CLOVE + HALLOW is a vegan makeup and skincare line that prioritizes affordability, sustainability and safety in cosmetics. CLOVE + HALLOW was started in 2017 by a professional makeup artist who, through a combination of entrepreneurial spirit, makeup artistry experience, and a wakeup call from personal health issues, was able to create an award-winning makeup line that solved all her pain points. Majority of CLOVE + HALLOW makeup products are under $20 with mainly their skincare priced above $20. (It’s 2021 and CLOVE + HALLOW now offers worldwide shipping!) But, is CLOVE + HALLOW actually clean beauty? In this CLOVE + HALLOW review I’ll dive into why this brand isn’t exactly a clean beauty brand in the traditional sense and which CLOVE + HALLOW products are hits and misses. Save 15% at CLOVE + HALLOW with discount code OBL15. (From July 1 to 4, 2021 take 40% off sitewide at CLOVE + HALLOW)
While sunscreen may be the most popular option when it comes to sun protection, the first line of defense is your clothing. When it comes to our face, this would mean sun protection hats. Ages ago, I had no idea sun protective clothing or hats even existed. I mean, if it covered my skin didn’t that mean it automatically protected me from the sun? Oh how wrong I was. A standard cotton T-shirt has a UPF rating of 5. Compare this to UPF clothing which often score at or over 50 UPF. There is a major difference between regular fabric and UPF fabric.
Le Prunier shot to fame in November 2020 thanks to Chrissy Tiegen raving about the brand’s hero product, Plum Beauty Oil, but Le Prunier’s history actually spans over a century. The story of this heritage brand begins in 1916 when the founders’ great-grandfather started the Le Prunier family farm in Northern California. Two generations later, sisters and co-founders Jacqueline, Allison, and Elaine Taylor decided to harness the beauty benefits of cold-pressed plum oil and partnered with two world-renowned labs to eventually debut Le Prunier at Indie Beauty Expo in 2018. Today, the Le Prunier farm is the world’s largest grower of organic plums. In this Le Prunier review I’m exploring why Chrissy Tiegen loves Le Prunier Plum Beauty Oil (she calls it “magic”), and diving into the skincare benefits of plum oil, the driving force behind Le Prunier as a brand and even Le Prunier alternatives.
I’m not one to go to the nail salon frequently or even wear nail polish these days while quarantining but I love the look of a gel nail art manicure (just not the $120 price tag!). So when I discovered ManiMe Gel Stick On Nails was created right in Los Angeles by a Korean native I knew I had to reach out to them and give them a try for my short nails. If you like the idea of avoiding spending hours at the salon, saving money on expensive gel nail art manicures, or are looking for a non-toxic alternative to gel nails, ManiMe is the perfect solution. ManiMe gel stick on nails are 10-free (free of the top ten toxins in nail polish) and the first nail brand to offer custom-fit sizes using a proprietary 3-D technology. In this ManiMe review I’m sharing what you need to know before buying ManiMe, the best tips to properly apply ManiMe gel stick on nails, and a 20% ManiMe promo code (OBL). Read on for my ManiMe Gel Nails review! Read more
Mychelle is an accessible and affordable clean beauty brand that has been making reef safe sunscreen for over a decade! So they might know or a thing or two about making mineral sunscreen that’s safe and effective. Mychelle is also committed to the clean beauty movement and are a founding member of the Environmental Working Group’s “Verified for Your Health” program, a PETA certified cruelty-free company and certified by Leaping Bunny. Naturally, you won’t find any Phthalates, Parabens, Petroleum, Sulfates, Ureas, Artificial Fragrances and Colors in their line. With summer just around the corner, let’s get right into this Mychelle review specifically for Mychelle’s Sun Shield Liquid SPF 50.
Votary Skincare is a luxurious British brand that caters to sensitive skin and uses super seed oils at the heart of each of its products. If you have oily, combo or sensitive/reactive skin, Votary is a line to put on your radar. From its beautiful deep green bottles to clean aesthetic, Votary has come a long way from founder and beauty editor Arabella Preston’s kitchen. What started off as a cleansing oil that suited Arabella’s needs has now grown into a full range of cleansing oils, facial oils, deeply nourishing creams, masks and powerful serums.
Lovinah Supernatural Skincare is a corrective all-natural line of luxurious products formulated to target premature aging, hormonal challenges, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and acne using age-old, potent African ingredients. Lovinah combines the healing herbal traditions of Africa with modern technology to create products that are slow crafted in micro batches.
Birthed through the founder Daisy Jing’s personal struggle with cystic acne, Banish Acne Scars is a brand on a mission to banish much more than just acne scars. Because of the founder’s own struggle with self-esteem and confidence while battling acne, she has made it part of Banish’s mission to teach men and women “that it’s not the way you look that matters; it’s the confidence to be who you are, without hiding from others.” Read on for my Banish Acne Scars review, before and after and discount code.
I was so impressed by Bluh Alchemy’s Multi C Serum I had to give it its own review. Bluh Alchemy is an award-winning advanced bioactive line that’s for organic beauty lovers who want to tackle signs of premature aging.
What sets Bluh Alchemy apart is that they are one of the only companies in the world using the world’s first cellular extracted botanicals, a “cutting-edge extraction process works to rapidly harness a plant’s complete phytoactive profile, pure, stable and unadulterated as it exists in nature.”
While the science behind this extraction process feels beyond my grasp, I can appreciate what the end result means for my skin. And it does not disappoint.
