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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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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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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Botanical Me

I’m so excited to introduce you to two very inspirational sisters, Jill and Carly the founders of Botanical Me. Botanical Me is a collection of vibrant aromatherapy products inspired by the unique healing plants of Africa. This brand was born in 2012 out of an ephiphany from a conversation between Jill and her husband (a native of Nigeria and a Malaria survivor). That light bulb moment sparked her to team up with her sister, Carly.

They used their nine years of aromatherapy business experience to source, design and formulate the Botanical Me collection. The “botanical sisters” intention was to create a natural body care and aromatherapy company that would contribute part of their proceeds to support malaria prevention and treatment in Africa. They partnered with, Malaria No More. This organization supports prevention programs and treatments in communities. Jill and Carly want their donations to potentially save thousands of children’s lives and help with the education and ultimately the eradication of this devastating disease. The “Me” to the Botanical-me is short for Malaria Eradication!

Their motto is, “Natural body care that inspires, heals and gives back!”. I think this is some pretty admirable stuff! It is so incredible to me when a company can use their combined ingenuity to create a brand that not only give us clean and green beautiful beauty products, but that can turn their passion for helping into reality! Win and win, again!

Now on to the innovative products that are my favorites…

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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

My Top Four: Favorite Affordable Facial Oils

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To say that I am a lover of facial oils would be a drastic understatement. I truly adore my oils and although I have quite the collection, I still am always lusting after more. There is no such thing as too many oils! With that said, I have a large collection of oils that are more on the expensive side and I know that it’s not realistic for everyone to spend $50-$100 on a small bottle of oil every few months. I do think some oils are worth the extra money and if you are interested in knowing what my favorite less-affordable but brilliantly amazing facial oils are then I will definitely make a post on those!

I get asked a lot which oils are great for the face but will not cost an arm and a leg. I have compiled a list of these top four oils which are all easily available, affordable and incredibly effective. I also chose all of these oils because in my opinion they are the best for all skin types.This list is in no particular order of favorites!!

  1. Badger Damascus Rose Antioxidant Face Oil ($15.27) – This is the most expensive oil of the bunch (still affordable!) and most definitely the most delicious smelling and decadent as well. It smells like a flower garden and is incredibly relaxing. It always gives my skin a beautiful glow and is very moisturizing. It is highly absorbent, antioxidant-rich and contains healing oils like Jojoba, Baobab, Pomegranate and more! This face oil is ideal for dry, mature or combination skin, but can be used on all skin types.
  2. Acure Organics Argan Oil ($13.49) – Coined as “liquid gold”, this is by far the most effective and affordable Argan Oil out there. It is 100% organic, rich in Vitamin E, Essential Fatty Acids and is lightweight and easily absorbed! This oil is not only great for the face, but I also love to use it on my cuticles, hands, and hair!
  3. Sibu Beauty Seabuckthorn Oil ($9.98) – I don’t usually like to choose favorites but I have to say that this is definitely my favorite out of the bunch. In-fact, Seabuckthorn Oil (berry & seed) is now my every day staple. It keeps eczema at bay and reduces redness. Seabuckthorn Seed Oil has been long used as a topical treatment to aid relief of skin conditions like eczema, acne, rosacea, dermaitits, age spots, you name it! It is truly an incredibly healing oil that I can never be without. I have literally gone through five bottles of this oil because I use it day and night!
  4. Aura Cacia Jojoba Oil ($12.12) – Jojoba Oil is the first oil I recommend to anyone who is starting out in the world of facial oils. Why? because it is it is nearly identical in chemical structure to the natural oils in skin and hair, and therefor is easily absorbed without leaving a greasy residue. Here’s another interesting fact: Jojoba Oil is not actually an oil, but a wax :) It also seems to be the the oil that responds best with all skin types from dry to sensitive to oily or acne-prone. It’s a staple-oil that I think everyone should have in their home!

Have you tried any of these Facial Oils? What are YOUR favorite affordable oils?

xoxo,

Britanie

Meet my new favorite day cream

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When it comes to day creams and moisturizers I have had the hardest time finding “the one”. I don’t have an issue with nighttime moisturizing as I reserve most of my oils for nighttime. When it comes to day I prefer to wear a cream or moisturizer that will help my dry and sensitive and easily reactive skin, but not leave over a greasy residue. I also look for a cream without SPF. This might seem like a huge no-no to many of you but for me I prefer to use sunscreen in my mineral makeup or applied on top of my cream. I don’t want to HAVE to wear SPF as it tends to irritate my skin, even the natural ones. I prefer it when I can choose to use a sunscreen on it’s own or over top of a cream.

Next up is scent. Scent is a huge thing for me. I can’t handle overly scented products but I also really enjoy having some type of relaxing scent when I apply my cream… it’s more of a ritualistic thing for me.

Enter my new favorite day cream…

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Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream

Yes, you read it correctly, VANILLA POD. When I first heard the name I wanted it (if you didn’t know already, I am a Vanilla addict) and then when I saw it contained Manuka Honey I was sold. Manuka Honey in a cream? without any stickiness? Brilliant.

I have been using this cream every single day and my skin is clearer, more hydrated and even glowing. I also sometimes add a little bit at nighttime if I feel I need added moisture after my oils. It sinks into the skin IMMEDIATELY. It almost gives a matte-look to the skin at first and then within a few minutes you’ll notice a glow to the cheeks. It wears beautifully underneath makeup. Also can I just say that the scent is perfection? If you are a vanilla fan you will love this, if you aren’t a vanilla fan I think you will still love this. It doesn’t have an overbearing vanilla scent. It has a subtle real vanilla scent with a hint of citrus to it. It’s divine to say the least.

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Key Ingredients:

+ Manuka Honey acts as a healing, anti-wrinkle agent that has antibacterial prowess in addition to naturally astringent properties.

+ Rosehip Oil helps reduce the appearance of scars and wrinkles due to its naturally high concentrations of Vitamin A & C as well as essential fatty acids. Extracted from the seeds of the rosehip, this oil is a perfect skin moisturizer and conditioner. Moreover, it contains beta-carotene, which acts as an antioxidant in assisting the repair of parched and damaged skin.

+ Vinanza Grape’s many beauty benefits include assisting your skin with hydrating, smoothing and firming, as well as preventing moisture loss. Its plethora of other beauty benefits range from being an effective anti-wrinkle, healing and hydrating agent, to also showing antibacterial and astringent properties. Independent clinical trials have yielded truly extraordinary results in showing Vinanza Grape improving elasticity and firmness in the skin by 16%*.

+ Avocado Oil helps boost collagen and prevent premature aging. Nutrient rich. Delivers the benefits of everyday nutrients to your skin with potent levels of Vitamins A, B1, B2 and D, as well as Omegas 3 and 9.

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Have you ever tried the Vanilla Pod Hydrating Cream or anything else from Antipodes? Share your thoughts in the comments! Let me know what YOUR favorite day cream is!

You can purchase the Vanilla Pod Hydrating Cream here or here or directly on the Antipodes website.

xoxo,

Britanie

*This post was NOT sponsored. I purchased the items myself and all opinions are always my own!*

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