Sinful Colors “Soul Mate”

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Hey ladies!

Short nails don’t care! I painted my nubbins with Sinful Colors “Soul Mate” this morning. Sinful Colors is not the “cleanest” nontoxic nail polish brand (whatever that means), but the varnishes are free of toluene, formaldehyde and DBP (Dibutyl Phthalate). Expecting an “all natural” or completely “nontoxic” nail varnish is a bit silly in my opinion (because… paint), but for the low price point (around $2) and in-store accessibility, I’m quite pleased with this #3free brand of nail color. Expect to see many more SC swatches in the coming weeks!

Now if I could stop biting my nails and cuticles… Meh.

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What is your favorite brand of nontoxic nail polish? Do you only reach for #5free brands?

4 Life Lessons from Wildflowers

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Daisy: What kind of a garden do you come from?
Alice: Oh, I don’t come from any garden.
Daisy: Do you suppose she’s a wildflower?

Alice in Wonderland

Hello lovely! I pray you are well. I stumbled upon this gem of a quote online yesterday, and for some reason it continues to speak to me. Do you suppose I’m a wildflower? I mean, it would explain why I don’t like being fussed over, why I pride myself on being low-maintenance, and why packing my bags to drive to the other side of the country for a boy I barely knew was such an easy decision 8 years ago. I seem to always follow the wind. Do you suppose, just maybe, I’m a wildflower? I feel at home when I’m wandering. When I’m exploring. When I’m alone. When I’m lost. Continue reading

Product Review: Infinity Jars

Hello beautiful people!

Time sure flies. It was over a month ago when I received these gorGoaldiggerBarbie_InfinityJarsgeous glass cosmetic bottles from Infinity Jar in exchange for an honest write-up. If you enjoy DIY beauty as much as I do, I think you’ll agree with me that these glass jars truly are a must-have!

One thing you’ll want to consider when creating your own essential oil blends or beauty recipes, is how quickly your product will go rancid if exposed to sunlight. I love the fact that Infinity Jars blocks out visible light rays, preserving the freshness of its contents and slowing down the decaying process of organic matter.

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Calamine Lotion for Oily Skin

 

Hello again!

Right now is a prime time to talk about priming (corny, don’t judge me)! I stopped using Milk of Magnesia as a face primer when I read about how damaging it could be to the skin over time. MoM is too acidic for daily use, and breaks down your skin’s protective barrier if you use it too often. No thanks! My boyfriend was absolutely disgusted to know I was priming my face with a laxative, but that didn’t bother me (LOL!). The long-term results did! I noticed the oiliness and acne were worse on the days when I didn’t prime my face with the MoM. I knew I had to find something else, so I was excited to stumble upon a blogger chatting up calamine lotion as a safer alternative.  Continue reading

May VeganCuts Beauty Box First Impressions

 

Hey, beautiful people! My May VeganCuts Beauty Box arrived in the mail yesterday, so I thought I’d share my first impressions with you. I also included a few discount codes for anyone interested. Enjoy!

The Terre Mere Cosmetics blush brush ($34 value) I received is a 100% cruelty-free brush ergonomically designed to highlight your features for a subtle glow. I haven’t used it yet, but I’ll likely add it to my brush rotation. Very delicate, but dense enough to pick up mineral blush. I’m looking forward to trying it out. Until June 30, 2016, take 50% off your entire purchase with code “VEGANCUTS” at TerreMereCosmetics.com. Nice! Continue reading

Rosemary & Lavender Clay Face Mask

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Suitable for Oily Skin 

2 Tablespoons Natural Bentonite Clay
1 1/2 Tablespoons* Distilled Water
1 Drop Rosemary Essential Oil
1 Drop Lavender Essential Oil

Use non-metal bowls and mixing utensils when using bentonite clay. Mix the clay and water first before adding in the essential oils. I like to leave the mask on for 20 minutes before gently removing with a warm, wet cloth. The pulsating, tightening feeling that you might experience are all normal when using bentonite clay. Any redness will subside after about 20 minutes. Continue reading

Get The Look: Pretty in Pink

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Good morning! I’m sharing a late post of my Mother’s Day makeup. “Tweak” is such a pretty baby pink, and blended out nicely. The black eyeliner ended up being a bit too harsh for what I was going for, but hey — it’s just makeup!  There’s always another day.

Eyes
Mineral Fusion Smoothing Eye Primer
Silk Naturals Eyeshadow “Tweak”
Earthlab Cosmetics Eyeliner “Black”
Gabriel Cosmetics Concealer “Medium”

Face
Silk Naturals Brow Cream “Deep Brown”
Silk Naturals Oil Control Primer
Gabriel Cosmetics Pressed Powder “Deep Beige”
Silk Naturals Blush “Bolero”

Lips
BLAC Minerals Lip Gloss “Casablanca”

 

Until next time!

Rah Rah Sis-Boom-RAGA!

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Just another Mani Monday! Today we’re taking it back to the time I tried out Raga Varnish in the color “Sahasrara.” It only took two coats for full color. I received this pretty purple shade in the February Vegan Cuts Beauty Box. Raga Varnish is a cruelty-free, vegan nail polish company made in the US. To learn more about their brand, visit their website or follow them on Instagram!

Until next time!