AILA Cosmetics Giveaway + Discount Code!

Thanksgiving Holiday Giveaway + 15% off All Orders using code: Britanie

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Spotlight on AILA Cosmetics! AILA wants you to ‘Celebrate the Holidays ‘Like A Boss!’ That’s why they’re offering my readers a giveaway with three of the season’s BEST choices! Better Than Gel ~ Sarang ~ and the recent new limited edition & collaboration between BeauTea Bar and AILA Cosmetics: LIKE A BOSS

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Yes, it’s freezing outside here in New England, but at least you can be sure your nails will look HOT for the upcoming fun Holiday celebrations!

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Dr. Cary Gannon and Sonny Han, owners,creators and more importantly BFF’s of AILA are also offering you 15% discount off of any order using the discount code: Britanie

These polishes are: 5 Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Made without Parabens, Cruelty Free, Chip-resistant, Super Shiny, Long-lasting, and made in the USA.

Let’s talk about the colors:

#22 Like A Boss – Limited edition, a sassy rose-gold.
#20 Better Than Gel – This product is badass because it provides a gel-like finish to your manicure without toxic ingredients.’ (It really does…I could not believe how fantastic this was…nothing like this product..)
#11 Sarang – A cool toned red. ‘Sarang is pronounced, saw-wrong and means “love” in Korean.’

When I switched over to all natural & organic beauty and personal care products a few years ago, the one product missing from my clean & green makeup arsenal was: nail polish. There were some nail polish-like brands on the market, but honestly the choices, colors and formulations were disappointing. So, I went bare nailed most of the time. When I discovered AILA Cosmetics nail polishes, I was hooked immediately. Not only are the colors gorgeous, but the formulation=PERFECTION

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These two Boss Ladies developed a healthy solution to nail care. They successfully eliminated toxic ingredients and carcinogens found in many mainstream nail colors and nail polish removers. They added natural & organic ingredients with wellness properties into their treatments. My nails always look fantastic and the polish lasts! That’s a big deal for me. I hardly have any time anyway…so for me to give myself a manicure and sit down that long, I want to make sure I’m going to be rewarded with a mani that looks good AND lasts. AILA nail polishes last longer than most and have exceeded my expectations in every imaginable way.

I also love that AILA gives back to the Foundation For SPD. Sensory Processing Disorder is a neurological condition that prohibits the brain’s ability to translate senses into an appropriate behavioral response. Sonny’s beautiful young daughter, Aila, has this condition. The nail polish color, Five Senses, is a rich orchid color and is named for the disorder. In order to bring awareness to SPD, a percentage of proceeds from this particular color go to the SPD Foundation. Dr. Cary and Sonny hope to fund additional research for children like Aila and give families a shared forum for SPD.

This is a company with so much heart (and cheekiness) that will grow to include thousands of worldwide customers. I’m happy do my part in spreading the word about them!

I love AILA Cosmetics, do you?

For the giveaway all you have to do to enter is: Like @ailacosmetics + @beautybybritanie on IG & FB and leave a comment on if you’ve tried any of AILA Cosmetics products and what your thoughts are. Or if you haven’t yet, which color has you lusting over the most?

Don’t you just love companies that give back and make a positive contribution to making our world a better place?

Giveaway begins on Thanksgiving Day and ends Saturday November 29th at 12:00 noon EST.

Good Luck everyone and Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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!

Without further ado… here is what I have been carrying around in my One Love Organics Makeup Bag: [Read more…]

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

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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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

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

What’s on my Wishlist…

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I’m back with my 6th wishlist! (Feel free to look back on my older wishlists! 12345.) This month’s wishlist has been inspired by many fellow bloggers. I haven’t done one in awhile because I like to really save the products that I truly am LUSTING over, not just wanting, because if I did it any other way it would be mile long! Most of these products have been on my radar for awhile now while a few others are new discoveries. Either way, I am coveting all of these. Why is it so exciting to discover new products? I love when I place an order and then my anticipation goes sky high waiting for the order to arrive…then unwrapping and opening the beautiful package. Best of all, trying out the new special creations! Who else is with me on this? How blessed are we to have all these choices?

