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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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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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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