Saturday, March 29, 2014

Concrete Minerals review & swatches!!

Hey everyone! Todays post is long awaited, for me anyways! I have been obsessing over these items for a little over a month now and I can't stop using them! If you follow me on YouTube, you have already seen me talk about, and use them and now I'm excited to bring them to you up close and personal...with swatches! Now you can see the gorgeous, richly pigmented, awesomeness that lies within these containers.

Let's get started!

I want to tell you a little about Concrete Minerals, and then we shall move onto the swatches/ review. Ok. Concrete Minerals is a mineral makeup brand that offers a range of products from eyeshadows, lip tints, and nail polishes, and they are also cruelty free, vegan, gluten free, and made in the USA. Amazing right? That meets all my criteria for beauty products, and then some!

I came across them by accident on Google (where I find literally everything), and as soon as I took a gander at the brightness of their shadows I knew I had to place an order! I immediately went to their website and looked at their ingredients, and then checked out everything they offered, and then got even MORE excited when I found out that they had a special deal for bloggers.

Yes! The have a special deal that  if you are a blogger/ vlogger, and have 100+ subscribers, you can get 4 of their mineral OR pro-matte eyeshadows for only $15.00 USD. I poured over their shadows for a couple hours before deciding on the ones I ended up with, and also added a couple lip tints to my order. This is a great way to try their products because each shadow costs $7.00 USD, so you get quite a discount!

My order arrived super quickly, actually one day sooner than estimated, which I was really happy about. I actually have a haul video if you are interested in that.

Ok, now lets get to the swatches!!! I think I'll start with the shadows :)

The four colors I chose were:
Rocked (soft, neutral peach with violet sheen)
Unity (vibrant purple with gold sparkle)
Infinity (aqua blue)
Brat (hot pink with violet undertones)

OH MY GOSH I was blown away with these shadows! They were even more beautiful and brighter than their online pictures and just amazing quality.The pigmentation of these shadows is so intense, you would never think they were completely natural mineral pigments!! They apply very smoothly, even on my crinkly eyelids, even without a primer. They are also super long lasting. I don't wear a primer, but I do use my foundation on my eyelids, and they last pretty much the whole day on me, with little creasing if any at all.

I also got two samples with my order, and they were:

Croma (shimmery-lavender with aqua sparkle)
Kinky (black-based teal, with rainbow sparkle)

These two colors are very pretty, but Croma is a very cool toned color that doesn't go well with my skin tone. I do however really like Kinky! It is such a unique color! I have not used it in a look yet but I have swatched it and think it is gorgeous. Look for it in a GRWM very soon!

Like I said before, I was drooling over all of their products, and when I saw the liptints, I had to get a couple! I chose:

Rocket (vibrant coral- pink)
Vamp (cherry red)

The description of these liptints is pretty accurate, although on my lips Vamp is a little more of a pink tone which is fine with me! Let me just say, these lip tints are so pigmented, they are almost like a lipstick! They have a very pepperminty scent and tingle, so if you aren't a fan of peppermint these probably won't be for you. I use to not like peppermint in my lip products because it can be very strong and burn, but that is not the case with these. I LOVE them. I am constantly grabbing for these when I need a lip color.

Rocket is my favorite of the two, just because coral is my favorite color, but Vamp is also a gorgeous color. I am absolutely thrilled that I found out about this brand, and I will DEFINITELY be back for more products very soon!

Have you tried Concrete Minerals before? What did you think of them?



Where to buy:

Mineral eye shadows:
$7 Ingredients vary, Pro-matte shadows contain dyes

Lip tints:
Olea europaea (Organic Olive) Oil, Euphorbia anisyphilitica (Candelilla) Wax, Cocos nucifera (Organic Coconut) Oil, Butyrospermun parkii (Organic Shea) Butter, Elaeis guineensis (Organic Palm) Oil, Simmondsia chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Oil, Rosa mosqueta (Rosehip) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Azadirachta indica (Neem) Oil

MAY CONTAIN: Mica, Titanium dioxide, Iron oxide, Tin oxide

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Today is a very exciting day for me and my blog. I've been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! I was nominated by Kath over at  Natural Kath, and I could not be more excited! Thank you so much Kath! If you have not read her blog, head over there because she showcases all kinds of green beauty, and it's a great place to find makeup swatches!

The rules for this award are:
1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog. (done!)
2. Display the award on your post.(done!)
3. List the award rules so your nominees will know what to do.(now, done!)
4. State 7 things about yourself.(below)
5. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award.(below)
6. Contact your nominees to let them know you have nominated them. Provide a link to your post.
7. Proudly display the award logo (or buttons) on your blog, whether on your side bar, ABOUT page, or a special page for awards.( hells yea I will!)

Ok, here is the part where I tell you seven things about myself...I hope I can think of seven things.
1. I am obsessed with red hair. I have always wished I was a natural red head.
2. I love gardening, but I am terrified of worms, so my bf has to save me every time I dig in the dirt and move the worm.
3. I have never had a tan.
4. I wear a size 11.5 womens. So needless to say I have a hard time finding shoes and have to wear them to death.
5. I come from a rather large family- 5 sisters and 1 brother. We were never lonely!
6.  By the end of 2014 I really want to own a Big Berkey water filter. It's been on my wishlist for a very long time!
7. I try to buy conciously, and I do own a small amount of organic clothing, and want to start adding sustainable clothing to my blog posts in the near future.

And the nominees are:

All these ladies deserve this award and inspire me everytime I read their blogs!

Thanks again to Kath for the nomination! I am really honored and excited!