DIY Beauty Kits from Oleum Vera® + An Almond & Oats Exfoliant Recipe

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DIY Beauty Kits from Oleum Vera // Oleum Vera® takes inspiration from bountiful nature to create products that empower consumers to reclaim their beauty regimen, using fresh ingredients from their pantry and fridge, natural clays, and organic butters and oils.

On November 1st, Oleum Vera® launched their new line of DIY beauty kits, with each kit focusing on the natural, the fresh and the edible. I was the lucky recipient of their “Off to a Good Start” beauty kit which arrived beautifully packaged last week.

Not only was this DIY beauty kit filled with wonderful organic ingredients, but the ingredients also came in very sturdy, quality containers that allow them to be re-used again and again. I was honestly floored by the quality and truly impressed with this new beauty brand.

DIY Beauty Kits from Oleum Vera // Oleum Vera® takes inspiration from bountiful nature to create products that empower consumers to reclaim their beauty regimen, using fresh ingredients from their pantry and fridge, natural clays, and organic butters and oils.

Who is Oleum Vera®?

Based in Montreal, Canada, Oleum Vera® takes inspiration from nature in order to create natural beauty products that empower consumers to reclaim their beauty regimen, using fresh ingredients from their pantry and fridge along with natural clays, organic butters and oils.

This new beauty brand is anti-GMO, pro-customization, pro-organic and pro-sustainability. Their philosophy is to provide women and men with the ingredients and the knowledge needed to re-appropriate their body care routine and tailor it to meet their own unique skin and hair needs.

In opposition of the mainstream beauty industry which has long relied using on harmful chemicals, one-size-fits all mass production, and unsustainable sourcing, Oleum Vera® hopes to be a breath of fresh air for increasingly knowledgeable consumers.

DIY Beauty Kits from Oleum Vera // Oleum Vera® takes inspiration from bountiful nature to create products that empower consumers to reclaim their beauty regimen, using fresh ingredients from their pantry and fridge, natural clays, and organic butters and oils.

Each of Oleum Vera®’s DIY beauty kits includes an assortment of plant-based oils and essential oils, and in some cases, powdered clays, algae, and dried flower petals. All of the ingredients are handpicked for their numerous benefits to the skin, hair and senses, always with sustainability in mind.

These DIY beauty kits are certified 100% organic, and each one comes with a booklet filled with customizable recipes and illustrated how-to’s. Each kit retails at $74.95. You can find their full line of DIY beauty kits now available here.

The "Off to a Good Start" kit, available here, is a Do-it-Yourself Organic Face Cleansing Kit. It comes with three organic plant based carrier oils (moringa, avocado, castor, and sweet almond), four essential oils (lemongrass, tea tree, peppermint and oregano), white kaolin and bentonite clay, rose petals, and lavender buds. It also includes a glass bottle for mixing your custom face cleansing oil, a jar with a lid and spoon for creating exfoliating grains, and a tiny funnel and dropper.

The “Off to a Good Start” kit, available here, is a Do-it-Yourself Organic Face Cleansing Kit. It comes with three organic plant based carrier oils (moringa, avocado, castor, and sweet almond), four essential oils (lemongrass, tea tree, peppermint and oregano), white kaolin and bentonite clay, rose petals, and lavender buds. It also includes a glass bottle for mixing your custom face cleansing oil, a jar with a lid and spoon for creating exfoliating grains, and a tiny funnel and dropper.

DIY Beauty Kits from Oleum Vera // Oleum Vera® takes inspiration from bountiful nature to create products that empower consumers to reclaim their beauty regimen, using fresh ingredients from their pantry and fridge, natural clays, and organic butters and oils.

These ingredients, combined with a few fresh ingredients from your pantry, allow you to create three cleansing oils, three facial scrubs and three deep-cleansing masks. Each natural skin care recipe is designed to adapt to your skin’s changing needs. Also included, is a booklet filled with not only skin care recipes, but also information on each of the ingredients included in the DIY beauty kit.

DIY Exfoliating Facial Grains with almonds and oats for normal or combination skin!

Using a recipe from the informational booklet inside my kit, I created their almond and oats exfoliant for normal or combination skin.

DIY Exfoliating Facial Grains with almonds and oats for normal or combination skin!

DIY Exfoliating Grains Face Scrub

To make your own DIY Exfoliating Facial Grains with almonds and oats for normal or combination skin, you’ll need:

4 Tablespoons (60 mL) organic oats, finely ground
2 Tablespoons (30 mL) organic almond meal
1 sachet (.7 oz.) kaolin clay
half a sachet (.17 oz.) bentonite clay
half a sachet (.05 oz.) organic rose petals or lavender buds

Crumble the petals or buds between your fingers, then combine all the ingredients.

To use your exfoliating grains:

To use your exfoliating facial grains, place a small amount of the scrub into a small dish or the palm of your hand. Add a bit of your favorite cleansing oil – also from a recipe in the kit! – and mix with your fingers.

