The Cruelty Free and Natural Deodorant Round-up

Whoa! It’s finally here! I’ve been a little bit slow to finally post this, but I wanted to really try each product in this video and give my full thoughts. So, without further ado, for all you ladies (and men) who want to smell pretty without slathering yourself in toxins, the official Cruelty Free Deodorant Round-up. 

Aren’t they pretty???

I usually don’t do video blogs, but I really wanted to cover all of these without overloading you on reading. I just have too much to say (surprised? I am Italian after all…). 

Overall, I was pretty stoked to be reviewing and trying out these products. I had a really awesome (and honest) group of folks who promised to let me know if I totally reeked and I researched all of the ingredients to make sure that I could compare and contrast to see what worked best for my body chemistry. 

That’s the most important part of this WHOLE post. What worked for me might not work for you, and what made me smell atrocious might work like a charm for you. So, have fun, play around, and make sure that you have someone who will let you know if you could clear a football stadium. Last, enjoy my terribly awkwardness on video. It’s Saturday morning on the East Coast and I’m not wearing my eyebrows. 

Check out all of the products here:,,,, and

Editor’s Note: Some of 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.

My Spring 2015 Essentials & Updates

Picture this: windows open, warm breeze and sunshine filtering in through my blinds, and a lemon blossom candle  burning gently. Yep, that was my house this weekend. Spring has sprung and I am beyond ready, yet grossly under-prepared. I’m still walking out some mornings in boots and scarves, but I’m not letting that get me down. I have a list of essentials and updates for Springtime, regardless of where you live. Start getting spring-i-fied with me, won’t you?

Spring Wishlist

As someone who favors a darker wardrobe, I try and usually spring it up with at least one colorful piece. Behold! My wishlist for this season, some of which I have already started purchasing. I’ve already gotten a cool boho cardigan, boyfriend crop, and flowy black tee (ok…about five of them), but I’m also on the search for a BRIGHT flat like these rainbow guys above. I don’t even care how “gaudy” they might be. I’m obsessed and I’ll wear them with my black tees and jeans! 

I’m also on the lookout for a basic dress in a fun color, as seen above. I have some baby showers and other events to go to this summer (weddings, communions, and more!) so I’d love to own something that I can wear to all of those easily. I would love to be daring (for one), and buy a fun color like this. As for the bag, I’m already obsessed with coral and own a big coral bag…but my Disneymoon made me appreciate the crossbody bag. Read: I really liked not being weighed down by my mammoth bags. It was LIBERATING! Not for every day, but it’d be great to own a fun piece like this for mentioned weddings, communions, baby showers, field trips, etc…and to have it not be black! 

I think this list is pretty doable, don’t you? Here’s to brightening up my closet and to not having to wear a jacket outside anymore! 

Brighten and Soften up with Derma E!

Can we talk about this winter on the East Coast? Technically it’s Spring, but not to worry–we had a snowstorm last weekend and a few days later it was in the 40s. So, my combo skin is having a mini-meltdown worse than my middle schoolers on a Friday before lunch (the horror!) However, one of my very favorite brands, Derma E has been making my skin super happy. I fell in love with this brand on a fateful day at ULTA when I decided I needed a SYSTEM for my cruelty free skincare routine. I like using products from the same “family” for my daily cleansing and care. Because I also have combination/oily skin, I need simple, safe ingredients. 


Hydrating Mist ($13.50) and Evenly Radiant Creme ($26.96).


I’m a really big fan of their Hydrating Collection and regularly use their cleanser and day creme from this line. So, I was super pumped to try their Hydrating Mist with Hyaluronic Acid. This mist contains minerals and nutrients in a gentle Aloe Base along with Witch Hazel and Green Tea Leaf Extract. This mist is fresh, light, and so gentle even on my dry skin. A long, long time ago, I longed for the MAC Fix+ and used it all the time to set my makeup. I’ve long given up MAC, but never found a replacement makeup finisher until now. This Hydrating Mist cools, rehydrates, and locks moisture in and I really liked how nice and soothing it felt. I would also use this after a nice day at the beach or after a long day in the sunshine as an after-sun balm. 

Because I sometimes have the occasional breakout, I have some spotty scarring and dark marks from picking at my skin (or simply not using SPF!) Derma E’s Evenly Radiant Brightening Day Creme with SPF 15 made my skin so soft and supple! It is a thicker creme and a little really goes a long way in terms of application. I liked that there was no scent and that Derma E created their own unique brightening power pack of Madonna Lily Plant Stem Cells, Bearberry, Niacinamide, Licorice, Green Tea and C-Ester. After three weeks of using this creme as a base (and putting makeup on over it), my skin truly looked more even and calm. Almost instantly, my skin felt more moisturized, but the actual evening took a little bit longer for me to notice. But, once I did? I was pretty psyched! Even though this creme is for “daytime” I used it at night as well on my face and neck so all of the natural goodness could work its magic as I slept! 

Overall, their product collections, in my opinion, can be mixed and matched to create your very own unique system. So if you haven’t checked out Derma E…get on it, and treat your skin to some cruelty free, gluten free, paraben free, and awesome-full goodness!

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. 

