Thesis Beauty Skincare Review

CompanyThesis Beauty

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Products:  Rose Garden Body Oil – 4 Fluid Ounces (120 ml)  – $19.95 USD

Rosemary Citrus Makeup Remover – 4 Fluid Ounces (120 ml) – $19.95 USD

West Indies Poppy Seed Facial Scrub – 4 ounces (112 grams) – $22.95 USD

Reviews:

Alright! Let’s jump right in and talk about the Rose Garden Body Oil!

The star ingredients of this antioxidant packed oil are organic cold-pressed Macadamia, Jojoba, and Rosehip oils. This oil is light and absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving it soft, smooth, and hydrated. I like to use it right after the shower to lock in moisture and to smell fantastic for the rest of the day!

I wish I could accurately describe how fabulous this oil smells! If I had to smell like one scent for the rest of my life, this would be it! I want to buy 5,000 bottles of this to keep in my closet, ya know, just in case! It’s fresh, light and sweet. I would have to describe the scent to be like a delicious macadamia nut cookie straight out of the oven mixed with a little fruitiness! This scent makes me feel beautiful… I know, I know beauty comes from within but girl, this stuff smells good!

This product is multitasking meaning that it can be used on your skin, in your hair and cuticles, as a massage or bath oil, and for shaving. I really like using this on the dry ends of my hair to make them look smoother and, of course, smell really nice!

The Rosemary and Citrus Makeup Remover is made with organic Jojoba, Sunflower, Apricot Kernel Oils, as well as Sweet Orange, Spearmint, and Rosemary essential oils. The scent is citrusy, herbal, and minty, and is refreshing to use at the end of a long day. I used this remover to take off my concealer, foundation, bronzer, eyebrow pencil, liquid eyeliner, eye shadow, and mascara. This remover did a good job taking off all of these products. It is gentle enough to use around the eyes and it did not dry out my skin. I always let my cleanser or remover rest for 10-20 seconds on my eyes so that it can break up my makeup without having to pull and tug at my skin and lashes. I used this method with this makeup remover, and it worked!

The West Indies Poppy Seed Facial Scrub is made with Kaolin Clay, Organic Poppy Seeds, Organic Orange Peel, Organic Rosehips, and French Green Clay. This is a powder exfoliant, so you need to mix a teaspoon of the product in the palm of your hand with a small amount of water. This scrub is very gentle on the skin, since poppy seeds are the main exfoliant, as opposed to sugar or salt scrubs. The scent is natural, sweet, and somewhat earthy smelling due to the clay. It massages easily into the skin and leaves it smooth and glowing. The clay helps to detox the skin while rosehips provide nourishment. My skin is mostly dry but has been looking a little oily lately. This scrub helped to remove excess oil and dull skin, giving me a radiant complexion!

The Bottom Line

I couldn’t recommend these products more! They are organic, all natural, and effective. The products smell WONDERFUL and perform very well! The prices are great, especially since you only need the smallest amount to work (with the exception of the makeup remover… if you wear a ton of makeup, you’ll need a little more product). The packaging is adorable. It reminds me of old school apothecary bottles with a natural, modern twist. Of course, Thesis Beauty products are vegan and cruelty-free and contain only good-for-you ingredients, I mean, what’s not to love?

Thank you so much to Thesis Beauty for sending me these products to review!

 

Crossroads Los Angeles

 Crossroads

8284 Melrose Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90046

(323) 782 – 9245

Atmosphere:  As you walk into Crossroads, the motif is what first grabs your attention! Chandeliers, dark wood accents, cathedral ceilings, and crisp white linens create a sophisticated and upscale environment with a just a touch of mystery. The hostess quickly asks “Do you have a reservation?”, which of course, I did not. Nonetheless, my boyfriend and I were seated quickly at a small table with a chair on one side and a long, wooden booth that ran the length of the entire dining area.

It seemed clear that there were many visitors like myself… those interested in vegan food  in general, and those wanting to try out the Impossible Burger, like the couple sitting next to us. When I looked up, I couldnt help but notice that Kat Von D was there. Quietly dining and keeping to herself. I liked her even before my vegan days (way before hers), but I couldnt bring myself to even wave. She was just there to eat some great food, afterall.

