♡ Kahina Giving Beauty Serum

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I've been on a green skincare kick lately, and this serum from Kahina Giving Beauty has been such a staple these last few months. I had never tried the brand before purchasing one of the A Night for Green Beauty x Goodebox collaborations at the beginning of the summer, and all I can say is that I wished I purchased every one of their boxes! 

Kahina Giving Beauty Serum Review

Kahina Giving Beauty is a brand I've always been curious about, and I have to say that I wish I tried it sooner.  I also never realized that the brand itself donates money to the women who source their raw ingredients! 

This serum is actually an oil, and it is contained in a lovely glass or ceramic bottle with a dropper. The scent is a very herbal lavender, and while I don't usually care for lavender, I find this blend quite calming and soothing. 

kahina giving beauty serum review

The first time I used this serum, I was really impressed with how smooth it felt as I was applying it. I don't know how to explain it, but it just feels SOFT. I love how it feels on the skin, and it really hydrates. Kahina says that this serum is meant to prevent moisture loss, and it really does. I've been using this without any additional product, and my often dehydrated skin has been fine, both at home and in drier California air. 

All in all, I've really been loving serum. It is totally up there with the Pai Rosehip REgenerate Oil and my favorites from African Botanics. (Seriously!) I'll be ordering a sample pack of their product line once I've finished up more skincare. Have you tried anything from Kahina Giving Beauty? 

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P.S. Beautyhabit is currently offering a free 15ml body serum with any $65 Kahina Giving Beauty purchase. (Plus, if you haven't shopped with them before, you can request custom samples with your purchase!)



argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil*, coffea arabica (coffee) seed oil*, bisabolol, punica granatum (pomegranate) seed extract*, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract*, hippophae rhamnoides (seabuckthorn) fruit extract*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, daucus carota sativa (carrot) seed oil*, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower oil*, anthemis nobilis (roman chamomile) flower oil*, citrus aurantium (neroli) flower oil*, cananga odorata (ylang ylang) flower oil*, commiphora abyssinica (myrrh) resin extract

*Ingredient from Organic Farming

100% of the total ingredients are from natural origin; 98.8% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming

Natural and Organic Cosmetic certified ECOCERT Greenlife according to ECOCERT Standard available at cosmetics.ecocert.com


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2 Friends, 1 Lip Color: Mally Beauty Lip Magnifier in Pink Petal

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Over Labor Day weekend, my best friend came to visit me in the Bay Area, where I am currently traveling for work. We spent quite a lot of time playing with my makeup, and she fell in love with this lip crayon from Mally Beauty that I received a few months back.

*PR Sample

(Apologies in advance for the photos... I haven't had the best lighting situation in my hotel room!) 

Mally Beauty Lip Magnifier in Pink Petal

I had never tried anything from Mally Beauty, but the Lip Magnifier in Pink Petal sounded like one of those baby pink shades I'm always looking for. The formula itself is scent free, and quite smooth when applying. I like that it is even a bit hydrating, and my lips never felt dry wearing this, which is pretty awesome.

Wearing Mally Beauty Petal Pink and being silly! :)

Wearing Mally Beauty Petal Pink and being silly! :)

Of course, I had to send her home with this lip pencil because I just loved how it looked on her. On me, the pale pink leans cool, and is a bit more lilac, while on her it is the cutest peachy pink!  

Mally Lip Magnifier in Pink Petal On Her

Mally Lip Magnifier in Pink Petal On Her

Mally Lip Magnifier in Pink Petal On Me

Mally Lip Magnifier in Pink Petal On Me

Overall, I liked the formula and I'll be on the lookout for a shade that fits me better. Have you tried this or any other product from Mally Beauty? Are there any products that look totally different on you than they do on someone else? :) 


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Today Only: Space NK Autumn Beauty Edit GWP Event

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Just wanted to throw out a quick reminder that the Space NK gift with purchase event is happening now! 

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Space NK Autumn 2014 Beauty Edit Gift with Purchase

If you need to do a little beauty shopping, this is the perfect time since this gift is massive! 

This gift is available with any $250 purchase today, 9/10/14, online and in stores. And in case you hadn't seen it previously, this is the full list of items in the gift with purchase bag! 

  • Space NK Cosmetics Bag
  • African Botanics Pure Marula Cleansing Oil (17ml)
  • Algenist Overnight Restorative Cream (15ml)
  • By Terry Cellularose Baume d’Eau (4ml)
  • Cane + Austin Retexturizing Treatment Pads (5 pads)
  • Darphin Stimulskin Plus Reshaping Divine Serum (3ml)
  • Diptyque L’ombre Dans L’eau EDP (12ml)
  • Evologie Stay Clear Cleanser (22ml)
  • Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub Advanced (.35ml)
  • Hourglass Femme Rouge Lipstick in Grace (.03oz)
  • James Read Sleep Mask Tan (25ml)
  • Kat Burki Rose Hip Revitalizing Serum (7ml)
  • Kiesque Liquid Palisade (4.4ml)
  • Lancer Nourish (7.5ml)
  • Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil in Chase (3g)
  • Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser (1oz)
  • Mio Boob Tube+ Multi-Action Bust Firmer (30ml)
  • Molliderm Cream (7ml)
  • Natura Bissé Oxygen Cream (10ml)
  • Nia24 Rapid Exfoliating Serum (15ml)
  • Nia24 Sun Damage Prevention 100% Mineral Sunscreen (1oz)
  • Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream (15ml)
  • Philip B Oud Royal Forever Shine Shampoo (15ml)
  • Radical Skincare Multi Brightening Serum (8ml)
  • Rahua Hair Wax (full-size 89ml)
  • Ren Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial (15ml)
  • Rodial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel (15ml)
  • Roloxin Lift Revitalizing Facial Treatment (2g)
  • Sai-Sei Mineral Refresh Bath & Shower Gel (9ml)
  • Sunday Riley Artemis Hydro-Active Cellular Face Oil (3ml)
  • Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask (7.5ml)
  • This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray (5ml)
  • Veneffect Anti-Aging Eye Treatment (4ml)
  • Verso Day Cream (15ml)

There are quite a number of things I'm pretty excited about, such as the lip products, the generous travel size of Diptyque perfume, and This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. I know I will (eventually) try the skincare and get some use out of them too! I'm also pretty excited to see a mini of African Botanics Marula Cleansing Oil (review), and a new version of Goldfaden MD Doctor's Scrub (review for original version), two items I continue to enjoy. 

Will you be indulging in Space NK's gift with purchase event? I'd love to know what's on your wishlist, or even what you've bought! :) 

P.S. Barneys New York is also hosting a pretty stellar gift with purchase event from 9/10-9/14. See details here and plan your shopping accordingly! 

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Found Goods Market 'Homestead' Candle in Mahogany

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Whenever I'm away from home, I always look to candles to make my hotel space more cozy. A few weeks back, I picked up this candle during an afternoon in San Francisco, and I think I've discovered another perfect candle brand to love.

 As it turns out, this brand, Found Goods Market, is part of the same group that makes my much loved Volcano candle (review). No wonder I love it! 

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Found goods market homestead mahogany candle review

I love the shiny packaging of this candle, and am happy with how it burns very clean. The candle itself is soy based, and the scent is just so good. I can't describe the scent, but it is somehow fresh and warm at the same time. (Actually, it would make for a nice men's cologne. ) It reminds me of roasted nuts and fall!  

I purchased this candle at Eurasian Interiors in the Marina neighborhood of San Francisco, but I've just discovered that it is available at Nordstrom (here and here) as well. I was particularly intrigued by the scent Sundry, a fresh citrus that seemed very me, so I will definitely be grabbing that one sometime.

What candles are you loving right now? :)


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