Dark lips are backkkk! Is this exciting or what? I mean, for a lipstick lover like myself, it sure is! Not much into dark lips? Don’t worry, there are neutral eyes to look forward to. Plus, I’ve got options for ya!
Ahhh, Elemental Herbology, where shall I start? This company was inspired by the desire to balance and harmonize; the beauty of nature and the power of herbal medicine. Kristy Cimesa, Founder of Elemental Herbology, conceived EH to offer a unique skincare range, founded on the origins of the Five Elements.
What I love most about this company is not just their mantra, but their product ingredients. Not only are they herbal, but they are responsible for harvesting and the production of all raw materials used. They ensure their products are 100% free from synthetic fragrance, artificial colour, mineral oils, sulphates, parabens and preservatives – AND they combine therapeutic levels of Plant Compounds, Herbal Extracts, Essential Fatty Acids, Botanical Oils, Vitamins, Minerals and Anti-oxidants, so they can help your skin achieve a state of optimum health and vitality. So great!
I have three wonderful products that I’ve been loving that I would like to share with you all today. So let’s get started, shall we?
This is a great gradual (moisturizing) tanning product. However, be careful when using it because it’s super liquidy, which can result in a bit of a mess! The smell is very strong, not terrible, but very strong. I don’t really even know how to describe it..but, I do know that I will take it over any other (non-organic) sunless tanners. The way Elemental Herbology describes it is:
This daily body hydrator contains subtle levels of an eco-certified botanical self-tanning agent with ultra-nourishing, skin-softening oils to create a beautifully hydrated, natural and healthy glow whilst also helping to prolong the life of your tan. Its light texture allows the skin to breathe, whilst protecting the skin by boosting antioxidant activity and cooling, calming and nourishing over-exposed skin.
Here are some of the key ingredients:
- Watermelon Seed Oil, also known as Kalahari Oil it is extracted from the seed of a watermelon which is prized for its high nutritive benefits, its light texture and intensive moisturizing capabilities. While ultra nourishing it is an ideal product for use during the summer months as it allows the skin ‘to breathe’.
- Macadamia Oil contains the richest known source of Omega 7 Palmitoleic acid which helps replenish the skins naturally occurring lipids so that optimum hydration levels can be maintained.
- Olive Oil rich in polyphenols, amino acid derivatives and powerful anti-oxidants it helps protect against environmental extremes and nourish and hydrate parched skin.
- Pomegranate contains powerful antioxidants which help protect the skin against oxidative damage.
- Fig extract rich in anti-oxidants is the ‘secret of Mediterranean women’ and helps fight against the damaging effects of the sun and environmental extremes. Rich in mucilages and more particularly sugars with softening and moisturizing activities. It helps comfort stressed skin, firms the tissues and intensively boosts hydration levels by preserving the cutaneous water balance.
- Aloe Vera helps protect against oxidative damage making it highly beneficial for dry, cracked and parched skin. It is also helps cool and soothe the skin.
- Lavender harmonizes sebum production, soothes sensitive skin and has an anti-bacterial effect.
I’d say that it’s pretty accurate in description. It really does work quickly, and will give you an overall natural looking tan. (No orange-fake-tan-look either) I have found myself applying it at night, and then in the morning I’ll take a shower to get rid of the smell. (Again, not terrible…just not my favourite scent!)
Elemental Herbology’s Neroli & Rose Damask body cream. This is really, really moisturizing and very luxurious. It doesn’t immediately absorb into your skin, but I rather enjoy that because I can pop on my pj’s, get into bed and it feels as if I am having an overnight treatment mask for my body! The body cream is subtly fragranced with natural Orange Flower Water and Neroli aromas, which I enjoy very much!
Here are some of the key ingredients:
- Mango Butter– intensely moisturizes
- Organic Aloe– helps to soothe the skin
- Magnolia, Lotus, and Soya help to improve the texture of skin.
- Pure Rose Damask Water and ultra-nourishing botanicals restore optimum moisture and soothe sensitive skin.
- Argan Oil, Rose Hip Oil and Ubuntu Ximenia help to restore hydration and improve the barrier function of the skin.
If you want a luxurious, pampering body cream, this one is well worth it!
This Eye Elixir is somethin’ else! I would recommended for anybody who is concerned about ageing, city dwellers, frequent flyers (great to use while flying) and for everybody with puffy and weary eyes. I find it also works really well to soothe my allergies (when my eyes get kind of red and itchy). Especially if you stick it in the fridge to get cold! It tingles around your eyes, but in a good way. It’s DIVINE!
EH describes this eye cream as:
Our triple-action, advanced eye-serum helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles. Combining innovative cosmetic technology with active botanical ingredients, it will help to firm, tighten, lift and nourish the delicate eye region to transform weary, parched or weathered eyes.
