Best Natural Lipsticks

Best Natural Lipsticks

I’ve got my best natural lipsticks in honor of National Lipstick Day!  Switching from mainstream lip products to cleaner versions is a big deal!  I mean, don’t get me wrong, you should definitely switch all your makeup over from mainstream products, but the lips are especially important.  Why??  Well, for starters studies show that women re-apply their lipstick/lip product at least 5 times a day…so that’s a lot of toxins  (more…)

TASTYFACE Organics Review

TASTYFACE Organics Review

TASTY FACE Organics has a slogan, “Skincare, clean enough to eat.”  Umm…sign me up for that!  If you haven’t heard skin is the bodie’s largest organ, and it absorbs over 60% of what you put on it.  That’s a lot of chemicals seeping into your skin if you’re not using clean beauty products!  So what is TASTYFACE Organics, and why is it such an awesome company?  Allow me to explain.

TASTYFACE Organics started when the founder’s passion for health and nutrition led her to research everything in her family’s home.  What she found was disturbing in the area of beauty products.  Full of horrible ingredients, that you couldn’t pronounce, but even worst shouldn’t be near the body.  This epiphany led her to start TASTYFACE Organics, a skincare line that is truly clean enough to eat.  The ingredients are pure and the list isn’t long.  What’s better is there is an expiration date for products, the way it’s supposed to be.  I mean is their a reason a product should last two years?!  I don’t think so.  Things have gotten way out of hand with the beauty industry, don’t get me started.  You guys know how I feel…hello why do I have this blog?!

Anyways, back to TASTYFACE.  This line has really amazed me.  Every product I’ve tried has won me over.  When you’re scooping out the very last remnants of body butter, that’s a good sign the product was good…no great.  I love that their products are so versatile for both men and women too.  My husbands a fan for sure!

Ok, enough chit chat, let’s get to the products.

Lemon Rosemary Lip Balm-

This little lip balm packs a punch.  First the smell is so yummy!  I wanted to lick my lips all the time while wearing it.  The ingredients are just crazy great.  Shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil…do I need to say more?  This isn’t a super thick and heavy lip balm.  It moisturizes but doesn’t leave your lips gunky.  I loved putting it on before I applied any lip color, or I would wear it alone…either way it’s great.  $17

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Tangerine Orange Peel Sea Salt Scrub-

This scrub is just perfection in a jar.  The smell is so refreshing and takes me away to a happy place.  My skin is left feeling hydrated and smooth.  It doesn’t feel too hard on my skin as it exfoliates either.  I love that it’s made with sea salt versus the typical sugar.  The almond oil in this scrub makes my skin sing…seriously.  I apply this in the shower, it’s even great for feet!  You all need this in your body care routine stat! $27

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Blood Orange Vanilla Body Butter-

What’s not to love about this?  I mean the title pretty much says it all…blood orange and vanilla?  It smells like a creamsicle…you know those ice-cream bars we all loved as kids, and then found out later were horrible for us..opps!  Yeah, let’s just say I have a smidge of this left.  Why do I love it so much?  Well, it’s so easy to apply…by easy I mean it just isn’t hard to scoop out like some body butters.  After showering, I apply it all over my body-it just melts into my skin-literally.  It looks like whipped butter, then the minute it hits your skin it turns into this amazing oil.  But it doesn’t leave your skin oily, the oiliness quickly disappears.  You just get left with a great smelling body and the softest skin.  Just buy it, you’ll wonder how you lived without it before.  $33

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Peppermint White Chocolate Shave Cream-

The shave cream to end all shave creams.  Ok, if you want a decadent treat when you shave your legs, then you need this.  It literally makes shaving my legs an experience to remember.  First of all, I love peppermint anything, and I love white chocolate anything…so when I saw this, it was love at first sight!   Trust me, it smells so good you’ll want to eat it.  I applied it in my hands and it created a slight foam, and then I slathered the goodness on my legs and shaved away.  My skin was left feeling smooth, soft…perfect!   The smell…gahh, it’s so good guys!  The perfect gift for anyone, man or woman! $21

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Well that’s a wrap.  TASTYFACE has so many other products too.  Shop now until Christmas with coupon code: tastyhohoho, to save 15% off your order! Check them out here.  Have you used any of their products?

 

Glowing Beets Beauty Box Review

Glowing Beets Beauty Box Review

When Glowing Beets contacted me about reviewing their beauty box, I was pretty excited!  What is a beauty box?  It’s carefully selected beauty products ranging from skin care, makeup, hair products, nail products and so on…you get the picture.  You get this goodie box monthly, and best of all with a Glowing Beets Beauty Box, all the products are clean and green!  So you don’t have to worry about getting a side of toxins with any product.

