By Nieves is a San Francisco line that is handmade, natural and often organic. Nieves herself has an interesting childhood, which is probably what lead her to create this kind of line. According to her bio:
For the better part of her childhood, Nieves traveled the West Coast (of Europe) with a pack of donkeys alongside her father, a folk musician and renegade intellectual. Because of her upbringing in the counterculture, Nieves became acquainted with alternative therapies at a young age. Her earliest career goal was to become an herbal healer, and in her late teens she became interested in aromatherapy. She has now been in the natural products industry for 17 years.
By Nieves was recently awarded the "Best Local Skincare Line" By SF Weekly, and with good reason. I got the opportunity to check out three of her popular products, The Balm, Face Fix and "C" Perfect Skin.
The Balm is (not surprisingly) a balm, a hydrating blend of oils that is good to use on every part of your body. Nieves likes to use it after shaving, but I love to slather it on my hands before going to bed.
I also love the shine it adds to my hair, with a touch of gentle control. It's also perfect for making a pony look nice and sleek. I do find that it's one of the moisturizers that makes my lips flake more, but it works nicely on my cuticles, so go figure. It's available in two sizes and totally worth checking out.
Face Fix is a fun find. This glass shaker contains the most unique list of ingredients I have ever seen in a product, including my favorite, Organic Bladderwack. Unfamiliar ingredient list aside, this product is especially fun for the home spa gals. You can use this as a scrub or make your own masque by adding a teaspoon of Face Fix to yogurt or honey (or whatever you create!). I added it to some yogurt for a cool and soothing masque. I let it dry, then used a warm cloth to remove it, exfoliating as I removed the masque. My skin looked surprisingly polished.
But what really blew me away was the "C" Perfect Skin. I know this isn't for everyone, especially my fellow blogger, Madeleine. This product is a blend of different organic oils and if applying oils to your skin is something you avoid, then skip ahead. However, for the dry-skinned or otherwise inclined, read on. After cleansing my face, I applied a bit of this serum while my face was still wet. After a few moments, I looked beyond radiant. Loxy noticed. I think even my dogs noticed, as I swear they gave me the crooked-head stare. The next morning, I used it again and wow. The effects seem to be instant and cumulative. Don't believe me? Check out this picture, with my normal makeup routine. My skin is amazing (and feels great!)
These products are organic*, handmade and very reasonably priced. This line is definitely worth checking out. Have you tried it? Please let me know what you thought! I am really impressed with the "C" Perfect Skin.
Product was sent for review. By Nieves doesn't test on animals. *Not USDA Organic.
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