Chocolate Sun Sunless Tanning Cream is the real deal when it comes to a self tanner that works and is toxic free. Holla! I remember I was giddy the first time I got it in the mail and smelled it. No gross sunless tanning smell, but a warm vanilla chocolate smell. I wanted to douse myself from head to toe…so I did! And boy did it not disappoint. Don’t forget to exfoliate beforehand for a nice even application. Snag your bottle here!
This is the perfect all over body mineral sunscreen. This just contains zinc oxide, offering both UVA and UVB, an SPF of 30+ and is of course non-nano. It doesn’t make you look like a ghost! I love that this is fragrance free as well. It feels more like a lotion, than an oily sunscreen. They also state on their website that they’re safe for the “gluten sensitive.” It also gets two thumbs up from me for it’s large size. Sometimes on vacation I’ll need to bring a couple because the size is so small, but DeVita’s is a large 7 oz. tube! $28 Get your tube here!
After having a baby I was especially picky with what I was putting on her skin. Since babie’s skin can be even more sensitive and absorbent. However, I found a winner with this one! The sunscreen feels like a thick shea butter on the skin. It just contains zinc oxide. Some studies have found titanium dioxide to be a skin irritant in some people. Again, it offers both UVA and UVB and an SPF 30+. It does say it’s water resistant (no sunscreen is “waterproof”) but I still apply often, and is non-nano. The ingredients are so short in this little tube, something I love. I literally can pronounce each one. I feel so good rubbing this on my baby girl and knowing it actually works! $24.99 Grab your baby/child sunscreen here!
This product is amazing. It has a broad spectrum SPF of 30. It’s perfect for in the summer or winter before makeup. It doesn’t leave your skin with a white hue at all. It feels like a nice day time moisturizer going on. What really makes it standout? It acts like a primer for my makeup! It fills in all the lines and helps my makeup literally glide on and stay put. The ingredient list is stellar-aloe vera gel being the first ingredient, say hello to hydration. I really can’t say enough about this product. It is non-nano too. $55 Get your Sun Prep here!
These wipes had me the first time I used them! They come individually wrapped, and are perfect for your purse. They’re made out of bamboo and are infused with their 4-in-1 Face Tonic Formula-genius. I carry them with me always, and use them anytime I need a little freshening up. They get rid of dirt, sweat, and give your skin a quick clean. I used these on vacation nonstop. So great for after working out, long walks, time spent at the pool…you get the picture. Let’s just say I’m hooked! Anyone and everyone needs these. $24 Snag the best face wipe here!
I can’t imagine going to the beach without the Mermaid Mask-it’s like peanut butter and chocolate, they just go together! This green goodness makes me happy every time I put it on. With ingredients like Chlorella, sea buckthorn, spirulina and raw honey, this mask is pure decadence. A lot of masks moisturize after wearing, but you don’t notice a visible difference to the naked eye. Not the case with the Mermaid Mask, you’ll be glowing! It smells so insanely good too. You’ll be tempted to eat it. Also, the price point for this mask is crazy awesome…$32! A serious steal! This mask is great for everyone. Acne skin, pre-mature, congestion, dryness and redness. Perfect post beach, to nourish skin. Oh and P.S. when you buy it you must know that there is this thing called Mermaid Mask Monday on social media where all the mermaids come out and wear their mask-so you best show up! Snag the Mermaid Mask here!
This bottle filled with liquid radiance- I know sounds too good to be true, but it’s not. It comes in two shades. Golden hour- a golden, warm champagne radiance and Happy Hour- a cool pink toned radiance. You apply it really however you want! I love applying mine on my upper cheek bone, bridge of my nose, in the upper middle section of my brows, cupid’s bow, and middle of chin. All the normal places you would use a traditional highlighter. You can even apply it on the inner corners of your eyes to wake them up. You can apply it over your foundation or mix it with your foundation or just where it by itself. I’ve done them all, and love the effect it gives. You literally look like your lit from within. I have both shades and equally love how they both look. As a mom, these have been serious game changers! I look more awake and they last. I can’t wait to mix them in my body oil in the summer for an all over body glow! If you can’t decide which to get, just get both here!
