If there’s one thing I appreciate most from natural beauty products, it’s something that will keep my dry lips hydrated throughout the day and also gives a lively pop of color to my face. Gressa Skin’snewest line of natural lip colors, Lip Boosts do just that. Available in 3 pretty colors that are perfect for everyday wear, the Lip Boosts are composed of 100% vegan, natural ingredients that will help treat your lips and give your pout a healthy glow at the same time.
Lip Boost Ingredients: 100% Vegan trademark formula spotlights Castor oil, Carnauba Wax, Cacao Butter and Coconut Oil, proprietary blend of precious oils and tops it off with Sea Buckthorn Oil and CoEnzyme Q10 for ultra boost to your delicate pout.
Gressa Skin kindly sent me a Lip Boost in Bare to try out. At first swipe, I was immediately struck at how hydrating and soft the product felt on my lips. The Lip Boost ($21/0.24oz) has the texture of a silky lip balm, not sticky at all, is lightweight and beautifully pigmented in color. Bare is a gorgeous pink-nude color with a hint of shine. I initially wrote off the dull, mauve-pink color in the jar and thought it’d be too sheer and pink to show up against my dark lips but was pleasantly surprised at how flattering and noticeable Bare was once applied. It is a beautiful, everyday lip color that I think would look great on anyone. This sheer, nude lip shine wears beautifully alone or as a lip base underneath other lip products that lasts for hours.
Bare your lips to a new, glamorous you. Sheer, nude, and sexy, Bare requires no additional lip color for its shimmery glamour.
I first mentioned this Lip Boost in my post about preventing chapped lips here, and I still love using this product as a nourishing base for my lips, as a tinted substitution for my lip balm and as a dependable lip product that’s always in my makeup bag. I found that using this product before lipstick and lip gloss keeps my lips significantly hydrated, pigmented and helps my lip colors last.
I‘d definitely try out the other Lip Boosts in Lavish and Brilliantwhich also seem to be stunning colors. Keep up the amazing products Gressa Skin! A little birdy told me there will be more amazing “non-toxic glamour” products from Gressa Skin and I can’t wait to experience more!
Have you tried any skincare or beauty products from Gressa Skin? Read my review of Gressa Skin products here and my beauty chat with Gressa Skin’s founder, Svetlana here.
*Product generously provided to me for consideration. All reviews are based on my honest opinion and personal experience using the product. I am never compensated for my opinions.
I confess, I’m a bit of a lipstick addict. Lip products get me excited because just adding a little bit of color to your lips can completely change your look without a total makeup overhaul. I’d been lusting overILIA Beauty’s Arabian Knights Tinted Lip Conditioner ($24, 0.12 oz/3.5 g) for a while and finally purchased it during an online promotion a few months back. I thought it would be a perfect color for Fall and Winter.
Most lip colors that I tend gravitate to are in the berry or red hues and for Fall, I’m all about dark lips. Arabian Knights appears to be a deep, bold red in the tube however when applied to my lips it is a gorgeous, lightly tinted berry red. As this is a lip conditioner, Arabian Knights is very moisturizing and sheerer than most lipstick products. Castor seed oil, jojoba oil, beeswax and other natural ingredients contribute to the lip conditioner’s nourishing formula.
I love the texture of Arabian Knights, because it’s light while also hydrating, reminiscent of a lip balm but also very pigmented and buildable in color. This product did not make my lips chapped or dry and I can still apply lip balm underneath for added moisture though it’s not necessary.
“Arabian Knights offers a fantasy of mystery and seduction. The deep tones of violet, and burgundy melt together forming a beautiful berry stain. An ideal shade, easily carried from day to night.”
The scent of this lip conditioner is heavenly, very minty and fresh smelling. Arabian Knights lasts on the lips for quite a few hours but the best part is that it leaves a beautiful tint on lips. I can wear this color on my lips for about 3-4 hours until the full amount of color applied fades. Arabian Knights can be built up to a gorgeous darker berry-red hue or worn sheer for a hint of color.
