Pacifica Mystic Palette 

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So I’ve had a love affair with the Pacifica mascara for a while now and have thought about branching out into their other goodies. I’ve eyed their shadow palettes but never took the dive. At the time I just didn’t feel like I had room in my collection. Thankfully moving allows you to seriously clear some space out. I got rid of a ton of old shadows and when I came across the Pacifica Mystic Palette on sale over the weekend I had to pick it up. This palette does not disappoint. The shadows are a buttery soft texture that have great pigmentation. I honestly bought this for the gorgeous deep blue-violet shade. In the spring I love wearing a blue tinged liner to make my eyes pop. I feel it’s just a bit fresher. Also in this palette is a lovely pink pearl that looks great on the inner corner. I’ve also been really liking the golden beige, it wears beautifully on it’s own. The only one I’m not quite sure how to wear without looking sleep deprived is the grey-blue shade. It’s beautiful, but I’ve got to play around with it a bit more to see how it looks best on me. Keep an eye on my Instagram to see what kind of looks I come up with.

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Purchased by me! All opinions are indeed my own.

Nourish Organic Eye Treatment

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I have been wanting one of these eye creams with the cooling applicator for AGES! Every one that seems to have launched is either majorly chocked full of nasties or has ingredients I’m allergic to.
Enter the Nourish Organic Eye Treatment*.
This was dropped off at my door a few weeks ago. You know before Michigan decided it was colder than Alaska. This sudden plunge into sub-artic air has not only my whole face feeling stripped of moisture but especially my eyes. The skin under the eyes is particularly delicate. Not moisturizing enough leaves you with dry crepey under eyes . Over moisturizing can lead to your concealer sliding around like butter in a hot pan. I’m loving this medium weight formula that is full of lovely hydrating ingredients. Avocado and Argan are at the top  of the list but it’s also got rosehip oil and cupaucu butter. The applicator that I was so excited about – it’s awesome! I love it especially in the morning. I find that it helps with reducing my puffiness in a nicer way than frozen spoons. All in all I think this is a great eye cream for winter.  Next, I would love to see them come out with something that packs a bigger anti-aging punch. These fine lines won’t erase themselves!

You can find Nourish Organic at many Whole Foods and online at NourishOrganic.com

*Indicates this item is a PR Sample.
All opinions are my own.

Weleda Arnica Massage Oil

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The thought of my impending nuptials & wanting to feel great in my dress has had me seriously stepping up my work out game. Silly me though, I made the mistake of doing some serious squats and then thinking I could go for a run the next day. Not a wise move if you’re not used to that kind of thing. Thankfully I had this bottle of Weleda Arnica Massage Oil! The arnica and birch oils have a warming effect that helps to soothe achy muscles. It’s a hot stone massage in a bottle as far as I’m concerned. The gentle heat sinks into the muscle unwinding pent up tension providing a relief I can only usually get from said massage. This oil has truly earned a place as a go-to for me instead of other muscle balms. If you’re a runner, a cross-fit junkie or just a yogi with a crick, I would highly recommend that you check this out!

Cleansing Done Right

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Sometimes, I hate cleansers. I try and try again but inevitably they always end up in a corner of my shower, ignored and lonely. They’re too rich, or too drying, or they smell funny. I never thought I’d find the right one.
(Feeling a bit Goldilocks with this…)
This winter though I stumbled on the best combination of products that make my skin feel glowing and hydrated. The paring up of the rich Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm and the Osmia Organics Gentle Foaming Cleanser is a match made in heaven for me. Boots Cleansing Balm is chocked full of great oils including, olive, jojoba, and sweet almond. I use about a nickel size of the cleansing balm and massage it into my skin and then wipe it away with hot muslin or flannel cloth. On it’s own I like it but it can be a bit heavy on my skin. So I follow it up with a quick cleanse of the lovely OO Gentle Foaming cleanser. It’s a lovely thick gel that when massaged into damp skin creates a slight foam. I just rinse this off and then follow it with any products that I’m using. This nightly cleansing routine has kept my skin calm, hydrated and less prone to it’s normal winter freakout.

What’s your current favorite cleansing routine?

Things I’m Loving!

So I did a little video on some of the things I’m loving lately. Unfortunately the lighting was wacky as all get out so I ended up making it in black & white. Once my apartment gets more settled I’ll figure out the lighting in the space. I did take a photo of the polish and the rms products so you can get an idea of color. I’ll pop that down below.ThingsImLoving

July Favorites

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I thought I’d ease back into things with a little monthly favorites action!

Frangipani Refreshing Face Wash*- This is a castille base cleanser with Neroli and Rose Geranium floral waters. I’ve used castille base soaps on my body and have often found them a little too drying. This cleanser and the stickiness of summer have just really jived together. My skin feels fresh and clean without being stripped. I’ll be keeping this in rotation over summer for sure.

