Apoterra Herbal Detoxifying Steam with Flowers + Cleansing Herbs Review

What Is It?

Apoterra Skincare Previously known as Caru Skincare Co, is a skincare company based in NYC which launched in 2013 and has been featured in numerous publications from Allure,Vouge and Lucky. Apoterra Skincare is known to create quality products by providing all natural, effective,eco conscious products and never test on animals. Elle magazine listed one of their serums as one of the top 33 most effective natural products on the planet in 2015. Apoterra Skincare is a company that truly knows good skincare, the founder Dominique Caron is a certified aromatherapist, herbalist, and daughter of a family physician. Overall Apoterra Skincare is a company that knows wellness and quality ingredients go hand in hand.

The Herbal Detoxifying Steam with Flowers + Cleansing Herbs is used to calm and nourish the skin and soul, read below as I share my experience using the product and how effective I find it to be thus far.

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Product Claims

“This steam contains beautiful flowers and deeply purifying aromatic herbs to cleanse and nourish the skin while calming and soothing the soul. It opens pores, facilitates the release of impurities, and deeply cleanses while simultaneously nourishing and hydrating the skin. For best results, follow immediately with a clay mask.Directions: Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Place 1-2 TBSP of the herbal blend in a large bowl. Pour steaming water over the herbs. Position face over the bowl and cover with a towel to seal in the herbal steam. Remain over herbal steam for 10-15 minutes. Enjoy this moment of serenity! Reuse the herbal water by mixing it with a clay mask or adding to bath water.”

Pros

Relaxing
Pleasant fragrance
Effective
Hydrating
Affordable
Aroma therapy
Gentle
Calming
All skin types
Organic
Vegan* (this specific product)
Cruelty Free

 

Cons

none

Overall Rating 5/5

The Apoterra Herbal Detoxifying Steam with Flowers + Cleansing Herbs  has become an essential product for my relaxing “home spa” once a week and any time I feel in need of a little pick me up. I received the product in the mail 2 days before an event that had me feeling uneasy and stressed (perfect timing) so I decided it would be a perfect opportunity to give the herbal steam a try.

As I am typing this review I find it a bit difficult to put into words my overall experience with this product as it is one of those you have to try it for yourself to understand the pleasant outcome of using this herbal steam bath, In my best attempt to describe the Herbal Detoxifying Steam with Flowers + Cleansing Herbs it is like a sauna for your face with organic herbs that help relax your mind,opening clogged pores and also great during the winter season when you need help with decongestion. Though it was quite easy to rate this product a 5 out of 5 My two main reasons were quite simple: it is effective and has a multi- purpose use, it can be used as a facial steam, used in a relaxing bath soak and even mixed with a clay mask.

As I briefly mentioned I had an event coming up that made me stressed and anxious and decided to try the herbal steam bath. This was my first time using the product and I truly felt relaxed as a weight was lifted off my shoulders, my skin felt soft and had a healthy glow and after using the product I was able to feel more at ease and concentrate which I found to be difficult prior to use.

Last week I had a migraine which had me in bed and wouldn’t subside, Rather than taking a generic aspirin I wanted to take a natural approach and decided to use the herbal steam and see if it worked, and it surly did help I was able to continue my day by running errands that I was putting off due to the strong migraine that made me feel like I couldn’t function. Now I’m not saying this Herbal detoxifying steam has “magical powers” because the proof is in the ingredients!

Heres a brief breakdown of some of the ingredients along with its benefits:

Matricaria chamomilla (chamomile) flowers*-Reduces the redness in the skin,great for sensitive skin,Reduces the appearance of broken capillaries,helps to calm inflamed conditions such as acne, rashes, and burns,has Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and healing properties

Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) buds*-Helps sooth anxiety and stress, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, helps with insomnia and restlessness

Calendula officinalis (calendula) flowers*- antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which can help relieve irritated skin and acne

Azadirachta indica (neem) leaf*-Helps with fevers,psoriasis,acne, wrinkles, skin pigmentation, black heads and dry skin.

Plantago major (plantain) leaf*-Natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties,great for healing wounds, rashes and for itching or pain associated with skin problems.

