Brand Review — Reverie Farms & Soaps

I received samples for my honest review from the wonderful natural brand Reverie Farms & Soaps.

Reverie Farms is a small, local farm located in Argyle, Texas. They make natural beauty products because they found many soaps include unhealthy ingredients like parabens.

I received one bar soap (I chose Citrus Fusion) and a liquid hand soap (in Lemongrass):

Citrus Fusion Soap

Citrus Fusion Soap ($6 USD) — Citrus Fusion creates¬†a new angle¬†on citrus! The blood orange and bergamot essential oil fuse together to create a light citrus bar! It is a natural organic based bar soap and is biodegradable, vegan friendly, and made with organic oils.

This smells amazing.¬† Is is light and fresh and a great scent for the whole family because it isn’t too strong.¬† It cleans and leaves my skin very soft. I plan to try other scents in the future.

Natural Organic Foaming Hand Soap

Natural Organic Foaming Hand Soap ($6.50 USD) — The natural organic foaming hand soap¬†is¬†biodegradable, vegan friendly, and made with organic oils of sunflower and/or safflower, and coconut, vegetable glycerin, rosemary extract and essential oils.¬†It is sold in an convenient 8¬†ounce¬†foaming soap dispenser. Can be used in the kitchen, bathroom, shower, etc. Great for hands as well as¬†body cleaning! ¬†Formulated for people with sensitive skin and never tested on animals.

I have this in Lemongrass.¬† It’s very lemony and works well in my kitchen.¬† I like it, but it has a bit of a greasy feeling to it.¬† I need hot water to rinse it clean.¬† I do really like how moisturizing this is.¬† And it foams nicely!

These wonderful products are available at reveriefarms.com

Sephora Beauty in a Box: tarte bronze smoky eye

Sephora Beauty in a Box: tarte bronze smoky eye

Be bronzed and beautiful with this Sephora exclusive kit packed with best-sellers and brand new products featured in new shades; all of which are waterproof or water-resistant¬† for a look that will last morning ’til night! From lids to lips, each longwearing¬†must-have perfectly complements each other for an overall bronze glow topped off with a modern take on an old favorite: the bronze smoky eye. Unlike the traditional charcoal smoky eye, this look is flattering on a wide variety of skin tones and can easily be worn day to night.
 
Sephora exclusive kit includes:
 full size lock & roll 12-hour eyeshadow, burnt bronze 
¬†full size emphasEYES‚ĄĘ waterproof clay shadow/liner, plum¬†
 full size rise & shine lip gloss and stain, nude 
 full size clean slate natural face primer 
 deluxe mineral powder bronzer, park ave princess 
 deluxe lights, camera, splashes! natural waterproof mascara 
 
skinvigorating‚ĄĘ ingredients:
rice bran wax: natural wax that helps lengthen lashes
carnauba wax: emollient, natural wax ensures smooth application 
provitamin B5: vitamin B derivative that treats and thickens lashes
vitamin C: antioxidant that fights free radical damage and prevents oxidative stress and premature signs of aging
mineral pigments : colors and dyes derived from natural minerals  

What I think: This is a beautiful way to keep your bronzed look going strong through Fall. It is a more sophisticated bronzed look with the smoky bronze eyeshadow and the plum liner. The lip gloss and shine is versatile. The stain is a darker nude and the gloss is a pretty light nude, use them together or separately. And the park avenue princess bronzer is my favorite because it is a light shade of bronze which looks great with my skin tone. I think this kit is a great value! 
 
Sephora’s Beauty in a Box: tarte’s bronze smoky eye ($45) is available¬†¬†August-October 2010 at Sephora stores and sephora.com.

Beat The Heat Smelling Sweet With LAVANILA

Looking for ways to stay sweet in the heat? LAVANILA, purveyor of all natural vanilla scented perfumes and lotions, have recently expanded their line to include great summer staples such as deodorant and lip butter with SPF.  

LAVANILA Pure Vanilla Healthy Lip Butter SPF 15 ($16.00 USD) — This is a very yummy vanilla scented and flavored lip butter with the added benefit of SPF 15.¬† It’s perfect for all year round, not just summer,¬†because it soothes dry and chapped lips. Plus it feels fantastic on and gives a bit of a shine.¬†

This wonder balm uses 100% pure shea, kokum, illipe, and cocoa butters to deeply penetrate lips for maximum hydration and super antioxidants deliver essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to nourish and soften. It is formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petro-chemicals, phthalates,  GMO and triclosan.

LAVANILA¬†The Healthy Deodorant ($18.00 USD)¬†— First of all, I have tried the Vanilla Coconut (I LOVE coconut), and it smells fantastic. And second, I’m a sweaty girl. Gross, I know, but I need serious protection in the humid Kansas City summers. This deodorant touts that it is¬†a clinical-strength deodorant that is 100% natural, safe, and effective. Sounds like a oximoron, right? Natural, clinical strength protection? Really?

Yes, really!  This not only smells good, but keeps me dry all day. It even goes on smoothly without white residue! It is formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, petro-chemicals, phthalates plus it does not contain aluminum or mineral oils.

The Healthy Deodorant is available in Vanilla Coconut, Vanilla Lavender, Vanilla Grapefruit and Vanilla.

Visit www.lavanila.com to learn more. You can also purchase at www.sephora.com. Enjoy!

Hot Summer Makeup From Cool Natural Brands!

Like looking pretty but love using natural products? You can have both, you know. There are some great cosmetic companies that create lovely natural and organic makeup. You can get a soft summer look with the following products:

Josie Maran¬†Argon Eye Shadow ($20.00 USD) — This is a beautiful shadow that is currently available in 27¬†vibrant shades.¬†The website states, “each long-wearing shadow can be applied dry, or wet for more intensity. The innovative formula contains natural, non-toxic ingredients – no fragrances or parabens. What’s more, the beauty extends to the packaging: each shade comes housed in Josie’s state-of-the-art biodegradable compact.” I have a shimmery¬†medium pink called Pinkalicious.¬† When I wear it dry, it¬†gives a shimmery wash of color;¬†applying it wet gives more intensity and it seems to last longer. Visit www.josiemaran.com to purchase and learn more about this shadow and other fantastic products.¬†¬†¬†¬†

Korres Pure Nude Color Collection ($25.00 USD) This kit’s value is $42.00 so this is a real deal. The collection includes:

Shimmering Eyeshadow in Golden 24S

Pro-Vitamin B5 and Rice Bran Mascara in Brown

Cherry Oil Lipgloss in Nude 33

This is a beautiful collection of good for you products. The shadow is super sparkly and is great for a pretty bronzy¬†look. The good for you mascara¬†is not only smart but pretty and makes lashes so full. And the lip gloss — well this shade is perfect! A little shimmery and about two shades above my natural lip color. So pretty! Visit www.korresusa.com to learn more and purchase!¬†

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Sun Glow Powder Bronzer¬†($12.99 USD) — In two natural shades Spring ( with¬†pinker tones) and Summer (darker, golden tones) one of these bronzers¬†will work for you! Each palette has a trio shades to help you customize your look and they contain¬†skin-illuminating, micronized¬†pigments to create a¬†radiant glow. This line by makeup artist¬†Carmindy also contains great lip glosses and other pretty products. Visit www.sallyhansennaturalbeauty.com to learn more and you can purchase these at CVS and Rite Aid.

So don’t feel guilty about splurging on these products, they are good for you and the environment! Enjoy!