December 30, 2013

Christopher Drummond Duo-Phase Concealer offers game-changing coverage!

It's often true that natural makeup products don't stack up to their chemical-filled counterparts. In the concealer department, I've tried ones that have pathetic coverage, slip off the face, crease like crazy in the eye area, or just can't cover discoloration. The idea that a natural liquid concealer could be high performance seemed almost preposterous to me. But here's Christopher Drummond Duo-Phase Concealer ($22.50 for 7g), a product that I could only describe as a game-changer.

December 28, 2013

Wondering about the Wonder Cloth?

I recently had the opportunity to try out the Wonder Cloth ($9.99), a washcloth that is supposed to easily remove makeup and excess oil with water alone. I love the idea getting a super-clean face without using any cleanser, so I put it to the test on my makeup-caked complexion.

December 26, 2013

Alaffia Neem & Shea Scalp Recovery Shampoo + Conditioner

Here's a fun little confession: I've been getting dandruff. The horror! I'd never had this issue before, but this winter seems to be an experiment for how my skin goes haywire when it's adapting to truly cold weather. I desperately wanted something to relieve the irritation, and Alaffia's Scalp Recovery hair care ($8.95 each, for 8 oz) was one of the few natural options that I found.

December 23, 2013

In Review: The Nourish Organic Fresh Fig line

Sometimes, when it comes to trying products, I have a collector's mindset, and I want to buy absolutely everything from a product line. I know that that's probably a terrible way of thinking, but I figure why not embrace the product junkie and do an overview post if I happen to try it all?

December 21, 2013

A smoothie for your locks

Herbal meets mainstream in Graydon's Hair Smoothie ($24 for 8 oz), a versatile conditioner that has a slick detangling texture and lots of natural oils and herbs. Instead of synthetic "cones", this conditioner utilizes broccoli seed oil, an ingredient that mimics the texture of silicones, yet is totally natural. Broccoli seed also has the added benefits of being rich in vitamin A and fatty acids. You can this product like like any other rinse-out conditioner, or dab a bit in the ends as a leave-in treatment if you have thicker hair.

December 11, 2013

Holiday Gift Idea: Jane Iredale's Snappy Brush Wand

Here's a fun little holiday release that has stocking stuffer written all over it: the Jane Iredale Snappy Brush Wand ($30). This 3-in-1 brush has interchangeable pieces that magnetize together to make one regular sized handle. It conveniently fits into makeup bags without taking up too much space, and makes great minimalist travel item.

December 4, 2013

Holiday Gift Idea: Zuzu Luxe Celestial Eye Palette in Pegasus

Loose minerals are obviously ubiquitous among natural brands, but more more and more I am leaning towards pressed makeup products. Their convenience and lack of mess is an obvious advantage, and if you look around, there are actually some pigmented options out there that are just as good as non-natural brands. I was particularly excited to see that Zuzu Luxe came out with three limited edition palettes for the holidays, and decided to try out the Celestial Eye Palette in Pegasus ($44.95).

December 2, 2013

Dr. Hauschka Liquid Eyeliner in Black

Lately I've been wanting really crisp black eyeliner, and I realized that I've never tried a natural liquid liner product yet. There aren't even a ton of green options out there, but the long established natural brand Dr. Hauschka makes one that comes in a gold tube. I am a huge fan of their Translucent Bronze Concentrate, so I decided to give their Liquid Eyeliner in Black ($21.95 for 0.14 oz) a shot.

November 30, 2013

November Empties

I'm a little frustrated in writing this post, because it's my second time doing so. I don't know what trick Blogger decided to pull on me, but I somehow managed to delete the completed post. Well, I guess I can practice my writing skills by starting again. Anyways, I hope everyone who celebrates had a great Thanksgiving. Here we are at the end of November, and I can't believe next time I'm doing an empties post, it will be 2014! In the meantime, winter in the midwest truly has me understanding why dry skin is something to fear. Most of the products in this post are moisturizers, because I've been pretty obsessive about keeping my skin hydrated. And of course, there's also a couple other miscellaneous favorites.

