So, as you all know, I use electronics quite a bit. iPhone, laptop…I mean, it’s basically in my job description. Of course there are benefits to this – fun, useful apps, emails, iCal…the occasional black holes I like to call Instagram and Facebook – and oh, don’t forget Pinterest! But, with all of the new gadgets thrown at us nowadays, there’s (not surprisingly so) some serious complications that come with them.
If you follow me on any of my social platforms…then you know that I got to attend Indie Beauty Expo – Dallaslast weekwith some amazing women! I was so excited to be able to attend this year, as it had been held in NYC and L.A. previous years and I never had a chance to go! It was really convenient to have Dallas as central location to meet up with the ladies – as some live on the west cost and then some on the east!
All natural, vegan and cruelty-free meets punk rock, rebel minimalist! The first thing that comes to mind when looking atBare Bones Body Care‘s branding and products. Isn’t it just the cutest?! The company was born after Monica, the founder and creator of Bare Bones, suffered with years of sensitive skin and allergic reactions. When she was younger, her skin started to react to the mainstream skin care brands and she was forced to switch to the “all natural” options available. Every time she’d read the label of a skin care product her brain went on ingredient overload. She never knew what she was really putting on her body until she did the research…then quickly realized that an “all natural” label doesn’t usually refer to most of the ingredients inside; in fact, the labels tend to mention just one or two of them. Bare Bones is about using only ingredients that will make your skin the happiest skin in all the land. Some elements are made from scratch, and others are sourced from organic and/or local suppliers. All products are vegan and not tested on animals. All Monica wanted were skin care products that had as few ingredients as possible, did what they were supposed to and weren’t harmful to her (or anyone else) in any way…so, she started making her own. Some of the products she makes are cleanser, toner, moisturizer and lip balm – and all in her kitchen! Monica promises:
Ladies! We’re talkin’ lipsticks today and I couldn’t be more stoked. If you know me, you know I love me some lip products. I dunno, there’s something special about a tube of lipstick. Maybe it’s cus they’ve been around for aaaages…
“Ancient Sumerian men and women were possibly the first to invent and wear lipstick, about 5,000 years ago. They crushed gemstones and used them to decorate their faces, mainly on the lips and around the eyes. Also around 3000 BC to 1500 BC, women in the ancient Indus Valley Civilization applied red tinted lipstick to their lips for face decoration.Ancient Egyptians extracted red dye from fucus-algin, 0.01% iodine, and some bromine mannite, but this dye resulted in serious illness.”
…or maybe it’s just because I’m a makeup lover, and a definitely lipstick hoarder. Lipstick can change your mood, your look..your whole persona, if you really want it to! But enough of why I love it and let’s jump right into why these featured Lippy Girl Lipsticks are rockin’ my life right now!
Focused mostly on lip products, this Canadian-based beauty company Lippy Girl Makeup has been around since 2011. They’ve been making a name for themselves – a great one – when it comes to vegan, cruelty-free and organic makeup. So far, I’ve been incredibly impressed with these amazing, affordable, all natural, top quality makeup products. Here are a few tid-bits that makes this cruelty-free company pretty neat:
Natural ingredients. They use all natural ingredients and none of their products contain chemical preservatives like Parabens, Phthalates or petroleum products.
Organic. Yes! Lippy Girluses organic oils to create their fabulous makeup products.
Vegan. You read right, everything created by LG makes sure to exclude any animal products. They are formulated with organic oils, bee-free waxes, and natural mineral pigments. Since many people are allergic and get irritated by animal ingredients like carmine, lanolin, keratin, lactose, elastin and more, you will never see these items in their products.
These are a few of the main non-vegan lipstick ingredients, but there are certainly others to watch out for, including casein (from milk), collagen (from animal tissue) and glycerin (from animal fat).
Cruelty free. Lippy Girl Makeup is a PETA certified cruelty free company. They make their promise to never test their products on animals, but they’ve made agreements with their manufacturer and ingredient supplier that they’ll never test on animals either. So solid.
The lipstick containers, which may look plasticky in pictures, are actually made of recyclable aluminum tubes – which make that lovely satisfying little click on closing – and the boxes are made with non-coated cardboard that you can easily recycle!
Okay, let’s get to the good part – SWATCHES!! I’ve taken swatches on my lips, and on my arm so you can get the full gist of it!
L to R: Surf Betty, Schmoopy, Rosie Posie and Boss Lady
L to R: Surf Betty, Schmoopy, Rosie Posie and Boss Lady (outside in natural light)
“Surf Betty” – A warm, nude-toned beige shade reminiscent of summery days lounging on the beach.
“Rosie Posie” – A semi-sheer, warm dusty berry red.
“Boss Lady” – A gorgeous matte, brick red with orange undertones.
Overall, I adore these lipsticks. They’re incredibly smooth, buildable in colour and Lippy Girl has such a great shade selection! I will definitely be adding to my collection (cus I need more to hoard, duh) very soon.
