Pucker Up (Naturally)!: 10 All-Natural Lipsticks, Balms & Glosses

10 Natural Lipsticks balms and glosses via @poorandpretty

I don’t wear very much makeup but I always have at least 3 lip products on hand at all times. I’ve usually got two different lip balms and a lipstick or gloss for a little extra color. And you know, it’s not easy finding natural lipsticks and non-petroleum lip glosses. Luckily, I’ve done the research and found a few I really love.

1. Handmade Coco Balm by Poor & Pretty: My 100% natural, vegan-approved lip balm is made with certified organic Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Candelilla Wax, sweetened with all-natural Stevia extract. (Yes, my Etsy shop is back open! Just Coco Balms & Coco Body Balms for now, but I’ve got some ideas for the holidays, so stay tuned!)

2. Handmade Wild Pollen Lip Balm: You might remember this from my latest Maker Takes post. I’m all about DIY beauty, so I was very happy to find lip balm ingredients in June’s For the Makers box. Want to make your own? Get the tutorial and supplies here.

3. Ora’s Amazing Herbal Lip Balms: I bought this sampler gift box from Ora’s Amazing Herbal on Abe’s Market and I love my Vanilla and Earl Grey lip balms! The box also came with a Minty Cocoa flavor, but I’m not a big fan of the mint + chocolate combination, so I gave it to Stan. Check out all of their flavors and other all-natural products here.

4. Yes to Carrots Lip Butter: This is a great store-bought alternative to Burt’s Bees (which I find dries out my lips even more). They seem to have discontinued the original Carrot lip butter, but you can buy it in Berry, Mint, or Pomegranate from most drugstores or online here.

5. Fairness Gloss by PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics: I love the name of this company, and their commitment to fostering global peace. For example: the proceeds from this lip gloss support equal wage advocacy. The gloss is a lovely neutral color and made with organic castor oil, beeswax, carnauba wax, shea butter, and vitamin E — 75% organic ingredients! It doesn’t get goopy and sticky like petroleum glosses do.

6. Paint Me Loving Natural Lipstick by PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics: This looked much more pink online, but in person it is a very pale pink/neutral. It gives just a hint of color, which is nice because I like a more natural look.

7. Aveda Nourish-Mint™ Smoothing Lip Color in Sheer Melochia Bloom: This is my go-to lipstick when I want something with a bit more color. It’s a true pink, but it goes in sheer and tastes like mint and cinnamon! This color is no longer available, but the closest thing to it would probably be Fossil or Wild Plum.

8. Magnolia Lip Gloss by Au Naturale: A very pretty and shimmery pink lip gloss, made with olive, castor, broccoli seed, apricot and more lovely natural oils. This is great on its own or over lipstick.

9. 100% Pure Lip Creme Stick in Perfect Naked Pink: This is slightly darker and peachier than the Aveda lipstick and has more of an opaque matte finish. I love that it’s colored using fruit and vegetable pigments rather than minerals or synthetic dyes.

10. 100% Pure Lip & Cheek Stain in Cherry: I’ve never used a lip stain before, so this was interesting! You have to apply it very quickly or it will be darker on some parts of your lips more than others. It’s a very deep red, so I usually only apply one layer and the color lasts much longer than your average lipstick or gloss.

Before After 100 Percent Pure Lip Stain via @poorandpretty

It really is like staining your lips! On the left, I’m wearing only lip balm, and on the right, I’m using just one layer of 100% Pure’s Lip & Cheek Stain. I finish with lip balm or gloss to give it a little shine. I haven’t tried it on my cheeks yet — I’m afraid I’ll look like a clown! Oh, and it does not taste like cherry, so don’t lick your lips!

What are some of your favorite natural lipsticks, glosses, and balms? Did I miss any that I should absolutely try? Let me know in the comments!

