Budget Friendly Natural Products- To Splurge or Save

Budget Friendly Natural Products- To Splurge or Save

So I’ve got the lowdown on Budget Friendly Natural Products- To Splurge or Save is the question and I’m sharing it all!  I get asked a lot what are some budget friendly options for pretty much everything, so I thought I would make a list of top products to swap out and a splurge and save on each.  The goal is to get you to swap them out easily.  But I also don’t want you to feel like you’re going to go broke, here are some easy swaps to get you started!

Also, remember that this is a process and not something that needs to happen overnight.  That will only create stress and that’s not going to help anyone!  Take baby steps and do a little at a time.

To Splurge or Save:

My Top Picks-

Deodorant-

SPLURGE- $26 Agent Nateur- This deodorant works around the clock to deliver fresh underarms like no other deodorant I’ve used in green beauty- it’s the real deal and then some.  It never irritates my arms either even though it does have baking soda in it.  It smells like roses and not in the my grandma smells like rose perfume but in the chic cool way.  I can’t recommend this deodorant enough.  It is definitely a splurge but worth every penny!

SAVE- $7.99 Green Tidings All Natural Deodorant This is the first deodorant I tried in green beauty that worked.  I remember thinking, wow I still smell good in the evening!  It comes in lavender or unscented. I prefer lavender.  It doesn’t irritate my underarms either.  I also love that you can get it on Amazon- so convenient! You can get a 1 oz. stick for $7.99 or a 2.7 oz for $14.  A great buy for the amount of product you get!

Mask-

SPLURGE- $80 Mahalo The Bean Antioxidant Mask- This mask is what dreams are made of!  But really.  I remember noticing a difference after the first time I used it.  I know sounds crazy- but it’s true.  It lightens sun spots, and brings an overall brightness to my skin.  My redness is diminished as well.  It’s like a detox for your skin, while also giving your skin some nourishment. It’s spendy but you’ll love it after the first use!

SAVE- $30 Live Botanical Luna Rose and Honey Mask- I can’t not use this mask.  It’s in my routine nearly everyday.  My favorite way to use it is in the morning when I’m getting ready for the day.  I apply it right before I brush my teeth and then rinse it off once I’m done brushing them.  It gives my skin a serious glow and wakes me up.  I’m addicted!  I’m always shocked at the price too and the quality of ingredients!  You’ll love it- trust me!  Plus, with my 20% off coupon code you’ll save $6- so the mask ends up being $24!  Use Coupon Code: GURLGONEGREEN. Crazy awesome deal!

Liquid Foundation-

SPLURGE- $48 Crunchi Liquid Foundation- This foundation is SO good.  I’ve been using it for over a year now and can’t get enough.  One of the reasons I fell hard for it is because there isn’t any coconut oil in it.  Something that’s hard to find in green beauty.  Coconut oil can clog pores and I’ve found on some people it even causes them to breakout.  This foundation leaves my skin feeling even and fresh, but not overdone.  Plus, it has a sweet vanilla smell!

SAVE- $31.47- ZuZu Luxe Oil Free Liquid Foundation- This foundation is great for year round but especially in the warm summer months when you don’t want extra oil clogging those pores.  It glides on easily and gives a polished look but not too much where you’re wearing a full face of makeup.  Plus, at Pharmaca online you can usually get this for 20% off!  Pharmaca is always having a 20% off sale, which makes this around $25 instead!  Not too shabby.

Body Oil-

SPLURGE- $75 Max and Me Circle of Protection Body Oil- It’s a body oil, but it’s hard to even call it “just” a body oil.  It really is something so much more.  The ingredients include some of the best organic oils.  From argan, rosehip, marula and magnolia, just to name a few.  The oil is thicker in consistency but not greasy feeling at all.  It goes on smooth and doesn’t leave a weird residue.  Your skin feels perfectly hydrated and not wet feeling.  I have to tell you about the smell-so wonderful!  With notes of jasmine, geranium, and rose that literally awaken your senses and uplift you.  This would be an amazing gift for someone too!

SAVE- $13.97 Rosehip Seed Oil by Leven Rose This is actually one of the very first organic oils I ever bought when transitioning to green beauty.  It isn’t expensive yet it does the job and does it well.  My skin feels hydrated and not greasy.  Jojoba oil is such a great oil to use on the skin too, as it’s the closest oil to what your skin naturally produces.  What makes this jojoba oil great too is it’s cold pressed, so they’re not using heat to extract it, so the oil is left intact.  Better yet you can get it from Amazon!

Serum/Oil- 

SPLURGE- $85 Maya Chia The Super Couple Serum- Love this oil.  The smell is so good, nothing over powering, just an amazing mixture of essential oils.  It just feels so luxe the moment you apply.  It’s not super heavy, but a nice medium rich feel.  It literally absorbs so well into the skin leaving behind a pinkish hue that gives your skin a glow. My skin drinks up every drop of this oil. It helped to lighten my hyper pigmentation and even my skin tone.  It also brightened my under eye mom circles- seriously.  I started using this when I had a 4 month old and lets just say I needed all the help I could get.  This oil is a game changer.

