Beauty, Makeup

Pacifica Dream Big Mascara 

It’s difficult to find all-natural makeup that actually performs well. That’s one of the reasons why I love Pacifica. I find that their products are consistently excellent while also being vegan and cruelty-free. Recently, I tried the Pacifica Dream Big Mascara, and I was impressed yet again. This product is sold at Target and similar retailers for about $10.

This is a really innovative mascara. It has a “magic wand.” You can twist the top of the container to change the size of the brush bristles so that you can focus on either volume or length. It’s also marketed as a 7-in-1 product and claims the following features: instant length, lift & separate, volumizing, conditioning, rich color, lash serum, 2-in-1 brush.

Now, is this a truly magical product? Not really, but I do really like it. I feel like it’s very nourishing to my lashes, and they do seem to have more volume. However, it’s not going to give you a false lash look. But as far as all-natural mascaras go, I believe this is the best one on the market right now, and $10 is pretty affordable too.

Overall, this is a nice product. It coats the lashes evenly and darkens them without really weighing them down. It’s sure to enhance your look.

Have you tried this one or do you have a favorite vegan mascara? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, nails

Sally Hansen Color Therapy 

My manicure preferences change a lot. Sometimes, I want really bold pops of color. Other times, I just want a sweet, feminine neutral that won’t show chips so easily. It’s hard to find a natural-looking pink shade that is kind of sheer instead of opaque. I feel like I’ve searched everywhere, and finally I’ve found one that’s nearly perfect: Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Rosy Quartz. This product can be purchased at Target and similar retailers for about $6.

I’ve been so pleased by how feminine and sheer this pink shade is. It makes my nails look natural but polished and professional. I like that I just need one or two coats to get my desired look. It’s also shiny enough that I don’t always feel I need a top coat. Overall, I’m very pleased by the aesthetic of this product.

That being said, I don’t love how long this one takes to dry. This product contains argan oil to nourish the nails and fix existing nail damage. I think that’s great, but it also seems to take well over an hour for this one to dry completely (and I suspect this oil is to blame). If I don’t allow it to dry for at least this long, I know I’m still at risk for smudges and gouges to the polish. Sometimes, I’ll use a quick-dry top coat to speed things along. That seems to help significantly.

Have you tried this polish? Did you like the sheer quality or were you disappointed that it wasn’t more opaque? Be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comment section!

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Beauty

Caress Sheer Twilight Body Wash 

Bath time has been my favorite time of day since I was a very small child. However, I’ve long since traded in my mermaid toy and L’Oreal shampoo (remember the kind that looked like a fish?!) for bath bombs and luxury oils. Bath products can get very pricey, so I was excited when I recently discovered the Caress Sheer Twilight Body Wash which is available from Target and similar retailers for only $4.

Don’t let the price fool you – this body wash feels luxurious. It smells so amazing and very sensual with black orchid and juniper. It’s a very interesting blend of woodsy and floral notes, and honestly I could totally see this working as a unisex fragrance. The oils in this body wash also make this product very moisturizing on skin. I often don’t feel like I need to apply lotion after my shower if I used this as my body wash.

I do wish that the fragrance would last longer. The bottle claims that this is “a lasting enchanting scent” but to be honest, I don’t typically smell the product post-shower. I actually wish Caress made other products like lotion with this fragrance so that I could continue to smell it.

Do you have a favorite body wash that makes you smell and feel great? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Skincare

Pacifica Kale Detox Cleanser 

I rarely have strong feelings about the cleansers that I use. They all seem to mostly do the same things: remove makeup and clean the skin. Some do very little, and some are so heavy that they take too much out of the skin. Finally, I’ve found a great one that’s also inexpensive and gentle on skin: the Pacifica Kale Detox Cleanser. This product is available at Target and online for jut $10.

I’ve been using this cleanser for a few months now, and I really love it. It’s so gentle but leaves my skin feeling really clean. It cleans without stripping too much of the essential, natural oils that the skin makes. I’ve also noticed my acne has been improving, and while I can’t prove it’s caused by this product, at least I know this product won’t make acne worse. I use this as both a morning and evening cleanser. It does a great job at removing makeup.

There are so many great ingredients in this product. It contains clay, kale, coconut water, and aloe vera, which explains how it is great for sensitive skin but still manages to clean so well. For eco-conscious readers, you’ll also be pleased to hear that this container is recyclable, and the product itself is not tested on animals and is completely vegan.

I think I’ve finally found a favorite cleanser! I’ll be sure to repurchase this one when it runs out!

Have you tried this product or do you have a favorite cleanser? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Makeup, Skincare

Burt’s Bees Micellar Cleansing Water 

It’s important to make sure you remove all traces of your makeup at the end of the day. Depending on my chosen makeup look, sometimes I really struggle to remove all of my eye makeup at the end of the day. I’ve tried lots of makeup removers over the years, but I recently wanted to try a more natural option, so I decided to get the Burt’s Bees Micellar Cleansing Water. This product can be purchased at Target and similar retailers for about $10.

The bottle is pretty big for the price (it’s 12 fl oz) so it will last quite a while. I typically use a cotton pad and apply some micellar water before applying to my eye and removing my eye makeup. I will say that this seems to be great for sensitive eyes. It’s very gentle and never burns my eyes. It also doesn’t leave any residue at all like some oil-based makeup removers do. However, it also requires more effort to remove the makeup. I feel like I have to scrub, which is not good. You don’t want to be too abrasive with the delicate skin around your eyes, and tugging too much could also damage your eyelashes.

Overall, I think this product is okay. It gets the job done eventually, but I definitely won’t be repurchasing. I think I need to go back to my Clinique Take the Day Off Balm, which removes everything really efficiently and without any scrubbing.

