Soap And Glory Melty Talented Dry Skin Balm; Review

Hello, my loves!

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I hope your weekend is going well so far. I have had one of the best weeks I have had in a long time! Anyways, I thought today I could bring you another quick review. It is on the Soap And Glory Melty Talented Dry Skin Balm.

I bought this balm a few weeks ago and I have really been enjoying it ever since. The Melty Talented is a pink colored balm, which has a solid consistency at room temperature but once warmed up against fingertips, it turns into a soothing oil. It claims it is for dry lips, hair tips, elbows, knees, and cuticles.

I  have mostly used it on my knees and elbows and I can say it is a very fast acting oil for dry skin. I have chronically dry skin when seasons change and this has prevented me from having to layer on thick creams which takes a lot more time to rub in usually. With this balm it rubs in instantly and there isn’t even too much of a greasy feel to it either. The smell is amazing and is a warm, vanilla cupcake scent. This product retails for $6 USD for 1 o.z. (a little goes a long way) and can be found at Walgreens or on Soap and Glory’s website.

I can recommend this product to anyone who wants soft, great smelling skin, at a fair price. I love Soap and Glory, and often feel the brand is not always given recognition even when their products are stellar!

Well, I hope you enjoyed my review and if you have any Soap and Glory products you can recommend I would absolutely love to hear about them! So, leave them in the comments!

Until Next Time,

Julie

Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo Review

Hi, my loves. I wanted to do a quick review of the Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo.

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The Aveda Shampure is a dry shampoo which is meant to instantly refresh hair with a clam aroma. It comes in a powder form, and you are supposed to dispense the product directly onto the roots of the hair and then massage gently until the powder is dissolved. The packaging is very unique. You simply maneuver the top mechanism until the dispenser is showing and then squeeze the container lightly and it will allow just enough product to come out so you won’t be wasting product. It also keeps the powder fresh and free from any contamination.

The cost fo the Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo retails for $31 USD and you are receiving 2 oz of product.

I honestly think this is one of the nicest dry shampoos I have tried and I have tried many. The smell alone would make me purchase this again, but the product itself is a miracle for second and third-day hair. This dry shampoo will make any oil in your hair disappear and you will be left with wonderful smelling hair. It does not leave a chalky or white residue either. In my opinion, this product even leaves extra volume in your hair.

For reference, I have thick, curly, voluminous hair and it is not difficult to work with this product even with having tons of hair which is great! I think people who have fine hair will enjoy this product as well because it is a natural based product and does not have any extra additives that will weigh their hair down.

If you are looking for a dry shampoo that does as it says, I would look into getting the Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo!

I hope you are all having a lovely Wednesday!

  • Julie

Good Chemistry: Wild Child Perfume Review

Hello, my dear ones!

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Yesterday I posted an overview of lavender essential oil. Today, I’m going to be talking about a perfume which is formulated with essential oils. The brand is called Good Chemistry and can be found at Target stores.

Good Chemistry is a new line available at Target and is vegan and cruelty free.  They are also paraben free and dye free as well as aluminum free and phthalate-free. All their perfumes and body sprays are fragranced with essential oils which is something I am glad the market has available these days. The brand carries different perfumes with cute names like Brainiac or Queen Bee. I find the whole packaging to be very modern and cute.

The specific perfume which I’m going to be talking about today is the Wild Child perfume.

Wild Child’s label says “Mischievous and Bright with Looks To Match”, and it is formulated with notes of bergamot, coconut,  and bamboo. I can totally smell the coconut in this fragrance, but it is not overpowering to the point where it smells like sun oil. I can also smell the spicy floral and freshness of bergamot and bamboo. Together the smell of this perfume is quite strong when you initially spray it or even are just smelling it through the applicator but once it is on your skin, it is the warmest, floral scent! I would typically wear this scent during the warmer weather, and definitely if you are going to the beach or an outing where you’ll be enjoying a sunny day.

Wild Child perfume retails for $25 USD for 1.7 fl oz but can be found in a body mist for $13 USD for 4.25 fl oz. These also come in rollerball form!

If you are planning on purchasing this perfume I would definitely go in-store to smell the range before you purchase. I can say this fragrance is definitely something that not everyone will like just because it does have essential oils in it, which some people may not be on board with a particular one.  I’ve found that this brand seems to have a great variation on what each perfume smells like on, as opposed to just spraying from the bottle.

Overall, I think these are really unique, environmentally friendly fragrances which have a large range of scents to choose from and I really do like the Wild Child one but as said, it may not work for everyone. I encourage anyone to stop in and smell these even if you just want to see what they’re all about!

I hope this review provided some insight on the Good Chemistry Wild Child fragrance. I honestly am just very proud of companies like this that are coming out with options which aren’t so toxic to our bodies and our earth.

If you’ve tried one of the Good Chemistry perfumes or sprays, let me know! I seriously would love to get another since I’m almost out of my Daydreamer one.

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend thus far, and I’ll be back tomorrow!

Until Next,

Julie

Safe Sun: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Sunscreen Review

Hello, my loves!

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The weather is warming up and we all want sun protection anyways on an everyday basis, so I thought I’d review the new Neutrogena Hydro Boost Sunscreen.

I’ve been using this product for about four weeks now, and it has completely changed the way I look at facial sunscreens. Some of you may have used some of the hydro boost products from Neutrogena in the past, like their gel moisturizer which is particularly popular.

This sunscreen is on the similar texture as their gel moisturizer. It is a thin consistency formula with major hydrating properties.  I like the fact that you can apply this sunscreen and it will easily absorb into your skin instead of sitting there wondering when it ever will.

As for the actual protection, it comes in SPF 30 and SPF 50, and it provides UVA/UVB protection. It comes with Helioplex which is a formula made with avobenzone and oxybenzone which apparently are able to absorb the sun rays instead of your skin doing so. This protective product is also water resistant which means you can sweat or swim and it will still keep the same amount of protection!

The smell is also a factor I hear many people complaining about with regular sunscreen. This does not smell like regular sunscreen whatsoever, but rather has a softer floral scent. The scent does not linger and to me is not overpowering.

Wearing sunscreen under makeup is something I do every day, so it is important for me to not look extra greasy or too matte and this does neither. It is simply like applying a light gel moisturizer on your face and that’s it! You can barely tell you’re wearing it and it does not mess with the texture of your makeup, – if anything it adds a soft, radiant glow without the oil. This sunscreen also does not break me out! Whatsoever! And I have very sensitive skin when it comes to sunscreen.

Lastly, the price is unbelievable for the amount of product you are getting. You are paying $10 USD (bought at Target) for 3.0 fl oz. (88mL). I think it is well worth practicing safe sun for the price, especially with how nice of a product you are getting.

I am beyond impressed with this sunscreen and I’ve struggled for a long time to find one that doesn’t break me out, doesn’t cost a lot, is enough SPF, etc. I’m so glad I picked this up! You should definitely try this if you are looking for a non-detectable sunscreen. I wish it hadn’t taken them so long to come out with this formula, but it’s a good thing they did now.

I know I can sometimes rant and rave about many products on my blog but it is often because I want you to know the products I am loving as opposed to mediocre products. However, I will try to add in some beware before buys!

As always, I hope you enjoyed my Sunday review! I really love this time of the week. As always, let me know your opinion if you’ve tried this or if you have a sunscreen you love!

Until Next,

Julie

New Posting Schedule

Hi, my loves! Happy Sunday!

I wanted to let you know I am going to be blogging every Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday from now on just in case you wanted to know! ✨ I appreciate everyone who has been reading my blog it means the world to me you guys want to read what I have to say!

Have a lovely evening and the rest of your week!

Love always, Julie

Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Pure Castile Soap Review

Hello, my loves! Happy Earth Day!

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Today is Earth Day and it is also review Sunday, so I thought it would be fitting to provide a review about an organic, vegan, and cruelty-free product that also uses recycled materials for the packaging.

