Get a Dewy Hydrating look With Volition Beauty’s Snow Mushroom Water Serum!

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Snow Mushroom, or Tremella fuciformis , is a white nearly translucent tree-ear fungus found throughout Asia and warmer climates worldwide. The fungus common name of as a wood ear for the way it looks on logs as it grows is how it’s commonly referred to as. Chinese and Japanese herbalist have used this snowy fungus for thousands of years primarily to increase fluid in the body, rid palpitations, and dry coughs. When ingested, snow mushrooms can help lower cholesterol, protect the liver, fight inflammation, prevent atherosclerosis, increase white blood cells, and may even slow the aging process. Rumor also has it, if eaten regularly, facial freckles can begin to disappear.

So if you are like me, you have heard of Snow Mushrooms in your soup covering all the amazing benefits of your body, but what if I told you their properties were just as good for outside your body like your skin?

In 2015, Allure magazine published an article about the magical yet ancient benefits of the snow mushroom mentioning as far back as the imperial Tang dynasty, one of China’s fame four great beauties concubine Yang Guifei (713-756) accredited snow mushroom with maintaining her youthful appearance. Today, modern science has explained the radical results of the fungus drawing moisture to the skin like Hyaluronic acid but completely naturally!

So what if mushrooms were you skin’s next superfood? That’s what Volition Beauty’s Snow Mushroom Serum Innovator Keidy asked when she dared to solve her problematic acne-prone skin. Ya see here, the nutrient-rich ingredients in this cocktail flood our skin and pores with nature’s sponge holding 500 times their weight in water. Since the fungus’ molecules are smaller than our pores, they are absorbed much faster delivering exceptional moisturization that is maintained for a longer time.

It gets better! The snow mushroom properties also doubles to support the skin’s natural collagen production with no free radical damage! Get out! In additionthe concoction is created using marine water that detoxifies the skin, reduces redness and shine! With watermelon and apple extracts, your skin is given an excellent source of vitamin C and A for a more radiant look. Lentil extract is also added for a dose of vitamin B5 to smooth skin and lock in moisture to reveal clearer and firmer-looking skin!

Did I mention this product is vegan, gluten-free, hypoallergenic, cruely-free and noncomedogenic? WHAT?! 

Sephora has even marked this product certified Clean at Sephora™ meaning it is formulated without: Sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban. All skincare, hair, and makeup brands with the Clean Seal have less than one percent of synthetic fragrances.

So if you suffer from dry skin, fine lines/wrinkles, and pores this might just be the mushroom you’re looking for! The serum is suitable for all types of skin complexion!

I know what you may be wondering. OK, but how much is it?” Well, considering the application is a pea-size amount to cover the entire face, neck, and décolletage twice daily, the price of $62 for a 1oz bottle is actually not bad at all! But seriously, don’t take my word for it and learn about the science behind why snow mushrooms is the next best ingredient on the skincare market.

Tell me your thoughts on snow mushroom, Volition Beauty, or natural skincare in the comments below!

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The Wonderful World of Biossance

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NO COMPROMISE BEAUTY That is what Biossance promises when you buy their products. Formulas that are nontoxic with the highest standards committed to 100% transparency and blacklisting over 2,000 toxic ingredients from their chemist tables. WOW! 

So what have these scientists from Berkeley labs developed since 2003? Innovative biotechnology making positive impacts on the world changing how you do skincare starting with the ingredients. Utilizing a rich history of science and sustainability, Biossance creates skincare that will are incredibly effective and safe for your skincare, the environment, heck even animals!

I had the incredible opportunity to check our Biossance pop up in NOHO with my friend @Juiicyxr. We were not expecting a full class dedicated to skincare and the science behind every ingredient known to the chemist! Of the products we learned about, only three did I decide to take home and test.

OH MY GAWD, MY SKIN FEELS AMAZING

SQUALANE + VITAMIN C ROSE OIL sounds more like a drink than something you put on your face, but this stuff is ridiculous. This ‘No Compromise™’ formula mixes the weightless hydration of our sugarcane-derived, sustainable squalane oil with the brightening power of Vitamin C, plus rose oil! Just a drop or two of this exquisite oil delivers exceptionally soft, smooth and radiantly healthy-looking skin.

