My Au Naturale Lip

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One of my goals this year has been to keep less products in my collection and use them to the last drop. It's not an easy feat for a makeup hoarder. In doing so, I only picked up two lip products: a gloss and a lipstick, both by Burt's Bees.

Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer in Fig was my go to product in high school. Since I knew how great the product was, I knew I waned to go back to Burt's Bees lippies in my switch to natural products. Since my Fig days, Burt's Bees has launched a plethora of lip products including glosses, crayons and tinted balms. I also recently learned that Burt's Bees is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year!

Since I last purchased Burt's Bees, I noticed they are now more widely available. I see their products at major drugstores and box stores, including Walmart. I'm really happy that mainstream stores are beginning to embrace natural brands, like Burt's Bees. In my transition to natural products, my biggest roadblock has been the accessibility. 

When I shopped for my lip products, I picked up Burt's Bees Lip Shine in Blush and Lip Shimmer in Watermelon. I chose them for their contrasting shades and because I felt they would be wearable all year long. Luckily, they have absolutely served their purpose and I have been using the heck out of them!

Burt's Bees lip

Burt's Bees lip

One day, I decided to combine the two together and was pleasantly surprised by how they were the perfect au naturale lip for me. Any of the recent videos or photos of me have been using this lip combo.

Burt's Bees has also become cleaner since I last bought their products. Their lip products are now 100% natural (as opposed to the 97% they used to tout). On EWG the Lip Shimmer is rated as a 2 (low hazard) and the Lip Shine is a 4 (moderate hazard). Since we consume several pounds of lip products in our lifetime, I would rather they be clean, natural products than chemical filled.

What are your go to lip products to achieve a natural lip shade?

xo, arielle

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Burt's Bees and I received monetary compensation for writing this post. All opinions are my own. Affiliate links are present in this post. If you click a link I may receive monetary compensation. For my full disclosure, click here.


Busy Girl Nails Returns for Fall

Do you love nail art challenges? I think you will enjoy this one! #BusyGirlNails is all about participating in a challenge that is totally doable since there is only one prompt per week! We're starting Monday, October 27!

If you want to join us, here are the details:

  • Use this image on your blog or instagram to spread the word.
  • Launches Monday, October 27, 2014 (this upcoming Monday!!).
  • Post your mani on instagram and please use the hashtag #busygirlnails. We would also love if you would tag the hosts. If you don't have instagram, feel free to post on your blog and tweet the link to us!
  • Post the week's prompt starting on Monday. You can post your mani any time during that week. (Ex: Week 1 is the week of October 27, Week 2 is the week of November 3, etc.) 
  • Follow the prompt to be as simple or creative as you would like. 
  • Participate in as many or as few weeks as you want!

xo, arielle


Giveaway: $200 Sephora Gift Card

I cannot believe it's already time to celebrate another blog anniversary on Beauty by Arielle! This is year 3 and I'm excited to bring you a big group giveaway. This giveaway is for a $200 gift card to Sephora. 

This giveaway is open internationally. You must follow all mandatory entries to qualify. The giveaway runs from October 20-27. Please read the terms and conditions before entering. Good luck!

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Entries are open from October 20, 2014 at 12:00 am EST and close on October 27, 2014 at 12:00 am EST. You must be 18 years or older or adhere to the rules of your state/country regarding giveaways to enter. No purchase necessary in order to win. Beauty by Arielle has the right to substitute item for equal or lesser value. Beauty by Arielle will send an e-gift card to the winning entrant. Beauty by Arielle is not responsible for you providing an incorrect e-mail address and thus not receiving the notification email or prize. The approximate value of item is up to $200 USD. This giveaway is open internationally. You must complete all mandatory tasks in order to enter. Entrant will be automatically disqualified for false entries or for not following the entry verbatim (i.e. not including links and/or usernames). Odds of winning depend on the number of entries. One (1) winner will be chosen at random on October 27, 2014. Winner will be notified once all their entries can be verified. If selected winner's entries cannot be verified, the winner will be disqualified and a new winner will be selected. All entrants must provide a means of contact to be notified. Winner will be notified by e-mail. If winner does not respond within forty-eight (48) hours of the notification email, a new winner will be chosen at random. After the e-gift card is sent, the winner has two (2) weeks to claim it. In the case of an international winner, the gift card will be deposited to the winner's PayPal account. By entering or accepting the prize in this contest/giveaway, the winner agrees to be bound by the Official Rules, Terms & Conditions and to confirm to all federal, state, local and country laws and regulations.

xo, arielle


Why I'm Going Off of Birth Control

Today, I'm taking about something completely foreign to this blog...birth control. I have been on the pill for a number of years but have decided to discontinue. As I have educated myself about my body and hormonal birth control, I am no longer comfortable taking the pill. Learn more about why in my video.

If you would like a little more info on how birth control works, this is an excellent article.

I also talked about how birth control is listed as a carcinogen, which is definitely not ok with me. If you would like that info, please see this article.

xo, arielle

Disclaimer: This video should not be taken as a substitute for medical advice. Please consult your physician before making any changes to your medications.

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