Above and Beyond Skincare Basics with Odacité + a Giveaway!

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It’s been interesting to see that as I’ve been blogging about green beauty, I’ve had a natural gravitation towards pure and effective skincare brands. Though I’m still crazy about makeup, I’ve realized that a solid skincare routine is the basis for healthier skin, happier attitude and overall well-being. Green beauty has led me to find some of the best natural skincare brands that provide high-quality, gentle, and healthy products that really do work.

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Spotlight on Green Beauty Shops

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Since I started going green with my beauty and skincare products, I’ve done a lot of online shopping (and I mean, A LOT). As someone who absolutely hates online shopping– I’m a touch-smell-feel-try-in-store kinda gal, I thought it’d be helpful to share my experiences with various online, one-stop green beauty shops across the spectrum. I love shopping from brands themselves (it always feels like a nice personal interaction) but, someones general green beauty shops are just more convenient with all the brands and products to shop from in one place.

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New Releases Radar \ 4

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1. 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Cream Foundation: For all its ups and downs, 100% Pure is a brand I still love in regards to their all natural, vegan, cruelty-free formulations. I’ve talked about their skincare and makeup products many times before. Their Tinted Moisturizer is still an everyday, go-to face product for me and I’m curious to see how well their new Fruit Pigmented Cream Foundation performs. Correct me if I’m wrong, but this is one of the first foundation products that 100% Pure has placed in jar/pan packaging. Aside from powder format, they foundations have only been of the liquid, pump-packaging type. Like all other 100% Pure products, the Fruit Pigmented Cream Foundation is 100% natural, vegan, gluten-free, and colored with fruit, vegetable and seed pigments for antioxidant protection. Featured in 6 shades, this new foundation is claimed to have “medium to full coverage with a glow” $36. 

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Scrubby Scrubby! Exfoliating with Kaia Naturals Bamboo Tapioca Beads Daily Cleansing Powder

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Kaia Naturals is a boutique natural skincare brand based in Toronto. The brand is known for featuring sustainable, biodegradable bamboo as a main ingredient in their products notably, their Juicy Bamboo Cleansing Cloths. (I’ve been eyeing these ever since I said a bitter goodbye to my convenient but seriously irritating Neutrogena makeup wipes.) All Kaia Naturals products are made in small batches, are paraben-free, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and contain biodegradable ingredients.

The brand was founded based on “the need for multi-functional products that are naturally derived, environmentally friendly and simple to use. By harnessing the power of bamboo, they create custom-crafted products that nourish the skin and respect the environment.” 

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TOP DRAWER: Zao Organic Makeup

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Another confession: I judge products by their packaging. Yes, maybe that makes me shallow but at least upon initial inspection it’s always a piece in my consideration and future devotion. I’m a sucker for beautiful innovative design, is that such a crime? And when those qualities combine with organic, eco-friendly formulas in makeup and skincare well, just call me smitten. That’s what I’ve become with this gorgeous organic makeup line from Zao that I can’t help lusting over.

“The Zao philosophy is about an ethical and sustainable approach to living in harmony with nature. Looking beautiful should not compromise your health, the health of animals, or the health of the planet.”

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My Signature Summer to Fall Look- Tag

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I’m a Summer-baby so I like to think Summer is all year round for me. Unfortunately I live on the East Coast where seasons are actually a real thing. Not that I mind, just means that there are lots of factors to transition into. I was tagged by my fellow green beauty bloggers, Paula (Naturally Paula) and Jade (Nephriticus) to do the “My Signature Summer Look” tag. (Disclaimer: I’m terrible at taking good makeup-“action” shots, so forgive me. P.S. yes, my hair is shorter!) I thought since it’s already September that I’d talk about how my “summer look” will easily transition to my “fall look”:

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New Releases Radar // 3

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1. Alima Pure By Night Fall 2014 Eyeshadow Collection: I’ve always been so inspired by the different collections Alima Pure releases and the new Pure By Night Eyeshadow Collection for Fall 2014 is no different. This collection consists of 5 beautiful limited edition eyeshadows: 3 Pearluster and 2 Shimmer that can be combined for endless dramatic or neutral eye looks. I’m dying to try the gorgeous “sea green” eyeshadow in Labyrinth!
“Five limited edition eyeshadows to add drama to your look this fall. Inspired by film noir, each shade beautifully captures the light and adds mystery to the eyes with just a simple wash of color. As always, each of these vibrant eyeshadows provides intensity using just three natural ingredients.” $12.50 for .07 oz/ 2g at Alima Pure or Pemberley Jones

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Inspiring Beauty From Within, Inside and Outside the Shower: Eu2Be Skincare

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Eu2Be is a lovely line of natural skincare products made in small batches in the USA with standout skin-benefiting ingredients sourced from Brazil. Products do not include parabens, petroleum, GMOs, are gluten-free and not tested on animals. 

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A Natural Fragrance Stepping Stone: Lavanila Vanilla-Grapefruit Perfume

I’ll admit it, I’ve been in a natural perfume rut for a while. I still hold preference to my fancy, convenient, chemical-ridden fragrances over so-called “green” ones. I’ve been using most of the leftovers from my not-so-healthy perfume collection (which was actually not a lot anyway) but have been slowly transitioning to more natural options. My problem with natural fragrances is that my nose tends to wrinkle and reject those seriously hippie, overly “herb-y” scents that so many of the greener options I explored seemed to consist of. I was also getting really tired of ordering organic or natural perfumes I thought I’d like only to hate them and collect dust on my dresser. (And yes, I did try out samples too.)

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The Testing Table \ Vol. 2

(Products listed clockwise, click product names for links. All products purchased by me or received as a sample with orders I purchased myself unless otherwise indicated.)

Here’s another roundup of the products I’ve been trying out (a small selection among many!) I’ve definitely been on the hunt for a new cleanser and daily moisturizer since I’ve finished and found my staples: Pai Skincare Cleanser and Pai Geranium & Thistle Day Cream. Plus, I’m always curious to try brands that are new to me. Here’s how this volume went:

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