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Happy Wellness Wednesday, everyone! Hope you are having a good week! I am so excited to share this post with you today. Many of you have been asking for more clean beauty product recommendations. Look no further, I have some amazing ones for you today!

Ever since I made the switch to clean beauty, I have been so fond of Ilia Beauty’s products. They are high quality and high performance! As you know from previous posts, I love their True Skin Serum Foundation. It’s one of my go-to’s! But, I was so lucky to have them send me some of their other makeup products to try out, too!

First up is this Tinted Lip Conditioner. This was Ilia’s first product and still one of their best-sellers! It’s a cult classic. It is very hydrating and has amazing color. The Tinted Lip Conditioner is also buildable, so you can use more coats for your desired level of color. It’s not overwhelming or goopy. So light and sheer. There are 12 colors to choose from that are really beautiful. I got it in the color Little Sister. Love!

This next product I am soooo happy I found! The Clean Liquid Liner. Oh my gosh. I know, it’s only eyeliner, but when it comes to clean beauty, it’s harder than you’d expect to find a liquid eyeliner pen! This one is so great! It’s easy to use and the color is strong and lasts. I feel complete now, lol!

I love a good multi-stick, anyone else?! It’s so convenient, makes getting ready easier and faster, and it’s perfect for throwing in your bag on the go to touch up your cheeks, lips, and even your eyes! This Multi Stick from Ilia comes in 8 beautiful colors. I love this dusty rose color called At Last. It’s a great one for everyday wear and the color looks pretty on any skin tone. This stick is so creamy, glides on smoothly, and gives you the perfect rosy glow. I love it when my lips and cheeks have the same color! It really pulls together your whole makeup look. The cream formula looks so nice on cheeks and eyes too because it blends smoothly and hydrates, too!

Finally, the prettiest eyeshadow palette you ever did see! It’s so hard to believe that these palettes are clean! They look and perform so much like the conventional ones. But, they’re much safer and healthier for you! The colors in this Warm Nude Necessary Eyeshadow Palette are sooo beautiful. They’re perfect year round, but I love the spicy browns and toasted oranges in this one a lot for fall and winter. They are definitely trending colors right now for eye makeup. This palette also comes in Cool Nude which features more colors in the purple family that are so gorgeous. I love how they balanced this palette with matte shadows and shimmer ones, too. Perfect for contouring and highlighting the eye. You can build a really pretty look with this palette!

I’m so impressed with these products! I will be sure to show you all the looks I come up with over on Instagram. Follow me there to see more clean beauty from Ilia!

I’ve linked these products below. The first four are the ones featured in this post. The rest are all products by Ilia that I would also love to try or already use and are definitely worth checking out! Have you tried Ilia before? Leave a comment below and have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ™‚

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5 Easy Clean Beauty and Self Skin Care Swaps

So, I am a bit behind and I didn’t get this published yesterday for Wellness Wednesday! Sorry guys! But, it’s really a just a day, so I’m sure none of you are livid about it, haha! ๐Ÿ™‚

I wanted to share a couple of clean beauty/self care easy swaps you can start with to lessen the toxic load in your life! It can be a bit overwhelming to look at ALL of the products you use on the daily and think about having to replace everything at once. Instead, just start to switch over to better beauty as you run out of things! Here are 5 of my favorites that I use everyday and love a lot!

Schmidt’s Deodorant – I get a lot of questions about what my favorite natural deodorant is and this is hands down the best I have tried! And I’ve tried A LOT! It smells the best in my opinion, and it helps keep me drier than any other I have tried. I wouldn’t say that it keeps you completely dry in really hot temperatures, but our bodies are meant to sweat -that is how we detox things that don’t belong in our body. Most deodorants are full of nasty chemicals that add more toxins into our systems, and don’t allow us to sweat any toxins out. Most have aluminum in them to achieve this, and we all know by now that heavy metals in our bodies are a really bad thing and we have to eliminate these products we use that contain them. They can really do a number on your endocrine system which includes your thyroid, and trust me, you don’t want to mess with your thyroid. It is involved in so many of your bodily functions, including your metabolism and energy levels. Metals also feed pathogens in your body that make and keep you sick, so we gotta toss that conventional deodorant OUT, friends! (check your facial powders, too!)

