Natural Beauty Reviews

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  • Easter Nails with TRIND! I have not done a mani post in way too long! Well, I’m happy to bring back my mani posts with a company I have recently been introduced to. TRIND Nails is a Dutch company that makes not just nail polish, but lots of nail products meant to strengthen and nourish nails. I am fortunate ...
  • 5 Must Have Beauty Products for Spring! Spring is in the air! It’s officially warm here and I hear is finally warming up everywhere else. So to lead in spring, Jen and I put together an awesome makeup look using 5 of my favorite products for spring:   1 - ILIA Polka Dots and Moonbeams This highlight brings a subtle shimmer to skin that is ...
  • Like Washing with Fluffy Clouds ~ Natural Konjac Body Sponge Konjac sponges are the IT sponge right now. My first experience was with Boscia’s Facial Sponge and now I’ve been able to try konjac body sponges and I love them! Natural Konjac Sponge offers a variety of sponges, but since I already had a face one, I thought I’d try the body sponges. Now, if you ...
  • My Eyes are Vitalized with Blissoma I’ve only reviewed two eye serums in the two and a half years of blogging because the truth is, good eye serums are really hard to find. So, as you might guess because I’m reviewing it – I’ve found another one! Blissoma’s Bright Eye Vitalizing Nutrient Serum is awesome. And that about sums up my review. Kidding! ...
  • Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Awesomeness – Part 2 I totally meant to write Part 2 this weekend, and then I started watching House of Cards. Have you seen it? Don’t start watching it. It sucks you in and consumes your life! But seriously, it’s awesome. So back to Lauren Brooke awesomeness… I’ve already talked about their eye shadows, and today it’s about her blushes ...
  • Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Part 1 & a Giveaway! I love trying new makeup companies! I have heard great things about Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques so when Natural Joy Beauty contacted me to see if I would like to try something from their website, I jumped at the chance to try Lauren Brooke. Since I have so much to share, I have two reviews. Today’s post ...
  • Are your legs ready to see the sun? Now that it is starting to warm up, out come my shorts! And then of course is the realization that my legs are freakishly pale. Not only am I naturally fair, but after months of winter with wearing pants, my leg color becomes what may be referred to as ‘transparent.’ So it is usually this ...
  • Spring is Here! And it’s Magical with Jane Iredale Oh how I love spring! The flowers, the fun spring colors, spring cleaning and organizing – and overall sense of renewal. So to welcome in spring, I’ll be doing a series of reviews all about spring! To get spring started, I have to start with fun makeup of course ;o) Jane Iredale just launched a new ...
  • 2 MORE Awesome Natural Deodorants I feel like I’ve hit the natural deodorant jackpot! I recently discovered Schmidt’s Deodorant and now I’ve found two more awesome ones! The first is Colorado Pit Stik. While it might have a funky name, this is one effective deodorant. The first time I tried it, I immediately smelled Tea Tree Oil, which I love. But ...
  • Gluten-Free Lipstick! With Red Apple Lipstick I previously tried Red Apple Lipstick’s eye shadows and was really impressed with their pigment and wear. Well, it should come as no surprise that Red Apple Lipstick’s lipsticks have the exact same qualities! I was lucky enough to try three lipsticks, and I took a leap and tried three very different colors. I usually ...
  • Moisturizing Honey Deliciousness & a Giveaway! I love a good body oil. With just the right use of oil(s), body oils can be moisturizing without being greasy. Farmaesthetics won me over with their Deep Lavender Rub and Vapour Bath Elixir (which I still use all the time), and so I was thrilled to try another product. In short, their Midnight Honey ...
  • It’s a Lovely Day ~ Sarabecca Natural Perfume Sarabecca perfume was introduced to me by the lovely ladies of Earth Science and I am so glad they did! I am a huge fan of natural perfumes, so was excited to experience a new company. Sarabecca offers two perfumes, Night and Day, and I am head over heels in love with Day! Day is described as ...
  • Effective, Gentle Deodorant & an International Giveaway! Finding an effective deodorant may be one of the toughest parts of going green. It’s kind of amazing how important not being stinky is until you find yourself being stinky! So when I heard great things about Schmidt’s Deodorant, I was excited to try. Having an entire line of different scents (including fragrance free) is a ...
  • Clear Sinuses & a Soothed Back! With Farmaesthetics So you are probably thinking – what in the world do sinuses and back pain have in common? Well, I will tell you: Farmaesthetics. Their Vapour Bath Elixir and Deep Lavender Rub have been SO nice on my back. And, recently I have started getting a little bit of congestion and they helped with that ...
  • Gluten-Free Eye Shadow! with Red Apple Lipstick I love the idea of a company that sticks with a few things and does those things extremely well. ILIA is one of them – just a few things and they all are awesome. I’m happy to report a new brand to add to the list – Red Apple Lipstick. While the name has Lipstick ...
  • Jane Iredale Starter Kit & a Giveaway! I don’t know about you, but when I love a company, I never want to just try a few things from their line – I want to try EVERYTHING from them! That could be the reason why my beauty stash is so large…. hmmm…. Well, I have slowly tried many Jane Iredale products over the years ...
  • An organic facial oil that helps breakouts? Yup! MVO Face Oil The winter can pose a problem for skincare: my skin needs moisture, but too much moisture will break it out. It can be an endless cycle of adding moisture which cause breakouts so I use breakout treatments which dry my skin out so I add moisture which then breaks it out….you get the picture. I saw ...
  • Warm & Spicy ~ Juara Candlenut Perfume I haven’t written about perfumes in awhile, but the truth is – I really love them! I have quite a few natural-based perfumes, and have been using (and loving) Juara’s Candlenut Perfume Oil the past couple of months. I guess it’s time I review it ;o) Juara describes Candlenut with “Whisk yourself away to a secluded, tropical ...
