Monday, 25 March 2013

Green Products I'd Repurchase

There's a fun blog collaboration going around the green beauty community, and I'm participating!

The green beauty community is steadily growing and there are lots of great green beauty blogs out there now. One of the first green blogs I read was iluvjesse444, who is hosting this collaboration. The idea is for everyone to post, either via blog or video, about their favorite green beauty products, the ones that they love enough to repurchase. The master list of everyone who is participating can be found here!

As for me, I've only been interested in green beauty since last October, but I've already found a few products that I've loved enough to repurchase:

Green Beauty Items I'd Repurchase

For anyone who's been following my blog, these picks are probably not very surprising, as I've blabbed on and on about them. Click the links to my various reviews:

Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub: I don't use this anymore, but my boyfriend still loves it!

Skin Apotheke Ubtan Scrub: I love mixing this with various liquid bases--it's like a whole new scrub each time! I see she's raised the price slightly...others must be discovering the magic of this scrub :)

Acure Organics Mint Shampoo: Gets my hair clean, doesn't weigh it down! That's pretty much all a girl with lots of thin hair can ask for :)

Apple Cider Vinegar: I went away from using this for a bit and since my return I can't remember why I stopped! It's so great after shampooing (I use it about 2-3 times per week, in place of conditioner).

Burn Out Sunscreen: Light, no residual white cast, and protects my skin!

Badger Damascus Rose Beauty Balm: Seriously, can't say enough good things about this. Love it as a 'night creme'!

Andalou Naturals Toner:  Although in my review I said this wasn't anything special, once I stopped using it I really missed it! So I bought it in full size and have a small spray bottle of it at my desk at work. It's great for a little mid-day pick-me-up! :) I also love Andalou Naturals' white tea moisturizer, their pumpkin mask, their fruit serum....honestly I really love most products I've tried from Andalou!

Eye Kandii gel blush in Summer Lovin': Canadian ladies, you'll love this! Outside of Canada, I'd only buy this excellent blush if you are willing to wait for a while to get it--it took a full 6 weeks to get to me :( I love the Summer Lovin--very natural-looking blush. Scandalous was a little tooooo scandalous for me!

Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Lipstick: I have this in Paradise, and I'm eyeing up Risque and Valentine (pictured)! I don't think I ever actually wrote a review on it (the shame!) but I like it because it is creamy like a balm but lasts a while (although you'll probably have to reapply once or twice during the day), and the color selection is lovely! I'd buy it directly from Honeybee Gardens though, as there have been problems with product separation from other sites, and if you buy directly from HG and have a problem I've found their customer service is really excellent.

Lastly I forgot to add in this little wonder:

Rainwater Botanicals Deodorant! Seriously, works just as well as my old conventional deodorants and the scents are great! Can't recommend this highly enough!

Many of these products made to my Favorites of 2012 post, and my mind hasn't changed since! And if you're curious about a full list of products that I'm currently using, check this post on my Current Natural Beauty Shopping List!

If you're interested in learning what more lovely ladies are loving lately (say that 10 times fast!) click here!

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Pinspired Fashion: 3 Chambray Shirt Outfits

As I mentioned last post, sometimes the best way to figure out your own style and what would benefit your closet is by scoping the interwebs and noting what catches your eye. For example, on my Style Inspiration board, I have about a million pins of cute outfits featuring chambray shirts.

Yesterday I sprung for this shirt and I'm already loving it. So with that in mind, here are 3 outfits I can create from items already in my closet, Pinspired by Pinterest:

Chambray, lace skirt, Harrow booties, black vneck

This great outfit by Damsel in Dior (found here) mixes up some of my favorite things: white lace skirts, brown leather purses, black booties, and my chambray shirt. In this board are the exact booties she's wearing, my favorite Harrow booties by Rag and Bone, but I own these from Target that would sit in just as well :)

Chambray, Rhinestone necklace, skinny jeans

To me, the secret to this cutie's outfit is the casual-luxe mix of rhinestones and chambray, plus the bright pop of color on her lips. The bright skinnies add to the overall fun look, and they could really be any color (I am digging lavender and mint lately). PS The skinnies I've shown above are $5 right now...

chambray, crochet skirt, leather booties

This outfit is one of my all-time favorites, and I cannot for the life of me find the original link! It's from the blog Sincerely Jules, though--that chick has seriously amazing style. I plan to rock a very similar look as soon as the weather heats up a little!

What's been inspiring you on the world wide webs lately?

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Spring Cleaning: Wardrobe Wishlist

Although I did a big closet clean-out not too long ago, something about spring makes me want to just clear out all extraneous items from my life and start fresh. Yesterday found me cleaning out my closet again.

By this point, my wardrobe is basically slimmed down to only items that I wear and love. I'm talking like 4 dresses, 3 pairs of dress pants, 2 pairs of while I've gotten rid of lots of things I no longer wear and/or love, I now have lots of holes in my wardrobe that leave it less-than-functional.

To help figure out which holes needed to be patched, I went all nerd-style on my Style Inspiration Pinterest board. I looked at the outfits I love and what I have in my closet already and what I'd need to add to my closet in order to recreate my favorite looks.

For example:

Looks I like

I have some of the items needed to recreate the above looks, but there are plenty of holes in my closet still! So once my tax return comes in, you can bet I'll be splurging on some lovely items to fill the holes in my newly-cleaned closet:

Spring Wishlist 2013

What's on your spring wardrobe wishlist? Do you get a similar urge to purse (your closet, I mean!)?

All images via my Style Inspiration board or as linked on my polyvore boards!