Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Talk About Skin Care - NAYELLE

Today I would like to introduce you to a company whose core values are “honesty, integrity, and quality”. Canadian based NAYELLE offers a complete Rejuvenating Skincare Regime made with bioactive ingredients. Their line is completely cruelty-free and formulated without gluten, parabens, propylene glycol or other yucky stuff. Instead, you’ll find ingredients like Probiotic Goat Milk Kefir, Sea Kelp, Glacial Organic Clay and Snow Mushroom.

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NAYELLE is a four-step process scientifically designed by Peter Jurkemilk, CEO and Chief Biochemist, to help rejuvenate and repair the cells at the cellular level and make skin healthier and more radiant. Peter said, ” It’s the difference between eating processed canned, shelf food — versus — organic, live fresh food!” I adore that philosophy.

You can learn more about the company, their philosophy, and their ingredients by clicking here.

First up is their facial cleanser, aptly called CLEANSE. I need to get this out of the way and tell you that this is my least favorite part of the regime. This cleanser is a cream formulated with exfoliating bamboo and glacial oceanic clay. It’s designed to be gentle enough for all skin types but my dry, sensitive skin just didn’t love this particular cleanser. It’s a bit too much for me to use regularly but I do like it for days when I need a deep clean. I think anyone with oily, congested skin would be a huge fan.

My favorite product, hands down, is the PURIFY Clay Face Mask. This mask has become my ultimate go to when my skin needs a little something special. I’ve been using it once, sometimes even twice, a week since it arrived and I think it does something really wonderful and magical to my skin. It somehow purifies and hydrates, which is an uncommon combination. It’s like the Unicorn of my skincare routine! This magic mask is made with mineral rich clay composed of 60 rare minerals and ions that detoxifies impurities, restore the skin’s pH balance, helps restore damaged skin cells and hydrates, tightens and tones. Every time I use this mask I’m left with vibrant, clearer, healthier, softer skin that seems to glow from within. I’m always impressed after I rinse it off, as it makes an immediate and noticeable difference.

NAYELLE has two moisturizing products, HYDRATE, a moisturizing cream, and REJUVENATE, an anti-aging night cream.

HYDRATE is formulated with a very high concentration of Snow Mushroom which is said to be 3x more hydrating than hyaluronic acid and has the highest source of Vitamin D found in nature. It’s instantly hydrating and makes the skin feel really velvety and smooth. It’s not too heavy to wear under makeup so it’s perfect for daily use.

REJUVENATE is my favorite of the two creams, however, because it is so delightfully thick and rich. My dry skin adores it! It was created with all for of their core ingredients I mentioned above and is rich in protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It leaves my skin with such a gorgeous glow and makes my skin feel so plump and fresh. I love applying this before bed and when I wake up I’ve got a super healthy, happy, hydrated complexion. Love the stuff!

All of the products come in fairly simple but lovely packages. The two creams are in airless jars and the other two products are in squeeze tubes. Each of the four products has a slight citrus scent, which is light and fresh.

I think many people with different skin types can easily fall in love with this line and their products. You can learn more about NAYELLE by visiting their website by clicking here. You can also find the brand 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, March 22, 2017

Talk About Cosmetics - Avril Cosmétiques

I am so excited today because I love skincare and I love all things beauty related but I think I love makeup the most. There’s something so fun about experimenting with cosmetics and recently a French brand reached out to me and offered to send me some products. I was beyond ecstatic when I got the e-mail and thrilled when the products arrived (in 5 days, by the way! That’s insane!) because they’re absolutely stunning!

The first thing you need to know is that they are completely cruelty-free! In accordance with European regulation, they do no animal testing and are also certified by PETA. The brand launched in April of 2012 and has four main values in their mission of making organic cosmetics affordable for every woman and those values are quality, ecology, price, and service. Their organic range is certified by Ecocert, which guarantees that at least 95% of the total ingredients in each product are natural or from natural origin and at least 10% of the ingredients are organic. To check out their mission statement and read more about their values you can click here.

I selected a few products that I thought looked nice from their website and wound up completely blown away by them once they arrived. The products I’ve tried are on par with luxury products, with steep price tags, that I’ve tried for a fraction of the price. They are so richly pigmented, beautifully formulated, easy to apply and wear wonderfully throughout the day. I am so impressed that I can’t even find the words to describe how good I think these products are. Of course, I haven’t tried everything from the line but the ones I have tried are delightful.

