The Latest and Greatest in Clean Cosmetics: Clove + Hallow

Meet the latest and greatest in clean cosmetics, Clove + Hallow, a brand that blends a modern, high quality aesthetic with clean ingredients, along with high performance formulas at a reasonable price tag. Green beauty enthusiast and beyond, you’re going to swoon over this line! Clove + Hallow first debuted with a line of incredible lip products (which I have today) and most recently expanded their line to include a liquid concealer, pressed mineral foundation, makeup remover and a liquid lipstick!

Clove + Hallow was born out of the desire to create a safe, beautiful and affordable line of cosmetics that works for women of all skin tones. Fueled by her own growing interest in a cleaner lifestyle after dealing a “mystery illness,” MUA Sarah Biggers created the line as she found herself unimpressed with the current offerings in green beauty. With a “minimalist approach to formulation,” Clove + Hallow uses only ingredients necessary in creating their products “starting with skin-loving botanicals, butters and oils – and excluding more than 1,500 questionable nasties.” The line is also PETA-approved and vegan.

*A word about “safe:” Our clean makeup products go through a strict formulation process during which known carcinogens, endocrine and hormone disruptors, allergens and irritants, and animal by-products are excluded. We never use cheap or toxic filler chemicals, and the few synthetic ingredients we do use have been extensively researched and selected because they serve a real purpose within our formulas, such as preservation or pigment.

Angelic (left) and Candied Hearts (right)

LIP GLAZE

The Lip Glazes are highly pigmented glosses that boasts a lot of shine and long-lasting hydration. The formula is smooth – no stickiness whatsoever, with considerable long-wear. These are so hydrating that I can skip out on balm entirely. The beautiful and high quality packaging is certainly a surprise at this price point and its performance is exceptional. A twist tube releases product into a brush applicator. The Lip Glazes come in a selection of six shades, I have two of them to share with you today.

LIP CRÈME

The Lip Crème is so incredibly creamy, while it easily glides across the lips, depositing intense pigment and a satin finish. Again, the formula is notably hydrating (my lips still feel hydrated even after I’ve wiped it away) and the wear is better than average, maintaining its creamy quality throughout wear. The beautiful white packaging holds together with a magnet, which feels so luxe. The Lip Crème is available in a selection of nine gorgeous shades, from nudes, to bright pinks, to deep reds.

“Clove + Hallow is for the beauty newbie, junkie or pro who cares about the ingredients that touch her skin daily. So, whether you rock the basics or take risks with bold looks and new techniques, get ready in five minutes flat after hitting the snooze button one too many times, or budget half an hour to coax that one eyebrow into place—Clove + Hallow has you covered with clean cosmetics made from real, natural ingredients that really work.”

Wearing the Lip Glaze in Candied Hearts

available online at Clove + Hallow

*denotes sample: kindly provided to me by Clove + Hallow for consideration of review purposes only.

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Mapleblume February Beauty Box

There’s a new premium beauty subscription service in town (well in Canada for now and available to the US this April) and it’s a good one! Meet Mapleblume*, a bi-monthly subscription service offering a grand selection of luxury skin care and cosmetics, with a nod to clean and green. Because Mapleblume wants to give you a good feel for a product, you can always expect up to five full-sized or deluxe samples (no one-time use samples here). Each box is seriously loaded to the brim with beauty products from some top-notch brands (check out their December box here). The lovely ladies behind Mapleblume subscribe to a tried-and-true philosophy by only including products that they truly adore.

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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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Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Abundance

Kjaer Weis is a brand that was born out of a desire to bridge the gap between the quality and performance of green cosmetics and their chemical-laden counterparts.  Over eight years of extensive research, founder Kirsten Kjaer Weis created a line where quality, luxury, and aesthetics bring a uncompromisable standard to the green beauty industry.

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As the layers of packaging are revealed, you are met with an undeniable quality each time. All starting with the red lacquered, grain textured box, resembling leather. Onto the compact itself, it’s unique and innovative design is considerably pure luxury. The reflective silver compact is weighty and substantial and swings open sideways with a flick of the thumb. Refills are available so as nothing gets wasted.

kjaer-weis-abundance-2The formula is easily on par with the design aesthetic. Comprised of 95% organic ingredients, including caster seed oil, beeswax, jojoba seed oil, rosa rubiginosa Seed Oil, and gardenia florida fruit extract, Kjaer Weis Cream Blushes nourish and protect the skin. Its creamy, yet firm texture is best applied across the cheeks using a tapping motion with your fingertips. If you wish you can continue to blend the product using a synthetic brush. The blush provides a natural finish that wears incredibly well throughout the day.

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Abundance is a plummy taupe with and an iridescent finish. The shade clearly shows an amount of iridescence when photographed using a flash. When applied to the face, its translates more to a luminous, healthy-skin finish. I like to apply Abundance in more concentration under the cheekbones for a more contoured look. The shade works perfectly to create a more defined look as the texture helps to deliver color more concentrated to one area. Abundance also works beautifully as an eye shadow.

Kjaer Weis is a Green Beauty brand to know. Their Cream Blush is one to try, whether you’re seeking a natural makeup alternative or not. I certainly look forward to discovering more from the brand.

Kjaer Weiss Cream Blush in Abundance $54 (for blush and compact) $16 (refill only)

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Gressa Skin ‘Organic Luxury Apothecary’

Gressa Skin is a line of all natural and organic wild crafted skin care with simple yet potent ingredients. Each product is hand-crafted in small batches and contains only the highest quality raw ingredients. I can assure you that in due time, Gressa is a brand that will be popping up all over the beauty scene with rave reviews. Gressa’s line of luxury apothecary is one to know.

“I believe health comes from the organic whole foods that we eat. I feel the same about our skin. Our chic eco-skincare does just that, provides nutritious and luxurious skinfood. I invite you to turn the simplest, most essential daily need of skincare into a ritual. Feel good about what goes in your skin.” – Svetlana Sanchez (founder, Gressa Skin)

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Dirty Pretty Things is a powerful treatment mask that contains a blend of herbs, spices and antioxidants that “regenerate, renew, remineralize, and revitalize the skin.” A combination of aromatic herbs, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and vanilla bean stimulate the senses as it nurture’s your skin. When the mask is applied to skin a slight tingling sensation occurs, as it undoubtedly clears pores deep down leaving behind brighter, clearer skin. In addition, it gently exfoliates, while delivering a healthy dose of antioxidants to the skin. You’re left with a glowing complexion, as your skin is ultimately renewed.

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Dirty Pretty Things comes in powdered form which is mixed along with water to create a paste.

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The Rejuvenating Mist contains pure Neroli (orange blossom) which refreshes, moisturizes and tones the skin. I apply this toner after cleansing and as a setting spray after makeup application. The Neroli scent is a pure delight and skin feels calmed and refreshed. It has also become a handbag essential, as I reapply it throughout the day to keep my skin hydrated. 

All Gressa Skin products are packaged in a violet glass bottle to ensure freshness of products. 
 

Dirty Pretty Things $23.99 & Rejuvenating Mist $24.99

Available at gressaskin.com 

also available at select Whole Foods Markets