Can flower power really transform your life?

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Let Katie Hess, Goddess & Creator of Lotus Wei Help You Transform Yourself & Your World

Hi Beauties!

You know how much I love introducing you to my favorite things. I’m all about alternative health options and using Mother Nature’s gifts to assist me whenever possible. Flower elixirs and essences have had an immense part in my healing journey. And I’m ever so grateful to the special people who have felt the calling to educate themselves and to share with all of us the inherent knowledge and potential that these gifts of nature can provide to us. We just have to have an open heart and be ready to receive the healing.

I’m a huge fan of Lotus Wei’s formulas and have been using them for the past year specifically the Inner Peace and Serum help me to feel more emotionally grounded and relaxed. I also keep a bottle of Pure Energy Mist near my computer and have been known to indulge myself quite often when doing blog posts! (I’m spraying it all around me right now!). Even sprayed a bit near my dog Tayo to enjoy! If you get near me, I’ll spray you as well ;)

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The beautiful Katie Hess

One person who has mastered the art of using flower essences for transformation and living a cosmic life is Katie Hess, owner of Lotus Wei. Her flower essences and elixirs are sold at retail stores all over the world, at some of the world’s leading hotels and transformational spas, and to people like YOU.  Katie has been personally working with flower remedies for over 15 years and she knows that flowers are powerful catalysts for transformation. 

She has seen how people hold themselves back with self-limiting patterns. Knowing how powerful and effortless flower elixirs can be, she wanted to help people to shift their subconscious fear and old patterns that can hinder their personal goals.

Katie has now created a newly released program called FlowerEvolution! It’s a six month flower elixir acceleration program to dissolve self-limiting patters, activate your desires and open to personal shifts. All effortlessly, with ease and fun. She created this program for you to love yourself fully and recognize your inner beauty and talents. All with a little help from a delicious elixir made from nature. It literally takes under one minute total per day to use!

As soon as I found out about this program I signed up!

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Tsi~La Organics Ilang Ilang Mini Parfum

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Today I bring you an exceptional all organic parfum that has been bringing joy (and some sexiness) into my life recently. It comes from the brand Tsi~La (pronounced chee-la), and is the abridged version of the word “atsilvsgi”, meaning “flower” in Cherokee. 

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Tsi~La Organics Ilang Ilang Eau De Parfum Mini is an exotic and flirtatious 100% natural floral fragrance. The enchanting and seductive scent of these tree blossoms arouses your primal desires. The creamy, floral scent is saturated with sugared citrus fruits and lush vanilla orchids to create pure flirtation. Enchanting Ilang Ilang — open, indulge and be seduced.

After receiving a sample of the Ilang Ilang Parfum from Spirit Beauty Lounge, I just knew I was going to have to place an order for the mini roll-on and of course, I did.

I have a few signature scents that I will forever use but I always love finding new scents and making new memories with them. There is something so sensual about the act of applying perfume that really makes me excited. I love to apply this roll-on parfum to my inner wrists, behind my ears and sometimes I will even roll a little bit on the ends of my hair… I like to do this so that when I walk by people they get tiny whiffs of beautiful scents and hopefully smile :)

On first sniff, I immediately noticed Ylang Ylang and Gardenia and of course, Vanilla. (I am a huge Vanilla fan). The vanilla in this is very unique and is perfectly described above as “lush vanilla orchids”.

Some describe this perfume as “sweet” and almost “candy like” but I personally think it is deeper than that. Yes, it does contain sweetness and yes sometimes I do feel like licking my wrists after applying it (just keeping it real), but I also find it to be very lush and exotic. Sexy would be a great word to describe it. After using up the sample quite quickly, I decided to buy the mini roll-on and it was well worth the price for the beautiful bottle, easy roll-on application and the SMELL! oh, the smell.

This is also the perfect purse perfume because it is so compact and easy to apply. It’s also not an overwhelming scent that will irritate sensitive noses (this is coming from someone with a very sensitive nose and sensitive… well, everything).

