Youth To The People Minis kit

I recently purchased The Youth Minis Kit since I wanted to try other products in the Youth To The People product line and they don’t disappoint!

To read my previous YTTP post click here.

I am familiar with the Super Food Cleanser, and Adaptogen Moisture Cream (my two personal faves)

The Maqui+Acai Facial Oil absorbs into my skin effortlessly which is one main component when it comes to picking a facial oil.

Superfood Air-Whip moisturizer is a light weight moisturizer and hydrates my skin pretty well before makeup application.

The Super Berry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask works as an overnight treatment with more hydration giving that “morning glow” appearance the next morning. They all have a distinctive “YTTP” fragrance it’s rather clean and pleasant without being too strong or irritating.

The minis kit is great for young adults, or anyone interested in trying the YTTP product line without splurging on full size since it can be a bit pricey. Also use sparingly as alittle goes a long way. The minis are also travel friendly and all of the products work effortlessly in conjunction with one another so you can custom create your own skincare routine like a mock-tail for your skin!

Lush Mask

Once a week I do a facial mask and the Mask Of Magnaminty is by far my favorite from Lush. It’s perfect for my combination skin and anyone with oily or acne prone skin can benefit from using it as well. Because this clay mask also includes peppermint oil it has a nice refreshing feel without being too harsh. It also makes a great spot treatment for pimples, anytime I see one of those bad boys pop up I dab some of the mask of magnaminty on and notice a reduction in size from the day before. Some people claim it minimizes pores and as someone with very visible large pores I don’t really notice a long-term effect so I wouldn’t solely rely on it as a pore minimizer (there are other products on the market for that).

I also have been using sleepy in the evening time after my shower since the lavender scent has a nice calming fragrance.

Youth To The People

My first Youth To The People purchase was the Kale+Green Tea Vitamins cleanser, it’s a gentle cleanser and works pretty well for my sensitive/combination skin. I wish I could splurge and buy everything from the Youth To The People line!

I was in need of a new moisturizer and purchased the Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream and I love it! It’s great for my sensitive skin (no post breakouts) and I find it to be hydrating without making me oily, it seeps into the skin perfectly. Because it’s light weight its great for a nighttime skincare routine because no one likes that heavy feeling after you’ve layered on all your night time products. I also want to mention this moisturizer will be a savior and must have for the winter season!

Btw YTTP is vegan and cruelty free and packs all their products in glass containers which can be repurposed or recycled I’m actually going to use the cleanser bottle as a hand soap dispenser once I’m done using it!

Youth To The People

Now that the cold weather is approaching here in New York it is wreaking havoc on my skin and I’ve noticed dry patches around my chin so adding a good moisturizer is crucial in my winter skincare routine. I really like this Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream by Youth To The People because it quickly absorbs into the skin feeling lightweight making it comfortable to use at night and doesn’t clog my large pores and it could be the ashwaganda herbs calming effect that makes me feel relaxed at the end of the night like I’m pampering my self physically and mentally. I wake up the next morning with my face looking and feeling well hydrated. This moisturizer has become my skincare savior and I already feel the need to purchase another one before this one runs out! 😍

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.

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?

Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Treatment Serum Review 

What Is It?

The Ole Henriksen invigorating night treatment is an overnight skincare treatment infused with vitamin E for younger, smoother looking skin.

Product Claims 

This overnight resurfacer accelerates cell turnover to dramatically smooth texture & fine lines, even skintone & minimize appearance of pores with a 12 source AHA complex including glycolic, lactic & citric acids. Suspended in soothing purified algae & vitamin e, this concentrated blend delivers rapid results without irritation. Wake up to radically smoother, younger looking skin.”

Pros

Evens skintone

Reduces fine lines

Cons

Tacky texture

Can be irritating

Price point

Overall Rating: 3.5/5

If I reviewed the Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Serum  2 years ago one would assume I was a promoter for the brand because at the time I used it I could only speak highly of the outstanding performance from less blemishes and most importantly clearing up my acne. However it seems over time the packaging and formula got a face lift of its own, this once called gel is now considered a “serum”and the glass jar changed to a glass bottle with a pump dispenser. The Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Treatment consist of AHA complex (alpha hydroxy acids) which helps with cell turnover to revive skin and diminish lines and wrinkles. Most skincare products contain 10% which is less potent and less irritating than AHA complex with higher concentration of 20-30% used by certified cosmetologist, though the higher percent of AHAs can be more effective it can also be very irritating to certain individuals. You will also find The Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Treatment has Algae extract which contain antioxidants. I decided to incorporate the invigorating night serum into my skincare routine but it just isn’t as potent as it once was, I’m 2 weeks and 5 days into using the product and seen minimal results. (Most skincare products takes 3-6 weeks to see results so theres still time) I have oily/sensitive skin, enlarged pores and blemishes around my cheeks and jaw line, a few blemishes have diminished but I still have a good amount of stubborn blemishes that just won’t fade away. My face feels taut soon after I apply the treatment which I’m not complaining! And it delivers a slight glow. I notice the days I skip the treatmeant my face looks dull. The gel texture can be displeasing considering it gets tacky the more I worked it into my skin but I use it at night so I don’t mind wearing it as I’ll be in a deep slumber for 8hrs so the texture of the night treatment might be bothersome for some people. I gave this treatment a fair 3.5 as I think it’s a hit or miss, you either love it or you don’t, it either works for you or it doesn’t. I will continue to use the Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Treatment and if I notice any changes I will post back on this post with an update.

