Clean Beauty

Bambu Earth, Worry-Free!

Petitgrain Facial Cream + Dry Shampoo (Dark Tresses)

 

Don’t you find it annoying when you’re in the market for some natural products and yet you still encounter the ever so annoying urge to read every ingredient listed…just in case it should have something you’re not going to like, or that won’t be good for your body or environment. Don’t lose hope! Bambu Earth is a line of natural, sustainable, and ethical products that claims to be “worry-free”, which means you don’t have to worry about what’s on the ingredient label or how your purchase will negatively impact people or the environment. Bambu Earth sources their ingredients from providers that are fair-trade, sustainable, organic and eco-friendly. Whew! Peace of mind, right? :)

 

In Spring of 2009, Bambu Earth was born. Amber had a desire to live a simpler, more sustainable life. She has been making soap for over 12 years now..so you know it’s high quality, and well-crafted! The soap and skincare is created in small batches by hand in an effort to better the community and world. Amber believes that nature, created by God, provides us with all of the tools most people need to live a healthy life. For this reason, Bambu Earth uses simple, all-natural ingredients, in their rawest form in their products to provide living nutrients to the skin. Their products are made with sustainable, ethical and local ingredients.

 

What about the origin of the store name? Well, Bambu Earth was named after their signature ingredient: bamboo activated charcoal. This ingredient (as Amber, founder and CEO of Bambu Earth has stated) is amazing, as it draws out impurities from your skin. Bamboo is sustainable, and grown without pesticides, not to mention it replenishes itself quickly. It takes about 5 years of nurturing bamboo before you even see one sprout – pretty crazy! After that, it grows about an inch per day. It grows so rapidly, you can actually hear it growing…can you imagine?


The two products seen above are amazing, and I highly recommend looking into purchasing them, cus, I honestly don’t know what I did before them. Most of the time, I feel like I’m pampering myself whenever I use these products, and I really enjoy and appreciate the wonderful scents of the products, but without any harsh chemicals added to it!

The Petitgrain Facial Cream is what your skin has been craving!  A simple, effective cream that doesn’t have a bunch of alcohol or questionable ingredients. Something that moisturizes but doesn’t leave you greasy. And let’s be honest, it gets tiring trying cream after cream that promises the world but doesn’t deliver. Thankfully, the Petitgrain Cream is formulated with simple, effective ingredients without harsh chemicals, alcohol, or preservatives. This cream does not contain water (like most creams), so it won’t evaporate leaving your skin feeling dry hours later. All it contains are simple, quality ingredients of unrefined shea butter, sweet almond oil and organic jojoba oil to give your face the lightest all-day moisture that will penetrate deep into your skin without feeling greasy. Since these oils are non-comedogenic, they won’t clog your pores either!

 

Ingredients:

  • Unrefined Shea Butter (Fair-Trade) – Deep moisturizing, Vitamins A, E and F, non-comedogenic
  • Sweet Almond Oil – Light moisturizer, softens skin, abundant in Vitamin E, non-comedogenic
  • Jojoba Oil – Light moisturizer, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, compound is closest to our skin’s natural oils (sebum) making it ideal in facial care, non-comedogenic
  • Petitgrain – Useful for maintaining the skin’s moisture balance, helps clear and tone, ideal for mature and problem skin types as well as normal, oily and dry skin.

 

Directions
Apply very small amount to clean face. A little goes a long way. A pea sized amount of this product will moisturize your entire face and neck giving you more than 180 applications.


Dry Shampoo (Dark Tresses)

 

Overslept? In a hurry? Bambu Earth’s Dry Shampoo revives second day hair and absorbs extra oil so no one will ever know. It is especially formulated to give volume to limp hair and leave your tresses with a fabulous clean scent. Their blend of natural herbs soothe dry skin and horsetail powder promotes healthy hair growth! It comes in formulations for light and dark hair. The one pictured above, is for medium to dark hair, so you won’t get that gray-haired look like most dry shampoos give you – THANK GOODNESS!  This stuff is amazing! I can easily go almost a week with not washing my hair and it’ll somehow still look fresh and clean – AND smell nice too!


You definitely want to follow Bambu Earth on their social medias! You’ll be privy to discounts, possible giveaways, awesome reviews and more!

 

Instagram: @bambuearth

Twitter: @bambuearth

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

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

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/bambuearth

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/bambuearth

 

Oh, and if you’re ever in the California area…give their new awesome storefront a visit!

