Saffron Rouge Beauty Haul

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I was drawn in to order from Saffron Rouge recently after hearing about the promotion they have going on. Orders $95 and over receive a Tallulah Perfume 4ml absolutely free (a $33 value)! Enter the code CLASSY during checkout and the item will be added to your order automatically. I believe this promotion is still going on!

That promotion really sold me because I had already been wanting to order from Saffron Rouge and I also really wanted to try Tallulah Jane, so I ended up buying these goodies…

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Makeup Look: Dramatic Winged Eyeliner + Pretty Pink Lips!

Hi Loves!

I apologize for my absence lately. Sometimes you need to just “unplug” yourself and I felt like I needed a break from the internet and took some time for myself. I originally had posted a photo of me on instagram mentioning this look and said it would be up in a few days and I really apologize for the delay. Many of you were curious as to what I used to achieve such a dramatic eyeliner look and I think you will be surprised at how few products it took to achieve this glamorous look.

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Keep reading below for more photos + all products used :)

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Makeup Look: Green & Gray Smokey Eyes and Light Pink Lips

I recently received some beautiful all-natural pressed eye shadows from Red Apple Lipstick that I have been absolutely loving. I paired together some green and gray tones to create this Smokey-eye look with a slight winged liner to add some more depth and drama. I paired the eyes with a light pink lip and coral cheeks. Keep reading to see which products I used and how to re-create this look :)

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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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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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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.*

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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Beauty Buzz | Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation

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I’m so excited to finally bring you my review of the new Kjaer Weis Foundation! I’ve been getting so many requests to do a full review. This was a long awaited launch. I know many of us we were biting our nails waiting for the debut. When I first heard that Kjaer Weis would be coming out with a foundation I knew that I had to try it. I’m a huge fan of their products. I have reviewed their Sensuous Plum Lip Tint as well as featured them in many Green Beauty Makeup Looks.

The Kjaer Weis Foundation contains Sweet Almond Seed, Coco, and Jojoba oils which make it very moisturizing but not greasy. I know the price of this foundation can be a little steep for some and I do understand that. It’s not easy to spend nearly $70 on a foundation that you’re not sure is going to do what it promises. I have been asked constantly, “but is it worth the price?”, my answer is always “absolutely.” Everything I’ve tried from Kjaer Weis has exceeded my expectations and this foundation is no exception. This foundation is now my new holy grail foundation!

The entire line of Kjaer Weis products is not only exquisite in the formulations, but the brilliant colors and the luxurious packing are really sparking a cult following. I admit it, I’m addicted. When you hold the jewelry like compact in your hands and twist it open to reveal the content, you’ll agree with me. There is nothing like it on the market! One of the greatest things about this foundation is that it looks like you are not wearing any foundation on your skin. It’s honestly quite magical.

Also, the design of refill packaging is genius. Once you purchase the compact you can then just buy the refills as  needed. This is a great money saving solution as well a great eco-friendly option.

The Color:

My color is the lightest shade, “Like Porcelain” which Kristen Kjaer Weis describes as being “Perfect for a fair, rosy complexion, Like Porcelain refines even the most sensitive, delicate skin.”

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Here I am wearing the Kjaer Weis Foundation in “Like Porcelain”

The Application:

You can apply this foundation with fingers, a beauty blender, the Kjaer Weis Foundation Brush. I personally like to apply the foundation first with the Kjaer Weis Foundation Brush where needed and then blend out using a damp Beauty Blender. I also prep my face with a moisturizer and if my skin is feeling particularly dry, a little oil or primer and then set with rosewater spray.

The Finish:

I have very dry skin and I have heard mixed reviews with this foundation concerning the finish. Some say it is drying while others say it is moisturizing. I personally find it to be a satin finish. It goes on creamy and then settles into a beautiful satin finish. This foundation doesn’t feel drying on my skin at all. With that said I always moisturize before applying foundation and if you have super dry skin I would recommend applying a primer beforehand. My favorite primer is Vapour Organic Beauty Stratus Instant Skin Perfector.

Ingredients:

prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) seed oil*, caprylic/capric triglyceride, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil*, zea mays (corn) starch*, cera alba*, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax*,  simmondsia chinensis  (jojoba) seed oil*,  polyglyceryl-3 diisostearate, non-gmo tocopheryl acetate.  may contain + / – : mica,  ci 77891,  ci 77491,  ci 77492,  ci 77499. *Certified Organic. This product is gluten-free.

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You can purchase this foundation for $68 which includes the compact or you can purchase the refillable for $48 on Spirit Beauty Lounge (you can also purchase samples if you are unsure of what color you would be).

Have you tried the new Kjaer Weis Foundation yet? Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section!

xoxo,

Britanie

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Green Beauty Makeup Look and Healthy Expectations

Hi everyone, I hope you are all enjoying 2014 so far. I’m back with my first makeup look for 2014!

I wanted to quickly talk about healthy expectations. With the pressure so many of us put on ourselves for New Years Resolutions, let’s each begin with a few important small steps. Changing over just one mainstream makeup item for a new clean product. Drinking an extra glass of water. Having a healthy vitamin packed green smoothie for breakfast to start our day right. Making an honest effort to keep our thinking positive. Smiling and laughing more. Just begin now. You’ll be amazed at what you will have accomplished within just one week.

Now onto the makeup… :)

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Get This Look:

1. I prepped my face with Vapour Organic Beauty Stratus Instant Skin Perfector and then applied the new Kjaer Weis Foundation in the color “Like Porcelain”. I started out using the Kjaer Weis Foundation Blush to apply to smaller areas on my face like around my nose and my eyes. I then blended everything out with a damp Beauty Blender.

2. Instead of adding a blush I decided to mix together my RMS Beauty Buruti Bronzer and Living Luminizer which created a very subtle warm glow to the cheeks, cheekbones and temples.

3. For the eyes I used the Bdellium Tools Green Bambu Smoky Eye Brush Kit to apply two colors from the Jane Iredale Glamour Eye & Lip Palette and Kjaer Weis Wisdom Eyeshadow. I started with RMS Beauty Living Luminizer as an eyelid primer and base all over the lid using my fingers. I then applied Wisdom (a metallic taupe shimmer) with the 777B Shadow Brush and lightly applied Merlot (a matte eggplant color) to the crease of my eyes with the 781B Crease Brush and blended really well. I then used a 760B Liner Brush to apply the Zuzu Luxe Raven Liquid Liner. Using a liner brush can help to give you a more sturdy line. To make my eyes pop I added Hush (a sheer shimmer pink color) to the inner corners of my eyes using the 716 Smoky Eyeliner Brush. I curled my lashes, applied one coat of Kjaer Weis Mascara and applied EcoTools Eyelashes

4. For my brows I used the Jane Iredale Bitty Brow Kit in the color “Brunette”.

5. For my lips I wanted to use one of my absolute favorite lip products and colors: Kjaer Weis Sensuous Plum Lip Tint - it gives the perfect almost nude plum tint to the lips and I found that W3LL People Paganist Lipgloss in #2 wears very well over top! It adds a warm glow to the plum that is very flattering.

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a few photos of me wearing this look with my best friend Natasha from the other night :)

What do you think of this look? Have you tried any of the products mentioned? Leave your thoughts in the comments section!

xoxo,

Britanie

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