The Kevyn Aucoin Neo-Highlighter & Neo Limelight

Kevyn Aucoin’s new Neo-Lights Collection features two versatile highlighting palettes, both consisting of a gradiant trio of shades. The Neo Highlighter in Sahara* features warm tones for a sun-kissed radiance, and The Neo Limelight* contains iridescent hues for an ethereal glow. Finely-milled, light-diffusing pigments offers the complexion an unequivocal refined radiance that screams healthy, glowing skin.

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New Red Apple Lipstick Blushes & Bronzer

Red Apple Lipstick has just unveiled some new and exciting beauty with a debut of six new mineral blushes and one bronzer.  As you would expect from RAL, all blushes are created to be allergen friendly, non-toxic and excellent quality – the new blushes and bronzer offer excellent pigment, long-wear and a beautiful finish.

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Saving Face with Hollybeth Organics Rose Geranium Face Moisturizer*

The change in seasons would typically leave my skin frazzled, resulting in me layering more and more products to quench my skins thirst. A funny thing happened this year however, when I would usually expect my skin to be uncomfortably dry, I didn’t. I could truly say that my skin transitioned into fall and then into winter with surprising ease! Amidst my daily skincare routine was the Hollybeth Organics Rose Geranium Moisturizer*, which I’ve been using regularly since early fall.

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Lily Lolo Coralista Cheek Duo*

Have you met Lily Lolo? This London-based natural beauty brand has me looking and feeling fresh and naturally radiant with their Coralista Cheek Duo.* This peaches and cream palette features two texturally exquisite powders that will seriously get you glowing. While these beautiful shades are certainly something to covet, it’s the formula that will have you wanting more…

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Best of Beauty 2016

With pleasure I bid adieu to 2016! This past year was a doozy, but yet, a year filled with incredible beauty (products). I’ve had the incredible opportunity to discover so many incredible products in 2016, some very notable products that have really blown me away and just when I thought I’ve seen it all. Here are a few of the true stand outs of 2016 that have easily gained their place amidst my all-time faves.my-lucite-dreams-best-of-beauty-2016

Makeup:

  • W3LL People Bio Correct Concealer: This concealer is a winner! It has excellent coverage, a weightless feel, and an undetectable finish. I like to use it both under the eyes and on areas of the face to reduce redness and brighten my complexion. 
  • Glossier Boy BrowThe Boy Brow is like my brows x2. It naturally enhances my brows and keeps them in place. I’m not a big fan of overly groomed eyebrows, I like them a little messy and this product helps me achieve that – just healthy-looking, lush brows.
  • Jane Iredale Bronzer in Sunbeam*: This bronzing quad has been in heavy rotation since its release this past summer. It has been my most reached for blush and eyeshadow. The selection of luminous copper and pink shades brighten my face and enhance my green eyes, while providing a natural glow. (review)
  • Red Apple Lipstick: When RAL finally came into my life, I wondered what had kept us apart for so long. Oh My Guava* Lipstick is absolutely one of my all-time favorite nudes, it works through every season. Their glosses are also an absolute must-try. The formula is super soft, hydrating, and pigmented – Tiny Danceris my jam, it’s a face brightening light peachy-pink. (review)
  • Au Naturale Lipstick in Marrakesh*: Because you can never have too many nudes. Marrakesh is an easy-to-wear, not-too-nude peachy-pink nude. (review)
  • Kosas Cosmetics: If you’re seeking out a statement lip this is the brand to go to. Their color selection is on point and the brand somehow makes bold shades easier to wear. If I had to choose, I would say Undoneand Fringe* are my faves. (review)
  • Modern Minerals Lip Glosses: These thoughtfully created glosses are a daily staple. The sheer, hydrating formula provides fuss-free application. I do love both the Invigorating and Emotive gloss formulas, although am quite partial to the Invigorating Lip Gloss in Touch of Blush, which is a dreamy peachy-pink nude with lip plumping ingredients. (worn here)

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Skin Care:

  • Bottega Organica: A true beauty stand-out of 2016, Bottega Organica creates some of freshest, most potently rich skin care products. The Overnight Renewal Cream* and the Restorative Mask Formula* offers my skin epic hydration. Sadly for my wallet,  I don’t ever want to be without either of these products. (review)
  • Maya Chia Supercritical Chia Oil*: This wonderfully hydrating oil has become a staple in my routine and I always find myself coming back to it. While its deeply hydrating (even for my dry skin), it’s incredibly lightweight. (review)
  • Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream: I personally find it difficult to find a well formulated clean water-based cream that provides the hydration that my skin desires. The Nutrient Day Cream is just amazing, the texture is gorgeous, plus it contain SPF 30 and has the most delightful vanilla scent – I just want to eat it!
  • Lina Hanson Global Face Trio*: This powdered mask, exfoliator, cleanser is one hard-working face treatment. It detoxifies, smoothes and hydrates the skin all at once.
  • Board and Batten Farm to Skin Calming Lift: I am already on my third bottle and that says a lot. This super hydrating facial mist has been a stable in my skin care routine since I first discovered it.
  • Free Love Beauty Lovechild Illuminating Oil*: I’m all about that glow and Free Love Beauty’s beautifully crafted rose-gold shimmering oil adds a warm natural (tasteful) radiance from head-to-toe. I’ve been adding it to my tinted moisturizer, body oil or alone for a beautiful glow. (worn here)
  • Forager Botanicals Body Oil*: One of the more hydrating body oils I’ve come across. I just love everything about it. Coconut Isle is so beautifully fragranced. Their perfume oils are another gem! (review)

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Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2017!

*denotes sample- all thoughts expressed are unique and true to my personal experience, as always.

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Rose Gold & Blush Tones for the Holidays

The holidays are among us and it’s a perfect time to add a little extra glam to your look. It might sound a bit silly – but even to this day I still get a bit excited about planning my holiday makeup. Granted, my look isn’t anything too glamorous, but I am wearing a selection of new products that I’ve been loving. These days I’ve been really drawn to rose-golds and blush tones and this is a nod to that.

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Bloom Into Your Full Potential with the Magic of Flowers

We have all experienced the joy and pleasures that flowers can bring into our lives, but we are far mor interconnected then we think. In the new book: Flowerevolution: Blooming into Your Full Potential with the Magic of Flowers by flower alchemist, Katie Hess (of Lotus Wei) and award-winning filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg, we learn just how influential flowers and plants can be, and how they can make us feel happier, less stressed and more in tune.

“When we’re in nature, we move toward what elicits our best qualities. When we need a boost of confidence, joy, courage, or love, we’re attracted to those flowers that evoke those qualities within us. After spending time around trees and flowers, we actually feel different; we can feel all kinds of positive qualities rising up within us. Those qualities are already within us, but it’s being in nature that wakes up those feelings inside us and remind us—with a visceral experience—of who we are.” ~ Katie Hess, Author + Flower Alchemist

Welcome to the Flowerevolution

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In her new book, Katie Hess gives us insight into:

  • What your favorite flower reveals about you.
  • How the language of flowers can help you better understand yourself & your loved ones.
  • The magic of Flower Elixirs and how they remove everyday static of life created by electronics, lack of nature time, stress & other energy-draining influences. Flower elixirs are like liquid chi – containing the energetic life force of the flowers; they travel through the acupuncture meridians, bringing us into balance (like an acupuncture treatment without the needles).
  • Plus exercises, reflections, rituals, recipes & projects, including flower baths, elixirs, mandalas, body oils, desserts, and more!

In celebration of her new book, Katie Hess has invited myself and a few other bloggers to experience the magic of her flower elixirs. We were each presented with a selection of flowers to decide on which most appealed to us. Quite immediately I was drawn to the White Magnolia, with their beautifully pure, grand and open white flowers. I remember seeing them for the very first time in person and was just in awe of their beauty.

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About the WHITE MAGNOLIA

Activate: Spiritual fulfillment
Message: You are divine.
The Magnolia tree flower is so old that it was alive before the bees appeared, with some fossils identified to be over 95 million years old! If you feel attracted to Magnolia, you may feel like something in your life is changing in a big way. There may be a natural process that’s happening in your life that you are fighting, or you may be experiencing fear of losing something that’s important to you. Like the Lotus, White Magnolia embodies ancient wisdom and is a catalyst flower elixir, strengthening the effectiveness and synergy of all other botanical remedies with which it’s combined. This special elixir inspires us to look beyond the obvious and see what’s deeper. White Magnolia helps us experience profound peace and spiritual fulfillment and awakens the part of us that is all-knowing and aware of divine timing.

