You can’t start the new year without a post on your favorite discoveries from the previous year. I made a lot of new discoveries this past year, so it was really hard to make this post a reasonable length. Continue reading “My Favorite Discoveries of 2017”
Love Light Cosmetics, Love Lash Magnetic False Eyelashes
I love false eyelashes! Big bold ones you see on celebrities walking down the red carpet or even on the Kardashians going to the gym. They just make the eyes, which we know are the windows to the soul, POP! The sad thing is, I cannot apply them to myself if my life depended on it. Seriously. I have even taken makeup classes to learn how to apply them. They never seem to attach properly and stay put. I always make a mess and end up losing half of my natural lashes in the process. I have accepted that I am falsies-challenged. Now, I am not the type to wear false eyelashes all the time. I would just like to wear them for special occasions or date night with my husband. Not too much to ask, right?
I had heard about magnetic lashes coming to the market for a while, but had not come across them until the holiday season. I was perusing the Credo Beauty Store website and there they were….just calling to me! The Love Light Cosmetic, Love Lashes!
I purchased the single pair in Abundant. In my usual fashion, upon arrival, I opened them up and attempted to apply them without reading any directions. The excitement, you know? Big mistake. After many failed attempts and much frustration, I decided to read the instructions, which happen to be printed right there on the box…duh! Clearly they had people like me in mind when they decided to do that. Thanks, Love Light Cosmetics! Within a few seconds, I had applied false eyelashes AND I had done it correctly!
It was super easy, but the lashes looked a little weird. I realized that they don’t curve as well as other false eyelashes, probably due to the placement and weight of the magnets. Now, this may only be for the shape of my eyes. I have rather small eyes, so it may work better for those of you with bigger eyes. I am hoping that if I keep working with them, I can get them to bend more to my lash line.
For Christmas, my girlfriend gave me the Harmony set which contains 2 sets of lashes, the Abundant and the Zen. The Zen are a shorter set, more like a half lash, that works great on just the outer half of the eye. These were perfect! They literally take a few seconds to apply and VOILA! Instant eye-opening drama!
So, here are a few tips that I had to figure out the hard way. First of all, you have to use your fingers. NO TWEEZERS. The magnets attach to the metal and you cannot apply them. Common sense, I know, but worth stating. Also, curl your lashes prior to applying them because you won’t be able to once they are on. The whole metal magnet thing again. They come separated nicely in their beautiful white boxes that are magnetized. I use my tweezers to pull them out and then my fingers to apply them. There is a top and bottom lash for each eye. The bottom lash has a white dot on the band so you can easily identify it. I put on the top lash and line it up where I want it, then, as I am gently pushing it down into my lash line so it stays flush, I open really wide and place the bottom lash underneath my lash line as close as I can get it. I close my eyes and you can feel the magnets connect. It is that easy! One and done!
Now to remove them, you have to grasp them with your thumb and your index finger and gently slide your fingers in opposite directions. This allows the magnets to disengage and they separate. It could not be easier! There is no mess and I don’t lose any natural lashes from the traditional tugging or glue. Genius!
You don’t see the magnets once they are attached and there isn’t a obvious band. They lay right on your lashes and look very natural. Plus, no glue mess or band that needs to be blended with eyeliner.
Now, I want to be clear about one thing. I have used drug store eyelashes, but the most experience I have had with false eyelashes is with the Battington Lashes, usually professionally applied at Citrine Beauty Store by one of their makeup artists during an event. These are not the same product. The Battington lashes are silk and most of their styles are 3D. They are beautiful lashes that add glamour and drama. I know some people wear false eyelashes frequently, but to me, these are special occasion lashes. If you are good at applying false eyelashes, I highly recommend them. The Love Lashes are synthetic, so they don’t have quite the same look. They do, however, have unprecedented ease of application that even a falsie-challenged person like myself can master in seconds! They also look natural while adding fullness and length to your own lashes. They are more of what I would consider an everyday lash, if you are the type to wear false eyelashes more frequently. Who knows, I may just start wearing falsies everyday, even to workout!
If you want to check out the Love Lash false eyelashes, you can click here.
Liquid Foundation Reviews
This summer I decided to try out some liquid foundations. It is really hot in Arizona and I like to keep my makeup as light as possible since I will probably sweat most of it off by the end of the day. I have been extremely happy with my go-to foundations, which have been the Kjaer Weiss Foundation (I wear like porcelain) and Vapour Atmosphere Luminous Foundation (I wear 115). My love of these tried-and-true products doesn’t stop my compulsion to try new green beauty options. I was able to order some trial kits online and, while I was traveling this summer, I picked up some foundation samples of product lines that are not sold at my local green beauty store, Citrine Natural Beauty. It is so hard to buy foundation online without testing out the colors on your skin.
