Clean Beauty Awards- CertClean & Pur Picks- Proud Judge

Hello fellow green beauties! I am super excited about this next blog-post as this is when I finally share the news that I have the inside scoop on the Cert Clean and Pur Picks Clean Beauty Awards!

I was lucky enough to be selected as one of last years judges and learning more about the founder and the mission behind Cert Clean, I am beyond honored to collaborate with them and share with you this years winners and the amazing mission behind the company. I personally tested face care and eyeliner and was elated to find some of my tried and true favorites! Brands like 100% Pure and Zuii Organics made the list.

This will be the first of a series of posts about the company and brands involved, the product winners, and my personal favorites.

Out of 311 entries made from all over the world the products were filtered down to the top 15 products under the categories of:

Be sure to visit www.cleanbeautyawards.com/2018-finalists for the complete list of Finalists under each category. Finalists were determined by the average scores of over 80 judges in twelve countries, which I really appreciate because you get truly get an unbiased approach that considers a persons geography, culture, climate, etc.

The mission is to promote the excellence and performance of “free from” beauty products to accelerate the growth of the clean beauty movement. 
For more information: www.cleanbeautyawards.co

Who is Cert Clean?

Cert Clean is a respected Certification system that helps facilitate the shopping process when it comes to finding clean, nontoxic products you can trust. They specifically assess products to ensure they are not formulated with harmful ingredients. CertClean is North America’s leading certification for safer skincare products – over 1000 products carry the CertClean seal of approval.

“CertClean assesses, approves and certifies clean beauty products – look for 1000+ products proudly bearing the CertClean mark.” 

CertClean Team

CertClean partnered up with PurPicks on this Awards to promote and educate people on the cleanest products out there, in order to avoid the use on conventional toxic filled products. There is no reason to compromise on what makes us look and feel good, so CertClean makes it easy for us to choose the best of the best.

Who is PurPicks?

PurPicks is a start-up company, they are total trail blazers in the green beauty industry. They have created the world’s biggest database of certified organic and no-toxic products.

For those unfamiliar with CertClean — it is a certification for safer skincare; it isn’t about how organic or how natural the formulation is but whether or not it contains harmful chemicals.

Why Should You Care?

When buying new products or trying to figure out what would work best for your body, finding the time and putting together all of the information can be overwhelming. Figuring out all of the ins and outs of products can be time consuming. Supporting movements like the CertClean Awards and spreading the word about efforts made to make this world a safer and cleaner place makes all of the difference. I believe change starts with discourse and education. So let’s help spread the word and change the world together!

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Think Dirty August Subscription Box: REVIEW

The Think Dirty Curated Beauty Box ($95 USD) is by far one of the best Organic and Natural Beauty Subscription boxes on the market. They are in partnership with Green Beauty companies that have a clean rating of 0-3 on their app, which makes it that much easier to make the transition to cleaner products in both the beauty and lifestyle department. I love subscription boxes as they make it a fun way to discover new brands for the fraction of the price if you were to buy each product individually, this box, in particular, had over $200 worth of products!

As you all know I’ve been on a journey to living a healthier and happier lifestyle. I’ve been swapping products I use on a daily basis and using the Think Dirty app along the way has helped me out immensely. I’ve become obsessed with using this app to swap out conventional toxic products for natural and organic options. For more info on this app and some more resources to help you make the switch check out my previous blog-post here. I am so grateful and super excited to receive the Think Dirty August Limited Edition Beauty Box, keep reading for details on the amazing products below! I am going to touch on the products I am most curious or super excited about. Comment below if you’ve tried out the Think Dirty box or let me know which Green Beauty box is your favorite! There is a coupon code for you lovies at the end so make sure you read through it all so you don’t miss out!

