Detox Box | December 2017 – STILL AVAILABLE

The Detox Market describes the box as “a monthly box that allows us to share with you our tried-and-true favorites and game-changing discoveries. Each month you’ll receive products that are universal and exceptional—you know, the “holy grails”. Products that have people complimenting your skin, and asking what you’re doing. At The Detox Market, our search for the best in green beauty isn’t easy, but it’s worth it.
We have strict ingredient standards, high expectations for performance, and a need to connect with the passion behind each brand. The products that make it are proven to be above and beyond.” The box will feature one brand and each box has a guaranteed value of $90.00.

This month’s box included three products from Dr. Alkaitis – a mask, toner, and facial oil. I have never even heard of this brand so really love that the Detox Market includes cards that introduce you to the brand and the founder. I think the education included in the box is a wonderful touch – it gives you some insight into the products and the brand philosophy! This box also came with a booklet/catalog from the brand itself that gave detailed information on the history of the brand, quality standards, products, skincare regimens, and ingredients. This month’s Detox Box has a total value of $143.00.

Dr. Alkaitis has a PhD in Physical Chemistry and created his brand with the philosophy that “if you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin.” He takes a wholistic view that skincare goes beyond topical treatments and a complete picture of  good lifestyle choices lead to a healthy body and healthy skin. Dr. Alkaitis produce their products in their own factory and source their ingredients from producers that they have a person relationship with.

Organic Universal Mask – The mask is like a green juice for your skin (and it smells like!) that feed your face with superfoods such as Alfalfa, Wheatgrass, Chlorella, and Spirulina. It can be mixed with raw honey or goat’s milk yogurt! The box included a small packet of honey to try with this mask. I mixed mine with water and left it on for 20 minutes and it is definitely like your green juice in the morning – it smells gross, it’s not luxurious, but you keep doing it because you know it’s good for you.

Organic Herbal Toner – The toner is an aloe vera and witch hazel base that balances the skin. The third ingredient is “alcohol (drinkable grape alcohol)” and that made me a little nervous to use it, but the Dr. Alkaitis booklet actually addressed this concern stating “unlike de-natured alcohol that us mostly used, our organic grape alcohol is highly beneficial for your skin and facilitates the nutrient rich composition to be optimally absorbed by your skin.” I have used this twice and haven’t experienced any burning or drying from it.

Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil – This oil contains 15 antioxidant rich and anti-inflammatory herbs in a base of Organic Jojoba, St. John’s Wart, and Andean Mountain Rose Hip Seed oils. I can be used on the face, body, hair, and nails. I have not tried this yet! I have a few oils going right now and I want finish some up before I open a new one. I am disappoint that this high end oil comes in a plastic bottle – given the price point, I would expect glass packaging.

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Matrix Biolage – R.A.W. – Natural-Origin Hair Care

Biolage describes their R.A.W. lines as “Real. Authentic. Wholesome. This powerful haircare regimen gives you the power to create the hair you’ve always dreamed of – while being good for you and good for the environment. Biolage R.A.W. is a range of feel-good, look-good, do-good hair care. This 70-100% natural-origin haircare range provides a unique sensorial experience combined with true professional results. So live Real. Authentic. Wholesome.”

I was really excited to find out about this line when I did. I’ve been nursing my hair back to health and have been just trying to nourish my over processed hair. One thing I decided to do was to cut out silicones and this line appears to be completely silicone free!

Biolage R.A.W. Smoothing Styling Milk*

Infused with honey and oat, Biolage R.A.W. Smoothing Styling Milk eases the grip of blow dry while enhancing hair with nourished style. For polished locks and smooth hair.

Key Benefits:

  • 5X smoother hair without feeling coated
  • 99% natural origin
  • 98% biodegradable
  • 95% recycled plastic packaging
  • No artificial fragrance
  • No artificial colorants
  • No silicones
  • No parabens

This styling milk did help with my blow dry – I felt like my hair was smoother and the blow dry holds longer when I used it. But it leaves a residue in my hair. I have tried it by itself and with my normal styling products (leave-in conditioner and hair oil). I have tried using less and less product – if I use a small enough amount to not have any residue, I don’t get any of the blow dry benefits. Even though there product left behind, it doesn’t weigh my hair down and after day 3+ you can’t feel it anymore. I like the styling milk enough to use the rest of the bottle, but I don’t like enough to buy it when it runs out. I do think that if you have thick, dry, coarse hair and are looking for silicon free styling products or more natural/sustainable products, you might want to try this. But for the salon price tag I would not recommend this product.

Biolage R.A.W. Frizz Control Styling Spray*

Infused with lavender, Biolage R.A.W. Frizz Control Styling Spray helps to smooth down flyaways with light shaping for a natural sheen and controlled finish. 24 HR frizz control without weigh down.

Key Benefits:

  • 99% natural origin
  • 85% biodegradable
  • 98% recycled plastic packaging
  • No artificial fragrance
  • No artificial colorants
  • No silicones
  • No parabens

This spray was everything I didn’t know I needed! Normally, between washes I will put oil in my hair from the mid-shaft to the ends to refresh my hair and add smoothness and shine. Styling with oil daily can really weigh down my hair and make it look greasy. This frizz control spray does everything the oil did, without the weight! It smooths my hair and refreshes my style without adding any product buildup. The description made me think it would almost be a heavy hairspray, and it does have a little grit/hold when you first spray it, but after you run your hands through you hair, it feels nothing in your hair. I can use it day after day between washes and it doesn’t create buildup. I would definitely recommend this if your looking a light hold hairspray.