The Eye Shadow Palette Nude is probably my favorite of the bunch. There are 6 brown-toned shadows housed in a very thin, but sturdy, cardboard package. Each individual pan of product is quite large (1.5g, to be exact) and the powders are quite pigmented so you’re getting a lot of product for your buck. You’re getting 3 shades described as iridescent in the top row and 3 mattes on the bottom. I find that I can create multiple looks using only this palette and all six shades pair well together or wear well individually. They are all buttery smooth, easy to blend and stay put on the eyes. I like each color a lot and I find that the formula is just so beautiful.

Next up, let’s talk about the L’Highlighter, a beautiful champagne-toned highlighting powder. This little compact is gorgeous. It’s slightly powdery because it’s so finely milled but it’s nothing too difficult to deal with it. I’ve found that it goes on so smoothly and looks so natural and effortless once applied. It’s not all glittery or chunky and just blends seamlessly into the skin to make you look glowy and ethereal. I’m a huge fan!

The L’Anti-Cernes, or Concealer, in Ivorie, is a product that I’m not completely sold on. It actually has a really great finish that looks like real skin, it's quite luminous, but it has a scent that I don’t adore. It’s thin and easy to apply. It seems to melt into the skin but I can continue to smell it once it’s on my skin and I don’t like that part. I’ll have to keep experimenting with it because the finish is so great.

The Lipstick Pencil in Corail is so pretty! I love the shade, a matte coral color, and the formula is really nice, as well. These crayon-type lip colors are so easy to use and make application a breeze. I’m so happy because this product doesn’t irritate my lips at all, and you know how sensitive my lips can be! It doesn’t tug or drag and seems to provide a nice level of hydration. It’s a perfect lip product to keep in your purse!

Finally is the Mascara Volume Noir. I adore the brush, and the formula is really nice! It’s a nice teddy bear bristle brush with a great shape that really helps define and add volume. The formula is gentle and perfectly pigmented. It seems like a really dry mascara at first but is buildable so each swipe makes the lashes look more and more volumized and long. I like to use about 3 coats for a full lashy look. It lasts really well throughout the day and doesn't irritate my eyes at all. It’s a really nice, natural mascara.

If you’re interested in learning more about Avril or checking out their entire range you can visit their website by clicking here. You can also find them on Facebook, Instagram, 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, March 15, 2017

6th Blogiversary + 2017 Birthday-to-Birthday Giveaway

Today is a really special day because on this exact day six years ago I decided to try something new and enter into this world that I essentially knew nothing about. I was never really someone to put myself out there but I decided to take a chance and here we are six years, hundreds of blog posts, and thousands of followers later.

Many of you already know the story but I’ll dive into it just a bit for those of you who might be new around here. Beautiful Basics was created because I became ill in 2009 at the age of 22. I went from being able to do anything and everything I could have ever possibly dreamt of doing to being bedridden most days. When I first got sick I thought with all of my heart that I would get better but with time I found myself getting a little worse each and every day. I can’t even tell you how hard it was to go from being a normal 22-year-old with a job I loved and endless possibilities to being as sick as I was. I wasn’t doing anything and I needed to do something.

I really thought long and hard about things that I enjoyed and what I could possibly still do. I couldn’t go for a run or take up mounting climbing or anything strenuous so that narrowed my possibilities. In my free time, which was essentially all of my time, I watched a lot of beauty videos on YouTube and I read a lot of beauty blogs. I realized how much I loved it and wanted to try it myself so Beautiful Basics was born. It started as something very different than what it has become. It was originally a place where I shared very basic beauty tips and hacks but it morphed into a natural beauty blog where I now primarily review natural and organic beauty products. It kind of took on a mind of its own and continues to grow and change. Something born out of desperation for something resembling normalcy and out of a feeling of uselessness and hopelessness has become a wonderful outlet for me to write, which I love to do, and talk about beauty, which I also love.

I also created Beautiful Basics – The Sick Life as a way for me to share my journey to being well while living with chronic illness. Blogging has changed my life in a lot of ways because I have a way to get out my feelings while forming relationships with all of you. Whether you’ve been here since the beginning or if you somehow stumbled upon my blog today I want to tell you how thankful I am for you. I am truly grateful for each and every one of you.

The past 6 years of creating content for Beautiful Basics and being able to interact with all of you has given me hope and something I absolutely love to do. I appreciate this all so much more than you could ever know. I could have never imagined how many people would read my words or what companies would want to work with me. Each day brings something new and exciting into my life. Each like and comment you leave me mean a lot and I’m looking forward to continuing this journey with you all.

Today I’m launching the annual Birthday-to-Birthday giveaway for this year.  I put together one of those super popular sampler bags you all seem to enjoy. I like to do this as a way to say thank you. I only wish I could give you all a special prize because you mean a lot to me.

There is only one mandatory entry for the giveaway and after that you can do as many or as few of the options as you would like. Be sure to check out the terms and conditions. All entries will be verified. Good luck!

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

You Tell Me

I created Beautiful Basics, almost 6 years ago, for myself initially but it has become something I continue to do for each and every one of you.

Please help me out and leave a comment below letting me what you like to see on Beautiful Basics, and what you want more of.

What type of blog posts do you enjoy
seeing on Beautiful Basics the most? 

Skin Care Reviews

Cosmetics Reviews and Beauty Looks

Lifestyle posts (fashion, food, sick posts, etc)

Hair Care Reviews

DIY Beauty Recipes

Bath and Body Product Reviews

Or something else...

I'll be reading whatever comments you leave below. 
Thank you!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Talk About Skin Care - Wedderspoon Honey

Dearest Honey, I want you to know that I adore you. You’re a sweet treat for the taste buds but also for the skin. You never fail to brighten and hydrate and you always succeed in perking up my skin and making it feel soft and smooth. I can also turn to you when I’m getting spotty or my skin needs a helping hand. You’re my absolute favorite kitchen beauty staple and I need you in my life.

Okay, now that I’ve gotten my love letter to honey out of the way let’s talk about Wedderspoon. I’ve known about Manuka Honey for years but hadn’t tried it until I got a pot of their Raw Manuka Honey KFactor 16 and I absolutely love it. Manuka Honey is a special kind of honey that comes from the Manuka Flower, which grows on New Zealand’s North and South Islands. The plant itself is related to the Tea Tree Plant and has a very short blooming season. This stuff is like liquid gold!

Of course, it tastes delicious and has a lot of great health benefits but since Beautiful Basics is all about natural, holistic beauty I’m really into slathering the stuff all over my face and reaping the benefits. Manuka Honey is rich in antioxidants and is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, acting as a humectant, promoting skin regeneration, repairing cellular damage and helps heal scars. 

I like to coat my entire face (lips, too!) in Manuka Honey once or twice a week and let it sit for as long as it can. I usually do it the bathtub so it’s part of a perfect self-pampering routine. I also occasionally use it as a facial cleanser and a spot treatment. This honey really helps my dry, sensitive skin in so many ways. It’s one of the most important steps in my skin care routine.

I’ve noticed that Manuka Honey has a much stronger smell than your average honey but it still smells sweet and slightly floral. While it’s a bit pricier than you might expect it spreads easily and a little goes a long way so a single jar should last quite a long time.

I’ve also been experimenting with the Gourmet Gift Set, containing 5.3-ounce jars of Wedderspoon Gold Raw Beechwood, Wedderspoon Gold Raw Dandelion, and Wedderspoon Gold Raw Rata Honeys.  They each taste delicious and work beautifully on their own as a skin treatment or mixed with other DIY beauty ingredients. It would make a fantastic gift!

Whether you’re looking for honey to consume or honey to take care of your skin Wedderspoon has something for you. They also have soap, lip balm and night cream. You can check out their products by clicking here or you can click here to learn more about the company. 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, February 22, 2017

Skin Tools

I’m pretty serious when it comes to beauty tools. There are few things I love more than a good makeup brush or a really cool skincare tool. My Dad, who has a huge collection of goodies out in the garage, has always taught me how important tools are. I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite skin tools with you today so keep on reading to see what gizmos and gadgets I have and use.

Have you heard of Derma Rolling or Micro-Needling? It initially sounds a lot scarier than it is. It’s when you use a plastic wand-like instrument with hundreds of tiny, sharp needles to cause micro-injuries all over your face. The tool comes in varying sizes and the needles penetrate the skin and make your body think it needs to send collagen to the area to heal it, which in turn makes the skin look fresh and youthful. It is also said to help get rid of acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines.

I have 3 different Derma Rollers ranging in size from a .3 mm to a 1 mm. I would have to say that the .5 and 1 are my favorite, though. They do the most for my skin so I can’t personally recommend going any higher or any lower.

So, how it works is you use the roller all over your face and you roll in each area 10 times horizontally, vertically, and diagonally. You want to make sure you get every single area on your face repeatedly. It doesn’t really hurt but it is a bit uncomfortable, although you definitely get used to it with each treatment. It also leaves me a little red so I only like to do it before bed. I wake up without any redness or irritation so I feel like getting some sleep really helps heal my skin. Anyway, afterward it’s really important to use good skin care because any and every single product you apply after will be quickly and easily absorbed into the skin.

I noticed a result the very first time I used it and have continued to see brighter, clearer, healthier and younger looking skin with each use. I absolutely love the effect and my skin looks really great. I also feel like I get an incredible tightening boost, especially in my forehead area. I can’t move my forehead and make my wrinkles appear after I roll, in a good way. I’m not sure if this is common but I love it. Granted, I’m only 29 so it’s not like I have massive wrinkles but they’re still there and I love looking smooth and youthful.

One final note, it’s really important to keep your roller clean and sanitized. Isopropyl Alcohol will be your best friend if you decide to start rolling.

It’s definitely not for everyone but I really, really love it.

I also love using Jade on my face. I’ve got a roller, which I did a full review on, a Gua Sha stone and a kind of spiky roller (not sure what it’s actually called), and I really like all 3. I won’t go into too much detail on the roller since I have a dedicated review on it so click here to check that out.

Gua Sha is a traditional Chinese medical treatment in which the skin is scraped to stimulate blood flow and healing. I didn’t think I would like this little jade stone very much but I really enjoy using it. It helps my skin look fresh and bright and I’ve noticed my skin being so much clearer since using it. Although, it’s hard to say exactly which tool is helping the most since I use them all regularly. This tool seems to work really well and get my blood flowing so there’s no stagnation. It also seems to tighten and lift a bit.

The spiky jade tool is kind of like a cross between a Derma Roller and my regular Jade Roller. It’s nice and does a good job of stimulating my skin but isn’t what I reach for first. If you’re afraid of using actual needles on your skin I would highly recommend you get one of these instead.

Finally, I’ve got some Orbits Eye Stones. These little donut shaped stones are made from Finnish bedrock that is more than 2 billion years old. All you have to do is simply set them on your eyes and relax. You can chill them in the fridge for extra relief but I find that they stay pretty cool on their own. They’re perfect for relieving puffiness, itchiness, or just helping tired eyes feel less strained. I love the way these feel and use them every night before bed.

I also use a Foreo Luna Mini, but also have a separate review for that so you can click if you’re interested in learning more.

That’s it for now. I might do a post on my favorite makeup brushes and tools if that’s something you want to know more about. Let me know in the comments and be sure to let me know what your favorite tools are, as well!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Valentine's Day Look featuring Honeybee Gardens

Valentine’s Day is a fun reason to get dolled up whether you’ve got a special someone to celebrate with or you’re just a fan of the gorgeous shades of pink and red, frilly hearts, and sweet treats that are often associated with the holiday. We’re not big on Valentine’s Day in my household because the 15th is my Dad’s birthday so we like to celebrate him instead but I still love creating romantic looks during this time of year so I wanted to share with you my current soft and pretty look that I’m loving using Honeybee Gardens products.

I like to keep my look fresh but elevated with super soft and feminine shades. I used three PowderColors Stackable Mineral Colors on my eyes. I used Flirtatious, a light matte pink, all over my lid and up to my browbone. I then blended Chai, a lovely matte pale creamy coffee shade, through my crease and finished with a bit of Angelic, a sparkly iridescent pink, on the lid for a touch of shimmer and shine. I finished up with several coats of mascara for long, dramatic lashes.

On my cheeks I applied a healthy dusting of Complexion Perfecting Blush in Euphoria. Euphoria is a gorgeous shade that can be described as a peachy pink and it’s such a flattering, healthy looking flushed shade and I can’t recommend it enough. I think it would look stunning on every skin tone! I tend to go quite heavy handed with blush, because I like having color on my cheeks, but I make sure to blend it all out so it looks as natural as possible.

I used Brown Sugar, a light matte brown, Effortless Eye Liner on my brows and also under my lower lashes for a bit of extra definition.

I’m wearing the Truly Natural Lipstick in Romance, a medium neutral mauve with red undertones, on my lips and I am so completely in love with this shade and the way it looks on. I think it’s my favorite Honeybee Gardens lipstick! It’s a perfect color that brightens up my complexion and looks so good on! It always wears beautifully, like all of the Truly Natural Lipsticks do, and feels so silky soft and soothing.

So there it is, my fresh and flirty look that would be perfect for Valentine’s Day or any day, really! What do you have planned for Valentine's Day? Anything fun? Leave a comment below and let me know!

(FTC: I'm an ambassador for Honeybee Gardens and these products were sent to me for free by the company. I am not being compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.) 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Marin Bee Review and GIVEAWAY

Marin Bee is a fairly new company hitting the green beauty scene with bee-loving and environmentally friendly personal care products. This company, founded by backyard beekeepers Debra and Bill Tomaszewski, has a mission to help spread the word about the worldwide die-off of the honey bee due to Colony Collapse Disorder and other environmental factors.

The pair also started a nonprofit called the Planet Bee Foundation, with a goal of empowering the next generation of environmental stewards. “Planet Bee offers free and low-cost backyard beekeeping workshops and hands-on bee education lessons to schools, nonprofits, community gardens, environmental centers, businesses, and communities.”

A portion of the profits from Marin Bee products purchased goes directly to the Planet Bee Foundation. So when you click that checkout button to pick up a product or two you’re not only getting a natural, non-toxic and cruelty-free product but you’re also helping to save the planet in a small, but meaningful way.

I can’t tell you that I’m an avid shaving cream user because I lean towards the lazy side and just use whatever shampoo, conditioner or soap is already in my shower. I mean it. I’m super lazy when it comes to removing hair so I usually just give myself the quickest pass of a razor ever but Honey Shave is such a rich and luxurious cream that gives you a taste of an ultra luxurious spa treatment right in your very own shower or tub.

Made with luxe hydrating and conditioning ingredients you need only a small amount of this concentrated cream to coat the surface of the skin. The formula allows your razorblade to glide effortlessly along your soon to be super smooth and silky skin protecting the skin from any nicks or cuts and making sure you get as close a shave as possible. Without any artificial fragrances or chemicals this cream smells a bit herbal, a bit citrusy and very spa like. It’s very gentle and I find that it leaves my legs feeling soft afterward, as well, without feeling like there is a thick coat of anything left behind. They just feel naturally moisturized and supple.

 Marin Bee’s Lip Repair is an uber glossy, smooth and soothing lip balm with a touch of light pinkish color and some shimmer. It’s thick and hydrating but not sticky so it’s a perfect winter balm for day to day. They even suggest you can use it before bed but I’m not someone who likes to put on shimmer to go to sleep. The formula would allow you to wake up with ridiculously plump and juicy lips, though!

And now for some extra exciting news (although, you may have already guessed it from the heading of this post)… it’s time for a giveaway! With Valentine’s Day coming up now is the perfect time for soft lips and smooth legs so one of you Beauties will win this pretty pair for yourself. If you want to enter to win Honey Shave and Lip Repair just follow the Rafflecopter prompts below. Good luck!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Talk About Cosmetics - Pixllady Lipstick + GIVEAWAY

Hey there, Lovely! Welcome to the first post on Beautiful Basics in the new year. Can you believe it’s 2017? I don’t know how last year went so quickly but I guess that happens as you get older, doesn’t it? With a new year comes new (whether newly launched or simply new to me) brands to discover, new products to try out, and new and reviews to post so I can share my thoughts with all of you and today is a perfect review kind of day and guess what we’re talking about? One of my absolute favorite types of beauty products to blog about and to just wear in my daily life, lipstick!

Traditional lipstick can be really scary with a terrifying roster of toxic ingredients but every day more and more green beauty companies are coming out with beautiful, hydrating and healthy lippies that prove green can be glam. Pixllady Cosmetics is one of those companies. With 100% natural, vegan and cruelty-free lipsticks in a range of stunning shades, you’ll want to collect them all.

Simply made but beautifully formulated this line of lip products is made with ingredients like Organic Sweet Almond Oil, Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil, Candelilla Wax, Unrefined Shea Butter, Cold Pressed Castor Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Boron Nitride, and Organic Benzoin Resin and may also contain Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, and Manganese Violet for color. Each tube of Pixllady Lipstick is smooth, buttery, and gorgeously pigmented. I have 3 of them and really enjoy each of them!

I also have the Cocoa Shimmer Gloss that is rich and luxuriously moisturizing while giving the lips a shiny, shimmery finish. It’s lovely on its own or layered on top of lipstick. It’s got a yummy cocoa butter scent and flavor that is absolutely dreamy!

Now on to the colors! I selected Brussels, Sofia, and Budapest. All 3 are surprisingly wearable and flattering. I like them all and can’t decide if Sofia or Brussels is my top pick so it’s a toss up between the 2.
Budapest, Brussels and Sofia
Brussels is described as “a warm rose with medium coverage and a satin finish.” This particular shade is a bit lighter than what I normally gravitate towards and I really love what it does for my complexion!

Sofia is described as “a beige-rose with medium coverage and a satin finish.” This is a perfect MLBB (my-lips-but-better) shade for me and makes my lips look plump and perfected.

Budapest is described as “a dark brick with high coverage and a satin finish.” This is the only one that surprised me color-wise because it looks much more brown in person. It’s a chocolate kind of color on me. Once I saw it in real life I wasn’t sure I would love it on me but I actually do! I’ve even gotten a couple of compliments about it when I’ve worn it. This is a very on-trend shade since it’s kind of reminiscent of shades from the 90s!

