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May Goodebox: Spring Sprang Sprung!
This month’s Spring themed Goodebox showed up right when I had just purchased a bunch of natural goodies for myself, so I have to admit it got overlooked. I had the best of intentions to do a quick video for it, but life got in the way of blogging last week so I thought I’d just share it with you here!
The Goodes! (Clockwise from L to R)
- Vita Care Whitening Gum (yum!!)
- Pure + Remedy Precious Drops Super Hydrating Serum
- Pure + Remedy Damage Repairing Facial Serum
- Health Warrior Chia Bar (yum!!)
- Shea Terra White Chocolate Shea Butter
- The Natural Lip Scrub
The Chia Bar and gum were delicious and I’d definitely try both of them again soon. I am glad to have The Natural Lip Scrub, I’ll need to keep my lips smooth for all those beautiful and creamy new BITE lipsticks!
I haven’t tried the Pure + Remedy products yet, but I plan to do so soon. I was a little bummed about the Shea Terra sample I received. I hear lots of great things about their products, but I wish they had included ANY other scent. Overly sweet scents give me an instant headache, but that’s a personal thing and has nothing to do with the quality of the product. I would have loved to try the Rose Hips version, but I’ve got lots of other skincare products to play with so I certainly can’t complain.
What did you get in your Goodebox this month? Anything you loved? Hated? Let me know in the comments!
And the @andalounaturals Beauty Balm giveaway winner is: @couturerin!!! Congrats! You’ll have an email in your inbox shortly. Thanks to everyone who entered, you guys really make this so much fun! :) #yay!
My Makeup Show NYC 2013 Experience (oh, and a first ever haul video!)
This past weekend I spent a few hours at the Makeup Show in NYC and then hopped over to ABC Carpet and Home for a mini green beauty shopping trip. Check out the video above to see what I came home with!
At work? Not in a video-watchin’ mood? Check out the swatches and photos I included in the video below:
Left to Right, top to bottom:
- Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lipstick in Pastille Rosebud
- Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Pomegranate
- Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Quince
- Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics in Pool Boy & Traffic
- Ilia Beauty Lip Conditioner in Bang Bang
- RMS Beauty Cream Shadow in Solar
- Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes in E104*
- Ellis Faas Milky Lips in L201*
- Z Palette in HOT PINK (Duh!)
Swatches (L to R) : Bang Bang; Pastille Rosebud; Pomegranate; Quince; L201; E104; Solar (bottom)
I didn’t have a lot of time as this was a quick day trip into NYC, so I was not at the makeup show for very long. I missed out on the seminars I wanted to attend because I was
waiting in line for a really important bagel late. However, I did get to meet the amazing Kristen Arnett of the Green Beauty Team. I was so happy to see her in the sea of not-at-all-caring-about-natural-makeup attendees that I immediately and uncharacteristically introduced myself to her at the Youngblood Cosmetics booth. She didn’t even run away! In fact, we chatted green beauty for a few minutes and I got to learn some good tips and check out the Youngblood line. I had every intention of going back to purchase some Youngblood, but was so overwhelmed after walking around (and spending a ton of money on Bite Beauty lipsticks) that I just had to pass them up. BUT, I’ve definitely got my eye on them for future purchases.
That’s everything! Overall I had a great experience this weekend. Sure, I spent WAY too much money, but I got lots of goodies to talk to all of you about and that’s what really matters, right?!
Is there anything you see here that you’d like me to review? Let me know in the comments!
*Please don’t be confused about the Ellis Faas purchases, these are NOT NATURAL, as I state in the video, these are absolute makeup fangirl purchases. She’s amazing, go check her out!
Very excited to try out Lavinia Borcau’s From My Neck Up face and neck exercise program tonight. I’m getting together with my sisters, mom and aunt for a skincare party! There’s sure to be some ridiculous photos coming your way. Do you exercise your face & neck? #frommyneckup #lavieorganique #greenbeauty #facelift
So…this just happened. My local store is no longer going to carry DeVita :( so they put everything on sale for $3.99! :) sadly no eyeshadow quads left, but I am psyched to try these out. More details soon! #makeup
Face of the Day: Andalou Naturals Beauty Balm Review Video
Why hello there! I wanted to share a face of the day post featuring the products I’ve been wearing lately. Obviously, that lead to the totally random decision to try out youtube for the first time ever. Makes sense right? I wanted to show the beauty balm in action and give you an idea of the coverage that it gives. It’s a bit overexposed, but I’m a newbie at this - I’ll work on it! (Also, I applied eye makeup before the video that you won’t see in the post below.)
You can check out the video above or see the list of products I’ve been using lately below!
- Alima Pure Luminous Shimmer Blush in Leigh c/o Alima Pure.