*I received this product for free for testing purposes.

Simple Beauty – Dead Sea Salt

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!


Dead sea salt is comprised of minerals that can be very beneficial for the skin. Zinc and sulfur can reduce and prevent acne. Potassium can balance water content of the skin by reducing puffiness and water retention. Calcium balances sebum production and encourages skin hydration. Dead sea salt can help sooth eczema, prevent acne, reduce inflammation,reduce the appearance of pores, and treat dandruff.  Dead sea salt is so versatile for hair, body, and skin health! How you want to use it is really up to your level of comfort whether it be a toner, face or body scrub, or cleansing scalp treatment.

This post is a little different because I don’t have a lot of experience with dead sea salt in my skincare. The reason I did the research for this post is because I bought a new face mist (Little Barn Apothecary Coconut and Pear Refreshing Mineral Mist) that had dead sea salt in it and I wanted to learn why the company would include that in their product. I do really like the face mist because it offers something none of my other sprays have, but I don’t find it to be anything life changing.

In looking up information for this post, I found a few recipes for DIY dead sea salt products that really piqued my interest:

Mineral Face Mist – 1 cup of distilled with 1 tablespoon dead sea salt – bring the water to a boil and add in sea salt and store in a glass spray bottle.

BUT that’s only the beginning – I think you could make the spray with an aloe base instead of water, making it a more well rounded face mist and if you don’t have skin sensitivities you could even add in essential oils for more benefits. Oily skins might like geranium, ylang ylang, or tea tree. And lavender, basil, chamomile, and juniper can be good to heal and sooth.

The other DIY that seemed really cool was a Dead Sea Salt Body Scrub – 1 cup of dead sea salt and 1/3 to 1/2 cup carrier oil (I would probably use a thicker oil like camellia or coconut) and essential oils for scent and store in a glass jar.

Charlotte Tilbury – Instant Eye Palette – Review

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Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette

I’ve been playing around with this palette for a few weeks and it defiantly wasn’t love at first sight, but I have grown to like it! It is the perfect neutral palette for me – there’s a matte highlight, both warm and cool midtone shades, a deep black and brown, and fantastic glittery shimmer shades.

The mattes are stiffer and drier than I would normally like but that makes it’s easier to get washes of color and build up the intensity. The very lightest shade is almost nonexistent on my skin and I think it’s partially because of my skin tone and partially because of the dry formula.

The shimmers are very glittery and are best applied with your fingers. Sometimes the glitter can go flying while you are applying the shadow, but I don’t get fallout throughout the day.

I think this is good everyday palette. I really appreciate the mix of finishes and I love that the shimmer shades are very glittery. I am disappointed that the packaging is plastic and feels a little cheap. (I was expecting it to be metal like the Filmstar Bronze and Glow.)

Honestly, if anyone else had released this palette, I would have never even considered buying it. But I’m a sucker for Charlotte Tilbury – I like the luxury of he line and I love her personality and makeup philosophy.

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Charlotte Tilbury – Instant Eye Palette – Day Eye
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Charlotte Tilbury – Instant Eye Palette – Desk Eye
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Charlotte Tilbury – Instant Eye Palette – Date Eye
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Charlotte Tilbury – Instant Eye Palette – Disco Eye

 

Simple Beauty Products – Rose Water

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!


Rose Water has almost an endless number of benefits and uses. Rose water is an astringent, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and high in antioxidants. It can be sprayed on your hair and scalp to condition the hair and soothe scalp irritations like dandruff. Rose water can be used like aromatherapy to help reduce stress and anxiety to help you feel more relaxed and sleep better. For the skin, it can help maintain the skin’s pH balance, reduce acne and eczema, and add additional hydration.

I buy my Rose Water on Amazon and usually spend $10.00 – 15.00. The current bottle I’m using has an awful firehose spray – it’s not a deal breaker but it also makes it a little unpleasant to use. I look for rose water that is make from rose distillate (or hydrosol) and organic. Rose water made from distillation maintains the benefits of rose water, some rose water toners may be water mixed with rose essential oil . I love using rose water as a hydrating toner in my skin care routine, it’s so refreshing and relaxing. I haven’t tried it on my hair or scalp, though I may because I do get dandruff from time to time.

Simple Beauty Products – Castor Oil

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!

Castor oil has Vitamin E, proteins, and fatty acids that help nourish and strengthen lashes. Wearing and removing mascara or eyelash glue everyday may take a toll on your lashes by drying them out or making them brittle. Castor oil may help your eyelashes or eyebrows grow longer and thicker by preventing breakage and strengthening hair follicles.

I have been using castor oil on my lashes for about 6 months and I do think it has improved the look of my lashes. I like to use castor oil as a conditioner for my lashes both morning and night. I don’t have any issues using mascara over the castor oil, but I usually have at least an hour between using the oil and putting on my mascara. As with most oils, I prefer Organic, cold-pressed  castor oil and I buy mine on Amazon for about $10.00. I fill an empty mascara tube with the oil, use it for a month or two, and then toss it when it’s empty  so my large bottle doesn’t continuously get contaminated by double dipping disposable mascara wands. I do think my lashes looked slightly longer and fuller after the first couple months of use, but I haven’t seen any additional improvement since then. I have tried castor oil on my hair and it’s ok on the ends only – it was a little too heavy for me in general.

Castor oil can also be used on skin, but I haven’t tried it yet. I’m not too sure how comfortable I would be using it on my face, but let me know what your experience has been!