Thursday, July 19, 2012

Kure Bazaar: Non-Toxic Nail Polish That's Kicking Regular Polish To The Curb!


I absolutely adore Spirit Beauty Lounge.  So much so, that as soon as I hear someone has a new product out, I head on over to there because I'm sure they have it.  Spirit's a chick with her finger on the pulse.

Onwards...I had never heard of Kure Bazaar before seeing the brand showcased on SBL.  Intrigued, I purchased Fuji as I'm a real sucker for any kind of purple or lavender.  The bottle just looks so pretty, how could I resist?

Okay, so how was it?  In a word, excellent.  I usually don't paint my fingernails because I do so much with them that it just chips and looks, well, you know, chipped.  But, it was sitting on my desk winking at me and between emails, went for it.  I put on Karma Hues clear polish as a base and two coats of this lovely lavender.

It lasted for several days, looked pretty and didn't chip.  I also loved the consistency and that it's eco.  I'm excited to get some other colors.  Oh, and by the way, the colors are beautiful.

From Spirit Beauty Lounge's website:  

Kure Bazaar is the first nail lacquer of the next generation to combine the ethics of an Eco-natural formula with vibrant colors of fashion. A technological innovation after years of research, has led to dramatically reducing the use of petro-chemicals without compromise. Impeccable resistance, ultrashine & quick-dry. Formula up to 85% of natural origin based on wood pulp, wheat, cotton, potatoes and corn.

Kure Bazaar Nail Lacquer preserves the vitality of nails respecting their natural cycle of regeneration. Smooth, strong and healthy... detox your nails in color - it’s that simple! 0.4 oz.  $16

• No toluene
• No formaldehyde
• No dibutyl phthalate
• No synthetic camphor

Made in the France.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Mwah! The Perfect Beach Lip & Cheek Stain by Jane Iredale

I've been spending the last two weekends at my friends' beach house.  I'm usually not much of a beach girl, but with some serious natural sunblock, an umbrella and a home conveniently across the street, it's a much, much different beach experience than what I remember.  

Being a lipgloss/lipstick addict (and pretty pale) I always need to bring something with me to swipe on my lips throughout the day.  So before I left, I applied my Jane Iredale Lip & cheek Stain in Forever Pink on my cheeks (gives a rosy pink glow & lasts) and a swipe of it on my lips.

I love this stuff.  Not only is it great for lips and cheeks, it's also so easy to carry and you won't look made up.  It's not glossy at all, it's a stain, but it won't dry out your lips.   $25


At night, I whipped out my Jane Iredale PureGloss.  It comes in a gorgeous new tube and it's a true, true gloss.  I love the applicator.  The more you put on, the deeper your color.  

And, by the way, if you're a girl who's trying to go green but can't get rid of your chemical-laden gloss, I recommend you give this a shot.  It's just as great as anything else I used to use.  $20

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Best Natural Body Creams & Oils I've Tried...So Far: Patyka, Tallulah Jane & Acure Organics

There's nothing like scrubbing up in the shower and then getting out and putting on some delicious-smelling natural body cream (or oil if you have the drying time).  Here's a few of my favorites:

I'm loving body oils lately but honestly, they take some time to dry and putting clothing on when it's not fully absorbed is going to leave you with some oily-smelling clothes down the road.  So, I usually use my creams when I'm on the the run, and my oils when I've got some time to lollygag around.  One of my favorites that I usually put on before bed is Patyka's Precious Woods Body Oil.  This oil smells subtle and so pretty.  Patyka recommends that you put this on before bed to activate cell regeneration.  Not sure how that works, but I do know that my skin is super, super soft and has a nice hydrated glow the next morning.  It's a little steep in price (around $65) but it's well worth it.  I treat this stuff like it's liquid gold.

Hmm...I love smelling like a lemon grove.  I do, I do!  Tallulah Jane's Halona Body Oil is wonderful.  I just used it this weekend whilst away and after my shower my friend came into the bathroom and said, "I love how you leave a room and it smells like lemon."
I love the consistency of this oil and how well it hydrates.  It comes in a gorgeous glass bottle (not ideal for my travel, but when there's a will, there is a way).  BTW, try their perfumes, too.  My favorite is 333.  $38 

I find that many of the organic and natural products I buy aren't exactly what I'd consider inexpensive.  I really was made aware of it when after a week at my friend's beach house he said, "Okay, your skin looks awesome, I'm sold.  What is all of this stuff and how much does it cost?"  After adding it all up, it was a small fortune.  But there's one company that is truly wonderful and so, so affordable.  In fact, I would have to say that Acure Organics is even more affordable than stuff that you'd purchase in a drugstore (and without all the nasty chemicals).  I am a huge fan of their Mandarin Orange & Mango Body Cream.  Not only does this smell great, but it is organic, natural and really hydrates.  The consistency is perfect.  And, for a mere $9.99, it's totally affordable.  Make sure to check out their other products, too.  I'm a huge fan!

*I purchased all of these products myself.  All opinions are my own!