Friday, April 24, 2015

100% Pure Narcissus is finally mine!

My favorite 100 Percent Pure lipsticks are the Fruit Pigmented Pomegranate Oil Anti-Aging Lipsticks. I bought Poppy (a bright pop of red), as soon as it was released, and more recently got my hands on Foxglove (a nude pink). I'm such a fan of these lipsticks (they are so moisturizing and long-lasting) that it's no surprise that I wanted more, specifically Narcissus, a vibrant pink that apparently looks good on everyone.

Narcissus always seems to be out of stock online and doesn't hang out for long on store shelves. For example, I had hoped to buy it a couple weeks ago, when I went to visit Dana at my local 100 Percent Pure store. Unfortunately, there wasn't one there to purchase, and it was sold out online.

Luckily, I was able to snag my very own Narcissus lipstick (yes; I purchased it myself) at the store yesterday. Here's a swatch of the color.

It's the color I think of when lipstick comes to mind. It's a shade to be worn with confidence.

In addition to the lipstick, yesterday I got the Blackberry Long Lasting Liquid Eyeliner (that came in the mail; see my review from my last post) and the All Over Glow in Deeply SunKissed (check out my review of both shades from the other day).

The lipstick and the bronzer added up to enough to qualify me for the in-store Mother's Day gift with purchase. I can't believe I got all of this for just an additional $25.

If you missed out on the Mother's Day bag, you can take advantage of the Teacher Appreciation Day bundles that are available online today (Friday, April 24, 2015) thru tomorrow (Saturday, April 25, 2015). Each bundle is only $20. May I recommend the Hair Amenity Set or the nail polish trios (I used I Heart You and Republican on my nails in this recent post).

In the future, I think 100 Percent Pure should put out more nail polish sets. While I was at the store, I tweeted out a nail polish quad idea, which included Cornflower, Deep Sea, Sea Foam and Sugar "sand."

Dana (the store manager) and I discussed the possibility of having a sugar scrub party at the store one day, too. Remember our sugar scrub social? Just look at all the options.

Lastly, I picked up this popular Charcoal Konjac Sponge that I can't wait to try. I'll share my thoughts with you next week.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

#100PureSelfie in Blackberry Liquid EyeLiner

I'm a huge fan of 100 Percent Pure, so you can imagine my excitement when I saw their #100PureSelfie 2-day promo in my e-mail inbox. I couldn't resist ordering the Blackberry Long Lasting Liquid Liner, which came with a free selfie stick for the extremely short 2-day window (this promo is no longer available). Those who managed to get in on the deal in time are now eligible to win prizes when they post their eyeliner selfies using the selfie stick and #100PureSelfie hashtag.

After spending part of my day hanging out with Dana at the 100 Percent Pure store, I had hoped to blog about today's haul. However, when my eyeliner and selfie stick arrived, I opted to post about them instead (don't worry; I'm still going to post about my haul in the near future).

I was so anxious to test out the eyeliner and selfie stick, as well as post my pic (I'm the first and only one at the time I'm typing this). The photo above is the one I tweeted, and of course, I used the provided selfie stick to take it. The selfie stick is really cute as far as selfie sticks go. The handle is pink and it has the 100 Percent Pure logo. Hopefully, they'll do more promos like this in the future.

As for the eyeliner, I was impressed with how easily and accurately it applied. Seriously, I just swiped this on in a heartbeat and was ready to photograph it. I did a line swatch so you can see it better.

Then, I decided to really show off what it can do with a "heart" 100% Pure temporary tattoo. I've had it on my arm for a while now, and it hasn't budged or smudged.

Hayden got a little jealous and requested a heart, too. We match.

The color of this liner is absolutely gorgeous, like smashed blackberries with a hint of shimmer. It must be those fruit pigments. Gotta love 100 Percent Pure.

Did anyone else take advantage of this offer or have this liner? Tweet me your thoughts and/or your #100PureSelfie at @Rawdorable.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Philosophie Honey Pop Experiment

I don't know what it's like in your house, but in mine, my kids love to experiment. For example, we recently learned that honey does not freeze, so we decided to do a test with Philosophie honey in Cacao Bee, Green Bee and Berry Bee. This colorful, superfood-packed honey was the perfect choice for our experiment, as you'll see.

