If you don’t live under a rock, you’ve probably seen the Sand and Sky Australia brand on Instagram and Facebook. All of their cute photos, and videos of YouTubers trying out the mask, the brand went viral. I’ve even seen girls from BuzzFeed trying out the product and making it into a funny video.
Seeing this product all over social media made me want to try it out for myself! The biggest complaint that I’ve heard so far is the price point of the mask. This however doesn’t bother me because when comparing it to other masks that are high-end of the same size, it’s actually a really good deal. Sand and Sky also comes with an applicator brush which you don’t find with other brands. I really enjoyed the brush, because it’s not only more sanitary but it’s easier to clean up and it’s also just really cute.
My first impression of the mask was that number one it smelled really good. Putting it on was also a lot easier with the brush then trying to scoop it out with my fingers. The packaging is really cute, it’s also a lot bigger jar than I expected. After putting the mask on just one time I noticed it definitely evened out my skin tone, brightened my complexion, and made my pores look smaller. It also made my face feel really soft and smooth and my foundation that I applied afterwards looked really good. After I had tried the mask three times over a period of about a week and a half, it has definitely even out my skin tone permanently and I feel as though I can get away with wearing less foundation. I was really impressed with the quality of the mask and after using it the price point is definitely worth it. Sand and sky is also a cruelty free and vegan product, made with natural botanicals from Australia. This is also really nice because a lot of the masks out there today contain harsh chemicals and a test on animals. If you’re interested in a good mask or have seen this product and wanted to try and I would definitely go ahead and purchase it. I will for sure be adding this into my weekly skin routine!
Their Instagram is Here
My Instagram is www.Instagram.com/Maggie. Caldwell
Every day we interact with so many different products for our health, cleanliness and beauty. From deodorant and shampoo to skincare and makeup, women especially use a lot of stuff. All of these products also have a lot of ingredients. The sad truth is, a lot of brands test these ingredients on animals. Why do they do this you ask? Their reasoning would be that its for safety. Safety of who? Not the animals. There are plenty of brands that test on humans. There is simply no need for animal testing. The animal testing itself sometimes is not even the worst part. Its the quality of life and treatment of the animals that’s usually worse. These animals are kept in tiny cages. Usually too small for them to even turn around. They are kept inside in dark rooms and laboratories. They are fed only the minimum to keep them alive. They often sit in their own feces. They are only let out of their cages to have products and chemicals tested on their bodies and fur. They never see the outside world and never get to live their intended animal life. Another face is that they aren’t only testing on rats. Bunnies and even cats and dogs, preferably beagles are used a lot of the time as well. They use beagles for their kind nature as they often don’t fight back. As terrible as this sounds its the truth.
These methods of animal testing are not only cruel but unnecessary. There are hundreds of brands that test on themselves! Also if they know whats in the product, they really shouldn’t need to test it at all. After doing some research on brands, there are so many respectable brands that test on animals which is really sad. They lost my respect. Do your own research! After I started looking up all the things animals go through I threw away everything that tested on animals. From then on I always did my research. I don’t buy anything that tests on animals. There are so many high quality brands that are cruelty free so you aren’t really missing out on anything when switching. You can do research on Pinterest and look at the brands website to see what they say about animal testing.
Hopefully after reading this, it makes you take a look at your makeup bag and in your shower and think twice!
Taking care of my skin is really important to me. One of my biggest insecurities is the dark circles and dull skin underneath my eyes. Thanks to makeup, this flaw goes mostly unseen. Correcting it, however is something I’ve been trying out with Patchology. Patchology Restoring Night Eye Gels are little blue under-eye shape gel patches that are applied onto the face. They decrease discoloration, decrease puffiness and wrinkles! They only take 5 minutes to work which is nice for people who are busy and don’t have time for a 30 minute mask. They also smell so amazing!! Honestly whenever I use these I can see a huge difference. Especially when I use them before I do my makeup, I feel I don’t have to use as much concealer. If you have dark circles like me I’d definerly recommend these. They are also really affordable. 20$ for five pairs or 60$ for 30 pairs. You really only need to use them once a week depending on how bad you think your under eyes are. Patchology also does not test on animals!! Which is a big plus for me. Below are some photos I did for them.
The link to their website is Here
If you don’t live under a rock you have probably seen something on the internet or heard someone talking about coconut oil. There are even memes about it!
But what’s with all the hype?? It’s the best kept beauty secret there is! Ever since I discovered Kopari Beauty Cocomelt my life has seriously changed. Kopari has 100% organic, vegan and cruelty free products all made with coconut oil including their cocomelt which is pure coconut oil! The deal with coconut oil is you can use it for literally everything beauty.
1. Skin- after a shower or shaving it will make your body super soft and smell good!
– use it as a body oil while laying out.
– use it as a daily lotion!
– put a scoop in your bath!
2. Face- it prevents wrinkles, acne and helps with under eye discoloration.
-use it as a makeup remover
– makes the perfect lip balm
3. Hair- you can use a little bit to take frizz or use it as a hair mask. Scoop some up, leave it on for 30 minutes then wash your hair!
-prevents dandruff and promotes a healthy scalp!
4. Nails- use it to fix cuticles and heal dry hands and feet also helps nails grow!
These are only a few of the MANY uses for coconut oil. My favorite of course being the Cocomelt from Kopari. Reason being it’s the only coconut oil made specifically for beauty use. Its going to smell better and feel better than your typical kitchen coconut oil. It’s made with only the best coconuts and cold pressed in the purest way! It also comes in a way cuter container 😁
Kopari also has many other beauty products that contain coconut oil in them as well. If you’re interested in starting your coconut oil journey click here for 10% off your first purchase!
Let me know how you use your coconut oil!
As everyone knows, I love sharing things I love and things I’m interested in. I decided I wanted to write more so I’m starting a new section on the blog about my favorite brands.
The first brand featured is called Get Back Supply Co. which is a lifestyle jewelry and accessories brand. The reason I love Get Back so much is the meaning behind the brand and all the cute colors and accessories! The brand is based around Saint Christopher. Saint Christopher is the Saint of protection or of protoecting children. It’s a symbol of good luck, as well as good fortune. People from all walks of life wear the charm because it has such an open meaning. Back in the day it was often given as a gift of “going steady” in a relationship or a gift to someone who was going on a long journey or a surfer for good luck! The idea behind the necklaces and the necklaces themselves have been around for decades, until one day they sort of went out of style. Then one day Get Back, brought them back and have been successful ever since. Get Back has so many different colors and shapes of necklaces from choker and modern looking to long surfer vibe necklace. They also have bracelets, t shirts, hats, sunglasses and much more! They have basically every color combination you can think of as well. It’s such a fun and meaningful way to accessorize. I love layering the necklaces and bracelets together. They put off a beachy surfer vibe you just can’t beat. They are called surf necklaces but really can be styled to suit any lifestyle or outfit. The perfect accessory to wear with a bikini for sure!
Get Back is run by a mom and son duo as well, and it started small and is now sold in over 500 retail stores. If you’d like to check out their site and read their story click Here
To check out their super rad Instagram page click Here
If you read my blogs you know I have really been obsessing over vegan and cruelty free beauty. I really believe it’s important that beauty is cruelty free because there’s really no necessary reason that beauty products for humans should be tested on animals. A lot of places that test on animals don’t only test on things like mice and rats they even go far as to use beagles. I have been searching the Internet and social media to find the best vegan and cruelty free beauty brands and one of the most recent ones that I have fallen in love with is handmade heroes. They have everything from lip balm, and skin care products all the way to hair products and dry shampoo. I recently collaborated with them and they sent me their Harpars Bazaar awarded products that include two lip balms, a lip scrub and a powder dry shampoo.
After using all the products and seeing all their other products I decided this is a brand where you’d cbe able to get almost everything you need for your beauty and skincare to be completely cruelty free and vegan.
This is really nice because I have a few people tell me it’s hard for them to find all the products they need for everyday that are vegan and cruelty free. These products are not only both of these, but are also really nice quality as well!
First of all I have really dark here and the dry shampoo doesn’t leave a white cast on my hair like some other dry shampoo do.
They sent me two lip balms. There is a rose tinted lip balm is really nice it’s got a really cute pop of color just for every day wear. Both lip balm smell really good to which is also nice. The lip scrub is really great and it smells good. Also it’s not too harsh like other lip scrubs I’ve tried. All of the product smell really nice and they work really well they also have super cute names. I would recommend the dry shampoo for just about any color hair like I said my hair is black and it blended in really well.
Overall I really recommend this brand to people who are looking to switch vegan and cruelty free products.
You want to check out their Instagram page I will link it Here
If you have been on the internet lately you have seen the infamous “charcoal masks” that all the beauty gurus are trying and raving about, or all the funny fail videos of random people crying and peeling their skin off. Its a craze for sure no matter what. However there is some truth to it and a few brands that back up what they claim! I recently had the chance to try a few products from Black Mask Cleanse Ink. They have a whole range of skincare products that wont leave you peeling your face off. I received the bundle of their mask, toner and cleanser!
All of their products are made in the USA, and cruelty free which is really great. The mask has aloe and eucalyptus to soothe the skin. Vitamin C for brightening and Rosemary for closing up the pores! Their products are suitable for any skin type as well!
I cleansed my face with the cleanser which was really nice, it took all my makeup off as well! I then took the mask and put on a thick layer on my nose, chin and forehead which is where i tend to get the most blackheads and large pores. You should put it where you feel you have the most issues or even all over your face if you would like, avoiding the eye area and eyebrows. Since I did a thick coating of it I let it sit for about 40 minutes. The mask comes right off when you peel from the edges and mostly off in one piece. You can really see the blackheads which is gross but also really satisfying. I felt like my face was softer and my pores were so much smaller. Then putting some of the toner on a cotton ball and swiping it all over my face really helps clean your face and close the pores as well as helps re balance the skin.
