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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Zoya Awaken Nail Polish Collection Swatches & Review

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Awaken is the latest nail polish collection from Zoya! This set contains six cheerful shimmering metallic and cream shades as well as one glimmering hex glitter top coat that are perfect for the Spring season!

Zoya Awaken Nail Polish Collection Swatches Review PhotosMonet, the Special Edition Top Coat, is shown below over each of the colors in Awaken and then later on it’s own.

Dot is a light pink cream. Two coats shown.

Zoya Dot Nail Polish SwatchesCole is a warm peach cream. Two thick coats shown.

Zoya Cole Nail Polish SwatchesBrooklyn is a light yellow gold metallic. Two coats shown.

Zoya Brooklyn Nail Polish SwatchesDillon is a mint green metallic. Two coats shown.

Zoya Dillon Nail Polish SwatchesRebel is a bright sky blue metallic. Two coats shown.

Zoya Rebel Nail Polish SwatchesHudson is a cool mid-tone lilac metallic. Two coats shown.

Zoya Hudson Nail Polish Swatches Monet has a clear base with mid-size holo hex glitter. One coat shown over bare nails.

Zoya Monet Nail Polish SwatchesZoya Monet Nail Polish Swatches shadeThe base of Monet is clear and thick, making it hard to work with. The glitter tends to group towards the top of the nail as you brush up, so you have to work quickly to dispense it as evenly as possible. If you get a few smudges here and there try to dot a glitter on top then apply a thick top coat.

Overall this collection is beautiful and the soft shades make it easy to admire your mani or pedi. My faves are Brooklyn, Dillon and Cole.

Zoya Nail Polishes retail for $9.00 each and are available on the website. Monet is available for $10.00 also on the website. For more information on this collection, please see the Official Press Release.

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Zoya Magical Pixie Nail Polish Collection Swatches & Review

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The Zoya Pixie’s have been hard at work cooking up their latest collection creation – Magical Pixie. Lux, Vega and Cosmo are insanely gorgeous in the bottle and on the nail… I’m at a loss for a favorite!

Zoya Magical Pixie Nail Polish Collection Swatches ReviewFormula wise they’re all the same. The rough, sandy texture is again there but this time scattered with glittery holographic goodness. Below I painted them all on with two coats but three probably would’ve provided more coverage for the photos. IRL you can’t see any bare nail with the two coats because the shimmer and holo are so fantastical. These dry matte and I saw little difference when using a top coat.

Lux is described as a Rose Quartz Sparkle Textured PixieDust with Mega Hex Iridescent Particles.

Zoya Lux Nail Polish Swatches Zoya Lux Nail Polish Swatches no flashZoya Lux Nail Polish Swatches macroCosmo is described as a Silver Crystal Sparkle, Textured PixieDust with Mega Hex Iridescent Particles.

Zoya Cosmo Nail Polish Swatches Zoya Cosmo Nail Polish Swatches no flashZoya Cosmo Nail Polish Swatches macroVega is described as a Blue Opal Sparkle, Textured PixieDust with Mega Hex Iridescent Particles.

Zoya Vega Nail Polish Swatches Zoya Vega Nail Polish Swatches no flashZoya Vega Nail Polish Swatches macroEarlier this week on Manifest Destany I saw she did a gradient manicure with these three shades and I totally fell in love with the look. The effect looks so much better on her nails because the length and shape of them is amazing, plus… girl has got skill! Anyway, I tried it – here’s what I got:

Zoya Magical Pixie Gradient Nail Polish Swatch Zoya Magical Pixie Gradient Nail Polish SwatchesWhich Pixie is your fave?

For BEST RESULTS when applying Zoya PixieDust: apply 2-3 thin coats of polish for full coverage to a clean oil free nail surface. Allow product to dry completely for full effect. Do not use abase coat or top coat. Top coat can be applied for additional glossy effects.

Zoya Magical Pixie Nail Polish retails for $10.00 each or $30.00 for the set of three. These polishes and more are available at Zoya.com. For more information on this collection, please see the official press release.

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Introducing Zoya Magical Pixie Nail Polish Collection for Spring 2014 – Official Product Information & Photos

New Nail Polish Collection for Spring 2014: Zoya Magical Pixie
Believe in it…

PixieHoloZoya Magical Pixie – a new PixieDust formulation, amped up with spectacular sparkle creating the most magical, Zoya PixieDust ever! Three new never before imagined textured, holographic beauties for spring 2014…

ZOYA MAGICAL PIXIE

ZP717 – Cosmo: Silver Crystal Sparkle, Textured PixieDust with Mega Hex Iridescent Particles, Full Coverage Formula.
ZP718 – Vega: Blue Opal Sparkle, Textured PixieDust with Mega Hex Iridescent Particles, Full Coverage Formula.
ZP719 – Lux: Rose Quartz Sparkle Textured PixieDust with Mega Hex Iridescent Particles, Full Coverage Formula.
$10.00 ea. (US)

PixiHolo2For BEST RESULTS when applying Zoya PixieDust: apply 2-3 thin coats of polish for full coverage to a clean oil free nail surface. Allow product to dry completely for full effect. Do not use abase coat or top coat. Top coat can be applied for additional glossy effects.

*BIG5FREE: Zoya Nail Polish and Treatment Formulas are free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene and camphor.

Find over 300 long-wearing, beautiful Zoya colors on www.zoya.com. Each and every color has a name as unique as the women who inspired it.

SHIPPING FEBRUARY 2014
ZOYA IS THE COLOR OF FASHION!
Available on Zoya.com

Introducing Zoya Awaken Nail Polish Collection for Spring 2014 – Official Product Information & Photos

New Nail Polish Collection for Spring 2014: Zoya Awaken

ZoyaAwakenJust as Spring emerges from a natural Winter slumber, Zoya Awakens to a fresh season of BIG5FREE* color…

Open your mind to the beauty of color discovery; the new, the unexplored, the excitement! Awaken by Zoya – Six new, full-coverage, dew-drenched creams and gold-kissed metallic nail polish colors for Spring 2014. Full of pure pigment, intense color and modern complexity that will take you far beyond the hazy, barely there hues of seasons past into a new world of chromatic joy.

ZOYA AWAKEN – 2014 SPRING

ZP723 – Dillon: Green Mint Shimmer Metallic Full Coverage Formula.
ZP724 – Rebel: Blue Sky Shimmer Metallic, Full Coverage Formula.
ZP722 – Hudson: Purple Orchid Shimmer Metallic, Full Coverage Formula (Yes, it’s a Radiant Orchid!)
ZP720 – Dot: Pink Petal Cream, Full Coverage Formula
(originally created for fashion designer Zang Toi’s SS14 collection).
ZP721 – Cole: Peach Whisper Cream, Full Coverage Formula
(originally created for fashion designer Peter Som’s SS14 collection).
ZP725 – Brooklyn: White-Gold Shimmer Metallic, Full Coverage Formula.
$9.00 ea. (US)

ZoyaAwakenShadesPLUS, A SPECIAL EDITION TOPPER
Create a nail color masterpiece. The multi-colored, holographic flakes of Zoya Monet lend an impressionistic color change option to existing color palettes. Never boring, this artistic topper can be applied as an accent or used as an overall color changer.

• ZP726 – Monet: Multi-Color, Cellophane Holographic Topper.
$10.00 ea. (US)

Monet*BIG5FREE: Zoya Nail Polish and Treatment Formulas are free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene and camphor.

Find over 300 long-wearing, beautiful Zoya colors on www.zoya.com. Each and every color has a name as unique as the women who inspired it.

ZOYA IS THE COLOR OF FASHION!
Available on Zoya.com

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