100% Pure Everywhere Sun Stick

100% Pure is on the top of my list when it comes to organic makeup brands and I trust their skincare with my sensitive and acne-prone skin. I haven’t had the chance to try much else from their brand. So when I received the Everywhere Sun Stick ($20 USD) I was really happy because A. it is a travel sized sunscreen… I’m obsessed with travel size products, they’re so convenient and cute! What’s not to love? B. it is SPF of 30 using non-nano ingredients and C. it is sunscreen, but stick version, which leaves no room for mess. The SPF 30 provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

The formulation for stick sunscreens are infamous for their white cast. However, leave it to 100% pure to solve that problem for ya. This stick applies creamy and fades away after warming it up on your skin. If you have acne-prone or sensitive skin do not worry I did not breakout when using this the other day, and it is non-comedogenic

Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (2.5 %) Titanium Dioxide (8%) other ingredients: *Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) *Certified Organic Ingredients 

LUCID n Dirty Coffee Scrub

Lucid n Dirty is a coffee based scrub that is to be used in one to two sessions per week which in turn will help reduce stretch marks and remove the dead cells from the surface of your skin. The fresh aroma of coffee is amazing to wake up to in the morning, but I have to be honest with you guys, I don’t think I will be purchasing this specific scrub anytime soon. Going for $50 USD, it is way too pricey for my budget, although it does deliver as a great exfoliator it performs on the same level as my Shea Moisture Drugstore version… I also couldn’t find a list of their ingredients on their site which worried me.

Elate Clean Cosmetics

Ingredients: Mica, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines, Bambusa Arundinacea (Bamboo) stem extract. May contain: Titanium Dioxide 

Pictured from left to right: Fairy,Magi, Ethereal

Although the elate eyeshadows ($18 USD) didn’t come in every box the ThinkDirty team was super sweet in sending me not one but THREE different shades! I am super impressed with how pigmented they were and how you can use them as blushes, highlights, or shadows. For my tan skin tone the shades were a little chalky at first but once it warmed up on my skin, it settled nicely. 

Cleaning Essentials: The Original Bottle

I was SO excited about this glass refillable 16 oz blue spray bottle ($16 USD)  that gives you a guideline in making the perfect all-natural, nontoxic homemade cleaners. It makes it sooo simple for you to toss the toxins and clean away using simple natural ingredients. All you have to do is choose a recipe, add ingredients to the fill lines on the bottle, shake, and you’re ready to clean! Every time you mix up a batch of cleaner, you not only are helping eliminate the waste of a plastic bottle (indirectly helping to save the universe), but you also avoid the shipping and production costs associated with that bottle and reduce your family’s exposure to toxic chemicals!

(description by ThinkDirty) Each reusable spray bottle has 5 cleaning recipes printed on the outside. These homemade recipes use naturally aromatic and antibacterial essential oils to replace harsh chemicals. The tile cleaner works well for whitening grout and cleaning tile. The wood cleaner gently and naturally brings out the beauty of wood furniture and floors. The bathroom cleaner is a great antibacterial all-purpose cleaner for not only the bathroom but any room of the house. Our ammonia-free glass cleaner works well on any surface that needs a streak-free shine. Finally, the powerful kitchen cleaner is the one to put to work on hard jobs, thanks to its excellent degreasing properties.

I’ve been meaning to go homemade with my cleaning supplies so this came in perfect timing! I will try each recipe out for you guys and post an update to let you know if the claims really do work!


Lumion Skin Oxygen Serum + HOCL

This is a lightweight serum (full size $38 USD) that is formulated to defend skin against signs of aging, softens fine lines, and aids in the reduction of skin irritations. This would be a perfect serum to apply when you are trying out new products, as the skin tends to get sensitive and irritated unexpectedly at times. Its ingredients are supposed to mimic the body’s natural immune defense system, interesting…. I have yet to try but am really curious to see if the claims are true! Will keep you guys updated.

Ingredients: Electrolyzed oxygenated water, sodium magnesium fluorosilicate, sodium chloride, hypochlorous acid, hydrogen chloride.

Spinster Sisters Soap

Spinster Sisters Soaps are produced in small batches using the cold process soap method.  Using a base of olive, coconut, palm (sustainable/organic), castor, apricot kernel and Argan oils, cocoa butter and fair-trade Shea butter will leave the skin super hydrated. This soap retains the natural glycerin that is produced while you shower, which provides added moisture to the skin! The 0.9 oz sized bar ($2.75 USD) is another perfect product to store in your travel size product pile…if you don’t have one of those create one! It will make packing for when you travel stress-free!

Ingredients: Olive oil, coconut oil, sustainable palm oil, castor oil, fair-trade shea butter, argan oil, apricot kernel oil, cocoa butter, botanicals, exfoliants, and essential oil (EO) or fragrance oil (FR). 

