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June 2017

Product Reviews

Get your glow with MAYA CHIA ILLUMINATING SERUM

GPB Maya Golden

By now you’ve probably heard about the gorgeous Maya Chia The Highlight of the Day Illuminating Serum and how much glow these beauties can give.  If not, then I will try to do these Illuminating Serums justice.  Seriously, there will be some glow when you wear these.  Let me start by saying I adore everything about Maya Chia, their products and the founder, Susanne Norwitz.  I’ve talked to Susanne on the phone a couple of times when I had questions (I was so surprised she answered the phone when I called, but she told me she wanted to be part of all of Maya Chia-just try her products and you will see), she is knowledgeable (formulating genius), gives back to the Maya people, so generous, and I can go on and on.  Should I say super fan?

The minute I saw the launch of Maya Chia’s Highlight of the Day in ‘happy hour” and “golden hour” my only issue was which one should I choose?  Thankfully, when I finally made a decision on which one, thoughtful Susanne sent me the other so I didn’t have to make a choice (thank you, thank you).  Now onto the details.

The Highlight of The Day $42

The Highlight of the Day is described as a pearlized mineral sheen suspended in an ultra lightweight, easily absorbed infusion of the world’s most nutrient-rich botanicals.  It is make-up with skin care ingredients that are clean, luxurious and perform.  The two shades are equally gorgeous.  Happy hour is a pink lightweight serum-let there be pink!  My first thought when I opened the bottle was “How did all the color get in there?”  It adds a shimmery pink glow to skin, not too much, not too little, just right!!!  Golden hour is a sparkling champagne color.  A light golden hue.

GPB Maya Chia swatch highlighter

Top-happy hour, bottom-golden hour

Illuminating serum is lightweight, absorbs quickly and can be applied anywhere (you heard me).  These highlighters are amazing gems, that can add a glow, life and youthful look, accentuate parts of your face, can make you look more awake-yes please. Do I prefer one over the other?  No.  It’s fun to decide which one I will wear for the day-pink or champagne?

There are many ways to use The Highlight of the Day.  First, it must be shaken up to get all those stunning colors and nutrients together.  I usually add 2- 3 drops to my foundation for an all over glow.  Then add a little more to the inner eyes, cheeks and nose if I want some serious brightening power.  I really do love adding a small amount to my inner eyes to help make me appear more awake (even before caffiene) Sometimes, when I just need to get out the door I apply The Highlight of the Day after my SPF for a youthful glow.

If you don’t wear foundation, you can wear it alone or mix it with your moisturizer or serum.  You might have to play with it a bit to find out exactly how much of a glow you want.

With the warmer weather, I also like to place the extra on my collar bones, chest, and arms.  Adds a sparkle to anywhere you place it on your body.   You really can’t mess this up (unless you poured the entire bottle on your face-maybe).  Plus the smell is a lovely subtle sweet citrus.  It is like a dose of sunshine all around.

Since I wrote my original post (but didn’t publish it) Maya Chia has come out with a new Illuminating Serum in After Hours, so even though I’m still experimenting with this beauty I will share some swatches and my first impressions.  I’m sure you already guessed how I’m feeling about it (insert bronze heart here).

