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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Brighter, Smoother Eyes with Kahina Giving Beauty

I’m sure you’ve heard me rave about Kahina’s Prickly Pear Seed Oil time and again. High in amino acids, Vitamin K, essential fatty acids, this powerhouse ingredient performs miracles at brightening the under eye area. This truly transformational oil has given me mind-blowing results, and in a fairly short amount of time I’ve experienced its powers. Two new products from Kahina Giving Beauty lets us experience the wonders of their PPSO oil, now in an easy to apply rollerball format and again in their reformulated Eye Serum*.

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Kahina Giving Beauty Prickly Pear Seed Oil Rollerball*

When I first discovered Kahina’s Prickly Pear Seed Oil a little under a year ago, I’ve been a die-hard fan since. You see, dark under-eye circles were my greatest skin care concern. I’ve sampled and tossed dozens of eye creams, and had lost much hope that I would ever be able to change the dark pigmentation under my eyes. So, when I experienced the brightening effects of Kahina’s Prickly Pear Seed Oil** (before my eyes) under my eyes, my mind was blown. I noticed a change after just one week, and continued to see results weeks later, not to mention substantial growth in my eye lashes. My mother also swears by PPSO for lightening her dark spots.

I guess you can say, I’m pretty psyched to discover the new stainless steel roller ball applicator for targeted application to the eye area. The stainless steel ball feels cool to the touch and works additionally to reduce puffiness. It gently rolls across the skin, releasing the perfect amount of product. This is a product I’ll never be without!

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Kahina Giving Beauty Eye Serum*

Kahina’s best-selling Eye Serum is now super-charged with the magical benefits of PPSO. This weightless serum absorbs instantly and works beautifully under makeup. I personally like to use the oil at night and the serum in morning, or sometimes I layer both at night. Since introducing the Serum into my routine, I’ve noticed my eyes are far less puffy. The Eye Serum is rich in peptides and antioxidants and works to:

• Increase lymphatic drainage to reduce puffiness
• Increase microcirculation to minimize dark circles
• Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
• Restore collagen and improve elasticity

The Eye Serum and Rollerball Prickly Pear Seed Oil are a dynamic duo that outperform and receive my highest recommendations.

Kahina Prickly Pear Seed Oil $40 & Eye Serum $78

available at detoxmarket.com, integritybotanicals.com & credobeauty.com

*pr sample – all thoughts expressed are unique and true to my personal experience, as always
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RMS Beauty Swift Shadows

RMS Beauty, the supermodel favorite brand responsible for glowing complexion everywhere, releases their new long-awaited pressed powder eye shadows, aptly named the Swift Shadows. As a long-time fan of RMS, a brand responsible for igniting my passion for green beauty, I was thrilled to see this new product and a nod toward the everyday woman desiring a lower maintenance pressed powder formula.

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“Formulated for those who prefer powder instead of cream eye shadows, RMS Beauty Swift Shadows are designed for quick and easy application. Mixed with the industry’s best mineral color pigments, Rose-Marie’s favorite wild-crafted Buriti Oil and organic Jojoba Oil, Swift Shadows will not dry out the lid like traditional formulas. Unlike other powder eye shadows, Swift Shadows are pressed, not baked, which avoids heat exposure and preserves the integrity of the raw ingredients.”

Available in 18 beautifully wearable shades, the Swift Shadows are split into six color categories:

  • Twilight Madness (grey / black)
  • Sunset Beach (yellows / golds)
  • Tempting Touch (beiges / tans)
  • Tobacco Road (greens / browns)
  • Garden Rose (pinks)
  • Enchanted Moonlight (purples / burgundies)

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The original Eye Polishes are beyond, but (lets be real) not the best formula for everyday wear. I’m happy to report that fans of the Polishes will love the new Swift Shadow formula. The new shadows offer a similar light-reflective metallic finish and pigment, but with long-wear and no creasing. When applied dry, the shadows easily blend to deposit a sheer wash of color, while the texture is buttery smooth and almost creamy. My favorite way to use the Swift Shadows is wet, the pigment intensifies and the light-reflective (almost wet) quality can be compared to that of the original creams. After playing around with two shades, I did find that the shadows are not all created equal.

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Sunset Beach SB-48 is a golden apricot

Garden Rose GR-12 is a medium bronzed-rose

As you can see in the images above, the pigment and reflective quality of the shadows are intensified when wet. While GR-12 is absolute perfection in my opinion, for its performance both wet and dry, SB48 does not apply as well – but still a great shadow nonetheless.

RMS Beauty Swift Shadows $20

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5 things this week…

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Kjaer Weis Lipstick in Honor

Kjaer Weis is a beloved brand of the green beauty community and well beyond. Their most recent Lipstick release has been gaining a ton of press and praise. In true Kjaer Weis form, the new lipstick formula is housed in the most aesthetic eco-luxe packaging, that is of course refillable. In complete contrast to the sheer Kjaer Weis Lip Tints, the new Lipsticks are uber pigmented, matte, and long-wearing.

 

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