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Mini Pacifica Haul


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Happy Thursday everyone! So I’ve mentioned Pacifica a couple times in my guide to going cruelty free on a budget but I hadn’t used a lot of their products. I would use my sisters face wash from Pacifica when I was home though, and I enjoyed it. I grabbed two items from Ulta and I got a free gift of their energizing serum wipes with my purchase, but totally forgot to photograph them, but I will talk about them in the post!

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So I’ve seen micellar waters on the market for a little bit now and I’ve always wanted to try one since they looked like they would work, but all the ones I’ve seen before were not cruelty free. I’m glad I spotted this one from Pacifica. It retails at $12 and you get 8 fluid ounces in the bottle. It is also vegan which is great! It claims it will remove stubborn makeup and tone your skin without you having to rinse it off afterwards (I’m not sure if you have to wash off other micellar waters?) This tonic also has cactus and floral waters in it which help to leave your skin feeling refreshed without over drying. I pour some onto a cotton round and rub it on my face, going towards my hairline so theres less skin pulling. I think it works great and is affective. Definitely do not use it on the eyes, it’s meant for your face and neck. I like to use it to take off my makeup or cleanse my face when it’s bare to remove dirt and oils. I also like that it doesn’t have an overwhelming smell. I will definitely be repurchasing it!

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Next I picked up the Pore Refine Deep Detox Mask, which retails at $18 for 1.5 ounces of product. I know that’s pricey for a mask, but it works and I love it. I have a lot of blackheads on my nose and my chin, I’ve also been getting some on my forehead for whatever reason. No matter what I do, I just can’t seem to shrink them or get rid of them, so I thought heck, why not? I’ll try it, what do I have to lose besides money (typical Raeanne). The mask claims to fight shininess and clogged pores and refine them. It has medicinal ingredients in it to help reduce the size of your pores, unclog them, remove excess sebum oils and toxins without over drying the skin. It says its for normal to oily skin types, I have dry skin and I haven’t had an issue with it drying out my skin even more. It has a gelatin like consistency (maybe thinner, yes a lot thinner) and smells like strawberries, which some people may find over powering but I love the smell. It’s a clear mask, which I like so I don’t look like a green monster walking around my suite. It says to leave it on for 5-20 minutes, I leave it on for 20. It’s not irritating and doesn’t tighten your skin like a clay mask would. After you leave it on for your desired time, you just rinse it off with water. I follow with a moisturizer. It left my skin feeling so smooth and soft and my pores definitely looked smaller when I woke up the next morning. This is something you would have to use weekly and stick to that regimen. I will definitely be using it religiously, as I’ve noticed a difference each time I use it.

Since I liked these products so much, I of course had to purchase some more of their products which will be coming in this weekend (I also purchased a few different makeup items that will be coming in shortly and I will let you guys know all about them!) I’m excited to try their other products out and I think I may had just found my new favorite skincare products.

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you had an excellent week! What’s something great that’s happened to you this week? Let me know in the comments below!

Xoxo, Rae

This post is not sponsored. All products were purchased with my own money and all opinions are my own.

March 31, 2016

Valentia Skincare Review *



Hey guys! I’m back with another review of a couple of new products in my life! Skincare is really important to me, especially since it’s the largest organ in (or on) our bodies. Your skin is your protective boundary and you should take special care of it. I’m young (19, almost 20!) so I don’t really have to worry about having lots of fine lines or wrinkles, but I do have a few and there’s nothing wrong with trying to prevent them at an early age. I understand that certain anti-aging products can make your skin more sensitive to the sun but when you use them sparingly, they can really work.

Valentia is a company that uses natural and organic ingredients that will protect and repair the skin. Their products are natural, paraben free and free of toxins – plus they are cruelty free! In this post, I will be reviewing Valentia’s True Glow Eye Cream & Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask.