Why Glowing Beets?  Well, for starters they include high quality indie brands and they make it so simple.  Their website alone is so easy to navigate and browse.  They have one box, it’s $29.95-a steal for high end green beauty products.  The boxes are all the same, but may vary slightly.  For ex. some boxes may get a different lipstick color, but they’re all from the same brand.  All boxes are shipped at the end of the month once you’re a subscriber, and if you order during the month it will be shipped out within a few days, up until the 15th of the month.  You can sign up for one box, otherwise you will be billed monthly.

I love the concept of Glowing Beets for those who are new to the green beauty scene.  They give you a good selection of products, so you’re able to test them out without making a big commitment at first.  They also offer special discounts to those brands if you do like them-how cool is that?!  Glowing Beets does the research for the best product so you don’t have too.  They include a card in each box that lists what the products are.  I have received two boxes from them and I’ve loved each of them!

The October box is the one I’ll be reviewing today and it’s a good one.

Shea Terra Organics-

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I had never heard of this brand before getting their shea butter in my Glowing Beets Box-but I am huge fan now.  I scoured their website too and they offer everything from baby and mama care, to face care and body care.  I was so impressed with their sourcing.  Shea Terra Organics sources the most potent, organic and wild harvested ingredients from across Africa.  This pristine environment, little tainted by modern pollution, grows some of the safest, unchanged botanical ingredients on earth. Unwilling to compromise, Shea Terra Organics uses whole herbs for its potent, synergistic benefits.  This shea butter smells like the tropics-a perfect blend of lime and coconut.  It melts right into your skin and leaves behind no greasy residue.  It’s pack full of all the good stuff too!  Aloe vera, pumpkin seed oil, shea butter and essential oils.  The 10z. jar is the perfect size to take on a trip too.  You guys need to check out their stuff!  They also have so many other tantalizing scents available.  $6

Sally B’s Skin Yummies B Glossy Lip Gloss-

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This lip gloss smells so insanely good!  The peppermint oil in it is so soothing and refreshing.  I received the color Sweet Plum.  It’s a great nude color with a hint of plum.  You can put it on thick or just add a touch over your favorite lipstick.  The ingredients are top notch and so minimal.  I had never heard of Sally B’s before Glowing Beets either.  The gloss itself is gluten free, non-gmo, and so hydrating!  It’s also isn’t goopy either likes some glosses.  It provides the perfect pop of shine and color.  They also carry skin care products, body products and even offer facials if you’re in the Atlanta, Georgia area.  Check out more of their gloss colors online.  $18

Herbivore Travel Mist Texturizing Salt Spray-

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Ohh…sort of in love with this product!  It smells like Hawaii in a nutshell-no joke.  It’s pure coconut goodness.  It’s meant to give you texture and enhance waves.  For those with curly hair, it enhances what you already have and for those with straight hair it brings some wave and texture to your hair.  I would curl my hair then spray this on and loosely scrunch my hair.  My hair would smell like a dream the whole day, and then the next day all I would have to do is spray a few squirts all over, scrunch and voila…instant beachy/tousled hair.  You all need this.  I love that this comes in a travel size too.  I’ve been eyeing so many of Herbivore’s products.  They offer everything from hair, skin, body, and even stuff for the man in your life.  They also have the sea salt spray in lavender if coconut isn’t your thing.  Check them out! $12

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser-

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This cleanser has so many uses.  From makeup remover to exfoliant-even a brightening mask.  It has a hint of strawberry to the scent.  What I love about this cleanser is I can literally use it to remove all my makeup-yes even eye makeup, and there is no stinging!  It doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry, unlike many gel cleansers.  I really feel this cleanser is named appropriately…it really does brighten my skin.  Especially after using it as a mask.  It does contain gluten…in case you you are allergic or try, and avoid it in skin care products.  It does contain Phenoxyethanol-which is used as a preservative in cosmetics, however much reseaerch has been done on the effects of Phenoxyethanol on animals and they have concluded that it can cause neurotoxin damage and can be an irritant or allergen to some. I did call Indie Lee and spoke with one of the co-owners who was very pleasant and willing to answer any of my questions about their products.  She did say that the percentage in the cleanser is .5% or less, and the phenoxyethanol that they use is from green tea extract and is not synthetic.  As in all ingredients labels, the first ingredients are the ones most contained in a product, as the ingredients toward the bottom are the ones least contained.  So it is a small amount and and it’s a cleanser, so in essence you are only having it on your skin for a short period before washing it off.  I think in the grand scheme of things this is not a huge deal when it comes to other ingredients.  However, I probably would not re-purchase just for the fact I would be using a lot of it over time.  This is just my opinion.  $32

