Take a look around the web and you’ll probably find any type of subscription box imaginable. Formerly Goodebox, Goodbeing is a personalized subscription box featuring 4-5 trial-sized natural beauty and wellness products shipped to your door every month. Goodebox was one of the first green beauty and skincare subscription boxes that I’d heard of since I started blogging and now as Goodbeing, the brand still continues to be a subscription box that you can trust for safe and healthy, expertly curated products.
I’ve been receiving Goodbeing boxes* to try out their new services and I wanted to share with you my experience so far as well as what was in the January and February boxes I received.
Use my referral link to receive a free bonus item in your first Goodbeing box when you subscribe! (Offer ends March 30, 2016)
The All Natural Face makes natural, vegan mineral cosmetics and body products that have become popular among many bloggers and makeup lovers alike. All TANF products are Leaping Bunny and PETA certified, as well as handmade in small batches locally in Massachusetts, and are actually very affordable.
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.
Happy Shopping! Make it a green Black Friday/Cyber Monday this year!
Take advantage of these great Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals from the best organic/natural brands below. I’ll be updating this list as often as I can! This is a great time to try some new products or gift some green beauty to friends and family. What will you be stocking up on this year?
100% Pure: Free mascara & Caffeine Eye Cream for all orders over $50, free Lip/Cheek Tint, free Eye pencil, mascara, Caffeine Eye Cream for all orders over $100, Free Skincare Set, Eye pencil, mascara, Caffeine Eye Cream for all orders over $150. Free shipping on all orders through Monday, Dec. 2nd. (Read my review of 100% Pure Tinted Moisturizer here.
Abe’s Market: Affordable organic/natural food, health & beauty products, Additional 10% off Black Friday sale & free shipping with code BLACKFRIDAY. 15% off sitewide with code EARLYBIRD only on 12/1. $10 off on all orders $50 or more & free shipping with code CYBERMONDAY on 12/2
Acure Organics:Use code BLACKFRIDAY for 30% off all body wash, shampoo/conditioner plus a free lip balm with orders through Monday 12/2.
Afterglow Cosmetics:Focused on natural/organic bio-active botanicals for high-quality products, $25 off for orders over $75 and $100 off orders over $199
Alima Pure:Gorgeous mineral makeup, get a free Natural Definition Mascara (see my review here), limited edition Mulberry Lip Tint and a signature makeup bag for all orders $70 or more through Monday, Dec. 2nd.
Alba Botanica: Buy 2 Get 1 Free deal online until 12/2. Use code: ALBATHANKYOU at checkout.
Bdellium Tools: 40% off all Yellow Bambu Brush Sets with code: YBAMBU40 or 20% all other products online with code BLACKFRI, one coupon per transaction, ends 12/2.
BeautySage:20% off all orders plus free shipping with code GOBBLE at checkout until 11/30. Cyber Monday deal is 22% off all orders plus free shipping with code CYBER from 12/1 to 12/2.
Briogeo: Organic shampoo, 20% off all products plus free shipping on orders over $40 with code: HOLIDAY through Dec. 2nd.
Dr. Hauschka:All orders $50 and over receive a free Body Wash Kit until 12/3
Dr. Sponge: 20% off all orders from 11/27 thru 12/1. Use code THANKYOU
EccoBella:25% off all orders over $20 only on Cyber Monday 12/2, details here. Free shipping on orders over $100
EcoDiva Beauty:All orders over $100 receive a travel size Dr. Sponge & limited edition W3LL People rose gold eyeshadow (while supplies last). Orders over $500: $50 will go to the charity of your choice.
EcoTools: 20% off all brush sets & an exclusive Cyber Monday brush set for $30, free shipping after $30 purchase use code CYBER13 only on 12/2
Gressa Skin: (see my review here) Get 50% off the Purifying Mist with the purchase of any other item. Use code: THANKFUL *Deal is working now!
