Vegan Cuts August Beauty Box

Vegan Cuts Beauty Box August Vegan Cuts August Beauty BoxAre you a conscious vegan beauty addict or a vegan foodie? Maybe both? Vegan Cuts offers two monthly subscription boxes depending on your preferences: Vegan Snack Box with delicious 7-10 vegan goodies each month and Vegan Beauty Box with 4-7 vegan, cruelty-free and, in most cases, made with only natural ingredients beauty products. As you already noticed from the photos in this post, I have Vegan Cuts Beauty Box for today’s review.

Vegan Cuts Beauty Box August 2 Vegan Cuts August Beauty BoxSo, here’s what I found in Vegan Cuts August Beauty Box:
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1. Pacifica Multi-tasking BB Cream (10 ml) – described as all-in-one weightless, hydrating tint (see the swatch & quick review below)
2. Zabana Essentials Detoxifying French Green Clay Facial Cleansing Bar – a 100% natural detoxifying, toning and revitalizing handcrafted soap bar.
3. Enfusia Essential Oil-Infused SPA Salt Muscle Soak – A 100% natural mix of Pacific Sea Salt, Himalayan Pink Salt,  Hawaiian Lava Salt, Crushed Rose Petals and French Lavender buds.
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4. Balanced Guru Energy Spray Mist Understanding (8 ml) – a 100% natural mix of certified Frankincense, Cypress, Cedarwood, Ginger and Pine essential oils for balancing your body, mind & spirit.
5. Emani Vegan Cosmetics Hybrid Creme (4 g) – a handcrafted multi-tasking cream, which creates sheer or intense metallic look for eyes, cheeks and lips .

Emani Vegan Hybrid Creme Vegan Cuts August Beauty Box

Ingredients (from Emani website): Mica (C177019), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Iron Oxide (C177491, C177492, C177499), Titanium Dioxide (C177891), Boron Nitride, Squalene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Vitis Vinifera Extract.

I’m also very glad that I had the chance to try this Pacifica Multi-tasking BB Cream. It’s exactly as described – light, hydrating and makes my skin look and feel fresh and healthy. No wonder why it’s one of Jen’s (from My Beauty Bunny) favorite beauty product. You can see in the swatch how luminous the cream looks. It comes from the tube like a medium brown color, but it completely adjusts to my light skin tone (it might be a tad too dark for me in winter, though). The BB Cream doesn’t offer any coverage, but evens out the skin tone. It also has a light, parfumy scent, which is very pleasant for my nose, however, I can’t recall what it smells like. However, I must to point out that this BB Cream has one major downside: it contains dimethicone (a silicone-based polymer, which although rates a score 3 in EWG, is not natural).

Ingredients (from Pacifica website): water, gylcerin, caprylic/ capric triglyceride, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, dimethicone, sorbitan sesquioleate, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) esters, iris pallida (sweet iris) leaf cell extract, rosa damascena (damascus rose) leaf cell extract, cocos nucifera (coconut) water, laminaria hyperborea (kelp extract blend), hyaluronic acid, oat beta glucan, potassium cetyl phosphate, hydroxyethylcellulose, titanium dioxide, iron oxides, iron oxide black, mica, potassium sorbate, sodium dehydroacetate, sodium benzoate, citric acid, punica granatum (pomegranate) extract, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, white tea extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, fragrance (all natural).

Pacifica Alight Multi mineral BB Cream Vegan Cuts August Beauty Box

You can subscribe to Vegan Cuts Snack Box or Beauty Box here for $19.99 per month (with free US shipping). Worldwide delivery is also available!

Connect with Vegan Cuts: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Pinterest | Google+

What do you think about this Vegan Beauty Box?

*These products were sent to me free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are honest and my own.

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Primavera Revitalizing Starter Kit | Review

Primavera Revitalizing Travel Set Primavera Revitalizing Starter Kit | ReviewI took this kit with me when I went on holiday to Germany, so it wasn’t only a starter kit, but more like a travel kit. Many of us know how traveling can mess with our skin. It happens to me all the time, no matter if I travel by plane or by car, the results are the same – dry, patchy, redness prone skin. This kit promised to help restore the skin’s moisture and to enhance its’ radiance. Naturally, of course! All the products in this kit contain organic rose oil, which has huge skin cell renewal benefits and organic pomegranate seed oil – another anti-aging ingredient, which helps fight free radicals.

