Pure Forever, a new luxury skincare line from 100% Pure

Note: This is not a sponsored blog entry of any sort, I was not influenced or paid by 100% Pure. I am just expressing my love and excitement for a brand I like! ūüôāImage

A favorite natural beauty brand of mine,¬†100% Pure, has recently announced a new skincare line called, Pure Forever. This new line adds to the brand’s already-awesome arsenal of cosmetics and skincare products made from organic and naturally-derived ingredients.¬†The mission of 100% Pure is to offer products that are “truly 100% pure-no synthetic chemicals, chemical preservatives, artificial fragrances, artificial colors, harsh detergents or any other unhealthy toxins.”¬†The brand is also committed to being a vegan, cruelty-free brand that does not test on animals.

The Pure Forever line is marketed as the brand’s new luxury skincare products featuring a interesting lineup of facial scrubs, moisturizers, serums, eye creams and cleansers¬†similar¬†to the regular 100% Pure products however, with new ingredients, luxe packaging and higher price points. The Pure Forever line was unveiled last week on 100% Pure’s Facebook page:¬†“We developed this line of luxury skincare products for purists without limits. These highly potent formulas are all natural, 100% vegan, and gluten free.¬†Launching exclusively on our website & in 100% Pure retail stores only.”

Currently featured Pure Forever products from 100% Pure

Currently featured Pure Forever products from 100% Pure

Claiming to be highly potent, the new Pure Forever products definitely make me curious to try while the new ingredients and chic-er packaging surely has me itching to purchase something. With products such as “Matcha Green Tea Cleansing Foam”, “Vegetable Detoxing Facial Mask”, “Mushroom & Peptides Firming + Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream”, and “Pomegranate Moisturizer”, they almost seem to delicious to be true! With an increase of organic/natural luxury skincare and cosmetics that may not deliver in terms of benefits ( many only seem “luxurious” in packaging and pricing with no real benefits), I’m curious to see if 100% Pure delivers something different to the organic/natural stage.

Pure Forever products

The prices for Pure Forever products are a bit higher than their normal product line, starting at $32-$45 for facial cleansers/scrubs,  $45-$55 for eye creams, $48 for moisturizers, $65 for the anti-aging serum, and $58 for a night repair balm. Considering there are many high-end organic skincare lines out there, I think there are more expensive and often times less-effective products than 100% Pure products.

I’m excited to try a few of these new products and to see if the Pure Forever products truly are a potent, effective luxury skincare line. Unless you live near a free-standing 100% Pure Retail store, you can only snag some of these online. Check out the Pure Forever line at¬†https://www.100percentpure.com/pure-forever-s/659.htm¬†or browse the full 100% Pure product offerings:¬†http://www.100percentpure.com/

Have you tried any of the new Pure Forever products? Which ones are you interested in trying? Do you have any favorite 100% Pure products?

The One That Got Away

One of my earliest memories of shopping for makeup was during the summer before 8th grade. I had triumphantly received a gift card to Sephora for my birthday as a gift from a friend. With only a mundane knowledge of sparkly lip gloss and neon nail polish, I dragged my mom to the makeup haven that was Sephora to make my very first “upscale” makeup purchase.

Always the researching geek, weeks prior to our Saturday shopping trip, I scoured my teen glossies and read up on which hot makeup products I would want to purchase. And that’s when I first laid eyes on what would be a 10+ year obsession with…. the famous Nars Multiple Stick.
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I am a sucker for products that allow me to multi-task; highlighter/pen duos, a purse that is a clutch, wallet and crossover bag in one, a dress that can be worn 20 ways (see: American Apparel)–you get the idea. So, as a teenager with a limited knowledge of (and experience with) makeup, the coveted Nars Multiple– a tinted lip, cheek and eye product in one beautifully packaged stick was like an epiphany to me. It also seemed like the best bang for my (gift card) buck.
As I pulled my mother towards the Nars section in Sephora, and stood face to face with my holy grail, an eager Sephora associate stepped up to us and politely asked if we needed any help. I told her that I was looking to purchase a Nars Multiple because I loved how multifunctional it was. She wrinkled her brow, frowned with disdain and said “But you’re so young to be using a Nars product. Why don’t we try something alittle more…fun? You’re too young to be trying something so boring.” I was confused, was she telling me I shouldn’t buy the one thing I had been¬†obsessing¬†over because she was assuming the interests of my age demographic? She explained that the Nars brand was usually purchased by older women or girls who had more makeup experience. My adolescent heart took a dive and feeling ignorant of the associate’s “educational” statement about what I should be buying as a teenage girl, I listened.
The associate steered me over to all things “fun”, sparkly and brightly colored courtesy of the hot brands of my youth: Urban Decay, Hard Candy and Stila (brands I actually grew to love). She brushed on some opalescent green shadow to my lids (“Mold” by Urban Decay), swatched a bubble-gum pink polish for my stubby nails (Hard Candy polishes which hustled teenage girls with the removable plastic,¬†jeweled¬†finger rings housed on top), and picked out an equally bright pink Stila lipgloss. Satisfied with her handiwork, she asked if there was anything else I could do and through my glazed eyes I watched her proudly walk away.
Not knowing what else to do and with a bunch of popular makeup products in my hands, I purchased everything the pushy associate had given me, the Nars Multiple only a faded dream in the back of my mind. While we headed to the register, I added one more product to my makeup spoils, one that made me rest easier on my guided decision to erase the Nars Multiple from my heart: the ever-popular Stila Convertible Color in Peony. Still a classic today, the Stila Convertible Color helped mend my broken heart over the Nars Multiple as it is a 2-in one cream blush and lip product housed in a cutely colored compact mirror.
Years have passed and though I’ve been distracted by other¬†coveted¬†makeup products, I’ve still been dreaming about owning my very own Nars Multiple. I wonder about when I do purchase one soon (maybe for my upcoming birthday), if I will feel justified for that time when a Sephora associate told me to buy makeup better suited for my age or if I will feel no differently and just accept the fact that I didn’t listen to my heart’s one strong opinion in a shopping matter…
Thanks to more natural options available today, I will be replacing my¬†long-lived¬†lust for Nars Multiples with other multi-use face sticks which don’t contain all the nasty chemicals. Currently loving: ILIA Beauty’s Multl-Use Sticks or Vapour Organic Beauty’s Aura Multi-Use Blushes.
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Do you have any long-loved products you can’t get over?

