Clean Skincare That’s Affordable and Travel-Friendly

My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini Kit

Finding skincare that’s both travel-friendly and inexpensive is quite the challenge. However, it’s a challenge I’m ready for. While I’m not traveling anytime soon, I am moving. I have to pack everything up and can only use certain products, so it’s the perfect time to test out some travel-size products from My ALCHEMY Skincare.

About My ALCHEMY Skincare

My ALCHEMY Skincare is a cruelty-free and clean skincare brand that wants you to stay as young as you feel using products with healthy aging ingredients. They learned firsthand “the impact of self-care and nutrition on our bodies, both inside and out.” Inspired by cancer, the mother-daughter team had one goal in mind – “to offer every [BODY] knowledge to empower healthy choices as we strive to help you live your best life toxic-free.” 

My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini still in packaging
My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini Kit in the included pouch
My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini Kit

Products Sent

I was sent and able to test the Travel Mini [$65] kit. Perfect for traveling or when you’re in the middle of a move, and you don’t have a ton of space or everything readily available.

What’s inside the kit:

  • Wildcrafted Cleanser
  • Rose Hydrosol Spritzer
  • Illuminate Face Serum
  • Towelettes
  • Vitamini

The website also shows you how to use each product, which I think comes in handy.

Each product is:

  • Wildcrafted and organic ingredients
  • Free: of toxins, sulfates, phthalates, parabens, petrochemicals, silicone, talc, artificial fragrance and colors, fillers, synthetic chemicals.
  • Cruelty-free, Leaping Bunny Certified
  • Vegan
  • Recyclable & reusable bottles
  • Made in the USA
My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini Face Cleanser
My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini Face Hydrosol
My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini Face Serum
My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini Towelette in packaging
My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini Towelette Case

Travel Mini Review

I recently decided to go solely cruelty-free and clean. I don’t believe in animal testing, there’s no need for it, and I will not use brands that still do this. This kit is nice. It truly is. I have crazy sensitive skin, so of course, I was a bit nervous to try everything. My skin reacted nicely. They don’t take up a lot of space on my bathroom skink, you don’t need to use a ton of products, and there are no horrible scents.

This kit is an excellent option if you’re looking to try a new brand, you want to go cruelty-free, or you are doing some traveling soon and want travel-friendly products. While I do like these products and didn’t have any issues, I’d recommend testing them out before you travel. It’s always best to know a product works for you before heading out on vacation.

Overall Thoughts

The price might seem high for a travel kit, but the quality is marvelous and well worth it. I’m always looking for great deals and ways to save money, but when it comes to skincare, I’ll spend the money if it’s amazing. And it is.

Exploring New Beauty Products with C’est Moi

We tried the Visual Artist Makeup Crayon set and excited to share what we think. Did you know this set can be found at Target!?

Visual Artist Makeup Crayon Set - Front of Packaging
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When it comes to makeup, I always tell people to do what makes them happy. If you want to go neutral, do it. If you want to wear the boldest shadows, rock it out! Makeup lets us explore who we are and our creativity. However, many people don’t always have the money to expand their collection, especially if they’re unsure whether or not the bold colors will work out. This is where brands like C’est Moi come into play. 

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About the Brand & What was Sent

This clean beauty brand offers a wide variety of products from skincare to color cosmetics. I’ve been called “basic” many times because I always go for the neutral shadows, so when I was given the opportunity to step outside my typical comfort zone, I couldn’t say no. The brand was kind enough to send their Visual Artist Makeup Crayon (set of 6) to try out, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on these and try something different. The six shades in the set include:

  • Night: Black
  • Ruby: Red
  • Sapphire: Navy Blue
  • Leaf: Green
  • Daffodil: Bright Yellow
  • Dove: White

There are many benefits to using these products, which include:

