Smoke Gets in Your Eyes–and they look prettier for it!

Posted by:  Jordan


Jane Iredale Smoke Gets in Your Eyes palette

All winter I’ve been obsessed with only one eye shadow palette: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Jane Iredale.  It truly is the perfect eye palette and here’s why:

1. It’s perfect for day or night.  The two colors on the left (Nude & Violet) are what I use during the daytime.  For evening I add the middle shade (Aubergine) to my crease.  For a really special evening I’ll dab a little of the Sheer Gold (far right) in the middle of my eye, plus use the GORGEOUS shimmery black shade (Sizzle) as my eyeliner by wetting an eyeliner brush and dabbing it along my eyelids.  So easy and works for every occasion!

2. It’s flattering on everyone

3. There isn’t a shade in it that I don’t love.  Some I’ll use more than others, but all of them are so elegant and pretty.

4. It’s seasonless.  It doesn’t scream Fall or Spring, like some palettes do.


Go treat yourself now!  You won’t regret it, I promise.  Also a great gift idea!

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New Stuff to Love in 2015

Posted by: Emily

Every New Year’s I make a resolution to have less stuff, to live more minimally. (I will pause here for your laughter.) Being a true Product Junkie, this is a pretty lofty goal, since my joy comes from trying new stuff. Every time I find a lipstick I love, my heart sinks a tiny bit, because I don’t ever want the search to be over! Part of being a Product Junkie is the thrill of the chase, after all.

So far in 2015, my quest for new stuff has won out over my quest for minimalism. Here’s a list of new things I’ve tried and loved!

1. Kari Gran

Seattle-based, woman-owned all-natural skincare/makeup company Kari Gran is a great find.

I have been using and loving their Skin Care System (starter kit lets you try all 3 products for $35!!). Includes Essential Serum, Hydrating Tonic and Cleansing Oil.


I also particularly love their Lip Whip (colors shown here:)


It’s every bit as moisturizing and healing as any awesome lip balm, but with a great scent and fantastic colors! And the pigments are really great. I am partial to “Naughty” (first one on the left, above).

2. RMS Beauty


My love affair with all things RMS continues. I recently tried out their Raw Coconut Cream and I love it– as a makeup remover, moisturizer, you name it. It’s pretty perfect.

I also bought their brand-new Tinted Un-Powder. I’m a huge fan of the original Un-Powder, and this is an answered prayer!

3. Tata Harper

The more I sample, the more I adore. Seriously, this brand is just about perfect. I could tell you the products I’m loving, but it would be LITERALLY everything. I have bought all their sample kits, so I think I’ve tried it all now, and haven’t found a thing I didn’t love. Here’s a tip, though: I think you get better value when ordering their $11 Try Me kit than you do with the $25 Be Mine Again kit for Valentine’s Day, though the latter gives you a small piece of organic chocolate and a sample of all 5 shades of their Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tint to test the colors, so maybe it’s more if a tie.


Speaking of the Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tint, I want to give it a particular shout-out. It’s just plain awesome. I am not usually a cream blush person, but this one is truly the best yet. Best I’ve ever tried. I’ve been using it for a month now and I just plain adore it.

My two favorite shades are Very Vivacious and Very Charming. I bought Vivacious lc_coral

and am now itching to buy Charming lc_pink (I’ve been using my samples of this one carefully but want the full-sized product!). In addition to being the perfect pigment, it’s a skincare treatment, and makes my cheeks and lips feel awesome!

4. Rahua shampoo and conditioner


On a whim, I bought a travel-sized trial of this shampoo and conditioner duo. And it’s great. I got both the regular and Volumizing versions. Both great. I figured anything that Spirit Beauty Lounge loves this much must be good, and it is!

5. Indie Lee’s Brightening Cleanser


This product is perfection. It contains STRAWBERRY OIL! Why doesn’t everything contain Strawberry oil?! It’s perhaps the best scent in the world. I want to bathe in this cleanser. I want to wear it around all day and never wash it off. It. Is. Amazing.

What are you loving in 2015? Post in the comments!

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Tata Harper Stocking Stuffer event– TODAY ONLY!

posted by: Emily


I’ve only just “discovered” (I put that in quotes because Tata Harper is sold at all kinds of high-end boutiques and retailers, including Sephora, J Crew, etc.) this luxury, hand-made, small-batch, 100% natural brand myself, but I had to bring it to your attention today. Today only, Tata Harper is doing their second-annual Stocking Stuffer event, where a lot of their amazing products are available in trial/travel sizes, for small prices! A perfect time to jump in and try Tata Harper!


I just last week ordered a Natural Skincare Try Me Kit, where, for $11, you can sample Tata Harper’s 8 best-selling products, in 1-2 use trial samples. I’m going to hold off on formally reviewing anything, as I just started trying it all yesterday, but I will tell you, I really love this brand so far!

Here’s the description of the Natural Skincare Try Me Kit:


The perfect introduction to 100% natural & nontoxic skincare! This set contains 1 – 2 uses of our essential natural facial care products. Experience a taste of the restorative, balancing and antiaging benefits our line provides. Test & try each product to find what’s right for your skin, and choose the daily regimen that makes your skin glow.

Set includes:

  • Regenerating Cleanser (3 ml)
  • Hydrating Floral Essence (3 ml)
  • Rebuilding Moisturizer (1 ml)
  • Repairative Moisturizer (1 ml)
  • Restorative Eye Creme (1 ml)
  • Replenishing Nutrient Complex (3 ml)
  • Resurfacing Mask (3 ml)
  • Rejuvenating Serum (1 ml)


I will be posting reviews of this line soon, but I highly suggest taking a look around their website today, particularly at the Stocking Stuffers page, while you have access to these special sizes! If you’ve ever wanted to try Tata Harper, today’s the day to order some treats for yourself or someone you love!

Try the Beautifying Face Oil for $3, or the Hydrating Floral Essence for $8. You get 3 free samples with every single order, too, so in addition to trying what you buy, you’ll get a few more goodies to sample! Bonus!


Plus, today’s free item with every order, in addition to the 3 free samples is below!:


What are you waiting for?! Go to NOW!



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Cyber Monday Roundup!

Posted by: Emily

We hope that you are still basking in the Thanksgiving glow of family and food. Now on to the REALLY important holiday (just kidding, Mom!), Cyber Monday!

Here are some great natural beauty deals we are excited about today. Please post more in the comments! (I didn’t hyperlink anything… y’all know how to google, right?)

Splurge Skincare The Rub

Splurge Skincare: 20% off and Free Shipping! code: SPLURGENOW

Alima Pure: 10% off entire site with code MONDAYMONDAY, plus gift with purchase of $65+

W3LL PEOPLE: 20% off entire site. No code needed from desktop. From Mobile device, use code SECRETSTEAL

Weleda: Take 30 percent off sitewide. Promo Code “Monday”


Indie Lee: We have two different deals here. You can use them BOTH! 1) Receive a sample-sized trio of the CoQ-10 Toner, Squalene Facial Oil and Lavender Chamomile Moisturizing Oil with purchases of $65 with code CYBERINDIE. 2) 25% off their entire Body Collection.

RMS Beauty (on 30% off certain products with code “Monday”


John Masters Organics: Take 25 percent off sitewide with code HOLIDAY14.

S.W. Basics: 25% off, no code needed, plus special holiday bundles 30% off!

Lux Naturals: 25% off whole site, code holiday25

Shea Butter Collection

Real Purity: take 30% off sitewide with code TAKEOFF30

Vapour Organic Beauty: 30% off everything, code V30


Yes To Carrots: Receive a gift with purchase on orders of $35 or more.

Sibu Beauty: Take 60 percent off sitewide and free shipping on orders over $50 with code SIBU60

Nourish Organic: take 25% off everything with code CYBER25

Nourish coconut and argan line 25% off everything with code CYBER

Hip Apotheca: See below for deals based on spending

unnamed USE CODE: CYBERMONDAY5 for $5 off $30+ | CYBERMONDAY10 for $10 off $50+ | CYBERMONDAY25 for $25 off $100+.





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Never Say Never

Posted by: Emily

A while ago, I renounced lip gloss. I know. LIP GLOSS! Who could give it up?! I thought I could. And then Jordan and I were each gifted some new products from Jane Iredale’s fall line, City Nights, including PureGloss Lip Gloss in Kir Royale.

City Nights, “a sophisticated collection of rich autumn color”

Obviously, I had to at least try it. For you guys. It’s basically my job, right? Well, I’m not going to lie. I love it. Lip Gloss may still be impractical and ephemeral and gooey and messy. But man, for those moments when you put it on and go do something fun, it just feels fabulous. Plus, this one is just the right color– a nice plum that looks good on ALL skin tones– and has a nice dose of shimmer (my favorite thing)!


PureGloss Lip Gloss in Kir Royale

This got me thinking. What other things are out there in my “never” pile? What absolute pronouncements were keeping me from life’s small joys?

I started trying things I’d previously shunned.

  • Oil instead of moisturizer. I’m a fan of facial oils, but I’d only ever used them in addition to face creams. Then I read this: The Most Important Healthy Beauty Swap You Can Make, on It features advice from Spirit Demerson, of, one of my favorite websites. Read it and prepare to have your mind changed.
  • Filling in my brows. I used to think it just never looked natural or made sense. Then, while trying to grow my brows a little thicker, I used Vapour Organic Beauty’s Mesmerize Eyeliner in Truffle, a light-ish brown, as a brow pencil. Never say never, people. It’s good stuff.
  • Creme blush. I’ve tried many of them. My face eats cream blush for lunch. Seriously, I put it on and it’s gone two seconds later. But I have found an exception: In Touch Highlighter (also a Jane Iredale product). 13106Yes, it’s billed as a highlighter. But I’m the new me, who uses bronzer as lip stick, and eye shadow as blush. So I tried it as blush. Never say never, right? And this product is just a miracle. I like the shade “Comfort,” pictured above. It’s the perfect golden peachy-pink. And it stays on my face. Amazing.

Extra good news for YOU: This miracle deodorant cream IS ON SALE NOW! Today it’s 25% off, but the sale amount decreases every day, and stock is running low, so act fast! Jordan and I placed a huge joint order yesterday that we hope will keep us in deodorant for the next year. That’s how much we love it. I also ordered the Pit Primer, which I totally adore, FYI. It is great for between showers, a little extra support on important days, or just a little burst of freshness anytime. Kind of a miracle itself!


So, in the spirit of Never-Say-Never-ing, now I have to go examine my stance on all sorts of other things. Apparently, it’s time to rethink minivans, dill pickles, cruise vacations, reality TV, fish tacos, having a third child, beer, Instagram, cottage cheese… Who knows?!

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Awesomeness Roundup

Posted by: Emily

It’s a grey, rainy day here in New York, as we settle into the added darkness of the time change (to which I still have not adjusted– 9:00pm still feels like 10!) and the upcoming colder weather, I thought I’d share some great stuff going on in the natural beauty world!

1. The LUX Naturals SALE and site relaunch

Shea Butter Collection

Funny story. Okay, it’s a little embarrassing for me, because it shows me being totally spacey, but it has a happy ending.

The other day, Jordan and I were at Whole Foods and were delighted to see that our favorite LUX Naturals Whipped Shea Butter moisturizer is back in stock after a long, sad drought. (Read Jordan’s post on Lux, here). We each happily picked up a jar of Herbal Lavender and went on our way. Days later, I complained to Jordan that, while I loved the smell of the Herbal Lavender and the moisturizing of the cream, it just wasn’t exactly how I remembered it. Something had changed. I became convinced that the company had changed the scent. And I was sad because I couldn’t put my finger on what had changed.

Then Jordan kindly and gently asked if maybe I was confused because last time I had purchased (and LOVED) the Vanilla Peppermint scent… which might account for why I felt like the scent was great, but different. I was using a completely different scent! Ha! I was so relieved.

vanilla peppermint 3.5

use code launch15 for 15% off!

But my relief was short-lived when I went on the site and looked for Vanilla Peppermint, and couldn’t find it anywhere. A few days ago, I anxiously emailed LUX, saying, “please don’t tell me you discontinued Vanilla Peppermint!!!” Within hours they wrote back the nicest email, saying that the scent is back (it’s seasonal, apparently), and their new-and-improved website is relaunching as of TODAY! To celebrate, there’s a 15% off code, launch15, valid site-wide!

Vanilla Peppermint Lip Balm Side

Naturally, the first thing I did this morning was to order my beloved Vanilla Peppermint Shea Butter (I love the lavender, too– really– it’s just not how I remember it because it’s not the same scent!). They are also selling lip balms in that flavor, and others, which I think is new. It’s new to me, so I ordered one! Review to come soon!

2. Target gets cooler; S.W. Basics gets bigger but manages to stay perfectly small at the same time

One of THE most pure, indie, cool brands I know, S.W. Basics, is going big time… but they’re not letting fame and fortune change them AT ALL! (other than a few lowered prices!!!!!). Now you can support a Brooklyn-based, Woman-owned, independent brand at the biggest of big box stores! Win-win. Convenience! Go vote with your wallet, people! Show them this is a great move, and maybe Target will carry more natural brands! (They already have The Honest Company products!)


Here are the highlights from their announcement email:

Here are the deets on the partnership:

  • Three prices will be going down, Cleanser (now $22), Toner ($22), and Exfoliant ($24). 

  • NOTHING else is changing. Not the formulas, not the quality of the ingredients, not the branding, nothing. 

  • We have launched on (free shipping, subscription service, and lots more goodies oh my!) already.

  • We will be launching in select premium aisles in March, 2015. Look out for the map soon!

  • We will absolutely continue to work with and support our other retailers throughout the world. 

  • Because of the partnership, we can now afford some amazing improvements including USDA organic certification, coming soon! 

3. Friends and Family sales are happening! Start with Hip Apotheca– while you still have time!


Super brands like Alima Pure, Revolution Organics, John Masters, and the above-mentioned S.W. Basics are 25% off till tonight!

Since the holiday season apparently starts as soon as the trick-or-treaters go home now, we’ll start seeing more and more Friends and Family sales in the coming weeks. Keep an eye out, as this is the time to get some of the best discounts on indie brands and organic companies, plus a great time to do your holiday shopping before things get busy!

Post any good sales we should all know about in the comments section, please!


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Baby’s first facial

Posted by: Emily

Don’t worry, I didn’t take my kid for a facial! But I did just have MY very first facial! (I will take a moment here for you to be shocked, since I am a total product junkie and it’s actually kind of weird I made it 30-some years without ever having had a facial!)

It’s Spa Week here in NYC so I made an appointment for a Hungarian Organic Facial at Venelle Salon and Spa in Brooklyn, where they exclusively use Eminence Organics products. During Spa Week, it’s $50; normally, it would be $95. So, I figured, this was the time to try a facial!


The verdict? It was fine! I really like Eminence products. Each one the esthetician applied smelled better than the one before. (Read Jordan’s post about Eminence here). However, I’m not sure facials are my indulgence of choice. My favorite part was when the esthetician was briefly massaging my neck, shoulders, and arms, and it occurred to me that, for my money, perhaps I should have gone for a massage!

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The esthetician’s table, after the facial.

My skin feels good and it was certainly refreshing and relaxing, but not life-changing. Honestly, it kind of felt like this woman was just applying layer after layer of product to my face, massaging each one in, and then wiping it off. Of course it was more artful and glamorous than that, but simply put, it was kind of like an expensive “wipe-on-wipe-off” experience. And at times, it stung or burned a little. I know– pain for beauty, etc., but again, I think I might prefer a massage next time I’m lucky enough to go to a spa!!

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The spa room’s selection of Eminence Organic products. Pretty much everything they make! Wouldn’t mind having this cabinet at home to use!!!

And now, post-facial, there’s not enough time to go home and apply my usual makeup, so I’m forced to go pick my daughter up from school bare-faced (oh the horror!!). Don’t worry, I brought along my new favorite Jane Iredale bold PureMoist lipstick in the new autumnal shade, Katerina. So I won’t feel completely naked!!


Katerina– the perfect bold lip for Autumn!

In the comments, tell us about your experiences with Facials. Jordan is a big fan, so I might have to try one more before I decide once and for all that they’re not for me. Where do you go for Facials?

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