Hydrating Beauty Water

Hydrating Beauty Water: the perfect drink to help you stay hydrated and detoxed all summer long.

Did you know that up to 75% of the American population walks around every day dehydrated? No wonder we all feel sluggish and dependent on Starbucks. Not only is dehydration hard on your skin but has a negative impact on nearly every bodily process, including brain function, metabolism, immunity . . . the list goes on and on. That’s why for the past 6 years I’ve had a goal of consuming 150 ounces of water each day, and it has changed my life! One of my favorite ways to get in my daily OZs is by sipping on a big glass of my Hydrating Beauty Water! I shared the recipe last week over at Beauty Bets. Head over for all the details!

Beautycounter Shampoo + Conditioner Review

My Guest Pots at Beauty Bets : Why I'm loving Beautycounter's Shampoo and Conditioner!

Last week I guest posted over at Beauty Bets to share my recent experience using Beautycounter’s Shampoo + Conditioner! If you’ve thought about trying their products, the hair care is a great place to start.

Head over to Beauty Bets to see what I’m loving about these clean, green, sulfate-free products!

My Guest Pots at Beauty Bets : Why I'm loving Beautycounter's Shampoo and Conditioner!


Best Tangerine + Coral Lipsticks

9 of my Favorite Tangerine and Coral Lipsticks!

Sometimes I talk about makeup over at Beauty Bets, and this week was one of those weeks!

You could pop over there to see my favorite tangerine + coral lipsticks, which are one of my summer staples year after year.

Read my most recent post at Beauty Bets: Best of Tangerine and Coral Lips and let me know if you pick one out! We share all of our lipstick selfies on Instagram with #BBLipservice, snap one and join us 😉

Natural Hair Care with Qet Botanicals

Qet Botanicals - amazing natural hair care products made in Cross Plains, Wisconsin.

I love a lot of things about this post. First is the fact that I’ve finally cleaned up my hair care routine. I’ve been greenifying most aspects of my life and I was slow on the hair portion of it. Second is the fact that I’ve found such lovely natural hair care items that are locally made in Wisconsin. Natural and local? Win!

Meet Qet Botanicals of Cross Plains, Wisconsin. They were so kind to let me test out a variety of their products and I can’t wait to visit their cute boutique and grab some more essentials. Below are 3 of the products that I’ve incorporated into my regular hair routine.

Qet Botanicals Sea Salt Spray - amazing natural hair care products made in Cross Plains, Wisconsin.

Qet Botanicals Natural Sea Spray ($19) – I’m a big fan of sea salt sprays and I love that this one doesn’t make your hair feel crunchy or dry, but instead it feels very nourished and soft, with a beachy, voluminous texture. Qet formulates their Sea Spray with Himalayan pink salt, lavender and botanical oils. The scent is superior, too.

Qet Botanicals Lavender Dry Shampoo Powder - amazing natural hair care products made in Cross Plains, Wisconsin.

Qet Botanicals Lavender Powder Dry Shampoo ($19) – Dry shampoo is my savior and I try to get by with dry shampoo at least twice a week in order to help my hair continue to grow and strengthen. At first I was perpelxed by the packaging. The open jar didn’t seem that conducive to a shampoo powder. But the directions suggest that you apply it with a brush and work it into roots. I’ve gotta say this has been an eye-opener for me. It turns out that applying dry shampoo with a brush might be the best method. Pro tip: apply it into roots before you go to bed. That way you wake up with refreshed hair, and the slight scent of lavender as you drift off to sleep is an added bonus.

Qet Botanicals Natural Hair Serum - amazing natural hair care products made in Cross Plains, Wisconsin.

Qet Botanicals Natural Shine Serum ($24) – Dry ends are a perpetual problem for my hair, so serums and oils have long been my product of choice to help add shine and moisture. Qet’s Natural Shine Serum combines coconut oil with broccoli seed oil for light, non-greasy moisture that penetrates the hair shaft.

I highly recommend trying any of the products above, but if you’re interested in trying out a sample kit you can get 15% off and free shipping with code MERRYKITMAS at checkout. Be sure to check out the Hair Kit.

Products featured above were provided for my testing and review by Qet Botanicals. Opinions are my own. Thanks for reading! 

Laritzy Box Review

Laritzy Box Review | Vegan and Cruelty-free beauty box.

I’ve gotten pretty serious about the ingredients in my skincare and beauty products. Although I can’t go cold turkey and abandon my favorite Bobbi Brown Lipstick or NARS Blush, 2015 was definitely the year that I cleaned up my routine and replaced the majority of my products with alternatives that contained safer ingredients.

Switching your beauty routine can be quite the endeavor, especially when you’re trying to find green alternatives to products you have loved for years. A great way to try out a variety of products is to find a subscription box for products that fit your criteria.

I recently tried out LaRitzy Box, a subscription box service for cruelty-free and vegan beauty products. For $24.99 you will get 4-5 full-size and luxury beauty products. The items in the box are typically valued at around $100—-so the monthly subscriptions lets you test them out at a fraction of the price. Use code THYME25 to get 25% off your first month!

The October Box contained:

Yarok Leave In Conditioner – Obsessed! I had been wanting to try out Yarok for a long time so I was really excited to see them in the box. The leave in conditioner works well and smells amazing. It has definitely made me want to try out their entire line.

ZAK Detox Deoderant – I switched to natural deodorant a few years ago, so by now I’ve found my favorites (I love Soapwalla) but I have to admit, deoderant in stick form has its advantages, and it was great to try a natural formula that worked. I prefer deodorant with a light, fresh scent, so unscented isn’t really my top choice but if you’re sensitive to fragrance this ZAK formula is perfect.

Juice Beauty Age Defy Hand Cream – I’ve gotta say that seeing it had a “Green Apple” scent didn’t get me that excited, but the scent is light, fruity and not overwhelmingly sweet. I love the way my hands are instantly softened. It quickly gained a front-row eat in my desk drawer for quick applications throughout the day.

Strange Invisible Perfumes Body Wash ( in lavender & vetiver and also sage & rose) – This is another brand that I had been admiring from afar for quite some time and was really happy to see in the box. Their formula rinses clean but doesn’t leave skin dry. Both scents are amazing but I slightly favor the sage & rose option.

Strange Invisible Perfumes (magazine street) – As much as I loved the body wash,  I unfortunately was not a fan of the perfume. The scent was nice and well-formulated, but wore a litlte too musky and masculine for me (I’m more of a fruity/floral person). I loved the staying power, though! The scent wasn’t overwhelming but definitely lingered perfectly throughout the day. After looking at their scent descriptions I think Epic Gardenia or Fair Verona might be more up my alley and I hope I get the chance to maybe sniff one of those in an upcoming box!

Laritzy Box Review | Vegan and Cruelty-free beauty box.