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Friday Faves: Summery Sandals & Flats Under $35

Favorite Summer Sandals + Flats Under $35 via @poorandpretty

Favorite Summer Sandals + Flats Under $35 via @poorandpretty

These Roxy sandals are my absolute favorite summer footwear, which is why they’re so well-worn. I bought them years ago, and they’ve lasted longer than any other pair of sandals I own. They’re comfortable and casual, but dressy enough to wear to work and nice events, too. Unfortunately, these aren’t available anymore, but I did find a few more sandals and flats to complement your summer wardrobe.

First, let’s talk about how awesome it is that jelly shoes are back! Yes!!! These are definitely my favorite style icon from the 90s.

Favorite Summer Jelly Shoes Under $35 via @poorandpretty

1. ASOS FUNKY Gladiator Jelly Shoes (ASOS). 2. Confetti on the Dance Floor Flat (ModCloth). 3. Juju Seven Yellow Flat Jelly Sandals (ASOS). 4. Flat Lattice Jelly Sandal (American Apparel).

Favorite Summer Flip Flops Under $35 via @poorandpretty

And what would summer be without the iconic flip-flop? 5. Roxy Firenze Flip Flop (DSW). 6. DV8 Splash (Zappos). 7. Women’s Classic Flip Flops (Old Navy). 8. O’Neill Wander ’14 Women’s Sandals (6pm).

Favorite Summer Bow Sandals + Flats list

Bows are also big this year. 9. Dizzy J-Drop Flat Sandal (DSW). 10. GUESS Tutu 2 (Zappos). 11. Mel Pop Ballet Flat (DSW). 12. Jelly Bow Thong Sandals (Prima Donna).

Favorite Summer Dressy Sandals Under $35 via @poorandpretty

These sandals are a bit dressier, so you can wear them to work or summer soirées. 13. Zen in Rome Sandal (ModCloth). 14. Billabong Tassle Me (Zappos). 15. Mootsies Tootsies Pamela Wedge Sandal (DSW). 16. Sunset in Your Ways Flat (ModCloth).

Favorite Summer Flats Under $35 via @poorandpretty

And finally, a few flirty flats! 17. Morning Amour Flat (ModCloth). 18. Lily Pad Ballet Flats (ASOS) – these would look great with DIY glittery cap toes ;) 19. White Crochet Women’s Classics (TOMS). 20. Frolic in Fresno Flat (ModCloth).

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eShakti: The Perfect Fit for Petite to Plus

eShakti dress customization

Before I jump in to why I love eShakti, I have to share one more wedding shower photo. I promise it’s relevant!

Jordan's wedding shower bridal party

Left to right (all of us squinting horribly in the sun): Beata, Brittany, Jordan (the bride!), me, and Kelsey (Jordan’s sister/Maid of Honor). See my adorable green dress? I got so many compliments on it at the shower! It’s the Brooklyn Dress with a halter top from eShakti. Remember them from my bridesmaid dresses roundup? You know how I said they offer customization and custom sizing? Because of this, I thought eShakti deserved a little more time in the spotlight.

eShakti dress customization

Shopping is difficult for pretty much every woman. None of us are the same shape, or exactly proportionate, so it’s hard to fit into almost anything factory-made. And sizes are a total joke. Why am I a 4 at H&M and J.Crew’s 0 is often too big for me? It’s ridiculous! So when I found out that eShakti offers custom sizing and styling for only $7.50, I fell in love. Here’s how it works:

eShakti Brooklyn halter dress

First, you pick a dress. It looks like the Brooklyn dress is currently sold out in green, so I picked the black one.

eShakti standard sizing options

Next, pick a standard size if it closely matches your bust, waist, and hip measurements. Then, enter your height.

eShakti custom sizing

Not down with the standard sizes? Click on the “custom size” tab and enter your measurements. If you give them your email address, they’ll keep your sizing on file for future orders. Super convenient!

eShakti customizing dress length

Want your dress a little shorter or longer? You can customize the dress length, too!

eShakti cutomizing sleeves and neckline

You can also customize the sleeves, straps, or neckline of many dresses. I’m telling you: serious customization, ladies!

eShakti dresses one print three ways

Here’s an example of one dress customized three ways. Now you can see why I recommended eShakti for bridesmaid dresses right? But even for non-bridesmaids, eShakti is a great find for all shapes and sizes. It’s like having an Internet seamstress!

