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Happy Wednesday! 

So I recently received this lovely travel kit of all of the Me & the Girls skincare products for review and they’ve truly been lovely to experience. 

If you are unfamiliar with the luxury organic skincare brand, Me & the Girls is an organic beauty brand which aims to better the lives of girls and women here in the United States and abroad by donating a portion of their proceeds to various womens’ charities including the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, Women for Women Intl., and G.E.M.S. (Girls Educational Mentoring Service). They also seek to aid local organic farms and the economy by purchasing locally and organically whenever possible. Their products include a high volume of organic ingredients, including certified organic Cupuaçu seed butter which possesses a high capacity for water absorption and aids in restoring elasticity and hydration to the skin.

In my mini kit, I received the following: Limonum Body Scrub, Lavandula Revive Softening Creme, Moon™ Anti-Aging Night Facial Moisturizer, Moon™ Serum, Lavandula Revive Foot Scrub, Bamboo spoon and the Me & the Girls Signature logo travel bag.

My Thoughts:

  • Limonum Body Scrub: This body scrub smells very citrus-y, just as the name implies. It’s made on a base of fine grain raw organic cane sugar, coconut oil, cupuaçu seed butter, lemon creme and avocado butter. I really enjoyed using this scrub as it was both exfoliating and hydrating at the same time. It really helps to soften the skin and hydrate all at once to reveal glowing skin. 
  • Lavandula Revive Foot Softening Creme: I love the texture of this. It smells just like lavender and melts on contact with skin. It acts more like a balm than a creme, in my opinion, but works excellently nonetheless. It softens dry skin and calluses on the feet and really hydrates overall. Plus the scent is very relaxing!
  • Moon™ Anti-Aging Night Facial Moisturizer: This is a fantastic facial moisturizer for dry skin or combination skin that is feeling dry ( especially in winter! ). My skin has been super dry with this extremely windy, cold weather we’ve been having and since I ran out of my beloved Suti Cleanse Balm, this has been just the thing to keep my skin in good shape! It melts on contact with skin, rather similar to the Foot Softening Creme, but the scent smells more like subtle scented baked goods than lavender and gently hydrates and softens the skin. I was near peeling and super flaky on my chin area and this really helped moisturize that entire area overnight. I would not recommend this for breakout prone or oily skin, though, as it might be a bit too nourishing for some.
  • Moon™ Facial Serum: This is a really nice serum which includes various plant oils to heal and rejuvenate dry, sensitive, mature and sun damaged skin types. I think it’s a nice serum for any skin type as it doesn’t have much scent and doesn’t feel too heavy on the skin, though acne prone and oily skin types should be wary of the amount they use as too much can be a bit too much. It’s certainly very hydrating, but I enjoyed using the moisturizer more than this one, surprisingly.
  • Lavandula Revive Foot Scrub: With the same scent as the Foot Softening Creme, this sugar scrub includes lavender and a spearmint butter creme base which feels a bit cooling and very similar to the body scrub only with a more relaxing scent and cooling sensation that is absent in the body scrub. Perfect for feet! 
  • Bar Beleza Multi-Use Beauty Bar: This all-over beauty bar comes in a stick balm form and can be applied anywhere you might need it. I used on dry areas of my face, under my eyes, and on lips with much success, but it’s up to you how you use it. I love that it comes in stick form because it’s great for traveling and super convenient to use. It’s super multi-tasking and very hydrating and since it’s in stick form, you’ll use just the right amount every time. My favorite way of using this was as a lip balm!

You can check out this luxury travel kit – here.

What lovely natural products are you loving right now?

Let Me Know in the Comments! 

Suvana Beauty Organic Paw Paw & Honey Balm

 

I had never heard of this Paw Paw & Honey Balm by Suvana Beauty, but when I got a sample of this lovely piece of heaven, it was seriously love at first sight!

This stuff is worth it’s price completely, which is $14 USD by the way, because it absolutely nourishes, softens, hydrates and heals my lips and you get a really good amount for what you pay given this is a balm and you need less than half a dime’s worth each time. I think you can use this for other things, but I’ve only been using it on my lips with seriously fantastic results as it’s not only healed my chapped lips, but also kept my lips really soft and supple.

Some really great things about this balm are it’s certified organic ingredients which include  healing paw paw and without chemicals, preservatives and other nasties. Also, they use really sustainable and eco friendly methods as well as recycled packaging so that’ just more reason to love this, in my opinion!

Other Awesome Features of Paw Paw & Honey Balm:

• Certified Organic.
• NO petroleum jelly – unlike most leading lip balms.
• NO synthetic chemicals or preservatives.
• Contains Paw Paw, known for its healing properties.
• Can be used on lips, bites, scratches, itches, cracked skin/nipples – anywhere on your body!
• Handy 25 gm tube.
• Bright Yellow Packaging – truly a handbag essential.
• 100% Natural.
• Contains NO parabens or sulphates.
• Contains NO mineral oil or petroleum by-products.
• Contains NO harmful chemicals or preservatives.
• Contains NO animal derivatives and is not tested on animals.
• NO artificial fragrances or colors.
• All packaging is recyclable and manufacturing methods are environmentally sound.

I will definitely be purchasing this one after my little sample runs out!

Check it out – here!

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples sent to me from Beauty Habit for review purposes. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own irregardless of if and/or how I obtain products.

Juice Beauty Foundation Review

I began using this foundation by Juice Beauty about 6 months ago.

I needed a foundation that wouldn’t break out my very reactive acne prone skin, but would also provide decent coverage, a nice finish and would offer beneficial ingredients in the formula to improve my skin and heal breakouts while I was wearing it.

