Organic Beauty Products- August is here! Is it just me or did summer fly by? As much as I love summer, I’m SO ready for fall and to meet this little babe! 6 weeks out- crazy.
So this month I have some new products and some old ones as well that I’m sharing with you. I should say I rediscovered some old products! I forgot how awesome they were. Trust me, it happens when you’re a clean beauty blogger!
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These new Honest Beauty Liquid Lipsticks are giving me all the feels!
This was an easy one to include in my organic beauty products- August roundup! These are a new product for Honest Beauty. They are highly pigmented like a lipstick, but go on similar to a gloss and come in a tube form. They give your lips some nice sheen too. I love how high impact they look on your lips! They come in 7 colors and are super hydrating too. I was really impressed by the longevity as well, they lasted for a good 6 hours on my pout! And the kicker? They’re $12.99!! I mean talk about a steal. Get them here!
Ok, I still get this question all the time- “What’s your favorite natural mascara?” I feel like a broken record but it’s Honest Beauty through and through. Why do I love it so much? It separates my lashes, gives them volume, and doesn’t smudge on me. I don’t have raccoon eyes by the end of the night and I get compliments on my lashes all the time- I’m telling you, this mascara doesn’t mess around! It has a primer on one end and the black pigment on the other. The primer definitely helps give your lashes some extra volume and length.
I also use this Beautycounter Mattifying Powder to give my lashes an extra boost of vavoom every now and then too. I just use an eyeshadow brush and apply it right on top of my lashes after I’ve applied a couple coats of mascara. Then I go back and apply more mascara on top to make them really stand out. This mascara is only $14.99! I guess maybe this August clean beauty roundup should also be called best budget clean beauty! Get the mascara here!
These new W3ll People Nudist Shadow Palettes are the perfect everyday eyeshadows.
These are a new release from W3ll People. They come in a palette with 5 different eyeshadow colors. I love that they have matte and shimmer shadows in them. Sometimes I’m feeling matte and sometimes I want something a little more pumped up. One palette is violet hued and the other is taupe. Both equally gorgeous colors! I definitely am drawn more to the taupe palette. It has basics for everyday wear or for kicking it up later on. A great palette to take you from day to night. PLUS, these palettes are so budget friendly! You get an entire eyeshadow palette for $25! I’m definitely hitting it out of the park this month when it comes to going easy on the wallet- your welcome! 😉 Use Coupon Code: GURLGONEGREEN for 10% off! Check out the palettes here!
I’ve been wearing this blush and loving it! It’s not a new find but one that I definitely can’t get enough of lately. It gives the perfect hint of blush color with some slight shimmer. I’m not talking teenage glitter makeup but a mature glow look. It’s so pretty even in the package! I love the color Lily, it’s the perfect punch of color without being too dramatic. No more dull, lifeless blush! This will make you glow from the inside out. Check it out at Pharmaca.com and save 20%! Get it here!
Some oldie’s but goodies- these two have been taking up residence in my makeup bag lately!
This is another oldie but goodie! First of all it’s pressed, which is nothing short of awesome- who wants to deal with bronzer everywhere. But it’s also a pretty taupe color and not orange. I’m partial to the Miami Beach color but it also comes in several other colors too depending on how dark you want to go. And get this, another budget find! I know it’s kind of awesome this month for saving a little money. Check it out here!
Best exfoliator in green beauty- active enzyme exfoliator by Josh Rosebrook!
Still my favorite exfoliator. Gets my skin super smooth and clean. Haven’t found anything else like it. This exfoliator uses a mechanical exfoliant of walnut shells, and also an enzyme exfoliant. Not only does my skin feel smooth after but it looks brighter! It is chockfull of plant oils and active honey- a serious treat for the skin. I’ve tried to pinpoint the smell and I’ve come to the conclusion it smells like black licorice to me-which I love or used too…haha. I apply this to slightly damp skin and then I massage a small nickel size amount all over my face. I let it set for 15 minutes, I found that’s my sweet spot. But you can do it up to an hour. This is another must have! If you’ve been looking for an exfoliant that leaves your skin feeling smooth but also looking bright-this is it. Get it here!
Foot File And Pumice Stone
Ok, this might be random but this is something I use literally every time I shower and I realized I’ve never told you about it! Especially in the summer my feet can get pretty nasty. Being outside, and barefoot and just in elements can do a number on the feet. Before I get in the shower I’ll file down any calluses I have with the foot file and then once I’m in the shower I take the pumice stone and add some soap to it. Then I scrub the bottom of my feet with the pumice stone. I’ve found my feet will get rough and dirty and this helps to really smooth things out and keep them looking clean. I’m obsessed! If you have feet that could use a little tlc between pedicures this will be your best friend! Get the foot file here and the pumice stone here!