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Bronze & Glow with Modern Minerals Makeup

Modern Minerals nails that ‘lit-from-within’ luminous effect that this “glow-getter” loves so much. These high-performance formulas aim to enhance our mood by invoking feelings of positivity with their line of Emotive Beauty. Many of Modern Mineral’s products are uniquely infused with flower and gem essences in collaboration with Lotus Wei.

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Boxwalla’s October Green Beauty Box*

Discover great artists and artisans from all over the world with Boxwalla. This subscription service allows you to explore a bimonthly selection of curated products in four different categories, including Artisanal Food, International Film, Literature and Green Beauty. You may subscribe to one interest, or hop around to explore other categories if you please.

I have the October Green Beauty Box to share, and its pretty amazing!

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The Boxwalla October Green Beauty Box features a brand that has been getting a ton of buzz recently and one that I’ve been anxious to try, Siam SEAS:

“SEAS is an acronym for South East Asian Spa & every product is brimming with precious botanicals from Southeast Asia. The knowledge of these botanicals & how to use them has been preserved and passed down through generations. Supadra Geronima, the wonderful, knowledgeable founder of Siam SEAS, has distilled some of these ancient beauty secrets into incredible potions that sooth, heal, & nourish the skin.” 

This months selection features one full-sized Twilight BeCalm Skin Serum that retails for $80, along with two generous trial-sized products, including the SEAS Elements Beauty Balm and a brand new product making its debut, the Mekha Herbal Active Cleanser. All products add up to a $150 value, so it’s a fantastic service to discover new and great products at a great value. Also included are two promo codes to save on your next purchase at siamseas.com.

A closer look:

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The Twilight BeCalm Skin Serum

24 precious active organic, wildcrafted and non-GMO ingredients hand blended to provide a powerful synergistic bioactive liquid gold that will help your skin repair and regenerate cells under the twilight glow. Formulated with powerful botanicals treasured by Southeast Asian people since ancient times to relieve inflammation, remove toxins, promote blood circulation, inhibit melanin synthesis, fight infection and heal cuts and skin wounds.

SEAS Elements Beauty Balm

The Elements Beauty Balm has the most intoxicating aroma and beautiful green color. Carefully created with reactive, easily congested skin in mind, the Balm works to heal the skin, allowing it to glow without clogging your pores.

“Formulated with four powerhouse Southeast Asian botanicals used by the ancestors to provide relief for stressed acne prone inflamed skin while replenishing hydration, reactivating skin elasticity, boosting collagen synthesis and regenerating skin cells to create a natural glow.”

Mekha Herbal Active Cleanser

The brand new Mekha Active Cleanser has a bright lemon and ginger scent, and gently exfoliates skin while adding hydration. It contains raw honey infused with royal jelly, propolis and pollen to provide an enzymatic exfoliation, while drawing moisture into the skin, along with active herbs to absorbs toxins, tighten the pores and stimulate blood circulation.

About the Boxwalla Boxes themselves:

The beautiful boxes that contain each monthly selection are hand crafted from tree-free paper by a small company in India from cotton scraps, using the traditional art of paper-making that involves 9 steps and takes several weeks. The whole process is completely child labor free and employs 63 local villagers and 20 skilled artisans whose families have been making paper for generations.

Visit and Subscribe at:

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*sample – Boxwalla kindly gifted me October’s Green Beauty Box
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Credo Beauty Clean Beauty Discovery Kit*

Are you new to clean beauty, or a product sampling junkie like me? Then you will love the Clean Beauty Discovery Kit from Credo Beauty. This set features 7 travel-sized (autumn appropriate) samples of some of the “world’s best” clean beauty products to kick-start your journey into the world green beauty, all in a custom Credo canvas bag.

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Credo Clean Beauty Discovery Set

Clean Beauty Discovery Set $59

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