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.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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)