What’s in my toiletry bag?

What’s in my toiletry bag?

What’s in my toiletry bag?  Well, I thought you would never ask!  Ok, well to be honest some of you have asked and so I thought I would share my green beauty essentials with you all in hopes it will make your life a little easier the next time you’re going on a trip.  Plus, who doesn’t love a peek inside someone’s toiletry bag?!

So I finally got a new toiletry bag.  I had one but it was too bulky for just a carryon and really wanted something that could condense it all, be squished if needed and still look cute- a tall order I know but I knew there was something out there!  My hubs actually snagged it for me too- he’s a keeper.  The bag is Everywhere Kit from Lululemon and is seriously the cutest little thing.  First of all it’s pink… I’m mean I’m already sold.  Second, it has a removable and washable smaller bag for all your 3 oz. containers.  So it’s easy to remove when you’re going through security- hello! I’m all for making my life easier.  Plus, it even has different elastic loops to put your makeup brushes, or any product you want.  I love that you can open it easily on the counter and it sits up- makes it so nice to see things.  It fits all my makeup, skincare, and toiletry items.  Basically I found the “bag”.

Here it is in action…isn’t it cute?!

I also wanted to mention the new carry-on suitcase I got from Away.  It’s a hard shell and looks dreamy! I got white but it comes in a variety of colors.  My favorite feature is the battery for your electronic devices- I mean genius!  I can plug my phone or laptop in whenever I want.  It also has a waterproof laundry bag too and three separate compartments for all your clothes and shoes.  I’ll keep you posted on what I think but so far I’m in love!  Check it out here!

So what are some of my go too green beauty essentials when traveling?

Here’s my list of green beauty products that all come in TRAVEL SIZES:

Here are some products I like to bring that may not come in a travel size but I just LOVE them or they’re ESSENTIAL when traveling:

  • Maya Chia Waterless Wonderbalm- still figuring out what this magic balm doesn’t do!  I use this for my body after showering, hands and lips.  I love bringing this especially on trips since it’s not an oil and won’t spill everywhere.
  • Kosmatology Hand Sanitizer- This hand sanitizer cleans my hands but without the added toxins.  I love having this while navigating the airports and plane rides- an essential for sure!
  • Hynt Beauty Mascara- One of my fave mascaras in green beauty.  It gives my lashes volume, length and separation.
  • ZuZu Luxe Clear Mascara- This is an everyday essential for my eyebrows.  It helps to give them a natural look and keep them in place.
  • Ursa Major Facial Wipes- These wipes are a serious favorite!  They are made for your face but I love using them for on the go as you would a wet wipe.  Perfect for makeup touchups when you need to clean your hands or after eating on the go!
  • Agent Nateur Holi Rose Deodorant- This deodorant is my fave and I love that it isn’t super bulky- perfect for travel.  It keeps me smelling fresh and with no irritation.
  • Vapour Organic Lip Conditioner-  A must have for me when I’m traveling is a good lip balm- my lips can get so dry on the plane. This balm is a lifesaver!
  • 3-in-1 Soy-Based Nail Color Remover Wipes-pack of 10– these wipes save me so much hassle!  Sometimes I’m wanting to touch up my nails or one chips and I need to redo them while traveling. These wipes make it so easy to just fix my nails without having to worry about spilling nail polish remover all over the place.
  • Ursa Major Morning Mojo Soap Perfect for travel!  These little bar soaps look like the soaps you use when you travel except their completely clean when it comes to ingredients!
  • Crunchi Foundation- I love this foundation and I love even more that they have sample packs.  Makes it so easy to travel with instead of a big glass container!

That’s my go too list- see anything you love?  What do you travel with?

Everyday Makeup Look

Everyday Makeup Look

Ok, you guys asked for it, so here it is, My Everyday Makeup Look broken down step by step!  I recently shared this on my instagram stories and so many of you asked for a written format of the look, so here we are.

My Everyday Makeup Look is a look I do so often I feel I could replicate it in my sleep!  It’s my go too and keeps me looking fresh and put together without spending 30 minutes on my makeup.  I’ve listed out the products I use and the steps I did to achieve it.  If you have any questions feel free to ask!  Often people can feel confused on what they should do for an everyday look or what products are musts.  I’ve broken it down for you to easily find your look.  For instance if you hate wearing lipstick, then don’t wear lipstick!  Your signature and everyday look should be something you feel comfortable wearing and easy for you to do.  

