All I want For Christmas II

Goddess Huntress | Clean Beauty Christmas

Here is a roundup of the clean beauty I’d love to see in my stocking. Some are faves, some I’m longing to try!

1/ Jane Iredale PurePressed Eye Shadow in Magic 2/ Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Black Metal Dahlia 3/ Kahina Eye Serum 4/ Youngblood Cosmetics Liquid Mineral Foundation (I’ve been foundation free for years, I’d like to dabble in 2014 for some flawless finishes) 5/ BITE Beauty Limited Edition VIB Rouge Lipstick 6/ A year’s supply of Lurk BS003 Perfume Oil

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Got Shampoo + Conditioner Suggestions?

Goddess Huntress | Got Shampoo Conditioner Recommendations?

I have been asked many times what healthy shampoos and conditioners I recommend and I always answer, “I’m still searching!”  Also as you know, my results may not be your results.

I have problematic hair.  I love my hair, even though it needs constant taming.  By taming, I mean brushing.  It gets tangled just by breathing.  Within a half hour of doing nothing my hair gets tangled into one big dread. Let’s just say my Wet Brush never leaves my side, like my iPhone.

My hair is long, wavy, and highlighted (my chosen vice).  Dryness is my foe that needs coaxing.

I have dabbled with a handful of shampoos and conditioners this year and have found most of them to leave my hair waxy, heavy, and dull.  The formulations are not refined and I’m assuming the molecular structure is a bit chunky, formulas holding onto my hair strands for dear life, unable to rinse away. Not a fresh look, I must say!

The past couple of months I have been using Giovanni Avocado & Olive Oil Ultra-Moist Shampoo and Conditioner and I am loving every bit of it.  My hair drinks up the moisture, leaving my hair shiny and light with great wave and movement.  No residue.

The only qualm I have here is “fragrance“.  According to their website:

Fragrances can refer to essential oils, synthetic fragrance or natural fragrance and each can be present by itself or in combination with each other in a product formula. With regard to fragrance the majority of Giovanni products contain only natural fragrance and essential oils. When synthetic fragrance is used in certain products it is necessary to ensure product stability.

It is unknown if the fragrance used here has synthetics.  I have emailed Giovanni Cosmetics to find out the specifics.  I will let you know on the response.  I’d like to not toss such a great hair duo in the trash!

My fingers are crossed.

What are some of your favorite healthy shampoos and conditioners?

Mirror, Mirror…

Goddess Huntress | Etsy Hand MirrorsAs you know, I have a love for beautiful vanities with trays and quirky perfume bottles to hold my favorite essential oils.  What is a vanity without a lovely hand mirror?  Well, it isn’t vain enough!

All the above mirrors are available on Etsy.

Which one is your favorite?

The Vanity

There is something so wonderfully feminine and organized about vanity trays.  I took to Etsy to get some inspiration.  I also researched serving trays to gain more variety. Here are a few of my favorites…from classical to whimsical.  Great to place the vintage perfume bottles we found last month for our toners and oils, right?

How do you organize your beauty goods?

Vintage Perfume Bottles

Now that we are making our own toners and using all sorts of oils, wouldn’t it be lovely to pour them into beautiful vessels to adorn our vanities?  I’m a firm believer that beauty should be a full sensual experience, so our packaging should never suffer, especially when it comes to DIY beauty.

I love looking for old perfume and chemist bottles at flea markets and antique stores.  Today, I went perusing through Etsy, and look what I found!  There were so many, it was so hard to pick.  Pictured above are a few of my Etsy favorites.

Tip: Sterilize the inside of your bottles before use. Use vodka and a bottle brush. Let vodka sit overnight, pour out and let evaporate.

How about you? Do you have any vintage bottles on your vanity?

The List: “3 Free” And “5 Free” Nail Polishes

*Please note this post was written 03.30.2012.  Many formulations have changed. An updated post will be available in October 2013.  Thanks for your patience and tips!

 

Now that you know what “3 Free” and “5 Free” means, you are primed and ready to get nailed!

So, which major brands are “3 Free” and “5 Free”?

“3 Free” Nail Polishes

No Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, and Formaldehyde

American Apparel, Butter London, CND, Deborah Lippmann, Essie, Estee Lauder (+ no formaldehyde resin) Hard Candy, Lancome (+ no formaldehyde resin), Le Metier, M.A.C. (+ no formaldehyde resin), Nars (+ no formaldehyde resin), Nicole, OPI, Priti NYC (+ no camphor), Spa Ritual (+ no formaldehyde resin), Wet ‘n’ Wild

“5 Free” Nail Polishes

No Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor

Chanel, Dashing Diva, Dior, Givenchy, Hopscotch Kids, L’Oreal, Nubar, Revlon, RGB, Scotch Naturals, Uslu Airlines, Zoya

See a brand that is not listed and should be?  Let me know and I’ll add it to the list!

 

Ten over Ten Nail Salon

When it comes to getting your nails done in a less toxic environment, it is not so easy finding a salon and when you do, it is cha-ching $$$.  If you are the obsessive toxin chica like I am, you resort to painting your own nails with your beloved safer nail polish or you bring that bottle to your cheap corner nail salon.