Let’s start with what I look for in a foundation. First and foremost, it must have clean ingredients. I don’t want anything that is a known skin irritant, hormone disruptor or harmful ingredient in my foundation. I feel it is counter-intuitive to apply something to my face to help me feel and look better on the surface while it is harming my body on the inside. Vanity is not worth risking my health, and there are so many gorgeous products on the market today that have clean ingredients that I don’t have to put my self at risk. A list of the ingredients I like to avoid can be found here.
Next, it needs to be lightweight. My skin needs to breath. I wear foundation to even out my skin and to give me a more polished look. I don’t like a heavily, made up look. So, these are the products I tried out…
The first brand I purchased was Crunchi. After using up the sample kit, I wrote a full review that you can read here. Since writing this post, I have purchased a full-size bottle of foundation, primer, and also the CRUNCHI foundation brush. They are currently selling a foundation sample pack, rather than the trial kit that I had purchased. The pack contains a sample of their 4 most popular shades. It appears to be a smaller sample than what I received and it doesn’t contain a sample of the primer, but it should be enough for you to color match and get an idea of how the product works for your skin.
Next I purchased an INIKA trial kit in light. INIKA is an award winning Australian brand of certified organic products that uses Australian botanicals and pure minerals to create high performance makeup that also nurtures your skin. INIKA has one of the highest safety ratings by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database. They have a slew of certifications to verify that they are organic, safe, cruelty free and vegan. If there is a certification out there, they probably have it.
One of the many great things about INIKA is that it comes in several formulas to meet a variety of needs. Whether you like a liquid, baked or loose powder formula, or a multitasking BB cream, they have you covered! Couldn’t resist the pun, sorry!
The trial kits contain 2 shades of mineral foundation powders, 2 Liquid Foundation and Organic Pure Primer. This foundation is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and is a combination of moisturizer and makeup. Made with coconut oil, apricot kernal oil and jojoba, it is very hydrating without being oily or heavy. It not only blends flawlessly to give you a beautiful, natural coverage, but also hydrates your skin at the same time thanks to the addition of hyaluronic acid. I found this foundation to be just the right amount of coverage that also let my skin breath and look natural. I also feel it is quite buildable, for if I was going out and wanted a little more coverage or had a red spot that needed some extra foundation. It has a thicker consistency than the CRUNCHI, but not by much. The primer is very similar to the CRUNCHI primer (think SMASHBOX Photo Finish primer) but has the additon of hyaluronic acid. BONUS!
I tried out the powder formulas and I was surprised at how easy they were to use and how well they blended into my skin. I prefer a liquid or cream foundation, so I didn’t spend a lot of time with them, but if you like powder formulas, you need to check these out. If you like a heavier finish, I bet applying this over a liquid foundation would be beautiful with the added bonus of the SPF. I wish the trial kit came with a sample of the BB Cream because I know that it has to be amazing! When I finish up the bottle of CRUNCHI, I will definitely purchase a bottle of INIKA. One can never have too much hyaluronic acid in their routine!
Another liquid foundation I picked up was Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation. This is probably my favorite of all the foundations I tried. This is truly food for your skin in makeup form! It covers my skin beautifully and makes it look flawless without feeling heavy or thick. Literally, flawless! It is a liquid to velvet finish that just melts into my skin. It is made with broccoli seed oil, barberry extract, sea buckthorn, vitamin C, coenzyme Q10 and a proprietary blend of powerhouse botanicals to balance your skin and make it more radiant. Food for your skin!
Now, after that declaration, I have a confession to make. This foundation was a little tricky to work with and took some trial and error to get the hang of it. When the sales girl was making the sample, she spilled more than she planned into the tiny sample container. She told me that the amount she put in there would last me weeks! I scoffed in disbelief! It was one of those tiny sample containers that you get all the time. The first time I used it, I dipped my large foundation brush into the sample and started dabbing it on my face.
It is a thin, rather oily formula and I quickly learned that it was WAY too much foundation! It took multiple tries before I was able to appreciate this amazing foundation. It feels like a serum going on so it may feel a little oily at first, especially if you apply too much like I did. Once you figure out the correct amount to apply and blend it into your skin, you will see that it melts into your skin like a beautiful serum and leaves your skin FLAWLESS, literally! I later purchased a bottle of it. I apply 2 tiny drops from the glass dropper onto my foundation brush and that is enough to convert my face to a flawless canvas. Now you probably think flawless canvas means heavy-looking and peeling foundation. Quite the opposite! This formula melts into your skin just like a serum, yet lasts all day, and leaves you skin with a natural finish. Once I mastered the application, I was hooked! I look forward to trying more products from GRESSA.
