Last-Minute Green Beauty Holiday Gift Ideas with Credo Beauty


‘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:

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Winter Skincare Favorites

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It hasn’t really started to feel like winter until recently. The temperatures are dropping and my skin is feeling it! I’ve been determined to continue focusing on skincare and maintaining a healthy routine. Here are some skincare products I’ve been using to successfully combat the effects of cold weather:

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ILIA Beauty Silken Shadow Sticks & Pure Eyeliner


Every new release that ILIA 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:

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1. Bite Beauty Best Bite Remix Kit: Perfect as a small gift or as a way to sample these cult-favorite lip crayons, Bite Beauty recently released their Best Bite Remix Kit ($25) at Sephora. This kit includes 4 mini-sized versions of Bite Beauty’s High Pigment lip pencils in limited-edition colors that seem: Sablé (nude), Pomegranate (rose berry), Rhubard (plum berry), Winterberry (festive Raspberry red). These lip colors look perfect for fall and are included in a convenient, purse-sized metal compact. I have not tried Bite Beauty products yet but I have heard great things about their high performing qualities although one should be cautious of their not-always-so-organic ingredients. Available exclusively at Sephora.

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ILIA Beauty’s Fade Into You Review


By now you should know I’m quite an ILIA Beauty fangirl, so as soon as the brand released some exciting, new products for Spring I quickly snapped up the whole collection. (I have a slight problem, okay?) I fell hard for the new tinted lip conditioner colors but I was most excited about ILIA’s first translucent powder product, Fade Into You. I’m all about products that are portable, refillable, mess-free, and lessens my morning makeup routine by 5 minutes. Fit a product into any of those categories and I’m sold!

ILIA’s Fade Into You is a lightweight, translucent powder with a refillable, retractable brush packaging. I don’t often use finishing powder or translucent powders as I generally prefer makeup with a dewy finish and also because my face has never been overly oily. Powder always seemed like an extra step to my everyday makeup routine and seemed to make my skin feel worse and more weighed down. It turns out, I’ve been using Fade Into You more often than I thought. I’ll admit, I definitely purchased this on impulse due to the groundbreaking packaging rather than necessity (a refillable, organic translucent powder with brush?!) but I’m very glad I picked this up. {Fade Into You is $34 for 0.14oz/4g online at ILIA Beauty}

Fade Into You is truly transparent and very lightweight in texture. It looks and feels “barely there” and a little bit goes a long way. I’ve found this powder effectively sets my cream-based makeup while keeps my face soft, shine-free, and never dried out. Fade Into You also reduces any red spots I have on my face and gives a soft, mattifying, almost-photoshopped finish to my skin. I’m always doing double-takes in the mirror after applying this powder, it looks that good! Sometimes I even wear this powder over nothing but my moisturizer for a simple, matte, soft-focus look.

You can feel the gentle effects (and yummy scents) of the product’s silky blend of organic powder and oils including Aloe Leaf extract, Passion Fruit and Rosemary oils ingredients, all of which contain anti-inflammatory properties to help soothe the skin. These nourishing ingredients allow the powder to not have a drying effect on the skin. My skin always feels soft, moisturized, and never cakey when applying Fade Into You. Of course, I always make sure to aptly apply moisturizer to my dry skin beforehand.

“ILIA Translucent Powder is an organic blend of powders and light essential oils. A touch of silica is added to minimize pores and improves overall skin tone. Shake powder to surface of brush and apply to the face liberally.”

To dispense the powder, I tap the bottom of the product’s barrel against the palm of my hand, which shakes the powder to the top of the brush. The powder is located in the lower area of the tube and dispenses up into the middle of the brush. Next, I dab or lightly tap the brush over desired areas of my face rather than brushing it over my face. To refill the powder, the bottom section of the product covered by a cap features a powder compartment which can be unscrewed, removed, and refilled. The brush can also be unscrewed from the tube for easy cleaning.

Powder refills will be available from ILIA in Summer 2014. Until then, I’m thinking it’d be interesting to fill this up with another powder after Fade Into You runs out.

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Besides the powder itself  being of fabulous quality, I really like the packaging. Fade Into You features a refillable tube with a retractable brush, making application super easy anytime, anyplace. The packaging fits conveniently in any bag and ensures no messes or spills, something a klutz like me is always prone to. The packaging seems to be made out of a plastic-like material, which makes it a bit less luxurious than normal ILIA products but it does reduce the extra heft in a full makeup bag and reduces the need to bring a separate makeup brush. I wish the clear, retractable plastic near the brush head were made of a less flimsier material (I’m afraid mine is starting to crack slightly) but you’ll just have to be extra careful and dainty when using!

I love how Fade Into You naturally enhances my skin, reduces red spots, and never drys out my skin or makes it look cakey. The convenient and refillable packaging is long awaited for a translucent powder in the green beauty community and perfect for on-the-go touch ups. Another great release from ILIA Beauty!


