Secret Green Santa 2014: Gifts from Jasnira of Jaguar Zinnias.
This past holiday season, I had a lot of fun participating in two lovely green beauty swaps.
Today I’ll be featuring my gifts from the Secret Green Santa (#SecretGreenSanta), which was created and organized by Yeiza from Boho Chic Meets Organics. Signups began back in August and each Santa was given an assignment in October. Of course, despite having two whole months to shop, I still waited until the last minute ;)
As the first swap of its kind, only five other beauties participated, including Yeiza, Ru, Shirley Anne, Jasnira, and Linda. To see what everyone else received, check out the link love at the bottom of this post (or just click their names in the previous sentence)!
Despite the small turnout, I think Secret Green Santa 2014 was a great success and hopefully next year the pool will be a little bigger (if Yeiza decides to continue the tradition)!
On a side note, Ria from NatuRia Beauty has been running swaps since 2013, so I was excited to finally get in on that action as well! Keep an eye out next month for my Christmas Green Beauty Swap (#GreenBeautySwap) post, where I’ll be sharing the awesome goodies I received from (*spoiler alert*) Heather over at Eco Diva Blog. Yes, I know it’s late, but I want to be able to share my first impressions ;)
Disclosure: All of the items mentioned below were chosen by and sent to me from my Secret Green Santa! The organizer of the Santa swap (Yeiza of Boho Chic Meets Organics) set each budget at $35 (not including shipping). I took all photos appearing in this post. Links are NOT affiliated and I am in no way being compensated from the highlighted companies for writing about these gifts.
Instead of getting paired with another participant, this swap ran much like a traditional Secret Santa. Yeiza tossed all of our names into her trusty mason jar and each gal then received one name, as well as a little bit of information about the person she would have to shop for (like skin type, allergies and/or ingredients to avoid, and a wish list of 5 brands). Our Santas remained a secret until packages were nearly ready to ship and we needed to contact one another for mailing addresses!
This particular swap was open internationally. Gifts had to be sent out between December 1 and December 16, 2014 via priority shipping (preferably with tracking), so the boxes would (hopefully) arrive in time for the holidays. The budget was set at $35 (not including shipping) and all products had to be free of nasties.
Santa Reveal & Gift Introduction
I was Santa to Linda, which was both fun and challenging! I had no idea if she was a blogger or vlogger, or if she had any social media accounts, so all I had to go on was her skin type, the fact that she couldn’t use anything with geranium oil, and her list of 5 brands! I’m happy to report that I ended up choosing products she had not yet tried. Success! If you are on Instagram, check her out and give her a follow.
My Santa turned out to be a blogger I had not yet discovered, but I’m glad I got the chance to meet her! Jasnira of Jaguar Zinnias does not consider herself a natural beauty blogger, but describes her site as a “collection of musings on cruelty-free beauty, fashion, art, and travels.” Her blog is lovely and fun to read, so if you are looking for something a little bit different, add her to your bloglovin’ feed.
I ended up receiving my package from Jasnira on the first night of Hanukkah, so the timing was perfect! I have tried each of these products a couple of times since opening the box, so I’ll give you my initial reaction and first impressions, as well as the list of ingredients and EWG rating. Keep on reading to see what I got!
My Initial Reaction & First Impression: “Look mom, it’s The All Natural Face!” Of course, my mom had no idea what I was talking about, but I know you do! Although the company offers a ton of products at a very reasonable price point, I didn’t get around to purchasing anything myself in 2014. I attribute this to my indecisive nature, as the site has TOO many options for me, so I was really excited to see this brand in my box!
This particular product interests me because I haven’t been able to find an eye primer to rival the one I have from tarte. I haven’t been in a rush to replace it because I don’t wear eye shadow every day—in fact I probably only wear shadows about once every 3 months.
Initially, I wasn’t quite confident about the ingredients because there are a few I don’t always like to use and a couple I didn’t recognize. But, I figured I’d be running a Skin Deep report anyway and didn’t want to write this one off without further research.
After the report, I found the primer to be a 2 on EWG, so, not too bad! The use of Ceteareth-6 Olivate runs the risk of enhanced skin absorption and cross-contamination, however I would only be using it on a rare occasion, so I’m not super concerned. If I were to wear eye shadow on a daily basis, I would probably find another option.
I haven’t gone anywhere recently that warranted a full eye look, but I did try the Magic Eye Primer with a cream shadow sample I got from Au Naturale. It is hard for me to gauge based on one use, but it seemed to keep everything in place and I didn’t notice any creasing. I’m sure this bottle will last me quite a while, so I have lots of time to test! I also tried this as a concealer for the dark circles under my eyes and it worked well enough. Most products accentuate the bags I’ve developed, so most of the time I just leave well enough alone. Because of the Ceteareth-6 Olivate, I most likely would not use this primer every day as a concealer, but I’m happy to test it a few more times and report back if you guys are interested in the results. What I like most about this product is that it isn’t super tacky and it dries quickly and smoothly.
