100% Pure Luminous Primer

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I don’t typically use face primer but, I was very compelled to try this primer from 100% Pure because I wanted to see what all the hype was about. Long-story short, I’ll try just about anything to have glowing skin.

This primer looks very shiny when it comes out of the pump and it has a smooth consistency. It feels really nice on the skin and preps it for makeup application. I was pretty skeptical at first because I think some primers can be quite gimmicky. In order to test this out accurately I used it with 3 different foundations: OCC Skin Tint, Juice Beauty Serum Foundation, and 100% Pure 2nd Skin. Additionally, I wore these foundations with and without the primer on multiple occasions. After putting this primer to the test I found that it does work. Each time I wore the primer, no matter what foundation I used, I noticed that the wear time of the foundation was lengthened. The foundations didn’t break up as easily throughout the day and my skin looked overall, more luminous.

This primer also contains resveratrol. Resveratrol is said to have anti-aging benefits when used on the skin however, when I did some of my own research I found only conflicting studies on the actual benefits. If anti-aging is a concern of yours this might be a good product to add to your makeup routine as there are no known harmful effects of resveratrol. Basically, I think it’s worth giving a try.

Overall, I really like this primer and I will be repurchasing it again and again. If you are looking for something that will help the longevity of your makeup and the appearance of your skin this is a great primer to try. This primer is silicone-free, vegan, and cruelty-free!

You can find the 100% Pure Luminous Primer here.

 

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Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Mask

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I have really been enjoying face masks recently and I have taken a liking to the Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Mask. This face mask is a “sleepover” mask which means you don’t rinse it off your face before going to bed (almost like a leave-in conditioner for your face). This mask is super hydrating and is meant for dry to combination skin types.

I find this mask to be very therapeutic for my skin. It feels very cooling on any dry areas I might have on my face and my skin feels very moisturized in the morning. When I use this mask I apply it after I have cleansed my skin at night in place of my moisturizer. The mask completely sinks into your skin just minutes after you apply it and there is no visible residue on your skin in the morning.

Overall, I really enjoy this mask and I think it will be really great for my skin during the winter months or if I’ve been out in the sun too long this summer.

As a note: Everything I mention on this blog is vegan and cruelty-free! Thanks for reading!

 

June Favorites – Video

Hey Everyone! I made a video to share my favorite products for the month of June. It was my first time filming and editing a video so let me know if this is something you all would like to see again!

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Flawless Serum Foundation

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Hello Everyone! I’m back again to share with you my thoughts in the Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Flawless Serum Foundation. Juice Beauty is a relatively new company to me and I’ve been intrigued by their “green beauty” philosophy and clean ingredients. Additionally, all of their skincare and makeup products are cruelty free and vegan. (That gives them an A+ in my book)

This foundation is supposed to contain an age-defying serum that creates a youthful appearance to the skin and keep the skin hydrated. The formula of this foundation is very liquidy. Due to the serum nature of this product the bottle needs to be shaken before applying. Despite the feel of this foundation I didn’t find it to be as moisturizing as it claims to be once on the face. I have combination skin that has leaned more dry as of recently. The foundation looked nice on my skin initially but, it did look a bit dry towards the end of the day.

After trying out this foundation I found it to have a medium coverage application. You can build it up to get a more full coverage look however, I found the product gets a bit cakey when applying a lot, even in layers. I found it is best to apply it with a foundation buffing brush if you want full coverage and a damp makeup sponge for light to medium coverage.

The only real problem I had with this foundation was the shade range. I have the color Rosy Tan and it is too light for me. There are a lot of shades for fair skin but not a lot of shades for medium to dark skin tones.

Overall, I really liked this foundation. It wasn’t exactly what I was looking for but, it is a good option if you are looking for a green beauty foundation. You can easily find this foundation at Ulta stores.

As a note: Everything I mention on this blog is vegan and cruelty-free! Thanks for reading!