I love wearing Arabian Knights during the day and in the evening. It looks great as a sheer berry tint for the day and with a few extra coats of color, I can turn that sheer color into a deeper, sultry red. I so enjoy the Tinted Lip Conditioner formula and the product’s versatility that I can’t wait to try more from ILIA!
Have you tried Arabian Knights or any other ILIA lip products? What are your favorite natural lip products?
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Seed Oil*, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Sesamum Indicum (Seasame) Seed Oil*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Tocopheryl Acetate (Natural Vitamin E), Pomegranate (Punica Granatum) Seed Extract, Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Oil. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dixoide, Iron Oxide (CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491), Red 7 CI15850, Red 28 CI45410, Yellow 5 CI19140. *Certified Organic Ingredients. Ingrédients Certifiés Biologiques.
*Product was purchased by me and all opinions are my own. This post is based on my own experience with the product. Contains affiliate links that do not cost anything to click but purchasing through these links help support this site. All photos are copyright by Kasey Michelle unless noted.
Since my green beauty journey started, I’ve been lusting after makeup from the brand, Vapour Organic Beauty. Known for their top performing foundations, primers, lipstick and cheek tints, I’ve been waiting for the day I could indulge myself with some Vapour goodies. During a recent promotion, I picked up two Siren Lipsticks; one for myself and one for my mom. If there’s one beauty habit I picked up from my mom, it’s her love of lipstick. I’d been trying to get Mom to switch to cleaner lip products since I tossed out my old lipstick. After I relentlessly told her about all the nasty things in her beloved products and the dangers in using them, she posed me with the challenge of finding a clean lipstick that performed as well as her dirty favorites. Well, let’s just say I think I’ve found a winner!
I chose the color, Knockout for my mom and for myself, Holiday, a newly released lip color. Knockout seems to be a popular color out of the vast spectrum offered by Vapour Organic Beauty and the fact that it’s a classic, rich red means it’s a necessity for every lipstick-lover. My mom loved how moisturizing and long-lasting the Siren Lipstick formula was and the color looked gorgeous on her naturally, pigmented lips. She said the initial scent was a bit fruity for her liking but noticed it faded with time (I didn’t notice much scent). In the end, I get giddy seeing her wearing the color every day and enjoying it! (I win!) She now loves wearing Knockout everyday for a versatile and bold lip color.
Note: The majority of Vapour Organic’s lip products do contain carmine though some colors formulated without the ingredient are noted on the brand’s website.
Holiday, is a sheer berry, mauve color that is perfect for the fall. I’d been searching for a clean lipstick to replace my beloved Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Sugar Plum. Yes, a Revlon Lip Butter. Not the cleanest product, but the color was a perfect matte, plum tint that I wore everyday and have since been searching for a clean equivalent. Vapour Organic’s Siren Lipstick in Holiday is a sheer, deep mauve-purple that have put an end to my Sugar Plum daydreams. Holiday is buildable in color, is subtle but pigmented and the formula is long-lasting and moisturizing on my lips. (Holiday looks a bit pinker in this picture.) This lip color does not contain carmine. This is now what I use everyday for a pinky-plum, my-lips-but-better color!
Siren is made with 70% Certified Organic ingredients and 30% natural mineral pigments and vitamins. Siren is designed to protect lips from moisture loss and environmental assault. Siren’s botanical infusion contains hydrating Myrrh, Rose Buds, healing Lemon Balm, antioxidant Pomegranate, soothing Jojoba Oil and essential fatty acid-rich Camilina Oil. Siren is a long wearing lipstick and lip conditioner in one amazing chemical free formula.
Each Siren Lipstickis $22 online at Vapour Organic Beauty. Ingredients vary slightly depending on color so check the website for more information.
Have you tried a Siren Lipstick or other lip products from Vapour Organic Beauty?
I was very excited to try out this product after first setting eyes on it during the Juice Beauty event I attended in the summer. Juice Beauty’s founder, Karen explained that this mascara took a while to develop because she wanted to make sure the formula was just right. Karen wanted this mascara to perform as well as, if not better, than any non-organic mascara on the market so there were many test trials involved. Well, I can firmly say that the wait for this mascara is really worth it, this product is amazing. It might actually be better than any dirty (non-organic) mascara I’ve tried.
