Pretty red lips with ZuZu Lip Gloss in Caliente from Good Earth Beauty

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If you are looking for excellent natural and organic beauty products, you’ve got to check out Good Earth Beauty. We have tried quite a few products from this online store, including some from their own line, and we haven’t been disappointed yet. They recently sent a lip gloss by ZuZu, which is made by Gabriel Cosmetics, and it’s a winner.

ZuZu Luxe Lip Gloss in Caliente

ZuZu Luxe Lip Gloss in Caliente

The ZuZu Luxe Lip Gloss ($18.15) is a luscious lip gloss with lots of pigment and lots of shine. The wear is pretty good – it lasts several hours and has great slip. It comes in 12 different colors and I have Caliente, which is an orange-red. I don’t typically reach for red shades because they tend to make my lips look even thinner, but this is a very pretty shade that is bright and somehow works for spring.

ZuZu Luxe Lip Gloss in Caliente

ZuZu Luxe Lip Gloss in Caliente

ZuZu Luxe Lip Gloss in Caliente

ZuZu Luxe Lip Gloss in Caliente

Like most natural and organic products, the ZuZu Luxe Lip Gloss is a little more expensive than regular lip glosses. However, when you consider the ingredient list and the fact that it’s cruelty free, I think the extra cost is justified.

ZuZu Luxe Lip Gloss in Caliente

ZuZu Luxe Lip Gloss in Caliente

You can find tons of treasures like the ZuZu Luxe Lip Gloss at Good Earth Beauty. It is always fun to check out the cool boutique lines that you can’t find anywhere else. Head on over to goodearthbeauty.com and take a look!  – Lisa

Ingredients:

Castor Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, Bis-Diglyceryl Caprylate, Bisabalol, Candelilla Wax, Glycerine, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Wheat Germ Glycerides, Aloe Vera Extract, Chamomile Extract , Jojoba Esters, Grapeseed Extract, Bixane Herb, Iron Oxides, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, St. John’s Wort Extract. – VEGAN

Great picks from Good Earth Beauty: nvey eco Lip Gloss and Gabriel Blush

nvey eco and GabrielAfter reading all of Marcia’s reviews about the fabulous brands available on Good Earth Beauty, I decided to take a few of the products to try for myself. This is an amazing website that features wonderful brands that focus on natural, organic ingredients. I guess I can’t blame Marcia for always loving the samples we get!

Marcia reluctantly parted with two beautiful items:  nvey eco Hydrating Lip Lustre Gloss in Ruby and Gabriel Color Vibrant Pink Blush. I loved the colors and thought they went well together.nvey eco Hydrating Lip Lustre Gloss in Rubynvey eco Hydrating Lip Lustre Gloss in Rubynvey eco Hydrating Lip Lustre Gloss in Rubynvey eco Hydrating Lip Lustre Gloss in Ruby is a great gloss – it’s not sticky but it sticks around. I love the Ruby shade and the organic beeswax is great for lips. This one has gone into my purse and I wear it all the time. It’s a great shade that goes with everything.Gabriel Color Vibrant Pink BlushGabriel Color Vibrant Pink BlushGabriel Color Vibrant Pink Blush Gabriel Color Vibrant Pink Blush looks extremely bright…and it is! Go easy with this one or you will be instantly transported back to 1985. If you use a light hand, it gives the best pink flush that perks your skin right up. It’s a lovely blue-based pink that I am very happy to have in my collection.

Now I am thinking I need to arm wrestle Marcia more often for the opportunity to test the natural organic beauties from  Good Earth Beauty! Head over to this awesome website to check out all the wonderful options for yourself. – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Gabriel Cosmetics knows eyeshadow!

Gabriel Smokey Shimmer Eyeshadow Trio

Gabriel Smokey Shimmer Eyeshadow Trio

I can’t resist eyeshadow — ever! When Gabriel Cosmetics offered to send one of their three eyeshadow trios it took me no time flat to say yes and to pick Smokey Shimmer. I may be old but I hope I’m never to old for a little bit of shimmer in my life.

Gabriel Cosmetics box

Gabriel Cosmetics box

The back of the Smokey Shimmer Trio from Gabriel Cosmetics tells a lot about what makes this company special

> Gluten Free – there’s a lot of talk about gluten in food but not enough in other types of products. If you really have Celiac Disease or others that prohibit gluten in your life then finding a product without gluten is very special.