Food: The Weekday Lunch Menu includes Sandwiches and Hotplates, Cold Plates, Soups and Sides, as well as a selection of milkshakes, alcoholic drinks, coffees, teas, and others like kombucha and lemonade. I knew that I had to order the Chicken & Waffles ($14.00 USD) which consisted of “fried chicken, waffles, and warm maple hot sauce.”

The Chicken & Waffles arrived to the table quickly. I didn’t know it at the time, but my life was going to change after I took my first bite! The fried chicken was… CHICKEN?! The taste, texture, and smell were the absolute closest plant-based meat product that I have EVER had! The breading was light and fried to perfection with hints of black pepper and herbs. The maple hot sauce BLEW MY MIND! I’m not the biggest hot sauce fan, but somehow the warm maple syrup blended in perfect ratio with the hot sauce amped up the chicken even higher! The waffles were tender and chewy with just the right amount of crispiness. I honestly have no idea how they did this, I just know that I want more!!!

Midway through the meal, I decided to order the Mac and Cheese ($6.00 USD) I mean, I was at Crossroads, can you blame me? Let me tell you, it was absolutely outstanding. The pasta was cooked to pefection (slightly al dente) and the cheese sauce was thin and mild. It tasted to me like a blend of American Cheese with a hint of Cheddar. Salty parm was sprinkled on top, which only brought out the delcious cheese flavors. UGH. I give this Mac and Cheese a million stars!

Dig it OR Ditch it?

If you’ve made it to this point, you can guess that Crossroads is an absolute DIG IT! The ambience, service, and mind-blowingly delicious food truly created a unique and fantastic experience! If I lived in LA, I would be there as much as possible. Who am I kidding, I would probably be there every damn day and camp out in front so I could be served first. Crossroads has truly opened my eyes as to how fabulous vegan food can be. That is saying a lot since I’ve had more than my fair share! My boyfriend is not vegan, and raved about this place as much as I did. This would be the perfect place to take skeptics and those that are considering veganism, to show them that they can have food even BETTER than they are used to.   If you have the opportunity, PLEASE go here. You will regret it if you don’t!

 

 

La Pink Rose Donut Soap Review

Company: La Pink Rose

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Products:

Poppin’ Pink Donut Soap – $5.00 USD

Chocolate Glazed Donut Soap  – $5.00 USD

Review:


Can we just take a minute and talk about how CUTE these soaps are? They’re (just about) realistic looking enough to eat! From the frosting to the sprinkles, the design of these soaps is spot-on!

These donut soaps measure about 3″ in diameter, making them a good sized hand or body soap. They lather up quickly and nicely with a light to medium lather that rinses off easily. Your hands are left feeling clean, soft, and lightly fragranced. I noticed that this soap does not leave you with that slick (and unpleasant, IMO) feeling that most glycerin soaps leave behind. After multiple uses, the soap still looks pretty on my countertop.

The fragrance certainly smells like super-sweet baked goods. It actually makes me want to whip up a batch of actual donuts and eat them all in one sitting (don’t judge me!). The main ingredient of these soaps is coconut oil, but I feel obligated to state that they do contain palm oil, which may not be considered vegan to some people.

The Bottom Line

If you want some cute soaps, check out La Pink Rose! Just tell your boyfriend or whoever that they’re soap, so they don’t accidentally eat them! La Pink Rose also has body butters that are vegan and sound delicious! Use code “VTH10”  for 10% off of your order!

Thank you, La Pink Rose, for sending me these products to review!

 

 

CYPRESS SkinCare Review

Company: Cypress SkinCare

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“CYPRESS SkinCare is 100% Organic Natural Nourishing Skin Care Indulge Yourself With Affordable Luxury”

“The oils in CYPRESS SkinCare are 100% organic and cold pressed. They are pure, potent goodness delivered by nature. We keep the ingredients true to their natural state by never overheating.

CYPRESS SkinCare products are handcrafted in Laguna Beach and never tested on animals, also vegan. The product containers are the highest quality, BPA free, made from recycled material and recyclable. And lots of people ask why I don’t use glass. The plastic I use has the same ‘foot print’ on the earth as glass but enables me to keep my costs down which are passed on to our Cypress Family Clients.”

