CertClean’s Clean Beauty Award Winners & My Personal Favorites GIVEAWAY!

I want to help empower YOU to become eco- friendly and ingredient conscious beauty lovers! How am I going to do that? By introducing you to some amazing brands and resources out there that will make this transition easy and enjoyable. That is why I am hosting a giveaway with the amazing CertClean & PurPicks where you can win safe and super effective green beauty products!  Keep reading below to discover some amazing non-toxic skincare to try that didn’t make the cut in the awards.


I personally judged the categories of Face Care (which were hydration focused) and Eye Liner. I was in major need of trying new products in both areas so I definitely lucked out. Although all of the winners are worthy in my eyes of holding the tile, I have a few more products that I was SUPER IMPRESSED with and I feel you guys NEED to know about and now you will have a chance to try some of them yourselves!


My personal favorites from the group I trialed go as follows:


From Molly With Love: Sea Kelp Bioferment Essence

The moment I picked up this product I was instantly intrigued with it. The Sea Kelp Bioferment Essence is a mix of a mist and a hydrating liquid serum in one. It has an interesting deep brown ocean like color, which resembles it’s main ingredient ‘sea kelp’!

The From Molly With Love Sea Kelp Bioferment Essence takes the effectiveness of Korean beauty and the luxury of high-end brands like La Mer for instance, but applies it’s own green beauty principals within each and every product.

The ingredients include the nutritive active Sea Kelp Bioferment, it is an effective and powerful ingredient that penetrates the skin with a high concentration of vitamins and minerals without harmful additives.


Retails for 47.99$

ACNE DR. 1st Control Tonic:

The Acni Dr. 1st Control Tonic is part of a 4 step skin care regimen, it falls 3rd on the line. This product also falls under the new trend of ‘essence’ Korean products. They seem to be the core of their skincare routine providing light yet hydrating and penetrating products.

This particular tonic has a super sleek, light and gel like texture. With the change of seasons here in Vegas (hot to hotter) my skin began to produce excess oil causing breakouts. I have dry to combination skin which is also sensitive so I weary about trying this out. But I was SO IMPRESSED by how it made my skin feel! It dried out the excess oil my face was producing but helped to balance and soothe the dry/irritated patches around my cheeks. *Warning* if you have super dry skin I would try one of their other products or introduce it to your regimen slowly.

I admire iSoi (I’m so intelligent) their philosophy as well, below is an image of what ingredients they provide as opposed to toxic filled ‘luxury’ options out on the market.

image provided by the ISOI website


I was a bit skeptical before trying out these exfoliating peel pads. As I mentioned before my skin is sensitive and can react to harsh products that may work for others. However I was so pleasantly surprised by how soothing they were on my skin! It cleared out most of my texture and has commenced the process of removing my infamous dark spots on my cheek area.

The peels contain a blend of AHAs (glycolic and lactic acids) plus BHA (salicylic acid) which penetrate any pesty pimples or blackheads surfacing. The ingredients in these pads clear blemishes, hyperpigmentation, scarring, and fine lines and wrinkles! They are great for all skin issues, but you may want to start with the original strength if you are not sure of your skin’s sensitivity.

* This product was not part of the Clean Beauty Awards but it’s among my personal favorites.  *


A 5 day package retails for: 17$


Now that you know why I absolutely loved these products you will have a chance to try them out yourself! CLICK BELOW TO ENTER!

KEEP IN MIND THE GIVEAWAY HAD NOT STARTED YET. Click below TOMORROW @10 AM EST tomorrow and ends at 11.59 PM on June 19th!

Head over to my Instagram post and get a head start! Special thank you to PurPicks and CertClean for collaborating with me on helping to spread the word on the power of non-toxic beauty!

By Buffy’s Personal Favourites from the Clean Beauty Awards!


Clean Beauty Awards- CertClean & Pur Picks- Proud Judge

Hello fellow green beauties! I am super excited about this next blog-post as this is when I finally share the news that I have the inside scoop on the Cert Clean and Pur Picks Clean Beauty Awards!

I was lucky enough to be selected as one of last years judges and learning more about the founder and the mission behind Cert Clean, I am beyond honored to collaborate with them and share with you this years winners and the amazing mission behind the company. I personally tested face care and eyeliner and was elated to find some of my tried and true favorites! Brands like 100% Pure and Zuii Organics made the list.

This will be the first of a series of posts about the company and brands involved, the product winners, and my personal favorites.

Out of 311 entries made from all over the world the products were filtered down to the top 15 products under the categories of:

Be sure to visit www.cleanbeautyawards.com/2018-finalists for the complete list of Finalists under each category. Finalists were determined by the average scores of over 80 judges in twelve countries, which I really appreciate because you get truly get an unbiased approach that considers a persons geography, culture, climate, etc.

The mission is to promote the excellence and performance of “free from” beauty products to accelerate the growth of the clean beauty movement. 
For more information: www.cleanbeautyawards.co

Who is Cert Clean?

Cert Clean is a respected Certification system that helps facilitate the shopping process when it comes to finding clean, nontoxic products you can trust. They specifically assess products to ensure they are not formulated with harmful ingredients. CertClean is North America’s leading certification for safer skincare products – over 1000 products carry the CertClean seal of approval.

“CertClean assesses, approves and certifies clean beauty products – look for 1000+ products proudly bearing the CertClean mark.” 

CertClean Team

CertClean partnered up with PurPicks on this Awards to promote and educate people on the cleanest products out there, in order to avoid the use on conventional toxic filled products. There is no reason to compromise on what makes us look and feel good, so CertClean makes it easy for us to choose the best of the best.

Who is PurPicks?

PurPicks is a start-up company, they are total trail blazers in the green beauty industry. They have created the world’s biggest database of certified organic and no-toxic products.

For those unfamiliar with CertClean — it is a certification for safer skincare; it isn’t about how organic or how natural the formulation is but whether or not it contains harmful chemicals.

Why Should You Care?

When buying new products or trying to figure out what would work best for your body, finding the time and putting together all of the information can be overwhelming. Figuring out all of the ins and outs of products can be time consuming. Supporting movements like the CertClean Awards and spreading the word about efforts made to make this world a safer and cleaner place makes all of the difference. I believe change starts with discourse and education. So let’s help spread the word and change the world together!


I Sat Inside a Himalayan Salt Cave and this is What Happened— What is it and is it Worth the Hype?

Being Salty Might Actually be a Good Thing…

As a wellness blogger I am always in search of the next #selfcare treatment that is going to leave me better than it found me. I’ve heard about Salt Caves through my co-workers and friends, their raves about it intrigued me, but also left me wondering in speculation. Living in NYC with so much pollution and then working in the casinos when I first moved to Vegas  a few years back, I thought my lungs could give it a try. You know I HAD to see for myself if it was as good as they say, because I am always down to try something in honor of seeking health and wellness. So when the lovely owner invited me to her beautiful Himalayan Salt Room here in Vegas, I jumped at the opportunity.

To give you a little background history on Himalayan salt caves, the modern dry salt therapy is inspired by the the salt mines and caves in Europe and Russia. As the workers were mining the salt (chiseling, grinding and hammering at the salt), tiny salt particles were being disbursed into the air. Working in conditions below the Earth’s surface where air pressure, circulation, humidity and temperature affected the quality of the environment the miners were getting Spa treatment and they didn’t even know it! (I kid, I kid).

Considering that mining jobs were usually recognized as dangerous to life and health, salt miners seemed to thrive on good health. They rarely had any respiratory issues and also looked younger due to great skin appearance.

What is it like?

You are sitting in a room with literally tons of crystal salt rock, a dim glow provided by rock lamps, reclining chairs and soothing instrumental background music. Meanwhile, during your session, a machine outside the room (called a halo-generator) grinds dry salt and pumps micro particles of it into the air providing the healing experience of Halo-therapy. Bacteria and fungus cannot survive in these conditions.

Benefits of Himalayan Salt Caves

People have reported relief from respiratory ailments such as:

♥ Asthma



♥Pulmonary diseases

♥Colds, cystic fibrosis

♥Ear infections and sinusitis


♥Eczema, psoriasis etc.

A recent study  shows that children with mild asthma who went for two sessions per week for seven weeks gained greater improvements in their bronchial hyper-reactivity (constrictions and spasms that cause asthma symptoms) than the control group did.

When fine salt particles are inhaled, they will fall on the airway linings and draw water into the airway, thinning the mucous and making it easier to raise, thus making people feel better. The rooms are allergen free so spending consistent amount of time in a clean environment produces relief to any known symptoms.

Just spending 45 minutes at a time in a quite, safe, uninterrupted space can do so much good for the mind body and soul.

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Final Thoughts…

So what are the overall benefits of going to a modern day Salt Cave? Well after visiting my local Salt Cave a couple of times I have some insight I can share with you guys. I ended up really liking it, and this may be TMI but the next morning I while brushing my teeth I spit out blood with additional mucus.. Which coincides with the reported benefits of Himalayan salt which is reduction of inflammation and mucus in the body. My body was already detoxing after just one session.

After conducting this research and experiencing it once myself, it inspired me to create a little challenge for myself and review Salt Therapy more in depth for you guys. I will be going twice a week and reporting any differences in how I feel. I have suffered years of  second hand smoke in both NYC and Las Vegas. So I am pumped and ready to detox my lungs and breathe life into my body.


