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.

Thank You Very Matcha 

The weather is getting warmer in New York so obviously cold beverages and other cold indulgences are the way to go. It wasn’t until some time ago last year standing in line at my local cafe wanting to disperse from my usual mocha latte my curiosity introduced me to a Matcha Latte, and I’ve been liking it every since.

Matcha is packed with antioxidants, and what does antioxidants do? They help prevent aging,fight against infections and chronic diseases. So why not get this power house packed in any foods/beverages I consume.

Japanese Matcha Slushy (almond milk) from Vivi Bubble Tea 
Vegan Matcha Tea Ice Cream from Van Leeuwen 

Matcha Latte from Brooklyn Ball Factory

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.

S.W Basics Makeup Remover Review

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What Is It?

Makeup Remover made with organic oils to gently and effectively remove makeup.

Product Claims 

“Makeup removers go onto some of the most sensitive skin on your whole body. So we kept ours as simple as possible (don’t we always?): some super-light, organic sweet almond oil, a bit of organic extra-virgin olive oil, and a little jojoba oil. Shake it up and put it on with a cotton ball to get off all that gunk without any burning eyes or greasy residue. And it doubles as an awesome light moisturizer, so go a little nuts with it.”

Pros

Organic
Great for sensitive skin
Effective
Moisturizing

Cons 

Leaves a greasy film

Overall Rating 4/5 

I brought this makeup remover because 1-It’s make in Brooklyn (got to support my borough) 2-I needed a quality makeup remover for my layers of mascara and 3-you can even use it as a light moisturizer which works for my acne/oily skin! I found this oil to be effective however the instructions call for a cotton ball and it just wasnt working for me I found the best method was to use my fingers and work the product in with my eyes closed then use a facial towel to wipe off the excess it usually works like a charm. I do have makeup/oil residue which i usually splash with a bit of water and use my acne facial wash to completly wash my face. It’s my current facial cleasing regimen and together they work really well.

Planting Herbs In Brooklyn

In reguard to Earth Day (yesterday)  I decided it would be perfect timing to plant my herb seeds I purchased at Home Depot two weeks ago. I picked up my favorite herbs I often use for cooking, cilantro is my all time favorite for garnishing,sage,parsley for my mushroom medely recipe and basil well just for future receipes that call for such. The only challenge now is making sure my plants and herbs get the nutrients and much needed sunlight living in an apartment in Brooklyn although I’d like to think it will last summers succulent plants didnt hold up well :-/

Get Kids Involved [Donation Drive]

Participating NYC Dental Offices are buying back halloween candy from children. Children will recieve $1 for every pound of candy they donate. All candy donations will be sent to troops overseas. Children are encouraged to write letters along with donations. If anyone is interested please visit

www.halloweencandybuyback.com

www.operationgratitude.com

Harney & Sons Fine Tea

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Harney & Sons is a family owned company thats been gracing every warm cup of tea for 30 years with an array of tea from green,white,oolong,herbal,decaffeinated and organic. Along with their wide range of tea they also sell bottled beverages,tea ware and tea treats.

I came across Harney & Sons while in the beverage asile at Target, I’ll admit I was instantly struck by the beautiful packaging then I began to examine the range of flavors, Green Tea With COCONUT?! I was sold! My fiancé however was skeptical, but it didn’t take long for him to indulge in a cup and say “wow, it’s really flavorful than most brands” Harney & Sons is no dupe, you’re indulging in the “real deal” of fine tea. Because of the great experience with this brand I started to try other flavors or as my fiancé would say I started collecting them 😉 what can I say they give my kitchen a pop of color and are easy on the eyes of my house guest, and who doesn’t like a dainty decorated pink tin after all the tin can be used for future crafts, a flower vase or to hold kitchen utensils (my crafting imagination is endless)

Would you join me for a cup of tea? 

Halloween Haul

Late last month Michael’s craft store started putting out their Halloween decor and one specific item stood out to me the most, a plaster head of Frankenstein’s Monster. At that time I didn’t purchase it but its something I knew I wanted for my home. It wasn’t until Last week I made a quick trip to Michael’s to prowl through there halloween section which a lot of items were 20-25% off, luckily this included the Frankenstein plaster head. I’m so happy with my purchases, Halloween is a holiday that is accepted by society to like things out of the ordinary but for me its just like hitting the jack pot finding new items to display for my home all year round.

What’s your favorite store to shop at for Halloween Decor?

Mean Muggin & Coffee Mugs

Let’s be honest, Not everyone is a “Morning Person”

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I however like to consider myself the opposite at least as of lately! Some rely on coffee to get them through the morning and there are some who prefer a cup of tea, like me.

As a Tea Drinker [not to be confused with Tea Drinking Enthusiast] I have my specific cup I claim as my tea cup, Don’t we all have that one specific cup, the one that we only drink certain beverages out of, that we secretly declair as “hands-off” to house guest because once their hand reaches for it or sips from it things somehow become “personal, like a betrayal”

No? Maybe it’s just me being overly possessive over my tea cup :-p

Well anyway onto the premise of this blog post, I decided to share some of my favorite mugs that I own at home and would also like to add to my collection!

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FISTICUP Ceramic Knuckleduster Mug

My favorite mug! My brother ordered me a set of 2 as a housewarming gift which I love and use daily, good quality.

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Canon 24-105mm Coffee Mug

I purchased this for Martin as a christmas gift,great for photographers and looks like the real thing!

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ThumbsUp! Ceramic Bat Mug

I don’t own this, however its something I’d like to own. It’s cute, cool for Batman fans, or a as seasonal halloween mug but I’d probably use it throughout all of the fall/winter season.

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Thermal Battery Mug

As you pour your coffee/tea into the mug, this battery icon appears lining up to the amount of liquid poured into the mug, a way to keep an eye on how much is left to enjoy.

Hachi (Asian Cuisine)

Yesterday Martin and I enjoyed lunch at a local Asian restaurant in Brooklyn. This was our first time dinning there and the atmosphere was so nice and intimate, the decor was beautiful yet had a relaxing feel. The service was great, polite,patient and friendly which made it comfortable and enjoyable. I can say that I was satisfied with drinks and the food,especially the wasabi shrimp! We actually ordered takeout from there today for dinner, This might be my new local spot when I’m craving Asian cuisine. If you live in the Brooklyn area I recommend dinning at this restaurant.

Checkout the website: http://www.hachibrooklyn.com/index.html

Pardon my lack of photo quality, photos were taken with my iPhone5s

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