Saturday, June 30, 2012

Last Day of Au Naturale Week: Lip Gloss in Orchid

Last day to save 20% on Au Naturale! Coupon Code ends tonight!

This week is Au Naturale week here on Beauty Au Natural. I will write about one product per day and not only that, my readers get an exclusive coupon code. If you place an order at http://www.aunaturaleglow.com/ before the end of June 2012, use code BeautyAuNatural20% to get 20% off your entire order. Code expires at the end of June 2012

 Day #7: Lip Gloss in Orchid

It was hard to narrow down what I wanted to order within my budget but I knew I had to try a lippie and when I saw the color of this gloss, I was sold.  It is so purple! I have been on the hunt for a good purple toned lip gloss since I switched to all natural and had to say goodbye to the old formula Bare Escentuals gloss in Sheer Violet.

This gloss is gorgeous on.  Not only is it a great plummy purple shade, it has shimmer to it.  It feels nice on, very light.  Not all sticky.  You can feel the moisturizing oils in it instead of the usual lip gloss goo feel.  It makes my lips feel so nice.  It is also vegan so it doesn't even contain beeswax like many other natural lippies.  The colors doesn't last long so you do need to reapply fairly often but it is natural and natural lippies rarely last very long.  It comes in a full size gloss tube.

Taken with Natural Sunlight
Taken with flash
Info from the Au Naturale Website: 

Lip Gloss in Orchid
au naturale's orchid lip gloss boasts a perfect plum pigment with subtle sheen.
Price: $15.00

Au Naturale's luscious lip glosses come in an array of tantalizing tints that are highly coveted by our customers. Not only are they perfectly pigmented, our glosses are also nourishing and 100% vegan (no bee's wax).   Our glosses come in gloss tubes with a sponge applicator and contain 7.5 ml of product.

Our lip glosses contain: ricinucommunis (castor) oil, prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil, limnanthes alba (medadowfoam) seed oil, euphorbia anisyphilitica (candelilla) wax, butyrospermun parkii (shea) oil, brassica campestris/aleurites fordi oil copolymer, tocopherol (vitamin E), daucus cartoa (carrot) oil. 

Au Naturale lip glosses are free of preservatives, parabens, fragrances, additives, bismuth oxychloride, nano-particles, and sulfates.

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Introducing Gloss48: Get $10 off Dr. Hauschka

I would like to introduce a very new beauty flash sale site called Gloss48.   They are currently in beta mode so they can test things out and get things smoothed before they full launch but that doesn't mean they don't already have good deals for us.

Some info from Gloss48:
gloss48 is a new destination for beauty lovers to discover and shop new and cult beauty products at the best prices online.  We scour the industry to find you the best indie beauty brands and then run to tell you about them!

While we don’t limit our selection to natural/organic brands, I find that the majority of brands on our site are natural organic.  For example, at the moment we are featuring Block Island Organics suncare, Leonor Greyl haircare, and Tay Clean and Pure skincare – all natural!

Starting Monday, July 2, 2012, they will have some Dr. Hauschka products marked down 43-54% off.  Dr. Hauschka is great stuff but not cheap so this is a great deal.  Not only that, I get to offer you a $10 off discount using the code BNDRH10 at checkout. One code per customer, cannot be combined with other purchases, only good for Dr. Hauschka products.  Sale ends Mon, July 9, 2012 at 11am ET and 8am PT.

The products are guaranteed authentic and at least 6 months from their expiration date so you will have plenty of time to use them before they expire.

The sale includes the following items: 
  • Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Day Cream & Regenerating Serum
  • Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Neck and Décolleté & Regenerating Eye Cream
  • Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Protocol: Lavender Bath, Cleansing Cream, Facial Toner, plus Delux limited edition 1oz Cleansing Milk
  • Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Body Moisturizer
  • Dr. Hauschka Decoratives Set in Purple / Plum: Eyeshadow Palette in Purple, Eyeliner Duo in Plum/White & Lipstick in Violet marble
  • Dr. Hauschka Decoratives Set in Blue / Gray / Pink: Eyeshadow Palette in Blue, Eyeliner Duo in Blue/Gray & Lipstick in Pink Topaz
Image from Gloss48 Website



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Friday, June 29, 2012

Au Naturale Week: Creme Eye Shadow in Augbergine

This week is Au Naturale week here on Beauty Au Natural. I will write about one product per day and not only that, my readers get an exclusive coupon code. If you place an order at http://www.aunaturaleglow.com/ before the end of June 2012, use code BeautyAuNatural20% to get 20% off your entire order. Code expires at the end of June 2012

Day #6: Creme Eye Shadow in Augbergine

My review for this will be pretty much the same as the review for the olive lea color in the same type of creme eye shadow from yesterday.  Creamy, smooth.  Feels light on.  Lasts a long time.  Rich vibrant color.  I apply with my fingertip and then blend out with a brush.  This purple shade is gorgeous.  I love how purple makes the green in my eyes pop.  Wear it on your lid alone for a nice simply but bold look, smoke it out for a sultry purple smoky eye.


