“But why?” Most children go through a period of their life where this phrase is on repeat. I guess I never really outgrew that phrase. Because when I saw the products from the line Fat and the Moon, I immediately wanted to know WHY they chose that name for their handcrafted, natural beauty and skincare line. It seemed intentional. It HAD to be.
The whole reason we’re taking a look at the line is because curiosity struck our editor Stef too. She discovered the line on a recent trip to Kauai, as she says “Sitting in a beautiful, yet jaw-dropping overpriced bohemian shop in Hanalei Bay.” Which also seemed intentional, in a universal sort of way; a California girl discovers a California line…in Hawaii. Meant to be.
So with a “What does it all mean?” angle, we delve into the line. First, what does that name mean, REALLY? The answer is as free-spirited as you’d expect. Founder and herbalist Rachel Budde touches on it on their website, explaining that “Fat was an obvious muse” for its absorbing and suspending properties. While moon was chosen for its effect on life on this planet. More specifically its effect on water, citing tides and their “Perpetual dance with the Moon.”
With that all in mind, I understand and appreciate their purposeful approach to self-care through natural, handmade potions and mixtures. I mean, how can you not get behind a message like this:
“Healing is reflected in our wholehearted support of Self Care and Self Love which stands in opposition to the pervasive message that something is inherently wrong with us, and that we need a product to fix it. We see the beauty in all bodies, all backgrounds, all ethnicities, all races and all genders. Our potions are mediums of empowerment through self care.”
And if I wasn’t already all in, all of the ingredients are abundant and ethically harvested, their packaging is recyclable or reusable AND their line is affordable.
The Lip Paint in Dusk ($24) was my favorite of the three products I tried. This universally flattering shade of peachy nude creates a beautiful my-lips-but-better look.
It’s actually true perfection in a lip shade, “like a mellowed and well-traveled 70’s bombshell” says Fat and the Moon. They describe the shade as very matte on their website, but I would say it’s more of a satin finish. In either case, it’s beautiful, and feels great on the lips, thanks to sunflower oil, beeswax and vitamin E. The only other ingredient is the pigment (btw, it comes in four other colors too)! Also, this little tin contains 1/4 oz of lipstick, which is more than twice as much as a standard tube of lipstick (1/10 oz).
Fat and the Moon; The Lip Paint in Dusk
Plus, how can you not love a product that exclaims “Oh Dang, You Fine!” on the box?
Next up, Anise & Clove Tooth Cleanse ($12). This little bottle of oil will last you forever, since you only need three little drops to brush your teeth. This is SO very different than using toothpaste. I mean, it’s first ingredient is Castile soap!
If you’re used to minty, foamy toothpaste that’s full of questionable chemicals, this will be a big adjustment, but a worthwhile one. The Tooth Cleanse gently cleans teeth and kills bacteria, and can be combined with their Tooth Polish once every few weeks to help remove stains.
Lastly, there’s the Light as a Featha Cleanser ($12). This lovely soap-free, oil-free cleanser is safe enough to eat. The magic ingredients are honey, rhassoul clay and coconut, which gently exfoliate and moisturize skin.
This works well as a cleanser, but I REALLY love it as a mask! It’s a little messy to mix (just add a bit of water) but I can never seem to get the right consistency with this sort of product–I always get a ton of clumpy bits. My solution is to mix this with a bit of my regular cleanser, but I would love to know your tips and tricks.
Fat and the Moon is exactly the kind of amazing self-love plant-based body care that’s been missing from my beauty routine. There’s TONS of other products in their lineup, about 50 in all. I’m more than a little curious to try the Fat and the Moon deodorant that Kristin Bell and Dax Shepard are raving about…
we heartsters, what’s your newest natural beauty discovery? Share in the comments!
They don’t call it the Healthier Sunscreen for nothing…
I have been blessed with the palest of pale skin. I am literally the fairest of them all. That means that I pretty much always wear sunscreen because my fair skin is also prone to sunburns, which means that skin cancer is a HUGE concern for me. Also a huge concern is the premature aging associated with sun damage. Sunscreen is a daily part of my life, even in my New England winters.