SAVE- $42 Live Botanical Clary Sage Calming Serum-  Yes, another Live Botanical product- that’s so good!  This serum is also an oil.  It really is filled with so many therapeutic oils that help promote cell turnover and calm the skin.  Great for those who have acne or have sensitive skin that wants to flare up.  I love the smell of this oil! I get hints of rose and chamomile, but it’s not overwhelming.  It’s not a super heavy feeling oil but a good medium texture.  I noticed improved skin clearness, the redness was minimized- especially around my t-zone.  I also noticed my skin felt so hydrated and smooth in the morning.  Like it had a big gulp of water. Plus, with my 20% off coupon code you’ll save $8.40- so the serum/oil ends up being $33.60! Use Coupon Code: GURLGONEGREEN. Amazing deal!

Body Wash-

SPLURGE- $18 for 9.5 oz. PLANT Apothecary-  I have to say after trying them all, my favorite scent is the Wake Up with Rosemary and lemon and the Get Happy, which is a geranium and peppermint scent.  I’m a sucker for anything mint as you guys know, and the Wake Up body wash with the Rosemary and Lemon is so refreshing.  They also have three other scents, so if the above doesn’t appeal to you, you might find something else that suits your fancy.  Now to the formula.  It’s foams up and leaves my skin feeling hydrated and not dry at all.  I’m seriously addicted guys! It’s like any body wash you would find at Bath and Body works but it’s not filled with crazy ingredients!

SAVE- $9.99 for 32 oz. Alaffia Everyday Shea Body Wash- This stuff comes in a large pump bottle and is perfect for getting everyone in your house clean!  It comes in different scents too.  I’m partial to vanilla mint, because duh mint and of course I can’t turn down vanilla either.  The shea in it leaves my skin moisturized without feeling dried out.  Plus, at Pharmaca online you can usually get this for 20% off!  Pharmaca is always having a 20% off sale, which makes this around $7.99 instead!  I mean, I’m no mathematician but that’s a steal!

Shampoo-

SPLURGE- $34 True Botanical’s Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner- This stuff is just the best!  If you’ve thought that no natural shampoo and conditioner will work for your hair, think again.  The shampoo suds up like a mainstream shampoo, but without the harsh chemicals.  The conditioner doesn’t leave that greasy oil residue…you know that feeling I’m talking about!  Need, I say more?  Not really, but I will because I just can’t help myself!  It smells insanely good, fresh like everything they make does.  They also come in recyclable metal bottle pumps, that literally look so luxe in the shower.  I promise you won’t be disappointed, this stuff is amazing and worth every penny, and that says a lot coming from a stylist.

SAVE- $17 100% Pure Kelp and Mint Shampoo and Conditioner- This shampoo works so well at cleaning my hair and really getting rid of the excess oil. It has a good suds to it and it smells minty fresh!  The conditioner also moisturizes but without the heavy weight.  I was so excited when I discovered this shampoo!  Plus, another find at Pharmaca!  You can save 20% again usually so this ends up being $13.60 a bottle- so good!

Blush-

SPLURGE- $56 Kjaer Weis Cream Blush- If you’ve followed me for a hot minute you know I’m obsessed with these blushes! The pigment is so good, the colors so vivid and it instantly makes you look awake.  They also come in the chicest silver carrying cases.  I love the colors Blossoming and Happy.  Initially they’re $56 but once you have a silver compact, the next time you run out all you have to buy is the insert- making it only $32.

SAVE- $25 Juice Beauty Cream Blush- I’ve been loving Juice Beauty’s Cream blushes lately!  They’re so easy to apply and instantly add some serious glow and color to my skin.  I have the colors Seashell and Flush and love them both.  Also, another Pharmaca purchase.  You can save 20% again usually so this ends up being $20 a blush- not bad!

BB Cream-

SPLURGE- $45 Suntegrity 5-in-1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen- This BB cream is so good!  It definitely hits all the marks for a great tinted sunscreen.  From superb coverage, hydration and good tint.  Plus, it offers a broad spectrum spf of 30.  It’s made with non-nano zinc oxide.  It also comes in four colors which makes it easy to find one that matches your skin tone.  It feels heavier than a traditional tinted moisturizer.  Trust me, you’ll love it!