Apoterra Herbal Detoxifying Steam with Flowers + Cleansing Herbs provide numerous health benefits as well as great aroma therapy.This product along with the Tulsi Luminous Scrub with Lavender + Pink Sea Salt [my next blog review] has me feeling good, mind body and soul. The Apoterra brand was truly created with the concern and overall wellness of the consumer and I appreciate and support a brand that can deliver products that made me feel rejuvenated from the inside out.

I highly recommend the product and over all product line. I also want to mention with the holidays approaching these will make great gift ideas for those who enjoy relaxation,effective skin care and all natural products. The product line has a great range for all skin types + concerns.

Setting The Tone For 2018

My new year resolution is to be physically active which is why I am excited to take on a 30 Day Yoga Challenge via YouTube hosted by Adriene Mishler, it starts January 1st 2018 and signup is FREE! If you are interested in signing up you can find out more information here and follow her on Instagram

*this is not a sponsored post, I am not much of a yogi nor professional but I do enjoy breathing and stretching exercises as they have helped me personally cope with anxiety. I have followed along with numerous videos by Adriene and feel they are helpful,calming and fun.

Will you be signing up? If yes or no what are your new year resolutions?

Nars Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF30 Review 

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What Is It? 

An oil free medium buildable coverage skin tint to enhance the look of skin and SPF30 with vitamins C&E to protect against free-radical damage caused by environmental stress.

Product Claims

“Introducing Velvet Matte Skin Tint SPF 30 Instant gratification. Effortless application. Protects and perfects with a soft-matte finish. Medium buildable coverage. Oil-free. All-day wear. 12 global shades. Transparent Blurring Powders instantly enhance the look of skin by helping to diffuse imperfections with a powerful optical effect. Rose Fruit Extract visibly minimizes the appearance of pores, while controlling shine.”

Pros

Medium to full coverage

Long wearing

Good for oily skin types

Covers blemishes

Evens skintone

SPF30

Cons

Shade Range

Price

Overall Rating 4.0

I didn’t photograph the product because at the time I thought it was a keeper but the day after I received it in the mail I ended up returning it to Sephora. I truly want to love this foundation for its longevity, buildable coverage and of course SPF30, As a person who loves to take 1,000 #selfies using this foundation made my skin look flawless there was no filter needed. It hid blemishes, evened out the skin-tone and held up quite well on my oily skin. My only despondency with this product is the lack of shade range, St. Mortiz was too tan for my natural skin though it photographed well and Groenland was too light and for $44 each I was not going to dish out $88 to create a in between shade. I think Nars was on to something good with this matte skin tint line however fell short with their lack of color range.

*Please note that Nars Cosmetics is owned by the parent company Shiseido whom is not cruelty free

Apoterra Tulsi Luminous Scrub w/ Lavender+Pink Sea Salt

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What Is It?

The Tulsi Luminous Scrub with Lavender+Pink Sea Salt can be used in the shower or bath to exfoliate and moisturize the skin as well as soothe achey muscles and as a end result leaving you with soft,glowing skin.

Product Claims

“Tulsi, also known as the “Elixir of Life” because of its healing powers, is combined with lavender to create a spiritually nourishing aroma that is balancing and soothing to the mind. Blended with nutrient-rich pink sea salt and deeply moisturizing plant oils, this scrub gently exfoliates and promotes healthy circulation, revealing the glowing, beautiful you.”

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Pros

Exfoliating
Moisturizing
Hydrating
Non-oily
Nonabrasive
Floral Scent
Cruelty Free

Cons
none
Overall Rating 5/5
The Apoterra Skincare Tulsi Luminous Scrub w/ Lavender + Pink Sea Salt is a great product for exfoliating my skin which is an essential step to help promote healthy body circulation, prep for body hair removal, stimulate hair follicles and remove dead skin cells for smooth skin.The pink sea salt grains are gentle enough to work onto the surface skin without having to worry about damaging my skin and as a result my legs and arms always feel silky smooth after use. I also want to mention I often have a habit of forgetting to moisturize my body after I get out of the shower however when I use this product, I am getting benefits of a 2-IN-1 product because not only am I exfoliating but I am also moisturizing my skin with the following hydrating ingredients:  Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil,  shea butter, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil,Tulsi essential oil, and Lavender essential oil. After use I notice a healthy glow and I also feel I have given my skin extra pampering and not to mention the pleasant floral scent of the Tulsi Luminous scrub, once again this is another great product by Apoterra Skincare.

