How to Apply False Lashes

My video on How to Apply False Lashes is finally here!  I’ve got all the details from how to prep your lid, putting them on and tips to finishing them.  You don’t want to miss out!  I’m also sharing my favorite brand of lashes and glue.  Say hello to big beautiful lashes!

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Glowing Beet’s March Box Review

Glowing Beet’s March Box Review

Hey, happy spring!!  It feels so good to say that!  Winter is hopefully almost gone and spring is in the air.  Well this month’s Glowing Beet’s box gave me a little taste of spring with a lipstick from FitGlow Beauty that’s a mauve pink the perfect transition from winter to spring.  Plus, it’s exclusively made just for Glowing Beets-how cool!  Then I got some skincare goodies from Gaffer & Child- a facial serum that smells like lemony goodness, and a facial cleanser that’s minty fresh.  Plus, some pins to serve as a reminder to not only love yourself but love more in general.  If you haven’t heard of Glowing Beet’s then read below on how this subscription box works.  If you have, skip to the full review of the March box!

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 products so you don’t have too.  They include a card in each box that lists what the products are.

On to the review!

FitGlow Lipstick in Beet-

I love the name of this lipstick!  Obviously perfect for Glowing Beets but also so true to the color.  The lip color reminds me so much of a beet.  It’s mauve, with some pinkish and berry notes mixed in.  A great color for everyday wear but also for kicking it up a notch at night if you keep your lips pretty minimal during the day.  The lipstick itself is super hydrating and goes on so smooth.  I’m not new to FitGlow Lipsticks.  I actually found my perfect red lipstick in a Glowing Beet’s box last year in the color Love.  I’m pretty sure this newest find is going to become a fave for spring!

Gaffer & Child Face Cleanser-

So you guys know I love anything with mint in it-and that goes for food too! Haha, love the smell, love the taste.  So when I saw peppermint essential oil in this face cleanser I was all in.  This cleanser does offer a light foam, even though it’s oil based.  It suds up and gives an overall clean feeling to the skin.  It says to avoid the eye area, so I did, but it removed all my facial makeup.  Their ingredients are mostly organic, minus the green tea extract and willow bark extract.  I really dig the glass pump bottle, not only for the environment but also for product preservation.

Gaffer & Child Hydrating Serum-

Next up is their Hydrating Serum. This serum as I mentioned earlier smells like lemons- a very pleasant scent.  The oil itself is lighter than a lot of oils I’ve tried and goes on smooth.  My skin felt hydrated and moisturized in the morning. Also, a great serum for in the morning before applying your makeup, as it’s not a heavy serum.  A little goes a long way with the product.  I love that the first ingredient is argan oil-one of my favorite oils.  It’s 100% raw, vegan, organic and non-gmo.  With only 8 ingredients this oil packs a punch.  A light refreshing oil perfect for spring!

Fred and Far Pins-

This month we got some cute pins in our box too!  These pins are special reminders to choose love first and foremost.  One of the pins says Me-a gentle reminder about self love.  Remembering you can’t love other people, unless you truly love yourself.  Also, the More Love Pin is a sweet greeting card to celebrate love.  These are encouraging messages we all need to hear!

Did you see anything you want?  Have you signed up for Glowing Beet’s yet?   Check out Glowing Beet’s here and use code GGG10 for 10% off your first box!

Green Beauty Round Up

Green Beauty Round Up

I do these posts from time to time.  Often I get an accumulation of products that are standouts and instead of doing a ton of smaller posts, I just do one big post.  People seem to really like them-I’m guessing because everything is in one place.  It’s also really beneficial for the companies because they get more exposure then if I was to do them individually.  A win/win!

I’ve come across some serious green loot recently and had to share some recent faves!

