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The Natural Choice Apothecary #skincare #Natural

WAHM Reviewer – Kristina Mumma

Disclaimer: I received the products detailed below to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are my own.

natural choice apothecary

The Natural Choice Apothecary can be found on Etsy providing “all your Natural Apothecary needs from salves, scrubs, lotions, lip balm, calming aids, and even natural candles to create the perfect bath and body get away while staying natural and organic!” In addition to their Etsy shop, they can be found on Facebook as well as a facebook VIP group where you can participate in promotional events, get sneak peeks at new products and even be first to try them!

The Natural Choice Apothecary

One of the reasons I was most excited to complete this review was because of the products being of a holistic nature.  As a holistic health practitioner and advocate for holistic remedies, reviewing natural health/home products is of utmost interest.  Also because of my background, I tend to scrutinize products that purport to be “natural”, “organic”, “healing.” With The Natural Choice Apothecary any skepticism was quickly appeased as Carolyn, the owner, is an educated herbalist and creates wonderful natural products with quality ingredients!   (and I am admittedly picky when it comes to this genre! J)

So what exactly did I review? 1 full size tin of Sleepy Balm, 1 tube of Herbal infused Lip Butter and 1 sample pot of All Purpose Herbal Balm.

Natural Choice Apothecary group

Another new favorite of mine is the Herbal Infused Lip Butter.  I admit I was skeptical of this item.  I’m not a huge fan of most lip products- often they are too oily/greasy or too waxy.  I also am not a fan of the artificially “flavored” lip products. That said, I LOVED this Lip Butter!  It was smooth, subtly scented and just the right amount of moisture for my lips!  This items is made with: Olive Oil, Organic Calendula Flowers, Organic Plantain Leaves, Organic Lavender Flowers, Organic Lavender Buds, Organic Echinacea Angustifolia Flowers, Organic Echinacea Angustifolia Root, Organic Cocoa Butter, Unbleached Beeswax, Vitamin E Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil.  I have a feeling that I’ll be ordering a few extras soon because my 11 year old daughter seems to have taken a liking to this product as well!

Herbal Infused Lip Butter

The third product I reviewed was a sample of All Purpose Herbal Balm…I absolutely LOVE this product!  When I first received it I used it on a small patch of eczema that I had on my face.  It was soothing and my eczema seemed to clear up in just one day!  My true appreciation of this product, though was today.  My daughter fell off a motorized scooter (the kind you stand on NOT the kind you ride on!) and skinned her knees and broke her elbow.  Her elbow was scraped and bleeding as well as swollen.  You can imagine the tears and pain.  After cleaning her wounds I applied the herbal balm.  It was light, went on smoothly and actually soothed the scraped areas.  My daughter was afraid that anything I put on her boo boo would burn but this was 100% pain free…plus it meets my standards!  This Herbal Balm is made with organic olive oil infused with organic calendula flowers (super healing ingredient!), organic plantain, organic lavender buds, organic Echinacea Angustifolia, organic coconut oil, beeswax, tea tree oil, lavender oil and vitamin E oil.  In addition to how I used this Healing Balm, according to the product page it can be applied to small cuts, scrapes, bruises, sunburn, diaper rash, chapped skin & lips, severe cracked skin, Eczema, Psoriasis, external yeast infections and vulvular irritation.

all purpose herbal balm

Over all I found The Natural Choice Apothecary to be a fabulous resource for natural apothecary products.  The packaging is cute, ingredients are clearly detailed and each product page in the etsy shop lists product uses.  You can purchase these products as well as others online at http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheNaturalApothecary, follow on the FaceBook  fan page, join the FaceBook VIP group or Follow on Twitter. The Natural Choice Apothecary is sure to become one of my favorite resources…I highly recommend trying out a product or two – I’d be surprised if you didn’t love it like me!
We welcome all comments and questions below.

COVERGIRL VoxBox products from influenster: Plumpify mascara and OhSugar lipbalm #TruNaked experience

 COVERGIRL VoxBox products from influenster: Plumpify mascara and OhSugar lipbalm
 #TruNaked experience

Disclaimer: I received in my voxbox. All free in exchange for review. #Igotitfree+Influenster # #COVERGIRL #VoxBox products from #influenster: #Plumpify #OhSugar #TruNaked experience #Voxbox whoo!