  1. Balm Balm Frankincense Deep Cleansing Balm – I can’t get enough of cleansing balms. They are so lovely. I love to use them to remove makeup or to use as hydrating masks. I always look forward to using them at night as a part of my double-cleansing method. This balm was recommended by a fellow blogger, Fern & Moss, I saw her mention this a few times and I checked out the ingredients and was very impressed.
  2. Belle De Nuit Eye Mask – I have seen this mentioned lately on so many different sites. It seems incredibly relaxing and I could use all of the extra help I can get when it comes to a good nights sleep!
  3. Jade Facial Roller - Am I the only one that just thinks this seems like so much fun? I can just picture myself getting all relaxed before bed and bringing out this beautiful jade facial roller to use on my face and neck. It just seems so calming and decadent. Plus it has amazing reviews and is said to “rejuvenate face and neck skin”. We all want that!
  4. Inika Mineral Foundation – I am a huge mineral makeup fan. I seem to always revert back to applying minerals after using creams or liquids for awhile. I find they work with my skin the most naturally and are also the least reactive as they contain such simple ingredients. I’ve heard rave reviews about this particular mineral foundation and have been lusting after it for quite awhile now! It seems my color match would most likely be “Strength”, which by the way, makes me want it more. They have the best names for their colors. Love. Not to mention it’s an Australian company and I love, love, love Sydney!
  5. One Love Organics Cleansing Sponge – I won’t lie: I am attracted to cute packaging and this heart shape is no exception. The fact that it’s a heart is one thing and then knowing it’s made by OLO makes me want it even more. I know this baby would fit in perfectly with my products and look so cute doing it  :)
  6. ARCONA Gentle Solution – When I read this article interviewing Nicolle Mackinnon and Susannah Compton of No More Dirty Looks and read that Arcona Gentle Solution was the product that changed Nicole’s skin, I had to investigate. When I read the ingredients and saw that it’s specially formulated for sensitive skin, I knew I had to have it.
  7. Beauty Without Cruelty Concealer – I have just learned of this concealer thanks to this post by the lovely Annabel of Fragmented Splendour who also has this on her wishlist! What can I say? I want want want it. It seems so convenient to have a concealer in a pencil form like this, not only for travel but for on-the-go touch-ups and also to zero in at targeted areas. I love the simplicity of the ingredients and it has a crazy amount of amazing reviews
  8. Earth tu Face Cleanser – I first heard about this cleanser from one of my absolute favorite blogs out there, Free + Native. After I saw a few posts where this product was featured, I noticed more and more people were mentioning it and it peeked my curiosity. I am very impressed with the ingredients and am in need of a cleanser like this.
  9. Sunday Riley Juno Face Oil – This facial oil is described as “An enhancing, transformative lipid serum.” The beautiful Britta Aragon of CV Skinlabs mentioned this facial oil in my interview with her. That combined with the description of this oil as “obsession worthy glow” was enough to sell me on it! The ingredients sound so beautiful: Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Broccoli Oil, Carrot Oil, Chardonnay Grape Oil, Black Cumin, Cranberry Seed Oil, Berry Seed Blend (Blackberry, Blueberry, Raspberry). It says this oil is for all skin types including eczema prone.

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

xoxo,
Britanie

RMS Beauty Sublime Lip Shine

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RMS Beauty Sublime Lip Shine is my new favorite lip color for Summer! When I first spotted the fuchsia, hot pink color in the pot, my first thought was “there is no way I can pull off that strong color!”. It seemed so bold. Boy was I wrong!  It is incredibly flattering on all skin tones and it instantly brightens the complexion. If you are scared of it being too pink, don’t be! It’s very buildable. You can wear it sheer to create a slight baby pink color or add more layers to make it more pigmented. It never looks like too much product is on my lips no matter how many layers of this I apply and the best part is that IT IS SO MOISTURIZING. It feels like a lip balm + lip tint all in one. It also lasts throughout the entire day on me and I find that by the end of the day while some of the pigment may have lessened, the pink color still lasts and looks natural and beautiful on my lips. You could also wear this on your cheeks as well!

Ingredients: castor seed oil*, coconut oil*, moringa oil*, carnauba wax*, cocoa seed butter*, beeswax*, centella asiatica extract, rosemary extract*, vitamin e. may contain + / – : red iron oxide ci 77491, yellow iron oxide ci 77492, black iron oxide ci 77499, titanium dioxide ci 77891, mica ci 77019. *Certified Organic. This product is gluten-free.

Where to buy: I purchased my Lip Shine on Spirit Beauty Lounge for $25.00!

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What do you think of this color? Have you tried any of the Lip Shines from RMS Beauty?

xoxo,

Britanie

*This post was not sponsored. All products mentioned were purchased with my own money. All opinions are 100% my own, as always!!*

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