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6/13/18

Ladies of Hamilton & Erin's Faces



In light of the Tonys happening this past weekend I am thrilled to share pictures of all of the women in the Broadway cast of Hamilton: An American Musical who all use our Mineral Foundation and Mineral Concealer (and most use our Aloe Setting Powder as well!).  I thought it would be SUPER fun to show their selfies wearing our product to demonstrate how the colors read on different people and the Hamilton cast was the perfect group since they cover almost every shade!  And they’re remarkably talented so there’s that :). First the short version: 

And now I'll break it down a little more :):


Whether playing Angelica Schuyler or leading her Fearless Squad, Mandy Gonzalez is a perfect match for our Cream Beige Mineral Foundation and Light Mineral Concealer.  


Lexi Lawson (left) plays Hamilton's wife, Eliza, and obviously brings joy to whatever she does!  She wears our foundation in Almond and concealer in Medium set with our Aloe Setting Powder.  

In the midst of seducing Hamilton as Maria Reynolds, and playing the perky little sister Peggy Schuyler, Joanna Jones (right) throws on our foundation in Almond, concealer in Warm Honey and our Aloe Setting Powder.  


Can you imagine learning all three lead tracks and being able to perform them at the drop of a hat?  That's what Jennie Harney does as the Universal Standby for the Schuyler sisters and she looks fab doing it in our Natural Beige foundation, Warm Honey concealer and Aloe Setting Powder :)!


Natural beauty Eliza Ohman is the Co-Dance Captain and a swing who headed up figuring out who was what shade with all of our foundations for the group.  Eliza is our lightest shade in our Mineral Foundation – Linen – and is also wearing our Mineral Concealer in Light and our Aloe Setting Powder. 

  

Decked out in costume *yes please*  Sasha Iman wears our Mineral Foundation in Sandy Beige and Mineral Concealer in Warm Honey.  To keep everything in place from start to finish in her ensemble track Sasha uses our Aloe Setting Powder.



That skin and those cute bows!  Lauren Boyd is in the ensemble and also an understudy for Peggy.  Lauren is wearing our Mineral Foundation in Pale Beige and our Mineral Concealer in Medium.


I always think it’s fun when Erins use our line as everything is personalized just for them at all times J.  And Erin Clemmons is just joy on a stick in her Mineral Foundation in Sandy Beige and Mineral Concealer in Warm Honey.  She sets it all with our Aloe Setting Powder when she’s in the ensemble OR when she’s understudying the role of Angelica.


Karla Puno Garcia is an amazing dancer (go check her videos out on her Instagram!) who wears our Mineral Foundation in Honey Bronze and our Mineral Concealer in Warm Honey.  She also uses our Aloe Setting Powder which makes me so happy as it shows that it can work on all different skintones – just use a little bit and buff it in if you get too much. 


Understudying Angelica when she's not in the ensemble Elizabeth Judd wears our foundation in Almond and concealer in Warm Honey.


Wearing our foundation in Almond, Tanairi Sade Vazquez brightens up the undereye area with our Mineral Concealer in Light/Medium while she looks fierce every night in the ensemble.


Christina Glur is a beautiful dancer and a swing in Hamilton.  She’s wearing our Mineral Foundation in Tender Beige that she set with our Aloe Setting Powder.


Ensemble member Lexi Garcia is super cute in our Linen Mineral Foundation and Light Mineral Concealer.

You can always grab a sample of any of the foundations, concealers or the Aloe Setting Powder HERE to make sure a color is right for you!

4/17/18

Mother's Day Green Beauty Gifts




You gave your mom a handprint, a noodle necklace, a subpar bowl you made in art class and a haiku you wrote in third grade.  This woman deserves something good this Mother's Day.  We've got green beauty goodies for everyone in a few price points - noodle necklace-free:


Roses on the Go ($75) is the perfect gift for someone you'd love to pamper!  Valued at $82.50 it contains:

  • 2 oz Rosewater Tonic Spray - vegan
  • 1 oz Rose Quench Serum - vegan
  • Erin's Faces Logo Makeup Bag
  • Gift Card
Let's get real for a minute - I don't know a single mother who isn't in to lifting, firming and brightening and the Rose Quench Serum is our top selling product for just that.  It will work on normal/combo/dry skin and is a lovely lightweight texture.  The Rosewater Tonic is perfect to use in the toner slot, after cleanser, to set makeup or even as a mid-day hydration boost (and theis size makes it TSA-friendly!).  And then there's our cotton catch-all makeup bag to fit all of her lotions and potions in - Mom is ready for her next vacation!


If she's a fan of growing things in the backyard our Garden Goodies Bundle ($50) is a flower and fruit combo (yep, cucumbers are fruit!) that's sure to please.  Valued at $55 it contains:
  • 4 oz Rosewater Tonic - vegan
  • 1 oz Firming Eye Gel - vegan
  • Gift Card
The glass bottle of the full size Rosewater Tonic is just super pretty and feels luxurious on her bathroom counter or vanity, in addition to being soothing and hydrating.  And the Firming Eye Gel is a DREAM - made with an Organic Aloe base and Cucumber Seed Oil it elevates the whole "cucumbers on your eyes" situation to one that depuffs, tightens and feels (and smells) like a spa treatment.  


What mom doesn't love a smooch from their little, or big, ones?  Kisses + Roses ($25) keeps her kisser looking cute and her skin in good shape.  Valued at $27 it contains:
  • 2 oz Rosewater Tonic Spray - vegan
  • Blushed Fair Trade Tinted Lip Balm (soft sheer pink shade)
  • Flushed Fair Trade Tinted Lip Balm (deeper strawberry shade)
  • USDA Certified Organic Lip Balm in Peppermint
  • Gift Card
Our best-selling Peppermint Lip Balm keeps her protected any time while the Tinted Lip Balms can be for a laid back day with Blushed or fancier occasion with Flushed.  And the Rosewater Tonic - can you tell we're super into it?!  

And what's this gift card we keep talking about?  Not to be confused with a $ gift card, this is one of those old fashioned things that people used to write a note on back in the old days, around the time you drew that portrait of your mom with stick arms and pasta for hair.
We'll personalize our beautiful new gift cards, or leave them blank for you to fill out, and include them with any purchase of these three goodies.  Aren't they so pretty?  I just want to frame it.  

And if you just want to grab a bundle for yourself that's good too :) - Happy Mother's Day everybody!

1/25/18

Easy Ways to Go Green


You go to the gym on a regular basis, you eat organic when you can, you’re a fan of green juice but you’re not sure how to navigate the world of “green beauty” – what should you avoid, where should you start?  It can be overwhelming!  Here’s an easy way to make a few changes to start with – we’ll bump up to other options in coming months.

First off, I’d look at who’s cruelty-free – we’ll do a post just about this in the future but it’s worth checking a website to see if your fave products are tested on animals or not because, at this point in the game, testing on animals isn’t necessary or, honestly, very nice so I’d rec checking it out.  PETA and Leaping Bunny are good places to start and most companies will say if they are cruelty-free even if they’re not certified.  Cruelty-free doesn't mean vegan, but it does mean that they don't test on animals.

Photo from Instagram @meowmeowtweet
DEODORANT

Aluminum and parabens aren't awesome for your armpits so grabbing a deodorant that is aluminum and paraben-free is a great place to start (studies are mixed on if these ingredients play a part in cancer but most people who get cancer are advised to switch to an aluminum and paraben-free deodorant by their doctor so it's up to you to be the judge).  Pit Paste is a great line that works well for people who aren’t sensitive (in a jar or in a stick).  If you are sensitive, the Lemon Eucalyptus stick from Meow Meow Tweet is effective and won’t irritate or you can go baking soda-free from them and do the Grapefruit or Tea Tree options. 


LIP BALM

Okay, if you (or your husband or children) are using ChapStick, Blistex, Aquaphor, Carmex, Vaseline, C.O. Bigelow or Khiel’s lip balms chances are high that they’re petroleum based.  Ingredients to avoid in your lip products are Petroleum, Petrolatum, Mineral Oil or Polyisobutene as they all fall under the petrochemical umbrella and, long story short, you’re eating it.  You eat the equivalent of one tube of lip balm/year and it ends up being 7-9 pounds in your lifetime – it’s serious y’all!  It's what made me want to create ours which are USDA Certified Organic and come in Peppermint, Coconut, Lemonade and Lumberjack which have the slip of a petrochemical based balm without the nasty ingredients.

Photo from Instagram @drbronner
ORAL CARE

There are all kinds of ingredients in our toothpastes that are no bueno for you: Triclosan, Sodium Lauryl Sulfates, Artificial Sweetners, Flouride and Propylene Glycol are ingredients to look out for.  My current favorite is the Dr. Bronner's Toothpaste in Peppermint  (it also comes in Cinnamon and in Anise).  Mouthwash is another area where there’s Alcohol, Aspartame, Dyes (bright blue anyone?) so avoiding those is a good goal.  My two faves are this one from Tom's of Maine or this one from Dr. Brite (also avail in Strawberry). 

SUNSCREEN

I wrote a whole blog post and did a video on this but here’s the short story – you want physical, not chemical, SPFs.  What does that mean?  The FDA sees sunscreens as drugs so look at the “Drug Facts” or “Active Ingredients”.  You want physical SPFs, not chemical ones:


Most chemical SPF's are linked to unfortunate stuff , the worst being Oxybenzone.  It hurts you and the coral reefs (you've seen reef-safe SPFs) so just skip it and stick with Non-Nano Zinc Oxide and/or Titanium Dioxide, preferably in a liquid/cream format and not a powder or spray.  Want to know more?  Read that blog post :).

For a safe daily sunscreen I love our Peptide SPF 30 which is a triple hitter - SPF, firming serum and lightweight moisturizer all in one.  We've also got an SPF for body, a stick for easy application and a lip balm with sunscreen.

Aren't you glad this isn't our reality?!
PERIOD STUFF

I typed "feminine hygiene" and it sounded like I was in a 6th grade health class so I'm going to go with "period stuff" instead.  Long story short you guys, at the very least use fragrance-free tampons/pads.  At the LEAST.  Your vagina is a receptive lady and she will absorb whatever she encounters.  Fragrance is linked to endocrine and reproductive issues so I vote to skip it.

Photo from Cora

Studies are mixed on if the levels of dioxin in conventional tampons is harmful, same story for having rayon in your tampons but, to me, if we can negate even having them in the equation then let's jump on the organic tampon bandwagon.  For every purchase of a box of their organic tampons CORA  provides pads and reproductive health education to girls in need around the globe - I'm super into their situation.  You can also use a menstrual cup from Lena or the Diva Cup which you can reuse.

We'll talk about other ways you can go green but I feel like these are an easy way to start - let me know if you have any questions!

*this post contains affiliate links from products I use and love :)

11/20/17

Green Beauty Holiday Gift Guide 2017

*cue music* "It's the most wonderful time of the year!" - and it IS you guys!  We've been bottling and jarring everything up and are so excited to get it out to you!  We'll start with the new goodies and you can see how much I love my rainbow wool garland :) :


In a recent client survey you guys said yes to an oil-based body moisturizer and Orange was the scent that was your top pick.  Enter our new Valencia Orange Body Butter which literally smells like freshly sliced oranges due to the massive amount of Orange Oil we pack into it!  Coconut and Almond Oils round out the formula for a major thirst quencher.  Avail in 8 oz ($25) & 4 oz ($15) sizes.  Vegan.



Our new Sugar Lip Scrubs ($14) are made with Brown Sugar, Honey, Coconut Oil and Shea Butter, amongst other goodies, and feel SO good!   They come in Valencia Orange (see what we did there?) and in Peppermint and they are a great gift for guys and girls alike.  The scent comes from essential oil and the flavor, yep! flavor!, comes from Organic Orange and Organic Peppermint Flavoring.  Give an exfoliation to your lips and follow with your favorite lip balm.


And speaking of lip balms we have a new one!  Our USDA Certified Organic Lumberjack Lip Balm is perfect for the lumberjack, or lumberjane!, in your life.  They're flavored with Peppermint Oil and hydrate, have a great slip and have a super outdoorsy axe on them - manly enough?  Available on its own ($4), or in a trio ($10), all of our lip balms also come in trio sets - PeppermintLemonade and Coconut - and are GREAT stocking stuffers.  Or, great to pair with a Sugar Lip Scrub :).


Our Aromatherapy Spray Set ($18) is always a hit as you can split it up or give it as a single gift and it's super versatile - as a room, pillow or body spray (it's based with Organic Aloe Juice) and can even be used at a diaper changing table, post yoga classes and to spruce up a car full of kids.  SO, this year we made our usual Classic Set with essential oils of Lavender, Grapefruit and Peppermint scents and added a new Holiday Set -


with essential oils for Orange Clove, Forest Crunch (evergreen) and Cinnamon that works with our candle fragrances of the same name and the Sugardoodle candle for the Cinnamon.  Vegan.



We've got majorly cute, new Erin's Faces Logo Makeup Bags ($12) that are my new favorite thing - they've got gussets at the bottom so you can fit a LOT of stuff!  And, if you've got a makeup fan, we have our top-selling Enchanted Mineral Lip Gloss and choice of Magic (gold) or Fairy (champagne) Dust Mini in our Mineral Lip Gloss & Holiday Shimmer Set ($35) which is a $48 value!


The Mason Jar Soy/Beeswax Candles ($24) are great to keep in your gift closet - they burn 50+ hours, have cotton wicks, use phthalate-free fragrance oils and are ranked 0 on Think Dirty (that means they're super clean!).  Grab a white paint pen, write "Happy Holidays" on the chalkboard top, tie a ribbon on it and you're done.  They come in 
  • Forest Crunch - freshly cut pine and evergreen
  • Orange Clove - Valencia oranges, cloves, chili pepper, bergamot and cassis - a beautiful pomander
  • Sugardoodle - it literally smells like cookies baking in the oven - vanilla, maple syrup and creamed butter with cane sugar and cinnamon
  • 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

Want a mini version?  These Mini Soy/Beeswax Candles ($6) are the baby sisters of the Mason Jars.  They burn 5 hours and are the perfect teacher/nurse/postal worker gift.


Our Handmade Soaps ($8) got a makeover this year and are even more giftable with their super cute boxes.  Made with filtered rainwater, oils and mineral pigments, they are triple hitters as they're safe for use on your face, body and are also a great shave bar.  Vegan.



As you know, we've got the Valencia Orange Body Butter and also returning this year is the Shea Butter Body Balm ($15-25) which is fragrance-free and more of a whipped texture.  It's VERY hydrating, is a little lighter weight texture-wise than the Orange is is perfect for moisturizing winter skin.


Oversharing but our body scrubs save my booty, literally!, in cold weather - the Peppermint and the Chocolate Sugar Body Scrubs ($15-25) are oil and sugar based and leave you feeling hydrated.  The Peppermint uses Peppermint Essential Oil and Olive Oil while the Chocolate uses real Organic Cocoa Powder and Organic Coconut Oil.   For a cleaner rinse the Lemongrass Bamboo Body Scrub ($15-25) is a great bet as it's a drier formula that foams up with water and is great pre-shave, self-tanning or even post gardening.



Can't decide?  I feel you - which is why we've got a ton of combos ($25)!  Mix and match to your heart's delight - 

11/24/16

Green Beauty Holiday Gift Guide


It's my favorite time of year!  I love a gift guide - they're my favorite part of December magazines.  If you like shopping small business, handmade, green and made in the USA goodies you're in the right place :) - here we go:


The Mason Jar Soy/Beeswax Candles are the easiest gift ever - they burn 50+ hours, have cotton wicks, use phthalate-free fragrance oils and are ranked 0 on Think Dirty (that means they're super clean!).  They come in 
  • Forest Crunch - freshly cut pine and evergreen
  • Orange Clove - Valencia oranges, cloves, chili pepper, bergamot and cassis - a beautiful pomander
  • Sugardoodle - it literally smells like cookies baking in the oven - vanilla, maple syrup and creamed butter with cane sugar and cinnamon
  • 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


Want a mini version?  These Mini Soy/Beeswax Candles are the baby brothers of the Mason Jars.  They burn 5 hours and are the perfect teacher/nurse/postal worker gift.

These would make literally anyone happy - I promise :).  Eight ounces of organic vegan scrubs and a fragrance-free soothing body moisturizer - they're great for boys and girls alike:


If you can't decide the sets are a great way to go as you get two 4 oz jars and a number of combos:


For the makeup lover in your life the Nudes Makeup Palette is the definition of Christmas happiness!  12 Eyeshadows (9 shimmer/satins, 3 mattes) and 12 Lipstick Shades that double as Cream Blushes in neutral colors that are all wearable.  



The Aromatherapy Spray Trio is one of my faves as these are great as a room spray but also work on linens, clothes, stinky cars (soccer practice anyone?), post yoga class as a body spray or at a baby's changing table.  Made with essential oils they're synthetic fragrance free, 91% organic and vegan.



For your glamour girl we've got the Mineral Lip Gloss & Shimmer Set which comes in a cute gold makeup bag.  You get our best-selling Enchanted Lip Gloss with a mini shimmer - your choice of Magic Dust or Fairy Dust - which works as a beautiful cheek highlighter or eyeshadow.  



If you want to go classic our top-seller Red Satin Lipstick is a great holiday bet for you or your favorite gal pal.  Full of yummy ingredients like Coconut Oil, Illipe Butter and Beeswax it soothes lips while delivering saturated color.  


Love your lips to feel hydrated but hate petroleum lip balms?  Our USDA Certified Organic Lip Balms and Fair Trade Tinted Lip Balms are fan favorites and make the PERFECT stocking stuffers.  They come in all kinds of duos and trios and are great for men, women and little ones alike.  

Last but not least these soaps are handmade with filtered rainwater, oils and mineral pigments.  They are triple hitters as they're safe for use on your face, body and are also a great shave bar.  Vegan.