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If you follow my blog, then you know that I love beauty products! I am especially fond of organic, natural and cruelty-free skin care and cosmetics. The Organic Skin Co. is at the top of my list for some of the very finest beauty products I have tried. I am in love with their vibrant, richly pigmented, luxurious Lip Service Lipstick colors! They have 12 gorgeous colors to choose from.
My lips are my best feature, and so I enjoy playing them up. I admit, I have been a bit bashful when it comes to trying out new shades, but I was very impressed by The Organic Skin Co's Wisteria and Ruby Red from their Lip Service Lipstick. I absolutely love these colors on my lips! You know how sometimes lipstick looks completely different in the tube than it does on your lips? Or that the pigment isn't very rich no matter how many coats you apply? Well, the shades I have chosen from The Organic Skin Co. look just as beautiful on my lips as they do in the tube.
And, since there will be plenty of holiday events to attend it will be fun to to dress up and sport festive lip shades.
Here is a photo of me wearing Wisteria
I love this beautiful color! It stays true on my lips. I can apply it lightly for a slight pinkish hue, or wear it boldly, like I am in my photo above.
One of my biggest problems that I have with my lips is that they are very sensitive, and tend to get irritated with certain formulas. Thankfully, The Organic Skin Co's lipsticks are formulated with the benefits of calendula and rosemary supercritical extracts, as well as nourishing organic oils and carnauba wax. They feel amazing on my lips and do not irritate them in the slightest. This is a such a plus, because my lips also get chapped very easily, and they are very protected by the ingredients in The Organic Skin Co's formula.
Here is what I look like in the Ruby Red, perfect for the holidays! Finally a red shade that looks great on me!
Again, I can choose to blot it, to wear it as a slight stain or wear it as bold as I am in my picture above. Look how cute the packaging is. The lipstick tubes are very elegant.
To learn more about The Organic Skin Co. go to: https://theorganicskinco.com
The holidays are around the corner! One of the things I love the most about the holidays is the delicious treats. I don't bake much, except for making fudge (the only thing I can actually make that turns out perfectly.) I always find myself craving brittle, and just praying somebody will make me some! (I cannot ever get that recipe to turn out!)
If nobody makes me homemade brittle this holiday season, it doesn't matter, because I have discovered the most delicious brittle I have ever tasted! It is called Softer than Brittle.
Softer Than Brittle is a unique, soft and flaky gourmet nut brittle hand-crafted from a 60-year-old family recipe. This “better-for-you-brittle” contains no preservatives, cholesterol, dairy, or hydrogenated oil and is even vegan. Not only is Softer Than Brittle an incredibly delicious and flakey nut brittle, it also features a clean label with just 6 or 7 basic ingredients. It is available in 4 varieties: Peanut, Cashew, Pecan and Almond.
I received samples of each flavor to review. I promptly opened the almond and the cashew. I was taken away from the first bite of buttery, sweet, rich flavor that was accented by the delicious nuts. I was utterly in love with the heavenly taste and soft texture of each bite.
I never like to hog a treat as delectable as Soften than Brittle for myself, and so I gave one to my sweet mother (she loves pecans) and sent the peanut flavor to my daughter, Myelie, who lives in Utah. Both of these precious ladies agreed that this was the best brittle that they have ever tasted in their entire lives! My mother, as well as my daughter admitted to eating the entire bag on their own without sharing, just like I did with my two bags. Well, technically, I did share with those two, but I did not share the bags of Softer than Brittle that I was eating at home.
Softer Than Brittle would be a great addition to a snack mix or as a topping for brownies. There are many ways you can use Softer Than Brittle in your baking, such as breaking them into pieces and adding them to your favorite cookie recipe! I prefer to just eat them as they are, right out of the bag!
I also plan to purchase a few bags as gifts and for stocking stuffers this year. I can imagine they would be very well received as gifts for my son to bring to his teachers, too!
