Friday, December 30, 2011

Indie Lee - Coconut Citrus Body Scrub

When Indie Lee products were available on Hautelook, there were some great deals.  I had budgeted to buy some of her products to finally try this holiday season but with these deals, I really went nuts...well worth it though.  The first product I want to share about is the Coconut Citrus Body Scrub.  I had asked Indie Lee on Twitter what product(s) to try first and the body scrub was one of them.

This body scrub is a bit different.  Often when you use a body scrub, it is really liquidy with the granules in it but this one is almost solid, not hard but more solid than cream-like.  I just dig my fingers into the soft mound of scrub and get some scrub to massage into my skin.  I usually have to dip in a couple times to get the amount I like.  I love to use it when I take a bath and do a nice scrub on my legs before I shave.  This leaves my skin feeling supple and moist, very soft and moisturized.  I find the scent to be very warm and tropical which makes me love using it in this cold weather all the more.

This body scrub is available on Indie Lee's website at http://indielee.com/  It retails for $38 and can be bought alone or in a gift set called The Power Trio.

From the website: 

Ingredients

Saccharum Officinarum (sugar cane), Coco Nucifera (coconut) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) Oil, Melissa Officinalis (lemon balm), Essential Oils of Cymbopogon Citratus (lemongrass) and Vanilla Planifolia (vanilla)

Directions

Massage onto moist skin with hands, wash cloth, or luffah; rinse with warm water. Best to use weekly, prior to shaving, during a bath or shower. Keep at room temperature to prevent hardening. For external use only. 



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Scentsy Solid Perfume

I do love my Scentsy for the home but recently they came out with Solid Perfumes.  They come in a handful of scents at this time.  A friend who is a Scentsy Consultant sent me one of these to try out and review in my blog.  I had my choice of the scents and asked to try My Wish.  My Wish is a mix of earthy fig, sweet violet and marshmallow.  I find that it smells different than the home fragrance of the same name.  A bit warmer and sweeter but that could also be how it turns out mixed with my skin and body chemistry.  It applies really smooth and creamy but doesn't leave any residue on your skin or clothes.

Unlike their home scents, the solid perfumes are designed to be worn on your skin and are cosmetic grade.  Not only that, but they are lacking a lot of the nasty chemicals usually found in perfumes.  They are not 100% natural but are a great low-chemical alternative.  I have been able to wear this with no problems and I tend to have a lot of issues with perfumes and fragrances. My boyfriend hasn't complained either which is always a good sign.

You can only get these from Scentsy. They retail for $18 each.  I am hosting an ONLINE Happy New Year Scentsy Party.  You can order online from the comfort of your own home and it will all be shipped to your door.  I find that their shipping is quite fast and they pack everything really well.  My party is running from January 1, 2012 - Jan 15, 2012.  On January 1, Scentsy has their fabulous Bring Back my Bar scents available so that is when my party starts.  You can access my party and place an order here:  Heather's Scentsy Party Link

Info from Scentsy:
Scentsy Solid Perfume is applied to the pulse points on your wrists and not only deliver long-lasting, portable perfume, but are designed to be nourishing and moisturizing to your skin.  Here are a few specifics:
1.       Paraben-free
2.       Sulphate-free
3.       Phthalate-free
4.       Benzene-free
5.       Silicone-free
6.       GMO-free
7.       Propylene glycol-free
8.       Dye-free (no added colorants)
9.       Never tested on animals

Here are some pics:
The last 2 ingredients cut off from the list were Castor Seed Oil and Titanium Dioxide. While not a 100% natural option, this does have a lot less chemicals than many perfumes on the market.
Just remove the little plastic cap and apply to your pulse points!


And a fun video from Scentsy:









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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Natural Beauty Book Haul

I went more practical with my Christmas wishlist this year and some of the items I wanted were books about natural beauty products and how to make your own as well as other everyday products.  Here are the books I got as gifts, yay!  I plan to blog about them as I attempt things from the books.  I also plan to write a book report on "No More Dirty Looks" from journalists Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt, which I have been reading on and off since summer.  I should be ashamed as a librarian to be reading so little but I am terrible about reading when I am stressed out and distracted.  I should have it done by the end of this week off from work.



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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Beautiful Twists by Ella Dean on Etsy.com

This is a LONG OVERDUE post.  I found out about Beautiful Twists from Ella Dean because a friend of mine had her very own lip conditioner designed via Beautiful Twists. I decided to give the products a try this past summer since they are great natural vegan products.  I am only sorry it took me this long to post an entry about them here on my blog. The seller is away at the moment but I suggest you add her to your Etsy circles and keep an eye out for her great handmade products. The scents are just scrumptious.

I tried out their Lip Conditioners, Bath Salt Soaks and Goddess Mist.  The lip conditioners I tried were my friend's which is Air Force Wife Rachel's Vegan Lip Conditioner.  This one is described as angel food cake topped with raspberries & cherries. Yummy! I also tried Aphrodite's Embracing Your Inner Beauty Potion and Woodland Nymph Kisses. These are really luscious.
image from Beautiful Twists Etsy.com Shop

I also tried 3 Himalayan Soothing Rose Petal Bath Salt Soaks because it let me try out 3 scents in cute little jars.The scents I tried were Pampering Songs Of Vanilla Cola For A Goddess, Never Too Old For Unicorn Dreams and One Smart Chocolate Chip Coffee Cookie Latte For A Much Deserved Goddess.   How cute are these scent names?!?!
image from Beautiful Twists Etsy Shop

Then I tried the Greek God Avel's Vanilla Cola Goddess Mist which is super sweet and delicious smelling. Makes me wish I could drink a vanilla coke. I like to spritz this one on anytime to freshen up and smell super sweet.
image from the Beautiful Twists Etsy Shop






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A Green Holiday Look with Bare Escentuals

I decided to do a nice green look for Christmas Day and took some pics (finally). It has been a while since I posted a look so my apologies.  Life has been pretty hectic.

I am wearing:
  • 100% Pure Luminous Primer (for face)
  • Bare Escentuals Prime Time for eyes
  • Bare Escentuals original foundation in Golden Fair
  • Bare Escentuals Summer Bisque as concealer
  • Bare Escentuals Faux Tan Matte all over 
  • Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil
  • Bare Escentuals Blush in Five-Star
  • BE Wearable Pistacio from lash to brow
  • BE Moss on lids
  • BE Starlet Karen in crease & V
  • BE Lush Topaz wetlined
  • 100% Pure Mascara in Black Tea
  • BE 100% Natural Lip Liner in Natural (smudged with Qtip, only applied to outline lips)
  • BE 100% Lipstick in Bread Pudding
  • BE 100% Lip Gloss in Fruit Punch
Natural Light:


Flash:



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Monday, December 26, 2011

eos lip balm - Share the Love Set

A dear friend sent this set to me as a gift and I am happy to say that I am really pleased. I had never tried eos lip balms before so I was very excited to test them out. The eos Share the Love lip balm set is great.  The packaging is adorable.  The balms are in sphere form and have screw on tops which prevents any sort of cap loss.  They are just too cute and they feel great on, so smooth and creamy instead of gooey like a chapstick.  Best part is that they are 95% organic and 100% natural.  I think natural lip products are one of THE most important ones to stick with since studies show that we eat a lot of lipstick in our lifetimes. For my friends with gluten sensitivities, they are gluten free too.

This set comes with  Strawberry Sorbet, Sweet Mint & Passion Fruit.  They all smell delicious to me and I am pretty picky about scents.

Here are some pics!




