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Review: Herbivore Coco Rose Lip Conditioner


If you have been following my blog or Instagram, you will know that I am a bit obsessed with lip products. I have fairly thin lips that are dry, often cracked, and have a rough texture. The main reason for my lip condition is that I have asthma and am a mouth breather. One tip I always share for those that suffer from similar lip conditions like mine is to use very hydrating and moisturizing lip products. The more moisture and hydration you add, lips will not only be soft and smooth but moisture will help plump the skin, making the lips appear fuller.

About a month ago, Herbivore was having a sale and offering a 20% off discount. So, of course, it was the perfect time to order some products that I had been wanting to try.  This post will be reviewing the CoCo Rose Coconut Oil Lip Conditioner.

About the brand:
Herbivore is founded by husband and wife duo Alex and Julie out of their kitchen in Seattle Washington. Their philosophy is to produce safe and non-toxic products that are effective. "We believe in the power of nature to bring these results".  Herbivore uses natural ingredients, plant based food grade, cold pressed, GMO-free soy wax, recyclable and reusable packaging and many of their products are certified organic.

The Claim:
Herbivore claims that this is a lightweight lip conditioner will deeply nourish, hydrate, protect, smooth and soften lips.

Review: Balanced Guru Nourish Me Facial Serum


I am excited to review the Balanced Guru Nourish Me Facial Serum that I got from Musely. I had seen this brand all over Instagram lately which sparked my curiosity. I had tried the Detox Scalp Treatment with positive results so this made me want to try more from this brand. If you would like to read what I think of this formulation and how it worked on my skin type and skin concerns, just keep reading.

About Balanced Guru:
Balanced Guru's motto is to create wholesome products that are organic, cruelty-free and safe for our bodies and the environment. They aim to create prodcuts using Eastern wisdom and modern Western science that will help balance your beauty through physical, emotional and spiritual wellness.

The Claim:
This serum claims to moisturize without clogging pores, help nourish and reduce the appearance of fine lines. This organic formula is for all skin types, even expecting or nursing mothers.

The Journey to Clear Skin: My Acne Story


I can't believe it's almost been two years since first writing about my struggle with acne. Back in October of 2015, I began to openly write about my experience with hormonal breakouts, painful cysts and red, irritated skin. You can read my first blog post here. Although posting such candid pictures of my skin was extremely difficult, I thought my story could help others struggling with the same issues. To be completely open and honest, I was mortified that I, a licensed medically trained Esthetician, was having such terrible trouble with my skin. It made me question my training, I began to question my efficacy at doing my job well...I pretty much had hit rock bottom. Although close, it was what I like to refer to as my mid-life skin care crisis.

In my first post, which was in October, I had been battling nasty breakouts for about eight months. Here is how my skin looked. This is a never seen before picture when my skin was literally at it's worse. This is still very painful to post so please be kind.

As you can see from the picture above, my face was not terrible because believe me, in my almost twenty years in esthetics I had seen much, much worse. However, this was bad skin for me since prior to this time period, I would only get a few blemishes during my menstrual cycle. My skin was always pretty damn clear even while going through puberty and well into my teen's. After doing what I could to tackle the breakouts on my own, I finally went to see my primary care physician because nothing I was trying was working. I want to stress that acne is a medical condition and those suffering should always consult with a doctor. In esthetics, I, a medically trained Esthetician cannot legally (in the State of Oregon at least) treat acne.

First Impression: Natural Pacific Fresh Herb Calendula Tincture Toner


Hey everyone! I wanted to quickly share my first impression on the Natural Pacific Fresh Herb Calendula Tincture Toner. I did post a review seen here on my Instagram but for some, I wanted to make a post for those of you who aren't on Insta. Here is my first impression review of the Fresh Herb Calendula Tincture Toner from the brand Natural PacificI have recently incorporated this into my skincare routine using a new skin care method called a "Toner Wash". If you would like more information on what the heck a toner wash is, just keep reading.