SAVE- $28.99 Juice Beauty Organic BB Cream- This offers a little less coverage than the Suntegrity above but some people prefer that.  I like how this one still polishes my look and if I want more coverage in an area I can add some concealer wherever I want it.  My mom absolutely loves this tinted moisturizer!  She likes it because she says it doesn’t show her fine lines as much.  A lot of foundations she always complains the product settles in her fine lines.  This gives you some sun protection too with an SPF of 30.  It comes in 4 different shades.  I chose the Sand.  It feels really good on the skin- definitely hydrating.  A great option for spring and summer days but also for days when you’re not going anywhere and you just want some light coverage, plus sun protection.  Also, another Pharmaca purchase.  You can save 20% again usually so this ends up being $23.20- not bad!

Body Lotion-

SPLURGE- $47.00 Osmia Organics Body Mousse- This body mousse is straight up decadence!  Trust me, you’ll try it and never want to stop using it.  It feels like a whipped frosting going on your body.  So light and fluffy.  It melts into your skin the second it touches it and you’re left with the softest baby skin ever.  I’m warning you now though- you will be hooked! Love their Rosemary and Sandalwood scent.

SAVE- $11.99 ALL Good Body Lotion- I’ve fallen hard for ALL GOOD products!  They are affordable, have great ingredients and perform.  Their body lotion is no different.  Love that it comes in a tube that’s easy to use.  It feels rich in texture and keeps my skin soft and smooth.  Love their coconut scent!  A great buy for the whole family!

See any products you love or need to try?

Beauty Heroes January Discovery: Maya Chia

Beauty Heroes January Discovery: Maya Chia

It’s hard to believe it’s been 1 year since I first discovered the magic of Maya Chia- and all because of Beauty Heroes!  Some things don’t change, Beauty Heroes is at it again with Maya Chia taking center stage. You could say I’m not mad about it at all!  If you’re not familiar with Beauty Heroes let me introduce you to the green beauty “It” box.

Beauty Heroes was founded by Jeannie Jarnot.  A longtime spa director herself and healthy beauty expert.  I had the pleasure of meeting Jeannie at IBE, and she is truly one of the sweetest people.  Beauty Heroes is a monthly beauty service that selects only the best clean beauty brands.  Each month you can find one to two full size truly heroic products in each box.  The products typically range from skincare to haircare products.  However, every 3 months Beauty Heroes offers a makeup box as well that’s optional for members or non-members.  I absolutely love their “Use Less, Love More” philosophy.  By only getting one or two products, you allow yourself to truly experience them.  Of course you can trust their picks, as they are strict on their integrity standards.  What’s not to love about this whole concept?  As a Beauty Heroes Ambassador, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of such a movement.

Before I even dive into the Maya Chia review I first must tell you what makes them SO special. The all star ingredient in Maya Chia is the supercritical chia oil.  Not only is chia oil heralded for it’s fast absorbing ability, but also for it’s antioxidants, minerals, and omega’s- a skin’s dream team!  You can say bye to fine lines and wrinkles.  Plus, it has clinically been proven to increase hydration. Check out my full review on Maya Chia I did last year to learn about how they extract the chia oil!  Read about it here!

This month Maya Chia introduces us to their newest product release- The Eye Achiever.  I actually had the pleasure of testing it out several months ago- something that doesn’t always happen when it comes to Beauty Heroes Boxes.  So I feel this review will be very thorough!

Thoughts on the Eye Achiever-

First the formula comes in a dark glass rollerball bottle.  So different than any other eye cream or serum I’ve used.  The rollerball feels cool to the touch upon application and soothes my tired mama eyes(can I get a witness)?!  The formula is an oil and easily dispenses under the eye.  I’ve found a little goes a long way.  After swiping the rollerball under the eye, I take my ring finger which has the least amount of muscles so it’s the best to use since the eye area is so delicate and use a tapping motion starting from the inner corner of my eye and tap underneath the eye all the way up to the outer corner.  This helps it to seep into my skin a bit more.  I’ve even stuck the rollerball in the fridge overnight.  When I use it in the morning it’s an instant de-puffer for the under eyes- I’m all about waking up my eyes!

The biggest thing I’ve noticed from using the Eye Achiever is rested eyes.  I really can’t explain it.  It sounds weird even typing it.  My eyes just look well rested more than they did before.  Less tired looking, and dark.  If you do apply it in the morning be sure to use it sparingly if you’re wearing makeup.  I’ve found too much can cause foundation to come off easily due to the oil.  I haven’t even mentioned the ingredient list- which is amazing!  With ingredients like Brown Algae, sea fennel and vitamin C- just to name a few, this serum is loaded with the best of the best.

Thoughts on the sidekick- The Super Blend Pressed Serum-

The sidekick for this month is The Super Blend Pressed Serum Moisture Concentrate.  Although it is a serum it feels more like a balm to me.  A lot of people often ask why use a balm.  Oh so many reasons!  Balms are especially great for in the winter when skin needs extra protection from the elements.  This product in particular is an anti-aging powerhouse with ingredients like asthaxanthin- a powerful antioxidant, Vitamin C and CoQ10.  These ingredients work together to give your skin a radiance.

