Megan Markle's Beauty Secret Weapon

It seems that Megan Markle and I have something in common... besides our love for England. Tea tree oil is a major staple in our beauty routines. Known for it's antiseptic qualities tea tree helps heal various skin ailments. 
"The one thing I cannot live without when I'm traveling is a small container of tea tree oil. It's not the most glamorous thing, but if you get a cut, a mosquito bite, a small breakout, no matter what it is, it's my little cure-all." -Megan Markle, Allure Magazine (2014)

Here are my top 3 uses for Tea Tree Oil: 

  1. Spot Treatment: Tea Tree Oil is amazing on breakouts and usually helps decrease the size of any spots that may pop up on my face overnight. 
  2. Makeup Brush Cleanser: I love to sanitize my brushes using tea tree oil. I'll either wash them with a shampoo first, and then use the oil before rinsing or mix coconut oil, dish soap, and tea tree oil as an all in one brush cleanser. 
  3. Soothing a dry scalp/removing excess oil: Tea tree oil shampoo is a lifesaver and essential for post-workout showers and gives my hair some bouncy volume. 
Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Oil

Testing out Co2 Lift

 As you may know I'm no stranger to mixing my own face masks, but this was my first time trying out a product like CO2 Lift. CO2 Lift is a holistic anti-aging face mask claiming to lift, hydrate, and brighten the skin. The kit includes 2 gel packets, a cotton headband, and a stirring stick. You simply mix the two gel packets together and apply to your face, neck, and even your eyelids. The mask can be left on for up to an hour. I left mine on for about 45 minutes before peeling it off. 

First Impressions: 

  • Application was quick and easy. 
  • The gel was refreshing, had a pleasant scent, and was cooling. 
  • I've never used a mask on my eyelids, this was an odd feeling but it felt similar to using cucumbers. 
  • The consistency of the mask was thicker than any gel mask I've used in the past, this seemed to aide the "refreshing" feeling


  • Removing the mask was easy, I simply peeled it off and rubbed the remaining serum into my skin. 

My Favorite Quick and Easy Recipe Ft. HIC Olive Oil

This recipe is one of my all time favorites, it's quick, it's easy and it keeps me full and focused. This time I switched up my usual olive oil in favor of HIÇ. HIÇ sent me a bottle of their Turkish olive oil to try, and I am a major fan! HIÇ is a woman owned company founded by Duygu and Nancy who are passionate about clean living. The nature in which the olives grow lend a unique and pure taste to their olive oil. 

Lemon Garlic Pasta: 

What you'll need: 

  • HIÇ Olive Oil
  • Broccoli (one head, or you can use one bag of frozen broccoli) 
  • 1 Box of Whole Wheat Penne
  • Lemon Juice
  • 1 Head of Garlic
  • Fresh Cracked Pepper (optional) 
  • Red Pepper Flakes (optional)

What's in my Gym Bag? ft. SWAY

The past couple weeks have been great in terms of my fitness goals, I've been able to increase the amount of weight I'm lifting, plank for longer, and even increase my amount of reps for some exercises. Since I've been spending more time at my local gym, I've also been putting some new products to the test. 

I've been using a natural deodorant for a few years now, bouncing around between different brands. I never found one that I loved 100%. I switched to natural aluminum free deodorants when I learned that aluminum may be linked to breast cancer. As someone who has a family history of cancer, including breast cancer, I dont like to take risks with potentially harmful products. 

Surya Brasil Lip Balm| CF Brand Feature

It's 14 degrees here in New York today, making lip balm the most essential product in my handbag. When I first started my cruelty free journey lip balm seemed like one of the most difficult items to find. The majority of drugstore brands are not cruelty free, and the luxury brands were too luxurious on a student budget. Just before the holidays Surya Brasil was kind enough to send me a few samples of their tinted, and flavored lip balms. 
I've been using the mint chocolate chip flavored lip balm daily, just because it's my favorite ice cream flavor. The formula is nourishing, doesn't cause my lips to flake (as some formulations do), and seems to be long lasting. I cant wait to try the acai flavor, as acai bowls are a summer favorite of mine. 

NOTE Cosmetics| Cruelty Free Brand Feature

Now that winter is upon us I have been getting back into wearing lipstick, I feel that it perfectly finishes my makeup looks and makes me look a bit more polished.
NOTE Cosmetics reached out to me recently and asked if I would be interested in trying their Matte Moist lipsticks and glosses, and of course I said yes! I love trying out new cruelty free brands, and wanted to see how their lipsticks stacked up against some old favorites of mine. 
Coco Toffee (316)
I wore each type of lipstick for an entire day to test out the formulation, and how it wore. 

Holy Grail Cruelty Free Skincare

If you have been following me along on my blogging/youtube journey, you'll know that my skin has been through everything! It's been dry, oily, acne prone, and I also have a touch of rosacea. Now that I'm 22 my skin has calmed down quite a bit, but I noticed with the change of seasons, or stress it still acts up. 

A few weeks ago, once the temperature dipped to an even 30 degrees here in New York my skin was crying for help. My normally combination, but (now) manageable skin, was red, dry, and breaking out. The redness had to do with my rosacea, it does not respond well to changes in temperature or major changes in my skincare routine. Lucky for me about a week into my skin dilemma Coral Calcium sent me their Hawaiian Red Turmeric Gummies. I had heard that turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory and can help calm rosacea and other sorts of inflammation. These gummies are non-GMO, easy to digest, gluten, dairy and soy free. Turmeric can also benefit the immune system and arthritis. 

Now that I was treating my skin from within I looked to my medicine cabinet to begin working on the exterior. I had purchased Trader Joe's Blueberry Acai Facial Scrub a few months ago, just to try something new, but hadn't found that it did much aside from making my skin soft. I reached for it again this time, as I remembered how great blueberries were for inflammation, and since it gently exfoliates it seemed like the perfect choice. I used this daily (for about 4 days) until I saw a reduction in redness and dry patches. I kept using my trusty CBD for Life Cleanser as it is the most gentle and effective skincare product I've come across. 

Stocking Stuffers Guide 2017

If you haven't seen my Holiday Gift Guide post yet, be sure to give it a read! I had a few smaller products lying around that I have been enjoying lately and I got to thinking that they'd be great stocking stuffers, or gift basket fillers! 

7th Heaven Masks

7th Heaven Masks have been a favorite of mine this month, once or twice a week after a long day I enjoy relaxing and applying a face mask. Matter of fact, I have the chocolate one on as I'm writing this! 7th Heaven sent me a variety of their masks to test out, and so far I have liked every one! I even had Martin try the Men's sample and he thought it made his skin feel very smooth. One of my favorites was the Hot Spring Sauna Mask, which has a warming effect. It's such a great mask for a winter time pamper session. These masks would be great stocking stuffers or as a filler in your best friends gift bag this holiday season!