After Hours

Serious golden bronze glow with @mayachiabeauty The Highlight of the Day Illuminating Serum in their newest creation "After Hours"✨I have a feeling this is going to be my go to summer make-up that's made with skin-care ingredients like their Supercritical Chia Seed Oil. It gives my fair skin a sun kissed glow☀️-summer shimmer in a bottle (without the sun). . I've been wearing their illuminating serum in golden hour (champagne) and happy hour (pink toned) for months now and I can tell you they are my favorite/must have highlighters (obsessed). They make getting ready in the morning so easy to add a gorgeous healthy glow and help me look awake! I like to mix a few drops with my foundation or wear it on it's own and apply all over my face. Sometimes I like to add a little to cheeks, eyes, lips, chest, arms, wherever I want a little extra sparkle. When I first saw the bronze color of After Hours I wasn't sure if I could pull it off, but I'm so glad I tried it because it is such a beautiful natural bronze shade. Enchanting! Can't wait to play more with this new edition! . I'm also super excited for Maya Chia's other new product The Highlight of the Day Body Illuminating Serum - Limited Edition. I've been hoping for an all over body highlighting serum. It adds a beautiful rose gold glow with an intoxicating scent of neroli & sweet orange✨ Thank you for this SusanneI can't say enough about this incredible line and founder that is so lovely! Everything Susanne makes is pure luxury! . Have you tried Maya Chia? Do you have any faves? . . Hope you're having a wonderful start to your week! . . . #greenbeauty #greenbeautyblogger #greenbeautybloggers #greenpassionbeauty #mayachiabeauty #mayachia #organicbeauty #organicbeautyblogger #organicbeautybloggers #organicbeautyproducts #saferproductsadvocate #saferbeauty #cleanliving #ecoluxury #ecoluxurybeauty #naturalbeauty #naturalbeautyblogger #naturalbeautybloggers #bblogger #thehighlightoftheday #beautyblogger #cleanbeauty #ecobeauty #highperformance #supercriticalchia

Now their newest release is After Hours, a gorgeous bronze color.  I must admit when I saw the pigmentation and heard some reviews that worked wonders with olive skin, I was a little nervous to order because of my fair skin.  I should have known better with the versatility of Maya Chia because it actually can work for all skin tones, including mine.  It adds  a bronze/glow where ever you want it.   I like to apply a few drops all over my face after foundation, then add a little more on cheeks and eyes.  Gives me a beach look without the sun (bronze goddess in the making).  Love it and can say a summer must have.

GPB Maya HIghlight

Top-after hours, middle-happy hour, bottom-golden hour

GPB Maya all 3

Ingredients:

The Highlight of the Day uses the highest quality natural, organic and wildcrafted ingredients from conscious growers from around the world which include:

Supercritical Chia (Salvia hispanica) Seed Oil, Brassica Oleracea (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Capriylic/ Capric Triglyceride, *Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Mica, Iron Oxide, Titanium Oxide,  *2% Essential Oils

*Organic Ingredients or Wildcrafted (when available)

Their highlighting serum does not have nasty ingredients like parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, PEGs, and SLSs.

VERDICT

I could not recommend a product (actually any of their products) more than Maya Chia.  These highlighters are like make-up and skin care in a bottle, like something I’ve never tried before and would not want to be without.   Not only are the glass bottles eco-friendly, the ingredients are organic, wildcrafted, natural, and they perform.  Serious luxury for only $42.   A must-have for me to get my glow on- let there be highlight all day long.  Have you tried these highlighters?  What’s your favorite way to use them?  Which one is your favorite (not an easy question, I know)?

XO

Cynthia

Green Passion Beauty

Live

Love

Shimmer

Sparkle

Glow

[Disclaimer:  GPB paid for happy hour and After hours, golden hours was graciously given to GPB.   All opinions, reviews are my own.  Results may vary]

 

 

Product Reviews, Subscription Boxes

BACK TO BASICS- THE APRIL BOX

GPB BTB April 2017

Back to Basics

Eco-home/lifestyle and green beauty monthly subscription box-YES PLEASE.   This is one of the best eco-friendly home, clean beauty boxes out there right now that delivers full size, quality, healthy products right to your door every month.  So good!

Plus, Ashleigh Frager, the founder and curator of The Back to Basics Box is a homeopath & wellness expert that researches and tests all the products before they are part of the box.  Every product also comes with an information card with details about the product featured, why the product is safer vs. the other stuff (conventional products).  Each card also includes education about product ingredients and why it is important to stay away from toxic or nasty ingredients.   There are a few boxes to choose from, below is a list of boxes that are available:

Box Type

What You’ll Get

Household Combo $45.95 Total of 6 products: 2 women’s beauty/body/skincare products + 2 men’s body/self-care products + 2 home/cleaning products
Eco Chic Chica $29.99 Total of 4 products: 2 women’s beauty/body/skincare products + 2 home/cleaning products
Go Green Gent $29.99 Total of 4 products: 2 men’s body/self-care products + 2 home/cleaning products

