Healthy Thymes Market Haul

If you live in Northern, New Jersey, you will most likely be aware of the fact that Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s are nowhere to be seen. The local Shoprite and Stop & Shop has gotten better with their selection or vegan/organic/non-gmo products.  But there is not really many stores that exclusively sell these products. Thankfully, Healthy Thymes has many products available. From vitamins, right down to mock meats. I thought I would show you as a very relaxed post as to what I have bought that are of my personal enjoyments and dietary needs.

I was suggested to try Zevia. But I can’t say I’m terribly fond of the taste. I’ve decided to give up alcohol, coffee and sugary beverages like coke, ginger ale or anything else that I’ve seen on the market. Even though I dont plan on drinking all of these on a regular basis, I thought it would be interesting to experiment and be familiar with what I could have that has a similar sort of flavour. I also chose these products with the idea that I didn’t want something with heaps of sugar. The kombucha was more so for digestion and gut health. There was certain tea’s the dietician on staff suggested for probiotic drinks. But I’m not someone who enjoy’s warm beverages or foods all that much. So I took what was suggested in the refrigerated section.

I don’t know what it is with this brand, but a lot of their best products are difficult to get a hold of. Both offline and online.I actually don’t really like chocolate that much. I can have it if it’s not the main thing I’m tasting. If I taste more nuts and fruits or coconut than I do the chocolate, that’s when I actually like it.  I really wish I could understand why Vitacost/Luckyvitamin doesn’t have these clusters or even the coconut almond bites. Its a bit annoying.

This is all personal when it comes to food. But as a whole, I don’t’ like meat and dairy bother my husband’s stomach as well as mine. I think the idea of meat is nauseating now. I watched one too many horror movies. Plus I’m someone where texture either makes the experience more pleasurable with food or eliminates it. Meat mostly kills it. Out of the three of these, I’m excited about Luna and Larry’s ice cream sandwich.

My husband pointed these out to me a month or so ago on the internet. My husband is not a “clean living” person. He’s also not pescetarian, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, organic, or anything. But he seems to have this concern about the build up of waste. He’s started using bars of soap instead of traditional body washes. We started using mason jars for food prepping rather than plastic storage containers. So on and so forth. So you can imagine that when he heard about these sandwich wraps, he wanted to get some to stop us from using cling film. I told him I wanted to hold off to see if I can find one without beeswax. But he was insistent that I buy this when we were at Healthy Thymes.

This kind of goes back to the whole gut-health thing. My grandmother had issues in regards to her intestinal health. And it was a contributor as to the reason why she died. So you can imagine, it’s left me paranoid about things involving that area. So I’ve been looking into different products. I grabbed this one out of several products available.

There is a ton of other products I bought recently (aside from what I bought above) that I want to focus on individually in different posts. I’m starting a blog series that you will see tonight that is going to be pretty honest about transitioning from a shit diet to becoming more educated about the effects of those shit foods and learning to enjoy what’s healthy and finding a balance. 




Product Disappointment : Pixi Double Cleanse

I want to quickly point out before anyone gets upset about this; skincare is not a ‘one size fit’s all’. Formula’s don’t perform well or horribly for everyone.

I had heard about this product for some time and finally gave in after the last product I had used. It was not cruelty-free. The Pixi Double cleanse is both cruelty-free and vegan. So I decided to buy it as well as a few other products from the Target website. I have been using it for some time now. I’m very familiar with my very sensitive skin. It seems as though my skin gradually became more and more reactive to this product. I’m not sure if it was one particular ingredient or a cross-contamination. There was more and more inflammation that seemed to occur with each use. Thankfully, I managed to find another use for this so this did not go to waste. It was a bit sad to me. Considering the fact my skin loves oil cleansing products. And this was one of the few that didn’t have beeswax or was $40 or more.

