Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Talk About Lip Care - Pacifica Sun + Lipcare SPF 30

I really like Pacifica as a whole. I think they have some really great products and I love how widely available they are. I think the whole idea of vegan, cruelty-free, non-toxic beauty being mainstream is just so awesome. The fact that anyone can go into a Target or an Ulta (or some other store) and pick up a natural product that hasn’t been tested on animals is so great.

I, sadly, live two hours away from a Target (which is my favorite store) but we popped in recently on a trip to the doctor and I picked up the new Pacifica Sun + Lipcare SPF 30 in Nude. It was so cheap I just couldn’t resist. I put it on as soon as we got into the car and after the doctor, before we headed home, I ran back into the store to pick up the other color, Peach, they had on the shelf. I would have also gotten the clear version if they had it but they were sold out.

I absolutely love these! They’re so beautiful and feel so wonderful on my lips, which are ridiculously sensitive to most lip products. The scent/flavor is so light it’s hardly noticeable once it’s been on for a few minutes, although definitely strong when you sniff the product directly, but it’s a pleasant summery scent reminiscent of coconuts and sunbathing.

I’m always on the lookout for SPF products for my lips because, like mentioned above, my lips are so sensitive they go absolutely bonkers when exposed to UV rays. I usually hate how white and dry most natural SPF lip balms are, though, so the fact that these are tinted with the prettiest peach and nude tones make these gems from Pacifica a total winner.

I actually just got a $26 Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner with SPF that I do really like but these babies are just $4.99 each and they’re as good as the Ilia version. Although, I don’t feel bad using the Pacifica ones out on the water in my kayak when I did feel a little guilty about using such a luxury product in the great outdoors. I’ll definitely use up the Ilia as well as the Pacifica, but they’ve each got their own place.

I’ll talk about the Ilia next week, but for now let’s get back to the Pacifica, shall we? They do a great job of moisturizing and forming a protective layer between the lips and the elements. It’s also remarkably long-wearing and water resistant for up to 80 minutes. The color is sheer but super pretty. I like both the Peach and the Nude but I’d have to say that I love the Nude the most. It’s the perfect tan nude shade for summer days!

The balms are housed in a thick and sturdy plastic tube. They're cute, albeit a bit cheap, and will definitely be durable enough for any summer outing whether it's in your pocket, tossed in your beach bag, or in the bottom of your backpack. It's easy to pop the top off, twist up the tube and apply on the go.

Good job, Pacifica! You’ve created an awesome product that is now one of my must-have products for this summer!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Honeybee Gadens Flirty Pink Makeup Look

Have you noticed how pink eyeshadow is super in right now? It seems like every big celebrity is rocking pink lids lately and I love the look! However, I didn't think I could pull off the whole monochromatic pink trend so I created something totally wearable and perfect for a feminine and flirty warm-weather look.

Since I wanted to use pink on my eyes I first started off by using some good coverage base products to make sure any redness on my face was concealed.

Then I used the Cosmopolitan Eye Shadow Palette. How pretty are these colors? I love the sparkly shades but for this look I decided to keep it matte. I applied PS Pink, the gorgeous matte pink the palette, all over my lids but didn't take it past my crease, focusing it into on the mobile lid. Sin I then took Kashmir, a perfect matte brown, and mixed it with PS Pink and blended it into the outer half of my crease.

For the cheeks I used the Complexion Perfecting Blush in Tea Rose, which is such a beautiful color that is so perfect for summer, and applied a healthy dusting of it to add a healthy touch of color. This shade is described as "medium spiced cider" and it's so gorgeous!

The final touch was a bit of Thoroughbred Truly Natural Lipstick blotted for a soft, effortless look. This shade is a super flattering neutral nude shade that is the right mixture of pink and nude. It looks great applied sheerly or built up. 

I'm a Honeybee Gardens Ambassador so these products were sent to me for free. I am not, however, being compensated for this post.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Talk About Lip Care - Kari Gran Jeannie Lip Whip

I really adore Kari Gran and I get so super excited every single time they launch a new Lip Whip. Their Lip Whips are so beautifully formulated and they come out with the prettiest colors. Their last launch, Suji Red, was one of my absolute favorites but their latest offering is right up there as one of my favorites.

