I've mastered the art of Lazy Veganism. Working a full time job, taking care of a husband, 3 cats, cleaning the apartment, managing the finances, paying the bills.. there's days I give up on dinner all together and just lay down. If I had the financial means to be a stay at home wife (aka dream job), I'd be making all sorts of fancy recipes every day. But, since money is not my friend, a lot of times its whatever I can whip up as fast as I can.
Maybe you're in the same boat as me, or maybe you don't like cooking, or maybe you just have a show you're trying to binge and you don't have time to cook some fancy meal. Time doesn't have to mean that you can't make an easy meal that's still healthy and fulfilling. The key? Protein and healthy fats. You want your meal to work as hard for you as you do.
This recipe is hardly a recipe. But I know I'm not alone in this time restricted boat, so I wanted to share it with you. Essentially, it's grains and beans. It's a go to meal of mine, and it's completely customizable. All you need is 3 ingredients, plus salt and pepper to taste.
-Quinoa, rice, or some type of grain. I use a rice mix and quinoa blend from Minute Rice and it cooks in 10 minutes, and it's delicious.
-Beans. You can justifiably use any type of beans. I used edamame in the pod, of which I squeezed out of the pod. They have steamer bags in the freezer, and they're perfect for this.
1) Cook your grain according to the package. All mine requires is I boil water, cook it for 10 minutes, let it stand for a few, then fluff it with a fork.
2) While that's cooking, prepare your beans. Mine requires steaming the bag for 4 minutes, then I de-shell the edamame and place the beans in a bowl.
3) Wash, cut, and mash your avocado. I've heard that there's people out there that actually only eat half an avocado in one sitting and save the rest for later?! I have no control when it comes to avocados. I've never saved some for later. If you can do half, more power to you.
4) Combine rice, edamame, and avocado in bowl and mix together. Add some sea salt and black pepper to taste.
Like I said, it's hardly a recipe but it's a favorite of mine so I wanted to share. I get two meals out of this, since my husband won't eat it.
I've been dealing with acne since I was a teenager, and at the old age of 27, it still doesn't show any signs of slowing down. Lucky me right?! When I break out, I can't just leave the pimple alone. I gotta pick it, and then when a scab forms, I have to pick that too. It's a compulsions (thank you OCD), and it's a vicious circle that leads to scarring and embarrassment. I'm not saying my acne is awful. I'm fortunate that I don't get cystic acne, or have like a face full of whiteheads. It's mild to moderate at best, but any acne is embarrassing. If I can stop the acne before it starts, I can't pick, and if I can't pick, then my skin will be better.
I had been using Yes To Tomatoes for years and I loved it. It kept my skin nice, for the most part, and it was affordable. However, I fear it's lost its effectiveness on my skin, and it was time to try something new.
Upon doing a lot of research, I landed on Juice Beauty. Having already tried several of their products, and loving their Green Apple Blemish Peel which is part of their Blemish Clearing System, I figured this might be the one to try. On their website, they offer a 30 day kit of their Blemish Clearing System. In it includes: 2 oz Blemish Clearing Cleanser, 1 oz Blemish Clearing Serum, .5 oz Green Apple Blemish Clearing Peel, 1 oz Oil Free Moisturizer, and 1 Eco bamboo washcloth. All of this retails for $29.99, which is a $55 value. The idea behind it makes me think of Proactive, but without the nasty chemicals. I was down to try it.
I also bought the Blemish Clearing Powder which was a separate $29. They recommend using only this for the first few weeks as a replacement to your foundation, that way you're not clogging the pores it's trying to unclog. Do I think I'll be able to wear just this alone? No way. I'll need more coverage than that. But, I'm gonna use it under my Jane Iredale powder foundation. That foundation hasn't given me any issues, so I feel confident it won't do anymore harm to my skin while it's healing. If I see enough improvement in my skin, I hope to be able to wear this on days I'm just running errands and would rather not wear a full face of makeup. Now, they only offer one color. I don't know if it's supposed to be translucent or shade matching, but I can't imagine this is one shade fits all. It looks medium in color to me. I guess we'll find out.
