Beauty by Arielle


#BusyGirlNails: This is About as Neon as its Going to Get

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Welcome back to #BusyGirlNails for Summer 2014! If you want to join in, here is the post with all of the info you need. 

This week is neon week. I must admit, I have pretty much never been a fan of neon. In the spirit of being a good sport, I went to look for a 3-Free neon polish. The people in my area must be neon haters, too, because I could not find any. The best I could do was this hot pink from Essie appropriately named Bachelorette Bash.

Essie Bachelorette Bash with Zoya PixieDust in Godiva

Hopefully, you all had better luck with neons!

xo, arielle

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My Current Natural Makeup Products

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In my switch to natural products, I quickly discovered how difficult it is to actually find natural brands. Makeup, in particular, has been the most difficult. I have decided to periodically share the products I'm currently using. Hopefully, this will give you an idea of some potential products to go for in your natural lifestyle. Here are my posts about natural bath and body and skin care products.

Natural Makeup Products

Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation: A powder foundation with full coverage capabilities. I'm using fair-light neutral. $36 BUY ONLINE

Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer: A full coverage cream concealer. I'm using the shade fair. EWG 2 (low hazard). $24 BUY ONLINE

Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in Park Ave Princess: A mineral based bronzer with a hint of shimmer. EWG 6 (moderate hazard). $30 BUY ONLINE

Tarte Amazonia Clay 12-hour Blush in Dollface: A long wearing, highly pigmented blush. EWG 3 (moderate hazard). $26 BUY ONLINE

Tarte Limited Edition Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette: A 16 shade palette with a mix of mattes and shimmer shades. $38 BUY ONLINE

Korres Quercetin & Oak Antiageing Eye Primer: An eye primer that has anti-aging properties and helps shadow last longer. EWG 2 (low hazard). $21 BUY ONLINE

Sante Eye Brow Pencil No. 2 in Brown: A dual ended brow pencil. EWG 1 (low hazard). $15 BUY ONLINE

Physician's Formula Organic Wear Jumbo Mascara: A volumizing mascara. EWG 1 (low hazard). $9.99 BUY ONLINE

Josie Maran Magic Marker Argan Liquid Eye Liner: A thin tipped liquid liner pen. GoodGuide 4 (below average). $8.45 BUY ONLINE

Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera 100% Gel: I'm using this as a brow setting gel. EWG 3 (moderate hazard). $6.29 BUY ONLINE

Burt's Bees Lip Shine in Blush: A lightly pigmented lip gloss. EWG 4 (moderate hazard). $6.99 BUY ONLINE

Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer in Watermelon: A creamy lipstick with a hint of shimmer. EWG 2 (low hazard). $4.99 BUY ONLINE

What natural makeup brands are your loving?

xo, arielle

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I Went to Trapeze Class

A month ago, my best friend, who lives in St. Louis, declared that we needed to get together. She also mentioned that, since I was on an adventure kick, she would be willing to try something, too. I looked up on Groupon for something thrilling and found Circus Harmony trapeze class.

We went over the weekend and it was a blast! It's not something either of us would normally do and we were both glad we did it. My mom went along, too, but she did not find it was fun when she got to the platform (she swiftly got down). My friend has a fear of heights so I was incredibly proud of her for going outside of her comfort zone with this.

There were 8 people in our class. Two had done it before. The majority of us were learning to do a catch. It basically consisted of swinging out, getting your legs on the bar, hanging then catching the person.

I didn't expect this to be so challenging but it is really hard to get your legs up there. I was a little sore in my shoulders from it. Even if you're not the hulk you have a lot of momentum to get yourself hooked. 

If you're in the St. Louis area (or an area that offers one of these classes) I highly recommend giving it a try. It's a lot of fun!

xo, arielle


#BusyGirlNails is back for Summer 2014!

Last Summer, we first launched #BusyGirlNails. I can't believe it's already been a year! This new round begins on July 28th. I hope you will join us!

Here are all the deets for this weekly nail art challenge:

  • Use this image on your blog or instagram to spread the word.
  • Launches July 28, 2014.
  • 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 Monday's. You can post your mani any time during that week. (Ex: Week 1 is the week of July 28, Week 2 is the week of August 5, 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


Blissmo Box Review

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As many of you know, I had been subscribing to monthly beauty boxes for quite some time. Since I switched to natural products, the ones I had signed up for were no longer an option. I have since been on the lookout for all natural subscription services.

In my search, I came across Blissmo. Blissmo is like the other subscription services where you pay a monthly fee for a box full of products. The difference is that theirs are eco-friendly, organic and non-toxic. The boxes can include a mix of full and sample sized products. They range from $20-$40 worth of product. 

The monthly cost is $19.95. If you do the month to month option, you will also pay $4.95 in shipping. If you pay 6 months up front, shipping is free. You are able to select from 3 different boxes each month (food, beauty or seasonal). You can also skip a month.

I received June's beauty box. Here is what arrived:



Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Collection skin care (samples)
Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Hand Cream (full size), $12
California Naturel skin care (samples)
Nature's Fusions Lavender Essential Oil (full size), $15
Red Bird Naturals Eye Opener (full size), $12
'Ohana Organics Cococut Spice Solid Perfume (full size), $9

Box total (I do not price samples because those are generally free to consumers) = $58

I was happy with the amount of product, especially full sized, received. I also enjoyed the variety of product. I thought it was a well put together box.

What I most appreciated was the mix of brands (well known vs small business). Since I am new to natural products, I was happy to see brands from etsy and online sellers. This helps me know who else is out there for me to purchase from. 

The downside is the price. I don't know about you but when I sign up for a subscription box, I'm doing it to get to try products on the cheap. I cannot see myself forking over $20-25 per month and have the possibility of mostly sample products. While this box was worth double, there's no guarantee a month will be. I also am not a fan of charging for shipping on these boxes, particularly since the price is up there. Compared to their competitors, they are on the high end of price per month.

Having said that, I do think this is a nice subscription for someone who is looking for a natural based service. I was happy with the box overall and plan to use everything included. If you're ok with the price, I think you will enjoy this service. 

Want to save $10 on a subscription? Use the code BLISSMOKM.

xo, arielle

Disclosure: Box was sent by the company or the company’s PR group. All opinions are my own. PR companies never receive preferential treatment. For my full disclosure, click here.
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