only do you dictate what the world will produce but how it will be produced and even to some extent where. The internet gives our individual voices more power than ever before in history and this makes an online store very exciting but also accountable.
I love every moment of it. I was a longtime environmentalist that was frustrated with how much searching I had to do to find “a” product and then often the quality of what I purchased was not up to my standards. This was the seed that produced Eco Diva. These cutting edge, luxurious, organic, sustainable products all in one divine location. ( Bit of a brag…)

What are you most excited about when it applies to the modern green beauty aficionado and what makes you unique?

CS: I personally see a really powerful collective shift happening that will dramatically alter the industry in a positive way forever. We are unique in that we will strive to always be in the forefront finding the really amazing companies whose standards are unequalled and real leaders in their field in one easy location for our Divas. We personally have to love everything in our store and plan to continue expanding these products.

GF: What’s most exciting is how passionate people are getting about self-care and knowing exactly what they are putting on their skin. It’s so wonderful to see people taking control of their health and wellness raising their quality standards.

What is a typical evening beauty ritual for you? Spill, we want to hear every step!

GF: I start by putting my Plum Pretty Sugar headband and robe on. This step might seem insignificant to many, but to me it just adds to the beauty ritual and makes it an experience. I’m not just trying to quickly take off my makeup and hop into bed. I’m ending my busy day by slowing down, connecting with myself, quietly. My favorite cleansing combo for a while has been akonjac sponge with One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleansing Oil. I just started using the new One Love Organics-The Cleansing Sponge and I love the charcoal sphere for how it helps to combat oily skin. Then I get a cloth as hot as I can handle and I lay it on top of my face and press it in all around and gently wipe away all the makeup dirt and grime from the day. Then I apply May Lindstrom Skin-The Honey Mud on my dry skin and let that soak in while I brush my teeth. I love to use this as a mask a couple times during the week because it is not as time consuming as the Problem Solver. After wiping that away I spritz my face with LBF Jardin de Fleurs and then apply LBF’s new Aria Nighttime Cell Recovery Treatment. Then I hop into bed and my husband and I both use Tata Harper’s Aromatic Bedtime Treatment. First I apply it to the wrists, behind the ears and on the temples. Then I put it on my palms and take 3-4 deep breaths in. This helps to relax and calm my overactive mind immediately. Lastly its my earplugs (hubby snores) and a book and off to sleep I go!

CS: My evening ritual is simpler than my morning ritual. Currently ( this changes as I try out new things ) I leave La Bella Figura Gentle Enzyme Cleanser on while I brush my teeth. I remove with a warm washcloth. I am also using the La Bella Decouverte Under Eye Serum. I use May Lindstrom’s Blue Cocoon every night , it’s full of the most amazing nourishing ingredients and has aromatherapy as an added bonus. Every third night or so I leave on a mask which I alternate between May Lindstrom ( both the Honey Mud & Problem Solver, ) La Bella Bio Active Healing Mask and Dr. AlkaitisUniversal Mask. I know that sounds decadent but I do have access to a wider variety as the owner of a beauty store. I’m dabbing the La Bella Travel Therapy on both wrists and a little under my nose all day long. Actually I’m sort of using as a perfume you could say. I’ve had quite a few compliments on it. 

What food or wellness tip do you think is essential for anyone at any age to keep you looking or feeling your best? 

CS: My food tip is my Green Shake for breakfast. My skin literally loses vitality if I miss a day. I add fresh lemon, avocado, and various super greens to my vegan green mix. I recommend meditation as a lifesaver for a host of things. This literally changed my life in the most positive way years ago. Pema Chodron said something like “ …If you can’t find time to meditate for 20 min’s a day then you should meditate for an hour” Love that!

GF: Nurture your soul, not just your skin. Find beauty inside yourself that stems from loving and being loved. Creating and being created. You’re a miracle and that’s beautiful.

What are you most excited about for our A Night For Green Beauty party in LA?

GF: I’m most excited to get to spend time connecting with all the people we’ve built e-relationships with over the years while sipping on Pressed Juicery’s refreshments!

CS: I second that and add …LA ! What a location for a “Green, Beauty Party! Perfect !

We can't wait to clink juice glasses with you Garcy and Charlene at ANFGB and this time, we're going to be the ones to spoil YOU! 

  BeauTeaBar is an online beauty and wellness destination which pairs every purchase you make with the perfect tea choice. A newbie on the scene and a beauty hunter's delight, Marissa Waller-owner and CEO searches far and wide for the latest finds cool chicks stock in their bathroom vanities and...

The Interview-Featuring BeauTeaBar Owner Marissa Waller


BeauTeaBar is an online beauty and wellness destination which pairs every purchase you make with the perfect tea choice. A newbie on the scene and a beauty hunter's delight, Marissa Waller-owner and CEO searches far and wide for the latest finds cool chicks stock in their bathroom vanities and handbags. Read her reasons why life is better with a little tea and lots of beauty. Follow BeauTeaBar on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Tell us a little about your retail shop and what inspired you to offer such exceptional products to your customers:

I believe that women deserve to be spoiled and I am thankful that I get to be a part of that everyday. As women we are constantly taking care of everyone in our lives and it is such a beautiful thing. Sometimes we forget about truly loving and treasuring ourselves. I love that people can come to my online shop and find truly unique treasures that they can use to care for themselves and to create a beautiful ritual. 

What are you most excited about when it applies to the modern day green beauty aficionado and what makes you unique?

I am so excited about the vast amount of choices that women have today, especially in the luxury market. It used to be that the boring green beauty products were banned to a tiny corner of a large store, but that is definitely not the case anymore. Women who want to pamper themselves can do so with ultra-lux green products, and many are finding that these products create far superior results than their toxic chemical counterparts. I’m also excited that the green beauty brands are listening to the needs of women and offering a more diverse range of products so that anyone who wants to clean up their beauty routine can easily find products that suit their needs.

What is a typical evening beauty ritual for you? Spill, we want to hear every step!

In an ideal world, I would have time for a luxurious bath and a good read every night! Some nights a good cleansing and few quiet minutes have to suffice. Regardless of time constraints, I treat my bedtime skin ritual with tremendous care and love. I believe that going through your evening routine with thoughtful and loving intentions makes you wake more refreshed and blissful… seriously, try it! 

I ALWAYS cleanse my face before bed! I have been cursed with acne and breakouts since my teenage years so I wouldn’t dare go to bed without cleansing! After cleansing I apply my LBF Modern Radiance Concentrate (this has been a miracle worker for the dark spots left over from years of breakouts), then I apply either a good face oil (now I am using the Barbary Fig Renewal Serum), or the Aria night treatment (I like to alternate). Before I fall asleep I apply the Decouverte Eye Serum so I wake up looking refreshed. Voila…

What food or wellness tip do you think is essential for anyone at any age to keep you looking or feeling your best?

Of course I believe that it is essential to use good products that are properly suited for your skin! And of course water, exercise, and eating properly help tremendously. BUT quite honestly, to look and feel your best then I strongly suggest smiles and an open heart. No amount of diet, products, water, or exercise can radiant as much as a woman with a genuine smile and gratitude!

What are you most excited about for our A Night For Green Beauty party in LA?

I am so excited to connect with all of these amazing people that I have adored and followed for so long. Of course I am dying to meet all of the men and women behind these kick ass brands, but I’m also truly excited to connect with the friends I’ve made on the various social media channels. I’m also super crazy excited to see what the ladies of LBF have in store for us. You guys always have a little something up your sleeve, and it constantly amazes me. I can’t wait to see what you guys have put together for this beautiful evening. Thank you so much for all of your hard work all year round, and thanks for including myself and BeauTeaBar! We are so lucky to partner with such inspiring women!


Visit and find those little treasures Marissa mentioned online. 

  As Spring has finally arrived and leads us to warmer days and fresher food we couldn't be happier to boost our nutrition intake and see the results with clearer skin and healthier habits. I'm going to be real honest, I eat much better in the warmer months than I...

Three Delicious Pairings To Try For Beautiful Skin


As Spring has finally arrived and leads us to warmer days and fresher food we couldn't be happier to boost our nutrition intake and see the results with clearer skin and healthier habits. I'm going to be real honest, I eat much better in the warmer months than I do during winter. I tend to shed pounds too because I like exercising outdoors much more than in a gym so I'm constantly walking or working in the garden or taking long weekend hiking trips. Lately, we've received many inquiries about getting the summer glow back onto our Bella's faces and we want to help get you back into shape. We'll be the first to admit that it's not always just about the products you use, but often how you treat yourself from the inside out. Here are three of our favorite recipes and product pairings for clear, glowing and beautiful skin any season. We hope you enjoy our recipes and boosting your glow with delicious whole foods and La Bella Figura Beauty.


Morning Resveratrol And Antioxidant Smoothie (Serves 2)

1 cup almond milk, coconut or cashew milk (make your own as many grocery store brands contain carrageenan, which is not good for you)
1/4 organic strawberries, sliced
1/4 organic aronia berries
1 teaspoon raw cashew butter
1/4 teaspoon sacha inchi oil
1 teaspoon raw honey
dash of cinnamon
dash of nutmeg
dash of cardamom
Blend all the ingredients in a blender and enjoy! Pair this antioxidant smoothie with our Daily Elements Defense Face Oil
This smoothie is packed with vitamins, minerals, omegas, protein and phytonutrients to help keep you feeling sustained and start your day with whole food benefits. Aronia berries contain over twice the Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity (ORAC) value than blueberries and more resveratrol than the wonderful acai berry. 

Vitamin C Spa Water


Modern Radiance Concentrate

2 cups fresh pineapple juice

2 cups fresh grapefruit juice

1 cup fresh orange juice

2 cups purified water

1 lemon thinly sliced 

1 bunch fresh basil roughly chopped

1 bunch fresh cilantro or fresh parsley

1 tablespoon freshly sliced ginger coins

Add ginger, lemons, cilantro and basil to a large pitcher and with a wooden spoon muddle all ingredients, add water and citrus juices, then pineapple juice and stir. Allow to sit in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving. Serve over ice. Pair this Vitamin C spa water with our Modern Radiance Concentrate

Drinking water is wonderful to keep you hydrated and keep skin glowing, however to add a little extra Vitamin C boost to your day this drink is a delicious answer. Vitamin C is a free radical scavenger and helps protect your immune system. 


Glowing Goddess Salad (Serves 4)


2 cups sweet potatoes, roasted with olive oil, cinnamon and salt and pepper

1/2 cup chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1 cup Israeli couscous

4 cups mixed greens of kale, spinach, baby bok choy, Swiss chard and arugula

1 avocado

1 bunch basil leaves, torn 

2 tablespoons raw pistachios, roughly chopped

1 red pepper, cubed


1 tablespoon avocado oil

1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

1 garlic clove, chopped

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

salt and pepper

Add leafy greens to a bowl then add warmed roasted sweet potatoes on top to slightly warm greens, add couscous, chickpeas, basil leaves, red pepper, pistachios and avocado. In a jar add avocado oil and olive oil, garlic, oregano, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper and shake until blended together. Drizzle over salad and lightly toss together. Pair the Glowing Goddess salad with our Aria Nighttime Cell Recovery Treatment

Vitamin K is an essential vitamin many of us fail to get enough of and needed for important immune function and help with blood clotting. It also helps with minimizing bruising, inflammation and treating skin conditions such as rosacea and eczema. This salad can be served as is or fortified as an entire meal served with fish, shrimp or organic chicken.  


If you like our homemade recipes you will truly love the beautifying recipes from our friend and wellness coach, Jolene Hart. Visit her blog, Beauty Is Wellness and order her incredible book, Eat Pretty on Amazon or Barnes and Noble available now. 











  It's been a harsh winter. We all know it and have felt it from the Midwest to the East Coast, even our southern cities that hardly ever see snow experienced the fright of ice, slush and winter's energy shut down their schools and pile up their highways. All we...

Spring Fever, Spring Beauty


It's been a harsh winter. We all know it and have felt it from the Midwest to the East Coast, even our southern cities that hardly ever see snow experienced the fright of ice, slush and winter's energy shut down their schools and pile up their highways. All we keep hearing is, "I'm over this winter! SO ready for Spring!" We feel ya beauties. It's been a real dud and we're also ready for a new season to begin. To be perfectly honest, I'm a better functioning human being when the weather is warmer. I wake up with the roosters and am ready to bolt for an early morning walk and a visit to our garden. I'm less cranky and need less coffee. I don't know about you. but I get super excited for new things and want to look my best. It's a great time for renewal, refreshing your routine and trying new things. La Bella Figura has a few new things for you skincare aficionados and we are so happy to share with you.

Let's start with our new Gentle Enzyme Cleanser. We thought long and hard about how we wanted to present a cleansing system that worked effectively to cleanse, remove makeup and gently exfoliate to turn over cells and leave skin hydrated and ready for serums, oils and treatments. Our formula is nourishing with moisture retentive Cupuacu and Marfura butters that are not clogging to the skin in the slightest and holds moisture into skin cells. We also added beneficial enzymes derived from papaya and pineapple to work their magic in gently sloughing off shedding cells. The upper layer of your skin is highly formed with dead skin cells that contain keratin protein that builds up and can cause that lackluster look. While it's important to exfoliate sometimes it can cause more harm than good when we over exfoliate with scrubs that contain shells or microbeads.and if you have sensitive skin or aging skin it's best to keep exfoliation to a few times a week instead of everyday, unless you're using a gentler method like enzymes. We added carrot seed oil and amaranth oil for their beneficial addition of Vitamin A and proteins to encourage skin rejuvenation and brightening. This is an active cleanser and when you apply it onto skin you should gently rub it in to allow the enzymes to perform and as a makeup remover this cleanser works great to remove even the most stubborn makeup. We tested it on waterproof mascara and it worked beautifully. If you like a nice creamy gel formula this is a great product to add to your regimen and we're loving our new daily cleansing experience. (Stay tuned as we've also been developing a cleanser for problem skin.) 

If you love a superb nighttime skincare product (who doesn't, we adore our nighttime rituals), you'll definitely be eager to try ARIA Nighttime Cell Recovery Treatment. This product is spectacular and I know it sounds like I'm a Mom complimenting my own kid, but to be frank this product was created with myself and women my age (45) in mind. I needed this is my life and couldn't find a specific cell recovery product that was richer in proteins and antioxidants so I spent time studying skin cells and how they function from newly formed active cells to dying and aging cells and wow was I fascinated! Oil lovers are on the right track with replenishing nutrients and "feeding" oxygen starved cells, but as we get older we need a little more and Aria offers plenty of protein, amino acids, phytosterols, antioxidants, resveratrol and a brilliant composition of cell regenerating actives from saffron, helichrysum, arnica, rose damascena and rooibois extracts and essential oils. It's highly active and a few drops of this concentrated blend is all your skin needs to begin its nightly repair and renewal. This product is truly high performing and like a cashmere blanket for your skin. You'll wonder what you did without it. 

Because it's the first day of Spring and we're so excited to introduce these new products to our lineup we are promoting a giveaway on all of our social media. Regram, repost and retweet using the hashtag #LBFSpringBeauty and we'll pick a winner next Thursday, March 27th. If you're wondering what you'll win. well how does a nice bottle of Gentle Enzyme Cleanser and Aria Nighttime Cell Recovery Treatment sound? (We always love surprises so who knows maybe a surprise or two) We absolutely can't wait for you to try this power combo! 



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If you're new to the scene of natural beauty products or confused about the difference between a face oil or a serum, this post is for you. I remember when we first started our line and had to explain to curious beauties that a face oil was a heavenly experience...

The Most Common Questions Asked About Our Products

If you're new to the scene of natural beauty products or confused about the difference between a face oil or a serum, this post is for you. I remember when we first started our line and had to explain to curious beauties that a face oil was a heavenly experience for skin, the odd looks and wrinkled noses we would generate were priceless. It's fantastic to now hear so many lovelies have transitioned from their poison packed serums to more natural alternatives. Recently, I was at speaking at an event and a LBF fan admitted she used to purchase lotions and creams for their scent until she had a severe allergic reaction and her dermatologist pinpointed to a certain product she had tried, (well I won't name the product line, but let's just say it's an extremely popular British brand sold at high end apothecaries) and the ingredient list alone made me dizzy with its toxic fumes! It's just no wonder atopic dermatitis, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis are on the rise. Long term use and the increase of cheap fillers and ingredients are still being heavily used by beauty companies that would rather spend on advertising and packaging and skimp on quality ingredients. Your face, hair, nails and overall health suffers for it. Ah, one day we will catch up with the Europeans who have figured out the correlation between long tern use of overloaded toxic products and the scaly, red and irritated skin conditions that have caused their cosmetic laws to change. In any case, we have put together a few of our most asked and emailed questions to answer and hope this helps you, especially if you're a newbie or looking to change your beauty regimen. 


What is the difference between Barbary Fig Seed Oil and Barbary Fig Renewal Serum? (I have sensitive skin with patches of rosacea on my cheeks.)

