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.

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 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.

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27 kisses (left) Naked 01 (right)

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(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.

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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 beateabar.com

my review of 27 kisses coming soon…

*sample: All thoughts expressed are always honest and true to my personal experience.
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Kahina Giving Beauty Soaps for Your Face Down to Your Toes

Kahina Giving Beauty unleashes two new soaps that are meant to cleanse from head-to-toe. With a slew of organic and natural ingredients, including Kahina’s own ‘liquid gold’ (argan oil), these beautifying soaps deliver nutrients as you scrub away, while never stripping your skin of moisture. These lush bars are deliciously rich, utterly decadent, and worth their weight in ‘gold’. 

But first the packaging…

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Each soap comes carefully wrapped in heavy paper with a Moroccan tile inspired design by designer Amira Marion of Archive New YorkI dare you to tear them open… I just dare you.

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Lemongrass and Nettle

The Lemongrass and Nettle Soap has a vibrant citrus scent that awakens the senses. It contains antioxidant-rich argan oil, along with olive and shea oils to nurture and replenish the skin. Lemongrass contains anti-bacterial properties, as nettle soothes the skin as it gently exfoliates. Great for any skin type and additionally beneficial for acne-prone skin.

Goat Milk and Honey

The Goat Milk and Honey soap is perfect for sensitive skin types. It contains the same base of argan, olive and shea oils, in combination with goat milk and honey. If you might have heard, I’m a bit gaga over honey. Honey soothes a multitude of skin disruptions with highly effective antiseptic, soothing, and clarifying properties. Goat milk softens and soothes the skin.

Each soap is $18

available at kahinagivingbeauty.com, ecodivabeauty.com, and beautyhabit.com

Also available is a trio of soaps, including Rosemary Lavender for $54. A perfect set to give a loved one this Holiday Season. (here)

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DIY At Home Facial

Once a week at-home facials can take your skin care to the next level and deliver tremendous results. While I rely on professional facials for physical extractions, I maintain my skin with a weekly facial to help keep my pores clear and my complexion radiant. I use these five key steps.

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Cleanse:

Start by giving your skin a thorough ‘double cleansing’. First, remove makeup with a product intended to do just that. Follow up by using your favorite cleanser to completely cleanse the skin.

Exfoliate:

Use a gentle exfoliator to remove dead skin cells. My preference is one in a powdered form containing enzymes for an added chemical exfoliation, like Brand New Day from One Love Organics. Using your fingertips gently buff away, using small circular motions. Pay attention to areas that are more prone to dryness, and continue down your neck. Exfoliation is a key step in achieving a glowing complexion.

Steam:

Steaming your skin is a necessary, if often overlooked, step to detoxify the skin and open pores. By opening the pores, your skin will gain the maximum benefits for the next step, when you apply a facial mask. For a ‘no frills’ steam, position yourself over a pot of boiling water (not too close) and place a towel over your head to collect the steam. For extra benefits add in some herbs and essential oils.

Mask:

Directly after steaming, apply a deep-cleansing face mask, suitable for your skin type. I am a firm believer in the deep-cleansing benefits of clays and activated bamboo charcoal. These two ingredients will help draw out dirt and impurities, and tighten pores. The May Lindstrom’s The Problem Solver and Osmia Organics Detox Exfoliating Mask receive my highest recommendations.

Facial Massage:

A Facial Massage boosts circulation and stimulates the muscles and lymphatic system. By stimulating the facial muscles, you relieve tension and work to literally iron out fine lines. As you stimulate the lymphatic system you drain out toxins, reliving puffiness, which is incredibly beneficial for the eye area. The result is instant as your skin will appear smoother with a youthful radiance. All you need is a few minutes and your favorite face oil. Into the Gloss posted a how-to video that best shows how to perform a personal facial massage.

If you take the time to love your skin, your skin will love you back. By performing a ritual of pampering yourself, you promote feelings of self-love. Taking time to care for yourself is never selfish, but an integral part of our well-being. If a 5-step facial doesn’t agree with your schedule, break up the routine. Apply a mask post-shower or perform a facial massage in the evenings at bedtime. Whatever you can do, is better than nothing. Commit to skin-care.

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TOM FORD ‘Lips & Boys’ in Flynn, Peter, and Beau

Tom Ford’s Lips & Boys Collection features a selection of 50 ‘limited edition’ lip shades. Each shade was named after a man who has personally impacted the life of Tom Ford. As he says, “why commit to one when you can have several?”, I have three, meet my boys.

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 left to right: Flynn, Peter, and Beau

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 The lipsticks are smaller in size in comparison to the original (0.07 oz. vs. 0.10 oz.). 

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 left to right: Flynn, Beau, and Peter

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 Flynn is a beautiful soft pink with a satin finish.

