W3LL PEOPLE makes a new mom’s day!

posted by: Emily

First, I’m happy to announce the winner of our Kari Gran Lip Whip giveaway: Alyssa. Alyssa, please email us your mailing address so we can coordinate your prize! (productjunkiesrehab@gmail.com)

And along the lines of feeling like a winner, I had the unique opportunity last weekend to have my makeup done by the one and only Shirley Pinkson, one of the founders of W3LL PEOPLE. She was doing an event at a store in my neighborhood, Bird. Even though I have a newborn and a toddler, I could not resist the opportunity to see what Shirley would do with my makeup. (Shout out to my amazing in-laws for babysitting so I could go!) There’s nothing like a little makeup to make a new mom feel like a person again. I was so lucky to get the chance.

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Shirley, showing me how to contour. Maybe when my kids are in high school I will have time to :) My eyes are mostly closed, but you can see how great the W3LL PEOPLE makeup looks!

I love that Bird sells W3LL PEOPLE cosmetics. How awesome it is for me to be walking down the street and just pop into a store and buy one of my favorite all-natural brands! I love everything W3LL PEOPLE and have been using their products for years, but have recently become a super-fan of their mascara. It is INCREDIBLE. Seriously, even if you think you’ve found the best mascara– natural or not natural– I encourage you to drop EVERYTHING and go out and buy this one.

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Shirley told me that it took them 3 years to develop the mascara because she wanted to get it just right. Well, she did. They worked hard not only on the formula, which is perfect, but also on finding the right brush. It’s made by the same manufacturer that makes Shu Uemura mascara wands, which, if you’ve ever read anything about mascara, you probably know are the beauty industry’s gold standard when it comes to mascara wands.

She also told me that the mascara is designed to be applied in two coats– not one, not three, but precisely two. And if you hold the brush up against the upper lashes for a few seconds, it coaxes them into the perfect, natural curl I’m always going for. Really, it’s the best mascara ever.

Here are the products Shirley used on me:

– The new Universalist #9 multi-stick, as both blush/contour and on my lips.

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It’s a nice better-than-nude nude color.

– Realist Invisible Setting Powder

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I liked it so much, I bought it.

– Nudist Colorbalm #6, layered over the Universalist #9

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I would have bought it, but I already own (and love) it!

– Expressionist Mascara

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Luckily, Bird had some in stock. I bought some, even though I had two at home, because Shirley said, as you can read in the image above, that it’s SOLD OUT on their website, and will be for a while. AND I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT IT! I always have a tube or two on hand, in addition to the one I’m currently using. THAT is how much I love it.

Actually, the best example I can tell you of how I love this mascara is this:

A few days after my son was born, I looked in the mirror. I was so happy, but I wasn’t looking quite like myself. I had just come home from the hospital, so I hadn’t been wearing makeup. I realized I needed a little something. I put on 2 coats of Expressionist Mascara and sent Jordan this text:

And in unrelated news: I am struck once again how everything in life is a little better when wearing mascara. I took a few days off from it and today put on mascara and was like “wow. Everything is better.” Must remember this in the future and blog about it. I think that’s the secret to happiness.

And here’s a photo of me nursing my baby after Shirley had worked her magic:

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If you haven’t tried W3LL PEOPLE, you should. They sell samples of almost everything on their site. But not the mascara. That, you just have to buy. Believe me, you will not be sorry.

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Earth Day deals (and don’t forget the Giveaway!)

posted by Emily

Earth Day may have been yesterday, but there are lots of natural beauty deals and steals going on to celebrate for the next few days. Below are some of the best deals we’ve found from our favorite brands.

**And don’t forget to enter our Kari Gran Giveaway!**

Weleda (good through Friday)

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Real Purity (good through 4/27)

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Hip Apothica

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John Masters Organics

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Vapour Organic Beauty

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Feather Baby (not exactly beauty products, but they make sustainable kid clothing!)

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and same goes for Kate Quinn Organics

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GIVEAWAY!! Earth Day 2015

Posted by: Emily

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Being Natural Beauty Junkies, we are pretty passionate about celebrating Earth Day (Wednesday, 4/22). We’d like to get you excited about it, too, with a GIVEAWAY!

We’re lucky to have partnered with awesome skincare brand Kari Gran for this giveaway, and I know you will LOVE the prize.

I’m a huge fan of Kari Gran’s Lip Whip— I wrote about it here. One lucky winner will get to choose her shade/flavor: Peppermint Naked, Cinnamon Naked, Peppermint Tinted, Cinnamon Tinted or Peppermint Radiant. (See here for which is which.)

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To enter, Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and tell us below in the comments which shade/flavor you want! (if you don’t do Facebook or Twitter, it’s okay– just comment below!)

Winner will be chosen and notified by the end of the week.

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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:

ONLY AVAILABLE AT TATAHARPERSKINCARE.COM

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)

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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!

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

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What are you waiting for?! Go to http://www.tataharperskincare.com/ 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”

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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 JCrew.com): 30% off certain products with code “Monday”

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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

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Real Purity: take 30% off sitewide with code TAKEOFF30

Vapour Organic Beauty: 30% off everything, code V30

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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

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GardenGirlSkincare.com: 25% off everything with code CYBER

Hip Apotheca: See below for deals based on spending

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

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HAPPY SHOPPING!!!!!

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