Monday, March 25, 2013

10 Products I Would Re-purchase TAG

Hey everyone! Todays post is a little different. It's part of a collaborative blog post started by the beautiful Brianna (Iluvjesse444), who was nice enough to invite me to be a part of! Thank you Brianna! This "10 things I would repurchase" collab is based on a youtube tag that was going around, which was about things that you would repurchase if you lost all your makeup and you had to buy them again. I had a tough time picking 10 things, just because I don't really have a variety of things I use...I pretty much stick to the same skincare/ makeup year round. So I decided to pick the ones I use most often, and some I was almost out of that I would like to repurchase when it was all gone. Here is what I picked:

1. Acure Organics Argan Oil - All the natural bloggers/ youtubers have raved about this argan oil, so when I ran out of the Aura Cacia brand I was using, I bought it. Now I am obsessed. I love that it's in a dropper so it's easy to apply, and it makes my skin so soft.

2. 100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream - I have been using this for over a year, and still have a little left in the tube, so you definitely get your money's worth. Also, it smells like cocoa butter and coffee and I kinda wanna eat it! It also gets rid of puffiness I have when I wakeup, and it very moisturizing under the eye where I tend to be dry.

3. Desert Essence Organic Jojoba Oil - This stuff is so muilt-purpose, I don't know how I ever lived without it! I use it as eye makeup remover, moisturizer, hair serum and detangler. It very good for sensitive, dry skin like mine and doesn't break me out. Love it!

4. Nourish Almond Vanilla Body Butter - Hands down the BEST. BODY BUTTER. EVER. It keeps my skin hydrated ALL day, even in dry factory air with pants rubbing against my legs all day. This is the only moisturizer that has ever done that for me. It smells like vanilla ice cream too so that's a bonus.

5. OhSudz Blemish Cover-Up (Yellow Base)- Miracle worker! It literally covers everything. I use it for dark circles, acne marks, redness around my nose...basically anything you wanna cover it will cover it. This brand is made for sensitive, acne prone skin, so it will not break you out. It leaves a dewy finish too, so it doesn't really look like you are wearing concealer. I can't live without it.

6. 100% Pure Lip/ Cheek Tint (Pink Grapefruit) - The perfect pink for my cheeks! It is sheer, and gives you a glow instead of looking like you are very embarrassed, or wearing blush at all.

7. Every Day Minerals Jojoba Base( Bare) - For a mineral foundation, this is the best brand I've ever tried. Some say it is too orange on their skin, but I don't find that a problem. It gives a nice full coverage, and doesn't get cakey on me. It looks very natural.

8. Honeybee Gardens Eyeliner (Jet Set) - My only eyeliner. It's very pigmented and creamy, and it does smudge a little...but the ingredients are so amazing I can deal with it. Plus, I like a little rock n roll eyes :)

9. Love & Toast Lip Glaze ( Prep School) - I fell in love with these at first sight. I have four of the six shades and they are fantastic. They are very pigmented for a gloss, and very moisturizing. They also smell and taste great.

10. 100% Pure Black Tea Mascara - This is my favorite mascara ever. You cannot get more natural than mascara colored with tea pigments! It is very lengthening, but not thickening, and it doesn't irritate my eyes at all which is great for me! That was always a problem with drugstore brands. Also, have you seen the packaging? Gorgeous.

Thanks again to Brianna for letting me be a part of this collaborative blog post with other bloggers that I admire! It was very exciting for me! I hope you enjoyed this post!

What are your items you would repurchase??


Raw Skin Ceuticals B.B.Matte Creme Foundation spf 20 SWATCHES & mini review!

Hi guys! If you follow me on twitter, you have heard me talk about this foundation at least twenty times, and that I liked it so much I ended up buying the full size. This post though, is just going to be showing you the swatches from the five samples that I got to test out, and also a little info about the foundation its self. This way you can get a clear picture of what they may look like on the skin. I ordered the custom sampler direct from Sarah, the co-founder of Raw Skin Ceuticals via email, ( which is the only way to get it), and I got 3 neutral shades and 2 warm shades to try because my skin is kind of in the middle of these. Let me first tell you about the foundation, and talk about the ingredients and all that jazz first...then I'll move on to the swatching! The website says this:

Mica free, talc free, silica free, bismuth free, fragrance free, and chemical free.
S.P.F. 20 B.B. formula
Clean matte finish
Provides medium to full coverage
Antioxidant and vitamin c herb complex
UVA/ UVB protection combats signs of age
Protects against toxins and bacteria
Hydrates and evens tone

This foundation comes in 3 tones, cool, neutral, and warm. The shades range from 101(very fair) to 108 (very dark). I ordered N101, N102, N103, W101, and W102. I only wanted to try the 101 and 102 shades but I needed 5 to get the sampler so that's why there is the's WAY too dark for me! When I first read the ingredients, and the back story of how the company was started, I was immediately drawn in and wanted to try everything I could get my hands on, just because it was the cleanest makeup I've ever seen, ingredients wise. So I decided to just start with the foundation, and if I liked it I would move onto the other products.
The samples came in an acrylic jar, and were actually quite large for a sample! There is enough for about a week of wears, for me anyway!

