The Cruelty Free and Natural Deodorant Round-up


Whoa! It’s finally here! I’ve been a little bit slow to finally post this, but I wanted to really try each product in this video and give my full thoughts. So, without further ado, for all you ladies (and men) who want to smell pretty without slathering yourself in toxins, the official blissandblessings.com/curlsdotnu Cruelty Free Deodorant Round-up. 

Aren’t they pretty???

I usually don’t do video blogs, but I really wanted to cover all of these without overloading you on reading. I just have too much to say (surprised? I am Italian after all…). 

Overall, I was pretty stoked to be reviewing and trying out these products. I had a really awesome (and honest) group of folks who promised to let me know if I totally reeked and I researched all of the ingredients to make sure that I could compare and contrast to see what worked best for my body chemistry. 

That’s the most important part of this WHOLE post. What worked for me might not work for you, and what made me smell atrocious might work like a charm for you. So, have fun, play around, and make sure that you have someone who will let you know if you could clear a football stadium. Last, enjoy my terribly awkwardness on video. It’s Saturday morning on the East Coast and I’m not wearing my eyebrows. 

Check out all of the products here: http://nourishorganic.com/, http://www.lavanila.com/, https://meowmeowtweet.myshopify.com/, http://barebonesbody.com/, and http://www.pacificabeauty.com/

Editor’s Note: Some of the product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I was not provided any compensation for this review other than the aforementioned products.

My Spring 2015 Essentials & Updates

Picture this: windows open, warm breeze and sunshine filtering in through my blinds, and a lemon blossom candle  burning gently. Yep, that was my house this weekend. Spring has sprung and I am beyond ready, yet grossly under-prepared. I’m still walking out some mornings in boots and scarves, but I’m not letting that get me down. I have a list of essentials and updates for Springtime, regardless of where you live. Start getting spring-i-fied with me, won’t you?

Spring Wishlist
 

As someone who favors a darker wardrobe, I try and usually spring it up with at least one colorful piece. Behold! My wishlist for this season, some of which I have already started purchasing. I’ve already gotten a cool boho cardigan, boyfriend crop, and flowy black tee (ok…about five of them), but I’m also on the search for a BRIGHT flat like these rainbow guys above. I don’t even care how “gaudy” they might be. I’m obsessed and I’ll wear them with my black tees and jeans! 

I’m also on the lookout for a basic dress in a fun color, as seen above. I have some baby showers and other events to go to this summer (weddings, communions, and more!) so I’d love to own something that I can wear to all of those easily. I would love to be daring (for one), and buy a fun color like this. As for the bag, I’m already obsessed with coral and own a big coral bag…but my Disneymoon made me appreciate the crossbody bag. Read: I really liked not being weighed down by my mammoth bags. It was LIBERATING! Not for every day, but it’d be great to own a fun piece like this for mentioned weddings, communions, baby showers, field trips, etc…and to have it not be black! 

I think this list is pretty doable, don’t you? Here’s to brightening up my closet and to not having to wear a jacket outside anymore! 

Brighten and Soften up with Derma E!

Can we talk about this winter on the East Coast? Technically it’s Spring, but not to worry–we had a snowstorm last weekend and a few days later it was in the 40s. So, my combo skin is having a mini-meltdown worse than my middle schoolers on a Friday before lunch (the horror!) However, one of my very favorite brands, Derma E has been making my skin super happy. I fell in love with this brand on a fateful day at ULTA when I decided I needed a SYSTEM for my cruelty free skincare routine. I like using products from the same “family” for my daily cleansing and care. Because I also have combination/oily skin, I need simple, safe ingredients. 



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Hydrating Mist ($13.50) and Evenly Radiant Creme ($26.96).

 

I’m a really big fan of their Hydrating Collection and regularly use their cleanser and day creme from this line. So, I was super pumped to try their Hydrating Mist with Hyaluronic Acid. This mist contains minerals and nutrients in a gentle Aloe Base along with Witch Hazel and Green Tea Leaf Extract. This mist is fresh, light, and so gentle even on my dry skin. A long, long time ago, I longed for the MAC Fix+ and used it all the time to set my makeup. I’ve long given up MAC, but never found a replacement makeup finisher until now. This Hydrating Mist cools, rehydrates, and locks moisture in and I really liked how nice and soothing it felt. I would also use this after a nice day at the beach or after a long day in the sunshine as an after-sun balm. 

Because I sometimes have the occasional breakout, I have some spotty scarring and dark marks from picking at my skin (or simply not using SPF!) Derma E’s Evenly Radiant Brightening Day Creme with SPF 15 made my skin so soft and supple! It is a thicker creme and a little really goes a long way in terms of application. I liked that there was no scent and that Derma E created their own unique brightening power pack of Madonna Lily Plant Stem Cells, Bearberry, Niacinamide, Licorice, Green Tea and C-Ester. After three weeks of using this creme as a base (and putting makeup on over it), my skin truly looked more even and calm. Almost instantly, my skin felt more moisturized, but the actual evening took a little bit longer for me to notice. But, once I did? I was pretty psyched! Even though this creme is for “daytime” I used it at night as well on my face and neck so all of the natural goodness could work its magic as I slept! 

Overall, their product collections, in my opinion, can be mixed and matched to create your very own unique system. So if you haven’t checked out Derma E…get on it, and treat your skin to some cruelty free, gluten free, paraben free, and awesome-full goodness!

Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I was not provided any compensation for this review other than the aforementioned products. 

Pacifica ALIGHT BB Cream & PURIFY Coconut Water Wipe Review

Many of you already know that I am obsessed with Pacifica products and love trying new ones! So, when the lovely folks at Pacifica sent me their Alight Mineral BB Cream ($16), I was super excited to try it out. In this month’s box, I also saw an old favorite of mine, Purify Coconut Water Cleaning Wipes ($6) which I have gushed about here, and on other blogs that I contribute to. 



Can you dig this adorable packaging?



Can you dig this adorable packaging?

Like I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Pacifica always knocks it out of the park with their packaging. I love their floral designs, bright, tropical colors, and the “girly” packaging. When I see their packages, I automatically think “summer.” That feeling of summer only continues when you use their cleansing wipes. Their coconut water cleansing wipes are cruelty free and natural which I love! These wipes also have Papaya, Aloe Vera, and Calendula to soothe and calm skin as they cleanse and tone. This product is great for when you need an “all in one” cleanse. I love how my skin feels after using these wipes (clean and supple), and I love how they smell like a day at the beach.

The coconut scent is light…not overpowering, and these wipes remove makeup easily without tugging or pulling. Pacifica’s Coconut Water Cleaning Wipes are a staple in my gym bag. I always use them when I arrive at the gym to remove my makeup from work. My fellow blogger and bestie, Kathleen said, I loved the smell of beaches and coconuts that subtly comes off these wipes.  They worked great when it was time to remove my beloved BB cream for the night and left my skin smelling like summer and feeling fresh for bedtime.” Whether you’re combo, oily, or dry these wipes will treat your skin right!



Again, loving this sleek tube!



Again, loving this sleek tube!

Next up? The Alight BB Cream! I’ve been coveting this BB cream for quite some time. I really used to be a BB cream skeptic. “Another moisturizer?” I’d think to myself. I’ve since become a BBeliever (heh, Beauty Blog humor), and this product is no exception. Now, I’d like to first say that this BB cream is very LIGHT in texture/formula. If you’re looking for full coverage, this cream is not for you. This cream leaves you with a radiant, dewy complexion with a little bit of subtle sparkle. The feel of the product is almost whipped when you place it on your skin which I really liked. As an oily skinned lady, I prefer my products to be on the lighter side. I also do not require a full coverage cream or foundation base to my makeup. 

The Alight BB Cream packs my beloved Coconut Water along with Jojoba, Sweet Iris Leaf Extract, Rose Leaf Extract, Kelp, and Oat Glucan. All of these ingredients are natural moisturizers and anti-aging ingredients! 