My biggest concern using a new skin care regimen is always the purging. While technically a good thing, because it's de-gunking your face, it's still embarrassing. I'll keep you guys posted on that part.
Clearly, I can't speak to the efficiency of these products yet because I just got them yesterday, but I wanted to give my initial thoughts on the products.
-I was surprised by the sizes. They're bigger than I had anticipated!
-The bamboo washcloth is the softest thing ever. Like I want to buy a bunch and sew them together and make a giant washcloth blanket out of them lol. If nothing else, I'm glad I got this, and will purchase more from Juice. I'm going to be using mine only in the morning, when my face is already makeup free. I figured using it with makeup on and getting it all covered in makeup won't do any good for my face. Granted I can wash it obviously, but I'm not going to wash it daily. I'll wash it every few days to a week, like I do with my regular washcloths.
-The cleanser is a gel and it's surprisingly gentle. I had some spots I picked I anticipated stinging, but it didn't. My face felt fresh and clean afterwards, and surprisingly not super tight.
-A little goes a long way with the serum. I had read other reviews about it leaving a sticky residue if you use too much and it did. In fact, even after applying the lotion, my face still felt sticky all night.
-I feel like a little goes a long way with the lotion as well. That in combination with the serum almost made my face feel slightly greasy..? I might have just used too much of both, which I think I did. I really love the smell though. It also has like a minty herbal smell, but I think it's a combination of the lemon balm leaf and sage leaf. It's a naturally soothing smell, I think.
-I think I'm gonna use much less serum, wait like 10 minutes, then apply the lotion. I think that will make a difference. I did one right after the other, and maybe it didn't allow them to fully absorb causing the residue. When it's new products like this, it's all about testing the waters since you don't know what they're like.
-I've been using the Green Apple peel for a few weeks since I got it in my Petit Vour box. If you read my blog post about it, you know I already love it. It's a product I highly recommend!
Overall, after one use, I like it, and think I'll like it better with some tweaking of the application. I'll be writing another post in a month to let you know my final thoughts, and if I'll be repurchasing!
I've recently just started getting into healing crystals and stones. They're another reminder of how Mother Nature is full of amazing things. I'm extremely new to them, and I can barely tell you anything about them, other than the fact that most of them are so pretty. So, I decided to reach out to one of my Instagram friends who makes jewelry using healing stones and got her expertise.
I'll be honest with you guys, I have been suffering through a lot A LOT of negativity, stress, and anxiety. I live in a constant state of stress and anxiety, I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder (as well as OCD) and a touch of Panic Disorder, so anxiety really is all I know. I sounds awful, but I've learned to live my life around it. But, things have since escalated with personal issues I've been dealing with, work problems, and so on. Being an empath only heightens these feelings, especially when I'm around others with negative feelings. Taking medication isn't an option for me personally (I refuse to take it), so I decided going the natural route would be best!
I reached out to Jen, owner of Compassion Paws (and fellow vegan!), and explained my situation and she was kind enough to offer to make me a customized bracelet. She suggested Amethyst, which is so ironic because it's purple, my favorite color! Jen told me that "Amethyst properties: is calming and balances or highs and lows. Promotes emotional centering.. Dispels anger, fear, and anxiety. It alleviates sadness and grief. Supports coming to term with loss. Overcomes addictions and blockages. Promotes love. Protection stone. Stimulates third eye." I was sold!
I also mentioned how I loved one of the Ritulated Quartz necklaces she had in her shop, and we mutually came to the idea of adding clear Quartz in my bracelet as well! "Quartz is known as the most powerful healing and energy amplifier.. It absorbs, stores and regulates energy and is exellent for unblocking it. Helps filter distractions. Energy saver and helps bring the body into balance :)" Perfect addition to the amethyst!
She made the bracelet super fast, like that day. And shipped it the next day. It arrived quickly and in this beautiful bag. She was even kind enough to send me a cute cat ring as a freebie. I also loved the personal touch with the handwritten note. Check everything out:
Perfect right?! It's ironic because I received it this past Tuesday, and I stayed home sick that day, which I never EVER do. I got really sick Monday night in the middle of the night and couldn't go to work the next day. Receiving it not only put a smile on my face, but wearing also made me feel better. I've been wearing it non stop since I received it, and I feel like it's helping me. It's almost like I feel more at peace. And at night, I place it in the moonlight which I feel like charges it with the moon's energy, making it even more efficient.