Ok, so the foundation has a slight herbal scent, but not that noticeable, and not at all when applied to your skin. It goes on like a thick cream moisturizer, and blends pretty well. I applied it over 100% Pure night balm, so it made it a little harder to spread, but left it dewy instead of the matte it is supposed to be,(which I prefer). It covers VERY well, I was actually really surprised with the coverage. I guess I shouldn't have been because the description told me it was, but I'm always a skeptic.

from top left: N1,N2,N3
bottom left: W1,W2

The swatches I did on my arm actually blended so much easier than on my face, with hardly any effort, because there was no moisturizer on it. The description of this foundation was pretty accurate with the coverage, and the finish it gives, and about it evening your skin does all these things! The only thing I didn't find true was the hydrating of the skin. Mine got pretty dried out as the day went on, and by the time I got off work my skin was dehydrated. It could have been the air in my building, or maybe not drinking enough water that day, either way I had to re-moisturize.
I did end up finding a perfect match for my skin though, which was very exciting! The color that I ended up finding the best was W102, and it is actually a dead match for my Ohsudz concealer! That was amazing because that is my holy grail makeup item.

From left: W2, W1

from left: N1, N2, N3(blended)

Other than the slight dehydration...which could have been anything, I really enjoy this foundation. I'm glad I got to test it out before I bought it, and when I bought the full size it was actually on sale on Abe's Market for $4 less, so that was even  better. I hope this little review was helpful if you are looking into trying Raw Skin Ceuticals crème foundation, and let me know if you give it a try!


full size: 1 oz $22.00
where to buy: Lucky Vitamin, Abe's Market, Raw Skin Ceuticals

aloe barbadenis (aloe leaf juice), rosa rubginosa (rosehip seed oil), garcinia indica (mango butter), cannabis sativa (hemp seed oil), calophyllum inophyllum (tamanu oil), cucurbita pepo (pumpkin seed oil), oenothera biennis (evening primrose oil), persea gratissima (avocado oil), cetyl-stearyl alcohol, proprietary vitamin C herb complex blend: glebionis (chrysanthemum), helisso chrysos (helichrysum flowers), citrus sinensis (orange peel), rosa canina (rosehips), euphrasia officinalis (eyebright), malpighia glabra (acerola cherry), galium aparine (cleavers), l-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) preservative blend: potassium sorbate usp, citric acid mineral oxides for color

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Love & Toast Lip Glazes REVIEW!!

Hey everyone! I was sitting around tonight thinking of ideas for videos and blog posts and it dawned on me, I had not reviewed my favorite lip glosses yet! How could that be? I have talked about them in a couple videos, but have never done a full review so here it is! Sorry for being a slacker. I first saw these lip glazes back in December and immediately fell in love with them and bought the two colors that I had been looking for most in a lip color. Misbehavin' (fuchsia), and Bad Habit (cherry red). You've already heard about my search for fuchsia and red lip colors, so I'll skip that part. When I received them, they were even more beautiful in person than they were online! I was impressed immediately. The packaging is absolutely ADORABLE too! That is one reason I wanted them, but also the fantastic ingredients, and the pigmentation they have. They come in six different shades, but I only have for of close!

I loved the first two so much, I ended up ordering two more a week later! This time I got Prep school (bright pink), and Crush Rush (light orange), and these are a little more sheer than the other two, but only because they are lighter in color. No loss of pigmentation though!
Like I said before, other than the cute packaging, the thing that caught my eye most about these was the color pigmentation. They are very pigmented for a lip gloss! Bad Habit is the darkest shade, and it is a VERY bright red.

This is definitely a daring lip color. Good for a night out, to make you feel a little vampy. The second most pigmented shade is Misbehavin'. It is a very bright perfect fuchsia, and it's goregeous! Another standout shade, for when you want to be noticed!

My camera does not do this color justice. It actually looks brighter on the lips. Now onto the lighter, more daytime friendly shades! This next color is the perfect daytime pink, Prep School. It has been my go-to lip gloss ever since I got it, and still is.

The last shade of these amazing lip glazes that I own is Crush Rush, and it is a light coral/ orange color. It is also a great daytime shade, and is also great for everyday casual makeup looks.

I really can't say enough good things about the lip glazes! They last for hours, they smell and taste great ( sweetened with stevia!), and they are all natural! They also make your lips really glossy and super moisturized. If you have tried these, let me know what you think!

                                                   Do you have a favorite lip gloss?

price: $5.89
where to buy:

Ricinus communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Beeswax, Flavor (aroma)*, silica, helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, olea europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil, stevia rebaudiana leaf/ (CI 77891), carmine (CI 75470), iron oxides (CI 77489/77491/7749277499), manganese violet (CI 77742). *Flavor is natural

Friday, March 8, 2013

D.I.Y. body butter!

