There are so many interesting green beauty releases right now, it makes me squirm with excitement! (Is that when you know you have a problem?)
1. Acure Organics Argan Oil Bar Soaps-I really love Acure Organics skincare and bath products because they are effective, accessible, and very affordable. You can find Acure products at most Whole Foods stores as well as at many online retailers. I love that the brand seems to be branching out into more unique products beyond normal shampoo and skincare lines without compromising simple, effective formulas. They most recently launched a new argan oil liquid castille soap, liquid body wash, and tinted lip glosses as well. The brand’s latest release are their Certified Organic Argan Oil Bar Soaps.These gentle, moisturizing, cold processed, artisan soaps are vegan and cruelty free with certified organic essential oils and natural fruits, spices, and herbs for ingredients. An added bonus, the 5 different bar soap scents are also super delicious sounding: cinnamon chai latte, mint cookie + omega 7, oatmeal + apple pie, pumpkin + calendula, superfruit + citrus.Doesn’t that make you want to bite a chunk of soap? Or is that just me… At $5.99 a pop, why wouldn’t you give these a try? $5.99 at Acure Organics
Even though the holiday season is over and the New Year has started, it doesn’t mean the wrath of winter has completely subsided (at least, not for us lucky folk on the East Coast). The first of my annual winter woes are always chapped lips. Here’s how I’ve been managing a smooth pucker against this year’s cruel polar vortex:
1.) EXFOLIATE- LUSH Mint Julips Lip Scrub ($9,95): If my sister hadn’t bought me this yummy, mint-tasting lip scrub from LUSH for my birthday last year, I probably would’ve tried (keyword there) to make a homemade lip scrub. However, being the lazy girl that I am, this scrub has been my go-to for getting rid of perpetual dry skin on my lips. At least twice a day, before applying makeup or eating, I exfoliate my lips with this lip scrub and follow up with a lip balm. I will say it’s a tad drying to my lips but it does the job. Containing jojoba and vegan sugar, it’s a perfect way to scrub away dry skin and maintain soft, smooth lips for the day. Interested in trying these next: Bargain:Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques, Organic Lip Scrub, $5.50 Luxe:ILIA Beauty, Balmy Nights lip exfoliator stick, $26
2.)MOISTURIZE-S.W. Basics Lip Balm ($4): This balm is seriously the bomb! (Corny enough for you yet?) I haven’t found anything as moisturizing for my lips and doesn’t require constant reapplication. The flavors are delicious and if you’re not so keen on beeswax, they’re also offered in Vegan form. You can bet this sucker is always in my bag and on my lips everyday. I like that S.W. Basics products always have a simple ingredient lineup and this lip balm is no different. I recommend staying away from lip products with petroleum, camphor, menthol and salicylic acid which can contribute to dry and irritated lips and making you constantly apply lip balm. Interested in trying these next: Bargain:Badger Organic, Lip Balm Ginger and Lemon, $2.69 Luxe: Tata Harper, Lip Treatment Be True, $28
3.) PROTECT- After treating my lips, I like to lock in the moisture and protect my pucker from further outside damage. I love a great, hydrating tinted balm to act as my base lip product for the day and to provide a hint of color whether or not I decide to wear more lip products. I’m really loving Gressa Skin’s Lip Boost BARE ($21)* for this step in my lip routine. Bare is a perfect muted pink for an everyday, natural, “your lips but better” look. It’s very moisturizing and has great staying power whether used alone or as a base with other lip products layered on top. Another tinted lip balm which has the same super moisturizing and pigmented characteristics are the ILIA Beauty Tinted Lip Conditioners. I use Arabian Knights ($26) daily as a moisturizing balm and for a flush of red on the lips. Interested in trying these next: Bargain:Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia, $6.99 Luxe: RMS Lip Shine in Bloom, $25
*Indicated products were sent to me for review purposes. This post is not sponsored and I am never paid for my honest opinion. This post contains some affiliate links that do not cost anything to click or purchase through but purchasing through these links do help support this site.
When it comes to lip products I generally tend to gravitate towards lipstick rather than lipgloss. Most of my lipgloss experiences have been with products that were too sticky, too shiny, very drying or had little pigmentation. Thankfully, I’ve had more luck with lipgloss as I learn more about the type of ingredients that are best for my lips. I was able to try out 2 lip products from Red Apple Lipstick, a brand based in Texas that offers makeup that is vegan and free of gluten, parabens, soy and lead. All RAL lip products are also enriched with gluten-free Vitamin E which give products an extra moisturizing quality. Due to the brand’s focus on gluten-free ingredients, it may be great for those with celiac disease or anyone looking for unique natural products. Read my review on the brand’s eyeshadow products here.
I must have subconsciously chosen products that would help me achieve that perfect nude lip just in time for Fall. Here are the 2 products I picked out and tried:
Mint2Be Lipgloss in Honey Badger- With the trend of nude lips, I was always a fan but always felt I hadn’t found the right product to give me soft, neutral lips without looking lackluster. The RAL Mint2Be lipgloss in Honey Badger is a beautiful, opaque nude-pink gloss that adds natural color to my lips with a moderate shine. The formula is very moisturizing, applies smoothly and doesn’t make my lips feel sticky. There is an interesting cooling effect with initial application of this lipgloss and because it is from the Mint2Be line, natural spearmint gives the product a refreshing minty aftertaste. I was surprised that the formula lasted on my lips for most of my workday and after eating and drinking, my lips still seemed tinted and moisturized. Described by RAL as a medium pigmented, nude with pink and brown undertones, this gloss is a great for those wanting to try a nice, natural nude lip that is moisturizing and pigmented. I think it’s great to wear over lipstick as well!