Have you used the Invigorating Night Treatment or any products by Ole Henriksen?

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

Hurraw! Lip Blam Review

What Is It?

Hurraw! Lip balm is a brand based in Montana that creates hand poured lip balms using vegan, fair trade and organic ingredients to provide quality lip balms from SPF protection, a scented selection as well as a nightly treatment all which help protect your pout!

Product Claims

To ensure the quality and integrity of our product, we individually pour each tube of Hurraw! balm in our own facility.
Our top priority is to make Hurraw! the finest all natural, vegan, balm available…
a great product to be used by everyone regardless of lifestyle.

We source honest, fair trade, organic, vegan and raw ingredients from reputable suppliers and are thrilled to share the labors
with other balm lovin’ individuals. Your purchase supports legit fair trade, organic farmers and suppliers here in the States and around the World.

Pros

Vegan
All natural
Smooth
Great scent
Long lasting
Hydrating
Not too shiny
Unisex

Cons

None

Overall Rating 5/5

As I’ve mentioned before in a previous post, I love lip balms especially during the fall/winter season to keep my lips hydrated. In my adolescent stages I never really cared for/ acknowledge the importance of lip balm until I discovered boys didn’t have cooties, Thats when I knew I should take care of my precious pout. These lip balms have a great scent (none of that artificial over powering smell) and long lasting, I apply the unscented balm nightly just to give my lips alittle TLC. After all if you’re going to apply a nightly moisturizer to your face and under eyes why not cater your lips as well. I also like the range in scents, the fact that some have SPF for summer time and even a Nightly lip balm. I’ve used a well known “natural” brand of lip balms however it contained bees wax and always had a grainy feel after a couple uses. I’m glad I found a better alternative brand that is all natural and vegan (doesn’t contain bees wax) and overall lives up to its true purpose of being a lip balm. Trust me you too will love the brand HURRAW!

Bare Bones Body Care Review

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Hi everyone, I will be doing a depth video review for the Bare Bones Body Care so stay tune this week for that. To purchase these goodies visit Bare Bones Body Care or follow on Instagram

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What Is It? 

All natural scented lip balms in Spiced & Peppermint

Product Claims

(Spiced) “A fall inspired lip balm spiced up by organic cinnamon leaf and tangerine essential oils!”

(Peppermint)”Cocoa butter + Peppermint essential oil = Mint Chocolate….and soothing soft lips.”

Pros

Fall scents
Moisturizing
Long lasting
Smooth
Natural ingredients

Cons

none

Overall Rating 4.8/5

I love these lip balms! I’m sucker for fall scents and these lip balms smell just as you’d expect, It seems to leave a nice sheen to my lips without looking too glossy, I could either apply it as is or over a matte lipstick. Its longevity is great unlike other balms that I’ve end up reapplying every 5 minutes. I apply lip balm every other night as part of my nightly routine.

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What Is It?

A body and face oil for nourishing skin.

Product Claims

“All organic ingredients! This face oil will soak in fast and keep skin protected all day long. Chalk full of nourishing oils that keep your skin feeling good as gold.
Hemp seed oil, grape seed oil, jojoba oil, palmarosa essential oil, grapefruit essential oil”

Pros

Nourishing
Light-weight
Easy to apply
Non greasy
Good for oily skin

Cons

Slight scent

Overall Rating 5/5

I have acne prone/oily skin and I found this to be actually nourishing to my skin, I haven’t broken out and little goes a long way, while it does have a slight scent it isn’t over powering. I used to apply coconut oil on my skin and found it to be too heavy and didn’t absorb into my skin as easily as this does, I can apply this and sit within 5 minutes and not worry about leaving a greasy imprint on my furniture!

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What Is It?

…Deodorant, need I say more? :-p

Product Claims

“Simple ingredients to keep you smelling fresh and sweating…less. This is not an anti-perspirant, you will sweat, it’s natural. If you order this and your skin becomes irritated, don’t fret! You just have a sensitivity to the baking soda. Check out our sensitive skin version!”

Pros

Non irritating
Nourishing
No post buildup
Unisex

Cons

none

Overall Rating 4.3/5

I like this deodorant for seditive days lounging around the house, the scent is pretty unisex meaning a male can wear it too without having a floral/dainty scent. I used to hate* the yucky thick film deodorants left on my pits after I’d scrub endlessly, The deodearnt washes off easily and as stated in the product info isn’t a anti-perspirant so if you work out at the gym or hiking or anything along the lines of being pretty active this won’t help conceal the sweat and odor.

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Later this week I will have a video review posted on my blog for these products so stay tuned! 🙂