Holiday Season Giveaway – Week Two

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Hello Beauties!

I am back with my second giveaway for my “Holiday Season Giveaway” series! Every Monday until the 22nd of December I will be offering a giveaway to you. Let me introduce you to a few of my favorite green, clean, and eco-friendly brands. Thank you so much to these special companies that are included in this weeks giveaway. Each brand has been personally chosen by me because I know you will love them (I do!).

Be a part of the movement to upgrade your personal care products to those that will sincerely enhance your beauty and wellness. Remember that we create beauty from the inside, out

One random winner will be chosen and announced each Monday at  12:00 noon EST. THEN get ready for next giveaway! AND just because you entered last week (unless you won…) you may enter again.

To help you get ready for the busiest weeks leading up to the Holidays , I’ve chosen a few of “the things I’m loving lately”..

  • ”Super Cleanse by Adina Niemerow. Detox Your Body for Long-Lasting Health and Beauty.” Contains more than 100 Vegan, Gluten free recipes and offers eleven comprehensive cleanse experiences for both beginner and veteran detoxers. I love this book.
  • Your Tea: Tiny Tea is an intricately balanced herbal blend that will nourish and cleanse your digestive system. Tiny Tea provides the support you need to replenish and restore you to your natural state. This cleanse will assist with reducing weight, bloating, increase digestive function, improve skin clarity,  and increase energy levels. Formulated with Chinese medicine herbs and based upon Chinese medicinal principles. *Not gluten free.
  • PureProC: Natural Beauty through the Power of Silk. This hydrating serum is a revolutionary product designed to hydrate, seal in moisture and provide anti-aging benefits. This Scientist created formula gives an immediate visible difference in your skin’s look and feel due to  PureProC’s unique ingredients: Water, Silk, Hyaluronic Acid and Lemongrass Essential Oil.
  • Kaia Naturals: Bamboo and Tapioca Beads. Daily Cleansing Power. The first D.I.Y. Cleansing Kit for Face Detox. This Toronto based artisanal skincare brand creates custom-crafted kits in small batches. Geared to women on the go, wellness warriors, veganistas, and yogistas with the perfect  palm-sized container with a dial-and-lock sifter to prevent spillage. You can customize the cleanser by adding droplets of different liquids. You can intensify or lessen the degree of exfoliation with each cleanse, which is perfect for those of us with very sensitive skin. I love how versatile this Face Detox kit is!
  • Harvey Prince Eau Fling : With notes of lavender, blackcurrant, plum, apple, raspberry, jasmine, cinnamon, nutmeg, musk and rare woods, the press calls this Eau de Toilette the modern day, “love potion.” Harvey Prince uses only eco-friendly and high quality ingredients in their products. This company has created some of the best scent combinations ever!  This one is 100% delicious and sexy.
  • Wisdom Of The Ancients: Cream of Coco Face/Body True Sustainable Soap: ‘Cleanse your body…Save the Planet.’ Cream of Coco is a natural soap originating in the heart of the Paraguayan forest. This soap is sustainably produced to preserve the rainforest and uses every part of the fruit. You can bathe and shampoo with this luxurious body cleanser. It’s made from the Mbocaya, an edible nut that grows on the Paraguayan coco tree. This is a very revitalizing and softening soap.
  • Blissoma Natural Deodorant in Lavender: Toxin free, safe & effective. Made with a fresh fennel and green tea infusion, witch hazel, black cumin and other powerful plant-based odor busters. ‘Sweat without stink.’ I love everything about the products created at Blissoma. Founder and Herbal Chemist, Julie Longyear has spent hours pouring over research and breaking new ground in order to defy contract manufacturer’s stock formulations. She has created a sophisticated and unique collection of products that proactively heal and enhance health.
  • Nourish Organic: ‘Food For Healthy Skin.’ Deeply Nourishing Coconut & Argan Body Lotion. 100% Natural USDA-Certified Organic. Moroccan Argan oil, packed with restorative omega fatty acids, intensely hydrate skin. This is an advanced formula clinically proven to deeply nourish without being greasy. I love how this body lotion is so quickly absorbed into my skin.

So how do you win? Tell me in the comment section if you have tried any of the gifts in this weeks giveaway. Or if you haven’t tried them yet, which ones are you especially excited to receive and why? Do you detox regularly?

*Then Like the following on FB & IG:

BeautyByBritane / @beautybybritanie

TinyTea / @tinyteatox

PureProC / @pureproc

KaiaNaturals / @kaianaturals

HarveyPrince / @harveyprince

BlissomaSkincare / @blissoma_skincare

NourishOrganics / @nourishorganic

I really hope you love every product in this giveaway as much as I do! Enjoy and take extra good care of yourself in this busy, but wonderful season.

 

XO Good Luck to Everyone!

BOX Naturals – Feel Gorgeous, Naturally

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If you follow me on social media, you know that I’m the type of woman that thinks “outside” the box! But in this case and with this particular product I’m all about concentrating on what’s inside this gorgeous BOX.

I read recently on their blog that Jackie, a member of the BOX Team is going Down Under (hehe) to visit Australia and she’s bringing lots of samples! Box Naturals ships internationally so the benefits of clean, green, portable cleansing options are available everywhere. If you are an Australian Green Blogger you need to contact them.

Box Naturals is a cheeky & sophisticated women owned and operated small business. They developed a pure & simple product: Beautifully packaged individual towelettes, all natural ingredients, biodegradable and scented with the benefits of organic essential oils. Available in Rose and Lavender scents. My favorite is the rose of course. No alcohol based “not so handiwipes” for these entrepreneurs.

I love the creative packaging and the name just got me! And a cleansing product with the healthy benefits of essential oils is very appealing to me.

I can even leave a few of these towelettes in my purse and if anyone happened to look inside, they would have no idea where and for what I used this cheeky little package ;)

Box Naturals are gentle for use anywhere. Hands, faces, oh and (please don’t forget your special places…). I use mine after a sweaty yoga session (everywhere). Years ago, before I became interested about the benefits of natural beauty, I used to be a big fan of the mainstream “feminine hygiene” products. The kind with names that would make you dream of summer evenings. You know what I mean…  After a very rude awakening of what were actually IN these so called “helpful to women” personal care items, I was appalled. I’m going to put those chemicals, “Where??” “Down there?” Not me, thank you anyway. 

Box Naturals avoids unnecessary chemicals, are naturally preserved, Paraben, soy, petrochemical, animal ingredient, mineral oil, sulfate, artificial & fragrance FREE. And pH balanced to accommodate the fine delicate balance of delicate feminine skin.  This company has become another favorite of mine. I love that they give back a portion of each sale to women’s issues all over the world.

They also encourage customers’ ideas for a particular female focused charity that is close to your heart. For me my choice would be: Women for Women International. I love the work they do: http://www.womenforwomen.org

BOX Naturals is offering a special: Buy 4 boxes and save 10% plus you get free shipping.  

*All orders over $29 ship for free when you use FREESHIP29 at checkout.  

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I love BOX Naturals!

Have you tried them and if so, what do you think? 

xoxo,

Britanie

Holiday Season Giveaway – Week One! *Closed*

Hello Beauties!

Beginning today and continuing every Monday until the 22nd of December, I will be offering a giveaway to you!!! I’m so excited and honored to offer you these presents. With a grateful heart I offer a special thank you to the generous companies that are a part of this season of celebration, love and sharing. A few of the gifts are from me as well. xo

One random winner will be chosen and announced each Monday at 12:00 noon EST. Then get ready for next giveaway!

*CONRGRATS TO THE WINNER: Comment #18, Sophia!!!*

To help you get ready for the busy Holiday Season, I have picked a few of “the things I’m loving lately…”

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I adore the Holidays. The feeling of being and celebrating with the people I love the most is indefinable. I also make sure to take extra special care of myself. With all the fun and special events, I know that I must keep my self nurturing routines at the forefront to keep me feeling healthy and balanced. In addition to my daily yoga practice what works for me is meditation, reading, writing, focusing on gratitude, and of course self pampering with natural and organic foods, beauty, & health products.

 

Let me introduce you to what I’ve been loving lately (and what you will win).

