Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Brand Focus: Gabriel Cosmetics & Zuzu Luxe

Gabriel and Zuzu Luxe are sister brands, and definitely well known worldwide.  I've already tried (and loved) their mascara, brow pencil, and liquid liner, and although I've always wanted to explore more, the price point in Canada is quite high. When I say high, I mean almost double the American pricing and it hardly ever goes on sale. I think it's amazing that their products are made in the USA, with the exception of their pencils which are made in Germany. But what I absolutely love most, is that they are vegan and free from the following:
  • Coal Tar Derivatives or FD&C agents
  • Parabens
  • Soy
  • Mineral Oil
  • Peanuts & Tree Nuts
  • Lanolin
  • Talc
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Hydrogenated Oils
  • Gluten
  • Phthalates
  • DBP
  • Toluene
  • Lead
  • Formaldehyde
  • Nano/Micro sized particles
You can read more about Gabriel/Zuzu Luxe here

I was given the opportunity to try out a few of their products and decided on the *Zuzu Luxe Dual Powder Foundation in D-10, *Zuzu Luxe Mascara in Onyx, *Zuzu Luxe Lipliner in Bounce, *Gabriel Lipliner in Berry, *Gabriel Moisturizing Liquid Foundation in Soft Beige, and *Gabriel Eye Primer in Neutral.

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Good eye primers are hard to come by, especially when you have really oily, deep set lids. Every brand boasts theirs as the best, but so far only the *Gabriel Eye Primer ($13.55 USD/2.5 g) has worked for me. It's extremely creamy, offers pretty good vein coverage, evens out the lids well, and keeps shadows from creasing for several hours. Not sure that it would last quite as long in the middle of a super hot Canadian summer day, when humidity takes over and you can barely breath, but I guess we'll find out in a few months. The neutral shade is slightly darker than pictured above and leans cool. On medium to dark skin tones, this could appear white on the lids. I've applied this primer with fingers and brushes, and much prefer the even application that a brush gives. The packaging is lovely, super small and sturdy, and great for travelling with. If you're looking for an eye primer, I highly recommend this one.

For ingredients, click here.
I'm beyond in love with the *Zuzu Luxe Dual Powder Foundation ($28.30 USD/9 g) and have used it every single time, without fail, since receiving it. It provides such beautiful coverage on its own and extra, flawless, coverage over top of my beloved Sappho Liquid Foundation in Leisha. It can sometimes cling to dry patches, although it's not often that I find my skin looking cakey or flaky when wearing this foundation and my skin tends to lean dry in the colder months. I don't want to jinx it but, it hasn't developed a crust on the top like most pressed powders do. You know, when you have to scrape the top layer in order to get the product to actually come off on your brush or sponge? So annoying. The shade is a tad light for my skin but is easily manageable. D-10 is described as Pale Ivory Skin/Pink Undertones, however, I don't find that it leans pink at all. I chose this shade prior to them revamping their site and could swear it was described as neutral, which I find it is. The compact is a bit bulky, but it's great for taking on the go because of how sturdy it is and the great sized mirror (which I've covered with the sponge). My only issue, being Canadian, is that I cannot find the damn refill pans ($21.25 USD/9 g). I've called 4 different stores within the GTA and nobody carries them. What's up with that Gabriel?? It is probably the best foundation that I've ever used, to date, but if I can't easily get my hands on a refill, I may need to find another powder :(:(:(.

For ingredients, click here.
I really wanted to love this *Gabriel Moisturizing Liquid Foundation ($28 USD/30 ml), like really wanted to love it. I didn't play with it much because it was way too pink for my warm/neutral skin tone, however, I did wear it once (around the house). It provided beautiful medium to full coverage, minimally clinged to dry patches, provided a dewy finish, and wore pretty well. I've swatched all of the available light to medium shades, of this foundation, and find that they're all cool toned, which is really disappointing. Hopefully they include a wider range of undertones at some point.

For Gabriel ingredients, click here. For Zuzu ingredients, click here.
I've never been a lipliner girl, until now. They really do make a difference in how your lipstick wears and helps define your lips, especially when wearing bolder shades. Both the *Gabriel Lipliner ($12 USD/1.13 g) in Berry and the *Zuzu Luxe Lipliner ($13.80 USD/1.13 g) in Bounce are stunning. Berry is described as a Pinkish Plum/Cool Blue Undertone and Bounce is described as a Deep Pinkish Plum/Cool, both are accurate descriptions. They're incredibly long wearing, pigmented, creamy, and just an absolute pleasure to use. I love wearing them on their own and under a lipstick or gloss. The only negative I have is that the caps don't stay on tightly, specifically the Gabriel one. Aside from that, I'm hooked and desperately want to pick up a few more (Innocence, Port, and Red).

Get it here: Gabriel, Pharmaca, and most health food stores (including Whole Foods, Goodness Me!, The Big Carrot, and Nature's Emporium). 

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*Products provided for review consideration. All opinions are entirely my own.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Recipe: Easy Vegan & Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cups

If you follow me on Instagram, then you may have already seen and drooled over this picture. Peanut butter cups have been my favourite chocolate since I can remember, but store bought ones are usually loaded with a bunch of crap. Opting to make your own is great especially since it's so easy, you have control over what actually goes into them, and it's healthier (in moderation, of course). For the record, I made these for NYE and they were a hit. 

This recipe is completely customizable. Feel free to make any changes that you want and let me know what you changed up. Also, if you make these and post a picture to social media, tag me! I always love seeing what you guys try, whether beauty or food, based on my recommendations.

What you'll need:

  • 283 g of chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • approximately 1/2 cup of natural peanut butter (or whatever other nut/seed butter you like)
  • vanilla to taste (I used about 1 tbsp)
  • salt to taste 
  • maple syrup to taste (I used about 4-5 tbsp)
  • muffin tins and liners (about 12 to 15)

For the peanut butter filling:

Combine peanut butter, vanilla, maple syrup, and salt. Mix until well combined. Place in fridge until it hardens a bit, usually about 10 - 15 minutes. 

If you're using salted peanut butter, you could omit the salt. Since I don't measure anything out, start by adding in only a little sweetener of choice, salt, and vanilla, and taste it as you go along. You may want to add more or less of each ingredient to suit your taste buds. 

For the chocolate:

Combine chocolate chips and coconut oil. Stir frequently until smooth and melted.

To melt my chocolate I filled a pot with a bit of water, turned my stove top on low, and placed a stainless steel bowl over top of the pot. I then put the chocolate and coconut oil in. You're more than welcome to melt the chocolate however you like, of course.

To create the actual cups:

Line muffin tins with liners, then put 1 tablespoon (anymore and the ratio of chocolate to pb will be off) of melted chocolate in each. Place in freezer for about 7 minutes or until solid. Once solid, scoop as much filling as you'd like into each one, I used about a teaspoon, then pat it down leaving a tiny border around the edges (or don't! Whatever you like!). Cover with 1 - 2 tablespoons of melted chocolate* and place in freezer for 20+ minutes.

*If you'd like to top yours with anything, like I did, do it after putting melted chocolate over the peanut butter and before putting them in the freezer. I topped mine with coconut, cacao nibs, and toffee (not vegan but my boyfriend loves it).

And VOILA! These are so fun to make, you can definitely get your kids involved although you may need to double the ingredients as I sense they'll be eating more than helping. Also, I recommend storing these in the fridge as they taste so much better cold and will hold together better.

Bon appetit!

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Magical: Corpa Flora Corpa Nutritive Body Treatment

Corpa Flora is a fantastic Canadian brand that I've been raving about since discovering them in late 2013. If you've already read my Favourites of 2014, then you would have seen that their skin care products are staples in my routine. Having tried out their entire skin care range, it only made sense to give their *Corpa Nutritive Moisturizing Body Treatment (aka body oil) a go as well.

Magical. This body oil is absolutely magical! I love that it comes in the same dark glass bottle, as all of their other products. Since I like to apply oils/moisturizers right out of the shower, this baby hangs out in there and because the pump is similiar to conventional store bought body lotions, it's so easy to dispense product without worrying about dropping the bottle or having it leak all over the place. The pump also locks, which I always appreciate.

Some of the beautiful oils that make up this gem are sunflower, pumpkin, macadamia, and rosehip; each containing their own beneficial properties like essential fatty acids, zinc, and antioxidants (vitamin A, C, and E). This combination makes the oil rich, yet light. It's so easy to blend on the skin, one to two pumps per part is all that's needed, and you're left feeling incredibly moisturized and nourished. The scent of this oil is hard for me to explain, seeing as I've never sniffed each individual essential oil used in it, however, I will say that it's a unisex scent. Spicy and citrusy. Definitely one many would enjoy or at least wouldn't mind. It doesn't linger for too long nor is it too strong upon application. I was really, really hoping that it would smell like Eclat Citrouille. Dear Celine, please make a body oil that smells like Eclat Citrouille! If you love body oils, I highly recommend trying out this one. It's beautiful! and magical, did I already say magical?

Retails for $37 CDN for 120 ml/4 fl. oz.

Find it here: Glam Goes GreenCorpa Flora, and at some of these retailers.

Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Camellia Sinensis (Camelia) Seed Oil*, Cucurbita pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil*, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil*, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Extract*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract (and) Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil*, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil*, Citrus Sinensis Dulcis (Orange) Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Petitgrain) Oil*, Citrus Junos (Yuzu) Oil, Bachhousia Citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) Oil, Canaga Odorata (ylang-ylang) Oil. * Organic 78.3%

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*Product provided by Glam Goes Green for review consideration. All opinions are entirely my own.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Acure Balancing Rose + Red Tea Toner

Acure is one of those brands that the entire green beauty community raves about. Their products contain lovely ingredients and are incredibly affordable. That being said, most of their products also contain argan, which my skin hates. When Lisa, of Glam Goes Green, said that she was going to be carrying the line, I was thrilled. She's the first retailer in Canada to carry it! She kindly gave me a bottle of their *Balancing Rose + Red Tea Facial Toner (which doesn't contain argan) to try out.

The packaging of this toner is quite simple and nice; a white cardboard box with Acure's logo and product name, and a little fun design that matches the frosted glass bottle inside. I love when a toner disperses a beautiful fine mist and this one totally does! It's perfection. The toner itself is, sadly, nothing to write home about though. While it has gorgeous ingredients, like rooibos, calendula, chamomile, witch hazel, and rose water, my skin is left feeling tight and dry. I attribute that to the antibacterial and antiseptic properties of rooibos and witch hazel. This would definitely be a great toner for someone with normal to oily skin, or in more humid climates/months.

Retails for $15.99 USD/$24.99 CDN for 50 ml.

Find it here: Glam Goes Green & Acure Organics

Ingredients: Fair Trade Organic Rooibos, Organic Calendula, Organic Chamomile, Organic Witch Hazel, Organic Bulgarian Rose Water (Hydrasol), Organic Glycerin

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*Product provided for review consideration. All opinions are entirely my own.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Favourites of 2014 - Part 3 (nom nom nom)

This is the last of my favourites for 2014 and it's a small selection of food related things. I debated on including beauty blogs, but it's so hard to pick which ones I enjoyed reading most because there are so many wonderful beauty blogs/bloggers.

I love food, like a lot, but love it even more when it's super easy to make. I always appreciate being able to find quick, simple, and easy to follow vegan/vegetarian/gluten free recipes. Although I'm not gluten free or vegan, I do try to eat that way as often as possible. What I love about the following books and blogs, is that the recipes are easily customizable.

Cook with Kindness by Chantal Coolen, Minimalist Baker, and The Simple Veganista are hands down some of my favourites for delicious, nutritious, and easy to make recipes. If you're vegan and like to challenge yourself a bit more when it comes to cooking, then Hot For Food is another fantastic one. I, personally, find HFF recipes (not all) require more steps than I'd like and ingredients that I don't usually buy. My goal is to make these damn delicious looking Cauliflower Buffalo Wings this year.

This is truly a random favourite but, I love the SEN CHA Green Tea Leaf Mints in Moroccan Mint. They're the perfect kick of mint, freshen your breath, and don't leave a gross sugary coating on your teeth. 2014 was the year of tea experimentation, I branched out from my well loved Pukka teas and decided to try different brands and flavours. Roasted Dandelion Root and Peppermint tea came out on top. Both are incredible for your digestive system, are comforting, and taste delicious.

That's it for my 2014 favourites, let me know what you loved last year!

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Thursday, January 08, 2015

Favourites of 2014 - Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of my favourites of 2014! If you haven't already checked out Part 1, it's full of my skin, hair and body care loves.

I love makeup, not in the same way that a makeup artist loves makeup, but just how it enhances what's already there...or covers what you wish wasn't! This year I stayed true to old faves and discovered some new ones. The reason I never do looks of the day, is because it's rare that I try something different. I'll usually just change up my lippy or blush. I'm a creature of habit, what else can I say?

Base: It`s really no surprise that Sappho`s Liquid Foundation in Leisha is here. It's a beautiful foundation that makes me feel like I'm not wearing any makeup at all, it covers well, and it has great ingredients. My only problem is that it oxidizes a bit. 

The next fave is the *Zuzu Luxe Dual Powder Foundation in D-10. I've only had this for a few months but I've reached for it every time that I've done my makeup. It offsets the oxidization of Leisha, provides a tad bit more coverage, and gives me a flawless complexion. I even love using it on its own when I just need to even out my skin. Full review to come.

Concealer: I haven't found one that works well for covering dark circles. I'm open to suggestions! I've heard Christopher Drummond is amazing, but (for some odd reason) I'm still on the fence about trying it.

Cheeks/Bronzer: I absolutely adore W3LL People's Universalist in #7. It's a super pigmented, deep cool toned pink cream blush that blends beautifully on the skin. 

Next up we have a hybrid, Physicians Formula Organic Wear bronzer/blush. This is my go to when I want a bronzed rosey cheek without the effort of contouring and blushing. It isn't all that pigmented so there's no way of applying too much. It works with any eye and lip combo. 

Lastly, we have Alima Pure Bronzer in Mauna Loa. I've had this bronzer for over two years now, it's insane how long this little jar has lasted. I love the warmth it gives, especially when I'm tanned and my foundation is a tad light, this evens it out. It can be built up or blended out for whatever intensity you're looking for. 

Eye Primer: Again, I haven't had this product for long but reach for it every time I do my makeup. The *Gabriel Eye Primer in Neutral is amazing! It evens out the lid, intensifies each shadow, and keeps shadows from creasing for several hours.

Eye Shadows: As you can see, I've made quite a dent in the two pictured shadows. They are my daily go tos and I literally cannot be without them. They are Pure Anada Pressed Shadows in *Whisper and Burlap. I use Whisper all over the lid, including the inner corner and brow bone, as well as on my face to highlight (seriously!). Burlap is a fantastic crease and transition colour, it's a matte light brown/taupe shade. Love!

Mascara: This was a tough one for me but, the standouts (not pictured) were Pure Anada and Earthlabs.

Brows: Sante Eye Brow Pencil in No. 2 is my holy grail brow pencil. It's the perfect dark brown without any warm (aka reddish) undertones. It fills in sparse brows like a dream and lasts for months. If you have lighter brows, I recommend Zuzu Luze Brow Pencil in Russet.

Lips: Yet another product that I haven't had for too long but have reached for more than any other lip product. This *Gabriel Color Lipliner in Berry is stunning on its own, under a gloss, or under a lipstick. It's creamy, pigmented, and lasts for hours without budging. It's a beautiful soft pink that would flatter any skin tone.

Brushes: Although many people like to use their hands, I prefer to apply makeup with brushes. That being said, these were the most used for 2014. From top to bottom we have Ecotools Shadow BrushAlima Pure Crease/Blending BrushSigma Large Angled Contour Brush (used for blush), Sigma Large Powder Brush (used for bronzer), Real Techniques Multi Task Brush (used for powder), and the newest addition that I haven't been able to put down since getting it from Glam Goes Green is the *Real Techniques Powder Brush (used for powder).

Those are my makeup loves! Suggestions and your faves are always welcome, so leave them down below.

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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Favourites of 2014 - Part 1

In 2014, I really sucked with keeping up with favourites posts. Come to think of it, it was probably because I enjoyed all of these products throughout the year and hardly strayed. This post will be dedicated to my favourite skin, hair, and body care products of the year. There will be a part 2, dedicated to makeup, and a part 3, dedicated to random things like food, blogs, etc.

Cleansers: I've tried several cleansers over the year, and the clear standout is Corpa Flora Beaute Divine. It melts away my makeup, emulsifies with water, and leaves my skin super clean and soft. It doesn't hurt that it's also a Canadian brand.

Toners: Not sure what it is about the Andalou Illuminating Toner but for the price, it's unbeatable. It smells of fresh oranges, moisturizes, refreshes, and brightens my skin.

Masks: The Pretty Ginger & Cypress Soothing Mask (not pictured) has been a favourite since I transitioned to natural products. It smells lovely, helps draw out impurities, and calms any redness. Since my next fave works great alone and mixed with Pretty, I had to include it as well. Manuka Honey has helped my skin in so many ways. It brightens, moisturizes, calms redness, and helps clear acne and acne spots.

Facial Oils: There were three can't-live-without oils in 2014; *Sea buckthorn (I now use the SBT brand), tamanu (I now use some other brand), and Corpa Flora Eclate Citrouille. All three of these oils, alone and mixed together, work incredibly well to combat acne, dry skin, uneven skin tone, acne scars, and redness. Eclat Citrouille especially gives me a beautiful glow, Love, love, love!

Shampoo: It's no surprise here, Organic Matter Level 1 Shampoo. I love this stuff so much. It works as a shampoo/conditioner (for my hair anyway), never irritates the dermatitis on my scalp, leaves my hair and scalp clean, smooth, soft, and shiny. It's also Canadian!

Conditioner/Treatment/Styling Product: I only use *Myra Aso 100% Marula Oil This is my everything oil. With one drop, it styles, smooths, and conditions my hair.

Body Wash & Soap: I love the Deep Steep range, and their body wash is the best that I've tried. It lathers well, smells nice, is affordable, and leaves my skin well nourished. Honeydew Spearmint is my favourite scent. For soap, local company On A Branch Soap has blown me away. With no palm oil or canola oil, their soaps feel, smell and leave my skin feeling incredible. Lavender Oatmeal and Winter Chai are my faves.

Body Scrub: I'm not a huge fan of body scrubs, even though I've experienced some amazing ones this year, like Organic Bath Co. and Nyl, and much prefer using them on my hands. For an all over body exfoliation, I like using my Merben Sisal (medium) hand held dry brush.
Hand Cream: I've loved many hand creams this year, but the standout due to its affordability and performance is definitely Andalou Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream. It moisturizes, smells nice, and soothes my ezcema prone, dry, and irritated hands.

First Aid(?): As you can see, I wasn't sure what to classify this product as but it definitely needed a mention. The NBW Healing Balm has been a major favourite this year. I use it on ezcema patches, dry skin, cuts, and irritations. It quickly heals and soothes whenever applied and I can't be without it.

Spot any of your faves?

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Saturday, January 03, 2015

Brand Focus: Odylique (Welcome to North America!)

I've heard so much about Odylique, over the past year, from several of my favourite UK bloggers (mostly Sugarpuffish) and was extremely excited to find out that they would now be available in North America. I had the opportunity to try out the *Lemon Butter Hand Smoothie*Repair Lotion, and *Gentle Herbal Shampoo
Margaret, Essential Care’s founder, created our organic skincare from only the finest natural and organic ingredients and no irritant synthetic chemicals. She originally set out to make face skin care for her own very dry, sensitive skin. Over the years she has added organic face products to suit all sensitive skin types from oily to dry. 
‘Odyl’ means a ‘power of nature’, so Odylique is a very fitting name for what we create: truly effective high-performance skin care that reflects ‘the genius of nature’. 
Through helping so many of you with skin problems over the last decade we understand the importance of selecting the best bits of nature, providing a truly hypoallergenic range that is free from common allergen tree nut oils, soy, wheat or dairy (as well as parabens, petrochemical and sulphates). 
Read more here.

I love me a good hand cream, especially in the winter time when my hands get insanely dry from the cold and constant washing, and this *Lemon Butter Hand Smoothie ($25/2 fl. oz.) is absolutely lovely. It contains a bunch of skin loving ingredients, such as cocoa butter, avocado oil, coconut oil and sea buckthorn. It has a very fluid texture, almost like a milk, but is extremely nourishing and moisturizing without feeling greasy. I keep this baby on my nightstand to use before bed and find my hands feel so good whenever I apply it. I'm not fond of the scent, smells more like lemongrass than fresh lemons, but it's grown on me and dissipates quickly.

