Friday, October 9, 2015

Getting my Coco Detox on with Skinnamon

On Instagram the other day, I teased the new Skinnamon Body + Face Coco Detox with this fun doll in the bathtub pic, before heading up to my own shower to get my Coco Detox on. As you can see in the above pic, it's a dirty job, but somebody's gotta do it.

Why? This 100% natural, chemical-free, vegan scrub/mask claims to exfoliate, detoxify, nourish, hydrate and moisturize your skin. According to the package, "it purifies skin, diminishes age spots, wrinkles, scars and blemishes. Fights acne-causing bacteria and tightens enlarged pores. Improves skin tone and texture. Stimulates collagen production. Enriched with zinc, iron, magnesium, calcium, antioxidants, potassium, minerals, vitamin B complex, nourishing fatty acids, vitamin E. Leaves skin soft, renewed and glowing."

That sounds like a magic scrub/mask to me (I know I keep referring to it as a "scrub/mask," but you'll see what I mean in a minute), although it takes a little effort to use it. Basically, you apply it to damp skin in the shower, and be prepared to get dirty (it actually looks a little like dirt, as you can see through the package).

This cute wooden spoon is provided to help you scoop out this combination of European sea salt, activated charcoal, dead sea salt, organic raw cacao, sunflower oil, virgin coconut oil, apricot oil and vitamin E, although I find it to be easier to transfer just what you need to a separate container.

Transitioning to black and white to keep the next photos a bit classier, you'll need to massage the Coco Detox all over your skin in circular motions (don't do this after shaving, as the salt in this scrub will burn), starting with your feet and hands and moving toward your heart (those of you who dry brush may already be familiar with this technique).

Be gentle on your face and avoid your eye area (and if you get it on your lips, it does taste salty). After scrubbing, let the detox mask do its job for about 5 minutes before washing it away with your favorite cleanser (seriously, you need to use a cleanser to get all of it off your skin, but that's not a big deal when you still need to do that step in the shower process anyway). Then, moisturize your skin, as usual (of course, I'm loving Acure Organics Firming Body Lotion and their dry oil body sprays).

Although this scrub/mask (you understand why I call it that now, right?) is a bit messy, it does exfoliate well, helps to tone my skin, makes my pores appear smaller, clears breakouts and even got rid of the eczema patch I had the other day (I get them when I'm exposed to gluten). It makes your skin really soft and smooth, so it is worth the effort (especially if your significant other is willing to assist in the process).

According to Skinnamon, this product "works great with regular exercise, less coffee, more water, an apple a day, 8 hrs. of sleep" and "a smile in the morning." These are all good things I'd recommend, too.

Have you tried any of Skinnamon's products? Let me know on Twitter at @Rawdorable and/or Instagram (also @Rawdorable).

*Skinnamon sent me this Coco Detox for review. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Luminous RMS Beauty face, lips & nails

In a recent blog post about RMS Beauty, I mentioned that they were sending me one of their new nail polishes. Since I'm such a big fan of the Living Luminizer, I picked the matching Luminizer polish as my first one to try. Look at how perfectly it matches the Living Luminizer above; I made a finger swatch of the highlight and a painted polish heart for comparison.

The new line of RMS Beauty nail polishes are free from petrochemicals, parabens, xylene, formaldehyde, toulene, DPB, formaldehyde resin, camphor and animal products, and come in 10 shades, inspired by various RMS makeup colors, as seen above. They really do look exactly like their matching Lip Shines, Lip2Cheeks, Eye Polishes and of course, the Luminizer.

Although the Luminizer is recommended as a top coat over the other colors, I think it looks amazing on it's own. It's reminds me of the shiny inside of a shell. Here I only used the Luminizer nail polish without a top or base coat. It applies evenly and dries fairly quickly. It also holds up quite well to all my hand-washing and other mommy duties.

I love this color so much that it inspired my outfit of the day, as well as my lipstick of the day. It's gorgeous outside, so I dressed easy breezy. I layered this sheer striped Madewell button-down shirt from a while back (it has a slight shimmer, which made me think of the Luminizer) over a basic black camisole-style layering tank. Although this particular striped shirt is no longer available on the Madewell website, there is this Over-Sized Button-Down Shirt in Stripe on the site and another Button-Down Tunic Shirt with Pockets in Stripemix in the sale section as I type this. I'm also wearing my favorite Rip and Repair Denim Boyshorts and signature Arrowstack Necklace.

As for my lipstick, I'm wearing RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Promise, topped with the Living Luminizer for added shine.

Here's a closer look at the lipstick and nail polish together. I think they make a lovely combo, don't you?

Have you tried RMS Beauty's new nail polish? Which color would you pick? Let me know on Twitter at @Rawdorable and/or on Instagram (also @Rawdorable).

*RMS Beauty sent me this nail polish for review. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Good4You Sweet Fern

I just came back from volunteering at my daughter's school. I have to admit that the first thing I do when I get home is wash my hands, which made me think of my little girl. I reached for this lovely Sweet Fern Liquid Soap, affectionately referred to as "FernGully" soap around here. I just adore what looks to be a hand-drawn font and ferns on the packaging, reminding my kids and I of the animated flick.

I recently won this liquid castile cleanser, along with a Sweet Fern body mist, on Instagram from Jes of Good4You Herbals. Her Etsy shop is packed with natural, handmade beauty products, including makeup (the lip balms/tints and blushes are gorgeous), perfume oils (apparently, I'd be drawn to the Cave Aromatherapy Oil, since I'm an Earth sign; I'm a Taurus, btw), skincare (I'd love to try the Beach Rose Beauty Cream pictured above; yes, I totally snagged this pic from her Etsy page), and hair and body care (the Wild Bathing Flowers look especially nice). She even makes a handful of products with a mermaid theme (I can't resist a mermaid theme).

But, back to the Sweet Fern soap and mist; the soap comes in a sleek brown pump with a decorative label I previously mentioned. To my surprise, the soap actually dispenses with a slight sheer brown tint, similar to tea. I'm going to guess that the color comes from the wild harvested sweet fern leaves that provide the subtle scent. It also contains organic castile soap (water, saponified organic coconut, sunflower and castor oils, citric acid derived from crystallized fruit sugar and rosemary extract) and organic green tea oil.

I've mainly used this soap for handwashing, but like other castile soaps, it has a ton of uses. It's gentle enough for my hands, face and body, and still is able to wash away my Skinnamon Coco Detox Scrub I'll be blogging about later in the week. It's plant-based, made from local ingredients, all-natural, nongmo, cruelty-free and vegan. I just wish it was in a bigger container.

As for the Sweet Fern Toner and Body Mist, it also comes in a small container (it's a cute little glass spritzer bottle), so I've reserved it for just a facial toner. It's quite refreshing after I wash my face (I think it would work well for most skin types). I love the light sweet fern scent. Other uses include using it as a makeup remover (it actually does work), body mist and room spray.

Thanks to Jes for sending me these lovely products. Have you tried her line? Do you shop on Etsy? Let me know on Twitter at @Rawdorable and/or on Instagram (also @Rawdorable).

*Although these products were sent to me, all opinions are my own :)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

I'm a Flora Babe; are you?

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of body scrubs. I posted them like crazy during bikini season, of course, but I still use them routinely throughout the year. Although I may be layering on a scarf for fall, I still want to have silky, smooth skin when I have nothing on at all.

One of my favorite body scrub brands is Flora Body Care. Flora currently makes these yummy Vanilla Coconut and Coffee Hazelnut Natural Body Scrubs that I can't stop raving about (shhh ... there's also a new one in the works).

It all started with the Vanilla Coconut Natural Body Scrub that I posted about this summer. I had just gotten back from a beach vacation, and the experience of using this particular scrub was like bringing the beach back to me.

