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!

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

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!

The Green Beauty Characters Tag!

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It’s been what feels like forever since I sat still enough to write. So I thought I would break into things nice and easy with a fun little tag. This is the Beauty Tag created by the lovely Sonja from Life in Blush (amazing blog BTW). I was tagged by my awesome friend Katie of Green Product Junkie (also an incredible blog). Do yourself a favorite and go check both of these gals out.

On my nightstand you’ll find: Osmia Organics Hand Cream and Honey-Myrrh Lip Treatment, Badger Balm Sleep Balm, and a mini Lotus Wei Quiet Mind Mist.

The literary character I’m most like is: (take this quiz to find your answer) – Galadriel from Lord of the Rings.

I’m currently obsessed with: Ilia Arabian Knights, Osmia Organics Sunset Body Oil, Brija Comet eyeshadow, Suntegrity (totally late on this one).

My favorite superhero is: Storm from the X-Men. Something about being able to control the weather always seemed kind of badass.

Favorite beauty product of 2013: Of the whole year?! You ask some tough questions Sonja. I think I’d have to go with Osmia Organics Active Nutrient Gel Serum. This stuff has seriously transformed my skin. I’m pretty sure I’ll never be without it.

If I could have dinner with anyone dead or alive: Cleopatra. I’ve always been intrigued by this era of history and fascinated by her. Not to mention I’m sure she’d have some interesting beauty secrets.

Winter is coming, how do you prep your skin for battle? Exfoliate and Hydrate! Off with those dead flaky skin cells and buttering up with some nice hydrating oils and balms.

My perfect date night makeup consists of: For a date I love a sheer foundation with a glowy finish. A nice flush on the cheek, kind of a softly smoked out eye and a little bit of color on the lips but nothing too dark (think Ilia Arabian Knights).

My go-to skin-beautifying snack/drink is: Hot water with lemon or a green juice. A little bit of R.L. Linden & Co Beauty Tea doesn’t hurt either.

My TV boyfriend is: Neal Caffrey from White Collar or Zane Donovan from Eureka. Both are creative, smart and bit on the rebellious side. They’re not bad to look at either.

If my evening clutch could hold only one beauty item it would be: Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner in “In Paradise”. Perfect coral color for lips and cheeks.

One beauty tip I would pass on to my fictional daughter is: I’m torn between lecturing on the merits of sunscreen and telling her how healthy, happy people are naturally beautiful. 

The most nostalgic item from my childhood is: A dollhouse my Dad built for me. It was way cooler than any plastic Barbie house.

My favorite show of the moment is: Since my beloved Face Off ended I’m currently loving S.H.I.E.L.D, White Collar, and HIMYM.

My favorite quote is: “Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the romance of the unusual” Ernest Hemingway.

Okay I’m passing on the tag torch to Ana of Ana Goes Green, Lilly of Genuine Glow and Mary of Pure Makeup!

Nvey Eco Volumizing Mascara

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Mascara is one of those beauty items that I’d be beside myself without it. With my fairer features it takes me from feeling like “meh” in the morning to “bam”. I swear that the minute the good stuff is on I feel instantly more awake. Which is why I’m always on the search for the most amazing mascara that natural beauty has to offer.
Nvey Eco had been a brand I’d been really wanting to try. So when I found it at my local ULTA I picked up their mascara to give it a try. Fast forward a few months and I’m scraping the sides of this container to get every last bit of this awesome mascara out of the tube. It’s been pretty much everything I want in a mascara. It lengthens, adds volume, and separates. The formula is neither to dry nor to wet. This mascara also happens to work fantastically with my favorite lash primer from Jane Iredale. So I’m having a  Goldilocks moment with it over here and will be picking up my second tube of it pretty much immediately. All you mascara junkies out there should really give this one a try.

You can find Nvey Eco Volumizing Mascara at ULTA for $17

If You Could Only Have One….Tag!

The lovely Ana from Ana Goes Green tagged me for this most recent tag. I found it interesting as it really makes you hone in on what you really love. It’s kind of like deciding on what would be a “desert island” product that is if you were able to have your entire makeup kit.

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 If you could only have one…

Primer :-: I don’t really use a primer, so I’m okay with none.
Base Products :-: If I really really had to pick only one I would go with the Jane Iredale liquid minerals. It gives my skin a really pretty glow and has medium coverage.
Concealer :-:  rms “un” cover-up. It’s a green beauty standard for a reason. I can not only use it under my eyes or on blemishes but also as a sheer foundation.
Powder :-: This is probably cheating a little bit but I’d go with my Everyday Minerals. I can use it with a feathery brush to mattify areas or with a denser brush to add more coverage.
Blush :-: It was kind of hard to choose a blush. Do you pick powder or cream? Oh the decisions. After much back and forth I’ve finally settled on rms beauty lip2cheek in smile. A gorgeous peachy-pink color.
Bronzer :-: The one I have been using nearly every day since I got it is my Au Naturale Kissed bronzer. It’s the perfect color for my skin & I’m going to have a hard time not using it come winter.
Highlighter :-: rms beauty living luminizer. This is such a great multitasking products & I don’t think I could be without.
Makeup Brush :-: My Real Techniques stippling brush. Great with every kind of product I’ve used it with.
Eyebrow Product :-: It’s discontinued but currently I’m obsessed with Jane Iredale’s old Almond eyeshadow. It’s the perfect shade for a coppery redhead.
Single Eyeshadow :-: Alima Pure in Cappuccino. It’s a really pretty golden bronzy/coppery color that looks great on my green eyes.
Eyeliner :-: I’d be hard-pressed to be without a basic black eyeliner. For this I went with my trusty Jane Iredale Basic Black liner. It’s never let me down.
Mascara :-: Nvey Eco Mascara. This is a hands down favorite of mine since I bought it.

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Lipstick :-: Yeah, so here’s where I can’t follow rules. You all know I’m a lipstick addict. So I’m going with two. I could live happily ever after if I had just these two. My picks are Ilia Beauty’s Crimson & Clover and Jane Iredale’s Liz . A gorgeous true red and a beautiful coral.
Nail Polish :-: I can’t remember the name of this little mini OPI polish but it was part of the Bond collection. A gorgeous red with gold fleck that is perfect for all occasions!
Lipbalm :-: R.L. Linden and Co La Balmba Rosa. I love this stuff so much. Goes on so nicely with a bit of glossy sheen to the lips and hydrates like crazy.

I’m going to tag Brianna and anyone else who would want to give this a whirl.