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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Yes to Carrots Color Balm

 While Christmas shopping at Target, I found this as I was looking for some nice bath & Body set gifts.  I picked up a Yes to Carrots Color Balm in Soft Plum.  Since I love their lip butters, I had high hopes for this one and they were met.  This is extremely creamy and feels so nice on.  The color is so sexy.  I love the soft plum shade because it gives my lips a gorgeous plummy pout look.  This is another purse keeper.  My little purse lippie pouch keeps growing with all the fabulous natural tinted lip balms I have found lately.

I can only seem to find info on this in regards to it being sold at Target.  Colors available are Soft Plum, Rosy Bloom and Peachy Keen. They retail for $5.99 each. Look for it in the natural aisle near Burt's Bees and the like.  The ingredients list looks great and it states that it is 99% natural.

Here are some pics:






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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Bare Escentuals Year of Beauty

Bare Escentuals had their Friends & Family sale so I knew I wanted to buy this kit when it was on.  I was recovering from my wisdom teeth extraction so I wasn't able to make it to the mall for my local boutique's sale but I was able to order online.  I am so happy I got this as more retail therapy while feeling miserable.  This is a fantastic set of 12 full size eyecolors.  The shades are gorgeous and at 20% off, I was happy to pick this up.  Here are my pics! Click the image if you want to see a bigger version.


Shown in order going by calendar months, January through December
Swatches applied dry, then foiled wet: shown in same order as image above, Jan through December



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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Holiday Baking: Kaleidoscope Cookies

The second kind of cookie I baked this year is Kaleidoscope Cookies.  These are from a recipe in Betty Crocker's Cooky Book which I have loved for a long time.  It is a new reprint but still in the old fashioned format with the old school recipes.  I love it!

You start with the base recipe for Petticoat Tails and then alter them to make Kaleidoscope Cookies.

I made green ones, pink ones and chocolate ones. This recipe makes tons of cookies. The recipe says 10 dozen but I never counted.  It depends on how your rolls turn out and how thick yours slices are.

This recipe is slightly adapted from the original in the Betty Crocker Cooky Book as linked to above.

Ingredients:
2 cups of butter
2 cups sifted confectioners sugar
2 TSP vanilla
4.5 cups of flour
1/2 TSP salt

You mix the butter, sugar and vanilla thoroughly.  Stir the flour and salt separately and then add to the dough.  Mix with your hands. Divide the dough into 3rds.

Follow the directions below, then...Chill overnight and then take the dough out to warm up enough that it will slice easily.  Slice the dough about 1/8" thick.  Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 7-9 min at 375. 

First 1/3: Green Kaleidoscopes
I added lemon extract and green food coloring and mixed with my hands.
Roll into a log, about 2" across then roll in colored sugar or sprinkles of your choice.  I used non pareils.  Roll tightly in wax paper and stick it in the fridge (Note the G Love reference).

Second 1/3: Pink Kaleidoscopes
I added almond extract and red food coloring and mixed with my hands.
Roll into a log 2" across and roll in colored sugar or sprinkles.  I used red colored sugar for this one.  Afterwards, I realized I should have chosen a different color because the red and pink made them look like little slices of ham or bacon to me LOL Roll tightly in wax paper and stick it in the fridge.

Third 1/3: Chocolate Kaleidoscopes
I added 2 squares of melted semi-sweet chocolate to the dough and mixed with my hands.
Roll into a log 2" across and roll in colored sugar or sprinkles.  I used green sugar for these.
Roll tightly in wax paper and stick it in the fridge.





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Monday, December 19, 2011

Holiday Baking: Chocolate Chip Shortbread

Not necessarily beauty related but I think doing what we enjoy makes us more beautiful and I enjoy baking.

I make these every year and they tend to be in high demand.  My friend threatened to defriend me on facebook if I didn't make them this year LOL I found the recipe years ago on Allrecipes.com and have used it ever since.  They might not look like much but they are delicious.

You can find the recipe here: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/chocolate-chip-shortbread-cookies-i/

This year's batch. 



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Hello Kitty Ruby Brush Set

I have to admit, one of my biggest fears was surgery of any kind.  I had to go to the oral surgeon to get my wisdom teeth out and though I was nervous, I am proud that I didn't freak out or have an anxiety attack or anything like that.   I had a coupon for $20 off $50 at Sephora so to celebrate my bravery and cheer myself up from many days of eating nothing but soup & jello, I placed an order.  One of the items I got for myself was the Hello Kitty Ruby Brush Set.

When this kit arrived, it seemed bigger than I remembered them being in the store.  It is adorable and I am so happy I got it.  It was already marked down to $34 so I added a nail polish and small Pacifica item to my cart for free shipping and enough spent to use my discount. There is a comment on the Sephora site complaining about the cost, man, this person has obviously never been to a Sanrio store.  Hello Kitty is not a cheap date but she is well worth it!!!

The kit is just plain cute, I love it.  I love the brushed metallic red color which seems to be a theme in a lot of beauty items I have purchased this holiday season.  It comes with a face brush, eyeshadow brush, shader/blending brush, angled eyeliner brush and lip brush.  All the brushes are synthetic which is my new fave kind of brush.  I think I will store all my mini brushes there from now on.  Here are some pics!






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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Badger Balm Lip Tint & Shimmers

I picked up a Badger Lip Tint & Shimmer in Copper a while ago at a local food co-op and decided to try some more so I added them to a Drugstore.com order.  I love the Copper shade so I decided to try Red Jasper & Garnet.  The lip tint & shimmers come with the color on one end and an Opal Shimmer on the other end. It is nice because you can wear the color alone or add the shimmer to it for more moisture and that pop of shimmer for fuller looking lips. You can also wear the Opal Shimmer alone as a lip balm with a hint of shimmer. I think this is a great leave in your purse kind of lip product plus they retail around $6.50 each so they aren't too rough on the wallet. They are available on Badger's website as well as from places like Drugstore.com. 

Here is the info from the Badger Balm website:


Natural Mineral Color & Shimmer! Over the years, we've had many requests for totally natural tinted lip balms. We've taken our popular and super moisturizing Cocoa Butter Lip Balm formula and added minerals to create four natural colors. Even better, each stunning mineral tint comes with a beautifully translucent "Opal Shimmer" on the other end. They're rich in moisturizing Certified Organic ingredients including Extra Virgin Olive Oil, soothing Aloe Vera, and antioxidant-rich Fair Trade CertifiedTM Cocoa Butter. The Fair Trade CertifiedTM label lets you know it is good for all involved, and because it's made by Badger, you know it's the best stuff around!

Directions for use: Apply to lips any time to moisturize, protect & add a little color and shimmer.

Ingredients: *Olea Europaea (Extra Virgin Olive) Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Theobroma Cacao (Fair Trade CertifiedTM Cocoa) Butter, *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil, *Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Extract, and CO2 Extracts of *Rosmarinus Officinalis ( Rosemary), *Rosa Canina (Rosehip) & *Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn).
Each Tint contains one or all of the following: Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Silica, Iron Oxide.
* = Certified Organic

My Pics: 

Copper
Red Jasper
Garnet
Opal Shimmer


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Saturday, December 17, 2011

My Handmade Soap Gifts

The soap I made at soapmaking class in November is finally completely cured and ready to go.  It took me a while to find time to finish them for gifting.  I picked up decorative paper, gift bags, and raffia at Joann's & the soap trays at Etsy.com.

To read about the soapmaking class, visit my blog posts at:

http://www.beautyaunatural.com/2011/11/soapmaking-with-mcgillycuddys-naturals.html
AND
http://www.beautyaunatural.com/2011/11/soapmaking-class-continued.html

Here are pics of my finished gift soaps:

I printed little labels with info on the soap

I glued those labels to little natural gift bags
Each bar is paired with a re-purposed cedar soap tray I purchased on Etsy.com





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