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Spring Fever, Pretty Stuff + a Giveaway

Spring Fever, Pretty Stuff + a Giveaway

While spring may not be here quite yet, it is starting to feel like it’s peeking around the corner. I have the fever + can’t wait to add some spring-i-ness to my scene. Brighter colors for wardrobe, pretty makeup hues, floraly scents. C’mon Spring, we’re ready for ya!

So in the spirit of spring, here is what I’ve been writing about this week and last:

Want to smell yummy? Getcha some Tata Harper Love Potion. Cute name, cute bottle, beyond awesome smelling scent. And it’s all natural too! Gotta love the Love Potion. I wrote a full review at Feelgood Style about this too good stuff.

In sticking with the Spring Cleaning event theme at Crafting a Green World, I kicked the week off at FGS with product expiration and knowing when to chuck stuff. Do you even think about expired products? Many of us don’t, but natural products aren’t designed to have that turbo shelf life of synthetic loaded junk. So…read up on when to get rid o’ the old shiz in your beauty kit.

And, of course, I could not talk spring cleaning without covering my springtime makeup faves and the little items on my wishlist. Doesn’t the season just make you dream of bright pink lips, rosy cheeks, and lilacy lids? It sure as heck does me.

And lastly but not leastly, you have to get in on this ultra eco chic + healthy giveaway we are running at FGS. One lucky winner gets themself a bkr reusable glass water bottle. These are the prettiest reusable bottles you can find and this one comes in Cupcake. You are gonna love! Get yourself entered by tomorrow night and don’t forget to tell your friends!

I’m going to go play in my makeup drawer. Happy reading and spring break goodness to all of you lovelies.

*Image by Cas Cornelissen at Unsplash.com

B Leaf Botanics Replenish Review + Giveaway

B Leaf Botanics Replenish Review

You love a great eye cream, right?

One that’s moisturizing but not greasy?

Has some anti-aging benefits?

Works well under makeup?

Perfect for day or night?

Found it! Actually it found me…my friend Ellen, creator of the fabulous B Leaf Botanics and owner of CarenOnline.com, sent me a bottle to try out. A brand new airless pump bottle, to be exact.

B Leaf Botanics Replenish is its name and pampering the skin around your eyes is its game. It’s light, yet hydrating. Plumps and makes skin supple without being greasy. Even seems to help diminish the severity of these dark circles I’ve been sporting lately. Ellen also recommends applying to lips to soften and smooth.

B Leaf Botanics is a line of skin care solutions made with natural and organic ingredients designed to not only be safe for your skin and body, but to heal the skin. And this eye cream comes in hot off the press new packaging, a brand new airless pump bottle to deliver on safety + quality down to the very last drop.

Would you like to try Replenish? We just happen to be holding a giveaway today over on Facebook. Enter to win yourself an airless pump bottle of this luscious eye cream. Head over to the OBS Facebook page now for the deets on how you can enter to win. Don’t forget to tell your friends!

List :: Love

List Love January 2014

Yee haw, it’s Friday again! Fun plans for the weekend?

Nothing big here, which means the iPad & I are gonna get cozy + do some reading. Here’s what that will look like:

Kinda want to try this, just for home (using this, of course)

May give swapping a try, have you done it?

Ogling over these beauties, these too

I would do almost anything this gal says

Probably going to buy myself this sweet stuff

And hopefully work on this resolution

That’s it for now…hope you enjoy doing whatever it is you do!

Product Love :: Blades Natural Beauty

Blades Natural Beauty

Boy do I have a lot of products to review!

Seems like a ton of them came in over the holiday season. Always fun, but I am a bit behind in reviewing them.

Here’s one, though, that I had to get right to. Jessa Blades has been on my radar for a long time now. She’s a makeup artist who seriously knows her stuff about nontoxic products. Walking the talk, you might say.

So, when I found out she now has her own line of skin care, Blades Natural Beauty, I just had to check ’em out.

Packaging: Gorgeous

Products: Wonderful

Informational tidbits that came along with: Super goody, good.

Enough of my fluffy adjectives. Get yourself to Feelgood Style where I wrote all about it.

Now have a lovely Wednesday!

What the Heck Are “Natural” Beauty Products?

What the Heck Are “Natural” Beauty Products?

In the latest issue of InStyle magazine they included some coverage of natural cosmetics. I always love to see stuff like this in mainstream media. Even if they don’t get it exactly right, at least it brings more attention to natural products.

Ok, so the article Do They Really Work? included some truly safe products, along with definitions of cosmetic terms; natural, naturally derived, and organic. The article did state that the definitions were created by InStyle Magazine (along with the help of a cosmetic chemist) to help consumers “navigate the products on these pages and in stores”.

Do we need these terms defined? Yes, I wholeheartedly believe we do. But because there is not yet a true legal definition of these terms it is hard to follow something you read in a magazine. Sure, if a product carries the NaTrue or ECOCERT certification logo you can be assured that the product meets natural requirements…their natural requirements. These would be clearly defined on their websites.

But just the terms “natural” or “naturally derived” on a product label with no natural cosmetic certification? These terms are so vague and loosely thrown around that there are no, as yet, clearly defined universal definitions.

In order to clear this up, here is how I view the terms “natural” and “naturally derived”. These are my own definitions, and are very vague, not unlike how the terms are most often used.

Natural – Ingredients derived from the earth (fruit, vegetable, herb, mineral, animal). Products labeled natural contain some amount of natural ingredients, or ingredients that started out as natural. This amount can make a large portion of the product or a miniscule amount. Also, these products may still contain toxic ingredients and natural does NOT mean organic.

Naturally derived –Ingredients (fruit, vegetable, herb, mineral, animal) taken from the earth, which are then processed with either chemical or natural means. The end result may be natural, or not so much.

The problem lies in the assumption that natural = nontoxic. It doesn’t. Natural, to most of the world, means good, wholesome, pure. Natural cosmetics – sounds good for you, right? Not always, and definitely not often enough to be reliable.

I do not put a lot of stock in either term. As always my best advice, and the practice I follow…Read.Your.Labels.

Flip the products over, read the ingredient listing, check my Ingredients to Avoid list. If it looks clean, buy it. If not, don’t. If you are shopping online and cannot find a full ingredient listing anywhere, do not buy the product. If you have questions, get in touch.

Image by Morgan Sessions at Unsplash.com

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