It has a lush scent that will not last for hours but remember it is devoid of nasty chemicals so it will not have the staying power of most chemical-laden perfumes. After applied, the scent does linger and it seems to get more beautiful as the day goes on. I don’t mind the scent not lasting hours and hours. I personally enjoy re-applying this throughout the day because just taking out the bottle makes me happy. I also very much enjoy not putting harmful chemicals into my skin, thank you very much!

Tsi~La is quite inspirational in their passion behind their brand. They are Vegan, Animal Cruelty Free, Preservative and Colorant Free, 100% Flower and Pant Based, Super-Fruit and Phytonutrient Infused and contain Zero Synthetic Chemicals.

Now that is impressive and a brand that I feel safe and proud to support!!

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Having this beautiful little roll-on parfum has made me curious to try more from Tsi~La.

Have you ever tried any of their scents? I am especially eager to try their Fiori D’arancio Eau De Parfum Spray. I also must try their Fleur Savage and L’absolu Vanille Parfum Roll-Ons. Oh, heck, they all sound dreamy and I wouldn’t mind having these little bottles all around my house.

The Lash Project Gluten Free Conditioning Mascara

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When I first heard the news that Red Apple Lipstick was formulating an all-natural, gluten-free and non-toxic mascara, I just KNEW it would be amazing. Every single  product they create and I’ve had the pleasure to  try, I have loved. I’m so excited to share with you this new mascara that is truly wonderful…

We all know how hard and frustrating it can be to find a good natural mascara. The unique things about this mascara in particular? It is not only gluten free, vegan, non GMO, cruelty free, but is also free of soy, dairy, corn, pretty much all things that can cause allergies or irritations. If you are someone with sensitive eyes like me (as well as sensitive “everything”..): this is most likely THE mascara for you.

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The Lash Project Lash Conditioner Mascara is rightfully named because it not only volumizes and  lengthens but it also works to protect and nourish the lashes! It is like a mascara and treatment in one. I for one  want to protect my lashes. I have no problem growing my eyebrows out, but for some reason my eyelashes seem immune to new growth. Maybe it’s a genetic thing! How many of us have lost precious lashes to harsh mascaras that leave  lashes feeling hard and let’s not even get into trying to wash off some of those mascaras… I’ve lost too many lashes to go down that route again!! And my personal opinion of fake eyelashes are that I love them for occasional use (with only non-toxic glue of course) when going for ultra glam makeup looks. But I need (and found) my new daily go-to mascara.

You can purchase the Lash Project 2-IN-1 Mascara + Conditioner here on Red Apple Lipstick’s website. Use the code “BBB” at checkout to receive 22% off of a $50 order or more!!

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*In these photos I am also wearing Red Apple Lipstick in Maven Mauve which is absolutely gorgeous!*

 Have you tried this mascara yet!? Share your thoughts in the comments!!

xoxo,

Britanie

MUN No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum

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I have a confession to make. I have been having a somewhat secret love affair with the MUN’s No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum for a few months now. Why so secretive? Well, the truth is that whenever I try out new products I am hesitant to jump the gun and rave about them before giving them a true trial with my skin. My skin is so sensitive that I have to give at least a month, if not longer  to able to know how and if  it’s working for me.

I am now confident and so incredibly happy to be able to share with you the product that has been making my skin glow and has completely changed my entire beauty routine.

Let’s take a look at the creator of MUN’s highly coveted serum, No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum.

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My Summer Must-Haves for Eco Diva Beauty

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I was recently featured over on Eco Diva Beauty‘s beautiful blog and was asked to pick my must-haves for summer! I also share some of my favorite things, my life motto, and much more. You can check out the full interview and my picks here!!!!
Thank you Garcy and Team Eco Diva Beauty for all of the love!

xoxo,

Britanie

Rahua Beauty Voluminous Shampoo

What is there to say about the Rahua Voluminous Shampoo that is negative? the answer is:  NOTHING!  But, oh what to say about the Rahua Voluminous Shampoo that is positive? Simply put… EVERYTHING!

