Green beauty retailers are a bit like the indie boutiques of the beauty world. You get just enough overlap with some of the better-known natural brands, plus a selection of carefully curated options you don’t see everywhere else. A shop’s character is reflected in the products they choose to share with the world. This discovery process is what makes shopping them all so fun! Co-founded by a couple of sweet Cali girlfriends, Merlyn and Chelly, Shop Conscious Beauty brings you personal care products that have been handpicked for their performance and health-promoting edge. You’ll find everything from Zoe Organics to Astara and ISUN, and we’re giving you a good reason to shop like a Conscious Beauty with this Friday Deal. Take a bite of this juicy apple…
Shop Conscious Beauty is giving No More Dirty Looks readers 20% off site-wide! Just use the code NMDL at checkout, and you’re on your way to a good time. Home spa day anyone? The promotion ends next Thursday, October 30. International orders welcome. Get your goodies while they last!
Not shopping? That’s cool. Shop Conscious Beauty wants everyone to feel the love, so as a bonus to this fab Friday Deal, they are giving away a free Essentials Travel Kit from One Love Organics to one lucky NMDL reader! The prize includes a custom-designed travel bag packed with convenient sizes of One Love Organics’ Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser, Brand New Day Microderma Scrub and Masque, and Skin Savior Waterless Multi Balm.
To enter, follow this link to the No More Dirty Looks & Shop Conscious Beauty Giveaway. Anyone can enter. No purchase necessary. Good luck!
What would you like to try from Shop Conscious Beauty? Any recommendations? Tell us in the comments!
Who is joining us at A Night For Green Beauty in L.A. on August 7th? We hope to meet so many of you, and we want you to know all about the 23 brands participating in this event. Here are 5 picks from some of my favorite ANFGB brands. Whether your face, body, or mind needs a boost—these babies have you covered.
H. Gillerman Organics Stress Remedy — If you have never experienced an aromatherapy blend from this line, Stress Remedy is the place to start. Who doesn’t need a little stress relief? The scent gets its kick from lavender, vetiver, red mandarin, tangerine, sandalwood, blood orange, and clary sage. It’s pure essential oil—no carrier oil—so a little dab will do. The Stress Remedy functions as a reset button for me. I don’t know if essential oils can technically have an adaptogenic affect, but this blend behaves in that way, giving me just what I need when I need it—be it a little lift or a big chill. I read about it first from Alexandra, who was totally right about this affecting not only your energy, but the energy of those around you in the most good-witch way. My friends ask if I’m carrying it in my bag so they can snatch a swipe, and it makes perfect strangers on the train smile and talk about fresh gardens. All that and it brings me actual physical and mental peace.
MUN No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum — This is the kind of minimalism in natural skincare that I crave—a short and exquisite ingredient list composed of the highest quality organic oils available. No.1 Aknari is so simple, yet it makes such a difference in just a few days. The scent is both unusual and familiar, a spicy rose that lingers and warms on the skin. The Bulgarian rose oil lends its heady aroma while rejuvenating and brightening your skin tone. Coupled with prickly pear seed and argan oils, these nutrient dense oils calm inflammation, repair skin discoloration, and help inhibit those fine lines from taking shape. No.1 Aknari is the perfect viscosity—not too heavy, not too dry—and leaves a silky matte finish. It makes a gorgeous base for makeup and adds a nourishing touch to your evening routine. You will love the way your skin looks in the morning—brightened, calm, and plumped. There’s a reason No.1 Aknari has a cult following. Bye bye fine lines. Hello perfectly balanced skin.
Indie Lee Clearing Mask — What if I told you there’s an all-natural mask that’s a dead ringer for the Noxzema cleanser of your youth? I mean that in the most endearing way, because who didn’t have fun with all those classic products until we discovered how dirty they actually are? Indie Lee’s Clearing Mask is a thickly whipped, white cream with a camphorous scent that smells oh so clean and antiseptic. During application, it gives you that same hopeful surge of teenage excitement that screams this feels like it’s working so it must be working! Except in this case, the Clearing Mask actually does its job, making this the real deal no matter how nostalgic I feel about that dirty doppelgänger. Clogged pores are no match for ingredients like bentonite, salicylic acid, and glycolic acid. Chamomile extract, seaweed extracts, and hyaluronic acid protect and hydrate, so not only do my pores feel clean and refined, my skin also feels plumped after removal. Bonus—you can leave this mask on for ages and your face won’t crack. Application and removal are a dream.
Alima Pure Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow in Chai — If you were to inspect my makeup collection, you’d quickly discover I have a thing for Alima Pure eyeshadow. They have the best color selection around. The eyeshadows can be soft or super pigmented, they come in three different finishes, and they are refreshingly affordable items to splurge on. This summer I’ve found my all-time favorite color to date—Chai Luminous Shimmer. This is a rose gold that I suspect would work well on just about anyone. Other gold tones, like yellow or peachy varieties, make me feel more “made up”, whereas this rose gold highlights the eyes in a softer way. It’s fresh paired with bare, curled eyelashes and a pale peach lip-gloss for a light summer look. True to its name, Chai does shimmer, but not in that sparkle-wars way. It can be subdued or played up, depending on your mood. I’ll be rocking this at A Night For Green Beauty and well into the fall season.
Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin C Body Oil — Trust me when I say this is heaven in a bottle. It shares the same fruity and sweet scent as the Vitamin B Cleansing Oil, a scent that truly deserves the chance to shine in a less fleeting manner. The Vitamin C Body Oil is pure happiness and sunshine and I crave it. This is another unique, winning product from OLO. In fact, I’ve never tried anything like it! The consistency is quite thick, almost milky, and intensely moisturizing. Don’t be afraid to use this during the summer, though. It spreads and absorbs easily, especially when applied to wet or damp skin fresh out of the shower (I highly recommend this method as you barely need any product to get good coverage). What makes this body oil truly stand out is the active combination of vitamin C ester and papaya enzymes, which gently exfoliate to reveal smooth, even-toned skin. Genius! So much care goes into formulating products for our face, but our bodies need attention, too! Consistent use gives great results, so check this out if your skin is feeling dull and needs brightening.
Spill it! Have you tried these all-star products? What do you love?
One Love Organics is hands-down one of the best natural beauty lines out there. They manage to produce hit after hit in terms of products that give excellent results and are gorgeous to use. Plus, they are a great value! The founder, Suzanne, is a master formulator. She not only does the simple things well (have you tried the new dry shampoo?!), she creates sophisticated, problem solving skin treats that smell heavenly. One Love Organics returns to A Night For Green Beauty, so come out and meet Suzanne in L.A. on August 7th!
Name: Suzanne LeRoux
City: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Current Weather: Sunny, Humid
Skin: Combination, sensitive, light complexion
Hair: Straight, shoulder length, low maintenance
Favorite Star From the Past: Lauren Hutton — She is a risk-taking southern-bred natural beauty.
I wake up and drink a large glass of water and take my supplements. I take Thyroid Support from Gaia Herbs and Magnesium Glycinate from Metabolic Maintenance. After the birth of my children, I began to experience dry skin, fatigue, hair loss (including my eyebrows) and difficulty sleeping that was eventually attributed to a sluggish thyroid. Taking supplements has helped tremendously and I can really feel it if I miss a day. I take magnesium coupled with Hope Gillerman’s Clear Mind or True Relaxation remedies to help me stay calm yet focused throughout the day because as an entrepreneur, you never know what the day will bring.
In the Shower…
I take a really quick shower in the morning. Once I am up, I am ready to get to our manufacturing facility and begin my day. I love my job and while I enjoy performing my beauty ritual at night, my a.m. routine is as brief as possible. I wash my face and body using Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser and my pink konjac sponge.
I wash my hair only a few times per week and cutting down on washing and drying has made my hair significantly healthier. For this reason, I absolutely love hair powder and consider it a staple in my routine. I pour a little Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo Powder into my hands and rub it in my scalp. After a few minutes, I brush the powder through and then texturize with a few sprays of Yarok Feed Your Hold Hairspray.
While my skin is damp, I spray on one of our aromatic body serums (right now I am cherishing Gardenia) for moisture and I spray on a deodorant that I make for myself. I love products that spray in the a.m. because they are fast and convenient.