- Andalou Naturals All in One Beauty Balm
- Alima Pure Nourishing Lip Balm in Holly Berry c/o Alima Pure
- Benecos Natural Mascara Maximum Volume
This Alima Pure blush is so pretty, the video doesn’t do it justice. I will have to fix my exposure and apply extra for the camera! I love this blush so much that I’ll definitely use it in another video in the future so that you can see it better.
I’m behind on the youtube experience, but I’m quickly seeing it’s going to be a great place to connect with people. If you’re on YouTube and have suggestions for who I should check out (yourself included!) Please leave me a comment. OR if there are any videos you’d like to see from me, let me know that too. I love hearing from you guys!
Did you enter my giveaway yet? What are you waiting for?
*Products marked c/o were provided to me for consideration, without obligation. All thoughts are my own and I received no additional compensation for sharing them.
Andalou Naturals All in One Beauty Balm Review & Giveaway!
Well girls and boys, there comes a time in every beauty blogger’s online life where she takes an unplanned three week blogging hiatus. It doesn’t mean she doesn’t love you, she just has a lot of things happening in her life. Maybe it starts with putting off writing, then she might let perfect lighting opportunities pass without a single photo, and then *gasp* even tweeting overwhelms her. Suddenly, three weeks have come and gone with nary a legitimate post for her readers. The only thing left for her to do is give away her favorite product in the hopes that you will forgive her!
My favorite folks over at Kimberton Whole Foods recently pointed out this product to me, and I haven’t wanted to wear much else since. You’re looking at a new product from Andalou Naturals, a legitimate Beauty Balm with a sheer tint with SPF 30. I’m quite pale, and also impatient in the morning so this cream takes care of quite a few of my problems. I can wear it on it’s own, there’s no white cast and it doesn’t feel greasy. It’s truly an all in one product.
What’s more, every time I put it on, Matt sniffs my face and tells me how great I “always” smell. (Note: I definitely don’t “always” smell great, this comment began the day I started wearing this product.) The citrus scent is not overpowering, and it disappears after 20-30 minutes.
This chemical free sunscreen uses Zinc Oxide, which I prefer, and it also contains fruit stem cells and a super antioxidant cocktail to brighten your skin. I always thought that the slew of traditional beauty balms were counter intuitive, considering they mostly contain chemicals that we all know are far from nourishing, and probably even poisonous. The Andalou Naturals Beauty Balm however, is one I can get behind!
Active ingredients: Zinc Oxide 20.0% Inactive ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Juice*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) and Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oils*, Sorbitan Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Fruit Stem Cell and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Hyaluronic Acid, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Oil*, Algae and Cucumis Melo (Melon) Extracts, Magnesium Sulfate, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos), Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis and Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extracts*†, Iron Oxide, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil*
*Organic † Fair Trade Made naturally without GMO’s, gluten, paraben preservatives, petrochemicals, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic colors, dyes and fragrances. Verified Gluten-Free 100% Eco-friendly, Vegetarian & Cruelty-Free
Coverage & Tone:
I found the Andalou Naturals to be very comparable to the Suntegrity 5 in 1 cream that I loved. It has a similarly thick but easy to apply consistency. However, though it claims to suit most skin tones, the Andalou Naturals does not offer the multiple shades that Suntegrity does. I am pale and freckly and have pretty healthy skin, so I can get away with less coverage and I wear this on it’s own. If you have problem skin and need full coverage, this may be best used as a primer for your foundation.
I didn’t have the chance to try this on cooler or darker skin tones than mine, but I suspect that it would work best for neutral and yellow, light to medium skin tones. This product really blends in well (photo 2) and seems to disappear, but it also has an orange enough cast to it that I feel the need to warn our cooler toned friends. If that’s you, maybe try before you buy. As I said, if this isn’t enough coverage for you, it works great as a primer too! So far, it has worked really well under my Alima Pure mineral foundation.
I love this product so much that I want you to have it! One lucky winner will receive a full size tube of the Andalou Naturals Beauty Balm, a $19 value.
To enter: You can earn up to 4 entries by doing any of the following:
Then, send an email to pemberleyjones [at] gmail [dot] com with your name as well as the corresponding usernames so that I can verify your entries. (Remember, if I can’t verify your entry, it won’t count!) Also, if you are already a fan or follower, you can simply send me an email with that info.
All entries must be received by midnight EST on May 8, 2013. The winner will be chosen at random on May 9, 2013.
That’s it!! Do you forgive me now?
*All products in this review and giveaway were purchased by me. I am not affiliated with this company, I simply wanted to share a great product with you!
*This giveaway is open internationally!
Stunnerific vegan #makeup brushes from @alimapure.
Hey now! Look whose morning routine was featured on No More Dirty Looks!! Go check it out. Now! ;)