I know there will be naysayers that think it's all made up, but I'm a believer! People have been using these stones for thousands of years, probably longer, for their healing properties. That many people can't be wrong for so long. Whether it works because I believe it or not is irrelevant. If it helps me to mentally and emotionally feel better, that's all that matters to me. This bracelet was $25, and she has SO many options to choose from. If you want raw or polished, necklace or bracelet, or if you're looking for something and you don't know what to choose, send her a message. Not only is she really sweet, but she knows what she's doing and is really knowledgeable and talented in her field. And it's not like she's nice just to make a sale, you can tell she genuinely wants to help and wants her customers to be happy with her products. Her jewelry is so unique too, you won't find anything else like it!
Go follow her, and buy all her stuff!
I love me some Fresh Faced Masks from Lush. Whenever they have a new vegan one, I gotta check it out. I talked about Rosy Cheeks already, so now let's talk about Don't Look At Me.
This bright blue mask has a lot to offer. It's got lemon juice to brighten, ground rice to gently exfoliate, and murumuru butter to moisturize in a base of kaolin clay.
The texture really reminds me of like frozen yogurt or sherbet. The color only adds to that! The scent is herbal, it's not the greatest but it's not terrible either.
Despite my super sensitive skin, I didn't have any issues. The rice was ground enough that it wasn't tough on my skin. I can say that my flaky skin, which I had some around my nose and chin, was buffed away with ease. I was impressed!
What really stood out to me was this murumuru butter. I know nothing about it, like I can barely pronounce it. Lush did a better job explaining it than I did, so the following paragraph is taken directly from their website:
"Murumuru butter is the white to yellowish fat obtained from the seeds of the murumuru palm.
The murumuru palm trees grow in Brazil and around the Amazon and are a dominant tree. It’s one of the dominant trees in this region. It has a thick trunk and a shuttlecock-shaped bushy crown.
The nutritious, edible fruits are an important local food source and materials made from the tree, fruit and seed kernels are commercially significant to the region. Hammocks are made from the tree’s fibres.
Murumuru butter is highly emollient and moisturizing. It’s also film-forming and naturally glossy. These qualities make it very protective. It contains vitamins and has a high content of beneficial oleic acid. The oil from the seeds is traditionally used to soften and protect hair."
Basically, it's awesome. I was amazed by how soft my face was afterwards. Like I thought I had stuff left on my face afterwards that I couldn't wash off, I couldn't believe my face was that soft.
You can only find this in Lush stores because it's so fresh it needs to be refrigerated. It's $10.95 and totally worth it!
I’m a firm believer that the right makeup brush can make all the difference when applying your makeup. Finding the right makeup brush that both works well and is affordable is a challenge. My go to for years has been EcoTools. They offer great products, sleek designs, sturdy bamboo handles, and soft brushes. But, I wanted to go outside my box and try something new. When I saw Wet n Wild was releasing their new cruelty free brushes, at prices ranging between $.99-$2.99, I was sold. I had to check them out. At a price like that, everyone can afford to look fabulous!
If I’m being honest, I was skeptical. Could brushes for that kind of price really work that well? I decided to put them to the test!
A lot of the brushes I didn’t really need. There’s one for liquid makeup, which I don’t use. There’s a variety of eye shadow brushes that I don’t particularly need because I have so many already. They also have several powder brushes, stippling brushes, fan brush, concealer brushes, eye liner brushes… you name it and they have it. There’s 17 brushes total.
I decided to get the: Blush Brush ($2.99), Powder Brush ($2.99), Small Concealer Brush ($.99), Angled Liner Brush ($.99), Small Stipple Brush ($2.99), Fan Brush ($2.99), and the Flat Top Brush ($2.99) which totaled $16.93. I ordered mine on their website and paid $4.90 (sadly) for shipping. You can get most of these brushes at Walgreens, but they tend to sell out fast. Some of them are online only, so you may still have to order some online regardless. I will say that the shipping took longer than I had anticipated. It’s not a huge deal, but for almost $5 shipping, I thought they would’ve arrived a little quicker.
