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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.

I Love ILIA Beauty!

I was super lucky (and extremely happy!) to get a hold of these 2 samples for blog review recently and I am so excited to share them with you!

If you haven’t heard of ILIA Beauty, they are an ethical and sustainable beauty brand with a focus on combining organic ingredients with contemporary fashion. They use 85% certified organic bio-active botanicals in their beauty formulas so their products work to nourish your skin while you wear them.

I received one of their Tinted Lip Conditioners in Blossom Lady and a Multi-stick (Lip, Cheeks, Eyes, etc.) in I Put a Spell On You.

My thoughts on ILIA are they have seriously covered all the bases with their products, at least the two I’ve had the chance to try out. The formulas are extremely smooth and the Multi-Stick has just the right amount of shimmer without being glittery to give off a nice glow, but not exacerbate or give unwanted attention to breakouts or scarring. Also, unlike some multi-stick types, this works well as a cheek tint over face powder without giving your powder a caked over look when applied which I find seriously impressive! As a cream shadow, it looks pigmented, natural and pretty. It definitely requires a primer to avoid near instant creasing, but that’s to be expected with a cream type product in my opinion. As an eye shadow primer, it works great as well. It works nicely on the lips, though not as moisturizing as the lip conditioner, but still quite nice for an all-in-one type product and still beats most others I’ve tried.

The Tinted Lip Conditioner is SO creamy, subtle and lovely. It’s pretty much the exact opposite of your typical lipstick. It seriously offers some much needed moisture to my lips while lending a really natural color. It’s very wearable for day or nighttime and I’ve taken to keeping it in my makeup bag so I can reapply this throughout the day. I love that it’s pretty much a lip balm with color. It looks somewhere between a matte and a cream base and isn’t drying at all like most lipsticks tend to be.



Blossom Lady (Left), I Put a Spell On You (Right)

I highly recommend these two because they work well together, alone, or with other makeup products and they are made with a lot of integrity – sustainable, ethical and 85% certified organic bio-active botanicals in every product they release.

To see all ILIA Beauty products – click here!

Have you tried anything by ILIA Beauty?

What are your thoughts on these types of makeup products – Unnecessary or Awesome?