LILFOX Review

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Pretty early on in my changing to green/organic living I discovered a company called LILFOX. The ingredients they use for each product are natural, organic, and wildcrafted. I am going to share my 100% honest thoughts about a couple products that I have tried from them.

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First up is the “Youthful Vixen Eye Butter“. I am absolutely in love with this stuff! I use it every night, and sometimes I use it in the morning too. I have “smile lines” under my eyes. I don’t know if that’s an actual thing, but it’s little wrinkles under my eyes from when I smile. It is super important to me though to keep that area moisturized to prevent more wrinkles from forming. That’s why I use this product every single night.

This eye butter contains cold pressed organic and wildcrafted black cumin seed and cucumber oils, as well as other hydrating oils. The combination of these oils give the butter a spicey smell (it does not smell floral) which I really enjoy. To put it on I just rub my finger on the product, you don’t need a ton. It’s not a product to scoop out of the jar. It should feel like an oil on your finger. Then i dab it onto my under eyes. If there is excess I wipe it off, but usually just let it soak into my skin. Super easy and takes literally 2 seconds before bed!

If I’m putting on make up in the morning, I do not put this on underneath. It makes the under eye too moist, and your mascara and make up can run off on it. On days that I don’t do make up, which is most days, I put it on in the morning.

One of these pots of gold is $58.00. However, with each use you only use a small amount so the jar lasts a while.

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The next LILFOX product that I have tried is the “Maracuja+Rose Youthful Vixen Face Nectar“. This comes in a glass dropper bottle and is an oil type product. When applied to the face it does not leave you feeling oily. It absorbs into the skin quickly and leaves it feeling nourished. Only 1-3 drops are needed to massage into your skin. I use this once a day along with the Youthful Vixen Eye Butter.

The face nectar contains so many plant oils, and also contains rich moisturizing oils. The smell of this one is almost musky and floral at the same time. I like it because it isn’t overwhelmingly floral. When I use it with the eye butter, the smells don’t conflict with each other. This face nectar is in my top five favorite face oils.

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Lastly, I have tried the “Mystic Awakening Rosemary Toning Mist“. With the first spray of this toning mist on my face, I was like “woah this is potent”! For me though, the smell is so strong and overpowering. The smell alone woke me up immediately. If you love the smell of Rosemary, this is your toning mist! It is hydrating and nourishing on the skin. Just not my favorite mist.

If you are looking for a product line full of high quality ingredients and chic packaging, definitely go check out LILFOX!

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GIA Minerals- “Color Me Summer” Collection

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I won a giveaway on Instagram from GIA Minerals and Life with Libby, and it was the “Color Me Summer” collection. I am seriously in love! The collection has purples, a dark green, and a beige color. It also came with the clear lip plumper gloss. It’s still winter, but I’m dreaming of warmer Spring and Summer days using these products!

Loose Powder Eye Shadows 

I was excited to win this collection because I wanted to be adventurous and play with colors that I don’t normally wear. I stick to my natural brown tones whenever I do my makeup. I am not a makeup pro, so I play it safe with the basics. With this collection though I wanted to try something new. Now I love using the purple tones in the collection, and my hubby thinks it looks great too! The combo of the Dejavou in the crease, Mystique on the lid, and Lolita on the brow bone is a new favorite! “Dejavou” is a rich, shimmery, dark purple. “Mystique” is a pastel shimmery shade. “Lolita” is a great highlight of soft white powder and purple sparkles. Each one is made of a handful of natural and organic ingredients. GIA Minerals has become a favorite of mine!

Lip Plumper 

I am also loving the lip plumper gloss. I actually think that the scent makes it more of a fall product. It has a spicy warm scent and feel to it, and I’m enjoying using it this fall for church or family outings. Love the combo of this plumper with the bold purples. It is a nice, subtle, clear gloss.

If you haven’t checked out GIA Minerals yet, definitely head over to their website. They have so many highly pigmented loose powder eyeshadows that are gorgeous and a ton of other products! The company only uses natural and organic ingredients in their makeup. If you are in the market for a high end natural makeup line, check them out!

Do you have a favorite GIA Minerals product? Comment below 🙂 Like and share.

 

 

Glowing Beets Box- December

 

 

 

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I’ve taken a few months to post about the products in the Glowing Beets subscription box that I receive every month. I wanted to make sure I test and use each product, so that I am only blogging about/promoting products that I would personally use. I am not affiliated with or compensated by anyone, so I will keep it 100% real with you all! So far I have loved absolutely every box! I encourage anyone who wants to test out some green beauty/green living products to check out this subscription box! Glowingbeets.com

The December box was my first box. This box included a “Sally B’s Skin Yummies, Healing Hand Butter in Lavender Vanilla”, “Sweet Emotions Soaptions & Potions, Pumpkin Facial Mask”, “Sally B’s Skin Yummies, B Glossy Lip Gloss in Soft Kiss”, “Grateful Naturals, Pure Botanical Lip Balm in Vanilla Honesuckle”, “Mullen & Sparrow, Immortelle & Myrrh”, “Little Barn Apothecary, Body Oil in Honeysuckle+Grapefruit”, and lastly “Zabana Essentials, Facial Steamer in Herbaceous”.