Enter to win: One winner will receive four packages of Softer than Brittle gourmet snacks; one of each flavor: Peanut, Cashew, Pecan and Almond. (Retail value: $22)
How? It's easy! Just enter for your chance to win by filling out the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
To learn more, or to find out where you can purchase Softer than Brittle, go to: http://www.softerthanbrittle.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
I get giddy with excitement whenever I discover a new skincare and cosmetics brand. I recently found the best of both worlds when I was given the chance to review a few luxurious products from The Organic Skin Co. I am hooked!
The Organic Skin Co. is a new skincare and color cosmetics brand designed to change the way you think about beauty. They are luxurious, fun, and eco-responsible. Fiercely organic -- yet glamorous.
In New Zealand,
The Organic Skin Co. is already a Millennial favorite. For that dewy glow, they’re snapping up the Good Oil and Luminizer. They also adore their blush, even on lips and eyelids and love to create their own collections with The Organic Skin Co's customizable color pods.
This amazing company sent me three of their best selling products to try out. I received the best primer I have ever used, the most beautiful rosy color for my cheeks and lips, and one of the most gentle, yet effective exfoliation formulas ever!
After a long hot summer of UV exposure and record-breaking heat around the world, exfoliation is critical for healthy skin.
The Organic Skin Company's
NITTY GRITTY Almond Seed Exfoliant is a gentle scrub that lifts away surface dullness for fresh, polished skin. Here’s the green reveal: no plastic microbeads are used in the NITTY GRITTY formula. Microplastics are now recognized as a major pollutant of our oceans, and can literally carry absorbed toxins to your dinner plate (sushi, anyone?).
I use my NITTY GRITTY twice per week. I usually use it in the shower, and I apply it onto my face, neck and décolletage after cleansing. I massage it in a circular motion for about 3-5 minutes before rinsing. I am left with fresh, soft skin that is better able to absorb my skin care products, since that layer of dead skin is removed.
After quite a bit of trial and error over the years, I have learned the importance of using a good facial primer before applying foundation. The Organic Skin Co. has created the Primp-N- Prime primer, which creates the perfect base for a flawless face.
To achieve a great result, you need to prepare well. And that’s exactly what this primer helps you do. Lightweight, rich in antioxidants, restorative oils and revitalizing supercritical extracts, it will not only help your makeup go on smooth and stay that way, it will care for your skin too!
It seriously fills in and blurs any of my imperfections, and makes for an easy, smooth application of my foundation. It is available in two easy-to-apply shades, and this natural liquid primer contains moisturizing aloe vera, as well as supercritical extracts of pomegranate, honeysuckle and rosemary.
I believe that a little bit of the right shade of blush is the perfect finishing touch for every woman's makeup routine. Blush just adds a pop of color for a healthy glow, and it can make all of the difference in how we look. I prefer a pinkish shade in a dewey formula. The Organic Skin Co.has created the most heavenly blush I have ever used! Their Cheeky Lips gives me that beautiful glow that I desire.
My favorite shade is Spice. (Shown above.) I love how creamy it is, and how it blends perfectly onto the apples of my cheeks for a completely natural looking glow. Since my summer tan has long faded, Spice suits my skin tone to help brighten up my pale complexion. I also love to use it on my lips for a quick touch of color.
To learn more about The Organic Skin Co. please visit: https://theorganicskinco.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Did know that this month (November) is World Vegan Month? I just found that out myself. I think I could easily become vegan because I eat very little meat in my life, and would gladly give it up entirely.
Whether you maintain a plant-based diet, are a total carnivore or have any diet in between, you'll love these easy and balanced vegan options! From meal kits and meat alternatives to protein-rich pastas, snacks and powders, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
COOKING & BAKING:
The original vegetarian grain meat, Field Roast products are traditionally made in small batches using fresh vegetables, bold spices and simple, time tested practices that have been used for centuries. Field Roast offers everything from vegan breakfast sausages and burgers to holiday roasts, and has recently expanded the line to include frozen snacks and tasty sides like Mac 'n Chao and Frozen Mini Corn Dogs. Field Roast products can be found nationwide at stores like Kroger, Safeway, Whole Foods, Walmart, Costco, Publix and more.
