Tata Harper Skincare Giveaway!

YAY! Today we are so happy to celebrate the season with a Tata Harper Skincare giveaway! One lucky person will win a $300 shop credit to spend on whatever they’d like in Tata’s dreamy shop. My skin has changed so much in the past few years and it has been hard to find things that work. EVERYTHING I have used from Tata Harper feels wonderful, works, and has never irritated my dry, sensitive skin or my mild rosacea issues. These 100% natural, non-toxic potions are an investment in self-care for me that help with my self-esteem and overall sense of well-being. Some of my current standbys are the Very Naughty Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint, the Resurfacing Mask (the honey-infused version smells AMAZING!), the Moisturizing Mask (helps SO MUCH in our very dry house), the Concentrated Brightening Essence (using 2x a day — LOVE), the Boosted Contouring Eye Mask, the Be True Sheer Lip Treatment, the Be Adored Rosy Lip Treatment, and ALL the Aromatherapy Treatments. More HERE. GOOD LUCK, FRIENDS! ♥

P.S. Get FREE OVERNIGHT U.S. SHIPPING now thru 11AM EST on 12/22 for purchases over $40 at Tata Harper — HERE.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Jenny Vorwaller! She won this amazing prize!

TO ENTER:
1. Visit Tata Harper Skincare and tell us which potions you want most in a comment below.
2. For an extra entry, follow both @TataHarper and @HoneyKennedy on Instagram. Then leave a comment below. If you already follow both of us — just let me know that, too!

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A SWEET DEAL: Get FREE OVERNIGHT U.S. SHIPPING now thru 11AM EST on 12/22 for purchases over $40 at Tata Harper — HERE.

SHIPPING, ETC: The winner’s shipping will be covered by Tata Harper. International entries are welcome, but the winner may be responsible for international duties and taxes.

DRAWING: This giveaway ends Wednesday, December 21 at 11PM PST. The winner will be chosen at random and will get shop credit to spend on whatever in-stock items they’d like. I’ll email the winner and update this post with their name within a few days!

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Alima Pure Beauty Giveaway!

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YAY! My wildly generous giveaway today is from Alima Pure! These lovely people are based in Portland and make phenomenal natural, cruelty-free cosmetics. One lucky person will get a $200 gift card to spend in the Alima Pure shop — that will set you up with an amazing assortment. I love how thoughtful they are about offering a wide range of makeup shades that compliment a giant rainbow of skin tones. Everything feels light and good and the colors can go super breezy and natural or high drama. You can wear each color sheer or build in layers for a bigger impact. My favorites are the mimosa blush, the satin matte foundation, the highlighter, the bramble matte eyeshadow and all the lip tints. I’m also in love with the sweet linen eileen cosmetic bags. More HERE. GOOD LUCK! ♥

P.S. Get 10% off of everything at Alima Pure with code: HONEYALIMA now thru 3/19.

UPDATE: The winner is Julie Wylie! Thanks, everyone!!

TO ENTER:
1. Visit ALIMA PURE and tell us what pretties strike your fancy in a comment below.
2. For an extra entry, “Like” both Honey Kennedy on Facebook and Alima Pure on Facebook. Then leave a comment below. If you already like us both, just let me know that, too!
3. For an extra extra entry, follow both @alimapure on Instagram and @honeykennedy on Instagram. Also, mention in your comments below once you follow us both!

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A SWEET DEAL: Get 10% off of everything at Alima Pure with special code: HONEYALIMA now thru 3/19/16.

DRAWING: This giveaway ends Wednesday, March 16, at 12PM PST. The winner is chosen at random and I’ll update this post with the name of the winner within a few days.

WINNER’S SHIPPING: Winner can use part of their credit towards shipping. International entries are welcome, but the winner may be responsible for additional international duties and taxes. Thanks!

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Bergamot Beauty Giveaway!

YAY! I’m so happy to be having a lovely giveaway with BERGAMOT — a Portland-based natural and organic beauty haven. It’s a new season and a perfect time for a self-care refresh. The winner will get $150 credit to spend in Salwa’s wonderful shop! Bergamot stocked up for fall and is now full of skincare, makeup, fragrances, bath, body and more dreamy things made from high quality ingredients by companies who take pride in being good for people and good for the environment. I’ve included 10 of my current shop faves with links below, but I’d honestly be thrilled to have anything from the shop! More HERE. GOOD LUCK, FRIENDS! ♥

P.S. Get Free U.S. Shipping at Bergamot with code BERGAMOTFALL now thru 9/26!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Krissy Teegerstrom! She won this amazing prize!!

TO ENTER:
1. Visit Bergamot and tell us your shop favorites in a comment below.
2. For an extra entry, follow both @bergamotbeauty on Instagram and @HoneyKennedy on Instagram. Then leave a comment below. If you already like us–just let me know that, too!

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MY BERGAMOT FAVES: 1. Moonlight Catalyst 2. Zodiac Perfume 3. Beauty Elixir III — Prismatic Array 4. Jardin De Fleurs Skin Revitalizer 5. La Bella Figura cosmetics 6. Butter Elixir 7. Bohemia Verde Hair Elixir 8. Butter Lip Elixir 9. Renewing Polish 10. Nūdus Lipstick

A SWEET DEAL: Get Free U.S. Shipping at Bergamot with code BERGAMOTFALL now thru 9/26!

SHIPPING, ETC: The winner’s shipping will be covered by Bergamot. International entries are welcome, but Bergamot winners outside the U.S. will responsible for any international duties and taxes.

DRAWING: This giveaway ends Wednesday, September 23, at 1PM PST. The winner will be chosen at random and I’ll update this post with the name of the winner within a few days.

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Beauty Report: John Masters Organics

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JOHN MASTERS ORGANICS HAIR PRODUCTS I USE: 1. rose & apricot hair milk 2. green tea & calendula leave-in conditioning mist 3. hair nourishment & defrizzer 4. bourbon vanilla + tangerine hair texturizer 5. lavender sea mist 6. evening primrose shampoo 7. citrus + neroli detangler 8. lavender + avocado intensive conditioner

After posting my last Beauty Report and featuring some of my current favorite products, I realized that I should just do a roundup of the John Masters Organics products that I use regularly. Besides a bit of Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse or Cedar Rose Hair Tonic for shine and occasional Lulu Organics Jasmine Hair Powder for reviving hair in-between washings, I use quite a few JMO potions on my mane. I’m also lucky that my sweet hairdresser, Kassandra Sommerville, started using a number of these products, too. I hope these little reviews help — I’d love to hear what haircare products you like to use!

WASH + CONDITION: As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been a fan of John Masters’ Lavender + Avocado Intensive Conditioner for a long time and over the past year I decided to give a few of his products that aren’t available in local shops a try. My hair is pretty dry, so I use the Evening Primrose Shampoo for Dry Hair first and then depending on how puffy or dry my hair feels, I reach for either Lavender + Avocado Intensive Conditioner or the lighter, Citrus + Neroli Detangler. Then I towel dry after my shower or bath — I can’t remember the last time I used a hairdryer when I wasn’t at a salon because it takes so damn long.

STYLE + TREAT: The JMO styling and conditioning treatments that I use almost daily are the Rose & Apricot Hair Milk (run a dime-sized blob of the hair milk through to the ends before brushing) and Green Tea & Calendula Leave-in Conditioning Mist (I spritz a little bit over my hair and scrunch the ends to encourage my waves), but I use a few others. I also like using the Lavender Sea Mist when my hair feels too squeaky clean or I want it a little separated and beachy. The lavender scent is so good, but be careful about using too much! I found out the hard way that if you overdo it you run the risk of salt flakes hitting your shoulders and looking like dandruff. For majorly frizzy days, I rub a little Hair Nourishment & Defrizzer between my palms and run through the ends after, literally, patting myself on the head a little. I also enjoy the dreamy Bourbon Vanilla + Tangerine Hair Texturizer. Truth be told, I only rub a teeny tiny bit between my fingertips to gently adjust my bangs between cuts. I’m not even sure I need this little jar, but IT SMELLS SOOOOO GOOOOOD. By the way, I’ve had the same hairbrush for over 10 years now — I just clean it well and take good care of it. Highly recommend the investment! ♥

Beauty Report: Current Faves

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SOME CURRENT FAVES: 1. rose & apricot hair milk 2. green tea & calendula leave-in conditioning mist 3. ellovi lip butter 4. ellovi body butter 5. frankincense hydrosol 6. complexe de fleur 7. weleda cold cream 8. rose geranium lip balm 9. Shevanti body balm

There are a few products that I’ve been using almost daily for a while now, so I thought I’d do a little roundup of some of these helpful gems. Do you have any current faves?

HAIR: My hair is pretty thick and a little wavy. After a drizzly walk outside it has a tendency to get frizzy or “puffy” and since each strand is fairly fine and there are so many of them — I’m easily tangled. I’ve been a fan of John Masters’ avocado and lavender conditioner for years (you can usually find it at Whole Foods) and decided to give a couple of his products that aren’t available in local shops a try. I love the Rose & Apricot Hair Milk and Green Tea & Calendula Leave-in Conditioning Mist that I bought.

How I Use: I wash and towel dry my hair and then run a dime-sized blob of the hair milk through to the ends, including my bangs. Then I brush my hair. If you need a good brush, I really can’t recommend the Mason Pearson brushes enough — they are hair magic. Then I spritz a little bit of the leave-in conditioner mist over my hair and scrunch the ends of my hair to encourage the waves. I shower every other day or every two days and in-between I just mist a little more of the conditioning mist. This routine has been great at controlling the puffiness and tangles! The Rose & Apricot Hair Milk and Green Tea & Calendula Leave-in Conditioning Mist also smell amazing.

FACE: I’ve talked about the fact that over the past couple of years I’ve developed rosacea. It’s usually a mild condition, but there are occasional flareups that have left me with painful welts and swelling. It has been hard to find things that don’t irritate my skin — even beautiful, all organic dream products often cause irritation. I tend to have dry skin and have been loving Balm Balm Frankincense Hydrosol, In Fiore Complexe de Fleur and Weleda Cold Cream.

How I Use: I have a tendency towards very dry skin and my majorly moisturizing and most intentional beauty routine happens at night. I really look forward to climbing into bed after washing my face at night to slather on some goodness. First, I spritz on the frankincense hydrosol and let it dry — I LOVE the centering scent of frankincense. Then I use the dropper to put a few Complexe de Fleur serum drops on the back of hand before dabbing onto my face with my index finger. After this, I often apply an oil or balm and then go to sleep under the mist of my humidifier. I’ve just added the Weleda cold cream to my routine and I use it about 3-4 times of week now instead of the serum and balm ritual. The cold cream is very heavy and works incredibly well during the times when nothing else seems to hydrate my skin enough. I always wake up with super soft skin and the cold cream is inexpensive compared to the other products that I’ve been using.

BODY: Continuing on the dryness theme, we move on to MY ENTIRE BODY. One of my very favorite and most luxurious beauty product splurges is my In Fiore Shevanti Body Balm. The scent is AMAZING and you do feel a bit like an Egyptian queen getting ready for the day when you as you rub it into your skin or as my friend Tamera said, “It basically smells like you’re preparing yourself for ancient sacrifice.” YES. Super moisturizing and all the amazing oils make it feel pretty magical. I have also been enjoying Ellovi Body Butter. It’s a beautiful and very moisturizing butter that has very few ingredients. It smells dreamy and feels gentle, but really does a good job getting in there and softening the rough bits.

How I Use: Pretty basic stuff! For the Shevanti body balm, I smear it all over my limbs, shoulders, chest, belly and hips — then rub it in while in a blissed out crazy scent haze. Then I do whatever face moisturizing routine I might need while it sinks into my skin a bit before putting on my clothes. On truly indulgent days, I allow myself enough time to climb back into our warm bed in my bathrobe while the balm sinks in. With the body butter I use it more often and especially love to rub extra on my heels and elbows. It’s also lovely everywhere else and the scent is pretty addictive. I have the original, but would love to try the vanilla version next.

LIPS: I have a lip balm problem — I really do. If it sounds lovely, then I cannot usually help myself — I have to try it out. I am not loyal to any brand in particular, but do have some current faves — Ellovi Lip Butter and Balm Balm Rose Geranium Lip Balm.

How I Use: Liberally, all day long. Like I have a lip balm applying tick. It helps me concentrate while I apply — I swear! Out of the two, the lip butter is far more moisturizing than the balm, but they both smell lovely and do a good job.