Over all I was really impressed with this line and will for sure be adding it into my skin routine! Id say you dont need to use the mask more than once a week but the cleanser and toner are fine for daily use. Check out their Instagram page here
I have been doing a lot of research on beauty brands that test on animals. It’s really surprising the types of tests they allow and the brands that have even broken the rules when it comes to animal testing, not that any animal testing is okay anyway. That being said I have been making it my goal to find products that are great quality and are also cruelty free!
When I found EcoCoco Australia I was on Instagram (shocker). They had reached out to me through their Influencer program and I was so excited to work with them! All of EcoCoco’s products are organic, vegan and cruelty free which is really great for beauty products. They have everything from self tanning, shampoo and other hair products, lotions and body scrubs. Everything you need to make your shower cruelty free!
I got my hands on their Coconut Guava Body Scub that also can be a face scrub and a bath soak. It smells really good and has so many ingredients that are good for you and good for animals. I also got the new CocoLime Body Butter which smells AMAZING. It’s so thick and creamy. It’s perfect for after a shower or after laying out! The packaging in these products is to die for as well! They have tons more amazing vegan and cruelty free products on their website which I will link below. Their Instagram also has cool sales and giveaways sometimes so be sure to give that a follow as well! If you’re interested in brands that are cruelty free I suggest starting with Pinterest! There are lists of brands that are and aren’t. I highly reccomend vegan and cruelty free products to people with allergies and sensitive skin as well! It’s not going to have all the harsh chemicals in it that a lot of regular brands do. Just make sure you know what you’re sensitive to! If you have any questions about EcoCoco leave a comment or feel free to Dm me.
EcoCoco’s Instagram Here
EcoCoco’s website Here
Featured Image is my image. Other images are from EcoCoco’s website!
So lately my obsession has been subscription boxes/bags/whatever if you haven’t noticed. They are all so convenient and cute! I’m lucky I can use my social media influence to try them before they come out! Since it’s April 30th and tomorrow is May I’d like to share what’s gonna be in the May Ellie Box! Ellie Activewear has a monthly subscription of Activewear /lifestyle products at a really great price. It’s 5 items that always include a sports bra, a top and leggings or capris and then two other items for 50$ a month. If you think about it a nice pair of leggings is that price already! It’s a subscription box that I have gotten two of now. I loved my first one so when they wanted to send me another I was so exited! Number one the box it comes in is soooo pretty. 😍 Also the stuff that comes inside is super cute and useful for a healthy lifestyle! Below is what was in my box and then I’ll go over everything on its own.
The tank top, sports bra and leggings are a matching set from a brand called Marika. They are really good quality and could be worn to workout or just an athliesure outfit. The sports bra has those cute cutouts and I’d even wear it as a bralette! It has removable padding as well. The other two things are a Marika arm band that holds your phone while you workout. You don’t realize how convenient this is until you use it in your workout! It’s really nice and can fit most phones I’d say. The last thing was sort of unique it’s a set of stress balls that have different levels of resistance. That might sound a little silly but they are fun to play with if you’re doing computer work or just reading a book or something.
If you’re interested in subscribing to Ellie Activewear Box click Here!
If you wanna take a peek at their Instagram click Here
I have got to say I am no less than impressed with the subscription box from Sephora called the Play Box. I had heard about it from a girl at work, we are all obsessed with makeup! She said it was only 10$ a month so I had to look into it! I went on my Sephora App, which is great by the way, and they had a little tan all about the box. I have my credit card on my app so I bought it right then! I got an email that I was confirmed. I didn’t get into the subscription program until about two months later because there was a waiting list! When I finally got an email that I would be getting an April box.
When it came in the mail I knew right away what it was. The box was red white and black and it said “Play!” On the front. Below is a photo of what was inside!
1. Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench
2. Purity Face Cleanser
3. Sephora Brand Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover
4. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
5. Makeup Forever Aqua XL Eye Pencil
6. Miu Miu perfume
I was so excited to try out everything! That night I washed my face with the cleanser. It smelled really good and I liked it but I had makeup on and it didn’t really take it all off. Then after I used the moisturizer and I really liked it. I love the consistency of it and that it said it would hydrate for 72 hours. I have combination skin so I love a good moisturizer! Then that morning I used the Makeup Forever eye pencil. It went on really well and since it’s hot and sweaty I liked that it was waterproof. It really did stay on all day. I had used the Smashbox primer before and I had already loved it but I enjoyed having a cute little size of it! The waterproof makeup remover worked really well on my Better Than Sex mascara (which is kinda hard to get off) and it was so much easier than trying to scrub it off in the shower. The Miu Miu perfume was cute but it just wasn’t the right smell for me personally.
Overall the box is totally worth the 10$ a month especially if you already buy stuff from Sephora. And who doesn’t love the cute little sizes! It’s really nice to try it in a small size before you buy it for real.