November 27, 2013

Protect and soothe with Graydon Clinical Luxury creams

Today I'm talking about two dreamy creams from a Canadian company called Graydon Clinical Luxury. Simply named Sun Cream and The Putty, these multitasking moisturizers have quickly become some of my cold weather favorites. Both of these products have beautiful ingredients lists that make them exceptional choices for winter skincare.

November 24, 2013

An everyday face

It's been way too long since I've shared what's in my current rotation makeup products, so it's time to show you what I've been reaching for on a daily basis. I definitely like to wear more than a barely there makeup look, but still lean towards neutral colors and light finishes. I don't want to look like I belong in a nightclub rather than a biology lab, you know? Here's my go-to everyday look for the past month or so.

November 21, 2013

Frangipani Shea Butter Softening Lotion

It's getting to that time of year when we all start to complain about winter skincare woes. To state the obvious, it's cold out and all across the northern hemisphere, skin is getting drier. When it gets below freezing, do I reach for water-based lotions? No! It's butters, balms and oils all the way. One of my current favorites in the butter category is Frangipani Shea Butter Softening Lotion ($21 for 1.5 oz). It's a multitasking whipped shea butter cream can be used on the face, hands, or anywhere else that needs some extra hydration.

November 19, 2013

Marie Veronique Organics Everyday Coverage SPF 30

Even as we approach some of the coldest months of the year, I still reach for my SPF everyday. The sun can still damage your skin in the winter, especially because light rays reflect off of the snow. One of my new favorite sunscreen products is Marie Veronique Organics' Everyday Coverage SPF 30 ($40 for 2 oz). I just love products that multitask, and this amazing tinted facial moisturizer protects and perfects at the same time.

November 18, 2013

Tag: Green Beauty Characters

Thanks to Ria for making this snazzy image to share.
I was recently tagged by lovely fellow bloggers Alexis from The Green Beauty Bunny and Kasey from Plein Vanity to do the "Green Beauty Characters" tag, which was originally started on Life in Blush. I'm not sure exactly sure what ties all these questions together, but this tag has a fun and eclectic mix of topics: everything from beauty products T.V. shows. I tag Vivi from Eco Beauty Secrets, Paula from Naturally Paula, Audriana from True Beauty by Nature, Brianna from iluvjesse444, and anyone else who wants to join in! Without further ado, here's the questions:

November 17, 2013

Seabuckthorn Fruit Oil from The Seabuckthorn Company

Seabuckthorn Oil has everywhere in the natural beauty world as of late, and it's easy to see why. The seabuckthorn berry is a nutrient rich fruit that boasts a wide range skincare benefits. Oil can come from the seed or the fruit of the seabuckthorn, and both types offer their own unique set of advantages. I was drawn to the fruit oil for its impressive nutrient profile that makes it particularly suited for healing damaged skin. Oil from the fruit is vibrant yellow orange color due to its richness in cartenoid pigments, and is perhaps slightly less common than the seed oil in skincare products. I knew I had to give the fruit oil a try, and where better to find it than The Seabuckthorn Company, whose oils come straight from the origin in Peachland, British Columbia?

November 15, 2013

Nourish Organic Fresh Fig Deodorant

I've made my way through Nourish Organic's body butter, hand soap, body wash and body lotion. Now it's time to talk about their last body care product: the Organic Deodorant. This is a solid stick deodorant that boasts fantastic organic moisturizers like coconut oil, cocoa seed butter and shea butter. And it does not contain that ingredient that seems to irritate so many of us -- baking soda. Instead, it keeps pits stink-free with a combination of cornstarch and plant enzymes. This gentle combination is great for sensitive skin, and surprisingly, it actually works pretty well. Not to mention, the fresh fig scent is so delicious and fruity.

