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Always keep a bottle of wine in the fridge for special occasions...
You know, like Wednesday. ๐Ÿทโœจ
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๐Ÿ“ธ via @sokoglam

Always keep a bottle of...

My #OOTD every day ๐Ÿ˜โœจ
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My #OOTD every day ๐Ÿ˜โœจ...

Itโ€™s the weekend! โœจ Iโ€™m off to Club Bed featuring DJ Pillow and Mc Blanky ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป
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Who else is an unapologetic homebody? ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ
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// ๐Ÿ“ธ via @niu.body

Itโ€™s the weekend! โœจ Iโ€™m...

Ainโ€™t nuthin but a plant thing baby!
๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿ’›๐ŸŒต๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒฟโ˜€๏ธ
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๐Ÿ“ธ via @heykokomo

Ainโ€™t nuthin but a plant...

No-bunny ๐Ÿฐ was harmed in the making of @vegancuts Summer Makeup Box! ๐Ÿ’„โ˜€๏ธ Here's a peek inside this season's box, it's PACKED FULL of amazing cruelty-free + vegan makeup products! Ranging from a fruit pigmented lipstick ๐Ÿ’, 100% natural lip balm ๐Ÿ‘„, a multi-use roll-on highlighter โœจ, and more!
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๐Ÿ’‹ What is this Makeup Box?
It's a quarterly subscription box, curated by @vegancuts, where every 3-months, you'll receive 4-5 ๐™›๐™ช๐™ก๐™ก-๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฏ๐™š (not sample sizes) vegan makeup products to match the season! โ˜€๏ธ
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๐Ÿ’‹ How much is it?
Quarterly Plan (1 box): US$39.95
Annual Plan (4 boxes): US$37.45/box ($10 SAVINGS!)
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๐Ÿ’‹ Is it worth it?
Heck yes! This Summer Makeup Box includes $103 worth of products alone! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป
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๐Ÿ’‹ Who is this box for? 
Perfect for yourself or as a gift! ๐ŸŽ Whether you're new to cruelty-free + vegan makeup or just love makeup in general, you'll definitely enjoy discovering all the goodies in each season's box! ๐Ÿ’•
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#vegancuts #vegancutsmakeupbox #veganbeautybox #crueltyfreebeautybox #gifted

No-bunny ๐Ÿฐ was harmed in...

๐šŸ๐šŽ๐š๐šŠ๐š— โ‰  ๐šŒ๐š›๐šž๐šŽ๐š•๐š๐šข-๐š๐š›๐šŽ๐šŽ
some cosmetics labeled as 'vegan' doesn't necessarily mean they're also cruelty-free.
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How? the term '๐šŒ๐š›๐šž๐šŽ๐š•๐š๐šข-๐š๐š›๐šŽ๐šŽ' is generally used to imply the products and its ingredients were not tested on animals, whereas the term '๐šŸ๐šŽ๐š๐šŠ๐š—' is generally used to imply the products do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products (like carmine, beeswax, lanolin, honey, etc.)
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๐“ท๐“ธ๐“ฝ๐“ฎ: I'm saying 'generally' here because this is how the cosmetic industry is generally using these two terms, that's not to say these are ideal or perfect definitions and tbh, if it were up to me, there wouldn't be a difference as almost all animal-derived ingredients cannot be obtained in a 'cruelty-free' manner, but I digress.
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๐“ฎ๐”๐“ช๐“ถ๐“น๐“ต๐“ฎ๐“ผ: swipe โžก๏ธ to see a couple of real-life examples of products that are vegan ๐™—๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ cruelty-free.
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1๏ธโƒฃ Garnier claims their Ultimate Blends and new Fructis hair products are โ€˜veganโ€™, explaining these products do not contain animal-derived ingredients or by-products. But Garnier is actually not a cruelty-free brand, as Garnier does test on animals when required by law
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2๏ธโƒฃ In 2017, Lโ€™Orealโ€™s EverPure Shampoo and Conditioners were spotted with a โ€˜100% Veganโ€™ stamp on the packaging. Lโ€™Oreal claims these products are โ€˜veganโ€™ in which they donโ€™t contain animal-derived ingredients or by-products, but Lโ€™Oreal is definitely not a cruelty-free brand. Lโ€™Oreal does test on animals when required by law.
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๐Ÿ” Look for products that are both cruelty-free ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ vegan to ensure the products and its ingredients were not tested on animals ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ it doesn't contain animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
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Do you know of any other brands/products that claim to be vegan but isn't cruelty-free?๐Ÿค”

๐šŸ๐šŽ๐š๐šŠ๐š— โ‰  ๐šŒ๐š›๐šž๐šŽ๐š•๐š๐šข-๐š๐š›๐šŽ๐šŽ some cosmetics...

CHOOSING CRUELTY-FREE MATTERS ๐Ÿฐ to the millions of animals that are routinely blinded, poisoned, and killed each year for cosmetic testing. ๐Ÿ’„๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ‡ It's not ๐’ฟ๐“Š๐“ˆ๐“‰ a mascara. And it may not be a life or death decision for you but it is for all the innocent animals used for product testing. 
You're either part of the solution or part of the problem. Which side would you like to be on? 
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Choosing cruelty-free matters & You CAN help to make a difference โœŠ๐Ÿปโœจ
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๐ŸŽจ via @justcomics_official

CHOOSING CRUELTY-FREE MATTERS ๐Ÿฐ to...

Beating the Monday Blues with this gorgeous bluish-purple pastel nail polish color from @nclabeauty called ๐˜Š๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ด ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿน All of NCLA nail polish are cruelty-free, vegan, and 7-free! ๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿปโœจ #veganmanimonday

Beating the Monday Blues with...

Pretending to look busy is hard work. // ๐Ÿ“ธ via @rabbitsrealm

Pretending to look busy is...

Yess. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป Letโ€™s bake it happen!๐Ÿงโœจ

Yess. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป Letโ€™s bake it...

Scentuals Natural Products Review + Giveaway! {CLOSED}

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Scentuals Natural Products Review + Giveaway!

A while back I wrote about Scentuals’ animal testing policy and confirmed that they are indeed cruelty-free! I was delighted to have the opportunity to try some of their vegan products because they are actually a local company and all of their products are handmade in small batches in Coquitlam, BC!

Scentuals was also kind enough to offer a giveaway of the same products I got to review to an ethical elephant reader! To enter, all you have to do is visit Scentuals’ Facebook page and leave your e-mail addressย in the widget at the bottom of this post! {GIVEAWAY CLOSED}

Scentuals Natural Products

Scentuals makes all-natural and organic bodycare and haircare products packed with the finest quality ingredients and pure essential oils. They put their heart and soul into researching, sourcing, and developing each ingredient and final product; delivering us only the best of the best but at an affordable price!

Review: Shampoo & Conditioner – Rosemary Mint

Both the shampoo and conditioner smells absolutely delectable! I love the smell of rosemary and it’sย been known to help stimulate hair growth and strengthen hair while treating dry scalp and dandruff.

The first thing I noticed upon reading the ingredient list was that the first ingredient was organic aloe juice andย not water!ย Most hair products including some allegedly ‘natural’ ones are mostly made up of water and other fillers. For $15 a pop, you are definitely getting your money’s worth with these truly natural and quality haircare products!

Scentuals natural moisturizing shampoo + conditioner review

Shampooย 

Scentuals’ Moisturizing Shampoo is sulphate free and a little goes a long way!ย You can build up the lather but I’ve gotten the hang of using all-natural shampoo and find that I’m just wasting product when trying to work up a sudsy lather. So if you do enjoy a good lather, prepare to use up more product.

Conditioner

Similar to the shampoo, you only need a little of the product to work it into your ends. After using Scentuals’ Moisturizing Conditioner, I’ve noticed my hair to be less frizzy and my color treated ombre endsย was looking a lot more healthy after a week. This has moved up to be one of my favourite conditioners! It leaves my hair feeling softer and smoother. And I can’t get over how great my hair smells after using the shampoo + conditioner duo!!

Review: Anti-Aging Facial Toning Mist

Scentuals’ Anti-Aging Toning Mistย is loaded with 100% natural and pure floral waters including witch hazel, rose geranium, ylang ylang, and sandalwood, making it a perfect complement to your regular skin routine.

Scentuals anti-aging facial toning mist review

After cleansing, I would spray the toning mist all over my face. It has an earthy smell but doesn’t linger. My face feels cleanse, fresh, and moisturized after! This is something I see myself using quite often in the colder seasons.

Review: De-Stress – Aromatherapy Roll-On

Perhaps one of the most important but underrated component of any beauty care routine is stress management! I’m a believer that what goes on inside affects how you look on the outside. And stress is known to cause skin flare-ups because when we feel tense, our brain releases cortisol (a stress hormone). As a result, this can cause havoc to our skin including increase in oil production leading to breakouts, as well as,ย loss of immune function in our skin andย increasing the appearance of wrinkles.

Scentuals aromatherapy roll-on de-stress review

But the peeps at Scentuals has got our backs and they’ve carefully crafted an aromatherapy roll-on de-stresserย to help calm our nerves and reduce tension. Usingย a mixture of therapeutic grade essential oils like bergamot, lavender, chamomile, palmarosa with the aim to calm the mind and helping you relax.ย They’ve even packaged it to be travel-friendly so you can use it on the go or whenever you need it most!

I’ve tried a couple of aromatherapy roll-ons before but found that the scent was too strong and lingered more than I could appreciate and as I was about to give up on the roll-on game, Scentuals’ aromatherapy roll-on de-stress changed things up for me. The smell is definitely not too overpowering but I can smell it as soon as I applied it. As a result, I felt more relaxed and the sweet scent was incredibly calming for me! Because of this, I am really excited to try their other aromatherapy roll-ons for headaches, muscle pain, and sleep!

Where To Buy Scentuals

You can get your hands on an array of Scentual products at Pharmasave, Save On Foods, Whole Foods, Pricesmart, and other Canadian natural health food stores or buy them online!


Giveaway!

{GIVEAWAY CLOSED} One lucky reader will get the chance to try all of the products I got to review by entering our giveaway with Scentuals! The giveaway is only available for Canadian and U.S. residents. Winner will be notified by e-mail and will receive:

  • Scentuals’ Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Scentuals’ Anti-Aging Facial Toning Mist
  • Scentuals’ De-Stress Aromatherapy Roll-On

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Disclaimer:ย I received press samples of this item in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions express are always 100% my own.ย 

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3 Comments
  • crystal walker
    January 23, 2016

    I have purchased the muscle pain roll on and I gotta say that I like it. I don’t like to use advil or tylenol because of the damage they can cause to the body. Its nice to use something that is chemical free. I am not really fond of the clove scent but this oil smells really nice and doesn’t overwhelm me. I look forward to trying the shampoo and conditioner to see if my hair will possibly grow a bit faster and thicken up a bit as it is very thin.

  • Brenda Presthofer
    November 15, 2015

    I enjoy shopping local and always look for healthy & organic
    bodycare products to try. I’m happy to hear Scentuals is from
    Coquitlam B.C.! Would love to try your cruelty-free, natural
    products, the scents sound amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Cynthia Knisley
    November 12, 2015

    I would love to try your products. I am always worried about the chemicals that put in products. Yours sound great.

โ€œMake ethical choices in what we buy, do, and watch. In a consumer-driven society our individual choices, used collectively for the good of animals and nature, can change the world faster than laws.โ€โ€• Marc Bekoff

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