Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Talk About It - The Soil & The Sea

All of life depends on nature, what grows from the ground and springs from the sea, and that understanding is where New York based brand, The Soil & The Sea, came up with the inspiration for their line of simple, but luxurious products. The company strongly believes in “farms and beaches, not pharmaceuticals, and in maximum effectiveness with minimal ingredients.” This line is divine and luxurious while still being pure and simple. Oh, and this brand is Leaping Bunny Certified and their products are made in the US, with wholesome and healthy ingredients.

I’ve been having so much fun exploring and testing out some of their products and I think many of you will really enjoy the brand and their offerings so without further ado let’s jump into talking about the products I was lucky enough to get to try.



First up, I’d like to introduce you to the entire roster of The Soil & The Sea’s Lip Balm team. I’ve been testing all six of these flat little tubes of lip moisturizing goodness and have found that the formula is really great across the board. They’re a thicker balm that goes on smoothly and provides long lasting hydration. With five clear and scented balms and one tinted there is bound to be a flavor that every single person can fall in love with. The varieties are Acai Berry, Aloe and Green Tea, Citrus, Coconut, Eucalyptus Mint, and Crimson (tinted). Crimson is a gorgeous, easy-to-wear shade of shimmery red with a sweet peppermint scent that looks so pretty on the lips! As far as the non-tinted balms go I think I’d have to say that Eucalyptus Mint is my favorite because I’m a such for anything fresh and minty while my Mom is a huge fan of the Acai Berry. All of them are equally lovely, though!

The Costa Rica Coffee Peppermint Bar Soap is awesome! If you love soap, coffee, and peppermint like I do you’ll probably want to head over to their website and put this exfoliating bar in to your cart right away. It doesn’t smell too strong or overpowering but does have a lovely scent of coffee and the refreshing scent of peppermint. I think of this as a body scrub in bar form because it’s quite scrubby but the formula is still pretty gentle thanks to ingredients like organic coconut, sunflower, shea butter, and kukui nut oil. It does a great job making skin feel clean and fresh. It’s also a fairly big sized bar of soap, which is a nice bonus.


Still talking about body cleansers, I’ve also been using the Lavender Grapefruit and Coconut Sea Mineral Body Washes. They do a great job of lathering, rinsing clean and leaving skin feeling fresh, balanced, and super soft. Both are formulated with nourishing organic ingredients like aloe vera, coconut oil, sesame seed oil, jojoba seed oil, apricot kernel oil, and dead sea salt. I love the scents of lavender and grapefruit when combined but I’m really in love with the Coconut Sea Mineral Body Wash. I’ll be buying a bigger bottle soon because I love it so much!

The Lavender Grapefruit Body Lotion is also quite lovely thanks to its fresh and calming fragrance. It leaves skin feeling silky soft and also lightly scented.

 Finally, I’ve got two candles to talk about The Soil and Sea Candles. If you’re familiar with my blog you’ll probably be quite surprised to hear how much I enjoy both of these little glass jars of wick and wax. Soil is a bit darker and richer with a scent of vetiver, sweet wood, dry earth while Sea is lighter and a bit more fresh with notes of beach grass, marine sand, and saltwater. Sea is undoubtedly my favorite of the two and reminds me of summer and being by the ocean. These would make beautiful gifts!


As a final note, the packaging of these products is so simple but so chic. I love it!


If you’d like to learn more about the brand and their line of products you can visit their website by clicking here. You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram.

(FTC: These products were sent to me for free for review consideration. I am not being compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.) 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Talk About Skin Care - Wonder Butter


Simple is almost always better and there are few things more simple than an ultra luxe body butter made with only 3 ingredients that make you wonder how it can possibly be so rich, hydrating, and softening. That’s where Just Three Wonder Butter comes into the picture. This deeply nourishing product made with Organic Cold Pressed Cocoa Butter, Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil, and Pure Vitamin E is vegan, cruelty-free and is totally safe, pure and nontoxic.

