first of all, happy new year! i can’t believe it is 2016 and i am sincerely thankful for all of you who are still reading and following this blog.
2015 was a crazy ride. a lot happened in my personal and professional life that has continued to shape me. looking back, i feel grateful and humbled from the lessons i’ve learned in 2015 and look forward to bettering myself and those around me in 2016. here are some things i am reminding myself while i think back to this past year:
I’m going to sound like the most unhip beauty blogger ever but I don’t get contouring. I’m just not into it. I love a good bronzer but even then, I like my face looking sunkissed, evened, and glowing but always a bit more subtle. Though the desire for a paparazzi-ready, ultra defined face is not on the top of my daily makeup list, there is one natural contouring kit that has made me reconsider the trend. Tata Harper’s Luminous Definition: How to Contour and Highlight Kit* features 100% natural, high-quality cream products that provide a natural-looking sculpted and sun-kissed face.
If you’re still scrambling to find something perfect for someone who has everything, for a fellow green beauty junkie (especially for #thegreenbeautyexpert), or just want to add a super nice gift to your own list (you deserve it), I think The Detox Market’s Best of Green Beauty 2015 Box* definitely fits the bill!
There are some makeup brands that pride themselves on beautiful, daily-wear products and there are others with products that go beyond the norm. The first time I laid eyes on the natural mineral pigment products from Rituel de Fille*, I knew that these were not your average natural beauty products. The dark black packaging, mystical-inspired design, out-of-this-world variety of colors, and unique product textures had me under a spell. The brand’s unique variety of cosmetic colors are quite rare in the natural beauty realm and for this, Rituel de Fille’s products definitely stand out in the crowd.
There’s no better time than now to reflect on the blessings we have and rejoice with friends and family. It’s also a great time to get shopping for those you love and to support small and local businesses!
I don’t like to emphasize shopping like crazy or finding the importance in things, but there are many great deals to encourage more people to be introduced to green beauty and buy fewer, better quality, nontoxic products. Green beauty can be accessible and affordable for all!
As always, I’ve compiled a list of the best green beauty Black Friday deals this year. This list will be updated as I receive more deal news, so keep checking back!
Last year on Black Friday, Pai Skincare, my favorite natural skincare brand from the UK had one of the best deals I’d ever seen. No better time to review it like now, right? Pai usually has great holiday deals but they never reveal any info until Black Friday or after. So maybe this review will help you decide to jump on the deals this year and get excited for what’s to come. (Stay tuned for that!) Although, I personally never need much persuasion when it comes to Pai Skincare goodies…
Previously known as Caru Skincare Co. (which I’ve featured and raved about in past posts), Apoterra Skincare is the rebranding of the same plant and mineral based, all-natural, sustainable, organic skincare line that I fell in love with. The new vintage floral, apothecary-inspired design and product packaging are refreshing and beautiful as ever. And the products? Founder Dominique Caron has refined and enhanced her formulas for even more effective and delicious skincare products. With moisturizers, serums, toners, facial treatments, and bath/body products, Apoterra Skincare has a great product offering that reaches all areas of every skincare routine.
Every new release thatILIA Beauty makes tugs on my heart strings and my wallet. Of course, with their newest Fall 2015 Collection featuring eyeshadow sticks, eyeliners, liquid foundations, and makeup brushes, I couldn’t resist. I’m always drawn to eye products and while I wanted to snatch up all twelve new eye products, I restrained myself and only picked up three. I bought mine as soon as I saw Credo Beauty had them in stock. Here are my thoughts:
Bottega Organica is a natural, organic skincare brand formulated with farm-fresh ingredients and healthy, effective scientific processes. There is so much to say about this high quality, thoughtfully-crafted brand that it requires such care and reflection when writing about them. I find it difficult to describe in words the caliber and luxury of these quality formulas but I’m hoping my in-depth commentary and photographs will suffice…