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September 21, 2015

Honest Beauty Bundle Subscription Free Trial Write-Up and Thoughts

Honest Beauty Review

Hello there Kind Friends! I apologize for the impromptu blogging intermission. I’ve been fighting an infection (which is weird for me because I never get sick for more than a day) so I’ve been very fatigued. Also I’ve been obsessively re-listening to The Selection Series on Audible, randomly.

How it works

Today I’m sharing with you a look into the new beauty/skincare free trial beauty subscription from Honest Beauty, a new store in The Honest Company branding. Honest Beauty is cruelty-free and all natural, so obviously I’m very intrigued. I have been closely following the start of this company for several months on Instagram and was ecstatic when they sent out the grand premiere email.

Like The Honest Company, Honest Beauty is launching a monthly subscription option but this time for skincare and makeup products. For The Honest Company, they ship you five essential home items a month for $35.95. At Honest Beauty, they charge $50 a month for three beauty products of your choice. The free trial option to try out the Honest Beauty bundle provides with you three small skincare products based on either dry skin, oily skin, or balanced/normal skin.

When you receive the free trial (you still pay shipping) you have 7 days to cancel or you are automatically enrolled into the $50 beauty bundle. Don’t let that deter you though, if Honest Beauty is anything like The Honest Company’s customer service — canceling by phone will be no problem. I’ve spoken with The Honest Company on the phone several times and it was a rather pleasant experience.

My thoughts

I requested the dry skin kit and it came with the Refreshingly Clean Gel Cleanser, Younger Face Deep Hydration Cream, the Beyond Protected Sheer Tint Daily Beauty Fluid SPF 30, and a cute grey bag.

A first impressions on the new skincare beauty bundle from The Honest Company's new brand, Honest Beauty.

I’ve only used the products once so far, since I only received them this morning, so the following are my first impressions.

The packaging is not my favorite. Although I do love the calm pale pink used on the website and in these products, the plain packaging reminds me of the brand Clinique — which I actually don’t like. I assumed given the packaging of The Honest Company that Honest Beauty would also have a fun look, oddly I imagined Honest Beauty to be like a less raunchy version of Benefit.

The products though, seem great after my first use. The gel cleanser is definitely refreshing, as the name suggests, and has a light foam. I’m also happy to say that this product does not sting my eyes. Yay! It cleaned my face without making it feel striped.

The Younger Face moisturizer was my favorite of the three thus far, it has a wonderfully thick consistency that reminds me of something I’ve used before but I can’t put my finger on it. It’s driving me nuts but I can’t figure it out. Regardless, it has a delightful texture and smells wonderfully like baby powder! I can see this becoming a staple for me when I eventually get a full sized bottle.

The Beauty Fluid surprised me. The bottle says sheer tint but it actually came out of the bottle with a bit of color. It wasn’t really noticeable, more of a highlighted sheen on me, but I would be curious to see how it looks on darker skin tones. It works as an SPF but I believe I applied it too quickly after applying my moisturizer because it did sting my face a little. I attribute this to my sensitive skin and the fact that my pores were still wide open from a freshly washed face. The sensation went away after a minute or two and has not bothered me since.

I really enjoy the sheen it gives me and anticipate it looking lovely under makeup. It isn’t a greasy look or feel though, despite the shine. It’s more of a healthy glow. The Beyond Perfected Sheer Tint Daily Beauty Fluid (mouthful) also does not smell like a traditional sunscreen, so basically it’s great.

Honest Beauty Bundle Gift Bag

The grey bag it comes with, is gorgeous. It honestly (ha) is worth the shipping charge all by itself since it feels really high quality and has an adorable print on the inside. The inside pattern is delicate and sophisticated when combined with the hole-filled front. Having this bag with these three product samples is a steal.

Closing thoughts

Overall, I’m very pleased to have spent $5.95 for these samples and the little bag. I don’t plan on spending $50 for a subscription as it is not something I can add to my budget right now but I definitely will try out more products from the brand soon when I have a little more to splurge with.

Would you try out a sample bundle like this? I’m very excited that The Honest Company brought this idea to Honest Beauty as well.


Go to to check out their product offerings and grab your free trial.

In Beauty, Review on
September 1, 2015

Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil Review – Great for Dry Sensitive Skin

Burt's Bees Cleansing Oil Review

Hi Kind Friends! Today I have a review and live video demo of one of my new favorite cleansers from the natural and cruelty-free brand Burt’s Bees.

I have always been interested in cleansing oils, especially because I have dry skin, so I was very excited to see Target had the new Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil facial cleanser on sale with their Cartwheel app.