> Cruelty Free – see that bunny? That means it’s certified to be a cruelty free product.

> 100% Vegan – not enough brands are like this

> Eco Friendly packaging – “PELASPAN™ BIO packaging peanuts are made from 100% biodegradable material. Vegetable starch. PELASPAN™ BIO is totally biodegradable without any risk of ground water contamination.

> Made in the USA

Gabriel Cosmetics Smokey Shimmer e/s trio

Gabriel Cosmetics Smokey Shimmer e/s trio

There are three eyeshadow trios available from Gabriel. Two are all matte (Classic which is a matte nude and Smokey which is a matte grey) and the one I have called Smokey Shimmer and is described as a grey shimmer. But when you look at my pictures you’ll see that there’s only one grey shade and that’s the only one that has shimmer to it.

This is one of the easiest trios to wear. I love wearing it together but I enjoy switching out the grey shadow for a fun brown from my collection too. I included this in my Top Ten Summer Beauty post this week because I know I could wear this a lot all summer and I’d happily pack it to go away for a weekend.

Gabriel Smokey Shimmer shades

Gabriel Smokey Shimmer shades

The shades are a baby soft pink that you can build up if you want. I have worn this as both a lid and brow shade. There is the teeniest amount of shimmer in it but you need a magnifying mirror to see it. The bottom shade is my favorite. It’s a tan with a touch of gold and has a satin finish. I love it for the way it brightens my eyes. I’m sure that’s the shade that will be used up first since I keep reaching for it. The middle shade is a grey that almost looks green in my pix. It’s the shimmer shade but it’s a grown up shimmer. It’s not chunky, it doesn’t have fall out.

under artificial light

under artificial light

in natural light

in natural light

The trio is called Smokey Shimmer because of this grey shade but if you look at my swatches you really don’t see shimmer. That’s a plus in my book. All three shades have an easy to blend texture and wear throughout the day without touch up. You can change up eyeliner colors to make this have different looks, making this $24.50 trio more versatile.

Gabriel Cosmetics are carried on their website as well as many health food stores. Whole Foods carries the line in stores as do similar markets. Now that you know about Gabriel Cosmetics beyond all the love that their lip products receive, it’s time to check out their eyeshadow trios. I hope they make additional trios in the future. Do you see this in your future? — Marcia

*received for editorial consideration

Summer Beauty with IT Cosmetics, Pur Minerals, Gabriel eyeshadow, Mally and more

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It’s Tuesday and that means Top Ten Tuesday. Today’s topic is summer beauty. My choices are 10 items (or more) that I know I’ll be using all summer. I started this by deciding what I’d take with me for a long summer weekend away. I just included cosmetics, not skincare, or this would be all about sunscreen. The ten items I picked are ones I’m enjoying and I’d happily put in my cosmetic bag.

1.  URBAN DECAY MINOR SIN PRIMER POTION – I chose Minor Sin since it does double duty for me. It’s both an eyeshadow primer and a color product. It works great under the eyeshadow I’d bring and it works beautifully on its own for a simple look. It’s a champagne shimmer that’s sheer.

Urban Decay Minor Sin Primer Potion

Urban Decay Minor Sin Primer Potion

2. GABRIEL COSMETICS EYESHADOW TRIO IN SMOKEY SHIMMER* Eyeshadow Trios are new to Gabriel Cosmetics and I am loving Smokey Shimmer. It’s very versatile and won’t take up much room. I’ll be able to get a few different looks with this depending on whether it’s night or day. I’ll have a full review of this soon.

Gabriel Cosmetics Smokey Shimmer eyeshadow trio

Gabriel Cosmetics Smokey Shimmer eyeshadow trio

3.  PHYSICIANS FORMULA Eye Booster™2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum is my new favorite eyeliner. I have searched so long for the perfect brown liquid eyeliner. I’ve found several brands I really like (at last) but this is the one I can’t put down. A perfect brown, an easy to use felt tip point, a great price, and very long lasting. I plan to buy another at the next sale.

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum

4.  DV LIGHT UP MASCARA*  (DV stands for Dakota Vox) This mascara not only gives me long separated lashes but it lights up and has a mirror on it. Perfect for a getaway or any time. So far I haven’t lit it up but I’ve been using this daily and I love the way my lashes look. It doesn’t clump and it doesn’t smudge. It’s easy to remove which I’ve been appreciating lately because I’ve had to rub my eyes too much with other mascaras. The silicone brush deposits the pigment easily and evenly.

