100% Pure Review + Mascara Giveaway!

100 Percent Pure natural cosmetics via @poorandpretty

I’m always on the lookout for natural cosmetics so when I stumbled across 100% Pure, I knew I had to give them a try. Unlike many “green-washing” companies out there, 100% Pure really means it when they say their products are entirely natural. They contain absolutely no synthetic chemicals, chemical preservatives, artificial colors or fragrances, harsh detergents, or other toxins. Nor do they test on animals or use any animal by-products, so they’re vegan as well. Their makeup is colored with fruit and vegetable pigments in lieu of minerals or synthetic dyes. Pretty awesome.

100 Percent Pure mascara giveaway via @poorandpretty

So let me introduce you to a few of my favorite 100% Pure products, then you can enter to win their black mascara!

100 Percent Pure scrub + mask via @poorandpretty

We’ll start with their Brightening Scrub + Mask. You know I’m a big fan of making my own facial scrubs and masks, but it’s good to have one on hand for those lazy days, or for traveling. 100% Pure’s Brightening Scrub + Mask is full of antioxidants and vitamins like pomegranate seed oil, strawberry, pineapple, papaya, and cranberry extracts, pink grapefruit essential oil… the list goes on and on. It gently exfoliates with tiny jojoba beads (those little colorful wax spheres I used to put on my cupcake soaps as sprinkles). It leaves my skin feeling refreshed, exfoliated, and moisturized.

100 Percent Pure primer + moisturizer via @poorandpretty

After I wash my face and dab on my homemade astringent, I follow up with 100% Pure’s Jasmine Green Tea Moisturizer. It absorbs quickly so I sometimes feel like I need to use a little more than is probably necessary, but I like that it doesn’t leave my skin oily. If I plan to wear anything more than tinted moisturizer, I’ll also dab on a tiny bit of their Luminous Primer. I don’t have much experience with primers, but this one seems to work pretty well. I’ll probably start wearing it more often because I really love how the light-reflective pigments in it give my skin a healthy glow.

100 Percent Pure foundation + tinted moisturizer via @poorandpretty

My first 100% Pure purchase was their sheer Fruit Pigmented Water Foundation in White Peach. While I love both their water foundation and tinted moisturizer, I wish they offered trial samples to help find the right color. It’s so hard buying foundation from the Internet unless you already know your shade. The foundation and tinted moisturizers are so smooth and hydrating, but the White Peach color is just a tad too orange for me. They do have a 30 day return policy though, so I’m sure if you run into the same issue, they’ll swap out the product for you. I think White Peach would look fine on me if I had a bit of a tan, but it’s definitely not my Fall/Winter color!

100 Percent Pure eyeliner + luminescent powder via @poorandpretty

At first, I thought the Luminescent Powder was just a fancy kind of blush, but it actually gives very sheer color and a whole lot of, well, luminescence! It really brightens up your skin, so I use it in conjunction with blush. The Creamy Long Last Eyeliner is true to its name and really does last all day! It’s normally such a pain to put on eyeliner — especially if you’re like me and don’t have a steady hand — so I appreciate the ease of putting this on.

100 Percent Pure lip stain and creme comparison via @poorandpretty

You might remember 100% Pure’s Lip Creme Stick and Lip & Cheek Stain from my roundup of natural lip sticks, balms, and glosses last month. I have the Lip Creme Stick in Perfect Naked Pink, which — also true to its name — gives my lips just a little color. The Lip Stain gives me much more color and I only have to use a tiny bit. It really does stain your lips, so it lasts throughout the day. It doesn’t have any shine to it, so I add my Coco Balm on top for a glossy finish. The above image gives you an idea of how my lips look when using my Coco Balm (top), the lip stain (left), and the creme stick (right).

makeup for Jordan's wedding

I used almost exclusively 100% Pure products at Jordan’s wedding, and it turned out beautiful and lasted all day, even in the sticky heat and rain.

100 Percent Pure mascara giveaway via @poorandpretty

Wanna win 100% Pure’s Mascara in Black Tea? Just leave a comment below about your favorite place to go for makeup inspiration or tell me some other natural cosmetics you love. The contest will be open until Friday, September 26th, and I will announce the winner on Monday. Open to US residents only. Good luck! This contest is now closed. Congrats to Joy-Marie!

Full disclosure: I was given 100% Pure products for this review, however, all opinions expressed are my own. Read my full affiliate disclosure here.