Take the guilt out of your favorite pasta meals with Explore Cuisine! Explore Cuisine integrates beans, peas, lentils, and rice to provide you with nourishing meals which are easy, quick, colorful, and simply delicious! All Explore Cuisine products are vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and jam packed with nutrients . ($4.99 at www.explorecuisine.com and retailers nationwide)
Coconut Protein Powder
NEW from the brand (it just launched in July!), Carrington Farms Organic Coconut Protein Blend is made with only 3 organic ingredients. It's the perfect way to add plant-based protein to your diet and to your favorite holiday cookies for added nutrition. MSRP: $16.99 www.CarringtonFarms.com
Oatmeal Fruit Squeezes
These ready-to-eat, vegan oatmeal fruit squeezes from Munk Pack are packed with grains and fruit bites and perfect for a quick breakfast or snack on the go! Available in five delicious flavors, including Apple Quinoa Cinnamon, Maple Pear Quinoa, and more. Also gluten-free, non GMO, high in fiber.
These vegan and gluten free cookies from Munk Pack are soft baked and filled with fiber. With 18G of plant-protein per cookie, Munk Pack Protein Cookies are a delicious protein bar alternative. Available in flavors like Double Dark Chocolate, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin Spice and more.
World renowned Italian winery, Santa Margherita offers premium vegan-friendly varietals using bentonite clay, vegetable and yeast-derived elements. In an effort to be more conscious and aware of sustainable and responsible practices, Santa Margherita abandoned the use of animal byproducts years ago to craft sustainable and vegan wines. Varietals include Pinot Grigio, Chianti Classico Riserva and NEW Sparkling Rosé and Prosecco Superiore DOCG. ($24.99-29.99)
Number 4 Hair Care Ignites a Texture Transformation with New
Sugar Texturizing Spray
Number 4™ Jour d'automne™ Sugar Texturizing Spray denounces salt while heralding sugar in a declaration of sweet love for hair texture that is perfectly undone. Transform limp, lackluster strands into loose, touchably soft, "beach inspired" waves with a nourishing blend of sugar and flexible styling aids. Sugar Texturizing Spray aids in style defense against humidity to help build a long-lasting relationship with texture that's more than just a summer fling.
To fully comprehend the vast benefits of Sugar Texturizing Spray, let's start with a little comparison in a sugar versus salt battle for your hair's affections:
- Can irritate hair, skin and even eyes
- Can strip hair of its essential oils and hair color, causing dry, brittle, lifeless hair
- Can strengthen hair
- Can deliver soft waves
HOW IT WORKS : Number 4 Sugar Texturizing Spray achieves hair texture through simple sugar cane molecules and flexible styling aids producing a lattice of soft structure and haphazard patterns of loose, shiny waves.
HOW TO USE: Spray through mid-lengths to ends. Scrunch, tousle, blow dry with a diffuser, or air dry as desired.
RESULTS: Hair in need of a texture reboot will thrive with a sweet misting of Sugar Texturizing Spray. Create a transformative element of style with staying power-the undone, "beachy" wave. Flex net resins help keep glossy texture intact despite unfavorable conditions of heat and humidity, while anti-static properties provide extra nourishment.
PROPERTIES: Color Protecting, Anti-Aging, Vegan, Cruelty Free, Gluten Free, Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, and Paraben Free. Fragrance Notes: Tonka Beans, Patchouli, Spanish Moss.
MY THOUGHTS: I love having beachy waves in my hair. I once wore my hair straight and sleek, but my hair became heavily damaged due to the heat styling I was subjecting it to every day. So, I decided to start wearing my hair naturally. I started using texturizing sprays that contained salt, and they did give me my desired waves, but tended to dry out my locks.
I was given the chance to try out the Sugar Texturizing Spray from Number 4. I usually use the spray on my hair when it is dry, first thing in the morning. I spray my hair liberally with it, and then I scrunch it all over until I have the beachy look I am after. I absolutely love how beautiful and soft my hair looks and feels. The fragrance is beyond heavenly as well. The waves in my hair look natural and luxurious.
Here is a car selfie, showing off my waves
About Number 4: Innovative, Lightweight, Color Protecting, Anti-Aging Formulas. 100% Vegan, Gluten Free, Sulfate & Sodium Chloride Free, Paraben Free. The Ultimate Hair Care Experience. California based Number 4 High Performance Hair Care was founded to define new stylistic territories in newfound creative and artistic capacities. Our collection represents a strategic alliance of styling, hydrating, volumizing and essential products to deliver a unique voice in the hair care and beauty industry.
Number 4 Sugar Texturizing Spray 4.9OZ is available in salons and select retailers nationwide. Suggested Retail Price is $22.00. For a complete listing, please visit www.number4hair.com.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
There seems to be harmful toxins in everything we use. I personally get worried about the chemicals that are in my every day products, such as my deodorant. Deodorant is something I would never want to go without. (I certainly would not smell very good.) Thankfully, Rustic MAKA gives us a healthful alternative with chemical free products that work as well as (if not better than the toxin laden counterparts.)
This holiday season, give the gift of natural beauty. Rustic MAKA has created Pachy Natural Deodorant.
When choosing Pachy Natural Deodorant, you can count on effective and good-for-the-body solution that works with your body naturally. Our smooth formula is carefully created with rich, organic plant-based oils, butters and powders, along with minerals and plant-based extracts. Pachy deodorants are scented with pure Essential Oils, which makes them perfume and synthetic fragrance free.
Look at the wonderful array of fragrances they have!
I received samples of Rustic MAKA's Pachy Deodorant in Rough Rivers (for my husband) and Calming Fields (for me.)
Both fragrances are warm, calming and even uplifting. I have stayed completely dry, which is unusual for me because I usually perspire rather heavily. I love the fragrance of lavender. It really soothes me throughout the day and I feel confident and feeling fresh.
My husband sweats less than I do. (Lucky guy, and he works hard as a sheet metal installer.) He smells incredible and masculine with the Rough Rivers deodorant.
I feel wonderful knowing that my husband and I are using products that are free of dangerous chemicals since we have been using the Rustic MAKA's Pachy Deodorant.
Rustic MAKA's Pachy Deodorant would be the perfect holiday gift or stocking stuffer for loved ones who enjoy natural products.
For more information or to place and order go to: https://www.rusticmaka.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
I was recently browsing online for skincare companies who create all-natural, chemical-free skincare products for Christmas gift ideas. I came across Pristine Beauty. Not only did their adorable Old Hollywood Style theme catch my attention, I was also intrigued by what I was reading about their products
Pristine Beauty produces an effective 100% pure and natural skin and hair care product line that promises to change your life and the lives of others. "Our desire is to promote a positive mind, a joyful spirit and a healthy lifestyle with a touch of Old Hollywood Glamour!"
I was given the chance to review one of Pristine Beauty's products, and I chose Hooray for Brallywood Butta. Anti-aging moisturizer.
My thoughts: From the moment I laid my eyes on the beautifully packaged bottle, I knew this was going to quickly become one of my favorite beauty creams. It looks so elegant. I apply it first thing in the morning after cleansing, and it keeps my skin moist and supple all day long. It does not interfere with my foundation, and it does not leave my skin looking like an oil slick. It is actually the perfect base for my makeup.
I also apply it after cleansing at night. It is the perfect night cream. It makes my skin looks youthful and radiant. My skin was starting to feel dry with the cooler temperatures, but my Brallywood Butta saved the day. My fine lines and wrinkles are vastly improved.