To learn more about their boxes please see my blog post here and check out their site at The Back to Basics Box.  I’m subscribed to the Eco Chic Chica.  Now let’s look at all the eco-friendly, safer goodies that were in the April box:

Thinksport Insulates Sports Bottle 17 ounce (500 ml)  $19.99 and Thinksport Coffee Top $5.99

GPB BTB April @017 ThinkSport

I received the Insulated Sports Bottle in Mint Green (how did you know Mint Green is one of my fave colors?).  Colors varied for subscribers-they have so many shades.  The Sports Bottle is made with no BPA, BPS, lead or other biologically harmful ingredients.   This is one of my favorite items in the box, I’m using it all the time.  It can hold hot and cold drinks.  It has a removable mesh filter that keeps ice from rushing to the opening.  Such a great idea-especially for my little one so she doesn’t get all the ice when she drinks.  The Sports Bottle has gone everywhere with me-on walks, workouts, hikes and just easy to stick in my bag because it is so lightweight. The design makes it easy to hold and it keeps my water nice and cold in the Texas heat.

GPB BTB Thinksport hike

The Optimistic Bright Side Window Cleaner $6

GPB BTB Optimist bright

I’m always happy to see the Optimist’s products in a subscription box because I’ve heard so many great reviews about them in the eco-clean world and I’ve been getting a chance to try many of their products lately.  The Optimist company is committed to:

Using ingredients that are kind to the planet, our home, and our bodies

They believe

Small changes can create a significant impact

Made with simple ingredients that one can actually pronounce:  distilled water, white vinegar, essential oil blend of tea and eucalyptus.  I like how it works on glass/windows and mirrors without causing streaks and leaves a aroma of eucalyptus (not the overpowering smell that many conventional cleaning products can leave).

GPB BTB April Optimist back

Such a lovely affordable product and the glass bottle can be re-used, recycled, biodegradable and is effective.

Organic Fiji Sugar Scrub– Fragrance Free $30

GPB BTB April Fiji

GPB BTB Fiji back

This is huge jar, it has 20 ounces of scrub goodness.  Made with USDA certified organic extra virgin, cold pressed coconut oil mixed with organic sugar cane for a full body exfoliation.  It can be used all over, as a scrub on face & body.  When I first went to use the scrub it was in a solid form, which is typical of cold pressed coconut.  All I had to do was place the jar under warm water and like magic the consistency changed to a soft scrub.   See pictures below:

 

GPB BTB Fiji 2

GPB BTB Fiji 3

It gives a gentle exfoliation to help smooth and hydrate skin.  Seriously makes skin feel so nourished, like a treatment for my skin.  Plus, Organic Fiji is made with fair trade ethics, organic clean ingredients, non GMO, cruelty- free , gives back to Mother Earth through Surfrider and so much more.

VERDICT

I truly enjoy using everything in this eco-home/lifestyle green beauty box.  You can tell all the heart Ashleigh puts into curating Back to Basics Boxes every month with quality brands, clean ingredients, and the value always exceeds the cost.   Are you subscribed?  See any favorite products?

XO

Cynthia 

Green Passion Beauty

[Disclaimer:  This box was paid for by GPB, all opinions and reviews are my own.  Results can vary]

 

Subscription Boxes

GLOWING BEETS- year in review

 

February 2016

Glowing Beets

Are you ready to get your natural glow on with Glowing Beets monthly treats delivered right to your door?  Seriously, one of my favorites at such a great price point too.  Glowing Beets is a monthly subscription box service made to discover natural beauty products for healthy living.  I’ve been subscribed to Glowing Beets for over a year and they always have such a great variety of clean green beauty products for only $29.95 a month plus shipping.   They also have a shop where you can buy clean beauty products that were featured in their boxes.