Barbary Fig Seed Oil is a single ingredient that derives from the seeds of barbary figs, sometimes called prickly pear. The seeds are full of Vitamin E rich oil that gets cold pressed and produces a superstar product perfect for those suffering from rosacea, dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis. Because it's a single ingredient product it's also helpful to those that suffer from allergic reactions to pinpoint reactions. We recommend you try the product on your arm before trying on your face if you're allergy prone first. Vitamin E helps reduce redness and inflammation and the natural occurring zinc, amino acids and essential fatty acids work to repair damaged cells and help lighten dark spots. This oil can also help acne sufferers by balancing the sebum production in oily skin types and controlling "haywire" skin.

All skin types can benefit from BFSO. 

Barbary Fig Renewal Serum is a concentrated treatment for already damaged skin to help soften dehydrated (skin damaged) skin, speed up cell turnover, brighten and tone sagging tissue. It contains ingredients also high in Vitamin A, which helps wounded skin greatly plus fights lines and wrinkles and its molecular structure is small to provide for deeper penetration into the skin to work more effectively. 

Mature skin or severe sun damaged skin benefits from Barbary Fig Renewal Serum

Is Modern Radiance Concentrate for day or nighttime use? 

This has been a pretty popular question and there have been so many answers circulating out there, but we're sticking to this one: Vitamin C offers to boost antioxidant protection and is more beneficial to use during the day when you are assaulted by environmental and UV exposure. It is not necessary to use twice a day, especially since you are getting the benefits of a concentrated complete Vitamin C from our product. 

For Mature skin types, hyperpigmentation or anti aging skin benefits

I'm curious about the benefits of facial steaming. What are they?

Facial steaming is not only very beneficial to skin, but can offer sinus clearing benefits as well. If you have oily and acne prone skin, steaming can help push sebum and clogged pores out to the surface to thoroughly clean. The steam helps blackheads soften making them easier to dislodge from pores. Toxins and cell buildup also cause clogged pores and steaming can help dead skin from clogging pores further. Another benefit is increased circulation, which helps to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the skin and that is why facial steaming before applying a nutrient rich mask like our Bio Active Healing Mask or Bio Active Purifying Mask works wonders. Your pores will be filled with perspiration and ready to receive a treatment much better than on dry, clogged skin. You only need to do this a few times a week and at home treatments are super easy and just as effective as spa steaming. Our Facial Steam Teas are made with a healing blend of herbs, flowers and spices to help deliver therapeutic value to your treatment. A must try if you haven't yet. 

All skin types, especially acne prone or blackhead and oily prone skin

What is the best way to cleanse my skin before applying your serums and treatment products? 

Most of us don't think about cleansing that much, but it truly is one of the most important steps for a good skincare regimen. Cleansing skin with oils works great to lift off heavy makeup, dirt and toxins and doesn't strip skin of precious natural oils. Not everyone is a fan of oils, however so use a gentle method to wash off the day each night. A balm can also work great. We are about to launch a new gentle enzyme based oil gel cleanser next month which truly takes off heavy makeup and gently exfoliates skin with enzymatic properties. Soothing aloe vera helps maintain tone and balance while a collective of lovely ingredients in our formulation work in harmony to nourish your skin while cleansing. It's a lovely way to nurture your skin before applying face oils and products. You will just need to pump a nice amount onto dry skin and rub gently into skin in circular motion and rinse off with a warm washcloth. You can also use as a mini mask treatment and apply onto skin, rubbing in circular motion and leaving on for 60 seconds so the enzymes activate and gentle exfoliate skin. You're going to be obsessed with how fresh, soft and radiant your skin will feel! We can't wait to get this long awaited product to you. 

All skin types

Are your products safe enough to use while pregnant? I'm worried about toxic ingredients.

Yes, our products are safe enough for pregnant women. We use only unrefined ingredients which are wildcrafted or organic and haven't been treated with sprayed chemicals. We also are very keen about GMO ingredients and have taken the pledge to never use GMO ingredients in our formulas. We have heard about some women expressing their concerns about retinol in our Barbary Fig Renewal Serum. We do not add synthetic retinoids or retinol acid into our formulas. All of our Vitamin A is naturally derived from high quality unrefined oils and butters. If you feel your skin has been more sensitive with hormonal changes from your pregnancy you may want to discuss this with your doctor and discontinue use of a product like Barbary Fig Renewal Serum and switch to a single ingredient product instead. 

If you have any other questions you're curious to learn the answer to just ask us in the comments section. We love hearing from you! 

What an incredible year it has been. Maybe I've already written about that, but truly it has been. We're going to bare our souls here a bit so hang on for the ride. We learned so much from both good and bad mistakes, made tons of new friends, hired a...

What We Learned This Year

What an incredible year it has been. Maybe I've already written about that, but truly it has been. We're going to bare our souls here a bit so hang on for the ride. We learned so much from both good and bad mistakes, made tons of new friends, hired a fantastic staff, created pretty stellar products, saw some things, discovered a few other things, laughed, danced, cried, pulled our hair out from the roots...this is all called growth. We grew, we continue to grow and with all of that comes a type of juggling act. You probably know the one. You work crazy hours so something's gotta give. Our relationships, marriages, friendships. Heck, I had a terrible decision to make this year that kept me up night, sweating, feeling guilty and conflicted. I had to choose and ultimately I choose the right thing, but not before all the grief had me spinning. 

As creators and co-founders of La Bella Figura, Karen and I are like sisters or work wives we say. We agree, disagree, push, pull, comfort one another, allow someone to fall apart sometimes. You have to be there for one another during the errors, complaints, criticisms, rejection, snobbery just as much as the good times, great calls, amazing press and compliments. Some of you call it teamwork, we call it glue. We fix one another when we need to. It isn't always easy and when people ask us for our advice about starting a business or running one, mine is always to get your personal life in check. Have that conversation with your significant other. It's going to be tough now so it can all be great someday. It's hard for a lot of people as ego and instant gratification are both always in the way of change. I've never been a zen-type of person. I don't like exercising in gyms because I like to feel my body moving with change in the background. I am sometimes very impatient. I don't like beating around the bush just get to the point so I can move onward. I need to work on this more. Karen is quieter, more zen with her thoughts and ideas. She is a lover of all things French so you can bet she enjoys her cup of tea at a leisurely pace. She is more patient of the two us. We are both uniquely creative though and that is where the beauty of LBF comes in. We both love to read up about science and art. We get excited and motivated when something great is discovered. It's the real fun part of our business. This year we learned a lot and we have a list that we want to share with you. Maybe you're a fan or customer reading this, maybe you're a blogger or editor or publicist or friend or competitor, retailer or new on the scene, either way you may be able to relate, pick up a good tip or two or even add to our list. Let us know what you think.


1. Think with your head on backwards. Sometimes following the rules does not allow for creativity. Think outside of the box and you may just experience a flourishing.

2. Don't worry about what "the others" are doing. You WILL get stuck if you do and comparing yourself to anyone else is poison for your business. Be smart and updated, but don't focus on what the others are up to. It's wasted time that can never be gained again. "The others" are following one another and following you for their motivation and you've got to be better than that and build your own direction to your destination. 

3. Reach out. If you admire a blogger or makeup artist or retailer. Reach out and say so. Being shy never got anyone a date with a hottie and in business there is no growth in being an introvert.  

4. Build Your Strategy. Think long and hard of your voice and then go ahead and build it. You have a lot of opportunity in being creative with how you design your strategy.

5. Be nice. Always be kind and courteous to everyone. You should have learned this in kindergarten and you better get back to your roots on this for you never know who you'll cross paths with again and again and again. Trust me, I know exactly who and whom has been a blatant jackass and will never do business with someone who has made me feel bad ever again. How you make others feel and how you treat them is the essence of who you are and I can spot a jerk pretty easy. Always, always, always be a kind person in business. 

6. Reciprocate. This is another rule of thumb that some people forget about. If someone does you a favor remember to pay it forward. If you are selfish about doing this it will be noted and you may miss out on some opportunities. 

7. Don't be afraid to fall. You are going to fall and sometimes you will even be stumbling for a while. Dust yourself off, get back up and learn how to catch yourself for the next time. It will likely not hurt as much.

8. Stay inspired. Take breaks, rewind, revitalize often. Get inspired by others or music or reading, but don't allow your fire to burn out by not indulging in your extra curricular passions. 

9. Re-visualize what No means. No is not always no in business. It's sometimes, "let's wait and see." Sometimes no with someone is a yes with someone else because you learned about why you were rejected and how to avoid a mistake or two. 

10. Get thick skin. If you cry when you receive a complaint from a customer or criticism from a retailer you will be crying a lot. It's always going to happen and you need to listen, learn and move on. Don't argue, don't be so defensive, aim to please and correct certain issues with grace and the insight of an elderly person who knows you only get better with age. 

11. Love your haters. You are going to have people trying to bring you down on your way up. It's Darwinism at its best and most basic. How do you fight this battle? Fight it with doing better than they can possibly expect you to. This year a little hater wrote us emails so often it became dreadful (I learned how to trace them and found out who it was, sadly) and I thought if only you took that passion and turned it around into your own business you would see massive growth. It's not worth arguing with haters let them motivate you to be better. You can really do amazing things when haters inspire you to do so. Don't think of it as a negative thing exactly and turn it around so you can benefit from it.

12. Thank people. This is along the basic principle of being kind. Thank people you've worked with or you'd like to work with. Thank the beauty editor or blogger that wrote good stuff about you. It doesn't matter if some people don't know how to appreciate the beauty and simplicity of true appreciation, you will and that's all that matters.

13. Passion play. Being a conformist, a follower, a by-the-rules type of person can lead you spiraling downward. Play the game with heart and fierce belief in what you are doing. This can be seen and felt by others around you. The best artists and creators follow passion as though they eat it to sustain themselves because they do! You have to constantly be fueled enough so when all of the other above mentioned things happen you can keep going. 

These are some things we learned in 2013 and hope you can use these tips if you need to. We have much more to learn and will likely continue to fall, stumble, get back up and get to working. Which leads me to want to share some sneak peeks into 2014. We're working on some new products now. I'm pretty excited about our first face cleanser, a cream moisturizer, a "makeup" line and something for the boys. Some of these products will come soon in the new year, some mid year and some towards the end. Our ideas are big, but we're still a small and growing company. I am thrilled to share new ingredients we'll be using in our formulas and some old favorites. This year omega rich sacha inchi oil and kakadu plum cell extract made it into your skincare routines and next year it'll be some great new ones that we've been studying and experimenting with for a while. So while we can't wait to share more with you we hope you stay patient with us because as they say, "the best things are yet to come." Thank you for sharing our year in beauty and business with you. YOU, the customer, the beauty lover remain our inspiration to keep our passion burning.

XO, Victoria and Karen

La Bella Figura 


Dearest Bellas, It's hard to believe it's bone chilling December and the end of a busy most wonderful year. Seems like a blink of the eye ago I was frolicking in our garden and admiring all the pretty flowers we grew and happy buzzing bees. Time flies when you're having...

Cheers To The End Of 2013 And A New Beginning

Dearest Bellas,

It's hard to believe it's bone chilling December and the end of a busy most wonderful year. Seems like a blink of the eye ago I was frolicking in our garden and admiring all the pretty flowers we grew and happy buzzing bees. Time flies when you're having fun! This year was certainly full of fun and incredible growth for us here at La Bella Figura. We have listened and learned so much from you and worked super hard to bring you the best from us to serve your beauty and skincare needs. We introduced seven new products this year and we aren't stopping there! It seems you want to see more high performing, quality products from us and we're researching, developing, reading and learning right now to do just that. We also know our gentlemen fan ship has grown and you are requesting our attention. Well you certainly have it and you are definitely on our minds. If only there were more hours in a day and we could magically produce the products we dream up in a snap.

2013 was a great year for partnerships. We are always welcoming to those who want to share their innovation, creativity and passionate ideas with us. We feel it is vital in our entrepreneurship to open our minds and present new opportunities to our fans and customers. Besides, it's fun to be creative and think of fresh new ways to put ourselves out there and bring you new experiences. It's the major reason we recently announced moving our next, A Night For Green Beauty event to Los Angeles in August 2014. I happen to be a huge fan of California and have spent a lot of time in Los Angeles, so that wonderful creative energy rubbed off on me long ago. We can't wait to share more information about the partners we'll be working with and ideas we're working on. We know you're going to love this party because we listened and we're going to bring you what you want.

We've also been able to work with new retailers that are providing incredible experiences for their customers and being visionary leaders in their mission to bring you the best products available today. We feel so fortunate to have true believers in what we do and are making strides to have our products discovered like a sweet secret with only the best retail shops, boutiques and apothecaries in the world. We will be expanding and notifying you of where we're heading so you don't ever go without your favorite LBF products. 

It's going to be an exciting new year beginning with brand new products launching soon. We are thrilled to soon bring you our unique and most effective facial cleansers. We worked on this for over a year going back and forth with several formulations, being super choosy about certain ingredients we felt worked best for your skincare needs. We didn't want to bring you any old cleanser that stripped your skin of its precious oils like many of them can or leave skin dull and dry. We wanted to bring you a cleanser that was joyous to use with its effective ability to deeply cleanse skin as well as provide skin beautifying attributes and boy have we ever! Right now a handful of beauties are currently testing this product and it's music to our ears to hear the squeals of delight and proclamations of soft glowing radiance from daily use. And yes, a cleanser should make you feel joyous as it's one of the most important steps to nurturing your skin. Our cleanser also removes makeup gently with ingredients that perform an opera worthy of any beauty lover, non-toxic or not. We just can't wait to bring it to our line and offer you the complete La Bella Figura experience. It's going to be a fantastic new year! 

If we haven't expressed it already we are so ever grateful to YOU. Thank you for making our dreams come true and allowing our products into your homes, cosmetic bags and top shelves. It never gets old hearing how our products have changed your lives. It makes our hearts swell and keeps our passion burning to keep on going! We also want to thank all the other great brands we worked with this year. Our community is a fantastic and warm one. You are all so very inspiring to us. A very special thank you to the beauty bloggers that write so passionately about the products they love. So many truly fantastic beauty writers keeping us busy with tons of things to read on Sunday mornings. You guys rock! 

Thank you to some of our favorite collaborations, sponsorships and partnerships this year. Pressed Juicery, The Chalkboard Magazine, Goodebox, A Night For Green Beauty, No More Dirty Looks, Dose MarketKatey Denno, Beauty Is Wellness, Amy Dufault, Susan Linney and so many more. You are all uniquely organic and beautiful. We adore working with you. 

May this holiday season bring you peace of heart, joy and beauty in limitless bounty and may the new year fulfill all of your dreams wild and otherwise.

With love and gratitude,

Victoria, Karen and our small crew

La Bella Figura



Yesterday I woke up early with my list in hand and drove over to Whole Foods to beat the madness of Thanksgiving shoppers and cross this dreaded chore off my list for the day. I'm not usually a procrastinator, but I had been avoiding grocery shopping for the holidays as...

Give Even When You Think You Can't Give Anymore

Yesterday I woke up early with my list in hand and drove over to Whole Foods to beat the madness of Thanksgiving shoppers and cross this dreaded chore off my list for the day. I'm not usually a procrastinator, but I had been avoiding grocery shopping for the holidays as we have been so busy at LBF. My young niece Isabella reminded me that it's our tradition to cook together, which pulled at my heart strings because I suggested we "do something different" and go to a restaurant for Thanksgiving dinner. So, even though I didn't really want to full on cook there I was driving to find a turkey.

I did my grocery shopping, bought pretty flowers, picked up a few fun games for the kids and was thrilled that I breezed through this experience in 40 minutes! This is not typical for me as I usually chat with the cheesemonger for a bit or the flower lady who is always quick to remind me that peony season is not yet here (long story). I was heading to my car in the lot with three heavy bags in tow and saw what can only be described as a monster mini bus trying to squeeze in compact parking in between my vehicle and someone else's. She was one inch short of taking my whole driver's side out and that is not an exaggeration so I shouted, "Hey, hey, hey, STOP!!!" Trust me, it was loud enough for everyone to hear it, including the driver of the monster minibus who had her windows rolled up tight. She stopped. I began the conversation in my head as I walked towards the driver in the minibus. You know the one that starts with a few choice colorful words, thinking "this knucklehead thinks she can fit that giant mega bus in these little parking spots!" I was annoyed that she also managed to park so close I couldn't even open the car door with a key. Anyway, I arrived to my spot and knocked on the window looking inside to see a frantic woman yelling to me, "I know, I know!" I looked in the back seat and saw two babies in car seats. "Let me back out and you can have my spot," I said, but she didn't seem to hear me. Her face was literally buried in her hands now, she was crying. This was suddenly getting real in a way I hadn't planned.

I didn't want to tap on her window again because the babies looked scared and she seemed, well freaked out. I waited until she un-buried her face and she kind of threw her hands up in the air. I made the motion of "roll down your window" with my hand. She did and quickly yelled. "I'm sorry! My mother is having brain surgery today!" She began to sob. This time loudly and hard.