Here are some of the key ingredients:
LANABLUE® (Blue Green Algae) helps stimulates collagen synthesis and repair.
EYELISS™ helps increase lymphatic circulation and improve firmness and elasticity.
Kombuchka™ improves radiance.
Hematite helps increase collagen synthesis to firm and tone the skin.
Rose Water hydrates and soothes; Plant Peptides help to plump fine lines and wrinkles.
Macadamia Nut, Grapeseed and Lavender Oils help to nourish, soothe and soften the skin.
- Aphanizomenon Flos Aquae, a Blue Green Algae, helps smooth and re-densify the epidermis.
Powerful Peptides combine to help prevent and fight “bags” under the eyes by decreasing the capillary permeability, increasing lymphatic circulation and improving firmness and elasticity.
- A natural vegetable astringent obtained from Oak Apple gently firms the skin and strengthens cell structure resulting in the texture of the skin being visibly improved.
A plant based anti-ageing ingredient derived from Wheat Amino-Acids and Palmitic Acid helps create a natural ‘botox like effect’, combating the two main sources of wrinkles to smooth out lines and re-densify deep wrinkles.
- Hematite and Kombuchka helps restore the radiance and tone of the skin.
- L-Ascorbic Acid stimulates collagen growth to help reduce wrinkles and protect the skin against UVB and UVA damage.
- Macadamia Nut Oil, Aloe Vera, Yerba Santa, Rose Water and Lavender Oil nourish, soften and soothe the delicate eye region.
Overall, this is an awesome eye crea-uhh-elixir… ;) So if you’re tired of all of the typical eye creams not doing their job, and just causing irritation – then this one is for you!
If you’d like to know more about Elemental Herbology, or simply would like to follow them on their social medias, here are some links for ya to check out:
Kid Astray – “Back To The Ordinary”
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In order for me to be posting about hair products…you must know, I’m SUPER picky – so, this is a big deal! It can be kind of difficult to find a truly organic, clean, non-toxic shampoo or conditioner that really cleans or even lathers well. Not to mention, protects colour treated hair, while adding shine and leaving your hair feeling soft and manageable.
Innersense Organic Beauty is my new favourite! I was super excited to try out their products, and post my quick lil mini-reviews on them. So, here are my thoughts on these three awesome hair care products!
This is a gentle cleansing shampoo for color treated hair. Hand Crafted from Certified Organic and Bio Dynamic ingredients of coconut and palm oils, pumpkin seed and shea butter to provide luxurious cleansing. The lather is wonderful, and really does clean your hair thoroughly and gently. Sunflower Seed extracts, a natural anti-oxidant, protects color from fading and adds superb shine (seriously, it is amazing). It will leave your hair naturally clean, healthy and awakened without residue or dryness.
This conditioner will revitalize and nourish color treated hair with natural proteins, aromatic oils and flower essences. The formula of this conditioner is super lightweight and build up free (thank goodness, amirite?), so it moisturizes and strengthens the hair while providing resilience and shine. Sunflower Seed Oil protects color and keeps hair radiant. Also, it smells ABSOLUTELY DIVINE – like the most beautiful sweet flower field ever.
Sweet Spirit is a leave-in conditioner using a blend of natural oils, fragrant herbs and flower essences. A touch of honey adds body and manageability. Hair is perfectly balanced and ready for any style. Sweet Spirit can also be used on dry hair to revive and restyle. The natural Orange Blossom fragrance makes this a refreshing delight for the senses. Sweetness brings life into balance. (Basically, it’s the bomb.com)
You can find and follow Innersense on:
“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:
As per usual… here’s your song of the day! Flock of Dimes – “Icy” <3
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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!
(Photography by Lindsey Pruitt)
You can follow Eco Diva Beauty on:
SHOP ECO DIVA BEAUTY BELOW!
LOVE this song by indie rock band from Brooklyn, Oberhofer – “Together/Never”
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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!)
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:
Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful Monday!! Xo
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! ;)
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When I first discovered Meow Meow Tweet, the first thing I thought was “HOW FREAKING AWESOME IS THIS COMPANY’S NAME!?!” but for real, though. Brilliant! Especially for a company that concocts all organic, vegan products with pure, natural and organic ingredients. Meow, meow indeed. I like a lot!
With more buzz than a bee, Meow Meow has been getting around with the press! Featured in popular magazines, renowned blogs, websites and more! So, I thought to myself, they MUST be doing something right.
Browsing their website was like eye-candy in itself! Bright, cheerful and colourful vibes all over the place! Suuuuper cute, simple, yet totally cool packaging. I couldn’t get enough! So, here I am..to tell YOU a few products I’m loving right now!
