RMS Beauty Tinted “Un” Powder + A Deal!

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It’s no secret that I am a diehard devotee (read: groupie) of RMS Beauty.  While being effective and providing a beautiful, modern palette, it’s simply the purest makeup line around.  I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of RMS’ latest addition, Tinted “Un” Powder, and not surprisingly, I L-O-V-E it.

A mineral-tinted version of their classic “Un” Powder, this light-as-a-feather foundation (I hate to even call it that) provides sheer coverage while light-reflective pigments create a soft-focus effect, blurring fine lines and pores – for real.  The star ingredient, 100% pure silica, is gentle, silky and ultra-fine, but absorbs shine beautifully without making skin appear chalky or dry.  (So, I promise you won’t look like that girl, you know the one, who has too much cheap “mineral” foundation on her face…)  Also, while there are only three shades, they are really versatile and seem to self-adjust to your skin tone when applied.

How to apply: Tinted “Un” Powder works perfectly with the Green Beauty cult-favorite “Un” Cover-up to provide full coverage where you need it.  Personally, I like to tap “Un” Cover-up in #22 onto any imperfections (dark circles, hyperpigmentation, blemishes) with my finger tip. Then, using the RMS powder puff, I gently press the Tinted “Un” Powder in #2-3 all over my face and neck.  The two blend together seamlessly, and the result is a flawless complexion that doesn’t look like it’s wearing makeup.  For those of you with clear, unblemished skin, (I don’t want to meet you/hang out with you) all you need is a quick pat of the Tinted “Un” Powder and you’re ready to roll.  Cost: $34 for .32 oz.  Purchase it here.

Ingredients: Silica, Iron Oxides: CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499.  As always, talc free, silicone free, perfume free and paraben free.

And, just because I love you:

Exclusive to Bare Beauty Readers: Enter Code BAREBEAUTY at checkout and receive 10%  off your ENTIRE RMS Beauty order now through February 1, 2015.  

(Orders $30 or more qualify for free shipping.)

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Good For You Friday: Coconut Curry

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Happy Friday!  Lately, I’ve been cooking a lot from Dr. Alejandro Junger’s Clean Eats and I haven’t been disappointed yet.  So far, the big winner is the Indian-style Coconut Curry.  Richard went as far as to say that it was one of the best “ethnic” meals I’ve ever made.  (Well, hey!)  I do have to say that I would feel very comfortable serving this to dinner guests – I almost felt like I cheated because it was so easy to whip up.  This curry dish is cleanse-friendly and vegan if you omit the chicken.  And the leftovers!  Yummiest.  Lunch.  Ever.

| Coconut Curry | (serves 4)

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (I used unrefined coconut oil)
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • ( I also added 1 tablespoon hot madras curry powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1/2 cup scallions, chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 pasture raised boneless chicken breast, cooked and cut into bite-size pieces (I used two)
  • 1 (13.5) ounce can of full-fat, unsweetened coconut milk
  • cooked brown rice
  • flesh of 1 ripe avocado, sliced

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Coat the pan with oil, and when oil is hot, sauté the garlic until it is slightly browned.  Add the onion and add more oil if needed.  Cover and cook the onions until they are translucent.  Add the turmeric, cumin, coriander, and onion powder, and mix to coat the onions and garlic.  Then, add the sweet potatoes, celery, scallions, water, and salt.  Let everything simmer until the sweet potatoes are soft.  Stir in the cooked chicken and coconut milk, and continue simmering to mix the flavors.  Serve over cooked brown rice and top with sliced avocado.

Note: If you want to go grain-free, this is dish is hearty enough to eat without rice.

Enjoy!

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A Green Man is a Good Man

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I know this Ryan Gosling joke is played out (except that it’s not, I still laugh every time).

Lately, so many friends, family members and readers have been asking me about Clean products for men.  My personal guinea pig, my husband, is no metrosexual.  He is a man’s man; he’s never had an arsenal of (toxic!) Kiehl’s like some of his friends. (And I like it that way – I want to be the pretty one!)  He is particular about what he uses, but he doesn’t like to spend a lot on products, so consider this a starter kit, or, the “basics” for getting your man to go Green.

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Acure Organics Clarifying Mint Body Wash.  I love, love, love Acure Organics Body Wash.  It lathers, cleans and moisturizes effectively and it is so inexpensive.  Cost: $10.95 for 8 oz.  Purchase it here.