I love how chic the packaging is, the frosted metal tube gives the product a touch of luxury. Though the tube itself feels quite heavy to hold, there is a bit more product than other mascaras, the total weight is 0.21oz.
After my smudgy-experience with Alima Pure, I was a bit nervous when I unscrewed Juice Beauty’s mascara and it seemed a bit watery. However once applied, the formula felt great on my lashes. The mascara did not smudge, kept my lashes curled and provided natural definition. I wore it for over 8 hours every day with no need to reapply and absolutely no indication of smudging, clumping or flaking. Can you believe that? My lashes looked just as they had upon first application.
I am so impressed and I’ve been loving using this mascara everyday. One thing to keep in mind: if you’re used to super voluminous lashes, don’t expect it from this mascara. Juice Beauty’s Lash Defining Mascara is a great product for natural, defined lashes but may not give you that extra plush, false-lash look. Personally, I’m ok with that because this mascara helps to lengthen and define my lashes for a natural, everyday look. It would also be a great mascara to layer a more voluminous mascara on top. (Maybe I’ll try that in combination with Alima Pure’s mascara?)
After 2 coats of mascara
As with any product from Juice Beauty, this mascara was formulated without parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. The ingredients are certified organic and mineral-based and are not tested on animals:
I’d definitely repurchase this mascara plus, the price is quite reasonable as far as high end mascaras go. You can purchase Juice Beauty’s Lash Defining Mascara online for $19. Also available online and in stores at Ulta.
Major props to Juice Beauty for creating an amazing organic mascara that could put other clean and even dirty mascaras to shame!
Have you tried Juice Beauty’s Lash Defining Mascara or any other natural mascaras?
*This product was kindly provided to me by Juice Beauty for my review. This post contains my honest opinion based on my personal experience with the product. I am never paid to give my honest opinion and only review items that I enjoy using or want to share my thoughts on.
When it comes to lip products I generally tend to gravitate towards lipstick rather than lipgloss. Most of my lipgloss experiences have been with products that were too sticky, too shiny, very drying or had little pigmentation. Thankfully, I’ve had more luck with lipgloss as I learn more about the type of ingredients that are best for my lips. I was able to try out 2 lip products from Red Apple Lipstick, a brand based in Texas that offers makeup that is vegan and free of gluten, parabens, soy and lead. All RAL lip products are also enriched with gluten-free Vitamin E which give products an extra moisturizing quality. Due to the brand’s focus on gluten-free ingredients, it may be great for those with celiac disease or anyone looking for unique natural products. Read my review on the brand’s eyeshadow products here.
I must have subconsciously chosen products that would help me achieve that perfect nude lip just in time for Fall. Here are the 2 products I picked out and tried:
Mint2Be Lipgloss in Honey Badger- With the trend of nude lips, I was always a fan but always felt I hadn’t found the right product to give me soft, neutral lips without looking lackluster. The RAL Mint2Be lipgloss in Honey Badger is a beautiful, opaque nude-pink gloss that adds natural color to my lips with a moderate shine. The formula is very moisturizing, applies smoothly and doesn’t make my lips feel sticky. There is an interesting cooling effect with initial application of this lipgloss and because it is from the Mint2Be line, natural spearmint gives the product a refreshing minty aftertaste. I was surprised that the formula lasted on my lips for most of my workday and after eating and drinking, my lips still seemed tinted and moisturized. Described by RAL as a medium pigmented, nude with pink and brown undertones, this gloss is a great for those wanting to try a nice, natural nude lip that is moisturizing and pigmented. I think it’s great to wear over lipstick as well!
R-evolution Lip Liner in Blush- I’ve never been one to use lip liner, though I know it helps to lock in the lasting power of lip products. I was attracted to this product due to it’s interesting packaging and color: a retractible lip pencil described to be an orange-based nude color. The consistency of this lip liner is creamy and the formula does not pull nor budge on the lips. The color was very similar to my bare lips and would be pretty enough to wear on its own. I do like how the formula allows my lip products to last longer and does actually add a slight pigmented color to my lips. The retractible packaging is also very attractive and convenient. This was a perfect lip liner to wear underneath the Honey Badger lipgloss, with a more colorful lipstick on top or even by itself for a matte lip look. I am definitely intrigued by lip liners now and looking forward to experimenting more.