If you aren’t sure what color to purchase, you can check out the sample packs available at Integrity Botanicals here.
I picked up a sample of Sappho New Paradigm Liquid Foundation. I let the sales girl chose the colors that best matched my skin. I came home with the #4 and #5, which both turned out to have yellow undertones, which my skin does not have. I have worn both several times and I don’t feel I can give it a fair review because I wasn’t happy with the color match. I will tell you that I found this formula to be thicker than the other formulas that I tried and it gives more coverage on first application. It is rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients, so this would be a great choice if you prefer a medium to full coverage foundation. It blends easily and doesn’t feel heavy, but again I don’t feel I can give a full review since I didn’t give it a fair testing. I only wore it 3 times and gave up because I wasn’t happy with the shade.
If you have tried any of these foundations, I would love to hear your feedback!
My hair is naturally wavy. That sounds like a great thing, right? Well, the reality is that it isn’t that pretty, perfect kind of wavy that looks like you just spent the day at the beach. It is an uneven, wavy, curly, frizzy mess. I blow dry my hair almost every day because I don’t want to look like little orphan Annie. Not that she isn’t super cute, but it is not a good look for me. Arizona is super hot in the summer months and so the thought of having to spend 20-25 minutes with a hot blow dryer is quite depressing. Finding a way to avoid it is a dream come true! If you follow my blog, you know that I have serious issues with dirty hair, so skipping washings is not an option for me. I pray for products to ease my hair care routine. Did I mention that I have thick hair that retains water really well? Blow drying is a long and exhausting process for me.
I discovered a time-saving miracle product that I have to share with you. But first, the prequel to that. I received the Innersense Hydrating Hairbath, Hydrating Cream Conditioner and the Sweet Spirit Leave-In Conditioner in one of my Beauty Hero boxes. I really loved the set, but it was a little heavy for my hair. I have normal hair, so I think this works better for those who have dry or damaged hair. It is a really moisturizing set and that is not what my hair needs. I love the smell, feel and texture of this product, so I wasn’t ready to give up on this brand.
I purchased the Pure Harmony Hairbath Shampoo and Pure Inspiration Daily Conditioner to see if they were a better fit for my hair. The hairbath is made with natural plant extracts to clean my hair without stripping it of its natural moisture and shine. It is made with Coconut and Palm Oils for a gentle cleanse. It also has Pumpkin Seed, Orange Flower, Lotus Flower and Cranberry Seed Oils as well as Rooibos Tea for its amazing antioxidant properties. The conditioner is lightweight, yet hydrating. It turns out the Pure Harmony line is perfect for my hair type. Innersense also makes a Color Awakening line for color treated hair. They really do have all of your hair care needs covered!
So, are you still interested in the time-saving miracle product that has allowed me to skip the blow drying without sacrificing clean hair? Well, it is the Quiet Calm Curl Control! This product is definitely a game changer! I can use it if I want to blow dry my hair straight or if …YAAASSS, I want to skip the hot, blow dryer and still not scare any small children!! I put a dime size amount of this product in my wet hair and it makes the curls and waves look more even and completely frizz free. I can spend a few minutes blow drying the front section (crown) of my hair because, I failed to mention that I have multiple (yes multiple) cowlicks. But once that 1-2 minute process is done, I can leave the rest of my hair to dry naturally and I get a more even looking curl/wave with plenty of body and NO frizz. On these hot days, it is truly a life saver! This styling product uses organic Shea butter, rice bran oil and oat kernel extract to protect your curls or smooth your hair during a blow dry. The orange flower oil and Frangipani extract (plumeria flower) calm and quiet your curls to give you the soft bounce you want without the frizz. Many products that calm and manage curls make your hair stiff and crunchy as well as weighing it down. The Quiet Calm Curl Control makes your hair soft, shiny and tames your curls without weighing them down. I can use this if I want my hair straight or curly, and my hair is easy to manage, shiny, full of body and free of frizz. You only need a small amount, so this bottle will last a long time!