My heart just kind of melted and suddenly I was apologizing. "Hey, it's okay. No big deal, I'm going to move my car out and then you'll be able to fit okay?" I saw her shoulders bob up and down in between deep sobs. I saw the babies eyes grow wider and just terrified. "Excuse me, but do you need some help? It's all going to be okay. It's just a parking spot and it'll get fixed when I back out and you can move in, but it seems you're very stressed and I understand you're worried about your Mom, but please let me know if you need some help." She lifted her head up and finally looked at me and said something like, "okay, okay I'll be fine, thank you, I thought you were going to yell at me so thank you. Thank you for that" and proceeded to back out so that I could get in my car and back out, which I did. Thing is I was going to yell at her initially! I mean she was about to scrape up my sister's car that I had borrowed to shop at the grocery store. I thought she was being a careless holiday shopper. I was so glad I didn't. I made a loop around the crowded parking lot and as I was leaving saw her pulling her babies out of the mini van and make her way into the grocery store looking exhausted and heavy hearted.  

Wondering what my point could be? I have two actually. One is, we never know what someone else, a friend or stranger is going through in their life, but surely we can empathize that their strife is worthy of our compassion. Secondly, no matter how stressed we are in our own lives or busy or consumed with our own little worlds we should make it a priority to extend ourselves to others, even if they are a stranger we will never meet again. I went home thinking of that woman. I wished her well. I also wished she could find some sort of peace or balance because I felt her grief and it was intense, her overwhelming anxiety of caring for someone who was ill, but I wished she could have realized she should have stayed home. Her emotional state was probably not suited to deal with Thanksgiving shoppers at WF or pissed off drivers on the road (or in my case parking lot). Maybe she felt responsible for preparing a meal, maybe she needed to get away, who knows? All I know is that I shared a very raw moment with a stranger and I think we both understood how fragile that moment was and how it could have turned out worse, but it didn't. 

Life is a tricky thing. We walk around with chips on our shoulders, agendas in our heads, places to go, things to prove. When it all comes down to it all we really need to show one another is our humanity. We are all the same wherever we are. We all want the same things, we all love someone or something. We want to hug our babies and kiss someone goodnight. I'm glad I was able to put my ego aside and see the person behind the mini bus/parking lot incident. It's not always the easiest thing to do. 

It's Thanksgiving day and I have a turkey in the oven already as we get ready to celebrate with friends and family. I feel happy today and am mindful that I am lucky to have so much love, good people around me, delicious food and that I am alive and well right now. I've worked real hard to have a new perspective about life because I have fought difficult battles of darkness (and to be truly honestly, I still fight), but I am happy and grateful today and it counts.It really counts.  I am wishing all of you reading this right now, wherever you are and whatever you are going through moments of peace in your life as well. If you burn the turkey or have a fight with your brother's wife or you are in a battle with something I hope you take a moment, breathe deeply and feel some happiness and gratitude to be alive because there is always another opportunity and another chance to make it all better. There is always hope. 

With Love,



There are some words that hold both beauty and power in their meaning and when expressed can penetrate layers of thick skin, vulnerability and can simplify all of our complicated relationships with kindness. Two words in the English language that I try to use daily and appreciate more than any...

Taking Your Daily Dose Of Gratitude

There are some words that hold both beauty and power in their meaning and when expressed can penetrate layers of thick skin, vulnerability and can simplify all of our complicated relationships with kindness. Two words in the English language that I try to use daily and appreciate more than any other these days are simple, modest and basic. Thank you. See? Simple and modest and so underrated.
I don't know when or why saying these words have become so old fashioned, perhaps even out of fashion for some, but to me expressing gratitude is an important part of life. When I used to work with kids I taught my students that looking outside the little box we all create for ourselves will eventually expand our boxes and teach us to live in a bigger world. When we are able to appreciate what others do for us and express that, we are showing compassion that every person we come in contact with has the ability to impact our lives. Saying thank you to the woman who wipes our table clean at a restaurant is as equally important as saying thank you to the boss who gave us a hard earned promotion. One doesn't merit this expression of gratitude more just because it benefits us more. Authenticity and gratitude should definitely coincide. Again, a simple act of kindness is a perfect reason to express gratitude. That's what I told the kids and what I wish to practice every day. 
In our business we speak to and work with people all day long. Sometimes it's with our customers, but often it's all the behind-the-scenes people that makes our business work. Usually our colleagues consist of editors, bloggers, writers, retailers, sales people, PR people, producers, partners, sponsors and the list goes on. Sometimes we are in demand from some of these folks, sometimes not so much. Most times however, we are in a working relationship and it can become monotonous at times. The busy beauty editor will ask for products they'd like to review a day before a deadline and ask us to rush a product or a retailer will ask for a favor and we all try to work together to do our jobs as best as we can. Believe me when I tell you that it's not always glamorous and I get that we all get super busy daily, but as I notice busy people getting things done I also notice the lack of graciousness that goes into our jobs sometimes. I used to feel hurt when we'd send out samples for a retailer (who asked for products from us) to test or a beauty editor to try and once they received what they wanted or needed, nada. I used to wonder why they couldn't just send an email saying, "thank you, but we're not interested" or "we've tried your products, but they're not for us." I remember the days when I used to submit essays or short stories to the likes of Mademoiselle and Seventeen  and also receiving "rejection letters" that stated someone had read my submission and thanked me for sending my story in, it followed with they were unable to publish it at the time. Those rejection letters were extremely precious to me as I valued not just the candor, but the graciousness of an editor sitting down to write it or in some cases adding their signature to a standard letter. It seems this part of our business is now out of vogue. The art of rejection with an appreciation for the effort made. Recently, I wrote a hand written thank you to someone for something nice they did for me and received an email that read, "No worries. It's my job!" I was neither worried or amused by this kind of reply just a bit embarrassed for this person that I still enjoy immensely. It seems accepting the simplicity of appreciation was overlooked and just as when a compliment is made your way it's perfectly appropriate to respond with "You're welcome." Gratitude is kind of just brushed under now and somehow one is supposed to understood that the absence of two precious words is acceptable business practice. Well, I don't accept that and I won't stop sending thank you notes, emails and hell, even a thank you text message if I must because acknowledging gratitude is not a debt for me and I am aware I don't have to do it. I choose to make that part of my individual consequence. It's all an oxymoron if you ask me. The beauty business is all about what we can do to make us all beautiful and nothing trumps beauty from the inside out that emanates from the tender part of your heart. It's just the simplest if not the most overlooked form of beauty there is to be kind, mindful, gracious. 
There are a few things that make me really mad and rudeness is one of them. I think it's rude when someone keeps you waiting on them or doesn't return a phone call in a timely manner. I think it's rude when you send an email out and you don't receive a reply. We can probably agree that those are universal rude things, but I think it's the most rude thing of all not to say thank you to someone who has been kind to you or done something nice for you or shared something beautiful with you. It's as though someone makes a choice to receive beauty and not acknowledge it. I am learning though that instead of seeing red I should feel compassion for the person that goes through life without being able to recognize or express gratitude. My Mom used to say, "How long does it take to say thank you? A fraction of a second to say and a lifetime to remember it was said." That smart lady. I never really appreciated those words as much as I do now. As I interact with so many different people I really try my best to be mindful of all the little things we contribute to one another. I try very hard to express gratitude as often as I feel grateful. It is most often for little acts of kindness than it is for the big things that benefit me. Because truthfully that's what I come in contact with more often on a daily basis. I am aware that the kid who bags my groceries is working his way through school with his job and I need to appreciate his work for me and others. So yes, I thank the kid who bags my groceries just as I thank the new business partnership we've just made. Both in my opinion are worthy of the same type of authentic gratitude. One doesn't mean less or more. Gratitude is not the same thing as indebtedness yet I see many people treat it as such. Gratitude is simpler, truer. It is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Gratitude also correlates with our overall well-being. When it is acknowledged and practiced, gratitude can help us sleep better, feel more positive towards strife and lower stress and depression. It is a different pair of glasses that some people wear in order to see the world and live in it more modestly.
It's funny how I seek this out in others now. It's so much simpler than the long list of requirements my youthful arrogance used to make in order to accept others. Now, I'm just acutely aware of what people I work with or share my life with who are genuinely grateful. I avoid getting into long term relationships with those that lack the ability to express gratitude or more often I avoid building relationships with those that don't know better than to accept it. Karen and I have a little hand written note in our office from a certain green beauty bunny who wrote to us. It oozes sincerity with such lovely simple words, "Thank you for your gift of samples. I've enjoyed the products and appreciate your work." This darling took the time to sit down from her busy day to put a pen to paper just to express the simplest and most powerful of emotions to us and for that we're forever grateful. 
"I would maintain that thanks is the highest form of thought and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder." -Gilbert K Chesterton
  A few favorites by RMS Beauty and Kjaer Weis I love makeup! I love creamy lipsticks, inky black eyeliner, mascara that gives you Bambi lashes, blushes that sculpt cheekbones and a good foundation that covers, conceals and creates flawless skin. My love of makeup came early much to my...

For The Love Of Vogue And Makeup!


A few favorites by RMS Beauty and Kjaer Weis

I love makeup! I love creamy lipsticks, inky black eyeliner, mascara that gives you Bambi lashes, blushes that sculpt cheekbones and a good foundation that covers, conceals and creates flawless skin. My love of makeup came early much to my Mom's dismay. My sister and I would buy cheap eyeliner at our local Walgreen's and hide them in our school bags to then hurriedly apply in the bathroom before class. We looked like wild raccoons with heavily darkened eyes and big hair. We wanted to look like Madonna. It was the 80's and we were not sophisticated teenagers!

My love for makeup became an obsession after my Aunt who had come to visit forgot her Vogue, Glamour and Mademoiselle magazines at our house. I took a peek. I was a goner. I do wish I could have waited a few more years before reading such provocative magazines. I wasn't ready at 13 for all the affair confessions or cared much about summer romances (a continuing theme in Mademoiselle for some reason), but I did love the images, the models, the fashion and most of all the makeup. Luckily for me I have always had a good sense of self and didn't fall prey to hating myself for not being a 5'10', Caucasian, blue eyed, 105 pound model. I did wish the Salma Hayeks, Penelope Cruzs and Eva Mendezs of the world would have graced those pages then. I wondered where the beautiful women that looked like members of my family were hiding in the fashion and beauty world. I also couldn't quite compare the makeup colors I was loving on the pages to what it would look like on my Mediterranean skin tone. Makeup back then was created for one type of customer on the planet and that was the Caucasian woman. There was no diversity, no political correctness (men, transexuals, transgendered people weren't even considered a viable customer, yet they did buy makeup then as they do now), At least this was the case in the US. Luckily advocates of high fashion and women of color began to shout, "we love makeup too but need a darker shade of foundation!" Thank goodness for Iman and Naomi Campbell. Their megawatt supermodel power had young girls wanting to be like them and the big companies suddenly noticed and there was a bit of diversity with choices on the makeup color wheel. Jump to 2013 and this is now a non-issue. Makeup comes in all colors and for all ethnicities, which is great for us medium toned women or Asian women who had not been represented for a long time in the cosmetic industry. Supermodel Iman went on to start her own brand and create colors that suit dark skin tones and black women everywhere rejoiced and became loyal customers. Right now, as far as we have come the issue with makeup is the toxicity IN makeup. The same brands that my sister and I smeared all over our eyes and cheeks have not progressed enough to formulate healthier products. I'm not going to go into every single toxic ingredient found in makeup because I'm certain if you're reading this post you already know, but I am going to share some of my views which are personal and experienced based. 

Because I am a self admitted science nerd (or as I like to say, enthusiast) and I learned that toxins are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream when applied on the skin, I also learned that in 2013 we are carrying more chemicals in our bodies than Americans did in 1950. It worries me so much that biomonitoring is valid scientific research that proves we are overexposed to toxins yet we are not doing much to demand change. You know who conducts biomonitoring research? The CDC, other foreign governments and a few giant cosmetic companies. Surprised? I'm not going to lecture anyone either just point out that change occurs when not only we know better, but we show with the power of our dollar and voices what we are willing to tolerate. We in turn dictate how these companies treat us and I for one want to stop poisoning myself.

Recently, a very well respected friend/colleague and I had a conversation about organic brands not advertising so much in big print magazines. She had accepted a big contract with a not very clean line and maybe was feeling judged. (Hey, I have big wide and intense eyes and was born that way!) She said if only the cleaner brands would "invest" in advertising the way the "other" brands would more celebrities, models and actresses would be inclined to represent. I had a different take on the matter because as much as I love and adore my Vogue magazine (and yes, I still read it like my Bible) and as much as I look forward to the September issues and badass holiday wishlists these forms of educating, enticing and informing the masses of beauty and fashion are not consistently including us in their printed issues. We who own, operate and create organic beauty still have a way to go. We definitely have a market and we love you smart whippersnappers who discovered us and helped us grow. We also have an emerging interest from newcomers to the "clean scene" as well the newly converted who have become ingredient savvy and product-centric because they are learning (in some cases from other publishings like Organic Spa, Natural Health) the levels of quality in pure ingredients. Expensive petroleum based product vs expensive face oil made with organic, cold pressed nutrient rich ingredients? What makes more sense and is likely to give you that luminous glow the "other" company is advertising in your monthly favorite magazine? While many of us running our own businesses cannot afford to spend thousands or millions in advertising or mega campaigns that create natural beauty hysteria we are still quietly reaching out to a modern customer. They are tickled with the quality of our products and sharing with friends via word of mouth or on social media. We are slowly, but surely growing with our brands and in turn willing to invest more into our businesses. It is a process and for some of us a challenge in staying intact or deciding the next move. We need to figure out the gap and how to make the space between business reality and change come closer. Anyone remember A Night For Green Beauty? That was a small step which had huge benefits to our industry and brands and brought some very sophisticated and well dressed beauty editors to see what the fuss was about. 

Change is coming! LBF featured in Harpers

I understand these politics and play a part in them, but I also like to think I'm part of taking a stand and part of wanting my voice as both a consumer and business owner heard to create change. It has been a personal dream of mine since starting LBF to be featured in Vogue. I'd be kidding if I didn't say it is every beauty brand's dream. We'd be like a kid on Christmas morning to see the benefits of barbary fig seed oil splattered over the pages of Harpers Bazaar or Elle. I really don't think we're far off from having these major players featuring more organic and natural brands in monthly articles. The consumer has spoken and the natural and organic cosmetic industry is booming! We're excited to be a part of something better and there definitely are more strides to make and growth to be had. We do need to show our Vogues and Elles that we're serious and we're willing to advertise and support those glossy pages. It's just a matter of having the bigger kid on the block make the first move. For some of us we're boutique brands and need some revision to suit our budgets and growing pains. I mentioned this to a fantastic PR firm that wanted to represent us. They knew what we could do, but we didn't know what they could do so how do we meet in the middle and support one another's industries? We're lucky that a new kid on the block, the beauty blogger has helped our brands collectively widen our customer base. So very thankful for those enthusiasts and their vision of changing it all up. We all know some of our favorite beauty editors are using, trying, testing and loving some of the organic industry's best products and we all definitely know that one of the first changes a pregnant woman makes is to go clean and green for the health of her baby to be. So why isn't this reflecting as serious of an issue as the one I faced in the 80's when there was basically one skin type companies created products for? What is keeping awareness and our industry from becoming more mainstream? The lack of wanting to change for some of the cosmetic giants is the reason I believe it isn't happening as fast as it should and money of course. It costs a lot of money to research and change those formulations. It is an investment for the big guys to figure out how to keep product on a shelf without using all those toxic chemicals that makes them last for years in your cosmetic bag. These giants are instead investing in scoring the biggest celebrity to represent them instead of creating better products that their loyal customers deserve or going on campaigns that companies like ours cannot match...yet. Never being the type of person who can be told I can't do something, we're doing something. We do expect that change is going to happen sooner rather than later though. How much longer can some of these big brands be in "refusal" that consumers deserve better quality products than what they're giving us? How much longer before the studies that are already telling us we're poisoning ourselves gets the attention of lawmakers and policy changers and we change our laws and requirements for the health and well being of people? I don't want to wait much longer. We're going to keep doing what we're doing and pushing through these challenges and coming up with ideas to bring that gap closer. 

A few classics in my personal cosmetic bag

Some of our personal favorite clean and quality makeup, skincare and cosmetic brands include: 

Kjaer Weis

RMS Beauty

Revolution Organics

ILIA Beauty

Raw Elements USA

May Lindstrom Skin

Kahina Giving Beauty

Jin Soon

H Gillerman Organics

Alima Pure

SW Basics of Brooklyn


Josh Rosebrook

Olie Biologue

Rare Elements


and La Bella Figura of course and that's just to name a few because we love so many fellow colleagues and their fantastic products.  There are so many beautiful natural and organic brands out there and more on their way into your heart and your cosmetic bag!

If you want to know more about how to change your current regimen for an alternative cleaner one or learn more about toxins in your makeup, please get yourself a copy of No More Dirty Looks by Siobhan O'Connor and Alexandra Spunt. 


   Every morning that you wake up is another chance to start over, address the day from a fresh perspective, do it again, do it better. Some days are just a bust and it feels as though no matter what you do you are destined for high stress, late night...

