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Natural Beauty + Labor Day Sales = Everybody Wins


If you need to stock up or you’ve been looking for an excuse to test out some new products, this weekend just might be the perfect excuse. Reason: Labor Day sales! You work hard, so treat yo self.

30% off all Pomme D’Or Swiss Apple Stem Cell Cleansing Lotions, Serums and Creams at Be Natural Organics with code APPLE

20% off all orders $125+ at Naturopathica with code LABORDAY2016

Friends & Family Sale: 25% off everything at 100% Pure

Relaunch Sale! 30% Off at Spirit Beauty Lounge

Free shipping on everything at W3ll People

25% off at Au Naturale Cosmetics with code WORKIT 

20% off Little Barn Apothecary with code COOLERNIGHTS

BOGO at Acure Organics (through the end of the month!)

20% off at Joy Provisions with code LABORDAY20

Have you discovered a great natural beauty Labor Day sale? Share in the comments and I’ll add it to the list! 

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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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Spotlight: The Beauty Benefits of Evergreen

Evergreen trees and bushes—the ones that retain most of their foliage through the winter—play a large role in natural cosmetics, with benefits* ranging from acne treatments to stress relief. Here’s a quick look at five of the most commonly used evergreen goodies.

Fir. The oil extracted from needles, usually of the Balsam or Siberian fir tree, has long been used in cosmetics for its invigorating scent, making it a good choice for aromatherapy. But it is also helpful used topically to treat sore muscles, cramps, arthritis, and stiffness. Find it in: Naturopathica Deep Forest Bath & Body Oil, Pangea Organics Canadian Pine with White Sage Body Wash

Juniper. One of the most widely-used evergreens in cosmetics, juniper was even used by the ancient Egyptians in cosmetics and perfumes. Today you can find it in a wide range of cosmetics, from acne treatments to aromatherapy and even cellulite reduction and detoxification. Find it in: Kimberly Sayer Slimming and Contouring Lotion, Blissoma Awake Morning Firming Facial MoistureCleansing Juniper Cypress Body Scrub

Pine. Pine has long been recognized for its healing properties and soothing scent. Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, noted its ability to heal the human respiratory system. Pine extract has antiseptic, antibacterial, pain relieving, aromatic and anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it great all year. Pine bark extract has been proven to have many health benefits: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, potentially even antiviral and antimicrobial. Find it in: Living Nature Cleansing Clay Peel, Kahina Giving Beauty Eye Cream, Erbaviva Breathe Body Lotion 

Rosemary. A common herb for skincare, rosemary boosts circulation (which helps with complexion-clearing), and also helps to tone and firm the skin. The savory herb also helps reduce puffiness. Find it in: Naturopathica Alpine Arnica Bath & Body Oil, Pai Rice Plant & Rosemary BioAffinity Toner, Moksa Organic Rosemary & Sage Body Oil

Thyme. In addition to a long history of use in cosmetics, recent research from Leeds Metropolitan University has shown that thyme is a more effective acne treatment than over-the-counter creams—with the added benefit of being less harsh on the skin. Find it in: Clearcalm 3 Anti Acne Treatment Mask, 100% Pure Purity Spot Treatment, Intelligent Nutrients Anti Aging Cleanser

You have probably used evergreen on your skin, even if you didn’t realize it! —Aleigh

(Image via Lulu the Bold)

*Statements on this blog have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness, disease, or condition.

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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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Beauty Obsession: 100% Pure Red Wine Resveratrol Eye Cream

Since the skin under your eyes is some of the thinnest skin on your body, it shows every sleepless hour, every ounce of dehydration. It’s one of the first places on your body to show signs of aging, and it’s one of my biggest skin woes. My dark undereye circles are my least favorite inheritance—it’s pretty easy to trace them straight back to my mom’s dad. (My sister has them too.)

Before I switched to natural beauty products, I tried just about every single eye cream (and concealer) on the market. It’s the one product I’m pretty religious about applying at least once or twice a day—sometimes three times! And now that I’ve made the switch to natural cosmetics, I’ve renewed my search. I’m planning try as many natural eye creams as possible. So far, this is the first one that’s been worthy of a review.

What I tried: 100% Pure Red Wine Reservatrol Eye Cream, $25. Resveratrol is the antioxidant in red wine that is suspected of being the key to red wine’s ability to help prevent damage to blood vessels, reduce inflammation, and help prevent blood clots—perfect for a girl who can use all the help she can get fighting puffy eyes and dark undereye circles.

First impressions: There’s an awful lot of packaging here, but it’s made of cardboard and is recyclable. Inside, the little jar that contains the eye cream is glass. I like that 100% Pure’s products are vegan, and the ingredients list makes me happy:

Organic Rosa Centifolia Flower (Rose Hydrosol) Water1, Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Juice) Leaf2, Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Resveratrol, Wine (Red Wine) Extract, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract3, Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Vitis Vinifera (Muscadine Grape) Skin Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Japanese Honeysuckle) Extract, Hyaluronic Acid

What caught me by surprise: It smells fruity! If you’ve ever been to a winery (I’m married to a wine expert, so this is something I have done many times), you know that sort of grape-y, earthy smell that greets you when you enter a cellar that stores aging wine in barrels? That’s what this stuff smells like.

Bonus: After a few weeks of using it, I can definitely tell a difference in the elasticity of the skin under my eyes, and I think the discoloration has slightly faded. I’m definitely going to use up the entire jar before I try a new eye cream.

Do you have a favorite eye cream? Is there one you’ve been wanting to try that I should add to my list? —Aleigh

Want to read about more of my beauty obsessions? Here’s where you can find them.

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