Save your skin | My favorite before and after sun care products

I recently got to spend a week in Cancun. It was the best week of my life!

It was beautiful and warm. The nature was stunning and the resort I stayed at was so much fun.

But, with a trip tropical paradise…

…Comes a TON of sun exposure.

As someone who comes from a German/Irish back ground, I turn in to a lobster after ten minutes in the sun. Even if you don’t burn easily SPF is still very important!

Here is my family on the last day of our trip! Do you notice the lack of sun burn!?

On my part, that is thanks to two awesome Supergoop Products.

Supergoop Super Power Sunscreen Mousse starting at $19

The mousse is easy to apply and blends in much quicker than the traditional cream Sunscreen. It also lacks the Sunscreen fragrance, any allergens, or irritating ingredients. This is really important to me because I have very sensitive skin and eczema over a lot of my body. I try hard to avoid irritating my skin, especially when so much of my skin is exposed. For once in my life I didn’t completely burn my body! I don’t think I will be able to function with out this Sunscreen, it is a must have in my book.

Supergoop Invincible Setting Powder $30

This is a great way to layer SPF while wearing makeup. It comes in multiple shades, is sweat resistant, 100% mineral, and has a retractable brush. Supergoop even sells refill powders for $20. The power does set Makeup very well. I even baked with it a few times! My only gripe is how high up the powder dispenser is, so be careful when using the retractable brush on your face.

Obviously I did get burnt some on my first few days. To the point I got pretty sick. I was fine by my third day there though! But, to help me heal while sore I found two AMAZING after sun care products.

Desert Harvest Aloe Vera Gelé $17

When sun burnt and over heated, putting cold aloe on your body feels like heaven! My favorite Aloe Vera is this one from Desert Harvest! It is 100% natural, certified organic, contains no parabens, and is of course cruelty free! It is also safe to use to soothe the vaginal area and as a personal lubricant. For some reason vaginal care/use products are some thing I have a hard time finding all natural alternatives for. Little tip: this aloe works awesome on chaffed thighs as well!

Definitely a product I will be ordering as soon as I start to run low. All of you should order it as soon as you are finished reading this post. I promise you will thank me!

BioRepublic Aloe Rescue Sheet Mask $7.49 for 3

You would be perfectly fine using the Desert Harvest Aloe on your face, I just brought these along because I needed to use them. I ended up loving them! Siting on the balcony with one of these Sheet masks on my face was SO relaxing and soothing, especially after it was in the refrigerator for a while.

Thank you so much for reading💜

What are your favorite SPF products?

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Warby Parker Sun Glasses | Summer 2017 Launches!


It is finally Summer time! It’s hot out side, skin is tan, and the sun is shinning!

However, with the now shinning sun, brings harmful rays to your skin- and your eyes.

Did you know that, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology;

“Eye medical doctors (ophthalmologists) caution us that too much exposure to UV light raises the risks of eye diseases, including cataract, growths on the eye, and cancer

Growths on the eye, such as pterygium, can show up in our teens or twenties, especially in surfers, skiers, fishermen, farmers, or anyone who spends long hours under the mid-day sun or in the UV-intense conditions found near rivers, oceans, and mountains.

Diseases like cataract and eye cancers can take many years to develop, but each time we’re out in the sun without protection we could be adding damage that adds to our risks for these serious disorders. Babies and kids need to wear hats and sunglasses for this very reason. People of all ages should take precautions whenever they are outdoors.”


What a better way to protect your peepers, than with some stunning sunnies? This is where the fantastic brand Warby Parker comes in.

Not, only do I love this brand of their beautiful, wide variety, and great quality of glasses (sun and regular), but their story and goal is amazing. I highly recommend that you check out their story,here.

As a college student, I can tell you first hand that finding affordable, stylish, and good quality sunglasses is difficult. But, Warby Parker is saving the day just in time for summer, with their gorgeous Summer 2017 collection.

I figured why not share with you a few of my faves, but there is so much to choose from!

F_SU17_11_EMAIL_SUN_Nancy_Coral_021_OA_COMPThe Nancy in Coral

F_SU17_12_EMAIL_SUN_Laurel_Clementine_013_OA_COMPLaurel in Clementine (I think I will die without these!)

SU17-SUN_06_Andrea_Vivian_Cognac_Tortoise_205Vivan in Cognac

Did I mention they also carry glasses for men?!

WP_Eastman_218_Sunglasses_Angle_A2_sRGBThe Eastman, these are really neat!

WP_Piper_100_Sunglasses_Angle_A3_sRGBPiper, I am in love with these!!!

WP_Raglan_176_Sunglasses_Angle_A3_sRGBRaglan, another unique pair.

WP_Stanton_208_Sunglasses_Angle_A3_sRGBStanton, I have never seen anything like these. They are stunning!

I highly recommend that you check out the rest of the line for yourself, you will not be disappointed!

Check out the summer collection, here!

I really hope you enjoyed this post, as much as I enjoyed making it. Thank you so much for stopping by! What are your favorite pair from the Warby Parker Summer 2017 line? Comment below!

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*BoxyCharm Un-Boxing* July 2016


Short and sweet. Boxy Charm is a $21 a month beauty subscription box.

This month theme is modern merbabes.

