Current Green Beauty Standouts

Current Green Beauty Standouts

I use a lot of products, which I’m sure you all know…just call me a junkie!  I do get sent a ton of green beauty product sent to me.  However, from time to time I like to buy some products that I’ve had my eye on.  I especially love to try out green beauty that’s affordable.  Sure, I love high end products, but I’m a product junkie…so it’s totally acceptable(at least this is what I tell myself).  On the contrary, for the average person $25 for hairspray can seem like a small fortune when they were used to paying $6.  I get it and that’s why I try and find something for every budget.  I truly believe everyone should be able to have green products.

Ok, so enough chit chat.  Here are some current green beauty standouts I’ve been using and liking.  These are more affordable options.

Marley’s Monsters Organic Bamboo Facial Rounds

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To say I’m obsessed with these little guys would be an understatement!  (Oh and just to be clear-Marley’s Monsters did send me these).   They have the coolest Etsy shop and carry anything from reusable paper towels, reusable nursing pads, cloth baby wipes and even reusable bags…and more!  I had been searching for a reusable facial round but hadn’t found any organic ones.  My search ended with Marley’s Monster’s organic bamboo facial rounds.  Why do I like them?  Well, for starters they aren’t these small little facial rounds but a good 3″ wide.  Large enough to remove all my eye makeup and use the other side for toning.  The bamboo material makes them so soft and I just love how they’re organic! No chemicals leaching into my eye area-one of the most permeable areas of your skin.  You can purchase a small mesh bag to store them in or a wooden cube(they’re so cool) on their site as well.  I just used a small bag I had from The Detox Market.  I hang it on my shelf and store the dirty ones in there, and then once a week I wash them.  The great thing is there are 20 rounds, so if you forget to wash them one week, you have enough for another week.  Oh and another huge perk??  You save money!  No more buying cotton rounds every month.  I have my eye on so many other products from Marley’s Monsters…my green heart loves their whole eco and sustainable concept.  And guess what?  Right now you can use coupon code GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off your purchase with them!  I think it’s time to stock up on Christmas gifts and snag a little something for yourself as well!  Check out their full shop here. $16

Honeybee Gardens-

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I purchased these items myself.  I had heard great things about their water based nail polishes.  I also snagged one of their mascaras.  The polish is virtually odorless, which is amazing.  I say virtually because it still has a hint of smell, but it’s not overpowering like traditional nail polish, I mean it’s hardly there.  Traditional nail polish is solvent based, while these are water based.  It’s free from any harsh chemicals, dyes and best of all it’s nearly odorless.  If you want to know the difference between water based polishes and solvent polishes, Honeybee Gardens gives a great explanation here. The polish itself does feel a little bit more watery.  It takes a little longer to dry as well.   It feels dry after 30 minutes but it’s not hard until several hours later.  It did chip easy if I didn’t put a topcoat on.  I didn’t purchase their topcoat but used my own.  I do want to try their top coat.  You can’t use regular polish to remove it.  You just need rubbing alcohol or they also carry a polish remover you can purchase.  This is a great option for those who are sensitive to smell, and want a truly cleaner nail polish.  I got the color Abyss(a black) and at $12.99, this is on the low end for natural polishes.

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The next product I tried from Honeybee Gardens was their Truly Natural Mascara.  What really sold me was the price to be honest.  At $11.99, it is the most cost effective mascara I have come across in green beauty.  I get a lot of e-mails asking if there are any mascaras that are more affordable.  So you can imagine my excitement when I saw this not only had great ingredients but a great price.  I also was intrigued by the brush.  It is nice and thick looking and not plastic-I like my brushes to be bigger.  I bought the color Black Magic, but they also have Espresso and Dark Chocolate.  The mascara itself is more of a wet formula, however when it dries, it is immovable.  It gives great separation and there is no smudging or flaking.  The mascara is also water resistant, vegan and gluten free.  I would apply it to my eyelashes then wait 10 minutes and reapply more to build it up.  It’s not going to give you drama lashes but it gets the job done and at $11.99, you can’t beat that!

Well those are my green beauty standouts currently.  Have you used any of them?

Hubalou Clean Hair Wrap Review

Hubalou Clean Hair Wrap Review

I was sent a hair wrap recently.  But not just any hair wrap, a Hubalou Clean Hair Wrap  made of bamboo fiber.  Can you say luxury?!  If you haven’t ever felt bamboo you need too, it’s so soft.  Hubalou started with the intent of making a hair wrap that not only dried your hair, but provided a bit of luxury at the same time.  There common phrase is, “Goodbye terrycloth, hello healthy hair.”  As a stylist, I’ve known terrycloth to pull hair and cause breakage…not a good recipe for healthy hair!

The wrap itself is so soft.  I really just love the whole idea of a wrap to begin with.  It keeps my hair out of my face while putting on my makeup and dries my hair faster…a win/win!  How does the bamboo make this wrap different?  I’m glad you asked!  Instead of pulling on your hair and leaving it feeling blah, it gives it fullness and a smoothness.  It dried it but not like the dry you get from air drying.  My hair had a great wave to it and not kinky but soft.  If you have curly hair, this would be perfect for you.  My hair isn’t even curly naturally and I love it.  You can even sleep with it on!  Allowing your hair to dry into a smooth style.  It cut my drying time in half, and somedays I didn’t even use a blowdryer because I felt I didn’t need one-my hair dried so nice in the wrap.  I wondered how my hair had more body without using the blowdryer (I have fine/thin hair) and I realized it was because you’re flipping your head over when you put on the wrap-so you have gravity lifting it and then the bamboo fibers keep the strands so smooth and defined.  Instant style!

I can’t not wear it now after washing my hair.  I just hang it on my towel rack and it dries easily for the next day.  They even give you instructions on how to put it on-makes it so easy.  Another awesome reason to love this company?  They give 10% of their profits to organizations that help support basic needs.  How cool is that?!  Trust me, you all need one of these!  Makes getting pretty hair so much easier!

For more info. check out their website here.  And since you all need one, I have a discount code for you!  Use code: SUZI for 20% off!  I was sent the Hubalou wrap in slate, but they have several other colors.  Have you guys used them?  Leave me a comment, I want to hear!

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