Balmy Brilliance – Kahina Fez Hand and Body Balm*

Kahina Giving Beauty unleashes an all-healing golden balm that magically erases all of our dry skin woes.

The Fez Hand and Body Balm* is a highly concentrated salve that contains mega doses of Kahina’s own ‘liquid gold’ argan oil, along with soothing and calming calendula, in a base of carrot seed oil, shea butter, coconut oil and mango nut butter.


The Fez Hand and Body Balm contains Kahina’s own signature Fez fragrance in ample doses. An intoxicating blend of essential oils, including rose, bergamot, ylang ylang, geranium, patchouli, sandalwood, clove, cumin and rosemary combine to create an aromatherapeutic experience that aids in relieving stress and calming nerves. Upon application, there is an almost warming sensation that soothes both the mind, and body instantaneously.

This overachieving moisturizer aims at healing, soothing, and calming weather-ravaged hands, as well as our driest bits (think elbows, heels, and knees). A little goes a long way, as it spreads with ease. It’s a seasonal must have, as dry skin doesn’t stand a chance against this brilliant balm.

As a hand moisturizer, this balm touches perfection. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave behind a dreaded sticky-palm situation. I’ve personally struggled with painful eczema on my hands. After only a few days of use, the Fez Hand and Body Balm completely cured my skin dilemma, as it immediately calmed the dreaded painful itch.

Kahina Fez Hand and Body Balm $48

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Au Naturale Lipstick in Sangria* and Innocence* and a Special Promo for Readers

Today I am excited to share with you another gem from the Au Naturale line of clean cosmetics, as well as a special promotion for my lucite dreams readers.

In keeping in line with the Au Naturale ‘good for you’ cosmetics standard, the Pure Pro Lipsticks are composed of only clean, natural and organic ingredients. While delivering a high dose of pigment, the Pure Pro Lipsticks coat your lips in nourishing oils. Organic castor oil, cocoa seed butter, meadowfoam seed oil, wildcrafted candelilla wax, organic sesame oil, and avocado oils combine to lend this lipstick a deliciously balmy texture that hydrates like your favorite balm. The formula is virtually weightless with long-lasting wear.



The formula is a great option for those with dry, parched lips. They feel wonderful on, and deliver a healthy dose of moisture. It takes a few swipes of the Pure Pro Lipsticks to gain their full pigment potential, although they have a surprising longevity.



The shade Innocence* is a top-seller among the Au Naturale line of lipsticks and it’s no surprise. Innocence is an ultra-flattering soft nude-pink that offers a ‘my lips but better’ appeal. Personally, I’ve been wearing this shade daily, even in place of my balms.



Sangria* is an fuchsia pink with an iridescent finish. A perfect option for a no-fuss, bold-lip that requires minimal touch-ups.

  Au Naturale Pure Pro Lipstick $22 at

Enjoy 25% off with code LDAN15

offer ends 3/1/15

Click here to see my review of their gorgeous Organic Cream Bronzer.

*PR Sample – All thoughts expressed are my own and are always true to my personal experience.
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au naturale Organic Cream Bronzer Stick*

The Au Natural line of cosmetics features a full range of luxury, professional-grade clean beauty products. Each product is hand-crafted, using only organic, natural and ‘good-for-you’ ingredients. All products are organic, gluten-free, cruelty-free, vegan and safe for those suffering from sensitive skin conditions. I’m excited to share with you today, the very exquisite Organic Cream Stick Bronzer*.

First the ingredients;

Ingredients: Organic Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Fractionated Coconut Oil), Organic Castor Oil, Mica, Wildcrafted Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Organic Simmondsia Chinsis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Castor Wax, Tapioca Starch, Ultramarines, Iron Oxides, Kaolin.


The Organic Creme Bronzer Stick will nurture your skin, as it deposits a luminous, natural tan. Apply straight from the stick, and blend with your fingertips. The creamy formula blends like a breeze. A metallic finish imparts the most natural glow, and the warm bronzed shade leaves behind a subtle tan, perfect for light to medium complexions. It also wears beautifully on the eyes, and layers well for a more intense look.


 Wearing Au Naturale Creme Stick Bronzer on cheeks, forehead and eyes and Au Naturale Lipstick in Innocence..

 Au Naturale Organic Creme Bronzer Stick $32

*press sample
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my lucite dreams ‘Best of Beauty’ Makeup 2014

Welcome to the second installment of my lucite dreams ‘Best of Beauty'; the Makeup edition. You may have noticed that things have ‘cleaned up’ a bit on MLD. For many years now, my skin care choices have been fine-tuned to exist of only natural and organic ingredients. This is because, as I have learned, it’s what works. It seems only natural that my love for clean ingredients would soon pass over to my makeups products. I want to nourish and nurture my skin by using makeup created with the same attention to ingredients. While I am certainly not a devout in terms of clean makeup, I make an effort to include them as much as I can, especially in foundations. 

So, with great restraint I have narrowed down my picks to feature the true stand-outs from the past year.




Gressa Skin Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (review)

Kjaer Weis Foundation (review) (purchase)


It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer (review)


RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer (review) (purchase)


W3LL PEOPLE Universalist 2 (review) (purchase)


Burberry ‘Light Glow’ Blush in Earthy (review)

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion (review)

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Abundance (review) (purchase)


Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eye Shadow in Rio de Rose Gold (review)

L’Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Miss Manga Mascara

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper


Nude - Nūdus Lipstick in Naked (review) (purchase)

Pink – Gressa Skin Lip Boost in Bare (review)

Bright – YSL Rouge Volupte in Opera Rose (review)

Red - Gressa Skin Lip Boost in Aux Rouge

Gloss - Chantecaille Brilliant Gloss in Lucky


LORAC PRO To Go Eye and Cheek Palette (review)

 What are your stand-out makeup products from 2014?

