I Love Coral Lips: Non-Toxic Lipsticks

coralorangelipsWhen I was younger I was all about cool toned lipsticks – but that was before I got educated on warm and cool undertones.  Now I know that for me, warm tones generally always look better with my complexion.  I tend to like most coral and orange-red lip colors and have three natural, non-toxic shades that are beautiful, but still unique to one another.

orangeswatchesAbove, top to bottom, are swatches of Axiology lipstick in the shade Worth, Bite Beauty Matte Cream Lip Crayon in the shade Blood Orange, and Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner in the shade Shell Shock.

Axiology Worth is a gorgeous deep toned brick orange-red shade.  It is very pigmented and opaque with one coat.  I love this shade year round, but especially for fall.  It is at once a trendy shade and timeless shade…I can’t explain it, but it is.  At first I didn’t like this color at all, but I grew to love it, obviously.  See it on my lips here.

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Blood Orange screams summertime.  It is a matte finish and very opaque.  The color is like orange punch with a hint of dark pink – so bright and fun!  I wore it one of my Instagram posts here.

Finally, Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner in Shell Shock is a beautiful pinky coral.  This is so moisturizing and subtle, but still gorgeous.  See it on my lips here.

What are your favorite shades of lipstick?

My Vitacost Order #1

This is what I bought on my most recent Vitacost order.  Vitacost is a great online shopping site for more natural, eco-friendly, healthy items such as bath/beauty, grocery, vitamins, etc.  They also have free shipping for orders over $49 and great customer service!

[This post is not sponsored, by the way – I purchased everything myself…I just happen to like Vitacost.]



Devita Solar Protective Moisturizer – This is a basic, untinted, unscented SPF 30 broad spectrum sunscreen.  I haven’t used it yet, but I swatched it and it was nice and light and blended into my skin easily.  I plan on using this more in the spring and summer when I’m outside but not wearing makeup.  I will also probably use it on my daughter when she plays outside.  She and I are both very fair skinned.


Oral Care:

Desert Essence Whitening Plus Mouthwash – I finally got my hands on a bottle of this after hearing so many people talking about it.  I really like it – tastes great, doesn’t burn, and even my daughter likes it.


Dr Tungs Smart Floss®

Dr Tungs Smart Floss – The best floss I’ve ever used, no contest.  Amazing.


Eco Dent ExtraBrite Toothpowder – I have been alternating this tooth powder with a toothpaste.  I really have been enjoying this.  I can already see that it has helped to whiten my teeth.  I drink coffee and tea everyday, so I wanted something to help with any stains my teeth might have.


Nature’s Gate Creme de Mint Toothpaste – This is OK….nothing that I would jump to repurchase, but it is nice.


Grocery Items:

Bionaturae Organic Tomato Paste – I use a lot of jarred tomatoes when I cook – I love that this is in a glass jar – which I absolutely prefer of BPA-lined cans.


Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos Sauce – This soy sauce alternative is absolutely delicious!  I wouldn’t mind have several bottles in my house.  The only downside is that it seems to go pretty fast – I’ve almost used an entire bottle by myself in about 2 weeks.  Yikes.


Gin Gins Hard Ginger Candy Double Strength – I love these for times when I have an upset stomach or a bit of nausea.


Nature’s Path Organic Corn Flakes – We love corn flakes with almond milk in our house.  These are yummy and more on the crunchy side.


NOW Foods Organic Non-GMO Popcorn – Corn is one of those foods that I will only buy organic.  My daughter loves popcorn and was super thrilled when she saw that I bought this.

Primal Strips Meatless Vegan Jerky – I bought four flavors of this vegan jerky, but the Hickory Smoked was my favorite.  High in protein, low in calories, and so delicious.  I do try to avoid soy, but I’m glad that the soy used is non-GMO.


Tree Hugger All Natural Bubble Gum – Another treat my daughter always asks for is bubble gum.  Nearly every single brand of gum at a conventional store is filled with nasties that I won’t let my daughter have.  It can be really hard to tell your child “No” all the time to something as simple as bubble gum.  When I saw this natural bubble gum for kids, I was so tickled to find it.  The gum balls are really yummy and the flavors actually hang around for more than 60 seconds.  The next time I order from Vitacost, I’m going to get a few bags.

Have you tried any of these products?  What are your favorite things to buy on Vitacost?

My Love for Cocovit Coconut Oil

cocovitI admit that I’ve never been wowed by coconut oil in and of itself.  I’ve used many products containing coconut oil, and I’ve cooked and baked with coconut oil, but I never really had a strong opinion about it, other than it seemed like a nice product to use in multiple ways.

When I ordered my ANFGB Goodebox in August 2015, a jar of Cocovit Coconut Oil was included in my box.  I was instantly enamored with the beautiful packaging.  Though the jar is plastic, it is one of the most heavy-duty plastic jars I’ve ever come across – so much so that it resembles a glass jar to me.

cocovitjarAt first, I used Cocovit a few times as a hair mask (and really enjoyed it!), but as the months went on, I kind of forgot about this little jar sitting in my medicine cabinet.  I finally pulled it out one day a few weeks ago, when at my wits end with my dry skin, I pulled it out and put some on my face where I was dealing with dry patches.  There was something about the texture, the pure, clean coconut scent, and the way it melted into my skin that really surprised me.  It didn’t leave a greasy, unpleasant “film” on my skin.  After that, I started using it every night for my makeup remover and began to really notice that this is a truly excellent coconut oil.

Though this retails for $38 for a full-size 8.8oz jar, I have several reasons for justifying this price tag.  First, 8.8ozs is a very generous amount – this will last a while, because a little goes a long way.

Second, this is a stellar multi-purpose product – it doesn’t just have one purpose or use – it can be used in so many different ways – conditioning hair mask, makeup remover, shaving oil, moisturizer, cuticle oil, lip balm, oil pulling, minor burn ointment – this list goes on!  Cocovit  lists many more of the uses of coconut oil on their website, such as uses for Health.

Third, as I was debating whether or not to buy the full-size jar, I was reading some articles about Cocovit, one of which was Sarita Coren’s wonderful blog post she wrote here.

cocovitopenCocovit, unlike most producers of coconut oil, uses no heat or chemicals before, during, or after the coconut oil pressing process.  This product is fresh, 100% raw, and therefore retains it’s nutrients, enzymes, antioxidants, and a higher percentage of lauric acid (which is excellent for acne prone skin).

Not only this, but the ethics of the company are what made me truly want to give them my money.  The Cocovit coconut farm provides good employment to more than thirty locals in South India, where people are paid a living wage and safe, fair working conditions.  There is a lot to be said for this.

Hopefully this illustrates my love for Cocovit coconut oil.

Have you tried any of Cocovit’s products?