Arbonne Protein Shakes, Energy Drinks, Cosmetics and More!

Company: Arbonne

Hello again, thanks for stopping by!

Since trying Arbonne products a month or two ago, I’ve gotten really interested in their wide range of products! I was sent a sample pack of products and here are a few of my favorites!

If you’re looking for a quick, nutritious snack or meal, try Arbonne’s Vanilla Protein Shake Mix! Every serving contains 20 grams of protein from peas, cranberries and rice. These individual serving packets are convenient to take with you to work, the gym, you name it! It is suggested to mix this with water, but I whipped up a fabulous smoothie by using vanilla almond milk and some frozen berries. Yum!

This shake is a good source of vitamins and minerals but you will most likely need to take a multi-vitamin to reach the recommended daily amounts. This is great nutritious snack or post-workout protein source. The Chocolate Protein Shake Mix was also fantastic!

I really like the Pomegranate Energy Fizz Sticks and Citrus Energy Fizz Sticks for a quick and easy pick me up! They are conveniently package to take on the go and help to power through the day!  Thanks to Guarana, Chromium, Green Tea, and Ginsing, these little guys will definitely put some pep in your step!

The Shea Butter Hand Cream has a rich formula, sweet scent, and quickly absorbs to hydrate dry skin. Shea butter, coconut oil, and Vitamin E are the star ingredients that combine together to make one heck of a moisturizer! I like to take this with me to apply throughout the day. Love it!

I’m also really loving the Pure  Pure Vibrance ColorLast Hair Serum. This lightweight serum has a subtle citrus-y scent and is formulated to help reduce fading hair color, and also protects hair from heat styling, fights frizz, and adds shine. This hair serum delivers as promised! I worked it into my damp hair, and it really helped to smooth the ends and reduce frizz. My curls were noticeably shiny, bouncy, and smelled so nice! Read the full ingredient list here.

The Makeup Primer has a slick texture and easily glides onto the skin and allows for even foundation and concealer application. It smoothes the texture of the skin, so it is great if you are concerned with breakouts, etc. and when applied strategically, it can help reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines.

On days that I want my skin to look its best (which is pretty much every day, amiright?), I use this primer after my moisturizer and before my foundation.

The Bottom Line

Arbonne offers tons of vegan and cruelty-free products that are definitely worth trying out! Whether you’re looking for bath and body products, cosmetics, or health and nutrition products for the whole fam, Arbonne has something for ya!

Visit my friend’s Arbonne page to check out all that Arbonne has to offer!

Finally Trying Arbonne Products – My Thoughts!

Company: Arbonne

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Review: I have always been curious about Arbonne products, but for some reason, had never tried them. They offer a wide range of products from mascara to protein bars, so why not give ’em a try?

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First, I tried the It’s A Long Story Mascara. I must say, that I really like it! I am not usually a fan of mascaras with plastic bristle brushes but this one works very well. It separates and lengthens every lash and makes them super black. The more coats you put on, the longer and more dramatic your lashes look. I didn’t have any issues with it smearing during the day. This is generally a fantastic mascara!

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Next, is their simply named Makeup Primer. It has a thick consistency and has the typical “silicone” primer feel to it. This primer glides on the skin quickly and easily to create a smooth canvas for your face makeup. I can’t say for sure if it prolonged the wear of my makeup (since I use a setting spray) but it did help to make my skin appear smoother.

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Arbonne’s Shea Butter Hand Cream is a great little moisturizer! It has a thick consistency and a sweet, sugary fragrance. It absorbed into my skin within seconds and left behind soft skin. Shea butter is the star ingredient which nourishes skin with no greasiness, yay!

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Like I said, Arbonne offers a wide range of products, not just beauty related items. Their Arbonne Essentials Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Protein Snack Bars are one of many health products that they offer. Although the flavor of the bar was dark chocolate, I would say that this bar wasn’t very sweet. If you’re not a huge fan of sugary snacks, but still want a protein boost, this bar may be for you! It has 10 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber, so it was actually pretty filling despite its small size!

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Next, the Energy Fizz Sticks in the Pomegranate Flavor is another health item that can give your day a little kick! This powder easily mixes into water to provide B vitamins, chromium, green tea, guarana, and ginseng to help power through your day feeling alert and energized! Although I rely on coffee most days, these energy sticks are a great (healthier) alternative. All you have to do is throw one in your bag and use it when you’re feeling a little sluggish. I like these a lot!

The Bottom Line

If I had to chose, I think the mascara is my favorite product that I tried! I love how it darkens and lengthens my little lashes! The makeup primer definitely made my skin appear a little smoother and the hand cream did a great job hydrating my dry, winter skin, so I really enjoyed those as well.

If you like animal-friendly products that actually work, I think you should give Arbonne a try! I’m particularly impressed with the makeup and body products! Thank you to Natalie, for sending me these products to review, and I look forward to trying more Arbonne products in the future!

Head on over to their website to check out all of Arbonne’s products!

2017 Vegan Holiday Gift Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I am thrilled to share with you my spectacular gift guide full of products for anyone and everyone on your list! Whether you’re looking for amazing skincare, delicious snacks or even something for the dog, check out this guide to create the ultimate vegan and cruelty-free holiday season for you and your family!!!

Food & Snacks

Instead of “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”, try out these snacks (no fire needed)! They’re healthy, delicious, and sure to please everyone’s taste buds!

Organic Living SuperFoods offers unique and flavorful snacks that you would never guess were healthy! Their Dark Chocolate Coconut Chunks, Cinnamon Pecans and Coconut Fig Superfood Squares incorporate traditional holiday flavors that everyone loves but in guilt-free, good-for-you snacks! Their Supergreen Smoothie Mix amps up your smoothies and their Pomegranate Acai Matcha Antioxi-T Blend will be a hit with tea lovers! Read my full review of the products above!

You also must try their different flavors of sprouted nuts… I’m talkin’ Pizzalmonds, Buffalo Almonds and Ranch Cashews, and Salt & Vinegar Almonds (read my review here)!  They also just launched their brand new rewards program that will let you earn points that can be redeemed for coupons and discounts!

The holidays aren’t really the holiday without cookies! Thankfully, Maxine’s Heavenly makes these vegan Pumpkin Pecan Spice cookies that everyone will love! They’re gluten-free, soy free, and absolutely delicious! Check out my review of these cookies and their other fantastic flavors! They’re better than homemade and perfect for hostess gifts and stocking stuffers!

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Oganikk Artisanal Spinach Chips are healthy, handmade spinach chips that are everything you want in a snack, without all of the bad stuff! They’re bursting with flavor and packed with nutrients! The Cheezy Paprika flavor is my personal favorite… check out my review of these incredible snacks here. Who wouldn’t love some tasty snacks for the holidays?

Bath & Body Products

“Baby, its cold outside…’ so enjoy these fabulous soaps, bath bombs, bath soaks and shower gels in a steamy hot shower or bubble bath!

Not Soap, Radio specializes in creating products that are fun colors, have funky names, and fabulous, oh-my-goodness-I-smell-amazing scents! The Phoenix Bubbles for bath/shower is sweet, fruity, and refreshing! You, or whichever lucky person gets this on your shopping list, will definitely exit the shower or bath feeling re-energized and renewed!

This Peace, Joy & Sanity gift set comes with 3-bubbles for bath/shower and 3- hand/body lotions so it is the perfect way to try out the products! They come packaged in small travel-friendly bottles and truly smell amazing! Read my full review of this gift set and The Phoenix Bubbles for bath/shower, here. I also am a huge fan of their fragrance for hair/body… read more here! They have TONS of gift sets available now so head on over to their website!

If you’ve been on social media sometime between 2015 and now, you are probably aware that bath bombs have taken over! I’ve had the opportunity to try out quite a few and I highly recommend the fabulous bath bombs from Soul Shine Cosmetics! The Warm Vanilla Sugar and Green Tea Bath Bombs are the perfect way to relax and forget about all of the stress that can come along with the season!

I must also recommend the Cinnamon Apple Pie Lip Scrub that really smells and tastes like apple pie! This moisturizing sugar scrub gently exfoliates to reveal a perfect pout that is ready to get kissed under the mistletoe! Read my full review of these products, including the adorable Owl Soy Candle pictured above, here!

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Keep with the spirit of giving this holiday season with Soapbox Soaps! This fantastic company donates bar soaps to people in need with every purchase! How amazing is that?! These hand soaps leave your hands feeling clean, soft, and smelling absolutely divine! They make a perfect hostess gift and the bar soaps are perfect stocking stuffers! Read more about the products above, here! Click here to read my previous review of their wonderful hair care and soap products.

Not sure what to get the person that has everything? How about Moon Luv Vegan Skin Care’s unique and luxurious Hibiscus Coconut Monoi Bath Soak? This bath soak is infused with Rose Quartz, the stone of love and beauty. Tahitian gardenias and hibiscus blossom-infused dead sea salts exfoliate your skin and make you feel like you’re at tropical spa! Read my full review!