Malaya Organics-

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I’ve sampled Malaya before but was excited when the owner Katya Slepak reached out and sent me some of their goodies.  They have a whole new look and I was excited to see it.  The products are beautiful themselves and the new look is so chic.  I’m a big fan of their face serum, it melts right into your skin leaving a dewy finish.  It isn’t overly scented either- perfect subtle scent.  I’m also digging their Calming Botanical Bath, talk about relaxation at it’s finest!  I love a good bath and these are the perfect thing to help de-stress.  A mini spa right in your own home.  The facial steam is also a great de-stressor for not only the skin but the mind as well.  It helps to pull out toxins and gives the skin a glow.  The body oils are also luxurious.  I’m a big fan of the Woods scent.  It’s smells just like the name suggests-woodsy with a hint of citrus.  I love how the body oils feel on the skin, a truly decadent oil!  Last but not least their hair oil is perfect for giving parched hair a good drink of water.  I lightly apply it to my hair and style as usual.  For a more intense treatment I add it all over my hair and leave it on overnight.  My hair is silky and smooth the next day.  Did I mention their products are organic, biodynamic, wild crafted and ethically sourced-hello!  The products are housed in luxe glass bottles.  The whole line screams spa-a truly decadent line.  Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 15% off and snag some Malaya Organics here.

Teri Miyahira-

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I was so excited when I received my first box from Teri!  Teri has her own green beauty YouTube channel and now has created a monthly subscription beauty box.  The box has become so popular that now there is a waitlist for the November box because it’s sold out!  All the makeup is vegan, and cruelty-free.  I have been loving the boxes!  The Harmony Compact Color for face and eyes has been a fave of mine.  This product is so versatile.  You can use them as eyeshadows, but also as a blush, bronzer, contour or highlight.  Such a great multi-tasker.  I’ve also been digging the pressed eyeshadow color in Strength. Goes on so smooth and stays put.  The crushed colors offer the perfect shimmer for going out, and this mama needs all the help she can get!  Oh and can we talk about her brushes- so luxe!  They are so soft and beautiful, love the rose gold.  She also has skincare products.  I loved sampling the gel cleanser and toner/mist.  I couldn’t believe how much came in each box.  This is one beauty box that is here to stay!  Grab your’s here.

Loving Naturals-

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If you’ve followed me long enough, you know I’m crazy for Loving Natural’s Sunscreen for babies.  It has only a handful of stellar ingredients.  Plus, it works and keeps my babies skin protected from the sun.  It doesn’t leave that ghostly hue on the skin either like most natural sunscreens.  They recently sent me their Anti-aging cream too.  I was amazed at how moisturizing it was and how good my skin felt in the morning.  I have dry skin and even used this during the day and it wasn’t too greasy.  I love that it’s budget friendly compared to other natural anti-aging creams.  If you haven’t tried their sunscreens you’re missing out!  Check out all their products here.

Square Organics-

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I love me a protein bar!  Especially since becoming a mom,  it’s often easy to skip meals because of time-can I get a witness?  I end up making a smoothie or grabbing a bar.  These ones have been perfect.  Not only are they satisfying but full of organic ingredients.  They honestly taste like a candy bar!  All of them are chocolate coated with a different flavor on the inside.  My personal favorites are the coconut and mint.  I’ve even been grabbing them mid-day for a quick snack since I’ve been nursing my 8 week old like crazy.  They have hit the spot for those sudden hunger urges.  If it’s been hard for you to find a protein bar that tastes good and has decent ingredients, then check out Square Organics- you won’t be disappointed.  Also, use coupon code: gurlgonegreen for 20% off a box! Shop here.

The Simply Co.-

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I love testing out new natural laundry detergents!  I’m always curious if they’ll actually work.  I’m sure I’m not alone.  Well, I have good news, The Simply Co. is some legit stuff.  With only 4 ingredients: Baking soda, washing soda, and Organic Vegan castile soap (+ Organic essential oils), this laundry powder packs a big punch. It comes in this sleek glass container-so chic looking.  You simply add one to two tablespoons to your laundry, depending on the how big the load is.  You can use it in standard machines and HE machines.  The proof is in the pudding they say and I can say that this powder successfully made my clothes smell good and clean.  Did I mention the ingredients?!  They’re also vegan, organic and cruelty-free.  I’m in awe of the power of them.  The laundry powder comes in lavender and unscented.  If you’ve been looking for a natural laundry detergent with little ingredients that gets the job done-this may be just your ticket!  The whole concept of The Simply Co. is pretty awesome too.  Founded by a blogger who wanted the most natural cleaning products.  They aim to protect the environment by creating sustainable products.  Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 10% off your purchase.  Shop here.

See any products you want to try?  Be sure to use the coupon codes and grab some loot!  XO

FITGLOW BEAUTY Review

FITGLOW BEAUTY Review

I’ve been wanting to try FITGLOW BEAUTY products for quite some time now.  Well, it finally happened!  The founder Anna sent me some goodies, and I have loved my whole experience with them.  FITGLOW BEAUTY, a Canadian born company, was created to be with you wherever the day may take you.  From yoga, to the office and everything in between.  They actually have subjects test their products while running and doing yoga, to ensure they perform in any condition…how cool is that?  Their beauty products are not only clean, and non-toxic but nourishing to the skin.  Full of active ingredients-vitamins that feed your skin, and organic extracts.  This line doesn’t mess around. They’re also Leaping Bunny certified-no animal testing happening here.  I really like how FITGLOW doesn’t have dozens and dozens of products too.  They keep it simple:  Just make really great quality products.

Ok, let’s get to the good stuff!  I was sent some of their Good Glosses, Vita-Active Foundation, and Vita-Active Serum.  Oh and I can’t forget the really cute clutch they sent with the glosses!  You can buy this as a gloss set on their website.

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First of all, let me say that I’m not a huge gloss person…opps I said it.  I’ve just never been a gloss girl.  But my heart changed when I tried FITGLOW BEAUTY lip glosses.  These glosses are in a league of their own!  No joke…they’re that good.  Why have they stolen my heart?  Well, for starters they smell amazing, like a vanilla sugar cookie.  Their staying power is great-still on my lips after errands.  If that doesn’t tempt you, the non goopy formula will.  These aren’t like many glosses I’ve tried that leave my lips with blobs of gooeyness everywhere.  No, these glide on so easily and leave my lips with the perfect sheen.  Not teenager gloss lips…(no offense if you’re a teen) but you guys know what I mean.  This gives you a nice gloss and pigment but nothing over the top.  It’s the perfect combo of color, plus wetness. If you’ve been searching for a gloss, search no further-the Good Gloss is it!  I’ve tried 4 colors, Deep, Love, Joy and Bliss.  I swatched all the colors below.  As I mentioned above, these glosses also came with the cutest clutch too-perfect for a night out on the town-there is a photo below of the clutch.  $24

 

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Vita-Active Foundation-

This liquid foundation has become a fave as well.  I had heard rave reviews about it, and couldn’t wait to try it.  Not only is it a great foundation, but it’s made to nourish your skin too.  Your complexion could quite possibly get better while you using it.  Filled with skin nourishing ingredients like Vitamin C, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Seaweed Brighteners and Beta Carotene-this foundation packs a serious punch!  It’s also vegan.  It’s more of a medium coverage in my opinion.  It gives my face an overall pulled together look but doesn’t cover blemishes completely.  I love how it feels weightless.  I always applied a facial oil or facial moisturizer before applying the foundation.  Even though it is a moisturizing foundation, my skin tends to be on the drier side, and this helped the foundation settle perfectly on my skin.  It smells of flower essences.  I was so impressed with how well it held up!  Through workouts and just everyday life.  At 9pm I still looked pulled together…hello!  I received the foundation in VF3-the perfect light/medium shade.  I highly recommend this to anyone who is searching for a liquid foundation that not only looks good, but is good for your skin.  $55

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Vita-Active Serum-

This serum is meant to be worn underneath a moisturizer.  It isn’t hydrating on it’s own.  It’s packed full of Plant Stem Cells.  These help the skin repair itself, and turn over quickly to reveal a newer, more radiant complexion.  It has a combo of 20% Vitamin C and 20% Botanical Hyaluronic Acid-a powerful skin duo!  The serum is also vegan.  Oh and before I forget this serum smells so good-like orange creamsicles.  The biggest thing I noticed overall with the serum is my skin seemed more radiant.  My skin looked more even too.  The redness I had in spots had faded.  I love that it’s not a moisturizing oil/serum, but just a serum.  I feel like it targets my skin better this way…no oil to get in the way.  A great serum for those wanting to see results.  The price is great for all the potent ingredients too.  $99.83

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That sums up my review of FITGLOW BEAUTY.  I also have reviewed their lipstick in LOVE…which is amazing!  Read my full review here on it.  They carry other makeup and skincare products too.  Shop their full line here.  Also, they’ve been so generous to offer 15% off with code: GGG15.  Have you used any of their products?  What are your faves?

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?

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