Everyone For Every Body Lotion – I love this lotion! It smells delicious and is so moisturizing! It is scented with essential oils and uses natural moisturizers like coconut, sesame, and aloe oils. A lot of our lotions have fragrance in them, and fragrance is made with toxic chemicals that are harmful to our bodies, too! Sticking to lotions and scents made with essential oils is MUCH healthier!

Himalaya Botanique Tooth Paste – Natural tooth paste can be a tough one to get used to! I really like this brand, though. It tastes good and I still get the fresh clean feeling that I am used to with conventional brands. It doesn’t have the nasty chemicals that popular brands do. It is SLS, Gluten, Carrageenan, and Fluoride Free! You might think that fluoride is a good thing for you teeth, and that was long believed to be true. But, studies have found that continuous use of small amounts of fluoride over time can be hazardous to our bone, brain, thyroid health, and more. SLS is also known to cause a lot of skin irritations. If you are experiencing skin problems, I would highly recommend checking all of your products for SLS and replacing them with things that do not contain it. Carrageenan has also shown to be cancerous in studies, so that’s another one that you should be on the lookout for.

Jason Bodywash – I’ve been using this bodywash for years and I love all of the different scents it comes in! It is free from parabens, harsh sulfates, petrolatum, and phthalates! All things you do not need nor want in your soap! They are toxic and can cause skin irritation, too. I love that this comes in a big pump and lasts forever! It’s a great deal!

Alba Botanitcals 3-in-1 Cleansing Towlettes – These are a staple in my routine! I use them to wipe off all of my makeup before using my cleanser. They don’t have any texture to them, so they’re good for removing makeup on the eyes, too. They don’t have any synthetic fragrance, parabens, or pthalates. They are made with natural ingredients that cut through the makeup and really clean your skin off. They are great for sensitive skin!

I hope this helps you get started in cleaning up your self care routine! Let me know if you have any questions! I’d love to hear what some of your favorite better beauty brands and products are in the comments below! Have a great day! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Wellness Wednesday, everyone! I hope you’re having a great week! I’m so happy because the sun is shining and that makes life so much better, doesn’t it?! Spring is officially here!

I wanted to share some of my new clean beauty skincare finds with you guys! With the sun being out more, I have to take extra care of my skin. I always use sunscreen, but I need more help because of my fair skin and Irish freckles! I tend to get a blur of freckles on my face now that I’m older and it’s not as cute as it used to be! LOL. So, I use a retinol cream to help to achieve a more even skin tone. Retinol is also known to help with skin firmness, improving acne and scarring, and reducing fine lines and wrinkles (helps prevent them, too!). It also helps smooth the skin’s surface and resurface new skin! My esthetician swears by it and she looks so fabulous! I mean, we are talking decades younger than she is! So, I trust her advice completely.

I wanted to find a non-toxic retinol cream and was so excited when I found this one by Drunk Elephant at Sephora! Sephora carries a lot of great clean beauty brands now! (YAY!) The reviews were awesome, so I gave it a shot, and it definitely does the trick! But, I made the mistake of using too much too soon. So, when you start a retinol cream, you want to start very slowly. Use a little bit mixed with a moisturizer every two – three days before bed at first. See how your skin reacts. If it gets too dry and flakey, definitely back off and slow down a bit. Then as your skin gets used to it, you can increase the amount of days a week that you use it.

I found this Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Face oil that was highly recommended to combine with the retinol cream. It is full of antioxidants, omegas 6 and 9, and helps to balance your skin. I love the glow it gives me! You only need a little bit. It goes a long way. It’s great on it’s own or paired with the retinol.

Another product by Drunk Elephant that I’m loving is their D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Serum. It’s a bronzing serum that gives your face and body the perfect amount of glow! If I don’t have time for self-tanning or spray tanning and I need a bit of color, I always use this on my face and chest. It’s great for putting on your shoulders and collar bone even when you do have color to give them a pretty highlight. This serum gives you a a nice golden tone, and then you can use your darker foundation that you would use when you have a tan on top of it without looking weird. You could even mix a little of this with your moisturizer for an even more subtle glow!

