What’s on my Fall Wishlist…

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Hello lovelies!!! Autumn is upon us and with that brings some new items to add to my wishlist :)

  1. Ilia Beauty Gypsy Lipgloss – Just when I think I have too many lip products to last me a lifetime(okay, honestly, there is no such thing as too many lip products. There. I said it.), I go ahead and add another to my wishlist. But bare with me – this shade of lipgloss is missing in my collection. I have colors like this in the form of lipstick but not in a gloss. I figured this would be a beautiful gloss to add on top of a dark lipstick for the Fall and Winter months, I imagine it will also be stunning worn on it’s own. Also, it’s named Gypsy. That makes me love it just a little bit more. and it’s Ilia…. can’t get much better than that.
  2. LilyLolo Enchanted Eyeshadow Palette –  Just look at those colors! Aren’t they beautiful? They scream Fall to me. I have tried LilyLolo’s loose eyeshadows and love them so I can only imagine how obsessed I will be with their pressed formulations. Plus they are talc-free which makes me very happy as my eyelids hate talc and it is very hard to find talc-free pressed shadows. Here is a description for the Enchanted Palette: “A versatile eye palette with specially selected shades to create a modern twist on the classic smoky eye for a perfect sultry look.”
  3. Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask – Now that the colder weather is approaching, it’s time to bring out the masks for extra hydration. When I first heard about this lip mask, I wanted it. Not just because it’s a lip mask and that just sounds so cool, but because it has gotten so many rave reviews. I have a feeling I am going to want to eat it based on how everyone describes the scent, but that’s another story.
  4. Sage Onyx Roll-On Perfume Oil -  Another gem I discovered on Free + Native. These fragrances have caught my attention, especially the Onyx Perfume Oil as it sounds like the perfect Fall scent.This fragrance is ‘as darkly opulent as the stone for which it was named, onyx begins with a bewitching top note accord of black coconut, tobacco and oakmoss. Its rich and enveloping base note accord of vanilla, amber and sheer musk caresses the skin like sweet dew born of nocturnal, tropical air. A perfume of almost primeval intensity, Onyx evokes nature’s beauty in its darkest forms; a jungle’s depths, volcanic heat and velvety night skies.’
  5. Widu Elite Bubinga Wood Wooden Bristle Brush - The first thing you will notice when you look at this brush is how pretty is is and then you will see the price: $80. Yes, $80. for a hair brush. At first I thought, no way. I cannot spend that much on a hair brush, but after hearing such rave reviews from the likes of Spirit from Spirit Beauty Lounge and many other beauties, I thought about it more and I realized that I buy so many hair brushes while trying to find the right one for my super long hair and I figured I might as well just invest in one good hair brush that will work amazingly well and last me for ages.
  6. Rahua Beauty Omega 9 Hair Mask – Speaking of masks and hair, this hair mask is much needed in my beauty routine. I love Rahua and I love hair masks and so I need this. Oh and I tried a sample of it and it left my hair feeling so soft it was insane!

Have you tried any of these products that I am lusting over? What is on YOUR wishlist? Share in the comments!!!

xoxo,
Britanie

Beauty Obsession: Zweena Argan Beauty Elixirs

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‘Zweena means “beautiful” in Moroccan Arabic and brings together our love for ancient beauty traditions, pure natural ingredients, sustainable harvesting and support of women in fair-trade cooperatives.’

The beautiful and creative Jayme Barrett, author of Feng Shui Your Life, (a favorite book of mine) has always believed in helping people simplify and energize their spaces and lives. So it naturally follows that she would eventually discover a way to simplify women’s beauty routines. And I’m happy to say she has done just that for me. You may actually remember a post I did over a year ago dedicated to Zweena. This was before they changed their packaging and added new products into their line. I have to say, I didn’t think the packaging or products could get any better but they have. I am truly head over heels in love with this brand and every product in it.

Welcome to Zweena Body Care….

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Brand Spotlight: BEAUTYCOUNTER

I’m happy today to share with you details about an innovative company that I’ve recently discovered: BeautyCounter. This business creates safe and effective skin care and cosmetics and  was created not only out of a desire to be 100% transparent in ingredients, be environmentally conscious, but also to raise the bar in health standards to the highest in the personal care industry. They have done just that and more. Oh, and I forgot to mention the products really work!

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Wellness | Sleeping Monk Herbal Formulas for Health, Vitality and Beauty

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The secret is to be proactive with our health, (as opposed to reactive). This idea was described by the ancient modality of Chinese Tonic Herbalism, which states: ‘Assist the positive to eliminate the noxious.’ By taking responsibility of our health in this way, we become so fortified, balanced and protected that disease doesn’t come near us. Sleeping Monk’s High Potency Herbal formulas use many SuperTonic herbs, (the highest class of health-building herbs on the planet), to assist us in optimizing the physical, mental and spiritual components of our being to achieve health that is truly transformative. Through our products and philosophy, our mission is to assist you in the best ways possible to “Be Healthy, Have More Fun!”

This to me is one of my most exciting reviews because I’m so truly passionate about this brand and these special formulas. I first became aware of Sleeping Monk through one of my favorite blogs: Free + Native. When I saw the mention of the beautiful ingredients, I became immediately interested and went directly to the Sleeping Monk website and read until my eyes hurt. I was so intrigued that I had to reach out. I contacted Louis Lenard, owner and creator of Sleeping Monk, and he was extremely helpful and was kind enough to send me his original tonics to try out.

You can read here Louis’s very inspiring story about what he personally went through and how he came about creating these original and life-changing formulas.

First I began my experimentation with the Immortal and Well-Rested Formulas. These were the only tw0 products they were selling at the time so I continued for a few months with very positive and noticeable results.When I heard that Sleeping Monk was going to be releasing two new formulas: I immediately bought both! The Super Immunity Tonic and the Mind Sharpener Tonic are the two newest additions to the Sleeping Monk family and they are just as phenomenal as the first two…. Keep reading to find out how madly in love with these I really am!!  [Read more...]

R.L. Linden & Co’s Autumn Box (Limited Edition)

Presenting R.L.Linden & Company’s Limited Edition Autumn Box. On sale late September. (Be patient – this box is worth it, I PROMISE!)

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“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” -F.Scott Fitzgerald

The beautiful souls that make up the R.& L., (Robin and Lynn) behind the name of this company are two of the most creative and inspiring woman that I know. They just keep coming up with these superb brews and potions that get me so excited that it’s hard to put into words. I’m encouraging you to wait just a little while longer while they get these wonderful products all set and ready to ship. Fall is my most favorite season of all and this limited edition box is packed full of coziness and olfactory loveliness. You don’t want to miss this one. Trust me!

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Makeup Look: Simple & Glowing Autumn Inspired

Autumn is almost upon us here in New England and I for one am super EXCITED. It’s my favorite season of all. Time for bringing out the chunky sweaters, gem colored scarves, dark lipsticks, leggings and stylish boots. To me it’s also a time for slowing things down a bit and going for walks in the woods, catching up on reading and lots of steaming hot cups of tea!

Today I created this super simple, yet glowing and sophisticated look that was autumn-inspired. Keep reading below to see all the products used and how I achieved this look!

(click on photos to see larger versions. You can also see a short video of me wearing this look here.)

Prep + Prime: I started out by moisturizing my skin using CV Skinlabs Calming Moisture Cream which is incredibly moisturizing for my dry skin and especially great before using mineral makeup as it will help the minerals to adhere to the skin so much easier and not look dry! I also misted my face with R.L. Linden & Co. Thousand Petal Beautifying Mist before and after my makeup to prime and set. The addictive scent of this just makes putting on makeup that much more enjoyable.

Correct + Conceal: I applied Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation in “Neutral 2″ using the #25 Foundation Brush all over my face and neck. I then applied Kari Grain’s Mineral Concealer to my under-eye area and on a few blemishes on my chin (hey hormones!). This mineral concealer works amazingly well for hiding blemishes, it also does a great job at lighting up my under eye area which is usually scary dark.

Bronze + Illuminate: To bring some color to my cheeks I applied Alima Pure Soft Plum Blush. I then applied a light layer of Alima Pure Lumina Shimmer Powder to the highest points of my cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose. For contour and all-over bronze I used Alima Pure Maracaibo Bronzer (perfect color for fair skin).

Eyes: This eye look couldn’t get much simpler. I applied a light wash of the Kari Gran Concealer over my lids to even out my skintone and then I applied Vapour Beauty Organics Mesmerize Eye Pencil and blended it out using the smudge-brush at the other end of the pencil. For lashes I applied two coats of the Lash Perfection Gel by PER-FEKT which I received from Citrine Beauty and have literally been obsessed with. Full Review to come soon.

Lips: I am wearing Mayberry Lipstick by Red Apple Lipstick. This color is obsession-worthy. So perfect for Fall.

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What do you think of this look? Are you a fan of any of the products I used? Share your thoughts in the comments!

xoxo,
Britanie

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

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