Surround Yourself In Beauty Every Day


Every morning that you wake up is another chance to start over, address the day from a fresh perspective, do it again, do it better. Some days are just a bust and it feels as though no matter what you do you are destined for high stress, late night meetings, bumper to bumper obscene traffic, coffee spills, lunch on the run or being chased by wild raccoons while clearing out the garden. (Maybe that part is just me!) There is such a thing as Sunday Night Blues where we are suddenly consumed with anxiety and mild depression over the notion that our low stress, carefree weekend is over and we're getting back to a busy work week. Bless teachers and educators because as soon as 60 Minutes comes on Sunday evening the high gear anxiety hits yet there they are at their desk Monday mornings ready to shine! We all have some point in our days or nights where we begin to feel monotonous. It's quite normal otherwise no one would have invented vacations and we'd never know the joys of lazy summer days reading on the beach. 

So how do we cope while we must engage in "monotonous" activities like work, school, raising kids and simply living? This is where the Spaniard in me rejoices and comes out to celebrate little moments and visual beauty. The life of an entrepreneur is not glamorous. Not even a little bit. It's all about super early mornings, late nights, phone calls at weird hours (3am to Morocco or midnight with someone in Australia, anyone?), emails, social media, team meetings, more emails, research, producers, retailers, formulating, employees, events, planes, trains and automobiles. Oh, did I mention late nights? There has to be some time during a busy day where we accept our limitations, take a break from the computer, breathe deeply and immerse ourselves in a touch of beauty. You just must do it! Otherwise you won't have much to look forward to and your skin will fall off your face. That's a joke of course, but not by much! Stress and monotony is gray colored in your mind and soul

The reason Spaniards won't give up their siestas (midday breaks where naps are taken or long lunches at home with family) are because they prove to be more productive in the quality of life of the Spaniard. Recently, the hardship of Spain's economy have caused some business owners to forego siestas and include the stress of worrying about moneymaking, well the health of many Spaniards has become a huge concern. Looking forward to siesta was the little bit of beauty some folks had and while in our culture we cannot escape for an afternoon nap there are many things we can do to receive the physiological benefits of experiencing a little beauty.


I like to start the day looking out my window to catch the sunrise whenever I can. The sun rising and the colors that explode like fireworks in the clouds is my religion. It also puts me in check that it is the start of a fresh day and a new opportunity for something great. I like buying myself pretty flowers to keep by my bedside table or on my desk. I don't ignore them either and often take pictures to Instagram or just mesmerize in their incredible beauty. I do little things for myself like take my lunch outside to the park to eat al fresco or when I'm lucky I coordinate lunch with my sister so we can catch up and she can fill me in about university life and all of her eccentric academic colleagues. I call my Mom around teatime while I actually make myself a beautiful tea that I serve in pretty cups. I apply a dose of Buenos Aires perfume or Istanbul and refresh my skin with a spray of our coconut, jasmine and rose scented Jardin de Fleurs. The scent of perfume makes a huge olfactive contribution to my mood and takes me away for a brief moment to someplace magical. Sometimes, if I'm having a super tough day I visual travel. Nothing cures a sullen mood more for me than a YouTube video of my beloved Costa Brava where the water is so blue and the sun is shining bright. Music does it for me too, but I tend to get carried away and can easily get lost in the beats and decide to call it a day in search of a dance party. There is always a little something one can do to have a little moment to unwind, to imagine, to experience beauty. The key to surrounding ourselves in beauty every day is to realize we were not meant to be in chronic stress mode and it's okay to take a break once in a while to recharge our batteries and rejuvenate our tired souls. As my smart little Abuelita used to say, "life is for the living and the ones that don't already know that are just dying slowly." So now tell me, what will you do today to surround yourself in beauty? It's going to rewind your spirit and give you that little charge. We promise!  


xo Victoria

Lauren Hutton has grown even more deeply into her beauty   Who doesn't want to look as beautiful as Angela Basset?    I no longer get excited when my birthday approaches. As a matter of fact, I try really hard to pretend it's not happening. I don't mention it to...

Our Take On Aging And Prevention

Lauren Hutton has grown even more deeply into her beauty


Who doesn't want to look as beautiful as Angela Basset? 


I no longer get excited when my birthday approaches. As a matter of fact, I try really hard to pretend it's not happening. I don't mention it to friends, post it on my Facebook page or make too much of a big deal about it. These days birthday excitement is left to my surprises for my young nieces and nephews and doesn't relate to me at all. It's not because I necessarily despise getting older, it's more that it's not as much fun as it used to be. Basically, I've gotten over it. Don't get me wrong, I look forward to dinner with the same group of friends I've been sharing my birthday with for years because it feels special to spend time with people I love and enjoy seeing. I completely appreciate that part more. I would not, however enjoy it if they broke out in song or made the restaurant rally around us with unaffected smiles just waiting for it to be over. Presents? I take care of myself and the things I need or want so I don't feel the same about presents on a birthday either. I don't want to sound ungrateful, but I think the fact that my busy friends (some who have children) taking a day out of their lives to spend with me is the gift I want. I'm not embarrassed of growing older, I don't lie about my age or fear it they way some women do. You won't see me wrapping my face in a scarf trying to cover up, but I also was not laughing my butt off when I saw a gray hair mocking me in the mirror on the very day I turned 45. I guess I have some complicated and mixed feelings about growing older like most of us do. Yet, I do anticipate the future when I will be that little old lady still climbing mountains and using good face serums. I wonder what will become of all those nieces and nephews and I have a pact with a group of friends that I can't wait to fulfill and it's only going to happen when we're all older. Told you it was complicated. 

This year I noticed a lot of things happening to my body, health and skin that I never noticed before. I'm lucky that I have good genes and chronic wrinkles and balding isn't particularly common in my family. My little Abuelita had rosy petal soft skin until they day she died and a head full of thick hair, albeit completely gray. The things I have noticed this year kinda freaked me out. I have always been rather vain about my hands. They are slender with long, slim fingers and smooth, even olive colored skin. They still are, but this year I noticed a spot on my left hand. It was brown, circular and brand spanking new. I pointed it out to anyone who'd listen, My Mom and sister thought I was making a big deal about nothing, but I knew that brown spot was not there just a few weeks prior and now it was. Some call these age spots, some call them sun spots, I called it unsightly and unwelcome. I was anxious that others would follow and my hands would begin to crinkle like paper and age right before my eyes. I began to pay attention and immediately began treating it. It's almost gone, but I have a feeling it will just stay that way, faded like an old photograph, but forever imprinted in my memory. As I mentioned briefly, I also found not one, but two purely silver hairs in August this year and my heart began to palpitate. I know it's not such a big deal to find a gray hair, but I've been lucky not to have them and I have never colored my hair in my life so I suddenly feared having to find a clean hair coloring system and spending gazillions of dollars going to my hairstylist every 6 weeks. I also noticed a creak in my left knee that has slowed me down while hiking up various mountains and of course, the weight gain. This part is the most cruel in my opinion. My whole life I was a skinny, super fast runner that never once worried about eating too much and suddenly I am obsessed with calories and what I can substitute in order to allow myself a few cookies or a slice of chocolate cake. Damn you aging hormones, can you just allow me to eat what I want?!!!

Even though I'm complaining I honestly have to say I have not considered going nuts and running to a plastic surgeon. For me it would be nuts, since I am a certified doctor avoider and not much into discomfort as a general rule. I haven't considered injecting my skin with bee venom, botox or bathing in powdered diamonds. Nope, I invest in my research and create high quality formulas for our line. What we create for our customers and retailers we mostly create for our own needs. I believe in prevention and living well daily will help me pro-age. (If you are unfamiliar with the term "pro-aging", it's simply growing older with grace and preventative measures). I read and I listen to people I trust. I conceal with makeup or good lighting and I cherish the few laugh lines I have around my eyes. I've had a lot to be happy and grateful for and if I had to choose physically showing my gratitude on my face over the rest of my lifetime spent in fear of aging I'd throw in several more laugh lines and smile like a crazy fox all day long. Life is too short to spend being too conscious of preserving one's youth. These days I'm more focused on being a better person. A happy person with a rich life full of great adventures, wonderful friends and exciting experiences. We should take notice on how we feel more and celebrate that we are smarter, more generous, forgiving, open, kinder, reflective, willing, adventurous and internally beautiful as we grow into our better selves. If you are reading this and think: This is utter bullshit! You may still just be too young to fully appreciate this post. You'll see. One day you will wake up and discover your bosom isn't as perky and maybe you'll waste some tears and cry a little, but then you think, "I'm heading over to Nordstrom to get that new super lift up bra" and you'll put on your makeup, step out of your apartment and make a pitstop to Starbucks where the cute young cashier will flirt with you and you'll know...I still got IT! And you always will. Growing older is a privilege and some of us will know that as we use or super serums to maintain our unique beauty and live our wonderful lives.

Cheers to a good Vitamin C product! 

 xoxo Victoria

Victoria at 45 and maintaining it! 

    We're in our second week of October and the changing of the seasons is pretty apparent as it takes a toll on our skin. Colder weather tends to bring out chapped, dry and unbalanced skin with the loss of moisture in the air and some seasonal allergies, which...

The Great October Skin Challenge Contest



We're in our second week of October and the changing of the seasons is pretty apparent as it takes a toll on our skin. Colder weather tends to bring out chapped, dry and unbalanced skin with the loss of moisture in the air and some seasonal allergies, which can also increase certain skin problems. Well we're here to help and we're going to make it fun with a little Instagram contest that starts today, October 11 and ends on October 30! Read the rules and learn how your uploads and fun questions will all be carefully reviewed by us.

To Enter: You will need to follow us on Instagram and use the hashtags #labellafigurabeauty #octoberskin. Our Instagram account is @labellafigurabeauty

We want to see you post the healthy things you're doing for your skin. Are you using La Bella Figura? Then upload  your product shots! Are you juicing or eating better? Show us that too! Each time you upload your healthy skin habits remember to include our contest hashtags: #labellafigurabeauty #octoberskin and ask us questions so we can help guide you to a radiant complexion this fall with our products. The more visible you are by liking, sharing posting and reposting, the better the chances we will notice you and you'll increase your chance to win. (Only Instagrams uploads of LBF products or your healthy habits qualify you. We won't accept tags of other brand posts as part of our contest.)

How We Will Choose The Winner: We will choose a winner based on public visibility and how witty and clever you use our hashtags and are out there sharing the LBF love. Simple. Fair. Fun.

What You Will Win: A super lucky person will win our new Modern Radiance Concentrate, Jardin de Fleurs Skin Aficionado, Skin Aficionado Body Elixir and all three of our new perfume blends, Istanbul, San Miguel and Positano for a value over $540 worth of La Bella Figura products!

Rules: You must be over 18 to enter and receive the ultimate prize. One contest entry per household. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents for free shipping. If you are outside the US and wish to enter you will need to pay the shipping costs of your winnings. Please note that customs may also stipulate some overage fees, which we will not be responsible for.

So, what are you waiting for? Follow us on Instagram and let The Great October Skin Challenge begin!



Can we all look like Cindy as we deboard a flight? Maybe not, but close! I am the weird woman people stare at who pulls out a cleverly designed TSA approved clear cosmetic bag with all of my bottles of oils, potions and balms as soon as I sit down...

How To Prepare For A Long Flight And Create A Stellar Carryon Cosmetic Case

Can we all look like Cindy as we deboard a flight? Maybe not, but close!

I am the weird woman people stare at who pulls out a cleverly designed TSA approved clear cosmetic bag with all of my bottles of oils, potions and balms as soon as I sit down in my seat. I've actually converted a regular cream moisturizer fan around explaining the value of a direct high grade oil for skin nourishment to one curious woman from Minnesota. I apply a few drops of pure barbary fig seed oil onto my cheeks and forehead which are more prone to experience dryness for me. I then apply a light coat of Decouverte Under Eye Repair Serum under my eyes and above my lips and lightly pat in to nourish and moisturize. Lately, ever since the sweet and lovely Hope Gillerman, aromatherapist and holistic healer sent me her Stress Remedy I've been carrying that everywhere and it's definitely coming along on a long flight. In order to receive the healing benefits of true aromatherapy you need to use as directed. A few drops applied on wrists, temples, on your chest or clavicle are spots I tend to favor. I like when my scarf infuses with the Stress Remedy and ends up smelling fresh of vetiver, lavender and blood orange. Bonus. I also use Alexis Smart Flower Remedies, this time I'll be using the First Aid Kit known to help with anxiety and trauma. I will also test a new face cream formula we're developing at the end of my flight to soothe redness and any inflammation that may have occurred. If it works as I expect it to this may be THE ONE that makes the cut. I wanted to sum up what I bring on board with the picture and list below, otherwise you would be reading all my weird habits and step by step moments that may be too long to sustain your interest.
Our first facial cream is in the works and it's pink!
Check out the contents of my cosmetic bag below. If there is anything I should add that you've used on long flights please comment and share! We want to learn from you.

Inside My Carryon Cosmetic Bag
Gentle Cleansing Wipes
Stress Remedy by H Gillerman Organics
Argan Hand Cream by Leaves of Trees
Kusmi Tea (I bring my own tea everywhere!)
Revolution Organics Freedom Gloss In Freedom Red
Hurraw Lip Balm
Protein Bars
Pure Barbary Fig Seed Oil
Decouverte Under Eye Repair Serum
Rainforest Hydration Treatment



This is just what I carry on board for the process of super long flights. Bon voyage beauties! I will miss you, but bring you back a special treat no doubt.:)
Emotions are a funny thing. Some of us say we can't control them, some of us have no problem expressing them no matter what the situation, and some of us never allow our emotions to get the best of us. Sometimes we are very in tune with our emotions and...

Detox Your Anger, Detox Your Skin

Emotions are a funny thing. Some of us say we can't control them, some of us have no problem expressing them no matter what the situation, and some of us never allow our emotions to get the best of us. Sometimes we are very in tune with our emotions and can process them in a healthy way so we aren't reactive when we find ourselves in awkward situations. I've always admired composed types that can hold an emotion until they are comfortable enough to deal with it later, dissecting what caused them to feel hurt, angry or sad and articulately express it if appropriate. I myself am more of the "emotionally expressive" type. I let it out and let it go. I'm not the kind of person to hold grudges, but also not the admirable self composed thoughtful type. The thing with me is I don't believe in waiting around for emotions to keep me prisoner. I like confronting things and sometimes that makes others uncomfortable. So, a few weeks ago when I found myself in a situation where someone rattled me with their explosion of emotions, disappointments, rudeness and refused to talk it out, well it led me to...breakout. I held in my disappointment, my need to let it out, work it out and let bygones be and instead I directed this person's passive aggression at myself and was physically punished for it with an ugly breakout and scaly patches on my face. You may think that's crazy, but there is nothing crazier than what anger, stress and chronic disappointment can do to your skin and body. It can make you look like hell!

Scientifically, it all makes sense. Stress and anger change chemicals in your brain and can induce an influx of adrenaline, norepinephrine and cortisol. In the brain, the part that deals with emotion called amygalda goes crazy when you're angry and you can react in a flash and cause a fight or flight reaction. There is a split second at the time of a triggered event when you feel the physical effect with your "blood boiling" or skin feeling flushed or heated. There is also an actual physiological  process when blood rushes to the frontal lobe and the neurological response to anger subsides quickly and you can make significant choices not to knock someone out and behave civilly. Prior to that all heck can break loose and often we say or do things we regret later. What I've just described lasts only two seconds, but produces a neurological change that isn't quite healthy and takes a toll on our body. Our skin always reflects these hits first. It's a true thing that a blemish will erupt when you lose your marbles or does that just happen to me? Our skin is supposed to "detox" and these quick hormone imbalances unregulate the cells that produce sebum which have receptors for stress. If you're a teacher or a parent you have probably helped calm down a hotheaded kid by asking them to count to ten. Well, it works like a charm! Try it on yourself the next time you find yourself in a stressful or angry situation. It may take some practice because it requires one to include rationale and make the choice to calm down and count it down. It may save you from seeing a few blemishes on your face too.

On the opposite side of the spectrum people that are more level headed and aware of their emotions experience less skin trauma. We can all learn skills that can help us stay as cool as a cucumber though besides counting to ten. Meditation, yoga, dancing, writing, painting. For me, adventures in the outdoors is very therapeutic and transformative. Yeah, I'm that person that literally goes for a walk when I get hot under the collar. Going back to the situation in which I was in with a predicament with a person who didn't like confrontation and refused to resolve their problems as rationally as I would have (talking helps people!). I attempted to resolve the situation in every way I could think of, but I was denied and ignored. I had to come to the conclusion that there was nothing I could do about someone else's emotional state even if I was being accused of being their cause of disappointment and strife. We are only responsible for what is within the realm of reason to want to change. I accepted that eventually and damn if my skin didn't clear up quickly and radiate better health in two days! I got over it and it was a momentous feeling. I made the choice to put that strife behind me and step forward instead of bending backwards to fix it or convince someone to talk it out with me and problem solve. (My teacher days are deep instilled.)

