June Beauty Favorites

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

It's time for another installment of my monthly beauty favorites! This month the products come in at all different price points, so there's something for everybody. I am bringing this post to you a little early because I am having surgery on Monday and won't be able to get it up next week, but I have been trying these products out for over a month. Let me know what you guys are loving this month, if you have tried any of these products, or if there's something you would like me to test out and review down in the comments! 

I was so excited to try out some products from Tata Harper because they're based in Vermont. This lip and cheek tint is 100% natural and nontoxic. I tried it in the shade Very Charming, which they describe as a classic petal pink. It's definitely the perfect everyday color for me. It's easily blendable and hydrating which gives your skin a beautiful natural flush. It also looks really good on your lips; I love a good product that multitasks! Also, the packaging is absolutely gorgeous, which I know is important to some people. The jars are glass, which is great so product doesn't get contaminated with chemicals in plastic, but I'm always afraid I'm going to drop them because I'm so clumsy so I just have to be extra careful.

I've also been trying out the Tata Harper Very Illuminating Highlighter. I had been on a mission to find a really good, and natural cream highlighter, so I am happy that I found this one. This is a gorgeous pearlescent illuminator. It's creamy, hydrating, and very blendable. It leaves your skin with a natural healthy from the inside glow. I also found it to be very buildable if you are looking for a less subtle look. It's long lasting and wears really well. I can't wait to try more products from Tata Harper. Next on my list is the Natural Lip Treatment Set and some of their skincare products. 

You may or may not know this, but I am obsessed with coconut lime scented everything. The first time I opened this lotion I think I stood there for 5 minutes just smelling it out of the bottle. It smells SO good. This lotion absorbs quickly and leaves your skin hydrated without feeling greasy. They have a ton of scents to choose from if coconut lime isn't your thing, but if it is, I highly recommend this one. It's under $13 so it's also budget friendly. Just so you know, all Deep Steep products (including the ones I mention later) are 100% free of synthetics (including fragrance and dyes), vegan, gluten free, non-GMO, paraben free, and cruelty free. 

This has easily become my new favorite lipstick. It's the perfect neutral pink. It has no shimmer so it's perfect for everyday. It gives you that "your lips but better" look. Audrey is the swatch on the bottom in the picture below. They say that it is great for all skintones and have some photos on their website that you can see at the link above of it on different skin colors, but I can only vouch for it being a perfect color on myself. The formula has some slip and glides on wonderfully. It doesn't just sit on top of your lips like other natural lipsticks I've tried. It's creamy and hydrating leaving your lips in better condition than when you first applied it. All of the products from Red Apple Lipstick are handcrafted in the USA. They are gluten free, paraben free, allergy free, cruelty free, non-GMO, and corn free so you can feel good about using them. 

Unpinkable is the swatch on the top in the image above. This shade seems to have better lasting power than the Audrey, I think because it's a brighter shade and very pigmented so it leaves more of a stain on your lips. It's a wonderful bright pink option if you're not looking for something really bright or if you are looking for a pink with cool undertones this would be a great one to try. 

This body butter is thick and creamy but absorbs quickly leaving a beautiful scent on your skin. It's thicker than the body lotion and takes an extra few second to massage into your skin, but I don't mind that. I had recently tried an all natural body butter by another brand that was half the product for triple the price, and it made me laugh. They had very comparable ingredients only the other one had a funky smell. I would never purchase the other one with my own money. This one on the other hand, I want to try in every scent they have available. This would make a great treat for yourself or a gift for someone else. 

I got the Honeydew - Spearmint scent which is so refreshing and perfect for summer. It's a unique scent combination that you don't find very often. As is the case with all body mists the scent doesn't last a really long time. However, it's under $10 so you don't have to feel guilty about generously reapplying it. You can see that I've used quite a bit of it over the past month. It's so hard to find a body mist that doesn't contain artificial fragrance and/or colors, so this was an exciting discovery. The body mist also comes in other scents including vanilla, passion fruit guava, lavender chamomile, and grapefruit bergamot. I wish it came in the coconut lime, I would probably buy it in bulk. 

Disclaimer: Products in this post were gifted in exchange for review consideration. However, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Petite in Pearls. 

Crane & Lion Activewear

Monday, June 20, 2016

Nothing motivates me to workout more than cute new activewear. Crane and Lion is easily becoming one of my new favorite brands. They are located (and everything is designed) in Boston. They design for the sophisticated, active woman. They hand select high quality fabrics that can carry you from errands to yoga or jogging. They are soft, lightweight, and high performing. My absolute favorite thing about Crane and Lion is the little details they add to each garment that elevates the activewear and sets them apart from other brands. I'll definitely be adding more of their stuff to my collection soon! 

What I'm Wearing:

Tank: Crane & Lion c/o | Capris: Crane & Lion c/o | Sneakers: New Balance | Water Bottle: S'well

Designer Spotlight: Norton Point

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

One of my favorite things to do on this blog is support local businesses and companies based in New England through my Local Stops and Designer Spotlight series. Today I am bringing you Norton Point, a Martha's Vineyard based company that makes sunglasses and accessories. They are named for the 2.5 mile long strip of sand and dunes that connect Martha's Vineyard and the island of Chappaquiddick. Norton Point is extremely passionate about giving back and cleaning up our oceans. They have designed the first line of sustainable eyewear made from recovered ocean plastics. Even the eyewear that isn't made from recycled plastics go to help the cause, Norton Point donates 5% of their net profits to global clean-up, education, and mediation practices. They recently started a Kickstarter where you can learn more and help fund their recycled ocean plastic sunglasses. The designs look great! I'm loving the blue mirrored lenses.

Their handmade frames are classic, simple, and timeless. And, they are perfect for both men and women alike. You may have seen me wearing my red pair here on the blog, or over on my Instagram. The frames are very light weight but sturdy. They have the coordinates for Norton Point on the side, which is a really nice touch. The lenses are polarized and provide 100% UVA/UVB protection. I'm definitely in the market for my next pair, which will probably be one of the frames in the tortoise shell. Let me know which pair is your favorite down in the comments!

jane iredale Summer Giveaway!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

I'm really excited to bring you guys this giveaway! You know I always rave about how much I love jane iredale products and now is your chance to try some of them yourself! These are some of my favorites from their new Summer Collection. Be sure to check out the full collection here.

Moonglow Golden Bronzer (On the left in the image above.)
This bronzer contains warm golden shades that can be used on your eyes, cheeks, and lips. The colors are gorgeous and I love that it can be used for all different things. It's always fun to play around with products like this to see what looks you can create. They're also great for traveling, so you can throw less products in your bag with you.

To give you some ideas, they have a great video that shows the versatility of this bronzer here:

Rose Dawn Bronzer (On the right in the image above!)
This bronzer has cooler and pink shades in it. It leaves the most gorgeous glow to your skin, I've been using it nonstop since I got it. It's like a blush, bronzer, and highlight all in one simple step. It can also be used on your eyes and lips, like the Moonglow Bronzer! Both of these bronzers come as a refill, with the compact sold separately. It's really easy to pop them in and out or just use them out of the box they come in if you choose.

LipDrink Lip Balm SPF 15 in Flirt
This tinted lip balm is full of really hydrating oils like castor seed and avocado, that leave your lips really soft. This gorgeous pink shade is new for the season, and gives you a sheer touch of color while providing you with a physical SPF 15 sun protection. It is lightly scented with a lemony/lemongrass scent to it, which you don't really smell once it is on your lips. So it shouldn't be a problem if you are sensitive to scents. It's perfect for a no-makeup look and everyday wear all summer long!

Please follow the directions in the widget below for your chance to win this set of products from the jane iredale Summer Collection! I really love them so I can't wait for one of you to get to try them out as well! The giveaway will run through Friday, June 10. Good luck!

A Bright Print A Day Keeps The Sadness Away

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Is it just me or does it seem like we completely skipped over spring this year? It was freezing and then immediately went to being 90 degrees, and now it's almost summer. I had almost forgotten how much I love dresses at this time of year. They are so much cooler and just way easier. I only have to pick out one thing to wear and throw on some shoes. People always comment, "Oh you're so dressed up!" No, I'm just lazy. 

Anyways, I was introduced to Cuddy last month. If there is something that can make me love a dress more than I already do, it's a bright print. You can't help but be happy when you are wearing one. Cuddy has so many great pieces! Be sure to keep a look out for a couple more dresses from them this month.

What I'm Wearing: 

Dress: Cuddy c/o | Bracelet: Kendra Scott c/o (On sale!) | Hat: Michael Stars (Old) 

Asian Salad With Grilled Chicken + Peanut Dressing

Monday, May 30, 2016

I wanted to make a light and colorful meal for you this week. It's similar to the chicken lettuce wraps I make, but simplified and I tweaked the dressing a bit. Be sure to let me know if you try it out! 

Ingredients (Serves 4): 
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 hearts of romaine, chopped
2 cups red cabbage, thinly sliced 
1 1/2 cups shredded carrots 
3 scallions thinly sliced 

1/4 cup all natural chunky peanut butter
5 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons agave
1 tablespoon tamari 
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pinch of cayenne pepper (to taste)
Water to thin

First make the dressing...add peanut butter, lime juice, agave, tamari, soy sauce, and salt to a medium sized bowl and mix well. Slowly add water and stir until it reaches your desired consistency. Add cayenne pepper to taste. 

Next you are going to cook up the chicken! Drizzle chicken breasts with olive oil and season with salt + pepper. Grill over medium-high heat until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Set aside to cool. 

While the chicken is cooling arrange salads evenly on plates. When your chicken is cool enough, slice it and place on the plate with the salad. 

Drizzle with peanut dressing and serve with a fresh lime wedge. Enjoy! 

May Beauty Favorites

Thursday, May 26, 2016

This month I am keeping it short and sweet with my beauty favorites. Let me know if you have tried any of these or what you're loving this month down in the comments!

Clarisonic Mia FIT c/o
I mentioned this in my morning skincare routine earlier this month, but it also made my monthly favorites. The smaller device with the combination of the Radiance Bruch Head is excellent. It has two speed settings, delicate and power cleanse but they're both equally as gentle. My pores have been looking smaller and my face feels extra soft and clean. The compact design is perfect for travel, and I like the way that it feels in my hand rather than the larger old original Mia that I had. It also stand up on it's own taking up less room in your shower or on your vanity. I at some point fell out of love with my old device and it started collecting dust under my sink, but this one made me fall in love with Clarisonic all over again. Now I can't imagine not using this every day.

I can't stop wearing this color on my nails. It's such a gorgeous pink, that I just keep reapplying it. I find that some Essie colors chip really easily on me but this one wears really well. I can go a whole week without any chips, which for me is amazing! I'll probably have this color on repeat all summer as well. 

I have been wearing this pretty much every single day. It's moisturizing and adds a sheer mineral coverage to even out your skin. Which I personally really like but, if you're looking for full coverage this product is definitely not for you. It smells lightly of roses, but the scent dissipates after you apply, so if you are sensitive to scent it shouldn't be an issue. This cc cream uses zinc oxide as a sunscreen for broad spectrum protection, so there are no chemical sunscreens in it. It's also formulated for sensitive skin and full of skin loving ingredients so you can feel good about using it. Did I mention, it's under $20? 

Disclaimer: I was gifted some of these products in consideration for review. However, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Petite in Pearls.