BEAUTYCOUNTER REVIEW

BEAUTYCOUNTER REVIEW

So excited to finally share my Beautycounter review!  I’ve been wanting to share about the products since I joined but wanted to give it some time so I could really get a feel for them and give you some good feedback.

I wrote a blog post sharing why I decided to join Beautycounter back in December.  It’s a really in depth post, so I encourage you to check it out if you haven’t.  I share what held me back in the past from trying the products, ingredients I wasn’t sure about and about the business side.  Basically if you want to know more about Beautycounter go read it.  Check it out here!

Also, I would be doing you a disservice if I talked all about the products but didn’t tell you a bit about the business side of it.  I’m not afraid to tell you I make money off of the products when you purchase them under my name and I hope it’s something more women will feel comfortable sharing.  That’s one of the reasons why I decided to join Beautycounter because I love that it supports women in business and working it into their lives.  I’ve heard so many stories of women being able to send their kids to a private school they had always wanted too, to pay for ballet lessons, take their family on a vacation- the list is endless!  That is definitely not something I want to be ashamed of.  If anything I want women to feel more empowered to help provide for their family. 

Besides women empowerment, I also just love the fact that I’m spreading the message of clean beauty.  That’s why I started my blog in the first place, to spread this message with more people.  Beauty counter’s advocacy work is literally paving the way for natural beauty!  As we join arms, it’s raising a louder voice that we want safer products into the hands of everyone.  That is something to get excited about!

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As we join arms, it’s raising a louder voice that we want safer products into the hands of everyone.

How cool is it that a women can become a Beautycounter consultant while still participating in her life?!  They can still make their kid’s soccer games, work another job, and be a stay at home mom- pretty cool.  So if you’re wanting more information on how to get involved in Beautycounter and what that might look like for you, send me an email to [email protected]  Would love to have you share this mission with me, while creating income for you and your family!

Ok, clearly I’m passionate about this company and all that it stands for!  Now on to my review.  I’ll be sharing more products as I test them out but for now I wanted to share some standouts.

MAKEUP

Tint Skin-

I was so jazzed to try this foundation!  There’s always a few products in a makeup line that I get really excited about- foundation is one of them.  This foundation is definitely in my favorite foundations category.  It is hydrating but not so much so that it looks shiny.  It blends so well and looks like your skin.  I love how buildable it is.  If I want a more laid back look I can achieve it with Tint Skin, if I want a more pulled together look I can use a bit more.  If you’ve been looking for a light to medium coverage foundation try Tint Skin!  I wear the color Linen.

Dew Skin-

I tried this first before trying Tint Skin and really liked how easy it was to use.  However, after using Tint Skin I prefer it over Dew Skin.  But that’s just me.  You may want really minimal coverage and more of a tinted moisturizer feel and look, then Dew Skin is for you.  It blends so well into the skin, you would hardly notice you’re wearing much.  It’s super hydrating too! I wear the color No. 2.

Concealer Pen-

I really like the application of this concealer pen.  I especially love it for underneath my eye area.  I don’t like it as much for covering my hyper pigmentation on my cheeks.  I find it doesn’t give the coverage I like. But for under my eyes I really like it for covering dark circles.  If you tend to get creasing I would set it with their mattifying powder here. Just a little sprinkle will help it from settling in fine lines.

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Beautycounter eyeshadows are the best in green beauty!

 

Eyeshadow-

Ok, if you’ve been following me then you know I love Beautycounter’s eyeshadow palettes!  They are the BEST in green beauty.  Seriously- I’ve tried them all and nothing compares.  The pigment is rich, the texture glides on and the longevity- SO good.  They stay the whole day no creasing.  I use the Ilia Primer before I apply the shadows and it works like a charm.  I can’t tell you how many people compliment my shadows too- it’s because they’re seriously gorgeous.  I can’t get enough of them.  I have the Classic Palette, but I want them all! 

Lip Sheers- 

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I tried these and was pleasantly surprised how much I liked them.  One of Beautycounter’s best sellers for good reason.  It feels like a really hydrating lip balm but not goopy or tacky.  Glides on your lips giving a hint of sheen and some color. The color pigment is more translucent and just a hint.  The perfect everyday lip color to throw on.  I can see myself wearing these a lot especially in the summer.  I have the color Rose, a pretty subtle pink hue.  These would be great for teenagers especially in my opinion.  Not as dramatic as a lipstick.

