23 April 2014

My latest obsession: JOSIE MARAN Argan Infinity Lip And Cheek Creamy Oil

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JOSIE MARAN Argan Infinity Lip And Cheek Creamy OilJOSIE MARAN Argan Infinity Lip And Cheek Creamy Oil swatchedJOSIE MARAN Argan Infinity Lip And Cheek Creamy Oil blended

Last Saturday while running errands, I went to Sephora to return something.  When I walked in the door, the first thing I saw were the Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip And Cheek Creamy Oil.  It was front and center and there was no way around it!  I was drawn in like a moth to a flame.  I had recently added some Josie Maran products to the imaginary wish list in my head after reading this post from Phyrra.

Even though my bank account would have benefitted much more by a simple return, I exchanged the skincare I was bringing back for this Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil in Limitless Pink.  I picked it because it seemed to be the sheerest of the bunch.  It’s the opposite of what most people would do, I know, but I’m weird like that!

Limitless Pink can be applied to either your lips or cheeks (obviously).  When applied to the lips it is very soothing and I can literally feel it change from a cream to an oil.  It adds a rosy tint to my lips, more of a tinted lip treatment than a gloss or a balm.  My lips feel hydrated for several hours after applying.  The closest thing I can think to compare it to is my Bite Beauty Agave Mask that I apply when I go to bed, but in a thinner consistency.

The main reason I purchased Limitless Pink was to work as a cheek product!  I have been reaching more and more for my IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumination (click here for my review).  I picked up the light version during their recent Friends & Family sale.  It’s the only powder foundation I have ever truly enjoyed wearing because it does not look powdery or highlight the dry patches on my face.  My cheeks can look dry though, after applying a powder blush!  Since I can’t have that I wanted to find a creamy cheek product I could layer over the foundation when I am getting ready for work in the morning. 

And that folks, is the reason I wanted a more sheer color -  the lighting in my beauty room is horrid at 7:00 in the morning and I often find myself in the bathroom at work trying to blend the blush on the right cheek with my fingers!  I have no trouble blending Limitless Pink.  It applies effortlessly without disturbing the foundation beneath it and gives my cheeks a healthy, radiant glow, perfect for work.  It even lasts all day when worn over a powder, though only 6-7 hours when wearing my beloved BB or CC creams.

Now that I know the Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil works so well for me, I will be headed back to Sephora to pick up Endless Guava and Everlasting Honey!
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22 April 2014

Top 10 Earth Friendly Nail Brands

Top 10 Earth Friendly Nail Brands

Happy Earth Day!  I have always loved Earth Day.  I was that kid in school that got made fun of because I had notebooks made out of recycled paper.  Now, it’s totally normal to purchase recycled paper products, but back in 7th grade (1991?) it wasn’t “cool.”  Not until I went to college in Boulder, Colorado did I feel like I fit in.  In fact, I was way less “green” than most of the students there!

This Earth Day the ladies of Top Ten Tuesday are discussing our favorite "green" brands or products. I am sharing with you 10 Earth Friendly Nails Brands.  Some are cruelty-free, some are vegan, but all are ecofriendly!  I haven’t yet had the chance to try all of these brands yet, but I want to!

Brands I Have Tried

Syrup Glitter Sandwich
Zoya Frida Syrup Mani


Since its inception, ZOYA has been the pioneer of toxin-free nail polish, releasing the most beautiful colors in the healthiest formula available each season. With Zoya Nail Polish, you don’t have to compromise a healthier lifestyle for a glamorous one… go worry-free with a formula that is free of nasty chemicals like Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene and Camphor.

Now you can join smart, eco-chic women who are changing their world, one gorgeous Zoya Nail Polish bottle at a time! To help kick start your “color cleanse”, the Zoya Earth Day Nail Polish Exchange is BACK for 2014. Not only is ZOYA making it easy to swap out old, unwanted color for the world’s healthiest and longest wearing natural nail polish formula on the market, we will dispose of your old shades in an eco-friendly manner! This offer is only good for 1 week so hurry – Don’t Wait!

Beach Girl Beach Undies
Chrome Girl Beach Undies (provided for review)

Chrome Girl

A collaboration between Jaime Boreanaz and Melissa Ravo, and their respective husbands David Boreanaz and Aaron Ravo, Chrome Girl was launched in February 2013 as a fashionable alternative to the harsh and dangerous nail polishes currently on the market. It is a product that is 5-free, which means it is produced without formaldehyde, DBP, toluene, fomaldehyde resin or camphor.

Poshinality Tomboy
Poshinality Tomboy (provided for review)


POSHINALITY is 5-free, meaning no harmful toxins like DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde,  Formaldehyde  Resin & Camphor will be found in its formula. Additionally, POSHINALITY is vegan;  none of its polishes are tested on animals and do not contain animal ingredients.

Through B. Cause, POSHINALITY donates a portion of its revenue to social causes and campaigns that drive for long-term change.  B. Cause which stands for Beauty Cause seeks to expand the definition of beauty through giving.  POSHINALITY’s current areas of focus are domestic violence, sex trafficking, AIDS awareness/care and global clean water initiatives.

