Reef Safe Sunscreens

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Summer is here, summer is here thank goodness!

With the weather getting warmer we tend to spend more time outdoors, and our skin will need sun protection. SPF is not just for summer though, you should be protecting your skin all year round especially if you live someplace warm like I do. You wouldn't want sun spots or premature wrinkles, right? Now before you go off and buy just any SPF I want to share with you 4 natural, vegan and reef safe sunscreens. I have been testing these out prior to summer so that I can share my thoughts on this post just in time for summer.

What is reef safe? And why is it important?
I'm sure most of you have heard of reef safe sunscreens, they've been around for a long time. But the term reef safe recently got some major popularity after reports of toxic chemical ingredients in regular sunscreen products showed they are affecting the reefs by bleaching t…

My Mama's Go To Perfume

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Perfume is one of the most gifted items for mothers day, birthdays, anniversaries etc. Since mother's day is almost here, I wanted to talk about my mom's & my current favorite perfume/scent. Although we like different scents, I love sweet scents and mom likes florals but one thing we both love is DefineMe fragrance. 
DefineMe has six scents to choose from in different formats and sizes, from fragrance oils, mists & hair mists. My mama's fave is Delphine, a floral feminine scent of lilac, freesia, ylang-ylang, coconut & rosewood. Mom carries her on the go mist in her purse and keeps the fragrance oil at home. Sofia Isabel is my favorite, this scent is sweet yet sexy and intoxicating. Has notes of mandarin, black currant, jasmine & sugar.

As far as longevity, based on my experience using the fragrance oil & mist I find that both are very long la…

My Top Favorite Vegan & Natural Shampoos

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Sometimes you gotta kiss a few frogs before finding the perfect match, especially when it comes to natural beauty products. Which brings up the topic of natural hair care. I have struggled with finding the right formula that my scalp, hair and I love. In this post, I share with you the few natural & semi-natural shampoos that have worked for me.

First, let me tell you the type of hair and scalp I have. My hair is thin, flat and my scalp is very sensitive, itchy, flaky and yet oily. I know it makes no sense but that's my hair type. When I started my natural journey, I was desperately trying to find a shampoo that would help with my scalp issues and replace the non-vegan, not natural, animal testing brand of shampoo I was using. I tried so many natural brands and most were too heavy for my hair or didn't help with my scalp issues at all. Fast forward to a couple years, I'm happy to report that I finally found a coupl…
I recently noticed that there are a few products that I haven't bought in a long time. Which is great for my wallet and my new minimalistic approach. Here are just 5 beauty products I don't buy anymore.

Makeup-Removing Wipes

I've tried tons of wipes, most didn't work for me because they were too strong for my skin. Most irritated my skin and burned the skin around my eyes. I did eventually find some that were gentle enough, the Blum Naturals Grape Seed Daily Cleansing makeup removing wipes. I used them for a while until I discovered oil cleansers. Since then I haven't bought a single pack of makeup removing wipes. A washcloth works great with my oil cleansers. Washcloths can be washed and reused which makes them eco-friendly. The ones I use are the Hubalu cleansing cloths and the Eco Tools muslin cloths, both are great, one is made with bamboo fibers and the other with organic cotton.

Hair Spray & Gel

Back in the day, scrunching your hair with tons of hairspray …

My Top 5 Fall Vampy Vegan Lipsticks

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Although here in California still feels like summer with this 90 to 100ish degree weather, it is now autumn and I wanted to share with you my top vampy lipsticks, all vegan, cruelty-free and some more natural than others. Fall is my favorite season for makeup it's when I like to play with dark shades. I have round up my top 5 dark shades for a vampy look. Let's start with the darker shades and work our way down to the lightest.

Aromi Black Cherry & Vamptastic Plum

On their website, Black Cherry is described as part plum part maroon and
Vamptastic Plum is a dark plum. These two shades are quite similar at a glance but Vamptastic Plum is more purple. I love both shades and reach for them year round but mostly during the fall & winter seasons. The formula on these matte liquid lipsticks is really great, long-lasting definitely one of my faves for sure. I got a YouTube video on Aromi liquid lipsticks where I review & …

OSEA Masks

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Today OSEA is having a great Labor Day Sale that I thought some of you would like to take advantage of. OSEA is one of my favorite brands for effective vegan & natural skincare.

Their Labor Day sale is the following: Get a FREE mask of your choice with your $125 or more order. That's a $48 value.  OSEA has 3 masks to choose from, the White Algae, Red Algae & Black Algae. Once you have $125 or more worth of products in your cart you will be given the opportunity to pick one mask for free to add to your cart.
*Sale ends September 4th at 11:59 pst. 
Since I have tried all three masks I can give you a quick review of them. 
Red Algae Mask This mask is my favorite from OSEA, it's for normal, combo & acne prone skin. As stated on their site, this mask is a "complexion refining masks that purifies & decongests. It's one of my go to products when I have an invasion of pimples. I see results as fast as the next day when used over …