  • 5 Best Natural & Organic Red Lipsticks This post started out of a very nice comment I received complimenting the lip color I’m wearing in my main headshot photo (it’s W3LL People Nudist 3 by the way). I started thinking about my favorite red lipsticks and voila! Here is the post. So I have a LOT of red lipsticks, but if I had ...
  • Winter Savior & an International Giveaway! While I can’t complain about the weather here (especially with all of the polar vortex craziness that just happened in the midwest), my skin has still been super dry. No matter how nice the weather is (and we definitely get spoiled in Arizona this time of  year), my skin is very confused it is not ...
  • Smokey Eyes for New Years with Living Nature Oh how I love New Years. Of course there is the symbolic starting anew, resolutions, wishes, dreams – and then there is the fun parties and dancing and drinks ;o) Double bonus! Well, in order to properly celebrate the New Year, you have to have a great outfit and awesome makeup. And just in time for ...
  • Longer Lashes & an International Giveaway! Christmas is almost hereeeeee, are you ready? Well I’m loving all the Christmas movies and music, I can’t get enough! And I am in the Christmas spirit because I have another giveaway for you all! And I’m very happy to announce this one is open to my neighbors up north in Canada too! Well, I ...
  • A Hot Bath & A Giveaway! Oh how I love baths. If I could, I would take one every night. Of course, living in Arizona baths are pretty much off-limits from May-September but as soon as it cools down, out comes all the bath salts, bombs, oils and you name it. My latest favorite bath product is Lulu Blossom Bombs Away! ...
  • Moisturizing Duo + A Giveaway + Discount Code! You read that title right – I have an awesome moisturizing body scrub and body butter duo to share, AND I’m giving away a duo set for one lucky reader, AND I have a discount code if you want to buy your own! I’ll start this out with saying I’m not usually one for sweet-smelling type ...
  • Beauty on the Go! Jane Iredale’s Holiday Palette & Brush Wand What is it about palettes that are so addicting? I don’t care how many eye shadows or lippies I have, if there is a palette – I want it! Jane Iredale’s latest holiday palette is no exception. The Glamour Eye & Lip Palette is beautiful – inside and out. I love the rose gold case ...
  • Awesome Eyes with Silk Naturals Makeup I’ve mentioned Silk Naturals a few times (here and here and here), but honestly – not enough! They are truly one of my favorite companies. Their products work great and are so inexpensive for what you get, it’s a little ridiculous. Well – two products that are staples in my beauty routine that I have mentioned ...
  • Clean & Smooth ~ Boscia Konjac Sponge So I’ve been seeing sponges pop up left and right for applying makeup, and now I’m seeing sponges specifically for cleansing. The newest to the sponge group is Boscia’s Konjac Cleansing Sponge. Per Boscia, their Konjac Cleansing Sponge “provides a natural, gentle way to refine skin texture and reveal a radiant, luminous complexion. Stimulates blood circulation ...
  • Eco-tweeze with ArteStile Tweezers I’ve been eco-fabulous for a few years now, slowly converting all products I use to be environmentally friendly, natural and/or organic. The one thing I had not done though was use eco-friendly beauty tools – gasp! To be honest, I never even thought about my tweezers and nail trimmers until I learned about ArteStile. ArteStile, pronounced ...
  • Radiant & Sparkling ~ Jane Iredale’s Gold Dust Collection The style guides are in and this fall and winter it is all about two things: plum lips and looking radiant. Well, the plum lips are checked off (thank you Annette lipstick) and now I have my radiant makeup –  Jane Iredale’s Gold Dust Collection. The three colors I have, with my description: Bronze: a sparkling medium ...
  • Hydrated and Depuffed with Frangipani Hydrating Eye Cream Finding a good eye cream is tough. There are many issues that eye creams must battle: lines/wrinkles, puffiness AND the dreaded dark circles. There is a reason I have only reviewed one other eye cream in my two years of blogging – because effective eye creams are just hard to find. But now I can ...
  • Glowing Skin ~ Alima Destination Face Collection And the second part of our Alima destinations series: the beautiful face collection. Alima’s Destination: Face collection includes a face radiance powder, a new product sold by Alima, and a blush. So what is a radiance powder? Per Alima, it is a hybrid of mineral blush, mineral bronzer, mineral shimmer powder and mineral finishing powder. After ...
  • Watch out World – Here I Come! I’ve mentioned it a few times before, but I really love Alima’s seasonal collections. The colors are always so pretty, and perfect for the season. Well, the Destinations Collection is no exception. The eyes and face collections are both beautiful! And I love the fact that each color is named after a destination. Today, it’s ...
  • A Pink I Love! Sante Lipstick No. 21 So I usually talk about red lipsticks, because reds brighten up my face like nothing else. But the truth is, pinks can too! Pinks are nice because they can brighten up my face without standing out like reds can. A great pink can look like your natural lip, but with a hint of pop. Sante’s No. ...
  • 24 Shades of Beautiful ~ Jane Iredale PureMoist Lipstick Oh how I love red lipstick! Jane Iredale just revamped their PureMoist lipstick line, and like their new lip gloss – it’s better than ever. The lipstick colors are gorgeous and more moisturizing than before. While not all 24 shades are red (sadly for me), they all look pretty and I was lucky enough to ...
  • Moisture in a Tube ~ Dr. Hauschka’s Moisturizing Mask Once again – it is Dr. Hauschka to my rescue! I actually originally bought Dr. Hauschka’s Moisturizing Mask for my mom about a year and a half ago. Her skin is much drier than mine, and I had heard Dr. Hauschka’s products were great. Well, all she did was rave on and on about it, ...
