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It got quiet around here.  I kind of took an unofficial summer hiatus from beauty reviews but I am itching to get back into into and have a lot of new things to write about that I experienced over the summer. I want to rev up this blog somewhat too and make it more of it’s own animal.  In the meantime I want to start telling you about some of the products I checked out this summer.  Since summer is winding down (and for some of us it’s officially over – my kids have been back to school for 2 weeks already) and thoughts of those cool crisp Fall nights are on my mind.  And so is chapped lips. Many of you know about my obsession with all things lip balm so this review won’t come as a shock.

My friend Andi of Good Things Green Things sent me a tube of Purple Prairies Spearmint Shimmer Lip Balm a while back .  If you haven’t seen her shop you should check it out, she has a great selection of safe skin care, hair care and body products from some of my favorite companies.

As far as lip balms go, it glides on smoothly and has a pleasant minty scent that isn’t too powerful.  But what I love is that it has a mild pink shimmer to it so instead of just a plain lip balm it gives you a little oomph.  It’s one of my favorite new things and I carry it with me all the time.  Who doesn’t need “oomph” on a daily basis, right?

The base ingredients are very simple: Organic Olea europaea(Olive)fruit oil, organic cera alba(beeswax), unrefined organic butyrospermum parki fruit(Shea Butter), coconut oil, mentha piperita(peppermint oil), mentha spicata(spearmint oil).  It’s handmade in the USA and it works just as well as any schmancy lip balm you can find. Love it.

Get It: You can purchase Purple Prairie Spearmint Lip Shimmer on Good Things Green Things

EWG Score: 1

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I think I learned about these EOS lip balms on Green and Clean Mom a while ago and thought they looked cool.  How neat to have a lip balm in a sphere shape.  As the Lip Balm Queen, I could not let it go that there was a lip balm out there I haven’t tried.  Coincidentally, while traveling last November I spotted one in a Happy Harry’s (Like CVS but in places like Delaware) and snatched two up to try out.

Three of these lip balms are USDA Certified Organic (90% organic ingredients) and utilize shea butter and jojoba oils to keep your lips moisturized.  I love the shape of the balm and makes it easy to find in my tote bag.  My toddler thinks its a bouncey ball so it gets thrown but it keeps its shape and doesn’t come apart when it hits the wall. Not that I make a habit of it. The top half screws off and reveals a smooth bubble of lip balm.  It goes on smooth and smells fruity.  One of the flavors I picked up was Summer Fruit and it has a soft fruit scent.

It doesn’t go on as smooth as other lip balms and I suspect it has a slightly more “waxy” feel to it because they need it to be a bit stiff to stay in that ball shape.  It doesn’t particularly last very long compared to a Badger Lip Balm or a LuSa Organics lip balms (my favorites and ones I carry with me all the time).  My only disappointment with the product really is the Lemon Drop version.  I purchased the Lemon Drop along with the other one I chose and didn’t realize it has an SPF of 15.  Initially I was excited because it’s not easy to find natural lip balms with SPF.  Since these were certified organic I assumed it had a bit of zinc or titanium oxide.  Wrong.

The Lemon Drop uses Octinoxate 7.5%, Oxybenzone 3.0% as the sun blocking ingredients. Oxybenzone is an endocrine disruptor which can affect the nervous system, has been linked to cancer in some laboratory studies, and creates free-radicals when exposed to the sun which are harmful.  Don’t believe me? Ask the EWG what they think of Oxybenzone.  EOS also has a “Medicated Tangerine” that seems ok but it contains Phenol 0.5% and I don’t know much about that ingredient to make a judgment but Phenol rates a 9 in EWG’s Skin Deep database so I’d probably skip it.

So aside from the SPF and Phenol issue these are good little lip balms in a fun container.  Just avoid the Lemon Drop and the Medicated Tangerine  flavors.

Get Them: I found these at CVS and similar stores.  You can also purchase them from their website Evolution of Smooth.

Skin Deep Rating: The Summer Fruit version rates a 1 in EWG Skin Deep and they don’t have the Lemon Drop with SPF 15 listed at all.  I wonder why…

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Even though I don’t wear much makeup (or hardly ever on a daily basis), one of the #1 main things I have to have in my minimalist, severely lacking, pathetically sized make-up regime is blush.  I would liken my love of blush to be akin to Kathy’s love of lip gloss, and lip balm.   Though unlike her I don’t have a billion containers of blush lying around.   Especially since greening my make-up collection most of it is powder and I don’t really want to take the risk of my blush exploding in my handbag.    But I need blush.  It makes me feel alive and happy, in an otherwise, very pale existence.  I love having a sun kissed look.