Rosemira Organics Sample Kit

Rosemira Organics uses Essential oils as their staples. The products are meant to moisturize, balance and support your skin’s natural capacity to regenerate and rejuvenate. They were sweet enough to put together this cute package for the ThinkDirty box, it includes an eye cream, hydrating rose toner and a repair serum. Can you guys guess where this baby is going!? If you guessed in my travel size kit then you guess right, hehe! I am officially prepared for my next travel dates.

All Products Included in Beauty Box are Cruelty-Free:

Rocky Mountain Soap Company: Tea Tree Deodorant
LUMIONskin: Oxygen Serum + HOCL (travel size)
Cleaning Essentials: The Original Bottle (16oz)
Rosemira Organics: Sample Kit
Spinster Sisters Co.: Rosemary Mint Bar Soap (0.9oz)

Vegan
Zuii Organics: Certified Organic Foundation Primer (samples)
NIUCOCO: Renewing Hair Serum (15 ml)

Vegetarian
100% Pure: Everywhere Sun Stick SPF 30

Overall I give major props to ThinkDirty for surpassing my expectations and supplying such a great variety of quality products for any green junkie or person who is a little curious about what all this “green” fuss is about. Please comment or share to anyone who is on a Green Beauty journey to a healthier lifestyle!

Use the code below to save $5 at checkout! (this is not an affiliate link I just like to share the wealth!)

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Brands to Look Out For: Modern Minerals 100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free Natural Makeup Brand

Modern Minerals Makeup is by far one of my favorite eco-chic brands. It believes in spreading the movement for conscious beauty & living true to your beliefs. Not only is it an 100% Natural brand that you can wear with confidence, it is 100% Cruelty Free and Vegan. None of their products are tested on animals and they do not use carmine. The founder of Modern Minerals, Diane Read is a true badass and everything this industry needs right now. After studying in NYU and Parsons in the field of architecture and interior design, she decided to take a huge risk and pursue her true passion. She wanted to provide a healthy and clean alternative to women that helped make them feel beautiful inside and out. The result was Modern Minerals Makeup, a line created to inspire both inner and outer beauty.



Reasons to ♥ Modern Minerals

♥Modern Minerals Make up is based on two principles: Truth + Beauty.

♥ Vegan & Cruelty Free and 100% Natural

♥Only use non-nano minerals

♥They offer an array of bold and neutral eye shadows perfect for any look.

♥ They offer ‘Try & Travel’ sizes of their foundations and Eye Shadows! (Such an amazing way to save space when traveling and trying out all of the shades before you commit to full size).

♥If you have some melanin in your skin they have yellow & red under-toned foundations for tan and darker skin!

♥ Manufactured in the U.S.A

Mineral Eye Shadow

I cannot rave enough about these eye shadows! They never irritate my skin and sensitive eye area, which gives me the freedom to get as creative I want with my eye makeup. When it comes to finding natural and cruelty-free brands that cater to makeup artistry is a pretty difficult task. But, I am sooo happy too say you can create any look from dark smokey eyes, to pretty flirty looks, glitter cut creases, you name it! You no longer have to sacrifice the well being of your eyes to slay a glam look! Seriously I am OBSESSED. Retails for $13.50 on their website.

Invigorating Lip Gloss

One of my favorite clear glosses to date! It doesn’t give you that sticky annoying feeling we all are way too familiar with, instead it glides helping you achieve a hydrated kissable lip. When applied it gives you an invigorating tingly sensation, which in my opinion helps with plumping your lips and making them appear fuller. How do they create this sensation? Well, they use the sweet, tingly refreshing properties of Ayurvedic, Swertia Chirata Extract, and Asian Dragon Fruit to enhance the appearance of fullness.  They have an array of shades available from peachy, pink, and deeper red tones, however they all apply pretty sheer giving you the perfect flush of color. If you want a more pigmented look, be sure to layer with a lipstick. Retails for $ 25 click here.

Highlighter

I am in with anything that gives me a dew and this baby truly does its job. One of their newest shades, the creamy highlighter in Modern Moonstone is my new go to. It  is made with Organic Coconut and Jojoba for a super smooth application, complete with a hint of rose gold perfection you can place on lips, eyes or cheeks, and is  perfect for tan, olive and darker skin tones. The silky formula is so lightweight it glides onto skin, allowing it to blend beautifully and make you shine from the inside out, no glitter, just glow perfect for day to night transformations. Retails for $ 30 click here.