Mineral Fusion Cerulean Rock
Mineral Fusion Cerulean Rock

Mineral Fusion

Based in Denver, Mineral Fusion began as a mineral cosmetics brand in 2007.  Our approach to cosmetics and personal care has four goals:  First, we aim to bring our customers the revitalizing and protecting benefits of minerals, such as magnesium, copper and zinc, which also provide antioxidant defense against damaging free radicals.  Second, we aim to leave the skin in better condition than we found it. This includes providing active ingredients that heal and care for the skin and hair, as well as making our products free of gluten, parabens, talc, artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, SLS, and phthalates.  Third, we want our product to contribute a level of social wellbeing and have officially partnered with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence to support women in need.  Fourth, we are committed to sustainability and utilize wind power, soy inks, packaging from recycled materials and packaging that is recyclable.

SpaRitual Rhythm of Lim
SpaRitual Rhythm of Life


Lifestyle futurist Shel Pink captured the attention of the spa industry when she founded and launched SpaRitual in 2004. With a clear idea of an enlightened consumer in mind, she called them SpaRitualists, and created a brand to honor the collective mind, body and spirit.  Our nail lacquers and nail care essentials are vegan and formulated without DBP, toulene, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin. All SpaRitual products packaged responsibly and are designed to complement an enhanced multisensory experience.

Cult Nails Toxic Seaweed 3
Cult Nails Toxic Seaweed

Cult Nails

Cult Nails is 3 Free which means it does not contain formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phtalate. Cult Nails polish is also camphor free, cruelty free and considered a vegan friendly product. "When creating this line it was important to me that not only can I safely wear it, but so can my daughters."  The focus is on creating trend setting polish colors that are fun and safe while taking an earth friendly stance in everything we do." In fact Cult Nails commitment to being earth friendly means removing unnecessary packaging, using boxes for shipping that are made from 100% recycled materials and shipping packages with reusable packing materials, like cotton balls.

Brands I Have Not Tried (but want to!)



Pacifica’s new line of polish, 7 FREE, is missing the toxic chemicals one would usually find in nail polish.   As always, 100% Vegan. Cruelty-free.   7 FREE is formulated without phthalates (dibutyl phthalate), toluene, xylene, parabens, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and animals.  Pacifica manufactures in the U.S.A. This gives us greater control over ingredients, the manufacturing process, product quality and the working conditions of our employees.Pacifica supports our local economy, working with local box manufacturers and other suppliers. This requires less shipping of goods into our facility, which in turn means less energy use, less green house gas emissions and reduced carbon footprint.


Scotch Naturals

Scotch Naturals™ polish has a lot in common with the women who wear it. We are smart, fun, and forward thinking. We care about the environment, and we come in a wide variety of colors. When we want to look and feel our best, we choose natural products, knowing it’s not just healthier for us, but for the world around us.  Making the change to non-toxic nail polish is one you won’t regret. Scotch Naturals is a safe and eco-friendly alternative to conventional polish. Our revolutionary water-based formula delivers long lasting, salon-quality results in a stunning array of sophisticated shades.


Priti NYC

Known among beauty insiders as the pioneering leader in luxury eco-friendly nail polish, the quick success and notoriety of PRITI NYC can be attested to it's founder, Kim D'amato. The idea behind PRITI NYC came alive during her pregnancy. D'amato made a conscious effort to switch to organic foods and health products, yet couldn't seem to find a way to  beautify herself in the same natural manner.  In 2005, D'amato launched PRITI NYC with one simple mission: to support organic  farmers and to decrease the amount of chemicals poisoning the Earth- and it's  inhabitants- one manicure at a time.


Piggy Paint

Piggy Paint is a natural, eco-friendly nail polish designed for fancy girls. Its non-toxic, hypoallergenic formula makes it safe to use on all piggies.  Piggy Paint dries to a hard, durable finish that can easily be removed with our eco-friendly, low odor Piggy Paint nail polish remover. Both are made in the USA!  Available in an assortment of gift sets perfect for Holidays and other special occasions. Say good-bye to harsh, smelly chemicals and hello to Piggy Paint...it's as Natural as Mud®!
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21 April 2014

butter LONDON Lolly Bright LIPPY’s – Twee, Chuffed and Stroppy

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butter LONDON Lolly Brights LIPPY Sheer Lip Gloss

This morning I brought you two polishes from the butter LONDON Lolly Brights collection, and this evening I have three of the LIPPY Sheer Lip Glosses for you! 
 butter LONDON LIPPY - Twee, Chuffed and Stroppy

This glosses are all named after the original Jelly collection – Twee, a sheer magenta, Chuffed, a sheer tangerine, and Stroppy, a sheer radiant orchid. 

butter LONDON LIPPY swatches - Twee, Chuffed and Stroppy

Each gloss has gorgeous shimmer particles that make your lips appear larger than life.  I am a big fan of the way these feel on the lips – and they smell even better!  Unlike some previous incarnations of the LIPPY glosses, these have a light fragrance that fades quickly after applying.  It’s sweet and not at all floral, which is the problem I had with the original formula.

Overall I am loving these glosses!  I thought my favorite would be Twee, but Chuffed is my favorite.  Though it’s sheer, it’s the most true-to-color on the lips.  A great way for wimps like me to pull off an orange lip!

The butter LONDON Lolly Brights LIPPY’s retail for $20.00 and are available at ULTA.com, Macys.com, Zappos.com and www.butterlondon.com.  I highly recommend checking them out!  Don't forget to check out the polishes too!
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