2018 Holiday Gift Guide ūüéĀ

‘Tis the season for animal-friendly gift giving! This year, I created a vegan and cruelty-free Holiday Gift Guide for In Defense of Animals!

Click this link to enter to win all of the items in our guide! Happy Holidays! ūüéĀ

VeganPoliceShop.com

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Essance Organic Skincare

Company: Essance Organic Skincare

“HERBAL INFUSED SKINCARE:¬†Raw beauty is possible with natural ingredients.¬†Handmade so you can feel amazing, loved, and beautiful.”

Review:

I’m so excited to be back! While I was away, I tried out a fantastic products from a brand called Essance Organic Skincare! Their products are made in Portland, OR and honestly, their everything I want in my skincare products! They’re organic, vegan, cruelty-free, and full of beneficial plants and herbs!

I had the opportunity to try out a bunch of their¬†products that are included in their Dragon’s Blood Starter Package. Don’t worry, Khalisi’s dragons weren’t harmed to make these products! They are named for the antioxidant rich and anti-inflammatory ingredients called Sangre de Drago (aka Dragon’s Blood).

Ok, let’s go!

First, the Dragon’s Blood Cleanser is great for all skin types and does a great job removing the day’s dirt, oil, and make up without drying your skin. Its thick, rich formula contains skin-loving ingredients including aloe vera, olive oil, papaya, rosehip seed oil, MSM, frankincense to not only cleanse, but to moisturize and fight signs of aging, dryness, and inflammation! This isn’t just a cleanser, it is a skin treatment in and of itself.

After cleansing, I spritzed on the Dragon’s Blood Toner. All you need to do is lightly mist this refreshing toner all over you face and let the orange blossum, peppermint, witch hazel, lavendar, frankincense, and Chaga mushroom balance and reinvigorate your skin in preparation for the products below!

To seal the benefits of the toner into your skin, immediately apply the Dragon’s Blood Cream. It easily glides onto the skin which quickly drank it up like a sponge, leaving my complexion looking dewy and ready for make up! This cream has the same plant-based ingredients as the cleanser to really give your skin the benefits of these fantastic ingredients.

At night after cleansing and toning, I used the Dragon’s Blood Serum which has the same fresh, herbal scent as the rest of the line. This product is more like a thick cream/serum hybrid, jam packed with Chaga mushroom, Rooisbos Tea, coconut oil, rose distallate, rosehip, argan oil, sea buckthorn, pomegranate, and carrot oil. This list of superstar ingredients moisturizes and supplies anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties as you sleep. Your skin really couldn’t ask for more!

If you’re looking for a great body moisturizer, their Passionfruit Lotion¬†is great for everyday use to keep your skin healthy and hydrated. Like the rest of their products, it easily absorbs right into the skin. I love the light scent and the long list of all natural ingredients including aloe, jojoba, coconut oil, rose, and rooibos tea.

Last but not least, is the Passionfruit Lip balm! If I don’t have lip balm on, I really don’t feel my best! My lips dry out almost immediately (yesssss, mom, I drink plenty of water), so I’m always looking for a healthy, vegan and cruelty free lip product that moisturizes and doesn’t break the bank! I love this lip balm because it does everything a great lip balm should!

The Bottom Line

If you’re looking for some serious skincare but want all natural, plantbased, and crueltyfree ingredients, Essance Skincare is for you! Each and every product contains all natural, nourishing ingredients that make your skin look healthy and glowing! I love how my skin looks! I only need a little concealer and I’m out the door! The redness is my cheeks is not as noticeable and my skin just looks radiant and cared for! Essance Skincare truly makes amazing products that are good for you, the environment and the animals!

Head on over to their website and let me know what you try! Thank you, Essance Organic Skincare, for sending me these products to review!

Natural Thriving Boutique Natural Insect Repellant

Company: Natural Thriving Clean Beauty and Wellness Boutique

Products: 

Elegant Rose Insect Repellent

Campers Shampoo and Body Bar – Natural Insect Repellent

Reviews:

If you are vegan and/or want a natural way to keep the bugs away, look no further! Natural Thriving Boutique offers a chemical-free bug repellant made with essential oils that will allow you to enjoy all of your favorite outdoor activities without the ridiculous toxins found in other bug sprays. Trust me, you don’t want to breathe in the store-bought stuff!

