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Invite The Outside In With A Natural Skincare Routine

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We’re all aware that putting chemicals on our skin isn’t good for us. As well as causing rashes and spots, those chemicals can seep into our bloodstream! Evidence suggests that chemicals in skin care products can cause hormone imbalances and illness. Even so, we continue to use them! Why? In all honesty, most of us aren’t aware of the alternatives. Shop bought skincare products are convenient and accessible. The good news is, the alternatives are just as easy to get hold of. They’ll save you a hell of a lot of money, as well! Incorporating natural products into your routine could be the best thing you ever do for your skin and body. Here are a few products you’ll need to get started!

Essential Oils

There are many benefits to essential oils. They can help with your immune system and balance hormones. They have the power to reverse the damage you’ve done with those chemicals! Why not use your favourite essential oil to make the following health remedies smell amazing, too? There’s no denying that natural remedies may not have the greatest smell. Essential oils are the answer. If you want ready made products, there are many moisturizers available which already contain your favorite essential oils. All you need to do is go out and find them!

Coconut Oil

We all know about coconut oil by now, right? It seems to be cropping up everywhere at the moment. You used only to be able to grab this gem from health food shops. Its increasing popularity means you can find it in most food stores. You probably didn’t think about putting the stuff on your face, though, right? Think again! Coconut oil can have many benefits for your skin. From strengthening tissue to removing dead skin, the results will amaze you. You could even start removing your makeup with the stuff! If you have oily skin, it might be best to avoid this one. Otherwise, there’s no reason not to give it a go. It may seem like an alien concept, but one go will show you that it’s a change worth making!

 

Apple Cider Vinegar

Does acne plague your skin? Anti-spot treatments contain some of the strongest chemicals out there. You only have to smell them to know that they’re packed with nasty stuff! The good news is that a natural skincare routine should work wonders on your skin anyway. A lot of the time, it’s the strong chemicals we put on our face that cause those spots in the first place. Then, there’s apple cider vinegar. Again, this has been increasing in popularity recently. It’s one of those ingredients that pops up in much vegan cooking because of its benefits for your guts! But, who thought there would be benefits for your face, too? Apple cider vinegar could be just what you need to clear those spots away. Though, it might be best to do this just before you wash. There’s no denying that the smell isn’t the best!

I hope you enjoyed the post!

Thanks for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

January 31, 2017
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Zabana Essentials Haul + Mini Review

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Hey loves! It’s been a little while since I did my last haul and I’ve been promising on instagram that this one would be up soon (I’m just terrible at procrastinating, y’know!!)

So finally, it’s here! Let me tell you a little about Zabana Essentials. Zabana has 100% natural and vegan cosmetics that are handcrafted in California (I love stuff that’s made in the USA!) They have a range of products, like deodorants, a face serum, dry shampoo and even an armpit detox bar (say whaaa?!) I’ve been trying these out over the past few weeks & I’m hooked, so keep on reading to see what I got and what I like about them!

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I’m a sucker for anything mini sized and also natural deodorants! I was intrigued by the fragrances they have available and how some are baking soda free (which I need since baking soda irritates the crap outta me). These definitely aren’t your typical natural deo smells and I love that. I picked up Lime Berry Basil  and Sage Blood Orange. These are the perfect size to shove in your purse or backpack! I currently have the Lime Berry Basil one in my locker at work and I love freshening up with it, it smells so goooood. I do recommend these if you’re looking for a new natural deo or just want to stock up on some minis! (Plus! They’d be a great gift for someone who wants to delve into the natural deo/green beauty world *hint hint*)

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I live off of dry shampoo and don’t know what I would do without it. I haven’t tried a powder dry shampoo so that’s really why I picked this up! Plus, the scent caught my eye. It’s really easy to use – just sprinkle some on, let it sit then style per usual. (They recommend using a ‘natural bristled brush’ but I just use my regular hairbrush and it works fine. I also like to rub it in with my fingers). It smells great and does a really good job at making my hair look like it was just washed. I dooooo recommend!

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I wanted to try out their face sprays so I got both of the ones that they offer. Lavender Lemongrass is for combo + oily skin and helps to detoxify and balance the skin. Citron Blossom is for all skin types and brightens and rejuvenates the skin. I use one or the other depending on my face issues. Usually I like to use the Citron Blossom one before putting on my makeup to help get it ready for application. If you want, you can also use these as a cleanser (sort of) – just spray it on then use a cotton round to remove excess dirt and oil. I love that these are in glass bottles so I can reuse them when I finish them off! I really like these and do recommend them as well.

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Then lastly, the Armpit Detox Bar! When using natural deo (or transitioning into natural deo), you may find that you don’t smell as fresh or that it’s not working…that’s why you need to detox yo’ pits! This is made with Coconut, Charcoal and Clay so it’ll really suck out all the junk stuck in your pit pores and leave you with squeaky clean pits 🙂 They say to wet the bar, lather it in your hands, rub the lather in your pits then let it sit for 2-3 minutes then rinse off. I have noticed a difference when using this – I smell fresher for longer and I just feel more comfortable wearing natural deodorant when I use it. It’s definitely a must have for natural deo users, so get one stat!

