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I’ve recently been trying out this deep conditioning hair mask from Acure Organics as my hair has felt seriously damaged these days and I’ve been needing conditioners almost every time I shower given how tangled it becomes. This conditioning hair mask smells really pleasantly of minty freshness without being overpowering. The scent seems more like a subtle afterthought than anything so it can be used with other products without scents clashing much.

To apply this, you simply take a small amount (depending on hair length; mine is long and I use about 1-2 quarter sizes) and massage it into your hair, concentrating on the ends. Then, relax and let it do it’s thing for 5 minutes, comb through and rinse. The formula includes argan oil and CoQ10 for their nourishing properties as well as argan stem cells which are said to penetrate the follicle while locking in color and hydration.

I really enjoy the scent of this conditioner and it does add a fair amount of shine and volume to my hair. The only thing is that my hair was still pretty tangled after using this, though less so than before, and I actually find the name a bit confusing ( …Root Repair) because it sounds like you’re meant to use it on the roots of hair even though it’s meant to be used on your ends. Other than that, I really enjoyed using this hair mask. It works fairly well and it doesn’t leave a residue or film behind on the hair which I like a lot. I just wished it had been a bit more detangling than it was, but if you’re more concerned with volume and shine, this is a really natural and effective hair mask option for those needs.

You can check this conditioning hair mask out – here.

Have You Tried Any of Acure Organics’ products?

What’s Your Favorite?

Let Me Know in the Comments!

Max Green Alchemy Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil
Dry winter skin can really suck, especially when it’s coupled with irritation, redness, and flakiness, which is most of the time if not all. To keep my skin looking plump, hydrated and calm, I’ve taken to drawing up warm baths a few times a week and using this incredibly soothing bath oil by Max Green Alchemy – the Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil.

I’ve written a bit about Max Green Alchemy as I really love many, if not all, of their products. They are brilliant and made with organic, cruelty free, and wild crafted plant ingredients which seek to heal the skin from inside out and pretty much succeed in that effort, if you ask me. So, after reviewing this bath oil for about a month, it’s not really a surprise that I’d love this one too!

The scent of this bath oil is AMAZING and it really does soothe irritated and/or dry skin. The scent of it is exactly the same as their Skin Rescue Cream which I reviewed awhile back ( you can see that review – here ) and works just as well at calming skin inflammation as the cream, except without the added hydration you get from the cream. I get extremely dry skin come winter time and that dryness can easily turn into irritated, chapped skin which is not just horrible to look at, it can also be painful. This bath oil has helped me avoid that situation altogether and I am SO thankful!

Aside from being extremely effective at calming and hydrating skin, this bath oil is seriously relaxing. It smells incredible and the oil itself actually dissolves into the water rather than sitting on top of it like most oils do so it really envelops your skin in a cocoon of hydrating oil-infused bath water.

Lastly, one of my favorite things about this product ( and Max Green Alchemy products, in general ) is that fact that not only is this product effective, luxurious, and pleasant to use, but it also has an excellent ethical foundation to stand on. The ingredients are great, natural, cruelty free and the formulation leaves out typical nasties which can cause environmental or bodily harm so it’s really a product I can stand behind and I love that.

More Reasons to Love this Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil:

•” Pure organic botanic and essential oils calm, soothe and moisturize skin
• Supports the treatment of psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema
• Unique formula blends with bath water to infuse into skin
• Won’t leave nasty oil residue on the tub
• Steroid-free, paraben-free, petrochemical-free, GMO-free, lanolin-free, polysorbate-free, cruelty-free
• Enchanting non-medicinal aroma of organic chamomile and neroli
• Contains many certified organic ingredients
• 100% plant origin”

You can check out this amazing Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil – here.

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I get a lot of questions from readers asking me what cleansers would work best for their skin type so I thought I would post a few of my favorites that will work for one or more skin types so there are multiple options to choose from. I tried to keep everything on the affordable side, though some are more pricey. I hope you enjoy!

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Original Konjac Sponge; $9

ALL SKIN TYPES, EVEN SENSITIVE

This is a great one for all skin types! It’s super gentle, mildly exfoliating and non-irritating even for those with sensitive skin. You can even get these with different clays in them, if you like, depending on your skin type. Check those out here. This is a great cleansing tool + cleanser in one if you like to keep your routine simple, yet effective. Check out my review on this original sponge here!

