GoodeBox, Not Just Goode…but Great

Forget the goody bag, we’re all about the GoodeBox, a new sampling service with a sustainable focus. Each month, subscribers are treated to eco-friendly beauty and personal care products and the occasional natural and organic health product. Everything is good for you and the planet. The service launched in March, and judging by the box I received, it’s not just another box. The contents were curated by “green” celebrity makeup artist Kristen Arnett.

I was so thrilled to see Stark Skincare products in the GoodeBox. You may recall my obsession with this newly-launched line of skincare (here, here and here!) Other highlights include samples of Alima Pure Luminous Shimmer Blush and Powder, Clairvoyant Beauty skincare and a travel pack of Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes.

Subscriptions are $16/month. We have a feeling there is a lot more GOODEness to come based on the amazing list of eco brands listed on their website. To name a few, Tata Harper, Revolution Organics and Weleda.

What do you think?

Product Girl Green Guide: 6 Eco Beauty Must-Haves

With Earth Day right around the corner, Sunday, April 22, now seems like the natural time to share our top picks in eco beauty. All week long, we’ll be sharing our green recommendations in makeup, shower staples, skin care and more. Today, we’re bringing you our thoughts on eco-friendly makeup. Read on to find out about the perfect cheek color, an organic highlighter and the juiciest tinted lip balm that’s good for you, too.

1. Tarte gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara. Lashes are gifted with this mascara — healthier with each use and the appearance of majorly lengthened fringe (by 121% according to Tarte). Amazonian clay works to hydrate and repair lashes, and reads and treats your lash concerns giving you what you need (hence the “smart”) It’s all legit. We are huge fans of this at Product Girl. ($19, Tarte Cosmetics)

2. Josie Maran Argan Color Stick. Have you ever seen Josie demo these on QVC? Josie and her crew of models always look so radiant and healthy. That’s exactly the effect of the color stick – it brightens the complexion and cheeks are hydrated and dewy. Free of fragrance and parabens and full of essential oils, vitamin E and of course, argan oil. Rosey is the perfect shade for all skin tones, but we recommend trying them all (check out this sampler!) ($22, Josie Maran Cosmetics)

3. RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up. A foundation, concealer, skin healer all in one. RMS redefines makeup with this product, helping treat and nourish the skin where you need it most. Coverage is beautiful, all signs of sallowness, redness, blemishes and uneven skin tone are instantly gone. Blend with your fingers and watch “Un” Cover Up become your skin, but better. ($36, Spirit Beauty Lounge)

4. Vapour Organic Beauty Trick Sticks. Made with 70% certified organic ingredients and 30% natural mineral pigments and vitamins, think of these are the green version of a NARS Multiple. We like that they are tiny and can be used directly on the brow bone, inner corner of the eyes and just about anywhere you want to highlight on the face. ($20, Vapour Organic Beauty)

5. Alima Pure Nourishing Lip Balm. There’s many a tinted balms with peppermint oil out there, but we have a special spot for Alima. When you put these on, a rush of moisture fills lips and makes them looks super juicy. Not a surprise, since Alima formulates these with soothing antioxidants, organic plant oils and butters. Rhubarb is the perfect pink! ($7, Alima Pure)

6. EcoTools Mini Kabuki brushes. EcoTools uses earth-friendly, cruelty-free materials to make its brushes. These mini kabukis, part of a 4-piece set, are both the cutest brushes we might own and probably among the most used. Quality is gained with EcoTools, not sacrificed. Don’t you love when you get both effective and adorable? ($14.99,

Alima Pure: New Face in Mineral Makeup

I have always been a fan of mineral makeup – the concept of pure ingredients that would not clog or irritate skin totally gets me! However, the last time I tried to apply Bare Minerals foundation, I ended up spilling half a jar on the guy sitting next to me in the subway. “Ooopsie!” was all I could say, in the meantime I retired my mineral makeup routine until I found this new line, Alima Pure.

Alima Pure is a mineral makeup line based in Portland, Oregon. Founded in 2004, it became the 2nd company to obtain the BDIH natural cosmetics certification, a German certification for natural cosmetics. Also Alima Pure is cruelty free, never tests on animals.

I am in love with their simple, quaint sparrow packaging. They use quality jars that have just enough holes in the sifters so that the messy mineral situation is avoided. The first product I tried was the Satin Finishing Powder. This can be worn instead of foundation for those who don’t need much coverage. It comes in 6 flesh-toned shades and definitely provides enough coverage for day wear to simply ward off oily skin and even out skin tone. When applied over foundation, Satin Finishing Powder provides a flawless, airbrush-finished quality.

I was extremely impressed by the Satin Matte Blush in Pink. The jar is actually very generously sized. I spread a couple of “dots” of this color with a blush brush and achieve the most beautiful pink kewpie glow.

Alima Pure Luminous Shimmer EyelinerI was confused by the Luminous Shimmer Eyeliner in Paparazzi though. I’ll admit, I was a little intimidated by powder liner, not really sure how to apply it but I mixed some bottled water in the cap of the product, scraped a little of it onto my liner brush and applied like a liquid. I found it very hard to get a natural, straight line. Soon after, I met up with a friend and she stopped me mid-sentence to point out the rings I had above my eyes from the liner. It could be that I used too much water so the formula didn’t set right. Since the color is such a pretty sparkly brown, I’ve tried using it as a shadow and it works like a charm!

Alima Pure has a wide range of mineral makeup, most available for $1 sample jars, and if you’ve ever tried mineral makeup you know that a little goes a long way.