I use this for under my makeup moisturizer after having a late night out. It keeps my skin hydrated and plump! Did I also mention it reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles? It is clinically proven in test studies to hydrate and provide radiant glowy skin if applied twice daily. This baby deserves a 10/10!

100% SQUALANE  is something I personally have never heard before. Creating from renewable sugarcane, introducing biology’s best kept secret in moisturizer! Hydrating and locking essential oils leaving your skin soft and smooth, it also helps reduce redness and irritation. Shur up! WHAT IS THIS SQUALANE?! 

You may or may not have heard of squalane, but your skin has. The human body produces its own version (known as squalene), but the amount made and retained in the skin decreases over time. Squalane comes from squalene, which can be confusing if you don’t know the difference. Squalene is part of our skin’s own natural moisture but is also found in a variety of plants and in shark liver. Hooked! Where do I buy more? 10/10!

SQUALANE + PHYTO-RETINOL SERUM  sounds intimidating but it really isn’t. We know Squalane now so what is “phyto-retinol?” 

Extracted from the Babchi (Psoralea corylifolia) plant found to have retinol-like effects without the usual skin sensitivity and irritation, phyto-retinol simply means “of retinol-like effects” made from plants. Along with Yeast extract, Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid, and Neroli Essential Oils with scents of orange blossoms this serum is super concentrated and powerfully effective to reduce lines and wrinkles while visibly firming skin without irritation or sensitivity associated with retinol as it’s plant-based.

I highly recommend testing a patch of skin first before applying as this serum is quite potent and powerful. Nonetheless, it has helped with reducing the fine lines around my eyes and reducing my own crow’s feet. 10/10 baby!

These are the three products I tried at Biossance and boy was I pleased! Have you tried them? Have questions or comments? Let me know below and I’ll be sure to respond!

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Review Ipsy Glam Bag [April]

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April is the month of flowers and rain! Where spring showers bring beautiful flowers and tons of pollen that is bound to induce sinus infections, allergies, sneezing, and discomfort. But let’s not fret that it also means a new Ipsy glam bag!

This month’s glam bag brought a product I fell madly for! But before we go into what I loved, let’s list we I got!

In My GlameBag

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WHAT I LOVED

Hands down this is by far my most favorite glam bag design ever. The sheer creative direction for spring and detail hit home for me. This is a bag I will not be using but just decorating my home with. (Yes, I do that sometimes!)

H2O’s Oasis Hydrating Treatment was my next favorite item in this month glam bag. I suffer from extremely dry skin and it gets worse after applying makeup. This treatment not only worked wonders as a stand along night treatment but also between my moisturizer and makeup. It’s infused with water-based ingredients like seagrass extract and water lily extract which helps condition and soften the skin. My skin literally slurped this right in! Talk about quenching a thirst! Giving this one a 10/10!

Bbellápierre Cosmetics answers the question can I have my setting powder and it gets rid of redness and dark circles too? A semi-transparent formula that looks Oh So Natural! It doesn’t cake or fuss and can be used very versatile! How I use this is as a loose setting powder under the eye and on the eyelid during the summer to keep my concealer from melting off my face. It also helps matt any liquid contour I have on. It does not cake or create those weird wrinkles on your face from your foundation, keeping everything in place! OH Darling, encore! 10/10!

Beau Gâchis Cosmetics are your best-kept secret for great brushes at affordable pricing. (They have a sale right now! Get any 5 brushes for $30!) What makes the tapered blending brush so good? The curved tip makes for great blending out eyeshadow perfectly with no mess. The brush can also double to dusting highlighter on your cheekbones or nose. Even as synthetic hair, it is fluffy for powder formulas and small enough for creams. Want that amazing smoky eye look? Get it with this brush! Si se puede, 10/10! 

WHAT I ….EH

It isn’t fair to say I didn’t love the other products I just didn’t need them as much. Personally, I did not use Symphony Beauty’s Purifect Micellar cleansing water because I am already in love with IT Cosmetics Miracle Water 3-in 1 cleanser. Purifect is a cheaper version of Miracle Water and absolutely does somewhat the same except two things. The Miracle Water from IT Cosmetics also has a skin-brightening radiance booster and a whole lot of anti-aging peptides that help nourish dry skin. Purifect does contain microscopic molecules called micelles that attach to dirt and grime on your face and yes it has coconut extract (everything has coconut now) that helps hydrate and smooth your skin in a no-rinse makeup removal formula but I want more in my cleanser! Don’t you?

