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…)

Glowing Beets

Glowing Beets

This is my third Glowing Beet’s Box and let me tell ya, they just keep getting better!  I’ve seriously loved everything in this little box.  One thing that I like about Glowing Beets is it’s variety.  Each month you get something different, and it’s so fun to try out all the new brands.  Here’s a little more info. on the Glowing Beet’s Beauty 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 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!

December Box Review-

Immortelle & Myrrh Facial Serum-

What doesn’t this serum do?  I’m still trying to figure it out.  From bringing moisture to the skin, fading scars, healing stretch marks, and helping fade the appearance of blemishes-this is your one stop facial oil.  Even better, it melts right into your skin leaving behind the intoxicating smell of frankincense.  My skin loved it!  Some oils can leave behind that greasy residue but not this one.  It just leaves your skin feeling so smooth and hydrated.  I love that it includes the ingredient squalene.  Squalene can come from different sources but this squalene is from olives.  It is known for resembling our own natural skin oil.  It is a powerful anti-oxidant known for creating cell turnover, fading spots on the skin and decreasing fine lines.  I was so excited to see it in this facial serum!  $48

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Sweet Emotions Soaptions & Potions Pumpkin Facial Mask-

Ohh, this mask…where do I start?!  Well, first it smells like pumpkin goodness.  It’s such an active mask, everything is so fresh.  There’s only 7 ingredients in this baby and they get the job done.  My skin soaked it right up.  I left the mask on for 20 minutes and when I removed it, I was left with glowing, even skin.  My skin did’t feel dry at all either.  I definitely recommend this mask for anyone who might irritate easily with other masks, as this one is so soothing.  It helps draw out impurities with the clay, but not in a drying way, which I love!  Last month there was a pumpkin soap bar included in the box, also from Sweet Emotions Soaptions & Potions.  So far this line has got me coming back for more!  $18.95

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Little Barn Apothecary Honeysuckle + Grapefruit Body Oil-

This body oil smells divine.  Honeysuckle and grapefruit, need I say more?  This body oil leaves your skin moisturized but not greasy.  You end up with perfectly hydrated skin and smell so good.  I apply this post shower and let the oil melt right into my skin.  I love that the oil comes in a glass container too.  There’s not much else to say about this oil, you all will love it and need it!  $34

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Grateful Naturals Pure Botanical Lip Balm-

This lip balm moisturizes with just 5 ingredients.  A blend of coconut oil, shea butter, almond oil, beeswax and essential oil, this lip balm is just plain good.  My lip balm came in the scent, honey peppermint, which I’m a fan.  Anything mint sign me up for!  It kept my lips moist but not gunky.  If you’re looking for a lip balm, this may be just your ticket.  They also have it in Vanilla Honeysuckle if mint isn’t your thing.  $4

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Zabana Essentials Herbaceous Facial Steamers-

These were so fun to get in my box!  I haven’t tried too many facial steamers from companies.  I usually just make my own little concoction at home.  They’re like little bath bombs but for your face.  You just boil some water, toss in the little cube and put a towel over your head.  Then the magic happens!  The steam opens up your pores, and allows the skin soothing and blemish properties to do it’s work.  The smell is very floral.  Once the fizzing is complete you remove the towel.  Your skin is left feeling dewy and moist.  I then applied a facial serum right after, since my pores were open, my skin soaked it right up.  Such a great spa night ritual and a good girl’s night activity.  $5.95

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Sally B’s Healing Hand Butter-

I’m a big fan of Sally B’s products!  I’ve tried a couple of them now that have been in previous Glowing Beet’s Boxes and they did not disappoint.  This healing hand butter is no exception.  It soaks right into your hands leaving them hydrated, but not slimy.  The scent I got was lavender vanilla.  The lavender was a little strong for me, I’m not a huge lavender fan(in small doses) but I still love it for the hydration.  They also have it in Sweet Lemon Ginger and Unscented.  With ingredients like shea butter, jojoba oil and olive oil, your dry hands will be thanking you.  I love that it came in a small container too-perfect for throwing in my purse.  $26

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That concludes my review of Glowing Beet’s December box.  Have you used any of these products?  As always,  be sure to sign up for a Glowing Beet’s subscription if you haven’t.  Such a fun way to try new green beauty products each month.  You can sign up for their e-mails and receive 10% off your first box.

 

 

Natural Skincare Review: Malaya Organics

Natural Skincare Review: Malaya Organics

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.

Woods Body Oil-

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

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Rejuvenating Face Serum-

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

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Organic Hair Oil-

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

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Organic Bath Salts/Lavender & Vanilla-

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

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Lavender Organic Lip Savior-

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

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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?

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?

 

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