Application Instructions from Juice Beauty: 

Use over Correcting Concealer and under Refining Finishing Powder. Build coverage as needed by using Juice Beauty’s brush applicator to perfect a flawless complexion.

Product Claims :

This Perfecting Foundation is packed with organic ingredients that will leave your complexion looking refreshed and perfected. The combination of organic aloe juice, fruit extracts and minerals provides a cream to powder finish that will wear all day, while giving you a perfect airbrushed look and feel.

My Experiences: 

My experiences with this foundation have been somewhat mixed. At first, I really loved this foundation, but after using this for a time, I feel like the formula does not provide the coverage I want it to. Perhaps it thins over time? It seemed to work really great at first, but now it provides no more coverage than a light tinted moisturizer. I think even some tinted moisturizers might out perform this when it comes to coverage.

That being said, it is a really nice skin brightener, it does has a cream to powder finish as they state on Juice Beauty’s website, and I don’t think this will irritate skin or clog pores. I also believe there would be some benefit to using it given it’s organic and natural ingredients within the formula. For me, this is good as a tinted moisturizer and I like the beneficial organic ingredients, but I would prefer something with more coverage.

Who It’s For:  I agree with Juice Beauty. I think anyone could wear this.

Juice Beauty’s Color Care Collection is ideal for all skin types to look and feel beautiful.

Best Uses:

  • Tinted Moisturizer / BB Cream
  • Light Coverage Foundation
  • Conceal Mild Imperfections
  • Skin Brightener

Noted Ingredients: 

  • Organic Aloe Juice – Aloe calms redness, irritation and helps protect skin from free radical damage.
  • Brightening Fruit Extracts – Organic Acai and Goji are high in vitamins, especially vitamin C which hence give the foundation a nice glowing finish and offer antioxidant protection. It also helps to brighten imperfections and improve skin condition while you wear it.
  • Organic Jojoba Oil – Jojoba oil helps hydrate skin and gives foundation a dewy, but not oily or shiny finish.

Ingredient List: 

aloe barbadensis (organic aloe leaf juice)*, vegetable glycerin, glycine soja (organic soybean lecithin)*, ricinus communis (organic castor seed oil)*, sesamum indicum (organic sesame seed oil)*, simmondsia chinensis (organic jojoba seed oil)*, cera alba (organic beeswax)*, vitis vinifera (organic grape seed oil)*, vaccinium corymbosum (organic blueberry seed oil)*, punica granatum (organic pomegranate seed oil)*, rubus idaeus (organic raspberry seed oil)*, actinidia chinensis (organic kiwi seed oil)*, vaccinium macrocarpon (organic cranberry seed oil)*, fragaria ananassa (organic strawberry seed oil)*, euterpe oleracea (organic acai berry)*, lycium chinense (organic goji berry)*, glyceryl stearate, stearic acid, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla wax), cetyl alcohol, xanthan gum, tocopherol (vitamin E), thymus vulgaris (thyme extract), melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree extract), rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary extract) and citrus sinensis (sweet orange oil) *certified organic by a USDA approved agency

Formulated WithOUT:

  • Parabens
  • Petrolatum
  • Drying Alcohols
  • Mineral Oil
  • Artificial Preservatives, Dyes or Fragrances

Product Pros:

  • Light Cream to Powder Natural Finish
  • Light to Medium Coverage
  • Certified Organic Gentle Ingredients
  • Brightening Fruit Extracts Give Glowing Dewy Look

Product Cons: 

  • Coverage May not Be Enough for Some
  • May be Considered Expensive to Some
  • Limited Choice of Skin Color Tint Options (Only 3 Available)

Final Thoughts:

My overall thought on this foundation is that it is just okay for me. I really don’t know what happened. Perhaps, there was too much heat which then thinned the formula over time? I am baffled, but anyway. I still think this could work well for a lot of people and I love the organic certification on this product as well as the host of skin benefits that come with the awesome ingredient list. I want so badly to love this foundation, but alas, I don’t think it’s for me! I recommend this to those who don’t have many flaws to cover up or just want something similar to a tinted moisturizer. It’s very light and does brighten the skin a bit if you’re battling dullness. Although it may seem expensive at $35, it LASTS a long time. A little goes a long way and the handy air pump container ensures you don’t waste any or very little of the product.

OVERALL RATING: 7/10

Where to Find:

You can find Juice Beauty Foundation – here – on their website. It is also available on Beauty.com, Skinstore and Amazon.

Have you used any Juice Beauty products?

What’s your favorite one?

Share your thoughts in the comments!

That’s All for Now!

Stay Beautiful

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Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way. I purchased this of my own free will. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

Coming Soon! Organic Manuka Honey & Bee Venom Face Masks

Lately in the skincare world, especially in the world of high end high priced (or overpriced as I like to say), there has been a LOT of talk about Bee Venom masks, the  exotic benefits of Manuka Honey and the anti aging, anti acne, and overall skin health benefits this sort of mask can offer. Reviews are in for the Bee Venom mask by Manuka Doctor and people love it.

So I thought, why not offer a similar bee venom mask myself including certified organic manuka honey with bee venom, natural and organic oils, and natural botanical powders, clays and extracts that will give you the same benefits that the whopping $86 Manuka Doctor Bee Venom mask promises consumers without the hefty price tag.

After bouncing this idea off friends, family and customers, I have decided that this is definitely going to be something I want to offer customers, especially those who want a product that works just as well if not better than the high end, overpriced masks, but for a fraction of the price.

I will be doing a focus group trial run in the coming weeks to perfect a formulation so if anyone is interested in trying the product and answering questions for me, you get a free sample size amount of the product to test on yourself and then answer a questionnaire for me.

Feel free to email me at tiannasicilia@yahoo.com if you’re interested for more information.

Thanks!

Stay Beautiful

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