All Day Coverage With Cruelty Free Cosmetics

As a busy professional, I need makeup that will last all day. I may be stuck at my desk, in meetings all day, or I just have so much going on, I don’t have time to worry about my makeup melting away. I found a reliable brand that offers all day coverage and they offer cruelty free cosmetics.

Merle Norman Products
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Tried-And-True Cruelty Free Makeup Products That Are Worth Your Money

When it comes to makeup, I am picky. I started looking at ingredients when my son was born. Whether it was household cleaning products and even my own makeup products. For many years, I stuck with natural mineral makeup. Now, I focus on cruelty free and natural beauty!

We tried a brand that offers tried-and-true makeup products that are worth your money!

Tried-And-True Cruelty Free Makeup Products That Are Worth Your Money
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I’ve seen OFRA Cosmetics everywhere online. OFRA Cosmetics is also available at ULTA Beauty too. I only had one of their products on hand and enjoy using it. It’s one of their highlighters! Since I am fairly new to their brand, I am thankful they offered to send me a variety of products. I gave them the foundation colors I use from another brand and they sent me two foundations to try. 

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Keeping Your Stuff Sand Free at the Beach

Is there anyone else who can agree that summer is pretty much the best thing ever? Warm sunshine, trips to the beach, and lots of relaxing time! The beach is definitely my happy place. The toasty sand and blue water make me a calmer, happier person. The only thing I’m not a fan of is trying to keep our belongings sand-free at the beach!

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Discover Eco-Friendly Clothing That’s Super Comfy

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.

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Need Help with Pain Management and Inflammation: Try Lokus All-Natural Dietary Supplements

Lokus Products - Full Spectrum Oil 750mg Soft-Gel Capsules and Full Spectrum Oil 250mg
Lokus Products – Full Spectrum Oil 750mg Soft-Gel Capsules and Full Spectrum Oil 250mg
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About the Company

Lokus is a US company that offers dietary supplements made from CBD. All of their products are made in the US and are all natural. Their products boast relief from anxiety, stress, insomnia, pain, inflammation, acne, arthritis, and Multiple Sclerosis.

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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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My Trip to the Local CBD Store

My Trip to a Local CBD Store

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Although I’ve been using CBD for the past several months, I still can’t believe how much it is helping me. It reduces my anxiety and stress levels, improves my skin, and helps manage pain. While my CBD knowledge continues to grow, I still feel like there is a lot to learn. When I was given the chance to try out products from a local CBD store, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to interview the owners. I wanted to learn more about CBD in general, how the products are made, and who could benefit from using them.

Local CBD Store in Ocala

Since my dad lives not too far from Ocala, Fl I took him when dad I went meet with Michael Oliva, the owner of Your CBD Store Ocala. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I arrived. What exactly does a CBD Store look like? Would it have a drugstore feel or look like a doctor’s office? And what would my dad think about this whole CDB thing (more on that later)?

When we walked into Your CBD Store Ocala, we found a beautifully, designed boutique, with a spa-like feel. It was welcoming and modern and really well thought out. All of the different types of CBD products are well organized and easy to find.

Where does your CBD come from?

There are a lot of CBD products on the market, with more coming out every day it seems. But how much do we know about these products? The reality is, not all CBD is equal. Just because you can find it in-stores or online for a cheap price doesn’t mean it’s safe or effective. There is a reason the good stuff has a higher price tag.

If I’m going to put CBD on my body or in my body, I want to know where it comes from and what processes the manufacturer uses to ensure its efficacy and safety. I asked Michael about his CBD based products:

Your CBD Store Ocala

“We get all of our CBD from a farm in Colorado Springs. It is then sent to an FDA-approved facility in Tampa for extraction. We don’t use any chemicals in the process. We use a warm-based CO2 extraction, the most effective process for extracting CBD, to turn the solid product into a liquid form. The extraction process is performed twice. The second time removes any traces of THC.

“The product is then sent for third-party testing at a lab in either Gainesville, FL or Arizona. All of our testing results, for each product, can be found on our website or by scanning the QR code on some of our products. We do this to be completely transparent, so you know exactly what you are getting.”

This is one of the things that set Michael’s CBD store and products apart from others. They want to make sure people are getting the best products so they can experience the most benefit. The ability to be able to go online and see what’s in the product you’ve bought, as well as the lab test results, is both impressive and reassuring.

Finding the right CBD product

CBD can be used to relieve pain, anxiety, depression, migraines, nausea, addiction, insomnia, and seizures, just to name a few. For this reason, CBD products are offered in a variety of formats, from liquid to gummies. The choice for which product is right for you really depends on your lifestyle or needs.

Beauty and Wellness CBD Store Products

Michael’s CBD store offers several, including:

  • Vape cartridge, pen, and vape juice – this is ideal for anyone who deals with triggered anxiety or suffers from panic attacks. Vaping helps provide you with immediate anxiety relief
  • Gummies – these work great for anyone who has sleep issues. They metabolize throughout the night, so they help you fall and stay asleep. Gummies are a great alternative to RX sleep aids because they don’t give those crazy side effects
  • Water soluble (liquid and pill form) – this liquid form of CBD can be put in water, juice, tea, coffee, etc. It’s not as fast acting as vaping but you will begin to feel the effects within 5-10 min. The pill form provides the same relief/benefits as the liquid but takes a little longer to take effect because you have to metabolize it
  • Oil/Tinctures – a liquid form of CBD taken sublingually, or under the tongue, which is absorbed within 30-60 seconds. It’s available in a range of strengths to offer varying degrees of relieve for different conditions. Lower dosages are ideal for stress and anxiety, whereas higher doses are ideal for dealing with cancer pain, ALS, Parkinson, or chronic pain
  • Pet Products – available in treat form or tincture. They help to reduce anxiety, eliminate skin irritations, and other doggy-related health issues.
  • Beauty Products –  available in bath bombs (100 mg of CBD), body lotion, collagen cream, lip balm, and topical pain creams. These products help to soothe and calm the body, improve skin texture, reduce inflammation and encourage skin repair. They are also beneficial for treating eczema, wrinkles, fine lines, and arthritis

 

Trying out Some Local CBD Store Products

 Michael was kind enough to give me a goodie bag of products to try out. My dad also bought a tincture to try and I later ordered him the topical pain cream. Since our meeting, I’ve also bought myself a bottle of their water-soluble CBD. I’ve been using all of the products for a little over a month and they’ve become staples in my beauty and wellness routine.

 

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CBD Store Sunflora Beauty Products

Let’s first talk about the beauty products. I tried out the Body Lotion, Lip Balm, Collagen Cream, and bath bombs. All of which are now going to be must-haves in my beauty routine. The bath bomb does exactly what it should do, relax and calm. It was a real treat to my once a week, self-care, bubble bath. I will be ordering more very soon.

 

The Body Lotion and the Lip Balm are incredibly healing and soothing. After deciding to wear a pair of booties without socks all day, my feet were on the verge of blisters. I put some body lotion on my feet before I went to bed and woke up to feet that were no longer red or irritated. In other words, my skin loves this stuff. I will definitely be bringing the lotion and the lip balm on my upcoming Disney trip because I know my entire body will need the extra TLC.

 

I’m also enjoying the Collagen Cream. Since it contains Vitamin  E and Marine Collagen, I use it every other morning, as an alternative to my Vitamin C serum. It helps even out the tone and texture of my skin, as well as reduce dryness and soften fine lines.

 

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CBD Store Edible and Water Soluble products

Next up are the Hard Candies and Water Soluble CBD. First off, the candies taste amazing. You almost forget that they aren’t just a sweet treat, but also another way to take your CBD. These are great for on the go.

 

The Water Soluble CBD in Natural is something I use on a daily basis. I fill up the dropper and add it to my tumbler of water. Ingesting my CBD this way ensures I don’t forget to take it, while also giving me the benefits I need. It improves my overall health and reduces anxiety, stress, and fluctuations in mood. This is something I will continue to use because I notice a difference when I don’t.

 

I’m thankful that I was able to spend some time at Your CBD Store Ocala. Thanks to Michael, I feel like I have an even greater understanding of CBD; the manufacturing process, the variety of products available, and how it can truly benefit mental health, pain management, and general health.

 

If you have any questions or want product recommendations, you can reach out to Michael at ocala@cbdrx4u.com, or visit him at Your CBD Store Ocala, 500 SW 10th St. #107 Ocala, FL 34471, (352) 421-8865.

 

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Can Hemp-Based CBD Products Help you?

Can Hemp-Based CBD Products help you_

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As the legalization of medical/recreational marijuana expands throughout the US, more CBD products are becoming available to the consumer. This new movement has piqued my curiosity about the benefits of using hemp-based CBD products. How they can help? What different types of are available? Are there differences between products?

In addition to trying to find the answers to my questions, I’ve also been experimenting with balms, lotions, powders, and tinctures. Today, I’ll be sharing my insight after using the Curaleaf Hemp lotion and tinctures.

What is Hemp-Based CBD?

Before I talk about hemp-based CBD (cannabidiol), let me clarify one thing, CBD will not get you high. Why? Unlike marijuana, CBD doesn’t contain THC, which is the psychoactive that gives you the “high” feeling.

Hemp-based CBD - Curaleaf Infographic

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Curaleaf Hemp derives its CBD from cannabis sativa plants grown in Kentucky and Colorado. Interestingly enough, CBD is only one of the hundreds of compounds found in the plant.  In order to utilize this compound, Curaleaf Hemp puts its plants through a C02 extraction process, which takes place in Kentucky and Maine.