Primavera Revitalizing Starter Kit (approx $26/£15) includes 3 travel-size products:
Revitalizing Rose Pomegranate Cream Cleanser (28 ml) – has a soft rose scent, so if you like that kind of scent, you’ll be left very pleased! It’s a very mild and creamy cleanser made with nourishing oils like Sweet Almond, Jojoba, Shea Butter and Grape Seed oil. Because it’s so nourishing, it left my skin soft, but also removed my makeup well. However, as much as I like this Cream Cleanser, I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing it, just because I’m a little bit more into foam cleansers like my new favorite Alterra Cleansing Foam. I just like that extra “squeaky clean” feeling foam cleansers give to the skin.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Alcohol*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Polyglyceryl-3 Stearate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Punica Granatum Seed Oil*, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Stearic Acid, Fragrance (Parfum)**, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil*, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil*, Rosa Moschata Seed Oil*, Tocopherol, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract*, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract*, Lactic Acid, Silver Sulfate, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citral, Eugenol, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool. *certified organic. **blend of pure Essential Oils. NaTrue Certified.

Revitalizing Rose Pomegranate Toner (28 ml) – pore-minimizing toner made with skin refreshing flower waters like Rose, Bitter Orange, Geranium and extracts like Sandalwood and Camellia. I like its’ refreshing scent! Also, once sprayed, it dries out immediately, leaving skin feeling firm and tight. It’s a balancing toner that’s most likely suitable for all skin types, except dry skin.

Ingredients: Rosa Damascena Flower Water*, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Water*, Alcohol*, Pelargonium Graveolens Water*, Cistus Ladaniferus Leaf/Stem Wate*, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Extract, Fragrance (Parfum)**, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil*, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract*, Punica Granatum Extract* , Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract* , Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract* , Limonene, Linalool. *certified organic. **blend of pure Essential Oils. NaTrue Certified.

Revitalizing Rose Pomegranate Nourishing Cream (8 ml) – despite nourishing oils like Sweet Almond, Shea and Cacao Butters and Olive oil, this is a relatively light day cream, which, like Cream Cleanser, has a scent of roses. I like how dewy and soft my skin feels without that greasy feeling that some nourishing creams leave after applying them. I’ll definitely think about repurchasing it next summer.

Ingredients: Water, Sweet Almond Oil*, Stearic acid, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-3 Stearate, Pomegranate Seed Oil*, Grape Seed Oil*, Shea Butter*, Olive Oil*, Plantago, Cetraria islandica, Salix alba, Alcohol*, Avocado Oil, Sodium stearoyl lactylate, Wheat Germ Oil, Cacao Butter, Parfum**, Jojoba Oil*, natural Vitamin E, Sallow Thorn Oil*, Lactic acid, Rose Hip Seed Oil*, Rose Wax, Bees Wax. *certified organic **blend of pure Essential Oils. NaTrue Certified.

 Have you tried Primavera skin care products? Any favorites?

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Au Naturale Cosmetics | Review

Au Naturale Vegan Organic Cosmetics Au Naturale Cosmetics | ReviewWhen it comes to organic make-up offerings from Au Naturale Cosmetics, there’s no shortage of them in its’ range. Beauty products for face, eyes, lips and cheeks, as well as makeup tools, like cruelty-free and vegan brushes, can be found on their website. Au Naturale has been featured in many top beauty blogs and online magazines. Also, the brand recently has collaborated with the beautiful Supermodel and Sports Illustrated Icon Julie Henderson to create her own amazing Beach Bombshell Collection. All Au Naturale products come in classy and sophisticated black and white packagings. And most importantly, all products are natural, vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, gluten-free and non-nano. Non-nano simply means that Au Naturale mineral make-up does not contain nanoparticles, which are possibly toxic when inhaled or absorbed into the body (you can read more about it here).

Au Naturale Cruelty Free Natural Makeup Au Naturale Cosmetics | ReviewOrganic Creme Highlighter Stick ($32)
It is a rosy peach creme highlighter stick, which leaves the skin looking luminous and slightly glimmer. The highlighter stick comes in only shade, suitable for all skin tones from very fair to very dark. Use it to make your face features pop: under the eyebrows to make your eyes look brighter and more awake, on your cupid’s bow and on the chin to make your lips look fuller, on your cheekbones to define them, etc.

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, Iron Oxides, Kaolin.

