Joik: Coral Pink Silky Lipgloss

Joik Mini Series: Coral Pink Silky Lipgloss

I have been using this lip balm for a couple of months now and am really enjoying it. The texture is so smooth and the formula is super moisturizing. I like using it during the daytime because it gives your lips a nice “your lips but better” #ylbb tint. My two favorite aspects of this product: it is 100% natural and it has an expiration date! Okay, so maybe the expiration date thing sounds a little bit crazy but I really appreciate this because makeup and beauty products have a shelf-life but they are not typically labeled on products (unless an SPF is present). Check out the lip balm and let me know if you like it as much as I do! Christmas is 41 days away, I’m thinking that this would make a great stocking stuffer!

Tip: Stick a Joik organic lip balm in every coat pocket and bag that you plan to use during the cold weather to keep chapped lips at bay! You can also rub some on your cheeks in a pinch to keep them from getting dry too!

x0,

Katie

(Pictured: Joik Coral Pink Silky Lipgloss, $4.95)

 

Josie Maran Argan Oil

This. Stuff. Rocks.

I’ve been using the Josie Maran Argan Oil for a year. It is amazing! This is how I use it: as a moisturizer (am & pm), on my cuticles, on my elbows & knees, on the tips of my hair. The most exciting thing about this product is how my pores and skin look after long-term usage. I’ve noticed less breakouts and blackheads, smaller pores, and less acne scarring (yay!).

I use the oil on the ends of my hair after showering, before blow drying and pre-surf spray when I want beach-y, tousled hair. I’ve also used the argan oil to tame fly-a-ways on humid, rainy and typically “bad” hair days.

My cuticles feel better and look better overall. I have less discomfort (especially in the winter months when cold weather wreaks havoc on my hands) and that my manicures last longer.

I prefer the Josie Maran Argan oil because it is formultaed without: parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs or Triclosan.

I am on my 3rd bottle of the Josie Maran Argan Oil. It costs $48 for a 1.7 oz bottle and is worth every cent! Keep in mind, I have been saving money on moisturizers and hair products because the argan oil is an amazing multi-purpose product.

xoxo,

Katie

 

2013 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Skin

Happy New Year! Make 2013 the best year yet for your skin! It is your largest organ after all and it is always on display. Here are some suggestions for things you can do to make sure you are looking fab 24/7 365 days a year:

  • Wash your makeup brushes!
    You don’t need a brush cleaner – dish soap and olive oil work just fine! This is a bit annoying but needs to be done. :]
  • Use organic products as often as possible (You know I love the Cosmetic Database – check out the rating of products before you buy and use them!)
  • Touch your face less. Germs, bacteria, and oil on your hands transfer onto your face when you touch it! Gross…
  • Exfoliate and use lotion. Out with the old and in with the new… haha :)
  • Drink water! Admittedly, this is something that I literally forget to do in the Winter. Eating hydrating foods helps too!
  • Take your vitamins. I’ve been slacking a bit here too, especially on the fish oil, but will be more diligent in 2013.
  • Try to move a bit everyday (even if that means running up and down the stairs for 5 minutes). Exercise leads to better circulation and complexion.
  • Use sunscreen (as often as possible and especially in the Summer) and eat foods that naturally boost your SPF like tomatoes, watermelon, berries, spinach, fish, tea (green and black), and dark chocolate.

I’m not a doctor… but you might be so if you have more ideas for resolutions in 2013 please leave them in the comments below! :]

Happy 2013!

xoxo,

Katie

Essie Butler Please, Smashbox Illume, and Smith’s Rosebud Salve

It has been too long my loves! This is just a quick little post to tell you about 3 products that I’m absolutely l-o-v-i-n-g!

1. Essie Butler Please is such a gorgeous winter blue from Essie. The consistency of this product is awesome, it is opaque (with 2 coats) and dries semi-matte. I have been layering Essie’s Stroke of Brilliance on top for shine and glitter (’tis the season).

2. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect nude lip gloss, Smashbox Illume is an awesome pick. You can snag it at Sephora. Although lately it has been sold out – must be popular! :) If you can find it, get it!

3. Smith’s Rosebud Salve has been a lifesaver lately. Cold air + heat = chapped lips (at least for me! How about you?) This product smells great, is long-lasting,  and appears subtly shiny (almost mimicking a gloss). I bought my first tube at Lux Beauty Store in Red Bank and recently picked up two more at Blue Mercury in Shrewsbury. I always opt for the tube because the pot is just disgusting (honestly, in my opinion it is just a little nasty pot of germs that is probably doing you more harm than good. Get the tube!)