Hayden, in particular, was hoping we could freeze the honey like a frozen lollipop (she was obviously trying to disprove that nonfreezing theory), which would've been a cool lolli-popsicle (I just made up that word) hybrid. To start, we lined a plate with parchment, poured a lollipop-size amount of each honey flavor onto the parchment and put a stick in each pool of honey. As you can see, the honey was quite runny at this point.

We actually did this last Friday afternoon, but forgot about it until the other day (we had a busy weekend). When we finally took the honey out of the freezer, it was a bit thicker, but not frozen. Above is the Cacao Bee Honey being molded around its stick with a spoon.

We did the same with the Berry Bee Honey, which made it look a little like a lollipop. It had the consistency of taffy or a soft caramel, but not as dense.

Here's our Green Bee Honey pop, which turned out a little smaller than the berry one. But, what happened to the Cacao Bee Honey Pop?

Hayden ate it before I was able to take a pic. I guess she wanted to enjoy her treat before the freezer magic ran out. So good!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Babe on a Budget: Boots Botanics

As you know, I love a good deal, especially on beauty products. I'm all about a good promo (don't forget about 100 Percent Pure's Mother's Day in-store purchase with purchase), but it's also nice to find a product that's economically priced and sold conveniently, such as at Target.

I'm a big fan of Boots Botanics 100% Organic Facial Oil with nourishing rosehip. I've been wanting to try RMS Beauty's beauty oil, but was deterred by its high price tag (although that didn't stop me from buying some of the eye polishes, lip shines, lip2cheeks, "un" cover-up and living luminizer; it is a really great line). When I saw this similar product on the shelf, I had to test it out.

Boots Botanic's facial oil moisturizes my skin without any breakouts. It's certified organic, packed with natural ingredients, formulated without parabens and has a very reasonable price (it's $8.99 at Target, but is currently on sale for $8.09). I especially like to use it to condition my eyebrows.

Speaking of eyebrows, my favorite way to define my brows is with the Boots Botanics Eyebrow Pencil with skin conditioning jojoba oil. Mine says the color is medium brown, although I haven't seen any other shades. It works perfectly with my hair color.

One of the advantages of this pencil is the fact that it has two ends (one is the pencil and the other is an eyebrow brush). I start by penciling in small hair-like strokes to fill in my brows.

Then, I use the brush end to blend the pencil lines with my natural brow hairs and comb my eyebrows in place. I could use a clear mascara to set them at this point, but I feel as though the texture of this pencil (and the fact that I use the facial oil on my brows, too) takes care of that.

Here's how my brows look when they're done. It's very natural, like the freckles you can see on my nearly naked face (I'm wearing 100 Percent Pure's Lip to Cheek in Cranberry Glow, Josie Maran eyeliner pencil, which is no longer available, and 100 Percent Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara in Black Tea in addition to the eyebrow pencil). This eyebrow pencil is very economical, as it is priced at $5.99 (currently on sale at Target for $5.39 and on the Boots Botanics website for $2.40).

Do you have any babe on a budget makeup and beauty product tips? Let me know on Twitter at @Rawdorable.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Mini snack bar "cookies"

As you know, my sister is getting married soon (I mentioned this in my DIY #SavetheDate bracelet post and when I made these yummy Berry Grape Chocolate Flowers), which means I've been involved in a variety of events leading up to the big day. For instance, I assisted with her bridal shower and attended part of her bachelorette party (I'm not really into the bar scene these days).

Speaking of her bachelorette party, I went with my sisters (I have two sisters), my mom (she was invited, too) and the other girls to a painting place, where we all got to paint on canvas. We were to pick from specific design options, so it was interesting to paint what was provided for me. Since I wasn't inspired by most of the options, I did this kid-friendly bug painting for Hayden's room (she said I couldn't go without her, if I didn't paint this one).

At the painting place, we all brought snacks to share. I wasn't sure what to bring, so I considered what I'd like to sustain me, while busy painting. If I was involved in any other project, I might reach for a snack/nutrition bar, which I tend to carry in my purse for emergencies. Rather than bringing a bunch of wrapped bars to the party, I took the time to cut each one into mini cookie-like treats.

I used these tiny cookie-cutters, so the treats were uniform. They are small enough to form 3 cookies per bar.

I simply cut the bars with the cookie-cutters, as shown (don't forget to eat the scraps like Hayden and I did).

Since I was going for a bridal theme, I used bars with a vegan Greek yogurt coating (Good Greens Soy Greek Yogurt Wellness Bars in Pomegranate Acai), which looks like white icing. I cut out wedding bells, of course.

I also made sure to cut out a bunch of hearts for love.

Cutting these bars reminded me of when Hayden and I made Semi-Homemade Bella Bar Treats a few years ago on the blog.

I can't believe how much Hayden has grown since we filmed this video, just like it amazes me that my youngest sister is getting married. Congrats April and Jack :) 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Pure All Over Glow

I tend to be a bit shy about taking my picture and posting it online (especially since I'll be 39 at the end of this month), but sometimes I just have to do it, if I want to blog about makeup and beauty products (I'm not all about food). For example, today's post is a review of the 100 Percent Pure bronzer samples I got the other day from Dana, the Annapolis store manager. She was kind enough to provide me with samples of the All Over Glow in Lightly Sun Kissed, as well as in Deeply Sun Kissed.

Unsure of which bronzer shade I'd prefer (I'm wearing 100 Percent Pure Tinted Moisturizer in Peach Bisque, as a base), I started with the light All Over Glow, which I applied to the tops of my cheeks, ...

... along the bridge of my nose (this definitely is not the most flattering photo, but you get the idea) and on other spots where light would naturally hit, such as on my brow bones and cupid's bow.

Once blended, this is how the light bronzer looked on me. It's very subtle, like using a highlighter.

I was concerned that the darker bronzer might be too dark for an "all over glow" on me, so I opted to try some contouring with both shades. I applied more of the light bronzer in the same spots where the light would shine and used it as a guide for the dark bronzer, which should mimic the shadows, such as beneath your cheekbones and the sides on your nose.

If you try this, make sure to blend well (you don't want your cheeks to look like whiskers).

The end result looked like this. I had a much warmer glow, as you can see in the above pic (yup, that's my goofy self; I might be blushing a bit).

And just for Dana, I'll try to rock it with confidence. I wish the natural shimmer showed up better in these pics, but I think that's the reason I like it. It's not too much.

Speaking of Dana, she recommended mixing some of the All Over Glow with body lotion to use on your legs, which reminded me of Prtty Peaushun (I have it in medium). I decided to try it and compare. On my left leg, I applied the Prtty Peaushun, and on my right leg, I used a combination of lotion and 100 Percent Pure All Over Glow in Deeply Sun Kissed. The color appeared very similar.

Now I'm not sure which bronzer shade to get. I really like the light one on my face, but the darker worked best on my legs. Let me know on Twitter at @Rawdorable what you think.

If you follow me on Twitter, you probably already know that I like to shop at Madewell. In case you were wondering, the sweater I'm wearing in this post is Madewell's Station Pullover Sweater in French Vanilla, which is a lighter weight for Spring (it's cotton/poly for my vegan readers) and is quite comfy. It's currently in the sale section.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Berry Grape Chocolate Flowers

As you may have heard, my sister is getting married soon (I'm so excited for her; BTW, she liked her #SavetheDate bracelet). Being that her colors are navy and plum, I was inspired to make these yummy Berry Grape Chocolate Flowers (my sister also is a fan of my White Chocolate-Covered Cherry Blossoms, so these are totally up her alley).

These chocolatey fruit blossoms are so easy to make. Just melt some dairy-free chocolate (or you can make raw vegan chocolate) in a double-boiler, while you prep your fruit (wash your blueberries and grapes, and slice your grapes in half, as shown).

Select your chocolate mold. I opted to use these small round flowers, which are the perfect size to hold the grape petals and blueberry centers.

When your chocolate is melted, pour it into your flower mold.

Arrange your blueberries and sliced grapes in the melted chocolate-filled flower molds, as shown, and place your Berry Grape Chocolate Flowers in the fridge to set the chocolate.

Once the chocolate has set, remove the finished Berry Grape Chocolate Flowers from your chocolate mold. Enjoy!