December 17, 2014

Review: W3LL PEOPLE Universalist 5 Creamy Crimson

*PR Sample

I love makeup that comes in a twist up stick.  I think it's a great concept.  It's portable and makes application easy you can use your fingers or makeup brushes for blending.

W3LL PEOPLE Universalist 5 Creamy Crimson* is the third product that I've tried from W3LL PEOPLE.  The first was their Narcissist Foundation (also a twist up stick) and the second was their Bio Extreme mascara.  Both are great makeup products.  This is my first journey into their color cosmetics and as per usual I did not go in with a whimper, but with a bang!

Wearing W3LL PEOPLE's Universalist 5 Creamy Crimson as both a blush and lipstick.  Also wearing W3LL PEOPLE foundation in Narcissist 2

I used this both as a blush and a lipstick as it is a mult-use product.  I simply adore it as a blush! Being very pale (my foundation is Narcissist 2 for reference) a little goes a long way.  Tip: blend baby blend!  I swiped one pass of the product along my cheek bones and then blended away.  It gives me the look that the cold air does naturally in winter.  Red blush is a lot more wearable than most might think.  Blending is the key.  

Using this as a lipstick in my experience required a lip brush due to the darkness of the shade.  As with any muli-use product (or most lipsticks for that matter) I prepped my lips with lip balm.  If applying with your fingers make sure to warm the product with your fingertips first.  It's a great tip listed on W3LL PEOPLE's site.

Creamy Crimson is one of their matte colorsticks.  When using it as a lipstick you will get a nice neutral red matte finish.  If you'd like a glossy finish top with a clear gloss.  I've heard great things about W3LL PEOPLE's Bio Extreme Lip Gloss.

Under both outside and inside lighting:

I never worn red much until switching to organic and natural makeup.  Now I'm slowly building up a collection.  I adore this shade and will be wearing it quite a bit over the holiday season and the rest of the winter.  Also, if you've been a reader of mine for a while, you will not be surprised to see me wearing this color no matter the time of year.  I wear colors based on my mood, not on what the fashion magazines tell me.  I am after all a Natural Warrior... right W3LL PEOPLE?

W3LL PEOPLE products can be purchased at Pharmaca.  If you are lucky enough to live close enough to one of their many brick and mortar stores drop in and check them out!  For the rest of us we have our online shopping.

W3LL PEOPLE products are free from: Artificial preservatives, parabens, chemicals, dyes, fragrance, silicone, dimethicone, pthalates, sulphates, petroleum, talc, bismuth oxychloride, and nanoparticles. Made in USA. Not tested on animals.

Ingredients: Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Cera Alba (Bees- wax), Silica, Mica (CI 77019), Olea europaea (Olive Oil)*, Castor Isostearate Beeswax Succinate **, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Mica (CI 77019), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil (and) Organic Aloe Barbadenis (Aloe) Extract, Essential Oil blend, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Lysine, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea)*, Roman An- themis Nobilis (Chamomile)* [+/-: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Manganese Violet (CI 77742)]

If you are near any of the following Pharmaca locations, make sure not to miss their Renew You event after the New Year.  (Just make sure you browse by that beautiful green beauty display for me while you are there and instagram your photos to me).

Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy is a pioneering retail chain offering traditional, full-service 
pharmacies combined with herbal and homeopathic therapies, guidance from licensed
health care practitioners and the latest in natural beauty and preventative nutrition, all
under one roof. Unlike traditional drugstores, Pharmaca provides a unique experience
where customers can consult a staff of industry professionals, including pharmacists,
naturopaths, homeopaths, herbalists, nutritionists and estheticians while they shop, and get
expert guidance on the most appropriate products and treatments for their individual
needs. Each store features a staff of licensed professionals, whose main objective is to
provide a stress-free and positive shopping experience. Operating under the philosophy
that personal health is closely connected to environmental health, Pharmaca’s product
portfolio emphasizes eco-conscious brands, and sustainable materials are used in-store
whenever possible.

December 16, 2014

The "Me Time" Tag

PR Samples*

I was tagged by Ru of Short Small Sweet  to do The “Me Time” Tag! Me time is important in everyone's life especially if you're a mom.

