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April Clean Beauty Faves

April Clean Beauty Faves

Sharing my April Clean Beauty Faves with you!  It’s that time of the month where I pull back the curtain on the best of the best in natural beauty and share what I’ve been loving.

This month there’s a little of everything but a couple products from the same brand.  Because when it’s good you have to share!  

Spring is totally in the air and it has me craving all the warm weather which definitely plays a role in my clean beauty picks!  Hope you love them as much as I do.  Also, don’t forget to hit up my Instagram for a chance to win all these products!  

 

clean beauty faves

Ilia takes the cake when it comes to natural beauty that is both affective and clean!

 

Ilia True Skin Serum Primer

I was SO excited to get this in the mail.  It was backordered for a while from Aillea and I was on the edge of my seat to get one of the first bottles the minute it came back into stock.  Ilia is on of those green beauty brands that’s been around from the beginning and keeps producing stellar products.  They work like conventional products and offer the same benefits. 

I love their True Skin Serum Foundation so I knew I had to try their True Skin Serum Primer.  It basically had my name written all over it.  It’s a liquid primer with a hint of shimmer.  Nothing crazy people.  You can’t even see it.  It gives your skin a lit from within glow.  It’s meant to be applied after your moisturizer, right before foundation application.  You will feel your skin tighten slightly and your fine lines filled in.  It creates such a smooth even canvas for your makeup to be applied.  It even helps to diminish pores.  My skin looked lit from within and had such a glow.  I can’t get enough!  It doesn’t make your skin feel greasy at all but has a weightless moisture feel to it.  You’re skin really does look like it’s glowing.  Check it out here!

 

Ilia Eye Primer

I’ve talked about this nonstop but as the weather has warmed up there is no denying my need for this even more.  It keeps my eyeshadow in place like nothing else.  The pigment stands out and is richer because of this primer.  Gone are the days of creasing shadows that fade as the day goes on.  This Primer is in a league of it’s own!  

I apply it to my eye lid all over.  Then take my finger and tap it into my eyelid.  Then apply my shadow. (BTW, check out my favorite eye shadow in green beauty here- seriously nothing compares)!  It gives my shadow something to adhere to.  If you haven’t found a natural beauty eye primer yet, then look no further.  This wand eye primer does the job so well! Check it out here!

 

clean beauty faves

Suntegrity 5-in-1 Moisturizing Lotion Tint is such an amazing BB cream that offers sun protection.

 

Suntegrity 5-In-1 Moisturizing Face Sunscreen Tinted

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 provides spf coverage with non-nano zinc oxide.  It also comes in four colors which makes it easy to find one that matches your skin tone.  

I love this tinted moisturizer because it feels more like a foundation to me then just a lotion with a slight tint.  I like a little more coverage and this provides it without looking cakey or overly done.  It wears well in the water too!  I love how smooth and even the formula looks on the skin.  Trust me, you’ll love it!  Grab yours here!

 

Clean Beauty Faves

Fitglow Beauty Colour Lip Serums are in a league of their own!

 

Fitglow Beauty New Lip Colour Serum Duo in Kind+ Rose

This is one of Fitglow’s newest launches.  If you’ve followed me you know I have a thing for their lip serums!  They are like nothing you’ll use.  I’m not a huge fan of glosses but these are so different than a traditional gloss.  They don’t look goopy or tacky but glide on your skin effortlessly and provide such a smooth finish.  What’s even cooler is that they’re filled with antioxidants and vitamins that not only nourish your lips but keep them looking young and fresh.  It’s like a lip serum with color and a subtle shine- what more could you want?! 

My lips stay hydrated and have a subtle shine.  I also love how the color pigment looks.  It’s not overwhelmingly but just enough to give your lips a little pop.  They have so many amazing color options to choose from so if you’re not a fan of Kind and Rose, check them all out.  I also can’t get enough of Bliss, Go, Gospel and Nudie.  Ok, clearly I have a problem they’re all gorgeous!  Check out all the colors here!

 

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Maya Chia’s newest product the Refresh Mint is a mask you’ll keep coming back too!

 

Maya Chia Refresh Mint Mask

This mask is one of the newest products to hit Maya Chia’s line.  To try a Maya Chia product is to love it!  They perform so well.  So when I was sent the newest Refresh Mint Mask, I basically had to hold myself back from using it the minute I got it.  This is unlike any mask I’ve used before in natural beauty. 

It’s a resurfacing moisture mask.  It takes a drab complexion and instantly awakens it and gives it a glow.  If your skin is feeling less than, this mask is for you.  It uses 4 different types of acids, enzymes, moisturizers to help slough off dead skin cells, hydrate and give you your glow back.  A little magic potion in a bottle.  I apply it to dry clean skin.  Once applied I let it sit on my skin until its dry.  Then rinse off with warm water.  My skin is left with a glow, and smoothness that makes your skin look radiant!  I’m so excited to keep using it and see my skin improve overtime. Get it here! 

