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!

“Come As You Are” Beauty Tag

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A few weeks ago Katie from “The Green Product Junkie” tagged me with a “Come As You Are” beauty tag she started. She wanted me right then and there at the inception of tagging to dump out my makeup bag and take a photo. Which I did as soon as I got home from work . Luckily for me this makeup bag of mine had been accumulating various treasures over the previous weeks until it would barely zip! All those goodies you see above were really and truly inside my purse. It’s no wonder I have shoulder pain. So let’s dive in and see what I’ve been hauling around lately.

Traditional Medicinals Pure Peppermint Tea – I always travel with some type of herbal tea. Lately it’s been peppermint.
Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter – Emergency snack.
EATWHATEVER – It’s a mint/supplement combo that seems to really keep me fresh at work after lunch.
Olie Biologique Argan Oil – Travel supply of argan for my dry skin and static laden hair.
Bobby pins and hair ties
Osmia Luster – I talked about this in my recent favorites video. It’s awesome.
La Balmba Rosa by R.L. Linden & Co – Lovely lip balm that smells like springtime.
Jane Iredale Forever Pink, Ilia Karma Chameleon, Ilia Arabian Knights, Tata Harper Beloved – Just a few of my stash of lip colors. I like variety okay. 😉
Altoid Tin – Holds my vitamins.
Vapour Organic Beauty Concealer – I have two in my purse 010 and 020. You never know when you might need emergency concealing.
Tarte Lipsurgence in Joy – My favorite coral. This never really leaves my bag.
Pen!
SW Basics of BK  Cocoa Lip Balm – Another awesome balm. I told you I have a lip product addiction.
La Bella Figura Barcelona Perfume – Amazing citrusy deliciousness .
Glass Nail File
Jane Iredale Brooke Lipstick – The closest I’ve found to replacing my Tarte favorite. Gorgeous coral.
Revolution Organics Freedom Lipgloss – A great red that is moisturizing as well.
Vapour Multi-Use Stain in Impulse – I like that I can use this on cheeks and lips for quick color. It’s a nice pick me up if your blush as disappeared by noon.
North Coast Organics Revolver Deodorant – I never travel without a deodorant. This is a nice spicy/woodsy scent in a convenient twist up stick.

Other than that there’s a little handy mirror and an eyeglass cloth. If you think this is too much stuff, just imagine what I can put in a suitcase!

I tag everyone who hasn’t done this yet! 
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What’s a must have for you to carry around during the day? If I had to pick it’d probably be lipstick!

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!