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Maple Holistics Silk18 Conditioner Review*

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Hey guys! Sorry that it’s been such a long time for me to get a new post up – life has been a little hectic and I’ve been trying to focus on my graphic design career. I need to get better with my time management, focus on more important things and basically – get my ass in check. I’ve been busy with working full time, doing freelance projects on the side and trying to maintain a social life. (Also, the Jonas Brothers are back together, so a lot of my time has been obsessing over them again). 

Today, though, I have a review for you! It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed shampoo or conditioner. Maple Holistics sent me their Silk18 Conditioner to try out, so I’ve been incorporating it into my hair routine for the past couple of weeks. Maple Holistics is a cruelty free brand and their products are made in the United States. They carry shampoo, conditioners, lip balms and personal care items – I definitely want to try out some of their other products.

If you guys have been around for a while, you guys know about my hair but in case you’re new…My hair is pretty dry, gets tangled easily, it’s brittle and I have a lot of breakage. I personally don’t use heat on my hair but I know that using water that’s too hot can damage your hair, but there’s other factors too!

Maple Holistics Silk18 Conditioner is perfect for dry, frizzy and damaged hair. (Ding, ding, ding…that’s my hair). The conditioner is silicone and paraben free, which is a win in my book. It smells like vanilla which I really like – it’s not too strong and to be honest, you’ll catch me sniffing the ends of my hair throughout the day because I love the smell (it’s also incredibly soft).

So, why is it called
Silk18 Conditioner?

The conditioner has a “dreamy blend of eighteen silk amino acids” (x) and contains a few different oils to “promote softer, smoother, more lustrous looking tresses”.

What are my final thoughts?

So, I’ve been using this conditioner for probably a month and a half now – here are my thoughts.

I really like the conditioner – I liked how it made my hair look, feel and smell. It was able to tame my frizz that I get towards my roots and it made my hair feel silky and soft. My hair looked shinier and overall, it just looked better. Again, I love the smell of it. It’s not too overpowering but it does leave your hair smelling fresh and clean. 

I think it’s worth the price ($9.75 for 8oz). You don’t need to use a lot of product like I’ve had to use in the past with previous conditioners. 

Do I recommend it?  I do! If you’re looking for a hydrating conditioner that’s great for sensitive skin, then I say give it a go!

That’s all for the post, I hope you guys enjoyed the post. I also hope that you’ll give Maple Holistics some love, too!Cruelty Free Beauty

Disclaimer: Yes, this product was sent to me to review, but sponsorships/items sent to me do not alter my opinion in anyway. I’m here to help you (my readers) to find new products that you may have never heard about. I am all about giving 100% reviews, whether I’m paid for the review, sent the item or I purchase it myself. Just something to keep in mind for my past/future reviews.

September 15, 2019
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Cruelty Free Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Hey my loves! Mother’s Day is on May 12th and I wanted to make a gift guide featuring cruelty free products to help you out when shopping for gifts this year! I decided to break it into three categories: fragrance, skincare & body care – so you’ll be able to find something that your Mother will love! These are all different price ranges too so I’m sure something will fit into your budget. I personally love shopping at Ulta for beauty products since they always have a coupon available and typically have some pretty great deals. Right now, if you spend $40 on fragrance, you’ll get a free tote with your purchase!

Fragrance


Marc Jacobs Daisy Roller Ball Trio Box – $45

I think that roller ball sets are a really nice gift! You
get the option to try out a few different fragrances without having to buy a
full sized bottle or get a tiny sample. This makes it easier for someone to
really try out the fragrance to see if they like it. I personally LOVE the
smell of the Daisy perfume. I haven’t tried the other versions, but I’m sure
they smell great too!

DefineMe Fragrance Roller Ball Sampler Set – $21

Here is another roller ball sampler set. I haven’t tried DefineMe yet but I’ve really wanted to after hearing a review from Rhian HY! I think this would be a good gift because there’s lots of different scents to choose from so there has to be one in there that she’ll like…maybe she’ll even share with you! I also love the illustrations and “personality” that they’ve given each fragrance.

Harvey Prince Hello Perfume – $57

So this fragrance isn’t available at Ulta, but I just had to include it. I got a sample of “Hello” in a box from somewhere and I absolutely fell in love with it. It is such a gorgeous scent and it’s definitely perfect for Spring. Harvey Prince is cruelty free & vegan and I like their philosophy.

Skincare

Andalou Naturals Age Defying Kit – $19.99

Skincare is important no matter what your age is. I think that this age defying kit would be perfect as a Mother’s day gift! This kit includes a cleansing milk, a toning refresher, an enzyme mask, a peptide perfecting cream and a night repair cream – everything you’d need to start a new skincare regime!

The Body Stop Drops of Youth Set – $49

This is also a good set to get into a skincare routine! I love The Body Shop and so does my mom, so I know that this would be perfect for her. It comes with a youth concentrate and and a face cream.

Michael Todd Beauty 3-in-1 Anti-Aging Eye Corrector – $89

So this is the most expensive thing in this gift guide, but I do think that it’s worth the price. I got my sister a Soniclear from Michael Todd a few years ago for Christmas and she loves it – so I know that Michael Todd is a reliable brand. So this set come with an intensive eye cream treatment meant to reduce fine lines, dark circles and puffiness. This set also comes with a rechargeable Sonic eraser which is an “infusion” device that will make your products reach the deeper layers of your skin.

Body Care

Ulta Beauty Coconut Cream Body Wash – $9.50

You can never go wrong with giving body wash as a gift! It’s frustrating when you run out without realizing and don’t have any back ups to use (unless this only happens to me? hm…) I’ve tried this body wash before in a travel size when I went on a cruise. It smells great and works well – they have other scents too so pick what your mom would like best! These are a great alternative to Bath & Body Works who are NOT cruelty free.

Ulta Beauty Peppermint Moisturizing Foot Balm – $12.50

 This is unfortunately sold out while this post is going up, but try to see if you can find it in your local Ulta store! I think this would be a great item to throw into a pedicure basket that you could easily gift your Mom. Grab a couple nail polishes (I suggest ORLY or Wet N Wild!), a nail file or two, and a bath salt so she can soak her feet. The possibilities are endless!

Ulta Beauty Brightening Vitamin C Body Scrub – $18.50

I looooove body scrubs. I think this one would be perfect as a Mother’s Day gift. You could also add this to a basket with some lotion and a new pair of slippers for a personalized gift!

That’s it for the Mother’s Day Gift Guide! I hope you enjoyed the post. Did anything in this guide spark your interest? Let me know 🙂 Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored by Ulta Beauty and does not contain affiliate links.

April 27, 2019
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GhostPillow Review *

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Hey my loves! I am so happy that it’s finally starting to warm up a little bit in Massachusetts. It’s making it a little easier to get out of bed in the morning, but I can’t only credit the Spring weather. I’ve been trying out this new pillow from GhostBed and it’s really made a difference in my sleep.

First Impressions

When you open up the box, you’ll be surprised at how well a pillow can be packaged! It was wrapped in branded tissue paper and had a nice dust (I suppose that’s what you’d call it?) cover to it. I like that their logo is embroidered into the pillow but I was worried that it was going to interfere with my sleeping, but you won’t even notice that it’s there. I’m a sucker for packaging, so it needs to wow me.

Sleep is so important!

It’s even more important to wake up feeling well rested and refreshed! I like a pillow that’s not too soft but not too hard, something that isn’t bulky or too petite. I’ve always been a fan of memory foam pillows but noticed that some of them would make my neck hurt in the morning because they were too bulky. I tried ones that were thinner but I still woke up with a sore neck. I haven’t experienced any of that since swapping pillows so I’m super pleased.

Cooling Technology in a Pillow

I’m thankful that GhostBed sent me their pillow to try out because it’s seriously perfect! It has cooling technology in it which is so neat and not something I realized I needed. Who knew that you needed a pillow to keep you cool? The pillow is also engineered to keep your head supported without overextending your neck. No need to fluff your pillow to get a good nights rest! I will definitely be purchasing one of these for my boyfriend since he and I have been fighting over it – that’s how good it is! I would also like to point out that they have a 101-Night Sleep Trial which is an awesome perk! The pillow also comes with a 5-year warranty, even better.GhostBed also has mattresses, bedding and accessories. Definitely check them out if you’re in the market for any of those! I highly recommend them. With every purchase you get free shipping, AND a warranty on your product. It’s a win-win.

If you’re in the market for a new pillow that you won’t recommend, I definitely recommend the GhostPillow!

I hope you enjoyed the post and that you’ll check out GhostBed!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Disclaimer: Yes, these products were sent to me to review on behalf of GhostBed and this post is sponsored. Sponsorships/items sent to me do not alter my opinion in any way. I’m here to help you (my readers) to find new products that you may have never heard about. I am all for giving 100% honest reviews, whether I’m paid for the review, the item was sent to me, or I purchase if myself. Just something to keep in mind for my past/future reviews.

March 27, 2019
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