I’m so excited to introduce a new clean beauty brand that offers affordability, quality and sustainability – BYBI Beauty! This British brand was started by two female entrepreneurs and skincare formulator friends who sought to create products that they themselves wanted to use but couldn’t find in the market (hello Bakuchiol Booster!). And this is why I found many of their product offerings unique and also — they just make a whole lot of sense. Read on for my BYBI Beauty review!
The Narwal Robot Mop and Vacuum is an award-winning brand new invention that started out as an uber successful crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo and Kickstarter — and will be launching June 1, 2021. Narwal reached out to me to send over their Narwal T10 and they had me at self cleaning. Narwal is the world’s first, I repeat first, self-cleaning robot mop and vacuum. Meaning, the mop cleans itself so you don’t have to lift a finger. This technology is so impressive that it won CES 2020 INNOVATION AWARD PRODUCT for its unique mop self-washing and deep cleaning technology!
Before I go further with this Narwal review, I have to mention that the price is steep – while it retails for $1099, my readers can use code OBL to save $200 off Narwal’s price from launch date June 1, 2021. (You can reserve yours by pre-ordering with just $1 now then use code OBL at checkout on launch day.)
If you’re looking for Plant alchemy skincare infused with vibrational medicine, reiki, intuition, loving intention, and nutrient-rich whole plants, keep reading for my Heart of Gold skincare review. I was first introduced to Heart of Gold skincare in 2019 and since then I’ve fallen in love with the brand and products. Heart of Gold skincare is based out of Portland, Oregon and founded by Ally Draizin, an herbalist and holistic esthetician with over two decades of experience as an esthetician and seven years as a bioregional herbalist.
Stay tuned until the end of the review for a mini interview with founder Ally Draizin! Heart of Gold skincare products are available on their website and at Boxwalla, which ships internationally for free with orders $100.
I tried out the popular VEGAMOUR hair growth serum to see if VEGAMOUR actually works for hair loss and hair thinning. I’m sharing my honest thoughts after using VEGAMOUR, including its pros and cons and before and after photos. VEGAMOUR’s hair growth serum has been raved about by thousands to help with alopecia and hair thinning and their before and after photos are so impressive, I had to try it out myself. If you decide to try VEGAMOUR, you can save 20% using my VEGAMOUR discount code OBL.
VEGAMOUR is a sustainability focused clean and vegan haircare brand that uses clinically studied ingredients that are proven to work for hair loss and thinning. Specifically, they boast results of subjects noticing up to 52% more density and 76% less shedding. Now thanks to the pandemic, it seems like every woman out there has been experiencing hair side effects from pandemic pain and stress. In this VEGAMOUR review I’ll be sharing my experience specifically with their main hero product the VEGAMOUR GRO Hair Serum including before and after photos.
I’ve been working with NOW Foods for over a year now and during that time I’ve been lucky enough to try many NOW Foods supplements and beauty products in their 1400+ product line. In 2019, I was lucky enough to visit the NOW Foods headquarters and labs in Illinois before the pandemic hit. In this NOW Foods supplements review I’m sharing all about my behind the scenes visit to NOW HQ and my favorite NOW products. Even before I knew NOW Foods, I already knew them because their products are sold everywhere and have been a longtime staple in many American households throughout its 50 year history. Even after five decades, NOW Foods remains a family owned company committed to bettering their customers’ lives. Read on for the ultimate NOW Foods review and a NOW discount code for 20% off sitewide.
Odacite Skincare is a natural and organic skincare line where understated luxury and high performance go hand in hand. Odacite has a certain je ne sais quoi, like the effortless beauty that French women seem to possess but in the form of a skincare line. Hailing from California, Odacite Pure Elements has been around since before clean beauty became “clean beauty” and remains a staple in my beauty routine to this day. Now it’s a celeb favorite with Gigi Hadid loving Odacite’s Moringa Petitgrain serum concentrateand Naomi Watts a fan of the Rose + Neroli Hydra Vitalizing Treatment Mist. It’s been five years since I first introduced my skin to Odacite’s highly active formulas, and in this full Odacite skincare review, I am finally sharing my thoughts on the products I’ve tried over the years. You can save 15% with my Odacite discount code OBL, as always.
As the name suggests, Edible Beauty is a natural skincare brand that’s so pure you could eat it! Hailing from Australia, these luxurious products are made of 100% mineral, vitamin and botanical derived ingredients and are vegan, cruelty-free and packaged in completely sustainable materials. Edible Beauty carries a wide range of products from natural skincare to teas and sunscreen to multi-purpose balms. In this Edible Beauty review, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on their tonic serums and their Sephora bestseller No. 3 Exotic Goddess Ageless Serum. Plus an Edible Beauty discount code for 20% off!
Making better shopping decisions when it comes to my clothes and closet is one thing I’m working on since I advocate for conscious beauty shopping. Our options for fashionable, sustainable, and cruelty-free Clothes and accessories are getting better each year as more companies turn up to meet our changing demands.
Cocokind’s most anticipated launch of the century has dropped and it’s sunscreen! It’s taken years for Cocokind to launch a sunscreen product, so I’m excited to share my thoughts in this Cocokind sunscreen review with you all. I have a cocokind discount code OBL to help you save at checkout too!Read more
(Updated July 19, 2020 to compare Getaway House 1 bed vs 2 bed). My Getaway House Discount Code OBL saves $$.
As we all postpone and cancel our epic travel plans to go to faraway places no thanks to Coronavirus, I was searching for interesting staycations in the Los Angeles area when I discovered Getaway House. As exciting as the city is, sometimes you just need to get away, but not too far because, money. I was specifically looking for places to get back in touch with nature, because the healing power of nature is very very real. Hello forest bathing!