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12 Days of (Paleo) Christmas 2015

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2015 List of Paleo-Friendly Gift Ideas:

On the first day of Christmas…la la la la la la…

InstantPot-IP-DUO

#1 Instant Pot pressure cooker for convenient prep of favorite Paleo comfort foods.

 

Frankincense

#2 Frankincense & Myrrh essential oils for nearly anything that ails you – even kills cancer cells!

 

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#3 Red Apple Lipstick Gluten-free makeup to deck yourself out for the holidays and every day.

 

Christmas Tea  brown betty

#4 Downton Abbey Christmas Tea and Brown Betty Teapot – because Downton and tea.  Yeah.

 

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#5 Otto’s Cassava Flour and Tigernut Flour for all your GF/Paleo cooking and baking needs.

 

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#6 Bulletproof Cookbook Fuel yourself to live a kick-ass life – and enjoy it!

 

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#7 Happy Feet Toe Socks align your feet and destress your body.

 

salt lamps

#8 Himalayan Salt Lamps purify the air of electrical pollution and particles.

 

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#9 Thrive Market Membership for Paleo-friendly discounted food and lifestyle products.

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#10 Glutenza and Bulletproof Activated Charcoal Protect/recover from all those holiday parties.

 

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#11 Beeswax Candles for clean, sweet-smelling ambient light.

 

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#12 EPIC Bacon Bars & Bites  Well, because BACON!


Have a very Merry Christmas (or other appropriate Winter Holiday!)
We look forward to another year of sharing and caring with you.  🙂

 

Lego mistletoe

All of my boys LOVE Legos, so they are always on the Gift List!

Red Apple Lipstick’s Winter Collection is Here!

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Awesome new colors for the Holidays!  I got mine.

New lipstick, gloss, lip liner and eyeliner along with the existing favorite mascara, eyeshadow and lip products – you’ll be set with safe, gluten-free beauty for every occasion!

Sign up for the VIP 20% Discount and never pay retail!

I LOVE this stuff and wear it every day!

Red Apple Lipstick’s Winter Collection is Coming 11/16!

Red Apple Lipstick makes the BEST gluten-free, paraben-free safe makeup!  I’ve been a devoted fan for years and look forward to each season’s new colors.  Here they are for Winter!

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These gorgeous shades of lipsticks, glosses and eyeliners go on sale November 16th.  
Click this image to sign up to get access to the sale and a 20% VIP discount.

Check out all of their products, including eyeshadows and mascara – all gluten-free and safe!

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Spring Cleaning Time! (Part 1: the Bathroom)

It’s once again time for Spring Cleaning!

Let’s begin in the same place as our day usually starts – the Bathroom:
EWG’s Skin Deep database  rates personal care products for safety and their website also has a guide to safe household cleaners to get you started.

I personally love products from the Honest Company  in addition to vinegar, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide for cleaning, and Red Apple Lipstick far amazing safe, beautiful makeup.

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Merry Kissmas To Me!

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Today is the day!  The Red Apple Lipstick Holiday Collection is here.  You know I got mine!

 

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New Holiday lipstick colors, Hi-Def lipglosses and eyeshadows.
AND – the new gluten-free, toxin free eyeliner!

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Why Red Apple Lipstick?

1  Trusted Safety

Red Apple is a gluten free makeup company! We started life catering to those who care about the quality of cosmetic ingredients, and how they relate to your health. All products are lab tested, batch tested, and stored like gold in Fort Knox!

2  Awesome Sheens & Finishes

All Red Apple Lipsticks, Glosses and Shadows are made to truly shine! Each one has its own unique sheen and finish, one so awesome, people stop and ask, “What Is It?!”

3  Moisturizes While You Wear It

All Red Apple Lipsticks, Glosses and Balm are loaded with an all natural, but gluten free source of Vitamin E. This lipstick literally moisturizes while you wear it!

4  Can Be Worn Sheer or Full Bodied

Red Apple Lipsticks start with a natural mineral base. This unique property allows the lipstick or gloss to be applied sheer with light application. Add a layer or two more, and the color will blossom to exactly the color YOU want.

5  100% Money Back Guarantee

We understand that shopping online for makeup can be tough. We also know that “pressure” is no fun!! To help things convenient for you, every product is covered by a 100% money back guarantee!

6  Blend Lipsticks To Make Custom Colors

All Red Apple Lipsticks and Glosses are designed to be combined. Blend two lipsticks to create a new color, or blend with a gloss. Imagine always having the perfect color with only a handful of products!

7  Tastes And Smells Nice

Red Apple Lipsticks are designed to be a pleasant experience. No yucky chemical smells, no unnatural perfumes, no chemicals, but instead, a light pleasant smell and taste.

8  Great Looks, Get Compliments

Your everyday beauty enhanced! We truly desire that you feel great, feel confident, and feel beautiful every day of your life, naturally!

9  Stops “Celiac Chapped” Lips

The effects of gluten on your body are widespread, but we know one negative effect of gluten is dry, flaky, painful lips. All Red Apple Lip Products are designed specifically to end “Celiac Chap” once and for all!

10  Great Offers & Great Customer Service

We know that you love great offers, great deals, great combos of makeup , and to be treated like the wonderful girl that you are. That’s exactly how we are going to treat you. Become a member of our VIP club for even more special offers.

Merry Kissmas to us all!

It’s Coming At Last!! Red Apple Lipstick’s Gluten-Free Mascara!

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*SQUEAL!*

This is gonna be GREAT!  A virtually non-toxic, non-allergenic mascara that’s actually GOOD for our lashes.  I for one cannot wait until December 2nd!  This is just too exciting!

If you’re allergy-prone or celiac like me, you know how important this is.  Even trace amount of gluten ingested via eyes, nose or mouth can trigger an autoimmune reaction that lasts more than a week, inhibiting absorption of nutrients and causing great pain/inflammation and frustrating symptoms like brain fog and uncoordination.  For some, it can cause itching, irritation and swelling of skin and eye tissue.  Other chemical and/or allergens can do the same to non-celiacs.

From Andrea at Red Apple Lipstick:

Red Apple Lipstick has announced the release date (December 2, 2013!) of our ground-breaking gluten free mascara that’s actually designed to help lashes grow and follicles to become healthy and strong!

There is nothing on the market today that does what The Lash Project does – nothing!

“The Lash Project” will be released early December just in time for Christmas!

We’ve listened to so many women complain (myself included) about mascara that makes their eyes itchy or watery, that smudges, that clumps, that makes them have raccoon eyes a few hours later – that burns and that rips out eyelashes when they remove the mascara at the end of the day!  Sound familiar?

Jay and I spent the last few years researching what ingredients actually make all these issues happen.  And how to formulate a mascara that doesn’t cause these awful problems yet actually WORKS.

Makes your lashes look long and luxurious.  Makes your lash follicle strong and healthy.  Stays put throughout the day and throughout a sappy tear-filled movie! 🙂

We’ve developed a mascara full of healthy ingredients, intended to make your lashes full of life again!

  • Gluten Free
  • Paraben Free
  • Allergen Free
  • Soy Free
  • Corn Free
  • Toxin Free
  • Cruelty Free
  • Plasticizer Free
  • GMO Free
  • Petroleum Free
  • Vegan
  • AWESOME!


We would love your help explaining to all your lovely readers why it’s so important to wear healthy mascara – and certainly why you shouldn’t keep mascara longer than 6-9 months.
We’ve designed a special little page where they can register for the sale in December.  We need everyone to register for The Lash Project launch so we have a rough idea of how many we need to make!  

That page is: www.redapplelipstick.com/thelashproject

Don’t miss out on your chance to get yourself some of this AWESOME product!
You owe it to your eyes – and your vanity!  I’ve said repeatedly that Red Apple Lipstick products are the best I’ve ever used (gluten-free or not!) and this mascara is going to be revolutionary.  I am confident it’s going to blow all others “out of the water”.

So let’s do this!  www.redapplelipstick.com/thelashproject  

BAM! Instant Color: A Red Apple Lipstick Review

Red Apple Lipstick asked me if I was interested in doing a product review and I enthusiastically said,

“YES!  I would LOVE to!”

Since I’ve already tried nearly every pink- or red-based lipstick they’ve made to date, I suggested doing a review on their latest product line: Instant Color Lipstick.

This formula is the creamiest lipstick I’ve ever worn, providing an ultra-moisturizing smooth feel. The color is opaque – INSTANT – just as you would expect from the name.  It is pure, creamy color without shimmer or glitter.  Most mineral-based lipsticks have a “buildability” feature, meaning you can apply sheer or build the color and opacity with multiple swipes.  This formula is different from the others that way – it is more like traditional lipsticks in color intensity.  It also wears down to a “staining” on the lips, keeping the color longer.  The flip side, of course, is that you have to be careful where you put it – as it stays put.

I tried three of the six colors in the Instant Color Collection:
Lovebird, Oh My Guava and HibisKiss.

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Lovebird – HibisKiss – Oh My Guava

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Lovebird – Oh My Guava – HibisKiss

These lovely lipsticks are unscented, gluten-free, nut-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free, vegan and all-around AWESOME!

Be sure to sign up for the VIP Club email list to get 20% off codes each month – the first one arrives IMMEDIATELY (conveniently located at the upper right side of their web page).
Free shipping for purchases over $25.  Look for the many select-your-own discount packages in each category.

What are YOU waiting for?!  It’s Beauty without the Beasties!

Click on the Red Apple Lipstick image on the right side of this page to ORDER ====>

Voted BEST at GFREEK- I second that!!

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I have shared my love and obsession with Red Apple Lipstick with you all several times.
It appears I am not alone!  Red Apple Lipstick was voted the Best Gluten-Free Cosmetics Brand during this year’s GFREEK awards!

Results published in Delight Gluten Free and Women’s Health magazines (see photos).

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I just can’t rave enough about all of the Red Apple products.  Not only are they gluten, paraben and allergen-free, they are of genuinely superior quality.  I have used some very high-end expensive brands, and these lip and eye products beat them all for color, overall appearance and wear.  I truly love that my lips never feel dried out like they did with most other lipsticks, balms and glosses.  And they smell fantastic!

I love these lipsticks, glosses, balms and eyeshadows so much I became an affiliate and refer all my friends and family.  I never go anywhere without my Red Apple Lipstick!

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This is me demonstrating RED 101 lipstick and Porcelain / Iced Mocha / Espresso eyeshadows

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Ruby Slippers lipstick with Tutu Cute / Champagne \ Espresso (applied wet as liner) eye colors

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Crush On Me lipstick / Metropolis lipgloss with Tutu Cute / Porcelain / Iced Mocha / Espresso eye colors

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Pinky Promise lipstick, Cotton Candy lipgloss with Porcelain / Champagne / Espresso eye colors

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Meeting my hero, Tara Grant! French Skirt lipstick withTutu Cute / Porcelain / Iced Mocha / Espresso eye colors

Vogue lipstick, Tutu Cute / Iced Mocha / Espresso eye colors

Vogue lipstick with Tutu Cute / Iced Mocha / Espresso eye colors

 

Be sure to sign up for the VIP Club email list to get 20% off codes each month – the first one arrives IMMEDIATELY (conveniently located at the top of their web page).  Free shipping for purchases over $25.  Look for the many select-your-own discount packages in each category.

So what are you waiting for?!  Go get yourself some GFREEK Award-Winning, gluten/paraben/allergen-free, BEAUTIFUL makeup from Red Apple Lipstick!

 

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Winter Beauty Care

Baby, It's COLD outside!  (-10F)  Gee, I can see my breath.  Why can't the camera?!

Baby, It’s COLD outside! (-10F)
Gee, I can see my breath. Why can’t the camera?!

Winter has returned to Minnesota, with sub-zero windchills and frost on the porch windows.  We got lulled into a false sense of optimism by a January thaw complete with rain and patches of green grass peeking through the snow cover.