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DIY Lemon & Honey Facial Peel

Lemon and honey facial peel via @poorandpretty

DIY Lemon and honey facial peel via @poorandpretty

I wanted to break up my road trip updates a bit with a quick & easy beauty tutorial. This isn’t your standard chemical facial peel. It won’t give your skin second-degree burns or make you look like Lucille Bluth. Lemon juice acts as a natural “peel” because it removes dead skin cells, leaving your skin smooth and refreshed, but also more exposed. As such, I don’t recommend using this right before heading to the beach. And because of the combination of lemon and baking soda, it may burn sensitive skin. Please test on a small patch of your skin before spreading it all over your face.

Lemon and honey facial peel ingredients via @poorandpretty

Ingredients/Supplies — this makes 2-3 uses:

  • juice from half a lemon
  • 2 tbs baking soda
  • ½ tbs honey
  • a glass jar (if you are storing leftovers — remember, lemon is acidic!)

Lemon and honey facial peel via @poorandpretty

1. Mix all of your ingredients together. Tip: If you mix the honey and baking soda together first, it won’t fizz as much when you add in the lemon juice.

2. Wash your face as you normally would with your chosen face wash, then pat dry.

3. Apply your lemon and honey peel liberally, and rub in gently with fingertips for about 30 seconds.

4. Let sit for up to 10 minutes.

5. Rinse off and follow with astringent or toner and your favorite moisturizer. Use moisturizer with SPF in it if you’re going to spend a lot of time in the sun after you use this peel.

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DIY Beauty: Avocado Hair & Face Mask

DIY avocado hair and face mask via poorandpretty

DIY avocado hair and face mask via poorandpretty

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you probably saw my “Hulking out” photo (if you missed it; I’ve included it below ;). Really though, I was just wearing this avocado hair and face mask. It’s rich in protein, vitamins (especially A), and antioxidants to gently exfoliate and moisturize your skin and hydrate your hair. Plus, apple cider vinegar is great at eliminating build-up and dry skin that leads to dandruff. Okay, okay, I get it. It’s awesome. Now, tell me how to make it!

DIY avocado hair and face mask ingredients via poorandpretty

Super Smooth Avocado Hair & Face Mask. This should make enough for one hair and face application, even if you have the thickest hair in the world (like me). It will not store well, so use it as soon as you make it.

Ingredients:

  • ½ an avocado — rich in antioxidants and vitamins to promote hair growth, overall scalp health, hydrates and gently exfoliates skin and helps prevent wrinkles.
  • 1 egg yolk — don’t use the egg white! It’s a royal pain to get out of your hair. Egg yolk is also rich in protein, fat, and lecithin (an antioxidant) and acts as a hair conditioner.
  • ¼ cup organic soy milk —chock full of protein, vitamin E, and antioxidants, soy milk encourages cell turnover for healthy skin. Only use organic soy milk, you don’t want GMOs on your face!
  • 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil — high in fat, oleic acid, and antioxidants to heal skin cells,  repair skin damage, and prevent wrinkles.
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar — prevents scalp buildup and dandruff.

DIY avocado hair and face mask egg yolk mixture 1 via poorandpretty

Step One: Combine everything but the avocado in a small bowl.

DIY avocado hair and face mask egg yolk mixture via poorandpretty

Step Two: Whisk the ingredients together and voilà! You have just made runny mayonnaise! Ew. Please don’t eat this.

DIY avocado hair and face mask blender via poorandpretty 843x403

Step Three: Add the liquid mixture and the avocado into a blender and blend away. Stop two or three times to check for avocado chunks.

avocado face and hair mask - poorandpretty

Step Four: Apply mask to hair. If you’ve ever used a home hair dye kit, you’ll want to apply this mixture to your hair in the same way. Separate out your hair, then work in the mixture with your hands (and maybe a comb, but I did just fine without one), working from your scalp out to your ends. When you’ve covered your entire head, spend a little extra time working it into your scalp. Pull your hair back with a hair elastic or claw and cover it with a shower cap. You’re going to leave this on for about 45 minutes.

Step Five: Apply mask to face. After you wash your hands and face (use your regular facial cleanser), use the remainder of the mask on your face. Apply in gentle upward strokes, avoiding the eye area. Leave this on for about 5 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water and follow up with your favorite astringent and moisturizer. Check out my winter and summer skincare tips for a few of my favorites.

Step Six: After 45 minutes, hop in the shower and thoroughly rinse the avocado mask out of your hair. Follow up with your normal shampoo and conditioner routine.

avocado hair and face mask via poorandpretty 843x843

Here’s to the end of winter and the end of dry skin & scalp!

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DIY Beauty: All-natural bright & fresh strawberry face mask

DIY Strawberry Honey Mask poorandpretty

How about starting off the new year with a bright & fresh face? This is yet another easy mask, made with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. Let’s get to it!