Top Row: Left - Brussels  Right - Sofia
Bottom Row: Left - Budapest  Right - Cocoa Shimmer Gloss

Like I mentioned above, all of these lip products are super softening and feel like they do an excellent job of hydrating, smoothing, soothing, and protecting the lips. They have a very light scent that is uplifting and fresh but doesn’t appear to linger. I’m a big fan! 

As for other colors I would love to try, I’ve got my eye on South Beach! I think it’ll be the perfect warm weather lip color! The entire collection is beyond pretty, though, and I don’t think you can make a wrong choice! In fact, one of you Beauties will win your choice of lipstick! How awesome is that? Simply enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter form below.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Snow Day Beauty featuring Honeybee Gardens

On my eyes: I'm wearing the Pressed Eye Shadow Singles in Nirvana on my inner corners and under my brows, Mojave in the crease, Cameo all over the lid, and Ninja Kitty in the center of my lids.

On my cheeks: Breathless Complexion Perfecting Maracuja Pressed Blush and Ninja Kitty on the tops of my cheekbones and on the top of the apples of my cheeks.

On my lips: Irresistible Lip Liner in Island Spice all over the lips with a lip balm on the top.

The top shadows are Nirvana (matte white) on the left and Cameo (matte warm pale rose). The bottom shadows are Mojave (matte light earthy brown) on the left and Ninja Kitty (pale pink with light shimmer) on the right.

And now for the most exciting news of the day... Honeybee Gardens is having a 50% off Flash Sale today so click here to go to their website to check out their products and go shopping. Which ones are you purchasing? Let me know in the comments!

(FTC: I'm an ambassador for Honeybee Gardens and these products were sent to me for free by the company. I am not being compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.) 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Talk About Skin Care - MyChelle Dermaceuticals Perfect C PRO Speed Peel

I’m a big time lover and a firm believer in at home beauty treatments whether it’s a mask, scrub, or peel. I love them all and I’ve recently fallen, and hard, for the Perfect C PRO Speed Peel from MyChelle Dermaceuticals.

This weighty glass jar comes full of a potent and powerful facial peel with 10% L-Ascorbic Acid. You leave this baby on for only a minute and rinse off to discover brighter, fresher, healthier looking skin that looks like you just came from a procedure at your dermatologist's office.

I was initially a little scared of this peel because it sounds a bit intense, but I haven’t experienced any burning, tingling (even though it’s normal if you do), irritation or ill effects of any sort besides turning a bit red directly afterward. I use this peel once a week in the evening and I’ve been so impressed with the noticeable, quickly achieved results. My skin absolutely adores this product and I love using it. My skin looks incredible, seriously! It also feels so smooth and soft. It makes my skin look radiant and youthful. Not that I’m not young at 29, but you know what I mean.

Oh, and it smells incredible. It smells so fresh and juicy and fruity. It actually reminds me of something but I can’t think of what it is. Whatever it reminds me of, though, is a bright and happy smell and I adore it.

All MyChelle Dermaceutical products are vegetarian, Cruelty-free, and free from scary and toxic ingredients. You’ll never find any Phthalates, Parabens, Sulfates, Ureas, Artificial Fragrances and/or  Colors, Petroleum, GMOs, or Gluten in any of their formulas so they are totally safe for anyone looking for products to help them achieve great skin. You can learn more about MyChelle 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.) 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Talk About Cosmetics - Kari Gran Suji Red Lip Whip and Lip Buff Duo

Kari Gran is one of my absolute favorite eco-luxe beauty lines and I always get so excited when they release a new Lip Whip! In addition to launching a brand new gorgeously tinted Lip Whip, they also created and unveiled an exfoliating lip scrub called Lip Buff. Whether you’re already a fan of the supremely rich and dreamy formula, or if you have yet to try Kari Gran products, you’re going to love these two new violet-jar housed beauties!

Suji Red Lip Whip came to life with the help of Suji (pronounced Soo-jee), the youngest daughter of Lisa Strain (co-founder of the company). When Suji was 11 she fell hard for the drama of a beautiful red lip and now, at age 23, she helped create this lovely shade. This particular red is a perfect shade. It’s not too bright or too blue. It can be worn as a more sheer wash of color or built up to be quite dramatic. It’s a totally fun and flirty color while still be totally classic and glamorous. It’s minty, glossy, although not too shiny, and absolutely lovely. As with every Lip Whip in the range this pretty and pigmented potted balm packs a punch of color while soothing and hydrating even the driest of lips.

