The Sun Essentials


Kari Gran 365 SPF 28* – The new Kari Gran Sunscreen has easily become my go-to. It has a delightful serum-like texture that feels light on the skin, and keeps you well covered with both UVA and UVB sun protection. Once the product is well blended into the skin, there is no white cast left behind, I assure you. An antioxidant-rich cocktail of nourishing oils helps to further protect your skin from sun damage. Ingredients including, red raspberry seed oil, french plum seed oil, macadamia nut oil, sunflower seed oil, and kukui nut oil work to deeply hydrate, heal, and promote cell tissue regeneration.

The Organic Pharmacy Tan Accelerator* – In the Tan Accelerator from The Organic Pharmacy, betacarotene and kapi kacchu extract work to stimulate melanin production for a deeper tan in less time. This tinted formula deposits and instant bronzed glow to the skin, minimizing the appearance of imperfections. It’s delightfully lightweight gel-like texture blends seamlessly into the skin. I have also been using this regularly as leg makeup, its stunning! The Tan Accelerator does not replace your sunscreen, but is meant to be used in addition to it.

Body Oils – In the heat of summer, body oils are the way to go! The perfect summer oil blends contain high amounts of antioxidants, which will additionally protect your skin from the sun. Some great options are One Love Organics Gardenia & Tea Antioxidant Body Serum and Lina Hanson’s Global Baby Serum, both of which contain lightweight oils that absorb instantly.


Nucifera’s The Balm* – This coconut-based balm has a multitude of uses and is great for weekend getaways. It can be used to hydrate skin from head to toe – think hair, lips, cuticles, feet or really anywhere you please. See my full review here.

Captain Blankenship Golden Waves Sea Salt Shimmer Spray – For creating tousled beach waves, the Captain Blankenship Sea Salt Sprays are my go-to. The Golden Waves formula include golden mica, which adds some luster to your locks. See my full review here.

Board and Batten “Farm to Skin” Calming Lift –  I always have a face mist on me in the hot summer months. The Calming lift has become one of my absolute favorites! It’s delightfully refreshing and wonderfully hydrating with a blend of aloe, rose-water, silk peptides and hyaluronic acid.

C.V. Skinlabs Rescue + Relief Spray The Rescue & Relief Spray contains a combination of soothing, calming and hydrating ingredients that delivers instant relief to inflamed skin – like on those days when you’ve had too much sun. It’s a great product to have around to treat a multitude of skin issues!

Suntegrity Lip C.P.R SPF 30 – For sun protection with a tint, the Suntegrity Lip C.P.R offers Broad Spectrum SPF 30 and comes in a selection of 8 beautiful shades. I have the shade Peach Sunrise, which is a beautiful pale-peach shade with golden shimmer. It feels light and hydrating on the lips and offers a glossy finish. I did however experience some melting in the heat of the sun.

Maria Shireen Hair Tie Bracelet* – This chic and functional bracelet turns your hair tie into a piece of jewelry, genius! No more gnarly looking rubber bands around your wrist, or unsightly indentations. You can swap out the bands for any color you please.


Wishing you happy and healthy sun days!

*pr sample – all thoughts expressed are unique and true to my personal experiences as always.
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Teri Miyahira Beauty Box – June

Green beauty expert and YouTuber, Teri Miyahira, unveils a new monthly subscription beauty box* featuring her own line, Teri Miyahira Beauty. Teri works directly with laboratories and manufacturers in the curation of her own ‘limited edition’ line of skin care and cosmetics featured in each box. With a dedication to an all-natural and cruelty-free lifestyle, Teri creates all of her products using green and clean ingredients. Each months’ selection of products are unique to each other, guaranteeing a diverse selection of products.

“With a very unconventional business model of crossing limited-edition collections with a monthly membership service, TERI MIYAHIRA BEAUTY aims to create luxury all-natural and cruelty-free products for both those that are just starting to transition to green beauty, as well as for the natural aficionado who already appreciates clean ingredients and cruelty-free beauty, and doing so at the most affordable price possible.” – Teri Miyahira


June 2016 Collection

This months collection includes three full-sized makeup products, the Crushed Color Roll-On Loose Pigment in Patience, Love and Freedom, plus a Detox Tonique Purifying Facial Toner. I was beside myself when I peered inside this month’s box to see such a fine selection of products.