Click here to review my Apoterra Herbal Detoxifying Steam with Flowers + Cleansing Herbs

Yarok Feed Your Volume Shampoo+ Conditioner Review

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Yarok haircare line uses certified organic ingredients and doesn’t contain any harsh ingredients such as parabens, sulfates and alcohol and never test on animals making the Yarok brand natural and vegan while still delivering quality hair care. The Yarok Feed Your Volume line caters to fine/limp hair that lacks fullness by providing effective cleanliness and incorporating ingredients like coco protein for added shine and strength, slippery elm and sea buckthorn which provide streghthing proteins that work together to repair the hair shaft along with oatstraw and grapefruit seed extract which helps with thinning and hair loss.

Product Claims

Raise your hairs’ volume and lower your carbon footprint with this luxurious, naturally foaming shampoo. Treat your senses, your hair and your scalp to this herbal aromatic blend of organic and all natural herbs, flowers, vitamins, minerals and essential oils that visibly plump normal to fine hair.”

Pros

Deep cleansing

Good lather

Effective

Great for sensitive scalps

Nice scent (mandarin/earthy scent)

Cons

Not for DEMI-permanent colored hair

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Product Claims 

Condition your hair and help improve the condition of the planet using many of the same sustainable, nourishing, plumping ingredients as Yarok Feed Your Volume Shampoo. This conditioner will seal in moisture and promote volume and manageability, with the three superior moisturizers: Jojoba Seed Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, and Aloe Vera.”

Pros

Hydrating

Smooths hair

Softens hair

Nourishing

Vegan

All natural ingredients

Cons

None

Overall Rating 5/5

I love this shampoo+conditioner line, but with some trial and error I have found the first time I used the shampoo it was a bit tricky to use, I didnt find it to be as sudsy as most shampoos but it turns out I wasn’t using enough product. (Easy fix right?!) I did notice it washed out my Demi-Permanent hair color but this might not happen to those who use permanent hair dye[I use a specific brand of Demi permanent dye due to a severe hair color allergy] BUT I must admit, I like my natural hair color coming through, using this brand has made me embrace my natural hair color and I notice a big difference in the texture and manageability of my hair. Blow drying my hair seems more effortless and adds just enough volume without the over use of applying other products which can weigh down my hair so being able to cut out the usage of other products is great.

Before incorporating Yarok Feed Your Volume Shampoo I had a lot of breakage from previous bi-weekly hair dying but I’ve noticed less damage, my hair is thin however it gets very tangled which feels aggressive to brush out but being that I use the Feed Your Volume Conditioner it makes combing through the tangles less abrasive. I have to use the conditioner after the shampoo otherwise my hair feels dry and unmanageable to comb, I find it to be an essential step which I don’t mind. I have medium length hair and don’t wash my hair every day so I find the bottles have lasted me a month thus far and it’s a little less than half way done so I’m predicting it will last me a month and a ½ or 2 months maximum. I continue to use the Yarok haircare products because I honestly see a difference in the overall look of my hair, I feel confident using Yarok because I know there isn’t any harsh chemicals so I’m really treating my hair with quality ingredients and finally my hair is getting the much tender love and care it was previously lacking.

The Yarok Feed Your Volume line has made me feel like I’m finally taking proper care of my hair. If you’re looking for a shampoo or conditioner that also doubles as a hair care system or other hair care products I really recommend Yarok.

Alchemy Cosmetics Review

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What Is It?

A Brooklyn based cosmetic company which offers cruelty free luxury matte lip color and luminescent lip glosses that provide quality pigments enriched with vitamin E by Alchemy Cosmetics

Product Claims

“The debut line, Alchemy’s Matte Originals features highly pigmented, soft textured, matte lip color. Inspired by the neighborhood in which they live, the colors have playful names, reflecting the streets and landmarks of Bushwick, Brooklyn. Each tube is long lasting and packed with vitamin e, leaving the lips feeling as good as they look. The colors are free of parabens and tested on free.willing humans, never on animals.

The newest line, Alchemy’s Luminescence gloss line features an array of glosses from clear to bright red that can be worn as sheer, soft color, or layered upon themselves or the Matte Originals for intense color pop. The colors are highly moisturizing and never sticky and named for the passionate business owners of some of the best hangouts in Brooklyn.  As always, each tube is free of parabens and tested on humans, never on animals.”