November 13, 2013

Better Botanicals Jojoba Clarifying Scrub

Many times, I've mentioned my love for clay masks, especially bentonite clay (a.k.a. Aztec Secret). Something about that army green ingredient is so soothing for breakouts. Mixing up your own clay mask is fun and all, but sometimes I just love the convenience of something that is already ready to go, and that's when I reach for Better Botanicals' Jojoba Clarifying Scrub ($18.99 for 3.25 oz).

November 11, 2013

New from Deep Steep: the Indulgence line

Like many natural beauty bloggers, I have caught the Deep Steep bug. Who can resist a natural and organic line that has nourishing formulations, fun scents, and an amazing price point? As if that weren't enough, now there's the new Deep Steep Indulgence line. The new products are similar Deep Steep's original products: there's a foaming hand wash, a body wash, a body lotion. There's also something new: a body cream.  Like all Deep Steep products, these are formulated with great natural ingredients like aloe vera juice, shea butter and natural oils. But the indulgence line in also enhanced with antioxidant-rich extracts of A├žai, Goji Berry, Yumberry and Maqui Fruit. I put the hand wash and whipped body cream to the test:

November 9, 2013

Weleda Citrus Deodorant

Natural deodorant, along with mascara, is one of the most tricky items to transition over for those going au naturale. Lots of natural products just don't work, and many can also create uncomfortable skin irritations. On top of that, since everyone's body chemistry is different, what works for one person might not work for another. There probably just isn't one holy grail item that will work for everyone.

November 7, 2013

Nourish Organic Body Lotions: Fresh Fig and Spiced Citrus

Today's product is a real rarity. It's not all that uncommon to see a USDA Certified Organic lip balm or natural soap, but a truly organic body lotion? That's really something different, and that's exactly what Nourish Organic Body Lotion ($11.99 for 8 oz) is. To meet these strict standards, this lotion contains almost all organic ingredients, no preservatives, no emulsifying wax, no petroleum byproducts, no synthetics, no whatever else you're likely trying to avoid. That's pretty impressive. The one catch is that alcohol is used in place of a preservative, and is high up on the ingredients.

November 5, 2013

Pure Anada Pressed Mineral Foundation: a pressed powder for the purists

The Pure Anada Pressed Mineral Foundation is $19.50. The paper compact is sold separately for $5.95.
How often do you get excited about a natural pressed makeup product, only to discover it contains a bunch of binders that you would rather avoid? Well, for me at least, it happens a lot! It's hard to formulate truly natural pressed products, so most natural companies just don't make them, or compromise on ingredients. So I was pretty darn excited to find Pure Anada Pressed Mineral Foundation ($19.50) on Open Sky. This powder foundation has buildable coverage, a natural finish, and most importantly, it contains simple, non-pore clogging ingredients.

November 3, 2013

Frangipani Grapefruit Body Oil: five ingredient perfection

If you're a regular reader of my blog, you may have noticed that I have a strong tendency towards all things sweet and fruity. Even when it's completely out of season, and most tend towards warmer, spicier scents, I'll take citrus! Lately I've been loving Frangipani Grapefruit Body Oil ($24.50 for 8 oz), which delivers a fruity scent to satisfy my cravings in a more sophisticated, subtle way. We all know sometimes the best things are the simplest, and this generous-sized body oil contains only five all-natural ingredients: rice bran, jojoba, grapefruit, ylang ylang and vitamin E.

October 31, 2013

October Empties

Here we are at the end of October! It's been a cold, dry month, and I've been constantly reaching for all sorts of oils, creams and lotions to prevent my skin from getting all reptilian. I used up less products than my massive stash from September, but I did get through a good amount of actual makeup items this month. So without further ado, my recyclables:

October 29, 2013

Au Naturale Creme Shadows: White Quartz and Ivory

I realize I've been neglecting the "makeup" in Pure Makeup a bit lately, so I'm excited to share some shadows today from Au Naturale Cosmetics. Au Naturale is a very pure range of mineral and cream makeup with a modern feel. I was immediately drawn to these neutral Creme Shadows ($24) with their beautiful shiny swirls of color.

October 27, 2013

Nourish Organic Body Washes: Spiced Citrus and Fresh Fig

By now I've already introduced you to Nourish Organic, the exceptionally clean, fully USDA-approved body care brand. After success with their hand soap and extra amazing body butter, I've been putting two of their Moisturizing Cream Body Washes ($9.99 for 10 oz) to the test.

October 25, 2013

Weleda Calendula Baby Cream

We all make mistakes, some smaller than others. On the less important side of the spectrum, I meant to order my favorite face cream from last winter, Weleda Calendula Face Cream, and I picked out the regular Calendula Baby Cream ($7.99 for 2.6 oz) for the body instead. This would have perhaps been a happier accident, if I had not already been seriously evaluating the amount of body moisturizers I have in my life, and now inadvertently here was one more to add to the collection. But I thought, what the heck, I guess I was just meant to be.

October 23, 2013

Better Botanicals Chamomile Hydrating Cleanser

I need to talk about my love of cream cleansers again. They are the happy medium of face washes: more gentle than foaming ones, more pH friendly than soaps, and more convenient than cleansing oils. Now I have discovered an Ayurvedic one that I absolutely love, Better Botanicals Chamomile Hydrating Cleanser ($16.99 for 3.25 oz).

October 22, 2013

Honey Girl Organics Rejuvenating Mask

When your skin is really going haywire, is there anything to make it feel better quite like a good facial mask? When I get a breakout, there are two things I almost always reach for: clay and honey. Lately I've been loving Honey Girl Organics Rejuvenating Mask ($26.99 for 1.75 oz) because it combines these two things, plus a couple other powerhouse natural ingredients, into one mask. In one go, you get the benefits of raw honey, bentonite clay, royal jelly, propolis and blue green algae.

October 20, 2013

Sample Sunday: Osmia Organics, Honey Girl Organics and Weleda

Today is my first ever "Sample Sunday" post. I often neglect to write about the many samples that I go through, and I thought it was a good idea to share some brief thoughts on some of the mini-products that I've tried. If you like body moisturizers and/or citrus, or are looking for a pimple spot treatment, read on.

October 18, 2013

The ultimate lash duo by Jane Iredale: PureLash Conditioner + Longest Lash Mascara

A natural mascara that actually works is a extremely elusive item. Over time, I've found a few that I liked, but none ever had that "wow" factor, and many had major drawbacks like excessive flaking or irritating formulas. Well, I have finally found some products that I absolutely love — just as much, if not more that drugstore or high end mascaras. Jane Iredale totally delivers with their amazing PureLash Extender & Conditioner ($16) and Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascara ($33).

October 16, 2013

Better Botanicals Ayurvedic Hydrating Body Oil

Before I switched over to natural products, there was a time that I thought body oils were only for body builders and people who suntan. I could only imagine the purpose of such products was to show off extreme muscle definition or toasted skin. Well, I was very wrong. Now that I am firmly pro body oil, I need to spread the word. Not all body oils make you into a greasy oil slick. In fact, Better Botanicals Ayurvedic Hydrating Body Oil ($14.99 for 3.5 oz) is the least greasy one I have ever tried.

October 14, 2013

SBT Seabuckthorn Sensitive Skin Soothing Salve

Just look this oversized orange, white and teal tin. What could it possibly contain? If you suspect it has something natural and nourishing inside, you would be correct. In a single sentence, SBT Seabuckthorn Sensitive Skin Soothing Salve ($19.95 for 4 oz) is tin of balmy, golden sea buckthorn goodness that smells cool, floral, fresh, green, with just a hint of woodsiness. To reduce it to only one word, it's fantastic.

October 12, 2013

Nourish Organic Fresh Fig Hand Wash

Yesterday, I wrote about the amazing Nourish Organic Fresh Fig Body Butter, and now it's time to talk about the matching Fresh Fig Hand Wash ($7.99 for 7 oz). This is pretty much the option available if you want a USDA Organic liquid hand soap.

October 11, 2013

Nourish Organic Fresh Fig Body Butter

Lately, I've become more and more fixated on with body products that smell good. That's why I'm obsessed with Nourish Organic Fresh Fig Body Butter ($9.99 for 3.6 oz). I'm not being hyperbolic when I say this is one of the best smelling products I've tried to date. From the name, I was expecting just a fig scented product, but this certified organic fragrance has notes of lemon, grapefruit, green apple, currant, fig, apricot, peach, strawberry raspberry and caramel. It's sweet and exotic, without being too in your face. If I could imagine my perfect fruity fragrance, this would be it. I am so glad there is a matching body lotion, body wash, hand soap and deodorant, because I want to smell like this all of the time! I highly recommend this if you like light, sweet scents.

October 8, 2013

Nubian Heritage Honey & Black Seed Soap

Meet my favorite Nubian Heritage scent (this far). Nubian Heritage Black Seed and Honey Soap ($3.09 for 5 oz) is dee-vine. It's very musky, a little sweet, and a bit mysterious. The fragrance is on the stronger side, but like many of the Nubian Heritage soaps, when you actually use it in water it becomes more mild. It contains black seeds that provide more gentle exfoliation than some of the brand's other soaps. According to the packaging, black seed is known as the "seed of blessing" for its healing properties, and was even found buried in the tomb King Tut. Indeed, Web MD has a whole list of conditions it has been used for, and unsurprisingly most of them have not been studied enough. For me, I just love the scent and how moisturizing these soaps are. I've repurchased this soap before, and will likely again in the future. I liked it so much I got the heat protectant from Nubian Heritage in the same scent.

October 6, 2013

The Skincare Tag

Moisturize! (And treat with the diluted Desert Essence Tea Tree Lavender Oil)
Today's post is a little different. It's a skincare "tag" where I'll answer a set of questions about my skincare routine. I've included photos of many of my favorite products. Many of them I have already written full reviews of, but if not, I promise they are coming in the future.

October 4, 2013

Ellovi Butter

I've come across a lot of natural "butters" in my blogging time, but Ellovi Butter ($26 for 3.5 oz) is the first product I've tried that actually mimics the exact texture of, well, room temperature butter.
This product is formulated with six simple natural ingredients: macadamia, coconut, marula and hemp oils, plus corn starch and shea butter. Marula is the newest "it" oil that contains antioxidants and fatty acids that hydrate and repair damaged skin. Macadamia oil is a popular ingredient in haircare, but its similarity to the skin's natural sebum make it a fantastic choice for the skin as well. And who hasn't discovered the rich moisture of shea butter and coconut oil yet?

October 2, 2013

Dr. Sponge Cleansing Sponges: the handy skincare tool you never knew you needed

Dry sponges
I've never been one to complicate my cleansing routine too much. I don't keep more than one or two cleansers around, and I certainly never thought of washing my face with anything other than my hands. But Dr. Sponge's Cleansing Sponges ($8.50) have me thinking differently. These little beauty tools make cleansing easier, more effective, and more fun.

September 30, 2013

September Empties

Here's a peek at all the things that I've gone through this month. As usual, there's a lot of skincare and body care, plus a few makeup items. I honestly just love getting these posts out of the way so I can get to recycling and throwing away all this stuff.

September 28, 2013

Weleda Iris Hydrating Facial Lotion

In my quest to find a lightweight moisturizing lotion that keeps my skin happy, I stumbled upon Weleda Iris Hydrating Facial Lotion ($15.69 for 1 oz). As the name suggests, this moisturizer is made with iris root extract, which is supposed to help maintain moisture balance and stimulate the "active layers" of the skin. It also contains calendula for its antiseptic properties, which is great for my breakout prone skin. I must admit I don't think I've even smelled iris before, but I really like the scent of this lotion. It's fresh and floral without being overpowering, and just a dash medicinal. 