Hello everyone,
Today I am sharing with you the goodies I received from *influenster.com

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the eye shadow palette but I didn’t receive it in my voxbox not all influenster members got the eye shadow but I really wanted too.  I was so excited when I got my voxbox that I thought it was in the package but I did not get it.

I did get the Plumpify mascara in very black and the OhSugar lipbalm. in 04 Taffy Tire.
I think the pictures can speak for me and you can tell the different just a bit of mascara and lipbalm can make. The mascara was a soft black and looked great when I tested it. The twist wand swirled across my eye lashes really made my eyes pop as I have pale blond eye lashes and I can tell how long my eye lashes are with the Plumpify mascara.  I recommend the mascara to all of my friends to try

The Ohsugar lipbalm in 04 Taffy tire was so light and felt very soft on my lips. It was the perfect matching shade when I applied it the lipstick looked like a tinted lipbalm on me. I recommend the Oh sugar to all of my friends to try. They come in all kinds of shades I can’t wait to try more

#Ohsugar #Covergirl #pimpify
I have pale blonde eye brows and eye lashes so mascara is something I use almost daily.  You can really see the different the right side has no make up the left has only the mascara.
As you can see a bit of shine on my lips how natural looking the #ohsugar in 04 Taffy tire looks like a tinted lip balm because that’s what it is only it looks like lipstick and applies like lipstick. The plumpify took almost no effort to pump up my eye lashes.

If you are interested in signing up I gain nothing in return other then street creed and a chance of getting even more voxboxs.  

*Influenster is a company that sends out products for their members to test out. Testing products is free to try however you do need to fill out questionnaires and see if you pre qualify for voxboxs. 
You can review products, discover product reviews and make new friends along the way.  There are fun brand challanges to complete and you get rewarded after with points and the more active you are the more likley you are to qualify for the next voxboxes that come out.

It is by invite only so consider this your personal invite. 

I have had 5 people sign up under me so far and they all are having a ton of fun taking surveys and unlocking brand badges.  I haven’t received anything when they sign up though. I just get the good karma that I share some fun with my friends.
They give out 20 invites per member and I have 15 left. 
Sign up before you miss out! 


YOUR REFERRAL LINK: http://www.influenster.com/r/107742

Grey and Green Summer Yumminess! #skincare #beauty

 

WAHMReviewer – Amie Kelp

I was excited to have the opportunity to review for Grey and Green! Jen has a similar passion as mine for going as natural as possible with bath and body care and after talking with her a bit and learning more about her SLS and detergent free soaps, I was so ready to try out her products. I love that she uses natural bases for her lotions and body butters, as well as a wide variety of essential and fragrance oils.

Green and Grey Products

I received a sweet little package a few days later from Grey and Green and I opened it with excitement! Wrapped in little organza bags were yummy little containers of body butter, a lotion bar, a coffee scrub, Tardis molded hand soaps and a sweet little rose shaped coconut milk soap with a banana fragrance that was amazingly yummy!

Immediately I opened each little tub and loved all of the fragrances and couldn’t decide which to try first! Since it was mid afternoon and I didn’t have time to lather up and indulge head to toe in banana fragrance of the coconut milk soap, I went for the Whipped Body Butter scented with Margarita Lime which was sweet with a perfect hint of lime. I applied a bit to the back of my hand to test out the fragrance on me and to feel the consistency of the Shea butter, Coconut oil, Almond oil and fragrance blend. Super yummy and refreshing fragrance! After using this whipped body butter a few times, I continued to love the lime scent and the whipped blend absorbed well into my skin. There was an exfoliant of some sort blended into the butter that I did not personally care for, but overall I really enjoyed it and it’s summery fragrance.