So you’ve made it to the end. Good job! Here’s a special lil something for ya! Use code “hullosam” at checkout for 10% off of your Lippy Girl purchase! Enjoy! Xo
Fall is almost here, and in honour of my favourite season, here’s one of my favourite “dark” looks. Call it goth, call it vampy… I love it. Read on for how to achieve it!
Eyes: I kept the eyes pretty simple, actually. It’s basically all about shading and creating a deepset eye. I applied a matte beige eyeshadow (i.e. Fleur by Alima Pure) all over my brown bone, as well as my lid, as a base for my other shadows to blend onto.
Then, I took a shade similar to Blond (also by Alima) and applied that into my crease and all the way to the inner corner (with a fluffy crease brush) with small circular motions, as my transition colour. (A transition colour makes the other shadows that are darker blend better over top.)
Next, with a smaller brush, I applied a deeper brown shade (i.e. Cocoa) and created an almost sideways ‘v’ shape across my crease and into my lid. Blend, blend and then blend some more to create a super soft eye. I then took a pinky-mauve shade and applied it to the edges of the sideways ‘v’ to soften up the edges a bit. Taking a mix of matte black (i.e Alima Pure’s Satin Matte Eyeliner in Black– also can be used as a shadow) and brown (i.e. Earthy Calm by Kjaer Weis) shades and I deepened the ‘v’ a bit more, to create more depth, intensity and definition. Again, blend it out well!
Get your favourite black liquid or gel eyeliner out and start mapping out a thin wing/cat eye shape. This is completely optional! I love the dramatic effect it gives, but you can do without the liner if you like!
Apply your standard coat of mascara, whichever brand or kind you prefer – I love this W3LL People Expressionist Bio Extreme Mascara. It has hyper pure mineral pigments which create the blackest of black for highly defined, luxurious lashes without irritating your eyes. So good!
There you go, you did it! You finished the eyes! Continue with your base/foundation and concealers etc, per usual. Check out my post on How-to Apply Creme Foundation, if you’d like a more in depth tutorial on that!
Lips: The easy part! Pick your favourite deep wine/berry/plum/raisin lip colour (basically any deep, dark and vampy shade you have) and apply it to your lips with a lip brush. (I love this Kjaer Weis one!)
Kaia NaturalsJuicy Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths are my newest obsession for light makeup removing, or refreshing my face! No, I’m not saying that you should only use a facial cloth to remove all of your makeup, and cleanse your face…that wouldn’t be good for your skin. However, there are times in a gal’s life when disposable wipes are needed. I.e. a hot summers day, or you’re at the gym and need to remove your makeup on-the-go. Or maybe you’re hiking, or camping (or both) and there’s not a sink in sight – the Juicy Bamboo cloths come to the rescue!
So, who is/what is Kaia Naturals you ask?
Kaia Naturalsis a multi-award winning Toronto based beauty brand with a focus on providing “fast beauty” with a conscience – aka non-toxic ingredients. Their main product, these Juicy Bamboo Natural Facial Cleansing Cloths, were designed as a sustainable alternative to the usual cleansing cloth.
Some of the awards Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo Cleansing Cloths have won:
Made in small batches, these 100% biodegradable cloths are made of one ingredient: bamboo grass, which makes them super soft and free of any harsh dyes, fragrances and chemicals. The cloths are soaked in organic honey and vitamins B12, C, and E. They’re also 100% biodegradable and act as a cleanser, toner, and eye-makeup remover! They nourish AND re-balance your skin without stripping it bare and leaving it dry. In the past – and generally even now – facial wipes have dried out my skin, but these all-natural bamboo fiber cloths are extremely hydrating and gentle enough for even the most sensitive of skins…I mean, you can use them around your eye area! In fact, they are so gentle, they are also the official cleansing cloth approved for use in oncology esthetics training. That should say enough. :)
These cleansing cloths contain a mixture of:
Miel (honey) - non-irritating and known for its healing properties, honey is filled with antioxidants and soothes skin
Sorbitan laurate - cleansing agent
Sunflower seed oil - emollient
Hydrolyzed jojoba esters - emollient
Annnnnd they are gluten-free, cruelty-free, sulfate-free and paraben-free!
So, as you can see above, these are highly-concentrated cloths with skin-loving nutrients. They’ve got a very distinct, citrusy (and quite pleasant/soothing) scent that comes from a blend of natural essential oils such as spearmint, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon and lime. (Yum!) In addition to being eco-friendly, non-toxic, and having amazing ingredients…the packaging the cloths come in are quite unique! Unlike most cleansing cloths which come in a resealable bag (and then dry out super quick), the cloths come in a little plastic container! So, when you’re done using the cloths up you can re-use the container for storing makeup or pencils…or whatever your heart desires!
You can find them in a pack of 30 cloths for $15.50 or 20 Individually wrapped cloths for $19.50 – perfect for on-the-go! Even if you don’t need them to remove makeup, they’re a great natural hand-wipe alternative to keep in your bag, car, etc.
Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths are available to purchase in some select luxury spas and boutiques across the US and Canada.
It’s not every day you can find an all natural beauty shop that solely features the best, most luxurious organic and toxic-free products – AND provide makeovers, consultations and more!