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In the past I was never too picky about the shampoo I chose. I based my decision on the aroma, the price and the of course, the marketing!  But then I  had my “moment of enlightenment” a few years ago where I switched over to natural and non-toxic products. Seems ridiculous to me now, but it finally occurred to me that things I put ON and IN my body could have a positive or negative effect on my health! Since making the switch to shampoos that are not only sulfate-free but also gluten-free, I have become somewhat of a hair care aficionado. I’ve tried many natural shampoos that have left my hair feeling dry, limp or even oily. All things undesirable! Usually there is something I like about each one, but not the “whole package” as they say. I’m usually left feeling like I need more of the promises fulfilled.

My hair is usually on the normal to dry side but in the hot months it can get a bit oily. Especially when I go a few days without washing, which I try to do because it’s so much healthier for the scalp and hair to have our own natural oils help to lubricate the hair shafts. Healthy hair equals a very happy me!

I find that the Rahua Voluminious Shampoo is the absolute best for keeping my hair looking healthy, thick, shiny, soft and clean! I can go at least three days without washing (if not longer!!) when I use this magical product. It’s the best. It gives a light lather and really does regenerate my scalp and hair follicles as promised! This fortifying rich liquid, is delicately fragrant with the scents of Lemongrass, Lavender, and Eucalyptus which are all aromatherapy enhancers as well as are star ingredients for healthy hair. It’s also safe for color treated hair. and it is Gluten Free!

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5 Things I’m Loving… (#2)

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I’m back with my “5 Things I’m Loving” segment.  You can check out my first 5 Things I’m Loving post here if you missed it! This will now be a regular theme on my blog. Winter is here and with the weather being so much cooler I have many new products that I’ve integrated into my daily routine.

Evanhealy Whipped Shea Butter with Olive Leaf – This whipped butter has made me fall in love with oil-cleansing. I’ve always loved cleansing my face with oils but now that I have tried this whipped butter-like heaven I am a little obsessed. I use this three times a week and it keeps my skin hydrated, plump and clear of any blemishes. I am deeply in love with this product. Before I even ran out of my sample I purchased a full size and I can tell you right now before I get half-way through my full-size jar I will be repurchasing again. I will never go without this product, especially in the cooler months. Oh and the smell of this? Like a freshly baked (gluten free-for me) vanilla frosted cupcake! I couldn’t take it one day, so I actually tasted a bit of the cream on my tongue! It’s that pure. However, nowhere on Evan Healy’s site does this say that the whipped shea butter is  for “ingesting”…just saying!  I will have a full review of this product + more Evanhealy products (which my skin has been LOVING lately) very soon!

Konjac Sponge with French Pink ClayAfter using an oil-based cleanser to remove my makeup I  then use my new Konjac Sponge. This is such a wonderful product. I have both the pink and red  sponges and I think the pink is my favorite but I honestly love both. They exfoliate gently without ever irritating my incredibly sensitive skin and I can even use it to exfoliate my eye area which is so delicate and prone to eczema and dry patches in the winter. This has been the secret to keeping my skin clearer and assisting the  oils and moisturizers to apply and penetrate  so much better.

Miyu Beauty Hydrate Mi Tea – This is hands down my new favorite tea. I literally drink this every single day without fail. It’s absolutely delicious and sweet enough that I don’t find myself needing to add any honey. It contains Green Rooibos (contains nine types of flavonoids that aggressively fight free radicals so that complexions will look younger, longer), Goji Berries (naturally rich in vitamin C, necessary to promote collagen production to help keep skin smooth), Rose Petals (used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries to improve circulation and soothe from within) and Snow Pear Essence and Candied Pearls for sweetness.

Lotus Wei Inner Peace Serum – This serum and every other  product from the “Inner Peace” Collection is helpful for high levels of stress, anxiety, nervousness, fear, lack of confidence and is helpful for experiencing deep peace, calm, confidence, comfort + contentment; strength + assuredness during times of high-stress. I love to use this oil-based serum on my hands and feet before bed every night. I also use this on my legs and I gently massage the oil into my calves, ankles, feet and hands. This is an incredibly relaxing routine that I look forward to doing every night. The calming and grounding scents of Lavender, Vetiver, Geranium and Allspice help to calm me and the lovely oils leave my skin feeling incredibly smooth.