Hope this was helpful!

x0xo,

Katie

 

Fall Nail Polish

Here are my Fall 2012 Nail Polish Picks:

Neutral Nails – you can’t go wrong! Nude nails are pretty yet perfect for work. They go with every single thing you wear which is always nice. My favorites include: Butter London Yummy Mummy, OPI Bubble Bath, and Butter London All Hail The Queen. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the Left, Butter London Yummy Mummy and Butter London All Hail The Queen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPI Bubble Bath and OPI Just Spotted The Lizard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Butter London Shag

Metallics are so trendy right now! The best options for Fall are Butter London Shag and OPI Just Spotted the Lizard. Orly Rage and Essie Penny Talk are great shades for trying the rose gold trend. All of these shades will impeccably compliment the colors of autumn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPI Pirouette My Whistle

The Jelly Sandwich Nail trend is all over Pinterest! To achieve this look layer a sheer nail polish, followed by a glitter polish, and finally another coat of the sheer (just like a sandwich…). This is such a fun way to rock glitter on your nails. My favorite sheer to use is OPI Bubble Bath, followed by Revlon Whimsical, Butter London Tart With A Heart or OPI Pirouette My Whistle, and then another coat of Bubble Bath.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revlon Whimsical and Revlon Stunning

All of the Butter London nail polishes were purchased at LUX Beauty Store in Red Bank (the polishes are Big 3 Free & healthier!). They have a huge selection at this boutique and I highly recommend the brand, it is hands down the best polish I’ve encountered. The OPI polishes were also purchased at LUX in Red Bank. Finally, the Revlon shades were purchased at Harmon’s. :]

Which trend are you most interested in trying?

xo, Katie

Neutral Nail Favorites

Neutral nails are incredibly chic. They go with every single outfit you wear, look exceptional with jewelry, and gorgeously understated. While the allure of neutral nails is simplicity, this look can often be difficult to achieve. Some of the things to consider when selecting a pale polish for yourself include: opacity, undertones, and quality.

Some neutral shades are super sheer, like Zoya Erin or Essie Allure. While others, like Essie Topless & Barefoot & Essie Fiji are more opaque. In my experience the sheer options are the best because they are the easiest to work with. I paint my nails pretty often and am often in a rush. The sheer versions do not showcase imperfections like their opaque counterparts can.

Undertones are important to consider when selecting a polish. For example, have you ever picked a color and thought that it looked great in the bottle/on a friend but looks awful on you? I have. Orangey-reds are probably the worst color for me. However, reds with a cool blue undertone are really flattering with my skin color. It is worth it to compare your skin undertone to that of the polish. In terms of neutrals, Zoya Cho looks so pretty in the bottle, when I apply it to my nails, the yellow undertones are very apparent and make the product unusable for me (must find someone to pass this on to). :)

When it comes to nail polish, higher quality products include Essie, Zoya, OPI, & Butter London. All of these brands have classic neutral colors to choose from. My favorites are: Essie Allure, Essie Waltz, Zoya Erin,

There are some classics that I am anxious to try: Essie Mademoiselle, Essie Ballet Slippers, OPI Ballet Slippers and Butter London Yummy Mummy. I know, I know… I will get on this soon! :)

A fun option with neutral nail polishes is layering. Try layering Essie Waltz on top of a coat of Essie Allure. You can experiment with different colors and combinations. Try layer a sheer nail polish over an opaque one, or a shimmery polish over a matte one.

Nail polish testing trick: use a piece of clear tape on the back of your hand. Put a dot of the nail polish on top, let it dry and make a decision. Also, walk outside to see the polish in natural light. The bright or fluorescent light may alter the appearance of the shade indoors. If it is flattering, buy it. If not, leave it and try a different color.

xo,

Katie

 

Butter London Nail Polish

I’m immensely excited about this brand. Butter London Nail Polishes are Big 3 Free (no formaldehyde, no toluene, and no DBP) and non-toxic. That is not even the best part though, the formula is incredible: long-lasting, easy to apply, and a great, high-quality consistency. The color range is pretty nice too! My favorites are Trout Pout and Slapper. Although Butter London has been around for a bit, you can now purchase it at Sephora, which makes me quite happy.

It’s love. :)

Katie

Renpure Ren Cleansing Conditioner

Although this product is new, the concept of a cleansing conditioner is not. Wen and Hair One have preceded Ren. However, in my opinion, Renpure is the first company to get it right! A bottle of Wen will cost you about $35.oo. Hair One is about half that at $15.00. Ren is approximately $10.00 (on their website) but you can find it even cheaper at Harmon’s.

What is the allure with Ren?

  • Renpure products are healthier for you and the earth.
  • Ren is easy to use – pump the product out, massage it into your scalp, let it sit and rinse (does not require multiple steps like Wen and Hair One).
  • You can use it as a leave-in conditioner or detangler in addition to using it as a shampoo/conditioner.
  • Your hair is left amazingly soft, clean and shiny.
  • Ren contains Keratin, Coconut Oil and Shea Butter.
  • Ren comes in two scents: Rosemary Mint and Sweet Pomegranate. I have both in my shower and alternate between them.

Try Ren! Let me know what you think below. My experiences with Renpure as a brand have been awesome, and I’m excited to continue using their products.

-Katie

 

Earth Day 2012: Go Green With Your Beauty Supply


It’s Earth Day! Let’s talk about going green…and your beauty, makeup, and skincare product routine! So, how many different products do you use per day? Toothpaste? Sunscreen? Deodorant? Moisturizer? Shaving Cream? Shampoo? Conditioner? Body Wash? Hand sanitizer? Foundation? Powder? Bronzer?

I challenge you to tally up the number today. Now, think about the ingredients label for each product. Can you read all of the ingredients? If not, are you comfortable with applying those chemicals to your body? Since there is very little legislation protecting consumer health, when it comes to cosmetics and beauty products, it’s up to you to choose healthier options. It’s easier than you think and even committing to make small changes to your routine will have a great impact.

Organic products are better for you and for the earth! Here is a guide for going green with your makeup:

1. Commit to buying healthier beauty products

2. Discard old makeup and beauty products (Seriously, the eyeshadow you wore to prom? Needs to go…)

3. Enjoy the products you have and once they run out, replace them with greener versions

4. Purchase new products. Some of my favorite brands are Zoya, Josie Maran, Eco Tools , Lavanilla, LUSH, SpaRitual, Tarte, and Renpure.

5. Enjoy your new products and spread the word. Consumers can shape the cosmetic industry and change the landscape of it with the demand for healthier, greener products.

Quick fixes to help you get started:

  • Pick up a healthy shampoo/conditioner, I recommend trying Renpure Organics
  • Use a greener deodorant, I recommend Lavanilla or Tom’s
  • Swap out your nailpolish for a Big 3 Free version (meaning free of Formaldehyde, Toluene or DBP), check out Zoya or SpaRitual
  • Read this article from the Cosmetic Databse, Top Tips for Safer Products.

If you still need some convincing:

  • Making small changes to your beauty routine will make a huge difference! Start out by using Big 3 Free nail polishes and avoiding products with fragrance.
  • Cosmetic products and ingredients are not subject to FDA premarket approval authority, with the exception of color additives. – Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Beauty products (makeup, fragrance, etc.) will make its way inside your body -whether it is by absorption through the skin (your largest organ) or inhalation.
  • Chemicals found in beauty products have been linked to cancer, reproductive and respiratory concerns, and have been linked to other diseases.
  • Visit the Cosmetic Database, type in the name of a product you use, and evaluate it. Your product will be given a rating on a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 being the safest.

Happy Earth Day!

x0,

Katie

Healthy Mini Blueberry Muffins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 3/4 cup flour

1/4 cup oil (or 1/2 cup applesauce)

1/2 cup sugar (or 1/4 cup splenda)

3/4 cup fresh blueberries

1 egg

2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 cup milk

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

1. Mix flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar.

2. In another bowl, beat the egg, add milk, vanilla and oil/applesauce. Add to flour mixture. Stir until it looks lumpy.

3. Fold in blueberries.

4. Spoon into baking cups in a mini muffing pan using a tablespoon.

5. Bake in oven (for approx.10-12 minutes) until the tops are golden brown and the center is cooked through (check with a toothpick/fork.)

If you use the Splenda and applesauce as substitutes for sugar and oil, each mini muffin is approximately 35 calories.

Hope you enjoy this,

xo Katie