Monthly Archives: December 2015

Winter Eye Pallet and Almost Organic Skin!

So how was your Christmas?  Mine was fantastic and I ate way too much as usual.  My boys were a little under the weather, but in spite of it all, we were together which is what counts and we made it a blast.

I received some great stuff!  I know that’s not what it’s all about, but my goodness, gifts are fun danggit!  One of my friends, who truly knows the way to my heart (makeup) gave me some fab items!  I wore the eye pallet this past weekend, and couldn’t wait to share it with you!  I’ve also stumbled upon some more healthy skin care items…

 

I received both of these items in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.  Have you guys heard of Oz Naturals?   The Sweet Almond and Macadamia Nut Body Butter is 60% organic, which made me giggle, because I thought things were either just organic or not, lol.  But I suppose anything organic is to the good!  It contains Shea Butter, Avocado Oil and Kukui Nut Oil  (which I’d never heard of).

It feels absolutely soothing on the skin, which I love!  I use this a lot on my hands which are sometimes extremely chapped after so much hand-washing.  It’s not as thick as some of the other butters I’ve used and it’s not too light either.  It’s really just right down the middle.  I think this one would even be okay to wear on your face although I haven’t tried it there yet.  It’s not particularly advertised as unscented, but to me, it really doesn’t smell like much of anything but it smells good!  Maybe just a very LIGHT fragrance of something natural.  I wouldn’t say it’s long-lasting, but it’s worth the reapply and comes in a large container for a good price–both are $14.99 each with Prime.

About the Product

  • THIS BODY BUTTER contains sweet almond & macadamia nut oil for the richest, silkiest replenishing all-over body moisturizer available. If you want your body to have that rich and healthy summer-shine, this is your body butter.
  • THIS BODY BUTTER is formulated to provide that healthy, shiny, summer look and is packed with nourishing ingredients to hydrate skin during harsh and dry winter months.
  • This NOURISHING & HYDRATING formula can also be used on the face for overly dry skin types.

 

The Olive & Jojoba Oil Nourishing Soufflé  is 70% Organic giggles a little.  It contains Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Green Tea and Shea Butter & B5.  This is a really interesting concept to me, as it doesn’t feel at all like I expected.  It’s not a lotion at all, but it almost feels like hair conditioner, but for your skin!  I don’t think it would help with ash as far as giving your skin a sheen, BUT, it does seem really soothing.  These two would be great to use in conjunction with each other–I would start with the Olive and Jojoba Oil Nourishing Soufflé’ first.  And I haven’t tried this on my face either (I’m really careful about what I put on my face, and like to try it other places for a while first), but I think this would be a win on the face because it’s so light and wouldn’t leave your skin oily.  It also mimics the light smell of their Body Butter, so for me, that’s great too–I’m not into heavy fragrance.

About the Product

 

  • ORGANIC BODY MOISTURIZE with olive and jojoba oil is the next step in the evolution of personal care for your entire body. Whipped to perfection, this excellent moisturizer gives your body the hydration it needs.
  • OUR NON-GREASY formula adds a silky-softness and imparts a healthy glow to all skin types.
  • THIS RICH SOUFFLE which includes Aloe Vera, Green Tea, Shea Butter, and Vitamin B5 softens rough spots, and heals dry skin, and is also an excellent massage cream.

CLICK HERE FOR OZ NATURALS

 

wrappers delight

Wet N Wild Wrapper’s Delight is a breath of winter air!  Ahhh…  It’s a glittery smokey-eye palette (one can never have too many of those) and it delivers great, dark, rich color with some shimmer! It does have some fallout, which I seem to notice about Wet N Wild palettes, but it doesn’t deter me from them.  The blending was great on this one and it didn’t crease either…winning!  I couldn’t find this on their actual site, but I did see it on ebay and various other spots.  Perhaps it’s still in drugstores as well!  It’s worth the hunt and reasonably priced, about $7 or so!

Did you round up this palette this holiday season?

 

 

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Stocking Stuffer Giveaway: Winner Announced!

I’m happy to announce that Kaitlyn, who also has a great blog called Me, Myself and Everything Else, is the winner of my Stocking Stuffer giveaway!