Info from the Au Naturale Website

Creme Eye Shadow in Aubergine

A dark purple with blue undertones. Perfect as an eyeliner or for a dramatic look. Vegan.

price: $20.00

Rich is color, texture, and purity, our Creme Eye Shadows will nourish your skin with organic botanicals while providing long-lasting color. Wear colors alone, blend them together, or wear as a eye-liner by applying with an angle-liner brush.  Perfect for creating a smoky eye or an exact precise line!

Our creme eye shadows are cruelty-free, free of preservatives, parabens, fragrances, additives, bismuth oxychloride, nano-particles, and sulfates.

Product comes in a 10 gram metal compact with 5.5 grams of product.

Ingredients: Organic Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Fractionated Coconut Oil), Organic Castor Oil, Mica, Wildcrafted Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Organic Simmondsia Chinsis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Castor Wax, Tapioca Starch, Ultramarines, Iron Oxides, Kaolin.



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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Au Naturale Week: Creme Eye Shadow in Olive Lea

This week is Au Naturale week here on Beauty Au Natural. I will write about one product per day and not only that, my readers get an exclusive coupon code. If you place an order at http://www.aunaturaleglow.com/ before the end of June 2012, use code BeautyAuNatural20% to get 20% off your entire order. Code expires at the end of June 2012

Day #5: Creme Eye Shadow in Olive Lea

I really wanted to try these creme eye shadows after seeing the bold vibrant colors on the site so I ordered 2 of them.  Today I will talk about Olive Lea.  Tomorrow, Aubergine.  You know me, purple and green, all the way!

These shadows are really creamy but don't feel heavy and creamy on.  The color is bold and lasting.  I love them for one bold shade on the eyelid.  It gives a lot of pop.  I apply with my finger and then blend out with a brush.  They come in the same type of case as the lip and cheek tint.  You get a really good amount of product.

Info from the Au Naturale Website

Creme Eye Shadow in Olive Lea

A warm pine green with a yellow undertones. Vegan.

price: $20.00

Rich is color, texture, and purity, our Creme Eye Shadows will nourish your skin with organic botanicals while providing long-lasting color. Wear colors alone, blend them together, or wear as a eye-liner by applying with an angle-liner brush.  Perfect for creating a smoky eye or an exact precise line!

Our creme eye shadows are cruelty-free, free of preservatives, parabens, fragrances, additives, bismuth oxychloride, nano-particles, and sulfates.

Product comes in a 10 gram metal compact with 5.5 grams of product.

Ingredients: Organic Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Fractionated Coconut Oil), Organic Castor Oil, Mica, Wildcrafted Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Organic Simmondsia Chinsis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Castor Wax, Tapioca Starch, Ultramarines, Iron Oxides, Kaolin.


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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Not Getting My Updates on Facebook?

You might remember me mentioning that Facebook is now charging pages to promote their posts to people who already "like" their page.  I cannot afford to pay to promote my posts since I don't make money from my blog, not yet anyway but hopefully someday. As for now, in my opinion, if you like my page, you should see what I post unless you tell facebook otherwise.  To facebook I say "Grrrrrr!"

They say that if you go to my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BeautyAuNatural and hover over "liked" you can make sure it is set to show in your news feed.

 
I did come up with another workaround that might work for you.  If you like seeing posts and updates from me on facbeook, friend me on Facebook if you haven't already.  I now have all my new blog posts shared on both my Beauty Au Natural Facebook Page AND my personal profile as Heather BeautyAuNatural.  You can friend me here: https://www.facebook.com/heather.beautyaunatural




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Au Naturale Week: Lip & Cheek Tint in Venetian Red

This week is Au Naturale week here on Beauty Au Natural.  I will write about one product per day and not only that, my readers get an exclusive coupon code.  If you place an order at http://www.aunaturaleglow.com/ before the end of June 2012, use code  BeautyAuNatural20%  to get 20% off your entire order. Code expires at the end of June 2012 


Day #4: Lip & Cheek Tint in Venetian Red
Lip & Cheek tints are some of my favorite types of multitasking products.  This is a nice one.  It comes in a small compact style container so it is very easy to toss in your purse or makeup bag.  I apply it with my finger.  It is light, not greasy, feels soft on and the color is really pretty.  When I apply it to my cheeks I smile to get the apples of my cheeks full of colorful glow.  It works well on its own or over mineral makeup as a blush.  It is also nice on your lips. Great for travel, the beach, the gym or everyday use.  


