Fitglow Beauty Review

A little bit about Fitglow Beauty

“Natural beauty products fueled by highly active vitamins, humectants and plant sterols using the latest in natural formulating and research. Whole food base formulas infused with targeted organic extracts to nourish skin to feed your beauty.”

Enough said right? Aren’t you sold already? Haha. As soon as I discovered this brand and read more about them, I knew I had to try some of their top rated products. Their products do not contain synthetic fragrances, parabens or dyes, are non-toxic and natural and are leaping bunny certified, cruelty free! My reviews after one month of use are below.

Vita-Active Foundation

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Fitglow’s Description:

Vita-Active Foundation is more than just a way to perfect skin tone but a healthy way to nourish skin with clinically proven super foods and essential vitamins. The plant based skin loving blend of Vitamin C, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Seaweed Brighteners and Beta-Carotene increases collagen production and dramatically boosts skins ability to diminish spots, freckles, hyper-pigmentation, sun damage plus improve elasticity. Daily use leaves skin clear, smooth and radiant.

98% ORGANIC | 95 % WHOLE FOOD BASED | VITAMIN C | BOTANICAL HYALURONIC | VEGAN

Highlighted Product Ingredients:

VITAMIN C Provides potent antioxidant protection, shielding skin from damaging free radicals, boosting collagen production and reducing brown spots and sun damage.

BOTANICAL HYALURONIC ACID Penetrates the dermis to secure moisture supports the skins elasticity and structure.

WAKAME BIOFERMENT Increases skin oxygen consumption to detoxify skin and boost antioxidant defense.

BETA-CAROTENE Protect skin from UV damage while reducing spots and refining skin texture

My Review:

There’s just something cool about wearing a foundation that you know is also doing great things for your skin while you wear it. I just love knowing that vitamins and other super ingredients are improving my skin long term while the foundation is making my skin looks its best short term. Killing two birds with one stone! Because I have combination skin, (my T zone is very oily and I have certain areas like my upper lip that are always dry) finding a good natural foundation that works well with my skin has been a challenge, but I’m happy to report I do LOVE this one and it works very well!

The only drawback I would say which isn’t necessarily one depending on what you are looking for in a foundation is that this one is very light, opaque coverage. I would almost describe it as a light BB cream, because when you apply it, it just kind of fades into your skin, so much so that you look closer into the mirror and think, “Is it there? Did it even transfer onto my skin?” It fades into your skin and really blends and tones out imperfections in a natural way where it doesn’t look like you are wearing makeup. That is the goal right? 😉

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At first I thought I may have gotten a shade too light (V2F, Light), but with this foundation either I didn’t or it doesn’t matter because of the fact that it just blends into your skin flawlessly. It is also great for oily skin! With most foundations, once 4 o clock hits, I look in the mirror and see a very shiny forehead, but not with this foundation. Because it is aloe based, it lasts all day and seems to combat oiliness and leave skin with the perfect balance of moisture. When applying, I applied the foundation to my face using my fingers and then blended it out with a damp beauty blender sponge and this has worked great. For long term results, I’ll need to give it more than a month, but so far this month I have been wearing this almost daily and I do notice an improvement in my skin’s overall appearance and texture. This could be due to many of the amazing ingredients as well as my use of the Fitglow Renew Serum reviewed next.

Renew Serum

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Fitglow’s Description:

Concentrated delivery of organic plant extracts quickly penetrate the skin surface to boost clarity, smoothness and radiance. Botanical Hyaluronic Acid deeply hydrates and retains essential moisture levels while Wildcrafted Kojic Acid, Ginseng and Willow Bark restore damaged cells, resurface and reduce skin pigmentation.