My initial thoughts: Each brush comes in its own plastic case. You can store them in the case if you choose. I threw mine out because I have separate spot for my brushes. I love the colors. The pretty pink against the white really pops, and is super girly. I like that the handles are ergonomic, so they’re easy to hold. The handles aren’t overly large, I feel like they’re a perfect size. The handles are hollow. The bristles are super soft. For the price, I feel like the quality is pretty good.
I’ve been using the Flat Top Brush for my bronzer. I’ll be honest, I really didn’t know what to use it for. The description is that it’s an all purpose brush with densely packed bristles to pick up the right amount of product, whether it’s liquid or powder. Turns out, I really like it for bronzer. I smoosh the bristles together to allow for a contour along my cheek bones, then I use it regular to blend. Plus, it works well to frame your face when adding bronzer to your temples and forehead.
Needless to say, I’ve been using the Blush Brush for my blush. My other blush brush was EcoTools and one swipe was enough color for my face. Sometimes, if I was half asleep in the morning and I wasn’t paying attention, I would put too much on and look like Mimi from Drew Carey. This brush allows for light layers of blush. It takes me a bit to get the color I want, but it does help me to avoid putting too much on.
I’m not the biggest fan of the Small Concealer Brush simply because I feel like the bristles aren’t dense enough to apply the concealer appropriately. I’m still using my EcoTools concealer brush, but this one is a good size for those small areas that my other brush can’t get. It still isn’t bad for the price.
I have always wanted a Fan Brush. I just thought they looked so fun. They’re good for applying highlighter, or removing excess powder from your face without messing up your makeup. I use mine for highlighter and I feel like it applies the right amount. Unlike the other brushes, this one has a plastic sleeve to keep the brush protected, and I love that. I wish they all had one! This is my favorite brush, I’m really glad I got it.
The Powder Brush is so multi-purposeful. You can use it for powder foundation, bronzer, blush, highlighter, finishing powder… if it’s a powder, you can use it. I use it for my foundation, and I really like it. I would suggest getting a few to keep on hand for whatever powders you need. At $2.99 it's affordable to buy more than one.
The Angled Liner Brush and the Small Stipple Brush I haven't used yet. I've wanted to use the Angled Liner Brush but unfortunately my allergic contact dermatitis is really flaring on my eyelids right now and I can't wear eye makeup. For those who don't know, allergic contact dermatitis is essentially like eczema. My skin is allergic to something I'm using, and it makes my eyelids red, itchy, swollen, and sore. It's a lot of fun, as you can probably imagine. Narrowing down what's causing it has proven to be harder than I thought. But, I look forward to my eyelids healing so I can use it, which I'm excited to do!
The Small Stipple Brush I haven't used yet because honestly, I don't know what to use it for. I imagine it would work best for a liquid type, but I got it perhaps for a tinted moisturizer or BB cream. It got short bristles to grab the product and long bristles to blend it to sheer streak free perfection. I thought about using it with my Jane Iredale Dream Tint but since I only use it on a small area of my face it seemed useless. But, I'll have it for when I need it.
My final thoughts: For the most part, these brushes are totally worth it for the price. They're not all 100%, as I mentioned above, but a lot of them are really great. I've noticed minimal bristle fall out. I think the saddest part is the makeup staining the pretty pink bristles lol. Definitely check out these brushes if you're in the market for something affordable, you can't go wrong with these!
Are you tired of me talking about Jane Iredale yet?! Lol. Well, I've got a few more samples I want to review!
Let's talk about their Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer first.
-This tinted moisturizer is barley tinted. If you have beautiful skin, you could probably just wear that and go. Unfortunately for me, I don't have perfect skin, so I need more coverage. I didn't anticipate a lot of coverage, knowing it's a tinted moisturizer.
-They don't offer a ton of colors, but since the coverage is so minimal, it works. I use the Medium Light, and I feel the color is comparable.