Human beings are so fascinating. I'm always caught in between an overwhelming love for mankind and a tragic sense of sadness at how we treat one another. I have learned in this life that more often than not we tend to share more positive attributes than negative ones. Balance is the key to everything right? So after dealing with a person who triggered a revenue of complicated emotions for me I decided to let it go and wish peace upon the anger I experienced and the anger that manifested for that person that was unable to transform. It's the best one can do. We move on, we grow, flourish or we hold root, decay and grow ugly. Doesn't growing and flourishing sound much better?

Hiking in the California forest made my skin beautiful!

After eight months of preparation, A Night For Green Beauty came and went with incredible spirit and enthusiasm from all who popped in and our friends and supportive online community. It was truly inspiring to meet the visionary women behind some of the best natural beauty brands around. The room...

The Success Of Collaboration

After eight months of preparation, A Night For Green Beauty came and went with incredible spirit and enthusiasm from all who popped in and our friends and supportive online community. It was truly inspiring to meet the visionary women behind some of the best natural beauty brands around. The room was packed with curious customers, fans, beauty editors, beauty bloggers and retailers who flew in from different cities and in some cases different countries. Everyone's products looked so gorgeous displayed on white tables or little nooks around the lovely space of James Corbett's Flatiron studio. Pretty much everyone was thrilled to meet the talented and kind Katey Denno as well as health and beauty coach Jolene Hart. Pressed Juicery was a huge hit with their skin beautifying drinks refreshing all of us on a warm NYC evening. My sister volunteered to pour the juices and create delicious cocktails and her humor and fun demeanor had the crowds coming back for more. It was just one of those nights where everyone came together, had fun and wanted more. As soon as it was over we bid sad farewells from one another and wishes for another chance to come together and do it again soon. You can bet we'll make it happen.

I've always been a social butterfly, a connector of sorts. When I meet someone I'm usually pretty quiet as I like to hear someone else's life story and learn about who they are. I am a good judge of character (most times) and I can sense immediately if I want to pursue a friendship or relationship and then I do! When I was a teacher I was always charmed by the friendships a seven year old makes. They do not alter their egos or adjust themselves to fit into someone's expectation. Most seven year olds are quite genuine and are free to be who they really are. I always advise people to go ahead and make friends like a seven year old because it's easy and so much more fun. Karen and I have been able to make some friendships with some amazing people we honor and admire and at our event we were touched by the outpouring of gratitude and appreciation from the brand owners, editors, bloggers and customers who wanted to thank us for putting the event together. I took it as a testament to who we are a business and who we are as people. Karen and I love our community and are extremely supportive to another entrepreneur who may just be coming in to this business or growing their business. We are cheerleaders for other women and their opportunities for expansion that offer even more opportunity to others. We knew collaborating with this fantastic group of kind and powerful women would be a success. It was all a matter of having a vision and the passion to execute it. We had a great team who helped coordinate details and who took care of the little snafus that occur when working with busy schedules and so many people involved. An extra special kudos to Amy Dufault and Susan Linney for being our glue and sometimes hammer. Not an easy task, but they got the job done! Collaboration is wonderful thing when ego is left out and vision is presented. Those with drive can see clearly while those that operate on fear cannot. All of these great brands you met at at the event or participated are visionary and have drive to spare. It is the reason it came together so well and the reason everyone is still talking about it.

We would like to thank special guests Jolene Hart, Katey Denno and Joanna Vargas for participating and sharing their expertise. It is experts like these who guide us in the right direction to create our products and continue to educate those seeking to know more about natural and green beauty. We would also like to thank James Corbett and his team for providing a great space for us to come together and their awesome hairstyling bar that had the fashionistas walking out the door so chic. An extra special thanks must be acknowledged to our incredible sponsors The Chalkboard Magazine and Pressed Juicery who understand that beauty and health are connected. Thank you for donating delicious juices and making the New York crowd delighted with your treats. We couldn't have asked for more wonderful people to work with on our first A Night For Green Beauty pop up. It was a dream come true! We have already been approached about the next one and all we can say is we need a vacation first, but you can count on the next event being bigger and more green beauty packed for sure!

Karen King and Victoria Fantauzzi-Founders of La Bella Figura

Alexandra Zanella, Katherine L'Heureux, Victoria Fantauzzi and Lina Hanson

Our new perfumes, Istanbul, San Miguel and Positano debuted.

The lovely Britta Aragon of CV Skinlabs and beautiful friends

The wonderful Jolene Hart and awesome Mayna aka The Juice Pusher

Blogger Love for Sussanah Compton, Brittanie Faith and Kimberly Wallace

       If you're wondering what in the heck does it mean to "oxygenate your skin" worry and wonder no longer. In medical terms it simply means allowing oxygen molecules to enter the tissues of our bodies. Of course this happens naturally as we live and breathe, but we...

Oxygenate Your Skin To Radiant Health




If you're wondering what in the heck does it mean to "oxygenate your skin" worry and wonder no longer. In medical terms it simply means allowing oxygen molecules to enter the tissues of our bodies. Of course this happens naturally as we live and breathe, but we can aid and increase oxygen delivery to skin cells with a few methods that are simple and effective. Many aestheticians are now providing their clients with oxygen facials using pressurized oxygen, acid and customized serums to deliver intense hydration to cells in order to plump up the connective tissue between the cells to create a smoother and younger appearance to your complexion. While we can't all run out to do these on a monthly basis (Can we?) we can take steps to increase oxygen flow to the skin. When we moisturize we attempt to capture hydration in our cells which is vital to skin health and to prolong free radical damage. Some scientists believe that cancer cannot thrive in an oxygen rich environment. Some holistic nutritionists encourage a diet rich in greens, chlorophyll, seaweed, and fermented foods because these all create oxygen rich blood and help balance PH levels and keep the body alkaline which is believed to resist disease and sickness. All I know is that the more we care for our internal health the more likely you will see that reflected on your skin health .All those green loving vegans and vegetarians are on to something! Most green foods such as kale, spinach, broccoli, chard, brussel sprouts contain Vitamin K, which promotes good circulation and helps strengthen blood vessel walls. So eat those green veggies or drink them in fresh pressed juices
There are other simply ways to increase oxygen flow to your skin besides eating or drinking foods high in Vitamin K. One of my favorites is applying pure raw honey onto the skin for cleansing and treatment. My favorite for this has been manuka honey, but I'm also enjoying cold packed pinetree honey and buckwheat honey which is high in Vitamin C. These honeys all contain some levels of hydrogen peroxide and when you cleanse rubbing the honey "into" your skin in small circular motion helps to oxidize the hydrogen peroxide and therefore increase blood flow to the skin. Hydrogen peroxide comes in several dilutions and the high levels found naturally in some honeys, such as manuka come in extremely beneficial levels because of an enzyme the bees contribute to the honey which cause a slow release action, combined with sodium from your skin this chemical process kills bacteria and infected tissue quite efficiently. On its own hydrogen peroxide is a highly reactive oxygen species, a compound with an oxygen-oxygen single bond and the simplest peroxide. If you try the honey cleansing and rub it in circular motions you can actually see the hydrogen peroxide become effervescent and change color right on your skin. The inclusion of vitamins and bio active factors in honeys contribute antioxidant delivery to cells, which strengthen and repair from free radical damage. Pretty amazing! Do you see why we seek and geek out over natural remedies to cure and heal the skin? You just can't beat science. 
These are very simple methods to increase that fresh, healthy glow to your skin and not so difficult, right? You can definitely try those oxygen facials or try a few easy methods that will help bring that coveted I just spent a month at the spa look right at home.

1. Eat more green veggies. Raw is better, hence the reason green juices are so popular. Drink your juices!

2. Try honey cleansing and use the circular rubbing method. Simply applying and rinsing off won't be as effective. 

3. Chlorophyll supplements help to create nitrogen rich blood. Or drink chlorophyll daily, but in the realm of honesty I do not have the time to drink a tall glass of chlorophyll in the am nor would I like it if I did have the time. You can be smart and simply add chlorophyll to your green juice also. 
4. Give yourself a face massage after applying your face oils or serums. I use the pads on my fingertips and lightly "flutter" or tap the product into my skin. Mostly to increase circulation and bring blood flow to these areas. You can try these tips for a more thorough self face massage. It feels good and it does help make things flow and flush your skin to look healthy. 

We hope you try these easy steps to oxygenate and get the results that can really improve your complexion and improve your skin health. Let us know how it works for you! 


    Artwork created for La Bella Figura by NYC based artist Alessandra Olanow   Maybe you’ve heard us mention once or twice (or a hundred times if you follow us on social media) about an upcoming event that will be the first collaboration of its kind kicking off New York...

La Bella Figura Presents: A Night For Green Beauty


 Artwork created for La Bella Figura by NYC based artist Alessandra Olanow


Maybe you’ve heard us mention once or twice (or a hundred times if you follow us on social media) about an upcoming event that will be the first collaboration of its kind kicking off New York Fashion Week this year. It even has a name and a hashtag to follow on Twitter, A Night For Green Beauty is what we decided to call our revolutionary concept because we feel the time for clean, non-toxic beauty products is now and we want to celebrate how far we’ve come and how it’s no longer just about the fear of parabens, chemicals or other scary stuff, but about quality, effectiveness and glamour back on your vanity table and in your handbags. The days of patchouli scented everything are gone and now we’re delving into luxurious face oils made with fair trade and organic fruit and vegetable oils, rich creams and efficacious face masks that bring radiance and health back to lackluster skin just as well or even better as the conventional products we’ve been using for ages. We now hear beauty editors oohing and ahhing over the newest organic Kjaer Weis mascara or the hydrating lip color pencils on everyone’s beauty list by Ilia. Beauty bloggers are adding organic skincare products to their wishlists and unveiling their much coveted bottles of face oils on their YouTube channels with as much enthusiasm as a kid opening up a gift on Christmas day. As one of our favorite natural loving makeup artists said, “The time has arrived for natural and organic beauty” and who can argue with an expert like Katey Denno who dabbles in all things beauty and has seen and tried it all!

La Bella Figura is still a young company with a handful of employees willing to work hard and who are truly committed to producing fantastic hand-crafted artisan products. What I love most about our team is that we came on board with hardly any expectations and no formal business schooling, certainly no rich investors throwing wads of cash at us and telling us “there’s more where that came from!”  We’ve been through every business adversity one could think of and learned plenty of newbie lessons. We’ve been snubbed, we’ve been ripped off and on one occasion we were majorly scammed (such a crazy and somewhat funny story now), but all those incidents have been rewarding in their own way. You can’t learn that in business school or from a book and just like in life these lessons enrich you and make you want to be better and strive towards goals to also do better. So when an opportunity arose like it did last year and we were approved to create an event for Fashion’s Night Out we thought, why not combine brands with the same innovative drive as us and do this together?! As a group, as a community, as a movement working to bring safe, effective and beautiful beauty products to those that crave it! Why not turned into a mission and LBF decided to reach out to all of our favorite natural brands and extend invitations to join us for a virtual Twitter party to share with all of our customers, fans and the mildly curious with what we do and why we do it! It was such a huge success and people were left wanting more and to learn more about clean, healthy products that made a difference to the planet, in our customers lives and to this emerging growing market of safe beauty. Because that giant Twitter party was so successful and all of the brands that participated were also excited, La Bella Figura came back this year with an even crazier idea…let’s make this party live! We wanted to open it to the public so they can come see for themselves who we all are and how much passion every brand owner has invested in what essentially is not just makeup or perfume or skincare, but lifestyle brands that seek beauty and wellness without compromise.We also wish be present and engaging in a way that makes beauty shopping more desirable and definitely much more fun and approachable. We all have our motivating stories and they're all good ones, but mostly what we have in common as beauty brands is a high standard of quality and passion that drive us to work hard and create gorgeous products. There is nothing like the soul of a real entrepreneur. You live and breathe what you produce and you don't stop. You get...better. This event is a reflection of that attitude we wish to share with our fans, customers and anyone that appreciates product to market transparency.

We are thrilled to have the James Corbett Studio in NYC provide his beautiful, elegant studio for this collaboration. James is a master hairstylist and colorist and over the years has been turning towards more non toxic alternatives himself even offering an array of green shampoos and conditioners and a beauty apothecary at his salon to guide his clients to cleaner options. Through his personal experiences James founded a non-profit he appropriately named Hair2Help, which offers free beauty and wellness services to those fighting cancer and their caregivers in need of what we all need sometimes, a place for respite and pampering to feel good and beautiful. His desire to help those with cancer is growing and with a heart made of gold James finds it hard to turn someone down even when his busy schedule doesn’t allow a minute more for anything else. James has a vision for Hair2Help and we hope to bring awareness to his cause and expand this incredible generous and healing program. It’s people like James that we love working with because we’re also “outside the box” kind of thinkers and these are the types to create real change and make a difference in the lives of others.

We’re also off our rockers excited to have found sponsors that believe wellness and health is not a fad, but the medicine we all need to lead good productive lives. We are smiling with joy to have The Chalkboard Magazine and California based Pressed Juicery as visionary sponsors for our event. 

And now for the fun details that are intoxicatingly fun…A Night For Green Beauty is the first all natural beauty pop up collaboration featuring the best in green beauty to kick off Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York. We will have an organic beauty oasis with celebrity makeup artist Katey Denno on hand to provide a few of her magical touches and best makeup tips. Health and beauty expert Jolene Hart will share her knowledge on how to eat or in this case drink for beauty with delicious, fresh Pressed Juicery juices. The James Corbett team will have the most glamorous braid bar for stylish touch ups and quick how-to advice using sexy natural haircare products. And finally, if you read any fashion magazine you have certainly heard of facialist to the stars, Joanna Vargas who will be providing mini consults and her best advice for your most gorgeous skin. This party is going to be AMAZING and our colleagues and the brand owners will be available to answer your questions and guide you through the best of their products. If you happen to be in New York on September 4 please stop by and join us. Otherwise stay tuned on our social media, follow The Chalkboard Magazine or sign up at for up to the minute news about the event.

We are seriously excited to bring our vision to life and share the abundance of natural and non toxic products with so many. La Bella Figura is extra excited to introduce six NEW all natural products to our skincare and perfume line which will debut at A Night For Green Beauty with many of the participating brands also unveiling new launches so it will be the ultimate beauty party! Thank you to our customers, family and friends for cheering us on and being there every step of our dreams with us. It’s because of you that we have long ago succeeded in being forward thinking and conscientious entrepreneurs and now we want to share that love with the world! 

Stay tuned for even more fantastic announcements and details and we'll see you in New York so get ready to get your beautiful on with the real good stuff!

In wellness and always in beauty,

Victoria and Karen (and the LBF team)

La Bella Figura

Modern Radiance Concentrate-A Vitamin C Gel Cream

  Being smacked dab in the middle of summer is both a great thing and a hard thing. The bounty of summer fruit and vegetables is always my favorite part. I am always in awe over simple foods providing my palate such thrills. Throwing zucchini, eggplant or asparagus on the...

Skin In The City And Two Excellent DIY Recipes


Being smacked dab in the middle of summer is both a great thing and a hard thing. The bounty of summer fruit and vegetables is always my favorite part. I am always in awe over simple foods providing my palate such thrills. Throwing zucchini, eggplant or asparagus on the grill transforms a meal and a splash of fresh lemon or balsamic vinegar adds a coveted and rich kiss to veggies just pulled out of the garden. There are picnics to plan, beach dates, trips to the pool with my crew of nieces and nephews and the long warm days turn into blissful summer evenings filled with watching fireflies and indulging with ice cream on the front steps as we revel in life like no other time of the year. Summer is just filled with simple joyous moments! From a beauty standpoint however, summer is tough on us. Hot sticky days make me look like Medusa melting away and my skin becomes congested no matter how much water, Green Goddess juices or coconut water I drink. (Funny how vacations make the skin glow!) What is a beauty obsessed girl to do? Time to go back to basics we say and kind of chill out. No pun intended.

Skin in big cities seem to suffer the most.  And some of the biggest sins are committed during this time as well. Too many beauty gals end up using harsh soap on their face and over-wash their hair to feel squeaky clean. Getting skueaky clean means losing natural skin oils that protect and balance important hormones. When you’re living in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles or even Toronto (hot as heck when I visited just last week) summer can be a killer for your skin if you don’t take precaution and we are all about skin smarts at La Bella Figura. We wrote a great blog post last year with excellent tips on how to care for your skin, but we wanted to write a little about what to avoid to preserve your good habits and keep your skin from whacking out completely.

After nearly two days in Toronto where it was hotter than it was in Chicago and quite humid I looked in the mirror and saw my skin congested with a few dry patches. Yes, it happens your skin can quickly dry out in humidity! There wasn’t much I could do while I was traveling, but I knew as soon as I got back home I was going to give my skin a long Bio Active Healing Mask treatment and a gentle face bath with our new Jardin de Fleurs Skin Revitalizer, my skin felt great and the dry patches were exfoliated away with the vanilla seeds and rich minerals from the healing mask. Glad to report my skin looks great this week, but I had to remember to pamper myself a bit during extreme temperatures. I really should have done the mask before the trip as it maintains a good PH balance and is very moisturizing and helps exfoliate dead skin cells. This would have avoided the dry patches from forming. Thinking ahead is important for summer skin.