  • Made for delicate skin types
  • NO – Talc, Fragrance, Parabens, Phthalates, Sulfates, Mineral oil, or Propylene Glycol
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Clinically tested on sensitive skin
  • Hypoallergenic
Visual Artist Makeup Crayon Set - Front of Packaging
Visual Artist Makeup Crayon Set - The Back of Packaging
Visual Artist Makeup Crayon Set - Side View of Pencils

Visual Artist Makeup Crayon

The shadow pencils glide on nicely and fairly easy to work with. Everyone is different, but sometimes you have to work quickly with cream products to avoid any creasing. My eyelids crease like you wouldn’t believe, so I have to work quickly – other people may not. The colors are fun, bright, and can be used with any bold eye look you’re going for. At the price point $25 for the Visual Artist Makeup Crayon set of 6, it’s worth stepping outside your normal looks to try something new.

The white makes a great base to help eye shadows pop more, and the black works as a liner, as long as you set it with a black shadow. If you’re really good and working with cream products and shadows, the Visual Artist Makeup Crayon can also be used to darken up your look a little bit.

Overall Thoughts

While $25 can be a little bit more than what some people may want to spend, but you are getting six shadow sticks in the Visual Artist Makeup Crayon set to work with. That’s less than $5 a pencil. I’m enjoying these shadow pencils, and it works out great that they’re a clean brand since I’m moving to only use clean and cruelty-free brands

We Put This Popular Skin Care Regimen to The Test

We Put This Popular Skin Care Regimen to the Test
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As I age, my skincare needs change. It’s almost as though I finally find a great routine that works for me and my skin reaks havoc all over again. Hormones, stress, and even seasons play such a large part when it comes to healthy skin. So I find myself once again spending countless hours searching the internet for skin care regimen to suit my needs. The problem is, I am clueless on which products to use in conjunction with others or how to nourish my skin in a way that won’t need a change of routine a few months out. Oz Naturals, however, has catered the best skin care regiment for my skincare needs so I decided to put it to the test.

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Moms- 4 Ways To Treat Yourself Better

I ask myself this a lot…what about ME? Moms are always giving to others, but you need to give back to yourself too. No one is going to take care of you, so here are some ideas/products to treat yourself better!

Drink Your Water

All my life I have heard…did you drink your water? No I’m not too fond of water, yes I get it I need it. But do I like it, NO! I try to drink plain water, but it just isn’t my thing. So since I need to be that example, I need water that has flavor. Being healthier is the number one way on how you can treat yourself better. Plus I can get my veggies and vitamins in too!

Unboxing:

Yep…flavored water but I’m also going to take it a step farther- water that gives me my daily dose of green nutrition plus tastes fantastic. I’m talking about AMAZING GRASS. They have tablets you put in water. By the way, Green Effervescent tablets are PERFECT for the mom on the go. You can get flavors that help with energy, hydrate, detox, and even beauty tablets.  

4 Ways Moms Can Treat Themselves!

 If you want to go all out and get on the drink water kick with me, then you need the Eff Your Water Kit which is terrific. You will get one branded glass water bottle with sleeve, five effervescent tubes including Lemon Lime, Energy Tropical, Hydrate Strawberry Lemonade, Detox Lemon Charcoal, & Beauty Pink Lemonade, plus fun collateral and one pack of Eff Your Water stickers!

All you have to do is drop an effervescent tablet into your drink, making it the most novel and convenient way to get a daily dose of green nutrition. The tablets are made with the brand’s proprietary alkalizing greens blend, including wheatgrass, barley grass, alfalfa, spirulina, and chlorella, plus more than 30 antioxidant superfoods to help support immunity.

They offer a variety of functions:

  • Detox is great for those that are interested in detoxification, especially after a fun weekend. It includes 7+ cleansing superfoods to support the elimination of toxins. 
  • Beauty can help you reach that glow you’ve been striving for with biotin, collagen, and reviving botanicals. 
  • Energy comes in handy for those that need a boost once the 2 pm slump comes around! One tablet contains 85 mg plant-based caffeine from green tea extract. 
  • Hydrate is comprised of electrolytes. It’s especially convenient for the people (mostly everyone) that forgets to drink half a gallon of water a day, especially with these hot summer days.

I love the fact I can have different flavors and it helps me get my water intake in plus my greens, antioxidants, and vitamins. Mama is getting her healthy on with all these healthy water tablets.

Take Care Of Your Skin

I’m in my 50’s and skincare is a big thing for me! It really doesn’t matter what age you are, taking care of your skin is definitely a way to give back to yourself. Every morning I take time to do a beauty routine that gets me in the mood for the day.

First, make sure the products you use don’t have a bunch of junk in them- you know they make your face greasy and then you break out- stop using those products. You want all-natural products that will have you looking clean, healthy and of course looking amazing.

My favorite brand is SOMA AYURVEDIC because it works!

But also it has all-natural- ingredients that come from the most biodiverse forests. It is plant-based and vegan which enhance and maintain natural collagen levels to keep skin elastic. My face is so smooth after I use SOMA AYURVEDIC! A skincare routine is a great way to treat yourself better.

I’ve been using the vitamin C serum, anti-aging cream, and under-eye gel for a couple of weeks now and OMG my face is looking so healthy. I don’t look like I haven’t slept in months and my face has a glow to it now. Even my husband who barley comments on how I look even noticed how healthy my face looks. Let’s just say I’ve been taking a lot more selfies, lately.

Create An Oasis

My Backyard Oasis

Home is where the heart is right…well it also is where everyone wants Mom to do everything for them so I created an area where I can go relax. I created a Summer Oasis for myself out in the backyard. What a wonderful way to give back to yourself- create your own space. Now it’s nothing like a SHE SHED but it is my space that I enjoy every day. When I need time away from the chaos of life and family I head to the backyard.

I’ve been wanting to do this for years by the way. But guess what never took the time to do it- not this year and I had help from Decocrated.

The Deoccrated Summer Box gave me the inspiration I needed to get my oasis started. Plus it was really fun getting a box full of decor items that are colorful, functional, and perfect for the summer. The summer box has a hostess with the mostess vibe going on and I love it. Colors are amazing and I’m digging the tropical theme- who doesn’t like Flamingos.

4 Ways Moms Can Treat Themselves!

The art print can be framed and reused in the home. It also has two sides so you can utilize both prints and change up the decor.

The apron and napkins can be used year-round since they are my favorite colors. Omg…you need to check out Pinterest for fun things to do with a cloth napkin. My husband thinks the apron is for him but no way it is way too pretty for him to wear it while BBQ’ing but I sure will rock it at my many summer parties.

4 Ways Moms Can Treat Themselves!

The box art can be displayed inside too. Create a relaxing oasis on your bookcase too. I love to feature it on our wall outside for now. Which also features the wood plaque. The plaque has two sides and this plaque definitely will be hung inside by my desk after summer.

4 Ways Moms Can Treat Themselves!

The HELLO hook will be hanging by the front door soon- but for now, it’s outside holding the cute TIC TAC TOE travel game.

My daughter and I play this game almost every night outside. By the way, you can also throw this game in your beach bag for a day trip. Tic Tac Toe is a fun game to play, no matter what age.

The vessel can hold all kinds of items outside and inside- think bills and stationary. Outside it holds the napkins, utensils, and seasonings. I can use this vessel for so many things in the house.

4 Ways Moms Can Treat Themselves!

The lantern is my favorite item in the box because I’ve always wanted one. It is outside now and holds candles. When I bring it inside I might use it for a plant that has an ugly vase.

Thank you Decocrated, pronounced (DECO-CRATED), a new quarterly (seasonal) home décor subscription box for my inspiration for creating an outside summer oasis for me to unwind and relax. The box has over $200 worth of items that you can use all year round and is priced under $80. Love this deal.

Eat Cookies!

We all need cookies in our life, right? How about a cookie that is healthy? What the heck is a healthy cookie- well CompletEats is a plant-based grab-and-go cookie that is gluten-free, vegan, 7 grams of protein, full of Omega-3s and fiber. See healthy.

4 Ways Moms Can Treat Themselves!

They have three flavors: Cherry Almond, Mocha Chip, and Chocolate Chia. And each cookie has 6-7 ingredients and all are sourced in California. Since I live in California I knew I had to try these cookies. Healthy cookies are also a cool way to treat yourself better!

Each cookie has 7 grams of protein, full of Omega-3s, and fiber. CompletEats cookies are perfect for before and after your workouts and will keep you full and energized throughout the day.  Now that is a cookie- that is recommended with exercise.

See it’s not all healthy stuff but fun stuff to treat yourself!

MOM’S you need to treat yourself better and I hope you think about some of these products or ideas to create a happier and healthier you!

Since we are on the subject of MOMS…please read Cool Updates for Mom

Let us know how you treat yourself – comment below

Take Ageing to Task

Ageing, it happens to us all but that doesn’t mean we have to give into it gracefully. In our hyper connected world we have makeup and styling advice at the mere click of a button. So if you’re looking to update your style as you grow just a little bit older then look no further than this guide. It’s time to take ageing to task. Let us show you how to get started.

Take Ageing to Task

We’re looking at tips and tricks to keep those wrinkles at bay but also some great lifestyle choices you can make to help skin out as it ages.

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Shave Less with These Subtle Changes

Summer is here and the weather is HOT! It is safe to assume, we have all taken our shorts, skirts, and bathing suits out of the closet. This also means adding the extra time during our shower to shave. No more pants or sweats to cover up that hair sadly! I have to admit that shaving is my least favorite part of summer. It only takes a few minutes but I loathe feeling like the smoothness of my legs isn’t lasting as long as I would like it to.

Shave Less With These Subtle Changes
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Nanacoco – Affordable Brushes Worth Getting?

Nanacoco Professional Brushes

Affordable brushes that are high quality can be tricky to find. When it comes to beauty products, I can’t resist trying out new brushes. Having a high quality, and affordable brush can really make or break your finished look. I’m always looking for quality brushes that will apply my makeup beautifully and natural looking. I was excited when I was given the opportunity to try out Nanacoco Professional Brushes.

A Little About the Brand

I’ll admit, I don’t know much about this brand, but I love discovering new or new to me brands. They are one of the few makeup brands that have a beauty news blog attached to their website, which I absolutely love. It shows they’re keeping up with what’s going on in the beauty world while creating quality products.

The company continues to evolve and update its cruelty-free products to match the growing and changing beauty trends. They work to create iconic color cosmetics and high-quality, affordable brushes. They want to be a brand that inspires everyone to be the best version of him or herself, starting with a lipstick.

AirFair Brushes Review

I was sent the AirFair Angled Powder Brush and the AirFair Concealer Brush. The look of the brushes is sleek and sophisticated. They feel absolutely amazing. So soft and smooth. You can say they look and feel like luxury brushes, but they’re affordable.

The angled powder brush ($17.99) applies loose and solid powder perfectly. I like that it’s an angled brush because it makes applying the product evenly around the nose area easy for a precise finished look. Personally, I want my brushes to do the work, without making things difficult.

The concealer brush ($10.99) packs on product nicely. For concealer, I like to apply the product to my under eye area with the brush and smooth it out even more with my ring finger.

More about the angled powder brush:

  • 100% Synthetic fiber brush
  • Hand-cut shaped hair
  • Dense and soft hair
  • Cruelty-free
  • Newly innovated technology bristle allows better pigment pickup

Overall Thoughts

If you’re looking for new, affordable brushes to try, then I definitely recommend these. They’re super affordable, high-quality, and helps apply makeup perfectly. I already have a list of other brushes that I want to order and test out. In the past, I would recommend Real Techniques brushes, but I may have a new favorite affordable brush brand!

Who are your favorite brands for makeup brushes? Let us know in the comments below!

Because Men Want Perfect Skin Too…

Nowadays we live in a society whereby men are getting more and more conscious about their appearance. In the past, fake tan, skin care products and alike, would have been laughed at. However, today they are man’s best friends. And, why shouldn’t they be? After all, who doesn’t want to look great and feel great?

Because Men Want Perfect Skin Too… We share tips on how men can care for their skin.

Because Men Want Perfect Skin Too...

Men deserve to pamper themselves with great skincare products too! Keeping that in mind, read on to discover some of the best skin care tips for men specifically. We will also provide some useful advice on hair removal too. After all, no one wants an irritating rash on their skin!

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Update Your Beauty Routine To Boost Your Confidence

Like any busy woman, you’ve probably “tried and tested” beauty routines that work for you. You have your preferences set. Why change? You stick to your routine so you can get on with your day, on time, and feeling your best. However, with the beauty industry and world constantly evolving, there are always new ways to give yourself a confidence boost, gain inspiration, and ensure that you can walk out the door with a spring in your step. The best thing is, you can change or update as much, or as little, as you like. Finding joy and creativity in your pampering, beauty, and self-care processes, will always bring goodness and have a positive impact on your life, and you’ll be smiling more often. Even if you try something out that’s not for you; you’ll be helping to discover what’s a great fit.

Update Your Beauty Routine To Boost Your Confidence

Are you looking to update your beauty routine to boost your confidence?

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Pack Everything You Need in This Toiletry Organizer

Ellis James Designs Quilted Toiletry Bag
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As a blogger, I used to travel to different beauty events in the Los Angeles area. I’ll admit, I’m not exactly a light packer, but I’m also not an “I may need this heavy sweater in July” person either. However, I do pack a little more than I need to, which means I’m stuck bringing two toiletry bags. If you’re an over-packer and you want to get things down to one bag, I have one that you need to get. Now, I can fit everything I need in just one affordable toiletry organizer from Ellis James Designs.

Quilted Hanging Toiletry Bag

I recently had the opportunity to test out the Ellis James Designs Quilted Hanging Toiletry Organizer. I don’t like to spoil things this early in a post, but man, this is amazing! It almost makes me want to over pack because of all the room you get! Let’s start out with the basics:

  • Dimensions: 12 W x 9 L x 6 D inches
  • Materials: Soft Touch Quilted Nylon
  • Water-Resistant and Padded for Protection

There’s a hook design so you can hang your bag wherever you want. The multi-functional pockets and holders with a detachable pouch, make organizing your products easy. The small pouch fits perfectly in larger handbags.

Ellis James Designs Organizer

Ellis James Designs Organizer Aerial View

Ellis James Designs Organizer Front Pouch

Ellis James Designs Organizer Opened

How Much Can You Pack?

While this toiletry bag can fit a lot of products, and it’s best to work it so that you fit everything you need.

The pouch by the hook is where I put my skincare. When traveling, you’re allowed travel size products and my skincare fits perfectly there. If needed, I can also fit a small bar of soap, and a mini shampoo and conditioner.

The middle pouch holds my face products: foundation, concealer, powder, bronzer, blush, primer, and highlighter. The last pouch is my eye and lip products. I don’t use a lot of the two, so they both fit perfectly there. The last pouch is where I put my brushes in. I like to keep those separate since I do clean my brushes even when I travel. The little pouch I use for extra medicine, and anything else I can fit in there that I’ll need.

Ellis James Designs Organizer Hanging Side

Ellis James Designs Organizer Middle Compartment

Ellis James Designs Organizer all the way opened

Ellis James Designs Organizer hook

Ellis James Designs Organizer large compartment side

Ellis James Designs Organizer small detachable pouch

Ellis James Designs Organizer large compartment

Overall Thoughts

The Ellis James Designs Quilted Toiletry Organizer is absolutely amazing. It fits everything I need when I travel, and the quality is incredible. It lasts through road trips and being pushed around in my luggage. This particular organizer comes at an affordable price of $45.95, and it’s definitely worth it.

If you’d like to see a packing like a pro blog post, let us know in the comments below! Be sure to share our packing tricks as well!