 

Derma-e Microdermabrasion Scrub

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I love a good facial scrub and I especially love the way they make my skin feel. This microdermabrasion scrub from Derma-E is no exception. The product has a very fine grit that almost feels like sand granules. The scrub doesn’t dissolve away as you’re rubbing it into your skin so you can scrub for as long as you want. If you have sensitive skin you may want to use less pressure because this scrub is very abrasive and could cause irritation. Personally, I have not experienced any skin irritation or dryness due to this product. I use it about 1 to 2 times per week in the shower.

The main reason why this is my all time favorite scrub is that it leaves my skin feeling baby soft. It removes the top layer of dead skin on your face so you are left with the fresh, soft skin underneath. If you think your skin is looking dull or flakey I highly recommend you try this product.

As a note: Everything I mention on this blog is vegan and cruelty-free! Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

 

 

Pacifica Mineral Sunscreen and Face Stick

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I was beyond jazzed when I heard that Pacifica was coming out with sunscreen. Β Protecting your skin from the sun is very important however, most conventional sunscreens contain harmful ingredients that defeat the purpose of wearing it in the first place. Pacifica did a great job of using safe ingredients in this new sun-care line. This line is exclusively sold at Target stores which makes it is very easy to find. Β If you want to know how these products performed just keep on reading πŸ™‚

Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50:Β I will start by saying that the sunscreen ingredient in this sunscreen is zinc oxide. Zinc Oxide is the most natural form of sunscreen however, it does leave a white cast. If that bothers you this sunscreen may not be for you. Personally, that’s not something that bothers me. The other thing I want to point out is how oily this sunscreen is. Once you’ve rubbed it into your skin it looks and feels like you have just rubbed your body with tanning oil. When I first applied this spray I was having a lot of trouble getting it rubbed into my skin. After playing around with it a few times I learned that if you spray the product into your hands first then rub it into the skin it works best. If you spray it directly on the skin you end up using more than you need.

Mineral Face Stick:Β This facial sunscreen comes in a convenient stick form with an SPF of 50. The Β product looks very white but, when you apply it, it goes on clear. I usually rub the product into my skin just to make sure my whole face is covered. The formula isn’t greasy or sticky and it did not cause me to break out. So far, I am really impressed with this product and it is my favorite out of their new sun-care line.

As a note: Everything I mention on this blog is vegan and cruelty-free! Thanks for reading!

ELF Best Friend Eyeshadow Duos

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Left to Right: Soul Mate, Pink Pal

ELF recently came out with a line of new eyeshadow duos and of course, I needed to try them. I love how affordable ELF products are and they usually are pretty good quality. These duos are no different, the shadows are smooth and go on beautifully. I really love eyeshadow duos in general because they are perfect to travel with as they usually contain two complementing colors.

There are 5 different duos in this collection and I have 2 of them in the colors Soul Mate and Pink Pal. The duos contain one shimmer shade and one matte shade.

Soul Mate is the perfect “going out” duo. It is really great for a taupe-toned Β smokey eye. I really love the shimmer shade in this duo. You can easily wear this shade blended out as a beautiful, day-friendly eye look.

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Soul Mate

Pink Pal is perfect for everyday. It has a beautiful shimmery pink (that could be used as a highlighter) and a cool-toned matte brown. Out of the two I purchased, this one is my favorite because it is great for everyday. I really love neutral colors so this duo is perfect for me.

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Overall, if you want an inexpensive eyeshadow duo these are a great option. They are perfect for those who want a great eyeshadow look but don’t have the time to think about what colors look good together. The packaging and the ingredients leave a lot to be desired however at $3 a piece you can’t beat it. The quality of the eyeshadows themselves are great quality.

If you have tried these duos or the other colors please leave me a comment and let me know what you think πŸ™‚

 

As a note: Everything I mention on this blog is vegan and cruelty-free! Thanks for reading!

May 2017 Favorites

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The past four months have flown by for me and since I’ve been gone awhile I wanted to share some new favorites with you guys. The majority of these products are new to me however, one is an old favorite.

  1. Derma-e Purifying Gel Cleanser– As I mentioned in my previous post I was living in Florida for the past four months. You can probably guess that I was a hot, sweaty mess for most of that time. This cleanser worked really well to keep my pores clear of any gunk that can build up due to sweat. The activated charcoal gave my skin a really deep clean without being too harsh or drying. I’ve really been loving derma-e products lately and this cleanser has made its way into my weekly routine.
  2. Pacifica 7-Free Nail Color in Pink Moon-Β I have really been liking light colored nail polishes lately. I love that it makes your nails look polished but still natural. One thing I really like about Pacifica’s nail polishes is that they are free of the seven harmful chemicals used in conventional polishes. Even without those chemicals this polish applies evenly and has decent wear time.
  3. 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Luminizer– This pink-toned luminizer has been my
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    favorite everyday highlight for almost a year now. It’s not overly sparkly or glittery so your face doesn’t look like a disco ball that could be seen from outer space. This luminizer gives the perfect “glow from within” look that I really love. To make it look even more natural you can set it with a damp beauty blender.

  4. Kopari Coconut Rose Toner– I mainly use this facial spray before I apply my makeup and to set my makeup. It smells fantastic and adds moisture to my skin that helps my makeup apply better. I also like to spritz a little bit onto my face during the day if my makeup needs freshening up.

 

As a note: Everything I mention on this blog is vegan and cruelty-free! Thanks for reading!

Pacifica Hairvana Leave-In Conditioner

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Hello everyone! I’m back again to talk about one of my favorite haircare products, the Pacifica Hairvana Leave-in Conditioner. This leave-in treatment is much more than a leave-in conditioner. It is a great detangler, heat protectant, and frizz smoother. I use a about a quarter size amount of this on my hair from the midsection to the ends when it is wet. I don’t put it near my scalp because products tend to make my hair look greasy in that area. My hair is nearly impossible to comb through but this product makes it so easy. I use this every time I wash my hair and it’s not too heavy or greasy on my hair. Overall, if you are looking for something to perk up your hair this product is a great one to try out. All of Pacifica’s products are vegan and cruelty- free.

Z natural life Deodorant Review

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As many of you have probably experienced, finding a natural deodorant that actually works can be difficult. There are so many on the market and quite frankly, a lot of them suck. To add to my problem I have very sensitive skin and cannot use deodorants that contain baking soda. Baking soda is a common ingredient in natural deodorants because it is really great for neutralizing odor. Luckily, I have found two awesome baking soda-free deodorants (that really work!) and this one from Z natural life is one of them.

For starters, this deodorant is free of any nasty chemicals and aluminum that are common in conventional deodorants. Additionally, it is free of artificial colors and fragrances so it is really great for sensitive skin. To be honest I didn’t have high hopes for this product. I thought it was either going to irritate my underarms or it wasn’t going to work. Over the past six months I have learned that this deodorant is actually really great. Four of those months I have spent in central Florida where it is easy to get very sweaty. Β Because there is no aluminum in this deodorant you will still sweat however, sweat does not cause the deodorant to wear off. I found that it lasts all day and it has not irritated my skin at all.

The deodorant comes in a squeeze tube with a “glide-on applicator tip” which is very easy to use. I really love that you don’t have to apply it with your hands like some other natural deodorants.

Overall, I think this deodorant is worth giving a try if you are having trouble finding a natural deodorant that works for you. Β I love that it is sensitive skin friendly and it has a very light scent. Most importantly, it is cruelty free and vegan!

I bought my deodorant off of amazon here –Β https://www.amazon.com/Natural-Life-Extra-Strength-Deodorant/dp/B01LZ80SBE/ref=lp_14354310011_1_3_a_it?srs=14354310011&ie=UTF8&qid=1495569506&sr=8-3