My decision to also not buy this again was coupled with the fact that it does not financially meet with the budget I have for myself when it comes to cleansers. But I also do not frequently shop on the Target website or store. And my local store does not sell a lot of the brands skincare. So I would have to go on the website and pay an additional tax and shipping for this one product. It’d be more worth it to me if I felt this product worked well. But unfortunately, it wasn’t the case.

With my own personal experience aside, I truly suggest you try this. I know people are scratching their head in confusion. Sensitivity is such an individual thing. My reaction to a product cannot be applied to you. I don’t think there is ever a skincare product that truly sucks 100% unless you somehow spontaneously burst into flames. It is still a reasonable priced, cruelty-free, vegan product that has worked well for many people. 

Have you used this? Are you going to continue to use it if you do?


Pacifica Invisible Powers Dry Shampoo Review ☼

If you have oily hair, you know it’s annoying. Dry shampoo is not optional sometimes. It’s a necessity. As much as I love dry shampoos like Batiste or NYM’s. But as someone who’s trying to use more eco-friendly containers, the aerosolized can is not very friendly towards our environment. Not to mention I want to avoid inhaling ingredients within them. I know people have strong feelings with loose powder dry shampoo. But I feel like once you learn how to use it, you end up love it.

○ D E T A I L S ○

  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Natural
  • 2 oz
  • $14.00
  • Talc-free
  • Aluminum-free
  • Pump bottle

There are two things I find very unique about this product. Aside from it being darker toned compared to most dry shampoos, it has a beautiful tropical smell. Not that nappy scent I feel like most dry shampoos have. It’s hard to place the exact smell it has. It’s not potent. But it’s noticeable. It says in the ingredients that it has a natural scent. But it doesn’t specify as to what. The other unique features of this product is that it has small and sparse iridescence in it. I’ve never seen that in a dry shampoo.

As a brunette, I thought this would stand out like a sore thumb. But it doesn’t really show up too much at all. I  have to admit I wouldn’t mind it being noticeable. Who wouldn’t want to look like a majestic mermaid? Anyone say H2o: Just Add Water? I know not everyone loves loose powder dry shampoos. Sometimes it’s best to not use it as directed. Sometimes I like to tap some on the palm of my hand and rub it into the roots of my hair. Even unscrewing it and tapping it into the top of the head can help to even scatter the product. Admittedly the product is a bit flawed with how it distributes the product. Sometimes it doesn’t even come out. But it still works well even if you choose not to use the pump. I know some folks decide to use a makeup brush to apply it onto the hair.

I personally love this product. But the glitter itself is something people are going to have conflicting feelings about. If you can get away with it, I say go for it. But if you’re looking for a different formula, let the company know. 

Makeup Brush Shampoo ≣ To Buy or Not To Buy ≣ Clean Apothecary

I’ve heard the same thing over and over again. People say that they wouldn’t use a product specifically to clean their brushes if they had a gentle facial cleanser or shampoo. It’s a good point. But what if it’s been causing you problems? I have nothing but frustrations with cleaning my makeup brushes.

  • It takes way too long to fully rinse out the suds. Even when I hardly used more than a drop.
  • The smell lingers on the brush long after it has dried.
  • I break out in strange places on my face.

I’ve also attempted to make the process a little easier. I added tiny drops of olive oil. I even thought that it was there wasn’t enough water softener in our house tank. Didn’t seem to be the case. After internet window shopping on, I ran across Clean Apothecary. After ages of procrastinating, I bought it. Three words. Never-Looking-Back! The process goes so much faster. I don’t have the unusual odour. And I don’t get the tiny blemishes on my eyelid or corner of my mouth. And despite the very light rose scent, I have not experienced increased redness, bumps or burning in the eye area with my eye brushes.

I know for so many people it is not worth spending the extra dollar. For me, the extra dollar has been worth it. Like any other makeup or skincare product, it’s an individual thing. It’s like false lashes. Some love em. But some hate em. For me, this is something that makes my life just a bit easier when I just wanna clean and go.

Beautylish has a limited selection compared to the official website. The official website offers refilled for brush shampoos, clay masks and essential oils. 

Product Praise ◯ Acure Dry Oil Body Spray in Rose

Body lotions are effective. But body butter and oils are the best for really dry skin. 

I started using body butter to treat my dry legs. And it works magic. But it’s not so magical when you are trying to put on clothing in my morning and your clothing is sticking to you. In the summer time is just as gross. You feel like you’re being marinated for a BBQ. Pardon me while I gag. I could always use your standard light lotion. But it’s almost like putting one drop of oil on a sponge. Doesn’t do me any good. That’s where the dry oil spray from Acure came in handy.

I decided to take a chance when shopping for nick nacks. And I am so happy I did.

A B O U T  T H I S  P R O D U C T 

  • Cruelty-Free
  • Vegan
  • Sulfate-Free
  • Paraben-Free
  • Retails for $12.99
  • 2 0z
  • 3 fl. oz.

Is this worth your dollar? Yes. I can’t say that enough.

I wouldn’t go nuts spraying too much on. It’s not necessary and would need you to spend an extra moment rubbing the unnecessary amount into the skin. But even then, you hardly feel it underneath your clothing.And your skin feels amazing through the day. Not to mention you can use it on your hair too. The oils within it work well for basically every area of your body. Unless you’re like me and you break out from coconut oil. I have to say that it doesn’t have a rosy scent that I had expected. It’s like the Dr. Bronners where the citrus ingredient tends to take over the rose aspect of it. But it isn’t anything I would consider to be the downside of this product.

Let me know if you use this and enjoy it. If not, plan on giving it a go?

First Thoughts – Avène Complexion Correcting Shield SPF 50

The moment I saw this I was mostly excited but I was also in a ‘Proceed with Caution’sort of mode. Most products with a similar concept have major downfalls to them. Not enough coverage. Not enough shades. Shades tones can be dramatically off. Or can make skin react because of the formulation mixed with the sun protection factor. No Bueno. But considering the positive experience I have had with La Roche-Posay, I wanted to give this a shot. With their famous Thermal Spring water as an ingredient and the high SPF, I wanted to give it a shot.

T H E  C L A I M S

  • Fragrance-free
  • Oil-free
  • Chemical filter-free
  • Medium to full coverage
  • Blurs imperfections such as fine lines, pores, redness and other imperfections.
  • Made to be a minimal risk to those with reactive skin
  • Hydrated the skin up to 24 hours
  • Contains vitamins C and E

T E X T U R E  ☷ This is not a liquid foundation. This is a rather thick product.I had to use a bit of extra pressure to squeeze the product out. No matter how you blend your skin out, I would recommend warming it up and smoothing out the product between your fingers first to make it more blendable.

C O V E R A G E ☷ I’ve said this before. Coverage claims are not always one hundred percent guaranteed. Some products do live up to that expectation. But most often times it depends on the condition of your skin underneath the makeup. What you use to apply. How you blend it in. What you use as a primer, if at all. For me, this product is very much medium to full coverage. Less coverage with a makeup sponge. More so with using my (clean) fingers.

F I N I S H ☷ This changed a bit for me. When using a sponge, I found my skin to have that natural finish. Borderline dewy glow. But using my fingers, it was more of a satin matte finish with a slight tack to it. Something I am not fond of. But what you use underneath could make a difference. Whether it’s nothing at all or an oil.

S H A D E ☷ I bought the lightest shade. And…*winces* It can come off light enough…in certain lightings. If you have a notable yellow tone to your skin, this will most likely work for you. But if you’re rather fair and have more of a neutral to pink undertone, you’ll want to reconsider. Because this does not adapt to people’s skin tones.

