Vegan & Cruelty-free Facial Toners Review #1

Happy Sunday! As promised, I am reviewing about my collection of facial toners from the best to the not-so-good ones. If you are curious about my thoughts about facial cleansersclick here!

Disclaimer: Remember, conduct your own research and listen to your skin! If something does not work for you, please stop using it! If you are interested in toners, look for toners that have gentle ingredients such as lavender or aloe vera with tea tree oil. 

So let’s begin from left to right: 

Earth Science Clarifying Herbal Astringent is my favorite toner so far! It does not make my skin tight and it picks up all the dead skin and makeup off my face when it use it. My pores were smaller after using this product too! The smell is light and the price is reasonable ($10.99 or $1.38/ ounce). The ingredients are a little shady (parfum is one of them) so if you have sensitive skin you might want to pass on this but if this ingredient does not bother you, I would highly recommend this product for oily to combination skin folks.  

Humphreys Lilac Witch Hazel Facial Toner is amazing for combination skin types. The reason why I recommend this product for combination skin is because our skin does have dry spots, which can become drier if we using harsh toners. Humphreys Lilac Facial toner is perfect because it cleanses and softens the skin. I have dry patches on my chin and I noticed the spots were less dry than usual when using this product. As far as my pores being “clear and refined”, I didn’t see a difference but then I got the toner as a way to help my dry spots. You can buy it from iherb for $5 for a 8 ounce bottle. 

Burt’s Bees Brightening Refining Tonic is an okay toner. It is not bad but it didn’t do anything independently. You have to use this toner with a system they have created to lighten dark spots within 4 weeks but I wanted to see if the toner would be enough. Sadly it wasn’t. So who knows! Maybe this toner would be great as part as a routine but if you have other amazing products and you are just missing a toner, this toner would be a pass. But hey! If you still want to give it a try, the toner is $12.00 or $2.00/ounce. 

Thayers Alcohol-Free Lavender Witch Hazel Toner is also a great toner. I always loved the smell of lavender so if you are lavender person this toner is for you! The price is amazing too ($11 or $1/ounce). According to the Thayers’ blog, “lavender is full of anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that help manage acne and calm sensitive skin”. This toner does exactly what it is created for. My skin was less angry, especially when I got flareups. I did not see any red marks and my dry spots were moisturized. 

Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions clarifying toner is a better option, in my opinion than the Burt’s Bees Brightening Refining Toner. For one, it does cleanse the skin and second, it does help with acne because it has Salicylic Acid, which is a agent to reduce inflammatory and dry out pimples. This toner is expensive ($10 or $2/ounce) but it is worth it when you see your blemishes disappear. 

Yes to Tomatoes Acne Clearing Toner is last but not least. This toner is one of my least favorite toners. I don’t know how this toner has many good reviews but to me it has a strange smell. The fragrance is heavy and smells artificial. I didn’t see any changes in my skin. 😦 The only thing I did like about this toner is the pump. I felt like I didn’t waste a lot of product compared to toners where you have to pour the product into the cotton pads. Other than that, I would say that Yes To Tomatoes toner is not a good choice for those looking for a oily skin-friendly toner. Keep looking!

8 VEGAN Valentine’s Day Lipsticks

Finding a red vegan lipstick can be difficult at times. Most red lipstick contains carmine (or crushed bugs) to make the red pigment. Nonetheless, there are other ways to achieve the red color. Below, I have found vegan options to your personal favorite red. From ruby reds to deeper reds, you don’t have to give up red lipstick if you live a vegan-friendly lifestyle.

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10 Vegan Valentine’s Day Fragrances

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope everyone got good rest and find time for themselves for #selfcaresunday. Since I had time to sit down and write, I decided to write about perfumes for Valentine’s day!

HINT: Look for dark florals for a feminine, mysterious scent.

Valentine's Perfume

Budget-Friendly ($30 and under)

  1. Pacifica Spanish Amber Spray Perfume (VEGAN) $22.00

Mid-Range ($30-$60)

  1. Define Me Fragrance Payton Fragrance Oil (VEGAN) $39.00
  2. Pirouette Jasmine Musk Natural Botanical Perfume (VEGAN) $45.00
  3. Tallulah Eau De Perfume (VEGAN) $48.00

Luxury ($60 and up)

  1. A Perfume Organic Perfumed Wine-Rose (VEGAN) $65.00
  2. LURK NST V7 Perfume Oil (VEGAN) $68.00
  3. LUSH Icon (VEGAN) $77.00
  4. Providence Perfume Co. Divine Eau De Parfum (VEGAN) $175
  5. Hi WildFlower Lovers Rock Extrait de Parfum (VEGAN) $180
  6. Le Labo Fragrances LYS 41 Eau de Parfum (VEGAN) $180

Vegan & Cruelty-free Facial Cleanser Review #1

Happy Saturday! So I am planning to review my skincare hoard in the next following weeks to help those with oily/blemish-prone/combination skin types find the best products for them!

But like always, please make sure to conduct your own research before and after purchasing this products!

First up: cleansers

Tip: look for cleansers made with Tea Tree oil or are designed for your skin type. Creamy or gel cleansers work great also!

My top pick would be the Alaffia Harmonizing facial cleanser for dry or combination skin. I love this facial cleanser because it is creamy and smells like clay (which I like but may be off putting for others). It doesn’t foam like other facial cleansers which to me is great for combination skin because it is not drying. My skin loves this product!My acne has cleared up so much thanks to this cleanser. The ingredients are easy to read and understand; perfect for those who want to know exactly what they are putting on their skin.This product is pretty expensive ($15 or $4.41 per ounce) but the company is black-owned and the profits go to empowering individuals in Togo.

My next favorite is Dr.Woods Tea Tree Facial Cleanser for Oily/Combination skin. This cleanser is vegan and smells amazing! It is refreshing since everyone with oily skin knows Tea Tree Oil helps with breakouts. I found this cleanser helped keep my large pimples away. The price is cheaper than Alaffia’s ($5.54 or .69 per ounce) so if you are looking for a budget-friendly facial cleanser, this is it!

The last one is the Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash. This cleanser is okay. It didn’t really help my breakouts but it also didn’t cause breakouts. The smell of Tea Tree is powerful so if you like the smell of Tea Tree oil, this product has that! It does lather into a foam, which again is not bad but I prefer my cleansers to be creamy. The price is mid-range ($14 or $1.66 per ounce). I am not a fan of the ingredient list (caramel coloring?) but it did make my skin “feel” clean. Overall, I would say pass on this cleanser but if you are in a pinch and at Ulta go for it!

I hope this helped someone out there! Next time, I will focus on toners!

6 Vegan & Cruelty-free Valentine’s Day Ready Blushes for WOC

Valentine’s Day is one month away! Get ready for your date or ladie’s night by grabbing a red blush for a natural flush look. 

A helpful hint: find reds that are leaning more towards a deeper, berry color or true reds instead of a pinky reds. 

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  1. Make Beauty Matte Finish Powder Blush in “Cinnabar”: An intense crimson with a red undertone ($25)
  2. RMS Beauty LIP2CHEEK in “Beloved”: A true red with just a hint of poppy to suit all skin tones ($36) 
  3. Seraphine Botanicals Vegan Berry Tint – 44.8% Natural Liquid Blush for Lips & Cheeks: A berry red ($18)
  4. ILIA Multi-Stick in “Cheek to Cheek”: A warm red ($34) 
  5. 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Lip & Cheek Tint in “Cranberry Glow”: A true red ($26)
  6. Real Purity Powder Blush in “Indian Dust”: A medium red with gold and yellow undertones ($15) 

TOP 5 Vegan & Cruelty-free Dry Shampoo

To be honest, I thought dry shampoo was for women with straight hair instead of curly-haired women who once in a while straighten their hair. It wasn’t until last night at the salon a woman suggested I should use dry shampoo to prolong my style. 

So for the natural girls out there who want to keep their straight style longer with the benefit of clean hair, I got you! 

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Shea Moisture Peace Rose Oil Complex Nourish & Silken Dry Shampoo $12.00

This rose infused dry shampoo absorbs oils and impurities in a refreshing alternative to conventional shampoos. Adds volume at the roots.

Captain Blankenship Mermaid Dry Shampoo $24.00 

A miracle worker. Our talc-free dry shampoo is the perfect solution to lifeless, unwashed hair. A powerful combination of powders absorbs oil, adds volume and gives life to your hair, plus it smells amazing. Sprinkle a little in whenever your hair needs an instant pick me up.

Lulu Organics Hair Powder $30.00 (comes in 3 different scents) 

An all organic, TALC-FREE hair powder for hair on days of unwash.  This silky powder is perfect for on-the-go styling and leaves your hair smelling as fresh as a day one wash.  Sprinkle a dime size amount of powder into your hands and rub through the roots of your dry hair.

Green & Gorgeous Organics $30.00 (comes in 3 types for all hair types!) 

Our line of organic dry shampoo is created without the use of toxic chemicals or GMO’s.

Nubian Heritage Honey & Black Seed Dry Shampoo $16

Our sulfate-free, non-aerosol dry shampoo naturally absorbs excess oils and build up to cleanse, lift at the roots and volumize on the go and without rinsing for a fuller, healthier look.