DV Light Up Mascara

DV Light Up Mascara

5. IT COSMETICS EYELIFT IN A TUBE should be no surprise to anyone since I love my IT Cosmetic items. This isn’t one that I’ve written about but it’s one I use all the time. This two sided beauty has a wand of Bye Bye Under Eye on one side and Hello Light™ Liquid Brightener on the other. Dab a little of the Liquid Brightener on and you look ready to hit the town.

IT Cosmetics Eyelift in a Tube

IT Cosmetics Eyelift in a Tube

6.  PUR MINERALS CC CREAM* is one of my favorites that I don’t mention enough. It has SPF 40 so it’s a good addition to whatever other sunscreen I’m using. I love the coverage. Lately I’ve been applying it with a kabuki brush but I can easily use my fingers. I have it in Light and the shade is great for me. Why I’d take this with me is that I don’t have to follow up with a powder.

Pur Minerals CC Cream

Pur Minerals CC Cream

7.  PUR MINERALS CHATEAU CHEEKS CREAM BLUSH* are just a few of the cream blushes I love. What makes this summer beauty worthy is that it’s firm to the touch so it means that they won’t melt away. It only comes in two colors (Coy and Flirty) but they are both excellent. Both work great with the Gabriel Smokey Shimmer Eyeshadow Trio I picked.

Pur Minerals Chateau Cheeks Cream Blush in Flirt and Coy

Pur Minerals Chateau Cheeks Cream Blush in Flirt and Coy

8.  IT COSMETICS HELLO LIGHT™ RADIANCE POWDER* is perfect for me to use in the summer. It’s not sparkly, there’s no glitter, there’s just glow. It can be used anywhere you need highlighting or it can be used as a finishing powder. There’s a light golden glow to it. Another IT Cosmetics favorite!

Hello Light Radiance Powder from IT Cosmetics

Hello Light Radiance Powder from IT Cosmetics

9.  MALLY EVERCOLOR LIP MAGNIFIER* – it was difficult to pick from my lip crayon loves but Mally doesn’t get talked about enough and I love these lip crayons. The coverage is great, they are very smooth and there’s some lip plumping going on. My favorite is Princess Pink but there are 14 different shades at Ulta.com so you’ll surely find one you love.

Mally Beauty Princess Pink Lip Magnifier

Mally Beauty Princess Pink Lip Magnifier

10.  HARD CANDY ALL GLOSSED UP HYDRATING LIP STAIN* is the $5 alternative to Mally or Tarte lip crayons. On Walmart.com there are just a few shades available but there are more when you go in person. These are just like the name states – hydrating, glossy and lightly staining. It wears away evenly on me but I’ve only tried a Cupcake which is pink so I don’t know about darker shades.

Hard Candy All Glossed Up Lip Hydrator

Hard Candy All Glossed Up Lip Hydrator

Here’s my 10 but now that I’m done I realize I should have included so much more, including nail polish. I guess you’ll have to keep coming back for more posts.

Have you used any of these products? Which are your favorites? — Marcia

Join the other bloggers to see what they’re wearing this summer.


*indicates sent for review consideration

Zuzu Luxe Lip RX Kit will have you smiling again

Gabriel Lip RX Kit

Gabriel Lip RX Kit

We may be seeing signs of spring at last but that doesn’t mean our lips are ready for spring. While my lips are softer and there are no cracks now that the bitter winds and cold have died down, I still want to keep them in shape. That’s where the ZUZU LUXE LIP RX KIT comes in. This was sent to me months ago and I’ve been using it ever since.

Gabriel/Zuzu Lip RX kit products

Gabriel/Zuzu Lip RX kit products

In the great mesh cosmetic bag are two Zuzu Luxe products, the Lip Exfoliator and the Lip RX Stick.

Zuzu Lip RX Stick and Lip Exfoliator

Zuzu Lip RX Stick and Lip Exfoliator

Zuzu Luxe Lip Exfoliator is a gentle yet thorough exfoliator for your lips. It has scrubbers in there but they are natural and not harsh. I try to use this daily when I’m getting ready for the day (though I do forget). Apply it like you would a lipstick and then use your finger to move it around your lips. I rarely have to wipe it off, it seems to quickly absorb without leaving anything behind. You could also use a washcloth to get extra exfoliation with this.