31766 Los Rios Street
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Phone: (949) 608-9737 x1

Email: hello@bambuearth.com

 

xo

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Noah Gunderson Slow Dancer

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Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths

 

Kaia Naturals Juicy 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 Naturals is 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:

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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. :)

 

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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!

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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.


Follow Kaia Naturals:

Instagram: @kaianaturals

Twitter: @kaianaturals

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

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

 

Thanks for reading/watching! See ya soon! xo

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Minor Alps – “I Don’t Know What To Do With My Hands

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Helmer Homemade Vegan Chapsticks

I love supporting small businesses, especially when they promote healthy living, cosmetics and skincare – and this one is no exception!

 

 

Helmer Homemade is a small Pennsylvania business owned and run by the sweet Kylie Helmer. Everything she creates is made with love, the purest ingredients, and sometimes even little helping hands – as she has two kiddies. She strives everyday to create a more natural lifestyle for her family, which I wholeheartedly support! Everything in the shop is completely natural and vegan; as Kylie chooses to use candelilla wax instead of beeswax.

 

So, that being said, here are the cute little chapsticks she sent over to me! IMG_0881 IMG_0880

 

Helmer Homemade chapstick is created with the purest, most natural ingredients. The chapsticks are tinted naturally with Organic Beet Root Powder and are super soothing + moisturizing too. Due to the homemade nature, her products may differ slightly from batch to batch, but that’s the beauty in it!

 

L: Minty Fresh + R: Cutie Fruity


Here are a few of the chapsticks offered and their scent description:

Cutie Fruity: a funky citrus blend that will wake you up & make you feel like you’re on a tropical island.
Hello Mellow: a relaxing scent; bye-bye stress!
Minty Fresh: smells even better than a candy-cane, this pure peppermint flavored chapstick is refreshing + energizing.

 

Ingredients: coconut oil, cocoa butter, candelilla wax, beet root powder, essential oils
* Due to the homemade nature, my products might differ slightly from batch to batch. Thank you for understanding and supporting a Mama who just loves to create all-natural products for her family (and yours!)


If you’d like to purchase these, and other Helmer Homemade products, check out her Etsy shop and follow their social medias:

Instagram: @kylie.helmer

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/FindYourHealthiestYou

 

Also, if you’ve made it this far, I’ve got a special coupon code for ya! Type in “hullo10” for 10% off of any purchase on Helmer Homemade’s Etsy Shop! (Good until the end of the week!)

xo

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Song of the week: Half Moon Run Trust! So catchy!

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Dusty Girls Makeup: Full Review

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No, this is not about girls covered in dust……haha. Sorry. Hold onto your britches cus this post is probably one of my favourite reviews I’ll do regarding affordable, AMAZING makeup!

 

Dusty Girls is an Australian company based out of Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast. They create Natural Mineral Makeup from quality, safe and effective ingredients that encourage and promote healthy skin so that you can look your best even when your makeup comes off. Dusty Girls is ‘farmed by MooGoo‘, an all-natural skincare company that makes products for people with sensitive skin issues. (Aka me…)

 

Dusty Girls believes that the skin always looks better after a day spent in the country, which inspired them to develop a range of makeup using natural clays and minerals of the earth. Their makeup is designed for all skin-types and is especially beneficial for gals with troubled or irritable skin – but is also an awesome choice for those wanting products that are actually good for the skin, rather than toxic and harmful…cus that ain’t gonna fly.


So, let’s get started with my favourite product (don’t get me wrong, I love  all of them, but this one…man, it’s good.)

Sunshine Natural Mineral Bronzer

The “Sunshine” bronzer is made to suit all skin tones. It’s a warm, glowing, not too glittery formulation – don’t worry, the glittery part isn’t scary – trust me, I would stay away if it was glittertastic! Depending on your skin colour, this will determine the amount of product you apply, as this bronzer has quite the pigment! Let me explain. :) So, I’m quite fair and if I want a sunkissed-beachy look, what I will do is lightly dust my brush onto the bronzer and then apply/blend it to the areas where the sun would naturally touch. What I love about this bronzer is that it not only gives you that sunkissed look, but it allows contouring of the facial features to give you that healthy outdoorsy look as well!

 

Dusty Girls don’t think there is a need for talc or bismuth in a bronzer – amen! I mean, who wants skin irritation?! Not me! So they figured out a way to provide the same function by naturally using ingredients such as Jojoba and Macadamia oil esters, micas and oxides. Ladies, this bronzer is seriously the best. I can’t rave enough about this product, I don’t know where I’d be without it! GET IT!!!!


