Thrive Market Haul + Review

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Hey my loves! Finally, a beauty related post I’m sure you’ve all been waiting for. I’ve been seeing ads for Thrive Market a lot lately and decided that I would try it out for myself since they have a pretty damn good selection of products, including food, cleaning products, beauty products and more. It’s basically a one stop shop for everything you need and you can filter the results you get by only gluten free items or only cruelty free items (+ more categories)! I find that super helpful, especially when I want to try out new products from cruelty free brands.

So, about Thrive Market. It is a paid yearly subscription service, BUT it’s worth it. Just like having Amazon Prime is worth it! It’s $60 a year and with each paid subscription they’re able to give low-income families a membership so they can make cheaper and healthier choices. You can get 25% off your first purchase and a 30-day FREE trial of the service here.

Alright, now onto the goodies I got!

I picked up 4 things for a total of $25. I found a coupon code for $10 + free shipping – so make sure you download Honey to find you the best coupon codes!

Derma E Very Clear Moisturizing Cream $11.95 w/ coupon (regularly $19.50)

So I’m still having trouble keeping my acne at bay lately, damn you birth control. I guess I can’t really do much about it since it is hormonal but I thought I would try out a new moisturizer and this one happens to be targeted for oily/acne prone skin. It doesn’t dry me out, which I was worried about but it does smell like tea tree oil, so if you don’t like that, you won’t like this. I haven’t met a Derma E product that I haven’t liked yet! 10/10, do recommend.

Derma E Very Clear Acne Cleanser  $9.45 (regularly $15.50)

There is a theme here with this order lol. I also grabbed the Derma E acne cleanser to help out my skin as well. I use this in the shower when I wash my face and I use it on one of those rubber scrubbies. It feels really good on the skin but does have that tea tree oil smell. It not only helps with reducing irritation, it also acts as an antiseptic and antibacterial face wash to help kill the breakouts before they happen! Surprisingly, this doesn’t dry my skin out either. I mean my skin type has definitely changed, I’m more oily/normal now when before I was extremely dry. It’s crazy how hormones can change your skin, right?! Anyways, again another 10/10, do recommend! I literally love Derma E so much.

Desert Essence Blemish Touch Stick $5.95 (regularly $9.99)

I was a fan of the ELF acne fighting gel for $3, but lately I felt like it wasn’t entirely effective for me anymore so I decided to get this bad boy. The ingredients are similar, but this one has witch hazel and tea tree oil as the first ingredients and in the ELF one they’re kind of scattered. SO, I think this one is definitely more effective. It’s super concentrated and helps to dry out my spots, another item that I liked from this haul! I would recommend this if you want a cruelty free spot treatment that’s invisible 🙂 (besides the smell, haha).

Thrive Market Vanilla Mint Lip Balm $6.95 (regularly $14.99)

I’m always running out of lip balms and I know for sure that I am not the only one. 4 lip balms for $7? Heck yeah. Maybe that isn’t a good deal, but for me it is since I obviously want to use products that are cruelty free and if I’m out and about, I don’t want to buy a $2 lip balm that isn’t cruelty free, y’know? I’m not even sure if I’m making any sense, but maybe you’ll understand how I feel. Plus, most cruelty free lip balms (ex: Hurraw! are my fave but are almost $5 for one :/) are over $2 a piece, so I figured this would be a good value. Maybe I’m wrong, maybe I’m right – who knows!

Anyways! That’s the end of this haul, check out this cute lil stop motion I made on Instagram!

BTW, are you following me on Insta? If not, you can check it out here and I would love if you followed me.

I hope you enjoyed the post! Have you used Thrive Market before? Let me know 🙂

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

Disclaimer: These products were bought with my own money and all opinions are my own. I will be paying for my own annual subscription and I am not being paid to make this post. The links for products are NOT affiliate links but the link for your first Thrive order is (so if you click it and start an order/membership I will receive commission off of that – if you’re not comfortable with that, then you don’t have to click it!)

May 25, 2017
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What Life After College Is Really Like?

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If you’re reading this then we can only presume you are gearing up to graduate. You’ve ordered your gown and you’re only days away from throwing your cap in the air (read: staging an Instagram snap of you throwing your cap in the air). It’s an epic feeling. You have graduated college. You’re buzzing with pride, glee and, quite possibly amazement.

However, you can also sense another emotion bubbling away under the surface, one that you don’t recognise, and that is anxiety. Yup. You’re about to enter the big bad world of adulthood. But in order to give you a padded landing, we have come up with some truths about what real world is really like.

Ignore What Grumpy People Say

Look, we’re not going to pretend that the real world is all strawberry milkshakes and unicorn rides on the beach. It isn’t. However, it can be fun if you make it fun. Invariably you are going to meet grumpy people who despise their life and that their job and believe they work five days a week just to enjoy the next two. Ignore these people. Your job can be fun, it can be meaningful and your weekdays can matter. It is an attitude decision you make.