Color Intense Lipstick-

Another best seller from Beautycounter.  These lipsticks give your lips some serious color pigment.  They’re hydrating but not so much that your lipstick is everywhere.  I love how rich they feel on the lips.  Velvety and smooth.  I have three colors, Girls’ Night, 9 to 5, and Backstage- and I love them all!  9 to 5 is literally just as the name implies- the perfect color to wear from 9-5.  It’s not too bold but gives your face a pulled together look.  Girls’ Night is your quintessential candy apple red.  It can be bold but it also can be paired down too.  If I want a more subtle approach I just apply less and it almost looks like more of a lip stain.  Backstage is the nude everyone needs in their lipstick collection.  It pairs great with smoky, dramatic eyes or for an overall dressed down look.  Can’t go wrong with any of them!

Liquid Liner-

I was super duper excited to try this liner out!  Finding a good liner in green beauty is definitely no small task.  This one did not disappoint!  It is very pigmented which I love and it lasts.  I actually like applying mine with a liner brush instead of the brush that comes with it.  Makes it go on so much smoother and easier.  I’ve had several followers tell me it’s their favorite liquid liner too- can’t argue with that!

Did you know Beautycounter just launched their Men’s line this week: Counterman?!  Check it out here!

Satin Blush-

I was sold after my first swipe of their blushes- literally these are the best powder blushes I’ve used.  I love that they’re pressed and not loose- less mess.  I also love the color pay off. They nailed the color Nectar!  It’s the perfect Nars dupe of Orgasm and basically goes with almost anyone’s skin tone.  It’s SO pretty!  I also have the punchy pink color Guava and can’t get enough of it either. They stay on so well and blend so well into the skin.  They don’t look cakey at all.   I’m telling you, try the blushes already- you’ll thank me! 

Bronzer-

This bronzer was another fave.  People ask me what bronzer I have been using lately and it’s this one!  The moment I tried it I knew I would love it.  I’m picky when it comes to bronzers- super picky.  I find it’s really hard to find a true bronze brown color and not have it look orange.  Anyone else feel me on this?!  Then Beautycounter’s came into my lap and I haven’t been able to stray since using it.  It doesn’t look orange and it’s pressed- I repeat pressed!  Loose bronzers are just one more step and messy- not what I want to add to my plate.  Get the bronzer too- everyone needs bronzer in my opinion, it warms you up in seconds!

Cream Blush-

I tried the cream blush later and I have to say it’s another great product.  They really thought the delivery out well with this one.  I love that it comes in a stick form- makes it so easy to apply.  I just apply a few swipes to my cheeks and blend in with my fingers.  Looks soft and dewy. Great for the winter when skin can start looking a little drab.  I also love applying this first and then applying a swipe of the powder satin blush.  Give my cheeks a pop and helps the blush last even longer. I have the color Hibiscus.

Lip Gloss-

I’m not a gloss girl at heart. However, I do love adding a little bit every now and then for a little dewiness to my lips.  I’m picky about my glosses though and was pleasantly surprised when I tried Beautycounter’s and fell hard for it.  They aren’t goopy or gunky.  They glide on so well and offer sheen plus a hint of color.  I love the Bare Shimmer color I have.  I layer it on top of lip liners or lipstick to add a subtle hint of shine.  If you’re a gloss girl you will love these!

Lip Balm-

This is one of my favorite products!  I knew I would like it.  It is a serious hydrating lip balm that doesn’t mess around!  It offers moisture and protection.  I apply this at night and I wake up with silky smooth lips.  It comes in several scents but I’m partial to the peppermint- always got to have my mint!

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Two of my favorites in Beautycounter, the Cleansing Balm and Countercontrol Clear Pore Cleanser.

 

SKINCARE

Resurfacing Peel- 

I had to start with the resurfacing peel!  If you haven’t tried it you’re missing out, plain and simple.  It works so well at minimizing fine lines, dark spots and sloughing off dead skin.  It uses 3 different acids, malic, lactic and glycolic to improve texture and tone of the skin.  You put it on your skin like you would a serum at night and wake up with skin that looks refreshed, smooth and glowing.  I’m not surprised this is a best seller!  Get the peel already.