Products:

Body Love

Pure Love Cleanser

Face Love

Review:

Body Love is a light yet powerful oil that moisturizes the skin without feeling greasy. 100% Organic, Cold-pressed Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond, Jojoba, and Olive Oil blend together to give you some serious hydration! It absorbs into the skin quickly and leaves a subtle sheen, perfect for showing off your legs and skin this summer! Body Love has only the slightest scent of coconut oil and lemon essential oil, and it’s absolutely delicious! The ultimate test was to massage this oil into my dry feet, throw some socks on, and see how it moisturized. I’m happy to report that it made my feet much softer and smoother after just one use!

I usually use cream cleansers to gently clean my dry, sensitive skin, so I was curious to try the Pure Love Cleanser. It is a blend of 100% Organic Hemp, Jojoba, Castor Oil, and Lemon Essential Oil. I’m happy to report that this oil cleanser quickly melted away my foundation, concealer, and eye makeup. My face was left completely clean, without a trace of makeup left behind. My face felt hydrated and soothed after massaging off this cleanser with a warm washcloth. After using this, my face had a nice glow with noticeably less redness.  I could have even gotten away with not using a moisturizer afterward, but I didn’t want to get the skincare gods all riled up, so I did anyway.

Face Love is a lightweight beauty oil that leaves your face moisturized and radiant. The ingredients include 100% Organic Almond, Cold-Pressed Coconut, Hemp, and Jojoba with Cypress Essential Oil.  I used Face Love after washing my face and before applying my foundation, which made it glide on and blend much easier (ugh, don’t you just hate it when your foundation gets patchy looking because of your dry skin?). I only needed 1-2 pumps of this product to cover my face and neck.  It made my skin feel and look soft, healthy and happy!

The Bottom Line

Cypress SkinCare makes pure, good-for-your-skin oils that do any excellent job hydrating, cleansing, and nourishing your skin. Of course, the products are all vegan and cruelty-free, YAY! The Pure Love Cleanser and Face Love oil work wonderfully together, and Body Love is an excellent, all-natural body moisturizer. I highly recommend giving these products a try!

Thank you, CYPRESS SkinCare for sending me these products to review!

Donut Friend

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Donut Friend

5107 York Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90065

DIG it or DITCH it? If you’re looking for out-of-this-freakin’-world donuts that just happen to be vegan, you gotta check out Donut Friend! I DIG it, for sure, and so do non-vegans!! Read on to find out more and to see pics of their little donut masterpieces!

Atmosphere: Donut Friend is a cool, grungy shop with the classic laid-back, Cali vibe. As Nirvana provides the soundtrack, vegans and non-vegans alike can order pre-made donuts or design their own DIY, fat and sugar-filled works of art! With fruits, nuts, and sauces, the combinations are pretty much endless. You can literally make the donut of your dreams!

Food: The pre-made donuts cost between $2.50 – $3.00 which is completely reasonable! Whether you like donuts with fresh fruit and nuts, or just want to completely indulge with a coconut bacon and caramel piece de resistance, there is something to make just about everybody extremely happy!

Since I wanted to try as many donuts as possible, as quickly as possible, I ordered six of the immaculately decorated pre-made donuts. Ok, enough talking, let’s jump right in!

First up is The YOUTH BRULÉE donut, described as “A bullseye donut filled with bavarian cream and topped with bruleed sugar and orange zest.” This guy did NOT disappoint! The caramelized sugar was super sweet and crunchy, which was a nice contrast to the soft and somewhat chewy dough which had been fried to perfection. The brueleed sugar featured the subtle taste of citrus, while the cream in the center was ultra rich and creamy. Ugh, I miss this donut!

The BACON 182 (awesome name!) is a “Real maple glaze and coconut bacon on top of our traditional donut.” Oh man, this donut surprised me! The coconut bacon had an incredibly strong smoky flavor that really resembled actual bacon. That smokiness was perfectly paired with a thick, sugary maple glaze atop of a dense, fried donut. My omnivore boyfriend loved this one!