Last but not least Ciate London Starstruck Double Ended Stamp liquid line just didn’t give me the Starstruck feeling I needed. I get I can make stars on my makeup, but who wants black stars? Maybe someone else, but I’d prefer colored stars! Now if the end was a stencil that’s thinking outside the box!

All in all, I’m quite pleased with my bag. Let me know your thoughts on my review and tell me what you received if you are also an Ipsy member! Want to receive your own Ipsy glam bag? Get one now by clicking for a referral!

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Kiehl’s + Sputnik Earth Day Yoga Mornings!

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What’s the best to do on the morning of Earth? How about Yoga while having amazing organic almond protein shakes and a full-fledged breakfast with organic fruits and pastries?

@Kiehl’s + @Sputnik Yoga combined forces for a morning full of zen goodies. After a one-hour yoga session, we got a full facial and complimentary skincare consultation! We even left with a goodie bag!

The Doctor is in!

 

Thank you so much for the care package and my new seedling!

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Sunday Riley – The Influencer Foundation Launch Event

Super honor and EXCITED to check our Sunday Riley’s new foundation! Truth be told, I knew about Sunday Riley’s skincare but had not heard about their new foundation. So I had to ask myself, what happens when a skincare company makes a foundation?

One Word. Magic!

Got drinks and free products with the babes! What an amazing installation for the launch! Truly a wonderful theme park of pink! I have never experienced something so zanny and cool. It was like a festival indoors of makeup! Went with my wonder bff Rochielle (psst, you can follow her on Instagram!) and bumped into even more amazing babes at the venue! Go follow them all, (please do I love these girls! ❤ )

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(Posing in a ball pit is like never growing up no matter how FABulous you are)

(Meet Style + Fashion Blogger @krystal_bick! GO follow her! I in love with her travels. 😍)

What an incredible time!

Thank you so much to Sunday Riley for holding the event! I am also LOVING my care packages with two foundations and skincare! I’m loving the Water-Gel Toner and Brightening serum! Official my new nighttime skincare routine until the summer! Sadly, I could not us the Lactic Acid cream because I’m HIGHLY allergic to diary AKA Lactic Acid. *Anyone allergic to Milk might get an irritation when using it!

Check out Sunday Riley’s products shown below!

The Influencer – My NEW favorite foundation for the summer! The Influencer is cruelty-free and formulated without cyclopentasiloxane, synthetic fragrance, talc, and gluten. It’s perfectly buildable so you can control the level of coverage, from natural-looking, medium coverage to long-wear, all-day and all-night, full coverage! It does not dehydrate your skin and keeps it youth and fresh. Great for Summer!
Good Genes *
Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner
C.E.O Brightening Serum

Squids From Space Makeup + Gaming Livestream!

Had the chance to play the beta of Squids From Space and it was so much fun! Had my good friend Chelsea help with a Squids + Space makeup theme look. Thanks to the team for the support and shoutout!

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Cosmaglow Rechargeable Electric Makeup Brush Cleaner: 100% YASS Approved!

Got to test out Cosmaglow Rechargeable Electric Makeup Brush Cleaner and I am utterly WOW’d! Cleaning my brushes in the fraction of the time it used to take AND using them immediately after cleaning! Check out my YouTube video above to see how quick makeup brushes clean and dry using Cosmaglow Rechargeable Electric Makeup Brush Cleaner!

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Garnier Fructis Straight Hair Influenster VoxBox

Got to try out some Garnier Fructis products thanks to Influenster! I’m all for my hair. From treatments to masks, different conditioners for each season, and even massage oil therapy, my hair is pampered (even more than me!). But irons are a love-hate relationship because, on the one hand, it damages your hair but on the other hand, your hair looks better than Fabio’s after straightening it into perfection. So it’s always a good idea to use heat protectant hair products. This keeps ends from splitting, fraying, and frizzing. Just note, every flat iron is different! I use an Iron: AsaVea Hair Straightener Brush 3.0 to straighten my hair.

Check out my Tutorial using Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Flat Iron Perfector Straightening Mist 24 Hr Finish & Garnier Fructis Style Brilliantine Shine Glossing Spray!

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City Colour BeMatte in “Home Slice” Review

So excited to have tried out City Colour’s new Be Matte Lipstick in Home Slice! I LOVE this lipstick!! I wanted to go super glam with it, but felt it would be TOO easy. So I went with a mdoest look you could go to work with. Here is my review of the Be Matte Lipstick in Home Slice.