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Acure Organics Daily Clarifying Lemongrass Shampoo is a great option for most hair types, lathers well and it smells great.  Cost: $11.95 for 12 oz.  Purchase it here.

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Weleda Shaving Cream actually moisturizes and soothes the face, unlike most conventional shaving creams, which are full of alcohol.  This cream is designed for a wet shave, fyi.  Cost: $14.50 for 2.5 0z.  Purchase it here.

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S.W. Basics Cleanser is simple and effective and I love their androgynous packaging.  Be warned: this cleanser does not lather, but it does cleanse the skin thoroughly.  Cost: $24 for 4 oz.  Purchase it here.

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S.W. Basics Cream for Face and Body is the best alternative to those toxin-packed Cetaphil and Cereve-type lotions.  It is gentle and moisturizes really well without being greasy.  Cost: $32 for 4 oz.  Purchase it here.

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Consonant Skincare The Perfect Sunscreen SPF 30 is a great daily sunscreen for the face and is strong enough for a day at the beach.  Cost: $45.  Purchase it here.

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Hurraw! Mint Lip Balm is a favorite at our house.  It glides on smooth, lasts hours and it’s not shiny or greasy.  And it doesn’t roll off the nightstand!  Cost: $3.95.  Purchase it here.

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Soapwalla Deodorant Cream is the KING of Green deodorant.  It works so well and has a nice, barely there unisex fragrance.  Cost: $14.  Purchase it here.

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Dr. Bronners 18-in-1 Hemp Tea Tree Pure Castille Soap is a great all-in-one product for super low-maintenance dudes.  This is a shampoo-cleanser-bodywash all in one.  The tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic and prevents acne and dandruff.  Cost: $16 for 32 oz.  Purchase it here.

Did I cover it all?

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Green Beauty Deals

Happy Monday. Want to kill some time before you actually start working this morning?  I know the answer to that…  Well, I feel like you need to know about a few really great Green Beauty Deals that are going on right now.  Happy shopping!

 

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Integrity Botanicals is having their winter sale and select products are up to 50% off, including my favorite bronzer.

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Take 15% off that natural perfume you’ve been meaning to buy yourself at The Detox Market.  Use code SCENT15 at checkout.  My favorite from LURK is finally available in an Eau de Toilette!

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My current *obsession*, which you will read an entire blog post about very soon, is Pacific Skincare.  Now through January 20th, Get a free Exfoliating Cleanser (a $48 value) with purchase of any Pacific Duet*. (*Pacific Moisture Duet, Pacific Anti-Wrinkle Duet, Pacific Desert Island Duet)  Use code EXFOLIATE at checkout.

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The Do-All-Soothe-All: Summer Sky Organics

Do you or your little one have sensitive skin – like, very sensitive?  Maybe you even have a skin disorder?  You’re probably exasperated from all the products that have disappointed you, but I think I’ve found you a winner in Summer Sky Organics Soothing Balm.

After her newborn son was diagnosed with Lamellar Ichthyosis (a rare skin disorder in which the skin barrier is compromised, resulting in extremely sensitive skin, an increased risk of infection, etc.), Jamie Bond, a licensed esthetician, tried every Clean lotion she could find.  Dissatisfied, she got to work and created her own.  (Gotta love that #girlpower.)  The result is this amazing Soothing Balm.  It contains some of my very favorite natural skincare ingredients and it is a legitimate remedy for just about any skin concern.  I’ve used it as a double-cleanser, nighttime eye cream, hand cream, diaper balm, you name it.  It is so creamy, so gentle and free of any and all fragrances and essential oils.  I’d put money on this baby!  No pun intended.  Cost: $25 for 4 oz.  Purchase it here.

Ingredients:  Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Arrowroot Powder, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Calendula Oil, Organic Rosehip Seed Oil, Organic Gluten-Free Oats, Organic Chickweed, Organic Chamomile Tea, Organic Pomegranate Oil, Organic Rosemary Extract, Mixed Tocopherols (Non-GMO Vitamin E).  Gluten Free.  USDA Organic.

