Hurraw! Balm Review and Photos

Hurraw! Balm: Cruelty Free and Vegan

Hurraw! Balm is a product that may be inexpensive, but has all the goodness (and more) that much more expensive brands purport to have, and don’t! Also, you won’t be sacrificing anything to have not only a certified cruelty free lip balm, but a certified vegan one, too. Hurraw! Balm has many flavors, and even an unscented version. While it’s not meant to be eaten, of course, it is so safe, you can lick your lips and not have to think about any chemicals that you might be ingesting.

The makers of Hurraw! Balm wanted to formulate their ideal balm. It had to be, “super smooth, not draggy, not sticky, not sweet, not too glossy, not too smelly, never grainy, long lasting; plus, it had to hold up to being in a back jeans pocket all day without melting!” While I did not test it in the back pocket of my jeans, I can attest to every other attribute being a success, and a perfect lip balm!

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Hurraw! Balm has a very clear label so you know exactly what you’re purchasing with your hard earned money. You simply turn over the Hurraw! Balm and read the label.

 

They’re also happy to show you what the ingredients are on the Website, before you even order! Here’s an example of the ingredients in the Hurraw! Lip Balm that has sun protection SPF 15

Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, ‡Euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, *Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, *Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, Citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel wax, *Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, Olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, *Rubus idaeus (raspberry) seed, *Hippophae rhamnoides (seabuckthorn) seed oil, *Punica granatum (pomegranate) seed oil, Tocopherols (sunflower),*Citrus reticulata (tangerine) peel oil, *Anthemis nobilis (chamomile) flower extract, *Vanilla planifolia (vanilla) bean

Hurraw! Balm

The ingredients in Hurraw! Balm are all plant based, and all are listed. In addition to being certified vegan, and cruelty free, everyone reading this blog should recognize the Leaping Bunny logo on the label. It’s always important to check a company’s stance, but I appreciate that Harraw! Balm puts this statement in writing: “…[Hurraw!] does not purchase ingredients from any company that at any point of their growing, handling, or production cycle involves animal testing. Each supplier and every purchase order is confirmed cruelty-free before it is added to our supply chain.”

See how easy that is for companies to put in in writing, when they have nothing to hide?!

Hurraw! Balm ingredients are cosmetic and food-grade ingredients. Safety testing takes place on human panels via independent labs. All of the ingredients are guaranteed to be GMO free by the growers and distributors. As if that’s not enough Hurraw! Balm is Gluten Free, Soy Free, and Shea Free.

This is why you won’t worry about licking your lips after you apply Hurraw! Balm: it’s non toxic. There are no petroleum products, parabens, synthetic preservatives, or artifical colors.

All of the flavors in the Balm are from 100% natural sources, manufactured in the USA and are USDA food grade. Most are from pure essential oils. If you purchase Chocolate, Rootbeer, Chai Spice, Green Tea, or Black Cherry, they are made for Hurraw! Balm from 100% natural, organically derived flavor compounds through steam-distillation and various processes of extraction.

Just in case you’re going to ask, there is absolutely no alcohol in any Balm, or in any of the ingredients!

Hurraw! Balm

Here’s some more information about each of the Hurraw! Balm products that I received. Am I suggesting you eat them? NO, but again, Hurraw! Balms are so safe, you can lick your lips and not have to think about any chemicals that you might be ingesting. Can you say that about all your previous purchases before you educated yourself?

Hurraw! Balm

1. Hurraw! Unscented Lip Balm. Note: While it contains no added flavor, and is nut-oil free, I was able to detect a very faint aroma of meadowfoam seed oil, which is a great moisturizer and is packed with vitamin E.  Yes, it’s a real multi-tasker, because it can also be used on your cuticles!

2. The Hurraw! Sun Balm has SPF 15, it’s non-nano Zinc Oxide. It has Juicy tangerine and calming Roman chamomile.  Note: Zinc Oxide is all natural, broad spectrum (which means it blocks both UVA and UVB rays) sun screen. When you apply the Hurraw! Sun Balm it protects your lips by sitting on top of them and provides a physical barrier against the sun by deflecting the rays away from your skin. You need to remember to reapply the balm often! And, don’t think that it’s just for winter. Your lips are exposed to sun every day, and people do get cancer on their lips!

3. Hurraw! Moon Balm is a great treatment for your lips before you go to sleep. This one has vanilla and a Peru Balsam scent–but the balsam scent is not as overpowering as you might think. It’s actually supposed to help lull you to sleep. It is written that their is a blue green shade, but I really can’t see that, and it’s a just a clear gloss look on me. I actually tested this one both before bed, and during the day. It’s very rich, and incredibly moisturizing. I feel it is richer that the Unscented, which was also incredibly moisturizing. But, it’s no surprise that my lips felt so smooth and moisturized. It’s formulated with Avocado Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil (also in the Unscented one), and Argan Oil. Great for helping dry lips heal.

