Eminence SPF 30 Bright Skin Moisturizer Review

Eminence SPF 30 Bright Skin Moisturizer Review

Eminence is a natural, organic Hungarian brand I have been wanting to try for awhile.  Looking at their website will entertain me for a shameful amount of time, and I would very much like to make some bad financial decisions and buy one of absolutely everything they sell, which is a lot.  A few months ago, I managed to restrain myself and tried the Bright Skin Moisturizer since I desperately needed a sunscreen and wanted help with reducing spots and evening skin tone (and Eight Greens Youth Serum, review to come).  I wanted to use them for awhile before giving a final verdict.  So, let me start off by saying that I love this moisturizer/sunscreen.  LOVE IT.  But there is a bit of a good, the bad, & the ugly thing happening here, so I'm gonna break it down real quick and dirty for you:

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Exciting Coconut Oil News...

Exciting Coconut Oil News...

Coconut Oil to me is what Windex is to the Greeks, according to My Big Fat Greek Wedding.  I love it.  I love it a lot.  And I use it for everything.  A few months ago, I wrote a post about coconut oil, specifically the overpriced RMS Beauty Coconut Creme that is basically really high quality coconut oil that is outrageously marked up (but still totally awesome because coconut oil is the best).  This post is actually one of my more popular posts, and since then I have been on the lookout for other top-of-the-line coconut oil brands to add to the list, and I am super stoked to say that I found two that meet all of the qualifications that RMS lists:

- Organic, made from fresh coconuts.

- No chemical refining, bleaching, or deodorizing.

- Extracted from fresh coconuts within the day to eliminate mold growth or danger of other impurities. 

- No heat processing: centrifuge-based extraction which preserves all nutrients, not expeller-pressed.

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Acure Organics Shampoo & Conditioner Review

Acure Organics Shampoo & Conditioner Review

 

Being the kind of person that very much dislikes dousing herself with toxins and carcinogens for the sake of my hair, I will do quite a bit of research and try some products that most friends and family members might define as "crazy hippie crap" in order to not only reduce the chemicals in my shower, but also to support more natural brands instead of ones that knowingly inject poison into bunny eyeballs for the sake of swishy Pantene hair. That said, drugstore shampoo smells awesome.  Not to mention that for the most part, they leave your hair looking pretty consistent, which is not always the case with natural brands no sir.  But the cons outweigh the pros, so I truck on in my quest to find the perfect shampoo/conditioner.

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A Coconut Oil Comparison: RMS & Live Superfoods

A Coconut Oil Comparison: RMS & Live Superfoods

 As a night owl, every morning is a giant fail for me.  I'm disoriented and even more clumsy than normal, and indubitably I trip over the cat at least three times if the sun hasn't risen.  The only thing I look forward to is my addictive daily Refinery 29 email.  It runs the gamut from current events to workout tips to health news, but in my pathetic morning state, the pretty pictures and bright colors are pretty much all it takes for me.

 

Today I got an email for "13 Products That Changed Our Beauty Game".  I used to have a bit of a spending problem with beauty products, but the past few years I have focused my sometimes-wandering attention to budget-friendly natural substitutions. However, I can't say that I'm not sometimes tempted by some of the gems the beauty industry puts out, and I kinda wish I didn't give in to temptation this morning, because it put me on this rant, and I had really planned on being more productive this morning.  The first product showcased is the RMS Beauty Raw Coconut Cream, Retail $18 for 2.5 oz.

 

 

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DIY Enzymatic Face Mask for Banishing Dark Marks

DIY Enzymatic Face Mask for Banishing Dark Marks

  Dark marks, amirite?  They weren't good news in Harry Potter, and they're even worse news when they ravage your delicate visage.  Or indelicate visage, I don't know your story.  There are plenty of store-bought treatments out there, but after researching hydroquinone, a common ingredient in many spot removers, and finding out that it has caused cancer in mice and can cause worse marks to appear (it was even banned in Europe, Australia, and some parts of Africa and Asia), I decided i'd rather not chance it, and would live with my scars and blemishes. But what if I told you that two ingredients that you probably have in your fridge AT THIS VERY MOMENT can help you erase them?  It's ok, I wouldn't believe me either.  But it works, and all it takes it lemons and milk.  The trick is to let it curdle, which will make it chock full of Alpha Hydroxy acids (lactic acid, to be specific)  to revitalize your skin.

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Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum & Face Cream Review

Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum & Face Cream Review

I will be mostly reviewing them together, because they are meant to go together, Serum before the Face Cream.  No idea if one of them is doing all the hard labor and the other is getting credit for it, but judging by their ingredient lists, I bet this is not the case. 

Within a week of using them (I use the serum day and night, the Cream only at night), my skin had cleared up a bit and had a glow to it.  I always get really suspicious when I read a review and someone says it gave them a glow, because that seems like a big fat lie, but now I get what they're saying.  My skin just looked more alive, without the help of makeup, and it had more of an even quality to it.  I have not noticed a huge change in wrinkles, but mine are pretty mild right now anyways.  The big test was when I went away for 5 days last week, and didn't bring the products (I was scared the glass Serum would break.)  My skin started to break out more, but now that I'm back and using them again, it is clearing up, like hippie magic.

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Tammy Fender Purifying Cleanser Gel Review

Tammy Fender Purifying Cleanser Gel Review

I have a personal philosophy: If it's good enough for GOOP, I probably can't afford it.  Ok I just made that up right now, but it's usually true.  However, in the case of Tammy Fender's line, who is now partnered with GOOP, it sounds like her products are worth the price.  She has a holistic approach to beauty and wellness, and she uses pure ingredients to harness living energy in every product, which I'm taking to mean that I get to skip Yoga when I use it.  Tammy Fender's Purifying Cleansing Gel with Spearmint & Alfalfa normally retails for $50, but I was lucky enough to get it at a heavy discount from a flash sale, although I don't think their flash sales happen too often.  I'm a huge fan of minty face washes, and the ingredients in this one look incredible, especially with no sulfates:

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Old-fashioned green beauty: leeches for the derriere

Old-fashioned green beauty: leeches for the derriere

For some reason in the past month I've stumbled across three different articles about all natural beauty treatments from ye olden days.  There were a lot of recipes that were really ahead of their times, such an old wrinkle remedy that involved a lead powder concoction (lead poisoning definitely takes the attention away from your crows feet), but the one that tickled my fancy the most was the mention of anal leeching.  I do appreciate that back then, women didn't pay $60 for an eye cream to evil salary magnets like Sephora, no, they just whipped up a skin mask with the good ol' arsenic supply from their pantry.  But you can't get greener than leeches.  Not only is there no packaging to waste, but you are supporting the eco-system by feeding them top-of-the-line human blood, which, according to my vampire book obsession, is so much better than disgusting animal blood.  And apparently, the "discreet lady" liked to keep her leeching private, and what better privacy for both her and the leech than to gently guide the creature towards the anus.  Apparently this was done for the sake of skin whitening, and I think if these women were to time travel today and see women paying to tan their skin in a machine they would most definitely faint whilst shedding a tear over the indecency of the loose-moraled modern women.

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