June 2015 archive


This review is a really fun one for me because this eco-luxe cosmetic line has become a quick favorite of mine and I’m so excited to share with you guys! Antonym Cosmetics is the real deal, I can honestly say that I haven’t ever been this impressed with packaging ever. If you could dream up a makeup line that would appeal to a minimalistic hippie concerned about ingredients and someone wanting luxurious packaging and high performance, Antonym would be it.

Antonym was born in 2010 and the primary goal was to create products that perform like premium products on the market, but with the benefits of natural, organic and cruelty free ingredients that are gentle on skin. The bamboo packaging is natural and sustainable and the same is used on their brush handles which are vegan as well. Antonym is also Ecocert certified which means they have strict standards of quality control to ensure environmentally respectful manufacturing and use natural and/or organic ingredients. You can find more information about Antonym’s background and certifications here.

Antonym sent me a beautiful package of goodies to test out so get ready to swoon guys, because these gems are seriously amazing!! The quality, the pigmentation, and the staying power are out of this world and are a must in my everyday makeup routine.



antonym cosmetics swatches

Swatches left to right: baked blush in rose, lipstick pencil in koral, lipstick pencil in pinkish, eye pencil noir

Baked Blush in “Rose”: This cool-toned dusty rose shade is so wearable and I absolutely love it for a classic look. I am always pairing this with a cat eye and a baby pink lip for that kind of Brigitte Bardot look, and its perfection. The formula is extremely soft, smooth and blends so easily it’s foolproof. You can even sweep a little on your lids for a radiant monochromatic look. Did I mention the packaging for this is insane (in a good way). The bamboo case is sturdy and feels so luxurious but eco-friendly at the same time!! SO cool and hard to pull off, but Antonym does it!! Retail: $36

Lipstick Pencil in “Pinkish”: So the name pretty much says it all, this is a very wearable pinkish nude shade that is great for warming up your look. This thick crayons make for a super easy application and are infused with sunflower oil and shea butter to keep lips hydrated. I also like to use these to line my lips, these crayons are really versatile and are perfect for on-the-go!! Retail: $17

Lipstick Crayon in “Koral” :This shade is actually my favorite of the two, it’s so unique and different. It looks kind of bright in the swatch but it’s actually a very flattering coral nude. This shade looks amazing with a smokey eye and is pretty much a must-have shade for summer!! Retail: $17

Eye Pencil Noir/ Waterproof: Ok so I would die without this ultra black pencil in my life. I know, I know I’m dramatic but when your a makeup artist, the need for a super pigmented black pencil eyeliner that actually stays put is a must and Antonym really delivered here. First of all the pencil is going to last you forever, it comes with a sharpener attached to it, the application is soft and smooth (no tugging or pulling), and the pigmentation is top notch. I use this baby every single day without fail!! Retail: $19

Lola Lash Mascara: I use this gem everyday also. This inky black formula coats my lashes evenly and the curved brush adds a good amount of volume and length. This is actually the first nontoxic mascara that I can say I LOVE! I don’t deal with clumps or eye irritations with this, the ingredients are gentle (organic wax and blue flax) and ideal for sensitive eyes. Retail: $23

Vegan Makeup Brushes: These brushes are absolutely beautiful. I received the large eye shader brush #6, blending brush #10, small angled brush #13, medium pencil brush #19, blending brush #10, and mascara/brow brush #16. I use all of these brushes in my everyday makeup routine and they are extremely high quality, apply the product exceptionally well and I really can’t see myself needing to use any other brushes as these are the best I have come across in the green beauty world!! True story!! The bristles are soft, the handles are sturdy bamboo and I highly recommend them!! Retail is different for each brush, see prices here.

So I hope enjoyed my little introduction to this amazing eco-luxe line. Antonym also carries baked foundations and eyeshadows that I’m sure I will be trying out sooner than later! lol. If you have any questions about these products or product application don’t hesitate to contact me, I’m always happy to help my free birds!! 🙂 You can find all of these products at http://www.antonyncosmetics.com


I am SO excited to finally tell you all about my new go-to, must-have Juicy Bamboo facial cleaning cloths by Kaia Naturals. This is exciting for me to share because until now I hadn’t found a completely nontoxic makeup wipe that worked for me at all. And let me just start by saying that this is not meant to JUST remove makeup, it’s a cleanser and toner as well and I love using these for all of those tasks. I have been using these cloths every night for about a month and I wanted to specifically try them for a good amount of time to see if I could tell the difference from your basic makeup “wipe”. Well the answer is yes, these high quality cloths are completely different than the standard wipe and they are changing the game in the green beauty industry in a big way. This cloth isn’t just a makeup remover, it’s doing work!

