Probably the most common question I get asked from girls switching over from conventional makeup to green makeup is that they are terrified of leaving their highly pigmented, long lasting colors behind – specifically, their MAC lipsticks.
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Lip liner colors!
MAC uses concerning ingredients, especially for something you’re going to put on your lips every day. They are one of the brands that tested positive for lead levels, included with well-respected national brands such as L’Oreal, Revlon, Dior, Avon, and Cover Girl. (Five of the ten most contaminated lipsticks were manufactured by L’Oreal USA, fyi.)
However, I didn’t want to give up my lipstick when I switched to green beauty. I just adore lipstick. It can be all you need if you do it right – and safely! Just a dab of lipstick in the morning and you don’t even need mascara or any other makeup. It’s such a quick, beautiful way to feel elegant and dress up your face!
So if you’re looking to duplicate them out – and dupe your friends, girlfriend, boyfriend and family while you’re at it – you’re a Red Apple Girl!
My love for Red Apple Lipstick is no secret, but I was surprised at how long it’s been since I last blogged about them (it was actually – looking back – just a few days before my Dad passed away, so upon further inspection I am proud of myself for blogging at all! I digress…) These gorgeous lipsticks from their Holiday Collection are a great place to start. They’re not drying at all and have gorgeus pigmentation! Each one compliments my face in an entirely different way and looks stunning, as well as lasts all day long! I always get compliments when I wear them out.
My personal favorites are dark, deep After Hours (a 100% match to MAC’s Boyfriend Stealer), So Pinkin’ Cute and Second Date. I cannot get over how beautiful the colors are! I always take a second to really stop, look and appreciate all the hard work that goes into making something this gorgeous with totally clean ingredients, lots of love and tons of attention. Red Apple Lipstick has the best customer service of any company in this space that you will ever experience – trust me! They’re highly dedicated team is always there to answer any questions and treat everyone like family!
They’re always striving to make women feel beautiful. With gluten free, natural, paraben free choices like this, why would you ever go back to… what was it again? Oh right.Lead.
For me, I always tend towards a super matte or sparkly pink or a bold red. I got lot of love on After Hours on instagram the other day. Why thank you! Makes me feel sexay, too!
We know there’s different strokes for different folks (or… different shades for different… spades? Maids? I’ll come back to that one 😉 )
Less is more when it comes to skincare. Organic, simple ingredients made from the best of nature are what our body needs when things get rough.
It’s time for a personal story again… =)
A few weeks ago when I was moving, I was battling some bad breakouts.
Now, my breakouts 1. are absolutely no joke. I’m talking cystic acne around my mouth, on my jawline, my neck… it gets really not pretty. 2. They can take weeks to heal. Long, painful, horrible, embarrassing weeks. 3. The only REAL solution to this battle is to up my hormone balancing herbs and simplify my skincare routine, which is EXACTLY what I did!
q.c. naturals came into my life at exactly the right time. And we’re giving a bundle away today!
q.c. naturals are committed to delivering the most pure + natural experience when it comes to skincare. All of their products are made fresh in florida and have been formulated using the least amount of ingredients possible, yet they all promise to provide high-quality, natural + organic solutions. q.c. naturals believe that your skincare should deliver a long list of benefits, not ingredients.
In this instance, less is definitely more. Within just a handful of days of using q.c. naturals products I saw amazing, noticeable results that helped me not only fight, but clean and cure up my skin issues in no time! I’ll tell you a little about how each product achieves it’s results.
quinny’s cream: This organic all-in-one balm is the perfect solution to your moisturizing needs. With just 3 simple, effective ingredients, I slather quinny’s cream on my whole body and also use it on extremely dry patches on my face, which I definitely had after my recent trip to the east coast.
maddie’s mask: Contains some of my favorite organic ingredients and is a powerhouse for fighting blemishes, healing scars, clearing up acne and balancing sebum! I add a few drops of rosewater to maddie’s mask in a bowl and apply with a fan brush. It feels absolutely luxurious and dries in just a few minutes. Rinse with warm water and feel your smooth, clear complexion. Ahhhh.
Ingredients: bentonite clay, organic oats + organic tea tree oil
karan’s cleanser: Speaking of healing rosewater, that’s the main ingredient in this floral, amazing smelling, great working facial cleanser. Frankincense + geranium are the added ingredients to promote beauty. As a Cytophylactic, Frankincense Oil promotes regeneration of healthy cells and also keeps the existing cells and tissues healthy. When you combine this aspect of frankincense oil with its powerful astringent capabilities, you have a potent anti-aging effects that frankincense oil is often used for. It can help you to eliminate sun spots, remove micro-wrinkles around the eyes and cheeks, and generally tone and tighten skin all over your body, while simultaneously replacing old or dying cells with new, healthy ones!
lottie’s body oil: Is my favorite of the bunch! I’ve been looking for a holy grail unscented body oil. Nailed it! I am obsessed with this! Packed with nourishing organic oils, this light but effective application feels amazing on the skin and is extremely nourishing and moisturizing. Great for babies and little ones too!
timmy’s toner: Is the bomb! I just LOVE this toner! Using it daily. It works SO well and the ingredients are a-ha simple! Plus, 5% of profits are donated to cancer research, which is also a cause that’s dear to my heart. Michelle, the founder of q.c. naturals and I both lost our Dad’s recently – events that connected us immediately. And cancer took them both. I donate 5% of my sales to cancer research and it’s amazing to see q.c. donating to benefit Moffitt Cancer Center in tampa, florida.
Ingredients: water, organic apple cider vinegar, organic witch hazel, organic essential oils of lemon + tea tree
I love to use q.c. during my morning baths, and my new bathroom (pictured above) is the perfect setting for this incredible ritual. Michelle’s been incredibly brave to put her energy and alchemy into such a beautiful, simplistic, effective line. I adore her, I adore q.c. naturals and I love her incredible mission! The line is also cruelty free, vegan and leaping bunny certified.
“ Well your teeth are so white! What do you use to brush with?” asked my friend Jennie one afternoon, after we went over all the nasties in her toothpaste. My fun answer?
“ I brush with charcoal and essential oil! And I love it!”
I was so excited when Well Scent reached out to me about checking out some of their products. I have been following them on IG for awhile now, and had heard nothing but amazing things. I’ve also wanted to switch up my dental ritual, and was excited to see that they had a healthy, natural dental line!
I’ve been pumped about brushing my teeth in the last few weeks! Using a powerful combination of the Shine Dental Powder + Sparkle Dental Powder + Watch Your Mouth, my teeth have never been cleaner or whiter! Before I brush, I anoint myself with Well Scent’s Pause For Peace (which you can tell from these photos I use quite a bit!) on my third eye and on my collarbone for a calming, irie feeling. This centers you and helps you to keep focused on the most important aspect of your dental ritual: your health.
WHAT IT IS: Sparkle is a natural and systemically supportive alternative to toxic mainstream teeth whitening treatments. Sparkle utilizes earth’s gifts to detox the mouth, eliminate plaque and naturally brighten and strengthen dental enamel.
How I use it:
I add this to my brush first and use it on my teeth with a little filtered water.
Why It Works:
Activated charcoal is perhaps a counter-intuitive option for teeth brightening, but the truth is, my teeth have never been brighter, stronger or more healthy! Charcoal has been found more than capable of disarming the lethal properties of thousands of man-made pollutants and is a key ingredient in many detoxification protocols. Activated charcoal works through the principle mechanism of adsorption. It acts by electrostatically binding molecules to the surfaces of the charcoal particle. One teaspoon of activated charcoal powder has about the same surface area as a football field. This expansive surface area translates into a tremendous potential to adsorb toxictity. It also contains Myrhh, Plaintain and Baking Soda.