Glowing Beets describes their subscription to include:

3-4 deluxe-sized samples or full size beauty products made with clean, non-toxic ingredients. These samples are designed for you to try (do you like the scent, the texture, performance and/or are you allergic to any of the ingredients) before committing to full size products.

Glowing Beets believes:

You don’t have to sacrifice your health in the name of beauty. We do the research to bring you clean, non-toxic and cruelty-free beauty products comprised of the finest ingredients, so you can indulge in luxurious skincare and cosmetic products without the worries of toxic chemicals.

I’ve been so impressed with Glowing Beets because they have always included full size quality green beauty brands with some deluxe samples.  Every box comes with an information card with details about the products, some special collaborations, and lots of discount offers too.  So good!

Below you will see a year in review with approximate value of all the Glowing Beets boxes I’ve received with some mini reviews.  I think subscription boxes are such a great way to try green beauty products whether you’re a green beauty devotee or newbie and trying to detox your skincare and cosmetics.  As a green beauty box collector, I like to look at as many months as I can of that box to see if the box is right for me before I subscribe.  I look for the quality/variety of products, whether they are full size or samples, cost, do I use the products, the overall value.  Remember subscription boxes can be amazing one month and the next month might not be as great.  We are all different and it is a risk one takes with mystery subscription boxes, but I think Glowing Beets is well worth it.  Now let’s get on to the goods.

May 2017

GPB GB May 17

Summer Fun Box

Gypsy Soul Organics Aroma Therapy Energize Spray- Nephew River-Full Size $19: smells like lemon, grapefruit and basil.  So refreshing!  Just spray and enjoy!

Jersey Kids Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 30 (EWG 1 Rating)- Full Size $20:  Love easy to use sunscreen sticks for my daughter, can’t wait to use this for the summer

Pleni Naturals Apple + Broccoli Hair and Body Wash– Full Size $16.99:  So happy to see this wash in this month’s box.  It’s made with organic ingredients and is MADE SAFE, which means their products are created without ingredients known to harm human health or the environment (for more info, you can go to MADE SAFE.org and check out my post here)

Jersey Shore Cosmetics All Natural Tinted Simmer Balm SPF– Full Size $10:  I received the Sheer Pink, but subscribers also received Sheer Red.  These are made with natural and organic ingredients.  This hydrating sheer balm has sunscreen for the lips, so important because we often forget about protecting our lips in the sun (I know I have).

Boho Chic Macarons Lip & Cheek Tint Collection– Set of 5 colors $7.50:  The macaron collection is inspired by the city lights of Paris and macaroons the founder made as a pastry chef.  Such bright beautiful colors.

April 2017

GPB GB April 2017

Marine Bee Company Detox Masque– Full Size $48:  This detox mask contains California Wildflower honey (1/3) and clay, pumpkin & oatmeal.  10 minute mask, makes skin feel smooth with gentle exfoliation.

Marine Bee Company Lip Repair– Full Size $26:  Clear lip gloss to provide hydration to lips, not sticky.  Made with calendula, beeswax & pomegranate.

Root + Willow Lava Body Scrub- Rosewood + Honey Full Size $18:   Gentle exfoliating body scrub made with organic coconut, sweet almond and sustainable palm oils.  Left my skin feeling so soft.

Fred and Far Enamel Pin $12: part of the #selflove movement reminding us “The future is bright and so are you!”.  Their pins are so much fun and great reminders for self love!

March 2017

GPB GB March 2017

Fitglow Beauty Lipstick Full Size $24:  This is a special collaboration in the color BEET- a beautiful pink/purple.  My absolute favorite clean beauty hydrating lipstick.  Such a lovely color that can be worn by all skin tones.  I just met Anna the beauty behind the brand Fitglow Beauty at Dallas IBE and she is so knowledgeable and sweet (huge fan!!!).

Gaffer & Child Facial Cleanser Full Size $26:  A little goes a long way with this refreshing cleanser.  Smells of lavender and lemon to me.  Made with natural and organic ingredients.  Plus every purchase will assist in PETA’s groundbreaking work to stop animal abuse and suffering.