I also wanted to share this cleaner option for nail polish. I was devastated when I learned about how many awful chemicals are in nail polish, the acrylic and gel nails that we all have had, and even the nail polish removers! They can really mess up your endocrine system, which is something you do not want to do! Google this, I’m serious, I wouldn’t steer you away from your favorite relaxing manicures for no good reason. So, I looked for nail polishes without these harmful ingredients like
toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and DBP (dibutyl phthalate). Zoya is a good option for this! It doesn’t contain any of these. I take it to my nail salon and politely ask for them to use this and the base and top coat that I bring as well. They are really nice about it, so don’t be afraid to just ask! Zoya has a million different colors and it’s on Amazon Prime! Score!

I’ve linked all of these things again here below, be sure to check them out! ๐Ÿ™‚

toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and DBP (dibutyl phthalate) from its formulations,

Hope you all have a lovely rest of your week! I would love to hear from you about your favorite clean beauty products, too! Drop a comment if you have some to share <3

Gia Minerals Clean Beauty Mantra

Happy Wednesday, babes! I am so excited to finally be sharing about Gia Minerals with you! I’ve had this collaboration in the wings for a bit now, and it feels so good to be shouting out about this fabulous clean beauty brand!

So, first I want to take a minute to talk to you about collaborations. As a blogger, you get a lot of messages sent your way from different brands wanting you to promote their products. I can tell you with 100% honesty that I do not accept most of them. Sure, it’d be great to have a bunch of free stuff, but if it is not something that I would actually use in my day to day life, or something that I think would be useful or helpful to my readers and followers, I promise you I do not accept it. I would never want to lead anyone astray or cause harm in any way. I also do not want to waste your time or mine! So, please know that if I ever post about a particular brand or product, it is something that I myself love, use, and am really excited about!

That being, said, I actually stumbled upon Gia Minerals myself! I subscribe to a monthly clean beauty box. In that box they send you samples of different non toxic products like makeup, skincare, and sometimes supplements. In one of my last few boxes, I received a Gia Minerals Luminizer called “Candlelight”. As you might know, finding clean beauty products that look and perform like the chemical laden ones can be a difficult task. But, when I tried on this highlighting luminizer, I was FLOORED! It is seriously better than any conventional beauty brand I have ever tried! It has the perfect golden glow to it without being full of pieces of glitter that get all over your face! It has some serious glow to it, I can see why they named it “Candlelight”! If you watch my Instagram stories, you probably saw me freaking out over it when I first tried it out, I tagged Gia Minerals in that story, and then to my delight they messaged me and asked if I would like to be a part of their “Embrace Your Mantra” beauty campaign! Ummmm…. how do I say yes a million times?! I love this campaign because it is all about empowering women to see the unique beauty within themselves! It’s about embracing every part of yourself and loving it. Here’s a bit of what the founder of Gia Minerals says about the campaign herself…

“I want to help women to move forward in A BEAUTY REVOLUTION to Embrace their Mantra. I want them to use the power of clean cosmetics / skin care like Gia Minerals to express what they have embraced and maintain a balance of good thoughts. I want every woman to be in love with who they are and all their attributes…

The campaign A BEAUTY REVOLUTION โ€“ Embrace Your Beauty will define the link between self-confidence and how makeup / skin care can be used as a tool to distinguish ourselves and each other because flaws are beautiful and heck yes itโ€™s about time we celebrate them. I want women to start using strong statements looking in the mirror and truly loving what they see… appreciating what they see.”

How awesome is that?! I love being a part of anything that empowers women and helps them see the beauty within them! So, I got to choose some products that capture the look of my own personal beauty mantra! My mantra is: I AM RESILIENT. If you have read my blog before, you know that I’ve had a long road with chronic illness. I’ve been to some pretty dark places physically and emotionally. Yet, every time I’ve been able to dig deep within myself and find the strength to pull myself up and make a comeback! It’s made me so much stronger and shown me how much courage I truly do possess. Life throws us some pretty wicked obstacles. We can either choose to let them make us bitter or make us better. I choose better every time. I hope you do, too!

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After receiving the new products and trying them out, I am still so impressed with this company! The pigments are amazing and they lasted all day! They have so many shadow colors, blushes, lipsticks, highlighters, and more to choose from. I was also especially pleased with their mascara! The mascara lengthens and thickens and looks amazing. It’s also so easy to remove. The lipstick is super creamy! I love that there are different kinds of eyeshadows to choose from. I chose a really glittery one for fun nights out and one that’s a little less sparkly for a more casual look, too.

