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December 11, 2014

natural beauty buff | rachel najera, rachel’s plan bee

“It all started with a little boy and a determined mom…”


Stories that start out like this are common in the green beauty world, but there’s absolutely nothing common about what Rachel’s Plan Bee founder Rachel Najera has achieved with her natural skincare line.

Currently comprised of seven botanically based products, Rachel’s Plan Bee has carved itself a nice little niche in this growing green beauty product industry.

This affordable, un-intimidating line (unless you’re scared of bees!) welcomes those who want neatly packaged naturals that aren’t ingredient-heavy and offer comforting, familiar scents.

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On the broad spectrum of green beauty brands, Rachel’s Plan Bee offers a warm, unpretentious style for those who are feeling out what the natural beauty industry has to offer.

Who wouldn’t want this beautiful, welcoming face — and flowery, happy brand! — to be one of the first that those new to natural beauty see?

(Her line also offers an escape to simplicity and beauty that green beauty veterans sometimes need. Just make me a pretty, effective vanilla body oil that won’t leave me broke for months!)

You’ll definitely be seeing more of Rachel’s Plan Bee around in 2015.

Not only because Rachel is doing amazing things with her small yet mighty line, but because we need to see more from green beauty entrepreneurs like her in the new year.

Passionate. Humble. Always grateful.

This is what the green beauty industry (and overall beauty industry!) needs more of. And when we need something this bad, the Universe makes it happen.

Are you ready to see more of this, too?

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As usual, I’ve starred the products I also use and love! NOTE: I’m a huge fan of Rachel’s Body Oil and Body Polish, which she hasn’t mentioned below but I felt compelled to remind you about! (Read my body oil review and body polish review.)

*Alima Pure Satin Matte Blush in “Antique Rose”

I am in love with this mineral blush because it absolutely has no shimmer looks so natural on my skin. I don’t wear much makeup, and this blush gives me just the right amount of color on my cheeks.

*RMS Beauty Lip Shine in “Moment”

Most lip color products on the market completely dry my lips out. I love this color and the way it moisturizes my lips. At first I thought the color would be way off for my skin tone. This one is perfect for a nude lip.

*Rachel’s Plan Bee Facial Oil  (Don’t forget to read my review!)

This is my favorite product from our line. I cannot be without it. There are times when I am tempted to just go to bed without my nightly dose of this facial oil, but the “skin care police” quickly remind me to NEVER neglect this nightly ritual after a cleansing my face. Our oil has become the only moisturizer I use both morning and night.

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Tehacha-Bee Farm Natural Probiotic Deodorant Baking Soda Free

Baking soda is not my friend and I have searched forever to find a non-irritating natural deodorant. This one is great! It does go on white initially, but if you massage it in with fingers after application, it is non-staining and works all day long with zero irritation. If you are a DIY person, Tehacha-Bee Farm has a sister company called Handcrafted Honey Bee where you can order a kit to make several tubes of this wonderful product. It’s called “Your Main Pit Stop” – so hilarious!

*Rachel’s Plan Bee – Bee Cream

This is one of our first products I created in our line. This is my go to beeswax cream to quickly moisturize my cuticles, hands and just shaved legs. It’s only takes a tiny amount to get great results.

*Fleegal Farms Peppermint Chocolate Soap

Even though I have been making soap for my family for years, I have a secret addiction of buying too much handmade soap from other makers. This one is my absolute favorite. Elly of Fleegal Farms has a gift of creating super moisturizing bars with intoxicating scents.

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Soap Nuts 

Several years ago when we were eliminating all synthetic cleaning supplies from our home, I discovered eco-friendly economical soap nuts. I love using soap nuts to wash our laundry! Artificial fragrances in commercial detergent make me sneeze. I wish I could bottle up the clean fresh scent that it leaves on clothes. I have slowly converted several “non-believers” to the many benefits of soap nuts!

December 10, 2014

beauty scoop | kari gran foundation

I’ve added a new mineral foundation to my natural makeup collection, but I swear this one is different than anything I’ve tried before.

If you’re already a Kari Gran makeup fan, you probably know what I mean.

This mineral foundation is flat-out fantastic.

kari gran foundation review before and after

{Kari Gran sent me a foundation sample kit for review (retail $10) so I could figure out which color suited my skin tone. I opted for shade No. 2. I then purchased the full-sized foundation (retail $25) and redeemed a $10 off discount that came with the sample kit, which is available to anyone who purchases a sample kit. What a great deal!}

But first, a bit of context:

In the photo comparison above, on the left, I am obviously not wearing any foundation (but have on my brows and some lip color to keep from scaring you).