Highlighted Product Ingredients:

KOJIC ACID Naturally reduces age spots, sun spots and hyper pigmentation

WILDCRAFTED GINSENG Rejuvenates and strengthens skin with 42 natural minerals and amino acids

WILLOW BARK Improves cell turn over and skin clarity

MSM Synergistic mineral reduces skin inflammation and improves elasticity

My Review:

I think I need to give the Renew Serum more than a month to work its magic and see even more results from continuous use, but so far I am loving it. I was really looking for a serum with natural ingredients to help with my hyper pigmentation and one that wouldn’t dry my skin out, but also naturally help it to turn over dead or damage skin cells. That’s why I was sold when I found this serum offered those natural ingredients and promised to hydrate while resurfacing. My skin is pretty sensitive and also prone to redness, and this serum definitely toned the red down and didn’t cause any reactions or inflammation. I did feel a bit of a tingle when first applying that quickly subsided seconds later, but nothing irritating or uncomfortable. I have been putting this on my skin after cleansing at night and I follow with a moisturizer or oil on top of it depending on how my skin feels. Another thing I loved about this serum that I have experienced with others is it was not sticky, but instead felt light and smooth. In the morning after using this I do feel like my skin looks a more well-rested and like it got a large dose of vitamins and antioxidants overnight so I think it’s definitely doing its job! My skin’s overall tone, texture and clarity has also improved.

Overall, I’m VERY happy with these two Fitglow beauty products and I’m excited to try more. They are a bit pricier, but after seeing how well their products perform I would definitely say they are worth the price. Also a big bonus was they sent small samples of other products in my package. I’m a sucker for samples 😉 Fitflow’s mission statement on their website really makes sense after using their products and I love what they are all about.

“It’s not about our products, it’s about empowering women to own their beauty, boost confidence and create positive change.”

Let me know if you have any questions that I didn’t answer in my review and feel free to check in down the road to see if I’m still digging these products and noticing even more benefits after continuous use.

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

*This post was not sponsored and all opinions are based on my own experiences.

Photo credits: http://www.fitglowbeauty.com

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Honest Beauty™ Review

I’ve had a few bundle orders now from Honest Beauty™ so I wanted to do a quick review of the products I’ve tried so far and whether or not I would re-order those items.

First, I love that Honest does free trials. All you have to pay is $5.95 in shipping, which is worth it in my eyes because you get to try out their products in mini versions and then you also have mini bottles for travel. Win Win. For the Honest Beauty™ Trial, you pick your skin type: dry, balanced or oily. Based on your skin type you are provided with a cleanser, moisturizer and daily SPF 30.

Plus, for a limited time they are also throwing in a sample of their Everything Primer which I reviewed below and a pomegranate infused Lip gloss trio sample. Super cool trial deal, but there is a catch. If you don’t wish to continue with a subscription after you get the trial you just have to cancel within 7 days of receiving the trial. If you do move forward with a subscription, it’s super easy and straightforward and really easy to cancel at any time.

Honest Beauty™ actually has great customer service. After I received a few bundles, I was going to cancel just because I don’t need product that frequently and when I called they said they would be happy to cancel it or they could just push my next order out for a couple months, plus give me a discount on my next bundle! They definitely want to keep your business, but they aren’t pushy about it at all. The Honest Beauty™ products are also available at Ulta Beauty for full-price, but the bundle definitely saves you money.

I have loved Jessica Alba since she came out with The Honest Life book which was a big first step for me in transitioning to a more natural lifestyle. So when I heard she was coming out with a beauty line, I knew it was going to be great and I also trusted that it would be clean. I love their Honestly Free Guarantee and it puts me at ease.

“We’re guided by transparency and the strictest (self-imposed) standards to ensure our products perform safely and beautifully. We’re thoughtful about the pure, raw ingredients we use and the hundreds of harsh chemicals we don’t. Our products are made without any questionable ingredients, such as parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde carriers, PEGs, MCI/MI, steareth-n, synthetic fragrances, propylene glycol, butylene glycol, petrolatum, mineral oil, SLS, SLES, sulfates and chemical sunscreens.”

So here are the products I have used so far and what I think about them!

Skin

Refreshingly Clean Gel Cleanser: This was okay, but I wasn’t crazy about it and probably wouldn’t re-order. I never felt like it lathered enough and oftentimes I would wash my face twice to really get that clean feeling.

Younger Face Deep Hydration Cream: I’ll be honest, I’m more into natural oils to moisturize my face, but when I’m looking to switch it up, this cream is great. It is super hydrating like the name claims, but it didn’t make me oilier than I already am. It’s rich in Vitamin A and E which is great and it definitely created a good balance on my skin.

The Depuffed Eye Gel: I wouldn’t call this a gel, my version was a cream, but they may have changed their formula recently as they are still fine tuning their products.  It is cooling and soothing, and I like the applicator, but I didn’t notice the depuffing it claims. It’s hard to compete with my all time favorite eye cream which is the Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream from 100%Pure.

Makeup

Concealer Duo in Balanced Beige: Not a fan of this. I did like the two colors because you could combine them or blend them to hide things better, but it creased quite a bit and wore off as the day went on. Doesn’t compare to the RMS “Un”Coverup which I’m loving currently.

Everything Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in Cream: LOVED THIS! My favorite item from Honest Beauty and everything I’m looking for in a tinted moisturizer. I love that it includes SPF, blended right into my skin to even out imperfections, but it doesn’t even look like you are wearing makeup. Very subtle and great for day to day when you don’t want to get all done up. I do want to try the oil-free version, but I’m almost scared to because I loved this one so much. This is my new go-to and I will keep re-ordering for sure.

Everything Primer: I like this, but wasn’t crazy about the smell. It was an Allure beauty winner, but I prefer the Luminous Primer from 100% Pure.

Luminizing Powder in Dawn Reflection: This is a great product. It’s like a very subtle bronzer/highlighter. I really don’t like using regular powder, so after I put on my foundation, I use this on my cheeks, hairline and jawline just to highlight and give a nice subtle glow. I think this is especially great in the fall and winter, when you don’t want to go so bronze.

True Velvet Eyeliner in Truly Black: I really like the way this applies and looks, but its staying power is weak. It could be me, because I have oily eyelids, but this tends to smudge off just hours after I apply. If I use it below my lower lashes it seems to work better.

Lip Gloss in Generous Kiss:  Love this gloss and color. Hydrating and smooth, not sticky. It’s long lasting and this color is a nice soft, nude pink that is perfect for daily wear. I am definitely going to try out some of the other colors soon.

Dependably Clear Blotting Sheets: I am oily so I love blotting sheets, but drugstore ones have all sorts of chemicals of course.  They are made from wood and hemp fibers and unbleached. These are clean and do the job. Sometimes I need to use two as opposed to one, but it’s worth it.

Coming Soon

I’m expecting an order soon with items from the new Honest Beauty™ Hair Care line as well as the Eyeshadow Trio and Makeup Remover Wipes. I will keep you updated!

Hope this review helps if you are interested in trying some Honest Beauty™ Products. Happy Shopping!

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

Photo credit: honest_beauty Instagram

*This post was not sponsored. All opinions expressed are my own and based on my own research.

 

Where to start: Making the swap to natural beauty/personal care products

U.S. researchers report that one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors. Many products include plasticizers (chemicals that keep concrete soft), degreasers (used to get grime off auto parts), and surfactants (they reduce surface tension in water, like in paint and inks). Imagine what that does to your skin, and to the environment. -David Suzuki Foundation

Information like this is the reason why I decided to ditch conventional beauty and personal care products and switch to all natural ones and here are some tips on how and where to start.

Plan it out. Start with items you use daily.

When I decided to do this, I planned it out. It wasn’t just a clean cut. My plan was that I wouldn’t buy any new products for a few months while I used up all of my common items that I used almost daily (cleansers, face creams, makeup, body wash, shampoo, conditioner etc.) The money I was going to “lose out” on by throwing away or giving away items was staring me in the face as well as the money I was going to spend so I thought that this was a good compromise. As I started to run out of certain items, I would find a natural, clean and non-toxic alternative to that item. Easier said than done….

Do your research. Take time to get informed. Use apps while shopping.

I did my research, and lots of it. I picked up a product that looked promising at TJ Maxx or Target and would use the Think Dirty® app to scan it. Sometimes… success! It would pop up and if it was under a 3 (0 is cleanest) and if I was okay with the ingredients that were giving it this rating, then Boom! I found an alternative to try out. However, was it always that easy? No.. Think Dirty® does not have every product on the market in their database so when I would scan and nothing would come up, I would have to do my own digging. In this case, any ingredients I was unsure of I would either google or look up on EWG’s Skin Deep Database.

This can get exhausting and it’s a lot of work, but you do start to get familiar with ingredient names and the ones that are “A okay” and those you should stay away from. You will also start to figure out that simple is the way to go meaning the less ingredients, the better. I also would see items while browsing that I was interested in and I would save the names in my phone so I could do the research when I was back home. You will find a system that works for you and it just gets easier over time. Also find out if you have any natural beauty or personal care stores near you. I live in Phoenix, Arizona and discovered Citrine Natural Beauty Bar. Every time I go in they are super helpful and answer every question I have. They hold classes and have special events too. Citrine also takes orders online so definitely check them out!