-The moisturizer dries matte, but it didn't stay matte unfortunately. It made my face greasy, even with my powder foundation and finishing powder on top. At this point, I only use it on the apples of my cheeks because that's where my face doesn't get greasy.
-As a result of my greasiness, I was started to break out. That's why I originally used it on the apples of my cheeks, and I haven't had much of an issue since.
-I'm disappointed that this stuff makes my skin oily because under my powder foundation, it provides a great base and it looks great! It just didn't last on my skin. Once the oiliness hit my makeup began to basically fall apart on my face and it was a mess.
-I've been applying it with my fingers, and I notice is dries fast. It starts to bead up under my fingers and get stuck on my face. It's easy to brush off, but you have to be fast. I can't speak to the efficiency of using a brush with it, but that's how they recommend applying it.
-It helps to minimize pores, which I love. That's why I continue to use it where I'm pore heavy, because it does make a noticeable difference.
-A little does goes a long way, so despite the hefty price tag ($39), it'll last.
I took some photos below to highlight the coverage and what it looks like under the foundation...
Overall, I may purchase the full size in the colder dryer months when my face need a little more moisture.
Next up, the BB Cream.
-I only got a sample card with 3 shades to try. You know the peel back things with the product underneath? That's what it was. Personally, I don't think it's enough to decide whether I would purchase a $48 bottle based off that.
-I feel like all the shades are for yellow undertones which I don't have. BB5 is my closest, but unless I have my powder on, the shade is slightly off.
-This is a full coverage BB cream, but I can't speak to the efficiency of this because I didn't have enough to try my whole face. I have been using it as a concealer, and I think it works pretty good for that. It adds an additional layer of coverage with the powder.
-I don't use liquid foundation, and I don't like full coverage because it always feels so heavy.
Overall, I would like to see shades with different undertones, not just ones catering to yellow. Even then, I wouldn't purchase the full size unless I could get it on sale and even then I would probably only use it for special occasions. I just know I wouldn't like it as much as the powder because I only use powder anyway.
Lastly, PureMatte Finish Powder.
-It only comes in one shade, which fortunately for me is close to my skin tone. They say it's translucent, but I think there's some pigment to it. Not a lot though, it won't change your face color.
-It's made with rice starch to soothe, absorb oil, and eliminate shine.
-They offer both pressed and loose versions to you can choose your preference. I use the pressed because I find pressed powders to be less messy.
-You can use it under, on top, or both ways for your makeup.
-It's really light and does help to keep my t-zone oil free longer than if I don't use it. I do still need a blotter sheet, but I expected that. It's June.
-It goes on smoothly.
-A little goes a long way, so you get more for your money since it last awhile.
-I'm a huge fan of finishing powder, and I think this one does a good job.
Overall, I like this finishing powder. My samples will last me a long time, but I think I'll purchase the full size once they're empty.
A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation. I've almost hit pan on my sample, which for the record, I'm really impressed by the amount you get in said sample. I think the sample size is more than enough to decide whether or not you wanna pay for the full size. I wrote in that post about how I wasn't fully convinced yet. Well, I made the leap and purchased the full size on Sunday!
I've used a lot of foundations in the past. I'm talking a lot, and this one has been my favorite by far. So, I wanted to update you guys on why I decided to purchase it, and why I recommend it:
-I barely feel like I'm wearing anything on my face. It's not chalky or heavy. It never looks overdone. They advertise that "it's like your skin but better" and I agree with that. I have a sample of their BB cream I've been using as a concealer, and the power still doesn't get overly cakey on top.
-If using a liquid concealer isn't your thing, this doubles as a concealer. Just use a concealer brush and pat a little more where you need it.
-The color is perfect. I'm so used to mixing foundation colors I never know what the heck I am. But this foundation shade is spot on.
-I truly feel like this foundation makes my skin look radiant and healthy, even in artificial light. I was in the fitting room at Kohls anticipating that horror when I saw my foundation in those bright unforgiving lights, but I couldn't stop looking at my face! It looked so healthy!
