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Nolaskinsentials Review *

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Hey my loves! It’s been a while since I did a beauty related review/haul, so I’m so happy that I finally have some time today to write this post about some goodies I got from Nolaskinsentials a while ago. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been raving about some of these products from Nolaskinsentials and how I’ve incorporated them into my skin care regimen.

Birth control has totally changed my skin, so I’ve been breaking out a lot more and my skin has become oily. I know that there’s not much you can do about hormonal acne but these products have helped to clear up my breakouts quicker.

Nolaskinsentials is a small business located in New York. Everything is handcrafted, plant-based (hell yes!) and affordable.

Clarifying Face Wash – $18

This is my fave face wash at the moment! My skin feels SO clean after using it and I’ve definitely seen an improvement in my skin when using it. It’s ingredients cleanse your skin of excess sebum, bacteria and dirt without stripping your skin of it’s natural oils and moisture (which is a problem I’ve had with past cleansers targeted for acne). This cleanser is suitable for all skin types and I love that it’s a foam. Can’t recommend it enough! They also have a glycolic cleanser for blackheads and enlarged pores if you don’t need something that targets zits. (Check our their other cleansers here!)

Green Tea Antioxidant Face Mask – $15

I’m a mask junkie. I love using them to unwind and of course, to help out my skin! This mask is awesome. It made my skin feel so soft and smooth and my pores looked so much better the next morning. I like that it helped to absorb my excess oil and reduce my redness. A little bit goes a long way, so this jar will last you a while (a total plus).

Glycolic Night Creme – $17

If you’ve been here for a while, you probably remember my past reviews of glycolic products (especially the Nip & Fab exfoliating pads) and how much I love them! Glycolic acid is awesome for skincare products because it gently exfoliates to reveal glowing, smooth skin. Exfoliating is also good to help reduce the appearance of acne scars or dark spots. I’ve been using this after I tone my face with their Witches Brew Toner and before I apply moisturizer or an oil. So far, I’m loving the results!

Iconic Elixir – $21

Unfortunately, I’m a picker. If I have a zit or a spot on my face, I just can’t help but pick at it which is terrible, I know. Because of this, I’ve been getting some scarring (which is a total duh moment Rae). Oils are super beneficial when it comes to scars which is why I was super stoked to try out the Iconic Elixir. It’s full of natural oils that won’t clog your pores and will help to reduce the appearance of acne scars + control your oil production. I was kind of skeptical at first to put an oil on my face, but I’m so glad I tried it out because it has made a difference in my skin. I use this after cleansing my face with the clarifying face wash and after I spritz on the toner water. It absorbs so quickly and won’t leave you feeling icky. I definitely recommend the Iconic Elixir if you’re looking for something to control oil!

Witches Brew Toner – $15

This toner is my absolute favorite. I’m still a lover of the Tea Tree Water from Lush, but I feel like it wasn’t incredibly effective – it works, but not as well as the Witches Brew Toner! This toner water is specially formulated for oily + acne prone skin, however, they do have other toners for different skin types. I used this after cleansing and do two sprays all over my face, avoiding the eye area, I follow it with some of the iconic elixir to further help my skin. I will definitely be repurchasing this because I love it so much!

Overall, I’m so happy that Nolaskinsentials reached out to me! I’m so glad I was able to try out these products because they are so amazing and I love the brand (Follow them on Instagram, their stories are the bomb). I hope this review helped you out and that you’ll pick up some of their products because they are so worth it (and supporting small businesses is oh so important!)

I hope you enjoyed the post! Do you see anything that you want to try? Let me know!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Disclaimer: Yes, these products were sent to me to review on behalf of Nolaskinsentials, but 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% 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.

February 8, 2018
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Thrive Market Haul + Review

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Hey my loves! Finally, a beauty related post I’m sure you’ve all been waiting for. I’ve been seeing ads for Thrive Market a lot lately and decided that I would try it out for myself since they have a pretty damn good selection of products, including food, cleaning products, beauty products and more. It’s basically a one stop shop for everything you need and you can filter the results you get by only gluten free items or only cruelty free items (+ more categories)! I find that super helpful, especially when I want to try out new products from cruelty free brands.

So, about Thrive Market. It is a paid yearly subscription service, BUT it’s worth it. Just like having Amazon Prime is worth it! It’s $60 a year and with each paid subscription they’re able to give low-income families a membership so they can make cheaper and healthier choices. You can get 25% off your first purchase and a 30-day FREE trial of the service here.

Alright, now onto the goodies I got!

I picked up 4 things for a total of $25. I found a coupon code for $10 + free shipping – so make sure you download Honey to find you the best coupon codes!

Derma E Very Clear Moisturizing Cream $11.95 w/ coupon (regularly $19.50)

So I’m still having trouble keeping my acne at bay lately, damn you birth control. I guess I can’t really do much about it since it is hormonal but I thought I would try out a new moisturizer and this one happens to be targeted for oily/acne prone skin. It doesn’t dry me out, which I was worried about but it does smell like tea tree oil, so if you don’t like that, you won’t like this. I haven’t met a Derma E product that I haven’t liked yet! 10/10, do recommend.

Derma E Very Clear Acne Cleanser  $9.45 (regularly $15.50)

There is a theme here with this order lol. I also grabbed the Derma E acne cleanser to help out my skin as well. I use this in the shower when I wash my face and I use it on one of those rubber scrubbies. It feels really good on the skin but does have that tea tree oil smell. It not only helps with reducing irritation, it also acts as an antiseptic and antibacterial face wash to help kill the breakouts before they happen! Surprisingly, this doesn’t dry my skin out either. I mean my skin type has definitely changed, I’m more oily/normal now when before I was extremely dry. It’s crazy how hormones can change your skin, right?! Anyways, again another 10/10, do recommend! I literally love Derma E so much.

Desert Essence Blemish Touch Stick $5.95 (regularly $9.99)

I was a fan of the ELF acne fighting gel for $3, but lately I felt like it wasn’t entirely effective for me anymore so I decided to get this bad boy. The ingredients are similar, but this one has witch hazel and tea tree oil as the first ingredients and in the ELF one they’re kind of scattered. SO, I think this one is definitely more effective. It’s super concentrated and helps to dry out my spots, another item that I liked from this haul! I would recommend this if you want a cruelty free spot treatment that’s invisible 🙂 (besides the smell, haha).

Thrive Market Vanilla Mint Lip Balm $6.95 (regularly $14.99)

I’m always running out of lip balms and I know for sure that I am not the only one. 4 lip balms for $7? Heck yeah. Maybe that isn’t a good deal, but for me it is since I obviously want to use products that are cruelty free and if I’m out and about, I don’t want to buy a $2 lip balm that isn’t cruelty free, y’know? I’m not even sure if I’m making any sense, but maybe you’ll understand how I feel. Plus, most cruelty free lip balms (ex: Hurraw! are my fave but are almost $5 for one :/) are over $2 a piece, so I figured this would be a good value. Maybe I’m wrong, maybe I’m right – who knows!

Anyways! That’s the end of this haul, check out this cute lil stop motion I made on Instagram!

BTW, are you following me on Insta? If not, you can check it out here and I would love if you followed me.

I hope you enjoyed the post! Have you used Thrive Market before? Let me know 🙂

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

Disclaimer: These products were bought with my own money and all opinions are my own. I will be paying for my own annual subscription and I am not being paid to make this post. The links for products are NOT affiliate links but the link for your first Thrive order is (so if you click it and start an order/membership I will receive commission off of that – if you’re not comfortable with that, then you don’t have to click it!)

May 25, 2017
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Nip + Fab Review *

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Hey my loves! I hope you’re doing fantastic. Today I have a special post for you about Nip + Fab! I’ve done a review on some of their products in the past, which you can read here. Nip + Fab is cruelty free, affordable and available at Ulta or CVS (plus on their website!)

Nip + Fab has makeup, skincare, bodycare and even products formulated for the gents.

Glycolic Fix Night Pads // $15

I’m a huge fan of the daily glycolic fix pads, so when I saw that they had a night version too I was super excited! Formulated with glycolic acid, lactic acid, hyaluronic acid and salicylic acid -these exfoliating facial pads will refine your pores, brighten your complexion, and decongest your skin. These pads seriously pack a punch! I have sensitive skin, so I only use them once a week but I’ve noticed a difference in my skin – it’s smoother and looks clearer. They don’t burn or irritate my skin, which I was worried about. I was also worried that they would dry my skin out too much, but they don’t. I do recommend them if you want to incorporate something new into your skincare routine. They’re affordable and effective!

Glycolic Cleansing Fix // $8

When I first saw this I thought it was a toner, but it’s actually a cleanser. It has glycolic acid in it to retexture and resurface the skin while the olive oil in it hydrates and smooths your skin. I use it after I get out of the shower, while my skin is still damp. I really focus on my problem areas (my chin and around my mouth) to make sure that I get all of the gunk out of my pores. This has really helped with my hormonal acne and I do recommend! P.s. A little goes a long way 🙂

Glycolic Fix Radiance Shot // $20

This is a highly concentrated serum that will resurface your skin, reduce the appearance of pigmentation, and will stimulate cell renewal so you’ll look younger and feel better about yourself! I’m happy to say that I’ve incorporated this into my daily routine, I apply it in the morning before moisturizer and it gives me such a nice glow.

Post-Glycolic Fix Moisturizer // $19

This moisturizer is a must-have for me! It’s the last step for my morning glycolic skincare routine. Not only does it have SPF in it to save your skin from harmful UV rays, it also has ingredients to calm + soothe your skin plus it also helps to control oil-buildup throughout the day! It smells great, feels great and my skin loves it. I’m sure yours will too! 🙂

Overall – Nip + Fab is an amazing skincare brand that’s surely becoming my favorite. I can’t wait to try out some of the their other products.

Have you tried anything from Nip + Fab? Let me know if you have or if you want to! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed the post.

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

 

Disclaimer: Yes, these products were 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. I am not being paid for this post. Thank you Collectively for the opportunity!

This post does not contain affiliate links.

April 21, 2017
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