If you are trying to keep your skin in consistently good condition while living fast in the city a few DIY treatments with a committed skin care regimen can make all the difference in the world. One of my new favorite DIY is a PH balancing and bacteria clearing toner. We like this because our skin suffers a lot of exhaust absorption and some of the particles in a poof of city bus exhaust will remain topically on your skin as well. If you’ve ever wondered what all the yucky dark stuff rinsing off your face at the end of the day is you can blame it on that! In any case, after cleansing your face when you walk in the door from urban outings, try this toner before applying serums or moisturizers and you’ll begin to see a consistent reaction and good PH balance. We also recommend, very strongly recommend you boost up your acidophilus and good bacteria intake. This will help with all the contributors that also increases acne outbreaks. We receive many alarmed emails about acne during summer and a great deal of people believe it’s the hot weather when it’s really is a few contributing factors one can easily eliminate. Stressed skin causes overactive sebum production, skin congestion, and chronic touching of the face with unclean hands (when your pores are swelled with moisture thus allowing your skin to absorb bacteria faster) will lead to more breakouts. When I see someone touch their face on the subway after they were holding on to the train strap I want to scream out, "NOOOOO!" It’s such a big no-no and we aren’t even conscious of this thread of infection that will undoubtedly show up on our face by the end of the day.


Nicole Ritchie always maintains a lovely bohemian summer vibe!

Hair is another cause of skin congestion and breakouts because some people use too many products and then allow hair to touch skin by being loose and free. If you can’t cut back on your hair products try one of the sweet summer hairstyles from Pinterest. I am of those people that never really learned how to fix her hair so I mostly wear my hair loose and bohemian, but I’m learning from Karen (the other half of LBF) because she always wears her hair so chic with darling side brains, or French twists. (Oh, how I wish Karen could fix my hair up for me everyday, but one day I’m going to learn all her secrets. She’s great at applying makeup too!) I do not like using a lot of hair products, as a matter of fact I hardly ever use anything besides a few drops of Bohemia Verde Aromatic Hair Elixir. I’m a wash, air dry and go type and on days I curl (often th rest of the year) and blowdry (hardly ever) I add a drop or two of BV to smooth out frizz, style and go. I dislike crunchy hair so I will NEVER use hairspray or mousse or any hair product that won’t allow my tresses to move about freely. I also find these products contain a lot of alcohol which fries your hair with overuse. I do love a clean beach wave product and there are a few that are lovely, but generally I make a DIY beach wave spray that’s easy, adds texture and detoxes from tons of hair product use with the secret ingredient of...baking soda. Keeping hair clean will keep skin clear so when you can use headbands to keep bangs off your face. Top knots are so very, very chic and comfortable and I was able to master this style quite easily.

It's all about conscious maintenance and you can have beautiful skin all summer long! Enjoy summer while it lasts and have fun with your weekly masks, DIY recipes and daily serums and moisturizers.

In beauty and good health,

xo Victoria


DIY Skin Clearing Summer Toner

1/2 cup organic apple cider vinegar

1 cup water

A few organic lemon peels

a tablespoon of fresh thyme leaves

At a low temperature heat lemon peels and thyme leaves in water for about 10 minutes. You want this to simmer and not to boil. Take off heat after 10 minutes and allow to cool. Strain lemon and thyme leaves and add the healing mixture into a clean bottle then add the apple cider vinegar, shake and you're ready to use! Keep the toner in the fridge for about a week and use on a cotton pad after cleansing daily. 

DIY Volumizing Sea Salt Bohemian Spray

1/2 cup coconut water

1 1/2 cups rose water

1 teaspoon sea salt (I use Spanish sea salt, very fine) 

1/2 teaspoon coconut oil 

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

At low temperature heat the rose water in a pan and add salt, baking soda and coconut oil to combine. Take of heat when coconut oil melts (this is a rather quick process) and allow to cool then add pure coconut water, mix gently and add to a spray bottle, shake and spritz on slightly damp hair. You can also use on dry hair to add texture and volume. I like to twist my hair into four separate knots allow to dry, then let loose for truly lovely soft waves. Add a few drops of Bohemia Verde Aromatic Hair Elixir to ends to keep well conditioned. Ta-da, you're now a gorgeous carefree summer beach nymph!

    Co-founder of La Bella Figura, Victoria shares her two favorite LBF products and why she doesn't like to be without them!  We are working on a series of new videos and behind the scenes from our lab. Let us know if there is something you have always wanted...

Co-Founder Victoria's Two 'Must Have' LBF Products!



Co-founder of La Bella Figura, Victoria shares her two favorite LBF products and why she doesn't like to be without them! 

We are working on a series of new videos and behind the scenes from our lab. Let us know if there is something you have always wanted to know about La Bella Figura or the innovative beauty alchemists that makes this brand so special and unique. 


Victoria Talks About Our New Vitamin C Gel Cream


   Broken capillaries and severe redness on the face are conditions we hear a lot about from our customers and if you suffer from this it can be very embarrassing and a confidence killer. Some people can blame genetics for this condition and others age or poor circulation. We know...

Treating Broken Capillaries And Redness Naturally


Broken capillaries and severe redness on the face are conditions we hear a lot about from our customers and if you suffer from this it can be very embarrassing and a confidence killer. Some people can blame genetics for this condition and others age or poor circulation. We know that people that suffer from rosacea tend to suffer broken capillaries around the nose and eyes even worse if they don't get a handle on the condition. Dermatologists have varying treatments for rosacea and often times they include a steroid topical cream to reduce inflammation. Long term use of these steroid creams can cause other problems as the steroids make their way into the bloodstream quickly as well as contribute to the thinning of tissue at a faster rate. They are best used for short term use and for super inflamed skin. Recently, there has been some correlation with certain foods triggering rosacea sufferers, such as sour cream, yeasty breads, soy sauce, spinach, avocados and foods high in histamines. Rosacea can also be triggered by the sun and warm temperatures and we certainly hear about it from our customers during summer more often. You don't have to suffer in shame or feel there is no treatment other than harsh steroids. Treating broken capillaries and redness can be done naturally, but it requires time, patience and commitment and the results are worth it when you reveal radiance and good health.

One of the treatments to healing broken capillaries is increasing circulation to the cells and strengthening thinning tissue. This can be done with face oils or potent Vitamin C serums, moisturizers or creams. If you aren't allergic to honey it is one of the best and less expensive remedies to calm inflammation and increase circulation and bring oxygen to starved cells. We have written a lot about honey on this blog and by now you probably know we are huge lovers of raw manuka honey. This type of honey contains a tremendous amount of naturally occurring hydrogen peroxide and hydrogen peroxide will definitely get the blood flow circulating for your skin. Daily cleansing with honey is going to help with redness. I have experienced it with my own skin and it creates an immediate radiant effect. Combined with our antioxidant powered Daily Elements Defense or Vitamin E rich Barbary Fig Seed Oil it is a winning combination. Raw Buckwheat honey is another good option as it is also full of natural Vitamin C and as we learned last week on this blog, Vitamin C is an antioxidant like no other with the ability to tackle oxidative damage like linebackers. (In case you aren't familiar with football terminology that's a good thing!) Complete Vitamin C also contains antihistamine to reduce inflammation and that will help with preventing future broken little red marks around the nose and thinning areas around the face.

It is very helpful to keep a food diary if you suffer from these conditions to keep track of what foods seem to exacerbate your inflammation. Using natural products will definitely help as harsh ingredients are just going to make your problems worsen and will lead to further capillary damage as your skin becomes more stressed. Rosehip oil has helped rosacea suffers as well and we would like to introduce you to sacha inchi oil as a topical treatment as well since it's been noted that omegas help heal inflammation and sacha inchi oil is high in both omega 3 (48%) and omega 6 (36%) as well as high in antioxidants A and E, a real winner for inflamed skin types. Try it raw and unprocessed over salads or in your smoothies or fresh pressed juices.

UV damage is a big problem as it breaks down the cell walls in the skin and over time causing tissue to weaken and become thinner and prone to more broken capillaries. You definitely need to protect your skin from harmful UV rays with a high quality natural sunscreen. One of the reasons we're such a fans of the sunscreen made by Raw Elements USA is the incredible ingredient list. Mango butter, beeswax, sunflower oil and free radical busting green tea are just a few of the exceptional ingredients used in this effective and skin nourishing sunscreen. These ingredients are kind and supportive to the skin and provide anti pre-mature aging with the inclusion of zinc oxide.  LBF is not affiliated in Raw Elements USA. We're just huge fans! Don't go out without a sunscreen if this condition pertains to you! It's like not wearing a seat belt and then wondering how you got hurt in a car accident. Just don't do it!  


Here are a few natural remedies you can incorporate into your daily routine:

Honey cleansing-For amazing results try manuka honey with a UMF of 15+ or higher or Raw Buckwheat honey. Rub into skin using circular motions to "oxygenate" your skin with the rich enzymes and hydrogen peroxide in the honey before rinsing. You may also use as a face mask and keep it on while you read for thirty minutes or so. Our Bio Active Healing Mask also works wonders to heal inflammation and increase circulation with active Vitamin C from aronia berry and rosehip seed oil. Extra great tip: eat up to two tablespoons a day for therapeutic healing for your gut!

Lemon Juice-Use organic lemons and apply the juice to a q-tip or cotton pad and onto clean skin around areas where the capillaries have broken. The Vitamin C will help reverse cell damage and promote collagen production to strengthen thinning tissue. You can also add a few drops of the juice to your moisturizer to increase its efficacy, but must do this with fresh juice daily. The antioxidant won't remain stable in your moisturizer bottle over time. If you use a face oil apply immediately following this lemon juice remedy.The citric acid in lemon juice will burn if you put too much on or apply after exfoliation. A little goes a long way.

Peppermint and Chamomile teas help from the inside out. You can also use the cooled chamomile tea water as a toner to calm redness.

Apple cider vinegar and mineral salt baths help affected areas of bumpy red skin and some find this combination to soothe the itchiness that often occurs with weather induced flare ups. 

Juicing-Drink fresh juices rich in vitamins, minerals and extra health benefits help increase circulation and cell rebuilding. Carrot, kale, mangos and especially chorophyll, which is extremely effective with improving oxygen supply and targeting free radicals, all are wonderful to clear your skin and heal you from the inside out. 

These natural treatments with diligent use can definitely help reduce redness and heal and prevent further broken capillary damage. It may take a bit longer, but it is well worth if for some who have tried every method from leading dermatologists to old wives tales. It can also keep you away from laser treatments and expensive trips to specialists. If you find that your redness or capillaries continue to increase and don't seem to heal you may want to contact a doctor or specialist as you can have other health issues such as lupus or fibromylagia which are often associated with "butterfly" patches on the skin or flushing waves of heat and require medical attention. Laser treatments also are effective to treat capillary damage and can boost your confidence as the results are immediate and long lasting.

Don't forget to treat your skin well this summer! Your outcome relies on how you to choose to invest in yourself and we believe that you are very worth it. 


  It's no secret that drinking fresh orange juice is rich in the mega antioxidant Vitamin C and that it is good for you. As a matter of fact, one of the reasons we know so much about the importance of Vitamin C in the body is because during the...

The Truth About C


It's no secret that drinking fresh orange juice is rich in the mega antioxidant Vitamin C and that it is good for you. As a matter of fact, one of the reasons we know so much about the importance of Vitamin C in the body is because during the 1930's a discovery was made by Albert Szent-Györgyi and Charles Glen King that it was possible to isolate ascorbate or l-ascorbic acid an important co-factor used in the synthesis of collagen and very much needed in order to end scurvy. Humans and a few other mammals are unable to produce Vitamin C and needed to rely on whole foods in order to have Vitamin C play a critical role in the body and prevent deficiency which historically lead to scurvy, a disease that causes the breakdown of cells and leads to malnutrition and even death. This was so notable during The Civil War, World Wars I and II that the discovery of ascorbic acid was vital to lowering scurvy cases and soldiers in the Vietnam War were sparred what would have been their deadliest enemy (other than war of course.) Somewhere along the way, the discovery of L-ascorbic acid became a fad and we began to substitute the isolated compound for the whole and complete Vitamin as well as erroneously refer to ascorbic acid as Vitamin C. That has been a mistake to some naturalists, scientists and healthcare professionals as we have begun to rely on supplements more than whole foods for wellness. There is an appreciation of what ascorbic acid can do and there is no dispute that it is a vital nutrient that has saved lives and in some third world countries continues to, however foods that contain the complete Vitamin C are still best for you and work as both an antioxidant and pro-oxidant. The true power of what this antioxidant can do for the body is extraordinary. It strengthens our immune system and acts as a natural antihistamine. It is also believed to cure illnesses and recently some scientists are using high doses of Vitamin C intravenously to fight cancer and illness to the success and surprise of many.

That's a little background story about ascorbic acid and now we want to tell you what all the fuss is about when it comes to the real thing. It is not a coincidence that juice fanatics have that 'lit from within glow' to their skin or increased energy from their daily fresh pressed juice intake. Some of these juices can meet your daily requirement of certain vitamins and minerals and it is certainly easy to get your recommended dose of C (75mg for women and 90 mg for men) by juicing as well as eating whole foods. In my opinion I believe this is a better alternative to supplements and one that we need to strive towards with better overall nutrition and incorporating a balanced diet in order to be less sick as a society. The problem with Vitamin C supplements for me is (in addition to it being a synthetic isolate without all the co-factors that make Vitamin C as effective in cellular respiration) that currently much of the supplements on the market are also produced with fillers that derive from genetically modified organisms or GMOs. Most of the "Vitamin C"  or ascorbic acid at the health food store is produced in China and created with GMO corn. Most of this supplement is produced for junk food companies to use as a preservative or fortifier and you'll find it in soft drinks and sugary cereals pushed on kids. This terrifies me and it should terrify you as there aren't enough studies to determine how this may effect the body with long term use. Our bodies are very intricate machines and we reject foreign invaders and because we are built not to produce or synthesize or our vital Vitamin C it makes me wonder how these supplements with GMO factors can trigger the same metabolic reaction that naturally derived vitamins and their co-factors can. While I'm not a doctor, just a logically minded person I have to believe that synthetic creations like these can't help much and actually provide us with a false sense of security. I believe that we need to rewind and go back to whole and complete foods to help us get out of the funk our currently obese and ill society has become. We have become too dependent on supplements and in many cases if we ate better with more mindfulness we wouldn't need to rely on as many supplements as we do now and especially those that are so full of fillers and GMO production that we're currently ingesting. The special "co-factors" that attribute to the complete potency in true Vitamin C are known as bioflavonoids and phytonutrients. These are the living energy which make certain vitamins complete and that much more effective in healing and THAT cannot be created in a lab. It's part of what nature created when it created the source of living energy we need to sustain and heal us. Isn't it incredible that good food has such power and that our bodies crave what we need to make us well? 

You may be wondering where this is leading up and it has truly been eye opening even for me, but just as Monsanto and the companies that are trying to tell us that GMOs aren't bad for us, cosmetic companies are doing the same with the inclusion of inferior Vitamin C products. We all get excited when we hear of the latest Vitamin C serum, myself included, however when I read what the source of the C is I am often disappointed, especially when it comes to natural beauty. Ascorbic acid is often the main source of "Vitamin C" you'll see listed with ascorbic palmitate and ascorbic stearate following closely. You often hear that products made with Vitamin C are unstable, oxidize quickly and offer little benefits. Well that can indeed be true. In order for ascorbic acid to remain stable  (remember these isolates don't contain the bioflavonoids or phytonutrients that complete Vitamin C does keeping it whole and intact) you need stabilizers to help them from oxidizing. Vitamin E has proven to be extremely effective with ascorbic acid and if your product doesn't at least contain some form of Vitamin E then it truly is worthless. I don't believe it is fair for a natural company to make claims of 100% natural ingredients when they are using ascorbic acid that is produced in a lab and coming from China. It is yet another reason consumers need the FDA to monitor cosmetic companies and what exactly they are doing and incorporating into products (ourselves included and all the natural brands). I want to know if my Vitamin C product is using this ascorbic acid, especially if it is being imported from the world's largest producer of ascorbic acid and made with GMO corn. There is however much excitement about adding complete forms of Vitamin C into natural products with new studies showing the ability to reverse oxidative damage to be stellar and exciting discoveries especially in the form of Vitamin C derived from kakadu plums. Kakadu plums are native to Australia and the world's richest source of natural Vitamin C with a whopping 3000mg to that found in the 53mg from oranges! If we want to learn more and read new studies we need to be active  with what we're currently settling for and that includes banning GMOs and using our dollar as the final testament to hitting Monsanto where it hurts. Some countries, Peru being one of them have banned GMOs from coming in to do the irreparable damage Peruvians know is coming. This always makes me think of that line in Jurassic Park where Jeff Goldblum learns of the genetic modification of the DNA of the dinosaurs the scientists have resurrected that "life finds a way." I don't want to think of a world that is so genetically modified we begin to mutate as a decreased civilization and I'm not entirely naive I know it's happening with the environment, arctic circle and global warming to name a few. It just doesn't also have to happen with our food and we're allowing it! Hybrids are great for cars just not for food.


