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Let You Hair Down, Tabitha James Kraan Style!

I think haircare is one of the more tricky things to get right when it comes to green beauty. I’ve always known that these organic, toxic-free formulas of shampoo/conditioner and other haircare products were better for my hair, I just wasn’t impressed with the results. I depended on my toxic go-to’s because they appeared to be giving me the effects/look/feel I wanted. So, when I started hearing about a new natural and organic haircare line – in which the word was starting spread like wildfire, I just had to check it out for myself!

 

Tabitha James Kraan has changed the organic haircare game, in the most luxurious way. Her products are gorgeous, natural and organic, completely free from harmful chemicals. The packaging is elegant, polished and the aluminum (I’m assuming) stands out against anything else I’ve seen, making this line instantly cool, luxurious and recognizable. The products were developed by organic hair guru Tabitha James Kraan who has an internationally renowned hair salon in the Cotswolds, in England. It had always been a vision of Tabitha’s to create her own collection of organic products, and for the last three years, her dream has gradually taken on reality as she’s worked with her lab, pushing the boundaries of hair alchemy, to create a range of products that meets her exacting standards.


These products are unlike any other luxury haircare products – in fact, I can’t remember the last time I found organic haircare products this luxurious! I also can’t get over the scent of these products! They have the most exquisite aromas. Especially the two pictured above!

 

Organic Dry Shampoo for Darker Hair – I love me some dry shampoo! I mean, I probably have like a sixth sense for that word…I perk up like “Dry Shampoo?! I need to try it!”  Typically, I stray away from the loose powder version of dry shampoos, buttttt, having read amazing reviews about this one, I decided why not!? Plus, the ingredients are 90% organic! So, that was comforting, and appealing to me.

 

This dry shampoo does exactly what you’d want it to do, with a really pretty, subtle scent.  I have to say, it creates great texture, however it can get a bit sandy-like after a few uses. Nothing terrible, just a bit more gritty than your usual dry shampoo. I can deal. There are so many other pros that outweigh that one tiny con! Oh, and the bottle will probably last you forever (it’s 6.7 fl.oz) depending how much you use it – which you really don’t need a ton to get the job done.

 

Organic Hair Perfume – So, if you haven’t noticed by now, TJK products aren’t the cheapest. I suppose that comes with the territory of luxury haircare, with organic, amazing, high quality ingredients. This Hair Perfume is (oddly) the most expensive product in the line at £49 (about $76 USD). Essentially, this perfume is a mixture of floral waters…how the heck was this supposed to impress me – or work!? Well, just as I’ve discovered with all of TJK‘s products, it works, really well…annnnd this has to be one of my favourite products!

 

You know those days where you know you need to wash your hair, but just end up putting it up in a bun? Or, in my case (short hair), a low pony-tail or messy pinned back hairdo? This perfume works WONDERS. Not only does it leave my hair smelling divine (seriously, unreal smelling) A few spritzes of this all over, followed by a gentle brush brings life to my hair! The packaging of this product is awesome, it has a spritzer which is perrrrrfect. It disperses a fine mist (which in turn makes you feel like you’re covering most of your head equally) rather than squirting the product out and feeling like you’re wasting precious drops of (very expensive) hair perfume. I recently learned that spraying normal perfume in your hair can damage it due to the alcohol content, (don’t worry – there’s NONE in this!) so a specialized hair perfume – such as this one – full of amazing organic oils is a much better option.


Amber Rose Hair Cleanser – Correct cleansing is the foundation to any good hair care routine. I mean, duh..that’s what we’re essentially wanting right? Clean hair. Well, the TJK Amber Rose Hair Cleanser will not only clean your hair, but it’ll restore it, AND revive your scalp so it’s healthy and nourished. This wonderful, certified organic formulation of aloe vera, oatmilk, argan oil, coconut oil, rosehip oil, essential oils of rose, patchouli, neroli, chamomile and ylang ylang, will nourish and protect your hair while giving you incredible shine and body.

 

4-In-1 Conditioner – My second favourite product from TJK! This is a multi-usage ‘miracle’ conditioner which can be used traditionally, as a leave-in treatment, a nourishing scalp cream and a texturise & curl styling cream. I know…amazing, right? Who wouldn’t want a 4-in-1 product that does all of these things?! Keeps it simple.