Enter to win! One winner will receive a full-sized bottle of Pristine Beauty's Brallywood Butta Face Cream. (ARV: $38)
How? It's easy! Just fill out the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
For more information go to: http://www.shoppristinebeauty.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Flash Summer Beauty with a Twist with Trust Fund Beauty New Nail Polish Line
Goodbye hippie-chic colors, hello luxe sexy shades! Khloe Kardashian’s top choice, “Put a Ring on It,” is just one of many colors to flash on those hands and toes this summer with sassy pastels and bright hues. “Put a Ring on It,” was also recently featured inStyleList Canada as a must-have makeup product of the year.
Trust Fund Beauty is turning vegan and cruelty-free products into high-fashion trends with a feisty twist. This beauty line turns up the heat on color without dangerous toxins or chemicals to create constant show-stopping nail polishes and lipsticks. With Trust Fund Beauty’s quality nail polishes and lipsticks, you will never have to worry about dipping your pretty nails into gross toxins or applying poison to those precious lips.
The wide-ranging shades of polish and Lipgasm Lipsticks allows for women to change up their look several times a day or week, according to their mood and style needs. Trust Fund Beauty’s new line of polish stands out in the crowd with sensuous colors and witty, unapologetic names like “Adult Content,” “Dirty Thoughts,” and “Going Commando.”
While water-based polishes take too long to dry, the new luxury, tongue-in-cheek Trust Fund Beauty line boasts 10-free status, so consumers with health issues and skin sensitivities can keep stylish. The brand is also completely safe for children and pets, too!
Founder Samara Granofsky began this luxury line of bold, beautiful colors to support her mother with cancer. She set out to search for nail colors free of toxins that weren’t “granola,” that would prove to be safe for her mother’s use. Samara created a colorful, chemical-free collection of makeup with memorable names that people are flocking to.
Look at this pretty shade I am wearing! It is perfect for summer. It is called, Champagne Socialite.
For more information, visit: http://trustfundbeauty.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
It seems like hemp beauty products are getting a lot of attention this week (wink wink.) Did you know hemp seed oil is rich in fatty acids? This makes hemp such a great emollient for hair and skin, providing the ultimate hydration and leaving it feeling soft, supple and moisturized.
Nature’s Gate, a collection of natural/vegan hair and skincare products, are trusted for their safe, vegan, wholesome, responsible and cruelty-free formulas. The brand offers a collection of Hemp products that are ideal for dry hair and skin.
Nature’s Gate Hemp + Argan Oil Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner ($8.39, Whole Foods & Sprouts): Gently cleanses hair with a unique blend of Hemp Seed Oil and Argan Oil. Ideal for dry/coarse hair.
Nature’s Gate Hemp Body Lotion ($10.29, Whole Foods & Sprouts) Indulge in Hemp hydration! The Hemp Lotion nourishes skin with a gentle blend of Hemp Seed Oil, Magnolia Bark and Elderflower.
Nature’s Gate Hemp Body Wash ($8.59, Whole Foods & Sprouts) Quiet your mind! The reviving Hemp Body Wash awakens the senses with a blend of Hemp Seed oil, Milk Thistle, and Dandelion.
Disclaimer: I posted in exchange for product samples. Any opinions are my own.
Tips for Greening Your Business this Earth Day
It is estimated that the average office worker uses around 10,000 sheets of paper each year. Most people have no clue how much they are actually using, or how much is being wasted. But it doesn’t stop there. The corporate world is a hotbed of activity when it comes to using materials and ingredients that are not sustainable, recyclable or earth friendly. Earth Day is April 22nd, making it a great time for re-evaluating the office to see what steps can be taken to make it a bit more environmentally friendly.
“By caring deeply about our environment and its effect on your health, we have dedicated ourselves to providing consumers with innovative and proven alternatives to fluoride-based products,” said Dr. Bruno Sharp, a fourth-generation dentist who created a line of products called Dr. Sharp Dentistry, and is celebrating their 10th year as a Natural Oral Care provider. “That’s why our toothpastes and mouthwashes are made with natural ingredients and herbals that harness many of the restorative and nurturing qualities found in nature.”
