My March empties are now LIVE on my YouTube channel! Get the dish on each product and find out what products are worth a repurchase and which ones I can do without. Check it out and tell me what you think! I love hearing about your favorite empties for last month, so watch and let’s chat in the comments!
A new video is live on my YouTube channel and it’s a Jane Iredale lip liner swatch video! These are some of my all time favorite lip liners and I’m uber excited to do a swatch video for you all. Come on, who doesn’t love a creamy lip liner with amazing pigment and lasting power? Check it out and let me know what you think! Don’t forget to subscribe, so you don’t miss any of my weekly videos. I’m always interested in hearing what you’d like to see in upcoming videos, so feel free to give me some suggestions in the video comments. Hope you enjoy!
Curious about the Teri Miyahira Beauty subscription box? Check out my February Collection unboxing on my new YouTube channel. Teri really impressed me this month with not only new makeup products, but a fabulous essential for all makeup lovers! Take a peek and let me know what you think of the February Collection, I love getting chatting in the comments so feel free to leave me a comment. Also, don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on any of my weekly videos.
My March favorites video is now LIVE on my YouTube channel! Check it out, leave me a comment letting me know what you think and sharing your current favorites! Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss any of my upcoming weekly videos. I love hearing your suggestions for upcoming videos, so feel free to share in the video comments letting me know what kind of videos you enjoy most!
Check out my latest YouTube video where I create this easy and quick makeup look featuring some of my favorite brands, such as Crunchi Cosmetics, Han Skin Care, Maya Chia and a few more. Hope you enjoy! I’d love to hear what kind of videos you want to see next, let’s chat–leave a comment to let me know! Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel, so you don’t miss any of my weekly videos.
Even though Valentine’s Day has come and gone, you can still show yourself some love or share some love with someone special with Think Dirty’s clean beauty box. I can’t think of a better gift for yourself or your besties, than a box full of clean beauty products. Am I right or am I right? There is no better time to swap out the toxic products in your beauty bag than now. Plus, save at checkout with code ECOBLISS5OFF!
For those of you who might not be familiar with Think Dirty, here’s the scoop. The Think Dirty App is an easy way to learn about possibly toxic ingredients in your beauty and personal care products. You simply scan the product barcode and Think Dirty will provide you with easy to understand info on the product and options to shop and swap for cleaner products! How cool and easy right? So whose ready to check out the goods?!
Fitglow Beauty Good Gloss in Cherry: This lightweight gloss gives you lips a gorgeous shine while providing a boost of moisture. Fitglow Good Gloss is made nourishing ingredients including certified Organic Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil and are 90% Certified Organic, Gluten Free and Vegetarian Friendly. Good Gloss goes on so lightweight and smooth with absolutely no stickiness, which I love! It also has a slight vanilla cake scent that I enjoy and don’t find the least bit offensive. This particular shade provides a bright pop of color that can be worn sheer or layered for a more vibrant effect.
Radha Organics Anti-Aging Younger Face Cream: An all-natural, hypoallergenic formula made with botanical ingredients intended to reduce lines and wrinkles while stimulating collagen production, diminish hyper pigmentation, increase brightness, firmness and hydration. The formula is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, soy-free, non-GMO and sustainably sourced. I love that the first ingredient in this cream is Organic Aloe Vera Juice due to natural nutrients and antioxidants and regenerative nature of the Aloe Vera plant. I have not been using the product long enough attest to reducing line/wrinkles but have enjoyed the hydrating formula and clean ingredients.
Lymph Candy Chemical Free Deodorant-Lavender Scent: I’m so happy that Think Dirty included a deodorant in this box, because finding a clean deodorant that works can be a struggle. Can I get an Amen ladies and gents?! Whether this one will make the cut is still up in the air. I like giving deodorants a little time (and good workouts) to truly judge performance. That being said, this deodorant is made with only 6 ingredients and is designed to allow your lymphatic system to detoxify. It comes in a traditional stick form and sturdy consistency. Lymph Candy come in a variety of scents (Geranium, Cedarwood, Lemongrass, Lime) as well as unscented sticks. Additionally, you have the option to further customize your stick between Regular Strength, Extra Strength and Sensitive Skin and each comes in a regular size (2.25 oz) and travel size. Cool tid bit: they can create custom orders! If you are obsessed with a scent that they don’t currently offer on their site, they can make it just for you!
nyl Skincare Body Soak Trio (2 fl oz per bottle): Need an excuse for some serious self care? Well, this trio has you covered! The set includes a Shimmer Soak with Himalayan, Dead Sea and Epsom Salt created to detoxify and soften skin while improving circulation and minor skin irritations. This soak leaves your skin with a slight shimmery glow, which i could personally do without but it was nice to try. The second soak featured in this set is the Sea Salt Bath Soak which the same combination of salts as the Shimmer Soak without the shimmer. Lastly, the Coconut Jasmine Bath Soak made from a blend of coconut milk and kaolin clay–perfect for detoxing and softening the skin–as you inhale the delightful scent of coconut, jasmine and vanilla. I was sold at Jasmine, everything else is just icing on the cake! All three soaks are vegan and cruelty-free, 100% Organic, Gluten-free, Soy-free and hand made in small batches in the USA.
Antonia Naturals Mango Lip Balm: I always welcome a clean lip balm, especially during this time of year, and this mango lip balm definitely fit the bill. Antonia Naturals’ lip balm is made with all natural and organic ingredients formulated to keep your lips supple and kissable. Made with real mango butter and castor oil, this lip balm not only smelled great, but also gave my winter lips much needed love with a hydration boost!
ST. TROPICA Hair Mask: Voluminous lustrous hair anyone? Yes please! St. Tropica Hair Mask is a 100% USDA Organic product to help increase hair strength, stimulate growth, revitalize dry/damaged hair and eliminate frizz and split ends. So far, I have used this treatment once and noticed softer, shinier hair. I am excited to see additional improvements with continued use. I do have to warn you though, this hair mask is a bit messy. Weekly use is recommended for maximum benefits. St. Tropica Hair Mask is also Cruelty-free, Vegan, Paraben-free, Sulfate-free, Gluten-free, 100% chemical free with BPA free packaging and scores a #1 on the Skin Deep Database.
Nature Bare For Harsh Hands Hydrating Hand Butter (1 oz): I am a mom of a toddler; I say that only to say I am always washing something and my formerly supple hands pay the price! Thrilled doesn’t begin to describe how i felt after applying this hand butter. No joke, this stuff is thick and ultra moisturizing. I love that it instantly softens once applied and absorbs really well without feeling like it completely disappears, yet doesn’t feel greasy at all. I love this stuff and if you have dry hands, feet or any other part of your body that needs heavy duty moisture you will love it too! Nature Bare’s Hand Butter is made with all Natural, Organic and Vegan ingredients.
Elixir Apothecary Pink Himalayan Sea Salt Body Polish: Truth be told, I am all about body polishes these days and a Pink Himalayan Sea Salt Polish is sure to please! This one is loaded with high quality ingredients and hand made in small batches. The 100% Pink Himalayan Sea Salt is combined with Rose and Lavender Essential Oil, and hand-ground red rose petals leaving skin not only polished and moisturized but replaces the toxins it removes with beneficial minerals. I am enjoying this body polish, but I do wish the salt crystals were a tad bit more coarse. They have other body care products which look fantastic too, I have my eye on some soap! Elixir Apothecary’s Body Polish is mostly organic, cruelty-free, preservative-free and fair trade.
Moondani Natural Breath Mist: Ditch your conventional breath freshener and get some frosty fresh breath with this specially formulated blend of natural breath fresheners. Moondani breath mist utilizes Cardamom Oil, Fennel Oil and Ginger Extract to deliver a subtle minty taste without any strange aftertaste and most importantly without any alcohol, additives, sweeteners or dyes like most breath fresheners. I love the glass packaging and it’s the prefect size to toss in any bag, purse or pocket. Say goodbye to bad breathe forever!