True Glow Eye Cream ($54.99 but on sale for $25.00)

“Say goodbye to tired eyes. This nourishing formula works fast to repair and refresh the eye area while protecting skin from the usual suspects of aging. Our natural and organic ingredients work to calm and reduce puffiness in the eye area revealing softer, more refreshed looking eyes. With continued use of this antioxidant treatment, you will start noticing a more rejuvenated, radiant, and brighter under eye area.” (From their website)

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This product contains Vitamin C, which leaves your skin smooth and visibly brighter which is something that I love about it. Since I’m so pale, I always have dark circles under my eyes. After using this product morning and night for the past week, I have noticed a great difference. Although I’m a very tired college kid, my eyes seem to say other wise! This product has helped to brighten my eye area and has kept my eye area super hydrated, thanks to the organic rosehip oil that’s in it. This product has a pleasant smell and isn’t irritating on the skin, which is something I’m always worried about when trying new products since I have ultra sensitive skin. I have used other eye creams and they’ve irritated my eyes, so I’m glad that this didn’t. It is a little pricey, but is totally worth it in my opinion.



Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask ($54.99 but on sale for $25.00)

The perfect answer to your dry skin problems. This hydration mask features a unique blend of amino acids and potent antioxidants, like Japanese Green tea and Aloe Vera, to reduce fine lines, increase collagen production, and fight environmental irritants. Botanical Hyaluronic  Acid, Vitamin E, and Sea Buckthorn Oil flood skin with vital moisture, creating softer more supple skin. Treat your delicate facial skin with nature’s most nourishing ingredients, and instantly restore radiance.” (From their website)


I suffer from dry skin year round, but in the winter it’s absolutely brutal. Sometimes I get cracks around my nose since it’s so dry. This product helps to keep your skin soft, smooth and hydrated. It has hyaluronic acid in it, which penetrates deeply into the skin to lock in the moisture and plump the skin from the inside out. I’m not sure how often you’re supposed to use this product, but I’ve been doing it twice a week, keeping it on for 10 mins each application rather than the 15-30 mins that they recommend. It tingled my skin a little bit and it felt slightly tight (probably from the aloe vera!) but it wasn’t unpleasant. After I washed it off with warm water, I examined my skin and it felt amazing. So smooth and soft, I didn’t even have to put my daily moisturizer on right away like I usually do with other masks. It also helped to reduce the redness on my face that happens randomly. Again, I have super sensitive skin and this mask didn’t irritate it or make my skin problems worse. It has a great smell and the consistency reminds me of pudding (anyone else?). It’s easy to apply and easy to take off. Will be incorporating this into my daily routine!

Overall: I really liked these products! They worked well on my skin and I’m pleased with the results. I will continue to use them and will keep you updated on my progress with the products.

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.

Thanks for reading! Let me know in the comments what you use for your daily skin care 🙂

Xoxo, Rae

February 12, 2016

Oz Naturals Ocean Minerals Facial Cleanser | Review *



I’m a cleanser junkie, I’m always trying them out and trying to figure out which ones work best for my skin. I have combination skin, usually oily in my t-zone (sometimes) and dry everywhere else. My skin is also very sensitive so I have to be careful what I use and since I recently went cruelty free, I have to look more into what items I’m purchasing. I was fortunate enough to have this product sent to me through Brandbacker to review for you guys, and I’m so glad I stumbled upon it!

Oz Naturals is a brand that is cruelty free and proudly made in the USA. They also have vegan formulas,  biodegradable products & use recycled products – plus so much more. Companies like these make me really happy and proud to use them since they do so much extra to make sure their products are high quality and are also helping the Earth. It’s a win-win for us all.

Now onto the review…
First off, it’s a cleanser so it’s obviously going to have that normal cleanser smell, but it’s not too overwhelming and the smell didn’t turn me off to the cleanser. There are 92+ ocean minerals that heal and soothe skin, something I need for my dry irritated skin. It gives you a deep clean to unclog your pores and fight toxins on your face to help prevent future breakouts. Since my skin is sensitive, I need something that is going to be gentle on my skin and this product totally is. No burning or irritation after I’ve used it (I think that’s a first for any cleanser that I’ve used before). This cleanser also lathers very well, which makes it easier to apply in my opinion. The lather also makes me think that it’s actually doing a better job of cleaning since it’s all bubbly (am I the only one who thinks that?) Overall, this product has made my skin so SOFT and clear. I had a few small breakouts and it helped to reduce the redness and bumps which I’m so happy about. I totally recommend this product if you’re looking for something that will be gentle on your skin and actually cleanse like it’s supposed to.

If you’re interested in trying the Oz Naturals Ocean Mineral Facial Cleanser, then click here. They also have tons of other products that I can’t wait to get my hands onto, you can check those out here.

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.

Thank you for reading and let me know if you want to try this cleanser out 🙂



January 19, 2016