Like I said, it’s a gorgeous shade and I absolutely adore the way it looks once on but I do have to say that I don’t find it to be the easiest on-the-go lip color. Like most red lip colors, you have to be quite precise and it requires a bit more maintenance than other shades. However, it’s totally worth it!

I was quite surprised the first time I used it with how opaque it can be. I definitely recommend sitting in front a mirror and using a lip brush and keeping some cotton buds handy. Once it’s on it lasts really nicely.

Okay, now let’s talk about the Lip Buff. This little jar is thick, rich and does a nice job of gently polishing the lips. It’s not the most intense lip exfoliator I’ve ever used but it’s a perfect primer to keep your lips looking and feeling soft and lush before applying lip color. You can also use it to remove lip color at the end of the day. The formula feels just like a regular Naked Lip Whip but with added organic sugar and organic chamomile powder. It’s so gentle and doesn’t bother my highly irritable lips but still leaves them feeling fresh and soft. 

You can buy Suji Red and Lip Buff individually or as part of a duo that also comes with a lip brush (I didn’t receive the brush but it looks really nice!) for $37 ($47 value) through December 31st. You can visit the Kari Gran website by clicking here to learn more about the brand or their other products. 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, November 16, 2016

Talk About Skin Care - derma e Purifying

I have normal to dry skin (more dry than normal) that is pretty sensitive. I’m almost 30 so my skin is aging and I’m having to worry more about preventing wrinkles than treating pimples but my skin does still get congested and I get a hormonal spot or two here and there. When I recently received a box of purifying products from derma e I was worried that they wouldn’t be gentle enough for my delicate skin but it turns out that two of them have made it in to my regular beauty routine.

First up is the Purifying Daily Detox Scrub, which I’ve been using a couple of times a week. This mild, not at all harsh, scrub gently buffs away dry skin, micro-pollutants and impurities and also happens to be loaded with minerals, antioxidants and natural toxin fighters that help keep skin looking fresh and radiant. This inky charcoal black scrub feels quite cooling thanks to the Menthol in the formula but doesn’t cause me any irritation. I actually like to use this first and then go in with my normal cleanser afterward. It leaves me soft and glowing.

I have also been enjoying the Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask. I’ve been using this mask, and scrub combo, to purify and decongest my skin once or twice a week. I’ve noticed softer, smoother, clearer skin every single time I’ve used this product and I’ve been so pleased with the results. The really cool thing about this product is that you apply to your skin like you would a normal mask and after it dries you can use a little water to turn it into a scrub for an even deeper, more thorough, cleanse and pore purifying session.

My only issue with this little gem of a product is the fact that it comes in a relatively small tube, 1.7 ounces, and I find that I need to use quite a bit of product to cover my face and neck evenly. It’s worth it, though!

To learn more about derma e and their products you can visit their website. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Talk About Cosmetics - Sheer Miracle

Hello Beautiful, I hope you’re in the mood to talk makeup today because I’ve got so many good things to share with you! Have you heard of Sheer Miracle? Their mineral makeup is really great and I’ve been fully enjoying and absolutely loving some of their products!

If you’re looking for simple but super high-quality natural (and even organic) cosmetics that are easy to use and highly effective without fillers, preservatives, or any harsh ingredients you’ll probably want to check out Sheer Miracle. This line is made up of products that are suitable for every single makeup lover out there, even those with the most sensitive of skin. Oh, and of course they are also cruelty-free!

As someone who struggles with dark undereye circles and heavy baggage thanks to my illnesses (I’m talking to you, MS!) I’m also so grateful to find a product that actually brightens up the darkness and makes me look well-rested, wide awake, and not as sick as I actually am. If you’re anything like I am then you will also love the Wide Awake Dark Circle Concealer! I’ve tried a lot of pink, peach, salmon, and/or orange concealers meant to brighten up the undereye are but have never found one to be this effective. I love the ultra easy to blend formula that disappears into my skin, doesn’t crease or fade throughout the day, and keeps me looking bright-eyed. I use it to highlight some other areas on my face, Can you tell I’m in love?

I mean, seriously! Check out the difference in the photo above. The photo on the left shows Wide Awake applied on half on my face while the other side is bare. The photo on the right shows a finished face.

I’ve also been using the Medium Light Netural SPF 30 Mineral Foundation. This buildable but natural looking powder foundation is so easy to use and never looks cakey or too heavy. It’s truly a multitasking wonder and can be sheered out for a light coverage, applied for full coverage, used as concealer, or even used to add some more coverage on top of a tinted moisturizer or liquid foundation. I selected a shade that is a teensy bit too dark for me but I can still make it work. It's made with only titanium dioxide, mica, iron oxides, and ultramarine blue so you can feel good about what you’re putting on your skin. It comes in a 9-gram jar, with a twisting top lock to keep things clean, and feels very nearly undetectable on the skin.