-The coverage is sheer to medium, in my opinion. I prefer medium coverage. So it covers what I want covered (for the most part) but doesn't cover up everything that makes me "me." I feel it offers the best coverage of any powder foundation I've tried. Nothing is perfect though, always remember that.
-This makeup lasts all day on my cheeks. I do notice that I get a little oily in my t-zone as to be anticipated, but only to the point I need to blot once and go. I don't have time to blot pretty much ever in my every-day-is-so-hectic work days, and I still think it holds up well.
-Even with my super sensitive skin, I haven't had any issues with breaking out, redness, or rashes. Yay!
-It's got an SPF built in already, so that one less step when you're getting ready.
There's a spa semi-close to me called Cole Wellness Spa and they're an authorized Jane Iredale retailer. I had to purchase the compact, but now that I have the compact I can buy the refills after. This is the older compact, which is gold. It was $52 for both. The compact was $10 and the refill was $42. I know, the price is scary, but it's skincare makeup. It's an investment, that's how you have to look at it. If you don't have an authorized retailer near you, shipping is free on the Jane Iredale website. However, patience is a virtue that I don't have so, I wanted it like that day lol.
I'm super impressed by the sturdiness of the compact itself. It's like solid metal. I was surprised by how heavy it was. I think it will hold up well through several refills.
If you're on the fence about trying this foundation, do it. Like I said before, you can get free samples from their Personal Shoppers and you can't go wrong with free. I'm not one to spend this much money on anything unless o truly thing it's worth it, and this foundation is totally worth it.
As I stated in my previous post about my Lush haul, this mask is for calming the skin. It's got calamine to calm and soothe any redness or irritation. It's in a base of kaolin to help restore the balance of your skin. And the Turkish rose oil is amazing!
I'm not huge on floral scents, but this one is so natural. It's got rose oil and rose petals actually. Honestly, I can't rave about the scent anymore! It lasts while it's on your face too so it's a really relaxing and pampering face mask to use!
I got a sample of this one specifically for after I use my Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel because it does make my skin red and irritated. I used it today on my regular skin just to see how it would react.
This mask is super thick, like an ointment. Between the calamine and the kaolin, it's a little hard to spread. You have to spread it quickly too, because it dries quickly.
It's so refreshing in the summer when it's hot because it's so cold from being in the fridge. I think that's why I love the Fresh Face Masks so much, especially during the warmer months.
I can honestly say that this mask is super gentle. I had a pimple on my nose (that of course, I popped) and the mask didn't burn at all while it was on.
The mask dries within 10-15 minutes, then you just need to rinse it off with warm water. My face felt slightly tight afterwards but nothing a little lotion didn't fix. My skin felt smooth. It didn't cause any adverse side effects afterwards. I enjoyed it!
I'm not positive why this one costs more than their usual Fresh Face Masks. Most of them are $7.95 but this one is $12.95. I think that it's a nice mask, but I don't know if I would buy it full price. But when I get my free Fresh Face mask, which you get after bringing back so many pots, I think I would! Can't beat the price of free!
Even if you don't think this one sounds up your alley, there are so many options to choose from!
My husband and I walked to Lush last night after dinner at Vedge. We were only a few blocks away, so no way could I pass up going to one of my favorite places! I picked up some stuff and I'm excited to share my Lush haul with you! Here's what I got:
Floating Island Luxury Bath Oil
This bath oil melt smells amazing! Fair trade vanilla, sandalwood, and lemon oils all blend together in a base of organic coca and shea butter to make your skin feel and smell amazing. This melt is complete with a piece of real vanilla bean in the middle, and vanilla bean flecks around it. You may remember this used to look different, it was more of a fizzy bath bomb and was shaped different. This is the new design and I think it was a good upgrade! It retails for $3.95 and available in stores and online.
MMMelting Marshmallow Moment Luxury Bath Oil
This is another bath oil that you may remember from before, like the Floating Island, and this one also got the upgrade treatment! This sweet treat is in a coconut oil and cocoa butter base. The pink and yellow color swirl together in your tub for a beautiful view while you indulge in the sweet candy scent. This retails for $3.50 and is available in store and online!
