GUD Body Wash Review

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What is it?

A body wash by GUD (from the brand Burt’s Bees)

Product Claims

“Indulge tired skin in the scent of vanilla and rice milk. Because nothing looks better than squeaky clean skin. Well, yours anyway.

Luscious foaminess.Exotic, sophisticated scent.No parabens, phthalates or petrolatum.Never ever tested on animals. No way!”

Pros 

-Refreshing scent
-Non-drying
-Sudsy

Cons

-Scent doesnt last as long after use

Overall Rating 3.5/5

I love this brand of body wash! Since shopping cruelty-free this has been the second brand I’ve tried, Dr. Bronner’s being the first one and while at first I liked it, it started to dry out my skin which was tourture during the winter season. But since I’ve switched to GUD my skin hasn’t been as drying, it has a scent but not  over powering, the vanilla flame smells has more of a floral aroma that last about 5 minutes after getting out the shower, which is fine because it doesn’t clash with the scent of my perfume I use.

Roasted Eggplant “Bruschetta”

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I’m really excited to share with you this recipe I found online, it is so easy and delish! You can find the original recipe by clicking Smitten Kitchen

Since becoming Vegetarian I look for recipes that obviously don’t contain meat but are also quick, easy meals. A tip for next time would be to cut the eggplant slices thicker. (I cut them too thin)

I figured this is a great appetizer (not sure if you caught on yet but I love small meals) but great for lunch. The next day I had the left over tomato/cheese mix, added a fresh avocado and ate it as a simple salad. It was effortless, filling and healthy.

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Fruit Smoothie Recipe

Lately I’ve been drinking smoothies for breakfast or lunch because it is a easy way for me to consume my needed vitamins and also helps subdue my sugar cravings.

Ingredients:

A Blender
1-2 Bananas
6 oz Blackberries
3/4 Cup Califia Farms “Vanilla Almond Milk”
1 Ice Cube
Glass Cup
Chia Seeds
Straw (optional)

Directions:

I think the basic directions go without saying,

I usually just guesstimate the ratio of fruit to milk, I don’t add any sweeteners as I rely on the almond milk for its sweetness.

Beauty Is Pain…Literally

If you heard of NCIS actress Pauley Perrette, then you might’ve heard about her serious hair dye allergy that landed her in the hospital last year.The reason for bringing this issue up is because I too struggle with, Severe Hair-Color Allergy.

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Pauley Perrettes’ Followed up Tweet read:

“Wasn’t sure if I should tweet about this, but its important,Did my head look a bit puffy on the red carpet last night? Turns out I was having a dangerous allergic reaction to hair dye. Been battling this for a year now, but it gets worse every time. It’s an acquired allergy for people that dye their hair for years.(Y’all know I’m blonde) Was in ER. Just got home from hospital.Awful.My head swelled up huge like a melon.If you or someone you know dyes their hair, especially black, please google ‘hair dye allergy’ Know the symptoms. It can be fatal. People have died. For real”

And she is truthfully speaking, While I don’t have any pics of my past hair allergy This is a photo of my arm after a 48hr skin patch test.image

I’ve had severe hair color allergy for 8+ years which developed over time from me frequently dying my hair dark colors (using permament and demi dyes)  I first started showing symptoms by having redness under my eyes, I used to apply some topical cream and the redness went away a few days later, I never thought it was anything to worry about, until the next time I dyed my hair. Followed up by another application of hair dye this time my symptoms were more noticeable. I had very red ears that leaked a clear substance, My ears felt very warm to touch and scabby along with an irritable feeling of swollen glands on the back of my head. By this time I went to my physician and was told I am highly allergic to permanent hair color and I should avoid it as it could be fatal. As most people would take this information seriously, I did…but only for a while. I was tempted one day to dye my hair. My family warned me many times that the doctor mentioned I was severely allergic but being stubborn, I went ahead and dyed my hair. This time I dyed my hair my symptoms worsen. My eye lids swelled up,My ears were red, scabby and releasing a clear sticky liquid, my arms and upper back developed hives, my scalp was extremely red, itchy and also producing a clear liquid, my head glands felt tight, and the left side of my face swelled up and was noticeably sticking out and I experienced constant headaches along with a tightness feeling in my throat, it felt like a sore throat. I was frightened and used topical cream and allergy relief medication. I was scared for my life, as my parents were as well. My parents instead I go to the ER as my symptoms were clearly severe, and thats when I was told my hair allergy was so severe it could’ve been fatal had I not gotten treated. 