There is the short and sweet description, I really want to jump into telling y’all the contents!

Ofra Pro Palette with 6 shades $59 value:

Holy heck!! Is this amazing or what!!! You get a magnetic palette and 6 shades. I would have paid the $21 for this alone! The shades are great and I have been needing a magnetic palette. I am sorry, but this has me super pumped.

Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight waterproof liner “Ice Blue” $18 value

This is already a formula I know I love. The shade is a really pretty baby blue and in my eyes is the perfect mermaid or merbabe color. I want to get more shades besides just the blue shades.

Noyah Lip Gloss “Malbec” $16 Value

The shade is really pretty and it is a super pigmented gloss. It isn’t too sticky, so it is a gloss I can actually see myself wearing. I will be reviewing this because it is pretty interesting. You will see why in the review, so stay tuned!

PYT Hair Argon Oil $30 Value

It shocks me that a hair oil can be $30! Is it really that different than the ones from the drugstore! If you are interested in learning more about this and seeing it compared to drugstore argon oil’s let me know.

Do you get Boxy Charm? What did you think about this month?

XoXo Manda

*Ipsy May 2016* Greetings from…


My Ipsy came the same day my Birch Box did. It was pretty nice. This month came with the card as usual, but it can be used as a post card to send back to them with little fill in the blank spots about your vacation. I am probably not going to do this. But, it is a nice gesture. The bag….OMG. I love the print. It is covered with different landmarks from around the world. There are also some elephants, kangaroos, and toucans. I wish it had a zipper instead of just a button, but I will still use this. Probably to carry lady products. Now let’s get in to the products.

INSPR Eye Full Fluff Brush


I love getting tools and brushes in my Ipsy bags. This brush is really soft and will be nice for the crease. I can’t really find anything about it’s cruelty free status so if you know, let me know. The was also a brush in some peoples Ipsy bags from the brand Glamour Dolls and it was decorated with whales, I wish I would have gotten that one just to have.

SmashBox X-Rated Mascara


Not too excited about this. This is not a brand I will use, for reasons I have probably made obvious by now. Even if I still used non-CF brands, I would not be excited about this. I haven’t heard many good things about this product, probably going to give this to my aunt.

Avene Miceller Water and Cleansing Lotion

imay20163 Okay, the Micellar samples are getting out of hand. I can’t find anything on this brands cruelty free status. Just that it was shady. But, I have some many micellar water things now that I am just going to give this to a friend who has been wanting to try one.

Mellow Cosmetics Lipstick in “Electro”

I am so excited about this product. The lipstick feels great and is a beautiful color. It is also from  CF brand, so now that I know a new one, if I like this product, I can order more! It is a matte lipstick, seems super soft, and smells really nice!

Peek Natural Lip Balm “Nom Nom”

Another CF item I am excited to get to try! I love lip balm, I have constant dry lips. This product also smells just like tea and I LOVE some tea! The tin in is in, with a slide off lid, is also very cute.

Overall, this isn’t the best Ipsy bag I have gotten, but there are a few things I am excited to try and review!

What do you think of these products? What did you get?

XoXO Manda

*Birch Box May 2016* Let’s Take the Party Outside Shall We?


I received my May Birch Box this week. It has been very hit and miss for me. I do want to express the fact that I will probably end up cancelling this box, then subscribe to the Vegan Cuts beauty box. But, for now let’s get in to this months box!


This is a $72 fragrance. But, the sample we received you can literally get for free if you ask a fragrance counter where it is sold. I am also not too big of a fan of this brand anyway, or this type of scent. “Attention grabbing scent features notes of berry and accents of honeysuckle.” 

I love honey suckle, it is the berry I do not like. I am probably just going to give this to someone to try. Or toss it.

I really wish this sample would have had more in it, but I do really like the scent. I also love this brand it is cruelty free, part of farm to face, and certified organic. The full-size is $32 and per what I decided to do last month, I will be reviewing this product after using it more through out this month!

I was really excited to receive this sample. I have heard Tracy and Stephanie of Eleventh gorgeous talk about it a lot. The smell is fantastic and the sample size if pretty good! the full-size is $23.50. I will also review this as the month goes on. The information I was able to find also says it is cruelty free, which makes me happy since I am in dire need of hair products now.

I have wanted to try eyeko and I am super glad that I have finally gotten to. It is claimed that this product is cruelty free AND vegan. You will see in a coming up post that I have had to pass on most of my liquid liner, so I hope I love this!


It dried so fast and  doesn’t budge! Yes, it does dry matte.

The full size of this is $30 and the sample size is pretty large and full. Perfect to test this out! Their website claims they are 80% organic, but I can’t find anything about a definite answer as to their cruelty free stance. Here’s to hoping they are!

What do you think of this months products!? What did you get? What are you most excited for me to review? Let’s talk!

XoXo Manda

Sephora Favorites Bronze Bares All *Review*

I absolutely love getting the Sephora Favorites sets. Most of the time they are a fantastic value. Yes, the items are usually in smaller than fuller sized, but when you are someone with a ton of makeup like I am, It is a bit difficult to go through products. Let’s get into the review of the items, to decide if this set is worth the $40 that it costs. It claims to be a $115 value, just to add a little perspective to this review. Continue reading “Sephora Favorites Bronze Bares All *Review*”