Abbott NYC Clean Fragrance Review

I have been head over heels in love with testing the clean fragrance brand Abbott NYC and all their luscious nature-inspired scents. Founded by Jose Alvarez and Michael Pass and now in Sephora stores, Abbott is clean, PETA certified vegan and cruelty-free and eco-driven. Abbott sets itself from other clean fragrance brands by celebrating the vast wonders of the American outdoors through their perfumes. Their mission is to create healthy and conscious fragrances using the cleanest and most sustainable ingredients. Abbott scents are designed by two senior perfumers who have made scents for Burberry, Givenchy and Marc Jacobs among others. Read on for my review of all the Abbott perfumes and use discount code OBL to save 15% at Abbott.

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Amala Beauty Review + Discount Code

Amala Beauty is an OG green beauty brand from Germany that made 100% natural and organic skincare luxurious decades before clean beauty became popular. Amala Beauty, as a brand, is certified by EcoCert and Natrue, and uses traceable whole plant ingredients boosted by bio-active compounds and preserved using fermentation technology. Backed by German biochemical engineering and handcrafted in small-batches, Amala Beauty is where clinical meets natural with scientific formulations that are efficacious enough for many of the world’s most high-end spas like the Mandarin Oriental and Jumeirah. Ideal for mature skin, Amala is often considered the La Prairie of organic skincare. Read on for my Amala Beauty review and save 15% with discount code OBL at Amala!

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ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint Review 2022

ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint review

Started by Canadian entrepreneur Sasha Plasvic, ILIA is a wildly popular clean makeup brand sold everywhere from Sephora to Nordstrom. Here’s the lowdown on ILIA Beauty. The brand started off as an all-natural makeup brand, but later switched to include synthetics so they could appeal to the masses. And it worked! In 2022 ILIA was acquired by a major corp. In 2020 ILIA dropped a new product called the Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 and it has to be the most hyped natural beauty launch of this decade so far. Two years later, the ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint 40 remains a controversial product – people either love it or hate it. The skin-forward product combines not only skincare and suncare but also makeup for a 3-in-1 beauty product that fights the sun’s UV rays, repairs skin underneath and provides makeup coverage. But is it right for you? Read on for my honest review of the ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40.
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Alpyn Beauty Review 2022

Alpyn Beauty

Alpyn Beauty is a sustainably sourced skin care line formulated with a proprietary blend of wildcrafted alpine botanicals grown in the mountains of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The feminine brand has a clean, minimalistic look and seems to continuously strive to create innovative and interesting formulas. If there’s one product you have to try from the Alpyn Beauty line, it’s the Wild Huckleberry 8 Acid Polishing Peel and the new Alpyn Beauty Triple C Bounce Cream. Read on for my Alpyn Beauty review.

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Tower 28 Review: Must Read Before You Buy

Founded by former beauty exec Amy Liu, Tower 28 is an affordable clean makeup brand formulated for even the most sensitive skin. Tower 28 contains no fragrance or essential oils and are the only brand to 100% follow the National Eczema Association ingredient guidelines. Now here’s why you need to read this before you buy Tower 28. Like many new clean beauty lines that have entered the market, Tower 28 is not all-natural or organic and does include synthetics, some of which may raise many an eyebrow in the clean beauty community. I noticed that the brand uses the word “non-toxic” often in their About and Philosophy sections, which can easily mislead people into thinking they’re natural and organic. This is very different to what other similar clean makeup brands, who have been around longer, put on their websites. Instead of saying they’re non-toxic, they are transparent in stating that they mix synthetic ingredients with natural ones, and undergo toxicological analysis to ensure their safety. While I think they should focus more on transparency, Tower 28 is available at Credo Beauty, which is why I had the opportunity to test the Shine On Lip Jelly, BeachPlease Luminous Tinted Balm, Bronzino Illuminating Bronzer and SOS Daily RescueFacial Spray. Read on for my Tower 28 review.

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Pestlo Safe Recipe Sun Essence Review 2022

I’ve been testing more natural Korean sunscreens with mineral UV filters and my favorite find so far has been the Pestlo Safe Recipe Sun Essence SPF 50. Using zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to provide a high sun protection factor of SPF 50, the Safe Recipe sunscreen provides adequate protection, has a very enjoyable texture and consistency and dries matte. Read on for my Pestlo Safe Recipe Sun Essence sunscreen review and grab it at Stylevana with discount code INFAK10.

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Influencer Marketing Tips from an Influencer

I’ve been a blogger and influencer since 2016, and more recently I’ve been working as a social media manager. This has given me a unique perspective of both sides of the business and here’s what I wish brands knew about influencer and affiliate marketing. If you’re interested in my two cents on the “do’s and dont’s” of influencer marketing, scroll on.

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Laduora Velve Facial Wand Review

LaDuora Velve Skincare Wand

Laduora Velve Rejuvenating Facial Wand is a 4-in-1 skincare device that combines red light therapy, microcurrent, heat therapy and sonic vibration. The LaDuora red light wand is a great budget friendly alternative to expensive LED masks at just under $75 and combines various skincare technologies so you get a lot of bang for your buck. The multiple benefits include collagen production, reduced dark circles and undereye puffiness, rejuvenating skin complexion and reducing inflammation. Read on for my honest thoughts on the Laduora Velve Rejuvenating Facial Wand and use discount code OBL to save 15% at Laduora.

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Evolve Organic Beauty Review

Evolve Organic Beauty is a natural skincare line from the UK with a wide range of skin, hair and body care products all at a reasonable price. Evolve Organic Beauty products are handmade in small batches at their studio in Hertfordshire, England. Their vegan, cruelty free and eco-friendly products are made fresh with butters, plants and oils and are at least 98% natural. Transparency is key with each Evolve Beauty product displaying the exact % of organic and natural. Evolve Beauty checks that each of their 150+ ingredients has been ethically and sustainably sourced and it is biodegradable and GMO free. I first tried Evolve Organic Beauty several years ago when they launched in the US at Credo Beauty, and as the line has grown immensely over the years, I’ve tried more of their products which has expanded into hair and body care. Read on for my honest opinion on Evolve Organic Beauty!

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Bloomeffects Skincare Review 2022

Bloomeffects skincare

Thanks to Bloomeffects, a clean skincare line that hails from Amsterdam, we can now experience the beautifying effects of The Netherland’s famous tulips. Bloomeffects most popular product, the Royal Tulip Nectar, harnesses the collagen-boosting power of upcycled Dutch tulips, and it’s the perfect “slugging” product to use as your final skincare step before bed. Bloomeffects also launched their new Black Tulip line featuring retinoid that I’m excited to review soon. You can find Bloomeffects products sold at their website, Credo Beauty and Skinstore (where my code OBL saves). Read on for my honest thoughts in this Bloomeffects review and use discount code OBL to save 25% on Bloomeffects here.

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Herbal Face Food Review 2022

Herbal Face Food Review

Skincare brand Herbal Face Food makes 100% plant serums using 50 of the world’s most powerful botanicals and the top 20 rarest, most expensive plant concentrates. Herbal Face Food serums are multi-correctional and target ten signs of aging notably sun damage, dullness and texture in my experience. 100% organic and made entirely from plants without filler ingredients, the Herbal Face Food serums are VERY powerful and have increasing levels of concentration to suit your skincare needs. LeAnn Rimes loves it for her melasma! There’s no fancy marketing with Herbal Face Food, just raw, active products that can actually correct skin issues and have long been a cult favorite with South Korea’s elite. Read on for my Herbal Face Food review, before and after photos and use Herbal Face Food discount code OBL for 20% off at www.herbalfacefood.com.

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Spring 2022 Wishlist

There’s something special about this year’s spring – in 2022 two years after the pandemic started and all our lives were turned upside down and inside out, it seems like we are finally feeling a bit of reprieve in our new normal. Spring 2022 marks a new beginning of a very different era. While self care was a major part of our lives during uncertain times, I’d love to continue to prioritize indulging in the things that make me happy, REST, and being content with where I’m at now in this present moment. There have been some uber cool product launches this year already, so I’ve created a wishlist of what I’m drooling over this spring.

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Fitglow Beauty Review 2022 + Discount Code

Fitglow Beauty Review

I’ve used Fitglow Beauty organic skincare and makeup for over 7 years and am sharing my honest thoughts in the ultimate Fitglow Beauty review. Fitglow Beauty creates organic and vegan makeup and skin care made with plant-based ingredients. As a luxury organic brand using high quality and cutting-edge ingredients, the prices are on the high end. But if you’re looking for luxury, performance and organic ingredients, Fitglow Beauty is a superb brand to try. Fitglow is a Canadian brand but is also based in Florida, where the founder now lives. It’s hard to find a clean beauty enthusiast who isn’t obsessed with the Fitglow Beauty Foundation and Fitglow Lip Colour Serums! Read on for my Fitglow Beauty review and you can save 15% with Fitglow discount code OBL15 sitewide.
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Herbivore Botanicals Review 2022

Herbivore botanicals skincare

Herbivore, a natural skincare brand, began in 2011 from a Seattle kitchen and is now a widely known clean beauty name. Husband-and-wife team Julia Wills and Alexander Kummerow started selling their vegan and natural products from an Etsy shop. Fast forward and you’ll now find Herbivore skincare sold at Sephora stores across the nation. Each Herbivore product is made without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and synthetic ingredients. I tried Herbivore Aquarius Cream, Blue Tansy Mask, Lapis Facial Oil, Pink Cloud Jelly Cleanser, Pink Cloud Soft Moisture Cream and Cloud Jelly Plumping Serum and am sharing my honest thoughts on Herbivore skincare.

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Best Natural and Organic Korean Skincare Brands

Korea is undoubtedly the global leader in skincare innovation but only has a handful of natural and organic K-beauty skincare brands. Ever heard of BB creams or sheet masks? They were invented in Korea, the mecca of all things beauty. In fact, many Western companies will go to Korea to learn their techniques, technology and industry practices. While many Korean beauty brands are marketed as natural or clean, most of the time they’re not 100% natural. Read on for the best organic Korean skincare brands and save 10% with code INF10AK on K-beauty at online shop Stylevana.

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Best 100% Pure Products Review 2022

After almost a decade of using 100% Pure, I’m sharing some of the best 100% Pure skincare and makeup products. One of the first organic beauty brands I ever tried, 100 Percent Pure has the largest range of all natural and organic products, making it the perfect organic beauty brand to start with when switching to clean beauty. Everything from non-toxic nail polish to hair serums and body scrubs to brow gels, 100% Pure is a one-stop shop of a brand for all your clean beauty needs. While I personally prefer 100% Pure’s makeup over their other beauty categories, I’m sharing the best 100% Pure skincare and makeup products. You can save 20% with 100% Pure discount code OBL at 100 Percent Pure.

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Native Atlas Skincare Review

Native Atlas Skincare Review

Native Atlas is a modern holistic skincare line formulated by a veteran esthetician and inspired by her family’s global roots. This is a luxe line with sophisticated and clean formulas focused on anti-pollution care (Daily Essentials), brightening + nourishing (Zahara) and body care (Misuli). I tried the Zahara line and was impressed by the Reset Enzyme Mask and Rewind Tonic, which are both very very strong. Read on for my Native Atlas review on the Rewind Tonic, Enzyme Tonic, Supreme Clean Waterless Hand Wash, and Vitamin Serum!

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Vertly Skincare Review

If you’re looking for fresh, small-batch CBD skincare from California that’s both luxurious and therapeutic, read on for my Vertly skincare review. Vertly is Garden-to-Bottle Skincare, made fresh each week to ensure the nutrient-rich extractions provide maximum benefits. The Vertly facility utilizes in-house, slow-extraction three week process with herbs like Arnica Flower, Comfrey Root, Yarrow, Marjoram and Rosemary. They combine this with non psychoactive hemp for superbly therapeutic products. I tried the Vertly Muscle Relief Bath Soaks, Relief Lotion, Soothing Floral Face Mist and Lip BalmVertly Muscle Relief Bath Soaks, Relief Lotion, Soothing Floral Face Mist and Lip Balm and am sharing my honest thoughts on the brand.

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Alevia Prebiotic Skincare Review

Aleavia offers a range of face & body cleansers and toning mists that are unique because they’re based on a prebiotic approach to skincare. Kelly, the founder, was searching for all-natural remedies to heal her daughter’s eczema when she disocvered a formulator that had been making prebiotic formulas for years and whose products cleared up the eczema less than a month. Thus began the idea for aleavia.

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