Dr Jart Cicapair Serum Review 2022

Founded in 2005 Dr Jart is a Korean skincare line known for their proprietary ingredients and innovative products. Dr Jart is noted as the first Korean skincare brand to bring BB creams to the US market. They’ve achieved global popularity and are now available in 40 countries. Dr Jart is not a clean K-beauty brand, but they do have pretty natural formulas. Read on for my Dr Jart Cicapair Serum review.
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Glow Recipe Review: Best and Worst Glow Recipe Products 2022

Glow recipe

Glow Recipe is a K-beauty inspired clean skincare line that could best be described as fruity fun. Started in 2017 in New York, Glow Recipe shot to fame with their watermelon skincare and later on their viral Glow Recipe toner. From a watermelon sleeping mask to avocado eye cream and banana soufflé cream to plum serum, Glow Recipe has added a fruity twist that’s as skin-beneficial as they are addictive. One thing you must know before you buy Glow Recipe, especially if you must use completely clean products for health reasons, is that Glow Recipe does use a small % of fragrance in most of their products. Having known Glow Recipe for years before they became the Glow Recipe of today, I’m excited to finally share my honest thoughts. I’ve tried nearly every product in the Glow Recipe line and I’m sharing the best and worst Glow Recipe products in this Glow Recipe review.

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The Ordinary Dupes: Best Clean Brands Similar to Ordinary

The Ordinary is known for their simple and clinical formulations for dirt cheap prices. DECIEM An Abnormal Beauty Company changed the beauty industry forever with their ingredient-forward products that made clinical skincare wildly accessible. But, not everyone likes The Ordinary products or the umbrella company behind them DECIEM. Thanks to the major global success of The Ordinary, there’s now similar brands that have cropped up that all offer something unique. If you’re looking for clean beauty Ordinary dupes I’ve rounded up the best brands. These clean The Ordinary dupe brands create products focused on clinical actives just like The Ordinary at rock bottom prices, but without the junk and toxic ingredients. Check out my list of the best The Ordinary dupes that use natural ingredients alongside clinical actives.

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Best Natural and Clean Retinol Serums & Creams 2022

Best Clean Retinol Serums Creams

By now we all know that retinol is a superstar ingredient that helps eliminate and reduce signs of aging, improve appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin texture. If you’re looking for the one anti-aging ingredient that does it all, retinol is probably the answer. Retinol however is synthetic and can be highly irritating to skin. It’s a chemically synthesized compound derived from retinoids in a laboratory or from animal sources. Throw in harsh or toxic ingredients and you could severely disrupt your skin barrier health. If you want the benefits of retinol inside natural and clean products, there are many green and organic skincare brands making high-performance retinol products. I’ve rounded up the best clean and natural retinol products for you below.

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Caldera Lab The Good Face Serum Review

Caldera + Lab The Good Face Serum is a multi correctional face oil for men that contains 27 active botanicals wild-harvested from the Teton Mountain Range. The team at Caldera + Lab worked with renowned scientists to create a skincare products based on extensive research and clinical trials. As it turns out, a lot of men aren’t against using face oils! There aren’t many clean and organic skincare lines specifically for men, so Caldera + Lab is a welcome addition for  guys who want luxury products that are pure. Besides Caldera + Lab’s The Good Multifunctional Serum, the brand has added The Base Layer moisturizer and The Clean Slate cleanser for a simply and easy skincare routine. The Caldera Lab Face Serum comes in a beautiful dark brown bottle with a cap that mimics the look of real wood. Read on for my Caldera Lab review!

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Living Libations Review 2022

Living Libations is an organic and wildcrafted botanical skincare line, but I would also describe it as “skincare for the high-end hippie.” You’ll find everything from breast massage oil to tooth and gum care and hair masks to yoni serums, plus everything in between. Did I mention they make their own chocolate? Living Libations was founded by Nadine Artemis who is described as a beauty philosopher, aromacologist, and botanical muse, and she seems to be the heart of Living Libations. The brand’s most iconic product is undoubtedly the Best Skin Ever Seabuckthorn Facial Oil. Living Libations is rooted in holistic practices and focuses on pure, highly concentrated essential oils. Read on for my Living Libations review.

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MUN Skincare Review 2022

One of the OG green beauty brands, MUN is a minimalist luxury skincare line that has built a cult following over the years. MUN Skincare was founded by Munemi Imai, a celebrity makeup artist with decades of working with women around the globe. While most brands launch multiple new products a year, MUN has remained the same line for many years with the addition of just a couple new products in the last decade. MUN focuses on botanicals grown under pristine conditions that protect the soil’s complex ecosystem to retain the highest concentration of rich nutrients and potent bioactives. They’re also partnered with women’s co-operatives in Morocco, made up of primarily Berber women, who produce the Argan, Prickly Pear Seed and Olive oils used in MUN products. Read on for my MUN skincare review and use discount code OBL to save 15% at MUN. (Until June 21, 2022 all orders of 1 full sized product will automatically receive a free full size ANAROSE Toner ($70 value).

