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!
Ok, maybe most of us are too old to be handing out Valentine's Day cards but we can certainly still get…I mean give gifts! 🙂 Since most of you are probably women reading this, I thought I would share my top gift ideas for Valentine's Day with you all. (Hint, this is where you send this post to your honey and hope they get the memo). Ok, now that we've cleared that up, let me share with you my top picks!
I've got some green beauty, some subscription boxes and some special green beauty collections.
Beauty Heroes– I don't mean to beat a dead horse but this box isn't going anywhere and is just so good! If you want the best of green beauty then I highly suggest you jump on this train. Each month you get delivered one full size 100% non-toxic hero product plus deluxe size sidekick products. You get to really experience each product to the fullest. You can either purchase a 3 month, 6 month or 12 month subscription. The best gift for the green beauty addict!
Ecocentric Mom– Are you a new mom or know a new mom, or have kids at any age? This may be the perfect gift for them. This box tailors your curation each month according to your stage of motherhood. You can pick the pregnancy box, mom and baby box or mom box. As a mom of two tikes it's nice to have a box that relates so well to this season of life I'm going through. From baby lotions, food bars, facial lotion for mama and so much more-this box really encompasses so much. I was really impressed with how much was in the box! It's not all about baby, but it's also not all about mama, the box does a good job of remembering everyone. A nice treat for a mama to get each month who may need a little fun mail! $24.99 per month or subscribe for 3, 6 or 12 months.
Kloverbox– This is a great box for those that are wanting a more lifestyle approach to green living. From beauty products, home, nutrition, this box covers a little of everything. It's all cruelty free as well! I love seeing what's in my box each month. From eco toothbrushes, home cleaning spray, hair products and so much more-every month keeps me guessing and on my toes. A great option for introducing you to new product that you may have not heard of otherwise. Plus, it's a serious steal! At $25 a box, this box is a great budget friendly option. You can also purchase memberships at 3, or 6 months.
Green Beauty Picks-
Live Inspired Organics Body Velvet & Sugar Scrub– I recently just tried their body velvet(body butter) and their sugar scrub in Peace a Vanilla Essence scent. It smells so amazing! It's been really hard to find a vanilla scent in body products in green beauty. I love the simplicity of vanilla and how it's not overpowering at all. The combination of vanilla with hints of peppermint chocolate, mandarin and clove. Completely natural and non-toxic. If the scent doesn't get you the formula will! The consistency of the Body Velvet is so smooth and literally soaks right into your skin. No greasy residue left behind. I'm obsessed! Moving on to the sugar scrub-where do I start?? They nailed it with the sugar scrub. My skin feels so soft but not slippery, just completely smooth and hydrated. The combination of the oils and sugar are perfect-not rough at all. These two together make the ultimate luxurious treat! Any woman would love this combo. Use code: gurlgonegreen for 20% off plus free shipping!
Hynt Beauty Mascara– This mascara is loved not just by me but by a ton of other green beauty bloggers. And for good reason! It works and gives your lashes the three musts for any mascara- volume, separation, and length. Now what women doesn't want her lashes to look all that and a bag of chips?! This mascara will do the job-minus all the nasty ingredients. Plus, mascara is fool proof, you don't have to think about which color to get-hint go with black. Oh and free shipping always on Hynt's website. Your welcome!
Josh Rosebrook Ethereal Botanical Fragrance– Now what doesn't say Valentine's Day like some good ol' perfume! Now, this isn't your ordinary headache inducing perfume but rather a truly natural fragrance-that mind you smells Ah-mazing! This is the first natural spray perfume that really lives up to the hype. It doesn't smell too natural/essential oil like…know what I mean? Instead it smells musky, woodsy, and warm. I get hints of vanilla…swoon! It stays put too, compared to other natural fragrances. AND my hubs loves it-the biggest win! Want to wow that special someone with a luxe natural fragrance? Then this is it. $145
Osmia Soaps– These soaps are truly a special soap anyone would love getting. The packaging alone is drool worthy- you won't want to unwrap it, but then you will because you'll smell the amazing scent and can't help but peek inside. The coffee mint soap wakes me up every morning, who needs coffee when you have coffee soap?! This coffee plus the mint is a match made in soap heaven. Did I mention how pretty the soap looks too?! Gorgeous. Oh and if you're not into coffee or mint, there are a ton of other scents to choose from.
Lily Lolo Smoke and Mirrors Palette– This smoky eyeshadow palette is such a fun addition to any green beauty's collection. It offers a ton of colors and is bound to match any eye color. Great for those who are just getting into green beauty to and might not have switched their eyeshadow collection over yet. Did I mention the price-$34, a steal indeed for all the shadow colors offered!
True Botanicals Resurfacing Moisture Mask– Need a mask to give you that instant glow in 5 minutes? This is it! Not only will your skin glow but it will feel so smooth and hydrated. A powerhouse indeed! Perfect for putting on before getting ready for the big Valentine's Day date or right before work when you've stayed out too late the night before and need a little pick me up. Trust me, you'll love this mask.
Kahina Beauty Moisturizing Mask– This mask is so good. It just came out not too long ago and I'm addicted. It feels like a thick lotion when you put it on. Then it seeps right into your skin the longer you wear it. When you take it off your skin feels so hydrated and smooth. Especially great for this winter season. I can't get enough! I've never had a mask that moisturized so well. If you have dry skin or just need some extra hydration during these cold winter months this is it.