The Paperwork Side Of It Sucks

You really have to stay on top of it, though, trust us. There will be things like taxes, 401K enrollments, dealing with private student loans that will help you consolidate your college debt, healthcare forms, paying rent on a tiny apartment, Netflix emails about how the monthly fee has gone up again and just about everything else you never knew existed. Well, it exists. So get on top of it early so that it becomes manageable.

Don’t Make Comparisons

Everyone that graduates college will have that one friend who moves to New York or Chicago or LA and lands the best job ever, making the whole job search seem a doddle. You will pretend you are mega proud of them – while actually hating them a bit – because within a month they have started making more money than both of your parents combined and you are forced to watch this through the stained glass of social media. Don’t. Don’t make comparisons. Just live your life as best as possible.

You Will Be Labelled Unfairly

You are part of the Millennial Generation, being labelled unfairly is part of it. You don’t have to put up with it, though. Those that label you in this way invariably need you. These people are just a little scared and intimidated, that’s all. They haven’t heard of the latest tech trends like Yammer and they admire your desire to give your life meaning. So be humble, ask lots of questions, be willing to learn and be willing to help. You don’t know everything, so don’t act like you do; it will sting you.

Your Major Will Not Matter

This is a realisation that shocks most recent graduates who end up getting a job that has absolutely nothing to do with their college degree and that life skills are far more important. Try not to worry about this too much, though. You are going to be in employment for around 40 years. That means you will have plenty of time to cement your career and degree in holy matrimony, or indeed find out you actually quite like the divorce and that your degree was almost entirely pointless.

I hope you enjoyed the post!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

May 25, 2017
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Struggling With Studying? Not Anymore!

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Do you ever feel like you’re just not cut out for studying? Perhaps you have a low attention span. You can only stay still, reading a book for five minutes before something distracts you. Before you know it, you’ve spent a good hour staring at a bird sitting outside your window. Or, maybe no matter how long you study for nothing seems to go in. It’s possible too that you pick up all the information when you’re outside the exam. You can recite it, explain it, but as soon as you sit down in that hall…poof! It’s gone.

If you have problems like this, it’s time to look at some different methods for studying and the techniques that could help you ace that next paper.

Not Everyone Learns The Same Way

It’s important to understand this because it will hardly ever be mentioned in school or even college. We don’t all learn in exactly the same way. You’ve probably been told that to study you should read information and then answer questions on that information. However, some people are just better off reading the same information around ten times until it sinks in. Others will find it more useful to learn it like a speech, reciting it back. You might even find that the best way for you to learn is to put the information on a recording and listen to it while you’re asleep. You may not realize it, but subconsciously, you can pick up a lot of information while you’re fast asleep.

Science Can Help

Did you know that there are actually supplements that can help improve cognitive performance? It’s true, and these are called nootropics. Finding the best nootropic stacks and trying them out could lead to immense improvements in your test performance. Taking a substance to improve exam performance isn’t a new idea. We’ve all heard of the people who chugged back litres of Red Bull to stay awake and study for longer. However, unlike Red Bull, nootropics don’t have any nasty side effects and really could improve your learning ability.

Stress Induced Failure

You know you studied, you know you knew the information, and you are quite sure you understood it. Why then, does your mind go blank once you take the actual exam? This is stress induced, and it’s a lot more common than people realize. To the teacher or professor, it will seem like the student hasn’t studied. Actually, they could have studied more than anyone else in the class and still not been able to put down the right answers. To fix this issue, you need to make sure you feel relaxed as you enter the exam. Beta blockers can help here but if you don’t want to use medicine, try breathing exercises. Regulate your breathing, and your brain will receive more oxygen. This will allow you think clearer as you are about to start the exam.

I hope you enjoyed the post and that it helps you out!

But always remember, a grade on a piece of paper will never define who you are, nor what you can be.

Thanks for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

 

May 23, 2017
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Figuring Out Your Future

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When you’re in that strange place between childhood and adulthood, it can feel like the future is this huge weight that’s constantly pressing down on you. Everyone around you seems to be constantly telling you that you should be thinking about what you want to do with your life, as though now is the only time that you can make that kind of decision. It can often feel completely and utterly overwhelming to the point that it’s almost impossible to actually make any decisions. The best thing to try and combat that feeling is to break things down so that it doesn’t seem quite so all-encompassing and scary. Here are a few things to remember when you’re trying to figure out what to do next.

Follow what you’re passionate about

 

If you want to figure out what to do with your life, then one of the very best places to start is with your passions. What do you really love to do? Think about your hobbies and interests. While parents and teachers might try to tell you that they are a distraction from more important things like school or college, your hobbies can actually tell you a lot about the kinds of careers that might make you happy. Do you spend every weekend playing sports with your friends and know everything there is no know about your favorite sport? Well, then there’s a good chance that you’d enjoy something in that direction. Even if you’re not playing professionally, there are hundreds of careers available for people with a knowledge and passion for sports of any sort.

