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Friday, January 23, 2015

Winter Skin Care Routine

Taking care of my skin, during the winter months especially, is something I make sure I always take the time to do. I could be half asleep, it doesn't matter, I still have to wash my face before I go off to bed.

I made a little list of the skin care routine I like to follow during the winter months. Even if I find new products that suit my skin better than what's on this list, the scheme of this routine typically stays the same. Also, all the products mentioned are 100% vegan and cruelty free!! Now to the list!

I recently purchased Pacifica's Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes. I found this brand at Target and I am in love with everything Pacifica has to offer. They're a vegan and cruelty free brand so I'm glad I was able to find it in an actual store as opposed to online. These wipes can be used as makeup wipes, but I prefer to use them as a morning cleanser. In addition to all that, the coconut scent is gorgeous.

Before applying makeup:
I moisturize my entire face with my favorite moisturizer for acne prone skin by Just the Goods. I wrote about this product in a post HERE. I don't necessarily have acne prone skin, but I found this moisturizer to be great at keeping the occasional zit away. I then apply my make up as usual.

Before bed:
This is definitely the most important and hard core part of my skin care routine. I usually shower before bed, so while in the the shower, I wash my face. I haven't found an amazing face wash that I absolutely love yet, but I'm looking. If any of you have any great vegan and cruelty free recommendations, let me know in the comments! I then proceed to wash the rest of my body. The current body wash that I'm using is the Blood Orange Shower Gel by 100% Pure. I also wrote about this product in a post HERE. The blood orange scent is one of my favorite scents.
After my shower, I dry off (obviously), then apply my King of Skin body butter by Lush, only to the dry areas that desperately need some moisture. This body butter is by far my favorite ever. It seeps into my skin without leaving an oily residue. It leaves my skin feeling silky and I love that. It's also very, very good at hydrating the dry patches that I usually get during the winter months.
I then apply my favorite facial moisturizer by Just the Goods one last time.
If I have any spots on my face, this is when I apply my Spot Check Blemish Stick by The Fanciful Fox. This product is incredible. It seriously erases my blemishes within, max., two days. I absolutely love it!

Then I'm off to bed and start the whole routine over in the morning.

In addition to all that, something that helps my skin 100% of the time, that isn't necessarily a part of the routine, is drinking plenty of water. Very, very important when is comes to skin hydration.

And that's my winter skin care routine. What's your favorite winter skin care product? Have you tried any of these vegan products?

xo, Sarah Holt

PS All the products mentioned are 100% Vegan and Cruelty Free.
Also, this is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

LUSH Haul + First Impression Review

This may be hard to believe, but until a few days ago, I never stepped foot in a Lush store. Crazy, I know. I finally decided to take the hour drive (that's the closest Lush *insert annoyed emoji here*) and I think I'm a changed person now.
If you didn't already know, Lush's products are 100% vegetarian and cruelty free. They have a large selection of vegan products which are all marked with a handy little "V" displayed on the products, in the stores, and online.
There were so many vegan products to choose from, I had a very hard time limiting it down to just a few items. If I could, I would buy the whole store, but then again, who wouldn't?
Now let's get to the haul!

SPARKLE Toothy Tabs
When you think of Lush, you probably don't think of toothpaste, but I saw they had these "toothy tabs" that were all marked with a V so I couldn't resist (vegan toothpaste is actually pretty hard to find). I tried these tabs and it seriously felt like I just left the dentist, or maybe even cleaner than that. These tabs are some kind of foaming magic.

My sister actually purchased this, but she thought it was so amazing, I decided to include it in this haul. Like what the bottle says, it cleans acne-prone skin and removes oil. She's only had this product for a few days and already swears by it. 

This lip scrub is absolutely incredible. It tastes and smells AMAZING. On top of all that, it actually does it's job as a lip scrub. Did I mention the taste and smell?!?

KING OF SKIN Body Butter
I tend to have dry patches of eczema or whatever else dry patches could be called. I purchased the King of Skin for the sole purpose of helping out those dry areas. I haven't used this product long enough to give an honest verdict, but if it helps my dry skin, I'll write a post about it.

This bath bomb is exclusive for Valentine's Day, which is exciting. I tried the flowery goodness the day I bought it and it was incredible. I smelt like a flower long after my bath. I think it's safe to say the jasmine scent is my new favorite scent. I want to smell like jasmine all the time. Forever. It's that good.

This bath bomb, is the bomb... I think I went to Lush and spent waaay too much money, just so I could make that joke.

And that's everything I purchased! Have any of you tried the products mentioned in this post? Do you recommend anything else? Let me know in the comments!

xo, Sarah Holt

PS I'd like to acknowledge the kindness of all the employees at the Lush store at the Cherry Hill Mall in New Jersey. They were all very informative and very, very nice. I appreciate nice people. 

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Winter To-Do List

I'm a little late with this post, but I'm writing it and that counts for something, right? Last month I wrote a post titled "Autumn To-Do List" and surprisingly, I achieved almost everything I wanted to do throughout the autumn months. So instead of a New Year's Resolution this year, I think I'll have four smaller goals for each season since it seemed to work for me... yeah. Let's get to the list.

1. Visit Philly
Philadelphia isn't too far away from where I live, yet I only visit the city only a few times a year. The vegan restaurants alone are more than enough of a reason to take the hour car ride a few more times a year.

2. Keep Up With Blogging
I say this all the time, to myself and to you guys, but I need to keep up with blogging. I really enjoy writing posts but after a while, I tend to stress myself out over the quality of the pictures, the lack of creativity in my writing, or anything else I see wrong with my blog. At the end of the day, I really enjoy this blog so I need to stop sweating the small stuff, and blog.

3. Stop Being Lazy
I started 2015 off with lots of pilates. I kept up with it for about a week until my lazy routine started back up. I seriously need to stop. My posture is starting to wear the effects of laying on my bed while on my laptop. It's not pretty.

4. Feed an Apple to a Horse
This was on my list last season, and sadly, I didn't get to feed an apple to a horse, so it's on the list for winter. I'm going to do it one of these days. I just have to find a horse.

5.Paint More
I love painting and I rarely ever do it. So it's on the list.

That's all I have in store for the winter months, very exciting, I know. What do you guys plan on doing throughout the winter? Leave a comment below!

xo, Sarah Holt

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Vegan Nail Polish Haul + Storage Idea

Vegan nail polish isn't something you'd typically find at the drugstore (along with a long list of other vegan products, but this post is about nails). As a Christmas gift, I got the Vegan Cuts Nail Box and I was pleasantly surprised. I'm not really one for new manis every week, but I do occasionally like to paint my own nails to spice things up a bit (I know, my life is very exciting).

Here's what came in the box:

Adorn in the color Vive Le Coquette
I instantly fell in love with the Adorn color that came in the box, I had to put it on right away. After two coats, my nails looked professionally done.

Black Sheep Lacquer in the color Cloudy Skies
This brand, Black Sheep Lacquer, makes their nail polish by hand. I think that's really cool, and like what the label says, it's pretty kickass.

James Robert John in the color Just This One
This shade is such a classic color. I don't think anyone could ever have enough red shades in their nail polish collection.

Elysian Nail Lacquer in the color Queen of the Amazons
I found this nail polish really interesting. After one coat, the color seemed somewhat translucent and I ended up loving it and preferring it that way. You can definitely build up the color, but I really liked it after one coat.

Lip Glosserie Rosemary Mint Cuticle Balm
I never thought to moisturize my cuticles until after receiving this cuticle balm in the box. I now use this balm before painting my nails and I love it.

So Gloss Nail Wraps
I've never used nail wraps which is why I'm excited about these. I haven't used them yet, but they look pretty in the packaging.

LA Fresh Nail Polish Remover Wipe
I've only ever used nail polish remover out of the bottle, so I'm eager to try the wipe.

Vegan Cuts Nail File
You could never have enough nail files. Ever.

Nail Polish Storage Idea

If you haven't seen my post from almost a year ago (where did the time go?) with a different nail polish storage idea, I'll link it for you HERE.

What You'll Need:
Glass bowl
Small glass jar

What You'll Need To Do:
Fill the small glass jar (I'm using a recycled small pickle jar) with all your nail accessories such as nail files, nail clippers, cotton swabs, cotton balls, and cuticle scissors. 
Place the small glass jar inside the glass bowl (I found my glass bowl at Goodwill for $2)
Fill the glass bowl with nail polish
And that's it. It's that easy.

Links to the brands mentioned:

xo, Sarah Holt

PS this is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.