  • Soothing Moisture ~ Dr. Hauschka Face Care Kit I survived another summer! At least, that’s how I feel after the extreme heat leaves each year – I survive. But just as quickly as the heat ended, so did any amount of humidity from our monsoon season. It got dry, practically overnight, and I can feel it in my skin. My combo skin in ...
  • Shiny, Bouncy Hair with Earth Science Deep Conditioning Masque For me, deep conditioners should have the balance of lots of moisture, but without leaving my hair limp or greasy. Earth Science walks this fine line perfectly. Their Olive & Avocado Deep Conditioning Masque provides moisture, while my hair is left very bouncy and shiny. The smell of it is lovely. It’s floral with a hint ...
  • Smooth Skin with Balanced Guru Drop Dead Sea Salt While body scrubs seem like they should be a no-brainer, I have to admit – I’m picky when it comes to body scrubs. Some body scrubs just don’t scrub all that well, and some I have tried are too drying. I like my body scrubs to be both scrubby and moisturizing, which for whatever reason ...
  • Birthday Fun with Silk Naturals The big 3-0 birthday is in just a few short days! So what’s a girl to do? Well, celebrate of course ;o) While normally I wear a more natural look, it is fun to change things up a bit when going out and celebrating. Using only Silk Naturals (except for my mascara), Jen and I came up with ...
  • DIY Mineral Foundation with Silk Naturals I have mentioned Silk Naturals before in an eye shadow review but I really haven’t talked about them enough – they are one of my favorite mineral makeup companies! The quality is great and you can’t beat the price. $4.50 eye shadows? Heck yes! I have around 15 of their eye shadows (I’m not exaggerating ...
  • Clean Eyes ~ Devita Creamy Aloe Makeup Remover I used to never be a big fan of eye makeup removers, I just washed my face and left it at that. Then I read this article about how little specks of makeup left on lashes and the lid can harbor mites – ah! Ever since then, I use makeup remover! haha There are two broad ...
  • Hello Color! Delizioso Skincare Lipstick I love finding out about new makeup companies! I was recently contacted by Delizioso Skincare, an all natural skincare company based in Canada. Their product list is quite extensive – everything from hair care to makeup to skin care. I have tried both their lipsticks and eye shadows and both are great! First, their lipstick. I ...
  • Gentle & Advanced ~ Earth Science Multi-Therapy Ceramide Healthy Skin Lotion Last (but certainly not least) on the list of awesome new body moisturizers is Earth Science‘s new Multi-Therapy Ceramide Healthy Skin Lotion – whew, quite the title! Earth Science is one of those companies that I have seen at Whole Foods, Sprouts – any health store really, but have yet to really try. I think ...
  • Light & Invigorating ~ Living Nature Vitality Body Oil Onward with awesome new body moisturizers! The second on the list of new discoveries is Living Nature‘s new Vitality Body Oil. I haven’t tried a lot from Living Nature but I am a fan of their conditioning mascara and lipstick in Summer Rain (which I’ll get around to reviewing soon). So I should have not been ...
  • 3 New (and Awesome) Body Moisturizers I love discovering new products! It’s like Christmas every time. As years go by, it seems like every new product I try is better and better. Companies are really stepping it up with providing advanced formulas, without all the nasty chemicals. So anyhoooo, I have discovered 3 new body moisturizers, all unique in their own way ...
  • Complex & Organic ~ Osmia Organics Perfumes So after falling in love with Osmia Organic soaps, I have to say – I’m in love with their perfume! Similar to the soap, these smell amazing. They are complex, and lovely really. And best of all – organic! Osmia Organics was super generous and sent me sample vials of all of their perfumes! I have to ...
  • Luxurious & Organic ~ Osmia Organics Soap So I’ve mentioned this before, but I love soap. I really do. I like to think of myself as a soap connoisseur ;o) Because I have tried so many types and brands of soap, I know good soap. And you know what? Osmia Organics is good soap. Actually, it’s great soap! I tried three bars: Ylang Spring Lavender Shea Milky ...
  • Smoky Eyes with Bdellium Tools Smoky Eye Brush Set I admit it – I have used eye sponges to apply eye shadow since I began using eye shadow in middle school (**runs and hides in shame**). I shouldn’t be admitting this – after all, I have a beauty blog! So here’s the thing, eye sponges are what I knew, so I kept with what ...
  • Beautiful Face with Nvey Eco Makeup My love of Nvey Eco started with their Fluid Foundation. It is so smooth to apply and gives my skin a dewy glow. So naturally I jumped at the chance to try other products from their line! I normally try to do separate posts for different products, but I am so excited to share my review ...
  • Fancy Pants ~ Jane Iredale’s Pommisst Hydration Spray I used to follow a fashion/beauty blog by an Arizona Republic reporter. It was fun blog, and I loved reading it. I remember her once blogging about using Evian as a facial spray in the summer. She realized she looked like a spoiled princess as she would mist it all over her face, but she ...
  • Protected Lips ~ Jane Iredale Lip Drink SPF 15 While many people are conscious to wear sunscreen every day on their face or arms, most people forget about their lips. But why? Your lips need nourishment and protection too! I’ve always been a big fan of lip sunscreen. I’m never in the sun without it (really, like…. never – I may be a little ...
  • Dewy Smooth ~ Jane Iredale’s Dream Tint Jane Iredale won me over with their Glow Time BB Cream. I had heard of Dream Tint before but have never tried it. When they asked if I wanted to – I jumped at the chance. Another foundation by Jane Iredale? Sign me up! Well, I shouldn’t say foundation – Dream Tint is a tinted moisturizer. Some ...
