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.

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!

Osmia Organics Detox Mask

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Can we talk about my December skin for a moment? It decided to flip the heck out on me and not only broke out, but decided it would be great to top things of with some serious dry skin. Flaking and breaking out. Real cool skin, real cool. Thankfully I had this gem in the beauty stash. Osmia Organics Detox Exfoliating Mask* to the rescue! It’s a fantastic multi-tasker that not only helps to purify the skin, but also helps to smooth away those nasty winter flakes.
While this amazing mask already has raw manuka honey powder (seriously didn’t even know you could powder honey), my favorite way to use it is with MORE HONEY! Mix a little of the powder with a dollop of your favorite raw honey and then slather it all over your face. Now wait. Sensitive gals like myself probably only want to leave it on about 15 minutes or so. Rinse it off in soft circular movements to make use of the bamboo charcoal and olive leaf powders exfoliating action. DO NOT SCRUB! Your face isn’t in need of sanding. I promise. After rinsing, pat dry and follow up with your favorite serums.
Post mask my skin felt like it had been professionally polished by a fellow esthetician. Needless to say I’m in love and it really helped get my skin back on track.

*was generously gifted to me by the lovely people at Osmia Organics. All opinions per usual are my own!

Current Deodorant Favorites

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My deodorant was one of the first things I switched when I started being more health conscious. It was out of sheer curiosity that I bought one from the health food store where I worked. It was okay. Nothing mind blowing. Especially since a lot of the times when adjusting to a new deodorant you just kind of smell. There’s no two ways around it. Since then I feel like I’ve been ever searching for that holy grail-where have you been all my life- deodorant. You know the one, it feels good, smells good, keeps you fresh for as long as humanly possible.
Well, I think I found it. Maybe even two!

Schmidt’s Bergamot and Lime Deodorant* has become my holy grail of deodorants. Why you ask? First off it smells incredible! It’s fresh and citrusy with out smelling like straight up limes. Secondly it works! I’ve had some crazy stressful days in the past couple months and Schmidt’s has kept me super fresh. Their formula seems to have the right mix of ingredients to fight odor but does not cause me to break out in a rash like other baking soda based deodorants. Third, the price is amazing! Eight dollars. I’ve had this jar for 2+ months and I’m not even halfway into it. That’s totally worth it in my mind. I will be so repurchasing this and can’t wait to try some of their other fun scents!

The second deodorant pictured above is a little gem I keep in my makeup bag. North Coast Organics’ Death by Lavender* is my favorite deodorant for traveling with me once I leave the house. It’s a really lovely formula that takes care of business but like Schmidt’s it doesn’t irritate the skin. This smells heavy of lavender so if you’re not fan I would check out Revolver* which is a more woodsy/spicy blend. Either way you can’t go wrong with a mini deodorant in a twist up stick! I feel like that is hard to find in a natural deodorant. North Coast Organics is also USDA certified organic which makes this formula even better. If you’re an on the go type you might just need to have this mini deodorant in your life!

Have you tried either of these brands?

*I did recieve these products for consideration. All opinions are my own and I am not compensated for my review*

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!

A Night for Green Beauty

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If you follow me on twitter you may notice I’m pretty damn excited about an upcoming event. On September 4th this midwestern bunny is jet-setting off to New York for A Night of Green Beauty! This event held at James Corbett Studio is hosted by the beauties behind one of my favorite brands – La Bella Figura! The list of brands participating in it is enough to make a green beauty swoon. Not only are some of my favorite green beauty rockstars going to be there  but I’ll get to meet some of my favorite green beauty bloggers! Kim, Britanie ,& Pam. Needless to say I’m absolutely would-do-a-cartwheel excited. If you’re coming and see me please say “Hi”! You’ll be able to find me , I’ll be the one with all the swatches of color up her arm. Hope to see you there!

August Goodebox

Here is my haul of goodies from the August Goodebox. For the most part I really enjoyed the travel goodies that came in this box. I was a little bummed about the Kaia wipes & the Primavera moisturizer but I think I’ll find good use for those. The Eat Green Tea though was the one oddball in the box and it just didn’t end up tasting good. I threw this into a smoothie the day after filming and it tasted like eating trees. Sticks and all. Not an experience I’m jumping to try again. I would have loved to have gotten the ginger that some other people did.
I love ginger!

Did you get something different than I did?? Share the details!! =)

Summer Body Moisturizers

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Moisturizing your limbs in the summertime can be somewhat daunting. Some moisturizers and oils are too light, some are too heavy. This trio of products I’ve found to be “just right” for summer. Moisturizing enough to take care of sun dried limbs but light enough that you don’t feel sticky or tacky throughout the day.

HollyBeth Organics Lemon Lime Shea Butter – This is a 3 ingredient wonder! Shea butter, lemon & lime. That’s it! The texture of this cream is unlike other shea butters I’ve tried. It’s a very smooth texture that sinks into skin nicely. The lemon lime scent is perfectly summer too! It’s definitely peaked my interest about other HolllyBeth products.
Osmia Organics Light Body Oil* – This oil is lovely. The scent is a little citrus, a little green. I like this one before bed as I find it very calming. The oil feels very nourishing on the skin but doesn’t leave a heavy film. My skin drinks it up! I’ve got my eye on a full size of it.
Lina Hanson Global Body Serum* – Serum is a great description of this product. It’s very light and easily absorbed. The scent is gorgeous! If there was a perfume of it I’d be layering these daily. It’s a beautiful blend of grapefruit and vanilla. This one is also on my wishlist!

Using the body oils has been amazing for my skin. I’m a total convert! Do you have any other body oil recommendations?

*Lina Hanson & Osmia Organics samples were provided to me.  All opinions are my own.

Au Naturale First Impressions

So recently I got some samples of foundation, bronzer and blush from Au Naturale to try out.
I thought a little video first impressions would be nice.
I tried the foundation in Sand, bronzer in Kissed* and blush in Pomegranate.
I really like the color match for the foundation. It’s a little warmer than my natural skin tone but blends well with the bit of sun I’ve gotten.
The bronzer I love and have been using pretty much everyday since I filmed this. It’s a smooth formula that can be built up to your liking.
The blush is very pretty as well and super pigmented. I’m still trying to work out exactly how much to use on my brush. One false move and it looks like I’m going to an 80’s party.

All in all I really liked what I tried.

Incase you were wondering I did start this video with my brows, eye makeup and concealer already done.

*product sample provided by Au Naturale. All opinions of this item are my own.
All other products were purchased by me.