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Pipette Sunscreen Review

Pipette Mineral Sunscreen might be made for babies, but I have been pleasantly surprised by this lesser known sunscreen product. It’s made with 20% non-nano zinc oxide as a UV filter and clean non-irritating ingredients that are safe enough for a baby’s sensitive skin. For only $15 the Pipette sunscreen has a more sophisticated formula than sunscreens I’ve tried from bigger brands with even bigger budgets. I know not every adult likes this sunscreen, but I’m sharing why I’ve enjoyed this baby sunscreen in this Pipette review.

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Skylar Review: Clean Fragrance For Women

Skylar perfume

Skylar makes clean fragrances that are girly, approachable and safe for your health. Founder Cat Chen created Skylar after her daughter began experiencing allergic reactions to her everyday perfume. They’re mostly natural with the addition of safe synthetics to make them perform as well as conventional fragrances (but without the risks to our health). Skylar perfume scents are inspired the landscapes of the founder’s home state California with names that remind you of a beach vacation like Isle Escape, Capri Summer and Coral. All Skylar perfumes are:

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Safe for sensitive skin
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-free
  • Formulated above EU clean standards
  • Tested in third-party labs

Skylar is also the only clean fragrance brand to have something called the Scent Club, which is a monthly clean perfume club that allows club members to receive a limited edition monthly perfume rollerball. Read on for my Skylar perfume review!

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Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sunscreen Review 2022

Glow Recipe launched their first sunscreen ever in 2022, the Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Sunscreen SPF 50. It’s a chemical and mineral sunscreen hybrid that took three years to perfect. The Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Sunscreen SPF 50 is formulated to act as a powerful skincare product on its own, but with the added benefit of UV protection. The founders say that the sunscreen actually achieved an SPF 59 during FDA testing. While it doesn’t lack in the sun protection and skincare ingredients department, I can’t recommend the new Glow Recipe sunscreen. Read on for my honest review of the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Sunscreen SPF 50 and why it didn’t work for me.

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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 save 15% with discount code OBL 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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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. Read on for my honest thoughts in this Bloomeffects review.

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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 (stack it on top of Fitglow’s $22 sale event happening until July 5, 2022).
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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.

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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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Aleavia 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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Youth To The People Review: The Ultimate Guide 2022

Youth To The People Review

Superfood skincare brand Youth To The People is a cult favorite among clean beauty fans and non-fans alike. The vegan, minimalist and unisex line that focuses on superfood ingredients like kale and spinach is a Sephora aisle staple and has a massive loyal following. Youth To The People is also social impact driven and has their own Good To The People Funds that supports nonprofit leaders in climate, gender equity, racial equity, and human rights. In 2021 I finally tried out most of the Youth To The People line, which is priced in the $30-$60 range, and am sharing the brand’s hits and misses for me.  To discover the best Youth To The People products, read on for the ultimate Youth To The People review! Take 25% off right now during their Spring Sale (ends Apr 28 midnight)!

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Best Natural & Organic Hyaluronic Serums 2022

If you’re looking for the best natural hyaluronic acid serums with clean ingredients that help hydrate and plump skin, I’ve rounded up 10 top performing hyaluronic products. A must during the winter, and frankly all year round, hyaluronic acid serums can reduce wrinkles and reduce redness by giving skin concentrated moisture, preventing the breakdown of natural hyaluronic acid, stimulating collagen production, and strengthening skin’s barrier. It can definitely be mixed with your Vitamin C serum, which should be applied before your hyaluronic acid serum, and can even make both serums stronger when used in conjunction. Read on for the best hyaluronic acid serums in clean beauty!

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Innbeauty Project Review 2022

Innbeauty Project Review

Launched in 2019, Innbeauty Project is a clean skincare brand for Gen Z that’s instantly recognizable by their brightly multi-colored packaging. The Innbeauty Project Pimple Paste is the product that initially piqued my interest, and then their Lip Glaze, and then their Slushy Serum Moisturizer Crush, until I had to try them all for myself. Prices remain accessible with everything in the Innbeauty Project line under $30 and the brand is committed to sustainability, pledging to fund the removal of three plastic units from landfills, waterways, and marine environments for every product sold. Note that this brand does combine natural and synthetic ingredients including dimethicone and phenoxyethanol. Innbeauty Project is sold at Sephora, Credo and their website. Read on for my Innbeauty Project skincare review!

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