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100 Percent Pure Maracuja Mascara Review

I have been looking for a mascara without parabens, pthalates, aluminum, cadmium (or half  of the periodic table)mascara for awhile now. But most either irritated my contacts or ran off my face before I’d even made it out the door. I have reviewed other 100 percent pure products and I like their brands, so I thought I’d try the mascara. Continue reading

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Review of Amazing Botanicals Black Soap Poo Shampoo

There aren’t that many products on my “goto” list, but Amazing Botanicals is definitely on there. I’ve spoken before about their Aloe Mint Spray as well as their Pumpkin Pomade, but I had yet to try their shampoo. So here’s my review of Amazing Botanicals Black Soap Poo. Continue reading

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Review: Shweat Scoop Clumping Cat Litter

I’ve talked about the dangers of clay cat litter before but it bears mentioning again. I stopped using silica-based clay cat litter for two reasons: Clay cat litter is bad for the environment because it is strip mined and the dust permeating the air from your cats’ kicking it around is bad for both you and your cats respiratory systems. So when Swheat Scoop contacted me* and asked if I would be interested in doing a review, I jumped at the chance. Continue reading

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Review: MisFit Shine Activity Tracker

Back in February of this year when I decided to use some credit card points towards a new fitness tracker, I was actually looking to get the FitBit. However, after it was reportedly giving people chemical burns, I decided against it and went with the next highest rated tracker within my price range, the MisFit Shine. This review focuses on the Shine and the related free iPhone app ver. 1.13.2(warning: this post is pic heavy) Continue reading

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Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Review and Giveaway

Hey folks, you know I love me some coconut oil. Well, Tropical Traditions was kind enough to send me a 32 oz. bottle of their Virgin Coconut Oil to review* AND SPONSOR A GIVEAWAY! I have to tell you, this is quality stuff. I was kind of under the impression that all  virgin coconut oil was made the same, but the consistency of this product is a bit thicker. This means I use a little bit less when I’m cooking with it (which means less calories) and that it’s more emollient when I’m mixing up some of my DIY beauty products, (which means a little goes a long way). Continue reading

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Review: Alaffia Authentic African Black Soap

I was in Whole Foods recently with a friend who was praising the Alaffia line of products. She had said that not only were the products quality, they were also sustainable and were serious about giving back to the communities that the ingredients are harvested from. I was sold. I decided to try the liquid black soap in Tangerine citrus. Continue reading

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Review: Josie Maran Argan Creamy Concealer

I’ve been looking for a new concealer for awhile now and I was really happy to find one that didn’t make me look like I’d just wiped chalk under my eyes. Josie Maran’s line is touted as “Eco-friendly” and “non-toxic”, so when I saw that she’s included darker shades for women of color, I decided to investigate. Continue reading


Composting for Dummies pt.2 – Outdoor Composting

Types of Outdoor Composting

So in Composting For Dummies Part 1 we covered what composting is, why it’s beneficial to you and the environment and what it’s used for. Now let’s get into the how’s of composting. Here’s a list of the ways in which you can compost and they’re pros and cons.

Simple Compost Pile – This is essentially just an area of land that is used just for composting. It’s just like it sounds, just a pile of compost. PROS: No setup, no tools needed, compost can just be scooped from the bottom of the pile. Plus it’s free. CONS: Animals can get to it easily. A fair amount of land is required, so that when it rains or when the wind blows, compost bits aren’t flying at your house, must be aerated* by hand. Continue reading