But then! Oh!  Revolution Organics came into my life in the form of Freedom Glow Beauty Balm.   It’s a lip color, it’s an eye color, it’s a blush!   It’s a multi purpose bit of heaven in a tube.   Made from cold pressed olive oil and organic beeswax, it goes on really smooth and blends in perfectly.   So I don’t ever worry about looking like a kewpie doll.    I haven’t used it on my lips yet (I’m horrible with remembering lip color or gloss), but the sun-kissed color I purchased is perfect for giving you the rosy look to your lips, whereas bronze would be perfect for a night on the town.

Revolution Organics has great products that are nearly guilt free (the highest rating in skin deep on any of their products is a 3, which isn’t bad at all), and they’ve really cornered the market with this product because I haven’t seen anything like it anywhere else.

Get it: You can order Freedom Glow Beauty Balm, directly from Revolution Organics website.  The price is a little steep at $34, but it’s a quality product, and I’m considering ordering another just to have one to keep in my handbag.

Skin Deep Rating: 3

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Peacekeeper is a company that I admire for many reasons but right now I want to talk to you about their V-Day lip gloss!  Peacekeeper launched their V-Day Lip Gloss in honor of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls. Peacekeeper Cause-Metics is a company that makes great and safe cosmetics that stand for a cause and use all their profits to support women’s health advocacy and human rights issues. Awesome.

Their V-Day lip gloss is a natural gloss using organic waxes and butters to create a smooth and nourishing gloss that isn’t sticky or heavy. It’s pigmented with natural minerals and has a sheer yet colorful look. The color in the tube looks much like a siren red but on, looks more like a warm sheer pink gloss. For $10 you get a great gloss, and the proceeds go to a great cause.  It’s a win win.

Get It: You can order this and other of their products  including their other Eco-Sheer Glosses on IAmPeaceKeeper.com!

EWG Skin Deep Rating: 1

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Given the claims that conventional mascara makes (“Your lashes will punch others in the face with their girth and length!“), it’s no wonder that our reviews of safer mascara are, well, lacking.  The majority of conventional mascaras work based on the type of wand (most of the volumizing wands are now made of silicone), and I’m sure it does add some semblance of a “clumping effect” albeit slight, so that it gives the illusion that your lashes are longer and fuller.   But no mascara really does that for me so I have no idea what I’m talking about when it comes to science.

Now that my kids are getting older and allow me five minutes to put myself together (not the whole five minutes to myself, and not without a lot of tattling, screaming, and shoving each other, I might add), I’ve slowly been remembering to wear at least a little makeup every day.    So, I treated myself to some new stuff, one of them being mascara.  And as far as “green” mascara goes your choices are limited and as far as green AND volumizing?  Well, Dr. Hauschka’s volumizing mascara is pretty much all that there is.

Dr. Hauschka’s volumizing mascara will not make the same claims that its conventional counterparts will.  Your lashes will not precede you when walking into a room.  It’s a very simple mascara, and it did give my lashes more volume but realize that I have little nubbins for lashes so anything is an improvement for me and this isn’t a complaint.  I take any mascara at face value because I think what mascara promises is ridiculous.   It smells fantastic, like rose petals, which beats any other brand in my book (I big puffy heart the scent).  Most mascara smells like mud in my opinion.   It doesn’t make my eyes itch and it gives me nice pleasant natural looking lashes without making me look like a drag queen.

So overall?  If you’re going for a more natural look and you’re looking to green up your mascara?  This is a sure winner.  The price isn’t majorly expensive (about the same as a good conventional mascara, more expensive than your typical drug store mascara), about $30. If you’re looking for something that will give you more of a supermodel look? Yeah sorry, you’re going to have to stick with Loreal.

Skin Deep Rating: 6

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When I was younger, and first learning about applying makeup (albeit, probably not correctly), I used liquid foundation.  It seemed like the right thing to do.   I probably picked out the wrong color for my skin tone, and I also probably had the mask look,  where the makeup ended and my naked skin began.   Ahh youth.   And then at some point in my twenties, I switched to a lighter liquid foundation and a pressed powder, eventually migrating away from foundation altogether, mainly because foundation started making me claustrophobic.  It was always too heavy, I liked that if I needed to put more on, I simply had a compact, and I didn’t need a sandblaster to take it off at night.   Not to mention, the smudges liquid foundation left on your favorite shirt.   I hate that!

Before greening up my beauty lifestyle, I was a devout M.A.C. person.  I always had at least three of the pressed powders at any given time.  It made my skin glow and allowed it to breathe.  Once I had kids, I wore it less frequently anyway.  My only option when going green was loose powder.  A few years ago, it was much more difficult to find a pressed powder that didn’t have a hot bed of cancerous chemicals in it.   Cut to current day and I’m kind of sick of loose powder.  It makes a huge mess, and it was just never my favorite.   So I decided to look back into liquid foundation, more for those days when I was going out somewhere where I wanted to look a shade more decent than my regular state.