It was originally created to help heal burns but it has so many uses and it can be used on any part of your body and on any one of your family members, young, old or four-legged. It smells delicious, like a tasty chocolate treat, and leaves behind long-lasting moisture. For under $15 you get a hefty 8 ounces of product and a little goes a very long way so you’re getting an awesome value.

You can click here to see some of the usage suggestions from the company, but my favorite ways to use this delectable body butter are as a lip balm and a hand/foot cream. My entire family enjoys using this thick balm as an easy way to help relieve and revive dry skin. I’ve even used this on my sweet pup, Cooper, who has some major skin issues and it’s helped relieve his itchiness big time.





To learn more about this little jar of goodness you can visit their website by clicking here. You can also find the brand on Facebook and Instagram.

(FTC: This product was sent to me for free for review consideration. I am not being compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.) 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Talk About Skin Care - Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub

I’ve been experimenting with several different Derma E products and I want to talk to you today about my absolute favorite from the brand, which also happens to be one of my must have skin care products of all time. 



The Microdermabrasion Scrub is a genius little miracle in a nice glass jar and makes my skin look and feel totally renewed. Even my Mom, who has really sensitive skin and rosacea, loves this stuff!

Made with ingredients like an exclusive crystal blend including Dead Sea Salt and Volcanic Sand this perfectly formulated scrubs buffs away dead skin and leaves skin looking fresh, clear, and smooth. It also leaves my skin feeling unbelievably soft and supple. It’s a powerhouse that gets the job done, but is also gentle and easy to use.

I like to massage this pampering and perfecting scrub into my skin twice a week and it has made such a beautiful difference in the tone, texture and clarity of my skin. It helps clear up any congestion and cleans out my pores while getting rid of any dry patches I may have. My skin seems to glow, so much more than usual, afterwards and I love it when my skin is glowy!

It has deliciously bright citrus scent that is uplifting and invigorating, that is absolutely lovely.

This little gem is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten free, and GMO-free so it’s totally safe and healthy to use. It provides you with instant and noticeable results so what’s not to love? If you’re interested in learning more about this scrub you can click here. To learn more about the brand and their other products you can click here.

(FTC: This product was sent to me for free for review consideration. I am not being compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.) 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Talk About It - Soulstice Nail Colour

I absolutely love getting to share healthier nail polish brands with you all. So many of you have expressed how much you love shiny, colorful nails but commercial nail polishes are packed with super scary ingredients. Thankfully there are companies like Soulstice Spa who has a roster of gorgeous vegan, non-toxic, 5-FREE, and cruelty-free polishes that are made in the USA.

I’ve talked about Soulstice in the past (here, here, and here) but they just launched some beautiful brand new beauties all inspired by towns in Northern California. The whole collection is so stunning and I think you’ll all really love the selection.



I received six of their latest shades:

Belvedere Described as Deep Sea Blue


Bolinas Described as Seaside Rose


Inverness ­– Described as Forest Green-Gray



Marshall – Described as Chocolate Shine


Olema – Described as Seashell


Point Reyes – There is no description of this shade on the website but I would call it a pretty, creamy peachy tan shade.


Each and every one of these polishes goes on so smoothly and evenly. Soulstice has such a great formula and I love how simple it is to get the type of coverage you want in one or two swipes. The bottle shape is easy to hold and the brush is easy to use. The formula lasts well on the nails and is easy to remove when you’re ready to take it off and try another color. 

Other colors that have caught my eye: San Rafael, KenwoodStinson Beach and Fairfax

Each glass bottle comes with .43 fl oz of polish and comes in at $12.

To learn more about Soulstice or to check out their shade selection you can visit their website. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

(FTC: These products were sent to me for free for review consideration. I am not being compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.) 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Talk About Cosmetics - Honeybee Gardens Complexion Perfecting Blush

I’ve talked about Honeybee Gardens a few times on Beautiful Basics in the past but they’re such an awesome, affordable, and ethical healthy brand with an all-star lineup of pure and healthy products that I just have to talk about them again and again. Besides, you beautiful gals and guys seem to be really interested in their products and the brand in general, so today let’s talk about their Complexion Perfecting Blush, shall we? Let’s me just start of by telling you how excited I was when I heard that Honeybee Gardens was launching a pressed blush! SO excited. Like, really excited!