 

This 4-in-1 Conditioner moisturizes perfectly without being heavy. That is one of my biggest pet peeves, a conditioner that (even after it’s rinsed out) feels heavy, greasy and in turn leaves your hair looking and feeling dirty. I love that its lightness makes it appropriate as a leave-in treatment – something I’d NEVER do before because of those above-mentioned reasons. I love the ingredients it contains! A beautiful blend of certified organic rosehip oil, argan oil, coconut oil and essential oils of neroli, tangerine, bergamot and myrrh. Ooh, la la!


If you’d like to follow Tabitha James Kraan, check the links below:

Twitter: @TabithaJK

Instagram: @tabithajk

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/tabithajk/

 

Thanks for dropping by! See you again soon!!

xo

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Wanna Win Naturopathica’s Amazing Gotu Kola Healing Balm Giveaway!?

Who loves moisturized, healed and healthy, supple, rich, buttery skin? I do, I do! Naturopathica is not only one of my all-time favourite skincare lines, but I have been using their Chamomile Cleansing Milk for about a year now, and I cannot get enough! But that’s another post for another time..haha. I want to introduce you to their miraculous Gotu Kola Healing Balm!

 

This balm is one of a kind! It blends the healing properties of Gotu Kola and Calendula with Raspberry Ceramides to help deeply repair dry, devitalized skin from head to toe. It is perfect to use under facial moisturizer for a flawless complexion or to enhance elasticity and prevent stretch marks during pregnancy. I personally love it for my extremely dry areas, such as my knees, heels, elbows and cuticles – but it has multiple uses!

 

Here’s a breakdown of the wonderful ingredients it contains:

GOTU KOLA: Modern herbalists recognize this plant for its strong wound-healing abilities, since it increases the level of antioxidants in newly formed tissue. Clinical studies show that Gotu Kola may inhibit the inflammatory process and aids in the wound-healing process by stimulating collagen synthesis and increasing tensile strength of newly formed skin.

CALENDULA: The anti-inflammatory activity of Calendula officinalis, especially in the treatment of skin disorders has been demonstrated is a study of radiation-induced dermatitis for the treatment of breast cancer. A 2001 study in France compared topical Calendula officinalis with the topical drug Trolamine and found that those subjects receiving the Calendula officinalis ointment experienced less erythema and edema as well as radiation-induced pain.²

RASPBERRY CERAMIDES: Rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, Raspberry Ceramides are some of the most effecitve modern ingredient technologies, helping reinforce a healthy skin barrier for improved skin strength and hydration.

ALL INGREDIENTS/INCI: Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Essential Oil, Silica, Lauroyl Lysine, Garcinia Indica (Kokum) Seed Butter, Mica, Raspberry Seed Oil/Palm Oil Aminopropanediol esters (Raspberry Ceramides 6 & 3), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Leaf Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Hypericum Perforatum (St. John's Wort) Flower & Leaf Extract, Carmine CI (75470), Titanium Dioxide CI Number 77891, Iron Oxide (CI 77491)

 

For centuries, Indian women have relied on the healing properties of Gotu Kola, passing recipes down from generation to generation. This versatile, moisturizing balm captures their secret to beautiful skin. I want all of the amazing, healing ingredients this balm possesses! Along with all the secrets to beauty, and if you do too, read more to enter into my giveaway with Naturopathica and…

WIN THIS BALM!

 

To enter this giveaway, follow these steps:

 

  1. Leave a comment on this post, telling me which Naturopathica product is your favourite, and why you would like to win this Healing Balm – make sure you leave your email address so I have a way to contact you if you win, please.
  2. Be sure you are following my Instagram account in order to be a submitted as a participant.
  3. Share this giveaway on one of your social media sites, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – making sure you tag me in it. (Here are the links to my Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.)

 

Giveaway ends Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 10AM EST. Winner will be announced Friday, May 29th, 2015. 

 

Good luck!