Think about stepping stones

One of the biggest mistakes that a lot of kids make is that they assume that whatever decision they make now is going to have to be the thing that they stick with forever. This is far from the truth. Plenty of things that you do can be stepping stones towards what you really want. You might not be in a position to start the career that you really want because you don’t have the right amount of experience, but things like volunteering and internships can give you that experience so that you can go into that career further down the road. Thinking of things in terms of where they are taking you in life, rather than as destinations in and of themselves, is a great way to avoid letting the future seem so big and intimidating.

It’s okay not to know

 

Here’s the big secret that a lot of people won’t tell you: no one really knows what they want to be when they grow up. Even so-called “grown-ups.” If your teachers and parents were really honest, they’d probably tell you that they are just a filled with uncertainty and confusion as you are. There is nothing wrong with feeling like you don’t have a clear direction to follow. Sometimes you have to try a bunch of things and see what sticks. Life is long, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t take your time and figure out what you want to do at your own pace.

I hope you enjoyed the post! Do you think about your future a lot? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

Disclaimer: Pictures are from Pexels and are free stock images.

May 22, 2017
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All-Natural Spring/Summer Skincare | Guest Post

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Spring is in full swing, and summer is just around the corner, which can only mean one thing – it is high time you up your skincare game and make some changes in comparison to the skin regimen that was ruling during wintertime. The popularity of organic and natural skincare companies and their products is soaring through the roof – and with good reason, as with natural you know your skin is safe from potentially harmful chemicals and tended to gently and with tenderness. As much as we are appreciative of this new trend and the fact that companies care about the environment and the safety of our skin, why not bring your skincare game to an even higher level and make some of the beauty concoctions in your very own home? Test these recipes that have been tried and tested, and we guarantee, your skin will adore them. The ultimate goal is to stay safe, even save some money, and ultimately simplify your skincare routine without compromising quality.

First things first

Whichever number of steps your skincare routine entails, everyone is always in need of a great facial wash, and it is easier to make than you might think. This recipe includes ingredients that help clarify and tone the skin, as well as ingredients that are extra-gentle and help maintain skin’s natural balance, making it suitable for even those with the most sensitive of skins.

Here is what you need:  1 cup filtered or previously boiled (now room temp) water. 1/4 cup liquid castile soap; all-natural, extremely concentrated soap made from 100% plant oils. 5 teaspoons of jojoba oil followed by 2 tablespoons of raw honey: a wonderful antibacterial that helps to gently eliminate breakout-causing bacteria, and also helps calm the skin. This gives the wash its honey color. Next in line is 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil: another great, all-natural antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal that will not only help kill acne-causing bacteria on the skin, but also help preserve the wash. 15 drops lavender essential oil: great for all skin types, it helps calm inflammation and eliminates bacteria. Finally, 10 drops rosemary essential oil: another great, all-natural antibacterial.

One thing to bear in mind is that the ingredients should be added in the order they were listed. Stir the mixture gently, mixing everything together, pour into an empty face-wash container and voila! One or two pumps will be more than sufficient as the wash is very concentrated, which also means it will last a long time.

Next in line…

Is of course, toner! Easy to make, and with fewer ingredients than the wash, and you probably have the ingredients in your pantry. Here goes; you need 3-4 tablespoons of chopped fresh mint 2 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar and 1 and a quarter cups of water. Place the mint and apple cider vinegar in a small mason jar or some other jar with a screw-top lid and let it sit at room temperature for a week. The mint will infuse the vinegar and give it a lovely scent. Strain the mixture into a large measuring cup and add the water. Stir well and pour into a clean bottle or jar and store in a cool place and apply every day with a cotton ball or cotton pads. There are a lot of other wonderful recipes for different conditions and skin types you should try and find the one that works for you.

Lock in moisture

Unfortunately, there are some products we cannot concoct at home. One of those are moisturizers that both lock in moisture and serve to even your skin tone and bring out your natural glow. Luckily, among many brands that offer synthetic products, there are more and more companies that have turned to providing natural skincare products that are safe for you to use and give amazing results at nourishing and protecting your skin. One such product is Dr Hauschka Moisturizing Day Cream that even organic and natural-loving celebs like Jennifer Aniston swear by due to its amazing soothing effects. If you cannot make it – buy it, but be sure to buy natural products with a list of ingredients you can actually pronounce and you know with absolute certainty are safe and effective.

Bonus round of love

This product is not something we use (or should use) on daily basis, but it is one that shows your skin just how much you love it by providing some extra pampering once a week. You’ve probably guessed it – it is face mask we are talking about, and the one we have in store for you is super easy to make. Its main ingredient is – honey! Honey is a wonderful ingredient for natural homemade facial masks as it is a natural humectant, attracting moisture to the skin, and has valuable skin care benefits, helping to protect, restore and rejuvenate the skin. For all skin types, the best mixture is 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and one egg yolk. Mix the ingredients until you get a homogenous paste, then simply apply and keep for twenty minutes, after which you just gently remove the mask using warm water. Fresh, soft and replenished skin in less than half an hour!

Here you have it ladies, easy-peasy, so do not waste any time, get those hands busy and start stirring your new favorite products.

I hope you enjoyed the post, a big thank you to Mia for wanting to guest post for Rae Chic again!

 

Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on a lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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May 19, 2017
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