Cleansing Balm-

This is another best seller and one of my favorites. I really can’t get enough of this cleansing balm.  It feels so good on the skin.  I apply a nickel size amount to my hands and rub in circular motions all over my skin to remove makeup.  It gets rid of it all, from eye makeup and foundation.  Then I take a warm washcloth and wipe off the balm.  My skin feels hydrated but clean.  It smells so good too!  It also works as an overnight mask if your skin is really needing a little extra moisture and tlc.  

Countercontrol Clear Pore Cleanser-

This was another product that I can’t stop using.  It really acts like a conventional cleanser minus the toxins.  It gets a little sudsy and clears away all the extra grime.  My skin feels so clean but not stripped.  I love using this after the cleansing balm to get every last drop of makeup, and grime off from the day.  It’s a really reasonable price as well.  It has tiny jojoba beads in it as well that help to slough off skin cells.  Nothing to abrasive at all.  A great pick for teens as well!

Balancing + Charcoal Mask-

At first I wasn’t too sure about this mask.  My skin tends to run on the dry to normal side and I was concerned it would be too drying for me.  I realized I only need to apply it where I want to clean out and detox my pores.  I apply it to my t-zone area and thats it.  It helps to really draw out pores but it’s not drying out the rest of my skin.  A win/win in my book!

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Quotes throughout Beautycounter’s Headquarters!

 

Countermarch Eye Rescue Cream-

This eye cream is one of the best eye creams.  I find it hard to find eye creams that aren’t too heavy.  This one is just the right amount of moisture.  It hydrates but quickly soaks right into the eye area.  I love using this at night or in the morning before I apply my makeup.  It’s also not crazy expensive too!

Facial Oils-

Beautycounter has 3 facial oils.  A Brightening Oil, Plumping Oil and a Balancing Oil.  Depending on your skin type and what you’re looking to achieve there is one for most people.  I use the Brightening a lot, it’s for combination skin.  It’s not super heavy but offers enough hydration.  I also have been using the Plumping Oil at night for a little extra since it’s winter.  I’ve noticed my skin tends to need a little more in this season.  The Plumping Oil is great for those with mature skin, dry skin.  The Balancing Oil is perfect for anyone with oily skin or acne skin.  These are best sellers as well!

Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion-

This lotion is great.  It really works so well.  It can be worn underneath makeup easily because it’s not super heavy or can be layered at night over your facial oils for a little more hydration.  This is another best seller that people can’t get enough of.  I love that it doesn’t have a strong scent either.  Just a good all around facial lotion.

Countermatch Recovery Sleeping Cream-

This cream is a heavier than the lotion and is going to give your skin the extra surge of hydration that it needs. I would recommend this to anyone that is needing a little more moisture for their skin.  A lot of people will layer this over oils at night or use by itself.  I found for me I needed an oil before this because it wasn’t hydrating enough on it’s own.  I haven’t tried the Rejuvenating Cream yet but it’s a best seller and people have told me it’s the next step to hydration from this cream.  I’ll share my thoughts when I try it out!

Eye Makeup Remover-

If you’ve been following me on social media you know I can’t get enough of this eye makeup remover!  I used to be obsessed with Mary Kay’s Eye Makeup Remover back in the day…but clearly I gave that up! 😉 When I saw that Beautycounter had one I knew I had to try it.  Well, let’s just say I now have a new fave!  This eye makeup remover performs so well.  It removes my eye makeup effortlessly and my lipstick with no oily residue.  Fan girl for life!

One Step Makeup Remover Wipes-

Say hello to your new favorite wipe…but really!  These are in a league of their own.  I kept hearing people say to try the wipes and so of course I did!  These wipes have the perfect moisture amount.  I had yet to find a green beauty wipe that worked so well.  They were either to dry or not soft enough.  Beautycounter hit all the marks on these wipes.  They are soft, moist and even biodegradable.  If you’re a wipe gal you need these!  Perfect for travel too.  You could even cut them in half to make them last longer.

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Sharing my favorite Beautycounter products with you on the blog.

