Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Cameron Village: AILLEA Beauty Boutique - Clean Your Routine!

This Fall I've made the conscious decision to start the process of cleaning (and "greening up") my make up and skin/hair routine. Over the 10+ years I've developed a sensitivity (basically a complete intolerance) to many preservative/formaldehyde ingredients commonly used in most skin and hair products these days. Over the years I have had to carefully seek out products that don't include specific ingredients which lead to eczema and skin irritations.

Last week I got a wonderful facial at Aillea.
Ailleaa clean beauty boutique, is celebrating just over a year of being in Cameron Village. They make a promise to carry ONLY products that are free of parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, endocrine disruptors or other toxic chemicals, and products that are not tested on animals. No exceptions. They offer over 50+ luxury clean cosmetic brands ranging from hair care, skincare, makeup, body care, nail care, and more. I'm aiming for better ingredients, better skin and hair with the added benefit of being more environmentally conscious and more knowledgeable about what I am potentially putting on my skin.

They have a skilled team of estheticians providing luxurious facials (along with makeup artists and knowledgeable beauty experts). Not only was the facial wonderfully relaxing, it was good to get some feedback on what my skin really needs and suggestions on some great "clean" products to help improve my skin. It's a great relief as well to shop in a place that I know I don't have to double check the ingredients in all the products or miss something and end up with a reaction from harmful ingredients. Aillea is also a friendly, beautiful store to shop, and always smells amazing!

Tuesdays in October, Aillea is offering 20 min facials for just $20! You can book it or walk in off the street and take a few minutes to clean, tone, massage and moisturize your face. It was WONDERFUL. We all deserve at least 20 minutes, don't we? Make time to stop in for a quick and wonderful facial!

Allure Magazine recently listed their picks for top clean beauty products of 2019 from Aillea and I wanted to share this list of top six items below, especially if you are looking to clean your routine! I am currently going through my everyday products and starting to replace as I can with more clean, sustainable items. These products can come with a higher price tag but since I'm also making an effort to minimize home and overall lifestyle in general, the goal is to buy less so if I have to pay more and get better results I'm going to give it a try!

Check out their monthly specials here!

HOURS: Monday-Saturday 10AM- 7PM, Sunday Noon - 5PM
ADDRESS: 2032 Cameron Street, Raleigh | PHONE: 919-747-9030


1. Kjaer Weis Lip Gloss
Semi-sheer color lip gloss with intense hydration. 
CASTOR SEED OIL - Rich in moisturizing, conditioning essential fatty acids ROSEHIP SEED OIL - Excellent tissue regeneration properties; fights signs of aging SUNFLOWER SEED OIL - A high fatty-acid and Vitamin E content keeps lips protected from environmental stressors, while firming and tightening its appearance. Free of petroleums, parabens and silicones. Cruelty Free.

2. Kosas Tinted Face Oil
Light weight medium coverage, hydrating. 100% Cruelty Free, Vegan, Gluten-free. Free of Parabens, Silicones, Sulfates, Pthlatates, Mineral Oil, PEG, Petrolatum.

3. Highlight of the Day by Maya Chia
Ultra lightweight, easily absorbed highlighter serum. Ingredients: Supercritical Chia (Salvia hispanica) Seed Oil, Brassica Oleracea (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Coconut Alkanes (and) Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, *Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Non-GMO, Mica, Titanium Oxide, 

(+/- Iron Oxide, Tin Oxide, +/-Boron Nitride, +/-Carmine) *2% Essential Oils.
*Organic Ingredients or Wildcrafted (when available).

4. Tata Harper Resurfacing Serum
This serum transforms dullness with a combination of 7 AHAs and BHAs that slough off dead skin cells to give you a healthy-looking glow. Antioxidants help fight the effects of free radicals that can diminish your glow and make you look older than you are. This lightweight formula restores radiance with 9 sources of glow, 9 sources of antioxidants, and 4 sources to smooth and soften skin texture.

5. Rahua Hydration Shampoo + Conditioner
Maximum moisture shampoo and conditioner transforms dull, dry and damaged hair.
Plant derived. All clean ingredients.

6. ILIA Limitless Lash Mascara
Lightweight and nourishing formula is made with a blend of organic bee and carnauba waxes to weightlessly condition each lash. A dual-sided brush allows you to define, lift and separate with precision. Gentle enough for sensitive eyes, Limitless Lash Mascara is complete with organic shea butter and fortifying arginine (keratin) to help boost and enhance lash condition in a classic black finish. Made with 25% organic ingredients for a formula that is 99% natural.


October events at Aillea

#CVTRENDREPORT: I'm excited to partner again with Cameron Village this FALL to feature some of the great merchants in the Village and highlight some 2019 Fall trends and great "hidden gems". I love shopping, dining, drinking, exploring local and it's been an amazing opportunity to get to know these merchants, their stories and their passion for what they do!

Happy 70th birthday this Fall to the Shops at Cameron Village! Be sure to stop by and join the planned festivities in OCTOBER!

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