Sunday, October 19, 2014

Avalon Organics Vitamin C Rejuvenating Moisturizer

I absolutely love trying new facial creams because I crave to keep my skin healthy and youthful. Avalon Organics Renewal Cream is the first organic brand of facial lotion I have ever tried and love! I admit it wasn't long ago I was hesitant to purchase organic brands because I originally bought into the consumer idea that organic or mother nature based products do not give as quick of results. Sometimes with natural based products it does require more patience but that wasn't my experience with Avalon Renewal Cream. From the start I loved the feeling this cream had on my skin. I apply it morning and evening and it immediately helps my skin feel moisturized and soft.

This cream is thick which I personally love. I am no fan of, "watered-down" lotions which are so commonly on the market. I used to manufacture cosmetics and although we made some excellent products, I am aware of penny pinching companies that want to use watered down lotion as the base and add a couple drops of essential nutrients to the recipe and sell at high cost. One could say you end up paying more for water than you do the beneficial ingredients! 

The lotion contains lemon and white tea extract. I recommend a small amount be applied to the face as some people tend to be sensitive to extracts from plants or essential oils. We all have different skin so our skin types will react differently to certain kinds of ingredients. It is these extracts and oils that are hugely beneficial to combat a variety of skin problems however, need to be applied properly and in moderation.

Where I once was wary to invest in organic and natural based products, I have indefinetly become  interested in beneficial properties that mother nature has in store. 

Approx retail price $21.99 (2 oz - 50 ml)
I purchased mine at target for $19.99 

Friday, October 17, 2014

EOS Lip Balm

Wouldn 't you agree that one of the worst feelings ever are dry, chapped lips? With cooler weather on it's way, it's time to get ready to protect our pouts from the drying effects of the cold and luckily I've discovered some excellent balm to help with just that ...EOS organic lip balm!

 If anyone reading this is a teen, you might be aware of it's latest craze among teenagers. So many love the variety of colors and flavors to choose from along with it's fun and unique shaped container. I've seen them being sold in beauty stores to fashion stores. However, it isn't just teens who love this husband recommended I try it out. (He's 18 with 22 years experience;)

 The sphere shaped balm is made with 95% certified organic ingredients and is 100% natural. Ingredients include vitamin E for antioxidant protection, Shea butter for softening and jojoba oil for long lasting moisture. It is also a  UVA/UVB protectant.  

I've been applying this balm so often that I briefly questioned myself, "Did they put one of those addictive ingredients in this like they do in so many chapsticks?" Then I had to remind myself, it's 100% natural!

I purchased mine in, "Sweet Mint" flavor which tingles because of the peppermint and of course smells refreshing. I look forward to trying out other flavors and hope they have as wonderful a scent. 

Having always been prone to extremely dry lips, this has helped make my lips smooth and kissable which I'm thankful for and so is my husband. What a great stocking stuffer idea for the upcoming holidays!

Retail price $2.99 (.25oz - 7grams)

Thursday, October 9, 2014



Nyx (owned by a company that is not cruelty free)


Burt´s bees (owned by company that is not cruelty free)
Güd by Burt´s bees (owned by company that is not cruelty free)
Ogx (former Organix)
Pureology (owned by company that is not cruelty free)
Tom´s Maine (owned by company that is not cruelty free)


Buxom (owned by company that is not cruelty free)
em Michelle Phan (owned by company that is not cruelty free)
Nars (owned by company that is not cruelty free)
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
Smashbox (owned by a company that is not cruelty free)
Tarte (owned by company that is not crusty free)
The Body Shop (owned by company that is not cruelty free)
Urban Decay (owned by company that is not cruelty free)


Aveda (owned by a company that is not cruelty free)
Bath Body Works (owned by company that is not cruelty free)
The Body Shop (owned by company that is not cruelty free)




Formula X (owned by company that is not cruelty free)
Nyx (owned by company that is not cruelty free) 



Sunday, September 28, 2014

Giovanni Organic Shampoo and Conditioner 

For several months now I've been trying out cruelty free, natural based shampoo's and conditioners. My ultimate favorite to date is, "Giovanni Organic Certified Shampoo and Conditioner". This shampoo is incredible! It doesn't contain any harsh chemicals and it's tea tree scent smells fantastic. As you massage it into your hair and scalp you feel a slight tingling sensation which makes it feel like it's doing it's job to make your hair fresh and clean. I love that! It also lathers up wonderfully in comparison to other natural based shampoo's. The conditioner leaves my hair feeling healthy and soft which is what my hair needs as it has been prone to dryness in the past.  Retail price is over $7.00 per bottle and well worth it to know I'm not contributing to cruelty. 
Giovani hair care products are widely available in stores such as Target, Walmart, Meijer, Trader Joe's as well as online sites such as Amazon. Shop cruelty free! 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Is There a Squirrel in Your Makeup Bag?

Before you dust on that bronzer, take a good look at your makeup brush. Chances are that it’s made from animal fur. Everything from Squirrel, mink, camel, horse, goat, cat and dog hair, it all comes from the cruel fur industry. Each year millions of animals are trapped, beaten, electrocuted, strangled and skinned alive for their fur. 

There is no reason we can't apply our makeup with synthetic brushes. Here is a list of cruelty free brushes you can choose from. 

Urban Decay
Origins Natural Resources
The Body Shop
Branded J
Hard Candy
Sevi Cosmetics
Valana Minerals

I'm currently using one of, "ECOTOOLS" makeup brushes. You can purchase them at ULTA, Walmart, Target, Ebay, Amazon.