4. Hurraw! Grapefruit Lip Balm has a really pretty pink shade that left a clear gloss on my lips. It smells just like fresh grapefruit! This is formulated with fresh cold pressed organic oil from both white, and pink grapefruit from Florida. 

5. Hurraw! Mint Lip Balm will provide a little bit of tingle to your lips, and the cool scent of mint. Do you like mint? You’ll love this flavor.

6. Hurraw! Vanilla Bean Lip Balm is infused with raw, organic vanilla beans from Madagascar. I actually love to bake and I know that Madagascar vanilla is really creamy, and I think that it’s a great description of how my lips felt with this flavor. It’s a delicious vanilla scent and it made my lips very smooth! Definitely lives up to the claims of being long lasting!

 Hurraw! Balm

Here’s where you can find Hurraw! Balm, or purchase it online where you can check out the variety, and the prices–all priced under $5.00.

Disclosure: I received Hurraw! Balm for possible review. All links are for your convenience only.

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Jessica Johnson Beauty: Classic Beauty

Jessica Johnson Beauty

I “met” Jessica of  Jessica Johnson Beauty via Twitter. I was very excited to read that her businesses in NYC and Maine can give you beautiful brows, and glowing skin.

Jessica Johonson Beauty has a mission to, “…Empower women with a simple, straight-forward approach to beauty that allows them to race out the door in five minutes looking polished and put together.”

Jessica Johnson gets her nspiration from the heyday of Hollywood glamour.  “The icons of that age had an easy, effortless beauty grounded in two essential elements: stunning eyebrows and a vibrant complexion. Simple. Graceful. Elegant. That’s always in style.”

In addition, Jessica has a product, that while I have not yet tried, I would like to write about. It is the Jessica Johnson Brow & Lash Conditioning Serum. As I do with all the products that I review, I make sure that it’s completely cruelty free. Being 100% cruelty free means that at no point in the making of the product is there animal testing. In addition, it is not sold in China, where testing is still required by law! So, to that end, Jessica double-checked with the manufacturer, and it is still cruelty free.

The Jessica Johnson Beauty Brow & Lash Conditioning Serum has been clinically tested to produce longer, stronger, thicker eyebrows and eyelashes in six weeks. The blend of active ingredients including SymPeptide (TM) Xlash, Black Sea Rod Oil and Hyaluronic Acid. The product is paraben free, perfume free. and opthamologist approved.

 

Jessica Johnson Beauty Jessica Johnson Beauty is located at The Yves Durif Salon at The Carlyle, and with Erno Laszlo Institute, both located in New York City. You can also make an appointment for Jessica at her business at 15 Middle Street, Suite B2, in Portland, Maine.

Disclosure: I have nothing to disclose. I have not, nor will I, receive any compensation for this post.

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It Cosmetics Friends and Family Sale

It Cosmetics Friends and Family Sale

Make sure to check out the It Cosmetics Friends and Family Sale! I write this post not only as a blogger, but as a customer. I have already placed my online order

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It Cosmetics Friends and Family Sale

It Cosmetics Friends and Family Sale

I ordered during the event because I love It Cosmetics cruelty free products, and I love a bargain! The It Cosmetics Friends and Family sale lets you save 25%, and if you spend at least $30., you’ll receive free shipping with the code FRIENDS2016 –but only through April 15, 11:59pm EST. Hurry!

Make sure you read about the restrictions on the website: *Offer code FRIENDS2016 is valid only at www.itcosmetics.com through 4/15/16 (11:59pm ET). Not valid on retailer sites, TV Offers, and tryitnow website. Valid on US orders of $30 or more. Discount applied before shipping and/or tax. Quantities limited. Offers subject to availability while supplies last. Not valid on previous or pending purchases or to orders placed after expiration date. Cannot be combined with other offers. Cannot be redeemed for cash. Free Shipping not available for shipments to Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico, standard $5.95 shipping charge applies. Offer applies to authorized purchases only. Only authorized orders will be processed and shipped. Please note: We reserve the right to cancel any order due to unauthorized, altered, or ineligible use of offers and to modify or cancel promotions due to system error or unforeseen problems.  Use of this promotion constitutes acceptance of all Terms and Conditions on itcosmetics.com.

It Cosmetics Friends and Family Sale

It Cosmetics Friends and Family Sale is a combination of palettes, sets, and individual face products, in a variety of shades, formulas, and categories. There is definitely something for every IT Girl! I love their mascara, as you can tell from the photo–and of course, you can never go wrong with one of their brushes!!

 

It Cosmetics Friends and Family Sale

 

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Ani Michele Nail Lacquer

Ani MICHELE Nail Lacquer

Ani Sousamian is the founder and owner of Ani Michele Products LLC, better known as ani MICHELE on the beautiful lacquer bottles. Since early childhood, Ani has had a passion and infatuation for nail polish. However, the ani MICHELE lacquer is different from the “typical” polish you would purchase. First, yes, ani MICHELE is cruelty free, vegan, made in the United States, and five free of chemicals!

Do you know what lacquer that is 5 Free of Chemicals means? It means that all the polishes are not only made without the three common chemicals found in nail polishes (Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate, Formaldehyde), but also without two other dangerous chemicals (Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor). Hence, Ani’s nail laquers are free of these five chemicals.

Ani wants her lacquer to, “inspire, empower and compliment each women’s beauty and personality, inside and out.”

I received two ani MICHELE nail lacquers. The first I will show you is the shade Love Bug, an absolutely gorgeous shade of red. The inspiration? A lady, which, as Ani points out, puts a smile on your face.

ani michele

I love that Ani so strongly belives in staying positive and hoping for the best. She’s not all “talk,” though. Look on the bottom of each of the ani MICHELE bottles, and you will read the inspirational motto, “always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.”  

ani michele

Ani MICHELE Nail Lacquer

I love the ani MICHELE polish. It was fast drying, and taking the photo after three days of wear, it’s long lasting, and has a fabulous glossy sheen. The photos I took are without any top coat at all! I do plan to add a top coat, but I wanted you to see the amazing shine without anything added.

So far, in addition to the beautiful shade and shine, I like the look and feel of the glass bottle, and the brush is just the right width for painting my fingernails.

 

Ani MICHELE Nail Lacquer

Ani wants her ani MICHELE polish to be a reminder to live a positive karmic lifestyle, feel good about yourself, and make a positive impact on those around you. I’m loving the Love Bug shade, and next week I’ll share another shade I received. Stay tuned! 

ani michele

 

Get your own ani MICHELE nail lacquer at the website, and see the other fabulous shades that are available.

Disclosure: I received the polish, but all links are for your convenience only.

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Burt’s Bees Lipsticks Review & Photos

Burt’s Bees Lipsticks

Burt’s Bees Lipsticks were something that I had purchased before I was even asked to write this post. I love their cruelty free products, so I was very excited to try their new lipsticks! I’ll share with you lots of photos, and write about what I love about the new lipstick shades.

burt's bees lipstick

Burt’s Bees Lipsticks

The first thing you’ll notice is the super cute honeycomb packaging. The tube is very lightweight, recyclable, and a little bit taller than a typical lipstick.

Burt's Bees Lipsticks

There are lots of reasons why I love the new Burt’s Bees Lipsticks; they are not only cruelty free, but also one hundred percent natural! Here are some of the natural ingredients in the lipsticks: vitamin E, beeswax, Moringa oil – an essential fatty acid to help soften and condition your lips – and raspberry seed oil.

I found that my lips felt like they were being covered in a formula that was very smooth and lightweight, yet thick with moisture. I couldn’t smell any distinct frgrance, nor detect any taste, and there was no stickiness! Also, as a working Mom, I don’t have time to keep reapplying my lip product, and I love that after only one application of the Burt’s Bees Lipsticks the smooth satin finish lasted several hours. I can believe the Burt’s Bees claim that the lipstick would provide up to eight hours, of moisture. Of course, that all depends on what you’re drinking and eating.  And, remember, no licking your lips if they feel dry. Apply more of the soothing lipstick! Even after my usual daily midmorning coffee break, my  rich, pigmented lipcolor, which in this case was Ruby Ripple, was still apparent.

Burt’s Bees Lipsticks

swatch of the shade Ruby Ripple

Burt's Bees Lipsticks

 

The lipsticks come in fourteen shades, so there will most definitely be a color that is right for your skin tone and easy to match shades with your wardrobe, whatever the occassion. I like to wear some color on my lips, whether it’s to add polish to my makeup look, or simply add a pop of color when I’m doing weekend activities with my family. The new lipsticks allow me to do that, with the added bonus of being incredibly moisturizing for hours.

burt's bees lipsticks

Extra bonus points that the Burt’s Bees Lipsticks are easy to purchase in person; I purchased mine at Whole Foods. The Burt’s Bees website has a store locator, and if none of the many locations are easy to get to, you can also purchase online:  http://www.burtsbees.com/Lipstick/792850894402,default,pd.html.

I love that Burt’s Bees Lipsticks are a great combination of a 100% natural moisturizer for my lips with a rich color payoff. I definitely recommend you try at east one of the Burt’s Bees lipstick shades, because I agree with their tagline, “My lips look good and feel great.”

Burt’s Bees Lipsticks

Check out some of the links:

http://www.burtsbees.com/Lipstick/792850894402,default,pd.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/burtsbees

Twitter: https://twitter.com/burtsbees/

 

 

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post #ad. However, I purchased my own product, and the opinions expressed here are my own.

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