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)

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

Vegetarian
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!

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Brands to Look Out For: Modern Minerals 100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free Natural Makeup Brand

Modern Minerals Makeup is by far one of my favorite eco-chic brands. It believes in spreading the movement for conscious beauty & living true to your beliefs. Not only is it an 100% Natural brand that you can wear with confidence, it is 100% Cruelty Free and Vegan. None of their products are tested on animals and they do not use carmine. The founder of Modern Minerals, Diane Read is a true badass and everything this industry needs right now. After studying in NYU and Parsons in the field of architecture and interior design, she decided to take a huge risk and pursue her true passion. She wanted to provide a healthy and clean alternative to women that helped make them feel beautiful inside and out. The result was Modern Minerals Makeup, a line created to inspire both inner and outer beauty.



Reasons to ♥ Modern Minerals

♥Modern Minerals Make up is based on two principles: Truth + Beauty.

♥ Vegan & Cruelty Free and 100% Natural

♥Only use non-nano minerals

♥They offer an array of bold and neutral eye shadows perfect for any look.

♥ They offer ‘Try & Travel’ sizes of their foundations and Eye Shadows! (Such an amazing way to save space when traveling and trying out all of the shades before you commit to full size).

♥If you have some melanin in your skin they have yellow & red under-toned foundations for tan and darker skin!

♥ Manufactured in the U.S.A

Mineral Eye Shadow

I cannot rave enough about these eye shadows! They never irritate my skin and sensitive eye area, which gives me the freedom to get as creative I want with my eye makeup. When it comes to finding natural and cruelty-free brands that cater to makeup artistry is a pretty difficult task. But, I am sooo happy too say you can create any look from dark smokey eyes, to pretty flirty looks, glitter cut creases, you name it! You no longer have to sacrifice the well being of your eyes to slay a glam look! Seriously I am OBSESSED. Retails for $13.50 on their website.

Invigorating Lip Gloss

One of my favorite clear glosses to date! It doesn’t give you that sticky annoying feeling we all are way too familiar with, instead it glides helping you achieve a hydrated kissable lip. When applied it gives you an invigorating tingly sensation, which in my opinion helps with plumping your lips and making them appear fuller. How do they create this sensation? Well, they use the sweet, tingly refreshing properties of Ayurvedic, Swertia Chirata Extract, and Asian Dragon Fruit to enhance the appearance of fullness.  They have an array of shades available from peachy, pink, and deeper red tones, however they all apply pretty sheer giving you the perfect flush of color. If you want a more pigmented look, be sure to layer with a lipstick. Retails for $ 25 click here.

Highlighter

I am in with anything that gives me a dew and this baby truly does its job. One of their newest shades, the creamy highlighter in Modern Moonstone is my new go to. It  is made with Organic Coconut and Jojoba for a super smooth application, complete with a hint of rose gold perfection you can place on lips, eyes or cheeks, and is  perfect for tan, olive and darker skin tones. The silky formula is so lightweight it glides onto skin, allowing it to blend beautifully and make you shine from the inside out, no glitter, just glow perfect for day to night transformations. Retails for $ 30 click here.

Blush

Currently hooked on this beautiful blush in the shade Love, perfect for any season but my favorite is to wear it along with my Fall looks creating that rosy cheeky look we all love. It is a warm medium pink with berry hues and mauve undertones perfect to go with that “Kylie Jenner” Mauve lip trend! Best part about it are the simple clean ingredients. Retails for $ 20 click here.

Ingredients: Mica, titanium dioxide, magnesium violet

Duo Fiber Brushes 

Their brushes are hand-made using a luxurious & soft, synthetic fiber. These babies are  hypoallergenic which is amazing for people with sensitive skin like myself to avoid any reactions or breakouts.  I use the face brush to effortlessly apply my blush, the duo fiber brush helps avoid applying too much in one sitting. Super soft and chic with white and silver handles that match my white marble, hehe. Retails from $12-26 click here.
“We believe that choosing natural make up for your daily beauty rituals doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your love of beauty + style. This inspired us to create a line of make up that we felt good about putting on our skin and is kind to the earth.”-Modern Minerals
What are your favorite Organic Brands I should look out for?! Comment Below!
 All products provided by Modern Minerals. All opinions are my own. 
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e.l.f Massaging Eye Wand Launch: PRODUCT REVIEW

I was beyond blessed to receive this high frequency beauty instrument before anyone else, during the #elfbeautyscape weekend in Austin, Texas with e.l.f cosmetics! Lucky for you it is already on their website where you can purchase for just $25 a pop click here. You might ask why this is a higher ticketed price item on their site? Well,  I’m going to give you a little inside scoop before anyone else, read more below! (All products mentioned are Vegan and Cruelty-Free, as per usual).

After this exciting jam packed trip with the incredible ladies and gents from e.l.f cosmetics, my under eye area needed a little love. So I decided to give it a try and MY GOODNESS  was I impressed, this device is so freakin’ cool! It’s innovative technology makes applying eye cream not only more effective but pretty fun as well! This just isn’t your typical applicator, it works for you and only you as it has a smart senor that ignites once your fingertip touches the metal part of the wand. All you need is 1 AAA battery (included in box) and you are good to go! Place the metal piece under your eye and work the products from the inside out, slowly gliding it outward. You can use if for up to three minutes, while you are typing at your desk, watching your favorite T.V show, or starting your morning with a little spa session.

If your battery ever runs out do not panic! I personally believe you can reap some benefits with using the metal part alone, especially in the morning when you want need little wake up call as you feel the cool metal sweep product under your eyes.

“This beauty device helps smooth the skin around the eye area, and preps the skin to maximize the benefits of creams and serums for flawless skin. The gentle vibrations and heat help the skin retain moisture to better absorb product.” -e.l.f cosmetics website

Things to LOVE ♥

♥Heats up to the touch

♥Maximizes the benefits of creams and serums to prep eyes for flawless makeup application

♥Gives off a super gentle vibration which helps your skin retain moisture leaving your under eyes plumped and hydrated

The massaging wand is best if used with the Illuminating Eye Cream which contains high-performing hydrators, such as purified water, antioxidant-rich green tea and anti-inflammatory cucumber. The beauty is that it has a lightweight feel with a thick enough consistency  where your skin feels sufficiently plump and hydrated, but never greasy.

For days when you are really in a rush or traveling pop on e.l.f’s Hydrogel Under Eye Masks. These patches are super thin and stay in place, and are infused with Purified Water, Seaweed Extract, and Licorice leaving your skin super hydrated without all the gunk left over! These babies come in a set of 3 for just $8 click here.

What are your favorite under eyes products and routines?! Comment below, let’s chat!

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Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Shampoo & Conditioner: REVIEW

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I was fortunate enough to receive a Black Vanilla set from Carol’s Daughter which included the Shampoo, Conditioner, and hair sheen. I usually tend to go for hair products that are all natural and organic, but due to the fact that Carol’s Daughter Brand is marketed towards women of color and catering to our hair needs, I decided to gave it a go. I am currently in love with the Hair Mimosa line (review coming soon) so I expected nothing less from this one.

Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine Sulfate-Free Shampoo

The first thing I noticed was the delicious vanilla aroma that burst through the open bottle. It brought me back to a warm and cozy memory. I have to admit the first time I used the shampoo it left my hair stringy, brittle, and hard to comb through. It’s as if it wiped out any hydration my poor hair follicles were holding on to for dear life! One thing for sure my hair was clean, but was it worth stripping my hair from it’s natural oils? I wasn’t sure yet. So I took a look at the ingredients and did a little more research. Both the Shampoo and Conditioner’s biggest culprit found within the ingredients was Fragrance, which probably caused the stringy texture to my hair. Fragrance in products are a sign of undisclosed mixtures of possible toxic chemicals, to be safe I only use products that contain fragrance that disclose their ingredients using natural essential oils.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua),Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-2 Cocamide, Fragrance (Parfum), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Citric Acid, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Melilotus Officinalis Extract, PEG-150 Distearate, PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Polyquaternium-10, Polyquaternium-7, Potassium Cocoate, Rosa Canina Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Caramel 

