Flexing In My Complexion: Updated Skin Care Routine

ivyarum skin care

There are some people who have perfect, clear skin. I was never that person. Name a skin ailment and I might’ve suffered from it. At one point, I gave up on caring about clear skin. But all that changed when I subscribed to Sephora’s Play box. The exposure to so many different brands piqued my interest and it wasn’t long until I was back on the path towards the perfect skin care routine.

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Ellie Activewear: A Review

ellie activewear

Last July I told myself that I was going to take my health and fitness serious.  Since then I’ve signed up for two gyms, an African centered dance class, and kick boxing. One silly thing that keeps me motivated (besides these gains) is feeling good about how I look. When I feel good and know my clothes look good, I’m just a little more enthusiastic about working out.

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Three Things I’m Loving Right Now

I often go through phases with things and hobbies. I’m obsessed with something one week and the next week I’ll be onto a new interest, only to come back to what I loved originally another week later. Some call it fickle. I call it exploring all my passions. At the end of the day, when I love something, you will never hear the end of it. Here’s three things that I’m loving and can’t stop talking about.

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Product Review: Evan Healy Rose Face Care Kit

evan healy rose kit

In an effort to take better care of myself, I’ve been attempting to put more thought into my beauty regime. Previously I’d just wash my face with whatever Castile soap I used to bathe with (shout out to Dr. Bronners) throw some jojoba oil on my face and keep it moving but I’m not doing myself any favors going that route.  A few months ago, Evan Healy had a pop up event at my job. During this event, vendors gave mini makeovers, demoed product and taught us about proper cleansing techniques. At the end of the demonstration, I was given a choice of face care kits to try in order to get a feel for the product line. Being a lover of all things floral, naturally I chose the rose kit.

The rose kit includes Rose Geranium HydroSoul ( Hydrosoul is basically fancy floral water. They do a better job explaining what it is here.) Rose hip Treatment Facial Serum, Rose Cleansing Milk, French Rose Clay, and a Rose Vetiver Day Moisturizer.

evan healy rose kit

I use the three products pictured above daily. When I first got the kit, I was a little uncertain about how well the Rose Cleansing Milk would work on my oily skin since it doesn’t produce any suds but I love this stuff. It gently washes away dirt and makeup without leaving my skin feeling dry. The rose hydrosoul has a light floral scent that tones my skin and leaves it feeling soft. A little goes a long way but I love rose water so sometimes I go a bit crazy with this. (Also it’s really good to use as a setting/finishing spray after applying make-up.) The Rose hip treatment serum didn’t really impress me. I usually use Jojoba oil to seal in moisture and it didn’t seem to be any more or less beneficial to use the rose hip serum.

The biggest surprise came in one of the smallest containers. The french rose clay is one of the best face masks I’ve ever tried. I use it as a spot treatment whenever I feel a breakout coming (because I really dont want to run out) and it always gets the job done. I’m going to look into buying a full size version of the mask asap because it’s not overly drying and it doesn’t leave my sensitive skin all red and inflamed after.

evan healy rose kit

I chose not to say much about the day moisturizer because I haven’t used it. My face feels so supple after cleansing and toning that I just didn’t think it was necessary. Maybe I’ll revisit it in the drier months when my skin needs a little tenderness.

I really like this kit and it’s also cool that they don’t test on animals, they don’t use parabens or GMOs and most of the ingredients are certified organic. It’s a little pricey though so I’ll definitely be saving my coins up to buy more.

Finding the perfect skin care product involve so much trial and error. What’s your favs? Have you tried Evan Healy?

xo

*disclaimer: this product was given to me by a vendor to sampleThis blog receives no payment or other compensation for advertising/reviews. All opinions are my own.

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Natural Deodorant: A Girls Quest Towards One That Works

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There’s a couple names for this smell. Musky. Frowzy. Funky. Whatever you want to call it, there’s no mistaking it. Body odor is literally the worse. I think I should preface this by saying without antiperspirants, I’m sort of a mess. I can be sitting around not doing much but still sweating my butt off. It’s frustrating and something I’m very self conscious about. I’ve also been weary of trying natural deodorants because I didn’t think they’d do me justice but I’m low key on this quest to live a more healthier life. What’s the point of eating all natural everything if I’m just going to rub aluminum and other no-no’s on my body?

Most traditional drugstore deodorants contain aluminum and other parabens that have been linked to cancer, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. Although these findings are all inconclusive, it’s enough to make me want to back away and find a more natural alternative. (*Disclaimer: This blog receives no payment or other compensation for advertising/reviews. All product was purchased by me.) Without further ado, here’s the deodorants I tried so you don’t have to.

Tom's Wild lavender natural deodorant

Tom’s Of Maine Wild Lavender Deodorant $4.99

This is the first natural deodorant I’ve ever tried. It doesn’t work but damn it I wanted it to. Everyday for a week I applied this sucker hoping that maybe my body just had to adjust to a natural alternative. It also didn’t really smell like lavender to me either. After an hour of wearing this, I smelled like a musky flower and shied away from lifting my arms up in fear of someone else noticing. (Twenty four hour protection where?!) I also didn’t keep my receipt so I was out of $5 and still smelly.  Rating 0/10 does not recommend, not even for my worst enemy.

nubian hertitage coconut papaya natural deodorant

Nubian Heritage Coconut Papaya 24 Hour Deodorant $6.99

I wanted to like this one so bad. Nubian Heritage is black owned and I’m all about supporting black businesses. Unfortunately, after wearing this for maybe 25 minutes, my arm pits were really irritated. They were so irritated that I rushed to the bathroom and tried to wash it off in the sink. When I went to return it, the clerk at the store told me that sort of irritation usually happens if you have freshly shaved armpits. I actually don’t shave under my arms very often so I’m not sure what that was about. Nubian Heritage has a bar of soap with the same scent and it is absolutely fabulous. I’ll keep buying that but this deodorant gets a no from me. Rating 4/10 but I think maybe I just have sensitive armpits? Take my experience with a grain of salt.

schmidts fragrance free natural deodorant

Schmidt’s Natural Fragrance Free Deodorant Jar $10.99 

I’ve only been using this one for a week and a half, but I feel like it might be a winner. Schmidt’s is interesting because it’s literally a paste in a jar that you scoop up with a cute little spatula. You warm it between your fingers, smear it on your underarms, and you’re good to go! It takes a little trial and error though. There was one day where I smelled a hint of funk coming through but I’m pretty sure it’s because I wasn’t applying enough. Now I do the recommended pea size amount and I’m left smelling fresh all day. I even smelled fine after running three miles. Rating 9/10  I wish the application process was easier but it works! ( *update: Schmidts now has a deodorant stick!)

 

Jason Purifying Tea Tree Deodorant Stick $9.99

This one wasn’t terrible. The label says “clinically tested and all day odor protection” but one of those statements simply isn’t true. To be fair, without antiperspirants, I’m a very stinky girl; the kind you don’t take home to mother (unless I’ve showered and have my Secret powder fresh in tow.) Anyhow, it was really nice to apply and I made it through most of my day at work without smelling too bad. I just know if I amped up the activity, it wouldn’t make it. This is good for days when you’re just running a couple errands or laying in bed watching Netflix aka not doing much. Rating 6/10 doesn’t work well enough for me but I’m also smelly so *shrugs*

I’ve read cool things about taking chlorophyll to deodorize the body. Have you ever dabbled in the natural deodorant realm? Tried any I didn’t mention? I’d love to hear. – XO

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