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

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?


Makeup Wars – 8 Ways to Hide Flaws & Illuminate Your Face

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! This week’s Makeup Wars is all about being glowy. Illuminating, if you will. Some of these help to conceal, but for the most part I like to use them to give the illusion of brightness/being awake and all “no, I don’t suffer from insomnia at all”.

8 Ways to Hide Flaws Illuminate Makeup WarsIn no particular order….

1. Dior Nail Glow. I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this yet! I’ve had it for a year and am obsessed with it. Running out the door and need a mani but have no time for a mani? You can slap this on so fast and it adds a rosy tint to your nails leaving them shiny and healthy looking.

2. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye/Hello Light Liquid Brightener Dual End Concealer. A mouthful… but this is the real deal for hiding the evil that is the under eye area… especially after a night of St. Patrick’s Day festivities (hint hint – everyone knows you were out because of what you posted on Instagram, you can still look like a million bucks the next morning with this stuff).

3. NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder. I dust this setting powder over my face makeup to help keep it flawless throughout the day, but one of my favorite things about it is that it contains light-active micro-prisms that optically fade wrinkles, pores.. all that bad stuff. There is also a pressed form of this but reviews said that the loose gives more of a matte finish and I’m all about that. Cream wise I love the Copacabana Highlighter that I got in a Sephora VIB gift!

4. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush. Hourglass has some excellent Ambient Lighting Powders (see Mood Glow) but my heart lies with their Ambient Lighting Blushes. I got my hands on Luminous Flush during a VIB preview, then when the shades launched I bought up the rest of them. You’ll be seeing them very soon!

5. MAC Grain Eye Shadow. This eye shadow has been my go-to highlight shade for years. If I get a palette that doesn’t have a shade to highlight or blend a crease out with (which happens way more often than I like) I always add this in.

6. Tarte Champagne. I first used this highlighter when I got the Tarte for Aqualillies Palette last year. I use it all over – cheeks, eyes, anywhere I need a bit of brightness or deflection.

7. Benefit Rockateur Powder Blush. This cheek powder is rose gold and may be highlighter only status for some, but it’s the perfect blush for me! I also enjoy using Watt’s Up and am currently working my way through a pile of sample sizes I’ve acquired!

and finally…

8. Eat well. I’m really guilty of not doing this one. I just started back up (I see you coming, Summer) and it’s been refreshing. I have more energy, my skin looks better and brighter, I get more done… it’s just all around a fabulous feeling inside that radiates outward in your appearance!

In related news, check out Top 10 Items to Conceal & Correct. How do you hide your flaws/illuminate?



5 Ways to Primp Like an Olympian

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With the 2014 Winter Olympics over in Sochi, Russia in full effect, you may wonder how these athletes, both the men and women, primp and prep. Maybe you’re not wondering… but if you took the time to read this far you’re going to find out anyway, because I know you at least looked at the pretty picture ;)

5 Ways to Primp Like an OlympianOlympians…..

  1. Stay glossy.  That’s right, I said it.  Glossy.  Exposed lips need moisture, love and protection.  Some awesome picks – Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm (a cult love of men and women and also boasts SPF 25), or, if you’re feeling a little more patriotic for the good ol’ U S of A, IT Cosmetics has News Anchor Blue.  Even though it looks like the lip gloss of a smurf it goes on sheer, but has enough of a hidden tint to make your teeth appear whiter.  So when you’re up there accepting that gold medal, you can really shine!
  2. Stay fresh.  These athletes work so hard, clearly sweating up a storm.  Keeping smells at a minimum is a win for yourself as well as the people around you.  For women, Dove has a New Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant/Deoderant that offers 48-hour odor and wetness protection.  It’s also full of ingredients known to moisturize the skin.  There are several scents available, but there’s also an unscented version that the men can pick up.  We won’t tell – what happens at at the Olympics, stays at the Olympics.
  3. Are always prepared.  And the best way to be prepared is by having all of the essentials.  Pinch Provisions makes mini-emergency kits for both men and women (pictured) that is stuffed full of 17 must-have items.  When you’re traveling anywhere, you never know what you might need.  It’s best just to have it on hand.  I personally always have one of these little kits in my purse.
  4. Brush their hair.  Olympic athletes are the best of the best.  This means they’re going to be sought after for photographs.  The Wet Brush is the best I’ve found for detangling wet hair fast, and it’s not huge, so it can easily be slipped into your gym bag.  It works for any hair texture on men, women and children.
  5. Have no time for dry, discolored skin.  Therefore, stock in a facial moisturizing oil is necessary.  A good one is the Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil (pictured) which is rich in vitamin C which keeps the skin from looking dull and will also fight against fine lines and wrinkles.