On top of being pale, I also have sensitive skin. By “sensitive”, I mean “allergic to a ton of chemical sunscreens”. I am the girl who used a sunscreen geared towards babies and ended up covered head-to-toe in insanely itchy blister hives…on a romantic cruise vacation. I am extremely careful about what sunscreens I apply to my face and body and tend to favor mineral sunscreens. One of the newest additions to my stable of sun protection is from CoTZ.
CoTZ calls itself “The Healthier Sunscreen”, and from my experience, I would have to agree. I got to test the CoTZ Pure Botanicals & Minerals Mineral Sunscreen SPF 45 ($23.99). The formula is plant-based and contains no chemical sunscreens, no preservatives and no fragrance. It relies on the minerals Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide to shield you from the sun. These ingredients sit on top of the skin to form a natural barrier that reflects UVA/UVB rays.
The formula is lightly tinted, but it blends seamlessly into my skin. I feel like they tinted it to counteract the whiteness that many non-chemical sunscreens have due to the zinc oxide they use (which is very white on skin). There is NO scent, which made me so happy–I HATE the smell of sunscreen. It applies to the skin like a thick moisturizer, but it dries down fully within about 8-10 minutes and it feels light on the skin.
Check out this disappearing act!
I especially love how the formula contains shea butter as the first ingredient. This really conditioned my skin. It also contains a slew of botanical ingredients like green tea extract and rosemary, many of which fight cell damage from UV exposure. I love how this formula takes a multi-prong approach to fighting sun damage!
Performance-wise, I can only attest to how it works on dry skin. I don’t get the opportunity for many beach days in New England until its the dead of summer. I took this for a literal test drive on a sunny road trip. Car windows magnify the sun and you can burn just as easily in the winter as in the middle of the summer. I clocked 6 hours without reapplication and didn’t burn.
As a side note, if you like to travel, you should be aware that some chemical sunscreens are actually getting banned in some places because they damage the coral reefs. Hawaii and Key West being two such destinations.
we heartsters – Do you prefer chemical or mineral-based sunscreen? What’s your favorite sunscreen? I want to hear all about it in the comments!
Birthed in 2010, the Urban Decay NAKED palette quickly became a cult classic, and for good reason. It was unlike anything else on the market in terms of wearability, quality and price point with its beautifully curated selection of one dozen richly pigmented neutral shades in a velvet case. It also included a dual-ended brush and either a deluxe mini of Primer Potion or a double-ended 24/7 eye pencil (depending on when you purchased it).
This made the original NAKED palette intensely appealing to both makeup aficionados as well as those newer to eye makeup. It was so appealing, that at its peak, one NAKED palette was sold every six seconds. It was arguably one of the most perfect eyeshadow palettes ever made, and countless copycat and spinoff palettes were spawned.
When UD announced that they were discontinuing the original Naked palette, I went into shock. Urban Decay’s NAKED palette ‘funeral’ video featuring Nicole Richey did very little to soothe my breaking heart. As a makeup blogger, and an eyeshadow fiend, I’ve tried and loved a lot of eyeshadow palettes. But nearly a decade later, the original NAKED palette continues to my absolute favorite.
So, when I heard about the new NAKED Reloaded palette, I was initially skeptical. Would the formula and colors really be better than the original? Would it even be true nude shades, or would it be more like a tangent (similar to NAKED Heat or NAKED Cherry)?
The Urban Decay NAKED Reloaded palette is intended to be a replacement, featuring 12 all-new neutral and versatile shades, They’re housed in a compact, satin-wrapped palette with a generously sized mirror inside. The fabric has beautiful orchids, and is gold-embossed with the name of the palette. It’s truly a lovely palette casing.
Within the palette are 12 eyeshadow pans, the four outermost pans are the largest because you’ll use them the most. The colors are an updated take on neutrals–they lean warmer, with slight golden, coral, orange and reddish undertones. The shades do work beautifully together, and can be used for more natural or more dramatic looks. My favorite shades are Angel Fire, a gorgeous sheer sparkly peach-gold shade, and Burn, a rich deep metallic copper–these two colors have me SWOONING.
Also, at just $44 it’s the lowest priced of the NAKED palette family upon release.
Let’s take a look at the swatches…
Urban Decay NAKED Reloaded Palette Swatches
Because the Reloaded palette is being hailed a replacement, it’s important to note a few key differences (the fine print, if you will). This palette does not include a brush or any other bonus product. I personally prefer palettes that are strictly powder products, instead of taking up space within the palette for a brush. Quite a few of the shadows felt more powdery and/or were less pigmented than the other shades. Lastly, this palette contains less product than the original palette (0.492oz compared to 0.60oz) but are nearly identical in terms of price per oz ($89.43 vs $90.00 per oz).
And now, for the looks…
Urban Decay NAKED Reloaded Palette Looks
Killer Neutrals: Look One
Outer corner—End Game
Warmer/Brighter: Look Two
Browbone—Blur, Angel Fire
Lower lash line—Burn
Urban Decay set the bar so incredibly high with their first NAKED palette, which I will treasure forever. They did a lovely job with this palette, which is more like a sister than a twin to the original NAKED palette. The NAKED Reloaded palette beautifully rounds out the overall UD NAKED palette collection, and is worth taking a look at in person.
Tell us we heartsters, what’s your favorite Urban Decay palette so far? Share in the comments…
I have to admit; I do love a pretty package. For example, every time I’m lucky enough to get a beautiful turquoise box from Tiffany’s, it almost doesn’t even matter what’s inside!
The same is not true for skincare, though. It can look gorgeous sitting on your counter, but if what’s inside isn’t good, what’s the point?
Luckily, the skincare line Key Element covers both inside and out, in multiple ways. (Remember this point.)
The sleek black and white glass vials of their Ultimate Anti-Aging Serums do indeed look beautiful. They’re smart as well; opaque so they aren’t exposed to sunlight, applied via a dropper so you aren’t contaminating the product and the white bottle is for the day serum, the black for night.
But as modern as they look, it’s not even half as modern as they are.
Key Element is a bio-tech company that has been around since 2003. Their products are based on Molecular Rejuvenation Technology (MRT). Sounds notable, right? It is.
I’m going to be honest, the science behind the line baffles me a little. I thought I was smart because I know which vitamin to use for which skin type. But this is a whole other level of knowledge!
In simplest of terms, Molecular Rejuvenation Technology recreates molecules that your body uses to repair and heal itself. That’s how Key Element developed their trademark ingredient Axigen (Sodium Succinate).
Axigen, hyaluronic acid and vitamin C are the power trio found in the Ultimate Anti-Aging Serums. They target the two main causes of rapid skin aging: loss of energy in cells and hormonal aging. Why is this important? Cell energy helps defend your skin from some of the biggest age factors; free radicals, UV light, pollution, amongst others. As for hormones, declining estrogen production brings on a myriad of non-lovely skin issues like dryness, redness and pigmentation.
The line works for all skin types and works into existing skincare regimes like a charm. Though it’s especially good for anyone with sensitive skin or who’s older than 35 (check and check!)
But, do they work? Here’s my experience…
When I was younger I battled acne and oily skin. But as I age, my skin just gets more and more confused. Not oily, not quite dry, just kind of dehydrated looking. Plus, it’s very temperamental. My skin is moody. I tip toe around it like I did when my mom was taking a nap! Products for oily skin dry it out, but ones for dry skin feel way too heavy and break me out. And sometimes, it rebels with a red, itchy anger.
My skin is moody. I tip toe around it like I did when my mom was taking a nap!
I’ve been using the Ultimate Anti-Aging Serums (both day and night) for three weeks now, and I have to say, I love them. They’re gentle on the skin and light in feel. They can even be used around your eyes (hooray for not having to buy a separate product for my eyes!) They pack a punch too; especially the night version with its extra ingredients for exfoliation.
My skin has seemed to have found that happy place where its properly hydrated. Plumper, softer and it hasn’t had a mood swing once!
To further the cell-loving benefits of Axigen, they even offer it in a supplement to further fight the signs of aging inside and out.
A big shout out to Key Element for keeping this gal’s package looking pretty good too!
It happens every year. Something about the arrival of spring makes me want to be healthier. Don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty healthy already. But when the temps start to rise I want to eat a little better, move a bit more and just take better care of myself all around.
So, it’s no surprise that when I was packing for a recent weekend getaway I was adding some health-conscious items into my suitcase right alongside frivolous selections. Statement jewelry and bright makeup; of course. Activewear and my Oral-B Pro 1000 brush; yes, these too.
