Kester Black 5-Free Nail Polish

The Australian brand, Kester Black offers a line of 5-Free nail polishes with a chip resistant, high shine formula available in a wide range of covetable shades. While these polishes are free of toluene, DBP, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin or resin, as well as both cruelty-free and vegan, they provide an exceptional formula that performs brilliantly. In thanks to the online boutique Seed to Serum, these exquisite polishes are now available stateside.

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The Kester Black formula applies with ease and undoubtedly offers a ‘high-shine’ finish. A super wide brush makes application a breeze, as it nearly covers the nail in just one stroke. These polishes have remarkable long-wear, with no chips and only slight wear on the tips after about 5 days. Pictured above, the shade Poppy (left) is a deep magenta, and Buttercream (right) is a nude cream shade, both with an opaque finish. The Kester Black polishes are an absolute gem.

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 Kester Black Nail Polish $20

available at seedtoserum.com

 

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5 things this week…

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Kahina Prickly Pear Seed OilAs I’ve mentioned in my review of Kahina’s PPSO, I have experienced “mind-blowing” results in my under-eye area. So much so, that I have been able to switch to a concealer with lighter coverage. With further use, I now notice that my overall complexion seems more even-toned and brighter. I’ve recently replenished my bottle, as this miracle oil continues to amaze me. (get it here)

My current makeup routine – As of recent, my everyday makeup routine has consisted of all creams and liquid formulas that infuse both skin care and color. These formulas work best to mimic skin’s natural texture, and the products pictured here work beautifully to create a “no-makeup makeup” look, that I so keenly admire. Gressa’s Minimalist Line has amazed me since day one, and their products have provided the basis of my makeup routine for some time now (review forthcoming). I loved La Bella Figura’s cream blush in Disco Queen Gloria when I purchased it over the winter. My love for this luminous rose-gold blush has only strengthened as the warmer weather has arrived. It provides the most believable glowing finish, as it adds the perfect amount of warmth. Also pictures is RMS Un-Cover Up in #22, RMS Lip2Cheek in Smile, RMS Eye Polish in Magnetic, Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette, W3LL People Bio Brightener, and Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow in Playa del Pink.

New from Greenaby online boutique – Some new green skin and hair goodies from the Canadian online boutique Greenaby.ca that I will be reviewing. Greenaby carries some hard to find natural and organic beauty products from brands such as Graydon Clinical Luxury, Belmondo, Helena Lane, and Anointment Natural Skincare. So far, I have been absolutely loving the The Green Cream from Graydon, which is intensely hydrating.

Moon Juice Beauty Dust – I am over the moon for Moon Juice’s line of dusts, tonics, and pantry staples. While their foods and juices are only available to LA locals, I’m hoping this line expands to more locations. For now I must suffice to make do of with the limited products available. Their Beauty Dust contains goji, rehmannia, schisandra, pearl, and Stevia and is said to expand beauty “through calming the nerves, increasing collagen and silica production, toning and firming tissue, and both hydrating and fortifying skin, hair, nails and cell membranes from the inside out. ” Since incorporating the Beauty Dust into my daily smoothies, I have noticed that both my nails and hair have been growing more noticeably quickly. However, I can not with certainty attribute the difference to the BD since the seasonal change. 

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My Sunday Pamper Session – My spa day game is strong with powerful products that replenish, renew, and promote a healthy glow. May Lindstrom’s The Problem Solver is a weekly must, as it works time and again to deeply cleanse like no other. I notice visible results after each use. If I skip it, I know it. A new addition to my masking routine, is the ‘cult-favorite’ Mermaid Mask from Leahlani Skincare. This mask makes my skin feel incredibly smooth and soft, and leaves me glowing. Also featured is the Kumari Luxury Hair Oil as I reviewed here, Dry Brush from Hydrea London, and Tarte’s Brazilliance Self-Tanner.