Have you tried any products from Red Apple Lipstick? What are your favorite nude lip products? Shop for Red Apple Lipstick products at the company website here.
*The products mentioned in this post were provided to me for free from Red Apple Lipstick. This post contains my honest opinion based on my personal experience with the products. I am never paid to give my honest opinion and only review items that I enjoy using or want to share my experience with.
During New York Fashion Week, I was invited to a fun event for NYC-based green beauty bloggers hosted by Juice Beauty. We gathered at a hotel rooftop to learn about Juice Beauty’s new makeup line (which launched online last week) and of course, we were able to test out all the products before they hit the shelves! Fittingly, we sipped on delicious juice concoctions from the beloved, New York City-based cold-pressed juicery, Liquiteria. Heaven!
I had a great time chatting with all the other green beauty bloggers, meeting the Juice Beauty team and the brand’s founder, Karen Behnke (who was so friendly and knowledgeable) while playing around with the new makeup products. Just like their acclaimed skincare line, all the new makeup products have juice-based ingredients and are USDA certified organic. I was pleasantly surprised at the lovely pigmentation and lasting-power from the new makeup products as well as the cute packaging! I admire Juice Beauty as brand that is truly creating effective, organic products that defy and perform better than most conventional, mainstream beauty products. Learn more here.
I received the Reflecting Gloss lip gloss in the color, Guava from the Just Juice event. Guava looks very dark in the tube and is a shimmery, deep, raspberry-red color. I was excited that I received Guava as I normally tend to choose darker lip colors. Once swiped over my lips it was a beautiful, my lips-but-better, pinkish-red. (Note: my lips are a bit pigmented than most ladies.) The shimmer was not overwhelming and produces a gorgeous, reflecting shine to the lips.
I’ve never been much of a lip gloss-loving girl but in all honesty, I love this lip gloss! It’s not sticky, lasts throughout the day, is very moisturizing and applies so smoothly. I can barely feel anything on my lips! I also like that the Reflecting Gloss leaves a nice tint of color to the lips even after a couple of hours of wear. The best part is that when applied, the Reflecting Gloss tastes as if you’ve just bitten into a juicy guava! Very fruity and slightly sweet, it smells and tastes very fresh on the lips. Not to mention the awesome, organic ingredients that make up this beauty of a gloss. The Reflecting Gloss is loaded with nourishing antioxidants including organic raspberry, goji, blueberry and acai berries while mixed with organic agave for a natural sweetness, Vitamin E to heal and repair the lips and lastly, sesame seed oil to hydrate and condition.
I love that Karen mentioned she was inspired to use berries for the colors in these lip glosses after remembering how her daughter would eat handfuls of blueberries and after, would have a deeply-stained mouth. Karen knew she had to use that powerful, natural pigmentation in her lip products. I love wearing my Reflecting Gloss for an easy, everyday look paired neutral eyeshadow and mascara on the eyes or for evening events, with dramatic, cat-eye liner and dark eyeshadow. This gloss is also great to wear over lipstick for an overall, glam shine.
I can’t wait to experiment some looks with Juice Beauty’s new Defining Eyeliner, Lash Defining Mascara, Conditioning Lip Color and Glowing Cheek Color! More to come…
Thanks to Juice Beauty for a fun and educational event! 🙂
Shop Juice Beauty’s new makeup line online here or online at Ulta.com and also at an Ulta store near you! Have you used any Juice Beauty Products? What products from the new makeup line are you dying to try?
Made without parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. Not tested on animals. See the Juice Beauty website for more info here.
Wow, the long Labor Day holiday weekend definitely flew by! I needed a long weekend to relax. And I can’t believe tomorrow is finally the biggest event for Green Beauty during New York Fashion Week: “A Night for Green Beauty”! I’m excited, anxious and know I’ll be squirming in my cubicle until I’m able to dash out of work and hop on the subway. It’ll be a fun night of makeovers, presentations, shopping and mingling.
