Our Top 10 Earth Day Friendly Beauty Picks

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Our Top 10 Earth Day Friendly Beauty Picks!

 
 

1. Everyone Face Exfoliate

$9.99 at eoproducts.com
EveryOne Face Exfoliate ­ a natural and unique product that uses Candelilla Wax to provide the exfoliating texture, not plastic beads. Candelilla Wax is naturally found on the shrub of the Candelilla Bush (native to southwestern US and northern Mexico). Never harmful to the environment or wildlife, and it’s biodegradable. This facial exfoliator is gentle on skin, but does a great job at removing dirt, and last night’s make-up!

 
 
2. Alba Tinted Perfector Lotion

$9.99 at albabotanica.com
This has quickly become my favorite moisturizer because it’s a tinted with just enough color to even out my complexion. I use this as my daily moisturizer now and I’m so happy with the results. No clogged pores, no breakouts, just happy, beautiful skin.

 
 
3.  Dr Hauschka Mascara

$30 at drhauschka.com
 When I started looking for an “all natural” mascara, I tried at least half a dozen before I found Dr Hauschka’s mascara. What a waste of money! I should have started with Dr Hauschka’s because it is hands down, the best all natural mascara that I’ve tried. It doesn’t flake off before the day is done and it doesn’t clump. I also like how it smells. Highly recommend this mascara for anyone looking to clean up their beauty routine.

 
 

4. UD NAKED ULTRA NOURISHING LIPGLOSS

$20 at urbandecay.com
With its additively creamy texture and gorgeous, high-gloss finish, Naked Lipgloss feels so luxe that you’ll want to keep applying it all day—even when you don’t need to. The best part? Unlike most addictive substances, it’s actually good for you! Nine gorgeous colors to choose from. “Naked” is my favorite shade. Perfect for everyday!

 
 
5. Elemis Quiet Mind Temple Balm

$30 at nordstrom.com

This soothing temple balm contains a powerful blend of essential oils to help promote harmony, tranquility and relaxation. I use this every night before bed or whenever I’m feeling stressed.

 
 
6. AHAVA Lavender Bath Salt

$22 at ulta.com
Rich in health-inducing minerals, these 100% pure Dead Sea salts contains 21 essential minerals. They condition skin by increasing moisture and nourishment levels, helping to ease muscle tension and soreness and relax both body and mind. Seriously, take time to have a bath once a week. It will change your life!

 
 
7. Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex Body Scrub

$9.99 at ulta.com
SheaMoisture’s Superfruit Complex Hand & Body Scrub is a nourishing sugar scrub that exfoliates and purifies while leaving skin soft and radiant. Plus, it smells realllllly good and it’s affordable!

 
 
8. Authentic African Black Soap

$8.39 at alaffia.com
Authentic Black Soap is an “all in one” option for cleaning, and is ideal for faces and babies, shaving, shampooing, and as a general hand & body wash. Scented with a clarifying blend of citrus essential oils. Suitable for all skin & hair types. You’ll absolutely LOVE this one!

 
 
9. Herbacin Wellness Hand Cream

$5.99 at drugstore.com
Herbacin Wellness hand cream intensely moisturizes dry and chapped hands with powerful skin protectants and all natural ingredients. I use this every time I wash my hands to seal in moisture and keep them well hydrated.  The Herbacin Wellness Lavender hand cream combines powerful is the perfect daily moisturizer for your hands. (Good for feet too!)

 
 
10. Avalon Organics Shampoo

$10.50 at avalonorganics.com
Get your hair clean naturally with Avalon Organics Peppermint Shampoo. It will invigorate your scalp for a clean, fresh feeling. All natural ingredients strengthen the elasticity of weak, brittle hair while smoothing split ends and fly-aways for radiantly renewed bounce and length. Your hair will thank you!

 

 

 

ZOYA’S EARTH DAY Nail Polish Exchange!

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Even if you aren’t “into” Earth Day, you aren’t going to want to miss out on Zoya’s nail polish movement!

ZOYA has been the pioneer of toxin-free nail polish for years now and every season they release the most beautiful colors in the healthiest formula available on the market. With Zoya Nail Polish, you won’t have to compromise a healthier lifestyle for a fashionable one. You can go worry-free with a formula that is BIG5FREE**

This Earth Day, you can join smart, eco-chic women who are changing their world, one beautiful Zoya Nail Polish bottle at a time! Collect all your yucky, chemical filled nail polish bottles and EXCHANGE them for a bottle of ZOYA!

The Zoya Earth Day Nail Polish Exchange is BACK for 2014 where you can swap out old, unwanted color for the world’s healthiest and longest wearing natural nail polish formula on the market. Not only that, they will dispose of your old shades in an eco-friendly manner at no charge to you!