You’re probably not surprised that sneakers and leggings were packed. (Especially if I tell you my trip was during the California “super bloom.” How could you not spend some time in nature?) But you may question an electric toothbrush being allotted valuable packing real estate. In which case, allow me to introduce you to the Oral-B Pro 1000.
When I’m making healthy choices for myself, I can’t help but look at the undeniable link between oral health and overall wellness. From obvious pain (like a toothache or cavity) to underlying risks, how could I not want a powerful toothbrush on my side? And that toothbrush is the Oral-B Pro 1000.
I’ve never associated battery operated or manual toothbrushes with power. But power is exactly what I get from the electric Oral-B Pro 1000, and with it comes noticeably cleaner teeth and gums. The round CrossAction toothbrush head is specially designed for a tooth-by-tooth clean. Its criss-cross bristles are set at a 16-degree angle to reach deep between teeth, lifting and powering away up to 300% more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush.
Believe me when I tell you, my mouth feels incredible when I use this toothbrush! We’re talking next level clean. And when my mouth feels good, I feel good.
Plus, the pressure sensor slows and stops pulsations if I brush too hard and an on-handle timer stutters every 30 seconds to let me know when it’s time to move on to the next quadrant of my mouth. Both features are super helpful.
Charlotte Tilbury has been synonymous with healthy-looking, natural beauty for several years now. Bohemian rapture is how I describe it: full, pouty looks in nature-inspired shades. Their mascara is life, their eyeshadows are uplifting, and their lip colors are to die for. Now, for the first time, I’ve sampled Unisex Healthy Glow and I’m in heaven.
(And yes, that subheading is a Grease 2 reference…)
Unisex Healthy Glow ($40) is more than just a tinted moisturizer. It’s magic. Well, maybe not magic…but close. With the first squeeze of the tube, you will see what I mean. It’s not white school glue that you will see, but it looks a lot like it-and the consistency is comparable. This is where the similarities between Elmer’s and Healthy Glow end.
The whitish color is infused with what looks like gray specks. This is where the magic happens. One nickel-sized squeeze of grey-speckled lotion transforms to the perfect tint when applied to the face. The coverage is thick enough to even skintone, but not enough to cover red.
The thick, tackiness of the lotion does not hinder its application, but it does tend to stay a bit tacky on the skin for a short while. I know some may not want this kind of finish, but I love it. I think it adds to the glow and gives powder something to stick to.
I’ve read that others have had issue with the color not corresponding to their natural tone. I’m neutral in tone, and this did seem to conform to my coloring in a most perfect way.
Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow Swatches
Fresh from the tube…
And voilà, healthy glow!
The Unisex part is on point. There is absolutely nothing about this that says makeup. The color seems to become a part of you. My husband used it after feeling ashy and ill, and no one was the wiser. As a side note, he is blonde with blue eyes, while I am a brown-eyed brunette. The moisturizer worked well for both our tones.
The only drawback I see is the lack of sunscreen. The package does say to use over your favorite moisturizer, or to use on its own. That said, you can definitely add your own sunscreen-just be aware that you will still need that.
If natural is your look; if glow is your game; if glam is your passion, Unisex Healthy Glow is your power. Game on. We heartsters, what’s your favorite Charlotte Tilbury product? Share in the comments!
Spring is here! And as you enter your closet to pack away your sweaters, tights and scarves; take a look at what remains. You may be ready for spring, but is your closet? (Gulp.) If the answer is no, have no fear. We’ve got three spring fashion trends that will fill the gaps tout de suite! And because we got your back; we’re giving you splurge vs. steal options for all.
The bonus good news? It’s time for another Shopbop sale! So, if you act fast, you’ll be getting a discount on ALL these picks…
Shopbop Sale Details
If you want the whole scoop CLICK HERE for the complete Shopbop sale details (exclusions, etc.) But here’s a cheat sheet, too: WHEN: April 10 – 12, 2018 (If you’re on the email list or use their app, you get to start shopping on April 9!) WHAT: 20% Off Orders Under $500 | 25% Off Orders of $500 or More (including sale items) CODE: EVENT19
Ready, we heartsters? Start shopping!