H.Gillerman Organics:Celebrity-endorsed, handmade, organic & wild-crafted essential oils for treating chronic pain & stress. Buy 1 get 1 free with code BLACKFRIDAY, free shipping on orders over $60.
ILLUME: Gorgeous, natural/soy-based candles, 25% off entire site + free shipping on orders over $75 Use code: MON13 valid only 12/2
Juice Beauty: Free Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer for all orders over $50 with code BFS13. (Read my review of Juice Beauty’s Green Apple Peel here or my favorite mascara, their Lash Defining Mascara here) Receive a Mystery Gift w/a $100 purchase on Cyber Monday 12/2, 10 winners will win a Golden Ticket in their bag worth $100: Use code MYSTERY13
La Bella Figura: Buy 1get 1 free Decouverte Under Eye Repair Serum only on Black Friday 9am-9pm CST. No code required, just add 1 Decouverte to cart and 2nd free product will be added at checkout. Purchase must be within sale time. Cyber Monday deal: Any purchase of Istanbul, San Miguel or Positano perfume will include a free 5ml bottle of Travel Therapy, orders over $50 receive free La Curacio lip treatment, orders over $100 receive a free 5ml mini roller bottle of Daily Elements Defense Face Oil, orders over $300 receive a free 1oz/30ml bottle of Bohemia Verde Aromatic Hair Elixir. Last day to receive $15 off 15% off Modern Radiance Concentrate, Barbary Fig Renewal Serum and Skin Aficionado. Details here
MyChelle:50% off entire site, use code GIVING13 throughout 12/2
MIYU Beauty: The company pairs organic, botanical-based skincare products with specially curated teas that improves skin from the inside out. 25% off with code BFCMMIYU5, 11/29 through 12/2.
No More Dirty Looks: 15% off all Tata Harperskincare, free shipping on all orders over $40 through 12/4 plus: Free Deluxe Rejuvenating Serum with any purchase over $250, code BFS, Free Deluxe Boosted Contouring Serum with any purchase over $500, code BFB, Free Be Adored Lip Treatment with orders over $500. code ADORED
Nourish Organic: 50% off entire site only on Friday, 11/29 with code GREEN50. Free shipping on orders $50 or more.
Olie Biologique:Free shipping if you order Olie’s new All-Natural Whisker Shave Oil. Use code: MrWhisker, great for that special mister in your life!
Osmia Organics:15% off entire site, free shipping on orders $75 & over, Cyber Monday only
Organic Beauty Talk: Curated, handcrafted, organic products, 25% off and free shipping through 11/29. 15% off w/ SHOPSMALL15 for Shop Small Business Saturday 11/30 20% off entire site for Cyber Monday, use code CYBER20, free ground shipping on all US orders.
Pai Skincare: (Read my Pai Skincare review here.) Spend $90 receive Kukui Instant Brightening Facial Collection free with code BLACKFRIDAYONE. Spend $180 receive Kukui Instant Brightening Facial Collection & Rosehip Intensive Nourishing Facial Collection free with code BLACKFRIDAYTWO. Free shipping over $60.
Pangea Organics:Buy 1, get 1 free + free shipping on $100+ orders deal, 11/27 through 12/2. Same scents only, no mix and match.
PRITI NYC:4-free organic nail polish, Friday only take 50% off all orders with code: BLACKOUT
Rahua Beauty:A blogger-favorite; luxury, natural hair products. Free shipping on orders $32 of more through 12/1. Use code: THANKU
RGB:5-free high-quality nail polish, cruelty-free, vegan, USA-made featured in magazines, celebrity collaborations. 50% off all RGB nail sets (base + color + top) offer ends Monday 12/2. Free shipping on orders over $45.
RMS Beauty:Free deluxe size Beauty Oil sample with any $40 purchase online.
R.L. Liden & Co:Free shipping on all U.S. orders for Small Business Saturday 11/30 use code: FreeShipHigh5. All orders entered to win bespoke blending session and free product.