I apply a few drops of Morning Glory Complexion Brightening Booster to wake up my skin and then dot W3LL People Narcissist #2 Stick Foundation wherever I need a bit of cover. I brush over just a bit of W3ll People 51 Luminous Mineral Bronzer for a bit of color and glow. I use Tarte’s eye brow pencil in taupe to help fill in my eyebrows that never fully recovered from my thyroid imbalance. For lip color, I love Corsica lip pencil and Taj Mahal shimmery gold lipstick from Primitive Makeup. I will spray our Vitamin D Time Release Moisture Mist to set my makeup and dot Skin Savior Balm around my eyes and on any rough patches to insure that my skin looks dewy and soft for the day.
From beginning to end, my makeup routine takes less than 5 minutes. I end my morning routine with a couple of drops of Lurk Perfume — I love all of the scents but right now I am using PRJ VI — the fresh petitgrain aroma fits summer perfectly!
Lovelies, we have an exciting announcement (well, a few exciting announcements, actually): We (Susannah and Nicolle) are event ambassadors for this year’s A Night For Green Beauty!
So, you may be thinking, what does that mean? Well, it means you, our dear readers, are in luck! Because we’re event ambassadors, we get insider knowledge and access to the featured brands, the goodies and the deets. And then we’re going to give that insider info to you—our online friends, our green beauty community. That includes product reviews, morning routines, makeup bags and more, from some of the biggest brand founders in natural beauty. We kind of can’t wait.
The Event Details
What is A Night For Green Beauty (#ANFGB)? It’s an incredible evening of beauty, glamour and shopping from the best luxury natural brands on the market today, presented by La Bella Figura and sponsored by The Chalkboard, Pressed Juicery, Baby2Baby and Goodebox. Last year, the collaborative party debuted in New York City to more than 450 attendees and 17 luxury brands. This year, ANFGB moves to the ultra hip W Hotel Los Angeles-Westwood on Thursday, Aug. 7—and it’s bigger and better to highlight 22 very special niche brands. You will find the crème de la crème of green beauty at this intimate and delightful shopping experience you’re unlikely to forget.
The Next Surprise
Maybe you can’t make it to the event, but you can still be part of the action. This year A Night For Green Beauty partnered with Goodebox, purveyor of natural beauty monthly subscription boxes, to bring you the Limited Edition Deluxe Beauty Box. The box includes 5 full size products donated by the brands participating in A Night For Green Beauty. 100% of the proceeds from the box benefit the non-profit organization Baby2Baby, which supplies families in need with essential baby gear and clothing for children and reaches over 67,000 children per year.
There will be 4 versions of the Limited Edition Deluxe Beauty Box, and when we say limited edition, we’re not kidding! Only 200 boxes will be available for purchase, and with 5 full size products in each box and all proceeds going to a great charity, this is a win-win for everyone. We got a sneak peek at what’s going into the 4 Limited Edition Deluxe Beauty Boxes. Trust us, these will include some serious cult favorites in the green beauty world. It’s too good to pass up! Here are the details:
Cost: Each box will be $110 (shipping and handling included) for over $300 worth of gorgeous product.
When: The first box will be available for purchase on Monday, June 2nd, 2014.
So how can you score one of these boxes? We won’t let you forget that they are going on sale, but be sure to sign up to get FIRST DIBS on one of these boxes over at Goodebox. Just signing up enters you to win a free, 3 month subscription to Goodebox.
Green beauty has come a long way. There’s so much to celebrate! Will you attend A Night For Green Beauty? Please say yes!
This gorgeous spread comes from the founder of Embody Beauty, an online retailer we hadn’t heard of until Nicolle partnered with her for a little makeover (post coming later this week). We love her natural makeup picks!
Name: Samjhana Shrestha
Where I live: Minneapolis, MN
Relationship with makeup: Soulmates :) I have loved makeup since I was far too young to be playing with it! Art class would have come much more naturally had the paint brush been a makeup brush instead. I learned how to apply makeup on my own because it flowed with ease, and the only rules I followed were that of my own based solely on what resonated with my skin. My morning beauty ritual is a cathartic moment alone, where I can simply relax with a calm mind and play with palettes of beautiful shades and textures. The element of time is completely lost while I channel my love for color and embody my personal spirit in every look. My routine is never complete without the lovely sounds of the French Cafe station on Pandora and the following essentials:
Moisturizer: My skin tends to call for deep hydration daily and has been especially delicate following the winter here in Minneapolis. Before applying a single thing, I always begin with a spritz of moisture. An all time favorite is the Vitamin D Moisture Mist by Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics. This light refreshing mist not only delivers active nutrients and hydration for hours but is a vital source of Vitamin D, which many of us are thirsting for this time of year! I then follow with a rich facial oil – the key to not only healthy skin but a supple, dewy glow. The Youth Dew by May Lindstrom Skin is an incomparable serum blending 20 rejuvenating oils with skin super food, avocado oil as its base. My skin is super quick to absorb both moisturizers and is left feeling lifted and subtly illuminated.
Foundation: The INIKA Mineral Foundation is beyond amazing. I have never discovered a foundation that offers the same level of flawless coverage and still appears as natural as skin. It is specially formulated to serve as the ultimate trifecta—foundation, concealer and powder in one. Any trace of redness or uneven skin tone is completely neutralized, yet the skin barely seems touched by an ounce of powder. It is pure perfection and always applied using the INIKA kabuki brush. An incredibly silky, luxurious brush that masters the airbrushed effect like no other.
Concealer: Winter weather and late work nights have graced my skin with the presence of dullness and dark circles. Thankfully, Rose Marie Swift is a brilliant beautician who has created a second veil of skin for us all. The RMS “Un” Cover Up has secretly made up for those hours of sleep, and truthfully sheds years off my age while highlighting my inner youth. A few swipes of the creamy shade 22 from below both eyes to the corners of my nose and it looks as though I am 22 all over again.
Eyeliner: I love the versatility of Vapour Organic Beauty’s Mesmerize Eyeliner. It is so velvety smooth that it can glide like a gel liner, creating crisp dramatic lines or precisely define as a pencil liner.
Mascara: Although I was blessed with dark and long eyelashes, we all long for a mascara that can elevate our eyes with thickness and depth. The Nvey Eco Volumizing Mascara does exactly that. Its texture is creamy and rich enough to add visible thickness to each lash and the wand sculpts with serious definition.
Eyeshadow: Nothing compares in pigment quality, color variety and wear time like the INIKA Mineral Eyeshadows. They are the perfect replacement for bold brands like MAC and create unique finishing effects that happen to catch the light at every angle. Lily Lolo Mineral Eyeshadowsalso have an exquisite selection of shades that I often use for a daily dose of color.
Eyebrow Fill: I am a full blown eyebrow enthusiast…Cara Delelvigne style. Bold yet natural, which the Nvey Eco High Definition Eyeliner compact in Brown delivers. Using an angle liner brush this powder blends beautifully and lasts me all day/night.
Blush: I vary blush hues almost as often as lipstick, depending on the overall tone of my makeup. However, one of my utmost favorites is the Vapour Organic Beauty Multi-Use Blush in Spark. It is the perfect peachy-pink kiss on the cheeks that enhances my skin’s natural feminine charm.
Lipstick: When a lipstick not only draws high impact color but luscious moisture, I am hooked. Vapour Organic Beauty Siren Lipsticks are the rare balance of hydrating lip balm + bright rich color. My favorite daily dose of moisture and a mauvey chic pout is the shade Au Pair.
Bronzer: RMS Buriti Bronzer captures the beauty and grace of summertime skin into one extraordinary cream. Somehow this magical blend contours my cheekbones and adds sunkissed warmth all year round, beginning with light touches during the winter and building deeper coverage during summer.
Illuminator: The one and only time I experienced love at first sight…. was with the RMS Living Luminizer. When I search for a boost in radiance, I look to illuminate my natural skin rather than apply sparkle or glitter elements. This luxurious cream was the first illuminator I have found to softly glisten skin while remaining fairly sheer and solely enhance rather than distract from it. A true lit from within instead of outside in.