I wanted to give a small token of my appreciation to the follower who is the most interactive and comments the most on my blog.  As most bloggers know, taking the time to comment makes our day! :).  And, I know, from personal experience, that sometimes it’s difficult to find time to stop and say a few words.  There are many of you that stop through on a regular basis to show some love, so it was a close race.  My sincere appreciation goes out to all of you, commenters and non-commenters alike–thanks so much for following along!

This giveaway includes sample items for hair and skin, as well as some makeup!  It also includes a full size Cucumber Melon Shea Butter from RA Cosmetics as well as some of their delightful smelling Mango Lotion and more!

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Thanks again for your participation!  Happy Holidays Friends! XO!

 

 

 

Stocking Stuffers: Soft Lips and Great Pits

 

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For me, one of my favorite parts of Christmas is looking for fun stocking stuffers.  They are great because they are gift items that don’t break the bank and you can always go with something wacky, funny, different, traditional, or something really useful.  I was recently sent items from 2 companies for my honest, unbiased review, and it occurred to me that these would fit in this category perfectly!

deodorant

Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant available in Jars and Sticks, $8.99

You can probably tell by now that I LOVE natural products!  I was super happy to stumble upon Schmidt’s as their deodorants are free of aluminum, parabens, propylene-glycol (that just sounds bad, doesn’t it), phathalates (which also sounds crappy), gluten, chemicals and synthetics!

I received 3 different types of deodorant: fragrance-free, Bergamot+Lime, and Cedarwood+Juniper.  These smell absolutely FANTASTIC!  Both scents reminded me of something I’d like to smell on my guy, but I would certainly wear it too!  And fragrance-free is perfect for the picky gift recipient.

The first one I tried was the Bergamot+Lime.  Well, sigh….it didn’t work for me!  LOL!  I must be in need of chemicals, at least as far as my pits are concerned,  because I detected a slight hint of funk at the end of the day.  Luckily, I tested these on a day I was at home alone.  Not the knock-your-ass-down, omg is that for real smell?!  But the whiff and waft method of smelling underarms for the purpose of review type.  I didn’t work out that day, thankfully, because if I had of, I think it could have turned into the “omg is that for real” smell.

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So back to Secret Outlast I go, because I like to keep my pit-funk on a hush-hush.

On the flipside, my husband also tried Bergamot+Lime.  He wore it to work (he’s a brave soul) and he works a very physical job with a lot of movement, walking and down right sweating.  I texted him to ask how he smelled and he responds “idk.”  LOL!  Only a man!  So, when he walks in the door, I give his pits a whiff, and he smells delightful!  No funk, only the scent of Bergamot+Lime.  Schmidt’s was a win for him!  With this being said, his armpits never ever smell, ever in life.  He can forget to put on deodorant an entire day, and never emit a smell from the depths of his man-arms.

My pits, however, are picky-pits, and I must dive into my Secret Outlast immediately–do not pass go, do not collect $200— following a shower to remain funk-free throughout the day! 😉   I really love the idea of natural deodorant and really wish it had worked for me! Sadly it did not.

So I say, give it a whirl, depending on your pit history, Schmidt’s may be a win for you too!  The price is fabooski and a cute stocking stuffer!  They have so many scents available!  And, they also have a 5 pack of sticks available for $43, you could easily knock out 5 of your friends with buying this!  And here’s the BEST PART…

Schmidt’s has an exclusive offer for my Fashionably Meek followers!  Simply enter the discount code “MEEKSCHMIDTS” and receive 15% off on all orders via their site Click Here for Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant.

product-moisture-plusMoisture Plus Lip Balm by Carmex  approximately $3-$5 USD

Carmex is a tried and true company that’s been around for forever and a day!  I think everyone at one-time or another has had one of those little round, yellow containers in their purse or pocket (shout out to Carmex’s Original Jar)!  The Moisture Plus Lip Balm is fun, because they come in cute patterns and designs and it’s in a tube similar to lipstick.  It feels fantastic on the lips and it has the familiar tingle that we love with Carmex!