My wallet’s been burning in my purse as I’ve been saving to buy some of the incredible products that will be featured at the event. Here are just a few that are on my list:
1)Kjaer Weis Mascara– By now you should now that everyone has been gushing over the wonders of Kjaer Weiss mascara. It’s a luxurious, natural, high-performance mascara that I must have. If there’s anything for me to buy from this event, I know it’s this mascara. Besides the gorgeous, super-chic packaging, did I mention it’s refillable?
2) Kahina Giving Beauty Brightening Serum– I still suffer from the wrath of hyper-pigmentation and post-acne spots and I’ve heard great things about this Brightening Serum. It’s formulated with many soothing and effective organic ingredients such as argan oil, Japanese wakame seaweed, and green tea. I also love the brand’s commitment to cultural and environmental sustainability, specifically that donations are made to the Berber women of Morocco, who are solely responsible for the farming and production of argan oil. Read my post about argan oil and the Berber women here.
3) ILIA Beauty Tinted Lip Conditioner in Crimson & Clover– I’ve been wanting to get my hands on ILIA’s Tinted Lip Conditioners but I’ve been too picky with lip shades to make a decision. I hope at the event I can swatch a couple I like. ILIA’s Crimson & Clover is a beautifully, bold red which has been brought back as a limited-edition shade. I hope this is available at the event otherwise the shade Bang Bang is my next option!
4) Revolution Organics Freedom Glow Beauty Balm– I love multi-purpose products and I’d love to try this cool stick from Revolution Organics which has been talked about by many. It’s 100% natural with 85% organic ingredients and provides a healthy glow as well as a tint. The website describes the product as an “all-in-one balm infuses lips, cheeks, eyes, and décolletage with a natural, dewy radiance. Perfectly portable and ideal for on the go, the easy-to-use formula provides skincare and color in one for a hydrating hint of tint.”
5) One Love Organics Skin Savour– In my previous post, I mentioned I received a sample of this product and absolutely love it! I’d like to purchase a full-size as it’s great for removing makeup, moisturizing, and taming hair frizz.
6) La Bella Figura Bohemia Verde Aromatic Hair Elixir– I can’t not purchase something from the awesome brand hosting the event! I’m always looking for good, natural hair product that will tame my annoying hair flyaways and La Bella Figura’s Hair Elixir sounds divine. Not only will the Hair Elixir smooth frizz, it sounds like it will moisturize and maintain the health of one’s hair due to the array of nutritive oils and natural ingredients in the product.
That’s about it for this lust list but I can’t be sure how crazy I might get!
Are you attending the event tomorrow? What products are on your list?
Cha-cha-cha-Chia! I’m not going to be talking about those cute plant creatures that grow in a tabletop pot, but Chia seeds, the seeds from those plants.
Chia seeds have been all the health-food rage since it’s 2012 induction, dubbed as a super-foods supplement, chia seeds are super-nutrients that helps control hunger and enhance one’s diet. Chia seeds are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and are also considered a concentrated food as the seeds are loaded with antioxidants, carbohydrates, fiber, calcium and protein.
It’s no wonder why I couldn’t turn a corner at work without seeing ladies spilling this into their yogurts, mixing it into their drinks, or just plain munching on some seeds. And it seemed my own encounter with chia seeds was inevitable as I walked to work and health-food promoters practically threw packets of free chia seeds to me on the street. (Seriously.)
A couple of these Chia Shots were thrown to me while walking to work…
Chia seeds are derived from a flowering plant known simply as the Chia plant(salvia hispanica) which arenative to many areas in central/southern Mexico. The use of chia seeds date back to the times of the Mayans and Aztecs when chia seeds were also eaten as a staple food and believed to be an energy booster. It’s still used in Mexico today as a nutritious food source, ground or sprinkled into drinks or on food.
Not only are these super-nutritious seeds good to eat, they’re also a beneficial natural beauty ingredient. When chia seeds are cold pressed into an oil they have proven to do wonders for skin. Chia seed oil is very moisturizing and hydrating to the skin and can also calm redness due to a high level of vitamin B3, a natural anti-inflammatory. The antioxidants in the oil also help protect skin from free radical damage such as aging and UV rays. Since Chia seeds are rich in omega 3-fatty acids, as an oil, the acids aid in encouraging collagen and elastin formation, allowing skin to stay firm and supple.