I’ve been searching for a BB cream for a while. I’m not a huge fan of tinted moisturizers. I always want a little more coverage and a BB cream is the perfect alternative. It still offers you some SPF, and isn’t as heavy as a traditional foundation-a happy medium. I tried the color in 20 AGLOW. They offer three colors. I was the middle one. In the above photo when looking straight at it I have the BB cream on my left side and not on my right. As you can see it covers my redness and evens out my skin tone but still looks really natural. It’s not super moisturizing for my dry skin but I prefer that in a BB cream. Then I don’t deal with the mid-day shine look-know what I mean. However, it offers some great radiance and glow with it. It has tiny light reflective pigments in it. I always applied a moisturizer before I applied the BB cream and it went on great. I imagine it would be even better in the summer months when humidity is high and you want something that isn’t heavy but doesn’t add extra shine to your skin. I love how natural it looks on the skin too, yet covers what I want it to cover. Definitely recommend for those looking for a BB cream that offers great coverage, and a little glow. Plus, it has SPF 15 in it and is vegan! A great option too for those who like a less is more approach to makeup. Check it out here!
I’m obsessed with these Multi-Use Blush Sticks! I use them on my cheeks, and my lips-theyre so versatile. They glide on so smoothly and give my skin the dewiness I’m craving for a spring getaway. Plus, they last! Not to mention the colors are so vivid and instantly perk my skin up. The two in one stick to throw in your beach bag or purse. Snag your’s here!
This product can be paired with any other makeup you have. It brings to life any lip, shadow or blush that you might want to add a little radiance to. The rose gold toned color gives off the most beautiful hue. I mix mine with my bronzer, highlighter, shadows and lipsticks-the options are endless! Another two in one product…or I should say five in one! Grab your Master Mixer here!
Say hello to your new favorite nail color! This nail polish screams take me to the beach, something we all need a little of by the time spring break comes. A bright hot red with a hint of orange to it. My toes and hands will be donning this. The color actually makes my skin look tan-hello! I’ve always loved Treat’s formula. You can apply them and they last. Get your Summer Time polish here!
Can I just say I’ve never seen a more beautiful razor! It’s heavy feeling and luxurious. The OUI Neroli Shave Oil-a truly luxe product in itself. OUI has a full tutorial video on their website on how to use the razor properly. A lot of women are used to having to press hard with conventional razors, but that’s not the case with OUI. Since the razor is so weighted it does the work for you. Just glide it over the area. And just like that your legs are smooth, soft, and razor burn free. My legs have never felt softer-ask my hubs! Did I mention the smell of the OUI Neroli Shave Oil? Well, it’s amazing. Get your best shave here!
These bars are one of my very favorites! They are a protein bar and great for grabbing when you need something substantial quick. They literally only have 6-8 real food ingredients per bar. They are dairy, soy, and gluten free. They also are considered paleo friendly and Whole30 approved. I love the texture of these bars. They are chewy and satisfying. Plus 12 grams of protein per bar! My favorite flavor hands down is Maple Sea Salt- try it and thank me later. I also like the Mint Chocolate flavor. You can find these at Trader Joe’s(Usually just a couple flavors) and other health food stores. They often have sales or different promotions, so follow them on social media. Check out RXBAR!
I discovered these bars not too long ago and instantly became hooked! I mean they’re so good! My first thought when eating one was how it reminded me of no bake cookies-yes you heard me! The chocolate coconut one specifically. They also have an almond blueberry flavor, apple cinnamon, and chocolate peanut butter. Made with only 7 ingredients, these bars are organic, gluten free, non-gmo, vegan and free of refined sugar. These have oats in them, but are still gluten free. Plus, I love that they’re just sweetened with dates. My daughter loves them too! These are more of a snack bar in my opinion since the protein isn’t super high. A great pick for kid’s lunch boxes or after school snack. To make them even more protein dense I like adding a little nut butter on top! Skout Backcountry has been so kind to offer 25% off using code: GONEGREEN. Shop here on their website!
