Where has Vive Sana Serum Crema been all my life? It’s the first 100% natural, 70%+ organic mineral sunscreen I’ve used that truly is one stop shopping. It is an effective serum, moisturizer and physical UVA and UVB blocker. And it’s thankfully one of the rare, extremely well formulated sunblocks that does not use nano zinc, which is destroying our oceans and marine life.

This ceramide-rich, filler-free sunscreen is as clean and natural as it gets. Usually physical sunscreens require a lot of elbow grease to work into the skin and leave a ghostly cast. Not only does the sunscreen not make your skin white or gray, it blends in quickly and adds deep hydration. And because you can work it in so easily, you’re that much more likely to reapply. I’ve never used a sunscreen that makes my skin actually look better as if I had used a blurring primer. A perfect brightening canvas for make up. The other bonus, no pilling whatsoever. It seems to work seemlesy with all of my other skincare and make up products.

Filled with antioxidants and phytonutrients, including my favorite, collagen-boosting and anti-inflammatory Astaxanthin. Considered to be thousands of times stronger than Vitamin C and E, it improves fine lines and wrinkles, prevents sun-damage, promotes skin-elasticity and cellular repair for glowing resilient skin.

Once again, the only drawback is the very high $75 price point. But the good news is you need very little product and one product adds up to 4: your serum, moisturizer, primer and sunscreen with top notch, non-comedogenic, skin healthy ingredients!

With an SPF of 20, Serum Crema has a glowy finish. If you prefer a matte look, Vive Sana also has the Daily Protezione, another beautiful formulation at $55 with an SPF 30.


Organic Argan Kernel Oil, Green Tea Seed Oil, Organic Safflower Seed Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Glycerin, Licorice Root Extract, Astaxanthin Extract, Organic Sunflower Seed Oil, Iron Oxides , Jojoba Esters, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Apricot Kernel Oil, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Raspberry Seed Oil, Organic Jojoba Seed Oil*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Zinc Oxide

From Vive Sana’s site:

Feel & Finish

Serum Crema mimics skin structure to absorb on contact, sit comfortably on skin, and to assist the natural barrier. Its natural & organic ingredients provide luxuriously sheer, lightly tinted, brightening coverage, upon which you can apply other products.

When To Use It

Serum Crema designed for everyday use, especially at times when you need a lighter feel, moderate moisturization & sun/pollution protection, a potent antioxidant blend & a glowing finish.


Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ~ 100% Natural ~ 70%+ Certified Organic ~ Pollution-Protective ~ Fragrance-Free ~ Coral Reef-Safe ~ Water & Filler-Free ~ Cruelty Free

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Vive Sana

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Restoration Hardware Luxe Faux Fur Throw

I love the look of fur throws, so lush, but my efforts at a cruelty free approach to life don’t allow me to indulge in the real thing. Until, the discovery of these Luxe Faux throws from Restoration Hardware which have now become one of my favorite things. It re-creates the natural weight, depth of color and indulgent softness of genuine fur without being genuine fur and not looking synthetic, brilliant!

I admit, I actually have two of them. One of which was originally a gift but never left the house, oops.  The faux Mink one lies across the bottom of my bed over a crisp white duvet. This helps soften up the starkness of the white but doesn’t distract from the neutral pallet of the bedroom. A great way to layer and add texture and make any room feel richer. The other is faux Lynx and sits on the sofa. Both are super soft and feel very luxurious. They are made from synthetic materials with the reverse side a matched color in soft velvet.

Now, if you’re wondering why a beauty blogger is writing about a throw blanket the answer is because it not only looks beautiful as part of any home décor but also makes me feel beautiful. There is something about sitting on the sofa wrapped up in a fur throw that somehow evokes warmth and sultriness all while being super functional!

Final thoughts –

It’s an amazing gift for someone special who has everything.

The new RH catalog arrived and it’s as big or bigger than the September issue of Vogue weighing in at a hefty 5 ½ pounds. The throw might be cruelty free but environmentally unfriendly.

Fabric: Front is 74% modacrylic, 26% polyester; reverses to 100% polyester

Dimensions: 50″ x 60″

Listed at: $99.00

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