(left to right – Freedom, Patience, and Love)

Crushed Color Roll-On Loose Pigments – I’ll admit that I was quite apprehensive about a roller-ball applicator in conjunction with a loose powder, I’ve never tried anything like it. However, try as I did, I thoroughly enjoyed this innovative and completely mess-free form of application (which is also perfect for travel). Once you get the powdered minerals flowing, they deposit bold pigment to wherever you wish to apply them. Simply roll back and forth and then blend with either your fingertips or a brush – the powders blend beautifully! The shades are just stunning, they have excellent wear and a lovely satin finish. The Crushed Color’s are designed to be worn on both eyes and cheeks, although I mostly prefer them on the eyes. Patience is a beautiful shimmery copper shade, Love is a shimmery coral pink and Freedom is a sparkly taupey-gold – it’s like these shades were made for me!


(left to right – Patience, Freedom and Love)

Detox Tonique – This facial toner has a delightfully fresh scent and feels so refreshing on the skin. It contains a combination of ingredients to help cleanse and refine the skin including, witch hazel, bladderwrach, green tea extract, burdock root extract, lemon oil, lemongrass oil, grapefruit oil, salicylic acid, calendula extract, among others.

The June Teri Miyahira Beauty Box features an exquisite selection of products that all have a luxurious feel and aesthetic. I cannot wait to see whats next for Teri Miyahira Beauty!

Click here to get on the waitlist

*denotes sample – all thoughts expressed are unique and true to my personal experience, as always
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Maya Chia Supercritical Omega-3 Chia Face Oil – Superfood for the Skin

Chia is said to be the “richest known plant source of omegas, antioxidants and minerals,” so it’s no wonder why the brand, Maya Chia, has created a skin care range around this omega-rich superfood. Using their own patented process of extraction called supercritical extraction, Maya Chia ensures the cleanest extraction of their chia oil – resulting in the purest, most stable and potent chia oil on the market. Maya Chia’s Supercritical Omega-3 Chia Face Oil* is a wondrously intense skin hydrator that is suitable for all seasons and all skin types, even sensitive.


Why it is different: Maya Chia contains the world’s finest 
all-natural, non-gmo supercritical chia oil prepared using a patented, gentle
 supercritical process to extract the oil to ensure its purity, potency and to retain all its benefits (and a two-year shelf life); it’s the most nutrient-rich superfood for the skin (with 8 x the skin-loving omegas of salmon, 3 times the antioxidants of blueberries!); it’s a concentrated blend of omega fatty acids, antioxidants 
and essential minerals.

The Supercritical Omega-3 Chia Face Oil is one intense hydrator, let me tell you! It works to smooth away any dehydration lines almost instantly. My trialing began in the harshest cold of winter, when my dry skin was desperately thirsty and in need of dire moisture. The Maya Chia Face Oil left my skin soothed, calmed, and helped to bring back my glow – I still needed to layer my moisturizer of course, but my skin was grateful for this supercharged moisturizer. Flash forward to the balmiest days of summer, Maya Chia’s Supercritical’s Chia Oil’s lightweight texture makes it perfectly suitable through all seasons. I’m loving it as much now as I did before. It absorbs instantly, leaving behind softer, smoother and healthy glowing skin.

Maya Chia Supercritical Omega-3 Chia Face Oil $59

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*denotes PR sample – all thoughts expressed are unique and true to my personal experience, as always!
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5 things this week…


Goodbeing Box Discovery – I recently discovered the Board and Batten Calming Lift face mist, which was featured in my May Goodbeing Box and immediately purchased a full-sized. The wonderful ingredients list includes aloe vera left juice, rose-water, silk peptides and hyaluronic acid. It smells incredibly fresh and provides instant hydration! There aren’t a ton of facial mists out there that I can rave about, but this is certainly one.

New Beauty and an Old Favorite – One of those products that I can’t live without is the Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil. Nothing compares in my opinion. It thoroughly, yet gently removes makeup, without leaving a residue behind and the pineapple fragrance is lovely. I also picked up two fairly new releases for the summer – one is the Suntegrity Lip C.P.R., which is a lipstick featuring SPF 30. The texture is so delightfully soft and balmy. I picked up the shade Sunrise Peach, which is a golden peach nude. For the option to layer sunscreen, I also picked up the new Ilia Radiant Translucent Powder SPF 20. The packaging is ingenious, featuring a magnetic brush which may be removed to clean, although I am having trouble getting the powder to flow steadily. The verdict is still out, however, I am so far loving the finish, which is indeed radiant and not matte.

Beauty Dust Update – A few months ago I raved about my wonderful experience with Moon Juice’s Beauty Dust. I stopped using it for a few weeks now, what I have decidedly noticed is the decrease in the health of my nails. They have again lost their strength and easily peel. What I greatly miss however, is the calming effect. So, I am back on the Dust, and I surely recommend it!

PINK – Pink peonies and nails to match – wearing Lauren B Beauty Nail Polish in City of Angels. This photo was taken after 4 days of wear, I’m loving the formula and this soft pink shade.


Popsugar Must Have Box June*

  • Hat Attack Neutral Diamond-Printed Sarong ($58 value) – My absolute favorite product featured in this months box, is this lightweight sarong made from 100% cotton. The print is beautiful, its great quality and perfectly suited to my personal style. I will be getting a lot of wear out of it this summer.
  • Sisters of Los Angeles “Cheers Bottle Opener” ($12 value) – I’ll toss this gold bottle opener into my purse, everyone needs a travel bottle opener, right?
  • Wild and Wolf Ridley’s Games Room “Who Am I?” Quiz ($12.95 value) – Love – my Friday night just got a little more exciting!
  • NCLA Born on the 4th Nail Lacquer ($16 value) – NCLA Nail Polishes are one of my favorites – they have the quickest drying formula, and provide long-wear (also curely-free and 5-free). I think my glitter nail days are behind me, but I appreciate the the nod towards the upcoming holiday.
  • Knock Knock Are You Ready (For your Close-Up?) Compact ($10 retail) – It’s actually a great quality mirror and I do not own a decent one.
  • Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes ($9 value) – I have yet to try these, but they seem like a great option to tag along to the gym or beach.
  • Pressels Siracha ($1.25) – Uh.. Delicious!

Popsugar Must Have Subscription Box $39.95 per month


*Popsugar sent me this this Must Have Box to try – all thoughts expressed are unique and true to my personal experience, as always.
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Nucifera’s The Balm

For all your beauty needs (well several) — meet Nucifera’s The Balm*. This amped up coconut oil based balm is a multitasking wonder. As author of The Coconut Kitchen, Nucifera brand creator, Meredith Baird knows a thing or two about the vast benefits of coconut oil. Meredith created The Balm, to simplify our beauty routine with a “distinctive blend of the most healing and effective plant-based butters and oils found on earth.” 

Use THE BALM to moisturize all over, remove dirt and makeup, condition hair, improve dry skin conditions, treat acne problems, minimize wrinkles, reduce inflammation and so much more.”



The Balm “simplifies” our routine with a not-so-simple formulation, loaded with a combination of amazing oils and butters, including coconut oil, kokum butter, avocado oil, borage oil, and mango butter. It’s beautifully fragranced with a light, fresh and grounding blend of lavender, peppermint, grapefruit, sandalwood, palo santo, patchouli and frankincense essential oils. The unique silky, whipped texture is certainly worth noting! A little goes a long way and spreads across the skin with ease, while absorbing instantly – making it perfect for summertime. Skin is left softened, hydrated and glowing!

On a recent getaway with The Balm in tow, this multi-purpose product helped to lighten my beauty load by serving as a hardworking eye makeup remover, body and hand moisturizer and frizz tamer. I also love to apply it to the hair before and after a dip in the pool to prevent chlorine damage. Having The Balm on hand kept me and my skin a little less stressed. I can’t wait to see more from this line. 

Nucifera The Balm $37

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*PR Sample – All thoughts expressed are unique and true to my personal experience, as always. I only write about what I love!
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My Hair Routine and The Battle Against Frizz

Naturally, I have curly, frizzy hair – think SJP in the 80’s. I have yet to embrace my natural curl, and until then I’m keeping it straight and standing strong against my battle with frizz. There are a few game changing products and methods that I’ve discovered along the way. Like how the right blow dryer can make a world of difference. Here are my holy grail products for going from curly to sleek.


The Products:

I have a finicky scalp that can easily go from dry to oily, and in addition suffer from occasional flares of seborrheic dermatitis. I’ve spent years trying to find a shampoo that helps to balance my scalp. A few months ago I was introduced to the MooGoo Milk Shampoo and my scalp has never been happier! Without ever over-drying my scalp, it leaves my hair feeling super clean. I’m already on my second bottle, I’ll never be without it.