Lemon, eucalyptus, citronella, geranium, and peppermint oils combine to create a bright, herbal, citrus-y scent that is SO refreshing. Just spray on a few pumps of this fine mist and, you’re good to go explore the outdoors (or just sit outside and sip your coffee). It is even safe for your pets!

I’m happy to report that this spray does, in fact, keep the bugs away. Repel them, don’t kill them!

I also received a sample of Campers Shampoo & Body Bar. If you’ve read my reviews before, you know that I LOVE a good, multi-use product! If not, Hi, I’m Julie, and I want everything in my life to be multi-functional.¬†

This bar has an uplifting and refreshing scent that is very similar to the Insect Repellant spray, and contains coconut oil, shea butter, and lemon, eucalyptus, citronella, peppermint & geranium essential oils.

Under running water, it lathers up nicely and easily rinses clean from your hair and skin, leaving both thoroughly clean and smelling oh-so-fresh! You would never guess that this product is a natural bug repellant!

The Bottom Line

Natural Thriving Boutique offers effective vegan and cruelty-free products. Anyone, and I mean ANYONE that likes spending time outside needs this natural insect repellant! It works and smells great! I have some hiking trips planned and I will absolutely use these products!

Thank you, Natural Thriving Boutique for sending me these products to review and for offering natural, animal-friendly products!

Dr. Brite Berrylicious and Mint Chip Natural Toothpaste… and Special Discount Link

If you’ve stopped by my blog before, you probably know that I’m a superfan of Dr. Brite’s toothpastes and teeth whiteners! Their products are vegan and cruelty-free (of course), flouride-free, Non-GMO, and Gluten-free. It’s worth adding that they have AWESOME flavors that you won’t find anywhere else!

If you want to check out some of their newly released spring line, check out my review of their Coco Chai Organic Coconut Oil Whitening Toothpaste, Get Brite Whitening Pen, Stay Brite Natural Teeth Whitening Pen, and their Brite and Fresh Breath Freshener, here!

Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly love Dr. Brite’s products anymore… look what arrived in my mailbox! Their new Berrylicious Natural Vitamin C Toothpaste and Mint Chip Natural Antioxidant Whitening Toothpaste do NOT disappoint!

If you like strawberries and clean teeth, you will absolutely love the Berrylicious Natural Vitamin C Toothpaste! The berry flavor is definitely there, but not overpowering in anyway. As you brush, it foams slightly (there is NO need for chemical-filled foaming toothpaste for a clean, healthy smile) and gives your teeth and mouth a fresh, thoroughly cleaned feeling. I love this stuff and it is a great change from typical mint toothpaste.

The Mint Chip Natural Antioxidant Whitening Toothpaste is probably the most amazing toothpaste I have ever tried. It gives you a kick of refreshing mint along with delicious chocolate flavor and the same clean, healthy feeling as their other toothpastes. You might be confused when you use this… are you brushing your teeth or eating dessert? You might not be able to tell! ūüėČ

If you’re looking for fantastic quality products that are fun, effective, vegan and cruelty-free, you can’t go wrong with Dr. Brite! These toothpastes and teeth whiteners have been a part of my daily routine for months now and my smile has never looked so good!

If you give some products a try, please let me know which ones are your favorite! To save 10% you can use my affiliate link and enter code VeganTreasureHunter!

Talk soon! ūüėć

Seven Minerals Magnesium Oil is Exactly What I’ve Been Searching For! Goodbye Aches and Pains!

Company: Seven Minerals

SEVEN MINERALS¬ģ IS DEDICATED TO BRING MAGNESIUM OIL TO YOUR EVERYDAY ROUTINES – STAYING YOUNGER, HEALTHY AND PRETTY JUST GOT EASIER FOR YOU.