Blush

Currently hooked on this beautiful blush in the shade Love, perfect for any season but my favorite is to wear it along with my Fall looks creating that rosy cheeky look we all love. It is a warm medium pink with berry hues and mauve undertones perfect to go with that “Kylie Jenner” Mauve lip trend! Best part about it are the simple clean ingredients. Retails for $ 20 click here.

Ingredients: Mica, titanium dioxide, magnesium violet

Duo Fiber Brushes 

Their brushes are hand-made using a luxurious & soft, synthetic fiber. These babies are  hypoallergenic which is amazing for people with sensitive skin like myself to avoid any reactions or breakouts.  I use the face brush to effortlessly apply my blush, the duo fiber brush helps avoid applying too much in one sitting. Super soft and chic with white and silver handles that match my white marble, hehe. Retails from $12-26 click here.
“We believe that choosing natural make up for your daily beauty rituals doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your love of beauty + style. This inspired us to create a line of make up that we felt good about putting on our skin and is kind to the earth.”-Modern Minerals
What are your favorite Organic Brands I should look out for?! Comment Below!
 All products provided by Modern Minerals. All opinions are my own. 
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e.l.f Massaging Eye Wand Launch: PRODUCT REVIEW

I was beyond blessed to receive this high frequency beauty instrument before anyone else, during the #elfbeautyscape weekend in Austin, Texas with e.l.f cosmetics! Lucky for you it is already on their website where you can purchase for just $25 a pop click here. You might ask why this is a higher ticketed price item on their site? Well,  I’m going to give you a little inside scoop before anyone else, read more below! (All products mentioned are Vegan and Cruelty-Free, as per usual).

After this exciting jam packed trip with the incredible ladies and gents from e.l.f cosmetics, my under eye area needed a little love. So I decided to give it a try and MY GOODNESS  was I impressed, this device is so freakin’ cool! It’s innovative technology makes applying eye cream not only more effective but pretty fun as well! This just isn’t your typical applicator, it works for you and only you as it has a smart senor that ignites once your fingertip touches the metal part of the wand. All you need is 1 AAA battery (included in box) and you are good to go! Place the metal piece under your eye and work the products from the inside out, slowly gliding it outward. You can use if for up to three minutes, while you are typing at your desk, watching your favorite T.V show, or starting your morning with a little spa session.

If your battery ever runs out do not panic! I personally believe you can reap some benefits with using the metal part alone, especially in the morning when you want need little wake up call as you feel the cool metal sweep product under your eyes.

“This beauty device helps smooth the skin around the eye area, and preps the skin to maximize the benefits of creams and serums for flawless skin. The gentle vibrations and heat help the skin retain moisture to better absorb product.” -e.l.f cosmetics website

Things to LOVE ♥

♥Heats up to the touch

♥Maximizes the benefits of creams and serums to prep eyes for flawless makeup application

♥Gives off a super gentle vibration which helps your skin retain moisture leaving your under eyes plumped and hydrated

The massaging wand is best if used with the Illuminating Eye Cream which contains high-performing hydrators, such as purified water, antioxidant-rich green tea and anti-inflammatory cucumber. The beauty is that it has a lightweight feel with a thick enough consistency  where your skin feels sufficiently plump and hydrated, but never greasy.

For days when you are really in a rush or traveling pop on e.l.f’s Hydrogel Under Eye Masks. These patches are super thin and stay in place, and are infused with Purified Water, Seaweed Extract, and Licorice leaving your skin super hydrated without all the gunk left over! These babies come in a set of 3 for just $8 click here.

What are your favorite under eyes products and routines?! Comment below, let’s chat!

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Green Beauty Valentines Day Gift Guide: Organic-Natural-Vegan-Cruelty Free Products

1.Vapour Beauty Siren Lipsticks

Finding Organic lipsticks can be a tough, but an extremely important task. I tend to only wear organic or natural brands on my lips, the reason why is we are essentially ingesting the product we chose to apply to our lips so why not protect them? But, with brands like Vapour Beauty we no longer have to sacrifice pigment and wear anymore! They are truly one of my  first and dearest organic brands I experimented with and immediately fell in love. The packaging also gives you a luxury feel. My favorite shade by far is Intuition, its the perfect berry deep burgundy red but if you apply lightly gives you a just bitten flush. The two shades above Scandal and Courtesan are a perfect choice for this special day. Retails for $25

Why I love Vapour Lipsticks-

Long lasting, Cruelty-Free, Chemical-Free & Non-Nano.