What do you watch or read during me-time?

I'm a "cord-cutter" so I stream the tv shows I watch on either Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu Plus.  I probably watch too much television to be honest.  My favorite shows of the moment are Master Chef Junior and Once Upon a Time.  Lately I've been reading a lot more Bible study books and devotionals.  Currently I'm reading Adam Hamiltion's Not A Silent Night and Ann Voskamp's The Greatest Gift.  I highly recommend both.

What do you wear during me time?

I'm not a fashionista.  Since I do not work outside the home at the moment and I live in a cold weather state, I value warmth and comfort over fashion.  I typically wear jeans and long sleeved knit shirts.  I'll never be accused of being a trendsetter.

What are your me-time products?

I consider "me-time" products something I do not use on a daily basis.  Face mask and scrubs would fall in that category.  I've acquired quite the stash of both and picking one I will use for that week is part of the fun.  Earlier this month I finished up my sample of  R. L. Linden & Co.'s The Bee Charmer - Refining Cacao Honey Cleanser + Mask (loved it!).  Last week I used a sample of Blissoma's Lavish Loving Recovery Beta-Glucan Mask (loved it as well).  My favorite type of mask is a hydrating one and both of those mask are quite hydrating.  Many clay based masks are very drying and "suck the life" out of my already dry skin.  Looking like the crypt keeper is a look I try hard to avoid.  Exfoliating also helps avoid that look, but should not be over done.  One of my favorite facial scrubs is Acure's Brightening Facial Scrub.  It is rather inexpensive and last quite a long time.  I'm still on my first tube and it's been quite a while since I purchased it.  For body scrubs, my first love will always be Organic Bath Co's Stress Less Organic Body Scrub.  The sugar granules are not too small nor too large and the aromatherapy blend of lavender and other essential oils is my favorite among the scents that I've tried.   I'm also loving the scent of Coral Sea Salt Co.'s Himalayan hand scrub*.  Have you ever had you hand cream suddenly fail you especially in the winter?  Once you scrub away that dry skin then your creams start working SO MUCH better.

What do you eat/drink during me-time?

I love coffee and tea.  I drink my coffee in the mornings (two cups) and my tea in the afternoons.  My two newest brands of each are ChapĂ­n Coffee* and Kusmi Tea.

Current favorite essential oil/candle?

Lately I've been diffusing Florame Atlas Cedar essential oil.  Not only does it smell like the season, but it's therapeutic uses are quite impressive.  I also at times will add a few drops to the shower floor prior to stepping in.  This is a great way to getting a quick aromatherapy fix.
Therapeutic uses:
Acne, aggression, agitation, air purifier, anger, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, bladder disorders, blemishes, bronchitis, cellulite, colds, coughs, cystitis, dandruff, eczema, fluid retention, hair loss, immune system, insect repellent, kidney disorders, meditation, nervous tension, oily hair, oily skin, rheumatism, skin fungus, skin ulcers, stress, vertigo.

Do you have outdoor me-time?

Not typically in the colder winter months.  I did quite enjoy last week's warm spell.

Would you ever see a movie alone?

I would, but I have build in movie buddies in my kids.  If I feel like going to the movies they typically want to go as well.  But to be honest, I rather stream movies via Amazon.

Favorite online shop?

There cannot be only one... In no particular order:  Integrity Botanicals, The Detox Market, Soap Hope, Conscious Beauty, Wild Ginger Apothecary, Clementine Fields, Pemberley Jones, Glam Goes Green, Pharmaca, and The Choosy Chick.  Of course many other great online shops for green beauty are out there.  Besides green beauty, I shop often at Amazon.

Anything to add? What else do you do during me-time?

Me time is great.  Take care of yourself of course, but take care that "me time" does not morph itself into a selfish time to the detriment of your loved ones. Have part of your time as a time of personal growth and learning.  We are never to old to learn something new no matter what that new might be.

I'd like to tag anyone who has not been tagged who wished to do this tag.  Go for it.  I was actually quite more introspective than I had anticipated.  Thanks Ru!

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