Kaia Naturals was born in the U.S. and designed in Canada. Their cloths are harvested from unbleached bamboo natural fibers (so cool!) and therefore have a lower environmental impact than a standard wipe, and they are also 100% biodegradable!! The cloths are made in small batches, saturated in vitamins B12, C and E then soaked in quality grade citrus essential oils. The absolute best part though is the amazing blend of organic honey that is heated and liquified, and these cloths soak up every bit of the benefits. Honey is what keeps the skin soft, and not the stripped feel that many wipes leave you with. These cloths also contain jojoba and sunflower oil which removes impurities yet keeping the skin hydrated and balanced at the same time.

You guys I LOVE these cloths SO much. They are extremely soft and gentle on my skin and are soaked really well with all of the necessary ingredients, there is nothing worse than a dry makeup wipe, nothing! The citrus scent is absolutely intoxicating, you can tell the essential oils used are high quality. I find myself opening the case throughout the day just to smell them, it sounds weird but you will too once you try them!! The packaging is super impressive as the cloths are kept in a small case that you can actually open and close instead of the traditional flimsy flap that ensures a dry wipe in a few days. These cloths did not dry out whatsoever on me. As a makeup remover these were gentle and removed my face and eye makeup all with just one cloth very well. As a cleanser it’s invigorating because of the scent, I highly recommend cleansing with this is the AM, the citrus scent will help wake you up!! As a toner these were gentle and leave you feeling so fresh, your skin retains it’s moisture which is key in a good toner!! The absolute best things about these cloths? They have NO PARABENS, NO ALCOHOL, NO SULFATES, NO SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCE, and NO PETROLEUM PRODUCTS!!!



So each full size Juicy Bamboo container has 30 wipes in them which retail for $15.50, and they also offer a “box to go” which has 20 individually wrapped cloths that retails for $19.50. I love the idea of individually wrapped cloths so you can travel with them or simply toss them in your bag for after the gym or even just a mid-day refresh!! Now for the really exciting news, Kaia Naturals has so generously decided to provide one of my lucky readers with a one month supply (full size box) of juicy bamboo cloths!! The ***GIVEAWAY*** will be from today until Friday, June 26th and only available to U.S. and Canadian residents this time around. A huge THANK YOU to Kaia Naturals for offering this giveaway and I’m so excited to see what one of my reader’s thinks about these gems!! You can find all Juicy Bamboo products on http://www.kaianaturals.com.

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I absolutely love a good at-home spa day. There is nothing quite like sipping some tea, slapping on a good face mask and taking a long hot bath with an amazing body scrub. So when the lovely ladies of Splurge Skincare sent me their amazing body scrub and lip balms to try out, I was more than happy to do so!!

Kara and Christine are both teachers residing in Boston who developed Splurge Skincare after a homemade body scrub was given as a Christmas gift, then the light bulb went off and Splurge was born. The ladies wanted to develop their own line that was all natural but didn’t compromise quality, something that shows people you don’t have to wait to go to a spa to treat yourself, you can indulge everyday with Splurge! Their products are simple, but made with high quality organic ingredients that your skin and lips will love!


“The Rub” Body Scrub: I cannot explain my love for this scrub, I just can’t. The scent I received is lemon but it also offered in almond and peppermint which I would love to try also. The first thing I love about this is the huge amount you get (12 oz. to be exact), the lemon scent is fresh and inviting, not synthetic as they use essential oils, and the texture of the fine sugar that melts perfectly with the high quality oils leaves my skin SO soft and smooth. This is going to give you a nice and gentle exfoliation and the oils used will keep your skin hydrated. This scrub is a must-have when it comes to shower time essentials and I also think this would make the perfect gift for anyone on any occasion! This scrub is made with love and safe, high quality ingredients, what’s not to love?! Retail: $27