I’m a big time blush lover! Blush is one of my favorite makeup products and therefore I like to think of myself as a blush and cheek product connoisseur. Because my illness often leaves me looking a little pale and lifeless I totally believe in the power of blush and using a good swipe or two to make myself look better than I feel. Since I’m so blush obsessed and in “need” of a good blush because of my health problems I like to think that I’m a bit of an expert and therefore I can be quite critical sometimes, and I cannot find a single thing I don’t like about this little beauty. Honeybee Gardens brought their A Game and did not disappoint with this product.



With 5 stunning shades suited for all skin tones this blush is formulated to be silky smooth and complexion perfecting. This formula is a magical makeup wonder! It’s highly pigmented but easy to blend and magically becomes one with the skin giving your face the perfect natural flush that looks seamless, flawless and totally healthy. 



I have the shade Breathless, described as a pale warm pink, and it looks like my perfect natural flush but better. It’s highly pigmented but easy to blend and magically becomes one with the skin giving your face the perfect natural flush that looks flawless and totally healthy. 



This formula is a magical makeup wonder! The texture is seriously dreamy! I have dry skin and powder products can sometimes go on patchy or chalky but this one glides on and feels so silky and so soft it’s like velvet, or something even softer than velvet. It goes on and instantly melts into the skin and ends up being totally seamless. It doesn’t even look like you’re wearing blush, but rather than you have a healthy glow to your skin.

With 5 stunning shades suited for all skin tones this blush is formulated to be silky smooth and complexion perfecting. You can wear each shade sheer or build it up to your desired shade strength. The formula makes for an easy to customize blush that wears all day and doesn’t fade away so you don’t end up with strange patches of color on your face.

Oh, and you get 8.5 grams of product for $13.99 so it’s as affordable as it is gorgeous. As with all Honeybee Gardens products it’s gluten-free, vegan, cruelty-free and made without parabens, petroleum-based oils, alcohol, talc, fillers, fragrances, preservatives or chemical dyes. This blush is made with only healthy ingredients and is even enriched with Maracuja, which has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help even out your skins tone and texture.

You can learn more about Honeybee Gardens and their products by visiting their website. You can also find them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

(FTC: This product was sent to me for free for review consideration. I am not being compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.) 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Quick Review - Davids Premium Natural Toothpaste

Toothpaste is something we all use but isn’t particularly luxurious or special, or is it? Meet David’s Premium Natural Toothpaste, a really lavish yet simple toothpaste made in the US (with ingredients sourced from America) formulated with healthy, nontoxic ingredients that help remove plaque, whiten teeth, and freshen breath. 



This deliciously fresh and minty toothpaste comes in a beautiful metal tube inside a lovely box that also includes an awesome and super handy metal tube key. The key helps you get every last drop out so none is wasted. The packaging alone deserves an A++++.



The toothpaste, however, also deserves a gold star. This formula leaves my teeth feeling superbly clean, cleaner than any commercial toothpaste or other natural paste I’ve tried, and also makes my breath so fresh. Oh, and my teeth look a little bit whiter as well!

I’m going to leave this review pretty short because other than telling you how awesome I think this product is I don’t have much else to say about it. If you’re struggling to find a healthier toothpaste than you might want to check out David’s, because I bet you’ll really love it! You can learn more about the brand by visiting their website by clicking here. You can also find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

(FTC: This product was sent to me for free for review consideration. I am not being compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.) 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

COOLA Mineral Face SPF 30 Unscented Matte Tint

I’ve been spending a lot of time in the great outdoors, whether I’m out in my backyard floating around my pool or hiking to check out some of the beautiful falls that my beloved home state of Oregon has to offer, or hanging out around the lake, and with summer officially here it’s time to be extra careful when it comes to sun exposure.