The incredible benefits of Vitamin C came on our radar a few years ago and we were both excited and terrified when we heard of the many healing attributes of kakadu plums and then of the mega cosmetic giants that were attempting to patent this natural resource so that no one else could use it as a cosmetic active. We have waited a few years and finally the lawsuit was dropped (how ridiculous was that?) and producers in Australia were again excited to get the word and education out about kakadu plums. Trust us, you'll be hearing more and more about kakadu plums in the next few years. We are finally getting our Modern Radiance Concentrate out this summer and we couldn't be prouder of the work we put in behind this highly active and gentle product. There has been a lot of back and forth with finding the right producer and then the most advanced science behind extraction of this ingredient and then waiting for test results to come through and keeping our fingers crossed that the mega cosmetic giant didn't win the patent suit, it exhausts me to think about it all and we at LBF are giddy about this launch because we worked hard to conceive it, fight for it and formulate it thoughtfully for you. This all goes back to the origins of this post and the truth about C. Not all C's are created equal and not all C's are as beneficial to your body or skin, but we did manage to find a rich and complete source of C. It is wild harvested, the best we could find and we have created a truly unique product that we believe over time will strengthen thinning tissue, increase collagen production, minimize fine lines, brighten your complexion and add overwhelming health to the state of your skin. We found this product not to oxidize or degrade the way other products with "Vitamin C" claims have or as quickly. We have included other antioxidants, vitamins and plant and cosmetic actives to increase the quality of our product and boy has it ever! This is not to claim that our product won't eventually degrade because it will (it's natural and doesn't contain chemical preservatives and nothing this good lasts forever), but we're happy to report it is very potent, vibrant and not a fraction of the whole as we feel our customers deserve better. After all, your dollar matters to us too and allows us to invest in finding the best and using the best for optimal results. It also helps us to continue to pay fair trade and work on cohabiting as a company with producers, farmers and the environments from which our ingredients are grown and loved. We base our business on these important relationships. It is the foundation and heart of our identity and what separates us from the rest. We care just as much about the little farm in Peru as we do about the savvy customer in New York City.

Now that you know a little of truth about Vitamin C doesn't that make you want to eat more fruit and vegetables or try those juice recipes you've seen all over Pinterest? The real truth is that you deserve better and there is a new smart and in tuned customer that is willing to invest in his or her health and beauty and we as a company are a step ahead with the increased demand for that desire of better quality and transparency. We want to provide for you what we want for ourselves and in the spirit of our company name that is authenticity and higher than average performance. From the inside out!

Coming This August!

  The beautiful and talented actress, activist and lifestyle blogger Shiva Rose shows us how she uses our facial tea, Bio Active Healing Mask and our lovely Daily Elements Defense Face Oil. We love how she incorporates the nutritious tea water into her sweet routine. If you haven't yet checked...

Shiva Rose Shows You How To Give Yourself A Facial


The beautiful and talented actress, activist and lifestyle blogger Shiva Rose shows us how she uses our facial tea, Bio Active Healing Mask and our lovely Daily Elements Defense Face Oil. We love how she incorporates the nutritious tea water into her sweet routine. If you haven't yet checked out The Local Rose, you're missing out!

  It happens to the best of us. Even the most careful and fanatical skincare conscious will at some point or another commit the most sinful beauty crimes of all...suffer the consequences of a sunburn. It happened to me just a few weeks ago. Yes indeed, even an eco beauty...

How To Treat A Sunburn


It happens to the best of us. Even the most careful and fanatical skincare conscious will at some point or another commit the most sinful beauty crimes of all...suffer the consequences of a sunburn. It happened to me just a few weeks ago. Yes indeed, even an eco beauty maven that creates some of the world's most effective natural skincare products can get sunburned. 

I didn't mean for it to happen and I certainly applied enough sunscreen on my face and body to protect myself, but what I forgot to do was reapply. Remember that word because it's critical if you're going to spend a day at the beach, outdoors or as in my case a 4 1/2 hour hike in the California mountains of Santa Anita you must and I repeat, must reapply sunscreen after 2 hours of continued sun exposure. I know this, I preach this, yet I screwed up when it mattered and my skin suffered for it. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation a person's risk of developing melanoma doubles with up to 5 sunburns in their lifetime and just one blistering sunburn in childhood and adolescence doubles the chance of melanoma later in life. If that doesn't scare you maybe vanity will. Wrinkles are induced from UV damage and begin to thin out the tissue under the skin which eventually loses its ability to hold up and begins to sag and crinkle. A bad sunburn can speed up the process rather quickly. Most of the damage I suffered was on my nose, forehead and shoulders. Thankfully giant sunglasses saved my eyes from the sun although I looked like a crazy raccoon for about a week. Now that my secret is out I want to share how I treated my sun damage to help reverse the damage and speed up the process of getting through the pain and flaking. I hope this doesn't happen to you and that you do remember to reapply sunscreen (even if you're going to hike in sometimes shady mountains terrain) every 2 hours. 

1. Access The Damage

The first thing to do is examine the areas you were burned and what type of sunburn you have. If your skin is red, blistering and super painful go to your doctor immediately. Blistering sunburns require medical attention as they can easily become infected. If your sunburn is milder than a blistering degree burn go to step 2.

2. Make A Skin Soothing Tea And Apple Cider Vinegar Compress

This is the first thing I did when I noticed I got more sun than I wanted. Mix half a cup of cool raw coconut water, 2 tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar and one cup of cooled green tea in a large bowl and add a clean cotton washcloth and allow to soak for 5 minutes, then wring out and place over cleaned sunburned areas. This will provide temporarily relief as well as help aid cell damage to the skin. Do this as often as you like with a sunburn and don't rinse off. After a cool shower is best.

3. Make An Anti Inflammatory Paste

This should be done before bedtime to ease pain and allow you to sleep. Mix 1 tablespoon manuka honey, 1/2 teaspoon organic tomato paste, 10 drops barbary fig seed oil (or Vitamin E) well and apply on skin. Yes, it's thick, messy and smells like pasta sauce, but the lycopene found in tomatoes will significantly quench the damage that occurs with ultraviolet exposure more so than even Vitamin E. There is also Vitamin C in tomatoes and the combination of C, E and lycopene is pretty genius. Manuka honey is extremely antibacterial and loaded with enzymes that will speed up the healing of a burn. Allow this paste to stay on your burn for about 30 minutes and rinse off gently to apply your topical treatment. Beware as I kept licking my own face, it was the sweetest pasta sauce I've ever made.


My face burn wasn't this bad, but close! 

4. Apply Topical Treatments

The staple topical treatment to relieve sunburns is aloe vera and yes you can definitely use an organic aloe vera gel. I applied a thin layer on my nose, forehead and shoulders.I do not recommend using fresh aloe vera directly from the plant unless you've tried this before and your sunburn isn't blistering. If you know you won't have a reaction to fresh aloe vera then it is indeed effective for soothing purposes. If your burn has blistered you don't want to apply fresh aloe directly from the plant as certain natural microbes living on the plant could infect open blisters. (Ask me how I know this! I saw a disaster happen right before my eyes when I was a young summer camp counselor. Yuck, is what I remember most.) You may use a calendula cream or really good virgin coconut oil for your body as I did on my shoulders. The lauric acid in coconut oil is good for healthy cell immune function. I used what I knew what would work great, both our Daily Elements Defense Face Oil and our Barbary Fig Seed Oil and guess what? They worked quick and very well indeed! If you use any of these products rest assured that they will work to repair skin from damage and help procure new healthy cell growth. I feel these oils cut my inflammation time in half and two days later my skin was tanned and not peeling off in large amounts.

5. Medicate

The day of my sunburn incident I took ibuprofen and drank a tall glass of tomato juice. Drink a fresh antioxidant rich berry juice and plenty of water, take ibuprofen and eat healthy. Some people notice fatigue after a bad sunburn and certainly this was my case so don't stress your body or immune system out by eating tons of carbs or fatty meats. Lean proteins, water dense foods and plenty of lycopene rich foods such as tomatoes, watermelon, and grapefruit all help you from the inside out.

6. Protect Your Burn

The morning after I noticed my entire face was sucked dry. I was horrified as I've been able to maintain pretty balanced skin for several years now and hadn't experienced such dryness on my face since my summer vacations in New Mexico when I was younger. Luckily I didn't have such a severe burn because I spritz myself with an active facial mist and went for it with both oil and a thick layer of Rainforest Hydration Treatment. That is a lot of moisture for me especially for warm weather. The key to managing a sunburn is to not allow your skin to dry out and of course this is the natural process to undergo after damaging and traumatizing your skin with a burn. You want to continue to replenish nutrients to skin that is basically starving for hydration and nutrients. Apply oil and reapply as often as needed. Doing this got me back to almost normal in two days. I didn't need as much oils then. Wear a hat, loose cotton clothing and avoid jeans or pants if your legs were burned. Wear a loose skirt of shorts. I hope no one is forgetting to wear their sunscreen after this! 


One of the most important, if not the most important Gods worshiped by the Incas was Inti, the sun God. The Incas had so much respect for the sun as it provided them with warmth, a good crop season and sustained life. Every year their most magnificent festival was dedicated to Inti to honor and not take for granted the power the sun had in providing them with a good life. I'm going to remember that every day as I'm greeted by the sunrises that flood my bedroom each morning. Don't take anything good for granted. 

xo Victoria

     We are always being asked when we will introduce a cleanser to our skincare line. We're working on it is what we usually say and trust us beauties, we work hard on our formulations so our cleanser is going to be nothing short of exceptional and innovative. Currently,...

Deep Cleansing With Bamboo Cloths And Rainforest Hydration Treatment



We are always being asked when we will introduce a cleanser to our skincare line. We're working on it is what we usually say and trust us beauties, we work hard on our formulations so our cleanser is going to be nothing short of exceptional and innovative. Currently, I like using honey as a cleanser and lately I've been using Rainforest Hydration Treatment to deep clean once a week. It's so easy to do and really lifts dirt, debris and makeup off quite well without stripping your skin of precious oils. Right now it's chilly in Australia and South America and our customers in those locations are asking for the best way to keep skin moisturized and are wanting us to create a cleanser. Here's two for one for you lovelies! The great thing about Rainforest Hydration Treatment is that is transforms from a creamy balm and melts into your skin and is literally swallowed up to penetrate and immediately moisturize even the most dehydrated skin. This is how I use RHT as a deep cleanser. You must try this for super soft and well treated skin.

Use a soft cleansing cloth (We will have 100% organic bamboo/cotton two sided cleansing cloths on our shop very soon) and place in a clean bowl. Add hot water and allow to cool enough to handle. Drain water out of the bowl and wring water from bamboo cloth and cover over your face to "steam" skin and detox. Be careful and use good sense, too hot will burn you! When skin begins to perspire apply a quarter sized amount to a corner of the cloth (if using our bamboo/cotton cloths using the terry cloth side is best here) and begin to massage in to skin in circular motion, add a bit more of the RHT if needed. When you have loosened unwanted grime from your skin rinse your cleansing cloth under warm water, drain and again apply right over your face using the soft bamboo side to wipe off any remaining product. Your skin will feel like you've just been to a facialist and it was all so quick and easy!

Last summer was such a killer with hot and humid temperatures in the Midwest that I needed to do this a few times a week along with good facial steams. I added a bit of fine Spanish sea salt (any fine salt would do, I just happen to have about 20 pounds of Spanish Costa Blanco sea salt in my home for some mysterious reason) to my RHT to treat congested and irritated skin. Works great for acne prone and oily types too. So now you have a new innovative and effective way to use our superfuit based Rainforest Hydration Treatment. 

* Be aware that most that try this product become true fanatics. Don't say we didn't warn you! 

My personal loot from our line

  Last week we wrote an intro into summer beauty and we promised to come back this week to include body and haircare. I love summer body care because if done right you can skip a day of moisturizing and don't need to worry about dry, itchy skin. I also...

Summer Beauty Tips And Guidance Part II


Last week we wrote an intro into summer beauty and we promised to come back this week to include body and haircare. I love summer body care because if done right you can skip a day of moisturizing and don't need to worry about dry, itchy skin. I also like making my own body scrubs which I contain in large glass jars made with fresh herbs and fine Spanish sea salt. Last year I came up with a honey coconut salt polish for a friend who had recovered from a bad sunburn, she just couldn't scrub away the flaky skin with shower gel and needed a little healing boost. It turned out to be a hit with her and my sister who asked me to make it several more times. I'm always much more playful during summer with products and enjoy trying new things and wanted to share a few rituals and DIY recipes. I'm also going to reveal details on the six new products coming to the La Bella Figura line later this summer. Exciting!

1. Body Exfoliation

I'm not a fan of "dry brushing" the way so many beauty lovers are. I don't like the feel of scrubbing my skin while dry, but know so many people who swear by this technique to slough off dead skin. I have however fallen in love with a Turkish and very European technique of body exfoliating with an exfoliating mitt. I am in love with the one from Come Clean Cosmetics and was given a very thorough instruction on how to use the mitt. It's not complicated at all, but there is a method in order to use it optimally. You should allow your skin to steam and never use the mitt with soaps or shower gels as they leave a film on skin not allowing for deep exfoliation. You can watch the video on the brand website, but once you try this type of exfoliation, dry brushing doesn't compare. Your skin will feel so smooth and soft and the exfoliation immediately brings oxygen flow to the skin so you look fresh and radiant. I do this on evenings when time is not an issue, but once a week seems to be enough for me. 

Salt Scrubs

I have a preference for salt vs sugar scrubs. I believe salt is more healing, purifying and detoxifying to the skin than sugar. I also believe if you're acne prone that sugars can make that condition worsen especially if you're also suffering from candida overgrowth, a condition very common with acute and cystic acne sufferers. If you suffer from this type of acne avoid sugar based scrubs. I like a simple sea salt scrub made with fine salt from the Costa Blanco region in Spain, but you can use any fine or medium grain sea salt. Adding certain herbs can increase the detoxifying effect, such as thyme or rosemary. Adding a little olive oil (or argan, coconut, sacha inchi or your favorite skin soothing oil) will make your scrub moisturizing and I find I don't need to apply body oil after using my scrub. If you're trying to increase blood flow to certain areas where cellulite is an issue adding a bit of coffee grain is wonderful. The caffeine addition improves circulation to the skin and scientific studies have shown that it also temporarily shrinks fat cells. I'll gladly take that temporary effect! 

2. Foot and Heel Care

Summer means ditching socks and I love that! I was probably meant to live someplace where I could walk barefoot all day, alas I crave weather that makes me not need socks. I like pretty pedicures and bare feet whenever possible, but that also means that my heels are more exposed and therefore tend to get dry and cracked even during summer. Give yourself weekly foot treatments and use the DIY salt scrub on feet and heels, then apply a generous amount of a thick cream (I use Rainforest Hydration Treatment) and plastic wrap to cover your feet. You can use socks over the plastic wrap so you don't slide around your kitchen floor. After 30 minutes take a blowdryer and gently blow dry over the plastic wrap and directly on your feet! Are you laughing yet? I am, but I'm not joking! This will cause the cream to soften and penetrate your skin. Unveil the plastic wrap and viola, baby soft heels and soft, soft, skin. If you're a sandal or flip flop junkie this is going to save you from having unattractive heels. 

3. Beach Hair


Summer hair styles are free spirited and sexy mostly because there isn't much fuss to be had. Not much blowdrying, hairspraying, or many products to use. I use high quality organic shampoos and conditioners, spritz wet hair with a homemade detangler or if I happen to have John Masters Honey and Hibiscus Hair Reconstructor around, a dime sized amount into my hair before combing through keeps hair loose and untangled. I wear top knots, loose braids and ponytails during the summer A LOT. There doesn't seem to be much point to drying, curling or straightening when they weather is hot or humid or worse, hot and humid. I also love the look of a beach kissed hairstyle which can easily be achieved by using a sea salt spray. I also mix oils into plain whole milk yogurt for a hair mask that makes your hair feel like silk. This mask is perfect if you're reading poolside or lounging around on a Sunday afternoon. Give this yogurt mask a try and everyone will ask what new shampoo you've been using to make your tresses look so pampered.

Yogurt Hair Mask Recipe

Bohemia Verde Aromatic Hair Elixir as a scalp treatment (apply 15 minutes before yogurt mask)

1/2 cup full fat yogurt (Greek yogurt is best)

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon coconut oil

10 drops lavender oil 

Mix all ingredients until well combined. Apply your favorite oil to the roots of your hair before using the mask and allow to absorb for 15 minutes. I like using our Bohemia Verde Aromatic Hair Elixir for its unique blend of high quality oils, but you can use argan, olive or coconut. Add the mask to your roots, ends and all over, wrap in a bun and cover hair in a warm towel or shower cap. Allow the mask to set for an hour. Rinse with cool water and style as usual. OMG, this the softest your hair has felt since babyhood! Helps fight frizz too. 


The messy braid is also a favorite summer staple hairstyle for me!