Save Green While Going Green: Honey REVIEW

There is a myth that “Going Green” and living a healthy lifestyle is very expensive. I have made it my mission to not compromise on quality without sacrificing my savings as well. If you’re anything like me, you consider saving money a sport. Of course, to get good at the game of shopping, you need the right tools. Which brings me to this awesome browser extension my boyfriend introduced me to called Honey.

Honey is a super convenient tool that automatically searches and applies coupon codes for thousands of online stores. It saves you money while you shop on virtually any website.

I used to manually search for online promo codes and waste so much time only to get that dreadful “invalid code” message… So to save time and cash (that I probably shouldn’t be spending in the first place), I installed Honey and it actually worked on one of my favorite organic shopping sites for everything from food, beauty, bath & kitchen supplies. As you can see in the image above there were 29 coupons found on Thrive!

The Honey icon will then light up with the available coupons it found on the site you are on. You can click on the button to see what is available before you actually start shopping or you can wait until checkout and let Honey work its magic.


It doesn’t just stop there! Honey has another amazing feature for Amazon shoppers! Honey has your back and will let you know if you are getting the lowest price {shipping and tax included}, directly on Amazon.


I tested it out on a higher end organic shampoo. I rarely buy it (due to its price) but will splurge on from time to time. You see that orange badge on top of the Amazon price? Honey says that I can save $2.50 through another seller.

It’s important to note that Honey takes seller ratings and reviews into place before making any suggestions.

I really do love this Honey extension! It’s a very subtle extension that won’t get in your way while shopping, instead it will help you. I honestly forget it is even running in the background until it pops up saying that I could save some cash when checking out. Don’t worry, Honey works on most major browsers.

I hope I have that proven that myth wrong and you can continue on your green journey without compromising your budget.


There are so many opportunities to go green and live a healthier lifestyle and still remain on budget. So go on now:

  • Click here to get Honey.
  • Remember to sign up so you can earn rewards as you shop online.
  • Go Green!



Think Dirty August Subscription Box: REVIEW

The Think Dirty Curated Beauty Box ($95 USD) is by far one of the best Organic and Natural Beauty Subscription boxes on the market. They are in partnership with Green Beauty companies that have a clean rating of 0-3 on their app, which makes it that much easier to make the transition to cleaner products in both the beauty and lifestyle department. I love subscription boxes as they make it a fun way to discover new brands for the fraction of the price if you were to buy each product individually, this box, in particular, had over $200 worth of products!

As you all know I’ve been on a journey to living a healthier and happier lifestyle. I’ve been swapping products I use on a daily basis and using the Think Dirty app along the way has helped me out immensely. I’ve become obsessed with using this app to swap out conventional toxic products for natural and organic options. For more info on this app and some more resources to help you make the switch check out my previous blog-post here. I am so grateful and super excited to receive the Think Dirty August Limited Edition Beauty Box, keep reading for details on the amazing products below! I am going to touch on the products I am most curious or super excited about. Comment below if you’ve tried out the Think Dirty box or let me know which Green Beauty box is your favorite! There is a coupon code for you lovies at the end so make sure you read through it all so you don’t miss out!

100% Pure Everywhere Sun Stick

100% Pure is on the top of my list when it comes to organic makeup brands and I trust their skincare with my sensitive and acne-prone skin. I haven’t had the chance to try much else from their brand. So when I received the Everywhere Sun Stick ($20 USD) I was really happy because A. it is a travel sized sunscreen… I’m obsessed with travel size products, they’re so convenient and cute! What’s not to love? B. it is SPF of 30 using non-nano ingredients and C. it is sunscreen, but stick version, which leaves no room for mess. The SPF 30 provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

The formulation for stick sunscreens are infamous for their white cast. However, leave it to 100% pure to solve that problem for ya. This stick applies creamy and fades away after warming it up on your skin. If you have acne-prone or sensitive skin do not worry I did not breakout when using this the other day, and it is non-comedogenic

Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (2.5 %) Titanium Dioxide (8%) other ingredients: *Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) *Certified Organic Ingredients 

LUCID n Dirty Coffee Scrub

Lucid n Dirty is a coffee based scrub that is to be used in one to two sessions per week which in turn will help reduce stretch marks and remove the dead cells from the surface of your skin. The fresh aroma of coffee is amazing to wake up to in the morning, but I have to be honest with you guys, I don’t think I will be purchasing this specific scrub anytime soon. Going for $50 USD, it is way too pricey for my budget, although it does deliver as a great exfoliator it performs on the same level as my Shea Moisture Drugstore version… I also couldn’t find a list of their ingredients on their site which worried me.

Elate Clean Cosmetics

Ingredients: Mica, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines, Bambusa Arundinacea (Bamboo) stem extract. May contain: Titanium Dioxide 

Pictured from left to right: Fairy,Magi, Ethereal

Although the elate eyeshadows ($18 USD) didn’t come in every box the ThinkDirty team was super sweet in sending me not one but THREE different shades! I am super impressed with how pigmented they were and how you can use them as blushes, highlights, or shadows. For my tan skin tone the shades were a little chalky at first but once it warmed up on my skin, it settled nicely. 

Cleaning Essentials: The Original Bottle

I was SO excited about this glass refillable 16 oz blue spray bottle ($16 USD)  that gives you a guideline in making the perfect all-natural, nontoxic homemade cleaners. It makes it sooo simple for you to toss the toxins and clean away using simple natural ingredients. All you have to do is choose a recipe, add ingredients to the fill lines on the bottle, shake, and you’re ready to clean! Every time you mix up a batch of cleaner, you not only are helping eliminate the waste of a plastic bottle (indirectly helping to save the universe), but you also avoid the shipping and production costs associated with that bottle and reduce your family’s exposure to toxic chemicals!

(description by ThinkDirty) Each reusable spray bottle has 5 cleaning recipes printed on the outside. These homemade recipes use naturally aromatic and antibacterial essential oils to replace harsh chemicals. The tile cleaner works well for whitening grout and cleaning tile. The wood cleaner gently and naturally brings out the beauty of wood furniture and floors. The bathroom cleaner is a great antibacterial all-purpose cleaner for not only the bathroom but any room of the house. Our ammonia-free glass cleaner works well on any surface that needs a streak-free shine. Finally, the powerful kitchen cleaner is the one to put to work on hard jobs, thanks to its excellent degreasing properties.

I’ve been meaning to go homemade with my cleaning supplies so this came in perfect timing! I will try each recipe out for you guys and post an update to let you know if the claims really do work!

Lumion Skin Oxygen Serum + HOCL

This is a lightweight serum (full size $38 USD) that is formulated to defend skin against signs of aging, softens fine lines, and aids in the reduction of skin irritations. This would be a perfect serum to apply when you are trying out new products, as the skin tends to get sensitive and irritated unexpectedly at times. Its ingredients are supposed to mimic the body’s natural immune defense system, interesting…. I have yet to try but am really curious to see if the claims are true! Will keep you guys updated.

Ingredients: Electrolyzed oxygenated water, sodium magnesium fluorosilicate, sodium chloride, hypochlorous acid, hydrogen chloride.

Spinster Sisters Soap

Spinster Sisters Soaps are produced in small batches using the cold process soap method.  Using a base of olive, coconut, palm (sustainable/organic), castor, apricot kernel and Argan oils, cocoa butter and fair-trade Shea butter will leave the skin super hydrated. This soap retains the natural glycerin that is produced while you shower, which provides added moisture to the skin! The 0.9 oz sized bar ($2.75 USD) is another perfect product to store in your travel size product pile…if you don’t have one of those create one! It will make packing for when you travel stress-free!

Ingredients: Olive oil, coconut oil, sustainable palm oil, castor oil, fair-trade shea butter, argan oil, apricot kernel oil, cocoa butter, botanicals, exfoliants, and essential oil (EO) or fragrance oil (FR). 

Rosemira Organics Sample Kit

Rosemira Organics uses Essential oils as their staples. The products are meant to moisturize, balance and support your skin’s natural capacity to regenerate and rejuvenate. They were sweet enough to put together this cute package for the ThinkDirty box, it includes an eye cream, hydrating rose toner and a repair serum. Can you guys guess where this baby is going!? If you guessed in my travel size kit then you guess right, hehe! I am officially prepared for my next travel dates.

All Products Included in Beauty Box are Cruelty-Free:

Rocky Mountain Soap Company: Tea Tree Deodorant
LUMIONskin: Oxygen Serum + HOCL (travel size)
Cleaning Essentials: The Original Bottle (16oz)
Rosemira Organics: Sample Kit
Spinster Sisters Co.: Rosemary Mint Bar Soap (0.9oz)

Zuii Organics: Certified Organic Foundation Primer (samples)
NIUCOCO: Renewing Hair Serum (15 ml)

100% Pure: Everywhere Sun Stick SPF 30

Overall I give major props to ThinkDirty for surpassing my expectations and supplying such a great variety of quality products for any green junkie or person who is a little curious about what all this “green” fuss is about. Please comment or share to anyone who is on a Green Beauty journey to a healthier lifestyle!

Use the code below to save $5 at checkout! (this is not an affiliate link I just like to share the wealth!)