Nūdus Australia recently added five new shades to their Lip Euphoria range of lip colors. I’m sure you’ve heard me rave before about this Australian-born line of lipsticks, which contain all-natural, certified organic ingredients in an ultra luxe formula. These boldly pigmented lipsticks provide long, comfortable wear and nourish the lips with a blend of 27 active ingredients.
If navigating through the makeup displays at your local department stores strikes you as a bit overwhelming – the extensive offerings, the excitable salespeople anxious to sell you something, anything really, don’t dismay. This is where the luxury beauty and spa retailer, Bluemercury comes in. Bluemercury is more of a curated boutique, carrying a finely tuned selection of your favorite department store brands and more, while offering customers expert advise sans the “pitch”. Bluemercury additionally carries some of my favorite niche green beauty brands, including Odacité, Tammy Fender, and RMS.
Check out some of my Bluemercury top picks and keep on reading to see how to enter for a chance to win a $50 gift card!
Axiology believes that “kissable lips and sustainability are both sexy in equal measure—and that nobody needs to sacrifice kindness for a night on the town.” This sustainably chic line of all-natural and organic lipsticks brings a fresh selection of unique and bold shades to the world of green beauty. With a wide selection of shades available, from moody blues and blackened teals, to bright magentas, reds and soft pinks, there is a shade for everyone.
Indie beauty brand favorite, Captain Blankenship sets sail in the lush lands of the Hudson River Valley, creating highly effective beauty products from all natural, organic and wildcrafted ingredients. My love affair for Captain Blankenship’s products began in 2014 and, with great momentum, continues to grow along with the brand’s collection. This past Spring the Captain debuted some new products, including two new masks (rave reviews forthcoming) and the Blue Chamomile & Lemon Oil-Based Cleanser & Makeup Remover*.
Leahlani Skincare encapsulates the spirit and soul of Hawaii in their line of all natural and organic skin care. Each product is hand-crafted from locally sourced ingredients and infused with the scents and flavors of Hawaii. Creator and aesthetician, Leah Klasovsky, created her natural line of skin care to personally treat her own skin concerns. After receiving astounding results from her own creations, Leahlani Skincare was thus born.
“The intention that I put into my line is that you will truly fall in love with your skincare ritual, that you begin and end your day with a little aloha and the best of intentions.” – Leah Klasovsky
In the Mahana Organic Coco Infusion*, pure unrefined coconut oil, cold pressed organic macadamia oil , kukui nut oil, and sea buckthorn oil are combined to create this multi-tasking head-to-toe body moisturizer. This amped up coconut oil infusion is rich in fatty acids and antioxidants, and contains Leahlani’s signature ‘Mahana’ fragrance (a blend of coconut cream and vanilla). Simply apply it anywhere moisture is needed and bask in its tropical essence. Use it on the hair as an overnight mask, pre-shampoo treatment, or before styling to tame frizz and deeply condition. Apply to legs in the shower to protect your skin from shaving, and afterwards onto damp skin as a body moisturizer. The Infusion is a beach-bag essential to nourish skin and hair, before and after sun exposure.
In addition to skin care, Leahlani offers a line of exotic fragrances, each blended in an organic jojoba oil base. With five enticing perfume oil offerings, it may be hard to choose just one. The perfume oils come packaged in a glass bottle and features a rollerball application. A little goes a long way, and the fragrances linger all day. Leah’s favorite application method is to apply the oil to palms, and then to rake your fingers to your hair.
Pua Lei* is a gorgeous blend of the Hawaiian puakenikeni flower (popularly used in the traditional Hawaiian Lei) and tuberose. The combination is a sweet, clean and soft floral fragrance, that invokes blissful memories of sunshine and summer. It reminds me of my first true fragrance love, Pure Grace from Philosophy.
Mahana*, as featured in the Coco Infusion, is the pure essence of a tropical vacation. The coconut and vanilla fragrance combination will surely transport to the beach.
*sample generously provided
Hello spring! If there is one makeup trend this season that I find myself drawn to, it’s a fondness for purple hues. Particularly soft shades of lilac. Although my makeup choices tend to be generally in the neutral territory, I find the vast spectrum of purple tones incredibly wearable and generously flattering.
A recent acquisition that solidifies my love of lilac, is the new Lip Tint from Kjaer Weis, called Amazed. Kjaer Weis has released the most quintessential shade of lilac that has been a mainstay in my current makeup routine.
“Amazed is a lip color that’s innocent but flirty, inspired by the starlets of the 60s.”- Kirsten Kjaer Weis
If you’re not familiar, the Kjaer Weis Lip Tints come in a refillable silver compact with a mirror on the reverse side of the top for easy touch-ups. It is truly luxury cosmetic packaging at its finest. The Lip Tints have a balmy feel and brilliantly build from sheer, to bold. For a sheer wash of color, just use your finger for application. For a more intense color payoff, its best to build the color with a lip brush. While I love the balmy feel and versatility of the lip tints, they do lack in the longevity department. So, lucky for that mirror, frequent touch-ups are necessary.
Amazed is a perfectly pale lilac-pink, I call it “nude’s sister.” It also looks beautiful applied to the apples of the cheeks. As I have mentioned, the Lip Tints are truly versatile in their ability to build. In the image above, I have layered the lipstick with a lip brush to show off its color payoff potential. However, I would generally apply with a lighter hand for a more natural look.
Kjaer Weis Lip Tint in Amazed $49 (with compact), $29 (for a refill)
Today I am excited to share with you another gem from the Au Naturale line of clean cosmetics.
In keeping in line with the Au Naturale ‘good for you’ cosmetics standard, the Pure Pro Lipsticks are composed of only clean, natural and organic ingredients. While delivering a high dose of pigment, the Pure Pro Lipsticks coat your lips in nourishing oils. Organic castor oil, cocoa seed butter, meadowfoam seed oil, wildcrafted candelilla wax, organic sesame oil, and avocado oils combine to lend this lipstick a deliciously balmy texture that hydrates like your favorite balm. The formula is virtually weightless with long-lasting wear.
The formula is a great option for those with dry, parched lips. They feel wonderful on, and deliver a healthy dose of moisture. It takes a few swipes of the Pure Pro Lipsticks to gain their full pigment potential, although they have a surprising longevity.
The shade Innocence* is a top-seller among the Au Naturale line of lipsticks and it’s no surprise. Innocence is an ultra-flattering soft nude-pink that offers a ‘my lips but better’ appeal. Personally, I’ve been wearing this shade daily, even in place of my balms.
Sangria* is an fuchsia pink with an iridescent finish. A perfect option for a no-fuss, bold-lip that requires minimal touch-ups.
Click here to see my review of their gorgeous Organic Cream Bronzer.