 

clean beauty faves

Malu SPF Moisturizer by Honua Skincare not only hydrates skin but also acts as a primer!

 

Honua Skincare Malu 

Malu is a protection day cream with spf 30.  It comes in a dark glass pump bottle- I love that you can turn the cap for when you travel.  It comes out white when you apply it to your skin but quickly fades to clear as you rub it in.  The natural sun protectant in the formula is non-nano zinc oxide.  It feels SO nice on the skin.  It hydrates but doesn’t leave behind a greasy residue.  

It really feels like a nice primer too.  Really filling in lines and creating a perfect canvas for makeup application.  I also felt I had a bit of a glow using it.  I really dig it!  Some facial sunscreens can feel heavy or greasy but not Malu!   A great way to protect your skin in the summer months but even year round it would be great under makeup or by itself.  Get it here!

 

Love this post?  Check out my past Clean Beauty Faves!

 

 

Clean beauty faves

Sharing my favorite natural beauty products for the month of April.

Natural Makeup and Hair Tutorial

Natural Makeup and Hair Tutorial

So excited to share with you my natural makeup and hair tutorial!  A lot of you have asked for videos and tutorials- so this is for you!  I’m walking you through one of my favorite fall looks in natural beauty.  Plus, I’m showing you how I achieve the tousled look with my hair using a flat iron.  I hope you guys enjoy watching the video!  Leave me a comment and let me know what types of videos you want to see more of.

This video is obviously long, but wanted to make sure I shared why I’m using the products I’m using.  For those of you who want to skip to a certain part or product, check out the minute details below.

Makeup Products Used-

Clove and Hollow Lipstick-Minute 11:08

Vapour Organic Lip Conditioner- Minute 10:45

Ilia True Skin Serum Foundation in SF3- Minute 2:35

Maya Chia Highlight of The Day in After Hours- Minute 7:44

Inika Sunkissed Bronzer- Minute 6:40

Juice Beauty Cream Blush in Flush- Minute 5:53

Juice Beauty Eyebrow Wand in Dark Brown Minute 8:57

ZuZu Luxe Mascara- Minute 9:59

Crunchi Foundation Brush- Minute 3:00

Fitglow Concealer- Minute 3:53

Fitglow Eye Bright- Minute 5:00

Jade Roller- Minute 1:30

Leahlani Aloha Ambrosia- Minute 00:30

Hair Products Used-

Rahua Dry Shampoo- Minute 12:00

Innersense Whipped Cream Texturizer- Minute 15:19

Babyliss Nano Flatiron- Minute 12:28

Josh Rosebrook Hair Spray- Minute 16:00

All of these products can be found at Aillea Beauty or Pharmaca! Make sure to use Pharmaca’s coupon code!  They’re always offering one on their website!

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?

Glowing Beet’s April + May Box Review

Glowing Beet’s April + May Box Review

Ok, April and May were a little crazy and I didn’t have a chance to post my Glowing Beet’s April Box-opps!  So you’re going to not only get the April box review but also the May box.  There was some new finds in both boxes and some products I’ve come to love like Pleni Naturals.  Their kid’s products are some of the best I’ve come across and I was so excited to see them in the Glowing Beet’s May box!  I also couldn’t stop smelling The Lava Scrub in Fig & Plum from the April box?!  Such a relaxing scent-it calmed me just by smelling it.  I have all the deets below, but if you haven’t heard of Glowing Beet’s keep reading to hear about this non-toxic subscription box.

Why Glowing Beets?  Well, for starters they include high quality indie brands and they make it so simple.  Their website alone is so easy to navigate and browse.  They have one box, it’s $29.95-a steal for high end green beauty products.  The boxes are all the same, but may vary slightly.  For ex. some boxes may get a different lipstick color, but they’re all from the same brand.  All boxes are shipped at the end of the month once you’re a subscriber, and if you order during the month it will be shipped out within a few days, up until the 15th of the month.  You can sign up for one box, otherwise you will be billed monthly.

I love the concept of Glowing Beets for those who are new to the green beauty scene.  They give you a good selection of products, so you’re able to test them out without making a big commitment at first.  They also offer special discounts to those brands if you do like them-how cool is that?!  Glowing Beets does the research for the best product so you don’t have too.  They include a card in each box that lists what the products are.  I have received two boxes from them and I’ve loved each of them!

Let’s get on to the review!

