13 Days of Giveaways

13 Days of Giveaways

Are you ready for 13 Days of Giveaways?! Fasten your seat belt because this is going to be so good! I’ve teamed up with my girl Lisa from This Organic Girl to bring you our favorite green beauty products. And guess what?! We are giving away not 1 set but 2! That’s right, 2 winners each day! It doesn’t get much better.

It’s all happening on Instagram. Be sure to follow Lisa @thisorganicgirl and Suzi @gurlgonegreen on there to be able to enter to win each day. Below I’m sharing what is up for grabs and why I love the products so much!

Aillea- $400 Value!

We are giving away not 1 $200 gift card but 2!

I love shopping at Aillea. They have all the “IT” green beauty brands, from Rahua, Innersense, Kosas, Lily Lolo and more. You’ll be in green beauty heaven! Besides their online stores they also have 5 brick and mortar stores. They make it so easy to get all my favorite products all in one spot. Shop Aillea here!

Josh- $478 Value!

I’ll be giving away Active Enzyme Exfoliator, Hair spray, Cacao Antioxidant Mask, and Vital Balm Cream. A Some serious loot!

If you’ve been in green beauty for a hot minute then you know Josh Rosebrook! His products speak for themselves and are fan worthy for sure. A I remember trying his hair spray for the first time after trying so many bad ones and being so excited I found one that works so well! A His Active Enzyme Exfoliator is one of the best for smoothing out skin and getting your glow on. A Shop all of Josh Rosebrook here!

Maya Chia- $456 Value!

I’ll be giving away The Optimist, The Super Couple Serum, Highlight of the day(you can choose color), Supercritical Waterless Balm. Talk about a stellar giveaway!

It’s been almost 2 years since I tried my first Maya Chia product and let’s just say it’s been a good two years! They perform so well. The first product I tried was The Super Couple Serum- one of my holy grail oil serums! I was hooked on the products after that. The all star ingredient in Maya Chia is the supercritical chia oil. Not only is chia oil heralded for it’s fast absorbing ability, but also for it’s antioxidants, minerals, and omega 3’s skin’s dream team! You can say bye to fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, it has clinically been proven to increase hydration. Shop all of Maya Chia here!

Laurel- $516 Value!

I’ll be giving away Honey Berry Enzyme Mask, Sun Damage Repair Serum, Brightening Mask, bowl + brush.

Love Laurel products and all she stands for, a cut above!  She prides herself on sourcing and plant actives in each formula.  Her products perform so well.  I remember using the Sun Damage Repair Serum for the first time and literally seeing a transformation in my skin after a few weeks.  They are rich in color because of the potency too!  Shop Laurel here!

Fitglow- $310 Value!

I’ll be giving away 3 lip serums(winner gets to choose color) and their lipstick trio in a bag.

Fitglow products are the perfect marriage between products that perform and nourish the skin.  The founder includes vitamins and antioxidants in her formulas that really create change in the skin.  Even her lip serums are loaded with active ingredients.  If you haven’t tried the lip serums, then you’re in for a serious treat!  Best lip gloss! Shop all Fitglow here!

Osmia- $253 Value!

I’ll be giving away her Night Oil, Whipped Body Mousse and bar of soap.  

Osmia was started by Sarah, an ER doctor.  She had no intention of starting a skincare company but after taking a soap making class she knew she was in love.  After two years of relentless soap making, product testing, perfume making she jumped full force into Osmia, leaving the medical field.  With top notch natural ingredients, Osmia will inspire you towards a healthier lifestyle.  Big on educating the consumer, I love how Osmia lists products they use on their website and products they don’t use and why.  They even discuss their packaging and why it’s so important to care.  I love their philosophy and commitment to excellence.  Shop Osmia here!

Vapour- $410 Value!

I’ll be giving away their Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation, AER Deodorant, Multi-Use Sticks, Organic Lip Conditioner, and Clarity Organic Makeup Remover.

