Valentine’s Day Giveaway *CLOSED*

Hi Everyone! I wanted to wish each and every one of you the happiest Valentine’s Day tomorrow! This is an occasion to express love and gratitude to the people that we care about. I wanted to tell you, my readers how grateful I am for your support, comments and the deep friendships that have developed through this blog.

Also to all the companies that have asked me to review their natural and organic creations, and put their trust in me, a huge thank you! Valentine’s Day is a celebration whether you’re in a relationship, or you are single. You can be your own Valentine! If you follow my blog and you are making the commitment to switch to natural and earth friendly products, then you deserve to celebrate. You love yourself enough to care about your health! I applaud you and support you!

I purchased these special goodies for this giveaway with the thought that you need to spoil yourself a little! This giveaway is valued at $150.00

Enjoy some of my favorite things-

Have a cup of the Pukka tea in your Lenox “Collage” china tea cup. Remember that even one tiny step in the direction of health is a beginning!

Osmia Organics “Oh so Soap” is gentle and the ingredients are just perfect. Saponified organic oils/butters of olive, castor bean, and mango, African pearl salt, and organic buttermilk powder, that’s it. Try and see the beauty in simplicity.

Pacifica Coconut Crushed Peal luminizing body butter, with coconut oil, pearls and sea minerals helps you shimmer and glow from the inside out. It’s ultra-moisturizing filled with  tropical phytonutrients. You will love this butter.

Suki face exfoliating foaming cleanser (sample) made with lemongrass extract, natural sugar and other beauties smells just incredible. I love the gentleness of this cleanser.

Lucky Brand crystal leaf wrist bracelet with a magnetized ball clasp. I fell in love with this accessory. And included is the matching ring in a size 7. You will love how these pieces accent your outfit.

Remember to tell the people you care about to have a Happy Valentine’s Day.

How To Enter:

  • Please leave a comment and share how you plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day and if you feel like it, please share with me how you show yourself how much you care about YOU.
  • Please “like” BeautyByBritanie on Facebook
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The winner will be picked randomly and announced back on this post on 2/22/14

**This Giveaway is open internationally**

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!

CONGRATS TO THE WINNER, SERENA (Comment #59) and thank you to everyone who tried out for this giveaway!!

Makeup Look: Dark Red Lips and Lots of Lashes!

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I recently did an entire green beauty look for Organic Beauty Talk and I wanted to also share it on my blog as I think it’s a perfect look to wear with Valentine’s Day approaching! The dark lip is perfect for a sexy night out.

For this look I wanted to do something dramatic and yet wearable for this winter season. I combined a purple silvery eye shadow with some dark browns to balance out the color, warm rosy cheeks with a subtle glow, and of course, dark lips to complete the look! I’m also wearing some new false lashes from EcoTools and am very excited that they have a non-toxic eyelash glue. Finally, I can wear false lashes again without having to compromise my health standards. Of course, the lashes are optional but I like them on special occasions to add a little more drama to the entire look.

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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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Pelle Beauty Luxe Beauty Oil

Let me start out by saying, I love, love, LOVE Pelle Beauty’s newest addition to her performance based skincare line, LUXE Beauty Oil! I reviewed the Pelle Beauty Stellar Oil last year and although I love and recommend that oil, I have to say that the Luxe oil has completely stolen my heart.

One of my favorite flowers in the world is Jasmine. The scent is so unique and some of the flower’s power comes in its ability to deeply relax as well as lift depression. Just as significant is that the essential jasmine oil can boost confidence AND improve skin elasticity. Wow, that’s pretty impressive!

Take a look at some of the other powerhouse ingredients:

Cucumis Sativus Oil, Limnanthes alba (Meadow foam) Seed Oil, Oryza sativa (rice) bran oil, Caprylic/capric triglyceride,  Oribignya (Babassu) Oleifera oil, Citrus aurantium amara (Neroli) flower oil, Jasminum sambac (jasmine) oil, Rosa damascena flower oil, Cananga odorata (Ylang Ylang) flower oil, Fusanus spicatus (sandalwood) oil.