I’ve recently discovered the super popular brand COOLA and fallen hard for their Mineral Face SPF 30 Unscented Matte Tint. This beautifully formulated facial SPF is silky smooth, antioxidant-infused, and lightly tinted so you’re not left with any white cast whatsoever. It has a really unique texture that feels light and almost whipped. It feels wonderfully hydrating but does an amazing job of mattifying the skin and leaving nothing behind but a smooth and diffused complexion. I like it by itself but have also found that it makes the best primer! And when I say the best primer, I mean that I’ve ever tried. It makes my makeup go on seamlessly and also helps it to last much longer.

I’ve never gotten sunburned with this natural BB cream on my face and make sure to massage some on anytime I know I’m going to be outdoors. The ingredients list of many sunscreens is a pretty scary sight to behold but never fear with COOLA because this product protects your skin with Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide and also nourishes skin with ingredients like Organic Shea Butter, Organic Cucumber Extract, Organic Linseed, Rose Hip and Evening Primrose Oils, just to name a few. This cruelty free product is formulated without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, gluten, or nano-sized particles. It also happens to be reef- and recycle-friendly.

Oh, and if you’re sensitive to scent like I am you can rest assure that this dreamy little tube has zero fragrance so it’s pretty much perfect! Whether you have dry skin, a super oily complexion, or fall somewhere between the two I think this formula will be perfect for you. It’s gentle, but does an excellent job of protecting the skin from harmful and aging UVA and UVB rays while also soothing and smoothing. Plus, this particular product is water-resistant for up to 40 minutes.

All COOLA products are made in the US with up to 97% certified organic ingredients. You can learn more about the company and their products by visiting their website. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

(FTC: This product was sent to me for free for review consideration. I am not being compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.) 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

June Goodbeing Review and Giveaway

Raise your hand if you love the idea of receiving a box of surprise beauty products that are eco-friendly and nontoxic in your mailbox every month! Just FYI, my hand is up in the air, and I’m betting many of you are in the same boat. If you’re a fan of trying new beauty and personal care products, and if you’re here reading this right now the chance of you being a beauty lovin’ lady is pretty high, you’ll love Goodbeing!



If you already know how this subscription box works you can skip this paragraph, but if you’re not already familiar with Goodbeing here’s a quick breakdown – Goodbeing is a customizable subscription service with several different plans to choose from. You can purchase a subscription or a single box for yourself or as a gift for someone else. Depending on which plan you purchase you can pay as little as $18 for a subscription or $21 per box if you would prefer to pay as you go. Each month you will receive 4-5 trial-sized (and sometimes even full sized) products that have been selected for you based on your member profile. You get to tell Goodbeing exactly what you like and dislike in the in depth survey you are asked to fill out when you sign up. You can specify scents you like and dislike, particular shades of cosmetics you’re interested in, and what your skin is like.

If you want to check out my past reviews you can do so by clicking on the month you want to read about – December, January,February, March, April, and May.

Without further ado let’s talk about the June box! 



These are the products I received:
DeVita Lip Science Lip Plumper (Full Size - $27.95)
MyChelle Sun Shield Clear Stick SPF 50 (Full Size - $12)
St. Tropica Ultimate Hair Mask (1 packet - $5)
Derma E Hydrating Night Creme (.5oz - $10)
EO Products Hand Sanitizer Wipes in Lavender (3 Sachets - $1.75)

My favorites from this particular box are definitely the MyChelle Sun Shield Clear Stick SPF 50, which came at the perfect time to take to the lake and camping, and the St. Tropica Ultimate Hair Mask, which was used immediately and made my hair feel really luxe and healthy. With a value of over $55 this box is definitely worth the $18 (or less) price tag.

Are you subscribed? What did you get in your box?

If you’re not and you’re interested in signing up for your own subscription you can use this link to get a free bonus item in your first box.