R-evolution Lip Liner in Blush- I’ve never been one to use lip liner, though I know it helps to lock in the lasting power of lip products. I was attracted to this product due to it’s interesting packaging and color: a retractible lip pencil described to be an orange-based nude color. The consistency of this lip liner is creamy and the formula does not pull nor budge on the lips. The color was very similar to my bare lips and would be pretty enough to wear on its own. I do like how the formula allows my lip products to last longer and does actually add a slight pigmented color to my lips. The retractible packaging is also very attractive and convenient. This was a perfect lip liner to wear underneath the Honey Badger lipgloss, with a more colorful lipstick on top or even by itself for a matte lip look. I am definitely intrigued by lip liners now and looking forward to experimenting more.
Have you tried any products from Red Apple Lipstick? What are your favorite nude lip products? Shop for Red Apple Lipstick products at the company website here.
*The products mentioned in this post were provided to me for free from Red Apple Lipstick. This post contains my honest opinion based on my personal experience with the products. I am never paid to give my honest opinion and only review items that I enjoy using or want to share my experience with.
I’ve always been an eyeshadow-lover and before I learned about more natural makeup alternatives, it was always the product that gave my skin trouble. In particular, after regularly using a plethora of amazingly colorful, pigmented and chemically harmful products, I was on my way to the dermatologist with itchy and dry eyelids.
When I discovered I had eczema on my eyes, I vowed I’d find a healthier alternative to mainstream eyeshadows without sacrificing color pigmentation or quality. I was also on a hunt for a less wasteful option to eyeshadow palettes. How many empty or half-used clunky, non-reusable palettes did I have in my drawers? Let’s not go there.
And that’s when my constant web-surfing and online research brought me to the Texas-based company, Red Apple Lipstick. Though the company’s name highlight’s their gluten-free lipstick line, there is much more to Red Apple Lipstick than just their natural-based lip products. All Red Apple Lipstick products are 100% gluten-free. You’ve heard of gluten in food, but gluten is often used as a binding agent in cosmetics and is the source of many allergic reactions as well as gastrointestinal problems.
What attracted me to Red Apple Lipstick was that they offered gluten-free, mineral eyeshadow in individual magnetic pans (to be put in reusable palettes like the Z-Palette) AND they also offered pre-made or customized Z-Palettes featuring their eyeshadows. There are not many companies out there selling natural-based eyeshadows in refillable, reusable palettes nor in individual pans. I excitedly purchased 2 individual eyeshadow pans and 1 pre-made Z-Palette named “Autumn Harvest” which came with 4 eyeshadows. (I also purchased 3 lipsticks but will save that for another post.) I ordered during the July 4th holiday weekend where the company was offering a great 20%-off promotion and limited edition lipstick colors. They have frequent deals and are always offering bonus items with every purchase.
My shipment arrived in a timely manner and in quite cute packaging. The lipsticks were individually boxed and in a small canvas pouch with the Red Apple Lipstick logo stamped on it. The Z-Palette had simple, useful instructions on how to apply the brand’s eyeshadow as well as details about the ingredients. The eyeshadows themselves were securely packaged in separate plastic containers with small magnets to keep the pigments in place during shipment and were wrapped in green tissue paper. I received a free floral makeup bag with my purchase in which the eyeshadows and a bonus lip balm were packaged.
All eyeshadows are 100% gluten-free and contain natural ingredients like jojoba oil, shea butter and candelilla wax. Each eyeshadow product contains different ingredients so check the website for specific details.
The colors included in the “Autumn Harvest” palette ($56 including palette) I purchased were a neutral, brown-leaning selection: Iced Mocha (shimmery, light taupe), Violet Vixen (sheer gray-purple w/silver shimmer), Vamp (smokey brown-red) and Lucky Penny (metallic gold-copper). The other 2 colors I ordered for a pop of color in my palette were Midnight Lagoon (deep sea-green w/blue reflects) and the usually sold-out, Olive This Color (shimmery deep-green). Each individual pan is $16.75.
Swatches (L to R): Iced Mocha, Vamp, Violet Vixen, Copper Penny Midnight Lagoon, Olive This Color
Did the eyeshadows measure up? I was looking for great quality, pigmentation and ingredients that were better for my sensitive, allergic eyes. I was pleased with the color payoff from one swipe though most of the colors seemed to be sheerer than I expected. Perhaps the colors I chose were on the sheer side of the formulation. The good thing is that the shades I purchased are buildable in color. I found it took about 2 or 3 applications to the most visible pigmentation. The eyeshadows have a smooth, blendabletexture and are not irritating to my skin. I did detect a small amount glitter fall out when applying, but mostly from the sparkliest colors (Iced Mocha and Violet Vintage).
I love the idea of choosing the colors I actually want to use as well as having the option to reuse my Z-Palette and purchasing more colors! Red Apple Lipstick has a variety of purchasing options ranging from a pre-made palettes containing 2, 4, 6 or 9 shadows, create-you-own palettes, or individual eyeshadow pans without a palette. Prices range depending on the option you select.
I would recommend trying out Red Apple Lipstick and I really like the eyeshadow options available as well as the fact that they are all created with natural, gluten-free ingredients. I will definitely be trying some more colors from Red Apple Lipstick soon!
What do you think about reusable eyeshadow palettes like the Z-Palette? Have you tried any Red Apple Lipstick products? What are your favorite natural or organic eyeshadows?