iHerb Haul- What Supplements Am I Taking?

Okay so I want to be honest here, because I think it is important. I recently took a blood test and an ultrasound, and I found out that I have a fatty liver. I took a blood test last year as well, and the results showed that my vitamin D was below average. I am trying to focus on losing weight to get my organs in better shape. I bought a few vitamin supplements last week online from iHerb. Surprisingly I received my order in three days. The vitamins I’m taking are suppose to help my fatty liver, and I also have to decrease my platelet count. Basically a platelet is involved in blood clotting, and I really need to decrease mine.

Vitamins I’m Taking

  • Milk Thristle
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D3
  • Fish Oil
  • Vitamin B12
  • Biotin
  • Garlic

I know a fatty liver is very common. I don’t want to go in too much detail, but my advice is to pay attention to your body. I knew that something was up with my body, because I didn’t feel the same and that’s why I decided to take a blood test. In addition, I want to address the fact that I was eating a vegan diet for about two months, and I actually gained weight. My doctor ordered me to include meat again into my diet. I started eating a vegan diet in January and I got the blood test in March. For now, I am trying to focus on losing weight in order to repair the damage to my organs. If any of you any advice please let me know.

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Why Switching To Organic Beauty Isn’t As Hard As You Think

The main motto of this blog post is “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” If you follow a lot of bloggers, then you might find that you feel pressured to buy that new face lotion, or organic foundation. My advice is not to rush into buying organic beauty products without doing a little bit of research. Also if you’ve accumulated a bunch of beauty products throughout the years, don’t just throw it all away, unless of course it is expired. I think some people put a lot of emphasis on switching their entire makeup drawer to only cruelty free or only organic makeup. Please don’t stress yourself out about this. I think it should be a gradual process. Please keep reading if you want to know why it isn’t hard to switch to organic beauty.

Is Organic Makeup Expensive?

One misconception about organic beauty is that it is expensive. I’m like, “Girl you can spend $100 on makeup at Sephora, and all the ingredients are filled with toxins that will go into your body. But you can’t spend $100 on organic makeup that is good for your skin and your body?” Don’t get me wrong I love Sephora, and I especially love that they have some great organic beauty brands like RMS. I also believe that people think organic food is expensive and well organic makeup must be expensive too, and it only matters what I eat so I’ll just spend more money on food. Did you know you skin absorbs everything you put on it, so if you put toxic makeup on your skin it goes into your blood stream. Also the United States doesn’t ban nearly as many chemicals that are in cosmetics compared to Europe. Do some research about the toxins in your makeup. I promise that you will soon come to find out organic makeup is essential to a healthy body. One beauty blogger that has a lot of information about organic makeup is Organically Becca.

When Should I Switch To Organic Makeup?

A tip that I have is replace as you go. For instance, if you run out of concealer, do some research and then go out and buy yourself an organic concealer. Don’t go out and switch all of your organic beauty products at once, because your wallet will take a beating. Another thing is switch your face products first, lip, and eye makeup in that order. I would definitely recommend switching your concealer, foundation, or powder first. One reason is because if you look at the chemicals in your non organic foundation, you will be shocked at the ingredients in them. Also your skin is your biggest organ, so definitely reevaluate what products and ingredients you want to put on your face. Like I said “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” so don’t feel pressured to switch all of your organic makeup at once. I still have two eye shadow palettes that are cruelty free, but aren’t organic. The reason is because I don’t use eye shadow often. I only use it for when I go to special occasions or when I am going out at night.

Switching to organic makeup isn’t that difficult. If you follow some of the tips I talked about you should be good to go. Remember replace as you go. If you run out of a certain beauty product, you can replace it with an organic beauty product. Also, organic makeup isn’t expensive. Right now there are so many indie beauty brands. You can even check out Etsy for homemade organic beauty products. If you can drop $100 at Sephora, you can definitely afford to buy organic makeup.



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Cruelty Free Skin Care Routine

Hello my little beauty tribe! I wanted to quickly write a review about a couple cruelty free skin care products that I’ve been using. The products are travel size, because I like to try it before buying the larger products. FYI my skin is combination. In the winter my skin does tend to be dry. Please leave a comment and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog.

Nourish Organic-Lightweight Moisturizing Face Lotion Argan+Rosewater

I bought this face lotion at Target for $3.99. It has lasted a long time surprisingly. The rosewater scent is my favorite. The product says it hydrates and replenishes, evens skin tone, and moisturizes and conditions. Now, I can’t really tell if my skin tone is more even after using this product. This face lotion does feel super hydrating, and moisturizing. The scent is subtle. It makes me feel like I should be wearing a silk nightgown to bed, instead of a college sweater and plaid pajama pants. This lotion is vegan, cruelty free, and gluten free. I will be purchasing the larger lotion soon.

100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

I got this eye cream off the Petit Vour website for $8. I got this product in December, and I still have more than 80% of it left. Most of the time I only use a little bit for my under eyes. You should definitely try this product out because for the money it does last a long time. Also it’s coffee bean scented, I mean if you love coffee like me you will want to eat this. The product helps dark circles, and puffiness. I just started using eye cream actually because I noticed they were starting to get dry. This product helps dry under eyes a lot. I also recommend the Acure Eye Cream that comes in a purple container.

Acure Moroccan Argan Oil

This serum was about $12 I think, and I purchased it at Whole Foods. I started using a serum because my skin gets dry in the winter. The product has vitamin E, essential fatty acids, which is suppose to restore the texture and tone the skin. Acure’s oil is lightweight, and it feels great on the skin. I would recommend an oil serum to anyone, because oil is beneficial for the skin. I literally later this up on my neck and elbows too, because they tend to be dry as well. This oil is like gold, and you can use it anywhere that feels dry.

 

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Cruelty Free and Organic: Au Naturale and Ilia Lipstick Review

Lipsticks are my most favorite beauty product ever! I mean with a touch of color you can easily transform your face, and that’s without magic. So I’ve been trying new organic lipstick for a short time. I decided to buy these two cruelty free and organic lipsticks because I absolutely loved the color. Prior to using these organic lipsticks, I was using the Colourpop lippes. But I wanted to switch to organic lipsticks, because the ingredients are better and healthier for the skin. Please keep reading if you want to know what I think about these cruelty free and organic lipsticks.

Au Naturale in Marrakesh- $22

I first heard of this lipstick on Logical Harmony’s YouTube Channel. I bought it from Safe and Chic website. Marrakesh is a warm matte pink (pictured left). It is cruelty free, vegan, 100% natural, and it is made in the United States. I love the morals of this company, and I definitely plan on buying more from this brand. The formula for this lipstick is matte, and it lasts for about four hours on me. I noticed that it did make the lines on my lips visible, and because of that I had to add lip balm on top. This color is super pretty, and I did get a lot of compliments when I wore it.

Au Naturale lipstick in Marrakesh, and Ilia funnel of love.

Ilia in Funnel of Love- $26

I bought this cruelty free and organic lipstick online from Safe and Chic too. Ilia is much more moisturizing that the Au Naturale. I liked that my lips felt soft with this, but at the same time I felt that the lipstick moved around a lot and I had to retouch it with my fingers. This color is a soft nude with peachy undertones. Most likely I am going to buy the tinted lip conditioners, because on the website it said that these lipsticks pair well with those. I could go on and on, but I really liked this lipstick and I want to buy more.

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What Cruelty Free Hair Products Do I Actually Use?

Hi all! How are you? I hope you are having a great weekend. I just wanted to write a quick review on the hair products I use. To be honest, I don’t really do anything special to my hair. I do suffer from dandruff, and I tend to avoid putting a lot of products in my hair. I also am trying to switch to more organic haircare products, but it is a gradual process. I purchased all of these cruelty free products at Target, and they cost less that $10.

Renpure Solutions Lavender Cleansing Conditioner

The basics of this cleansing conditioner is that is part of this whole new hair era, where you replace your shampoo for conditioner. I love the smell of this conditioner, plus it really made my hair soft. The only downside is that my scalp was sort of oily after washing my hair. I tend to only use 5 pumps when I wash my hair, and I leave it on for about 5 minutes.

Acure Clarifying Conditioner Lemongrass

This is the second conditioner that I have tried from Acure, and I really love them both. I think the lemongrass smell is very clean, but it isn’t my favorite. It definitely makes my hair feel soft, and that is why I like it so much. I think for the price, product, and the fact that I got it at Target is a huge plus. I think I have talked about this before, but I am the type of person to run to the grocery store when I’ve just finished a deodorant or shampoo. I don’t usually buy these products in bulk, but I should probably. This product is cruelty free, and vegan.

