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

   

Who writes Beautiful Basics?

 My name is Kassie and I’m a chronically ill 28-year-old from a small town in Oregon. I have a passion for all things beauty and green living. I write about natural and organic beauty products as well as DIY beauty recipes and other odds and ends. I'm also an animal lover and believe beauty should be cruelty free. I'm a proud cat mommy and vegetarian.

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 my posts 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!

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

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Whole Foods Travel Bag GIVEAWAY!

I don't live anywhere near a Whole Foods, which is kind of sad but is ultimately a good thing for my bank account, but my parents were in Portland during my Dad's Bone Marrow Transplant and my Mom managed to snag a couple of these awesome travel bags that have a retail value of $40. I had her get one for me and I, of course, couldn't forget about you guys so she grabbed one for you as well.


I'm going to open this up to all of you, whether you're located in the US or somewhere super exotic that I've never even heard of. However, if you're an International reader and you happen to be the lucky winner I'm going to remove the nail polish from your prize. If you're in the US you'll get everything featured in the pictures.


Without further ado, to enter the giveaway give this post a like and use the Rafflecopter form below. It may take a moment or two to load. There is only one mandatory entry and after that you can do as many or as few of the options as you wish. All entries will be verified. Good luck!

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Monday, August 3, 2015

NOW Solutions Giveaway!!!


Hello there Beautiful! Remember the post I uploaded last week sharing my thoughts on NOW Solutions? Well, if you're in the US and you're interested in trying everything I received I'm giving you all the opportunity to enter to win your own box full of goodies.

If you missed my review or want a refresher on what you can win you can check out my post by clicking here.


If you're interested in winning all of these natural goodies you can use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. All entries will be verified. This one is only open to those of you in the US. Good luck!

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Summer Thanks Giveaway!

My posting has been a little sparse this summer because I've got a lot going on in my life. My Dad has a fairly rare type of blood cancer called Multiple Myeloma and he is currently in the hospital 5 hours away from home. He just received a bone marrow transplant and is on his way to kicking cancers butt! And you might also know that I am also chronically ill and I've been feeling quite under the weather as of lately. As you can imagine the whole situation is making for a very different kind of summer.

I'm trying to write as much as possible but I wanted to take a minute to thank you all for your patience and support. Beautiful Basics means so much to and I absolutely love being able to share my thoughts on natural products with you all. I test products and write about them for each and every one of you. Thank you for liking my blog and sharing posts and leaving comments. Each time I get to interact with you I am so appreciative of the support.


I've got two of my popular beauty grab bags to give to two lucky Beautiful Basics readers. This giveaway is open internationally, because so many of you come from places in the world that I've only ever dreamed of going. Give this post a like and use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. There are a lot of options but only two that are mandatory. You can do as many or a few entry options as you would like. All entries will be verified. The first randomly selected winner will be able to pick which bag he or she would like. Good luck!

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Makeup Bag Collection + GIVEAWAY!

Are you any of you obsessed with makeup bags? I am and I think it's some kind of weird addiction because let's get serious for a second and ask how many makeup bags a person actually needs? 1 or 2, right? I'm one of those hyper organized people so in addition to using makeup bags for cosmetics and toiletries when I travel I also like to pack everything else in little bags, like chords and accessories so I have a few more than that. Anyway, I've recently watched a few YouTube videos and read a few blog posts where people have shared their bag collections and I thought it would be really fun to do!

I did, however, leave out some bags because I really do have quite a few and I figured I didn't need to share them all. The bags included in this post are my favorite and the two travel bags from Target were birthday presents from my parents and haven't been used yet. I actually forgot to take the stuffing out before I took the photos so please just ignore that snafu. I'm also doing a giveaway so read through to the bottom and be sure to enter for your chance to win a really cute makeup bag with some fun goodies inside!

Contents Pleased as Punch Weekender Bag

Contents Pleased as Punch Cosmetic Valet


I'll start with the two I mentioned above. They came from Target and are from the brand Contents by Allegro. I've always wanted hanging travel bags so my parents got me these ones and I'm planning on using the bigger one (Weekender Bag) for toiletries and the smaller one (Valet) for cosmetics. I really like all of their pouches, the print, and the fact that they're really nicely made.


How cute is this Catesye London Rooftop Cat Small Bag? I seriously love the print. I love it so much I actually also bought the Coin Purse. It's made of PVC so it's really easy to keep clean and also holds its shape perfectly. It's a great size and it's beyond adorable. They make a ton of other bags with awesome designs so I think these would make fantastic gifts.


I bought this bag from Orla Kiely at Target a year or two ago. It was on clearance but this bag is quite similar. I used it on 3 trips last year and I like it but it's not the biggest bag so it's best for short trips. I especially liked it camping because I put all of my shower stuff in the big pocket and my skin care stuff in the small zippered pouch and it ended up working perfectly.


This is actually a personalized pencil pouch and I won it a few years ago. I actually cannot for the life of me remember what website it came from. This is the bag I use for keeping things that I want on my nightstand when I travel like my sleeping pills, lip balm, eye mask, and earplugs. I don't really know why I like it for that purpose but it's perfect for it!


I originally forgot to take a picture of this next one, which is so wrong because it has been my go-to for the past 8 or 9 years. This train case was part of an Estee Lauder GWP that my parents gave me for Christmas when I was 19. I was away at college at the time so I used it every time I came home and on every trip I took for the next almost decade. I don't know how much use it will get since I have the two new hanging organizers but this bag is sticking around. My Mom and I used to be absolutely obsessed with Estee Lauder and even though I wouldn't ever dream of using their animal tested and chemical laden products again I think I will forever love this red train case.


This is a little bag that I got years and years ago at my local Fred Meyer. It's the perfect purse size and I keep my purse makeup essentials in it. I absolutely love it. It even says, "Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle" on it so it's kind of perfect for me.


This is my travel brush set from BH Cosmetics. It's not a makeup bag, obviously, but I thought I should share anyway. This was a special last October for Breast Cancer Awareness. It was $5 and 100% of the proceeds went to charity. They're really great brushes!

I'll post a photo of all of my purse organizing bags on Instagram and Facebook. Do you have a makeup bag collection or just a favorite one? I'd love it if you shared a photo with my on my Facebook page.


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This giveaway is open Internationally.
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Sunday, March 15, 2015

2015 Birthday to Birthday Giveaway


March 15 is a very important day in my life. March 15th, 2011 is the day that I started Beautiful Basics. I know you're probably thinking something like, "Beauty Blogging isn't a very big deal so it shouldn't be such an important anniversary", but for me it was a huge deal.

When I was 22 I became seriously ill. In 2009, my entire life changed and I couldn't do anything about it. The person I was before was not the person I was capable of being any longer. I couldn't work or do much of anything and it was really devastating. Being 22 and being sick is incredibly difficult. Let's be real, being sick at any age is really hard but at 22 I had so many goals and plans for my life that were all thrown out the window.

I started to feel lost and hopeless and like I was useless because I couldn't work. I thought about volunteering, but it's hard to make any commitments when you're ill, so I thought about taking up a hobby. What did I enjoy? I thought about it and I realized that I loved to read beauty blogs and watch beauty videos on YouTube. I wasn't (and I'm still not) ready to put myself out there on camera but I have always loved to write so I came up with the concept of Beautiful Basics. The blog originally began as an outlet for my favorite beauty tips and some reviews but took on a life of its own when I began researching green living and eco beauty.

Today, 4 years later, I'm still sick. In fact, I'm worse than I was back then but my attitude and outlook have changed a lot. I'm no longer lost or down about my situation. Life is whatever we choose to make of it and I'm choosing to live a happy life. Beautiful Basics gave me something to do and focus on and gave me hope. Blogging and keeping up with Beautiful Basics is a part of me now and it's something I enjoy doing, very much. In honor of my 4th blogiversary I want to do a giveaway for all of you wonderful people who keep me blogging. Thank you for that, by the way. Your likes, comments, questions, suggestions, and recommendations make this all worth it.

And since my birthday is April 10th (I'll be 28… where does time go?) I want to do a double giveaway that lasts from my blogiversary to my birthday. How does that sound?


There will be 2 winners. The first randomly selected winner will be able to choose which prize they would like. The other bag will go to the second winner. This giveaway is open to everyone worldwide. To enter simply use the Rafflecopter form below. You can choose to do as many or as few options as you would like. All entries will be verified! Give this post a "like" and good luck!

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Valentine's Day Giveaway


I just realized that I had a couple of things set aside that I wanted to give away to one of you in honor of Valentine's Day. I didn't get it posted in time for the winner to receive their prize on or before Valentine's Day and I hope you don't mind too much. Prizes are fun no matter what, right? So, here is the giveaway! What's up for grabs? A copy of Sweet Debbie's Organic Treats cookbook and a bottle of Badger's Sweet Orange with Lemon and Spearmint Aromatherapy Massage Oil.


Want to win? Just use the Rafflecopter form below. It may take a moment or two to load. All entries will be verified. I included a lot of different ways to enter but please know you can do as many or as few options as you like. The giveaway is open worldwide. Give this post a like and good luck!

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Stuffed Stockings Giveaway


I love everything about Christmas. The music, decorations, time with family, cookies, and of course the gifts given and received. I can't forget to mention my love for stockings though. There is something really magical about stocking stuffers. I can't explain it but my love for them is deep and rooted in me by my Mother. My Dad likes stockings (although he calls them "socks") but my Mom and I are absolutely crazy for them!

I love giving things away to you Beauties so it only seemed appropriate to make a prize pack (or two!) full of items perfect for stuffing stockings, whether it is for your own (I promise I won't judge you if you want to keep them for yourself!) or someone else's "sock". One is a makeup and skin products and the other is body and pampering products. The first randomly selected winner will get to pick the set he or she wants and the other winner will receive the remaining set.


This giveaway is open worldwide. To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter form below. By the way, I know the changes in Rafflecopter are kind of iffy so if you encounter any problems feel free to e-mail me or contact me about it. There is only one required entry, all others are optional and you can do as many or as few as you like but keep in mind that the more entries you have the more chances you have to win. Give this post a like and get your entries in! Good luck!


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Monday, November 3, 2014

Soap Cauldron Review and Giveaway!!!!


I'm so excited to be able to introduce you to Soap Cauldron, the home of Three Sisters Apothecary and Soapy Tails. I didn't test out their fantastic looking line of products for our furry friends, but I did get to try some awesome and truly delicious smelling body products from Three Sisters Apothecary. I wish there was a smell function on home computers because theses products are luxurious, fragrant, and amazing.

Soap Cauldron is a small natural artisan soap company located in Sonoma County. The owner, Emma Mann, started making soap after her daughter was born extremely prematurely. She started experimenting in her kitchen with plant oils, pure essential oils, and natural botanicals. For over 10 years they have been making natural herbal soaps and remedies that are healthy, gentle, and nurturing in small batches out of pure and natural ingredients. The result is a line of products that I can't wait for you to check out!

I know that a lot of people hate black licorice (I don't get it!) but I adore its scent and flavor. The Black Licorice & Vanilla Bar Soap has become my number one soap of all time. I know I usually go on and on about how much I love unscented products but this beautiful bar of soap smells beyond good. I'm actually at a loss of words to describe how good it smells. I was a bit worried that a Black Licorice scented soap would be masculine but this particular blend with Vanilla is sweet, but not overly sweet. When I use this soap it makes me smile because I enjoy the scent so much.


I also got to test out the California Mission Fig & Honey Bar Soap as well as the Harvest Pumpkin & Cinnamon Soap, whose scents I also really enjoy. These two are also visually lovely. If you want to purchase beautiful, perfectly scented soap for a gift for someone you should seriously check out their line up. The formula of all three soaps is wonderful. They cleanse my skin thoroughly but never leave me feeling dry, tight, or itchy. They actually leave my skin feeling soft and slightly moisturized. I also want to mention that the scents are strong while being used but gently fade afterwards, which is a HUGE plus in my book. I like the scents a lot but I don't want them to linger forever.

As far as extra hydration goes, I also received two tins of Body Butter in California Mission Fig & Honey and Harvest Pumpkin & Cinnamon. As a side note, I seriously need to place an order for a tub of the Black Licorice & Vanilla Body Butter. I love the scent THAT much. With ingredients like Shea Butter, Avocado Butter, Cocoa Butter, and Beeswax the formula leaves my skin feeling incredibly silky and provides moisture that lasts all day long. It's a thick balm so I find it best to apply to the skin directly after stepping out of the bath or shower. It spreads easily when I applied to warm skin.


