Always something new to love!

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When someone finds out that I write a natural beauty product blog, she often will ask me what products I’m actually using right now. The answer to that is constantly changing, as are the lotions and potions I’m loving, so every so often, I like to introduce you to new brands we’re discovering, or new products we love. Here are a few Jordan and I are into right now:

Isa’s Restoratives

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Shortly after I “discovered” this ultra-local, super-healthy, herbal, Brooklyn-based brand at the Indie Beauty Expo, Catbird, my favorite boutique for delicate jewelry and various treasures, started carrying it. What can I say, we both have great taste, right? I’m particularly loving the Blue Beauty Balm, Elixir II, and, my ultra-fave, Liquid Gold Facial Serum. It really is liquid gold. I love it under makeup for the perfect canvas in the dry, harsh winter.

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Petal and Leaf

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Some day soon I will write a big ol’ post about my years-long quest for natural fragrances that a) last, and b) don’t smell of patchouli, but that’s a whole other thing. In the meantime, I will say THANK YOU to Petal and Leaf, for making simple, beautiful fragrances that are not over-complicated with 20 different notes, and that are actually affordable! All the ingredients are actually listed on the website/packaging, both of which are completely stunning, by the way, and everything about the line is 100% natural, non-toxic, and gorgeous.

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As you would probably guess due to my love of Jasmine, my favorite scent is the Orange Blossom + Jasmine, but I also really like the Bergamot + Vanilla. Those are the only two I’ve sampled– there are 7 in total– so that’s a perfect record so far!

You can buy a sample set of all 7 for $16, including shipping!!!!, and each perfume is only $24, which, for a gorgeous, natural fragrance, is a true bargain! Go order the sampler now!!

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RGB Cosmetics

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Not only do I love this 5-free, vegan, gluten-free nail polish, but they also make a WONDERFUL, safe Nail Polish remover! It’s the only polish remover I’ve ever found that I can actually use inside my home without my whole family complaining about the smell. I even used it recently in the bathroom adjacent to my husband’s and my bedroom, right before we went to sleep, and neither of us could smell a thing! A miracle!

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Also, we were recently invited to this amazing press breakfast announcing the launch of some new products from Decleor. We had yummy food, made flower arrangements, and got to learn a lot about Decleor‘s new anti-pollution products. Apparently this whole pollution thing is a real skin concern, as the very same day, Tata Harper also announced a new Purifying Mask which combats the effects of environmental pollution on one’s skin!

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Here’s a picture of Jordan (l) and me (r) and the flower arrangements we made at the event with the help of the pros from NYC flower shop Florisity!

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Au Naturale Winner!

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Happy Presidents’ Day and hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day!

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I’m happy to announce we have a #WINNER for our $50 Au Naturale gift card giveaway! Thanks to all who commented, posted, and shared, and the big winner is… Carrie S.! Congrats, Carrie! We will email you and connect you to the Au Naturale staff for your prize!!

To all who didn’t win, I still urge you to try something Au Naturale— they sell samples on their website and offer a discount for joining their mailing list! You can also find them on Amazon.com!

Here are some swatches of colors of Au Naturale products I love (along with some RMS and swatches for comparison!) to help you decide what to buy. Happy shopping!

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Clockwise from Far Left: RMS bronzer, RMS Magnetic, RMS Seduce, Au Naturale Coffee, Au Naturale Palma, Au Naturale Gold Monarch, Au Naturale Addiction, Solar RMS, Au Naturale Bronzer (center) 

 

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from L: Magnetic, Seduce, Coffee, Palma, Gold, Addiction, Solar 

 

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Au Naturale Bronzer (L), Au Naturale Gold eye shadow (Center), RMS Solar (R)

 

 

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Have/Love/Want: Tinted Moisturizer with SPF

posted by: Emily

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Have: True Nature Botanicals Pacific Everyday Sheer Coverage, SPF 20

I just ordered this tinted moisturizer and I haven’t tried it yet, which is the only reason it’s in the “Have” column and not the “Love” column yet. I’m pretty sure I’m going to love it! I got a sample of True Nature’s Pacific Face Oil and it’s just so lovely! It smells SO good, I wanted to use it as perfume, but it felt so good on my face, I had to use it there! And before I knew it, I’d used up the tiny sample bottle. I hope the tinted moisturizer smells as good!!

