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8 Beauty Picks for Earth Day

Troubled Skin Serum With Frankincense and Tamanu

Troubled Skin Serum With Frankincense and Tamanu

This Troubled Skin Serum from Rainwater Botanicals is one of my favorites for treating acne, but better yet is the fact that all Rainwater Botanicals products are super affordable (some are $10 or less), produced in the USA from organic and wild crafted ingredients, and they use recycled packaging and sustainable materials. They have loads of products that I love and you can learn more about them in a post I did here.

The Problem Solver Face Mask

The Problem Solver Mask by May Lindstrom is my favorite face mask to date and with good reason – it’s made with all natural ingredients including cacao, bamboo charcoal, and various natural minerals and clays so it literally comes from the earth. Also, all of the products by May Lindstrom come in reusable glass containers so there’s no plastic waste. Aside from the fact that it’s completely naturally formulated, this face mask works seriously well at clearing, calming, and toning the skin. It’s better than any mask I’ve tried yet. You can see my review for it here. Aside from this mask, they also have other fantastic products including The Good Stuff Radiance Oil which is amazing for getting that dewy glow look. You can see a post I did on how to use it here.

Karen Murrell lipsticks are some of the most sustainable lip products I’ve ever seen. They have some serious high standards set to them and they’ve really held up against them. The lipstick containers themselves and the packaging are all made with biodegradable, recycled or plant materials. The lipstick tube itself starts biodegrading back to the earth in 100 days which is something I’ve never heard of for any product let alone a lipstick. The lipsticks as products are not only extremely hydrating, but they smell amazing and have lovely, trendy colors that look great on any skin tone. I actually haven’t met a KM lippie I didn’t like. They are cruelty free, sustainable, locally sourced and traceable, ECOCERT, green house gas neutral, and made with all natural and organic ingredients. They are my favorite HG lipsticks. You can see the original post I did on them here.

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Konjac Sponges are make facial cleansing simple, clean and green. They’re made from konjac, a kind of potato found in Japan, and various clays so they are entirely biodegradable. In fact, after a few months they actually begin to fall apart and literally degrade. They work really well to cleanse and soften skin without stripping it of it’s natural oils while also brightening, gently exfoliating and calming. Plus, they’re super cheap at only $9 each. You can see my original post on them here.

The Suti Cleanse Organic Balm is, hands down, the best cleansing balm I’ve ever tried. It’s super hydrating, cleansing, calming, and doesn’t clog pores. It comes with a muslin cloth so you can even use it to gently exfoliate skin without drying it out or irritating it. Made with all organic plant oils and butter, this balm can be used as a cleanser, moisturizer, face mask and exfoliant. The balm is made with a certified organic formula and comes in a reusable glass jar. You can see my original post on it here.

Bamboo 6 Piece Brush Set

ECO Tools have some amazing brushes and they’re super sustainably made from bamboo and other sustainable materials. They work really well for applying makeup and even skincare products. I’ve used their smaller eye brushes to apply eye cream before and that works really well. Also, their shower gloves are amazing as well for body exfoliation.

Travel Set

 

Living Nature products are some of the best natural products I’ve tried. They offer a wide range of skincare and cosmetic products which are all really nice. They use exotic ingredients found in New Zealand and other naturally sustainable plant oils and extracts in order to soothe, hydrate and heal skin. I love how gentle their products are and they can definitely be used on any skin type, including sensitive. You can see my original post on their products here.

Antonia Burrell‘s Natural Glow Cleansing Oil is the best cleansing oil I’ve found for acne prone skin types, but it will definitely work well for any other skin type as well. It’s very gentle, calming and nourishing without being heavy. Aside from that, it comes in a reusable glass jar, is made from all natural and sustainable plant ingredients that actually work for skin without harming the environment.

What Are Your Top Eco Beauty Picks?

I’d love to know in the comments!

♥ Tianna

Happy Sunday All!

I hope you’ve all had a nice weekend!

I spent this past weekend with my boyfriend just hanging out.

We got some Lush items over this weekend as we hadn’t been there in what felt like ages!

Here’s what we picked up:

Awesome @LushUSA haul today! Alkmaar Soap (one of my personal favorites), Ice Blue Soap, a new bath melt ( never tried these), Seanik shampoo bar for the bf and trying out their BB Seaweed Face Mask. What’s your favorite Lush indulgence?

Alkmaar Soap, Ice Blue Soap, Seanik Shampoo Bar, Yuzu & Cocoa Bubble Bar, and the BB Seaweed Face Mask.

The Alkmaar, Ice Blue and Seanik have all been longtime favorites for us, but the other 2 are new buys. Alkmaar smells SO amazing. It’s one of those scents I’ve been obsessed with because it’s that lovely and everyone I share it with seems to feel the same about it so highly recommend it on scent alone. It’s also a really creamy soap for a bar which I like given my dry skin. My boyfriend favors the Ice Blue soap because it smells really minty and more masculine than Alkmaar and he claims it makes his skin softer, but who knows? The Seanik shampoo bar is something I’ve tried in the past and really liked because it’s great for softening and giving volume to hair, but this time I picked it up for the boyfriend to try. It smells lovely as well and is probably my favorite shampoo bar.  I tried a bit of the bubble bar last night and it doesn’t really bubble up that much which kind of  disappointed, but might be because I was trying to be a bit of a miser about it and use only a 1/4 of the bar (Lol). You may have better results if you use the whole thing. That being said, it smells amazing – just like the chocolate orange they describe it as.