Strawberry & Honey Mask ingredients 1 poorandpretty

Bright & Fresh Strawberry Honey Face Mask. This should make 4-5 applications, which you can store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a week.

Ingredients:

  • 4 strawberries — rich in vitamins A & C, contain salicylic acid, which rids the skin of dead cells and heals & dries acne
  • 1 tbs unsweetend coconut milk — high in antioxidants, removes dirt build-up, replaces moisture in dehydrated skin
    • I highly recommend using coconut milk (you can use the rest to make these coconut cupcakes!), but you can use soy or regular milk as substitutes if you need to.
  • ½ tbs honey — antibacterial, great humectant (it rehydrates skin by drawing on moisture from the air)

Strawberry & Honey Mask - cut strawberry leaves - poorandpretty

Step One: Cut off the strawberry leaves. But don’t throw them away! You can boil the leaves and use the water as an astringent after you rinse off your mask.

Strawberry & Honey Mask - mash up strawberries 2 - poorandpretty

Step Two: Mash up the strawberries in a blender, food processor, or with a fork if you need to get some aggression out ;)

Strawberry & Honey Mask - finished - poorandpretty

Step Three: Add in the coconut milk and honey, and mix well.

Step Four: Apply to your face with your fingertips, carefully avoiding your eyes. Let sit for 15-20 minutes, until dry. Enjoy the Fruit Rollup scent.

Step Five: Rinse thoroughly, massaging the strawberry mixture over your skin gently as you rinse. This gives your face a little extra exfoliation.

Follow up with an astringent and your favorite moisturizer. Enjoy your deliciously-scented, super smooth skin!

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DIY Halloween Roundup: Costumes

It’s that time of the year again! Halloween is just around the corner, and you’re getting ready to rock an awesome costume. I will be sporting my Hogwarts robe in Florida (8 more days!) in all of my Harry Potter nerd glory, but I’ve rounded up a few unique DIY ideas for you because you’re probably way cooler than I am. Look for more roundups of Halloween recipes & decor later this week! And check out my DIY Halloween roundups from 2012 and 2011.

Halloween Costume DIYs 2013

1. Bjork Swan Dress tutorial via A Beautiful Mess. I flipped when I saw this, because Suzi did her own crazy version of Bjork’s swan dress (which she wore to the Oscars in 2001) for our family Oscar party this year. Let’s just say, this one stays much truer to the real thing ;)

2. DIY Piñata costume via Camille Styles. How fun is this??? She even has a stick to go with her dress. Stan and I have a Halloween party on Saturday, and I’d really like to go as a piñata and stick. I think you can guess who would be what.

3. Homemade Halloween Photobooth Strip costume via Oh Happy Day. Now get ready for my How I Met Your Mother nerdiness: this totally reminds me of Ted’s “hanging chad” costume, only way cuter. It’s the perfect last-minute, super unique costume for a kid or an adult. Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day has so any more great DIY costumes here.

4.  Camp Counselors via Say Yes to Hoboken. This is an easy, pull-it-together-quickly-and-make-it-look-like-we-planned-this costume for couples or singles. Gym shorts and clipboards are a must. See more of Liz Stanley’s ingeniously easy, last minute couples costumes here and here.

If you’re really in a rush, or tight on cash, go with something that doesn’t require purchasing clothes, like these:

Halloween Costume DIYs 2 2013

5. Sugar Skull Makeup via Brit + Co. I immediately thought of Suzi’s hunt for Día de los Muertos figurines during our family trip to Mexico this Summer. Thrown on a pretty dress, put some flowers in your hair, and you’ve got a costume!

6. Halloween DIY Masks tutorial on creativebug. You can create an entire costume just by wearing the right mask. A pretty dress suddenly becomes a masquerade gown. Brown and tan clothes transform into an owl costume (okay, you might want to throw on some feathers, too). This is a great video tutorial on how to make three beautiful masks, and it’s offered for free!

7. Despicable Me Minion Costumes via make and takes. Every year, I watch Suzi make crazy elaborate costumes for Scarlett, and I’m amazed at the effort she puts into them, in addition to all of her other motherly responsibilities! Parents amaze me. So here’s an easy one for the busy parents because I know kids are nuts about Despicable Me.

8. DIY Recycled Water Bottle Crown via Handmade Charlotte. This is, hands down, the best usage of recycled water bottles I’ve ever seen, and way cheaper and cooler than those junky Halloween store tiaras.

See even more ideas on my this is halloween Pinterest board.

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