 

 The RITES OF SPRINKLES is “A moist cake donut with your choice of glaze and sprinkles.” If you like a good, classic donut, this one is for you. This donut was dense and satisfying. The thin vanilla glaze was sweet and delicious, and who doesn’t like rainbow sprinkles?!


The SOMETHING COCONUT donut is “Coconut cream inside our traditional donut, topped with a vanilla glaze, toasted coconut, and a pinch of lime zest.” I love coconut… like, I REALLY love coconut. Coconut iced coffee, coconut milk, coconut shampoo, coconut lotion, coconut deodorant, you name it! So, it is no surpirse that I loved this awesome donut. It was super decadent with a vanilla glaze and sweet shredded coconut on top, and a thick coconut cream inside to take it up a notch. Holy #$%$ this was good!

 

The PANDA BERRY is “A traditional donut topped with a mixed berry glaze, vegan white chocolate, and a fresh black berry.” This little guy was jam packed with fresh berry flavor! The berry glaze was as sweet as could be with the taste of natural berries.  The hint of white chocolate was a nice touch!

THE STRAWBERRY SO FAR is a limited edition donut described asA strawberries & cream glaze and a fresh strawberry on top of a raised donut.” Just like the PANDA BERRY, this little gem had fresh berries and a sugary, natural strawberry flavored glaze on top of a moist and perfectly fried donut. You  really can’t go wrong with this one!

Have you been to Donut Friend??? Which one was your favorite? 

Georgia Charms Cosmetics Product Reviews 

Company: Georgia Charms Handmade Cosmetics  

“Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, Bath Bombs, Bubble Bars and More”

“I believe in the therapy of natural cosmetics. Sometimes all you need to turn your day into a happy one is a hot bath, a beautiful bath bomb, and a good book. I love providing people with things that they will enjoy and brighten their day. Enjoy the little things in life!”

Products:

Mother of Unicorns 40 oz. XXXL Bath Bomb – $15.00 USD

Rose Glow Pearl Priming and Setting Mist (2.7 oz. – $12.00 USD)

Cool As A Cucumber Facial Toner (2.7 oz – $7.95 USD)

Reviews:

Let’s just jump right in and talk about the GIANT BATH BOMB in the room! The Mother of Unicorns 40 oz. XXXL Bath Bomb is everything you could ever want in a bath bomb… just a lot more of it! Everything from the sweet strawberry fragrance, the bright pink, yellow, and blue colors to the biodegradable glitter is absolutely fantastic! Not gonna lie, I had a hard time waiting to take pictures of this. I just wanted to throw it in the tub to watch what happens! To put the size of this Mother of Unicorns Bath Bomb into perspective, a Lush bath bomb is 6.3 ounces. This bad boy is over 6 times as big! Now that is a big mother (of Unicorns)!

Once I dropped this gigantic bath bomb into the tub, it fizzed and danced around for over 2 minutes! It swirled the beautiful pink, yellow, and blue colors to create the bathtub masterpiece you see above! See the “V” for vegan?! Once the bubbles disappeared you’re left with gorgeous amethyst colored water that I just didn’t want to put down the drain! I do have to note that my bathtub was stained a bright magenta color which required me to scrub it with bleach. It’s a good idea to clean your tub after each use, so it wasn’t too big of a deal. Totally worth it!


The Rose Glow Pearl Priming and Setting Mist is another super unique product from Georgia Charms. It’s a primer and setting spray made with homemade rose water and aloe vera juice to hydrate and nourish the skin, witch hazel to purify, and natural mica to give ya some shimmer! It has a light, natural, powdery rose fragrance and the shimmer is a golden tone that makes tanned summer skin and pretty much all skin tones look GORGEOUS!
This spray is not shy with the shimmer, so 1-2 sprays is all you need. Unless of course, you want to look like a Golden Globe Award, which is cool, too. I did have a few instances where the pump got stuck, and when I tried again, I got a ton of product on me. So, I suggest giving it a practice pump, then spraying it onto your face. This product really does give your skin a nice and summery glow while giving it a kiss of hydration. I sprayed it on my collar bones and arms to look like the mermaid I was born to be, because why the heck not?


