Beauty Without Cruelty Ultimate Conditioning Natural Mascara Review

Beauty Without Cruelty Ultimate Conditioning Natural Mascara Review

Mascara is one of my must-have beauty products. No matter how simple my makeup routine may be it always includes mascara. I had never heard much about the Beauty Without Cruelty mascaras and was very curious to try them out. When one showed up in a beauty box I subscribe to, I was excited to be able to use it!

Claims: “Full Volume conditioning formulation with wild berry wax with the innovative spheres ‘Lash Lovers’ brush that creates length and definition with shading effect and lash separation as well as increased coverage reaching the full length of every lash.”

Ingredients: Aqua/water, Oryza Sativa Bran Cera (RiceWax), Vp/va Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-5 Laurate, Acacia Senegal Gum (AcaciaWax), Magnesium Aluminium Silicate, Cera Carnauba (CarnaubaWax), Rhus Verniciflua Peel Cera (Japanese FruitWax), Polyglyceryl-3 Stearate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Bambusa Arundinacea (Bamboo) Stem Powder, Benzyl Alcohol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Biotin, Mica,Talc, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

Pros: Cruelty free and vegan. Gluten free. Great mascara wand that makes it possible to easily grab each lash. Cute packaging. Good for a natural look.

Cons: Clumpy formula. Runs easily. Watery formula.

The Verdict: I loved the wand of this mascara. It has different bristle sizes that really help to grab lashes. This is something I wish more brands did. This mascara is meant to create both length and definition. On my lashes, I felt that at first it did a decent job of creating definition but not length. Throughout the day though, my lashes stuck together and I ended up with a terrible case of spider lashes. If I had only stuck to one coat of mascara, I think this would have eased this issue. Removal was easy – which is nice! The downside was that the mascara really irritated my eyes while I was removing it. It was nothing that a couple of splashes of water couldn’t fix, but I was surprised to find this from a natural mascara.

I think that the Ultimate Conditioning Natural Mascara is a great option for those who want a simple and easy mascara for just one coat. This mascara did not work for me and I will not be finishing this tube or purchasing the product in the future. However, if you are going for a very natural look, this could be a good option for you.

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Tone It Up Love Your Body 2014 Review

Tone It Up Love Your Body 2014 Review

Last Friday, the Tone It Up Love Your Body Challenge came to an end. It was 6 weeks of scheduled workouts, goal setting, recipes, and more. I’ve been dabbling in Tone It Up since last June and had never fully committed myself to one of their challenges before. When I knew this one was coming up, I decided that it was something I needed to do. 

The goals of the challenge were to do morning workouts 4 days a week, workout every day (if you stick to their schedule), and to log 100 miles of cardio by the end. In the last 6 weeks, I only missed one day of workouts. I did the morning workouts 6 days of the week (usually 7, but I missed a couple here and there). I logged 173 miles of cardio! My body feels a lot stronger and more solid. My goal was to get in shape, gain muscle definition, and feel stronger. I feel that I achieved all of those.

I feel that it’s important to note that I don’t use the Tone It Up nutrition plan. I feel that I already eat a relatively well balanced diet. There are definitely indulgences in my diet, but I try to stick to mostly fresh fruits, veggies, and whole grains. I would like to purchase the plan in the future to support Karena and Katrina, but am not sure if I would stick completely to the plan for my meals.

It also seems important to note that I did not start doing Tone It Up in order to lose weight. My mail goals were to develop more muscle definition and to be stronger. I can say that 6 weeks of these workouts definitely made a difference! While I haven’t changed sizes, my clothing does fit differently.

Aside from the entire Tone It Up community, I got SO much support from readers of Logical Harmony and friends. Having accountability buddies in multiple places made such a huge difference! Not to mention all the support I received online through the TIU community.

Until the next challenge starts, I’m going to stick to Tone It Up as a part of my daily life. If you’d like to join me, please comment and let me know!

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Easy & Tone It Up Approved Vegan Breakfasts

Easy & Tone It Up Approved Vegan Breakfasts

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. It helps you start the day right, but also gives you a few minutes each day to have some time to yourself. I like to enjoy mine while reading one of my favorite blogs or reading a book. Frequently, I’ve completed my morning workout and am in the rush of heading to the office for the day. So having something that is well balanced, nourishing, and also feels somewhat decadent is perfect.