I’m wearing only Kari Gran mineral foundation all over my face. No base layer of concealer or any mineral veil.

While the photo on the right shows a much evened-out complexion, I’m still not too happy with the dark-ish circles under my eyes. That’s just sleep deprivation at it’s finest, though. I was on five hours of sleep in this photo.

Perhaps a base layer of thick concealer could have helped, but I’m all about the honest foundation reviews! (And I should become all about getting more sleep.) I bet if I had my typical seven hours, those undereye circles wouldn’t be so prominent.

And now, what I really think makes this foundation special:

What sets Kari Gran’s mineral foundation apart from other mineral foundations I’ve tried is the instant glow you get upon application.

We beauty bloggers tend to through around the word “glow” a lot in our reviews, so let me be more specific: Because of the subtle amount of mica in this mineral makeup’s formula, you seriously get that beautiful, radiant complexion that’s not shiny or glittery. It’s just glowy. And that’s that.

Obviously, if you avoid mica in your beauty products (I don’t), then this isn’t the foundation for you.

Here’s everything inside Kari Gran foundation:

Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Zinc Oxide, Mica

If you’re used to using a highlighter everyday, you can get rid of that step when you use Kari Gran’s foundation. The light-reflecting effect is built in to this foundation, so all you need to do is buff it in and go. I absolutely love this foundation!

As with many of the nontoxic makeup I love, Kari Gran foundation is free of talc, synthetic fragrance, dyes, bismuth oxychloride, parabens, nanoparticles and animal testing

But seriously, what sets it apart is the glow.

I can’t help but admire the way my skin looks after using this mineral foundation. It’s just beautiful, and when I go back to using my other beloved minerals, I get a little annoyed that I need to layer on the highlighter to my glow.

Speaking of layering on makeup, I stumbled upon this fantastic refresher course on how to apply your mineral foundation the right way.

We all know that we should apply sparingly and build, build, build for even coverage, but sometimes it just helps to see someone actually do it. Let’s not waste our makeup, ladies!

(This is the result of going down the YouTube beauty vlogger hole on one of my days off from work. And plus, Jen is a fellow Jayhawk and friend of a friend, so I gotta share the love.)

So, are you cool with using mica in your beauty products? Have you tried Kari Gran’s mineral foundation? What are your favorite natural foundations (and what color do you wear?)? Tell me in the comments section!


December 3, 2014

holiday gift guide for people who like to stuff stockings

Because we all need ideas of what to put in other people’s hanging socks.

stocking stuffer ideas

(From top, left to right)

Etta + Billie Hot Toddy Body Scrub

San Francisco natural bath and body line Etta + Billie’s re-imagination of a hot toddy in bar form is just genius — and oh-so-beautifully packaged, as all the products are. Sea salt, organic cocoa butter and fair trade shea butter combine with cinnamon, cardamom, clove and ginger for a warming morning skin treat.

Deco Naturals Holiday Collection Lip Butter Set

As sweet and cheerful as your favorite childhood lip balms (but without all the nasties!), Deco Naturals’ Holiday Collection contains six creamy lip balms made from cocoa butter, beeswax, shea butter, jojoba oil, coconut oil and vitamin E in familiar flavors such as candy cane, gingerbread, sugared cranberry, egg nog, spiced pear and hot cocoa. Pass the egg nog, please.

The Konjac Sponge Company Konjac Sponges

Cute konjac sponges are a staple in every beauty addict’s bathroom, and this year they’ll likely be the staple of every stocking. These small but mighty sponge exfoliators gently buff away dead skin and can be used with just water or your favorite cleanser. (Just make sure to tell your not-so-beauty-addicted friends what to do with it, mmmk?).

Jane Iredale PurePressed Electric Refillable Compact

You shouldn’t be the only thing all dolled up this holiday season. Update your Jane Iredale powder with a beautiful amethyst compact decorated with a fuchsia crystal. It’s designed to hold any Jane Iredale PurePressed Base, PureMatte or Beyond Matte Powder Refill. (Oh, and get one for your friend, too. Because this gift guide is for others. Not yourself. I forget.)

Tatcha Original Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers

Would you be offended if someone put oil-blotting papers in your stocking? Not if they’re elegant ones from Tatcha. These all-natural blotting sheets, made of 100 percent Abaca Leaf and gold flakes, absorb excess oil without disturbing makeup.

Kusmi Tea Green Teas Assortment

Greet the green tea connoisseur with an assortment of delicious Kusmi Tea. Interesting flavor combinations, such as strawberry green team, rose green tea, spearmint green tea and ginger-lemon green tea will tickle the tastebuds of even the most adventurous tea-drinker in your life.

Real Techniques Core Collection Brush Set

Armed with these four high-quality brushes, the makeup guru in your life will be able to create a flawless face thanks to Real Techniques’ Core Collection Brush Set. Gifting them to a beauty newbie? Point her to Real Techniques’ online video tutorials or everyone’s favorite, Lisa Eldridge.

Lotus Wei Mini Serums

Lotus Wei’s Balancing Serums are the perfect remedy for the stressed-out friend or family member who is in desperate need of some down time. This mini collection allows her to experience all of Lotus Wei’s powerful aromatherapy blends designed to dramatically change the everyday state of mind. My favorites? Infinite Love and Joy Juice.

Mustache & Beard Comb

Probably not wise to give this to your sister. Instead, stuff that mustached-man’s stocking with this handmade-from-sustainably harvested cherry wood comb. At 2.13 inches wide, 0.88 inches tall and 0.25 inches thick, it’s one unobtrusive grooming product that can easily fit in a pocket

The Wild Unknown Tarot Card Deck

Featuring quite possibly the most beautiful tarot art I’ve ever seen, The Wild Unknown Tarot Card Deck includes major and minor arcana and instructions on how to use the deck. For the tarot-curious, you might want to also include The Wild Unknown Tarot Guidebook. It’s pretty, too.

November 12, 2014

beauty scoop | rms beauty lip2cheek in diabolique

Though I love lip colors as much as the next beauty addict, I’m usually sporting some sort of pink / nude / sheer red on a daily basis.

But during fall and winter, I love to be a bit more daring with my lip color choices, and that’s why adding RMS Beauty’s lip2cheek in “Diabolique” was a no-brainer for me.

kimberlyloc wears rms beauty lip2cheek in diabolique

{I purchased RMS Beauty’s lip2cheek in “Diabolique.” It costs $36 for a 0.17-ounce glass jar.}

kimberlyloc wears rms beauty lip2cheek in diabolique

This rich burgundy lip color can be as intense as you want it to be.

A thin layer easily sheers out into a berry-kissed stain; a few thin layers results in a brick-burgundy mouth that screams fall and brings out the natural auburn highlights in your hair (if you have them, that is!).

kimberlyloc wears rms beauty lip2cheek in diabolique

I apply RMS Beauty’s “Diabolique” in a couple different ways:

If I want a sheer, stained kisser, I’ll gently pat in the color with my ring finger.

If I want a layered, bold look, I’ll first gently pat in a bass layer with my ring finger and then blot. Next, I’ll take a soft lip brush and pain on two very thin layers of color (blotting in between each) to get a maximum intensity that’s both moisturizing and stunning.

Whoever says natural cosmetics can’t deliver the same color payoff as conventional cosmetics has clearly never tried RMS Beauty Diabolique!

Here’s everything inside RMS Beauty lip2cheek in Diabolique:

*Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, *Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Tocopherol (non-GMO), Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) seed Oil, Propolis Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, and may contain: [+/-Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxide CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Mica CI 77019]

If you avoid beeswax for any reason, do note that this lippie does contain beeswax in addition to coconut oil, jojoba oil and shea butter, which give it a silky smooth feel that’s actually good for your lips.

Say goodbye to intensely colored lip colors that are drying!

Besides looking fabulous on your lips this fall, RMS Beauty’s lip2cheek in “Diabolique” is also, obviously, a pretty cheek color that can be pressed in to give your face a healthy shot of warm red color.

Start small with this, as it’s highly pigmented! Just press a finger (or a brush, if you’re a germophobe) into the pot and then gently dot it onto your cheeks, pressing the color in and tapping all around your cheekbones and up onto your temples.

I am wearing Diabolique on my cheeks in these pictures, but it’s wasn’t the main focus of my review, so the color you see is quite subtle — but you can see it there, warming my face, especially in photos 1 and 3.

This was my first RMS Beauty lip2cheek purchase, but it won’t be my last. I’m impressed with the color payoff and the generous amount of product in the cute little glass jar.

Though $36 may seem steep for what looks like a standard tinted lip color, you won’t be tempted to dig your fingers in and waste product — because it’s so highly pigmented, you’ll have to be careful to use a light hand when digging in! A little goes a long way, and you want to build up the color with thin layers.

I’m thinking “Beloved” and “Smile” will be my next additions to my RMS Beauty collection … unless there’s something around the corner for the holidays?!

What RMS Beauty lip2cheek colors do you have? What is your go-to lip color for everyday? For fall and winter? Tell me in the comments section!


November 3, 2014

beauty scoop | w3ll people narcissist stick foundation

On those rare occasions when I have a great skin day (not recently!), I like to use a minimal foundation that can be applied only to trouble spots so that the good skin may show through.

My favorite natural, nontoxic makeup for these days is W3ll People’s Narcissist Stick Foundation.

I’ve been using this stick foundation for quite some time (I’ve repurchased it three times!), so I’m not sure why it’s taken me a while to tell you about my experience with it. Blame it on blogger overload?!

kimberlyloc without makeup

{This picture looks different from the other three because I took it about 10 minutes before the others and at a slightly different angle, so the light is very warm and golden. BUT you can still see those massive breakouts on my chin, which is the point of a “before” picture.}

As you can see from my “before” picture above (which is shot in a slightly warmer light — see the caption for explanation), my skin was in decent shape save for two mega cysts on my chin and a tiny breakout on my nose.

Though cystic acne is the bane of my existence, I’m not going to let two (two!) volcanoes on my face detract from the otherwise great-looking skin everywhere else.

Enter W3ll People Narcissist Stick Foundation.

I love using this to spot-cover the areas that need a little extra camouflage, as depicted below:

kimberlyloc tests w3ll people narcissist stick foundation

I simply drag the stick under my eyes, on my problem areas (damn you, hormonal acne chin), on my nose and around my nostrils and on a few spots on my forehead.

kimberlyloc testing w3ll people narcissist stick foundation

You can see that the color isn’t quite the perfect match (it’s a bit peachy instead of yellow), but the light shade is a good match to my neck, keeping me from having a mask-like look.

I may get another stick in the next darker color (I’m wearing No. 2) and do a little mixing, but it’s also good to note that once blush and bronzer is on, I look a little more normal.

kimberlyloc tests w3ll people narcissist stick foundation

As you can see in the picture above, the W3ll People Narcissist Stick Foundation in No. 2 lightly blurs my blemishes (though those mounds are still noticeable — no makeup can truly mask cysts!) and evens out my skin tone.

Again, it’s not a perfect match — even though my neck and upper chest is blurred out of focus here, you can see how my face looks peachy and my skin looks yellow — but with additional makeup blended in, it’s not too bad.

Can somebody please make a foundation shade for Asian girls who are light-ish but yellow?!

Now let’s talk blending. If you’re used to using RMS Beauty’s “Un” Cover-up, you will find that W3ll People’s Stick Foundation is a drier, chalkier formulation that requires a little warmth and a lot of blending to get moving.

If you are oily like me, this will be a positive for you! As much as I love RMS Beauty’s “Un” Cover-up, it’s very slippery on my skin, due to the coconut oil content, and is reserved for drier climates (it’s a nightmare to use in the summer!).

I’m just going to go ahead and say it: I like W3ll People’s Stick Foundation better than RMS Beauty’s “Un” Cover-up. I haven’t repurchased “Un” Cover-up in quite a while (and I had repurchased it maybe 2-3 times!) since this stick came into my life.

Instead of coconut oil, W3ll People’s Narcissist Stick Foundation has a base of sunflower oil, castor oil and beeswax, which gives it that thicker feel with less slip. It’s imperative to apply this to well-moisturized skin and use a sponge or brush to blend, blend, blend.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Silica, Castor Isostearate Beeswax Succi- nate **, Mica (CI 77019), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil (and) Organic Aloe Barbadenis (Aloe) Extract, Lysine, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Pro- prietary Essential Oil blend, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea)*, Roman Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile)** [+/-: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499)] *Certified Organic, **Eco-cert

I love this foundation and won’t be without it! It also works well underneath mineral foundations (which I have a better time at matching), so you can still get that breathable foundation look and be covered — and in the right color.

Have you tried W3ll People’s Stick Foundation? What brands are the hardest for you to get the right color match? What are your favorite minimal foundations? Tell me in the comments section!


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