Liquid foundation is just as I remember it.  I picked out Living Nature’s foundation, based on the fact that it was Saffron Rouge’s top pick, and while it was expensive, it was middle of the road.  But it was still liquid foundation, and it was in the middle in terms of weight.  It’s listed as a lighter weight foundation, which is true, but it’s not sheer.  The coverage is good, but it dries quickly as you’re applying it, so I feel as if I have this cakey look to my face if I’m not careful.  If you have a quick hand you may have better luck.  I wasn’t thrilled with the way it smelled either.

Thankfully if you’re looking for alternatives, there are a few, but they’re going to cost you.  Suki has a great line of products, including a liquid tinted moisturizer that Kathy has had better results with.   My advice?  If you’re looking for a liquid foundation, go with either Suki’s tinted moisturizer or one of Nvey’s foundation options.  I’ve never had a bad experience with either of these brands.  Kathy likes Miessence Liquid Foundation too.  Keep in mind that none of these options include sunscreen in their formulas.  So don’t forget to put a sunscreen on before you put your foundation on.

Happy New Year!  I want to start off the year with some make up reviews because I know a lot of you are searching for recommendations.  Serendipitously I was contacted to try out a great line of cosmetics called Bailey Cosmetics which was developed to work well and be conscious of safety and of the environment.  The line has no parabens, no fragrance, no nano-particles, no micronized particles, to talc and no bysmuth oxychloride (which is found in many mineral make ups and can be an irritant).  Bailey Cosmetics created a line that was safe and uses only pure grade minerals.

What I was instantly impressed with was the packaging and the tools.  All the containers and brush handles are made with recyclable aluminum compacts (those of you who like to avoid aluminum take note) that feels good to hold and under the cap of each has a mirror.  The brushes are made with either humanely sourced goat hair or synthetic bristles.  They never test their products on animals and they use recycled materials for packaging and shipping.

Beauty Never Sleeps sent me their full collection to try out which included their 2 tone foundation powder, a dual eye shadow that has a shade that doubles as eyeliner, a blush, their Powder of Youth which provides a healthy glow without the extra sun exposure, their graphite eye brow pencil and a set of their fabulous brushes.

I was skeptical when I waited for them to arrive… safe, ok but does it work? Are they too potent? Do they smell like a cave?  Natural make up either falls into two categories for me.  Too much pigment (and I can never find a good balance to use it) or the color is right and it smells like I’m doing a cave painting with mud.  Natural make up can sometimes smell that way.  Not the case on either points.  I followed their step by step insert on creating a day and evening look and both are easy and made me look, well gorgeous.  In fact after my first time trying it all out I met up with my mother later on.  She commented on my make up and said “What do you have on, I need that”. That basically means it looked good and she wants it for herself.  :)

The colors are soft and neutral and bring out your beauty rather than mask you like a clown.  The foundation duo in Medium was perfect for my skin tone and matched just right.  They have a handy illustration on their website to help you chose your colors.

They also have a really nice lip gloss that provides the perfect pink sheen to your lips without looking overdone. It has aloe and shea butter to protect and heal.  These products aren’t vegan (beeswax) but as I mentioned they do not test on animals and take care to chose materials that are as environmentally friendly as possible without compromising the glamorousness. Is that a word? Well, it should be. The Bailey Cosmetic line is a fabulous find… safer than the traditional gunk you find in department stores and you still look just as fabulous.

Get The Look: You can order all their products on their website Beauty Never Sleeps

Someone recently asked me about safe play make up for kids and I started looking around on the Internet for some safe brands.  Then it dawned on me that if you yourself are using safer make up, then it’s going to be safer for your daughters too.  I’ve been trying to really make an effort to make my make up bag as non-toxic and chemical free as possible and part of that meant finding new options for foundation and for lip colors.  I’ve been a big fan of mineral make up for a while but lately I’ve been wondering about those little particles getting in my lungs and felt I needed to find a liquid foundation that isn’t full of gunk.

Erin of Ely Organics was so gracious to send me some samples of the cosmetics offered by Miessence Organics.  It never occurred to me to check with Miessence for make up but lo, they do carry a nice line of cosmetics.  I checked out the Miessence Translucent Foundation and was really impressed. It goes on super smooth and does have a translucent look o it so you don’t look or feel overly made up or caked.  It blended in easily and is virtually odorless.  Ever notice how some foundations are a little, well stinky? Not so with Miessence Translucent Foundation.  It works perfectly by itself or with a powder (if that’s your preference).  If mineral foundations are your thing, they carry that too, along with concealers and bronzer.

