Travel Tips for Packing Beauty Essentials in a Carry-on Luggage

As you are reading this, I’ll be on a plane jetting away for my family’s annual ski trip in Colorado. It’s a favorite getaway of mine: to breathe the fresh air, spend hours outdoors skiing in the midst of gorgeous nature and relaxing with family and friends. A much-needed break from the everyday.

The thing is, with all the new formalities and restrictions of domestic and international air travel, I’m forced to pack all my beauty essentials for 1 week’s worth of travel in my carry-on suitcase which can get a bit tricky. And who really wants to pay an extra $25 or more to check in an extra, unnecessary bag? So here are my tips on how and what to pack regarding those skincare and beauty must-haves of yours for a short trip with only a carry-on luggage:

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Consolidate your collection and take only what you need— Yes, it’s harder said than done but really think about the amount of time you will be away, the climate of your destination and the absolute daily essentials of your skincare or beauty routine. Since I know that I’ll be spending lots of time outdoors and sometimes in bright sunlight and harsh winds, my top priority for this trip is moisturizing. I’ve packed essentials that will help keep my skin hydrated, moisturized and protect from being chapped or flakey.

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I’m also trying to lessen my load with unnecessary makeup bits since this family trip is more low-key and cabin-casual. Taking along multi-tasking makeup like my ILIA Illuminator stick in Sway (used as bronzer or eyeshadow), lip tints (blush or lip color) or mineral pigments (eyeshadow, blush, eyeliner or foundation). Also packing travel-size makeup brushes (I’ve sworn by this EcoTools travel brush kit for years) or retractible tools are a space saver. Otherwise, I try to bring makeup products like cream brush or cream foundation that I can apply with my fingers alone.

Use reusable containers or smaller sized products— According to the TSA, all passengers are allowed “3.4 ounce (100ml) bottle or less (by volume); 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin.” That’s not a lot of room for people with a comprehensive list of skincare and beauty essentials like me. This is when I like to go crazy with all those pesky (but lovely) vacuum sealed, paper/plastic, trial samples that I save like a hoarder from my online orders or package deals. They’re usually less than 3oz, lightweight and traveling with them also ensures you get to try new products.

samples1Decanting liquid products into small, reusable containers that are TSA approved-sizes is a great way to stay within the limit and ensure nothing spills or breaks while traveling. I usually save plastic containers from samples or trials I’ve received but you can purchase travel-sized bottles for this purpose at most drugstores. I’m very cautious when it comes to traveling with liquids because of numerous product fatalities I’ve experienced en route to Colorado. My destination is at a particularly high elevation: 6,732 ft (2,052 m) so the flight definitely experiences air pressure changes due to elevation levels. More times than not, I’ve found mini explosions of shampoo, soap or cleanser all over my toiletries bag and clothes after landing.

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Packing products inside my toiletries bag within several individual plastic bags prevents future spilling incidents and makes things easier to place in screening bins when going through the x-rays. Bottom line: bring LOTS of plastic bags. An additional tip I’ve learned to prevent air pressure explosions: before packing liquids inside bottles, open caps, squeeze out any excess air then quickly screw the lids back on. You can also add plastic wrap on top of any containers for an extra layer of protection before closing or putting the lid back on.

Don’t take risks– When worse comes to worse, if you’re questioning bringing a product, it’s better to leave it home. In my experience, airport security employees’ checking process seem a bit discretionary when checking your belongings so if it’s suspicious to them, they might just make you get rid of it. My priority is always getting through security with all my belongings and on time. I’d rather not risk having to throw out a $50 facial cleanser just because the airport security officials didn’t approve. And, you can always buy products like cleanser, body soap or shampoo at your destination too.

Secondly, for me personally, traveling is all about comfort. I try to avoid bring totally new products that I still might need to time to get used to or want time to practice applying (for makeup). Bring products that are essential to your routine and that you are comfortable applying away from home. I never want to be the one stuck in the bathroom applying hours of skincare or makeup products while sacrificing vacation and family relaxation time.

endbagLastly, to me I think of vacation as a time to have fun, be with family and friends and enjoy not thinking too much about my makeup.

Hope these tips helped! Or at least revealed my crazy thought process to you…

Do you have any tips when it comes to packing beauty or skincare items? How do you travel if you’re only bringing a carry-on luggage? Let me know your thoughts!