Overall, I was super pleased with my first purchase from Zabana. They have amazing cruelty free, vegan + natural products and I can’t wait to try out all of the other stuff they have to offer. Do you want to try out Zabana Essentials? Let me know!

Thanks for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

Disclaimer: All of these products were purchased with my own money and all opinions are 100% honest and my own. I am not being paid for this post nor am I affiliated with Zabana Essentials. This post does not contain affiliate links.

October 22, 2016
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Ways To Avoid Skin Nightmares

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With Halloween fast approaching, we’re seeing more bats, ghouls, zombies and haggard witches. There are plenty of stock horror characters that we’d rather not look like, but the last is a disturbing one in particular. It’s important to grow old gracefully, but nobody wants wrinkled, pallid and dull skin if it can be prevented. Taking care of your skin is an important part of looking young, healthy and fresh. So how do you go about it?

 

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Face

Numerous factors affect the rate at which your face ages. If you use more expressions, you are likely to develop more lines as the years go by. Cosmetic procedures such as botox can help to prevent this. However, the main give away when it comes to age is the health and condition of your skin. Age spots, loose skin and dull skin can all be surefire giveaways of age. There are plenty of products out there that can help with this issues. Make sure to moisturise your face after washing it, both morning and night. This will make sure that it doesn’t become dry or flaky. Lightening creams can help reduce the appearance of age spots. However, a more effective approach could be laser removal of these areas of dark pigmentation. Make sure to wear a high factor sun cream on your face every day, regardless of whether it’s sunny or not. UV rays still penetrate clouds and will make your skin visibly age faster. By wearing a high factor sunscreen, you will prevent these spots from returning.

 

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It’s Not Just About Your Face

The skin on the rest of your body is important too. Okay, it might not wrinkle to quite the same extent as the skin on people’s foreheads and around people’s mouths does. But a huge part of looking youthful and radiant is firm, tight skin on the body. How do you achieve this? Well, regular exercise will prevent the buildup of fat which will naturally cause skin to sag when you lose the weight. But lotions and creams can help too. Invest in a good body lotion to keep skin extra soft & firm. How you care for the skin on your body will change depending on your situation. If you are pregnant, your skin will stretch at a fast rate to accommodate for your baby’s growth. This can result in stretch marks. To prevent these, or reduce the appearance of stretch marks that are already established, many people opt for Cocoa Butter or Bio-Oil. These products moisturise and loosen the skin. They also reduce the angry redness so common to stretch marks. I’ve also heard that using a coffee scrub can help to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite, here’s a DIY recipe here for a coffee + mint option.

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Always remove your makeup before going to sleep. If you don’t, you could wake up to a host of new spots and blemishes on your face. Your skin needs time to breathe. Makeup clogs the pores, which is okay for short periods of time. However, if you have makeup on your face for a solid 24 hours, chances are you’ll experience a pretty big breakout. I like to use this coconut micellar water from Pacifica to remove my face makeup, and I usually use coconut oil on a cotton round to take off my eye makeup. (I’ve heard that coconut oil also works as an all-over makeup remover!)

 

I hope you enjoyed the post and learned some helpful tips. What do you do to help you prevent skin nightmares? Let me know 🙂

Thanks for reading, as always <3

xoxo, Rae

October 20, 2016
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What’s New at Profusion | Fall 2016 *

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Hey loves! I’m part of the Profusion Beauty Insiders program, so Profusion gave me some goodies to try out and share my opinion on. Keep on reading if you’re interested!

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Brows are all the rage, so I was pretty excited to see this brow kit, since I haven’t really had anything like this before. It costs $12.49, which isn’t bad at all because you get a lot of stuff.

Included in the kit:

Large Mirror
Clear Eyebrow Gel
Eyebrow Wax
Dual-Ended Eyebrow Pencil
2 Eyebrow Highlighters
8 Eyebrow Powders
5 Eyebrow Stencils
Slanted Tweezers
Spoolie Brush
Dual-Ended Angled & Shading Brush

I liked that the kit had everything in it that you would need to do your brows (or someone else’s if you want to become a MUA). I think that there is enough diversity in the brow powders, so you can definitely use just one powder on it’s own or mix and match to create your own perfect shade. Their pigment isn’t the best and they are slightly patchy, but they are workable.

I think the stencils are great if you want to shape your brows as a guide, but I wouldn’t really recommend using them to fill in your brows since it is hard to hold them in place and attempt to fill them in too – but to each their own!

The brush in the kit wasn’t the best of quality and the bristles were super soft (which I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing, but I couldn’t get a sharp line).

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On the left is brow powder swatches with the brush and on the right are swatches of the dual ended brow pencil.

Rating: 3/5 – good value, but could feature higher quality powders/tools.