Seriously, give this product a couple weeks and you will see what I’m talking about.  My skin felt so even, smooth and soft.  Many balms can make your skin feel dry in the morning but not this one.  My skin felt so hydrated and not greasy.  A little goes a long way with this baby too.  And the smell…ahhh SO amazing!  You’ll seriously want to inhale-be warned.   I applied this in upward strokes at night after cleansing and toning.  I didn’t need an additional moisturizer and my skin tends to be dry.  I especially loved using this when I was sick around my nose.  No raw, red nose because it was so protected using this.  Again another product that I can’t recommend enough!

Get your January Beauty Heroes Box here!  If you’re not a member of Beauty Heroes yet, subscribe here!  This box is full of the top green beauty products.  Also, this month be sure to check out the Beauty Heroes Beauty Store.  Full of past heroic products and a ton of other green beauty must have items.  If you’re already a member of Beauty Heroes you always get 15% off in the Beauty Store.  Every month Beauty Heroes offers a Love More Promotion.  This offer is for non-members and members.

In January, Beauty Heroes customers will be treated to a 2-in-1 floral cleansing ritual by Max and Me. All purchases $125+ from the Beauty Store will receive their coveted Mask & Wash. ($35 value).

LOVE MORE gifts automatically accompany Beauty Store purchases of $125+. No code required.

Have you tried any of these products?

 

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Root Pretty Review

Root Pretty Review

I have searched long and hard for a gel liner that works and is of course green.  I was so excited when I found out Root Pretty carried one and here is the review.  Krista, the founder, sent me the gel liner as well as their Beauty Sleep Perfecting Serum and Pretty Balm.  All of Root products are gluten free and Vegan.  The products are formulated especially for sensitive skin and of course are free of any harsh chemicals, fillers or toxins.  They carry everything, from skincare products, makeup and body products.  If you follow them on Instagram, you’ve noticed they’re even working on making their own haircare line!  I have loved reading their blog as well.  It is a great resource for tips on how to apply their makeup, as well as celebrity looks.  Ok, I know you all want to hear about the product, so here ya go-

Beauty Sleep Perfecting Serum-

This serum is full of all the good stuff, and none of the toxic load typical in mainstream serums.  First off, the smell is divine!  Sometimes natural serums can smell fishy…haha, but this has a great citrus/fresh smell.  I love that it has only a handful of ingredients, all of which are pure and clean.  It melts into your skin and truly hydrates, but isn’t greasy at all!  My skin just feels balanced and moisturized.  I put it on at night and wake up to an even and balanced complexion.  This was the perfect oil to put on before makeup too.  It created a smooth canvas for my foundation.  My husband even commented on how good it smelled!  I love that Root offers two different sizes for the serum.  The first is .45 oz and is only $18, and the second is 1.9 oz. and is only $62.  Great deals for an anti-aging serum!

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Pretty Balm-

I love this little balm!  I’m all about balms with a hint of color.  The great thing about the Pretty Balm is the color is totally build-able.  Swipe it on once for a sheer tint of color or several times for a more dramatic effect.  I was sent the color Gossip.  It’s the perfect pink shade.  It even has a glossy look when the light hits it.  This has been a staple in my makeup bag lately.  I love that I can have two different looks with it.  The Pretty Balm’s are organic and ingredients are top notch.  Oh, and they come in 8 pretty colors, I’m pretty sure I need them all!  Trust me, you all need this, it really is a must for every makeup bag.  $8

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Pretty All Day Gel Liner-

Ok, I already wrote about this amazing little liner in my eyeliner post.  It’s seriously a must have item!  Here is my recent review:

I recently discovered Root’s gel eyeliner and haven’t looked back.  I had been browsing through their products and came across it.  I knew I had to try it!  A clean gel eyeliner…was God gifting me once again?!  Gel liners used to be my jam, well namely, MAC Gel pots…you know, the ones that glided on so effortlessly and stayed forever?  Well, my days with them were long gone and it was time to find a new gel eyeliner, and I certainly did.  Root’s not only goes on smoothly, but you can smudge it for the perfect smoky eye.  Once you apply, smudge away and then it drys.  It also works great in the water line-no irritation.  And the kicker?  It lasts!  I was so giddy when I looked in the mirror and it was still there.  This is especially great for those who have a hard time being as precise with a liquid liner.  I love setting mine with a little RMS translucent Un Powder.  Root didn’t just stop with an amazing eyeliner that lasts, but they also made it vegan and gluten free…just like all their products!  Oh and the ingredients are pure and organic.  Did I mention how big the container is…it will last you forever!  At $16, you should probably just buy one for your green beauty friend too.

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These are just a few of Root’s Products.  Check out their website for all things green beauty!  Also, use code gurlgonegreen for free shipping on any Root order!

 

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