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Trend Alert: Natural Colored Mascaras

Prevention says colored mascara is back. (Check out their simple how-to-wear-it guide.) And there are plenty of natural mascaras to choose from if you want to get in on the trend. Enjoy! —Aleigh

Dr. Hauschka Volume Mascara in Aubergine, $28.90

Nvey Eco Volumising Mascara in Blue, $12.50

Zuii Organic Certified Organic Flora Mascara in Emerald and Lapis, $27.95

Couleur Caramel Mascara in Plum and Blue, $24.25

100% Pure Pigmented Mascara in Blackberry and Blueberry, $18

(Image via Idhren)

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5 Firming Facial Masks I Love

Technology makes staying in touch with far-flung friends so much easier. Lately, that’s meant the most fun three-way text conversations with two of my besties. Our conversations touch on everything from pop culture to food, but there’s one topic we consistently revisit: skincare.

Which is how I received a request for a roundup of skin-firming facial masks. Here are my top five*. Do you have a favorite? Please share! —Aleigh

Una Biologicals French Green Clay Masque, $10

Since they arrive in powdered form, Una’s facial masks are long-lasting—it’s easy to mix up just as much as you need. (Just don’t use metal utensils or a metal container. If you use powdered masks regularly, you may want to splurge on a set like this one.) This super-clean masque’s main goal: to firm up your skin as it cleanses.

Dr. Hauschka Firming Mask, $52.95

Dr. H’s firming mask has potent rose water, rose petal extract, rose wax, and rose essential oil to help tackle fine lines and promote elasticity in the skin, plus mango butter and beeswax to hydrate and moisturize.

Acure Organics Argan Stem Cell + CGF Facial Mask, $15.99

I’ve mentioned this mask several times, and the truth is that I honestly just love it. The formula is thick and luxe, a little goes a long way, it lasts a really long time, and it’s packed with really potent ingredients, including French green clay, Argan stem cells, sea buckthorn oil, chlorella growth factor. Plus, it’s affordable. It has skin firming benefits (from the French green clay), but its primary benefits include detoxifying and skin renewal/anti-aging properties.

ilike Sour Cherry Gel Mask, $40

I haven’t yet met an ilike (pronounced “ILL-ick-a”) product I don’t like. This enormous product line features a huge roster of facial masks, and is used in many natural/organic spas because it’s pure and there are so many options that it can be very tailored to each client’s skin. This sour cherry gel mask has great firming, brightening, and pore-refining qualities—perfect for mature, dry, and/or loose skin.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel, $45

OK, so this is technically a peel and not a mask. However, even though it’s more of an exfoliating treatment and not a moisturizing one, it still offers skin brightening and firming qualities, plus it’s a good option for skin with hyperpigmentation, dark spots, and uneven skin tone.

*Note: If you have sensitive skin, be sure to test a small patch of your skin before you go all out with a facial treatment. Many of these masks are really potent and not necessarily the best fit for sensitive skin. 

(Top image via Auntie P; remaining images via brands+boutiques)

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Black Friday+Cyber Monday Beauty Sales

It’s Thanksgiving week, which means—in addition to one of my favorite holidays of the year—sales! Here’s a list of what’s coming. I’ll update regularly as Turkey Day approaches (and I spot more opportunities for savings).

Alima Pure

Spend $45 of more and receive shadow-sized jars of two special, limited-edition blushes, plus a mini kabuki brush! Offer good Nov. 22 through Nov. 26, and applies to orders totaling $45 or more before shipping charges and after any discounts.

Aucocisco Naturals

From Nov. 23 through midnight Nov. 26, free U.S. shipping on orders $40+ with code “SHIP40”


Spend $50+, save 10% (code “SAVE10”), spend $150+, save 15% (code “SAVE15”), spend $250+, save 20% (code “SAVE20”)


30% off everything from Nov. 22 to Nov. 25 with code “mnblack”

Nature of Beauty

$25 off your next purchase of $100 or more when you donate $25 to the charity of your choice between Nov. 21 and Nov. 25. (To get your $25 credit, email a copy of your donation receipt to Credits will arrive as gift certificates via email and expire Dec. 31, 2012.)


Through Nov. 28, 30% off all orders. Code “BF2012”



25% off and free shipping for “Green” Friday (code: “GREEN”), and 50% off all products on Cyber Monday with code “CYBER”

Osmia Organics

Through the end of the year (!), free shipping for Twitter followers and Facebook fans, with code “FREESHIP”

Pangea Organics

$10 off purchases of $50 or more (code “BLACK10”), $25 off purchases of $100 or more (code “BLACK25”), $45 off purchases of $150 or more (code “Black45”), plus free shipping through midnight Nov. 26.

Saffron Rouge

Black Friday 4-Day Sale, beginning Friday and ending Monday. All Dr. Hauschka, Suki, and Living Nature products will be 20% off.

Una Biologicals

Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday, and Cyber Monday deals: 20% off Luxe face creams and masques, 15% off lip balms, 20% off Headache Relief (perfect timing!), and free gift wrapping (ask about it at checkout).

Vapour Organic Beauty

Black Friday through Cyber Monday: 30% off all Vapour products (except samples) with code “blackfriday12”


Am I missing a sale? Send me an email with details or leave a comment on this post and I’ll add it right away. Happy shopping! —Aleigh

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The Pantone Fashion Color Report 2012

Every year, in February, Pantone releases its Fall Color Report. But since I don’t tend to write about fall until it has arrived (well, almost), I’m only just starting to pay attention to what’s hot for fall. Last year, I discovered that most of the company’s fall color trends were already reflected in some of my favorite natural makeup lines—and this year is no exception.

I’ve scoured my favorite brands+beauty boutiques to find some places where you can find these shades to add them to your fall beauty routine. Et voila:

French Roast
Dr. Hauschka Eyeshadow Palette, $44.95
Couleur Caramel Eye Shadow in Intense Brown, $15.25
RMS Beauty Cream Eye Shadow in Karma, $28

Honey Gold
Primitive Natural Lipstick in Taj Mahal, $16
Alima Pure Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow in Gold Dust, $12.50
Priti Nail Polish in Goldilocks, $12.50

Pink Flambe
Zuzu Luxe Lipstick in Beso Beso, $18.15
Vapour Beauty Siren Lipstick in Au Pair, $22
Ilia Beauty Neon Angel Lipstick in Magenta, $24

Tangerine Tango
Vapour Beauty Vernissage 3-Free Nail Lacquer in Scandal, $12
Kure Bazaar 4-Free Nail Lacquer in Afrika, $16
Scotch Naturals Nail Polish in Troya, $14.99

Ultramarine Green
Aquarella Nail Polish in Wicked, $18
Scotch Naturals Nail Polish in Seething Jealousy, $14.99
Butter London Nail Lacquer in Henley Regatta, $14

Bright Chartreuse
Vapour Beauty Mesmerize Eye Shimmer in Obsess, $18
Priti Nail Polish in Baby’s Tears, $12.50
Widu Wooden Bristle Pneumatic Oval Brush in Lime Green, $25

Olympian Blue
Alima Pure Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow in Azure, $12.50
Lily Lolo Mineral Eyeshadow in Blue Lagoon, $12
Kure Bazaar Nail Lacquer in Stone Wash, $16

Couleur Caramel Eye Shadow in Anthracite Gray, $15.25
Vapour Beauty Mesmerize Eye Color in Storm, $18
Lily Lolo Mineral Eyeshadow in Mystery, $12

Alima Pure Pearluster Eyeshadow in Viola, $12.50
Butter London 3-Free Nail Lacquer in No More Waity, Katie, $14
Priti Nail Polish in Geisha Girl, $12.50

Rose Smoke
100% Pure Pot Rouge Blush in Ballerina, $15
Vapour Beauty Mesmerize Eye Shimmer in Cinder, $18
Alima Pure Satin Matte Eyeshadow in Daphne, $12.50

Which shade is your favorite? —Aleigh

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On the hunt: Eye brightener pencil

A few years ago, I was introduced to the joys of using a skin tone-matching eyeliner on the inside of my lower eyelashes. Before then, I’d stayed away from any kind of eyeliner on my lower lash line, because it always seemed to make my dreaded undereye circles (the inherited kind that no amount of sleep can fix) look even darker. But my little taupe eyeliner pencil was kind of life-changing—until I discovered cosmetics ingredients lists and swore off parabens (the eye pencil I used contains both methylparaben and propylparaben). (Side note: Some people call this shade “nude,” but as we all have different colors of skin—and therefore different shades of “nude”—I’m hesitant to call one color the shade of skin tone across the board!)

Ever since, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect natural or organic version of this little eye-brightener. Sadly, my search has been unsuccessful. Here’s what I’ve come across so far.

There’s this eyeliner duo from Dr. Hauschka ($28.90), which would be close to perfect…except I’m looking for a taupe, more tan shade—not a stark white liner.

Then there’s the Tarte Inner Rim Brightener ($18), which would be perfect if I could get over the fact that it contains retinyl palmitate. It’s light years better than the parabens in my previously-beloved liner, but still not perfect because of that blemish on its ingredients list. I may have to make a compromise and go with this option, simply because it’s the cleanest one I’ve found.

I’m also considering testing out this gold eyeliner from Logona ($12.50). It’s still not exactly what I’m looking for (gold instead of taupe), but I think even if it doesn’t work for my lower lash line, it will be pretty with my Warm Inside holiday collection from Alima Pure.

So I’m asking you: Do you use a skin tone-matching eyeliner on your lower lashes? Have you discovered a natural option that you love? Do tell! —Aleigh

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