If you love the look of the June box you can enter to win one for yourself by using the Rafflecopter form below. You can do as many or as few of the options as you would like. This giveaway is open only to those of you in the US. All entries will be verified. Good luck!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Adventure Awaits Giveaway


Lately, I’ve recently been really interested in mountaineering (or reading about epic Everest, Lhotse, K2 and Annapurna ascents, anyway) and the idea of seeing the world. Since summer is the perfect time to explore I put together this little adventure themed bag to give away to one of you.


I found this bracelet on Etsy and I couldn’t pass it up. The second I saw it I knew I needed to get one to give away so the star of this bag is this aluminum cuff with one of my favorite quotes on it.




Also included, an Unscented Portland Bee Balm, Mint Portland Bee Balm, perfectly portlance foil samples from John Masters Organics and Briogeo, and 3 EO Hand Sanitizer Wipes in Lavender.

This giveaway is open to all of you, regardless of location in the world. There is only one required entry and after that you can do as many or as few of the entry options as you would like. All entries will be verified. Good luck!

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Talk About Skin Care - Earth Science Maximum Hydration Hyaluronic Acid Serum




As I’m getting older my skin is getting more and more dry. It’s also somehow dehydrated even though I drink plenty of water and then some. I’m also pretty sensitive, my skin and nose both. About a month ago, I stumbled across the Earth Science Maximum Hydration Hyaluranic Acid Serum on the iHerb website and immediately added it to my cart and checked out. Two days later (iHerb has incredible shipping) I added it to my daily routine, using it after cleansing and before moisturizing in the morning and the evenings, and I don’t think I’ve ever had a product change my skin so much and so noticeably.

My skin is so much better and I’m so thankful for this little glass bottle full of magical serum that hydrates, plumps, and soothes my finicky skin. I have been receiving so many compliments about my skin since I started using this, and I’m comfortable enough to say that this product is now an absolute staple, a total must-have, in my routine now and I won’t let my bottle run out before ordering another because I can’t stand the thought of being without it.

I have seen such a difference in my skin. It is now balanced and hydrated. I don’t have any dry bits or any spots of irritation. It makes my skin look and feel so incredibly healthy. I’ve skipped it once or twice since it arrived and I won’t be making that mistake again. I’ve seriously been so impressed with this product and the effect it has on my skin. It’s not heavy or sticky, but it doesn’t feel like water either. It feels a bit like a gel that sinks in immediately and provides the skin with much needed moisture. It doesn’t clog my pores or cause me to get greasy later on in the day. It works perfectly under my moisturizer and works under makeup as well.

It doesn’t have a fragrance, but there is an extremely light and fresh scent that is hardly detectable. It’s vegan and cruelty-free. I also love the bottle and the dropper.

Here are the ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chamomile Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Algae Extract, Sodium PCA, Phenoxyethanol, and Ethylhexylglycerin.

Like I mentioned above I purchased mine on iHerb.com and if you want to give it a try you can click here. You can also use the code ZJL956 to get $5 off your first purchase (no minimum) from iHerb.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Talk About Cosmetics - Kosås Cosmetics (Part 2!)

In February I was lucky enough to get to try Kosås Cosmetics and when I shared my review (here) I told how in love with the line I was. Well, flash forward to today and I’m even more smitten with this beautiful range thanks to their four recently launched additions to the collection. Kosås  Cosmetics now has an all-star roster of eight easy to wear and ultra flattering lipsticks.

These eight MVLs (most valuable lipsticks) are made in small, handmade batches in Los Angeles, and are cruelty free and beautifully formulated to be creamy, yet weightless as well as hydrating, long-wearing and pretty much perfect; I mean these are seriously dreamy. I couldn’t have dreamed up a more perfect lipstick if I tried with all my might. Bonus, they smell (and taste) really nice!