Bestie and I agree that the color match glides on like a dream. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who needs little to no “coverage” but wants a more even, radiant complexion. I’ve worn this alone and as a makeup base and loved it both ways!

I don’t think I’ll ever stop talking about how much I love Pacifica and their products. So, with that being said? Which of their products have you tried?

Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I was not provided any compensation for this review other than the aforementioned products. 

Pacifica Perfume & Mascara Review & GIVEAWAY!

The great minds at Pacifica Beauty are always amazing me with their delicious scents, products, and ethics! I love a company that believes in their mission and strives to fulfill that mission every day. Which is why when I received this beautiful care package from them, I was stoked to try some of my favorite products and then get a chance to SHARE them with you all! Not to mention everything from these talented folks are cruelty free and vegan!



Can we just talk about this gorgeous packaging for a minute?



Can we just talk about this gorgeous packaging for a minute?



I'm a sucker for a compliment, but this is super sweet!



I’m a sucker for a compliment, but this is super sweet!

I’m big on packaging and colors because I usually look at items based on their packaging! I also loved the time and effort Pacifica into their materials. I learned more about the company and their mission and really fell even more in love with them as a whole. But what was inside? 



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Mascara and Perfume Galore!



Even their product packaging is whimsical!



Even their product packaging is whimsical!

So, let’s get to the goods, shall we? My package contained: Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mascara in Supernova and Stardust as well as their famous Roll-On Perfumes in Hawaiian Ruby Guava, Tahitian Gardenia, and Tuscan Blood Orange! This all arrived on my doorstep before CT’s first blizzard so I was immediately in the mood for a tropical getaway!



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I loved each of the Stellar Gaze Mascaras! Supernova is a deep, dark black and Stardust is a warm brown color. The mascara tubes and packaging are thicker as you can see above which I really liked. The packaging was smooth, pretty, and fit well in my hand. Right off the bat, I was a fan. 

The formula of a mascara and the brush are the two most important things I consider when trying out new mascaras (that and they must be cruelty free of course). I hate thin, frail brushes. These brushes delivered. They are wide and SOFT, but also strong. I like how my lashes felt conditioned and soft throughout the day. No crispy lashes here. I also liked how the mascara felt going on. Some mascaras in the past have left me with sensitive eyes. This one does not. It is mineral based and natural, so it’s gentle. 

I personally loved both shades of Supernova and Stardust. I used Stardust more for my day looks, for going to work and teaching. My Supernova mascara served me well for more dramatic looks for nighttime and for Valentine’s Day!

I have tried many of Pacifica’s perfumes and lotions before receiving this package, so I was stoked to receive a few scents I have not had the chance to try. First, the packaging is lovely. These roll perfumes can easily travel to work or school with you. The application is simple, but unlike other roll perfumes these actually put a good amount of fragrance on your skin. I did a few rolls behind my ears and on my wrists. The Hawaiian Ruby Guava reminds me of a tropical escape and I’ve used it before. It’s a very SWEET scent and reminds me of candy. If you’re into sweet scents like me, this is a winner! The Tahitian Gardenia was a new scent for me and I really liked it a lot! This scent is earthier in my opinion and is made with tea leaves so the scent is clean and fresh. This scent reminded me of a spring day and Easter flowers. Finally, the Tuscan Blood Orange was sweet and spicy at the same time and happened to be my husband’s favorite. There’s a note of two of strawberry lingering there, too. Perfect for a sexy night out!

So…to the part you’ve all been waiting for! Enter this giveaway from blissandblessings.com/curlsdotnu and Pacifica and you can win all of the above! Two lucky winners will receive each of the perfumes and mascara sets mentioned in this blog post. Get to steppin’ and good luck. This giveaway will make eyelash batting even more fun! 😉

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This giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada who are 18 years of age or older. The winner will be notified via email and must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be selected. Full rules & regulations are posted in the widget.

Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I was not provided any compensation for this review other than the aforementioned products. 

 



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