September 25, 2013

Acure Facial Cleansing Creme

Meet my favorite skincare product of the moment, Acure Facial Cleansing Creme ($12.94 for 4 oz). This creamy face wash is designed cleanse normal, combination and dry skin without stripping away
moisture. It has a smooth, rich texture, an unusual greenish gray color, and a very light mint scent. It foams up just a little bit with water, and leaves my skin feeling very clean, without any tightness. I especially love it because even on heavy makeup days, it washes it absolutely everything with ease. But it's still super gentle on the skin. No stinging my eyes!

September 22, 2013

Honey Girl Organics Body Creme

Honey Girl Organics Body Creme ($23.99 for 4 oz) is a product to satisfy the purists, with organic, close to earth ingredients and bee products that come right from the company's own hives. If you think you only like butters and oils, this might just be the creme to change your mind.

September 20, 2013

Fable Naturals Lemon and Lavender Body Balm

Above all else in the land of natural skincare, I love a good balm. At present I have 14 posts dedicated solely to the subject. They're more moisturizing and versatile than lotions, more portable than oils, and just more fun, don't you think? My newest balm is Fable Naturals Lemon and Lavender Body Balm ($9.99 CAD).

September 18, 2013

Deep Steep Passionfruit Guava Body Butter

I will always remember that first time I had fresh passionfruit juice in the Miami Airport. I've wanted all passion fruit everything ever since. It is just about my favorite flavor/scent ever. I'm obsessed. Guava is a longtime favorite as well. So obviously I needed to try Deep Steep's Passion Fruit Guava Body Butter ($4.99 for 6 oz).

September 17, 2013

Acure Lemongrass + Moroccan Argan Oil Firming Body Lotion

When it comes to body lotion, Acure is my number one. I already tried and loved their mandarin scent, but I decided to switch it up this time and try the Lemongrass + Moroccan Argan Oil version ($8.57 for 8 oz). If you've tried their Lemongrass and Argan Stem Cell Shampoo and Conditioner, or the Leave In Spray, this has the exact same scent. It's tangy, bright, grassy, and herbal. It's just like the smell of fresh lemongrass, but even more pungent.

September 15, 2013

Fable Naturals Lemon and Listea Body Wash

Way too many of the body washes available, even in natural retailers, are made with some pretty undesirable ingredients. Scan a typical ingredients list and you will find synthetic detergents like SLS, preservatives such as phenoxyethanol, japanese honeysuckle, or even parabens.

September 13, 2013

Organic Wear Fake Out Mascara: is it worth the hype?

The fourth mascara released by Organic Wear, Fake Out ($9.95) has received a ton of love from my fellow green beauty bloggers. I liked its predecessor, Jumbo Lash, and since this line is conveniently found at the drugstore, of course I had to check it out.

September 11, 2013

Paintbrushes: perfect makeup brushes for small and hooded eyes

Recently, I watched an extremely helpful video from Nurberxo full of eye makeup tips. One of the things she mentioned was that many makeup brushes are "one size fits all," which obviously doesn't work for everyone. She showed some smaller sized paint brushes from Michael's, which were perfect for smaller eyes or those who want more precision in their application. I felt like she was speaking directly to me! I don't have a lot of lid space, and I always felt like many blending brushes were much too big for my eyes.

September 9, 2013

Dr. Hauschka Blackthorn Body Oil

Dr. Hauschka Blackthorn Body Oil ($28.95 for 2.5 oz) is a unique body moisturizer formulated with an under-appreciated extract. What exactly is blackthorn? A quick Google search for the term yields several pages on a Butch Cassidy biopic and also an Irish rock band.

September 7, 2013

Fable Naturals Lemon Lip Balm: fair trade + fruity

I've recently been testing out a few products from a Canadian brand called Fable Naturals. Based out of one of my favorite cities, Vancouver, B.C., this company focuses on using ingredients that are natural, organic and fair trade certified.
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