Magnesium is natures #1 miracle mineral and Magnesium Chloride Oil is the most bioavailable inorganic magnesium known in an easy-to-apply format that gets you the results you want quickly and easily so that you can look naturally pretty and youthful, be full of energy and stressless, feel more at ease and live pain free.

WE BRING THE VERY BEST TO YOU

We use the very best Magnesium Oil available on the market. Our Magnesium Oil is mined from its purest state, deep within a 250 million year-old Permian Seabed in the Southern United States. It is then tested to U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) Grade by PhD chemists to ensure that it is safe and 100% pure. There are very few brands on the market that can claim such purity about their Magnesium Oil.

Product: Seven Minerals Magnesium Oil with Aloe Vera (12 fl. oz/ 355 ml) $19.95 USD

Review:

Before I jump into the review, let me give you a run down on the uses of Magnesium and why it is so important!

  • WHAT IF YOU WOKE UP FEELING FULLY RESTED? Can you imagine the difference in your day if you actually woke up feeling rested, and didn’t have to deal with the pain you’ve been experiencing for so long? We know you’re as tough as they come, but we believe you deserve to finally feel good.
  • LESS PAIN + MORE BEAUTY= WIN-WIN. Not only does our Magnesium Oil Spray work miracles as a natural and powerful pain remedy, but it also does wonders for your skin and hair to revive your natural radiance and luster. You’ll have a lot more things to smile about. Because when you feel good, you look good too!
  • EXPERIENCE OUR “THRIVE IN FIVE” GUARANTEE! Our 100% Pure and Powerful Magnesium Oil is the perfect solution to give your body the magnesium it needs to give you the optimal health and wellness you’ve been waiting for. And we put our money where our mouth is. If you don’t feel better within 5 days of consistent use, then we’ll give you your money back. We’re confident you’ll love it!
  • SAY “HELLO” TO THE HAPPIER, MORE PRODUCTIVE YOU! Say “goodbye” to migraine headaches, menstrual pain, arthritis pain, back pain, muscle soreness, restless leg syndrome, constipation, insomnia, stress, anxiety, acne, and rosacea after using our premium Magnesium Oil Spray for 100% pure and safe skin application.
  • ELIMINATE PAIN. THE NATURAL WAY. No pills, no side-effects, no risk. Our company, Seven Minerals, created our Mineral Oil Spray with you in mind. It is pure, safe, and effective for even the most sensitive skin. The Organic Aloe Vera, makes our Mineral Oil Spray extra soothing, less itchy, and absorbs quickly and safely into your skin. Give yourself the gift of natural healing, and consider adding an extra one in your cart for your best friend. You found a solution worth sharing!

Review:

I was thrilled to try out Seven Minerals Magnesium Oil with Aloe Vera! With all of the indications listed above, who could resist?! Read more about the importance of Magnesium, here.

So, a little bit about me… I do yoga and weightlifting, so my muscles are sore all of the time. I also have allergies so I have frequent headaches and sinus issues and I am diabetic so I have general pain. I experience arthritis-like symptoms in my hands when I eat gluten and have several injuries that are quite painful. Needless to say, I’m a mess and desperately needed a natural remedy!

To be honest, I was a little skeptical when I heard about all of the benefits on Magnesium. I mean, can just one little element can help with all of my issues? We’ll see about that!

The consistency of this Magnesium Oil is very thin, just a little bit thicker than water. I chose the spray with Aloe Vera because it was the option for sensitive skin. It sprays in a fine mist and is fragrance/odor free. Since everything you put on your skin is absorbed in just a few seconds, the magnesium is designed to enter your system very quickly.

The first time I used this was on my feet. They were sore and I needed pain relief. I sprayed it on, rubbed it in, and waited a few minutes. To my surprise, my pain was significantly reduced! Then, I sprayed it on my arms and legs… low and behold, my headache went away. I couldn’t believe it! The next day, I sprayed it on my sore muscles from the previous day’s workout. Yup, it helped them too!

Now,  this spray is part of my everyday wellness routine. I use this on my muscles before and after working out, before bed to get a restful sleep, and anytime I just want to feel better!