Gaffer & Child Hydrating Serum Full Size $34:  Vitamin rich moisturizing serum.

Fred and Far Enamel Pin$8- MORE LOVE (pins varied among subscribers)-this pin/greeting card celebrates love, self love, and love for others

February 2017

GPB GB Feb 2017

Rachel’s Plan Bee Body Butter Original Full Size $22:  My daughter and I love, love, love Rachel’s Body Butter.  Orange and vanilla aroma and creamy whipped goodness.  My daughter calls it “Bee Magic” because it melts on skin and smells so yummy.  Plus adore the amazing woman behind the brand.

Rachel’s Plan Bee Original Mini Body Oil $8:  Rachel’s oils are hydrating, smell delicious and leave skin super soft without greasiness.  Luxury in a bottle.

HAN Skin Care Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Rasberry Chardonnay Full Size $14 :smells like candy, goes on smooth, hydrating and not sticky.

Free Range Skincare Eye Serum Full Size $18.95:  gel that gives under eye cooling sensation

Boho Chic Cosmetics Cosmetic Bag Full Size $10:  exclusive handmade organic cotton fabric bags for glowing beets.  So pretty.  They have some beautiful designs in their shop too.  Just call me a bag lady, bring on the bags, especially organic!

January 2017

GPB GB January 2017

David’s Premium Natural Toothpaste Full Size $7.95:  minty natural toothpaste, like conventional but without all the nasty ingredients.  The metal key helps get all the toothpaste out (I feel so fancy)

Modicum Skincare Tavel Kit $65:  Great way to try new products and take on a trip.  Includes Essential Serum, Cleanser and Exfoliant in 10 mL

Scandic Botanica Rosehip Highlighter $22:  gives a dewy look and lasts a long time

Free Range Skin Care Hand Lotion- this was a bonus due to an issue with another product.  Nice and creamy without being greasy.

December 2016

GPB GB Dec 16

 

Sakari Botanicals Rosehip Tea with Calendua Flowers and Peppermint $8: made and produced by American Indians.

Fitglow Beauty Super C Cream travel size ~$30 (subscribers also received Redness Rescue Cream)- This is a light weight cream, hydrating Vitamin rich C, B & Organic Tea.  I’ve also placed one in the fridge for refreshing cool cream during hot months.  Plus received a code for discount products with Fitglow

Mean and the Girls Mentha Reviving Lip Moisturizer Full Size ~$8-10: minty and soothing

Dr. Brite Peroxide Free Teeth Whitening Pen Mint Flavored Full Size $20- this pen is amazing and worked wonders for brightening my teeth naturally without all the nasty ingredients (see my results here)

November 2016

GPB GB Dec 2017

Wabisabibotanicals AMIDA Illuminating Floral Essence Full Size $67:  This is different than other toners I’ve tried, nice and thick, almost like a serum.  So gentle and the extra step I needed to feel clean, smooth skin.  I like to apply it to my Marley Monster’s organic bamboo round.   I couldn’t believe the difference it made as a toner and hydration.  Such a beautiful treat for my skin.

Moody Sisters Whipped Lotion in Cocoa Bean Full Size $16: Decadent chocolate smell, creamy lotion leaving skin soft

St. Tropica Organic Coconut Hot Oil Hair Mask 2 packets ~$10:  100% Certified USDA Organic

October 2016

GPB GB Oct 2016 anniver

Glowing Beets 1 year Anniversary Box- WOW- what an amazing year.

Lilofox Miami Youthful Vixen Face Nectar Maraca + Rose 10 ml/$45:  I can’t say enough good things about this brand.  Clean ingredients and soulful essences that work.  So moisturizing and soothing.

Lilofox Miami Mystec Awakening Rosemary Toning Mist Amethyst Infusion 30 ml/~$15:  Loved spritzing this beautiful earthy aroma all over.  Cooling and hydrating, so good

Prim Botanicals Mademoiselle Swell Perfume Oil Full Size $42:  gorgeous scent with citrus and floral notes, easy application roller ball.  Tropical goodness is a glass bottle that travels everywhere with me.