  • Smooth and Clear ~ Blissoma Smooth A+ Perfecting Serum While I think I have a pretty good eye for seeing through marketing claims, I’m also the first to admit I’m a sucker for certain ones. Anything that makes my skin glow is one of them – I want glowy skin! And the other? Perfection. Of course, who DOESN’T want perfect skin? I want perfect ...
  • Like Buttah ~ Ellovi Body Butter When saying something is “like butter” – it is impossible for me to pronounce the “ter.” It has to be buttah, don’t ask me why – I don’t make up the rules, I just follow them. So how is Ellovi’s Body Butter? It’s like buttah. I’ve mentioned this once or twice but Arizona is a tad warm ...
  • Glowing Skin with Nvey Eco Fluid Foundation Finding a great liquid foundation is hard. Finding a great organic liquid foundation is darn-near impossible. I’m happy to announce that Nvey Eco’s Moisture Rich Fluid Foundation is fighting the near-impossible and has been added to my favorites list! So why is this a favorite? I love the color, the coverage and especially the finish. I ...
  • Smoothed & Refreshed with this DIY Grapefruit Body Scrub Ok, I know I’m sounding like a broken record but it is HOT. Will this heat wave ever end? I know I live in Arizona and all but 108-109 for two weeks is starting to get a bit ridiculous. And it’s only June! Ok, enough complaining. So what to do in the heat? Well, stay ...
  • 3 Natural Ingredients You Should Know (plus a great book) As you’ve probably guessed from my reviews, I really love learning about ingredients used in beauty products. What can I say, I’m a nerd. Okay, maybe not a nerd – a HOT nerd ;o) Anyhoooo, I do find it very helpful to understand what ingredients do what, in order to find the best skin care and ...
  • Beauty from the Inside ~ NeoCell Collagen Supplements I haven’t written a review on supplements before, and to be honest I am cautious to do so for a number of reasons. The biggest reason is, being a Registered Dietitian, I have a pretty high bar when it comes to supplement standards. If they say they are going to do something, they better have ...
  • Smokin’ Hot with Alima Pure Delicious Summer Collection I think one of my new favorite things about the change in seasons is that there will be a new Alima collection! I love their seasonal collections. The colors are always versatile, yet perfect for the time of year. Delicious Summer is no exception! The Delicious Summer 2013 collection includes (with their official descriptions): Milkshake Eyehadow: creamy ...
  • Clear & Matte with Patyka Tea-Tree Face Cream Now for the second part of the Patyka skin care series for summer (the first was the Spearmint Cleanser if you missed it), Patyka’s Tea-Tree Face Cream. This moisturizer is the perfect compliment to the Spearmint Cleanser. I’m not normally one to get caught up in using a ‘line’ from a company, but these two products ...
  • Clean Skin with Patyka Spearmint Foaming Cleanser I’ve mentioned it before and I will say it again – summer is here! It’s triple digits in Arizona already and my skin is feeling it. While I usually only break out around that time-of-the-month, in the summer my skin is especially finicky and tends to look for any excuse to wreak havoc. Enter Patyka. I’ve ...
  • Thick Hair with Surface Awaken Thickening Cream You know those girls that have beautiful, thick hair? Ya, I hate them too. My hair is not thick. At all. Not even a teensy bit. If you have thin hair, then you know the problem with most thickening creams: either they don’t work at all or they weigh your hair down. I’ve tried a lot ...
  • Protected and Bronzed ~ Boscia BB Creams Yay for BB Creams! When I’m in a hurry in the morning, the last thing I want to do is have to put on a ton of layers of stuff. I want to swipe and go. Jane Iredale was the first company to win me over with BB creams (my review), and I’m happy to ...
  • Summer Fun with Naked Cosmetics! So its only May, but it is most definitely feeling like summer in Arizona. I’ve already had multiple pool days, and the flip flops and tank tops are out of storage and ready for some use! I’ve previously reviewed Naked Cosmetics here, if you want to see some neutral colors and ingredients, etc. For this post, ...
  • Organically-Clean & Fabulous ~ Bare Body Soaps I know I’ve said this before, and I will say it again – I love soap! I just can’t seem to have enough of it. And I love trying new soap companies, especially organic ones. Finding affordable, organic soap is actually pretty tough. While many use natural oils and essential oils for fragrance, they may ...
  • Love my Eyes ~ Jane Iredale Eye Shadows Yay for eye shadows! Eye shadows are like lipsticks and nail polishes, you can never have enough. While I don’t mind loose mineral eye shadows, I admit it is nice to have pressed. Especially when I am rushed in the morning, I just want to swipe and GO. I’m a big fan of Jane Iredale PurePressed ...
  • New and Improved ~ Jane Iredale’s PureGloss   I’ll be honest. Most times when I hear of a reformulation I cringe. I liked it to begin with – why did you change it?!? But in the case of Jane Iredale, I am super excited because not only are the new ingredients awesome, but they kept the old colors and even added some fun ...
  • Springtime with Jane Iredale ~ A Video Tutorial Oh its Spring! It’s has already gotten pretty hot here in Arizona but it was so nice that it cooled off to 75 today – perfect weather! Well, along with the beautiful Spring weather is beautiful Spring colors of course! Jen (my cousin and awesome makeup artist) and I got together and had a lot of ...
  • I’m Nekkid ~ Naked Cosmetics Eye Shadow My first thought when I saw the name Naked Cosmetics on Integrity Botanical’s website was ‘oooooo, saucey!’ Gotta love makeup with some spunk. But while the name might be spunky, it comes from the fact that Naked Cosmetics is a very, very pure form of makeup. They do not contain artificial colors, preservatives, parabens, chemical ...
  • Easter Nails with Zoya! I love spring! I love blooming flowers, I love the beautiful weather, and of course – I love spring colors! For Easter this year, I thought it would be fun to use what spring-y colors I have to make a vibrant array of color on my nails. The colors I used (and their official color description): Zoya ...
  • St. Patrick’s Day Nails with Zoya! Kiss me – I’m Irish! Ok, maybe I’m not Irish. I’m Finnish-German-Native American-a bit more German-English….I think. Anyhoo, I can still have fun for St. Patrick’s Day! Jen and I made an awesome video for how to do an ombre nail with St. Patrick’s Day colors but unfortunately the video was out of focus :o( ...
  • Smellin’ Good with GeoDeo Natural Deodorant I’ve said it before and I will say it again, finding a good, effective natural deodorant is hard. I did discover Soapwalla, but the problem with soapwalla is it comes in a tub and I have to scoop it out with my fingers, apply, then wash my hands. Ok, when I type that it doesn’t ...
  • Tingly and Purified with ARCONA Tea Tree Mask The last product in my acne-fighting arsenal is ARCONA’s Tea Tree Mask. Back in my pre-green days, I used DDF Sulfur Mask. When I went eco-friendly though, I was not terribly impressed with the chemicals in DDF and phased them out as I used them up. I was on the hunt for a replacement to ...
  • Blemishes? Psssh. I’ve got Juice Beauty’s Blemish Clearing Serum I hate waking up in the morning, looking in the mirror and seeing a big ol’ pimple on my face staring right back at me. It wasn’t there when I went to bed – where did this blasted thing come from?!? Soooo, when this happens and I am rushed and need to get to work, I ...
  • Clarified and Fabulous Skin with ARCONA Raspberry Clarifying Pads What is it about skin that knows JUST when I start to get happy with it – BOOM, it breaks out. It happens every time, I swear. I have found by keeping my routine simple and diet ‘clean’, I can keep my breakouts to a minimum. Of course, they don’t stay away completely though (much ...
  • Protect my Pale Skin with Burnout Ocean Tested Sunscreen Finding a good sunscreen is hard. Finding a good matte sunscreen can be even harder. I’m happy to report to you all – I have found a GREAT matte sunscreen! Burnout Pure Suncare has a whole line of sun products. I’ve used their lip balms, eco-sensitive sunscreen and even tried their moisturizer as well. I’m a ...
  • Pure and Me with Purely You Minerals Makeup I used to not be a fan of mineral makeup way back in the day, but I was slowly won over by some awesome brands (Alima, Silk Naturals and Au Naturale to name a few) and I’m happy to announce Purely You has joined the group! Purely You Minerals was started by how so many natural ...
  • Mah Hair is Shiny with Surface Hair Care Bassu Gold Hydrating Oil You know those girls that have beautiful, soft, shiny hair? Ya, I hate them too. My hair isn’t like that…..naturally. I fake it. My hair is thin, fine, naturally curly/wavy and frizzy. And it’s not naturally that shiny. I’ve tried lots of hair oils to fake the shine, but since my hair is so thin ...
  • Bright eyes with ilike age defense bioflavonoid eye cream Eye creams are tough. Perhaps I just have too high of standards. I don’t have a bunch of deep wrinkles (yet), but I can get smaller, fine wrinkles around my eyes. My main problem is dark circles and puffiness. I’m so fair that the lightest of undereye circles make me look like a zombie. Add ...
  • I’m Fancy with Alima Pure Black Tie Gala Collection I love Alima’s limited edition sets, they always have the prettiest colors that go really well together. The latest collection is the Black Tie Gala, they have two sets – one for eyes and one for face. The one for eyes has four eyeshadows (one could be used as a liner) and the face collection ...
  • My Face is Magical with Jane Iredale Simply Magical Collections Life is BUSY. I am not happy with how often I have been posting, but don’t worry – I will really try to post more often! Turns out working full time and teaching two college courses on the side and writing a blog gets to be quite a lot of work! ha So back to the ...
  • Cool Eyes with MarieNatie Mineral Eyeshadow I am on an eyeshadow roll! My next few reviews will be all about eyeshadows, cuz you can never have enough! I’m a huge fan of MarieNatie after trying their lip gloss. So when I was able to try their  loose mineral eyeshadows, of course I was excited. The two  colors I’m reviewing are Rose and ...
  • Utopia of Soap with Soaptopia I’ve mentioned this before, and I’ll say it again – I love soap. When Integrity Botanicals asked if I wanted to try some soap, I wanted to reply ‘do bears shit in the woods???’ but I was professional, so instead I said, sure! Soaptopia has a huge selection of soaps, and they are even at my ...
  • My Skin is Replenished with Weleda Sea Buckthorn Body Lotion One can never have enough lotions – I mean, really. I love lotion. Perhaps not quite as much as my love for soap – but pretty darn close. So I was super excited when Terri from Integrity Botanicals sent me Weleda’s new Sea Buckthorn lotion. A quick note and shout out to Integrity Botanicals. I have ...
  • Protected Skin with Soleil Organique SPF 45 Sunscreen Mist I’ve already reviewed Soleil’s SPF 20 Moisturizer, and I love this product just as much – if not more! The truth is, sometimes even SPF 20 just isn’t enough for my skin in the summer. For a day-to-date protection, sure. But if I’m going to be spending any amount of time outside, I need something ...
  • My Face is Protected with Soleil Organique Daily Moisturizer for Face Living in Arizona, sunscreen is a MUST. I haven’t talked about sunscreen much (although it was mentioned in my review of Jane Iredale’s BB Cream) because the truth is, finding a natural sunscreen that works and has a nice texture is hard. I have tried a few ‘sunscreens’ that were all natural and felt so ...
  • Smooth Skin with Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Primer I wrote about Jane Iredale’s BB cream a few weeks ago, and this Smooth Affair Primer is its pair. They were released at the same time – which makes sense since they go so well together. The official title of the primer is Smooth Affair Facial Primer and Brightener. When I first saw ‘Brightener’, I may ...
  • Stormy Eyes with Alima Pure Stormy Weather I love storms. Since I live in Arizona, we don’t get many – so we enjoy them. So an eye shadow set named after a storm? Exciting! Yet intriguing… I’m a huge fan of Alima. I have a bunch of their stuff, and most I haven’t gotten around to reviewing yet – just believe me when ...
  • My Summer Savior ~ Soapwalla Deodorant Sweet Jesus how have I not reviewed this already? This is one of my favorite products! I initially tried Soapwalla Deodorant through Spirit Beauty Lounge about a year and a half ago. I think I’m on my third or fourth tub of this stuff. It’s really awesome and has been my savior during the summer ...
  • Beautiful Nails for My Favorite Month ~ Kure Bazaar September When I heard that Spirit Beauty Lounge was carrying a new polish, of course I had to try it. Kure Bazaar‘s formula is up to 85% of natural origin based on wood pulp, wheat, cotton, potatoes and corn – I’m impressed. It is free of: toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate and synthetic camphor. I’m also impressed with ...
  • All-in-one Beauty with Glow Time! Jane Iredale BB Cream The eco-beauty world has been abuzz recently with the launch of Jane Iredale’s BB Cream. If you haven’t heard of BB creams yet, feel free to come out from under the rock you live in and join us in the world! Just kidding ;o) But really, BB creams are popping up everywhere. If you are not ...
  • Soap Lovers Rejoice! It’s Zum Soap Lovers Box I have mentioned this before, but I really love soap. And real, handmade soap. I have used lots of natural soap, and haven’t gotten around to reviewing any yet. Well, thought I should start! I had originally tried Zum (by Indigo Wild) as a sample from Nature of Beauty. It was a packet of liquid soap and ...
  • Perfume That Gives Back ~ GIVE Scent I love perfume, it just has a way of enticing emotions and memory with the faintest of scent. I used to buy a ton of perfume and have slowly switched my collection to eco-friendly. I was excited when I heard from GIVE because one – I love to try new eco-friendly perfumes, and two – ...
  • Battle of the Red Nail Polishes I may have mentioned this before once or twice, but I’m a sucker for red nail polishes (and red lipsticks). I was in the mood for red nails, and as I dug through my nail polish stash (far larger than it probably should be!) I was surprised I only had 3 red cream-finish nail polishes. I ...
  • I’m a Classy Lady with Primitive Lipstick in Corsica I find I have different lipsticks for different moods, and different occasions. I love bold red lips for going out, and sparkly fun ones for at night, but sometimes you just want a nice classic, every day lipstick. Primitive Lipstick in Corsica is just that. The color is a medium pinky color, but has a nudish ...
  • Awesome Lashes with Jane Iredale Longest Lash Mascara The last, but certainly not least, review during mascara week is of Jane Iredale’s Longest Lash Mascara. The Longest Lash is probably the most like a traditional mascara of the 3 I’ve reviewed (others being Living Nature Conditioning Mascara and Roxanna Cosmetics Lash Plume). The brush has dense bristles that remind me of Clinique’s High ...
  • Big Lashes with Roxanna Cosmetics Lash Plume Mascara As we continue through mascara week, the next mascara up for review is Roxanna Cosmetics Lash Plume Mascara. Roxanna Cosmetics is a line by Roxanna, the owner of Verde Maison, an eco-beauty store in Arizona. I have shopped at this store a few times, and was excited to hear the owner was launching her own ...
  • Glossy Lashes with Living Nature Conditioning Mascara And onward we go for mascara week. The three mascaras I’m reviewing are Living Nature Conditioning Mascara, Roxanna Cosmetics Lash Plume and Jane Iredale Longest Lash. I’m starting with Living Nature Conditioning Mascara. I first discovered this on NuboNau when looking at all their lovely products. I had heard great things about Living Nature and ...
  • Lashes that Last with Jane Iredale PureLash Conditioner For the most part, going “green” isn’t too hard. There are a few items though that can be tough to find a good replacement. Mascara is one of them. It’s one of the most common question I’m asked. People want to know – what is a good natural mascara? Well, I will tell you! This ...
  • Finding the Right Foundation with Alima’s Online Color Selector Finding the right foundation is TOUGH. I’m still on the hunt for a liquid foundation that matches my fair skin! But I do feel very lucky that I have found a few mineral foundations that match. One, which I have mentioned before in other posts but can’t believe I haven’t written about yet because it’s ...
  • Spa in a Bottle ~ Patyka Biokaliftin Repair Night Serum There are a couple of companies that just can’t seem to do wrong. Patyka is one of those. It seems every product I try, I love! This repair serum continues on the proud tradition of awesomeness. I’m actually not usually one for facial serums. I don’t care for the feel of dry oils on my skin, ...
  • Glossy Lips with Marie Natie Lip Glosses Hold the phone. Call Batman. I have an announcement to make! I have found some seriously sweet lip glosses. And not sweet as in flavor, I mean sweet as in awesome. These are awesome. Lip glosses can be tough. Sometimes they are too thin, or too sticky, or too gloopy, or taste weird, or are a ...
  • Luxury Oil for Hair ~ Aromatherapy Associates Enrich Hair Oil The last and third final stop in the hair care review series of what is saving my hair! (If you missed the past two: Surface Hair Care Trinity Protein Cream and Giovanni Magnetic Power Treatment). I’ll start this out with saying I love sales. I really do. I’m guessing most people do? It’s like puppies and ...
  • Magnetic Hair with Giovanni Magnetic Power Treatment Conditioner As we continue on the very exciting story of my hair, the second stop is the Giovanni Magnetic Power Treatment. (First was Surface Hair Care’s Trinity Protein Cream if you missed it). For those who know me personally, you know that I liked to swap. Ok, I had a serious swapping problem. For those who don’t ...
  • Strong Hair with Surface Hair Care Trinity Protein Cream Let me tell you a little story. It’s a story of a girl’s hair….. (imagine soft harpy type music that takes you to a fairytale wonderland) This fair skinned, blue-eyed girl was born with black hair. It then turned the most awful carrot orange red when she was one, and then a lovely blonde by the ...
  • Acquatic Nails with Zoya Wednesday and Kotori The past couple of weeks I’ve taken a break from painting my nails. Mostly because I’ve been in pain from my tooth and so pretty much useless. However, I had a bridal shower to go to and I’ll be damned if I go to a bridal shower with naked nails! I had gone on a little ...
  • Luxury in a Lotion ~ Patyka Neroli Body Lotion Ohhhh, how I love Patyka. Can they do no wrong? Their Precious Woods Body Oil is among my most favorite of products ever, and this Neroli Body Lotion is going right up there with it. The lotion is semi-opaque and about average thickness for a lotion, perhaps on the light side. What is interesting is that ...
  • Happy, Vibrant Nails with Butter London Slapper And I’m back! This past week and a half has been tough. Not sure what’s worse, the pain of a tooth infection or the side effects of the antibiotics and pain killers. Oh well, I’m on the mend and have dental surgery tomorrow (wish me luck!). But back to why you’re here! When I saw Butter ...
  • Earth Day Zoya Color Swap Challenge When Zoya announced their Earth Day exchange program, I got VERY excited. I may have bought more than I should… but one can never have enough nail polishes! I had a few nail polishes that either the wear wasn’t all that great or I didn’t like the formula/ingredients. I took the exchange program as a great ...
  • I’m tan! With Jane Iredale Tantasia Self-Tanner   I’m just going to start this out by fully admitting, I’m pale. Really pale. Thankfully I have some freckles which give the appearance of color, but I can’t kid anyone when I say I’m about as pale as they come. I wish I could embrace my paleness, but it’s hard when I see pictures like this…. The ...
  • Review of Eco Emi April 2012 Box I have a confession to make….this is not my first Eco Emi box. I think this is my 4th? Maybe 5th? I have liked all boxes but keep forgetting to review them! So I was determined to write one this month! Poor Eco Emi hasn’t gotten any blog love from me when they really should, ...
  • Bronzed and Fabulous with Jane Iredale’s Bronzer in Moonglow When I wrote about Ilia’s illuminator, I also mentioned that I have a few powder highlighters I love as well. Well, Jane Iredale’s Moonglow is one of them! What’s really great about Moonglow is that it is actually multi-purpose. It works great as a highlighter/bronzer and also works as an eyeshadow! I never thought I would ...
  • Glowy Skin with ILIA Illuminator in Polka Dots & Moonbeams I’m going to start this out by fully admitting I’m a sucker for illuminators. If it says it’s going to make my skin look fantastic and glowy, I’m going to buy it – or at least try it. The truth is though, finding one I really like has been hard. Sometimes they just make my ...
  • Review of April 2012 Conscious Box Oooo I love getting the Conscious Box and was SUPER excited when I got the e-mail this month because it was early! Last month’s was pretty good, but not my favorite. This one definitely made up for it because it.is.awesome. If you are not familiar with Conscious Box, it is a monthly box shipped to you ...
  • Long-lasting Blush with Ilia Beauty Multi-Sticks When I picked up the new Ilia lipsticks from Spirit Beauty Lounge, I also picked up some of the Multi-Sticks. Now, I will start this out with saying I have a love-hate relationship with cream blushes. I love the idea of them, they hate the idea of my skin. I haven’t been able to find one ...
  • Review of ILIA’s Spring 2012 Lipstick Line Ohhhh man ILIA, you have done it again. I fell in love with Bang Bang and the other tinted lip conditioners, and now I have fallen in love with your lipsticks! As soon as I heard ILIA was coming out with new products, I felt like a kid who just found out she’s going to Disneyland. ...
  • Odacite ~ Organic Skincare at its Best I’m a big fan of Nature of Beauty. I like that you get to choose your samples with purchase and the owner Terri has been SUPER helpful with finding a foundation that works for me. So when she mentioned she was about to carry an awesome new skincare line, I was very excited because I ...
  • One Cent Nails with Julep Melissa, Jodie, Charlotte and Glycolic Hand Scrub As soon as I came across the one cent Julep Maven box sale, I immediately signed up. The quiz online told me I was an It Girl and the colors in the box seemed nice so I stuck with that one. I was very impressed when I got a notice that my box shipped later ...
  • Review of Conscious Box March 2012 I love getting my conscious box. As is standard, the box has tons of stuff! Contents include: Bag of RW Garcia MixtBag of tortilla chips Bag of Crunchmaster Multi-Grain Crackers in Sea Salt Packet of EBOOST daily health booster in pink lemonade Packet of Teraswhy goat whey protein in pomegranate cranberry Packet of Good Kind Natural Coffee Creamer (dried) Packet of ...
  • Natural Eyes with Au Naturale eyeshadow and eye pencil When I picked up the lip goodies from Au Naturale, and the face goodies, I also picked up some eye makeup. I bought an eyeshadow in Moonflower and eye pencil in Coco. The lovely ladies also sent me an eyeshadow in Painted Daisy, which I will be reviewing as well. First, the eyeshadows. I love eyeshadows. ...
  • Review of Au Naturale Finishing Powder, Foundation and Bronzer When I picked up the Au Naturale lipstick and lip gloss, I also picked up their Powder Foundation in Sand, Finishing Powder in Light Veil and Bronzer in Kissed. I had e-mailed them asking what would be the best colors for my skin tone, and they suggested these. They were right! I think my favorite part ...
  • Love my Lips with Au Naturale Lipstick and Lip Gloss I have recently discovered Au Naturale, an organic makeup company that launched in November 2011. As I do with new companies I encounter, I tend to buy a lot to try everything :o) Au Naturale was no exception – and I have to say they are one of my favorite finds ever! I’m very pleased ...
  • Review of February’s Conscious Box I first heard of “sample boxes” through an ad on Facebook. Have a box of beauty samples sent to me every month? Yes please! I bought two months from Birchbox, and while I signed up for the “natural” one, the items included weren’t quite as green as I had hoped. I will say I was ...
  • Clean Floors with Gaiam Spray Mop I really love Gaiam’s catalog. It’s like my crack. Every time I get it, I ravenously flip through the pages to see what’s new. I think my love with Gaiam started with Rodney Yee yoga DVDs (and yes, I do have a yoga crush on Rodney Yee). If you haven’t heard of them, check out their ...
  • Beautiful, Healthy Lips with Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioners You know when you have a small purse and you only have room for one lipstick? Well, ILIA lipstick (or more specifically, their tinted lip conditioner) is what I choose to put in there. ILIA’s Bang Bang may, no this IS, my favorite lipstick ever. Which is quite the statement because I’ve used a LOT of lipsticks. I ...
  • Love my Pai Hand Cream and Body Cream! I was first introduced to Pai when I won a gift set through NuboNau from a Facebook contest. I was super excited because I had read about the company, and loved the fact the entire line is made for sensitive and allergy-prone skin (HELLO, made for me??). It’s also organic, and made without parabens, alcohol, ...
  • Blue Nails! Butter London Royal Navy I had some girly friends over the other night, and we were doing the usual gossip, laughing and drinking wine. We decided to do our nails and what can I say, I was in a zany mood – or perhaps it was the pinot noir? Either or, I was feeling spunky so decided to paint my finger nails ...
  • Healthy, Beautiful Hair with Prive VERT Shampoo and Conditioner You know those girls that have long, beautiful, thick, shiny hair? Ya, I hate them too. I’ve never had hair like that. Mine is thin, curly and naturally dry. It doesn’t help I straighten it most days, so it can also get damaged and even more dry. I realized I had “difficult” hair pretty early on. In ...
  • Natural, Affordable Eye Shadows ~ Silk Naturals I love brown and neutral eyeshadows. I think I get it from my mom. I once discovered a makeup bag of hers, where she had accumulated quite a few eyeshadows, all of the same color. I took a picture of it as proof, and so I could laugh about it forever. As I write this, I ...
  • Luxurious Skin ~ Patyka Precious Woods Body Oil When I was younger, body oil for me meant two things: Johnson and Johnson Baby Oil and Neutrogena Body Oil. I never had much luck with body oils, I never found them that moisturizing. When I switched to natural skincare, I tried using straight oils, and while they are moisturizing they would end up being ...
  • Peachy Cheeks with Zuzu Luxe Sunset and Gabriel Apricot Blush I may have mentioned this before, but if not, I’m really pale. Like, really really pale. I only know one person who is paler than me, and she’s straight up Casper. Being as pale as I am, I have learned a few tricks to not look washed out. One of these is to always wear ...
  • Clear Skin with Boscia Clear Complexion Cleanser I never really had acne in high school, or even college, or even my early twenties, but then I turned 25 and my skin broke out like it was making up for lost time. Who knows why. But I do know this, Boscia saved my skin. When I started breaking out, I was unsure of what ...
  • Pretty Nails with Zoya Faye I love painting my nails. Must be a girly thing. But nothing makes me happier than a girls night of watching a girly movie, drinking some wine and painting nails. So when my mom came over and we popped in Crazy Stupid Love (cute movie BTW) and opened a Nobilo Sauv Blanc, it seemed very ...
  • Cold Outside but HOT Face! Alima Cold Outside Holiday Collection I’m what you would call a boring eyeshadow person. I own far too many brown and shades-of-brown eyeshadows. What can I say, I play it safe. However, when I went to Alima Pure’s website to check out the Friends and Family sale (to do what? Buy more brown eyeshadows of course), I was awed by the ...
  • Clean Dog with Earthbath Mango Tango Dog Shampoo   I adopted my first dog this past May, and as anyone who has ever met me will tell you, I love this dog. I show off pictures like people show off their newborns. I do have good reason though, he’s a darn cute pug. Owning a dog for the first time came with a few surprises. ...
  • Fun Nails with Butter London Fairy Lights   Similar to red and pink lipsticks, I’m a sucker for red and pink nail polishes. After buying a polish, I bring it back to my collection and realize, this looks just like my other 5 polishes of the same color…Of course, if it’s one shade off then you HAVE to keep it. After all, that ...
  • Lovely Lips with Jane Iredale Lip Plumper in Tokyo There are a couple of things girls can never have enough of: shoes, nail polishes, and of course – lipsticks. I’m always on the hunt for finding that perfect MLBB – My Lips But Better – lipstick. Tokyo is pretty darn close. Tokyo is a beautiful sheer dark pinky-coral color. Some corals can look orange on my ...

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  1. Hi,
    Have you ever tried Organic color systems ( OCS) for hair color? It is used in a lot of the organic salons, and I wondered if you have ever tried it and what your thoughts were on this, and results.

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