Lucy's Cruelty-Free Beauty and Living

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

Kate Somerville Face the Glow Kit 2

First off, I would like to thank the brand for sending over this kit, along with a full size ExfoliKate Cleanser Foaming Face Wash for me to try out ๐Ÿ˜˜ I double checked Kate Somerville's animal testing policy, and according to Phyrra, one of my go-to cruelty free resources, the brand is indeed CRUELTY FREE ๐Ÿ’– Yayyy!  Currently the brand is actually in the process of becoming Leaping Bunny certified and finalizing their list of vegan products ๐Ÿฐ

According to my research all of the items in the Face the Glow EradiKate Kit are vegan, except for the ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment (middle) which does contain honey (mel/miel) ๐Ÿ 

Face The Glow Kit includes (from the brand's website):

ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment (1.7 Fl. Oz.)
Award-winning exfoliating scrub polishes skin for a dramatically smoother, brighter, healthier-looking complexion in just 2 minutes.

ExfoliKate® Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash (1.7 Fl. Oz.)
Gentle foaming cleanser washes away makeup, oil and surface impurities without over-drying for softer, smoother skin.

ExfoliKate® Glow Moisturizer (0.5 Fl. Oz.)
Daily moisturizer instantly reduces the appearance of surface dullness and uneven skin texture to reveal smoother, radiant skin.

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Cleanser

I have really been enjoying the ExfoliKate Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash.  I am a huge fan of glycolic acid as a chemical exfoliant, and with pumpkin, papaya, and pineapple enzymes, the skin is left feeling smooth and supple.  It also contains aloe vera leaf juice, radish root ferment, bergamot fruit oil, rosewood extract, and orange oil ๐ŸŠ๐ŸI have been a huge fan of aloe vera leaf juice as an ingredient since it really does provide so many benefits!  Its naturally occurring nutrients help to increase collagen production, moisturize, and balance the skin's pH.  

My sister-in-law, Annie, also tried this cleanser one day to remove her makeup before enjoying some pool time and she loved it!  She doesn't know it yet, but I am going to gift her the kit since I have more skincare than I know what to do with ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

Now what really grabbed my attention is Kate Somerville's new journey with the Plastic Oceans Foundation ๐ŸŒŠ  

Kate Somerville's quote
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Kate Somerville Skincare has made a pledge to use 100% recyclable packaging by 2022.  This includes using alternative materials and post-consumer plastic in their packaging, as well as, removing plastic from the packaging of all kits.

Their commitment goes further than just product packaging.  They are also reducing non-essential single use plastics in the Kate Somerville Skincare Clinic, and eliminating plastics at their head office!  I would LOVE to work for a company that did something like this ๐Ÿ’–

It doesn't end there though!  For every purchase of a Try-Me Kit, Kate Somerville will donate 25% of the sale to Plastic Oceans.  I love working with brands that give back!!! ๐Ÿค—

The brand is also all about sharing tips on how we, as consumers, can become "AdvoKates" and reduce plastic pollution by making smarter and wiser decisions on a daily basis ๐Ÿ ‹๐Ÿ ‹๐Ÿ ‹ Personally, we have reduced our consumption of single use plastics at home in a few easy more plastic bottles, utensils or straws...we don't even use paper plates, napkins or paper towels, and anything that is recyclable goes right into the recycling bin....And there is still so much more we can do!  Just think if everyone did just one thing per day to reduce their plastic pollution?!?! 

7 Easy Things You Can Do to Reduce Plastic Pollution
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What are some ways that you have reduced your footprint on the environment and are eliminating your plastic pollution???  Please share in the comments so that we can all get some different ideas!!!

Have A Beautiful Day, 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’–

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’–

5 Reasons Why the HP Envy x360 Is A Super Laptop For Making Us Feel Like Super Moms

Saturday, July 28, 2018

I don't know about you, but as a mom I need to have a lot of tricks and tools up my sleeve!  Cape, mask, and in today's world of technology, a reliable, user friendly, and multifunctional laptop ๐Ÿ’ป are definitely on my list ๐Ÿ˜‰ For me personally, my laptop goes with me everywhere!  I use it for scheduling appointments, conducting cyber meetings, keeping my kids' extracurricular activities in check, and writing for my blog.

The HP Envy x360 is right up there with the capability to meet all those needs and then some!  Keep reading to learn about my five favorite features that help me keep my Super Mom status and make me look ultra cool for the right price!  Save $100 now just in time for Back to School! #ad