That sums up my organic beauty products- August edition! Want to see some of my past favorites from previous months? Check them out below!
Sharing my favorite organic beauty products for August on the blog!
So since Spring is officially here, I figured people were starting to have spring break. You know the week off you had all through school and college, and then somehow it mysteriously disappeared once you entered the work force?! Hopefully you’re heading somewhere sunny for spring break, I thought I would round out my top picks on what I’m bringing with me. After all, I’ll take any excuse to snag some green beauty loot!
My top spring break green beauty picks include a little of everything, from best tinted moisturizer with sunscreen, to coffee scrub(hello cellulite), and a spring scent that will make you want to dance all night.
I’m going to be reviewing more products from Marie Veronique in the future but for now, I just had to tell you about this tinted moisturizer with spf 30. It’s not like other tinted moisturizers with sunscreen I’ve used that leave my skin feeling greasy and shiny. This one actually feels hydrating when applied, but then settles into the skin perfectly with no sheen. I’m addicted! Not to mention, the sunscreen in it is full spectrum, non-nano and 30?! That’s hard to find. It comes in extra light, light and medium. I chose light and it’s a perfect match. It isn’t super heavy coverage but just enough to even your skin out and look pulled together. Plus, when I’m on vacation I always go with less, especially when I’m prancing around in the water. I love that it comes in a glass pump bottle too, so easy to use. I’ll be wearing this all spring and summer. Trust me, you will love it! $48
Not only will this wake you up in the shower, but also target those stubborn little dimples. I mean swimsuit season is here peeps, and we all could use a little help evening out skin tone. This scrub is made from just a handful of natural ingredients. It smells like a fresh cup of coffee and leaves your skin silky smooth. Let’s just say I’m addicted. I also have the Pucker Lip Scrub from INA DAYLE as well, and I’ve been using it in the morning as a little pick me up. It has a cinnamon coffee smell that is divine! My lips can get chapped and peel in warm or cold weather, so this will be the perfect companion for a sunny spring break trip. Plus, spring break can mean late nights, and what better way to wake up then to some coffee scrubs! Oh and did I mention they both come in these really cute glass jars? Yeah, I’m a fan. INA DAYLE has been so kind to offer 10% off your purchase using code: gurlgoneID. Snag some before your trip here! $22 & $18
Who doesn’t want to smell good for spring break?! This perfume just came out not too long ago, and has me craving sunny weather like nobody’s business. It comes in this chic little glass roll on-so easy to take with you on a trip. The scent is perfect for spring, light and airy. With notes of rose, sandalwood, geranium, lavender and petitgrain, it will have you thinking happy thoughts. I love being able to still wear perfume, and know it’s completely natural. All the essential oils in Kahina’s perfumes are steam distilled. Snag one of these if you want to smell yummy! $78
Kostmatology recently came out with a new scent for their body wash and scrub and I’m loving it! I love anything with mint, and this is made with spearmint and rosemary-a match made in scent heaven. I’ve been using both and can’t get enough. It makes you crave the lightness of spring and sunny days. My husband is obsessed with the scrub, I’ve had to tell him to rotate, because he uses it everyday! Both the scrub and body wash give your skin that fresh tingly feeling. They remind you spring is here, and summer is just around the corner. I love anything Kostmatology. Janis the founder, uses only the best ingredients and nothing harsh. My skin always feels moisturized when I’m done using her products. If you haven’t used their hand soap yet, get on it-it’s the best I’ve tried! My hands never get dry. Check out my review of it here. $11.99 & $18.99
This is the perfect all over body mineral sunscreen. It 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 either! Best of all it works! 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 gets two thumbs up from me for it’s large size too. 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! $27.95
That sums up my spring break green beauty picks! What are some must have green beauty items you’re bringing with you?
This post has been a long time coming. I’ve been testing and testing, to bring you guys the top natural exfoliants out there. Well, I’m finally done and ready to spill my faves! Before we get to the nitty gritty, let’s first chat about why it’s so important to exfoliate in the first place.
As we age, our skin’s regeneration process slows down, and are skin cells don’t turn over as quickly. As a result, skin becomes more ruddy and dull looking. To combat this, gentle exfoliation will help to slough off those dead skin cells, and give you that radiant complexion, because you’re revealing the freshest cells. Not only that, but product actually is more effective when regular exfoliation is done. Imagine if your skin never gets exfoliated, and is just sitting in it’s own pile of dead skin cells? Sounds gross uh?! Then when you try and put product on it’s not as effective because the old skin is getting in the way. It also helps get rid of buildup of oils and dirt, which can turn into blackheads if left alone. If this whole chat hasn’t convinced you of the importance of exfoliation, then maybe this will. After exfoliation makeup goes on smoother, because all the dead skin is gone. Are you seeing why it’s so important to exfoliate?