Downfall time!  They’ve added a soft vanilla flavor to this lip balm and it smells amazing but boy does it taste BAD.  It doesn’t deter me from wearing it, beauty is pain, and chapped lips are gross!  How the heck can you wear a fierce matte if your lips are all flakey?  Answer: YOU CANNOT.  However, if you’re like LL Cool J and are in the habit of licking your lips, this will SURELY get you out of the habit pretty damn quickly!

product-stick-strawberry-pack-1Strawberry Stick by Carmex approximately $1.00-$2.00

This one is my favorite out of the crew.  I love the smell of strawberries, and it feels great on the lips (without any weird taste).  These also come in Cherry, Lime, Vanilla and Pomegranate.  It’s soothing and contains cocoa seed butter to help moisturize.  I like to use it to prep my lips first thing in the morning before applying any makeup.

The availability of Carmex, as well as the price, makes this a cute, simple stocking stuffer for the holidays.  You can find these items at most grocery and or drug stores!

What are some of your stocking stuffer purchases this year?

Unwash Your Hair for the Holidays

WILL WE BE FASHIONABLE?  There are so many options nowadays for healthy hair care!  With so much emphasis on natural hair care (moving away from relaxers, perms, etc.), and many more people moving in that direction, including myself, there are some great options for those who prefer to steer clear of harsh sulfates which effect curl pattern.  I was sent Unwash for my honest, unbiased, review, I was happy to share information with you guys about it in time for the holidays!  Perhaps a gift idea for your favorite curlfriend?  It’s a little pricey, so make sure you like him/her a lot! 😉

anti residue rinseThe Unwash Anti-Residue Rinse $32 USD is applied to wet hair–the scent is sort of fruity/citrus-like!  This is massaged all around your hair and scalp and then you rinse!

Rinse away build-up caused by styling agents, leave-in products, and time. Our pH-balanced Anti-Residue Rinse, a mild yet effective bio-based cleanser, gently removes the layers of build-up that weigh hair down. A reset button for the tresses, it lifts away the bad without stripping away natural oils and moisture for balanced, healthy, beautiful hair.

hydrating maskThe UnWash Hydrating Mask $34 USD is applied to your hair after using the Anti-Residue Rinse.  Simply apply it to your wet hair from root to tip.  Leave it on your hair for approximately 5 minutes, and then rinse and style as normal!

Reset your hair’s moisture balance with this ultra-hydrating and nourishing masque. Applying a systematic approach, restorative natural oils and extracts replenish hair vitality from the inside out. Hair feels softer, smoother and healthier with more body, beauty and shine.

list of ingredients

Is it Gluten-Free? Our products are gluten-free. Although you will see some ingredients that say ‘wheat,’ they don’t contain gluten.

Is it Vegan? For all you animal lovers out there (us too) the Bio-Cleansing Conditioner and Anti-Residue Rinse are completely vegan. While the Hydrating Masque is totally animal-friendly, it does contain a protein derived from sheep’s wool (no sheep were hurt.)

Is it Organic? Nope! Our products are not 100% organic. Because our formulas are cosmetic hair products that are washed completely off your strands and do not enter your body, we don’t believe that they need to be 100% organic. Instead, we invest money into research on how to make our formulas the best they can be for the health and vitality of your hair.

 

Unwash has some other products on their site that look pretty cool.  The Unwash Dry Cleanser $28 USD can be put on your tresses on-the-go to quickly revitalize and renew oily locks.  They also offer 3 of their products in the Unwash Kit–it’s a whopping $89 bucks, so I likely would be buying this for a gift myself, lol!  But it offers the Bio-Cleansing Conditioner and the 2 products we spoke about today.  I do love when companies offer items together in a kit like this, and discounts the price some!

So what do you think about Unwash?  Have you heard of this company?  What has been your experience?

 

Christmas Questionnaire: Let’s Get Acquainted!

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There are tons of these floating around, and I always enjoy reading them!  So I figured, why not?  I hope you enjoy learning a little about me and what my holidays are like–and I hope to get to know you too!  Let’s get this invasion of privacy started!

 

1. Wrap­ping paper or gift bags? Gift bags.  I wrap like shit.  I don’t have the patience for it, and it’s generally lumpy and bumpy.  My husband is the gift wrapper in our household.

