Art of Organics May Discovery: Jet Set

Art of Organics May Discovery: Jet Set

Art of Organics May Discovery: Jet Set is here!  This box is completely different than any other box we’ve seen from Art of Organics.  It’s all about travel this month- gearing up for the summer trips.  Not only did we get some cool products but also a really cute bag- perfect for keeping all your products in one place while you travel.  This box has me craving sunny weather all over again!  If you haven’t heard of Art of Organics then allow me to introduce you to one of my favorite green beauty boxes.

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.

On to the review…

Ok, so this month is such a fun change of pace for the Art of Organics Box.  We are seeing some great multi-use products and travel products.  Perfect for keeping your toiletry bag not overloaded but having each product serve a purpose.

First we’re seeing Kahina’s Undereye Prickly Pear Seed Oil Rollerball. You all know what a huge fan I am of prickly pear seed oil.  This oil is rich in vitamins K and E and not only hydrates the eye area but helps with dark circles and fights further damage.  Plus, it comes in the cutest little rollerball.  Since the rollerball is stainless steel it actually works to de-puff the eye area as well.  I just applied it all over my eye area with the roller ball.  Then I would take my ring finger(least muscles) and tap the oil into my skin.  It’s not greasy and absorbs within minutes.  The perfect little travel companion to pop in your makeup bag.  It’s also organic!  Oh and I also stored it in the fridge and would apply in the mornings for maximum de-puffing action-it helped!  Kahina really goes the extra mile to not only create products that are effective but also sourcing the finest ingredients.  This has become a fave!

Next we’re seeing Babe Balm in the box.  This is a new brand for me. But was excited to use it.  First off the smell is amazing!  I get citrus and vanilla all wrapped up in one- so good.  There are only a handful of ingredients too which I love and did I mention the packaging?  SO cute!  A bright orange little tube.  So what can you use this for?  Well, really the question should be what can’t you use this for!  I used it on my skin as a hydrator, on my brows to keep them in place, on top of makeup for a little highlight glow, remove my makeup- rub the balm all over my skin and then use a warm washcloth to wipe off skin.  The sky really is the limit on how you want to use it.  Such a great product to travel with!

Finally we are seeing Odacite’s Immediate Skin Perfecting Beauty Masque.  This mask comes in a travel packet, great for when your jet setting and want a quick mask.  This mask really does it all!  From giving you a quick glow, exfoliation, helps boost collagen, and purifies the skin.  Pour the contents into a bowl and add a little water until the consistency is what you like.  I love this in the morning after a workout to get my skin looking happy and bright!

Last but not least we are seeing a fun travel bag this month in the box!  The travel bag is from Piece & CO organic cotton travel pouch.  Love that this bag is made by hand by artisans in India.  The tassel on the bag is so chic!

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 tried any of the products this month?  What are your thoughts?

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May Beauty Heroes: Max and Me

May Beauty Heroes: Max and Me

It’s the start of a new month and with it brings another Beauty Heroes Discovery!  This month it’s all about the luxurious Austrian skincare line Max and Me.  I had never tried Max and Me until my Beauty Heroes box this month.  I was so elated to see the brand in the box and learn all about what makes them so special.  It truly is a unique brand, from their name, to the actual product.  Before I dive into this month’s Beauty Hero, if you’re not familiar with Beauty Heroes keep reading below for all the details and why this beauty box delivers month after month.

Beauty Heroes was founded by Jeannie Jarnot.  A longtime spa director herself and healthy beauty expert.  I had the pleasure of meeting Jeannie at IBE, and she is truly one of the sweetest people.  Beauty Heroes is a monthly beauty service that selects only the best clean beauty brands.  Each month you can find one to two full size truly heroic products in each box.  The products typically range from skincare to haircare products.  However, every 3 months Beauty Heroes offers a makeup box as well that’s optional for members or non-members.  I absolutely love their “Use Less, Love More” philosophy.  By only getting one or two products, you allow yourself to truly experience them.  Of course you can trust their picks, as they are strict on their integrity standards.  What’s not to love about this whole concept?  As a Beauty Heroes Ambassador, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of such a movement.