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Beauty, Skincare

Simple Water Boost Hydrating Gel Cream 

It’s finally getting warmer outside, and I find that changes in weather also require me to change my skincare routine. I no longer need as thick a moisturizer as I did in the winter, so I’ve been a quest to find a great, lightweight moisturizer for spring and summer. Recently, I tried the Simple Water Boost Hydrating Gel Cream. This product can be purchased at Target and similar retailers for just $6.

This product is AMAZING. It’s very lightweight, but it moisturizes so well. It seems like the gel consistency really locks in the moisture and leaves my skin feeling so smooth. It also dries really quickly, which is very convenient. Also, there are no harsh chemicals, artificial perfumes, or added colors to this product, which leaves it perfect for sensitive skin. This has been great because I haven’t had any additional breakouts since starting with this moisturizer.

I’ve always loved this brand because it’s perfect for sensitive skin, but I’ve still been so impressed with this moisturizer. I’ll definitely be using this all spring and summer. This product is comparable with very high end ones, and it just can’t be beat for $6. This is the perfect product for those with slightly dry, combination, or oily skin (because oily skinned gals still need moisturizer to balance things and prevent excessive sebum production!)

Have you tried this product or another great moisturizer? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, hair

Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Color Creme 

Disclaimer: Thanks to Influenster for providing this product for me to review.

My hair grows super fast, and even though I’m 26, I have a substantial amount of silvery hairs that come in my roots. Because of this, I typically dye my hair every 4 to 5 weeks. That’s a whole lot of chemicals yearly, and so I’m always on the look for hair dye that’s going to be nourishing instead of adding to the inevitable damage that comes with dye and heat. Recently, I was able to try the Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Color Creme. This product is available at Target and similar retailers for about $7.

For the price, this is a fantastic product. The creme texture is very thick, which actually makes it easier to spread evenly throughout the hair without too much mess. There was also no staining of my scalp (although, I did take some preventive measures by putting a little bit of coconut oil against my hairline – you could also use vaseline if you wanted). I will say that the color looks very even and it did cover all of my grey hairs.

The avocado, olive, and shea oil in this product really do make a difference. Often after dying my hair, it feels dry and brittle for a few days, but this didn’t happen with this product. Instead, my hair felt and looked sleaker and healthier.

The color itself is a little one-dimensional, but for $7, that’s kind of expected. It was still very nice, and I could definitely still see myself buying this in the future. It’s a fantastic product for the price. Overall, I highly recommend this one.

Do you dye your hair yourself or go to a salon? If you DIY, what is your favorite dye kit? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Makeup

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge 

Beauty Blenders have a cult following, and for good reason, but the $20 price tag can feel steep, especially when you have to repurchase every few months. I thought I would try a less expensive sponge to see how the results compare, so I picked up the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. This product can be purchased at Target and similar retailers for about $5. I spent about $8 for one that came with a case.

This product claims that you can use it both wet and dry, but like a beauty blender, it really does work better when it’s slightly damp. I will say that it does a good job, although it’s not as good as a beauty blender. Even when damp, the sponge feels a bit more stiff than I’d like, but I do like that it isn’t completely egg-shaped. It has several different edges to choose from that can fit in any contour of the face.

Overall, I really liked this sponge. While it doesn’t work as well as a beauty blender, I was still impressed. It’s about a fourth of the cost but works almost as well, and I think I’m going to be buying these from now on instead.

Have you tried a sponge other than the beauty blender? What are your thoughts? Be sure to let me know in the comments section!

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Beauty

Good Chemistry Water Lily Perfume 

I’ve been in a rut lately when it comes to fragrance, so I decided to try to find a new fragrance that is mostly natural and relies on essential oils for its base. I was so surprised to discover Good Chemistry – a Target-owned brand that does just that! Recently, I tried out their Water Lily perfume rollerball. This product retails for about $13 only at Target stores and online.

The scent is so nice and fresh. It’s a great everyday fragrance with hints of lotus and blackberry surrounding the water lily top note. It’s definitely a strong floral scent, and there is very little sweetness to it, but this works well for me. My only complaint is that the scent doesn’t last for more than a few hours, but thankfully the rollerball is small enough that I can pop it in my makeup bag and reapply at lunchtime. It has fewer preservatives than a traditional perfume, which is good for you and the environment, but that’s why it just naturally won’t last as long.

Overall, I’m really impressed with this product, and I can’t wait to try another fragrance from this company. I have a very sensitive nose and I don’t like synthetic floral fragrances, so this is perfect for me! Have you tried anything from this brand, or do you have a natural fragrance you adore? Be sure to let me know in the comments section!

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Beauty, hair

Kristin Ess The One Signature Shampoo and Conditioner 

I love to change up my shampoo and conditioner every time I run out. This is actually good for your hair since hair does get acclimated to shampoo and conditioner so it won’t work as well over time if you never change the formula you’re using. Knowing this, my bestie surprised me with a sampler of Kristin Ess’ The One Signature Shampoo and Conditioner. The full-size versions of these can be picked up from Target for $10 each.

I absolutely loved these! I started using them before I cut off 10 inches of hair because they are supposed to be great for split ends (they have something called “zip up technology” to help with this). Now, there’s no way to permanently fix  split ends besides cutting them off, but products can sort of bind them together, and that’s exactly what these did. After the shower, my hair was instantly softer and more manageable and my split ends were a lot less noticeable. My hair also felt exceptionally clean and healthy. I was super impressed by this brand!

Kristin Ess is a celebrity hairstylist whose goal was to create a range of hair products that are both affordable and luxurious, and I think she’s definitely hit the mark with these. I would love to try more of her products because these worked so well and I was actually sad when I’d used up the last of these samplers.

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