Although I’m not hooked on Chia seeds in my daily diet, I think they are a beneficial health supplement. I’ve seen so many more natural/organic beauty products using Chia seeds or oil as an ingredient and I’d love to try some out in my skincare routine! Would you add chia seeds or chia oil to your beauty and health routine?
I received a sample of this balm with a recent order from BeautySage and I love it! It’s great to moisture the skin, remove makeup and a favorite use of mine: tame flyaway hairs! I think I’ll purchasing a full-size in the future. The One Love Organics skincare line mostly features Chia seed oil.
When shopping, ever find yourself browsing the newest “organic” or “natural” product on the market and trying to make sense of the ingredients only to find a long, convoluted list of names and chemicals?
Many times I’ve put a product back on the shelf because thinking about the ingredients was too frustrating and due to my inner research-nerd, if the ingredients are too incomprehensible or unrecognizable I don’t initially end up buying it. I’ll usually research products or ingredients on EWG’s Skin Deep database or on Google but I’ve always wondered, isn’t there an easier way?
Well, now it seems there’s an app for that. Enter, the Think Dirty app. Think Dirty is a product-comparison app that lets you scan barcodes or search for specific products or keywords which will then give you instant information about the general safety or harmfulness of the chemicals inside products.
The Think Dirty app seems like it could be a game-changer the next time you’re out shopping. The app boasts a growing-database of over 10,000 beauty and personal care products and if you don’t see a product or ingredient you can send specific product information to the database for it to be included.
According to the developer, the app rates products based upon information gathered by U.S. and Canadian-based non-profit and governmental agencies regarding potential health impacts and toxicity of ingredients. Products and ingredients are rated by toxicity level on the app’s “Dirty Meter” scale based on a level of 0-10 and among 3 categories: Carcinogencity, Developmental & Reproductive toxicity, Allergies & Immunotoxicities. The app will also provide you with “Cleaner Options” to the product or ingredient you have searched.
For now, the Think Dirty app is in Beta format and only available for iPhone and iPad though the developer has stated that future versions will be available for Android as well.
This sounds like an interesting resource, though since it’s a bit new, I wonder how much information (and credible information) is really given and what the ease of using the app is like. You could also wait until September when the EWG has announced the long-awaited release of a mobile version of their Skin Deep database, which is known as the world’s largest personal care safety guide. Woohoo!
Would you use the Think Dirty app? Have you tried this app or anything similiar?
Download the Think Dirty app for free at the iTunes store here.
I have to admit, as someone who’s been buying and trying a bunch of natural skincare and beauty products lately, my bathroom countertop is getting a bit crowded. I’ve been meaning to look into buying some organizers to minimize the clutter but I haven’t quite found anything that seems most space-efficient, made of sustainable materials and is cute as well.
As I was combing through Kickstarter, I stumbled upon something pretty cool that I’d love to keep my counter company, the Beauty Station. This modern makeup vanity is made of bamboo, which is a wonderfully sustainable material to use as opposed to conventional hardwoods or lumber because of bamboo’s natural characteristic of rapid growth; it’s known to be the fastest growing woody plant on Earth. Bamboo also naturally reduces environmental toxins within the environment which it grows in.
I love how simple yet modern the design of the Beauty Station is as well as the delicately designed space that easily showcases and holds your most-used makeup and tools. The organizer holds 20 to 30 makeup products depending on the size and has a spot with a small, removable mirror. An added techie-bonus is the charging dock where you can place your smartphone or digital tablet amongst all your makeup.
Definitely bathroom countertop-worthy, don’t you think?
The Beauty Station on Kickstarter is available in limited quantities now starting at $109 and up depending on your specific pledge. See the site for more details here.
10/10/13 Update: If you want to snag a Beauty Station, check out the brand’s website where they’re currently on sale for $89! Totally in time for gift-giving season. Thanks for the update, Zenfemi!