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A beauty blog featuring DIY recipes, tips & tricks as well as natural & organic beauty product reviews.

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Who writes Beautiful Basics?

 Hi Beautiful! My name is Kassie and I’m a 27 year old from a small town in Oregon. I have a passion for all things beauty, being green, and writing which is why I started Beautiful Basics. In this blog you will find my thoughts on natural and organic beauty products as well as DIY beauty recipes and other odds and ends.

I’m not an expert or a professional but I have learned a lot about beauty and skin care by experimenting and teaching myself.

I like to keep this blog as positive as possible. I love testing out products but I only write about the ones I love.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
I hope you enjoy!

BYDLS

I also have a blog that chronicles my life living with chronic illness.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Birthday to Birthday Giveaway!!!!!!


On March 15th Beautiful Basics turns 3 and on April 10th I am turning 27. To celebrate both of my very special days I want to give you all the chance to win some fun prizes!

Between the two dates above you can enter to win 1 of 3 awesome prizes using the Rafflecopter form below. It may take a moment or two to load. Open Internationally. The first winner selected will be able to pick which prize they want. The second will be able to choose out of the other two prizes and the third winner will receive the remaining prize. All entries will be verified.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Talk About It - Petit Vour + GIVEAWAY!

Petit Vour is a monthly service that provides subscribers with deluxe and full sized vegan and cruelty free beauty products delivered directly to their mailbox each month. Upon receiving and opening each Petit Vour (named after the small, beautifully decorated dessert called “petit four”, although the F in four has been replaced with a V for vegan) box you will discover new furry friend friendly products (like the alliteration?) – because really, why should Fluffy have to suffer for beauty? In addition to being able to test out fun new products you will also receive exclusive discounts that you can use to purchase your favorites in full-size.

If you’re curious about purchasing a subscription for yourself or a friend there are several plans to choose from including a month-to-month plan that costs $15, a 3-month plan with a price tag of $45, or the $90 6-month subscription. Those of you in Canada or other parts of the world also have the option to purchase a monthly plan that you can cancel at any time! Keep in mind though, yours are a little bit more expensive at $23 CAD a month and $30 International.

I first reviewed Petit Vour back in November, and if you want to read that post you can click here, but today I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the February box! AND If you read through this entire blog post you will find the opportunity to enter to win your very own Petit Vour Box!

Okay, let’s put the business stuff aside and move on to what you’re really curious about – the goods inside the pretty pink box! This box is all about love and the card that came in the box reads, “Love is in the hare… The best of beauty without the broken hearts”. Cute, no?

This month's box featured:
Everyday Minerals Sunlight Corrector
(I’m definielty most excited about this! It’s awesome)
Everyday Minerals Tinted Lip Butter
(I received the shade Fairly Mauve)
OFRA Pressed Blush
(I received this in the color Charm)
AMALA Purifying Cleanser, Moisturizer, and Mask
(2 sample packets of each)
R.L. Linden & Co. Ms. Tilly Rosalie’s Beauty Tea

If you want to win your very own Petit Vour box just use the Rafflecopter form below. It may take a moment or two to load. Also, if you leave a comment and it doesn’t show up don’t worry because I can see it. Don't forget to give this post a like and good luck!

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Just Kissed Giveaway

In honor of Valentine's Day (although it is my least favorite holiday) I decided it was time to post the perfect giveaway! If you want to enter to win a brand new tube of the Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain by Jane Iredale just use the Rafflecopter form below. It may take a moment or two to load. Also, don't worry if your comment doesn't show up right away. I can see it!

Don't forget to give this post a "like" and good luck!
(FTC : I purchased this with my own money. I am not being compensated for hosting this giveaway.)

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Natural Joy Beauty Review and Giveaway!!!

On Earth Day of 2008 Utah based Natural Joy Beauty launched online and is now a one-stop internet destination for carefully selected cruelty free beauty and personal care products made with only the healthiest ingredients. With so many greenwashed and falsely labeled products out there Joy puts a lot of thought and research into each product she sells. You can feel confident that when shopping at Natural Joy Beauty you won’t be purchasing any products made with toxic ingredients like parabens, petroleum, synthetic fragrances or colors, triclosan, or formaldehyde, just to name a few.

Before being contacted by Joy to possibly do a review I had never browsed Natural Joy Beauty but I’m so glad to have been introduced to the web store and the wide variety of goods she offers. I discovered a ton of products and brands I had never tried before, let alone heard of.

I was generously offered the chance to pick out two products for review, the first being the Creamy Mineral Face Concealer by PRIIA Cosmetics. I selected the color Neutral Ivory and it couldn’t have been a more perfect match! This natural, vegan, and gluten free concealer applies seamlessly and wears extremely well throughout the day. Unlike a lot of other concealers made with natural ingredients this one seems to stick to the skin a little longer due to its slightly drier texture. Don’t let that scare you though because it’s not too dry to be applied to my dehydrated undereye area. I like using this to even out my skin tone and then setting it with a light dusting of mineral powder. On a side note, it smells great – slightly sweet with a touch of cinnamon!

This concealer is made with the following ingredients:
Jojoba Seed Oil, Castor Seed Oil, Candelilla Wax, Rice Bran Oil, Mica, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Boron Nitride, Silica, Allantoin, ProVitamin B5, Bisabolol, Iron Oxides. May Contain: Chromium Oxide Green, Ultramarine Blue.

The other product I selected was the Peppermint Earthpaste, a truly natural toothpaste that many other green beauty bloggers seem to obsess over. I had heard so many good things about this stuff that I just had to try it for myself! Made with only Purified Water, Food Grade Redmond Clay, Xylitol, Peppermint Essential Oil, Menthol, Redmond Sea Salt and Tea Tree Oil it is unlike any other toothpaste I have ever tried. I can’t say that I love the taste (it tastes a lot like earth and clay) but it gets teeth superbly clean. My teeth feel like I have just come from the dentist after using this stuff! Earthpaste also comes in Cinnamon, Wintergreen, Lemon Twist, and Spearmint.

Natural Joy Beauty has so many different products that you have to check it out for yourself! You can also try a lot of the products for sale in sample size for a fraction of the price before making the decision to purchase the full version.

You can save 15% off storewide now - 3/15/14 with promo code: BB15.

To enter to win a $20 gift code to Natural Joy Beauty, simply use the Rafflecopter form below. It may take a moment or two to load. This giveaway is only open to those in the US. Also, don't worry if your comment doesn't show up right away. I can see it! Good luck!

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(FTC: I was kindly sent these products for review by Natural Joy Beauty and given the opportunity to do a gift code giveaway for free. I am not being compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions, as always, are my own and honest.)

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Spa Sonic Giveaway

In May, I posted a review of the Spa Sonic Face and Body Polisher, which you can read here, and I am still very much a fan and avid user of the system. I use the brush several times a week and notice a huge difference in my skin!

Tools like this make the perfect holiday gift and this year there are several awesome deals going on that make the Spa Sonic even more affordable. Check them out!

Spa Sonic Holiday Deals
● Visit www.target.com on Black Friday to purchase the Spa Sonic system for $33 and Cyber Monday through Cyber Week for $32.

● Now through December 30th, www.walmart.com is offering the Spa Sonic system for $39.99.

● The new DermaLight will be on sale for $119.99 and the Spa Sonic system $35.99 at www.drugstore.com. Offer valid November 24th through December 7th.

One lucky Beautiful Basics reader will win their very own Spa Sonic Skin Care System in their choice of color (white, pink, or lavender).

To enter all you have to do is use the Rafflecopter form below. Don't forget to "like" this post. It may take a moment or two to load so please be patient. Also, if you leave a comment and it doesn't show up right away, don't worry because I can see it. Good luck!

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Scent-tacular Holiday Giveaway

It's time for the perfect holiday giveaway! I'm giving away one bottle (1.7 fl oz) of Pure Vanilla fragrance from Lavanila Laboratories. This perfume has a retail value of $58 and will make the perfect give for you or someone you love!

This fragrance is made without petrochemicals, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oils, silicone, synthethic dyes, sulfates, and parabens. Lavanila is also cruelty free!

To enter all you have to do is use the Rafflecopter form below. Don't forget to "like" this post. It may take a moment or two to load so please be patient. Also, if you leave a comment and it doesn't show up right away don't worry because I can see it. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Fall Sampler GIVEAWAY

Fall is here and I’m already in love with the gorgeous colors of autumn, the cool breeze, warm and comfy clothing, and curling up with a good book and a cup of tea underneath a fuzzy blanket. I haven’t always been a fan of fall but I have been converted and it is now my favorite season, or one of them anyway. I like 3 out of 4; guess which one I don’t like! I’ll give you a second…… did you guess winter? If you did, you’re right! I’m not a snow loving gal.

Okay, let’s get to the point of this post. It’s GIVEAWAY time!

Here is what you can win:
Giovanni Wellness System Shampoo and Conditioner (both 2 fl oz)
.5 oz Lavender-Sage Shmidts Deodorant
Acure Dark Chocolate and Mint Lip Balm
13 natural beauty foil samples from Juice Beauty, Borage Therapy, Hugo Naturals, MyChelle, etc.

To enter all you have to do is use the Rafflecopter form below. Don't forget to "like" this post. It may take a moment or two to load so please be patient. Also, if you leave a comment and it doesn't show up right away don't worry because I can see it. Good luck!

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Talk About It - Petit Vour Box + GIVEAWAY!

Monthly subscription boxes make me so happy and I can’t get enough of them! There is nothing more exciting than discovering a box of surprise goodies in your mail and this month I got to experience Petit Vour, a service that provides subscribers with deluxe-sized (and sometimes even full-size) vegan and cruelty free beauty products each month. If you read through this entire blog post you will find the opportunity to enter to win your very own Petit Vour Box!

If you’re wondering about the name Petit Vour, it is named after the small, beautifully decorated dessert called “petit four”, although the F in four has been replaced with a V for vegan. Madeline Alcott, the Founder and Creative Director of the company, believes that no animal should suffer for the sake of beauty and I couldn’t agree more! This belief and her desire to find animal friendly and luxurious products in one place with a risk free way to shop led to the birth of Petit Vour.

In fact, I think this sentence from the Behind the Brand section of the Petit Vour website pretty much sums it up, “Our goal at Petit Vour is to make your shopping fun and effortless and to let you sample new cruelty-free products -- hidden gems, makeup artist-approved and everything in between.” 

You can choose from 3 different subscription plans including a month-to-month plan that costs $15, a 3-month plan with a price tag of $45, or the $90 6-month subscription. If you’re Canadian you can purchase a month-to-month box for $25. Keep in mind that if you’re in Texas there is tax.

Once you have decided on a plan you will be sent cruelty-free products from around the world. You will be able to try new products and then take surveys that will allow you to earn points, which you can use to score free boxes. In addition to being able to test out fun new products you will also receive exclusive discounts that you can use to purchase your favorites in full-size. 

Okay, okay! Let’s get to the good stuff – the contents of the August Petit Vour box! This box was themed around products that will fit perfectly into your travel makeup bag with Labor Day in mind. The card that came inside the box says, “In the box, we focus on lightweight, nutrient-dense items that do our bodies good, from head to toe.”

Here we go:
Kroma Makeup Botanical Lipgloss/Lipstick ($29)
Bodyography Veil Foundation Primer (.53 oz with a value of $10)
Enfusia Dead Sea Bath Salts ($2.99)
Shorganics Lavendar Lip Balm and Unscented Body Lotion ($4)
Kelapo 100% Virgin Coconut Oil ($0.42)

I’m not going to go into depth about each product since it would make this post ridiculously long (but if you’re curious about any of the products please let me know and I can review it/them separately) but overall I’m very impressed. The Kroma Makeup Botanical Lipgloss/Lipstick is gorgeous and has a value of $29 alone, which makes this box worth a lot more than its $15 price tag.