Sigma Beauty: Free shipping worldwide on Black Friday 11/29 with code BF2013. 20% off select items on Cyber Monday 12/2 with code CM2013. Check out Sigma’s great vegan and synthetic professional-quality makeup brushes.
Sibu Beauty: Premium skincare products made from Himalayan sea buckthorn berry, deals online. Save 60% off entire site with code SIBU60 through Monday 12/2, (Excludes RAW and Sibu Omega-7 Chocolates, max. $300 total.)
Saffron Rouge: 20% off on luxury organic beauty sale items through Monday, 12/2. Orders $100+ ship free.
Sellwood Soap:Free shipping on all orders until 11/29. Use Code: FREESHIP
Spirit Beauty Lounge: Luxury organic beauty products, $15 off orders over $140, $40 off $250, $70 off $350 with code THANKYOU13
S.W. Basics of Brooklyn:25% off entire site plus free gift w/all orders (while supplies last) through 12/2. Use code: ISHOPSMALL
W3LL PEOPLE: (Read my review of the Narcissist Foundation Stick here) 20% off entire site with code CYBER13, ends midnight 12/3, excludes Natural Warrior Sets and use w/other offers.
Weleda: 25% off all products with code MONDAY, valid through 12/2 only. Free shipping on orders over $50
Whole Foods: weekend-long “Fair Trade Friday” in-store w/discounted Fair Trade food and health goods from Dr. Bronner’s, Alter Eco, Third Street Chai and more!
Woodley & Bunny: Brooklyn-based apothecary carrying the best in organic/natural products. 35% off online and in-store.
Yes To:40% off sitewide through Friday 11/29 online (excluding bundles), orders over $50 receive free shipping. Use code: Y2BLACKFRIDAY
Yuli Skincare: Free Lip Conditioner for orders over $200 until 12/2, new trial-sized Halcyon Cleanser released only this weekend.
Zoya Nail Polish: Special 2 day deal: Get a free 12pc Dream Box + Mini Color Lock System + Free shipping with $72 purchase until 11/29 and while supplies last. Use code: DREAMBIG Cyber Monday Flash Promos: First 50 – FREE Qtica Cuticle Repair Balm + Free Shipping w/Code: FPD1FRQBm, First 50 – FREE Fall PixieDust, Cashmeres or Satins Color + Free Shipping w/Code: FPD1FRpDcs, First 1000 Buy any 3 Zoya Nail Polish Colors Get a Tinsel Time Trio Free + Free Shipping CODE: FPDx44 Follow Zoya on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram for deals throughout the day, more details here
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Thanks to Katie from The Green Product Junkie for tagging me in this beauty tag! I love reading other bloggers’ answers to tags and this one had some fun questions. This tag was originally started by Sonja fromLife in Blush.
On my nightstand you’ll find: My alarm clock, my phone, EOS lip balms I’ve been trying to finish for a while now, L’Ocittane Shea Butter hand cream (looking for something more natural that’s just as creamy/moisturizing), lavender essential oil and the latest stack of books I’m reading (usually 3 at one time).
The literary character I’m most like is (take this quiz and share your answer!): According to the quiz, I’m most like Juliet from Romeo and Juliet! Perhaps I’ve always been driven by my emotions and a hopeless romantic…
My favorite superhero is: Hmm, Spiderman? He was really just a dorky, smart teenage kid who got bit by a radioactive spider and uses his super spidey powers for good. I always liked that he was always just being himself just with added super powers.
If I could have dinner with anyone dead or alive: Probably my grandfather. He died when I was young and I wish I had known him better. There are so many stories I want to hear from his point of view.
Winter is coming, how do you prep your skin for battle? Regular exfoliation with facial masks, cleansing with facial oils and moisturizing to protect from the dry, flakey areas that are always inevitable this time of year. My favorite multi-use product for preventing dry, winter skin is One Love Organics’ Skin Savior.