Benefits of this beauty oil:

  • Luxe Beauty Oil is an exceptional deep penetrating & healthful way to revive your skin. A natural anti-aging beauty oil containing 10 plant-based floral extracts & botanicals to refine, restore & revitalize lackluster complexions. Stunning results for all skin types.
  • Luxe contains high doses of Omega 3′s, essential fatty acids & Vitamin E to naturally preserve elasticity & improve your skins appearance. Your complexion is protected, nourished & happy. Luxe intensely moisturizes yet is lightweight for all skin-types. Our potent essential oil blend works double duty to provide both an indulgent aromatherapy experience and radiant complexion.

Created by the beautiful Marnie Cipriani, this Vegan friendly line delivers what it promises. Marnie said it perfectly,

“We create skincare that is simple, straightforward and easy to use. We believe in making the most natural products we can while ensuring that they’re luxurious, safe and effective. We use the finest plant based ingredients and essential oils available to keep you gorgeous!”

I’ve been using Luxe for three months now and I have to say this is an exceptional aromatic jewel of a product. When I opened the bottle (I know this seems overly dramatic…but you have to take my word for it until you experience it for yourself) I felt like I was immediately transported to a field of pure white jasmine buds! There is real magic in the synergy of pure Jasmine and Neroli.

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Now on to the performance. “Renew, restore, revitalize“, yes it definitely does! I use Luxe at night after my routine of cleansing and toning, I add two to three drops of this nectar on my hands to warm it up. I then use upward circular light strokes until my face, neck and décolleté have absorbed all the loveliness in.  My winter dry, overly reactive skin drinks this right up. Remember that a little goes a very long way!

Another two favorite ways that I enjoy this Queen of the Pelle Beauty line is to use it as a perfume. Put a few drops behind your ears and on your wrists. And/ or after shampooing your locks, when hair is still damp, rub a few drops on the ends of your hair and let air dry. This oil makes your hair shine and I probably don’t have to mention that when you walk by your significant other or anybody thats in your close proximity, a compliment is probably going to follow.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, this is the perfect time for a personal splurge. Marnie has offered a discount code to my readers. Just use the code “BBB15″ for 15% off of your purchase (can be applied to any Pelle Beauty purchase.)

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Have you ever tried the Luxe Beauty Oil or any other product from Pelle Beauty? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

xoxo,

Britanie

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*All products were generously provided for my honest opinion. 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.*

Pollen & Wax GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*

If you read my latest post all about the wonderful Pollen & Wax you will have seen that I raved about this incredibly wonderful and pure company. Bee, the owner of Pollen & Wax has graciously offered to give a Typology Kit to one lucky winner here on my blog!

Choose from the different seasons and leave a comment letting me know which you would be. The lucky winner will receive the entire kit for their appropriate season!

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How To Enter:

This giveaway is open only to US and Canada.

The winner will be picked randomly and announced back on this post on 2/19/14

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!

CONGRATS TO THE WINNER, CAITIE (comment #42)

and a huge thank you to everyone who tried out… keep out for more giveaways soon!!

Brand Focus: Pollen & Wax

I was introduced to the brand, Pollen & Wax, “for the organic being”, from the lovely Megan from Seed to Serum. If you read her article you can feel her enthusiasm jump off the page for this relatively new line! That kind of love for a product always makes me really curious to see if I feel the same after I personally experience it for myself. I always have to give new products some  time to acclimate to my skin, because I have a very sensitive and reactive complexion. Well, I’m happy to report that Pollen & Wax is a brand that I will use and continue to recommend. What began as an Etsy shop in May of 2013 (which they still have) has grown to have their very own domain.  Take a look over at: POLLENandWAX.com 

Bee, the owner and creator who hails from Seattle Washington has this to say:

“This company grew out of a dream to create holistic and  luxurious items that will love you back and protect your health (and the earth!). It is so inspiring to be a part of a community of mindfulness and conscientious action, and uplifting to realize that we can make a small difference in every corner of our lives. It is my wish that P&W products help you indulge in self-love and healing while supporting our fragile ecosystems and honoring our own bodies. In love and health” Bee

This line of organic beauty and wellness care is hand-crafted in small artisanal batches. The names of her products are so eclectic, you will have so much fun discovering what’s in each one.