I also had the chance to try out their Shimmer Creme.  This might be one of my newest favorite products Ive tried recently.  It’s essentially a lip gloss in pot rather than a tube since its more solid but onc eyou put your finger or lip brush in it you quickly realize it’s versatility. I chose a Shimmer Creme in Berry which is a warm berry tinted gloss that goes on sheer.  You can play with the concentration too… want to go light? You dab a small amount on your lips for a sheer tint of color with some sheen to it.  Need more of a night look? Add a larger amount and the color gets deeper with a glossier look.

What I also love is that it feels nice on your lips.  Not sticky or thick and has a very faint scent (vanilla?).  Either way, this made it as a permanent resident in my purse and will be making an appearance on my lips at a Holiday Party tomorrow night. What’s great is you can also use this as a blush… its sheer enough and light enough to give you an extra little glow.  It’s hard to believe a lip gloss that works this well has only 4 ingredients: certified organic simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, certified organic unrefined cera alba (beeswax), mica, certified organic vanilla planifolia fruit extract. That’s it.

Miessence uses all natural ingredients, no chemicals and mostly organic ingredients too. I’m beginning a kind of love affair with Miessence products!

Get Them: You can find these and other great Miessence products on ElyOrganics.com!

Skin Deep Rating: 2 – Foundation, 1 – Shimmer Creme

Oh yes more lip balm.  I am a self professed lip balm addict, as you may very well know.  So when a couple samples of Crazy Rumors lip balm crossed my desk I was all for trying them out.  I adore these lip balms for several reasons:

First is the ingredients list.  All the lip balms are made with all natural and organic ingredients. No ickies.  There are several varieties of scents and flavors and they are made with organic flavors and flavored with stevia. Important to note too is that they are not tested on animals and they are totally vegan!

Second is the packaging… I know many moms cringe at the varieties of lip balms marketed to kids.  These would be a great alternative.  With flavors like Raspberry Sherbet, Lemonade, Mint Chocolate Chip and Root Beer how can you go wrong? Wouldn’t these be a great stocking stuffer?

Performance: I am picky about my lip balms.  If they get bumpy or chunky or don’t glide on easily I am not a happy lip balming camper. But Crazy Rumors lip balms deliver.  I’ve had them in my pockets for weeks and they still work great and haven’t gotten weird or lumpy. Smooth smooth lip balm action over here.  I love the scents and they have a faint sweet flavor. Thumbs up!

Get Them! You can pick up any of they’re awesome scented lip balms on their website CrazyRumors.com, including their tinted HibisKiss lip balms.  Their Candy Cane set might be a cute surprise in someone’s stocking this year… *ahem* like for me. :)

Get 15% off with coupon code CR15 at checkout!

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I have several lip gloss reviews coming up and wanted to kick them off this the new glosses from Revolution Organics.  I learned about Revolution Organics a few years ago when I fell in love with their 22+ Uses All Over Body Balm.  Their motto is “Guilt Free Glam” and with good reason.  These products not only deliver but they do so without toxins and chemicals.  I know I’ve said it before but I am a lip gloss girl.  I have thousands of them.  Good, bad and great ones. So when I learned that Revolution Organics recently added lip gloss to their arsenal of products I was skipping with glee.

The technical stuff: These are made with natural and 85% certified organic ingredients.  It’s free of chemicals, mineral oils, petroleum, sulfates and parabens.  It’s packaged in recyclable, biodegradable materials and uses mineral pigments to create the lush colors. I was really impressed with the ingredient content in these glosses because it’s hard to find a gloss that delivers the way lip glosses we were used to, using only natural ingredients.  But Revolution Organics has figured it out.  Using plant proteins and extracts they actually promote healthy lips with antioxidants while keeping them hydrated and moisturized.  They also don’t test these pretty products on animals.

The beauty stuff: They come in 5 great colors and they are all sheer but colorful enough to wear every day (or night). Judging by the vibrancy in the tube you’d think it painted on like a lipstick but in reality it smooths on a sheer rich color that isn’t too over powering. My favorite for my skin coloring is Integrity which is a pretty rose with a subtle gold shimmer.  I can get away with the bright hot pink too for a night out.  It’s pink enough to compliment without making me look like a clown.  The clincher? They aren’t sticky. So many times have I bought a “natural” lip gloss only to put it on and it feel like plastic wrap on my lips. These are truly natural and truly comfortable to wear.

What I also appreciate is their packaging.  I’m a sucker for great packaging.  And while I try to buy only natural and safer cosmetics and skin care for myself, I admit I feel a pang of envy when I see a line with great packaging – wishing it wasn’t laden with petroleum and parabens. But with Revolution Organics – you get the best of both worlds.  Natural and safe and looking chic at the same time.  Revolution Organics is one of my top choices. I’m a customer for life.

Get it: You can purchase their new Freedom Lip Glosses from their website Revolution Organics or from other online retailers like Saffron Rouge or Upurea.com

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