About Blythe

Have You Tried Superfood Supplements?

The world of supplements always seems to be evolving. This is partly the result of consumers being more open and curious about the possible benefits of vitamins and minerals. Additionally, it’s also driven by how many new options are available to us, including supplements formulated with superfood ingredients.

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Give Your K-Beauty a Super Fruit Upgrade

Give Your K-Beauty a Super Fruit Upgrade
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Every now and again a surprise package shows up at my door. It makes me feel like a kid on their birthday. You can imagine my excitement when FaceTory unexpectedly sent me their Lux Plus box to review. Because I had so much fun with their March 7 Lux Box, I couldn’t wait to try out some new Super Fruit infused K-Beauty products.

Get Your Super Fruit Glow On
K-Beauty Super Fruit_Facetory Lux Plus Box

When I opened my Lux Plus Box, I was intrigued by array of products. We have a full size cleanser, serum, and konjac sponge, as well as three sheet masks, and a mini hand cream set. All of which feature super fruit botanicals as part of their ingredient lists.

In addition to the products, the box also comes with a handout guide that provides details about each item. I especially like the key ingredient and direction sections.  It is a nice, helpful bonus.

The Lotus Jeju Botanical pH Balancing Cleanser
Super Fruit The Lotus Cleanser

One of the first products I gravitated towards was The Lotus Cleanser. I’m a sucker for beautifully designed packaging like the one featured on the cleanser box. I was also intrigued by the key ingredients of Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract and Nelumbo Nucifera Leaf Extract. I had a sneaking suspicion I was going to love this cleanser thanks to my previous use of aloe vera based products. They are so hydrating and nonirritating on my sensitive, dry skin.

My instincts were correct. This gel to foam cleanser leaves my skin balanced and free of impurities without feeling stripped of moisture. It’s so gentle and works exceptionally well with the konjac sponge.

Dr. Lola Jeju Nature Cleansing Tool
K-Beauty_ Dr Lola Konjac Sponge

Like the aloe based cleanser, I’ve also used a Konjac Sponge before. It’s such a unique tool. Made from the konjac root, the sponge naturally cleanses and exfoliates your skin. While it’s ideal for acne prone skin, it can be used on all skin types because it very mildly exfoliates and removes dirt and oil.

K-Beauty Super Fruit_ Cleanser and Konjac Sponge Use

I use it once or twice a week to help give my skin an extra boost of dead skin removal and cleansing. You can use the sponge alone or add a cleanser to it. I like to pair it with The Lotus Cleanser for a nice super fruit treatment. Once I’m done, I rinse out the sponge and place it in a konjac container I have from Julep. This helps keep it protected and from drying out.

Puregen Multi Collagen Power Lifting Serum
Super Fruit Puregen Serum

Next up in the land of super fruit, we have the Puregen serum. I don’t know how I lived without serums before incorporating them into my skincare routine. They really do make a huge difference, and this serum is no exception. It’s both lightweight and very nourishing.

Puregen Super Fruit Serum Use

With key ingredients like Hydrolyzed Collagen and Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, my skin gets a boost of hydration, as well as anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits. My skin absolutely loves this serum, and I love how soft and nourished it feels all day and all night.

Super Fruit Sheet Masks
Super Fruit Infused Facial Masks

As I mentioned above, in addition to full size skincare products, the Lux Plus box also comes with 3 sheet masks. This time I received the Ariul Juice Cleanse Mask 2x Raspberry Lentil, Huangjisoo Centella Repairing Mask, and the FaceTory Let’s Talk Vitality Mask. I enjoyed treating my skin to all three.

First up, I used the Centella Mask, which features Centella Asiatica and Tremella Fuciformis Extract. These ingredients help heal and protect, while also brightening and evening out skin tone. The mask does have a strong floral, fruit scent, but it’s not so overpowering that it makes hard to wear for the suggested 15-20 minutes. It fit my face well and left my skin feeling refreshed, hydrated, and very soft.

Next, I used The FaceTory Let’s Talk Vitality Mask.  This mask features Punica Granaturn Fruit Extract and Shea Butter. These ingredients help soften the skin, while also delivering anti-oxidant rich properties that help reduce the signs of aging.

K-Beauty Facetory Mask Wear

Of the three masks I tried, this one was my favorite. I like the thick consistency of the mask, which helped it adhere well to my face. It was also very cooling and left my skin feeling soft and hydrated and looking plump.

Finally, we have the Ariul Juice Cleanse Mask. This unique mask features a nourishing Raspberry and Lentil filled essence, which helps your skin fight off free radicals. The essence also works to brighten and tighten skin, while increasing hydration.