 

HAIR/BODY

Daily Shampoo and Conditioner-

I initially liked how my hair felt using the Daily Shampoo and Conditioner but then after using it for a while I ended up not.  My hair is fine and thin and it felt like it didn’t get clean enough with the Daily Shampoo and Conditioner.  My hair felt blah and wasn’t doing what I wanted it to do.  I have friends who have similar hair types to me and they love the volume shampoo and conditioner.  I haven’t tried it, but once I do, I’ll let you know!

Body Lotion-

The body lotion is so decadent and hydrating!  Did I mention the smell?  It is citrus mimosa and smells oh so good.  I love that it comes in a tube for travel.  It hydrates but doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy.  People that love a good lotion always love the Beautycounter lotion- can’t blame them!

Body Cream-

So if the body lotion isn’t hydrating enough, the body cream will be.  It is truly so hydrating and indulgent.  It has the same citrus memos scent that makes you want to lather this everywhere!  I’m more of a body cream gal and I can’t get enough of this.  It keeps my skin moist long after applying and isn’t oily feeling. 

Clearly I’ve tried a few of Beautycounter’s products!  I can honestly say I’m so impressed with the quality and performance of the products.  If you want to check out more products that they carry, click here!  Also, don’t forget to check out my first post I did on Beautycounter here. And check out the new men’s line!  What’s your favorite Beautycounter product?  

Did you like this post?  Then you’ll love my Organic Foundation Guide Post!  I share all of my favorite foundations in natural beauty.  Check it out here! 

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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!

Best Online Green Beauty Retailer: Pharmaca

Best Online Green Beauty Retailer: Pharmaca

I’m back with the best online green beauty retailer: Pharmaca!  I give a monthly haul report and I missed a couple months due to summer craziness!  But I’m back and I’m giving you a full review on my last two Pharmaca orders.  If you’re not familiar with Pharmaca let me fill you in on this amazing online green beauty retailer.  It has all your heart could want when it comes to clean and natural beauty but also organic living in general!  Keep reading below to get the full scoop.

*This post does contain affiliate links.  If you do purchase something from one of them I will receive a small commission.  

Want to find out why I can’t get enough of this one stop natural shopping store?  Then keep reading!

1st- Pharmaca carries QUALITY products.

Yes, you read that right.  It’s not some retailer selling random things.  They carry all the big name green beauty brands, natural living brands and supplement brands.  Plus, their selection is amazing!

2nd- It’s all in ONE place.

No more going back and forth between five websites trying to get green beauty brands in one place and supplements in another.  Now, you can just do it all at once and save yourself some precious time.

3rd- Shopping at Pharmaca SAVES you money.

Yes, you heard me right!  They are always having a great sale or gift with purchase.  Plus, you get free shipping after $35- hello.  Most retailers are $50 and higher.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to their website to purchase something and was amazed to find they also carried another one of my products too.  Pharmaca has made my life more streamlined and easier as a mom and fellow natural living enthusiast.

Here are some products you can find at Pharmaca:

Some green beauty brands I love that they carry are:

Every month I’m working with Pharmaca to show you what you can get for $100(it’s pretty incredible).  Here is this month’s order:

*These products were sent to me by Pharmaca, however thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Inika Organic Baked Mineral Blush Duo(in the color Pink Tickle)-

I’ve quickly fallen for anything and everything Inika Organic!  Their products speak for themselves.  This is the first time I’ve tried one of their baked Mineral Blushes.  This blush is so pretty.  It has a mix of blush rose pink and a soft peach hue.  A great mix!  I love that it’s a pressed blush.  Makes it so easy to use and less messy.  The blush color is very light and subdued.  It really gives an overall natural look.  I like layering this blush on top of a cream blush.  This helps the blush last longer and gives it a little glow too!  A great blush for anyone who likes an overall soft, understated look.  Get your blush here!

Inika Organic Liquid Foundation(in the color nude)-

This foundation had me at first swipe!  I really can’t get over it.  It goes on so smooth, doesn’t look cakey and lasts the whole day.  I tried their bb cream but I prefer their liquid foundation over it.  It makes your skin look so dewy and lit from within.  I would apply it with my fingers or a foundation brush.  It blends so easily into the skin.  A great foundation for those with dry to normal skin types. Grab your foundation here!