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Beauty Counter Love

Beautycounter’s Routine Clean Cream Cleanser + Lip Conditioner Calendula Balm

 

“To get safe products into the hands of everyone” – the motto of Beautycounter.  They’ve banned more than 1,500 ingredients, setting new health and safety standards. I’m super excited to share these two products today because, well, they’re awesome…but also, I love this line of products!

 

Beautycounter created an everyday Essentials Face Collection to address essential skin and body care needs. This line is safe, effective, and works well for all skin types, while being free of toxins and harmful chemicals. The essential skin care line can be used by anyone – women, men, and even kid. The majority of their products use coconut oil (stay awaaaaay, if you’re allergic!) and, the even greater news? They’re all formulated without parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, PEGs, SLS or “secret” ingredients. Yay!


So, let’s jump right in!

 

Routine Clean Cream Cleanser –  A facial cream cleanser gentle enough to be used both day and night. Organic coconut oil removes impurities and buildup. Aloe, green tea, witch hazel, and floral extracts promote the appearance of healthy, rejuvenated and toned skin. Purifying citrus oils add a refreshing scent.

 

How to use – Apply small amount onto face and rinse with water. Use with a warm wash cloth to remove cosmetics. I love this cleanser because it doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight or dry, whatsoever. Removing makeup was quick and easy, and it definitely made my skin look brighter and feel healthier!


Lip Conditioner Calendula Balm – A (superbly) moisturizing lip balm formulated with Avocado Oil, Shea Butter, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, and Jojoba Seed Oil, which all have intrinsically regenerative properties. The sweet smell of the balm comes from the Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil and Anthemis Nobilis Flower (Chamomile) Oil whose anti-inflammatory properties soothe irritated skin.

 

How to use – You can apply with fingers or lip brush. :)


IMPORTANT | AWESOME PROMO DEAL!

Definitely mention you want Carolyn Hendricks as your consultant at checkout of any Beautycounter purchase!

 

And, through the entire month of May…

 

If you spend between $75 – $149, you will receive a free Citrus Mimosa Hand Cream  (this moisturizer is AMAZING. perfect for keeping in your handbag for an extra dose of mid-day refreshment for your hands!). It is also a super summery scent, formulated without harmful chemicals and only safe, sweet-smelling goodness.

 

If you spend $150 or more, you will receive their choice of either a free Lip Conditioner set including both the Peppermint and Calendula Balms OR a Lip Sheer in whatever color you like!

 

Do it, do it! Such awesome deals, and even awesome(er) products! ;)


 

You can find Beautycounter on:

Instagram: @beautycounter

Twitter: @beautycounterhq

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeautycounterHQ

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/beautycounter/

 

xo

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As per usual… here’s your song of the day! Flock of Dimes – “Icy” <3

 

 

Eco Diva Beauty – Natural Spring Makeup Tips

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Hey everyone!!

 

Gosh, I am so excited to share this Eco Diva Beauty blog post I contributed to this month!

 

I love what this company does! Carrying only the most sustainable, effective, pure, and luxurious products, Eco Diva is changing the cosmetic world! Environmentally friendly, body and skin friendly, and always conscious about the health effects our makeup products have on our well-being. They’re doing it right by me! (You can read more about their values here.)

 

 

If you want to read more on how to get a natural spring makeup look using all organic and toxic-free products directly from the wonderful Eco Diva Beauty store…click on the photo below!

 

Natural Spring Makeup

(Photography by Lindsey Pruitt)


You can follow Eco Diva Beauty on:

Instagram: @ecodivabeauty

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EcoDivaBeauty

Twitter: @EcoDivaBeauty

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/ecodivabeauty/

 

SHOP ECO DIVA BEAUTY BELOW!

 

 

xo

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LOVE this song by indie rock band from Brooklyn, Oberhofer – “Together/Never”

Enjoy!! :)

 

Gabriel Cosmetics – Zuzu Luxe Palette

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Zuzu Luxe “Peep Show” palette

 

If you’re in the market for a really awesome cruelty-free, gluten-free, and toxic-free neutral palette with a pop of colour (a sizzling gold/yellow shade) – this Zuzu Luxe “Peep Show” Palette by Gabriel Cosmetics is totally for you! It’s been a go-to for me lately, as I love the deeper bronzy/chocolate colours! I love a great summery palette and this one definitely achieves that sun-kissed, summer-look!