Super hydrating and creamy formulation leaving your lips really moisturized. Feels like a lip balm!

Botanically infused with nourishing ingredients like Myrrh, calming Rose, restorative Lemon, and Pomegranate!

Made with 70% Organic & 30% Natural Mineral Pigments

Ingredients: Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax), Castor Isostearate Beeswax Succinate*, Mica, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Organic Prunus Domesticus (Plum) & Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Flavor Oil, Organic Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Organic Camelina Sativa Oil, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Organic Rosa Damascena (Rose) Buds, Organic Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Leaf Extract, Wildcrafted Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Gum, Stevia Rebaudiana (Stevia) Leaf Extract, [+/–: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Manganese Violet (CI 77742)]. * Eco Cert Ingredient

2. Indie lee Vanilla Citrus Moisturizing Oil

I love companies that serve a higher purpose and strive to educate other women on the risks associated with the products they are putting on their skin. Indie Lee created her company after conquering a life-threatening brain tumor that pointed to environmental toxins. Our actions have consequences and she was a direct victim of that. Her story is making a difference and her products are too! I mean who wouldn’t trade out fragrance filled, toxic oils for nourishing, lightweight products? I am seriously in love. I apply generously both morning and night no matter how much I apply, face stays super hydrated but never greasy. The vanilla and hint of sweet orange aroma is so intoxicating, you will want to eat it… or perhaps your V-Day date can eat it right off of you  because its made up of 100% Natural ingredients. So go ahead and slather this on both you and your lover and spoil yourself to some nourishing massages. Retails for $36

Why I ♥ Indie Lee Oils

♥ Multi-Functional: you can apply to your hair, face, and body and smell oh so yummy (super light fresh scent)

♥Made with an essential oil blend

♥ Resusable glass packaging

♥Simple 100% Natural Ingredients

Ingredients: Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (apricot) Oil, Vanilla Planifolia (vanilla), Citrus Aurantium Sinensis (sweet orange)

3. 100 Percent Pure Natural Nail Polish

Valentines day is the perfect excuse to rock some bold red nails. Nail polish is something I don’t wear often as there aren’t many super clean options out there. We use our hands every single day, touch our face, use it it to eat, etc. Therefore when I do decide to wear some for a special occasion I choose brands like 100% Pure. This brand is based on providing super clean options changing the beauty world as we see it today. This Cherry Deep Red in the shade Cherry Pop will compliment any look and is definitely my  new go to. Retails for $12

Ingredients: Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Styrene/acrylates Copolymer, Stearalkonium Bentonite, N-butyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-1, Silica, Alumina, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, Polyvinyl Butyral. May Contain: Aluminum Powder, Bismuth Oxychloride, Oxides, Red 34 Lake, Red 6 Lake, Red 7 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, Mica, Blue 1, Yellow 11, Titanium Dioxide, Violet 2, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Polybutylene Terephthalate, Ethylene/Va Copolymer

4. 24 Karat Gold Luxe Restorative Balm

Things to ♥

♥Deeply hydrates  renews, restores and protects skin.

♥Made with Shea, argan, marula and borage oil which deeply moisturize mixed with pomegranate seed oil, cranberry seed oil and sea buckthorn oil all which provide anti- aging antioxidant  properties. This indulgent potion is catalyzed deep into the dermis by pure gold, added for intensive hydration and repair.

♥Gold helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines by improving blood circulation and brightening the skin.

I mean…need I say more?! This balm is super hydrating, you will feel as though you are applying butter on your face. Has a super lightweight fragrance and would be great to apply after a deep penetrating mask or facial. So go on and spoil yourself or loved one! Retails for $60

5. One Love Organics: Konjac the cleansing sponge

The Cleansing Sponge is made with 100-percent pure konjac plant fiber. It detoxifies pores and gently exfoliates the skin. Can be used alone or with your favorite face wash! Keeping it simple has always been my best route to clear skin. I always stick to organic and natural face washes that focus on hydration, in combination with this sponge my skin is squeaky clean and moisturized. Retails for $10

Ingredients: konjac-mannan plant fiber (glucomannan)

 

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