Saturday, September 19, 2015

Maple Holistics | Product Review

Hello world!

Today I want to talk about two new products I have been loving from a brand called Maple Holistics. If you aren’t familiar with this company, be sure to look it up because their products are definitely worth checking out!




For the sake of transparency, I want to be clear that I received these products for free in exchange for this review. All opinions I am about to express are 100% honest and I’m not being paid for this post. If you have a problem with this, feel free to click away! That said, I wouldn’t be posting at all if I didn’t feel that you guys would enjoy these products…like I said before, they’re really great!



Clearly I've already made a dent in this bad boy!
This first product is my favorite of the two! I’d never used a mud mask before this, so when I first opened the lid, I was a little intimidated. But, after applying a layer onto my face, I instantly fell in love. The mask may look scary, but it smells amazing (like peppermint!). It immediately begins to tighten and firm the skin and you can really feel the difference after just a few minutes.

After I washed this off, I couldn’t stop touching my skin! It felt so refreshed and soft. I would definitely recommend this product if you feel your skin could use a pick me up, or you just want to pamper yourself! Imagine sitting in the bath with this on. I already have the jar sitting on the side of my tub so I can remember to try this sometime in the next few days!



The Dead Sea mud mask contains so many awesome ingredients and no harsh chemicals, so those with sensitive skin (like me) can rest assured that this product won’t irritate the skin. The formula contains (as you may have already deduced!) mud from the Dead Sea, Bulgarian lavender which can help those with marks or blemishes, anti-inflammatory German chamomile, and relaxing Clary sage. Sounds and feels like a home spa treatment! 

Here’s a little bit of info from Maple Holistics on this product: “Not only does the Dead Sea mud boast amazing exfoliating and skin-toning abilities, but it is enhanced with a formula that provides additional benefits and a relaxing aromatherapy experience…Dead Sea Mud has more minerals and benefits than any other mud in the world - add an incredible formula that offers both skin benefits and aromatherapy, and you end up with the ultimate therapeutic experience”. 






The second product I received is amazing for damaged hair. I’ve mentioned many times before that my hair is thin and prone to breakage, so I was very happy to receive a product that combats this. I recently cut 10 inches off my hair, so I’m split-end free for now, but I know that these days will soon be gone haha. I’m working hard to preserve this fresh cut, and this conditioner has been very useful. I’ve found that applying this conditioner leaves my hair frizz free and even straighter compared to when I use another brand. I also really like the smell because it’s not fruity like most other conditioners. The scent reminds me of Bath and Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar and leaves my hair smelling fantastic all day.

The name Silk18 is in reference to the 18 silk amino acids that serve to smooth and strengthen hair fibers and restore health to damaged locks. The formula also contains botanical keratin, an essential component of healthy, well-nourished hair. Not only that, it’s free from any harmful additives that many other brands are guilty of using.


Here’s what Maple Holisitics has to say about this product: “Hair health is often neglected through the use of harsh and harmful haircare products. Silk18 provides therapeutic action to help restore and protect the precious hair strands in a gentle and natural way. In addition, natural vanilla enhances the formula with a sweet aroma for a more pleasant experience. With the homeopathic solution, taking care of your hair has never been easier.”

I’m really happy to have been contacted by this brand because it’s something truly special. I’ve never seen a skin and hair care company use so many natural and wholesome ingredients. If you like what you heard, be sure to check out the Maple Holistics website and be sure to consider trying a product or two. I know I will continue to try out their stuff!

Thanks to Maple Holistics for sending me these great products, and to edumuch.com for connecting this brand to bloggers like me!

As always, thanks for reading. I’ve been blogging for about two months now and it has been one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. The people in the blogging community have been so welcoming and kind, so thank you for that! I really appreciate every view and comment I receive. If you have a minute, please share this post with a friend and be sure to follow me on Bloglovin’, Pinterest, and Twitter! It means a lot to me...be sure to check back soon for more posts!

Bye for now,
Christine

Monday, September 14, 2015

Homemade Makeup Brush Cleaner | DIY

Hello world!

Long time, no see! I’ve been trying so hard to find time to post after moving back into my apartment at school and starting a new semester, but things have been a little crazy! I’ve finally got some down time, so here we are :)

My skin has been acting up recently and I’ve been really frustrated since I don’t usually have a problem with breakouts.  More and more spots started popping up, so I took some time to think about what I might have been doing differently to cause this. Finally, I realized that it had been quite some time since I’d last given my makeup brushes a good cleaning. Whoops!



Clearly these guys were long overdue for a cleaning!


This is a super important thing to do every once in a while. As I learned the hard way, not cleaning your brushes can lead to a buildup of bacteria which can then lead to a breakout. And if you keep using brushes with bacteria all over them, your face will never get a chance to heal!
Once I realized this, I immediately gave them a thorough scrub down, and I have already seen major improvements with my skin.

There are certainly a lot of good store brand makeup brush cleaners, but I much prefer using ingredients I already have at home. They get the job done just as well and save money at the same time! What more could you ask for?

Here’s my go-to brush cleaning mix:

1 cup warm water
1 tsp olive oil
2 tsp shampoo (baby shampoo works best, but you can use any kind you have on hand)

Add these ingredients into a bowl, then give each brush a good swirl. If they really need a thorough clean, try dabbing it on the bottom of the bowl. You'll see more product come off than you thought your brush could hold!

I use a lot of brushes (more than any one person really needs), so after a while the water gets super dirty and gross. If this happens to you, just dump it out and repeat the mixture until all your brushes are clean.

My foundation brush made the mixture this dirty in only a few seconds. Ew.
Once you’ve cleaned your brushes, lay them on a paper towel to dry. If they became bent out of shape when you swirled them in the mixture, just reshape them with your fingers! 
I used to be scared of doing this with my more expensive brushes, but I promise, they will be good as new once you’re done!

Here's a look at some of my clean brushes. Something so satisfying about this haha

As always, thanks for reading. Wow, it feels good to be back! I’m going to try my best to keep up a regular schedule of posting now that I’ve gotten settled at school again. Be sure to check back soon for more posts like this!

Do you have a go-to brush cleaner? Leave a comment and let me know or email me at christinembushell@gmail.com 

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Bye for now,

Christine