The only thing that frustrates me a little bit is the Enfusia Dead Sea Bath Salts. I received the Rose scented version and it smells so strong that I could smell it in my mailbox.The scent has coated all of the products in the box as well and since I’m so sensitive to fragrance it is slightly bothersome. I am, however, letting the products air out and I gave the bath salts to my Mom. She really loves the scent so all is well!

To learn more about Petit Vour you can visit their website by clicking here.

If you’re interested in winning your very own Petit Vour box just use the Rafflecopter form below. It may take a moment or two to load. If you cannot see your comment right away don’t worry because I can. Good luck, Beautiful!

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(FTC : Petit Vour generously sent me a box for free for review consideration and has allowed me to host a giveway for my lovely readers. This is not a sponsered post and I am not being compensated for writing it. All thoughts and opinions, as always, are my own and honest.)

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Talk About Skin Care - Seventh Generation Boosts + GIVEAWAY! (closed)

Hey Beautiful! In today’s post I’m delighted to be able to introduce you to the Seventh Generation Boosts, a healthy and affordable line of natural skin boosting serums. With 6 versions to choose from there is something for everyone, regardless of skin type. I have been using the Soothing Boost for several weeks now and have really fallen in love with it, for good reason. If you’re interested in learning more about this product or finding out how you can enter to win a bottle of the Boost of your choice, then keep reading!

My family and I have been long time fans of Seventh Generation and their line of household cleaning products (especially their Free and Clear All Purpose Cleanser, Free and Clear Natural Dish Liquid, and Hand Soap) so when the company reached out to tell me about their new skin care serums and present me with the opportunity to try it I naturally said yes, please!

Step one involved selecting the right formula for me. The company has 6 different Boosts you can choose from, all waterless and made from pure, plant-based ingredients. In these cruelty free skin serums you won’t find any parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances or color, or animal ingredients or byproducts.

The 6 varieties are:
Hydrating: Restores Moisture Balance with Jojoba Oil
Soothing: Calms and Relieves with Oat Extract
Clearing: Reduces Impurities with Tea Tree Oil
Firming: Strengthens and Tones with Baobob
Revitalizing: Smooths Fine Lines with Rosehip
Protecting: Defends Against the Elements with Prickly Pear

I selected the Soothing Boost because it sounded super simple (in a good way!) and gentle. The instructions for use say you can add the serum to your regular cleanser and/or moisturizer or use directly on your skin as a treatment, which is my preferred way of using it. I have also used it in conjunction with my nighttime moisturizer and it works well as an added layer of protection and hydration.

I have actually been using it as my daily moisturizer after washing my face in the morning. It absorbs easily and quickly so I don’t get shiny or greasy throughout the day. It works well alone or under mineral makeup. It’s extremely light but also superbly hydrating and makes a huge difference in my skin. My skin has been so dehydrated and this soothing oil makes my face and neck so much better, I can’t even fully describe it! I feel like it hydrates deep down and plumps up my dry skin. It doesn’t clog my pores or cause any irritation either!

You can learn more about Seventh Generation Boosts by clicking here, where you can also print out a $3 off coupon. This serum is already affordable so the coupon is an awesome bonus! You can also follow Seventh Generation on Facebook or Twitter

If you’re interested in entering to win a bottle of the boost of your choice just use the Rafflecopter form below. It may take a moment or two to load. Also, don't be worried if your comment doesn't show up right away. I can see it! a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

July Sampler GIVEAWAY

I am thoroughly enjoying my summer and I hope all of you are as well. The sunshine, warm air, pool time, and impromptu road trips have been perfect and to celebrate this amazing summer it’s time for another giveaway.

I have two fun grab bags to give away. One of you Beauties will win the grand prize that includes: a full size Beecology My Big Fat Greek Yogurt and Honey Soap with Revitalizing Juniper, a full size Lavanila Rollerball perfume in Pure Vanilla, an Acure Dark Chocolate and Mint Lip Balm, a deluxe sized sample of Beurre Shea Butter Body Cream in Sage, and a dozen foil samples.

The second place winner will receive a smaller bag with several skin care sample, two tea bags, and an Acure Dark Chocolate and Mint Lip Balm. 

All you have to do to enter to win is use the Rafflecopter form below. It may take a moment or two to load. Good luck Beautiful!

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The winner will be selected randomly from all entrants. I will e-mail the winners after they are selected as well as post their names on the Beautiful Basics Facebook page. US and Canada only.

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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Escape Monthly Subscription Box GIVEAWAY!!!

Life can get kind of stressful sometimes and when you need to get away to relax and decompress (but can’t) there’s a new subscription box on the block designed to help you do just that.

Meet Escape Monthly, the subscription service that delivers a box of vacation destination inspired goodies meant to help you unwind to your doorstep. Every box is centered around a different destination each month and features Full-Size Luxury Products, Travel Guides and Special Offers, and the opportunity to win a getaway for 2 to the destination of the month!

I haven’t had the opportunity to try Escape Monthly, since they haven’t even launched yet, but when the company contacted me and offered me the chance to give away one of their inaugural boxes to one of you I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

The theme of the August box is Napa Valley so you can imagine that this particular box will be filled with wine inspired spa essentials, artisan foods, and guides to Napa. Also, one subscriber will be selected at random to win a trip for 2 to Napa. You can read more about what you should expect in this box by visiting this post on the Escape Monthly blog.

Escape Monthly typically costs $49.95 per month but right now you can use the promo code “YOURESCAPE” to receive 20% off for LIFE.

To enter the giveaway just use the Rafflecopter form below. It may take a moment or two to load. US only. All entries will be verified.

And while you’re here don’t forget to also enter my other giveaway (where you can win one of two natural beauty sample bags) by clicking here.

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(FTC: I'm not being paid by the company or receiving any compensation for this post. Escape Monthly was kind enough to offer a box for giveaway and I couldn't say turn it down because the box looks so awesome and I think you guys will really like it!) 

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Start of Summer Sampler Giveaway

It’s my favorite time of the year again which means it’s time for yet another sampler bag giveaway! This time I’ll be giving away a bag full of samples and full sized items perfect for taking with you on any trip you may be taking. Don’t fret though, it will also be a fun prize for someone who isn’t going on any trips.

The grand prize winner will receive a reusable mesh bag with:
A full size unscented soap, a vanilla lip balm with SPF 15, 2 oz bottles of shampoo and conditioner, a brightening facial cleanser, a tinted lip shimmer, a packet of natural and unscented laundry soap, a sample of facial scrub, and a couple of bug repellent wipes.

Unlike other giveaways I’ve had in the past I’ll be giving away a small sample bag away to a second place winner! This bag features an Acure Organics Dark Chocolate + Mint Lip Balm and several foil packet samples.

All you have to do to enter to win is use the Rafflecopter form below. It may take a moment or two to load. Good luck Beautiful!

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Acure for a Cure Dark Chocolate + Mint Lip Balm Giveaway!!

Dark chocolate and mint pair perfectly together in Acure Organics’ Acure for a Cure Lip Balm. This USDA Certified Organic Lip Balm is formulated with Organic Beeswax, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Hemp Seed Oil, Organic Essential Oils of Peppermint and Spearmint, Vitamin E, and Organic Cocoa Powder. It’s simple, nourishing, and hydrating. The coolest part - 100% of the profits from this lip balm are donated to Breast Cancer Research!

I want to give 3 of you the chance to win one of these delicious Dark Chocolate and Mint Lip Balms. That’s not all though, I also want to give you the chance to win a balm for someone special in your life. That’s right! 3 of you will win a lip balm for you AND for a loved one!

To enter this giveaway, just use the Rafflecopter form below. It may take a moment or two to load. Good luck!

(FTC : Acure Organics generously sent me several products to try for review consideration, including extra lip balms. I am not being compensated for this post.)

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Talk About It - S.W. Basics of Brooklyn (+GIVEAWAY!)

Adina Grigore originally created several products for herself and her sensitive skin but now her line of healthy and eco-friendly products are sold online and at retailers across the country. Each and every one of Adina’s products are 100% pure, natural, and sustainable. S.W. Basics of Brooklyn is a “no-frills” line of skin care products made with 5 or less ingredients each that are either certified organic, Fair Trade, or sourced from small, family farms.

I’ve been testing out a few of their products, including all 4 of their lip balms, lately and have really been enjoying the simplicity of them. The first one being the Makeup Remover, which is made up of Organic Sweet Almond Oil, Organic Olive Oil, and Organic Jojoba Oil. I typically make my own eye makeup remover but it’s really nice having a bottle of it all ready to go. The combination of oils is great! It doesn’t leave behind a film or irritate my eyes. It works really well and gets every last bit of makeup.

I have also been trying out the Toner for the past month and a half. I tend to use this toner during the day because it really helps banish any case of oily skin and prevent pesky pimples. The ingredient list is comprised of Water, Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, Witch Hazel, and Organic Essential Oils of Clary Sage and Sandalwood. I don’t really like the scent of this toner, at all, but it goes away really quickly. It helps to cleanse my skin and help speed up the process of blemishes so it’s totally worth it!

Now let’s talk about their Organic Lip Balms, because they are fantastic! All four balms (Cocoa, Peppermint, Cinnamon, and Citrus) have the same base ingredients of Organic Beeswax, Organic Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil, and Organic Cocoa Butter. The Peppermint, Cinnamon, and Citrus all have added Organic Essential Oils. I’ve been totally obsessed with all 4 of these balms and reach for them more than any other lip product lately. The Cocoa Lip Balm is my favorite, but the others are lovely as well.

You can learn more about the company or purchase some products of your own by clicking here to be taken to their website. You can also visit them on Facebook or Twitter.

Adina was kind enough to offer a Complete Mini Kit as a giveaway prize for you, my lovely readers. All you have to do to enter is use the Rafflecopter form below. It may take a moment or two to load. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

(FTC: These products were so generously provided to me free of charge for review consideration by the company. I am not being compensated to write this review. All thoughts and opinions, as always, are my own and honest.)

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

26th Birthday Giveaway!!

Today, April 10th, is my 26th birthday and I've decided I want to offer you all a chance to win a gorgeous Fossil necklace. My Mom actually got me this necklace (not this EXACT necklace since the one I'm giving away is brand new) for Christmas a couple of years ago and I absolutely adore it. It's the most perfect necklace for any Green Goddess and I'm so excited that one of you will win it!

As you can see from the pictures, one side has a sparkly tree of life and the other says "Live the Green Life". It also comes in a cute keepsake tin.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Spring Beauty Giveaway

Happy Spring Beautiful! In honor of my favorite season (since my birthday is in April!) I'm giving you the opportunity to win a purse-sized cosmetic bag filled with natural goodies pefect for the warmer months.

The bag contains:
2.2 oz Pikake Body Lotion from Lanikai Bath and Body (seriously smells like Hawaii)
A Mineral Bronzer from Monave (perfect for lighter skin tones)
Lizard Lips Natural Lip Balm with SPF 22 (you have to protect those lips when the sun is shining!)
and a Mad Gabs Wildly Natural Lip Shimmer in Plum

To enter to win just use the Rafflecopter form below. It may take a minute or two to load.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

It's My Blogiversary!!!!

Today, March 15, is the 2 year anniversary of Beautiful Basics.

I can't even believe how far my little publication has come in the past 24 months! I'm so happy to have you all here as part of the Beautiful Basics community and I appreciate each and every one of you. I look forward to seeing where this blog will be in another 2 years!

I couldn't let this day go by without celebrating by launching a giveaway, so if you want to win a copy of Eco-Beautiful (a great guide to natural beauty and wellness, perfect for beginners) by Lina Hanson just enter using the Rafflecopter form below. It may take a minute or two to load.