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Annie turned me on to one of NYC’s best kept nail secrets…Ten Over Ten, a swoon-worthy nail salon in Tribeca.  In fact, Ten Over Ten just released their own nail polish line that is “5 Free”, free of formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, resin, and camphor (I highly recommend their formulations, by the way).

When you walk in, you are serenaded by staff members sporting chic uniforms, warm mineral tone walls, table trays adorned with amber glass bottles, large arched windows, and straw woven ottomans for staff to perch on while perfecting pedicures.  Ten Over Ten lets nails air dry; there are no skin damaging UV dryers in sight. It is so relaxing in this second floor space, even with the bustle of all the excited clientele, your heart rate is always set to chill mode.

The luxury doesn’t stop there. When was the last time you went to a salon and got to choose from a selection of Chanel and Nars nail polishes?  Hmmm…probably never.

Ten Over Ten carries Chanel (5 Free), Nars (3 Free), Essie (3 Free), Uslu Airlines (3 Free), RGB (3 Free), along with their own Ten Over Ten line (5 Free). 

Oh, and a manicure is only $20, iPad included.  I’m now a Ten Over Ten lifer!

Ten Over Ten
112 Reade Street
2nd Floor
New York, New York 
212.406.1010
(New location soon to open in Midtown at the Parker Meridien)
 
Photos via Ten Over Ten and Well+Good

 

Makeup Brush 101


Ever feel intimidated viewing makeup brushes at the beauty counter?  There are so many, you don’t know where to begin and you do not know what the majority of them do, but you sure know how to clean them!  Well, I pulled in my great friend Tawni Hart, who is the East Coast Beauty Director of Nordstrom, to make sense of it all.

I grabbed 10 important basic brushes and asked Tawni to give us the low down on what they do and how they can maximize our makeup application.  So let me give her the mic:

Tawni Hart’s Makeup Brush Breakdown

1. Powder  The powder brush is always the more full, dense brush which makes it perfect for dusting loose or pressed powder.  This brush is particularly on the pricier side, but is definitely worth the initial investment.

2. Blush/Contour  Smile please!  Blush brushes are the perfect tool you need to achieve that flushy look.  With its buffed and angled edges, it deposits a little more color to the apple of the cheek.  It also can be used to contour or highlight giving more definition to the cheekbone area.

3. Concealer This small tool can become your new best friend. Typically flat, thin, and synthetic, the concealer brush allows you to layer on your cover up to help camouflage dark circles or any skin imperfections.  Spot check-CHECK!

4. Lid Color/Base  This brush is just the right size to apply your base color eye shadow whether it be a powder or a cream.  Its important to start with a color thats close to the color of your natural skin or just a hint lighter to create the perfect canvas and brighten up the eye.  Use the flat side and press for a more dense application or simply sweep across for sheer coverage.

5. Crease With its round and tapered shape, this brush is great for adding depth to the crease of the eye.  It’s best to start at the outer corner where you’ll get the initial deposit of color and softly feather your way in towards the center.

6. Blend This is one of my can’t live without brushes!  They’re typically über-soft and can be extremely forgiving for those with a heavy hand.  Use your blender brush to create soft edges when layering multiple shadows.

7. Smudge  This short stubby brush is perfect to create that smokey eye.  You can simply soften your pencil liner, or use it to add depth in the corner of the eye and close to the lash line.

8. Brow/Line  These angled brushes are used to help fill in or define those beautiful brows that shape our face.  I also like to use this type of brush for my liner when using powder.  A quick tip:  hold the brush with the point facing the outer corner of the eye and work your way towards the center.  Next, turn the brush 180 degrees and go from the inner corner of the eye to the center again. Makes for a flawless liner application every time!

9. Brow Brush  Use this dual sided brush to gain control of those unruly brow hairs.  The tougher bristles are used to shape your  brows and distribute color, while  the comb side is used to separate those flirty lashes.

10. Lip  For that girl on the go…use this retractable lip brush to easily apply color or gloss.  Using a lip brush allows you to layer lip products while being able to fill in and define that perfect pout every time.

So there you have it! Thanks to Tawni for the valuable brush insight!

Does this breakdown help your daily beauty regimen?  What brush/brushes do you always use?  Tell us in the comments below!

Blue Wonder By Kjaer Weis

Winter blues are not a bad thing when you have Kjaer Weis on your side. This rich, denim blue eyeshadow brings an elegant pick up to your chilly winter greys. A great complement to a sultry, smoky eye.

Kjaer Weis Eye Shadow Compact in Blue Wonder is organic, Beauties. Not only is it organic, it doesn’t crease and goes on elegantly. Yes, I used “elegant” twice and I’m going to use it again, because since when have organic and elegant co-existed when describing a cosmetic line? The packaging is absolutely exquisite like a jewel box and gives such an expensive experience. Now what woman doesn’t like to feel expensive and elegant when applying makeup? Oh, and there are honeysuckle and gardenia extracts in this jewel of a compact. Just divine, Beauties.

Kjaer Weis, thank you for wonderful performing colors and the beautiful experience. GH is a forever fan.

Want to boost your winter blues? Get your Kjaer Weis elegance HERE 

Kjaer Weis is Certified Organic by the CCPB (Italian organic certifying authority). Each product is at least 95% organic.