Andalou Naturals Argan & Sweet Orange Moisture Rich Shampoo

Okay first off this smell reminds me of an orange creamsicle, and that is probably why I like it most. I know, I know, I always have to say something about the smell of the product, but I mean when I’m reviewing the product I can always remember the smell. Anyway, I do have some dandruff after wearing this product, but it doesn’t irritate my scalp, and I don’t feel itchy. This is an organic, cruelty free, and vegan product.

Batiste Dry Shampoo

This is a vegan and cruelty free dry shampoo. I know this isn’t an organic product, but it is an affordable option. This dry shampoo is super popular, and that’s because it gets the job done. I tend to not use this product often, because I still feel the need to wash my hair after I workout. I usually use this dry shampoo when I don’t feel like washing my hair.

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Best Cruelty Free & Baking Soda Free Deodorants

For over a year now, I’ve been using cruelty free deodorant. Cruelty free deodorant is one of the most difficult products to transition to.

The ingredients in the deodorants for instance, made me feel itchy. That is when I found out that I was allergic to the baking soda in the cruelty free deodorant. I started looking at the ingredients before purchasing, and that’s when I started finding more information on green beauty products. In short, please read ahead to find out which cruelty free and baking soda free deodorants I use.

Meow Meow Deodorant Cream, Baking Soda Free, Grapefruit – $14

I bought this on Petit Vour’s website. To be honest, I really wanted the lavender scent, but it was sold out. I do like the grapefruit scent though, but I will definitely purchase the lavender scent next time. The grapefruit scent is subtle. What I do love about this cream is that it is very soft, I felt that with the Schmidt’s deodorant it was very rough to smooth on the skin. The deodorant is vegan, and is made with all organic ingredients which is a huge plus for me. I didn’t get itchy with this cream, nor did I get a rash, which is one thing I love about it. It doesn’t last all day though. I have to reapply once throughout the day, but I mean our bodies are meant to sweat, so I can’t get angry with the product. For the price, I do feel that it is a tad expensive, but I think it is worth it for a cruelty free, vegan, and organic deodorant.

Lavish Extra Gentle Deodorant Lavender + Melaleuca – $11.99

I found this deodorant on The Organic Bunny’s blog. I love that you can purchase it from Etsy, because it is one of my favorite websites to order from. This product comes from a small business. One reason why I love this product is because it is gentle, and it comes in a stick formula. I also have to apply this once throughout the day, because generally I am a sweaty person. I finished this product in a month, which made me wish it lasted longer.  The ingredients in this product are also organic, and it is handmade.

 

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Review on Lily Lolo Mascara and Makeup Wipes

Alright I know I haven’t been posting as much, but I really wanted to post this review today. This is a review on the Lily Lolo mascara. This mascara has a lot of hype, and for good reason. I also wanted to review these makeup wipes that I purchased at Target. Please make sure to check out these products.

Lily Lolo Mascara

This mascara is amazing! I have been wanting to try this out for a long time. I heard a lot of great reviews about it, and now I can understand that it truly is great. As of now, I think this mascara is my number one, and number two would go to the Pacifica’s Dream Big mascara. I bought this mascara on Petit Vour for $20. I think this is a great product, and I only wish it was accessible in stores. My lashes were naked for a week, because I was waiting for it to come in the mail. Four coats of this mascara, and my lashes are voluminous and long. The one down side that I have noticed with this mascara is when I cry I kind of get this burning feeling. For that reason I try to fan myself when I’m laughing because I don’t want my eye to burn from the mascara. Other than that though I would repurchase!

Shea Moisture Peace Rose Oil Complex Sensitive Skin Facial Wipes

So I went to Reno last weekend, and I’ve been just using coconut oil as makeup remover, but I didn’t want to carry a container of coconut oil when traveling. So I went to Target and got these wipes for $5.49. These wipes are biodegradable which was a bonus reason for buying them, because I’m always watching my carbon footprint. I really like these wipes because they don’t irritate my eyes. I have used a lot of wipes and makeup removers and they just hurt my eyes so much, that I’ve just stuck to using coconut oil to remove my makeup. But because I was traveling, I definitely wanted a makeup remover that was light in my duffle bag, and easy to use. I also love the rose scent!