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Skintober With Arkadiance

I received four Arkadiance products complimentary recently and for the month of October, I decided to use only Arkadiance products during my morning and evening skincare routines. Having little knowledge about Arkadiance in particular but lots about skincare and decided to take a shot on the natural and exquisite mix that is Arkadiance

Smoothing Face Cream
A powerful mix of olive, coconut, shea, and essentials oils Arkadiance’s face cream adds a gush of moisture to my face that is not greasy or oily. Leaving my skin fully hydrated before my makeup or going to bed, this plant-based hydrating face cream ensured a silky-smooth finish that tones my skin left it pristine. The main ingredients the make Arkadiance’s face cream distinctly beneficial and different from other creams is its mix of Silk Amino Acids, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, and natural herbal components.

Silk Amino Acids is used as an additive on the skin for its high levels of serine which has excellent moisture preservation trait. The herbal and natural usage of coconut, shea, and olive provide a soothing relief for super sensitive skin. Alpha hydroxy acids are widely used as a topical treatment for extremely dry skin (xerosis).

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Healing Facial Tonic
Combines rose, witch hazel, cucumber, aloe, oats, and lavender hydrosol to provide a supertonic to brighten and nourish the face. Most tonics burn or even sting the skin, but Arkadiance tonic didn’t irritate my sensitive skin at all. What’s even better, it did not dry my already dry skin.

Witch Hazel is known to be an anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent, moisturizing component to prevent side effects of sun damage like peeling and flaking.Lavender hydrosol has shown to be a great ingredient to combat Acne because of its anti-inflammatory, skin soothing, antibacterial, and balancing the skin’s sebum which contributes to acne by clogging pores.

Bubbling Facial Cleanser
The richly citrus scented facial cleanser from Arkadiance has had to have been my most favorite product from them by far. (This was a hard choice since I can’t get enough of lavender hydrosol, lol!) Not only is this cleansing wash created with mild natural plantapon stepped in green and white tea to wash away dirt and extra sebum, but it gently removes even the toughest makeup! Waking up to wash my face or coming home to remove my makeup, this product was my go to for the better part of these first two week using Arkadiance products. I felt a morning refresh in the morning and then again before going to bed. It was heavenly!

Surfactants come in different types. Traditionally, we use soap surfactants which tend to use fats to lift dirt and grease off by absorbing water. Natural plantapon, however, is mild surfactant mixture that has good foaming properties and is suggested as the surfactant of choice for natural shampoos, shower gels and bath foams. Natural plantapon is suitable for sulfate-free, EO-free, PEG-free, and paraben-free applications which are ideal for baby care and sensitive skins.

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Omega-3 Radiance Capsules
I will admit, it was hard to remember to take this at times. However, when I did take them consistently, I saw a bump in sleep and energy levels. I woke up alert and not groggy. Most mornings I hit the snooze alarm to give me an additional 15 minutes of sleep (Which ends up being an hour..). Having taken the omega-3 capsules, I found myself waking up with ample amounts of energy but completely natural. No jitters. No side effects.

Made out of three different types of European fish oil, the Omega-3 capsules helped improved skin texture, tone, and radiance while increasing permeability of cell membrane in every cell of your body. It assists with chronic inflammation in joints, alleviated mood swings, and even helps with fall seasonal allergies. The capsules taken at night, help with catabolic rebuilding which is the process of the body breaking itself down to rebuild itself back up that occurs while you sleep.

I am all about skincare, but the science behind natural skincare is extremely fascinating! For centuries, men and women have used many of these natural ingredients for everything skincare issues and it’s only now that we see them more prevalent in modern day skincare. This is why when given the opportunity to conduct this month-long test, I jumped on the opportunity and boy am I grateful!

Arkadiance is all about fusing ancient wisdom with modern science, and I can’t thank Ami enough for letting me be a part of this truly breathtaking journey! Introduce your skin to the wellness-based skin care line that invests in YOUR inner healthy to unleash our radiance through nutraceuticals, topical skincare, and teas. Get the luxury experience with the science to back it up! Even the most sensitive of skin (like mine!) have seen results that will amaze you and make you confident is using pure and powerful nutraceuticals.

To be continued…