Green Skincare is Awesome? Yah I know.

Another Beauty personality(s) is falling in love with green skin care and we’re all over here like…yah duh.

This time it’s Kypris!

KYPRIS is a luxurious line of holistic, high-performance skin care boasting organic, wild crafted, and sustainably grown botanicals for gorgeous skin and an ecstatic experience of your unique Beauty.

All formulations are 100% natural and nature-derived, scented and preserved with essential oils and plant extracts, packaged in glass, and never tested on animals.

Kypris is Luxe.

in ingredients

in experience

… in price

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I myself splurged one day before I had a child when I didn’t spend money on things like poop liners and pureed zuchinni, bananas, and amaranth.

You should splurge on what’s important to you, skin care is to me…especially the stuff that’s going to sink is and do some serious work…purses , NOPE (The last purse I bought was not purchased in this decade and was from TJMaxx.

To each there own…I guess people say ‘you do you’ now…

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I actually ran out of it this morning and I’m in mourning. I love this oil and after nurturing my face through that cluster of pregnancy and post-natal hormones it’s gone on to a better place.

YOU WILL BE MISSED Kypris Beauty Elixir!!!

But two non-green beauty lovers are swooning over this new-to-them brand and it’s Caroline Hirons and Lily Pebbles.

Worry not my rehabers! Caroline is giving some away!! That’s right, part of her Christmas  giveaway series includes Kypris.

GET THEE TO THE INTERNET AND PUT YOUR NAME IN HERE!!!
(then send some more beauty elixir III to me because I’m close to tears)

Head over to those links to hear the great things they have to say, and if you want to treat yo’ self (RIP P&R) you can do it at Credo Beauty or Citrine Natural Beauty.

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Oh Joy! Another Giveaway!!

Are you guys enjoying the labor day sales?? There’s not much time left so if you haven’t, now’s a great time to fill in the holes in your medicine cabinet.

BUT I’M NOT DONE YET!  I’m back this week with another giveaway and discount for you! Joy from Natural Joy Beauty sent over some products for me to try, and I loved them so much we decided to give some away!! It’s like the labor day that just keeps on…’labor daying’….’laboring’….they’re getting worse so I’m going to quit before it get’s too bad.

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First, I want to say that I have ordered from NJB before.  So she did not contact me out of the blue and I’m not sending you somewhere I wouldn’t go (didn’t go) myself. In fact, I’m a huge NJB fan. Why you ask? How polite you are…

Heavy hitting Brands

Joy’s store has some of my all-star brands like Lauren Brooke Cosmestiques, Bumble & Bee Organic, Blissoma, Gabriel ZUZU Luxe, Aquarella, Lotus Moon, Pure Anada, Waxelene, and PRIIA just to name a few.

Samples

For a huge percentage of their products you can order samples! HALLELUJAH! Just go to the product page that you want and in the drop down size option you’ll see “trial size” where available.  It still baffles me that stores with no storefront don’t offer samples. I will not buy $100 face cream with out samples. done. end of story. sweet heaven above…

Deals

Joy’s store always has a deal , or something going one, whether it’s a coupon, or buy-one-get-one deal, to a giveaway, there’s always something exciting happening so make sure to follow her on twitter or facebook!

So what happens when Joy and TBR team up?! We give stuff away. THAT’S RIGHT. FREE STUFF. BOOYAH.

But first, some back story…

Right when I first started rehab I found Joy’s store and spent a lot of time checking for samples and looking at the different products. Some of the things I’ve found in the past from her have been the Adzuki Bean & Rose Petal Polishing Powder and the Beta Carrot 10 mask by Lotus Moon, the Pure Sensitive Skin Soothing Complex  and the Smooth A+ Moisture Serum  by Blissoma, and the new-to-me company Bumble & Bee Organic whose products are SUPER CLEAN and come from one of the most informed women in the business.

Then, I was watching NJB through twitter where they were having a great sale , so I made a big deal about it  because it WAS A SWEET DEAL PEOPLE.

Joy was either nervous, or excited by my fervor (jury’s still out) and reached out to see if I would like to try anything and do a giveaway for the TBR readers!

I of course responded with a, HELL YES, and then told her about 75 things I would try, and was like “Joy, I can’t narrow it down, you choose for me.”

Which brings us back to the the point of this post…

 Joy graciously sent me some Purple Moon Luxe perfumes in Magic, Innuendo, and Midnight; as well as the Lauren Brooke eye color in Eggplant, a deep purple matte color, and the Lauren Brooke bronzer in Golden.