Of the three products, the *Repair Lotion ($23/2 fl. oz. or  $38 for 6.8 fl. oz.) is my favourite! It has the same fluid texture as the hand smoothie but feels slightly more moisturizing. It works especially well on my face, without causing irritations or breakouts, and has virtually no scent. When my skin is super, super dry, it's not enough, but on good days it definitely is. I usually apply an oil first, then this lotion, or sometimes I'll mix the two. I've been using it morning and night, for several months, and it's maaaaybe about half way through. Like the hand smoothie, it contains beautiful skin loving ingredients such as, raw shea butter, calendula, and aloe. I would highly recommend this lotion.

I was most excited to try the *Gentle Herb Shampoo ($20/6.8 fl. oz.), mainly because Sarah (Sugarpuffish) and I have similar hair and hair needs, but it fell short for me. As I've mentioned many times before, I have fine (but lots of), straight hair with seborrheic dermatitis on my scalp (since I was a baby). This shampoo did not work for me at all. It has an impressive list of ingredients and virtually no scent, but left my hair feeling weighed down, greasy, and my scalp super itchy. That being said, given how many people like this shampoo and my scalp situation, I'd recommend trying it for yourself.

Odylique has definitely left me wanting to try more of their products. I love that the packaging is easy to travel with, their ingredients list is minimal, and there are no overwhelming fragrances. Whether you have allergies, sensitive skin, or are just looking to try something new, Odylique is worth giving a go.

Find it here:
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*Products provided for review consideration. All opinions are entirely my own.

Hand Smoothie Ingredients: Aqua, Cocos nucifera oil*, Theobroma cacao seed butter*, Persea gratissima oil*, Helianthus annuus seed oil*, Glycerine**, Cetearyl alcohol, Hippophae rhamnoides fruit extract*, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder*, Rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract*, Cetearyl glucoside, Citrus limon peel oil*, Cymbopogon citratus oil*, Pelargonium graveolens oil*, Vanilla planifolia bean extract*, Lactic acid, Sodium anisate, Sodium lauroyl lactylate, Sodium levulinate, Xanthan gum, citral*, geraniol*, limonene* & linalool* (in the essential oils)
*Organically grown & produced (total 93% of product) **Organic origin

Repair Lotion Ingredients: Aqua, Olea europaea fruit oil*, Stellaria media extract*, Butyrospermum parkii butter*, Chamomilla recutita flower extract*, Calendula officinalis flower extract*, Cetearyl alcohol, Rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract*, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder*, Hypericum perforatum flower extract, Cetearyl glucoside, Glyceryl caprylate, Phenethyl alcohol, Xanthan gum
*Organically grown/produced (min. 95% of product)

Gentle Herb Shampoo Ingredients: Aqua, Coco glucoside, Cocos nucifera oil*, Sodium lauroyl lactylate, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder*, Chamomilla recutita flower extract*, Equisetum arvense extract*, Rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract*, Urtica dioica extract*, Glycerine**, Lecithin*, Alcohol*, Levulinic acid, P-anisic acid, Sodium levulinate, Xanthan gum.
*Organically grown & produced, **Organic origin (70%)

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year & Blog Goals

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Hello lovelies!! It's been quite a long time since I've sat down at a computer and blogged. First off, I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and a very safe NYE. I wish you lots of joy, love, happiness, health and wealth in 2015. May all of your dreams come true and goals be achieved.

2014 was a crazy year for me. My boyfriend and I bought a house, I lost my blogging mojo, I got a new job, left the new job, worked retail, left retail, and am now on the hunt for a solid, permanent, career. Hello again corporate life! I'm basically revamping my life, career, and blog. That being said, I've decided to change my blog name. It's something that I've wanted to do for almost 3 years and while I probably should have made the change slowly (blog, social media), I wanted to start off the year with one goal already completed. I'd also like to revamp the look of the blog, as well as blog more regularly and not just about beauty but also fashion, food, makeup, and DIY projects.

Thanks for the love and support in 2014, and hopefully you're excited about the changes to come in 2015! Love you all to bits <3.
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