March Petit Vour

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

March Petit Vour
Purchased By Me / Contains Affiliate Links
My March Petit Vour box is here and I really can't contain my excitement! It was hinted that Juice Beauty was debuting in the box and on the site, so I automatically I'd get something I would like. So without further ado, let's just dive right on into this box!

Vert Mont Pefumery EROS Natural Perfume Oil // Natural perfume oils may not be everyone's cup of tea, but if you're getting this box, then it more than likely is. Definitely an earthy, but natural floral scent. The full size product contains 10mL of product and retails for $35. This sample size contains 1.5mL and retails for $5 on the brand's Etsy page. While they're sold out on this scent, they do have another scent for sale.

Metropolis Soap Company Lavender & Spearmint Nourishing Lip Cream // I don't know much about this brand so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I've already tried this a few times and I can honestly say this may be one of the best lip balms I've ever tried. Seriously. This is a full size product that contains 4.2g. The brand sells these in 2-packs for $14, so that comes to $7 for one.

The Little Alchemist Cacao & Banana Face Glow // I'm pretty pumped to see this brand in my box. I recently saw a post about a different product by the brand, so I figure before I try the other, I might as well try this out first. This powder mask is rich in antioxidants and is meant to keep your skin healthy and glowing. Sounds perfect for the warmer months coming up! The full size product contains 60g and retails for $55. This trial size contains 30g and retails for $28.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream in Warm Glow // The moment we've been waiting for! Not going to lie, I was so hoping to get the Green Apple Peel, but I'm down for trying new stuff from brands that I like products of. I've used three different Juice Beauty products and all were great. The full size product contains 50mL and retails for $39. This product contains 15mL and is worth $11.71.

All in all, that brings the March Petit Vour box to a worth of $51.71!! I feel like Petit Vour always does an amazing job with not only curating great products, but also getting you bang for your buck.

If you're interested in getting this box, visit Petit Vour and sign up! If you're already signed up, tell me in the comments what your favorite product in the box is! Also, if you have any recommendations from any of these brands, let me know!

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Review / KhairPep Hair Care

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

KhairPep Hair Care
Press Sample
I've said a million, or at least five or six, times that I'm super picky with hair care. I really want the best for my hair. Especially now since my hair has been bleached numerous times get out color that has been in my hair. I can say that at times my hair seems very damaged which is why I needed to be on the lookout for some products to reverse the signs of that.

Thankfully the wonderful crew at KhairPep sent me some products to try out to help with this! I was sent two products that help with damaged hair; the Transforme Masque and the Transforme Serum. So let's break down both by what they do, the ingredients and what type of hair I believe they're best for. If you're ready, then let's hit the jump!

Tea Time! / Kiss Me Organics Dandelion Root Tea

Friday, March 27, 2015

Kiss Me Organics Dandelion Root Tea
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While this is a beauty/skin care blog, great skin care doesn't just come from what you're born with or what you use to treat your skin, but also what you put in body. You would think that would be common sense. Eat healthy, be healthy. You know, look good, feel good, be the alpha male or female...

But really, how you take care of your body will effect how your skin looks. Your skin is an organ that shows signs of distress, much like other organs do. So what does this have to do with everything? Well hopefully a new topic I'll come back to in the future, but also a review on the Kiss Me Organics Dandelion Root Tea. I was sent some packages of this tea to try out and I want to share my thoughts with you.

Dandelion root tea has many health functions including aiding digestion, supporting kidney health as a mild diuretic, regulating cholesterol, improving liver function, regulating blood sugar and blood pressure. Dandelion root is also rich in antioxidants and vitamins A, B-complex, C, D and K as well as iron and zinc. For those who don't know, I personally take B-complex vitamins to prevent migraines (which I have a long history in dealing with).

One thing to be weary is that if you have a ragweed allergy, this tea may not be for you. However, I am allergic to melons (but not cucumbers or bananas) and I do not have a negative reaction to this. I also only drink this tea once a week as there are multiple types of teas that I drink throughout the week depending on mood and what I feel my body needs (potential post topic?).

So now that you know this much about the tea, let's talk about the one thing that seems to make or break it for some people. The taste. I feel this tea is not only has the cinnamon and floral hint, but its also earthy. If you've ever had pu-erh tea, then it is lighter than that. That is really the only tea that compares as far as taste goes. I was provided a long list of different drink and food recipes, but I prefer just straight, piping hot tea. I will say that the taste is less than desirable as the temperature cools.

