Thursday, March 27, 2014

Liebster Award

I feel so honored to have been nominated for a Liebster award by the lovely Amber from All Naturally Beautiful ! I started off this blog as a hobby and didn’t expect anyone to really read it, so recognition like this is great inspiration and motivation to keep going! Thank you so much Amber! :)  

Here are the Liebster Award rules:

*Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you and display the award.
*Answer eleven questions that the blogger gives you.
*Give eleven random facts about yourself – they can be anything!
*Nominate eleven blogs that you think are deserving of the award (but they must have less than 200 followers).
*Let the bloggers know you nominated them.
*Give them eleven questions to answer.

So here we go! :)

My answers to Amber’s questions:

1. Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging because I’ve had a personal interest in organic and toxic-free makeup for quite some time and I kind of became the go-to green beauty person in my group of friends, so I figured I might as well start writing it down somewhere!

2. What is your favorite blog post that you have created? 

I would have to say the Aromatherapy Room Spray post, because it was fun to write and useful as well! It’s truly a multi-functional product!

3. What is your favorite blog post created by someone else? 

I had to think very hard on this because there are so many that I love, but if I had to choose one, it would have to be Living Pretty Naturally’s morning routine – it inspired me to be more mindful and health-conscious in the morning!

4. What is your dream vacation?

Japan – specifically Tokyo!

5. How would you spend your perfect day?

Well I think my ultimate perfect day would be pretty outlandish - like swimming with dolphins or something. So a more attainable perfect day would involve waking up and doing some yoga or stretches, enjoying a delicious and healthy breakfast at my favorite brunch spot, then going on a day trip to a beautiful location and enjoying the fresh air and scenery around me!

6. Who is your favorite blogger or youtuber? 

There are so many, but at the moment  my favorite youtuber would be Kassie aka  CloudyApples – she is smart, hilarious, and sassy!

7. Coffee or tea?

This is hard, because I like both and tea is generally more healthier for you, but I can never say no to a proper coffee fix!

8. What is one thing that you cannot leave the house without? 

 I feel guilty admitting this, but it would be my cellphone, I feel lost and unsafe without it. But beauty-wise, it would definitely be lip balm!

9. What in life makes you the most happy? 

Spending quality time with my loved ones, and if there are desserts involved, I’m extra happy ;)

10. What advice would you give your younger self? 

Do what makes you happy and don’t put up with negative personalities in your life – they’ll never change and the stress is never worth it!

11. If you could relive any day, what would it be?

I would want to relive any of the days I spent on vacation in Paris – it’s such a beautiful city and you can’t see enough of it.

11 Random Facts About Me:

1. I can speak 4 languages (however I am not completely fluent in all of them anymore)
2. I was almost born on an airplane!
3. I have a big passion for dessert :P
4. I am a huge nerd
5. My favorite book is 1Q84
6. I get scared very easily yet most of the tv shows I like are pretty scary, ie Dexter and Hannibal
7. I hate hot weather….and I live in California
8. I love the scent of figs but their texture and what they look like on the inside creeps me out
9. I was known as the “poofy-haired girl” in middle school
10. I used to live in Canada and will always consider it my home <3
11. Blue is my favorite color

My Questions:

What motivated you to start blogging?
What are two beauty products you cannot live without?
What is your favorite green beauty brand?
If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be, and why?
What is your favorite or most useful beauty tip?
What is your favorite dessert?
What is your favorite book?
Where do you buy your beauty products from?
What’s the biggest make-up mistake/blunder you’ve made?
If you could meet anyone, who would it be?
What is one thing on your bucket list?

My nominees:

Arabesque Jacob from ready set glow
Crystal from clean beauty craze
Paula from naturally paula
Rebecca from eco eccentric
Sabrina from chickweed and blush
Mayah and Sabrina from call it vanity
Katie from katie vibes

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Acure Moroccan Argan Oil + Argan Stem Cell Shampoo Review

I wasn’t planning on doing a review but after using this Acure moisturizing shampoo, I just had to show it some love! I’ve attempted to go as green as possible with my haircare routine but it’s hard to find something that works on my thick and generally unruly hair, and I have yet to find the right ratio of the no-poo method that works for me.  I’ve been using this shampoo for 3 weeks now and my hair feels soft and silky, even when it’s still wet/damp, which is unusual because usually at that stage it’s very dry and frizzy and generally resembles a tumbleweed on my head. I normally have to put some argan oil in my ends but with this shampoo, it’s not necessary - which is a great time-saver! It also has an amazing scent similar to almonds, but more specifically like amaretto cookies so it creates an aromatherapy experience in the shower. The cherry on top is that it scores a 1 in the EWG skin deep database, so it’s an all-around amazing and guilt-free shampoo!

Ingredient list:

Organic Euterpe oleracea (Acai) Berry, Organic Rubus fruticosus (Blackberry), Organic Rosa canina (Rosehips), Organic Punica granatum (Pomegranate), Organic Fair Trade Certified™ Rooibos, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Vera Leaf Juice, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate (from Coconut), 100% Naturally-derived Betaine (from Sugar Beets), Vegetable Glycerin, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate (from Coconut + Amino Acids), Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate (from Coconut + Amino Acids), Cocoglucosides Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (Sugar Conditioner), Sodium Levulinate (from Corn), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (Guar gum conditioner), Potassium Sorbate (food grade preservative), Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Organic Fair-Trade Certified™ Olea Europea (Olive) Oil, D-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (vitamin E), Hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) seed oil, Organic Curcubita pepo (Pumpkin) seed oil, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Argania spinosa (Argan) Stem Cells,  glycerophosphoinositol lysine (from sunflower), Almond Extract, Cinnamomum aromaticum (Cassia Bark) Oil

FTC: purchased by me!