Get Clean With Plaine Products

Plaine Products review by iliketotalkblogEnvironmentally safe, cruelty free products

Have you ever taken a look around your bathroom and realized how many products you had that were housed in plastic? The creators of Plaine Products did, and set out to change the way people live by creating a line of natural bath products using sustainable packaging. Environmentally friendly products that are not only cruelty-free and vegan, but made to be effective and biodegradable so it stays safe for the environment.

I was sent their body wash, shampoo and conditioner to try. I was happy to hear that not only was it color-safe for my newly colored hair, but also kid safe since my daughter takes baths at the same time and would be around any products that I use.

The formulas are made with a base of organic aloe vera juice that contains vitamins and 8-essential amino acids to keep hair and skin looking and feeling it’s best. All of the products are naturally scented with rosemary, mint and vanilla which blossoms in the shower. I wasn’t sure what that combo would smell like but overall it smells quite minty and I love it. The scent even lingers well after the shower which I enjoy.

Plaine Products review by iliketotalkblog

What’s really cool about the brand is the fact that the bottles are actually aluminum refillable/reusable bottles. The bottles are large and will last for quite a while and are sturdy so they can take a beating if they fall over in the shower — just watch your foot, haha. Aluminum was chosen because it’s easy to make reusable by sterilization and strong enough for multiple uses. It’s also a material that can be completely recycled without a loss of quality and less energy needed to make that happen!

So what happens when you finally finish up your bottles? You can ship them back in the eco-friendly packaging they sent you the bottles in (remember to rinse them out and replace the original caps the bottles came with) and Plaine Products will take care of the rest!

Plaine Products review by iliketotalkblogHow long will the bottles last you? I did mention earlier that the bottles are pretty large. I’d say they were on the large economy size you’d normally see with big, cheap bottles of shampoo or body wash, but just made with aluminum. The company says they should last you anywhere from two to four months. They also have travel size aluminum bottles which is helpful and will fit in a toiletry bag much better!

I was really surprised by the quality of the shampoo, conditioner and body wash. I was a bit nervous that the quality would be all in the packaging and not in the actual product but there was a lot of attention to detail put into every aspect of the brand. The shampoo suds very well, smells great and doesn’t strip my hair. The conditioner leaves my color processed hair feeling silky and rinses away easily and the body wash produces a nice lather that leaves my skin feeling moisturized. The pumps on the bottles work well, the packaging that the products were ship in are sturdy and the products look nice over all!

To find out more about Plaine Products you can visit their website or give them a follow on Facebook or Instagram.

LVX Spring/Summer 2017 Collection

Vegan Cruelty Free Nail Polish

I don’t get to paint my own nails often since I have a toddler running through the house, but when I do, I like to work with great formulas that are easy to apply, look great and last long enough for me to enjoy for a couple of days.  LVX is a luxury vegan and cruelty free nail polish brand that fits the bill with it’s chip resistant, extra glossy, self-leveling formulas. Bonus that the entire brand uses a 7-free formula that removes the risk of several toxic ingredients found in other nail lacquer brands – something that has become more important to me now that I have a kid of my own.

I recently got my hands on the Spring/Summer 2017 collection and enjoyed using each of their fabulous colors as I slowly grow my weakened nails back to their pre-baby state. I think you’ll enjoy them as much as I do!

Reine (Purple)

LVX Nail Lacquer Reine swatch by iliketotalkblog

Argonne (Army Green)

LVX Argonne swatch by iliketotalkblog

Seychelle (mint green)

LVX Seychelle swatch by iliketotalkblog

Schiaparelli (Shocking Pink)

LVX Schiaperelli swatch by iliketotalkblog

Coquillage

Camellia (barbie pink)

LVX Camellia swatch by iliketotalkblog

Which color do you like the most? Share in the comment section below!

To find out more about LVX you can visit their website or follow them on Instagram.

Jan Marini’s C-ESTA Serum

Jan Marini C Esta Serum review by iliketotalkblogThere is no doubt that I’m seriously invested in finding the best skincare products for my skin. I frequently read other people’s reviews and try and test out several different things to find the perfect combo that suits my needs. What I find I need is frequent exfoliation, cleansers I can use 2-3 times a day, a hydrating serum, a reparative serum, and a good moisturizer.  I’ve already had the pleasure of trying out Jan Marini’s Hyla 3D Serum which gives my skin the boost of moisture it needs, but I was on the hunt for something the was reparative and could strengthen my skin from the inside out. Luckily, Jan Marini’s C-ESTA Serum was made available to me and I’ve been loving every drop of it.

Jan Marini C Esta Serum review by iliketotalkblog

I’ve always known and been a fan of topical vitamin C. Vitamin C works as a antioxidant to fight free radical damage, improve collagen synthesis, and can have a brightening effect on the skin. It’s a all-in-one wonder cocktail that truly fights all signs of aging in one. What makes C-ESTA Serum different though is the addition of DMAE, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamins B5 and E.  DMAE is a skin-firming agent that has anti-inflammatory properties to it. It fends off wrinkles, improves elasticity and generally sounds like the sister to Vitamin C in my book.  I found out that our brain actually MAKES some of this stuff in small quantities. How cool is that?

Hyaluronic Acid is my jam. It’s the first thing I always want to put on my skin so it’s nice this serum already has it in there. Vitamin B5 is also known as pantothenic acid helps keep that much needed moisture in the skin where it belongs, and helps with the skin healing process. Vitamin E is a well known antioxidant that blocks free radical damage and improves moisture levels of the skin.

Jan Marini C Esta Serum review by iliketotalkblog

Because this is a luxury skincare product for me, I appreciate that a single pump works for the entire face. I give the bottle a good shake (as directed) and apply after washing my face. I do feel that there is some sort of granular feel to it at first, but it disappears as I massage it into my skin. I have a few acne marks that dry over and often scar immediately after, but I think they are healing faster and leaving less of a mark behind since using this serum. Since it’s only been a few weeks I can only imagine what a significant amount of time with this product can achieve.

I really should remember to use this all over my neck as well, but I generally reach just beyond the jaw line and stop. This stuff is so good I need to make it last! At the same time — I don’t want my neck and chest to look older than my face. Dilemmas, dilemmas.

You can purchase Jan Marini products through their website and through select skincare professionals. To find out more about this cruelty free brand, you can follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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