Four of my favorite breakfasts (which are all Tone It Up approved!) are:

  • Coffee with avocado and oatmeal. The avocado is sprinkled with sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne and cut into cubes. The oatmeal is cooked with berries and protein powder. Then topped with chia seeds, hemp seeds, goji berries, and mulberries.
  • Coffee, detox tea, and fruit with peanut butter. I’m loving EveryDay Dandelion Detox tea lately. For the fruit, I usually have one apple and one banana, sliced, with 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter.
  • Coffee, bombshell spell, avocado toast and fruit. You can find a recipe for a vegan Bombshell Spell inspired juice here. I like my avocado toast with pink Himalayan sea salt, cayenne, and nutritional yeast. The fruit varies from time to time, but I love the combination of fresh coconut meat and melon.
  • Coffee, detox tea, bombshell spell, and oatmeal. I like my oats with chia seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin pie spice, raw cocao nibs, goji berries, and mulberries.

This is just a look into an average breakfast. When I have the time, I often make pancakes with mixed berry syrup, pumpkin pie pancakes, or tofu scramble. On the weekends, I love to add in a smoothie of some sort as well.

What fuel do you use to start your day?

Lush The Kiss Lip Gloss Review

Lush The Kiss Lip Gloss Review

As part of their limited edition Valentine’s Day items, Lush is offering The Kiss Lip Gloss. This lip gloss is a blend of shea butter and cupuacu butter for a very moisturizing formula. It also contains ingredients said to help naturally plump your lips. Lush sent me this lip gloss to try along with other items from their Valentine’s Day collection. This cruelty free and vegan tinted lip gloss has a sweet taste and promises to be super moisturizing.

Claims: “It will moisturize and protect the lips, whilst giving them a subtle pink glossy sheen. It contains delicious organic agave syrup to leave your lips deliciously sweet. Organic mandarin and almond essential oils give a delicious taste and fragrance, making every kiss unforgettable. We also added guarana seed powder (a natural skin plumper) to make your lips irresistible.”

Ingredients: Fair Trade Shea Butter, Organic Castor Oil, Organic Agave Syrup, Cupuacu Butter, Glycerine, Flavor, Sicilian Mandarin Oil, Almond Essential Oil, Guarana Seed Powder, Geraniol, Limonene, Tin Oxide, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, D&C Red No. 7 Calcium Lake, D&C Red No. 28 Aluminum Lake

Pros: Cruelty free and vegan. Reusable packaging. Very smooth and creamy formula. Not at all sticky. Subtle pink color tint. Deliciously scented, but not overpowering. Long lasting formula.

Cons: Limited edition!

The Verdict: This is the perfect gloss for those that want something that is just a step beyond chap stick. It’s very smooth and not at all sticky. The pink tint is very subtle – great for bringing out your own natural lip color. It’s incredibly moisturizing. After applying this lip gloss, my lips felt smooth for hours! The product description says that it has a sweet taste, and while I could smell this, I couldn’t taste it. It also contains guarana seed powder which is said to help naturally plump your skin. I couldn’t see a big visible difference, but I did feel that this gloss made my lips look naturally fuller.

I’m really happy with this lip gloss and would definitely recommend it to others. If you’re not normally a big lip gloss person but want something that’s a little special, this is a great option for you. This product is limited edition, so get your hands on The Kiss Lip Gloss fast! I’ve heard from readers that this product is not limited edition in the EU, so if you are located there, be sure to pick some up!

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Lush Love Locket Bath Bomb Review

Lush Love Locket Bath Bomb Review

I love the bath bombs from Lush. They can easily turn a normal soak in warm water into a luxurious experience. The Love Locket bath bomb was sent to me to try along with other items from their Valentine’s Day collection. This cruelty free and vegan bath bomb smells like jasmine and vanilla. It can also be used in one bath or broken up and used in three.

Claims: “Love Locket is made with a blend of uplifting and sensual oils to create a luxurious, indulgent Valentine’s Day treat. Create the perfect romantic bath for two and immerse yourselves in a cascade of hearts!”

Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute, Neroli Oil,Gardenia Extract, Eugenol, Geraniol, Methyl Ionone, Linalool, Limonene, Color 45410, Color 17200, Color 14700, Pink Heart Confetti, Yellow Lustre, Pink Lustre, Red Edible Hearts

Pros: Cruelty free and vegan. Very large and can be used multiple times if broken up into pieces. Amazing scent. Moisturizing formula.

Cons: Limited edition. Some clean up involved after the bath.

The Verdict: I loved the Love Locket bath bomb! The smell was amazing and I knew I would want to enjoy it more than once so I broke the bath bomb up into three pieces. This bath balm had such a smoothing smell. It turned the water a fun shade of pink with white and red biodegradable hearts that floated in the water. It was just too cute! Plus, it was very moisturizing.

I wish that Lush carried the Love Locket bath bomb year round! In fact, it looks like you can order it from Lush UK beyond the holiday season. I’ve used so many of their bath bombs and this was easily one of my favorites. Next year, I will definitely be buying a few to keep on hand.

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