In case you missed it the first time, this scrub is made of sugar, sea salt, coconut flakes, coconut oil, aloe vera leaf juice, vitamin E and a lovely vanilla scent. All these organic ingredients combine into a delightful sand-like consistency (it actually looks like sand) that smells like baked goods and washes away easily (I wish real sand did that). It's like "sugar gold."

To use it, I simply apply the scrub to my wet skin and rub it in circular motions. I leave it on for 5-10 minutes and rinse. You may want to follow up with a body wash to remove any excess oil, or skip that step in lieu of your regular post-shower moisturizer (I still like to massage on some Acure Organics Body Firming Lotion or Dry Oil Spray when I get out of the shower).

Moving into this cooler, darker weather, I also like to really perk myself up in the morning with Flora's Coffee Hazelnut Natural Body Scrub. It contains coffee seed powder, sugar, sea salt, hazelnut seed oil, avocado oil and vitamin E. It smells like that a.m. cup of Joe and reminds me of the hazelnut coffee I drank all the time in my college days.

This scrub may not be as pretty as the sugar scrub, but it knows how to get down and dirty, really getting the job done. I feel as though this one is even more exfoliating and has a slight toning effect (must be the caffeine). The instructions are the same as the other scrub, except it may take you an extra minute to rinse out your shower (this one doesn't dissolve as well as the other one).

I love that both of these scrubs come as dry scrubs in these zipper pouches, which are perfect for travel and prevent the scrub particles from dissolving prematurely. They are also handcrafted with love and all natural ingredients, cruelty-free, and free from parabens, petrochemicals, phthalates, synthetic dyes, mineral oils and aluminum.

You can experience my love for these products, too, when you use my Flora Babe discount. Type in the code: RAWDORABLE20 to get 20% off your next Flora Body Care order.

Also, I recently reached 3,000 followers on Instagram, so as a thank you to all of you, I'm giving away one of these scrubs. Simply follow me (if you aren't already) and @florabodycare on Instagram, repost this photo with the tags @rawdorable, @florabodycare and #rawdorableflorababegiveaway, and don't forget to tag a friend or two. I'll randomly pick a winner from the reposts that use the hashtag. I hope to announce the winner on Monday, October 5, 2015 (as long as this hurricane moving my way doesn't hit then; fingers crossed that it doesn't). Unfortunately, this giveaway is only open to residents of the U.S.A. and Canada. Good luck babes :)

Are you a Flora Babe? Which scrub is your fave? Let me know on Twitter at @Rawdorable and/or Instagram (also @Rawdorable).

* Flora Body Care sent me these scrubs for review (except for the Vanilla Coconut that I repurchased). All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Feeling fine in Luk Beautyfood Rose Lime

For months now, I've been following @lukbeautyfood on Instagram, hoping to one day try the luscious looking cruelty-free Lip Nourish colors. Lucky for me, I actually won my choice of these natural and neutral sheer lipsticks. Let me tell you, it was well worth the wait to get it.

Luk Beautifood is an Australian company that sells 100% natural, toxin-free makeup made from food. Seriously, according to the website, these lippies contain avocado oil, sesame oil and cacao butter to deeply nourish your lips, beeswax and lecithin to lock in moisture, ginger and spices for their anti-inflammatory properties, and antioxidant vitamin C-rich citrus to neutralize free radicals. They even come wrapped in this beautiful fabric that's printed with pictures of some of the natural ingredients found inside.

I selected a Lip Nourish in Rose Lime, which is described as universally flattering soft pecan sheer lip color. I call it a bit of a warm dusty rose that is similar to my natural lip color. It smells like lime, grapefruit and ginger, because it really has lime, pink grapefruit and ginger oil in it.

Here's a pic of me wearing this lipstick. It's perfect for that no-makeup makeup look, if you know what I mean. It really does nourish my lips. Instead of just temporarily masking chapped lips, it actually improves their texture. I'd highly recommend it.

It even goes well with my outfit of the day, for those of you who didn't catch it on Instagram or Twitter. It's been so hot and humid around here, so I opted to wear this H&M eco-friendly Conscious Collection dress from a couple years ago.