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Along with choosing the products, I was asked to answer some questions about myself and my beauty mantra.

  1. Tell us who you are? My name is Kelly Bonner-Bibza.  I am a lifestyle blogger who loves fashion, clean beauty, clean eating, and travel!  I am a wife, a fur mom, and woman on a mission to find complete wellness.  I have had chronic Lyme disease, autoimmune disease, and other chronic illnesses for several years, and have found help and healing through holistic methods.  I have been down some dark roads with my health, but I’ve always dug deep to find the strength within myself to come back even stronger. It is my goal to share my story with other women to help empower them to take their health into their own hands and turn it around. 
  2. What is your beauty mantra? I AM RESILIENT 
  3. What do you hope your look communicates to the world? I hope that my look conveys strength, courage, and the will to keep fighting through difficulties in life.  I want it to communicate that women are capable of handling life’s obstacles and instead of them bringing you down, they can make you better and more beautiful!
  4. What is your favorite fantastic face feature? My favorite facial feature is my eyes.  I love that they are a mysterious color and that so much depth lies behind them!  I like to use different shadows to bring out the various colors within them.  
  5. What Gia Minerals clean beauty products were used to enhance your favorite features? I used Sparkle Sizzling Bronze on my eyelids and Sunlit Brown Shadow blended into the crease and smudged under the lower lashline.  I also used the Natural Lash Mascara, which is amazing to bring length and volume to my lashes.  I used Stunning Blush on my cheeks and Candlelight Luminizer on my cheek bones to give my face some serious glow!  And finally, I am wearing Naked Kiss Lipstick for a beautiful nude, natural lip.
  6. What is your favorite thing about yourself? My favorite thing about myself is my ability to empathize with others.  Although my illness have been hard to live with, it has given me a deep compassion for others.
  7. What is your favorite beauty trick? My favorite beauty trick is to run the mascara wand through my upper lashes on the top side of the lashes and brush them backwards towards my face.  This helps them to look darker and fuller, while curling them up at the same time!
  8. What advice do you give women to purify negative thoughts about their flaws and embrace their uniqueness? I advise women to look inside themselves and see the beauty that lies within.  It isn’t their body that makes them beautiful, it’s their heart and soul.  A warm and kind heart could never be ugly.  Beyond that, we are all so unique.  There is only one of each of us in this world.  So, I like to spend my time being the best version of myself because no one else can be that.  When you look at other women and see how uniquely beautiful they are, remember that someone else is looking at you and thinking the same thing.  <3
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You can find my beauty mantra products on the Gia Minerals website here. Be sure to check out all of their beautiful products. They also have skincare which I’m dying to use next! You can use code KELLY15 to get 15% off of your order! While you are stocking up on some better beauty, try creating your own beauty mantra and instilling some positive thoughts about how uniquely gorgeous you are! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Several years ago when I was learning all about the right kinds of foods to eat to help decrease inflammation in the body and heal from disease, I started to pick up on the fact that not only do we need to be conscious of the food we put into our body, but also the products that we put ON our bodies, and the products that we use inside and outside of our homes.  Just like chemicals and additives in foods that are bad for our systems, products that contain chemicals are, too!  Remember that our skin is penetrable.  Although it acts as a shield it is also sponge-like and absorbs things that we put on it.  Think about it, we use things like birth control and vitamin patches that are placed on our skin.  Those alter our hormones and body chemistry, so wouldn’t the beauty products we use do the same?

I think so much of the time we tend to believe that our government agencies have our best interests in mind.  Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case.  The FDA has no authority to regulate the chemicals that are found in the cosmetics that go onto the market in the United States.  They do not require testing for safety, nor can they recall a product once it is on the market.  There are only 11 banned chemicals in cosmetics in the United States, compared to The European Union’s 1,100! The legislation on cosmetics has not been revised since it was first included in 1938 because of a woman who was blinded by rat poisoning found in her mascara.  So, the companies that make cosmetics get to decide what goes in them.  They often use misleading words like “natural” or “organically made” when in fact there may only be 1 natural or organic ingredient in the entire product, leaving a lot of room for toxic chemicals.  We as consumers must be educated and aware of this, and know how to read labels to look for ingredients that are harmful to our health.  When we use several of these toxic products (even in small amounts) everyday, the toxins begin to build up in our bodies.  Our livers don’t filter them out like we might expect.  The Environmental Working Group did several studies on this which found these chemicals in umbilical cords, babies, teenagers, and adults.  So they’re even being passed on to our unborn children!