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Good For You Friday: Coconut Poached Salmon

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Happy Friday!  I started Dr. Sherri’s 21-Day Metabolic Cleanse on Monday (I try to do this twice per year; it’s such a life-changer), so I’ve been trolling through some of my old cleanse recipes searching for warming, satisfying dishes.  I mean, a salad is NOT cutting it in this weather. I happened to re-discover one of my faves and thought I’d share it with you.

I’m sure most of you already read Gwyneth’s blog, but I had to pull out this oldie-but-goodie from GOOP.   It’s delicious, satisfying and incredibly fast and easy (like 15 minutes, I mean it).

|Coconut Poached Salmon| (serves 2)

  • 2 quarter pound pieces of salmon, seasoned with salt + pepper
  • 1-2 anchovy filets (don’t be scurrrred, they’re delish and very good for you)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable, chicken or seafood broth
  • 1 cup coconut milk (I used a whole 13.5 oz can of organic coconut milk for more broth)
  • 2 stalks lemongrass (inner bulbs), finely chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • dark, leafy winter greens, finely chopped (I used lacinto kale, as it “holds up” in the broth.)
  • salt + pepper to taste

1. Add the broth to a large, deep pan over medium high heat. Cook for a few minutes until it begins to boil and add the lemongrass, cooking it for a minute until fragrant. Reduce heat to medium and add the coconut milk and most of the lime juice and place the salmon fillets into the liquid skin side down. Cover and poach for about 10 minutes until cooked through. Transfer fillets to a serving platter over dark, leafy winter greens.

2. Continue to cook the liquid for another minute or so until thick, adding in the anchovies and smashing them into the sauce with the back of a wooden spoon. Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste and spoon over salmon and greens. Squeeze remaining lime over the salmon and serve.

Done and done.  Enjoy and happy weekend!

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The Universal Red Lip by Kjaer Weiss

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I don’t usually wear bright lips during the day, but the weather in Charleston has been sooo dreary lately.  Combine that with mid-winter skin, and it’s not a pretty picture.  I’ve recently turned to wearing a bold lip during the day as well as at night and I really think it perks me up – not just my complexion, but my spirit, too.

I have found Kjaer Weiss Lip Tint in Lover’s Choice to be the truest, most classic red out there.  In the compact, it looks like a brick-red, which really scared me off at first.  However, the color has grown on me; it’s not too orange, not too blue and makes my teeth look bright white – without coming off on them.   Kirsten Kjaer Weiss was inspired by the color of a red rose: “I can’t imagine anyone this color wouldn’t look good on”.  Cost: $49 (including refillable compact).  Purchase it here.  I’ve found the best way to apply is with a lip brush, particularly Kjaer Weiss’.  Cost: $18.  Purchase it here.

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Ingredients: ricinus communis (castor) seed oil* , caprylic/capric triglyceride, euphobia cerifera (candelilla) wax, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax*, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter*, zea mays (corn) starch*, cera alba (beeswax)*, rosa rubiginosa (rosehip) seed oil*, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*, gardenia florida fruit extract, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil*, ammonium glycyrrhizate, non-gmo tocopheryl acetate (nature-identical), limonene**.  may contain +/- :
mica, ci 77891, ci 75470, ci 77492, ci 77499, ci 77491, ci 19140, ci 15850.  *Certified Organic **Naturally contained in the essential oils.  Note: this product is gluten-free, but not vegan.

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An Expecting Ecodiva

While I was expecting, my nesting instinct manifested in an obsession with a healthy pregnancy.  I read everything I could get my hands on and interrogated anyone who was well-informed on the subject.  In fact, I still love to gab about it, and who better to interview that the all-natural, *glowing* and glamorous Garcy Fry of Ecodivabeauty?  Gorgeous inside and out, Garcy is the embodiment of Green Beauty: she looks like a teen-mom, but connects with you like an old soul.  Get to know her!

 

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BB: First of all, Congratulations!  I know you are so excited.  Do you know the sex?  How are the girls reacting to your progress?

GF: I don’t know the sex this time! We found out with both our girls so it was time to switch things up and have at least one surprise…as if the third baby wasn’t a big enough surprise, ha! The love my girls have for this baby and mama’s belly would melt your heart. Everyday I get smothered in belly hugs and kisses and bizarre name suggestions (i.e. Sha-pow, Shove-davin). They are going to be the greatest sisters and really want to help me, so I am really thankful for the age gap between them!
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BB: I know you thought you were “done”.  What transpired that made you change your mind?