Ok, now I can gush about this month’s Beauty Hero product!

First, I must explain a little more about Max and Me.  Max and Me is a husband and wife team, Max and Tanja Gruber.  The name, Max and Me, really is a representation of their love for each other.  Their hope is that you feel the product in your whole being and feel the vibrations of it as you use it.  It truly is an experience!  You feel their sweet and tender love story coming through the product, and you can’t help but be grateful for your own loves that surround you.

Their passion is so evident in their products and ingredients as well.  With organic and wildcrafted ingredients that perform to the highest standards.  In the end, they even go beyond organic!  Here is an exert from their website-

Max and Tanja lovingly source ingredients only from farmers, cooperatives and distillers who carefully harvest wild plants, or practice organic farming, in harmony with nature its seasons and its rhythm. We need them to consider plants as beings of light that are respected and revered.

The line is blended by hand in small artisan batches, making sure no detail is spared.  After blending by hand, they are then bottled in violet/amber glasses to preserve and protect it.  I loved reading that their whole process of creating and manufacturing Max and Me takes place in the midst of a flower garden-how appropriate.  The care and attention to detail of this line is truly special.

Circle of Protection-

The heroic product among the Max and Me line is the Circle of Protection.  It’s a body oil, but it’s hard to even call it “just” a body oil.  It really is something so much more.  The ingredients include some of the best organic oils.  From argan, rosehip, marula and magnolia, just to name a few.  The oil is thicker in consistency but not greasy feeling at all.  It goes on smooth and doesn’t leave a weird residue.  Your skin feels perfectly hydrated and not wet feeling.  I have to tell you about the smell-so wonderful!  With notes of jasmine, geranium, and rose that literally awaken your senses and uplift you.  It isn’t a strong smell at all.  I can lightly smell it throughout the day, which I love. I apply mine after the shower once I’ve towel dried off.  My pores in my skin are open from the warm shower and they drink in this beautiful oil.  Suffice to say I can’t get enough!

Travel Size Circle of Protection + Enchanted Face Oil

The sidekicks this month are a travel size Circle of Protection and a sample of Max and Me’s award winning Enchanted Face oil.  The travel size can be given to someone special whom you want to experience the amazing oil or you can savor it for yourself and use it for travel.  I’m going to gift mine to my mom with her Mother’s Day gift.  She is the epitome of love and grace and I couldn’t think of a better oil for her to enjoy.  The Enchanted Face Oil is another all star product among the Max and Me line.  It got me addicted just long enough to realize how amazing it is and how much more I wanted of it!  The oil smells so wonderful!  I smell notes of rose, sandalwood, jasmine and lavender.  The organic oils in the facial oil are some of the best.  Including some of my favorite facial oils of argan, marula, pomegranate, primrose and macadamia oil.  These oils work together to regenerate, protect and soothe the skin.  It feels so rich going on and leaves your skin feeling balanced and moisturized.  A rare and exquisite facial oil.

This month it’s all about the Circle of Protection and Beauty Heroes and Max and Me have created a unique opportunity for a global meditation.  For more information and how to be a part, read more here.

Also, be sure to check out the Beauty Store here for all the best of green beauty.  Every month Beauty Heroes offers a Love More Promotion.  This offer is for non-members and members.  This month’s Love More product is Ojai Wild’s Perfume.  It’s a travel set of Ojai Wild’s perfume when you spend $125+ in the Beauty Store. ($42 value)

If you haven’t subscribed to Beauty Heroes this is the month-get on it!  Have I mentioned the value you get in a Beauty Heroes Box?  It’s crazy!  This box alone was $95 in value.  When you sign up for Beauty Heroes initially you pay for 3 months, which is $115.  Which averages out to $38.33 a month…so you’re already paying for your first month’s box if you joined this month!  I’m not a math wizard but that’s a deal.  And you’re getting the best of the best every month in green beauty.  Sign up here!

