Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara Review

It isn't often that I'm blown away by mascaras, but the Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara ($26) goes for the wow factor! My lashes are practically non-existent, yet the Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Mascara gives my lashes the volume, definition, and length that they sorely lack. I'm good to go with just a few swipes since the volume and pigment is intense.

They assure you that this mascara adds length and volume to your natural lashes by up to 1800%. I'll have to concur, because this mascara is essentially falsies in the form of mascara! I once had a favorite mascara to do the same, but it was always a trying experience remove. This even caused me to lose a few lashes in the process. Gladly, this isn't the case at all with the Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara. This is mostly because the other mascara was extremely waterproof, whereas this mascara is effortlessly easy to remove.

It features a curvy brush that enables me to create volume even in hard-to-reach center lash line, while the defining tip styles lashes for more drama! It's formulated with Flash Volume Complex™. The Flash Volume Complex™ creates instant, smudge-proof length and volume in three strokes or less without the usage of phthalates, parabens, or sulfates. Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara can be worn on its own, or be layered with O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara. You can also pair with the Feather Noir Ultra-Skinny Lash-Discovering Mascara ($24) and Lamé Noir Ultra-Glittering Mascara ($26) to style your lashes for every occasion.

The Story Behind the Mascara

Velvet Noir is inspired by Marc Jacobs’s first beauty memory of his mother carefully shaving fibers from a velvet ribbon to create her own couture faux lashes.

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Introducing Kaeng Raeng

Your skin is assaulted every day by toxins and oxidizers: pollution in the air, chemicals in cosmetics, and bacteria lurking within your pores. Kaeng Raeng's Cleansing Clay ($25) is a detoxifying charcoal mask that should merit a permanent place in every beauty regimen. Life & Style Weekly touts it as "Miracle in a Jar"! I couldn't agree more. This cleansing mask is the perfect way to achieve naturally glowing skin since it draws out impurities without harming the skin's natural oils in the process.

You'll practically want to use this mask everyday since the results are instantaneous, but it is recommended to use it once a week for the best results. Plus, your supply will quickly deplete if used everyday. The key ingredients of this facial mask include Aloe Vera Gel, Organic Witch Hazel, Bentonite Clay, French Green Clay, Activated Charcoal, Himalayan Pink Salt, Kelp Powder, Organic Calendula Herbal Oil, Honeysuckle Absolute Essential Oil, Organic Kelp Powder, Green Tea Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Rosemary Antioxidant (Extract), Benzoin Resin, and Water.

It's recommended to follow up with Kaeng Raeng's After Glow Serum ($20) after the cleanse to maintain your skin's natural glow. The serum can be used once a night, whereas it's recommended to use the cleansing mask just once a week. I find that using it every other night instead of every night is more ideal for my combination skin since it doesn't take much for me to break out easily! This serum is infused with a host of natural ingredients that are beneficial for the skin's health, including Organic Grapeseed Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Rosehip Oil, Organic Argan Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Neroli Essential Oil, Frankincense Essential Oil, and Rosemary Antioxidant (Extract).

Dry, dehydrated is the most common issue during the cooler seasons. Moisturizing body scrubs like the Kaeng Raeng Detoxfoliant Body Scrub ($36) slough off dead skin, revealing smooth, soft, and glowing skin! It’s lightly scented with Lavender and Vanilla Absolute essential oils that evoke a sense of serenity. It also made of other naturally opulent ingredients like Himalayan Pink Salt, Dead Sea Salt, Organic Apricot Kernel Oil, Organic Virgin Shea Butter, Lavender Essential Oil, and Vanilla Absolute Essential Oil.

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The Green Beauty Rules

While most of us wouldn't think of lacing our food with chemicals, many of us don't take it into consideration that's exactly what we're applying on our skin. Our bodies absorb 60% of what we apply on our skin, which is why it's crucial to learn about what's in our beauty products! Jillian Michaels is one of many celebrities who rely on makeup artist Paige Padgett to not only make them look beautiful, but for her sound advice on the do's and don'ts of skin care. Paige takes it a step further by revealing her findings in her new book, The Green Beauty Rules: The Essential Guide to Toxic-Free Beauty, Green Glamour and Glowing Skin – a guide that helps readers learn how to go 'green' with their own cosmetics and skin care!
"Finally, a green beauty book written for the glamorous girl. Paige has been a makeup artist for ten years. No one is more qualified to show you how to be glamorous and green. She explained to me that just like toxic chemicals in food, toxic chemicals in cosmetics are just as harmful to your body. Paige Padgett shows you exactly how to rid your beauty routine of toxic chemicals without having to make your own cosmetics or settle for substandard beauty products that don't work. She will empower you to make good choices for you and your family while keeping you gorgeous. With something useful for everyone, The Green Beauty Rules is the green beauty book you've been waiting for.” – Jillian Michaels

In The Green Beauty Rules, Paige shares her tried-and-true tips in a no-nonsense, yet down-to-earth manner. I have similar books, such as the books by Sophia Uliano (Gorgeous for Good: A Simple 30-Day Program for Lasting Beauty – Inside and Out, Do It Gorgeously: How to Make Less Toxic, Less Expensive, and More Beautiful Products, and Gorgeously Green: 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life) and The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You by Jessica Alba. I still find myself sifting through these books from time to time. The Green Beauty Rules is one of those books that I can easily pick up again and again since the advice is timeless, practical, and inspiring!

One of my favorite chapters is "Green Beauty Looks," which covers ten achievable looks that is complete with a step-by-step guide: Flirty, Sultry, Bronzed, Glamorous, Natural, Bold, Flushed, Gamine, Chic, and Classic. Some of Padgett's go-to beauty products include ZuZu, Ecco Bella, Jane Iredale, Zuli Organic, Kjaer Weis, and my personal favorite - Tata Harper!

Inside The Green Beauty Rules, You’ll Find:

► Debunking the five biggest green beauty myths
► A list of the top estrogenic chemicals to watch out for in products
► Three eco-attitudes and how to flow between them
► How to achieve the look of NARS Orgasm Blush
► Paige's 80/20 beauty diet
► A step-by-step guide to greening your beauty routine
► Paige's Top Ten daily use products
► The three P's to avoid — perfume, parabens, petrochemicals
► Tools for identifying greenwashing, reading labels and decoding packaging seals and stamps
► The difference between natural, organic, and chemically safe
► How to effectively use the Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Database
► The 60-Second Save – How to quickly identify chemically safe products
► Sample Green Beauty Routine

About Paige Padgett

Paige Padgett, a leading authority on green beauty, has never been afraid to go against the grain. An irreverent free spirit, she follows her instincts and her heart. At the mere age of 12 she announced to her family that she was no longer eating red meat. Ironically, her half-Native American grandfather was a cattle rancher. It was no surprise then, that when beauty experts said she couldn't provide safe and eco-friendly makeup artistry and still create beautiful faces, she set out to prove them wrong — and did.

Now considered a leading authority on green beauty, Paige is the Green Beauty Expert for Dasani ECOmmunity Facebook Page,, Jillian Michaels Wellness Team, and founded, a green beauty website. In addition, she is often sought out by the press and has been featured in Shape, Elle, GenLux,,, The Los Angeles Times, Vegetarian Times, Natural Health and Whole Life Times Magazine. Her television, radio, podcasts and live appearances include "Martha Stewart Radio," "San Diego Live," "The Jillian Michaels Radio Show," "Green Is Good," "The Healthy Voyager" and "The Jillian Michaels Wellness Cruise."

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2015 Young Living Holiday Catalog

Essential oils like Young Living can create an a tranquil, inspiring, and beautiful ambiance while promoting wellness. Tia Mowry, Maria Menounos, Natalie Grant, Kerry Washington, Donna Karan, and Gisele Bündchen are fans!

The Gift of Wellness: Young Living Holiday Catalog 2015

This holiday season, give the gift of wellness! You'll find gifts like the Collector's Edition Roll-On Set (Breathe Again, Deep Relief, and Stress Away), Wolfberry Tea Gift Set, NingXia Red Gift Set, Aria Diffuser, and diffusers for kids (Dolphin Reef or Dino Land) within the digital pages of the Young Living 2015 Holiday Catalog. That's a mere sampling of what they have to offer!

Young Living Holiday Catalog 2015

How to Order

► Signing up and ordering is an effortlessly easy process. Simply head to to Young Living's site via here.

► To avoid paying full-price, you can sign up as a Wholesale Member. As a Wholesale Member, there's no obligation for you to sell for Young Living. You'll receive essential rewards and 24% off retail pricing.

Note: You can apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) online or provide your social security if you decide to go into business. This is required for tax purposes, especially if you make $600 or more by selling Young Living products. They'll send a 1099 form, which is required by law. You can be rest assured that Young Living will not share your information with anyone!

► Be sure that the Sponsor ID and Enroller ID both state the same: 3289681

You can email me at for more information. You can also learn more about Young Living via here.

This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Getting Shady with FREYRS: The Cat Eye Edition

The notion of sunglasses being exclusive for summer is a thing of the past! Research has indicated that the sun in the cooler seasons can just be as damaging to the eyes just as much it is in the warmer season. This is one of the reasons why sunglasses are one of the most popular accessories throughout the year. The right pair of sunglasses can add an element of style to any ensemble. There are a variety of styles and colors of sunglasses that can easily adapt to different seasons, moods, and vibes. I have quite of a collection of sunglasses since each pair serves its purpose. I love them much as shoes and handbags! My latest obsession is FREYRS.

FREYRS has one of the largest and most eclectic selections of designer sunglasses without a costly price tag! From vintage inspired, cat eye sunglasses to classic aviators, there’s something for every face shape. In fact, they have over a thousand models in stock, ready for shipping the same day! To ensure your eyes are protected, all FREYRS eyewear comes with 99% - 100% UV protection, as standard. Their strategic location is in the Greater Chicagoland, enabling them to ensure a timely delivery, no matter where you are.

I'm particularly fond of cat eye sunglasses and eyeglasses. Cat eye glasses first made their appearance in the 1950s. It's not surprising that the make a re-appearance periodically. They’re ultra flattering on most face shapes. They're also timelessly chic and sophisticated with a hint of alluring quirkiness. That's why I I love that FREYRS offers a variety of different styles and colors of cat eye sunglasses! I opted for the Audrey (Matte Black), Magnolia (Pink) Evelyn (Round; Gold), and Ruby (Black) Cat Eye Sunglasses from FREYRS' Premium Collection.

Nothing is basic about the Evelyn sunglasses. It's fun to wear them, because they're quirky in every sense of the word! I normally don't wear anything that would be considered as outlandish, but there is something that's undeniably chic about these sunglasses. I liken this style to John Lennon Meets Lady Gaga! They exude a confident style that makes these sunglasses a definite head turner.

The Audrey sunglasses have been my go-to sunglasses lately. They're beautiful, classy, and they harmoniously blend in with any outfit that I'm wearing. One of the most notable things about these sunglasses (or any of the sunglasses that I've worn by this brand) is that they're not flimsy in the least. Instead, they're very durable and meticulously crafted at an argumentatively affordable price - $39.95.

I was going to the opt for the Magnolia in black, but I decided to shy away from the norm by selecting the pink frames instead. I'm glad I did! A gentleman stopped me to compliment me on my sunglasses while hiking one day. He said that they were so chic, and I couldn't agree more!

I had been sorely missing my Wildfox Couture sunglasses since I somehow lost them while traveling a few months ago. However, the Ruby sunglasses have been filling in the void since they're strongly reminiscent of the sunglasses that I had.

You can easily find a pair of sunglasses at FREYRS that will sync with your personal style. The toughest part is selecting one pair out of many!

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