“Citrine Natural Beauty Bar opened their flagship store at Biltmore Fashion Park’s UNION in Phoenix AZ in November 2012. Quickly becoming the “it” place to go to get all things naturally glamorous, Citrine strives to always carry the latest and best in all natural and clean beauty products. We carry lines such as Jane Iredale, Tata Harper, RMS Beauty, Kjaer Weis, May Lindstrom and many more. This is your one stop shop for all your beauty needs. With knowledgeable and highly-trained staff, your experience at Citrine is truly like none you’ve ever had.”
Left to Right: Kjaer Weis Foundation in Like Porcelain, Ilia Neon Angel, Kypris Clearing Serum, and Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask (sample)
One of the things I love about Citrine, is its founder and owner Melissa Lenberg. She not only is passionate about her shop and the wonderful products in it, but she truly values her customers and maintains a great relationship with them!
I was so kindly sent this (pictured above) box of products (that I was able to pick out – how awesome!) and have been using them now for a couple of weeks. I have had some GREAT results and I’d love to share them with you!
Skin: Kjaer Weis Like Porcelain, Lips: Ilia Neon Angel
I cannot tell you how long I’ve searched for the PERFECT skin-like finish organic foundation. One that not only covers decently, but doesn’t look cakey or too shiny. Kjaer Weis Like Porcelain foundation is my new holy grail! It is definitely one of the most luxurious, glamorous line of foundation I’ve ever come across! Some of the things I love about this foundation:
Creamy, blendable, weightless texture with a semi-matte finish.
Contains the highest quality of natural and organic ingredients possible.
It has a luxurious and chic refillable packaging.
Can be used as a concealer, and eyeshadow primer.
Formulated with moisturizing and age-defying ingredients such as Sweet Almond Seed, Coco, and Jojoba oils.
Can be applied by hand or with the Kjaer Weis Foundation Brush. (I love the brush technique the best!)
And…fun-fact! The creator of Kjaer Weis, Kristen, is a renown makeup artist with work featured in Elle, Lucky, Marie Claire and Vogue magazines.
Looking for the perfect hot pink (magenta) pop of colour for your lips this summer? Ilia’s got you. Neon Angel is my new favourite bright lipstick of the moment – a statement piece all in itself. Paired with a minimal, lashy eye, and a glowy bronzed face..you’ll be looking fresh faced and gorgeous!
One of the many reasons I love this lipstick, along with all of Ilia’s lip products is their aesthetic. First and foremast, their packaging is beautiful. I read somewhere once that beauty should be a multi-sensory experience. Personally, I agree! It only adds to the wonderful experience if the packaging looks and feels good. Secondly, I love the texture and finish of this lip product! Neon Angel is more of a creamy matte, perfect, in my opinion. Thirdly, the lipstick is long-wearing! Of course, like any lipstick it can come off eventually (especially if you’re actively eating and drinking), but it still leaves a nice stain of colour at the end of its wear. Gotta love that! And last, but definitely not least (cus this is huge in my opinion), the taste! I’m super picky about how lip products taste and smell on the lips. This one is pretty neutral, with faint hints of vanilla.
I know I’m not the only one wanting to achieve these flawless looks with flawless skin! Kypris Clearing Serumpromises to heal blemishes, reduce evidence of older blemishes, and reduce redness. It’s supposed to be good for both fussy skin, and recently shaved, waxed, or threaded skin. You can also use it as a spot treatment.
There are 25 Active Natural Ingredients. Some of the key ingredients are:
The immune system’s mineral friend, Zinc, balances sebum production while inspiring skin’s natural protective mechanisms to modulate inflammation whether caused by blemishes or irritations.
Apple Fruit extract imparts Alpha Hydroxy Acids to minimize the appearance of blemishes, old and new.
A proprietary blend of lavender, niaouli, and tea tree essential oils minimize the appearance of scars and reinforce skin’s barrier function all while challenging acne-causing bacteria.
Willow Bark extract delivers its active salicins to smooth, heal, and restore imbalanced complexions.
Liposome encapsulated Centella asiatica extract supports the health of skin’s connective tissues for calm, plump skin.
Citrine Beauty, amongst these wonderful three full-sized products, also included a sample of Tata Harpers Resurfacing Mask. Of course, all the hype you’ve heard on this mask is spot on. This award-winning beta-hydroxy treatment works like a traditional peel to provide an instant solution for dull skin – without causing downtime or irritation. It delivers an instant glow, minimizes the appearance of pores and improves texture for smooth, glowing skin. It’s formulated to deeply purify and help decongest surface debris and dead skin for a refreshed, instantly revitalized appearance. I love this stuff and will definitely be buying more in the near future!
If you’re keen on shopping this product, and all of the other products mentioned in this post, definitely head over toCitrine Natural Skin now to shop everything 15% with code sammieat checkout – valid until June 28th, and valid on everything except Tata Harper! You can find Citrine Beauty on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.
Any questions you may have on any of the products, just leave me a comment below! I’ll be happy to answer them! :)