The Cool as A Cucumber Soothing Facial Toner is a nice and refreshing treat for ya skin! Aloe vera and witch hazel hydrate your pretty little face while cucumber extract cools and calms. This is perfect for hot summer days and nights when you don’t want to use a heavy moisturizer but still want a little something on your skin. The fine mist smells of fresh cucumbers and quickly absorbs into the skin, making it the perfect for using under your makeup or moisturizer.

The Bottom Line

The Mother of Unicorns XXXL Bath Bomb is probably the most fun I’ve ever had taking a bath! I highly recommend trying this, or any of the other XXXL bath bombs out. The Rose Glow Setting Mist is a great product, just be careful with the pump! The Cool as a Cucumber Soothing Facial Toner is nice and refreshing, and I would recommend it to anyone that likes the smell of cucumber! Georgia Charms makes unique, high-quality products that are fun to use and great for your skin. Head on over to their site to check out all that they have to offer!

Thank you, Georgia Charms Cosmetics, for sending me these products to review!

Sand Cloud – Whale Tail Necklace Review

Company: Sand Cloud

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Sand Cloud supports the following organizations; Marine Conservation Institute, The Surfrider Foundation, Pacific Marine Mammal Center, San Diego Coastkeeper, and Hawaii Wildlife Fund.

Product: Sterling Silver Whale Tail Necklace – $27.00 USD



Review:

The pictures speak for themselves this time! Look at this cute 100% Sterling Silver necklace! It’s made high-quality silver and matches any outfit! The front of the whale tail catches the light and has a brilliant shine, while the back of the tail has “Save the Fishies” engraved into it. The dainty chain is 16″ long and there are multiple loops for adjusting the length. I truly love this necklace and the fact that 10% of Sand Cloud’s profits are donated to the awesome organizations listed above.

Thank you, Sand Cloud, for accepting me into your Ambassador Program!

 

Blue Ridge Hemp Co. CBD Infused Product Reviews 

Company: Blue Ridge Hemp Co.

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“We have taken Industrial Hemp derived CBd and combined it with other ethically and sustainably source Terpene rich botanicals to form products that allow all people to harness the healing power of Cannabis.”

Products:


CBD Infused Roll-On Essential Oil Blend – Joint Care ( 10 ml, 50 mg CBD – $20.00 USD)

CBD Infused Massage & Body Oil ( 8 oz, 100mg CBD – $40.00 USD)

CBD Infused Salve ( 2 oz, 200 mg CBD – $50.00 USD)

All 3 Products – Joint Care Bundle (On Sale for $90.00 USD)

Info/Links:

So, if you’re anything like me, you may have questions about CBD. What is it? What is it used for? Is it legal? Don’t worry, Blue Ridge Hemp Co.’s website breaks this information down for ya! Click here for general info about the company/CBD or check out the science behind CBD.

Alright everybody, put your science hats on for a second. CBD (Cannabidiol) is a nonaddictive compound derived from Industrial Hemp that is known for its health effects, like reducing pain and inflammation and even improves anxiety and stress. It is not psychoactive (it doesn’t get you high) and does not contain THC (I told you, it won’t get you high!).  I highly recommend that you check out their website to become an expert, I mean, why not? This is interesting stuff!

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Reviews:

Alright, let’s do this! The first product I tried was the CBD Infused Roll-On Essential Oil Blend – Joint Care. It comes packaged in a super handy roller ball and contains 10 ml of product with 50 mg of CBD. Grapeseed Oil is the base of this product, along with Cannabis Sativa L. Extract (CBD). Turmeric and White Willow Bark amp up the pain and inflammation fighting ability of this product, and essential oils from Pine, Juniper Berry, Rosemary, Lemon Peel, and Peppermint give this a unique herbal, woodsy fragrance that I honestly freakin’ love and look forward to!

I used the Roll-On about 3-4 times a day on my hands (my joints always hurt), feet, and temples. I love how convenient it was to take with me and how quickly I could apply it wherever I needed it. How effective was it? Well, keep reading or skip to The Bottom Line at the end of this post.