Zuzu Lip Exfoliator

Zuzu Lip Exfoliator

The Lip RX Stick that comes in this $24.95 set is a terrific lip balm that I love under lipstick. It’s non-fragranced and it has no taste so it’s great for me. It looks like a lipstick so it’s a little classier to apply than my typical plastic tubes. It’s smooth and makes my lips feel highly moisturized.

Zuzu Luxe Lip RX Stick

Zuzu Luxe Lip RX Stick

To top it off they come in a great silver mesh cosmetic bag that will make your daily travels a joy. I love seeing what’s in my bags or else I forget!!

Zuzu Luxe Lip RX Kit

Zuzu Luxe Lip RX Kit

Zuzu Luxe and Gabriel Cosmetics are the same company and share a website. Their products are not only cruelty free but they are vegan besides making them good for all consumers who have lips. They support many important movements like Ocean Conservancy, Glutton Free Tolerance Group, American Breast Cancer Society and more. By supporting them you are also supporting these vital groups. There’s a store locator to help you find these two brands. In my area there are two major markets (Whole Foods and Plum Market) that I can find some locally.

It may have taken me too long to officially review them (I did mention them though in my Top Ten Winter Helpers review) but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been getting a lot of use. I’m a huge fan of lip balms and now I’m a fan of this Lip Exfoliator too. Have you ventured into Zuzu and Gabriel products yet? — Marcia

Ingredients:

RX Stick:

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Ozokerite, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract

Lip Exfoliator:

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil,  Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Kaolin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candellila) Wax, Cetyl Acetate, Stearalkonium Hectorite

*provided for editorial consideration

Top Ten Winter Helpers

1419727169_waxelene_lip_balm_tube_0WAXELENE Lip Balm, the Petroleum Jelly Alternative – I not only have a review of this scheduled for later today (12/30/14) but I also have a giveaway for this. I have a ton of lip balms that I can recommend to you but Waxelene is different since it’s soothing and healing plus it has so many uses. It’s more than a lip balm, it’s for dry skin, diapers, chapped lips, makeup removal etc. It comes in many sizes including this lip tube. A winner at only $3.99.*
1419727088_lip-rx-kit-800x800GABRIEL RX LIP KIT containing a lip balm and a lip scrub – a review is coming up for this kit soon. It contains a lip scrub to help banish the flakies and make your lips soft and smooth to prepare for lipsticks. It also contains a great lip balm that is great under lipstick.*
1419727038_31axlo1yjel._sy300_MIRACLE OF ALOE, MIRACLE FOOT REPAIR – I have a lot of foot creams that I use for softer feet but this is my miracle foot cream. My feet were such a wreck after the harsh water of the hospital and a month without showering that I thought I’d never get them back to normal. I slathered this on twice a day and my feet are so smooth now that it’s hard to believe. I’ve bought it several times and it’s something that’s shared by my family.
1419726913_1195078AVEENO SKIN RELIEF MOISTURE REPAIR – This is a winter savior and it’s fragrance free!! It’s for the dryest of skin which is what happens to mine in the winter. Last winter’s Polar Vortex made me rush out to purchase this.
1419726840_rocgoldday30_fulRoC RETINOL CORREXION DEEP WRINKLE DAILY MOISTURIZIER WITH SPF 30 – A long name for an excellent product. It’s not a heavy moisturizer so your skin can breathe easily. The SPF30 is great because it’s broad spectrum.*
1419726783_fvlbodybutterLAVANILA BODY BUTTER in Fresh Vanilla Lemon – La Vanila makes this in several fragrances so you can pick the one you like best. It contains 100% pure shea & cocoa butters so it’s a great winter protectant. You’ll smell good and you’ll feel soft. Full review (and a giveaway) will be coming up.*
1419726698_lemon_hc_largeBE DELECTABLE HAND CREAM in Lemon + Cream – I love the be Delectable line and can recommend all their products. I chose the Hand Cream today because while I need a hand cream all year, I’m desperate for it in winter. It contains mango butter, shea butter and aloe vera to nourish your hands and cuticles. The smell of the lemon is divine.*
1419726602_large_dnabarrierNEOVA DNA BARRIER – This is one of my favorite moisturizers for night. I love how this feels on my skin and how my skin looks when I wake up the next morning. It’s rich but doesn’t clog pores, it has no fragrance, it’s soothing and it’s wonderful. I just finished one and I’m ordering another for sure. *
1419726516_serum_510x600SUPERGOOP ANTI-AGING CITY SUNSCREEN SERUM – This turned into my favorite sunscreen. If the product that I’m using for daytime moisturizing doesn’t have sunscreen then it’s Supergoop to the rescue. No fragrance which is important to me. Gentle and non-greasy. It works great with or without makeup. I wrote about it in July and I am writing about it again at the end of December so it’s a love all year round.*
1419726422_aaa_oil_30ALGENIST ADVANCED ANTI-AGING REPAIRING OIL – I’ve grown to love oil on my face but they aren’t all created equal. This past summer I was testing one by Yes to Blueberries and while the price was right, I finally gave up on it since it was too heavy. An oil needs to be gently absorbed and not sit on top of your skin. Algenist does just that. You can use a few drops or mix it with a serum. Either way it’s protecting my skin this winter and helping with the dehydration that I see.
There are a lot more products that I could have included in this Top Ten list but these are the ones in my current rotation. They are all products I’m thrilled to count as winter saviors. — Marcia
See what the other Top Ten ladies want to share so you can get through this winter.


