October 24, 2016

6 All-Natural Deodorants I Tried

Two tasks I'm currently struggling with are - identifying a great under eye cream and finding a vegan friendly deodorant that ACTUALLY works. I've been testing and testing (much to the delight of my coworkers I'm sure). After trying quite a few I thought I'd round up my report. Most were mixed but did spot two that were potential front runners:

Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes with Coconut Milk & Essential Oils $9 - Original reviews here. Great for after the gym, freshen up throughout the day. I love the smell of their wipes!

Birchbox's ARROW PROTECT Aluminum-Free Deodorant $9 - Tested this during my trip to London & Paris. It was the longest lasting of the six I have tried. I am not in love with the smell but I'll take that small factor. It also glides on clear which is a strong plus. It is also exclusive through Birchbox so getting a refill is going to be annoying.

Yves Rocher 24HR Anti-Perspirant in Lavender $7 - Original review here. Bottom line: One of my least favorites. It rolls on white and heavily so it drips down your arm. Not in love with the faux lavender smell either.

Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Grapefruit $10 - With a name like that, I was intrigued! Sadly this was my least favorite as it did little to help odor and went on chalky white.

Honest Co® Deodorant in Lavender Vanilla $8.95 - I spotted this in Whole Foods and was curious as it was the first spray deodorant I had seen (besides the aluminum drugstore ones) and there is so much hype around The Honest Co that I wanted to give it a try. The word "refreshing" definitely comes to mind as the spray makes me jolt lol nothing like a cold mist on your armpits to wake you up. You may have also noticed a pattern of lavender in my purchases as that is one of my favorite smells and this one is more pleasant than the others. But it is definitely more like Pacifica's wipes in that it is a refresher rather than an all day option.

Schmidt's Deodorant Jar $8.99 - Another one I picked up at Whole Foods. When you venture into organic deodorant land you stumble across some interesting application methods... such as a tiny jar with a spatula. I was intrigued about the difference of this "paste" version compared to a stick or spray. I must say this was the winner for me (out of all 6). It lasted the longest, since I got the fragrance-free option there was no odd odor, it is white but didn't rub off on my clothes. My downside is the application process - you scoop it up with the spatula then rub it in your hands to make it soft enough to apply. You really get up close and personal with your pits and makes it hard to apply when you have a heavy sweater on. I might try the stick next to see if it is still the same results as the jar version. But most impressed with this one!

Have you made the switch to organic deodorant? Which are your favorites?

Disclosure: This post features product received for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

October 14, 2016

My October Birchbox

This month's Birchbox was all about taking a break. "Think: masking while movie-marathoning, or using a night cream before getting a full night's rest. No matter how you love to unwind, we're bringing you rejuvenating products to make the of your you-time." Here's what I received:

October 9, 2016

Trend I'm Currently Craving: Heeled Boots

Daria Inspired Boots Fall Trend
With '90s in full swing for this fall, I've been craving some high-heeled combat looking boots or "Daria" boots. Daria really looked like she wore Dr. Martens but I wanted heeled versions but most were WAY too high.

October 5, 2016

My October Julep Maven Box

Apparently this month's Julep Maven collection was "Dark & Stormy Nights." Full disclosure: I'm a little bitter about this month's box as I didn't receive an email informing the collection was available and therefore was not able to curate my box. Instead Julep just sent me one. A bit shady in my opinion as I enjoy customizing my box and selecting add-ons. I think I got the Modern Beauty Box since I got mostly beauty products. Let's see what's inside:

October 2, 2016

TV Review: Luke Cage

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Ever since I watched Netflix's Jessica Jones, I've been anticipating the Luke Cage series. Mike Colter (aka Luke Cage) was meant to play this role and as the cast was announced I knew it was going to be amazing. My fellow Sons of Anarchy love, Theo Rossi, would be playing Shades. Then it was released the huge influence hip hop would have I was bubbling with joy! Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker named every episode after a Gang Starr song as well as infusing classic joints during pivotal moments such as Wu Tang's "Bring da Ruckus."

September 30, 2016

My September Beauty Product Favorites

While I did everything I could get into the fall spirit the weather would not let it happen! It was very humid with lots of thunderstorms. I'm beginning to transition to more heavy duty products as the cold front moves in these last few days of the month. Another month without any products to full call out for failing me so let's dive right in to the good:

September 27, 2016

Quick Beauty Reviews: Erin's Faces & Mario Badescu

Quick Sample Beauty Reviews: Erin's Faces & Mario Badescu
I've been hoarding samples from two brands so thought I'd share quick reviews of them in case you were also interested in trying in any of these products and because I've been slacking on blogging.

For my birthday I treated myself to a facial at Mario Badescu (yes that long ago!). They kindly sent me home with a bag full of beauty samples. I've been slowly working through the samples so here are my thoughts:

September 25, 2016

Theatre Review: Oh, Hello

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I first fell in love with George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon on Nick Kroll's Comedy Central sketch show "Kroll Show" where they hilariously pranked local New Yorkers and big time celebs with Too Much Tuna! They are best friends who have been living together on the Upper West Side for 40 years. They love the theatre and now they're on the biggest stage - Broadway. Oh, Hello is their love letter to not only to the city but also live theater.

September 20, 2016

My September Birchbox

This month's Birchbox theme was Fresh Fun. "Now that fall is around the corner, we're jumping into multitasking mode - and celebrating the versatile, time-saving products that help us juggle everything on our to-do lists. 'Cause at the end of the day, beauty should make our lives easier (and add a dash of fun)." Here's what I received:

September 18, 2016

Leanne Marshall Spring 2017 Runway Show

Leanne Marshall is Season 5's Project Runway winner who has a robust bridal business and has been building her Ready-to-Wear line for the last few seasons dressing celebrities on the red carpet. For Spring 2017, the designer seems to have hit her stride this season with a mix of wearable and editorial pieces coming down the runway. She also included an aspect of "See Now, Shop Now" with a few pieces featured on the runway were ready for purchase on her exclusive site.
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