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[Left to Right: Secrets Of Starr Street,J Train Journeys,Knickerbocker Knightmares]

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[Let to Right: Anna, John B]

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Pros

Full coverage (Matte Original lip colors)
Pleasant scent
Smooth application
Intense pigment
Blend-able
non-gooey (Luminescence glosses)
paraben free

Cons

none

Overall Rating 4.9/5

I must admit I think I have a cosmetic crush [admiring a particular cosmetic brand] from the simplistic modern packaging to the luxury quality pigments of  lip sticks and glosses down to the spunky shade names. Alchemy Cosmetics offers a great color range of matte lipsticks, Lets be honest matte lipsticks are all the rage lately but it can be hard to find a matte lipstick that doesn’t dry out my lips, up until now! These lipsticks glide on smooth and don’t dry out my lips.  Personally I love red tone lipsticks for a signature glamour look and knickbocker knightmares has a great deep blue undertone which is more of a deep red. J Train Journeys has a fuchsia-coral infused tone which is suitable for all skintones and great for a spring-summer look and Secrets Of Starr Street is a soft peach shade that I really adore.

As for the Luminescence glosses they have shimmer which at first glance can be intimidating but do not fret! The shimmer is very sheen and is pretty attractive when reflected in lighting. They also have a nice scent to them, not like most glosses that have a strong “chemical smell” and they don’t leave a gooey finish that makes your lips feel like glue or from the wind blowing your hair, nothing is more annoying then thick consistency glosses so the fact that these don’t do that really makes them much more wearable.

Another great thing about Alchemy cosmetics  is the versatility of matte original lip sticks and luminescence glosses. They can be worn either as is or applied over a matte lipstick for a more glossy finish. Each purchase also includes a velour storage bag along with a sincere thank you note as well as a gift of a black tourmaline crystal which known to promote good luck and repel against negative energy.

Overall I am a big fan of the brand and worth adding to my cosmetic collection.

Nude Skincare Progenius Rescue Oil Review

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What Is It? 

A daily facial oil treatment with natural ingredients and antioxidants by Nude Skincare

Product Claims

“An ultra-sheer, skin-saving oil that revives and smoothes skin texture with powerful antioxidant protection. ProGenius Omega Treatment Rescue Oil is all-natural and vegan.”

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Pros

Effective
Smoothes texture
Calms cycst acne
Absorbs nicely into skin
Great for all skin types
Hydrating/Nourishing
Evens complexion
Vegan

Cons

None

Overall Rating 5/5 

Progenius is not an under statement, After only one week of use I have seen personal results which makes me a true believer in this product. I have seen numerous benefits from my skins texture,a natural glow to an improvement with post breakouts and the soothing/calming benefits it provides on my occasional mild cystic acne. On the third day I woke up and couldn’t help but admire my skin in the mirror as it had a youthful glow and my skintone looked evened out.

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(my apologies for the poor quality result photos as it was taken with my iphone)

I should not expect less from a product which contains natural quality ingredients such as Coleous Root Extract to help defend against free radicals,Organic Rosemary which contain powerful antioxidants, Bakuchiol which helps improve skin texture and combat enviormental stressors (which is beneficial especially if you live in a big city as I do in New York) and other ingredients like Vitamin C, Rose Hip Seeds and Omega 3&6.

I have also applied the rescue oil around my under eyes which helps immensely to keep them hydrated especially since I use alot of cream based concealers (those can be quite drying.) Most skincare regimens call for 3 to 6 weeks to see results however it has only been 1 week! I’m looking forward to continuing my use of this product as I feel it provides great benefits. While the retail value of the Nude Progenius Rescue Oil is $68 I however believe its worth every penny!

For those of you who are also a fan of the Nude Skincare brand please feel free to share your experience, I would love to hear your feedback 🙂

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MY YouTube Intro Video!

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Hi everyone! I am happy to announce I made my first ever youtube video which is a brief intro to myself and my blog, I hope you watch and subscribe. Thank you for all the support I have received and I hope you will continue to join me on my cruelty free journey! 🙂

My Intro Video!

Hi everyone! Please check out my first ever youtube video which introduces me to all of you 🙂 Hope you enjoy my awkwardness and don’t forget t subscribe!!! 🙂

My Intro Video!