Tag: vegan

Wet&Wild Liquid Catsuit Lipsticks Review

makeup September 11, 2018

Hi, my loves!

Today I thought I’d do a review on a product I’ve been using for a while now, almost every day. This is the Wet and Wild Liquid Catsuit Lipstick.

There are two particular colors I am drawn to. The first one, being “Give Me Mocha“, which is a more neutral, almost 90s mocha/brick color. This color mimics quite closely the natural lip color I already have so it’s perfect for every day wear. The next color, is a more vibrant color, which is “Berry Recognize“, a very bold pink-berry shade.

I really like this liquid lipstick, like a lot. At first, I thought the applicator was slightly difficult to use but over time I’ve gotten used to it. It applies evenly and distributes the color wonderfully. You literally need only one coat of this lipstick unless you really want to build up the pigmentation. The lipstick is a little drying, but I like it because it means it actually does dry down to a true matte lipstick. You can eat oil-based foods with this lipstick and you don’t need to touch up.

This product is cruelty-free and vegan! It also retails for around $5 USD. I have seen these at both Walgreens and Target for those who are wondering! There’s a decent shade range, and there are always new colors coming out for the holidays. Also, they do carry a metallic range of this formula and they are so beautiful to apply alone or on top of another lipstick.

If you are looking to expand your cruelty-free makeup collection, Wet and Wild has always been a favorite of mine. I also recommend their contour palette, highlighters, and their lip pencils.

If you have any shades you like from this range, please let me know in the comments because I am always keen to pick new ones up! I hope you are all having a lovely week so far!

Love,

Julie

sukin Hydrating Facial Mask Review

skincare September 8, 2018

Hello, my loves!

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I thought I’d do a quick, late night review of the sukin hydrating facial mask which I’ve used a few times now and can already tell you my opinion on. So, as it states it is a hydrating mask which is to be applied to damp skin and then left on for about fifteen minutes or until mostly absorbed into the skin. I love moisturizing masks more than clay or detox masks because I feel you can instantly see the results. With this mask in particular, it is formulated with mango seed butter, avocado, and olive oil. I am not sure which ingredient it is that has such a positive effect on my skin but after applying this mask for the first time I immediately saw a brightening effect which I rarely get from any mask. My skin had a soft, radiant glow which is rare for me because I have acne prone skin. Seeing as the mask retails for about $11 USD, I am absolutely pleased with my purchase! sukin is  cruelty-free brand and I believe it is also vegan! I bought mine at a local health food store so I’m sure you can easily get your hands on it either there or online. I know this was a quick review but I wanted to get this post up!

Love,

Julie

 

Good Chemistry: Wild Child Perfume Review

blog, Uncategorized May 12, 2018

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

Healthy Vegan Snacks For Spring/Summer

nutrition April 30, 2018

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Hello, my loves!

I have recently been incorporating more vegan options into my diet and I feel amazing, so I thought I would share some of my favorite vegan options with you that are healthy as well as delicious.

  1. Avocado toast. I really like eating avocado toast and would eat it every day if I could. I personally like my avocado toast on rye bread which is vegan in the brand that I use. I simply cut open the avocado, mash it with a fork or a knife and apply to a toasted piece of rye bread. If you need some seasoning, I recommend pink Himalayan sea salt and a delicious Mexican spice called Tajin, which you can find at Target.
  2. Mint Green Iced Tea with Fresh Strawberries and Fresh Mint. When it starts to get warmer out, we all want something refreshing, so I recommend mint green iced tea with strawberries and fresh mint. All you have to do is take the mint green tea and steep it in hot water, add a mint leaf, pour over ice, and add some strawberries. You can do this with almost any tea and any fruit!
  3. Non-Dairy Yogurt with Banana Chips and Sunflower Seeds. This is probably my favorite! I really like the non-dairy yogurt and adding some banana chips and sunflower seeds adds a necessary crunch mixed in. You could also add any other fruit of your choice and any seeds/nuts.
  4. Protein Smoothie. Grab your blender and add in a pack of plant-based protein powder or a scoopful, then add some strawberries and a banana, and some dairy-free milk of your choice and of course some ice, then blend and you have a delicious high-protein smoothie!
  5. Fresh Fruit. You simply cannot go wrong with grabbing a piece of juicy, fresh fruit and enjoying it in the warm weather with a glass of water or your iced tea! My favorite right now is clementines!

Let me know in the comments if you have any vegan snacks you like, I’d love to know!

As always, hope you are enjoying your day!

  • Julie

Kopari Sheer Oil Review

blog, skincare April 27, 2018

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Hello, everyone!

I went shopping at TJ Maxx a bit ago and I purchased the Kopari coconut sheer oil and I want to give a review of this product since I absolutely love everything and anything coconut!

The coconut sheer oil by Kopari is a coconut oil which was specifically produced to be used as a beauty oil. This product, in particular, is formulated with not only coconut but many other wonderful ingredients such as shea butter, coffee, melon, banana, the list goes on. The product retails for $44 USD for 1.7 FL OZ or 50 mL and can be found on Kopari’s website and is also available at Sephora. This product is cruelty-free and vegan.

The coconut sheer oil is solid at room temperature but can easily be liquefied by running the bottle under warm water. The packaging is very handy, as it comes with a dropper to help with not only sanitary concerns but also concerns that you may use too much product unnecessarily. I really enjoy the thought that was put into this packaging, and the bottle is made of a hard, milk glass that seems very high end.

The sheer oil smells amazing! This is a warm, vanilla-coconut scent which is not overpowering in the slightest. It is one of the nicest fragrances I’ve smelt in a skincare product to date. I also like that you do not need a lot of this oil for it to be effective!

I’ve been using the product nonstop for about a week and I can gather that this product does exactly what it says it will which is:

  1. Facial Oil that provides moisture and anti-aging properties. Reduces inflammation and can fight acne. My skin has been clearer than it has been for a while and I can even tell my acne scars are lightening up a bit and it’s only been a week!
  2. Makeup Primer. Yes, my skin feels so much softer and adapts to taking makeup a lot better when using this product.
  3. Fly-away hair tamer. Most coconut oils make my hair greasy within seconds of contact but this one has more smoothing properties than adding excess oil.
  4. Body oil for dry skin. This can help with stretch marks or dull or dry skin. I’m not sure about stretch marks but this sure has helped my parched skin glow.

I can see myself using for a long time. and repurchasing when I run out, as long as it continues to remain effective, which honestly, I think it will! If you like coconut oil from the grocery store, you are going to love this one because it is just so much better and is formulated with the best ingredients to bring out the best of your skin.

I am a Kopari affiliate and there is currently a 20% of sitewide sale going on, so if anyone is interested – simply click the picture above and you will be directed there. You can also get 10 % off your first purchase if you sign up for their e-mail subscription. Definitely, check out their website for more natural skincare options!

If you have any questions or have tried Kopari’s products let me know in the comments!

Until Next,

Julie

Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Pure Castile Soap Review

skincare, Uncategorized April 22, 2018

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

 

Current Favorites: Spring 2018

Uncategorized April 7, 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