But, back to Luk Beautifood, here are the other Lip Nourish colors (I snagged the pic from the website). They are all so lovely that it makes it hard to pick just one. Which one would you like or have tried already? Let me know your thoughts on Twitter at @Rawdorable and/or on Instagram (also @Rawdorable).

BTW, Luk Beautifood also sells 100 Percent Pure, so it's your one-stop shop for both brands :)

* Luk Beautifood sent me this lipstick as a prize from a recent giveaway.
All opinions are my own :)

Monday, September 28, 2015

Color my world w/RMS Beauty

I have been a huge fan of RMS Beauty for years. I love the "Un" Cover-Up (I tend to wear 22 or 33, depending on the time of year), Buriti Bronzer (it looks so natural and works on various skin tones), Living Luminizer (this really brightens my look and gives me a healthy glow), Eye Polish (I currently have Lunar and Seduce, which have been repurchased over the years) and of course, the Lip Shines and Lip2Cheeks (Promise and Modest have been staples in my makeup collection).

Recently, I added the above bright shades, which remind me of vibrant watercolors. The Lip Shines are Royal (purple) and Sublime (a vivid pink), and the Lip2Cheek is Curious (a peachy orange). Like watercolor paints, all three colors provide a sheer wash of color across my lips and can be applied with my fingers, similar to finger paints.

Now that you've seen swatches of the colors, here's how they look on my lips, if you missed it on my Instagram feed. On Saturday, I couldn't wait to give my lips the "Royal" treatment. This regal purple looks amazing on my skin tone and doesn't make me look like a zombie, which can sometimes happen with pale purples. I also thinks it brings out my blue eyes. It's sheer enough to allow your natural lip color to shine through, leaving you with your own personalized purple hue.

While I'm at it, I've also been coordinating my outfits with my lipstick posts. This purple really popped against this Madewell Shirred Indigo Dress. It's currently in the sale section with an extra 30% off with the code EXTRA30 through October 2, 2015. It's so comfy, and is a nice fall transition piece.

On Sunday, I got "Curious" about this sunny orange lip and blush. Sometimes, peach is a little difficult for me to wear, but this orange really shines in a good way. It screams fall and has me more excited than any pumpkin-themed product on the market right now. Since it is a Lip2Cheek, this color is a bit more pigmented than the Lip Shines, but not at all overwhelming. It looks lovely on my cheeks, too.

I let this J. Crew "Scandal" dress (it reminds me of something Olivia Pope would wear) act as a blank canvas to highlight this stunning lip color. Although I purchased this dress last year, J. Crew now has a Structured Knit Zip Dress in Midnight and Black that is a more fitted version.

Today, I sported Sublime. When I first purchased it online, I expected it to be something in between its actual color and Royal. Instead, it's a bright pink that I love even more (and since I got Royal, I could always mix the two to get the other shade; in fact, I probably will this week). It's sheer, glossy and lively.

Such a fun and girly color, required an equally fun and girly dress. I paired it with last year's Madewell Pierside Dress. Since it's no longer available, may I recommend the Adore Dress in Wine (it also comes in Crystal Blue and Ink), the Cutout Sundress in Bandana Red or Onyx, and the Verse Dress in Tranquil Seaside. They are all currently in the sale section, as I type this.

These RMS Beauty lip colors not only coordinate with my wardrobe, but also with my Acure Organics Dry Oil Body Sprays in Coconut, Citrus Ginger and Rose. For example, I wore the Rose Dry Oil Body Spray today with the Sublime Lip Shine. Both the body oil sprays and the lip colors are so moisturizing and good for your skin. Stay tuned for a review of the body oil sprays and yet another RMS Beauty product.