Hair Care

If you know someone that likes to go “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”, make sure their hair looks good while you do it!

Do you know someone with curly locks and want to give the gift of good hair? Look no further than Evolvh Luxury Hair Care!  The SmartCurl Hydrating Wash and Conditioner, paired with their SmartStart Leave-in Conditioner will absolutely make this the best holiday ever for that curly-headed person on your shopping list! Click here for my full review! Know someone that needs a little volume in their life? Check out my review of Evolvh’s fabulous Volume Collection! Use code “Holiday20” to get 20% off on Black Friday (and Saturday)! Also, check out “The Love Your Hair Collection”, thier exclusive Cyber Monday gift set!

If you’re looking for environmentally-friendly haircare, Plaine Products has a new, innovative way to help the environment while making you feel like you’re at a spa! Their high-quality shampoo and conditioner come packaged in recycled aluminum bottles that you return to the company when they’re empty! The bottles are then reused to cut down on plastic waste that ends up polluting our environment! Read my full review here.

Clothing & Accessories

It’s the holidays but who says you can only “Deck the Halls“? Now is the perfect time to get all decked out in vegan-themed apparel!

You can’t go wrong with the cute designs from Vegan Police Shop! Their “Ferocious Vegan” t-shirt was the first vegan t-shirt I ever bought, and is still a favorite to this day! Check out my review of these adorable buttons, tote, and lunch bag! Why not pick up some cute accessories that show off your love of animals and the planet?

Jewels by SJB creates unique, hand-made jewelry that spreads the vegan message! Go ahead and pick up something sparkly for yourself, your girlfriend or just about anybody on your list! There are tons of items to chose from, so head on over to their shop to check ’em out!  Best of all, a portion of each purchase is donated to help animals in need! Read more about this fanatic company and their products in my full review!

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Calling all eco-conscious fashionistas! Corkor creates sustainable and fashionable bags from cork! This Cork Clutch easily transitions from an over-the-shoulder or crossbody bag during the day, to a cute and classy clutch for a night out! Check out my full review of this fabulous bag, here!

Skin Care

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let it Snowbut don’t forget to take care of your skin! Without a doubt, there is someone on your list that would love some natural and cruelty-free skincare!

Jivana’s Pitta Balancing Treatment Oil is perfect for sensitive and reactive skin! This really hydrates and reduces redness and is as natural as can be! There’s a formulation to make everyone’s skin merry and bright! Check out my full review!

Give them a bottle of Leven RoseRosehip Night Serum and you’re sure to make them smile! It smells like lavender and contains rosehip seed oil to help keep your skin looking smooth, young, and healthy! Read my full review!

Looking for something that will fight breakouts and clarify the skin? Zglow Skincare’s Clearing Mud Mask is a powerful skin treatment that draws out bacteria and impurities to clear the skin naturally. It also is an amazing spot treatment! Click here for my full review of this face mask and more!

Men’s Skin and Beard Oil

Pick up some high quality skin care products for your man’s beard! “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”… and little elf told me this is how he keeps his beard looking so nice!

Makes Scents Natural Spa Line’s Burly Men’s Line is the perfect gift for the manliest-manly man on your list! The Burly Scrub is a rough and tough body scrub that’s perfect for exfoliating away all of those dead skin cells. The Burly Balm is a moisturizer specifically made for guys that need some help in the dry skin department, and the Burly Hair And Beard Oil will get even the scraggliest beards into shape! Check out my full review of the Burly Men’s Line here, and read my previous review of their body butter and body scrub!

Candles

“All is calm, all is bright” when you light up these fragrant and long-lasting candles! Best of all, they’re named after movies and books!

Firefly Candle Company creates soy candles with fantastic, seasonal scents that truly enhance the holiday spirit! Their vegan “You Know Nothing, Jon Snow” candle smells of men’s cologne what we all would imagine the beautiful Jon Snow of Game of Thrones to smell like! You may not be able to give Jon Snow to your family or friends, but at least their house can smell like him!

Wizards Ball is another vegan candle that really epitomizes the scents of the season. It has notes of  christmas trees, snow, mistletoe, spiced cider and roasting chestnuts… not even the biggest Scrooge couldn’t resist this scent! Read my full review of these oh-so-nice candles!

Subscription Boxes

We look forward to the holidays all year long and sing “Joy to the World” when they’re finally here! With a subscription box, you can give a gift that keeps on giving year round!