2. Real tree or arti­fi­cial? Artificial.  I was raised on a real tree, and I love the tradition.  My parents and I went every year on the hunt for the perfect Christmas tree.  My daddy and I usually picked the biggest tree known to mankind, and it was my mom’s job to say it was too dang big and find the “good side!”

Later, once I met my husband (then boyfriend) he would come along with us.  I love the smell!  But getting the tree home is when the bs started…I was the designated waterer.  Who the hell likes to shimmey underneath the tree to water it, getting stuck and scratched by the bristles?  And I hate the mess from a real tree.  When I moved out with my lover, we had our first artificial tree, and I haven’t looked back!  Every side is a good side! LOL.  Maybe we could go on the hunt to look for a “real” wreath to continue the tradition with our son?  I don’t know.  But I can’t see purchasing a real tree anytime soon.

3. When do you put up the tree? When I feel like it.  Always sometime after Thanksgiving.

4. When do you take the tree down? Usually fairly quickly after the new year, I always wait until after January 1st, because my mom convinced me that it was bad luck to do so prior.

5. Do you like eggnog? Hell no.  I’m not a fan of ingesting anything milky.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? Hmmm…I loved Cabbage Patch Dolls!  I had a boy and a girl–the girl was named Clairoda and the boy named Joseph.  We had a house fire as a child, and I stood outside screaming for my daddy to go save them.  Luckily, we all–including Clairoda and Joseph–survived!

7. Do you have a Nativ­ity scene? Yes.  But I don’t always put it up.

8. Hard­est per­son to buy for?  My in-laws.  They are both really thoughtful and buy wonderful gifts.  So we always search and try to find something they’ll both enjoy.  They are super easy to please, but it’s mostly that they buy such NICE things for us, it makes you want to work extra hard to find nice things for them. 

9. Eas­i­est per­son to buy for? My lover and my baby!

10. Worst Christ­mas Gift you ever received? OMG.  I’m scared to say, but my hubby and I just talked about this the other day!  They could be reading this!  I think I’ll plead the 5th on this one.  With that being said, it’s truly the thought that counts!  Hahaha!

11. Mail or email Christ­mas cards? Neither.  I used to mail Christmas cards, but I don’t anymore.  I love receiving them.  But I suck at mailing them.  I don’t even really know why?!

12. Favorite Christ­mas Movie? Duh–A Christmas Story, isn’t that everyones?  I have such fond memories of hearing my daddy’s deep, hard laughter watching it on repeat on what…TBS?  I love Ralphie and the leg lamp!

13. When do you start shop­ping for Christ­mas? Whenever I have the money to!  It can vary from weeks ahead of time to the week of Christmas!  LOL.  Since I’ve had my son, I’ve started shopping a lot earlier though.

14. Have you ever recy­cled a Christ­mas present? Shit, yeah!!!  Winning!  I’m not above it!  One man’s junk is another man’s treasure!

15. Favorite things to eat at Christ­mas? Sugar cookies.  Last Christmas I gained like 12 lbs that I had to lose in January.  I literally baked cookies like every other day with my lovebug and hubs and ate them fresh out the oven.  I’m not going that route this year, lol.  12 lbs was too damn much!  I love to eat dressing, greens and I also really love having a seafood Christmas dinner complete with crab legs, crab cakes, fried shrimp etc.  That’s what I’m making this year.

16. Clear lights or col­ored on the tree? I’m a fan of either, but I don’t like multi-colored strands.  You need to choose and stop being greedy.  You can’t take up all the colors of the rainbow.  Quit being indecisive!

17. Favorite Christ­mas song?This Christmas” but ONLY the version by Donnie Hathaway (click here to listen). I generally enjoy any Christmas song, but that one is my true favorite as it reminds me of my daddy.  We always play old Motown Christmas in our household.  I like that and I can twerk and bag presents at once! 🙂

18. Travel at Christ­mas or stay home? I’ve never traveled for Christmas but I would LOVE to do this sometime with hubs and love bug.  One day!

19. Can you name all of Santa’s rein­deer? Let’s see…Comet, Donner, Blitzen, Cupid and ‘nem.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Star!

21. Open the presents Christ­mas Eve or morn­ing? When I was a little girl up until the time she passed, my mom always gave me a ‘”Twas the night before Xmas gift.”  I love the tradition.  It’s usually pajamas to wear that night.  God how I miss that from her!