According to the Environmental Working Group’s studies, 34% of our country’s cosmetics contain carcinogenic chemicals, 25% contain reproductive or developmental toxicity, and 60% contain synthetic hormones that act like estrogen!  These toxic chemicals can seriously alter our health by damaging our immune systems and disrupting our endocrine systems.  They can alter our hormone levels, cause early onset of puberty, mental health issues, degenerative brain disease, weight gain, sensory impairment, immune dysfunction, testicular dysfunction, and more.  These toxic chemicals get into our systems and are food for pathogens such as infections, cancer, and parasites which make us sick and keep us sick.

So, what should you look out for?  Here is a list of the top 20 worst offenders from Dr. Trevor Cates, who is a renowned skin care expert.  You can read more about how each of these ingredients are specifically harmful here at Naturalnews.com.

  1. Fragrances/Parfum
  2. Formaldehyde
  3. Ethanolamines
  4. Mineral Oils
  5. Oxybenzone
  6. Parabens
  7. Hydroquinone
  8. Coal Tar
  9. Toluene
  10. Butylated hyrdoxyanisole
  11. Triclosan and triclocarban
  12. Mica, silica, talc, and nonoparticled titanium dioxide
  13. Heavy Metals
  14. Carbon Black
  15. P-phenylenediamine
  16. Resorcinol
  17. Methylisothiazolinone
  18. Teflon
  19. Phenoxyethanol
  20. Acrylamide

Now, since we probably aren’t going to have all of these complicated names memorized when we go to the store or are shopping online, I like to use the apps Think Dirty and Skin Deep.  Both of these apps have large databases of thousands of different cosmetics and home products that we use on an every day basis.  They give you ratings of how bad the product is and tell you which chemicals are the most harmful in that particular product!  They take the work out of it for you, so all you have to do is simply type the item in or scan the barcode and you have instant access to crucial health information about it!  Pretty awesome!  You can also go to their websites on your computer and type it in there if you are not an avid app user.  I’ve found these apps to be very helpful.

Some of my favorite places to shop for clean beauty products are Whole Foods, The Detox Market, The Organic Pharmacy, Goop Clean Beauty Shop, Credo Beauty and The Organic Bunny Shop.   There are many more out there, these are just a few of the places I frequent.

I can’t finish this post without giving you a few of my favorite non-toxic beauty product recommendations!  The first is my favorite finishing matte powder by Jane Iredale.  This was one of the first non-toxic beauty products I tried, and was happy to find that this powder is just as good as the ones I was previously using that were full of aluminum!  (YIKES!  So bad for you! Watch out for your deodorants and any other powder-like cosmetics you use, they will most likely contain this.)  I was also wanting to find a great contouring shade because contouring is like, the most important step in the entire makeup routine, right?!  I searched around and was having trouble at first because everything was too bronzey.  This contour and highlight kit from Lily Lolo has the perfect shade for creating those shadows you want.  It’s an ashey, grey-brown instead of an orange-brown, which is exactly what you want when contouring.  This blush by Bella Pierre Cosmetics is great, too!  It has a really nice pigment to it, and it lasts all day.  My current favorite lipstick is by Burt’s Bees!  I’m in love with this nude color.  It’s so natural and pretty, and goes on so smoothly.  My favorite mascara, and trust me on this, I am a lashes freak, I’ve tried them all, is hands down W3ll People’s Expressionist Mascara!  You won’t find a better natural mascara that gives you fuller, longer, spider leg lashes like this one does!  I’ve also linked some of my other favorites that I use on the regular.

Have you made the switch to clean beauty products?  If so, what are some of your favorites and which brands do you love?  I’d be so happy to hear from you!  I hope this gave you some helpful insights into making the switch!

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