The Experimenter Bath Bomb
This bath bomb looked too fun to pass up. This geometric bomb is a literal rainbow of colors. When put in the tub, it's supposed to create a fizzy performance of colors in your bath water. It's even got glitter, but don't worry, it's made with only biodegradable ingredients! It's got vanilla and tonka absolute, so the smell is amazing! And, apparently has crackling popping candy! This bath bomb has got it all and I can't wait to try it! This giant 6.3 oz bath bomb retails for $8.95 and is available both online and in store.
Butterball Bath Bomb
This is a forever favorite of mine. This vanilla bath bomb is anything but vanilla. The scent is amazing, combining both vanilla with ylang ylang for the ultimate relaxing scent. There's actual chunks of cocoa butter in this bath bomb, so as it melts and fizzes, you'll see chunks of that melting into your water. It's perfect for a long hair bath and the cocoa butter will keep your skin soft the whole time. This 3.1 oz bath bomb retails for $4.95 and you can get it in store or online.
This is probably in my top 3 favorite perfumes ever. The scent is perfection! It's vanilla absolute, mixed with burnt caramel and sandalwood, with notes of jasmine and tonka bean. It only gets better the longer it stays on your skin, as it develops with your body's natural oils and scent. I've been buying it for years, and I'll never stop! This 0.3 oz spray bottle is $16.95 and worth every penny. It's the first thing I picked up when I walked in, knowing that no matter what, I wasn't leaving without it!
Don't Look At Me Fresh Face Mask
Every time I go to a Lush store, I always have to buy a Fresh Face Mask. Typically, I buy Catastrophe Cosmetic because I love it, but I decided to try something new. I was torn between which to try and which it buy, but after taking to the sweet girl who worked there, I decided to buy this one. This bright blue mask contains ground rice to gently exfoliate, murumuru butter to hydrate, tofu to soften your skin up, and lemon juice to tone. The bonus is that you can use it all over your body too! This 2.1 oz mask retails for $10.95 and like all Fresh Face Masks, are only available in stores due to the fact they they need to be refrigerated.
In addition to the Vanillary, every time I go to Lush I have to buy a Charity Pot. Not only does the geranium, ylang ylang, and rosewood oils create a perfect scent, but it has aloe in it to soothe the skin. Even bettered that 100% of the profits go towards various organizations dedicated to helping the animals, the environment, and human rights. At $6.95 for the smallest 1.7 oz size, you can't say no! I always pick one with an animal on it, even though I know the money gets split, I like to think my money goes to the organization of the one I choose. These are available online and in store and you should absolutely buy one, or a few! They make great gifts!
Those were the full sizes I got, but you know I can't leave Lush without samples of stuff to try for later! Here's the samples I got:
-Rosy Cheeks Fresh Face Mask which contains calamine, kaoline, and Turkish rose oil to calm and soothe the skin. Perfect for when my sensitive skin starts acting up!
-Sympathy for the Skin isn't new to me, but it's one that I love. I don't love the price at $27.95 so I had to settle for a sample. This lotion is loaded with bananas and the smell is simply amazing! Definitely try a sample when you go!
-Kalamazoo Beard and Facial Wash is clearly not my sample, but it's for my husband to try. I can't get him to wash his face with anything other than his body wash, so hopefully this will get him to change his mind!
That was my $60 Lush haul! I didn't go in with the intention of spending that much, but it just happens lol. Especially after a glass of wine with dinner and my inhibitions are low, $60 happen really fast lol. But it was an awesome haul and I am SO excited for all my goodies! I'll be reviewing the ones I haven't used yet, so keep your eyes open for blog posts in the near future!
Petit Vour celebrated their 3rd birthday this May! Yay! This box came in at a $35 value. You can see all the goodies that came in it up above!
I'm only reviewing two of the four items today because I gave the other two away. My mom loves salt spray, so I knew she would love the spray I got. And my aunt loves dark color glosses and lipsticks, so this Ecco Bella lip gloss because I knew she would love it! I did tell them both to let me know what they thought, so when they use it and I hear their thoughts, I'll be sure to update this post! For now, I'll be reviewing the Smart Ash tooth whitener and the Juice Green Apple peel.
Let's talk about the Smart Ash first!
I actually got a sample of this in a VeganCuts box I got awhile back and I never used it. Since I got another sample in this box, I figured it was time to give it a shot.
The black color has been my real deterrent for not trying it. I mean, it's black. And on the little card that comes with it they keep mentioning how it can stain your clothes and it makes a mess and I'm like.. is it gonna stain my teeth?! They stress that it doesn't, but in my Virgo worrying anxious nature, I couldn't help but think that it could.
I finally made the leap and tried it. I had to brush my teeth anyway because I had just eaten some popcorn and you know how those kernels get stuck in your teeth. All you had to do was A) be careful because it does make a mess B) wet your toothbrush and dip it in the powder (a little goes a long way) C) brush carefully over the sink or in the shower then d) brush with water for a minute and enjoy your smile!
Results: They weren't kidding about the mess. I felt like I was careful, but my sink was a mess! And my teeth! My heart, I was so scared they would never be the same!
Apparently there's mint and orange extract, which I didn't taste at all. It was just kind of meh. The charcoal is from coconut shells and then there's also calcium bentonite clay. I felt like I was brushing my teeth with just powdered clay. It didn't feel clean afterwards. And even when I brushed with water afterwards, I still had some residue on my teeth. I couldn't wait to brush my teeth with my toothpaste. I'm happy to say that my teeth aren't stained and neither is my clothes or my sink! Woo hoo!
However, I threw my samples in the trash. This might be for some people. But not for me. If it looks like your cup of tea, be sure to check them out on Instagram! You can purchase their products from their website!
Lastly, let's talk about the Juice Green Apple Peel!
I was pretty excited for this Green Apple Blemish Clearing Peel. My face has been really going banana sandwich over this passed month, from both the weather being all sorts of wacky and stress. Plus, I've been getting a lot of uneven skin tone, primarily redness, which is new for me. When they say your skin changes every year, they're not kidding. I'm 27, and my skin is so different than when I was even 25. So weird! This peel is designed to exfoliate skin and even tone while clearing pores to prevent and help breakouts. It's award winning and I was excited to see why!
On the website it says that it's not for sensitive skin because of the alpha beta hydroxy fruit acids. I was nervous to try it because of how sensitive my skin is, but I wanted to give it a shot since I was off the next day and if I got a reaction at least I could hide my face all day. Basically, you're supposed to apply a generous layer to your freshly washed face and let dry. After 10 minutes, wash it off and follow with moisturizer. Simple enough!
The texture was like jelly. The scent wasn't great, kind of like a chemically apple scent, which threw me off. Definitely avoid any open wounds or any popped pimples (guilty) because it burns, and of course, avoid your eye area! They say that tingling and flushing are normal, and I definitely can say I felt both. My face got red, as I had anticipated, but the tingling did subside towards the end of the 15 minutes.
The redness does take awhile to go away, at least on my face it did. I highly suggest using this at night before bed, by the morning your face will be back to normal. I suggest trying a patch test first, like on your inner elbow, to see how you react. And only try it like once a week for ten minutes the first time, which is what I did. I now do 15 minutes 2x a week, at night, and rinse it with cool water afterwards.
I've used this mask about 3x now, and I can honestly say I love it. Please be forewarned that some breaking out and skin purging is normal with this. The fruit acids exfoliate your skin, and when they do, the gunk that's stuck inside your pores has to come out. My cheeks broke out, which is why I knew it was purging because my cheeks never break out. Plus it was just tiny little pimples, typical of purging. The purging can last as long as it needs to for your skin to get de-gunkified. Don't be alarmed. It's normal!
This stuff makes me face incredibly soft. Like it's ridiculous. I can't say much about it lightening my dark spots yet because it's only been 3x, but I'm excited to see the long term results of this. My face overall looks and feels healthier as a result of this, so I'm hooked. I'll be buying the full size when this runs out. It's $39 and I think it'll be work every penny!
As always, another great box by Petit Vour! Check out their website to see full sizes of this month's products!