When I think of brands I use and trust, there are a variety of aspects that I like to consider, however a factor that’s always intriguing to me is a brand’s history. Weleda is a brand that has upheld their legacy in the beauty industry with not much changing, whether it be their commitment to natural, holistic skincare, or cultivating and sourcing quality ingredients from the brand’s own Biodynamic® gardens (one of the first in the world). Yet with such a legacy (almost 96 years of history), some things do change for the better. Recently, Weleda relaunched and refreshed the branding of their Facial Care line.
Wow, I didn’t realize how long it’s been since I’ve chatted about new releases out in the green beauty world! Of course there have been lots of amazing products on my radar in the past few months, but here are a few that are at the top of my list:
Maya Chia Highlight of the Day Illuminating Serum: I could never really relate to the extreme bronzer trends, but the whole highlighter and “strobing” obsessions are a bit more interesting to me. How about a highlighter in a facial serum? That’s basically what Maya Chia is offering with their The Highlight of the Day Illuminating Serum, a nutrient-rich facial serum featuring high quality natural, organic, wildcrafted ingredients, and a pearlized mineral sheen. The Illuminating Serum treats your skin while you wear your makeup, I’d say that sounds like a win-win! The Serums are available in two shades: Happy Hour (rose gold) or Golden Hour (natural gold). I feel like the idea behind this product sounds quite similar to my beloved Gressa Foundation Serum (also all-in-one makeup + skincare product) and I am SERIOUSLY lusting over these highlighter colors! Isn’t this just the perfect product to brighten up your winter skincare routine? $42 for .5oz, BeauTeaBar
New Nudus Lipstick shades: One of my favorite organic lipstick brands, Nudus has recently released five beautiful, new shades: Viva– the perfect everyday, dreamy pink, Amalia– a sheer pink wash of color (lighter in pigmentation than the others), Ruby Rose– raspberry red, Zo Zo– a bright pop of purple, Dreamtime– a neutral shade with pinkish/red undertones and a sister shade to the ever-popular, 27 Kisses. I’m loving the wearable, mauve-pink-purple vibes going on in these latest releases (my favorite kind of lip colors), making it all the more difficult to choose just one! I personally love Nudus lipsticks because they are extremely pigmented, color lasts all day on the lips, and are very moisturizing. The formulas contain certified organic ingredients including organic cold pressed oils, while the pigments are derived from bioactive ancient ayurvedic colors and extracts. [See my past review of Nudus lipsticks here] $34 each, The Choosy Chick
100% Pure Bamboo Blurring Powder: A lot of new, loose translucent powders have been out on the market recently but one that caught my eye was the Bamboo Blurring Powder from 100% Pure. This loose, finishing powder consists solely of bamboo silica (natural, vegan, and cruelty free), with claims to be lightweight, silky, and perfect for blurring skin imperfections. The Bamboo Blur Powder packaging sits in a clear jar with a meshed screen covering it, meant to easily sift powder onto a puff or brush. I think that’s a nice touch to ensure applying just enough product. 100% Pure claims this powder can be used alone or on top of makeup and, “fine lines and pores are diminished, makeup lasts longer, shine is controlled, and skin looks soft-focused and radiant.” I just received this product to review and I’m really looking forward to trying it out! Review to come soon. $39 for 0.2oz, 100% Pure
W3LL People tinted moisturizer, liquid eyeliner, color duos: W3LL People has been nailing it not only with their chic, revamped packaging but also with all the awesome new releases! (Plus, all W3LL People products are now EWG Verified.) The first product that caught my eye was the Bio Tint Multi-Action Face Moisturizerwhich includes broad spectrum SPF 30. This tinted moisturizer seems to mirror the success of the Bio Correct Multi-Action Concealer (which I have and really love using) and has claims to have many skin benefits along with natural, sheer coverage, premium plant-based ingredients. W3LL People calls it an “all natural makeup/skincare hybrid”because not only does it provide sheer coverage but includes “active phytonutrients and pure zinc” to nourish, brighten, and improve skin for a more “flawless, natural, more radiant complexion.” It currently comes in 3 shades (looks to be the same as the concealer shades) and housed in a travel-friendly, pump-bottle tube. When I saw my local Target had stocked the beauty section with a brand-new W3LL People shelf, the tinted moisturizer was the first product I snatched up. (Check your local Target stores!) I got it in shade 2, which is similar in color to the “Light” shade of their concealer and is a perfect match for me. $28.99, 1.2oz, The Detox Market
The next exciting W3LL People product (which I also picked up at Target,) is the Expressionist Liquid Eyeliner. This liner boasts an natural, plant-based, water resistant formula, with claims that it does not fade, flake, or smudge. I also have a lot of faith in W3LL People because I love their mascara so much and it never irritates my eyes. This Eyeliner contains a fine, felt-tip applicator for ultimate precision and is said to be “hyper pigmented for inky color that lasts long into the night.” I also love the super compact packaging, making it perfect for traveling or toting around. $17.99, .1oz, The Detox Market