Though it does take a little more effort to mix the essence with the mask, it’s also kind of fun. I did have some issues getting the mask to align and adhere to my face. While the mask was soothing, it did feel a  little intense on my skin. However, I did love seeing how glowy my face looked after I took the mask off.  

Duft & Doft Mini Hand Creams Set
K-Beauty Mini Hand Creams

Finally we have the super fruit packed mini hand cream set. As someone who can’t be without hand cream, most of the time, I am happy to have these in my collection. I keep one in my purse and another in my car.

The set includes four hand creams in four different scents. There is a nice range of fruity, floral, and musky, which I like. What I appreciate most is the texture. Formulated with shea butter and collagen, all of the hand creams are super hydrating without being greasy. I especially appreciate this when I’m in the car. I know I can apply my hand cream and not have to worry about my hands sliming up the steering wheel.

And bonus, they also help to reduce the signs of aging. I really like this because your hands are one of the first parts of your body to show age.

I’m so glad FaceTory sent me their Lux Plus box to try. It’s an affordable way to try unique K-Beauty products. I’m really loving the Super Fruit theme of this box and the results I’ve experienced with all the products.

Have you tried FaceTory before? Which Super Fruit product would you like to try?

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Discover Eco-Friendly Clothing That’s Super Comfy

Super Comfy Eco-Friendly Clothing
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I work from home, which means I prefer to spend most of my time wearing comfy clothes. Of course, they also have to be stylish. Instead of turning to fast fashion, I look for brands that are creating eco-friendly clothing. They’re more conscious of the environment and of working conditions of those who make the clothes.

Anything I can do to leave a smaller carbon footprint or improve the lives of others; I try to do. With brands like Majamas Earth, finding eco-friendly clothing for the whole family is much easier. All of Majamas Earth’s products are sourced and made in the US. They strive to use Organic Cottons and environmentally friendly fabrics.

By making this commitment, the brand ensures people making the clothes are paid a fair wage and treated well.  It also ensures their clothes aren’t sprayed with chemicals or that clothing waste is dumped into our waters.

Eco-Friendly Clothing – The Basics
Majamas Earth_Eco-Friendly Clothing Collection

Now that you know a bit about Majamas Earth, let’s meet their eco-friendly clothing. The brand was kind enough to send me three pieces for review, including The Nuovo Top, The Tempo Libre Pant, and The Organic Sporty Bra. All three are extremely comfortable and very well made.

The Organic Sport Bra
Eco-Friendly Clothing_The Organic Sporty Bra

First, we have The Organic Sporty Bra. Made from eco-friendly fabrics, the bra features a v-neck crossover front and racer-back. It also comes with removable pads for added shape and support.

As someone who wears a 36DDD, finding a sports bra is the bane of my existence. In addition to a large chest, I also have a narrow back and shoulders.  I wasn’t sure how The Organic Sporty Bra would work for me, and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. While The Organic Sporty Bra isn’t ideal for high-impact workouts, it’s perfect for low impact, like Barre or Pilates. It’s also extremely comfortable for sleeping or every day wear.

The under-bust band is soft, yet supportive, and the removable pads add just the right amount of support, without being too cumbersome. Usually, I have issues with padded bras because they take up too much of the cup space. This doesn’t happen with The Organic Sporty Bra.

My only complaint with the bra is I wish it came with adjustable straps. Even with the racerback fit, the straps are just a little bit loose on my narrow shoulders. Though it’s doesn’t impede me wearing the bra during the day or during my low impact workouts.

The Nuovo Top & The Tempo Libre Pant
Eco-Friendly Clothing _ The Nuovo Top

Next up, we have The Nuovo Top and The Tempo Libre Pant. Both are so comfortable I never want to take them off.  They are so soft and cozy, I could even sleep in them.

Available in four colors, The Nuovo Top is made from sustainable cotton, modal, spandex, and recycled fabrics. It features a high-low cut, with a printed lining on the neckline and hemline. It’s extremely diverse, and can be worn with pjs, to the gym or with your favorite jeans. Not only does it wear well, it was washes well.

Eco-Friendly Clothing_The Tempo Libre Pant

Finally, we have The Tempo Libre Pant. This jogger style pant is made from reclaimed fabrics, modal, cotton, and spandex. Not only are they eco-friendly, but also super comfy. But what I like most about them, is that fact that they fit my short legs, thanks to the cinched in ankle.

I’m still on the fence about the fabric peek-a-boo pockets. I love the idea, but since I’m a little wider around the hip area, I feel like the fabric accents this part of my body. This is more of a personal concern, not an issue with the clothing.