Before the hemp-based CBD products are delivered to your door or a Curaleaf location near you, they are tested by 3rd party labs. This testing ensures you are receiving the most effective, high-quality ingredients, which are free of toxins, such as pesticides. No matter what CBD products you are using, it is important to know where you CBD comes from and how it is tested. Remember, not all CBD is the same.

How can CBD help?

Hemp-based CBD products from Curaleaf

One of the reasons for the recent rise in hemp-based CBD popularity is its ability to benefit your body’s endocannabinoid system. This system contains receptors which regulate pain, mood, appetite, stress, memory, and the immune system.

When you take CBD, you encourage your body to use more of these receptors, which can help reduce pain, inflammation, and anxiety levels. Some studies have shown that CBD may be to help combat neurological disorders and even cancer.

Topical CBD Lotion

Hemp-based CBD products Menthol lotion

For a variety of reasons, I tend to suffer from neck and shoulder pain. The tension and pain tend to increase after long hours on the computer or when I hit my workouts hard. To treat this pain, I usually use an OTC anti-inflammatory. Occasionally, I will use OTC pain patches in an attempt to avoid taking too many anti-inflammatories, which can be damaging to your liver and digestion. As much as I love these patches, they can be a little challenging to use.

When I discovered CBD topical lotions, I was beyond excited. Topical CBD products typically come in creams, lotions, and even balms. You can use them to treat localized pain by applying the product directly to the skin. The result is fast-acting pain relief.

Hemp-based CBD Products Lotion swatches

I’ve been using the Curaleaf Hemp CBD Lotion in Menthol for a little over a month to relieve muscle pain and even menstrual cramps. This lotion contains full spectrum CBD oil, in addition to shea butter, argan oil, coconut oil, and aloe vera. It’s not only soothing to the skin, it really does a great job of relieving muscle and joint pain on contact and for several hours after application.

Each time I apply the lotion to my neck, shoulders, back, legs, or even lower stomach, I experience the relief I need. I no longer have to automatically reach for Advil or Tylenol, etc. CBD topical lotion has now become a staple in my muscle, pain relief arsenal.

CBD Tincture Drops

Another popular delivery method for hemp-based CBD is by mouth. It is believed that your body is better able to absorb and metabolize the effects of CBD when taken sublingually or orally.

Curaleaf Hemp offers five different types of tincture drops designed to help with digestion, muscle recovery, energy and focus, stress, and mood. The brand was kind enough to send me their Relieve and Revive drops to try.

Hemp-based CBD products Curaleaf tinctures

  • Relieve
    • A combination of 25 mg of natural derived hemp CBD, 0mg THC, refined coconut oil, hempseed oil, stevia, and lavender sweet orange essential oils
    • The anti-inflammatory benefits and calming properties of the essential oils, combined with CBD, help relieve muscle and joint pain
  • Revive
    • A combination of 25 mg of natural derived hemp CBD, 0mg THC, refined coconut oil, hempseed oil, stevia, and lemon bergamot essential oils
    • The blend of CBD and Vitamin C help improve energy and focus

Hemp-based CBD products tincture dropper

Both tinctures have a citrus flavor with an oily texture. They feature a 1 ML dropper which you use to take the product, either orally or topically. I personally only use the tinctures orally, once a day. While I haven’t had a chance to try the Revive tincture, I have been using the Relieve. (Note: In order to properly test out the tinctures in a timely fashion, I was only able to use one at a time. I will update this post after I finish using Revive.)

I definitely notice a difference in my muscle recovery when I use Relieve. As I mentioned above, I’ve been hitting my workouts a lot harder in the last few months, with the goal of working out six days a week.

Hemp-based CBD Products Tincture swatches

Since I’m not in my twenties, my muscles don’t recover as fast. Using Relieve, does help reduce my muscle and joint pain. It’s not a magical cure all, as my muscles are still sore. However, they are not as sore as they have been and I’m able to more effectively keep up my current fitness routine.

Final thoughts on CBD

CBD can provide you with many benefits, from reducing pain to boosting your mood. If you are considering trying out hemp-based CBD products, check out both the lotion and the tinctures from Curaleaf Hemp. They have both made a noticeable difference in my life.

For more information on CBD, check out all our Beauty Brite CBD posts.

 

Have you tried CBD? Would a lotion or hemp-based CBD tincture work best for you?

 

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Become a Natural Deodorant Overachiever

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I can’t remember the last time I used regular deodorant or antiperspirant.  It’s been at least six years, if not more. I chose to make the switch to natural deodorant for two reasons. The first being health and the second because the deodorants I was using weren’t working.

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Get Your Clean On

Get Your Clean On--Vacmaster Wet Dry Shop Vac-Shabby Chick Natural Products

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One of the great constants of life is that there will always, always be something that needs cleaning. It’s just the way of the universe.

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