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Zabana Essentials Haul + Mini Review

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Hey loves! It’s been a little while since I did my last haul and I’ve been promising on instagram that this one would be up soon (I’m just terrible at procrastinating, y’know!!)

So finally, it’s here! Let me tell you a little about Zabana Essentials. Zabana has 100% natural and vegan cosmetics that are handcrafted in California (I love stuff that’s made in the USA!) They have a range of products, like deodorants, a face serum, dry shampoo and even an armpit detox bar (say whaaa?!) I’ve been trying these out over the past few weeks & I’m hooked, so keep on reading to see what I got and what I like about them!

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I’m a sucker for anything mini sized and also natural deodorants! I was intrigued by the fragrances they have available and how some are baking soda free (which I need since baking soda irritates the crap outta me). These definitely aren’t your typical natural deo smells and I love that. I picked up Lime Berry Basil  and Sage Blood Orange. These are the perfect size to shove in your purse or backpack! I currently have the Lime Berry Basil one in my locker at work and I love freshening up with it, it smells so goooood. I do recommend these if you’re looking for a new natural deo or just want to stock up on some minis! (Plus! They’d be a great gift for someone who wants to delve into the natural deo/green beauty world *hint hint*)

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I live off of dry shampoo and don’t know what I would do without it. I haven’t tried a powder dry shampoo so that’s really why I picked this up! Plus, the scent caught my eye. It’s really easy to use – just sprinkle some on, let it sit then style per usual. (They recommend using a ‘natural bristled brush’ but I just use my regular hairbrush and it works fine. I also like to rub it in with my fingers). It smells great and does a really good job at making my hair look like it was just washed. I dooooo recommend!

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I wanted to try out their face sprays so I got both of the ones that they offer. Lavender Lemongrass is for combo + oily skin and helps to detoxify and balance the skin. Citron Blossom is for all skin types and brightens and rejuvenates the skin. I use one or the other depending on my face issues. Usually I like to use the Citron Blossom one before putting on my makeup to help get it ready for application. If you want, you can also use these as a cleanser (sort of) – just spray it on then use a cotton round to remove excess dirt and oil. I love that these are in glass bottles so I can reuse them when I finish them off! I really like these and do recommend them as well.

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Then lastly, the Armpit Detox Bar! When using natural deo (or transitioning into natural deo), you may find that you don’t smell as fresh or that it’s not working…that’s why you need to detox yo’ pits! This is made with Coconut, Charcoal and Clay so it’ll really suck out all the junk stuck in your pit pores and leave you with squeaky clean pits 🙂 They say to wet the bar, lather it in your hands, rub the lather in your pits then let it sit for 2-3 minutes then rinse off. I have noticed a difference when using this – I smell fresher for longer and I just feel more comfortable wearing natural deodorant when I use it. It’s definitely a must have for natural deo users, so get one stat!

Overall, I was super pleased with my first purchase from Zabana. They have amazing cruelty free, vegan + natural products and I can’t wait to try out all of the other stuff they have to offer. Do you want to try out Zabana Essentials? Let me know!

Thanks for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

Disclaimer: All of these products were purchased with my own money and all opinions are 100% honest and my own. I am not being paid for this post nor am I affiliated with Zabana Essentials. This post does not contain affiliate links.

October 22, 2016
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Whish Beauty Review *

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Hey lovelies! I’m excited to tell you about these products from Whish that I was able to try out!

Whish is a company that is dedicated to the discovery of natural ingredients which enable intelligent choices for your skin. All of their products are made in the USA with earth friendly packaging and ingredients. None of their products contain parabens, sulfates, TEA or DEA, petrochemicals, or phthalates (yay!). They are also Leaping Bunny certified!

They have skincare products, hair removal products, self tanners, anti-aging products and some body treatments (like body scrubs and body butters). You can purchase their products straight from their website or from Ulta. Now onto the review!

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bathandbodygelFirst up is the Bath & Body Gel in Coconut (13 oz for $16). This comes in 9 different scents so I’m sure you’ll find one you love! The body wash contains organic aloe, organic raspberry butter and organic shea butter so it’s a super moisturizing product – which is something my body needs. So while moisturizing, it also cleanses the skin with it’s unique blend wheat, sugar and corn derived ingredients. Organic cucumber extract and organic marigold soothe the skin so your skin will be totally refreshed and ready to take on the day! (* I just want to let you know that these body washes do contain beeswax, so if vegan products are your thing, I would avoid this! 🙂 )bodywash

 

I have to say that this is probably the most gentle and effective body wash I have ever used. Other body washes (even those that claimed that they were moisturizing) totally “stripped” my skin and left it feeling so dry and tight – which isn’t a good feeling at all. I also love the scent because it’s not too overwhelming, it’s just right. I also love the pump on the bottle so I don’t have to fumble with squeezing a bottle.

Overall, highly recommend this body wash if you’re looking for something that will leave you smelling yummy and feeling super clean & moisturized!

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You guys know how I love natural deodorant so I was super essssssicted (in a Kathleen Lights voice) to try this out. I think that this is a really unique product because it’s gel formula AND it also reduces hair growth. Yes, you read that right! This deodorant has a natural hair inhibitor in it so you’ll be left with smoother underarms, for longer. This is an aluminum free deodorant that smells great and you’ll feel better that you’re using a natural product on your body, I promise. It is $18 butttt, I feel like you can’t go wrong with a deodorant that reduces hair growth.

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This deodorant is formulated with organic saccharomyces ferment, which is a bacteria that naturally combats odor. Chaparral extract is the ingredient that reduces hair growth and it’s loaded with antioxidants. Just like the body wash, this deodorant contains ingredients to soothe the skin as well!

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This is how the deodorant gel looks when it comes out of the top. You have to twist the top in a clockwise motion (and for whatever reason, it’s super hard for me to do this? I struggle with getting some out, but it does come out eventually!) and apply a small amount to each underarm. I love the cooling sensation of the gel, maybe that’s a weird thing but it just feels nice ok. This deodorant also smells really good and does a good job of keeping the odor at bay. If you wanted to try this out before purchasing the full size, they also have deodorant wipes available.

Although the deodorant has a higher price tag, I do enjoy using it, I haven’t seen any results of slower hair growth but I will try to keep you updated if I notice anything different!

Have you tried out products from Whish before? Do you want to? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

I hope you enjoyed the post and thanks 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.

August 24, 2016
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RealHer Lipstick Review + Swatches *

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Hey lovelies! Today’s post is going to be about another lipstick brand, this time we’re going to be talking about RealHer, a brand that has makeup to empower women – a message I totally want to stand behind!

RealHer donates donates 20% of all gross profits to American Association of University Women (AAUW), a non-profit organization that provides women and girls with leadership programs, education and research. RealHer is also certified by the Leaping Bunny Association, so they don’t test on animals (score)! Their lipsticks however, do contain beeswax and lanolin, so if you don’t prefer to use products that contain those types of ingredients, avoid them. All of their products are also ethically made, another plus in my book. These are the types of companies that I like to promote and stand behind because with your purchase you can make a difference. Currently, RealHer has 5 different lipstick colors available (I’m not sure if they will be adding more or other products) that will cost you $18 each, but it looks like they are currently on sale for $10.

As you can see in the pictures above, they have some pretty neat packaging. It’s not your typical lipstick packaging, and I like that! They might be a little bit bulky for some people, but I do like it – and don’t even get me started on the easy-on-the-eyes monochromatic packaging. 🙂

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This first shade is called I Love Myself – the color names are meant to inspire you and give you a little bit of a happy push, ya feel? They describe this as a nude color, nothing too fancy. It is a matte lipstick, but it does have shine to it too (like a moisturizing look, because it is a moisturizing lipstick afterall). It kind of reminds me of Naked Dolly from Too Faced but it a little more pigmented, since Naked Dolly is a lighter lipstick.

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This next one is called I Define Beauty Myself and is a gorgeous mauve color. Can I just add, I love the logo stamp into the lipstick? I think it adds a very nice touch to the overall product. Anyways, again, matte-like finish with some moisturizing effect (I also didn’t let these dry down on my lips, so maybe they dry down matte!) I think this might be my fall staple this year…

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This is a true barbie pink! This is called Women Rule the World. I must admit, I do love the name. I wouldn’t call this an everyday color, unless that’s your thing. This lip color though would be perfect for the girly-girl in you.

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This gorgeous red is called Be Yourself Be RealHer, I like the play on words for this one. This color is definitely that statement classic red that Taylor Swift loved to rock. I also reallllly like this red because it seems to have blue undertones so it will make your teeth appear whiter and I think it looks better on me than warm toned red lipsticks, because I do have cool undertones.

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And lastly, this gorgeous brown-red wine color. I am Powerful  is a color you will definitely grab to wear this fall and on days when you are feeling powerful and like nothing will or can bring you down. Honestly, this might be my favorite from the collection but I’m not sure how much I would actually wear it since it may be too dark for me (but it can still be my favorite, right? Right).

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Here are swatches of all the lipsticks in natural lighting!

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Here are all of the swatches on my lips, see how they still have a little bit of shine in the light? I’m sure if you wanted a complete matte look, you could add a translucent powder to mattify them, but I actually really like the finish of these lipsticks. They definitely moisturize your lips (well, I hope they would since they have 4 ingredients in them to help keep them soft + moisturized). Again, I don’t know the staying power of them or if they’re transfer proof since I took the swatch photos and that was it (I don’t really wear makeup at work and that’s usually where I am when I’m not on my laptop). I can’t wait to keep using these those and include them in some of my future posts!

What do you think about these lipsticks? Do you love them too? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks 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.

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August 6, 2016
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