First, I don’t usually wear perfume or fragrance. the first reason being because the chemical fragrances that are LSInnuendoWhBkmass-produced actually hurt my nose after cleaning out all of my products with them and secondly with using other oils on my face and body I usually smell good enough.  I didn’t even wear it for my wedding. I brought the only one I had ever rally worn before with me, took the obligatory bottle draped by the jewelry I wore and never sprayed it.

Solid clean oils though? I LIKE. First, they ebb and flow their intensity with your body heat. sexy. Secondly, they’re about a million times easier to apply. Go ahead and spray some perfume on. Get it on your neck or behind your ear without getting it near your mouth…I’ll wait…

RIGHT?!?! We won’t even go into trying to spray behind your knees, elbows, or chest….because it would get real weird, real quick.

MOVING ON.

My favorite scent was Magic. Innuendo was a little too rich for me, and midnight was just a little ‘off’  for my nose, but Magic was just that, magical.  It was the sweet spot of floral (Jasmine) and fruity (citrus)without being overpowering. my only issue is that while I got the sample size which came in cute little plastic packages, but the full size product is in a deodorant container. Now this is neither Joy’s fault, or even a deterrent for me…it’s just weird.

UPDATE: JOY INFORMED ME THAT IT’S NOT A DEODORANT TUBE. IT’S A SLIM MINI PUSH TUBE. HONESTLY, YOU COULD PUT IN AN ICE CREAM CONE AND I’D STILL LOVE IT. BUT IT’S GODO TO KNOW THAT THEY’RE SUPER PORTABLE AND EASY TO THROW IN YOUR PURSE OR FOR TRAVEL!

Bronzers2_2-12_1024x1024The bronzer I was concerned about.  I recently had tried one from a very big name and was shocked. It looked like Lisa Frank went to the Jersey shore then slapped me in the face. WHEN DID GLITTER CHUNKS COME BACK INTO STYLE??  I know young people now are INEXPLICABLY wearing acid wash cut offs with the pockets hanging out again (I’m looking are you nasty gal!) but the 90’s should not be coming back on our faces in the form of glitter.

ClearlyI was having issues.

The LBC bronzer was beautifully matte and tan, not orange. So it created a beautiful warm glow on me that I’m still using in the place of blush/contouring. The other great thing about thiEye_Colour_Trio1_2-27_1024x1024s bronzer? a little goes a looooooong way.  It is frustratingly a loose powder (I prefer the pressed for more control) but it’s another great product from the great American line.

Last but not least was the LBC shadow in eggplant.  This beautiful (but loose, grrrrr.) shadow is a true purple and I knew I’d like it as a hazel/green-eyed person.  My main question was how pigmented is it and how long will it last?

I used my coverup as an eye primer and did two looks, a subtle purple and a bold look. (Un)surprisingly, they both looked awesome, unlike my faces in the photos below!

This first picture is a natural day look with a hint of purple that used a small amount of the powder! To complete this look I used my zuzu luxe mascara and LBC bronzer on the cheeks

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These other pictures were to show the range of the shadow and just how pigmented it is.  It’s truly a day to night to costume party kind of product! (no dogs were harmed in this shoot) I used just an angled brush and the purple on my lash line and crease, zuzu luxe mascara,the LBC bronzer and the Red Apple Lipstick Honey Badger gloss in this first dramatic look:

In this second look I punched up the lip with Ilia’s orange Voila lipstick!  Please note  how quickly my ‘photo sessions’ deteriorate.

So that’s my review, now it’s time for you all!

First, go to Natural Joy Beauty and check out the LBC eye colours here, here, here and here , and bronzers, or cheek colour, then come back here and fill out the form below for your chance to win any LBC eye color and bronzer/cheek colour yourself!! The contest will run until Sunday Evening and a winner will be notified and drawn next Monday!

 
Until then, keep the party going and Save 15% OFF any orders they place NOW-9/30/14 with promo code: “TOXIC” no limit to number of uses during that time.

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Beauty Boxes

How many of you out there use a subscription service?  You know , for a monthly fee you can sign up and have a package delivered to your door filled with a surprise selection of goodies.

This style of service is becoming incredibly popular and lucrative with everything from food, like Blue Apron, to Pet supplies like BarkBox.

Green Beauty is in on the game too.

