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Get the Look: Tropical Vibes

I recently reviewed some goodies from Glory Boon's Passport to Paradise collection and I was inspired to create a glamorous, tropical look!
Tropical Makeup Tutorial


  • Foundation + Concealer: Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream in Shade BB3 (I am in love with this BB cream! It covers like a dream, so a little goes a long way. I used a buffing brush to blend a small amount over my entire face. I then used my fingers to tap some extra product underneath my eyes and on all of the areas in need of some additional coverage.) 











Tropical Makeup Tutorial featuring Glory Boon; Jane Iredale; Pai; Parlo Cosmetics; Vapour Organic Beauty; W3ll People; Alima Pure; and Lily Lolo

Do you have a go-to tropical look? 
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Silky Skin Must Haves

Silky-smooth skin is just a few steps away with these amazing green beauty goodies!

Silky Skin Must Haves, featuring 100% Pure Honey Cream Wash; One Love Organics Gardenia + Tea Antioxidant Body Serum; Parlo Cosmetics Whipped Shave Cream in Pink Lemonade; Meow Meow Tweet Cinnamon Coffee Bar Soap; and Wellborn Essentials Energizing Body Butter.

Cleanse

100% Pure Honey Cream Wash

This body wash is amazing! The vanilla bean scent is deliciously sweet, like a decadent piece of cake! The rich, creamy texture of this wash is ultra luxurious! The addition of nourishing ingredients like organic aloe, creamed honey, and coconut oil leave my skin feeling perfectly soft and moisturized. It also lathers like a dream!

Exfoliate

Meow Meow Tweet Cinnamon Coffee Bar Soap

You may be thinking that you don't want to mess with bar soap and believe me, I get it. The struggle is real :) However, this caffeine-infused block of exfoliating amazingness from Meow Meow Tweet is no ordinary bar of soap. Coffee grounds are suspended throughout a moisturizing blend of nourishing oils to provide just the right about of grit for you to get your scrub on! The invigorating scent is modeled after Mexican coffee and is perfect for sleepy mornings (or afternoons, or evenings)!

Review of Meow Meow Tweet Cinnamon Coffee Bar Soap

Parlo Cosmetics Whipped Shave Cream in Pink Lemonade

Shaving your legs can be an annoying task, but you may change your mind after trying this amazing cream! Not only is the lemon-raspberry scent reminiscent of a refreshing glass of tart lemonade, but the inclusion of hydrating oils makes this shaving cream so luxuriously indulgent and moisturizing! It's perfect for getting a close shave on those silky-soft summer legs!

Don't forget that code blushingbme saves you 20% at Parlo Cosmetics!

Review of Parlo Cosmetics Whipped Shave Cream in Pink Lemonade

Moisturize

One Love Organics Gardenia + Tea Antioxidant Body Serum

Don't be put off by the spray bottle, this serum is wonderful! For a boost of moisture straight out of the shower, just spritz this antioxidant-rich blend onto your damp skin. This lightweight formula quickly absorbs into the skin so that you can get dressed without worrying about being sticky or greasy. It has a subtle, floral scent and is packed full of healthy skin goodies like pumpkin seed oil and antileukine 6. 

Wellborn Essentials Energizing Body Butter

This body butter has a thick, lush texture that is a tad greasy in an incredibly soothing way. The scent is pleasantly sweet and citrusy with a bit of spiciness from the addition of cinnamon. My perpetually dry skin is always in need of ultra-moisturizing products and this butter is incredibly nourishing. I also find that it melts beautifully into the skin and absorbs quickly despite how rich and creamy it is.

Review of Wellborn Essentials Energizing Body Butter

Do you have any silky skin favorites?

*The Parlo Cosmetics product featured in this post was an affiliate sample. As always, however, I have presented my 100% honest opinion. I cannot, nor will I ever, accept compensation in exchange for a positive review.
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Parlo Cosmetics Tinted Lip Balms

I am officially obsessed with the gorgeously creamy Tinted Lip Balms from Parlo Cosmetics! Not only are these pigmented balms made from all natural ingredients, but they are also just $4.80 USD with code blushingbme!!

Parlo Cosmetics Tinted Lip Balms

With a color range that includes soft, romantic pinks, vibrant oranges, intense plums, and even some bold black hues, these balms are sure to spark your creativity! On the lips, these tinted balms are luxuriously silky and hydrating! Although they are sheer, I find that the color lasts for quite some time. They also wear evenly, but do tend to cling to dry patches. I recommend using a lip scrub (I like this one from Treat Beauty) to polish your pout prior to application so that your lips are smooth, plump, and good to go!

Parlo Cosmetics Tinted Lip Balms in Bordeaux; Cheeky; Coral Me Happy; Cranbaby; Doll Baby; Kiss Kiss; Orange You Glad; Perfectly Plum; Rebel; Strut; Sweet Lips; Tart; and Token

To help you find the perfect shade, I have swatched my collection!

Swatches of Parlo Cosmetics Tinted Lip Balms
From left to right: Bordeaux; Cheeky; Coral Me Happy; Cranbaby; Doll Baby; Kiss Kiss; Orange You Glad; Perfectly Plum; Rebel; Strut; Sweet Lips; Tart; Token

Parlo Cosmetics Tinted Lip Balms in Bordeaux; Cheeky; Coral Me Happy; Cranbaby; Doll Baby; Kiss Kiss; Orange You Glad; Perfectly Plum; Rebel; Strut; Sweet Lips; Tart; and Token

Parlo Cosmetics Tinted Lip Balms in Bordeaux; Cheeky; Coral Me Happy; Cranbaby; Doll Baby; Kiss Kiss; Orange You Glad; Perfectly Plum; Rebel; Strut; Sweet Lips; Tart; and Token

Review of Parlo Cosmetics Tinted Lip Balms


Which Parlo Cosmetics Tinted Lip Balm is your favorite?

*Some of the Parlo Cosmetics products featured in this post are affiliate samples. As always, however, I have presented my 100% honest opinion. I cannot, nor will I ever, accept compensation in exchange for a positive review.
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Summer 2016 Instagram Giveaway!

Instagram giveaway: Glory Boon All Natural Bronzer in Laguna; Parlo Cosmetics Natural Mineral Blush in Almost Coral; W3ll People Bio Extreme Lipgloss 4; 100% Pure All Over Glow in Lightly Sun Kissed; and Alima Pure Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow in Leone

It's time for a giveaway! Yay! 

One lucky winner will snag these five golden summer goodies that I am currently obsessed with! 

Prize includes:

To enter to win:

  1. Follow me, @blushingbme, on Instagram
  2. Like this giveaway post on Instagram
  3. Tag at least 2 friends (each additional friend tagged will count as one entry)
  4. Repost on Instagram with #blushingbmegiveaway for an additional 10 entries!

Contest runs now through July 31, 2016!

Best of luck!


Entries will be accepted until midnight EST, Sunday July 31, 2016. Winner will be chosen at random from participants who followed all of the rules above. I will announce the winner on Instagram on August 1st.
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By entering you confirm you are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility and agree to Instagram’s terms of use. This contest is not affiliated with Instagram in any way. Open internationally. Void in whole or in part where prohibited by law.
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The Best Blushes for Every Budget

My Best Lipsticks for Every Budget post was so well received that I decided to make it into a series! This time we are taking a look at the unit prices of all of the blushes in my collection!

Can you guess which blush is the best bargain?

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush Refill; RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek; Alima Pure Satin Matte + Luminous Shimmer Blushes; Nu Evolution Pressed Blush; Vapour Organic Beauty Aura Multi Use Classic; Lily Lolo Pressed Mineral Blush; 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Blush; W3ll People Universalist Multi-Stick; and Parlo Cosmetics Natural Mineral Blush

Parlo Cosmetics Natural Mineral Blush

  • $8 USD for 0.176 oz / 5 g
  • Unit Price: $45.45 per ounce / $1.60 per gram

Code blushingbme saves you 20% at Parlo Cosmetics!

Parlo Cosmetics Natural Mineral Blush

W3ll People Universalist Multi-Stick

  • $23.99 USD for 0.375 oz / 10.6 g
  • Unit Price: $63.97 per ounce / $2.26 per gram

100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Blush

  • $35 USD for 0.32 oz / 9 g 
  • Unit Price: $109 per ounce / $3.89 per gram

Lily Lolo Pressed Mineral Blush

  • $20 USD for 0.14 oz / 4 g
  • Unit Price: $142.86 per ounce / $5 per gram

Vapour Organic Beauty Aura Multi Use Classic

  • $36 USD for 0.24 oz / 6.8 g 
  • Unit Price: $150 per ounce / $5.29 per gram

Vapour Organic Beauty Aura Multi Use Classic

Nu Evolution Pressed Blush

  • $28 USD for 0.14 oz / 4 g
  • Unit Price: $200 per ounce / $7 per gram

Alima Pure Satin Matte + Luminous Shimmer Blushes

  • $24 USD for 0.1 oz / 3 g
  • Unit Price: $240 per ounce / $8 per gram

RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek

  • $36 USD for 0.15 oz / 4.25 g
  • Unit Price: $240 per ounce / $8.47 per gram

RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush Refill

  • $32 USD for 0.123 oz / 3.5 g 
  • Unit Price: $260.16 per ounce / $9.14 per gram


I hope this helps and please let me know what you would like to see next! Eye shadow? Face masks? Highlighters?


*The Parlo Cosmetics blush featured in this post was an affiliate sample. As always, however, I have presented my 100% honest opinion. I cannot, nor will I ever, accept compensation in exchange for a positive review.
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Review: Glory Boon's Passport to Paradise Collection

Glory Boon is a small batch company with tremendous creativity! Not are their high quality products all natural and cruelty free, but they are also quite affordable. With a team of artistic individuals who believe in creating beauty from natural, raw ingredients, made locally with love.

Review of Glory Boon's Passport to Paradise Collection

All Natural Highlight in Sol

If you are looking for a ridiculously gorgeous glow, this is the highlighter for you! Sol is a stunning, champagne-colored highlight that creates the most radiant, reflective shimmer on the skin! This richly pigmented powder is creamy to the touch and beautifully accentuates the high points of the face. For effortless application, simply sweep this powder across your cheekbones with a brush or your fingertips to illuminate your skin with a natural, healthy glow. 

Glory Boon All Natural Bronzer in Laguna and Highlight in Sol

All Natural Bronzer in Laguna

With similar creaminess and pigmentation to Sol, this gorgeous powder imparts a healthy, sun-kissed glow that you can wear all year round! There is a striking golden shimmer that gives this bronzer a beautiful, warm radiance. This smooth, finely milled powder blends with such ease! I like to use a fluffy brush to blend Laguna on my temples, around my hairline, and lightly across the bridge of my nose for a truly gorgeous glow! 

Glory Boon All Natural Bronzer in Laguna

Sol and Laguna also make great eye shadows! However, my one complaint with these powders is the scent. They have an aroma that is reminiscent of cheap, expired cosmetics. I think it may have to do with the addition of iron oxide, but I am just not a huge fan of the scent that I get upon application. It dissipates in no time, so it's certainly not a deal breaker!

Swatches of Glory Boon's Lip & Cheek Tint in Parasol; Lip Gloss in Starfish; Lip Gloss in Mermaid Kisses; Bronzer in Laguna; and Highlight in Sol
From top to bottom: Lip & Cheek Tint in Parasol; Lip Gloss in Starfish; Lip Gloss in Mermaid Kisses; Bronzer in Laguna; and Highlight in Sol

All Natural Lip & Cheek Tint in Parasol

This luxuriously silky balm has the most gorgeous, sheer strawberry hue! There is also an almost undetectable iridescence that adds a bit of dimension and interest to the lips. The formulation is quite hydrating and the $5 USD price tag is outstanding! While I have really been enjoying Parasol as a lip balm, it really didn't work for me as a blush. It's just too subtle to have any real impact on the cheeks. Even without any foundation on, this tint just isn't pigmented enough for me to want to reach for it over my most beloved cream blushes.

Glory Boon Lip & Cheek Tint in Parasol

All Natural Lip Glosses in Mermaid Kisses & Starfish

These lippies are going to rock your world! They are luxuriously creamy and perfectly saturated with pigment. The formulation is gorgeous and unlike anything that I have tried before! It is very much like a hybrid between a liquid lipstick and a gloss. One coat and you are left with a completely opaque, semi-glossy finish that literally lasts for hours! Mermaid Kisses is a beautiful mauve pink and Starfish is stunning dusty coral.

Glory Boon Lip & Cheek Tint in Parasol, Lip Gloss in Starfish, Lip Gloss in Mermaid Kisses

Glory Boon just added four Mineral Blushes to their Passport to Paradise collection and I am so excited to test them out! 

Wearing Glory Boon's Lip Gloss in Mermaid Kisses
Wearing Mermaid Kisses Lip Gloss


Glory Boon is definitely a brand to get to know!! The quality and inventiveness of their product line is exceptional!! I enjoy green beauty brands that are truly inventive and keep me on the edge of my seat, anxiously awaiting new releases! I can't wait to see what's next!


Have you tried anything from Glory Boon? What GB product should I review next?
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Summer Weekend Essentials

My husband and I are constantly on the go in the summertime! Because we like to make the most of the beautiful weather, our weekends are jam-packed with activities. I put this travel bag together at the beginning of June and haven't unpacked it since! It's filled with multi-tasking summer essentials that I just adore!

Summer Weekend Essentials

Skincare

Osmia Organics Black Clay Facial Soap
  • Facial bar soaps may not be the easiest to travel with (I like to wrap mine in Abeego), but this product is a must have! The oils and butters in this soap are incredibly nutrient-rich! Not to mention, the inclusion of Black Australian clay and dead sea mud help balance and tone the skin. 

Pai Avocado & Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream
  • I use this cream as my morning moisturizer just before applying makeup. It absorbs quickly, leaves my skin feeling velvety soft, and has a citrusy, floral scent. 

Osmia Organics Black Clay Facial Soap

Makeup

Alima Pure Natural Definition Eye Pencil in Paper
  • This is my go-to pencil for the waterline to create an eye-opening effect. You really can't go wrong with anything from Alima Pure!

Glory Boon Highlight in Sol
  • This stunning powder highlight is going to knock your socks off! It has a spectacular champagne shimmer that leaves my cheekbones with a healthy golden glow. This highlight makes for a gorgeous eye shadow too! Love it! 

Hurraw! Sun Balm
  • This silky balm has SPF 15 and a tangerine, vanilla scent that smells like dessert! 

Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream in BB3
  • This full coverage cream is so pigmented that I don't feel the need for concealer. It has a beautiful, luminous finish with SPF 25, which makes it perfect for summer! When I am looking for a little less coverage, I like to thin this cream out with a bit moisturizer (check out my previous post about How to Make Your Own Tinted Moisturizer).

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Precious
  • Precious melts flawlessly into the skin and gives the cheeks a glowing flush of color that is gorgeous for spring and summer. With a luxuriously creamy texture, this pale coral blush blends evenly onto the skin for a natural, luminous finish that wears nicely throughout the day.

Lily Lolo Vegan Mascara
  • Hands down the best mascara that I have ever tried! 

Parlo Cosmetics Tinted Lip Balm in Strut
  • Yes, I am obsessed with this beautiful tinted balm! It's so easy to keep on hand and the pigmentation is gorgeous!

Parlo Cosmetics Natural Mineral Eye Shadow in Under the Break
  • This highly pigmented shadow is a gorgeous, vibrant green with a stunning shimmer that reflects light beautifully! Code blushingbme saves you 20% at Parlo Cosmetics!

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer
  • This is my favorite bronzer of all time! I love blending it on my temples, around my hairline, and lightly across the bridge of my nose for a gorgeous summer glow! 

W3ll People Bio Brightener Invisible Powder
  • I use this superfine powder to set my concealer and create a nice, healthy radiance. I also dust it across the tops of my eyelids to set cream eye shadow. 

W3ll People Expressionist Mascara in Blue
  • The color of this mascara is not as vibrant as it is in the tube, but it brightens the eyes in a way that adds interest to the face. I will often apply this on top of my Lily Lolo mascara to create a sultry dark blue that is perfect for nighttime.

Pai Avocado & Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream, Osmia Organics Black Clay Facial Soap; Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream in BB3; Alima Pure Natural Definition Eye Pencil in Paper; Parlo Cosmetics Tinted Lip Balm in Strut; Parlo Cosmetics Natural Mineral Eye Shadow in Under the Break; Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Precious; W3ll People Expressionist Mascara in Blue; Lily Lolo Vegan Mascara; RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer; Glory Boon Highlight in Sol; Hurraw! Sun Balm; W3ll People Bio Brightening Powder; Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen for Body; Zoe Organics Insect Repellent; CleanWell Hand Sanitizer; Yarok Feed Your Style Dry Shampoo; Captain Blankenship Golden Waves Sea Salt Shimmer Spray

Body

CleanWell Hand Sanitizer
  • I carry hand sanitizer with me at all times and this one works via active botanicals and comes in a convenient spray. I prefer the Orange Vanilla scent as I find the herbaceous aroma of the Original version to be a bit overpowering. 

Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen for Body
  • I am incredibly pale and douse myself in sunscreen whenever outdoor activities are on the agenda. This sunscreen is moisturizing and doesn’t leave behind a ghostly white cast. 

Zoe Organics Insect Repellent
  • This bug spray consists entirely of organic botanical oils that detract bugs so that you can enjoy your time outside without having to worry about pesky bites.

Hair

Captain Blankenship Golden Waves Sea Salt Shimmer Spray

  • Sea salt spray is a summer staple for achieving tousled, beachy waves. This spray is packed with organic aloe vera gel and sea kelp extract to provide moisture without the crunch. The inclusion of natural gold mica also adds a subtle shimmer.

Captain Blankenship Golden Waves Sea Salt Shimmer Spray

  • This hair spray is perfect for taming flyaways and summer frizz! While it can dry a little hard if you get too much in one spot (this can be solved by a quick brush out), this spray is never sticky or flaky. 

Yarok Feed Your Style Dry Shampoo
  • This dry shampoo keeps the grease ball look under control, pumps up the volume, helps hold hairstyles in place, and has a lovely lavender-citrus scent.

What are your summer weekend essentials?


*The Parlo Cosmetics products featured in this post are affiliate samples. As always, however, I have presented my 100% honest opinion. I cannot, nor will I ever, accept compensation in exchange for a positive review.
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Makeup of the Day - Featuring Parlo Cosmetics

Here is a quick makeup look featuring these amazing products from my first Parlo Cosmetics haul! 

Parlo Cosmetics: Blush in Pretty, Pretty Princess; Eye Shadow in Under the Break; Master Fix in Bare Ivory; Tinted Lip Balm in Strut; and Whipped Shave Cream in Pink Lemonade

To say that I am blown away by Parlo Cosmetics is an understatement! I can't even properly convey how impressed I am with these high quality, incredibly affordable goodies! 

Makeup of the Day featuring Parlo Cosmetics

Master Fix in Bare Ivory

Searching for an organic cream concealer that is perfect when you're on the go and highlights like a champion? Check out Master Fix! The silky texture of this product allows it to melt beautifully into the skin and it remains creaseless on me throughout the day!