I want to share my story because Hair Color Allergy seems surreal until it actually happens. I could’ve died by something that seems simple as boxed hair color, something you see sold in beauty supply stores,pharmacies and super stores and if that isn’t frightening I don’t know what is! Please know that Hair Color Allergy can happen to ANYONE and suddenly develop at any time even if you’ve never shown signs of allergic reaction to hair color. Most dark hair colors are known for having a molecule p-phenylediamine (pPD,PPAD) However it can also be disguised under other names.

Now by all means I am no physician nor a professional when it comes to hair color but I hope that people can learn from my personal story and understand the severity of Hair Color Allergy, Please do research and also seek medical attention if you experience any unusual symptoms. Everyones different therefore some symptoms might not be the same as others but my advice to you is to always do a 48hr test on your arm to assure the product is safe to use, and tell a close friend or family member that you are going to dye your hair because for whatever reason if you develop a severe allergy they should be aware incase you need to seek medical attention. 

You have to ask yourself what is the price of beauty? Because death isn’t worth it.  😦 

Beauty Is Pain…Literally

If you heard of NCIS actress Pauley Perrette, then you might’ve heard about her serious hair dye allergy that landed her in the hospital last year.The reason for bringing this issue up is because I too struggle with, Severe Hair-Color Allergy.

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Pauley Perrettes’ Followed up Tweet read:

“Wasn’t sure if I should tweet about this, but its important,Did my head look a bit puffy on the red carpet last night? Turns out I was having a dangerous allergic reaction to hair dye. Been battling this for a year now, but it gets worse every time. It’s an acquired allergy for people that dye their hair for years.(Y’all know I’m blonde) Was in ER. Just got home from hospital.Awful.My head swelled up huge like a melon.If you or someone you know dyes their hair, especially black, please google ‘hair dye allergy’ Know the symptoms. It can be fatal. People have died. For real”

And she is truthfully speaking, While I don’t have any pics of my past hair allergy This is a photo of my arm after a 48hr skin patch test.image

I’ve had severe hair color allergy for 8+ years which developed over time from me frequently dying my hair dark colors (using permament and demi dyes)  I first started showing symptoms by having redness under my eyes, I used to apply some topical cream and the redness went away a few days later, I never thought it was anything to worry about, until the next time I dyed my hair. Followed up by another application of hair dye this time my symptoms were more noticeable. I had very red ears that leaked a clear substance, My ears felt very warm to touch and scabby along with an irritable feeling of swollen glands on the back of my head. By this time I went to my physician and was told I am highly allergic to permanent hair color and I should avoid it as it could be fatal. As most people would take this information seriously, I did…but only for a while. I was tempted one day to dye my hair. My family warned me many times that the doctor mentioned I was severely allergic but being stubborn, I went ahead and dyed my hair. This time I dyed my hair my symptoms worsen. My eye lids swelled up,My ears were red, scabby and releasing a clear sticky liquid, my arms and upper back developed hives, my scalp was extremely red, itchy and also producing a clear liquid, my head glands felt tight, and the left side of my face swelled up and was noticeably sticking out and I experienced constant headaches along with a tightness feeling in my throat, it felt like a sore throat. I was frightened and used topical cream and allergy relief medication. I was scared for my life, as my parents were as well. My parents instead I go to the ER as my symptoms were clearly severe, and thats when I was told my hair allergy was so severe it could’ve been fatal had I not gotten treated.

