Top 10 Earth Day Approved Beauty Products

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Happy Earth Day! That may or may not mean something to you, but regardless – there it is ;) To kick off this day I’m excited to share with you some earthy beauty stats and also list my Top 10 Earth Day Approved Beauty Products!

Top 10 Earth Day Approved Beauty ProductsDid you know 11% of consumers “always” buy organic beauty products? Or that 34% of women find organic products to be just as effective as non-organic products with 22% of women say their more effective than non-organic products? Perhaps the most interesting to me, personally, is that the top 3 sources for organic and all-natural product recommendations are: bloggers (38%), friends and family (25%), and online communities (17%) (stats via Poshly.com).

So, as a blogger ;) Here are my Top 10 Earth Day Approved Products (in no particular order):

  1. LUSH. I mean… of course. This is the first brand that comes to mind when I think of Earth Day! Everything is made fresh with little or no preservative or packaging using only vegetarian ingredients!
  2. Kiehl’s. This year they’ve partnered with Recycle Across America, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to delivering society-wide solutions around recycling, to launch a Limited Edition Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque series featuring Earth-inspired designs by Ashley Judd & Anthony Mackie. 100% of the net profits up to $50,000 will be used to create 65,000 standardized recycling labels to offer to select K-12 schools in the United States.
  3. Zoya. They’re back with another Earth Day Exchange! Use code ZDAY2014 April 21-28 to swap out your old, unused or unwanted polishes for BIG5FREE nail polishes from Zoya! Zoya then disposes of the old shades in an eco-friendly manner.
  4. Overall Beauty Minerals. This year OBM is showing their support of Earth Day by gifting the celebs that will be visiting an amazing Earth Day event with a trio in shades of brown as their way to help show their love for Mother Earth. Other trios are also available, I got to play with a trio of Zone Out, Visions of Violets & Gray Sapphire! (see swatches of the shades I played with below).
  5. Organix (OGX). The Sea Mineral Moisture line is my new favorite and has made my hair so silky smooth! Hydrating sea minerals along with healing algae wrap split ends in repairing moisture, while supercharged sea kelp transforms dry, brittle hair into soft supple perfection.
  6. Aveda. This year their 2014 Earth Month candle is made with organic ginger and ginger lily from India.100% of the purchase price helps protect clean water, supporting Global Greengrants Fund water-related projects around the world.
  7. The next four are beauty bloggers with Earth Day Friendly Products! For hair Phyrra’s Pretty Little Elixir Hair Masque (This elixir will transform your chemically damaged hair into smooth, sexy, soft locks.. and it’s cruelty free & vegan!).
  8. For body A Girl’s Gotta Spa has a yummy citrus body was & lotion.
  9. For skin FutureDerm has a full line of organic products!
  10. Another for Skin – the My Beauty Bunny Cruelty-Free All-Natural Moisturizer. Made with an original blend of soothing aloe, toning witch hazel, moisturizing squalane (from olives), bilberry fruit, sugar cane, sugar maple, orange fruit extract, lemon fruit extract; and antioxidants: camellia oleifera (white tea), camellia sinensis (green tea), and aspalathus linearis (AKA rooibus or “red tea”). Made with a light berry grapefruit scent.

Or, DIY. If all else fails, Do It Yourself! POPSUGAR Beauty has 10 green beauty recipes, most of which are literally green!

Overall Beauty Minerals Visions of Violets, Zone Out, Gray Sapphire ReviewOverall Beauty Minerals Visions of Love, Zone Out, Gray Sapphire SwatchesOverall Beauty Minerals Earth Day 2014 eye lookPaul Mitchell is also getting in on the Earth Day action by joining Reforest’Action (an environmental organization that plants trees worldwide) and urging you to plant trees! For the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree #GreenTakover Reforest’Action will plant a tree in your name. For more information go to the website!

What are your favorite products that would be Earth Day Approved?

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Hippity, Hoppity LUSH Easter is on it’s Way!

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Or, rather, LUSH Easter is HERE! The collection features eight exclusive and limited edition products along with two gifts so you won’t be overwhelmed, making it easy to take home one of everything! Check out my faves!

LUSH Easter 2014 Photos ReviewGolden Egg Bath Bomb Melt ($8.95 for 3.8 oz.) That gilded orb you see before you is touted as a bath bomb, but it’s also a bath melt! It’s the best of both worlds! The golden exterior is actually cocoa butter dusted with gold and then filled with the fizzy interior. You’ll feel relaxed in the tub and then refreshed and soft when you step out. If you love the Honey I Washed the Kids soap, this one is a must have.

Brightside Bubble Bar ($10.95 for 7.0 oz.) This bubble bar smells so citrusy and juicy… I love how bright it is and the gorgeous orangy grapefruit tinted shade that it turns the bath water! You will smell amazing (even more so that usual). Since Bubble Bars of this size are so fragrant and make piles of bubbles I can use these for almost 10 baths for the kids!

Bunny Bubble Bar ($6.95 for 2.8 oz.) I’m freaking out over how cute this is! My kids got a kick out of the pink shade underneath, because you know we had to start using this from the back end ;) It tints the bath water slightly lavender, releases little blue petals when you get to the middle and smells just like Creamy Candy! This size of a bubble bar is usually good for 4 baths in this house.

…and, seriously… you can’t say no to that cute little bunny butt!

LUSH Easter 2014 ReviewDid you grab anything up from the LUSH Easter line? Share your hauls or tell me what you’re lemming in the comments below!

These LUSH products and more can be purchased at your local LUSH retailer (find US locations here) or online at lushusa.com.

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Top 10 Red Lipsticks – Designer Edition

When you’re something of a red lipstick hoarder collector, picking your Top 10 will have you on the floor either weeping uncontrollably or laughing hysterically (in the manic sense).  Do you know I seriously felt bad about not including my other reds?!  Who has feelings like that?!

For this weeks Top 10 Tuesday I broke down and chose my Top 10 High-End Red Lipsticks.

Top 10 Red LipsticksIn no particular order…

  1. Cle de Peau Beaute 311 Extra Rich Lipstick Velvet.  So this one… is ridiculously expensive.  More-so than I thought when I purchased.  The lipstick itself is $40 then you have to buy the casing which is $25.  I never (and I mean never) finish a lipstick, so, while the casing is refillable, that’s just not economical for me.  That being said… I don’t regret this purchase in any way, shape or form.  It’s a stunning shade of excellent quality and if I had to pick my top 3 red lippies this would, without a moments hesitation, be in that group.
  2. Chanel Dragon Rouge Allure Laque.  This was actually featured as my favorite red lipstick in Makeup Wars circa 2012 and it’s still in my top 3 to this day.  There’s something so perfect about the color that makes it an unstoppable, power red.
  3. NARS Future Red Cinematic Lipstick.  Cinematic is a new formula for NARS and it’s basically 10,000 shades of awesome.  Highly pigmented and so glossy!  Future Red was a part of the controversial Holiday 2013 Guy Bourdin Collection.
  4. MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick.  I just recently reviewed this one, but of course it landed on my faves!  A frost finish that doesn’t look icy or trashy?!  Sign me up!
  5. MAC RiRi Woo Lipstick.  RiRi Woo is based off of Ruby Woo but in an even better Retro Matte formula.  It released several times throughout 2013 within the Rihanna Collections and it was a huge favorite each time.  What this means is that Rihanna can do no wrong in terms of a red lip from collections she collaborates on.
  6. Dior Lady Lipstick.  While there were three beautiful red shades that I purchased from the Dior 2012 Holiday Collection, Lady is my favorite.  She’s a muted, dusty red that carries oodles of pigment and is wonderfully wearable.
  7. LUSH Santa Baby Lip Tint.  Maybe this one isn’t really a “lipstick” or “designer” per se, but it’s beautiful and gives my lips that perfect red tint without going pink.  Love it, couldn’t leave it out!
  8. Cailyn Big Apple Tinted Lip Balm.  I got this one in my September 2013 ipsy Glam Bag.  Again, not exactly a “lipstick” but a great tint!  It’s a little deeper than Santa Baby and just as beautiful!
  9. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Enamel Glossy Stain.  This is a lovely, warm red that is completely opaque and stains the lips so well it’ll seem like you reapplied your lipstick all day!
  10. Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge 8 Iconic Red.  When something is made in collaboration with Madonna’s makeup artist, Gina Brooke, you know it’s good.  Aqua Rouge does.not.budge.  You’ll be hard pressed to get it off with even a hard core makeup remover.  Love this line!

And, as per usual on a Top 10 Tuesday, I cheated and managed to smuggle in my Top 5 High-End Red Lip Glosses as well.  Just kidding, no idea how these got here, I swear.

Top 5 Red Lip Gloss

  1. Marc Jacobs No Regrets Lust for Lacquer.  A juicy, strawberry red that works perfect alone or on top of any red shade that needs a little shine.  If there were such a thing as a neutral red, this would be it.
  2. NARS 413 BLKR Larger Than Life Lipgloss.  This is a fiery, siren red that features a teeny, tiny brush to get that precise application that you need for all red lip shades.  Super pigmented and super glossy!
  3. Lise Watier Rouge Catwalk Haute Couleur.  I got my first Lise Watier products in my August 2013 Wantable Box.  I’d been dying to try out the brand and was not disappointed!  This shade is another juicy sort of red that is almost opaque and has an awesome shine.
  4. Le Metier de Beaute Red Velvet Lip Creme.  This was actually a GWP item back in 2012.  It’s an extremely vibrant and opaque fire engine red cream.  It just melts onto the lips and even leaves behind a nice stain after eating/drinking.
  5. MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipglass.  While this red isn’t opaque by any means, the shimmer gives off a great dimension to any creamy red lipsticks that you feel might be falling flat or just need funned up!