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

3-Month Conscious Box Giveaway

I’ve talked about Conscious Box a lot on Beautiful Basics but if you’re unfamiliar or just need a refresher it’s a better for you and the planet monthly subscription service. Conscious box costs $19 a month and is usually at or above a $30 value. The company focuses on “sustainability, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility.” The purpose of Conscious Box is to introduce its subscribers to pure, natural and organic products from snacks to beauty products and everything in between.

In honor of Conscious Box launching their brand new website (which you can visit by clicking here) they are giving all of you Beauties the chance to win a 3-month subscription! How exciting is that? A 3-month Conscious Box subscription has a $59 value that one of you will receive for free!
The new website has some really awesome features! You can now earn points for rating the samples you receive in your box and use those points to get some great discounts on your favorite products!

If you’re interested in winning the 3-month Conscious Box subscription just use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. It may take a moment or two to load. Good luck!

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Booda Butter Giveaway!!!

The majority of you seemed to be really interested in the Booda Butter I reviewed the other day so I contacted the company and asked if they would be interested in doing a giveaway for you Beauties and they generously said yes! If you missed the review you can read it by clicking here.

If you’re interested in winning your own tub of Booda Butter and a tube of the Booda Butter Naked Lip Balm just check out the Rafflecopter form below! a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Skin Smoothing Giveaway

This giveaway is for a clear makeup bag filled with the 3 Mineral Fusion products in the above photo. The winner will receive the Skin-Renewing Facial Scrub, Revitalizing Eye Treatment, and Age-Defying Treatment Serum.

 If you want to be the lucky winner of this giveaway all you have to do is enter using the Rafflecopter form below. If it doesn't show up right away just give it a minute to load.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

January Sampler Bag GIVEAWAY

Hello there! Are you ready for a Sampler Bag giveaway? The majority of you seem to really enjoy these so I decided it was time for another.

After so many of you complimented the bag from the last giveaway I have another leopard (or cheetah? I’m unsure of my animal prints) printed bag up for grabs. This times it’s filled with samples from Jason, Avalon Organics, Nature’s Gate, Harvey Prince, C3, Two Leaves and a Bud as well as deluxe sized samples from Out of Africa and Beyond Coastal. I’m also throwing in four full sized items as well from EOS, Verdant, Aromatherapaes, and Zeb Botanical Beauty. 

If you’re super sensitive to scents you might want to skip this one because there are many fragranced items in the bag (think perfume, lotion, and soap).

 If you want to be the lucky winner of the newest Beautiful Basics Sampler Bag all you have to do is enter using the Rafflecopter form below.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Holiday Conscious Box Giveaway

Conscious Box is a better for you and the planet monthly subscription service. Conscious box costs $19 a month and is usually at or above a $30 value. The company focuses on “sustainability, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility.” The purpose of Conscious Box is to introduce its subscribers to pure, natural and organic products from snacks to beauty products and everything in between.

If you’re interested in winning a December Holiday Conscious Box all you have to do is enter using the Rafflecopter form below - it could take a minute or two to load. This giveaway is open only to those of you in the US and will be up for one week! Good luck!

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Monday, December 3, 2012

December Sampler Bag Giveaway

Hey Beautiful! Welcome to December! This is one of my absolute favorite months of the entire year. I love being able to spend time with my family and of course I adore Christmas! Yesterday we decorated our tree and got the house ready for the season. Now that I’m officially in the Holiday mood I decided that today would be the perfect day to launch a new giveaway!

Are you ready for it? I have another Sampler Bag to give away! You all seemed to really like the last one so I created another one just for you!

This one comes with: Samples from Harvey Prince, Nature’s Gate, Jason, Avalon Organics, and Rahua; As well as a deluxe sized Organic Shea Butter Complexion Bar from Out of Africa, travel sized bottle of Body Lotion from Lanikai Bath and Body in Pikake and a full-sized EOS Sweet Mint Lip Balm and Coconut Cake Soap from Zeb Botanical Beauty.

This bag would make a great gift for yourself or the beauty lover in your life. You could even break it up and use the contents as stocking stuffers!

I hope you enjoy! Good luck!

