Gressa Lip Boost Review

Gressa Lip Boost Review

I was first introduced to Gressa through a previous Limited Luxury box from Petit Vour. That box contained the Gressa Lip Boost in Bare. It was love at first swipe. Recently Gressa sent me a package of goodies to try with three shades of Lip Boost included. Knowing that I already loved the formula, I was curious to see how the other shades compared to Bare.

Claims: “Light, non-sticky and moisturizing, it feels like a balm yet looks like a gloss.

Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Seabuckthorn Seed Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Non-GMO, Mica, Iron Oxides.

Gressa Lip Boost Brilliant

Brilliant is a very natural peachy nude shade.

Gressa Lip Boost Brilliant

I have to say that I really like Brilliant as a base for lipsticks and as a way to tone down shades that are a bit too bright or too bold. The color is very subtle. But it is very hydrating and is great to have in your makeup bag. If you were going with a bold eye look, Brilliant would be the perfect shade to pair with it.

Continue reading the rest of this post for a full review, including product shots, swatches, and thoughts about each shade.

Avocado Pesto & Zoodles Recipe

Avocado Pesto & Zoodles Recipe

I recently bought a Paderno spiralizer and it is great for making zoodles. A zoodle is a noodle made from zucchini. It’s a great way to indulge in pasta dishes while making sure you are getting plenty of vegetables. My favorite way to have zoodles is with avocado pesto.

What you will need to make Avocado Pesto & Zoodles:

  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (if you’re feeling fancy, use 3/4 tablespoon olive oil and 1/4 tablespoon truffle oil)
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 medium ripe avocado (peel but reserve the pit)
  • Salt and pepper to taste (optional)
  • 2 large organic zucchini
  • 1 tablespoon water

How to make Avocado Pesto & Zoodles

  1. In a food processor or blender, combine the basil, garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice. Mix until the basil and garlic are finely chopped.
  2. Add in the avocado and blend until creamy.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
  4. Using the Paderno spiralizer, made noodles from the zucchini. The Paderno spiralizer comes with three different types of blades. I like to use the one that makes larger sized noodles, but use whichever fits your preference. If you do not have a spiralizer, you can cut the zucchini into thin strips.
  5. Heat a pan over medium heat until warm. Add 1 tablespoon and the zucchini noodles. Heat until cooked, about 2 minutes.
  6. Place the zoodles in a bowl and top with avocado pesto.
  7. If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container with the avocado pit. This will help the avocado pesto from turning brown. Just be sure to eat any leftovers within 24 hours.

Don’t have a food processor or blender? That’s okay! Mash the avocado in a bowl until creamy. Finely chop the basil and garlic, then add to the avocado. Mix well. Stir in the olive oil and lemon juice. Mix well. It may turn out a little chunkier, but will still taste delicious.

If you try this recipe, please let me know. I love getting comments on the recipe posts and please tag Logical Harmony on Instagram or Twitter if you share a picture.

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Vegan Cuts November 2014 Beauty Box Review

Vegan Cuts November 2014 Beauty Box Review

The Vegan Cuts November Beauty Box recently arrived at my door. I had watched their preview video and was really interested about a couple of the items that I knew would be inside. I love when brands give you a little sneak peak into the boxes before they start shipping. I couldn’t wait for Vegan Cuts to ship my box to me so that I could find out what else was included!

The Vegan Cuts Beauty Box is a monthly subscription service that delivers several cruelty free and vegan items directly to your door. It can also be shipped worldwide! Prices start at $19.95 per month. It’s a great way to try new brands and new products without the commitment of buying the full-size version.

Included in the Vegan Cuts November Beauty Box that I received was:

  • Mullein & Sparrow Tinted Lip & Cheek Balm – This adorable tin was a full size of the lip and cheek tint. It smells like patchouli oil. I may be in the minority, but I actually like the scent! The color looks like a very deep and dark burgundy when it is in the container, but it goes on sheer and buildable. The formula is super creamy and smooth. I loved how moisturizing it was on my lips! When using as a cheek tint, don’t set it with powder for the best results. On both my lips and cheeks it gave a very natural and pretty hint of color and glow. I really liked this product! The brand has a version of the tinted lip and cheek balm with beeswax and one without available for sale. So if ordering, be sure to order the vegan option!
  • Demes Butter Me Up Moisture Stick in Cherry Cerise – This full size tube contains a heavy balm that works double duty to moisturize dry spots all over. I love the jumbo size! It smells like cherry candy, which is a yummy scent. I’m honestly not usually a fan of cherry scents but I do like this one.The packaging is a push up tube, so push up the product gently. The moisturizer itself works really well. I used this a lot on my hands and they felt really smooth and soft. Two other scents, Mint and Tangerine Vanilla are available. All three Butter Me Up scents sound delicious!
  • Shorganics Rosemary Mint Bar Soap – This deluxe sample is perfect for the current cold weather. The rosemary and mint soap is so refreshing and invigorating. I really like it! I also appreciated that even though this was just a sample product, the brand went above and beyond to fully label the ingredients on the packaging.
  • The All Natural Face Diva Stick in Black Kohl – I have heard rave reviews about The Diva Stick in Milk (a white shade that I have heard is a great shadow base), so I was really excited to try this product. I have mixed opinions about this product. Mostly because I think that how it wears really depends on how you use it. As an eyeliner alternative, this did not work well for me. It went on very creamy and smooth, but smudged all over the place. However, over a primer this really worked well as a base for eyeshadow. It made the colors darker and more intense. Also, because it is such a creamy formula, you can smudge it out really well for a good smokey eye. After trying this, I am actually more interested in other Diva Sticks.
  • La Mav Wrinkle-Smoothing Nightly Repair Nectar – This travel size serum is good for about two weeks of uses. I love serums and had never tried this one before, so I couldn’t wait to see how it worked with my skin. It’s a very concentrated formula. Only 1-2 drops of the Nightly Repair Nectar are needed to cover your face, neck, and chest. This serum contains a variety of oils, most of which are organic. I felt that it did a good job of moisturizing my skin and keeping it smooth.
  • EVOLVh UltraShine Moisture Shampoo – I have tried and used this product before (it was included in the June Beauty Box from Petit Vour!) and loved it, so I was really happy to get another sample. This shampoo does a great job of cleansing my hair without stripping it of any oils. The UltraShine Shampoo is moisturizing without weighing my hair down either. This is really important to me because I have baby fine hair.

This beauty box included several full sized items and several deluxe samples. I can honestly say that this was one of my favorite Vegan Cuts Beauty Boxes of all time. I really liked all of the items that were included it and plan to incorporate several into my regular beauty routine.

You can stay up to date with Vegan Cuts on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram.

Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. Please note that all reviews are 100% honest and a product would not receive a favorable review unless it provided favorable results. This post contains affiliate links.

Photos by Justin M.G. Mendez

Pacifica Color Quench Natural Lip Tint Trio Review

Pacifica Color Quench Natural Lip Tint Trio Review

Lip tints are one of my favorite double duty products. They moisturize like a lip balm and add sheer color to your lips. Personally, I like to keep them in my purse for quickly touching up my look and using them for those “no makeup” makeup days.

To be honest, when you do not use items with beeswax a good tinted lip product is hard for find. I have used a few shades of the Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tints in the past and loved them. When they sent me the Color Quench Natural Lip Trio, I was so excited. The colors are perfect for fall and winter. This set contains the shades Coconut Nectar, Sugared Fig, and Guava Berry.

Pacifica Color Quench Natural Lip Tint in Coconut Nectar

Coconut Nectar is a brownish nude shade. If you are looking for a lip tint that looks very natural, this is the one for you. The color is very subtle. It smells just like fresh coconut!  I also loved using this shade as a base for lipsticks as it kept my lips moisturized and created a base for other colors.

Pacifica Color Quench Natural Lip Tint in Sugared Fig

Sugared Fig is a deep purple tint. I love this shade! It is so pretty and is an easy way to work the dark lip trend into your look. The tint of this color is a couple of shades darker than my natural lip color. Sugared Fig is the most tinted of the trio and can be built into a darker shade with a couple of layers.

Pacifica Color Quench Natural Lip Tint in Guava Berry

Guava Berry is a lovely pink berry shade. This is my favorite shade from this trio. It makes my lips about a shade darker than they are normally and has a fruity scent. It is also a great option for those who are on the fence about darker lips and berry shades. The color is light and buildable, so you can work your way into a darker color.

The ingredients for all three shades are: cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, glycine soja (soy) wax, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, natural flavor [flavor], vitamin E, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract. May contain: mica, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, silica.

Overall, I really loved this trio. All of the shades were very pretty in the tube and on my lips. The formula is very moisturizing and really helped my lips feel hydrated for hours after application. As a bonus, the tubes are also made from recyclable packaging!

You can stay up to date with Pacifica on TwitterFacebookInstagram and Pinterest. All Pacifica products are both cruelty free and vegan. These lip tints are also gluten free.

Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. Please note that all reviews are 100% honest and a product would not receive a favorable review unless it provided favorable results.

Photos by Justin M.G. Mendez

Last Chance to Save! Get the Delicious Winter Recipes eCookbook for only $2.50!

Last Chance to Save! Get the Delicious Winter Recipes eCookbook for only $2.50!
Today is the LAST DAY to get the Delicious Winter Recipes eCookbook for only $2.50. For the price of a cup of coffee, you will get 13 amazing recipes that are staples in our house during the cold winter months. It includes lots of never before seen recipes, like the kale and white bean soup seen here, and some Logical Harmony reader favorites.

Use code EARLYBIRD2014 to get it for just $2.50! 

Get your copy today!

Photo by Justin M.G. Mendez