 

I really enjoy mixing and matching the super blendable shadows. I apply it with a dry brush for soft day time eye look, or I use a damp brush for a more bold, intense look. It’s however you wish to do it – I personally like to mix the two techniques! The whole palette contains natural ingredients including Titanium Dioxide which functions as a natural sun block. So, you’re not only making your eyes stand out, but you’re protecting them too in the process. Win/win!

 

The Zuzu Luxe Peep Show Palette comes with 4 different eyeshadow shades. They are:

 

Peep Show Shadow Colors
Amber – Sizzling Gold
Toasted – Warm Brown/shimmer
Velvet – Deep Brown/shimmer
Nude – Neutral Ivory

 

Peep Show Powder Color
Translucent – sheer setting powder that leaves skin with a flawless finish (this stuff does some serious mattefying of the skin too, if you have any shine!)

Peep Show Blush Color
Bitten – neutral red for perfectly flushed cheeks (almost as if someone pinched you – in a good way!)

Zuzu Luxe “Peep Show” palette: Nude all over the lid and inner corner of eyes.  Amber on the center of the lid and added more depth/saturation with damp brush.


All in all, I highly recommend picking up one of these palettes, whether it be Peep Show, or one of their other palettes Gabriel Cosmetics will not steer you the wrong way with their high quality, beautifully blendable and pigmented eye colours, blush and powder.

 

You can follow Gabriel Cosmetics on:

Instagram: @gabrielcosmetic

Twitter: @gabrielcosmetic

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gabrielcosmeticsinc

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/gciinspiration/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/GabrielCosmeticsInc

 

Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful Monday!! Xo

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I am currently LOVING this new artist, Amber Bain. She goes by The Japanese House and this 19-year-old London-based singer is blowing me out of the water with her atmospheric 80’s-esque synths and warm, dream-pop sounds. They totally wash over you and make you feel like you’re standing in the middle of an ocean as waves crash in around you. Or, at least to me it does…check it out! ;)

 

I’m A Choosy Chick

The Choosy Chick box I received

 

Would you just look at all these goods!? The Choosy Chick knows how to supply a girl with some great clean products! The Choosy Chick (TCC) is committed to researching, sampling and selecting the finest non-toxic personal care products.  They’ve developed their very own standard (click to read more about that) for ingredients which has become the foundation for their product selections. What I love so much about TCC is that they are not only wonderful at what they do, but they are not fooled by natural sounding names, or natural looking packaging. They truly dig  deep to find products that meet their standard of organic and natural.  So, as a result of their ‘choosy’ nature, they offer the purest, most effective and unique products available right now. I just love that – getting to choose the products that fit right for you, and knowing that they’ve been hand-picked by some really smart, honest and organic-loving people!

 

The items seen in my box are:

 

All of these products have been used and absolutely loved! TCC really does pick the best products to be sold on their site – I am VERY impressed with the quality! The super cute packaging it came in doesn’t hurt either!

 

A few products I especially love are:

The Au Naturale Eye Pencil in ‘Coco’. It glides on SO smoothly (no tugging needed, hallelujah!) and the formulation is super gentle, so it won’t irritate my eyes. Win!  (Photo below of ‘Coco’ swatched on my arm.)

Josh Rosebrook’s Styling Cream. This. Stuff. Is. Awesome! It provides texture to my hair, with a nice medium hold (as it says) and smells AMAZING! Kind of like a lemon sorbet…YUM! I also love that this styling cream stimulates the cells in the hair follicle and feeds the scalp to keep your hair growing thick and beautiful. All of the benefits! Plus, it’s not stiff and washes easily from the hair. I can’t seem to get enough of it!

Au Naturale Eye Pencil in “Coco”


If you’re wanting to find The Choosy Chick on social media, they can be found on:

Instagram: @thechoosychick

Twitter: @thechoosychick

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thechoosychick

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/thechoosychick/

 

xo

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Check out this awesome song “Color” by New York songstress VÉRITÉ!