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Kumari Luxury Oil Treatment for all Hair Types*

I’ve had the blessed opportunity over the years to sample some incredible products from amazing brands. While I have sampled my fair share of duds that don’t even make it to the achieves of MLD, my heart still races when I come across that certain gem. This reassures me that the ‘beauty enthusiast’ inside me is still very much alive and well. Kumari Luxury’s line of body and skin care has wowed me since day one. The certain gem that I am referring to today, is their Hair Oil Treatment. With an exemplary formula comprised of Ayurvedic oils, this is the ‘mother’ of hair oils.

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Kumari Luxury Hair Oil Treatment was inspired by founder, Aarti Gala’s Indian heritage and a sweet beauty ritual passed down from her mother.

“When I was young, my mother always showed me the importance of taking time to enjoy the moment. Every week, she would break away from her busy schedule for a little ritual that I still remember to this day. At the end of a long day, she would put everything aside, take out her amazing Ayurvedic hair oils from India, and massage oil into my hair before sending me off to sleep. Those cherished moments, the happy silence, the fragrance of the hair oil, and the feeling of absolute comfort and relaxation are what led me to create Kumari Luxury.” – Aarti Gala

The Luxury Hair Oil contains a blend of all natural and organic oils, spices, and essential oils and smells of Kumari’s signature sandalwood and magnolia fragrance.

Ingredients: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Nut Oil*, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Magnolia Acuminata Extract, Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood), Eclipta Alba*, Rubia Cordifolia*, Sida Cordifolia*, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric)*, Glycrrhiza Glabra (Licorice)*, Hemidesmus Indicus Root*, Withania Somnifera* and Messua Ferra (Saffron). *Certified Organic Ingredients

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Kumari’s Luxury Oil Treatment is a pre-shampoo treatment, and suggested to be worn overnight for best results. Simply use the dropper to apply the treatment directly to the scalp, then continue to coat the hair from roots to tips. Generally we are told to apply hair treatment oils to the ends of hair, avoiding the scalp. As someone who has a generous accumulation of oils on their scalp already, I was a bit apprehensive about this step. I know by logic that oil repels oil, but even so, I feared the state of my hair post shampoo. As the good beauty guinea pig that I am, I ensued with great measure.

What makes Kumari’s Hair Oil Treatment different? A surprising ascertainment that I gained when using the oil, is that while your hair is surely coated, it doesn’t feel greasy, to my surprise. I felt no reservation when laying my head to my pillow at night. There was no surplus of oils leaving behind an oil slick, nor did I feel at any time uncomfortably greasy. Not to mention the magnolia and sandalwood fragrance, while not overbearing, is utterly exquisite. The oil treatment easily washes away with one shampoo, leaving no residue behind. You can go about your day as planned, with only the added addition of lustrous, healthy, and more manageable locks. Not to mention, the treatment has helped to neutralize the oils in my scalp, leaving it more balanced. My hair blows out more quickly after use, and the damage I have endured from heat styling is reversed. I use this treatment weekly to keep my hair in its best shape. This oil is perfect for anyone seeking healthy shiny hair, no matter your hair type.

Kumari Luxury Hair Oil Treatment $38

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The Quintessential Lilac Lip – Kjaer Weis Lip Tint in Amazed

Hello spring! If there is one makeup trend this season that I find myself drawn to, it’s a fondness for purple hues. Particularly soft shades of lilac. Although my makeup choices tend to be generally in the neutral territory, I find the vast spectrum of purple tones incredibly wearable and generously flattering.

A recent acquisition that solidifies my love of lilac, is the new Lip Tint from Kjaer Weis, called Amazed. Kjaer Weis has released the most quintessential shade of lilac that has been a mainstay in my current makeup routine.

“Amazed is a lip color that’s innocent but flirty, inspired by the starlets of the 60s.”- Kirsten Kjaer Weis 

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If you’re not familiar, the Kjaer Weis Lip Tints come in a refillable silver compact with a mirror on the reverse side of the top for easy touch-ups. It is truly luxury cosmetic packaging at its finest. The Lip Tints have a balmy feel and brilliantly build from sheer, to bold. For a sheer wash of color, just use your finger for application. For a more intense color payoff, its best to build the color with a lip brush. While I love the balmy feel and versatility of the lip tints, they do lack in the longevity department. So, lucky for that mirror, frequent touch-ups are necessary.

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Amazed is a perfectly pale lilac-pink, I call it “nude’s sister.” It also looks beautiful applied to the apples of the cheeks. As I have mentioned, the Lip Tints are truly versatile in their ability to build. In the image above, I have layered the lipstick with a lip brush to show off its color payoff potential. However, I would generally apply with a lighter hand for a more natural look.

 Kjaer Weis Lip Tint in Amazed $49 (with compact), $29 (for a refill)

available at thedetoxmarket.com beauteabar.com,

 

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Uma Pure Energy Wellness Oil* and Giveaway

Today, we’re talking aromatherapy. How I have personally incorporated them into my life, their benefits, and why they work. I’m also shining a light onto one incredible farm-to-bottle brand that creates exceptionally potent formulas.

The olfactory sense is 10,000 times more sensitive than any other senses. Our response to smell is immediate, as it directly extends to the brain and to our central nervous system. Scents can have a powerful impact on our well-being. It can arouse strong emotions, that can be both positive and/or negative. This is where aromatherapy comes in.

My introduction to aromatherapy began in my early teens. I suffered from anxiety, panic and sleep disturbances since a young age. A dear friend, whose father practiced a holistic lifestyle, gifted me a bottle of lavender oil. It was then, that I learned just how powerful plant-derived essences can be. I began a journey into the world of aromatherapy, researching different essences and creating my own blends. I also learned that not all oils are alike, and that is important to find a brand that carefully bottles up essences in their purest forms.

I present to you Uma Oil difference.

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Uma is a line of luxury skincare and wellness oils of 100% natural and organic origin. What makes Uma Oils different? Uma’s blend of essential oils are grown, extracted, formulated and bottled entirely on the family estate of founder, Shrankhla Holecek. Every process from seed to bottle is overseen by Uma’s team of experts. Great care is placed upon seed selection, while each plant is only harvested twice before replanting, thus yielding the highest quality essential oils. The essential oils are blended with the minimal amount of carrier oil for the most potent, high impact blend of essential oils. They also win for most aesthetically pleasing packaging. 

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After speaking with the company, we decided that the Pure Energy Wellness Oil* would be the perfect match for me. As someone who now suffers with Chronic Fatigue, along with Fibromyalgia, this energizing blend of oils seemed like just the boost I needed.

The Pure Energy Wellness oil* contains rosemary, ylang ylang, frankincense, patchouli, peppermint, ginger, basil, clary sage, and jasmine essential oils, in a jojoba and evening primrose base. This blend was created to naturally fight fatigue, boost energy, stimulate mental alertness, and to be used as a natural alternative to caffeine.

My day starts by applying Pure Energy to the bottoms of my feet, and pulse points (as suggested). I then take a moment to inhale deeply and gather myself. A little goes a long way, as this formula is indeed potent. I imagine that the 1 oz. bottle will last me quite a while. Pure Energy undoubtedly provides me with a well needed energy boost. It works in ways caffeine can’t, without the side effects, and the results are instantaneous. This blend helps to wash away my mental fog, leaving me more focused, and more productive at work (for that I’m eternally grateful). It a great option for an afternoon pick-me-up, pre and post-workout boost, for use during a cleanse, and any other time you just need a healthy boost. It’s no doubt that Uma Oils are of exceptional quality and that their blends are thoughtfully created.

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Uma Pure Energy Wellness Oil $85

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Uma has graciously offered up one Pure Energy Wellness Oil to giveaway to one lucky reader! I am thrilled to be able to share this opportunity to you.

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Imbibe Skincare Giveaway

I’ve teamed up with Imbibe Skincare to bring my lucite dreams readers a very special giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a ‘Everyday Essentials Kit’, featuring 6 core products from the Imbibe Skincare line. This set is the perfect introduction into the beautiful world of Imbibe.

