We’re all aware that the holidays are just around the corner…I mean, I think everyone decided to go Christmas crazy really early this year. It seems like all of my friends posts and videos are of Christmas decor or music! Just me? But for real, I’ll blink and the next thing I know it’s Christmas morning (LOL..)! Ok, I promise, I am going to keep the intro to this post simple, just like the gift guide. If you are wanting some ideas for gifts this year, here are some products/brands I have been loving and I personally think would make a lovely gift! Annnnnd 1, 2, 3…go!
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! :)
Left – Disappear Concealer / Right – Circle\Delete Concealer
I like my concealers just like the next girl…I mean, you gotta hide those red/blueish circles sometimes, amirite ladies? Anyways, I have been on the hunt for an awesome organic, non-toxic under-eye concealer and just a regular all-over concealer. I’ve found it! Jane Iredale has done it again, a tried, tested and true brand that is respected by many and it contains great ingredients!
Jane’s Circle\Deleteis amazing you guys! I am shade #1 and this concealer completely neutralizes redness along with brightens up the face. Can’t you tell?
Circle\Delete on right under-eye. (Left under-eye without it)
I love it for little areas one my face that need brightening too! (Forehead, bridge of nose, etc.) I’m sure you’re wondering why there are two different shades in there. Well, it is an eye conditioner and concealer in one and there are two shades so that you can mix them together and achieve the correct colour for your under-eye area. Some women like to really brighten it up, some like to just hide and do a wee bit of brightening. This lets you achieve both! Which I love.
The concealer contains Moringa butter and avocado oil, both high in vitamins A, C, D and E. Here’s a lil glimpse into what these wonderful ingredients do.
Moringa Seed Oil: moisturizes and conditions skin, as well as provides antioxidant protection. Soothes and calms.
A matte, oil-free, opaque concealer that camouflages distractions such as acne, scars, tattoos, veins and port wine stains (not sure about this one, haha) and contains ingredients that may help to clear blemishes.
State-of-the-art liposome formula contains so much pigment that two layers will cover almost everything, including black tattoos.
Provides an opaque finish.
It’s key ingredients being:
Superoxide Dismutase: Protects.
Green Tea Leaf Extract: Calms. Protects. Provides bacterial protection.
Vitamin C: Helps to reverse UV damage. Protects.
If you’d like to follow and keep up with Jane Iredale, you can do so by checking them out below:
It’s not everyday you feel the absolute need to rave on products so well made and so effective…you guys, Herbivore Botanicals is amazing! Allow me to digress…
Herbivore Botanicalsis a 100% natural skin care and beauty company. They create products that are truly 100% natural, safe, non toxic, and highly, HIGHLY effective. Every ingredient included in HB products is there for a specific therapeutic reason. There are no fillers of any kind, which means almost every ingredient in their products is an active ingredient. This is why they’re so effective! Their products contain highly concentrated and effective formulas that are a rarity in the skin care and cosmetics world today. All formulas are original, created and tested by them, on real people, never on animals and always from scratch – no pre-made bases are used. To top it all off, all of their products are 100% vegan with an emphasis on organic and exceptionally high quality, therapeutic and food grade ingredients. We should all know by now that everything we put on our skin quickly absorbs into our bodies, HB ethically sources the finest raw natural materials the earth has to offer. With ingredients ranging from Japanese Bamboo Charcoal to Brazilian gemstones, they formulate treatments that are luxurious, truly effective and all natural by combining essential vitamins, minerals and botanicals to restore skin to its optimum health and vitality.
Nice right? Yeah, they’re great. They stand by their mantra and are consistent with the products they present. Natural, non-toxic, high quality and just plain good for your skin/body. I wanted to highlight my three favourites at the moment and give you the low-down on why they’re so awesome! So, here we go!
Pink Clay Exfoliating Masque: As HB states, “This is a truly beautifying and skin softening mask. Great to use before a night out or anytime your skin needs some extra nourishing and TLC. There are no fillers in this mask, just skin softening totally natural botanicals and clay.”
To be completely honest, this mask was not my favourite at first. I didn’t feel like it was doing anything. I thought it was just a pretty pink mask that simply sat there and maybe just calmed and softened your skin a bit. NOPE. This mask is no joke one of my new favourites! The ingredients are amazing, and after a couple of uses, I noticed a lot of benefits! Smoother, brighter, clearer, calmer skin. Here’s a list of the ingredients that make up this wonderful mask:
French Pink Clay: Pink Clay is for cell renewal, skin rejuvenation, and improving elasticity. It is very good for mature skin, bust firming, broken capillaries, and puffy dark circles under the eyes. It is high in Iron Oxide and Silica and helps to regenerate connective tissues.
Rosehip Powder: Rosehip combines the traditional cosmetic use of Rosehip with a new application of Rosehip Seeds: exfoliation. Traditional use of Rosehip is mainly based on its sensorial properties, which convey an image both of delicacy and effectiveness. In the same way, Rosehip exfoliates the skin in a mild but efficient way, giving the skin a healthier and more radiant appearance.
Chamomile Flowers: Soothes skin rashes, minor burns, and sunburns. Used as a lotion or added in oil form to a cool bath, Chamomile may ease the itching of eczema and other rashes and reduces skin inflammation. It may also speed healing and prevent bacterial infection.
Full ingredient list: French Pink Clay, Rose Petals, Rosehip Powder, Chamomile Flowers
Sea Mist Hair Texturizing Spray: “Sea Mist Hair Spray is formulated with the same salinity as ocean saltwater. This spray is great for adding beachy texture and waves to hair naturally. The essential oils of coconut and vanilla give off an exotic aroma.”
Fortunately, HB has changed the scent of this hair spray to coconut + vanilla…which, yes please…sounds amazing! Anyway, I LOVE this texturizing sea salt spray! It’s like the Bumble + Bumble, or Kevin Murphy beachy waves spray…but formulated without all the alcohol, chemicals and toxic ingredients. It provides texture, a beautiful, light scent that lingers and it’s refreshing! You can also use this spritz for your body! It contains aloe water to hydrate your skin, and it’s also safe to use on your face. I just love all of its uses!
Aloe Vera: There are certain benefits of Aloe Vera that produce healthy hair. The gel obtained from a freshly-cut plant has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that can be enjoyed when the gel is applied on the hair and scalp. It helps to clear itching, dry scalps, and brittle hair.
Vanilla Essential Oil: This oil has a relaxing and calming effect on the brain and the nerves that provides relief from anxiety, anger, and restlessness.
Full ingredient list: Purified Water, Aloe Vera Water, Dead Sea Salt, Coconut CO2, Natural Vanilla Oil, Lime Essential Oil, Leucidal
Lapis Facial Oil: I saved the best for last! THE BEST, everyone. I kid you not, this oil has been a lifesaver for any inflamed, red, problematic skin I’ve had.
"Lapis Lazuli, a favorite stone of ancient Eygpt, is known for its gorgeous deep blue color. Lapis Facial Oil is named for the precious blue oils it contains, including Blue Tansy and Blue Yarrow. These oils contain a component called Azulene which acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial that aids in reducing redness and clarifying the complexion. Formulated for combination, oily, and blemish-prone skin types or any skin in need of relief from inflammation."
The ingredients in this facial oil are unbelievable and truly one-of-a-kind:
German Blue Chamomile: A highly sought out oil in the skincare world, due to its anti-inflammatory soothing properties. Excellent for calming inflamed skin due to acne blemishes. Also, reduces redness and broken capillaries in any skin type prone to red irritated skin conditions. Blue Chamomile is also a natural antibacterial that works to prevent blemishes from forming in the first place. This oil is steam distilled and is naturally a beautiful shade of deep aqua with a high Azulene content. It is also an antioxidant protecting the skin from the oxidant effects of free radical and premature aging.
Blue Yarrow and Blue Tansy: High in Azulene content giving them a deep inky blue color naturally. Azulene is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial that aids in reducing redness and clarifying the complexion. Additionally, blue oils are excellent at balancing oily skin without drying.
Jojoba Oil: Has amazing moisturizing capabilities due to being so similar in structure to our skin’s own natural sebum; it is easily absorbed and also helps other oils to absorb more deeply into the skin. This oil is also ideal for combination/oily skin types because it will never clog pores.
Squalane: Our Squalane is derived from a vegetable source — olives to be specific. Vegetable-derived Squalane has excellent emollient properties and acts as a light protective barrier to keep moisture in the skin. It also protects the skin against hyperpigmentation and premature aging.