My ridiculously sensitive and reactive lips are left nourished and feeling really moisturized. Each one of these magic little lip bullets feels like a really luxurious lip balm with a gorgeous color that will suit anyone and everyone. These are not your typical lipsticks and are very low maintenance, easy to apply and wear, and each shade does something really wonderful; somehow each shade is really wearable and looks great once applied. Each shade perks up my complexion and makes me look and feel perfectly put together without feeling like I’m over the top.
Stardust is described as a sheer neutral nude with pink and brown undertones with a hydrated finish. This is the perfect warm weather nude shade and I’ve been wearing it a lot with bronze tones for the perfect sun kissed look. This might be my perfect pinky nude shade and it has become my daily go-to! I’m not sure if this one or Rosewater is my ultimate favorite. It amps up my natural lips and makes them look plump and really healthy. Love it!

Thrillest is described as a full-coverage and semi-matte playful poppy red with a bright orange lean. This shade is so much fun! It’s perfect for summer because it’s vibrant, warm, and totally eye-catching. It’s a lot brighter than it appears on first glance and makes me look so perky and alive! I do like to sort of sheer it out a bit, though, since the color is so opaque.
Royal is described as a full-coverage and semi-matte warm, modern purple. The thought of purple on my lips has always scared me a bit and I thought I wouldn’t really like Royal very much. This shade, however, surprised me. It is a beautiful shade that looks sort of like a purple mauve once applied and I really like it!
Electra is described as a full-coverage and semi-matte luscious rasberry red with cool neutral undertones. This one is a boldly bright but wearable that looks super fun and flirty. I like to apply a thin layer of this particular lipstick and then blend it out with my finger for a softer stain-like look.

I am nothing short of impressed and head over heels in love with Kosås Cosmetics and all eight of their stunning shades. I reach for one of these square black tubes of luscious lipstick more than any other product and I can’t recommend them enough to you. I can promise you that you’ll love them just as much as I do, because there’s nothing in the formula or the shade range that isn’t lovable.

You can learn more about the brand by visiting their website. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

(FTC: These products were sent to me for free for review consideration. I am not being compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.) 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

May Goodbeing Review + GIVEAWAY


So…. I’m not really in love with my May Goodbeing box. I know, sad. It’s okay, though, because it’s bound to happen at some point in time, right? Not every single person receiving a subscription box will be totally happy with it, but there is always the potential for the next box to be incredible.

I said this last month, too, but I’m not really sure how this box was customized based on my preferences. I can’t handle any smell and every single item, with the exception of the mascara (which I love!), has a pretty strong scent.

If you’re unfamiliar with Goodbeing here’s a quick breakdown – Goodbeing is a customizable subscription service with several different plans to choose from. You can purchase a subscription or a single box for yourself or as a gift for someone else. Depending on which plan you purchase you can pay as little as $18 for a subscription or $21 per box if you would prefer to pay as you go. Each month you will receive 4-5 trial-sized (and sometimes even full sized) products that have been selected for you based on your member profile. You get to tell Goodbeing exactly what you like and dislike in the in depth survey you are asked to fill out when you sign up. You can specify scents you like and dislike, particular shades of cosmetics you’re interested in, and what your skin is like.

You can also check out my past Goodbeing reviews by clicking on the month – December, January, February, March, and April.


This month I received:
Pacifica Dream Big Mascara
Province Apothecary Replenishing + Enhancing Eye Serum
Board & Batten Regenerating Steam - Herbal Facial with Vitamin E Serum
Green & Gorgeous Organics Lavender Dry Shampoo
Moondani Naturals Breath Spray


Pacifica actually sent me their Dream Big Mascara a couple of months ago (check out my review by clicking here) and it’s become my absolute favorite. This magical tube of mascara, alone, retails for $16. You have to try it for yourself. It’s good stuff!

As for everything else, it’s a no go for me. The Breath Spray will be going to my Dad. I can’t try anything else but that means each of these items will be going towards the next natural beauty bag giveaway that I host so it’s a win for you guys!

I’m going to try to fix my profile to hopefully get things I can fall in love with next month. 

If you're interested in signing up for Goodbeing you can click here to receive a free bonus item in your first box! If you want the chance to win a Goodbeing box use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Open only to those of you in the US. All entries will be verified. Good luck!