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Talk About It - Beecology (+GIVEAWAY)

I feel like I haven’t done a skin or hair care review in quite a while so I decided that today was the perfect day to share my thoughts and opinions on the products of Beecology. They sent me quite a few products as well as some extra lip balms, which means that if you read through to the bottom of this post there just might be a little giveaway!

If you know me personally or have been following my blog for a while then you already know of my passion for honey. I think honey is a precious beauty resource so I love anything and everything honey based, which is why I was so intrigued by Beecology and their line of products. Beccology not only produces and sells a line of natural products made with honey, beeswax, and other healthy ingredients; they also give back through their charity, Sweetyear.org.

I first became interested in the company after reading about their Natural Honey and Botanical Sulfate-Free Shampoo and All-Natural Hair Conditioner. While I really like the shampoo, I wasn’t as big a fan of the conditioner. 

First of all, the shampoo smells so yummy! It’s slightly sweet, slightly citrus-y, and slightly herbal, which combine to make a delicious smelling shampoo. It’s formula is gentle and effective while providing the hair with brilliant shine and extra softness. The conditioner isn’t necessarily bad, it just has a weird after scent that I don’t like. I think it reacted strangely with my pH (which happens to me a lot). The conditioner seemed to moisturize my hair well enough but I couldn’t get past the smell. My mother loves both products though.

My favorite Beecology product is their Hand and Body Cream, which I got to try in both the Original Honey formula as well as the Cucumber and Green Tea version. Both versions work exactly the same and the formula is so luxurious and rich. It’s a very thick cream that is easily absorbed into the skin leaving it feeling hydrated and healthy, never greasy. This formula is perfect for this time of year! My skin has been a little dry due to the cold weather and this hand and body cream soothes my itchy skin. The original scent is a light, clean scent while the Cucumber and Green Tea version smells very fresh and like real cucumbers.

If your skin is feeling a little dull and needs refreshing then look no further than the Natural Honey and Peppermint Body Wash. This body wash leaves my skin tingling in a good way. It smells great, cleans well, and invigorates the skin with each use. It’s great for morning use and has become one of my favorites!

I was also sent 4 bars of their soap to try out and review, although I have only used 3 of them. The one I haven’t tried is the My Big Fat Greek Yogurt and Honey Soap, which has a juniper scent to it and I’m not a big fan so I’ll be talking about the other 3, which are the Honey Oatmeal Morning Peppermint Soap (perfect for perking up skin), Honey Lavender Soap (which makes the perfect bedtime bar of soap), and the Dead Sea Mud Soap (deep cleansing while moisturizing). All 3 bars of soap have proven to be really effective, are lovely to use, and smell great!

The final Beecology product I got to take for a test drive is their Buzz Balm Peppermint Lip Balm. This balm is made with Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Shea Butter, Aloe Butter, Cupuaçu Butter, Olive Oil, Peppermint Oil, Acai Butter, Eucalyptus Oil, Clove Oil, and Tea Tree Oil. It’s hydrating, soothing, and protective. It does smell a bit strong due to the oils but it’s not offensive, only medicinal. I was experiencing very chapped and dehydrated lips before testing this balm and it really helped heal and protect my lips.

I was sent several extra lip balms so 5 of you will get the chance to win a Buzz Balm of your own! Check out the Rafflecopter below to enter to win.

To learn more about Beecology and their products, or to order some of your own you can click here to be taken to their website.

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Flash Giveaway - Conscious Box's 1-Year Anniversary

If you’re unfamiliar with Conscious Box, it’s a better for you and the planet monthly subscription service. Conscious box costs $19 a month and is usually at or above a $30 value. The company focuses on “sustainability, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility.” The purpose of Conscious Box is to introduce its subscribers to pure, natural and organic products from snacks to beauty products and everything in between.


In honor of their first anniversary, Jameson has offered up one of this months special boxes for one very lucky Beautiful Basics reader. All you have to do is enter using the Rafflecopter form below - it could take a minute or two to load. Be sure to hurry and get your entries in soon since this giveaway is only up until the 5th at 9 pm PST. Open only to those of you in the US! Good luck!

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