I also tried the BB Seaweed face mask which, surprisingly, doesn’t smell fishy or salty at all. It just smells fresh, if that makes sense. As far as effectiveness – it’s a type of face mask that feels like it’s not doing much, but when you wash it off, your skin just looks better. The smell is nice and I enjoy it’s refreshing scent, but it really does work well without you doing much at all. I’ve tried a number of their face masks in the past and generally like all of them. Catastrophe Cosmetic is best for breakouts and oily skin, though it can be a little drying if you have combination skin. Mask of Magnaminty is a great one for anyone and it smells lovely. Brazened Honey smells delicious and works great, though just as well as Mask of Magnaminty so go with the cheaper one haha.

Did 35 minutes of HIIT on the treadmill this morning :-) #fitness #workoutroutine

So, that was my weekend.

During the week, I’ve been doing much of the same thing. Trying to stay on track with my workouts and healthy eating. It’s been more difficult than usual to get up at 4AM and go because it’s been so damn cold out. I literally had to scrape ice off the windshield this past Friday because it was so cold out. It might seem normal if you live in a state where it gets cold, but I’m in Southern California. When things like that happen, we just lose our minds and forget how to drive. Exhibit A – look at Californians when it rains. They literally drive like too fast or too slow and so many accidents happen, even if it’s just slightly drizzling. It’s ridiculous.

Anyway, once I’ve got to the gym (which has been 5 times this week), I’ve done really well at my running workouts. I’ve changed up from just running to a HIIT workout for the entire time I’m on the treadmill. They have loads of different types of HIIT for the treadmill, but mine is something like 5 minute walking warm up (after stretching out) and then alternatively running for 1 minute and speed walking for 1 minute. I do this on the Hill workout option so that the incline is always changing and it helps me burn more calories. I really like this style of workout out a lot and I think it will help my distance running over time and stamina. Love it.

Had a veggie soup for dinner to get my veggies in. Now I’m having kiwi for dessert - Yum!

I had these the other day and they were SO good. Organic kiwi from USA. I’ve been trying to avoid buying produce from other countries to keep it as local as possible and not buying out of season as well. These are proof that this is a better way to shop given that they 1.) tasted amazing – so sweet, soft and flavorful and 2.) were pretty cheap at 70 cents!

Awesome #New #Beauty products! @LushUSA Fun Soap & @PhysiciansFormula Loose Hearts of Bronzer! So cute and fun!

I also picked up a magazine and saw these awesome beauty products in! Love the cupcake perfume! It’s available on Beauty Habit and I’ve been lusting after them for some time. New discoveries are the Lush FUN Bars which I found out from a Lush rep that they can be used for body soap, bubble bath, shampoo and even to create fun clay creations. Aside from functional use, they go toward helping Japanese children living in areas affected by radiation by offering alternative ways to have fun and socialize with other kids in their area so that’s really cool. Lastly, I discovered the Physician’s Formula Loose Bronzer Hearts which look like little candy hearts, but are bronzer capsules. I just think they’re so adorable!

Shop Organic Logo

Lastly, I discovered this really awesome looking online grocery shop called Shop Organic which sells tons of organic pantry (and some personal body care stuff too) products and what I’m really excited about is the fact that all products on their site are (not only organic) also GMO free! Will definitely be shopping on this site soon!

So, How Was Your Week?

Do Anything Fun?

Let Me Know in the Comments!

Nip+Fab CC Cream

I’ve never tried anything from Nip+Fab, but it seems to be pretty popular in the UK and I know CC creams are gaining a lot of steam. I don’t know that I’m necessarily into jumping on that bandwagon, but this one looks like it might be okay.

Anyone tried it?

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Rouge Bunny Rouge XXX Lip Plump Gloss

Rouge Bunny Rouge XXX Lip Plump Gloss

Last year I tried a few RBR products, including their Bronzing Liquid, Blush Wand ( Titian ), and their Tinted Moisturizer (see those reviews – here) – all of which were really lovely and I’ve been curious to try their other products. This is a new plumping lip gloss they’ve recently come out with and I love the packaging. I know, I’m kind of shallow when it comes to cosmetics at times, but whatever.

Invisible Pores Detox Mask

REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask

 REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask

I have heard a TON of good things about REN Skincare, but haven’t tried it for myself. They have a lot of different lines within their brand for different skin types and concerns (sensitive, acne prone, etc) and this is a face mask meant for combination skin.

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ISUN – Blackhead Solvent Oil

ISUN Skincare Blackhead Solvent Oil 

I tried a bunch of mini samples from the ISUN line a few months ago ( you can see that post – here ) and really liked their natural skincare products so I thought this would be an interesting product to try given that I always have trouble getting rid of blackheads, especially on my nose. I like that they give step by step instructions on how to remove blackheads while using this oil.

