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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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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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Black Friday Beauty Sales

It’s Black Friday, and there are lots of deals to be found–including some natural and organic beauty products. I hate crowds, so I’ve scoured the internet for the best natural beauty sales. Here’s what I discovered:

  • Pure Citizen: 30% off Biggs & Featherbelle, Organic Indulgence, Hello Mellow and Au Naturale. (Use the code “givethanks” to get $10 and free shipping on purchases over $100.)
  • 25% off all bottoms at Lucy (exercise makes your skin glow!).
  • Juice Beauty is offering a full-sized exfoliating cleanser with any purchase and free shipping with the code “BFEC”.
  • At O&N Collective, use the code “GS15” for 15% off all orders. Free shipping on orders over $100. (I might stock up on a few NEOM Organics candles for gifts…)
  • Intelligent Nutrients is offering 30% off Destress Express products through Nov. 27.
  • Naturopathica is offering 20% off their Vitamin K Brightening Eye Serum (use code “VKBES” at checkout).
  • At Vapour Organic Beauty, use the code “blackfriday” for 30% off everything (through midnight Monday morning).
  • Saffron Rouge is offering 20% off all Dr. Hauschka products through Nov. 28 at 11:59pm. Enter “4DAYSALE2” at checkout.
  • Use code “BlackFriday30” for 30% off at Sweet Pea & Fay.
  • Beautorium has a 10%-15%-20% sale running through the weekend.
  • Give two gift subscriptions to Whole Living for the price of one ($12).
  • Spirit Beauty Lounge has a graduated discount promotion running through Nov. 28. (Spend $50, get free shipping; spend $100, get $10 off; etc.) No codes required.
  • New Charleston Naturally customers get 20% off today; enter the code “CN20” at checkout.
  • Use code “gobble” to get free shipping on orders of any size at (through Nov. 28).

Did I miss any? Send me an email or leave me a comment and I’ll add it right away. Happy post-Turkey Day shopping! —Aleigh

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Natural Beauty Faves: November 2011

I’m so happy November is here! I’m already planning my Thanksgiving Day menu (have I mentioned that I love to cook?) and all of the leftover inventions that go along with a massive holiday meal. Yum. November, I love you! And speaking of love, there’s a new batch of favorite products on my sidebar that I’m excited to share with you:

    • Una Biologicals Luxe Face Cream. I’ve written about this magical little face cream before, but I can’t say enough about it. The ingredients are really pure, it’s super emollient and just a little dab will keep your whole face moisturized and smooth. It’s too heavy for me in the summer (except in the undereye area, where I’ve used this with great results), but in the wintertime, my skin just drinks this stuff up. My husband pointed out a few days ago that after I apply this stuff, I always make a really big happy sigh. Simply put? It feels good.
    • Shea Moisture Lavender and Wild Orchid Body Oil. I’ve stopped using body lotion entirely in favor of body oil—and this stuff, which I discovered at my local Target, is my latest favorite. It’s not expensive, it has lovely ingredients and it keeps my legs and feet and elbows from getting dry. (I’m planning to write a Beauty Obsession post about this lovely little oil and how I use it instead of body lotion. Stay tuned.)
    • Dr. Hauschka Hand Cream. I can’t believe this hand cream hasn’t made my list until now—it was one of the first natural products I tried, and I was amazed. It’s perfect for anyone who works at a computer all day, because it doesn’t leave your hands feeling greasy or slippery, so you can use a dab (a pea-sized amount is all you need), rub it into your hands, and then get right back to tapping away on your keyboard. It’s on the pricier side at $24.95, but it lasts a really long time, and it’s on sale right now for $19.96. I’m definitely going to snap up a new bottle…
    • Mommy-to-be Milk Bath. OK, so…I’m not a mommy or a mommy-to-be, but I do love my big jacuzzi tub—and I also love a good milk bath. This USDA certified organic milk bath comes in a powder with essential oils of lavender, lemon and sandalwood that dissolves in warm water…ahhhh.

What products are you loving this month? I’d love to hear about your favorites! —Aleigh

Want to check out my previous monthly favorites? Find them all here.

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