Beauty Breakdown | Wild Rituals Soap Co.

July 7, 2015

I'm going to say that 99% of my followers have absolutely no idea who and what Wild Rituals Soap Company is. Wild Rituals is handmade, organic soap company that is owned and produced by a lovely friend of mine, Megan Thompson. I'm going to go ahead and put a disclaimer out there that she did not pay me in anyway or give me any of these products for free. I simply popped into her store one day and fell in love with the items I bought so much that I thought she deserved so much more attention in the beauty world. Over the past few years, my instagram feed has been filled with gorgeous pictures of bath bombs, soaps, and face masks from her brand. After seeing how many of my friends were commenting on her Instagram pictures of her products, I killed my curiosity and finally bought some of her more popular products she had to offer. After that, I realized what the hype was about and fell in love myself.

Before we dive straight into the products, and I start my tangents of why they are outstanding, let me tell you a little about Megan and her brand from the company's website: "Wild Rituals Soap Company is based out of Winston-Salem, NC. We use the highest quality of ingredients and unrefined fair trade butters. Made in small batches, each bar of our cold process soap is enriched with organic and unrefined Ghanaian shea butter. We strive to provide our customers with natural and beautiful products to nourish body and soul. To keep our entire process as green as possible, our workshop is cleaned with all natural products. All of our products are either vegetarian or vegan and are never tested on animals. Formulating preservative free products that are both unique and fun! Utilizing the earth and it's many gifts, studying herbalism, and thinking of new ways to "Wow!" you with skincare are just a few things that mean a whole lot to us. Oh, and you!"

When it comes to skincare, I am the kind of person that really loves natural and organic products; so you can see why I was drawn to Wild Rituals in the first place. It's really hard to label a brand as "natural" in the first place because it isn't regulated by the FDA like the term organic is. Like some of the brands I mention on my blog, the Wild Rituals brand is not 100% natural or organic, but that doesn't mean that the products are bad for your skin. Megan says: "the closest that we get to having an 'unnatural' product is the use of a few fragrance oils here and there - other than that, all of our ingredients are grown by natural, derived from nature, or nature identical." I have never tried her oils, but it's understandable that a product like that would not be natural. Much like the brand Lush, her bath bombs "are not ALL natural - but they are made with the highest quality of fragrance oils mixed with essential oils. We pack them full of all natural butters and powders - like cocoa butter and seaweed powder! We do our best to ensure that these huge bath bombs are enriched with skin loving ingredients. Sadly, we can't get all those fun colors that bath bombs are known for with all natural colorants. This is why bath bombs are a one of a kind treat!"

Some of my favorites products that I have tried from her brand are her bath bombs, hands down. I am huge fan of bath bombs in general. I think that they are great thing to just pop in the bath whenever you need to unwind. Like a lot of bath bombs I have tried, the fragrances in her bath bombs are so delectable and pleasant. However, the thing that I enjoy about her bath bombs more than any other mainstream brand on the market is that make my skin feel like I bathed in a jar of my favorite lotion. I have never had my skin feel so hydrated and soft just from a bath bomb until I tried the Cleo's Bath bath bomb. The reason that it leaves your skin feeling so creamy is due to the shea butter and soy milk in this particular bath bomb. It was inspired by Cleopatra herself who claimed that she enjoyed indulging in milk baths to keep her skin youthful. The vanilla and Egyptian musk aroma, along the little sprinkle of gold shimmer, are the perfect topper to this indulging bath bomb. Goodnight, Moon is another bath bomb of her's that I've tried and I found it to leave skin feeling the exact same way. I didn't feel the need to lotion my skin after my bath like I normally would. I find that Goodnight, Moon is perfect for right before going to bed. The notes of lavender in it really help you relax while the mango butter absorbs into your skin.

I have never been a huge soap person. I don't tend to go to places in search for soap very often. However, I am fascinated by artisan soap. I think that they can look gorgeous and smell just as beautiful. I find that they are also a lot more nourishing and moisturizing for the skin, and Megan's are no where short of that. Whether you are just using the soaps to wash your hands or for your whole body in the shower, these soaps are not going to strip your skin like regular soap. Not only do they not strip my skin, but I can feel the natural oils melting into my skin as I lather it on my body and it doesn't leave my skin feeling tight after I wash it off. Aphrodite is by far my favorite, as well as a lot of other people. The blend of a rose, jasmine, sweet orange, and ylang ylang create a sensual scent that helps relieve stress from your mind. While her Calm soap is more along the same lines as the Goodnight, Moon bath bomb. Not only are they both topped off with oats and dead sea salt to help exfoliate the skin, but also contain french lavender to help relax and ease the mind for better sleep after a long day. I find that these soaps are great paired with a loofah or your own hands.

Since I suffer from KP and can get really dry skin, I love to use scrubs to really exfoliate my skin in the bath and shower. When I first picked up the London Fog scrub, I mainly just got it for the name (hello, it's London!) and because it contains sea salt which is one of my favorite ingredients in exfoliants. One of the special things about this scrub is that it contains a special Earl Grey tea from a local tea shop in Winston-Salem, Angelina's Teas. Like a lot of other products that I have mentioned, this also contains soy milk to help moisturize the skin even while exfoliating it at the same time. With ingredients that are infamous for healing skin like coconut oil, shea butter, manago butter, and sea salt, this scrub is going to leave the skin smooth and touchable while keeping down any inflammation you may possibly have. I do find that if I don't use this scrub for a while, the oil does start to pool up in the jar; but with a quick stir, the oil settles back into the scrubs and works just as new.

So those are all of the products that I have tried from this great brand, so far. Anytime I have a chance, I always love looking to see what new things Megan has in stock to try because there has not been anything that I did not like from her. I have gotten so many of my friends and family members hooked on her products, and I hope that this review has made you interested in trying out some of her stuff too! I definitely think if you are into more natural skin and bath products, you will really enjoy this brand. The products are really affordable and unique. You know everything that you are getting is handmade and natural. Also, hello small business appreciation! I have such high hopes for Wild Rituals Soap Company and can honestly see Megan's company going far. The determination she had behind this brand is truly inspiring. For a girl that is only 23 years old with no degree and completely self-taught in her craft, she has been unbelievably successful. I cannot wait to see where her business takes her.



Top 10 High-End Picks for Summer

July 2, 2015

A couple weeks ago on my channel I made a video of my Top 10 Drugstore Picks for Summer, so I thought it was only appropriate to share my top 10 high-end picks for this summer season! A lot of these products I really do love to use year round, but I think that they are perfect for the summer season as well. When it comes to summer makeup, I really want products that are going to have longevity through the heat, but also give me that natural and radiant glow from within. I live in the south, so it gets extremely humid here during the summer, so I need something that isn't too heavy on my face and is going to last through the sweat. Too TMI? I especially love products that have SPF included in them. Since I am very fair, I already try to wear some sunscreen when I go out during the day, but having that little extra protection in my makeup makes it feel and look better. Like I said, I'm all about the glow and I do love the smell of sun screen.

I don't normally wear heavy foundation during the summertime, at least not during the day. I'm more of a tinted moisturizer/BB cream lover in the summer. I'm going to end up sweating it off more than likely, so I don't see the point in wearing a heavy base that's going to melt off my face. One of my favorite bases to wear in the summer has to be the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue. For a tinted hydrating gel cream, this has such an amazing coverage. It hides my redness and really evens out my complexion. It also gives this cooling sensation when you apply it and I find that really refreshing. However, if I do decide to wear a bit more coverage at night, I need a primer that is going make my foundation last through the night and not have it breaking up on my face. Lately this summer, especially after trying this baby out in the Vegas heat, I have come to enjoy the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer. Not only does this primer make my foundation go on smooth and stay on throughout the day and night, but it is slightly mattifying without making my skin look lackluster like many mattyfying primers do. With the help of this gorgeous, yet very expensive primer, my foundation doesn't settle into any fine lines or big pores. It keeps the oil around my T-Zone on lock, and I don't feel like I need to cake on extra powder all the time.

Like I said above, I'm all about that radiant glow from within look this time of year – but if we're being real here, when am I not though? One of my favorite highlighters as of late has hands down been the NARS Copacabana Illuminator. The glow you get from liquid highlighters is a lot more pigmented than from a simple powder product. This highlighter gives off a nice icy-pink finish that looks amazing on any skin tone. However, if you don't want that strong of a highlight, I highly recommend the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. I have been lusting after this palette ever since it came out, and Sephora finally brought it back and I could not be happier. I will doing a full review and blog post on this product coming soon, so stay tuned for that!

Now I think bronzer is probably a must when it comes to summer beauty. One of my favorites has to be the infamous NARS Laguna bronzer. This is one of the best bronzer out there on the market. It has the perfect amount of warmth to its color, and even adding a bit of shimmer that gives off a subtle healthy glow to the skin. This bronzer can come off a bit heavy, but if you build the color up slightly, I think it will give you such a natural sunkissed bronzed tan to your skin.

When it comes to eyes for the summer, I love bright colors and warm shadows. I love warm shadows all year round, but I think summer is the perfect time to really play them up. Although I am partial to warm toned and matte shadows, I find that I am always diving into my shimmery shadows this time of the year. I think I have to give it to the Lorac PRO palette for my favorite summer eyeshadow palette because you can get so many looks with this simple palette – plus, it's travel friendly for your summer vacations! I also a huge fan of a winged eye, but I need something that isn't going to melt off my face from sweat. As far as waterproof liquid liner goes, nothing can top the Stila Stay All-Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner. This baby can stay on through anything the weather around me hits me with. I literally have to scrub this off my eye with an oil to just get it off. This liner can stick with me through thick or thin. It also comes in so many colors that are great for summer!

When it comes to staying power, I need my brows to hang on all day as well. Anytime I think of brows, I automatically think of Anastasia Beverly Hills because the girl is queen of everything brows; so obviously, I'm choosing my Anastasia DIPBROW pomade as my favorite brow product for the summer. I love it so much simply because I know my brows aren't going to melt off when I'm in the pool or gym. I know so many people rave about the Make Up For Ever Aqua Brows when it comes to needing waterproof brows, but I love the DIPBROW a lot more, especially if you set your brows after using it.

Everybody and their mother has been on this entire liquid lipstick craze lately, and I'm not ashamed to say that I am on the bandwagon. I've raved about the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks, but I think my favorites for summer are really the Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipsticks. They have a great staying power, they're really smooth on my lips, and they never dry them out. I also like it because I can layer on the lipstick throughout the day and night without them getting gunky or disgusting around the inner parts of my lips. If that doesn't sell you, I think the color range of these liquid lipsticks are great as well. There are so many bright colors that scream summer fun to me and I cannot stop wearing these bad boys right now.

If you watched my May Favorites that I posted on my channel a couple of weeks ago, then you would have seen me act like a complete idiot when I talked about the Urban Decay All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. This spray is so amazing in every single way possible and I cannot leave my house without dousing myself in this majesticness of this outstanding spray. I rambled on in that video about how my makeup withstood 103 degree Vegas heat with this spray, and if that doesn't show you how awesome this spray is, then I don't know what possibly could. I am so happy that I have this little baby in my life and I honestly don't think my makeup could last this hot and humid summer without it.

I hope you guys enjoyed this video, and if you haven't checked out my Top 10 Drugstore Picks for Summer, go on over to my channel to check it out now! What are some of your must have high-end products for summer?