RMS Beauty celebrated reaching 50k followers on Instagram over the weekend.  I received an honorable mention in their giveaway, which means I got to pick one of their new nail polishes (they are free of petrochemicals, parabens, DPB, toluene, camphor, xylene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and animal products). The colors are as amazing as their makeup shades, because they were inspired by and match their other products. I found it a bit difficult to pick just one, as I change my lip color often. Therefore I went with Luminizer (the above image is from the RMS Beauty website) to match that gorgeous glow. I can't wait for it to get here, so I can share my thoughts on it. 

Has anyone else tried RMS Beauty or their new nail polishes? Let me know on Twitter at @Rawdorable and/or Instagram (also @Rawdorable).

* I purchased these RMS Beauty lip products myself. All opinions are my own :)

Friday, September 25, 2015

Loving Red Apple Lipsticks

I'm so excited to finally get to try Red Apple Lipstick, after seeing so many of you rave about them and/or request to see them as lipstick of the day posts. Lucky for me, Red Apple Lipstick sent me three full-size colors to try, as well as this generous sample (seriously, you can get a lot of uses out of one sample, and you can buy them to try them for just $3.50 each).

These lovely lipsticks are gluten-free, allergen-free, nonGMO, paraben-free, toxin-free, cruelty-free and vegan. What more could you ask for in a lipstick? They also come in a huge variety of vibrant shades, that are creamy and long-lasting.

I must say that I had a blast taking these lippies for a test drive this week, starting with Berry Blast. It's a berry, bronzy plum shade that was perfect for welcoming the first day of fall. This one is a tad sheer compared to the others, and it has a hint of shimmer. This is the most moisturizing of the bunch.

Here's how it looks on my lips, in case you missed my lipstick of the day pic. I think it would be flattering on most skin tones.

Here's my outfit of the day pic, as well, since the lighting is slightly different. Bright light tends to bring out the bronze shimmer in it.

Next up  is Risque, which is a true red. I don't know about you, but I think everyone needs a good red lipstick that can be rocked with confidence. Social media seems to be buzzing about how perfect this red is, and I have to agree. It doesn't turn bright pink on my lips, and it's not too orange either.

Here's how it looks on my lips. I love how it makes my teeth appear whiter and my blue eyes pop. It stays put, if you remember to blot it, and if it does wipe off onto your glass or significant other, an intense amount of color still remains on your lips.

In contrast to the bright red, I had to try this Naughty nude lipstick. I actually wasn't a big fan of nude lipsticks until recently. I always thought they washed me out. I guess I just needed to find the right shade.

The nude lipsticks that work for me tend to have red undertones like this one, rather than something too beige. See how it almost matches the natural hue of my lips, rather than turning them into a blank canvas. I would like to layer some darker shades atop this color in future lipstick of the day posts, but today, I think this is just perfect.

This lipstick is creamy, although dry enough to stay put. This really has some staying power. The texture of this lipstick actually reminds me of one my grandmother had back in the day, but in a good way. I know it sounds strange, but I kept one of her lipsticks for years after she passed away. It was in a decorative tube that was missing its label on the bottom. I never did figure out the brand or the color. Therefore, this particular lipstick really brings back memories. Thanks Red Apple Lipstick.

Lastly, I tested out this Firecracker sample (you really have to check out the sample section on the site), although I have yet to post it as my lipstick of the day. Don't worry; that day will come, as I love this color, too. It's an orange red, which is a color that seems to be made for my skin tone (I have neutral coloring that is more warm than cool).

Here's a quick snap of me wearing it, although I'm sure I'll post a better pic in the future (stay tuned to my Instagram and Twitter).

If you need a closer look at all four colors, here are some swatches of Firecracker, Risque, Berry Blast and Naughty. What color is your fave? Let me know on Twitter at @Rawdorable and/or on Instagram (also @Rawdorable).

And now for the deals: Make sure you sign up for the VIP club to get 10% off regularly priced items,  buy three or more lipsticks to get a discount (buy two, get the third 1/2 off; buy four and get the fifth free) and/or check out the deals in the clearance section.

* Red Apple Lipstick sent me these lipsticks for review. All opinions are my own :)