  1. A copy of one of my favorite reads. “Living Green A Practical Guide To Simple Sustainability”, by Greg Horn. What I love about this book is it guides you with simple steps to create a healthier and more fulfilling home and family environment. My favorite is Chapter 2: Sustaining Health from the Inside.
  2. Alba Botanica Good & Healthy Anti-Oil Weightless Face Moisturizer. “Your Power-Packed Skin Smoothie”. This instantly absorbed & water based milky moisturizer is loaded with vitamins and phytonutrients from Kale, Spinach, and Swiss Chard. I love this hypo-allergenic lightweight boost for my face and neck. With my sensitive skin I have to be really careful what I use to moisturize and my skin has adjusted very nicely!
  3. Yarok Feed Your Ends. Leave-In Conditioner for Hair. “Food for your Head. Good for the Earth.”
    I’m a huge fan of all the Yarok products. So far everything I’ve tried has made my hair feel so healthy and nourished. This leave-in conditioner is packed with vitamins, minerals and essential oils that protect your ends from blow drying or heat styling. Yarok also helps supports efforts to protect the Amazon Rainforest.
  4. Alba Botanica Hawaiian Body Cream. Kukui Nut Deep Moisturizing hypo-allergenic grand-luxe cream. Apply liberally to entire body, especially elbows and heels. Love this product so much. The Kukui nut is so moisturizing as well as nourishing for Autumn’s change in temperature. Chock full of the richest ingredients and the scent smells delicious.
  5. Alba Botanica Good & Clean. Fruit acid detox infusion. Daily detox foaming cleanser. Formulated for sensitive skin. I really love this product. The rich lathering cream breaks up oil and deep-set impurities. Hypo-allergenic and non-comedogenic too. Powered by ten AHA-rich botanicals and partners with Green Tea and Rice in this detoxification and soothing refreshment.
  6. Pura Naturals Soap-Infused Sponge. Peppermint Volcano. I really love this take-anywhere sponge infused with biodegradable, vegan, and gluten-free soap! Activated with water for a robust lather. Comes in a three-pack which is really economical. Simply add water and squeeze multiple times. This sponge is infused with ground pumice and invigorating peppermint oil .Each Pura Naturals soap sponge is infused with plant-based cleansers and botanicals that are biodegradable. Not only are they great for our bodies, but also for the environment! The open-cell foam design exfoliates without the use of synthetic micro-beads and other harmful elements. They are available in: Active Charcoal, Eucalyptus Breeze, Lavender Mist (my favorite) and Citrus Splash and they even come unscented for sensitive skin.
  7. Portland Bee Balm. Unscented. I love love love this lip balm! Handmade in Portland, Oregon by beekeepers Brad & Anica. Their motto: Simple. Honest. Natural.
    Supporting Local Bees & Their Keepers. The ingredients are simply: Local Oregon beeswax, organic cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil, organic California extra virgin olive oil, organic Oregon peppermint essential oil. *This last ingredient is not included in the unscented version. This is the smoothest gliding, richest formula, best smelling (I personally love peppermint), lip balm and I find myself admittedly addicted! I’m also a proud fan of supporting such a sustainably minded family company. Their displays are made by a Portland Woodworker, the ink is soy-based and they don’t use paper for the labels. Instead they chose non-pulped wood designed by local artists. They do so much to support other local small businesses! This is a super company and what a perfect example they are for ethical and sustainable business practices.
  8. Beautifly Pure Facial Soap. Rose Clay & Oatmeal. This wonderful family owned small business was established in March of this year. Azalia and Tim Canan parents of three young children came up with the idea of making their own natural soap after two of their children suffered from eczema. They realized it was hard to find products that wouldn’t irritate their children’s sensitive skin.The Rose Clay & Oatmeal soap has these ingredients: Olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, distilled water, coconut milk, sodium hydroxide, mango butter, grapefruit & orange essential oils, oatmeal, rose clay and kaolin clay. Their products are handmade in small batches, are vegan & cruelty free and they have an impressive line of natural soap, facial soap, lotion bars, 100% natural hair serum and natural sugar scrubs. As I’ve said before, I love to support family owned and operated companies and Beautifly Pure is a great one.
  9. Organic India Tulsi Holy Basil Tea: (2) Honey Chamomile & (2) Vanilla Creme. Love these Caffeine Free and Certified Organic teas! Tulsi is considered “The Queen of Herbs” and is revered as a sacred plant infused with power. It possesses wonderful health benefits that support the body’s natural immune system while relieves the body’s negative reaction to stress. I find it mildly relaxes me and I have this tea daily. I’m a huge fan of the Rose and Jasmine flavors as well.
  10. Pacifica French Lilac Solid Perfume. Pacifica has some of my favorite scents. This particular blend was perfumed in a traditional French style, fresh with a blend of Lilac, Magnolia Leaves, Heliotrope, Ylang Ylang, Hyacinth and subtle notes of Nectarine. In a base of all natural coconut and soy wax. 100% Vegan, too! And “yes”, I know it’s Autumn, but I still love to occasionally wear light floral luscious scents in the daytime.

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So how do you win?

*Tell me in the comment section how you keep yourself balanced and healthy in this upcoming Holiday season. Any “extra” efforts or secrets that you want to share?

*Then Like the following on FB & IG

Blessings to each one of you and take extra care of yourself with these gifts!

XO Good Luck Everyone

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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