That’s where the green efforts start for Dr. Sharp, but that’s not where they end. In his eco-friendly business, they have also taken measures to ensure that all of their products are vegan, not tested on animals, all of the tubes and bottles are BPA-free, that all of the packaging and components are recyclable, and that their toothpaste boxes are printed using soy ink. A company serious about sustainability and being eco-friendly, they have taken measures at all corners to make their products as earth friendly as possible.
Here are some tips for greening your business this Earth Day:
- Look for ways to opt for energy efficient upgrades. This includes any appliances, heat and cooling, etc. An old air conditioner, for example, is going to take a lot more energy to keep the office cool than a newer energy efficient model. While some may shy away from the initial expense, it can save the company money in the long run because the new unit will save money each month.
- Consider the paper situation in the office. Go paperless as much as possible, use both sides of each sheet, reduce the margins so more fits on a page, and purchase paper that has been made with post-consumer recycled materials.
- Purchase products that are made from recycled materials as often as possible. Today’s office supply stores offer many options, including recycled paper, envelopes, ink pens, and more. The only way the recycling efforts work is if there is a buyer for products made out of the recycled materials, so be a part of that process.
- If your company makes a product or offers a service, evaluate how environmentally friendly it is and see where changes can be made. Perhaps there are packaging or ingredient changes that can be made that keep the integrity of the product, buy that are better on the planet.
- Opt for green marketing, which includes reviewing the packaging for any shipping being done.Consider labels, inks being used in the printing process, and looking for ways that help reduce putting things out that people won’t use. For example, there are hundreds of little plastic gadgets that you can buy with your company name on them to hand out to people. However, most never use them and they end up in landfills, where they will sit forever because the plastic doesn’t biodegrade. When purchasing business cards, marketing materials, and fun products to promote your business, opt for those that are environmentally friendly.
- If your office is not already recycling, make it an office-wide commitment. Contact your local recycling center to see what the process is for having the items picked up each week. Be sure to also have your old electronics and fluorescent light bulbs recycled.
- Take a look around the corporate kitchen and ditch any disposables that are not eco friendly. Things like Styrofoam and plastic sit in landfills, rather than decomposing. Replace them with reusable or the environmentally friendly options that you can buy in bulk online (they are made out of corn and are biodegradable).
- If you have many employees who are commuting to work, create a carpool group that will encourage people to ride together.
“No matter what type of industry someone is in, there are ways they can green their business,” explains Dr. Sharp. “The good news is that all efforts pay off and we all benefit from every step taken to preserve our planet and resources, as well as to avoid harmful chemicals and ingredients. Let’s keep the mindset that it’s Earth Day every day!”
Dr. Sharp created a line of oral hygiene products to give people a healthier alternative. His product line includes children’s toothpaste, adult toothpaste, fresh mint mouthwash, and dental tape. All products are safe to use, made in the USA, and are gluten-free, have no artificial colors or flavors, are vegan, non-GMO, alcohol free, fluoride-free, and cruelty-free. Plus, they help whiten teeth and have xylitol, which is a natural sweetener that also helps to fight off cavities. The products are safe for the entire family. To learn more about Dr. Sharp Natural Oral Care products or see where they can be purchased, visit the site at:www.drsharpcare.com.
About Dr. Sharp Natural Oral Care
Dr. Sharp Natural Oral Care is a line of natural oral care products that were created by a fourth-generation dentist. All products are made from natural, safe ingredients, and are made in the USA. The product line includes toothpaste for children and adults, mouthwash, and dental tape. For more information, visit the site at: www.drsharpcare.com. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram @drsharpnaturaloralcare.
Disclaimer: I posted this article in exchange for product samples, although any opinions I strongly agree with.