The Bottom Line

I am absolutely impressed with how well this Magnesium Spray works! It gets rid of my pain without harmful chemicals, helps me sleep, and generally makes me feel healthier! I even call it my “Magnificent Spray”. Get it? Magnesium… Magnificent… you get it, haha.

I HIGHLY recommend this Magnesium Oil to anyone and everyone that is looking for a vegan, cruelty-free remedy that will get rid of your pain and help with many other issues. Keep a bottle in your purse, your gym bag, next to your bed, in your car… you’re not gonna want to be without it!

I look forward to trying out all of their formulas that are made for various issues/ailments. I can’t say enough good things about this product, so you just need to try it out for yourself!

Head on over to Seven Minerals to check out all of the products that they have to offer!

Del Vecchio’s Chicago Stuffed Pizza – The Answer To My Vegan Pizza Prayers

Helloooo Again! It has definitely been awhile since I’ve done a Treasure Hunt Location review, mainly because I haven’t been anywhere new! Well, my little vegan prayers have been answered and I found the BEST vegan pizza in my area of Asheville, NC.

Let’s jump right in!

LOCATION:

Del Vecchio’s Italian Restaurant

333 Merrimon Ave. Asheville, NC 28801

828-258-7222 delvecchiositalian.com

ATMOSPHERE:

Del Vecchio’s Italian Restaurant is located on Merrimon Avenue, one of the main streets in Asheville, NC. The vibe is laid back, friendly and inviting. It seems to be the go-to pizza spot for college kids. This small pizzeria has a long bar that takes up the majority of the restaurant and they have a few tables to sit down and eat inside and outside. The friendly staff greets you right away and the food is served quickly.

FOOD:

I’m originally from New Jersey, so I have some pretty high standards for great Italian food. I thought all was lost for authentic tasting pizza when I moved to Asheville. I had tried many spots, and the pizza was good, but I missed that zesty NJ/NY flavor.

Ooooh baby, I’ve found what I’ve been searching for at Del Vecchio’s! I ordered the 14″ Chicago Stuffed Pizza with vegan cheese, spinach and garlic for $24.99. It was an additional $3.00 for the vegan cheese. I know, I know, that’s a freakin’ expensive pizza, but I promise you from my head to the bottom of my cruelty-free shoes, it is worth it!

So what exactly is a Chicago Stuffed Pizza? Well, I had no idea but I live on the edge and ordered it anyway. It is a deep dish pizza that has cheese and toppings inside. It is topped with another thin layer of pizza dough and then tomato sauce. It’s baked until it the cheese is a beautiful melty mess and then served to you piping hot!

I’m not one of those people that eats pizza with a fork, but I made an exception for this one. Holy $hit this was amazing! Finally, my yankee tastebuds were reunited with zesty and tangy tomato sauce that I have so dearly missed. The cheese was creamy and melted to perfection. I actually asked what brand they used and it was Daiya! I was shocked because there was absolutely no aftertaste whatsoever.

The extra garlic and spinach inside really added another layer of mouthwatering flavor that I am daydreaming about as I type this. The dough itself was chewy and the crust had the perfect crisp to it. The showstopper tomato sauce on top was a train ticket to Flavortown and I never wanted to come back.

DIG IT OR DITCH IT?

DIG IT! I love everything about this pizza and plan to go back and try every vegan thing on their menu. The staff is great about preparing vegan and/or gluten-free options, which is refreshing. I’m not joking when I say that I daydream about this pizza. If you are in Asheville, you MUST try Del Vecchio’s and their fabulous Chicago Stuffed Pizza. It brought my sad, never-gonna-find-great-pizza-again thinkin’ heart back to life!

KINDri Cactus & Rose Skincare Review

Company: KINDri

“KINDri, a new natural, preservative-free line features a trio of anti-oxidant and mineral spiked treatments for both normal to oily and normal to dry complexions.¬† The name KINDri comes from the word ‚ÄúKind‚ÄĚ i.e. kind to the skin, kind to the environment and 100% committed to promoting intelligent, affordable,¬†Cruelty Free Beauty and Skin Care.”