Spring Fashion Trends: Splurge vs. Steal
I have pretty much loved neon since the 80s. Is there anything more “Look at me, I’m here!” than a glowing chartreuse garment? It’s a party in a shade family, I’m telling you.
SPLURGE: What better to splurge on than an iconic designer piece? This Halston Heritage Sleeveless Drape Dress ($295) fits the bill. It’s made of crepe and I love the juxtaposition of turtleneck and miniskirt.
STEAL: You can get a similar draped realness with the re:named Maddy Slip Dress ($62), but at a much smaller price. It’s a twist on the classic slip dress, in both shape and color.
I’m not sure if bold bags ever go out of fashion. But there’s something about warmer weather that makes it more of a necessity. It can be a bright color or a fun shape, just make sure it’s not boring.
SPLURGE: Want to be guaranteed to have the most interesting bag in the room? Choose this Cult Gaia Eos Box Bag ($348). I love the vintage vibe. Side note: I scooped up many box bags at thrift shops back in the day. I feel very lucky when I look at this price tag.
STEAL: The uber affordable brand reTH is exclusive to Shopbop. This reTH Karter Bag ($99) looks way more pricey than it is, doesn’t it? Bonus points for being a crossbody; they’re so popular right now.
shop bold bags
Can you believe tie dye is back? If you were around in the 60s, you must be cursing yourself for throwing out your old deadhead shirts; they’d be worth a fortune today! But then again, they were probably covered in Woodstock mud and patchouli, so…
SPLURGE: This Raquel Allegra Long Sleeve Tee ($223) is a modern take on tie dye, with the fancy price to match. But I love the Rorschach test look of it.
STEAL: For a more traditional rainbow hued tie dye the Lioness Palermo Blazer $104 fits the bill. Plus, a tie dye blazer is like a fashion mullet; business in the cut, party in the color!
I’ve never said “no” to cake IN MY LIFE. So, it’s only fitting that I am saying a loud “YES!” to the new Pixi Beauty Pixiglow Cake. This enormous pan of light-diffusing blush is bringing me some serious joy, y’all.
It’s one part blush, one part highlighter, one part contour color, and all parts gorgeous. If you suffer from dull skin or prefer a beauty look that makes you look like you’re lit from within, then you’ll be saying “YES!” to cake, too!
The palettes are housed in a massive 2″ x 5.5″ compact with gold lettering. The powder is embossed with the same lettering, so it looks like a shadow. I usually prefer a palette with a mirror for applications on the go, but I can understand why they left the lid clear–this pan is too pretty to hide. Both shades look like Instagram-worthy sunsets in a pan. Oh, yeah, they’re that good…
Each Pixiglow Cake palette is designed so that the shades within the pan can be used individually or blended together. All shades are multi-purpose; you can wear it on your eyes, you can wear it on your cheeks, you can use it as a blush, or you can use it as a highlight/contour/booster color.
You can get a lot of shade variation with these too. There’s three distinct shades in each, with two more shade variations where those overlap AND another shade if you blend them all together. That’s six shades in each pan; a lot of color for your bucks!
It looks great solo or swept on top of cream blush for more impact (my preferred method of wear). The color payoff is fairly sheer and easily buildable. The shimmer imparts radiance that keeps you glowing without looking like a glitter bomb went off. These are extremely user-friendly, folks.
Besides helping you get your glow on, these cakes contain peptides (restores the skin’s moisture barrier), ceramides (plumps and firms) and antioxidants such as grapeseed extract (promotes skin elasticity) that are good for your skin. I feel like the added skin plumping/moisturizing ingredients possibly help these powders go on smoother, too.
left: PinkChampagne Glow right: GildedBare Glow
These silky palettes are just what my beauty routine needed right now. Since it’s STILL winter and I haven’t seen the sun in what feels like forever; I am definitely lacking a glow. With just a few sweeps of these Pixiglow Cakes, I manage to look natural and radiant at the same time.
Have you tried Pixiglow Cakes yet? What’s your go-to product for radiance boosting? Inquiring minds want to know…
Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist and Rose Moisture Plus Moisturising Lotion Review
I’ve always thought of Australia’s Jurlique as the pioneer of natural skincare, but I had no idea that the company has been around for over 30 years! Unlike many brands who hawk “natural” products that are anything but, Jurlique is the real deal. Their powerful formulas are not just botanically-based…they actually grow the ingredients on their farm in the “unspoiled Adelaide Hills” of South Australia.