Rosewater

Okay there isn’t much to say other than I love this scent. I use it as an aromatherapy scent, so if I feel like a need a pick me up, I think this scent makes me feel refreshed and energized. I also love putting this in my hair to make it smell good, and I will mist it on my face in the morning or at night. Overall I think everyone will likes this spray.

 

Let me know what you think! Have you tried any of these products?

 

 

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RMS Foundation/Concealer Review

I purchased my RMS Un Cover-Up Foundation/Concealer in #11 from Sephora, and it was $36. I used a gift card that I received for my birthday last month. After researching organic and cruelty free foundation, I knew I wanted to purchase this product. It came in a small jar. The jar is great for traveling, because it is small and compact. I love that this doesn’t take up a lot of space in my makeup drawer. Overall, I think it will last a long time, because I find I don’t have to use a tone of product. I have been using this product with a blending sponge for about three weeks now, please read the rest of the blog to know what I love about it and dislike.

Love

– It feels light on my skin. In fact it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing anything.

-When I wear this foundation/concealer it feels like my real skin.

-It blends easily, and it isn’t messy when I uncap the jar.

-The color matches my skin perfectly.

Dislike

-It fades throughout the day. To prevent it from fading, I would use a powder if I wanted more coverage.

-I feel like I have to dab it all over my face, and then put concealer on the red spots on my face. It can be time consuming if I’m already late to work.

 

 

Overall I love it. What do you all think? What new foundation are you trying in 2017?

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2017 Life/Blog Changes

Hey everyone! Happy New Year! I’ve made a list of goals just like everyone else in this world, and I’ve been purchasing more and more things lately related to that goal.

The goal is to switch over to green beauty products in 2017.

The #1 reason I want to switch to green beauty products is because when I switched to cruelty free makeup I was introduced to green beauty products. I never knew that those products existed without chemicals, and at first I wasn’t interested at all. But then around September 2016 I then realized that my skin didn’t feel the same, and my skin felt itchy and irritated by the products I was putting on it. That’s when I was introduced to Laura’s Natural Life on YouTube, and The Organic Bunny blog. I am really interested in making my skin feel good again, and that’s why I want to switch some of my products to green beauty.

The 2nd thing that I want to bring up is that while I will be switching a lot of my products to green beauty, it won’t all be at once. I want to continue using the eyeshadows that I have, because honestly I only wear them for certain occasions and I don’t want to throw them out just yet. But from now on, if I do need to buy certain makeup products because I’m out of it then I will buy green beauty products.

 

Please drop a comment below! Besos xoxo

 

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5 Things I’ve Learned My First Year Going Cruelty Free

At this time last year I was researching makeup brands, and finding out which were cruelty free. Here are five things that I learned about going cruelty free.

  • The first thing I learned was that it was difficult to find my holy grail cruelty free products. Mascara was one of the most difficult things to find, since I was obsessed with Covergirl’s orange lash blast mascara. I eventually found my holy grail which is Pacifica’s Dream Big mascara. I guess what I want to say is that it is a lot of trial error in switching to cruelty free makeup products.

  • Shop at TJMaxx for cruelty free brands. I bought Crystal deodorant, and Jason shampoo for a reasonable price at TJMaxx. I also found this gem (pictured) at TJMaxx, I only wish it was a larger container, since it made me feel like I traveled to Hawaii.

  • The brand E.L.F became my best friend. I really liked the eyeliner, and HD translucent powder (pictured). I also love E.L.F brushes. They are soft and affordable, I think the most expensive one is $3. Like are you kidding!

  • Buy samples or travel size makeup products. I bought the Vapour sample kit which was about $17 with shipping, but I got a $10 promo code, and I figured out which product I wanted to buy full size. You should definitely switch to cruelty free products slowly, and I think buying samples or travel size makes it easy because you can decide which product you like the most.

  • I became more aware of the ingredients in the products. I started watching Laura’s Natural Life on YouTube, and she made me aware of more green products that I should be using. Towards the end of the year I found out about The Organic Bunny, and I absolutely love her blog. For the new year I will be switching to more green makeup products. I will upload a blog post about why I am switching to green products later.

Please tell me what you think, and let me know what your experience has been since switching to cruelty free makeup products.

Thanks Beauties!

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