The items sells for $15.99 in most locations, though I purchased it for about $10-12 when it was on sale.

Oil cleansers are meant to break down the dirt and makeup on your face without over-striping it of your skin’s natural oils and this product does deliver for the most part. It definitely cleans my face without being too harsh but it doesn’t take away all traces of makeup, especially not mascara.

Video demo:


I generally add some olive oil onto a cotton round and swipe it over my eyes to break down my mascara, use the Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil to wash my face, and then follow with my DIY Apple Cider Vinegar toner to get rid of any traces of makeup. I will have a video showing this skincare routine in detail in the next coming days.

You use this cleanser by gently rubbing it into dry skin and then rinsing off with water. The consistency of the oil itself is only slightly thicker than water.

I’ve been using this cleanser now for over a month (the video was filmed after only a week of use) and it has not broken out my skin at all. The oils and other ingredients in this product make it great for sensitive skin but I also think it may work for oily skin, I just would not follow with a moisturizer since this product does moisturize as well.

Overall I think this will become one of my favorite skincare products.

You can purchase the Burt’s Bess Cleansing Oil at Target or online at Burt’s Bees’ official website.

Do you have a favorite cleansing oil? What beauty product do you think I’d love?

In Beauty, Review on
July 20, 2015

The Honest Company Organic Healing Balm Review

Organic Healing Balm for sensitive skin, cuts, and skin irritation

The Honest Company is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands and with the launch of Honest Beauty coming soon, I’m getting even more hyped. If you haven’t heard of Honest before, it is an all natural brand with gorgeous packaging that is also cruelty-free.

Other Honest Company reviews for you: Spray Deodorant | Breathe Easy Rub | Soy Candles

The Honest Company Organic Healing Balm is a nourishing ointment that can be used as a moisturizer or to help heal minor cuts and skin irritations. The ingredients are all natural and most are certified organic. You can purchase it by itself for $12.95 (3 oz packaging) or as part of the Essential Wellness Kit where you get five items for $35.95 (amazing deal).

I use this product mostly as a hand cream (it’s one of my office essentials) but it has also saved me multiple times on the go when the heat has left my skin feeling dry or when my skin is freaking out over general allergies. This balm is really soothing for dry and sensitive skin like mine.

The Honest Company's Healing Balm is awesome, just saying.

It does leave a bit of a sheen but within a few minutes it isn’t noticeable. The scent is a little odd (reminds me a bit of a subtle play-doh fragrance) but that doesn’t bother me since products with added fragrances usually make my skin itchy.

So far it’s my favorite product from the brand and I definitely plan on repurchasing the product once I run out.

If you are interested in trying this product, I highly recommend getting it bundled in the Essential Wellness Kit. I’m slowly replacing all of my household cleaning products with Honest ones to minimize the chemicals in my home and this kit (which I’ve customized to come every 6 weeks) is an inexpensive way to do so.

What product helps your skin the most? I’d love to know if I’m missing out on any amazing products.

In Beauty, Review on
June 22, 2015

Milani Power Lip Review

Milani Power Lip Lasting Gloss Stain Review

I’ve been really into wearing a bolder lip lately, especially since I’ve cut my hair to a little above my shoulders. When I saw the Milani Power Lip Lasting Gloss Stain in Publix for $6.49, I knew it would be a fun product to review.

The color I purchased was the #3 Raspberry Tart. It is a berry mauve color, the brand is cruelty-free, and this lip product itself is vegan. What is there not to like?

The Milani Power Lip in #3 Raspberry Tart

Milani’s website lists eight colors available for this product range but I only saw four available at my local Publix. I didn’t find them on but all eight colors are available on If you’d like to see swatches of the other colors available, Makeup and Beauty Blog has some great photos in her Milani Power Lip Review.


This product is advertised to be a gloss and a stain. Through using it I came to find that it was more of a long wearing lip gloss than a stain. Through my other experiences, I’ve come to see lip stains as products able to last through eating without reapplication. The Milani Power Lip did last through drinking and stayed pigmented for four hours but as soon as I started to eat the color disappeared. Since I’m not willing to go four hours without eating (yum, food) I don’t know how long it would have lasted if I hadn’t eaten.

I had hoped that there would still be some berry color left on my lips after my delicious pizza but all that was left was a subtle pink that honestly looked better on camera than in person.

If you want a long wearing lip gloss that you don’t mind reapplying after meals, it’s a great product. But if you really want a stain, I don’t think the color lasts well enough after the gloss layer disappears.

Do you like bold lips in the Summer?

Stay tuned most Mondays for more cruelty-free reviews.