Pacifica ALIGHT BB Cream & PURIFY Coconut Water Wipe Review

Many of you already know that I am obsessed with Pacifica products and love trying new ones! So, when the lovely folks at Pacifica sent me their Alight Mineral BB Cream ($16), I was super excited to try it out. In this month’s box, I also saw an old favorite of mine, Purify Coconut Water Cleaning Wipes ($6) which I have gushed about here, and on other blogs that I contribute to. 

Can you dig this adorable packaging?

Can you dig this adorable packaging?

Like I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Pacifica always knocks it out of the park with their packaging. I love their floral designs, bright, tropical colors, and the “girly” packaging. When I see their packages, I automatically think “summer.” That feeling of summer only continues when you use their cleansing wipes. Their coconut water cleansing wipes are cruelty free and natural which I love! These wipes also have Papaya, Aloe Vera, and Calendula to soothe and calm skin as they cleanse and tone. This product is great for when you need an “all in one” cleanse. I love how my skin feels after using these wipes (clean and supple), and I love how they smell like a day at the beach.

The coconut scent is light…not overpowering, and these wipes remove makeup easily without tugging or pulling. Pacifica’s Coconut Water Cleaning Wipes are a staple in my gym bag. I always use them when I arrive at the gym to remove my makeup from work. My fellow blogger and bestie, Kathleen said, I loved the smell of beaches and coconuts that subtly comes off these wipes.  They worked great when it was time to remove my beloved BB cream for the night and left my skin smelling like summer and feeling fresh for bedtime.” Whether you’re combo, oily, or dry these wipes will treat your skin right!

Again, loving this sleek tube!

Again, loving this sleek tube!

Next up? The Alight BB Cream! I’ve been coveting this BB cream for quite some time. I really used to be a BB cream skeptic. “Another moisturizer?” I’d think to myself. I’ve since become a BBeliever (heh, Beauty Blog humor), and this product is no exception. Now, I’d like to first say that this BB cream is very LIGHT in texture/formula. If you’re looking for full coverage, this cream is not for you. This cream leaves you with a radiant, dewy complexion with a little bit of subtle sparkle. The feel of the product is almost whipped when you place it on your skin which I really liked. As an oily skinned lady, I prefer my products to be on the lighter side. I also do not require a full coverage cream or foundation base to my makeup. 

The Alight BB Cream packs my beloved Coconut Water along with Jojoba, Sweet Iris Leaf Extract, Rose Leaf Extract, Kelp, and Oat Glucan. All of these ingredients are natural moisturizers and anti-aging ingredients! 

Bestie and I agree that the color match glides on like a dream. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who needs little to no “coverage” but wants a more even, radiant complexion. I’ve worn this alone and as a makeup base and loved it both ways!

I don’t think I’ll ever stop talking about how much I love Pacifica and their products. So, with that being said? Which of their products have you tried?

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. 

Things I’m Loving Thursday

My inspiration levels have been off the charts as of late. I went through a little big of a slump throughout the month of January and even some of February. Students were restless, the weather was less than appealing in CT, and my overall mood was low. I lacked motivation to work out, wake up early, and even eat properly (skipping meals and subbing with coffee…not good!) So, after some a crazy long winter blues session, I’m here with what I’m loving now that February is almost over and Spring is less than a month away. 

First up? The lovely Tara Stiles! She’s a yogini master and a inspirational extraordinaire. I’ve been digging her Sharespiration section on her website and have been checking it out and sharing an affirmation that sticks with me. 

This affirmation struck a chord with me because I was allowing my mood to affect my well-being. I wasn’t properly taking care of myself in terms of giving myself good fuel, a proper period of rest, and quiet time alone to practice Yoga and meditate. In turn, I was not able to take care of my students, my husband, my home, or anyone else! Tara Stiles has some very authentic affirmations that can apply to almost any part of your life. Her smoothie recipes are pretty dope, too!

100% green, bb!

Going along with the theme of reflection, I’ve become absolutely obsessed with Decomposition Notebooks by Michael Roger. I’ve actually always had a thing for Composition Notebooks anyway, but these were different and fun. I loved the name and the quirky designs. So, obviously when I was at my old job’s bookstore, I had to purchase two.

I love this Forest design, the green ink, and the adorable deer. Inside the paper is “normal”, but the artwork is fun and exciting. These notebooks are from 100% post-consumer waste recycled pages which makes them sustainable. 

I save all of my journals and I’ve been writing in a journal since I was 12 years old. I don’t think I’ll EVER be able to give up the paper journal, especially not since I tie this into my Yoga and mindfulness practice. If I’m having writer’s block, I google QOTD or I search up an affirmation from one of my favorite Yogis and try and write from there. I also use this book for daily ramblings which usually get me where I want to be with my journaling.



Simple meals have been part of my daily routine so I can have more time with my husband, friends, and family and spend less time working and doing meal prep. This is the GPS salad that I made. (Garbage Pail Salad, haha). I had Kale, Avocado, Quinoa, and Roasted Cauliflower and didn’t know what to do with any of it. So, I mixed it all together. DELISH. Filling. Simple. Having salad bowls for dinners and lunches have simplified the cooking system and have made for some tasty leftovers, too. I also just really love my bowl.

What are you loving this week? This month? This second?

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