Stasher Bags-

If you’ve followed me for a hot minute you know I’m a huge fan of these silicone bags!  Can’t go wrong with them.  They are made of silicone and not plastic, so you’re not wasting plastic bags and you’re helping the environment by not using plastic-a win/win!  I store anything and everything in them.  I put them in the freezer too!  There really isn’t a wrong way to use them.  I love that they’re dishwasher safe too! Get your stasher bags here!

Best online green and organic beauty retailer Pharmaca

Organic beauty at Pharmaca beauty store online. Wearing the lipstick in ZuZu Luxe called Starlet and the powder blush by Inika Organic in Pink Tickle.

Juice Beauty Sport  Moisturizer Sunscreen SPF30-

I was excited to try a new sunscreen this summer.  I love a good mineral based sunscreen and this one by Juice Beauty did not disappoint!  It is packed full the natural mineral zinc oxide which helps block the sun without the harmful chemicals.  It does go on a bit whiter, which is typical of mineral based sunscreens. But sometimes I prefer that when applying to my kiddos.  It helps me to see where I’ve applied it and I find they don’t burn as easily.  This sunscreen stood the test of pool days quite well!  Can’t recommend it enough, get it here! 

100% Pure Bright Eyes Mask-

I love these masks! They can wake up any tired eyes.  Plus, they are great at de-puffing and minimizing dark circles.  You apply them underneath your eyes and it instantly feels cooling and refreshing.  The eye gels are made from a combination of aloe vera gel and plant cellulose.  I love bringing these with me on trips, and also for early mornings when my eyes need a little bit of help.  Trust me- you’ll be hooked!  Grab your eye mask here!

100% Luminous Primer-

This primer is one of my very favorites in green beauty- it’s so good!  It hydrates the skin but also smoothes it out, providing a perfect base before makeup.  I apply this after my morning lotion or oil.  I then apply my foundation.  It goes on so evenly and helps my foundation last for the whole day.  If you’ve been looking for a green beauty primer- this one is so good! Get your 100% Luminous Primer here!

Alaffia Everyday Shea Body Wash-

This is such a good value!  It has great clean ingredients but doesn’t break the bank.  I love that it comes in a pump bottle.  I use this on the girls.  It hardly has a smell at all, just a light vanilla mint scent from essential oils.  This lasts us for several months.  It suds up well too!  If you feel like you go through body wash really quick- this is a great purchase!  Get your Alaffia Everyday Shea Body Wash here!

ZuZu Luxe Lipstick in Starlet-

This lipstick is another great value for a green beauty lipstick.  It goes on so smooth and doesn’t bleed.  I love the color!  A cool candy apple red.  The perfect statement lip for those days when you want to look pulled together but don’t want to do a full face of makeup.  Check out all their other colors here!

See anything you like?  Shop all of Pharmaca beauty here!  Also, don’t forget they also offer supplements, organic baby products and natural home products.

 

Natural Summer Makeup Looks

Natural Summer Makeup Looks

I’ve got the lowdown on all my natural summer makeup looks!  From my favorite bronzers, bright lipsticks, and blushes that pop. Each season makeup changes depending on the weather and summer is no different.

So I created 3 different makeup looks for you.  Depending on what you like to wear and how you like to wear your makeup.  From minimal, fresh faced and dolled up, I’ve got something for everyone.

Minimal-  This look is for the gal who likes to keep things simple with their makeup in the summer.  Low maintenance is top priority.  This is a great look for someone who prefers to not wear a ton of makeup or maybe they do like to wear more makeup but in the summer they like to keep it minimal.  Especially great for pool days, when you want to feel pulled together but don’t want everything sliding off at the pool!