I’d like to introduce you all to Jeannie. Like all Kari Gran Lip Whips it’s packed with good for you ingredients and this berry shade couldn’t be any more perfect. This Lip Whip is perfect for the warmer months because the berry tone is so fresh and flattering. I truly believe it would look stunning on any and every skin tone. It’s got a touch of shimmer and shine that looks flirty and fun. It’s an easy to wear shade that you can rock any time of the day for any occasion, whether you want to dress it up for a night on the town or dress it down for a backyard barbecue or a picnic at the park. It’s gorgeous and versatile.

Kari Gran’s “Skin Chef” is the inspiration for this beautiful little pot of berry-hued gold. Jeannie Oliver, joined the KG team in late 2016 to help clients navigate the world of food, fitness, and overall health and wellness. She’s a certified holistic nutrition and wellness coach, fitness nutrition specialist, personal trainer and classically trained chef. She has a passion for empowering people to change the relationships they have with good, their bodies and their lives.

This beautiful shade is dedicated to Jeannie but it can be yours for $21. You can click here to learn more about the product or to pick up your very own Lip Whip. You can also learn more about Kari Gran in general or check out their other products by visiting their website by clicking here. You can find Kari Gran 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, May 31, 2017

Talk About Cosmetics - bareMinerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo

Last year for Mother’s Day my beautiful, sweet, thoughtful furbaby, Hunter, got me the bareMinerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo that I’d had my eye on since it launched. When I say Hunter got it for me I obviously mean his Grandmother helped him, because he’s a cat and he doesn’t have opposable thumbs to place an online order or money. Do any of you furmommies get gifts from your furbabies? Hunter is very thoughtful, so he’s always surprising me with adorable gifts. Anyway, this duo sounded so great that I just wanted it desperately and was so excited to be able to add it to my collection.

Funny enough, the reviews aren’t great on the bareMinerals website but they’re better at Sephora. I absolutely adore it. I have used it every single time I have worn makeup since I received it, over a year ago now, and I have so much left that I imagine I’ll be happily using it for a very long time to come.

I have really dry skin so powder has never really been an option for me although I think it’s an imperative step in the makeup process; especially to set the makeup and make it last. I had been looking for a powder that was appropriate for my dry skin for a long time and this one turned out to be amazing for me.

The really simple, sturdy and pretty black compact (ignore the scratches in the above photo) houses one matte and one glowy ultra-silky, fine, baked translucent powder. It also has a great mirror. The matte side does a fantastic job of setting makeup without ever looking powdery or cakey. It never clings to any dry patches and seems to slightly blur my skin and make my makeup last all day. The glow side is perfect for enhancing cheekbones with a gorgeous and natural looking highlight. I like wearing it on its own for a subtle glow or layering it over the top of a liquid or cream highlight.

I don’t even know if I can describe how luxurious these powders feel. They’re absolutely stunning. They feel creamy and beyond soft. I’ve actually never felt a powder that is this silky before and can’t think of another product to liken them to.

If you’re oily skinned and looking for a powder with super oil absorbing powers or a blinding highlight then you probably won’t like this product but if you like a soft and subtle look then you’ll most likely adore this like I do. And like I briefly touched on above, a little goes a long way so this will last so long. The powders are each domed so you get a lot of product for your buck. It’s $32, which might seem a bit steep for a basic product but I personally think it’s totally worth every cent. I will rebuy this if I ever run out.  

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Talk About Hair Care - My Hair Dance

As much as I like to try different products I’m actually very set in my hair care ways and hate experimenting because I rarely like anything that goes on my scalp or strands. The reason is because my scalp is so sensitive. It’s actually stupid how sensitive it is, seriously. I’ve been using Desert Essence’s Fragrance-Free Shampoo for years because it doesn’t cause any irritation and is truly unscented but I’ve been using My Hair Dance and have really been enjoying some of the products from their line. 