When it comes to conditioners I’m super picky. I find that a lot of conditioners with more natural-based ingredients tend to leave a residue on my hair. So until I find a conditioner that trumps the performance of my Nexxus Humectress, I’m sticking with it. Once a week, I use Davines Alchemic Silver Conditioner to keep my color bright. For heat protection, frizz-taming and added hydration, I love using oils and leave-in conditioners. Pure jojoba oil is a great option because its lightweight and doesn’t weigh down the hair, quite the opposite actually as it adds body. In addition to oil I add in some Evolh Smartstart Leave-In Conditioner Leave-In Conditioner, which additionally protects and tames frizz.  If it’s a hot and humid day, I’ll reach for Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream to keep things straight. It’s a game-changing product that works like nothings else in the fight against frizz. After styling I finish off with Captain Blankenship Golden Waves Sea Salt Shimmer Spray for texture and hold. Once or twice a week I’ll help keep my hair healthy by using an oil hair treatment, which I apply from roots to ends. The Kumari Luxury Hair Oil Luxury Hair oil is my favorite. 

The Tools:

The Hubalou Hair Towel is a non-damaging and efficient way to smooth the hair and lessen frizz. Straight out of the shower I wrap my hair up in this bamboo fiber cloth and keep it in as long as I can. A good blow dryer can make a world of difference. The Elchium 2001 helps me reach about 80% of my hair styling goals! As my 2 year-old Elchium started to slow down on me, I hurried up and ordered a back up. It does its job in half the time to smooth and straighten, without causing a lot of the damage I’ve experienced with other hair dryers. I straighten my hair with this brush, and will occasionally add in soft waves using my Hot Tools 1 1/4 inch NanoCeramic Curling Iron.

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Kosås Lipstick Weightless Lip Color SS2016

Kosås Cosmetics new lip colors are in and as you would expect, they are stunners! Kosås formulates universally flattering shades from nudes to brights that even I feel comfortable enough to wear – I call them bold lips for the timid. Kosås Weightless Lip Colors are remarkable and unique in their ability to transform well from a sheer stain to a full-coverage lipstick, while offering exceptional long-wear. See my previous review here.


THRILLEST* – A playful poppy red with an bright orange lean. Vibrant and fun. Full-coverage color. Semi-matte finish.

ELECTRA* – A luscious raspberry red. Passion with cool neutral undertones. Full-coverage color. Semi-matte finish.

ROYAL* – A warm, modern purple. Ripe like a berry and quite feminine. Full-coverage color. Semi-matte finish.

STARDUST* – A sheer neutral nude with pink and brown undertones. Like a summer tan. Hydrated finish. Stardust is like a warmer-toned sister to Rosewater.


(left-right) – Thrillest, Electra, Royal and Stardust






Kosås Weightless Lip Color $24 

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RMS Beauty Contour Bronze & Lip2Cheek in Spell

RMS Beauty unveils some new beauty for spring! As a huge fan of the line (I swear by the RMS “Un” Cover-Up) I suffered heart palpitations the moment the new releases reached my inbox – any other crazy beauty junkies out there? Hello? A new product made its debut, called the Contour Bronze, as well as, a new Lip2Cheek shade called Spell, a lighter shade of the “Un” Cover-up and a new Lip Shine called Content.


Background image from Thoughfully Magazine featuring makeup by Rebecca Casciano.


Wearing the Contour Bronze on cheeks, forehead, sides of nose and eyes. Lip2Cheek on cheeks and lips. Other makeup – RMS “Un” Cover-Up in #11 as foundation and concealer, RMS Living Luminizer, and L’Oreal Voluninous Butterfly Intenze Waterproof Mascara, nails are Deborah Lippmann P.Y.T.

“People love to use bronzer as a contour! We get questions about this all the time. Color-wise, bronzers don’t work well as a contour so I combined the two. Our Contour Bronze makes for a more realistic contour shade by using brown undertones rather than the dated red-orange hues. Doubles also as a bronzer for darker skin tones. Either way you can’t lose!”
– Rose-Marie Swift

The Contour Bronze naturally defines and sculps the face with a subtle radiance. When I first laid my eyes on its deep rich tone, I thought in no way that it would work for my lighter skin tone. But in true RMS fashion, the Contour Bronze blended seamlessly into the skin adding natural looking definition to the contours of my face. The look can be subtle to more dramatic, and I can see this product working well for a wide range of skin tones. As for a bronzer – I’m not getting enough warmth from this product, so I would reach for it solely to contour. The Contour Bronzer looks beautiful on the eyes (see image above). Rose Marie Swift does say that it “doubles as a bronzer for darker skin tones,” so I’ll just stick with the Buriti Bronzer for bronzing.