Info from the Au Naturale Website
Venetian Red is a medium apple red with a yellow undertone and a hint of shimmer.
Price: $22.00

This multi-tasking makeup stain simplifies the process of creating a personalized blush and pout.  Our nourishing formula contains organic ingredients with antioxidants, vitamins A & E, and fruit extracts to protect collagen and support your skin to combat premature aging.  Our lip and cheek tints are toxic free, animal free, cruelty free, organic, vegan and as green as can be!

Apply onto the apples of your cheeks with your fingers, or with a lip brush on your lips. Layer the product for a more intense and rich color.

Product comes in a 10 gram metal compact with 5.5 grams of product.





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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Au Natural Week: Pomegranate Blusher

This week is Au Naturale week here on Beauty Au Natural.  I will write about one product per day and not only that, my readers get an exclusive coupon code.  If you place an order at http://www.aunaturaleglow.com/ before the end of June 2012, use code  BeautyAuNatural20%  to get 20% off your entire order. Code expires at the end of June 2012 
 

 Day #3: Au Naturale Pomegranate Blusher

If ever there was an overlooked makeup product, it is blush.  Nothing brightens a face quite like adding some color to your cheeks.  This product is no exception.  The pomegranate shade is gorgeous and deep.  It has a lot of pigment to it so you don't need much at all when applying.  I love the deep glow it gives my skin tone.  If you do apply too much, no worried, it blends out nicely.  Yes, I did this once or twice myself LOL 

This comes in a jar similar in size to other blushes I have purchased.  You get a decent amount of product.  The sifter jar is nice for travel and is less messy.  It is very easy to open, just twist and you are all set.  No weird plastic thingy to pluck off first.  


Info from the Au Naturale Website
Au naturale's pomegranate blusher is a deep rose pigment that can be used sparingly for a natural glow, or generously for a deep pink color. 
price: $24.00

Au Naturale blushers are created from refined minerals that are sifted into a light powders for a smooth finish.  Our blushers can be applied with a kabuki or blush brush for an effortless application.

Au Naturale blushers contain the following: mica, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, and iron oxides.
Our blusher come in a 30 gram controlable sifter jar with 9 grams of pure product.

All of our blushers are free of preservatives, parabens, fragrances, additives, bismuth oxychloride, nano-particles and sulfates. Au Naturale blushers are also cruelty free & animal free.



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Monday, June 25, 2012

Au Naturale Week: Powder Eye Shadows in Grape Hyacinth & Storm

This week is Au Naturale week here on Beauty Au Natural.  I will write about one product per day and not only that, my readers get an exclusive coupon code.  If you place an order at http://www.aunaturaleglow.com/ before the end of June 2012, use code  BeautyAuNatural20%  to get 20% off your entire order. Code expires at the end of June 2012 

Day #2: Powder Eye Shadows in Grape Hyacinth & Storm

One of my fave makeup products is mineral eyeshadows.  I decided to try 2 shades from Au Naturale, Graphe Hyacinth and Storm.  It is currently storming outside as I write this, how apropos.  


These shadows come in a smaller jar, a 5g sifter jar with 2g of product.  You get a good amount of product, since they are smaller they are easier to store.  These colors are rich & vibrant.  You can layer and blend then easily.  You can go light or go bold.  They apply nicely dry or wet.  Gorgeous! 


Grape Hyacinth
Dry on top, wet on the bottom
Storm
Dry on top, wet on bottom
Info from the Au Naturale Website
Au Naturale's luminous powder eye shadows can be applied wet or dry, and can be used as an all-over eye shadow or an eye-liner.
All of our eyeshadows are free of preservatives, parabeans, fragrances, additives, bismuth oxychloride, nano-particles, sulfates and are cruelty free, vegan and gluten-free.
Powder eye shadow ingredients include: Mica, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines, Kaolin, Kaolinite, Chromium Oxide Greens, Silk Mica, Zinc Oxide, and Rice Powder.
Each of our vibrant powder eye shadows is made of PURE minerals and packaged in a 5 gram sifter jar with 2 grams of product.
Price: $15.00

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Au Naturale Week: Eye Liner Pencil in Amethyst

When I found out about Au Naturale Cosmetics I knew I had to try them out, not just because of their name, but they have a great line of natural cruelty-free vegan makeup.  

This week is Au Naturale week here on Beauty Au Natural.  I will write about one product per day and not only that, my readers get an exclusive coupon code.  If you place an order at http://www.aunaturaleglow.com/ before the end of June 2012, use code  BeautyAuNatural20%  to get 20% off your entire order. Code expires at the end of June 2012


I knew I had to order one of these liners. I opted for a purple shade since it tends to really make my eyes bright and brings out the green in my eyes.  This eyeliner is really nice.  It applies smooth and feels nice on.  I don't feel like I have a ton of makeup on my eyes.  The color has amazing pop.  It is easy to use and lasts all day.  I love a good eyeliner pencil to toss in my bag if I need to play up my look later in the day.  If I am heading to the gym before work or maybe the chiropractor where my face will be in a support while I lay down, I don't wear a full face of makeup but I like to wear it for the rest of my day so an eyeliner and mascara are essentials to keep in your makeup bag on these days. I've been reaching for this one a lot when I put together my makeup bag for the day.