Euphoria Blush is the perfect peachy pink shade with shimmer that looks very similar to a not so nontoxic, but very popular, blush from a mainstream brand with a naughty name. It’s such a gorgeous shade and the formula is lovely! It looks a little too over the top shimmery in the jar but blends out to be a beautiful and highly flattering healthy glowing flush of color on the cheeks.

Maybe I should have started with telling you about the Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum, which plumps up and hydrates the skin making your face the perfect base for makeup. It’s a lovely primer and a beautiful hydrating serum.

I’ve also been using generous sample sizes of the Extreme Closeup HD Mineral Finishing Powder, Hide the red Green Cream Concealer, Green Loose Mineral Color Correcting Concealer/Primer and Mineral Bronzer. The Finishing Powder is silky beyond belief! It does a wonderful job of setting, smoothing, and perfecting. Both green concealers are nice and the bronzer is a really lovely shade.

To learn more about Sheer Miracle you can visit their website. You can also find them on Facebook, Instagram, 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, November 2, 2016

Talk About It - Green People

I can’t even try to tell you how excited I was when I checked my e-mail one morning and found a message from the Social Media Executive for Green People. I’ve heard a lot about the brand from friends and bloggers from across the pond, and even received several questions about the brand from some of you, but had never tried their products myself.

As I was browsing their website I became even more excited about Green People when I discovered they have an entire range of Neutral Scent Free products for people who, like me, are super sensitive to any type of fragrance. Don’t worry if you do like your products to smell, though, because they have so many different lines! They have so many products I know that each and every one of you could find something, or many things, to fall head over heels for.

Green People is a natural and organic skin care company based in the UK. The brand has been around since 1997 but launched last year in the states. Green People was born out of a Mother’s need to protect her sensitive baby’s skin and grew from there. Their products are vegan and vegetarian friendly as well as cruelty-free. You’ll never spot anything toxic, harsh or artificial on any of their products’ ingredients lists.

I picked out several of their products to try out and I’m so thrilled to be able to share my thoughts with you all. Of course, everything I picked comes from the Neutral Scent-Free line but I feel really good about recommending the brand as a whole.

Let’s first talk about the Neutral Scent Free Shampoo and Conditioner, which I was probably the most eager to try since I’m always on the lookout for gentle hair products that will clean my hair while nourishing my finicky scalp. This duo does just that and also leaves my long, fine strands looking smooth and feeling soft but strong. You need only a small amount of the shampoo and you get a ton of silky, rich lather. The conditioner is on the thinner side but does a great job of hydrating without weighing my hair down. I can even use it on my scalp without any irritation or build-up, which doesn’t always happen with conditioner. Oh, and my tresses look totally shiny and sleek after using this power pair!

Another product I’m always on the hunt for is a mild hand wash that won’t upset the eczema I have on my hands and cause it to flare up and Green People created one that cleanses without drying or causing any irritation. I’ve been exclusively using their Neutral Scent Free Hand Wash and absolutely loving it. It has zero smell and doesn’t bother the skin on my hands at all. I love the packaging, too. All Green People products are packaged simply yet elegantly. I love leaving this soap out on my counter!

I’ve also been testing out the Neutral Scent Free Hand and Body Cream which is ultra rich and beneficial for dry skin. The formula is so rich and wonderful but this isn’t my favorite product of the line. For some reason, this product reacts with my pH in a weird way and ends up smelling odd on me, even though it has no scent. I really like to use this on my feet, though! Slathering some of this on and then putting on a thick pair of socks right out of the shower has been a wonderful treat for my dry feet. I also happen to love the airless pump bottle. It makes getting the right amount of product really easy!

The final Neutral Scent Free product I’ve been using is the Eye Cream. This soothing cream comes in a little lip balm style tube that is easy to use and the formula inside is so smooth and lightweight. It’s hydrating but not heavy! It can be used night or day for smoother, softer skin under your eyes.

And finally, if you’re already thinking about what gifts you want to wrap and put under your tree or stuff in some stockings this Christmas (or anytime, really!) you should check out their limited edition gift sets, like this SOOTHE Facial Trio Set. They have many different sets but this one features three scent free facial products (cleanser, serum, and moisturizer) in a travel-friendly and testable 30ml size.

They also have a range of makeup, which doesn’t seem to be available in the US but I really hope these products do make it stateside one day because they look incredible!

You can learn more about Green People and their product offerings by visiting either their US website or UK website, depending on where you are located. You can also find them on Facebook, Instagram, 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.)