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This is another concealer palette from Profusion, seems like they just changed the packaging since the pigment and texture are the same as the previous one I received. This is $4.99 and you get a lot of concealer so it’s definitely worth it. I use my other concealer palette daily, so I do recommend this one. I do wish though that it had a green concealer in it rather than the two salmon/orange shades, but I know that they carry another concealer palette with a green and lavender concealer in it.

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Rating: 4/5 – good value but would be nice to have more color correctors.

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Next is the highlight and contour stick kit – I haven’t really dived into the whole contour fad but I think this kit makes it a bit simpler. This is $9.99. The sticks are easy to use to layout the “map” of contouring/highlighting on your face – but with me being so pale, I don’t really think these colors work for me, but for someone else they might. They aren’t super creamy or smooth but they are workable and blend without too much work. I haven’t used the sponge from the kit but I’ve heard that Profusion’s sponges are good quality so I guess I’ll have to test that out for ya at a later point.

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Here are the swatches of the sticks! They are a little bit dry, if you couldn’t tell by all of the texture you can see, but you can work around it.

Rating: 3/5 – wish the sticks weren’t too dry.

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I saved the best for last! Profusion recently launched some matte lipsticks and I think this set is a good value for being so inexpensive. It’s $6.99 and you get 6 lipsticks, all of which are their most popular shades. The colors range from nudes to dark vampy colors. I definitely think this kit would be great to give as a gift to your favorite makeup lover!

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The tubes feel cheap, but you really can’t expect more since you are paying so little.

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Here are the swatches, I think the nude shade, the dark red shade and the dark purple shades are my favorites. These apply very smoothly and feel nice on the lips without drying them out (hard to believe, since they are mattes!) I would say their wear power probably isn’t that great since they wiped off so easily with a makeup wipe, but touch-ups aren’t the end of the world.

Rating: 4/5 more color diversity – I feel like a lot of them are too similar. 🙁

Overall, I’m pretty pleased with these goodies from Profusion! For the price you pay, you get decent quality products and they perform better than what you would think.

What’s your favorite product from this “haul”? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

 

Disclaimer: Yes, this product was sent to me to review, but sponsorships/items sent to me do not alter my opinion in anyway. I’m here to help you (my readers) to find new products that you may have never heard about. I am all about giving 100% reviews, whether I’m paid for the review, sent the item or I purchase it myself. Just something to keep in mind for my past/future reviews.

October 7, 2016
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The Perfect Minimalist Fall Beauty Routine

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leaves-1149004_1920Ever feel like you have WAY too many beauty products? We’ve all been there. The sheer amount of products on the market these days can be confusing, time consuming and above all else expensive. So with fall approaching, there has never been a better time to de-clutter your beauty regime. Embrace the fresh glow the cooler weather brings and try these tips for a minimalist fall makeup routine…

1) Ditch the foundation

If you’re still lucky enough to be sporting a tan from the summer weather, show it off! The fall’s cold wind will mean your natural rosy glow will come out, also saving you on blusher. If you’re not the tanning type or if you do just prefer a little more coverage, try a tinted moisturizer. This will protect your skin from drying out or getting chapped. The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Tinted Moisturiser is a great cruelty-free option.  

2) Wear lip balm rather than lipsticks

Desperate to grab your favorite dark red matte lipstick as soon as the leaves change color? As tempting as it may be to delve into the depths of your make-up bag, lip balm can actually be the best option for your lips in the fall. Balm will stop your lips from chapping and a slight sheen can add to that fresh, dewy look (especially if you use a facial highlighter too). If you really can’t pull yourself away from lipsticks, opt for one with moisturising properties to ensure your lips don’t dry out.

3) Don’t forget the basics

A fresh, healthy look is essential for the fall – and oral hygiene is definitely one of the most important factors in this. If you feel like your smile is looking a little lacklustre, give whitening strips a try. They work out a lot cheaper than a trip to a cosmetic dentist and you can do it from the comfort of your own home too. Just make sure you pair the use of strips with a good brushing and flossing routine. For a cruelty free option for whitening your teeth – check out Snapwhite!

4) Go easy on the eye makeup

If you’re out and about for the day, make sure you take the weather into account when deciding on your eye makeup. Harsh, cold winds and rain can easily make your eyes stream, and lines of mascara running down your face isn’t the best look! If the weather looks like it could wreak havoc with your hard work, stick to a simple look of dewy cream eye shadow and a few lashings of mascara. Alongside some lightly filled in brows, this natural look is perfect for going back to school or college too.

5) Keep your hair weather-proof

There’s likely to be a lot more wet/damp weather in the fall, so it’s important to make sure your hair is prepared for the elements! More water in the atmosphere means greater humidity, especially if the summer sun is still peeping through the clouds. Try using a deep-conditioning treatment once a week so your hair doesn’t start to frizz the second you leave the house.

 

Hope you enjoyed the post! What’s your fall beauty routine? 🙂

Xoxo, Rae

 

August 24, 2016
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