Suti CLEANSE Organic Balm; £26.00

ALL SKIN TYPES, ESPECIALLY DRY, SENSITIVE, ACNE PRONE & ROSACEA TYPES

This is seriously one of my favorites! I think this could also work for any skin type as well. It’s a bit more on the expensive side of things, but it works incredibly well and is worth the price to me. If you have oily or combination to oily skin, you’ll want to use this with the muslin cloth to get more exfoliation and cleansing action, but if you’re more on the dry or sensitive side of things, you can simply massage this into your skin and rinse with warm water then pat dry. Check out my full review here.

Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser; 24.50

ALL SKIN TYPES EXCEPT DRY & HYPER-SENSITIVE TYPES

ESPECIALLY GOOD FOR ACNE PRONE & OILY SKIN TYPES!

Another new favorite, this one is great for all skin types, though I don’t recommend it to anyone who has a sensitivity to essential oils or to someone with dry skin. This is really cleansing and creamy, but it’s not super nourishing so if you need that extra moisture, it’s better to go with the Suti CLEANSE, the AB Cleansing Oil or LN Vitalising Cleanser (see below). This one works especially well for those with combination to oily or oily skin and is really effective for those with clogged pores or acne. This gentle cleanse + exfoliate combo is great for clearing the skin. Check out my full review on this here. 

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Living Nature Vitalising Cleanser; $35

ALL SKIN TYPES, EXCEPT SUPER OILY TYPES.

ESPECIALLY GOOD FOR DRY, SENSITIVE SKIN TYPES!

This is a really nourishing cleanser! It’s super gentle so it would be great for those with dry skin, sensitive skin or combination skin in the winter. I also find it’s nice to use when my combo to oily skin is looking particularly red or irritated because it helps to calm things down a lot. The scent in this is super subtle and there’s no sulfate or foaming; it actually just feels like a light, easily absorbed lotion only you rinse after. It leaves the skin feeling really soft and hydrated. See my full review here.

Antonia Burrell Natural Glow Cleansing Oil; $102

ALL SKIN TYPES

If you’ve been following for awhile, you may know about my love for cleansing oils. If not, well, I love them! They are great for all skin types most of the time and they work so well at balancing the skin out, whether your problem is dryness, oiliness, clogged pores or redness. I love cleansing oils for when my skin is just completely out of whack and off balance. It’s a great way to balance everything out and calm any irritations. Plus, cleansing oils, a lot of the time, are easily absorbed into the skin and help to cleanse the skin without stripping anything from it. Also, they work well as an all-in-one type makeup remover and cleanser. Just be sure to do it 2x! See my full review for this cleansing oil here.

AMPM Wakeup Skin Smooth Washing Powder

NARUKO AMPM Wakeup Skin Smoothing Washing Powder; $14

OILY TO COMBINATION SKIN, ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH ACNE PRONE SKIN

NOT FOR DRY OR SENSITIVE TYPES

I love to use washing powders during hot, humid months when my skin is super oily and has a tendency to get congested. This is a great way to gently exfoliate the skin without being harsh while getting a good cleanse in. Plus, this one is only mildly foaming so it’s not as harsh as the OTC drugstore acne cleansers that can do more harm than good with their crap ingredients. This one includes rice powder and other ingredients to gently cleanse, smooth, and brighten the skin. See my full review on this here.

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser; $15

ALL SKIN TYPES

ESPECIALLY GOOD FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

GREAT FOR MAKEUP REMOVAL

This is an old favorite! It’s really great for any skin type, but it works especially well for those with sensitive skin or if you like to use a separate cleanser for makeup removal, this is a nice one. It smells really super fresh (actually true lol) – just like cucumbers. It’s very mild and more milky than foamy so it’s non-stripping to the skin. This is a really nice gel type textured cleanser and is great if you’re someone who doesn’t want to strip the skin of it’s natural oils, but also hates the oily feel of cleansing oils or balms. This one is a nice middle ground that will leave your skin cleansed, but not tight or dry. See my full review on this here.

What’s your favorite go-to cleanser?

Erbaviva Hand Cream Review

I had never heard of Erbaviva until recently when this was sent to me for review, but I’m really thrilled they did send it because it’s a really nice cream that is extremely softening, hydrating, nourishing, and smoothing to hands, cuticles and nails.

I’m not normally the kind of girl who would spend a lot of money on a good hand cream, but I have been searching for one for past few months as I’ve noticed my hands looking wrinkled and dry and was mildly terrified at the sight of them. LOL. So I was pretty happy when this was sent to me for review because it moisturizes really well over time, not just right when applied and then your hands go back to being dried out again in an hour. This stuff offers hydration that lasts.

USDA Certified Organic, Erbaviva offers a line of body products for babies, mommies and mommies-to-be, though anyone can use them of course. They are free from animal testing, artificial dyes and fragrances and they utilize a variety of plant, flower, herb, and fruit extracts, oils and essential oils in their formulas for all natural healing and nourishment.

Whatever their formula, it certainly is effective in this luxurious hand cream!

Not only does this smell incredible, it’s very light and a little bit spreads easily over your hands, absorbed into the skin almost instantly with no greasy residue.

I have been using this for about a month now and I notice my hands are noticeably softer, smoother, more even toned, hydrated and youthful looking.

I definitely recommend this one. Although it is a bit pricey at $16 USD, it’s a product that is certainly worth it, in my opinion, and that will last you a decent amount of time (I’ve used mine for a month and it still feels full).

Check it out on Beauty Habit – here!

Check out all Erbaviva products – here!

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples sent to me from Beauty Habit for review purposes. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own irregardless of if and/or how I obtain products.

Suvana Beauty Organic Paw Paw & Honey Balm

 

I had never heard of this Paw Paw & Honey Balm by Suvana Beauty, but when I got a sample of this lovely piece of heaven, it was seriously love at first sight!

This stuff is worth it’s price completely, which is $14 USD by the way, because it absolutely nourishes, softens, hydrates and heals my lips and you get a really good amount for what you pay given this is a balm and you need less than half a dime’s worth each time. I think you can use this for other things, but I’ve only been using it on my lips with seriously fantastic results as it’s not only healed my chapped lips, but also kept my lips really soft and supple.

Some really great things about this balm are it’s certified organic ingredients which include  healing paw paw and without chemicals, preservatives and other nasties. Also, they use really sustainable and eco friendly methods as well as recycled packaging so that’ just more reason to love this, in my opinion!

Other Awesome Features of Paw Paw & Honey Balm:

• Certified Organic.
• NO petroleum jelly – unlike most leading lip balms.
• NO synthetic chemicals or preservatives.
• Contains Paw Paw, known for its healing properties.
• Can be used on lips, bites, scratches, itches, cracked skin/nipples – anywhere on your body!
• Handy 25 gm tube.
• Bright Yellow Packaging – truly a handbag essential.
• 100% Natural.
• Contains NO parabens or sulphates.
• Contains NO mineral oil or petroleum by-products.
• Contains NO harmful chemicals or preservatives.
• Contains NO animal derivatives and is not tested on animals.
• NO artificial fragrances or colors.
• All packaging is recyclable and manufacturing methods are environmentally sound.

I will definitely be purchasing this one after my little sample runs out!

Check it out – here!

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples sent to me from Beauty Habit for review purposes. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own irregardless of if and/or how I obtain products.

New Gift Sets At Max Green Alchemy!

If you’ve been following this blog for awhile, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Max Green Alchemy, especially their lovely Scalp Rescue Shampoo and Conditioner (Click Here for that Review!) which are incredibly effective, gentle and made with all plant-derived ingredients. That being said, I’m very close to running out of both of these and I discovered some brand New kits being offered over on MaxGreenAlchemy.Com at great prices, allowing you to try the shampoo and conditioner as well as your choice of Skin Rescue Shower Gelee or Scalp Rescue Styling Gel. One kit features these in trial type travel sizes and the other in all full sizes at really great prices.

Check them out! 

Natural Care Travel Gift Bag; $15.49 – $15.99 USD

Natural Care Gift Box; $46.99 – $48.99 USD

Definitely pick up one of these sets to try out their products if you haven’t already, otherwise the full sized gift box is a great way to get them at awesome prices! I’m certainly going to purchase one by the end of today as I really need to stock up!

To Shop All Max Green Alchemy products, Click Here!

Have you tried any Max Green Alchemy products?

Related Articles: 

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Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with this company in any way. I post sales, specials and other promotions as a way to pass on the beauty goodness to readers, nothing else. My opinion and posts are always 100% honest and my own.