Au Naturale Creme Highlighter Stick 1 Au Naturale Cosmetics | Review

Au Naturale Creme Highlighter Stick 2 Au Naturale Cosmetics | ReviewAu Naturale Lip Gloss in Passion Fruit ($15)
A deep pink lip gloss with tiny golden glitters. It feels pleasant on the lips and gives them a beautiful metal shine. I like that it’s not too sticky, but sticky enough to make it stay in its place a while. The scent and flavor are very soft, almost non existent. You need to occasionally shake and stir the tube before using the lip gloss (all Au Naturale lip glosses, for that matter), because it tends to separate. Well Beauty Blog explains that it happens because Au Naturale doesn’t use any fillers, just moisturizing oils for their glosses.

Ingredients: Olive Oil (Oleic) monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acids, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Rhus Succedanea (Sumac) Fruit Wax, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Camelina (Camelina Sativa) Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia(Lime Oil),natural Flavor; May Contain Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Tin Oxide.

Au Naturale Vegan Lipgloss Passion Fruit Au Naturale Cosmetics | ReviewAu Naturale Lipstick in Innocence ($22)
A classic pink nude color, which gives that “your lips, but better” look. This is Au Naturale’s top selling lipstick and I can see why. It is a perfect neutral color for an everyday wear, also it feels very creamy and moisturizing on the lips. Simply perfect!

Ingredients: Organic Castor Oil, Organic Theobrama Caco (Coca) Seed Butter, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Wildcrafted Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Organic Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Oil; Hydorgenated Castor Oil, Organic Persea Gratissima (Avacado) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avacado) Butter, Organic Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Nut Oil, Iron Oxides, Mica, Kaolin

Au Naturale Vegan Lipstick Innocence Au Naturale Cosmetics | ReviewAu Naturale Creme Eyeshadow in Coffee ($20) and Au Naturale Creme Concealer in Ecru ($24)
Cream eyeshadow in Coffee is described as a lustrous metallic light brown with hints of bronze. Because it’s a cream eyeshadow, it’s very easy to use. It bends out very well, so you can make the color softer or more intense. Whatever you like icon smile Au Naturale Cosmetics | Review It also can be used as an eyeliner (with Angle Liner Brush).

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

Creme Concealer in Ecru is a cream concealer for fair/light skin. It seems like a neutral shade with slightly pink undertones. This concealer gives medium to full coverage. I have a few unwanted red spots on my face and although it obviously doesn’t make them disappear, it reduces the redness. Also, because the concealer sticks to the skin very well, it’s better to use it sparingly and blend it into the skin well. Suitable for all skin types (even those with dry skin), however, if you have oily skin, powder concealers might be a better match for you.

Ingredients: Organic Castor Oil, Mica, Wildcrafted Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Organic Simmondsia Chinsis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Castor Wax, Iron Oxides, Kaolin, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oleoresin, Organic Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Organic Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Zinc Oxide (Non-Nano), Organic Maranta Arledinacea.

Au Naturale Concealer Ecru Cream Eyeshadow Coffee Au Naturale Cosmetics | ReviewSwatches (left to right): Cream eyeshadow in Coffee, Creme Concealer in Ecru, Organic Creme Highlighter Stick, Lipstick in Innocence, Lip Gloss in Passion Fruit:

Au Natural Vegan Natural Cosmetics Swatches Au Naturale Cosmetics | Review

Find out more about Au Naturale: Website | Facebook | Youtube

Get 30% off EVERYTHING at Au Naturale online shop with code OB30 (enter at the checkout, valid until November 1st, 2014)!

Have you tried Au Naturale beauty products? Which ones would you like to try out?

*These products were sent to me free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are honest and my own.

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7 Ways To Get Through A Tough Week

tough week 7 Ways To Get Through A Tough WeekWe all have these moments when stress takes over and makes your day (or even your whole week) hard. If you are feeling emotionally exhausted and drained, then it might be time to call it a day and have some “you time”.
7 Ways to reboot yourself and get back on track:
1. Read a book – this is my number 1 stress reliever. Choose something that requires little concentration, easy to read, positive and inspirational.
2. Have a cup of chamomile tea – chamomile tea plays a role in changing your mood and helping you feel less depressed, so it is a nice way to calm and rest your mind.
3. Sniff your favorite flowers – our sense of smell is directly linked to the emotional part of our brain, so it is a powerful tool, which brings back the pleasant memories making us feel better and happier.
4. Exercise – it might seem like a crazy idea to go for a run after you just literally dragged your feet home after a long day. However, exercising releases endorphins to our brain, making us feel more awake and alert and simply happy and excited. Another less intense option is walking or yoga.
5. Have a home SPA day – treat yourself with a nice relaxing bath, a soothing face mask and a mani-pedi. Don’t have the whole day? An hour will do, just make sure you turn off your phone. If you feel like having a company, invite your closest friend/friends. Nothing lifts the mood like surrounding yourself with people who make you feel good.
6. Talk to a friend – knowing that someone cares is very comforting. Don’t want to share your feelings? Talk about other things like weather or shopping, whatever will take your mind of stressful day.
7. Remind yourself that it’s OK to have bad days – no matter how cliché it sounds, there are good days and bad ones. That’s life! It will get better, no matter what.