Note: For all beauty reviews, you will find color-coded product ingredients based upon their ratings on EWG (I build reports for each product). Green ingredients scoring 0-2 are low hazard. Orange ingredients scoring 3-6 are moderate hazard. Red ingredients scoring 7-10 are high hazard. Please visit my Ingredients to Avoid page for further information and potential concerns regarding specific ingredients.
Ingredients: Purified Water, Glycerin, Mica, Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide (sunscreens), Organic Jojoba Oil, Squalane Oil, Boron Nitride (mineral), Ceteareth-6 Olivate (olive based emulsifier), Xanthan Gum (co-emulsifier), Cosmocil CQ (preservative), and Potassium Sorbate (food grade preservative).
The overall EWG score for the Magic Eye Primer is 2.
My Initial Reaction & First Impression: “Yes! I wanted one of these!” I was really excited to see a sleek black blush compact in my box because even though I had provided a “wish list” of brands for Yeiza to pass on to my Santa, I didn’t actually list any specific products. Jasnira must have read my mind because the cream blush compacts are what drew me to TANF in the first place! I originally heard about this product (and the company) on YouTube from Brianna about a year ago and then watched some newer videos that Rachel posted more recently.
I am impressed by how substantial the compact feels, especially when compared with how affordable these are. Also, this product can be used for both lips and cheeks, which is an added bonus. The color Jasnira picked out, Everyday is a Good Day, is not one I’d choose for myself, but isn’t that why we love gift swaps? It is actually a tad intimidating for someone as pale as I am, but it is a lovely soft color when blended out on the skin :)
I do love me some orange lipstick, however I always tend to shy away from orange looking blush. For some reason, I think it will give me that fake, over tanned hue, but I’m really happy with this color. On my skin, I get a very nice matte sun-kissed look—it is more of a coral with a hint of peachy pink rather than a true orange. Just goes to show that the color in the compact is hardly ever the color that appears on your skin. Peach/orange/coral blush, I’m sorry I ever doubted you!
I think this shade would be gorgeous on slightly darker complexions and surprisingly beautiful on most fairer skin tones. As I normally lean toward rose and bubblegum pinks, this one is a nice change. I’m not sure if I will end up reviewing this on its own, but should I end up purchasing a few more in different matte and shimmer colors, I’ll surely share them as a collection. Thank you Jasnira!
Ingredients: Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Argan Oil, Candelilia Wax, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Boron Nitride, Oxides.
The overall EWG score for the Vegan Matte Cream Blush is 1.
My Initial Reaction & First Impression: “What’s in this little black and gold pouch…oh! Is this what I think it is…yesssssss, I love it!” No, I’m not making these quotes up. And if I didn’t say this out loud, I certainly said it in my head :)
Anyway, I had put the Gressa lip boosts in Radiant and Aux Rouge on my holiday list this year, but didn’t get any from my family (*hint hint*), so I’m thrilled that Jasnira somehow knew that a lip boost was exactly what I wanted! It seems like she knows me, without knowing me. Creepy or awesome?
Again, bare is not a color I would have ever in a million years purchased myself. I wasn’t sure I was going to like this shade because I am not usually one to bother with lip color that is very close to my actual lips. I’m very much a bright lipstick gal no matter the situation. But, I don’t have any “my-lips-but-better” nudes, so perhaps this will end up being the one and only.
Just like the cream blush, I am very happy with this gift choice. The lip boost does exactly what it advertises. It feels like a balm and looks like a gloss! And, since I love lip balm and hate the sticky shiny look of glosses, this is the perfect solution for me. As an added bonus, this boost can also be used as, you guessed it, a blush! I haven’t tried it on the cheeks yet, so I’ll have to report back on that one.
The color is a little less rosy than my lips, but works with my skin to give the perfect amount of subtle shine. This will definitely be my go to for a minimal makeup day. It is perfect if you are the type of person to dab on some lip color to go to the gym or the grocery store. I can also see myself wearing this on under-the-weather or allergy days, when the last thing I want to do is bother with a full lipstick color. Another great choice!
Ingredients: *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Seabuckthorn Seed Oil, *Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Non-GMO, Mica, Iron Oxides.
The overall EWG score for the Lip Boost is 1.
Thank You, Jasnira!
Last, I want to send out a huge thank you to Jasnira for picking out wonderful products for me. I know how challenging it must have been for her to find gifts without my many allergens, so I’m super appreciative of the time and thought she put into my package. I love that she chose a very minimal makeup theme, as I can wear all of these products together with just my concealer and a little foundation. Once again, if you’ve never visited her blog, Jaguar Zinnias, please show her some love now! Also, thank you to Yeiza for running the Secret Green Santa 2014!
Purchase The All Natural Face
Buy on The All Natural Face website
Purchase Gressa Skin
Buy on the Gressa Skin website
Have you tried any of these products? If not, which one(s) are of interest to you? Let me know in the comments below!
♥ Link Love: Check out the beauties of the 2014 #SecretGreenSanta! Read Secret Green Santa Swap 2014 on Boho Chic Meets Organics, What I Got For Christmas on Short, Small, & Sweet, and a belated but elated #secretgreensanta post on Jaguar Zinnias. Also, visit Shirley Anne of Non Toxique Voyage on YouTube and Linda on Instagram @lindalouk16.