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

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Company: Flawless Beauty Essentials

     ​”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 –  $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!!!

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!

Dr. Botanicals – Japanese Orange Fast Acting Overnight Restoring Mask Review (Vegan & Cruelty-Free)

Company: Dr. Botanicals

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Product: Japanese Orange Fast Acting Overnight Restoring Mask (1.69 ounces/50 ml)£53.00 / $69.92 USD

Review: Ok, so if you’re still here after seeing how much this product costs, you know that this is clearly a LUXURY item.

For the most part, I collaborate with small(ish) indie companies that are new or just looking for some feedback or marketing. That’s the way I like it! The more vegan and cruelty-free companies out there, the more animals will be saved from cruel animal testing procedures! (Why would anyone want to put cruelty on their face?!)

With that said, I shouldn’t discriminate against high-end brands, now should I? Vegans can take their skincare very seriously, after all!

The Japanese Orange Fast Acting Overnight Restoring Mask is described to be “an intense overnight treatment with refreshing Japanese Orange to leave the skin renewed by morning.” This skin treatment also contains shea butter for deep moisturization and rejuvenation. Seabuckthorn Fruit Oil is part of this million dollar formula to nourish the skin for a healthier and overall younger appearance. As for the rest of the ingredients, they are nowhere to be found on the company’s website or the product’s packaging.

This mask is white and the consistency is very thick. It melts right into the skin which is perfect since you’re wearing it as you sleep. The sophisticated fragrance of this mask is primarily notes of sweet oranges.

After applying a thin layer on my face the night before, I woke up to hydrated and soothed skin. I think this treatment would be great for normal to dry skin, especially during the upcoming winter months. Hydration is the key to healthy and young looking skin, so this would also be beneficial for people with aging skin.

The Bottom Line

Did this product work? Yes, it sure did!

Is it worth the price tag? Well, if you enjoy trying new skincare and have money to burn, sure I’d recommend this product! It’s high quality, vegan, cruelty-free and certainly moisturized my thirsty skin.

Will a less expensive product deliver similar results? Absolutely, but again, if you’re into luxury skincare, this mask is for you!

Thank you, Dr. Botanicals, for sending me this product to review!

ZGLOW Skin Care – Face Mask Reviews

Company: ZGLOW Skin Care

 

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Blueberry Antioxidant Mask $27.00 USD

Clearing Mud Mask $27.00 USD

Moisture Infused Mask $27.00 USD

Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask $27.00 USD

Reviews:

ZGLOW makes organic, vegan and cruelty-free face masks that beautify your skin naturally. With ingredients like blueberry, pumpkin, aloe, white tea and shea butter, these masks are a natural beauty lovers dream!

The Blueberry Antioxidant Mask smells like a fresh blueberry smoothie! Its consistency is that of a thick lotion, which means it doesn’t drip all over the place as you use it. Yay! Aloe vera, shea butter, mango butter, olive and almond oil make this mask super hydrating and nourishing.  I used this on my face for 15 minutes and after my skin was moisturized and looking dewy and refreshed! I really can’t get over the smell of this one. It is so so nice!

The Clearing Mud Mask is thick skin treatment aimed at reducing oil production and killing bacteria to clear and prevent breakouts. The star ingredients of this mask include:

“Pure Arctic mineral mud blended with botanicals, extracts, marine minerals and protein will promote firmness while clearing breakouts. Includes Aloe Vera, Chamomile and Japanese Green Tea which assist in rejuvenating the skin, while Cucumber Extract will help tighten pores. Enjoy our exclusive essential oils blend of Cedarwood, Geranium, Lemon, Lime, Juniper Berry, Lemongrass assist in balancing the skin and preventing overproduction of oil”

I used this mask on my T zone (does anyone even say that anymore? I mean my forehead, nose, and chin). I added a little bit of water to it before hand, and let it sit for about 15 minutes. I have clogged pores on my forehead that never turn into pimples, they just hang around forever and make my skin look bumpy. After using this mask, I noticed that the bumps had been dried out a bit and easier to extract. The bacteria and oil seemed to have been drawn out of my pores and had begun to start clearing my skin! With just two uses, that is pretty impressive!

The Moisture Infused Mask has a thick consistency like the others, and a fresh, natural scent. This mask is a “creamy luxurious mask that eases wrinkles, fine lines and smoothes the surface with a slight plumping action.”It also contains hyaluronic acid (organic plant source) a super moisturizing property for skin. The hydration doesn’t stop there we’ve added sweet almond oil, olive oil, grape seed oil and sunflower seed oil.”

This mask is intended for dry, mature and/or sensitive skin. It definitely gives you a boost of hydration after using it! If you’ve read my reviews before, you know I like a good multifunctional product, so I used this on my excessively dry and peeling lips. I’m happy to report that it did an awesome job bringing my lips (and skin) back to life! I think this mask would be great for just about anyone looking to moisturize their skin.

Last up, is the Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask which smells and looks like pumpkin purèe! This mask contains “organic pumpkin puree with pineapple and carrot root to clear away old surface cells and pore congestion.” It also claims to “diminish fine lines, hydrate and reveal dewy skin with renewing apple, bilberry, lemon peel, orange peel and papaya extracts.”

With an ingredient list like that, who could refuse? 

I couldn’t help but look forward to the Fall while using this mask. It smells like pumpkin pie, and like almost every girl, I love pumpkin spice everything! This mask hydrates, exfoliates, and purifies and brightens skin… what more could you ask for? I like this product because it gets the job done, but it also is fun and different to use. This would make an awesome holiday gift! *Stay tuned for my upcoming Vegan and Cruelty-Free Holiday Gift Guide!

The Bottom Line

If you’re into natural skin care and beauty, you must check out ZGLOW Skin Care’s face masks. No matter your skin type, there’s a mask for you! I liked using the Clearing Mud Mask on my forehead, nose, and chin, the Blueberry Antioxidant Mask on my cheeks, and the Moisture Infused Mask on my lips! Who says you have to use only one mask? Mix and match to address your specific skin concerns!

Above all else, I love that these masks are vegan, cruelty-free and organic. I highly recommend these products! My skin is looking healthy, clearer, and cared for. I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for ZGLOW!

Thank you, ZGLOW Skin Care, for sending me these samples to review!