Info from the Au Naturale Website


Au Naturale's easy to apply eye pencils are formulated with all natural ingredients that can be applied effortlessly onto the lid for beautiful defined color without the harsh chemicals that can irritate eyes or contact lenses. Our eye liner pencils are a clean, smooth, boast rich color and an even application for an exact line.
All of our eye pencils are cruelty-free, free of preservatives, parabens, fragrances, additives, bismuth oxychloride, nano-particles, and sulfates.
Ingredients: organic castor oil, mica, wildcrafted euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, organic simmondsia chinsis (jojoba) seed oil, castor wax, ironoxides, kaolinite, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) oleoresin. 
Price: $18.00
Our eye liner pencil in amethyst is a beautiful color that makes green and blue eyes pop, or adds a subtle hint of color to any eye makeup routine.



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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Meet Your Match: Alima Pure's New Foundation Selector

Lately, I have been feeling like my foundation shade might need to be rematched.  Must be the change of seasons as my complexion is a bit darker and definitely has a lot more freckles.  With perfect timing, I was asked to test out Alima Pure's new Foundation Selector.  You go to their site www.alimapure.com and visit the selector.  All you have to do is answer a few questions and you are done.  I was a bit skeptical when the questions were done, like, that is it?  They must have done their homework because I was able to find my match in my first try.

In answering the questions, I did get a bit stuck once or twice.  They have helpful links with more information if you aren't sure.  For me, I always want to think my skin's undertone is more golden than it really is. Then I remember #1 I don't color my hair red anymore and #2 all my previous color matches have been less golden and more neutral.  It helped me answer the question but they also have a helpful video to assist if you aren't sure what your undertone is.

Once you answer a couple questions, they pick out 4 possible foundation matches for you.  You can email the results to yourself or order a sample kit.  The sample kit comes with a sample of each foundation, a sample of pink satin blush, a cruelty free baby kabuki brush, an Alima Pure makeup bag and a coupon to use on a future foundation purchase.  Mine also came with a sample of finishing powder though I don't see it listed on the website.  All this for $20!!!!  What a great way to try out their product and find a color match.  I love this idea.

My sample kit came quickly, though mine was sent for review purposes.  My previous Alima Pure purchases all shipped pretty quickly.  I could not wait to test it out and the brush with this kit, fabulous!   I think this baby kabuki might become my everyday foundation brush.  It is synthetic but not as super soft as other synthetic brushes because it has that great texture to help really apply the mineral foundation well. Yes, it is still soft but not so supple that it can lie flat on your skin with a little pressure like some softer synthetic brushes.  I hope I am making sense with this description.

I tested out the shades a few times and I think I decided that Beige 2 was my best match.  Neutral 2 was pretty close too.  I am guessing that in the winter, I might lighten up to Beige 1.  I also think that with more color to my skin, I might need to go down to Beige or Neutral 3.

Another great feature: they have a foundation match guarantee.  Don't find your match in this sample kit, contact them and they will send you more samples to try out.  See the pic below for more info. 

I also wanted to add that they are running a special right now. There is a Gift with Purchase offer! All orders over $50 receive a free #15 Flat Top Foundation Brush. Offer good through Monday, June 25 (2 pm PST).  No coupon code needed, if you place an order over $50, the brush will be included.
Pic from Alimapure.com

Finally, my pics of the whole testing process and what came in my sample kit! 

My tests:
I tried to get the color as accurate as possible by taking pics with both my ottlite makeup mirror and the natural sunlight coming in through the window, even though I took these all around the same time, the sunlight did vary depending on clouds.  

Naked face with ottlite
Naked Face with natural light
Beige 0 with ottlite
Beige 0 with natural light
Beige 1 with ottlite
Beiege 1 with natural light
Beige 2 with ottlite
Beige 2 with natural light
Neutral 2 with ottlite
Neutral 2 with natural light
My finished look with Alima Pure Beige 2.  
I used 100% Pure Luminous primer, Beige 2 foundation, Beige 2 as concealer, Alima Pure Keiko Finishing Powder, 100% Pure Cocoa bronzer as all over face color, Alima Pure Pink Satin Matte Blush,100% Pure Black Tea Mascara and Gabriel Cosmetics Lipstick in Maple Shimmer. 

Taken with natural sunlight
Taken with natural sunlight
Taken with flash







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