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!

Ojai Sugar Sustainable Skincare Product Reviews

Company: Ojai Sugar Sustainable Skincare

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“Ojai Sugar Skincare is a line of artisanal body x foliants, face and lip care, and perfumed oils. We are known for quality and mindfully sourced ingredients. Our entire line is vegan friendly, cruelty “free” with zero toxins: parabens, sulfates, or water. We prepare each product in small batches to guarantee the purity and efficacy of its treatment. Unique hand-poured blends of restorative plant based ingredients with therapeutic grade essential oils inspired by the beauty and diversity of Ojai and California”

Products:

Petals Collection – Facial Waters (2 ounces $17.00 USD)

Petals Collection – Facial Oil (1 ounce $56.00 USD)

LemonGrass Body X Foliants (8 ounces $28.00 USD)

Reviews:

I was very excited to try out 2 products from Ojai Sugar’s Petals Collection! This is a long review, so if you’re curious and want a quick info, skip to The Bottom Line at the end of this post!

The Petals Collection Facial Waters is made for all skin types and is packed with powerful plant-based ingredients. Rose, chamomile, geranium, and helicrysum hydrate, balance and tone the skin while hibiscus extract plumps and tightens, aloe vera calms, and witch hazel purifies.

This toner does everything that you want and more! It certainly calms the skin, lightly hydrates, and preps the skin for serums/oils. It has a light floral scent and I only needed 2 pumps for my entire face. I used this in the AM and PM and really liked using this on days that I didn’t want to wear makeup. It gave my skin a refreshed, healthy glow.

The Petals Collection Facial Oil is made to complement the Facial Waters and is also suitable for all skin types. The ingredients list includes; Borage, Camellia Seed, Rosehip, Sea Buckthorn, Meadowfoam, Squalane (olive derivative) Vitamin E. Essential Oils: *Cistus (Rockrose), Rose, Neroli, and Rose Geranium. These ingredients are known to hydrate, nourish, calm, and brighten the skin.  It also contains a unique ingredient that I hadn’t used before called Rockrose. “Cistus/Rockrose with its warm amber notes set this blend apart with its ability to rejuvenate aging skin, reduce wrinkles, tighten loose muscles and calms inflamed and irritated skin.”

This Facial Oil has a sweet, floral fragrance. It comes packaged in a beautiful frosted glass bottle with a dropper to keep the product sanitary and to help dispense the desired amount. I used about 5 drops to cover my entire face a few minutes after using the Facial Waters. I opted to use this at as a night serum because it was slightly tacky for about an hour on my skin. This oil is thicker than other oils I have used, so you do have to work it into your skin for a minute or two. As with any facial oil, you need to massage the product into your skin to get the most benefits from the product. It doesn’t do much good to put it on and just let it sit.

I woke up to hydrated skin that looked healthy and dewy. My face is usually sensitive, dry, and somewhat problematic and after using this product it looked less red and dry. I do have to note that I experienced multiple breakouts while using this, but I have been very stressed, so I can’t say for sure what the cause is. I asked my boyfriend to try it for few days. He did not experience breakouts and said his skin wasn’t as dry or red.

The LemonGrass Body X Foliant has a bright, citrusy and slightly floral fragrance from essential oils of bergamot, geranium, and lemongrass. This sugar scrub will without a doubt perk up your senses while scrubbing away dull, dry skin. It has a whipped consistency and the sugar scrubs away dull skin without being too rough. After using this, my skin was noticeably moisturized thanks to the pumpkin seed butter, almond, coconut, and grapeseed oils! As a bonus, the essential oils fill the shower with their uplifting fragrance and leaves a subtle scent on the skin.

The Bottom Line

Ojai Sugar Sustainable Skincare creates products that are vegan, cruelty-free and made with fabulous, all natural ingredients including therapeutic essential oils. They are made to address dry, sensitive, mature, acne-prone skin along with rosacea and eczema.

I think the Facial Oil would be absolutely wonderful for people with sensitive or dry skin or people that want to address fine lines and firmness. In my opinion, this Facial Oil would be best for people that are not experiencing acne or frequent breakouts since the formula is quite thick. In my experience, breakouts need to be treated and also need to be able to breathe and heal.

I plan to use this facial oil in the upcoming winter months when my skin gets super dry!  I must note that the fragrance of this oil is quite strong, so if you do not enjoy floral fragrances, this would not be for you. For me, I quite liked catching hints of the scent throughout the day!

The Facial Waters contains Witch Hazel which is a natural acne fighter so I will continue to use it in my routine to clear up my skin. It’s calming and nourishing ingredients make it an excellent way to freshen up your skin or to prep it for serums and other treatments.

The LemonGrass Body X Foliant did a wonderful job softening and hydrating my skin.  Even my boyfriend, who does not enjoy or care about skin care what-so-ever, liked the clean, crisp scent. The sugar is rough enough to smooth and soften skin, but not too abrasive that you can’t use it a few times per week. I highly recommend this product and look forward to trying the other scents!

Thank you, Ojai Sugar Sustainable Skincare, for sending me these products to review!

Pistil & Bark Face Serum and Detoxifying Mask Reviews and Discount Code

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COMPANY: Pistil & Bark

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PRODUCTS:

Alpine Rose Luxury Face Serum 60ml $20.79

Canadian Glacial Clay Detoxifying Mask 60g $12.47

Reviews:

The Alpine Rose Luxury Face Serum is made to hydrate and nourish your skin while reducing and preventing fine lines. The star ingredients of this powerhouse serum are rosehip oil, pomegranate oil, grape seed oil, carrot tissue oil, borage oil, neroli oil, chamomile oil, rosehip seed oil, essential oils, and argan oil.

I used this serum as part of my bedtime skincare routine. I only needed 1 pump of the product to cover my neck and to have a little left over for my chest (I put it where the sun hits… gotta help that skin too!). This serum is a light oil and is easily massaged into the skin. I definitely think that it is better for night time use because you can feel it on top of your skin initially. That's not a bad thing because you wake up to moisturized and calmed skin!

This serum reduced the redness in my cheeks and has made my skin softer, for sure. I have dry, sensitive skin with occasional breakouts (I'll get to that in a minute!) and I am trying to use more anti-aging products. I have the slightest fine lines around my eyes and mouth, so I need those to get out of here and fast! Rosehip Oil and Carrot Seed Oil are known to help with collagen production and reducing signs of aging, so I will definitely continue to use this product!

To make this even better, Pistil & Bark donates 10% of proceeds from this product to the "Canadian Women's Foundation – Empower Girls program, which is dedicated to inspiring confidence in at-risk Canadian girls through science and technology, sports and leadership skills." How awesome is that?

Next, I'd love to talk about the Canadian Glacial Clay Detoxifying Mask! This product is fragrance-free and the ingredient list includes activated charcoal, Canadian glacial clay, papaya extract, guava extract, strawberry extract, and aloe vera extract. We've all seen those charcoal masks and teeth whiteners on social media, and I was so excited to try this one out! I have no idea what those other masks have in them, but this list of ingredients purifies your skin with activated charcoal and Canadian glacial clay while providing vitamins and minerals from fruit extracts along with moisture from aloe vera.

Since this mask is a dry, pitch black powder, it is best to mix a small amount of product in a small cup or bowl and add the desired amount of liquid to it (I used water). I also suggest that you use a washcloth to remove it once it is completely dry on your face, or just jump into the shower. Inevitably, you will get some of the mask on your countertop or sink, but it is easily wiped away.

So, how did it work? Man… I love this mask! My skin is dry and has clogged pores. They usually don't turn into breakouts, they just hang out under the skin making it look textured and unpleasant. I was really hoping that this mask would help with that, and I am happy to report that it did! My skin is looking smoother and this mask also made it much easier to extract my clogged pores after using it. I also tried this as a spot treatment and it really helped!

Also, "10% of proceeds from this product will be donated to Wildlife Preservation Canada – a non-profit organization that saves critically endangered species by breeding and releasing and building numbers when habitat protection alone is not enough." AH-MAZ-ING!

The Bottom Line

Pistil & Bark is a new company that creates vegan, cruelty-free, naturally effective products with a purpose! They work fabulously on their own, but I highly recommend that you try them out together! The packaging is beautiful and the prices are great for the quality ingredients that are in these products. My skin looks more radiant, smoother, and healthier. I really think these products are fantastic. On top of getting beautiful skin, you also get to feel great that a portion of your purchase will help animals or people in need!

Head on over to Pistil & Bark's Etsy page and support this wonderful company! Use code "LOVEVTH" for 15% off of your order, and let me know how you like their skin care!

Splash Soaps Review

Company: Splash Soaps

Splash Soaps are perfect for adding some fun to your bathing routine! These soaps are handcrafted with love making them truly special! 

Talk about unique products… check out this vibrant orange Loofah Soap! It smells of sweet citrus making it perfect for summer time! It creates a rich lather and the attached loofah makes getting clean fun, quick and easy. It leaves a subtle scent on the skin. This is such a great idea. You can really tell that it is “Made With Love.”

These Rock Soaps are SO COOL! These glycerin soaps are clear with vibrant pops of gemstone-like colors. Every soap is different in shape, size, and color. I’ve never seen anything like these before!

This lavender flower soap is as cute as can be! The beautiful purple shade has irridescent glitter that catches the light and just glows! It looks so pretty on your countertop! It easily lathers up and shea butter leaves your hands feeling soft and beautiful. 

Right now, Bath Bombs and Rose products are taking over the internet and everyone’s bathtubs, so you really can’t go wrong with this English Rose Bath Bomb! It smells like fresh roses and leaves behind the floral scent on your skin after taking a long, relaxing bath. My skin smelled gorgeous after using this and was definitely moisturized, thanks to coconut oil! 

Who says you need your partner to give you a bouquet of roses? Drop this English Rose Bath Bomb into your bathtub, pour yourself a glass of wine, and you’re all set!


This big, fizzy bath bomb is for your feet (they deserve to have their own moment, right?)! It quickly dissolves in warm bath water and contains shea butter and dried mint leaves. If you have ever used bath bombs or soaks that contain dried flowers or herbs, you know that it feels like floating in a big cup of tea! If you’re looking for a bunch of bubbles, this isn’t for you. If you’re looking for a relaxing, aromatic foot bath after a long day, you’ll love this one!

This Clean Linen Scented Bath Bomb is fizzy, smells fresh and wonderful, and softens your skin thanks to shea butter!

 I love bath bombs that moisturize the skin because it really is the most convenience way to hydrate your entire body (and unwind at the same time). These bath bombs contain shea or coconut butter. Both ingredients are excellent all around moisturizers,  yay! 

The Bottom Line

 It is easy to see that Splash Soaps products are made with love, care and attention. They are as cute as can be, but they also leave your skin clean and hydrated. With their wide range of truly unique soaps and bath bombs, I highly recommend Splash Soaps! Their website is currently under construction, but you can check out their products on their Instagram feed @my.splash. I will link to the products when the website is up, so check this post for updates! 

Thank you, Splash Soaps, for sending me these awesome products to review!!!