Whole Foods Beauty Sample Bag

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When my lovely friend Addie from the equally lovely blog Old World New told me that Whole Foods was releasing a beauty sample bag, I knew I had to go check it out. Whole Foods has really high standards when it comes what products they will sell. Not only does that apply to ingredients but also for responsible business practices. Did you know that Whole Foods won't sell products that have been tested on animals? The bag was $18 but $60 in value. 

Before we get to the contents, let's take a moment to discuss this cute makeup bag! Aside from being absolutely adorable, this organic cotton bag from Riji Green was made by survivors of human trafficking. Riji Green is dedicated to ending human trafficking and provides fair wage jobs to survivors. That alone made me want to buy a bag.

Let's take a look inside at the six samples that came in this bag!

Unicorn / Moonbeam

Pacifica Eye Shadow Duo - This duo is in the color Unicorn/Moonbeam. Aside from the cutest names, I really like these colors. The purple is great for a wash of color, and can be worn sheer. The lighter shade, Moonbeam, has a bit of a gold undertone to it, so it's a little more unique than your typical highlight shade.

Acure Cell Stimulating Facial Mask - I've used this mask once. The product has an earthy smell to it and is very refreshing. It gave me a deep clean feeling without drying out my skin.

Giovanni 2Chic Ultra-Repair Shampoo - I have used several of Giovanni's hair products before, and I always like them. Normally, I don't get really excited about hair samples, but I'm happy to give this one a try because I really like this brand.

Trilogy Vital Moisturising Cream - I haven't tried this out, but I will try this as soon as I finish what I'm currently using. This cream has an impressive list of ingredients, and it's almost a full size sample!

Gabriel Mascara - All of the mascaras that I'm currently using have a rather long list of questionable ingredients, so I look forward to using one that's more natural.

Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub - I'm so happy to finally sample everyone's favorite scrub. It's too soon to tell, but I think this may be my new favorite scrub too.

They were giving out samples from Mineral Fusion products at the event. Mineral Fusion makes one of my favorite shampoos, but I have never tried any of their makeup. I got samples of the Sparkle Bronzer, the Graphite Lengthening Mascara, and the Lasting Color Shampoo and Conditioner. I can't wait to dig into these samples too.

I'm really happy with all of the products I received in this bag. There was a nice mix of brands that I know and have used before and ones that are completely new to me. I hope Whole Foods has another beauty event in the future. I know I will be there!

Have you used any of these products? What do you think of them?

-xoxo Lauren

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Lorac Unizpped Gold Palette Review and Swatches

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The Lorac Unzipped is probably my favorite palette from the "Naked" eyeshadow palette trend. When I heard that Lorac was releasing a gold edition of this palette, I knew I just had to have it! I purchased this palette as soon as I could get my hands on it, and I am loving having this new addition to my collection.

The Lorac Unzipped Gold palette is the same size as and has similar packaging to the original Unzipped palette. It comes with a small Behind the Scenes eye primer and has 4 matte and 6 shimmer shades. I am really impressed with the shimmer shades.They almost seem like a pressed pigments. Some of them have a very metallic finish. I can apply the shimmer shades with a brush or my fingers depending on how intense I want the color to be. Applying the shimmer shades with my fingers eliminates any fallout from them, and it applies more concentrated color. The colors are still pigmented if you apply them with a brush, but they aren't so high impact. This seems to be true of most high-shimmer and metallic eyeshadows that I have worked with. The matte shades are very pigmented and blendable.

My favorite colors in this palette are Unpredictable and Unleashed. I really enjoy the ease of wearing a peachy gold color like Unpredictable. Unleashed is such a stunning color that I get compliments every time I wear it. 

Top row L-R: Undressed Uninhibited, Unpredictable, Undeniable, Unedited

Bottom Row L-R: Unlocked, Unlimited, Unleashed, Unwind, Unafraid

Unzipped above Unzipped Gold
As you can see, this palette is definitely a true gold and brown palette compared to the original Unzipped that has more rosy and mauve shades.

Here are some looks using this palette.

Undressed - under brows 
Undeniable - blended into the crease & Unwind to darken
Unpredictable on the lid
Uninhibited - Inner corner highlight  
Unafraid - used as liner

Undressed - under brows 
Undeniable & Unwind - mixed together in the crease
Unlimited - on lid 
Unlocked - inner corner highlight 

Unleashed - on lid (This transferred into the crease color a little because my eyes are hooded.)
Unedited - in crease & I went back in with a little Undeniable 
Unafraid - in outer v  

Do you have either of the Lorac Unzipped palettes?

-xoxo Lauren

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Easy Essential Oils DIYs

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Hello, everyone! I hope you are doing well. Today, I have a bit of a different blog post for you. I thought I would try some easy DIYs using essential oils. I do use essential oils in my daily life, but that is mostly limited to putting a few drops of lavender in my bath water or lemongrass in a foot soak. When I received these essential oils from InstaNatural, I knew what I wanted to try.

When I saw the peppermint, I knew I wanted to find a natural bug repellent recipe to try. Mosquitoes seem to like me, and I end up spending most of the summers covered in DEET. I found this bug spray recipe, and decided to make a small batch of it. Here's how I made my own bug repellent.

  • Fill half of the container with distilled or boiled water.
  • Fill the other half with witch hazel.
  • Add a drop of vegetable glycerin.
  • Add 6-15 drops of each essential oil. (6 drops of citronella, tea tree oil; 10 drops of lemongrass; 15 drops of peppermint oil)
Even though I added less of the citronella than the other oils, that's all I can smell when I spray this. I'm looking forward to putting this to the test when the weather is warmer!

To use the lemon oil, I decided to make an all-purpose cleaner. I found some inspiration from this post. You only need 3 ingredients to make this natural antibacterial spray: water, white vinegar, and lemon oil or any other essential oil with antibacterial properties.

To make, you mix 9 parts water with 1 part white vinegar and add essential oils. I added around 20 drops of lemon essential oil to mine, but you can add more if you're using a larger bottle.

I used this spray to clean my bathroom counter tops, and I was surprised by how well it worked. I wasn't expecting it to be as effective as chemicals, but it was!

For someone that doesn't really do many DIYs, these were easy! Do you use essential oils? Have any favorite DIYs? Let me know!

-xoxo Lauren

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