Hello, Beauty! Whole Foods Beauty Products

Hello gorgeous! I love to say that to myself when I’m looking in the mirror. It makes me feel good. These days it’s quite true thanks to the good folks at Whole Foods Market in Bedford, MA. They  gave me an unreal beauty basket of clean, high-quality products to try out in honor of Beauty Week March 18-24. I’ve mentioned it a few times here but I really wanted to switch to natural makeup and face care products and this seemed like a perfect opportunity. Let me tell you, I’m so happy I did. My skin feels amazing and I love the products. Definitely stop in, check out the sales, and see what they offer during Beauty Week March 18-24.


To cleanse, tone, and moisturize they sent me some products from the Even Advanced line by Alba Botanica. The line is antioxidant-rich with their Marine Complex made of sea moss extracts. I’m a fan of the ocean and its positive effects on my skin so I thought this would be perfect. Here’s my thoughts:


Alba Botanica Even Advanced Facial Mask: I never buy masks or make the time to do them. It’s just not who I am. This one takes 5 minutes though, smells clean and fresh, and describes it’s self as a workout for your skin. Seemed like one worth trying it. I loved it. I feel like my skin looks brighter, clearer, and fresh after using it. It’s a rejuvenator after a long day, a sweaty workout, or a day cleaning the house.

Alba Botanica Even Advanced Cleansing Gel: I’ve been using this first thing every morning in the shower. It’s full of lather and feels so good! I definitely recommend it for a daily face wash.

Alba Botanica Even Advanced Facial Toner: This is a little thicker than I expected it to be. It also has a strong scent to it. I’m not sure if it’s good or bad. I wasn’t sure I’d like this but I do think in combination with all the other products in the line it’s worth using. I will say it makes my skin feel really soft.

Alba Botanica Even Advanced Moisturizer SPF15: I really like this. It’s thinner than most facial creams I used but in combination with the thicker toner it works well. My skin feels really soft and I don’t get a greasy or oily feeling at all. I also love that it has SPF15. I like sun protection. It’s just good for you.


I haven’t played with these products on their own but in combination they work really well. I have been using them and will continue to be using them, and would recommend you do too!


I also pretty excited to find out that I would be receiving makeup too. I’ve never really been a makeup girl. I don’t frequent Sephora or Ulta, and buying a new lipstick doesn’t really do much for me. I think it’s expensive and I get bored. I’d rather get a new top or a pair of earrings. But I do spend for the products I like and have been using Bare Minerals and Benefit products for years. Lately, I’ve been intrigued with makeup and have enjoyed playing with my look and products. The Mineral Fusion products from Whole Foods are awesome. I would have never picked up that brand on my own and I would be missing out. And you’d be missing out too. Here’s what I received and some thoughts:



Mineral Fusion face primer: This is a clear layer you put on over your moisturizer and before your powder. It’s meant to make your powder last long. This was nice and light, and goes on smooth. I have a similar product from Bare Minerals and would say this one is just as nice.

Mineral Fusion hydration mist: This is meant to be sprayed on your face after you apply your powder to moisturize and set it. I was kind of excited about this as I fight dry skin but the idea of spraying my face just was too much for me. It was really moisturizing but I thought it made my makeup feel heavy or a little oily. I think it’s nice for those extra dry days but I wouldn’t use it everyday.

Mineral Fusion concealer duo: I used the warm color and really liked this. It gives you a darker and lighter shade so you can mix to meet your needs. It stays put too which is awesome. I liked it most for red spots, and under my eyes.

Mineral Fusion mineral SPF30 brush-on sun defense: This is a great product and will be perfect for summer. You brush it on over your makeup. It’s easy and fits right in your purse.

Mineral Fusion illuminating powder: I received the radiance color. I liked this a lot. It has some shimmer to it so if that’s not your thing I wouldn’t recommend this. The darker colors are perfect for your cheeks and the light colors brighten up your jaw line. It’s also super flat and easy to throw in your purse or evening bag.

Mineral Fusion eye shadow trio: I received the diversity trio and loved it! You can do so much with the colors. It doesn’t crease or wear off. It’s perfect for a long day.

Mineral Fusion eye pencil: I receive the touch color and seriously loved this! I’m not much of an eye liner wearer but this is really subtle, and light. Like the other products it stays put. I’d recommend this for a woman looking for a subtle eyeliner. If you like something dark and bold this color isn’t for you.

Mineral Fusion volumizing mascara: I received the chestnut color and loved this! You can get some length and volume with this. It’s water proof so it takes soap and water to wash off, so if you shed a few tears you won’t need to worry. It doesn’t flake off throughout the day either which was awesome. I wear contacts so I really appreciated that. It’s worth trying.

Mineral Fusion lip sheer: I received the inspire color and also love it! I have some colors from Bare Minerals and Benefit which I really like and this was totally comparative. The color is sheer but by no means hidden. You can tell you have a lip color on, and it’s thick but not as thick or heavy as a lipstick. It’s also moisturizing too.  I’m a big fan and have used it almost everyday. I’d definitely get another color my next trip to Whole Foods!


I used all of the products in the order listed above to get this look!

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Check out what Whole Foods has to offer during Beauty Week, March 18-24. On Saturday, March 21 they are offering a Beauty Bag for $18. It’s full of $60 worth of products so it’s a great deal and a fun way to try some new things! Plus the bag itself is super cute!  I know I’m super happy I checked out what Whole Foods offers and will definitely be spending some more time in the beauty aisle in the future.

Will you check out Beauty Week?

The Space and Time of Balance

I talk a lot about finding balance here on my blog.  I’m always striving to find the right work/life balance, the perfect balance between running and yoga, spending enough time pursuing my passions and hobbies but also staying present in my relationships and friendships and that balance between being a type A but striving to be more type B.  It’s not always easy to find that balance but it’s always worth it as I like to say.

Lately I feel like I’ve really found just the right balance in my life.  It feels so good and as a result I feel less stressed and overwhelmed than I have in the past.  So what I have been doing to find that balance?  Letting go, taking the pressure off and just being.  For me that means being flexible with workouts, using the weekends as a chance to relax and have fun rather than worrying about cleaning our house and all the “to-dos”, getting plenty of rest, and focusing on relationships and the people who matter most and blogging a bit less.


I think for me the most noticeable part of this balance I’m feeling is all the things it DOES NOT include.  It does not include my crazy type A personality and to-do lists just to do.  I’ve always struggled to accept the “art of living” in our house.  All of shoes by the door, the pile of mail on the table, the open gym bag on the floor, or the laundry basket filled with clean folded clothes…all the things that make a house feel like a home have always driven me crazy.  I’ve always had to put them away and deal with them before I felt I could relax.  Now I’m not saying I’ve completely given up on picking things up but I’ve learned to not let it stress me out when I want to relax or take a few minutes for myself.  In fact, I’m kind of loving the flip-flops by the door and the life and meaning of our things.

As a result of letting go I’m finding myself feeling like I have more time.   I feel like I have more time to run, to read, to hit the yoga mat, to soak in the summer sun and to just be.  It feels good to find a slower, more manageable pace in my life and to feel like I’m nourishing my body and mind with it what it needs.  It feels like the right balance of work, fun and relaxation right now and I’m just rolling with it.  Life is full of ebbs and flows and before I know I’ll be busy and trying to find balance once again.

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How are you working to find balance in your life? What do you need to let go to find space and time in your life?