ONGOING GIVEAWAY ・ skin & hair care enthusiast・lemon loaf devourer ⠀⠀⠀ PR/collab:

Happy #shelfiesunday ! Inspired by the lovely @ajiasskindiary , Queen of @drunkelephant , Im sharing my #drunkelephantshelfie 🥂🐘
★★★★★ The kindly gifted @lani_hair Tropical Cacao Detox Mask* is an excellent clay mask. It is #allnatural #sulfatefree #fragrancefree #siliconefree #vegan and #crueltyfree . Some of its main ingredients are Australian clay, Coconut, Cacao, Vitamin C and Aloe Vera. The mask claims to nourish, revitalize, cleanse and brighten the skin. I am a little wary of clay masks as they can be so drying but also like their clarifying effect. And the Lani Detox mask really is perfect in that sense that it both provides hydration but at the same time is so clarifying. It comes in powder form and you simply add some water to create a creamy (and fluffy!!!) mask. I was actually surprised how lightweight the texture is as a lot of other clay mask are very dense and this one seemed more fluffy to me. I found the mask very easy to apply, and it has the most delicious chocolate smell to it. I left it on for about 20 min and by then the clay had dried nicely. After rinsing, my skin felt instantly smoother and more plump and was just really soft. I will definitely repurchase this beauty. . *kindly gifted but opinions are mine
★★★★☆ This kindly gifted @47_skin Silver Chitosan Regenerative Serum* is a lovely serum. It is #sulfatefree and #crueltyfree but does contain silicone and less than 1% of natural fragrance. It claims to regenerate skin cells, help reverse environmental damage and soften the appearance of acne scars. One of its main ingredients is Chitosan, an ingredient that is soothing and promotes skin restoration. The serum is very watery and has a subtle citrusy smell to it. It applies easily and absorbs quickly. I have been enjoying using it and my skin feels more hydrated and “fresh” with it. I feel that I noticed a faint lightening of older scars, but so far there is no dramatic effect. I love the extra hydration and remain curious to see how it will effect my acne scars over time. . *kindly gifted
I haven’t posted a routine in a while - so thought I’d share mine from this morning. I started off by just rinsing my face with warm water, then applied the @herbivorebotanicals Jasmine Green Tea toner. While that sinks in, I put on the @pestleandmortarcosmetics Recover Eye Cream* followed by their Hyaluronic Serum*. I let it absorb a little and then applied the @47_skin Silver Chitosan Serum* for some additional goodness. The @tmysthailand Brightening essence I used more as a spot treatment to brighten up some acne scaring. I followed with the Antioxidant Defense Moisturizer* and topped it off with the @mdsolarsciences Tinted Sunscreen*. Enjoy your Thursday lovelies - the weekend isn’t too far away! . *kindly gifted
★★★★☆ Happy #pinkwednesday with this kindly gifted @iconproducts Cure Replenishing Spray* This leave-in conditioning spray is #sulfatefree #vegan and #crueltyfree but does contain silicone and small amounts of fragrance and dyes (last ingredients). It claims to hydrate and cure damaged hair while locking in moisture. Some of its key ingredients include Aloe and Panthenol. I have to say I was really impressed with this spray. I have fine, color-processed hair and am always looking for products that soothe my strands without weighing them down. This spray did exactly that. After washing and towel drying my hair, I first tried combing through without this spray which was difficult. But after I applied this leave-in conditioner, I could comb through easily. I also do quite enjoy the subtle scent - it’s hard to describe but just reminded me of a very pleasant, slightly sweet, clean smell. Post blow-drying I could still see the results: my hair felt overall much healthier, silkier and had a nice shine to it - immediate results! I can definitely see myself repurchasing this leave-in conditioner. . *kindly gifted but opinions are mine
✨US GIVEAWAY✨ Hey lovelies, I wanted to thank all of you again for your love and support and getting me to 4K so quickly. So on this #texturetuesday I teamed up with to give one lucky winner this amazing customizable facial cream that you might have seen me rave about in a previous post. It is #sulfatefree #fragrancefree #siliconefree #allnatural #vegan and #crueltyfree . And since it’s customizable, you can choose some key ingredients based on what skin problems you would like to address. I’m really loving it and gave it a rare 5 star review. ★To enter follow me and (no follow/unfollow, please - you will be excluded from future giveaways) ★ like this post ★ tag a friend in one comment for one entry with unlimited entries (please real people only - no giveaway accounts, companies, celebrities, pets etc.) Optional ★ for 3 additional entries post this photo in your story and tag me and Giveaway is US only (sorry!) and will close on Monday, Nov 12 6pm ET. Must be 18 and older, NOT a giveaway account (my discretion) and account must be public on Tuesday, Nov 13. Winner will be chosen at random. After I announce the lucky winner in my stories, you have 24 hrs to DM me. Also, once the item is shipped - it is no longer our responsibility. Instagram is not associated with this giveaway. Good luck!
I was so lucky to receive these lovely fragrances by @rawspiritfragrances and am a big fan! The Eau de Parfums I was gifted are #sulfatefree #dyefree #vegan and #crueltyfree . And I love that for each fragrance sold $1 is donated to organizations supporting indigenous and marginalized communities. I’m not a person who wears fragrances everyday but I do love indulging in them on special occasions and night outs. I received Summer Rain, Wild Fire and Desert Blush and it is hard to pick a favorite. The latter two have a more sweet, warm scent while Summer Rain is more fresh smelling. Even though they are very different, they do have an element of surprise in common which is a hint of a more earthy, natural scent - for Wild Fire and Desert Blush that is Sandalwood and for Summer Rain Cedar Wood. I think out of the bunch my current favorite for the winter months is Desert Blush with its warm and floral notes but I’m also really looking forward to using Summer Rain more when the seasons change. One more tidbit about the company, Raw Spirit Fragrances is build around a socially conscious business model. A lot of the ingredients used for the fragrances stem from indigenious communities and are not only sustainably sourced but also provide economic opportunities for these communities.
Happy Sunday, lovelies! I needed to extend a little since my skincare collection has been growing quite a bit. So I’m introducing to you my additional shelf for #shelfiesunday . And no worries, I will be posting an update of my main shelf some time soon, too 😉 Enjoy the rest of your weekend and the extra hour 💕 . some items gifted
★★★★★ I’m really so impressed with my kindly gifted Customized Facial Cream*. The cream is #sulfatefree #fragrancefree #siliconefree #allnatural #vegan and #crueltyfree . All ingredients are organic and since it’s customizable, you can choose some key ingredients based on what skin problems you would like to address. Some of the ingredients I chose are Green Tea Extract, Willow Bark Extract, Peptides, Licorice and Vitamin C to fight breakouts, wrinkles and hyper-pigmentation. My customized cream is fairly lightweight which is why I have been using it as my a.m. moisturizer. It really keeps my skin soft and hydrated, absorbs quickly and leaves the most lovely matte finish. It has a faint herbal scent that I find pleasant and a creamy yet gel-like texture. I have some other moisturizers to finish first, but can definitely see myself circling back to this beauty! . *kindly gifted but opinions are mine
★★★★☆ The kindly gifted @thrivecausemetics Overnight Sensation Brightening Sleep Mask* is a lovely mask. It is #sulfatefree , synthetic fragrance-free #vegan and #crueltyfree but does contain silicone, essential oils and a small amount of alcohol. Some of its noteworthy ingredients are Hyaluronic Acid, Squalane, Vitamin C, Lactic Acid, Rosehip Oil, Melatonin, and Licorice Root extracts (which help with hyperpigmentation). The mask claims to hydrate, moisturize and brighten the skin overnight. I used this sleep mask as directed for 3 consecutive nights and then once a week in the following week (but I should have done it at least twice 😱). The sleep mask comes on easily, and I experienced a little bit of tingling in sensitive areas (for me that is right around my nose). The mask has a pleasant, almost “minty” smell to it (even though it doesn’t contain any mint but my guess is that maybe Licorice root smells similarly?). It absorbs fairly quickly, but I would recommend having it on for about 10 minutes before going to bed. One thing to note is that the sleep mask contains Mica, aka “natural glitter”, so you will see a shine on your face. I personally didn’t mind this -since I used this mask exclusively overnight and then wash it off in the morning- but wanted to point it out. My skin feels definitely more hydrated, moisturized and overall more “awake” after using this sleep mask, but I haven’t fully noticed any brightening yet - but it's a little early for that too. I also quickly want to point thrive’s beautiful mission: For every product purchased one product will be donated to women experiencing cancer, homelessness, or domestic violence. So by treating yourself, you will also do something good for someone in need ❤️ . *kindly gifted but opinions are mine
★★★★✬ Dare I say I’m in love?!? This kindly gifted @mdsolarsciences MD Crème Mineral Beauty Balm SPF50* is my new favorite mineral facial sunscreen! The balm is #fragrancefree #sulfatefree #crueltyfree and #reefsafe but does contain silicone. It has an EWG rating of 1 (!!). Its active ingredients are Titanium Dioxide 2% and Zinc Oxide 17%, and it’s also packed with powerhouse ingredients such as Niacinamide, Caffeine and Squalane. Let me start off by saying that, no, I won’t use half star ratings from now on but this one really deserves a 4.5 star rating. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is because it uses Silicone and ideally I prefer products without it. But this balm definitely changed the sunscreen game for me. I try to apply sunscreen every day because there really is no point to spending a lot of money on skincare and then exposing your skin to sun damage. But at the same time, I have to admit that it’s the one step I dread in my routine. For a lot of reasons I only use mineral sunscreens (for reef safety, but also because I want to avoid ingredients such as Oxybenzone and Octinoxate on my skin) and since mineral sunscreens sit on top of the skin, I never fully liked the feeling of wearing sunscreen. And then with a lot of mineral creams, there is the issue of leaving a white screen on the skin as well. But fast forward to the MD Beauty Balm… this slightly tinted sunscreen leaves a matte feeling on my skin with absolutely no oily residue or white screen. I love the slight tint because on most days I go make-up free but I’m also struggling with hyper-pigmentation, so I really appreciate this slight sheer coverage to even things out. For the first time, I’m actually looking forward to applying sunscreen as my last step - no oily, greasy feeling, just a nice matte finish! I’m really so happy that I got the opportunity to test out this balm (which also comes with SPF 30) and will definitely repurchase. And if you are reading this right now, thanks for sticking with me till the end - I know it’s a long review but the balm really impressed me! . *kindly gifted but opinions are mine
Excuse my rare second post in one day but wanted to share a quick shot of my @sephora haul. I tried to restrain myself but there have a been a couple of items that I’ve been wanting to try for a while now and others that I ran out of. @iliabeauty Limitless Lash Mascara - heard the best things about this and it was sold out at the last Sephora sale, so very curious to try it out now @bitebeauty Sweet Treats Agave Lip Care Set (Champagne) with a balm, mask and lip scrub - have been wanting to try Bite Beauty for a while and thought this set would give me some good impression @farmacybeauty Bright On Mask - you already know that I love Farmacy and I recently read one more lovely review about Bright On, so finally decided to try it myself!