Products:

Cactus & Rose Illuminating Face Oil (.50 oz) $30.00 USD

Cactus & Rose Healing Beauty Balm (.25 oz) $20.00 USD

Reviews:

Hello, hello! Welcome back fellow vegan treasure hunters! I’m excited to share these skincare products with you, so let’s jump right in!

When I try out new skincare products, I always ask the same questions:

  1. Is it vegan and cruelty-free?
  2. Is it made with natural ingredients?
  3. Is it effective?
  4. Is it reasonably priced?

KINDri‘s products check all of these boxes! They’re vegan and cruelty-free (of course!) and made with naturally nourishing ingredients. They do a wonderful job hydrating and caring for the skin and are priced just right! As a bonus, the packaging is beautiful!

The Cactus & Rose Illuminating Face Oil smells like a bouquet of fresh flowers. This golden oil absorbs quickly into the skin to deliver noticeably results. Take a look at the ingredients!

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These ingredients work together to heal, calm, and hydrate to give you ¬†glowing, youthful skin! I used this in the AM and PM, and even mixed a little into my foundation for a dewy finish! This oil took the place of my moisturizer and eye cream because I simply didn’t need them when I used this!

The Cactus & Rose Healing Beauty Balm does it all! This beauty balm is formulated to heal even the driest skin by using the best natural moisturizers out there! Take a look!

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With vitamins and fatty acids galore, this balm calms inflammation, improves hydration, protects from the elements, maintains elasticity, and inhibits water loss. Just put a dab wherever you need it and you’re good to go!

I loved using this on my super chapped lips and hands (winter has not been kind!). The floral scent is absolutely gorgeous and the thick, yet easily absorbed formula instantly delivers much needed moisture and forms a barrier between your skin to protect against the frigid winter temps. Put it on your lips before going to bed and you will wake up with a perfectly moisturized pout. A little goes a long way, so the jar will last for quite some time!

The Bottom Line

KINDri makes vegan and cruelty-free products that protect, hydrate, and enhance the natural beauty of your skin. The plant-based ingredients are packed with vitamins and fatty acids that improve the quality of your skin almost immediately and nourish your skin to keep you looking youthful.

I highly recommend these products to anyone and everyone that wants simple to use products that will give you glowing, healthy skin!

Thank you, KINDri, for sending me these products to review!

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!

Flawless Beauty Essentials Review: Natural, Powerful Ingredients to Give You Gorgeous Skin!

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Company: Flawless Beauty Essentials

¬† ¬† ¬†‚Äč”Flawless Beauty Essentials was created for people to be able to find the skin care regimen they have always been looking for. That makes their skin rewind, become smooth, clear, hydrated, and well to be flawless. Our products are free of animal testing, they are Vegan, and they are made in the USA. We collaborate and strive to put out the perfect skin care regimen that will best suit any problem your skin may be having, whether that be lack of moisture, dark spots, wrinkles, acne, hyper-pigmentation or sun damage.”

Products: *Links for Flawless Beauty Essentials Amazon Store*

Rejuvenating Anti-Oxidant Mask, 4 ounces – $17.99 USD

Vitamin C Serum, 2 fluid ounces Р $16.99 USD

Niacinamide Serum – Vitamin B3 5%, 2 fluid ounces – $16.99 USD

Daily Facial Moisturizer, 2 fluid ounces – $16.99 USD

Ageless Eye Serum, 0.5 fluid ounces – $16.99 USD

Click here for a complete list of product ingredients and information. 

Reviews:

I was so excited to try out these skincare products from Flawless Beauty Essentials! These products are full of naturally powerful ingredients that help to reveal healthy, glowing skin! Of course, they are vegan and cruelty free… so let’s jump right in! If you just want a quick recap, skip to “The Bottom Line” at the end of this post.

I’m going to start with my favorite product that I tried, the Rejuvenating Anti-Oxidant Mask.¬†I’ll get into all of the fantastic ingredients in a minute, but the best part of this mask is the scent! To me it smells like a delicious blend of berries and tea… my boyfriend said it smelled like raspberry yogurt. Whatever the scent, it is seriously one of the best smelling products I have ever put on my face!

Ok, so what’s in it?¬†Organic Green Tea, Rosehip, and Vitamin C combine together to help fight free radicals, dullness, and signs of aging. ¬†Kaolin Clay detoxifies and exfoliates to remove dead skin cells. 6.5 % Glycolic Acid penetrates the layers of the skin to speed up cell rejuvenation and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This formula is made to correct skin issues and I’m a huge fan! It definitely made my skin brighter, smoother, and softer with just one use. This will be a weekly skin treatment for me (if I don’t eat it all first! Haha, I probably won’t do that but it really does smell good enough to eat).

Next up, is the Vitamin C Serum¬†that is formulated to brighten and tighten your skin without over-drying your pretty little face. This bad boy contains “a concentrated delivery system for the highest form of active, bio- available vitamin C for beautiful skin without the dryness that can often come with it.”

This is an interesting product! I love Vitamin C serums because of the healthy glow they give the skin. This serum is no different! I applied 1-2 pumps of this in the morning. It is instantly absorbed and has a noticeable tightening effect.¬† I don’t have sagging skin, but I imagine this would help those that want their face to look tightened and toned. After over a week of using this product, I do notice that my skin looks brighter and healthier.

Next, and probably the product I was most curious about, is the Niacinamide Serum – Vitamin B3 5%. So, what are these things and how do they help the skin? Vitamin B3 helps to hydrate, shrink pores, tighten skin, and even helps to improve acne, rosacea, and hyper-pigmentation. This anti-inflammatory formula also helps to boost collagen production which is essential for reducing and preventing wrinkles for youthful looking skin.

I used 1-2 pumps of this serum before bedtime. Like the Vitamin C Serum, it absorbed into my skin within seconds. It has a thick, gel-like consistency and a fresh, subtle scent. I used this all over my face including the eye area. I have fair, Irish skin and redness is something we pale-skinned girls experience every day.  Using an anti-inflammatory product helps to calm the skin, which I noticed happening after using this serum.

Next up, ¬†is the Daily Facial Moisturizer. No matter your skin type, using a daily moisturizer is very important if you want your skin to look its very best. I really like this product! My skin has been drier lately, probably because I haven’t been drinking as much water as I usually do in warmer months and because of the single-digit temps. we have been fighting our way through in North Carolina!

This is the perfect everyday, anytime moisturizer. I used 1 pump in the AM and PM after the serums discussed above. Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil provide deep hydration without making your skin looks greasy. It absorbs within minutes and makes your skin look naturally healthy. I will absolutely keep using this!

Last, is the Ageless Eye Serum. Whether¬†you are new to skincare, or you’re looking for a new eye product, this one has got it all! Vegan Hyaluronic Acid and Peptides improve “dark circles, wrinkles, sagging, puffing, loss of plump and firm skin, loss of tone, loss of resilience, and swelling.” Well… what more could you want???

This serum has a gel-like consistency and you only need the smallest amount of product to cover the under eye area, so the bottle will last for quite some time. It glides on easily and absorbs after a few minutes. For me, it had a slight cooling and tightening effect and definitely hydrated my under eyes thanks to Aloe and Vitamin E. It is very important to moisturize this area to reduce and preventing fine lines, but you don’t want a product that is too heavy and slides off. You need a natural eye product that quickly absorbs to deliver results, which is exactly what this little guy does.

The Bottom Line

If you want vegan, cruelty-free products that are full of natural ingredients, Flawless Beauty Essentials is for you. After using the products above, my skin looks healthier, smoother, and younger. It is also noticeably more hydrated and calmed. Whether you are looking for the perfect daily moisturizer, a treatment mask to rejuvenate your skin, or a fantastic eye serum, you will find a product you will love from Flawless Beauty Essentials. 

Thank you, Flawless Beauty Essentials, for sending me these products to review!!!

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!