The standout ingredient is the fragrant Rosa gallica rose. I’ve been experiencing a duo of Jurlique’s rosewater-based skincare, and these products are a total mind/body experience. Roses don’t just smell heavenly; as a skincare ingredient, they provide hydration, protection and increased radiance to the skin.
I’ve tried other rosewater-based facial mists, but none offered the total sensory pampering of Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist ($38, 100ml). This daily hydrating mist for normal to combination skin hydrates and lifts the skin as well as my spirits! The scent is so natural, I like to close my eyes and imagine myself walking through a big field of roses, sunshine on my face. You might be laughing at my flowery prose, but just one spritz and you’ll be doing the same goofy thing!
Besides roses, the mist contains Marshmallow Root Extract, which offers hydration, softening and overall balanced complexion; and Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, famous for its calming and healing properties. This mist can be reapplied throughout the day… and if you’re like me, you’ll be misting all day long!
As much as I love the Rosewater Balancing Mist, the other product I used is even more nurturing to my skin. Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Moisturising Lotion ($44, 50ml) is a creamy, rosy miracle. Just a little dab helps protect skin from environmental damage while softening and moisturizing. Full of the same heavenly Rosa gallica Roses as the mist, the Moisturising Lotion also contains Rose Hip Oil, rich in essential fatty acids for deep hydration; and Turmeric Root Extract, an antioxidant power player that reduces glaring signs of aging such as dark spots.
The moisturizer protects skin from environmental damage. It absorbs quickly and leaves behind the happy scent of roses. Think of how soft a rose petal feels… that’s what a regimen of Jurlique can do for our skin.
Urban Decay has been one of my favorite brands for a long time. As a teen I was obsessed with their cool packaging, ‘wild’ colors and edgy vibe. And today, UD continues to CRUSH IT when it comes to creating some of the best shades on the market.
UD calls it a weightless spray that keeps makeup looking “just-applied” for up to 16 hours. If you’re wondering how that’s possible, you’re not alone. Our editor Stef explained it in a previous post:
“What’s happening is that setting sprays contain polymers in a solvent. VERY similar to a hairspray. When you spray it on your makeup, the solvent evaporates and the polymers blend with your makeup to form a film that holds your make-up in place.”
All Nighter goes even a step further and features a patented Temperature Control Technology, which literally lowers the temperature of your makeup to keep it in place in any condition (hot, wet, damp, even cold). No melting, cracking, fading or settling into fine lines. It’s also lightweight and good for all skin-types.
To be honest, I’ve never really been into makeup setting sprays and was skeptical about trying it. Plus, it’s been a long time since I pulled anything close to an all-nighter. I’m winding down at home by 8pm, even on the weekends. My skin is oily and acne-prone and I’m typically pretty happy with how my makeup holds up. And I do put it through the wringer. My makeup even looked fresh after running a marathon!
So I was pretty stoked to see that with All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, my makeup held up even better than it usually does. I was expecting to feel some kind of film or layer on my skin, but nope!
Here’s the proof…
I really put it to the test, too–I applied it around 6am before teaching super sweaty back-to-back classes at Barre3, blew my nose a hundred times (I’m coming down with a cold), and then took a nap. At 6pm, I was impressed with how fresh my makeup still looked! My mascara was a little smudgy from the nap, and I had wiped off some of the makeup around my nose from all the tissues. But overall, my makeup was looking significantly better than it usually does.
I don’t typically use setting spray, but I’m now a convert. Might I suggest ordering this on auto-replenish through UD Reloaded–you’ll get free shipping and a deluxe sample.
I guess nearly ten thousand online reviewers knew what’s up. And now, so do you and I!
PS) In case you were wondering about the makeup, it’s all Urban Decay. I’m wearing Double Down Brow waterproof brow putty and Brow Endowed Brow Volumizer primer + color, both in Brunette Betty (medium brown); bronzer and highlighter from the NAKED Illuminated Trio; 24/7 Eyeliner in Zero and Love Drug; and eyeshadow in Dark Force and Zodiac.