I’m a huge fan of the Crunchy Caramel Bar and the Almond Sea Salt. As well as the Caramel Sea Salt Cups and Mint Cream Cups. Oh and if you’re really into chocolate spreads then check out their Toasted Coconut Chocolate Spread-it might change your life! Plus, all their chocolate is paleo, vegan, refined sugar free, soy free, gluten free and dairy free…doesn’t get better than that. Don’t leave for spring break without some healthy treats! Get your chocolate here and use code: suzistmt for 10% off .
Of course if you’re at the beach or just traveling in general you need a cute bag! My friend Laura from Laura’s Natural Life opened up the cutest shop last year with tanks, bags and cute wall art. I snagged up one of her Drinks Market Bags and love it! Besides using it for grocery store runs, the gym, etc., I also can’t wait to use this at the beach! On the bag it says lemon water, kombucha, green juice, acai bowl, and repeat- how fun?! If you’ve been looking for a bag to literally take everywhere with you-then look no further. Shop LNL here!
What are you taking with you for spring break? See any faves?
By now you guys know how much I love Glowing Beet’s Beauty Box! They consistently offer quality green beauty products, and the price is reasonable. Every month I’m more in awe of the last box, which is hard to do. That’s why I’ve teamed up with Glowing Beets to be their official brand ambassador! I couldn’t be more excited to partner up with a company that not only brings green beauty to the every day women, but wants to bring the best of green beauty. We have some great things up our sleeve, and can’t wait to share them with you. So if you haven’t signed up, get on it! Here’s a little more info. on Glowing Beets if you haven’t heard about them yet.
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!
January Box Review-
This lip balm smells so GOOD!! I want to eat it, no joke. It smells like lime sherbet. It’s pink in color, but when you apply it, goes on pretty clear. The consistency isn’t goopy at all, but really smooth. It even gives your lips a nice cool sensation. It comes in the cutest little metal tin. The perfect size for fitting in a clutch when you’re going out on the town. $8
This serum has a more gel like consistency. It’s not a typical oil serum. It’s packed full of hyaluronic acid and retinol, some serious anti-aging ingredients. It is clear in color and goes on smooth. I noticed it filled in my lines, and helped create a more even look to my skin. It isn’t moisturizing, so I applied my moisturizer after. It really is perfect as a primer in the day time, and as anti-aging treatment at night. If you haven’t tried FITGLOW Beauty products yet you’re missing out, they’re all great! $89
I was actually pleasantly surprised by this deodorant. To be honest, I’m extremely picky when it comes to natural deodorant, there just hasn’t been a lot I’ve been impressed with. Green Tidings is my go too. However, this was nice for a change. The citrus lime smell is great. I also love that it comes in a stick form and goes on super smooth. It kept me smelling good throughout the day and kept my dryness at bay. Although, I wasn’t able to get another day out of it. Even if I reapplied it seemed to not mask the odor. I feel I’m a sweaty person in general though…sorry for the tmi! Everyone has such different preferences when it comes to deodorant and this one may be just your ticket. I love the size-perfect for travel! $5.95
I was so excited to get this in my Glowing Beets box! The perfect body wash-no joke. It smells amazing! I received the “Get Happy” body wash, which has a Geranium and Peppermint scent, and you all know I’m obsessed with peppermint. It’s refreshing and suds up perfectly. My skin doesn’t feel dry at all after using but moisturized. Best part? The ingredients are so clean! It’s safe to say this is my new favorite body wash! $20
That sums up my review of Glowing Beet’s January Box. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can get 10% off your first box using coupon code: GGG10. Stay tuned for more great boxes from Glowing Beets!
It’s crazy to me how many organic, and natural skincare brands are out there these days. There really is no excuse to still be using toxic products, no excuse! I stumbled upon Malaya Organics, and have had the pleasure of sampling their decadent skincare products. I truly believe in their philosophy of skincare, it’s a whole body approach. What you put in your body, and on it directly affect each other…I couldn’t agree more. They use the purest ingredients to reduce toxic exposure, as well as care for the environment. Not only that, but all their packaging is recyclable and reusable. Pretty awesome!
Malaya really started when the founder, Katya, had teenage acne growing up. This could have scarred some people, but with Katya, it drove her on a quest to find out about skincare, the body and how it all works. What she found was answers and a beautiful natural skincare line today. Oh and P.S. her skin looks amazing now!
Well, allow me to share with you this lovely natural skincare line.
This oil is such a smooth and rich oil. I apply it right after I get out of the shower, and my whole body just envelops it. It quickly dissipates, and leaves my skin hydrated, but with no greasy residue. The smell is great, like a cross between a musky smell, and earthy smell-perfect for guys or gals. It’s made with essences of sandalwood, bergamot and bulgarian rose. Malaya uses a blend of many different oils, which I love. You can find, jojoba, almond, avocado, sunflower, safflower, and even rose oil in their blends. Their glass pump bottle is great and their size is awesome for travel too. Oh and of course it’s organic/wildcrafted! I also tried a travel size in the Citrus and Bloom scent and loved that as well. $68
This serum smells amazing, and is the perfect hydrating serum in my nighttime skincare routine. It melts into my skin and leaves it smooth and supple. I know I’ve already said it but it smells so good! It has many different essences infused in it, but the ones that stick out to me are the neroli and jasmine. My skin looked great in the morning and felt hydrated. The packaging is different than other serums I’ve seen. It comes in a glass pump dropper-so cool! This is the perfect oil for problematic skin or skin that’s been exposed to environmental damage-which let’s face it, is all of us. It has 100% active vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids that deliver nutrients straight to the skin. And again all organic/wildcrafted! $65
This hair oil is divine! I used it two ways, the first was on wet hair and the second was on dry hair. I noticed it to be a little more hydrating on wet hair. My hair wasn’t drenched in water when I put it on but was damp. I think the dampness helped the oil to be soaked up a little more. I left it on for several hours, and also slept in it overnight too. Both ways really hydrated and conditioned my hair. What I really liked about this oil, especially for my fine hair is that it didn’t weigh it down after using. My hair felt smooth but not greasy. If you have thicker hair, you can also use it to hydrate frizzy ends while styling. My hair is too fine for that, but a lot of curly haired or thick haired people would love it. It also smells divine! The essences that stick out to me are geranium and sandalwood. $38
Now these bath salts feel like pure luxury. Not only are you relaxing your body but soothing tired muscles. These salts are a unique blend of four different types of salts-himalayan sea salt, pacific sea salt, mediterranean sea salt and epsom salt. They are then infused with coconut oil, lavender oil and vanilla absolute. At the end you have a luxurious bath salt that makes you feel like your in a spa yourself. My skin felt hydrated and smooth after using them and my body felt relaxed. This is the perfect addition to anyone’s natural skincare line. You all need these! $38
Last but not least their lip balm. This skinny little balm packs a punch. It goes on super smooth and leaves my skin moisturized. It’s the perfect lip balm before applying any lip color, because it isn’t heavy or gunky. The lavender smell is light but pleasant. It’s filled with nourishing ingredients like cacao butter, beeswax, castor oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil and essential oils. It didn’t give me the kind of moisture at night when my lips need a little more tlc, but before makeup it was great. $12
That sums up my review of Malaya Organics natural skincare line. This is an all around great skincare line that offers quality organic products. Malaya Organics has been so kind to offer 15% off your order using code: GURLGONEGREEN. If I were you I would be snagging up some serious loot! Have you used any of their products, what are your faves?
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.
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
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
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
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
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?
With temperatures dropping my hands are slowly getting drier. The cold weather zaps all the moisture out of them. I’ve done my fair share of testing with hand creams/lotions (whatever you want to call them) and narrowed it down to my natural top picks.
People apply a hand cream several times a day, so it’s important to pick a non-toxic one. Conventional hand creams can contain a number of toxic offenders, like mineral oil, phenoxyethanol, PEG’s, parabens, and fragrance…just to name a few. No thanks! Think about it? You apply your hand cream several times a day, so you end up applying toxins several times a day…not good. Plus, a lot of these toxic creams contain ingredients that will actually dry your skin out more, instead of help hydrate and bring moisture. So what to do?
