Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Desert Essence red raspberry shampoo and conditioner review.

Hey everyone! Today's topic...natural shampoo and conditioner. One of the most important beauty products in my opinion! I have medium thick, curly frizzy hair, so when looking for a natural shampoo and conditioner, I have to make sure it's moisturizing and helps with the frizz. Even though this combo doesn't say it's for curly hair, I decided to try it anyway because it's "shine enhancing", and curly hair always needs a little help in that department.

I saw a few reviews of the Desert Essence red raspberry shampoo/ conditioner on youtube, and they were all pretty good, other than saying that it smells artificial and sickly sweet. I didn't find that to be true, I actually think it smells really nice and fruity. I had used one other shampoo by this brand in the past and really enjoyed it so I had high hopes for this one too.

The shampoo has a nice lather and it feels like my hair is really clean afterwards, unlike some others I have tried. I only wash my scalp/ root area when I shampoo, letting the suds do the bottom half as I rinse them out...this is something my hair requires to keep the dryness and frizz at bay. What I love about this shampoo, is that it doesn't make my hair feel super tangly and stripped afterward,( although it is just a little tangly no matter what shampoo I use), but I also use conditioner on all of my hair besides the scalp and root.

The conditioner is my favorite of the two. For some reason I feel like there are more quality natural conditioners out there than there are shampoos. Is it just me? As soon as I apply it to my hair after washing, it feels very smooth and I can actually run my fingers through it while its wet! That's a win for me.

I am really satisfied overall with this shampoo and conditioner. Especially the conditioner! I think the shampoo could be a little more hydrating, but does a good job. I actually do see alot more shine on the upper part of my hair where I started using henna, because the rest of my hair is a little more course from where it was previously colored. I would definitely recommend it to someone who is looking for a natural shampoo to help their hair be a little more glossy looking.

Have you tried any of the Desert Essence shampoos and conditioners?
what did you think of them?



Where to buy:
vitacost.com $4.98, iherb.com $6.05, luckyvitamin.com $5.53

Water (Aqua), Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract*, Sodium Coco-Sulfate (Coconut Derived), Decyl Glucoside (Coconut and Corn Derived), Glycerin, Propanediol (Corn Derived), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Citric Acid, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Lauryl Glucoside (Plant Derived), Benzyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Potassium Sorbate (Fruit Derived), Stearyl Citrate (Vegetable Derived), Dehydroacetic Acid, Natural Fragrance (Parfum) *Certified Organic

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Glycerin (Palm), Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Jojoba Esters, Natural Fragrance/Flavor (Parfum/Aroma), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B-5), Lepidium Meyenii Root Extract (Maca Root), Yucca Brevifolia (Yucca Cactus), Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract (Comfrey), Urtica Diocia (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract (Sea Kelp), Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Water (Aqua).

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Kiss My Face Triple Action toothpaste review

Hey everyone! Since I went natural..(almost 2 years ago now!) finding a natural toothpaste is something I have struggled with, mostly because of the ingredients and also the taste. So far the ones I have tried are Jason Healthy Smile( yuck!), Earthpaste (didn't get my teeth clean enough), one from etsy that was coconut oil, baking soda and peppermint oil ( made my teeth SENSITIVE), and now the one that I absolutely am in love with, Kiss My Face triple action toothpaste!

"Brushing with great tasting Kiss My Face Natural Aloe Vera Triple Action Toothpaste gel helps prevent plaque and tartar build-up that can cause gum disease, bad breath, discoloration, and cavities. Kiss My Face Natural Aloe Vera Triple Action Toothpaste has a cool Mint freshness flavor. Kiss My Face Natural Aloe Vera Triple Action Toothpaste aids in whitening. Kiss My Face Natural Aloe Vera Triple Action Toothpaste is fortified with Co-Q10, Tea Tree, Herbal Extract, Olive Leaf Extract. Kiss My Face Natural Aloe Vera Triple Action Toothpaste is free from Fluoride and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate." -LuckyVitamin description

I got this at the beginning of Novemeber from LuckyVitamin, and I have been in love since! I had been using Earthpaste cinnamon flavor for 2 months before, and found my teeth to feel fuzzy after brushing, like they just weren't getting clean anymore. I had lots of dental work back in 2010 and I didn't want to go back for more, so I actually started using my boyfriend's Colgate every other time I brushed my teeth just to make them feel clean....I knew I had to find a natural toothpaste that worked.

After some googling, and reading reviews of various natural toothpastes, I settled on this Kiss My Face triple action, and all the reviews were right! It's amazing! It foams like a conventional toothpaste, tastes great, doesn't make my teeth sensitive, whitens, and most importantly, CLEANS my teeth! The only ingredient I'm not too fond of is glycerin, but it's not too bad so I will overlook it. I was blown away the first time I used this toothpaste, it was everything I was looking for in a natural toothpaste, from the price, to the ingredients, and most importantly, the performance.

The toothpaste isn't actually a "paste", it is a clear gel like consistancy, and you really only need a small amount to clean your entire mouth. My teeth feel really clean, and my mouth feels minty fresh after I brush, and I have no sensitivity to speak of. I have always had pretty sensitive teeth when it comes to hot/ cold foods, but I think this has actually taken it away which is pretty awesome. That is not part of the description but it definitely helped me.

 I really can't say enough about how wonderful this toothpaste has been for me, and I am definitely going to repurchase, and stock up on it so I will never have to go back to my bf's toothpaste. If you are looking for a natural toothpaste to try, I highly reccommend this one!

What is your favorite natural toothpaste?



Where to buy:
Luckyvitamin ($3.69), iherb ($4.58), vitacost ($3.69)

Glycerin, Sorbitol, Hydrated Silica, Aloe Barbadensis, Aqua, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Mentha Arevensis (Peppermint Oil), Olea Europaea (Olive Leaf Extract), Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse ChestnutExtract), Hydroxyethylcellulose, Menthol, Ubiquinone (Co-Q10), Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree Leaf Oil), Xylitol, Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Deep Steep Argan Oil sugar scrub, and lotion review.

Hey there! Are you looking for a new lotion, or body scrub with amazing natural ingredients? One that is very moisturizing, and also gently exfoliates? Well look no further because Deep Steep has got you covered!
I first heard about Deep Steep from Mary, who writes the blog Pure Makeup, and I was curious about the brand immediately. Hearing her say that it was like the natural version of Bath and Body Works is what sold me. I love body washes and lotions, etc, but it is pretty difficult to find natural brands that have scents other than lavender or lemongrass...both of which I am not a fan of!

Deep Steep is a luxurious body care band, created by Peggy and Paul Lieber, (who actually formulate all of their products), that offers tons of amazing smelling product like shampoos, body sprays, and hand soap. This is a brand that cares about the earth and your body. Their slogan is Clean. Pure. Natural. Happily, their products live up to their claim. Here is a little quote from them:

" Since anything that can be applied to the skin can potentially be absorbed into the body's system, the quality and nature of our ingredients can only be of the highest purity. Our responsibility as leaders of 100% natural formulations is to supply our customers with clean, nourishing products that perform with the highest efficay possible."


One day while I was browsing around TJ Maxx, I came across these babies and I grabbed them up! And for only around $5.00! There were actually two scents I picked up that day, warm vanilla- coconut (shown here), and lotus flower and guava, in the body wash which I will tell about another time.

I was so impressed with both of these products! Being someone with dry, thirsty, skin, I am always glad when I can find a product that does what it claims - moisturize! The warm vanilla- coconut scent is beautiful. It's a little musky, but also a little sweet, and vanilla and coconut are both two of my favorite secents.

 Both the lotion and the scrub are packed full of skin loving butters and oils such as sunflower seed oil, argan oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter. A jackpot of moisture! The scrub has a very gentle exfoliation and also leaves behind a layer of moisture which is great for me because my skin is always dehydrated after a nice hot shower! The scrub has since been reformulated and now use brown sugar as the exfoliant, but the one I have uses sucrose. The lotion is so hydrating, I take it to work with me everyday to keep my hands from getting chapped! High quality stuff for such an affordable price!

Have you tried any Deep Steep products? Did you love them?



Where to buy: http://www.deepsteep.com

organic aloe leaf  juice, vanilla planifolia extract ,coconut extract,organic sunflower seed oil, glyceryl stearate (vegan), glycerin (vegan), argan oil, caprylic acid, aroma, organic shea butter, rosemary leaf extract, organic cocoa seed butter, organic olive fruit oil, retinyl palmitate (vitamin a), xanthan gum, potassium sorbate.

sucrose, vanilla planifolia extract, coconut extract, organic shea butter, organic coconut oil, argan oil, aroma, rosemary leaf extract.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Skin care RAVE: Sassa Bella Body care

Hello lovelies! I am going to share with you something I have been using for a little over a month and it is is absolutely wonderful! I have been biting my tongue not to talk about it until I had used it long enough to review, and now I'm bursting at the seams to share it! It is organic, handmade, and LOCAL! Yup. Made right here in Kentucky...in Harrodsburg to be exact. While I'm not exactly sure where that is, I am happy that it is still so close to home. The shipping takes ONE DAY to get to me! This wonderful thing my friends, is my skincare. I came across it it in my continuing quest to include more local things in my life. The company is Sassa Bella Body Care, and it was a really pleasant surprise to find a company like this here of all places, because I have been googling my little heart out looking for natural products in my state...and coming up short. We have tons of local food, CSA's, farms, and farmers markets, but we lack natural personal products and things of that nature. Until now! Actually I have come across more since then, but that's a post for another time!

About the company:
This amazing company was started because the creator realized that though she was spending money on the "best" products to take care of herself,  what she found out is that these fancy creams and potions were actually toxic. Much like me, and other green beauty bloggers, she changed her entire life and switched to natural products and then decided to make the best quality products she could, not only for herself but also for babies, and even dogs, and horses! How cool is that?  Sassa Bella has a commitment to the environment, and only uses materials that are sustainable and good for the earth. This is a company I can really stand behind.

The entire line of products offered are everything from bar soaps, to face care, and dog and horse shampoos. All of their ingredients are outstanding as well. I purchased three products from the Ageless Skin line of products, the cleanser, toner, and face cream, and have also tried the pumpkin spice and vanilla bar soaps and I am beyond pleased with everything!

The description for the Ageless Skin line states:

"Fresh, pure and hand mixed in very small batches this line of personal care items has been created to bridge the gap between what's good for your skin and what's good for the globe! Every single item in the entire line is conscientiously created to be the healthiest choice for you and your skin as well as the entire planet! From locally sources natural ingredients to holistically grown organic components and recycled materials used in the containers it comes in at Sassa Bella we're committed to giving the best choices!"

The Ageless line is specifically for dry, or mature skin types, which I have. They are chock full of the most amazing oils, butters, and herbs you can get, so it's no wonder these products have such beautiful results. You can find everything from boabab oil to helichrysum extract in this entire line!

The cleanser is more of a liquid consistency, but also lathers really well, thanks to the decyl glucoside, but it is not at all stripping. My skin feels very smooth and supple after cleansing, and it removes makeup quite well.

The toner is made up of a witch hazel and aloe base, along with vegan hyaluronic acid, and is very soothing and quite moisturizing. It leaves you feeling refreshed but not dried out as is the result of most alcohol based toners.

And finally, the creme de la creme of face creams!!! It is without a doubt my favorite of the three products. It is very thick and creamy, and has the ingredient list you would expect from spa quality products, at less than half the price! I have seen such a difference in the texture and tone of my skin since adding this into my routine, it's just magical stuff. I will list all of the ingredients to each product down below so you can get a glimpse of all of  skin loving nutrients this company has to offer!

Really, if you are looking for a high quality, affordable, and environmentally friendly, and EFFECTIVE line of skin and body care, you should DEFINITELY check out Sassa Bella! On their website there is a coupon for 20% off your very first purchase, so that's even more affordable! Let me know if you give them a try, because I would love to see if you love this brand as much as I do!

P.S. this was all my own opinions. I was not compensated for this review. I really, truly love this brand and bought these items with my hard earned money.



Where to buy: http://www.sassabellabodycare.com/

cleanser: $12.95
Water, Decyl Glucoside, Lauryl Glucoside, Organic Aloe Vera, Vegetable Glycerin, Plant Oil Blend of: Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Apricot Kernel Oil, Organic Rose Hip Seed Oil, Organic Wheat Germ Oil, Organic Macadamia Nut Oil, Organic Evening Primrose Oil, Kukui Nut Oil, Organic Pumpkin Seed Oil, Organic Argan Oil, Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil, Organic Baobab Oil, Organic Calendula Extract, Organic Helichrysum Extract, Xanthan Gum, Certified Organic Vanilla Fragrance Oil, Essential Oils of Frankincense, Organic Palmarosa, Rosewood, Organic Patchouli, Organic Sandalwood, and Carrot Seed, Citric Acid, Vegan Hyaluronic Acid, Grapefruit Seed Extract, and Vitamin E Oil

toner: $11.95
 Organic Witch Hazel, Organic Aloe Vera, Vegan Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E Oil, Organic Vanilla Fragrance Oil, Essential Oils of Frankincense, Organic Palmarosa, Rosewood, Organic Patchouli, Organic Sandalwood, and Carrot Seed 

face cream: $12.95
 Water, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Organic Sweet Almond Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Calendula Herbal Oil, Organic Helichrysum Herbal Oil, Organic Apricot Kernel Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Rose Hip Seed Oil, Organic Wheat Germ Oil, Organic Macadamia Nut Oil, Organic Evening Primrose Oil, Kukui Nut Oil, Organic Pumpkin Seed Oil, Organic Argan Oil, Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil, Organic Baobab Oil, Certified Organic Vanilla Fragrance Oil, Essential Oils of Frankincense, Organic Palmarosa, Rosewood, Organic Patchouli, Organic Sandalwood, and Carrot Seed, Vegan Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E Oil, and Organic Rosemary Extract

Sunday, November 3, 2013

T.A.N.F. haul and swatches!!!!!

Hey guys! I had planned on doing a haul video for these goodies, but I didn't have any free time to film it. I have been off work for the past 10 days and I have been out and about, walking in some of our gorgeous parks we have here, and just enjoying not working. Instead,I thought I would just blog it! That's just as good right? This is going to be a pretty quick lil' post because so many of you already know how awesome T.A.N.F. is and own alot of their products. I just wanted to show you what I got.
 I made this order for the Diva Stix specifically because I wanted to use them to do my makeup on halloween ( I was going to be a peacock), but it stormed really bad here, and it was actually cancelled. I don't really mind that I didn't get to use them right away because I wanted them regardless. I loooove these Diva Stix so much! I can't believe that they are so affordable (under 5 bucks!!) and such good quality. I absolutely love all of the products I have tried from The All Natural Face so far, and I already have a few more things on my wishlist :) Anywho, let's move on to the swatches.