April Box-

Marin Bee-

In the April Box we received not one but two Marin Bee products.  I was excited to try the line out!  It’s interesting how Marin Bee started.  The line came to be out of a love for bees!  The founders Debra and Bill wanted people to realize the honey bee was quickly becoming extinct.  Soon they created a foundation called Planet Bee Foundation.  This organization helps to educate through workshops and hands on lessons.  A portion of every purchase made from Marin Bee goes to help support the foundation.  What a cool idea!

Detox Masque-

This mask has honey in it of course which draws moisture from the air into the skin.  The mask feels almost gummy.  It’s thick but I added a little water to thin it out.  It says to apply a thin layer to the skin and I found adding a little water helpful.  You only need to leave it on for 10 minutes for the mask to do it’s magic.  When I removed it, my skin felt hydrated and refreshed.  A lot of detox masks leave your skin feeling taut or a little thirsty but not this one.  You can use this several times a week for an instant skin pick me up!

Lip Repair-

I was excited to have a new lip balm to try out!  I seriously can never have enough lip balms- who’s with me?!  This one is especially nice because it comes in a tube form and not a jar.  I like this especially when I’m traveling and don’t have a place to wash my hands before applying.  The formula looks pinkish in color but you can’t tell their is any color when you apply.  It offers some gloss with it and moisturizes the lips too.  Great for wearing by itself for an understated look and for layering on top of a liner or lipstick.  I love that there is virtually no scent too!

Root + Willow Lava Scrub-

This sugar scrub is different than other scrubs I’ve used because it included volcanic pumicite in it-how cool?!  I applied it to wet skin and my skin was left feeling hydrated and smooth.  I love how it didn’t feel overly oily after using.  Just a great all around smoothness.  I felt I was entering into my very own spa when I opened the jar-the ylang ylang & vanilla are the perfect combination.  The scent isn’t strong but enough to leave a little behind.  It really is a whole experience using the scrub.

The Future Is Bright Pin by Fred and Far-

This is the second time Fred and Far pins have been in the Glowing Beet’s Box.  This box contained the Future Is Bright Pin which is meant to represent the power of feminism.  I love that Fred and Far are on a mission to help women love themselves-we need more of that!  You can wear this on some clothing, or attach it to your purse as a daily reminder.

May Box-

Pleni Naturals-

I was so pumped to see Pleni Naturals in the box for May!  I discovered this brand last fall and have been using it on both my daughters for their bath products.  This skincare line is designed for babies and kids, and is made from fruits and vegetables-so cool! The premise is that fruits and vegetables are nutrient packed with antioxidants, fatty acids and vitamins. Whatever we put on our body our skin absorbs-so we are absorbing all the nutrients. They are squeaky clean in their ingredient list and smell so good, yet aren’t overly scented. Made with organic ingredients, all the products are gluten free and vegan too. Their products are also all Made Safe Certified. They have three products. A hair and body wash, a baby balm and a baby oil. I love that the hair and body wash doesn’t dry out my daughter’s skin at all.  A great pick!

Jersey Kids Mineral Sunscreen Stick-

I had never heard of Jersey Kids but was excited to try a new mineral sunscreen.  Once I looked them up I read that their sunscreen had even rated #1 by Livestrong-pretty impressive!  This one has an SPF of 30 and offers both UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum Protection.   They only use zinc oxide as the mineral sunscreen.  It does go on white but once you rub it in it disappears.  I really love the stick option too!  Makes for easy travel and easy application.  I haven’t had a chance to test it out yet but overall I’m really impressed with the ingredients.  It even has a subtle vanilla smell to it which I love.

Jersey Shore Cosmetics All Natural Lip Tinted Shimmer Balm-

These balms were a fun treat in this Glowing Beet’s box!  Not only do they smell like vanilla baked goodness but they offer a subtle hint of sheen and color.  They even have an spf of 10 in them.  I received the sheer red and sheer pink.  They both give the perfect amount of pinkish and reddish tone to the lips.  The ingredients are organic too and on point.  I’ll be wearing these all summer!

Gypsy Soul Organics Nephew River Aromatherapy Spray-

This was another brand I haven’t heard of.  Included in the box was their Nephew River Spray.  This spray contains lemon, lime, basil and grapefruit.  A seriously refreshing concoction!  It’s meant to lift your spirits and awaken your senses.  Great for having at work by your computer, or even in your purse whenever you need a pick me up.  I found myself spraying this all around me!

Boho Chic Cosmetics-

These little lip and cheek tints were such a fun pick in the Glowing Beet’s box!  Reminiscent of a day in Paris that must include macaroons, this collection is called Macaroons.  The lip and cheek tints have ingredients similar to real macaroons, like organic green tea and organic vanilla beans.  I loved sampling each of the 5 tints.  They work so interchangeably on your cheek or lips.  Some offer more pigment and others are more sheer.  I’m crushing hard on Orange Blossom!  The perfect coral hue for spring and summer.  This is such a good gift idea, and has such a cute story of how they were created to go along with it.