Have you used Max and Me in the past?

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.

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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MUN Skincare Review and The Choosy Chick

MUN Skincare Review and The Choosy Chick

First off, I have loved working with Margot, the owner of The Choosy Chick.  The Choosy Chick is an online boutique carrying everything from hair products, makeup, skincare, babies/kids products and even products for men.  This online boutique was created by Margot, a mom who had a desire to find natural, clean products for her family.  She is very choosy about her products, which the name suggests and I love that about her.  She isn’t about to carry just any old product.  They have to meet her strict standards and perform.  I also love how she has varying price points for every budget.

I was so excited when she sent me some MUN skincare products to try.  I had sampled a small bit of their serum before, but it was hardly enough to write a review.  However, the small amount I did try was so good I wanted to give it a full test drive.  The whole MUN skincare philosophy is one to be replicated.  They believe in overseeing the whole process, and making sure the product is organic.  But they don’t stop there. The soil and farmers are just as important and protected as well.  I can get on board that train!  They only have a few products, but they all speak for themselves.

I had the pleasure of sampling the MUN Rejuvenating Rose Toner and their No 1 Brightening Youth Serum-both standouts.

MUN Rejuventaing Rose Toner-

This toner is in a league of it’s own.  First off, it comes in a dark glass bottle-oozing luxury right from the start.  The dark bottle ensures the contents maintains it’s integrity and stays protected.  It’s not in spray form, like many toners.  Instead, you grab a cotton pad or these (reusable organic bamboo ones from Marley Monsters that I love) and just put the pad against the top and tip down.  Then press the pad into your skin.  It’s feel hydrating, and refreshing on the skin.  It gently exfoliates to give your skin a bright appearance, and leave it feeling perfectly balanced and ready for your serum.  The smell is also divine.  The rose scent is not strong but subtle and pleasant.  This is the perfect way to prep your skin before applying the MUN No 1 Brightening Youth Serum.  I’m addicted!  $68

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MUN No 1 Brightening Youth Serum-

This serum is just plain wonderful.  I have long loved the ingredient prickly pear seed oil, and this serum makes me love it even more.  Prickly pear seed oil actually contains more Vitamin E than any other oil on the market.  It also boasts more unsaturated fatty acids than any other oil too.  It’s amazing for brightening and hydrating without leaving a greasy residue.  Also, because of the high Vitamin E content, it helps fight signs of aging.  It really does it all!  The best part?  It’s the main ingredient in the MUN No 1 Brightening Youth Serum!  Yeah, that ingredient plus argan oil, and rose essential oil make up this dreamy concoction.  It goes on smooth, and doesn’t leave any oily residue behind.  I noticed the lines on my forehead slowly diminish and a brightness to my skin.  My skin also seemed less congested.  What’s great is it doubles as an eye serum too!  A two in one product-how cool.  Their whole line is great for all skin types.  You all need to try this, I can’t say enough!  $85.50

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The best part of all?!  The Choosy Chick is having a Spring sale right now on both of these amazing products!  Snag one or both and save some money.  Also, be sure to shop the rest of their sale.  The sale lasts through May 1st so get on it!  Have you tried any MUN products?  What are your faves?

Indie Beauty Expo 2016

Indie Beauty Expo 2016

A place where indie beauty brands, fellow bloggers, and consumers all meet?  Sounds like a dream to me!  Well I’m describing Indie Beauty Expo.  An event taking place in L.A. May 4-5 at The Shrine, and in NYC Aug. 24-25 at The Waterfront.  I’m going to be at the L.A. IBE, and I can hardly wait to meet brands, fellow bloggers and so many consumers.  Ok, I’ll be honest I was planning on going to both, but realized once the NYC Expo comes around I’ll be 1 week away from delivering my baby!  As my sweet husband informed me, babe, they’re not going to let you on the plane…oh yeah.  So come to IBE L.A.!  When do you get a chance to touch, feel and see so many of these indie brands up close and personal?!  I’ve been looking forward to this event, and can hardly believe L.A. is just a short month and a half away.