Healing Hand Butter

 

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This hand butter by Sally B’s Skin Yummies smells AMAZING! I love the lavender and vanilla scent that came in this box! The hand butter does such a great job at moisturizing my hands. Since I use the restroom so often and I’m a mom, I am constantly washing my hands. My hands get super dried out, but this really helps keep my skin smooth and hydrated. According to Skin Deep by EWG, this product is rated a 3 (on a 1-10 scale, 1 being the best for you) and contains a couple of ingredients that may be irritating or toxic. I personally really like this hand butter and will continue to use it!

Pumpkin Facial Mask 

 

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I had never tried a face mask prior to this one, but I loved it! This face mask from “Sweet Emotions Soaptions & Potions” is seasonal I believe and smells like pumpkin pie. Love love love the smell! This left my skin so soft and moisturized. I never knew that pumpkin was so good for your skin, but it has alpha hydroxy acids (smoothes & helps cell turnover) and a bunch of vitamins that can help with anti-aging. This mask is not on the Skin Deep by EWG website so there is no rating currently. There are only 7 ingredients and they are organic.

B Glossy Lip Gloss

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Love love love this lip gloss! Such a soft, shimmery color which is what I like. I received this product because another had been sold out before I signed up for my Glowing Beets subscription. So glad I got to try it! Once again, I have to mention the smell of this product. It is so pepperminty (is that a word?)! I love the smell of peppermint so definitely a plus for me. When you apply it, it also tingles your lips a little bit from the mint. This lip gloss is rated a 2 by Skin Deep by EWG. It is also “EWG Verified” which means they have gone through extra steps to show their product meets strict health standards. This lip gloss gets two thumbs up from me!

Grateful Naturals Lip Balm

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This tiny little tube of lip balm packs a punch. Love that the lip balm makes my lips feel moisturized and soft. I also am a Vanilla addict, so I LOVE the smell of this product! This is just a really good lip balm to carry around with you or keep in your purse! It is not rated on Skin Deep by EWG, but it has 6 ingredients and they are all natural.

Immortelle & Myrrh

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This serum is full of nourishing oils for your skin! Seriously, this little bottle of goodness increases cell regeneration, smoothes, moisturizes, and has anti-aging benefits. It is not super oily, and I actually found that I like mixing it with moisturizer so it spreads on the skin better. The only thing I did not like so much with this product was the smell. I personally like a more fresh or fruity scent. This product has a combination of musk and floral to me, so it’s not my favorite. This product is not rated on Skin Deep by EWG.

Honeysuckle + Grapefruit Body Oil

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I love love love this body oil! This oil has anti-aging benefits, and it smoothes and moisturizes! It does not leave me feeling super greasy and absorbs right into my skin. I put this on my whole body, including my face (not sure if you are “supposed” to do that, but I do). The scent is the perfect balance of floral and fruity, and kinda gives me summer vibes. I love things that remind me of summer! So far this has been my favorite body oil that I have tried! This is not rated on Skin Deep by EWG.

Herbaceous Facial Steamer

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This facial steamer felt like I stepped into a spa with it’s herb scent! This product allows you a few minutes to just sit and relax, while it steams and clears out all the pores in your face. You and your face will feel refreshed after this for sure. Love this facial steamer!

For details on each product you can click the names, and it will take you to the product page. Also, below are some resources I used along with the product pages.

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Other Resources:

Benefits of Pumpkin

Skin Deep by EWG

You are Beautiful!

This week I wanted to talk about something that has been on my mind and my heart. It’s not a DIY, and not about creativity. This topic is about encouragement and building you up. Just know while you are reading this that I am not “anti make up”. I love getting dolled up and wearing make up, but make up and the insecurity behind it was something I had to overcome personally.

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As an 18 year old headed off to college, I was super excited to achieve a dream of mine which was playing college softball! Along with the excitement came nervousness, of leaving home, and insecurity. I was about to begin the hardest and most challenging time in my life.

“Never let anyone see you without make up on.”

“Wear your make up, even to weights, or you will never get a guy.”

These were things I heard as a 18 year old athlete. So guess what I did? I never went ANYWHERE without make up on. I even wore make up into the shower and put it on before I left the shower room. I was so insecure and literally could not say that I was beautiful. I believed that I was ugly and would never be loved.

Fast forward almost 2 years, I wanted to figure out who I was as a person, and overcome this huge insecurity! I decided to go without make up for one week. Yeah that’s right, ONE WEEK! Absolutely zero make up. I was so nervous to have my friends see me without make up, and of course was worried about what guys thought. By the end of the week, my friends were still my friends. And I never got any horrible comments from other students. For the first time, I didn’t feel like I NEEDED make up.

All that to say, whether you are a teenage girl like I was or you are a mom like I am now, you do not NEED make up to be beautiful! YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL just the way God made you! It has been on my heart to share that because our society is so focused on social media and perfection. The amount of followers, number of likes, your ability to take the perfect selfie, or how perfectly contoured your face is, does not define who you are. You don’t have to fit a mold or look exactly like every other woman to be beautiful. Just be the real you, the beautiful, strong, weird, unique woman that God made you to be!

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