I especially love the process that Bee has invented called, Typology. This will help you narrow down and craft a skincare routine for your individual needs. She based it on the energetics of the four seasons.

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Red Apple Lipstick in “Fierce” is… FIERCE.

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This beauty of a lipstick is described as a “bold red wine” purple shade. This lipstick can be worn dark or much lighter. You can see in the first photo wearing this it almost appears a bit red and in the second shown it looks much more purple. The shade varies on how you apply it and the lighting. The color looks chocolate brown in the tube but when applied it looks much more like a deep purple and sometimes a deep red purple. It harkens the 1920′s era.

I cannot get enough of this color. It actually makes me FEEL fierce when I wear it and we could all go for feeling a little more fierce in our day to day lives, right?!

This lipstick is a Satin finish and is – Gluten Free, Paraben Free, Nut/Tree Nut Free, Fragrance Free, Soy Free, and Toxin Free

You can purchase Fierce here for $23.50 and keep a look out for more looks using Red Apple Lipstick products. I am incredibly impressed with their lip and eye products!

xoxo,

Britanie

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*All products were generously provided for my honest opinion. 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.*

Beauty Buzz | Gressa Skin

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Gressa Skin  was created and formulated by the beautiful Svetlana Sanchez who says this about her philosophy:  “I believe health comes from the organic whole foods that we eat. I feel the same about our skin. Our chic eco-skincare does just that, provides nutritious and luxurious skinfood. I invite you to turn the simplest, most essential daily need of skincare into a ritual. Feel good about what goes in your skin.”

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Svetlana Sanchez, Owner and Founder of Gressa Skin

Gressa believes that true beauty is an achievement of absolute balance. Balance of the soul. Balance of the mind. Balance of the body. Gressa came to life during a search for this very balance. Gressa is chic, eco-skincare that sets you on a journey to find balance within each bottle.

All of Gressa’s products are prepared and hand-poured in micro batches to ensure freshness and potency. Learn more about the Philosophy behind Gressa Skin and take a peek into The Gressa Ritual. You can also learn more about the ingredients used in Gressa Skin as well as the wonderful organizations that Gressa gives back to.

Now onto the products I tried out from the line…

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Lip Boost BARE – This 100% Vegan trademark formula spotlights Carnauba Wax, Cacao Butter and Coconut Oil and tops it off with Sea Buckthorn Oil and CoEnzyme Q10 for ultra boost to your delicate pout. This lip boost has quickly become one of my favorite go-to colors. It brightens up my lips with a beautiful sheer rosey-pink tint with slight shimmer. It’s incredibly moisturizing, feels like your wearing a very hydrating lip balm! The Lip Boosts are great on their own or worn underneath or overtop of other lip colors. I am eager to try the other two colors Lavish and Brilliant.

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Dirty Pretty Things – Regenerate, renew, re-mineralize and revitalize your skin with this blend of traditional herbs and spices loaded with antioxidants for your skin to eat up. When I was first sent these products from Gressa I wasn’t able to use the Dirty Pretty Things as I was in the middle of a horrible bout of dermatitis and Svetlana recommended that I wait until the dermatitis was more under control since the warming spices would be a bit too much for my skin. I had to look at this beautiful bottle and wait for my skin to heal so I could finally use it. That day finally came and it was worth the wait! This mask/cleanser in one smells like a cozy autumnal afternoon and leaves the skin feeling soft and supple. Another way to use this product is as a spot treatment on any blemishes. But now for my favorite way to use Dirty Pretty Things:  Draw a warm bath for yourself with Epsom salts, light a candle, and mix a little of this incredible alchemical mixture with honey and apply to your face. This product helps me enjoy winter just a little bit more! Happy spa-at-home moments.

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Rejuvenating Mist – Made with pure Neroli Oil this Rejuvenating Mist is a MUST in anyone’s beauty routine. I am a huge fan of Neroli – the benefits of it are endless. It’s known for it’s ability to combat anxiety and stress and tone and soothe the skin. I use this every day, all day. It’s also wonderful on damp hair! Gressa Skin also sells a Purifying Mist which is from pure rose petals which I have to try next.

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Have you tried anything from Gressa Skin? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

xoxo,

Britanie

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*All products were generously provided for my honest opinion. 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.*

Today’s Nails: Flower Beauty Bluebell Of The Ball & Genfiore Diamond Rock

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I have been getting into doing my nails again lately. I go through periods of not wanting to bother with nail polish and other times I feel naked without polish. I fell in love with this Bluebell Of The Ball by Flower Beauty which is a 3-free polish that is very long-lasting. I’m impressed with the quality and affordability and am eager to try out more colors from the line. I decided to make the nails a little more exciting by adding a silver accent nail using Diamond Rock from Genfiore Cosmetics (also 3-free). This silver polish is lovely! I am surprised at it’s lasting power as many glitter polishes tend to chip extremely easily. So far both of these polishes have lasted very well without any top coats.

The combination of these colors remind me of Spring which I cannot wait to arrive. Sorry Winter, I appreciate your beauty but I’m over it. Come here Spring!

*Ring – The Giza Ring by Jewelmint

xoxo,

Britanie

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Face Of The Day: Lady In Red

I recently received some new makeup products from three all-natural brands (Modern Minerals Makeup, Genfiore Cosmetics and Red Apple Lipstick) that are all equally amazing and full of clean and pure ingredients. I am excited to showcase the incredible pigment in all three of these brands in this look that I put together. I hope you all enjoy it!

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I only used four brushes (the eyeliner brush is not pictured above) for this entire look all from Modern Minerals Makeup. I am incredibly impressed with the quality of these brushes, they are soft and pack a lot of pigment!

Skin: I started by moisturizing my face with Evanhealy Whipped Shea Olive Leaf and then prepped my face with Vapour Organic Beauty Stratus Instant Skin Perfector.

Face & Cheeks: Modern Minerals Light Almond Foundation, Modern Minerals Heaven Blush with Genfiore Cosmetics Hydrasheer Pressed Mineral Blush in the color “Passion Rose” on top and used as a light contour. I used the same brush to apply all of these colors; the Modern Minerals Duo Fiber Skunk Brush.

Eyes: I started by applying Modern Minerals Oasis Eyeshadow (a gorgeous Turquoise + Teal color) all over the lid of my eye using the Duo Fiber Mini Round Brush and then lightly blended the same color into the crease using the Duo Fiber Tapered Blending Brush. To add more of a bright pop of color I applied Genfiore Mineral Pressed Eye Color in Mare Azzurro to the center part of my eyelid, I applied this using my finger because this picks up much more product and gives more pigmentation. To add some light to my inner eyes and browbone I applied Modern Minerals Seychelles Eyeshadow (a light shell pink). To finish the eye look I applied a tiny bit of Genfiore Hydrasheer Cream Eyeliner in Black using the Modern Minerals Duo Fiber Angle Brush to the outer part of my eye.

Lips: I wanted to make my lips stand out but not take away from the dramatic eye color so I decided to use a beautiful raspberry tinted gloss: Red Apple Lipstick Lipgloss in Queen Of Hearts has a wonderful shine to it and it also smells like spearmint!

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What do you think of this look? have you tried any of these brand? Thoughts? Share in the comments! 

xoxo,

Britanie

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*All products were generously provided for my honest opinion. 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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