What Red Lipstick (or Lip Gloss!) is your favorite?  Click the links below to see what the other Top 10 Bloggers have listed!

Falling Head Over Heels & Smelling Fab w/ LUSH on Valentine’s Day

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As Valentine’s Day nears everyone who isn’t anti v-day is prepping their bods to smell fresh and have their skin and lips plumped and silky-fied. LUSH is pretty darn awesome at launching the most perfect holiday themed goodies, and Valentine’s Day is no exception.  Some of my faves….

LUSH Cosmetics Valentine's Day 2014Neon Love Soap ($6.95 for 3.5oz) is neon pink with a white heart and I’m not embarrassed to admit that I fell in love with just looking at this soap. SOAP! It smells faintly of cinnamon but is also includes fresh passion fruit juice and soya yogurt.

Love Locket Bath Bomb ($10.95 for 9.5oz) Besides the fact that’s it’s adorable this is a HUGE bath bomb, you guys.   Luckily it’s good for three uses (each half then the center) but I’m all about overkill so I threw the whole thing in.  All of these paper hearts pour out into pink waters and the middle is filled with shiny red agar seaweed hearts.  The soak is so relaxing and aromatic with sensual with vanilla, jasmine and neroli oils.  Pretty freaking awesome.

Prince Charming ($29.95 for 16.9fl. oz.) Pomegranate juice and grapefruit mixed with vanilla pod infusion, marshmallow root and almond oil makes for a great lather and super soft, lightly fragranced skin.  I love grapefruit but I was very happy to find that it didn’t overpower this body wash.  Maybe you don’t have a flesh & blood prince charming, but who cares because this one probably smells better anyway.

The Kiss ($9.25 for a 0.2oz. tin) This lip balm is a soft pink shade.  It’s moisturizing but not thick or goopy.  It feels and looks amazing.  Apply after your LUSH Lip Scrub and you’re kissable to all!

LUSH The Kiss Lip Gloss Valentine's DayWhat did you pick up to keep yourself fresh for v-day?  Even if you’re celebrating by hanging out on the couch with the cats you should probably still smell good.  Animals are people too.

These LUSH products and more can be purchased at your local LUSH retailer (find US locations here) or online at lushusa.com.

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Top 10 Nail Care Products

Nail Care products are available by the thousands.. maybe even more.  For this Top 10 Tuesday I’m narrowing down my top nail care products to just ten.  Oddly, I didn’t have 10 of any one item (such as cuticle oil or base coats, etc) to narrow this down with.  It seems when I find a nail care item I love I stick with it, which is good news because you’ll know these items are HG for me and not just a passing fancy!

Top 10 Nail Care ProductsIn no particular order:

  1. Cult Nails Glass Nail File.  I’ve had this for at least a year, maybe two?  I think I paid $10 way back but now they’re $15 and come with a case.  But that’s how long this lasts!  Well worth the investment!
  2. I am loving Revlon ColorStay Gel-Shine Top Coat for an incredibly glossy finish….
  3. ….but if I need my polish to dry super fast and still be glossy I go for Seche Vite.
  4. Sally Hansen Insta-Grip Fast Dry Base Coat.  I love this so much!  It dries like the wind.  I started using it after I ran out of another fave – Butter London Nail Foundation (not pictured).
  5. Julep Essential Cuticle Oil.  This has a roller ball, which excites me way more than it should.  It’s also a great oil.
  6. Butter London Handbag Holiday Cuticle Oil.  This is just a go-to of mine for the last year, fabulous moisture!
  7. Nicole by OPI Oil to Go.  This just recently released, but it’s perfect for keeping in your purse.  I’m always running out the door and I look at my nails and I’m all… ew.  Especially in the winter, moisturize those cutes!
  8. LUSH Lemony Flutter.  Is there anyone out there who doesn’t use this?!  I smear it all over my hands, pop on some gloves and hang out.  It’s a savior.
  9. Gloves.  Seriously.  Get yourself manicure gloves and soak that cream and oil in.  Remember SOAK and LOCK!
  10. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream.  I got to try this through BzzAgent and I’ve been rebuying ever since!  It’s coating, but sinks in.  Fabulous!

What are some of your favorite items for nail care?  Find out what the other bloggers are into by clicking the links below!

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