My husband and I continue it together and with our baby.  It’s just one gift though!  The rest are opened at the butt-crack of dawn Christmas morning!

22. Most annoy­ing thing about this time of year? Assholes.  It makes me sad when people are so rude in stores this time of year.  It’s Christmas for godsakes! 

23. What is the “sil­li­est” fam­ily tra­di­tion you do, or miss doing? I miss everything with my parents.  They were my hearts, and the holidays without them always makes me a little sad.  I yearn to smell my mom’s cooking, and watch her shake her butt at the stove while blaring Motown Christmas music.  I miss my daddy singing loud and off-key and watching them dance together in the kitchen.

24. Ugli­est Christ­mas Dec­o­ra­tion ever invented? Icicles or is it tinsel?  Whatever those silver things are that string on the tree.  They are so messy and get everywhere!  HATE HATE HATE.  And I think they look messy (don’t hate me if you love these, lol).

25. Which looks best, theme trees or homey trees? I like color coordinated trees!  I’ve never really had a theme tree.  But it would be fun to try one! 

26. Gin­ger­bread or sugar cook­ies? Sugar Cook­ies, I told you I gained 12lbs last year!

27. Do you like Fruit­cake?  NO!  Serious question, does anybody?

 

 

What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?  Any fun and unique ones that you do with your kids? 

One of my favorite traditions is that my MIL buys us personalized ornaments every year–dating back to the 90’s when my husband and I were teens (please don’t do the math, I’m not that old, promise).  One individual for each of us with the name and date, and then a couples ornaments.  Now, she gets our son one too, so that’s SO FUN to have a tree full of personalized ornaments (even though we didn’t put them all up this year since my son won’t stop touching the tree)!

Do you prefer a real tree or an artificial one–and why?

Are You a Product Junkie?

So, I’m thinking I may have a slllllllllllllight addiction to products and truly all things girly!  It occurred to me yesterday evening ’tis might be true, as I was cleaning my hall linen closet (that’s mostly full of products, and NOT linens).  I’m not sure when this started, but in retrospect, I’ve been this way for as long as I can remember.  I don’t even think it’s really category specific–It seems to be hair, skin, makeup etc.

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So the above is just one shelf of many in and around my house!  And yes, you see I still have my old ass Elf 144 Eyeshadow Palette in rotation, don’t judge (previous post about Elf bomb-ass eyeshadow)!  I need to invest in some of these cute little thingys on My Cosmetic Organizer.com!

beauty-cube-acrylic-cosmetic-organizer-350x466 Oooooh…..

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rotating-nail-polish-organizer-350x350Yasssssss!!!!

I found the following on Naturally Curly–how many categories do you fit in?

  1. You make sharing a bathroom impossible for any other person. You need your counter, drawer, cabinet space, wall space and even floor space!
  2. You have more product than food in your refrigerator or worse—you have 2 refrigerators to handle your space problem!
  3. Your day revolves around mail delivery and you are on a first-name basis with your mail carrier.
  4. You purchase products containing ingredients that you have tried before and didn’t work for your hair, but they might work this time, right?
  5. You have a product wish list longer than your grocery or To-Do list.
  6. If you share an email account with a significant other, you delete confirmations so they don’t know how much you’ve actually spent. Some of you may even have a separate email account just for purchasing products!
  7. You have products in your bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, closet, dresser drawers and anywhere else they can fit. The trunk of your car is even an acceptable location. I’ve even been known to use the attic.
  8. You shower as often as possible so you can try out new products and accessories. Fragrance rocks!
  9. You spend the majority of your day analyzing your hair (and skin and teeth, etc.) and considering what you will do differently tomorrow.
  10. You aren’t sure what you will have for dinner tonight, but you know what product you will try in the morning.
  11. You purchase products without knowing exactly what they are or how they work—but they have a great logo!
  12. Your monthly budget consists of bills, food, clothing and hair products, but not in that order.

 

Beauty Without Cruelty for Christmas

Have you heard of BWC or Beauty Without Cruelty?  I had not.