The best thing about the green beauty/subscription service collab is that it’s one of the best ways to get samples and try new products.   Since there’s no organic Sephora, or organic Macy’s counter you can go an try something on from a heavy handed lady who smells like the inside of a 1990’s magazine…a subscription service is a lot of fun, and easy to try.

I’ve got three options for you today.

  • BirchBox.   I’m sure we’ve heard about this one before, it was one of the first subscription services and home-box-women3reads like a Hollywood movie.  Two attractive Harvard educated women get together with their beauty editor friend and come up with this idea to try products through a mail service and it turns into a giant success. Please excuse me, I’m going to go run 13 miles and read Nietzsche for an hour or so… AND I’M BACK. (It didn’t work btw, don’t do it, I can’t move my legs).  The company focuses really ont he beauty industry as a whole, but as we greenies…green-azons…green-oddesses….know, not all of these products are created equal, not all of the products support women, the environment, and help more than harm your skin.  There is , however, a tiny section on the site called “Ingredient-Conscious Picks” .  There is a range to how clean their products are in this section, from the “ehhhhhhhhhhh you’re one ingredient away from being car wash” to “SAWEET…it’s my favorite brands from Rehab”.  Some of the better brands include Acure Organics, RMS Beauty, 100% Pure and Wild Honey Apothecary.  The best way to use this store is if you’re a weener*…that came out wrong…a go-between , for those toxic products you have a hard time letting go of, but want access to the clean stuff too. *The problem with Birch box is that you can’t control what comes to you, or even how green your picks are, so if you only want green products you can only buy the full sized options.  Better off with Option 2 or 3…
  • $10/month (NY, NJ, MA, TN, and VA sales tax may apply) free shipping and only available outside the US in available in FranceSpain and the UK.

 

  • Vegan Cuts Beauty Box.  If you’re Vegan, you’ll love this ( admittedly one of the most obvious sentences I’ve ever vegan cuts beauty boxwritten).  Here’s why it’s Vegan for beauty on the outside, and health on the inside!  Even if you aren’t vegan, having a diet that’s pased on non gmo-food, local and ethical meat in small servings, and tons of fruits and veggies, you will not only be healthier on the inside, but on the outside as well.  No matter how hard we try, or commericals yell in our faces, skin is just an organ, you treat it like shit it will look like shit. ANYWAYS. Vegan cuts has a box of food AND a box of beauty products. Not all amazing green beauty products are Vegan, but many of them are, and if you ARE vegan this is a great choice.  It includes many brands like Meow Meow Tweet, Mun, and Pacifica. The down side? It’s an American based company, so Canadians and Swedes (LEGIT SOMEONE FROM SWEDEN READ MY BLOG ONCE…I HAVE NO IDEA WHO THIS IS, I KNOW NO ONE IN SWEDEN, BUT IT WAS AMAAAAAZING), you have to pay $15 shipping on top of the box subscription price.  They also have fashion which include t-shirts with messages for causes on them such as this necklace:00001509_l
  • $19.95 PER MONTH/ free shipping within the US

 

  • Last , but most certainly not least, the mac-daddy of beauty boxes for the  Green-heads: the timthumbGoodeboxGoodebox only works with thoroughly evaluated, mission based brands committed to using the best, non-toxic ingredients to create innovative, performance based products that respect people, animals & planet. They have like 64 brands , all of which are awesome and clean that they work with, and it’s the only kind of product you’re going to get. They’re boxes don’t just have makeup and skin care, they also have teas, scar cream, soap, smoothie mixes, etc. Another reason why they’re the  mac-daddy?  You know how I slightly obsess over the brand La Bella Figura, well the two of them, along with other great vendors are putting on THE green beauty event of the year this year out in LA This year, ANFGB will be held on Thursday, August 7th at the ultra hip W Hotel Los Angeles-nightforgreenbeautyWestwood, bigger and better to highlight 22 very special niche brands. You will find the crème de la crème in several categories for an intimate and delightful shopping experience you’re unlikely to forget. You will enjoy sipping on California’s premiere juice brand, Pressed Juicery while indulging in our complimentary Mini Mani Nail Station, Organic Makeup Lounge or sampling delectable perfumes from our delicious Scent Bar. Bring your friends and join us for the most exciting beauty party of the year!  The only downside?  This box has been around for awhile, so if you’re just discovering a brand, or product it may not come around again for awhile since they’re constantly trying to keep their selection fresh for the people who have a subscribed for awhile. 
  • $18.00 monthly or every other month

 

 

Anyone try one of these services? anyone interested in trying one?

 

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