Gift Guide for the Green Beauty Queen in Your Life| A Guest Post by Sophia Smith

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Do you often have trouble finding a perfect gift for all kinds of occasions? If you do, this article is exactly what you’re looking for. If your friend, mother or a girlfriend is into green and cruelty-free cosmetic products, take a look at the awesome ideas we have prepared. We guarantee that buying a perfect present will turn into a super fun activity.

For your dearest make-up junkie

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If you’re shopping for a true make-up junkie, you can’t go wrong with a nice lipstick or a lip gloss. However, make sure to go for cruelty-free brands, such as the Au Naturale Cosmetics, and their amazing lip gloss which comes in an amazing shade range . This lip gloss is 100% vegan and nature-friendly. In addition, it doesn’t contain synthetic preservatives and toxins.

Another amazing choice would be Red Apple lipsticks. These are also natural and high-quality products, and what’s best, they also come in so many shades. Our personal favourites are Audrey, Barcelona and Rebel.

Review of my Youtube Haul Items

Earlier this week I posted a haul of some items I picked up from Lush, CVS, and Ulta. If you haven't seen it yet, make sure you give it a watch before reading my reviews.  I'm really starting to enjoy making videos, it's still a bit weird watching the footage back in iMovie, and I still feel a bit odd talking to a camera. I think I'm improving at it though, be sure to like and comment on that video I would love to hear your feedback. 

Green Goo| Cruelty Free Haircare Review

Alright so I have a confession to make, my obsession with tea tree oil is growing! I love using tea tree oil as a spot treatment on blemishes, and occasionally adding it to moisturizers. But now I have also been adding a few drops to my favorite mask, and I'm loving the shampoo products that include tea tree. 

I was happy to find a Green Goo product in my mailbox not too long ago and I figured I would review it for you guys today! Green Goo is owned by women, and family run, the products are cruelty free and formulated with all natural oils and herbs. Green Goo is also a certified B Corp. I am loving that I am receiving more products from companies that identify as woman owned and think it is awesome that they are all natural as well. 

Green Goo sent me one of their tea tree and peppermint solid shampoo bars and it did not disappoint! This product lathers up really well, and helps to cleanse your scalp of any buildup or irritation. If you normally wash your hair daily I would recommend using this once or twice a week. If you prefer to use it daily make sure to use a conditioner afterwards. I got a little too into using the product and have been using it without conditioner this entire week (every other day), and the first few days my hair felt amazingly clean but by today it has felt a bit dry. So I would just recommend using a natural conditioner if you plan on using it frequently. 

CBD For Life| A Cruelty Free Skincare Review

Hey there! Hope you're doing well this morning (or whenever you happen to be reading this)! I slacked off on my blogging duties again this week thanks to midterms, but I do have a new YouTube video up as well if you would like to check that out. 

As you guys know I have struggled with acne since the dawn of time... ok maybe since I was about 13, but it feels like forever. I finally had a skincare routine that worked for me, and then all the sudden I was breaking out more than ever. I still am dairy free (or very close, accidents happen), but I think the stress of interviews and midterms has taken their toll and my skin has had it! Or at least I've had it with my skin looking this way. 

A few weeks ago I was sent something slightly controversial, but I definitely believe in the power of all natural products so I figured I would give it a go and I am so happy I did. CBD for Life is a skincare range that contains cannabidiol, which helps stop the growth of bacteria, and is anti-inflammatory; which is awesome news for my face which has a bit of rosacea and acne. If you're hesitant about using a hemp based product or are not sure if it's right for you I would definitely give this page a read. 

Frownies Advanced Formula Vitamin E Serum| Cruelty Free Review

Good morning everyone! I had such a busy week and wanted to make sure I posted a new review for you all today at the latest. I had two interviews for positions post graduation, and I got invitations for  second round interviews at both companies. I am incredibly excited, fingers crossed! This morning I am taking it slow as a result. It's finally warm enough to keep the windows open for a bit which is worrisome for February, but I'm not complaining. 
I had read an article a few weeks ago about Vitamin E and how it is a staple in Khloe Kardashian's makeup routine, and while it's not often you see the Kardashians without makeup I would like to think that underneath that Khloe has glowing skin. After all, her makeup always looks so smooth. So for about a week I slathered pure Vitamin E oil on my skin... and being that it's a heavy oil I broke out more. 💀I still just felt that I was doing something wrong though and maybe I should be mixing the oil with something else, using less, using more... something. Vitamin E oil can be great for scaring so what I really wanted was to fade the hyper pigmentation and small scars from past acne. But the pure Vitamin E oil wasn't cutting it. Instead I have been using it on my legs post shaving, and to moisturize my tattoo (interchangeably with coconut oil). 
Recently I received what I assume is a new release from Frownie's in the mail, their Advanced Formula Vitamin E Serum. I was a bit skeptical since I had tried Vitamin E Oil and failed to see any positive changes, but I really liked the past Frownie's products I had tried and the word 'serum' gave me hope that this product wouldn't be so heavy. 

Savvy Travelers| Cruelty Free Review

For the entire year that I have been striving to be as cruelty free as possible, the one product I couldn't seem to find was a cruelty free nail polish remover. If you have been following my blog for awhile Savvy Travelers should be a familiar name. I posted about their subscription service a few months ago. I was super excited when Savvy Travelers reached out to me again about their Jet Set Kit,  Lift Offz (nail polish remover wipes), and Take Offz (3-in-1 facial cleansing wipe). 
Take Offz 

As someone who is working in the retail environment; the recycled air has made my skin somewhat dry and irritated during my shift. I normally keep a packet of facial wipes in my workspace to refresh my skin after a particularly labor intensive shift, or just as a pick me up especially if I went makeup free that day. 

My Wanderlust List

With graduation approaching fast I have found myself daydreaming about what things will be like post May. I plan on renting an apartment a bit closer to the city, and closer to where I think I will be working (which will hopefully be set well before then). I'm constantly on Pinterest, the Urban Outfitters, CB2, Target, and Ikea sites looking for decor inspiration for small spaces.

Another thing I have been giving a lot of thought lately is traveling. I had been fortunate enough to travel to two foreign countries while I have been in college. I spent a semester abroad in London, England, and also traveled with my boyfriend and his family to Trim, Ireland for a wedding. These are both places I would love to return to but I also have a few more destinations on my list for the next few years.

Starting Youtube!

Hi Guys! Just wanted to post a quick update today that my Youtube channel is up and running. If you aren't already, be sure to follow me on Twitter since it is where I post updates most often. This weeks video was a quick evening skincare routine. Hope you enjoy it!