This offer is only good for 1 week – so hurry – Don’t Wait!
Valid 4/21/14 – 4/28/14 (11:59pm EST)

FOR COMPLETE PROGRAM DETAILS, PLEASE VISIT THE ZOYA BLOG or visit zoya.com

Totally Cool Nails – For Kids

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Every little princess loves nail polish and my 6 1/2 year old daughter is no exception. She absolutely LOVES polishing her nails. She always begs me to let her use my computer so she can get on Pinterest and check out fancy nail art.

Luckily, we found Totally Cool Nails: 50 Fun and Easy Nail Art Designs for Kids so we have step by step instructions complete with pictures of each step so we can recreate 50 different nail art designs any time we want!

Of course we decided to try out the easter-themed nails first! Aren’t they adorable?!

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First we started with 2 coats of Jamberry Nail Polish in “Hint of Mint”. Then we picked out the Stripe Rite nail art polish in the colors we would need.

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I was glad the instructions were simple and easy to follow because my pregnancy brain couldn’t handle anything too complex right now! The book clearly pictures the step by step progression for each nail design and I was able to (horribly!) paint little bunnies and carrots on my daughter’s microscopic finger nails.

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Even though my hands were not very steady and I made quite a mess, she was absolutely over the moon about her nails and was happy to show them off to all her friends.

I enjoyed it because it was a great mother/daughter activity for us. We can’t wait to try the ombre dot, splatter, cupcake, flip-flop, and union jack nails.

BUY IT: Get Totally Cool Nails on Amazon or in your local bookstore ($12)

I received the book mentioned above in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I did not receive compensation for this post. 

3 Non-Food Easter Gift Ideas For Kids

Looking for something to stuff the Easter baskets with that won’t give kids a sugar high and rot their teeth out? We’ve got a few ideas to help! You’re welcome.

Idea #1: BOOKS

First off, just out this month is Cynthia Bardes latest children’s book, Pansy in Paris: A Mystery at the Museum

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My kids (boy 3, girl 6) thoroughly enjoyed this book and asked me to read it again when it was over. It really is a cute story with delightful artwork. This is definitely one children’s book worth checking out. There are more books in the “Pansy” series as well that we can’t wait to read. Visit www.cynthiabardes.com or click here to read more about the author and her dog Pansy (a real-life poodle!).

BUY IT: Get Pansy In Paris on Amazon ($14.99)


 

Idea #2: NAIL POLISH

What little girl doesn’t love nail polish? I know my 6 1/2 year old daughter absolutely LOVES polishing her nails. She’s always begging to use the computer so she can get on Pinterest and check out fancy nail art. Luckily, we found Totally Cool Nails: 50 Fun and Easy Nail Art Designs for Kids

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Of course we decided to try out BUNNIES first! The instructions were simple and easy to follow and clear pictures showed the step by step progression to it’s completion. We were both very happy with the result and she got tons of compliments, of course!

I enjoyed it because it was a great mother/daughter activity for us. We can’t wait to try the ombre dot, splatter, cupcake, flip-flop, and union jack nails. This would be a great book for a sleepover too!

BUY IT: Get Totally Cool Nails on Amazon or in your local bookstore ($12)


 

Idea #3: MOVIES

I’m sure every kid on the planet already owns a copy of Frozen, so why not get them something a little different.

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Meet Iesodo, (YAY-sa-doe) a highly acclaimed Telly and Accolade Award winning series featuring a cast of animated birds who live in a Cypress Tree on the shores of Galilee.

As soon as I saw the cover of the DVD for this series, I immediately thought of Rio! My kids loved that movie so I knew they would be interested in Iesodo. The movie has cutting edge imagery that is somewhat unexpected for a Christian DVD series. Click here to read our review of the DVDs.

With each and every story in the series, Iesodo and his cute feathered friends “present the essence of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a winsome, compelling way” through music and adventure (MovieGuide.org).

BUY IT: Get Iesodo DVDs on Amazon ($14.99 each)

 

Day 3 Giveaway – SensatioNail® Gel Polish Starter Kit worth $59.99

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me…


SensatioNail® Gel Polish Starter Kit
Worth $59.99

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We are excited to team up with SensatioNail® to offer our readers a chance to win a SensatioNail® Gel Polish Starter Kit worth $59.99 in their choice of color (depending on availability!)! We are also excited to share their amazing SensatioNail FIAT Sweepstakes that are going on right now as well. See details below…

About The Fiat Sweepstakes:

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One lucky winner will drive off with a Fiat in the SensatioNail Color of their choice and it could be you!

The sweepstakes will end December 31, 2013, with the winner receiving their car in January of 2014.

While you might not drive away with the grand prize, SensatioNail will give iPad Mini’s to 20 second place winners, SensatioNail Starter Kits to 100 third place winners and 400 participants will receive iTunes Gift Cards! There is no purchase necessary to enter – you simply go to www.sensationail.com/fiat or visit selected Walmart, Walgreen’s or Rite Aid locations and fill out your entry.