Now that you know why it’s so important to exfoliate, let’s discuss how to properly do it. I know this may sound elementary to a lot of people, but trust me when I say it’s not! I’ve seen too many people actually make their skin worse with exfoliation, versus better. For starters, don’t scrub your face like you’re getting a stain out of carpet…you’ll scratch your face and cause some serious damage. I’ve seen it time and time again as an esthetician, where clients would come in and their skin was raw! An exfoliant generally has some sort of gritty texture or property to it-it’s what gets rid of those dead skin cells. So you don’t need to add anymore than a little light pressure to your skin as you move your hands in small circular motions. The exfoliant is doing the work, so you don’t have too! Another piece of advice-don’t exfoliate more than 1-2 times per week. Know your skin and follow it’s lead. Maybe you only need it once per week. Experiment a bit to find your sweet spot. However, I would not recommend more than 2 times if you’re using a gritty scrub. Any more than that and you could be disrupting your skin’s natural balance.
One last thing. Why choose one of my top natural exfoliants over toxic ones? It’s simple actually. Many main stream exfoliants today are filled with plastic microbeads. Yep, you heard me right! These little plastic microbeads are so small that they slip right through water treatment facilities, and soak up toxic chemicals. Just like all plastic, once they’re here, they’re not leaving. Thankfully, many states have banned the sale of products with microbeads. However, there are plenty that haven’t. Make sure and check your label. If it says polyethylene or polypropylene, then it may contain microbeads. Your best bet is just to snag one of my top natural exfoliant picks!
This cleanser is a great mild exfoliant-perfect for those with sensitive skin who can’t tolerate a heavy gritty exfoliant. This will give you a nice exfoliation, but nothing crazy. It leaves your skin soft and smooth. This mild exfoliant contains adsuki bean powder, known for its exfoliating properties, but with no irritation. It gives the skin a polished clean look. If you have sensitive skin, I highly recommend this gentle exfoliant! Plus, I love that it comes in a glass pump bottle. $48
This beautiful product does it all! It contains Corundum microdermabrasion crystals that aid in sloughing off all those dead skin cells. This beauty is full of skin food like Hawaiian honey, hibiscus, chamomile and lavender flowers, and a special essential oil blend…oh and lots of love! The texture is more gooey and smooth, not gritty. If you want to use it as an exfoliant, just stir the jar since the crystals tend to settle at the bottom of the jar. This gives you a very mild exfoliation, leaving your skin with a smooth and radiant look. Your skin won’t feel dry or taut after using this. This is especially good for skin that has been out in the sun or acne prone. As a cleanser it’s just as amazing! Just scoop the product out of the top, and gently rub off the day’s grime. The Honey Love smells insanely good too! In fact, you may want to eat it…no joke. This is also a great affordable option. Leahlani Skincare is about to launch their website Wednesday January 6th! Check out their new products and packaging there.
If you haven’t heard of Josh Rosebrook, you’re missing out! He not only knows skincare but hair as well. His exfoliator is nothing short of amazing. I noticed a brighter complexion, after the first use. He uses both an enzyme exfoliant and a mechanical exfoliant in this baby. The perfect blend of herb and fruit enzymes with the mechanical exfoliant of walnut shells, give skin the ultimate treat. The texture is similar to a wet sugar mixture but with much finer granules. It smells like black licorice to me-which I don’t mind. A little goes a long way, so you’ll have this for a bit. I like using Josh’s Hydrating Accelerator before applying the exfoliant-this helps to prep my skin by opening up my cells. Massage gently onto skin, and leave on for 10 minutes to 1 hour for maximum benefit. A great exfoliant for those with any skin type. $60
Last but certainly not least is Acure’s Brightening Facial Scrub. This scrub gets rave reviews from the green beauty community and for good reason-it works and it’s affordable. First, it comes in a tube unlike other exfoliants. It’s the most gritty out of all the exfoliants I’ve mentioned. This is not only a great facial exfoliant but also body exfoliant. I love using this before applying my self tanner. It gets rid of everything and doesn’t leave behind an oily residue-which makes it perfect for sun-less tanner application. Since this is such a gritty exfoliant, only a little is needed, and just use gentle circular motions as you work it into your skin. It smells very earthy and green. It will give your skin a brighter more even complexion. A great affordable option, that can be found even at Target. $ 9.99
Well, that sums up my top natural exfoliant picks. Have you used any of these? What’s your favorite exfoliant?