L O N G E V I T Y ☷ It wears rather well for the first four hours as you’re indoors. But after that point, I started to notice some patchy area’s around my cheek and nose area. But considering that this is a hydrating product, it’s most likely going to break down with areas of your face that have oil production. I suggest using a blotting sheet and then reapply the product.

T H E  F I N A L  T H O U G H T 

Through my times wearing this product, I have not experienced any inflammation, itching, blemishes or bumps. If I want to wear this beyond my house, I will take my Real Techniques sponge and bring it down my neck to make it more wearable and set it with a powder to take away that subtle tack to the skin. I don’t use pressed powder with this kind of products that tend to be thicker and tackier because the pressed can sometimes ball up in places like around my mouth and nose. In many ways, this product very much reminds me of the Clinique Redness Relief foundation. But I think the shade is the only thing that really keeps me from wanting to repurchase this when I run out. Though this is not a unique issue. Many brands with a similar concept do this. Aside from the shade, it’s worth the penny if you’re interested in that high sun protection while covering your areas of concern. 

Left is blended – Right is Unblended

But I think the shade is the only thing that really keeps me from wanting to repurchase this when I run out. Though this is not a unique issue. Many brands with a similar concept do this. Aside from the shade, it’s worth the penny if you’re interested in that high sun protection while covering your areas of concern. 


Brand Dedication + Constructive Criticisms ➞ Honest Beauty

I’ve been buying from Honest Beauty since it’s availability. Like most people who show an interest in organic and animal-friendly beauty, I was overly excited. I’ve had positive experiences with the makeup and hair care products. But the few issues I have had with them is enough to point out in this case. Because it’s something that can either make or break a company. I’m referring to communication. 

I had seen a hint a week or less before the supposed “release” of their product. Honestly Luminizing Foundation.Obviously, I was absolutely img_4769over the moon. I had used their cream foundation before, but I was more enthusiastic for a liquid foundation. Suddenly one day I had seen Jessica Alba waving the liquid foundation around in an Instasnap story (not sure if that’s what it’s called) saying it was being released that very day. I ran to my bundle, added it to the bundle, but had to leave my computer for the day. But when I came back, the product was unavailable. Even the shade I had added to my cart outside the bundle was unavailable. I was stunned. Because I had thought the product was so popular it sold out that fast. But when I went to look at the link to talk about it to a friend, the link wasn’t there. The foundation wasn’t even an option.

img_4779This did not make sense to me. I remember when an item sold out, the link was still there for information, but it was just listed as unavailable. So when I looked at the comments on their Facebook page and had seen responses of it being “out of stock” I didn’t really think that was the case. But today I received a package from Ulta for some other products I had bought from a different brand. And as always, they throw in samples. To my surprise, I saw a pamphlet that had small samples of the Honestly Luminizing Foundation. I was confused. Was this not available at all? Last I checked on the website, the brand only had their hair care products available. What was going on? I was told that it was possible they could not legally state as to the reason why they were pulling certain products to be unavailable to buy. Maybe reformulation was necessary for certain products? Maybe more shades are being added? Maybe it’s just me, but as a consumer who excitedly waits for the products to be released, I’d rather be well informed instead of left guessing.

My point of posting this is not to slam the brand. Unlike most comments that I have seen online that are very aggressive and seem to want the brand to disappear entirely, I want to see Honest Beauty succeed. The primary issue with Honest Beauty is not their products. At least not to me. But it’s more so their lack of communication with their customers. People have been asking what happened to the foundation, their tinted moisturizer and I have had questions of my own. But I either do not get a response or a very robotic answer that was clearly copied and pasted. Not to mention ambiguous. Brands like Honest Beauty are still very small in comparison to a lot of other green beauty brands on the market. When you have the popularity that you do, but the poor communication behind it, the reputation starts to become tainted and people are less enthusiastic to even try the brand. I hope to see improvement in this area soon. I’m still loyal. But the loyalty needs to be reciprocated. 

Let me reiterate, I am not throwing Honest Beauty under the bus with this post.