How do you deal with hard days?

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Elemental Beauty Natural Mineral Makeup | Review

Elemental Beauty Natural Mineral Makeup Elemental Beauty Natural Mineral Makeup | ReviewIf you are a fan of mineral cosmetics, chances are that you have already heard about Elemental Beauty before. However, if not, then here you go – cute feminine jars with roses and beautiful quality colors is what this brand is about. It’s also vegan and safe to use, because Elemental Beauty formulates its’ beauty products without Talc or Bismuth Oxychloride. The bunch I am about to review contains neutral shades, perfectly suitable for a soft, everyday make-up look!

Elemental Beauty Flawless Mineral Foundation Barley Elemental Beauty Natural Mineral Makeup | ReviewElemental Beauty Flawless Mineral Foundation in Barley (approx $18/£10.99) – Barley is a neutral matte shade for fair skin. It was the exact match for my skin. I usually don’t use mineral foundations for my whole face, but rather just do some touch ups during the day, otherwise my skin feels tight and uncomfortable. However, I have dry skin, so I don’t blame products for making it feel that way. It wasn’t different with Flawless Mineral Foundation either, but if you have normal, combination or oily skin this might be your new favorite foundation. It gives a matte finish and makes the skin feel soft and silky. It also gives a good medium coverage, which is pretty buildable. Another nice thing about this foundation is that it contains Allantoin (from plants), which stimulates the skin renewal process and soothes the skin.

Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, Sericite Mica, Zinc Oxide, Silica Microspheres, Kaolin, Allantoin, Iron Oxides, Ultramarine, Chromium Green.

Elemental Beauty Mineral Blush Antique Rose Elemental Beauty Natural Mineral Makeup | ReviewElemental Beauty Natural Mineral Blush in Antique Rose (approx $8/£4.99) – is a dusty pink shade with a slight shimmer, which looks more like glow than sparkles (see a swatch below). A wonderful choice for everyone with cool/neutral skin tone. I really recommend this one, because it’s nicely pigmented and the color is just gorgeous.

Ingredients: Sericite Mica, Zinc Oxide, Iron Oxides, CI 77891, CI 77007, CI 778161.

Elemental Beauty Mineral Eyeshadows Petal Sculptress Elemental Beauty Natural Mineral Makeup | ReviewElemental Beauty Mineral Eyeshadows in Petal (left) and Sculptress (right) (approx $8/£4.99) – two lovely neutral shades! Petal is a light shimmery pink, which is perfect for brightening the inner corner of the eye. Sculptress is a neutral medium matte brown, which can be used for the crease of the eye or for the eyebrows – such a multitasker!

Ingredients: Sericite Mica, CI 77891, Rice Powder, Iron Oxides.

Elemental Beauty Natural Mineral Makeup Swatch Elemental Beauty Natural Mineral Makeup | ReviewElemental Beauty swatches (left to right): Mineral Eyeshadow in Sculptress, Mineral Eyeshadow in Petal, Flawless Foundation in Barley and Mineral Blush in Antique Rose

Connect with Elemental Beauty: Website | Facebook

Have you tried Elemental Beauty mineral make-up?

*These products were sent to me free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are honest and my own.

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Cattier Yellow Clay Mask For Dry Skin | Review

Cattier Yellow Clay Face Mask Cattier Yellow Clay Mask For Dry Skin | ReviewI already reviewed Cattier Pink Clay Mask for sensitive skin in my previous posts. You can read about it here to find out why I loved it and what impact it had on my dry/sensitive skin. I was about to repurchase it, but after reading a few positive reviews about this Cattier Yellow Clay Mask for dry skin,(approx £4/$7 for 100ml) I thought it’s really worth a try. I got it during my trip to Germany (along other goodies) and because I finished up the Pink Clay Mask, I started using this one right after I got back home. Cattier has recently changed their packaging and now it looks more modern, however, I got the old packaging, which is ok, because the ingredient lists stayed the same anyway.

I though it will be difficult to compare these two products, because their ingredient lists are quite similar and it’s not easy to notice the difference between products like that. However, even after the first use, it was obvious – the Yellow Clay Mask was more moisturizing and made my skin feel not only clean and refreshed, but also smooth as a peach. Another difference was that the Yellow Clay Mask made my skin tingle a little, which wasn’t the case with the Pink Clay Mask. I guess the fact that the Yellow Clay Mask contains more peppermint extract and also witch hazel water, might have played the role. However, it didn’t irritate my skin much, it was still clean, smooth and happy after washing the clay off. But if you have a super sensitive skin and don’t want to risk it, the Pink Clay Mask would be a better choice for you.

Cattier Yellow Clay Mask Dry Skin Cattier Yellow Clay Mask For Dry Skin | ReviewIngredients: Aqua, Kaolin, Illite, Mentha Piperita Extract*, Hamamelis Virginiana Distillate*, Buxus  Chinensis Oil*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Benzyl Alcohol, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil*,  Mentha Piperita Oil*, Lactic Acid, Citronellol.

Overall, the Pink Clay Mask is something I really enjoyed using a lot, however, I think I’ll stick with the Yellow Clay Mask just because I feel it’s more intense and provides more visible results.

Have you tried Cattier Clay Masks? Which one is your favorite?

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Green Beauty Offers: August

Spirit Beauty Lounge Green Beauty Offers: AugustSpirit Beauty Lounge Friends & Family Event: get $20 off $100+ of your favorite beauty brands like W3ll People, Kjaer Weis, Tata Harper and other. Discount code: FF2014. Ends 15/8

Priti NYC Sale Cult Beauty Green Beauty Offers: AugustPriti NYC 5-free vegan nail polish sale at Cult Beauty: Magic Man Iris, King Fisher Daisy and Cobweb Hen (UK only)

primal pit sale Green Beauty Offers: AugustPrimal Pit Paste Natural Deodorant Inventory Blowout Sale: 25% off everything and certain products market down, up to an additional 10-25% off, giving you up to 50% off. Discount code: BIGBLOWOUT. Ends 17/8 or while stock lasts

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Cate McNabb Lip Glosses + Giveaway

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Cate McNabb Cosmetics Lip Glosses Cate McNabb Lip Glosses + GiveawayWhen it comes to choosing a lip gloss, I am all about nude “no-makeup” look. However, recently I’ve been loving bold, statement lips and mixing my red lipstick with a clear gloss. And then this Cate McNabb lip gloss in Wednesday Pink fell into my hands!
Cate McNabb Cosmetics is a “cruelty-free, paraben-free, non-pore clogging and never boring” makeup brand. I absolutely adore its lip glosses because of their stylish packages and 100% natural ingredient lists. I also noticed that these lip glosses do not contain perfume (you can find the essence of vanilla instead!) and carmine.

Ingredients (Wednesday Pink): Ricinus Communis, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis, Roman Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapeseed) Extract, Essence of Vanilla, May Contain(+/-):Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Mica CI 77019, Iron Oxides CI 77489, CI 77491 CI 77492, CI 77499.

Cate McNabb Cosmetics Lip Gloss Wednesday Pink Cate McNabb Lip Glosses + Giveaway

Cate McNabb Lip Gloss Wednesday Pink Cate McNabb Lip Glosses + GiveawayThe shade Wednesday Pink is a gorgeous mid-tone shimmery pink. You can see tiny cute glitters in the tube that become more of a juicy, wet shine once applied on the lips. I love love love that the gloss doesn’t feel sticky or heavy on the lips, but rather silky and smooth. It stays well, but gets eaten off easily, so I have to reapply it after every meal, which I don’t mind at all. More beautiful colors are available in the lip gloss range. Also, I really encourage you to check out hydrating Cate McNabb Lipsticks.

Cate McNabb lip gloss in Wednesday Pink:

Cate McNabb Wednesday Pink Swatch Cate McNabb Lip Glosses + Giveaway

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Now prepare yourself for some amazingness, because it’s GIVEAWAY time! 2 lucky readers will win Cate McNabb lip gloss in Wednesday Pink (pictured left) OR a flat matte coral nude Sunset Pink (pictured right):

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*This sample was sent to me free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are honest and my own.

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PitROK Crystal Deodorant Roll On And Wipes

PitRok Crystal Deodorant PitROK Crystal Deodorant Roll On And WipesDeodorant is something that I can’t imagine my daily routine without. Especially now, in this super hot weather. A lot of endless discussions going on about how toxic and dangerous drugstore deodorants could be. The main reason is that these deodorants contain Aluminum Chlorohydrate or Aluminum Zirconium. According to cancer.org, there’s only very little scientific evidence to support the claim that breast cancer risk and antiperspirant use are linked (source). However, it blocks the sweat glands and keeps the sweat from getting to the skin’s surface. Our body is smart, it has other ways to get rid of the toxins. But the main concern is that it’s not really 100% proved or denied whether aluminum tends to build up in the body, so when there’s a possibility, there’s always a worry.

PitRok Crystal Roll On Deodorant And Wipes PitROK Crystal Deodorant Roll On And WipesPitROK Crystal Deodorant (£4.99) and Crystal Deodorant Wipes (£2.49) come in a cute packaging. PitROK Crystal states to be fragranced for women and has a strong sweet scent, which feels a lot more like women’s cologne rather than a deodorant! These products are formulated without Aluminum Chlorohydrate and Aluminum Zirconium – they use Ammonium Alum, which is pure natural mineral salt. Also, there are no parabens, SLS/SLES, Propylene Glycol or Silicone (which might also block the sweat). They are 100% vegan and cruelty-free. However, I have to be honest and say that although these products are made without a lot of avoidable “nasties”, there still are a few ingredients that are controversial. So, these deodorants might be a better alternative if you are still using a drugstore deodorant/antiperspirant, but they are not 100% natural.

PitROK Crystal Wipes – Ingredients: Aqua, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, ammonium alum, phenoxyethanol, citrus grandis(grapefruit) seed extract, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, cocamidopropyl betaine, trisodium sulphosuccinate, parfum, linalool, limoene, citronellol, benzoic acid, dehydroacetic acid, hydroxymehtlypentylcoclohexenecarboxaldehyde, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, citric acid.

PitROK Crystal Roll On – Ingredients: Aqua (water), ammonium alum, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, hydroxyethylellulose, citrus grandis (grapefruit) seed extract, 2-bromo-2-nitropane-1,3-diol, phenoxyethanol, polysorbate20, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, parfum, limonene, linalool, citronellol, hydroxymethylpentylcyclohexene carboxaldehyde.

PitRok Deodorant Wipes PitROK Crystal Deodorant Roll On And WipesThese products were kindly sent to me by Organicopia, the UK based online natural and organic beauty shop. You can find brands such as Weleda, Green People and Faith In Nature or products like certified organic coconut oil and chia seeds in its stock. There’s also the 10% discount available for all products! Enter: organ1c10% at the checkout!

*These samples were sent to me free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are honest and my own.

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Desert Essence Organics Shampoos: Red Raspberry And Lemon Tea Tree

Desert Essence Organics Shampoos Desert Essence Organics Shampoos: Red Raspberry And Lemon Tea TreeI think it’s obvious that I’m a fan of Desert Essence, its Red Raspberry Shampoo for shine enhancement is one of my favorites, so of course I was curious to try other hair care products from this brand. I haven’t gotten around Red Raspberry Conditioner yet, I heard so many times how good it is, but I have a few conditioners already opened, so it’s still on my wish list.
I have already wrote a short review about Red Raspberry Shampoo in What’s In My Bathroom post and in a few other posts a while ago. My opinion hasn’t changed, I still keep repurchasing and loving it.
Desert Essence Organics Lemon Tea Tree Shampoo (approx $6/£4 for 237 ml on sale) is new to me. It’s a clarifying shampoo for oily hair and since my scalp can get oily pretty quick, I think it’s a good match for my hair. Though, I don’t use clarifying shampoos on a daily basis as I fear that they will dry out my hair ends.
I like the packaging, it’s bright and vivid – the kind of tube that’s perfect for a product with citrus. The scent is also citrus-like, but not pure lemon. I like how well the shampoo cleanses my scalp without leaving my hair ends too dry. When trying out a new shampoo, I sometimes like to use it without a wash-off conditioner for a few times just to see how my hair would feel and it didn’t feel too drying with this one. Also, little goes a long way with this shampoo, so it lasts a while.

Desert Essence Lemon Tea Tree shampoo Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, citrus limon (lemon) peel extract*, coco-glucoside (coconut/sugar), sodium coco-sulfate (coconut), lauryl glucoside (coconut/sugar), decyl glucoside (coconut/sugar), leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, sodium chloride, glycerin (palm)*, leptospermum petersonii oil (lemon tea tree), melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil*, panthenol (pro-vitamin B-5), lepidium meyenii root extract (maca root)*, yucca brevifolia root extract (yucca cactus)*, symphytum officinale leaf extract (comfrey)*, urtica dioica (nettle) leaf extract*, macrocystis pyrifera extract (sea kelp)*, salix alba (willow) bark extract*, citric acid, potassium sorbate. *Certified organic. 100% vegan/wheat & gluten free.

Have you tried Dessert Essence Organics Lemon Tea Tree Shampoo?

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Green Beauty Companies That Give Back

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A while ago I read an article The Rise of Conscious Capitalism: Why Doing Good is Good Business by Darren Dahl. It’s a very inspirational article and has a quote by Craig Wichner, managing director of Farmland LP – “We need to take people, planet and profits when it comes to accounting for our businesses. Making money is easy. Making money while making the world a better place—now that’s worth getting out of bed in the morning for.”. That quote has really got me thinking.
Personally, I love campaigns like Pink October. From the customers point of view, it feels great to be a part of a good cause. It also shows me that by participating in such campaigns my favorite beauty company cares. About people, community or the environment. But what about being involved in a permanent commitment? Green companies (including green beauty) are also doing a great job by offering healthy and, mostly, sustainable products. However, it seems more and more companies, even small, home-based businesses are running or participating in social and environmental projects.

ALIMA PURE is a natural mineral make-up brand, which is now well-known worldwide. Alima Pure is not only a proud B Corporation, but also has been a member of 1% For The Planet non-profit organization (donating 1% of annual sales revenue) since the first company year.

AU NATURALE is US based natural beauty company with a wide beautiful makeup range. 10% of au Naturale sales are dedicated to support children education in Zambia.

DR. BRONNER’S SOAPS well known for their versatility and quality. This soap company supports various social worldwide programs and also runs its own non-profit The Dr. Bronner’s Family Foundation.

LOGOCOS (includes brands like Sante, Logona, etc.) is a large organic beauty company. Originally from Germany, this company is now well known around the world. The company supports various projects like Richard Branson’s Carbon Room War organization, Açai cultivation project, Organic Henna from Egipt and other.

PORTLAND BEE BALM – is a small US (Portland) based business. I recently reviewed their lovely lip balms. The company supports small local businesses, including beekeepers.

SOBIO ETIC is a French organic beauty company, which is also a proud member of 1% For The Planet.

SUNDARA is a handmade soap company based in the US, which runs hygiene education and infrastructure projects in countries like Haiti, Ghana and India. For every soap you purchase, $1.00 is donated to these projects. Watch Sundara founder and CEO talking about the power of localized soap recycling:

I know that I mentioned only a small part of green beauty brands involved in various social or environmental projects, but I feel very inspired by each and every one of them. By their message and commitment. I know there are many other great companies out there, so if you know any, please share about them in the comments! It’s not about which has done it “more” or “better”, but some recognition won’t hurt icon smile Green Beauty Companies That Give Back

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Desert Essence New Product Launch + Giveaway

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Desert Essence New Collection 660x346 Desert Essence New Product Launch + GiveawayI think you know from my previous posts how obsessed I am with Desert Essence Red Raspberry Shampoo. Along with its great hair care products, Desert Essence has a wide line of bath & body products as well: bar soaps, body and hand washes, body lotions, etc. Well, recently this line has got even wider when Desert Essence announced the launch of two new scents: Italian Lemon and Island Mango!
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Desert Essence Island Mango Duo:
* Island Mango Soap Bar is a gentle and nourishing GMO-free, gluten-free soap with the sweet Mango scent (RV $4.99 for 50z).
* Island Mango Hand & Body Lotion is a deeply moisturizing body lotion with tropical scent of Mango and Passion fruit (RV $8.99 for 8 oz).

Desert Essence Italian Lemon Duo Desert Essence New Product Launch + GiveawayDesert Essence Italian Lemon Duo:
* Italian Lemon Exfoliating Soap Bar is a revitalizing and exfoliating GMO-free, gluten-free soap bar with Jojoba Seed Powder and Oat Kernel Flour and a citrus scent (RV $4.99 for 50z).
* Italian Lemon Hand & Body Lotion is a refreshing, energizing and quickly absorbing body lotion with an invigorating citrus scent (RV $8.99 for 8 oz).

Find Desert Essence: website | Facebook | Twitter

Another happy day here at Organic Beauty Blogger. Why? Because I’m happy to be hosting a Desert Essence giveaway! 2 lucky readers will win one of Desert Essence newly launched duos: Italian Lemon Soap Bar + Italian Lemon Hand & Body Lotion or Island Mango Soap Bar + Island Mango Hand & Body Lotion!