We hope you've enjoyed our summer beauty tips and guide and look forward to hearing about any of the recipes you've tried or tips you've implemented. We also hope you stay tuned this summer as we launch Modern Radiance Concentrate, a skin brightening, toning, collagen building and skin smoothing gel cream created with advanced technology from plant cells and fortified with actives carefully selected to make this product a one of its kind natural skin wonder. We are also launching a luxurious Italian scented body and bath oil with notes of frangipani, blood oranges and other LBF secrets, a truly gorgeous facial mist and three new perfumes in our continuing series, The Travel Diaries Collection. We expect these products to launch in late August and are so excited to introduce you to our growing collection of natural products that work to soothe, repair and delight beauty lovers from all over the world, natural and otherwise. Thank you so much for reading and have a wonderful summer beauty season! 


xo Victoria

  If you're anything like me you have been smiling ever since you noticed the first green buds emerge on the tops of your neighboring trees. While it's still technically spring here in the US, this weekend kicks off the unofficial start to summer with celebrations over a long Memorial...

Summer Beauty Tips And Guidance Part I


If you're anything like me you have been smiling ever since you noticed the first green buds emerge on the tops of your neighboring trees. While it's still technically spring here in the US, this weekend kicks off the unofficial start to summer with celebrations over a long Memorial Day holiday and an extra day to lounge. I am especially excited to take off to Los Angeles and spend time with special friends in the warm California sunshine. I have loved California ever since my third and fourth grade teacher, Ms. Kelly (my all time favorite teacher) a California native would tell our class about the beauty that was her home State. She would disappear over summer vacation and reappear in September with a tan, golden hair, and incredible stories of the sea. She once brought our class dried seashells that she had collected and it occurred to me that there was plenty of magic on that side of the world. Why I don't live in California is beyond me, but one day, I hope. 

One of the things I'm very aware of is the climate in California, which varies from dry to downright bone dry. Changing climates can cause visible skin changes and issues even if you're a healthy eater and practice consuming liquids throughout the day. Moisturizing and protecting your skin is vital to keep your skin its healthiest as is an excellent sunscreen. Sunscreen is the ultimate wrinkle fighter as UV damage can make your smooth and radiant skin appear dry, damaged and rough in a matter of months. There is no joking with the sun and I can't advise enough to find the perfect sunscreen for you and stick to it. Invest in a natural sunscreen as recent studies have raised concerns over the many toxic ingredients in conventional sunscreens. If you hate thick sunscreens over your face I have a little trick I'll share in making your facial sunscreen a little more tolerable to apply and even tinting it a bit. Without further finger wagging here are some tips and guidance in keeping your skin in tip top shape all summer long. It requires effort, but you already know you're worth it.

Facial Skin Tips:

1. Exfoliate

Exfoliating is an important step to your skincare during summer months when clogged pores, sweat, bacteria, and environmental pollution can increase your breakouts. Now, I am not a believer of rough exfoliators. Those with crushed apricot seeds or walnut shells are actually terrible for your skin. I believe in the power of enzymes found in raw honey and acidophilus found in yogurt. I also enjoy fruit based tiny seeds in my exfoliating action like vanilla seeds or powders like rice powder, sacha inchi powder, and even a little baking soda. These ingredients are much gentler for your skin and don't cause all of those tiny abrasions that can make you look like raw shark bait. If you don't have a Clarisonic investing in one can keep your skin from suffering summer skin congestion. I am also a huge fan of Japanese charcoal facial puffs. I keep them around as traveling with them is easier than logging your Clarisonic around throughout the hilly mountains of Peru. During the summer I tend to use raw honey with a little baking powder and apply a thin layer and allow to set before wetting my Binchotan facial puff and in soft circular motion exfoliating away dead skin cells. If you're acne prone add little coconut vinegar or apple cider vinegar to your honey. I love this more than anything else I do for my skin as you notice results immediately and your skin is hydrated and refreshed. 

 2. Facial Steaming

I incorporate facial steams into my week, but especially for city living facial steams seem to help my skin detox and look better. Running around, public transportation, sweating while walking and then freezing in a cold air conditioned office will wreak havoc on your skin and a little at home detox therapy works wonders. I love our very own Purifying and Healing Facial Steam Teas, but you can also use hot water to gently remove buildup from your pores. Adding a tablespoon of coconut or apple cider vinegars to hot water before steaming is great for oily skin.

3. Hydration for the inside

It goes without saying, you need to stay hydrated on the inside and out even in the sweltering heat. Especially in the sweltering heat! Water alone isn't the only way or best way to stay hydrated. I'm going to confess something that will make fellow health and natural beauty advocates scratch their heads or go nuts. I HATE drinking water. There I confessed! Plain old water is boring and yet I know it is lucrative to keeping one alive and healthy. Years ago when I was constantly bombarded by supermodels in magazines advising us to drink 8-10 glasses of water I did my own little research and realized your hydration intake doesn't solely on water. Drinking healthy fluids contributes to staying hydrated and well balanced. Now that doesn't mean pop or soda counts as hydration nutrition. Those chemicals in a can of artificial cola and all that sugar is insane for your skin. Fresh juices, coconut water, coffee, tea, and even water dense fruit like watermelon and cantaloupe provide nutrients and hydration to your system on any regular day. If you work out or are outdoors engaged in physical activity under the sun water is indeed the fastest way to curb thirst and provide hydration to your body. I like drinking a 'Green Goddess' juice with coconut water after a hike to replenish lost electrolytes and nutrients to my system. I also began to infuse water with lemon and orange slices, raspberries, cherries, mint and fresh basil and this is what I'm often drinking while at work. (This little tip I stole from the W Hotel in Westwood where I'm practically glued to their fruit infused water station when I'm a guest.) Hydration for your insides helps cells appear "plump" and keep volume in your skin which radiates good health. 

Hydration for the outside

You know those old movies where gentlemen would pull out a cotton handkerchief out of their lapels or pockets and wipe the sweat from their forehead and then replace the hankie back into their pockets? Gross! What a guarantee to chronic acne and breakouts. As is constantly wiping sweat from your forehead with your hands. Don't do this. If you find yourself melting and need a quick way to refresh, spritz natural flower water or a facial mist on your face, neck and decollete. This helps to soothe skin and keep your hands away from your face. Customers often ask why their acne seems to be worse during warmer weather and we believe chronic touching of the face mixed with sweat and pollution creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Using facial wipes is also helpful to keeping skin refreshed. I rarely travel without my favorite biodegradable facial wipes. They really come in handy on an airplane where recycled air sucks moisture out of the air rapidly and causes your skin to become dry rather quickly. I was recently on a flight and pulled out my travel kit and began my misting and oil applications when the woman next to me who was reading a book finally asked what I was doing. I gave her a few drops of Daily Elements Defense Face Oil and she oohed and ahhed and we continued to talk skincare for the remainder of the flight. I believe she is now a convert. 

By the way, if you're a savvy DIY person this is one of the best recipes for making your own rosewater I've ever seen from our friends at Roost. (I could watch these dreamy videos all day.) You can keep this handy all season long and even gift these gorgeous bottles of fresh rosewater to friends. 

Rose Water from Caitlin | Roost on Vimeo.

3. Layer Your Skincare Products

This is a question we're asked often. How to layer skincare products for best and optimal results? Layering products can provide your skin with plenty of protection, hydration and active ingredients that solve problems and prevent new ones. In general, lightest to heaviest is the rule of thumb, but I believe that the most active product should be applied first. My vitamin C gel cream is the first product I use during the morning. It's a cross between a light cream and a gel and a thin layer across my face and neck area is all that's needed. I allow that product to set and tone my skin before applying my moisturizer. I'm currently using DED as a morning moisturizer and I use about two or three pumps for face, neck and decollete area. If I'm going to be indoors I apply a sunscreen balm directly over my face and blend in with a makeup brush. If I'm going out for the day I use a gentle natural sunscreen and thin it out with DED in the palm of my hand and apply it like a moisturizer. If you're going to wear foundation this is when you can add color to the sunscreen/antioxidant protection mix for a light tinted DIY moisturizer with sunscreen. It's fantastic! After all that is done I apply yet another drop of DED and I'm ready for a little cream blush, mascara or nothing at all. If you're one of those ladies that likes to wear makeup to the beach this self made tinted UV moisturizer is for you! 

4. After Sun Treatment

If your weekend will be spent at the beach or poolside and you are a skincare fanatic you're probably wondering what after-sun treatment will help repair UV exposure. First, even wearing sunscreen and being diligent about applying it every 2-3 hours won't keep your skin from suffering from some sun trauma. Help repair skin with antioxidants and plenty of Vitamin E found in both our DED and pure Barbary Fig Seed Oil. I also like argan oil for after sun treatment and the incredible skin soothing formula in our Tesoro Mediterranean Blend is a favorite of our customers for after sun exposure. (Bonus: it also helps keep skin from breaking out, but you must make sure to use sunscreen with this product if you're outdoors as the citrus in this blend can cause photo sensitivity.) Personally, pure high grade barbary fig seed oil is a skin savior! Applying a little BFSO on sunburns also soothes and helps to repair damage quickly. I've never seen any other product or skincare ingredient work as quickly on sunburned skin, not even aloe vera! If I spend a good amount of time outdoors I will seek healing repair from our Bio Active Healing Mask, a heaven sent product for healing and hydration after a long day at the beach.

These are some of our best tips and advice for caring for summer skin. We've been way ahead of the game with our honey treatments for healing and exfoliation and lately it's all the buzz in celebrity circles and skincare enthusiasts, which is fun to see. Stay tuned for Part II in our Summer Beauty Tips And Guidance where we will share great ideas to implement for your body and haircare. We'd also like to invite you to take 15% off of Daily Elements Defense Face Oil starting today, Wednesday May 22 until Monday May 28th, 2013 with code: FunandSun at checkout only at our online shop. Remember to wear a hat, sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen this weekend, but mostly importantly have a wonderful holiday weekend and enjoy your beautiful life!


xo Victoria


  If you've been living with your eyes open (a favorite expression of my sarcastic and hilarious Spanish grandmother) you have certainly been bombarded about the many benefits of coconut oil. If you're a beauty aficionado, you have already rushed to market to purchase your bottle of nature's "miracle" from...

Crazy For Coconut


If you've been living with your eyes open (a favorite expression of my sarcastic and hilarious Spanish grandmother) you have certainly been bombarded about the many benefits of coconut oil. If you're a beauty aficionado, you have already rushed to market to purchase your bottle of nature's "miracle" from the tropics only to discover it is actually not in oil form at all, but a thick, white creamy mass. Don't fret my darlings, your coconut oil has not gone rancid. It is simply solid because of its high fat content and will remain so unless it's above 76 degrees Fahrenheit, at that point it will begin to melt. Trust us, it's perfect as is.

Last year while I was vacationing in Tortola, I was strolling a pristine beach happily daydreaming when I suddenly saw what appeared to be a giant green turtle struggling, bobbing up and down frantically in the crisp Caribbean water. My inner Steve Irwin rushed into the sea to help rescue this poor creature and as I swam closer I realized that it was just a giant green coconut that had somehow made its way into the current. I grabbed it and made my way back to shore (shore was only 15 feet away) and studied this magnificent coconut. It was absolutely  perfect without the slightest trace of a bruise, larger than the other green coconuts I had seen growing all over the island and so vibrant. Maybe it had something to do with being in salt water, but it was the loveliest shade of green and I notice everything green. A man who had been quietly watching me make a fool of myself asked me if he should open the coconut for me. Of course I said yes and in an instant he had created a perfect hole in my perfect coconut and told me to drink up. He told me it would be the best coconut juice of my life. Now, I must admit to never having been a fan of coconut water before, but this fresh juice was exceptional! The man told me that it had probably been in the water for at least a day and that was why it was so vibrant. Her proceeded to explain that between the salt in the sea, the gentle air, and the sun it was a gift of sweet nectar from the island especially for me. I really loved that sentiment and became a convert of raw coconut juice after that experience. I also learned that there is no better hydrator on earth than fresh coconut juice or water as it's often also called. Full of potassium, magnesium, and calcium this mineral combination creates electrolytes which the body needs to carry out electrical impulses. A healthy balance of electrolytes enables normal function of muscle contraction and keeps your heart beating at a regular pace. It is what professional athletes drink when they need to stay hydrated and to replenish lost electrolytes while physically active. Remember this the next time you've had a night of one too many sangrias and do as my Brazilian friends do drink fresh, raw coconut water followed by a fresh green juice. It truly is the best hangover cure.

As you probably know by now not all coconut oils are created the same. It is so important as a consumer that you know this and do your best to arm yourself with enough facts to make the best possible purchase. Many cheap coconut oils on the market are processed, refined, bleached, and deodorized and all of that makes your coconut oil simply, worthless. If you open a jar and it doesn't smell faintly of coconuts return it or toss it out as it has absolutely no nutritional value to it. The best coconut oil on the market comes from young, tender green coconuts and is labeled as virgin or extra virgin. At La Bella Figura we're particularly particular about cold pressed coconut oil, but expeller-pressed and centrifuged oils are other fine methods to extract the oil as long as there is no heating method used in the process. The loss of coconut oil's most coveted health benefit, lauric acid is often found when producers use high levels of heat to extract the oil. Lauric acid is found in high concentrations in virgin coconut oils with some oils containing anywhere from 50-57% percent of this prized medium-chained fatty acid. I'm going to reveal a bit of my science girl nerd side to explain how vital lauric acid is to your health and beauty needs. 

Your body's first introduction of lauric acid is found in breast milk. The lauric acid in your mother's breast milk is critical to structuring and strengthening your immune system. In the body lauric acid gets converted into monolaurin, a compound which exhibits amazing anti-viral, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal abilities. It works to destroy organisms like fungus, bacteria, and viruses by disrupting the lipid membranes of these organisms keeping your body and gut in happy balance. This fact is a huge reason advocates of breast feeding recommend mother's milk over formula to feed your brand new baby. The powerful effects of lauric acid is a baby's first form in developing a healthy immune system and in some parts of the world it makes a life or death decision for some infants. Lauric acid in coconut oil is natural and if you're suffering from a compromised immune system a recommended dose of three tablespoons a day is a beneficial amount. Because coconut oil is trans fat free and heart healthy you don't need to worry about consuming it as an oil they way other heart clogging oil concerns you. Personally, I scoop up a tablespoon of coconut butter, which is both the oil and the meat combined to also get a little extra plant protein into my diet. It also tastes incredible of fresh coconuts dried in the sun.    

Supermodel Gisele is a lover of coconut oil as is Miranda Kerr and actress Gwyneth Paltrow

I know you're wondering about the beauty benefits and we're not going to exclude the most fun part of including coconut oil into your life. Let me tell you how I love using coconut oil and how important it has become to some members of my family. I use it as a mascara remover, scalp treatment, shaving "lotion", balm for feet, heels and elbows, eczema treatment, deep hair conditioner, bug bite healer, mouth wash, dog cleanser, body lotion, exfoliator, face mask...okay, this is getting ridiculous how I could go on about the dozens of way one can incorporate coconut oil into your daily beauty regimen. Because my niece suffers from eczema I make a homemade remedy that helps immensely when she has a flare up, even her doctor was incredulous from the results of my homemade remedy and now advises her patients to use coconut oil prior to prescribing a steroid cream. I'll share that recipe at the end of this post. 

Because we worship this natural food and medicine we have already included coconut oil into our well loved Rainforest Hydration Treatment and this summer we'll introduce raw, organic coconut water into a new product that will no doubt blow you natural beauty lovers away in its incredible performance and gorgeous addition to our skincare line. We can't wait to get this on the market for you because it has been a favorite part of keeping my skin radiant and clear and of course we want you to have the same experience. Another very important part of choosing your coconut oil is purchasing one that comes in a glass container over a plastic tub. Glass will preserve the product in a natural way and the BPA found in most cheap plastic containers has the potential to leak into your raw product. (Remember this when purchasing beauty products too, unless you're 100% certain that the plastic is BPA free and made of recycled material reconsider your purchase.) Once you have found the perfect coconut oil store it in a cool place and not in the refrigerator. It's unnecessary to do so as coconut oil has a natural shelf life of at least 2 years. (All that great lauric acid acts as its own preservative!) You'll also want to avoid heating it to melt it down and instead warm it up in a cup with a bowl of hot water underneath. If you must heat it a bit make sure it's not at a temperature above 106 degrees otherwise you'll begin to kill off the living enzymes that make coconut oil a whole food and nutrient dense for health and beauty. Baking and cooking with coconut is great for flavor and health benefits, but it does end up removing some nutritional element to coconut oil as a superfood. Now, my recipe for a fantastic treatment to eczema, especially patches of skin that have become infected from scratching as was the case of my little niece Isabella. Please enjoy and if you have any great recipes feel free to share with us. We're always looking for a new way to use coconuts! 


Bellas's Eczema Healer

1/4 cup raw, organic and virgin coconut oil ( I love these two brands for at home use, Dr. Bronner's Whole Virgin Coconut Oil and Radiant Life True Virgin Coconut Oil) 

20 drops pure organic barbary fig seed oil

10 drops turmeric oil

5 drops clove oil

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in a glass container. A jar of baby food is perfect for this amount and use daily on affected areas.

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