This wildcrafted, organic skincare line incorporates the incredible chemical properties of desert plant-life into vital, regenerative skincare formulas. See me rave here.

Imbibe-Skincare-GiveawayThe Daily Essentials kit includes:

  • UPLIFTED regenerating face cream (1oz)
  • BRIGHT EYES hydrating eye cream (.25oz)
  • PERFECT 9 balancing oil blend (.5oz)
  • HOLY BODY CREAM I deep hydration (1oz)
  • BODY POLISH desert sand therapy (1oz)
  • PEARL ESSENCE cleansing mineral treatment (1oz)

“We have put together 6 of our core products in the Daily Essentials Set. Discover the beautiful aromas and textures that make Imbibe Skincare so wonderful. You will fall madly in love. Each set comes in a beautiful box, tied with a bow so it’s perfect as a gift. Even if it’s just a gift to yourself.” – Imbibe Skincare

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Dreamy Picks: March

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  • Lina Hanson recently debuted her Satori Perfume Oil, as I reviewed here. This blend of warm vanilla, sandalwood, yuzu and ginger is utterly intoxicating, and an easy stand-out amid my favorites for the month.
  • Au Naturale’s Lipstick in Innocence has been my daily go-to since I first got my hands on it. It’s the perfect soft pink and has a balmy texture. I’m nearly close to finishing it, which is something I’ve only done once before. If your curious as to what that lipstick was, it was MAC Bubbles. I was 16 and had a white, shimmery pout and I loved it.
  • Jane Iredale’s Lip Definers are deliciously creamy, a favorite formula for sure. The shade Spice is the perfect pinky-nude, that is just a touch deeper than my natural lip color. It pairs brilliantly with Au Naturale Innocence.
  • Kari Gran Lip Whips are a divine treat for your pout. The shade Radiance is a beautiful glossy pink, that is perfect on it own, or layered over any lip shade. (review)
  • Prickly Pear Seed Oil is having moment. I am unequivocally a devout fan of this precious wonder oil (review). I apply Kahina’s Pricky Pear Seed Oil to my eye area, both day and night. The results have been nothing short of a miracle. My under eye area has significantly lightened, so much so, that I have been able to switch up my under-eye concealer to one that offers less coverage. Which leads me to…
  • Though not nearly short on coverage, the RMS “Un” Cover Up is a brilliant under-eye concealer. It’s no secret, as this product is highly coveted by the industry elites. It covers, yet offers an undetectable finish ‘goals’. I do like to set the ‘Un” Cover Up with the RMS “Un” Powder, as the formula is quite creamy. (review)
  • Speaking of “undetectable finishes”, I introduce you to the ‘mother’. The Gressa Minimalist Serum Foundation is one ingenious formula. Forget that it’s completely natural, forget that it is actually good for your skin. This formula trumps all serum foundations on the market today, be it ‘clean’ or not. Two to three drops is all that is needed. It glides across your face with no effort at all, leaving behind the most natural coverage. I am currently wearing a mix of shades 3 and 4.
  • Kumari Luxury Sandalwood and Magnolia Body Oil makes me feel as though I’m spoiling myself on the regular. I am smitten with the fragrance of this oil, and of course I adore how it nourishes my skin. (review)
  • I have recently posted about the Imbibe Pearl Essence Cleansing Mineral Treatment. This  powdered cleanser effectively washes away impurities in the most gentlest way. I’ve been adding this versatile treatment powder into my shampoo, as recommended, with excellent results. It has been helping to normalize my finicky scalp.
  • The Jurlique Wrinkle Sofening Cream is an excellent moisturizer for dry skin. I’m not certain why I haven’t shared this product yet, though I feel a review is certainly in order. This is my second tube and a go-to for when I’m in need of extra moisture. In considering the recent weather conditions here in New York, I’ve been reaching for this one regularly.
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