As usual, terms and conditions:
1. The giveaway is for US only.
2. Please enter using Rafflecopter widget below
3. One entry per person
4. You can earn extra entries (as always, not mandatory)
5. The giveaway ends on August 3rd (Sunday)
6. 2 Winners will be chosen randomly and announced shortly after.

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Good luck! x

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Pacifica 7 Free Nail Polish + Giveaway

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Pacifica 7 Free Vegan Nail Polish Pacifica 7 Free Nail Polish + GiveawayIf you haven’t already heard the hot news – Pacifica just launched a new line of 7-Free Nail Polish!
It goes without saying that many of us are already choosing 3-Free or 5-Free nail polishes for our manicures and pedicures. There’s no such thing as natural nail polish, however, these are considered much safer alternatives. Pacificas newest creation 7-Free Nail Polish is formulated without: formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, phthalates, camphor, xylene and parabens. Also, these nail polishes are 100% vegan and cruelty-free.
There are 25 colors in the new collection + 7-Free Top & Base Coat (Gloss) + 7-Free Top Coat (Matte). You can find:
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Pink Moon | Pale Blue Eyes | Blushing Bunnies | Crystal Orchid

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Abalone | Heart Of Gold | Sunshine Daydream | Unicorn Horn

Pacifica 7 Free Nail Polish Purples Pacifica 7 Free Nail Polish + Giveaway
Amethyst Castle | Rebels Rose | Purple Haze

Pacifica 7 Free Nail Polish Oceanic Pacifica 7 Free Nail Polish + Giveaway
1972 Pool Party | Fantasea | Nirvana Nirvana | Turquoise Tiara

Pacifica 7 Free Nail Polish Earthy Pacifica 7 Free Nail Polish + Giveaway
Psychedelic Jungle | Dark Desert Highway | Drift

Pacifica 7 Free Nail Polish Corals Pacifica 7 Free Nail Polish + Giveaway
Tangerine Speedo | Fluorescent Sunset | Totally Coral | Afterglow

Pacifica 7 Free Nail Polish Hot Reds Pacifica 7 Free Nail Polish + Giveaway
Red Red Wine | Cinnamon Girl | Crimson Kimono

Pacifica 7-Free Nail Polishes retail for $9 each.

Ways to find out more about Pacifica: website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

More news – I’m super excited to be hosting a giveaway for Pacifica! There will be 2 winners and each will get 1 Pacifica 7-Free Nail Polish from the new line!

Terms and conditions:
1. The giveaway is for US only.
2. Please enter using Rafflecopter widget below
3. One entry per person
4. You can earn extra entries (as always, not mandatory)
5. The giveaway ends on August 3rd (Sunday)
6. 2 Winners will be chosen randomly and announced shortly after.

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Good luck! x

*PR samples. All opinions are honest and my own.

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Alterra Extreme Volume Mascara In Black

Alterra Organic Extreme Volume Mascara Alterra Extreme Volume Mascara In BlackAlterra Extreme Volume Mascara in 01 Black is another item from my Germany Beauty Haul! The packaging is a very simple green mascara tube. Its brush is also quite simple and ordinary – about medium size and medium density. The mascara is easy to use without staining the eye lids or under the eyes. But.. Yes, here comes a big, fat “but”. I really don’t like the saying “you get what you pay for”, well, this is exactly the case with this Alterra Extreme Volume Mascara (it retails for about 4 EUR for 9 ml tube). I can give it credit for nicely separating the lashes, however, that’s all. It gives only a tiny bit of volume and no curl. If you like your lashes looking natural, then you might like the look it gives you. But if you are “big lashes” kind of girl, like me, then you might be left feeling quite disappointed.

Alterra Extreme Volume natural mascara 660x460 Alterra Extreme Volume Mascara In BlackMoreover, it’s not only the fact that this mascara doesn’t have anything to do with its title “Extreme Volume”, but also it’s very short-lasting. It looks fine on my lashes for about 3 or 4 hours and then starts to crumble and stain my under eye area. At first, I though that maybe it was hot weather causing this, but it’s the same story on cooler days as well.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Alcohol*, Magnesium Silicate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Stearic Acid, Sorbitol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Rhus Verniciflua Peel Wax, Parfum (Essential Oils), Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Caramel, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol, Linalool, CI 77499. BDIH Certified.

Alterra Extreme Volume Mascara in 01 Black:
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Have you tried Alterra mascaras? I also have Alterra Max Lash Booster Mascara, which I’m now very interested to try.

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