Kiss Me Organics Dandelion Root Tea
Steeped dandelion root tea.
But how does this relate to skin care? Well, as mentioned before, your skin is an organ will tell you when there's something wrong. If you notice that the usual skin care products you use aren't doing the trick, then perhaps your skin is telling you that there's something else going on. I'm sure you've all heard of face mapping and how this relates to acne. I still think this is one of the best videos out there when it comes to face mapping (also I love ASB).

Now I know you may be wondering if this tea has helped me in any way. I personally wanted to try this tea out because not only am I predisposed to certain conditions, but also because I wanted something that was good for my kidneys. I've certainly been taking care of myself a lot since I have gone vegetarian, but prior to that I had an issue with kidney stones. I don't ever want to relive that, so changing my diet has significantly helped with that. I've only been drinking this tea once a week for a few weeks, so I can't say for sure how much this has improved my overall health. But if it gives me a boost here and there, then I'm for it.

If you're in the market for the Kiss Me Organics Dandelion Root Tea, you can find it here. As always when starting a new dietary supplement, make sure to do your research and consult with your physician to see if dandelion root tea is for you.

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PS - I can do a post on teas that I drink to not only relax, but improve skin and overall health. Comment and let me know if there is interest!

Review / GoPure Naturals 100% Pure Natural Fractionated Coconut Oil

Thursday, March 26, 2015

GoPure Naturals 100% Pure Natural Fractionated Coconut Oil
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Today's review is something a little different and not the norm here, however it will definitely lead to some awesome posts later on. Today I'm reviewing the GoPure Naturals 100% Pure Fractionated Coconut Oil. This oil is intended for external use and best used as a carrier oil or a massage oil. So let's first talk about the difference between virgin and fractionated coconut oil.

Fractionated is just that, a fraction of the oil. Virgin coconut oil contains both long-chain and medium-chain fatty acids, while fractionated mostly contains medium-chain fatty acids. The major upside to fractionated coconut oil is the shelf life. It can last a lot longer than unrefined oils and not go bad. Due to this alone, that makes this a great ingredient to use in cosmetics, skin care and body care. Knowing that, you can guess what other great uses it makes. By itself, this is a great moisturizer and gentle makeup remover. Combined with other ingredients, you can DIY anything from a spot treatment, body scrub, hair products (shampoo, conditioner and mask) and even self tanning products.

So now let's talk about this oil in particular. As you can see, its very clear (ignore that fuzz from my sweater) and it has no fragrance. Technically it does have a scent, but its so faint and really smells like nothing. I've personally used this oil as a moisturizer/massage oil (I've had some wicked kinks in my shoulders as of late), a makeup remover, a spot treatment and in a body scrub (post on this to come). I think this oil has worked wonderfully in all of those uses as well. Not only does this oil absorb super quick, but I definitely feel it helps other oils that you combine it with absorb quickly as well. Overall, a nice multi-purpose product!

If you're interested in purchasing the GoPure Naturals 100% Pure Natural Fractionated Coconut Oil, you can purchase this on Amazon or directly from GoPure Naturals' website. Additionally, head over to the brand's website for additional multi-use products or keep up with them on Facebook for new updates.

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PS - Seeing as I'll have one DIY post coming up, would there be interest to have more? I have quite a few recipes that I would love to share.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects / Plenty of Fish

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Plenty of Fish
Purchased By Me
Good afternoon everyone! I hope the day is going wonderful for you. It's a beautiful day outside in Northern CA, so I'm definitely in a chipper mood. Before we discuss today's "swatch," I just want to say, I'm really inconsistent with how well I can apply nail strips. Sometimes they look awesome, sometimes they look terrible and sometimes they start off terribad and then turn pretty decent. The latter is more what happened in this case. 

So what in fact are we looking at? These are the Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Plenty of Fish. I'm not sure when the packaging changed, but I really prefer the little boxes as opposed to the thin packaging. These don't come with the orange stick or nail file (its actually a good file). Also, the boxed ones come with extra sizes that the thin packages do not. Anyways, I found this on sale ($1.49!) and decided why not. I also bought about 5 others... These strips lasted about 5 days before chipping on me, so definitely long lasting! However, they just wouldn't stick to my nail at first, which is visible in the photo. The photo above was taken about 30 mins after I applied them and they just looked funky. Fast forward to the next day and they looked fine. #facepalm

So Sally Hansen, forgive me for my terribad attempt at applying these strips. They turned out lovely a day and a half later. Love you still. <3

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PS - If you're in the market to buy these, you can do so from Sally Hansen's website. I bought mine on sale at Rite Aid though.
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