My Crazy Weekend + Lovely Duchess Marden Mini Sample Reviews

I just wanted to apologize again for having an absolute repeat of the silence and crickets of last weekend. I know, I know, I can’t believe I managed to completely ignore blogging all weekend, but the thing is that I just moved and it’s just been ridiculous having to clean and move everything in and I’ve been exhausted, for lack of a better word.

So my apologies for another quiet weekend!

I actually have quite a bit of reviews and things lined up to share with you all, but I’ve had little time to tally up the goodness and add photos and things so I can publish so instead I’ve a million and one drafts sitting in queue waiting to be shown some proper attention before being pushed out into the world!

So, anyhow, once I have a chance (hopefully in the next day or so), I will certainly update and publish the many many awesome posts so please stay tuned!

 I was recently sent these lovely samples from Duchess Marden and I really quite enjoyed them. If you’re unfamiliar with Duchess Marden skincare, it began with one woman’s trip to Southeast Asia and her discovery of pure rose water there. From then, she decided to harness the healing and regenerating powers of rose in her skincare line and thus was beginning in the creation of the very luxurious Duchess Marden products. To read more about it, check here.

I don’t know that this line is really aimed at my age group or my skin type, but the products are certainly gentle enough to be used on any type regardless. The Face Creme Cleanser and Face Creme both have a jasmine/rose type antique smell which, if you’ve been following along for a bit, you all know I’m not immensely overjoyed by. I suspect this is due in part to the rose water they include in the majority of their products which is great for the skin, but not a scent I’m particularly fond of.

Aside from that, this cleanser + face creme duo is quite nice. They both are very gentle, clearly aimed at those with dry or sensitive skin and yet, even with my acne prone combination skin, they were still very pleasant to use. Gentle, effective at cleansing without drying out the skin, and very nourishing and hydrating, I would certainly recommend these two for anyone with a lot of skin irritation, especially rosacea types, or anyone with dry to mature or otherwise sensitive skin. They are both very gentle and calming and work well together.

Check out the Creme Cleanser – here!

Check out the Face Creme – here!

Second on the list is the Neck and Decollete Serum which was one of my favorite items from the lot!

I really love the consistency of this serum! It’s very nourishing, it looks a bit like a runny creme, but it feels like a serum and hydrates the neck and decollete very well. I really enjoyed this one quite a bit and I like that they offer a product like this. Too often, we forget about our neck and decollete areas and think to treat everything else, but then the signs of aging tend to show up on the neck, decollete and hands when neglected so I think this is a really great product and it works well for this area. It’s not too heavy, but just right and very lovely to use!

Check it out  – here!

This line would be incomplete without their 100% Pure Rose Water! I think it’s important to mention that, although I am not a fan of the rose scent, I love this rose water. Derived from steam-distilled fresh pink Damask rose petals, it’s really refreshing and the scent is not overwhelming at all. Instead, the scent is pretty subtle, but it feels very nourishing and calming. It really helps to calm redness and breakouts and I love it even more so now because it is really refreshing in this hot-as-hell Southern California weather! Add to that the pH balancing, antibacterial and pore tightening abilities and I am pretty sold on this one!

Check out it out – here!

The Body Serum in this line is really great because it’s oil based, but it isn’t oily. It’s not heavy, it has a nice subtle scent that isn’t rose (thank you! LOL), and it is actually very hydrating to the skin. I really enjoyed this serum. I don’t think it’s nourishing enough for someone with severely dry skin, but mildly dry to normal skin would really benefit from this serum.

Check it out – here!

The last in the line of samples that I received is the Damascena Anti-Wrinkle Serum. I really like the lightness of this serum. I don’t know that I really experienced any anti-wrinkle effects, but then I don’t have many wrinkles yet. Aside from that, I did feel like it helped firm my skin a bit and it was very hydrating, calming, and toning to the skin.

 Check it out – here!

Other Features to Love About Duchess Marden Products:

  • Hydrating and Calming Ingredients
  • Naturally scented
  • Utilizes 100% Pure Rose Water
  • NO fillers, artificial fragrances, petrochemicals, parabens or chemical preservatives
  • Luxurious and Relaxing Vibe to all products and lovely presentation
 Check out the entire Duchess Marden line of products – here!

Has anyone ever tried the Duchess Marden line before?

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples that were sent to me from Duchess Marden Skincare for review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

Another Amazing Product from Max Green Alchemy: Skin Rescue Cream

If you’ve been following along my skincare escapades (yes, escapades!), then you’ll have read about my fantastic experience with the Max Green Alchemy’s Scalp Rescue Shampoo and Conditioner Set (Read the Review on that – here!) and what incredible results I had with it.

Personally, when I was asked to review another product from Max Green Alchemy, I was still a bit skeptical. I experience a lot of products and, a lot of times, they have one good product that I truly love, and a host of others that are either just okay or not so good.

This is so NOT the case with Max Green Alchemy!

I have had such amazing results with this cream that I am starting to believe that they can do no wrong!

Their all plant ingredient formulas approach to skincare, haircare and body care has me believing that they are certainly worth the cost as they create natural products that work without harmful ingredients. They are not only natural ingredients, but they are effective ingredients, which I think is something worth noting because I think a lot of people think “oh yes, it’s natural, but does it work, or is it just slopping around on my skin being useless?” 

I totally understand this mentality because there are a lot of useless natural products out there and it can be difficult to wade through the sea of organic, natural frenzy and find the ones that actually do work.

My experiences with this cream are nothing short of miraculous.

I have been suffering from rough dry patches on my shoulders and neck for some time and nothing seemed to be able to diminish them… until now.

I know it sounds a bit cheesy, but it is absolutely true.

This cream in combination with the ONE Skincare Olive Oil Nourishing Treatment (See the review for that – here!) has managed to greatly diminish the patchiness in just under two weeks AND soothe a painful sunburn that I got over this past weekend in only a few days!

It smells just as lovely as the lemon scented shampoo and conditioner set, but this one is more plant-like with less citrus.

I highly recommend this to anyone who is suffering from extreme dryness, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis or any other skin irritation.

This cream works! 

I couldn’t be more amazed or happy about this and, although this cream was sent to me for review, I will certainly be purchasing this once this cream runs out!

Check out the Skin Rescue Cream – here!

See all Max Green Alchemy products – here! 

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples that were sent to me from Max Green Alchemy for review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

Coming Soon! Healing Face Powders, Blush and More!

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So, after finally establishing my shop on Etsy, I am now able to focus on expanding my line a bit from the 3 original serums.

I am very excited about the line of healing face powder foundation shades and blushes that I will be coming out with very shortly!

They will include a strong calming powder base with botanical powders and extracts. This is something I have never seen done much if at all and that is basically the use of all natural botanical powders in the powder formulation.

This means that your makeup will function as both a means to look awesome and offer color, but also as a treatment while you wear it as the botanical ingredients work to help soften lines, calm redness and inflammation and even help to clear breakouts.

This is something I have always wanted in a powder myself so I am extremely psyched to be able to offer it to my customers!

Not only will you be able  wear the powders as a powder foundation and a blush, but the formulations themselves are designed to improve your skin and not only cover up blemishes, fine lines, and hyper-pigmentation, but also help to treat them!

These will be $25 for a 20 gram twist and lock sifter jar (saves product and great for travel!).

Only one size will be available initially, but I am thinking of  adding a 10 gram jar to offer a smaller trial type size for those who want to try it before buying the larger jars and also to make it more affordable to students, bargain hunters and the like who are on a budget.

^Let me know what you think! Do you want smaller jars to be available?

Aside from these awesome powders, I plan on also offering a line of face/eye creams to offer those who love the creamy texture of a face cream or eye cream over the texture of serums. These will include an acne, wrinkle and eye cream.
I may also add in a brightening cream in the future.

These will typically run the same prices as the serums, depending on size so about $15-$25.

Lastly, I will be adding concentrated creamy and gel facial cleansers. The gel cleansers will be more for brightening and blemish clearing while the cream cleansers will be more moisturizing and nourishing for dry, mature and sensitive skin types. In the beginning, I am going to offer these in smaller sizes, but they will last you a good amount as a little will go a long way. Later, I will add in larger sizes. Cleansers will be about $15-$25 as well.

That’s all for now!

I’m very excited about all of this and I hope you will leave me feedback on what your thoughts are.

Have a Nice Weekend!

Stay Beautiful

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I’ll talk to you soon : ]

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