Happy Halloween!!! @farmacybeauty * is my last brand appreciation post in this Halloween series. Other than their products, I love about them that they use local ingredients, are sustainable in their packaging, don’t use any synthetic fragrances or artificial dyes and that they are #crueltyfree . One of my favorite products is their Honey Potion mask (not pictured here because I feel I already showcased that beauty too many times 😉) - it is so hydrating and the warming sensation makes it perfect for this cooler weather. I also can’t wait to try Honeymoon Glow - have been reading the raving reviews and since my skin loves acids, I feel it will be a match made in heaven (just currently still using up some other acid serums before I get to that). Enjoy your day lovelies, eat lots of candy and I will be back to my usual posts tomorrow 🕷 . *some items pictured are kindly gifted but opinions are mine
Happy #texturetuesday - the Halloween edition. How could I not honor this bright, purple texture for Halloween?!? @love_amika Bust Your Brass Blonde Shampoo has become one of my staples since it really brightens up my highlighted hair and is also #sulfatefree and #crueltyfree - it does contain silicone and fragrance though. Can’t wait to see all your lovely texture pics today 💜
★★★★☆ The @youthtothepeople Superfood Cleanser is a lovely cleanser. It is #siliconefree #sulfatefree #vegan and #crueltyfree but does contain a small amount of (natural) fragrance. It is rich in antioxidants and vitamins derived from Kale, Spinach and Green Tea. I love how gentle and yet powerful the cleanser is and also have to admit that I really fell for the subtle, pleasant smell. It made me look forward to washing my face at night 😄. The Superfood Cleanser washes off make-up easily without leaving my skin feeling stripped. I still have some other cleansers that I’m using up but have to say that this sample size truly impressed me.
One more halloween-themed brand appreciation post… @herbivorebotanicals is another one of my go-to skincare brands. I love that their products are #sulfatefree #siliconefree #vegan #crueltyfree and only contain natural ingredients. Their Lapis oil (actually not featured here because I was sticking to orange and purple for the halloween theme 😜) quickly became a staple in my skincare routine, and I also truly enjoy their Brighten mask which gave me immediate results. Featured here are their most stunning Moon Fruit and Phoenix Oil. Can’t wait to see what they come up with in the future!
★★★★☆ Next in my halloween theme is the kindly gifted Açaí Bath & Shower Gel*, which is a pampering body wash. It is #sulfatefree #siliconefree #vegan and #crueltyfree but does contain fragrance and small amounts of dye. It features coconut-derived cleansing agents and Açaí oil which is known for its richness in antioxidants and vitamins. I normally try to stay away from heavily fragranced products but also have to admit that I do enjoy certain scents. So often, I indulge in that by using lightly scented products that aren’t meant to absorbed by the skin but are washed off, such as body wash and soaps. I really enjoy this subtle, herby and fruity smell of the Açaí Shower gel and also love how creamy and yet foamy it is. At first it applies almost like a lotion but then when you lather it up, it foams up nicely and gets rid of all impurities. On a side-note, I also admire the commitment that Natura Brasil is showing in regards to sustainability. They are a certified B Corporation, which are companies that “balance purpose and profit (…) and are legally bound to consider the impact of their decisions on workers, customers, suppliers, community and the environment” (excerpt from the bcorporation website). As such they have been working with sustainable practices and saved roughly 600,000 acres of Amazon rainforests. I will definitely try out more Natural Brasil products and can also see myself stocking up on this Shower Gel, which is also available in Maracuja. . *kindly gifted but opinions are mine
As mentioned in my stories, my feed is getting a little make-over for the next 6 days in anticipation of halloween. Yes, I want some of that toddler excitement for the big day in my life, too 😉 I will be doing some brand appreciation posts as well as regular reviews but all with a halloween twist. And what better way to start off this series than giving a shoutout to @drunkelephant - one of my favorite brands out there. Drunk Elephant with their “Suspicious 6” strategy was really what got me interested in skincare and the ingredients used, and I love that I don’t have to do a ridiculous amount of research when considering one of their products because I already know that they all are #siliconefree #sulfatefree #alcoholfree #fragrancefree and #crueltyfree . What are some of your favorite brands?
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