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Talk About Cosmetics - Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Lipstick in South Beach

Lipstick and I have a bond that runs pretty deep. Nothing makes a sick girl, which I am, or anyone, really, feel more put together than a swipe or two of a flattering shade of lipstick. There is something really special about lipstick and the brightening and uplifting effect that it has on the face.

We all have a go-to shade that makes us feel happy, healthy, and ready to take on the world and mine is coral. When I saw the three new gorgeous shades from Honeybee Gardens I fell hard for South Beach, a matte described as a bright coral with a red undertone, and knew I couldn’t live without it!

Okay, that’s dramatic, but I really wanted it and when I saw that Honeybee Gardens was looking for ambassadors I reached out to the company and was selected. If you’re not familiar with Honeybee Gardens you should head over to their website to learn more about the company and their offerings because their range is full of beautiful, healthy, and affordable products that are never tested on animals. This green brand is gaining popularity in the mainstream beauty world, as well, and can be found at big box stores like beauty giant Ulta and Target.

Let’s talk more about the South Beach shade of their line of creamy, dreamy, and easy to apply Truly NaturalLipsticks. For a cool $12.99 you’re getting a product that is luxurious and pigmented; seeming more like a premium product that’s a bit heavy on the bank account rather than one that retails for under $15. You’re also getting an all-star roster of good for you and good for the planet (vegan, too!) ingredients.


This lipstick glides on like a silky serum providing the lips with comfortable color that lasts and lasts. If you’ve been around Beautiful Basics for a while now you already know this but if you’re new here (welcome! I’m so happy to have you here!) I have ridiculously and highly reactive lips that don’t take kindly to many products but this particular lipstick is so gentle and hydrating that my lips sing a happy song and do a little dance once I apply it. Sorry, I got a little carried away there. To put it simply, my lips love this stuff and I love the beautiful color!


I’ve been in love with the Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner in Shell Shock for a couple of years now but this little gem is a near perfect dupe at half the price!

You can find out more about Honeybee Gardens by clicking here. You can also find them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Check out the entire range of Truly Natural Lipstick and let me know which one is screaming your name! Do you have a signature shade or a lip color you naturally gravitate towards? Let me know!

(FTC: These products were sent to me for free for review consideration. I am not being compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Talk About Cosmetics - Ere Perez

Foundation is a difficult product for me to fall in love with. It’s not because I haven’t tried or that there aren’t any good ones out there, because there are, but more the fact that I don’t like covering my face with makeup. I’ve always been a fan of using concealer and applying it to the areas that need some coverage and keeping the rest of my skin bare and clean. I hate when it looks like I’m wearing a weird full coverage mask and I’ve always believed that doing it this way keeps skin looking younger and fresher than blending foundation over your entire face.

I’m excited to be able to tell you that I recently found a foundation that I actually like! I think it looks and feels fabulous on my skin and I’m a big fan! I’m talking about the Ere Perez Oat Milk Foundation and it’s incredibly weightless and smooth, but natural looking, formula. I seriously can’t feel this stuff on my skin!




It magically allows my skin to breathe while making my complexion look even and healthy. I would say that it has a light to medium coverage, depending on how you apply it – my preferred method is with a damp beauty blender, and it lasts a really long time with no uneven or patchy fading throughout the day. It has no scent and feels incredibly gentle, making it perfect for those of us with sensitivities. It’s not greasy in the least bit and has an almost waxy feeling that feels protective and nourishing. It does go on a bit dry and sets pretty fast so you need to work quickly and in small areas when blending out.

I have mostly dry skin, and a normal t-zone, but have found that it doesn’t cling to any dry patches or have any issues with shine breaking through after a few hours of wear. It doesn’t gather in my fine lines or accentuate my pores. It looks nice right away but I think it looks even better after it’s been on for a while. It actually makes my skin feel quite balanced. I don’t even need to powder it to set it. It seems to be completely transfer resistant.