 

Next up, is the CBD Infused Massage & Body Oil. You get 8 oz with a 100 mg of CBD. This oil has the same fresh and woodsy scent as the Roll-On, and it is a thin oil with a bunch of moisturizing ingredients. It contains Sunflower, Sesame Seed, and Jojoba oils, which will leave your skin feeling hydrated after you use it (who doesn’t like a multi-functional product?!). It is mineral oil based, so if you avoid that or are sensitive to it, I suggest you look into the other products in Blue Ridge Hemp Co.’s wide range of products.

I used this massage oil on my hands and feet to reduce joint pain and stiffness. I did, however, forget that I fired my personal masseuse (sarcasm, I’m so cute), so I did not get to use it on my sore back except for the time my boyfriend got home early and helped me out. Thanks, babes! It is important to note that this oil has a higher concentration of CBD than the Roll-On.

Last but not least, is the CBD Infused Salve that contains 2 oz of product with 200 mg of CBD. This product is Mango Butter based and also contains Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, and Menthol. The scent is similar to the others, but you also get fruity notes and hints of cocoa with a slight cooling sensation from the menthol. I really like this scent! This product has the highest concentration of CBD. I used it at night time before bed on my hands and feet. It has the texture of a thick balm and a little bit goes a long way! It melts into your skin quickly and leaves behind the awesome scent!

The Bottom Line

I am so glad I got the opportunity to try out these products from Blue Ridge Hemp Co.! They are made with good-for-you ingredients, the packaging is dope, and the company itself is aimed at helping people deal with pain in a natural, vegan, and cruelty-free way (Tylenol, who?). Pretty awesome.

I would say that I have pretty severe pain in my hands, and I do feel that these products have decreased the pain and stiffness over the past week. With continued use, I am sure it will continue to help. If you have severe pain like I do, I highly suggest that you select the products with the highest concentration of CBD, like the salve and gel or give a bundle like this one a try. If you are looking for a product that is quick and easy to use on the go, definitely try out the Roll-Ons! They have a range of products that address muscle pain, joint pain, stress, and more. There are also body scrubs, lotions, and even transdermal patches that I definitely want to try out!

I highly recommend these products and enjoy using them! Thank you, Blue Ridge Hemp Co., for generously giving me these products to review! I truly enjoyed meeting you and will be a customer for life! Head on over to their website to learn more about CBD and sign up for a $10 off coupon on your order! They’re also on Instagram @BlueRidgeHempCo. Let me know how you like the products!

 

 

 

RAWNAISSANCE Desserts Review 

Company:  Rawnaissance Desserts – Raw Organic Desserts

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Their products are 100% Organic, Corn Free, Cruelty Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Raw, Soy Free,  Sugar Free, and VEGAN!

Product: 

Assorted Chocolates, Truffles, Bonbons, and Pralines

Review:


I could barely contain my excitement as I stared down at this lovely box of chocolates! Look how gorgeous and unique each piece is!



Look at these beauties! My favorite was peanut butter and jelly flavored! A raw peanut topped a peanut butter mousse treat which was covered in smooth, rich dark chocolate. That would be good enough but then you get a extra sweet kick of candied grape jelly! Absolute perfection!

Honorable mentions include: a Mint Chocolate truffle that was sweet and refreshing (think of a high quality York Peppermint Patty), a tropical treat with coconut covered pineapple mousse with an almond inside, and a beautifully decorated heart with wings that had a sweet raspberry purée with chocolate mousse! The pralines were sweet and full of fresh, crunchy nuts. The solid chocolates melt away in your mouth like a dream and the nougat-filled candies are spot on!

The Bottom Line

This assortment of chocolates truly had something for everyone! From lavender infused to pistachio, white chocolate, nougat, coconut cream and coffee beans! The design of each chocolate was unique and carefully crafted which made each piece a beautiful and delicious work of art! The ingredients are of the highest quality, and they arrived at my doorstep in perfect condition (hard to do when it’s 85 degrees out!). Honestly, there are so many flavors, you really need to just order them and try them out for yourself! I highly recommend it!

Thank you, Rawnaissance Desserts, for sending me this chocolates to review!