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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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Pair’d Beauty Review *

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Hey my loves! I’m so sorry about being MIA lately – I’m working full time and going to school part-time so my days are pretty busy, but the semester is finally over for me so now I’m able to have some time for myself. If you didn’t know already, I’m an ambassador for Pair’d Beauty. Pair’d Beauty is a small business that specializes in vegan, fair trade, natural products that are all made in small batches by hand <3 I’m super excited to share all of the goodies that Pair’d was kind enough to send me to try out!

I’ll start off by sharing my favorite item first! This is the Sleep Cleanse Face Serum that’s great for acne-prone skin. I was always afraid to try a serum or oils on my face because I figured they would clog my pores and make my acne worse but this totally changed that. It smells like lavender (my fave) which is why it’s a PM serum, so it helps you drift off into a wonderful sleep while also treating your skin. This serum helps to reduce discoloration and scars which is super helpful. 10/10 do recommend.

Here is another one of my favorites. This is the shower burst in Spotlight which smells like oranges and peppermint (amazing combo) to revitalize your senses. Shower bursts are kind of like bath bombs but if you’re in a pinch and want the effects of a bath bomb, shower burst are definitely for you. This one smells so good and it was so refreshing. I can’t wait to try out the different scent options!

I’m wide awake, thanks to this coffee sugar scrub! I’m all about scrubs, I love them so much. Coffee scrubs are especially my favorite since they smell so good and can help me wake up. Do you know why coffee is an amazing scrub? The caffeine in it helps to tighten the skin which can reduce the appearance of cellulite. Definitely pick this scrub up to make sure your skin is looking & feeling great for the winter.

Bubble bars are great for adding bubbles to your bath (who woulda thought?!) They’re super easy to use and can last up to a couple uses, depending on how you decide to break them up. I really enjoyed the scent of this!

This is the Fresh Glow Setting Spray. I was amazed at how well it worked! This one will give you a dewy finish, which I love. It smells great, didn’t irritate my skin and actually did it’s job. I’m happy to have a setting spray that’s made with natural products, rather than alcohol and other junk.

The only item that didn’t agree with my skin was the Rose Hydrosol Spray Toner, I’m not really sure if it was because I used it with another product or maybe my skin is just sensitive to rose/flowers. I have been too afraid to try it out again on my face since it made it red last time, but I did try it on my wrist and didn’t have any reactions. So *maybe* it’s because of the other product I used it with. However, I’m sure that if you’ve used a product like this before and you’ve liked it, you’ll probably like this one too. (I personally have never used a flower hydrosol before!)

That’s all for this little haul & review. I hope you enjoyed reading about a new brand and their products!

Since I’m an ambassador for Pair’d Beauty, you can use my code “RAE15” to save 15% off your purchase! I definitely suggest the face serum and the shower bursts – but Pair’d has so much more to choose from!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

xoxo, Rae

Disclaimer: Yes, these products were sent to me to review through Pair’d Beauty’s ambassador program. I am not being paid for this post and all opinions are 100% honest and my own.

December 15, 2017
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Avoid These Common Products In Your Beauty Routine

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Looking your best can often seem like something of a challenge to achieve. One of the biggest elements of this is always going to be deciding on what products to use. Whether it is the skin cream, the shampoo and conditioner, or the moisturizer, you want to make sure that you are making as many of the right decisions as possible. As it happens, there are a number of common products and chemicals which people put onto their skin or in their hair which are actually incredibly dangerous and damaging. If you want to look your best without paying a price, be sure to avoid the following.

Hair Dyes

Wanting to change the color of your hair is pretty common, and a fair enough goal. But the problem with many mainstream hair dyes is that they can actually be extremely damaging to your hair follicles. Many studies over the course of quite a few years have shown that hair dyes are related to a number of serious conditions, including bladder cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and multiple myeloma. You can also develop a tolerance to the chemicals which can mean that you end up with a pretty horrendous rash. Instead of using hair dye, you can lighten your color effectively with lemon juice, or use tea to cover any grey areas.

Sulfate Shampoos

The choice of shampoo is pretty important too, and it is worth looking into if you are keen to keep your body as clear of potentially dangerous chemicals as possible. A common dangerous chemical in shampoos is sulfate, which over time can cause significant damage to your hair in a number of ways. Unfortunately, many of the most popular products on the market have a good deal of sulfate in them, so avoiding this might be harder than you think. However, if you look through these best sulfate free shampoos you will definitely be off to a good start. You will likely notice the difference in how your hair feels, too. My favorite brand of cruelty free + sulfate free shampoo is Hask!

Perfumes

Bad news for perfume lovers. As it turns out, many of the most popular perfumes on the market contain harmful secret ingredients which can actually lead to a number of serious problems later on in life. Many of these chemicals are related to hormone deficiencies, allergic reactions and even rare cases of cancer. There are also cases of it triggering asthma (even in nearby people to the person wearing it), migraines and nausea. Best avoided if you can help it – go for lesser-known indie perfumes which you can find online – and make sure they are always cruelty-free too.

 

By avoiding the three above, you will be on the right path towards ensuring that you are keeping your body as healthy as possible. It can be surprising how many harmful chemicals are in these products, so it is best to avoid them where possible – and always research a new product before switching.

I hope you enjoyed the post! What things do you avoid in your beauty routine? Let me know! 🙂

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

October 5, 2017
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