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Thank you SO much to Sweet Jelly Bean who sent this to me late August and sorry for the lateness in posting about it; I’ve been swamped in the blog world and my own life and haven’t had the time until now.

These pics were taken the second day I received this so much less of the balm is left now! I think I’ve gone through a 1/3 of it since I first received it!

It’s such a lovely lip balm; really smoothing, softening and hydrating. Plus, it’s all natural, smells delicious and I love the super cute, feminine packaging!

Thanks again Sweet Jelly Bean; you are awesome and you should know it! 😉

I really love this lip balm; it’s very me, somehow.

If you haven’t checked out her awesome, super informative and helpful blog, please do.

You can see her latest post on Blogging Pink for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Here!

I’m absolutely loving the new Elie Tahari lineup for Spring 2013! (You can see it – here – if you like!) He featured a variety of vibrant colored super chic tailored womens’ wear that featured deep hues of blue, green, purple, and pinky corals and fuschia as well as lighter ocean blues and pinks which just popped with tons of color!

His collections seem to have a way of being eye-catching yet understated which I find really impressive and for his Spring 2013 Collection, he enlisted the help of top makeup artists from Jane Iredale to create totally flawless looks for the show!

All of the looks were so beautiful and totally on trend – faces were first given a dewy golden base with the Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener and the Brand New Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream (I mentioned this one recently – here – on my list of items to try in Fall 2012) to give the skin a naturally youthful and healthy look.

After they primed and prepped faces, Jane Iredale makeup artists created charcoal smoky eyes with natural lips. Using shadow palettes from the Simply Magical Color Collection such as the Sundown Pure Pressed Eye Shadow Triple  and  Mystikol in Smoky Quartz, they created beautifully subdued smoldering eye looks. They coupled this with youthful plush lips using the LipDrink SPF15 Lip Balm.

What do you think of the makeup looks that were created for this show?

Personally, I love that they used a natural cosmetics line such as Jane Iredale to create such feminine, sexy, understated looks. They matched perfectly with Elie Tahari’s collection and I love that they’ve done it in such a natural way!

What do you guys think?

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

Nothing Nasty Touches My Lips With Karen Murrell!

These are my new lip favorites!

SERIOUSLY. They are capitial A-mazing.

Created by Karen Murrell (of course), she sought to offer the world a beauty brand with all the lovely aesthetics and appeal, but without the guilty conscience.

Not only are they certified organic by New Zealand beauty standards, they are also cruelty free, not tested on animals, near vegan with the exception of cruelty free honey and beeswax, made with ingredients that are locally sourced and traceable, free of harmful and toxic ingredients, and super sustainable from the ground up.

I am so happy I have had the opportunity to test these lovelies from Karen Murrell out because I will forever be purchasing these lovely lippies from this moment on.

They are perfect in almost every single way and they have all the makings of a perfect lipstick + healing balm in one.

These little cannisters are made from a very special and sustainable material – polylactic acid – a corn resin based material that begins to dissolve back into the earth within 100 days. They’re also greenhouse gas neutral so they don’t contribute to emissions or global warming. Aside from that, the boxes they come in are made from 100% recycled and renewable sources using New Zealand paper and soy inks. All their packaging is also ECOCERT.

With a host of natural and organic ingredients, they also have a plan and philosophy to be completely ecologically sound. This means cruelty free, sustainable, mostly sourced locally and always traceable ingredients, and packaging that won’t make you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders.

Check out the Lovely Swatches!

( From the Left – Carnation Mist, Coral Dawn & Sand Storm )

(Wearing my favorite shade – Carnation Mist)

So after all the technical talk, though I do think they have some impressive stats, I just want to mention that these lipsticks are beautiful to use as well. Not only are they beautiful to the earth, they look great on. They are really pigmented, hydrating and lovely. They look great and the colors are very lively and vibrant. They last a long time on the lips and smell so heavenly – just like cinnamon! It’s not overwhelming, but it’s such a pleasant surprise! No nasty wax taste or feel, these really moisturize your lips while looking fabulous. I’ve already converted a few people to these little lovelies!

So you see, it’s true, “nothing nasty touches my lips” with Karen Murrell.

Check out their line of lovely lip products – here!

Find out more about their incredibly eco clean green beauty process and philosophy – here.

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

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.

Get Glowing, Youthful, and Hydrated Skin with Intrinsic Organics + GIVEAWAY!