You can also purchase Fade Into You at Content Beauty (UK), Eco Diva Beauty (US & CAN), Spirit Beauty Lounge, or Shen Beauty.

Ingredients: Manihot Esculenta (Tapioca) Starch*, Mica, Silica, Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Powder, Zinc Stearate, Passiflora Edulcis (Passionfruit) Oil*, Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Leaf Oil*, Aloe (Barbadensis) Leaf Extract*, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Tocopherol.
*Certified Organic Ingredients. Ingrédients Certifiés Biologiques

What are your thoughts on this product? Have you tried ILIA’s Fade Into You? What natural finishing powders do you use?


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Spring Brights: ILIA Beauty Spring Collection Tinted Lip Conditioners Jump and Hold Me Now Review


After a long, harsh Winter there’s nothing better to look forward to than the return of sunny days and (hopefully) warmer Spring months. I’m always excited when I can bring out my lighter and brighter lipstick colors! I couldn’t resist picking up both limited edition Tinted Lip Conditioner shades from ILIA Beauty’s Spring 2014 Collection, Jump and Hold Me Now. I bought both from one of my favorite online green beauty shop, Spirit Beauty Lounge.

Formulated with organic jojoba oil, candelilla wax, vitamin E, and grape seed extract, Jump and Hold Me Now have the same creamy, moisturizing formula as always that keeps lips conditioned and nourished. Though mostly sheer in color, they leave behind a glossy sheen and are buildable in color. Lip Conditioners also have a pleasant, sweet scent. To me, the texture is in-between a lipstick and a lip balm, and leaves behind a lasting stain on the lips. The sheer formula is also perfect for mixing colors together to create a unique tint and can be applied as a light blush on cheeks.  I prefer wearing these Lip Conditioners more often than lipsticks because of their creamy, balm-like texture and the ability to build up color intensity.


Jump ($26) is a gorgeous, sheer fuschia described as a “bright pop of magenta, mixed with hints of electric, blue undertones.” Since I usually gravitate towards deeper, bolder lip colors mostly in the maroon, red, and mauve families, I was immediately drawn to Jump out of the two limited edition colors. As a lip conditioner, this sheer hue is definitely not as bold as it looks in the package but it can be built up easily. Jump is a sultry magenta that leans more to a red-pink color on my lips with a glossy finish. Although it was not as bright nor as true to purple as I expected, I still really love how Jump looks on the lips and think it would be a flattering color on most skintypes. Jump also looks lovely with less coats for a sheer, deep pink look.

Jump did leave behind a nice, deep stain and the color lasted as long as the usual wear for Tinted Lip Conditioners on my lips (up to about 5-6 hours before needing to reapply).If you’re a bit hesitant to go for a full-on bright, fuschia lip color (perhaps like, Neon Angel) then Jump may be a great option for you. It’s perfect for anyone who wants a more wearable purple with buildable color intensity that can be worn for many occasions or different times of day.


Hold Me Now ($26) is “a soft pastel pink” inspired by ILIA’s popular multi-stick cream blush in Tenderly. This color is a sheer white-hued pink with a subtle sheen finish. Originally, I didn’t think I’d purchase Hold Me Now because it’s a color I normally would never wear, but I thought it’d be interesting to try it and to have in my collection. Hold Me Now applies very sheer and for those with darker lips like mine, you may need more than two coats for the color to show. Built up, Hold Me Now appeared as more of a soft, nude pink hue leaning more towards a nude, frosty lip than towards an opaque pink. Reminiscent of the pastel lip color trends from the 90s, the white-pink tint from Hold Me Now is a flattering lip color for paler skintones. This color is definitely not as opaque as Jump but I’ve learned to love a less intense look using this product.

For me, Hold Me Now was noticeably more dry in formula and more sheer in color than Jump. I felt that using a lip balm before applying Hold Me Now was necessary as I experienced that the product clung to dry spots on my lips and was prone to flaking. Overall, this color is definitely unique and evokes an innocent, feminine look while also leaving behind a sheerer stain on lips. (I think this lip color makes me look younger, in a good way!) Especially if you have a lighter skintone or cooler undertones, Hold Me Now or any pastel and whiter hued lip color, is a fun trend to try for Spring!

You can buy both of these Limited Edition Tinted Lip Conditioners online at ILIA Beauty , Spirit Beauty Lounge, or at Eco Diva Beauty (US & CA).



I was initially disappointed with these limited edition colors from the ILIA Beauty Spring Collection but I’ve learned to love them and am glad I picked them up before they have sold out. I think both colors could also be great to wear on the cheeks as a blush. I was expecting Jump to be a brighter purple color and that Hold Me Now would have been a more opaque pink. Both however, are unique colors I hadn’t experienced before and are of the superior, creamy, moisturizing Tinted Lip Conditioner formula that I love.

Have you tried ILIA’s Jump or Hold Me Now? Which color would you choose? What are you favorite natural or organic lip products? Read my review of my other favorite Tinted Lip Conditioner, Arabian Knights here.

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Ingredients Jump: 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.

Hold Me Now: 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.


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