Jasmine Sambac Oil: Comes from the night blooming variety of Jasmine. It is a sweet and exquisite oil that has been used in skincare and perfumery for centuries with good reason — the scent is intoxicating and the oil itself works to increase the skin’s moisture content and increase its elasticity. Our Jasmine Sambac comes from the steam distillation of thousands of jasmine petals.
Full ingredient list: Blue Tansy, Blue Yarrow, German Blue Chamomile, Grapeseed Oil, Kukui Nut Oil, Colorless Jojoba Oil, Jasmine Sambac Oil, Bulgarian Rose Absolute, Squalane, Vitamin E Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil
I mean, you can’t get any better than that. I use it every night, and sometimes during the day as a spot treatment – if needed! It is a skincare kit MUST.
Back in the day, (2009-2010 to be exact) when I was a lot “newer” to organic products…I remember walking into Whole Body in Nashville (where I lived at the time) and thinking ‘WHOA, there are some cool lookin’ skincare products here that I’ve never even seen or heard of before. Not to mention, really great ingredients!‘ Acure Organics being that specific product. I remember going a bit crazy in the store and purchasing their Brightening Facial Scrub (which is like holy grail to this day), their Ultra Hydrating Body Lotion and their Superfruit/Chlorella Eye Cream! I used the mess out of them, and to this day have (and always will) love me some Acure Organics products.
I recently received these wonders, and have absolutely loved using them! So let’s get right into it!
That’s a bit of a mouthful, eh? I was a bit skeptical about this shampoo, it had amazing reviews, nothing bad to be said – and yet I was certain that I wasn’t going to like it because of its oil base. My hair is fine, there’s a lot of it, but it can get weighed down easily. Well, did it ever prove me wrong!
This shampoo states that it is for normal to dry/damaged/curly hair. I don’t necessarily have the latter, but I’d say my hair is pretty normal to dry. It provides amazing, lasting moisture leaving my hair soft, manageable and silky smooth. The Organic Argan Oil + Argan Stem Cells, CoQ10, and Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil–high in Omega 7, make up their patent-pending Triple Moisture System. Pumpkin Seed Oil –high in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, adds shine. “Hair repair with serious flair.” Annnnd BAM, it’s (thank goodness) safe for color treated hair*!
In conjunction with the shampoo, this conditioner provides lasting moisture to even the most dry and damaged hair. It’s left feeling oh so soft, tangle free, healthy, repaired, and overall lovely. Safe for color treated hair.
Lord knows no one wants all the chemicals and crazy toxins found in your everyday foaming shaving gel! But, don’t sweat it! This organic, chemical-free foaming shaving gel is powered by air! This shave gel actually FOAMS and dispenses just like ‘dad’s old stuff‘! No nasty gases or environmentally insensitive bag-in-can packaging. This package is 100% recyclable PET with a patented air compression dispenser that creates real shaving foam packed with soothing Aloe, Calendula + Blue Chamomile. HELLO? Talk about amazing. It leaves my legs feeling incredibly soft after I’m done shaving. Not to mention, if I don’t wash it off…it’s like a leg lotion.
Last, but certainly NOT least – cus it’s my favourite, favourite Acure product!
It is no surprise that this treatment has received all the praise, and amazing reviews. It was even voted as Best Natural Beauty Productin Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine. This blend of brightening lemon probiotic and proprietary organic chlorella growth factor help to smooth out your skin’s texture and tone. Buddleja davidii (Butterfly Bush) Stem Cells help prevent photo-aging and oxidative stress.
The Resurfacing Treatment has the consistency of a somewhat thick cream; it’s not runny at all, which I love! (No mess, ftw!) The smell is quite herbal; it’s kind of tough to describe. It can take a bit of getting used to, but ultimately I enjoy it. To apply this treatment, I use one pump from the dispenser, apply it directly to my face, and pat it in. It is so great at smoothing things out, and works great under make up – which is GREAT news for women like myself who like having a smooth surface to apply make-up, without relying on silicone-based primers. Overall, this treatment will be a consistent must-have for me! I have already noticed a difference in the redness I carry in my cheeks, as well as some blotchiness in other areas. This stuff is amazing!
“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.
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 Beautystore…click on the photo below!