(From left to right) Face Exfoliant, Face Oil, Face Toner, Body Oil – Juniper Mint, Face Cleanser and Baking Soda Free Deodorant Cream with Grapefruit, and (not pictured, cus I forgot…) Vegan Lip Balm – Rosemary Eucalyptus
This little Mini-Travel Migrator Kit that you see above has been a Godsend! I was out of town last weekend and it made the trip with me. Lightweight, It’s perfect for traveling, for sticking in your purse (especially the deodorant and body oil) and they’re all the perfect little size!
I love all of the products, but some of my favourites would have to be the Face Toner, Body Oil and Deodorant Cream. Here’s a little rundown of what my faves do, and some of the ingredients in them:
This toner is great for a daily toning of the face for all skin types. Especially those with combination and blemish prone skin. This awesome toner can also be used as a makeup setter spray, aftershave (spray on to avoid ingrown hairs) and a scalp spray for dandruff. Gotta love a product that does more than just one thing!
Its ingredients are: hammamelis virginiana (wild harvested witch hazel) distillate, aqua (water), *rosa damascena (rose) hydrosol, *vegetable glycerin, *acetic acid (apple cider vinegar), *lavendula angustofolia (lavender), *pelargonium graveolens (geranium), *cymbopogon martini (palmarosa), *helichrysum italicum (immortelle) essential oils. (All the ingredients starred are certified organic)
This fresh and woody juniper berry scented oil combines with crisp peppermint and herbal rosemary to calm, tone and treat dry or weathered skin. I had no idea, but apparently it can also be used as a scalp treatment to promote hair growth and help with dandruff. Again, Meow Meow is killin’ it with the multiple/different ways of using their products! Getting more bang for your buck!
Its ingredients are: *helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil, *cannabis sativa (hempseed) oil, *simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, *cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, *juniperus communis (juniper) essential oil, *rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) essential oil, *mentha piperita (peppermint) essential oil. (All the ingredients starred are certified organic)
Okay. Deodorant. A tricky area for me…not only because my pits need to have a serious detox (read more on what that entails) but because I reaaaally love a great smelling armpit. That always proved a bit difficult for me when it came to natural, organic deodorants. But not anymore! This baking soda free deodorant cream made the switch to natural deodorant A LOT easier. If you have ever struggled with underarm sensitivity from baking soda, then this is definitely for you! Meow Meow has taken their well-loved classic deodorant cream and made a few modifications to create this new formula, perfect for those with sensitive skin and just as effective. It’s designed without baking soda and clay – what can cause sensitivities on some – this recipe uses dietary magnesium and arrowroot powder to help control moisture and odor. Interesting, right? Nourishing plant oils and butters soothe and condition the skin, and a really lovely blend of citrusy essential oils keeps you smelling so fresh and so clean-clean throughout the day! Two thumbs up!
Its ingredients are: *maranta arudinacea (arrowroot) powder, *butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, magnesium hydroxide, *cocos nucifera (virgin coconut) oil, *simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, *cirus paradisii (grapefruit) essential oil, *citrus bergamia (bergamot) essential oil, *citrus sinensis (sweet orange) essential oil, *citrus limon (lemon) essential oil. (All the ingredients starred are certified organic)
Now, onto another important smelly (the good kind) topic! Natural perfumes. Oh boy..this can also be a doozy. Essential oils are essential (hehe) in this arena, as well as plant extracts and absolutes (they’re similar to essential oils).
Stilllife is Meow Meow Tweet‘s line of natural perfumes. Pictured below is the Perfume Sample Set, in which there are 1/2 ml samples of the full line. Certified organic, and certified nose-pleasing! Here is the rundown of what they offer for scents:
Dreamtiger: Sweet, Fruity & Floral with a Woody Undertone with notes of Blood Orange, Ylang Ylang & Vetiver
Wild Heart: Floral, Brassy, & Fresh with notes of Rose, Geranium, Jasmine & Wood
Macondo: Grassy & Bold with a Tinge of Sweetness with notes of Wild Sage, Bergamot, Balsam & Fir
Green Cockatoo: Warm, Sweet and a Little Smokey with notes of Tobacco, Jasmine & Vanilla
Argonaut: Crisp, Bright & Herbaceously Floral with notes of Violet, Clary Sage & Patchouli
My two favourite scents would have to be Macondo and Green Cockatoo! It’s pretty conclusive of my personality and what I lean towards in the scent department. Candle-wise too!
And, because you just MUST…check out Meow Meow Tweet‘s social media handles below:
Here’s a rad little New Wave playlist to close out this feature today! Enjoy it, and thanks again for hangin’ with me!
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