Obsessed with My New Antique Vanity and Announcement!

Helllllooooo everyone! How’s life been? Clearly mine’s been busy since I haven’t blogged in a long time. A lot has happened in the past few months but I’m here now. I just wanted to share my latest purchase for my bedroom. I have been on the hunt for an antique-style vanity and found one! It added the perfect classy touch that my bedroom needed and sent me on a frenzy of re-vamping everything else in the room: curtains, throw rug, and mirror. It’s like a whole new bedroom in one day! Here’s a few pics of the vanity and the accents I addantique vanityed to it:pink peoniesperfume

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I think I am going to start making YouTube videos so I can start sharing some of the natural/organic makeup and other products I love. I have a ton of stuff already lined up for some great giveaways so stay tuned! ;-)

xoxoxo

Emily Eve

 

 

Acure Organics: Acure for your Skin. Acure for the Planet.

acure organicsSo I couldn’t come up with a more creative title to this blog that does a better job of embodying what Acure Organics stands for and delivers, so I used their slogan. It works. Just as their products do. I can in all honesty say I don’t even remember how I got introduced to the products from this amazing company. It could have been through Goodebox, browsing the aisles of Whole Foods, or even an add on Facebook. However it happened, I am forever grateful.

Acure is a company that is making amazing, high-quality, earth friendly, natural and organic products that actually work. Did I mention they are super affordable as well? It’s incredible. Take a look at who they are: About Acure Organics. I currently use an abundance of their products in my daily routine. Here’s a peek at what I use and what I think:

  • Facial Cleansing Cream: I have dry skin so this is perfect. I little goes a long way and does not leave my skin feeling dry and tight the second I step out of the shower. It does a great job of removing all make-up too!
  • Brightening Facial Scrub: A-MAZ-ING. I use this 2-3 times a week and it is extremely effective without being too harsh. My face feels like butter after!
  • Day Cream: I was using this every morning and really did like it. However, after receiving a sample of CV SkinLabs facial moisturizer in my most recent Goodebox, I fell in love with it for my dry skin and bought the full-size product which is what I am currently using.
  • Night Cream: Loved this just like I did the day cream. Once I discovered Acure’s Argan Oil and Marula Oil, I started using those in the evening.
  • Argan Oil and Marula Oil: Love both! And I swear you will never find these at a better price anywhere else! Great for my dry skin. I use the Argan Oil on my face and the Marula Oil on my decolletage.
  • Eye Cream: This eye cream is so silky and smooth. My eye area can get dry when I wear make-up and this works perfectly before applying it. It does not get all clumped up and flaky like some other moisturizing products do when applying make-up.
  • Shampoo & Conditioner (pure mint for normal/fine hair for added volume). These are the best natural shampoos and conditioners I have ever used. They leave my hair so full and shiny. I honestly feel like I have had more growth since using them. There are no harsh chemicals stripping your hair and as a result I have a lot more “baby hairs” growing in. My cousin is a hairdresser and she says all those little hairs at the top of my head are not broken, damaged hairs, it is definitely new hair growing in. Yessss! The Moroccan Argan Oil shampoo and conditioner for dry hair has amazing reviews on their site. I received a sample of those and really liked them as well.

Here’s some info on how Acure is keeping the environment in mind when creating their products: Environment

I would highly recommend giving one or several of Acure’s products a try. You can order them directly from their site, buy them from Whole Foods, or websites like Lucky Vitamin sell them, often at an even cheaper price. Safe shopping! :-)

Also, I have been seriously considering starting a YouTube channel reviewing a bunch of the natural products that I love and use on a daily basis. I love talking about these things and informing people about wonderful products that are out there, so I only thought it would be a natural fit. Let me know what you think! :-)

xoxo
Emily Eve

Acure Organics - Acure For Your Skin, Acure For The Planet

Red Apple Lipstick Bites Back at Gluten Intolerance

red apple lipstickMy last post was about the amazing company Red Apple Lipstick, but a few months have gone by and my collection of pigment-packed, smooth-operating, and gluten-free lipsticks and lip glosses has increased tremendously. I can now say I proudly own 8 lipsticks (Audrey, New York, Rebel!, Red!, Strawberry Lips, French Skirt, Sunkissed, and Petal Pusher), a Rallye Balm, and 2 lip glosses (Hot Mess and Fuzzy Navel). Red Apple Lipstick is currently getting ready to release 6 new shades in the coral family and I pretty much plan on owning all of them. If you head over to their Facebook page you get to interact with their posts and are running a contest where you get to name the new colors they are releasing. If the name you gave is picked, you win a tube! I have not a single bad thing to say about any of the products that I own.

Not only does Red Apple Lipstick have rave reviews from their loyal customers, they have been featured in:

  • Women’s Health
  • Delight Gluten Free Magazine
  • Allergic Living
  • Organic Spa Magazine

Red Apple Lipstick has also won several awards in the gluten-free and beauty communities including Best Gluten Free Cosmetics Brand.

red apple lipstickTheir customer service is out of this world. With every order placed I have received a hand-written note thanking me for my purchase as well as emails from the owners. Jay and Andrea Harper are incredible people who clearly have a passion for their business, the beauty industry, the gluten intolerant community, and their customers. One thing that remains clear is that their customers always come first. They listen to what people have to say and the well-being of each individual is a top priority.

If you have not yet experienced a Red Apple Lipstick product, you are missing out. Head over to their website, sign up (for free) for their VIP Club to receive their 20% off discount that is issued EVERY month, and start stocking up!

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Gluten-Free, Chemical Free Smooches on this Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all my lovers out there! First off, let me apologize for being MIA for the past few months. Life has been hectic and sadly, this little gem has been put on the back burner. A lot has happened these past few months, mostly alll gooood in the neighborhood! My gorgeous little cousin, Laura got engaged! You can find her on my Fabulous People page, along with her engagement and wedding photographer, Cyndi. If you’re lucky I’ll post some of their amazing photos ;-)

So, within these past few months of me being a ghost in the blogging world, I have had the utmost pleasure of trying and purchasing literally, the most amazing lipsticks EVER. Red Apple Lipstick was founded on the premise that people with a severe gluten allergy needed a product that was safe for them to use. The founder, Jay Harper, also wanted to make sure there weren’t a bunch of nasty chemicals in them either. Well, thanks to the ads to pop up on my Facebook page, I stumbled upon RAL. The reviews all seemed great and I wanted a true red lipstick that wasn’t full of crap. So I ordered Red! and WOW is all I have to say! It is a highly pigmented mineral lipstick that is a TRUE RED. It glides on so smooth, is ridiculously moisturizing, and lasts a LONG TIME. But you know what else I loved? When you were ready to take it of….it did just that. It actually came off. It didn’t leave a stain on my lips and didn’t dry them out. They sent me a sample of Rebel! which is a deeper, Old Hollywood that is simply stunning. Hello vixen! I wanted to have it. I needed to have it. So I ordered it. I now own 5 of their lipsticks (Red!, Rebel!, French Skirt, New York, and Sunkissed) and there is nothing about them that I don’t like. French Skirt was a bit too frosted, but it works great in combination with other colors or on your cupid’s bow for the appearance of a fuller lip. New York is the perfect shade for a nude lip with sexy, smoky eyes, and Sunkissed is one of my new favorites. It’s the perfect balance of red and orange. It looks great on now, even though its winter and I don’t have a tan, but I cannot wait to rock this color with sun-kissed skin and golden eye make-up in the summer! Oh, did I mention they make gluten-free eye shadows too? They glide on like velvet. Absolutely incredible.

Not only are Red Apple’s products incredible, but their staff is too. I have received hand-written notes in my orders, personal emails asking how I liked my product, and have even received an email from Jay himself. I can assure you that you will not regret making a purchase from RAL. I am hooked for life and am a RAL Gal! ;-) Oh! And I do not suffer from a gluten allergy. I have cut it out of my diet as much as possible, but as you all probably know by now, I prefer to put products on my body that are safe and free of harsh chemicals. All of their products are: Gluten Free • Paraben Free • Allergen Free • Vegan • Mineral Based • Cruelty Free

If you join the Red Apple VIP (it’s free) you automatically get 20% off AND get 20% off every month…for ever. Click here to become VIP!

Have a fabulous day my friends! Oh and in the words of the ever-so-wise Ellen Degeneres: “Be kind to one another.” Spread the love!

xoxoxoxo,

Emily Eve

 

Words of a Billionaire

“Everybody is different and I think that we live in a material world. But for me, possessing things is not that interesting. Living in a grand environment to show myself and others that I have wealth has zero appeal. Whatever I own is temporary, since we’re only here for a short period of time. It’s what we do and produce, it’s our actions, that will last forever. That’s real value.”
~Nicolas Berggruen

Eat to Live

Eat to Live. Interesting choice of words. I just finished reading the book “Eat to Live” by Joel Fuhrman and am on day 2 of his plan. Concept is simple: Eat nutrient dense foods in large quantities and you will end up healthier and thinner. I am following his more strict plan that excludes all animal products. I was going to start following the Paleo diet the other week. I lasted 2 days. Shoving as much animal protein as I could down my throat was grossing me out and cannot be good for you long-term. I am eating loads of fruit, veggies, beans, and a small amount of nuts. His concept makes 100% sense, I understood and agreed with everything, it’s just very difficult for most people to accept. We as Americans eat HORRIBLY. Most of us eat for pleasure, not for nutrition.

Did you know that 100 calories of broccoli has 11.1 grams of protein and 100 calories of beef only has 6.5-8. That 100 calories of broccoli is 12.6oz of food whereas the steak is only 1oz! So which do you think will fill you up more? 12oz of food or 1? Don’t believe me? Take a look:

Protein in veggies vs. Protein in meat

Maybe if you aren’t willing to grasp this fully, apply it to your life as much as possible, so that when you do indulge, you really truly are indulging. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. Whether it is a lifestyle you want to embrace or not, at least do yourself the favor and educate yourself.

Dr. Fuhrman explains so many situations where his patients followed his plan and not only lost a large amount of weight, but were able to go off medications related to high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. He says on average, people will lose 20 lbs in one month, 10 the following, and 1.5 per week after that until their body reaches it’s ideal weight. This is not a fad diet. Even though you will lose weight quickly, its a way of life that you must embrace.

I must say, it’s only day 2, but I am feeling great. I have no side effects or cravings. By the time I am hungry, it is time for me to eat again. Here is what my lunch looks like today. It is A LOT of food. Tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, celery, yellow peppers, carrots, sweet potato, and avocado (not eating the entire bag of carrots or container of tomatoes).

Wounded Warrior Project

So, as some of you have may have noticed by now, I have a page on here dedicated to charity pages. All of them listed so far have been for animals, but this is another one that I truly believe in. My boyfriend, Kenny, is an ex-Marine. Or as he would say: “Once a Marine, always a Marine.” His roommate from the Marine Corps was the one who introduced us almost 7 years ago. There are so many others in my life that have served their country, and served it proudly. Some of them were less fortunate than others. That’s where the Wounded Warrior Project comes into play. There isn’t a whole lot that I can say that can do this project justice, let alone the men and women who have risked their lives for their country. That’s why I will leave it up to you to check out their website and see what it’s all about. I will also have a link permanently fixed on my Good Deeds page.

My Marine with his little sis:

Much love everyone!

Emily Eve xoxo