Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Great Toner Debate featuring Orange Blossom Water Toner by Foxbrim.

Post by Beth

PR Sample

It’s one of the hot topics of the beauty world:  Should I use a toner?

Toners are meant to be applied after cleansing, when we just washed away the skin’s protective layer of oil.  The theory used to be that a toner restores the skin’s surface pH levels, but our skin is pretty resilient and will restore its own pH pretty quickly.  What a toner does do is to deliver an extra level of cleansing by removing oily buildup, residue and dead skin cells.  This makes toners especially helpful in treating acne.

Toners also provide hydration and nourishment to the skin.  Humectant formulas bind moisture to the skin, helping it look younger.  Many formulas also deliver an extra dose of vitamins to keep skin healthy.

Most importantly, to me, toners provide an extra layer of protection to the skin by helping to close pores and tighten cell gaps after cleansing.  This reduces the penetration of impurities and environmental contaminants into the skin.

These benefits only come when using the right toner formula for your skin, which is never an alcohol-based “astringent” (your skin loves you, don’t hurt it).

I have recently been using Orange Blossom Water Toner by Foxbrim and it is so, so lovely! 

First—the smell.  The scent is a warm, spicy orange straight from the Mediterranean.  Let me throw some Aromatherapy at you:  The scent of orange has been found to lower blood pressure and to reduce anxiety.  How about them apples…er, oranges?

This toner comes from the bitter orange tree and is 100% pure and natural blossom (or flower) water. Absolutely nothing else is added to this fragrant and skin healing water. Orange Blossom Water, also known as Neroli Oil (or Hydrosol) has gentle astringent and anti-microbial properties to provide skin a fresh and balanced feeling while removing excess dirt and oil.

In addition to just smelling plain wonderful, this toner gives a light clean feeling after use. My skin feels conditioned and balanced.  I have experienced no negative effects from this toner, only positive, harmonious vibes.

Foxbrim does not test on animals.

I received this product for review purposes. My opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Amazing, Awesome Deal from Reviva Labs

Post by Beth

It is no secret that I love the creulty-free Reviva Labs.  Their products are wonderfully effective and budget friendly.  So I am pleased to share with you this special coupon from Reviva:

Attached is a gift code:f2015 for a $30.00* credit  to introduce you to the Reviva Labs line of All Natural Cosmeceuticals (as long as you have not purchased from Reviva Labs in the past). You can review Reviva's products on their web site The certificate can be used online, by mentioning the coupon code in the certificate. Enjoy this bonus and the opportunity to explore the many great products Reviva Labshas to offer!
*(minimum purchase $50.00 - Expires 6/30/2015)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Lip Quickie: Bare Minerals 'Pop of Passion' Lip Oil Balm

Post by Beth

I recently picked up this lip color balm from Bare Minerals and I am quite pleased with it.  The color is bright and lasts a decent amount of time.  The formula is very hydrating with passion fruit seed oil and Vitamin E.

The color I am wearing here, “Plumberry Pop,” is a deep fushia.

Bare Minerals does not test on animals.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

1,000 Mascaras No. 34: Lily Lolo Mascara

Post by Beth

I received this mascara from Lily Lolo in my February Petit Vour subscription box and, overall, it’s a winner.   

This mascara is plant based, non-toxic and cruelty-free. It’s “made with pure inert minerals, organic, and natural ingredients. Completely free of gmo, nano particles, talc, additives, harsh chemicals, parabans, gluten, bismuth oxychloride,dyes, fillers, fragrance, preservatives, petroleum based chemicals, and other questionable ingredients.” (from their website

fuzzy brush

It also, somewhat bizarrely, contains a natural SPF 15, so you don’t have to worry about the sun burning your eyelashes (not that I ever have).

eye on the right with Lily Lolo; eye the left is mascara-less

This is a thicker mascara with a creamy feel.  I found that it would weigh my lashes down a little bit, so a lash curler was a useful accompaniment.  I liked the length and volume this mascara provided.

Bottom Lash Line:  A healthy, vegan mascara that actually performs! 

Lily Lolo is cruelty-free.  

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March Mask Madness: Foodaholic Collagen Natural Essence Mask

Post by Beth

This mask was comfortable to wear and easier to adjust around the face than similiar masks I have reviewed, thus giving a more complete coverage. It did not provide the icy cold shock that the other masks did and was not wringing wet either. Although, according to the directions, you do have the option of a cold or warm mask, depending on your preference. Since my skin is sensitive to both, I chose to use this mask at room temperature. It felt nice and soothing on, and was moist enough that I could rub any remaining moisture into my skin and I did not need to apply an additional moisturizer afterward. I did not experience any tightening effect, as mentioned on the package, but I was pleased at how soft my skin felt even hours later.

Nobody looks normal wearing a sheet mask!