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Gressa Skin Lip Boost in Aux Rouge

Gressa Skin’s Lip Boosts are an all-natural lip product that drench your lips in nourishing botanicals. These lipstick/balm hybrids are a versatile product that can go from a wearable matte stain, to a to a vibrant glossy red lip, depending on your application. Always moisturizing and never drying, the Lip Boosts claim their place amid my favorite lip products. Since first discovering the shade Bare, my collection has only grown, as Gressa Skin continues to add more shades to the line.


Gressa Lip Boost in Aux Rouge is a classic and ultra-flattering red shade. For a red-stained lip, I just tap some Aux Rouge onto my lips, using my fingertip. For a vibrant red glossy lip, I recommend using the Gressa Lip Brush for a heavier and more defined look. Aux Rouge has a long wear time, with a soft, moisturizing feel.


 Gressa Lip Boost in Aux Rouge


 Wearing Aux Rouge applied with a lip brush for a vibrant, glossy finish.

Gressa Lip Boosts are a must-try for all you ingredient nerds, or for those who suffer from chronically dry lips.

Gressa Lip Boost in Aux Rouge $26 at 


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my lucite dreams ‘Best of Beauty’ Skin Care 2014

This past year has been beautiful in thanks to you, my dear readers. I want to extend my sincere gratitude and love for your continued support.

In this New Year, I’m taking a look back to share with with you my stand-out products of 2014. In this post I am featuring skin care. From toners, to serums, to masks, these products have shined the brightest in 2014.


Shea Terra Acacia Honey & Argan Oil (Api-Therapy) Facial Wash

This incredible cleanser softens this skin as it gently cleanses and keeps my acne at bay. (review)

May Lindstrom The Problem Solver

The Problem Solver is an intense mask that deeply cleanses like none other. It’s a multi-tasking mask that detoxifies, battles dehydration, increases circulation and fights blemishes. (purchase)

Wedderspoon Manuka Honey $16+

Wedderspoon’s Manuka Honey is a godsend for a variety of skin concerns. This sweet treat is a regular in my routine as a spot treatment, mask and cleanser. I am continually amazed at how effective this product from the pantry is for the skin. (review) (purchase)

Lina Hanson Global Face Serum 

I was lucky enough to sample this gorgeous Face Serum from Lina Hanson this year. It keeps my skin moisturized and radiant and has made its way into my holy grail of skin care. (review) (purchase)

S.W. Basics Toner

Toner’s in general were a myth to me as I wondered how effective they can actually be. When I came across this one from S.W. Basics all apprehensions were lost. I am now a devout in practicing this one simple, and highly effective step in skin care. (review) 

Queen of the Hive by Wedderspoon Manuka Honey and Bee Venom Face Contour Cream

A face cream rich in Manuka Honey! Yes, please. Queen of the Hive pairs theirs with a selection of incredible naturals, along with bee venom, to create one effective anti-aging cream. (review)

One Love Organics Brand New Day

This powdered exfoliator gently exfoliates to reveal brighter, more radiant skin. Use it as a mask, or for a quick morning scrub to quickly brighten and soften your complexion. (review) (purchase)

Gressa Dirty Pretty Things

Another exfoliator/mask that softens, brightens, and perks up your complexion with a variety of antioxidant rich spices, and deeply cleanses pores with Red Moroccan Rhassoul Clay. (review)

Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil and Makeup Remover

The gently exfoliating Cleansing Oil from the genius duo of Elizabeth Dehn and One Love Organics, removes all traces of makeup while conditioning and nurturing the skin. Call it love. (review) (purchase)

Stay tuned for the next installment of ‘Best of Beauty’ 2014.

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nūdus ‘Lip Euphoria’ Lipstick in Naked 01

The Australian brand nūdus encapsulates the true meaning of beauty in their ‘Lip Euphoria’ range of lipsticks. The nūdus brand brings luxury to the world of green beauty, with a quality clean aesthetic and exceptional performance. The formula is brimming with an exquisite combination of organic ingredients to nourish and protect, while delivering exceptional pigment and superior longevity.


 Naked 01 (left) 27 Kisses (right)

Each lipstick contains 27 active naturals from certified organic ingredients and are expertly handcrafted to ensure quality and integrity. The formula contains high-quality, anti-aging ingredients, loaded with super foods, antioxidants, vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K, and essential fatty acids. All derived from extracts of flowers, fruits, herbs, minerals, and cold pressed oils, including pumpkin, kiwi fruit, raspberry, pomegranate, argan, and moringa.


27 kisses (left) Naked 01 (right)


(wearing Naked 01)

nūdus pigments are created with a basis on traditional Ayurvedic principles. They contain bioactive color extracts from a natural origin. Each ingredient is carefully selected to provide long-lasting color and safer moisturizing properties. There are ten shade selections in the nūdus ‘Lip Euphoria’ range.


Naked 01*, the shade featured here, is true nude shade with slight golden shimmer and a matte finish. If I might add, it is indeed the perfect nude, with enough color so as not to wash me out. The texture is creamy, ultra nourishing and never drying. As I have mentioned, I am excited and amazed by its lasting ability.

All in all, nūdus is an absolute must-try brand, not only for you green beauties, but for those who are seeking moisture and anti-aging benefits, in a luxurious formula and quality aesthetic.

nūdus ‘Lip Euphoria’ lipstick in Naked 01 $32 

Exclusively available at us retailer

my review of 27 kisses coming soon…

*sample: All thoughts expressed are always honest and true to my personal experience.
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