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Peter is a mauve shade with silver shimmer and possibly my favorite of the group.

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 Beau is a light pink-nude and said to be a re-promotion of Blush Nude.

These mini versions are soft and creamy, like the original formula. The lip collection is clearly a lipstick lovers dream. I do suggest snatching one up as soon as you can, as they seem to be selling out quickly. These mini lip shades are available today only, at several locations, and their official release will be on December 26th. See Temptalia for additional information.

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Holiday Giveaway featuring Queen of the Hive by Wedderspoon

I have partnered up with Queen of the Hive by Wedderspoon to bring you one very amazing Holiday Giveaway!

The Queen of the Hive line features Wedderspoon’s own, magical raw active Manuka Honey. This highly effective natural line of skin care are staples in personal routine. I am thrilled for this chance to offer up a very generous giveaway from Queen of the Hive for US readers. One very lucky winner will receive a Face Contour Cream (as I raved about here), a peppermint and Manuka Honey lip balm, and a Manuka Honey and Oatmeal soap.

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A warm thank you to all of you.

Happy Holidays and Good Luck!

 click here to enter giveaway

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Captain Blankenship – Rosemary & Lemongrass Body Scrub & Sunshine Body Cream and a 15% off promotion

Captain Blankenship tugs at my heart strings with their brilliantly executed line of beauty products. Each product is hand-crafted from all organic, wildcrafted or natural ingredients, with an emphasis placed on fragrance. I am giddy to share my love for this brand today.

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The Rosemary & Lemongrass Sugar Scrub* is an all-in-one scrub for body, face, and lips. In this scrub, a combination of all organic ingredients, including cane sugar, brown rice flour, and apricot kernel meal combine with organic almond oil to create the perfect texture, that is neither too harsh, nor too gentle, but just right. A generous amount of oil keeps the skin well moisturized long after use. Organic essential oils of rosemary, lemongrass, and blood orange blend to create a vibrant, uplifting scent that clings to the skin. After use, skin is left soft, supple and glowing. It is a marvelous lip exfoliator, and if I may say so, it’s quite delicious as well. As someone who samples a lot of products, I can easily claim that this is ‘hands down’ the best scrub I’ve come across.

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Captain Blankenship nails it again with their Sunshine Body Cream*. In this delectably creamy treat, organic virgin coconut oil, organic cocoa butter, organic rosehip seed oil, organic jojoba oil, vitamin e, rosemary antioxidant and beeswax combine to create a ‘melt on your skin‘ situation. It applies with ease, and distributes intense hydration evenly across the skin. My skin loves it as it drinks it all up. It has a delightfully subtle fragrance of rich dark chocolate and coconut. The Sunshine Body Cream is perfect for cold winter months as it nourishes deeply. I also love it on the lips.

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 (Sunshine body Cream in all it’s glory)

Rosemary & Lemongrass Sugar Scrub $24 and Sunshine Body Cream $24

Captain Blankenship has kindly offered up a promotion for readers.

Enter code: (holiday) at checkout for 15% off purchases at captainblankenship.com

Offer valid from 11/26 at 12am midnight until 12/1 12am midnight

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Holiday Gift Guide (over $50)

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  1. The next best this to a crackling fireplace is a Dyptique Feu de Bois Candle. In the Photophore Set, this essential winter fragrance is paired along with a decorative hand-made glass photophore. $160 diptyqueparis.com
  2. The Kahina Giving Beauty Glow Box is a ‘limited edition’ set that features three best-sellers to have you glowing from head-to-toe. It contains Kahina’s infamous Argan Oil, an exfoliating Lavender Rosemary soap, and the aromatic FEZ Body Oil. $75 beautyhabit.com
  3. A cool-mist humidifier is a must during the dry winter months. The harsh cold weather and indoor heating can be damaging to the skin. Help your complexion and promote well-being with the Broksonic Hybrid Ultrasonic Humidifier and Diffuser. It’s as chic as it is functional. $125 brookstone.com
  4. Deeply nourish skin with the precious oils found in Lina Hanson Global Body Serum. $63 spiritbeautylounge.com
  5. A sure win for the skin savvy is the May Lindstrom Skin The Problem Solver. This deep-cleaning corrective mask deeply cleanses the skin like no other and is worth ever penny. $90 ecodivabeauty.com
  6. The Queen of the Hive Face Contour Cream is a fabulous hydrating and firming cream. Myself, as well as my mother, are firm believers in its benefits. $79.99 wedderspoon.com
  7. Send someone off to a ‘Tropical Getaway’ with this gift set from Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics. It features a the very popular Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil, Vitamin C Body Oil and yet to be released Vitamin C Body Oil. #lovesmellslikepineapples $129 oneloveorganics.com
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