Since making the switch over to clean beauty matte lipsticks seemed to be the one product that could never find. Natural lipsticks that claimed to be matter never really were, and the shades were never flattering for my skin tone. SPELA cosmetics has changed answered my matte lipstick prayers and created the most amazing line of true matte liquid lipsticks in the most rad shades. SPELAs Paint ‘N’ Play liquid lipsticks are vegan, cruelty free, paraben free, made in the USA, and EU compliant. The lipsticks come in eight absolutely stunning shades that truly do last all day long. They where comfortably on the lips and can be worn as a full pigment lipstick or blotted on for a stained look. The formula itself is lightweight and I love that it’s in a tube with a doe foot applicator. SPELA provides a list of ingredients they will NEVER use in their formulas on their website which includes:
- Known Allergens
- Ingredients that cause environmental harm
- Ingredients that cause DNA/Cell Damage, Reproductive harm, Neurotoxicity, Organ Toxicity, Endocrine Disruption
While the formula does contain synthetics they are considered to be safe synthetics, which simply means they are not known to be harmful or toxic. None of the bad stuff but all of the good. Oh and the lippies are enriched with Vitamin C & E for added antioxidant and nourishing protection.
- Asana – Soft “Greige”
- Flirt – Pale Dusty Rose
- Happy Hour – Vampy Burgundy
- Jet Set – Flattering Classic Red
- Playa – Sandy Nude
- Spa Day – Dusty Mauve (My Favorite Shade)
- Spin – Bubblegum Pink
- Tinder – Hot Orange-Red
The color pay off on these lippies is phenomenal and they dry down within seconds. I love wearing them full coverage for a bold polished look, but still like the look of a sheer blotted application for lighter makeup days. With a price point of $18 you can’t go wrong here. Say hello to your new favorite lipstick.
To learn more about the brand and shop click here.
I am so excited to see the world of health conscious cosmetics continue to evolve and perform, I am sure one day that toxicity in our products will be a thing of the past but until then it’s up to us to ask the important questions and make the best decisions for ourselves.
Your Favorite Esty
Adopting a healthier lifestyle doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on the indulgences in life. I’ve never been one for sweets, but chocolate? Now that’s my kryptonite.
Luckily there is a much healthier alternative to the Snickers of the world. Cacao has been used for thousands of years throughout various cultures and is considered now to be a versatile super food that can elevate your smoothies, oats, or morning coffee. Cacao is a great source of antioxidants, magnesium , and iron. Cacoa is also very stimulating and when taken internally it improves blood circulation, digestion, aids in weight loss, and is anti-aging! Cacao is still an ingredient in Americas favorite candy bars like Snickers, but the health benefits are overshadowed by high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, artificial flavors, and other unhealthy ingredients.
Many of the inspirational social media health gurus I follow post raw sweet treats from time to time but the recipes are long, tedious, and time-consuming. I am the ultimate lazy girl but still want to be able to enjoy this superfood in a healthy and delicious way, SO I’ve simplified a recipe that takes literally 10 minutes to make with ingredients you most likely already have in your kitchen cabinet. ENJOY!
What you need :
- Coconut Oil
- Raw Cacao Powder
- Agave or Maple Syrup
- Almond Butter or Nuts of Your Choice
- Toppings (Optional) Like Cinnamon, Coconut Flakes, etc.
- Carob Powder (Optional)
- Adaptogens Like Reishi Powder, Ashwaganda Powder, etc (Optional for An Elevated Health Benefit)
What To Do :
- Melt one cup of coconut oil into a bowl
- Add 1/2 cup of cacao powder and mix
- Add sweetener of choice to taste (1-2 tablespoons is good enough for me) but feel free to add in as much as you want
- Add in almond butter , I like the chunky kind because it saves time over roasting nuts, the almond butter is optional but it adds a bit of a crunch and savory sweetness.
- This part is optional but I like to mix in 1/4 teaspoon of carob powder for nuttiness and depth as well as a sprinkle of reishi and ashwaganda for my adaptogen intake.
- I like to pour my mix into a mold tray but you can pour it into pretty much anything you want and cut it up after it sets.
- Once you’ve poured your mix into whatever it is you’ve chosen you can top them with whatever you want (coconut flakes, cacao nibs etc.)
- Stick in the freezer for about 15 minutes and they are ready to enjoy!
- Serve with fruit and you have a tasty treat the whole family can enjoy!
TIP : (be sure not to leave your chocolates out too long as the coconut oil will start to liquefy again)
The thing I love most about this recipe is that you can make it your own by switching or adding different ingredients. There is plenty of room for creativity with this so dive in and have fun! This was my end result, the raspberries were an amazing combination!
The mold is the Rose shaped Wilton Stack-N-Melt found at Michaels $8.99, you can shop here.