Frangipani Protective Face Serum* – This lovely serum resurfaced again for me this month. My skin was having a major fit and I needed something soothing and hydrating. I had used this quite a bit over winter when my skin just needed a little extra TLC. But it’s been fantastic now as well! I love it because it calms my skin down so quickly.

Marie Veronique Pacific Face Serum – I freaking love this serum. I’ve run through two of these sample sizes and am gutted that I’m out. My skin had been incredible while using this. It hydrated my skin, plumped it up, and brightened it. Seriously incredible stuff. I’m anxious to get some of it in my life again.

R.L. Linden & Co. Whole Lotta Roses Probiotic Mask **- Fruit acids, vitamin C, pre and pro-bitotics?! This limited edition mask is crazy good. For an all over application I mixed my fruity scented powder with a little water and hung out for about 15-20 minutes. It left my skin feeling fresh and balanced. I’ve even played around with mixing it with a dab of honey for an awesome breakout treatment (it totally works!).

EOS Shave Cream – I’m usually a leg waxer – I’m prone to shaving accidents and have just preferred to keep my leg in one piece. But sometimes life happens and you don’t get to it. I’ve tried oils and other creams in the past and have been less than impressed. This stuff though, it’s nice. I like it because it’s cushiony but not to slippery and as allowed me to get the smoothest legs I’ve had aside from waxing. It doesn’t hurt either that it smells a bit like fruity dessert. That being said I would love to find an even cleaner alternative. Any recommendations?

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This is my current holy trinity of lip stuff. If you’ve known me for any length of time you know that I’m a lip junkie. Mostly lipsticks, lip crayons and a few tinted balms here and there. That being said, I’m doing backflips over this Kat Burki stuff.

Kat Burki glossy – This my friends is a nifty little lip treatment. It rides that line between gloss and lip balm. It’s what I would consider truly “glossy” a nice sheen without feeling tacky, yet sinks into the lips to hydrate with coconut oil. Glossy also has a cooling rollerball applicator that feels incredible when you put it on.

R.L. Linden & Co La Balmba Rosa* – It’s in a tube! I’ve obsessed over this before but just as I was scraping the last of mine out of it’s tube I got this surprise. I adore this healing rose balm to keep my lips happy and hydrated in ways I can’t even type. Let’s just suffice to say that I always have it on hand- it’s that good.

Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Niagara Overlook – I found this in my Kroger of all places and because I have a habit I had to try at least one. This shade looked like it would be the perfect fit for me- a neutral coral. Not too pink, not too orange and not too bright (I’m starting to sound like Goldilocks..). It’s become my everyday staple at the moment and makes me feel fresh and summery while being put together. I’ve thought about trying other shades but I see myself more likely buying 2 more of this one. A little bit of hoarding- I know.

 

* sample received. all opinions are my own.
** bought the limited edition box as well as received a sample.

Going Green Tag

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I love a good tag to get the ideas bouncing around again. Thank you so much to Mary, Paula and Jules for shaking it up a bit for me. I’ve been in a bit of a writing funk. So here it goes!
This tag was started by Rachael of All Natural Aspirations as a way to find out about others experiences with going green.

1. What started it all off for you?

I have to say I was pretty fortunate in my exposure to green beauty and health. My mom was always an advocate for handmade things and we would often make homemade body scrubs, face cleansers, herbal baths and the like. She was a naturalist in her college days so I think being green comes very easy to her. Around high school it started clicking into place that some of the things I was using could be harmful. I was lucky enough to be hired in at a local health food store run by some the most amazing advocates for natural health in my area. My coworkers there really helped open my eyes to all of the amazing natural things you could do for your body. When I started my program to become an esthetician I made the connections of “if it wasn’t good to put in my body why the heck would I want it on my body?” It kind of built from there.

2. What was the first thing to go?

I can’t remember if it was deodorant or toothpaste but they happened around the same time. At the health food store they were discussing how nasty aluminum is in your deodorant and I was like “well that’s got to go.” I think apricot scented JASON was my first natural deodorant. Toothpaste was another one I had to switch. I was talking with my manager at the health food store one day and through conversation figured out that the SLS in toothpaste was causing the problem I was having. I started eliminating a lot of things with SLS after that too. Now both of those ingredients are a total no-go for me.

3. What are you/did you struggle to let go of?

Nail polish. Thankfully 4 & 5 free options are being made now in so many fun colors. Mascara was another one for me that was hard to find a good natural replacement for. Thankfully I’ve found a few good ones this year. It only took nearly a decade of searching.

4.What has been your best find  or change (i.e. a green product or tip that you’re really glad you’ve found/learnt)

Coconut oil. It can be used for nearly everything. I now always have a jar around. We use it for cooking & baking, I use it on lips and body. I even solved my one cat’s skin issue with coconut oil! It’s magic as far as I’m concerned.

