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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Red Apple Lipstick The Lash Project Review & Giveaway

I'm not going to go into great detail about this company, as I've done a review of their amazing products before. Now, if you read my first review of Red Apple Lipstick you know that they make incredible lipstick and eyeshadow. I'm SO excited to tell you about their brand new mascara! It's called The Lash Project and it is incredible and so much more than just a mascara. I'm not sure about you, but for me, finding a new, healthy, effective mascara was the most difficult product to find when I made the decision to go green with my makeup and personal care. I've been disappointed with my lack of options...until now! The Lash Project promises to take care of the most common and most frustrating issues women face when using mascara. This mascara will NOT clump, cause lashes to fall out, give you itchy/irritated eyesflake off, give you short, stubby lashes,smudge,give you that spidery look. The Lash Project WILL stay on ALL DAY but come off easily,lengthen your lashes, volumize your lashes, curl your lashes, condition your lashes so they'll be able to grow healthy and strong 
& last you up to 6 months. Most mascaras are sitting on the shelf for months before you even buy it so experts say to throw it out after 3 months. RAL is made in small batches and shipped right out to you! It might sound too good to be true, but it isn't! This mascara is incredible. Although you only need two coats, I decided to be "adventurous" and try 5 coats just to see if it would clump....It didn't!! Not only did I wear 5 coats, I slept in it the following night. I didn't mean to (I'm not really recommending you do the same) but I wanted to let you know that I did, and it didn't smudge at all! Pretty, awesome, right? Not to mention, I didn't wake up with red, irritated eyes. I've fallen asleep with mascara on in the past, and I always woke up with red, irritated eyes! Not only is the formula great, I love the sleek black (BPA free) tube it comes in. The Lash Project is gluten free, soy free, allergen free, dairy free, paraben free, cruelty free, plasticizer free, vegan, and made in the USA.'s the difficult part. First go back and read all the awesome things about this mascara I outlined above. Done?? Read it again, it will make what I'm going to tell you next easier to understand! So, the price is $42! I know, I know! I'll be honest, my jaw kind of dropped when I first saw the price. I did some research and realized that most lash conditioning products cost between $30 and $135 for JUST the lash conditioner. You're getting so much more than that for the $42. I couldn't find any long wearing, non-toxic, lash curling mascara AND lash conditioner in one. So, not only is it a revolutionary product, it's basically a bargain! Red Apple Lipstick, you've done it again!! Oh, and did I mention they have a VIP program that you can join to get monthly discounts so you'll never have to pay full price? They also have a 6 MONTH, no questions asked return policy. If you don't like it, you can exchange it for something else or return it for a full refund! RAL has generously offered to provide 1 tube of The Lash Project and a lipstick to one of my lucky readers. Enter the giveaway using Rafflecopter below. In addition, I have a discount code for my readers to receive 22% off orders of $50 or more during The Lash Project launch week (July 31st-August 7th) . Enter the code OBJ for your discount on the RAL website.*disclaimer This product was sent to me for my honest review. I am a Red Apple Lipstick Affiliate. What this means is that if you click on the banner at the bottom of the page and make a purchase, I make a small commission. The money I earn allows me to continue my blogging and provide even more fun, exciting opportunities for my readers. Thanks in advance, and as always, I will always give you an honest opinion of the products I choose to review. I would never, ever join an affiliate program unless I was 100% happy with their products, the ingredients they use and the company overall.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ava Anderson Nontoxic Review


Ava Anderson Nontoxic was started by a bright, young, 14 year old girl named Ava Anderson in 2009. The company uses a direct-selling model in which you find a local Ava Anderson Nontoxic representative who sells the products to you. I am from MA, so I contacted a local rep in my area named Jeanne-Marie Parker. She was lovely and sent me a ton of trial sized samples to try for this review. I chose a few of my favorites to share with you! 

Shower Gel

This is probably my favorite of a the products I tried. It is a simple, basic body wash with clean ingredients. It lathers a bit, but not a lot, it's creamy and not too thick and not thin or runny. It left my skin feeling clean and it smelled great. It had a lemon-lime scent which I loved, it wasn't at at overpowering, just the right amount, I'd say. The price is a good value at $16.95 for 16oz. 

Sunscreen SPF 30

I realize that it's fall right now and  thinking about sunscreen. However, I think people should wear it year round. I have very pale skin and a family history of skin cancer, so sunscreen is a must for me. I really like this one. It's not greasy, not TOO white....although I recommend waiting a few minutes to absorb. It lasts a long time, and can be used for the face and body. The only small drawback is that you have to knead the tube before you squeeze it out so it doesn't apply lumpy. It's s a small price to pay given the value and quality of this sunscreen! A little goes a long way! It comes in a 2.9oz. tube for $15.95

BB Cream

First off, I'm not typically a fan of BB creams. They're almost always too dark for my pale skintone. This one comes in a four shades, and the lightest one is perfect for me. It provides nice, sheer coverage and a finish that's neither matte nor dewy. It's great if you don't like the feeling of makeup on your face and if you like sheer coverage. I typically like full coverage makeup, however, it would be awesome for a casual weekend look. It definitely gives you a "your skin but better" look. It's $18.95 for 2oz. which is an incredible price considering most mainstream, chemical laden BB creams are double the price for half the amount of product. 

Moisturizer SPF 15

This is a great basic moisturizer. It works great for my combination, acne-prone skin, and I think it would be good for most skin types. It did not cause any redness or irritation, which I do sometimes get with moisturizers. It absorbs quickly and gave me baby soft skin. At $20.95 for 1.5oz , I'd say it's a great deal! 

I would definitely suggest that you try some Ava Anderson Non-Toxic products! You can go to directly from Jeanne-Marie by going to and search by name- just type in Jeanne-Marie Parker and choose Massachusetts as the state and you'll be brought directly to her site. You don't have to be local to purchase from her, so please send her some love! You can of course purchase directly from the site or purchase locally, but it would be AWESOME for you to purchase from Jeanne-Marie because she's awesome and she sent me all tons of samples so I could do this review!