RMS Lip2Cheek in Spell is a nude pink shade that adds the most natural and subtle flush to the cheeks – a my flush but better kind of look. It’s quite pale, so it would be best suited for fair-light complexions. Spell is very close to my natural lip shade, although a bit more nude.


Compaison swatches (left-right) – W3LL People Universalist #9, Kjaer Weis Desired Glow, RMS Lip2Cheek Spell, RMS Contour Bronze, RMS Buriti Bronzer, W3LL People Bio Bronzer Stick.

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Red Apple Lipstick *Warning Nudes*

Red Apple Lipstick is a well-loved line of allergen free cosmetics. Their collection of lipstick, glosses, and eyeshadows receive constant praise from the vegan and green beauty community and beyond. Upon my recent introduction to the line, I’m now proud to say that I’m a bona-fide fangirl! RAL delivers the most silky, hydrating formula that can’t be beat. If you’re prone to dry lips, this is a formula you will want check out.


“Allergen free lipstick colors that inspire. Finishes that set the mood. Creamy and soft. Filled with the healing power of gluten free Vitamin-E. Hand made in the U.S.A., lab tested gluten free, chemical free, lead free… because every woman deserves safe makeup.”

Red Apple Lipstick’s lip products feature a deeply hydrating base of nourishing oils. The formula is a sure stand-out for it’s smoothe, silky feel and undeniable hydrating abilities. You can go ahead and skip the balm on the days you wear RAL. The lipsticks apply with a high shine and set to a satin finish, all the while keeping their moisture in tact. They offer excellent pigment and can be built from sheer to full coverage.


Oh My Guava* is a very wearable nude-pink shade.


Naughty* is a tan-nude shade.


Tiny Dancer* is a juicy peachy-pink melon shade with rich pigment, high shine and the softest, smoothest texture of all the glosses! There is no tacky feel, just slick, comfortable, hydrating goodness – you can go ahead and call me crazy for this gloss. It has a light vanilla scent and pretty exceptional wear. One swipe reveals rich color, while the gloss can be built up to an almost opaque finish.


Red Apply Lipstick – Lipstick $23.50 & Gloss $18.50

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My Top Picks from The Choosy Chick and a Sale!

The Choosy Chick is having their Super Spring Sale! It’s the perfect time to stock up on some spring and summer beauty. I’ve curated a list of some personal favorites that are currently available for a discount during this promotion.


  1. Kari Gran Lip Whip – The Whips from Kari Gran are a long-standing favorite. They contain a deeply hydrating blend of castor seed oil, sunflower oil camellia seed oil, olive oil, and beeswax, and are available in selection of glossy shades. You can read my review and see swatches here.
  2. Mun No.11 Anarose Rejuvenating Rose Toner – Not you’re average toner – the No.11 Anarose Toner delivers a heavy dose of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging ingredients directly to your skin. Use before applying oils and serums to boost their skin care benefits, and throughout the day for extra hydration and skin protection. Ingredients include rose water, aloe leaf juice, prickly pear stem extract, goji berry extract, willow bark extract, hyaluronic acid, jasmine flower extract and daisy flower extract. 
  3. Au Naturale Creme Shadow – The Creme Shadows from Au Naturale Cosmetics offer a sheer wash of pigment with a shimmering dewy effect. The formula applies beautifully and they’re a perfect option for a quick and easy look.
  4. Au Naturale Lipstick in Marrakesh & Innocence – The Au Naturale lipstick formula offer excellent pigment, without any dryness. Marrakesh is the perfect nude-pink with a soft matte texture. Innocence is another nude-pink from Au Naturale – this one has a balmier feel and a subtle iridescence.
  5. Au Naturale Highlighter – This golden highlighter adds warmth and radiance to the skin, without any discernible shimmer. It’s a non-greasy formula that nurtures the skin with a cocktail of nourishing ingredients. I love this golden tone for day-night wear.
  6. Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream – This Day Cream is truly a one-of-a-kind formula! It contains anti-inflammatories, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients to nourish, repair and protect the skin, with SPF 30. The texture is just exquisite and my dry skin just drinks it up! This is an absolute summer must-have! Full review forthcoming.

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offer valid 4/25/16 – 5/1/2016

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