Vapour has been a household green beauty name for a while. They were one of the first brands I tried 7 years ago! Not only are the ingredients clean, but the products work and last.  One thing that all Vapour products have in common is their dewiness they give to your overall look. Making your skin glow!  This mama is all about that glow.  The Multi-Use sticks are one of the most universal products.  You can use them on your cheeks, lips and eyes!  Shop all of Vapour here!

True Botanicals- $540 Value!

I’ll be giving away an Antioxidant Booster, Renew Pure Radiance Oil, and Cellular Repair Serum.  Hello!

When I think of TB what sticks out to me is a luxe anti-aging line.  Using the most potent ingredients, TB spares no expense when it comes to creating their products.  They care about quality and seeing products that actually perform, while at the same time are safe.  A truly unique company in the green beauty industry.  I also love how they do clinical tests on their products.  Something that is rare among the natural skincare industry.  Proven results, with clean ingredients-what more could you want?  The Antioxidant Booster and Cellular Repair Serum are staples in my skincare routine always.  Shop True Botanicals here!

Inika- $222

I’ll be giving away a Baked Mineral Bronzer, Eye shadow duo and their mascara.

I was introduced to this organic makeup line this last year and I’ve found so many treasures within it!  From their bronzers to their eye shadows and mascara.  They all perform so well!  They give your skin a natural look, without looking overdone.  Lisa touts this mascara as her favorite in green beauty!  Check out all of Inika products here!

Live Botanical- $256 Value!

I’ll be giving away a Luna Rose and Honey Mask + Cleanser, Lavender Cocoa Polish, AER Hyaluronic Acid Serum, AER Fresh Complexion Toning Elixir- YES!

I first discovered Live Botanical at IBE Dallas.  I had the pleasure of meeting the maker and founder Carolyn.  It was so great to connect and hear her enthusiasm for herbs.  Sometimes people merely create a line but I could instantly tell this was Carolyn’s passion.  Although she is an herbalist, much of how Carolyn sees skincare is based on her 15+ years in the technology field as an analyst.  It’s always so fascinating to see how people get their start in skincare.  It’s not often I find products that not only are clean, but also effective and budget friendly. Shop all of Live Botanical here!

Beauty Heroes- $256 Value!

I’ll be giving away 1 3 month subscription to Beauty Heroes!

Beauty Heroes was founded by Jeannie Jarnot.  A longtime spa director herself and healthy beauty expert.  I had the pleasure of meeting Jeannie last year 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.  Sign up for a subscription here!

Leahlani Skincare- $208 Value!

I’ll be giving away a Mermaid Mask, Honey Love Exfoliator, Mahina Serum, and Bohemian Ruby Toner. 

Every time I open a jar, or bottle of Leahlani skincare I feel like I’m getting a hand signed love note written just to me.  It may have to do with the fact that each, and every creation is made by hand.  Can you just imagine all the love, and care that goes into each bottle?  It’s no wonder my skin sings when anything Leahlani is applied!  I haven’t even mentioned ingredients, but they’re dreamy.  Organic cold pressed oils, mineral rich clays, Hawaiian honey nectars, pure essential oils, and potent botanicals are just a few ingredients that make up Leahlani skincare.  Pure goodness delivered straight to your skin-what more could you want?  Shop all of Leahlani here!

Kosas- $252 Value!

We are giving away a full set of their lipstick collection away!  

These lipsticks are my fave in natural beauty!  They offer a ton of color options, are highly pigmented and last.  Plus, they’re hydrating.  Trust me, you’ll be hooked in no time.  Some favorite colors I love are Thrillest, Royal, and Rosewater.  There isn’t a bad color- seriously.  They also have other makeup products that I love.  One of them is their new tinted face oil- so good. Snag some Kosas here!

See any faves?  Be sure to check out my girl Lisa’s blog post here to read up on her favorites! Also, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram to get the latest on all the giveaways!  Follow Lisa here and myself here!

Everyday Makeup Look

Everyday Makeup Look

Ok, you guys asked for it, so here it is, My Everyday Makeup Look broken down step by step!  I recently shared this on my instagram stories and so many of you asked for a written format of the look, so here we are.

My Everyday Makeup Look is a look I do so often I feel I could replicate it in my sleep!  It’s my go too and keeps me looking fresh and put together without spending 30 minutes on my makeup.  I’ve listed out the products I use and the steps I did to achieve it.  If you have any questions feel free to ask!  Often people can feel confused on what they should do for an everyday look or what products are musts.  I’ve broken it down for you to easily find your look.  For instance if you hate wearing lipstick, then don’t wear lipstick!  Your signature and everyday look should be something you feel comfortable wearing and easy for you to do.  

Steps to Achieve My Everyday Makeup Look:

  1. Apply an oil or face lotion before you put anything on to prep your skin and help the foundation go on smoothly.
  2. Apply foundation.  For an everyday look I like to wear something more subtle like RMS Beauty Un Cover Up or Vapour Beauty Luminous Foundation Stick.  Both give your skin some coverage and help even skin tone and cancel out redness but don’t look like you’re wearing a full face of makeup.  I like applying it with my fingers, a beautyblender pure , or a foundation brush.
  3. Next apply bronzer.  I really dig the bronzer by Red Apple in Sundrop Bronzer.  It doesn’t have any redness in it and is pressed not loose, so no mess! I use a powder brush. You want to make sure your foundation matches your neck.  The last thing you want is to walk outside and have your face be one color and your neck another- not pretty!  To make sure your face and neck match I like matching my foundation to my face first.  Then I take a bronzer and use downward strokes to blend in with my neck.  Then I go in and apply it on my face where the sun would naturally hit my skin.  Around hair line, below apples of cheeks, and sides of nose.  If you’re face has a lot of redness, I suggest matching your foundation to your neck instead.  That way you don’t end up with a red neck too!  Since you color matched your neck, the color won’t be red and will be able to help balance out your neck.  You can also use a cream bronzer stick- I dig Vapour Beauty’s!
  4. Now it’s time to apply the blush.  I like using a cream blush, especially in winter time.  I find that my skin needs a little extra dewiness from the dry, cold air.  A fave I turn to often is Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Blossoming. I use my fingers to apply the color on the apples of my cheeks.  When you smile, and your cheeks stick out this is where you should apply it.
  5. It’s glow time!  Grab your highlighter and apply this along the upper cheekbone, bridge of nose, cupid’s bow, right above eyebrows in the middle, and inner corner of eyes for a pop.  I just use my fingers to apply it.  A couple highlighters I love are Gabriel’s Multi Pot in the color Thistle, and Maya Chia’s Highlight of the Day– both standouts.  The Gabriel is in a cream solid form and the Maya Chia is in a liquid form.  My favorite color from Maya Chia is After Hours- it gives you a glow but looks so natural.
  6. Next I apply powder to my eyelids.  I do this because my eyelids are naturally oily and if I don’t my mascara and eyeliner will just come off so easy.  I also have veiny eyelids and this helps to even them out.  I love Root Pretty’s Pearlized Mineral Face Powder.  I wear the color G35.  I love using this on my face too for a face powder.
  7. Next I apply a neutral shadow.  I just apply this shadow all over my eyelid to help give my eye a lift.  It may have a bit of shimmer in it but nothing crazy.  I really love Crunchi’s Shadow’s in Champagne Pop or Curiosity.  I also love Hynt Beauty’s Sweet Ballet Palette.  There’s 3 shadows in the palette but I just use the lightest shade for my everyday look.
  8. Now, I grab my eye pencil.  It’s hard to find a good eye pencil in green beauty that stays on.  The best I’ve found so far is Hynt Beauty’s forte High Definition eye pencil.  It glides on smoothly and doesn’t come off in an hour!  I also love that it has a sponge tip on the end.  Helps to smudge out the liner and soften the line.  I do this after I apply the eyeliner for a less dramatic effect.
  9. Eyebrows are next.  The best eyebrow cream I’ve found in green beauty is Hynt Beauty’s eyebrow cream.  It’s easy to apply, doesn’t turn red, and lasts the whole day.  Can’t recommend it enough.  I use the Kjaer Weis Eyebrow brush to apply it.  Then I take a spoodle brush(on the end of any eyebrow brush typically) and blend up through my brows.  Finally, I take Zuzu Luxe – Mascara Clear and I use it to put my eyebrow hairs in place and to blend the color in a little bit more.
  10. Time for Mascara.  I’ve been loving Hush and Dotti’s mascara.  It gives my lashes length, separation, and volume.  Plus it doesn’t flake off.
  11. It’s lip time!  Since this is an everyday look I like to keep things simple and not too dramatic.  Before I add any color I always prep my lips with Vapour Beauty’s Organic Lip Conditioner.  This little chubby lip balm keeps my lips hydrated all day.  For the lip color I love using Axiology’s Lip Crayon in Bliss subtle color but so pretty.  It’s the perfect berry hue that offers just enough pigment.

Well, that sums up my everyday makeup look!  Also, be sure to check out my full everyday look tutorial I did on my Instagram stories under my highlights in my profile.  Have you found your everyday makeup look?

 

Did you like this? Then I think you’ll LOVE my Tips & Tricks to get Flawless Foundation Coverage. I share how I prep my skin, what brushes I use for which foundation.

 

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Vapour Organic Beauty Review

Vapour Organic Beauty Review

Spring is in the air and I couldn’t be more excited!  The thought of warmer days just gets me giddy inside.  With warmer weather comes fun fresh new makeup. The perfect products to get you looking spring ready in no time!   I couldn’t be more excited to share with you my latest makeup faves from Vapour Beauty.  I’ve wanted to do an exclusive post on Vapour Organic Beauty for a while.  I’ve been so impressed with all their products I’ve tried and wanted you guys to get a feel for their collection as a whole-because it’s so good!  I’ve reviewed a handful of Vapour Organic Beauty before, and have loved everything I’ve tried.  Not only are the ingredients clean, but the products work and last.  One thing that all Vapour products have in common is their dewiness they give to your overall look.  Making your skin glow!  This mama is all about that glow.

Have you ever wondered where to shop for all your fave green beauty products?  Well look no further!  AILLEA Beauty is your one stop shop for all things green beauty.  From clean skincare, hair products, nails and even fragrance-AILLEA’s got you covered.  Plus, they carry all the top brands.  Get 15% off your first order too just by entering your e-mail.  Wondering how to wear certain looks?  Check out their Youtube channel and blog for all the latest.  AILLEA was actually started by a beauty junkie, Kathryn Murray Dickinson who was on the search for cleaner options.  A former New York beauty executive, her mission was to create a place where no one would have to question if the products they were using were clean or not.  But instead they could shop with confidence knowing they were getting the very best.  I love this quote from Kathryn-

Lets be honest – who wants to rub mud in their hair and smell like vinegar?  I certainly don’t.  I didn’t think I should have to compromise my beauty standards to be healthy! 

I couldn’t have said it better.  Quality, luxe, and clean products that perform.  Vapour Organic Beauty is one such brand that hits every mark.  Keep reading to see how I use these gorgeous products and the looks I created.

Atmosphere Luminous Foundation-

This foundation is so creamy and dewy.  It comes in a stick form and leaves your skin glowing.  It doesn’t look heavy at all but so natural.  I just swipe the foundation stick all over my face and then blend in with my fingers.  It offers light to medium coverage.  I find the more I apply to a certain area the more coverage I get.  It gives an overall pulled together look.  Great for those who want a polished look, but don’t want to look over done or made up too much.  Plus, it’s so easy to apply-virtually impossible to mess it up.  The formula is ideal for those with sensitive, dry and normal skin.  If you’ve been searching for a foundation that applies easy, gives natural coverage and you have skin that’s sensitive, dry or normal then this is your winner!  Pick your foundation stick up here!

*Wearing Multi Use Stick in Crush on lips, Sultry on cheeks, Bronzer Stick, Halo Illuminator, Ink Eyeliner and Foundation Stick.

Halo Illuminator-

This illuminator is so pretty.  It literally gives you that lit from within glow.  The application process is so easy too since it comes in a stick form.  Just apply it where the light would normally hit your face.  I apply mine on my upper cheek bone, right above my eyebrows in the middle, bridge of my nose, cupid’s bow, and middle of chin.  I also like to add some to the inner corner’s of my eyes for a pop.  It looks so natural and dewy-not cakey at all.  If you’re new to highlighting this is the perfect illuminator to start with-so easy to use.  I can see myself using this on my décolletage especially in the summer.  Snag the Halo Highlighter here! 

*Applying the bronzer stick to achieve a natural sun kissed look.  Also wearing the foundation stick.

        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*After blending the bronzer into skin with my fingers.  Then added the Halo Illuminator. Also wearing foundation stick.

Solar Translucent Bronzer in Simmer-

This bronzer also comes in a stick form and gives your skin that dewy bronze glow.  I especially love having a creamy formula for a bronzer.  It really helps to give it that sun kissed look.  You can also use it to contour.  I just swipe it on my cheeks with the stick and then blend it with my fingers or beauty blender.  I just love the natural look I get with it.  I have the stick in the color Simmer- a medium bronze that works for all skin tones.  They also have shades for lighter complexions and darker as well.  The perfect dewy bronzer! Follow the photo above to see where I apply my bronzer for a flawless look.  Grab your bronzer here! 

 

Aura Multi Use Sticks in Crush and Sultry-

These sticks are everything-seriously!  I love a good 2-for-1 product.  They can be worn on the cheeks, lips, and eyes.  I should be calling them a 3-for-1!  They have three different options for these sticks.  You can get them in Classic-gives a more natural, youthful look, Stain-gives a more bold color with a few swipes and Radiant- gives you some shimmer with the color.  I tried the Classic in the color Crush-the perfect sheer to soft pink that gives you just a hint of pink, the quintessential spring time must in my opinion.  It’s so easy to wear with anything.  Great for a minimal makeup look and those days when you want to look put together but not overdone.  I also tried the Stain in the color Sultry- a rosy peach color that makes me think of bright summer colors and watermelon…(anyone else love watermelon)?  This color gives such a nice pop of color and really brings that fresh spring/summer vibe to life.  Both of these colors are standouts and have been on constant rotation.  Not to mention the dewiness they give my skin with the creamy formula.  What’s better is they actually last!  Get one for you and your friend here!  

*Wearing Sultry Multi Use Stick on right cheek as well as lips and Crush on my left cheek. Also, wearing Ink Eyeliner, Foundation Stick, Halo Illuminator and Bronzer Stick.

Lux Organic Lip Conditioner-

Before green beauty I used to think lip balms were all about the same.  Quickly I realized how wrong I was.  There’s no such thing as regular old lip balm anymore.  The same rings true for this new fave.  It seriously is the bees knees when it comes to moisture.  My lips don’t get dry throughout the day like they do with other lip balms.  It goes on smooth, smells like fruity goodness and keeps my smackers hydrated-what more could you want?!  Plus, it comes in the cutest chubby container and doesn’t require me to use my finger.  A must have product in every beauty bag!  Grab one for yourself, your mom, and your sister here and thank me later!

Some other Vapour Products I’ve tried:

I’ve also tried Vapour’s Ink Eyeliner, Siren Lipstick, Elixir Lipgloss and Stratus Soft Focus Primer- and guess what?  They’re all winners!  Here’s a snippet of what I thought and links to check out past reviews on them.

Vapour’s Ink Eyeliner– Goes on smooth and smudges easy for a smoky eye look.  It also lasts!  I set mine with some RMS Un tinted setting powder. Check out a pic of me wearing it here! 

Siren Lipstick– The colors go on smooth and last!  No bleeding  I love the color Tempt! Check out a pic of me wearing it here!

Elixir Lipgloss– This gloss isn’t goopy at all.  It applies easily and gives your lips the perfect amount of dewiness. I love the color Pout-the perfect nude color! Check out a pic of me wearing it here!

Stratus Soft Focus Primer– This primer is unlike any primer I’ve used.  It gives my skin a smooth canvas to apply my foundation on top, along with a luminescent glow.  Check out my full review here!

You could say Vapour Organic Beauty is a serious fave!  Have you tried any Vapour products?  What are your faves?

Fresh Faced Look for Winter by Vapour Beauty

Fresh Faced Look for Winter by Vapour Beauty

So winter is clearly here-It snowed two days ago guys!  My sisters just left for Hawaii today…I mean how is that even fair??  I literally want to curl up in a ball and just eat chocolate sometimes when it gets so cold…can I get a witness??  Thankfully, I’ve had some new makeup to play with that’s been making me remember how much fun winter looks can be!  Vapour Beauty has done it again and created a beautiful Artist Eye Palette called Midnight.  It’s exclusively at AILLEA -an online green beauty retailer that sells everything your green heart could want!

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This palette will have you drooling the minute you open it.   Say hello to drama and dimension in your eyes in no time.  With colors of violet, navy and cobalt, you can create so many looks from sultry to dubbed down.  The creamy consistency of the shadows is so fun!  They are so easy to just apply with your fingers or you can use the brush in the palette.  They aren’t heavy either where you might feel it’s easy to mess up but light and easy to blend.  I loved applying the violet color all over my crease, then going in with the cobalt on the inner corners and finishing it off with the navy to bring some depth.  You can even use the navy as a liner if you wanted.

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I really played up the drama with it and applied Vapour’s Ink Eyeliner on the top and bottom of my eyes too.  It definitely made a statement!  I had a ton of people comment how much they liked my makeup-note taken, wear eyeliner!  You could definitely just apply the liner on the top for a little less drama too(which I did below).  Then I added Vapour’s Siren Lipstick in Tempt-a great classic medium mauve that pairs perfectly with the Midnight Palette.  The final touch was Vapour’s Elixir Lip Gloss in Pout– a great sheer nude pink color that makes your lips pop.  I’m digging the whole look!  Can you say Valentine’s Date makeup?! Done!

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I’m also wearing Vapour’s Atmosphere Luminous Foundation in 120 and Vapour’s Stratus Soft Focus Primer underneath the foundation.  This is the first time trying their Atmosphere Luminous Foundation and can I just say I love it?!  It’s so creamy and just glides on.  Gives the most natural look.  Plus, I have on Vapour’s Multi-Use Stick in Eros for a blush.  And finishing off the look, some Hynt Beauty Eyebrow Cream in Espresso on the eyebrows, Teri Miyahira Bronzer, Gia Minerals Eye Primer and of course Maya Chia’s Highlight of The Day in Happy Hour.  This look is quickly becoming one of my fave looks hands down!

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Snag the Vapour Palette in Midnight exclusively here at AILLEA.  Plus, all the other Vapour products I mentioned! Have you used any Vapour Organic Beauty products before?  What are your faves?

I’ve teamed up with AILLEA And Vapour Organic Beauty to giveaway the Midnight Palette, the Eyeliner in Ink, the Siren Lipstick in Tempt, and the Elixir Lip Gloss in Pout-some serious green beauty makeup!  Be sure to enter on my Instagram Page @gurlgonegreen!

 

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