I want to share my story because Hair Color Allergy seems surreal until it actually happens. I could’ve died by something that seems simple as boxed hair color, something you see sold in beauty supply stores,pharmacies and super stores and if that isn’t frightening I don’t know what is! Please know that Hair Color Allergy can happen to ANYONE and suddenly develop at any time even if you’ve never shown signs of allergic reaction to hair color. Most dark hair colors are known for having a molecule p-phenylediamine (pPD,PPAD) However it can also be disguised under other names.

Now by all means I am no physician nor a professional when it comes to hair color but I hope that people can learn from my personal story and understand the severity of Hair Color Allergy, Please do research and also seek medical attention if you experience any unusual symptoms. Everyones different therefore some symptoms might not be the same as others but my advice to you is to always do a 48hr test on your arm to assure the product is safe to use, and tell a close friend or family member that you are going to dye your hair because for whatever reason if you develop a severe allergy they should be aware incase you need to seek medical attention.

You have to ask yourself what is the price of beauty? Because death isn’t worth it.  😦

Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer Review

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What Is It

Face finishing moisturizer by Perricone MD

Product Claims

“A lightweight, superior facial moisturizer formulated with powerful antioxidants to help firm skin’s appearance and minimize fine lines and wrinkles. Face Finishing Moisturizer is rich in texture and feels simply wonderful on the skin, imparting a visibly radiant and smooth appearance. It’s formulated with three powerful anti-aging sciences: Alpha Lipoic Acid, DMAE and Vitamin C Ester.”

Pros

-Hydrates my skin
-Not oily
-Absorbes quicky
-Doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin

Cons

-None

Overall Rating 4/5

I’ve used this moisturizer for a week so far, and while I don’t see any dramatic results as far as fine lines and wrinkles I think it’s such a great moisturizer for daily use. It absorbes quickly (great if you moisurize before applying makeup) and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin like some moisturizers. The scent of this product smells very similar to Thayers rose petal which hazel. I find myself using this product A.M & P.M

Charcoal & Black Sugar Facial Polishing Mask Review

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What Is It

Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask by Freeman Beauty

Product Claims

“Pollution…debris…it’s a wonder skin can breathe! This unique mask and scrub works double time to detox skin. First, naturally purifying Activated Charcoal helps absorb oil and impurities without over-drying. Then, Black Sugar helps exfoliate away dulling skin cells for softness and clarity. Perfect for all skin types.”

Pros

-Softens skin texture
-Removes rough skin
-Skin completion looks even
-Sugar grains are good size for exfoliating

Cons

-Not recommended for daily use

Overall Rating 4/5

This is a great exfoliating mask, however I wouldn’t recommend it for daily use. I have oily, sensitive skin and find that while the sugar grains are a good size for exfoliating it is quite easy to accidentaly scrub too hard which can result in redness or broken skin which isn’t good! On that note, if you scrub gently and use this about once every two weeks or less, I think it should do just well as a great exfoliate to remove dry dead skin cells.

***It has come to my attention that Freeman Beauty is NOT cruelty free nor vegan, I apologize for any misinformation***

Coffee & Chai Energizing Paper Eye Mask Review

What Is It

Coffee & Chai Energizing Paper Eye mask by Freeman Beauty

Product Claims

“Perk up tired eyes with our serum-infused antioxidant paper mask, containing Caffeine to reduce puffiness and tone, and a delicious, Chai-inspired blend of spices to invigorate the senses! Ultra-hydrating Hyaluronic Acid helps skin hold tight to water for a dewy look and feel. Mica imparts an iridescent finish to brighten dark circles and help skin look refreshed. Perfect for all skin types.”

Pros

-Hydrating
-Refreshes tired eyes
-Reduces dark circles
-Pleasent scent

Cons

-none

Overall Rating 4/5

I wore this eye mask in the morning before putting on my makeup and I must say it is a good “pick me up”. I’ve been sick, having sleepless nights and as a result I had dark circles. After removing the mask I instantly saw a decrease in dark circles, my eyes felt hydrated and more “awake” This eye mask really is worth a try, It’s going to be added to my morning routine.