My perfect date night makeup consists of: A smokey eye, volumizing mascara, defined cheeks and sultry red or berry lips. I’m always employing my Juice Beauty Lash Defining Mascara for flirty lashes, ILIA Beauty’s Illuminator in Sway for contoured cheeks and recently for lips, Kjaer Weis’ lip tint in Goddess.
My go-to-skin-beautifying snack/drink is: I drink a lot of tea daily and I think it definitely relaxes and energizes me. I’ve been trying Kombucha tea which I like and is good for the skin from its probiotic component and its many antioxidant properties. I love a good matcha tea too.
My tv boyfriend is: I’m so behind with t.v. these days but I always liked Chris Messina on The Mindy Project. He’s just so sarcastic, caring, funny and doesn’t know how hot he really is.
If my evening clutch could hold only one beauty item it would be: lipstick. Specifically loving ILIA Beauty’s Arabian Nights, a moisturizing, amazing berry lip tint.
One beauty tip I would pass on to my fictional daughter is: A little something my own mom always said to me: Never leave the house without at least a little lip color or mascara, you never know who you’re going to run into!
The most nostalgic item from my childhood is: A doll my parents gave me when I was born.
My favorite show of the moment is: I don’t watch too much t.v. but I’ve just finished all the seasons of Orange is the New Black on Netflix and I’m obsessed. The storyline and characters are so interesting and it is addicting to watch. Homeland is the most recent show I’ve started watching and I love it. Claire Danes is awesome!
My favorite quote is: “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.”- Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
I have recently loved using and discovering more uses for lavender.
Lavender is a flowering herb native to northern Africa and the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean. Itsflowers and oil have traditionally been used for medicine. Most commonly found in the form of an essential oil, it’s botanical name is Lavandula angustifolia.Lavender is well known for its aromatic properties, its scent traditionally thought of as an aphrodisiac, but the herb also provides many benefits in skincare and beauty.
Lavender works wonders for curing restlessness, insomnia, nervousness, anxiety and depression. It can also be used for curing certain digestive ailments such as an upset stomach, nausea or vomiting and even for treating influenza, prevent colds and coughing. Lavender is also a great remedy for aching muscles, rheumatic discomfort and joint stiffness. In food and beverages, lavender is used as a flavor component. Some use lavender to prevent hair loss and can also be powerful in repelling insects.
“Lavender is particularly rich in aromatic molecules called esters, which are antispasmodic, pacifying and tonic, while other molecules give it its antiviral, bacterial and anti-inflammatory powers.”
The herb’s anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties provide many benefits for use in skincare. These properties reduce redness, scarring and speeds up healing of the skin. As a circulatory stimulant, lavender essential oil increases blood flow and brings more nutrients and oxygen to skin cells. This property increases healthier skin cells and more frequent cell turnover.
Many people add lavender to bathwater to treat circulation disorders and improve mental well being. It is also believed that lavender essential oil has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties making the herb useful in healing minor cuts and soothing burns or bug bites.
According this website, lavender is “especially beneficial to the respiratory tract in particular coughs, colds, influenza. Certainly eases breathing when lungs and sinuses are choked with phlegm. Defends system against airborne viruses”. It is advised to avoid using lavender during pregnancy, if you have epilepsy and fevers.
My favorite use for lavender essential oil is before bed as a relaxing scent that helps me sleep and de-stress.
Happy Halloween! If you’re trying to avoid a candy overdose tonight, take advantage of these awesome Halloween deals from some of the best brands in green beauty!