Badger Balm Damascus Rose Face Oil - I am so, so happy with this face oil. I recently purchased it at my local Co-Op.  I was curious to try more from the Damascus Rose collection so I also picked up the Damascus Rose Beauty Balm which I will talk about soon (it’s wonderful!!) but the Rose Face Oil in particular has stood out to me the most. I recently battled some hormonal acne which left me with hyperpigmentation. This oil has helped to diminish redness after just days of use. I use this every night on my face and it’s enough moisture that I don’t need any added creams. It smells and feels beautiful, and it’s quickly becoming one of my new favorite oils of all-time.

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Tell me what you are currently loving and if you have tried anything that I mentioned above, let me know your thoughts!

xoxo,

Britanie

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*All of my reviews are based on my own personal experiences with the brand/products. I am never paid to give my honest opinions and will only review and recommend products and brands I love and use myself! All Photographs are (C) Britanie Faith unless stated otherwise.*

The Best of 2013

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Happy New Year to All!!!

“You can’t know where you’re going until you know where you came from…”

Let’s take a look back at 2013, shall we?

Thank you all so much for helping and continuing to support me to do the thing I soooo love to do! Bring you honest reviews of natural & organic beauty, as well as  introduce you to niche companies that maybe you had never heard of before.

I love to discover. I love to find a company that has sustainable business practices as well as clean beautiful ingredients. One that also helps to make the world a better place by giving back to causes close to their heart. And finally by creating products that do what they promise.

2013 was a huge year for me personally as well as for  this site. Between being asked to be part of the Organic Beauty Talk Team, working with Eco Diva Beautycontributing to Lucky Magazine, being interviewed on MyChicLifeMarigtMaeArantha’s Gourmet Life, and Bailey Blush. And then reaching over 1,500 likes on my Facebook page!

Wow, it was a milestone year for me! Mostly because of YOU.  Because of your loyalty, comments and likes, these have meant the most to me. I’m honored that you allow me daily to help you navigate the “murky” waters of the cosmetic & beauty industry!

Attending A Night For Green Beauty Event in NYC  was one of the biggest highlights of all 2013 and being able to connect with so many like-minded individuals in this community and to be able to call so many of you friends has been the most amazing experience of this journey.

I discovered and re-discovered so many amazing brands and products this year. It was hard to narrow down my favorite stand-out products from the entire year. I am mentioning the brands and products that I used the most this year and that I recommended the most to friends, family members and readers.

CV Skinlabs was by far the best brand discovery for me in 2013. Between the Restorative Skin Balm which is my savior for eczema, the Calming Moisture Cream that completely cleared up my contact dermatitis (proof here), the Body Repair Lotion which is literally the only lotion I use on my skin currently because it helps rid me of ANY itching! The Rescue + Relief Spray which helps to set makeup and relieve any skin irritations such as itching, redness, eczema, etc. This entire line has been a miracle in my life. I recommend this brand to literally everyone.

R.L. Linden & Co Thousand Petal Beautifying Mist was such a blessing to discover. I have said this before and I will say it again: I have no idea how I ever lived without this uniquely refreshing, hydrating and calming facial mist. It doubles as the perfect complexion pick-me-up as well as an aromatherapy treatment.

I simplified my cleansing routine drastically this year because my skin was incredibly sensitive. The one consistent cleanser I reached for throughout the year was Pai Skincare Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser. It doubles as a face and eye makeup remover and it’s gentle enough to use every day.

I found my holy-grail pesky blemish fighter in Osmia Organics Spot Treatment which literally works overnight for me at getting rid of any breakouts. I also have to mention Osmia Organics Active Gel Nutrient Serum because it’s the best oil-free serum I have ever used. Any redness is instantly diminished within one use of this product. It is a genius product.

