#NestleSplashofFun Healthy Hydration

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This summer I really tried to up my water intake because I’m pregnant and it was hot! As someone who tries to be eco-friendly, I’m one of those people who cannot give up bottled water. #sorrynotsorry We all have our flaws, right? But water gets to boring and sports drinks are packed with sugar, also not good for baby or Momma! So, when I got a chance to try Nestle’s Splash, I was excited! I love all things citrus (and I’m too lazy to actually infuse my water), so the Mandarin Orange flavor was perfect. 

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 First of all, I scored some sweet shades, an awesome beachball, and a fun bendy straw. As someone who used to work in the promotional products industry, I’m a sucker for swag. The flavor of the water itself was a little sweet at first, but I really ended up enjoying it. I found that it was light and refreshing without the usual calorie pack of Gatorade that I’ve favored throughout my pregnancy so far. Would I try it again? Definitely! I love a good flavored water. Anything to make my hydrating just a little bit easier. Even Myles was a fan!

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What’s keeping you hydrated this month? 

Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration with the help of Influenster. All opinions are honest and my own. I was not provided any compensation for this review other than the aforementioned products.

Target Made to Matter Back to School Collection

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Target has long been one of the places I go to snag a lot of my cruelty free goods and just about everything else I could possibly imagine needing. Their Made to Matter Line features cruelty free, safe, sustainable, and organic products for the home which I’m completely obsessed with! A lot of my favorite items like Mrs. Meyer’s, Annie’s, and Pacifica were in the Made to Matter line, but I was so excited to see more brands that I use on a daily basis and some new ones too! I’ll be talking about all of these amazing products, but here’s just a brief look at what was inside their back to school bag (which I”ll be using to tote things to and from school!)

Bitsy’s Brainfood Smart Crackers in Chia Veggie – $3.99 – I love anything cheddar! Cheese flavored snacks are my weakness, but these babies have low sugar, 1/2 a serving of veggies, and are made in a nut-free facility. These would be excellent to have on hand to pacify a hungry 8th grader if necessary. 

Annie’s Organic Berry Patch Fruit Snacks – $3.45 per box – When I saw Berry Patch snacks in my bag I jumped for joy! These are a favorite in my house. These fruit snacks are soft and flavorful and don’t have any of the nasties that commercial fruit snacks have. I love throwing these in my purse or in a lunch box for a quick snack throughout the day. 

Mrs. Meyer’s Lemon Verbena Vinegar Gel – $3.99 – MM was always a brand I loved having in my home. I’ve never tried the Vinegar Gel before and am looking forward to using this in my bathroom and around the house. I’m obsessed with cleaning and am looking forward to using this Made to Matter item. Vinegar is a very effective cleanser, but having it premixed will just made it more convenient for quick clean-ups too. 

Shea Moisture Peace Rose Shampoo & Conditioner – $10.99 – Yet another Curls.nu favorite! I’ve never tried this Shampoo and Conditioner, but the scent is amazing. I’ll look forward to letting my curls experience this moisturizing treatment. 

Babyganics Moisturizing Daily Lotion – $7.29 – Babyganics is a brand that is on my registry. I’m a big fan of their wipes and can only imagine their lotions will be just as great. 

Pacifica Beauty Dream Big Mascara – $15.99 – If you’ve been reading my blog for long enough you KNOW Pacifica is my JAM! 

Justin’s PB + Banana Chips – $1.99 – It is so hard sometimes to grab quick, easy snacks! I’ll be throwing these in my lunchbag throughout the week for quick energy and to beat the 3 p.m. slump. 

Honest Company Organic Healing Balm – $12.95 – Since I’ll be meeting baby in a few short months, I’m super excited to try the Honest Company healing balm. I will NOT be using big brands that have toxins and additives in them on my baby love, so sampling this balm beforehand will be great.

Honest Company Orange Hand Sanitizing Spray – $2.98 – Likewise, 8th graders are germy freaks. This hand sanitizer will have a happy little place in my desk drawer for easy cleaning. 

Happy Family Super Smart Pouch in Berry & Beet – $1.60 – Of course, I’m going to want my little one to have lots of healthy snack choices and Target Made to Matter makes that really easy. These pouches are perfect for tiny hands and offer fun flavors like the strawberry and beet I received!

Seventh Generation Laundry Packs – $12.99 – I love everything I’ve tried by SG, but have always been curious about laundry packs. I love the idea of less mess when it comes to pouring detergent and will definitely let you know how these work out. 

Method Pumpkin Clove Gel Handwash – $3.49 – It’s Fall, I live in New England, and it’s almost time for pumpkin flavored everything. So, why not add that flavor in the kitchen or bathroom? This Pumpkin Clove hand gel smells AMAZING.

Yes to Carrots Coconut Paper Mask – $2.99 – Paper masks are all the rage right now because they’re quick, easy, and effective (a triple win, no?) Yes to Coconut provides skin with some extra moisture and a lasting scent of summer. 

Tom’s of Maine Whitening Toothpaste – $4.99 – My dentist told me my teeth look better than ever. When I told her I switched to Tom’s she couldn’t believe it. A natural toothpaste?? I’ve tried their total care and look forward to brightening my smile in time for picture day. 

Tom’s of Maine Naturally Dry Antiperspirant – 4.49 – This sultry men’s scent of Tom’s is perfect for my husband who works outside 24/7. Their Naturally Dry formula keeps everything smooth, comfy, and smelling great. 

Suja Juice Coupons – Juices Retail at $2.99 – Suja Juices now offers probiotic waters and I’ll get to choose my flavor. Updates soon to some as my baby bump can always use some extra probiotics. 

Nature’s Path EnviroKids Granola Bar – $4.99/box of 6 – Nature’s Path Envirokids is not just for kids. I am obsessed with their chocolate chip, nut free, vegetarian flavor. 

Stay tuned as I share my faves with you within the coming weeks and happy back to school from Curls.nu!

Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I was not provided any compensation for this review other than the aforementioned products.

Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer Review

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My combination skin has been the bain of my existence for years. Sometimes it’s too oily, sometimes I have uneven patches, and sometimes it explodes into a middle school horror show of breakouts. I have tried different moisturizers, but though they keep the combo skin at bay, uneven tone has been an issue I’ve wanted to resolve. Enter Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer, a luxxe cruelty free moisturizer that packs a punch and works on virtually all skin types, including my schizophrenic skin!

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Let’s get into the packaging first! I am OBSESSED with the white and gold. And the name? Valentia was actually a Roman Goddess known for sharing her beauty secrets with the citizens of Umbria, and, of course looking fabulous while using all natural ingredients. So between the gorgeous packaging and the brand philosophy of cruelty free nature-based ingredients I was already very excited to try this product! 

Now, what’s inside Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer, you ask? 

Botanical Hyaluronic Acid: Floods skin with moisture, supports skin elasticity, and plumps skin from within.
Kojic Acid: Controls melanin production and prevents dark spots.
Ginseng: Boosts skin firming collagen, fights wrinkles, and gives the skin a brighter and more energized look.
Safflower Oil: Repairs skin’s natural moisture barrier and provide superior skin protection.
Shea Butter: Infuses skin with a myriad of vitamins and nutrients for superior skin hydration and nourishment.

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What I noticed first about Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer was how light it was on my skin. It has a rich, velvety feel and did not make my skin feel heavy even with primer and makeup. It absorbs very quickly and my skin had a nice glow right away. After using Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer for about a week, my skin looked very bright and even and my dark circles were less noticeable along with scarring from past breakouts. Excellent, right? The scent was lemon-like, clean and fresh. And I LOVE using a moisturizer from a pump. For me, it makes the product last longer and it stays nice and neat. 

You can currently snag Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer on Amazon for $25.00 or on their website. I haven’t seen Valentia in stores yet, but I’m hoping to see it soon when I shop. Want to stay in touch with the brand? Check them out on their GORGEOUS Instagram and like them on Facebook to learn more!

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5 Cool Things to Do With Essential Oils

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If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I’m into essential oils and diffusers. I love candles, but I’ve been looking toward more natural ways of adding fragrance to my home. Essential oils are in almost everything! You truly cannot get more natural. When I first got into them I diffused oils in my office and classroom a lot. I also made some DIY cleaners for the house and read online about other uses so I could get the full effects. New to oils? Here are my top 5 favorite ways to use them!

  • Freshen up the Garbage Disposal – this is my favorite thing to do because it’s so darn easy. We use our garbage disposal every day, so a lot of nasty stuff gets thrown down it. I used to use harsh chemical cleaners to keep it smelling good…totally gross! Instead I simply use 10 drops of lemon oil with cool water and run the disposal three times a week. Done!
  • Diffuse based on the seasons. Now that Fall is next up on my season list, I like to use oils like Cinnamon, Clove, or Orange oils for the fall and switch to Lemon and Lavender for the Spring (which also helps with allergies!)
  • Make my own lip balm. I tried this recipe way back when and it was awesome! I didn’t have any cute bottles or glasses to put it in unfortunately. You can omit the beeswax to make this 100% vegan. 
  • Natural makeup brush cleaner! I wrote this awesome post at Divalicious about DIY Brush Cleaner. It’s so easy! Do it right now and have clean beautiful brushes. πŸ™‚
  • Cleaning made easy: Hello Glow is my go-to for all of my essential oil recipes. I’m loving Lemon, Peppermint, and Wild Orange for all of my cleansing needs. 

What types of natural essential oils do you like to use? 

 

Pacifica Beauty Devocean Natural Lipstick Review

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I feel like lipstick means Fall and Winter, and I’m really not that upset about it! I love the summer of minimal makeup, shiny glosses, and bright polishes, but I’m a true vamp at heart. Pacifica Beauty Devocean Natural Lipstick has the shade I’ll wearing daily this Fall and it’s called Beach Goth. But before we get into the awesomeness that is its name. Let’s talk a bit about Pacifica Beauty Devocean Lipsticks and why they’re so amazing!

I’ve mentioned before that I’m beginning to add “natural” and “nontoxic” to me requirements of beauty and homecare products in addition to them being animal friendly. I just don’t want all of that extra “stuff” on my skin. Pacifica Beauty Devocean Lipsticks are formulated without Animal ingredients (including carmine, beeswax and lanolin), animal testing, FD&C colors, mineral oil, parabens, phthalates, petroleum, propylene glycol, SLS, gluten, and peanut oil! Not to mention it is a women powered company (YAS Feminism!).

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Did I mention I really love Pacifica? This shade is packed with a juicy punch of vampy red and maroon. Though I really love all of the Pacifica Beauty Devocean colors, Beach Goth is my all-time favorite that can be easily adapted for your day to night look. During the day, I’d pair this with a neutral eye (Power of Love Palette anyone??) and add dark colors for a smokier look at night. 

The best part about the Pacifica Beauty Devocean line is that they are hydrating natural lipsticks! I used to be a gloss girl because I hated how lipstick becomes flakey and dry later in the day. Pacifica has changed the face of lipstick with their innovative use of botanicals and natural ingredients. I love having a blend of a lipbalm and lipstick in my hand. For anyone who has been weary of becoming a lipstick girl, go for it. Pacifica’s Devocean will have you smooth or selfie ready. 

Editor’s note: The products mentioned in this post were provided to me by a representative of the company. I have not been compensated in any way, and all aforementioned opinions are honest and my own.

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