That sums up my review of the Glowing Beet’s April and May boxes!  See any faves or new products you’re eyeing? If you haven’t signed up yet for Glowing Beets,  use code: GGG10 for 10% off  your first box!  Shop Glowing Beets here.

 

November Beauty Heroes: Josh Rosebrook

November Beauty Heroes: Josh Rosebrook

This month’s Beauty Heroe’s box is SO special-I couldn’t wait to share it with you guys!  Josh Rosebrook is a genius and his products speak for themselves.  If you’ve been reading my blog long enough you know I’m a fan of his products.  This month his Cacao Antioxidant Mask takes center stage as hero of the month!  I was already a huge fan of this mask and was just so jazzed to see it in this month’s box.  This mask is what started it all for Josh.  After experimenting with cacao, he noticed a significant improvement in his skin.  His clients noticed as well and for good reason!

I love Josh’s whole approach to skincare.  It’s all about supporting the skin’s natural ability to heal itself.  Giving it what it needs so that it can repair on it’s own.  Not a quick fix like many would want, but a process of letting your skin regenerate as it was meant too.  This happens by supporting the skin with herbs, nuts, fruit, seeds, plants, leaves, and flowers.  These natural resources offer similar phytonutrients found in the body and help facilitate the skin’s ability to heal thorough cell turnover. Josh believes in a five step process: Cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate, moisturize and protect-I couldn’t agree more!  You can’t have one without the other.  They are all connected and help the skin to become the best version of itself.  I have seen for myself the amazing transformation skin can take when nourished and given time-can you say glow?!

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This month’s hero is not a new hero to me.  I’ve been using Josh’s Cacao Antioxidant Mask for a while and have fallen hard for it.  First, it comes in this chic glass jar.  You open it and instantly get a whiff of rich cacao-just like the name suggests.  I’m in love!  It looks like dark rich frosting but not the kind you eat. This decadence is the kind you apply to your face.  Before application I mist Josh’s Hydrating Accelerator over my face.  Leaving my skin dewy and ready for masking.  I just use a spoon to apply some of the mask on the back of my hand and then use my fingers to apply to my face.  I’ve found the formula is too thick for a brush. Once applied, I wait 45 minutes to let the mask do it’s magic.  You can do less time but I like to get the full effect.  Then I just wipe off with a washcloth.  After, my skin feels revived, refreshed and awake.  I love applying my oils after and then waking up to skin that is seriously happy and radiant.  The mask detoxifies while at the same time nourishing and giving back so many nutrients into the skin.  A serious skin treat!

So what’s in this mask that makes it so magical?!  The ingredients in the mask are amazing and really make this “glow” happen.  Cacao is a known antioxidant that helps to slow the aging process and beef up collagen to give skin it’s health back.  Plus, it helps to bring circulation to the skin, causing it to absorb nutrients better.  If that wasn’t enough there are a chockfull of plant oils that help moisturize, repair and calm the skin.  Best of all?  This mask is perfect for any skin type! Dry, sensitive, oily-anyone can benefit-I’ve seen it for myself.  I have dry skin and my sister has oily and it does wonders for us both.  Oh, and did I mention the ingredients are 100% certified organic?  Yeah, and Josh goes to great lengths to ensure every ingredient is in its purest form when selected.  Check out his stance on ingredient integrity here. It’s really all about plant ingredients with Josh’s Products and for good reason.  These plants are living and active and offer such a similar composition to our own skin.  I believe it’s really how skincare is intended to be made-with the earth as it’s source.  

As if the Cacao Antioxidant Mask wasn’t enough to make you swoon this month, there’s also another skin product in the box.  The sidekick this month is Josh’s Hydrating Accelerator. This is another Josh product that I’m quite familiar with and love.  This mist really does it all-from hydrating, toning and moisturizing.  The basis of the mist is aloe vera, which helps the skin absorb nutrients more efficiently and plumps up the overall texture of the skin.  Herbs also help to calm the skin and reduce redness.  I love spraying this on after cleansing before serums/oils and also before and after a mask.  A serious skincare must in my opinion!  Plus, this little tonic smells like vanilla, can you say mmm!  I’m addicted to the smell alone.  I even spray this throughout the day for a quick pick me up of hydration.

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This month’s Beauty Heroes box had me swooning in every way!  I really can’t say enough about Josh and the integrity and quality of his products.  If you haven’t signed up for Beauty Heroes I suggest you do it today before this box sells out!  Also, if you are already a member don’t forget to check out the Beauty Heroes store.  Full of Beauty Hero products!  Have you used this month’s hero?

 

 

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