WHAT IT IS: Exfoliant, tooth brightener and polish that supports locally and systemically. The natural ingredients are transported directly into the bloodstream from the gum mucosa. This formulation strongly inhibits the bacteria that cause heart disease, gingivitis, bad breath and inflammation from other microbes. It has received praised amongst medical and naturopathic doctors as well as biological dentists. (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Paleo)
How I use it:
After I brush with Sparkle, I add Shine + my preferred essential oil (Watch Your Mouth) to my tooth brush and go to work!
Why It Works:
Green Living Clay is a rare desert clay that has been protected from contaminants and leaching by the climate. Sealed away and isolated from natural elements by a cap of zeolite minerals for forty-three million years, this highly charged Calcium Bentonite Clay has tremendous drawing power, making it useful as a gentle mouth detox. Baking soda has been shown to neutralize acids in the mouth which reduces the amount of acid-loving bacteria that cause cavities. Baking soda has also been shown to reduce dental plaque. It will naturally and gently remove surface stains.
I add this invigorating essential oil blend to my toothbrush along with my Shine Powder. It tastes really fresh, with a blend of cinnamon, peppermint, thyme and clove blended with all star neem oil, to clean and balance. I also love that I can switch this blend to other essential oils, as sometimes I prefer a different flavor to my toothpaste.
I also use this for oil pulling, adding some to coconut oil and then swishing the blend around in my mouth for 5-10 minutes. This helps to prevent cavities, kill bacteria and heal any funky stuff going on. I love it!
Why It Works:
Peppermint has a wide range of actions (antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, antispasmodic, analgesic and others). It is a tonic to the liver, heart, stomach and pancreas. It acts specifically against Bacillus subtilis, Candida albicans, E. Coli, Staphylococcus and many others.
Studies have shown that Neem Oil can benefit oral health by reducing plaque and bacteria. It is antioxidant and mineral-rich (zinc, magnesium, copper, iron, phosphorous and potassium) and is generally well tolerated and particularly useful in cases of gingivitis.
You can Win the dental set and clean up your own dental practice by entering here!
It’s super simple and I can’t wait to share this life-changing ritual with one of you!
Indie Beauty Expo is the very first of it’s kind, and I am so excited about this incredible event that connects the very best in safe beauty with the conscious consumer!
There will be TWO winners for this giveaway! Each winner will receive one ticket for General Admission for the Indie Beauty Expo on August 27th at the Altman Building in NYC. This event is going to be amazing! You can check out my interview with the Founder of Indie Beauty Expo, Jillian Wright (here)to learn more about the event!
“ This stuff is awesome!” my beautiful friend Stace, a 5’10 blonde model, healthy beauty and nutritional coach, perked up at our latest trip to our local gem and hippie shop, with a bottle of lavender scented Poo-Pourri extended my way, displayed proudly in her hands. Her genuine smile wasn’t cheeky. It wasn’t followed by a chuckle or a snicker – she was totally serious. “My roommate and I love this stuff!”
I cried out with enjoyment and bounced up and down shouting, ” Oh my god – Poo-Pourri has changed.my.life!” I had been testing out Poo-Pourri in our house as well – to rave reviews from both myself and my guests! She was delighted that I felt the same, but it still struck me as totally funny that my prim and proper model friend and I were talking about the most taboo girl subject of all – poop! Well, sorry guys. This is a health blog. And sometimes we gotta get right down to business! Especially when it involves healthy, natural alternatives to things we have to deal with each and every day.
I recently had a good friend visit with her two kids (under 6!) and I instructed them all to, “ Just spray this before you go!” Poo-Pourri promises to ban all odors. With natural essential oils blended into many different scents (basil, lavender vanilla and citrus are my personal favorites) it’ll make it so no one has even know you went at all! My friends and her kids were pumped on it – and honestly, so was I! Kids.are.stinky!
This is a must have for all Mom’s! And even though I work from home, I imagine this would be AMAZING at the office when you have a particularly large cup of coffee and would rather the entire staff didn’t have automatic lunch room banter about the state of the bathroom once you made your grand exit. Get my drift? You can win not just one – but two different scents in Citrus and Lavender Vanilla! I have an amazing Poo-Pourri giveaway box for one lucky winner.