Some helpful packing resources I’ve found online: OneBag.com, ExpertFlyer.comRenee Rouleau, TSA

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Beauty Chat: Kristen Arnett, International Makeup Artist and Founder of Green Beauty Team

KristenArnettbanner4.jpgInternational makeup artist and green beauty leader, Kristen Arnett was kind enough to chat with me about her experience in the world of green beauty. Check out her awesome website, Green Beauty Team and her upcoming project, an online product database: CleanPicks (sign up for more release news). As an expert in the industry, Kristen is truly an inspiration to beauties everywhere! Read on to hear some of her tips, unique beauty experiences and exciting new ventures: 

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Celebrate a Green Black Friday: Massive Black Friday + Cyber Monday Deals

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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.
  • Avalon Organics: 20% off with code AVALONTHANKS, 11/29-12/2.
  • 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
  • John Masters Organics: 25% off site wide, 11/28 through 12/2 with code HOLIDAY13.
  • 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 1 get 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
  • Lollique et Filles:  Cyber Monday deals on all products on the OpenSky shop 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 Harper skincare, 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!
  • One Love Organics: 20% off 12/2 only until 12pm EST use code CYBER20
  • 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
  • Vapour Organic Beauty: 30% off everything through Monday 12/2 use code BLACKFRIDAY13 (excludes samples).
  • 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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Green Beauty Characters Tag

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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 from Life 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…

I’m currently obsessed with: Facial oils and facial masks/scrubs. Specifically, I’m loving May Lindstrom’s The Clean Dirt, S.W. Basics’ Hibiscus Mask, Pai Skincare’s Rosehip Oil and Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleansing Oil.

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.

Favorite beauty product of 2013: I’ve probably said it too many times but, Pai Skincare Rosehip Oil. I just love it!

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 now tag: Bailey from Bailey Blush, Asti from Skjonnhet, Brenda from The Wanderlusting Beauty, Mary from Pure Makeup and Kim from Kimberly Loc. Rules: Answer these questions, tag other bloggers and link back to my blog and Life in Blush.

Thanks for reading! Want to join in? Let me know your answers too!

W3LL People Supernatural Sessions Recap

It was a gloomy, rainy Thursday and I was having another terrible day at work and all I wanted to do was go home, climb under my sheets and wake up to a sunny Saturday morning. Fortunately, I’d bought a ticket to a beauty event at Henri Bendel on Fifth Avenue that I knew I shouldn’t miss. W3LL People (read my review on their amazing foundation stick here) along with Refinery 29 and Well + Good NYC created the Supernatural Sessions, a beauty wellness series combining the very best in non-toxic skincare, beauty and hair brands while providing attendees with an exclusive chance to mingle with the brands’ founders, learn more about the benefits of natural products and to try out everything with mini makeovers.

As soon as I entered the event space, I left behind the drizzly, dismal night and was greeted with some champagne and a friendly welcome from James Walker, one of the founders of W3LL People. As more attendees arrived, I noted some other bloggers, journalists and green beauty enthusiasts in the room. We all found our seats and were introduced to the most important people in the room: James Walker and Shirley Pinkson 2 of W3LL People founders, One Love Organics founder Suzanne LeRoux and Beauty Bets blogger and OLO collaborator, Elizabeth Dehn and Mordechai Alvow, the founder of Yarok Organic Haircare. The evening’s hosts, Well + Good co-founder, Melisse Gelula and a girl from Refinery 29 launched a Q+A.

Shirley explained that the purpose of bringing these three amazing natural brands together for one event was to illustrate how skincare, makeup and haircare are complementary and that all these brands coupled together can give you great, natural results. She noted that although makeup is fun and is pretty, in the end we all need to stop heavily covering up our complexions and start at the root of the problem: our skin, in order to attain healthier, radiant faces.

Armed with a checklist of products offered by each brand, attendees visited three beauty stations to experience each brand’s specialty and the products for sale. One Love Organics featured a facial massage and cleansing using their Elizabeth Dehn collaboration skincare line (the products I’d specifically been lusting after), W3LL People had makeup artists giving mini-makeovers using all the makeup products from their line (including a sneak peek at their new mascara which will be launching soon) and Yarok Haircare styled everyone’s hair using their organic products.

I had a great time chatting beauty and skincare with Elizabeth Dehn, meeting blogger friends KatieSarita and Jackie and getting to know more organic beauty enthusiasts. It was truly a fun night of indulging in knowledge, shopping and playing with pretty products. For more recaps of the event visit Sarita’s blog here and Jackie’s blog here.

