Tuesday, August 30, 2016

#MPWR : Green skincare for teenagers


Last week I attended IBE (or Indie Beauty Expo), where I discovered many buzz-worthy brands that I'll unveil during the rest of the week. I also was able to meet and greet the masterminds behind #MPWR, an organic and 100% natural cosmetics brand for teens. Certified organic by the USDA, this is also a vegan and cruelty-free brand that works wonders to treat oily, combination, and acne-prone skin.

#MPWR is a success story born from Maura Mandell, a mother who decided to create clean and safe products for her teenage children to use. Tired of the false "organic" and "natural" claims many brands unfortunately make (a practice known as greenwashing, which I personally stand against given it's deceiving to consumers), Maura investigated on her own and very recently launched her own skincare line aimed to teenagers. Her first products include a cleanser, a toner, a moisturizer, a spot treatment and a lip balm, although she confessed to me she has amazing things in the works to be revealed very soon.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Portable aromatherapy sticks by Badger


Finding good-quality, aromatherapeutic-grade products in the US can be quite challenging. The current regulation, by which brands can label a product as natural even if its formulation includes synthetic ingredients, makes the task even more difficult.

Aromatherapy is pretty common in Europe. In every country we have natural homemade remedies passed on from generation to generation to treat minor injuries, or to simply draw a relaxing bath after an exhausting day. That's why I'm very excited to report I've found the next best thing: Portable aromatherapy sticks. Certified organic by the USDA and crafted locally in New Hampshire by the folks at Badger, these proprietary blends feature a headache soother, a focus balm, a stress soother, a yoga and meditation helper, and a cheerful mind balm.

Friday, August 5, 2016

100% Pure Pretty Naked II Palette Review and Swatches



Are you an Urban Decay junkie but want to swatch to more natural cosmetics? Are you in a toxin-free quest to replace your old makeup, but still want to look gorgeous? Look no more! Meet 100% Pure Pretty Naked Palette II, a wonderful array of cheek and eye colors created using crushed fruit pigments and other natural ingredients. Inside you'll find zero synthetic ingredients, zero nasties, and gorgeous colors.

100% Pure Pretty Naked II Palette is perfect to achieve a natural day look or a smokey eye for the night. With gorgeous and naturally soft hues, this palette includes a blush, a luminizer and three eyeshadows in a very practical and lightweight packaging that will not weigh you down if you want to carry it around.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Summer essentials: beauty hacks to pack light


August is here and there's still a lot of summer to go! If you're packing your beauty buddies to enjoy a well-deserved vacation (or a glam staycation), don't forget to check out these smart summer essentials that will save you time and packing space—they will make your life sooo much easier!