SensatioNail Just launched an E-Commerce site so you can now purchase product direct from the website! Visit http://www.sensationail.com/


Our Giveaway:

ONE winner will receive a SensatioNail® Gel Polish Starter Kit worth $59.99 in their choice of color (depending on availability!). Details on how to enter for a chance to win are below…


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ALL ENTRIES WILL BE MODERATED! Do not enter this giveaway if you are going to cheat and not follow the rules. Your entries will be removed and you will receive a warning. If you are a repeat offender, you will be banned from this website and all future giveaways! Please do not waste our time!

100% Pure Natural, Vegan and Organic Pregnancy-Safe Makeup

Phew! Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, let’s get back to business!

I’m 17 weeks pregnant (just in case anyone cares!) and I’ve made a huge change in my beauty routine in the past few months. I’ve switched to all natural makeup, thanks in part to 100% Pure Cosmetic’s all natural, organic, vegan beauty products.

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I recently read several articles about the horrendous and toxic ingredients in mascara. Since mascara is something I wear EVERY DAY I figured it was an important thing to make sure what I was using had helpful ingredients instead of potentially harmful ones. I was pretty addicted to my Covergirl Lashblast Mascara, I must admit, so making the switch to all natural mascara took some getting used to.

mascaraThe first thing I noticed about 100% Pure’s Fruit Pigmented Mascara was that the container is absolutely darling and it smelled WONDERFUL. I mean, I love putting this stuff on just so I can smell it. Seriously. No chemical scent, just a light, fruity-floral fragrance. I wear “Black Tea” every day now. My lashes don’t look like stunning falsies, but for everyday use this stuff is perfect. Best of all, it washes off easily without harsh makeup removers. It doesn’t dry and get flaky either. It stays on well through out the entire day and doesn’t run or give me raccoon eyes unless I go to bed with it on. But seriously, the only mascara that won’t rub off while you are sleeping is some pretty intense waterproof stuff anyway.

I also replaced my regular foundation with Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer and I’ve been using Fruit Pigmented Eye Shadow as well. I love the tinted moisturizer but for some reason eyeshadow just DOES NOT stay put on my eye lids without Urban Decay Potion Primer. Even if I powder my eyelids, don’t put on eye cream or moisturizer, no matter what I try, I just can’t get eyeshadow to stay PUT. This wonderful eyeshadow is no exception… It works wonderful and looks gorgeous as long as I put on Primer Potion first. If I don’t, it’s no where to be seen within an hour.

Here’s a picture of me wearing the tinted moisturizer, mascara, eyeshadow and Naked Lip Gloss from 100% Pure. I posted this on instagram last week.

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Lastly, I decided I wanted to eliminate SLS and other chemicals from my hair care routine. Last time I was pregnant, I actually made my own shampoo. I just don’t have time for that now! So I switched to Yuzu and Pomelo Glossing Shampoo and Conditioner. OH. MY. GOD. It smells sooooo gooooood. Course I love anything that smells like grapefruit and I recently realized about 50% of the products in my bathroom, are grapefruit scented. I guess “Pomelo” smells just like grapefruit because I’m in love with this shampoo and conditioner. Plus it makes my hair really silky and soft. I’m hooked. I don’t think I will be switching back to my regular shampoo and conditioners after baby arrives in May.

Overall, I highly recommend 100% Pure Cosmetics if you are looking for a more natural alternative to drugstore makeup.

100% Pure provided me with the products for this review/post.
My thoughts and opinions are my own, regardless of monetary compensation.
My opinion is that 100% Pure Products are awesome.

Nails INC “Leather Effect” Nail Polish in Noho Black

Nail Inc Leather Effect Polish

Leather Effect Polish in “Noho” Black

When Ebates informed me I could get Double Cash Back at Sephora, I ran right over there to grab a bottle of nail polish that has been sitting in my shopping cart for a couple of months… Nails Inc Leather Effect Polish in “Noho”. Black was still full price at $11, but three other colors were on sale for only $7! I decided to get the black though and I’m glad I did.

I was so surprised how easy it applied and how quickly it dried to a ripply “leather like” finish. I applied a second coat several hours later just to be sure I had good coverage.

I was unsure what my husband would think about black nails nails, nevermind with a weird finish to them. Surprisingly he thought it was really neat. He said it looked like “rhino lining” for your nails. LOL

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After 5 days, my nails were still in almost perfect condition. Rhino Lining indeed! I touched up the edges of 2 nails and they lasted for 3 more days before completely chipping and cracking. I did NOT use a top coat after reading several other famous ‘nail bloggers’ reviews of this particular polish. I was surprised that some other ladies said it didn’t wear well. I got over a week of wear out of just two coats and a tiny touch up. I was super impressed at the staying power of this nail polish, plus it just looked infinitely cool. The long lasting nature COULD have been because I used Nails Inc Caviar Basecoat ($10). It’s one of my favorite basecoats and it seems to work the best of all the ones I’ve tried.

Overall, I would definitely recommend giving this Leather Effect nail polish a try because the finish really does look like leather and it stays on quite well.

What do you think of the leather-look? Think it’s worth a shot?