GF: What transpired? An app got me pregnant! Joking, not joking. I had recently come back from a girls trip in Palm Springs with a friend that suggested I track everything womanly with this app (Kindara) that would tell me when it was “safe” to get frisky. So I started tracking my lady bits and tried to have fun in my “safe” zone, and it turns out the app was wrong and there is NO SAFE ZONE!

BB: What do you do differently while pregnant to take extra special care of yourself? (exercise, eating, any rituals, tricks, etc.)

GF: Not a whole lot actually. I take bioavailable prenatal vitamins which means I have to take them 3 times a day. I up my consumption of the water I drink. I’ve always been a healthy eater so my diet hasn’t changed. I also practice self-hypnosis (it’s meditation really, not witchcraft) in preparation for hypno-birthing. 

BB: How is this pregnancy compared to your prior two?

GF: This pregnancy has been identical to the other two, only this time I’ve experienced some hormonal breakouts that I’ve combatted with Dr. Alkaitis Soothing Gel and May Lindstrom Problem Solver. 

BB: And, now that you are a pregnancy veteran, what is your advice to first-timers?

GF: My advice to first timers is to take pregnancy as an opportunity to nurture your body, and enrich your mind and soul. Pregnancy and birth can be an incredibly empowering, rewarding and an enjoyable experience that can be treasured and not feared. Read books, take classes, educated yourself about the physical side of the birth process and what actually happens internally during birth. Learn to understand your own fears around pain, birth and labor and know that birth isn’t something you need to be afraid of. The strength and power you posses as a women is something to be respected, and pregnancy and birth is a testimony to that!

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And, for those of you wondering about Garcy’s can’t-live-without-pregnancy-products:
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Good For You Friday: Ready, Veggetti?

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Happy Friday!  Soooo, how’s your detox going?  Don’t worry, I won’t tell.  I’ve been sick for almost five weeks now, and I’m not sure if barely exercising and eating mostly simple carbs has made me fatter or thinner, (I think the correct term is skinny-fat) but I’m finally feeling better and it’s time to get cookin’.

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Don’t laugh, but my mom got me The Veggetti (as seen on that infomercial you fell asleep to last night) for Christmas.  She swears by it and I’m actually really excited to use it this weekend.  I’m going to spiralize zucchini, steam the “noodles” and top it with the best marinara ever.

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Also, I found this article relevant since all anyone can talk about in January is dieting/cleansing/detoxing.  (Guilty.)  I hope you have a great weekend!

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Wondering What to Eat Now?

 

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Ummm, that just about sums it up over here….

 

“So, what’s your New Year’s Resolution?”  Don’t you just hate that question?!  Personally, I don’t make one on January 1st – I try to make resolutions whenever I feel I need to throughout the year.  However, like most of you, I am very much ready to eat Clean again.  Normally, I am very conscious of what I eat, so I kind of blow it out during the holidays.  And you know what?  I don’t feel guilty about it, not one bit.  I’ve celebrated and indulged with my family and friends, and in the moment it felt great.  Aaaannd now it’s time to drink green juice and get-my-ass-to-yoga-class.

I received some *awesome* Clean-eating cookbooks for Christmas (a few of which were recommended by The Whole Tulip) and I’m so excited to get back into a routine and start cooking healthy food again.  I’ll be sure to share successful recipes with you along the way, as always.

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  1. Clean Eats, by Alejandro Junger, M.D.  Cost: about $29.  Purchase it here.
  2. The Sprouted Kitchen, by Sara Forte.  Cost: about $25.  Purchase it here.
  3. Super Natural Every Day, by Heidi Swanson.  Cost: about $25.  Purchase it here.
  4. The 3-Day Reset, by Pooja Mottl.  Cost: about $22.  Purchase it here.
  5. Clean Food, Revised Edition: A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source, by Terry Walters.  Cost: about $30.  Purchase it here.
  6. The Nourished Kitchen, by Jennifer McGruther.  Cost: about $25.  Purchase it here.
  7. The French Market Cookbook, by Clotilde Dusoulier.  Cost: about $22.  Purchase it here.
  8. Thug Kitchen, The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck.  Cost: about $25.  Purchase it here.

Do you own any of these?  Do you love them, hate them?  Am I missing the best healthy-eating cookbook of all time?

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