The Nature’s Treatment Shampoo is my absolute favorite product from the brand. This shampoo is really exhilarating, refreshing, and revitalizing. It stimulates hair follicles and greatly improves scalp health while still being very gentle. It’s a bit of thin formula that doesn’t lather much (although, no natural shampoo should lather very much) but spreads easily through the hair. It feels very cooling and tingly, which always makes me think it’s doing some serious work. The shampoo itself has a strong yet pleasant peppermint scent (the only smell I can handle and actually enjoy) but once you rinse it out there is no residual smell left behind. I’ve found that it’s helped my itchy scalp so much and make my hair really soft, shiny, and smooth. I don’t even need to follow up with conditioner. I adore this stuff!

It is a treatment shampoo so you do need to let it sit on your scalp for 2 minutes. You also need to be sure to shake the bottle before each use. My tip for all treatment shampoo is to do a quick preliminary wash and then apply more and let it sit. This way it can penetrate down to the scalp without any oil getting in the way. My finicky scalp is doing a lot better than it has in a very long time so I’m very pleased with the results.

I’ve also been enjoying the Hair and Root Stimulator but I have to tell you upfront that I haven’t been using it as per the directions. This spray is made to promote healthy hair growth and boost the scalp's blood circulation. I’ve been using it as a treatment leading up to a shower instead of using it after a shower because of the strong, although not unpleasant, scent. I spray it on and leave it for an hour or two before I hop in the shower and rinse it out. You’re meant to use it after shampooing or overnight but it’s too strongly scented for me. I really enjoy the cooling and tingly way it makes my scalp feel. I’ve noticed much less itchiness and flakiness since I’ve started using it.

The other product I’ve been using is the Rejuvenating Hair Oil, which can be used in several different ways. It’s a blend of Walnut, Argan, Avocado, Wheat Germ, Coconut, Grapeseed oils and Shea Butter that smells like almond and reminds me of school Jergens lotion; a scent that is nice and light. I like to use this stuff as a sort of leave in conditioner/frizz fighter/shine enhancer/heat protector. I apply a very small amount to my ends and voila, soft, shiny hair. It makes my hair feel strong and healthy. You can also use it as an oil treatment for a deep conditioning effect.

They also offer an Ultra-Light Instant Conditioning Spray, Moisture and Strength Conditioner, and Silky Touch Dry Shampoo. Both the conditioner and conditioning spray have lemongrass and there is no scent I dislike more than lemongrass so I haven’t used either product but I do intend to take the Silky Touch Dry Shampoo camping with me this summer so I’ll keep you updated on that.

My Hair Dance products are very affordable, something that is often difficult to find in the natural beauty world. The products are cruelty-free and formulated with healthy, beneficial ingredients. If you’ve got scalp issues, like me, I think you might really enjoy the range. You can learn more about the brand and their products by visiting their website.

(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 17, 2017

Talk About Skin Care - SanRe Organic Skinfood

Mother and daughter duo, Sandra and Regina, are the masterminds behind SanRe Organic Skinfood, a company dedicated to creating truly healthy and organic handcrafted beauty products. Each product is personally crafted, tested, improved, finalized and produced by them in small batches to guarantee freshness and quality. They use only USDA Certified Organic ingredients when possible and are firmly committed to staying away from animal based ingredients (besides honey and beeswax) and being completely cruelty-free. Their line features products with healthy ingredients and an ethical stance about animals and the environment so you never have to worry about what you’re slathering on your skin or anything else, for that matter.

My absolute favorite product I’ve tried from SanRe is their Siesta Sunset Avocado and Sea Buckthorn Cream. This stuff is SO good! I mean it, SO good! I can’t tell you how good it is without capitalizing the SO and even then I’m not sure I can explain how good it is. It might just be the richest and luxurious cream I have ever tried before. It’s very heavy and feels thick, and a little greasy, on the skin but that’s not a problem for me. I wake up in the morning after applying it with the most supple, silky skin ever. It plumps up any fine lines, gets rid of any dry spots, and provides my skin with much-needed moisture that goes beyond the surface of my skin. It is so nourishing and is an absolute dream for my dry skin. I can’t say enough good things about this! The ingredients list is wonderful, the texture and scent are great, and the effect it has on my skin is awe-inspiring.

The Like a Baby stick is a really easy to use skin balm in a convenient tube. It also comes in a jar but I love the ease of application with the almost deodorant-like stick. This balm is made with Organic Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Tamanu Oil, Organic Carnauba Wax, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Calendula Oil & Organic Neem Oil. It’s deeply soothing and works great on any dry bits of skin or irritation; I especially love it on my cuticles! My Dad likes this a lot, too. He gets really dry hands and spots on his arms so it’s perfect for him!

To learn more about SanRe Organic Skinfood you can visit their website by clicking here. 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 3, 2017

Talk About Cosmetics - Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner Trio

I love lip products. In fact, I think lipstick might be my favorite type of cosmetic. Actually, I don’t know about that because it’s too hard to choose just one favorite but I really do adore lipstick. I think there is something so wonderfully transformative about a swipe or two of a flattering lipstick applied to the lips. It’s like magic, or like the icing on top of a cake, or maybe the cherry on top of a hot fudge sundae

Anyway, enough with the weird metaphors (I guess I have food on the brain) because I’ve got the Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner Trio on the agenda for today and it’s a good one so let’s get started!

My parents got me this for my birthday. I found it on and put it on my wish list. When I opened it on my special day it made me smile because it’s even better in person that I thought it would be! These are the smallest and cutest little lippies I have ever seen!

I’m a huge fan of Ilia and have done a review on Beautiful Basics in the past (you can find that here) and a couple of years ago my Mom surprised me with Shell Shock which became my absolute favorite lip product of life. I love their Tinted Lip Conditioners so this set was a match made in beauty heaven for me!

I have a secret to tell you, I’ve never finished an entire lipstick before it goes bad so this size is a dream come true! This set comes with 3 of their Tinted Lip Conditioners that are miniaturized down to an adorable 1.4 gram (or .04 ounce) size. They’re perfectly portable and can fit in your smallest clutch or your tightest jean pocket.

It’s important to note that the lipsticks are housed in plastic tubes instead of the classic Ilia metal but that doesn’t bother me. As for the shades, you get Blossom Lady, Bang Bang, and Arabian Knights in the box. Let’s take a minute to talk about how beautiful the box itself is. It’s sturdy and beautiful with its pink and rose gold aesthetic. Back to the colors inside the box, though, which are all so pretty.

Blossom Lady is a gorgeous pink shade, perfect for daily wear. It’s such a pretty pink color that looks very feminine and soft. Bang Bang is a classic, but easy to wear, red that is absolutely gorgeous. Arabian Knights is a buildable berry shade that is super flattering on.

Top Left: Arabian Knights   Top Right: Bang Bang
Bottom Left: Blossom Lady

The Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioners are a really cool hybrid product. They are super nourishing and hydrating on the lips so they feel like a lip balm but they pack a pretty punch of color that is more reminiscent of a lipstick. The colors are effortless and can be applied for a sheer wash of color or built up for a more intense and opaque look. They are truly versatile!

As with all Ilia products, these little babies are cruelty-free, gluten-free and made with certified organic ingredients. They’re beautiful, nontoxic, and so fun to wear! This set is a winner in my book! Thanks, Mom and Dad!

Have you tried any products from Ilia? Do you have a favorite? 
Let me know in the comments below!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Talk About Oral Care - WooBamboo + GIVEAWAY!

Earth Day is coming up on the 22nd of April so I thought today was the perfect day to talk about WooBamboo and their line of awesome eco-friendly (or as they say, eco-awesome) oral care products. The company actually launched on Earth Day 2013 so they’re coming up on their 4th anniversary and in that fairly short amount of time they have become available in over 2.500 stores and more than a dozen countries. Instead of traditional plastic, they create toothbrushes made of natural and sustainable bamboo so the handles are completely biodegradable, meaning less waste! That’s a big win for Mother Nature!

The bamboo used to make WooBamboo brushes is called Moso bamboo and is grown naturally without any chemicals, pesticides or toxins in the mountains of China. It’s also sustainably grown and harvested. The handles of the brushes are coated with natural wax to keep it smooth and dry and the bamboo itself is antimicrobial, naturally, so you’ll never have to worry about what germs might be growing and breeding on your toothbrush.

They offer an entire line of toothbrushes for every member of the family, including your furry children! They’ll also soon be launching toothpaste (in some really amazing flavors) and mouth rinse. My family, including Hunter the cat and Cooper the dog, has been using WooBamboo brushes and we’ve all become huge fans of their brand and their products.

In all honestly, there’s not much difference between a bamboo toothbrush and a traditional plastic one besides the fact that it’s a sustainable and eco-friendly product you can feel good about using. They work just as well, if not better than any other toothbrush I’ve tried. I love the smooth handles and the density of the bristles. They do a great job of cleaning my teeth and they also happen to be quite pretty so they look great sitting next to my sink. Even Cooper and Hunter have been enjoying using theirs, it’s adorable!

Top: Slim Handle
Bottom: Standard Handle

As for the adult sized brushes, they offer a standard handled brush or a slim brush. They also come with super soft, soft, and medium bristles, depending on your preferences. The pet brushes available are a small breed brush (perfect for cats or small dogs) or large breed brush (best for dogs). 

They also have floss, which is made of natural, biodegradable silk and coated with natural wax. It comes in the coolest floss container you’ll ever see!

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

The brand was also kind enough to send me some extras so one of you will be receiving this awesome sampler set so you can try their toothbrushes and floss! Simply use the Rafflecopter form below to get entered and good luck! All entries will be verified.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Talk About It - Earth Fixx Market

I’ve been a huge fan and very loyal customer to a specific online natural and organic beauty megastore for years and years. However, this store recently changed it’s pricing and shipping policies and is no longer very transparent about their practices so they’ve lost my business. I was so happy when Earth Fixx Market reached out to me because their online shop filled the void in my life and gave me a new online shopping destination to explore.

Derek Randall and his sister Kellie Bellinger founded Earth Fixx Market in 2015 with the intention of providing consumers with access to safe and high-quality organic and natural products, focusing on stocking brands who share their values of wanting to protect the Earth. They are both animal lovers, like me, and they have made a firm commitment to donate 10% of their net proceeds to Earth Fix Project to help protect animals and the environment. You can check out the rest of their story by clicking here. You can also check out which organizations they support by clicking here.

Like I mentioned above, Kellie reached out to me and offered me a chance to try out their online store. I picked out a few products and placed an order. While I was placing my order I made a very embarrassing mistake and Kellie helped me right away and resolved the issue so I’m happy to say that their customer service is incredible and good customer service matters to me.

The website itself is made up of page after page of natural and nontoxic products from all categories. It’s pretty easy to use although I would say it’s best if you know what kind of product you’re intending to buy. Although, isn’t that the truth will all online shops? You can browse for hours discovering interesting products, whether you’re looking for beauty products, herbal supplements, snacks, pet products, whatever!

The shipping took about a little over a week and everything was well packaged when it arrived.

The first product I selected was the Devita Moisture Tint in Light. I’ve heard so many good things about Devita over the years but had yet to try anything and since summer is coming and I like to spend as much time outdoors in the warmer months as humanly possible I like to use tinted moisturizers with SPF generously to keep my skin healthy.

This particular formula is really nice. It feels very cooling on the skin, which is a nice touch, and it feels hydrating and nourishing but also light and airy. The color looks quite odd on first glance since it’s kind of orange but somehow blends beautifully into the skin to provide little coverage but does even out skin tone. I really like to use this product as a primer since it leaves skin soft, smooth, even and provides protection from harsh UVA and UVB rays. It works really well with other products layered on top of it. It even makes my makeup last a lot longer and wear more evenly throughout the day.

It has a slight citrus scent that isn’t heavy and doesn’t linger after application. This has definitely become a staple for me. It’s got a great list of ingredients, is made in the US, has no GMOs, and is completely gluten free as well as cruelty-free.

Next up on the agenda is the Rainbow Research French Green Clay Facial Treatment Mask. This generously-sized 8-ounce tub of pure green clay has become my go-to facial treatment. I’ve always loved using clay on my skin and this one is no exception. This clay becomes a purifying, cleansing, and detoxifying superhero when mixed with your choice of liquid. You can use water, yogurt, egg, lemon juice, honey, oil, avocado or whatever else your heart (or skin) desires. I mostly use water and add in some honey every once in a while. Every single time I use this mask I am left with cleaner, clearer skin that feels beyond soft and appears to glow with clarity. I’m a huge fan! I reach for this powder once or twice a week and it helps decongest and brighten. Love it!

I’ve also been testing out the Fragrance-Free Nature’s Baby Organics Face and Body Moisturizer. This lotion is really nice but I’m not a fan of the packaging, at all. It’s the thinnest, weirdest plastic bottle that I’ve ever seen. It’s kind of hard to use and it gets weirdly crinkled but that doesn’t affect the product inside. I’m always looking for good unscented lotions thanks to my scent sensitivities and dry skin and this one is as good as any other lotion I’ve tried. It still has a bit of a scent but it’s nothing offensive, nor does it last. The lotion is thick and lovely but easily and quickly absorbed. It’s nourishing and hydrating while not being sticky or tacky. I haven’t tried it on my face but my hands love it!

They also carry some of my absolute favorite products like my beloved Evolution Salt Sole Bath Soap in Peppermint (that I have repurchased so many times I’ve lost count but it’s definitely more than 12!) and the Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub (which I'm obsessed with and have also purchased many times!). They have so many awesome products!

If you’re interested in shopping at Earth Fixx Market you can use the code BBASICS10 for 10% off your order. That code was generously provided by the company exclusively for Beautiful Basics readers! You can visit the shop by clicking here.

(FTC: I was given a $40 credit to spend at my discretion the Earth Fixx website. The code was provided by the company. I am not being compensated for this post or any purchases you may make using the code above..) 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Talk About Tools - Tarte LE Magic Wands Brush Set

I’ve said it so many times now that I’m sure you all know it really well, but I’ll say it again – I love beauty tools! Seriously, I don’t feel like I can ever have too many makeup brushes. It’s not super logical because how many cosmetic brushes can one girl use? Right? But the truth is, I get really, really excited about brushes and I can’t help but collect them and when I saw the latest Tarte launch I couldn’t help but put them in my cart on and hit that checkout button.

If you’re unsure of what I’m talking about then let me introduce you to the limited edition Magic Wands Brush Set. Whether you’re into magic and unicorns or not you absolutely cannot deny that these particular tools are wondrous. I’ve seen them all over YouTube, Instagram, and the Blogosphere since they launched and I tried, maybe   not very hard, to resist but I obviously couldn’t for long. They’re so beautiful and they make me happy, so why not?

I wanted to get this review up pretty quickly since they’re limited edition and I didn’t want any of you who want to pick up your own set to miss out.

This set is vegan-friendly and completely cruelty-free, the bristles of the brushes are synthetic so you can rest assured that no real unicorns were harmed in creating these beauties. You get 5 brushes fit for any princess packaged in unicorn tissue paper and a lovely box. These would make a great gift for someone who needs a little magic in their life! You could easily gift these to a makeup beginner, a brush hoarder or anyone in between because I can’t see these not being a huge hit!

Each brush has a lovely golden unicorn horn handle and colored hair. You get a magenta contour brush, pink powder brush, green blending eyeshadow brush, blue shading eyeshadow brush and purple liquid foundation brush. 

They are extremely lightweight and the shape of the handle makes them very easy to work with. Each brush is beautifully shaped and super soft. There is no sign of shedding and the color doesn’t bleed, even when washed with soap and warm water. I love the shape of each brush and find that I can create an entire look using only this set. This collection is pretty much perfect and I can’t find a single bad word to say about these little gems.

You can find them on or at Sephora, online or in store.

Be sure to let me know what you think of these brushes! I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you think they’re as awesome as I do or are they too silly for you? 

(FTC: I paid for these with my own money. I am not being compensated for this post. None of the links are affiliate links)

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.)