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In Beauty, DIY on
February 1, 2016

DIY Orange Vanilla Body Scrub

This super easy scrub takes no time to make and is all natural.

I love all natural skincare, especially when I can make the products myself. Body scrubs are often the simplest DIY skincare products to make, with infinite combinations, and I’ve got a great one here for you to try.

This great DIY orange vanilla body scrub is really beneficial for your skin and smells AHHH-Mazing.

Ingredients:
-Coconut Oil
-Sugar
-Dried or fresh orange peels
-Vanilla extract
-Orange essential oil

Instructions:
-Add equal parts softened coconut oil to sugar. I used 6 tablespoons of each.
-Mix in cut up or zested (zested orange peels would have a much finer texture, better for sensitive and dry skin) orange peels, as many as you’d like to reach desired look.
-Add one capful of vanilla extract and a few drops of orange essential oil. This will help combat the coconut smell.

Video tutorial:

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This scrub is great for exfoliating the skin and moisturizing it, while the extra scents make it a delicious spa experience.

Make sure to comment your favorite body scrubs! I’d love to know what your favorite products are and what DIY skin remedies you love to use.

I’m hoping to make a great coffee scrub soon to share with you all soon. Caffeine is great for the skin.

More DIYs for you to enjoy: DIY Project Collective

In Beauty, Review on
November 4, 2015

Somaluxe Stem Cell + Peptide Complex Moisturizer Review

Somaluxe stem cell and peptide complex review

Hello there, Kind Friends. Today I’m going to share with you a pros and cons post on the Somaluxe Stem Cell + Peptide Complex moisturizer from Lady Soma (c/o). This review will help you decide whether or not you think this moisturizer would be a good fit for your routine.

This Stem Cell + Peptide Complex moisturizer is aimed for those that are looking to amp up their anti-aging skincare routine with a formula that works to help increase the skins firmness and longevity. The instructions say to use this moisturizer once per day, morning or night.

Pros and Cons

This product in the Somaluxe line from Lady Soma has many pros to it.

Pros

  • Great all-natural and organic ingredients
  • Cruelty-free/No animal testing policy
  • Smooth non-watery texture
  • Calming subtle floral scent
  • Great basic moisturizer for normal to oily skin
  • Works well on sensitive skin

And then one con that puts it in the no column for my skin type.

Cons

  • Not very moisturizing on dry skin

In my anti-aging routine I need a moisturizer that plumps my skin up while it treats because my skin is perpetually dry. On the bright side, however, it is one of the few anti-aging products that does not make my skin feel irritated with prolonged use.  I’ve been using this product once a day for a little over a month now without any negative skin interactions, which is hard for me to find in anti-aging products.

I personally did not notice a change in the firmness of my skin or in my wrinkles but at the moment I only have fine lines around my eye area, which is where I use a separate eye treatment product and not this moisturizer in particular.

How does the Somaluxe moisturizers work on dry skin?

Overall thoughts

I believe that the Lady Soma Stem Cell + Peptide Complex moisturizer from their Somaluxe line wold be a good product for those that don’t have dry skin and want to embalm their face with some high-quality organic ingredients. For me personally, I will be using it mainly on my neck, chest, and hands rather than on my face since I need some more moisturizing in my routine. At the moment, I don’t plan on purchasing a bottle myself but I’ll wait to see how it works on other areas of my body before I make my final decision.

What is your favorite anti-aging moisturizer? What products are you using in your routine?

I’d love to know your recommendations as to what I should try next, so please do let me know in the comments.

You can purchase this anti-aging moisturizer on LadySoma.com or Amazon.com

In Beauty, Review on
October 21, 2015

Honest Beauty Brow Filler Review and Demo – Rich Brunette

honest beauty brow filler

Hello Kind Friends, today I have a followup on my Honest Beauty unboxing haul. I’ve been using the Honest Beauty Brow Filler in Rich Brunette for a month now and wanted to give my impressions after using it regularly.

Other Honest reviews: Honest Deodorant Spray, Honest Healing Balm, Honest Beauty Subscription Free Trial, Honest Body Lotion, Honest Breathe Right Rub, Honest Candles

Honest Beauty is a cruelty-free and all natural brand in The Honest Company umbrella. The Brow Filler is one of the few products that are under $20, with this product clocking in at $15.

Review and Demo of Honest Beauty's Brow Filler

I chose the color Rich Brunette for my medium brown hair but they also have Dark Blonde, Warm Auburn, and Deep Black.

Rich Brunette was a dark brown color that did not have any red hues. The retractible pencil feels stiff and waxy and does not bleed, even if you touch your brows right after application. I can wear this product all day without the color fading and it is capable of making thin or thick strokes.

To take off the product I use a cotton ball dipped in olive oil or coconut oil.

Overall I can definitely see myself purchasing this product again because it was an exact color match to my brunette hair.

Do you have any questions about this Honest Beauty Brow Filler review? Let me know in the comments.

You can buy the Honest Beauty Brow Filler on HonestBeauty.com.

Here is a look at my unboxing and demo video that was exclusively on my YouTube channel this past month.

 

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In Beauty, Review on
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 HonestBeauty.com 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 Review on
August 7, 2015

The Honest Company Face and Body Lotion Review

The Honest Company Face + Body Lotion Review

I’m in love with The Honest Company and as such have been slowly making my way through their products and writing reviews. If you’ve missed any of them, here are a few other reviews from this company you may want to read: Healing Balm Review | Spray Deodorant Review | Soy Candle Review | Breathe Easy Rub Review

Today I’m delving into the specifics of The Honest Company’s Face and Body Lotion. Should you pick it up right away? Not necessarily. Read my review below to grab the details.

The Honest Company Review Face and Body Lotion

The Honest Company is a cruelty-free all natural brand that features many organic ingredients. The face and body lotion works as the name suggests, on your face and body, and costs $9.95. It’s a white thick cream that applies easily. It is not greasy and absorbs into the skin quickly and while I was using it on my face, I did not experience clogged pores or blemishes.

If you have oily or normal skin, this product is perfect for the body and face. If you have dry skin like myself, it is not moisturizing enough. I used it for a little while mixed with some coconut oil to add more moisture but on it’s own I had to reapply another moisturizer in the middle of the day.

I still use this product on my body in conjunction with The Honest Company’s Organic Body Oil (review coming soon on this product) but have discontinued using it on my face.

What is your favorite body and facial moisturizer? Would it work for my dry skin?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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.