Clearly this isn’t an official list, I just like to have fun cause I’m a fun kind of gal, but the stuff mentioned would make sense living inside their duffel bags.  Of course, it goes without saying that Olympians also need heavy sunscreen, creams, lots of water for that inner hydration and probably a whole lot of icy hot.

If you were headed to the Olympics as an athlete, what would you bring?


Holiday GIVEAWAY! Enter to win goodies from Tarte & MAC!

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Top 10 Palettes – Old School Edition

Top 10 Palettes can be such a broad subject.  After all, there are so many!  For this post, I want to take you back.  We’re talking old school-ish.  To the palettes you may have forgotten about, but that still hold a special place in your heart.

IMG_9979In no particular order:

  1. Midnight Hour Eye Shadow Palette.  This was from the Disney Reigning Beauties Collection from Sephora, the Cinderella Edition.  While all of the princess collections were to die for, this particular palette was probably my fave.  I reach for it quite a bit when I want something understated but not too boring.  Word is these collections are over… but I really hope minds change and we see more.
  2. Le Metier de Beaute Mélange de Colour Fashion Eyeshadow Palette.  This palette is the end-all-be-all of LMdB products.  18 high quality shadows all in one place.  Countless looks can be created and it’s travel friendly to boot!
  3. Le Metier de Beaute Bauhaus Kaleidoscope Eye Kit.  When these shades blend together in the signature Couches de Couleur application technique it makes the perfect taupe.  So, of course it’s one of my faves!  Love this one for holiday!
  4. Le Metier de Beaute Penelope Kaleidoscope Eye Kit.  Penelope was my first eye kit from LMdB and remains one of my go-to fave palettes to this day.  Every time I go somewhere, it travels with me.  Every time I’m at a loss for what to do with my look, I reach for Penelope.  She’s from 2011 but she’s like a best friend that I’ll never let leave my side!
  5. Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows.  Well, if this isn’t a blast from the past I don’t know what is.  This one takes us back to 2010.  Back to which was, IMO, the very best thing Urban Decay ever released.  It doesn’t even matter that the shades weren’t “new” shades.  They had new, theme appropriate names and the artwork was incredible.
  6. Tarte for True Blood Eyeshadow Palette.  Of course True Blood fans lost their damn minds when this collection came out in 2011.  You could transform yourself via looks into your favorite True Blood characters and perhaps attract your own Eric Northman.  Or Bill Compton, but not the Bill Compton from last season… you’re better than that.
  7. MAC Festive Frost Face Kit.  I wish I reached for this more, because the shades are to die for, especially for the holiday season.  This palette released with MAC Holiday 2011 and was a Nordstrom exclusive.
  8. MAC 5 Neutral Eyes Holiday Eye Kit.  This one is only about a year old, releasing with Holiday 2012, but it creates the best smokey eye you’ve ever laid eyes on.  You’re insane if you don’t love this.
  9. theBalm Nude ‘Tude Nude Eyeshadow Palette.  I purchased this back in 2011, but it’s still available!  The quality is amazing, but then… all theBalm shadows generally are.  Countless looks to be created… it’s neutral with a kick!
  10. Illamasqua Complement Eye Shadow Palette.  Complement is also only around a year old, but I adore the shades and the eye look they create together.  It’s not a palette you’d think would be wearable for multiple occasions, but in these colder months it totally is.

Okay, so maybe some of these aren’t too old school.  I feel like in the life of a beauty blogger we see so much that a year or two can feel old school.  Also, the Urban Decay and Tarte palettes are from several years ago.  Boom.  Justified.

What is your favorite old school beauty palette?  I can’t wait to see what everyone else has come up with!  Click the icons below to check them out!

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