Next we have the lovely…

 

Dusty Girls Tinted Earth Cream

Oh my lands, I LOVE THIS STUFF! It is a tinted moisturizer containing natural ingredients to combat acne prone skin (which, I don’t necessarily have – but it doesn’t hurt to prevent any spots!), as well as offering sun protection throughout the day.  It is free of any silicones and UV filters (as these are common skin irritants). Instead, Dusty Girls included natural ingredients like Manuka Tree Leaf Oil and Nigella Sativa Oil (great for reducing acne) along with Magnolia Acuminata Extract and Chaulmoogra Tree Seed Oil (idea for soothing and repairing). I think the best about this stuff is that it will replace your moisturizer, sunscreen and foundation all in one application!

 

Much like a bb cream, this “Earth Cream” feels like nothing on the skin. It’s lightweight, made with great ingredients, comes in the best little packaging with A PUMP – YES!!! – and oddly enough, I like the scent of it too! It kind of smells like clay/earthy minerals…I dunno, call me weird, but it’s pleasant to my nose. This “Earth Cream” provides light to medium coverage – depending on how much you apply – and it gives you a beautiful light glowy satin finish (does that make sense? It just looks luminous and natural..). You can get this in two shades, light and medium (I own the light) and this caters for most skin tones. I promise! It may look dark on your finger, but it rubs in quite clear and miraculously evens out your complexion. Make sure to start with less than a pea size amount.

 

It’s so nice to know that wearing this cream not only gives you coverage, but your skin is also being cared for and not clogged or damaged in the long-run. Love, love, love this product!


Natural Mineral Bush in ‘Pink Ladies’
If you’re looking for a healthy flush of pink that screams fresh and youthful, this is your friend! Full of the healthiest natural oils, oxides and micas available, this blush will nourish your skin while adding a subtle sparkle that will make your smile even brighter than it already is! Again, there’s no need for yucky chemical preservatives, talc or bismuth, Dusty Girls is all about clean, non-toxic and good ingredients for your skin and body!

 

The Mineral Blush does come in two shades, Pink Ladies (which I have, and is pictured above) and Golden Delicious.  I think that ‘Pink Ladies‘ is a shade that will suit most ladies. It’s very pigmented, so use a light hand when applying it, or, if you prefer something a little more powerful…build it up for a really nice rosy cheek!


Last, but certainly not least…

 

Argyle Pink” Natural Mineral Lip Shine

What goes on the lips gets eaten! The common internet rumour is that on average we eat 3 kilos of lipstick in a lifetime, nobody knows for sure, really. But we do know that what we put on our lips can (and will) accumulate in our bodies. Good thing that Dusty Girls use food based ingredients that they are are proud to show on their website, as well as the awesome packaging.

 

Here are some of the ingredients they do not use:

Carmine: also called cochineal extract or natural red 4 or even “natural colour”. This red pigment is made from boiled Cochineal beetles, and let’s be real, I am NOT a fan of bugs. Dusty Girls have worked hard to find a way to make a natural non-beetle pink lip stick and this is the result!

 

The influence for this gorgeous rosy shade was the pink Argyle Diamond form Western Australia. This lip shine not only gives you a natural pink rosy shade of colour but also conditions and moisturizes your lips too – my lips don’t feel dry EVER when I’m wearing it! The lip shine is made from some lovely oils such as Apricot Seed Oil, Watermelon Seed Oil and Sweet Almond Oils. Again, there is absolutely no lead, no carmine (beetles), just heaps of natural rosiness. It’s a good one, gals! :)


If you’re keen on following Dusty Girls on their social medias (their IG feed is SO pretty!)..click to follow/like below:

Instagram: @dustygirlsmakeup

Twitter: @dustygirls

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/dustygirlsaustralia

 

**ALL PHOTOS (with the exception of the first one pictured at the top) ARE FROM OTHER BLOGGERS/DUSTY GIRLS WEBSITE. Links to their blog posts have been attached to each photo that isn’t mine. :)

 

xo

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This tune by MØGEN – “Anchor” is SO good. Enjoy! :)

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Antonym Cosmetics

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I’m excited to talk to you all today about this US-based boutique brand Antonym Cosmetics! It was founded by a French born makeup artist, Valarie, who believes natural make-up can not only make you looking stunning, but it can be skin-friendly as well! Today, Antonym is an eco-luxe brand that is growing a niche presence in the US market and has also expanded to Australia and New Zealand.

 

What makes them Green?

  • Ecocert Certified Makeup with organic ingredients (Ecocert certifies that a brand’s products use natural and/or organic ingredients and that a company practices strict standards of quality control to ensure environmentally respectful manufacturing,packaging and storage. Click here to read more.)
  • Vegan certified brushes: no animal testing and do not contain any animal products.
  • Support and donate to organizations that promote ecological awareness.
  • All compacts and brush handles are made with bamboo which is a natural and sustainable material.

I am excited to share with you my thoughts on the products sent to me from Antonym! They’ve been so, so great in my makeup kit!

 

Antonym Organic Baked Blush “Rose”:

I must say their bamboo compact caught my eye immediately, with its eco luxe vibe, and I LOVE the magnetic closure with the large, deep-set mirror – for touch-ups on the go. The formula of this blush starts as a creme that is then baked in terracotta pans in a process that naturally binds it into its domed shape. This process transforms into a fine, silky powder with a buildable, transparent finish. The blush is mesmerizing to look at with its marbled combination of several shades of rose, and some other pinkish hues. Because of how the colours are marbled together, this blush packs a few color options into one compact, so you can really tailor your look to your liking. It even looks great on the eyes! In fact, Antonym has a look right now that you can achieve using this blush! (Click HERE to view)

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Antonym Baked Blush “Rose”


Antonym Natural Lipstick Pencil in Pinkish:

This has quickly become a favorite and a great addition to my makeup-up kit. It’s long-lasting waterproof formula and awesome natural ingredients (100% natural with over 14% of its ingredients derived from organic farming) allow this lipstick to glide on smoothly, and it provides moisture thanks to the sunflower oil and shea butter in it. This lipstick pencil offers precise, professional application and definition, which I love!I would say Pinkish is a little bit shimmery (but I can totally handle it) and it leans more towards a dark pink/coral. The formula is super long-lasting, so it stays put, but yet looks feminine, beautiful and understated all on its own.

Antonym Lipstick Pencil in Pinkish

“Pinkish” swatched


Finally,

Antonym Lipbrush in #15:

This Lip Brush is essential for precision application, as well as prolonging the life of your lipstick. The plump, synthetic bristles are super soft and luxurious, they are comparable to the finest natural bristles. I love that the brush handle is made of sustainable bamboo with light weight, black aluminum ferules – honestly, it’s the most sleek and prettiest lip brush I’ve ever owned.

If you like this brush, well..it doesn’t stop there! Antonym has a full collection of 20 vegan makeup brushes that I know every makeup artist (and non-makeup artists) would love to own! Those wooden handles…ahhh, I just love ’em. I can’t wait to expand my collection of Antonym brushes in the near future!


Want to follow Antonym Cosmetics online? Check out their:

 

Instagram: @antonymcosmetics

Twitter: @beAntonym

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/CosmeticsAntonym

Pinteresthttps://www.pinterest.com/beantonym

 

xo

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THIS SONG! Susanna and the Magical OrchestraLove Will Tear Us Apart

It’s been on repeat a lot lately…the cover is absolutely flawless! The Rhodes, the vocals – totally swoon-worthy. Enjoy!

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NUCIYA: Canada’s Natural Online Beauty Shop

I love a great natural online shop, and with the slew of options and different products offered in each shop, it makes green beauty buying a breeze!

 

Enter Nuciya, a Canadian based online beauty retailer that focuses on natural & organic cosmetics. Nowadays, consumers are becoming more aware of the harmful ingredients used in cosmetics, the toxicity levels, the dishonest marketing. Nuciya wanted to make sure that clean, safe products were more accessible. And so it was birthed: a one stop shop for all cosmetics including skin care, makeup and bath and body products.

 

Founded by green beauty blogger Amber Wikstrom, Amber wanted to share her favorite natural beauty products with the world. So, she teamed up with entrepreneur & the president of Wisdom Survival Kits Pavel Dolzhenko, in order to make this dream become a reality.

 

Nuciya believes that what we put on our skin is just as important as what we eat. Amber and Pavel are consistently searching to find amazing products with rave reviews, and healthy ingredients that are not easily accessible to Canadians. The store offers competitive shipping rates (free shipping on orders over $65 for US/Canada; $100 international!) so that those inside or outside of North America can enjoy all natural & non-toxic beauty products. So, what makes Nuciya different? All of their products are brands that Amber Karlson – certified makeup artist – has personally tried and recommends. They’ve basically done all the work for you; checked the ingredients, tested the products in order to give you a stress-free shopping environment. Shopping with them is a no-brainer when you can confidently pick the best (tried, tested and true) products for your skin!


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L-R: Lily Lolo’s Finishing Powder in Flawless Matte, Karen Murrell Lipstick in Peony Petal and Josh Rosebrook Firm Hold Hair Spray

 

I have so many great things to say about all three products, but let me first start with my current absolute favourite:

 

Josh Rosebrooks Firm Hold Hair Spray:

Okay, this stuff is AWESOME! JR’s Hair Spray works to control almost any hair style (including my sweet, sometimes unruly locks) while encouraging strong hair growth – gotta love that! The formula is pure, lightweight and made from non-gmo yucca and other pure plant ingredients. This allows natural movement without feeling sticky, flaking or drying the hair and scalp – THANK GOODNESS, that’s one of my least favourite feelings/things. There are active herbal infusions in it as well, to stimulate follicle circulation supporting continued hair growth and a healthy, nourished scalp.

 

One of the most unique things about this Hair Spray is that it has benefits on benefits! That almost NEVER happens with regular (especially the real toxic) types of hairsprays! Josh Rosebrook infuses their Hair Spray with organic herbs of Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme, Lavender, Sage and Horsetail. This combination of herbs creates a potent Synergy that works to stimulate the follicle, calm and protect the scalp. When the follicle is properly stimuated, increased circulation nourishes the hair bulb. This cellular process strengthens the hair shaft for strong, beautiful hair….HELLO, you’ve got a fan in me!


Karen Murrell Lipstick “Peony Petal”:

Oh my gosh, how to describe this amazing lipstick?! Creamy…vibrant…smells like cinnamon! Yep. You read it right, CINNAMON. I mean, how could you NOT love a lipstick that has that scent? It’s almost like freshening your breath, without freshening it, ya know? But, Karen Murrell does describe the lip colour beautifully here:

“Delicate pastel hues of coral and peach unravel on the lips like the breathtakingly Peony flower in full bloom.”

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Of course, this lipstick is made with all natural ingredients, is long-lasting, creamy (like I mentioned above) and it goes on like a dream – silky smooth. Plus it’s nourishing for the lips AND it comes in biodegradable packaging (PLA).

 

Some of the key active ingredients in this lipstick are:

  • Candelilla (Euphorbia cerifera)
    The candelilla plant grows in the semi-arid environment of northern Mexico. Plants growing in the hottest and driest areas produce a protective covering, which yields a hard vegetable wax of superior quality after processing. Candelilla wax is yellow, and is celebrated in lipstick production for its hard, brittle, glossy and slightly tacky properties.
  • Evening primrose oil (Oenothera biennis)
    Rich in omega-6, soothing and very moisturising.
  • Castor oil (Ricinus communis)
    Excellent emollient properties and a high-acting pigment dispersant. Due to its high viscosity, castor oil also helps to suspend pigment in the manufacturing process to avoid settling when hot. KM Lipstick pigments are milled into castor oil in a ball mill. The milling process reduces particle size and ensures even suspension and distribution.

 

Seriously, ladies. Go and get you a Karen Murrell Lipstick! You will not be disappointed!


Last, but certainly not least..

Lily Lolo Flawless Matte Finishing Powder:

I LOVE setting my makeup with a great finishing powder, and this Flawless Matte one by Lily Lolo is wonderful! It’s great for controlling shine, seriously..it really rids me of any “greasy” look I may be sporting in this hot summer heat.

 

The key ingredient in this powder is Kaolin, which is a clay mineral that has oil absorbing properties – in turn, giving you a flawless, shine free finish or base to your makeup. When I say base, I mean you can apply it before foundation to create a long-lasting base for your foundation to stick to. I just apply it to my face using a large, soft powder brush and voila! Shine-free, makeup-set face!


If you’d like to follow and shop more amazing brands, such as these above, check out Nuciya’s website and social media accounts!

 

Site: http://www.nuciya.com

Instagram: @nuciyabeauty

Twitter: @NuciyaBeauty

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

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

 

xo

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You think I’d forget my song of the week?!

Love this track by Greg Laswell – “What A Day

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