OSMIA ORGANICS Haul: Lip Doctor + Soap Samples!

This year I honored Earth Day by placing my first ever order with Osmia Organics! I happened to catch their Instagram stories where founder Sarah Villafranco mentioned they plant two trees for every order on Earth Day, upping their year-round practice of planting one tree for every order placed. It’s such a neat gesture and business practice and I thought I’d take the Earth Day opportunity and finally grab a few things I’ve been wanting to try.

In this mini haul I grabbed the fan favorite Lip Doctor lip balm and a few samples including their Purely Simple Face Cream, Black Clay Facial Soap, and Pumpkin Facial Soap. Osmia kindly included two additional samples of their Oh So Detox Soap and Adzuki Nourishing Mask.

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EVERYDAY MINERALS Haul – Brushes, Blushes & More

It’s been a MINUTE (years, maybe?) since I last shared some makeup around these parts! I recently started using mineral foundation again (I always come back to my good old powders) which happened to make me feel nostalgic for Everyday Minerals – one of the first indie beauty brands I tried when I discovered the online indie/clean beauty space. I thought I’d see what’s going on in their store and I found a few new items to try as well as some classic blushes that I once owned.

Half of the items in this haul were actually free gifts, believe it or not. Right now they have a great gift offer – spend $20 and choose 4 free gifts, or spend $40 and choose 7 free gifts. They let you choose your free gifts from each category of product which is awesome.

I also just joined their referral program and I’m happy to share a great discount with you all – use my link to save 20% on all products in their store!

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A Collector of Seeds: February Boxwalla Beauty Review | VOTARY

It feels like a strange time to post about products considering the seriousness of this pandemic and job losses happening at the moment (and with my own personal pain), but if you guys feel the way that I do, beauty blogs and Instagram scrolling (in addition to intense home cleaning) have been a helpful way to take my mind off of things. In the midst of what’s going on, I lost my father rather tragically and unexpectedly to a non-virus related health condition during the same week my state issued a stay at home order. I’m thankful to have the time that we had with him in the 5 days he was in the hospital, because the day after he passed, the hospital restricted visitation due to the virus as my state is becoming one of the epicenters. Talk about timing. It’s been hard to make sense of anything while dealing with two painful situations at once – life feels unreal and I’m pretty sure we are in the upside down right now.

I hope this blog finds you all safe and healthy and that it serves as a nice distraction in some way from the stress and scariness of it all. Let me know, how are you guys TRULY doing? Let’s chat <3.

Themed “A Collector of Seeds“, Boxwalla’s February Beauty Box* is all about the power of seeds and showcases two full-size products from British-branded Votary’s Super Seed line including their Super Seed Facial Oil ($110 retail value) and Super Seed Nutrient Cream ($102 retail value). The Super Seed line is formulated with seed oils for sensitive skin types and those dealing with inflammation, redness and more. I regret to inform you all that this box is currently sold out in their One-Time box selection, but if you feel swayed to try these products I encourage you to check out Votary’s store! Also, Boxwalla is running a 20% off promotion on the rest of their One-Time box offerings – check out the bottom of this post for more information.

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From the Earth, Slowly: December Boxwalla Beauty Review | LEPAAR

I’m posting this review a lot later than I intended, but website issues love to get in the way of making things happen!

Also, this blog reached its 4 year anniversary this week! If you’ve stuck around with me for this long and still find my reviews informative and enjoyable, I must say thank you for reading and supporting this hobby of mine! I know that my posts are fewer in between these days, but I truthfully don’t have as much content to post because I don’t test and purchase as many products as I used to. I’ve settled into a groove of what I like, I’m more aware of what my skin likes and doesn’t like, and I try to have moments with consistency although that doesn’t usually last. I’m incredibly grateful and appreciative of the brands that still send me PR products to test (I’m in disbelief about it to this day, it feels like a small mark of success!) like Boxwalla has. This December box marks my 3 years that I have been reviewing the ever excellent Boxwalla beauty boxes and I’m eager to see what curations Lavanya has in store for 2020.

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October Boxwalla Beauty Review: AFRICAN BOTANICS Le Masque Hydralift Intense

dream a little dream of me”

African Botanics joined Boxwalla this October for another beauty box curation (you may remember their products from last August and October’s boxes) and I couldn’t be more ready to rave about this box because of the immediate and long-lasting results I have seen with the featured product. I meant to get this review up sooner but simply didn’t have the time – however! it means that I had more time to thoroughly test this beaut of a serum from African Botanics and that is always great for you readers!

Themed “Dream A Little Dream of Me“, the October Beauty Box* showcases a product from African Botanics – the Le Masque Hydralift Intense serum – that is perfect for a little bit of daydreaming as well as to nudge you into the sweetest dreams at night. This multi-tasker is an overnight hydrating mask/serum formulated to increase moisture levels, lift, firm, smooth, replenish, and brighten skin. It’s essentially a lightweight but hard-working facelift in a bottle and this stuff WORKS, which I can’t wait to share more on below.

Although subscriptions for this box have ended, it’s now available in the Boxwalla store as a One-Time October Beauty Box! These are one-time non-renewing purchases that don’t require you to subscribe to the box. These of course make for great holiday and birthday gifts as well!

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My PM Skincare Routine + Products in Rotation & Masks! – 08.2019

Howdy, friends! I’m back again to share the PM portion of my current skincare routines along with the stuff that I keep in rotation and the masks I use and love. If you missed my initial post this week – check out my current AM skincare routine (or, a general idea of what it looks like lately since I’m never consistent!).

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