Lotion Bar
The second little tin that I opened was the Grey and Green Lotion Bar. This Orange Cream Vanilla scented bar was so interesting to me! I love the concept of a “bar” of lotion! How many times have I had a bottle of lotion leak in my purse or drop it to have it bust open and make a mess! Lol…I was ready to try this lotion bar of coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax with orange cream vanilla fragrance. Can you imagine an orange creamsicle moisturizing your skin? Yummy! I might add, this layered with the Margarita Lime Whipped body butter was sooooooo yumalicious! Back to the lotion bar…it comes in a little silver tin and was cylinder in shape, I tipped the tin upside down to get the lotion to pop out in my hand. I wasn’t sure exactly how to “apply” the lotion, so I just rubbed it on the back of my hand and plenty came off on my hands as I held it too. I put the bar back in the tin and massaged in the lotion that was on my skin from the bar. This one has beeswax in it, which I assume helps hold some of its shape and firmness of the bar, but beeswax also gives extra protection for the skin locking in moisture, which I love…but that also means it takes a little longer to absorb into the skin like most natural based products. I don’t mind this because I know the many benefits of the ingredients. I did have one funny moment with the lotion bar while applying it at bedtime one night. As I was trying to rub the bar on the heels of my feet, the warmth of my hands made the bar a bit slippery and it slipped out of my hands just like a bar of soap in the shower flying across the room! Lol…I have been a bit more careful since then and have not sent the lotion bar flying! This would be a perfect way to travel with lotion, esp when flying and you don’t want a lotion bottle leaking in your toiletries bag!

Keeping up with the summery scents, I tried the Grey and Green coconut milk banana soap. This soap has a very yummy banana scent and has a nice lather to it. I don’t think it was as cleansing as I needed after workouts, but I found it a great luxury soap and was perfect for layering with other fruity summer scents.

Tardis

 

 

The Tardis soaps from Dr. Who, I have been saving for my daughter’s birthday, but she caught a glimpse of them and was over the top excited! She is a HUGE Dr. Who fan and I don’t know if she will choose to use the soaps or keep them as fun “trinkets” to display with all of her fun girly favorite items…either way, she LOVES them and that is all that matters when it comes to molded decorative soaps! These are perfect for any Dr. Who fan! Jen has a variety of other molded soaps that were a lot of fun! Everything from Hello Kitty to pink little hand guns…lol…those would be a perfect gift for some one!

The last item I enjoyed from Grey and Green was the Orange Coffee Sugar Scrub. This was a great pick me up in the morning, whether I used it head to toe in the shower or as a quick hand scrub to exfoliate and add a bit of moisture when washing my hands. The coffee and white sugar scrub was a nice exfoliant, without being too harsh or scratchy. I love the coffee and orange scent, but I would like to have just a bit more of the almond oil base to help hold the coffee grounds together a bit more and that extra touch of moisture that I love from almond oil, but others might find that to be a bit too “oily” if they don’t care for natural oil moisturizers. This would already have the perfect consistency for them!

Be sure to check out Grey and Green on facebook or at her Etsy shop.

Shea Butter Whipped Body Lotion – $4.50

Dr. Who Dalek and Tardis set – $3.00

Coconut Milk soap – $2.50

Shae Butter Lotion Bar – starting at $2.00

Orange Spice coffee sugar scrub – starting at $5.00

 

 

I received these products for free to base this review on. All opinions are honest and mine alone.

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Questions and Comments are always welcome below.

Younique with Tammy Ward

WAHM Reviewer-Cecily Butler
Younique with Tammy Ward
My friend Tammy put a request out on Facebook. She wanted a few ladies to do some reviews on Younique make-up. So of course I said I would! She let me choose which product I wanted to try. I’ve loved every Younique product I’ve used but I was super interested in their new Beachfront Bronzer. She helped me decide on which color would be best for my complexion. We chose Sunset.

Younique Bronser

I must say I wasn’t overly surprised that I loved the product. It was a great way to add definition to my face, as you can see from my before and after pictures.
Before Younique    Before After YouniqueAfter
However, what did surprise me was its versatility. You can use it as a powder or even as eye shadow. I was super impressed the other day. I was running late and needed to get my make-up done quickly. I grabbed the Beachfront Bronzer, used it as an eyeshadow, and on my cheeks, forehead and nose. Threw on some Moodstruck eyeliner in Perfect and my Lucrative lip gloss in Lucky and was good to go! Probably 60 seconds total from naked face to make-up face. Check out the results!

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Color me HAPPY!! If you want to know more about Younique you can check out Tammy’s webpage https://www.youniqueproducts.com/oneeyedmomma/business or find her on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/mompreneur2.

You can also search for Tammy Renaye Ward! (Which I promise you want to do- this girl has some AMAZING make-up tips and videos!!)

 

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