I was glad I went because I left 10 times happier than I’d been all day and on a beauty high all the way back home. Someone at the event even came up to me to tell me she recognized me and loved reading my blog! (Ah!) It’s events like these that remind me why I am passionate about educating and showing others that green beauty can be fun, luxurious and beautiful while also benefiting your health and well-being.

Some pics from the night:

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I ended up purchasing the Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin B Active Moisture Cleansing Oil, One Love Organics’ Skin Savior and Yarok’s Leave In-Conditioner. I didn’t purchase any W3LL People products this time because I’ve been going a bit cray cray on the makeup this month and I already have the Narcissist Foundation Stick which is probably the best product ever.

More notes from the night:

  • Suzanne noted that One Love Organics products do not contain emulsifiers but rather contain more natural oils and ingredients that do not strip the skin but easily blend into, moisturize and heal the skin.
  • Elizabeth commented that she began gravitating towards more natural products as she noticed they worked better and gave more beneficial results than less natural products. This led to her amazing collaboration with Suzanne and One Love Organics which features powerful vitamins, fruit enzymes and antioxidants.
  • Mordechai asserted he noticed the biggest problem consumers have with haircare is that they don’t actually know how to apply products. Consumers apply too much and are using products with harmful ingredients. This is what led Yarok products to have obvious names so consumers will know how to apply and for what function each product is for. His one piece of essential advice for the night: don’t forget to shake your hair upside down a few minutes during the day to give hair more volume.

Can’t wait to go to my next beauty event!

Vapour Organic Beauty Siren Lipstick in Knockout and Holiday Review

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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.

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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 Lipstick is $22 online at Vapour Organic Beauty. Ingredients vary slightly depending on color so check the website for more information.

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Have you tried a Siren Lipstick or other lip products from Vapour Organic Beauty?

Ingredients: Organic/Bio Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Organic/Bio Cera Alba (Beeswax), Organic/Bio Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Essential Oils & Natural Fruit Essences, Camelina Sativa Oil, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Organic/Bio Punica Granatum (Pomegranate Oil), Organic/Bio Rosa Damascena (Rose) Buds, Organic/Bio Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm), Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh)*,  Stevia Rebaudiana (Stevia) Leaf Extract  [+/-: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Mica (CI 77019), Carmine (CI 75470)]
*Wildcrafted  Net weight: 0.11oz/3.11g

*I purchased these products and this review is based on my honest opinion. (And my mom’s!)

Green Gifting: Organic Beauty Talk Opens Curated Holiday Shop

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Organic Beauty Talk has launched a curated holiday online shop today!

As a trusted organic beauty resource, Organic Beauty Talk is a favorite blog of mine and you can be sure to expect only the best in organic products at this new shop. OBT’s founder, Brandie has hand-selected the shop’s offerings pulling from her extensive knowledge and experience in organic products.

This new shop is a perfect place to start if you’re looking to purchase trusted, effective organic products and need a bit of guidance. It’ll also be a great resource for stress-free, green holiday gift giving!

Every product found at the shop is also hand-crafted, high-performing and made in the USA. Shop from favorites and discover new brands like Vapour Organic Beauty, May Lindstrom, Alima Pure, Osmia Organics, Indie Lee, S.W. Basics, Marble & Milkweed, Kari Gran and many more. I’m so excited to see OBT-approved brands all on one site!

Get your shop on now! The OBT holiday shop is open for a limited time until January, 6, 2014. Shop online here.

Also, check out my OBT interview here 🙂

Try Beauty Products Virtually with GlamST

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.

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You’re Invited: NYC Green Beauty Events

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 $25 online 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!

Images from ABC Carpet & Home, Green Beauty Team and W3LL People.

My Organic Lash Love: Juice Beauty Lash Defining Mascara Review

Juice Beauty Mascara 2-2Introducing another strong contender for the battle of the natural mascaras: Juice Beauty’s Lash Defining Mascara.

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.

Juice Beauty Mascara 1

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

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: 

Organic botanical extracts of serenoa repens (organic saw palmetto extract)*, aloe barbadensis (organic aloe extract)*, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla wax), triisostearyl citrate, hydrogenated glyceryl abietate, brassica campestris/aleurites fordi oil copolymer, copernicia cerifera (organic carnauba wax)*, vegetable glycerin, theobroma cacao (organic cocoa seed butter)*, persea gratissima (avocado butter), methylcellulose, xanthan gum, tocopherol (Vitamin E), sodium hyaluronate (vegetable hyaluronic acid), ethylhexylglycerin, phenethyl alcohol. May Contain: mica, iron oxide.  * = Certified organic ingredient

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.