Here are my top picks for hand creams/lotions-
This hand cream does it all. It comes in a pump dispenser that makes it easy to use, and the smell is amazing! A mix of vanilla, rosemary and a few other essential oils. It’s not a strong smell, just perfect. The hand cream itself hydrates my skin, but leaves no greasy residue-something I love. It isn’t the most hydrating moisturizer I’ve used, but a good mid-range one. I use this all year round. I also prefer it during the day when I’m out and about because it is so easy to use, and doesn’t leave a greasy residue. A must for anyone looking for a moisturizer that has it all. They’re offering 20% off for Cyber Monday- use code: OOHOLIDAY2015 They also have it the scent Linden Rose. $24 (sample size for $4)
First, I love how this hand balm comes in a glass jar! It is just like the name suggests-more of a balm then a hand cream. A little goes a long way with this beauty. It melts into an oil feel when you put it on. However, the oily feeling quickly resides, and your left with perfectly hydrated hands. The scent is really mild, hints of lavender, but nothing overwhelming. I love applying right before I go to bed- I wake up with happy, hydrated hands. My hands have never been softer! I definitely recommend for those with dry/cracked hands. This is a lot heavier than the Osmia hand cream, as it a balm and not a cream. $22 (Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 30% off)
This moisturizer can be for your hands or anywhere you need a little extra hydration. It comes in a tin and is more of a balm texture, similar to the Metta hand balm. The smell reminds me of chocolate…chocolate frosting to be exact. I gather the smell comes from the cocoa butter in it. With only five ingredients, this moisturizer packs a punch. If you don’t like an oily residue, then this may not be your moisturizer. It definitely leaves an oily residue behind. But it really leaves your skin soft and hydrated, so take your pick. I’ve even used this on my body. It’s a more budget friendly option, and a little goes a long way, so you’ll definitely have this for a while. Plus, for those who don’t like any added fragrance this is a natural great pick. $14
This is another balm but it’s not greasy. It really melts right into your skin, leaving behind the smell of lavender and vanilla. It’s more of a barrier or shield than a greasy balm. It leaves my skin moisturized and for a while. I have this in my purse at all times. I’ve used it on my daughter’s diaper rashes, my hands and even this weird rash I had on my neck for a while, (don’t ask). The name really does describe it well, it does a little of everything. I’ve even used it on my lips. You all need one of these! Bonus, you can find this at Target. Use coupon code: GGG20 for 20% online at Zoeorganics.com. $14
I had never heard of this brand before getting their shea butter in my Glowing Beets Box-but I am huge fan now. 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 or stash in your purse. They also have so many other tantalizing scents available. This is also a more budget friendly option. Can you say the perfect natural stocking stuffer?! $6
I was sent some of q c naturals products and as I’ve been testing them out, I have to say, I am thoroughly impressed. Their quinny’s cream has quickly become a fave. It only has three simple ingredients: shea butter, avocado oil, and olive fruit oil. I haven’t seen this combination together before, but it’s a good one, because it works! You can use it for so much more than just your hands too! It comes in a hefty 4 oz. jar, and looks and feels like a hand cream more than a hand balm. It goes on smooth and hydrates so well. My hands feel soft and not greasy. I was really impressed how long my hands felt smooth and moist…this is some good stuff. Not only is this natural vegan but also scent free for those who are sensitive to smell. $20 (35% off for Cyber Monday Use Code: CYBERSTEALS)
This is similar to most hand creams/lotions I grew up using. It comes in a snap closure/squeeze package. This smells amazing…like island paradise. They also have several other scents as well. This hand cream is a good all around moisturizer. It isn’t the most intensely hydrating hand cream, but it does the job and doesn’t leave your hands feeling greasy. It’s also very budget friendly at $11.99. (Pharmaca.com is having a 30% off Cyber Monday sale, use code: CYBER, stock up on this one).
Well that’s a wrap! Those are my top hand cream picks. Make sure and stock up with the coupon codes! These all would be the perfect stocking stuffer! Do you see any faves? What’s your favorite hand cream?