But mid-winter in the Northland is brutal, with temperatures down to the -40s, strong winds and air so cold and dry it can snatch your breath away.  It leaves normally healthy skin raw and hair charged with static, standing on end. Makes you want to hibernate until Spring!

What’s a girl to do?  Or anyone for that matter?

First and foremost, nourish your skin and hair from the inside out.  Eat foods rich in healthy fats and collagen (bone broth, avocado, bacon, ghee, coconut milk and coconut oil).  Avoid dehydration by consuming adequate fluids.  I am a huge Tea Lover and always have a tea pot on the warmer when there is snow on the ground.

As tempting as they are, avoid hot baths and showers.  Hot water depletes the skin of oils and moisture, making it more vulnerable to dermatitis.  Less frequent bathing can also be helpful.  To prevent hair static, skip the blow dryer and apply a touch of coconut oil to tame the frizzies and fly-aways.

Reexamine the products you use to clean up and care for your body.  Harsh detergents not only dry your skin and hair, but many contain chemicals that contribute to toxic burden.  Be sure to read every product label and especially avoid sodium laurel sulfates (SLS), parabens, formeldahydes such as quatermium, and other synthetic compounds.  We should avoid these always, but especially when we are under stress.  See Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep guide for product safety ratings.  Minimize the number of commercial products you use  and either make your own or eliminate their use altogether.  I like the California Baby Shampoo, Conditioner and Calendula Cream for gluten-free, safe personal care products.  Magnesium Oil makes a great spray-on deoderant that doubles as an essential mineral supplement.

A very effective and safe option for cleansing and moisturizing is coconut oil.  It can be used on face, body and hair for cleansing, moisturizing and detoxification (oil pulling).  Just rub a small amount between your hands to melt it, and apply anywhere you need moisturizing or protection.  It is naturally anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal.

Although coconut oil works really well, my FAVORITE lip balm on the planet is RALLYE Balm by Red Apple Lipstick.  I use it on my lips, under my eyes and on my cuticles.  It’s gluten-free, paraben-free and all-around fabulous – as are all of their lip and eye products!
[In the photo above, I am wearing Crush On Me lipstick and Metropolis lip gloss to protect me from these harsh winter winds.  And just for fun – TutuCute, Buttercream and Iced Mocha on the eyes, with Espresso applied wet as liner.]

Liz Wolfe of Cave Girl Eats just released her new Skintervention Guide with expert guidance to achieving Paleo perfect skin.  I highly recommend it!  She discusses the same points outlined here, but in far greater detail. (Of course!  I only have so much space in a blog post.)  She reviews nutrition, digestion and face/body care routines and products.

A key practice I had temporarily given up for convenience is the oil cleansing method, but will be mixing a new batch tonight.  This cold, dry air is just too much for my skin to compensate.  So back to the basics I go.  Hmm…I am seeing a pattern here…sugar detox, skin care change, decluttering…

Time to once again Simplify My Life.  More on that in an upcoming post!

$5 off Red Apple Lipstick!!

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Do you have a good resource for identifying “hidden” gluten-containing ingredients in foods and personal products?  It’s not just the wheat flour, but also wheat-derived colors, flavors, thickeners and binders that contaminate you.
Makeup, especially lip products are one thing most people forget about.
Tocopherol (vitamin E) is almost always wheat-derived and contains gluten, unless the label specifically states gluten-free.  Quality GF foundations, blushes, etc are available from Bare Minerals (Bare Escentuals stores) BUT know that their lip products are not GF!  I found this out the hard way.
My absolute FAVORITE cosmetic brand is Red Apple Lipstick: lip balm, lipstick, lip glosses and eye shadow (all allergen-free!) of superior quality.  Jay Harper of RAL just launched a referral program.  I signed up – and you should too!
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Red Apple Lipstick Referral Program

Give $5, Get $5 and Spread The Word About Safe Makeup!

Since I really love their stuff, I’d appreciate it if you would click on the following link to give me credit for the referral.  You will receive $5 off your first purchase at RAL.  Enjoy!
Your $5 coupon code is HERE

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