5. What has been the worst thing about going green? What has been the hardest to transition or find an adequate green replacement of?

Two part questions get two part answers. I think the worst thing about going green for me was availability. For a long time it was hard to find products in my area without having to drive an hour or two. It’s gotten a lot easier to find things local but I still order the bulk of my things online now.  The thing I had the hardest time finding a green replacement of was a good effective deodorant (which I now have), and pressed blushes. I really like pressed blushes and for a long time if you wanted mineral or natural it was a loose blush. Thankfully there seems to be a number of them popping up these days.

6. Anything else to add? Any tips or tricks to pass on?

My biggest advice is to find what green beauty means to you. There are so many variations of “clean”, “green” and “natural” out there now. Do your research and find out what it is you want to avoid in your products. Everyone is different.
And when in doubt, don’t be afraid to DIY. For example I love store bought scrubs for their scents and all the added bonuses, but when it comes down to it I really always go back to my honey and sugar scrub. I freakin’ love that stuff.
And last but not least, apply your body oils on damp skin. When I learned this (Thanks Sarah of Osmia!), it was life changing. I mean it. Now I preach the word to others in hopes that no one will stay ashy or over oil themselves again.

It’s been hard to keep track of who’s gotten tagged. So I’ll go outside of the box and tagging some green brand founders, the ladies of R.L. Linden & Co and La Bella Figura!

Pacifica Stellar Gaze Mascara

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If you’ve never had the pleasure of perusing a Plum Market , it’s a magical place. Their beauty section is, dare I say it, better than Whole Foods. Really, it’s true. They have more makeup, more skincare and well just more! Last time I was at one I stumbled upon the whole range of Pacifica’s makeup. Now I’ve seen bits and pieces of it in Target before but this was glorious. And they had testers of everything. Well after swatching and staring for what seemed like forever I finally decided on taking home the
Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara“.
Longest name ever. My selling featuring – the short packaging. It’s the size of my palm and has a delightful short handled wand with a fat fluffy brush at the end. Once I got it home, I knew it was love. The formula is a bit thicker and drier than some of my other natural mascaras. Which for me works out perfectly. It gives me a great dark lash with tons of volume and length. I am also loving how gentle it is on my lashes and eyes. Never any stinging and super easy to remove. At $14, it’s cheaper than my recent favorite and totally worth a repurchase.

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seriously isn’t this brush awesome?!

You can find this mascara at Pacifica’s website.
Plum Market can be found in SE Michigan and in Chicago!

Modern Radiance Concentrate

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Need a little more glow this winter? Look no further! La Bella Figura’s Modern Radiance Concentrate is the answer.
I’ve been using this high performance vitamin C in my daily skincare routine for quite a while now and I have to say I think I’m pretty hooked. It’s the natural beauty’s answer to the clinical vitamin C serums out there. Pre-greening I was a big fan of SkinMedica’s vitamin C as it was both fat soluble and water soluble. What’s I didn’t love is all of the junk that they put in it. LBF’s Modern Radiance Concentrate is even better than my old favorite. It has a healthy dose of vitamin C along with ferulic acid (not scary acid-  the collagen boosting kind) as well as a plethora of skin brightening ingredients and antioxidants. Seriously just look at this ingredient list:

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Fruit) Juice*, Opuntia Ficus (Barbary Fig) Seed oil*, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Butter, Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Cell Extract, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract*, Aronia Melanocarpa (Aronia Berry) Extract*, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn Fruit) Oil CO2*, Ferulic Acid (Acid Derived From Plants), Glycrrhiza Glabra (Licorice Root) Extract*, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin Seed) Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose Flower) Extract, Olea Europea (Olive) Leaf Extract*, Helichrysum Stoechas Extract*, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract*, Bambusa Vulgaris (Bamboo) Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado Fruit) Extract*, Coffea Arabica (Green Coffee) Bean Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine Flower) Oil, Leuconostoc Ferment Filtrate (Radish Root) Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil CO2*, Daucus Carota Sativa (Cold Pressed Virgin Carrot) Seed Oil*, Zingiber Officinale (Fresh Ginger Root) Oil, Cymbopogan Martinii Motia (Palmarosa) Oil, Salix Alba (White Willow) Bark Extract*, Xanthan Gum (Non-GMO)*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Derived From Coconut), Vegetable Gylcerin (Non-GMO), Ethyl Alcohol (Derived From Non-GMO Corn)*

What I’ve noticed since adding it into my routine is that my skin is brighter and clearer. My tiny bits of pigmentation have faded nicely. And the icing on the cake is that in the past two months I’ve received more complements on my skin and I’m wearing less makeup! Even my mom asked what I did different! If it can pass the mom test it’s a total keeper in my routine.
So in a nutshell, is it expensive- yes.
Is it totally worth it for me – heck yes.
Karen & Victoria – please don’t ever stop making this. It’s a total gem!