Melted Buttah: Now I’m a sucker for this stuff because it’s a multi-tasker, you can use it on your lips, cuticles, rashes, anywhere that needs a little repair! The star ingredients are Babassu, Raspberry Seed and Calendula Oil that work together to heal. I really love this on my lips but it also is amazing on the cuticles, my hands look so healthy after applying this! Retail: $10

Tinted Lip Buttah: This little gem is just so convenient, it provides intense moisture to my lips while giving me a subtle sheer wash of color that it perfect for when I’m in a rush or need a bit of color throughout the day! This is offered in three shades, “Fling”, “In Love” and “Going Steady.” I received “Fling” which is a darker plummy shade that I usually don’t gravitate towards but the color is subtle enough that I pulled it off no prob! Did I mention these babies hydrate? The texture is super creamy and they use their go-to Babassu Oil to keep the lips super moisturized. Retail: $7

You can find these treats at http://www.splurgeskincare.com and I highly recommend trying them out for personal indulgence and/or heartfelt gifts for friends and family, you cannot go wrong! Hope you are all having an amazing week free birds!!



It’s no secret that I have a serious obsession with Pacific Skincare by True Nature Botanicals. I mean, this product line has completely transformed my skin in a month’s time, and I keep getting the privilege to try even more of what they have to offer and my skin is loving every bit of it. Many of you know from my previous Pacific post here, that their Balancing Face Oil, Face Mist and Exfoliating Cleanser are everyday staples of mine, but this post is all about two new additions that have made my way into my daily and weekly routine, and I’m beginning to think that there isn’t one thing Pacific I wouldn’t like!!

Pacific Exfoliating Moisture Mask: I have been on a real exfoliating kick lately and trying to seriously spread the word about just how important it really is in a skincare routine, it’s essential!! I began using the Pacific Exfoliating Moisture Mask about two weeks ago now in hopes of finally finding a mask that exfoliates well but doesn’t strip my skin dry, and boy have I found it in this little beauty!! The absolute key ingredients in this mask are lactic acid and avocado butter, which in my opinion make the best team. The lactic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid that removes dead skin cells without irritating the skin while avocado butter ensures your skin stays soft and hydrated during exfoliation, it’s brilliant! This mask also makes it easy to squeeze into a busy routine, simply massage into clean, dry skin and leave on for 2-5 minutes (shorter time for sensitive skin) then remove with warm washcloth. You may use this once or twice weekly (I use twice cuz I love it so). After you remove this mask you will notice an immediate glow to your skin, which means it’s done it’s job and exfoliated all the dead skin cells away leaving you with soft, radiant and hydrated skin. This makes is an absolute must- serious, luxurious exfoliation in under five minutes?? Yes please! Retail: $90

IMG_3249Pacific Everyday Sheer Coverage: This little gem is unlike anything I’ve ever tried before. The coverage is really sheer (hence the name) but it evens out my skin tone beautifully, gives me broad spectrum UV protection (SPF 20), and provides a smooth matte finish that keeps me looking polished throughout the day. And you don’t have to worry about any chemicals with this sunscreen, it’s made with non-nano zinc oxide which I definitely appreciate! This product is a no brainer for me, I apply every morning no matter what I’m doing so I have my sun protection covered, then If I want more coverage I simply add some foundation on top, this makes for an amazing primer!! It is offered in two shades, light and medium and actually adjusts to your skin tone quite well, as I have used them on clients a few times. It blends in well, isn’t streaky and has become a fast favorite of my face coverage options in the morning!! Oh, and don’t be too concerned with breakouts from this, I have very acne prone skin and haven’t had any issues at all! Remember free birds, sun protection is a MUST, protect yourself from skin cancer and aging in one simple step with this gem!! Retail: $58

So here is the fun part, Pacific and I have teamed up with an amazing promo code for my amazing readers which will be good until the end of Wednesday, July 10th. If you purchase an Exfoliating Moisture Mask you will receive a FREE 1/4 oz. travel size face oil ($30 value) when you enter FREELOVEGLOW upon checkout!! The face oil is the exact thing you want to apply after exfoliating so the nutrients can absorb into your skin effectively!! You can shop all Pacific Skincare by True Nature Botanicals at http://www.tnbotanicals.com, and if you have any questions regarding any of these products or ingredients please don’t hesitate to contact me!! Hope your all having an amazing week free birds!