Beauty Without Cruelty has a full line of cruelty-free, vegetarian skin, body, and hair care products made with the finest natural ingredients and aroma-therapeutic essential oils, and a full line of colour cosmetics to meet the needs of every woman.

Sounds great right?   So, when I was sent a few products for my honest, unbiased review, I was very excited to learn more!

fragrance free lotion BWC Extra Rich Fragrance Free lotion

This is a great product for winter hands!  It lasts through several hand washes and  soaks into the skin well!  It’s thick, which I love, and it’s not greasy (even though I like oil on my skin)!  I wouldn’t use this on my face but it’s really a good one for your hands and body.

 

leave inBWC Leave in Conditioner

For those of us that try to keep as much “gunk” as possible out and off our bodies, this is another nice product addition, as with BWC’s entire product-line!    It’s light, plant-based and uses no synthetic fragrances!  This is a good product for reducing frizz , and for me, a leave-in is a must for added protection against the abuse of styling!

 

tee tree conditionerBWC Rosemary and Tea Tree Mint Conditioner

The tea tree oil gives a nice tingle on the scalp.  Additionally, tea tree oil and rosemary both are supposed to be great for growth!  After using a BWC shampoo, this conditioner is applied to your scalp and hair for 2-5 minutes and then rinsed clean.  I have to be honest, the smell is strong for my senses.  It doesn’t smell bad, but I just found it to be really strong.

 

vitamin c Vitamin C CoQ10 Hand and Body Lotion

CoQ10 is an antioxidant and helps fight aging (who doesn’t want to do that?!).  The list of benefits from Vitamin C as well go on and on and on!  Combine these two together in a lotion, and you’ve got a great combo to keep your skin in tip-top shape!  This lotion is also fairly rich and the smell on this one is strong as well.  However, my preference tends to be towards lighter, fresh scents.

 

 

Will we be fashionable?  What is cool about this company is that they have an extensive page of trial-size items for the cheap-cheap!  This is perfect for the holidays as you’re always on the hunt for stocking-stuffers!   I think it’s also fun to find something outside of the norm that someone else maybe hasn’t heard about.  A purchase from this line would be a good holiday gift for someone who is really into aromatherapy as BWC’s skincare items are rich in botanicals, antioxidants and essential oils.  They also offer some scent-free items for those of us with a sensitive nose!  I would also really like to try some of their makeup items in the future as they offer lip gloss, eye pencils and more.

What are your thoughts about Beauty Without Cruelty, are you familiar with this line?

 

The History of Beauty Without Cruelty

Every once in a while, the human spirit is gripped by such intense passion and commitment that it changes the course of history. Such was the case with Kathleen Long and Lady Dowding, whose love and concern for animals altered the course of cosmetic history forever. What began as the philosophy of one small company eventually effected every major cosmetic house worldwide and set a new standard for consumers and manufacturers alike.

In 1963, Beauty Without Cruelty was founded in England by the trustees of BWC Charitable Trust, an animal welfare organization. Its goal was to manufacture and distribute natural, color cosmetics that were NOT tested on animals (as was the norm) and did NOT contain any animal ingredients. The driving force behind the project was Katherine Long, a dedicated, life-long animal welfare activist, a cosmetician, and a vegetarian. Together with Noel Gabriel, Katherine developed the first, full line of cruelty-free color cosmetics.

After Katherine’s death in 1969, Beauty Without Cruelty almost closed its doors but Lady Dowding, a founding trustee, was determined to keep the company and its purpose alive. Lady Dowding, a warm, open-hearted person, was a charismatic leader and BWC continued to grow and influence others.

In 1978, after tireless efforts, Lady Dowding appointed Joseph Piccioni as managing director of BWC. Joseph had considerable business experience and was dedicated to animal rights. He contributed his expertise, vision, and personal assets to develop BWC into one of the most sought-after cosmetic brands in Great Britain.

In 1989, Beauty Without Cruelty was introduced in the United States. Based on the principles of high quality, fair pricing, and environmental sensitivity, BWC cosmetics quickly became one of the industry’s leading brands. Later that year, a natural skin care line was developed to compliment the color line from England. Its cruelty-free, vegetarian ethic was embraced by American consumers making it one of the most respected and recognized lines in the marketplace.