Now I will share with you another game changing product from Innersense Organic Beauty, the Harmonic Healing Oil. This product came as the side kick in the same Beauty Heroes box. When I first got it, I used it in my daughter’s hair rather than my own hair. Oils tend to weigh my hair down, so I was hesitant to use it on myself. My oldest daughter has very long, thick curly hair. She is 14 years old and (knock on wood), unlike all of her friends, she doesn’t spend hours fixing, straightening and styling her hair. She loves her curls and just washes and goes. One of the my greatest successes…instilling confidence in my kids! Yay me! The first time I used it on her hair, she was rushing off to school and said her hair was too “poofy”. She asked me to do something to tame it a little bit. Her hair just needed a little smoothing to tame the “poof”. I grabbed the bottle of Harmonic Healing Oil, put 1 pump in the palm of my hand, rubbed them together, then ran my hands through her hair and rushed her out the door.
The next morning she asked me to put more of that “magic oil” in her hair. It took her curly hair, that is sometimes a little too “poofy” for her taste, and made it into more soft, even curls. I also started adding a tiny bit of this to my hair on the days that I skip the blow dry. I cannot tell you much of a time saver this has been for me! Not to mention how great it is not to have to endure the long, hot blow dry every day!
This little bottle of magic oil is made with healing oils and flower essences. It contains certified organic oils and is rich in vitamins, proteins and antioxidants. It is ideal for hair, scalp and dry skin. It is a multiuse product with amazing healing properties. My daughter now uses both of my bottles of Quiet Calm Curl Control and Harmonic Healing Oil. Luckily, the bottles have plenty of product for both of us to share!
The line of Innersense Organic Hair Products has been hair changing for both my daughter and me. Before the end of this post, I have to also mention that the line is the lowest price of any luxury, green beauty, hair care line that I have used. I also have to call attention to their gorgeous packaging! They make some styling products that I have not tried yet, but hope to use soon.
So whether your hair is straight or curly, colored or natural, Innersence Organic Beauty has a hair product that is bound to make all of your hair dreams come true! These hair care products are on permanent rotation in our house! If you try any of their many, fabulous products, let me know about your experience. If you sign up for their newsletter, you get $20 off your first purchase. Here is to taming the curl and no more BAD HAIR DAYS!
I have professed my love of the One Love Organics Vitamin C Body Polish. If you missed it, you can check out my entire review here. I just finished my first bottle of Vitamin B Enzyme Oil Cleanser + Makeup Remover and the love fest continues! This oil cleanser is everything I want in a face cleanser and so much more. Whether I am in a hurry and just want a quick makeup remover and face wash or I am having a self-care moment and indulging in a skin care ritual, this cleansing oil checks all the boxes for me.
Some days I just want to quickly remove my makeup and wash the grime of the day away and this is the product I grab. This delicious cleanser contains a special Vitamin B complex that helps detoxify and tone my skin. The fruit enzyme, papain, helps exfoliate and remove all traces of makeup, dirt and oil that have accumulated throughout the day. The pumpkin oil, which is rich in antioxidants and fatty acids, helps keep my skin radiant while Vitamin E helps protect against environmental damage.
I have used many oil cleansers to remove makeup or as the first step in a double cleanse ritual. For me, OLO has created the perfect product. When I use a cleansing oil, I want it to remove my makeup completely and this does it for me. Many oil cleansers just don’t rinse clean enough for me. This breaks up all the oils in my makeup and rinses completely clean. I don’t end up with those raccoon eyes when I finish that require multiple swipes of a cloth to remove. No tugging of the delicate eye area required! It contains sunflower oil which helps my skin retain its moisture, so I am left with a super clean face that doesn’t feel dry or tight.
On those nights when I want a more involved skin care ritual, I like to clean my face with the Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil first. Once all the makeup is removed, I can enjoy the amazing oils and botanicals found in the many cleansers and cleansing balms I have so I can indulge in a double cleanse. My skin is clean and ready to absorb my serums and face oils.
A few weeks ago, I had a hydrafacial. A hydrafacial uses patented technology to cleanse, extract and hydrate your skin. Afterward, my esthetician was so excited to show me the “dirty water canister” that held what was removed from my face. After a little prodding, I agreed to look at it with her. Did I really NEED to see it? She was so excited to show me that I couldn’t refuse her. She was so surprised at what she found. She said the water is usually really dirty (black) and there are a lot of things floating in it. Really disgusting right? My water was not dirty and only had dead skin floating in it! She said she had never seen water that clean before! She couldn’t believe it. I told her she hasn’t treated anyone who uses the most luxurious and effective green beauty products before!
If you have used any of the One Love Organics products, you know about that delicious pineapple scent. It is a fun and enticing scent made of proprietary natural ingredients. You can read about their certification on my previous body scrub post here.
So, if you are like me and want your skin to feel super clean AND well hydrated, try the One Love Organics Vitamin B Enzyme Cleanser + Makeup Remover!
Do you have any favorite OLO products? If you have tried any of them, please let me know your favorites!
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