Steps to Achieve My Everyday Makeup Look:

  1. Apply an oil or face lotion before you put anything on to prep your skin and help the foundation go on smoothly.
  2. Apply foundation.  For an everyday look I like to wear something more subtle like RMS Beauty Un Cover Up or Vapour Beauty Luminous Foundation Stick.  Both give your skin some coverage and help even skin tone and cancel out redness but don’t look like you’re wearing a full face of makeup.  I like applying it with my fingers, a beautyblender pure , or a foundation brush.
  3. Next apply bronzer.  I really dig the bronzer by Red Apple in Sundrop Bronzer.  It doesn’t have any redness in it and is pressed not loose, so no mess! I use a powder brush. You want to make sure your foundation matches your neck.  The last thing you want is to walk outside and have your face be one color and your neck another- not pretty!  To make sure your face and neck match I like matching my foundation to my face first.  Then I take a bronzer and use downward strokes to blend in with my neck.  Then I go in and apply it on my face where the sun would naturally hit my skin.  Around hair line, below apples of cheeks, and sides of nose.  If you’re face has a lot of redness, I suggest matching your foundation to your neck instead.  That way you don’t end up with a red neck too!  Since you color matched your neck, the color won’t be red and will be able to help balance out your neck.  You can also use a cream bronzer stick- I dig Vapour Beauty’s!
  4. Now it’s time to apply the blush.  I like using a cream blush, especially in winter time.  I find that my skin needs a little extra dewiness from the dry, cold air.  A fave I turn to often is Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Blossoming. I use my fingers to apply the color on the apples of my cheeks.  When you smile, and your cheeks stick out this is where you should apply it.
  5. It’s glow time!  Grab your highlighter and apply this along the upper cheekbone, bridge of nose, cupid’s bow, right above eyebrows in the middle, and inner corner of eyes for a pop.  I just use my fingers to apply it.  A couple highlighters I love are Gabriel’s Multi Pot in the color Thistle, and Maya Chia’s Highlight of the Day– both standouts.  The Gabriel is in a cream solid form and the Maya Chia is in a liquid form.  My favorite color from Maya Chia is After Hours- it gives you a glow but looks so natural.
  6. Next I apply powder to my eyelids.  I do this because my eyelids are naturally oily and if I don’t my mascara and eyeliner will just come off so easy.  I also have veiny eyelids and this helps to even them out.  I love Root Pretty’s Pearlized Mineral Face Powder.  I wear the color G35.  I love using this on my face too for a face powder.
  7. Next I apply a neutral shadow.  I just apply this shadow all over my eyelid to help give my eye a lift.  It may have a bit of shimmer in it but nothing crazy.  I really love Crunchi’s Shadow’s in Champagne Pop or Curiosity.  I also love Hynt Beauty’s Sweet Ballet Palette.  There’s 3 shadows in the palette but I just use the lightest shade for my everyday look.
  8. Now, I grab my eye pencil.  It’s hard to find a good eye pencil in green beauty that stays on.  The best I’ve found so far is Hynt Beauty’s forte High Definition eye pencil.  It glides on smoothly and doesn’t come off in an hour!  I also love that it has a sponge tip on the end.  Helps to smudge out the liner and soften the line.  I do this after I apply the eyeliner for a less dramatic effect.
  9. Eyebrows are next.  The best eyebrow cream I’ve found in green beauty is Hynt Beauty’s eyebrow cream.  It’s easy to apply, doesn’t turn red, and lasts the whole day.  Can’t recommend it enough.  I use the Kjaer Weis Eyebrow brush to apply it.  Then I take a spoodle brush(on the end of any eyebrow brush typically) and blend up through my brows.  Finally, I take Zuzu Luxe – Mascara Clear and I use it to put my eyebrow hairs in place and to blend the color in a little bit more.
  10. Time for Mascara.  I’ve been loving Hush and Dotti’s mascara.  It gives my lashes length, separation, and volume.  Plus it doesn’t flake off.
  11. It’s lip time!  Since this is an everyday look I like to keep things simple and not too dramatic.  Before I add any color I always prep my lips with Vapour Beauty’s Organic Lip Conditioner.  This little chubby lip balm keeps my lips hydrated all day.  For the lip color I love using Axiology’s Lip Crayon in Bliss subtle color but so pretty.  It’s the perfect berry hue that offers just enough pigment.

Well, that sums up my everyday makeup look!  Also, be sure to check out my full everyday look tutorial I did on my Instagram stories under my highlights in my profile.  Have you found your everyday makeup look?

 

Did you like this? Then I think you’ll LOVE my Tips & Tricks to get Flawless Foundation Coverage. I share how I prep my skin, what brushes I use for which foundation.