My fave 5-free nail polish brand,ZOYA is having a fun Halloween deal on their site: a free nail polish and free shipping with any purchase today until midnight! Follow this link to grab your unqiue code: http://www.zoya.com/halloween
Ever since the Night for Green Beauty event, I’ve been meaning to try some products from the luxe skincare line, La Bella Figura.Today, they’re giving $15 off any $75 order when you use this code at checkout: Treat13 (Until 9am CST tomorrow, 11/1)
Every Friday after elementary school I couldn’t wait to get home, boot up my family’s good ol’ PC and get lost in a drawer-full of computer games. (Yes, besides being a bookwarm, I was that kind of kid.) One of my favorite games featured a virtual fashion wardrobe (a-la-Cher’s closet from Clueless) where you could pick out a whole outfit and digitally try it on an uploaded picture of yourself or a digital model. I mean, it was the 90s so this semi-worked/sort of looked real but nonetheless it provided me with many gleeful hours of childhood fashion delight.
It’s such a simple concept– the virtual try-on, yet something so beloved in my memory especially because it sent my imagination (and imaginary wishlist) soaring.
Here’s a 21st-century beauty twist on the virtual makeover: GlamST.
It’s a great time of the year to be a green beauty in NYC! Here are some exciting events in New York City that you won’t want to miss out on this month:
ABC Carpet & Home is hosting a day-long Beauty, Wellness, Wisdom event on Saturday, October 26 from 9:30am- 4pm. Featuring wellness workshops, luxe juice bar treats, mini massage sessions and mingling with like-minded folk and industry leaders, this is one jam-packed Saturday event you won’t want to miss. S.W. Basics founder, Adina Grigore and RMS Beauty founder and renowned green makeup artist, Rose-Marie Swift are among the headliners speaking at the event.Tickets are $75 with a family-style lunch catered by ABC Kitchen & ABC Cocina at an additional cost. Check out the full event lineup and purchase your ticket here.
Is stress or the busyness of life making you feel tired and weak? Learn how to balance and restore your health amidst a busy lifestyle with the Wellness Salon Series hosted by NYC’s top wellness experts, Kristen Arnett the founder of Green Beauty Team, Dr. Anthony Lyon of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, and Elena Brower of Virayoga. This 3-part series discusses the different ways you can improve your overall health and mindset. Merging medicine, wellness and beauty, the 3 sessions are: Oct 8, 2013- Part I: How to Feel Your Best, Oct. 22- Part II: How to Look Your Best, Nov. 5- Part III: How to Best Sustain Your Health. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased here.
Join one of my new favorite green beauty brands, W3LL PEOPLE as they host their debut beauty event, Supernatural Sessions at Henri Bendel on Fifth Avenue on Thursday, November 7 from 5pm- 8pm. These sessions will bring together natural beauty experts to teach you all about being eco-chic. There will be, makeovers, hair-styling, skin-care treatments, some organic chocolate, bubbly and more! The event features W3LL People creative and color director, Shirley Pinkson, beauty guru and blogger, Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics skin care, hair genius and founder of Yarok Organic Haircare, Mordechai Alvow and Well + Good NYC co-founder and natural beauty expert, Melisse Gelula. Grab some of your friends and buy your tickets now as this special engagement is only limited to 50 guests. Tickets are $25online and will be applied toward product purchase at the event.
So much to do, so little time! Are you planning on attending any of these events? I know I am!
Lycopene is a pigment that gives fruits and vegetables their red-orange color. Lycopene is classified as a carotenoid, naturally occurring orange-red to yellow pigment in plants which also assist in the process of photosynthesis. In animals, carotenes are converted to Vitamin A in the liver. Common fruits and vegetables containing lycopene are carrots, tomatoes, bell peppers, red cabbage, grapefruit and watermelon.
Source: ea stewart
Recent studies have shown that lycopene is a great source of antioxidants which minimizes damage from free radicalsand is believed to reduce risk of illness such as cancer, macular degeneration (loss of vision) and cardiovascular disease. Due to its classification as a phytonutrient, lycopene is also believed to have photo-protective qualities that block UV light.
Due to its antioxidant properties and many health benefits, lycopene is also now a popular skincare ingredient. Lycopene allows for skin growth and repair as it protects from free radicals, anti-aging and UV radiation. It is also believed to improve skin texture.
Some natural and organic products with lycopene as an ingredient: