Don't we all have that one friend who we never know what to buy... well you are welcome in advance because I have figured out the perfect present for you, Kari Gran's Lip Quartet. These four products retailing for 58.00 all together are not only cute, pre-wrapped and packed with real ingredients, they are also the perfect grab and go product that everyone is missing in their life.
Before switching to green beauty, I was a big Carmax user -- I know, you either love it or hate it---I loved how thick it applied and how I could put it on at night and wake up without that chapped, dry feeling I often get during these cold months. It is like the universe heard my nostalgia for that product and offered me a clean, green, even better version that actually smells good.
I keep the Naked Lip Whip in Cinnamon in my handbag, and I am never leaving the house without it again. I love the soft texture and subtle scent it offers while conditioning my lips. It is not a sticky formula but rather a smooth, creamy, "whipped" consistency that glides onto your lips effortlessly. The same can be said for both of the color products in this set.
The final product in the set is the Lip Scrub. This product smells like peppermint and leaves your lips feeling cool, refreshed and so smooth! I'm not going to tell you that this is a necessity, but now and then a good exfoliating lip scrub feels just right.
Believe me, I am guilty of keeping makeup for too long just like you. Whether your collection is filled with natural products or not, this is one habit we should all kick for the new year. Head over to my channel to learn more and make sure to download this handy guide that explains exactly when it's time to say goodbye to the old and have (a real) excuse to bring in the new!
I could not be more excited to be writing this post. As some of you know, I started this journey when I was at my worst place physically and mentally searching for some sort of outlet to place my energy into. At the time, I could not have imagined how much joy and how many amazing people and experiences this project would bring into my life. I feel so lucky that I get to connect with you guys every day and introduce you all to healthier, safer options for ourselves and others.
Reaching 1K subscribers is an incredible milestone for so many reasons to me, and being able to take the time to reflect on what we have all accomplished together, and where I am in my life compared to how I started this project, is so humbling. I am so grateful that you all continue to encourage me on this journey and I am happy to have you along for the ride. Although this giveaway doesn't even begin to express how thankful I am to each of you, I hope it's a start!
Below you can watch a video explaining more about the product I am giving away or feel free to scroll down for the rules of entry and pictures, good luck everyone and thank you again! xxoo
Rules of entry
This Giveaway will run for one week starting 12/1 through 12/8. The winner will be announced here on my blog and my Instagram. This giveaway is open to all US Residents.
To enter, you must:
1. Be a subscriber to my Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/cosmeticsbycaroline
2. Be a follower of me on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/cosmeticsbycaroline/
3. For an extra entry tag a friend in the comments below any Instagram post regarding the giveaway https://www.instagram.com/cosmeticsbycaroline/
Good luck everyone! xxo
For a lot of you, you already know the story of what happened with my most recent Credo Beauty order, what you might not know is how MV Organics stepped in to save the day.
Now don't get me wrong, I love Credo Beauty. The people who work there are sweet, intelligent and passionate and I am all for a store that caters towards the natural beauty world. What I was not a fan of was receiving expired products.
One afternoon I could not believe my eyes, on a routine scan of Credo's online sale section, I found a massive amount of MV Organic products (which for those of you who are familiar with the brand know that is a fantastic find!!). I quickly hopped on social media to tell all of you to head over there ASAP and order yours. Then I returned to the site and filled my basket with all the goodies I could find.
When the shipment finally came, I was overjoyed and so excited to try out these products for you guys, but I was soon overcome with disappointment when I saw that almost half of the products I had ordered were expired and the other half would expire in a matter of months.
Every product has a shelf life, natural or not. That being said because natural products don't contain chemical preservatives it is so much more important to be wary of expiration dates since they come faster. I would never recommend using a product after it has expired because it will not only lose its potency, but it could also be dangerous for your health.
When I saw that the products were expired, I called the store to ask if there was any way I could still use them rather than throw them out, mind you I had spent a few hundred dollars on these products... The women I talked to was so apologetic and said that should have never happened but unfortunately she couldn't recommend using them. She then suggested I call there customer service line, so I did.
Although I know the women I spoke to had the best intentions and the situation was out of her control, I left the numerous interactions we had over the phone feeling frustrated. There was a lot of waiting for her to get back to me and uncertainty in what could be done to help the situation.
What I wanted was to receive new products that I could actually use, and since they were still posted as available on their website, I was confused why this would be an issue. Well, what I found out a couple of phone calls later is that they were out of stock of all the products despite listing them on their website as still available. So my only option was to throw out these products, and I was offered a refund and free shipping on my next order (despite this being something already provided if you spend over $50.00 which I mean come on.. when was the last time you purchased natural beauty under $50.00).
I was left disappointed and discouraged because I was planning to review the products for you and while I was waiting for them to arrive my skin was suffering! I had been out of skincare and spent every extra penny I had to buy these products that now, three weeks later, I couldn't even use.
I also felt awful that I may have put you in a similar boat by recommending these products, so I quickly hopped on Instagram and told all of you not to purchase the MV Organic products off the sale section because despite them showing up as available they aren't or worse they will send you expired products. That is when MV Organics, who did not need to step in, took insane measures to help me.
I logged back onto Instagram later that day and saw that MV Organics had reached out to me apologizing for the experience I had (even though it was in no way their fault!). They sympathized with my case knowing I had spent a lot of money on their products and how disappointing it must have been to receive products that are nearly or 100% expired. They expressed their disappointment with Credo Beauty because they are so passionate about their products and obviously want everyone to love and respect them as much as they do. And then, as if a personalized apology wasn't enough (which it was!!) they offered to work with another retailer (The Detox Market) to provide me with a discount on their products, at their expense (meaning they would cover the discounted amount) and offer me a free-gift with purchase. A day later I received the personalized coupon code, and I cannot wait to use it to pick out more of their amazing products.
I wanted to write this post not to point fingers at anyone but to highlight good customer service when you see it. Everyone makes mistakes, and it is how you own up to it that makes the difference. In the natural beauty community buying products online is so common because a lot of brands are small and can not afford the retail space, that is why making an online purchase experience enjoyable is so important to everyone involved. This experience also is a good learning lesson for retailers, always check your stock before you send it out. No one wants to send expired products and just taking the extra minute to handle the product with care and do a final double check can make all the difference.
As I said, I do love what Credo Beauty stands for and the products they make accessible, but I will be wary of purchasing from their sale section again. As for MV Organics, I am absolutely loving the products I have been trying (comment if you want a full review!) and have seen an incredible transformation in my skin.
I hope that this was helpful if any of you have been in a similar situation and that it reminds you to be conscious of those expiration dates!!
Have a lovely week, see you all Friday! xxo
I thought it would be a good idea to give a little more information about the 4 Lip Colors I showed you guys in this weeks video. You all know by now I am a big fan of 100% Pure's lipsticks especially their Cocoa Butter Matte Lipsticks ( I have been using the shade Currant for over a year now) so I am sure you can image how excited I when new shades came out.
I was able to get my hands on three of the new Cocoa Butter Matte Lipsticks and one of the Pomegranate Oil Anti-Aging lipsticks (these are new to me, I had not tried them before this video.. spoiler alert I love the formula just as much).
As always the packaging is adorable. They are definitely smaller than your traditional lipstick but that makes them very portable and easy to collect in your bag... so make sure you double check your purse if you are missing a few.
I found both formulas to be equally pigmented and effortlessly smooth when applied. The Pomegranate Anti-Aging lipstick in Clover had more of a sheen to it and didn't stain my lips like the Matte formula, however when it did fade my lips felt smooth and so hydrated (think Burt's Bee's tinted chapstick with more pigment!).
One thing that is so unique about the matte formula is its' ability to last on your lips without settling into the cracks like others often do. You do not need to sacrifice a matte finish for lips that look healthy and full. I would recommend the matte formula for something long lasting and the anti-aging formula for more of a glossy, chapstick with a punch of pigment. Below are the four colors I tried out. My favorites are Nopal and Clover, what are yours? Click on the pictures to head over to 100% Pure's website and purchase your own, make sure to tag me or send me an instagram DM with what you end up getting and how you like it :)
I bought this product with one intent.. to simplify my makeup routine. I find I am one of those people that either has a full face of makeup or none at all, so I was looking for a product to motivate me for something in the middle--- some coverage, lightweight, easy to apply and no maintenance--- that's not too much to ask for right?!
Although this CC cream checked some of my boxes, a few remain empty (fortunately none that are deal breakers...). If you haven't already, check out the video below to see my first impressions and initial review of this product. If you have seen my video and are looking for the follow-up I promised, go ahead and scroll to the bottom to click "read more" and of course, enjoy!!
Check out my latest video on Lily Lolo's Vegan mascara in Black! I hae been a religious user of W3ll People's Expressionist mascara, but now that I have hit the three month mark it is time to change it up. I have heard amazing things about the Lily Lolo mascara and so I decided to give it a try! Watch the video below to see my first impressions and then how it lasted for me during the day! Make sure to subscribe for weekly uploads :) xo
Kjaer Weis Essential Trio
Who it's for: Luxury Beauty Lovers
Where to buy: https://kjaerweis.com/shop/essential-trio-3/
What it is: Kjaer Weis it the leading brand in lux natural beauty. The packaging is comparable to that of Tom Ford or Chanel. The sleek exterior is shiny and clean and the products on the interior are sure to impress you. Though the packaging is quite luxe, don't let this fool you, it is still eco-conscious. Kjaer Weis has managed to make this product sustainable by making the packaging reusable. The pan pops out once you have finished the product so you can just repurchase the pan of the product you need. This set of three is enough for any beauty lover to fall head over heels for Kjaer Weis. You receive a blush, eyeshadow and Lip color, all in a plush red box. Who wouldn't be happy to see this under their tree?
Vapour Organic Beauty Holiday Soirée Collection
Who it's for: Glamour Girl
Where to buy: http://www.vapourbeauty.com/new.html
What it is: This kit contains all the essentials for the perfect holiday glam look. A cream eyeshadow trio, a flawless nude lip color and either a black or brown eyeliner. This kit can be used to create an easy, effortless look that is the perfect finishing touch to that holiday outfit you've been waiting to wear. All the formulas are creamy and weightless so you can wear them all night with out feeling cakey or heavy.
As a massive thank you for all of the support I've received from you guys, I wanted to get something special to giveaway now that I have hit 200 subscribers over on my Youtube channel. I am giving away the 100 Percent Pure Let it Glow Holiday Gift set!
In it you will receive the Naked II Palette, the Luminating Créme in starlight and the Maracuja Mascara in black tea, a $95.00 value!
To enter just follow the instructions below:
Dates of entry: NOV 17th to DEC 12th 2016
1. Must subscribe to my YouTube Channel
2. Must follow me on Instagram
3. Tag one friend in the post about my giveaway on Instagram!
And that's it! The winner will be contacted on DEC 12th through direct message on Instagram! Good luck everyone and make sure to check out my most recent video if you want to see more about the gift!