 

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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…)

Summer Makeup Looks

Summer Makeup Looks

I’ve been playing around with some fun summer makeup looks the past couple of weeks!  From bold lips, to bright eyes- I love switching it up.  Warm weather calls for easy makeup, but still looking put together.  I created two different looks for you guys.  They use products that I’ve been using daily.  So many of you ask for makeup looks, so I thought I would share some faves.   I love how summer brings out all the colors too- I say bring it!

  1. First Look is all about bold, yet soft eyes:

  1. Second look is all about nudish colors that pair with anything:

That sums up some summer looks I’ve been loving!  See any products you love?

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Crunchi Review

Crunchi Review

It’s finally here-My Crunchi Review!  It’s definitely been a long time coming.  I’m so excited to finally share all the details about this amazing line of clean makeup.  It really is something special.  The line was started by two friends Melanie Petschke, a nurse practitioner, and Kelly Weston, a Business and Sales Professional, who had a passion for clean living and wanted makeup that not only performed but also was completely toxin free.  After speaking to Melanie several times, I’m not only impressed with her kindness and willing to answer all my questions but also her knowledge on ingredients-the girl knows her stuff!

I really love their mission-

 We use ingredients that won’t put your health at risk, because we believe that should never even be an option. We are setting a new standard for cosmetic safety, and ultimately, redefining what it means to be beautiful. We don’t sacrifice for performance. Our line of cosmetics perform at the highest level, without the need for toxic ingredients. We are giving beauty a new meaning. We are Crunchi.

They take ingredient quality to the next level.  Their products can have many badges.  From gluten free, certified organic, vegetarian, vegan, non-gmo, cruelty free, toxin free and made in the USA.  You could say they go the extra mile.  While the ingredients chosen are mostly organic or Eco-Cert, they do have a handful of synthetics in their products that they’ve carefully chosen.  And they’re not trying to hide the fact that they have them in their formulations either-something I love about the brand.  Let’s face it-sometimes you need a synthetic in makeup for performance.  Of course the synthetics are completely benign and not toxic or harmful in any way.

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Want to geek out more over ingredients?  Then head to their website where they have an ingredient glossary dedicated to sharing the ingredient and what products it can be found in.  They also have a list of blacklisted ingredients.  And if that isn’t enough they have a very informative FAQ section.  In other words, they’ve done their research and know their product.  I really love their whole philosophy and dedication to quality.

I’ve been on the edge of my seat to share all the details!  I have on all Crunchi makeup in the photos below, except eyebrow cream, which is Hynt Beauty, and luminizer, which is Maya Chia Highlight of the Day in Golden Hour.

This primer is a serious fave!  It goes on like a really lightweight lotion.  Isn’t greasy and creates a perfect canvas for my foundation.  It wakes up my face with the aloe in it and leaves it feeling so hydrated and smooth.  It dries quickly too.  I still use a moisturizer before applying the primer, but that could change as the weather starts to warm up.  I also have drier skin too, those with oily skin may find this is perfect.  Trust me, this product is so good and a must have.  I’m obsessed!  Snag a primer here!

 

This and the primer together are a match made in makeup heaven.  The foundation is so dewy and creamy.  It literally glides on your face.  I’m wearing the color Light.  The coverage is great, very buildable, yet your skin doesn’t feel heavy at all.  It also looks really natural.  It covers my redness and creates an all around polished look.  The wear time on the foundation is great too!  I can put it on in the morning and by the end of the day it still looks so good.  If you’ve been searching for a liquid foundation, get yourself a sample and try this one!  A lot of people in the green beauty community have reservations about using dimethicone.  However, after speaking to Melanie about this ingredient, and why it’s in the foundation, I’m confident using it.  There is such a tiny amount and it helps give a nice slip to the foundation.  They have not found dimethicone to actually penetrate the skin, because it is too large.  There are many dimethicone sources that can contain toxic additives, however, Crunchi uses the purest singular form.  Check out Crunchi’s website here for more information on dimethicone I apply mine with their foundation brush-another must have item!  I didn’t know a foundation brush could make such a difference, but it does!  I just squirt the foundation right on the brush and apply it right onto my face.  It’s a magical brush-trust me!  Get the foundation and brush here!

This concealer is simple and effective.  It gets rid of dark circles-hello mom eyes!  Goes on smooth and doesn’t look cakey, you guys know what I mean.  I applied this under my eyes and around my nose where I tend to get a little red.  It isn’t heavy at all but a great lightweight concealer.  If you want more coverage, you can just apply more concealer-so easy.  It pairs great with the liquid foundation.  Grab your concealer here!

I’m all about having a good bronzed glow!  This bronzer delivers just that.  It’s a loose powder, very buildable and has a slight shimmer in it.  It creates an overall believable bronzey glow.  You know the kind you want but can’t go to the beach for a week to get!  To apply I would just tap a little into the cap and swirl a big powder brush in it.  Then I would tap off the excess and apply to my face.  The color will work for anyone.  Get your Loose Bronzer here!

Eyeshadow-

I tried a slew of Crunchi’s eyeshadow colors and loved them.  I’m wearing a combination of the shadows, Allure, Fearless, Curiosity, Champagne Pop and Innocent.  It’s hard to find true mattes in green beauty but Crunchi has a ton and they work so well.  The lasting power of the shadow is amazing!  I prep my lid as I’ve mentioned with their translucent powder, a cream eye primer and then apply the shadow.  The shadow pops and stays the whole day.  Their colors can be applied light or heavy depending on how much pigment you want.  They also all work together so well. It’s easy to blend with them-love that.  I created a lot of different looks wearing them.  From subdued and natural for day time wear, to vamped up for at night.  I even used some of the dark shadows for lining my upper and lower lash line-worked great!  Get your eyeshadows here!

Mascara-

Often the true test of a line-their mascara.  Boy was I excited when I tried Crunchi’s and it did what I had hoped it would!  Big, separated, pigmented lashes.  This is a new mascara favorite for sure!  I had so many people comment on my lashes when wearing it.  Some mascaras will sting my eyes when they get wet but not Crunchi’s.  It checks all my mascara boxes!  If you haven’t found a mascara yet in green beauty I recommend you sang this one up-it’s the real deal!  Grab your mascara here!

Lipstick-

This lipstick is hydrating and goes on so smooth.  Some lipsticks can seem drying or thick but these are light and airy to me.  I found with both colors I tried you can apply them light handed or heavy depending on the look you want.  I found they lasted longer if I applied a lip liner.  You can even add a little of their translucent powder on top to set them with and then apply a little more lipstick for an even longer lasting lip.  I tried the colors Blissful and Pomegranate.  Blissful is the perfect understated pink.  Great for spring and summer.  Pomegranate definitely brings out the inner vixen in anyone.  It’s a darker berry color, great for fall and winter.  Choose from a wide range of lipstick colors here!

A great non-sticky lip gloss. This smooth formula glides on and moisturizes your lips, without any gunk. It feels light on your lips and not heavy like some glosses. Perfect for layering over a lipstick. I tried the color Namaste, a perfect mauve gloss. So many colors to choose from, grab your gloss here!

That’s a wrap on my Crunchi review! This line is so good and delivers on every product. They’re clean, and effective-what more could you want?! I tried their whole product line and I can honestly say I’m impressed with the quality, ingredients, and longevity. Crunchi is on to something…and it’s so good!

Have you tried any Crunchi makeup products?

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Current Green Beauty Faves

Current Green Beauty Faves

I can’t believe Valentine’s Day has come and gone!  I’m kind of excited about it though…it means spring is coming!  This mama is ready for some sunshine.  I’ve come across some stellar products the past month or so and I thought I would do a round up post of them all.  I’ve got everything from some blushes I’m crushing on, lipsticks that must be had, a body wax that oozes luxury, and some facial skincare that will have you swooning.  I couldn’t keep these to myself any longer!

Tammy Fender Quintessential Serum + Epi-Peel-

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This is the first time trying any Tammy Fender products.  I was so excited to finally get my hands on some!  I’ve heard great things-especially about these two products specifically.  First the Quintessential Serum is unlike any serum I’ve tried.  I have dry skin and I find it hard to find a serum that really keeps my skin hydrated the whole day.  This serum does just that!  The best way to describe the texture of the serum is fatty and rich.  Haha, I know those are words you might not hear often when describing a serum.  A lot of oils are thinner but this one is dense and heavier.  Not heavy in a bad way though.  I apply it at night and in the morning my skin is so plump!  It comes in a pump bottle and I can see why they chose that method-because of it’s richness.  I even used this a couple times in the morning before my makeup, when my skin was feeling especially dry.  My makeup did great!  It really protects your skin from the elements.  With anti-aging ingredients like rose hip seed oil and rose, plus hydrating ingredients such as apricot and avocado oil, this oil is packed full of goodness. I highly recommend this if you’ve been searching for a serum that really gives you that moisturized feeling and anti-aging benefits.  Check out her whole line here!

The Epi-Peel is another fun new product find!  Talk about having an instant face lift with this baby.  When you put it on it feels more like an exfoliant, gritty like, but then as it dries it feels more like a clay mask.  Then when you take if off you get this glow!  It polishes your skin while at the same time brightening.  The best part of it all?!  It literally only takes 5 minutes to see results-pretty awesome!  It really is a 3 in 1-an exfoliant, mask, and peel.  It also smells of spearmint which I love!  I used this twice a week.  It’s like your own little mini spa like peel at home.

Lily Lolo Coralista Blush-

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This blush + highlighter has been such a great compact.  I’ve been using it and gotten so many compliments!  This pressed powdered palette is a coral colored matte blush on one side and on the other side is a highlighter.  You can either add some of the highlighter for a healthy glow or just stick with the matte color.  A great natural look for daily wear.  If you’ve been looking for a natural looking blush-this may just be your ticket!  Plus, for $24 this is a green beauty steal! Check it out here! 

100% Pure BB Cream and Cocoa Butter Semi-Matte Lipstick in Currant-

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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!

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The Semi-Matte Lipstick in Currant did not disappoint either!  I was so impressed with the color. In the above photo I have on the Currant lipstick color plus I’m wearing the BB cream on the rest of my face.  The lipstick color really translated so well from looking at it on the computer screen to when I received it in the mail.  I love this color for spring-the perfect pop of color.  It instantly perks up my whole look.  I would wear minimal eye makeup and then swipe this baby all over my lips-instant wow factor!  Even though these lipsticks are matte, they aren’t drying.  My lips still feel moist.  It lasts forever on your lips too.  Now I just need all the colors!  Check it out here!

Hynt Beauty Lipstick in Bellini Nude-

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If you’ve been following me on my Instagram stories, then you’ve seen how obsessed I’ve been with this nude lipstick. A great lip color for every day wear.  Also, great for when you want to play up your eyes and keep the lips minimal but still look put together.  Have I mentioned how moisturizing Hynt lipsticks are?  Well they are!  They even have a little lip balm at the top of the lipstick case plus a mirror-I mean does it get any better?!  If Bellini Nude isn’t your color I highly recommend you check out some of the other colors, these lipsticks are some of the best when it comes to pigmentation, hydration and packaging.  Check them out here!  

Khus + Khus Body Wax in Bleu-

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Can I be honest, I really thought I had tried all the body oils/lotions out there…then I tried this body wax by Khus+Khus and I was quickly mistaken.  This stuff is pure luxury.  First off it smells amazing.  I’m not into super fragrant products and this product is the perfect balance.  With ingredients of blue tansy, and blue yarrow this wax is perfect for helping with inflamed skin, as both are anti-inflammatory.  I received this at the best time.  I had just fallen on some ice and sprained my elbow.  The Blue Tansy is especially great for bringing relief to tired sore muscles, strains, etc.  I started to apply it daily, sometimes twice a day.  I would apply at night, because that is when it would start to ache, since I wasn’t moving it.  I can honestly say it felt looser and more limber while using it.  Also, if you have eczema or irritated skin, this is a great was to soothe your skin. A little goes a long way.  It instantly absorbs into your skin, no greasy feeling and leaves you hydrated the whole day.  I have to say the wax is really more of an experience from start to finish.  It awakens me in the morning and soothes me at night.  I can’t get enough!  Plus, can we talk about the luxe packaging?  It’s housed in a dark glass jar.  Maybe the Bleu Body Wax isn’t your thing?  No worries, they have three other waxes that look equally as luxurious!  Check them out here!

Red Apple Lipstick Blush M’Lady and Sundrop Bronzer-

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This combo is a match made in makeup heaven!  In the above picture I’m wearing both the M’Lady blush and Sundrop Bronzer.  First I have to dish on this blush.  I really love the color.  It’s a matte muted mauve color, with hints of light reflective pigments in it-which I’m digging.  The color is for those with medium skin and yellow undertones.  I’ve been wearing it and loving how it wakes up my whole look-especially during these grey winter days.  If this doesn’t match your skin profile, Red Apple Lipstick has one for you.  I like how they profile each blush for skin types.  It really helps the reader to know if the blush would work for their skin color or not.

I’m also swooning over their Sundrop Bronzer.  This bronzer doesn’t have any orangey hue to it- just realistic brown undertones.  Making it look so natural on your skin. Great for adding a little contour to your face too.  This paired with the M’Lady blush is the perfect combo for a sun kissed look.   Instead of looking like you just put bronzer on it looks like you just stepped out of the tropics. They really nailed both colors!  They sell blush and bronzer duos with blush brushes too- a great value and gift. Check out Red Apple Lipstick for all their color options!

That rounds out my current fave green beauty products!  See any faves?  What are you currently loving?

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