*some items sent for editorial consideration, some purchased by me and some sent have been repurchased.

Shades for a perfect nude lip

Nude lips 3The nude lip look is everywhere – it’s definitely not a trend that is going away any time soon!  I am always on the lookout for products that creat a perfect nude lip.  I have thin lips without much pigment, so I have to be careful the nude isn’t too white (makes me look like a zombie) or too brown (makes me look DOA).  Here are some products that were sent to the BIZ that together give a ton of different gorgeous nude lip looks.

Teadora Nourishing Lip Butter

Teadora Nourishing Lip Butter

1.  Teadora Nourishing Lip Butter ($15)  Are you surprised?  No, this doesn’t give lips a yellow cast…in fact, it doesn’t have any color at all. But this little pot is packed with antioxidants and vitamins, including Buriti, Brazil Nut, Andoriba, Maracuja, and Acai Oils, plus Cupaucu, Murumuru, and mango butters. This is a dual functioning lip treatment that can be used as either a light exfoliator or a lip moisturizer. It leaves lips healthy and flake-free, ready for liner and gloss. It comes in two flavors:  Laranja, a juicy citrus flavor, and Acai-Acu, berry chocolate.

beautyAddicts Luscious LipLiners in Glow and Express

beautyAddicts Luscious LipLiners in Glow and Express

2.  beautyAddicts Luscious Lips Lipliner ($16)  beautyAddicts Lipliner is a creamy, self-sharpening liner that locks in lip color and fights off feathering. Perfect base colors are Express, an earthy terracotta, and Glow, a natural peach. If these look familiar, you probably saw they were recently featured in Lucky Magazine!

The perfect prescription for nude lips

The perfect prescription for nude lips

3.  Gabriel Cosmetics Inc.’s Shades of Nude Lip Palette ($19.95)  This beautiful lipstick palette has removable pots and an accompanying lip brush. Ingredients include jojoba seed and aloe for mega moisturization.

Nude lips shade 1

The first pot has just a light nude tint with shimmer. This is awesome in the middle of lips to give depth and to make them look more lush.

Nude lips shade 2

The second pot is a pretty matte peach.

Nude lips shade 3

The third pot is a muted rose.

Nude lips shade 4

The fourth pot is a shimmery light grape.

Gabriel Cosmetics Shades of Nude Palette

Gabriel Cosmetics Shades of Nude Palette

These are all amazing on their own or layered to create a whole array of beautiful nude looks. They are lipsticks, so the staying power is great.

Shade of Nude Lip Palette swatched; plus Glow and Express Lipliner

Shade of Nude Lip Palette swatched; plus Glow and Express Lipliner

Yes, you can rock a nude lip, no matter how thin or thick your lips are!  Invest in Teadora Nourishing Lip Butter, beautyAddicts Luscious Lips Lipliner, and Gabriel Cosmetics Shades of Nude Lip Palette for everything you need to create a perfect nude lip.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration