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Review: Nourish Beauty Box

**This post is an advertorial in collaboration with Nourish Beauty Box**

April's Nourish Beauty Box is filled with spring-inspired beauty products that are packed with natural, organic, and wild-crafted goodness! As always, the line-up consists of four, full-sized products from small, super innovative brands! 

The April Box is still available and retails for $45 USD. Each product within the box can also be purchased individually from NBB's online shop. Not to mention, a month-to-month subscription goes for $34.95 USD, with even greater discounts if you prepay for a 3 or 6-month subscription. There's free worldwide shipping too! Score!

The April Box has totally won my heart! It features products from Alma Botanicals, Seraphine Botanicals, Peony Cosmetics, and Nourish Beauty's very own collection!

April's Nourish Beauty Box featuring Alma Botanicals Hydrating Oil; Peony Botanicals A New Beginning - Pumpkin Pre-Cleanse Cream; Seraphine Botanicals Chia + Camellia Eyeshadow Palette;  Nourish Nails - Follow your Bliss


Alma Botanicals Hydrating Oil ($35 USD)

Alma Botanicals prides themselves on being the skin solution for all modern minimalists. I'm always on the lookout for multi-tasking products that will help simplify my routine and this oil is a workhorse! It's lightweight, fast-absorbing, and leaves my skin looking radiant and renewed. This oil can also be applied all over the body, in your hair, and in the bath. Made with the finest cold-pressed or steam distilled oils, this moisturizing oil is sure to make your skin luxuriously smooth for the upcoming summer months.

Alma Botanicals Hydrating Oil

Peony Botanicals A New Beginning - Pumpkin Pre-Cleanse Cream ($36 USD)

This product is so intriguing! Designed to be used before your regular cleanser, this pumpkin-based pre-cleanse formula not only functions as an effective makeup remover, but also helps nourish lashes and hydrate the delicate eye area at the same time. It's also infused with pineapple extract and ginger root, yum! I should warn you, however, that the aroma is quite potent and may irritate you if you are sensitive to strong scents.

Peony Botanicals A New Beginning - Pumpkin Pre-Cleanse Cream


Seraphine Botanicals Chia + Camellia Eyeshadow Palette ($52 USD)

This palette is stunning!! The elegant, gold packaging is slim and compact. Combining both matte and shimmery hues, the formula of these shadows is infused with kaolin clay for long-lasting blendability, as well as Camellia and Chia seed oils to give you soft, smooth, pigmented payoff. Is there a more beautiful neutral palette? I don't think so! 

Seraphine Botanicals Chia + Camellia Eyeshadow Palette

Nourish Nails - Follow your Bliss ($12.50 USD)

This water-based nail polish in the shade Follow your Bliss is a pale, pistachio hue that's perfect for spring! It's also vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, eco-friendly and formulated with natural ingredients.

Nourish Nails - Follow your Bliss


April's Nourish Beauty Box contained some amazing products from brands that I was super excited to test out. This box incorporated $135.50 USD worth of products, so there's no question that you get your money's worth by subscribing! The Nourish Beauty Box is such a great way to experiment with quality products that you can feel great about using.


For more information or to subscribe to the Nourish Beauty Box, check their website at www.nourishbeautybox.com


**The Nourish Beauty Box featured in this post was sent to me for review. 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 Brija Cosmetics

This post is an advertorial in collaboration with Brija Cosmetics*

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

From Left to Right: Produce Guy Eye Shadow; Glen Coco Blush/Bronzer; Carnelian Glitter; Chai Cupcake Bronzer; Jungle Madness Blush; Hoola Hoop Bronzer; and Foiled Hearts Organic Lipstick


I am so impressed with the quality and affordability of these goodies! I love supporting small brands that constantly strive to improve and innovate!

What's also nice about Brija is that you can choose from different sizes. If you are unsure about a certain color or if it's a super vibrant hue that you know you won't use very often, I highly recommend picking up a mini jar to test it out!


Hoola Hoop Bronzer

This bronzer is gorgeous! The temperature of its hue is balanced beautifully, so it will look natural on a variety of skin tones! I use a fluffy brush to blend this weightless powder onto my temples, around my hairline, and lightly across the bridge of my nose for a healthy glow!

Left to Right: Chai Cupcake Bronzer, Jungle Madness Blush, and Hoola Hoop Bronzer

Jungle Madness Blush

This blush is insanely pigmented and blends with such ease! It is a glamorous, cool-toned 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 use for bronzer. Because it has a satin finish, it also gives the cheeks dimension and provides for a refreshed look.


Moonrock Highlight

This neutral highlight will be your go-to! It has just the right amount of gold and copper to reflect the light naturally without looking like a glittery mess! 

 

Eye Shadows

Produce Guy


This matte turquoise is everything! 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!

Chai Cupcake Bronzer


Thank goodness there are no rules with makeup because this bronzer is a beautiful transition shade. The hue is a bit deeper than, Hoola Hoop, so it doesn't suit my fair complexion as a bronzer, but it's a great warm-toned neutral color that makes my blue eyes pop!

Carnelian Glitter

I love wearing copper shadows and this glitter is so saturated and fierce! It also stays in place surprisingly well! I used a damp shadow brush without any sort of adhesive and the fallout was super manageable.


Foiled Hearts Organic Lipstick

This luxuriously silky lipstick has the most stunning, cool-toned mauve hue! There are also silver and blue reflects that add a bit of dimension and interest to the lips. The formulation is unique and quite hydrating, but I find that the wear time is average. It can also look patchy if you don't blend it well, so I like to apply it straight from the tube and then pat it in with my finger before I run out the door!


I also received the Glen Coco Blush/Bronzer. It's a little too warm-toned for my face, but it blends effortlessly and I think that it will become a staple eye shadow for me this summer!


What are you favorites from Brija?

**The Brija products featured in this post were sent to me for review. 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: Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo Gentle Facial Cleansing Oil Cloths

This post is an advertorial in collaboration with Kaia Naturals*

No one can deny the convenience of cleansing wipes! We've all had those lazy nights when we know that we should remove our makeup before going to sleep, but barely have the energy to move, let alone fiddle with countless lotions and potions. Unfortunately, while traditional wipes offer an amazing quick fix, most don't thoroughly clean the skin. Not to mention, they are often terrible for the environment!

Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo Gentle Facial Cleansing Oil Cloths

You may be thinking that there just isn't a good alternative to your favorite wipes, but Kaia Naturals has got you covered with their Juicy Bamboo Gentle Facial Cleansing Oil Cloths! I'm officially obsessed with these things! First off, how adorable is this juice box packaging?!? Once you open the airtight container that houses these cloths, you will be struck by their unreal delicious scent! They have such a sweet, citrusy aroma from the addition of honey and eight essential oils. These cloths are also 99% natural and 100% biodegradable! You can actually plant these cloths in soil and in 60-70 days they will disappear!

Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo Gentle Facial Cleansing Oil Cloths

In addition to being environmentally friendly, Kaia's cloths are nourishing and effective. The jojoba and sunflower oils in these cloths help clean and hydrate the skin without leaving behind a funky residue. They are also infused with vitamins B12, C, and E, to provide the skin with a healthy boost of nutrients.

Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo Gentle Facial Cleansing Oil Cloths

Ingredients

agua/water, miel/honey, sorbitan laurate, helianthus annuus/sunflower seed oil, hydrolyzed jojoba esters, glycerin, decyl glucoside, polyglyceryl-4 laurate, dilauryl citrate, xanthan gum, citric acid, dehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoatean, citrus tangerina, citrus aurantifolia, citrus grandis

Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo Box-to-Go

If you're constantly on the move like me, you're going to love the Juicy Bamboo Box-to-Go! It contains individually wrapped cloths that you can toss in your handbag, desk, gym bag, suitcase, and everywhere else you think you might need a quick refresh.

Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo Gentle Facial Cleansing Oil Cloths

The Juicy Bamboo Gentle Facial Cleansing Oil Cloths from Kaia Naturals retail at $15.50 USD for 30 cloths.

Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo Box-to-Go

The Juicy Bamboo Box-to-Go with 20 individually wrapped cloths retails for $19.50 USD.

Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo Box-to-Go


Have you tried any products from Kaia Naturals? Are you as obsessed with these cleansing cloths as I am?


**The Kaia Naturals products featured in this post were sent to me for review. 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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5 Product Face in 5 Minutes: April 2017 Edition

This month's 5 Product Face in 5 Minutes is all about spring colors! I've incorporated a flirty, coral-pink blush and beautiful, navy blue eyeliner. You'll also notice that I've used Hynt Beauty's DUET Perfecting Concealer as my foundation. I know it seems crazy to use such a thick, full coverage concealer all over your face, but trust me, it works! The key is to moisturize thoroughly before using your favorite buffing brush to blend the tiniest amount of concealer into your skin. The finish that I get whenever I employ this technique is absolutely flawless! You'll love it!

5 Product Face in 5 Minutes featuring Hynt Beauty's DUET Perfecting Concealer; RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Smile; Rituel de Fille Rare Light Luminizer in Ghost Light; Ilia Beauty Pure Eyeliner in Nightclubbing; and Hynt Beauty NOCTURNE Mascara.


This concealer is the star of the show! It has a thick, melty marshmallow-like texture, but can easily be thinned out with a bit of moisturizer, making it versatile as a foundation with customizable coverage. Once I've finished buffing this product all over my face, I follow up with a dense concealer brush to erase my dark circles and conceal any blemishes. 

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Hynt Beauty DUET Perfecting Concealer in Fair

RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Smile

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! Smile is a beautiful, coral-pink that gives the cheeks a vibrant 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 ease! 

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RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Smile


This opalescent highlighter consists of a cool-toned, pastel pink base with a violet-blue shift. It has a velvety texture and blends into the skin with minimal effort. The true beauty of this product is somewhat lost once applied because the opalescence only comes through when the light hits you just right, but when it does . . . amazingness!

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Rituel de Fille Rare Light Luminizer in Ghost Light

Ilia Beauty Pure Eyeliner in Nightclubbing

With bold, lasting color this pencil adds just the right amount of blue to make your look striking, yet still elegant and understated. This liner glides on easily and the consistency is quite smooth. I like adding this color to my waterline for a hint of color with plenty of impact! 

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Ilia Beauty Pure Eyeliner in Nightclubbing


You all know that I adore Lily Lolo's Mascara, but Hynt's offering is a close second! Check out that bristle brush!! I coat my top and bottom lashes with a generous amount of this mascara as the last step in my routine before running out of the door. Not only does this thickening formula add lots of volume to my stubby lashes, but is has also improved their overall condition. 

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Hynt Beauty NOCTURNE Mascara


That's it! Natural beauty enhanced with natural products in no time!


What are your 5 Product Face staples for the month of April?
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Review: Rituel de Fille

One look at Rituel de Fille's provocative ads and you will instantly be intrigued by this unique brand. Focused on amplifying the magic of natural ingredients and glorifying the power of pigment, Rituel de Fille was founded by three incredibly artistic sisters. The brand's products are 100% cruelty free, 99% natural, and are produced in-house using as few ingredients as possible.

Review of Rituel de Fille's Ash and Ember Eye Soot in Sigil; Enchanted Lip Sheer in Whitehorn; Forbidden Lipstick in Prey; Inner Glow Cream Blush in Lovesick; and Rare Light Luminizer in Ghost Light.

Each blush, highlighter, and lip product is contained in chic, black packaging that is studded with silver stars, while the eye shadows come in stunning, clear, hexagonal plastic containers. The beauty doesn't end there! You will be amazed by the sweet aroma of lavender and other earthy notes that hit your nose when you use a product from Rituel de Fille. It's this attention to detail that is a sign of the brand's quality and dedication to keeping things natural, captivating, and extraordinarily whimsical.

Review of Rituel de Fille's Ash and Ember Eye Soot in Sigil; Enchanted Lip Sheer in Whitehorn; Forbidden Lipstick in Prey; Inner Glow Cream Blush in Lovesick; and Rare Light Luminizer in Ghost Light.

Ash and Ember Eye Soot in Sigil ($38 USD)

Sigil is a warm, champagne gold with a hint of pale pink. It's a very neutral hue that will suit a variety of skin tones and provide that beautiful, candlelit glow to any eye look. The texture of Rituel de Fille's Eye Soots is unlike anything I've tried before and the pigmentation is AMAZING!! Because they are made with pure pigments and oils, they are very comfortable to wear and dry to a powdery, yet slightly dewy finish. In my opinion, the texture of these shadows is such that that they are best applied with a synthetic brush. I attempted applying Sigil with my fingers and it came out uneven and splotchy. Not to mention, the opening of the Eye Soot jars is very small, so it's difficult to dip your fingers in there. While it can be used as a shadow or liner, I prefer Sigil as an inner corner highlight or smudged along the lower lash line.

Rituel de Fille Ash and Ember Eye Soot in Sigil

Enchanted Lip Sheer in Whitehorn ($21 USD)

Rituel de Fille's Lip Sheers are like ultra pigmented balms. They feel a bit dry when you first apply them, but they soften nicely with the warmth of your lips. Whitehorn is a classic, peachy-pink. It's definitely not as opaque as Rituel's Forbidden Lipsticks, but the color can be built up with ease. Although quite moisturizing, it is important to exfoliate your lips before applying this product because it will definitely cling to any dry patches that you may have. 

Rituel de Fille Enchanted Lip Sheer in Whitehorn

Wearing Rituel de Fille's Whitehorn on my lips and Lovesick on my cheeks
Wearing Whitehorn on my lips and Lovesick on my cheeks

Forbidden Lipstick in Prey ($23 USD)

Prey is such a striking color! It's a purpleish, grey that reads as an edgy, cool-toned, nude on the lips. Described as a crème matte, the pigmentation and staying power of this lipstick is insane! The texture is quite velvety on the lips, making it comfortable to wear for an extended period of time. I have to note, however, that I found this product quite hard to apply. Because it can move around within the tube a bit, it's easier to use a lip brush to achieve an even application and a nice, crisp line along the lips. 

Rituel de Fille Forbidden Lipstick in Prey

Inner Glow Cream Blush in Lovesick ($24 USD)

Lovesick is a beautiful, rose hue with a satiny finish. Much like Prey, the pigmentation and staying power of this blush are on point! A little goes a long way with this stuff! It's definitely not as buttery as my coveted Kjaer Weis Cream Blushes (check out my review here), but it's emollient enough to melt into the skin with the warmth of the cheeks. Whether you apply it with a brush or your fingers, it blends beautifully and provides a natural flush of color. 

Rituel de Fille Inner Glow Cream Blush in Lovesick

Wearing Rituel de Fille's Prey on my lips and Lovesick on my cheeks
Wearing Prey on my lips and Lovesick on my cheeks


Rare Light Luminizer in Ghost Light ($29 USD)

Oh my goodness, this highlighter is gorgeous! It's an opalescent shade with a cool-toned, pale pink base and a shift of violet-blue. The consistency of this luminizer is comparable to Lovesick; it has a velvety texture and blends into the skin with minimal effort. The true beauty of this product is somewhat lost once applied because the opalescence only comes through when the light hits you just right. While it is difficult to see on my incredibly fair skin, it highlights nicely with a subtle pinkish, lilac undertone. If you have a deeper skin tone, I think that you will have better luck amplifying the shifting hues of this stunning luminizer!

Rituel de Fille Rare Light Luminizer in Ghost Light

Swatches of Lovesick, Ghost Light, Sigil, Prey, and Whitehorn from Rituel de Fille
From top to bottom: Lovesick, Ghost Light, Sigil, Prey & Whitehorn

Wrap-Up

What do you think? As you can see, the quality and pigmentation of Rituel de Fille's products is exceptional! My only complaints are the movement that you get from the lipstick tubes and the steep price of the Eye Soots. Other than that, I'm smitten! I can't wait to see what this super innovative brand comes up with next!

Do you have a favorite product from Rituel de Fille?
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Review: Lab Grab by Silk Therapeutics

This post is a paid advertorial in collaboration with Silk Therapeutics*


I am very protective of my skin and although I enjoy experimenting with new and exciting products, it's all about balance. I rarely deviate from the coveted routine that consistently keeps my skin healthy and glowing, so if I'm raving about a particular product, it's a keeper!

LabGrab by Silk Therapeutics

Enter LabGrab by Silk Therapeutics . . .


Through their new LabGrab program, Silk Therapeutics is producing limited batches of cutting-edge, super innovative formulations that will be available through HSN. That's right . . . straight from the lab and conveniently available to you!

LabGrab by Silk Therapeutics

A Little About Silk

Pure silk is a natural protein, similar in size to collagen. Silk Therapeutics developed a technology that transforms elegant silk fibers into pure liquid and gel forms without disrupting the structure and properties that make silk protein so unique. Genius!!

Not to mention, because silk is capable of stabilizing the skin and the active ingredients that are incorporated into it, there's no need for excess junk. That means no synthetic fillers or harsh, harmful preservatives. In fact, you'll find the EWG Verified seal on LabGrab goodies because they meet a rigorous criteria for their transparency and dedication to the use of healthy, nourishing ingredients.

EWG Verified

Serum-Hydrate/Radiance

My dry skin thirsts for products that possess some serious plumping power and this serum does not disappoint! It's packed with liquid silk, botanical oil, and hyaluronic acid to help reduce the appearance of fine lines by smoothing the skin and boosting radiance. It has a thin, creamy texture and absorbs into the skin quickly. Aside from the fact that it leaves my skin super soft and hydrated, I love that it doesn't feel greasy or slimy. The unscented formula also makes it great for layering with other products. I've been applying this serum in the morning and at night, right before moisturizing. 1-2 pumps is all you need because this magical formula is concentrated with goodness!

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Rosa Moschata (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Soluble Fibroin (Silk), Glyceryl Caprylate, Populus Tremuloides (Aspen) Bark Extract

$52.00 USD for 50 ml / 1.7 fl. oz.

Lab Grab Serum-Hydrate/Radiance

Lab Grab Serum-Hydrate/Radiance


Cream-Eye Renewal

This eye cream is the perfect compliment to the LabGrab Serum for Hydration and Radiance! I apply it liberally in the morning and at night to minimize dark circles and calm the inevitable puffiness underneath my tired eyes! The addition of caffeine provides some seriously potent anti-inflammatory power! This eye cream also contains natural anti-aging ingredients that are meant to nourish and brighten, as well as silk micro-capsules that help enhance the skin's strength and elasticity. The consistency is airy, yet thick, almost like whipped cream cheese. I also find that this cream melts into the skin beautifully and acts as an amazing base for concealer.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Rosa Moschata (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Soluble Fibroin (Silk), Caffeine, Citric Acid, Sodium Anisate, Populus Tremuloides (Aspen) Bark Extract

$46.00 USD for 15 ml / 0.5 fl. oz.

Lab Grab Cream-Eye Renewal

Lab Grab Cream-Eye Renewal

Lab Grab Cream-Eye RenewalLab Grab Cream-Eye Renewal

Wrap Up

Ingredients are important!

If there is one thing that you take away from reading this blog, I hope it's that the products that you use can directly affect your health. With so many amazing, clean products that are affordable and easily accessible, there is absolutely no reason to sacrifice quality and purity. You will never regret choosing nourishing products with great ingredients!

If you are in the market for some seriously innovative products that are crafted from exceptional ingredients and make your skin ultra silky smooth, check out LabGrab by Silk Therapeutics!

Review of LabGrab by Silk Therapeutics

**The LabGrab products featured in this post were sent to me for review. 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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Exciting Things from Parlo Cosmetics!

This post is an advertorial in collaboration with Parlo Cosmetics*


If you follow this blog, you know that I adore Parlo Cosmetics! You cannot beat the quality of Parlo's products; the brand's constant drive to improve and innovate; or their super affordable prices! 

Some exciting things are happening for Parlo Cosmetics, so here's a sneak peak of what's to come!

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

Parlo Cosmetics

First off, a bunch of products are getting beautiful, new packaging. The Tinted Lip Balms are being transitioned from oval lip balm tubes to slim, twist-up tubes. I love the new modern look!

Parlo Cosmetics Tinted Lip Balm in Strut

Master Fix, Parlo's full-coverage concealer, is also being updated to these convenient, twist-up tubes.

Parlo Cosmetics Master Fix in Bare Ivory

Parlo's Lip Polishes are getting a makeover too! The old squeeze tubes will all be replaced with traditional gloss tubes that include a doe foot applicator.

Parlo Cosmetics Lip Polish in Glow

You'll notice some label changes on all of your favorite products as well! The original, formal logo is being updated to an edgier, more artistic style!

Parlo Cosmetics Nail Polish in Chosen One




As a side note, if you haven't tried any of Parlo's 5-free nail polishes, you are seriously missing out! The colors are beautifully saturated and they glide on so easily! This gorgeous purple polish is called Chosen One :)






What do you think? Are you as excited as I am to see all of the new things on the horizon for Parlo Cosmetics?

Parlo Cosmetics Nail Polish in Chosen One

Parlo Cosmetics Blackberry & Vanilla Bean Artisan Soap

Parlo Cosmetics

Parlo Cosmetics Tinted Lip Balm in Strut

**The Parlo Cosmetics products featured in this post are affiliate samples and the promo code, blushingbme, is an affiliate code. 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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