Hey guys! Have you ever ran out of lotion or body butter, but didn't know it until you stepped out of the shower? What are you supposed to do? Just let your skin get all dried out? No!! You just make your own! That's what happened to me today....I had a good sweaty cardio session and had to get in the shower...but realized I was completely out of my AMAZING Nourish almond vanilla body butter (the BEST body butter of all time!) when I got out. Then I remembered I had all the ingredients necessary to just whip up a batch of my own! It's not the same as the Nourish, but it's still very hydrating. The first step I did was just wash out the empty container the Nourish was in, and dry it out.

The container is only 3.6 oz, so I just decided to use 1/4 cup of each of my butters to make 4 oz, which filled it completely to the top (the Nourish stopped just under the ring).
What you will need:
- 1/4 cup raw shea butter ( mine is from Sweet Madina organics on etsy)

- 1/4 cup organic unrefined coconut oil ( mine is from trader joes)

- essential oils or fragrance of your choice ( optional)- mine was the last few drops of a sample of sugar cookie body spritz from Natural Joy Beauty.

- bowl
- hand mixer
- container for your body butter
- measuring cups ( 1/4 cup)

Start by measuring out your butters.

1/4 c shea butter

1/4 c coconut oil

Next, get your bowl and mixer ready...this is going to go really quick! Dump your butters into a mixing bowl.

Mix them until they are blended.

Add your fragrance (optional)

Blend again. ( just a couple seconds)

Now you are ready to put your new body butter in your container.

This step is also optional, but you can put your body butter in the fridge after you are done to firm it up a little. About 10 minutes.

You are done! Now you can enjoy your new fabulous body butter that you made yourself!

Do you have any d.i.y. body products you love? Would you like to see more blog posts like this? Let me know!


Monday, March 4, 2013

The Natural Beauty Box review.

Hey everybody! Have you ever subscribed to a subscription box for beauty products? There are sooooo many out there, Glossy box, Eco Emi, conscious box, among others, and there is the newest one out The Natural Beauty Box. I think they actually started last year or so, and it is made by the girls who run the Natural Beauty store website.
 According to their website, the natural beauty box only carries 95-100%  natural products, and never gives you the same two products in a year. Also, they say that there won't be more than two products
of the same type in the box in one month.
 When I subscribed back in December for the January box, the price for a one month subscription was only $20.00, but now  I think that it went up to $29.99!!! That is just ridiculous for this box, and I will get into why later.
As January rolled around, I was getting excited to get my box...but it never came. I waited and waited, and eventually by the end of January I get an email from them saying that the January box had been delayed until the beginning of February. Nice. I had seen so many videos and things talking about how great this box was, so I still had high hopes for it and was still excited for it to come in early February. It didn't come.
 I was getting really irritated and kept messaging them on facebook, but the only response I could get was "we are waiting for some new suppliers products before we can ship them out and will be out by the end of February". By then I was starting to think I got ripped off, but by the last week of February it finally came, and it was very disappointing.
Let me start with the "good" part of my experience with the natural beauty box. I use good loosely here.
1. it showed up...eventually
2. cute box



That's about it. I was unbelievably disappointed with the service, and the fact that it was a month behind, and that the samples I got were just crap I will never use. They claim that you will never get 2 of the same item in one month's box, but I ended up getting 3 soaps. None of which I liked, unfortunately. Also in the box, you get a sheet that tells you all of the samples you got, most have the ingredients listed but not all of them. It tells you how much your sample is worth and what the full size is worth...with a coupon should you wanna buy the full size. It tells you what the total worth of your samples are as well. One of the samples I got was aftershave for men. I am not a man, and my boyfriend has a beard so this is of no use to me. I guess it's good for those who do have a spouse or bf that shaves. Another one of the samples I really wasn't happy with was a body butter that had fragrance, tetrasodium edta,,phenoxethanol, and a few other questionable ingredients. How is that 95-100% natural??

 After my initial disappointment wore off, I started talking to some other natural beauty bloggers on twitter and Catie (Naturalla Beauty), who also did a review on the box back in November, told me she was not a fan and will not be subscribing again either. Nice to know it wasn't just me! Also Mary (Pure Makeup), told me that the natural beauty store was being rude to their customers, and deleting the negative posts (like this review), from their facebook page! And I looked for myself and saw tons of people complaining that they didn't get their box, or had some kind of issue, and said their comments had gotten deleted. I couldn't believe my eyes! I am glad that mine eventually came even though it was very delayed, but I will not be a returning subscriber. I am not saying that you should or shouldn't try this box out for yourself, I am simply telling you about my experience. Lots of others have really enjoyed their boxes so it really is up to you.
Have any of you tried this box? If so, what was your experience like? I'd love to hear about it!