Green Beauty Collections-
Leahlani Sea Collection– Yes, there is a Leahlani Collection and yes you need it. The Sea Collection comes with the Tropical Infusion Body Oil, Siren Serum and the beloved Mermaid Mask. A truly decadent collection! Your skin will literally be radiant from head to toe. I've tried most of Leahlani's creations and I must say I get smitten with each one…seriously. They are such skin treats. The scents of everything take you away to sounds of the ocean, warm summer breezes and serious happiness. Handmade in Kaui, Hawaii you can't go wrong with any of Leahlani's treasures. Treat your special someone to something truly decadent.
Lotus Wei Mini Mist Collection– This is a great starter kit for anyone wanting to sample all of Lotus Wei's tantalizing mists. Perfect for travel too! These mists each have a specific mood they represent. Whether you want more love with Infinite Love, joy with Joy Juice or Peace with Inner Peace. They each bring a different state of mind with them. I have the Infinite Love and spray it all around me everyday to feel emotions of love, endearment, charisma, affection and compassion. Made from essential oils and real flower essences-nothing toxic about these. A great gift for someone who wants a little of everything.
The Detox Market's Best of Green Beauty 2016– Each year The Detox Market offers a best of green beauty box for the year. This year it's full of some serious green beauty faves-eight to be exact. The Odacite mask is in the box and is definitely an amazing detox mask, that can be catered to your skin depending on what you're needing. The W3ll People Bio-Bronzer is another fave in the box and I can't forget about RMS Beauty “Un” Powder. There's much more and they're all great. This box has a little of everything and would make any green beauty heart happy!
Henne Lip Collection– This collection is so luxe! Henne is known for it's moisturizing lip balm. Well now you not only get the lip balm in a jar but also in their new tube form and their rose exfoliator. Your lips will feel hydrated, smooth and ready for some serious kisses from your valentine. Plus, the box it comes in is so chic!
That wraps up my top picks for Valentine's Day gifts for the green girl! What are you eyeing for V-Day??
Let's talk clean eyeshadows! Finding clean eyeshadow options has been hard. They have to stay obviously, and need to look good too-so much pressure. Ok, maybe not as much pressure as solving the world's problems but all you beauty junkies get me! So over the years I've rounded out my fave shadows and come up with a pretty good list. I'm sure I'll be adding to these as time goes on but for now these hit the mark.
Now, you might be thinking why switch up your eyeshadows? Well, allow me to enlighten you. Mainstream eyeshadows are full of toxic chemicals like lead, coal tar dyes and petrol chemicals-just to name a few. Many of these are carcinogenic(cancer causing) and affect the nervous system. And I didn't even mention common toxins like parabens! Yeah, not stuff you want to be putting on your eyes on a continuous basis. Plus, your skin on your eyelids is so thin and highly permeable. So whatever you put on, your body soaks right up. Sounds like a toxic recipe to me!
Ok, so with mainstream shadows out, let's talk about my fave eyeshadow picks. Also, I wanted to share how I prep my lids before applying shadow. If it's one thing I've learned it's all about how you prep the lid to have lasting eyeshadow.
I've searched long and hard for a toxic free eye primer and I've finally found one that's not only toxin free but works! This primer comes in a wand form. Just dab a little on each lid and blend out. It dries a little and creates the perfect base for your eyeshadows to go over. This has helped the longevity of my eyeshadows like nothing else! I would also recommend using a mineral powder before the primer. I always apply a mineral powder on my lids and then I add the eyeshadow primer…it's like double duty. My lids are oily and I need all the help I can get!
These were one of the first eyeshadows that I used when going green. They are easily accessible(sold at a lot of health stores/shops) and they have a huge color selection. A great transition over from mainstream eyeshadows. They are pressed shadows and have a silky feel to them. They offer great pigment and you can easily blend colors to create different looks. They offer matte shadows, as well as shimmer ones. Besides offering single shadow colors, they also offer shadow duos, and palettes with four or five different shadow colors too. Similar to MAC cosmetics in color selection and price. $19
Wow, where do I start?! This is a big statement but these are definitely one of my favorite eyeshadows I’ve used. I know, they’re that great. Why do I like them so much?? Well, for starters they stay…the whole day. In my transition over to green beauty products the hardest thing to find was makeup that lasted. Sure, people could make products that were clean but would they stay on the whole day…that was the hard part. That’s why I get so excited when I not only find a clean product but a product that is clean and has longevity. The eyeshadows are a loose powder but highly pigmented. I could add a lot of pigment or dub it down, depending on the look. But at the end of the day, they looked just as good as they did in the morning. I sampled the colors Chiffon, Dreams and Sunlit Brown and I loved them all. Dreams was perfect for highlighting under my eyebrow, along my brow bone and in the inner corners of my eyes. Check out my full review of GIA Mineral makeup here. And use coupon code “gurlgonegreen” for 15% off. $20
These shadows are another fave. They offer a decent color selection and they stay put. Not as silky as Jane Iredale's shadows but offer great pigment. I really like that they have quad shadows and duo shadows too. The color Mustard is one of my faves in this line. Goes with everything. Their shadows look really natural and are great for those who aren't wanting something dramatic. They have a great selection of matte shadows as well. This company is actually based out of Australia and they offer a whole makeup line. $21.75
These are loose eyeshadow powders. They don't offer as much selection as other brands but the ones they do offer pack a punch. These are really buildable eyeshadows. You can get a really soft look or a more defined look depending on what you're going for. They also have a slight shimmer to them. Nothing crazy or teen looking but just a little glow. However, they do have one called Gold Twinkle that is truly a gold shimmer and super fun for when you want to play up a look more or for the holidays. And at $16 these are affordable options for someone just starting their transition to green beauty.
These are my top picks for eyeshadows, see any faves? What eyeshadows have you used? Leave me a comment!