What’s In My Makeup Bag #1 (Fall 2014)

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I have been wanting to do a regular “What’s In My Makeup Bag” post for awhile now and was recently inspired after purchasing my new One Love Organics “Love” Makeup Bag. It is so cute and chic and I couldn’t wait to put some of my recent must-have products inside and then spill it all out for all of you to see!! Am I the only one who LOVES seeing what other people carry in their purse/makeup bags? I find it so much fun to be nosey and see what others are carrying with them. It says a lot about how much they use and love a product!

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Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Sensitive Skin Line

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I was recently contacted by Andalou Naturals and asked to partner with them to help spread the word about their incredible company and to celebrate Non-GMO Awareness Month for October 2014! Andalou Naturals was the first 100% Non-GMO Project Verified beauty brand and that is something to be VERY proud of indeed. They are also the premier manufacturer of innovative fruit stem cell-based skin, body, and hair care. I am so excited to share my thoughts about the products I was sent and also to let you know of the generosity of this very special Brand. Andalou Naturals has offered 25% off your entire order (for BeautybyBritanie readers!!)  during the whole month of October with this special promotion code at checkout:  nongmo14. 

With this campaign they specifically want to educate the public to the importance of accurate ingredient labeling. When we as consumers think of GMOs, food is often what comes to mind.  Andalou Naturals want to point out that crops grown for personal care products and food are from the same farm and whether topically applied and absorbed through the skin or ingested directly as food, GMO crop effects on human health and the environment are of great concern! They put tremendous value on knowing where their ingredients come from. From the farmers who grow them, and connecting the human chain of hands that make every step possible for labeling transparency.

Look at these credentials! Andalou Naturals is: Certified Organic, Natural Origin,  Vegetarian + Vegan, Gluten Free, Cruelty Free, Bioactive, Fair-Trade and has Eco-Friendly Practices. Yes, and I do think this is a very admirable company (if you can’t tell!).

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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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Elegant Simplicity: ILIA Beauty “Jump” and AILA Cosmetics “5 Senses” = Perfection.

Hello Beauties!

It’s the little things in life that get me the most excited. I really love both of these super gorgeous beauty products on their own, BUT, when combined in the same makeup look of the day….something special happens. It’s a chic, bright and really playful combo. Don’t you agree?

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I just love the deep, luscious vibrant Orchid, blue-toned Magenta colors, especially when worn together! I get super excited when I find out that the nail polish I am wearing matches a lip color that I own. I paired Ilia Beauty’s Jump Tinted Lip Conditioner with AILA Cosmetics 5 Senses Nail Color (which by the way, is 5free, Gluten-Free & Vegan!). I must say, the match of these two colors is quite beautiful indeed. I will be wearing this color combo a lot during the Fall and Winter months. All I need now is a blush to match with these two… I am thinking maybe Vapour Beauty’s Torch? What do you think?

Full list of makeup that I used in these photos…

Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation Like Porcelain 

Ilia Beauty Tinted Lip Conditioner in Jump

Alima Pure Eyeliner in Espresso

Red Apple Lipstick The Lash Project Mascara

AILA Cosmetics Nail Color in 5 Senses

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Are you a fan of these colors? Share your thoughts in the comments section :)

xoxo,

Britanie

Natural & Nontoxic Makeup Tips For The Perfect Fall Glow

Hello Beauties! Today I am so overwhelmingly thankful and thrilled to be featured on Mind Body Green. When MBG initially reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in contributing to their site – I was honestly in shock. MBG has been one of my all-time favorite websites for years, even before I went completely non-toxic in my beauty routine. To be asked to be a part of something so incredibly inspiring, passionate and motivating has made me feel so humbled and beyond excited.

My first article with a full makeup look, photos, products used as well as some information about the importance of using natural, organic and non-toxic products was published this morning.

You can read the full article here and also visit my Author page here.

If you like this look and my article, please feel free to share it with friends, loved ones or anyone you think would enjoy it. It would mean the world to me!! I cannot wait to contribute more on MBG soon :)

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With so much love & gratitude,

Britanie

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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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

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