I did have trouble picking a shade from the website and couldn’t decide between Light and Light-Medium. I went for light even though I’m not extremely fair and the shade seems pretty perfect and blends seamlessly into my skin. And I can always use bronzer to warm up my skin if I get a tan in the midst of summer.

Left: No Makeup
Right: Foundation done

Here are the color descriptions:
Light - for the fairest skins.
Light-Medium - for honey blondes, light-brunettes and light freckles.
Medium - for middle-of-the-spectrum skin. For those whose skin goes noticeably darker in summer, for olive and yellow-based skins.
Dark - for deep skin tones that are brown or caramel based.

I wasn’t totally sold on the idea of the Beautiful Beetroot Check and Lip Tint Joy and didn’t think I’d like it very much but was still curious. First of all, it smells like a natural version of cherry Twizzlers. If you’re familiar with my blog than you know that I like products to be unscented but I actually really, really love the way this smells (and tastes!).



It stains your lips with a (buildable) touch of color that lasts and lasts. It’s so easy to use thanks to the rollerball applicator but can also be used with a brush. It leaves my lips looking so flirty and cherry stained. I can already tell you this is going to be my go-to summer lippie. It does cling a bit to any dry skin on the lips but the formula itself is not drying or irritating at all. If you want some extra moisture you can easily apply a lip balm over top since it’s a stain. It is transfer resistant when dry. I also like that it comes in a plastic bottle because it’s safe for gals on the go.

I don’t like it on my cheeks, though, because it’s a bit too red since I have a natural pinkness already. I also find that since it dries so quickly it’s a bit hard to blend out.

A finished look featuring the products mentioned in this post
(Please forgive how tired I look, I'm ill and had a hard time getting a perfect photo)


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Have you tried anything from Ere Perez? Have your eye on any of their products? Leave me a comment and let me know!

(FTC: These products were sent to me for free for review consideration. I am not being compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Talk About Tools - FOREO LUNA mini

I really love beauty tools. I especially adore makeup brushes and skincare tools. I’m obsessed with both and thought it would be fun to start a series dedicated to tools! I’ve never loved the idea of Clarisonic, but I have wanted a Foreo Luna Mini for a really long time and my wonderful parents surprised me by getting me one for my birthday. Thanks Mom and Dad!


The first few times I used it I really didn’t like it. I swore I could feel it vibrating my brain or something, but with each use it became a little less intense and became more therapeutic and enjoyable.

This waterproof and perfectly palm-sized facial cleansing device is made with super gentle silicone touch-points and uses T-Sonic pulsations to cleanse any type of skin. This completely waterproof skin tool is made with quick drying nonporous silicone that resists bacteria buildup so it’s totally safe and hygienic. It also has an unbelievable battery life and only needs charged every 300 uses. It also comes in 5 cute colors! I have the Turquoise Blue because it’s my favorite color of all time.

I use it in the morning and the evening and have seen a massive difference in the texture and tone of my skin. My complexion has become noticeably more radiant and a lot more even. My skin has been so soft since I started using this little gem and I really love the way it leaves my skin feeling. I’ve noticed fewer blackheads around my nose and my pores are a lot less noticeable now. I’ve also had a reduction of the little bumps I used to get around my chin and hairline. My skin also seemed to balance out and I no longer have dry patches. Oh, and my makeup seems to glide across my skin now because it’s so even in texture!

I did have a very short purging phase and had a couple of blemishes pop up but they went away pretty quickly. It also took me a few days to figure out exactly how I should use it (even with watching informative YouTube videos) but once I got the hang of it, it became really easy to use.

I feel a lot cleaner when using this than I did with just my hands or a washcloth and my moisturizer seems to absorb better and penetrate deeper. I did a lot of research about the FOREO Luna Mini and didn’t quite believe the spectacular results people we claiming to get but now I fully believe because I, myself, have seen an amazing change in my skin with this little device being a part of my life.


My parents purchased this for me on Dermstore but Ulta, Sephora, and Foreo all sell the device as well. Do you use a skin cleansing device or brush? Leave me a comment and let me know!