So far, I like the blues the best. The peacock blue and blueberry are both so gorgeous!!! I wore the peacock on my water line as eyeliner today and it is amazing. It makes my blue eyes stand out even more than black eyeliner.
 The camera doesn't even show how spectacular antique silver, deep sea green, and green ice are in person either...they are breath taking! I can't wait to wear them on my eyes because so far I have only swatched them. In the sunlight they both sparkle so much, and inside light I didn't even realize they had sparkle. I will definitely do a GRWM soon to show them to you. I hope you enjoyed this very short post, I just wanted to let you see how beautiful these shadows are! Have you tried any of these products? What did you think?



Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Diamond Candles giveaway winner!

Hey guys! I just want to thank everyone who entered my giveaway. I really appreciate it! There were actually 59 entries! How awesome!? Unfortunately only one person can win, and I found out this morning who the winner is! Congratulations Kaitlyn Zencka! I hope you enjoy your candle, and feel free to post some pics on my facebook page :)


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Diamond Candles reiview...and GIVE AWAY!!!

Hey guys! Do you like scented candles? Do you care about the environment? I do! If you have been following this blog for a while, you know that I really try my best to be eco friendly. Also,  I LOVE candles! I got a huge gift bag full from my boyfriend's mom this past Christmas and I have almost used all of them up. I love walking into a room filled with amazing smells like cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate, etc., you know...food smells. I was sent a candle of my choice to review from Diamond Candles, an environmentally friendly, all natural soy( no gmo soybeans here!) candle company, and of course I went right for the food scents, and chose cinnamon roll.

I was so excited about this because these candles are quite different from regular scented candles you can buy at any department store. Each one has a ring inside! The prices of these rings vary from $10- $5,000 and you never know what you will get. I have not seen anyone review this candle that got the $5,000 ring, but it's still exciting to find jewelry inside a candle.
Also they said on their website that they put the most popular ring sizes in each candle, so you don't get to pick what size you get. Luckily I got one that fit my left hand, but not my right. Each ring is individually wrapped in a small plastic bag, the wrapped in gold foil to protect them from the hot wax.
 My candle arrived in just a few days and I was really surprised at how BIG these candles are!

 They also come in a very nice glass cylinder jar with a lid and would double as a great storage container when empty. These candles sell for $24.99 each and I gotta say they are worth it!
 They burn very slowly..it took at least 6 hours for me to get down about 2 inches to get the ring so you  are definitely getting your monies worth. The scent I chose was cinnamon roll, and when I smelled it before lighting, it smelled like fresh baked Pillsbury Cinnamon rolls! After being lit for sometime though, it just smelled more like regular cinnamon, which is still ok by me!

Although the ring is pretty, it's not really something I would wear because it just isn't my style, but I think it would make a lovely Valentine's Day gift for my mom or sister or something. I really enjoy this candle not only because it is a cool idea, but also because of the fact that it is eco friendly and that is something that I feel strongly about. I will definitely purchase another candle on my own when this one is gone. Here is the BEST part! Diamond Candles not only gave me the chance to receive one of these lovely candles, but they also are giving you a chance to win one for yourself! All you have to do is enter the give away via the widget below and you're on your way! Good Luck!
 The contest will run fir two weeks.
a Rafflecopter giveaway Check out Diamond Candles here:
** Note: I was not compensated by Diamond Candles in any way for this review besides receiving a free candle. These are my very OWN opinions in this review**

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Skin Care TAG

Hey guys! I was tagged by Caitie from Naturalla Beauty to do this tag, and I'm really excited to be included! I pretty much only switch one or two things out of my routine so you may have seen all these products before. Mine may be a little boring compared to some of the other green beauty girls, but I'll do my best!

Describe your skin care routine in 5 words:
Anti-aging, easy, gentle, preventative, nourishing

What's your skin type?
 Normal/ dry. My t- zone gets oily during the day if I am dehydrated, and I get breakouts on my chin when I do get them.

What's your favorite skin care product?
Moisturizer. I am at the age for really preventing wrinkles and with dry skin, I have to stay on top of it!

Top blemish zapper:
Acure Radical Resurfacing treatment. I like to use it as soon as I start to get a pimple and it usually helps it heal pretty quickly.

Face wipes, yay or nay?
Nay. I can't find any that work with my skin. If I could, I would say YaY!

Toner, yay or nay?
Yay! Only when I feel like I need it though, otherwise I get a little dry.

High end skincare, or high end make-up?
Skin care if I had to choose. If you have good skin, you will likely need less makeup. I usually spend a moderate amount on both things though.

What's the most unusual skincare product you've tried?
Nothing weird yet! I guess the most unusual FOR ME has to be washing my face with honey. It's very new to me but I absolutely love it!

You're in a pharmacy and can only pick up one item- what is it?
Coconut oil. Most drug stores sell it these days. It makes a good body moisturizer, makeup remover, hair detangler...you name it.

Tell us you're top skin care tips:

*ALWAYS wash your face before bed. Even if that's the only time you do it per day, make it happen. You will be sleeping with everything you came in contact with that day on your face. It's prime time for zits.

*Drink plenty of liquids, that may be the root of your problem if you have dry skin or tend to get really oily. Water is your skin's best friend.

*I don't know if this is really a tip, but always test patch a new product on a body part other than your face. You don't want to be walking around with the aftermath of a bad reaction on your face.

That about does it. Wraps er' all up. ( The Big Lebowsky anyone??) I hope you liked this short and sweet skincare tag. Who hasn't been tagged yet?? You have now! Let me know in the comments if you haven't and I will tag you personally! Thank you Caitie for tagging me!


Friday, July 26, 2013

Zuzu Luxe "The Mascara" review

Hey guys! Since I am just about to throw out my mascara because it is almost 3 months old, I thought it would be a perfect time to tell you how I felt about it. Ok, this was not my FAVORITE mascara ever, but it did the job and based on the fact that it has very clean ingredients, and was reasonably priced I give it a thumbs up.
sorry about the awful pic..I'm not good at closeups!

I actually got mine on ebay for $16.00 and free shipping, but I think it is around that same price on any of the natural discount stores as well. When I first got it I was really excited because I had only used 2 other natural mascaras since my switch ( 100% pure, and honey bee gardens), and I was really looking for something that would give my lashes a little more "umph". But sadly, this was not the one to do it, which was disappointing because I LOVE their liquid liner.


 "Did it even apply anything to my lashes"? It was VERY natural looking. Which isn't a bad thing if that's what you are looking for, but I was really looking for a mascara that would give me the volume I had been missing since ditching my conventional makeup. I believe the reason for the lack of volume is that the formula is so wet when it is fresh. I actually had to let my brush set out and dry up a little before applying to make it a little bit tacky and separate my lashes enough to look like I was even wearing mascara. I also tried applying it with an lash/brow brush which did help a little with volume.


 The formula did dry up a little and I did find it gave my lashes a little more definition and I actually grew to like it. The more it dried up, the better it performed and it became a really nice mascara for "no make-up make-up" days, or to wear to work. After all is said and done, I think I would recommend this mascara to anyone who loves a subtle, natural looking make-up look. Have you ever tried Zuzu Luxe mascara? Did you like it?