Products Used:

  • Suntegrity BB Cream- I’m a huge fan of this BB cream.  It brings an overall pulled together look to my skin but doesn’t feel heavy.  It offers an SPF of 30- using physical blockers, no chemical blockers.  It is a little heavier than just a tinted moisturizer but I like that because then it doesn’t feel as greasy.
  • Vapour Multi-Use Stick- These are perfect for summer when you want a less is more approach to your makeup routine.  You can use these as a cream blush, and lip product.  So easy to carry in your beach bag or travel bag.  Makes doing your makeup that much easier!
  • Lily Lolo Bronzer in Miami Beach- This bronzer is one of my faves!  It is so forgiving and easy to use.  If you aren’t used to putting on bronzer then snag this one up.  It isn’t orangey at all and honestly fail proof.  I apply this wherever the sun would naturally hit.  Right below hairline, sides of nose, right below cheekbones, and blended down my neck.
  • 100% Pure Water resistant mascara– There is no true waterproof mascara in green beauty- if you find one they are probably using some chemicals in it.  However, 100% Pure offers a water resistant one that I love.  It gives great length and deportation.  Not tons of volume but I’m ok with that since this is a minimal look.
  • Kjaer Weis Lip Gloss- Nothing says summer than a shiny gloss!  This one doesn’t feel goopy at all.  It glides on and leaves great color pigment along with a nice sheen.

Fresh Faced- This look is for the gal that likes to add a little more oomph to her summer makeup look.  Maybe she’s grabbing lunch with friends but doesn’t want to look overdone like she’s going out but just put together.  Also, great look if you are on vacation and going from pool minimal look to grabbing dinner later on in the day.

Products Used:

  • ZuZu Luxe Oil Free Liquid Foundation- This foundation is perfect summer weather!  It is oil free and isn’t going to clog your pores.  I love how it gives light to medium coverage depending on how you apply.  Great for those who like a little more coverage than a bb cream but don’t want the oiliness from a lot of liquid foundations.
  • Juice Beauty Last Looks Cream Blush– Love a good cream blush.  They make my skin look dewy and fresh, yet they still look completely natural.  What makes a cream blush great is that it fades easier than a powdered blush.  Sometimes that might not be good but for a minimal look it’s nice because you don’t have to worry about it sliding down your face.  It just fades naturally- which ends up looking like you meant for it too.
  • Vapour Bronzer Stick- I love using a bronzer stick to really contour my face, plus achieve some bronze color.  It takes a little more time but the effort is totally worth it! I apply this where the sun would hit my face.  Right below hairline, sides of nose, right below cheekbones, and blended down my neck.
  • Maya Chia Highlight of the Day- It’s no secret I love this highlighter!  They came out with a new color and it’s just in time for summer.  It’s called Afternoon Delight- a perfect peachy/pink hue.  I can’t stop wearing it!  It gives my skin a lit from within glow.
  • Honest Beauty Truly Lush Mascara This mascara has quickly become one of my very favorites.  It gives my lashes separation, volume, thickness in just a couple swipes.  Can’t recommend it enough!  Perfect for when you want your eyes to pop!
  • Kosas Lipstick- If you’ve been following me a hot minute you know I haven’t been able to put these lipsticks down lately.  Especially great for summer when you want to pull look together quickly- just swipe on a bold lip and you’re good to go!  Kosas lipsticks are so velvety and stay put.  I’m partial to Royal and Thrillest for a bold summer look!

Dolled Up- This look is for the gal that still likes to wear some decent makeup in summer and doesn’t want to skimp.  However, she doesn’t want to look overdone.  It’s the perfect look in achieving a made up look for summer without going too far.  Plus, just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you can’t wear some eyeliner and eyeshadow!

Products Used:

  • Hynt Beauty Sun Prep- Love this facial sunscreen!  It offers an SPF of 25 and acts like a primer for the skin.  Your foundation literally glides on after application. No white hue residue either!
  • ILIA Skin Serum Foundation- This liquid foundation gives medium coverage and yet doesn’t feel like a mask.  I also love that my skin doesn’t get a greasy t-zone in the afternoon after using.  I wear the color Texel SF3.
  • Kjaer Weis Cream Blush- This blush has been on repeat in my makeup routine for a while.  It gives such a pop of color and the consistency is so creamy and easy to apply.  I’m partial to Happy and Blossoming.
  • Lily Lolo Pressed Blush- I love to have a powdered blush on hand since summer months can be warm and makeup can fade quicker in heat.  I apply this on top of my cream blush to help set it for the day.  My blush always last throughout the day!
  • Crunchi Bronzer- This bronzer is a loose bronzer and really gives such a great color pigment.  I tap some of the product off into the cap and then swirl my brush in it and then tap excess off before applying.  It even has the slightest shimmer in it which I love!
  • Vapour Halo Illuminator- This illuminator comes in stick form and gives your skin a serious glow.  It’s easy to apply and goes with literally every skin tone.
  • Lily Lolo Mascara- This is another fave mascara in green beauty.  It gives your lashes the volume and drama we all crave.  Especially great for the girl who likes to get all dolled up!
  • Clove and Hollow Lip Velvets-  This babies don’t budge!  Literally can put it on in the morning and it’s still there by night.  They have some seriously fun colors too!  I’ve been loving the color in Road Trip!