Bio Retinoid Anti-Ageing Concentrate

REN Bio Retinoid Anti-Ageing Concentrate

REN Bio Retinoid Anti-Ageing Concentrate 

Although I don’t seem to have many wrinkles at this point in my life since I’m 23, I do like using anti-aging serums and creams anyway because I’m prepared like that, but often they tend to be on the heavy side. I love that this one is a retinoid serum because retinol seems to work really well on my combination skin and it is an ingredient that has a lot of benefits to its use from aiding in clearing acne to fine lines to hyper-pigmentation so I’m definitely interested in this as an all-in-one treatment serum!

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Marvis – Amarelli Licorice Toothpaste

Marvis – Amarelli Licorice Toothpaste

I don’t know why, but I just think the idea of this toothpaste sounds so exotic and fun. I love the design of the tube and I also love that the formula includes licorice for cleansing teeth because licorice is actually an anti-inflammatory and would be beneficial for the entire mouth area, in my opinion.

Moroccan Rose Otto Ultra-Moisture Body Oil

Moroccan Rose Otto Ultra-Moisture Body Oil

Moroccan Rose Otto Ultra-Moisture Body Oil

I’ve seen SO many reviews on the REN Moroccan Rose Otto line of body products and they look absolutely lush! I love rose scented things when they are done right so I hope this line of one of those because I’m not a fan of that Grandma’s house potpourri scent at all. Lol. 

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ILIA – Mascara – Macao

ILIA Beauty – Mascara in Macao

Ever since I saw this on the Beauty Habit site a few weeks ago, I’ve been a bit obsessed with it and I really love ILIA Beauty in general (see my post on other ILIA Beauty products – here).  I just love the coppery color because it seems really unique and like it would brighten up the eye area a lot. I love deep black mascara, but I seem to be getting more into colors these days.

Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer

Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer

Unfortunately, due to time constraints and my budget, I haven’t been able to try any Tarte products so far. I saw this the other day at Sephora and swatched it, though, and it does seem really lovely. You might know about my constant search for a good concealer that’s both hydrating, yet not oily, and this might be it. Plus, I’ve been really curious to try Tarte products for ages and this might be a good way to start!

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Antonia Burrell – Cream Supreme Moisturizer

Antonia Burrell – Cream Supreme Moisturizer

Last summer, I first tried a mini sample of Antonia Burrell’s Natural Glow Cleansing Oil ( see that review – here ) and loved it. It is still my favorite cleansing oil to date and I’ll be purchasing a full size very soon, but I saw that they also carry this moisturize which seems like a great option for times when my skin gets a bit drier. Plus, this moisturizer is targeted at every skin problem you can think of from blackheads and acne to hyper-pigmentation and scarring. It’s expensive, but if it delivers as well as their cleansing oil, I think it’s definitely worth the price!

Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil

Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil

I spotted this on a recent trip to Sephora and was immediately enthralled. I think it would make a great body moisturizer and it has this lovely citrusy scent that’s really nice so I definitely want to try this one out! I love that it includes healing argan oil like many of the JM products do.

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STEAMCREAM – Melody

STEAMCREAM – Melody

love Steamcream! Seriously. I recently ran out of the sample I received from them in Chagrin which I absolutely loved and was super depressed to find out they had discontinued it. Then I spotted this one on Beauty Habit and I love the design! It reminds me of Burberry and I just like that classic look a lot. Honestly, I’d buy all the Steamcreams if I could afford it. They’re just awesome. You can read my original SteamCream review – here.

Fresh Skincare Rose Face Mask

Fresh Skincare Rose Face Mask

I really like Fresh Skincare’s Soy line of products ( see my review for the Fresh Soy Cleanser – here ), but I’ve been yearning after this Rose Face Mask for ages. I am always swatching it at Sephora, but it’s so expensive ($50!) for a face mask that I don’t even know will be worth it. It smells amazing, just like cucumbers, but it has pieces of rose in it and looks a bit like tea or something. I will have it one day!

Liquid Gold Radiance

Liquid Gold Radiance Brightening Lotion

Liquid Gold Radiance Brightening Lotion

I’m a huge fan of Alpha-H products and you’ll know all about that if you’ve been following this blog for a small measure of time. They have super effective, awesome products. If this is all new to you, check out my original post on them – here. I’m not sure if this is a new Alpha-H product or maybe I just never noticed it before, but it sounds awesome! It’s meant to brighten skin (obviously) using their signature glycolic acid and also, in turn, help with diminishing the appearance of scarring and hyper-pigmentation. I don’t deal with a lot of scarring or brown spots, but I have a few and they bug. Maybe I’m neurotic (yep), but I’d like to treat that before it becomes an issue and who doesn’t like bright skin, right?

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Christophe Robin – Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt

Christophe Robin – Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt

I saw this and just thought it looked like a really interesting product! It’s a scrub for your scalp and it’s meant to really cleanse. It’s meant for people who deal with itchy scalps or oily scalps a lot, but personally, I don’t deal with those issues much (unless it’s super hot out) and would likely use this as a weekly clarifying treatment instead of using a clarifying shampoo which I think can be stripping a lot of the time. I like that you massage it into the scalp because I think it would be helpful in hair growth, but that’s my own hypothesis, not a claim made by the company. Also, my boyfriend deals with an itchy oily scalp all the time so it might help him as well!