Where have you had success shopping for your size? I’d love to check out your recommendations in the comments!

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DIY Teacup Candles

DIY Teacup candles via @poorandpretty

Now that Jordan’s wedding shower is over, I can finally share these! She wanted a tea party theme, so I bought a few mis-matched vintage teacups from Goodwill and Savers and made these candles to use as centerpieces.

poured mica gold teacup candles via @poorandpretty

Just follow the instructions for my mason jar soy wax candles and use teacups instead! For four teacups of various sizes, I used about 5 cups of soy wax (measured prior to melting), 3-4 tbs of fragrance oil, and 2-3 dye chips.

poured mica gold teacup candles closeup via @poorandpretty

I was shooting for a golden color with the above candles; I used a pretty gold mica to create the glittery swirls…

Finished teacup candles via @poorandpretty

…But as you can see they turned out to be much more cream-colored. Candles are much harder to dye than soap!

Teacup candles via @poorandpretty

They did turn out to be beautiful centerpieces though. I paired them with a few sprigs of lavender or butterfly bush that grows outside of our building at work, and tied them up with ribbon.

vintage doilies and handkerchiefs

Rachel gave me some vintage doilies and handkerchiefs, which really added to the decor. Here are a few shots from the shower:

Wedding shower gold teacup candle via @poorandpretty

Though parts of the room were darkly lit, you can see a bit more of the shimmer in this photo.

Wedding shower purple teacup candle via @poorandpretty

This was supposed to be a bit more purple, but I actually like this color better!

DIY heart tag teabags via @poorandpretty

Of course, it ain’t a real tea party without tea! The other bridesmaids and I got together for a craft night to make these homemade tea bags, using a tutorial from A Beautiful Mess. It was a lot more work than we thought it would be, but they came out so cute and Jordan (and the guests!) loved them, so it was worth it. ♥

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20 Bridesmaid Dresses They’ll Actually Wear Again

Jordan’s wedding is just over a month away, so my bridesmaid duties are in full swing. We’re doing lots of fun DIY things for her upcoming shower (I’ll share details next week ;). I’ve heard bridesmaid stories, and seen the movie, but I gotta say, I love being in Jordan’s wedding party. She’s just as frugal and crafty as I am and has a great sense of style. To ensure we didn’t spend money on unflattering dresses we’d never wear again, she picked out a color and a general style, and we picked our specific dresses. I’m so in love with mine:

Jordan's Bridesmaid Dress

So in the wedding spirit, I rounded up a few dresses that I think any bridesmaid would be happy to wear more than once! Let’s start with a few from BHLDN, Anthropologie’s wedding line:

BHLDN bridesmaid dresses via @poorandpretty

1. Chloe Dress. 2. Annabelle Dress. 3. Harlow Dress. 4. Ainsley Dress.

ModCloth bridesmaid dresses 5-8 via @poorandpretty

Of course, I found plenty at ModCloth: 5. Baklava Beauty Dress. 6. Peach and Every Guest Dress. 7. Content to Curtsy Dress. 8. With Only a Wink Dress.

eShakti bridesmaid dresses via @poorandpretty

eShakti has a great variety of dresses in lots of different colors. Plus, they offer customization and custom sizing for only $7.50! 9. Megan Dress. 10. Alice Dress. 11. Florence Dress. 12. Grace Dress.

Ruche bridesmaid dresses 13-16 via @poorandpretty

And a few from Ruche: 13. Julie Lace Accent Dress. 14. Seaport Town Colorblock Dress. 15. Ray of Sunshine Lace Dress. 16. Miriam Colorblock Dress.

Shabby Apple bridesmaid dresses 17-20 via @poorandpretty

Shabby Apple has fun vintage/romantic style dresses: 17. Cherish You Dress. 18. Lyle Dress. 19. Alice Dress. 20. Nutcracker Dress.

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