Parlo Cosmetics Swatches: Blush in Pretty, Pretty Princess; Eye Shadow in Under the Break; Master Fix in Bare Ivory; and Tinted Lip Balm in Strut
From left to right: Blush in Pretty, Pretty Princess; Eye Shadow in Under the Break; Master Fix in Bare Ivory; and Tinted Lip Balm in Strut

Natural Mineral Blush in Pretty, Pretty Princess

This is blush is insanely pigmented and blends with such ease! It is a glamorous, girly pink that really gives life to the face. I apply this blush to the apples of my cheeks using the same powder brush that I used for bronzer. Because it has a silvery sparkle, I don't feel the need to wear a highlighter.

Parlo Cosmetics Natural Mineral Blush in Pretty, Pretty Princess

Natural Mineral Eye Shadow in Under the Break

This loose mineral eye shadow is amazing! One swipe and this gorgeous pigment glides on smoothly without any streaks. Adding a little water makes it easy to use these shadows as vibrant liners too!

Parlo Cosmetics Natural Mineral Eye Shadow in Under the Break

Natural Tinted Lip Balm in Strut

This luxuriously silky balm has the most gorgeous cool-toned mauve hue. There is also a bit of shimmer that adds a bit of dimension and interest to the lips. The formulation is also quite hydrating and the wear time is amazing! I just apply it straight from the tube and out the door I go!

Parlo Cosmetics Natural Tinted Lip Balm in Strut

I also received the Whipped Shave Cream in Pink Lemonade. Not only is the lemon-raspberry scent sweet and delicious, but the inclusion of hydrating oils makes this cream so luxurious and moisturizing! It's perfect for getting a close shave on those silky-soft summer legs!


Code blushingbme saves you at checkout on all Parlo Cosmetics products!

Have you tried anything from Parlo?


*The Parlo Cosmetics products featured in this post are affiliate samples. As always, however, I have presented my 100% honest opinion. I cannot, nor will I ever, accept compensation in exchange for a positive review.
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Review: Intelligent Nutrients PurePlenty Regimen

My hair is naturally quite fine, so I've always struggled with breakage. However, thinning was never a concern of mine. To be honest, it's a problem that I never imagined I would have to deal with. Well, when my 28-year-old husband, then fiancé, was diagnosed with cancer, that all changed. The stress of such a difficult situation combined with planning our wedding and continuing to work full-time literally made my hair start falling out. Month's after my husband was declared cancer free and his hair grew back thicker than ever, mine still hadn't recovered.

Finding an agreeable clean shampoo for fine, limp hair can be a difficult task. However, I stumbled across the PurePlenty Regimen from Intelligent Nutrients and knew that I had to test it out! This regimen consists of three products: Exfoliating Shampoo, Density Building Conditioner, and Nourishing Scalp and Strand Serum. While I haven't noticed a tremendous difference in fallout, my hair is stronger and thicker than it has ever been! I have been using these products in conjunction with Lani's Tropical Hair Treatment (about 2x a month) and Josh Rosebrook's Lift Spray (review here) for a day-to-day volume boost and I couldn't be happier with the condition of my locks! 

Review: Intelligent Nutrients PurePlenty Regimen

Description

If you have ever had an appointment at a salon and a luxurious shampoo with a perfect lather was massaged into your scalp, you know that the same feeling is difficult to achieve at home. That's not the case with Intelligent Nutrients's PurePlenty Exfoliating Shampoo! It has a lovely, sweet scent that is earthy and quite spa-like, and the direct-to-scalp applicator makes it easy to apply evenly all over the head for a perfectly lush and foamy lather. So, what's up with the whole exfoliating thing? This shampoo contains pea sprout bioactives, ajuga reptan plant stem cells, saw palmetto, and knettle to sweep away buildup as it cleanses to open up the hair follicles for optimum growth and movement. These key ingredients also inhibit Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a testosterone derivative made by cells, which reduces hair re-growth and, ultimately, results in hair loss.

Review of Intelligent Nutrients's PurePlenty Exfoliating Shampoo

A rich, moisturizing conditioner is great way to help keep hair healthy and strong. The PurePlenty Density Building Conditioner is beautifully thick and emollient. Just as with the Exfoliating Shampoo, the addition of pea sprout bioactives aids in amplifying hair density with the goal of decreasing the amount of hair in the telogen phase of the growth cycle and increasing the amount in the anagen phase (refer back to All About Hair post for more information about the life cycle of hair). I find that this conditioner is also quite volumizing, which gives the hair a thicker appearance with great body and movement.

Finally, the PurePlenty Nourishing Scalp and Strand Serum is a concentrated infusion of nutrients that help promote follicle health. The inclusion of caffeine really stimulates the roots of the hair to trigger growth. It is applied with a convenient dropper straight to the scalp and then worked through the rest of the hair to give those roots a serious boost!

Intelligent Nutrients PurePlenty Nourishing Scalp and Strand Serum


Application

Intelligent Nutrients provides detailed instructions, as well as a video detailing how to use the PurePlenty regimen. For the Exfoliating Shampoo, once my hair wet, I use the applicator tip to apply a bit of product evenly over my scalp. I then massage it all over my head and leave it on for a minute or two before rinsing. I then work the Density Building Conditioner into the ends of my hair and gently work up toward the roots. Applying from the bottom up really helps prevent the hair from being weighed down. After about five minutes, I rinse thoroughly. Once I've towel dried my hair, I then apply one dropper filled with the Nourishing Scalp and Strand Serum to different sections of my scalp and massage it over my head to make sure that its evenly distributed. I also like to apply this serum at night too.


Ingredients

Exfoliating Shampoo

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice,1 Aqua (Water), Decyl Glucoside, Lauryl Glucoside, Glycerin,1 Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Coco-Glucoside, Ajuga Reptans Cell Culture Extract,2 Pisum Sativum (Pea) Sprout Extract, Serenoa Serrulata (Saw Palmetto) Fruit Extract,1 Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract,1 Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Extract, Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil,1,3 Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil,1,3 Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil,1,3 Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil,1,3 Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil,1,3 Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Meal,1,4 Rubus Ideais (Raspberry) Seed Meal,1,4 Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Meal,1,4 Vaccinium Macrocarpum (Cranberry) Seed Meal,1,4 Curcurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Meal,1,4 Glyceryl Oleate, Disodium Coco-Glucoside Citrate, Maltodextrin, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Heptyl Undecylenate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Isomalt, Gluconolactone, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Limonene,6 Linalool,6 Geraniol,6 Citronellol,6 Citral,6 Tocopherol (Vitamin E).

Density Building Conditioner


Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice,1 Water (Aqua), Behentrimonium Chloride, Glycerin,1 Glyceryl Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Heptyl Undecylenate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Ajuga Reptans Cell Culture Extract,2 Pisum Sativum (Pea) Sprout Extract, Serenoa Serrulata (Saw Palmetto) Fruit Extract,1 Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract,1 Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil,1,3 Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil,1,3 Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil,1,3 Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil,1,3 Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil,1,3 Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Meal,1,4 Rubus Ideais (Raspberry) Seed Meal,1,4 Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Meal,1,4 Vaccinium Macrocarpum (Cranberry) Seed Meal,1,4 Curcurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Meal,1,4 Diheptyl Succinate, Maltodextrin, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Isomalt, Gluconolactone, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Limonene,6 Linalool,6 Geraniol,6 Citronellol,6 Citral,6 Tocopherol (Vitamin E).

Nourishing Scalp and Strand Serum


Aqua (Water), Glycerin,1 Isomalt, Maltodextrin, Ajuga Reptans Cell Culture Extract,2 Pisum Sativum (Pea) Sprout Extract, Serenoa Serrulata (Saw Palmetto) Fruit Extract,1 Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract,1 Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Powder,1 Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Meal,1,3 Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Meal,1,3 Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Meal,1,3 Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Meal,1,3 Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Meal,1,3 Caffeine, Aroma,4 Coco-Glucoside, Xanthan Gum, Gluconolactone, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Limonene,5 Linalool,5 Geraniol,5 Citronellol,5 Citral,5 Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

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1 Certified Organic

2 Plant Stem Cell Antioxidant 3 Antioxidant Intellimune® Super Seed Oil Complex
4 Antioxidant Intellimune® Super Seed Meal Complex
5 Certified Organic Active Aroma/Flavor Oils: Citrus Noblis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Litsea Cubeba (May Chang) Fruit Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Vetiveria Zizianoides (Vetiver) Root Oil, Flavor (Nectar Type)
6 Naturally Occurring Component of Organic Essential Oil Blend


Wrap-up

The PurePlenty Regimen is an amazing system for adding density and volume to the hair! While I didn't see a noticeable change in the amount of fallout, my hair is definitely thicker and stronger. The condition of my hair is also on point! It's so soft and silky, yet I have fewer split ends and far less breakage. The scent is earthy and spa-like without being overpowering. Not to mention, the ingredients are nourishing and effective, and the overall quality of each product is exceptional!

Although quite expensive, if you are concerned about thinning hair, I highly recommend the PurePlenty Regimen from Intelligent Nutrients! 

The Exfoliating Shampoo retails for $38 USD (8 fl. oz. / 237 ml); the Density Building Conditioner retails for $42 USD (4.8 fl. oz. / 141.9 ml); and the Nourishing Scalp and Strand Serum retails for $70 USD (33 fl. oz. / 97 ml). The entire Regimen can be bundled at the reduced price of $127.50 USD. 


