Rainy Day Detox

Well it’s raining here in New York as much as I wanted to start my day with a morning run and stop at my local coffee shop I opted for indoor activities such as my morning yoga routine followed by some cardio and then showered and pampered myself all in the comfort of my own home [apartment]

I started with the Apottera Herbal Detoxifying Facial Steam which you can read my full review here


Relaxing it was indeed! I love using the herbal steam facial when I am in need of a “pick me up”, congested or bad breakouts. The Herbal steam bath was followed by the Aztec Secret Healing Bentonite Clay which also helps rid the body of toxins, impurities, heavy metals and chemicals. [I’ll have a full blog review up next week]


Now I’m going to drink my Pukka Detox Tea and watch some Netflix😃

What is your favorite rainy day activity or favorite detox?

10 Day Cruelty Free Kick-Start Challenge

This is my first time creating a kick start challenge and tried to simplify the list as much as possible so please bare with me, If you have any questions pertaining to the challenge I will be more than happy to furthur explain.

The 10 Day Cruelty Free Kick-Start Challenge was created for those who are interested in starting to shop cruelty free. I hope you will find this to be a helpful tool and 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! 🙂

Josie Maran Argan Concealer Review

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What Is It?

A full coverage concealer for under eyes.

Product Claims

“This deeply hydrating, never-cakey, buildable, color-correcting concealer forgives all skin sins—dark circles, blemishes, and uneven pigment—without masking your face. Creamy, blendable, and luminous, it comes with a self-sharpening, twist-up tip so you’ll always be on-point.”

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Pros

Light weight
Build-able coverage
Smooth texture
Moisturizing

Cons

Not enough range in skintones

Overall Rating 4.9/5

I really love this concealer, It’s also perfect for summer when you need full coverage but dont want the feel of caked on makeup. I have vitiligo under my eyes and find that this product conceals it pretty well without looking cakey or causing dryness under my eye.

Pacifica Stellar Glaze Mascara Review

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I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this product since I’ve seen a handful of cruelty free/vegan bloggers rave about it, but dare I say don’t believe the hype?

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IMG_7453-75What Is It

A Mascara that lengthens,strengthens and adds volume

Product Claims
“You will fall in love with our long lasting, nourishing, natural mineral mascara. Our amazing formula is infused with coconut oil and vitamin B to hydrate each lash as it lengthens, strengthens and adds volume.”
Pros

-Separates lashes perfectly
-No clumps
-Lengthens
-Natural looking
-Vegan and Cruelty Free

Cons

-The mascara was dry(Most of the product is on the tip of the brush)
-Mascara wand might not work for short lashes
-Not waterproof

Overall rating 1/5
The packaging is beautiful and while I think it’s a decent mascara for a natural look it doesn’t have a volumizing effect like other mascaras.If you have watery eyes or the forecast calls for a rainy day this product will run.

Dirty Laundry

No,Not that kind of dirty laundry!

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I’m talking about Laundry Detergent, sounds boring right? well not for me and heres 3 reasons why:

  • I have sensitive skin
  • Previous detergents I’ve used irritated my skin
  • I wanted something cruelty-free

I was shopping at Target and knew it was time to buy new detergent, the pervious one I used wasn’t cruelty-free and because of my sensitive skin and self-diagnosed case of psoriasis (on my elbow) I noticed an increasing rate of inflamed psoriasis on my elbow and the possible explanation could be the detergent I was the using, I constantly felt “itchy” whenever I wore any recently washed laundry. It got to a point where it became irritable physically and I couldn’t stand it any longer.

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I opted for Seventh Generation which is

  • Hypoallergenic
  • HE efficient for my washing machine
  • Biodegradable
  • USDA certified
  • Isn’t strongly scented

I purchased the 100oz. bottle which was on sale, So I figured I’d buy the smaller bottle to give it a “test run”. Today is laundry day so I’m putting it to use.

Update: No skin irritation, my laundry was unscented however I find it didn’t have much “stain removing power” but they have a range of stain fighters which I’m sure will work well in conjunction to both and a chlorine -free bleach [for white colored clothes]. I’m confident in saying that I will likely purchase more of their laundry range.

Check back tomorrow for a final rating on this product 

I rate it: 4/5  

Tarte Cosmetics mini haul

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Last week I received my package from Tarte. Those who aren’t familiar with the brand should know that they use all natural ingredients without using parabens (which is used in a wide range of cosmetics as perseveres however parabens can cause Estrogen-disruption which can lead to breast cancer) It is also cruelly-free which means they do NOT test on animals. Tarte along with a selected few cruelty-free/vegan brands can be found at Sephora or you can purchase TARTE products from their website.

I have used the Tarte Lights,Camera,Lashes in the past and loved the amount of volume it gave my lashes without weighing them down, I’ve also used the Amazonian Clay Waterproof Concealer and was pleased with my results so I figure I’d start to accumulate more from the brand.

Here’s a simple Pros & Cons based on each individual product:

Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation

Pros
Build-able coverage
Flawless finish
Healthy glow
Weightless

Cons
luminous finish, those with oily skin will need to touch up.

Lights, Camera, Lashes

Pros
Volumizing
Buildable
Doesn’t clump as most mascaras do
Light Weight

Cons
None

Amazonian Clay 12-hour full coverage Foundation

Pros
Build-able
Matte finish
Full coverage
Long wearing

Cons
Cakey but only if you apply too much, alittle goes a long way.

Maracuja Creaseless Concealer

Pros
Build-able
Full coverage
Long wearing
Lightweight

Cons
Cakey but only if you apply too much, alittle goes a long way.
Shine (I noticed alittle shine which can be covered with a powder foundation)

Maracuja C-Brightener (sample size)

Pros
Moisturizing
Hydrating
Smoothing
Reduces dark circles

Cons
Heavy (feels heavy however once it starts to seep into the skin it isn’t very noticeable) best to use at night.

If you have any questions or your own experience with any of the products above please feel free to share your feed back. 🙂

Current Skincare Routine

Today I though I’d share with you my current skincare routine, I change it up at least every month or depending on my skins current situation. Here’s a detailed description of my Morning & Nightly skin care Routine.

A.M Routine:
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1-*Alba Botanical Acne Wash
I start with this as my morning cleanser then wash it off. I have sensitive oily skin so this helps keep acne at bay, since using this product I noticed a great decrease in pimples.

2-Aloe Vera (1 piece)
I cut up the leaves into pieces and put them in a plastic container and store them in the freezer (or fridge if you like) it will be very cold however it’s a great morning boost and moisturizing . I leave it on until I am done eating breakfast giving time to soak into the skin, wash it off with Luke warm water revealing a nice glow and soft skin!

P.M Routine:
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(I only use the Clarisonic depending if I wore makeup that day, otherwise I’ll skip this step)

1-*Alba Botanica Acne Wash
Use alone as a regular cleanser or apply it to the Clarisonic brush head and use to clean face then towel dry
2-*Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Gel
Apply this on my face and neck, this also helps reduce fine lines, wrinkles and acne.
3-*Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation
It’s pretty much a moisturizer which you can use day and night. I use this on top of the night gel to my face and neck.

*Cruelty-Free Products: Alba Botanica Acne Wash, Ole Henriken Invigorating Night Gel, Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation