Z natural life Deodorant Review


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.  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.  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 – 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

January 2017 Favorites


Over this past month I have accumulated some new products that I have come to love. All of these products have been new to me this month and I wanted to share my thoughts about them!

  1. EcoTools Makeup Sponges– These sponges came in a pack of two (one dark green and one light green) and both sponges offer a different type of application. The larger,  dark green sponge is less dense and allows for a lighter application. The smaller, light green sponge is more dense and applies more of a medium coverage. The light green sponge is also really great for concealer application. I have been using both sponges quite frequently and they are a great dupe for the more expensive Beauty Blender sponge.
  2. Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm–  I got this as a sample at Sephora and I wasn’t sure how much I was going to use it. I was sick earlier in the month and I ended up using this product on the dry skin around my nose before applying makeup. It really helped re-hydrate the area and allowed my make up to apply better. You can use this as a primer before makeup or as a cream to put on top of your makeup. I think this product would be really great for anyone who experiences a lot of dryness on their face as it is great for soothing those areas.
  3. Root Pretty Loose Eyeshadow in Tan Rose– This is the first product I have ever tried from Root and I am very impressed. The eyeshadow is beautiful and applies very nicely without any fallout. I really want to try more of their products in the future.
  4. Cover FX Cream Concealer– I had been wanting to try a more full coverage concealer so, I picked up this concealer to test out. I really like the amount of coverage it gives and the formula is very easy to blend. You only need a very small amount of product because it is very pigmented. I primarily use it to conceal under my eyes and it doesn’t crease when I set it with a powder.
  5. Wet N’ Wild Megaliner– This eyeliner was another product I wasn’t sure I was going to like.I ended up finding that it has a felt tip applicator that is very easy to use. The formula of the eyeliner doesn’t smudge and drys to be a dark black color. I think it is a great option for anyone who is looking for an affordable liquid liner.

Leave a comment and let me know if you had any favorite vegan and cruelty free makeup products!

ELF Mineral Infused Mascara


Hello again! I have a few thoughts to share about the ELF Mineral Infused Mascara. I’ve been trying out some affordable mascaras lately to see how they compare to my favorite high end mascaras. I really like how accessible ELF products are so, if you are in a pinch ELF is a great option.

This mascara has a thin rubber bristle brush that is easy to work with and evenly coats the lashes. The wand is a bit flimsy but, it isn’t too difficult to control. The mascara is a dry formula which I really enjoy because I find that it volumizes my lashes better than a wet formula.

I found that in order to layer this mascara you must do so while the first layer is still wet. After that the formula doesn’t allow for much layering and it can make your lashes look clumpy. The one thing I found disappointing about this mascara was how easily it can smudge and flake. This wasn’t an overwhelming problem but, it happened more than I would have liked. Mascaras don’t typically smudge on my eyes so I would not recommend this for anyone who finds their mascara smudges or runs easily.

Overall, I wasn’t blown away by this mascara but, I found it applied very nicely. I liked the look it gave my lashes it just wasn’t long wearing on my eyes.  With this mascara I think you get what you pay for but, for $3  you can’t beat it.

Vegan Makeup Starter Kit (Budget Friendly)


When I first went vegan 4 years ago, I found it to be a fairly easy transition. I had no problems eliminating animal products from my diet however, I did struggle with finding vegan makeup. I love makeup and I really didn’t want to part with my favorite products that weren’t vegan. I had no idea where I was going to find vegan products and if they would even work for me. Over the years of testing different products, I’ve put a lot of research into this topic. I wanted to put together a “starter kit” for those who are wanting to transition to the vegan lifestyle in hopes that your journey might be a little easier.

First off, two brands I would highly recommend you look at are ELF Cosmetics and Lily Lolo. ELF Cosmetics is a very affordable and accessible brand. All of the ELF Cosmetics products are vegan and cruelty free. Their ingredients aren’t the best but, for the price you can’t beat it. You can find their products online, Target, Walmart, and even some drugstores.

Lily Lolo is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands. They are an all natural brand that offers many vegan friendly products. Each product says whether or not it is vegan on the their website. Additionally, none of their products contain any toxic ingredients. Lily Lolo products are more pricy than ELF Cosmetics but, if you want green beauty products they are the way to go. You can find their products at lilylolo.us

The products that I have assembled for this starter kit are meant for anyone who is wanting to try vegan products. I tried to include affordable options and natural options depending on what you are looking to try. Vegan and natural makeup can get expensive so, I wanted to share some budget-friendly options in this list.

Foundation – I really enjoy the OCC tinted moisturizer as my everyday foundation. It is lightweight and works for me in every season. I talk more about this foundation in my previous post here. ELF cosmetics also makes a great variety of inexpensive foundations. My favorite is the Flawless Finish Foundation. I have a full review of that foundation here.


OCC Tint and Silk Naturals concealer

Concealer– I am currently using the Silk Naturals stick concealer (I broke mine and it is pictured in the clear jar to the right). It’s very inexpensive, natural, and creamy. Pacifica also makes two really great concealers: the transcendent concealer and the dreamlit concealer. I have a full review on the dreamlit concealer here. If you are looking for a more traditional concealer the transcendent one is the way to go.

Powder-Lily Lolo makes my favorite powder foundation. It rivals the Bare Minerals foundations in my opinion. I use this both as a foundation and a setting powder. To use it as a setting powder I just use a smaller amount of product.

Blush– Pacifica makes my favorite affordable blush. It is the color Camellia. This blush is a shimmery peach color that is similar to Benefit Coralista (Camellia leans a bit more pink) . This blush also comes in a more rose shade called Wildrose.


Pacifica Camellia

Contour– Hands down the best contour powder I have tried is the ELF Contour Palette. I talk more about this palette in a previous post here.


Pacifica Aquarian Gaze (waterproof) Mascara and Wet n Wild Megaliner

Mascara– Pacifica makes the best vegan mascara. They offer 3 different types and all are non-irritating to the eye area. I talk more about the Pacifica Dream Big mascara here.

Eyeliner– I love the Wet n Wild Megaliner liquid eyeliner. It is very black and very easy to use. I can wear it all day long without it smudging or fading. The best part is the price. It is only 3 dollars at most drugstores and Target.

Eyeshadow– Silk Naturals makes the most affordable, natural eyeshadows. I couldn’t recommend them enough. I have a full review on these eyeshadows here. I also love the ELF Mad for Matte palettes. All of the shadows are easy to apply and have great pigmentation. I have a full review on the Mad for Matte 2 Palette here.


ELF Mad for Matte 1 Palette

I hope this post was helpful to anyone who is new to vegan makeup. Please leave a comment if you have any affordable favorites that are cruelty-free and vegan!







Lily Lolo Haul and Review


Hello again! I recently purchased a few new items from Lily Lolo and thought I would tell you guys about them. This company makes really awesome mineral makeup that is vegan, cruelty free and natural. I have tried their mineral powder foundation so, I thought I would try out some of their other products.

Mineral Bronzer in Bondi Bronze– At first I was a bit skeptical of this bronzer. The color is  a very rich warm bronze with shimmer. I wasn’t sure it would suit my skin tone and I would end up with big orange splotches on my face. Lucky for me this was not the case. I found that this bronzer is easy to blend out so it has the ability to look very subtle if you use a light hand. The shimmer in the bronzer isn’t glittery at all and adds a nice sheen on the skin. I think this bronzer has the ability to suit many different skin tones depending on how heavy handedly you apply it. This bronzer also makes a really great eye shadow.

Natural Eye Pencil in Brown– I was looking for a new eye liner to use for more natural-looking eye makeup. I have had a hard time finding a pigmented liner that was also a natural product. This Lily Lolo liner is very creamy and pigmented. It is also easy to smudge out if you are going for a smoky eye look.

Pressed Eye Shadow in Buttered Up– This eye shadow is slightly on the sheer side. There is a very pretty shimmer that the shadow gives but not much color. I think this eye shadow is really great for a natural eye look or a “no-makeup” makeup look. The consistency of the eye shadow is very smooth and doesn’t kick up any fall out.


Overall, I really enjoyed the products I purchased. All of these products together would make a very pretty and natural look. All of the products apply beautifully and I would recommend them if you are looking for a natural makeup brand.



ELF Mad For Matte 2 Palette


I recently purchased the ELF Mad for Matte 2 palette. I absolutely love the original Mad for Matte palette ELF released not too long ago and I wanted to give this new palette a try. This  new palette has more warm toned eyeshadows compared to the original palette.


After using it for a week I have to say I already love it. The shadows are very smooth and easy to blend. All of the colors are very pigmented, even the purple and the black shades are rich in color. The first few shades are really great transition colors and can be used to blend out the darker colors. Personally, I love those colors for simple everyday looks.


With Flash

I think this palette is really great for everyday but, you can also get some great nighttime looks out of it as well. Overall, I would recommend this palette to anyone looking for a simple and affordable matte palette. The shadows are smooth, not chalky, and apply perfectly. Most importantly, it is vegan and cruelty free!


Holiday Makeup Favorites


The holiday season is in full swing and I have a few makeup favorites to share with you!


OCC Tinted Moisturizer– This is my go-to foundation for many seasons. I find that in the winter it is especially helpful for my dry skin. It is a very light coverage foundation but, it gives a really beautiful finish on the skin. It can be paired under a powder foundation as a base.




100% Pure Pomegranate Lipstick in Poppy– I love a red lip for the holidays and I have been enjoying this lipstick recently. It is a very moisturizing lipstick and is not completely matte. I love 100% Pure products because you don’t have to worry about any potentially harmful ingredients. dsc_0045

Pacifica Dream Big Mascara– This mascara covers all of your lashes’ needs. The wand is extendable so it can lengthen or volumize your lashes.  I first use the lengthening side and then after that coat is dry I use the volumizing side. The formula doesn’t flake and it has conditioning properties to strengthen your lashes.

Kat Von D Ink Liner– I’ve been using this eyeliner for awhile now and I really enjoy the felt-tip applicator. The applicator makes it easy to get a good wing. It dries matte and stays all day.




100% Pure Nail Polish in Cherry Pop– Red nails are a classic for the holidays. I think this shade would be very flattering on all skin tones. The formula dries relatively quickly and is free of any harmful chemicals.


Overall these products are sure to give you a simple yet, festive holiday look. If you have any favorite products for the holidays please let me know in the comments!


4 Ways to Declutter Your Closet


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In my previous post, My Journey into Minimalism, I discussed my want to live lighter. I have decluttered my belongings and, more importantly, I decluttered my closet. I realized that I was holding onto a lot of clothing that I barely wore or I didn’t even like.

Depending on your level of clothes hoarding, decluttering your closet may seem like a daunting task. I found that if you go through your closet with a clear objective it is much easier. I have come up with a list of 4 easy ways to get started. These tips can help you find a starting point for what you may want to get rid of.

1. Items that are too big or too small– Everyone has at least one item of clothing that doesn’t quite fit them right. Chances are if you lose or gain weight you are going to want to buy new clothes rather than wear the old clothes you are holding on to.

2. Non-vegan items– This is more directed at vegans or people who only want to purchase items that an animal didn’t suffer for. When I went vegan I kept a lot of my non-vegan items. I thought I would still wear them and it would be a waste to get rid of them. The truth is, I felt too guilty to wear those items again and they ended up sitting in my closet collecting dust. I have since donated those items to people who will get better use out of them. I also encourage you, especially at this time of the year, to donate your down or wool coats to people in need. There are so many people who need a warm winter coat no matter the material. If you have one sitting around please donate it!

3. Things that are uncomfortable– Maybe it’s a pair of shoes that always gives you a blister or a shirt that is too tight in the arms, if you are uncomfortable wearing something you should get rid of it.

4. Items with bad memories– Sometimes the clothes we wear when we get bad news or something bad happens to us can hold onto those memories. You don’t want to keep an item that when you wear it you are reminded of that bad memory.

I hope these tips are helpful and give you a good place to start when decluttering your closet. Please let me know if you have any tips to share!

Vegan During the Holidays


Since being vegan for four years now I’ve experienced the holidays in a new way. This isn’t a bad thing, it’s just a bit different. The holidays present a situation that can be stressful if you’re unprepared. Here are my tips for having the happiest of holidays as a vegan:

  1. Bring food to gatherings– Prepare one (or a few) of your favorite vegan dishes to share at gatherings. Not only will this ensure you have something yummy to eat, it can also introduce vegan food to your family and friends.
  2. Bring a dessert– Sometimes there will be vegan dishes at gatherings but vegan dessert can be hard to come by. Surprising your family and friends with an awesome dessert is a great way to show them that vegans eat more than tofu and kale.
  3. Be prepared to answer questions– Your family and friends are going to ask you questions about your lifestyle. Use this as an opportunity to educate them about veganism. I always love it when the people around me show a genuine interest in veganism.
  4. Avoid arguments– In many families there is usually a relative that is not so supportive of your lifestyle choice. If this relative is being argumentative, I find it’s best to avoid this person. The holidays are meant to be a happy time and arguments can spoil an otherwise great gathering.

I love the holidays and it can be a great time to showcase all that veganism has to offer. Leave a comment with what your favorite dish is to bring to gatherings!

My Journey into Minimalism


I’ve always been a collector. As a kid I would collect keychains, pencils, stuffed animals, you name it. I never threw anything away. Over the years, as you can imagine, I acquired a lot of stuff; too much stuff. At this point in my life I have come to the realization that clutter makes me anxious. Even my “organized” clutter was out of hand. I needed to make a change. I found that my stuff and my desire to acumulate more stuff was getting in the way of the things  I truly wanted.

I stumbled upon the concept of minimalism about a year ago and I was really intrigued by its message. I thought that by adopting this lifestyle I could fix the problems I was seeing in my life. This didn’t really go as I had hoped. Most likely because I didn’t make a plan. I didn’t set any goals. My mistake was not understanding what exactly I was doing wrong.

Since then I have really evaluated my lifestyle and identified what my problem areas are. I have established that I want to save money and live lighter. So, here’s what I’ve been doing so far to work towards these goals:

  1. I slowed down my shopping habits: I realized that I have everything that I need. When I do purchase something I think about it fully. I used to fall victim to the impulse purchase. Thinking through my purchases has allowed me to weed out things that I probably would have bought on impulse. Going to the store with a list really helps.
  2. I decluttered: I got rid of everything that I didn’t use. The main thing I decluttered was my closet. Having a closet full of nothing to wear was something that I always felt like I was going to have. I had so many clothing items that I needed to sift through to get to the clothes I did want to wear. The problem with this is I didn’t see the clothing I love and ended up feeling like I needed more. *Blog post about this topic coming soon*

I still have a long way to go and I am not a minimalist by any means. I won’t have a house full of white walls anytime soon. I simply want to be more conscious of my lifestyle. I want a space full of only the things I truly love and I want to be more in control of my money.

If you’ve been trying to reach similar goals, please share your ideas in the comments!