Finally, W3LL People also released two travel-friendly compacts: the Natural Contour and Highlight Duo: containing a cream bronzer and highlight, and the Nudist Multi-Use Duo: containing two multi-use cream products for use on lips, cheeks, and eyes. Both Duos are packaged in chic, mirrored compacts with the intent to minimize the number of products you need to travel with or keep on your vanity. Looks to me like these Duos contain the same formulas as the brand’s, high-performing cream products that come in full-size tubes. These compacts seem to be a cost- and size-efficient solution for anyone. $24.99 each, W3LL People
Antonym Cosmetics Lola Lash Too Mascara: Antonym Cosmetics seems to have updated their mascara offering with the new Lola Lash Too Mascara. The mascara has quite an innovative-looking wand: not only is it a tapered shape (perfect for separating and boosting lashes), it’s also flexible! Antonym claims this feature allows the wand adjust with each application, coating lashes evenly while also lengthening and separating at the same time. Lola Lash Too features an advanced formula using quality organic ingredients, “based on emollient, nourishing and moisturizing ingredients such as Shea butter and vitamin E.”The formula protects lashes and prevents clumping, specifically: “Beeswax and Carnauba build volume while sweet almond oil promotes lash growth.” How wonderful does this mascara sound?! $26, Credo Beauty
May Lindstrom The Wanderlust Collection: Luxe, luxe, luxe! That’s all my brain screams when I think of May Lindstrom and now even more so thanks to the latest, Wanderlust Collection. This beautiful limited edition collection features the complete May Lindstrom product range in travel-sizes, “cradled” within the brand’s new vegan, leather envelope clutch. The gorgeous, handcrafted in Los Angeles, black clutch features a magnetic closure, and can effortlessly double as a makeup bag or evening purse. In this luxury collection you receive: The Pendulum Potion 30ml, The Honey Mud 15ml, The Clean Dirt 30ml, The Problem Solver 30ml, The Youth Dew 5ml, The Blue Cocoon 5ml, The Jasmine Garden 30ml, The Good Stuff 20ml, The Treatment Brush, and The Mini Clutch. The thought behind the Wanderlust Collection is “to deepen your ritual and celebrate your skin wherever this magical life takes you.” Valentine’s Day/treat yo self wish gift list, anyone?! $360, May Lindstrom Skin
Which of these new releases are you most excited for? What are some other new products you’re lusting over?
Imagine an island paradise, anywhere in the world: sunshine on your face, sand beneath your toes, shimmering waves splashing against your body….and all of this bottled up within arms reach. In skincare? For me, Leahlani Skincareconjures up all the ecstasy of paradise for your skin. Am I a little obsessed? Yes, and for good reason. Read on to hear about my experience with this popular island-inspired skincare brand.
‘Tis the season…and I’m still rounding up some last-minute gifts because I’m a total procrastinator. In any case, I always enjoy any opportunity to sneak in some green beauty gifts for my family and friends! I selected a few of Credo Beauty’s show-stopping green beauty products (available in-store or online,) that will surely impress even the biggest humbug out there:
For the last few years, I’ve compiled tons of green beauty deals for Black Friday. As I’ve committed myself to making more ethical, sustainable, and minimalist purchases, my perspective on Black Friday is a bit different. My hope is that talking about it will encourage others to feel the same.
Trusting in the power of nature is an age-old practice, but still so relevant and necessary in today’s world. While many people find respite in the great outdoors, there are plenty of smaller steps to incorporate nature’s holistic healing into your life, wherever you may be and at whatever time. Lotus Wei is one brand that has been at the forefront of utilizing the amazing and impressive power of nature, specifically in flowers, to create transformative, conscious change in one’s body, mind, and spirit through natural remedies.
If you haven’t been following me on Instagram, I’ve just spent time abroad in Japan for a 2-week vacation (more on my trip soon). What peeves me the most when packing for a long trip is figuring out exactly what skincare and makeup essentials to bring, especially with a limitation on product sizes. Thankfully, Credo Beauty launched their Clean Beauty Kit just in time for me to bring it on vacation and test it out. Talk about a perfect travel skincare solution!
It may sound a bit judgmental, but when it comes to product design and packaging, looks really do matter. From my experience working with various skincare and beauty brands, sometimes the biggest struggle in selling products and spreading the word about a company lies solely with the packaging.
In the midst of my current, busy life transition (moving with my husband to a new state, job searching, continuing with difficult grad school classes), I’ve been searching for a longterm method that would amplify and maintain healthy skin while minimizing my (already extreme) personal skincare product usage. Enter, FOREO’s LUNA 2 facial cleansing brush.