What Products Are You Looking To Try Lately or Loving That You Tried Recently?

Let Me Know in the Comments Below!

happy valentine's day

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

I hope you all have some fun plans for today, whether you’re going out with friends or a special someone! If you have no idea what to do (single or not!), I did a post that might give you some ideas – here.

Anyway, my boyfriend and I decided to postpone V-Day plans to the weekend since we both work during the week and won’t really have time to do much, but I figured I’d at least do a Lust List for Valentine’s Day since I think it’s such a fun holiday and it’s been awhile since I’ve done a lust list so I hope you enjoy!

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RMS Un-Cover Up, SteamCream – Happiness, Scotch Naturals Polish in NeatRMS Cream Shadow in Solar, ILIA Tinted Lip Conditioner in Crimson & Clover, Tarte 12 Hour BB Cream, Le Feu de L’Eau – Le Feu Profound Rose Candle, Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream, Mermaid Perfume, Alice & Peter Cheery Cherry Pie Perfume, Scotch Naturals Polish in Blood & Sand, Kissing Elixirs Fresh Breath Mist in Mint Vanilla, BKR HEARTbkr Limited Edition Glass Bottle, ILIA Copper Mascara in Macao, ECOTOOLS Foam Applicator, & SteamCream – Verona.

On a more eclectic note, I really really want this heart shaped umbrella from Fab.com. Isn’t it cute?!

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Heart Shaped Umbrella – Fab.com

I’d really love to re-create these adorable Valentine’s themed nails as well!

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Valentine’s Day theme nails From shopobaz.tumblr.com

Lastly, this lovely dessert from ABeautifulMess that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day looks delicious!

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Berries in Chocolate Bowl from ABeautifulMess.com

How will you be spending Valentine’s Day?

Related Articles: 

Fun & Girly Ideas for Valentine’s Day For Singles & Couples!

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  1. Krups Espresso Machine { from West Elm via Pinterest } $299.95
  2. “I Bloody Love Tea” Mug { from AliceMaplesdenPots on Etsy via Pinterest } $24.79
  3. BECCA Sandalwood Gift Set { from BeautyHabit.com via Pinterest } $70
  4. Grow Your Own Mushrooms Kit { from Back To the Roots via Pinterest } $19.95
  5. Multicolored 10 Piece Knife Set { from Fab.com via Pinterest } $28
  6. Roques Oneil Pamper Me Xmas Gift Set { from Roques Oneil via Pinterest } £48
  7. Rachel Bow Day Bag { from Forever New via Pinterest } $69.99
  8. “I Would Cuddle You So Hard” T-Shirt { from Fab.Com via Pinterest } $19.50
  9. “Amber” Eau de Parfum by Prada { from Nordstrom via Pinterest } $118
  10. Vitamix Professional Blender { from Wayfair.Com via Pinterest } $498.95
  11. “Freak Out” Pajama Set { from TopShop.com via Pinterest }
  12. OCC Pro’s Picks Lip Tar Set { from Sephora.Com via Pinterest } $49
  13. Waterproof Ipod Shuffle with Dual Layer Protection { from WaterFi.Com via Pinterest } $144.95
  14. Aquaovo Therm-O Terra ECO Friendly Thermos { from Fab.Com via Pinterest } $20
  15. RMS Beauty Essentials Gift Set { from SpiritBeautyLounge.Com via Pinterest } $150
  16. Samsung Galaxy Note II { from Samsung via Pinterest } $299.99 (with contract) or $649.99 (without)
  17. Trilogy Xmas Everything Balm Gift Set { from LoveLula.Com via Pinterest } £12.50
  18. “Bonne Nuit” ERMINE French Slippers { from TopShop.Com via Pinterest } $28
  19. Nanda Home Clocky Rolling Clock { from Fab.Com via Pinterest } $45

For more gift inspiration, check out my Pinterest board “Gift Ideas” for more gift inspiration!

What’s on your gift list this year?

Happy Sunday Everyone!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend!

Personally, I’ve been relaxing while at the same time trying to get together the last bits for a few days of Christmas giveaways so definitely stay tuned for that! Products from lots of my favorite brands will be up for grabs as well as some little sample packs as well.

As for my actual weekend, I spent most of it hanging out at home playing the new WOW expansion – Mist of Pandaria – with my boyfriend. I am now a Panda in game haha. It’s so fun! Also, last night I went to the Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn in Riverside, It was insanely packed with people, but the lights were amazing!

Check Out My Week In Photos: 

 

I made coffee with a french press midweek and enjoyed some homemade vegan creamer with it. Both were super easy to do! The french press – all you do is boil some water on the stove, add your coffee grounds to the bottom of the press, put the pressing mechanism over the grounds, add water and press down. It’s supposed to help the flavor come out. For the creamer, I made a cinnamon type version since it’s very fall. To make it, use 2 cups coconut milk, 2 cups almond milk, 4-6 tablespoons of your sweetener of choice ( I used maple syrup), 1-3 tsp ground cinnamon, 3 tsp of vanilla extract, and 1 tsp almond extract. You can put it all together and just shake it and use it that way or you can strain it after mixing it over low heat and then it will be more smooth.

I painted my nails on Friday with a shimmery oxblood burgundy red type color and then I added gold shadow pigment to my thumbs and used a sponge to texturize it. It came out alright – meh, I’m just not that skilled at doing nails!

I meant to feature some of the things I purchased for myself on Black Friday, but I was waiting for some things to arrive so I decided to postpone. I got the OCC Lip Tar in Memento & the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser at Sephora when I picked up the giveaway prizes and then I purchased the Claribel Skincare Exfoliating Body Cream and the Solia Straightener online. I’ve reviewed the Fresh cleanser before here – it’s a favorite basic to use! I’m new to the OCC Lip Tars, but loving this one so far and will review soon! I really want the True Red color one as well. They are really fun to experiment with! I’m liking the exfoliating body cream from Claribel Skincare thus far as well, but waiting on further testing to review my findings! The Solia hair straightener I got on discount from Folica.Com which has a lot of great products for both hair and skin. It works amazingly so far, but I’ll keep testing and post on it in about a month when I’ve experimented a bit more!

 

Living Nature sent me these lovely products for review and the Christmas giveaway so if you’d like your chance to win these 3, stay tuned for the giveaways opening very soon! Otherwise, I’ll be reviewing these 3 and their brand new colorful packaging (pictured above) which is out just in time for the holidays. I think they look lovely and would make a wonderful gift for anyone who loves Living Nature or maybe as a way to introduce them to the brand. They offer lots of kits and travel sets that will last quite a long time if you’re looking to introduce someone to these products or pick them up for yourself. It’s seriously good value. Check them out here. Also, you can check out my reviews for some other Living Nature products here.and their awesome liquid foundation here.

 

Last night, I went to the Lights Festival at the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA. As you can see, it was really packed ( this is the front of the hotel) and the lights were crazy extravagant. They do this every year and have stands where they sell kettle corn, candied almonds and hot cocoa and other fun things. It was a blast!

 

What did you do this past week/weekend?

Do share in the comments!

This year seems to be a year of budgeting for me. I’m saving up to move and also trying to pay off credit balances so I’ve been making most gifts, but there are still people I’d like to get small gifts, even if they’re just cute stocking stuffer type items and that’s where this list comes in! I love buying beauty items for close girl friends and relatives and some of these are great picks, though the price won’t break the bank and that’s my kind of gift! I hope this list helps facilitate your gift list a bit and help you stress less. After all, the holidays is about enjoying your time, NOT going broke. And, if you really want to gift on the cheap, check out my list of DIY gifts – here.

Here’s My List for Top 10 Beauty Stocking Stuffers Under $10 – Enjoy!

Love & Toast Perfume Minis; $9

I really love perfume minis and these are so cute and unique, while still looking really chic and stylish. I hate having a huge perfume bottle clunk around in my purse so I always carry minis and I think they’d make a lovely gift. These are super affordable. You could dress it up as a full gift, if you like, by putting it into a small box (I’d use an old Birchbox or something) or even a wrapped aluminum foil box would work. You can add little $1 trinkets to flesh it out and then it’d be a fully fledged gift!

Too Faced – Hot Cocoa Collection; $10

When I saw this one, I immediately thought of Crystal from The Crystal Chronicles who had requested the Chocolate Bronzer from Too Faced as part of my Black Friday Beauty Giveaway ( Sign Up Here! ) so I may have to pick up this absolute steal on Black Friday for that! It has such great value for only $10!

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Illume – Balsam & Cedar Soy Candle; $9

I love aromatic type candles, especially the natural ones that smell lovely, relax me, rejuvenate me, etc. I love lighting them whilst doing my makeup or relaxing in the bath. They just really set the mood and although I know some people really hate getting soap and candles for gifts, I have to say, I really love it and this is a great price for an all natural candle!

Hello Kitty Perfume; $10

If you follow along, you’ll know I’m a bit obsessed with all things Hello Kitty and this is such a great gift for those, like me, who can’t get enough of the adorable kitty with no mouth! (Seriously, look at her. No mouth. It’s weird, I know.) Anyway, I’d been lusting after the Noir version of this perfume that comes with an atomizer ( *sigh* – my love for atomizer perfumes goes way back!) , but that one is hard to get hold of now and this one smells lovely as well! & travel size too!

Balm Balm – All Over Balm; $10

I think these are great gifts for anyone who is a fan of all natural remedies or aromatherapy! They even have one especially for moms (or mums or mams or whichever?) which I think is super cute. All moms deserve their own skincare. This one is a great all natural version for you, your babies and whoever is passing through ;-).

Nuxe – Rêve de Miel® Lip Moisturizing Stick; $9.50

I’m not sure if this is the same formula as the much raved about lip balm from Nuxe, but it does seem to be quite similar if not the same. The only real difference seems to be the stick form it’s in. also, this one is super affordable and portable (yep, rhyming now so you know shizz is getting serious!)!

Kat Von D Mini Lipstick Duo; $10

The holidays always make me think of red lipstick. Maybe it’s because my mom was always sporting it looking amazing around this time, but it just looks amazing on anyone and everyone and it speaks of holiday loveliness! I love this cute lip duo from Kat Von D (though I sort of find her as a person to be kind of tacky) – her line is pretty NARS wannabe, but I like the packaging and presentation nonetheless. It has that chic, polished look of NARS without the often inflated price tag.

Tarte Clean Slate Deluxe Primer Trio; $9

Again, this reminded me of something to look for on Black Friday for all the Tarte lovers! I’ve never personally tried the Tarte primers, but this seems like a great way to sample them and the set itself is quite nicely sized so it actually could serve as a full-on gift, in my opinion.

Konjac Sponge; $9

I raved about my experiences with the Original Konjac Sponge in this post  and I’ve been dying to try their other varieties ever since. I love that they are tailored to skin type and you can certainly personalize your gift with that in mind. Also, for those skin minimalists out there, this is perfect. It’s no hassle, no fuss, and it’s very eco and affordable for anyone trying to go natural and green.

Weekly Steal - SMOKEY EYES SET - Mineral Eyeshadow Mineral Makeup - Set of 2  - Pure & Natural Mineral Eye Pigments - Noella Beauty Works

Noella Beauty Works – Smokey Eyes Set; $8.49

I really love loose eye shadows. Ever since I was young, I just find them more fun, and I don’t know if it’s because I enjoy making a mess and getting powder all over the place or if it’s because I find them a lot easier to blend, but anyway. They’re really awesome and they last forever and ever since they don’t include any oils or water (pressed powders do and they go rancid after awhile – usually 1 yr or so). They are also more sanitary and less likely to hold onto bacteria like pressed powders. Anyway, I love this duo and there’s huge value with that price tag. The colors are fantastic for winter when everyone is going darker.

Philosophy Peppermint Bark Duo; $9

I love this little festive set from Philosophy! Their holiday beauty sets are really up there with the best of them, in my opinion. All of their holiday sets always look adorable and this one is super affordable, but still has the cute holiday theme to it.

Sephora by O.P.I. – Tinseltown 2 Piece Set; $10

I really like all the colors from the Sephora by O.P.I. Tinseltown collection – they look super festive, but really chic. Also, O.P.I. polishes are now DBP, toluene and formaldehyde free!

Soapwalla Bath Soaking Salts; $10

I normally associate bath kits and the like with being seriously over priced, especially the natural kind, but these bath soaking salts from Soapwalla are really affordable and cute. I love that they look like kind of like old milk bottles!

Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Seasilk Shampoo & Conditioner Travel Duo; $10

This is a great one for those who are hair-obsessed. I’ve been wanting to try the Alterna Caviar line and this is super affordable. It’s a great gift for those who frequently travel and they look very high end, but they won’t cost you much!

The New Black – Glimmer Twins 2 Piece Nail Polish Set; $10

This is a great nail lacquer set for those nail art addicts! One of my really great friends is amazing with nails and, though I know she owns a lot of nail stuff already, I know she wouldn’t refuse more colors to add to her collection. These are really chic and they are the kind of colors that go well with many others as well as together. I think these are a great duo to implement on New Year’s!

Stila Mini Travel Palettes; $10

I love these travel palettes from Stila! They are super affordable and versatile; perfect for keeping in your purse or traveling with. I also like that they are travel-themed and it’s a great way to theme your mini gift, if you want to do so.

Fresh Prime & Glow; $10

I am always enamored with everything that Fresh comes out with. It always looks chic, natural and classy, but it’s usually expensive. That’s why I love buying mini sets like this – it saves me buckets of cash, but I still get to try stuff! This little primer kit is really cute and affordable – plus it’s great for transforming from day – to – night as one primer has a more bronzed pink look and the other a more ethereal silver glow.

Kniepp Herbal Bath Oils; $5.50

I’m considering picking up these bath oils just because 1. they’re really cheap and cute and 2. I can customize my baths to my mood. I don’t know why I want to customize my baths to my mood, but it is finally possible! I love herbal baths and these each seem to have a function – sleep, stress relief, etc. You could actually get someone 2 of these if you’re budget is around $10 and you could wrap them in a cute box ( again, I would use a re-purposed Birchbox, but that’s only because I’ve saved them like the hoarder that I am) as a cute mini gift.

So, that’s all for now – I hope this helps ease the stress of shopping, the cost of the holidays, and helps give you some creative ideas on how to give affordable gifts that still look really cute and personalized.

I’m so excited we’re finally well into the Fall / Winter season so, of course, I started browsing online for winter wants and things I’ve been eyeing for awhile that may be relevant for the winter time and others that I just want irregardless of the season.

So, without further delay, here’s my massive Beauty Lust List for Winter!

What’s On Your Beauty Wish List for Winter?

Happy Thursday Everyone!

So, as you all know, I write a lot about products that I love. I really do. If I don’t much like a product, I don’t really end up writing about it unless it’s just that awful to the point where I feel obligated to. Otherwise, it just ends up underneath my sink, unused and forever alone or I return it if I can. That being said, I’ve tried sooo many products. A few have been great, a lot have been just okay, and some have been downright horrible. Since I have never really shared too much about the products that I loathe or done a whole lot of negative reviewing, I thought it was high time I wrote a bit about some products that, not only I didn’t like, but that also had huge hype in the beauty world and never lived up to those expectations in my opinion. So, here they are.

Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate

Back before I knew anything about, well anything, I used to purchase my cosmetics at either the mall or the drugstore. I thought, well it’s a brand, it’s expensive, it should work right? If you’re as much into beauty as I now am, you’ll know this simply isn’t true and when you shell out the cash for something as expensive as Lancome, the cries of utter disappointment can be heard around the world. Twice. So when I tried this serum, of course I believed everything the makeup counter lady told me about hydration, fine line smoothing, blah blah. The only problem? It sucks. It’s a silicone-esque type moisturizer that doesn’t really do much of anything. It mildly hydrates, at best. Not only that, but it ended up making me break out in the 4th day using it. Thank God for Macy’s return policy.

Kanebo Kate Gel Eyeliner in BK1

I picked this one up in a little beauty boutique near me, thinking to myself Oooh it’s like calligraphy makeup! Yeah, I’m not sure what that was about, but it was around the time Memoirs of a Geisha (the book, not the movie) came out and I was all into the art of applying makeup like I’m freaking Monét or something. Also, it had gotten rave reviews on all the blogs I followed (back in the days before I blogged anything). Anyway, so this eyeliner worked okay for the first day, you know, if I applied like 4 layers of it. After that, it stopped wanting to layer over and if I tried, it would basically wipe all the layers out that I already applied on. Apply eyeliner on, wipes off. Aside from that, it would dry up once applied and then flake off in a seriously unattractive way. Gross. No thanks, I’ll pass. I threw it away.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

I wanted so much to like this one! It gets rave reviews to this day and I still don’t get it! It was actually purchased for me by my boyfriend’s mom who loves Clinique like it’s going out of style. I was super excited to try this out and it does go on really nicely. It feels like a really hydrating, but surprisingly light face lotion. It was only after a few days that I noticed I was getting a bunch of ugly white heads popping up in my T-zone. Eww. And back to Macy’s I went.

Loreal Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover

Wow, I tried this one some time in middle school before I knew anything about makeup or how to apply it. You know, back when I thought it was a good idea to apply stick foundation in that orange color that had no semblance to my actual skin color. Those days. So, it’s actually not surprising that I bought this purely because it’s Loreal and I saw all those fancy shmancy (it IS a word in my world!) commercials for it with models and splashing water. It looked legit, right ? I could not have been more wrong about this one. This sh*t actually burns going on. It burns your eyes, your skin. I seriously hope they’ve re-done the formula since I used it back in 2000 because this stuff is hazardous.

Olay Professional Pro X Advanced Cleansing System Set

This is one of the more recent errs in judgment I had. I purchased it because I was still too cheap to take the plunge and splurge on an actual Clarisonic and this seemed like a nice, affordable option. At this point, I’d already tried the cheap $10 electronic face brushes from Ebay (Thanks China, you rock!) and I thought this would be a more refined option, but this thing is worse than the $10 one. Seriously, all it does is spin in a circle on either high or low. It also runs on batteries which run out pretty frequently so it’s not green or economical, really, at all. The brush attachment isn’t really that soft and actually causes redness after continued use. The cleanser that comes with this sucks too. I would’ve been better off putting my $30 ish dollars away to save up for the Clarisonic than purchasing this piece of crap. Just saying. Anyway, thank God I now own a Clarisonic. I’m definitely never looking back.

Loreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara

really wanted to love this mascara! I don’t know if my lack of skill makes this mascara total crap to me or if it just sucks overall, but it sure was disappointing. The round wand sounds like a fantastic idea when you see it on commercial, but in reality, it’s a smudge death trap because you inevitably end up getting mascara all over your eyes and lids with this thing. The formula seemed to be okay, but the wand is just too annoying to use and it clumps up mascara after the second layer. What a mess.

Dr. Jart+ Silver Label Rejuvenation BB Cream

So, this last one was the first ever BB cream that I tried back in 2009. I purchased it at a little Asian beauty boutique in Rowland because it was reviewed on a lot of blogs as a great BB cream to try for those who have trouble, oily and acne prone skin. Within 2 days of using this, not only was my skin breaking out more than ever, but it was also inflamed, irritated, and it had a lovely greyish tint thanks to Dr. Jart+. I hope they’ve re-formulated this one since officially releasing it in the states and now being sold in Sephora because, if not, awful. It’s just bad.

Are there any products which had such big hype, but that ended up leaving you disappointed?

Please Share in the comments; I’d love to hear your experiences!

 Happy Tuesday!

I’m so thrilled! After literally being baked to death all Summer by the California heat, I woke up to a dewy, chilly morning today and weather predictions of rain and thunderstorms!

With that, of course my mind is on fall and winter beauty products, but I’m on a strict budget this year! Thankfully, I know many great brands that are natural, organic and earth conscious, but won’t break the bank.

I love bargain buys, especially when they don’t involve cutting quality, but that seems to be pretty difficult to come by when it comes to natural beauty, right?

Negative, Ghost Rider!

Over the years, I’ve actually discovered that you don’t have to sacrifice quality to get a good price; you just need to know where to shop.

Although not all of these picks are natural, most of them are and some of them are even organic, wild crafted, and eco conscious.

So, with that in mind, here are my top 10 Winter Beauty Buys for under $20!

Skin Repair Serum For Scars Wrinkles and Acne .5 oz

Rainwater Botanicals Skin Repair Serum; $10

If you’ve been following along, you’ll know all about my love for Rainwater Botanicals. They are, hands down, one of the most affordable organic (and eco friendly!) brands out there. Plus, they truly make quality, effective products for any and all of your skincare needs. This serum is one of my favorites; it’s gentle enough for all skin types, from acne prone and sensitive to mature, dry types. And all of their serums just smell amazing, but they’ve been naturally formulated and fragranced with essential oils and plant waters; no artificial ingredients in sight.

See my review on Rainwater Botanicals here.

Travel Hair & Body Kit

John Masters’ Organics Travel Hair & Body Kit; $14

John Masters is a great one when it comes to hair and his organics line has been raved and raved about. Unfortunately, I haven’t had the pleasure of trying these yet, but I may just snatch up this kit myself to change that! The price is fantastic!

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French Green Clay Konjac Sponge; $9

You may have seen my recent review on the Original Konjac Sponge. If not, you can read it here. This sponge is seriously something to write home about. It’s gentle, effective at cleansing and light exfoliation, and it’s completely eco friendly because it’s made entirely out of natural biodegradable ingredients! I love the sponges with clay included for added skincare benefits and that they’re all natural. Also, at $9, it’s great value!

Clear Skin Balancing Cleansing Oil - Cleansing Oil, Pre Cleanse, Double Cleanse, Oil Cleansing Method. Natural Organic Skin Care. Vegan.

Naturallogic Clear Skin Balance Clarifying Cleansing Oil; $18

I tried this one from Naturallogic some time ago (which is why I haven’t written a review on it, but I plan to revisit it so don’t worry!). It’s an amazing cleansing oil option. Plus, it’s all natural, organic and very affordable! This is a very large sized cleansing oil for the price (2.4 oz), though you can purchase a smaller size of this at a lower price ($9, I think for 1/2 oz?) if you just want to try it before investing in the larger size. They have whole line of clear skin type products which nourish and cleanse the skin without drying to help clear up acne and other skin irritations.

Baby Shampoo

Ebaviva Baby Shampoo; $8.50

I really love Erbaviva after trying their amazing hand cream (which I’m still using, btw!). They have awesome natural products with gentle, effective ingredients. I love using baby shampoos while traveling because they tend to be gentler than drugstore brands and this is one I’ve had my eye on. It may be something to really consider if you have little ones though!

Check out my Erbaviva Hand Cream review here.

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Karma Hues Natural Nail Polish; $9.99

I reviewed these lovely nail polishes over this past Summer and they are really great polishes! Though I reviewed Summer colors, they have a wide variety of colors to choose from, including nice Fall/Winter ones! The price is seriously great value for these lovely, long lasting, natural polishes that are all free from toluene, DBP, and formaldehyde.

See my review on these polishes – here.

Naruko Rosehip Perfecting Elixir; $10

This post wouldn’t be complete without featuring something from my beloved Naruko! I tried a sample of this once from Naruko and it’s been on my wish list since, though the weather really hasn’t garnered a need for elixirs until now. This one is very nice and includes roship, rose and a variety of other natural ingredients to nourish, protect and heal the skin. Plus, it’s multi-purpose so it can be used as needed on face, hands, cuticles, nails, etc.

See my post on Naruko Skincare – here.

My Beauty Diary Black Pearl Sheet Masks 10 Piece Set; $13.60

My Beauty Diary does sheet masks really well and the Black Pearl ones are great for brightening, firming and plumping skin. I love that they come in sheets for easy, mess free use and the price for a 10 pc. pack is very affordable!

Organic Nail Polish Remover with Soybean & Lavender; $12

I was super lucky to review this polish remover over the Summer when I tried the Karma Hues polish and both are lovely. This remover in particular is really something because it doesn’t have the acetone smell of typical polishes; instead it smells of lavender and includes soybean oil to nourish nails and cuticles rather than dry them out. This is a great natural polish remover; highly recommend it!

Check out my review on this polish remover – here.

Organic Hydrating Regenerative Toner and Facial Mist. Cucumber, B5, Hyaluronic Acid, Allantoin, Rosehips and Helichrysum.

Naturallogic Organic Hydrating Regenerative Face Toner; $14

Aside from their line of Clear Skin products, they also carry more hydrating ones for those with drier skin types. This toner looks amazing and it’s enriched with vitamin B5, hyaluronic acid, green tea, rose petal and a variety of other plant ingredients to brighten, hydrate, soften and nourish your skin.

What are your favorite products for the Fall / Winter Season?