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.
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:
Josh Rosebrook Hairspray- This hairspray is my absolute fave in green beauty and I’m so thankful it comes in a convenient travel size. Gives my lifeless hair body and volume.
Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator- Love anything Josh makes and his Hydrating Accelerator is no exception. I spray this during and after flights to give my skin some hydration and as a regular toner in my skincare routine.
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.
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?
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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 Beetshere.
This month’sBeauty 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?!
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.
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?
I do these posts from time to time. Often I get an accumulation of products that are standouts and instead of doing a ton of smaller posts, I just do one big post. People seem to really like them-I’m guessing because everything is in one place. It’s also really beneficial for the companies because they get more exposure then if I was to do them individually. A win/win!
I’ve come across some serious green loot recently and had to share some recent faves!
I’ve sampled Malaya before but was excited when the owner Katya Slepak reached out and sent me some of their goodies. They have a whole new look and I was excited to see it. The products are beautiful themselves and the new look is so chic. I’m a big fan of their face serum, it melts right into your skin leaving a dewy finish. It isn’t overly scented either- perfect subtle scent. I’m also digging their Calming Botanical Bath, talk about relaxation at it’s finest! I love a good bath and these are the perfect thing to help de-stress. A mini spa right in your own home. The facial steam is also a great de-stressor for not only the skin but the mind as well. It helps to pull out toxins and gives the skin a glow. The body oils are also luxurious. I’m a big fan of the Woods scent. It’s smells just like the name suggests-woodsy with a hint of citrus. I love how the body oils feel on the skin, a truly decadent oil! Last but not least their hair oil is perfect for giving parched hair a good drink of water. I lightly apply it to my hair and style as usual. For a more intense treatment I add it all over my hair and leave it on overnight. My hair is silky and smooth the next day. Did I mention their products are organic, biodynamic, wild crafted and ethically sourced-hello! The products are housed in luxe glass bottles. The whole line screams spa-a truly decadent line. Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 15% off and snag some Malaya Organics here.
I was so excited when I received my first box from Teri! Teri has her own green beauty YouTube channeland now has created a monthly subscription beauty box. The box has become so popular that now there is a waitlist for the November box because it’s sold out! All the makeup is vegan, and cruelty-free. I have been loving the boxes! The Harmony Compact Color for face and eyes has been a fave of mine. This product is so versatile. You can use them as eyeshadows, but also as a blush, bronzer, contour or highlight. Such a great multi-tasker. I’ve also been digging the pressed eyeshadow color in Strength. Goes on so smooth and stays put. The crushed colors offer the perfect shimmer for going out, and this mama needs all the help she can get! Oh and can we talk about her brushes- so luxe! They are so soft and beautiful, love the rose gold. She also has skincare products. I loved sampling the gel cleanser and toner/mist. I couldn’t believe how much came in each box. This is one beauty box that is here to stay! Grab your’s here.
If you’ve followed me long enough, you know I’m crazy for Loving Natural’s Sunscreen for babies. It has only a handful of stellar ingredients. Plus, it works and keeps my babies skin protected from the sun. It doesn’t leave that ghostly hue on the skin either like most natural sunscreens. They recently sent me their Anti-aging cream too. I was amazed at how moisturizing it was and how good my skin felt in the morning. I have dry skin and even used this during the day and it wasn’t too greasy. I love that it’s budget friendly compared to other natural anti-aging creams. If you haven’t tried their sunscreens you’re missing out! Check out all their products here.
I love me a protein bar! Especially since becoming a mom, it’s often easy to skip meals because of time-can I get a witness? I end up making a smoothie or grabbing a bar. These ones have been perfect. Not only are they satisfying but full of organic ingredients. They honestly taste like a candy bar! All of them are chocolate coated with a different flavor on the inside. My personal favorites are the coconut and mint. I’ve even been grabbing them mid-day for a quick snack since I’ve been nursing my 8 week old like crazy. They have hit the spot for those sudden hunger urges. If it’s been hard for you to find a protein bar that tastes good and has decent ingredients, then check out Square Organics- you won’t be disappointed. Also, use coupon code: gurlgonegreen for 20% off a box! Shop here.
I love testing out new natural laundry detergents! I’m always curious if they’ll actually work. I’m sure I’m not alone. Well, I have good news, The Simply Co. is some legit stuff. With only 4 ingredients: Baking soda, washing soda, and Organic Vegan castile soap (+ Organic essential oils), this laundry powder packs a big punch. It comes in this sleek glass container-so chic looking. You simply add one to two tablespoons to your laundry, depending on the how big the load is. You can use it in standard machines and HE machines. The proof is in the pudding they say and I can say that this powder successfully made my clothes smell good and clean. Did I mention the ingredients?! They’re also vegan, organic and cruelty-free. I’m in awe of the power of them. The laundry powder comes in lavender and unscented. If you’ve been looking for a natural laundry detergent with little ingredients that gets the job done-this may be just your ticket! The whole concept of The Simply Co. is pretty awesome too. Founded by a blogger who wanted the most natural cleaning products. They aim to protect the environment by creating sustainable products. Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 10% off your purchase. Shop here.
See any products you want to try? Be sure to use the coupon codes and grab some loot! XO