A Fresh Look for Any Summer Event

Fresh Summer

Summer is officially here and it’s heating up! I like to keep things simple as the weather gets warmer, so simple, neutral makeup are the base of my beauty routine. Stay cool and make a splash at any summer event in a light, flowing dress paired with ¬†nude espadrilles, large sunglasses, wrap bracelets and a brightly, colored crossover bag.

When it’s hot outside, I tend to simplify my makeup routine so products like the ILIA Beauty Multi-Task Stick, which can be worn as a blush, lip tint or eyeshadow, are top on my summer makeup list. A moisturizing concealer is a must when I dont want to wear much on my face and the 100% Pure Cosmetics Fruit Pigmented Concealer is not only made from super fruits that are good for your skin but it also includes SPF 20 to protect you from the sun’s harmful rays.

Looking forward to kicking off the summer with more July fourth celebrations this weekend!

What are some products you love to use as we enter the summer season?

NVEY ECO Now Available at Ulta.com!

Yes, you saw right! Products from the well-known organic cosmetics brand, NVEY ECO are now available to purchase on Ulta.com. Known for their high-performance, professional quality of cosmetics manufactured in Austrailia, NVEY ECO products range from pressed eyeshadow, cream foundation and nourishing lipstick. Products are all formulated without parabens, petrochemicals, synthetic frangrances or any other harmful ingredients and not tested on animals. Lauded by a variety of blogs I frequent, these products are an exciting addition to Ulta that surely beefs up the quality of their current organic offerings.
I love that NVEY ECO has a good range of colors for eyeshadow, blush, lip products and foundation and the pigmentation looks wonderful.

I’ve been wanting to try some NVEY ECO products for some time and have been lusting over the eyeshadow specifically because of the nice range of colors and also the option to buy refills (offered only on the NVEY ECO website) that could be easily added to palettes like the Z-palette.

Here are the NVEY ECO products I’m eager to try from Ulta.com: Pressed eyeshadow in Mojito, Shroom, or Topaz,¬†Powder Blush, and¬†Advanced Care Lip Color lipsticks in Pink Lemonade or Fondness. Plus, right now if you purchase any NVEY ECO products on Ulta.com you’ll receive a travel size Amour Rose Lip Lustre with your order. Score!

 

It’s great that Ulta, a ¬†more accessible beauty store, is offering more organic brands like NVEY ECO since previously few other online retailers sell them. Here’s to hoping NVEY ECO will also soon be available in Ulta retail stores!

Are you lusting over any NVEY ECO products? Let me know in the comments!

Images from Ulta.com

A New Journey

After being swept into a job located along the confines of New York City’s fashionable and luxurious Upper East Side, specifically, on Fifth Avenue, I became obsessed with beauty and makeup as I was influenced by the most attractive and put together women that I rubbed shoulders with at work. Caring about my looks wasn’t all in vain attempts but became an interest and hobby of mine because I thought of makeup as a form of art and expression. It wasn’t long until I was lurching in Sephora stores or at beauty counters to try and buy the latest “hot” makeup products. My makeup binges were fueled by the smart marketing and advertising schemes from all the well-known cosmetics companies for which I had to try. All without thinking about the ingredients of these products.

I have always had sensitive skin, but it seemed the makeup I was using was making my face worse. After unsatisfying visits to my dermatologist, I became interested in learning about what was really in my makeup and began researching and reading thousands of blogs, scholarly articles and books regarding cosmetics ingredients. After reading the natural beauty bestseller, No More Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics¬†by journalists and beauty enthusiasts, Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt, I was encouraged to make the switch to more natural makeup options and limit my exposure to toxins and harmful ingredients.

This blog reflects upon that which inspires me to be better to the Earth and to my body and also to encourage others about beautiful options for natural and organic cosmetics without sacrificing quality or vanity.

 

Photo source: Cassia Beck Collage- Violet May