So I recently discovered Intrinsic Organics, a natural, organic and handmade line of skincare and body care products. I was sent the following products and I am officially a convert of all three of them, especially the body lotion!The first item I was able to try was the Almond and Oatmeal Sugar Body Scrub. This feels lovely scrub is gentle enough to use on my sensitive skin, but gets some great scrubbing action so that it actually is effective for body exfoliation. It smells just like almonds and oatmeal and sugar (not surprisingly), which I love, because I find it really delicious! There are no oatmeal pieces in the scrub that I could see, even though I expected there to be for some odd reason. Instead, there are sugar granules and pieces and a strong almond scent that I really like. This works really nicely to exfoliate dead skin cells off your body without feeling too abrasive, hydrates the skin and smells lovely. The only drawback of this was that ants seemed to really like it as well so it attracted a decent amount of them all around the jar (though thankfully not inside it!). So, just as a hazard or warning, if you have any hint of a tendency toward ants in the Summer, you may want to hold off on getting this til winter, otherwise, I recommend storing it in the refrigerator when you aren’t using it. The fridge bit does make the scrub even more pleasant!

The second product I was able to try was the Hydrating Bergamot Blend Body Lotion, which is seriously one of the best lotions I’ve ever encountered. This doesn’t have the soothing feel of my favorite Skin Rescue Cream, but what it does have is the impressive ability to really hydrate the skin. If your issue is not with irritation, but with combating dryness, this would certainly benefit you. It feels like a cross between a creamy cream lotion and an oil type runnier lotion, but it really doesn’t feel oily or greasy at all. It’s a bit hard to explain the texture of this suffice to say that it works, it really does. It soaks in right away and just leaves the skin looking more nourished and glowing. I absolutely love this and will definitely purchase once I run out of the sample.

The last item I was able to try was the Chocolate Mint Chapstick Lip Balm. This is a really nice lip product! It doesn’t have a tint or anything, but the hydrating abilities of this are similar to the lotion in that it just melts into the lips without being too oily or greasy. It just feels lovely on the lips and very softening. I’m normally not a fan of chocolate type lip products, but this wasn’t so overwhelmingly chocolate that it bothered. Actually, I hardly notice the chocolate mint except in scent alone; the mint I do feel a bit because this is a little cooling on the lips, but mostly just super moisturizing and awesome to use.

Check out the entire line of Intrinsic Organics products – Here!

CLICK HERE to Enter For a Chance to WIN YOUR OWN Body Scrub and Lotion from Intrinsic Organics! HURRY! GIVEAWAY ENDS MONDAY 7/30/12 !

Have you tried Intrinsic Organics products?

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples that were sent to me from Intrinsic Organics for review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own regardless of how I obtained them.

Farmaesthetics Natural and Organic Skincare

I recently discovered this awesome herbal skincare company called Farmaesthetics and I was lucky to be sent some samples to test out for review. If you’re unfamiliar with them, it all began when the daughter of a farming family began selling her own handmade skincare  products at an organic farmstand in 1999. The winner of many awards and stocked in high end spas and resorts, Farmaesthetics has made quite the reputation for itself and their certified organic products are no different.

Rosehip and Clay Mint Face Mask

The first product I tried out was this mask and I absolutely love it! It’s so brilliant because it comes in a powder form that you can mix with water, tea or whatever liquid you want to form a paste and use as a mask. I’ve done water and tea both with equally nice results. The rosehip in this really does help brighten the skin and helped me clear out some small breakouts I got last weekend while the mint in this cools, calms and creates a mild tingle during use that is pretty relaxing. This is one of my favorite products of the three because it’s effects were seen pretty immediately and lasted through to the next day by shrinking breakouts that I had. I am very impressed by both the natural ingredients in this and it’s effectiveness!

Complexion Conserve Face Serum

I really love the scent of this serum. It’s a strange, but pleasant scent that I can’t really place. It’s sweet, but not sickeningly and really subtle. The serum feels really light and calming. I think a lot of skin types could benefit from this serum because it’s really light, softening, and the ingredients are basic but do the trick. This serum seemed to really tone and firm my skin while hydrating it and balancing out any oiliness. I think this serum is light enough for those with oily, acne prone types, gentle enough for those with sensitive and hydrating enough for someone with drier skin, but I would recommend using this in tandem with something else if you have super dry skin. It may not be nourishing or protective enough since it is so light.

Lip Softener

This was my second favorite product of the bunch! It really does soften your lips right up with some super simple ingredients – natural vegetable oils, beeswax and vitamin E all help to heal cracked lips and fine lines on the lips. I love this because I only have to use the smallest amount on my lips each day and it goes such a long way. This balm type lip treatment melts on skin contact and soaks into the lips immediately. It feels really soft going on and can be used alone, under makeup or as a nighttime treatment.

Overall, I am pretty impressed with the Farmaesthetics line of products. They have a strong commitment to organic products and they include a lot of great ingredients in their formulas. Aside from that, their prices are totally appropriate and affordable. They are mid-range products so they are not extremely cheap, but the quality is definitely worth the little extra. I highly recommend these products for their natural certified organic ingredients and also their ultimate effectiveness on the skin.

Check out the Entire Farmaesthetics Line – here!

Have you ever tried any of the Farmaesthetics products?

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Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples that were sent to me from Farmaesthetics Skincare for review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.