Elate Cosmetics Twinkle Loose Eyeshadow in Twinkle and Ethereal: Both shades add a nice wash of shimmer to the lid and are beautiful to wear alone or on top of other shadows. When worn alone they provide a subtle wash of color with some added twinkle. I have also used these as highlighters and love the shimmery glow they provide. Who doesn’t love multipurpose beauty products right? Twinkle is a soft peachy pink and Ethereal is a subtle golden brown.
Do you spot any favorites? What featured products are you most interested in trying? Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Want to get your hand on this gem of a box? Head over to Think Dirty and don’t forget to use code ECOBLISS5OFF to save at checkout.
If you haven’t heard of activated charcoal…listen up! I was first introduced to activated charcoal by my husband who is always discovering new supplements and different ways to use them. But using activated charcoal is not a new concept, I recently found out that my 94 year old grandfather uses charcoal as part of his oral health routine. With so many uses, it is a must have item for your beauty, health and home. What is activated charcoal? It’s actually pretty much the same as regular charcoal except it is made especially for medicinal use. This involved heating the common charcoal in the presence of gas causing the charcoal to expand and the charcoal highly absorbent and extremely porous. Toxic substances chemically bind to the millions of tiny pores on the charcoal’s surface. Our bodies don’t digest it, so it remains in the GI tract and eliminates toxins during bowel movements.
Why I choose Bulletproof Activated Coconut Charcoal? Unlike other charcoal sold on the market (which can be made from a variety of things…even wood), this activated charcoal is made from only coconut shells and uses the finest particle size out there.
Okay so on to my favorite uses for activated charcoal:
- Body Detox: I take anywhere from 3-6 charcoal supplements anytime I will be consuming food that isn’t quite up to my normal standards. I try to eat fairly clean and healthy, but there are occasions when I’m at an event or situation where the food is not as healthy as I would like. Think holiday parties, potlucks or dining out! Taking charcoal is also a great idea if you have overindulged (it’s okay we all do it every once in a while) on rich food or alcoholic beverages. Take some charcoal, your liver will thank you in the morning!
- Spot Treatment: I love to use Charcoal as a blemish spot treatment. I have done this countless times and each time the massive zip I went to bed with significantly reduced in appearance/inflammation/redness by morning. I simply take a little of the charcoal powder in the palm of my hand and add a couple drops of water. It literally just takes a couple of drops of water to create a paste. Then dab a little of the paste onto the blemish and let it work its magic overnight.
- Teeth Whitening: I used to use those Crest Whitening Strips and although they were pretty effective for whitening my teeth, but after a few uses noticed my teeth felt ultra sensitive to temperatures and after eating sour or citrus foods. Additionally, I would rather use a natural whitening agent with no known side effects. I scrape, floss and brush my teeth and once i am done with this routine I dip my brush into the charcoal powder and brush as if I were brushing with regular tooth paste, but for only about a minute. I store my charcoal in a small little glass container that the head of my brush easily fits into. Charcoal helps whiten teeth by absorbing plaque and microscopic particles that stain the teeth. In addition to giving you a bright smile, charcoal helps to balance the pH in the mouth which lowers your risk of developing cavities and gum disease. Side note, I add charcoal to my toddler’s toothbrush too!
4. Odor neutralizer: Truth be told, I used to be big on Febreeze and glad plug-ins (eek!), until I learned about how toxic it and most other conventional air fresheners are. I haven’t personally tried this one yet, but thought it was worth mentioning for those of you who are looking for natural alternatives to toxic air fresheners. You can make your own hanging odor absorber by filling cheesecloth or even an old sock with charcoal and hang it near the stinky culprit (garbage can, diaper genie, litter box, gym bag, etc.). Make sure you replace the charcoal after a couple of months for continued odor absorption.
What are your favorite ways to use Activated Charcoal?
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