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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Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Shampoo & Conditioner: REVIEW

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I was fortunate enough to receive a Black Vanilla set from Carol’s Daughter which included the Shampoo, Conditioner, and hair sheen. I usually tend to go for hair products that are all natural and organic, but due to the fact that Carol’s Daughter Brand is marketed towards women of color and catering to our hair needs, I decided to gave it a go. I am currently in love with the Hair Mimosa line (review coming soon) so I expected nothing less from this one.

Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine Sulfate-Free Shampoo

The first thing I noticed was the delicious vanilla aroma that burst through the open bottle. It brought me back to a warm and cozy memory. I have to admit the first time I used the shampoo it left my hair stringy, brittle, and hard to comb through. It’s as if it wiped out any hydration my poor hair follicles were holding on to for dear life! One thing for sure my hair was clean, but was it worth stripping my hair from it’s natural oils? I wasn’t sure yet. So I took a look at the ingredients and did a little more research. Both the Shampoo and Conditioner’s biggest culprit found within the ingredients was Fragrance, which probably caused the stringy texture to my hair. Fragrance in products are a sign of undisclosed mixtures of possible toxic chemicals, to be safe I only use products that contain fragrance that disclose their ingredients using natural essential oils.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua),Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-2 Cocamide, Fragrance (Parfum), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Citric Acid, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Melilotus Officinalis Extract, PEG-150 Distearate, PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Polyquaternium-10, Polyquaternium-7, Potassium Cocoate, Rosa Canina Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Caramel 

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Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine Sulfate-Free Conditioner

Now, when it comes to the conditioner I was in heaven. The formula is lightweight but still creamy enough that it made my stringy mess disappear and an ease to comb through. Since the formula isn’t as thick and creamy as a deep conditioner, I started to use it as my daily co-wash (washing hair using conditioner to prevent drying). I co-wash throughout the week my hair gets clean but retains its natural oils. I let it sit for a few minutes and was impressed with the sleek and shine the conditioner provided.

Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Amodimethicone, AMP-Acrylates Copolymer, Ascorbic Acid, Biotin, Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), C11-15 Pareth-7,C12-13 Pareth-23, C12-13 Pareth-3, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetrimonium, Chloride, Citric Acid, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Dimethicone, Divinyldimethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Laureth-9, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Melilotus Officinalis Extract, Panthenol, PEG-45M, Polyquaternium-37, Polysorbate 60, Polyurethane-14, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Propylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Retinyl Palmitate, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, ?Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Trideceth-12, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, VP/DMAPA Acrylates Copolymer, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance (Parfum)Copolymer, Trideceth-12, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Fragrance (Parfum)

Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine Hair Sheen

When it comes down to it, the hair sheen took the prize out of this entire set! unfortunately it also contains Fragrance, but because of the other incredible ingredients I’ll continue to use it until the bottle is done. If you don’t mind using products that contain fragrance go ahead and enjoy, it truly is a great help for setting your hair AND refreshing it the next day. And because the Black Vanilla Hair Sheen has both few and powerful ingredients I’m not entirely opposed to it. Check them out :

♥Sweet Almond Oil
♥Shea Butter
♥Soybean Oil
♥Jojoba Seed Oil
♥Wheat Germ

Ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Germ) Oil, Cyclomethicone, Fragrance (Parfum)

RESULTS

Overall I would recommend the conditioner and DEFINITELY the hair sheen from this set. I would pass one the shampoo as I do feel it strips the hair too much for my liking. I already avoid using shampoo on my hair unless I want to deep clean when I’m in a rush. You can purchase yours at your local CVS, Target, Walmart or on their website.

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Jane Iredeale Naturally Matte Eyeshadow Kit: REVIEW

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My new favorite go to Green Eye Shadow palette is this beauty, the Naturally Matte Eye Shadow Kit by Jane Iredale. I was lucky enough to win this on an Instagram contest by Citrine Beauty! I absolutely love that store and the talented ladies that work in it, they also were kind enough to send over a few samples. When it comes to everyday wear, I love the shades as they are more to the warm mauve neutral tones, from lightest to darkest, and the perfect color scheme for fall. You can wear anything from a super natural look to a bold smokey eye, without all of the nasty toxins.

Colors

♥Buttercream (matte creamy neutral)

♥Hush (sheer soft pink)

♥Slate Brown (matte grey brown)

♥Eggplant (matte rose brown)

♥Fudge (matte deep chocolate)

Not only is the pigmentation impressive on this palette they give you enough shades to play around with and create multiple looks. I love that I can wear these shades to work, to date night, or just hanging out with my girls. I also absolutely adore the brands philosophy and commitment to never sacrifice their quality of clean ingredients for a product that’s also in the artistry spectrum of makeup.

The ingredients list is short and that’s exactly what you typically want to look for in a product. No confusion and makes it super easy to research before applying, I mean who wouldn’t want to apply Makeup AND Pomegranate Extract on their eyes from time to time?

Ingredients: Mica, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone, Pinus Strobus (Pine) Bark Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract

I’ve included a smokey look I created with this palette. As you can see you can create Warm or Cool toned looks. Comment below and let me know what other green products you would like for me to review!

Night Time Glam Look (Applied every color but the Slate Brown)

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