Indie Lee Squalene Facial Oil-

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This is a facial oil from Indie Lee as well.  It contains Squalene Oil, which can be derived from several sources.  One is Shark liver, the other is synthetically or from vegetable sources.  I was so excited to hear that Indie Lee sources their squalene from the olives from Spain-how cool is that?  This oil feels so good on you skin.  One of the reasons I believe it feels so natural is because our skin naturally produces squalene oil.  It helps protect from environmental toxins and helps to keep moisture levels intact.  I loved putting this on at night and waking up with soft skin.  My skin just drank it up.  Oh and did I mention the only ingredient in this oil is Squalene??  That’s it!  One more reason you guys need to snag this up. $32

Indie Lee Co-Q10 Toner-

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This toner has the coveted antioxidant Co-Q10, known for it’s anti-aging properties.  It’s a hydrating toner and helps to prep your skin for serums.  It’s alcohol free which I love too.  It does have Phenoxyethanol  in it as I mentioned earlier in the post under Indie Lee’s Brightening Cleanser.  Again, I don’t have a problem using this up, but not one I would pick up again and again because of the Phenoxyethanol.  $3

Phew, this was a long review!  I just received my November box and I’m so excited to share it with you guys next month.  But if you made it this far in the review you get a serious reward!  Sign up for your first Glowing Beets Box and get 30% off using code GG30!  Check their site out here.  Don’t miss out on this amazing deal and beauty box! Have you guys heard of Glowing Beets?

Hubalou Clean Hair Wrap Review

Hubalou Clean Hair Wrap Review

I was sent a hair wrap recently.  But not just any hair wrap, a Hubalou Clean Hair Wrap  made of bamboo fiber.  Can you say luxury?!  If you haven’t ever felt bamboo you need too, it’s so soft.  Hubalou started with the intent of making a hair wrap that not only dried your hair, but provided a bit of luxury at the same time.  There common phrase is, “Goodbye terrycloth, hello healthy hair.”  As a stylist, I’ve known terrycloth to pull hair and cause breakage…not a good recipe for healthy hair!

The wrap itself is so soft.  I really just love the whole idea of a wrap to begin with.  It keeps my hair out of my face while putting on my makeup and dries my hair faster…a win/win!  How does the bamboo make this wrap different?  I’m glad you asked!  Instead of pulling on your hair and leaving it feeling blah, it gives it fullness and a smoothness.  It dried it but not like the dry you get from air drying.  My hair had a great wave to it and not kinky but soft.  If you have curly hair, this would be perfect for you.  My hair isn’t even curly naturally and I love it.  You can even sleep with it on!  Allowing your hair to dry into a smooth style.  It cut my drying time in half, and somedays I didn’t even use a blowdryer because I felt I didn’t need one-my hair dried so nice in the wrap.  I wondered how my hair had more body without using the blowdryer (I have fine/thin hair) and I realized it was because you’re flipping your head over when you put on the wrap-so you have gravity lifting it and then the bamboo fibers keep the strands so smooth and defined.  Instant style!

I can’t not wear it now after washing my hair.  I just hang it on my towel rack and it dries easily for the next day.  They even give you instructions on how to put it on-makes it so easy.  Another awesome reason to love this company?  They give 10% of their profits to organizations that help support basic needs.  How cool is that?!  Trust me, you all need one of these!  Makes getting pretty hair so much easier!

For more info. check out their website here.  And since you all need one, I have a discount code for you!  Use code: SUZI for 20% off!  I was sent the Hubalou wrap in slate, but they have several other colors.  Have you guys used them?  Leave me a comment, I want to hear!

Uncle Harry’s Green Review

Uncle Harry’s Green Review

Uncle Harry’s was so kind to send me some of their natural green products to try out-so many goodies!  I was familiar with the brand a little, since I use their toothpaste-my fave!  I sampled some of their skincare/teeth products this time around.  Uncle Harry’s is a family owned company, specializing in creating earth friendly, natural products at affordable prices.  All of their creations are handmade using the best in organic, sustainable, and local materials.  Another bonus?  They’re made right here in the greater Seattle area-my hood!

Why I really like Uncle Harry’s?   A lot of people either can’t afford luxury organic products or don’t want to pay for them-that’s where Uncle Harry’s comes in.  A company that not only makes quality products, but products for the whole family and that anyone can afford or are willing to buy!

What did I sample?  Some skincare, teeth products and a scalp product.  They have SO many products that I didn’t sample, so if you don’t see something you like here, trust me, there’s probably something on their website.  Anyways, let’s get to the ones I did sample.

Instant Clay Mask Bar-

This is definitely the first time I’ve used Indian clay on my skin.  It has a different smell that’s for sure.  Kind of herbal medicinal.  It’s also a different concept than a traditional mask I’ve used.  It comes in a bar form and you wet your skin and then take one end of the bar and cover your face in it.  Let it dry and then wipe off.  My skin felt so moisturized afterwards, counterintuitive to what you may be used to with traditional clay masks.  My skin felt so smooth.  There is literally two ingredients in the whole bar-Indian Yellow clay and Kewra fragrance.  It can be used as a cleanser, but I found it didn’t remove all my makeup, so I just used it as a mask.  $3

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Jojoba Face Tonic-

This toner has jojoba oil, colloidal silver water, grapefruit seed extract and an array of essential oils.  The smell is light and refreshing.  It left my skin feeling hydrated and soft.  A great hydrosol after cleansing and before serum/moisturizer.  $5

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Pure Raw Argan Oil-

I loved this oil!  One of my favorite products that I’ve tried from Uncle Harry’s.  It’s moisturizing but not greasy.  It melted into my skin so effortlessly and in the morning my skin was supple.  It just has organic extra virgin cold pressed raw argan oil.  Great for a deep hair conditioner too!  I also used it before I applied my foundation and it just glided on-a great product to get skin prepped for even makeup application.  $12

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Hemp Blemish Salve-

I was really interested in this salve.  I’ve never used a salve for a blemish before, but used a ton of serums.  It has lavender and calendula in it-both known for their antiseptic properties.  I loved the smell!  Smells definitely like the perfect blend of lavender and calendula.  So I did put it on a blemish and slept on it overnight.  The blemish was just red and painful to the touch.  What happened?  The next morning the blemish had gone down.  I used it for several days in a row and it went away-no rupture!  It definitely didn’t take it away the next day, but it did help over time.  $6

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Herbal Coconut Oil-

This was another favorite!  Filled with hydrating oils like coconut, hemp, almond oil and an array of essential oils.  I loved using it after showering for all over moisturized skin.  I also used it for shaving and my skin was silky smooth afterwards.  I highly recommend! It smells fresh and very herbal.  This is also great for travel-only 2 oz.!  $3

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Hair and Scalp Elixir-

This was another great one.  I mean who doesn’t love a good scalp massage, especially when a good scalp oil is involved?!  This concoction is filled with apple cider vinegar, and essential oils to remove build up, help stimulate the scalp and help hair grow.  It feels very invigorating on the scalp-especially with the peppermint, and eucalyptus.  You put the drops on your scalp and then rub it in.  You can leave it on for 30 minutes or overnight.  My husband and I took turns giving scalp massages.  I definitely would recommend this if you find you have an oily scalp, prone to dry scalp/dandruff or just like  a good scalp massage!  $5

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Oral Swish-

This was another fave!  It is a cold pressed sesame oil mixed with essential oils for oil pulling.  Oil pulling not only removes toxins from your mouth but your whole body.  It is simply adding a small amount of the oil in your mouth and swishing it around for 5-20 minutes and then spitting out and brushing your teeth.  You will be amazed at how clean your teeth feel.  I really liked using sesame oil.  I typically use coconut oil with no essential oils.  This also didn’t solidify like my coconut oil-another perk of sesame oil.  $10

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Peppermint Toothpaste-

I wasn’t sent any of their toothpaste, but this is what I use for my toothpaste and I love it!  My teeth feel so clean and my breath stays fresh.  There is no glycerin or sugar in the toothpaste-something I find in most natural brands.  It uses bentonite clay to draw out bacteria and grime from the mouth, which is very alkalizing.  Also, it comes in a glass jar, and there’s no need to worry about double dipping because the essential oils in it are antiseptic.  You all need this! $6

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Want to try some of their products- I don’t blame you!  Just enter GURLGONEGREEN at checkout for 20% off.  For more information and to view all their products, check out their website here. Have you tried any of their products?    

 

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