I'm back on youtube! Natural Favorites | July 2013

Hey guys! As you can see from the title...I'm back to making youtube videos. The only difference is that this time it's on a new channel called NBeautyJunkie. I wanted all of my social media accounts to match and be cohesive, and before each account had different names. This channel is going to be a little different when it comes to videos too. I am going to try to do hauls and favorites videos mostly just because those things are the videos I like to see the most. Let me know if you have any suggestions for videos. Also, can anyone recommend a good quality moderately priced camera for videos? I am using a Kodak easy share and as you can see...it's not the best for videos. I hope you like my new channel!



Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Lily Farm Fresh Skin care - Seven facial Rejuvinating Oil treatment Review

Hey guys! Back in late April, I was contacted by a company called Lily Farm Fresh Skin care to select a product to review.  After browsing online, and checking out the company I was really excited because not only were there products organic....the ingredients are all grown by the company themselves! They have been around since 1986 (I was 3 years old!), and they have their own certified organic laboratory, and a USDA certified organic farm in Colorado where they make all of their own products. I don't know about you, but I really like to support companies that go out of their way to produce quality products, and really have your skin's best interest at heart. I ended up choosing the Seven Facial Rejuvenating Oil Treatment for dry/ mature skin because as I get older, I am becoming more and more interested in age prevention, and I didn't have any skincare products like this in my collection.

The description on the bottle says:

"Re-knits collagen and reduces wrinkles and appearance of fine lines"

I don't actually have any wrinkles yet, but my skin is pretty dry and dry skin is more succeptable to getting fine lines. I can't have that! When I first received the facial oil in the mail, I was impressed with the packaging. It came in a really nice glass pump bottle, and the pump was actually functional. I have had bad luck in the past with pumps, they end up getting clogged or stuck soon after I start using it, but that isn't the case here. The oil itself is quite nice too. It is very thick for a facial oil, unlike argan or jojoba oil that just soak into my skin really quickly leaving it feeling like I need more moisturizer. This stuff soaks in, and also stays put on top of my skin leaving it feeling very hydrated but not greasy. I am very impressed with this stuff! I was a little put off by the scent though, it has lavender essential oil, and smells kind of "herbally" which I am not a fan of. But after a test patch on my arm revealed no sign of irritation or lingering scent, I gave it a try on my face and the next day my skin was so soft and supple looking! It even helped repair some little red acne spots I had and helped to get rid of a few actual zits that I was suffering the wrath of. This is my only night time moisturizer these days and I couldn't be happier with the way my skin looks and feels. The redness has calmed down, acne scars are starting to fade and my skin just feels so soft and supple. I really recommend checking out this company if you are looking for really high quality natural skin care products. Have you ever tried Lily Farm Fresh Skin care? What is your favorite product?



Price: (on website) $28.99, (iherb) $23.18
Where to buy: lilyfarmfreshskincare.com, iherb.com

prunis dulcis (almond oil), aleurites moluccana (kukui oil), teriteicum aestivum (avocado oil), tocopherol (vitamin e) oil, oenthera biennis (primrose oil), essential oil of lavandula vera (lavender), rosa aff. rubiginosa (rosehip seed oil).

*** These are my OWN opinions of this product.  I am completely honest in my opinions of products I review and will never give a great review just because it was sent to me by the company.***

Saturday, July 13, 2013

BIG OOPS &my naked blog

Hey guys! I'm sure you may have noticed that something is missing from my pages. That something is pictures, and it's because I'm an idiot and accidentally deleted them. I got a new phone and this picasa album just showed up in my gallery with hundreds of pictures and and I wasn't sure what the heck it was....so I deleted it. Turns out it was every single image I had ever used on this blog, even ones I had deleted. Most of them cannot be recovered because I did not have this computer when I posted them, but I did find alot of them on my computer and I'm going to start re posting them today. Has anything like this ever happened to you? I hope you can still enjoy future posts now that I know what picasa is and there is no danger of them getting erased. ♥


Friday, July 5, 2013

No more stinky pits!! pHresh Deodorant review

Hey guys! Did you see my June favorites post yet? If not...you can check it out here. The reason I ask is because I featured this product in my June favorites, but I am going to tell you a little more about it now. I was in search of an EFFECTIVE natural deodorant because the one I have been using almost the entire time I have been using natural products (Nourish Almond Vanilla, review here) had been failing miserably at odor protection in this very humid, Kentucky summer heat. I was getting comments from the bf that I was less than pleasant smelling after work, and that's nothing you want to hear when you are getting close with your man. Something had to be done!
 So one night I was trolling on iherb.com, and after scrolling through what seemed like hundreds of deodorants I had already looked at before, I saw one that was new to me. It was called pHresh, and after checking the description I was curious. I got on Google and searched for reviews on pHresh deodorant, and every one I came across said the same thing..." it really works!" After I ran through the ingredients list (twice), and read a few reviews, I was sold and ordered the Tropical Blossom scent.

They offer five different scents: Tropical Blossom( light tropical breeze scent), Barely Sweet (light berry blossom scent), Creme Brulee (vanilla sugar scent), Phree Unscented (unscented), and Sugar Mint (minty scent). I went for the tropical blossom because the description said it smells like a tropical breeze, and I want to feel like I'm on the beach since there's no beach in Ky. The decription on the tube says:

 "Contains soothing organic aloe, along with a powerful antimicrobial ingredient that helps stop odor causing bacteria. pHresh glides on smooth and clean. 100% Natural. Propylene glycol free. Aluminum free. Chemical free. Gentle and non-irritating."

I am excited to say that it lives up to it's claims! When my new deodorant arrived, I was so excited to try it out...but unfortunately it was night time so I had to wait until the next day. Danget.
 As soon as I got up though, I showered, and applied it, and the first thing I noticed was the scent. It has a very strong scent! Like, conventional deodorant strong. That excited me. One of the problems I find with natural deodorant, is that they are usually so lightly scented, they don't mask odors as well as they could. Is it just me that feels that way? The second thing I noticed, and was not as happy about, was the packaging. It is very strangely shaped. Unlike most deodorants that are just an oval shape, this one has the regular oval but then tapers into a smaller oval at the top of the stick. The stick is also a little loose inside the tube, and wobbles around in there.

The reason I don't like this is because when you pull the lid off, the stick seems to be stuck in it, and it pulls the stick out of the tube a little. I find it kind of annoying to have to keep pushing the stick back down in the tube every time I use it, but considering the ingredients, and effectiveness, I can deal with it.  I also like that it doesn't leave white residue on my clothing like some other deodorants will (The Bubble and Bee brand was so crumbly it got all over everything!) Let's move onto effectiveness!
 If you have freshly washed/shaved arm pits, this is no doubt the BEST natural deodorant I have ever used. If you have not washed your arm pits before applying, it is still really effective, but doesn't last as long against odors as it does on clean skin. As effective as it is, in really hot weather, you might have to re-apply at least once throughout the day. I find this to be true of all deodorant though, even conventional ones. With the Nourish, I was re-applying probably 3 times a day! That's a big improvement! I am really happy I decided to try this brand out, and I can't wait to try the other scents, and I hope you will give it a try too!   Do you have a favorite natural deodorant?



Price: $7.99 (1.7 oz.)
Where to buy:

aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, propanediol, zea mays starch, sodium stearate, silica, saccharomyces ferment, stearyl behenate, carrageenan, lyceum barbarum fruit extract, clycerin, lauryl laurate, caprylic/capric triglyceride/ essential oils, leuconostoc/ radish root extract.
* means certified organic

Saturday, June 29, 2013

June Favorites! (beauty & food)

Hey guys! This is my first EVER monthly favorites post! I'm excited! I did some 2012 favorites videos before, but I've never done a monthly favorites, so this is rather new to me. I always watch other people's favorites videos and always planned on doing one, but since I don't have a youtube channel anymore, I figured I'd bust one out on blogger. I had a few beauty favorites, and also a few healthy food favorites this month so I'm going to include them both in this post. Are you ready? Ok here we go....I'll start with beauty first, since that's what this blog was originally about. :) BTW, I am trying to not order anything online these days to save money. I find when I have to pay for it in person, I am less likely to over spend, so most of this stuff came from Whole Foods, Meijer, and Kroger.


Hurraw! coconut lip balm-  I friggin LOVE this lip balm so so much! It has the perfect coconut scent, and leaves my lips super soft. I got it as an add on in an amazon order, but I ended up paying WAY.TOO.MUCH. because I saw it for $3 on iherb.com. So I will definitely repurchase this when It's gone...for $3 instead of $7 this time! (I got my friend alex loving it too!)

Acure Morrocan Argan Stem Cell+ Argan oil conditioner - Ok, so I know that this has been a favorite of mine before in my 2012 favorites vid, but it totally made it back into my life again. Thankfully! I was using the Desert Essence keratin shampoo/conditioner that I got my bf for the past couple months, and while I really liked it...it doesn't even COMPARE to this stuff. It makes my hair so silky and detangled and for curly hair, that is a miracle. I am still using the Desert Essence keratin shampoo but when I run out (which will be soon!!), I'm going back to the shampoo of this set of products. (Alex also loves this!!)

Dirt Tribe Face Toner - I did talk about this back in a video before, and I reviewed their dead sea mudmask (here) on this blog before, but I started using this toner back in May I believe and I absolutely love it. It is from an etsy store called Dirt Tribe, and it's made with aloe, rose hydrosol, cucumber extract, and citrus essential oils, and it works so well on my dry/combo summer skin. I feel like it was made especially for me! I use it on damp skin to prevent drying it out.

Acure  oil control facial moisturizer - Ok I know this says it's for combo to oily/ acne prone skin...and you have heard me say I have dry skin a million times but here's what's up. In the summer, my T-zone goes a little crazy and gets all oily, so by the end of the day my makeup is completely gone, and I am a red, splotchy mess and it looks just terrible. Not being able to find a makeup primer that I was happy with the ingredients (or price tag!), I had planned on just buying the Acure Gotu Kola day cream, but when I went to Whole Foods to get it, this was right next to it and I got it instead. It has been amazing! It keeps my oil at bay for the most part, and at the end of the day, I still have makeup on and very little redness. Not to mention that it has healed/ prevented the pimples I usually get on my chin from sweating. I am in love!

Earth Paste wintergreen toothpaste - I saw this on Lucky Vitamin forever ago and kept looking at it but never got it. Until I saw Brianna (iluvjesse444) talk about it on youtube. She sold me on it. Now it is a very popular toothpaste in the natural community and I can see why! It is absolutely great. It takes some getting used to but it really makes my teeth feel clean, and fresh, and doesn't get all foamy and run down my hand while I'm brushing like conventional toothpaste. Is that just me?? Oh well. Anyways, I love it and am about to get my second tube!

pHresh deodorant (tropical blossom) - I have just been using this the end half of June, but it is so good it has quickly become a favorite! If you follow me on twitter, you have already seen this, but I was having odor issues with my Nourish deodorant, (I don't think Nourish was made for the excessive temps that Kentucky has) and found this randomly while shopping on iherb. I googled it, as I do, when I am looking to try something new and saw great reviews on quite a few blogs. The same thing kept coming up "it works!" So I ordered tropical blossom. It really DOES work!  You need to make sure to have freshly washed pits before applying or it doesn't last as long. And even then you may need to reapply maybe once during the day. With Nourish I was reapplying over and over through the day. Also it has a strong scent that makes you feel like you are using regular deodorant! ( without the scary ingredients that is!) The packaging has a few flaws, but I LOVE LOVE it!

That's all for the beauty faves, let's move on to the tastier ones!

Citrus Zinger bottle - This isn't a food, but it is food related, and has been my most favorite item this month. It is a water bottle with a citrus juicer that attatches to the bottom, so you can have lemon/lime/orange water on the go! You just juice the fruit first (keep the lid on!) then keep one half on the juicer while you twist on the bottom of the bottle, then add water, and it adds awesome fresh citrusy goodness with every sip! I use this every day, and it really is delicious. Also it makes my skin clearer and brighter from the vitamin c!

Simple Truth unsweetened almond milk - This is by far my favorite almond milk so far. I don't have a fancy high speed blender to make my own (yet!), so until then I'm buying it. This I saw when I was just about to leave the natural foods isle at Kroger, and it was on sale 2 for 5. It is so much better than the Blue Diamond brand or even Trader Joe's that I usually get. And bonus! It doesn't have carrageenan which is being rumored to being linked to cancer.

Organic oats - I have been really loving me some oats lately! It's been a great breakfast food, and just a great snack when I don't feel like making something. It's super healthy, and filling and versatile. I know that it a weird favorite, but hey, it's still a favorite!

Tone it Up nutrition plan update: They have redone the entire program! It actually makes sense now, is easier to follow, and has way better recipes than the old version. I am actually glad I spent the money now, because before I was really disappointed in it after that huge price tag. This version has a ton of vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, and raw foods in it too. Great Job girls!

Tazo organic chai tea bags - This is my favorite thing to order from Starbucks...but I hate spending $4-$5 on a beverage that I could easily make at home. I have figured out the perfect chai latte recipe too....let me know if you want it! Anyways...I have one every day, a HEALTHY version that is.

Let's do...organic! coconut flakes : This was already my favorite brand for coconut stuff, but I usually go for the shredded coconut. Tone it Up talked about this and I was sold. It is so much less messy than the shredded! I use it in a lot of my work snacks so it is easier on me to eat it at work in the big flakes. I like to make a "salad" with granny smith apples, juice of half a lemon, and this coconut with cinnamon and let it sit in the fridge to soften the coconut. So good.

go raw! snacks : Also recommended form Tone it Up, these little snacks are soo good! I got the pizza flax snacks, and the carrot cake super cookies and they are both pretty tasty. I want to try all the different flavors they have, and every time I go to whole Foods I try another one. MMMMM. The pizza ones taste EXACTLY like pizza! I gave one to this girl at work that eats  processed food all day and even she liked them! The carrot cake doesn't really taste like carrot cake, but they are still good. Lightly sweet, slightly cinnamon-y and very carroty. Great on the go snacks for work.

Well, that's all for my very first monthly favorites. I hope it wasn't too boring lol. What were some of your favorites this month??



Saturday, June 15, 2013

Purple Prairie Botanicals Sun Stuff review

Hey guys! As some of you may know....probably most of you don't, back in May I got a pretty nasty sunburn while gardening. The sun was covered by clouds, and it ended up being a rainy day, so I didn't prepare and got burned all along my upper back and arms. Luckily it healed fast thanks to massive amounts of coconut oil and my George's Aloe spray! Anyway, that very day I got online and shopped around for the best deal on all natural sunblock. It was harder than I expected. All the natural brands only come in very tiny 3-4 oz tubes at prices upwards of $13...except for one. Purple Prairie botanicals!

 I had been eyeing this brand because of it's great ingredients (and 9.5 oz bottle) since I started my change to natural beauty products back in 2012, but never got around to trying it until I actually needed it. And take a look at the super adorable packaging!! Well here is what the website says:

"EWG top rated Sun Stuff mineral lotion will protect from sunburn and moisturize at the same time. Our formula scatters the sun's harmful UVA and UVB rays with 20% micronized zinc oxide. Our formula doesn't leave that thick white paste so common with other zinc oxide products, and is easily worked in."

Ok, sounds amazing doesn't it? I thought so too. Until I tried it. Now, it's not that it didn't work that makes me not such a fan of this sunblock...it's that it leaves me looking kind of lavender after I rub it in. How weird??

before being rubbed in. Notice the thick, pasty texture?

after being rubbed in for aout 30 seconds. still looks white to me.

I started wearing this outside every time I know I will be gardening, or am going to be out for extended periods of time ( I don't like being a lobster!), and it is really effective. That part I really like. But what I don't care for is that is is very thick and pasty, VERY white, and kinda hard to rub in. Also like I said before it leaves a white cast and makes me look a little lavender in color. I think they need to do a little reformulating to make it less whitening, or change their description of it on their website. But for 9.5 oz and only $20, this is the best price for ANY natural sunscreen I could find. You cannot find this size bottle anywhere else with such great ingredients. Would I repurchase it? Sure....but only when I won't be going anywhere. This is strictly for home use. I am still looking for an affordable, non comedogenic face spf. Any suggestions? What is your favorite sunscreen or sunblock?

- Shauna

Where to buy: http://purpleprairie.com/
** comes in 2 sizes**
5 oz  $11.99, and 9.5 oz  $19.99, also a stick form for $8.99

active ingredient: 20% micronized zinc oxide. Non active ingredients: water, organic cold pressed olive fruit oil, witch hazel, kosher vegetable glycerin, organic sunflower oil, organic coconut oil, cetearyl alcohol, shea butter, organic cacao butter, polysorbate 60 and rosemary extract.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Fitness Friday: Food ingredients I avoid

Hey guys! Welcome to my very first Fitness Friday post! I know it was uploaded pretty late, and you probably didn't see it until Saturday, but I am a nightshifter, so it was still Friday for me! I apologize for that. Anywho, todays post is going to be about the ingredients I try to steer clear of when grocery shopping, and picking out my food. Just like with beauty products, I have a list of ingredients I try to avoid in my groceries. Most of you probably avoid these same ingredients as well, but I just thought I would share my list with you. Here we go!
DISCLAIMER: I am no expert. These are just MY own opinions based on my own research of these ingredients. Please don't take my opinion as the only word on these ingredients.. I know there is evidence both for and against each of them, but I choose to avoid them myself. Please make your own decision based on your own research. If you disagree with me, and these ingredients are fine with you that's great, I just CHOOSE to avoid them.

1. soy lethicin:  I know soy is marketed as a health food, but there are dozens of reasons that tell me otherwise. Soy contains phytoestrogens, which mimic estrogen in the human body, and when your body has too much estrogen, it can lead to things like cancer, testosterone imbalance, low sperm count in men, infertility, and many other health problems. Soy also contains anti-nutrients, phytic acid, and protease inhibitors. These prevent absorption of zinc, copper, magnesium, and calcium, which are important for many bodily functions, and also block important digestive enzymes that help break down certain proteins. I REALLY try to avoid soy lethicin, but sometimes...like with my bagels, it is HARD to find some without it. I have found some recipes to make my own though, which is very exciting!

2. canola oil: Another ingredient marketed as "health food". There are varying opinions of canola oil all over the internet. It is really up to you to decide if you think it is healthy to consume or not. I believe not. Here's why: canola oil is produced from genetically engineered, or "modified" rapeseed. That's strike one! Rapeseed is naturally high in uric acid, which is responsible for causing gout. To be extracted from the rapeseed, it has to be heated and and processed with a petroleum solvent, then processed again to remove wax that occurs during the first process, THEN, it has to undergo two more chemical treatments to alter the color, and deodorize the canola oil to make it possible to consume. That doesn't sound very healthy to me. I'll stick with coconut oil!

3. msg: This is an ingredient most people try to avoid. Msg is actually a neurotropic drug! What this means is that it causes problems with your nervous system, and may lead to shortness of breath, light headedness, bloating, fatigue, nausea, blurred vision, among other side effects. I don't find it very hard to avoid this ingredient, but it is one I never want to consume.

4. nitrates and nitrites: These are most common in foods such as bacon, sausage, pepperoni's and other processed meats. I find it terribly hard to avoid these in regular grocery store meats, but Whole Foods Market carries a couple different brands that are uncured, and nitrate/nitrite free! Again, online there are varying opinions about nitrates and nitrites, and it is up to YOU to decide for yourself, but I am just letting you know why I avoid them. Nitrates and nitrites fuse with amino acids in the body( and the meats they are used to cure!), and turn into nitrosamines, which are carcinogens. They have also been linked to cancer in patients with Parkinson's disease,  alzheimers, and type 2 diabetes. That's reason enough for me to avoid them.

5. BHT and BHA: These are found in lots of foods, processed meats, like bacon and pepperonis, chewing gum, frozen pizzas( the reason I stopped eating frozen pizza!), among other places. They are preservatives that keep oils in foods from oxidizing and becoming rancid. BHT is thought to be an anti-oxidant, and may have some antimicrobial properties, and both are considered  "generally safe" by the FDA, but there is ALOT of uncertainty when it comes to the effects on the human body with either of these preservatives. That makes me wary of them. Again, it is up to YOU whether or not you regard them as safe to consume.

6. parabens: Yes, parabens are in food too! I actually saw some tortillas recently that had methylparabens while I was grocery shopping...also I saw whole chickpeas that had parabens in them. I was shocked myself. I never knew they were in food. Another reason I am diligent about reading my ingredient labels! Parabens are chemical preservatives used in cosmetics, and apparently foods, to fight bacteria and fungus from forming.

7. aspartame and saccharin: I have a friend at work that I am always telling not to drink diet soda because of this ingredient. Other people tell her as well, and I think she finally quit! Yay Alex! Aspartame is an artificial sweetener often used in diet sodas, and other "sugar free" foods, and is linked to dozens of health concerns. Migranes, neurological problems, and even cancer. I really encourage anyone who is still consuming this product to just stop immediately. Saccharin is another artificial sweetener, and has been known to cause cancer in the urinary tract and bladder of rats, also in the ovaries and other organs in humans. Pretty scary stuff! If you want something sweet, I encourage you to not worry about the calories, but just consume a naturally occurring sugar in small amounts to satisfy your sweet tooth. Raw honey, dates, raisins, blackstrap molasses, and even raw sugar are better options than chemical filled man-made sweeteners anyday!

8. artificial coloring: This is the last of them I think....I may be forgetting some. These are just the ones off the top of my head that I avoid. Artificial coloring is a tough one to avoid if you like sweets, or anything processed. How do you think companies make their packaged foods look so appetizing and beautiful? Food coloring. Anything that says "FD&C" OR "lake" next to it are artificial colors and are found in food and also cosmetics! These fake colorings are actually derivitives of coal tar and petroleum...that's just what we want to put in our food or on our skin! How wonderful. Most if not all of these artificial colors have been linked to cancer and should be avoided ESPECIALLY by children.

9. High Fructose Corn Syrup: I'm pretty sure you have heard about the dangers of consuming this ingredient. It's a HIGHLY processed sweetener derived from corn (mostly gmo!), it increases your risk of weight gain and obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Has been linked to high triglyceride levels (bad cholesterol), causing hypertension, heart disease or stroke. Is hard for your liver to process causing damage to your liver, and HFCS even contains high levels of mercury! High mercury exposure can cause brain and nervous system damage!

10. Agave Nectar: Just like HFCS, Agave is basically just pure fructose. It has many side effects similar in nature to HFCS such as high triglycerides, insulin resistance, and even cardiovascular disease.

Well, that is all for my list of nasty ingredients...unless I think of more later, then I'll update! It is up to you as I said like 50 times by now, which ingredients you think are ok for you to eat, but I have read lots of info that tells me that I don't want to consume any of these I mentioned in this blog post.
Do you avoid any of these ingredients? What are some others you avoid?
~ Shauna

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Product review: Everyday Shea Unscented Shampoo

Hey guys! I hope you are doing well! Today I am reviewing a shampoo that I have been using for about a month, as a replacement after I ran out of my favorite shampoo, which is the Acure Organics Morroccan argan one. The reason I ended up trying this one from Everyday Shea is because, A.) it was the same price as the Acure but TWICE the size, B.) it had NO bad ingredients, only just 6 total! and C.) it had no fragrances or perfumes or essential oils or any of that jazz. I was really looking forward to trying this shampoo not only because of the above mentioned reasons, but also because If you have watched my 2012 hair care favorites video (here), then you may have heard me mention how much I loved the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative shampoo and conditioner, until I found out about the parabens in Japanese honeysuckle. This seemed like a really good dupe for that shampoo....minus the Japanese honeysuckle. I was immediately drawn to it for that reason. So I ordered it and luckily got it just in time as I ran out of my Acure shampoo! Now let's get into it. The Everyday Shea brand, is made by Allafia, who under their own brand name make natural haircare and bodycare items, but this is specifically just shea butter products. FAIR TRADE shea butter at that!

The description of the shampoo on the bottle says:
"Gentle, creamy shampoo formulated with moisturizing, Certified Fair Trade unrefined shea butter, cleansing virgin coconut oil, and anti-oxidant shea leaf extract cleans thoroughly without stripping hair's natural oils. Unscented for sensitive individuals. Carefully formulated for everyday use on all hair types"

My first impression of this shampoo after I first used it was kinda iffy. It comes out kinda gooey and liquidy like really thick hand soap. But like the bottle says, there is no detectable scent, just pure shea butter smell.

After my very first use, my hair felt gunky and stuck together and hard to comb through when it was wet, but then after it dried my hair was really soft. I wasn't sure how I felt about it actually. Then I used it a few more times, and the gunkiness started to go away, maybe it was just residue from the jojoba oil I put on my ends or something. After the 3rd or 4th time washing my hair with this shampoo, I decided to actually wash all the way down to my ends, instead of just washing my root/scalp like I usually do (it makes temporary bright red color stay in longer) and it did the trick! My hair was really clean and not gunky at all. It is VERY moisturizing, not as soon as you rinse..it feels kinda tangly, but after you condition and then rinse you can actually run your fingers through my tangly ass curls. That's saying something. My bf actually has used it as well and says he likes the way it makes his hair feel. So, is it a complete dupe for Shea Moisture? No, but it has some similarities and I do really like it. I hope you enjoyed this review! Have you tried any products from Everyday Shea? What is your favorite shampoo?


price: $9.79  (32 oz.)
where to buy:

Shea leaf (Butyrospermum parkii) eaxtract (aqueous), Shea butter soap (saponified shea butter), and virgin coconut oil( cocos nucifera), cocamidopropyl betaine, decyl polyglucose.

UPDATE: June 29, 2013
Though this is a good shampoo for cooler weather...my hair hates it in warm weather. It makes it super oily way quicker than usual and it feels kind of sticky. It is FANTASTIC for shaving though! It makes your legs/ armpits really smooth. It also makes a GREAT makeup brush cleaner...which are the only things I use it for now.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

C.C. Pollen Royal Jelly Skincare with Honey Foaming Cleanser REVIEW

Hey guys! Long time no see! I know it's been a while since my last post, but with my schedule, I have to just blog whenever I can find the time. And today I actually have some! Hooray! If you follow me on twitter, you may have seen me post about buying this cleanser sometime in march, and I think since it has been about a month using it, I have seen enough of what it can do to review it. Here goes!
What it is: C.C. Pollen Royal Jelly Skincare with Honey Foaming Cleanser

This is an all organic, foaming cleanser, that is supposed to be very nourishing, hydrating and great for dry skin, with added benefits of honey, and royal jelly. The box has little descriptions of the benefits of honey and royal jelly on the skin, and both are supposed to help make your skin more supple, hydrated, and younger looking. I gotta agree with thsese! I have noticed less dryness, and more suppleness in my skin since starting using this cleanser, and that is saying something because I usually have very dry skin!
This cleanser is made up of saponified coconut, olive, and sunflower oils, all of which are fantastic for dry skin like mine too! It is a foam cleanser, so it has a pump on top. With some foam cleansers I've tried,  the foam was really thin and watery, and didn't really cleanse anything off my skin. That is NOT the case here. This foam is very thick, and rich feeling on the skin...almost creamy! It doesn't disappear when you start rubbing it in either, it actually stays thick and creamy until you rinse!

If you wear a lot of foundation, you may have to cleanse then tone, because it doesn't take all of your foundation off. That is the only thing about this cleanser that I find disappointing. Also I don't suggest using it on your eyes (which I never do with any cleanser anyway, I stick to jojoba and a cotton ball!), my sister actually used it on my birthday when she came over and put it on her eyes and said it burned them. Other than on the eyes, it is very gentle and hydrating so I don't mind taking a little more time and working it in to really get all my makeup off. It actually suggests using a toner in the directions. I like to wet my face with warm water, and actually work that around on my face before cleansing, just to loosen up my makeup before my cleanser. Then I rinse it and apply the cleanser, and massage it around over my face until I feel like it has really gotten everything off, then rinse. Instead of toner I just splash my face with really cold water to close up my pores. I am VERY pleased with this cleanser so far! It is really hard for me to find a cleanser that is suitable for dry skin, and won't strip it even more, or break me out. This one has really helped get rid of some of the redness I usually have as well! I think it is because there is chamomile, and calendula extracts in it and those are supposed to be very calming to your skin. There is also vegetable glycerin, which helps with keeping your skin hydrated. I think I am going to repurchase this after I use it up because I am so happy with the result...that actually hasn't happened to me since I went natural! I usually just switch to something else because I couldn't find one I liked, but I really like this one! I hope you enjoyed this review!
What is your favorite cleanser?