Jacqs Organics Hibiscus & Aloe Bath Bomb $5:  handmade with organic and natural ingredients.  Very relaxing.

Shop Knotty Special Collaboration with Glowing Beets Anniversary Bracelet ~$30: dainty rose gold with Glowing Beets’ Logo.   So pretty and feminine.

September 2016

GPB GB Oct 2016

ZAO Organic Makeup Liquid Organic Eyeliner Black Full Size $29.50

QC Naturals Karen’s Cleanser Full Size $16.50

QC Naturals Timmy’s Toner Full Size $16.50

Pur SOL Beauty Konjac Facial Sponge Full Size ~$8-10

Antonin B Paris Ceramides Enriched Desert Serum Deluxe Sample ~$20

***This box was given to one lucky winner on Instagram

August 2016

GPB GB Aug 16

 

Hyntbeauty Notoriously Nude Matte Powder Blush Full Size $28:  This is a collaboration with Green Bunny Video.  Pretty, on lasting, clean ingredients, and great for all skin tones

Apoterraskincare Hibiscus Exfoliating Mud with Rose Hip + Acai Full Size $24:  This is a scrub, mask and cleanser in one

SudSatorium Body Lotion & Tint MIDAS Full Size ~$10 (unable to locate price):   Love a little shimmer with lotion

Shop Knotty Pink Pony Bracelet $12:  beautiful bracelet/pony tail.  This is great because I seem to put my hair up at some point in the day-from bracelet to point tail- convenient.

July 2016

GPB GB July 16

Glowing Beets and Girl Gone Green Collaboration

Leahlaniskincare KOKOLEKA Ritual Desert Mask Deluxe Size ~$10:  This chocolate mask is lovely, I already own a full size so this travel/deluxe size is great for trips.  Divine treat for the skin and great to mix with serums/mists.

Joshrosebrook Firm Hold Hairspray Travel Size $15:  natural hairspray that works.  Smells great and holds.  Always happy to see Josh Rosebrook.

Marleys Monsters Organic Bamboo Rounds ~$5:  these are great to take off make-up and for toners.  Machine washable, organic and environmentally friendly.  I have an entire set and a cute little bag I wash them in I bought from Marleys Monsters

Gia Minerals Eye Shadow Full Size Sole Luna $20:  A sparkling bronze multi-tasker.  So pretty and fun to use on eyes, as eye liner and as a bronzer.

June 2016

GPB GB June 16

Previseskincare Nutrify Hyaluronic Tonic Full Size $48:  hydrating tonic in glass bottle with dropper

Previseskincare Defend Serum Full Size $48:  A pre-sun solution to help defend against sun damage

Captainblankenship Gold Waves Travel Size $14:  This is one of my favorite sea salt hair products with golden shimmer.  Hello Mermaid hair!

May 2016

GPB GB May 16

Flourish Honey Blossom Shampoo Full Size $19:  this shampoo smells amazing with honey, vanilla and floral tones.   Made my hair feel clean and soft.

Flourish Honey Blossom Conditioner Full Size $19:  clean ingredients that actually work to keep hair soft, smooth and healthy.  Plus the scent of honey, vanilla and floral is so lovely.  Can’t wait to try more for this clean beauty brand.

Biodara Traveler Set $32:  The travel set includes Luminous Cleansing Oil, Immortal Mist & Reusable Muslin Cloth

Verdict

As you can see from my year in review, Glowing Beets has an incredible curation every month with mainly full size green beauty products and the value is way over the cost of a monthly box.  This is one of the boxes that I don’t want to be without.

Do you subscribe to Glowing Beets?  I hope this helps if you were thinking about subscribing or getting Glowing Beets as a gift for someone (lucky).  Plus, use code GP10 for 10% off your first box here.

XO

Cynthia 

Green Passion Beauty

Precious jewel, you glow, you shine, reflecting all the good things in the world.  Just look at yourself.

~Maya Angelou

[Green Passion Beauty paid for Glowing Beets Boxes, opinion and reviews are my own]