Majamas Earth Bag

Regardless, like all the other Majamas Earth pieces, these joggers are perfect for sleeping, working out, or even traveling.  But most of all, I can feel good knowing I’m wearing eco-friendly clothing from an eco-conscious brand. I also love that they came with a super cute reusable bag. I can’t wait to add more Majamas Earth clothes to my wardrobe. I’m eyeing some of their tanks, hoodies, and leggings.

What’s your favorite piece from the collection? Where do you shop for eco-friendly clothing?

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Start a Delicious Morning Routine

Start a Delicious Morning Routine
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Whether my alarm goes off or not, I don’t meet the morning with glee. After untangling myself from the sheets, I stumble out of bed with messy hair, blurry eyes, and the inability to create coherent sentences. As you can imagine, breakfast is not always on my mind. Counting down when I can go back to sleep is more my speed, unless I have something delicious to get my morning routine going.   

My Plant-Based Morning Routine
A Delicious Morning Routine with Puffins and Elmhurst

A few years ago I switched to a more plant-based diet. One of the easiest places to make this change came at breakfast. Usually this in the form of a green smoothie of some type, but this isn’t always convenient. Let’s face it, when you’re not a morning person, busting out the blender and the measuring cups can be a chore.

This is why I was so excited to add Barbaras Puffins Cereal and Elmhurst Milks to my morning routine. They’re a quick, delicious healthy way to help me start my day.

Cereal + Milk = Delicious

One of the reasons I begrudgingly ate cereal as a kid was because I never liked the taste of milk. Most of the time, I would eat my cereal out of the box or pour it in the bowl plain. This is how much I don’t like dairy milk.

I was so excited when dairy alternatives started arriving at my grocery store. Back then, there was only one alternative option. Today, I can choose from Oat, Almond, and Cashew.

Morning Routine_Elmhurst Plant Based Milks

Before Elmhurst kindly sent me some of their milks for review, I had tried their Oat Milk and was already a fan. One of the things I like most about these unsweetened plant-based milks is how few ingredients they contain. Their Almond and Cashew have two ingredients, nuts and filtered water, while their Oat has three, water, oats and salt.

Morning Routine_Elmhurst Milks

These milks are rich, creamy and free from fillers, artificial flavors, and sugars. They are also the perfect pairing for Barbaras Puffins Cereal.

Another reason I gave up on the traditional milk and cereal was because of how mushy my cereal would get. If I didn’t eat it quick enough it would become a bowl of yuckiness. So, I was a bit skeptical about adding Puffins to my morning routine. Would these bite-sized puffs hold up to the Elmhurst milk?

Morning Routine_Barbaras Puffins Cereal

In reality, I had nothing to worry about because they are made for mixing with milk. They stay crunchy, while also absorbing just enough of the milk creaminess.

The brand was kind enough to send me two of the cereal varieties, Peanut Butter and Honey Rice. Not only do I enjoy their crispy texture, but I also love the taste. They are just right amount of hearty and sweet.

Morning Routine_Puffin Cereal Bites

Another Puffins perk is that they are low in sugar and available in vegan and vegetarian options. Their peanut butter (6 grams of sugar per serving) is low fat, vegan, and made from corn and whole grain oat.  The Honey Rice (5 grams of sugar per serving) is vegetarian, low fat, rich in fiber and made from gluten-free whole grain brown rice.

Did I mention the also have cinnamon, peanut butter and chocolate, and pumpkin cereals? I can definitely see them making an appearance in my morning routine very soon. I wonder which version of Elmhurst milks I should pour over each first? Something tells me all of their milks would pair oh so well with all of these cereals.

If you looking to add some delicious to your morning routine, try the fabulous combo of Elmhurst planet-based milks and Barbaras Puffin Cereal. I can’t promise they will make you a morning person, but they’ll at least make getting up a little easier.

What’s your morning routine? Are you a cereal and milk fan?

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Allergy-Free Milk and Cookies + More

It seems like everyone is allergic to something these days. Unfortunately, even I’ve developed a few food sensitivities as I’ve gotten older. This can prevent you from enjoying the foods you love, but not always. Thanks to brands like Planet Oat and Enjoy Life you can have your allergy-free cookies and milk, and so much more.

Allergy Free Milk & Cookies + More
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The Perfect Gift for the Tea Lover

The Perfect Gift for the Tea Lover
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I may not be a coffee drinker, but I am a tea lover. It’s my go-to hot, and sometimes cold, beverage. As a result, I can accumulate quite a lot of tea boxes/tins/containers. A girl needs her pumpkin spice in the fall and some refreshing mint tea in the spring. I’ve always wanted a better way to organize or display my tea and I found it in the Mijenko Tea Boxes.

With Mother’s Day coming up, I knew I had to share these gorgeous and well-made boxes with you. After all, they would make the perfect gift for yourself or the tea lover in your life.

A Tea Box for a Tea Lover

When my package from Mijenko, named after founders Mick and Jen, arrived I really didn’t know what to expect. I knew the box would be made from wood and have separate slots for loose and bagged tea. I was not expecting the boxes to be beautifully packaged and stunningly crafted. They are true works of art that make you want to display them in your home.

Mijenko Tea Lover Box Packaging

This is another reason why I think these boxes makes such great gifts. Opening them up is a true sensory experience. First, they come in a heavy duty, exquisitely designed cardboard box. The box alone is worthy of display. I love the dark tea color and striped, foil design.

Additionally, I’m impressed by how well each tea box is packaged and protected. It’s nice to know your tea lover gift will arrive at its destination without getting damaged. Even if you do have any damages or issue, Mijenko makes contacting them to fix the problem extremely easy. It’s very apparent how much they care about their products and their consumers. H

Stunningly Handcrafted

Each Mijenko Tea Storage box is handcrafted from trees around the world. As a result, every box is unique and equally stunning. You can feel the craftsmanship that goes into each 8 pound Rose Gold or Silver Tea Storage.

Mijenko Tea Lover Box

The glass on the box is tempered to prevent breakage, while the metallic fixtures feel very solid and of high quality. It really is a dream for any tea lover.

Inside each box you will find eight extra-large dividers, which you can use to store loose leaf tea or tea bags. As nice little bonus, you also get a cute tea diffuser that looks like a tea kettle.

Tea Lover Tea Diffuser

As you can tell, there really isn’t anything I don’t like about my Mijenko Tea Storage Box. They are a true statement piece that is also highly useful. It makes me want to host my own high tea party.

They are perfect for the tea lover that entertains or for someone with a growing tea collection. I think they would also be a nice gift for Mother’s Day, a Bridal Shower, Birthdays, the Holidays or really any time. I know my own mom would have loved one.

Are you a tea lover? Would you store your tea in a wooden tea box?

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Green Beauty with a Tropical Twist

Green Beauty with a Tropical Twist
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When you apply your makeup are you transported to a land of rolling waves and sun-kissed beaches? Does a tropical island blend nourish your skin with every swipe or brush tap? If this sounds too good to be true, it’s not.  It’s all possible with the green beauty brand, Caley Cosmetics.

Meet Green Beauty Brand Caley Cosmetics

Launched in 2018 by mother-daughter team, Annie & Cindy Holland, Caley Cosmetics is a new player on the green beauty, indie scene. Their motto, to create a natural beauty brand that makes you feel like you’re on vacation every day, is unique and inspiring.

As a huge supporter of women owned, indie brands, I love everything about Caley Cosmetics. All of their products are:

  • Leaping Bunny Certified, cruelty-free
  • Made in a family-owned, green beauty facility in Texas
  • Score a 1 or 2 on the EWG toxicity scale (meaning they are safe & nontoxic)
  • Free of sulfates, silicones, parabens, phthalates, petroleum, artificial dyes or fragrances
  • Contain sustainably sourced ingredients manufactured with little to no carbon footprint

Additionally, every one of their products features their island blend of watermelon, pineapple, hibiscus, mango, jasmine, and papaya. This tropical essence is loaded with good for your skin antioxidants that both protect your skin and give it a natural, healthy glow.

Green Beauty _ Caley Cosmetics Look
Beach Babes Natural Eyes & Brows

The brand was kind enough to send me a selection of their products, including their Beach Babe Natural Eyes liner in Midnight. I also picked up the Beach Babe Natural Brows pencil in Dark.

Available in twelve shades (matte, shimmer & metallic), the Beach Babe Natural Eyes liner comes in a pencil form. Before you think, “ugh not another hard pencil liner,” let me tell you it’s anything but hard. Designed to apply like a gel liner, the Beach Babe Natural Eyes liner glides on very smoothly.

Green Beauty Beach Babe Natural Eyes and Brows

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I like this liner. If there is one product I hardly use, it’s eye liner. I just find it so hard to apply on my small eyes and crepey lids. This was not the case with the Natural Eyes liner in Dark, a matte black.

The creamy, water-proof formulation is easy to work with yet has great lasting power and doesn’t budge or smudge. There is nothing worse than looking in the mirror to find your liner has travelled and you now look like a raccoon.

Most of all, I like how it made my blue eyes pop, which is exactly what the liner is designed to do. There must be some kind of magic in that ingredient list of fruit and botanical extracts and oils.

Green Beauty - Beach Babe Natural Eyes & Brows Swatches

Next up, is the Beach Babe Natural Brows, which is currently available in four shades. I did see the founder respond to a consumer review of the product stating that they are working on expanding the line. I couldn’t decide between Brunette and Dark but opted for Dark to match my cool undertones.

When I first tried out this brow pencil, I was not a fan. The formulation was so soft I struggled with the application. Although the pencil provided definition it also seemed to apply too much product. My brows were looking dark and chunky. With a little spoolie finessing and some clear brow gel I was able to tone it down.

But then something changed, the more I used the Beach Babe Natural Brows pencil, the better it performed. Now application is like a nice, warm tropical breeze on summer’s night. That might sound a little flowery, but it’s true. I find it very easy to create a brow look that is both natural and precise. I also appreciate how the formula dries down to a soft matte, almost powder-like finish.

Let’s just say when I pair my Beach Babes Natural Eyes and Natural Brows together, my eyes look incredible. They pop to perfection, without looking over done.

Beach Babe, Beach Kiss & Color Wave
Green Beauty Beach Babe and Color Wave lip products

In addition to the liner, Caley Cosmetics also sent me their Beachy Kiss Natural Lip Gloss and Color Wave Natural Lipstick. I also picked up their Beach Babe Natural Lips Liner to pair with the lipstick.

First, let’s talk about the packaging of the gloss and lipstick. They look and feel both modern and feminine. It makes me happy each time I see them sitting on my vanity.

The Color Wave Natural Lipstick, available in 14 colors, features a blend of watermelon, pineapple, hibiscus, jasmine and mango. This combination, along with other good for your lips ingredients, helps hydrate and protect the delicate skin on your lips.

Although I’ve only tried one color, Babydoll a peach nude, I’m very impressed with the pigmentation. The color is rich and very flattering to my skin tone. It’s also the perfect shade for spring and summer.

Green Beauty - Beach Babes Lips and Beachy Kiss Gloss

To complete my perfect pout, I picked up the Beach Babe Natural Lips liner in Coral. Like Baby Doll, it’s a pretty nude. It gives my lips definition, while also preventing from feathering, fading or bleeding.

I typically don’t wear lip liner as much as I did in my colleg days. Of course back in the 90s it was all about the liner, the darker the better. After using the Caley Cosmetics lip liner, I think it’s time I wear it more. The formula is longer wearing and hydrating. Not only does it look good on my lips, but it also feels amazing.

Green Beauty - Lip Swatches

Finally, we have the Beachy Kiss Natural Gloss in Sunshine Sparkle. I really hope the brand expands this  line because this gloss is very unique. It’s not sticky or greasy. Instead, it feels like you are wearing a nourishing oil on your lips.

You can wear the gloss alone, for a boost of hydration and sparkle, or over top your favorite lipstick. I like to pair it with BabyDoll and Coral. It gives my lips that perfect touch of shine I love. I also like to apply it to my lips on no makeup days. It nourishes my lips and gives my face a little boost of radiance.

After trying out all these goodies from Caley Cosmetics, I’m looking forward to seeing what they do in the future. I also hope to try out more of their liners, lipsticks, and the, soon to be released, Sunkissed Mineral Makeup.

Are you a fan of green beauty? Which Caley Cosmetics product would you try first?

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Get Cute Spring Nails

Get Cute Spring Nails

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 I don’t know about you but I’m ready for some bright, glittery, colorful spring nails.  Give me a rainbow of beautiful shades for my fingers and toes. And if they happen to be vegan, 7-free, and have a portion of their proceeds go to charity, all the better.

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Plant-based Eating Made Easy

 

Plant-based eating made easy 

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In the last several years, I’ve moved towards a more plant-based diet. My goal is to eat in a healthier, more sustainable diet, for both myself and the planet. It also allows me to try new foods and to search for interesting new recipes to try. Although, sometimes trying to find all the ingredients can be daunting, but not anymore. With Purple Carrot, I get all the ingredients I need to make plant-based meals delivered directly to my home. It’s simple, delicious, and fun.

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7 Days of Sheet Masks

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A girl’s gotta treat herself and her skin. One way to enjoy a little skin indulgence is by using sheet masks. They allow me to give my skin a boost of hydration, help clean out those pores or reduce signs of aging in about 10-20 minutes. This time I’m staying “Golden” (and glowy) with the FaceTory March 7 Lux Box. And what better way to try out these K-Beauty favorites than with a 7-days of Sheet Masks challenge.

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