Purified water, organic saponified vegetable oil ( coconut, olive, and sunflower), vegetable glycerin, honey, essential oils, panthenol, organic chamomile extract, organic calendula extract, royal jelly.

where to buy: iherb.com 
4 oz.  $9.35

Monday, March 25, 2013

10 Products I Would Re-purchase TAG

Hey everyone! Todays post is a little different. It's part of a collaborative blog post started by the beautiful Brianna (Iluvjesse444), who was nice enough to invite me to be a part of! Thank you Brianna! This "10 things I would repurchase" collab is based on a youtube tag that was going around, which was about things that you would repurchase if you lost all your makeup and you had to buy them again. I had a tough time picking 10 things, just because I don't really have a variety of things I use...I pretty much stick to the same skincare/ makeup year round. So I decided to pick the ones I use most often, and some I was almost out of that I would like to repurchase when it was all gone. Here is what I picked:

1. Acure Organics Argan Oil - All the natural bloggers/ youtubers have raved about this argan oil, so when I ran out of the Aura Cacia brand I was using, I bought it. Now I am obsessed. I love that it's in a dropper so it's easy to apply, and it makes my skin so soft.

2. 100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream - I have been using this for over a year, and still have a little left in the tube, so you definitely get your money's worth. Also, it smells like cocoa butter and coffee and I kinda wanna eat it! It also gets rid of puffiness I have when I wakeup, and it very moisturizing under the eye where I tend to be dry.

3. Desert Essence Organic Jojoba Oil - This stuff is so muilt-purpose, I don't know how I ever lived without it! I use it as eye makeup remover, moisturizer, hair serum and detangler. It very good for sensitive, dry skin like mine and doesn't break me out. Love it!

4. Nourish Almond Vanilla Body Butter - Hands down the BEST. BODY BUTTER. EVER. It keeps my skin hydrated ALL day, even in dry factory air with pants rubbing against my legs all day. This is the only moisturizer that has ever done that for me. It smells like vanilla ice cream too so that's a bonus.

5. OhSudz Blemish Cover-Up (Yellow Base)- Miracle worker! It literally covers everything. I use it for dark circles, acne marks, redness around my nose...basically anything you wanna cover it will cover it. This brand is made for sensitive, acne prone skin, so it will not break you out. It leaves a dewy finish too, so it doesn't really look like you are wearing concealer. I can't live without it.

6. 100% Pure Lip/ Cheek Tint (Pink Grapefruit) - The perfect pink for my cheeks! It is sheer, and gives you a glow instead of looking like you are very embarrassed, or wearing blush at all.

7. Every Day Minerals Jojoba Base( Bare) - For a mineral foundation, this is the best brand I've ever tried. Some say it is too orange on their skin, but I don't find that a problem. It gives a nice full coverage, and doesn't get cakey on me. It looks very natural.

8. Honeybee Gardens Eyeliner (Jet Set) - My only eyeliner. It's very pigmented and creamy, and it does smudge a little...but the ingredients are so amazing I can deal with it. Plus, I like a little rock n roll eyes :)

9. Love & Toast Lip Glaze ( Prep School) - I fell in love with these at first sight. I have four of the six shades and they are fantastic. They are very pigmented for a gloss, and very moisturizing. They also smell and taste great.

10. 100% Pure Black Tea Mascara - This is my favorite mascara ever. You cannot get more natural than mascara colored with tea pigments! It is very lengthening, but not thickening, and it doesn't irritate my eyes at all which is great for me! That was always a problem with drugstore brands. Also, have you seen the packaging? Gorgeous.

Thanks again to Brianna for letting me be a part of this collaborative blog post with other bloggers that I admire! It was very exciting for me! I hope you enjoyed this post!

What are your items you would repurchase??


Raw Skin Ceuticals B.B.Matte Creme Foundation spf 20 SWATCHES & mini review!

Hi guys! If you follow me on twitter, you have heard me talk about this foundation at least twenty times, and that I liked it so much I ended up buying the full size. This post though, is just going to be showing you the swatches from the five samples that I got to test out, and also a little info about the foundation its self. This way you can get a clear picture of what they may look like on the skin. I ordered the custom sampler direct from Sarah, the co-founder of Raw Skin Ceuticals via email, ( which is the only way to get it), and I got 3 neutral shades and 2 warm shades to try because my skin is kind of in the middle of these. Let me first tell you about the foundation, and talk about the ingredients and all that jazz first...then I'll move on to the swatching! The website says this:

Mica free, talc free, silica free, bismuth free, fragrance free, and chemical free.
S.P.F. 20 B.B. formula
Clean matte finish
Provides medium to full coverage
Antioxidant and vitamin c herb complex
UVA/ UVB protection combats signs of age
Protects against toxins and bacteria
Hydrates and evens tone

This foundation comes in 3 tones, cool, neutral, and warm. The shades range from 101(very fair) to 108 (very dark). I ordered N101, N102, N103, W101, and W102. I only wanted to try the 101 and 102 shades but I needed 5 to get the sampler so that's why there is the 103...it's WAY too dark for me! When I first read the ingredients, and the back story of how the company was started, I was immediately drawn in and wanted to try everything I could get my hands on, just because it was the cleanest makeup I've ever seen, ingredients wise. So I decided to just start with the foundation, and if I liked it I would move onto the other products.
The samples came in an acrylic jar, and were actually quite large for a sample! There is enough for about a week of wears, for me anyway!

Ok, so the foundation has a slight herbal scent, but not that noticeable, and not at all when applied to your skin. It goes on like a thick cream moisturizer, and blends pretty well. I applied it over 100% Pure night balm, so it made it a little harder to spread, but left it dewy instead of the matte it is supposed to be,(which I prefer). It covers VERY well, I was actually really surprised with the coverage. I guess I shouldn't have been because the description told me it was, but I'm always a skeptic.

from top left: N1,N2,N3
bottom left: W1,W2

The swatches I did on my arm actually blended so much easier than on my face, with hardly any effort, because there was no moisturizer on it. The description of this foundation was pretty accurate with the coverage, and the finish it gives, and about it evening your skin tone...it does all these things! The only thing I didn't find true was the hydrating of the skin. Mine got pretty dried out as the day went on, and by the time I got off work my skin was dehydrated. It could have been the air in my building, or maybe not drinking enough water that day, either way I had to re-moisturize.
I did end up finding a perfect match for my skin though, which was very exciting! The color that I ended up finding the best was W102, and it is actually a dead match for my Ohsudz concealer! That was amazing because that is my holy grail makeup item.

From left: W2, W1

from left: N1, N2, N3(blended)

Other than the slight dehydration...which could have been anything, I really enjoy this foundation. I'm glad I got to test it out before I bought it, and when I bought the full size it was actually on sale on Abe's Market for $4 less, so that was even  better. I hope this little review was helpful if you are looking into trying Raw Skin Ceuticals crème foundation, and let me know if you give it a try!


full size: 1 oz $22.00
where to buy: Lucky Vitamin, Abe's Market, Raw Skin Ceuticals

aloe barbadenis (aloe leaf juice), rosa rubginosa (rosehip seed oil), garcinia indica (mango butter), cannabis sativa (hemp seed oil), calophyllum inophyllum (tamanu oil), cucurbita pepo (pumpkin seed oil), oenothera biennis (evening primrose oil), persea gratissima (avocado oil), cetyl-stearyl alcohol, proprietary vitamin C herb complex blend: glebionis (chrysanthemum), helisso chrysos (helichrysum flowers), citrus sinensis (orange peel), rosa canina (rosehips), euphrasia officinalis (eyebright), malpighia glabra (acerola cherry), galium aparine (cleavers), l-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) preservative blend: potassium sorbate usp, citric acid mineral oxides for color