So when I noticed I was running low on my current Tinted Moisturizer with SPF (see below!) I decided to order True Nature Botanicals’ version for comparison’s sake. (I’m a junkie, I can’t stop trying new products!!)

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Love: Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream Tinted with SPF 30 non-nano Zinc Oxide

I’ve mentioned it before, but this Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream Tinted with SPF 30 non-nano Zinc Oxide is pretty fantastic! It’s a little more pricey than True Nature Botanicals, but it offers more SPF. It goes on very smoothly and is a great moisturizer. I still have to add a little concealer under my eyes, because the tint is very subtle, but it is a fantastic primer for makeup.

Plus, all January, if you spend $70 or more on JoshRosebrook.com, you will get a free Active Enzyme Exfoliator mask with purchase! Act fast to get this special $60 value!

 

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Want: Au Naturale Creme Foundation

This is a little bit of a cheat because it’s not exactly a tinted moisturizer. It’s technically a foundation, but with an SPF of 15 and all the yummy organic oils in every Au Naturale creme product, I’m going to put it in this category. Apply it with your fingertips over a light, non-tinted SPF moisturizer, and you’re good to go!

I love that Au Naturale has so many shades from which to choose, and that they offer samples on their website. For $5.50 each you can order several shades to try in the comfort of your own home.

*****GOOD NEWS if this last one is something you want, too: We are hosting a giveaway! Thanks to Au Naturale for offering one of our lucky readers a $50 gift card! Read all about it and enter here. You could buy so many foundation samples! Or this rose-gold creamy bronzer that I love. Or two multi-tasking Lip & Cheek Tints! *****

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Farmaesthetics

Posted by: Emily

Back in August, you might remember, we attended Product Junkie Heaven, aka The Indie Beauty Expo.

We were introduced to so many incredible brands there that we are still working on posting about each one. Do not see it as a lack of love or enthusiasm that we’re only just getting to write about Farmaesthetics now– it’s, hands-down, one of my favorites!

Here are three products from this non-toxic, luxury, sustainable, 100% natural and from-the-farm company that we absolutely adore, and think you will, too.

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Nutrient Dense Fine Facial Oil There are a lot of facial oils out there these days. Some have a thousand ingredients, some have only 3. Some make outlandish promises, or cost hundreds of dollars an ounce. Some come from local farms, some flown in from exotic locales all over the world. Some are so thin or gentle that they leave you wondering “did I moisturize my face?” ten minutes after applying.

And then, there is the Nutrient Dense Fine Facial Oil. Man, I just love it. It has 9 ingredients, 7 of which are certified Organic, and it is the most aptly-named product I’ve used. It’s not a particularly sexy word, but this oil is, in fact, dense. In a good way!

The packaging is minimalist, utilitarian, whatever, but that is also very appropriate, because it is what’s inside that you’re really paying for, and that you’re going to love.

This is the most moisturizing oil I’ve found in a long time, and yet it also absorbs well enough to wear during the day under makeup or without. I use it night and day, rain or shine, and it’s divine.

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Fine Herbal Cleanser

I almost wrote this off at first, because it’s so simple, but now I cannot imagine living without it. It’s the most gentle-yet-effective cleanser I’ve tried. It has glycerin so it foams up a tiny bit, and it smells so refreshing and pure. It removes makeup without drying out my skin. I especially love to use it as a step-two in double cleansing, after an oil cleanser.

I bet it would work well following the Eyebright Eye Makeup Remover and Treatment Oil or the Calendula Remedy Oil, both of which I haven’t tried yet but want to!

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Nourishing Lavender Milk

It seems from the website and other reviews that many people use this as a facial moisturizer, but I’ve been using it on my hands, and I’m pretty sure it’s cured my eczema! I can’t promise or prove it, but I’m fairly certain, and truly grateful. The scent is natural and soothing, and the consistency is perfect. It sinks in right away and leaves absolutely no greasy residue, which is what made me think of using it on my hands in the first place. I can put it on and then go about my life without leaving greasy handprints all over my home, computer, and children. And did I mention that I think it really cured my eczema??

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The Au Naturale Glow! (+Giveaway!)

posted by: Emily

I cannot think of a single thing I don’t love about Au Naturale.

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More positively put,

Here’s a top 10 list of the reasons I love this cosmetics company!

10. The products are top-notch. Organic, fresh, small-batch made. 10727349_183341395354411_993326114_n.jpg

9. The prices are GREAT. $20 for an eye shadow that will last months and months. I’ve been using mine for 4 months already and I’ve barely made a dent, plus they’re still fresh as can be!

8. The pigments are rich and long-lasting. Hello, Coffee (my favorite eye shadow that I also use as a lip color!)

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7. There’s so much variety. Name a color. Seriously, dream up a color and they’ve already made it!                          12407505_446607375542140_609469281_n.jpg

6. It’s good for your skin. Organic ingredients include: Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Mica, Wildcrafted Candelilla Wax,  Jojoba Seed Oil.

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5. They like shimmer as much as I do! (Hi, Palma!! Soooo great!)

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(and there are many items without shimmer in case that’s not your jam!)

4. They’re sold on Amazon.com as well as on their own site

3. Woman-owned business! Made in USA!

2. You can join the mailing list on their site and receive 20% off your first order! (You should try this lip gloss!– I bought it in Deep Coral)

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And the best reason of all….

1. They’re doing a GIVEAWAY! Enter here to win a $50 gift card to Au Naturale and try out whatever your heart desires!

That’s right, you could win $50 to choose anything from their line! To enter, follow these 2 steps:

  • comment below and tell us one thing you’d try
  • share this post on either Facebook or Twitter (and tag @pjunkiesrehab and @aunaturaleglow)

U.S. Entries only. Winner will be randomly selected next week. Good Luck!!

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Winner of the Strange Invisible Perfumes Giveaway!

And the winner of our Strange Invisible Perfumes giveaway is….

 

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Ginger!!!  

Thanks for entering and being a devoted reader of our blog, Ginger!  She chose the Lemon Neroli scent for her body lotion and she’s a Capricorn so she’ll be receiving a zodiac perfume in that scent (great bday gift for you!!!)!  Ginger, please email us your mailing address so you can test these beautifully scented products out and let us know how much you love them!

Stay tuned for another giveaway from a new favorite brand later this week!

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Little Bites

posted by: Emily

Here are some tiny little things I want to tell you about today:

  • I’m obsessed with this. The cinnamon smell is BEYOND.bio_extreme_lipgloss_gold_1.jpg
  • My new favorite thing: Josh Rosebrook SPF tinted moisturizer DayCream2_1024x1024.jpg
  • Gave these out at the holidays to people I love: HB_LipButterSet_01_grande.jpg
  • Can’t get enough RMS Solar. I use it on lips, eyes, everywhere. solarweb2_1024x1024.jpg
  • Still loving this more than any scent, ever!     HB_Jasmine_GlowingHydration_JasmineBodyOil_01_grande.jpg
  • How cute is this? Great value, too!                                               imgres.jpg
  • Both Jordan and I used this non-toxic nail polish for New Year’s Eve Zoya_Nail_Polish_in_Tomoko_450.jpg
  • Have you entered our big Strange Invisible Perfumes giveaway yet? You have till tomorrow night…  strange-invisible-perfumes-body-wash-lotion-travel-size-z

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