Find green bloggers that you can trust.

One of the bloggers I have followed from the beginning of this process is The Organic Bunny. The reason why I trusted her in the beginning and still do is because she is so strict about ingredients. She is no bullshit and she will call companies out for misleading and mislabeling even when their ingredients are considered to be better than most conventional brands. Better is not enough for her and it’s not enough for me either. I just feel that when she is backing a product, that product is one of the cleanest in its category and performs well as a needed bonus. She was my first go-to green blogger, but now I have so many great non-toxic, green bloggers that I follow and interact with on social media to stay on top of current news and the latest and greatest non-toxic personal care products.

Don’t trust labels and claims.

Know that you cannot trust labels and claims. Just because it says natural and organic doesn’t mean it is… What? Yes, you read that right. Companies can slap whatever claims they want on their bottles and there is very little regulation on if the product actually has to live up to those claims. Aveeno, for example, has the slogan “Aveeno Active Naturals”, notes “ingredients carefully selected by nature” and uses natural colors on their bottles to give you that illusion. They also only highlight the natural ingredients so that’s all you focus on like mentioning oatmeal, seaweed, lotus flower etc. So with all of this they are hoping that you think, “It must be good for me right?” WRONG. All of this is just masking the fact that Aveeno products still contain toxic chemicals. The worst part is that they are purposefully doing this, tricking us, and that’s what really bothers me. This just makes it harder for people who are trying to make a clean, healthy change to do so.

Continue to toss. Continue to learn.

As I completed the switch over to natural for all of my daily items, I then started to filter through other items I didn’t use as often (perfumes, eyeshadows, lipsticks, hairspray, etc.) For a lot of these items, first I realized I had entirely too much in general so I went through a big purge, tossing a lot of it and giving a lot away to anyone who was interested. I decided to hold on to a select few makeup items that I still have in a small box under my sink. It contains certain eye shadows or lip sticks I am comfortable saving only for special occasions, but for anything I wanted to use on a consistent basis I slowly made the swap for those items as I used up or tossed the old (eye liner, mascara, lip gloss, etc.) And here we are now, months later and I’ve completed the non-toxic overhaul.

I continue to learn what I like and what I don’t as far as natural products. I have made mistakes and bought things I thought were okay only to find out they still contain harmful chemicals. It is a process, a learning process with a lot of trial and error.

And to be honest, eventually I will probably even get rid of that little box under my sink. I haven’t touched it since I put it under my sink and have no plans to. I have found so many amazing natural and non-toxic products that I love hundreds of times more than their toxic sisters who came before them. I think there is a strong misconception that if it’s natural, it doesn’t perform well, but natural can perform even better and can still be glamorous. Your skin and your body will thank you and will show it’s appreciation. You will find that you need less makeup and less products when using natural ones because they take your skin back to an ideal state that doesn’t have to battle toxic chemicals being applied to it daily.

Good luck on your journey!

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

 

 

Why I Quit Drinking Soda

I’ve been reflecting recently on points in my life when I have decided to make healthy changes and I was thinking way back as far as I could remember. I’ve always been active and have enjoyed sports, working out, fitness classes, yoga, you name it, which is why I went to college to study Kinesiology and just recently became a certified personal trainer. Staying fit has always been a part of my life, but when exactly did I become aware and more conscious of what I was consuming? That’s a bit harder to recall.

I remember in college my diet consisted of chemical and preservative filled Hot Pockets, Healthy Choice TV dinners and that Special K chocolately delight cereal…hmm I actually don’t miss any of those things… Anyway, at some point I discovered that these weren’t the best options (some of the worst actually) to be consuming on a regular basis. I’m sure it was research of the ingredients over time. Maybe something I read or watched scared me shitless (this is probably and usually the case), but I don’t really know the exact point I started to make a change.

