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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

 

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Current Favorites: Spring 2018

Hello lovely,

I’m sorry I’ve been gone so long but I am back in full force starting now. I have a lot of new ideas for posts and I hope you can all forgive my absence. So, I thought I’d do a round up of my favorites that I’ve been loving over the last few months since I’ve been gone and I hope you enjoy!

I’ve certainly been loving the Wet and Wild Liquid Lipsticks, the Catsuit formula. I love the color selection and the fact that they do not budge in any way once they are dried down. I also love the price and the fact that they are constantly releasing new shades as well as the fact that they are cruelty-free. My current favorite shade is called “Oh My Dolly”, which is a vibrant hot pink color perfect for the warmer weather.

I have been loving the new Love, Beauty, And Planet Tea Tree shampoo and conditioner. This stuff smells so refreshing and feels like it is actually cleaning my hair unlike many products on the market. It is also a cruelty-free brand and I believe it is also vegan. The quality of the product for the price is also a plus!

I’ve been focusing on doing yoga much more in the last few months. I believe it has really changed the way I operate when stressed and it has a magical sense of relaxation and inner harmony which makes me continue to practice it. I encourage anyone dealing with mental health issues to pursue a trial of yoga at the very least.

Another mental health favorite is a pill organizer. I simply picked up a day and night daily organizer from Walgreens and it has helped me with keeping on track with taking medication. I like that if I forget a dose of medication I can track what I missed. This is a simple act of self-care.

Planning! Obviously, I couldn’t live without a planner. I love to write every solitary task down and check it off at the end of the day for a sense of accomplishment. I was gifted the Law of Attraction planner for Christmas and it has been a wonderful addition to my planning routine. I recommend this planner to anyone who truly wants to change the way they live and their habits and routines.

Well, these are my current favorites and I hope you enjoyed hearing from me after being so scarce the last several months. ❤

Until Next,

Julie

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DIY: At Home Skincare

Darlings,
You don’t know this about me but I almost started my own Etsy shop for skincare. I honestly took a good month out of my life and dedicated some time to producing products which were not only useful but also sustainable. Unfortunately, it was a lot more difficult than I anticipated and I had to stop my venture in starting a natural skincare shop on my own, but I learned a lot about skincare in that short period of time and I wanted to share a few DIY products you can make at home.

So, first off – exfoliating is an amazing thing and the right exfoliator can truly make your skin feel fresh and soft in a matter of minutes. My favorite exfoliator is two ingredients:

  1. Sea Salt
  2. Olive Oil

This is the perfect combination to provide smooth, silky skin.

A toner is another excellent way to remove impurities and balance skin. I found that mixing two simple ingredients made the best toner I’ve ever used!

  1. Witch Hazel
  2. Tea Tree Oil
  3. Essential Oil Of Your Choice [for topical use, optional]

This product made my skin feel so clean and refreshed, and I urge you to try it. You could also put this in a spray bottle and use it as a setting spray.

For a mask, you really want something hydrating as well as something that will depuff and I found one that truly does both of those things, and this one only has three lovely, natural ingredients.

  1. Raw Honey
  2. Olive Oil
  3. Coffee Grounds

Honestly, this mask made my skin feel lovely and works well for any type of skin.

These three are wonderful and natural DIYs with ingredients you most likely already have.

I do not have exact measurements for these recipes because at the time I was using them I was simply experimenting and did not determine specific amounts needed. What I can suggest is putting even amounts of each product in, and that should do the trick!

I really hope you try these out and if you want more recipes that worked for me, leave me a comment because I actually have many others I can share as well!

  • Julie
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My current cruelty-free beauty/haircare products [drugstore and highend]

Hello, darlings –

I would love to say that I use all cruelty-free beauty products but with the selection of products being so slim I cannot say I completely use cruelty-free products, however, I am working towards it and I also would encourage you to do the same!

So, my first and foremost favorite brand is wet n wild, which is a drugstore brand that has many cruelty-free and some vegan options. My favorite product from them is definitely their photo focus foundation ($6). It is a great choice if you are looking for a new foundation that will last all day. I also really like their liquid lipsticks which are the catsuit liquid lipsticks ($4.99), my favorite shade right now is coral corruption! They also have amazing bronzers which could literally last you a year ($3.99).

Another amazing brand from the drugstore which is cruelty-free is ELF. ELF has an inexpensive range of high-quality products and I absolutely adore them! Their matte lip pencils come in a variety of colors and will dry down to a perfect stain ($3). I love their foundation for acne-prone skin which is such a high coverage foundation and is so well priced ($6)! I could go on and on about their blush and bronzer palettes and many other items  – even their mascara! This is most definitely a brand you will want to seek out next time you are at Target or shopping online.

Other brands I like from the drugstore are NYX and Physician’s formula! Nyx lip products are amazing and Physician’s formula bronzers and highlighters are very nice as well!

As far as high-end brands go, Tarte is my all time favorite high-end brand that is also cruelty-free. I have gone through many products of theirs, but my all time favorite is definitely their amazonian clay blushes ($29). These blushes last all day and are so soft and pigmented, and come in beautiful colors to compliment every skin tone. Tarte’s eyeshadows are also one of my favorite formulas, they are not cakey or powdery and give off similar pigmentation to the blushes. My favorite palette is the In Bloom palette ($46).

Another high-end brand that at least claims to be cruelty-free is Too Faced cosmetics. Their cute packaging is always something that I love and of course, their products are also just as high quality as their packaging. My favorite all time product of theirs is the Better than sex mascara ($20). If I had to choose one mascara to use for the rest of time it would be that mascara. I also really like their eyeshadow palettes as well, they have creamy, soft eyeshadows which are also nicely pigmented. My favorite palette from them is the original chocolate bar palette ($49), the palette is so versatile and can create almost any look. I also recently purchased the unicorn tears lipstick($22) and I won’t lie, it’s fabulous!

Obviously, I also love Urban Decay and Kat Von D.

As far as hair care products go, I’ve recently been using a few Pureology products which are cruelty-free and vegan but rather on the pricey side. Moroccan oil is also a brand favorite of mine which is cruelty-free but also very expensive. I wish more drugstore brands for haircare were cruelty-free but I haven’t run into many yet.

I hope this gives you some shopping inspiration or even just a “hmmm…” moment about whether your products are not tested on animals. Please feel free to comment on your favorite c/f products! I am so interested in hearing them!

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Wet N Wild Photofocus Foundation Review [cruelty free]

Hello, my dears!

So, today I thought I would do a review of the Wet N Wild Photofocus foundation[retails for $6]. I am choosing to review this product because I have now used two shades of this foundation, have applied it many different ways and feel like I can give an honest review.

Alright, so to start off I will say I have combination skin. I have oily skin and dry skin present on different areas of my face and I do believe this foundation would work for either dry or oily skin. To me, this foundation has a natural finish but it leans on the side of matte and definitely controls oil. The coverage is about medium coverage but can be built up to almost full coverage if that coverage is desired. The applicator for this product is in spatula form and it is an excellent way to make sure too much product does not get wasted. I’ve also noticed you do not need a lot of this product to get even coverage, which is a plus!

The color selection for this range of foundation is pretty good, even though I think it depends on what store you visit. I personally am in the shade “Nude Ivory” and it is almost perfect for my skin, but in my opinion, this product oxidizes and can easily become too dark if you don’t take this into consideration.

As far as application goes, honestly I enjoy the application with a sponge or a stippling brush. There are many other brushes I have used though, and they all seem to apply wonderfully.

The foundation also lasts for a good 8 hours without showing much difference, and in my opinion, it does not need to be set.  This foundation also sets very quickly.

There is no flashback either! Hence the name!

I chose this foundation not only because it is inexpensive but also because it is cruelty-free and vegan. I strongly believe that if a company can price their products this low and make the quality as high as it is, we need to ask ourselves why other companies won’t.

Overall,  I ADORE this foundation, with all the aspects mentioned above being taken into consideration. It is perfect for me and I will continue to use it.

4.9/5.0 [the smell does kind of smell like paint]

 

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