In Beauty on
May 28, 2015

Get Ready with Me: My Lazy 10 Minute Makeup Routine

Easy 10 Minute Makeup

My favorite kind of makeup look is one that is easy, minimal, and natural looking. When I’m feeling like looking more put together without all of the fuss of a million products, this is the 10 minute makeup routine I follow.

Check out a text tutorial and video demo below:


Products used: theBalm TimeBalm primer (c/o), It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer, NYX Tinted Brow Mascara (Review), tarte Rainforest After Dark blush/bronzer/highlighter, PIXI Lash Booster Mascara (Review), Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Carolina Coast

Easy Makeup Routine

Easy 10 Minute Lazy Makeup:

  1. Optional: Apply a primer to smooth out your pores. Even when I’m only applying concealer, I use a face primer. It’s a godsend for dry skin because primers help to keep your makeup from drying up as well.
  2. Add concealer where needed.
  3. Fill in brows with a tinted brow mascara.
  4. Lightly add bronzer to below your cheekbones, top of the temple, and right below the lips.
  5. Apply blush right above the cheekbone color.
  6. Add a light highlight color to the cupid’s bow, along the eyes, bridge of the nose, and the “C” around the eyes and brows.
  7. Apply a natural looking mascara.
  8. Add lip color.

Enjoy your easy makeup look. This takes less than 10 minutes for me to complete and enhances the features I like the most about my face.

What is your go-to makeup look? What products do you use on a daily basis?

I’d love your suggestions.

In Beauty, Review on
May 25, 2015

NYX Tinted Brow Mascara Review

NYX Tinted Brow Mascara Review

Hi Kind Friends! Today I’m sharing with you a review of my new favorite brow product, the NYX Tinted Brow Mascara in Chocolate.

Tinted brow mascaras (basically super powered tinted brow gels) have been around for awhile but these past two years or so I’ve seen them really gain in popularity. You can find a tinted brow gel/mascara in any drugstore now.

But boy am I glad that the first purchase I made in this brow trend was from NYX.

Drugstore tinted brow gels

(Wearing the NYX Tinted Brow Mascara in Chocolate; the Physician’s Formula BB Creamtarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara; and the tarte Rainforest After Dark eyeshadows, blush, highlighter, and bronzer.)

NYX’s Tinted Brow Mascara cost $6.99 on and $4.90 on Does the NYX Tinted Brow Mascara last all day? Yes!

My camera couldn’t focus on the brush so here is a promo photo from NYX. I think the brush actually looks a lot better than this photo portrays, it is basically a small plastic mascara wand.

The NYX Tinted Brow Mascara tames your brows into shape while it fills them out with color deposits. To use the product, you apply it like you would any other brow gel. The only difference is you press the brush down more in the areas that are more sparse so that you can deposit more color there.

Before and after using the NYX Tinted Brow Mascara:

Demo - NYX Tinted Brow Mascara in Chocolate before and after

The product lasted on my brows all day, without any smudging. As for makeup removal, it’s definitely harder to take off than using brow powder. I personally put some olive oil on a cotton square and use that to take off both my mascara and this brow mascara.

Overall, this is now one of my favorite products to use. Since my brows are already massive, I only use this product. If you have thin, sparse brows you may need to use a powder before adding the mascara.

Have you tried a brow mascara before? Do you prefer it over filling them in with powder or pencil?

In Beauty, DIY on
May 21, 2015

DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Toner For All Skin Types

How to Use Food on your Face - Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

An Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Toner is so easy to make. You only need two ingredients! This toner/astringent recipe can even be customized to fit any skin type. Get all of the details below.

How to Make an Apple Cider Vinegar Toner:

  • For dry or sensitive skin, mix one part ACV with three or four parts water.
  • For normal skin, mix one part ACV with two parts water.
  • For oily skin, mix one part ACV with one part water.
  • For acne prone skin, add a few drops of Tea Tree Oil to any of the above recipes.

How to Use your DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Toner:

  • Cleanse your skin. I’m currently using my DIY Oatmeal Cleanser.
  • Shake the bottle of ACV Toner and add some of the solution to a cotton ball.
  • Gently rub the cotton ball onto your clean skin.
  • Follow with your moisturizing routine. I’m currently using coconut oil. Check out 20 Different Ways to Use Coconut Oil for more ways to use this all natural moisturizer.

A video tutorial showing me making the product and demoing it’s use:


Do you think a toner is worth it? I love using toners, especially when I’m using an all natural cleanser that may not clean my face as effectively.

Thank you Coconuts and Kettlebells for the recipe and info on toners!

How do you feel about all natural skincare? Do you have a recipe you swear by?