Allow the oil to soak into the scrub for 30 seconds or so, then massage the scrub onto your face using a circular upward motion.

All the the scrub to rest on your face like a mask, or simply rinse off right away and pat dry.

DIY Milk and Honey Exfoliant for Dry or Sensitive Skin

A milk & honey exfoliant for dry or sensitive skin (pictured above) was yet another beauty recipe included with the “Off to a Good Start” DIY beauty kit.

If you’d like to discover all of the beauty recipes that Oleum Vera® has to offer in their new DIY beauty kits, you can visit their website here.

Mocha Scrub Bar Recipe to Reduce Visible Cellulite

There you’ll find an array of DIY beauty recipes for body, face and hair care like this beauty recipe (pictured above) for making your own mocha scrub bar to reduce visible cellulite. There are also beauty recipes for body butters, solid lotion bars, face masks, massage oils, toners, facial serums, hair masks and more.

For even more information on this amazing new company, you can read their blog as well as follow Oleum Vera® on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

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End of Season Sale at Julep

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Save up to 75% off during Julep's End of Season Sale! Four days only!

Julep’s End of Season Sale

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend so far! Just wanted to give you all a heads up that Julep is having a huge end of season sale this weekend only!

Discover the lowest prices of the season during Julep’s End of Season Sale in which you can save up to 75% on all of your beauty favorites! Plus take advantage of their nail polish mystery bags. You can get 10 nail polishes – regular $14 each ($140 value) – for just $20! That’s $2 per bottle of nail polish! Julep’s End of Season Sale lasts four days only – today through Monday, May 30th, 2016 – so buy now!

Here are few highlights.

Julep’s Perfect Finish Lip Collection regular $65 is now $19.99 their End of Season Sale.

Julep’s Perfect Finish Lip Collection regular $65 is now $19.99 their End of Season Sale. (Shop now.)

Julep’s Mocha Minx Shadow, Eyeliner and Mascara Collection regular $60 is now $19.99 during their End of Season Sale.

Julep’s Mocha Minx Shadow, Eyeliner and Mascara Collection regular $60 is now $19.99 during their End of Season Sale. (Shop now.)

Julep’s Overnight Repair for Hands Collection regular $48 is now $14.99 during their End of Season Sale.

Julep’s Overnight Repair for Hands Collection regular $48 is now $14.99 during their End of Season Sale. (Shop now.)

Julep’s Festival Season Nail Art Kit regular $58 is now $14.99 during their End of Season Sale.

Julep’s Festival Season Nail Art Kit regular $58 is now $14.99 during their End of Season Sale. (Shop now.)

Right now when you subscribe to Julep’s Monthly Beauty Box you’ll also receive a free Star Spangled 8-piece gift! This gift set includes four patriotic polishes, a hot pink lip gloss, a peony pink blush stick, a bronze eyeliner, and white chevron nail decals. A $122 value.

Julep’s Monthly Beauty Box

You may also want to consider a Julep Maven Subscription in which you receive a monthly beauty box!

Right now when you subscribe to Julep’s Monthly Beauty Box you’ll also receive a free Star Spangled 8-piece gift! This gift set includes four patriotic polishes, a hot pink lip gloss, a peony pink blush stick, a bronze eyeliner, and white chevron nail decals. A $122 value. Simply use the coupon code: FIREWORKS at checkout when you subscribe here.

In addition to this free gift, Julep is also the only monthly beauty box program on the market that allows you to fully customize your monthly beauty box. You can select all beauty products, all nail products, or get a mix of both!

Additionally, you can also decide to skip any month you’d like (with no charge!) or send that month’s box to a friend.

All Julep products are cruelty-free and five-free (they don’t use the top 5 toxins found in many makeup brands).

You’ll also receive other great perks such as 20% off all Julep purchases, free shipping (always!) and the chance to help test and choose Julep’s next new beauty colors and products.

Subscribe to Julep’s monthly beauty box and become a Julep Maven now.

For more great beauty product recommendations, be sure to follow my Bath + Beauty board on Pinterest here.

Julep’s Monthly Beauty Box Subscription

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Julep's monthly beauty box subscription lets you choose what you receive each month in your box and allows you to skip months at no charge!

Love beauty box subscriptions but aren’t always happy with what comes in your box? Then you may want to give Julep’s monthly beauty box subscription a look!

How does Julep’s monthly beauty box subscription stand out from its competitors?

There are so many monthly beauty box subscriptions to choose from – so what makes Julep so special?

• Julep is the only monthly beauty box program on the market that allows you to fully customize your monthly beauty box.

Every month between the 20th and the 24th, you get to log in and choose what you want in your box. You can select all beauty products, all nail products, or get a mix of both!

• Skip any month.

Unlike most beauty boxes, you can decide to skip any month you’d like (with no charge!) or send that month’s box to a friend.

• You know what you’re getting, every month.

Unlike most beauty box brands, Julep makes all of their own products. All Julep products are cruelty-free and five-free (they don’t use the top 5 toxins found in many makeup brands).

• Subscribers get perks galore.

Beauty box subscribers are called Mavens, and Mavens get amazing perks, such as 20% off all Julep purchases, free shipping (always!) and the chance to help test and choose Julep’s next new beauty colors and products.

Julep's monthly beauty box subscription lets you choose what you receive each month in your box and allows you to skip months at no charge!

Are you ready to buy? If decide you’re all in, you may prefer to opt for the 3-month subscription. This option means that your first beauty box is FREE for the first month. Simply use the coupon code FIRSTBOX at checkout. Alternatelty, if you prefer to start with a month-to-month subscription, you can use the same code to get 50% off your first box. Visit Julep now to get started!

If you like Julep, then may also want to consider the monthly beauty box subscription from Birchbox. Or follow me on Pinterest for more great beauty products and finds as well as homemade soap, bath and beauty recipes you can make yourself.

Unique New Beauty Products to Try

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I’m super excited about these new and unique beauty products I recently discovered! If you’re like me and love trying new, unique beauty products every month, then you’ll definitely want to try at least one of the beauty products on this list!

I’m super excited about these unique new beauty products I recently discovered! If you’re like me and love trying unique new beauty products every month, then you’ll definitely want to try at least one of these newly discovered beauty products on this list!

New beauty products pictured from left to right:

1. Ultra Soft Bamboo Charcoal Bristle Toothbrushes – These super soft toothbrushes are wonderful for sensitive gums and the bristles are embedded with natural charcoal to help whiten teeth. (Similar soft charcoal toothbrushes are also available from the Colgate brand.)

2. Natural Whitening Tooth & Gum Powder with Activated Charcoal – This tooth and gum powder is a wonderful natural alternative for your entire family to promote healthy, whiter teeth and gums without toxic ingredients. Not only does it taste better than you’d think, but you’ll notice whiter teeth in as little as one use!

3. Konjac Sponges – This natural facial sponge gently exfoliates skin while the activated charcoal helps to keep your face acne free by detoxing and balancing skin.

4. Activated Charcoal + Dead Sea Salt Organic Soap – This organic soap makes a wonderful face soap but is also suitable as a body soap! Activated charcoal detoxifies by helping to draw out any impurities while the dead sea salt nourishes skin with beneficial minerals. Tea tree essential oil and neem oil help kill bacteria and microbes to keep skin acne free. PLUS, the packaging is eco-friendly. The handmade 100% PCW paper label is embedded with seeds! Plant it and watch it grow.

5. I’m Real Face Masks – This set of eleven facial masks, each suited for a different purpose whether it’s moisturizing skin, tightening pores, or clearing up skin. They’re made with natural ingredients like tomato, aloe, pomegranate, makkoli, and tea tree known for their properties in skin care. Each mask comes as highly absorbable adherable sheet and is paraben free.

6. Hello Bunny Perfume Bar – This solid perfume comes in adorable bunny packaging and has a wonderful fruity floral fragrance! For tired, puffy eyes or eyes with fine lines or wrinkles you may also like the Pandas Dream So Cool Eye Stick that comes packaged in a panda shaped container and offers the cooling and soothing effect of intensive hydration and an eye serum in a stick.

7. Daiso Japan Natural Facial Cleansing Cream – This natural cleansing cream contains charcoal to help absorb dirt and pollution leaving behind clear, clean skin. You may also like Daiso Japan’s Natural Pack Charcoal Peel Off Mask. Formulated with the natural ingredients from oak trees, this mask removes oil and dirt to deeply clean and shrink pores.

8. Soothing Cat Baby Pet Magic Mask Sheets – This set of ten cute cat character mask sheets refresh, soften and soothe skin. You can also find these masks in pug, panda and seal characters.

If you love beauty surprises, you may also want to consider an awesome monthly subscription to ipsy. Created by Michelle Phan, ispy mails out a glam bag every month filled with five surprise beauty products based on your beauty profile.

If you love beauty surprises, you may also want to consider an awesome monthly subscription to ipsy. Created by Michelle Phan, ispy mails out a glam bag every month filled with five surprise beauty products based on your beauty profile.

If you prefer to receive beauty products at a discount but like to curate your own beauty products, then you may want to consider a monthly subscription to Julep.

Alternately, if you prefer to receive beauty products at a discount but like to curate your own beauty products, then you may want to consider a monthly subscription to Julep.

Julep allows you to completely customize your own beauty box each month and includes beauty favorites like nail polish, Korean skincare products, makeup, body care products and more! Right now you can sign up for Julep’s Valentine’s Day beauty box and receive 50% off your first month of Julep with promo code XOXOXO. Or sign up for three months of Julep instead and get your first box completely FREE. Sign up here.

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