 I caughot up with the lovely Jillian Wright one of the founders of IBE, and she gave me the scoop on what you can expect from this fabulous event.  Oh and I must tell you, Jillian is an inspiration in and of herself.  Not only does she run her own skincare line and spa, Jillian Wright Skincare-which you should definitely check out, but she’s one of the founders of IBE.  Just a woman making a difference-I love it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q&A with Jillian-

1. Why was IBE created? What’s the vision?

The Indie Beauty Expo was created for independent beauty brands to do
serious business with buyers, consumers and also to meet the press.
With time being so precious, IBE wants to address all the important
components that an indie brand needs to succeed in a two day period.
The Indie Beauty Expo also recognizes brands that are clean and green.

2. Can a consumer expect to directly interact with brands at the event?

YES! Each expo, will have a day/evening dedicated to consumers. May 4th in LA and August 24th in NYC. Each will start in the mid afternoon and go until the evening. There will be cocktails, speakers, panels, demos, workshops, etc…. Consumers are encouraged to try and buy from the brands at the show. This year, instead of giving a bag full of samples, they will get an IBE collectable tote so they can go around and create their own swag bags and meet the brands. We want attendees to learn about them and support the brands one on one. The ticket price for entry will be less to encourage consumers to buy from the brands. On our end we are asking the brands to offer a gift with purchase which you know, can be very creative. Buy this, get a free travel size scrub…. I hope attendees will be not be disappointed, but we have to look at from an economical stand point. The majority of the brands are self funded. Sampling is too expensive for them at this point. So, having more control over the samples they do have is actually great for the brands and the consumers. The exchange becomes more meaningful. With that said, the consumer event will be fun, exciting, and we want everyone to social share! We are telling all the brands to make their booth super gorgeous to encourage everyone to snap photos.

This is our consumer sales description that people will see when they
buy their tickets……..

***Join top indie brands from around the world as they showcase the
 best that indie beauty has to offer. Try and buy new products, get to
 know industry leaders, and learn from experts through workshops and
 panel discussions. From trending ingredients to all things clean and
 green, and products you won’t be able to find anywhere else, this
 event is an indie lovers dream.
 
3. I’ve had people ask if this expo will be similar to a Night for Green Beauty?

IBE is larger in scale and multifaceted. IBE is for press/consumers
and buyers and now is a two day event. I went to A Night for Green
Beauty last year and it was lovely. If people are asking because they
want to know about the clean and green beauty lines, we will have a
special display or symbol in our program and in their booths/tables so
attendees looking specifically for them, will be able to identify them
easily. We celebrate green beauty and those who go the distance
should be recognized.

4. As excited as I am to meet the creators of these Indie brands directly, will there be time to play/interact with the product as well?

A BIG YES! The consumer event is all about demoing and trying before you buy!

 5. I’m so excited IBE is on the west coast this year, as I’m in Seattle. Is there going to be any difference between IBE in L.A. and IBE in NYC?

Comparing LA to NYC is like apples and oranges. The brands are going to be different and so are the speakers. The venues alone have their own unique character. Whats happen in LA will not be regretted in NY. Each will have it’s own flavor.

6. Going forward, what should people expect from IBE? Will there be more events, locations?

IBE is working on many different facets to help the brands grow. We will be announcing these verticals later this year. Stay tuned!!

Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m so excited for this amazing event!  I encourage you all to consider coming and being a part.  What better way to support these indie brands truly making a difference.  I would love to meet you, and talk all things beauty at the L.A. expo!  Tickets are on sale now here, don’t miss out!  Make sure to enter my Instagram giveaway to win a free consumer ticket for Wed. to L.A.  Also, stay tuned as IBE NYC approaches, I’ll be doing another ticket giveaway!

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