Have you tried any products from Intelligent Nutrients? I can't wait to try more from this brand!
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The Best Lipsticks for Every Budget

W3ll People Nudist Colorbalm; Parlo Cosmetics All Natural Tinted Lip Balm; Silk Naturals Velvet Matte Lipstick; Alima Pure Lip Tint; RMS Beauty Lip Shine; Au Naturale Lipstick; Ilia Beauty Lipstick + Tinted Lip Conditioner; 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Pomegranate Oil Anti Aging Lipstick; Axiology Lipstick; Vapour Organic Beauty Siren Lipstick; 100% Fruit Pigmented Lip Glaze; Ilia Beauty Lip Crayon; Kjaer Weis Lip Tint Refill

If you are a lipstick lover like myself, you know that they can get seriously costly! This list is an overview of the lip products in my collection based on unit price. Comparing unit prices is a great way to determine whether or not a product is worth purchasing because it takes into consideration both the price and the quantity. Although it may seem like similar tubes contain the same amount of product, when you look at the unit price, you can determine exactly what you are paying for in terms of the amount of product that you are getting. For this particular list, I excluded glosses and multi-tasking products, such as RMS Beauty Lip2Cheeks and Vapour Organic Beauty's Aura Multi Use Sticks, and focused strictly on lipsticks and highly pigmented tints, crayons, and balms.

Clean Lipstick

W3ll People Nudist Colorbalm

  • $13.99 USD for 0.375 oz / 10.6 g
  • Unit Price: $37 per ounce / $1.32 per gram

Parlo Cosmetics All Natural Tinted Lip Balm

  • $6 USD for 0.15 oz / 4.25 g
  • Unit Price: $40 per ounce / $1.41 per gram

Silk Naturals Velvet Matte Lipstick

  • $5.99 USD for 0.07 oz / 2 g
  • Unit Price: $85.57 per ounce / $2.99 per gram

Alima Pure Lip Tint

  • $14 USD for 0.12 oz / 3.65 g
  • Unit Price: $117 per ounce / $3.84 per gram

RMS Beauty Lip Shine

  • $25 USD for 0.20 oz / 5.67 g
  • Unit Price: $125 per ounce / $4.41 per gram

Au Naturale Lipstick

  • $22 USD for 0.13 oz / 3.69 g
  • Unit Price: $169 per ounce / $5.96 per gram

Ilia Beauty Lipstick + Tinted Lip Conditioner

  • $26 USD for 0.14 oz / 4 g 
  • Unit Price: $186 per ounce / $6.50 per gram

100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Pomegranate Oil Anti Aging Lipstick

  • $29 USD for 0.15 oz / 4.25 g 
  • Unit Price: $193 per ounce / $6.82 per gram

Axiology Lipstick

  • $28 USD 0.14 oz / 4 g
  • Unit Price: $200 per ounce / $7 per gram

Vapour Organic Beauty Siren Lipstick

  • $25 USD for 0.11 oz / 3.12 g 
  • Unit Price: $227 per ounce / $8 per gram

100% Fruit Pigmented Lip Glaze

  • $25 USD for 0.088 oz / 2.5 g 
  • Unit Price: $284 per ounce / $10 per gram

Ilia Beauty Lip Crayon

  • $24 USD for 0.08 oz / 2.2 g
  • Unit Price: $300 per ounce / $10.91 per gram

Kjaer Weis Lip Tint Refill

  • $29 USD for 0.085 oz / 2.4 g 
  • Unit Price: $341 per ounce / $12 per gram

Ilia Beauty Lipstick

100% Pure and Axiology

Silk Naturals Lipstick

 100% Pure Lip Glaze

Alima Pure Lip TintKjaer Weis Lip Tint and Parlo Cosmetics Tinted Lip Balm

I hope this helps and please let me know if you'd like to see more posts like this!




*The Parlo Cosmetics lip tint featured in this post is an affiliate sample. As always, however, I have presented my 100% honest opinion. I cannot, nor will I ever, accept compensation in exchange for a positive review.
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June 2016 Favorites

I am absolutely smitten with all of the new products that I discovered in June! I think that this is my favorite lineup of 2016 thus far!

June Favorites featuring Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream; Lani Tropical Hair Treatment; Lily Lolo Mascara; Mahalo Rare Indigo Beauty Balm; Modern Minerals Makeup - Modern Moonstone; Parlo Cosmetics Natural Mineral Blush in Pretty, Pretty Princess; RMS Beauty Nail Polish in Magnetic; and Vapour Organic Beauty's Artist Multi-Use Palette in Afterglow.


Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream

This cream is heat-resistant and water-resistant with SPF 25, which makes it perfect for summer! I also love that while it provides full coverage, it still has a natural finish that gives the skin a beautifully airbrushed look!


Lani Tropical Hair Treatment

This treatment has a lovely sweet, coconutty scent and is packed full of tropical oils that nourish the hair without weighing it down. It keeps my hair shiny, silky and luxuriously soft. My mom is a tough critic and she recently commented that my hair looks great!

Lani Tropical Hair Treatment


Lily Lolo Mascara

I coat my top and bottom lashes with a generous amount of this mascara. The bristle brush and thickening formula add tons of volume to my unruly lashes! This mascara has officially dethroned my beloved W3ll People Expressionist Mascara and claimed the #1 spot! Love it!


Mahalo Rare Indigo Beauty Balm

Although I have been using this balm for months now, I have been hesitant to mention it in a post. I adore what this product does for my skin, but the incredibly potent floral scent literally makes me gag. However, this violet-blue balm is so indulgent and calming! It is filled with anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids that make my skin feel like silk! I also find that it works wonders on the inflammation and redness associated with pesky breakouts.

Mahalo Rare Indigo Beauty Balm

Modern Minerals Makeup - Modern Moonstone

The texture of this highlighter is gorgeous!! It is ultra creamy, but sets to a lovely powder finish. Perhaps what I like most about this softly lit shade is that it provides a natural, healthy radiance that doesn't emphasize my pores or any sort of texture on my skin. I haven't tried much from Modern Minerals, but I am so impressed!

Modern Minerals Makeup - Modern Moonstone

Parlo Cosmetics Natural Mineral Blush in Pretty, Pretty Princess

This is blush is insanely pigmented and blends with such ease! It is a glamorous, girly pink that really gives life to the face. I apply this blush to the apples of my cheeks using the same powder brush that I used for bronzer. Because it has a silvery sparkle, I don't feel the need to wear a highlighter. 

Parlo Cosmetics Natural Mineral Blush in Pretty, Pretty Princess

RMS Beauty Nail Polish in Magnetic

This is hands down the best nail polish that I have ever tried!! Mimicking the hue of RMS's Magnetic Cream Eye Shadow, this silvery polish has a hint of mauve that gives it a very classic, sophisticated feel. Its luxuriously smooth consistency allows it to glide onto the nails without leaving any streaks and the staying power is wonderful!

RMS Beauty Nail Polish in Magnetic

Vapour Organic Beauty's Artist Multi-Use Palette in Afterglow

The colors included in Vapour's Afterglow palette are stunning! Together, these berry hues create the perfect natural flush that is both glowy and glamorous! Each cream melts flawlessly into the skin without ever looking greasy or cakey. They are also packed with great ingredients and blend evenly onto the skin for a natural, luminous finish that wears beautifully! Check out my full review here.

Vapour Organic Beauty's Artist Multi-Use Palette in Afterglow


What were your June favorites?
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New RMS Beauty Purchases

RMS Beauty is a cult favorite of green beauty lovers everywhere and I am certainly no exception! In fact, my first purchase after officially deciding to clean up my makeup stash was the brand's best-selling Living Luminizer

I am a huge fan of the versatility that you get with RMS Beauty's entire line of products. Not only are these coconut oil-based creams packed with amazing ingredients that deeply nourish the skin, but their quality is exceptional! 

The brand's vast color selection always catches my eye and so I have recently made some additions to my collection!


RMS Beauty Review

Lip2Cheek in Demure

Unlike products that are marketed for both the lips and cheeks, but really only look good on one or the other, Lip2Cheeks are seriously stunning as lipsticks and blushes! Demure is a romantic, cool-toned pink that gives the cheeks a flirty flush of color and the lips a soft, rosy hue. Because they aren't cakey or drying, Lip2Cheeks melt into the skin flawlessly and blend with such ease!

Contour Bronze

RMS recently released Contour Bronze to naturally define and sculpt the face. This rich, neutral brown is beautifully balanced such that it is neither too warm-toned nor too cool-toned. It blends seamlessly into the skin and helps create a sense of depth and dimension that lifts the face. Similar to the Buriti Bronzer, this cream has a beautiful shimmer that also adds a subtle radiance.
Swatches of RMS Beauty Contour Bronze and Buriti Bronzer
Contour Bronze (left) & Buriti Bronzer (right)

Lip Shine in Honest

This Lip Shine is so luxuriously creamy! Honest is a gorgeous nude rose that is perfectly saturated with pigment. I do find that I have to reapply this cream fairly often to maintain the glossy shine, but my lips remain plump and moisturized even after the product has worn off.

Swatches of RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Demure, Lip Polish in Honest, and Contour Bronze
From top to bottom: Honest, Contour Bronze & Demure

Nail Polish in Magnetic

This is hands down the best nail polish that I have ever tried!! Mimicking the hue of RMS's Magnetic Cream Eye Shadow, this silvery polish has a hint of mauve that gives it a very classic, sophisticated feel. Its luxuriously smooth consistency allows it to glide onto the nails without leaving any streaks and the staying power is wonderful! 

RMS Beauty Magnetic Nail Polish

This polish is free from Petrochemicals, Parabens, DPB, TPHP, Toluene, Camphor, Xylene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, and Animal Products


What are your favorite RMS Beauty products?
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