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Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine Sulfate-Free Conditioner

Now, when it comes to the conditioner I was in heaven. The formula is lightweight but still creamy enough that it made my stringy mess disappear and an ease to comb through. Since the formula isn’t as thick and creamy as a deep conditioner, I started to use it as my daily co-wash (washing hair using conditioner to prevent drying). I co-wash throughout the week my hair gets clean but retains its natural oils. I let it sit for a few minutes and was impressed with the sleek and shine the conditioner provided.

Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Amodimethicone, AMP-Acrylates Copolymer, Ascorbic Acid, Biotin, Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), C11-15 Pareth-7,C12-13 Pareth-23, C12-13 Pareth-3, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetrimonium, Chloride, Citric Acid, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Dimethicone, Divinyldimethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Laureth-9, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Melilotus Officinalis Extract, Panthenol, PEG-45M, Polyquaternium-37, Polysorbate 60, Polyurethane-14, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Propylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Retinyl Palmitate, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, ?Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Trideceth-12, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, VP/DMAPA Acrylates Copolymer, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance (Parfum)Copolymer, Trideceth-12, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Fragrance (Parfum)

Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine Hair Sheen

When it comes down to it, the hair sheen took the prize out of this entire set! unfortunately it also contains Fragrance, but because of the other incredible ingredients I’ll continue to use it until the bottle is done. If you don’t mind using products that contain fragrance go ahead and enjoy, it truly is a great help for setting your hair AND refreshing it the next day. And because the Black Vanilla Hair Sheen has both few and powerful ingredients I’m not entirely opposed to it. Check them out :

♥Sweet Almond Oil
♥Shea Butter
♥Soybean Oil
♥Jojoba Seed Oil
♥Wheat Germ

Ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Germ) Oil, Cyclomethicone, Fragrance (Parfum)

RESULTS

Overall I would recommend the conditioner and DEFINITELY the hair sheen from this set. I would pass one the shampoo as I do feel it strips the hair too much for my liking. I already avoid using shampoo on my hair unless I want to deep clean when I’m in a rush. You can purchase yours at your local CVS, Target, Walmart or on their website.

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Jane Iredeale Naturally Matte Eyeshadow Kit: REVIEW

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My new favorite go to Green Eye Shadow palette is this beauty, the Naturally Matte Eye Shadow Kit by Jane Iredale. I was lucky enough to win this on an Instagram contest by Citrine Beauty! I absolutely love that store and the talented ladies that work in it, they also were kind enough to send over a few samples. When it comes to everyday wear, I love the shades as they are more to the warm mauve neutral tones, from lightest to darkest, and the perfect color scheme for fall. You can wear anything from a super natural look to a bold smokey eye, without all of the nasty toxins.

Colors

♥Buttercream (matte creamy neutral)

♥Hush (sheer soft pink)

♥Slate Brown (matte grey brown)

♥Eggplant (matte rose brown)

♥Fudge (matte deep chocolate)

Not only is the pigmentation impressive on this palette they give you enough shades to play around with and create multiple looks. I love that I can wear these shades to work, to date night, or just hanging out with my girls. I also absolutely adore the brands philosophy and commitment to never sacrifice their quality of clean ingredients for a product that’s also in the artistry spectrum of makeup.

The ingredients list is short and that’s exactly what you typically want to look for in a product. No confusion and makes it super easy to research before applying, I mean who wouldn’t want to apply Makeup AND Pomegranate Extract on their eyes from time to time?

Ingredients: Mica, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone, Pinus Strobus (Pine) Bark Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract

I’ve included a smokey look I created with this palette. As you can see you can create Warm or Cool toned looks. Comment below and let me know what other green products you would like for me to review!

Night Time Glam Look (Applied every color but the Slate Brown)

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