Friday, December 27, 2013

November 2013 Conscious Box

Once again, so sorry it's taken this long to post. Just got finished with the video this morning. Anywho, without further ado, my post on November's Conscious Box!

I was in Chicago on vacation when this box arrived, so I had to wait almost a week before I was able to open it. Longest I've had to wait so far!

Anyways, you can watch the unboxing video on YouTube here. Please like and subscribe :)

Only one picture this time:

November 2013 Conscious Box
And everything I received in my box:

YogaVive - Apple Chips (chocolate)
Fiddlebump's - Healing Salve
Abike Natural - Black Soap (alata)
Ivre de Fleurs - Lip Balm (blood orange & juniper)
Harmony Acres - Soap Bar (happy face)
Mighty Leaf Tea - Tea (earl grey, mint mélange, spring jasmine)
MRM - Relax-All with Phenibut
Better Botanicals - Eye Therapy (apricot)
Rebootizer - Dietary Supplement
Information Card and Coupon Code for Align Your Life Program
Information Card and Coupon Code for Postography

As always, once I eat/drink/use these products, I'll post a review here on my blog, so stay tuned!

If you want to get your own monthly Conscious Box, you can sign up here.


P.S. Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season! ^_^

Saturday, December 21, 2013

CC Cream

Earlier this year, I received a free sample in the mail of a BB cream. After trying it out, and liking it, I decided to look for a full-size version I could buy. I quickly realized I'd need to look for a different brand though as the one I received not only had a long list of toxic chemicals, but animal by-products as well. Through my research though, I found a new BB-like cream just emerging into the market. It was basically like a souped-up version of BB cream, with added benefits. It was called CC cream.

Trying to not only find a vegan cream, but one with no toxic chemicals proved to be difficult. Since CC cream was new and there weren't a lot available yet, the choices were limited. But I prevailed and found a vegan, non-toxic CC cream. The brand? Juice Beauty. I knew I found the right one when I saw some of Juice Beauty's products were collaborated with Alicia Silverstone, an outspoken vegan and activist.

Front of outer box
Back of outer box

Juice Beauty's CC cream comes in two shades and I chose the lighter of the two as I'm quite pale. Instead of buying directly from Juice Beauty's site though, I went with as I'm a member, earn cashback, and get free two-day shipping through ShopRunner.

Front of tube
Back of tube

A few days after receiving it, I began using it. Since I started, I haven't really noticed any permanent physical changes to my skin, but it does make it look smoother after I apply a layer. It's a great moisturizer with SPF 30, a nice added bonus.

I bought it back at the beginning of April and I'm still on my first tube. Definitely lasts awhile!

So, if you're in the market for a BB cream/CC cream/moisturizer, I'd definitely recommend this one :)


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Saltine Crackers

Once my box of store brand saltine crackers was gone, I decided to find a healthier version of crackers to dip into my soups. Although technically the crackers I was eating were vegan, they had a long list of ingredients, so I wanted to find something a little less processed with a shorter list of ingredients.

Looking in the healthy section of my grocery store and down the gluten-free aisle, I found a box of saltine crackers by Annie's. As this was all I could really find, I decided to give it a shot.

Annie's saltine crackers

First thing, they're not in the regular square shape, but rather hexagonal, which I thought was a little different!

Hexagonal cracker!

As for the initial taste (which is probably more important), it was a little different than what I'm used to. It's like it's missing a little something, but I'm not sure what. Regardless, over the last few months since I've bought them, I've gotten used to them. So, for now, I'll stick with these!


Monday, December 16, 2013

Tomato Soup

I know this may not be very exciting or anything, but I just want to write up a little post about this new tomato soup I found a few months ago. Previously, I used to get Campbell's condensed tomato soup or just a store brand, but I was looking at the ingredient's list one day and realized there was high fructose corn syrup listed. I was flabbergasted.

I tried looking for a healthier alternative in the healthy section of the grocery store I shop to no avail. But, one day, I was in the gluten-free section, just one or two aisles over, when I spotted it. A can of condensed tomato soup!

New tomato soup
Nutrition facts and ingredients list

It's by Dei Fratelli and it's absolutely delicious! It tastes almost like Cambell's or the store brands, but with a little extra kick. Which I surprisingly like (as a picky eater). It's a little more expensive, but it's totally worth it. I highly, highly recommend it!

Nom, nom, nom!


Friday, December 13, 2013

Review: Nature's Bakery Fig Bars (Peach Apricot)

I'll admit, I was a little nervous trying these fig bars from my July Vegan Cuts Snack Box since it was peach and apricot inside (never had apricots before and I've only ever drank peach juice, never eaten the actual fruit before). But my worries were pointless!

Fig bar

I, surprisingly, really liked this bar. I ate one fig bar on one of my breaks at work and the second bar on a later break. This was definitely the fastest bar I've eaten in all of my boxes. And if it wasn't for the fact that I wanted to spread out the bar, so I could eat something on my second break, both pieces would have been gobbled up in one sitting!


Since I liked it so much, I wanted to buy more. So, I went to Nature's Bakery's website and then to their store locator. I found out only two stores in my town sold it: Hy-Vee and Wal-Mart. Going to Hy-Vee first, I couldn't find any boxes of them, just single packs at $1/bar. At Wal-Mart, they sold boxes, but not the peach apricot flavor. Looking online at Amazon though, I found a 12-pack of boxes (6 bars in each box), so a total of 72 bars. It cost me $36.88, about 51 cents per bar.

My Amazon package of 12 boxes

I bought them back at the beginning of September and as of right now, I still have about 4 boxes left. So, they'll have lasted me quite awhile (probably around 5 months).

So, to summarize, I highly recommend these little bars! They're absolutely delicious and are a great, healthy choice for a snack :)


Sunday, December 8, 2013

October 2013 Vegan Cuts Snack & Beauty Box

Sorry this has taken so long! I've been extremely busy with my internship, plus I took a week-long trip to Chicago last month. But, I'll try to get the two November videos done this upcoming week and then post them here.

Anyways, a few days before receiving October's box, I got an email from Vegan Cuts said they'd be combining boxes. I thought that was cool as it'll likely save lots of money shipping in the same box instead of separate ones each time (for those of us subscribed to both).

Without further ado, here's the video for the combo box: Please like and subscribe! :) I'm starting to use a little video intro I put together, tell me what you think of it!

And here's some pictures:

Everything I got
Beauty Box portion
Snack Box portion

And a list of everything I got (in the order presented in the video):

Mediterranean Snacks - Lentil Chips (cracked pepper)
Seaweed Love - Roasted Seaweed (olive oil)
Crunchmaster - Multi-Grain Crackers (sea salt)
Stash Tea Company - Tea (spice dragon red chai)
YumEarth Organics - Fruit Snacks
Surf Sweets - Gummy Rings (peach)
YumEarth Naturals - Sour Jelly Beans
Runa Tea - Energy Drink (berry)
Smooze - Fruit Ice (coconut + pineapple)
Earth Science Naturals - Shampoo & Conditioner
Bare Bones - Cleanser
The All Natural Face - Blush (dusky rose)
Lotus Moon - Facial Moisturizer
Concrete Minerals - Eyeshadow (wicked)
Meow Meow Tweet - Body Tonic (geranium basil)
Karitex - Shea Butter
Rescue Chocolate - Peanut Butter Square
Information on The Humane Society
Information Card on Beauty Box Products
Information Card on Snack Box Products
Coupon for Crunchmaster Crackers
Coupon for Stash Tea

If you want to sign up for your own Vegan Cuts monthly boxes, you can do so at the following links:
Snack Box -
Beauty Box -

As always, once I eat/drink/use these products, I'll post a review here on my blog, so stay tuned!