My favorite oil-based serum for all of 2013 was One Love Organics Morning Glory Brightening Complexion Serum. It does what is claims to do; brighten, as well as moisturizing and  triples as the the perfect pre-makeup primer.

My go-to foundation and SPF of choice most of 2013 was Jane Iredale’s DreamTint Tinted Moisturizer. It was the only foundation I would wear while my skin was reacting and I found the coverage was just enough to cover any redness while still letting my skin breathe.

May Lindstrom Skin The Problem Solver was my favorite mask all of 2013. Perfect for spot treating or for using on nights when your skin needs a little extra love.

The best blush hands down goes to Kjaer Weis Desired Glow. It gives the most beautiful color to the cheeks and you just can’t get much sleeker which packaging! Did I mention the formulation? Like cream and silk combined~

RMS Beauty Buruti Bronzer made me a believer in bronzers.  It somehow manages to work on all skin-tones including extremely fair skin like mine! It never looks muddy or orange and blends beautifully as an all-over bronzer and to contour.

Ilia Beauty Neon Angel Lipstick was my favorite lipstick find for the entire year. It is so pigmented and long-wearing.

I helped to keep my anxiety at bay the last few months with H.Gillerman Organics Stress Remedy. This blend has helped to combat stress, anxiety and panic attacks. It also really helps with insomnia. I cannot say enough good things about all of Hope’s remarkable blends!’

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May 2014 bring you all Health, Peace & Happiness and remember to keep Living Beautifully, from the Inside/ Out, of course!!

Look for more beautiful and wonderful things coming soon,

Blessings,
Britanie Faith

Beauty Buzz | Elizabeth Dehn For One Love Organics Active Moisture Vitamin E Eye Balm

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full size is 15 ml | 0.5 oz and retails for $48.00 / photo credit: One Love Organics

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After my last review of the One Love Organics Morning Glory Serum I have become more and more impressed with One Love Organics and their products. I have very sensitive skin and when the winter months roll around my skin becomes even more sensitive. Unfortunately I am prone to eczema, especially around my delicate eye area. I have suffered from a number of severe eczema bouts around my eye area that made me so concerned about putting any eye cream near my skin that I actually swore off of eye creams altogether for a long time. I just couldn’t find anything that didn’t make that area feel even more sensitive. That is until I find this Vitamin E Balm

Elizabeth Dehn For One Love Organics Active Moisture Vitamin E Eye Balm contains powerful blend of vitamins A, D & E and active antioxidants, this luxurious, intensely hydrating waterless eye balm melts into skin to restore radiance to the delicate eye area. Organic fennel, a natural anti-inflammatory, helps to reduce puffiness. Pomegranate, Eyebright and Ginseng naturally lift and plump while providing continuous hydration throughout the day.

Why do I love this eye balm? For starters it sinks right into the skin without leaving over a greasy residue (unless you apply a lot). I even use this in the morning, under my makeup and it not only helps my concealer to look more natural but it gets rid of that dryness that looks even worse when you apply concealer! This has made me look forward to applying my under eye concealer because I know that I won’t look like a cakey mess when wearing it. I even notice a difference in my dark circles when I use this every night. That is saying a lot because I suffer from pretty bad dark circles. The scent is very subtle. A mix of Fennel and Lavender. Very relaxing and not even slightly over powering.

Let’s take a look at the wonderful ingredients in this beautiful balm:

Ingredients: Raw Organic Shea Butter, Organic Sunflower Seed Oil, Pomegranate Sterols, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Vitamin E, Raw Raspberry Seed Oil, Eyebright Extract, Organic American Ginseng Extract, Organic Licorice Root Extract, Organic Lavender Root Extract, Organic Lavender Essential Oil, Organic Fennel Oil.

I can’t stress enough that the littlest bit goes the longest way. For $48 this jar will last you an incredibly long time. I have a sample of this eye balm and although I can see it lasting me months and months, I do still want to purchase the full size jar just because I love it that much.

You can purchase the Vitamin E Balm on Amazon, on One Love Organics or Eco Diva Beauty.

 

Have you ever tried the Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin E Eye Balm or any other products from One Love Organics? What is YOUR favorite Eye Cream or Eye Balm? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

xoxo,

Britanie

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*All of my reviews are based on my own personal experiences with the brand/products. I am never paid to give my honest opinions and will only review and recommend products and brands I love and use myself! All Photographs are (C) Britanie Faith unless stated otherwise.*

How To Become a Natural Beauty Warrior

It’s been a little over a year since I began my journey to switching over to all natural & organic products. I can’t believe how far so many of us have come in such a short period of time. I just had to make this post because I firmly believe that; There is no sane reason to subject ourselves to the chemical onslaught that is included in so many  traditional beauty products!  There are so many natural alternatives!

*The 515 Chemicals Women Put on Their Bodies Every Day
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When I saw this incredible info-graphic picture from MindBodyGreen.com I just had to re-blog it (again). In fact I featured this photo on this post over a year ago. A picture is worth a thousand words, right? I wanted to write about it again because sometimes we all get into a rut with buying the same thing over and over again. We need a little push. We don’t take the time to do our research. We are worth it. If we don’t take care of ourselves, then who will?

 

Where To Start?

There is reputable information everywhere to enable to us to make the switch. Start by searching trusted and respected natural and organic beauty blogs and websites. Don’t forget about your local bookstore! Or search on Amazon and read all the reviews and comments for a book that looks informative. No more excuses. Some people hesitate because they feel the natural way is more expensive. It’s clearly not. You can find so many basic food grade beauty ingredients at your grocery store. There are hundreds of tutorials on YouTube that show you exactly “how to”. You can check out my DIY recipes for many different beauty concoctions. Or another of my favorite resources for instructions on DIY beauty is Mountain Rose Herbs.Your body is your temple~ Treat it exquisitely and with tender loving care. Please. I feel so proud to be a part of this “Green Beauty Revolution”. Together we are changing the future of not only our individual health, but our future children. We are also contributing to preserving our precious Mother Earth. Now that’s a cause to be proud of.
 

Take a Stand

We won’t stand for the cancer causing “questionable” ingredients in mainstream “beauty” products any longer. Or their multilevel advertising propaganda. What a waste of money. We are fully aware of the corrupt marketing that companies employ to try and paint their products as healthy. It’s just so unethical. Often I reach for my very worn and dogeared copy of Siobhan O’Connor’s incredible book, “No More Dirty Looks”. It never ceases to inspire me to keep “fighting the fight” toward a healthy and sustainable future for us all. We can choose to make our voices heard through our dollars. The money we spend can speak for us and show support to the brands that we trust and that are in business for our benefit. Support companies you know that combine organic & natural sustainably sourced products with ethical business practices. Many of the small women owned companies that I do business with rely on word of mouth and miniscule advertising budgets. They believe in putting their hard earned dollars into superior efficacious  beauty materials. Clean, organic and sometimes exotic ingredients are sourced by these talented artisans .These are small businesses with integrity. They believe in life affirming principles and the old adage, “Do No Harm”. You read about them here on my blog. They are my go-to companies.

Make The Switch

Remember there is absolutely NO reason for us not to be more conscious about what we are applying to our skin. There is no shortage of highly-pigmented, long-lasting and delicious natural alternatives on the market compared to the chemically laden products we’ve all been so accustomed to using in the past.

Between my reviews, wonderful and informative blogs like Organic Beauty Talk, No More Dirty Looks, The Green Beauty Team, and some of my favorite blogs, there is incredibly useful information and more reasons then ever to make the switch over to non-toxic products.

I hope you will join me. There is power in numbers!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead

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Are YOU a Natural Beauty Warrior? When did you decide to make the switch? Please share your thoughts and opinions in the comments!

xoxo,

Britanie

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*All of my reviews are based on my own personal experiences with the brand/products. I am never paid to give my honest opinions and will only review and recommend products and brands I love and use myself! All Photographs are (C) Britanie Faith unless stated otherwise.*

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