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Mother's Day Gift Guide

My mom and me on a recent visit in FL
It's time to send our mamas some love and if your mom is anything like mine she loves yummy smelling stuff.  Here are some of my, and my mom's, favorite things that the women who mother you are sure to love ~

Monoi Tiare Oil is AMAZING - ours is made with Tahitian Coconut Oil (whose trees are grown on coral rich beaches) which is infused with Polynesian Tiare Flowers (a cousin of Gardenias) and you can get it three ways:

  • Monoi Tiare Body Lotion ($25 - 8 oz) - 85% Organic lightweight lotion made with Aloe, Coconut, Vitamin E and Neem Oil which we then fold in Monoi Tiare Oil in by hand into.  It's the perfect body moisturizer for summer that dries quickly and leaves skin smooth and soft.
  • Monoi Tiare Oil ($25 - 2 oz) - The straight oil - ideal for face, body and hair, use it to hydrate dry skin and locks.  Baby-safe.  Great for post sunburn, massage and bath oil as well.
  • Monoi Tiare Oil Roller Ball ($12 - .33 oz) - New!  Use as a roll-on fragrance/perfume. Made for travel - throw in your purse to use as a cuticle oil, dry skin fixer and fragrance touch-up.
Love a Roller Ball?  This Flower Roller Ball Duo ($20) has the New Limited Edition Argan Oil with Lavender (only avail in the duo!) which is made up of Organic Argan Oil and Organic Lavender Essential Oil as well as the Monoi Tiare Oil Roller Ball.  Mom can pick a scent depending on her mood - she can grab the Lavender when she wants to instill some calm or the Monoi when she's feeling summery.

You guys voted for these amazing candle fragrances and these phthalate-free fragrance oils (i.e. WAY better for you to breathe in than your average candle) smell crazy good.  The Mason Jar Soy/Beeswax Candles ($20) burn beautifully for 50+ hours and have cotton wicks so you might grab one for yourself while shopping for your mom!
Scents are Ming Fern & Lavender
White Gardenia
Limoncello Cream
Blushing Grapefruit

Happy Shopping!


Erin's Face of the Month

What you love most about your job?
My son, Nate, is 11 and has special needs.  He has the most amazing spirit and he conquers his challenges every single day.  I feel so blessed to be a part of his success.  It hasn’t always been easy, but there is nothing I’d rather do!
What makes you feel beautiful?
I feel beautiful when I feel good on the inside.  Lately, I have been focused on learning about nutrition and taking better care of my body.   When I feel good on the inside, I think it shows on the outside.   
Best Skincare Advice?
Protect your skin from the sun!  I grew up not wearing sunscreen and tanning my skin every chance I could, including regular visits to the tanning salon!  At the time, people weren’t educated about sun damage and the long-term effects on your skin.  I wish I had taken better care of my skin when I was young. 
What Erin's Faces item got you hooked?
Best Makeup Advice:
I love makeup!  I am also a woman who needs makeup because I am not blessed with beautiful skin (probably due to sun damage).  Even though I love my makeup, I don’t like to look “made up”.  I like to keep it natural.

Any other fave makeup items?

Why do you use Erin’s Faces - 
I met Erin in 2014 at a holiday market and bought a few of her products.  I was so impressed with the quality and the colors.  Once I tried her eye shadows and lip color, I was hooked!  It’s also so wonderful to know the person behind the name.  Erin has very high standards and it shows in the quality of her products.

New Mineral Makeup Shades For Spring!

I love new makeup colors, don't you?  I have been waiting a LONG time to launch these little guys so I'm really excited to share them - here's the breakdown:

My loose powder Magic Dust has been a top seller in the color category but it was a little much for some  folks who wanted to look a little more natural.  I went through countless samples of colors until I finally settled on this one - and it was love at first sight!  While Magic Dust is a warm soft gold, Fairy Dust is a cool champagne that reads as less "makeup-y" if that makes sense.  Every time I wear it I get complimented on my skin - it looks healthy and dewy - I LOVE Fairy Dust!  

You guys were big fans of the berry shade, Flushed, this past winter so I wanted to bring a softer color and settled on Blushed - it's a super duper sheer pink (think of pink quartz - it looks like that) with a slight shimmer.  It is Fair Trade Certified and packed with Organic ingredients and has the same Vanilla-Mint flavor that Flushed does.  It's perfect with mascara for the carpool or paired with a smoky eye for a soft lip.

I am over the moon about this!!  These are the first new Mineral Lip Gloss colors in three years and I think you're going to love them!  

Pleasant Pink on top, Fresh Nude on bottom
Fresh Nude is the perfect pinky brown neutral shade and Pleasant Pink is a strawberry/watermelon shade.  Neither have shimmer and both have a Vanilla Bean flavor.  

Wearing Fresh Nude at a wedding last week (a gorgeous wedding at Necker Island *swoon*)

They also are petrochemical-free (hard to find in a lipgloss!) and paraben-free.

The response with the new Micellar Water Cleansing Makeup Remover has been so positive but I just went on a trip and wanted a smaller size and thought you guys could use a 2 oz. version as well.  It's still petrochemical and fragrance-free, dries clean with no residue and removes makeup like a dream.

So head over to Erin's Faces and see what spring shades are right for you! 


New Candles for Spring!

The Soy/Beeswax Candles were such a hit for Fall/Winter and you guys voted for AWESOME new fragrances for Spring (and one for Summer but that'll come later!) so here's what you asked for!!  There are the Mason Jar size which burn 50+ hours and the Minis which burn 5+ hours.  They use cotton wicks and phthalate-free fragrance oils and everything is made in the USA.  They also get a super "clean and green" score of 0 on the Think Dirty App - here we go -
Dreamy combination of aromatic lemon zest and subtle vanilla cream with a hit of verbena - very light and beautiful mix of tart and cream

Blue lavender, mandarin, aloe, lemon leaf, lime, red ginger and oak moss allow the herbal fern base to come though - very botanical.

A true floral gardenia with light hints of lily of the valley and citrus.  It literally smells like a gardenia bush.

BLUSHING GRAPEFRUIT (year round scent)
Ruby Red Grapefruit - tart and clean - with hints of jasmine and vanilla.  Smells very true to real grapefruits.


Erin's Face of the Month

What do you love most about your job?
I love that I get to spend so much time with my kids. It’s magical to watch them make new discoveries each day. My daughter just learned to write her name and I felt so lucky that I got to witness it.

What makes you feel beautiful?
When my kids give me a hug I feel like the most beautiful woman on earth. Last week my daughter (age 3) said, “Mama, you’re hair smells delicious.” I felt like I had won an Oscar.

Whose look do you love?
These days I admire moms that look put-together because I know how little time they had to spend on their look. I think Joanna Gaines from HGTV’s Fixer Upper is a wonderfully put-together mama.

What's your best makeup advice?
Use high quality brushes and wash them regularly. I’m always amazed at what a better makeup application I get with freshly cleaned brushes.

Favorite Erin's Faces makeup item?

                                                      Mineral Liquid Powder Foundation -- Foundation Brush

What's you best skincare advice? 
Wash your face every night. Every time I get lazy and cheat on this step, my skin looks sad the next day. And stay out of the sun—duh.

Favorite Erin's Faces skincare item?
                                                                         Clarifying Serum

Any other faves?


Top Products to Try in 2016

I always enjoy a recap and find that the beginning of a new year is a good time to look forward and set goals but, for me, part of that can happen by looking back and seeing where I've come from.  I thought it would be fun to see what my awesome clients like the most so here's a top 10 list from 2015 -
Rose Quench Serum - 1 oz - $60

Peptide Eye Cream - 1 oz - $49

Clarifying Serum - 2 oz - $60

Silk Cream - 2 oz - $35

Mineral Lip Gloss - 5 grams - $20

Mineral Sheer Tint - 1 oz - $35

Aloe Setting Powder - 30 grams - $25

Mineral Concealer - 2 grams - $20


Erin's Faces Holiday Gift Guide 2015

"It's the most wonderful time of the year" - I LOVE the holidays you guys!!  I have always enjoyed taking pen to paper and writing up my Christmas Wish List (complete with a request for a pony for about 12 years running).  At this point in the game it's a short list (this calendar and this scarf) but I can officially tell you that I would be thrilled to get anything on this cruelty-free gift guide because I can tell you from personal experience, every single item is awesome (I'm totally biased but still) - here we go:

These are fantastic for teacher/nurse/postman/caregiver/client gifts, in bathrooms, on holiday tables - you name it.  They're a hand-poured soy/beeswax blend with cotton wicks and phthalate-free fragrance oils.  This size comes in a hexagon jelly jar and burns for 5+ hours.  Scents are
APPLEJACK CIDER - apples and citrus zest mulled in cinnamon and spice
BLUSHING GRAPEFRUIT - a true grapefruit - tart and bright with hints of jasmine and vanilla
FOREST CRUNCH -  freshly cut pine and evergreen
ORANGE CLOVE -  Valencia oranges, cloves, chili pepper, bergamot and cassis - a beautiful pomander
SUGAR & SNICKERDOODLE - it literally smells like cookies baking in the oven - vanilla, maple syrup and creamed butter with cane sugar and cinnamon

Lye-free and made with filtered rainwater and olive and coconut oils instead, these vegan soaps don't strip your skin, foam up beautifully, are colored with mineral pigments (not dye) and double as an awesome shave bar (seriously).  Scents are:
PEPPERMINT - exactly what it sounds like
LAVENDER - same story
LUMBERJACK - Spruce, Fir, Cedar with a hit of Cinnamon and Wheat Bran
SPICY COCOA BUTTER - Cocoa Butter, Cinnamon, Orange and Cocoa Powder

LIP BALM TRIOS - $10-13.50
Great for boys and girls these are a fabulous stocking stuffer as is or you can break them up and spread the love.  The USDA Certified Organic Lip Balms are avail in Coconut or Peppermint Trios ($10) or you can throw a Fair Trade Certified Tinted Lipbalm in Flushed with a pair of the Peppermint or Coconut and get some color in there ($13.50).

You should know I am obsessed with these and literally take one on every trip.  This vegan set comes with three 2 oz. scents in Grapefruit, Peppermint and Lavender.  They are made with essential oils, instead of synthetic fragrance, and are great for bathrooms, kitchens, bedroom linens, diaper changing bags/tables, keeping in your car, spraying stinky clothes, you name it - they make everything smell so much better!!  Again, great to give as a set or break up.

Same super yummy fragrances as the minis (see above) but bigger - 50+ hour burn time in the cutest mason jars with matte black tops - great to take a paint pen and write your holiday message on top or tie a ribbon on for easy gifting.  Also - these sell out literally everywhere I take them so there's that.

These are great for guys and girls too as all of the scents are vegan, unisex and smell SO GOOD -
PEPPERMINT & CREAM - Peppermint Sugar Body Scrub (full of yummy oils, leaves you feeling hydrated) and Shea Butter Body Balm (Shea Butter based thick emollient cream)
CHOCOLATE & CREAM - Chocolate Sugar Body Scrub (made with real chocolate and a hit of orange and oils) and Shea Butter Body Balm
PEPPERMINT & CHOCOLATE - Peppermint Sugar Body Scrub and Chocolate Sugar Body Scrub
LEMONGRASS & CREAM - Bamboo Lemongrass Body Scrub (non-oily, made with powdered bamboo powder) and Shea Butter Body Balm
You get 4 oz of the scrub and 4 oz of the balm in a cute little bag.

If you want a true indulgence pick up a full sizes (8 oz) of the
Peppermint Sugar Body Scrub, Chocolate Sugar Body Scrub, Bamboo Lemongrass Body Scrub or Shea Butter Body Balm
I promise you'll be glad you did :).
My best-selling shade, Enchanted, in my petrochemical-free Mineral Lipgloss formula paired with a mini (5 grams) of the gorgeous soft gold shimmer, Magic Dust, are put in a happy little gold cosmetic bag for the perfect makeup set.

Most travel brush sets stink - it's so disappointing because the holidays come and you think you're getting a good deal but then they fall apart and you're back to square one.  Not so with this set!  They are the softest synthetic vegan Taklon and are about as good as it gets for travel situations.  You get a Powder, Blush, 2 Eyeshadows, Eyeliner/Brow, Concealer/Lip and Brow/Mascara Spoolie in a little "to-go" bag with a zipper compartment.
If you're buying fancy makeup and applying it with the Clinique Gift-with-Purchase brush set you got in high school 20 years ago (or q-tips or your fingers or those little sponge tip applicators) you are not getting the best performance possible out of your cosmetics.  This vegan set comes in a linen colored brush roll with a Powder, Blush, Foundation/Concealer, 2 Eyeshadows and an Eyeliner Brush.

GIFT CARD - $10-100
If you're not sure what to get someone a Gift Card is always a great bet and you can let them choose what they like - just tell us who to send it to and what you'd like it to say or we can send you a little jpeg you can print up and put in an envelope to hand them in person.

So make your wish list or fill someone else's!