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The All Around Vegan Box subscription box includes snacks, lifestyle and activism products. This is the perfect gift for snack lovers, animal rights activists, and vegans new and old! Use code “TREASURE10” for 10% off! Read my full review for the details!

Don’t Forget about the Dog!

These treats are sure to have Scruffy Barkin’ Around the Christmas Tree!

Your furbaby will absolutely love these plant-based treats from V-Dog! My dogs can’t get enough of the Wiggle Biscuits and absolutely adore the Breathbones which actually helped with their doggy breath! Want to switch your dog to an all vegan diet? Read my thoughts about V-Dog’s Kinder Kibble and Breathbones here and my thoughts on their incredibly cute Wiggle Biscuits! Make sure you pick something up for Scruffy!

Thank you to all of my readers and to all of the fantastic companies that participated in my 2017 Vegan Holiday Gift Guide ! 

Happy Holidays!

Rose Affinity Nourished Foundation and Toner Review

Company: Rose Affinity

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Products:

Nourished Foundation (0.68 ounces/20 ml.) $22.00 USD

Rose Fountain Toner (4 fluid ounces/118 ml) $16.00 USD

 

 

Reviews:

This Rose Fountain Toner smells like a bouquet of freshly cut roses! I really can’t get enough of the scent! When you spray this fine mist on your face it calms and lightly hydrates thanks to Aloe Leaf Juice and Rose Flower Water.

This toner is perfect to use after you cleanse your skin and before using a moisturizer, serum, or beauty oil. It’s also fantastic to mist over your makeup to eliminate overly powdery makeup or just to give your face a dewy finish. You get a lot of product in this bottle so it will last quite some time, not to mention that the packaging is adorable!

The Nourished Foundation is a tinted face cream that is packed with skin loving ingredients. Aloe Vera and Jojoba Oil hydrate and calm the skin along with DMAE and MSM to give you a brightening effect. This is a light coverage foundation that illuminates and enhances your skin. I use this all over my face for a healthy glow and then use concealer wherever I need it. I found this product was best applied with my fingertips, as opposed to a blending sponge or brush.

Overall, this foundation creates a your-skin-but-better look.  Usually, I’m a medium to full coverage kind of girl, but I really like how this foundation gives me an effortlessly natural look.

The Bottom Line

From the cute packaging to the natural ingredients, I truly enjoy this foundation and toner! These specific products are vegan, cruelty-free, and paraben free (YASSSSS!). I recommend these products to anyone that is looking to clean up their skincare and makeup routine. Of course, if you love roses, I think you will love this brand!

Thank you, Rose Affinity, for sending me these vegan and cruelty-free products!

Meraki Botanicals – Vegan Lip Balm Set Review

Company: Meraki Botanicals

Products: Vegan Lip Balm Set (4 – 0.5 oz. tins) $15.00 USD

Review: It can be tough finding an all-natural lip balm that doesn’t contain beeswax, so I was super excited to try out the Vegan Lip Balm Set from Meraki Botanicals. This set comes with 4 lip balms: Rose, Orange, Lavender, and Mint.

These balms are made with coconut oil, shea butter, and soy wax, which completely proves that you don’t need beeswax to make a good, moisturing lip balm! They are scented with essential oils, and thats about it! Less is more!

When you rub the product with your finger, it melts slightly so when you put it on your lips, it soaks right in. These are definitely hydrating and give your pout a nice glossy sheen that is not sticky whatsoever.

The Mint flavor is my favorite because it smells like sweet spearmint. The scent of the Orange flavored balm is very subtle. The orange scent mixes with the shea butter, giving it a light orange vanilla-ish flavor.

The floral balms, Rose and Lavender, have a stronger scent than the other two. I prefer food flavored lip balms, but these are pleasant and would absolutely be a winner to people that love flower scents. Since coconut oil, shea butter and soy wax can be used anywhere on the body, I will be using these on my elbows, cuticles, and wherever else needs some moisture.

The Bottom Line

These Vegan Lip Balms are as natural as can be and do a great job hydrating. I absolutely love the sheen they give my lips! The colorful labels and the durable metal tins are adorable, so these get an A+ for packaging! The Orange and Mint flavors are fantastic. I highly recommend these products, and if you’re a flower child, try out the Rose and Lavender balms. You can purchase the set of 4 or order them individually. Head on over to the Meraki Botanicals website to see what they have to offer! Let me know what you think of these vegan lip balms!