We’re halfway through May, which means that in about a month summer will be here! Like most of us in the northern hemisphere, I’m busting out all of my summer clothing and preparing for days at the Jersey Shore. However, preparing for days of fun in the sun also means protecting myself. I’m the kind of person who uses sunscreen all year, rain or shine, so this is no special occasion but I felt that now would be an appropriate time to share with you the products I have been using lately and will be using going into summer.

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Lushies, unite! I’ve been a long time customer of Lush Cosmetics as I really admire the company for their ethics and how proactive they are with the campaigns they involve themselves with, as well as they markets they support (ex. Fair Trade, Grassroots, etc). This is also the company that really opened my eyes to skin and hair care, as it made it convenient for me to find products that supported my lifestyle at the time that I became aware of them. Around the age of 18, I turned to veganism and took a shot at a “minimalist” lifestyle. I looked for products without packaging or ones that produced very little waste, and wanted to try out more “natural” ingredients. Lush made this easy; they have a recycling program for their black pots, their packaging is made of recycled material, they even have products that have no packaging (shampoo bars and soaps), as well as use natural ingredients such as oils, butters, and plant extracts. Lush is mostly known for their bath bombs and bubbles bars, but today I will be taking a look at their skincare line starting with their Enchanted Eye Cream.

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Today, I will be reviewing another Skin Food item. This time, I will be talking about the Yuju Water C Whitening Ampoule. The retail price of this ampoule is $39 on Skin Food’s website, but I ordered this ampoule off of Amazon for $21.82. On the Skin Food website, this item is described as a “highly concentrated serum” that helps to “lighten melasma and hyperpigmentation.” Let’s get started!

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Ever since I was a kid, my mom used to get on me about washing my hair every day, but I never understood what all the fuss was about. I always believed that washing my hair was a good thing. After every day, my hair would get so oily that I felt I had to wash it to get my shiny, “healthy” hair back. Cleansing yourself is always a good thing, right? Wrong. Too much of a good thing can be bad. I was stuck in this cycle of stripping and clarifying my hair, thinking that’s what I needed to do in order to combat how limp and oily it would get. I mean, my hair always looked good after a wash, so I was under the impression that this was proper practice. However, many shampoos and conditioners contain various natural and synthetic ingredients that strip the hair of their natural oils and then mask the hair to give off the illusion of being healthy. In this post, I will break down my routine and the reasoning behind it all.

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I recently got back into Asian Beauty and with Amazon Prime’s 2-day shipping, I went a little crazy. Perhaps, too crazy. I loaded up my cart with just about every product I have had my eye on over the years, without any second thoughts, and placed my order. In this post, I’ll  be going over what I received in this haul as well as a brief review of my experience shopping with Amazon.

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