Dr. Bronner’s is known for their liquid castile soap, which is a combination of various oils like organic coconut oil,  organic palm kernel oil, organic olive oil, organic hemp oil, organic jojoba oil, and essential oils, in combination with a minimal list of other ingredients.  Dr. Bronner’s is a company which also uses certified fair trade ingredients in their products.

The particular one I have been using is the lavender castile soap (retails for $3.99-$70.00 depending on quantity). I personally use this product as a body wash, as well as a shampoo and sometimes a facial wash. First of all, I really enjoy the subtle lavender scent that is not overpowering. The fragrance has a calming effect, especially when used before bed.

The key to this product is diluting it with water because it is easy to be overpowered by the oils or other components of the ingredients.

When I actually use the product, the results are wonderful. I use this as a clarifying shampoo because it makes my hair feel so clean. I typically will then go in with another shampoo to bring some moisture back because I do feel like this does make your hair a little dry on its own.

As a body wash, this does not really lather up like most. It provides a clean feeling, however, and leaves the skin feel soft. As a facial cleanser, this is a nice gentle one that does a nice job. I would personally use this in the morning to get any dirt off from sleep as opposed to a nightly cleanser where it needs to be more vigorous.

There are other ways you can use this product for, like washing dishes, doing laundry, washing your dog, or even shaving.

In my opinion, there is something to be said about a company that goes out of its way and makes it their mission to provide sustainable products that can be used in ways many traditional products cannot. I hope we can all do our part in the future to become more eco-friendly and less harmful to the environment. I know it is difficult but even making small steps like purchasing from companies such as Dr. Bronner’s it will help more than you know.

I highly recommend this product to anyone who wants a versatile soap that will be effective and leave you squeaky clean!

If you’ve tried any of Dr. Bronner’s products, let me know how you feel about them in the comments or if you have any other eco-friendly brands we should know about!

Love always,

Julie

 

Bliss “In The Honey’ Mask Review

Hello, dears!

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I recently picked up a new mask from Target and I thought I’d do a review on it since it is a newer release to Target and I want you to be able to make an informed decision before purchasing. The mask is the “in the honey” mask by Bliss.

The “in the honey” mask retails for $16 USD for 50ML or 1.7 fl oz. It is available at Target, Ulta, and online at Blissworld.com. So, the initial reason I purchased this mask was that of the name and knowing that there was going to be honey in it. I personally love honey when it comes to skincare because it is so moisturizing and anti-inflammatory. This mask is supposed to be a moisturizing mask as opposed to a pore cleansing or purifying mask.

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The mask is a thick, but not sticky, honey-colored almost gel formula. It smells just like it is described as a honey-lavender mask. The active ingredients in this mask are as follows:

  • Acacia Honey: Rich in natural sugars, it draws moisture to skin to create a hydrating veil while antioxidants protect against oxidative and environmental damage.
  • Honey Extract: Boosts moisture and radiance in depleted skin.
  • Propolis Extract: Also called “bee glue,” as in the hive, it is used to seal and protect the hive and its chambers that house baby bees; used since ancient times to balance, heal and soothe skin.
  • Squalane: Plant sugar-derived moisturizer balances skin by improving water reserves and limiting moisture loss.
  • Cocoa Seed Extract: Contains high levels of antioxidants to help protect from damage while soothing skin for an improved complexion.
  • Lavender Oil: Known for its antioxidant and skin-calming properties.

To use, you simply apply a layer of product and wait about 10-15 minutes before washing off, and follow with pat drying.

The results of this mask, for me, were wonderful.  I truly could see a visible difference in the redness of my face (which I assume is from the lavender) and the moisture that was left behind was so good that I woke up the next morning with subtle, nourished skin.

I think this product is well worth the money and I can see myself getting a number of applications out of this product. I believe any skin type could use this mask without irritation or complications. I did not break out from this mask and that’s another bonus for me!

Overall, I give this product the thumbs up in my book. I will definitely be looking at buying more Bliss products in the future and you should let me know in the comments if you have tried this mask or any other Bliss products!

Until Next,

Julie