Thursday, January 19, 2012

Product Review: Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash

From my order, check it out here!
(Shave Now)
I have been using this product for about 2 weeks and I must admit I am not super impressed by it. The first time I used it I thought that it might work pretty well if I just kept using it. But, the longer I have been using it the worse it is getting. My first major problem is that it is super drying and I am already struggling with dry skin so with the increased drying this is causing my skin, my skin is on route to horrible. My next problem is is that it is not preventing my acne which is popping up all over my face now (I don't know if it is because of the increased drying or just that the product isn't preventing them). Overall I am currently looking for a new cleanser to replace this one, tonight I tried using the Juice Organics cleanser I also got in my order and hoping that it will help get my skin back into a good condition.

Rating: 2/5
 (While this face wash does seem to get my skin clean, it is majorly drying and doesn't help prevent my acne)

Monday, January 16, 2012

Conscious Box January 2012

Conscious Box January 2012
I know I had said that I only subscribed to Eco-Emi (but I lied), I couldn't resist Conscious Box and all I can say is that I am glad that I subscribed. I am considering doing the 3-month, so I can save $1 each month but I won't bore you with why vs. why not. Here is a lay-out of everything I recieved (15 items!!):
Now I haven't had time to take a seperate picture of each item (so sorry!) but I will list out each item with the estimated value and then give you a final value of the box! They are sort of in order from right to left, so hopefully you can figure out what is what :D

thinkThin Fuit and Nut Crunch Bar- Portable and power packed with nutrition, thinkThin Bars are also gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan. ($1.99)
Jo-Sha Peppermint Wipe- Wipes perfect for your hands, feet and yoga mates. Sanitize and revitalize with every wipe! ($0.64)
CleanWell Hand Sanitizer- CleanWell makes a kid friendly, eco-safe sanitizer that kills 99.99% of germs naturally! ($3.00)
Sacred Chocolate Bite- This was supposed to be given out to people who posted on their facebook page (I didn't but still got it so I won't include it in the total, but it does sound really tasty!)
Raw Revolution Snack Bar- Check out this little snack-power, energy, nutrients and awesome tastes jam-packed into a tiny 100-calories bar. Raw, vegan, organic and free of all the gnarly artificial ingredients. ($.83)
Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil and Gel- Ancient Minerals provides us with an effective, direct way to supplement magnesium. ($3.62 for oil and $2.50 for gel)
Eco-Dent Natural Oral Care Products- Eco-Dent offers a complete line of premium, natural oral care products. (hard to tell again, but estimated at around $3.00)
Wellness Living Tea- This month we saved you some effort- here's one of our favorite teas from It's a smooth, delightful blend of herbs that brings serenity a bit closer to home. ($.23)
World Centric Plastic Cutlery- Work back toward sustainability with GMO-free, plant based and compostable cutlery from World Centric. ($1.64)
Parma! Parmesan- This vegan and GMO-free parmesan will add tons of taste- plus it's packed with omega-3s, B12, and other trace minerals. Adding a little spice to your munchies never tasted so good! (about $.50)
Golden Earth Chakra Oil- Golden Earth brings us invigorating scents that are completely free of any artificial fragrances, colors, synthetic ingredients or perfumes. Aromatherapy that's good for you and the world! (really hard to tell again but I would say about $2.00)
Kelapo Coconut Oil- This coconut oil doesn't just taste great- it's great for your health too! (about $1.00)
Guayaki Tea- With each sip you'll get the strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate, in just one cup. ($.83 for 3 bags)
Green Tara Spirulina Energy Bites- Vegan, raw, and GMO-free and totally delicious. Replace processed commercial energy bars with real food. Grab a guilt-free handful and enjoy! (hard to tell but I would estimate around $2.00)
Core Foods- Core food challenges the belief that portable food can't be both healthy and tasty. ($10.00 gift certificate)

Box Total Estimated Value: $33.78
I must say I LOVE this box and can't wait until next month! I am having so much fun trying everything out :)
Want a review on any of the products in the box? Let me know below and I would be be more than happy to write one.

Thanks so much for reading!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Review: Everyday Minerals

Hey guys! So I have been using these products for about a week or so I would say, and I love them!! My main reason for this purchase was the foundation (part of the 7 samples I got) and it is probably some of my favorite foundation that I have ever tried :)
I ordered 5 different foundation colors and found that the Fair Shade is almost a perfect match. I got it in the It Base, and what is really nice about it is that I feel like it is very build able. If you just want a little coverage or a full on coverage this foundation delivers. It also feels super light on your skin and it sometimes makes me wonder if I am even wearing foundation or not.
Rating: 4/5 (as far as I can tell it is only available online and isn't the cheapest foundation around at $12 for the full size, but I am totally going to repurchase)

Conceal It Kit
I have been on the search for some good concealer that will rid my dark circles for a whole day. I am sad to say that this isn't a miracle in a jar but has reduced my dark circles to where I don't mind them as much. From far away my skin looks flawless but if you are closer to me my dark circles are pretty obvious. As well he little, almost lip gloss-like containers are a pain in the butt to apply. I have been gnawing at it to see if I can get the little rolli-ball applicator off and directly to the powder but no luck so far.
Rating 3/5 (it has fairly good coverage but I was hoping for a little bit more and the tubes are a pain to apply)

Christa's Look Kit
I have only used the eye shadows from this kit because the bronzer and blush are really dark for my skin but I will probably keep them around and use them during the summer. But I must say I am very impressed with the eyes shadows, they last the whole day (and I don't even use a primer) plus I love the colors. If I ever wear eye shadow it is usually always neutral and I am loving these eye shadows
Rating 4/5 (only because I don't feel as though the bronzer and blush would fit my skin-tone but the eye shadows are amazing!!)

Blush Promo Kit
I hate to admit this but I haven't used a single one of the blush samples, I am just not really a blush person and haven't gone anywhere where I feel like I should wear some. But the makeup bag has seen so much use and it is great quality! I am not going to give this a rating because I don't feel like I have any justification but if it counts for anything the makeup bag gets a 5/5 :D
Thanks so much for reading guys! Have something you want me to talk about or review? Let me know below :D

Friday, January 13, 2012

Haul: Everyday Minerals

Reviews of all the following products coming soon!
So Step #2 in my natural quest was to change out my foundation. While I wear very little makeup, foundation is a must for me because my skin has very uneven coloration and dark circles under my eyes. And seeing that I switched out all my other face products in my order (see blog post here) I thought I would ruin all this work by using drugstore foundation. Just for an idea: my old foundation was rated a 4 ( and the pressed powder I used, a 6. I spent quite a while researching companies, and I found that to get the really good natural foundation you basically needed to empty your bank account, which I didn't want to do. I finally stumbled upon Everyday Minerals (foundation rated a 2) and think I may have found my match. They offered a free sample pack of 7 samples, WOW!!! And I think all their products are very reasonably priced. As long I like the products I am sure I will order from them again. But on to the order, here is what I got:

7 Piece Custom Sample Kit (Free but I paid $3.00 so I could qualify for the promo :D)
Christa's Look ($12.00)
Conceal It Kit ($10.00)
Promo: 8-Piece Blush Sample Kit with Makeup Bag (Free)

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Eco-Friendly Etsy Shop :Creative Corks N More

Customized Handmade Vintage Wine Cork Letter LOVE Statue - Vineyard Weddings -  Robert Indiana - Shabby Chic -  Decor
I am so excited to introduce this shop to you! I am in love with their shop and how creative they are with recycling :) They work mostly with wine corks, wine bottles mason jars but they have a vast array of products that can fit a wide range of budgets. They have some super unique items that would fit perfectly in any home. And not to mention the owners are some of the nicest people I have had a chance to work with. Here is just a quick interview with the owners:
1) Tell us a bit about yourself… 
Creative Corks N' More specializes in Eco-Friendly Home and Garden Decor. All of our products are upcycled, fun, functional, and affordable. We love green crafting and we do this to show others how to repurpose for a purpose. You can use less, reuse more, and have fun with garbage. After all, garbage has feelings, too! 

Creative Corks N' More is operated by Tanita & Devon; A very happily engaged couple! Creating is something of a passion for us, which we love to share with others. 

2) When did you know you wanted to be an artist/crafter? 

Being an artist has been my lifelong dream ever since I was a child. Devon and I have both grown up in crafty families so creating has always been daily activities for both of us in our childhood lives. We decided to start sharing our creations on Etsy in March of 2011 and since then, all of our dreams have come true. Both of us have been able to successfully quit our day jobs and we would not feel any more blessed than we do now.

3) What are your favorite item(s) that you sell in your store? I would definitely have to say that our favorite product that we make is our Wine Cork Letters. Each letter takes us approximately 6 hours to make and by the completion of the product, we have put so much thought and care into the piece that it is actually like bonding with the item we are creating.

4) Where does the inspiration for your items come from? We believe that there is a purpose for everything and the inspiration to create comes from absolutely anything. I would say that our main inspiration comes from the recycled materials we are working with.

5) Why did you decide to start your store? We have always wanted to share our creations with others but actually did not hear about Etsy until 2011. From the second Etsy was suggested to us, we immediately knew that this was our calling.

6) Where would you like to be in 10 years (with your shop and life)? This is a very difficult question for us! We tend to focus on all of our short term goals and have never thought about 10 years down the road. I can only image how our business will evolve in the next ten years.

7) Anything else you would like to say? Thank you so very much for giving us the opportunity to express our philosophy and share our products. This means the world to us and we are so very grateful. Thank you again, Colette! 

Now, I wanted to feature a couple of their products but picking just a few is so hard! Every time I think I have decided on a product I see another one that I also want to include. But I have finally decided on my top three items and my favorite item (which is the LOVE statue pictured above), enjoy!
Set of 6 Mason Jar Hanging Tea Light Lantern / Luminaries
Set of 6 Mason Jar Hanging Tea Light Lantern / Luminaries ($39.50)
Pint Soap or Lotion Dispenser Mason Jar - SALE
Pint Soap or Lotion Dispenser Mason Jar ($12.50)
Customized Handmade Vintage Wine Cork Letter - Large Size - We Have EVERY Letter
Customized Handmade Vintage Wine Cork Letter - Large Size - They Have EVERY Letter (67.50)

Go check out this shop right now, you won't regret it!! 

Thanks so much for reading,
Colette :D