If you're really interested in the scents of the soap and body butter you can also get a matching lip balm. I received the Harvest Pumpkin & Cinnamon Lip Soother and the Black Licorice & Vanilla Lip Shimmer and I think they are awesome! The formula of these balms is smooth, creamy, and lush. They leave lips feeling nice, although I find they don't last a super long time and need to be reapplied. They taste and smell divine! It's not very strong, but in a good way. The Soother looks slightly shiny but not glossy and the Shimmer has a very minimal shimmery look. They are both made with Grapeseed Oil, Avocado Oil, Beeswax, Shea Butter, and Avocado Oil, just to name a few. The only thing I don't love is the fact that they come in a tin. I'm a bit of a germ freak so I don't like the thought of being out and about and then dipping my finger in so I use them at home.


You can find all of these products, and more in a wide range of scents, on SoapCauldron.com. They are all really beautiful. I seriously love the packaging, the logo, and the wonderful scents and formulas. Also, all of the products are really generously sized and affordable. I don't think you can go wrong with purchasing anything that strikes your fancy from them.




Want to try a Body Butter and Bar of Soap from Soap Cauldron? Well, it's your lucky day because you can enter to win your choice of a Sweet Orange or Lavender Muslin Gift Set. To enter just give this post a "like" and then use the Rafflecopter form below. It may take a moment or two to load. All entries will be verified. US Only. Good luck!

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Talk About Lip Care - Portland Bee Balm (+ closed GIVEAWAY!)

I'm a big fan of no frills lip balm. My lips are way too sensitive to deal with unnecessary ingredients so I'm always looking for simple and natural lip balms that nourish and promote health with no extra bells or whistles. When I was contacted by Portland Bee Balm, I hopped on the net and checked out their website and got super excited to try out their product.

The masterminds behind Portland Bee Balm, Brad (a man with a beekeeping hobby and a love for honey bees) and Anika, decided to create a high quality product and a business that supports the health and well-being of the environment, community, and bees and their keepers. Their all natural three and four ingredient lip balms are hand made from local and sustainable sources in Southeast Portland and their labels are made of non-pulped wood and printed with soy based ink, so the product is good for the planet as well as the people who use it.


Portland Bee Balm comes in Unscented and Oregon Mint. Both are made of Local NW Oregon Beeswax, Organic Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, and Organic California Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The Oregon Mint lip balm has one extra ingredient – Organic Oregon Peppermint Essential Oil. That's it!

The first time I used Portland Bee Balm I was a little unsure because it seemed quite dry and it was a little difficult to apply but the product warmed up within seconds and won me over. It leaves lips feeling intensely hydrated and healthy. It also lasts an amazingly long time. It's not a very wet or slippery formula, nor does it leave lips looking shiny, which is a plus in my book. It works well alone but I love to wear it under lipstick as well.

My favorite is the Unscented, of course, but the Oregon Mint is also quite nice. It has a lovely fresh mint scent and feels slightly cool on the lips. My sensitive lips are loving Portland Bee Balm and I know you will too, which is why I am offering you the chance to win a set of these lip balms for yourself!


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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fall Sample Bag GIVEAWAY!

The seasons are changing and I don't know what has gotten into me this year but I'm totally excited for autumn to arrive. There is something really beautiful and special about fall and I'm looking forward to layering, seeing the leaves change, comfort food, and cooler days and nights.

The first official day of fall this year is September 22, and in honor of the changing seasons I thought now was the perfect time to give you all the chance to win a sampler bag! I haven't put together one of these sampler bags in quite a while but I know how much you all love them since they always go over so well. You have all been so supportive of Beautiful Basics that I wish I could give each and every one of you a prize but alas, only one of you will be able to win this one. It's open Internationally so feel free to enter regardless of where you live!

I'm going to say that this bag has an estimated value of $40 and it has a ton of fun beauty goodies inside like a bottle of No Frizz Oil from Balanced Guru (ARV $13), a rollerball of Yogini from Harvey Prince ($21) and two masks from 7th Heaven ($2.99 each). Of course, there are some other products included. Check out the picture to see all of the samples you could win!

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Phenomé SOOTHING anti-redness base Review ( + closed GIVEAWAY!!!)

Phenomé, a brand from the European Union comprised of natural and healthy skincare products, believes that nature, beauty, and well-being go hand and hand. If you're wondering about the name of the company it is pronounced FEH-NOM-EH. In their luxurious lineup of cruelty free and vegan products for face, body, and hands (as well as a men's line) you will find only pure, sustainable, and healthy ingredients in award winning eco-friendly packaging (it is both recycled and recyclable).

Another cool point I want to mention is that instead of using regular old water in their products they use pure plant water instead. That, to me, makes it feel so much fancier! You never have to be curious about what ingredients are in the product you're using because the company believes in total transparency. Their website and the packaging of each product features the "Phenomé Transparency Chart" which details exactly what you're using on your skin.

I have been using their SOOTHING anti-redness base for the past couple of months and at the end of this review you'll be able to enter to win your very own lovely glass bottle of it, so stick around and be sure to enter.


To start off with the obvious, Phenomé products are packaged in lovely glass containers. The SOOTHING anti-redness base comes in a 1.0 fl. oz amber colored frosted glass bottle with a metal pump. It looks so nice sitting on my vanity. It's visually pleasing and I love it!

I also happen to love the contents of the glass bottle. The packaging lists this product as a "daily miracle" and while I can't go as far as to say this lotion moves mountains I can say that it is a really special treat for my super sensitive skin. It has a lotion-like consistency but is a little richer than the average lotion. It's extremely gentle on my skin but really effective when it comes to soothing (just like the name suggests), hydrating, and reducing redness. I love it as a daily moisturizer, on its own or under makeup.

It is really easy to apply and absorbs quickly into the skin. It feels fresh and clean while still providing moisture. It seems to create a barrier that helps to protect skin from the elements. It has a very soft, matte texture once it dries. It leaves my skin looking shine free but healthy. I love the way it leaves my skin looking and how comfortable it leaves my skin feeling.

The only negative thing I have to say is that I really don't like the scent, but if you've been around Beautiful Basics for a while you know that I rarely like anything that has any scent at all. My nose is a snob. I can't help it. The scent of this product is very strong at first but it goes away quickly and doesn't bother me in the long run.


To learn more about Phenomé, their product offerings, and their ingredients you can visit their website by clicking here.


Now, on to the giveaway where one lucky winner will receive a bottle of SOOTHING anti-redness base. Open to the US only. To enter use the Rafflecopter form below. It may take a moment or two to load. All entries will be verified. Good luck!

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(FTC: The company provided me with the SOOTHING anti-redness base for review consideration at no charge. They also provided me with the opportunity to host a giveaway. I am not being compensated for this review. All thoughts and opinions, as always, are my own and honest.)

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Talk About Cosmetics - Red Apple Lipstick Eyeshadow Review + GIVEAWAY!

Way back in October of 2012, I posted a review of a couple of gluten free and glam cosmetics from a company called Red Apple Lipstick. Jay Harper, the man behind the brand, had a dream to create a line of safe, healthy, and gorgeous products made from high quality ingredients and in 2007, the dream became a reality. The brand is constantly growing and expanding to include more and more gluten free, paraben free, lead free, soy free, vegan and cruelty free healthy cosmetics that are made in the US.

While the company does include the word Lipstick in their name it doesn't mean lipstick is all they do. Their product offering includes: lipsticks, glosses, lip pencils, eyeshadows, a newly launched mascara, eyeliner, an exfoliating stick and a lip balm called Rallye Balm. They have an awesome selection of shades so everyone can find colored cosmetics that set their heart aflutter.


When I did my first review of Red Apple Lipstick in 2012 I fell hard for their eyeshadow in Twinkle Taupe. The color payoff, texture, and wear absolutely stole my heart and I'm so excited to be able to share my review of their City Starter Palette today. The company offers individual shadows that you can purchase, (they come in pan form so you can put them into a magnetic palette, which is also available for purchase on the website), or pre-designed palettes that come complete with a special Red Apple Lipstick Z-Palette.


For under $70 The City Starter Palette comes with 3 mattes and a shimmer in wearable shades; Porcelain, Iced Mocha, Brownie Points, and Espresso. This palette is great for makeup beginners, or cosmetic addicts looking for the perfect collection of shadows that can be worn every day.


Here is a breakdown of the shades included in the City Starter Palette:
Porcelain is a matte creamy off-white color
Iced Mocha is a shimmery taupe that leans a little on the purple/lilac side
Brownie Points is a matte medium brown that is described as a red based brown but looks neutral on me
Espresso is a matte dark brown


The formula of these shadows is divine. They are beyond creamy and superbly soft. If you're looking for powdery, chalky, dry eyeshadows you might want to look somewhere else because you'll be disappointed in these ones. They feel like silk or cashmere or any other luxurious material you can think of. They apply evenly and blend seamlessly. They wear incredibly well throughout the day, with or without primer. The color payoff is absolutely stunning. These shadows pack a serious punch. Fall out? What's fall out?


I also want to quickly talk about their Professional Angled Eye Brush and Wet/Dry Eye Shadow Brush. I don't know if you know this about me but I'm a big time makeup brush junkie, seriously. I love brushes but I'm actually pretty picky so I'm happy to be able to tell you that I really like these vegan brushes! The synthetic fibers are soft and gentle but firm and effective. I really like the handles as well. The Wet/Dry Brush is great for packing on color with the Angled Eye Brush makes a fantastic liner brush.




Ready for some exciting news? I'm giving one winner an eyeshadow duo of their choice! How awesome is that? Everyone say thanks to Red Apple Lipstick for this one! You're going to love their products, trust me. My suggestions: Twinkle Taupe or any of the shades in the City Starter Palette, although I have my eye on Dirty Girl, Vamp, and Siren.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Talk About Skin Care - Sel Terre Spa Collection Review and Giveaway!!!

I'm a big fan of all things natural and all things created in my beautiful home state of Oregon so Sel Terre and their line of pure, handcrafted products are a big homerun for my beauty routine. Their products, made in Eugene – a city I frequent often thanks to family who live there, are simple and affordable while still being luxurious. You won't find any toxic or unhealthy ingredients in their cruelty free and earth friendly products so they're perfect for anyone looking for safe products.

I received the Sel Terre Spa Collection to review as well as an extra the company generously sent me to give away to one of you so keep reading to find out how to enter to win!


The Spa Collection retails for $50 and is comprised of the Deep Cleansing Emulsion, Balm Riche, Bar of Soap of Choice, and a Facial Masque of Choice. I received the Dead Sea Clay & Irish Moss Seaweed Facial Masque and Red Alaea Salt & Rose Kaolin Clay Soap, which are also the products that will be sent to the giveaway winner.


Oil cleansing is not something new to me but I know that a lot of you are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with it but the Pecan & Peach Kernel Deep Cleansing Emulsion is so smooth and absolutely dreamy to use. I use 2-3 pumps, rub my hands together, and massage the oil onto my dry face. It quickly, and seemingly magically, removes every last trace of makeup and rinses off completely. It doesn't sting my eyes or leave a film behind. It makes my complexion glow and leaves my skin smooth and hydrated. When it first arrived the plastic packaging was hot and smelled terrible but the oil itself doesn't have much of a scent. My only complaint would be that I wish it came in a glass bottle, but then again, I always wish things were packaged in glass.


The Red Alaea Salt & Rose Kaolin Clay Soap is gorgeous, gentle, and rich. My sensitive sniffer can't pick up a discernable scent from this bar of soap, which is always a plus for me. It's great for cleansing the body but also works well on the face. It leaves my skin feeling so soft, and not at all stripped or dry. I also really like to use it for shaving!


The Balm Riche, made of Mangosteen Butter and Peach Kernel Oil, as well as other natural and hydrating oils, is an intensely powerful moisturizer that can be used on any part of the body. I really love it as a lip balm, eye cream, cuticle and hand moisturizer, and on my chest at night. I don't love the smell but it gets the job done.


The Dead Sea Clay & Irish Moss Seaweed Facial Masque is not a product that has made my Love List, but only due to its odor. My family and I went to the beach once where a lot of seaweed had washed up on the shore and began to decompose. The smell of this mask takes me right back to that beach every single time I unscrew the lid. But before I go on please remember that my nose is akin to that of a bloodhound and I am easily offended; also, the smell of this mask makes total sense since it is made with Seaweed. I have used this mask several times, trying my best to ignore the smell, and the results are fantastic. It's a gentle mask that is easy to apply and rinse off. It makes my skin look supple, glowing from the inside out, and ridiculously soft. My Mom compliments my skin each time I use this mask so I'll continue using it, hating the smell, and loving what it does to my skin.

To learn more about Sel Terre or their products you can visit their website by clicking here.


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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Niora Naturals Acne Solutions Giveaway

I'm in love with Niora Naturals and their line of products for adult acne; If you missed my review post and declaration of love you can check it out by clicking here. George, the mastermind behind the company, kindly and generously gave me the go ahead to share the love with you all and host a giveaway for an entire Niora Acne Solutions set!


To enter to win all you have to do is use the Rafflecopter form below. It may take a moment or two to load. This giveaway is open to readers in the US and Canada. Don't forget to like this post! Good luck!

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

noya Giveaway!!

If you missed my post on noya and their fabulous lip balms (and gloss!) you should probably head over and check it out by clicking here. If you did read it and my review got you excited (which many of you expressed to me that you were!) then you're going to be thrilled with the latest giveaway! That's right, the company generously allowed me to give away 2 lip balms to 2 winners! How awesome is that!?!


2 of you will be winning 2 lip balms of your choice. All you have to do is use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. It may take a moment or two to load. Don't forget to "like" this post. All entries will be verified. Giveaway open only to US readers. Good luck!


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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Talk About It - Alima Pure + GIVEAWAY!

I am a huge fan of Portland based natural beauty superstar, Alima Pure, and their line of lovely cosmetics. I seriously adore the brand and their vast selection of cruelty free, high quality, and eco-friendly mineral makeup. A few weeks ago I posted a Wish List Wednesday on the Beautiful Basics Facebook page featuring the Sombra Contour Powder and many of you e-mailed me asking me to review it which prompted me to write to the company. The founder of the company, Kate O'Brien, generously sent me the Contour Powder and a couple of other products I'll get to shortly.


I'm a firm believer in the power of contouring. It's actually my favorite part of applying makeup and it's something I always, always do. I have always used my favorite bronzer to shape my face but have often found that the color is unconvincing. Don't get me wrong, bronzing is another favorite step in my makeup routine but it tends to work better as a way to warm up the face rather than sculpt it. Alima Pure's Sombra Contour Powder has become my absolute favorite, must have makeup product.


Sombra is a dusty tan color, with no red or orange in it at all, that is very pigmented but easy to blend. It's also buildable so it's extremely versatile. It's incredibly natural looking and helps define bone structure. I apply this powder to the hollows of my cheekbones, the crease of my eyelids, and the sides of my nose to create definition and slim out my face. It mimics natural shadows and adds so much depth to my face. I don't think I will ever be without this wonderful powder.

I am wearing Sombra in this photo on my cheeks, nose, & eyes - No other eye shadows or cheek products.
I am also wearing the Lip Tint and Natural Definition Mascara that I talk about below.

I have also been experimenting with the Natural Definition Mascara in Black, another product that many of you have asked me about. I have very sensitive eyes and mascara can be a huge irritant for me but this formula is awesome! It goes on smoothly, wears well throughout the day, feels soft instead of crispy, and provides natural looking length and definition. I would say this works as well as any traditional mascara without the harsh and scary ingredients.


I have always been curious about Alima Pure's Lip Tints so I was excited to see that I had been sent one! I received the shade Holly Berry, which if you're a regular reader you probably know is right up my color alley. This particular shade is described as Spiced Rose and on me equates to a "My Lips but Better" color. It is surprisingly pigmented which makes me curious about the rest of the lineup! The formula is wonderfully moisturizing and gentle on my sensitive lips. It smells (and tastes a little) like a delicious, organic chocolate bar and lasts quite a long time!


I have nothing but good things to say about these products, and Alima Pure as a whole, and hopefully the lucky reader who wins the giveaway with fall in love with this trio as much as I have. If you want the chance to win these products, as well as the cute pink Alima Pure makeup bag, all you have to do is use the Rafflecopter form below. It may take a moment or two to load. Don't forget to "like" this post. All entries will be verified. Giveaway open only to US readers. Good luck!

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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 - February 2014 Petit Vour (+ closed 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 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


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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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