It’s definitely that time of the year again…scrambling to find Christmas gifts (and maybe a bit last minute…seeing as how it is only 20 days away!). Not sure what to get? Well, I’ve got gift ideas for ya! Lots of beautiful gift sets and deals going on that you don’t want to miss! Ones that won’t break the bank and then others that…well, tend to be more of a luxurious treat. But hey, that person deserves it – or maybe it’s for you! YOU deserve it! Check ’em out below!
I’m about to introduce to you, or if you’ve already heard of this company – re-introduce – a wonderful, all-natural, eco-friendly laundry care and home cleaning company that may just change your mind about the way you do your laundry and home cleaning! Their name: The Laundress. Their mission: to empower style seekers with the importance of washing at home versus dry cleaning as much as possible.
When Gianne and Jay founded Organic Bath Co., they were inspired by brands who used their cache to make the world better through charitable donation. They knew that giving back would be a huge part of their brand’s ethos.
You’ve heard about them, you’ve seen them sitting pretty on Instagram, and now…you’re about to get the lowdown on OSEA Malibu – Vegan Skincare from the Sea.
This company was not a stranger to me, as my sister Jordana had previously posted about them. She also uses them on a daily basis. With only great things to say, it got me a bit curious as to what was so special about these skincare products. I mean, yes, vegan, non-toxic…yes, natural…but there are a lot of those on the market nowadays, what truly makes OSEA stand apart from the rest? Well, this left me with only one option: testing them out for myself!
All natural, vegan and cruelty-free meets punk rock, rebel minimalist! The first thing that comes to mind when looking at Bare 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:
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.”
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!
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 Serum promises 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 to Citrine Natural Skin now to shop everything 15% with code sammie at 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! :)
YES. Another amazing non-toxic, organic beauty box subscription to chat about! I love a great beauty box! Okay, so I’m a bit late to the June unboxing…don’t be mad! Either way, these are so fun! Today, I’ll be sharing with you the June beauty box kindly sent to me by Spa Heroes. This company is on a mission, a very specific one:
“We’re on a mission to change the way you look at skin care – and hair care and sun care and any other beauty product that touches your skin.”
Fun fact: Did you know that beauty product ingredient regulations in the U.S. haven’t had a serious update since 1948? In the meantime, the European Union has banned nearly 1,373 beauty product ingredients that research has shown to be harmful to personal health.
“We think you’re exceptional. Your skincare products should be, too.”
Spa Heroes curated beauty product selections are all completely free and clear of ingredients that could be hazardous to your health. Instead, each one is packed with natural Superpower ingredients that activate your body’s very own beauty superpowers like cell regeneration, moisture retention, and the glow of good health. (Who wants the good health glow!? ME!!!!)
When you subscribe to Spa Heroes monthly beauty box, you receive one full-sized beauty product every month. Each and every Hero Product meets SH’s healthy ingredient, high-performance criteria and has been approved by our esteemed panel of Spa Experts. They’ve done some serious homework on these products, so you don’t have to!
“We’re committed to creating a culture of wellness, joy and ease.”
Your monthly beauty box subscription to Spa Heroes saves you money on first-run, super fresh products. Subscribers can enjoy a discounted price on monthly selections – up to almost 60% off – and the luxury of the some of the spa world’s most effective products delivered right to your door. You also get first dibs on special offers, private sales and spa discounts offered by our Experts’ spas. I mean…win/win anyone? (Here’s the exact subscription info from their site!)
Another thing! What I think is so unique about Spa Heroes is their Pocket Guide of Ingredient Intelligence I’ve attached below!
The guide, which you receive printed in your monthly beauty box, breaks down the 20 most prevalent toxic ingredients, and highlights all the natural superpowers and how they benefit your skin. I think it is so amazing that Spa Heroes keeps out more than just the 20 Villains! Basically, the guide is meant to help women eliminate some of the worst of what’s out there, easily, so it’s not an intimidating research project. A guide, guiding (ha) you to make the right, healthy, non-toxic choices – perfect!
So, let’s get to unboxing, shall we!? There’s a lot of good stuff in June’s box that I can’t wait to share with you all!
JAVA is the brand featured in Spa Heroes June Beauty Box this month! It came with one full sized JAVA Double Shot Body Serum. This Body Serum….oh man. Easily has become my favourite! (Along with my Kumari Body Oil) This coffee-infused brightening serum treats your body to the same antioxidant protection you give your face, leaving it soft-to-the-touch smooth and toned. Plus, its scent is light and lovely! This serum will benefit you in more than one way! You’ll get:
- Supreme antioxidant protection
- Firmer, smoother skin
- Long-lasting all-over hydration
- Superpower Ingredients: Argan Oil, Green Coffee Extract, Pumpkin Seed Oil
This tasty lil coffee lip scrub (pictured above) and an exfoliating bar of soap (full size!) were also included in the box!
The JAVA Bar Soap is an all natural soap blended with artisan roasted coffee and green coffee extract designed to exfoliate and cleanse the skin. It’s extra smoothing and firming, plus…
- Gently exfoliates your skin
- Provides super hydration
- Prevents moisture loss
- Reduces inflammation
- Boosts cell turnover
- Brightens and softens skin
- Natural antiseptic
- Deodorant treatment
I know this month is almost over – but this post will (hopefully) give you incentive to hurry on over to the Spa Heroes website and subscribe to their July box, because YOU DEFINITELY don’t want to miss out on this upcoming months beauty box! I know for a fact that it is well over $100 dollars worth of organic treats! Amazing!? Also, if you’ve come this far in this blog post – you get to use the code SAMMIE at checkout to receive $10 off any level of a new Spa Heroes subscription!
Side-note: If you’re not completely happy with the products received, they will absolutely refund you! The ladies at SH want to take care of you. They are committed to heroic customer service. :)