What’s your favorite summer look?

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Art of Organics July Discovery: Illuminate

Art of Organics July Discovery: Illuminate

It’s here, the Art of Organics July Discovery: Illuminate!  I’m beyond excited for this box!!  Sometimes you just get a beauty box and it checks all the boxes- this one did just that.  We are seeing Leahlani’s Aloha Ambrosia Morning Moisture Elixir in this box, plus Au Naturale’s Powder Highlighter.   I’ve loved getting to sample these two products!

If you aren’t familiar with Art of Organics and this green beauty box, then keep reading as I explain why this box is one to get a hold of.  Their belief is really simple-You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your health for beauty.  I couldn’t agree more!  Their goal is to bring people the cleanest, best, and most luxurious products.  Claire the founder, has always been a beauty junkie and on the quest to purge her own makeup bag, she realized she wanted to share her journey with others and raise awareness.  I noticed instantly after opening the box, the attention to detail.  They name their boxes each month as well as follow a theme.  The card inside describes the products in the box so well and gave directions for application.  The box is $38, with a value of $70+ and features each month 2-4 full size products.  They have high standards for their product selection, such as being cruelty free, organic and non-toxic.  They have more specifics on the ingredients they don’t use here on their website.

Ok, on to the review…

Leahlani Aloha Ambrosia Morning Moisture Elixir-

I’m a huge fan of Leahlani’s products.  I had a feeling this was going to be a good one the minute I tested it on my hand.  Then as I inhaled the warming Hawaiian scent.  It took me away to Kaui where Leahlani’s creations are made by hand with some serious love.  This is meant to be a morning elixir before you apply your makeup, sunscreen or any oil/lotion.  It really enhances your skin- whatever way you use it.  Made with a balance of squalene oil, mangosteen, goji berry, guava and passionfruit oils.  I love how Leahlani describes the scent, “She smells of jasmine flowers and tropical rain showers.”  I couldn’t have said it better.  It leaves your skin feeling smooth, hydrated- not greasy.  I applied it before my makeup and loved the way it made my skin feel.  It smoothed cracks and made everything appear brighter.  I would apply it to slightly damp skin after misting it with a toner.  It really hydrates, primes your skin and gives you an all over glow.  I’m hooked!  Another Leahlani win in my book!  If you haven’t used any Leahlani products, be sure to checkout my review on her line here.  Her products are some of the very best in green beauty and really do perform.  The product I would recommend you start with is her Mermaid Mask- you’ll be in love after one use!

Au Naturale Powder Highlighter-

So fun to see a makeup product in the box this month- nice change of pace!  I’ve used a handful of Au Naturale products, but not their powdered highlighter.  This is perfect for summer weather!  Especially when it can get hot and humid quick.  This won’t be sliding off the skin.  The color is in Begonia- a pretty pearlized hue with a touch of peachy pink tones in it.  I loved applying this on my upper cheekbones, bridge of nose, cupid’s bow, middle of eyebrows, and middle of chin.  It looks so natural and gives me a glow without it looking like I’m trying…you know what I mean! It comes in a handy pump bottle- great for applying on your brush and then applying to the skin.  I’ll be wearing this all summer!

I would hop on this month’s box soon if you’re thinking about snagging one.  If you haven’t signed up for Art of Organics box you can sign up here!  Don’t miss out on this fabulous green beauty box!  Not only do you get quality products each month but for a steal. You pay $39 each month and get access to some stellar products.  You can sign up for 3 months, 6 months and 12 months!  At 6 and 12 months you start saving.  Also, each month a theme is chosen around the box.

Have you used any of these products?

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