I can recall, however, one of the first food or rather beverage items that I basically swore off and haven’t gone back to since and that is soda (a.k.a “pop”). I haven’t had regular soda in over 8 years (other than a curious sip of my husband’s) and here are a few reasons why:

  1. There is absolutely no nutritional value to soda whatsoever. Basically empty calories, all from added sugar with no value as far as minerals, vitamins or even quality carbohydrates.
  2. Speaking of sugar, just how much sugar you ask? One can contains 9+ teaspoons of sugar! WHAT?! Soft drink companies are actually the largest user of sugar in the country. To put it in perspective, candy bars typical have around 5-6 teaspoons.coke
  3. Studies have shown soda is bad for your teeth and for your bones. Why? Phosphoric acid, which interferes with the body’s ability to absorb calcium.
  4. Can we just talk about those Wiki articles that say to use soda to clean your toilets and get rid of that ugly ring? If it can clean your toilet, just imagine what it’s doing to your insides.
  5. Diet sodas are even worse, and aspartame is controversial, but can be addictive and cause weight gain just to mention two of the many health problems it and other artificial sweeteners have been linked to. How do they do this? They can trick your body and spike your insulin levels which actually can send your body into fat storage mode.
  6. Soda contains high fructose corn syrup from corn that has been genetically modified and also contains high levels of mercury. Enough said. I don’t care about the corn companies spending thousands of dollars on campaigns that say it’s okay and that “our bodies don’t know the difference.” It’s not and the research shows that our bodies do know the difference. Read more here.
  7. There are natural soda versions made with stevia and monk fruit that taste even better and that have no calories, artificial sweeteners or colors etc. My favorite is the caffeine-free cola by Zevia.

So there’s just 7 reasons why I quit soda and never looked back. And on the topic of reflecting, I don’t think it really matters when or what triggered these healthier changes for me because for those reading that may not be there yet, that breaking point is going to be different for each one of you. Just being interested in knowing more about what is in the things you are eating and drinking is a great place to start.

I’m happy I’ve made the healthy changes I have so far and that I know the things I know now. I have researched and educated myself over time to where I am today which is more aware, but still learning every day (still a newbie). It is a process and takes time to find all the answers, read all the articles, watch documentaries etc. etc. but the truth is, the government is not regulating the food and beverages on our shelves, so in order to protect ourselves we have to do the work. 😉

Thanks for reading!

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

Go-To Green Smoothie

Warning: My Go-To Green Smoothie is INTENSE… but in a good way. I tend to go all out with a lot of things and my smoothies are definitely along those lines. If I’m gonna make a smoothie, I’m gonna make one that not only tastes great, but also contains a lot of superfood ingredients that do amazing things for my body at the same time.

I prepare this smoothie with a few alterations here and there, usually 3-4 mornings a week for breakfast and I sip on it for an hour or so. It’s a great breakfast that you can take with you on the go. I use the Nutribullet, but I’m sure any blender will do!

Go-To Recipe below with some possible alterations after:

  • 1/2 cup organic unsweetened vanilla almond milk (make sure it’s Carrageenan free)
  • A few ice cubes
  • 1 organic banana (room temp or frozen)
  • 1/2 organic avocado
  • 1 large handful of organic spinach or organic power greens (don’t worry, you won’t even taste it!)
  • 1 scoop of vanilla Perfect Fit protein powder (my favorite certified organic, non-GMO project certified, dairy-free, gluten-free, kosher & vegan protein powder)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of all-natural peanut butter or almond butter (can just leave out if allergic)
  • 1 tablespoon of organic ground flax seed (3 grams of dietary fiber per serving, rich in Omega 3 fatty acids)
  • 1 tablespoon of hemp seed (2000 mgs of Omega 3 and 11 grams of protein per serving

Possible alterations/additions:

  • Add organic coconut water or filtered water if you like your smoothies a little less thick
  • Add chia seed to thicken the smoothie up and to add antioxidants and fiber
  • Add other fruits like organic strawberries, blueberries, peaches or raspberries
  • Add natural organic cacao powder to cure that chocolate craving
  • Add organic, all natural, no sugar added pumpkin puree and some pumpkin spice or cinnamon for a nice fall inspired smoothie
  • Add bee pollen to boost the immune system and reduce inflammation (I buy mine at my local farmer’s market, local bee pollen is best!)
  • Add wheat grass powder for a green vitamin and mineral boost
  • Add stevia if you like your smoothies a bit sweeter

I’m excited for you to try it 🙂 Let me know what you think!

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie