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Indie Brand Spotlight - Living Earth Market + Black Pearl Teeth Whitening Powder

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Living Earth Black Pearl Teeth Whitening Powder

Recently, I had a nagging toothache that called for an impromptu dental visit.  I'm a grinder, and I never wear my night guard.  I know...know...If I would just wear it my life would be so much easier! Regardless, the highlight of my appointment was being complimented on the color of my teeth by the dental assistant ๐Ÿ˜ I wholeheartedly attribute this to using a teeth whitening product ๐Ÿ’œ

Lately, I have been loving the Black Pearl Teeth Whitening Powder from Living Earth Market.  I would just like to thank the brand for sending over this jar of goodness, along with their Vitamin C Serum, which we are going to talk a little bit about in this post as well ๐ŸŠ Keep reading to learn about Living Earth Market, their lovely goodies, and their sustainability model ~ I am all about a brand that focuses on their impact on the environment ๐ŸŒŽ

Living Earth Black Pearl Teeth Whitening Powder

I must say I was a little scared the first time I ever tried an activated charcoal product for the purposes of whitening my teeth.  It just seemed so counterproductive, but I was hearing so many great things about it, I just had to give it a shot ๐Ÿ–ค Luckily, I had received a small sample a long while back in one of my Petit Vour boxes.  I tried it and I was instantly impressed!  Your teeth will be whiter ๐Ÿ˜€ Activated charcoal is no joke people!!!  My kids even confiscated my tiny little sample and were obsessed with the results themselves ๐Ÿ’

Fast forward to my experience with this jar of Black Pearl Teeth Whitening Powder from Living Earth Market.  While I can still remember and understand why someone would be intimidated by putting black powder on their teeth, I am going to give you a few tips to make the process super easy!

Tip #1 - A little bit goes a long way

Don't overdo it.  Not because it will be a disaster, but because you only need a little bit to get the job done.  Do you really want to make a mess of black powder in your bathroom???  This jar is a whopping 30g and will last you a very long time!  Plus it's only $20 ๐Ÿ˜

Tip #2 - Transition into it 

The easiest way for me to get started using this product was by dipping my toothbrush into it, and brushing my teeth as usual ๐Ÿ’› Heads up...I don't dip into this large jar.  I actually put some product in a recycled sample size container from a face mask I think?  I feel like this gives me more control of the situation, plus I'm not constantly exposing the full size to air from opening and closing all the time ๐ŸŒŽ

Tip #3 - Make it a 2-step process

So when I want to do a really deep whitening session, I like to use the powder on its own and really go to town.  I do like to use a little more powder in this instances, which does leave a tiny bit of residue when I rinse.  No worries, I just brush my teeth with toothpaste afterwards as usual, and then my pearly whites look perfect, well except for that tiny little chip ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘

Hopefully these steps will help make the first time you use an activated charcoal teeth whitening powder super easy!  Plus your teeth will look great too ๐Ÿ’—

Living Earth Black Pearl Teeth Whitening Powder Selfie

Black Pearl Teeth Whitening Powder Ingredients

Activated Organic Coconut Charcoal - one of the strongest absorbents known to man, instantly removes stains, non abrasive, natural alternative to traditional bleach and chemical treatments; activated charcoal has a negative electrical charge, which attracts positively charged toxins to be absorbed by the charcoal...Voila! Magic ♥

Calcium Bentonite Clay - special absorption qualities, extracts harmful pathogens and absorbs acid-causing bacteria, provides remineralizing benefits and restores teeth

Organic Peppermint - natural odor control, works with sodium bicarbonate to kill odor causing bacteria, leaving a clean taste & feel

Sodium Bicarbonate (Aluminum Free) - SEE ABOVE

Living Earth Vitamin C Serum

Recently I have also been testing out a new skin care routine, and was able to incorporate the Living Earth Market Vitamin C Serum ๐ŸŠ I love using it to seal in my favorite facial oils!  This anti-aging formula uses 20% medical grade Vitamin C, and is meant to help remove wrinkles, fade age spots, and add firmness to the skin.  Vitamin C has also been shown to help prevent and treat UV damage, and act as a catalyst for collagen synthesis.

It has only been a few weeks since I started using this serum, so I cannot speak to the long term effects, but I do notice a brighter, healthier glow to my skin every time I use it ✨ I can also report that it plays very nice with all my other skincare products ๐Ÿ’›

Herakut Mural with Mermaids in Downtown West Palm Beach
Herakut Mural in Downtown West Palm Beach

Herakut Mural with Mermaids in Downtown West Palm Beach
Herakut Mural in Downtown West Palm Beach

Living Earth Market's Sustainability Model

From their site:
"Sustainability is the lifeblood of Living Earth. It shows in how we source ingredients and in how we develop our packaging. We factor in everything from our lids to our labels, always searching for ways to reduce our carbon footprint and become closer to our zero-waste, 100 percent eco-friendly goal.
Our glass jars are manufactured in the Midwest, and our fair trade ingredient partners are based throughout the United States. Ingredients that cannot be sourced from within America are purchased from U.S. suppliers dedicated to sustainable methods. We're experimenting with PLA (plant-based) plastic packaging materials, and we're also working to create biodegradable toothbrushes and other products. We are proud of our cruelty-free practices and organic ingredients." ๐ŸŒŽ
So tell me, what kind of teeth whitening products have you tried???  
Let me know in the comments!  

Share the love and check out Living Earth Market on social media ๐Ÿ’–
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Have A Beautiful Day! Love, Lucy~~*

Disclaimer: Please note I received this product in exchange for my unbiased review. My opinions are 100% my own. Some of the links on this page are affiliate links. This means that I earn a small commission based on any purchases you make using my links. Thank you for visiting and supporting my page ๐Ÿ’–

Keeping Skincare Simple with Kate Somerville + #RethinkPlastic Plastic Oceans Pledge ๐Ÿงœ

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Kate Somerville Face the Glow Kit

Skincare is definitely one of my obsessions ๐Ÿ’› I love all the amazing ingredients, all the different layers you can create...magical skincare potions really! ✨ Trust me when I tell you I have quite a collection of all kinds of skincare goodies!  While I love playing skincare apothecary, I think there is something definitely to be said for a simple skincare routine.  It is the perfect way to make sure the skin gets all the basics.

Kate Somerville is keeping skincare simple with her kits of best selling facial exfoliating and acne fighting products, ExfoliKate & EradiKate! Personally, my skincare concerns are more the anti-aging and skin tone/complexion variety.  Check out my thoughts on the Face the Glow EradiKate Kit and learn about the brand's commitment to reducing their footprint and their pledge with the Plastic Oceans Foundation ๐ŸŒŠ #AdvoKate #RethinkPlastic #PlasticOceans

Get Swept Away with Skincare Goodness from the Ocean with OSEA Malibu + Labor Day Gift with Purchase ๐Ÿ˜

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Skincare Goodness from the Ocean Blog Title

When it comes to certain skincare brands, I must say, I am a devotee.  I especially love when a brand is so passionate about their ingredients, their footprint on the environment, and is committed to being both vegan and cruelty free ๐Ÿ’š

OSEA Malibu is definitely one of my favorite ecoluxe skincare brands.  Founded by Jenefer Palmer, it is rooted in the commitment of providing natural, non toxic beauty inspired by the sea ๐ŸŒŠ Keep reading to check out some of my holy grail favorites from them and to learn about their current gift with purchase over the Memorial Day weekend! 

3 Youthful Benefits to Incorporating the Holistic Beauties BFF Tool Into Your Skincare Routine

Friday, August 24, 2018

Holistic Beauties Small Nibbles Side

Skincare has always been a thing, at least in my experience!  Our mothers swore by it, and our grandmothers were the proof of its effectiveness๐Ÿ˜ Beauty secrets have been passed down from generation to generation, but the overlying message has always been similar...taking care of our skin is a must!

Lately, technology has been coming to their forefront of skincare in the form of different types of tools.  It all started with the brush headed tool most of us are familiar with, but let's be honest...It never felt like the most hygienic.  I always wondered what kind of gunk made its way deep into the base of the bristles ๐Ÿ˜ 

Now we have the BFF!  We are talking a user friendly, medical grade silicone tool, that not only cleanses, but seriously takes our skincare to the next level....WAY next level!  Keep reading to get all the deets on the Holistic Beauties BFF Electric Facial Pore Cleanser, how I am incorporating it into my skincare routines AND how you can get your hands on one for 40% off!!! 

When I think about the BFF, I think about all the ways this adorable little tool kicks my skincare up a notch with just one use!  Taking care of our skin is only as complicated as make it.  I am breaking down the benefits of this electric pore cleanser...Check it out! ๐Ÿ ‹

Good Vibrations

With 15 adjustable intensities and three different types of silicone nibbles, the BFF transforms your skin in just 5 minutes a day.  Increased vibrations actually help to exfoliate the skin without irritation.  Looking for something softer and gentle, go for the soft nibbles.  It's like tiny kisses on your skin๐Ÿ’œ The larger, sturdier  nibbles take everything to a deeper level of cleansing and exfoliation!  The BFF's good vibrations also help to release blackheads, unclog pores. and dislodge pesky dirt & oil ๐Ÿ†

Holistic Beauties BFF Cheat Sheet

Healthy Glow ๐Ÿ’–

If you've been using the BFF like I have and your skin is glowing, welcome to the magic ๐ŸŒ  That glow is very real!  The vibration technology increases blood flow and fresh oxygen, nourishing skin cells and bringing on a rosy glow๐ŸŒน It also provides some major skincare benefits!  More blood flow means more collagen production, which aids in anti-aging and diminishing fine lines & wrinkles, as well as, improving skin's elasticity.  The BFF is also great for fighting acne, as increased blood flow allows breakouts to heal faster and be fewer and farther between ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

Holistic Beauties BFF Large Nibbles Side

Magic Potions ๐Ÿ”ฎ

My favorite way to use the BFF is by taking it beyond the cleanser.  I am literally obsessed with applying all my skincare products with it, anything from mild exfoliators, facial oils, moisturizers, and name it...I've done it!  The only thing I've never tried this with is my eye cream or toner, but I've even used it to work in a facial mist ๐Ÿ˜  Using the BFF to work these magic potions into the skin really helps them to absorb and amplify their benefits.  Who wants to say no to skincare that works even better?!?!

You can actually check out my IGTV Episode where I use the BFF beyond the cleanser and work in a lot of my favorite facial skincare goodies!

Holistic Beauties BFF with me in the Florida Keys

I did mention getting 40% off on your own BFF didn't I?!?!  No worries, just click on any of the BFF links in this post to get the savings! ๐Ÿ’ธ

Now tell me...have you tried any facial cleansing tools, and, if so, what has been your experience?  I have been obsessed with my new I wrong to get this attached?!?! LOL ๐Ÿ˜‚ Let me know in the comments ๐Ÿ˜˜

Have A Beautiful Day,~~* Love, Lucy

Disclaimer: Please note I received this product in exchange for my unbiased review. My opinions are 100% my own. Some of the links on this page are affiliate links. This means that I earn a small commission based on any purchases you make using my links. Thank you for visiting and supporting my page ๐Ÿ’–

Pacifica Beauty Pineapple Flowers Underarm Deodorant Water & Wipes + Do They Pass the Sniff Test?

Monday, August 20, 2018

Pacifica Beauty Pineapple Flowers Underarm Deodorant Duo

Recently, my family and I took our annual summer vacation...a weeklong stay in the Florida Keys๐ŸŒž We look forward to this trip every year! Not only is it a week of sun, fun, and relaxation, but I also use it as a week to try out new goodies I have purchased or received in the recent weeks or months.

I was super excited to receive a box of deodorant goodies from Pacifica Beauty ๐Ÿ’— As you know deodorants are a weak spot for me...I have to say my pits are pretty picky!  Keep reading for my thoughts on the new Pacifica Beauty Underarm Deodorant Water and the Coconut Milk & Pineapple Underarm Deodorant Wipes and whether they pass my infamous pit sniff test LOL ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ

It seems that my pits do not take kindly to most deodorants.  Prior to going cruelty free, I always had to buy the clinical strength options to get the job done.  Regular strength and natural formulas just don't cut it.  A decent deodorant for me is hard to find, few and far between.

 This trip to the Florida Keys was the perfect scenario to try out a new deodorant.  I knew I would be spending a ton of time outside & in the water, basically creating a sink or swim test for any brand!  The best that could happen would be it does an amazing job, while the worst that could happen would be a total deodorant melt down.  I figured it that happened I would use this week as an excuse to detox my pits.  

My plan was to use the Pacifica Beauty Pineapple Waters Deodorant Water in the morning, and use the Coconut Milk & Pineapple Underarm Deodorant Wipes to freshen up throughout the day ๐ŸŒŠ

Pacifica Beauty Pineapple Flowers Underarm Deodorant Water

 Pacifica Beauty Pineapple Flowers Underarm Deodorant Water ๐Ÿ

This is a pretty unique item on the market.  I personally have never heard of a deodorant water!  It comes in a 4 oz pump spray bottles and retails for $9.  Pacifica prides itself on creating innovative products that are both effective and free of harsh chemicals.  Their deodorant water is no different.  This is an aluminum free alternative to a typical natural deodorant.

All in all, this was a miss for me.  I think it goes back to my inability to find a deodorant that really works.  Ever since I've had kids, an effective, natural formula is like a unicorn.  This may be a great alternative for someone who is not at such a deodorant disadvantage.  I would say it effectively lasted about an hour max before I noticed that it was not passing the sniff test.  I found myself having to go back to my hotel room and actually wash my pits and go with their Coconut Milk & Pineapple Underarm Deodorant Wipes instead.  

Pacifica Beauty Coconut Milk & Pineapple Underarm Deodorant Wipes

Pacifica Beauty Coconut Milk & Pineapple Underarm Deodorant Wipes ๐ŸŒด

Now these are a product I can get behind!  I have been a fan of the wipes prior to receiving this particular scent.  As a matter of fact, the Coconut Milk & Essential Oils Underarm Deodorant Wipes were a recommendation in my post, 10 Must-Have Coconut Body Goodies YOU Need this Summer for Healthy, Glowing Skin & Hair ๐Ÿ’™ 

I am not willing to sacrifice my stance on using cruelty free products just because a deodorant isn't going to last all day.  These wipes are perfect for a midday freshening up, and will get me through to the afternoon where I can be home and back in the AC.  Plus, living in South Florida, let's be real.  It's hot as all get out ๐Ÿ˜Ž I keep these in my car and just use as needed ๐Ÿ‘

Overall, I am happy to see a brand like Pacifica Beauty being on the forefront of trying to develop more natural, cruelty free, and vegan products to replace what we consider more mainstream products from non-cf brands.  Even better they are available at one of my favorite stores ever,. Target ๐ŸŽฏ I do think they may need to evaluate the effectiveness of the deodorant water, and see if they can't make it a bit more potent for those of us with problematic pits ๐Ÿคท LOL!

Tell me...Have you tried anything from Pacifica's line of deodorant products? How did they work for you??  Any recommendations???

Have A Beautiful Day! Love, Lucy~~*

Disclaimer: Please note I received this product in exchange for my unbiased review. My opinions are 100% my own. Some of the links on this page are affiliate links. This means that I earn a small commission based on any purchases you make using my links. Thank you for visiting and supporting my page ๐Ÿ’–